For The Record: Quick News On Snoop, Alicia Keys And Quincy Jones, Staind, Otep, Def Leppard, Lance Bass & More

Snoop Dogg has recorded an undisclosed new song for the video game “True Crime: Streets of LA,” a driving/action game due this fall. The soundtrack also features more than 50 original songs, including one from Westside Connection, as well as previously released material from Ice-T and the D.O.C., among others. … New songs from Fatboy Slim (“Don’t Let the Man Get You Down,” which samples the Five Man Electrical Band‘s 1971 hit “Signs”) and the X-ecutioners (“Like This”) will be released September 30 on the soundtrack to the snowboarding video game “SSX 3.” Previously unreleased remixes of N.E.R.D.‘s “Rock Star” and Placebo‘s “Bitter End” are also included, along with Chemical Brothers and Basement Jaxx tracks. …

Quincy Jones is reaching out to many hip-hop producers for help on his next album. For the LP, Jones wants the producers to remix one of his classic cuts, and in turn he will rework one of their songs. Jones’ spokesperson said it’s too early to disclose the album’s lineup, but revealed it will be hip-hop heavy. However, a rep for Alicia Keys said she will be involved in the project. … Although he never made it into orbit, ‘NSYNC‘s Lance Bass has been named as the 2003 Youth Spokesperson for World Space Week, October 4-10, by the Spaceweek International Association. Coinciding with Space Week, the certified cosmonaut is the focus of a contest called “Lance’s Lab,” in which students design a hypothetical space station for Bass to live in. Winners get the chance to meet Bass at an awards ceremony in early 2004. …

Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison recorded two tracks with Otep for their next album, tentatively titled Suicide Trees. The group’s second album will follow last year’s Sevas Tra.Staind, Eve 6, Sevendust, Shinedown, Trapt, Socialburn and others will perform at the End of Summer Weenie Roast #9 concert, which is scheduled for October 5 in Charlotte, North Carolina. …

“Here and Now,” “Never Too Much” and “Superstar” are among the Luther Vandross hits that will be included on Live at Radio City Music Hall 2003, due October 14. The R&B star, who is recovering from a stroke he suffered in April, recorded the performance on Valentine’s Day. … Details have also surfaced on another anticipated live R&B collection, Raphael Saadiq: All Hits at the House of Blues, due October 14 as well. Saadiq and his 10-piece band recorded the album July 3 in Hollywood, where his Tony Toni Toné bandmates as well as D’Angelo and Devin the Dude made guest appearances. …

Following the success of the July 30 Toronto concert to battle the fear of SARS, the government of Hong Kong has organized a four-week-long music festival between October 15 and November 9 to try to put an end to the hysteria surrounding the disease. SARS hit the region hard, killing 299 and infecting over 1,700 others. Headliners will include the Rolling Stones, who will play November 7 and 9, Carlos Santana, Craig David and Westlife. … The inaugural Def Leppard convention, called “Lepcon,” will take place in Las Vegas in May. The event will consist of a performance by tribute band Pyromania, raffles, auctions, contests and guest speakers. In addition, a couple whose relationship revolves around Def Leppard will get married at the event. It is too early to tell whether anyone from Def Leppard will be able to attend. Profits will go to the Raven Drum Foundation, which provides free spiritual therapy for those in crisis. …

New York’s DFA Records will release its first 12-inch-singles compilation on September 30. DFA Records Compilation #1 will feature tracks from Black Dice, the Juan Maclean, LCD Soundsystem and a previously unavailable CD track by the Rapture. … Supporting their sophomore disc, You Forgot It in People, Canadian art-rock collective Broken Social Scene will embark on a 28-date North American tour starting September 18 in Buffalo, New York, and finishing two months later on November 11 in San Diego. Opening the tour on various dates will be Arts & Crafts labelmates Stars and Broken Social Scene guitarist/bassist Jason Collet. …

Perfecto Presents … Paul Oakenfold: Great Wall, a double album of remixes, is due September 30. Tracks include Oakenfold’s take on Madonna‘s “Hollywood,” along with Björk and Dave Gahan remixes. … Some Girls, the new project from Juliana Hatfield, her Blake Babies bandmate Freda Love and Heidi Gluck, will launch a monthlong U.S. club tour September 16 in Providence, Rhode Island. The trio are promoting their debut, Feel It, due Tuesday. … The Juliana Theory are working on material for the follow-up to their major-label debut, Love. The LP is reportedly more in line with their earlier records than their recent prog-rock-driven output. …

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Missy Elliott is nearly done with her as-yet-untitled fifth album, which is due in November. Timbaland is once again on board as a producer. … Meanwhile, a live version of Elliott’s “Work It” will be released October 14 on Sessions@AOL, a compilation of tunes culled from the bi-weekly series on AOL Music and the Fuse television network. Coldplay, Avril Lavigne, Alicia Keys, Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton are also on the album. …

