For The Record: Quick News On DMX, Coldplay, Gorillaz, Proof, Phil Spector, Lil Jon, ‘Idol,’ OK Go, Slipknot & More

BET developing DMX reality series; Coldplay, Gorillaz score Novello noms; funeral set for second victim in Proof shooting.

BET is developing a new DMX reality series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Revolving around the rapper’s life, “DMX: Soul of a Man” is slated to be part of the channel’s next season of programming. …

Coldplay, Gorillaz, James Blunt and Kaiser Chiefs are among the artists nominated for the 51st annual Ivor Novello Awards, songwriting honors presented by the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters. Coldplay lead the list with three nominations — “Speed of Sound” is up for International Hit of the Year as well as Most Performed Work (running against Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful” in both categories), while “Fix You” faces off with Arctic Monkeys‘ “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and KT Tunstall‘s “Suddenly I See” for the Best Song Musically and Lyrically prize. The awards will be presented May 25 in London. …

In related news, a songwriters panel consisting of Jimmy Jam, Linda Perry, John Rich of country duo Big & Rich and Michael Giacchino — the composer for “Lost” and “Mission: Impossible III” — convened on Thursday in Hollywood for the “I Create Music” Expo. The first-time event, put on by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, also featured Tom Petty, Jill Scott, Glen Ballard, Mike Elizondo and John King of the Dust Brothers sharing words of wisdom with 1,000 budding songwriters and composers. “Songwriting is interesting because it’s done behind the scenes and everybody kind of has their own way of doing it,” said Jimmy Jam, who took a break from producing Janet Jackson and Jessica Simpson‘s new records to attend. “The artists make the songs come alive, but without the songs, the artists don’t really have anything. Songwriting is the backbone of music, so this is all about music creation, the music creator and to shine a little spotlight on them, which I think is fantastic.” …

The funeral for Keith Bender Jr., the 35-year-old Detroit man police say was shot by D12‘s Proof at the CCC Nightclub on April 11, has been scheduled for Thursday morning at New Galilee Baptist Church in Detroit. A Keith Bender Jr. Memorial Fund has been established for his family, and donations may be made at any Chase bank in the Detroit area. Proof was fatally shot during the April 11 incident, allegedly by Bender’s cousin, Mario Etheridge. … Lil Jon shot the breeze with none other than Kid from ’80s rap group Kid ‘N Play at a screening of Larry Clark‘s “Wassup Rockers” in Santa Monica, California, Monday night. Actor Michael Rapaport also kicked it with Jon for a bit. …

Phil Spector‘s murder trial will hardly be a speedy one. The music producer’s murder case has been pushed all the way to January 16, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. The trial had been set for September, but Superior Court Judge Larry P. Fidler told lawyers he had scheduled another trial for the same date. Spector is accused of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in February 2003. …

American Idol” producers are assigning two voting phone numbers to each contestant beginning Tuesday (April 25). “We’re getting like 33 million, 34 million calls each week, and we’ve never gotten quite that many before,” Co-Executive Producer Ken Warwick explained. “We normally went to the two and three phone numbers in the finale, but this year, we start this week.” … Pink Floyd‘s Roger Waters will perform the band’s classic 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon, from start to finish on his forthcoming North American tour. The 19-gig trek kicks off September 6 in Holmdel, New Jersey, and wraps up October 12 in Seattle. Waters will perform two nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden. …

Want to see a private performance by the All-American Rejects with 15 of your friends? If you answered “You bet,” check out the American Eagle Outfitters Web site, where entries for the “Road Trip Party” contest are being accepted until May 2. The grand-prize winner — along with guests — will be flown out to Los Angeles in June for the concert. Before the show, the winner and his or her lucky friends will get to hang out with the band, and the prize also includes hotel accommodations and a $500 shopping spree. First-prize winners will win an All-American Rejects autographed guitar and a $500 American Eagle gift card. The second prize is a $50 gift card and an AAR CD signed by the band. … Dashboard Confessional‘s forthcoming album has been given a title: Dusk and Summer. A summer release is planned. …

