For The Record: Quick News On Pharrell Williams, Sean Paul, Kelis, Dave Matthews, JC Chasez, Sheryl Crow & More

Sting and Sean Paul will perform together for the first time at the 46th annual Grammy Awards. They, along with the Black Eyed Peas and country singer Martina McBride, join previously announced performers Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, the White Stripes and Outkast. Meanwhile, last year’s Grammy golden girl Norah Jones, John Mayer, Pharrell Williams and actors Sean Astin (“The Lord of the Rings”) and Amber Tamblyn (CBS’ “Joan of Arcadia”) are the first presenters to be announced for the awards show, which is set for February 8 in Los Angeles. …

During NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, Snoop Dogg, Bow Wow, Chingy and David Banner will play on a celebrity basketball team and compete against a legends roster featuring Flynn Robinson, Jerry Chambers and the Harlem Globetrotters’ Meadowlark Lemon, among others. Snoop and Free are coaching the celebs, while Dominique Wilkins and Lucius Allen are coaching the legends. The Champs Sports Hoop Magic Celebrity All-Star Game, hosted by Magic Johnson and benefiting the Magic Johnson Foundation, is scheduled for February 14 at the Great Western Forum. Kanye West and Banner will perform at halftime. … The night before, Shaquille O’Neal will celebrate the All-Star Weekend’s return to L.A. with a party at the Playboy mansion. P. Diddy, Outkast, DMX, Ja Rule, Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys and Mos Def are on the guest list. …

Outkast, Kelis, the Crystal Method, Basement Jaxx and BT are among the artists nominated for DanceStar USA 2004 Awards. The presentations will be made by the Dance Music Academy on March 9 in Miami. At the event, Moby will be given an award for Outstanding Contribution to American Dance Music. … Jay-Z has a shoe contract with Reebok, but that doesn’t stop him from taking gifts from its competitors. Nike bequeathed the retiring rapper with a customized pair of black dunks in celebration of his most recent album, The Black Album. The shoes are not sold in stores and are strictly for Jay’s feet only. …

Dave Matthews is releasing “Save Me” as the second single from his solo album, Some Devil. The video, directed by photographer Danny Clinch, is available at www.davematthewsband.com. … JC Chasez has finalized the track list for his solo debut, Schizophrenic, due February 24. Songs include “Some Girls (Dance With Women),” “She Got Me,” “100 Ways,” “Mercy,” “Build My World,” “Something Special,” “If You Were My Girl,” “Shake It” (featuring the Basement Jaxx), “All Day Long I Dream About Sex,” “One Night Stand,” “Come to Me,” “Dear Goodbye,” “Everything You Want,” “Lose Myself” and “Right Here By Your Side.” …

In the days following Michael Jackson’s arraignment, his attorney Mark Geragos and Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon submitted written arguments to the judge’s gag order barring them from speaking about the case. Geragos requested on Friday that he be allowed to respond to false information about his client, with his proposed addition to the gag order, filed Tuesday, asking that the attorneys be allowed to respond to statements that would otherwise result in “undue prejudice” or “adverse publicity.” Sneddon’s written argument, however, submitted that the attorneys should only be allowed to issue written responses, and only when the basis of a question is false. He also asked that the attorneys on each side confer with each other and agree upon the released responses. … As Courtney Love readies her forthcoming album, America’s Sweetheart, she’s got yet another legal battle on her hands. Love is now being sued by the California law firm that helped her settle her lawsuit against her former record label, because she still owes it for its services, according to a lawsuit filed last month in Santa Barbara Superior Court. The law firm Cappello & McCann claims that the singer owes $228,926 for her two-year fight with Universal Music Group. Love’s current lawyer had no comment. …

Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge and Ben Harper will perform at the first in a series of Rock for Choice-sponsored concerts scheduled for 2004 in conjunction with a voter-registration campaign focusing on the continuing threat to women’s rights. Friday’s show at the Hollywood Palladium will also feature Brittany Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Amy Brenneman, Nia Vardalos, Laura Dern and Camryn Manheim, who will speak about women’s rights. … Rapper Mos Def tried his hand at rock music when he formed the band Black Jack Johnson three years ago, and now he’ll take on jazz. The rapper’s scheduled to perform three nights, February 13-15, at the Blue Note jazz club in New York as part of the club’s “Another Side Series,” which encourages artists to branch out from their traditional genres. Backing Mos will be a five-piece jazz band that includes drummer Will Calhoun and trumpeter Wallace Roney. …

Slipknot’s new song “Don’t Get Close” will be included in an upcoming yet-untitled Activision game, which is scheduled for release in April. A different edit of the track will appear on Slipknot’s next studio album, due this summer. … My Morning Jacket lead guitarist Johnny Quaid and keyboardist Danny Cash have left the band in order to devote more time to other pursuits. In a post on the group’s Web site, original member Quaid wrote, “My country ass is now ready to go the f— home.” Cash offered a similar sentiment: “As much as I love the band and the music we make, it’s just not worth sacrificing my home life.” Guitarist Carl Broemel and keyboard player Bo Koster are filling in on the band’s North American tour, which runs through January 31 in Washington, D.C. …
 
The Who will revisit their rock opera Tommy at a Teenage Cancer Trust benefit show on March 29 at London’s Royal Albert Hall. It will be the band’s first gig since guitarist Pete Townshend was cleared of child-pornography allegations in May. The Who have also scheduled a U.K. show at the Isle of Wight Festival on June 12. … The Meat Puppets will release the 24-song best-of record Classic Puppets on February 3. The album will feature tracks from seven of the group’s albums, along with previously unreleased live and studio tracks. … The third full-length album by the Kids of Widney High, a group of students from a special-education high school in Los Angeles that was introduced to most by Mike Patton’s Ipecac label in 1999, is due February 10. The kids recently filmed a scene in the next Farrelly brothers movie, “The Ringer,” in Austin, Texas, and a documentary film about them is in the works. …

