For The Record: Quick News On Linkin Park, T.A.T.U., Chevelle, Henry Rollins, Mandy Moore, Korn & More

While Mark Romanek is handling Linkin Park‘s next video, the band’s own Joseph Hahn will return to the director’s chair for the group’s third single from Meteora. That video and a clip for the next European single will be shot in Prague, Czech Republic next week, Hahn said Tuesday, although he wouldn’t reveal what songs they will be for. “You need to focus on ‘Faint,’ ” he joked. “I shouldn’t be talking so far ahead.” …

Russian police barred T.A.T.U. from filming their new video in Moscow’s Red Square on Thursday (May 15). Several hundred fans, many decked out in schoolgirl uniforms, showed up to be extras in what was supposed to be the duo’s video for the Eurovision song contest. Russia chose the kissing crooners to represent the country at the contest, happening later this month in Riga, Latvia. … Mandy Moore is giving fans a sneak preview of her upcoming covers album, Coverage. Four of the album’s 12 tracks are available for listening on her official Web site, www.mandymoore.com. The songs are covers of John Hiatt‘s “Have a Little Faith in Me,” XTC‘s “Senses Working Overtime,” Todd Rundgren‘s “Can We Still Be Friends” and Joan Armatrading‘s “Drop the Pilot.” Moore is also about to film Warner Bros.’ “First Daughter,” with co-stars Mark Harmon, Jeremy Piven and Annabella Sciorra. …

Chevelle have scheduled 14 shows during down days on this year’s Ozzfest. Four of the shows will be with Korn, six will be with Disturbed and the rest will be headline gigs. The first date is June 30 in Lubbock, Texas, and the last announced show is August 31 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. … “Revealing Jewel: An Intimate Portrait by Family and Friends,” a book about the personal details of the star’s life, is being released in June with her approval. The tome, by author Kenneth Calhoun, features interviews with Moby, Billy Bob Thornton, producer Arif Mardin, Jewel’s father, Atz Kilcher, and her mother and manager, Lenedra J. Carroll, among others. …

All proceeds from Santana‘s summer tour will be donated to Artists for a New South Africa, an organization dedicated to fighting the spread of AIDS in Africa. The trek starts June 11 in Atlanta and continues through July 14 in Los Angeles. Angelique Kidjo will open every show. … Henry Rollins is planning to perform material included on the compilation LP he put together last year, Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three, on a world tour kicking off June 1. Joining the Rollins Band on the U.S. dates of the outing will be Keith Morris, leader of the Circle Jerks and original singer for Black Flag. All proceeds from the shows will go to the West Memphis Three Defense Fund, created to help overturn the convictions of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, whom many feel were not given a fair trial in the 1993 murders of three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. …

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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.” …