For The Record: Quick News On Whitney Houston, Irv Gotti, Toni Braxton, Metallica, Lenny Kravitz & More

Whitney Houston will shoot the video for “Whatchulookinat” (“What You Looking At”) in the next couple of weeks, according to her spokesperson. It is the first single from her still-untitled LP, which drops September 17. … Toni Braxton has her new album ready — well, almost. Braxton’s yet-to-be-titled LP will be in stores on October 1, her spokesperson said, while her Irv Gotti-produced single, “No More Love,” has been getting play on some radio stations. … One lucky (and rich) Metallica fan bid $23,200 to emerge the winner of an eBay auction to spend a day in the studio with the band. All proceeds from the auction, which ended Friday, will go to the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research. …

Lenny Kravitz will appear in the season premiere of “The Simpsons,” on November 10, “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation,” in which Homer goes to rock and roll fantasy camp. The patriarch will rub animated shoulders with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the same episode. … Dave Hollister has a new album to go with his new label. The first offering of his Goodfellas Entertainment joint venture with Motown, Things in the Game Done Changed, is scheduled to hit stores on September 17. Hollister, whose first two albums were released by DreamWorks, will feature tracks by Joe and Tank, who also sing on the album. …

Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell and U.S. Rep. Richard Prombo (R-California) joined forces to dust the competition at the celebrity race of the Cadillac Grand Prix in Washington, D.C. on July 21. Other unlikely match-ups included the second-place team of Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and actor Tim Matheson (“The West Wing”) and third-place team Coolio and veteran astronaut Pierre Thuot. … The Isley Brothers and Afrika Bambaataa will be honored with Billboard magazine’s first-ever Founder’s Awards, according to the Associated Press. The awards, which will be presented at the second annual Billboard-AURN (American Urban Radio Networks) R&B/Hip-Hop Awards show on August 9 at Billboard Live in Miami Beach, honor musicians for their artistic achievements and influence on others. …

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Über-producer Rodney Jerkins‘ Darkchild Records has entered into a production and distribution deal with Cash Money Records. The venture’s first project will be an album from rapper Fats, which will feature collaborations with Brandy, Michael Jackson and Cash Money artists. … No Doubt, Pink, Shakira, Alanis Morissette, Dirty Vegas, Moby, the White Stripes, Elton John and Will Smith are the nominees for the Visionary Video Award at this year’s VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, which will take place October 15 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Viewers can vote for their favorite on www.VH1.com. …

Guns N’ Roses have been booked for a show in Hong Kong on August 14 at the Summer Sonic festival. If they actually pull it off, the tour will continue August 17 and 18 in Tokyo and Osaka; August 23 in Leeds, England; August 24 in Hasselt, Belgium; and wrap up August 26 in London. …A collector’s edition of the triple platinum “Pulp Fiction” soundtrack will be released August 20 to coincide with the release of the 1994 classic on DVD. The double-disc set will include additional dialogue from the movie, four songs used in the film but not heard on the original soundtrack (including the Link Wray instrumental “Rumble”) and an interview with writer/director Quentin Tarantino about the music in the movie, which helped resurrect surf rock. … A Jason Nevins remix of N.E.R.D.‘s “Rock Star” and new singles from Lenny Kravitz (“If I Could Fall in Love”) and Beenie Man (“Party Hard”) are included on the soundtrack to the surf movie “Blue Crush,” due August 13. Previously released tracks from Nikka Costa, Zero 7 and Doves are also featured. …

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has finished his pretrial prevention program stemming from a January arrest outside a Tampa Bay nightclub. The 22-year-old was charged with resisting or opposing a law enforcement officer without violence. … Canada’s cyber-metal stalwarts Voivod are laying down demos for their next LP, according to a post on Jason Newsted‘s Chophouse Records Web site, and it’s set to be recorded in Northern California later this year. Featuring Newsted on bass alongside drummer Michel “Away” Langevin and guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour, the album will be Voivod’s first recorded work with original vocalist Denis “Snake” Belanger in 11 years. … Guided by Voices postponed their shows in Asbury Park, New Jersey (July 12), Washington, D.C. (July 13), Philadelphia (July 14) and New York (July 15) because guitarist Doug Gillard‘s mother passed away. Condolences to Gillard and his family. …

Everclear‘s sixth album, Slow Motion Daydream, will be released October 8, singer Art Alexakis said on the group’s Web site. He and Lars Fox (Michelle Branch) are producing the record. … The classic lineup of Duran DuranSimon LeBon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Andy Taylor and Roger Taylor — is nearly completed with an album that should be released early next year, according to the Associated Press. The disc will be first studio LP to feature the photogenic fivesome since 1983′s Seven and the Ragged Tiger. … Boston’s the Sheila Divine are in the studio recording a six-song EP set for release through Arena Rock in September. Frontman Aaron Perrino will play a solo show at TT the Bear’s in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on July 26.