For The Record: Quick News On Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, Slipknot, The Used, Remy Martin, Martika, Otep & More

Alicia Keys to perform at Super Bowl, Snoop drops Biscuitz, Martika hopes to be like Dido.

Alicia Keys will perform "America the Beautiful" prior to this year's Super Bowl, which will mark only the third time in Super Bowl history the song has been sung (Ray Charles and Vikki Carr last had the honors). Keys will be accompanied by 150 students from St. Augustine-based Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, which Charles attended in 1937. The students will sign and sing along with Keys. "I'm very excited to be playing at the Super Bowl for the first time, especially because I will be singing a song made famous by an artist I admire, miss and respect," Keys said in a statement. Super Bowl XXXIX takes place at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida, on February 6, and will be broadcast on FOX. ...

Snoop Dogg fans will soon be able to step out in style as the rapper and Pony International prepare to drop a new line of shoes like they're, well, you know. The Snoop Dogg Doggy Biscuitz footwear collection — named after Snoop's nickname for his shoes, "biscuits" — consists of four different designs, including the Snoopadoopa, "for active life and everyday wear"; Snoopafly, which is "athletic/basketball inspired"; Snoopalicious, a "casual shoe for business meetings and dressier occasions"; and "Snoopaslide," which features a bandana print for "kickin' it in the crib and lounging around the house." Jay Leno got a personalized pair of Snoopadoopas when the rapper appeared on his show in December, but the rest of us will have to wait until March to score the shoes, when the collection hits retail outlets worldwide. ... Meanwhile, Slipknot will soon have their own footwear line, care of Vision Street Wear. Fans of the masked rockers can preorder the kicks online since the shoes won't be available until April. Vision Street Wear, which already produces a line of Slipknot skateboard decks, will have five styles of sneakers available, including the "pentagram slip on" and two designs featuring images of the bandmembers' faces. ...

The Used have just finished their video for "All That I've Got," in which a boy visiting the Used Bookstore gets entranced in a storybook and ends up as part of the story, searching for the ending as he runs into various bandmembers who play themselves and assorted characters. The video, directed by Marc Webb, draws from "Alice in Wonderland," "A Clockwork Orange" and "The Neverending Story." See photos from The Used's "All That I've Got" ... "Because of Winn-Dixie," which features Dave Matthews playing a drifter, is finally going to hit the big screen after several delays. The movie — based on the children's book of the same name — also stars Jeff Daniels, Cicely Tyson and Eva Marie Saint, and will now open nationwide February 18. ...

It doesn't look like we'll be seeing Andre 3000 lighting a guitar on fire anytime soon. The Hughes Brothers' much-talked about Jimi Hendrix biopic that Dre had been linked to is currently a no-go. According to Allen Hughes, "The estate does not want anyone to make the film, so at this point the project is on hold." Janie Hendrix, president and CEO of Experience Hendrix, the organization that manages the guitarist's estate, said last week that the company is not currently working with anyone on a Hendrix biopic nor is it licensing music to any film at this time. ... M.O.P. and Remy Martin performed at Joe's Pub Wednesday night in New York as part of the Relief and Recovery! concert. The proceeds went to the American Red Cross International Response Fund. Rem and M.O.P. decided to get together in response to the tsunami disaster. ...

Styles P of the LOX has settled on Time Is Money as the title for his upcoming solo album, due in March. ... Martika, the Cuban-American singer who originally had a pop hit in 1989 with "Toy Soldiers," says that she's pleased with Eminem's sample of her vocal in "Like Toy Soldiers," and hopes he can do for her what he did for Dido. "I'm actually surprised he used my voice so much," she said. "And I like what he did with the military drum roll. It's tight." Martika is relaunching her career with a duo called Oppera, which she calls a "new Eurythmics" — sort of classical music, Led Zeppelin and Pat Benatar all rolled into one. "Eminem's using the song really helps our career," she said, "because the next logical question is, 'What's she doing now?' " Oppera's first single is called "So," and their debut album is due out in April. ...

Afroman's lawyers have slapped a cease-and-desist order on an impersonator named Dol Ré, who has been booking performances as Afroman and pretending to be the rapper for several weeks. In a statement, Afroman said he would have tried to prevent Dol Ré from swindling concert promoters long ago, but he didn't "because he got high." ... Goth-metal band Otep will head up the Alliance of Defiance Tour, which will also feature American Head Charge, Candiria and the Autumn Offering. The trek kicks off January 25 in Reno, Nevada, and wraps up on March 19 in Los Angeles. The band is still touring on the strength of its sophomore album, House of Secrets. ...

Thanks to a gag order, it took just about a week for Michael Jackson's lawyer to get the court to approve his response to grand jury testimony that leaked last week. Noting that the defense team strongly objects to the leak of testimony that had been ordered sealed, Thomas Mesereau pointed out that "the witnesses who testified before the grand jury were never subjected to cross-examination or impeachment by the defense. ... By law, no judge or defense lawyer was allowed to be present in the grand jury room," Mesereau said. "Furthermore, the defense had no opportunity to call its own witnesses to refute or criticize this one-sided proceeding. This case will be won in the courtroom and not through 'leaks' in the media." ...

