For The Record: Quick News On Mudvayne, Ricky Martin, Ozzy Osbourne, Shakira, Xzibit, Gregory Dark & More

Mudvayne are hoping to enter a studio near Minneapolis by July with producer David Bottrill (Tool, Peter Gabriel) to record the follow-up to 2000′s L.D. 50. The as-yet untitled follow up is expected to be released late this year or early next. … Ricky Martin won the Spirit of Hope Award for his humanitarian efforts and Shakira nabbed the first-ever Viewer’s Choice Award at the 2002 Billboard Latin Music Awards, held Thursday in Miami. Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias and singer/composer Juan Gabriel, the night’s big winner, also scored trophies at the awards ceremony, which will be broadcast Sunday (May 12) on Telemundo. … Gravity Kills were forced to cancel five shows after Doug Firley‘s spring-loaded keyboard came down on his right hand, shattering his ring finger during a May 3 show in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Firley returned home to St. Louis for treatment, and the band plans to resume touring in Boston on May 19. …

For years, Ted Nugent has endorsed the sport of hunting, and now he’s nurturing the art of gourmet cooking by issuing Kill It and Grill It, a practical guide to cornering, exterminating, gutting, cooking and eating wild animals. Recipes include maple-bourbon wild boar, barbecue black bear and sweet and sour antelope. … Ozzy Osbourne will have a cameo role in the upcoming “Austin Powers In Goldmember,” which hits theaters July 26. The omnipresent metal pioneer filmed his scene in his Beverly Hills residence last week. … Gregory Dark, the ex-porn auteur who made a more mainstream name for himself directing videos for the likes of Britney Spears, Sublime, Mandy Moore and LFO, has signed on to direct a horror-action feature titled “Legion,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Casting for the flick has yet to be announced. …

The first single from David Bowie‘s upcoming album, Heathen, will be “Slow Burn,” which features guest guitar work by the Who’s Pete Townshend and gloomy lyrics including, “Here shall we live in this terrible town/ Where the price for our eyes shall squeeze them tight like a fist.” CD singles of the song will come out July 1 in various formats with the additional songs “Wood Jackson,” “When the Boys Come Marching Home,” “Shadow Man,” “You’ve Got a Habit” and “Baby Loves That Way.” … Mali Music, the project recorded by Blur/ Gorillaz singer Damon Albarn in collaboration with a wealth of the titular country’s top musicians, will be released in the U.S. on July 30 through Honest Jon’s/Astralwerks. All of Albarn’s royalties, along with a matching sum from sales proceeds, will go to Oxfam International (www.oxfam.org). …

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Ozzy Osbourne and his reality-TV-star family have signed a $3 million publishing deal with Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, for the world rights to two tomes. The first, a paperback tie-in to “The Osbournes,” will be published in November, followed by a hardcover family memoir due in the spring (MTV’s parent company, Viacom, also owns Simon & Schuster). … Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and drummer Lars Ulrich hopped onstage with Sammy Hagar and Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony on Tuesday at San Francisco club the Fillmore. They bashed out four songs from Hagar’s first band, Montrose: “Rock the Nation,” “Space Station #5,” “Rock Candy” and “Bad Motor Scooter.” … R&B singer Keke Wyatt went before a judge Thursday (May 9) for an arraignment hearing in Shelbyville, Kentucky, where she’s facing a second-degree assault charge for allegedly stabbing her husband on Christmas Day. A not guilty plea was entered, and if a settlement with the prosecution isn’t reached by July 11, motions from both sides will be heard and a trial scheduled. …

Biohazard and Xzibit will stand in for Linkin Park‘s DJ Joseph Hahn and Mike Shinoda when the X-ecutioners perform “It’s Goin’ Down” on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on May 16. Static-X and Xzibit performed the song with the turntablists at last month’s ESPN Action Sports and Music Awards. … Naughty By Nature brought close to 80 of their friends to their album release party at Jimmy’s Uptown Café Wednesday night in Harlem. Fittingly, they performed “Uptown Anthem,” as well as some of their other hits for the crowd, which included members of St. Lunatics and 3LW, who joined them onstage for “Feels Good (Don’t Worry About a Thing).” … Donell Jones also showcased tunes from his new album, Life Goes On, Wednesday night in New York City at Club Coda. On the guest list to check out D.J. sing his current single, “You Know That I Love You,” and more were controversy-stirring radio personality Wendy Williams, newcomer rapper Lady May and fellow lover-man vocalist Keith Sweat. …

O-Town‘s second album, O2, has been pushed back to a July 23 release, with a single to surface early next month. The guys are currently showing off their wares on their Sneak Preview Tour, which promises to give fans a taste of new tracks such as the Nelly-produced “Favorite Girl.” … While Jill Scott is taking the summer off from recording and touring, her spokesperson said she will stay close to music as a journalist. Scott just completed a cover story for Russell SimmonsOneworld magazine on Common.Alien Ant Farm recently performed acoustic versions of “Movies” and “Attitude” for an episode of “Last Call With Carson Daly” that will air May 14. … Built to Spill bassist Brett Nelson‘s side project, the Suffocation Keep, will release their debut album, John Hughes Was Never So Wrong, on May 28. A spokesperson for the group described the music as ” ’80s-influenced pop.” …

New songs from Lauryn Hill (“Selah”), Bob Dylan (“Waitin’ For You”) and Macy Gray (a cover of Billie Holiday‘s “I Want to Be Your Mother’s Son-In-Law”) will be featured on the soundtrack to “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” due May 28. The soundtrack is executive producer T-Bone Burnett‘s first since the Grammy-winning “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack. … In other Dylan news, the legendary rocker will return to North America in August after a summer tour of Europe to continue promoting last year’s Love and Theft. Dylan’s latest dates begin August 2 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and end September 1 in Aspen, Colorado. … Out to prove they’re no flavor of the week, American Hi-Fi are working on the tentatively titled Beautiful Disaster, the follow-up to their debut, with producer Nick Launay (Midnight Oil, Silverchair), which is expected to drop this fall. In the meantime, the group has the honor of opening the first six dates of Elvis Costello‘s tour, which kicks off May 18 in Portland.