For The Record: Quick News On Jamie Foxx, Nas, Kelis, Lil' Flip, Beck, Steve-O, Interpol, Rolling Stones & More

Foxx visits 'Sesame Street'; Nas joins Kelis for next single; Flip signs with Asylum/ Warner Bros.

Wonder what kids are learning these days on "Sesame Street"? On Wednesday's episode, viewers will find out that Jamie Foxx can bust a mean alphabet song, but he's no fox. The singer/actor faces off with a fox Muppet named Jamie, who points out that Foxx is missing the requisite bushy tail and pointy ears. And while Foxx is just visiting the Street, a new girl has moved into the neighborhood. Three-year-old fairy-in-training Abby Cadabby — who has purple pigtails, wings and a magic wand — is the first female Muppet to join the show in 13 years. ...

Kelis teamed up with someone special for the second single from her upcoming album. "Blindfold Me," the next track set to be released from the August 22 LP, features Nas, her husband. Kelis Was Here also includes a collaboration with Will.I.Am as well as production from Cee-Lo, Scott Storch and Sean Garrett. ... Lil' Flip has signed with Asylum/ Warner Bros. Records and plans to release the album I Need Mine this fall. The new release will feature fresh songs that weren't included in a version of I Need Mine that leaked during Flip's label transition, Warner Bros. said in a statement. ...

Beck is giving out The Information. His ninth studio album and fourth one produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead) will contain 15 tracks — the most songs the Silver Lake, California, Scientologist has put on one album since 1994's One Foot in the Grave. Homemade videos for "This Girl," "1,000 BPM," "No Complaints," "Nausea," "We Dance Alone" and "Movie Theme" have already been floating around online, but, according to Beck's Web site, "This Girl" won't be appearing on the record. The remaining tracks will be: "Elevator Music," "Think I'm in Love," "Cell Phone's Dead," "Soldier Jane," "Strange Apparition," "Dark Star," "Motorcade," "The Information," "New Round" and "Horrible Fanfare/ Landslide/ Exoskeleton." ...

Steve-O will set out to "de-wussify" American men in "Camp Steve-O," a reality-TV pilot that's been greenlit by USA Networks. In the half-hour program, the "Jackass" star will tour the country in a camper van and bring his boot camp directly into "the homes and offices of wimps, nerds and couch-potatoes," according to a press release. ... Bring on the major leagues. Noirish indie-rockers Interpol have left Matador Records and signed to Capitol. The group is scheduled to begin recording its third album, the still-untitled follow-up to 2004's Antics, this fall. The new LP is tentatively scheduled for mid-2007 release, according to a Capitol Records spokesperson. ...

The Rolling Stones have nixed another concert date in Spain as frontman Mick Jagger continues to recover from a sore throat, The Associated Press reports. "I am very sorry to be canceling this show as well," Jagger said in a statement. "But unfortunately I have no other choice and I apologize to everyone who bought tickets for El Ejido." The tour is slated to restart Sunday in London. ... XM subscribers will get to hear Bob Dylan's new album in the first moments of August 28, a day before the disc hits stores. Modern Times — Dylan's first studio LP in five years — will premiere at midnight ET on XM's Deep Tracks, the Village and Hear Music stations, with repeat plays at 6 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. ET. ...

Imagine WWE champ Chris Jericho sharing a romantic moment with R&B diva Patti LaBelle — sure they'd make an odd couple, but what would they sound like together? Fox's "Celebrity Duets" is pairing celebs such as Jericho, Alfonso Ribeiro ("The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"), Jai Rodriquez ("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy") and Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess") with hit recording artists including LaBelle, Macy Gray, Michael Bolton and Dionne Warwick. The competition, which will be judged by producer David Foster, kicks off August 29. ...

B Real is close to finishing his first solo studio album, Smoke in Mirrors. "I got about 25 songs in the can right now," the Cypress Hill rapper said. "I'm going to work a little bit longer on it just to make sure I'm satisfied with what I got." ... Mike Patton's Peeping Tom have been tapped to open for the Who for seven shows next month. Look for them to take the stage in Philadelphia (September 12); Wantagh, New York (September 13); Ottawa, Ontario (September 15); Boston (September 16); New York (September 18 and 19); and Holmdel, New Jersey, on September 21. ... About 30 minutes into their set at Auburn, Washington's Endfest 15 on Saturday, the Mars Volta were hit with bottles of urine hurled by concertgoers. According to The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala made comments about playing at a corporately owned venue on Native American soil before storming off the White River Amphitheater stage. ...

