For The Record: Quick News On Tupac, Ludacris, T.I., Jermaine Dupri, Juvenile, Hilary & More

Tupac disc features Luda, T.I.; Juve hopping onto Voodoo roster; Dupri reportedly leaving Virgin Records post.

Pac's Life, another new collection of Tupac Shakur songs, is due next month. The late rapper's mother, Afeni Shakur, has assembled a host of acts to record a posthumous album, out November 21 on Amaru/ Interscope Records. Featuring contributions from Ludacris, T.I. and Keyshia Cole, Pac's Life will feature just one previously released Tupac verse along with unreleased lyrics and compositions from the late star. ...

Juvenile has hopped onto the Voodoo Music Experience roster. He'll perform in his New Orleans hometown on October 29, the second day of the fest. ... Hilary Duff doesn't just design clothes for the tween/teen set anymore — she's got her sights set on something ... a lot smaller. "When I was younger, I was so inspired by Barbie," the singer said. "She has been a role model for my friends and me. I love her style and her spirit!" That's why Duff is expanding her fashion foray to include designing apparel for Fashion Fever Barbie. Duff debuted 11 girl- and doll-size head-to-toe outfits, with themes such as stripes, denim and faux-fur accessories in both "sweet" and "rocker" styles, at a girls-only fashion show in Los Angeles during Fashion Week on Thursday. ...

So so gone? According to The New York Daily News, Jermaine Dupri has left his post as president of Urban Music at Virgin Records after blaming the company for its poor promotion of his girlfriend Janet Jackson's latest album, 20 Y.O. The set was executive produced by JD, and Jackson graced the cover of several magazines, however sales for the album have been sluggish. ... Keith Urban, country star and husband to Nicole Kidman, checked himself into a rehabilitation center for alcohol abuse on Thursday. "I deeply regret the hurt this has caused Nicole and the ones that love and support me," Urban said in the statement. ...

NBC's Madonna TV special will not feature the singer on a cross, The Associated Press reports. The concert special, which has been under heavy scrutiny by religious groups, will air November 22. ... Kevin Federline is taking to the road shortly after the release of his debut LP, Playing With Fire, on Halloween. The singer will play the first of eight dates November 4 at New York's Webster Hall and the last one November 22 at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California. Five of the gigs are taking place at HOB venues. ... Russell Simmons will lead a Diamond Information Center fact-finding mission to South Africa and Botswana from November 26 to December 4 to learn how the diamond business impacts and can help enhance the education and economics of African communities. ...

Haley Joel Osment pleaded no contest to misdemeanor drunk-driving and drug-possession charges on Thursday, AP reports. A judge sentenced the 18-year-old actor to three years of probation and told him to spend 60 hours in a rehab program and attend 26 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Osment, who did not go to the court hearing, crashed his car into a mailbox in July. ... Bloc Party, the Decemberists, the Walkmen, Lou Barlow, Devendra Banhart, Pretty Girls Make Graves and the Mountain Goats have taped PSAs for a new campaign called Save the Album. Info on the cause, which comes at a time when online single sales are higher than ever, is available at SaveTheAlbum.com. ...

Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. will play a string of East Coast solo dates later this month in support of his solo debut, Yours to Keep, which has yet to be slated for a U.S. release but is available overseas. The rocker is scheduled to perform October 28 in Asbury Park, New Jersey; October 30 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; November 1 in Philadelphia; and November 3 in New York. ... Weston are also touring the East Coast, as part of their three-gig reunion in December. The band, which called it quits back in 2000, claims it would like to "give our fans another chance to experience what made Weston so much fun. There are a lot of people who have told us over the years how much they miss our live performances. Some have said that they've never had a chance to even see us play live." The band plays Atlantic City, New Jersey, on December 29; New York on December 30; and Allentown, Pennsylvania, on December 31. ...

R&B singer Jon B is ushering in the holidays with a Christmas album, Holiday Wishes From Me to You. The LP, which features his renditions of "Oh Holy Night," "Joy to the World" and more, streets November 7. Meanwhile, his follow-up release, Back to Love, will drop in February. ... Incubus are turning to fans for help with the upcoming video for their next single, "Anna Molly." Six hundred Incubus aficionados will attend the band's show in San Francisco on Friday (October 20), and they are being encouraged to use their Verizon phones to record the band when it plays that song. The clip will be an amalgam of video shot during the performance of "Anna Molly." ...

