For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Busta Rhymes, Alien Ant Farm, Master P & More

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are suspending work on their long-awaited seventh studio album, the follow-up to 1999′s Californication, to perform at the second annual ESPN Action Sports and Music Awards on April 13 at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre. The band will also receive the Artist Contribution Award at the ceremony which is scheduled for broadcast on the cable network April 16 at 9 p.m. ET. … Destiny’s Child, Dido and Enya won three trophies apiece Wednesday at the World Music Awards in Monaco, the latter upsetting Britney Spears for World’s Best-Selling Female. Enrique Iglesias and co-host Shaggy each won two awards, while Linkin Park, Alicia Keys, Ja Rule and performer Kylie Minogue took home one apiece. …

Alien Ant Farm were in L.A. recently shooting the video for “Attitude,” the third single from their debut album, last year’s ANThology. AAF fans take note: That unrecognizable fifth guy is not a new addition to the lineup, but longtime friend and frequent hometown guest percussionist Jair, who will open for the group on March 29 at the Palace in Hollywood. … Pro wrestler Rob Van Dam is seen drag racing in the video for Breaking Point‘s “One of a Kind,” which was shot Wednesday in Los Angeles. The track, which has been stripped onto new pressings of the band’s debut, Coming of Age, serves as the grappler’s theme song and is featured on WWF Forceable Entry, which is due March 26. …

The Beyond 2002 Super Festival, taking place April 12-14 in Miami, Florida, has added some rock to its formerly hip-hop- and dance-heavy roster. Stone Temple Pilots, Third Eye Blind and Less Than Jake, along with Fatboy Slim, will join previously announced performers Outkast, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Method Man and Busta Rhymes, among others, at the three-day festival, which also features extreme-sports exhibitions, a DJ contest and comedian Carl Payne, “Cole” from TV’s “Martin.” … Two 311 tracks remixed by Canadian drum’n’bass DJ Freaky Flow, “Uncalm” and “You Wouldn’t Believe,” are available for free download on the band’s official Web site (www.311 music.com). The latter also appears on Flow’s new mix album, Keep It Live. Other downloads available on 311′s site include remixes by Sean Perry and DJ Lofton and a collaboration with Black Eyed Peas. …

Looper, the band featuring ex-Belle and Sebastian cliquester Stuart David, are preparing to release their third album, The Snare, in May. … Gay Dad‘s Transmission will see an April 23 release through Thirsty Ear. … Before the year’s out, former Hüsker Dü and Sugar member Bob Mould will release three new albums on his new label, Granary Music, in collaboration with the United Musicians collective, a organization formed by Aimee Mann and Michael Penn, among others, that helps small independent labels get distribution. The first of the trilogy, Modulate, is due March 12 and will be followed by a U.S. tour that kicks off March 29 in St. Louis, Missouri. …

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Britney Spears, ‘NSYNC, Pink and Smash Mouth scored two nominations each for Nickelodeon’s 15th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, scheduled for April 20 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Aaron Carter, Lil’ Bow Wow, Lil’ Romeo, Usher, Backstreet Boys, Destiny’s Child, Dream, Baha Men, Creed and Sugar Ray are also nominated (MTV’s parent company, Viacom, also owns Nickelodeon). … Rapper, No Limit CEO and pro hoopster Master P will serve as the Commissioner of Basketball for the third annual T.J. Martell B-Ball Classic, taking place April 25 at New York’s Basketball City courts. Ten teams composed of celebrities, former pro players, music industry execs and artists will compete in a tournament to benefit leukemia, cancer and AIDS research. … P, his son Lil’ Romeo and his brother Silkk the Shocker joined Mya and members of the New York Fire Department in a Los Angeles studio last week to record “United We Sing,” a charity single written by Nile Rodgers (Madonna, Elton John) and produced by Full Force (‘NSYNC, Britney Spears) for the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund created to benefit the children and spouses of September 11 victims. India.Arie, Hootie & the Blowfish‘s Darius Rucker and others will work on the single, which is due in May, at a second session in New York City this month. …

