For The Record: Quick News On Linkin Park, 'NSYNC, 'American Idol,' Biggie, Michelle Branch, Clinic & More

Lots of artists say they support U.S. troops. Linkin Park are putting a foot forward to demonstrate their devotion. A to-be-determined percentage of tickets from all shows on the band's Projekt Revolution Tour will be reserved for military men, women and their families. The passes will be provided free of charge, and will likely be distributed either through a lottery or on a first-come, first served basis. Projekt Revolution launches April 8 in Rochester, New York, and runs through August 30 in Little Rock, Arkansas. ...

A pop star's true best friend is still his dog, even if he does have bladder-control issues. 'NSYNC singer Lance Bass' pooch Jackson had a few problems with "finding the right time to go to the bathroom," so Bass took his dog to Animal Planet's resident pet psychic Sonya Fitzpatrick for a little pet pep talk, with the idea that perhaps she could help Jackson visualize the correct behavior. The "Pet Psychic" episode will air April 21 at 8 p.m. ET on Animal Planet. ...

An "American Idol" video game, in which players create, style and train a singer to compete for Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul, is due in the fall for PlayStation 2 and PC formats. Meanwhile, former real-life contestants, including EJay Day and Vanessa Olivarez, will headline a 21-city "American Idol" mall tour, beginning Saturday. ... The controversial film "Biggie & Tupac" will be released on video and DVD on April 29. The movie was shot by English documentarian Nick Broomfield and chronicles the story of the two friends-turned-bitter-rivals and the events that led to both of their still-unsolved murders. ...

"You Got Served," the "Breakin' "-like hip-hop dance film featuring B2K, has gone into pre-production, according to the producers. Omarion and IMX's Marques Houston (a.k.a. Batman) are handling the lead roles in the movie, formerly titled "Dance." ... Michelle Branch has signed on to open for the Dixie Chicks on the second leg of their summer tour, beginning June 19 in Boston. Joan Osborne will open the first batch of dates, beginning May 1 in Greenville, South Carolina. ...

The Breeders, Sleater-Kinney with the B-52's' Fred Schneider, Cyndi Lauper, Rufus Wainwright, Yo La Tengo with Yoko Ono, and the Bens (Ben Kweller, Ben Folds and Ben Lee) are among the artists slated to pay homage to the transgender cult musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Proceeds from Wig in a Box: Songs From Hedwig and the Angry Inch, due in October, will benefit New York's Hetrick Martin Institute, home to the Harvey Milk High School for gay, lesbian and transgender students. ... Legislation informing parents, schools and employers of the illegality of Internet file-sharing passed unanimously in the California State Assembly Tuesday. House Resolution 5, which condemns online music, movie and software piracy, falls in line with a previously launched awareness campaign by the music and movie industries and is directed at parents, and corporate, governmental and education institutions. ...

Junkie XL, the electronic music mastermind behind last year's remix of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation," will release the double album Radio JXL - A Broadcast From the Computer Hell Cabin on June 2. Public Enemy's Chuck D, Sasha, former Republica singer Saffron, soul legend Solomon Burke, Gary Numan and the late Peter Tosh provide vocals on the collection, which is split into 3 p.m. and 3 a.m. discs. ... Former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon will stage a solo performance, his first full gig since exiting the British pop band, in England on April 18. Blur will release Think Tank, their first album since his departure, on May 6. ...

Ex-MK Ultra drummer Matt Torrey has joined Jets to Brazil, replacing founding member Chris Daly, who split from the group last year. The band is planning a summer tour. ... Speaking of Jets to Brazil, guitarist/ vocalist Blake Schwarzenbach's seminal indie band Jawbreaker are set to get the tribute treatment courtesy of Dying Wish Records. Artists set to cover tunes by the influential band include Sparta, Face to Face, Kill Your Idols, the Reunion Show and over a dozen others. ...

