For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Whitney Houston, Beck, P. Diddy, Creed & More

The man who insists he invented the remix, P. Diddy, is working on new material with Justin Timberlake. Diddy's production partner Mario Winans said their team has fashioned an uptempo Justin solo track that will burn the dancefloors. ... Britney Spears is offering 10 pairs of choice seats for each stop on her summer tour, as well as passes to soundcheck at select venues, through an online auction at www.britneyspears.com beginning Friday (May 17). Proceeds from the auction will benefit the singer's children's charity, the Britney Spears Foundation. ... Look for Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston to share a toast on the beach in the upcoming video for Ja Rule's "Down Ass Chick" remix. Houston's own video shouldn't be out before too long; her label, Arista Records, said her next LP is scheduled for August 6. ...

Sevendust have recruited their pals in Creed to donate an autographed guitar and drumsticks for an eBay auction to benefit the family of Cameron Gallion, the 14-year-old who appeared in Sevendust's "Praise" video. Gallion died of cancer last February. ... The members of Sum41 may be flippant jesters about most things, but they're pretty stone-faced when it comes to protecting wildlife. The group recently set a letter to Manitoban Minister of Conservation Oscar Lathlin on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, urging him to force the Suarez Bros. Circus to release six polar bears, three of which were caught in Manitoba. ...

Beck has finished recording his as-yet-untitled next album with producer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead). Due September 24, the record is said to be acoustic pop in the vein of 1998's Mutations. ... One of Beck's favorite bands, Icelandic experimentalists Sigur Rós, are nearly done with the follow-up to Ágætis Byrjun and are eyeing a fall release. On the band's Icelandic record label Web site, singer/guitarist Jon Thor Birgisson described the material as having "far fewer little slick things and much less sweet stuff" than their acclaimed debut. ...

Korn, System of a Down and Eminem may have been bested by Web warriors recently, but R.E.M. didn't wait for Internet pirates to raid their latest sonic treasures. The band has posted 10 electronic remixes from Reveal on remhq.com, drawing upon the talents of Matthew Herbert, Marc Bianchi, Dahoud Darien and more. ... Garbage are back working on a B-sides collection after setting aside the project to record last year's Beautifulgarbage. The band is asking fans to e-mail suggestions for the album to garbagefanmail@qprime.com. ... Fans can vote on the set list and the theme of the set design for Alanis Morissette's upcoming concert special on the Oxygen network on www.oxygen.com. The show will air June 23. ...

Our Lady Peace have set out on a North American tour this week to promote their fifth album, the Bob Rock-produced Gravity, due June 18. The Canadian rockers, whose single "Somewhere Out There" is currently #9 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart, will play radio festivals and club dates before ending the trek July 7 in Omaha, Nebraska. ... Before heading out on the Warped Tour, the Alkaline Trio will hit the studio to begin recording the follow-up to last year's From Here to Infirmary. The album, which will proceed a solo recording from singer/guitarist Matt Skiba, is due in the fall. ... Pop singer/songwriter Brendan Benson will open on the White Stripes' upcoming tour beginning May 28 in Tucson, Arizona. Benson is promoting the just-released Lapalco, which he recorded with Jason Falkner. ...

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Method Man has found the inspiration he needs for his next solo LP. He's writing songs for the album and hopes to put the project out in October. ... Korn fans looking for a legal way to hear Untouchables before it is released June 11 can view footage of the band recording the album on their Korn Kountdown Web site (www.korntv.com). This week the band is offering footage of "Thoughtlessness" and interview segments about drummer David Silveria's recent surgery. ... The Clipse have recorded a remix to their street-corner anthem "Grindin'." The new track features Noreaga and Cash Money's Lil' Wayne and Baby. ...

Ashanti, Musiq and Brian McKnight will perform at the annual T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research Gala on June 11 at the Hilton Towers in New York City. This year's event will recognize BET founder Robert Johnson. ... Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has composed five songs for the score of "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys," due in theaters June 14 and starring Jodie Foster. Queens bassist Nick Oliveri and Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk joined Homme in recording his tracks, which are included on the soundtrack, due June 11, next to material by film scorer Marco Beltrami ("Blade II") and songs from Canned Heat and Stephen Stills. ...

Chad Kroeger received a pack-leading 12 nominations — eight with his band Nickelback and four for his collaboration with Saliva's Josey Scott on "Hero" — in the 13th annual MuchMusic Video Awards, set for a live broadcast June 16 from the music network's Toronto headquarters. Default and Sum41 each scored three nominations for "Deny" and "What We're All About," respectively, while facing off in the category of Favourite Canadian Group. ... Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas, 3 Doors Down's Brad Arnold and Lifehouse's Jason Wade scored three of the four top trophies at the 50th annual BMI Pop Awards, which honor songwriters and publishers, on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Thomas picked up Pop Song of the Year for "If You're Gone," Arnold received Pop Songwriter of the Year, and Wade collected College Song of the Year for "Hanging by a Moment." ...

The inaugural Bonnaroo music festival, which takes place June 21-23 in Manchester, Tennessee, just got even more Bonnarooffic with the addition of Phil Lesh & Friends with Bob Weir, Norah Jones, Jurassic 5, Blackalicious, Ween, the Disco Biscuits and DJs Cut Chemist, Amon Tobin and Z-Trip, among others. The added artists join an already jam-packed bill of jam acts that includes Trey Anastasio, Widespread Panic, String Cheese Incident, Ben Harper and Galactic. ... Piano man Ben Folds is packing up his baby grand to hit the road for a month of tour dates to support his solo album, Rockin' The Suburbs, released in September. Accompanying him on the trek, which kicks off June 1 in Pittsburgh, will be the Divine Comedy, on the heels of Regeneration. ...

Santana have announced the dates for their summer tour, which will kick off July 31 in Virginia Beach and wrap up August 25 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Soulful jam band Rusted Root will open on the outing. ... Thrash metal pioneers Anthrax are in the studio wrapping up vocal tracks for their next album, We've Come for You All, which is tentatively scheduled for release this fall. Song titles include "Black Dahlia," "Refuse to Be Denied," "What Doesn't Die" and "Taking the Music Back." ... Buckcherry will appear in the upcoming film "The Banger Sisters," which stars Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon as former rock groupies looking back at their lives. Buckcherry singer Josh Todd also appears in the movies "The Salton Sea" and "The New Guy." ... Cracker kick off a string of tour dates Thursday (May 16) in Baltimore that will keep the quirky pop band on the road until August in support of their fifth album, Forever. Fans of Cracker frontman David Lowery's previous band, Camper Van Beethoven, are in for a treat when the members reunite for a pair of New York shows July 19-20. ...

Gold Stars 1992-2002, a Juliana Hatfield compilation due June 25, will feature four new songs, two tracks from her unreleased God's Foot album, and covers of the Police's "Every Breath You Take" and Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," along with favorites such as "My Sister" and "Universal Heartbeat." Hatfield, with help from Blake Babies bandmate Freda and Heidi Gluck, will promote the album on a summer tour. ... Frank Black & the Catholics have recorded two new albums live to two-track that will be released August 20 on SpinART, which is also releasing a collection of early Pixies recordings on July 9. Black Letter Day and Devil's Workshop follow-up Black's 2001 release Dog in the Sand.