For The Record: Quick News On Britney, Guns N' Roses, Whitney Houston, M.O.P., Shakira, Pearl Jam & More

Britney Spears is gearing up for her upcoming tour. In August, she began auditioning dancers, and they're planning to start rehearsals in February in Los Angeles for a trek that will launch in March. There's already been a switch in choreographers — Jennifer Lopez's ex Cris Judd was first slated to shape Britney's dance moves, then Jamie King of "Dance Fever" stepped in. But now, according to a source close to the pop princess, King is out and Kevin Tanchareon (who co-choreographed the "Me Against the Music" video) will be keeping Spears in step. There's no name for the tour just yet, and dates have yet to be announced. ...

Guns N' Roses' Greatest Hits album was expected to rain down on record stores November 25, but the LP has been pushed back indefinitely by Geffen Records. ... Former Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha has emerged from hiding to weigh in on the band's upcoming CD and DVD, Live at the Olympic Grand Auditorium. "After watching both the Olympic Grand Auditorium and the Democratic National Convention concert footage, I can think of no other moments in all of our 10 years as a band that captured the intensity and the intent of Rage Against the Machine. These moments belong to our fans as much as they belong to history." The concert CD will come out November 25 and the DVD will follow December 9. De la Rocha plans to release his first solo album in 2004. ...

She's the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, so obviously music runs in her blood. On November 18, Bobbi Kristina Brown makes her singing debut alongside her famous mom on One Wish - The Holiday Album. The LP is Whitney Houston's first Christmas LP and will feature such standards as "The First Noel," "The Christmas Song" and "The Little Drummer Boy," the track on which Bobbi Kristina is featured. Houston will include several new tunes on the set as well. ... If a shapely woman dressed like Shakira rings your doorbell on Halloween and rattles a cardboard box filled with coins, take note. It might actually be Shakira. The Colombian superstar has been appointed a global goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, a major charity for children. "UNICEF has done tremendous work in my home nation of Colombia and I have seen first-hand the difference UNICEF makes," she said in a statement. As part of her new duties, Shakira will travel to Third World nations to witness the struggle of children living in those countries. ...

Cee-Lo, Hatebreed, Pennywise, Body Count and M.O.P. are among the new additions to the lineup for Cypress Hill's sixth annual Smoke Out festival, which Linkin Park, DMX, Obie Trice, Papa Roach and Superjoint Ritual will headline November 15 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California. Boo Yaa Tribe and DJs Christopher Lawrence, Doc Martin, DJ Dan, Miguel Migs and Roy Davis Jr. are also performing, along with a surprise special guest at 4:20 p.m. ... At an acoustic benefit concert in Seattle last week, Pearl Jam debuted "Man of the Hour," a song written for the upcoming Tim Burton film "Big Fish." Starring Ewan McGregor, the movie opens December 10 in select cities and January 23 nationwide. ... Live versions of Tori Amos' "Cornflake Girl" and Macy Gray's cover of the Beatles' "Come Together," recorded during the Oxygen Custom Concerts series, will be included on Oh! From the Girls, a benefit LP for Oxygen Media's Build Your Own Business program. Due January 13, the album will also include favorites from Avril Lavigne, Stacie Orrico and Dido. ...

Bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake have been stricken from the records and they're not coming back. The musicians had appeared on the original versions of Ozzy Osbourne's albums Blizzard of Ozz (1980) and Diary of a Madman (1981), but their parts were removed and re-recorded by others when the albums were reissued. Since Daisley and Kerslake had both sued Ozzy for unpaid royalties, Sharon Osbourne thought she would teach them a lesson by erasing them from Ozzy's recorded legacy, ensuring they would receive no future royalties. To add salt to the wound, Daisley and Kerslake's lawsuit was dismissed last year by a district court judge, whose opinion was upheld last week by a U.S. Court of Appeals judge. Daisley and Kerslake are currently playing in a band called The Meek with Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse, ex-Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord and one-time Ozzy keyboardist Don Airey. The band's debut, Relentless, is due in February. ...

