For The Record: Quick News On Eve, Aaron Carter, Fatboy Slim, Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, Rollins & More

Eve and DJ Jazzy Jeff are heroes — they’ll be honored by the Philadelphia chapter of the Recording Academy at their 2002 Heroes Awards ceremony on April 22 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The event will benefit the academy’s MusiCares Foundation as well as other programs to advance music education and musicians’ welfare. … Kiss bassist and irrepressible self-promoter Gene Simmons will be giving his famed tongue an onscreen workout in the film Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires, which stars Tim Allen of “Home Improvement” fame (oh, of course). … It’s Aaron’s Valentine Party (Come Get It) — yep, teenage ball o’ fire Aaron Carter has his own 90-minute pay-per-view special lined up for February 16 on INDemand and DirecTV. “Aaron Carter’s Valentine Party,” shot at Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s Riverside Centroplex, will also feature several performances by Carter’s big Backstreet Boy brother, Nick. …

Sign up these switch-hitters, stat — Will Smith and Jennifer Lopez are Hollywood’s two most bankable musician/actors, notching up #1 and #2, respectively, on a survey of industry execs by The Hollywood Reporter. “Marky”-Mark Wahlberg feels the vibrations at #3, while Madonna, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Ice Cube, Janet Jackson, Cher and Courtney Love bubble under him, according to the Associated Press. … Photogenic twin-brother act Evan and Jaron are through with being “Crazy for That Girl.” They’re writing songs for their next album, which could include a new track penned by Evan called “It’s So Funny I Could Cry,” according to VH1 Radio. … Rollins Band will record their March 1 and 2 shows at Chicago’s famed Metro Cabaret for their first live CD, due in the summer. Henry Rollins and cohorts will warm up for the gigs with dates in Towson, Maryland (February 25), Boston (26) and Buffalo (27). …

Run-DMC will help kick off the NBA All-Star Weekend on Friday by appearing and performing at a charity auction party held at Philadelphia’s Zanzibar Blue. Two nights after the event, which benefits the Inner-City Games Foundation’s efforts to enrich young people’s lives through sports and educational programs, the rap innovators will join Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Doug E. Fresh, EPMD, DJ Jazzy Jeff, MC Lyte, Public Enemy and Rakim at the Electric Factory’s Old School All-Stars party. … Fatboy Slim and Paul Oakenfold have released albums of their favorite beats, breaks and scratches on the UK label Music of Life. Fatboy’s All Star Breakbeats and Oakenfold’s Bust a Groove are fodder for DJs, rappers and producers who want a sneak peak into the superstar DJs’ record collections and sound files. …

Reggae/dancehall veteran Capleton — a former Def Jam artist whose past albums have featured collaborations with Q-Tip and Method Man — will release Still Blazing on February 26 through VP Records. The foul-mouthed “slackness” king-turned-Rastafarian is planning to tour behind the LP, which combines hardcore dancehall and old-school reggae flavor. … Classic rockers Bad Company recorded their recent tour, which featured original singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke along with new members, for a live CD and DVD due in May. The releases will include two new songs and guest appearances by Slash and Journey guitarist Neal Schon on “Wishing Well” and “Crossroads.” …

Good golly, Little Richard will be inducted into the NAACP Hall of Fame at the civil rights organization’s 33rd annual Image Awards ceremony, which takes place February 23 and will be broadcast March 1 on Fox. “Little Richard has distinguished himself as not only an unparalleled musical genius, but also as a unique and innovative performing artist — fusing pure vocal talent with exhilarating showmanship,” NAACP President/CEO Kweisi Mfume said in a statement. … Van Morrison wrote two songs and sings on one (“Sometimes We Cry”) for the second album by his daughter, Shana Morrison. Due April 2, 7 Wishes blends elements of pop, rock and blues, her spokesperson said. …Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin and Deep Blue Something will headline WorldSong 2002 – The Next Country Over, a concert to promote world peace and harmony during the Olympic Winter Games, on February 21 at the McKay Event Center in Orem, Utah. …

