For The Record: Quick News On Bono, R. Kelly, 'American Idol,' Madonna, Borat, Tupac Shakur, Incubus & More

Bono goes Nano; Kelly trial postponed again; contest begins for first virtual Idol.

Apple is rolling out another new iPod Nano, this one called the (Product) RED special edition, created by U2's Bono in order to raise funds for African women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. A portion of the profits ($10) from the sale of the special edition 4GB iPods ($199) — which are housed in a red aluminum enclosure — will go to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. A $25 iTunes (Product) RED gift card will be made available next month. ...

R. Kelly's child-pornography trial was postponed yet again on Friday (October 13). The singer's pretrial hearing has been rescheduled for October 27. ... Makers of "Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol" for PlayStation 2 are hosting a nationwide contest to crown the first virtual American Idol. The contest begins Friday at the Javits Center in New York and will hit nine other major markets. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to a taping of "Idol." ...

The Madonna adoption saga took another turn Friday when Reuters reported that she left Malawi not with David Banda, the 1-year-old boy she reportedly adopted, but rather with a pledge from the country's officials to try and reunite Madonna with the child while the adoption process is under way. According to Reuters, Banda was not with the singer as she was driven to a private jet in Malawi's capital of Lilongwe, with a senior immigration official explaining that the child's passport was still being processed and that officials had given Madonna a waiver allowing her to skirt a law prohibiting non-residents from adopting Malawian children. Officials said they expect Banda to be able to visit and spend time with Madonna while awaiting a hearing for the application, which could take up to two years. The singer's spokespeople have still not commented officially on the adoption. ...

Jagshemash. Citizens of U.S. and A. take note: The soundtrack to the upcoming film "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" will be released October 31. Titled Borat: Stereophonic Musical Listenings That Have Been Origin in Moving Film "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," the 18-track disc will include the album-only "You Be My Wife" and the notorious "In My Country There Is Problem (Throw the Jew Down the Well)." Additionally, the enhanced disc will include three clips from the film, including one deleted scene. ... Tupac's last concert is coming to DVD. "The Complete Live Performances," due October 31, will feature the rapper's 1996 show at Las Vegas' Club 662 shortly before he was gunned down at the venue. The two-disc set also includes Tupac's show at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California, from earlier that year. ...

Incubus will tour next year in support of their forthcoming sixth LP, Light Grenades, which has been slated for a November 28 release. The band will kick off the North American trek in Vancouver, British Columbia, on January 5, with dates booked through February 11 in Los Angeles. ... KT Tunstall is releasing a CD/DVD on Tuesday titled Acoustic Extravaganza. The collection will include new songs, acoustic versions of her hits and a cover of Beck's "Golden Age." ... Dates for Glenn Danzig's Blackest of the Black tour have been revealed. The trek, which will be headlined by Danzig with Lacuna Coil, the Haunted, Belphegor and Asesino, will make stops — on the West Coast only — next month. The trek gets started in Seattle on November 17, with 10 dates scheduled through a November 30 show in Santa Cruz, California. ...

Mike Watt has been checking in periodically on the progress of the new Iggy Pop & the Stooges album via HootPage.com/hoot_wattstooges2006record.html. This week the under-the-weather bassist posted — in his typically enigmatic jargon — about the band's experience working with engineer Steve Albini, among other things: "I hear [Pop] call steve albini 'science' once — that's a cool name but I know steve feels uncomfortable giving advice cuz he's told me and who wouldn't? like steve says, '... giving advice to iggy pop on how to make a punk rock record? I don't tell my grandma how to bake biscuits' and I know just what he means." ... Sam Roberts and Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew crop up on Atlantis - Hymns for Disco, the third LP by genre-defying Toronto rapper k-os. They appear on "Valhalla," while other songs on the early 2007 release include "Sunday Morning," "Flypaper" and "Born to Run." ...

Saves the Day frontman Chris Conley is launching an acoustic solo tour this fall. The trek begins Saturday at Bamboozle Left in Pomona, California, and ends November 5 at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. ... The stage will be a bit less crowded than originally planned for the upcoming Rock Star: Supernova tour. Finalists Storm Large, Magni Asgeirsson and the house band have been given the boot from the first outing by the reality show band. "They SAY it's financial," Large wrote in a message forum on her site, adding, "but I know what REALLY went down ... I clearly haven't slept with enough people. I thought I got all of 'em but a few were kinda squirrely and escaped my lusty grip. DANG IT!" TMZ.com is reporting that the reasons are financial and that fellow finalists Toby Rand and Dilana Robichaux will still hit the road with Tommy Lee and the gang, with backing from Rand's band, Juke Kartel. ...

Take-Two Interactive Software was ordered by a Florida judge to demonstrate the upcoming game "Bully" in order to determine whether it violates state public-nuisance laws — which more typically apply to polluters — The Washington Post reports. Miami attorney Jack Thompson filed a suit claiming the Rockstar game, which follows a student through fictional prep school Bulworth Academy, is a "Columbine simulator" that endangers public safety. The game, which is due in stores Tuesday, has been rated T for teen. ... Courtney Love invested in some new art recently — a portrait of herself. New York artist Olan — who has also created mixed-media portraits of Kelly Osbourne, Anne Hathaway, Rufus Wainwright and Boy George — said in a statement that "It is the greatest gift for an artist's work to speak to its subject, and I am honored by Ms. Love's response to my work of her." Olan's remaining portraits of Love are on display at New York's Ward-Nasse gallery through December.

