For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, P. Diddy, R. Kelly, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Oprah Winfrey & More

Britney Spears, Kate Hudson, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Courtney Cox are among the stars whose companies will executive produce a handful of original TV movies through a new deal with ABC. It is possible that any of them could make cameo appearances in the flicks, most of which are said to be romantic comedies, according to the Hollywood trade paper Variety. …

Now you don’t have to worry about spending half your paycheck on bottles of Cristal and throwback jerseys to live like Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. Puffy’s marketing company, Blue Flame, announced on Monday that once he finds a publisher, Diddy is coming out with his own video game where players will get to try and build their own entertainment empire. P.D. will lend his likeness and is producing new music for the game. … R. Kelly has been forced to add $250,000 to the cost of filming his video for “Snake.” Illinois courts recently gave Kelly permission to travel to California to shoot the clip, but the hitmaker had to post extra money to his bail. Kelly, who leaves April 27 for the trip, plans to stay in California for one week, and must check in daily with a probation officer per the conditions of his bond. “Snake,” which is tentatively scheduled to be filmed from May 1-4, will mark the second time the R. goes in front of the camera in a matter of weeks — he is slated to film the video for “A Soldier’s Heart” in Chicago this weekend. …

Mariah Carey is in talks to become a DJ on the new Blink 102.7 in New York. Previously known as WNEW-FM, the station relaunched last week. The new format will feature a morning team of “Entertainment Tonight” correspondents Chris Booker and Linda Lopez, sister of Jennifer Lopez. Mariah hopes to join the station with a pre-recorded weekly show, in which she could take calls from listeners. … Alicia Keys‘ second album has been bumped back to November. … Q-Tip, Joe Satriani, and Glenn Lewis and Amel Larrieux (singing a cover of Robert Flack and Donny Hathaway‘s “Where Is the Love”) are among the guests on 1, 2, to the Bass, jazz bassist Stanley Clarke‘s new album, due Tuesday (April 15). Oprah Winfrey also appears on the album, reciting a Maya Angelou poem over music composed by Clarke and Quincy Jones. …

After decades in the music industry, Aretha Franklin has announced that she has one last tour left in her. The trek is still months away, and will come in advance of her next album of all new music, due this fall. In May, the Queen of Soul will be auditioning dancers in Detroit, but she already knows where her clothes for the tour will come from. Singer Luther Vandross, along with famed fashion gurus Valentino, Halston, Donna Karan and Bill Blass will be designing her outfits. … In a special promotion for “Drumline,” which is due on video Tuesday (April 15), drummers Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Chad Sexton (311), Greg Upchurch (Puddle of Mudd), Nisan Stewart (Missy Elliott) and others will perform on “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn” on April 24. The drummers will march through the audience and perform onstage. …

Faith Hill hopes to join Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, and the brother-and-sister team of John and Joan Cusack in the upcoming remake of the 1975 doomed housewife flick “The Stepford Wives.” The country crooner is currently in negotiations for the movie, which will mark her feature film debut. … Jessica Simpson has some adventures in babysitting during her upcoming episode of “The Twilight Zone.” She stars as a sitter who makes the uncomfortable discovery that the lifelike doll collection belonging to her charge may be responsible for the disappearance of previous nannies. The episode airs April 23 at 9 p.m. on UPN. …

Which one of the Hills has the best team behind them? Injured Orlando Magic all-star forward Grant Hill can boast about being on the same squad with Tracy McGrady, but his wife Tamia, doesn’t run with any slouches, either. For her new album, Still, which drops on July 15, the singer recruited the likes of R. Kelly, Mario Winans, Babyface, Jermaine Dupri and Linda Perry. 7 Aurelius produced the first single, “Officially Missing You.” …

The Dead‘s second leg of their Summer Getaway Tour, set to begin July 29, will be a co-headlining outing with Bob Dylan. The two acts last hit the road together in 1987. … The next phase of live Phish arrives May 20 with four collections of what bassist Mike Gordon considers the best the band has to offer … the material that didn’t make the first 17 sets, that is. The multi-disc series began with six releases in the fall of 2001. …

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Avril Lavigne‘s “Sk8er Boi” was named Favorite Song at Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards on Saturday in Santa Monica, California. B2K (Favorite Music Group), No Doubt (Favorite Band), Ashanti (Favorite Female Singer) and Nelly (Favorite Male Singer) won the other music prizes, while Adam Sandler was the only multiple winner, for Favorite Movie Actor and Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie. …

