For The Record: Quick News On Constantine Maroulis, ‘American Idol,’ Moby, Radiohead, Ice Cube, Buckcherry & More

Maroulis breaks from pre-'Idol' band; VotefortheWorst.com backs Kevin Covais; Moby issuing live DVD.

Constantine Maroulis has split from his pre-”American Idol” band, Pray for the Soul of Betty. “Right now he’s working on too many solo projects to be fair to the band,” his spokesperson said. “It was time to move on, and the fans have been supportive.” Maroulis is working on a solo album, a television pilot and an indie film. …

VotefortheWorst.com is at it again. The Web site, which encourages readers to call in for the “American Idol” contestant they deem least worthy of the title, is backing Kevin Covais this time around. And what if the 16-year-old, nicknamed “Chicken Little,” gets the boot? A post on the site reads: “Don’t worry, Pickler. If Kevin goes home, we’ll be back.” The campaign, which aims to “keep around an entertaining antagonist” picked Scott Savol last year. … Barry Manilow, who helped “Idol” hopefuls prepare for Tuesday night’s 1950s theme, will be front and center when one of his advisees is knocked out of the competition Wednesday (March 22). Manilow, whose The Greatest Songs of the Fifties was certified platinum this week, will perform “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing” on this week’s elimination show. …

Moby will issue a live DVD, “Moby Live — The Hotel Tour 2005,” April 18. Recorded in Belgium in May and directed by George Scott, the disc also has a handful of videos and two unreleased short films. Last but not least, the set features a CD with Hotel tracks reinterpreted by Mylo, Tiga, Steve Angello, Booka Shade and Axwell. … The Coachella documentary — aptly titled “Coachella” — will be released on DVD April 18. Previously seen in limited theatrical release only, the Drew Thomas-directed film features performances by Radiohead, the Pixies, the Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire and a slew of other bands. A bonus DVD features interviews from many of the festival’s veterans, including Belle and Sebastian, the Libertines and the Bravery. …

The first-ever PJ Harvey DVD, “PJ Harvey on Tour: Please Leave Quietly,” will hit stores May 2. Directed by Maria Mochnacz, the disc features performances and behind-the-scene footage taken from Harvey’s 2004 tour supporting Uh Huh Her. Two previously unreleased tracks, “Uh Huh Her” and “Evol,” will also be included, as will Harvey’s video diaries and a lengthy interview. … The second annual AutoRox Awards roll into Las Vegas April 7, with Ice Cube at the wheel. Whips chosen by a panel of auto-industry pros, members of the media and car-enthusiast celebrities will be honored in categories including Best Luxury Car and Chick Magnet. Cube will host the ceremony and perform “Chrome and Paint” and “Why We Thugs” from his upcoming LP, Laugh Now, Cry Later. The awards show airs April 18 at 10 p.m. on Spike TV. …

Buckcherry will release Fifteen, their first studio album in four years, April 11. The Los Angeles rockers are promoting the record — and their current single, “Crazy Bitch” — with a tour that kicked off this week in Los Angeles and wraps up June 10 in Kansas City, Missouri. … The self-titled LP from the Drips, the band featuring Distillers guitarist Tony Belivaqua and the Bronx‘s Matt Caughthran and Joby J. Ford, will hit stores April 25. It was recorded over two days this past summer. The band will perform March 24 in Glendale, California. …

Soulful songstress Leela James recently finished shooting the video for her second single, “Good Times,” in Los Angeles. The throwback-themed clip was helmed by Coodie and Chike, the same directorial team that has worked with Kanye West and Mos Def. James also recently unleashed a digital six-track EP, Leela James: Live in New Orleans, exclusively on iTunes. The set tracks a November 2004 gig at the Big Easy’s House of Blues, where the singer previewed joints from her acclaimed 2005 debut, A Change Is Gonna Come. It will be available at other online retails outlets starting in April. … British grime rapper and Jay-Z signee Lady Sovereign is deep into production on her still-untitled debut album. Before heading out to SXSW, the diminutive MC was working with Beastie Boy Ad-Rock (who worked with Sov on a British-only EP) and had already cut records with the Neptunes, according to a spokesperson for her label. The album is expected later this year. …

Ex-Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach‘s been hard at work on his forthcoming solo album, which Spitfire plans to release in July. According to a post on Bach’s Web site, he’s got 13 songs written so far and summer and fall tours are in the works. “[This year] is gonna kick ass,” Bach wrote. … Detroit soul singer Robert Bradley will release his first full-length live album April 11. What About That: New Year’s Eve in Bloomington was recorded a the Bluebird in Bloomington, Indiana, and finds the blind singer backed by an expanded, 10-piece version of his band, the Blackwater Surprise.

