For The Record: Quick News On R. Kelly, Eminem, Nick Lachey, Mary J. Blige, Foxy Brown, Dimebag Darrell & More

Kelly shoots two more videos; Lachey signs on for 'College GameDay'; Dimebag guitar installed at Hard Rock.

You just can't keep the R. away from the cameras. Last week, in between performing at the MTV Video Music Awards and partying in celebration of the event, R. Kelly shot a video for "Slow Wind" on the outskirts of Miami with director Little X. And on Thursday (September 1) in his hometown of Chicago, Kells is shooting the clip for his reggaeton record "Burn It Up." ...

Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani, 50 Cent, Eminem, U2, Destiny's Child and Usher were among the big winners at the 2005 World Music Awards, held Wednesday night at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Carey took home three awards, for Best-Selling Pop Female Artist, Best-Selling R&B Artist, and Female Entertainer of the Year; while Em nabbed Best-Selling Pop-Rock Artist and Best-Selling Rap/Hip-Hop Artist. Destiny's Child, who opened the show, claimed several awards, including Best-Selling Pop Group, Best-Selling R&B Group, and the title of the World's Best-Selling Girl Group of All Time. The Killers were bestowed with the honor of Best-Selling New Group, and Carlos Santana was presented with the Legend Award. The show will air September 13 on ABC. ... Expect ESPN's "College GameDay" to give extra love this season to Ohio State. Nick Lachey, an Ohio native and dedicated fan of all the state's sports teams, has signed on to be a regular contributor to the show. Nick will host feature segments as well as make onsite appearances, joining Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit. ...

On September 20, three days before what would have been Ray Charles' 75th birthday, a new collection of Charles collaborations featuring Mary J. Blige, Ruben Studdard and Angie Stone will hit stores. Charles actually started the album, titled Genius and Friends, six years before last year's Genius Loves Company, which won the Album of the Year Grammy. Alicia Keys' Super Bowl performance of "America the Beautiful" alongside a video of Charles singing the song in 2001 will also be included on the album, which Ahmet Ertegun, who first signed Charles in 1957, made a bedside promise to Charles to finish. ... The initial round of performers for the 2005 Pop Montreal festival has been announced. Beck, Foxy Brown, Kings of Leon, Interpol, Annie, Metric, Devin the Dude and Black Mountain are among the acts who will play at venues throughout the city during the fest, which runs from September 28 through October 2. ...

An electric guitar belonging to slain Damageplan and Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was one of several fresh pieces of rock and roll memorabilia installed Wednesday evening at the Hard Rock Cafe in San Antonio, Texas. According to a Hard Rock spokesperson, Abbott's girlfriend Rita Haney and brother/bandmate Vinnie Paul Abbott were on hand for the unveiling, which was followed by a performance by Drowning Pool. ... Metallica's Kirk Hammett will be collaborating with the Flux Quartet at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco on September 15. The performance, of a piece composed specifically for Flux, will feature Hammett improvising on an electric guitar. "Flux and Kirk are a perfect fit for this innovative and aleatoric composition," said Saul Gropman, a classical guitarist and the artistic director of the Morrison Artists Series at San Francisco State University. "Flux has an 'anything goes' spirit, and Kirk's broad improvisational skills bring this piece together as a magical marriage of two styles." ...

Fans of massive-haired frontmen, science-fiction concept albums, free guitars and name-brand clothing, rejoice: Coheed and Cambria have the perfect contest for you. The space-rockin', comic-book jockin' quartet are joining forces with Taylor guitars and Atticus clothing for a free-stuff bonanza in celebration of the band's new album, Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness. Fans can win a guitar signed by the band, a boatload of Atticus clothing and a copy of Coheed's LP by entering at the group's Web site, CoheedAndCambria.com. ... Echo & the Bunnymen, who are releasing a new album called Siberia on September 20, are hitting some slightly warmer climes on their upcoming late fall tour to support it. The 16-date trek kicks off on November 18 in Washington, D.C., and wraps December 9 in San Diego. ...

The Presidents of the United States of America are planning a new tour — or what they like to call a "campaign" — to promote their latest album, Love Everybody. The Seattle trio's nine-date trek starts September 16 in Spokane, Washington, and wraps October 4 in New York. ...Blues icon R.L. Burnside has died at the age of 78 in Memphis, his label announced Thursday. The Mississippi singer/songwriter/guitarist began singing and playing guitar as a young man, and throughout the '70s and '80s he toured with his family band, dubbed the Sound Machine, made up of sons Joseph and Daniel and son-in-law Calvin Jackson. In 1996 he teamed with indie-rock blues group Jon Spencer Blues Explosion for A Ass Pocket of Whiskey. A fund has been set up to benefit his widow, Alice Mae. For more information, visit www.fatpossum.com. ...

