For The Record: Quick News On Mariah, Notorious B.I.G., Paul Wall, Beyonce, Shakira, Fall Out Boy & More

Carey is new face of Pinko; Biggie comp has two unreleased cuts; Wall teeing up second LP.

Mariah Carey has been named the new face of the Italian fashion house Pinko. Pietro Negra, the president and founder of the clothing line, said the company sought “not only a beautiful woman, but a musical artist, because music is the greatest channel of communication.” Carey, a self-described “huge fan” of the brand, said she was “beyond excited” when approached by Pinko. “The clothes are so stylish and fun, and I’m really looking forward to our new venture together.” …

A Notorious B.I.G. Greatest Hits compilation is coming March 6, in time for the 10th anniversary of his death. Along with favorites like “Juicy,” “Big Poppa” and “Hypnotize,” the album will feature two previously unreleased tracks: “Running Your Mouth” and “Want That Old Thing Back.” …

Paul Wall will release his second major-label album, Get Money – Stay True, April 3. Jermaine Dupri, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Fergie and Trina are among the guests. The album’s first single, “Break ‘Em Off,” recently went to radio. … The grillz guru is also joining Jamie Kennedy‘s Hip-Hop Comedy Tour this month, to play for U.S. troops stationed in the Persian Gulf. Like other United Service Organizations performances in the area, specific dates and destinations on the tour are unavailable for security reasons. …

Beyoncé‘s B’Day, which earned the singer a Grammy in the Best Contemporary R&B Album category Sunday, is getting another spin April 3. The double-disc deluxe edition of B’Day will feature the original album plus three new tracks — “If,” “Flaws & All” and the Shakira duet “Beautiful Liar” — on one CD. Disc two of the expanded release will feature six Spanish-language tracks, including “Amor Gitano” — a duet with singer Alejandro Fernández — Spanish-language versions of “Listen” (“Oye”) and “Irreplaceable” (“Irremplazable”) and three additional mixes of “Beautiful Liar.” “B’Day Anthology Video Album,” a Wal-Mart exclusive DVD featuring 10 Beyoncé videos, will also hit shelves April 3. …

Fall Out Boy, Deftones, Meg & Dia and Motion City Soundtrack bandmembers have finally found something in common: a love of haikus. They’re putting ink to paper for “Revolution on Canvas, Volume 2: Poetry From the Indie Music Scene,” an exhaustive volume that also features contributions from members of Cobra Starship, Atreyu, Chiodos, Rise Against, Murder by Death, the Hush Sound, Rx Bandits and Hellogoodbye. The book is due May 9. … Robbie Williams will spend his 33rd birthday in rehab. The British pop singer has checked into a clinic to treat a prescription-drug addition, his spokesperson confirmed to MTV UK on Tuesday (February 13): “Robbie Williams has today been admitted into a treatment center in America for his dependency on prescription drugs. There will be no further comment on this matter.” In 1995, Williams checked into rehab for drug and alcohol addiction following his departure from the boy band Take That. …

The Shins, who kicked off their latest tour last week, have added more dates to their itinerary. The band plays Lawrence, Kansas, on Tuesday and will perform in Denver, Seattle, Houston, Philadelphia, New York and Boston before the trek concludes with an April 14 performance at KCRW’s A Sounds Eclectic Evening festival in Universal City, California. … With a string of five shows at the Judson Memorial Church in New York beginning Tuesday, the Arcade Fire have announced a full U.S. tour in support of their new album, Neon Bible (due March 6). The band will spend all of March and most of April overseas, then return to the U.S. on April 26 for a show at the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego, followed by a performance at Coachella on April 28. The band will then hit Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and Boston before playing three shows at a yet-unannounced venue in New York, three gigs at the Chicago Theatre and a stop at the Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon. The tour is currently set to conclude with two shows at San Francisco’s Greek Theatre on June 1-2. …

Lou Reed, Mike Doughty, Laurie Anderson and others will congregate March 1 at New York’s Town Hall for “Old Knit,” a 20th anniversary celebration of the founding of noted Tribeca music venue the Knitting Factory. The event — also featuring jazz savant John Zorn and Medeski, Martin and Wood — will double as a benefit for the nonprofit performance space the Stone, located on the Lower East Side. … The Flaming Lips will tour the southern U.S. this spring, the band announced just hours after taking home two Grammys Sunday night — winning Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “The Wizard Turns On …” and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, for At War With the Mystics. The tour kicks off April 11 in Athens, Georgia, and will make stops in Orlando, Florida; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Raleigh, North Carolina, before wrapping up April 19 in Norfolk, Virginia. No word yet on who will open for the Lips, but those details and additional live dates are expected in the coming weeks. …

Shadows Fall have set an April 3 release date for their new album, Threads of Life. Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver) produced the album, which features the first single, “Redemption.” … MTV News You Hear It First alums the Exies have moved to indie label Eleven Seven Music for the release of their album, A Modern Way of Living With the Truth, due April 10. The first single, “Different Than You,” is going to radio February 20. … Static-X will release their latest LP, Cannibal, April 3. To promote the disc, the band will kick off a U.S. tour March 30 in Santa Ana, California. Dates run through April 15 in San Antonio. … Scottish band the View have canceled their upcoming U.S. tour due to “unforeseen visa and immigration issues,” the band announced Monday. The scrapped run was set to kick off March 3 in New York and hit the South by Southwest music conference as well as cities including Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Toronto. The band’s debut album, Hats Off to the Buskers, will be released in the U.S. on May 8.

