50 Cent is set to make his motion-picture debut in a semiautobiographical film called "Locked and Loaded," Billboard reports. Terence Winter, a writer and executive producer on "The Sopranos," is writing the screenplay, in which 50 will portray a former drug dealer who tries to put his criminal past behind him to pursue a career on the mic. ...

Usher, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones and Mary J. Blige are a few of the artists slated to perform at the Ray Charles tribute concert "Genius: A Night for Ray Charles," which will take place on October 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event, which will be taped to air later on CBS, will be hosted by Jamie Foxx. Ticket prices are between $45 and $75. ...

Lindsay Lohan gets a little revealing in the new issue of GQ, on newsstands next week. Of her well-publicized curves and the tabloid debate "Are they real?," she said that it makes her uncomfortable when people talk about her breasts, though judging by the photos accompanying the story, she's not terribly uncomfortable highlighting them in poses. "What are they trying to do by saying I'm 'baring it all'?" she asked the magazine. "I'm wearing a normal top that my friends have worn. Go pick on someone else. It's getting a little old. Like, I didn't get implants — deal with it!" And on her relationship with "That '70s Show" actor Wilmer Valderrama, she said that it's getting serious. "This is my first boyfriend," she said, "and we're just starting to talk about what we're going to say in interviews and stuff. And it's cool, but I've gotten a lot of feelings toward him really fast, which I'm not used to ... I can be kind of negative, sometimes, with the whole boyfriend situation. I get very insecure. Just because there are a lot of girls who like him." ...

Ketchup lovers Lindsay Lohan, William Shatner and Mia Hamm are among the stars sounding off on the thick red condiment for Heinz Ketchup's "Celebrity Talking Labels" campaign. Available at your local grocery store now and for a limited time only, the bottles' labels feature quips like "Fixes Burgers at Warp Speed" (Shatner) and "Burger-licious" (Lohan). A portion of the proceeds from the series will go to a number of charities including the Mia Hamm Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. ... DMX, Trick Daddy, Nate Dogg and DJ Quik are among the guest artists who came out for Ludacris' forthcoming album, Red Light District. Due November 23, the album is the Atlanta MC's follow-up to 2003's Chicken-N-Beer. ...

DMX was due to be arraigned on drug and weapons charges Tuesday (September 21) in Queens County criminal court, but his hearing has been adjourned until October 13. The charges stem from an incident in June at New York's JFK Airport in which he and another man attempted to steal a car. If convicted, X faces up to seven years in jail. ... An assault hearing for rapper Beanie Sigel scheduled for Monday was postponed until November 3. The charges stem from an altercation in January 2003 in which the MC allegedly punched a man in the face. Sigel is still scheduled for sentencing on October 8 on federal gun charges and has a January 12 date set for his retrial on attempted-murder charges. ...

PJ Harvey is hitting the road again for a monthlong North American tour. The trek will kick off on October 1 in Minneapolis and end in Mexico City on November 2. ... There's a new album on the way from the Lemonheads. Singer Evan Dando, who had been touring with the re-formed MC5, wrote on his Web site, "After doing 42 shows I decided to leave the tour. I need to finish writing the next Lemonheads record. The MC5 tour inspired me greatly and I'm now ready to get back to working on my own music." The Lemonheads' last album, Car Button Cloth, was released in 1996. ...

Sprint PCS has launched BlingTones, which the company is calling the first mobile-phone record label. BlingTones offers Sprint phone owners original beats from hip-hop producers like Rockwilder, Hi-Tek and Jay Dee that can be downloaded directly from phones or through the company's Web site. ... DJ Spooky "That Subliminal Kid" has collaborated with Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid and producer Meat Beat Manifesto for his next release, Drums of Death. "This project is about rhythm dialog, building bridges between scenes and styles," Spooky said. "Slayer was one of the only rock bands on early Def Jam, and they influenced my style." ...

For the next two weeks, R.E.M.'s new album, Around the Sun, will be streamed on MySpace.com, marking the first time an album is "leaked" on a social portal and not an exclusive music destination. Besides previewing the band's music, the site also offers links to tour dates, mobile ring tones, photos and other features. R.E.M.'s latest is due in stores on October 5. ... A new Fishbone collection is coming out on DVD. "Critical Times: The Henhouse Sessions" will feature the band recording new material at the Hen House, a free community recording studio, via multiple DV cameras. Songs include "Last Dayz," "Critical Times," "Demon in Here" and "Skank N' Go Nutts." It's due out October 5. ...