08.31.2005

Snoop Dogg has joined 50 Cent in suing a Philadelphia car dealer, claiming that Gary Barbera Dodgeland ran ads this spring using Snoop's photo, a Dodge Magnum and a "rap" of sorts praising the place. 50 sued Barbera two weeks ago on a similar allegation, and both rappers are seeking damages of more than $1 million for trademark infringement. The car dealer's marketing director, Eric Gerstein, says that Snoop's suit is "more of the same." "If you read the complaint, it looks like they just copied the 50 Cent thing and changed their names," Gerstein said. "We've already been in touch with them and we're working it out." ...

Mariah Carey's still shaking it off Stateside, but she's already planning her next single for international markets. She's shooting a video for "Get Your Number" — with Jermaine Dupri in a guest spot — Thursday and Friday in Los Angeles with director Jake Nava, who also helmed "Shake It Off." ... Ashlee Simpson is in the middle of her video shoot for "Didn't Steal Your Boyfriend" in Los Angeles with director Marc Webb. She continues shooting on Thursday. ... Sports stars Terrell Owens, Carmelo Anthony and Quentin Richardson will be featured in Common's new music video for his latest single, "Be," the title track off his latest album. The clip was shot in Brooklyn, New York. ...

Production has finally begun on Andre 3000's new Cartoon Network series, the channel announced on Wednesday (August 31). The untitled prime-time series, which will focus on a group of musically gifted kids and "an unlikely visitor that will bring sunshine to their lives," will premiere this fall. Twelve episodes have been ordered so far. The Outkast rapper will serve as the show's executive producer, narrator and musical director. ... Beyoncé made a brief appearance in Sin City on Monday following Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. The singer, along with her fashion-savvy mama, Tina Knowles, surprised fans at the Project Global Tradeshow at the Venetian Hotel when they stopped by the booth showcasing their new clothing line, House of Dereon. ...

Dillinger Escape Plan have been forced to drop off the Gigantour bill, after guitarist Ben Weinman severely re-injured his arm on Sunday; he first sustained the injury several months ago but had been on the mend. He's been instructed by a specialist not to perform until further notice. Gigantour, which features Megadeth, Life of Agony, Fear Factory and others, runs through September 11 in Portland, Oregon. ... Courtney Love has been trying to sell her New York apartment for months, but now she might lose it outright. Mercury Capital Corp. filed a lawsuit in New York on Monday against the singer, seeking to foreclose on the place, claiming that she hasn't made her July or August mortgage payments on the SoHo loft, which she bought in 2001 for $2.4 million. ...

Dashboard Confessional are getting on the U2 bandwagon — as the opening act for the third leg of the Irish band's Vertigo Tour this fall. Starting September 12 in Toronto, Chris Carrabba and company will join U2 until September 25 in Milwaukee. After that, Keane will open for U2's Boston and New York shows, from October 3-14. Dashboard, meanwhile, have been working with producer Daniel Lanois on their follow-up to 2003's A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar, due in early 2006. ... Seether have been tapped to open for Audioslave on their first U.S. arena tour. The 29-date trek kicks off September 24 in Bakersfield, California, and wraps November 18 in Long Beach, California. More dates will be announced soon. ...

The RIAA announced its latest round of lawsuits against file-sharers on Wednesday. The "John Doe" suits don't name the 754 alleged copyright-violators, but a press release specified that they used such services as Grokster, Kazaa and LimeWire. The defendants live in California, Colorado, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The RIAA also filed suit earlier in the month against 156 named defendants in district courts across the country. More than 14,000 suits have been filed by the recording industry to date. .... Interested in scoring the next Xbox epic? Electronic Arts and the Grammy Foundation announced on Wednesday that they will host a one-day workshop at EA's Los Angeles studios for high school students interested in learning how to make interactive music fit for a PlayStation or Xbox. Students will get a chance to compose two minutes of non-linear game music, using EA's World War II-themed "Medal of Honor" games or the more mellow "Sims" series. Los Angeles high school students interested in signing up for the October 17 workshop can check out grammyintheschools.com for details. ...

New York Governor George Pataki signed a bill into law Tuesday night that will soften the state's notoriously harsh drug laws. It will allow more than 500 inmates convicted of nonviolent felonies the chance to petition for re-sentencing and early release, according to The Associated Press. The bill has garnered support from music mogul Russell Simmons and his brother the Reverend Run (of Run-DMC), who were at Pataki's side when he signed the bill. They have been key figures in the fight against the so-called Rockefeller drug laws, which they say unfairly target minorities and put too many nonviolent offenders in prison. ...