Jefferson Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden died of stomach cancer at his California home on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. He was 66. Dryden, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 for his work with Jefferson Airplane, left the band in 1970 and joined the New Riders of the Purple Sage from 1971-1978. After playing with a number of other bands for years, Dryden retired from performing 10 years ago. Dryden is survived by his three sons. Plans for a memorial concert are reportedly pending. ... Strawberry Fields, an orphanage in Liverpool, England, and the inspiration for the 1967 Beatles tune "Strawberry Fields Forever," will be closed down by the Salvation Army due to the changing demands of child welfare, according to Reuters. "It is now preferable for children to be cared for within a foster family or in a small group home, rather than within large residential institutions," the Salvation Army said in a statement on Wednesday. ...

Art Alexakis has filed for bankruptcy. According to The Oregonian, the Everclear frontman owes the IRS, the Oregon Department of Revenue and various credit-card companies just over $3 million. Alexakis complained to the newspaper that he's lost 40 pounds due to stress. ... Mighty Mighty Bosstones singer Dicky Barrett, who is also the announcer on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," has signed on to host the morning show for Southern California's Indie 103.1, which already features shows hosted by the Crystal Method and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols. "The Mighty Morning Show" debuts January 31. ... Boston trio Guster are in Nashville this week recording the follow-up to their 2003 release, Keep It Together. The new album is due out this summer. ...

01.12.2005

One of the two original compositions on A Perfect Circle's most recent release, eMOTIVe, will be the featured song in the upcoming Keanu Reeves thriller flick "Constantine." "Passive," the second single off the album, features the band's Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel collaborating with Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and Danny Lohner. The Brothers Strause, who handled the visual effects for "Constantine," will direct the video for "Passive." ...

As part of the monthlong celebration of the late Bob Marley's 60th birthday in February, his widow is planning to exhume his remains from where they currently lie in Jamaica and rebury them in Ethiopia, which she calls his "spiritual resting place," according to The Associated Press. Rita Marley said that her late husband's life was "all about Africa, it is not about Jamaica," and said the Ethiopian church and government support her decision. ... Wyclef Jean was in Haiti on Tuesday to launch an after-school program for children living in the seaside slum of Cite Soleil. Intended to keep kids in school, Wyclef's program provides scholarships, tutoring and sports training at L'Athletique d'Haiti Sports Academy for about 650 young children. According to a statement, Wyclef's foundation, Yele Haiti, is also planning to provide scholarships for 4,000 young people in the Haitian city of Gonaives, where floods in September killed hundreds. ...

Kelly Osbourne listened to a lot of Kraftwerk while prepping her upcoming album, and it shows. The electro-sounding single "One Word" has a new age/new wave vibe, where she intones more than sings purposefully robotic verses such as, "One word breaks the code of silence/ Silence tells me all I need to know/ One world driven into madness/ Madness driven by the depths below." Other song titles on Osbourne's still-untitled album, due out June 7, include "Secret Lover," "Edge of Your Atmosphere," "Suburbia," "Don't Touch Me" and "Entropy." ... Virgin Digital and Foot Locker recently announced a special promotion and sweepstakes to offer exclusive content from Def Jam artists such as LL Cool J, Ludacris and Ja Rule. Virgin will offer Foot Locker customers 30-day free trials and one customer will win a Flyaway Sweepstakes to attend the NBA All-Star Game in Denver with Luda. ...

If you weren't hip enough (or old enough) to join Sub Pop Records' now-defunct Singles Club in 1988, now's your chance to score the entire run of rare 45s by the likes of Nirvana, the White Stripes, the Get Up Kids, Death Cab for Cutie, Sonic Youth, Modest Mouse, Soundgarden and more. Someone has posted their entire collection of more than 125 singles on eBay in an auction that ends on Thursday. The bad news? Bidding has already hit $4,500. ... Bam Margera, Andy Dick, Tom Green, Tony Hawk, Shannon Elizabeth, Seth Green, Macaulay Culkin and several cast members of "That '70s Show" are shuffling the deck as part of a new hour-long weekly series called "Hollywood Poker Night," which will begin airing in March on E! The show will feature three different stars and three of their best buddies as they ante-up in their own homes and hangouts. No day or time for the show has been announced yet. ...

Akon is taking the motivation behind his music — "I just want people to learn through my mistakes, to better themselves," he explained — into the launch of Conflict Films. "We're going to death-row inmates and getting their life stories and we want to make movies about their life stories," he said. ... Following the passing of his friend Barry White, who died of kidney failure, Isaac Hayes decided to contribute recipes to a cookbook for people suffering from chronic kidney disease, titled "Kidney Friendly Comfort Foods: A Collection of Recipes for Eating Well With Chronic Kidney Disease." Hayes will appear at Cleveland's HealthSpace Cleveland Museum on Thursday to introduce some of the recipes from the book. ...

The Dillinger Escape Plan have announced plans to take to the road for eight North American shows. The band will kick off the trek in Toronto on February 1 and wind up in New York on February 9. ... Portland, Oregon, indie-rockers the Decemberists will release their third album, Picaresque, on March 22. Produced by Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla, the 11-track set will include "The Sporting Life" and "Infanta," among other songs. Singer Colin Meloy will hit the road for a quick 10-date solo trip before the official Decemberists tour starts January 13 in Seattle. ...