Fans who want to get the inside track on Mariah Carey can now join her Internet-based fan club Honey B. Fly. For $35 a year ($45 overseas), members will receive access to pre-sale concert tickets, music and video exclusives, a faux-autographed photo and T-shirt, and an exclusive membership card that can be flashed for special access to retail and concert events. … R. Kelly appeared in a Chicago court on Monday (April 14) to ask permission to leave the jurisdiction to shoot his next video. The R&B singer — free on bond since being indicted on child pornography charges last June — has to get the court’s consent to leave the state of Illinois. Permission was granted for Kelly to go to Barstow, California, for 12 days for the shoot, but the judge increased his bond by $250,000. Meanwhile, the prosecution finally finished discovery. Kelly is due back in court May 29. …

Lightning may not strike twice in nature, but it does in hip-hop. Four years after going platinum with a guest appearance on Mobb Deep‘s street anthem “Quiet Storm (remix),” Lil’ Kim has recruited the Queensbridge duo for the newly recorded remix of her current hit, “The Jump Off.” … Hip-hop trailblazers will come out to perform and celebrate the birthday for Cold Crush Brothers member Grandmaster Caz on April 19 at Amazura in the Jamaica section of Queens, New York. Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh and Kurtis Blow have been advertised as performers, with DJ Kool Herc, Grand Wizard Theodore and Raheim of the Furious Five as special guests at the event being called the Old School Jumpoff. Roxanne Shanté has been tapped to host. …

Eminem‘s “Lose Yourself” won Oustanding National Single on Friday at the annual Detroit Music Awards. The Grammy-winning soundtrack to “Standing in the Shadows of Motown,” the documentary about the Funk Brothers, won Outstanding National Album, while local singer/songwriter Liz Larin took home trophies in six of the 10 categories in which she was nominated. … Publishing company Minder Music Ltd., which claims to hold the copyright to a song sampled in “Let’s Get High,” hasn’t forgotten about Dre or his cohort Eminem. Originally filed in July 2000, the complaint requesting damages in excess of $3.5 million was amended last week. The suit alleges that “Let’s Get High,” from Dr. Dre’s 1999 LP 2001, illegally culls from the 1980 song called “Backstrokin’.” Attorneys for both sides will have a chance to respond to the newly amended complaint before a court date is set. …

A spokesperson for the Broadway musical “Aida” says that it is Toni Braxton and not Destiny Child‘s Michelle Williams who is going to be the next actress to play the lead role. Braxton starts a four-month run on June 30. The play’s rep says that Williams has expressed interest, but that there have been no negotiations as of yet for her to be a part of the production. … Veteran punk band MxPx are releasing their 11th album, tentatively titled Before Everything and After. Dave Jerden (Alice in Chains, the Offspring) produced the record, due June 24. …

Superjoint Ritual, the side project of Pantera frontman Philip Anselmo, will release the follow-up to their debut album, Use Once and Destroy, in July. The band launches a tour on April 30 in Austin, Texas, which runs through May 24 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. … The Japan extravaganza Summer Sonic Festival, happening August 2 and 3 in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, will feature a wide variety of alternative and rock acts including Blink-182, the Strokes, Radiohead, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Puddle of Mudd, Blur, New Found Glory and Travis. The bill also includes classic rock acts like the Doors, Cheap Trick and Blondie. …

Lou Reed‘s latest project on Edgar Allan Poe started as a play before being released as a double CD. So it was inevitable that The Raven would make it back to the stage this summer. Reed will kick off a tour with two New York shows April 21 and 22, then hit Europe before returning Stateside June 4 in Vienna, Virginia. Dates run through June 29 in Seattle. … The man accused of selling tickets to a phony Björk show in San Diego claimed he was guilty of no such thing in court Wednesday. Alex Conate denied charges of grand theft for allegedly selling $14,000 worth of tickets to a January 15 concert that was never booked. After collecting money from the roughly 350 tickets sold, the 25-year-old man took off for Hawaii, where he was arrested. …

Icelandic oddities Sigur Rós are planning to release the soundtrack to “Hlemmur,” the documentary film they sold on their last U.S. tour, though it’s unknown whether the LP will be available domestically or exclusively as an import. Hlemmur is the second soundtrack for Sigur Rós, following 2000′s collaboration with Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, “Englar Alheimsins (Angeles of the Universe).” The band is planning to return Stateside in October for a collaboration with Radiohead. …