50 Cent continues to pick up awards. The rapper won honors in four categories at the Billboard-American Urban Radio Networks 2003 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards on Friday night, including Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist. 50 was nominated a record 10 times and bested both mentor Eminem and R&B singer R. Kelly, who each won three awards. Grandmaster Flash and old-school R&B singer Betty Wright won this year's Billboard Founders Award, which is given to pioneering artists. ...

The 2003 Shortlist Music Prize announced its "long list" of nominees on Monday (August 11). Among the 86 nominations are albums from Mars Volta, Kenna, Grandaddy, Floetry, Talib Kweli and Röyksopp. Judges like Spike Jonze and Erykah Badu will cut the long list down to 10 finalists in early September and one winner on October 16. ...

On Friday a federal judge rejected subpoenas issued by the RIAA to uncover the names of one MIT and three Boston College students who were allegedly sharing copyrighted music. U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro said that because the subpoenas were issued in Washington, D.C., they could not be served in Massachusetts. The two schools had asked the judge last month to deny the subpoenas, which requested the students' names and personal information. ... Before attending the Philadelphia Hip-Hop Summit Thursday at Temple University, you better have your voter registration card. All participants are required to be registered, and the event, which develops political and economic empowerment through hip-hop culture, will also serve as a registration drive. DMX, Wyclef Jean, Cam'ron, Dead Prez, Method Man and Redman are expected to attend. ...

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl married girlfriend Jordyn Blum on August 2 at their Los Angeles home. Guests included Clive Davis and former Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic. ... Nick Carter's father, Robert Carter, was arrested last week for allegedly abusing the singer's mother, Jane. Police in Marathon, Florida, said that they responded to a call at the Carter residence on Thursday. The Carters were newly separated and dividing up their property. A witness said the argument started when Mr. Carter couldn't find his pictures of his other pop star son, Aaron. Jane Carter told police she had to run and hide from her husband, who kicked through several doors in the house and shoved her, causing her to fall and hit the back of her head. Mr. Carter admitted to police that he kicked open the doors, but denied shoving his wife. Mr. Carter was subsequently arrested for domestic battery, and was released on a $5,000 bond. He's due back in court for arraignment on August 26 and faces up to a year in jail. ...

The first album from 213, the West Coast rap supergroup featuring Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and Warren G, will be released on November 18. The trio are currently in the studio recording the yet-untitled album. ... System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian struck out in his only at bat but played alongside David Arquette, Kevin James and others on the winning team in Saturday's Hollywood Game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. "Oh well, at least I can say I struck out at Dodger Stadium," he said. "I'm a baseball fan, but I'm more into hockey. I don't even know any of these people." ...

Rancid have bumped up the release date of their new album, Indestructible, to August 19. Fans who purchase the music on iTunes will have access to two bonus tracks. ... Nikki Sixx is putting his Brides of Destruction project on indefinite hold in order to focus on several other endeavors, including a possible reunion with Mötley Crüe. "[I] speak to Tommy [Lee], Vince [Neil] and Mick [Mars] daily," the bassist wrote on Mötley's official Web site. The Brides of Destruction album, which features L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns as well as Adema drummer Kris Kohls on several tracks, will be released in Japan later this year, but the band has yet to land a North American deal. ...

Peaches, whose explicit rhymes are enough to make a sailor blush, will launch a four-week tour to support her second album, Fatherf---er, due September 23. The trek kicks off October 1 in Washington, D.C. ... Metal guitarist Zakk Wylde will be on hand at Daddy's Junky Music in Warwick, Rhode Island, Wednesday to announce the name of the winner of a charity raffle that benefits the survivors of the Station nightclub fire that took 100 lives during a Great White show in February. The winner will receive an autographed guitar and Zakk Wylde/ Black Label Society LPs and merchandise. The 20 Daddy's locations throughout New England and New York have been selling tickets since April. ...

Ex-Libertines vocalist Pete Doherty has pleaded guilty to robbing the home of his bandmate Carl Barat. Doherty broke into Barat's basement apartment and made off with an antique guitar, video recorder, laptop computer, mouth organ and CD player. Doherty is due back in court September 8, and may receive jail time. ... The 1974 cult film "Space Is the Place," which tells the story of a yellow spaceship propelled by the bizarre music of Sun Ra, will be reissued on DVD on October 28. In the film, Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Myth-Science Solar Arkestra searches the galaxy to find a planet that will serve as a new home for the black race. Eventually he lands in Oakland, California, and has to fight the Overseer for supremacy. The package features over 20 minutes of added footage and rare home movies of the Arkestra from 1970. ...

