For The Record: Quick News On Snoop Dogg, Nas, Nelly, Mariah Carey, Godsmack, Whitesnake & More

And you thought Snoop Dogg coaching his son’s football team was outrageous? Now, the D-O-Double G is hitting gridiron himself as he and his all-stars are squaring off against none other than the Inland Empire Police Department. The first annual Snoop Bowl, a fundraiser for the Lama Linda Children’s Hospital, will be held Thursday at Long Beach City College Veteran Stadium. …

While his album God’s Son just dropped on Friday the 13th, Nas already has more music hitting the streets. The remix of “Made You Look,” which has just popped up on mixtapes, features the same beat and chorus, but new lyrics by guest stars Jadakiss, Ludacris and Nas himself. … From one diva surrounded by dilemmas to the next, Nelly just loves collaborating with the ladies. The harmonious rhymester appears on the remix to Whitney Houston‘s “One of Those Days,” rapping in a reggae-like rhythm. … Good friends Mariah Carey and Kelly Price have hooked up again for some musicmaking. The two singers have collaborated for a remix of M.C.’s “Through the Rain.” …

It may not have eyes, a nose or mouth, but at least it’s got a title. Godsmack have nearly completed their third album, which they’ve dubbed Faceless. The follow-up to 2000′s Awake is slated to drop April 8. …

“Jackass” wunderkind Steve-O was granted a continuance for his arraignment Monday in his upcoming obscenity and battery trial in Louisiana. The stuntman, whose real name is Stephen Glover, hopes to plea bargain his felony charges down to misdemeanors. Terrebonne Parish District Attorney Carlos Lazarus said that they’re currently discussing a deal that would reduce the obscenity charge from a three-year felony to a six-month misdemeanor, and reduce the principal to second-degree battery charge from a five-year felony to another six-month misdemeanor. Reducing the battery charge, however, requires the victim’s approval. Glover’s arraignment is now set for February 10. …

Zalman Yanovsky, the 58-year-old guitarist for 1960s group the Lovin’ Spoonful, died Friday of a heart attack in his home near Kingston, Ontario. Two years after the band’s big hit “Do You Believe in Magic” in 1965, Yanovsky left the band following a drug bust in San Francisco. He escaped severe punishment, including deportation, by rolling over on his dealer, a move which didn’t sit well with most of the counterculture. …

Ryan Adams is the latest act to get the coveted opening slot on the Rolling Stones‘ Licks World Tour. He will join the outing for eight dates from January 10 in Pittsburgh to January 28 in Oklahoma City. … Cult favorite raven-haired singer/songwriter Nick Cave and his band the Bad Seeds will release Nocturama, their first album since signing on with punk staple Epitaph’s Anti imprint, on February 3. Cave, who has duetted with Kylie Minogue in the past, collaborated with Chris Bailey (The Saints) on “Bring It On,” the album’s first single. … Alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo, members of whom went on to form Son Volt and Wilco after the group disbanded in 1994, will have their long out-of-print first three albums reissused on March 11. No Depression, Still Feel Gone and March 16-20, 1992 will all boast bonus tracks, newly remastered sound and expanded packaging. …

Lenny Kravitz is locked down in Miami, working on his new album in his home studio. Rough ideas and demos of the tentatively titled The Funk Album began more than five years ago in New Orleans. … Whitesnake are getting ready to go again, but they won’t be on their own. The recently resurrected band — which consists of original vocalist David Coverdale, drummer Tommy Aldridge, and new members Doug Aldrich (guitar), Reb Beach (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) and Timothy Drury (keyboards) — will hit the road with Dokken and the Scorpions starting January 31 in West Palm Beach, Florida. …

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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. …