Varg Vikernes, the former frontman for Norwegian death metal band Burzum who has been imprisoned for the past eight years for murdering Mayhem frontman Oystein Aarseth (a.k.a. Euronymous), is back in prison after an attempted jailbreak. Vikernes was released from jail on a short leave and failed to return to authorities on Saturday, once his reprieve was up. Instead, he hijacked a car and drove off. Less than 24 hours later, the vehicle was spotted by an unmarked police car north of Oslo, and a chase ensued, which ended when two police cars sandwiched Virkernes' vehicle, forcing him to halt. The singer surrendered without further incident. ...

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Minister Louis Farrakhan will interview Ja Rule for air on national radio stations and BET on November 4, the day the rapper's Blood in My Eye is due. Ja has said it will be his only interview for the album. ...

Michelle Branch is teaming up with Atlanta Falcons defensive back Bryan Scott to take on R&B singer Monica and Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George for Monday Night Football's weekly segment "Monday Night at the Mic." Each pair performs for one minute, "battle of the bands" style, and the winners will move on to battle it out against another team next week. ... Branch will then join Courteney Cox-Arquette, Jessica Alba, Denise Richards and others in hosting Fashion Forward, a November 22 benefit luncheon in Beverly Hills, California, for Step Up Women's Network. The fashion show will feature Burberry Prorsum's spring and summer 2004 lines. ...

A settlement was reached between the makers of Jennifer Lopez's Glow by J. Lo line of perfume and cosmetics and Glow Industries, makers of a line of high-end fragrances and body-care products under the moniker Glow. Glow Industries will continue to use the name for a limited transition period, and then change. The other terms of the settlements were not disclosed. ... Eminem's ex-wife Kim Mathers was sentenced to house arrest Thursday after she failed to appear in court Tuesday to answer drug charges. Mathers is only allowed to leave her house to go to court and counseling. On December 11, Mathers will face charges of possessing 25 grams of cocaine and driving with a suspended license, stemming from an arrest in June. ...

Thom Yorke told the Associated Press that Radiohead are more likely to release EPs in the future now that the band has fulfilled its album commitment with EMI. "Things like iTunes and people splitting up tracks, I kind of think that's good," the singer said. "I listen to music on random all the time." ... The Godsmack seven-track acoustic EP The Other Side, which was originally slated for release November 18, had been delayed until mid-2004. The disc was rescheduled because the band's label didn't want to kill the momentum of Godsmack's current album, Faceless, which came out April 8 and has sold 900,000 copies to date. ...

The reason Metallica recently canceled their South American tour was two-fold. First, the bandmembers are physically exhausted after 18 months of recording and touring. But perhaps more significantly, drummer Lars Ulrich has been suffering pain from a rotator-cuff injury he sustained around 1991. "It's flared up again in the last couple of weeks," the group said in a statement. "Big-time apologies go out to our friends in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and all of you who were planning to travel there." The South American tour was scheduled to start October 25. Metallica still plan to fly to Asia for their Madly in Anger With You Tour, which starts November 6 in Tokyo. ... Deicide guitarist Eric Hoffman was arrested in Buffalo, New York, on Tuesday for trying to cross the Canadian border with drugs. Hoffman, who was traveling in a mobile home, was charged with criminal possession of anabolic steroids with intent to sell, and possession of a hypodermic needle. He was also hit with three lesser possession charges for three types of prescription depressants. The man he was traveling with, Benjamin T. Boynton, was charged for having five grams of amphetamines, over a pound of marijuana, a loaded .22-caliber revolver, brass knuckles and a police baton. Court dates are pending. ...

Rage Against the Machine will release their concert CD Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium on November 25, and a DVD of the same name will come out December 9. There were several last-minute alterations to the project. Originally, the band planned to include covers of Devo's "Beautiful World," Cypress Hill's "How I Could Just Kill a Man" and Eric B. & Rakim's "Microphone Fiend." Those renditions have been removed and replaced with Rage originals "People of the Sun," "Guerilla Radio" and "Testify." …