For The Record: Quick News On Pink And JC Chasez, Britney Spears, Mya, Radiohead, Postal Service & More

Linkin Park are scheduled to play a pro skateboarding contest this weekend in Las Vegas, and JC Chasez and Pink will be among the celebs there to help the winners celebrate. The Boost Mobile Pro of Skateboarding will take place Friday through Sunday, boasting the richest prize purse in the history of professional skateboarding — more than $250,000. Linkin Park's performance follows the wildcard skate-off, and takes place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's the Joint on Friday. ...

Expect lots of bands changing places — at least musically — on the upcoming "Freaky Friday" soundtrack. Bowling for Soup cover Britney Spears' "... Baby One More Time," Simple Plan remake the Turtles' "Happy Together" and Lillix contribute their cover of the Romantics' "What I Like About You." The Donnas also provide an unreleased song, while the film's star Lindsay Lohan makes her recording debut on the soundtrack. The LP is due in stores July 29, and the film hits theaters August 6. ...

Mya, appearing as herself, will sing her new single "My Love Is Like ... Wo," on the NBC soap opera "Passions." The episode is scheduled to air July 24. ... A recent acoustic performance by Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, along with an interview with the band, will air at 11 a.m. PT Thursday on KCRW.com and KCRW-FM in Los Angeles. An edited version of the show will air July 20 on the weekly program "Sounds Eclectic," which is distributed to public radio stations nationwide. ...

First the West Coast All Tomorrow's Parties festival was postponed until September, and now its cross-country counterpart has followed suit. The East Coast ATP Festival, curated by Stephen Malkmus and scheduled for September in Asbury Park, New Jersey, has been bumped to next year. ... R.E.M. have set an October 28 release date for In Time: Best of R.E.M. 1988 - 2003. The compilation will feature two new tracks, "Bad Day" and "Animal." ...

The Dandy Warhols are hitting the road beginning August 24 at Los Angeles' annual Sunset Junction Street Fair, but in the meantime, the group is planning a more innovative tour. To promote the August 19 release of Welcome to the Monkey House, the group is a launching an Internet tour. The Warhols' Odditorium Web site — a collection of short films and music — will travel around to different Web sites, ranging from gaywired.com to virginmega.com, beginning July 1. ... Steve Turner, Mark Arm's right-hand man in Mudhoney, has released his solo debut, Searching for Melody, on newly formed Seattle indie Roslyn Records. Backing up the guitarist are Mudhoney drummer Dan Peters, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard (who will play bass on the project) and Seattle studio wiz Johnny Sangster. ...

Death Cab for Cutie have announced that Transatlanticism will be the

title of their new album, due in October. In related news, Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard and DNTEL's Jimmy Tamborello are gearing up for an Australian tour with their project the Postal Service that's set to begin July 3. ... The new album by Vertical Horizon, Go, will be released on September 23. The first single, "I'm Still Here," goes to radio in July. ...

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The second album by enigmatic alt-metal supergroup A Perfect Circle is tentatively scheduled for release September 30. The disc will be the first to feature ex-Marilyn Manson bassist Jeordie White (a.k.a. Twiggy Ramirez), who replaced Paz Lenchantin in February. The band's 2000 debut, Mer De Noms, went platinum. ...

Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean's mother Denise — who acted as the band's publicist and fan-club coordinator during its beginning stages — is putting out a book this December about her experiences with her son's group. It's called "Backstreet Mom: A Mother's Tale of Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean's Rise to Fame, Struggle With Addiction and Ultimate Triumph," and Denise told MTV News that the book will also contain several previously unpublished pictures. She plans to do a book tour in November. ... For those who can't get enough of "Times Like These," three different videos for the Foo Fighters single will be available on the "Low" DVD/EP, due July 1. The clip for the title track, which was directed by Jesse Peretz and features Jack Black, will be available exclusively on the disc. ...

The U.S. finals of the Air Guitar Championship are taking place Saturday at the Roxy in Los Angeles, and what better way to tune up your imaginary axe than with The World's Greatest Air Guitar Album, a double-disc set that hits stores Tuesday (June 24). Queen guitarist Brian May served as the album's music director, overseeing the inclusion of such riff-riddled tunes as Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," Joe Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way," Motörhead's "Ace of Spades" and Blur's "Song 2." ... Barenaked Ladies are in the finishing stages of prepping their follow-up to 2000's Maroon. Frontman Steven Page mastered the disc, titled Everything to Everyone, in New York on Monday, and the band is trying to decide which of its 16 to 17 new songs should ultimately make the record. Song titles include "War on Drugs," "Chimpanzees," "Aluminum," "Celebrity," "Shopping" and "Maybe Katie." ...

Sonic Youth canceled two of their concerts with Wilco this week — in Boston on Monday and Wallingford, Connecticut, on Tuesday — due to a family illness. Though their remaining shows this week and next in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., were in limbo for a while as well, the band now says that the gigs will go on as planned. "We're sorry for any confusion or disappointment this whole situation has caused," guitarist Lee Ranaldo wrote on the group's Web site. "It obviously couldn't be helped." Mission of Burma substituted for Sonic Youth in Boston. ... Our Lady Peace and 3 Doors Down will join forces for a summer tour beginning July 5 in Muskegon, Michigan, and ending September 18 in Spring, Texas. OLP are promoting Live, a collection of favorites recorded in January and February at various Canadian shows and due July 1. ...

Travis Meeks, the 24-year-old leader of the Kentucky band Days of the New, has spent the last few weeks in a rehab program battling addiction to crystal meth and other substances, his manager said. With roughly a month clean and sober under his belt, Meeks will be released from treatment July 1 and plans to perform at the SouthGate House in Newport, Kentucky, on the Fourth of July. ... The Flaming Lips and the Roots are among those slated for the sixth annual Berkshire Music Festival, taking place August 15-17 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Medeski Martin & Wood, the Greyboy Allstars and Particle are also on the bill. ...

Three of Raphael Saadiq's performances, (July 2-4), each with a 12-piece band, will be preserved for posterity on a live album and DVD. The live LP is slated for October, while the DVD is expected next year. In February, Saadiq will follow up last year's Instant Vintage studio album. ... Natural Selection, Fuel's first LP in three years, is slated for a September 23 release. The 11-track follow-up to Something Like Human was co-produced by Michael Beinhorn (Korn, Marilyn Manson) and will be prefaced by the single "Fall on Me." A fall tour is in the works. ...

Spiritualized's Amazing Grace will finally materialize September 9 on frontman Jason Pierce's Spaceman Records, distributed by Sanctuary Records. The 11-track follow-up to 2001's Let It Come Down had been finished for some time, though getting a distributor for the project proved difficult after ties were severed with Arista Records. ...