Nelly shook his tailfeather with the man who invented the remix, so since he and P. Diddy are so chummy, maybe Puffy will make a new beat for one of the pimp-juice-drinking MC’s hits. The captain of the St. Lunatics is currently soliciting producers for a remix album, which should contain reworkings of a selection of cuts from his two LPs, Country Grammar and Nellyville, the Tics’ group effort, Free City, and Ali‘s solo debut, Heavy Starch.Obie Trice is pulling a Willy Wonka with the release of his debut album, Cheers, due September 23. Three copies of the LP will contain a “golden ticket” that entitles the bearer to chill with Eminem in the studio while he records his next album. …

Radiohead singer Thom Yorke joined R.E.M. onstage in Vancouver on August 29 for their encore on “E-Bow the Letter” and “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).” The next night at the same venue, R.E.M. vocalist Michael Stipe returned the favor by joining Radiohead for an encore of “Karma Police.” In addition, R.E.M. dedicated “Orange Crush” to Radiohead, who gifted their own “Lucky” to Stipe and friends. … Neil Young‘s 17th annual Bridge School Benefit concert is set for October 25 and 26 at Shoreline Amphitheater outside San Francisco. Pearl Jam, who will be making their sixth appearance at the event, are the only band announced so far. …

The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council recently hosted a community get-together called Jam Master Jay Day in the Hollis section of Queens, New York, and now the group says it has the support of Queens councilman Leroy Comrie in its efforts to have 203rd Street named after the slain Run-DMC DJ. They have given up hope of the renaming becoming official by October 30, which is the one-year anniversary of the hip-hop icon’s death. Instead, they want to have the change take place by January 21, which is JMJ’s birthday. The Youth Council says it will meet with Community Board 12 in Queens in two weeks to further discuss the matter. …

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog has renamed his debut album Come Poop With Me. The comedy album now carries a release date of October 7 and features appearances by Adam Sandler, Jack Black, Horatio Sanz, Subway spokesperson Jared Fogel, members of the “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” house band and Conan himself. … The Flaming Lips will open for the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the West Coast leg of their fall tour. The trek begins October 8 in Las Vegas and ends October 21 in Seattle. …

Following a successful tour with this year’s Ozzfest, Marilyn Manson will headline his own North American jaunt starting October 10 in Los Angeles. Dates run through Halloween in Dallas. … The seventh annual MOBO Awards, an English ceremony to celebrate Music of Black Origin, will take place September 25 at Royal Albert Hall. Nominees include Beyoncé, Ashanti, Justin Timberlake and Kelly Rowland for Best R&B Act and 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Eminem, Jay-Z and Joe Budden for Best Hip-Hop Act. …

The Polyphonic Spree will kick off a North American tour September 19 in their hometown of Dallas. The outing, which will feature the Starlight Mints on the first leg and the Sleepy Jackson on the second, ends with a two-night stay November 23 and 24 in San Diego. … The Special Goodness, Weezer drummer Pat Wilson‘s side project with former Rocket From the Crypt drummer Atom, are planning to issue their next record through punk staple Epitaph. “We are proud to announce that we’ve agreed in principle to sign with Epitaph Records,” reads a posting on the band’s Web site. …

Crazy Town‘s last album, Darkhorse, debuted near the bottom of the Billboard albums chart, and now singer Shifty Shellshock has sunk even lower. Shellshock, a.k.a. Seth Binzer, has teamed up with Rick Solomon, who once dated actress Shannen Doherty, and producer Zack Bautzer to release “Beverly Hills Pimps and Ho’s,” a DVD series that shows some of Hollywood’s hottest actresses in compromising positions. … Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise have set a November 11 release date for their fourth album, Still Lovin’ You. “It’s more natural sounding with natural instruments and no loops,” Bradley said of the music. “I’m trying to get back to the old 1975 vibe. A little country in it, but mostly R&B with a rock flavor.” …

Chris Slusarenko and Superdrag‘s Sam Powers will sit in with Guided by Voices for the group’s upcoming tours of the U.S. and Europe, respectively, following the departure of bassist Tim Tobias, according to a post on GBV’s Web site. … No doubt spurned on by the band’s overseas critical acclaim and #1 spot on the albums chart in their U.K. home, Atlantic Records has bumped up the Stateside release of The Darkness‘ debut album from early next year to later this month. The throwback hard rock band’s Permission to Land will now hit U.S. stores on September 16. …

Echo and the Bunnymen will launch a North American tour on October 23 in Boston. Dates run through November 7 in Anaheim, California. The band will follow the U.S. jaunt with a lengthy world tour. … Barenaked Ladies‘ sixth studio album, Everything to Everyone, is due October 21. Members of the Blue Man Group guest on a song on the LP called “Shopping.” …

Ambient experts Enigma will release a new album, Voyageur, on September 30. … Nü-ish metal band Static-X are inviting fans to show up on Thursday for the shooting of their video for “The Only,” the first single from their upcoming album, Shadow Zone, due October 7. The band is seeking 20 males and 20 females 18 years of age or older, and the shoot is taking place at GMT Studios in Culver City, California. …