For The Record: Quick News On Paul Wall, Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez & More

Wall joins financial-empowerment summit; Luda, Jeezy participating in BET Hip-Hop Awards.

Paul Wall will share some golden nuggets of wisdom at the Dallas Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment October 14. The event, put on by Russell Simmons‘ Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, will also feature Erykah Badu and B2K‘s Raz-B. …

Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri and Young Jeezy will be on hand Thursday in Atlanta when BET announces the nominees for its first Hip-Hop Awards. The ceremony, to be hosted by Katt Williams, is scheduled for November 12 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. …

Mary J. Blige, Dave Matthews, Tony Bennett and Aerosmith are joining forces for an exclusive concert series called Traveling Through Life, only open to Citi/AAdvantage card members. Each is performing a private concert: Matthews at Los Angeles’ Wiltern LG (October 30); Blige at the Chicago Theatre (November 9); Bennett at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas (November 12); and Aerosmith at the Beacon Theatre in New York (December 3). Tickets will be available via PrivatePass.Citi.com starting Monday. Matthews will perform with guitarist Tim Reynolds to benefit Bama Works Youth Initiative, while Aerosmith’s gig will be acoustic. …

Shakira‘s homecoming show in Barranquilla, Colombia, has a greater mission than getting bodies moving. Proceeds of the November 15 concert will fund a school for 1,800 children forced from their homes by Colombia’s civil war, The Associated Press reports. The English/Spanish bilingual school emphasizing arts education will be named after Shakira’s Pies Descalzos (Bare Feet) foundation and will be located in La Playa — a suburb of Barranquilla where only half of minors currently attend school. …

Jennifer Lopez was sued for close to $35,000 on Wednesday by the private airline company Avjet Corporation, which claims that the singer/actress has failed to pay for two flights. According to CBS affiliate KCAL-TV, the suit alleges that Lopez used Avjet to fly along with unspecified passengers from Farmingdale, New York, to Puerto Rico on January 26 and again flew Avjet on May 25 — with five guests, including husband Marc Anthony — from Farmingdale to Burbank, California. Avjet alleges that it hasn’t been paid for the flights, which cost $16,000 each. … A previously unreleased version of India.Arie‘s “I Am Not My Hair” featuring Pink will be featured in the upcoming Lifetime Television movie “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy.” The version will be available on iTunes beginning October 23. …

The always-unpredictable Damon Albarn of Gorillaz and Blur fame has cooked up another project, this time with former Clash bassist Paul Simonon, Nigerian drummer Tony Allen (Fela Kuti) and ex-Verve guitarist Simon Tong. The Good, the Bad and the Queen have also brought Danger Mouse into the fold, with the Gnarls Barkley member producing their January LP. Preceding that debut, the band will step out for the first time when it performs October 26 at London’s Roundhouse, part of the BBC’s five-day Electric Proms festival. … On the subject of the Clash, the group — which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 — will be the focus of “Revolution Rock: The Story of the Clash” at the Cleveland museum. The exhibit opens October 21 and will run through April 15. Featured items include Simonon’s decimated bass guitar from the cover of London Calling, late guitarist Joe Strummer‘s Fender Telecaster, Mick Jones‘ Gibson Les Paul Jr. and handwritten lyrics for “London Calling,” “Know Your Rights” and “Clampdown.” On October 31, the box set The Clash — The Singles will land in record stores. …

Marilyn Manson will make his “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” debut October 31, performing the timely “This Is Halloween.” Manson’s version of the song is featured on the two-disc reissue of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” soundtrack (due October 24) along with new spins on the songs from the Tim Burton film by Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco and Fiona Apple. … Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, Bury Your Dead and 2 Cents will team up for a U.S. tour scheduled to launch November 9 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Just 14 dates have been revealed, with the bands booked through a November 26 show in Spokane, Washington. Killswitch Engage’s forthcoming album, As Daylight Dies, lands in stores November 21. … Reel Big Fish will headline the upcoming Fall of Ska Tour, which boasts a bill including Streetlight Manifesto, Suburban Legends and Westbound Train. The trek gets under way October 24 in Aspen, Colorado, and will hit more than two dozen cities before winding down December 3 in Jacksonville, Florida. …

