For The Record: Quick News On T.A.T.U., Fabolous, Ashanti And Ja Rule, Disturbed, Mondo Generator & More

T.A.T.U. will collaborate with flame-throwing German industrial metal outfit Rammstein on a “most unpredicted project,” according to a statement on the pop duo’s Russian-language official Web site. “T.A.T.U.’s producer, Ivan Shapovalov, and Rammstein’s management are now discussing the details,” reads an English translation on a T.A.T.U. fan site. …

Fabolous has recorded rhymes for a remix to B2K‘s latest hit, “Girlfriend.” R. Kelly wrote the track. … Ashanti has made her concert in Huntington Station, New York, on Thursday free for family members of those serving overseas in the U.S. military. Ja Rule and Redman have also joined the bill, a homecoming of sorts for Ashanti, who calls nearby Glen Cove home. …

Portions of the Music as a Weapon 2 Tour, which began March 6, are being recorded for two live albums. One, from tour headliners Disturbed, will feature the previously unreleased tune “Dehumanized,” while the second will be a compilation of live cuts from fellow aural assaulters Taproot, Chevelle and Unloco. No release dates have been set. … Santana and Moby are the latest artists to call off shows in Hong Kong out of concern for the mysterious and deadly virus SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Moby’s shows in Singapore on Tuesday and Hong Kong on Thursday were postponed indefinitely, and Santana’s Hong Kong gig on April 11 was moved to Osaka, Japan. Last week, the Rolling Stones canceled two Hong Kong shows because of the disease, 1600 cases of which have been reported worldwide — 60 have died. …

A second Bonnaroo festival for 2003 has been set for August 8-10 at Calverton Enterprise Park in Riverhead, New York. This marks the second year for the eclectic three-day music and camping event. Eighty thousand tickets for the first incarnation, held June 13-15 in Manchester, Tennessee, and featuring Neil Young, the Flaming Lips, Ben Kweller and My Morning Jacket, among others, sold out exclusively through www.bonnaroo.com in just 18 days, topping last year’s mark of 70,000 tickets in 19 days. A lineup for Bonnaroo NE has yet to be announced. … Mondo Generator, the side project featuring Queens of the Stone Age‘s Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri, are slated to drop their second album, A Drug Problem That Never Existed, in July. For a preview, check them out on tour with labelmates Tomahawk and the Melvins April 28 in San Diego, April 29 in Anaheim, California; and April 30 in Las Vegas. …

The man who once sang as about a rat feasting upon a “tender” cat could take you to dinner. The WWE and Lion’s Gate Films are offering a chance to win a date with Rob Zombie through a promotional contest being staged in support of Zombie’s “House of 1000 Corpses” film. Details can be found at the World Wrestling Entertainment Web site, wwe.com. … The Vans Warped Tour and the Take Action! Tour, along with the National Hopeline Network, have teamed up to present “Kevin Says …Take Action!” on this summer’s Warped Tour. Named for Warped promoter Kevin Lyman, the area, which will promote activism and be located in the vending booths, will provide information on various nonprofit organizations and feature participation from some artists. The annual Take Action! Tours, a product of indie imprint Sub City (subcity.net), has featured such bands as Jimmy Eat World and Alkaline Trio since its inaugural run in 1999. The Hopeline Network is a suicide prevention hotline (1-800-SUICIDE). …

Kittie and producer Garth Richardson filed suit against the band’s label, Artemis Records, Monday, claiming the Canadian metal band is owed nearly $900,000 in royalties and other compensation, while Richardson is due more than $120,000. An Artemis spokesperson said the label had not yet received the complaint, and therefore had no comment on it. … On June 6, art rockers Clem Snide will release Soft Spot, the follow-up to their third album, The Ghost of Fashion. Joe Chiccarelli (Elton John, Rufus Wainwright) produced the record. …

Sometimes staggering obstacles can open up new paths. Beleaguered R&B icon Diana Ross has taken her recent failed marriage, filmed drunk-driving arrest and unsuccessful Supremes reunion tour as an opportunity to write a new book. “Upside Down: Wrong Turns, Right Turns and the Road Ahead” will come out this spring. … The organizer of British summer event the Glastonbury Festival has made a heated plea for partygoers not to pee in the bushes, ditches or river that flows through the site. “Urine is a huge pollutant and kills fishes,” event coordinator Michael Eavis told www.efestivals.co.uk. The sold-out celebration, which takes place June 27-29, will feature additional porto-potties and security to try to flush away the urine problem. A lineup for the event has not yet been announced. …

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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. …