10.12.2006

T.I. leads the list of nominees for the inaugural BET Hip-Hop Awards, scheduled to air November 15 at 9 p.m. Tip earned eight nods, followed by Busta Rhymes (six); Chamillionaire (five); Yung Joc and Lupe Fiasco (four); Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy (three); and Common, Rick Ross, Nelly and Cham (two). T.I. (with Young Dro), Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Young Jeezy are the first performers announced. ...

My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade won't be out until October 24, but fans can pre-order the LP now for $13.98. MCR also have a special limited-edition version of the disc available for pre-order, featuring what the band's site describes as "a long, skinny box with hinged lid, wrapped in black velveteen," with a 64-page book containing frontman Gerard Way's drawings, making-of-the-album notes from the band, and four photo-art cards. The MCR Web site has additional pre-order details. ...

A Malawi government official reports that Madonna filed adoption papers in the African nation on Thursday (October 12) and received approval from a judge to take custody of a 1-year-old boy, according to The Associated Press. Yohame Banda, the boy's father, said he met the singer and her husband, Guy Ritchie, during routine court proceedings. "She and her husband seem happy with David," Banda told AP. "I am happy for him. Madonna promised me that as the child grows she will bring him back to visit." The singer, who arrived in Malawi last week, has not confirmed the adoption. ...

Chris Brown and Dennis Quaid are the first stars confirmed to participate in the Gift of Hope Celebrity Charity Weekend, an event that will encompass golf and poker tournaments, a youth-soccer clinic and concert. The event, benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, will be held December 1-3 in Las Vegas. ... Photographs of AFI, Bad Religion, Social Distortion and others will be showcased at the exhibit "Cheated: A Punk Rock Art Show," being staged Sunday at Los Angeles gallery the Thought. ...

A four-disc Sublime box set called Rarities is due November 14. Among the gems compiled is a Snoop Dogg remix of "Doin' Time" and a 1995 live version of "Saw Red" featuring Gwen Stefani. ... The Raconteurs are recording instant live CDs with unique artwork for each of the dates on their upcoming string of U.K. shows. The double-disc sets, which will be pressed in batches of 1,000, will be available to fans after each show along with a code to download a free live version of the "Broken Boy Soldier" single. Unfortunately for U.S. fans, the only way to order the sets after the fact is if you have a British address. ...

OG Ice-T will break a long drought on October 31 when he releases his first hip-hop album in seven years, appropriately titled Gangsta Rap. The disc features 17 tracks, including "Ridin' Low,' "Imagansta," "God Can You Hear Me," "Please Believe Me," "Pimp or Die," "Code of the Streets," "Twice the Game" and "Pray," which features his wife, Coco. ... Army of Anyone, the new band featuring former Filter singer Richard Patrick and ex-members of Stone Temple Pilots, will release a three-track digital EP via iTunes on October 31 as a teaser for the November 14 release of their full-length debut. The 99 cent EP will feature the album's first single, "Goodbye," along with a video for the song and a podcast featuring interviews with all the bandmembers discussing the tracks on the CD. ...

Lou Reed put out his third solo LP, Berlin, in 1973, but he has never performed it live. That will change in two months when the artist presents the dark song cycle in all its theatrical glory at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, on December 14-17. Original Berlin producer Bob Ezrin and longtime Reed collaborator Hal Willner will provide musical direction, while painter Julian Schnabel will direct and design, and Antony leads the Brooklyn Youth Chorus at the event. Reed will take the theatrical performance to Sydney, Australia, next year for a three-day run January 18-20. ... Canadian indie-rock twins Tegan & Sara are gearing up for the follow-up to their third album, So Jealous. The siblings have written more than a dozen new songs and are scheduled to hit the studio in January with Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla, who will produce the yet-untitled effort at his studio in Portland, Oregon. The album is tentatively due for a late summer release. ...

The Jägermeister Music Tour, being co-headlined by Pepper and Slightly Stoopid, kicks off next week. The two dub-rock bands will hit the road beginning October 19 in Anaheim, California, and wrapping up December 9 in San Diego. ... Imogen Heap is returning to the States for a tour beginning November 7 in Montreal and ending December 19 in Chicago. The Frou Frou singer is supporting her solo album Speak for Yourself, which has sold more than 200,000 copies in the U.S. ... And in yet more tour news, Sia is returning to the States for another run to promote Colour the Small One. The trek kicks off November 2 in Seattle and wraps up November 21 in New York. ... Long Island emo collective Brand New will issue The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me, the follow-up to 2003's Deja Entendu, on November 21. The band co-produced the disc with Mike Sapone (MC Lars, Men, Women and Children); look for the effort to feature 12 fresh cuts, including "Welcome to Bangkok," "Not the Sun" and "Handcuffs." ...

Along with traveling on a tour bus run on biodiesel fuel, Gomez have implemented a number of eco-friendly initiatives for their fall tour. The British rockers are requesting organic food backstage, using organic cotton for their merchandise and printing their materials with soy-based ink on recycled paper. ... Barenaked Ladies and Mike Doughty are teaming for a fall tour, beginning October 23 in Manchester, New Hampshire. The outing ends December 3 in San Diego. ... Fonzworth Bentley will host the Quest organization's annual All That Jazz festival at Atlanta Symphony Hall on October 22. The benefit will fund programs to keep kids in school. ... Producer Phil Spector's murder trial has been pushed back a third time this week, with the judge in the case postponing it until March 5, according to AP. Spector's trial for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson was set to start January 16, but the defense team requested another delay while it awaits the completion of scientific and forensic tests. Spector, 66, is accused of killing actress Clarkson, 40, at his Los Angeles-area mansion on February 3, 2003. He faces life in prison if convicted.