For The Record: Quick News On R. Kelly, B2K, Iggy And The Stooges, Clipse, White Stripes, Flaming Lips & More

Ginuwine has even more people to yell “Hell Yeah” with. For the remix of his current single, Gin teams with the song’s writer and producer, R. “The Pied Piper of R&B” Kelly, Baby and the Clipse. …

B2K will play the Temptations and sing “My Girl” in an episode of “American Dreams” filming this week in Los Angeles. Duncan Sheik and Vivian Green are also slated for appearances on the NBC drama, which has featured Vanessa Carlton, Nick Carter and others since it debuted last fall. …

Detroit punk legend Iggy Pop will reunite with his Stooges bandmates Ron and Scott Asheton and for the first time in 28 years onstage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 27. The group will presumably play Iggy and the Stooges tunes, as well as a sample from the four songs the trio cut for Pop’s upcoming solo LP, due this summer. Taking over the bass role for David Alexander, who died in 1975, will be former Minutemen/ Firehose bassist Mike Watt. Sweden’s the Hives have also been added to the two-day festival, headlined by the Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers. … A year after it launched, indie label Sub Pop Records released Nirvana‘s debut, Bleach, and the rest, as they say, is history. Brush up on your knowledge of the Seattle imprint’s chronology with Terminal Sales, a retrospective of the label’s legacy from 1988-2003, due June 3. The double-disc set will include tracks from Kurt Cobain and company, Sebadoh, the Shins, Soundgarden, Sunny Day Real Estate, the White Stripes and Bright Eyes, many of which have never before been released on CD and/or were featured in the Sub Pop Singles Club. …

The Flaming Lips, who surprised fans by performing with Justin Timberlake recently, are continuing their pop aspirations, covering Kylie Minogue‘s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” (a live favorite for the band) for an EP due April 22. Fight Test will also feature a cover of Radiohead‘s “Knives Out,” a live performance of Beck‘s “The Golden Age” with the singer, a remix of “Do You Realize??” and two new tracks, “The Strange Design of Conscience” and “Thank You Jack White (For the Fiber-Optic Jesus That You Gave Me),” an ode to the White Stripes frontman. … If the rumors of friction in the supergroup were true, apparently Gerald Levert, Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill have set aside their differences long enough to record another LSG album. The trio’s follow-up to their 1997 self-titled LP is due in June. The first single, “Just Friends,” samples Whodini‘s classic “Friends” and features Loon. …

Currently on the SnoCore Rock tour through March 25, El Paso’s Sparta will gear up for their two-week opening slot (April 19-May 3) on Pearl Jam‘s North American tour by priming crowds for Bad Religion from April 4 in San Bernardino, California, to April 13 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The band, composed of three former members of At the Drive-In, continues to support last year’s Wiretap Scars. … The Goo Goo Dolls and Hootie and the Blowfish have been added to the Dale Earnhardt tribute concert on June 28 at Daytona International Speedway. Sheryl Crow and several country bands are also performing at the concert, the first non-racing event to be held at the legendary speedway. …

Teemu “Somnium” Raimoranta, the guitarist for death metal bands Impaled Nazarene and Finntroll, died March 16 in Finland. He was 25. A post on the Finntroll Web Site said, “This is an extremely heavy blow for us. We hope the fans and public won’t speculate. More information will be available when things calm down.” … Frost, the drummer for Norwegian black metal band Satyricon, broke a bone in his foot during soundcheck in Milan, Italy, on March 12, but that didn’t stop him from taking the stage that night. He also performed the band’s next show two days later in Treviso. “Frost was in excruciating pain during our show,” said a note on the band’s Web site. “But he played remarkably well despite his break.” …

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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-FM. They recently taped the first three one-hour segments, the first of which will air later this month and will 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 multimillion-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 yearlong 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. … Prefab-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.” …