For The Record: Quick News On No Doubt, Dr. Dre, Nelly Furtado, Dido, Blink-182 & More

No Doubt cancelled a couple of shows — Tuesday (April 23) in Pittsburgh and Thursday (April 25) in Cleveland — after singer Gwen Stefani was diagnosed with flu and a sore throat. The band is trying to reschedule the dates and is expected to return to the stage for Friday's gig in Washington, D.C. ... HBO is developing a new series based on the life of Dr. Dre, who said actor Chazz Palminteri is writing and directing the first episode. "It's still in the beginning stages right now, but it's gonna be pretty hot," the hip-hop pioneer said. ... Atticus, the clothing label responsible for keeping Blink-182 from being naked more than they already are, is releasing a compilation CD featuring unreleased tracks by Blink, Jimmy Eat World, Alkaline Trio, New Found Glory, Rival Schools, Box Car Racer and others. The 24-song ... Dragging the Lake hits stores May 7. ...

U2 frontman Bono will be in Africa next month, but not with his bandmates. The singer will travel through Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Ethiopia with Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill as part of his continuing efforts to drum up aid for Third World countries. ... Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out of My Head" and Dido's "Thank You" are among the top nominees for the U.K.'s 47th Ivor Novello Awards, taking place May 23 in London. Other hopefuls for the trophies, which honor Britain's best songwriters and composers, include Gorillaz' "Clint Eastwood," U2's "Walk On" and Travis' "Side." ... An unreleased track from Nelly Furtado and ambient tunes from Radiohead, Coldplay and Beth Orton will highlight the Ultra Chilled 02 compilation, due Tuesday. Timo Maas, Sasha and Groove Armada also appear on the album. ...

Alanis Morissette has added nine dates to her North American tour itinerary, which will now end with the KIIS-FM Wango Tango show on June 15 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The singer just shot the video for her next single, "Precious Illusions," in Los Angeles with director Francis Lawrence (Aerosmith). ... "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart," a documentary about the making of Wilco's new Yankee Hotel Foxtrot shot in black and white by director Sam Jones, will hit theaters in New York City in late July, before going to other cities in late August. DVD and VHS versions of the film will be released at the end of the year. ... Bloodhound Gang singer Jimmy Pop said Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has asked him to collaborate on his upcoming rock solo record, though so far, Pop has been too busy working on the next Bloodhound album. ...

Lauryn Hill and the Roots, along with Living Colour and George Clinton with Parliament/Funkadelic, will join jazz artists Wynton Marsalis and Roy Hargrove at this year's JVC Jazz Festival in New York City. The festival, which has been around since 1984, will take place at different venues like the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall from June 16-29. ... The Knack, that immortal '80s power-pop band best remembered for hits such as "My Sharona" and "That's What the Little Girls Do," will embark on a summer tour starting May 4 at the Bayfest in Tampa, Florida. The band will remain on the road through September and share stages with various '80s pop acts including the Fixx, REO Speedwagon, Missing Persons and Tommy Tutone. ...

Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman will promote their audio/visual release 1 Giant Leap with appearances in New York (May 1), San Francisco (May 2) and Los Angeles (May 6). The duo traveled around the world to create the project, which includes appearances by Michael Stipe, Robbie Williams, Brian Eno, actor Dennis Hopper and others. ... The second annual BET Awards will be broadcast live on June 25 from Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre with Steve Harvey and Cedric "The Entertainer" as hosts. The channel, which will announce the nominees on May 14, revealed that their Humanitarian of the Year Award will go to Muhammad Ali (MTV's parent company, Viacom, also owns BET). ...

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Alicia Keys, Michelle Branch, Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion and No Doubt are among the celebs who have signed on to perform at the Kiss Concert 2002. The event, put on by Boston-area station Kiss 108 (WXKS-FM), takes place on June 1 at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts. ... Tweet shot her latest video, "Call Me," on Friday in Los Angeles with director Chris Robinson (Alicia Keys, Bubba Sparxxx). There's not much of a storyline to the clip, according to her label — instead, Tweet focuses on displaying her performance skills. ...

A.J. McLean will appear as an animated version of himself in Saturday's episode of the WB morning cartoon "Static Shock." On the show, the Backstreet Boy attempts to help the program's hero, Rubberband Man, get signed by record company executive Lester Biggs (guest voiced by Malcolm-Jamal Warner), though bad-guy Replikon (a cameo by Coolio) thinks he should get the deal instead. ... Remy Zero will perform "Save Me" and their new single, "Perfect Memory," on the season finale of "Smallville," which will air May 21. "Save Me" is the show's theme song. ...

Jimmy Eat World will follow their stint on the Pop Disaster Tour and a few weeks of European shows in late May with their own headlining tour of North America. Two dates (June 4 and 5) in Washington, D.C., have already been announced. ... Canadian favorites Sarah McLachlan and Byran Adams have recorded a duet, "Don't Let Go," for Adams' soundtrack to the upcoming animated film "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron," due May 14. The movie opens May 24. ...

Eric Clapton contributes guitars and vocals on "Again" from R&B singer Kelly Price's third album, Priceless, due June 25. Faith Evans also appears on the album. ... Hip-Hop Summit Action Network founders Russell Simmons and Minister Benjamin Muhammad and veteran rapper the D.O.C. are planning a Hip-Hop Summit in Dallas for early fall. The second national Hip-Hop Summit will take place in New York City at the end of June.