Kasabian have booked a North American fall tour to promote their new album, Empire, due September 19. The outing begins September 17 in Boston and wraps up exactly one month later in Portland, Oregon. ... Damon Gough, better known as Badly Drawn Boy, will release his fifth album, Born in the U.K., on October 17. A fall tour will be announced soon. ... The inaugural Radio Rebellion Tour, featuring Norma Jean, Between the Buried and Me, Fear Before the March of Flames, Misery Signals, the Fully Down and the Confession, will kick off in Nashville on October 6. The tour has 34 dates scheduled through a December 2 stop in Atlanta. ... The New York Dolls will play a free concert at South Street Seaport's Pier 17 in New York on Friday. The gig will commence at 8 p.m., and the band is expected to perform several cuts from its latest LP, One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This. ... Bruno Kirby, Billy Crystal's co-star in "City Slickers" and "When Harry Met Sally," died Monday due to complications from recently diagnosed leukemia, according to "Access Hollywood." Kirby, who also appeared in "The Godfather: Part II," "Donnie Brasco," "Sleepers," "This Is Spinal Tap" and "Good Morning, Vietnam," was 57. He most recently played a producer on HBO's "Entourage." ...

Want to hear some of the Rapture's new album, Pieces of the People We Love? The New York dance rockers' disc is due September 12, but the band is currently streaming five new songs — the title track, "Get Myself Into It," "Don Gon Do It," "The Sound" and "Whoo! Alright - Yeah ... Uh Huh" at PiecesOfThePeopleWeLove.com. Users must upload a picture of themselves into a massive virtual collage to gain access to the new tracks. ... Cursive, who will release Happy Hollow on August 22, will head out on the road next month, starting with a gig in Fargo, North Dakota, on September 22. Dates are scheduled through November 27 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ... Filmmaker Adam Muskiewicz has a proposition for conspiracy theorists: Prove that Elvis Presley is alive and he'll fork over $3 million. "This is the biggest myth in the history of pop culture," the director of the upcoming documentary "The Truth About Elvis" said in a statement, "and I hope to determine, once and for all, if Elvis is dead or alive." You can take a look at some of the evidence Muskiewicz has collected and compare notes with other amateur detectives at ElvisWanted.com.

08.14.2006

Hilary Duff's relying on neither her sister nor her boyfriend for help with her next album. While Haylie helped write songs on her debut, she's sitting out this time, as are Joel and Benji Madden, who had produced the three new songs on Hilary's Most Wanted greatest-hits collection. "They're working on their own album," Hilary explained. "I'm writing most of the stuff this time. It's kind of just Kara [DioGuardi, a frequent Hilary collaborator] and me writing, and then going in the studio and recording." While it's still "very early on," she said, she's going in a new direction, "more dancey ... but really hip-hop because we're using a lot of real instruments." "I don't know exactly how to explain what we're doing, but it's fun and funky and different, something new for me," she said. "It's really cool." In the meantime, Hilary has unveiled her newly designed Stuff by Hilary Duff fall collection, as well as HilaryOnRed.com, a new Web site for her fashion line. The site will feature a fashion show on Tuesday in which she'll offer up commentary while seven young runway models showcase each new look to the tune of the singer's new single, "Play With Fire." ...

"American Idol" hopefuls should bone up on the classics, if Simon Cowell's favorite songs are any indication of what he wants to hear in auditions. The judge, who shared his all-time favorites on BBC Radio 4's "Desert Island Discs," revealed eight top tracks — and only one, Daniel Bedingfield's "If You're Not the One," was released in the past 30 years. Tops for Cowell is Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife," which he called "the best song ever made, ever produced, ever sung." Herb Alpert's "This Guy's in Love With You" is his pick for "sexiest song ever," while he named Charles Aznavour's "She" among "the most beautiful songs of all time." Cowell said he'd also choose to bring a mirror on his island adventure — "because I'd miss me." ...

Kate Hudson and the Black Crowes' Chris Robinson are separating after being married for six years, The Associated Press reports. The couple have a 2-year-old son, Ryder Russell Robinson. ... Travis Barker's ex Shanna Moakler is dusting herself off and hitting the dance floor next month for ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." The former Miss USA will be facing off against "High School Musical" star Monique Coleman; singers Willa Ford and Sara Evans; talk-show host Jerry Springer; football legend Emmitt Smith; actors Vivica A. Fox, Mario López, Harry Hamlin, Joe Lawrence; and conservative talking head Tucker Carlson in the ballroom-dancing competition, the third season of which premieres September 12. ...

