For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Clay Aiken, Slick Rick, Nick Lachey, Morrissey, Snoop & More

On what would have otherwise been her honeymoon, Britney Spears spent her post-marriage/annulment days in Miami filming promos for her upcoming Showtime concert special. The program is a live, full-length concert from the Miami stop of her Onyx Hotel Tour. The concert, which will be shot on HDTV, will air March 28 at 9 p.m. ET, and will be tape-delayed on the West Coast. ...

Clay Aiken spent Saturday afternoon at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, only he wasn't there just to watch the game against East Carolina. At halftime the "American Idol" star, dressed in a green Charlotte jersey with his name on the back, presented a check for $20,000 to the school and performed "The Way" and "Invisible." Charlotte won the game 81 to 65. ...

Slick Rick's first show after being held in custody by immigration officials for nearly a year and a half was postponed just two days before it was set to take place January 9 at Brooklyn, New York's Southpaw club. The eye-patched MC will instead re-emerge onstage January 23 at the Knitting Factory in Manhattan. Rick will also open Chris Rock's string of shows at Madison Square Garden, beginning January 28. ...

At a conference over the weekend, Myles Brand, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), expressed disdain for a series of television ads featuring Snoop Dogg promoting Nokia cell phones. Nokia was the title sponsor of college football's Bowl Championship Series Sugar Bowl game on January 4. Brand felt the commercials, in which Snoop solicits the viewing public to help him find out who swiped the national championship trophy using their Nokia phones, to be "inappropriate" for the collegiate atmosphere. He didn't specify if it was the commercial's content or Snoop's presence that caused him concern. ... The English royals need to brush up on their knowledge of heavy metal history. Prince Charles sent Ozzy Osbourne a bottle of Scotch as a get-well gift, unaware that the recovering rocker has had his problems with alcohol in the past. Osbourne is doing well after being seriously injured in an ATV accident last month. Ozzy's wife, meanwhile, will return to her talk show, "The Sharon Osbourne Show," on Monday (January 12) for the first time since the accident. ...

Nick Lachey had better get used to having panties thrown his way. He's set to play Tom Jones and sing "It's Not Unusual" on the March 14 episode of NBC's "American Dreams." Also appearing in the episode is Liz Phair, who'll perform "Walk in the Room" as Jackie DeShannon. Both artists are slated to tape their parts January 21. A week after their episode airs, Jason Mraz will adopt his best Dion for a rendition of "Ruby Baby," while Fefe Dobson will be remade as Tina Turner, tentatively to sing "River Deep, Mountain High." Mraz and Dobson are scheduled to tape their episode February 4. ...

With shipments of more than 117 million copies, Elvis Presley has resumed his place as the King. Presley, who would have turned 69 Thursday, is the top-selling solo artist in U.S. history, according to the RIAA. Presley bumped Garth Brooks, who cracked the 100-million mark in October 2000, from the position. Meanwhile, "Tribute," an 11-hour documentary on the rock pioneer, is in the works. ... Hip-hop forefather Grandmaster Flash will officially announce the formation of his newly founded label January 26 at the MIDEM music conference, which will take place January 25-29 in Cannes, France. Called Adrenaline City Entertainment, the label will look to sign artists from all genres. ...

Former Smiths frontman Morrissey's first new album in nearly seven years, You Are the Quarry, is expected to drop in April. Among the roughly 30 songs recorded for the follow-up to 1997's Maladjusted are the tentatively titled "Teenage Dad On His Estate" and "Don't Make Fun of Daddy's Voice." ... The fifth annual Coachella Festival will be held May 1-2 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California. Last year, the Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined a lineup of more than 75 artists. ...

Before R.E.M. drop their new studio album at the end of the year, fans can get their fix for Athens' finest on "Perfect Square," a live DVD recorded July 19 in Germany. Performances of favorites such as "Man on the Moon," "Losing My Religion" and "Orange Crush" are among the highlights of the 23-track disc, which is set for release February 23 in the U.K. There's no word yet on a domestic release. ... Bassist John Mark Bechtel has resigned from Systematic, the California band that was first to sign to Lars Ulrich's Music Company label. Bechtel, who replaced Nick St. Dennis in 2002, played on the band's second album, 2003's Pleasure to Burn.

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Travis Barker and his baby's mama, former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, have gotten engaged. The Blink-182 drummer asked for Moakler's hand while the two were at Disneyland on Christmas Eve. Nuptials are expected to take place this year. ...

Grand Royal, the defunct record label once run by the Beastie Boys, has surfaced as an asset up for sale on a bankruptcy auction site (www.bid4assets.com). Highest bidders would get master recordings, licensing agreements and miscellaneous merchandising agreements. The auction has been going on since December 5, but with less than two weeks remaining, nothing has been placed. Perhaps the $10,000 minimum bid is scaring people away from obtaining those Butter 08 masters. ... Michelle Williams has set a January 27 release date for her second solo album, Do You Know. The album will include first single "The Incident," "Love Thang" featuring gospel duo Dawkins & Dawkins, and a version of Destiny's Child's "I Know." ...

Scott Weiland has switched rehab facilities once again — but this time, the court does not approve. The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman/current Velvet Revolver singer was originally placed in court-ordered lockdown rehab at Grandview in Pasadena, California, and then, with the court's permission, switched to Las Encinas, also in Pasadena, last month. But then Weiland switched yet again to a non-lockdown facility called Genesis in Hollywood. During Weiland's probation status report hearing Friday (January 9), the court asked for a complete report about the switch, and a hearing to deal with the matter has been scheduled for January 23, also the date of Weiland's arraignment for his charge of driving under the influence of drugs (from his late October arrest). ...

With "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" such a hit, it's no surprise that the Fab 5 are branching out — with Jai Rodriguez, otherwise known as the group's culture expert, leading them in the music department. Rodriguez, who performed the role of Angel in "Rent" on Broadway, has started work on his debut album. Rodriguez previously released the dance single "Love Is Good" before signing on to the Bravo/NBC show. ... Russell Simmons has sold Phat Fashions, the parent company of his Phat Farm and Baby Phat clothing lines, to Kellwood Company for a reported $140 million. Simmons launched Phat Farm in 1992 and, according to a release announcing the deal on Thursday, he's seen his company's profits go up every year. Phat Fashions will operate as a subsidiary of Kellwood, which already makes such brands as Calvin Klein, Izod and Liz Claiborne. Simmons will stay on as CEO of Phat Farm while his wife, Kimora, will continue as the principal creative force behind the ladies' Baby Phat line. ...

Staind singer Aaron Lewis has arranged a better distribution deal for Lo-Pro, the first band signed to his 413 Records. "The record's in stores now, but it's really hard to find," he said. "Hopefully that will change in January." Lewis hopes to be more hands-on in the studio as an executive producer for the next Lo-Pro release. "I think the band would actually like that," he said. ... R&B singer Teedra Moses coaxed video director Hype Williams out of hiding to film her video for "You'll Never Find (A Better Woman)." The clip, featuring Jadakiss, will be shot in the next two weeks. The track is from her debut album, Complex Simplicity, which drops in April. ...

Swedish rock band Soundtrack of Our Lives will release their fourth album on April 28. The yet-untitled record was self-produced in the band's homeland. ... Orgy have set a February 24 release date for Punk Statik Paranoia, which will be the first release on the band's new D1 Music label. Singer Jay Gordon produced the album, which includes first single "The Obvious." ...