For The Record: Quick News On Mariah Carey, Killers, Michael Jackson, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man & More

Carey talks new movie; Killers hang with Jimmy Kimmel; Jackson settles with Debbie Rowe.

“Glitter” was a box-office bomb, and now Mariah Carey is pleased that at least one person missed the film. Producer Lee Daniels cast Carey in the upcoming “Tennessee” after catching her performance in the 2002 independent drama “WiseGirls.” “I don’t know if he’s seen ['Glitter'] since then,” Carey told MTV News, “but the great thing is, he’s in the independent-film world and that’s where ‘WiseGirls’ was such a great validating moment for me — even though it was totally overshadowed by the debacle of ‘Glitter.’ ” The singer, who plays a waitress in “Tennessee” — as she did in “WiseGirls” — said the role is a real departure. “The character is so not what you would think. This is not about hairdos and ensembles. The girl’s in the trenches.” …

The Killers are poised to make TV history of sorts next week, when they become the first act to appear for three consecutive nights on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The stint kicks off Tuesday — the day the Killers’ new album, Sam’s Town, hits stores — and comes on the heels of the Las Vegas’ quartet’s appearance as the musical guest on this weekend’s season premiere of “Saturday Night Live.” …

Michael Jackson has settled his custody battle with ex-wife Debbie Rowe, The Associated Press reported Friday (September 29). Rowe’s attorney wouldn’t disclose the terms of the settlement to AP, but Jackson lawyer Michael L. Abrams said the agreement was reached last week and that “both parties are satisfied.” …

Shimmy shimmy ya, one last time: Ol’ Dirty Bastard‘s long-delayed final solo studio album, A Son Unique, will be released November 7 through Damon Dash Music Group/ Koch Records. The date almost coincides with the two-year anniversary of the late rapper’s sudden drug-overdose death on November 13, 2004. A Son Unique will feature collaborations with fellow Wu-Tang Clan members Method Man, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, as well as Pharrell, M.O.P. and Macy Gray. … Patti Smith will perform October 15 at New York’s CBGB, marking the iconic punk club’s final night in business on the Bowery. Tickets for the gig will go on sale Saturday at noon and are priced at $33 a piece. Additional artists are expected to perform that evening as well. …

My Chemical Romance have been tapped to perform their single “Welcome to the Black Parade” during Spike TV’s Scream Awards, scheduled to air October 10. The event, which will be taped October 7 at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater, celebrates the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres and will present a special honor to Ozzy Osbourne. Rosario Dawson, Rose McGowan and Marley Shelton, stars of the upcoming Quentin Tarantino/ Robert Rodriguez collaboration flick “Grindhouse,” will host the show, and Korn are also expected to take the stage. … Baby Rock Records will release a collection of Nirvana songs transformed into lullabies. Due October 31, Rockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Nirvana will feature 10 kid-friendly renditions of Nirvana classics including “In Bloom,” “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Heart-Shaped Box,” “All Apologies” and “Come as You Are.” …

The soundtrack to the surfing documentary “A Brokedown Melody” features new songs from Jack Johnson, Matt Costa and Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder, who contributes the spare ukulele love song “Goodbye.” The album, due November 14 on Johnson’s Brushfire label, also has tracks from Kings of Convenience, the Beta Band, M. Ward and a solo tune from Built to Spill leader Doug Martsch. … Costa is also taking part in the latest edition of the Hotel Cafe Tour and will be joined by fellow singer/songwriters Cary Brothers and Tristan Prettyman. The outing, which also includes Joshua Radin, Brett Dennen and actress/singer Schuyler Fisk on a rotating schedule, begins Monday and ends November 15 in Anaheim. …

A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel told MTV News in May that the band’s future plans were uncertain, revealing that the group might even be a done deal; he explained that he’d be spending most of his creative time crafting his solo debut. But this week, A Perfect Circle’s frontman, Tool singer Maynard James Keenan, updated fans with a brief message on the band’s Web site. The message left some wondering whether A Perfect Circle is, indeed, over. “Billy is hard at work on his solo project and I’m on the road with Tool, and making wine in between,” Keenan wrote. “Check back often. Peace. Out.” … The Deftones will hit the road late next month for a U.S. headlining run with Deadsy. Seven shows have been announced, starting with a Tempe, Arizona, gig on October 29 through a November 14 performance in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More dates will be revealed over the next few days. …

Moby has an upcoming greatest-hits collection, Go: The Very Best of Moby, slated for release October 24. It will feature “New York, New York,” a track he recorded this summer with Debbie Harry on vocals. A bonus disc will also be included, with remixes by the likes of Timo Maas, Jason Nevins and Tiesto. … Clinic will release their fourth album, Visitations, October 17 on iTunes. The album, which includes the single “Harvest,” will hit retail stores Stateside on January 29. … Eighteen Visions are heading out with Hinder to tour starting October 18 in College Station, Texas. Eighteen dates, coincidentally enough, have been booked through November 15 in Huntsville, Alabama. …

HeavensAlkaline Trio singer Matt Skiba‘s side project — will be on the road beginning October 24 in Seattle and ending November 17 in Chicago. Their debut, Patent Pending, was released September 12. … Dredg will issue their “Live at the Fillmore” DVD on November 7. The effort was filmed during the band’s May 11 performance at the legendary San Francisco concert venue. … Godsmack will head up the 2006 Shiner Bocktoberfest Concert October 14 in Green Dickson Park in Shiner, Texas. Blue October, Old 97′s, Pat Green and Lost Immigrants are also on the bill. … Papa Roach and (hed) p.e. are teaming for this year’s Zippo Hot Tour, which is set to commence November 12 in Norfolk, Virginia. Just seven dates have been revealed thus far, with more to be rolled out in the coming weeks. Shows are booked through a December 3 stop in Orlando, Florida.

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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.