For The Record: Quick News On Cam'ron, Noreaga, Mario, Big Tymers, P.O.D., Howie Day, Britney Spears & More

Girls around the country are going to have to content themselves with screaming for one less teen dream, as Mario won't be going on the Scream 2 Tour with Bow Wow, B2K and IMX, which kicks off this week. The 15-year-old singer released a statement saying he's going to be hitting up a myriad of radio stations this summer to help his single, "Just a Friend 2002," blow up even bigger instead. ... Rappers Cam'ron, Big Tymers, Lil' Wayne, Juvenile and Noreaga, and producers Rockwilder, Mario Winans and Mike City will be attending the first BMI Urban Awards on August 6 at Club Tropigala in Miami Beach. The Neptunes, Rodney Jerkins and Dallas Austin are producing a musical tribute to James Brown, who is receiving the Icon award at the ceremony, which will also recognize the songwriters and publishers of the most-played urban songs of the year. ...

Lil' Romeo has been captured by aliens! In the new video game "The Romeo Files" on his Web site, www.lilromeo.com, fans can free the young rapper to save the world by answering various math and history questions. ... Aspiring pop stars will soon get the chance win an all-expense paid trip for two to L.A. and record a demo tape for Britney Spears' record producers and just by singing along to their favorite Britney songs on the Samsung Superstar Karaoke Tour. Britney will not be along for the ride on the tour, which makes stops at Best Buy stores in 24 cities across the country from July 22 to August 30 and also offers the chance to appear as an extra in an upcoming Britney video. ... An under-the-weather Lenny Kravitz canceled his gig at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Massachussetts, on July 20 after opening act Abandoned Pools had already finished their set, according to the Boston Herald. The Tweeter Center show has been rescheduled for August 5. ...

P.O.D. are releasing a special-edition two-disc version of last year's Satellite on August 27. The collection will include remixes of "Alive," "Youth of the Nation" and "Boom," along with a DVD of a live show performed recently in Hamburg, Germany. ... The second season of "Sonic Cinema" will launch on the Sundance Channel in October with four 30-minute episodes airing each Friday night at 11 p.m. ET/PT. Each installment profiles the people who bridge the gap between music and film, such as the Snorri Brothers, directors of R.E.M.'s "Daysleeper" video; "Crossroads" director Tamra Davis, creator of the infomercial to promote Hello Nasty by her husband's band, the Beastie Boys; and Randall Poster, music supervisor for films "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "Velvet Goldmine." ...

Gus Dudgeon, a producer whose credits include Elton John, David Bowie, the Bonzo Dog Band and XTC, died July 21 in a car crash in western England, according to Associated Press. Dudgeon, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene, as was his traveling companion, who could not be identified at press time. ... Mudhoney will release Since We've Become Translucent on August 20 and are planning a tour, according to Sub Pop's Web site. The outing kicks off August 23 in Anaheim, California, and dates have been announced through September 21 in Chicago. ... Singer/songwriter Howie Day is filming his first video in Los Angeles this week, for the single "Ghost" from Australia. Day will also perform the song on "The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn" on August 1, after performing at the Hollywood Virgin Megastore on July 30 and the San Francisco Virgin Megastore on July 31. ...

Santana is hard at work putting together the follow-up to Supernatural and is hoping to have it completed in time to meet an October 15 release date. Carlos and the band are currently trying to tighten the album from 22 songs to 16 and plan to head back out on the road from July 31 to October 11. ... Just when you were about to ask "Where is he now?," Coolio plans to release El Cool Magnifico on October 15 through D3 Entertainment. The video and single for "Shake It Up" will hit TV stations and radio waves in August. ... Devo are performing Saturday at the opening of Airstream Diner, a "trailer park diner" in Beverly Hills. The restaurant is the brainchild of Los Angeles chef Fred Eric. ...

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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.