For The Record: Quick News On Snoop Dogg, Marilyn Manson, Ghostface Killah, Alanis Morissette & More

Snoop Dogg‘s next episode will be a cameo in “A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie,” according to his publicist. Other stars expected to get in on the Muppet action are Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Cusack and David Arquette, who are said to have starring roles in the NBC TV movie, while Carson Daly, Kelly Ripa, Sir Michael Caine and William H. Macy are reported to be making cameos. … Alanis Morissette, India.Arie, Jill Scott and U2 drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. have been added to the roster of Listmakers for this year’s Shortlist Music Prize. They will join Beck, the Neptunes, Lars Ulrich and others in choosing the best album released in America over the last year. …

Now it can be told: Wu-Tang‘s Ghostface Killah will write his autobiography for HarperCollins’ ReganBooks imprint. There’s no date available yet for the book, which is tentatively titled “Iron Man.” … Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx is looking to turn the band’s salacious autobiography, “The Dirt,” into a movie, according to the Associated Press. … Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in Hollywood will display artwork by Marilyn Manson starting September 20. Some of the singer’s paintings can also be viewed on his Web site, www.thegoldenageofgrotesque.com. … Pavement have agreed to let British music journalist Rob Jovanovic write their authorized biography. Boston publisher Justin, Charles & Co. snatched up the rights and plan to release the book in 2004. …

Audiovent‘s tour bus hit and critically injured a pedestrian following a concert Wednesday opening for Our Lady Peace at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The elderly woman — who witnesses say was being dragged across the street by her husband against the “Don’t Walk” sign — was non-responsive and taken to a nearby hospital. Audiovent were not aboard the bus at the time of the accident, and the driver was not charged. … They Might Be Giants 2-CD, 52-song collection, Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants, will hit stores September 17. The set will include most of the band’s best-known songs, including “Don’t Let’s Start,” “Birdhouse in Your Soul” and “Istanbul (Not Constantinople),” three previously unreleased live cuts, and soundtrack recordings from TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.” …

Sheryl Crow and her band will make a surprise performance on the a two-hour edition of “Big Brother 3,” airing at 9 p.m. ET on August 21 on CBS, according to a CBS spokesperson. Crow and her band will play three songs for the HouseGuests, including “Soak Up the Sun,” “Steve McQueen” and “All I Wanna Do,” and online subscribers to the show can get a sneak peek the day before. … Electronic duo Groove Armada have finished recording their fourth studio album, Love Box, which will be released in the U.K. in the fall and in the States in January. The record features guest appearances by Sunshine Anderson, Nappy Roots, Richie Havens and Neneh Cherry. …

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Weezer will not release a third single from Maladroit and will instead concentrate on finishing their fifth album, singer Rivers Cuomo said last week. “We’re gonna start the record in a month or two,” he said, “so we’re ready to move on.” … Halfway through Mary J. Blige‘s show Tuesday night at the Apollo Theater in New York, P. Diddy made a surprise cameo, performing two songs before being joined by Loon for another, and Fabolous and Jadakiss joined P. Diddy, Loon and Blige for the encore. Diddy and Blige also announced plans to work on a new project beginning next week for the 10-year anniversary of their first collaboration, What’s the 411?. … Wrestling star and one-time co-host of “Celebrity Deathmatch” Stone Cold Steve Austin (real name Steve Williams) surrendered to authorities in San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday to face assault charges, according to police. The charges stem from an alleged domestic violence incident in June in which Williams is accused of assaulting his wife, Debra Williams. The wrestling star faces a misdemeanor charge of assault with bodily injury and is free on $5,000 bail; his arraignment hearing is set for September 18 and he faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. …

Having recently wrapped the This Way tour, Jewel has firmed up dates for her New Wild West Tour, which will begin Friday in Duluth, Minnesota, and end September 19 in Santa Rosa, California. The outing, which will hit mainly secondary markets such as Sioux City, Iowa, will feature Jewel playing solo acoustic. … The BK Got Music Summer Soul Tour, a 19-date amphitheatre outing featuring Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Angie Stone, Luther Vandross and Gerald Levert, will kick off on August 15 in Boston and end on September 22 in Concord, California. According to Pollstar, the lineup represents black music past (Vandross and Levert), present (Stone), and future (Williams). … Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has begun proceedings to end his nine-month marriage. The tattooed heartthrob is now spending time with former Miss USA/ Playboy model/ “Pacific Blue” actress and Oscar De La Hoya baby mama Shana Moakler. …

Shannon Larkin, formerly of Ugly Kid Joe and Amen, is now the permanent replacement for departed Godsmack drummer Tommy Stewart, according to a post from singer Sully Erna on the band’s Web site. In the lengthy letter to fans, Erna also said that Godsmack are finishing the writing for their next album, which they hope to begin recording in October. … Ex-Megadeth members Marty Friedman and Dave Ellefson will join aspiring singer Steve Richards to record a previously unfinished Buddy Holly tune called “That Makes It Tough.” The song was completed more than 40 years after Holly’s death, according to the Associated Press.Napster‘s assets are about to be sold to the highest bidder. According to Reuters, investment banking firm Trenwith Securities LLC will be responsible for the auction, marketing the assets free of all liabilities and pending litigation claims, and will accept proposals from qualified bidders until August 21, as the auction begins on August 27. …

West Coast rappers Blackalicious hit the road Tuesday in support of their second album, Blazing Arrow. The tour crosses from the East Coast to the West before wrapping September 8 in San Francisco. … Florida metalcore outfit Poison the Well will not be a part of the remaining dates on the current Kittie/ Killswitch Engage tour, though they will take part in next month’s Plea for Peace Tour with the Promise Ring. The band hopes to take a break from touring soon in order to begin writing its major-label debut … Mosaic Music Publishing became the proud owner earlier this week of a 50 percent stake in a catalog of Aerosmith songs written between 1973-1982, comprising seven albums including Get Your Wings and Toys in the Attic. According to Reuters, Aerosmith will own the other 50 percent, while Mosaic will be in charge of the administration of the catalog and its assets worldwide.