For The Record: Quick News On Avril Lavigne, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Eminem, Kelly Osbourne & More

Avril Lavigne will release “Losing Grip” as the next single from her multi-platinum debut, Let Go. Liz Friedlander (Michelle Branch, U2) shot the performance video at the Angel Orensanz Synagogue in New York earlier this week. … Christina Aguilera will follow-up “Beautiful” with “Fighter.” The video will premiere on MTV’s “Making the Video” in late March. …

The family of late Great White guitarist Ty Longley, who died in the Rhode Island rock club inferno that killed 97, has scheduled a memorial tribute concert for their son. The event will take place March 2 and 3:30 p.m. at the Yankee Lake Ballroom in Brookfield, Ohio. Local bands will play, and the public is invited to attend. The event will follow a 2 p.m. memorial service at the Cornerhouse Christian Church in Hubbard, Ohio. …

The Britney Spears Foundation is co-hosting the Rally Against Cancer with Summit Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on March 2. Spears and her family will attend the event, which aims to promote cancer prevention and awareness. … While her dad is off on the eighth Ozzfest, Kelly Osbourne will spend the summer touring with Robbie Williams. Dates will be announced soon. …

Director Paul Hunter recently explained why his video for Eminem‘s “Superman” will only be released on the “8 Mile” DVD. “He is laying next to about 100 girls like totally, totally naked, so we pushed [the boundaries],” he said. …

The B-side to the new Queens of the Stone Age single “Go With the Flow” will be a remix of the band’s “No One Knows” by U.N.K.L.E. Josh Homme repaid the duo of James Lavelle and DJ Shadow by singing on their upcoming album. … The Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline a 10-hour music marathon at Slane Castle, Ireland’s largest outdoor concert venue, on August 23. Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and PJ Harvey are also scheduled to perform. …

Hip-hop’s political radicals Dead Prez will release their new album, Revolutionary But Gangsta (RBG), on May 20. The first single, which is self-produced (as is much of the album), will be the anti-radio rant “Radio Freq.” RBG is the follow-up to the group’s 2002 independent release Turn Off the Radio: The Mixtape, Volume 1.

Jeff Buckley‘s mother, Mary Guibert, said on the late singer’s Web site that recordings from Cafe Sin-e in New York are being complied for a double live CD. “(The sessions) contain some of the most amazing renditions of cover tunes the world has ever heard,” she wrote. … The Cure have signed a three-album deal with the ARTISTdirect Records imprint, I Am. In July, the band plans to enter a London studio to begin work on its 14th studio album. Ross Robinson is to produce the as-yet-untitled LP. …

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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 NasGod’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. …