The Drive-Through Records 2003 Invasion Tour, which features the Starting Line, Home Grown, Allister, the Early November and Senses Fail, will kick off on August 22 in Cincinnati. Dates run through October 18 in Philadelphia. New Found Glory will join the bill on September 1 in Sacramento, California, and Finch will play the next day in San Francisco. ... Former Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland, a member of the band from 1979-89, pleaded not guilty to one charge of sexual assault and four charges of indecent assault in a U.K. courtroom Friday. He's accused of assaulting a 17-year-old boy between July and December 2002. ...

08.08.03

Call it Black Friday. The release date for Jay-Z's next — and according to him, final — LP, The Black Album, has been set for November 28. The day after Thanksgiving is also the biggest shopping day of the year, and Jay-Z's gonna take advantage by dropping the black version of his signature S. Carter Reebok shoe on the same day. ...

Following last weekend's first audition for the next "American Idol," which drew more than 3,000 people to Pasadena, California, details on the next two tryouts have surfaced. Third-season hopefuls are being asked to begin lining up in Houston's Minute Maid Park on Monday for Wednesday's audition. In Atlanta, the line begins at the Georgia Dome on August 18 for tryouts two days later. Details on additional auditions in New York later this month and Honolulu in September are expected shortly. The third season of "American Idol" will air on Fox in January. ...

Coming on the heels of her Gap ad with Missy Elliott, Madonna's got another commercial enterprise up her sleeve. Her song "Love Profusion" will promote Estée Lauder's new tropical-floral fragrance, Beyond Paradise, in special-effects-heavy TV commercials directed by Luc Besson ("La Femme Nikita," "The Professional"). The ads are slated to hit the air in mid-September, and Madonna will not be appearing at them. ...

Wayne Wonder will be shooting a video next week for the single "Friend Like Me." The clip, from the album No Holding Back, finds Wonder playing a knight in shining armor rescuing a female childhood best friend. VP Records, Wonder's original label, will produce the video. ... "I Get Up," the first new INXS song since singer Michael Hutchence died six years ago, will appear on EA Sports' "Rugby 2004," expected in stores in mid-September. ...

After two postponements, the West Coast version of All Tomorrow's Parties has trimmed a day from its original three-day affair and relocated. ATP will take place November 8-9 aboard the Queen Mary, docked in Long Beach, California. Artists thus far confirmed for the festival, which is curated by "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, include Spoon, Modest Mouse, Cat Power, the Boredoms, Built to Spill, !!! and Mission of Burma. ...

Paul Rosenberg, Eminem's manager, is executive producing a reality contest for Showtime that will feature unsigned rappers competing in rap battles each week until all but one are eliminated. "Interscope Presents the Next," premiering in October, will differ from "American Idol" or "Last Comic Standing" in that winners will be determined by audience noise — plus cursing is allowed and there are no background checks. ...

A Mötley Crüe box set will hit stores on November 11, featuring B-sides, outtakes, live recordings and a healthy dose of hits. A DVD video collection will also be released. ... Ipecac Records, the label run by Mr. Bungle frontman Mike Patton, has just released the vinyl version of Queens of the Stone Age's Songs for the Deaf. Limited to 1,500 copies, the double-LP contains a bonus track cover of Roky Erickson's "Bloody Hammer" sung by Nick Oliveri. ...

After a four-year hiatus, Primus are returning with Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People, a DVD/CD package due October 7 and featuring five new songs as well as all of the band's videos. Primus will launch the Tour de Fromage on October 15, which will include a set that varies nightly along with a full performance of 1991's Sailing the Seas of Cheese. ... D.H. Peligro, drummer for the Dead Kennedys, has been cast as the lead in the upcoming action film "The Four Horsemen." Peligro will perform his own stunts in the movie, which is being made by MarrLand Entertainment. Shooting begins September 15, and the studio is hoping for a spring release. ...

Former A Perfect Circle bassist Paz Lenchantin is now also a former member of Zwan. Lenchantin, who left the Circle in February to join Zwan, has decided to focus instead on Papa M, a band formed by Zwan guitarist David Pajo. Papa M plan to tour in October and will enter the studio before the end of the year. ... Matchbox Twenty's next video, "Bright Lights," will be based on live concert footage the band shot in Atlanta last month for a forthcoming live DVD. The clip is currently in post-production. Meanwhile, the band is planning a fall cross-country tour starting September 24 in Tallahassee, Florida. ...