For The Record: Quick News On 50 Cent And Sean Paul, Snoop, Blink-182, Tupac, Bono & More

After a Caribbean tour this spring, Sean Paul will open for 50 Cent on the second leg of the rapper's summer tour. Dates have not been announced, but it is expected to start in mid-July. ...

Jamie Kennedy (under the alias B-Rad) has collaborated with Snoop Dogg for "Girls, Girls," the first single from the soundtrack to Kennedy's "Malibu's Most Wanted." Due April 15, the album also features Mr. Cheeks, Pastor Troy, Butch Cassidy, 504 Boyz, 702, Akia and Choppa, a new rapper on Master P's New No Limit Records. ... Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix has contributed vocals to the self-titled debut from Reach 454, former Sick of It All bassist Richie Cipriano's new band. Jay Baumgardner (Papa Roach, Alien Ant Farm) produced the album, due in June and featuring the single "New Scar." ...

DJ Funkmaster Flex, who spins for Hot 97 in New York, pleaded guilty to a harassment charge in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday and was sentenced to 35 hours of community service. Flex's case stemmed from an incident in September when he was arrested for allegedly punching and choking female radio host Steph Lova, who works for rival station Power 105.1. "The Kingpin," as the turntablist calls himself, was originally charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault, but had the charges dropped down as part of his plea. His troubles are not over, however — Lova has also filed a multimillion-dollar civil suit, which is still pending. ...

Bono and opera legend Luciano Pavarotti will reprise their 1995 concert for Bosnian children with a May 27 show to benefit Iraqi civilians. The event will again take place in Modena, Italy. ... Travis Barker has recorded most of the drums for the new Blink-182 record. "Things are very different as far as sounds of drums, like, big, roomy, crazy parts," he said on the band's Web site. ... Jewel has titled her June 3 electronic music-influenced release 0304. The singer is currently filming a video for the single "Intuition" with director Marc Klasfeld (Sum 41, Vanessa Carlton). ...

The Music Video Production Awards, which give props to video directors, technical people and video production companies, will take place on May 8 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Among the nominees for this year's awards are Chris Robinson, who got five nods, including two in the R&B Video of the Year category for Brandy's "Full Moon" and Erykah Badu's "Love of My Life." David LaChapelle, who helmed Jennifer Lopez's current steamy clip, "I'm Glad," is also up more than once, getting nods for his work on Elton John's "Original Sin" and Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty." ... Testimony continued in the Tommy Lee wrongful death trial on Wednesday, with the mother of the drowned boy telling a Santa Monica, California, court that she thought her son was in good hands with his respective nannies. Ursula Karven repeated that she did not know there would be swimming at the party, and she didn't send along a towel, sun lotion or water wings. Despite their description by Lee's lawyers, she said the nylon shorts her son Daniel was wearing were not swim trunks. Daniel's father James Veres also testified, breaking down in tears when asked if he missed his son. ...

On May 19, Russell Simmons and his ongoing HBO series "Def Poetry Jam" will receive one of this year's George Foster Peabody Awards. The Peabody awards have recognized excellence in radio and TV broadcasting since 1961. This year's ceremony, which will be hosted by Barbara Walters, will air on A&E on May 25. ... Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, presented a $10,000 check this week to Robeson Community College in Lumberton, North Carolina, to establish the Tupac Amaru Foundation's first annual Rosa Bell Williams scholarship, which is named after Pac's grandmother. ...

04.09.03

Good Charlotte are becoming Great Charlotte to animal-rights activists. The group has recruited PETA to hand out anti-vivisection and pro-vegetarian pamphlets to kids leaving the group's shows. They've also borrowed a van from a Minneapolis-area activist to hammer home their message. The vehicle, which will be manned by a PETA volunteer, is equipped with a screen on the side to broadcast footage of abused farm animals. ...

Like he did for Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl is playing the drums on the upcoming album from Killing Joke, another of the Foo Fighters frontman's favorites. Tentatively titled Axis of Evil, the follow-up to 1996's Democracy is being produced by Gang of Four's Andy Gill and is due in June. ... Beck will continue supporting his Sea Change on a summer tour with Dashboard Confessional and the Black Keys. Only the first seven dates have been announced so far, with the outing beginning May 28 in Vienna, Virginia. ...

All the videos by seminal English rock group the Clash will be compiled on "The Essential Clash DVD," which comes out June 10. The package will include the short home movie "Hell W10," which was directed by late vocalist/guitarist Joe Strummer and stars the members of the band. Essential Clash, a double-CD band retrospective, was released last month. ...

Vince Neil pleaded "no contest" via his attorney at the Beverly Hills Superior Court Monday in his misdemeanor battery charge stemming from an altercation with a record producer in April of last year. The judge ordered the Mötley Crüe singer to complete 100 hours of community service, pay restitution for punching Michael Schuman, complete a diversion program and go through a booking process. Neil had faced a maximum of six months in jail and a $2,000 fine. ...

Ricky Martin has set a May 20 release date for Las Almas del Silencio (meaning The Souls of Silence), his first Spanish-language album since 1998's Veulve. Venezuelan songwriter Franco de Vita, who wrote the title track to that album, also wrote the first single from the new LP, "Tal Vez" ("Perhaps"). ...