For The Record: Quick News On My Chemical Romance, Eminem, Ciara, Bo Bice, Lloyd Banks, MySpace & More

MCR line up club shows; Eminem won't face domestic-violence charges; Ciara plots tour.

My Chemical Romance have booked three club dates around the October 24 release of The Black Parade. The band hits New York’s Webster Hall on October 24, Axis in Boston on October 25 and Chicago’s House of Blues on October 26. More dates are expected to be announced in the coming days. My Chemical Romance are also among the performers set to take the stage for this year’s Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans on October 29. …

After investigating Eminem for domestic violence in Michigan’s Macomb County, police say they are not going to press charges against the Detroit rapper. According to reports, Em was involved in a dispute with his niece and estranged wife Kim on September 24. … Ciara will embark on a six-week run of U.S. theaters beginning October 26 in Washington, D.C. The trek is scheduled to run through December 10 in New York. Ciara: The Evolution is due December 5. … Bo Bice underwent emergency intestinal surgery on Thursday and is currently recovering in a Nashville hospital. The “American Idol” runner-up, who has been battling intestine problems since last summer, was recently diagnosed with the intestinal condition intussusception. Bo will miss some tour dates, but doctors are hopeful his latest surgery will be the final resolution to his health problems. …

Lloyd Banks often hits fans with an assortment of witty one-liners and clever punch lines. But the G-Unit rapper took to his alma mater, August Martin High School in Jamaica, New York, last week, with a much more straightforward message: Get your education. Banks donated $10,000 to the school library and offered words of encouragement to an auditorium full of students. “I wanted to be a writer. I loved English,” Banks explained to Fox’s New York affiliate. “I wanted to know how to count my money, so I love math. You got to take what you want out of [school] and it will definitely put you in the right direction.” …

MySpace has announced its Rock for Darfur concert series, comprising 20 benefit shows around North America on October 21 aimed at raising awareness and funds for the humanitarian crisis in the African country of Sudan. Among the artists pledging to donate part of their ticket proceeds from their concerts that day to Oxfam’s relief efforts in the Sudan are Alice in Chains, TV on the Radio, Atreyu, Ziggy Marley, Teddy Geiger, the Secret Machines, Jamie Cullum, Citizen Cope, the Fray, Insane Clown Posse, Amos Lee and Gov’t Mule. A public service announcement promoting the shows featuring Samuel L. Jackson will air in theaters this month. …

Kevin Federline will be holed up at Kitson Men in Los Angeles for a couple of hours on Wednesday, not to shop, but to launch a clothing line — and preview tracks from his upcoming album. Federline will host a party from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the popular shop, celebrating the premiere of Five Star Vintage’s Holiday 2006 collection. DJ Irie is also scheduled to preview tracks from K-Fed’s LP at the event, ahead of its October 31 release. … Kelly Clarkson, Marc Anthony, Rascal Flatts and Madeleine Peyroux will join Tony Bennett for a November 9 concert at Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre, in honor of the crooner’s 80th birthday. All ticket proceeds from the event will benefit the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, an organization founded by Paul Newman. George Clooney will co-host the event with Newman, Billy Crystal, Jack Nicholson and Bruce Willis. …

A new track by Prince called “The Song of the Heart” will be the first single on the “Happy Feet” soundtrack, due October 3. Other tracks on the record include Pink covering Rufus and Chaka Khan‘s “Tell Me Something Good,” Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams and Fantasia collaborating on “I Wish” and a mash-up of Jason Mraz‘s cover of Steve Miller Band‘s “The Joker” with Chrisie Hynde‘s cover of Bread‘s “Everything I Own.” The stars of the movie, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams and Brittany Murphy, also cover songs by the likes of Elvis Presley and Queen. “Happy Feet” opens November 17. … The track list to the “Saw III” soundtrack has been revealed. The album, due October 24, will feature songs from 20 different artists, including Slayer, Lamb of God, Disturbed, Blue October, Avenged Sevenfold, Mastodon, Ministry and Meshuggah. …

Good news for people who love bad news: Modest Mouse have announced that they won’t be releasing their much-anticipated new album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, on December 19, as has been previously reported. Instead, the record will see the light of day in 2007 (according to the Mouse’s label, Epic Records, no firm date has been settled upon, but fans can expect it in “the first quarter” of next year). Obviously realizing the news was a major bummer to their fans, MM decided to soften the blow by also confirming a slate of shows, starting with a November 5 gig at Avalon in Los Angeles. They’ll also make appearances in Miami, New York and Anaheim, California, before heading over to London. For more information on the tour, check out ModestMouse.com. …

Seminal New York proto-punk rock band the New York Dolls have announced a headlining trek, topping Little Steven’s Underground Garage Tour. As much of a seismic influence on Aerosmith and Kiss as Morrissey and the Sex Pistols, the Dolls’ trashy aesthetic and insouciant rock-and-roll abandon in the otherwise drab early ’70s set the template for legions of bands to follow. While three of the original bandmembers — guitarist Johnny Thunders, drummer Billy Murcia and behemoth bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane — have passed away, original vocalist David Johansen and guitarist Sylvain Sylvain recruited a new lineup (including former Hanoi Rocks bassist Sam Yaffa) and unleashed a comeback album earlier this year. …

Babyshambles have postponed the remaining dates of their British tour so that frontman Pete Doherty can focus on his drug-rehabilitation efforts, the band’s label announced Saturday. “The band apologizes to fans but hopes that they will understand the importance of Peter being able to best continue his good progress in recovering from addiction,” EMI said. “The dates will be rearranged for as soon as possible and all tickets will remain valid.” …

Fantasia and comedian Lewis Black will perform at the second annual Quill Awards, recognizing books selected by American readers. The ceremony will be held Tuesday at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. … YouTube and Universal Music Group have reached an agreement that allows the video-sharing giant to legally post videos from UMG’s roster of artists on the site, both companies announced Monday (October 9). Under the partnership, Universal’s artists will be compensated an undisclosed sum in return for YouTube receiving access to thousands of videos in the UMG archives. The deal also allows for music from Universal artists to safely be incorporated into user-generated videos that are uploaded to the site. UMG is the first of the major record companies to strike such an arrangement with YouTube — which was sold to Google on Monday, according to The Associated Press.

Tower Records is having a going-out-of-business sale. The legendary music chain’s assets were sold at a bankruptcy auction on Friday to the liquidation firm Great American Group, which bid $134.3 million for what was once the most dominant music retailer in the country, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Great American began liquidation and going-out-of-business sales on Saturday at the company’s 89 U.S. stores, ending a 46-year run that was done in beginning a decade ago by competition from mass retailers like Wal-Mart and Internet sales. The court-supervised auction was the end of a saga that began its final act in August, when major suppliers refused to ship product to the bankrupt chain because it was unable to pay its bills.

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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.