For The Record: Quick News On Kelly Clarkson And Justin Guarini, Eve, D12, Ben Lee, Sheryl Crow & More

Originally due in November, “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson‘s debut album will now hit shelves in the spring, around the same time Justin Guarini will release his first record. Both singers are recording their albums in Miami, where they are also filming the movie “From Justin to Kelly.” … Reports surfaced this week that Clarkson had recorded demos with various songwriters before she entered the “American Idol” contest last summer, but producers of the show said she was not paid and did not break the rules. “She is not a cheat,” they said in a statement. …

Rapper Eve will play a rookie paramedic on an upcoming episode of NBC’s “Third Watch,” scheduled to air January 6. The First Lady of Ruff Ryders has previously acted in the films “Barbershop” and “XXX.” … New material from Jurassic 5, Mos Def, Dilated Peoples and Pharcyde will be featured on N.V.A. (National Vinyl Association) – Straight From the Crates, Vol. 1, due January 28. Proof and Kon Artis of D12 are also on the album, rapping with Joey Zozza on “Whirlwind.” …

Sheryl Crow will headline an outdoor concert in Sunrise, Florida, on February 2 as part of the National Hockey League’s All-Star festivities. … Although the Mendip District Council in Somerset, England, has rejected the license application for the annual Glastonbury festival, organizer Michael Eavis is confident the decision will be overturned. R.E.M. are already booked to headline. …

Singer/songwriter Ben Lee performed back-to-back gigs in Brooklyn and New York City on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, debuting new material from Hey You. Yes You, which was just released in Australia and is set for release in the States early next year, pending a domestic record deal. Among the new songs he performed at Fez in Manhattan was a track called “Hard Drive,” which will appear on a forthcoming solo album from Lemonhead Evan Dando, who was not only in attendance, but led a rousing ovation by jumping on top of his chair and applauding wildly. According to Lee’s manager, the Australian wunderkind has contributed about five songs to the Dando project. …

After suffering a collapsed lung earlier this year, Cursive singer/guitarist Tim Kasher is now well enough to tour. The band will kick off 2003 on the road to support its upcoming album, The Ugly Organ, due March 4 on Saddle Creek Records. Cursive member Gretta Cohn and ex-Cursive guitarist Steve Pedersen also appear on an album of traditional Christmas songs that was put together by Bright EyesConor Oberst and which is currently available on Saddle Creek’s Web site. … Morphine‘s most memorable musical moments while on the Rykodisc label are being gathered for a 16-track greatest-hits collection titled The Best of Morphine, 1992-1995, due February 18. One of the most heralded bands to stem from the Boston alternative music scene, Morphine’s career was cut short after singer/bassist Mark Sandman died in 1999. …

Following his directorial debut, 2000′s “Love Her Madly,” Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek will direct the upcoming “Riders on the Storm,” an indie flick about three UCLA film students who travel to New Mexico looking for enlightenment. Actors Brad Renfro, Edward Furlong and Peter Stormare are in talks to star in the film, which Manzarek also co-wrote. …

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Christina Aguilera, Matchbox Twenty and Kelly Osbourne have been added to the list of performers for the 30th annual American Music Awards, which will air live on ABC on January 13. Country stars Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Willie Nelson will also perform at the ceremony, which the Osbourne family is hosting. …

Metallica have scheduled appearances at three European festivals next summer, including June’s Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in Nurnburg, Germany, and at the Roskilde festival in Denmark on June 26. Save for a handful of low-key club appearances, the band has yet to perform live since the departure of bassist Jason Newsted. …

Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of the king of rock and roll and ex-wife of the king of pop, has nearly completed her pop debut. We’ll have to wait until late March or early April, though, to see whether the LP is a crowning achievement or a royal disaster. … Rapper Queen Latifah has done a hip-hop remix of “Cell Block Tango,” featuring Lil’ Kim and Macy Gray, for the soundtrack of Miramax’s upcoming film release of “Chicago.” The soundtrack is due out January 14. …

Not one but two houses previously lived in by Eminem are up for auction on eBay. A wee Marshall Mathers spent some of his childhood in a Warren, Michigan, home, whose bidding was up to $120,000 at press time, and the three-bedroom house that’s seen on The Marshal Mathers LP and what Em called home from 1988-1994 was going for at least $500,000. A third property, in Sterling Heights, Michigan, was recently pulled from the online auction block after a bid of $99.9 million turned out to be a hoax. … “Star Wars” fans, get your wallets out — Two white storm trooper helmets, an imperial fighter pilot’s helmet and a prototype rebel fighter pilot’s helmet from the original 25-year-old film are going up for auction at Christie’s on Tuesday. The movie memorabilia auction
will also feature Jack Nicholson‘s jacket from “The Shining” and Pierce Brosnan‘s watch from “The World Is Not Enough,” according to Reuters.

Alt-country rockers Wilco are eyeing a February release for a six-track EP that will contain three newly recorded tracks — “More Like the Moon,” “Handshake Drugs” and “Woodgrain” — as well as an alternate version of “Kamera” and “A Magazine Called Sunset” from the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot sessions and the live favorite “Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard.” …

R.E.M. will take a break from their incessant studio noodling and get out and see the world next year. The band has lined up a month of European tour dates, beginning June 27, in Glastonbury, England, and plan on touring North America in the fall. The Athens, Georgia, band has spent the last few weeks in a Vancouver studio working on their follow-up to last year’s Reveal.Marilyn Manson has made “Watercolor Fine Art Editions” of two more of his watercolor paintings, “Lily White” and “Faundadestia,” available through marilynmansonartworkonline.com. The shock-rocker’s watercolor paintings are made with archival watercolor ink on watercolor paper, “are hand-painted on top of,” and signed and numbered by Manson, according to the site. …

Chevelle will contribute a track called “Until You’ve
Reformed” to the upcoming “Daredevil” flick, according to the bands’ official Web site. The band recently shot a video for “Send the Pain Below,” the next single off their latest album, Wonder What’s Next.Rob Zombie drummer John Tempesta will sit in for Testament‘s Jon Allen for a string of shows this month and into early 2003. The former White Zombie and Exodus drummer was once a fulltime member of Testament, recording with the long-running Bay Area, California, thrash metal band on their 1994 album, Low.

On February 11, German trance innovator Paul van Dyk will release the retrospective Global, featuring 13 newly reworked highlights from his 10-year career, along with the unreleased tracks “Animacion” and “My World.” A companion DVD, mixed in 5.1 surround sound, will include footage of the DJ performing around the world. … Another electronic music pioneer, Aphex Twin, will release a collection of his remixes called 26 Mixes for Cash on March 25. Along with two previously unreleased tracks, the double album will include versions of Nine Inch Nails‘ “The Beauty of Being Numb” and “At the Heart of It All,” and David Bowie and Philip Glass‘ “Heroes Symphony.” ……