For The Record: Quick News On Blu Cantrell, Led Zeppelin & More

Blu Cantrell will play the role of, well, Blu Cantrell in “Drumline,” a movie about black college marching bands directed by Charles Stone III, who helmed the Cam’ron flick “Paid in Full.” Cantrell performs the national anthem at a pivotal moment in the film, which also boasts appearances by Dallas Austin and Petey Pablo and stars Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana and Orlando Jones. … Two singles from the upcoming “Queen of the Damned” soundtrack will be simultaneously released before the album hits stores on February 19: Static-X‘s “Cold” and “Forsaken,” which was written by Korn‘s Jonathan Davis and former Oingo Boingo keyboardist Richard Gibbs and features Disturbed‘s David Draiman. …

Pearl Jam‘s latest fan club single includes a cover of the Ramones‘ “I Just Want to Have Something to Do” by bassist Jeff Ament, John Lennon‘s “Gimme Some Truth” and live versions of “Last Soldier” and “Indifference.” The band has no plans to release its buzzed-about B-sides album any time soon, their spokesperson said. … Collaborations with Everlast and DJs Vinroc, Apollo, Shortkut and Biz Markie, along with a Lo-Fidelity Allstars remix, have been added to the X-ecutioners‘ first album in five years, Built From Scratch. Due February 26, the LP also features appearances from Linkin Park, Xzibit, Dan “the Automator” Nakamura, DJ Premier, the late Big Punisher and others. … Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child is among the performers slated for the first annual Gospel Insider Music Awards ceremony on February 15 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Universal City, California. Kirk Franklin will co-host the event, which will be broadcast in local markets. …

Led Zeppelin‘s eponymous box set, released in 1990, has received a Diamond Award from the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of more than 10 million units (the RIAA counts each disc as a unit, meaning the four-disc set sold more than 2.5 million copies). Zep now tie the Beatles as the group possessing the most diamond discs, with five each. … The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will release Plastic Fang, their first album in four years, on April 23. Spencer and crew plan to tour the U.S. upon its release. … San Francisco’s annual indie lovefest, Noise Pop, will launch its third annual film festival on February 27, one day after its rock-show component kicks off. Among the treats on tap are documentaries on acts such as the Clash, Soul Asylum, Radiohead and Nick Drake, an hour-long Sparklehorse video album and films scored by the Flaming Lips (“Okie Noodling”) and Spoon (“Everything Hits at Once”). …

Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks and the duo of Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora will pay tribute to Billy Joel in a ceremony and concert at the 12th Annual MusiCares Person Of The Year dinner. The event, at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, will honor Joel for his accomplishments both as a musician and a humanitarian. … In other Joel news, his Face to Face Tour with Elton John has added second dates in Ft. Lauderdale (March 5) and Tampa (March 11), and new shows in Uniondale, New York (March 20) and East Rutherford, New Jersey (April 6). … Riviera, Big Head Todd and the Monsters‘ first studio album in four years, will be released on the band’s own label on March 26. A headlining theater tour will kick off in April. …

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Beck has been working with producer Dan “the Automator” Nakamura on material for his next LP, according to Beck’s label, Interscope Records. Nakamura’s résumé includes Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Deltron 3030, Lovage and Dr. Octagon. … On February 2, the day before the Super Bowl, P. Diddy will host the United We Stand Jam at Zephyr Field in New Orleans, Louisiana, to raise funds for children and families of African-American firefighters and a pilot who lost their lives in the events of September 11. Performers include Fabolous, Bubba Sparxxx, Jermaine Dupri, Jadakiss and Black Rob, with guest DJ Biz Markie on the ones and twos. … Former Helmet and Orange 9mm guitarist Chris Traynor gave it a shot at Monday’s tryouts for a new Limp Bizkit axeman at a Guitar Center in Queens, New York. …

Ever wanted to see a Backstreet Boy covered in rats? You just might get your chance when Kevin Richardson guests on an upcoming celebrity edition of the NBC series “Fear Factor,” according to TVGuide.com.Drowning Pool, Coal Chamber and Ill Niño will be drinking in the atmosphere during the Jägermeister Music Tour, which kicks off March 8 in Orlando, Florida, and wraps April 23 in a venue to be announced. The outing is scheduled to hit over 30 cities in the U.S. … Linkin Park signed a sponsorship deal with Microsoft’s Xbox gaming system, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The first fruits of the marriage will be giveaways of band-autographed Xbox systems during their Projekt: Revolution Tour. … In her contract-termination lawsuit against the Universal Music Group, Courtney Love can legally challenge a California labor code amendment that exempts recording artists from labor laws that pertain to other entertainers, the California Court of Appeal ruled on Monday. According to the Los Angeles Times, the court denied a petition by Universal to remove that challenge from Love’s suit, which was filed in response to Universal’s breach-of-contract suit against her. …

Will Smith is the actor most likely to get your tail in a movie-house seat in 2002, as he’ll be named Male Star of the Year in March at the ShoWest convention, an annual gathering of motion picture industry bigwigs. The “Ali” and “Men in Black 2″ star will be feted at a banquet in Las Vegas in recognition of his positive affects on both critics and the box office. … On March 19 — eight months after its U.K. release — Super Furry Animals‘ fifth album, Rings Around the World, will hit Stateside stores via XL Recordings. The band will tour the U.S. in April to support the record, which was nominated for the 2001 Mercury Music Prize. … Theatrical metal outfit Mushroomhead have firmed the first month of dates for their spring tour to promote last year’s major-label debut, Xx. The outing, with openers 18 Visions, Lamb of God and Five Point 0, begins February 20 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and ends at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, on March 15. …

Thin-skinned troubadour Dashboard Confessional, a.k.a. Chris Carrabba, begins his second headlining tour March 1 in Fort Worth, Texas. The six-week jaunt supports his second album, The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most (Vagrant Records); released in May, the LP will yield a single, “Screaming Infidelities,” on modern rock radio next week with a video to follow. … Mike Doughty launches a solo outing on February 13 in Northampton, Massachusetts, with 12 dates confirmed thus far. He’ll perform new material as well as acoustic versions of favorites by his former band, Soul Coughing. … Playful punk-turned-pop trio Bananarama (“Cruel Summer,” “Venus”) will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their top 10 debut in the U.K. with a reunion concert and TV special, according to Britain’s The Sunday Times. Joining original members Sarah Dallin, Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey will be Jacquie O’Sullivan, who replaced Fahey after she left for Shakespear’s Sister.