For The Record: Quick News On 50 Cent, Beyonce, Britney, Dave Matthews, P. Diddy, Metallica & More

Do they make formal wear in Kevlar? 50 Cent has signed on to perform at the 46th annual Grammy Awards, set for February 8. The rapper is up for five awards, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album. The show will be broadcast live on CBS, and MTV News’ live pre-show, “Backstage at the Grammys,” kicks off at 7 p.m. ET. ...

Beyoncé will perform her Grammy-nominated single "Crazy in Love"  at the 53rd annual NBA All-Star Game, set for February 15 in Los Angeles. She joins previously announced artists Christina Aguilera, who'll sing the national anthem, and Outkast, who'll perform their pair of current hit singles during player introductions. ... Meanwhile, Beyoncé has signed on to be the spokesperson for Tommy Hilfiger's new fragrance, to be launched in the fall, it was announced Tuesday (January 27). In addition to appearing in ads, she'll work with Hilfiger on the fragrance concept, which will be targeted at 15- to 25-year-olds. ...

The international Pepsi ad featuring Britney Spears, Beyoncé and Pink as gladiators and Enrique Iglesias as an evil emperor is now available online. Though it wasn't meant to be distributed in the U.S., the commercial, in which the pop stars sing a revamped version of Queen's "We Will Rock You," can be seen at www.popgal.net and www.worldofbritney.com. ... P. Diddy has officially been cast in the Broadway production of "A Raisin in the Sun." Audra McDonald ("It Runs in the Family") and Phylicia Rashad ("The Cosby Show") will co-star in the play, which opens in March. ...

Jury selection started Monday in a civil case being brought against P. Diddy by his former chauffer. Wardel Fenderson is seeking $3 million from the rap mogul and Bad Boy Entertainment, alleging that Diddy and his bodyguard Anthony "Wolf" Jones forced him to flee the scene of a nightclub shooting at Club New York in 1999. P. Diddy was acquitted of criminal wrongdoing in that case but rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow was convicted of assault and reckless endangerment and is in the middle of serving an eight-year sentence. ... Rock and roll legend Little Richard has signed on as the keynote speaker and headline performer at this year's South by Southwest Music and Media Conference. Both appearances take place March 18 in Austin, Texas, with the speech that morning at the Austin Convention Center and his concert that night at the Austin Music Hall. Previously announced featured speaker Antonio "L.A." Reid has canceled his appearance. ...

Courtney Love appeared in a Beverly Hills court Tuesday sporting her usual "just woke up" look to address felony drug charges stemming from an overdose in October. The former Hole singer, who voluntarily entered rehab before the court could order it, is trying to find out if she's eligible for a program that would give her more rehab instead of jail time. After meeting privately with Love, the judge decided more investigation was needed and continued her felony case until February 11. She's due back in court Wednesday to address the misdemeanor drug charges against her. ...

The Super Bowl will be over by February 4, but that doesn't mean Xbox Live players won't be able to play in their own championship games. Starting that day, 100 randomly selected live-action Xbox players will get to play a game of "ESPN NFL Football" with Big Boi from Outkast. It's part of a larger promotion to be unveiled in future months that will pit players against various celebrities in live, online matches. ... U.K. music rag NME has announced the nominees for its annual awards. Radiohead were nominated five times, including for Best Album for their 2003 release, Hail to the Thief. Other prominent nominees include the Darkness (Best Live Band), the White Stripes (Best Single for "Seven Nation Army") and the Strokes (Best Album). ...

There's more to an Orange County soundtrack than No Doubt and the Offspring, as the forthcoming Music From the O.C.: Mix 1 can attest. Due March 30, the first LP in what promises to be a series features Phantom Planet's "California," the track used as the theme to "The O.C," alongside contributions from Jet, Joseph Arthur, Dandy Warhols and Turin Brakes. ... Fans will be a prominent feature in the clip for "Ya'll Want a Single," the next single from Korn's latest album, Take a Look in the Mirror. The video, which follows the previous single "Right Now," was shot in Los Angeles on Friday by director Andrew Jenkins, a newcomer to the video world after having previously worked on TV commercials. ...