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A November 4 release has been set for Ruben Studdard's upcoming gospel album, the start of a barrage of "American Idol" music. Clay Aiken's holiday record is due November 16, Fantasia's debut album is due November 23, Kelly Clarkson's sophomore set will follow November 30, and Diana DeGarmo's debut will round things out on December 7. ...

At least half of Metallica know what they'll be doing in early 2005: entering the studio. In two separate newspaper interviews, guitarist Kirk Hammett and drummer Lars Ulrich said that the band plans to log studio time sometime after the completion of its North American tour on November 20. ... Vanessa Carlton will embark on a 17-date tour next month in support of her new album, Harmonium, due November 9. The singer/pianist is bringing a full orchestra with her on the outing, which begins October 21 in Minneapolis and ends November 21 in Portland, Oregon. ...

Like Slipknot? Old enough to drive? Fluent in German? If you meet those three qualifications, then head on over to the German version of eBay, where you can bid on an official Slipknot Mercedes-Benz. The car features the Slipknot logo on its hood and doors and was used to promote the band's latest album, Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). Bidding — in Euros — was at the equivalent of $1,473.30 as of press time. ... Like countless bands before them, Yellowcard are getting in on the live DVD market. "Beyond Ocean Avenue: Live at the Electric Factory," in stores November 2, features concert footage taken from the band's two sold-out performances at Philadelphia's Electric Factory in May. Also included on the DVD is the "Beyond Ocean Avenue" documentary, a behind-the-scenes look at the band's rise to fame. ...

The Reverend Al Sharpton, Styles P and Marsha Ambrosius, one half of Floetry, all took the stage Sunday night at the Anthony Hamilton and Angie Stone concert in New York. ... The ill-fated Field Day festival is having another go at it. A year after plans for a two-day festival in a pasture on Long Island, New York, were downsized to a miserable, rain-soaked single-day affair at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, promoter Andrew Dreskin has gotten permission from the town of Red Hook, New York, to put on the show next July. Although bands have yet to be confirmed, he hopes to get Radiohead, Beck and the Beastie Boys — all of whom played Field Day in 2003 — to return. ...

P. Diddy, Dame Dash and the rest of the music moguls may need to make room for one more. Joe Simpson, father and manager of Jessica and Ashlee, has formed JT Records, named for Joe and his wife, Tina Simpson. The first act signed to the imprint, to be distributed by Ashlee's label Geffen, is the band Barefoot. ... California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order on Friday demanding the state chief information officer develop a policy regarding the illegal use of peer-to-peer file-sharing applications on state computers. Schwarzenegger, much to the delight of the recording industry, is the first state executive to enact such an order. ...

"Something the Lord Made," the HBO television movie starring rapper Mos Def as surgical pioneer Vivien Thomas, picked up three Emmy awards Sunday night, including one for outstanding Made for Television Movie. While he didn't win, Mos Def had been nominated for Outstanding Actor for a Made for Television Movie. ... Television are re-forming for a concert at New York's Roseland on October 2, and Patti Smith and her band will share the bill. ...

Former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra plans on joining Ministry onstage in the next few days to perform some tunes by Lard, Biafra and Ministry singer Al Jourgensen's side project, which released two albums in the '90s. The five-date string of shows begins Friday in Los Angeles. Ministry are on the road to support their latest album, Houses of the Molé, which dropped in June. ... Even with three solo albums under her belt, Moldy Peaches member Kimya Dawson remains relatively unknown, but a crop of her friends, including Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins, Vanessa Carlton, Daniel Johnston and GN'R/ Primus drummer Brain, is trying to change that. They all appear on Dawson's fourth LP, Hidden Vagenda, due October 5. ...

Brooklyn, New York, production team/record label DFA — a.k.a. Death From Above — will release DFA Compilation #2 this November. The 18-track LP collects music previously released on a series of 12-inch singles over the past two years. Artists on the album include the Rapture and LCD Soundsystem. ... Collective Soul are returning after a four-year hiatus with Youth, due November 16. The album's first single, "Counting the Days," was released to radio earlier this month. ...