For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Metallica, 3 Doors Down, R.E.M., Black Sabbath, Adam Ant & More

Although other release dates have been bandied about, this one's official — Britney Spears' upcoming fourth album is slated to hit stores November 18. The album may include such tracks as "Early Mornin' " (produced by Moby), "The Answer" (P. Diddy), "Shadow" (The Matrix), "Outrageous" (R. Kelly), "Me Against the Music" (RedZone), "Brave New Girl" (previously called "Brave Girl"), "Touch of My Hand" and "Every Time," though a track list has yet to be determined. ...

Kirk Hammett doesn't play a double-necked guitar ... except when he's doing his best Jimmy Page impersonation. Metallica dressed up like Led Zeppelin for an Esquire photo shoot in July for the magazine's 70th anniversary issue, which hits newsstands this week. ... Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams has finished her second gospel record. The as-yet-untitled album will be released in early December. ...

R.E.M. paid tribute to Warren Zevon at their Los Angeles performance on Wednesday night. Singer Michael Stipe dedicated the song "Find the River" to Zevon, who died in L.A. on Sunday from lung cancer. R.E.M. played with Zevon in the side project Hindu Love Gods, who released a self-titled album in 1990. R.E.M had worked with Zevon on his 1987 album, Sentimental Hygiene, as well, serving as Zevon's band on most of the album. ... Sparklehorse have signed on to open for R.E.M. on their tour, from September 23 in New Orleans to October 4 in New York. Afterwards, the band will resume recording its fourth album in singer Mark Linkous's North Carolina studio. ... Pete Yorn, who will pick up for Sparklehorse on the R.E.M. tour for two weeks, has booked a headlining trek for the rest of October. British pop-rockers Minibar will open on Yorn's tour, which begins October 14 in Nashville and ends October 28 in Syracuse, New York. ...

Def Jam hosted the first of its monthly DJ appreciation parties Wednesday night at the Big Apple's Club New York. Such spinners as Kid Capri and Red Alert ventured out to party. ... The previously unreleased Stone Temple Pilots song "All in the Suit That You Wear" will be included on the band's greatest-hits album, Thank You, which comes out November 4. The 16-track disc will also feature an acoustic version of "Plush." ...

Two Black Sabbath books that cumulatively cover the group's entire history will be rocking the shelves in time for Christmas. The first, "How Black Is Your Sabbath," chronicles Ozzy's years with the band, ending when he was kicked out. Graham Wright, who was drummer Bill Ward's assistant in the '70s, assembled the book. The other Sabbath tome, "Never Say Die!," was written by Garry Sharpe-Young, and documents the band's post-Ozzy years from 1979 to 1997. ... Rock and roll workhorses 3 Doors Down have extended their tour and look to stay busy throughout the end of the year. Newly confirmed dates begin October 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. ...

Sugar Ray and Elton John are among the performers slated for the annual Brian Wilson and Friends concert, taking place October 16. John will sing a duet with the Beach Boys mastermind. Proceeds will benefit the Carl Wilson Foundation, named for the Beach Boy who died of cancer in 1998. ... The folks that let Adam Ant out of a mental hospital earlier this summer might want to reconsider their decision. The '80s new waver plans to dress up like a gorilla and run around London on September 21. Ant hasn't exactly gone bananas, though. He's among those participating in the Great Gorilla Run, a public-awareness effort to draw attention to the endangered ape's plight. Ant also rerecorded his "Stand and Deliver" for the Save the Gorilla benefit album, the proceeds from which go toward the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. ...

The sued file-sharer who settled with the RIAA earlier this week is already reaping the benefits of celebrity. Twelve-year-old Briana LaHara, whose mother settled the copyright infringement suit for $2,000, has been given that amount's worth of free downloads by musicrebellion.com to show that legitimate download services exist. …

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The first single from Clay Aiken's self-titled debut will be a track called "Invisible." The album is due October 14. ...

