For The Record: Jay-Z, Will Smith, Mariah Carey, Halle Berry, Paris Hilton, The Strokes & More

Jigga unveils new song, Big Willie hosting BET Awards, 'Glitter' gal goes Broadway.

Jay-Z is premiering a remake of his song "The Takeover" featuring the Young Gunz at Thursday's Nets vs. Heat NBA playoff game. The rapper, who is part owner of the New Jersey Nets, recorded the remake last week as the Nets' playoffs anthem, and it will be available as a download on www.njnets.com. ... Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are more than a Hollywood power couple — they're also the co-hosts of this year's BET Awards, taking place June 28. The ceremony will be held at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre and air live starting at 8 p.m. on BET. Nominations will be announced May 16. ...

Green Lantern resigned Wednesday from his position at Shady Records as Eminem's official tour DJ and Shade 45 radio host. According to the DJ, he was recorded without his knowledge on a DVD that Jadakiss was filming, where he was talking to Jada about his upcoming verse against 50 Cent. "I was recorded without my knowledge, speaking with Jadakiss about his music, his response record," he explained. "And it looks really crazy. And there's a rumor going around saying that I'm filling Jada in on what 50 was gonna do, and that's absolutely false." ...

Mariah Carey hopes to translate having a hit album into having a hit Broadway musical. The singer is writing a story around the songs on her 1994 album, Merry Christmas, plus two new songs she's planning to write. "I'm such a festive person, and I love Christmas. I'm so over the top with it that this is a bit much, but it's perfect for me," Carey said. "I get a chance to live out my Christmastime fantasies vicariously through the show. I think it's going to be fun and something families can go to see." ... Halle Berry is auctioning the clothes off her back to fund a field trip for her former high school. The Oscar-winning actress has donated two of her designer gowns to Bedford High School in Ohio to be auctioned off at the school's annual prom fashion show, The Associated Press reports. Proceeds will be put toward a student trip to the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. ...

Despite talking about her album for what seems like ages, Paris Hilton is still trying to get her songs together. She recently approached feminist punk-electronica band Le Tigre to contribute, according to their rep, "but that's as far as it's gotten." And she's definitely out of luck with the Black Eyed Peas. Even though she said last summer that she'd be working with the group, Will.I.Am told MTV News that the session isn't going to happen. ... William Hung and Mikalah Gordon fans out there might want to check out votefortheworst.com. The Web site is encouraging fans of the show to vote for the worst remaining contestants every week to make the talent search more interesting. In case you're wondering, Scott Savol is the site's pick for this season's bottom of the barrel. ...

Wal-Mart is getting into the mix CD business. The mega-retailer announced this week that visitors to its Web site can now choose songs from among its 400,000-song library to burn onto a disc, which will then be mailed out within 3-4 days. Customers can choose the title of the mix CD and pick from a number of cover art options. A three-song custom CD will cost $4.62, plus 88 cents for each additional song and $1.97 for shipping. ... Radio giant Infinity Broadcasting is getting into the podcasting business. On May 16, the company (which, like MTV, is owned by Viacom) will switch its poorly performing KYCY-AM talk-radio station in San Francisco into an all-podcast station. The station will run material submitted by amateur podcasters and listeners but has not promised how long it will stick with the new format. ...

Epitaph will release the 10th volume of its bargain-priced Punk-O-Rama compilation series on June 7. Among the bands offering previously unreleased material are the Offspring, Hot Water Music, Bad Religion, Bouncing Souls and the Special Goodness. The album will also feature songs from Rancid, Pennywise, Motion City Soundtrack, Matchbook Romance, Millencolin, Dropkick Murphys, NOFX and Tiger Army. ... The Meat Puppets' Curt Kirkwood will embark on a solo career this fall with the release of the tentatively titled Snow, according to his label, Little Dog Records. The disc is said to include watered-down rock tracks that'll accentuate his vocals and guitar work. ...

Beck, Marilyn Manson, the Strokes, the Vines, Kings of Leon and the Distillers are among the rockers captured by Amanda de Cadenet's lens for her upcoming photo book, "Rare Birds," due in September. The 10-year-retrospective presents the personalities of musicians, actors, models and more in unconventional poses and moments. "I have always liked the imperfections of a person," de Cadenet said. "This is the reality of being human and it's beautiful to me. What I look for in my own life and with the people I photograph is the truth of who they really are." Also included are shots of a disheveled Keanu Reeves, Tobey Maguire, Benicio Del Toro, Orlando Bloom, Rose McGowan and Amanda Peet. ...

