For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, 50 Cent, White Stripes, Beck, Simple Plan, Buzzcocks & More

Like the ride Britney has in her video for “Me Against the Music”? The sports car — autographed on the hood and the steering wheel by the singer — is being auctioned off to benefit the Britney Spears Foundation. The auction, happening on ebay.com, starts December 1 and ends December 11. Also being auctioned is Brit’s sporty outfit from her NFL Kickoff concert. Her Reebok boots, black football pants, black NFL shorts and black-and-white referee halter top are to be auctioned off between now and Sunday to benefit the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. For more information, go to marybirdauction.com. …

50 Cent knows what’s up. With the high anticipation of his in-store releases, he’s already prophesizing that he will have to push up the release date of his next solo album. “Probably Fourth of July weekend,” he said about when he wants to put the LP out. “But it will probably come out in June due to the bootleggers.” … Whether it snows or not, White Stripes fans can expect a “White Christmas” from their favorite red-suited character. Stripes frontman Jack White has contributed two new songs, “Never Far Away” and “Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over,” as well as three covers to the soundtrack to his film debut, “Cold Mountain.”  The soundtrack drops December 16,  and the flick opens on Christmas Day. …

Beck, fidgeting with a keyboard and twiddling knobs on a drum machine, tugged on his sweater and said, “It’s getting hot in here,” at KCRW’s A Sounds Eclectic Evening concert Saturday in Universal City, California, before launching into Nelly‘s song of the same name, different spelling. He later revisited the “Hot in Herre” chorus during “Where It’s At,” a highlight of the solo set that also included Mutations‘ “Nobody’s Fault But My Own,” an oldie from One Foot in the Grave, a couple of tracks from Sea Change and a pair of songs by his late friend Elliott Smith. An acoustic set from Shelby Lynne was the surprise performance at the Universal Amphitheatre event, which also featured Liz Phair (also acoustic), Jurassic 5, Damien Rice, the Polyphonic Spree, Jem and Gary Jules. …

Kung Fu, the label operated by the VandalsJoe Escalante that launched the Ataris‘ career, is tentatively eyeing a May release for a Warped Tour DVD that will include performances from the Ataris, Poison the Well, Tsunami Bomb, Simple Plan and other artists to be announced. … Defunct Swedish post-hardcore rockers Refused will see their legacy chronicled via the Refused Are F—ing Dead collection, which will be comprised of never-before-seen material and videos. Meanwhile, Refused’s landmark 1998 album, The Shape of Punk to Come, has been remixed and remastered in 5.1 surround DVD audio format, with the re-release (as well as remastered editions of Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent and The EP Compilation) set for early next year. …

Pioneering English punk band the Buzzcocks will perform a series of club shows before heading back to their homeland. Eight shows are scheduled from November 28 through December 6, including stops in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The trek promotes the band’s latest, self-titled album, which dropped in September. …

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Enrique Iglesias, in support of his soon-to-be-released seventh studio album, 7, is planning a string of intimate, small-hall concerts. The Stateside portion of the trek starts, appropriately enough for the heartthrob crooner, on Valentine’s Day at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The jaunt will include stops in Chicago; Oakland, California; Los Angeles and Las Vegas, with more cities to be announced. “I am excited to play the smaller venues first because I get to play the new material for my hardcore fans in an intimate setting,” Iglesias said in a statement that also promised a worldwide tour in the spring. …

Charges against Coldplay singer Chris Martin, which stemmed from his allegedly smashing the windshield of a photographer in Australia, were dropped in court Friday as a result of lobbying by Martin’s lawyer, who had been calling for the case to be dismissed. …Fabolous got to breathe a sigh of relief this week. On Wednesday, gun charges in a New York case were dismissed against the rapper, while on Thursday, gun charges in a separate Brooklyn, New York, case were dismissed as well. “We are happy that everything worked out,” his lawyer, Alberto Ebanks, said. Both cases, which originated from arrests earlier this year, are now sealed. …

Snoop and his Snoop Dogg All Stars will square off against the Southwest Football League Allstars on Saturday in Los Angeles for a charity game to raise money for the Snoop’s Youth Working for Change organization and Corona Centennial High School. “This Snoopafly event is for the youth, man, that’s what all of this is about,” the Doggfather said in a statement. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at the school. … Metallica issued a statement regarding Tuesday’s passing of composer/conductor Michael Kamen, who led the San Francisco Orchestra in its collaboration with the band on 1999′s S&M.S&M was Michael’s idea, Michael’s brainchild,” the band’s collective sentiment read. “He said he had always felt that our music lent itself to a collaboration with an orchestra … Michael will be missed by all of us, and will always remain an integral part of the Metallica family.” …

The entertainer-to-politician bug is spreading north. After giving up his career in music, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is considering a run for lieutenant governor of Washington state next year. … Limp Bizkit‘s current single, “Behind Blue Eyes,” will be issued as a CD- and 7-inch single on Monday in the U.K. The vinyl version of the Results May Vary single is backed with “Just Drop Dead,” a track purported to be about Britney Spears that Fred Durst posted on the band’s Web site this summer. The digital version of the single adds to that a remix of the Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water single “Rollin’.” …

Los Angeles’ KROQ-FM announced the lineup for its annual Almost Acoustic Christmas festival on-air Friday (November 21). Linkin Park, P.O.D., the Offspring, Puddle of Mudd, Pennywise, Chevelle, the Distillers and Thrice will perform December 13 at the Universal Amphitheatre, while Korn, Blink-182, Jane’s Addiction, 311, Staind, Rancid, Jet, Trapt and Brand New will play the following day. … Following a November 29 show in Camden, New Jersey, with 311, the Offspring will set out on the radio-sponsored circuit to promote their seventh album, Splinter, due December 9. Five shows are lined up, culminating at the KROQ show. The group did reserve some time for itself, however; it’ll headline New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on December 6. …

The Boss is giving back to the city for which he named an album. Bruce Springsteen and the Max Weinberg 7 & Friends will play three holiday benefit concerts in Asbury Park, New Jersey, December 5-7. Proceeds from the concerts will go to local charities and organizations. … After three were rescheduled, the remaining dates of Ozzy Osbourne‘s European tour that were postponed while the metal singer recovered from treatment for his tremors will now take place beginning January 15 in Germany. The three dates that cap the tour, in London and Birmingham, England, in late February, were announced last week. … Jimmy Coup, the guitarist for Andrew W.K.‘s band, parted company with the party-hearty rocker over musical differences. The group’s guitar tech will sit in on the current tour until Andrew can find a permanent replacement. …