For The Record: Quick News On Creed, Lance Bass, Metallica, David Bowie, Hatebreed, Celine Dion & More

Creed were spotted at New York’s Irving Plaza Monday night at Def Leppard‘s party for their new album, X, released Tuesday. The Florida rockers kept the vibe going at Tommy Lee‘s party for his record, Never a Dull Moment, at Lotus, where frontman Scott Stapp proceeded to get his swerve on while the DJ spun Michael Jackson‘s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.” … Lance Bass‘ space mission hasn’t slowed down the ‘NSYNC member’s production company. A Happy Place Productions, which produced last year’s “On the Line,” is in negotiations to make television series out of three comic strips, “The Duplex,” “Heart of the City” and “Cleats.” …

Metallica have posted a video from their fan-club-invite-only Relaunch Party which includes snippets of the band (and guests) performing “Seek and Destroy,” “Creeping Death” and a new song with the working title “Dead Kennedy Rolls.” The short package, which also includes a brief chat with Lars, James and Kirk, is available on metallica.com. … John Mayer is reissuing Inside Wants Out, an EP of his early acoustic performances, on September 3. Mayer used to sell the 1999 independent release at his shows and had sent it to Columbia Records as a demo before the label signed him last year. …

David Bowie‘s Heathen and DovesThe Last Broadcast are among the finalists for the Panasonic Mercury Music Prize. The other nominees for the prestigious award for U.K. album of the year are projects by the Bees, jazz trumpeter Guy Barker, rockers the Coral, indie newcomers Electric Soft Parade, singer/songwriter Gemma Hayes, acid jazz singer Beverley Knight, classical pianist Joanna MacGregor, two-step star Miss Dynamite, dub producer Roots Manuva and hip-hop house producer the Streets. … Pop songstress Jessica Simpson will find herself in a time warp when she films an episode of “That 70s Show” on Wednesday (July 31) in Malibu. …

J. Lo fans are not the only ones who get to smell like their idol. Celine Dion has just signed a deal with perfume manufacturer Coty, Inc., to create a fragrance line due out in early 2003 that Coty says will capture her talent, style, femininity and confidence. … Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta has signed three new bands to his imprint, Stillborn Records. According to the label’s Web site, the bands include long-running New York hardcore mob Subzero, Full Blown Chaos and a new band from Virginia called The Takeover, which features former members of old-school revivalists Time Flies. …

Eyes Adrift, the trio of former Meat Puppets singer/guitarist Curt Kirkwood, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and former Sublime/ current Long Beach Dub Allstars drummer Bud Gaugh, will release their self-titled debut album September 24 on SpinArt Records. The group will promote the record with a fall tour, including an acoustic gig at the Samuel Adams World Class Summer Jam in Boston on August 23. … The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars will launch a 13-date West Coast tour together September 17 in Costa Mesa, California. Liars’ debut, They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top, is due August 20. …

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Rock’s most powerful chicks will hit the road together when No Doubt, Garbage and the Distillers kick off their tour October 9 in Minneapolis. Though the itinerary has not been finalized, a spokesperson said the arena outing will wrap around Thanksgiving. … While in Jamaica for a performance at the 2002 Reggae Sumfest over the weekend, Ja Rule negotiated a plea bargain in an obscenity case stemming from his performance at last year’s Sumfest. Ja plans to plead guilty and is expected to pay a fine of roughly $20. …

Ja Rule, along with Busta Rhymes, Parliament/Funkadelic, James Brown, Stone Temple Pilots, Wyclef Jean, Sevendust, Bad Religion and Melissa Etheridge, among others, will play the Street Scene Festival in downtown San Diego from September 6 to 8. … Before he hits the Street scene, Busta will join Default, Filter and Run-D.M.C. on the bill at this year’s Gravity Games, which run from July 31 to August 4 in Cleveland. The event will feature over 250 athletes competing in bike, freestyle motocross, street luge, skateboarding, in-line skating and wakeboarding events. …

Ryan Adams will release Demolition, a collection of 13 demo recordings from studio sessions over the last two years, on September 17. Some of the demos will be previewed on his Web site, www.ryan-adams.com, before the album is due. … David Gray‘s as-yet-untitled new album is due November 5. Photos of Gray working on the record are posted on his Web site, www.davidgray.com. … Jewel is holding a contest to find a director for her next video, the title track from This Way. Details are available at www.soulcitycafe.com. …

Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue has accepted an advance of over $1.3 million from Britain’s Hodder & Stoughton to write her autobiography, according to the BBC. The book, which will co-written by Minogue’s friend William Baker, will be called “La La La Kylie,” and it likely won’t come wrapped in a flimsy white sheet. … Doug E. Fresh has penned the children’s book “Think Again,” which will be accompanied by a CD single produced by Prince Paul when it hits shelves in September. LL Cool J‘s “And the Winner Is” is part of the same series. … Uncle Kracker‘s second album, No Stranger to Shame, has been pushed back to a September 24 release date, according to his label. He’s planning a headlining tour following his stint on the road with Kid Rock, Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C. …

The Great White Way will get a little deffer when Russell Simmons‘ “Def Poetry On Broadway” opens in November. A theatrical presentation of HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam,” which has been staged in San Francisco since June 25, will feature eight poets discovered through the series, addressing themes that, as Simmons puts it, “should be talked about but aren’t.” … Jay-Z, Damon Dash, Tyra Banks and Dick Gregory were among Simmons’ guests at his benefit party in the Hamptons on Long Island, New York, on Saturday. …

Early recordings by Metallica, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse and Corrosion of Conformity are just some of the gems to be found on Metal Blade Records’ nine-CD 20th Anniversary Box Set, which comes out October 22. Other artists in the package include Thin Lizzy, Bitch, Mercyful Fate, Manowar, Trouble, Armored Saint, Fates Warning, Gwar and Six Feel Under. … Death metal’s Marduk have just released a limited edition box set of their own, titled Blackcrowned, which includes two CDs, a booklet and a video.