For The Record: Quick News On Jay-Z, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin, Snoop Dogg, CBGB, OK Go, Jet & More

Paltrow, Martin join Jay-Z onstage; CBGB closing date set; OK Go plot tour.

Jay-Z just can’t keep the stage to himself in London. The rapper, who has performed in the city twice on his current Water for Life tour, was joined by Nas and Beyoncé during Saturday’s show at Wembley Arena, and was backed up by Gwyneth Paltrow — who lent her voice to “Song Cry” — and Coldplay‘s Chris Martin at Wednesday’s gig at Royal Albert Hall, the venue’s very first hip-hop show. Check out Think MTV’s Water for Life site to read Jay-Z’s tour diary, see photos from the many stops on his global trek and learn more about the mission. …

Snoop Dogg‘s guest appearance on the Showtime series “Weeds” will air Monday at 10 p.m. As previously reported, Snoop will star as himself in the episode, which will feature the rapper making a deal with the drama’s entrepreneurs and recording a song about marijuana. …

An October 16 closing date has been set for New York’s iconic punk landmark CBGB. There’s no word yet on who will perform the night before, but owner Hilly Kristal has been hinting at something special — an evening of music featuring some of the bands CBGB helped to break over the years — although no definitive plans have been announced yet. A crew will enter the club on October 16 to dismantle it piece by piece. Kristal hopes to move most of CBGB to Las Vegas, where he would reopen the club this spring. …

With their treadmill-riffic “Here It Goes Again” video still getting plenty of attention, OK Go are heading out for a batch of headlining shows beginning October 7 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. That show will be a free gig at the Pontiac Garage Stage, held prior to the University of Michigan’s football face-off against Michigan State. After that, the band will play four additional shows in October, then tour more extensively through November 21. On November 26, they’ll link up with Death Cab for Cutie to open for them for five dates. OK Go will also perform on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” November 7. … Jet have been forced to cancel their Friday and Sunday concerts in Philadelphia and Toronto, respectively, as lead singer Nic Cester is battling laryngitis. The band plans to reschedule the shows for November. …

Nick Lachey invited People magazine onboard his luxury tour bus for a feature in the October 9 issue (out Friday), and showed off some of his road-trip amenities, including flat-screen TVs, leather couches and a full-size bed. “It’s nicer than most apartments I’ve lived in!” Lachey said. The singer, who prefers highway travel to flying, revealed that his post-show routine includes video-game marathons. “Then I’d go back [to the bedroom], go to sleep, wake up and I’m in the next city. That’s the beauty of the bus. It couldn’t be any better.” The tour hits Rosemont, Illinois, on Thursday. … Lachey’s former 98 Degrees bandmate Jeff Timmons pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and refusal to sign a citation on Wednesday. He was sentenced to one year of probation, 50 hours of community service and ordered to undergo alcohol- and substance-abuse treatment, and pay $900 in court costs and fines. Timmons was originally charged with driving under the influence when authorities pulled over his white Mercedes on April 23 after clocking him at 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, but that charge was dropped due to lack of evidence; Timmons refused to undergo blood or urine testing at the time. …

Marc Ecko marked the 20th anniversary of Spike Lee‘s 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks production company by designing a special collection of jackets, hoodies and T-shirts bearing images from the director’s most memorable films, including “Do the Right Thing.” The limited-edition sportswear line debuted this week. … The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are back on the road again starting Thursday in San Diego. They’re being joined on select dates by the Eagles of Death Metal, the Blood Brothers, Ex Models and Deerhunter. The trek runs through October 16 in Nashville, after which they’ll shove off to Central and South America for additional dates. … The Pixies documentary “Loud Quiet Loud” will debut in Los Angeles on November 3, and the DVD is due four days later. Before that, though, fans can feast their eyes on “Pixies Live at the Paradise in Boston,” which hits stores Tuesday. The 110-minute disc contains one of the band’s 2004 reunion gigs, plus an unreleased, 12-song 1986 set the Pixies played at another Boston venue, T.T. the Bear’s Place. …

A childhood friend of Bob Dylan is selling a tape featuring three of the folk icon’s earliest recordings. As a teenager in Minnesota in the late 1950s, Ric Kangas was buddies with the artist formerly known as Bobby Zimmerman, who asked Kangas to record one of their jam sessions. According to The Associated Press, Kangas found the tape of those sessions in a suitcase a few years ago and will try to sell it at auction in Dallas early next month. One Dylan expert has appraised the tape at about $100,000. … “America’s Got Talent” first-season winner Bianca Ryan has signed with Columbia Records through SYCO, Simon Cowell‘s imprint. The 12-year-old singer will release her debut album November 14. … “Rock Star: INXS” finalist Mig Ayesa has signed with Universal and will release his debut album in January. The Australian native will tour before then. … Sparta will kick off a North American tour in Dallas on Wednesday. Dates are scheduled through November 1 in Denver. The band is hitting the road in support of the forthcoming LP Threes, which hits stores October 24. …

A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled Wednesday that the creators of the peer-to-peer file-swapping network, StreamCast Networks actively encouraged users to illegally swap songs, movies and other copyrighted materials. The ruling was the latest victory by the entertainment industry over P2P networks and it came as a result of some damning e-mails sent by StreamCast executives, according to the Los Angeles Times. In one, an executive said that the goal “is to get in trouble with the law and get sued. It’s the best way to get in the news.” The music and movie industry sued StreamCast — creators of the Morpheus file-sharing program — in 2001 and last year the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in the case, ruling that technology companies can be held liable for distributing software that is used to violate copyrights. Even after the Supreme Court decision, StreamCast kept fighting as fellow P2P networks Grokster and Kazaa agreed to pay multimillion-dollar settlements in copyright-infringement suits.

