For The Record: Quick News On Justin Timberlake, J. Lo, Alicia Keys, Joey Ramone, Dru Hill, Paul Westerberg & More

Justin Timberlake‘s “Rock Your Body” video will debut on MTV’s “Making the Video” on Thursday. Francis Lawrence, who helmed the singer’s Britney revenge fantasy a.k.a. the “Cry Me a River” clip, again called the shots. “Cry Me a River,” meanwhile, will be released Tuesday (February 18) as a limited-edition maxi CD, with remixes by Junior Vasquez, Basement Jaxx and Dirty Vegas. … Another round of presenters has been announced for the now very imminent Grammy Awards. The aforementioned J.T. will hit the stage on Sunday to hand out a gramophone, as will last year’s Grammy gobbler Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Raphael Saadiq, Peter Gabriel, Rod Stewart and more. …

The American International Toy Fair is holding court in New York this week, and among the new collectibles with a rock bent is an 11-inch figure of the late punk icon Joey Ramone. The figure, expected to be in stores in spring, portrays the singer in his trademark motorcycle jacket, and features removable sunglasses and a mic stand. …

Freeway got some hometown love from fellow Philadelphia native Ms. Jade last week when she came down to Free’s video shoot for his next single, “Alright.” Shot by Terry Heller in the City of Brotherly Love, the clip centers around occupants of a forlorn community. Glenn Lewis also makes a cameo. … The 17th Annual Soul Train Music Awards has added Jennifer Lopez, a reunited Dru Hill, Chris Rock and actor Orlando Jones to its list of presenters. They join previously announced performers Mariah Carey, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah and Justin Timberlake at the ceremony, which will be telecast live in syndication March 1 at 8 p.m. ET. …

Lifehouse will embark on a North American tour, beginning March 13 in Arlington, Texas. Not only does the trek mark the band’s first since the release of their second album, Stanley Climbfall, it’s also their first Stateside jaunt with former Calling guitarist Sean Woolstenhulme, brother of Lifehouse drummer Rick, as a permanent band fixture. …

The 2003 Bonnaroo Music Festival has chosen the newly crowned Dead, Widespread Panic, James Brown and the Allman Brothers Band, as well as hipster rockers Sonic Youth, Tortoise, and Smokey & Miho (guitarist Smokey Hormel and Cibo Matto‘s Miho Hatori) to take the stage at the three-day festival, which expects more than 60 acts in all. Bonnaroo takes place June 13 in Manchester, Tennessee. … Former Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg is working on his second album for Vagrant Records. The follow-up to last year’s Mono/Stereo double LP is slated to surface in late summer. …

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A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar, the third album by Dashboard Confessional, is being recorded in a Florida studio with producer Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Pixies). The follow-up to 2001′s The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most is expected to arrive in late spring. …

While any of the witchy women of the WB’s “Charmed” can carry the title of heartbreaker, the guest star of the April 6 episode practically put the word on the map. Pat Benatar will perform her 1979 hit “Heartbreaker” at Piper’s club, P3. …

Australian authorities have discovered 500 stolen reel-to-reel masters of recordings believed to be original studio sessions for Abbey Road and The Beatles. The February 14 raid in Sydney was part of a police investigation that last month uncovered tapes in London and Amsterdam of the sessions that eventually became Let It Be. Those tapes were stolen from Abbey Road Studios over 30 years ago. … Jewel has revealed on her official Web site that her next album will be dominated by dance music. The singer says she’s experimenting with R&B rhythms and electronic music and tells fans to expect “fierce grooves and dance beats and futuristic keyboard and retro ’80s synth sounds.” She also divulges that the as-yet-untitled album will be produced by Lester Mendez, whom she credits for co-writing most of the new songs as well. …

Mogwai, in the midst of working on their fourth album, have put their drummer’s pacemaker up for sale on eBay. The high bidder, whose cash will be donated to the British Heart Foundation, also gets Martin Bulloch‘s European pacemaker I.D. card, his hospital wristband, the Japanese version of Mogwai’s My Father My King and a vinyl test-pressing of the band’s Rock Action. … Almost two years after his split with the mathematically inclined noisecore band, former Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Dimitri Minikakis has reemerged with Tokyo, who are currently completing demo recordings and will make their live debut April 6 at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia. …

Following the premiere of the first untitled video from their third album, ( ), at last month’s Sundance Film Festival, Icelandic sound-sculpters Sigur Ros will embark on a North American tour that kicks off with a sold-out March 15 show in Boston. The 18-date outing winds down April 8 in Oakland, California. … Former member of Powell Peralta’s legendary Bones Brigade pro-skate team, Tommy Guerrero, is putting the finishing touches on his second album, Soul Food Taqueria. The follow-up to 2000′s A Little Bit of Something displays elements of anti-folk, hip-hop, jazz, blues and funk, among other elements, and is expected to drop in May. …