For The Record: Quick News On Linkin Park, Ja Rule, Lil' Kim, Madonna, Nine Inch Nails, Ashanti, Kevyn Aucoin & More

Linkin Park will give new life to their Hybrid Theory, which has sold nearly 7 million copies to date, when their remix LP, Reanimation, drops July 30. Although it's not known which interpretations of the debut's 12 tracks will make the final cut, Staind's Aaron Lewis sings on a remixed "Crawling," while Orgy's Jay Gordon, Tricky and Marilyn Manson have tinkered with other songs. ... Ja Rule, Ashanti and Bow Wow will announce the nominees for the second annual BET Awards at a press conference Tuesday at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Also present will be comedians Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer, who will host the show for the second year in a row on May 25. ...

Rumors of a collaboration between Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown are false, the Notorious K.I.M. told New York radio station Power 105.1 (WWPR-FM) on Wednesday (May 8). ... Although his spokesperson offered few details, Trent Reznor is busy recording the next Nine Inch Nails album. ... There's a new member of Bon Jovi — the family, not the band. Jacob Hurley Bon Jovi, born May 7 in New Jersey, joins papa Jon and mama Dorothea's other children, Stephanie Rose, 9, and Jesse James, 7. ... Custom will drop a Bentley, a Camaro and other cars from a crane in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday on the set of the video for his second single, "Beat Me." Kevin Kerslake (Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M.) is directing the video, which will follow Custom's "Hey Mister" clip. ...

Madonna will put the recording of her next album on hold while she makes her London theater debut in "Up for Grabs" this summer, her spokesperson said. She will return to the studio in August. ... Celebrity makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin, whose long list of A-list clients includes Britney Spears, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Lil' Kim, Julia Roberts and Gwyneth Paltrow, died Tuesday from complications of a metabolic disorder, according to the Associated Press. Aucoin, who was 40, had been treated for a pituitary brain tumor in the past year, and before his death also worked as a columnist for Allure, authored several best-selling style books and was a frequent guest on MTV's "House of Style" and other programming. ...

Singer/songwriter Stew, formerly of the Negro Problem, will warm up for a summer tour with a show May 16 at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, the same place he recorded his April release Naked Dutch Painter during a residency last summer. Stew was also plucked by David Bowie to perform at his Meltdown festival in June in the U.K. ... MC5 co-founder and punk icon Wayne Kramer will release Adult World, his first studio album since 1997's Citizen Wayne, July 16 on his own MuscleTone Records. Kramer will promote the album with a club tour that kicks off June 25 in Los Angeles and wraps up July 24 in San Diego. ...

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Korn will headline New York rock station WXRK K-Rock's Dysfunctional Family Picnic Episode IV. Other groups lined up for the festival, set for June 8 at Jones Beach in Wantagh, Long Island, include P.O.D. , Incubus, Papa Roach, System of a Down, Jimmy Eat World, the Strokes, Hoobastank and 3rd Strike. ... The Area2 outing has added performance art collective Blue Man Group and jungle DJ Dieselboy to its roster. They'll join the likes of Busta Rhymes, David Bowie and bald-but-not-blue tour originator Moby on the trek, which kicks off July 28 in Bristow, Virginia. ...

After spending the summer on Ozzfest, Chevelle will release their second album, Wonder What's Next, on August 27. Nathan Karma Cox (Linkin Park, Disturbed) will direct the video for the first single, "The Red." ... The sick and twisted troupe known as the Jim Rose Circus are on the road celebrating their 10th anniversary. Having started in Canada on Tuesday (May 7), the trek will dip Stateside for 30 shows beginning June 2, during which time the Circus' freaky exploits will be filmed for a proposed weekly TV series. ...

Marianne Faithfull has selected August 13 for the U.S. release of Kissin' Time, which was released in Europe in March. Billy Corgan, Beck, Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Blur's Damon Albarn appear on the record, which features a cover of Beck's "Nobody's Fault But My Own." ... Elephant 6 associates Elf Power will hit the road in support of their fifth album, Creatures, starting May 23 in Lexington, Kentucky. The scheduled dates wrap on June 15 on their home turf (Athens, Georgia), with another leg to be mapped out for later in the summer.