For The Record: Quick News On Avril Lavigne, Nick Carter, White Stripes And Loretta Lynn, Britney Spears, Zwan & More

Avril Lavigne has donated a signed drum used in her performance at this year’s Brit Awards to an auction raising money for a 5-year-old British boy fighting cancer. The Barnet & Potters Bar Times newspaper (www.barnettimes.co.uk) is organizing the auction. …

Want to get your hands on an unreleased Nick Carter song? You might have to sift through a lot of cereal to find “Don’t Walk Away” — it’s on one of four CDs included in boxes of General Mills brands such as Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Cocoa Puffs, Trix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Lucky Charms. As part of Nickelodeon’s upcoming Kids Choice 2003 Awards (airing April 12), the cereal brand — a title sponsor of the awards — is offering a four-CD collection of pop hits from such past performers as the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, ‘NSYNC, and Nick and Aaron Carter. Look for the specially marked boxes to hit grocery stores soon. …

The White Stripes have announced the opening acts for their upcoming U.S. tour. Not so unexpected are the Whirlwind Heat, signed to Jack White‘s label Third Man Records, but warranting a “say WHAT?” is the warm-up act for the April 19 New York show: legendary country singer Loretta Lynn. … Before Dashboard Confessional‘s A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar hits stores in July, Chris Carrabba‘s group will re-release its 2000 debut, The Swiss Army Romance, with two bonus tracks: “Hold On” and “This Is a Forgery.” Dashboard will promote the re-release, due April 22, with 10 New York and Los Angeles shows beginning May 14 at S.O.B.’s in the Big Apple. …

Zwan are planning a return to the studio in the fall to record some of Billy Corgan‘s acoustic songs for an album due early next year under the moniker Djali Zwan. The sessions will be documented for a DVD. … Tommy Lee will play a kingpin on the April 4 episode of the Fox series “Fastlane.” Supermodel Naomi Campbell will play a porn distributor in the same show. …

“None more black” is how much darker an upcoming Danzig-led multi-band tour can get. The Blackest of the Black Tour, which also features Opeth, Superjoint Ritual, Behemoth, Nile and Lacuna Coil, has only two confirmed dates — May 2 in Phoenix and May 3 in Los Angeles — though additional shows are promised. When Danzig take the stage for their headlining slot, they’ll be with a new bassist. Howie Pyro, (formerly of D Generation) has been replaced by Jerry Montano. … CKY have canceled the 10 remaining dates of a headlining tour after guitarist Chad I Ginsburg broke his tailbone on Tuesday and was ordered to rest for four weeks. Ginsburg was about to sign autographs for fans when he slipped down stairs at the House of Blues in Chicago. …

Joey Fatone is not the only Jive Records artist recording a comedy album: Weird Al Yankovic has signed with the label and will release the follow-up to 1999′s Running With Scissors on May 20. Meanwhile, the singer of such classics as “Amish Paradise” and “It’s All About the Pentiums” will appear on the April 6 episode of “The Simpsons.” … Ministry drummer Tia Sprocket has left the band and been replaced by Rey Washam, who played on the last three Ministry studio albums and the band’s last two tours, but who originally didn’t want to tour this year. Ministry’s trek will begin March 28 in Tucson, Arizona, and will finish up May 25 in Somerset, Wisconsin. …

The Birmingham, Alabama, city council has denied Widespread Panic a permit to perform two concerts there in May. Authorities arrested hundreds (mostly on drug charges) and one fan overdosed on ecstasy when the jam band performed near the city a year ago. … Television producer Chuck Barris, whose 1982 memoir was made into the movie “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” will fulfill his lifelong dream of releasing an album when Confessions of a Dangerous Singer is released on April 8. Barris, whose first success in entertainment was writing the 1962 Freddy Cannon hit “Palisades Park,” recorded standards and his own songs for the album. ……

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Karen of “Will & Grace” will have met her match when Madonna makes her small-screen debut as a guest star on an upcoming episode of the comedy, which she just shot in Los Angeles, according to an NBC spokesperson. Madonna’s character, Liz, rocks Karen’s world as her new roommate, who happily shares many of her eccentricities, including her taste in men. The high-maintenance Liz also shares many of Madonna’s attributes — including her love of music — as she works as a manager of a CD distribution center which specializes in “Hits of the ’80s”-type compilations. Madonna was joined on the set by her gal pal Sandra Bernhard. The episode, called “Dolls & Dolls,” airs April 24 at 9 p.m. …

In an attraction that has just been added to the WWE’s Wrestlemania XIX on Sunday, Brooklyn, New York’s Fabolous will square off against 240-pound Boston wrestler John Cena. Fab hasn’t gone totally crazy — he won’t be fighting in the ring. Instead, the platinum MC will be defending the honor of hip-hop. He accepted Cena’s open challenge for a rap-off. … Cam’ron and the Diplomats celebrated Big Willie style in their hometown of Harlem on Tuesday. Besides standing on parked cars and throwing out money to their fans on 125th Street, the trio signed autographs at the uptown HMV and held their album-release party at club Sessa. Keith Murray, Drag-On, Dame Dash, Noreaga and Cam’s “Paid in Full” co-star Wood Harris were among those in attendance. …  

Kelly Rowland and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are the latest artists to cancel their European tours for fear of traveling while war is being waged in the Middle East. Rowland’s spokesperson said the State Department suggested postponing her dates, while a statement on Petty’s Web site says the decision was made after consultation with European promoters. … Add Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong to the list of musicians who have recorded anti-war songs. The acoustic “Life During Wartime,” which includes the lyric “A real war to fight against/ Instead of our petty disagreements/ How can I rationalize my life during wartime?,” is available on www.greenday.com. … Sonic Youth‘s Thurston Moore has launched www.protest-records.com, a site specifically designed to give away music protesting the U.S.-led military action in Iraq. To date, the site boasts tracks from the Beastie Boys and Cat Power, among others. …

Good Charlotte‘s Benji Madden appears on “Jump Around,” the first single from reggae punk band Morgan Heritage‘s Three in One, due April 29. Madden met the band, which features the five children of reggae singer Denroy Morgan, on last year’s Warped Tour. Morgan Heritage are promoting their sixth album, which was produced by Bobby Digital (Beenie Man, Bounty Killer), with a headlining tour kicking off April 10 in Philadelphia. … Pop newcomer Stacie Orrico will sing the Angels‘ 1963 #1 single “My Boyfriend’s Back” on an upcoming episode of the NBC drama “American Dreams.” Orrico’s latest self-titled album, which includes the “TRL” hit “Stuck,” was released Tuesday. …

Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society will support their new album, The Blessed Hellride, due April 22, with a two-week trek beginning Friday in Sacramento. … Oasis‘s Liam Gallagher, along with Paul Weller and Hope Sandoval, have contributed guest vocals to the third album from British electronic duo Death in Vegas. Titled Scorpio Rising, the album is due June 17 and features a cover of Gene Clark‘s “So You Say You Lost Your Baby.” … Third Eye Blind will launch a 20-date tour of small clubs April 7 in Toledo, Ohio. Shows will run through May 12 in State College, Pennsylvania. The band’s new album, Out of the Vein, comes out May 13. …