For The Record: Quick News On Ludacris, Jack Osbourne, Avril Lavigne, Nelly, No Doubt, Saliva, Metallica & More

aDMX, Ludacris, Method Man, Capone and Noreaga will be featured in an as-yet-untitled wrestling video game that will hit stores in the fall. The game is part of a joint venture between Island Def Jam Music Group and software firm Electronic Arts Inc. and will feature music from up-and-coming rappers. ... Jack Osbourne, camo-clad son of Ozzy, is scheduled to film a "Dawson's Creek" cameo on Friday (August 9), and the experience will be captured for the next season of "The Osbournes," according to the Associated Press. The two-hour, Jack-enriched season premiere of "Dawson's" will air on October 2. ...

The Recording Artists Coalition, which was founded by Don Henley and Sheryl Crow, rejected a proposed settlement from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which represents the five major record label conglomerations, on Thursday over the controversial seven-year statute in artist contracts. Henley told Billboard, "Negotiations are over — period." ... RAC members No Doubt have announced the first 10 dates of their fall tour with Garbage and the Distillers. Good Charlotte will join the lineup on some of the outing, which kicks off October 9 in St. Paul, Minnesota. ...

With only two months in stores, Nelly's Nellyville was certified triple platinum this month by the RIAA. Fresh new platinum plaques are also on the way to Avril Lavigne (Let Go), John Mayer (Room for Squares), the "Spider-Man" soundtrack, Korn (Untouchables), Deftones (White Pony), and Dave Matthews Band, whose 1993 debut, Remember Two Things, finally minted 1 million copies. ... The RIAA also handed out gold certifications to Moby (18), Goo Goo Dolls (Gutterflower), Papa Roach (Lovehatetragedy), Jack Johnson (Brushfire Fairytales), Paulina Rubio (Border Girl) and the self-titled debuts of Dirty Vegas and Tenacious D. ...

Saliva singer Josey Scott will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Sunday (August 11) right before the NASCAR race in Watkins Glen, New York. Saliva are currently working on their next record, Back Into Your System, in upstate New York with producer Bob Marlette. ... Metallica have selected "53rd & 3rd," a song widely recognized to be about the late Dee Dee Ramone's life in New York City, as their contribution to the forthcoming Rob Zombie-led Ramones tribute album, according to the band's Web site. Metallica previously jammed on eight Ramones songs and laid down recordings of "53rd & 3rd," "Commando," "Today Your Love Tomorrow the World" and "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue," all of which they performed at a San Francisco club gig in June. ...

"American Idol" addicts have a new, all-girl series to look forward to. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Idol" Executive Producer Simon Fuller (of Spice Girls infamy) has placed a new "super-girl" reality series with ABC that will feature 10 female contestants fighting for all-around supremacy in the fields of sports, dancing, singing, beauty and personality. ... Bush singer Gavin Rossdale will make his acting debut in "Red Light Runners," a film currently in development with producer and actor Michael Madsen ("Reservoir Dogs"). Dennis Hopper and Harvey Keitel are in negotiations to co-star. ... Marilyn Manson will hit pay-per-view screens this weekend when an L.A. concert from their Guns, God & Government Tour is broadcast on In Demand at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday (August 10). ...

Incubus have selected fellow Los Angeles area natives Home Town Hero to open several dates on their upcoming fall tour, from October 5 in Salt Lake City to October 17 in Nashville. Home Town Hero, supporting their recently released self-titled debut, have spent the summer on Weezer's Enlightenment Tour. ... Canadian artists Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, Bryan Adams, Chantal Kreviazuk and Jann Arden will headline a cancer benefit on October 10 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The groups are aiming to raise $1 million for the BC Cancer Foundation. ...

Perhaps indie rock band Flipp are taking the garage rock movement a little too literally. The Minneapolis group is performing in three garages (chosen via radio station contests and on its Web site) in the Twin Cities on Saturday to celebrate the release of its third album, Volume. ... Moby, Delerium featuring Sarah McLachlan and the Afro-Celt Sound System featuring Peter Gabriel are among the contributors to Pure Moods IV, due October 1. McLachlan's own "Angel" also appears on the compilation, along with Enigma's "Shadows in Silence." ...

08.08.02

Lance Bass has embarked on his second round of training, which finds the 'NSYNC singer joining his potential cosmonaut crew for joint sessions. In addition to further training in Russia's Star City near Moscow, the team is slated for a weeklong stint at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston starting August 26. Meanwhile, the date for the fall rocket launch has been pushed back to October 28. ... While Lance pursues outer space, his groupmate Chris Kirkpatrick will join pop starlet Willa Ford in co-hosting the Miss Teen USA pageant, which will be broadcast August 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Once-lil' rapper Bow Wow will perform at the show. ...

Mario finally joined the Scream 2 Tour Wednesday night at New York's Madison Square Garden. The Baltimore teen titan made a guest appearance during Bow Wow's set, singing "Just a Friend (2002)." ... Fabolous also joined the fray at the MSG Scream Tour stop. The Brooklynite performed "Basketball" with Jermaine Dupri and Bow Wow. ... Tommy Lee proposed to girlfriend Mayte Garcia before a performance in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Wednesday. Garcia is the ex-wife of Prince. ... The city of Cincinnati is lifting its ban on general admission seating for Bruce Springsteen's show there on November 12, according to the Associated Press. The show will mark the first general admission show in Cincinnati since 11 people were crushed to death at a Who concert there in 1979. ...

James Hetfield has been getting high on speed lately — he's racing cars. On Tuesday, Metallica and their families celebrated the frontman's 39th birthday at a closed-off racetrack in Sonoma, California, and got behind the wheels of some speedy vehicles, including the Chevy Camaro that appeared in the video for "I Disappear." ... Aimee Mann and Beth Orton have been booked for the first show of the Amnesty International benefit series, which begins August 21 in Los Angeles. Amnesty performances will continue through the spring, and other acts have yet to be announced. ...

Beastie Boys keyboardist Money Mark is launching a fall tour to promote his third full-length solo release, last year's Change Is Coming. The trek kicks off August 23 in Phoenix and wraps September 29 in Santa Ana, California. ... DJ Dan hooks up with Moby's Area2 Tour starting Thursday (August 8) in Tinley Park, Illinois. The West Coast house DJ's next mix album, the double-disc Round Trip, is due October 8 through Kinetic. ...

Napalm Death will release a live DVD called "Punishment in Capitals" on September 24. ... The brief Nuclear Assault reunion tour will lead to a live LP in early fall. ... Boston's Milligram have broken up after three albums. Their latest, This Is Class War, is scheduled to be out next month on Small Stone Records. ... Also calling it a day are Spirit Caravan, the band formed by former Obsessed/ Saint Vitus singer/guitarist Scott "Wino" Weinrich. Wino will be working in Place of Skulls with members of Pentagram.