For The Record: Quick News On Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey, Beyonce Knowles, Ja Rule, Motley Crue, Kid Rock & More

Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott are the latest performers added to the 30th annual American Music Awards, airing live on ABC on Monday. Britney Spears, Outkast, Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, Vanessa Carlton, Busta Rhymes and Trista Rehn of "The Bachelorette" are the latest presenters. Organizers also announced on Thursday that Bobby Brown will join Ja Rule for his hit, "Thug Lovin'." ...

When singer/songwriter Allison Moorer took to the stage of 12th & Porter in

Nashville on Saturday night to record her upcoming live album (due in April), Kid

Rock hopped up onstage to duet on "Bully Jones." Rock was returning a favor, as Moorer is the female voice on the radio version of his current single, "Picture" (the album version features Sheryl Crow). Moorer was also joined for three songs by her sister, Grammy-winning singer Shelby Lynne. ...

Nikki Sixx has announced that "XXX" screenwriter Rich Wilkes has been hired to adapt Mötley Crüe autobiography "The Dirt" for Paramount and MTV Films. Sixx, currently recording six new songs with his Brides of Destruction project, also wrote in his diary on the Crüe's official Web site that the band will not tour again until 2004, at the earliest. ... Fresh off their Grammy nomination for the single "Days Go By," Dirty Vegas will release the mix album to A Night At the Tables on January 28. The collection features two previously unreleased Dirty Vegas tracks, along with remixes of Kylie Minogue's "Love at First Sight," Underworld's "Two Months Off" and other dance tracks. ...

There's certainly no shortage of Mike Patton material in the record shops. In addition to such current projects as Tomahawk, Fantômas and his recent EP collaboration with Dillinger Escape Plan, fans of the eccentric singer can look forward to the January 28 release of This Is It: The Best of Faith No More, featuring extensive liner notes from all of the defunct Bay Area, California, band's members and 19 tracks spanning 1985-1997, including "We Care a Lot" (with original vocalist Chuck Mosely), "Epic," "The Perfect Crime" and their cover of the Commodores' "Easy." ...

On the heels of their surprise MTV Europe Music Awards win for Best Video for "Remind Me," Nordic chill-out duo Röyksopp will hit North American shores for the first time in support of their debut disc, Melody A.M. Beginning March 5 in Los Angeles, the nine-date mini-tour will wrap up on March 20 in Orlando, Florida. ... Look for the bar on "Boston Public" to become what the Bar on "Ally McBeal," the PeachPit After Dark on "Beverly Hills, 90210" and the Bronze on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" were — band central. Some of the first musical acts set to appear on the Fox drama include Duncan Sheik (January 27) and Counting Crows (February 3) ...

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Audioslave are in the midst of shooting the video for "Like a Stone," the second single from their self-titled debut. Following the Los Angeles shoot, the band

will play several overseas dates, beginning January 14 in Paris and moving on to London, Holland, Italy, Germany and Japan. ...

Following up his stint on "American Dreams" as the frontman of a band, Nick Carter has his next television acting role lined up. The Backstreet Boy is set to play a music teacher on two upcoming episodes of the ABC comedy "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter." Carter will tape his part next week, and the episodes will air February 4 and 11. ...

Hip-hop and techno are about to collide. Redman, LL Cool J, Guru, M.O.P., Capone-N-Noreaga, Beenie Man & Siamese and Pharoahe Monch have all had tracks remixed by a host of drum'n'bass DJs including DJ Craze, Roni Size, Origin Unknown, Dillinja, Ray Keith and Hype & Pascal for the double disc Drum and Bass Warfare. The project was coordinated by electronic producer Adam F, and will be released March 25. ... Mya, Aaron Carter and Usher celebrate the disco era by taking on classics such as "Turn the Beat Around," "I Just Want to Be Your Everything," and "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" on ABC's upcoming concert special, "Disco Ball." KC & the Sunshine Band, the Pointer Sisters and the Village People revive their original hits for the two-hour special. Taped in Los Angeles in October, "Disco Ball" airs January 16 at 8 p.m. ...

The Boot Camp Clik were supposed to rhyme with guest Talib Kweli at their show Tuesday night at New York's S.O.B.'s, but Kweli left early. While the night's other advertised main attraction, Das EFX, didn't show up at all, Buckshot, the Cocoa Brovaz and the rest of the rhyme collective from Bucktown U.S.A. (a.k.a. Brooklyn, New York) were not the only ones who made the crowd move. Keith Murray and Ras Kass made surprise mic appearances, and Killah Priest was put on the bill as a last-minute opener. ...

Coldplay have added a second leg of North American tour dates, starting February 27 in Ottawa, Ontario, at the Corel Center. The 13-date stretch runs through March 13 in Minneapolis at the Target Center. The Music are slated as the opening act. ... Bonus and rare footage from Offspring, Rancid, NOFX, Pennywise, Bouncing Souls and Bad Religion will be included on an upcoming Epitaph Records DVD set for release on February 25. Named for the label's long-running sampler series, the Punk-O-Rama DVD Volume 1 will contain 22 videos from such bands as Descendents, (International) Noise Conspiracy, Refused, Dropkick Murphys, Division of Laura Lee and more, as well as interviews with Epitaph founder/ Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz, NOFX's Fat Mike and Fletcher from Pennywise. ...

For their new album, The Velocity of Sound, the Apples in Stereo woke from their calming reverie, cranked their amps and made enough noise to create a stirring sonic boom. At the end of the month they'll take the rock on the road, starting January 28 in Nashville. The 17-date tour ends in Indianapolis on February 15. ... Veteran country punks the Supersuckers will release a new album,

Motherf---ers Be Trippin', on April 22 on their own Mid-Fi label. The

follow-up to 1999's The Evil Powers of Rock-N-Roll will feature the

songs "Rock-N-Roll Records (Ain't Selling This Year)," "Rock Your Ass,"

"Pretty F---ed Up," "Bruises to Prove It," "The Fight Song," "A Goodnight for

My Drinking," "Sleepy Vampire," "Bubblegum and Beer" and "Someday I Will Kill

You." ... Guitarist Mark Beauchemin and bassist Jeff Reid have left SR-71 and will be replaced by Pat Dement and Mike Ruocco, respectively. SR-71 will hit the road in February to promote their second album, Tomorrow, which features the latest single, "My World." ...

Former Voivod bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest is set to release the first album from his new band Project: Failing Flesh in February. Titled A Beautiful Sickness, the LP will include a cover of Venom's "Warhead." ... Abrasive underground hardcore band the Blood Brothers, whose Ross Robinson-produced big-label debut is set to surface next month, will precede the album's release with a DVD on February 4. "Jungle Rules Live" will include an 11-song live performance captured last year in their hometown of Seattle, as well as three audio-only bonus tracks — "Ambulance vs. Ambulance" and "USA Nails" from the forthcoming Burn Piano Island, Burn, and "Meet Me at the Water Front After the Social" from the indie released March on Electric Children. ... Seattle indie favorites Vendetta Red will release their major-label debut, Between the Never and the Now, on June 24. Jerry Finn (Blink-182, Green Day) is producing the record. ...