For The Record: Quick News On 50 Cent, Baby, Ozzy, Nas, Radiohead, Jill Scott, Lynyrd Skynyrd & More

With 50 Cent's album continuing to leap off shelves, the rapper has announced that his next single will be "If I Can't." ... Bryan "Baby" Williams has teamed up with clothing founder Karl Kani to create a new urban street-wear clothing line. The New Orleans rapper's hip-hop fashion collection, called "Life," will hit stores in March. ...

Before embarking on Ozzfest, Ozzy will play eight warm-up shows in Canada. The first is June 1 is Vancouver and the last will be June 16 in Rimouski, Quebec. In addition, Ozzy will play a show March 14 in Las Vegas. Ozzfest begins June 28 in San Antonio, Texas. ... Radiohead are shooting for a June release date for their next album. The British press has been making claims that the album will be titled 2+2=5 or Are You Listening, but the band's U.S. publicist could not confirm either. The former title is the name of a new Radiohead song. A yet-to-be-named single is tentatively scheduled to come out in May. ...  

R&B singer Jill Scott has been named spokesperson for the Coca-Cola Apollo

Theater Academy "school without walls" program. The educational youth program will focus on careers in the music and entertainment industry. ... Before Ben Harper drops his sixth album, Diamonds on the Inside, on March 11, he'll perform for hometown fans in Claremont, California, with his band the Innocent Criminals on March 1. A month of dates in Australia and New Zealand follow the release, and upon his return Stateside he'll play shows in New York on March 12 and sets at the Coachella festival in April and Jazzfest in May. ...

Canadian R&B newcomer Jully Black, who appears on "Heaven" from Nas' God's Son, will release her debut, I Traveled, in June. Nas returns the favor on the album, rapping on "Material Things." ... Annie Lennox has set a June 10 release date for her next solo album, Bare. The Eurythmics singer will promote the record, produced by Steve Lipson (Cher), with a North American tour, beginning March 26 in Miami. ...

David Bowie, Tom Waits, Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash are among the artists who have contributed tracks to a new album which will benefit programs for the San Francisco Artists for Literacy organization. Songs Inspired by Literature - Chapter 2 comes out on March 12 and is the second disc of its kind. The first album included songs from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Aimee Mann, Grace Slick and Suzanne Vega. ... There's no rest for the weary David Gray. Having just wrapped a North American tour Sunday, the British bard lined up a three-week summer trek to begin July 17 in Hartford, Connecticut, that continues to support A New Day at Midnight. ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd's founding lead guitarist Gary Rossington has undergone a quintuple bypass, causing the band to delay the May 6 release of their new record, Vicious Cycle, to June. Rossington discovered he was suffering from severe coronary artery disease after visiting his doctor for a routine physical. The guitarist is expected to recover fully by the end of May. Vicious Cycle will be the band's first new studio disc in four years. ... Outlandish electro-collective Fischerspooner will embark on their first North American tour beginning April 8 in Toronto. Touring in support of their major-label debut, #1, the trek will be capped off with an elaborate performance at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival on April 27 in Indio, California. ...

02.25.03

The surviving members of Great White have been subpoenaed to appear for questioning before a Rhode Island grand jury, according to CNN. Criminal charges may be filed in connection with the band's pyrotechnic fire disaster that killed 97 people, including guitarist Ty Longley, during a performance last Thursday at the Station club in West Warwick, Rhode Island. ...

No Doubt had a few surprises up their ever-fashionable sleeves at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York Monday night. The group, which picked up its first Grammy on Sunday for "Hey Baby," was joined by Incubus singer Brandon Boyd and guitarist Mike Einziger on the Police classic "Message in a Bottle." Bush leader Gavin Rossdale then took the stage to duet with his wife, Gwen Stefani, on U2's "The Sweetest Thing." No Doubt plan to take some time off before beginning work on their Rock Steady follow-up. ...

"Real World: Las Vegas" cast member Alton Williams was arrested on Saturday after attempting to punch the manager of a North Carolina bar during a Make-a-Wish Foundation charity event. The incident began when Williams, who was wearing angel wings for the benefit, got into a verbal disagreement with some of the bar's patrons, and then escalated when bouncers and the manager got involved. ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and guitarist John Frusciante will appear on Ziggy Marley's new album, Dragonfly, due April 15. Incubus DJ Chris Kilmore also makes a cameo appearance. ... Cypress Hill, Eric Clapton, Ben Harper and the late Jerry Garcia are just a few of the artists set to appear on a tribute album to reggae legend Peter Tosh, who died in 1986 at the age of 43 when he was shot to death in his home. The Peter Tosh Tribute Album is scheduled for release in December. ...

The Flaming Lips, winners of the Best Rock Instrumental Performance at Sunday's Grammy Awards, are inviting fans to send in bizarre performances and other video footage for a documentary in the works. Further details are available on the band's Web site, www.flaminglips.com. ...

Nelly, Fabolous and Tyrese are among the guests on Brian McKnight's upcoming sixth album, U Turn, due March 25. Carl Thomas and Kirk Franklin also contributed to the follow-up to 2001's Superhero. ... Sevendust are in the studio working on the follow-up to 2001's Animosity, which they hope to release in late summer or early fall. An untitled demo of their progress can be heard at www.newandactive.com. ...

Jesse Harris, the songwriter behind Norah Jones' multiple-Grammy-winning hit, "Don't Know Why," has a summer release planned for The Secret Sun, his fourth album with his band the Ferdinandos. Jones makes an appearance on the album, playing piano and singing on "What Makes You." ... Bright Eyes will hit the road for at least 30 dates beginning April 1 in Boulder, Colorado. So far, the outing is scheduled to wrap May 11 in the band's hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. ...

Pubescent pop star Aaron Carter has been named Celebrity Grand Marshal of the

Krewe of Endymion for the 37th annual New Orleans Mardi Gras parade. The Carter

Family, Kool and the Gang, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited will also be in attendance at the March 1 event. ... If Jay-Z declared "Streets Is Watching," U.K. MC Mike Skinner is giving fans the opportunity to reciprocate in kind. Skinner, a.k.a., the Streets, will embark on a seven-city tour of the U.S., beginning March 11 in Los Angeles and ending March 22 in Miami, to support his hipster-acclaimed LP, Original Pirate Material, released in October. ...