C-Murder's murder trial is getting under way in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Jury selection started Monday, with jurors being asked their opinions about rap music and whether C-Murder's stage name — his real name is Corey Miller — is going to color their feelings about the case. The judge also imposed a gag order on attorneys and witnesses, which may be because prosecutors previously argued that some witnesses have been intimidated and fear for their safety if they testify against the rapper, who is accused of shooting and killing a 16-year-old during an MC battle almost two years ago. Jury selection should last most of the week, while the trial is expected to last for three weeks. ...

Vanessa Carlton is about halfway done with her as-yet-untitled second album. "This album is hugely personal and (not surprisingly) gothic," Carlton wrote on her Web site, adding, "a friend of mine is doing a film/documentary about the making of this album." ... Halloween's traditional black and orange had better make way for some red and white. The White Stripes have been added to the lineup of the fifth annual Voodoo Music Festival, taking place October 31 in New Orleans. The duo joins 50 Cent, Marilyn Manson, Godsmack and Queens of the Stone Age, among others. ...

In celebration of Nappy Roots Day in Kentucky, which governor Paul Patton declared last year on September 16, the group will perform a free show at the University of Louisville's Cardinal Stadium. The show will benefit the 100 Black Men of Louisville, a charity that promotes education for at-risk youth. ... Crunk kings Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, Killer Mike and Big Gipp will have cameos in the in-production indie film "20 Funerals." The crime drama is about four cops who turn vigilante when one of their own is murdered. ...

Staind will launch a 17-date tour on September 26 in Hartford, Connecticut. The jaunt, which combines radio festivals with headline gigs, runs through October 19 in Jacksonville, Florida. Sevendust and Lo-Pro (featuring ex-Godsmack drummer Tommy Stewart) will open select dates. ... Velvet Revolver are testing out more producers. After recording "Slither" with Bob Ezrin, the band tackled "Loving the Aliens (Sometimes)" last week in Los Angeles with Josh Abraham, and have also recorded the song "Fall to Pieces" with Douglas Grean...

Mike Patton, formerly of Faith No More and currently of Tomahawk and a zillion other bands, will play the lead in a movie called "Firecracker," a role once attached to Dennis Hopper. Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go's will also act in the film. ... Along with hits like "Hot Stuff" and "She Works Hard for the Money," The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer will feature two new songs from the disco diva and her longtime collaborator, producer Giorgio Moroder. The collection is due September 30. ...

"A Concert for George," a film chronicling last fall's George Harrison tribute at London's Royal Albert Hall featuring Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty and others, will open in theaters in limited release on October 3. The movie, shot in high definition and recorded in 5.1 surround sound, is due worldwide on DVD in November. ... Phish bassist Mike Gordon will launch a tour in San Francisco on October 5. The trek will make multiple stops in nine different cities, ending in New York on October 16. Gordon will be touring for his solo album Inside In, which came out August 19. ...

Slayer's Kerry King is getting ready to market a line of clothing for KFK Industries, which will sell shirts, hats and other wares designed by the guitarist. The company will also peddle official Slayer merchandize. KFK's Web site is currently under construction, but features the message, "Sell your soul, buy our sh--." A launch date is expected soon. ... Teenage British garage and electronica act Dizzee Rascal surprised many by winning the Mercury Music Prize on Tuesday in London for his album Boy in Da Corner. He was presented the honor by last year's winner, Ms. Dynamite. Rascal beat out a host of higher-profile nominees including Radiohead, Coldplay, the Darkness, the Thrills and Floetry. ...

When the Offspring decided to call their new album Chinese Democracy, many thought it a foolish move. Now the band itself couldn't agree more. The follow-up to 2000's Conspiracy of One will now be called Splinter and is expected to arrive November 11. After the Offspring gave their LP the same name as the seemingly imaginary Guns N' Roses album, production ground to a halt, according to their official Web site. ...