For The Record: Quick News On Eminem, Aaliyah, Panic! At The Disco, DMX, Beyonce, Britney Spears & More

Em auctioning kicks for charity; candlelight vigil held for Aaliyah; Panic frontman hit by bottle.

Eminem has teamed with Nike to auction off a limited-edition series of Air Max sneakers to benefit the rapper’s Marshall Mathers Foundation and NineMillion.org, an agency dedicated to protecting refugees worldwide. The partnership will see the Shady Records CEO design eight models of the popular shoe, and they will be available to bid on at Nike stores and via eBay. “We’re always looking for new ways to try to raise money and awareness for the foundation, so when Nike approached us we jumped at the chance,” Eminem said in a statement. “When we got the info on NineMillion.org, it made even more sense. Who wouldn’t want to design their own line of Nikes? And to do it for charity makes it that much better.” Only 64 pairs of sneakers will be made available, with each set autographed by the multiplatinum star. The four-week auction begins Thursday. …

A candlelight vigil for Aaliyah will be held Friday night (August 25) in New York’s Central Park at the weeping willow tree that was planted in the singer’s memory. The memorial, being held five years after her tragic passing, will take place at 7 p.m. Services took place earlier in the day at Ferncliff Cemetery, where Aaliyah is buried. The Aaliyah Memorial Fund recently partnered with Zingy, which is devoting 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of Aaliyah ringtones and wallpaper to the nonprofit organization. Fans who want to make a direct donation to the fund or send letters can do so at MemorialFund.Kintera.org. …

Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie got a rather rude welcome to the stage at the Reading Festival on Friday: a bottle to the face. The band had just launched into the opening chords of its first song on the main stage at Reading — one of the U.K.’s oldest summer festivals — when someone in the crowd launched a bottle that clocked him square in the kisser. Urie immediately collapsed and was surrounded by his bandmates and roadies before getting back on his feet. Urie was OK, and Panic finished their set without further bottle-related hijinks. …

DMX has done it again. The unpredictable rap star, who was scheduled to perform for troops in Kuwait and Iraq on a United Service Organizations tour this week, failed to arrive for his flight on Wednesday, the organization announced Thursday. “We are extremely disappointed that DMX decided not to complete the tour he asked us to arrange for him,” a USO spokesperson said in a statement. “[He] let a lot of people down.” X was initially scheduled to depart on Tuesday, but the rapper’s representatives asked to postpone the flight by a day. The next morning, however, X was a no-show. “DMX missed the flight,” his management responded via e-mail. “[But] we did not anticipate that this would lead to the entire tour being canceled. He was extremely disappointed and saddened. This trip was planned with the greatest of intentions. He admires these soldiers and wants the troops and the USO to know that he will do anything to make it up to them.” …

If you like Beyoncé‘s “Ring the Alarm,” you ain’t heard nothing yet, says the track’s producer, Swizz Beatz. “That’s just one of the many presents I gave her for her B’Day,” he said. “I have the most tracks on her album as a single producer, and just wait till you hear the other three. I’ve never heard a singer singing on tracks like this. It hasn’t been done in R&B yet, and if she can pull this off, it’s going down. We’re taking stuff to the next level.” … Swizz promises something just as groundbreaking for the new Britney Spears album, which he’s currently working on with songwriter Sean Garrett. “That’s my partner in crime right there,” Swizz said. “The Britney stuff, we’re creating just for her. It’s a lot of tempo, a lot of hard drums, a lot of sonic changes. It’s just something that when you hear it, you get goose bumps. She’s back for real.” … Also keeping Swizz busy with his beats is Jennifer Lopez, who’s working with the producer on her upcoming ska-pop album. “It’s coming out incredible,” he said. “We’re putting together some great things, and not what everyone’s expecting. Think a little Jamiroquai, a little Sade. It’s real feel-good music.” …

