For The Record: Quick News On Jay-Z, Madonna, Lisa Marie Presley, Ozzy, Donnas, Paula Abdul & More

Jay-Z was looking for love in all the right places over the weekend as he shot his video for "Excuse Me Miss." Jay, who was backstage with R. Kelly on Thursday at the Power 105.1 Powerhouse concert in New Jersey, filmed scenes for his video in the Garden State and New York with director Little X. In addition to members of the Roc-A-Fella camp, who will turn up in the clip dressed in suits, Neptunes hitmaker Pharrell Williams makes an appearance. ...

Madonna is slated to make her small-screen debut on an upcoming episode of "Will & Grace," according to an NBC spokesperson. Details about her character are still being worked out. The episode, which will tape in March, will air during the sweeps month of May. ... Hank Williams Jr.'s "Are You Ready For Some Football?" may have sufficed being played before ordinary games broadcast on ABC, but for the big game on Sunday, ol' Bocephus will get a little help from Kid Rock. The pair have recorded a new song, "Are You Ready for the Superbowl?," which will premiere just prior to Super Bowl XXXVII on ABC. ...

Lisa Marie Presley has set an April 8 release date for her debut album, To Whom It May Concern, on which Elvis' daughter wrote or co-wrote all of the material, with producers ranging from Glen Ballard to singer/songwriter Gus. "You're going to see who I really am and not what the tabloids say or whatever anyone has to say about me," Presley explained in a statement. ... Aside from her judging duties on "American Idol," Paula Abdul is writing songs for Kylie Minogue and other pop stars, and is recording her own comeback album. "My fans want to dance and that's what I want to do," she said. "It's going to be funky, but I'm doing a lot of different things, keeping it fresh." ...

The Donnas, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Folk Implosion, Tortoise and a reunited Camper Van Beethoven are among the headliners scheduled for the 11th annual Noise Pop festival from February 25 to March 2 in San Francisco. A complete schedule, also featuring Cat Power, Hot Rod Circuitand No Knife, is available at www.noisepop.com. ... Raise a glass and keep the frat boys at bay, because the second annual Jagermeister Music Tour is back for a second round. The six-week tour, sponsored by the get-loose juice preferred by four out of five frat houses, will feature headliners Saliva and (hed) Planet Earth, as well as Breaking Benjamin, Systematic and Stereomud. The tour opens March 6 in Philadelphia, with last call coming April 20 in Detroit. Last year, the tour featured Drowning Pool, Coal Chamber and Ill Nino. ... Promoters have landed Thursday, Andrew W.K., the Used and Goldfinger, among others, for the third annual Skate and Surf Festival, set for April 25-27 at the Convention Center Complex in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The three-day concert will also feature a surf contest and skate and BMX exhibitions. ...

Common will release the Jill Scott collaboration "I Am Music" as the second single from his recently released Electric Circus. After a cameo in last fall's "Brown Sugar," the Chicago rapper is also hoping to star in a film this year. "I'm working on my acting chops right now 'cause I don't wanna be just a rapper trying to act," he said at last week's American Music Awards. ... Nivea will shoot the video for "Laundromat," the second single from her self-titled debut album, in Los Angeles this week with director Nzingha Stewart (Bilal, Common). "It was written and produced by R. Kelly, so that's pretty interesting," she said of the song at the AMAs. "It's a beautiful song, incredibly written and produced and I think people will love it." ...

Zakk Wylde has drafted Ozzy Osbourne to record vocals on one track from the next Black Label Society album, The Blessed Hellride. Ozzy sings on the song "Stillborn." ... Pitchshifter have announced that their March U.K. tour will be the band's last, and that the group will split up after the trek. Everyone involved has stressed that this decision isn't due to any rift within the camp, but rather because Pitchshifter have reached a natural end. The band will release a live album to coincide with these farewell shows. ... Cradle of Filth will release their new album, Damnation & a Day, through Epic on March 10. ...

