For The Record: Quick News On 50 Cent, Pink, Britney Spears, Linkin Park, Irv Gotti, Coldplay & More

50 Cent, Pink and T.A.T.U. have signed on as performers for this year’s MTV Movie Awards. Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Luke Wilson, Amanda Bynes, Brittany Murphy, P. Diddy and Hilary Duff have been lined up as presenters for the show, which airs on June 5. …

With four nominations, including Video of the Year for “Work It,” Missy Elliott will be the leading contender at the BET Awards June 24 at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre. 50 Cent, who will perform at the ceremony along with Snoop Dogg, India.Arie and others, and B2K follow with three nominations apiece. Several artists are up for two trophies, including Eminem and Justin Timberlake, who will compete in the Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Artist categories. …

Seann William Scott, Tara Reid, Eve, Kelly Osbourne, Tony Hawk, Alyssa Milano, members of Linkin Park, System of a Down, Counting Crows and No Doubt and several other celebrities turned out to a Playstation 2-sponsored party in Santa Monica, California, on Tuesday to catch an invitation-only performance by 50 Cent. Sporting a Pirates cap and his usual bulletproof vest, and flanked by members of his G-Unit crew, 50 briskly ran through a brief set that included “Wanksta,” “In Da Club” and “Many Men.” …

Britney Spears and Skechers footwear company have made nice, settling their legal disputes out of court for an undisclosed sum of money. In December, Spears filed a $1.5 million breach-of-contract suit against Skechers for allegedly failing to properly promote and pay her for marketing a line of roller skates and accessories. Skechers slapped back with a $10 million suit, accusing the singer of fraud and breach of a three-year licensing agreement she signed with the company in January 2002. …

Jane’s Addiction have changed the name of their upcoming album from Hypersonic to Strays. The album drops July 22 on the band’s new label, Capitol. … Coldplay are auctioning off tickets to six of their upcoming shows to benefit Amnesty International. Fans can bid on tickets at www.amnestyusa.org/musicforhumanrights until Thursday. After that, a new auction will begin for an autographed copy of the band’s latest album, A Rush of Blood to the Head.

After being declared by Billboard the most played song of 2002, Nickelback‘s “How You Remind Me” was named Song of the Year at the 51st annual BMI Pop Awards on Tuesday at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles. Irv Gotti landed Songwriter of the Year honors, and Motown trio Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland received the BMI Icon Award. … The Used will release three unreleased studio recordings, “Untitled Song Idea,” “Just a Little” and “Alone This Holiday,” along with demo versions of “Bulimic” and “Poetic Tragedy” in a CD/DVD package due July 17. The video portion of “Maybe Memories” will include concert footage from a recent Los Angeles show. …

A Los Angeles judge has declined to issue a temporary restraining order to keep Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger from touring as the Doors 21st Century, although he has yet to issue a final ruling. Original Doors drummer John Densmore is suing his former bandmates for using the Doors name without his consent for a group that does not include him. … Pete Yorn, whose career was launched when the Farrelly brothers used two of his songs in the flick “Me, Myself & Irene,” will repay the filmmaking team by donating a cover of Albert Hammond‘s “It Never Rains in Southern California” to their upcoming comedy, “Stuck on You.” Hammond, father of Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., had a top 10 hit with the song in 1972. …

Because of past episodes involving arson and other disturbances at the Temple Newsam Park site, officials in Leeds, England, were reluctant to grant a license to the promoter, Mean Fiddler, for this year’s Leeds Festival. But after a lengthy meeting with city politicians, the city agreed to once again host the festival, which will take place August 24 to 27 and feature Metallica, System of a Down, Sum 41, Primal Scream, Courtney Love, Good Charlotte, Linkin Park, the Used, Blink-182, Jay-Z, the White Stripes, AFI and dozens of other acts that will perform across six stages. …

Jessica Simpson wants to help children smile — and not just with her music. She’s signed on to help Operation Smile, a nonprofit group that provides free reconstructive facial surgery for severely disfigured children worldwide. Simpson plans to attend the medical service charity’s fundraiser auction Wednesday in New York to announce her support. … The Rolling Stones have canceled an August 2 concert in Belgrade, Serbia, due to the rocky political climate. Serbia was plunged into a state of emergency following the assassination of Serbian prime minister Zoran Djindjic in March. … Dwele, the R&B singer featured on Slum Village‘s 2002 single “Tainted,” will release his solo debut, Subject, on Tuesday. The first single is titled “Find a Way.” …

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Sean Paul shot the video for his next single, “Like Glue,” on Monday night in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Benny Boom directed the shots, which were filmed at the Elite Arc Nightclub. …

The song “Rosa Parks” is continuing to haunt Outkast members Andre 3000 and Big Boi. While a lawsuit filed against the duo by the civil-rights legend for using her name for their 1998 cut was dismissed in 1999, a panel of three judges overturned the ruling on Monday. … Jay-Z is filming the video for his “Bad Boys 2″ soundtrack cut, “La, La, La (Excuse Me Again),” on Wednesday at an undisclosed location. Chris Robinson will direct. …

Noel Redding, the bassist for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, died Sunday at his home in Ireland of unknown causes. He was 57. Redding joined the Experience in 1966 and recorded three albums with the band before leaving in 1969. He subsequently formed various groups including Fat Mattress, Road and the Noel Redding Band. …

Former Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan will release a new solo album called Bubblegum this summer. The disc will feature guest appearances by Guns N’ Roses alumni Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan, fellow Queens of the Stone Age members Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri, PJ Harvey, Dean Ween, former Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli and others. … Though there is still no word on what’s happening with his band, reclusive guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen will join such celebrities as Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker and Kenny G along with members of the Los Angeles Police Department for the 32nd annual LAPD/ Celebrity Golf Tournament. The event, intended to raise money for the Police Memorial Foundation, takes place Saturday at the Rancho Park Golf Club in Los Angeles. …

You’re never too young to start playing “Oye Como Va.” Carlos Santana has introduced a line of children’s drums, which will be sold this month at Borders Books and Music stores in and around San Francisco. On Saturday, seminars will be held in which instructors will use Santana’s music to teach kids to make noises to annoy their unsuspecting parents. Santana won’t partake in the cacophony, however, since he’ll be at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, protecting his hearing. A portion of the profits from sales will benefit the Milagro Foundation, which serves disadvantaged youth through educational programs and health services. … Roger Daltrey will take the stage for a one-off performance of “My Fair Lady” in Los Angeles. The Who singer will play the role of Eliza Doolittle’s father in the play on August 3. …

The Murderdolls are shooting a video for their cover of Billy Idol‘s “White Wedding” in Los Angeles on Sunday, and have announced that two upcoming shows in the Southern California area — including an L.A. appearance on Monday with former Buckcherry vocalist Josh Todd supporting and a show the following night in Anaheim — will be their last performances in 2003. …

Boy Sets Fire have been added to several Lollapalooza dates on the East Coast in late July and early August. The politically charged Delaware hardcore band recently released its big-label debut, Tomorrow Come Today, through Wind-Up Records, home to Evanescence, Drowning Pool and Creed. … Boston indie Bridge Nine Records will release a new three-song 7″/CD EP single this summer from New York hardcore veterans Sick of It All, who are currently in the studio working on their next album for Fat Wreck Chords. The CD version of the EP will be available on July 29 (7″ vinyl will come later) while Fat is eyeing a September release for Life on the Ropes. …