OK Go will open select dates for She Wants Revenge as well as Panic! At the Disco this summer — when they’re not headlining their own shows, that is. In most of the cities they’re scheduled to play, the bandmembers will pair with YouTube.com and select a fan to shoot a 10-minute interview and the band’s performance in exchange for editing something for the site. OK Go will release their new single, “Invincible,” at the end of May. … The Fiery Furnaces are hitting the road from June 8 in Detroit to June 30 in Washington, D.C. The duo are supporting the just-released Bitter Tea.Slipknot turntablist Sid Wilson will release his debut full length, The New Leader, in June. The album, to be issued under the alias DJ Starscream, will showcase a heavier side of mash-ups, which Wilson has dubbed “mosh-ups.” …

Metric frontwoman Emily Haines is taking a break from her synth-rock day gig to make her solo debut with Knives Don’t Have Your Back, due September 26. Recorded over four years in four cities — New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and her hometown of Toronto — the 12-track album was produced by John O’Mahoney (Strokes, System of a Down) and Metric guitarist Jimmy Shaw. Knives also includes collaborations with fellow Canadian musicians Justin Peroff (Broken Social Scene) and Evan Cranley (Stars). … Arcade Fire‘s touring violinist, Final Fantasy (a.k.a. Owen Pallet), will release his sophomore solo album, He Poos Clouds, on June 13. Eight of the album’s 10 songs have a rather interesting inspiration: “Dungeons & Dragons.” After his European trek comes to an end, Final Fantasy will play several American dates, including stops in New York; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Columbus, Ohio.

Hoboken, New Jersey, indie rockers Yo La Tengo are self-releasing an album of covers played at annual WFMU fundraisers from 1996-2003. Songs on the 31-track album, titled Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics, were recorded during the eight-year period when the band played requests on host Gaylord Fields’ show in exchange for donations to help fund the independent radio station. For sale on the band’s Web site, the disc includes the Eurythmics‘ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” T. Rex‘s “20th Century Boy” and Velvet Underground‘s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’.” … FX’s fireman drama “Rescue Me” will release a soundtrack May 30 to coincide with the premiere of its third season. Bands on the disc include the Von Bondies (whose “C’mon, C’mon” serves as the series’ theme), Stereophonics, the Subways, Ray LaMontagne, Wolf Parade and Our Lady Peace. …

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Nelly will host a celebrity-softball tournament in Richmond, Virginia, on May 2 to raise money for his 4Sho4Kids Foundation. The game will take place at the Diamond, home of minor-league baseball team the Richmond Braves, and tickets cost start at $10. St. Lunatics rapper Murphy Lee, Goodie Mob‘s Big Gipp, actress Gabrielle Union and Green Bay Packer/ occasional fantasy-football demigod Ahman Green will join Nelly for the game. Head to ClearChannelRichmond.com/
celebsoftball.html for more info. …

Ever wanted to read the innermost thoughts of Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, the Game and Bam Margera? Now you can. BlogStar has a new service that’ll beam the blog stylings of all four — plus a host of other celebs — directly to your Sprint cell phone. The stars will document their day-to-day lives via camera-phone pics and text messages, and for a fee of $5 per blog, Sprint customers will be able to access the action. For more info check out BlogStar.com. … Russell Simmons held another Hip-Hop Summit over the weekend, this time at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Panel contributors Nas, LL Cool J, Jim Jones, T.I., Papoose, manager Chris Lighty and Maino gave advice and spoke about economic empowerment in the urban community.
(See what went down at the event in these photos.” )