Mainstays of the SoCal punk scene, NOFX, have begun to record their next album, titled The War on Errorism, the follow-up to 2000's Pump Up the Valuum. Prior to its release on May 6, the band will issue Regaining Unconsciousness on March 25. ... On Friday, teen R&B singer Mario pulled a muscle in his back while rehearsing for the video shoot of his next single, "C'mon." The injury forced him to cancel an appearance on an upcoming episode of "Showtime at the Apollo." Mario is recovering at home, and will proceed with his Erik White-directed video shoot on January 28. ...

Caricature artist Al Hirschfeld, whose good-natured pen-and-ink sketches of stars ranging from Madonna to Woody Allen to Aerosmith graced newspapers, magazines, Broadway playbills and album covers, passed away in his sleep on Monday at the age of 99. ... "Bodysong," the experimental film scored by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, will debut at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam on January 27. The movie tells the story of an archetypal human life using images taken from all around the world and the last 100 years of cinema. ...

01.17.03

Ashanti's hooked up with ladykiller Ja Rule for her duets, but this time, she's going to be the one inflicting pain — of the preternatural variety. The singer is slated for a guest spot on UPN's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," in which she'll play Lissa, a potential and possibly deadly love interest for the always unlucky-in-love Xander. The episode, called "First Date," airs on February 11 at 8 p.m. ...

The Nelson Mandela SOS Concert, a benefit scheduled for February 2 and featuring Bono, Elton John and others (see "Bono, Shaggy, Macy Gray To Play AIDS Benefit In South Africa") has been canceled because of problems with the producers, organizers said in a statement on Friday (January 17). The event was to take place on Robben Island, where the former president of South Africa had been a political prisoner for nearly two decades. ...

Avril Lavigne's first headlining trek now carries a name, the Try To Shut Me Up! Tour, as well some fellow countrymen. Vancouver's Gob, supporting their F.U. EP, will open all dates of the trek, which has added four dates and one routing change to its itinerary. The five-week outing will now begin on April 9 in Toronto. When the tour was first announced last week, the gig at the Air Canada Centre was the second venue the wife-beater-wearing singer planned to visit. ...

Nelly will have an interesting opening act when he performs at a Miami party on March 8 — Andrew W.K. Details on the show are available at axehouseparty.com. ... The White Stripes have set a April 15 release date for Elephant, the follow-up to their breakthrough LP, White Blood Cells. ...

Looks like A.J. McLean is back on the market. The badass Backstreet Boy and his fiancée, Sarah Martin, have called off their wedding, according to a post on Martin's official Web site. ... JC Chasez has spent the last month working with producers Dallas Austin (TLC), Rockwilder (Missy Elliott) and Brad and Alex ('NSYNC) on his solo album. "I'm still at the very beginning stages," he said at Monday's American Music Awards. "But I'm going back to the studio this month and we'll see what happens." ...

New York metal mob Biohazard have dropped off of their current U.S. tour with Kittie and Eighteen Visions. According to a source close to the band, Biohazard bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld, who also stars on the HBO prison drama "Oz," has been hospitalized and is undergoing tests for a sudden and as-yet-undetermined illness. It's reportedly the first tour the band has canceled in their 15-year history. ... Missing-in-action singer/songwriter Elliott Smith will come out of hibernation this month with a couple of live shows at the Bowery Ballroom in New York (January 24 and 25) and then two more at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles (January 31 and February 1). Smith, who hasn't released a record since 2000's Figure 8 and has been dogged with rumors of heroin abuse for the last year, recently played an unannounced benefit concert for "Clean Needles Now" at L.A.'s Spaceland Theater. At the show, Smith told the audience about his potential plans to release a double album. ...

Supporting their sixth album, One Beat, riot grrrl trio Sleater-Kinney will begin their 16-date North American tour January 31 in Portland, Oregon, and wrap things up February 23 in Chicago. ... 20-year-old Norwegian wunderkind Sondre Lerche will embark on his first North American tour in support of his 2002 debut record, Faces Down. The folk-pop singer's 16-date tour kicks off February 17 at New York's Bowery Ballroom and ends March 10 at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles. ..