For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, G-Unit, Bob 'The Bachelor,' Insane Clown Posse, Flaming Lips & More

Snippets of songs from Britney Spears' forthcoming In the Zone are now available on Britney.com. Besides the album's first single, "Me Against the Music," featuring Madonna, fans can also hear portions of four other songs, including her next single, "(I Got That) Boom Boom," the more atmospheric "Breathe on Me," the R. Kelly-penned "Outrageous," and "Toxic." Although P. Diddy's track for Britney, "The Answer," won't be making the U.S. version of the LP, it's been designated as a bonus track for the U.K. release. A clip of that song is available on Britney fan site WorldofBritney.com. ...

The G-Unit shoe being designed by 50 Cent and Reebok's RBK line has an in-store release date of November 11. The red-white-and-blue sneakers are being launched in conjunction with the latest shoe from Philadelphia 76ers star Allen Iverson, the Answer 7. ... Add Beanie Sigel to the ever-growing list of hip-hop artists coming out with a line of sneakers. Beans is bringing Pro-Keds back from the dead with his new State Property footwear, scheduled to hit stores in February. ...

Like getting hurt from running with scissors, this kind of disaster was bound to happen. A fan dressed up in a giant panda-bear costume passed out Friday during a Flaming Lips show in England, forcing the band to halt its show. Fans dressing up like oversized stuffed animals and dancing in the wings of the stage has been a Lips staple since they began promoting their latest album, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. ... The White Stripes have announced that they'll perform a New Year's Eve show at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Jack and Meg recruited one of their favorite bands, the Flaming Lips, to open up the show. Tickets went on sale Tuesday (November 4). ...

Bob Guiney, better known as the man in demand from this season's "The Bachelor" TV show, has shot a video for "Girlfriend," the first single from his album, 3 Sides, due in November on Wind-Up Records. Director Nigel Dick (Britney Spears, Guns N' Roses) shot the video Monday and Tuesday in Los Angeles. ... Following the suicide of a teenager in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the FYE record store there temporarily pulled all copies of Insane Clown Posse albums. John Sullivan, vice president of Trans World Entertainment, FYE's parent company, said it was done out of respect for the teen's family. A school administrator for the teenager speculated that his suicide on October 13 was linked to the music and fandom of the Clowns. A spokesperson for the record chain told the local newspaper that the ICP albums would return to the shelves once the issue was sorted out. ...

A portion of the proceeds from the Thursday, Thrice, and Coheed and Cambria show Monday at San Diego's SOMA was donated to the San Diego Fire Relief Fund, a fund started by the NFL's San Diego Chargers to help the area's community recover from the devastating wildfires that burned down hundreds of homes. Island Records has matched the amount made by their bands, Thrice and Thursday. ... Jane's Addiction's first go at pulling a flashgig, an impromptu performance or art happening modeled after the flashmob phenomenon, proved a success. After their show in London Friday, fans were alerted to meet in front of Brixton Academy, where frontman Perry Farrell, wearing a jester's hat, led the crowd through a group sing-along of hits. ...

11.03.2003

Now that his run is over, P. Diddy might want to take a cue from Britney Spears and rest up. The singer ran herself so ragged promoting her upcoming album that she caught the flu and a severe throat infection and had to cancel a week's worth of activities overseas. No longer on her schedule — presenting at MTV's Europe Music Awards in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Thursday. Ordered to take bed rest, she's at home recovering. ...

The Roots have been dubbed the hardest-working band in hip-hop, but who knew they could rock and roll all night and party every day? The Philly group played its annual Halloween show in costume once again this year, this time fully made up as rock icons Kiss. Their show at Nashville's Vanderbilt University included a brief Kiss medley. Last year, the Roots dressed as N.W.A. ... The songs just keep pouring out of R. Kelly. According to his musical co-conspirator Baby, the duo are still working on their Best of Both Worlds 2 LP. But since the project is coming along so well, they’ve decided to make it a double album. The set is slated to drop in February. ...

Missy Elliott is no stranger to good causes, but she's recently upped her involvement with one in particular. She announced on Monday (November 3) that she's going to be the spokesperson for Break the Cycle, a nonprofit domestic-abuse prevention group in Los Angeles, and she's launching a $5 million fundraising and awareness campaign for the charity. "I know how domestic violence can affect a family and I want to do everything I can to stop it from happening to others," she said in a statement. "The most important thing we can do is teach kids that they can break the cycle." Missy's including information about the organization — on whose committee she's served for years — in the jacket of her upcoming album, This Is Not a Test, due out November 25. She also hopes to raise proceeds via her Where My Girls At? Tour. For more information about the charity, visit Breakthecycle.org. ...

Phil Spector's $1 million bail has been extended a second time, now to January 9. The district attorney's office is still putting together its case against the legendary producer accused of shooting actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion in February. ... Detroit rocker Kid Rock has been added to the November 10 Johnny Cash tribute at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Other performers include George Jones, John Mellencamp, Brooks & Dunn, Dwight Yoakam and Cash's daughter Rosanne Cash. Tickets will be distributed through a lottery. ...

Musicians Justin Timberlake, Linkin Park bassist Phoenix and Tim McGraw; actors George Lopez, Damon Wayans, Kelly Preston and Sara Rue; and Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter of "The Bachelorette" have been added to list of presenters at the American Music Awards, airing live from Los Angeles on November 16. Fleetwood Mac, performing via satellite from their current European tour, and Toby Keith have been added as performers. ... Putting rumors to rest that there might be another Black Star album with Mos Def in the works, Talib Kweli is in the studio working on his next solo album. The tentative title is The Beautiful People, and it's due out in the spring. ...

Bruce Springsteen joined friends Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers for a 75-minute set Saturday at the fourth annual Light of Day Concert to Benefit the Parkinson's Disease Foundation at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Parkinson's Disease sufferers Michael J. Fox and concert organizer Bob Benjamin took the stage to sing along for the event's theme song, Springsteen's "Light of Day." ... The All-American Rejects' previously unreleased "The Cigarette Song" will be featured on Doghouse 100, a compilation celebrating Doghouse Records' 100th release. Due November 25, the album will also include unreleased songs from Limbeck, Gameface and River City High. ...

Mandy Moore took to the message board on her Web site to explain why she dropped out of Barbara Kopple's "Havoc." "Not only did it not work out timing-wise, but it was also a film that I didn't feel ultra-comfy being a part of," she wrote. "It was very sexually themed and full of drugs and violence and I was actually scared to go there. I absolutely adore the director and wanted to work with her so badly, but I guess it will have to be with another project." Moore was replaced by Anne Hathaway ("The Princess Diaries"). ... Just when you thought "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" couldn't get any more absurd, along comes The Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show, a 19-track compilation featuring punk bands covering the tunes from the cult classic 1975 soundtrack. Participating artists include One Man Army, who perform "Dammit, Janet," the Groovie Ghoulies, who offer their version of "The Time Warp," and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and the Ataris, who each lend a version of "Science Fiction/ Double Feature." The LP will hit shelves on December 2. ...

Eighties metal band Hanoi Rocks will drop the domestic version of Twelve Shots on the Rocks, complete with five bonus tracks, on January 27. The band's first studio album in 17 years was released last year in the U.K. ... New wave punk band the Stranglers will begin a tour of the U.K. November 25 to support their new album, Norfolk Coast, which drops February 10 overseas. The first single, "Good Thing Coming," is expected to surface across the pond in January. ...