For The Record: Quick News On 50 Cent, J. Lo And Bono, Al Gore And Dixie Chicks, Rosco P. Coldchain & More

It's "green for the money, gold for the honey," according to Bishop Don "Magic" Juan on the new remix to 50 Cent's "P.I.M.P." Besides an additional verse from 50, Don Juan's main man Snoop Dogg appears on the track, rapping "I drive a Cadillac, wear a perm 'cause I'm G./ And I'm a C.R.I.P." Meanwhile, 50's new DVD, "New Breed," has a new release date of April 15. ... The Neptunes' latest protégé, Rosco P. Coldchain, has joined the lineup for 50 Cent's upcoming tour, kicking off April 1 in Denver. Coldchain will be promoting his debut, Hazardous Life, due in the summer. ...

Jennifer Lopez and Bono have apparently recorded a song together. Spokespeople for both artists had no comment, but J. Lo mentioned the collaboration during a chat on her Web site and said the duo were waiting for the right time to release it. Lopez also said she would like to join Craig David in the studio. ... A Perfect Circle have been tapped to replace Queens of the Stone Age on a handful of dates on this summer's Lollapalooza Tour. The Queens were forced to withdraw to honor overseas touring commitments. A Perfect Circle's first scheduled performances with ex-Marilyn Manson bassist Twiggy Ramirez, who replaced Paz Lenchantin when she left to join Zwan, will take place August 15 in Phoenix; August 17 in Chula Vista, California; August 19 in Mountain View, California; and August 21 in Salt Lake City. ...

"What the World Needs Now Is Love," recorded by the 10 finalists from the second season of "American Idol," will be released on April 15 as a charity single, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Red Cross. Burt Bacharach, who wrote the song, a Jackie DeShannon hit in 1965, produced the sessions. Meanwhile, American Idol Season 2: All the Classic American Love Songs, is due April 29. ... On Wednesday, Jay-Z will be awarded the Joseph Papp Racial Harmony Award by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding for the rapper's "commitment and dedication to the strengthening of Black/Jewish relations." Russell Simmons serves as secretary on the board of the nonprofit foundation. ...

Ashanti and Limp Bizkit repped for R&B and rock at Wrestlemania XIX on Sunday, but there was no hip-hop presence. That's because Jay-Z and Fabolous were scared, according to rhyming wrestler John Cena. Before the pay-per-view event started, the grumpy grappler did a freestyle on WWE program "Sunday Night Heat" where he said that he could out-rap the Jiggaman and claimed Fab pulled out of their scheduled rap-off battle after listening to his skill in a rehearsal. ...

Al Gore told the Nashville Tennessean the harsh response to the Dixie Chicks' negative comments about President Bush threatens free speech. "Our democracy has taken a hit," he said, and the Chicks have been "made to feel un-American and risked economic retaliation." Meanwhile, the Marshall Tucker Band will headline an anti-Dixie Chicks concert May 1 in Greenville, South Carolina. ... Evanescence, whose single "Bring Me to Life" is #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock Singles chart, will kick off a headlining tour on April 12 in Nashville. Depswa, Revis and Die Trying are opening on the trek, which continues through May. ...

Even after all the sleaze in the Mötley Crüe biography "The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band," there's still more dirt to tell. So claims drummer Tommy Lee, who is writing his own autobiography with Lonn Friend. The tome, titled "Misunderstood," is tentatively scheduled for release in November 2004. ... Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, Yes skin-basher Alan White and Heart timekeeper Michael Derosier drummed up a novel way to land in the "Guinness Book of World Records" and raise money to battle polio at the same time. On March 29, the players took part in a simultaneous 266-man drum session directed by Seattle Symphony conductor Gerald Schwartz at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Tacoma, Washington. The previous record for simultaneous drumming was 120. The event, which featured six minutes of pounding, brought in more than $20,000 for Rotary International's Polio Plus program. ...

He feels good, and he wants the troops to feel good, too. Godfather of soul James Brown is doing his part to boost morale by giving 400 military personnel free tickets to his concert on Saturday in Houston. ... For those who've grown tired of predictable benefit concerts — such as the ones that donate to disease research, crisis centers or victim funds — Bonnie Raitt, John Mayer, Danny O'Keefe and others will take part in a benefit to educate people to purchase organic, shade-grown and fair-trade coffee in order to preserve the habitats of migratory songbirds. The Songbird Foundation concert will be held April 26 at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston. ...

