For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Juvenile, 3 Doors Down, Bob The Bachelor, Randy Rhoads & More

Britney Spears spent her holiday vacation in Los Angeles shooting the video for “Toxic,” her second single from In the Zone. Helmed by Joseph Kahn, who last directed Spears in her clip for “Stronger,” the video premieres on “Making the Video” on January 13 at 6:30 p.m. ET. …

Police in Gwinnett County, Georgia, say they have paternity-test results that prove New Orleans rapper Juvenile is the father of the 6-month-old girl in the middle of a dispute over child-support payments. Deputies say Juvenile failed to make payments to the child’s mother, and obtained an arrest warrant for the rapper in November. Juvenile continues to deny that he is the baby’s father. … While the dispute has yet to be played out in court, a federal judge in Los Angeles has allowed Wind-Up Records to continue selling copies of 3 Sides by Bob Guiney, better known as “Bob the Bachelor” from TV’s “The Bachelor.” Earlier this month, the program’s producers sued Guiney and his record label for breach of contract for promoting his album without their permission. Since its November 25 release, 3 Sides has sold fewer than 50,000 copies, according to SoundScan. …

3 Doors Down will stage a benefit concert March 27 in Mobile, Alabama, to aid children’s charities along the Gulf Coast. … On March 18, a day before the 22nd anniversary of the plane crash that claimed his life, famed Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads will be inducted into Hollywood’s Rock Walk of Fame. Renowned for his blending of metal distortion with complex classical structures, Rhoads ignited Osbourne’s solo albums Blizzard of Ozz (1980) and Diary of a Madman (1981). …

The Who’s Pete Townshend has told a British newspaper that when he was being investigated in January on child-pornography charges, he considered suicide. “If I had a gun I would have shot myself,” he told The Observer for a story that was printed Sunday. In the end, police didn’t charge Townshend because there was no evidence to indicate he had downloaded any of the images he viewed on his computer. The guitarist said he had viewed the pictures because he was conducting research for his autobiography, and thought the photos might trigger blocked memories from his childhood. “I was just spinning, it was a bit like being shot. I didn’t really quite know what to do,” Townshend said of his mental state during the investigation. “If I had shot myself, it would have been awful because it would have confirmed what everybody thought.” …

Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir will undergo back surgery for an injury he sustained six weeks ago on the first date of the Eastpak Resistance Tour. Though he was in pain, he finished the scheduled concerts. Then, on December 13, his foot went numb, which he took as a sign to see a doctor. “It will be a while before I’ll be able to [get back in the studio,]” Muir wrote on the band’s Web site. “Hopefully all will go well with the surgery, and I’ll be able to get back to the music as soon as possible.” … Helmet’s hits collection, Unsung: The Best of Helmet (1991-1997), will see release on January 27. …

Following in Alanis Morissette’s footsteps, Steve Earle is taking on a starring role in the off-Broadway play “The Exonerated,” starting Monday (December 29). The play tells the stories of former death-row prisoners who were later freed by the state after being found innocent. Earle performs in the play, housed at the Culture Project in New York, through Sunday. … El-P will release High Water (Mark), a collaboration album with the Blue Series Continuum jazz quintet, on February 17. “The music on this album came from one day’s live session in which I brought in compositions that the Blue Series guys improvised to,” El-P explained in a statement. “I then took the results of that and reworked them into structured songs.” …

12.24.03

They don’t call him the Boss for nothing. Bruce Springsteen was the touring champion this year, pulling in almost $116 million from 47 shows, concert industry magazine Pollstar reported in its year-end sales data. Springsteen’s single-year figures were the second highest of all time; in 1994 the Rolling Stones brought in $121.2 million. This year the veteran rockers took in $38.5 million, earning them a #14 ranking. …

Don Was, who has produced albums by the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Black Crowes and the B-52’s, has formed a TV and home video production company called M101. The first project from the company is the high-definition television series “Music Room,” which will feature music legends performing with contemporary artists. In the two-hour pilot, “Music 101: The Green Room,” Al Green will be joined by Mary J. Blige and Hall & Oates, among others. There is no launch date for the series. … Fu Manchu will record the theme song for the upcoming Jesse James movie “West Coast Choppers,” singer/guitarist Scott Hill wrote on the band’s Web site. The track will be called “I’m Gettin’ Away (Away From It All).” Five of the band’s previously released songs will also be featured on the soundtrack. …

The Recording Academy will present lifetime achievement awards to a number of musicians at the 2004 Grammys. Classical pianist Van Cliburn, Motown sound architects the Funk Brothers, children’s music composer Ella Jenkins, bebop tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, swing band leader Artie Shaw, and folk guitarist and songwriter Doc Watson will all be honored. Also receiving lifetime achievement awards: jazz producer Orrin Keepnews, radio host Marian McPartland, and songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King. … Clearly smitten with Redman and Method Man’s thespian skills, FOX has picked up an as-yet-untitled television show starring the two rappers. The sitcom features Red and Meth as themselves, living in a white suburb of New Jersey. The show was based on an idea from Method Man. …

Tommy Hill, a.k.a. John Wilson, of rap group the RAM Squad was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with drug dealing and possession after his Philadelphia home was raided by police. Authorities believe Wilson sold drugs out of his home and through dealers in the Richard Allen Homes projects, which the RAM Squad got their name from (the Richard Allen Mob). Wilson is also thought to have ties to Philly mob boss Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino. … Factory 81 have broken up following the departure of bassist Kevin Lewis and drummer Andy Cyrulnik. The hardcore metal outfit’s only album, Mankind, came out in 2000. …