For The Record: Quick News On Kelly Clarkson, Chris Brown, Young Jeezy, Outkast, 311, Nickelback & More

Clarkson, Brown set for download rap session; 311 move 3-11 Day.

Kelly Clarkson, Chris Brown, Common and MTV News' Sway will discuss the state of the music industry with high school students on February 6 as part of Grammy week. The What's the Download Rap Session, sponsored by the Recording Academy, will be held at Newman Hall on the University of Southern California campus. ...

Eminem's Shady Records isn't throwing Detroit's only pre-Super Bowl bash. Lil Jon will host a party at hot spot Agave on Friday, and at the same venue the following night, Ludacris and actor Anthony Anderson will be the main attractions for a soiree dubbed Hustle & Flow: Detroit Style. Luda will also be performing at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday with Young Jeezy, Juvenile, Twista and Juelz Santana. R. Kelly, meanwhile, will perform on Sunday at the Glass House, and Diddy has three shindigs booked: his Diddy's Cashmere Luxe Party at the Elysium Lounge on Friday; the 5th Player's Ball on Saturday and the Diamonds and Furs party on Sunday — both being held at Captain's Bar & Grille in Detroit. Former Detroit Pistons player Derrick Coleman is hosting the Platinum Party, which will feature Nelly, Murphy Lee, Ali and Gipp; that party's happening on Saturday at the Detroit Opera House. Nelly will join Jamie Foxx, John Legend, the Four Tops and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas for the Motown Music Fest at the Masonic Temple on Saturday. And lastly, Kanye West, Nickelback, Train and the Goo Goo Dolls will perform during the Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash on Thursday inside the city's State Theatre. ...

It may still be lacking a release date, but now at least there's a trailer available for "Idlewild," the much-delayed feature-film debut from Outkast. Currently streaming over at the movie's official site, IdlewildMovie.net, the trailer shows 'Kast's Andre 3000 and Big Boi as Percival and Rooster, two lifelong friends who open up a speakeasy called Church in the 1930s South. Several new Outkast songs are played throughout, and at the end of the trailer we're told that the soundtrack to the film is due in stores on February 14 — though Outkast's label says that information is no longer true, and that the album has no firm release date. ... Slip-N-Slide Records was awarded an injunction last week in its legal battle with TVT Records over the rights to an album's worth of material Pitbull recorded in 2001 — before he signed with TVT Records, which released his debut, M.I.A.M.I., in 2004. The injunction, granted by a U.S. District Court magistrate judge, bars TVT Records' efforts to thwart the release of the disc, Welcome to the 305. The record was slated for release last May but TVT obtained a cease-and-desist order, which scared off Slip-N-Slide's distributors. TVT's action, the judge determined, damaged Slip-N-Slide's business dealings with potential buyers. The injunction clears the way for the label to release the album, but there's no word yet on when Slip-N-Slide might do that. ...

Jennifer Garner, Scarlett Johansson and Teri Hatcher are among the actors who sing on a new album of lullabies and ballads called Unexpected Dreams: Songs From the Stars. Due March 28 and benefiting Music Matters, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's music-education program, the album also includes Ewan McGregor, Eric McCormack, Nia Vardalos, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Lucy Lawless. ... Dinosaur Jr. seem to be getting along just fine. The reunited indie-rock heroes have announced dates for an upcoming spring tour that will take the band to a number of cities for the first time since the original trio joined forces again last year. The spate of 23 announced dates kicks off on March 29 in Dallas and includes stops in New Orleans, Nashville, Salt Lake City and a two-night stand in San Francisco April 19-20. Even better for hard-core fans, the bandmembers are in guitarist/singer J Mascis' home studio recording new material, but they're not saying what it's for just yet. In the meantime, look for the release of their first-ever live concert DVD this summer. ...