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Portly hellcats Tenacious D threaten to blow Kid Rock off the stage when they open four dates on the Bullgod’s spring tour: March 22 in Indianapolis, Indiana; March 23 in Louisville, Kentucky; March 28 in Kansas City, Missouri and March 29 in St. Louis. The dynamic duo have a headlining tour in the works, according to their label. … Outspoken Hole frontwoman and artists’ rights advocate Courtney Love — currently embroiled in a legal battle with her former label, Geffen Records — will participate in a public interview with the L.A. Times on March 16 at the South by Southwest music conference. Singer/songwriter and former Band guitarist Robbie Robertson is the keynote speaker for this year’s gathering, which will take place March 13-17 in Austin, Texas. …

Jo Jo Brim, senior director of A&R at Def Jam/ Def Soul, had no comment whether or not Def Soul has hollered at the newly free-agented Mariah Carey, though he credit her “unprecedented” track record, “amazing voice” and “tremendous following” in saying that she would be a welcome commodity. “If something of that caliber were to happen, it could only mean great things for everybody involved,” Brim said. … Staind, Aerosmith and American Hi-Fi are tied at the top of the annual Boston Music Awards nominations list with seven each, while Godsmack and Cracktorch are loudly nipping at their heels with six. The awards will be doled out on April 11 at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre, where those acts will vie for trophies alongside other multi-nommed local heroes such as Dropkick Murphys, the Sheila Divine, Scissorfight and LFO (go to boston.com for a complete list of nominees). …

Flame-haired, stone-washed ’80s mall-pop princess Tiffany (“I Think We’re Alone Now”) will appear in the altogether in the April issue of Playboy, which arrives on March 4. Yes, she still sings — her most recent album was 2000’s The Color of Silence.Linkin Park’s debut, Hybrid Theory, has been certified seven times platinum after moving 3 million copies in the last three months, according to the RIAA. Other acts earning shiny new plaques are Creed for Weathered (five times platinum) and Usher for 8701 (triple platinum), while Nelly Furtado’s Whoa, Nelly!, Enrique IglesiasEscape, Pink’s Missundaztood, Shakira’s Laundry Service and Michael Jackson’s Invincible have been certified double platinum. …

Following rapper TiLo’s departure from his Methods of Mayhem last year, Tommy Lee has dispensed with the band, — name and all — and is flying solo for Never a Dull Moment, his second post-Mötley Crüe LP, which is set for release on May 21. “Hold Me Down” is the first single off the LP, which features guest appearances by Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and Deftones singer Chino Moreno. … Cypress Hill rhyme-roller B-Real recorded a cover of David Bowie’s “Fame” with Lee for Never a Dull Moment, but the rapper’s part had to be removed due to clearance issues. “Fame-02,” sans B-Real, will still appear on Lee’s LP. …

Philly’s own Boyz II Men and Daryl Hall & John Oates will provide entertainment at the NBA’s All-Star Saturday Night February 9 at the First Union Center in Philadelphia. City High, also from the Philadelphia area, will perform the national anthem before the All-Star Hoop-It-Up tournament, which will see Justin Timberlake and Brian McKnight take the court. … Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, rocker Patti Smith and Brazilian pop singer Bebel Gilberto have joined David Bowie, Nawang Khechog and the Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery on the list of performers scheduled for the 12th annual Tibet House Benefit Concert on February 22 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Bowie and his model wife, Iman, are the Honorary Chairs of the event.

Cake, Nikka Costa and the Roots are among the artists lined up to perform at the Ice House in the Mountain Dew Ice Village in Salt Lake City during the 2002 Olympic Games this month. Cheap Trick, Coolio, Pennywise, Lit, Perry Farrell, BT, George Clinton, Black Eyed Peas, Common, Talib Kweli, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, LFO, Fishbone, Save Ferris, Digable Planets, Dishwalla, Dance Hall Crashers and Mystic also perform on various nights from February 8 to 24. …

Singer/songwriter Ryan Adams, supporting September’s Grammy-nominated Gold, will launch a 10-date tour on February 25 in Los Angeles. The outing, which hits the likes of San Francisco, Chicago and Detroit, wraps March 18 in Boston. … Robert Moog and Apple Computer, Inc. will each receive a Technical Grammy later this month. Moog invented the Moog synthesizer in 1965 and has been an innovator in analog electronic instruments since, while Apple is known for bringing computer technology into recording studios. … John Forte, a contributing rapper on the Fugee’s The Score and the founder of Wyclef Jean’s Refugee Camp All-Stars, will release his second solo album, the hip-hop- and folk-oriented I, John, on April 23.