Are radio programmers out of touch with what listeners want to hear? Of the 10 top-selling singles of 2003, only a couple were radio hits. Here's the list, according to recently released data: Clay Aiken's "This Is the Night"/"Bridge Over Troubled Water" at #1 with 948,155 copies, followed by Ruben Studdard's "Flying Without Wings"/"Superstar" (728,243), Kid Rock's "Picture" (392,489), "American Idol" finalists' "God Bless the USA" (309,655), Hilary Duff's "So Yesterday" (141,360), Korn's "Did My Time" (132,967), the Eagles' "Hole in the World" (121,376), Mariah Carey's "Through the Rain" (116,785), Aaliyah's "Miss You" (98,358) and Jewel's "Intuition" (96,142). ...

While finishing up an as-yet-untitled book of poetry, former Smashing Pumpkins/ Zwan frontman Billy Corgan has begun working on his forthcoming solo debut with some help from Bon Harris, a founding member of the industrial dance band Nitzer Ebb. ... A coffee-table book celebrating the 20-year legacy of Pacific Northwest punks the Melvins is set for a March 2 release. "Neither Here, Nor There" features comments from the bandmembers and their friends and includes a compilation CD. After two decades, the band is still kicking, too. A short West Coast tour is in the works. ...

Gov't Mule will open eight dates on Kid Rock's upcoming tour. In the meantime, the band has started working on its first studio album since bassist Allen Woody died in August 2000. The LP will be released in the fall on Dave Matthews' ATO Records. ... And speaking of Matthews, his Dave Matthews Band will receive the Chairman's Award at the NAACP Image Awards ceremony March 6 in Los Angeles for their support of environmental causes and "dignified representation of people of color." FOX will broadcast the program March 11. ...

The Pharcyde's Imani and Bootie Brown have reunited for the group's first album in four years. Humboldt Beginnings, featuring the single "Choices," is due in April and will be promoted with a tour. ... Hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari is working on her debut LP for Universal Records. So far Ari, who plays on about 90 percent of Kanye West's College Dropout LP, has tracks completed with Jewel, Anthony Hamilton, Scarface and West. ...

Iron Maiden experienced luck of the Spinal Tap variety during their stint at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Tuesday night's show had to be canceled because the venue accidentally booked the band for the same time it had scheduled a Xerox convention. And on Saturday evening, Maiden had to cut their set short because someone poured a beer on the soundboard, causing it to short circuit. ... Metallica have added a second night in Los Angeles to their lengthy North American tour. The band will now play the L.A. Forum on March 5 and 6. Tickets for the second show will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. ... Swedish new wave-leaning quintet the Sounds are heading Stateside for their first U.S. headlining tour, starting February 15 in Milwaukee and ending March 28 in Atlanta. Along for the 30-date trek will be Kill Hannah and Ima Robot. ...

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In an incident likely to be addressed in a future Eminem lyric, the rapper's mother, Debbie Nelson, was carjacked Thursday night on 8 Mile in Detroit, the road her son immortalized in his 2002 film of the same name. She was sitting in her black Honda Prelude at a gas station at 11:30 p.m. when a 16-year-old holding a gun yanked her out of the car and drove off. A policeman saw the stolen car on 7 Mile and gave chase. When the teen found himself snarled in traffic, he got out of the car and ran, but was caught. It is not believed that the boy knew his victim was Eminem's mom. ...

Court documents filed Friday in the Michael Jackson molestation case reveal that the 1993 accusations against him were a factor in getting the search warrants on Neverland. Judge Rodney Melville decided parts of the warrants and some of the list of items seized will be available to the public, but the affidavit supporting the search will remain sealed. Melville also turned down requests from both the prosecution and defense to amend his gag order so they could respond to rumors; instead the matter will be discussed at the next hearing. Jackson is due back in court February 13. ...

