For The Record: Quick News On Eminem, 50 Cent, Kid Rock, Fred Durst, Pink, Beyonce, Ja Rule & More

In the tradition of his duet with Elton John at last year’s Grammys, Eminem has enlisted Philadelphia hip-hop group the Roots to back him up during his live performance of “Lose Yourself” at this year’s awards ceremony, happening Sunday. … Kid Rock and Dave Grohl have also been added to the list of performers for the 45th annual Grammy Awards. Rock will perform with Sheryl Crow and Grohl will join Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and others in a tribute to Joe Strummer and the Clash. In addition, Kylie Minogue, Ja Rule, Fred Durst and Queen Latifah will make appearances as presenters. …

First came the Funkmaster Flex Celebrity Car Show, then Flex’s own line of rims and driving shoes. Now, the New York DJ is bringing his car obsession to the small screen. This fall, TNN will be airing six episodes of the “Funkmaster Flex Show,” a celebrity car show which will include segments on 50 Cent’s 1969 Chevy Impala and Ja Rule’s car collection. … Beyoncé Knowles is currently recording in Miami and is “three-fourths done” with her debut solo album, according to her father/manager Mathew Knowles, who promised “very interesting collaborations.” The album is due in mid-May, to be followed in July by the soundtrack to “The Fighting Temptations,” which stars Beyoncé and Cuba Gooding Jr.

At the Brit Awards on February 20, Coldplay won Best British Group and Best British Album, and Ms. Dynamite took Best British Female and Best Urban Act. Other winners at the event — England’s version of the Grammys — include Robbie Williams (Best British Male Solo Artist), Eminem (Best International Album), Red Hot Chili Peppers (Best International Group), Pink (Best International Female Solo Artist) and Norah Jones (Best International Breakthrough Artist). …

Blur are the latest additions to the April 26 lineup of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. Drum’n’bass duo Lemon D and Dillinja have also been added to the first day of the two-day festival. … Blur’s new album, Think Tank, will be released May 6. The first single will be the Fatboy Slim-produced “Crazy Beat.” Only one of the remaining 13 tracks was produced by the electronic music maestro. “Battery in Your Leg” is the sole song that features original guitarist Graham Coxon, who left the band last year. …

Edwyn Collins, the Scottish singer behind the 1995 hit “A Girl Like You,” will release his first album in five years, Doctor Syntax, on April 15. The record includes a song called “The Beatles,” which Collins describes as a four-minute history of the band. …

02.20.03

The severe snowstorm that swept through the East Coast Monday has taken its toll on Nick Carter’s solo tour. The February 17 kickoff in Pittston, Pennsylvania, was canceled, and the second date, February 18 in Plainview, New York, has been rescheduled for Saturday. …

A co-headlining tour featuring John Mayer and Counting Crows is being planned for the summer. Specifics have yet to be confirmed. … In support of his forthcoming second album, Day I Forgot, boho bard Pete Yorn will embark on a 27-date tour beginning April 21 in San Francisco and wrapping up May 31 in San Diego. The follow-up to Musicforthemorningafter is due April 15. …

Rob Zombie fans are long accustomed to waiting for his “House of 1,000 Corpses” horror flick, so news that they’ll have to wait a bit longer for the release of the soundtrack shouldn’t scare them off. The new due date for the LP, which features four new Zombie tracks, including “Brick House 2003,” his cover collaboration with rapper Trina and ex-Commodore Lionel Richie, has been pushed back to April 1. The film is still slated to hit theaters April 11. … Cold will team up with director Marc Webb (Good Charlotte, Puddle of Mudd, Green Day) to shoot a video for “Stupid Girl,” the first single from the band’s upcoming Year of the Spider, this Saturday in Minneapolis. The band is drafting its fans for the video, and those who want to be in the clip should head to the Bancroft School in south Minneapolis at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Additional details can be found at www.coldonline.com. …

Late punk icon Dee Dee Ramone appears on the latest album by New York punks Youth Gone Mad. The songwriter and bassist, who died in June, wrote and recorded songs, as well as designed the artwork for Youth Gone Mad Featuring Dee Dee Ramone, which was released February 11. … Johnny Paycheck, the country maverick who proclaimed “Take This Job and Shove It,” died in his sleep on Tuesday in a Nashville nursing home. He was 64. Paycheck was suffering from emphysema and diabetes. Although he is remembered by many as a non-conformist outlaw who battled booze and the IRS and spent two years in jail for shooting a man, Paycheck recorded over 70 albums during his career and landed 11 top 10 country singles. …

Queen encountered a major problem recently when they decided to remix their complete catalog in Surround Sound: Some of their masters have disappeared. Recordings of “Sheer Heart Attack, “All Dead, All Dead,” “Spread Your Wings,” “God Save the Queen” and six other songs are missing from EMI storage rooms and studio vaults. Guitarist Brian May has posted a plea on the band’s official Web site to anyone that might know where the tapes are, and added that there will be a reward offered to any major crime solvers in the case. … Original Queensrÿche guitarist Chris DeGarmo has reunited with his former bandmates in a Seattle studio and is working on the group’s next record, which is slated for a summer release. DeGarmo left the band after its 1997 disc, Hear in the Now Frontier.