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Having wrapped up her Murder Inc. tour in Australia, Ashanti is now in Miami finishing up her next album, Chapter 2, which is due for release on July 1. The first single, "Rock With You (Aww Baby)" will come in late April. ... Meanwhile, she's slated to appear at this Sunday's WWE Wrestlemania XIX, singing a rendition of "America the Beautiful" to kick off the pay-per-view event. The addition comes as the WWE announced that Fabolous, who was to have performed, has dropped out. ...

"From Justin to Kelly," the upcoming musical staring "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Justin Guarini, has been pushed back from April 25 to June 13. Guarini's album will be released around the time of the movie, while Clarkson's self-titled debut is due April 15. ... Linkin Park fans can now buy limited-edition Linkin Park DC Shoes, but only if they first buy the band's new album, Meteora. To take advantage of the promotion, consumers insert the disc into their computer and access a hidden link that allows them to buy the shoes for $59.95. ...

Avril Lavigne recorded a cover of Bob Dylan's classic "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" for Peace Songs, a various-artists compilation to benefit War Child Canada, an extension of the War Child organization, which helps children affected by war. The album, also featuring contributions from Michelle Branch, Moby, and Our Lady Peace, as well as an exclusive track from Paul McCartney, is due April 15 in Canada. A U.S. release date is being planned for May. ...

Though Robert Trujillo came onboard too late to play on the new album, Metallica fans will have a chance to see the group's new bassist in action when St. Anger hits stores this summer. Director Wayne Isham, who has collaborated with the metal giants on several videos, will capture Metallica playing all 11 album tracks live in their rehearsal space for a DVD that will be packaged with the new CD. "Wayne and his crew captured the awesome vibe and [six of the] thunderous new tunes," reads a statement on the band's Web site. "The next five songs for the DVD will be shot soon." ... "Minerva," the first single from the Deftones' eponymous new album, due May 20, is expected to surface at radio beginning April 22. A video will be shot in the California desert on Tuesday. ...

The Roc was in the building! Jay-Z, Dame Dash, Freeway and Chris of the Young Guns held an autograph-signing session in New York's Bloomingdale's on Thursday to promote Rocawear's new spring line. Meanwhile, Roc-A-Fella family member Memphis Bleek just released the first single from his upcoming album, M.A.D.E., to radio. The track is called "Everything's a Go" and features the Jiggaman. ... Beyoncé Knowles, Busta Rhymes, Queen Latifah, Foxy Brown and Stevie Wonder make guest appearances on the new record from Luther Vandross, due June 17. Vandross will promote the self-produced album, titled Dance With My Father, with a four-night stint at the Westbury Music Fair in Long Island, New York. ... LL Cool J was honored as one of the Entertainers of the Year Thursday night in Washington, D.C. by the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB). Other honorees included Diana Ross and Muhammad Ali, who both received Lifetime Achievement Awards. ...

Neil Young has completed work on a new studio album that features Crazy Horse bassist Billy Talbot and drummer Ralph Molina. A publicist at Warner Bros. said the record will be out before the end of the year, but there's no scheduled release date. In addition, Young will tour with Crazy Horse this summer starting June 8 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Four dates have been scheduled, including the Bonnaroo Festival, which takes place June 13 to 15 in Manchester, Tennessee. ... Next week, Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde will perform the national anthem at an L.A. Kings hockey game with his band Black Label Society, who will drop their next album, The Blessed Hellride, on April 22. Zakk will make an appearance on the April 16th episode of the WB "Buffy" spin-off series "Angel," according to the bearded axeman's Web site. ...

The band that can't get no satisfaction is hoping they won't get the deadly mystery flu, either. The Rolling Stones have canceled two scheduled appearances in China, one in Shanghai on April 1 and another in Beijing on April 4, due to concern about the recent SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in Asia. "We are very sad and disappointed not to be able to do these concerts," Mick Jagger said in a statement. "We have been looking forward to the shows in China for so long and will reschedule them as soon as possible." ... Iced Earth guitarist Larry Tarnowski has quit the band to go back to school. Various undetermined players will guest for the solos on the band's new record Glorious Burden, which is tentatively scheduled for release this fall. ...