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UPN's May sweeps strategy seems to be "Bring on the music guest stars!" Chingy pops in for some "One on One" on May 2 at 8 p.m., Omarion appears on "Cuts" on May 16 at 8:30 p.m., and Toni Braxton fights city hall to keep her Harlem hair salon on two episodes of "Kevin Hill" airing May 4 and 11 at 9 p.m. For the season finales of "All of Us" and "Eve," Damon Dash and Ludacris appear on the back-to-back episodes, airing May 24 at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ... Nelly is holding a fundraiser for his inner-city youth program 4Sho4Kids on May 5 at Judith Leiber's new flagship store in New York. The rapper will play auctioneer for one-of-a-kind items, such as a diamond-encrusted Hello Kitty evening bag co-designed by Leiber and Kimora Lee Simmons, as well as VIP backstage tickets to Nelly's tour. "What I am trying to do with 4Sho4Kids and children nationwide, is to encourage them to use their minds and provide them with a positive environment," Nelly said in a statement. "Not only is this is an exciting joint venture for both Judith Leiber and myself, but an event for a good cause." ...

System of a Down will be taking experimental prog-noise merchants the Mars Volta out for a two-month road trek that'll cross these United States, bringing with it marathon guitar solos, wildly unpredictable wailing and lots of hair. Though the tour is slated to kick off in early August, there is no confirmed itinerary yet, a System spokesperson said. ... DJ Shadow is reissuing his seminal 1996 album, Endtroducing, in a two-disc deluxe edition. The second disc will include demos, a live track recorded in 1997 and previously unreleased remixes. Also included in the packaging are new liner notes from Shadow himself, and excerpts from an upcoming book about the album's impact. The expanded edition of Endtroducing is due June 7. ...

Le Tigre's most well-known issue is feminism, but the activist punk-electronica band is also taking on animal rights in a PSA the trio just shot for PETA. With the slogan "Don't let your honey wear a bunny," the band poses with its own pet bunny, Karen. During the photo shoot, Kathleen Hanna explained to MTV News that while they prefer this sort of "softer, gentler" anti-fur approach, methods like throwing fake blood on people seems to yield more results. "A lot of models won't wear fur because they don't want to be embarrassed publicly," she said. Le Tigre are up against the Scissor Sisters, Melissa Etheridge, Rufus Wainwright and George Michael for Outstanding Music Artist at the 16th annual GLAAD Awards on Saturday in Los Angeles. ... This year may have seen the re-release of Pavement's seminal Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, but ex-Pave singer Stephen Malkmus thinks the releases should end there. "I don't really have a voting power in that [decision]," Malkmus said. "But if the [label and the rest of the band] said they wanted to do it, I'd just go, 'OK.' There's some extra songs, but [the next disc in line, 1995's] Wowee Zowee is already a long enough album. It doesn't need it. There has to be enough songs to warrant it, you know? And I don't know if there are." ...

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey are purchasing a condo in Las Vegas at George Maloof's new high rise, Palms Place, which won't open for another two years. "George is going to have a two-story basketball suite which is down the hall from a multimillion-dollar state-of-the-art recording studio there ... so I'm there," Lachey said in a statement. Prices range from $500,000 to $7 million for the fully furnished condos. ... R&B group Xscape will release Unchained, their first album in seven years, in the fall. In the meantime, the group (with Kiesha Miles replacing Kandi Burruss) just released the single "What's Up," which samples Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock." ... Celine Dion will donate the proceeds from her special Mother's Day performance to UNICEF's Tsunami Recovery Fund, The Associated Press reports. The Canadian songstress said she hopes the May 8 show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas will bring in at least $1 million for the cause. ...

There was more jamming than award presenting at Tuesday night's fifth annual Jammy Awards. Disbanded jam gods Phish won tour of the year, the Dead got best download, Dead member Phil Lesh took home best live show, Umphrey's McGee's "In the Kitchen" was named song of the year, Gov't Mule won best studio album, Keller Williams snagged best live album, and Buddy Guy was given a lifetime achievement award. Among those taking the stage of the Theater at Madison Square Garden was the unlikely trio of Huey Lewis, gospel great Mavis Staples and the recently unretired Sinead O'Connor. Blues great Guy also jammed alongside John Mayer with the Roots' ?uestlove on drums and Lesh on bass. ...