Clinic are working on their third album, Winchester Cathedral, the follow-up to last year's Walking With Thee, set for release later this year. ... Fred Hell, drummer for California "psychobilly" punk trio Tiger Army, is at home resting after being released from the hospital. Hell had been shot four times during a botched home invasion while hanging out at a friend's apartment. ...

Powerman 5000 and Stone Sour will embark on a tour together beginning April 15 in La Crescent, Minnesota. The trek, PM5K's first to support Transform, due May 20, concludes May 29 in New York. ... First he had an unsuccessful one-album run with Mötley Crüe as Vince Neil's replacement when the platinum screamer was out of the fold in the mid-'90s, and now John Corabi is parting ways with Brides of Destruction, Nikki Sixx's new band, before the group even releases a note. "It's amicable," Corabi said in a statement. "We're still friends, I am just really excited about the songs I've been writing and want to get a jump on my solo career." ...  

04.02.03

Justin Timberlake and B2K are among the artists who will perform at Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards on April 12 at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California. A host of other artists are scheduled to appear, including Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini of "American Idol," Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone and Brad Pitt. Rosie O'Donnell will serve as emcee. ...

The charity single due April 15 from the 10 "American Idol" finalists will now be a cover of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA." The group originally recorded "What the World Needs Now Is Love" with Burt Bacharach, but changed the song after the Greenwood hit went over so well on a recent episode of the show. ...

Madonna has collaborated with photographer Steven Klein for a dark and eerie exhibition called X-STaTIC PRo=CeSS, which opened Thursday and will run for six weeks in New York. The multimedia exhibit features three video works and two photographic animations created by the two. In one installation, Madonna is heard reading excerpts from the book of Revelation, accompanied by images of a burning wedding dress and herself as a masked beast. Klein's previous works have been featured in Calvin Klein, Versace and Gucci ads and on the covers of W and Vogue magazines. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Saturday at Deitch Projects in Manhattan, and is free. ...

The fourth annual Latin Grammy Awards will return to Miami this year, according to the Latin Recording Academy. The show is set for September 3 at the American Airlines Arena and will air on CBS. ... R&B singer Angie Stone will join the Broadway production of "Chicago" on April 14. She will take over the role of Matron "Mama" Morton, the character Queen Latifah portrayed in the Academy Award-winning movie version of the Bob Fosse musical. ...

Toni Braxton gave birth to her second son, Diezel Ky Braxton Lewis, on March 30 at an Atlanta area hospital. She and her husband, Keri Lewis, had their first child, Denim, last year. ... The HBO show "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry" will begin its third season April 4 with a performance by Jill Scott. Six other new episodes will follow. ...

The Dead, the reunited surviving members of the Grateful Dead, are launching a summer tour, which will kick off June 15 at the second annual Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. A first leg of the Dead Summer Getaway will go through July, followed by a second leg running through August. ... Metal band Nothingface vacated their tour opening for Ministry after only two dates. The bandmembers decided to bail after the March 29 show in Phoenix because they wanted to play headline sets to their own fans instead of playing second fiddle to a bigger band, said their publicist. Nothingface will begin their own tour soon and will play on the second stage at this year's Ozzfest. Nothingface's new record, Skeletons, comes out April 22. Ministry will remain on tour through May 24 in Somerset, Wisconsin. ...

Once the Hives, Soundtrack of Our Lives, Sahara Hotnights and other Swedish rockers became trendy, it was only a matter of time. Agnetha Faltskog is coming back. The former ABBA vocalist is working on her first album in 16 years, reported Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. Vocals for the record, which is scheduled for release next winter, will be in English. Faltskog's last record was 1987's I Stand Alone. ... If your favorite compilation album is Freedom Rock, you'll be ecstatic to find that Journey, Styx and REO Speedwagon are hitting the road together this spring for three months. The '80s radio dream bill, called Classic Rock's Main Event, runs through July 9 in Uniondale, New York. ...