For The Record: Quick News On Sean Paul, Missy Elliott, J. Lo, Christina Aguilera, Iggy Pop, Ruben Studdard & More

Sean Paul and Black Eyed Peas have signed on as performers for this year's "MTV Video Music Awards Opening Act." The show airs live on MTV Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET. ...

The 2003 Lady of Soul Awards honored Floetry, Missy Elliott and newcomer Heather Headley, who all took home multiple awards at the show Saturday night. Floetry's "Say Yes" got the Best Single nod while the duo's album Floetic took home the Best Album award. Elliott's "Work It" won for Best Song of the Year and Best Music Video. Headley's two honors came for Best New Solo Artist and Best Solo Effort for her album This Is Who I Am. A full list of winners can be found at www.soultrain.com. ...

Jennifer Lopez has settled out of court for an undisclosed sum with director Adam Shankman, who sued her in May for allegedly stealing his idea to make a movie based on the Georges Bizet opera "Carmen." Shankman, who directed Lopez in "The Wedding Planner," said he talked to Lopez about playing the lead in the film, but she declined, then later sold the idea of the remake to Universal Pictures without crediting Shankman. The initial lawsuit was for $3 million. ... Since they'll already be in town for the MTV Video Music Awards, a bunch of rockers are making plans to attend a Lifebeat benefit at New York's Roseland on August 27 that will feature Iggy and the Stooges and Godsmack. Celebs who have requested tickets include Drew Barrymore, members of the Strokes, Linkin Park, AFI, Queens of the Stone Age, Sum 41 and Joan Jett. ...

After Britney Spears and Skechers broke up, the footwear company wasted no time in courting Christina Aguilera. The two have just announced an 18-month international marketing deal, in which Aguilera will endorse lines of the company's Sport, Active and Something Else shoes. The campaign, which kicks off in October, will be plugged during the European leg of Christina's tour with Britney's ex Justin Timberlake. ... "Velvet Teddy Bear" Ruben Studdard will be performing two free shows in his sweet home of Alabama: September 2 in Mobile and September 5 in Birmingham. The Mobile show gave out 8,800 tickets in 30 minutes, while the 10,000 tickets for the Birmingham show were distributed in 17 minutes. The Associated Press reports that Ruben's band, Just a Few Cats, and comedian Ced Delaney will also be performing. ...

"TRL" main man Carson Daly has started a record label. 456 Records, which Daly created with Loud Records co-founder Jonathan Rifkind, counts on its roster rockers Seymour Glass, rappers U.N. and electronic DJ Photek. ... Members of Third Eye Blind and Guns N' Roses are helping Kimya Dawson, one half of quirky anti-folk duo the Moldy Peaches, record her follow-up to last year's I'm Sorry That Sometimes I'm Mean. 3EB's Arion Salazar plays bass on the effort, while GN'R drummer Brian "Brain" Mantia, also of Primus fame, sits behind the kit. 3EB singer Stephan Jenkins and his girlfriend Vanessa Carlton contribute backing vocals to the album, which is due in January. ...

An anonymous computer user, whom the Recording Industry is seeking to identify using a subpoena against her ISP, has filed a motion challenging the constitutionality of those subpoenas. "Jane Doe," which is the way the legal motion identifies her, is one of more than 1,000 people accused of engaging in illegal file-sharing that face criminal prosecution. The motion was filed by two Sacramento, California, attorneys in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. ... Sugar Ray's cover of Joe Jackson's "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" may need to be overhauled into "Are They Really Going Out Like That?" With their new album, In the Pursuit of Leisure, making little noise, the band is looking to woo some new fans. On Monday (August 25), Mark McGrath and company are scheduled to perform following a Class A minor league baseball game in Staten Island, New York, between the Staten Island Yankees and the Aberdeen Ironbirds. ... After recovering from the flu, Mick Jagger finally returned to the stage on Sunday night to rock the first British show on the Rolling Stones' latest tour. Fifty-thousand fans weren't as lucky Saturday night when the Stones canceled a show at

Twickenham rugby field in Southwest London; that gig has been rescheduled for September 20. ...