For The Record: Quick News On 50 Cent, J. Lo, Justin Timberlake, Zwan, Madonna, Ozzy, Sheryl Crow & More

Is there any rapper out there with enough street cred to share a stage with 50 Cent? Yes, in fact, there are two of them. Starting April 1 in Denver, 50 Cent will be joined by opening act the Clipse on the Get Rich or Die Tryin’ tour. But before Malice and Pusha-T head out on the road with 50, they’ll be shooting the video for their next single, “Hot Damn” (formerly titled “Cot Damn”) with director Benny Boom. …

Those who’ve been wondering what to call music nowadays will be relieved to know that the 12th installment of Now That’s What I Call Music! hits stores March 25. The disc features singles by Jay-Z, B2K, Jennifer Lopez, LL Cool J, Nelly, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Aaliyah, Vanessa Carlton, Chevelle and others. …

Rob Zombie is previewing his line of “House of 1,000 Corpses” swimwear on his Web site, modeled by Zombie’s very own living dead girl, Sheri Moon, his girlfriend and an actress in the film, due April 11. The ensemble consists of a black tank-style top with “1000 Corpses” written on it in blood red, and string bikini bottoms with a skull on the crotch. … Staind have titled their upcoming third album 14 Shades of Grey. Due May 6, the follow-up to 2001′s Break the Cycle was again produced by Josh Abraham (Limp Bizkit). …

Madonna has revealed the track list for her new record, American Life, due April 22: “American Life,” “Hollywood,” “I’m So Stupid,” “Love Profusion,” “Nobody Knows Me,” “Nothing Fails,” “Intervention,” “The Process,” “Mother and Father,” “Die Another Day” and “Easy Ride.” … When Ozzy warms up for this summer’s Ozzfest trek with a couple of dates in the Great White North, he’ll be taking along metal vets Voivod, who now feature ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, with him. The eight-date outing takes off June 1 in Vancouver and runs through June 16 in Quebec City. Ozzfest 2003 begins July 28 in Selma, Texas. …

Zwan have announced additional dates for their upcoming U.S. tour, which begins March 20 in Minneapolis. The trek has been extended to wrap up April 22 in San Francisco. … Meanwhile, the band’s Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin will perform at the fifth annual Waltz benefit for programs for homeless youth on March 8 at the Metro in their hometown of Chicago. Inspired by the Last Waltz farewell concert for the Band, the concert will also feature Local H‘s Scott Lucas, Mavis Staples, Ian Hunter, David Johansen, Graham Parker and Neko Case. …

Sheryl Crow has teamed up with caffeine-peddlers Starbucks to put together the latest in the chain’s compilation series titled Artist’s Choice. The album comprises Crow’s favorite tracks, including songs by the Pretenders, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Ryan Adams, James Taylor, Bob Dylan and Elton John. The compilation, which will feature liner notes taken from an interview with Crow, will be available at select Starbucks locations beginning April 23. …

Meshuggah and Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo‘s side project Superjoint Ritual have been added to this year’s New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which will rock the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts, on May 16 and 17. Other additions include the Haunted, Suffocation and Lamb of God. … Metal band Chimaira met with misfortune earlier this week when the Los Angeles studio where they were about to shoot the video for their upcoming single “Down Again” caught fire. The video was to feature the band playing inside a giant mass of gauze, but before shooting could begin, the gauze ignited and the flames quickly spread through the room, causing considerable damage to the home studio of director Paul Brown, who has previously worked with Coal Chamber. No one was injured, and firefighters were able to contain the conflagration before it spread to other rooms in the building. …

03.05.03

Fabolous had the right to say “It’s My Party” on Tuesday night. The rapper held a shindig at New York’s club Metronome, where such luminaries as Ginuwine and DJ Clue were on hand, to celebrate the release of his new album, Street Dreams. … Meanwhile, across town at posh club Lobby, Lil’ Kim was having a fiesta for the release of her new LP, La Bella Mafia. Mobb Deep‘s Prodigy and Craig Mack were among those in attendance. …

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have added two more shows, on August 28 and 29, to their summer stint at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium. This brings the total number of concerts at the venue to nine; the first show is on July 15. …

Nelly is planning on buying into a Craftsman Truck team starting at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on March 14, according to the Associated Press. The NASCAR truck will be rocking a new paint scheme and will feature Nelly’s Vokal clothing label logo. …

The X-ecutioners are set to release a new mixtape, titled Scratchology, on April 8. The New York turntable group’s compilation will include tracks from Grandmaster Flash, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, DJ Q-Bert and others. …

Who vocalist Roger Daltrey will be making a cameo on Anthrax‘s first album in half a decade. Daltrey is featured on a song called “Taking the Music Back.” The album, entitled We’ve Come for You All, hits stores on May 6. … Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan will embark on a North American tour on July 18 in support of his debut solo album, Paper Monsters, due June 3. More details on the trek are expected soon. The album’s first single, “Dirty Sticky Floors,” will surface in late May. …