For The Record: Quick News On Avril Lavigne, Nelly, Ashanti, Destiny's Child, Rolling Stones, Jimmy Eat World & More

Avril Lavigne will bring some girl power to the 2002 Billboard Music Awards (December 9) when she shares the stage at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas

with fellow performers Puddle of Mudd, Creed and Nelly. Among the artists scheduled to appear at the event so far are Nick Carter, Lil' Romeo, Master P, Snoop Dogg, Justin Guarini and JC Chasez, according to a Fox Television spokesperson. ...

Ashanti will play Dionne Warwick and sing "Walk on By" on the December 15 episode of the NBC drama "American Dreams." Other artists who have appeared on the show, which revolves around "American Bandstand," include Nick Carter, Michelle Branch and Usher, whose episode will air Sunday. ... Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams will headline the inaugural

Inspirational Soulfest 2002 on November 16 at the New Birth Missionary

Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia. Also performing at the event, which will be hosted by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Ray Buchanan, are New Edition's Johnny Gill, LaTocha Scott of Xscape and Tank. ...

Less than a week ago, we said to make sure you use a pencil when marking your calendar for the thrice-changed release date for the Rob Zombie-led Ramones tribute album, We're a Happy Family. The street date for the LP, which features contributions from Metallica, Eddie Vedder and U2, among others, has moved back to its former due date of December 24. ... On Sunday in Los Angeles the Rolling Stones unveiled their latest line of

Rolling Stones Rockware, created by designers Chrome Hearts (leather

jackets, platinum jewelry), Agent Provocateur (lingerie) and Buddhist Punk

(custom surfboards, coat of arms, T-shirts). The new duds will be on sale at

the band's official Web site beginning November 9. ...

Jimmy Eat World will release a low-dough ($7.98) DVD-EP on November 26 with all the videos from their recent album, as well as live and studio recordings as a

preview of their upcoming full-length DVD. The band's covers of Prodigy's

"Firestarter" and George Michael's "Last Christmas" are slated for release as

a vinyl-only 7-inch through Better Looking Records sometime in December. ...

Jimmy Eat World's singer, Jim Adkins, became a dad on October 29 when his wife, Amy, gave birth to a 7-pound, 5-ounce boy, Jackson Christopher. ...

Eat the Day have encouraged potential vocalists to continue contacting them, despite an online post from bandleader/former Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland announcing that the group will soon "be meeting with an actual real human bean [sic] that sent us a recording of his amazing voice." Borland noted that "this whole going public with the singer search wasn't such a bad idea after all." ...

Black-haired, black-clothes-wearing Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly will sit in with black-haired, black-clothes-wearing hard rock outfit Danzig for an upcoming European jaunt that's scheduled to begin on November 21 in London. "I have nothing but great memories of when Type O toured with Danzig in 1994," Kelly wrote on Type O's official Web site, "and I'm really looking forward to creating some new ones on this adventure." ... Speaking of Type O Negative, Kelly's bandmates will continue working on their forthcoming sixth studio album in his absence at System's Two Studios in Brooklyn, New York, with keyboardist Josh Silver again producing. ...

Singer/songwriter Ben Lee's new Dan the Automator-produced album, Hey You, Yes You, will be released November 18 via EMI Australia. Despite the closing of his U.S. label, Grand Royal, and his current lack of a stateside record deal, Lee will support the album in America when he opens several shows for Vanessa Carlton. ...

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The producers of the 30th annual American Music Awards may want to expand the seven-second delay to a full 60 seconds. Organizers have announced that Ozzy, Sharon and the rest of the Osbourne clan will host the show, set to air live on ABC on January 13. ... Kelly Osbourne will celebrate the launch of her debut album, Shut Up!, with a show at New York's Irving Plaza on November 26, the night of the album's release. In a brilliant bit of synergy, the Ozzy offspring will also show a sneak preview clip of the season premiere of "The Osbournes," whose second season debuts that same night on MTV. ...

Monica and Mario will perform at the Equitable Auditorium in New York on Friday to celebrate the creation of the Department of Recorded Music at New York University. Clive Davis, an NYU alum and the J Records head who discovered both artists, made the department possible with a $5 million donation. ... UPN's "Haunted" will have a bit of punk attitude over the next two weeks. In addition to Blink-182's Mark Hoppus dropping in Tuesday night, Green Day leader Billie Joe Armstrong will pop in to play a high-rolling gambler on a mysterious winning streak during the November 12 episode. ...

The man who inspired both late Beatle John Lennon and Who guitarist Pete Townshend to play guitar, Lonnie Donegan (born Anthony Donegan), has died, according to the Associated Press. Donegan, 71, known for such songs as "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor (On the Bedpost Over Night)" and "Rock Island Line," introduced "skiffle" music to the U.K. in the 1950s, a mixture of

jazz, folk, blues and American cowboy music that uses a combination of

conventional and unconventional instruments such as kazoos, washboards and

jugs. Both Lennon and Townshend started out in skiffle groups, called,

respectively, the Quarrymen and the Detours. ...

Rocket From the Crypt have scrapped a planned two-week, 14-date U.S. tour in

support of their album Live From Camp X-Ray that was slated to kick off on

November 22 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The group is still scheduled to

play a November 15 date with Sprung Monkey and the Classified in El Cajon, California, and a hometown show on December 8 at Cane's in San Diego. ...

Pete Yorn recruited the Sweet Inspirations, Elvis Presley's backing group during his famed 1969 Memphis sessions, to sing on a cover of the King's "Suspicious Minds." Producer R. Walt Vincent recorded the track in his Culver City, California, studio last week for possible inclusion on Yorn's next album. ...

An anthology of songs from Rush, The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits

(1974-1987) is slated for release on January 28. The 15-track album will

features classics such as "Tom Sawyer," "New World Man" and "Closer to the

Heart." ... Sammy Hagar recently told the Contra Costa Times that he plans to start recording a concept album about world affairs on par with Pink

Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon with his all-star band, Planet Us, in

January. The group, which features Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Journey guitarist Neal Schon and drummer Deen Castronovo, has already recorded their first two songs, "Vertigo" and "Peeping Through a Hole." ...