For The Record: Quick News On T.I., Busta Rhymes, My Chemical Romance, Madonna, Chris Brown & More

Tip, Busta lead BET Hip-Hop Awards nominees; MCR box up Parade bonus; Madonna reportedly files adoption papers.

T.I. leads the list of nominees for the inaugural BET Hip-Hop Awards, scheduled to air November 15 at 9 p.m. Tip earned eight nods, followed by Busta Rhymes (six); Chamillionaire (five); Yung Joc and Lupe Fiasco (four); Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy (three); and Common, Rick Ross, Nelly and Cham (two). T.I. (with Young Dro), Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Young Jeezy are the first performers announced. …

My Chemical Romance‘s The Black Parade won’t be out until October 24, but fans can pre-order the LP now for $13.98. MCR also have a special limited-edition version of the disc available for pre-order, featuring what the band’s site describes as “a long, skinny box with hinged lid, wrapped in black velveteen,” with a 64-page book containing frontman Gerard Way‘s drawings, making-of-the-album notes from the band, and four photo-art cards. The MCR Web site has additional pre-order details. …

A Malawi government official reports that Madonna filed adoption papers in the African nation on Thursday (October 12) and received approval from a judge to take custody of a 1-year-old boy, according to The Associated Press. Yohame Banda, the boy’s father, said he met the singer and her husband, Guy Ritchie, during routine court proceedings. “She and her husband seem happy with David,” Banda told AP. “I am happy for him. Madonna promised me that as the child grows she will bring him back to visit.” The singer, who arrived in Malawi last week, has not confirmed the adoption. …

Chris Brown and Dennis Quaid are the first stars confirmed to participate in the Gift of Hope Celebrity Charity Weekend, an event that will encompass golf and poker tournaments, a youth-soccer clinic and concert. The event, benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, will be held December 1-3 in Las Vegas. … Photographs of AFI, Bad Religion, Social Distortion and others will be showcased at the exhibit “Cheated: A Punk Rock Art Show,” being staged Sunday at Los Angeles gallery the Thought. …

A four-disc Sublime box set called Rarities is due November 14. Among the gems compiled is a Snoop Dogg remix of “Doin’ Time” and a 1995 live version of “Saw Red” featuring Gwen Stefani. … The Raconteurs are recording instant live CDs with unique artwork for each of the dates on their upcoming string of U.K. shows. The double-disc sets, which will be pressed in batches of 1,000, will be available to fans after each show along with a code to download a free live version of the “Broken Boy Soldier” single. Unfortunately for U.S. fans, the only way to order the sets after the fact is if you have a British address. …

OG Ice-T will break a long drought on October 31 when he releases his first hip-hop album in seven years, appropriately titled Gangsta Rap. The disc features 17 tracks, including “Ridin’ Low,’ “Imagansta,” “God Can You Hear Me,” “Please Believe Me,” “Pimp or Die,” “Code of the Streets,” “Twice the Game” and “Pray,” which features his wife, Coco. … Army of Anyone, the new band featuring former Filter singer Richard Patrick and ex-members of Stone Temple Pilots, will release a three-track digital EP via iTunes on October 31 as a teaser for the November 14 release of their full-length debut. The 99 cent EP will feature the album’s first single, “Goodbye,” along with a video for the song and a podcast featuring interviews with all the bandmembers discussing the tracks on the CD. …

Lou Reed put out his third solo LP, Berlin, in 1973, but he has never performed it live. That will change in two months when the artist presents the dark song cycle in all its theatrical glory at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, on December 14-17. Original Berlin producer Bob Ezrin and longtime Reed collaborator Hal Willner will provide musical direction, while painter Julian Schnabel will direct and design, and Antony leads the Brooklyn Youth Chorus at the event. Reed will take the theatrical performance to Sydney, Australia, next year for a three-day run January 18-20. … Canadian indie-rock twins Tegan & Sara are gearing up for the follow-up to their third album, So Jealous. The siblings have written more than a dozen new songs and are scheduled to hit the studio in January with Death Cab for Cutie‘s Chris Walla, who will produce the yet-untitled effort at his studio in Portland, Oregon. The album is tentatively due for a late summer release. …