The next season of “The Osbournes” doesn’t premiere until Tuesday night, but family matriarch Sharon Osbourne will offer a sneak peek of what lies ahead on the reality show during her daily syndicated talk show. Fans can get a taste of the new season of “The Osbournes” on Tuesday’s edition of “The Sharon Osbourne Show,” and can check www.sharonosbourne.com to see when the show airs in their area. …

One of the projects the Neptunes were working on last week while in New York was a remix of Jay-Z's "Change Clothes (And Go)," from The Black Album. The production duo also produced the original. A spokesperson for Jay wasn't sure when or where the remix would be released. ... This time, there was no tongue. When Britney Spears presented Madonna with a career award at a French music-awards show in Cannes this weekend, the pop matriarch eschewed the soul kiss and gave Britney a simple peck on the cheek as she accepted her honor, according to The Associated Press. "My ambition may be American, and I may have married a Brit, but my heart belongs to France," Madonna told the crowd at NRJ radio station's ceremony Saturday. ...

3 Doors Down will release "Away From the Sun" as their next single. The band plans to shoot a video for the song in March but has yet to decide on a director. ... The Roots are looking for a few good artists for their new imprint, Okayplayer Records. Unsigned artists who hope to make the label's first release, expected to drop this summer, can enter submissions at www.okayplayer.com. ...

Mary J. Blige and No Doubt are among the additional performers slated for the ceremony to honor Sting as the 2004 MusiCares Person of the Year. They join a lineup that already includes Black Eyed Peas, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews and John Mayer. Proceeds from the annual event, which this year takes place February 6 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California, will help people in the music industry in financial, medical and personal need. ... "The Sharon Osbourne Show" is getting the ax, according to a People magazine insider attending the National Association of Television Program Executives conference in Los Angeles. The syndicated daytime talk show made its debut less than a year ago. ...

Early Bob Marley recordings from 1967-72, the period just before his mainstream arrival, will be available on a 71-track, three-record box scheduled for a March release, after Universal Records acquired the rights to 211 songs from small independent label JAD. "Stir It Up," "Small Axe" and "Guava Jelly," which had before been available on unofficial bootlegs, are among the better-known tracks. ... Ex-Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell and Living Colour are among the artists set to put on their best Jimi Hendrix for three tribute concerts in honor of the guitar legend. Shows are set for February 22 in Seattle; February 24 in Portland, Oregon; and February 26 in San Francisco. The participating artists, who also include Buddy Guy, Joe Satriani and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, will be backed by Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell and Band of Gypsies bassist Billy Cox. ...

Helmut Newton, erotic fashion and celebrity photographer, died on Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 83. Newton was driving away from the Chateau Marmont hotel, where he had lived for the past three months, when he suffered a heart attack and crashed. ... Within a week of shutting down one fan site, Prince has set his lawyers on another. Guide2Prince.org plans to cease operations at the end of the month, but the latest target, Smallclub.org, says that it was temporarily closing the site after being contacted by the law firm representing the musician. The domain name for Guide2Prince.org, meanwhile, is now available on eBay. ...

"DIG!," a documentary from video director Ondi Timoner (Vanessa Carlton, Fastball) about the friendship and rivalry between Courtney Taylor of the Dandy Warhols and Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, won the documentary grand prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. "Primer," a time-travel thriller starring newcomer Shane Carruth, who also wrote, directed, produced, edited and composed the movie, won the top dramatic honor. ... Nelly Furtado, who will perform at both the upcoming Super Bowl and NBA All-Star game, is shooting the video for "Try," the second single from November's Folklore, Monday and Tuesday at Universal Studios. Sophie Muller (who helmed Furtado's "Turn Off the Light") is directing the clip, which will portray Furtado as an early settler in a new country. ...

With four nominations apiece, Gov't Mule and String Cheese Incident will be the leading contenders at the fourth annual Jammys, March 16 in New York. Phish, Widespread Panic, Moe and the Allman Brothers Band also garnered multiple nominations. ... "American Idol" finalist RJ Helton will release his debut album, Real Life, March 23 on Gospo Centric's B-Rite Music. Meanwhile, "American Idol 2" Marine Josh Gracin has signed with Lyric Street Records and is recording a country album with Rascal Flatts producer Marty Williams. ... Latin-pop crossover queen Shakira will issue a two-hour DVD, "On Stage, Off the Record," on March 23. The video contains 90 minutes of live footage paired with backstage glimpses of her family, fiancé Antonio de la Rua, and band. ...


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