01.20.2004

Outkast will perform during player introductions at the NBA All-Star game, taking place February 15 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Prior to tip-off, Christina Aguilera will sing the U.S. national anthem and Nelly Furtado will take on the Canadian anthem. The game will be televised on TNT at 8 p.m. ET …

Rumors started circulating that Britney Spears was seeking help after she was spotted late last week at two Southern California medical facilities — Centinela Hospital in Inglewood and Parkside Medical Center in Santa Monica — but her rep says that there’s nothing wrong with the singer. Rather, her mother, Lynne Spears, had the appointments, and the singer was merely tagging along. In the meantime, ABC Family is moving forward with their adaptation of the twosome’s book, “A Mother’s Gift,” called “Holly” in its telepic version. Lindsey Haun, the daughter of Air Supply guitarist Jimmy Haun, has been cast as the Britney-like character, with Virginia Madsen set to play her mom. Production starts in Toronto this week. … The Cure have been added to this year’s Coachella lineup, joining previously announced artists Radiohead, Kraftwerk and a reunited Pixies at the annual event, which takes place May 1-2 in Indio, California. Robert Smith and company will headline the festival’s second night. …

Jadakiss registered to vote for the first time on Monday at “Good Morning America” ’s Times Square studios as part of the “One Mind, One Vote” program, set up to support Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit Action Network’s voter-registration initiative. LL Cool J, Loon, Bad Boy’s Da Band and Jada’s LOX teammate Styles were also on hand. … Ex-Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland and Nine Inch Nails multi-instrumentalist Danny Lohner are likely to appear on the forthcoming album by Rob Zombie, expected to drop near the end of 2004. Lohner is also working on the soundtrack to the forthcoming flick “Hellboy” and has worked with Helmet frontman Page Hamilton on the soundtrack to “Saw,” an upcoming horror movie scored by Lohner’s NIN bandmate Charlie Clouser. …

One of Bono’s greatest heroes growing up was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose words and deeds inspired the singer to honor the late civil-rights activist with the U2 song “Pride (In the Name of Love).” On Saturday in Atlanta, King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, returned the honor, presenting Bono with the Salute to Greatness Award. The singer was praised for his efforts to promote AIDS awareness, facilitate funding for those suffering from the disease and to relieve Third World debt. … A fan’s remix of a rare Radiohead song, “Follow Me Around,” has become a favorite among the group’s legion of followers. Pawel Osmolski took a version of the song frontman Thom Yorke performed solo acoustic at a KROQ holiday show and built a “full band” version around it at his home studio. After releasing it online, his version has showed up on many radio and tastemaker charts in the U.K. No word on whether the band has heard it or whether there are plans to release it as a B-side. …

Breakdancers and b-boy crews from around the globe will exhibit and compete at the World B-Boy Championships on February 7-8 at Wembley Arena in London. Slick Rick and Ludacris will headline the closing concert in what will be Slick Rick’s first performance in the land of his birth in almost two decades. Meanwhile, the Clipse have recorded a theme song for the event, called “Fabulous,” which will be available on a special B-Boy Championship compilation to be released that week. … After nine years with the band, Oasis drummer Alan White has been served his walking papers. White replaced original member Tony McCarroll for the recording of 1995’s (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? The Britpop band claims not to be currently looking for a replacement, and guitarist Noel Gallagher has been playing drums on early demos for Oasis’ next album, expected to drop later this year. …

SoCal punk vets the Vandals have hitched their wagon to a portion of this summer’s Vans Warped Tour and will perform alongside Bad Religion, New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday and many others. Meanwhile, Non Phixion and Lordz of Brooklyn are among the unsigned and independent acts slated to play the Code of the Cutz stage, the hip-hop performance area that’s been part of the tour for the past two years. … The flap between the family of late Beatle George Harrison and the doctor who was treating him when he died appears to be over. Harrison’s family, which had accused Dr. Gilbert Lederman of coaxing Harrison to autograph his son’s guitar while he lie dying, has agreed to drop the lawsuit against him if he disposes of the guitar. …

Former Smashing Pumpkins/ Zwan frontman Billy Corgan will join Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter, Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb, Calexico and the Jayhawks in contributing to the two-disc Por Vida, a benefit album to help singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo cover his medical expenses as he battles Hepatitis C. The LP is due in April. … A head-on collision with two parked cars can’t stop Andrew W.K. The hyperactive hipster drove into the sedentary sedans while filming an episode of his upcoming MTV2 series. The cars were totaled but Andrew walked away without much damage. …

Former Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland claimed in a British court Monday that he did not attempt to rape a mentally impaired teenager to whom he was giving drum lessons. He said that he was bisexual and simply assumed the teenager was, too. … The Offspring will play a free outdoor concert on January 27 in Aspen, Colorado, following the conclusion of the 2004 ESPN Winter X Games. …

Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten (a.k.a. John Lydon) will take part in the British reality series “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here.” The show, which starts airing January 26, will feature Rotten duking it out in the Australian outback with a host of quasi stars. … Aerosmith have announced dates for a lengthy North American tour with power pop veterans Cheap Trick. The first show will be March 11 in Lubbock, Texas, and the two bands will remain on the road through June 28 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. …

Following Johnny Santos’ departure earlier this month, Spineshank are on the hunt for a new vocalist. Those interested in screaming for the Shank are asked to send music, photo and bios to: Scott Koenig c/o King Artist Management; N. Kings Rd # 102; West Hollywood, CA 90069; or they can e-mail to Spineshanksinger@aol.com. …