The Jägermeister Music Tour, being co-headlined by Pepper and Slightly Stoopid, kicks off next week. The two dub-rock bands will hit the road beginning October 19 in Anaheim, California, and wrapping up December 9 in San Diego. … Imogen Heap is returning to the States for a tour beginning November 7 in Montreal and ending December 19 in Chicago. The Frou Frou singer is supporting her solo album Speak for Yourself, which has sold more than 200,000 copies in the U.S. … And in yet more tour news, Sia is returning to the States for another run to promote Colour the Small One. The trek kicks off November 2 in Seattle and wraps up November 21 in New York. … Long Island emo collective Brand New will issue The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me, the follow-up to 2003′s Deja Entendu, on November 21. The band co-produced the disc with Mike Sapone (MC Lars, Men, Women and Children); look for the effort to feature 12 fresh cuts, including “Welcome to Bangkok,” “Not the Sun” and “Handcuffs.” …

Along with traveling on a tour bus run on biodiesel fuel, Gomez have implemented a number of eco-friendly initiatives for their fall tour. The British rockers are requesting organic food backstage, using organic cotton for their merchandise and printing their materials with soy-based ink on recycled paper. … Barenaked Ladies and Mike Doughty are teaming for a fall tour, beginning October 23 in Manchester, New Hampshire. The outing ends December 3 in San Diego. … Fonzworth Bentley will host the Quest organization’s annual All That Jazz festival at Atlanta Symphony Hall on October 22. The benefit will fund programs to keep kids in school. … Producer Phil Spector‘s murder trial has been pushed back a third time this week, with the judge in the case postponing it until March 5, according to AP. Spector’s trial for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson was set to start January 16, but the defense team requested another delay while it awaits the completion of scientific and forensic tests. Spector, 66, is accused of killing actress Clarkson, 40, at his Los Angeles-area mansion on February 3, 2003. He faces life in prison if convicted.

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Alicia Keys and Iman will host the Black Ball fundraiser for Keep a Child Alive at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on November 9. Keys, David Bowie and Angelique Kidjo will perform at the event, which is supporting the fight against AIDS. Keep a Child Alive is also dipping into its I Am African campaign to auction photographs featuring images of Mischa Barton, Heidi Klum Gwyneth Paltrow, Elijah Wood and many others. Visit KeepAChildAlive.org to purchase tickets. …

Jay-Z‘s live debut in China was canceled by the country’s Culture Ministry on Wednesday (October 11) due to the rapper’s “vulgar” lyrics, The Associated Press reports. The state-run Shanghai Daily newspaper reported that Jigga’s October 23 show at Shanghai’s Hongkou Stadium was called off because of his salty language, even though other bands with sexually suggestive lyrics — including the Rolling Stones and Black Eyed Peas — have recently performed in Shanghai. “I look forward to rescheduling my concert date in Shanghai,” Jay said in a statement. “This world tour has been a life-changing experience, and it has only been made better by touching the fans that I am seeing for the first time.” … For the second time in a week, rumors have surfaced that Madonna has adopted an African child. A Malawian man claimed Tuesday that the singer adopted his 1-year-old son, whose mother died a month after childbirth, AP reports. “At this time we are unable to give you official confirmation,” a spokesperson for Madonna told Reuters. “We may have an official statement within 48 hours.” …

The D are bringing it to thee. Tenacious D will celebrate the upcoming release of their film “Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny” (due November 17) with a U.S. tour. The 10-date outing will kick off with two shows at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles on November 17 and 18 and feature gigs in San Francisco, Denver, Detroit, Toronto and New York. The trek will wind down with a December 5 date at the Gwinnett Center Arena in Atlanta. … A CD and DVD from the summer return of the Family Values Tour will be released on December 26. Tracks will include duets — including Korn‘s version of Filter‘s “Hey Man, Nice Shot” with Richard Patrick — covers and acoustic tracks. … The show must go on for “Rock Star: Supernova” finalist Ryan Star, who was performing at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California, Tuesday when a power outage halted the show. Rather than leave the stage, however, Star used a flashlight and acoustic guitar to entertain the crowd. …