Clothing designer Marc Ecko announced a First Amendment federal lawsuit against Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. and the City of New York on Monday (April 24), challenging the city’s new anti-graffiti legislation. The case, centered around artists under the age of 21, asks a federal judge to issue an order preventing the city and New York Police Department from enforcing recent amendments to the city’s anti-graffiti laws, which went into effect January 1. The laws criminalize simple possession of spray paint and broad-tipped markers for anyone under 21, regardless of the reason for their possession. They also prohibit anyone under 21 from purchasing spray paint. Ecko’s move comes as a hoax video he shot promoting his StillFree.com Web site — in which it appears that his crew tags the president’s plane, Air Force One — is gaining buzz online. … In an unlikely pairing, 50 Cent will appear on daytime talk show “The View” to discuss what may be an even more unlikely topic: kids and nutrition. The rapper will join fitness guru Jorge Cruise on Friday’s episode, which airs at 11 a.m. ET on ABC. In perhaps a better fit, Jewel is slated to appear on daytime drama “The Young and the Restless,” where she will perform two songs (“Again and Again” and “Good Day”) at a coffeehouse benefit concert. The episode airs May 31. …

Beyoncé is already hard at work on her next solo album, pulling 12-hour days, reports producer Sean Garrett, who boasts that “the songs are sick.” “She’s in a place I’ve never seen her in before,” Garrett told MTV Radio. “She’s very vibrant, very happy, and her mindset is incredible. She’s in a zone.” Meanwhile, Garrett’s already finished up three tracks for Britney Spears‘ upcoming album. They’re “trying to do some real crazy-ass stuff that the world is going to love,” he said. Garrett has also worked on a song called “London Bridge” for the upcoming solo album from the Black Eyed PeasFergie. “It’s going to be stupid,” Garrett said. “The beat is amazing. I think everyone will get to know Fergie’s personality. It’s crazy.” …

The Black Eyed Peas have announced a benefit concert, scheduled to take place May 28 at Johannesburg Stadium at Ellis Park in South Africa. The Peas’ charity organization, the Peapod Foundation, will raise awareness and funds for the Shanduka Foundation’s Adopt-A-School program in South Africa. “Two years ago we played to commemorate 10 years of freedom in South Africa, and I made a promise that we would return to give a free show to the people who may never have to chance to get down and celebrate with the Black Eyed Peas,” Will.I.Am said in a statement. The Peas will perform alongside South African musicians and dancers. …

The 15th anniversary of the death of French pop provocateur Serge Gainsbourg is celebrated on the upcoming tribute album Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited (June 20), which features covers performed by Franz Ferdinand, R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, Cat Power, Pulp‘s Jarvis Cocker, Portishead, Feist, Tricky, the Kills and the Rakes. … After winning MTV’s “Battle for Ozzfest” in January 2005, touring on that summer’s version of the ‘Fest and then releasing an album on Sanctuary Records, Texas screamers A Dozen Furies have called it quits. Drummer Mike Miller broke the news on the band’s site, ADozenFuries.com, writing, “After two amazing, short years, A Dozen Furies has called it a day. We could go on and on about all of the reasons why, but when it comes down to it, it’s because we’ve grown apart.” Miller then wrote that ADF would play a farewell gig at the Ridglea Metal and Hardcore Fest on May 6 in Fort Worth, Texas, but according to another post on the site, the band has since canceled that appearance. …

Starting Friday, you’ll be able to hear Neil Young‘s brand-new protest album, Living With War, streaming in its entirety on NeilYoung.com. Since breaking news of the album on his site last week, Young has been revealing song titles and posting lyrics. At the moment you can read the words to seven of the album’s 10 tracks, including “After the Garden,” “The Restless Consumer” and “Flags of Freedom.” The album will be available from digital retailers starting May 2 and will hit stores in early May. … The self-titled LP by former Young collaborators Pearl Jam goes after the Bush administration head-on, frontman Eddie Vedder admits in the new issue of Newsweek. “It’s just not the time to be cryptic,” he told the magazine about the May 2 release. “I mean, our tax dollars for this [Iraq] war are being funneled through huge corporations — one of which, [Halliburton,] Dick Cheney used to be head; and there’s an even greater disparity between rich or poor in this country. It offends me on a really deep level.”