Need more Joy Division in your Easter Mass? The BBC will air a live Passion parade from the streets of Northern England's musical mecca, Manchester, on Good Friday. While the BBC is keeping mum about who will play Jesus Christ, Judas Iscariot and Pontius Pilate, it has announced that Jesus will belt out tunes from some of your favorite Manchester bands, including Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" during the Last Supper, and a duet with Pontius Pilate on the Oasis hit "Wonderwall." ... Manchester music fans witnessed an early resurrection on Saturday when former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke joined his ex-bandmate Johnny Marr onstage. The surprise reunion took place at a Manchester versus Cancer benefit with Morrissey-free renditions of "How Soon Is Now?" and "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out," according to the BBC. The duo have not played together in public since the Smiths broke up in 1987. ...

Fans of Beenie Man put a new spin on the term "crowd participation" on Tuesday in London. A man made off with Beenie's $180,000 watch, but several fans who witnessed the crime, which took place at a record store, pursued the robber and got the toaster's watch back. ... Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson of the Roots will give a talk about the relationship between jazz and hip-hop Wednesday at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Irene Diamond Education Center. ...

311 will move the 2006 edition of their 3-11 Day concert (held, of course, on March 11) from Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, which is still damaged from Hurricane Katrina, to the MidSouth Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee. At the 3-11 Day concert in 2004, 311 played a five-hour set of 68 songs. ... Manowar guitarist Karl Logan was injured last week in a motorcycle accident, from which he sustained severe injuries to his left arm. According to the band's Web site, the mishap "will prevent [Logan] from performing for an as-yet-unknown period of time," and will also delay the release of the band's forthcoming, still-untitled album. Bassist Joey DeMaio assured fans that the accident will not debilitate the 'War. "Nothing ever has, or ever will, stop Manowar," he wrote on the site.

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Missy Elliott is collaborating with Mike Simpson of the Dust Brothers to score the upcoming film "Stick It," which stars Missy Peregrym as a reluctant gymnast and Jeff Bridges as her coach. Elliott's third single from The Cookbook, "We Run This," will be the film's theme song. She shot a video for it with director Dave Meyers earlier this month in Los Angeles, with Olympic gold-medalist Dominique Dawes making a cameo as Elliott's gymnastics coach, making her do the balance beam, uneven bars and a floor routine. "Stick It" is due in theaters in April. ...

(Click for photos from the set of "We Run This.")

Dave Grohl is calling his unborn child "The Karate Kid" because of how much kicking she's already doing. "All I know is right now my baby is one of the most hyperactive children," the Foo Fighters frontman told MTV Europe. "I mean, she's not born, but I don't even have to feel my wife's stomach anymore. I just have to watch her shirt." The littlest Foo is due in March, but she's not the only Foo baby on the way — guitarist Chris Shiflett and his wife are expecting their second child, Shiflett revealed to MTV Europe before drummer Taylor Hawkins could break the news once again (Hawkins had let it slip to MTV about Grohl's baby earlier this month). "Thanks, Taylor," Grohl said. "We were trying to keep that private!" ... The recording academy announced earlier this week that a special tribute to legendary soul artists Sly and the Family Stone will take place during next month's Grammy Awards — but a report in Friday's (January 27) Washington Post said that the group's original lineup may be re-forming for the event as well. Notoriously reclusive bandleader Sly Stone has not made a major public appearance since 1993 and last performed publicly in 1987; the group's original lineup, which sources cited in the Post said is slated to begin rehearsals next week, has not performed together since 1971. The sources also warned that, owing to Stone's well-documented erratic behavior (he has been arrested on drug charges numerous times), the whole thing could fall apart at any moment. Grammy spokesperson Ron Roecker called the reports "rumor" in the Post but noted that Stone was expected to attend. A different spokesperson told MTV News that the group's contribution has not been confirmed "yet." ...