Beck and Queens of the Stone Age anchored the LA Weekly Detour, a music gala held Saturday as part of an extensive effort to drive more Los Angelenos to go downtown. Beck brought out four guys who coordinated puppets that were dressed in the same clothes as the bandmembers and mirrored their moves to a T, wowing the throngs of fans and families as their stunts played on the jumbo screen. Toward the end of the set, the backing musicians took a seat at a table onstage and ate dinner while Beck ran through a few acoustic numbers. The set — a hearty 14 songs (some abridged) in 40 minutes — closed with the band jamming on glasses with spoons, although the crew and puppets alike were trotted back out for a brief encore thereafter. A block and a half east — almost a dozen downtown intersections were shut down to accommodate the festivities — Queens of the Stone Age dug up two vintage tunes, “Born to Hula” and “The Bronze,” alongside sing-alongs “No One Knows” and “Little Sister.” The band, which has only performed a handful of times this year, did not unveil any new songs, however. Other featured artists included Basement Jaxx, Blonde Redhead and Peeping Tom, whose leader, Mike Patton, made some unsettling, profane remarks toward an 8-year-old girl in the audience. …

Pearl Jam fan-club members are being treated with a book that cobbles together 180 unreleased pics of the band. Shot by a friend, the images in “5×1: Pearl Jam Through the Eye of Lance Mercer” captures intimate moments with the band and is supplemented with written tributes by Bruce Springsteen, Cameron Crowe, Tim Robbins, Michael Stipe, Pete Townshend, Ben Harper, Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein and political activist Howard Zinn. The limited-edition volume is also available on PearlJam.com for $40. … England’s Sunday Mirror reports that George Michael has convinced ex-Wham! mate Andrew Ridgeley to get the band back together for a reunion Christmas concert at London’s Wembley Arena. The duo, who had a string of early 1980s pop hits with songs like “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” played a farewell show in 1986 at Wembley Stadium and have not appeared together since. …

In addition to being Bam Margera‘s favorite act, H.I.M. have earned the distinction of becoming the first band from Finland to sell 500,000 copies of one of their albums in the U.S. The band’s 2005 effort, Dark Light, was recently certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. … Rob Zombie appears in the documentary “Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film,” which premieres Friday the 13th on Starz. Wes Craven and John Carpenter also appear in the film. … Inspired by his 6-year-old daughter’s love for everything crusty, David Bowie has signed on to appear in an upcoming episode of “Spongebob Squarepants.” “It’s happened,” the singer wrote in his online journal. “At last. I’ve hit the Holy Grail of animation gigs. Yesterday I got to be a character on … tan-tara … ‘SpongeBob SquarePants.’ Oh yeah! We, the family, are thrilled. … My character in this special longform (I think a half-hour special) show is called ‘Lord Royal Highness.’ ” No airdate has been announced for the “SpongeBob” special. …

Who singer Roger Daltrey will be seen and heard on an upcoming episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” The iconic rocker, who has opened the show via his vocals on the Who’s “Who Are You” since its debut in 2000, will guest star in an upcoming episode of the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Producers declined to reveal any details about what role Daltrey will play. … John Lennon‘s killer, Mark David Chapman, 51, had his parole denied this week, the AP reports. It was Chapman’s fourth denial. Prison officials said that despite his decent behavior in prison, the bizarre nature of his premeditated attack on the Beatles icon left them concerned. Chapman is serving 20 years to life for gunning down Lennon in December 1980. His next parole bid comes up in October 2008. … After completing a stint in rehab, the Darkness singer Justin Hawkins has left the band to focus on his recovery, according to British tabloid The Sun. Detailing the huge amount of money he’s spent on drugs over the past four years, Hawkins said he feels guilty about leaving the band, explaining, “I feel bad for the others. It will be an upheaval. But it’s time to move on. It would be damaging to stay on. I’m not blaming the band for my problem. I’m an addict.”