For The Record: Quick News On Justin Timberlake, Eminem, J. Lo, Linkin Park, Common, Prince Paul, Mudvayne & More

Justin Timberlake, Halle Berry, Tom Cruise, Avril Lavigne, Jim Carrey, Eminem, Jennifer Lopez, Nelly and Good Charlotte are among the nominees for the first-ever "TRL" Awards, airing live on February 17 at 4 p.m. The show hopes to heap praise on notable "TRL" celebrities and commemorate the finest moments in the show's history. ...

Linkin Park are lining up their second annual Projekt Revolution tour for April, and, though an itinerary hasn't been announced, they hope to visit cities where they've not played before. Mudvayne are confirmed to tag along on the trek, and an offer has been extended to Jurassic 5. Last year's outing featured DJ Z-Trip, Adema and Cypress Hill. ...

Aside from appearing in Coca-Cola ads, animal lover and Grammy-nominated artist Common is now lending his time and energy to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The rapper will appear holding a veggie burger in the group's latest ad campaign, which encourages the audience to "Think Before You Eat. Go Veg for Life." ... Prince Paul has set a May 6 release date for his next album, The Politics of the Business. Ice-T, Chuck D, Guru, DJ Premier, the Beatnuts and Tony Touch guest on the album, along with comedians Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle. ...

Underworld, Paul Oakenfold and Sasha and John Digweed will headline the fifth annual Ultra Music Festival on March 22 at Miami's Bayfront Park. The event, which has become the centerpiece of the annual Winter Music Conference electronic music convention, will also feature Paul van Dyk, Tiesto, Hybrid, Timo Maas, Roni Size, Junkie XL, Goldie, Josh Wink, Erick Morillo, Seb Fontaine, Sandra Collins and many more. ... Liz Phair's long-awaited follow-up to 1998's Whitechocolatespaceegg is tentatively due on May 20. Phair debuted some of the new material at a performance at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, last week, where she also joined Ben Lee at a separate show for a cover of Dramarama's "Anything, Anything." ...

The enigmatic Deftones have nearly completed their fourth album, the follow-up to 2000's White Pony. Neither album nor song titles have been announced, though a new track is slated to appear on the soundtrack to "The Matrix Reloaded" and a tour announcement is forthcoming. ... Longtime Ratt vocalist Stephen Pearcy has started writing his autobiography, "RaTales," which should rival Mötley Crüe's "The Dirt" for pure cathartic decadence and debauchery. The book will chronicle Pearcy's experiences with the band from its club days to mega-stardom and finally through its eventual collapse. No publisher has signed on yet, but Pearcy hopes to have the book out by the end of the year. ...

Shootenanny! will be the title of the Eels' next album, due June 3. The 12-song LP follows 2001's Souljacker. ... Veteran pop-rock artists Yo La Tengo will begin a U.S. tour March 10 in Carrboro, North Carolina, to support their new album, Summer Sun, slated for release on April 8 on Matador Records. The trek wraps up April 25 in New York. ... Vincent Chin, reggae music pioneer and founder of VP Records, died Sunday of natural causes at his home in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Chin's VP Records is the world's largest independent reggae label and includes artists Sean Paul and Grammy-nominated Bounty Killer. ...

02.03.03

John Houston, Whitney Houston's father, died Sunday of complications from diabetes and heart disease. John, who managed Whitney's career and her mother's before her, recently sued his daughter for $100 million, seeking compensation for helping to get a marijuana charge against her dismissed and for getting her a new record contract. ...

Three strikes is a charm for Avril Lavigne. When her latest single, "I'm With You," topped the Billboard Top 40 Monitor chart, the pop-rocker became the first debut artist since 1994 to clock in with three #1 singles in a row ("I'm With You" follows in the footsteps of "Complicated" and "Sk8er Boi"). The last act to accomplish such a feat was Ace of Base. ...

Elliott Smith wears the benefit show cloak of mystery — the singer/songwriter is slated to appear as the surprise guest at an anti-war benefit concert for the Hollywood group Neighbors for Peace & Justice. The concert, called "Love Not War," will take place February 16 at Echo in Echo Park, California. ... The Wylde Ratttz, a supergroup featuring Mike Watt, Sean Lennon, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley, Mudhoney's Mark Arm and others, have posted their unreleased recordings on their official Web site, www.wylderatttz.com. The group made an album after forming solely to record a cover of the Stooges "T.V. Eye" for the soundtrack to the 1998 flick "Velvet Goldmine," but it was never released due to contractual issues. ...

Comedian Richard Cheese and his lounge group Lounge Against the Machine have released a new CD, Tuxicity, on their Web site www.iloverichardcheese.com. The album features lounge covers of System of a Down's "Chop Suey!," Linkin Park's "One Step Closer" and the White Stripes' "Fell in Love With a Girl," among others. ... Former Invisibl Skratch Piklz turntablists Apollo and Shortkut have teamed with fellow DJ Vinroc to form Triple Threat. The trio's debut, Many Styles, is due March 3 and features appearances from the X-ecutioners' Rob Swift and Roc Raida, Talib Kweli and Mystic. ...

Zero 7 are eyeing a spring release for the follow-up to their Short List-nominated album, Simple Things. Meanwhile, the British electronic pop collective has released a 3D video for their latest single, "In the Waiting Line," and a collection of remixes by Roni Size, Photek and others. ... In other British electronic scene news, Groove Armada cofounder Andy Cato has produced the debut album from the Weekend Players, which their spokesperson describes as "next century soul." Titled Pursuit of Happiness, the album is due March 11. ...

On May 13 the family of late Who bassist John Entwistle will auction off over 150 of the Ox's favorite basses and guitars at Sotheby's auction house. Included is a pink Fender Precision Bass Entwistle called Frankenstein because it was assembled from the parts of five smashed basses. ... Of all the successful artists to emerge from Sweden, Roxette have been ordained as pop royalty by the country's king. On Friday, Carl XVI Gustaf honored the pop group's Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson, along with 27 of the nation's top artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and academics. There's a good chance the royal advisers never gave the king a Hives album to listen to. ...