For The Record: Quick News On Eminem, Britney Spears, Audioslave, System Of A Down, Jermaine Dupri & More

Eminem performed “Lose Yourself,” complete with a cameo from Mekhi Phifer, at the “8 Mile” DVD premiere party on Thursday in Detroit. D12 and Xzibit also performed at the event at St. Andrews Hall. Before the show, 22-year-old Detroit native Marvwon won a nationwide rap battle competition hosted by Proof at the club. …

System of a Down‘s Serj Tankian and Audioslave‘s Tom Morello are taking their Axis of Justice organization to the airwaves with a new radio show on the progressive-politics-minded Los Angeles station KPFK. They recently pre-taped the first three one-hour segments, the first of which will air later this month and feature an interview with filmmaker Michael Moore, who directed System’s latest video and clips for Morello’s former outfit, Rage Against the Machine. Tankian said they also play socially conscious songs throughout the show and generally “talk sh–.” … System’s Michael Moore-directed “Boom!” video and a taped performance of Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell covering Elvis Costello‘s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding” will be unveiled at the One Big No anti-war concert in London on March 15. Faithless, Beth Orton and others will perform. …

Skechers USA has made good on its threat to sue Britney Spears. The footwear company has filed a multi-million dollar fraud and breach-of-contract suit against the singer for allegedly failing to promote the Britney 4 Wheelers line of roller skates and apparel. Britney actually struck first, suing Skechers in December for $1.5 million for using her image to promote and boost sales of other lines of roller skates. “This countersuit is a ludicrous attempt to distract the court and the general public from the real issue,” Michael Friedman, an attorney for Britney Brands, responded in a statement. “Skechers failed to meet their contractual financial obligations to Ms. Spears.” …

Usher, Backstreet BoysBrian Littrell, Jermaine Dupri and other celebrities from Atlanta are belting out their versions of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in a year-long ad campaign for the Atlanta Braves that launches this weekend on TBS. Other possible participants include Ludacris, Tamyra Gray of “American Idol,” D.L. Hughley and Dale Earnhardt Jr.John Mayer will perform at Elton John‘s annual Oscar night gala for his AIDS foundation on March 23 at the Marquee Club in West Hollywood. John will join Mayer, who will release “Why Georgia” as his next single, for “Your Body Is a Wonderland” and a classic of his own. … D’Angelo has settled the civil lawsuit brought against him by a woman who accused the singer of spitting on her during a November 18 traffic confrontation. Terms were not disclosed, but the case was settled on Tuesday, a day before he was due in court for the criminal charges pertaining to the case. D’Angelo was fined $500 on an obstruction of justice charge for the incident. …

Flame-throwing German industrial outfit Rammstein are remixing the track “mOBSCENE” from Marilyn Manson‘s forthcoming album The Golden Age of Grotesque, according to a post on Manson’s Web site. “[It] should be great,” Manson wrote of the collaboration. … Voivod and Sepultura will hit the road together on April 18 in San Francisco. Shows have been scheduled through April 30 in Houston, with more to be announced. Voivod released their self-titled album on March 4 and Sepultura are currently finishing their new disc, Roorback. The Brazilian band is presently without a U.S. label. …

De La Soul, Cake, Concrete Blonde and Bonnie Raitt will perform at the April 20 Earth Day concert We the Planet at Speedway Meadow in San Francisco. Additional performers will be announced soon. … Third Eye Blind have pushed their third album, Out of the Vein (formerly titled Crystal Baller), back to a May 13 release. The band’s collaborations with Andrew W.K. and the Moldy PeachesKimya Dawson will be included, along with the first single “Blinded (When I See You),” but not the previously reported pairing with Fred Durst. …

A pair of metal vets will join Heart‘s backing band on their upcoming Alive in America 2003 Tour. Onetime Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke and ex-Alice in Chains and Ozzy Osbourne bassist Mike Inez will take the stage with Ann and Nancy Wilson starting June 19 in Houston. Shows are scheduled through August 8 in Kelseyville, California. … There probably won’t be too many war protesters at the Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers Tour, which features NRA board member/ beef jerky maker Ted Nugent, along with ZZ Top, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Double Trouble. The trek kicks off April 25 in Bossier City, Louisiana, and ends June 14 in Dallas. …

Toni Braxton‘s next album is due in September on her new label, Blackground Records. A single will precede it in July. … Pre-fab-pop Svengali Lou Pearlman was found in contempt of court this week for ignoring a judge’s order to produce documents relating to royalty payments in a case against him by pubescent singer Aaron Carter. Pearlman was fined $2,500. …

Rapper Fredro Starr, who will star in the upcoming biker flick “Torque” along with Ice Cube, plans to hit the road at the end of this month for a 25-city tour in support of his solo LP Don’t Get Mad, Get Money, due May 20. The album’s first single, “California Girls,” will hit radio soon and a video is in the works. Triggernometry, the next record from Starr’s group Onyx, will drop in the fall. … 311 posted four free MP3s on their Web site on March 11, otherwise known as 311 Day: instrumentals “Space Funk” “Old Funk” and “Cali Soca,” along with the Soundsystem outtake “Seal the Deal.” …

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Justin Timberlake will host CBS’ March 25 Celine Dion special, “Celine in Las Vegas … Opening Night Live,” interviewing celebrities at the premiere of the Dion spectacular and giving a tour of the Caesars Palace facility built for the show. Dion will perform several songs, including her new single, “I Drove All Night.” …

Jennifer Lopez is in negotiations to team up with “Chicago” star Richard Gere in a remake of the 1996 Japanese film “Shall We Dance?” This project joins a host of others in the diva’s already overflowing date book, including “An Unfinished Life” (set to begin next month), female cop movie “Double or Nothing,” Latin female-centered “Dirty Girls,” superhero psychiatrist flick “Shrink” and a proposed “Carmen” remake. Lopez has two films with Ben Affleck in the can already, “Gigli” and “Jersey Girl,” which will both surface later in the year. …

Pink and Hole‘s Eric Erlandson turned up at Cinespace in Hollywood on Tuesday for the premiere of the upcoming music movie “Down and Out With the Dolls.” Sahara Hotnights, Coyote Shivers and the Paper Dolls performed. …

Perhaps Mandy Moore should put in a call to Chelsea Clinton to prepare for “First Daughter,” a romantic comedy in which the pop princess will star as a president’s daughter who gives the Secret Service the slip and takes off for a European road trip. Meanwhile, Moore’s “How to Deal” should hit theaters in July, and she’s already completed “Try Seventeen” (with Elijah Wood) and “Saved.” … Heavy D will reportedly star alongside “Saturday Night Live” veteran Tracy Morgan in a new pilot for NBC. The easygoing rapper, whose real name is Dwight Myers, has appeared in several episodes of “Boston Public.” …

John Mellencamp has made his new anti-war song, “To Washington,” available to download for free on his Web site. The song questions the president’s motives at waging war against Iraq. … Speaking of presidents, the Presidents of the United States of America are playing their first shows outside of Seattle in five years this weekend in Texas. The band, which is re-releasing its self-titled debut this summer with additional new songs, will hit Corpus Christi on Thursday and the South by Southwest festival in Austin on Saturday. …