Kristin Cavallari's tried cocaine, she reveals in the March issue of Teen People. "It was fun for, like, 20 minutes, but the next day, I just didn't feel good about myself," she told the mag. "It's a dirty drug. I find people who do coke to be very shady, that they're doing it makes them lie about things. I wouldn't want to date someone who's into it." Instead, she's dating drug-free Brody Jenner of "The Princes of Malibu," which she calls her "first mature relationship." "With Stephen [Colletti], it was like high school fun." That is, except for when he two-timed her with fellow "Laguna Beach" star Lauren "LC" Conrad. "I saw what happened when I watched the season-one DVD," Cavallari said. "I cried for days." This, of course, didn't stop Cavallari from doing something similar to Lindsay Lohan, who she says flipped out when she walked in on Talan Torriero and her in bed together. "She was never nice to me until the story about the fight came out," Cavallari said. "But she was so nice once that went public." ...

Want to celebrate this year's Super Bowl, Slim Shady-style? Well, if you're going to be in Detroit next weekend and have some extra cash to burn, you can. Tickets went on sale Friday morning for "Shady Bowl Super Party," a pre-Super Bowl bash being thrown by Eminem's label, Shady Records. Set for February 4, the event will go down inside Detroit's State Theatre and will feature performances from several artists on Shady's roster, including Obie Trice and Stat Quo. Biz Markie, meanwhile, has been tapped to man the DJ booth all evening long. There's no official word yet on whether the real Slim Shady will be standing up to take the mic during the shindig. ... Avril Lavigne is performing at a ceremony to honor the United States' greatest hometown hero at the fourth annual Volvo for Life Awards, which will be held in New York on April 12. Nominations for everyday heroes are being accepted through Tuesday at volvoforlifeawards.com, and will be judged by Caroline Kennedy, Hank Aaron and Bill Bradley. ...

Warren G's new single, "I Need a Light" featuring Nate Dogg, is on MySpace.com. He's planning to release the video next week. " 'I Need a Light' is a song to listen to if you are stressing over something," Warren G said. "The hook makes you feel good. In the lyrics I'm talking about growing up in Long Beach and some of the things I went through." The 1940s-style video opens with a look at Long Beach, California, during Warren's childhood, focusing on a young Warren, Snoop Dogg and Nate. "The tone of the video shows the classic side of Warren," director Paul Hunter said, "how he built his empire from the streets and expanded it to the world. He is showing everyone that it's all about class and treating people right. It's about the classy style of hip-hop." ... Tom Morello, Talib Kweli, the Roots' Black Thought and Jello Biafra are among the guests on the new Coup album, Pick a Bigger Weapon, due April 22. The band's last album, Party Music, caused some controversy because it came out shortly after 9/11 and the cover originally featured the crew setting off an explosion in the World Trade Center (though the cover art was completed three months prior to the actual bombing). "As far as the record industry was concerned, it was the end of my career," frontman Boots Riley said. "I always think my next album is gonna be my last, like it may not sell and I'll have to do something else." ...

Modesto, California, avant-rockers Grandaddy are calling it quits after more than a decade together, according to a spokesperson for their label, V2 Records. The band rose to prominence with its 2000 album, The Sophtware Slump, which topped year-end lists and earned the group the admiration of artists like Radiohead and the Flaming Lips. Grandaddy decided to split while recording their fifth full-length, Just Like the Fambly Cat, which will hit stores on May 9. There are no plans to launch a farewell tour in support of the album. ... Norah Jones has good cause to sing the blues — her former accountant and manager is suing her for unpaid royalties. Shell White claims in a lawsuit filed this week in New York that Jones owes her nearly half a million dollars in royalties from her albums Come Away With Me and Feels Like Home. ...

A new track from the Vines, called "Don't Listen to the Radio," has surfaced on the band's Web site. The song should appear on the Aussie rockers' forthcoming, as-yet-untitled album, which they've been mixing in recent weeks with producer Wayne Connolly. The album's scheduled for an April 4 release, according to the band's manager. Working song titles include "Nothing's Coming," "Any Sound" and "Take Me Back." ...