CBS is the first radio corporation to settle with New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer over accusations that it used illicit pay-for-play practices, according to The New York Times. CBS agreed to use tougher policies in dealing with labels and will pay $2 million to various New York charities. ... A new merit badge is being offered to Los Angeles Boy Scouts who learn "about the evils of downloading pirated movies and music," according to AP. The badge, sponsored by the movie industry, depicts a film reel, CD and the international copyright symbol. ... Bob Seger and Anita Baker will perform "America the Beautiful" and the national anthem, respectively, before the first two World Series games in Detroit, according to AP. ... Sofia Coppola is seven months pregnant with a baby girl, AP reports. The father is Thomas Mars, frontman for French band Phoenix. ... The outlet also reported that Jaime Pressly is engaged to her boyfriend, DJ Eric Cubiche. ...

Staind singer Aaron Lewis is returning to his high school in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, on November 4 for a benefit concert for its art and music programs. "Music education in schools is a vitally important cause," he said in a statement. ... Army of Anyone, the band featuring former Filter frontman Richard Patrick and ex-Stone Temple Pilots Dean and Robert DeLeo, have announced the first dates of their maiden tour. The trek kicks off November 18 in Philadelphia and, before concluding November 30 in Nashville, will make stops in Hartford, Connecticut; Boston; Atlanta; and Orlando, Florida. The band's self-titled debut is due November 14. ... The Zippo Hot Tour featuring Papa Roach will kick off November 13 in Norfolk, Virginia, and wrap up December 17 in Amarillo, Texas. Philadelphia's Stealing December won a contest to be the opening band. ... Fair to Midland, the latest act signed to System of a Down singer Serj Tankian's Serjical Strike Records, will release The Drawn and Quartered EP on November 7. Their full length, produced by David Bottrill (Tool, Muse), is due in March. ...

10.19.2006

A word of advice: Don't offer Lindsay Lohan unsolicited advice. The actress/singer — who said in In Style's November issue that she pictures herself at 30 as a married homeowner with an Oscar who's made "the kind of record I want" — told the magazine that one of the more unsettling side effects of her very public profile is that strangers think they know her, and can act a bit too familiar. "The other day this guy I'd never met was like: 'Make sure you keep your sh-- together.' I was like, 'Excuse me? You know nothing about me.' I was flabbergasted." Lohan said the best counsel she's received has come from her mother, who advised, "Go with your first instinct" — though Lindsay warns that "this can lead to impulse buying." ...

Want to hear My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade before its Tuesday release? Starting Friday at 7 p.m., Hot Topic locations will be pumping the LP over the store's sound system. Fans can also pre-order the album there and get a coupon to take 15 percent off anything in the store in return. ... AFI have plans to re-release Decemberunderground as a series of six 7-inch singles packaged in a box set. Each single will be pressed on icy translucent vinyl, and will feature a cover shot of a band member. No release date has been pinned down yet for the limited-edition set, which will also include the previously unreleased track "Fallen Like the Sky." ...

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and his wife, Lani, became first-time parents recently with the birth of their son, Angel Ray Keala Hammett. Metallica are currently in the studio, working on their forthcoming album with producer Rick Rubin. ... Pixies frontman Frank Black will be the musical guest on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" Friday. Black is expected to perform "Johnny Barleycorn" from his latest solo LP, Fast Man/ Raider Man. ...

Just before Google's massive $1.65 billion deal to buy YouTube, three of the four major record labels — Universal, SonyBMG and Warner Music Group — quietly negotiated small stakes in YouTube as part of video and music-licensing deals made before the sale that will earn the companies as much as $50 million, according to The New York Times. One of the biggest threats to YouTube's success is the potential for legal action from record labels over the illegal posting of music and videos, and the deals with labels could help protect Google from copyright-infringement lawsuits, though that won't stop television or movie studios from potentially suing over the same issues. The labels' deal will allow them to share revenue from ads that will run alongside their music videos. YouTube has promised to use new technology to identify copyrighted material that users have uploaded to the site without permission. ...

Ending months of speculation, BBC News has confirmed that classic rockers Genesis are planning a reunion tour 10 years after lead singer/drummer Phil Collins left to pursue a solo career. Collins will re-team with guitarist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks for a major tour. A spokesperson told the BBC that it's possible a new album could be in the works as well. ... Keane took the stage on Tuesday at England's Hull Arena for the first time since singer Tom Chaplin entered rehab last month to treat a drug and alcohol addiction. According to the band's official Web site, the show opened with the "poignant" tune "Put It Behind You" and a trim and fit-looking Chaplin thanked the crowd for "making me welcome" and admitted that he was nervous. The group will spend the rest of the month touring England. There's no word on when they'll make it back to the U.S. to make up dates canceled in light of Chaplin's hospitalization.