For The Record: Quick News On P. Diddy, Beyonce Knowles, Type O Negative, ‘Austin Powers,’ The Hives, Slayer & More

For the third year in a row, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs has been recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America for his Sean John clothing line. He’s nominated as the leading Menswear Designer of the Year, along with Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren. … Mike Myers must be skipping about merrily at the moment, as he’s now free and clear to use the title “Austin Powers in Goldmember” for the third installment of his spy spoof series, due July 26, according to Reuters. Sentinels of the James Bond franchise, MGM, went all antagonistic on Myers and New Line Cinema in January for using the title, which MGM then felt too closely trod upon the turf of Bond’s “Goldfinger” (which is, of course, the point). … Meanwhile, stills from “Goldmember,” including photos of Destiny’s Child songstress Beyoncé Knowles in full Afrolicious splendor as Foxxy Cleopatra, can be viewed at www.austinpowers.com. …

Type O Negative are aiming to release their next album around Hallowe’en. The band has been demoing material for the as-yet-untitled record and also taken time out to cover Deep Purple‘s “Highway Star” for the upcoming NASCAR-sponsored compilation album Crank It Up.Slayer, who were originally due to do “Highway Star” for the NASCAR LP, will instead tackle Steppenwolf‘s “Born to Be Wild.” … Swedish rockers the Hives will swarm the States from May 26 in San Diego, California, to June 15 in Washington, D.C., in support of Vini Vidi Vicious, the quintet’s second album, which was released by indie Epitaph subsidiary Burning Heart Records in 2000 and is set for a major-label reissue by joint venture Sire/Burning Heart/Epitaph in May. Fellow garage group the Mooney Suzuki have been tapped as openers. … The second phase of Rhino Records’ campaign to chronologically reissue LPs by California punk band X gets underway May 21, with newly pressed versions of More Fun in the New World (1983), Ain’t Love Grand (1985) and See How We Are (1987) that feature remixes and bonus tracks. A re-release of the influential group’s first three albums kicked off the operation in September. …

04.11.02

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.