Dancer/rapper/model Kevin Federline is a man of many hats, and now he's adding record executive to the mix. Federation Records, a joint venture between Federline and manager Dan Dymtrow, will release — you guessed it — K-Fed's own Playing With Fire as its inaugural LP. Federline's single "Lose Control" is scheduled to arrive at radio August 21, the morning after he performs the track as the closing act of the Teen Choice 2006 awards show. ... Joanna, fresh off Teen People's Rock & Shop Mall Tour, has been named the opening act for Nick Lachey's fall tour, which kicks off September 20 in Albany, New York. Joanna's debut, This Crazy Life, is due Tuesday, while her single "Let It Slide" is already at radio. ...

After shooting a special acoustic show for this week's performance night of "Rock Star: Supernova," the final eight rockers on the show hosted a mid-season party at their Los Angeles mansion. The finalists entertained guests with an impromptu jam session featuring Magni and Toby Rand dueting on U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name," Dilana (with help from Storm Large) delivering the Janis Joplin staple "Me and Bobby McGee" and Ryan Star debuting one of his own tunes. ... Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul is teaming up with Mudvayne's Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett, and Nothingface's Jerry Montano and Tom Maxwell, for a new project that has yet to be named. In a bulletin on Nothingface's MySpace page, Montano said the material that the new group has been working on "is amazing," and that the still-unnamed act's album should be out in the spring, followed by a U.S. tour. ...

Having spent most of the summer abroad, the Strokes will return to North America later this month to kick off a string of live shows. The band has four gigs set in Mexico between August 30 and September 3, and will play Toronto on September 10. The Strokes mark their return to the U.S. with a September 12 performance in Boston and have headlining shows scheduled in Ithaca, New York (September 17); Norfolk, Virginia (September 19); Pompano Beach, Florida (September 24); Kansas City, Missouri (October 1); Albany, New York (October 6); and Hampton Beach, New Hampshire (October 8). The Strokes will also open for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in Chicago (September 14-15); Gainesville, Florida (September 21); Atlanta (September 22) and Los Angeles (September 26). ... Brooklyn, New York, rockers TV on the Radio are hitting the road in support of their upcoming album, Return to Cookie Mountain, which is due September 12. The 25-date North American trek kicks off September 14 in New Orleans and comes to a close November 21 in Philadelphia. The tour includes stops at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on September 16 and a two-night stand at New York's Irving Plaza on November 17 and 18. ...

The Used claim the album they've been recently working on will be "the best record we have ever written." In an online post, bassist Jeph Howard described the writing process as "amazing ... I'm really so stoked." The band has written 22 songs, and Howard explained that "the record is coming along better than ever and we all feel more strongly about the Used than we ever have." No word yet on when the LP will surface. ... More dates have been revealed for Atreyu's upcoming trek with From First to Last, Every Time I Die and Chiodos. The tour will hit San Diego on October 6; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on October 15; Seattle on November 14; and Hollywood on November 20. ... Dates for Eighteen Visions' upcoming tour with Bullet for My Valentine, Escape the Fate and Drop Dead, Gorgeous are beginning to trickle out. The run will be making stops in Dallas (September 22); Austin, Texas, (September 23); Houston (September 24); Lake Buena Vista, Florida (September 27); and St. Petersburg, Florida (September 29). Additional stops will be announced in the coming weeks. ...

Last week's foiled terrorist plot targeting U.K.-to-U.S. flights has made traveling by plane a pain — just ask Snow Patrol. Two of the band's gigs — an Auburn, Washington, show scheduled for last Saturday and a Portland, Oregon, performance on last Sunday — were scratched when just two members of the five-man band were able to cross the Atlantic in time for the performances. "Continued delays and problems securing new flights have made it impossible for [frontman Gary Lightbody, drummer Jonny Quinn and bassist Paul Wilson] to arrive in time for the concerts," the band said in a statement. "Snow Patrol regrets any inconvenience or disappointment it has caused its fans." There's no word yet on when the band will reschedule the missed gigs, but the Patrol expect to make the show they have scheduled for Tuesday in Boston. ... The Rolling Stones have canceled a concert scheduled for Monday in Valladolid, Spain, after Mick Jagger was ordered to rest his voice. The singer has laryngitis, the band said in a statement, while a spokesperson for the show's promoter said the gig isn't likely to be rescheduled. "I am very sorry to be canceling this show," Jagger apologized to ticket holders in a statement posted on the band's Web site. "I always love playing in Spain, but unfortunately, I have no other choice." ... Boy George reported for duty at New York's Department of Sanitation on Monday (August 14) at 7.a.m., and was soon sweeping up trash and leaves from city streets before a crowd of journalists and photographers, AP reports. The singer, who was ordered to perform community service after pleading guilty to reporting a false incident earlier this year, quickly began to clash with the media. "Go home," the former Culture Club frontman told reporters. "This is supposed to be making me humble. ... I just want to do my job."