For The Record: Quick News On Snoop Dogg, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Jackson, Eminem, John Cena, Beyonce & More

Snoop disinvited from Harvard, past 'Idol' contestants ready for a feud, U2's book delayed.

It looks like Snoop Dogg won't be heading to Harvard after all. The university's undergraduate council has taken back its offer to have the rapper perform at the school, citing "financial obligations and unavoidable obstacles," The Associated Press reports. The rescinded offer comes in the wake of objections by a group of students offended by some of Snoop's more sexist lyrics. ...

Kelly Clarkson's moving on from "Since U Been Gone": She's heading to Toronto early next week to shoot her next video. "Behind These Hazel Eyes" will be directed by Joseph Kahn. ... Ten former "American Idol" contestants got together recently to shoot an episode of "Family Feud" that will air in syndication the week of May 2. A men's team of A.J. Gill, George Huff, Jon Peter Lewis, Matt Rogers and Rickey Smith faced off against a women's team of Amy Adams, Vanessa Olivarez, Diana DeGarmo, Julia DeMato and Kimberley Locke. ...

Michael Jackson is denying rumors that he's in financial dire straits and selling off most of his 50 percent interest in Sony/ ATV Music Publishing (which contains songs by the Beatles). Via a statement released Thursday, Jackson's rep said "these reports are not true." ... Jason Mraz has been sidelined with a respiratory infection that has affected his vocal cords, according to the singer's Web site. Three of his college tour dates, in Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis; and New York, have either been rescheduled or canceled. ...

RZA and Method Man — who team up on the latter's upcoming solo album — are pairing up again to make music for the Jet Li movie "Unleashed." The first single (written by RZA) is called "Baby Boy" and sung by a new artist named Thea, while the second song, "Unleash Me," will feature Method Man in the video. ... WWE champion John Cena is making good on his threat to start a rap career. He's shooting a music video Friday (April 15) and Saturday in Los Angeles for "Bad, Bad Man," from his upcoming debut LP, You Can't See Me, out May 10. Cena's also just completed filming his part in "The Marine," in which he plays an injured Marine who comes home from a war to find his girlfriend caught up in a kidnapping. ...

AC/DC, Kiss, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and U2 are among the artists donating rare guitars, gear and albums to save the environment. Fans can bid on the who's-who collection during Save the Earth Foundation's annual Earth Day charity auction online, beginning Saturday at auctions.overstock.com/earthday. The auction, which lasts until April 25, also includes a Rolling Stones hollow-body guitar and the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour album, each autographed by all bandmembers, as well as autographed microphones from Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jay-Z, Nelly and Snoop Dogg. ... U2's forthcoming book, "U2 by U2," which was set to be released this year, has been postponed. Harper Collins has delayed what was to be the September publication of the book due to the "punishing schedule" of the band's current world tour. ...

Yoko Ono will headline the upcoming All Tomorrow's Parties festival in the U.K. (April 22-24), curated by actor/musician Vincent Gallo, who has also threatened to perform. Joining Ono on the eclectic bill are her son, Sean Lennon, Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, Polly Jean Harvey, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Merzbow, Olivia Tremor Control, James Chance and the Contortions, Prefuse 73, Buck 65, Peaches and Suicide. ... Remember that cheesy cover band in the party scene from "Old School"? Well, they've released a whole album on punk label SideOneDummy. The Dan Band Live! is 14 tracks of totally unfunky, cheese-tastic covers of songs like "Milkshake," "You Oughta Know," "Shoop," "Genie in a Bottle," "Total Eclipse of the Heart," an ABBA medley, and, yes, "I Am Woman." You've been warned. ...

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Britney Spears and Kevin Federline's still-untitled reality show, which spotlights their courtship up to and including their wedding via privately shot home videos, will premiere with a special one-hour episode on May 17 at 9 p.m. ET on UPN. ...

Outkast and Rosa Parks have settled their dispute. In what had been a highly contested matter concerning the use of Parks' name as a song title, the parties resolved to become partners in developing educational programs to enlighten today's youth about the role Parks played in the civil-rights movement. First up will be a tribute album, on which Outkast will perform. They're also planning a TV special and DVD. ... The mother of Michael Jackson's current accuser continued testifying Thursday, elaborating on the alleged death threats she told the court about on Wednesday. She testified that she was "continually monitored" by Jackson's team for what she thought was her own safety. Prosecutors played an audio tape purportedly made just before the family's interview with the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, revealing that a Jackson security guard was present prior to the interview. Following the interview, the mother testified, one of Jackson's associates told her she hadn't done a good enough job clearing Jackson and that they were going to have to leave the country. ...

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter phoned in his plea of not guilty to two drunk-driving-related charges Wednesday (he was not required to appear). The charges stemmed from a March 5 incident in Huntington Beach, California, where he was pulled over for erratic driving and failed a field sobriety test. Carter's next hearing on the matter is scheduled for May 2. ... Paris Hilton, Hilary Duff, Good Charlotte, Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, Rob Thomas, Ryan Cabrera and Shar Jackson were among the stars who turned out for Us Weekly's party Wednesday to celebrate the Young Hot Hollywood Style Awards, which was hosted by Jessica Simpson. ...

Nelly has placed two special Pimp Juice promo vehicles on eBay in order to raise money for his late sister Jackie Donahue's foundation, the Jes Us 4 Jackie Fund. The custom-designed rides, a 2004 PT Cruiser and a 2004 Jeep Wrangler, will come with an autographed photo of the rapper, an authenticity plaque and 20 cases of, yes, Pimp Juice. The bidding ends on April 22. ... A U.K. group called Mothers Against Guns is calling for a boycott of Reebok, according to BBC News, as it feels a TV ad for the shoe company's "I am what I am" campaign that features 50 Cent counting his gunshot wounds glorifies gun violence. Reebok said in a statement that it does "not support every action, choice or view expressed by the hundreds of athletes and entertainers who wear our products. However, we do support their individuality and right to express themselves freely." ...

April 15 isn't just the dreaded day to pay your taxes, at least if you live in Sin City. The city of Las Vegas is declaring Friday "Diddy Day," in honor of the music mogul. Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman and the city council will honor P. Diddy's achievements at a presentation this Friday afternoon inside the Desert Passage Mall at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino. ... Legendary piano man Johnnie Johnson died on Wednesday of natural causes at his home near St. Louis, according to his reps. He was 80. Johnson played on almost all of Chuck Berry's hits and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 by friend and fellow rocker Keith Richards. He is survived by his wife, Frances, and 10 children. ...

Sparta have been forced to cancel the remainder of their current tour for medical reasons. According to the band's Web site, guitarist Paul Hinojos suffered a ruptured disk in his back and was hurried back to Los Angeles for immediate treatment. There are no plans to reschedule the nixed gigs, but Sparta promise to do all they can to make them up on their next tour. ... Martika — whose 1989 chart-topper "Toy Soldiers" forms the backbone of Eminem's track "Like Toy Soldiers" — is heading out on the road with her new group, Oppera, whose self-titled album is due out May 31. The pop-rock duo will tour the East Coast with Pat Benatar; the trek begins June 15 in Clearwater, Florida, and wraps June 30 in Reading, Pennsylvania. ... Electronic pioneers Kraftwerk will bring their elaborate stage show back to the U.S. for a brief summer tour. The group will kick things off in Washington, D.C., on May 30 and finish the trek on June 6 in Los Angeles before heading off to Europe. ...