For The Record: Quick News On Suge Knight, Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Tom Morello, Nine Inch Nails, Nickelback & More

Death Row mogul misses hearing; Black Eyed Peas and Coldplay share award; Audioslave guitarist honored for human-rights work.

A judge could decide the fate of Death Row Records as early as Tuesday thanks to label co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight‘s decision to skip a court-ordered appearance at a Saturday hearing regarding his assets. According to The Associated Press, the action could set the stage for a court-appointed receiver to seize control of Death Row’s holdings, which include recordings by Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur. Knight has missed several hearings in connection with a $107 million judgment he lost last year to Lydia Harris, a former associate who claimed she helped start the label. …

Nickelback took home two Junos — Canada’s answer to the Grammys — Sunday night, scoring Best Rock Album for their 2005 LP All the Right Reasons along with the Best Group award. Neil Young‘s Prairie Wind won the Best Adult Alternative Album prize, while Coldplay and the Black Eyed Peas shared International Album of the Year honors. The Juno Fan Choice award was given to Simple Plan, Broken Social Scene won for Best Alternative Album and the Arcade Fire took the Songwriter of the Year prize. Daniel Powter, the man behind the “American Idol” elimination sendoff song “Bad Day” scored New Artist of the Year. Michael Bublé was the night’s biggest winner, snatching up trophies for Best Singer, Best Album, Best Artist and Pop Album of the Year for his It’s Time disc. …

Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello will be honored during the second annual Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards on Thursday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Morello is being recognized for the support he has lent to workers fighting for justice and for his efforts to unite musicians and activists taking a stand against corporate interests. Over the years, Morello has devoted his time to organizing benefit concerts and has participated in civil-disobedience movements to support workers’ rights. He has been involved in labor struggles including a Los Angeles janitors’ strike, the Immokalee farm workers’ campaign against Taco Bell and the Southern California grocery workers’ strike and lockout. … According to Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor, the band’s summer tour with Bauhaus will be its last — at least for “a while.” The trek launches May 27 in Ridgefield, Washington, with TV on the Radio on the bill through a June 14 stop in Camden, New Jersey. Peaches has been tapped to open on the trek’s second half, starting June 16 in Holmdel, New Jersey, and running through July 8 in Mountain View, California. …

Megadeth are back in the studio working on the follow-up to their 2004 release The System Has Failed. According to a posting on the band’s Web site, frontman Dave Mustaine says he’s “spent the last few days tracking with [guitarist Glen Drover] and [drummer Shawn Drover], and it is the coolest thing to see them be a part of it for real now. And yesterday especially, was an interesting guitar day, when I witnessed the moment the songs went from an idea in my head to [Glen] getting it. And he is such a great player that each song immediately comes to life as soon as he played on it.” … Shot to Hell, the forthcoming album from Zakk Wylde‘s Black Label Society, will hit stores July 3, coinciding with the first week of this year’s Ozzfest. The band will be headlining the touring festival’s second stage. …

Frank Black will follow-up 2005′s acclaimed Honeycomb with a double album, Fastman/ Raiderman, due June 20. The Pixies frontman worked with a variety of musicians on the 27-song project, including Levon Helm from the Band and Simon Kirke from Bad Company. … A tribute disc honoring Memphis-based power-pop legends Big Star will finally see release on May 23 after seven years of delays. Called Big Star, Small World, the album features contributions from Wilco, Gin Blossoms, Afghan Whigs, Matthew Sweet, Juliana Hatfield, Teenage Fanclub, the Posies and others.

03.31.06

He may have been a loser on “American Idol,” but Kevin Covais is still a winner at home. The Long Island, New York, singer was presented with the key to his home county Thursday — now declared “Kevin Covais Day” — by Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, The Associated Press reports. “It’s just great being back home,” Covais said. On Friday (March 31) the 16-year-old is expected to return to Island Trees High School in Levittown, where he’ll be welcomed back with a pep rally. …

Russell Simmons and Kimora Lee have split after seven years of marriage. “Kimora and I will remain committed parents and caring friends with great love and admiration for each other,” the hip-hop mogul said in a statement issued Friday, according to AP. “We will also continue to work side by side on a daily basis as partners in all of our businesses.” … If that sculpture of Britney Spears giving birth left you asking what artist Daniel Edwards was thinking, TriggerStreet.com might have your answer. The online film festival, created by Kevin Spacey, is currently hosting a short documentary called “The Several Severed Heads of Daniel Edwards.” The Goodnight Films production features interviews with Edwards and a look at his previous controversial work, depicting late baseball legend Ted Williams as a cryogenically preserved severed head. …

Big Daddy Kane has been tapped as the headliner of the second annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, set for June 24, and at least one person in the New York City borough is pretty psyched. “I am proud that the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is entering its second year,” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said in a post on the festival’s Web site. “By highlighting messages of empowerment and unity, the festival proves that we not only know our hip-hop roots, but that in Brooklyn those roots run deep. And with Big Daddy Kane in the house, we know Brooklyn won’t be half-steppin’!” Fans can register for tickets to the event at BrooklynBodega.com. … The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is launching a new program in which cell-phone users can make $4.99 donations by texting the word “heal” to 50555. Donors will then have access to limited-edition ring tones by Pearl Jam (their memorable cover of Victoria Williams‘ “Crazy Mary”), OK Go, Tegan and Sara and others. …

The Rollins Band are mapping their return, according to a post on frontman Henry Rollins‘ Web site. Rollins, guitarist Chris Haskett, drummer Sim Cain and bassist Melvin Gibbs “have been practicing on and off for months now, slowly getting it together,” Hank wrote. “We are back together and are planning on getting some shows in by August. Nothing is booked yet. It’s been really cool being back in the practice room with these guys after all these years.” Rollins Band’s last studio album with that lineup was 1997′s Come in and Burn. … After one month in Los Angeles, New York’s French Kicks have returned home with a finished album under their arms. It’s called Two Thousand and was produced in L.A. by Doug Boehm. The LP features 10 tracks (with titles including the Yoda-esque “So Far We Are” and “England Just Will Not Let You Recover”) and will be in stores in July. The Kicks will preview some tunes from the new disc on a brief tour that kicks off April 11 in Baltimore. …

Brooklyn trio Blood on the Wall have been picked to open for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs beginning April 3 in Washington, D.C., and ending April 29 in San Francisco. The band is supporting Awesomer, which was released late last year. … Before joining Thursday on the road beginning April 25, Me Without You will enter the studio with Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Placebo) to start working on the follow-up to 2004′s Catch for Us the Foxes, which Wood also produced. …

The Accident Experiment, former P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel‘s band, will kick off their tour May 6 in Longview, Texas, to promote their debut album, United We Fear, due May 9. Five.Bolt.Main and Element Eighty are opening on the trek, which wraps up June 10 in Manchester, New Hampshire. … Frank Zappa will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the sixth annual Jammy Awards, set for April 20 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. Blues Traveler, Stephen Marley, Guster, Mad Professor and Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins‘s side project Banyan are among the artists scheduled to perform at the event. Tickets are available at Jammys.com. …

This summer will see the arrival of “Latin American Idol,” Reuters reports. The “Idol” franchise currently comprises 33 versions, each for a specific country; “Latin American Idol” will be the first regional singing competition. Auditions will be held in Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Argentina, where the show will be taped in Buenos Aires.