Grammy-winning rapper Will Smith is now an award-winning author. “Just the Two of Us,” the picture book based on his song lyrics and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, won the NAACP Image Award last week for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work. … Solange, lil’ sis of Beyoncé Knowles and sometime fill-in member of Destiny’s Child, headlines the Young Pop Power Tour, which kicks off March 10 at the North Riverside Mall in North Riverside, Illinois. Swedish youngsters Play and 18-year-old singer Devin (“Big Momma’s House” soundtrack) are also aboard the free traveling fun show, which aims to hit shopping centers all across these United States. … Sugar Ray covers Steve Miller Band‘s “Abracadabra” and Uncle Kracker takes a shot at Cyndi Lauper‘s “Time After Time” on the soundtrack for “Clockstoppers,” which also features album cuts from Blink-182, Third Eye Blind, Nickelback, Lit, A Simple Plan and others. The record comes out March 26. …

Jill Scott, Bilal and Black Thought are among the dozens of guests on the debut solo album from the Roots‘ beatboxer Scratch. Due June 4, The Embodiment of Instrumentation features a who’s-who of Philadelphia’s underground hip-hop and soul scenes performing along to Scratch’s self-described “vocal turntablism.” … Sinead O’Connor will appear on two tracks on British trip-hop act Massive Attack‘s follow-up to 1998′s Mezzanine. The as-yet-untitled album is due in the fall. … Gorillaz producer Dan “the Automator” Nakamura, DJ Swamp (Beck) and producer Damon Elliott (Destiny’s Child, Pink) appear on Electric Lotus, a compilation released March 5 of goa trance, a spiritual form of dance music. The style’s founder, Baba G, also appears. …

The Ice Man boxeth — Vanilla Ice will get into the ring with “Diff’rent Strokes” star Todd Bridges (“Willis”) for Fox’s “Celebrity Boxing.” The show will air March 13 at 9 p.m. ET. … The Offspring and Social Distortion will perform at Tony Hawk‘s Boom Boom HuckJam April 27 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Hawk will skate at the event, which also feature other top boarders, bikers and motocross riders. … Warped Tour staples Mighty Mighty Bosstones will release their seventh album, A Jackknife to a Swan, on SideOneDummy Records on July 9. “Having spent as many years as we have inside the corporate stem and fighting it from all directions, it’s nice to be in a house where the owners of that house understand who we are and let us call it home,” singer Dicky Barrett wrote on the label’s Web site. …

Busta Rhymes said he plans to spend spring promoting Rulership Movement, the latest Flip Mode Squad album due in June, along with his latest film, the eighth installment of the “Halloween” series. Rhymes is also scheduled to being shooting “Narc,” a “corrupt-cop film” co-starring Ray Liotta. … Poison will have “Nothin’ But a Good Time” on the road for another summer, this time with Cinderella, Winger and Faster Pussycat. The first leg begins May 16 in Tupelo, Mississippi, and wraps in late July, and dates for the second leg have yet to be announced. … The Cranberries announced the first few weeks of dates for their spring tour in support of last year’s Wake Up and Smell the Coffee. The trek begins May 11 in Toronto and is so far scheduled through May 30 in Atlanta, hitting Philadelphia, Boston, New York and other East Coast cities along the way. …

German trance DJ Paul van Dyk, who recently recorded music for the upcoming Mexican film “La Mano del Zurdo,” will spin at six North American dates later this month. The trek includes two shows at the Winter Music Conference in Miami (March 23 and 24) and his first show in New York City in nine months (March 29). … Ben Harper will perform “Strawberry Fields Forever” on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on March 8, marking the third song from the “I Am Sam” soundtrack to be performed on the show. Previously, Michael Penn and Aimee Mann sang “Two of Us” and Rufus Wainwright played “Across the Universe.”