Beck has decided on “Cell Phone’s Dead” as the first single from his new album, The Information, due October 3. Michel Gondry directed the video … Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton will be on the sidelines when the band begins its Route of All Evil Tour with Mötley Crüe on September 14 in Holmdel, New Jersey. Hamilton, who just finished a seven-week course of radiation treatment for throat cancer, will be with his family until he rejoins the band in mid-October. David Hull, who played with Aerosmith’s lead guitarist in the Joe Perry Project, will be filling in. … Plenty of “American Idol” top-10 finishers have released albums, but a 13th-placer? Make way for Ayla Brown, 18, the basketball-playing almost-finalist from the most recent “Idol” season who announced Thursday — just hours after her “Idol” obligation lapsed — that she is releasing her debut, Forward, on October 17 on the Double Deal Brand Records label. According to the singer’s Web site, the first single, “Know You Better/ I Quit,” will be released on September 12. The album is slated to feature songs written by Grammy winner Diane Warren, David Eriksen (Clay Aiken, Lindsay Lohan), Ruby Amanfu, singer Jonatha Brooke and Phil Thornalley (Natalie Imbruglia‘s “Torn”). …

A man who claimed to be the illegitimate son of producer/singer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds pleaded guilty on Thursday to a misdemeanor intimidation charge for his role in trying to extort millions from the singer. According to the Indianapolis Star, John Travis Clark will spend three months in a work-release program and be on probation for six months after threatening to go on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and announce he was Edmonds’ son unless he was paid $20 million. Edmonds did not attend the hearing, but said in a statement, “I want to make it emphatically clear that John Clark is not my son. I do not know his mother. [He] sought to ruin my reputation by broadcasting his lies to the entire country, which would not only destroy my family but would resonate loudly in the music industry.” … Moby and John Digweed will headline Ultra.NY, a live DJ event scheduled for September 22 at Rumsey Playfield in New York’s Central Park. Soulwax Nite Versions, Junkie XL, Benny Benassi, Boris and David Waxman are also on the bill. … “I Trust You to Kill Me,” a documentary following Kiefer Sutherland as a tour manger for Rocco DeLuca & the Burden in a jaunt through Europe, will hit select theaters beginning September 8 in New York and a week later in Los Angeles. Rocco DeLuca is the first act on Sutherland and Jude Cole‘s Ironworks label.

08.24.2006

Proud papa Mathew Knowles says enough is enough — people should stop picking on his daughter. In the wake of the latest rumor that Beyoncé‘s B’Day is being pushed back from its September 5 release date, the singer’s manager has come out swinging. On Thursday (August 24), he released a statement attacking the haters. “It is apparent that there is a consistent plan by some to create chaos around Beyoncé’s B’Day album release on September 5 in the U.S.,” he said. “First, it was a petition against the single ‘Deja Vu,’ then a rumor regarding conflict between Beyoncé and Rihanna, seizures caused by the ‘Ring the Alarm’ video, putting out a single to compete with LeToya‘s album and now, to add to all the ridiculous rumors, my plan to postpone the release of her B’Day album. What will be next? Beyoncé’s cut off all her hair? Dyed it green? Maybe she’s singing the songs in reverse with some hidden subliminal message!” Knowles went on to say he is pleased with the success of “Deja Vu” and outlined a plan for his daughter to have three singles in the marketplace at once. He also noted that B has not been thrown off-course by the distractions. …

Volkswagen sponsored a VIP screening and listening party for Outkast‘s “Idlewild” film and soundtrack on Wednesday night in New York. The screening kicked off at the AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 in Manhattan, where Busta Rhymes, Remy Ma and radio personality Miss Info took in the film. Donnell “Ashy Larry” Rawlings of “Chappelle’s Show,” Mario and model Tyson Beckford partied at club Providence afterward. …

Looks like Tokyo can handle Britney‘s bod after all. Promotional posters for the Japanese edition of the controversial Harper’s Bazaar issue featuring a nude shot of Spears on its cover had been deemed “too stimulating” for posting, but now Tokyo Metro has agreed to present the image in full form as an exception to its obscenity rule, The Associated Press reports. The screening team said it understands publisher HB Japan Inc. had intended to portray Spears as a happy mother, not be sexually explicit. “I’m glad the subway officials understood the meaning of the photo,” Kayoko Higashino, deputy chief editor of the magazine’s Japanese edition, told AP. In the censored area, the publisher had intended to write, “in this place we are not allowed to exercise the same level of freedom of expression as the original Harper’s Bazaar.” …

The Black Eyed Peas will be without tourmates Pussycat Dolls for three dates on their current tour. PCD will miss shows on Thursday (August 24) in Mansfield, Massachusetts; Friday in Wantagh, New York; and Sunday in Syracuse, New York, after Nicole Scherzinger was diagnosed with an ear infection that prevents her from traveling and performing. Danity Kane will step in for the Dolls and open Thursday night’s show at the Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts. … Taking Back Sunday and 30 Seconds to Mars will headline the annual MTV2 and LIFEbeat: The Music Industry Fights AIDS benefit concert on August 30 at Webster Hall in New York. … The Raconteurs will open for Bob Dylan at eight shows this fall, beginning November 9 in Portland, Maine, and ending November 18 in Philadelphia. …

