For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Foxy Brown, Tantric, Jay-Z, Tiffany & More

Britney Spears‘ midtown Manhattan lounge finally has a name: NYLA. The moniker is derived from the postal abbreviations for New York and her home state, Louisiana. … Foxy Brown will soon head into the studio to work on her fourth album, Ill Na Na Part 2: The Fever. Though Brown is still lining up producers, she hopes to finish the LP in eight weeks and release it this summer. … As further proof that Jay-Z can churn out records faster than anybody else in the biz, Chapter One: Greatest Hits — released overseas on Tuesday (April 2) — features blockbusters such as “Hard Knock Life,” obscurities like “Wishing on a Star” and street favorites such as “Can’t Knock the Hustle” and “Imaginary Player.” No definitive word from Roc-A-Fella as to whether the album will ever find its way to the U.S. …

Teen queen turned 21st-century Playboy model Tiffany will appear on Fox’s “That ’80s Show,” though she won’t be reprising her mall-magnet persona or perform her #1 hits such as “I Think We’re Alone Now.” Like her pictorial, Tiffany’s role lands at the opposite end of teenybopper spectrum — she plays a punk in the episode, which is scheduled to air April 17. … After wrapping up a headlining tour on April 7 in San Francisco, Tantric will head into Nashville and Los Angeles recording studios with producer Toby Wright (Korn, Alice in Chains) to begin work on their second album, due later this year. … The The are getting the repeat treatment May 21 with the release of 45 RPM – The Singles of The The, which gathers the band’s singles from the last 19 years and adds three new tracks to the double-disc collection. The best-of launches a reissue campaign that finds Soul Mining (1983), Infected (1986), Mind Bomb (1989) and Dusk (1993) receiving renewed life on July 2. …

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Fans who slept through Godsmack‘s ascent to their latest album, Awake, can revisit the Boston rockers’ early days on Smack This!, a DVD retrospective due April 9. The collection features concert footage, backstage shenanigans and interviews with the band. … That raging Cajun Mystikal is playing both sides of the fence. In the clip for his next single, the title cut off of his Tarantula LP, the New Orleans MC will play both an exterminator and his prey — spiders — thanks to the magic of special effects, according to his spokesperson. …

Alanis Morissette, Cher, Kiss, Stevie Wonder, Little Richard and, yes, Michael Jackson are lined up to lend themselves to a special celebrating a half-century of the dance party series “American Bandstand,” which debuted in 1952. “American Bandstand’s 50th … A Celebration” will air on ABC on May 3 and will be emceed, naturally, by Dick Clark, the show’s host since 1956. … After 11 years and seven albums together, indie rockers Unwound are throwing in the towel, citing an inability to tour with any consistency as the reason for their decision. The first band signed to the Kill Rock Stars label will play its last show Monday (April 1) in their hometown of Olympia, Washington, and its members, who’ll pursue separate musical interests, plan on issuing albums of live material and previously unreleased tracks in the future. …

Whoever said “three’s a crowd” is about to get theirs. Revenge of the Triads — programmer/remixer Charlie Clouser (NIN, Marilyn Manson), A Perfect Circle guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen and producer Jason Slater (Snake River Conspiracy, Brougham) — are in the studio working on their debut album, which they hope to release this summer. … Ann and Nancy Wilson have reunited for the first Heart tour in nine years, which will kick off June 21 in Fargo and wrap August 8 in Seattle. Alice in ChainsMike Inez will join the band on bass. … Indie rock darlings Beulah will launch a month-long outing April 8 in Denver to promote last year’s The Coast Is Never Clear. The tour will come to an end May 4 in the band’s hometown of San Francisco.