03.21.2006

Who knew Ashlee Simpson could surf? The singer is hitting the waves for the “Kelly Slater Celebrity Surf Invitational,” airing on MTV March 25 at 4:30 p.m. and also featuring Jack Osbourne and Ashley Parker Angel. Braxton Olita, Simpson’s bandmate and boyfriend, came along for the special — “He’s my love!” she told Jane magazine for its April cover story. (Check out photos from the spread right here. ) Simpson’s relationship with Braxton first came to light following her collapse in Japan in December, but she’s been dating him since the summer. The reason for the collapse remains in dispute, as she now claims in Jane that she was sicker than reported at the time. “I was dehydrated. I had bronchitis. Who knows exactly what it was? I think it was just complete exhaustion.” And apparently celebrity status doesn’t equal celebrity care. “I didn’t go to a nice emergency room — I ended up in one with blood on the walls,” she tells the mag. …

Fans already clamoring for New Edition‘s 2008 reunion tour will have their appetites sated sooner than later — the Bobby Brown-led group has agreed to perform at this year’s Essence Music Festival in Houston, according to The Associated Press. Diddy, Chris Brown and Jaheim were also just added to the July 1-3 bill, which already included participants Mary J. Blige, Steve Harvey, LL Cool J and Jamie Foxx. …

Former Bad Boy Records rapper Shyne will have to wait a bit longer to find out if his assets will be unfrozen, so he can pay off some legal bills and help out his family. Lawyers for the MC — who now goes by the name Moses Michael Leviy — are trying to get an exemption from New York’s “Son of Sam” law, which is blocking Leviy from gaining access to a $500,000 advance he got from his former record label. A hearing on the motion was delayed for at least two weeks on Monday when the judge in the case was forced to recuse himself because of a conflict of interest. As it turns out the judge’s brother-in-law was once represented by the same firm that is seeking some funds from Shyne. …

Constantine Maroulis has signed on for his first movie role. “I can’t tell you too much about it yet, but it will be a super-sexy indie feature and [the filmmakers] have been really avid about making me a part of it,” he said. “They want me to supervise the music as well and want some of my music to be [included].” … Maroon 5 have contributed a cover of the Bill Withers classic “Lovely Day” to the soundtrack of “Hoot,” due April 18 on Jimmy Buffett‘s Mailboat Records. Buffett plays a small part in the comedy, which is about a man fighting to save endangered owls, and has several tracks on the album alongside G. Love, Toots and the Maytals and Mofro. …

Diddy‘s Bad Boy South has partnered with Southern hip-hop label Block Enterprises for the release of several albums, beginning with one by Yung Joc, whose “It’s Goin Down” is a recent mixtape favorite. New Joc City is due in May. … Former Destiny’s Child singer LeToya (she’s dropped her last name, Luckett) will release her self-titled solo debut July 18. Scott Storch worked on the album, which features guest appearances from fellow Houstonians Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Bun B and Slim Thug. …

It used to be that you couldn’t find a Red Hot Chili Peppers track on iTunes to save your life. But the Peppers have finally given in to the digital-music market, making their entire back catalog available for 99 cents a track. All the Chilis albums are also being made available — with bonus tracks — along with videos and short documentary downloads. Fans will have to wait until May 9 to download Stadium Arcadium, the band’s forthcoming double LP; the discs are nicknamed “Jupiter” and “Mars.” … The album art for Tool‘s next album, 10,000 Days, has been posted on the band’s Web site. Once again Tool called on artist Alex Grey — who crafted the art for 2001′s Lateralus and whose daughter appears in “The Shaggy Dog” — to come up with the cover design. The 77-minute, 11-song 10,000 Days is due in stores May 2. …

Having already released two full-length albums in 2005 — Digital Ash in a Digital Urn and I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning — the super-prolific Bright Eyes, a.k.a Conor Oberst, is already working on another effort. At Monday night’s “Bring ‘Em Home Now” concert in New York, Oberst said he’s written new material but doesn’t feel the need to rush it out until 2007. (See snaps from the concert right here. ) “We have a bunch of songs recorded and we are going to put out a record probably next year,” he said. “The music’s good. It keeps my life turning around.” … At the same event freak-folk rocker Devendra Banhart said he’s been switching musical gears in his new home in Mexico. “We’re working on some weird stuff inspired by the tropicalista movement in Brazil, Caetano Veloso, Os Mutantes … that whole movement is really special to us because it is about embracing where you are from but also being open to other cultures and other things.” …

Thursday‘s A City by the Light Divided, due May 2, will feature 11 tracks: “The Other Side of the Crash/ Over and Out (Of Control),” “Counting 5-4-3-2-1,” “Sugar in the Sacrament,” “At This Velocity,” “We Will Overcome,” “Arc–Lamps, Signal Flares, a Shower of White (The Light),” “Running From the Rain,” “Telegraph Avenue Kiss,” “The Lovesong Writer,” “Into the Blinding Light” and “Autumn Leaves Revisited.” … 3 Doors Down and Lynyrd Skynyrd, both Southern-rock giants but from two different eras, will co-headline a 15-city trek. The Double Trouble Summer Tour kicks off June 25 in Cincinnati and wraps up July 22 in Biloxi, Mississippi. … Five more dates have been added to this summer’s Unholy Alliance Tour, featuring Mastodon, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Thine Eyes Bleed and headliners Slayer: June 9 (Denver), June 19 (Cincinnati), June 24 (Dallas), June 30 (Cleveland) and July 16 (Salem, Oregon). …

With “Rock Star” winner J.D. Fortune behind the mic, INXS will embark on a second leg of their Switched on Tour April 21 in Memphis, Tennessee. The outing ends June 1 in Vancouver, British Columbia. … In the immortal words of Ice Cube in the film “Anaconda,” “There’s snakes out there this big?” Yes there are, and apparently they’re infesting planes too, judging from the “Snakes on a Plane” trailer that’s making the rounds online. Aspiring musicians take note: New Line Cinema wants you to compose the theme song for the flick. If you’re eager to make songs for Samuel L. Jackson to bash snakes to, submit them to TagWorld.com/SnakesonaPlane by April 11 and they’ll be taken into consideration.