02.12.2007

In honor of Black History Month, Jay-Z has partnered with thinkMTV to present a two-minute video clip for “Minority Report,” the rapper’s somber response to the Hurricane Katrina aftermath. Visit “Minority Report: New Orleans Today” to see the clip, read Jay’s lyrics and find out how you can help the recovery efforts. …

According to a post on Metallica‘s Web site, the band is wrapping up preproduction on its forthcoming album and will begin recording the effort March 12. “We’re pretty f—in’ psyched about it and pretty f—in’ psyched to be sharing this experience with [producer Rick Rubin],” the post reads. Metallica plan to take a break from the studio with a European tour this summer. …

Like a young LL Cool J, Bow Wow is in need of love. So to help the teen rapper promote his new single, “Outta My System,” he’s looking for a virtual Valentine via his MySpace page, through which he’s asking fans to send him video V-Day messages. The winning entries will be broadcast on his site at a later date. …

The Grammy Awards received an 18 percent ratings boost Sunday night — and they might have Simon, Randy and Paula to thank, according to The Associated Press. After getting trounced by “American Idol” upon going head-to-head with the reality show last year, the Grammys attracted an estimated 20.1 million viewers this time around. The show also outdid its ratings from 2005, when 18.8 million people tuned in. … John Legend and Corinne Bailey Rae teamed up for a Sunday night Grammy performance, but that won’t be the last time the two join forces. Legend will kick off his North American spring tour — featuring Bailey Rae as the opener — on April 3 in Irvine, California. The tour will make stops in cities including Los Angeles; Denver; Minneapolis; Boston; New York; and Orlando, Florida, before wrapping up May 4 in Atlanta. Legend will perform the following day at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. …

Unsung hip-hop hero J Dilla continues to get accolades after his passing last year. The producer won two posthumous awards — for Artist of the Year and Record Producer of the Year — at the Plug Awards, held Saturday night in New York. Other winners included Sufjan Stevens (Male Artist of the Year), Arctic Monkeys (New Artist of the Year), Broken Social Scene (Live Act of the Year), Band of Horses (Album of the Year, Song of the Year), Yo La Tengo (Indie Rock Album of the Year), Wolf Parade (Music Video of the Year) and Thom Yorke (Electronic/Dance Album of the Year). … A coroner has determined that Gerald Levert‘s November death was due to a fatal combination of prescription narcotics and over-the-counter drugs, AP reports. The R&B singer had three prescription painkillers, an anti-anxiety drug and two over-the-counter antihistamines in his system. The death was ruled accidental. …

Modest Mouse are preparing to hit the road this spring in support of their next album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, which is slated for a March 20 release. So far, the band has booked gigs in Mexico City, Mexico (March 10); Portland, Oregon (March 14-15); Missoula, Montana (March 16); Sioux Falls, South Dakota (March 18); and Fargo, North Dakota (March 19). … None More Black have called it quits. “We did all we could with this band,” the group said in a post on its MySpace page, “and you know what, we had a blast. We ended it on the highest note possible, like every band should.” The band’s final effort was the 2006 album This Is Satire.

“TRL” faves the Jonas Brothers have signed on with Hollywood Records and will drop a new, eponymous album in August. The pop group is also collaborating with Topps Confections for the company’s Baby Bottle Pop candy line, and the Brothers’ new single — “Kids of the Future” — will accompany the upcoming animated flick “Meet the Robinsons.” … Pop-punks MxPx have also signed a new deal — they’ve rejoined with former label Tooth & Nail. The band is working in Seattle with producer Aaron Sprinkle (Pedro the Lion, Eisley) on its first effort for the label in 10 years. Expect the LP this summer. …

MySpace is making it harder for users to post videos containing unauthorized copyrighted content on their profiles. The site recently announced that it will start using an Audible Magic digital-fingerprinting tool to filter video uploaded by users and block any video that shows a fingerprint in MySpace’s database. “MySpace is dedicated to ensuring that content owners, whether large or small, can both promote and protect their content in our community,” MySpace CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe said in a statement. “For MySpace, video filtering is about protecting artists and the work they create.” …

YouTube has reached an agreement with Digital Music Group Inc. — an online distributor of independent music, TV shows and film — that will allow the video-sharing host to post upward of 4,000 hours of content on its Web site, according to The Wall Street Journal. In exchange for the rights to air television shows such as the Bill Cosby 1960s comedy/adventure series “I Spy,” YouTube will pay Digital Music an undisclosed portion of advertisement revenue and use filtering technology to alert the company of content being used on the site without authorization. …

Former Murder Inc. associate Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff, 46, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, one week after jurors found the convicted drug kingpin guilty of ordering a retaliatory hit on two men. Prosecutors pursued death by lethal injection for McGriff, who was originally arrested in 2003 on money-laundering charges as a part of the Murder Inc. federal raid, but jurors failed to reach a consensus. The Inc. CEO Irv Gotti and his brother Chris were previously acquitted of all charges in a separate trial. … Nidge Miller, founding guitarist of British punk band Blitz, has died, according to a note SOS Records posted on its MySpace page. Miller was struck by a car and killed following the band’s show in Austin, Texas, Friday night.