Dashboard Confessional will hit the road this fall with Brand New for a tour that’ll get under way on October 13 in Mesa, Arizona. More dates for the trek should be forthcoming, but for now, here are the ones that have been booked: October 17 in San Jose, California; October 18 in Bakersfield, California; October 20 in Las Vegas; October 21 in San Diego; October 23 in Orem, Utah; and October 27 in Rosemont, Illinois. … Papoose says the wait is over — he’s inked a deal. The Brooklyn, New York, MC, who is one of the hottest spitters in the underground right now, announced on radio station Hot 97 Wednesday night that he has signed to Jive Records for $1.5 million dollars. Reps from Jive could not be reached for comment. …

Former Jane’s Addiction/ current Panic Channel guitarist and host of “Rock Star: Supernova” Dave Navarro revealed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week that Jane’s fans shouldn’t completely rule out yet another reunion of the seminal alternative-rock outfit. “Here’s the thing about Jane’s Addiction,” he said, “as much as I love it and was a huge part of my life, we have reunited three times in our career. When enough’s enough, you kind of pack it up, and [frontman] Perry [Farrell] remains one of my favorite all-time singers and he has a great thing coming out called Satellite Party. Never say never. We got our hands full with the Panic Channel. He’s got his hands full. I wish him the best. He’s a great artist.” …

Metallica and the White Stripes have their stops in Springfield scheduled for next month, and now you can take a look at the bands’ two-dimensional likenesses. (Check out Metallica and the White Stripes in “Simpsons” yellow .) The metal legends rock the back of a pickup truck for the September 10 season premiere of “The Simpsons,” while Meg and Jack White meet up with a drumming Bart — who picks up the sticks at a child psychiatrist’s urging — in the September 17 episode. … The first L.A. Weekly Detour Music Festival will take over the streets of downtown Los Angeles on October 7 with a lineup that includes Beck, Queens of the Stone Age, Basement Jaxx, Blackalicious, Peeping Tom, Redd Kross, Nortec Collective, Of Montreal, the Like, the Elected and Oh No! Oh My! The all-ages show will also feature DJ sets from VHS or Beta, Steve Aoki/ Kid Millionaire, Shepard Fairey and Travis Keller. More acts are expected to be added soon. …

Method Man will be meeting fans and signing copies of his latest album, 4:21 … The Day After, in New York on Tuesday at Virgin Megastore’s Union Square location. Wristbands for the event will be handed out beginning at 9 a.m. … Lupe Fiasco will perform on the Chad Michael Murray TV drama “One Tree Hill” this season. The rapper is scheduled to shoot his scenes next week. … Constantine Maroulis is joining Haylie Duff and Usher on the Great White Way. The former “American Idol” contestant has signed on for an eight-week run in the Broadway production of “The Wedding Singer,” and begins rehearsals Friday. He will play Sammy, the Thriller glove-wearing best friend of lead character Robbie (played by Stephen Lynch). Maroulis will have one big number, called “Single,” but it’s undetermined if he’ll play the bass onstage like his predecessor. …

Maroulis’ “Idol” competitor Mikalah Gordon was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint in Las Vegas early Wednesday morning, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. The 18-year-old singer was taking a break from a recording session when she and a friend were approached by a man with a gun. When three other men arrived and forced her to the ground, Gordon began to have a panic attack — which Gordon’s mother, Victoria Cavaricci, believes may have saved her life. “She’s scarred and scared, but it could have been so much worse,” Cavaricci said. “Police said she’s so lucky she’s alive.” … Apple Computer announced Wednesday that it had settled a patent dispute with Creative Technology for $100 million. The bitter battle over the technologies that run the companies’ rival portable digital music players — which Creative claimed to have come up with first for its Zen player — had involved five lawsuits filed by the companies against each other, with each staking a claim to the software that made their players run. According to the Washington Post, as part of the agreement, Apple agreed to pay for a license to use Creative’s patent and Creative has been given the OK to design accessories such as speakers and earphones for the iPod, which dominates the portable market with about 75 percent of sales.