09.27.2006

We already know that Diddy and longtime girlfriend Kim Porter are expecting twins. But the rapper/ label boss reveals in the upcoming issue of Vibe that his two sons (one with Porter, one from a previous relationship) will be getting a pair of sisters. The new arrivals could alter his whole outlook, Diddy told the magazine. “People say, to a so-called ladies’ man or whatever, that when you have girls it changes you,” he said. “So I was like, ‘What’s God trying to tell me by giving me two girls?’ When I pray every morning, I thank God for showing me what he showed me while I still have a chance to enjoy myself.” …

A request by Paris Hilton‘s attorney to delay her DUI arraignment has been granted, a spokesperson for city prosecutors told The Associated Press Wednesday (September 27). The arraignment is now scheduled for December 5, although Hilton is not required to appear. …

Jewel, Olivia Newton-John and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager will appear as guest judges when the audition episodes of “American Idol” begin airing in January. … Guns N’ Roses have added two more East Coast dates to their tour itinerary: November 5 in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and November 10 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. … Clay Aiken will team with local orchestras on a holiday tour beginning December 2 in Merrillville, Indiana. The 17-city trek will end December 23 in Greensboro, North Carolina. …

Bono will be the first guest on Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart‘s upcoming HBO series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the music-themed half-hour interview show, described as “musicians on musicians,” will feature Stewart interviewing fellow artists about their craft. The show is slated to begin airing in early 2007. … Tenacious D will release the soundtrack to “The Pick of Destiny” on November 14, three days before the movie opens. The Dust BrothersJohn King produced and Dave Grohl played drums on the album, which includes the first single, “The Pick of Destiny.” …

H.I.M. will not be touring next month. The band’s two-week No Sleep Till Halloween tour has been scrapped so the Finnish goth-rockers can concentrate on writing new material. “We just want to keep it fresh for you and stump you with new material,” frontman Ville Valo said in a statement. “I didn’t feel that I could do that without rehearsing some of this stuff that’s stuck in my heart.” The trek, which was to launch on October 18 and run through October 31, was also set to feature Papa Roach, Lostprophets and Kill Hannah. … Underoath keyboardist Chris Dudley fractured his hand on Sunday while playing football with his bandmates. Dudley was admitted to the hospital and doctors advised him to take off the remainder of the band’s current Canadian tour to ensure he makes a full recovery. The tour will go on, though, with the group’s tour manager, Russ Hickman, filling in on samples. Dudley plans to return for Taste of Chaos International, which kicks off October 8 in Auckland, New Zealand. …

MySpace has hooked up with nonpartisan youth voting organization Declare Yourself to host an online voter-registration drive. The dedicated site at MySpace.com/DeclareYourself features instructions in English and Spanish on how to register to vote and comprehensive information on the upcoming midterm elections. … Don Omar will launch his first U.S. headlining tour next month in Atlanta, with popular Latin acts Aventura and Rakim y Ken-Y in tow. The tour will be in support of Omar’s latest album, King of Kings, which topped Billboard‘s Latin Albums chart and earned Omar an American Music Awards nomination for Favorite Latin Music Artist. The tour is scheduled to conclude with a two-night set in San Juan, Puerto Rico. … The family of Reverend Run released a statement Wednesday that addressed a personal loss that occurred earlier this week. The Run-D.M.C. co-founder had been expecting a child with his wife, Justine Simmons. “On September 26, Victoria Anne Simmons, for some unknown reason, chose to come early and unfortunately did not survive,” the statement read. “Justine Simmons is doing fine. We thank everyone for their support and prayers. We hope that our struggle and strength will help and encourage others.” …

Twenty-six live recordings of artists who played at this summer’s Lollapalooza in Chicago are available now on iTunes, including songs from Sleater-Kinney, Broken Social Scene, Ben Kweller, Wolfmother, Lyrics Born, the Go! Team, the Hold Steady, Matt Costa and Be Your Own Pet. And on October 19 the site LiveLollapalooza.com will launch with the 26 performances, as well as live photos and other recordings in MP3 and FLAC formats. … The Prize Fighter Inferno, the side project of Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez, will release their debut LP, My Brother’s Blood Machine, on October 31. The effort will contain a dozen tracks, including “The Fight of Moses Early & Sir Arthur McCloud,” “Run, Gunner Recall, Run! The Town Wants You Dead!” and “Wayne Andrews, the Old Bee Keeper.” … Motörhead will headline Rock 98.9 Freaker’s Ball 2006 concert, slated for October 28 at Community America Ballpark in Kansas City, Kansas. Buckcherry, Crossfade and Jackyl are also on the bill. …

Boondocks” cartoonist Aaron McGruder and his press syndicate have failed to reach an agreement on the return of the popular comic strip to newspapers, Universal Press Syndicate executives announced Monday. McGruder had requested a six-month sabbatical in order to “restore his creative juices,” but The Washington Post reports that the satirical cartoonist did not return a number of phone calls requesting an update on his status. While the future of the printed comic remains unclear, McGruder’s animated “Boondocks” was recently renewed for a second season on the Cartoon Network. … MSN has signed a deal with Control Room, the company that helped webcast last year’s Live 8 events, to stream live concerts to its users. Microsoft Corporation’s Web portal will exclusively webcast 36 different live events for free, which will be available for on-demand viewing for a period after their initial airing. The first gig, featuring John Legend performing in London, will stream Monday, followed by a performance by John Mayer from New York’s Webster Hall. As part of the pact, Microsoft may also stream the shows to other platforms, such as Xbox Live and MSN Messenger. Microsoft also announced Tuesday that it is funding Wallop, a networking site to rival MySpace.