Badly Drawn Boy will promote his upcoming Born in the U.K. album with a U.S. tour that kicks off Tuesday in Boston. The trek ends with a two-night stand at West Hollywood, California’s Troubadour on October 18 and 19. … On Thursday, Starbucks announced a deal with iTunes that will create a Starbucks-branded Hear Music area on the download site. The Hear Music store will allow users to preview and download music from the coffee chain’s Hear series of CDs, which features music from classic artists such as Marvin Gaye and emerging singers including Sonya Kitchell. The Hear store will also feature playlists compiled by the same team that programs the music in Starbucks stores around the world. …

The founder of the company that created MySpace, Brad Greenspan, called Thursday for the federal government to investigate News Corporation’s 2005 purchase of the popular social-networking site for $580 million, claiming that the Rupert Murdoch-led company “bilked” shareholders out of tens of billions of dollars in the deal, according to a Los Angeles Times report. Calling it “one of the largest merger and acquisition scandals in U.S. history,” Greenspan claims on his FreeMySpace.com site that the deal involved insider trading. A spokesperson for News Corporation’s Fox Interactive Media called Greenspan’s accusations “sour grapes making for loud complaints.” … Perhaps more shocking than Greenspan’s accusations were the results of a comScore Media Metrix report that found that half of MySpace visitors are now 35 or older. The study determined that visitors of MySpace and Friendster tend to skew older, with people age 25 and older comprising 68 and 71 percent of their user bases, respectively, while Xanga and Facebook tend to attract younger visitors. The study reported that MySpace visitors age 12-17 — who represented nearly 25 percent of the site’s audience in August 2005 — now only account for 11.9 percent, while people 35-54 now account for 40.6 percent of MySpace visitors, an 8 percent increase during the past year.

10.05.2006

It’s going to be a rough two months for high-energy Plus-44 drummer Travis Barker. The human drum machine has been ordered to rest his right arm for eight weeks after breaking it while shooting the video for the title track from Plus-44′s upcoming debut, When Your Heart Stops Beating, and exacerbating the injury during a recent seven-show European promo tour, according to a statement from Barker’s spokesperson. “I had the worst pain in my arm the day after we filmed our video, and I really thought nothing of it,” Barker wrote on his MySpace page. He had it checked out by doctors in London and L.A. and said tests showed “I’d been playing with a broken arm for three weeks and/or [had a] possible tumor in my arm.” Barker says he’s attempting to learn how to drum with one arm for Plus-44 shows, “so don’t count me out yet.” In other Barker news, he plays drums on the first single from hip-hop newcomers LAX. Jazze Pha produced the track, “Ride Like This,” which is due on the youngsters’ self-titled debut, in stores in January. …

Barker’s estranged wife, Shanna Moakler, and Paris Hilton each filed police reports charging battery Wednesday morning after an incident at the Hollywood nightclub Hyde, The Associated Press reports. Moakler claims that Hilton’s ex, Stavros Niarchos, shoved her down some stairs, while Hilton — who has been romantically linked to Barker in tabloid reports — charges that Moakler punched her. Police photographed both women and will interview club patrons who witnessed the incident, an officer told the AP.

