For The Record: Quick News On Brandy, Xzibit, ‘NSYNC, Jennifer Lopez, Pet Shop Boys & More

Brandy, Babyface, the Village People, KC & the Sunshine Band and A Taste of Honey have been added to the list of performers to be featured on “American Bandstand’s 50th … A Celebration!,” joining Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Cher, Alanis Morissette and KISS. The special, to air May 3 on ABC, will also include appearances by ‘NSYNC, Janet Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Jennifer Lopez and Whitney Houston, and an all-star band featuring Little Richard, the Go-GosJane Wiedlin, the BanglesSusanna Hoffs and Debbi Peterson, Fleetwood Mac‘s Mick Fleetwood, Leif Garrett, Spinal Tap‘s Michael McKean and others. … ‘NSYNC has another TV appearance in store before then, as their IMAX movie, “‘NSYNC: Bigger Than Live,” is set to air April 25 on the WB network. The hour-long special, which documents their No Strings Attached tour, features hits such as “Bye Bye Bye,” band interviews, and the guys’ dance moves captured by seven different camera angles. …

Xzibit, Ice-T, Kurupt, Tha Liks, Ras Kass and former members of Zapp are among the performers scheduled to honor late funk king Roger Troutman at “An Evening of Still More Bounce: The Celebration” in Los Angeles on April 25, the third anniversary of Troutman’s death. Still More Bounce: A Tribute to Roger Troutman is due May 14 and features the above artists along with Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger, Defari and Chico Debarge, who is hosting the April 25 tribute. … Jennifer Lopez has inked a three-year first-look feature film development deal for her Nuyorican Productions company through Columbia Pictures, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Both J. Lo’s label, Epic Records, and Columbia are owned by Sony. …

Mary J. Blige canceled a concert scheduled to take place Tuesday in Milan in response to warnings of possible terrorist threats against U.S. citizens in several Italian cities, according to the Associated Press.Pet Shop Boys will hit the road next month for a 20-date North American tour to promote their latest album, Release, due April 23. The outing kicks off May 14 in Miami and stops in New York City for three shows (May 21-23) before wrapping with a two-night stint in San Francisco on June 8 and 9. … Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg will next feel the cinematic vibrations in the actioner “The Italian Job,” which will be directed by former video auteur F. Gary Gray (“Friday,” “Set It Off”), according to Variety.

Patti Smith was forced to revise her spring touring plans after Jay Dee Daugherty, her drummer for 27 years, was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. Daugherty’s leg was crushed when he was hit by a motorist making an illegal turn, and he isn’t expected to recover fully until late summer. … Former Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook has lined up a tour of the U.S. in support of his first solo album, The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook. Kicking off at McNears Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, California, on Friday (April 12), the tour will hit Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Toronto and New York City before wrapping up in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 27. … Timo Maas supporting his recently released debut studio album Loud with a five-week tour beginning May 3 in San Francisco and ending June 9 in Boston. MC Chickaboo, who appears on Maas’ latest single, “Shifter,” will accompany the German DJ on the trek. …

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Alicia Keys is thinking about her next album. The five-time Grammy winner will start writing the LP in July, she said at Urban Aid 2 in New York on Tuesday. … Guitarist Aaron Kamin returned to duty with the Calling Tuesday in Melbourne, Australia, after suffering a severe electric shock during sound check in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 4 that forced the group to cancel that evening’s show. In a post on the band’s Web site, singer Alex Band said Kamin was “pale as a ghost” after receiving the jolt and “had gotten the strings of the guitar melted in the palm of his hand and fingers.” …

“The Kingpin” of New York radio, Funkmaster Flex, is readying his new album, 60 Minutes of Funk, Volume 5: The Mixtape for release sometime this year. “I always go for the big dogs: DMX, Jay-Z, Ja Rule, Fat Joe. Those are the people I wanna have, and those are the people I’m going to continue to have,” he said on Tuesday. … Blink-182 fans will get an even closer look at the band on May 7 when the group releases the home video “Urethra Chronicles II: Harder Faster Faster Harder,” the sequel to 1999′s “Urethra Chronicles.” The package will include interviews, tour highlights and videos for “The Rock Show,” “First Date” and the original version of “Stay Together for the Kids,” featuring footage of a wrecking ball slamming into a house which was removed by the group’s label after the events of September 11. …

Counting CrowsAdam Duritz appears on “Songs About You” from former Dogs Eye View singer Peter Stuart‘s first solo album, Propeller, which is available at his official Web site, www.peterstuart.com. … Goo Goo Dolls have announced a handful of dates for their upcoming tour in support of their latest release, Gutterflower. The outing thus far kicks off in Long Beach, California, on Saturday and finishes up in Chicago on May 29. …

“Top Dog/Underdog,” a play by Suzan-Lori Parks which features Mos Def in a starring role, was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for drama. … Rufus Wainwright has a cameo role in the April 30 episode of NBC’s “Frasier.” Those hoping to catch a glimpse of the romantic crooner will be disappointed, however — only Wainwright’s voice takes the spotlight, as he plays a teenage boy named Jeremy who phones in to Dr. Crane’s radio show. …

Ill Niño frontman Cristian Machado is featured as a guest vocalist on “One,” a track from Soulfly‘s next album, III, due June 25. … The Violent Femmes are reissuing their 1983 self-titled debut, which featured time-tested classics such as “Blister in the Sun” and “Kiss Off,” as a double-CD set, according to the Los Angeles Times. The second disc will feature 26 tracks, 23 of which have never been released.