Hilary Duff and her beloved Chihuahua Lola will appear in the new video game “The Sims 2: Pets,” due October 17. “I’ve logged hundreds of hours playing the ‘Sims’ games, so I jumped at the chance,” Duff said in statement. … The album cover for The Information isn’t the only make-it-yourself item Beck has planned: He’s also letting fans customize their own T-shirts at his upcoming shows. Fans will be able to choose from four different colors of blank tees, along with iron-on decals, and the shirts can be pressed at the respective venues. … Dave Matthews has signed on to set aside his nice-guy image to play a villain on the big screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Matthews — who will be credited as David Matthews — will be featured in the drama “Lake City” alongside Sissy Spacek and Troy Garity. The film begins shooting Monday in Virginia. …

Camp Freddy — the cover band featuring ex-Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and Velvet Revolver‘s Scott Weiland and Matt Sorum — will appear on NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” Thursday (October 5), with Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash and Cheap Trick‘s Rick Nielsen in tow. The band will perform its rendition of the Cheap Trick hit “Surrender,” which appears on the forthcoming soundtrack to the Jessica Simpson comedy “Employee of the Month.” … Mastodon have been booked as musical guests for “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” next month. Look for the band to make its U.S. network television debut November 1. Mastodon is on tour through Saturday in Atlanta, and will then head to Europe on a run opening for Tool. …

P.O.D. are marking the end of their relationship with Atlantic Records with the November 21 release of Greatest Hits (The Atlantic Years). The compilation will feature the previously unreleased “Here We Go” as well as the new song “Going in Blind,” inspired by a true story of a child murder. “Man, if something like that happened to one my kids, I don’t know if my faith is strong enough,” singer Sonny Sandoval said of the single, for which P.O.D. will shoot a video. “It sparked this whole idea of walking that line of faith.” While P.O.D. contemplate their next move, Sandoval and his cousin Wuv have formed a reggae side project called Southtown Generals. “That’s just the vibe around here when you get a bunch of musicians hanging around,” Sandoval said. …

RealNetworks previewed its revamped Rhapsody 4.0 download service to the press on Thursday, along with the first line of Rhapsody MP3 players, the Sansa e200R. Those players come in 2 GB and 8 GB sizes and will be preloaded with 30 hours of music from a host of major-label artists. The company also announced a 10-year deal with the Best Buy Digital Music Store, which will offer both subscription and pay-as-you-go downloads. The new RealNetworks service and players will be available starting October 15. …

While he’s cheated death numerous times in the past, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards admits to being embarrassed about the bizarre tree-sitting incident that almost did him in last April. According to Reuters, Richards said he was simply on vacation in Fiji, sitting on a tree stump — not climbing a tall palm tree, as previously reported — when he fell and hit his head. The incident led to emergency head surgery in New Zealand that postponed the Stones’ summer European tour and spurred rumors that Richards might never play guitar again. “It’s embarrassing, really,” Richards, 62, says in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone. “I was sitting on this gnarled shrub about 6 feet off the ground. I was wet — I’d been swimming. I hit the ground the wrong way, my head hit the trunk and that was that. … It’s not the first brush with death I’ve had. I guess what I learned is, don’t sit in trees anymore.” …

Aluminium, an album of avant-garde orchestral covers of songs originally recorded by the White Stripes and Jack White, will be available beginning November 6 exclusively through Alumiiinium.com. (The album is not a Jack White side project, as had been previously reported, but was co-produced by composer/arranger Joby Talbot and XL Records founder Richard Russell and features British classical musicians.) Only 3,333 numbered CDs and 999 numbered LPs are being released, although the album will also be available in download form. Choreographer Wayne McGregor is using tracks from Aluminium in a new composition that he is putting together for the Royal Ballet in London. A toy is also being released with the album. …

Jeffrey Borer, the former owner of a private jet company who admitted to secretly taping Michael Jackson as the singer flew to surrender in a child-molestation investigation in 2003, was sentenced Wednesday to six months of home detention, three years of probation, 150 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, according to the AP. Borer and co-defendant Avrel Jett Reeves admitted that they installed cameras on one of Borer’s jets in order to tape a “professional entertainer” with the intention of selling the recordings; Reeves was sentenced in July to eight months in prison and ordered to spend six additional months in a halfway house and pay a $1,000 fine.