Scans: Rancid, Presidents Of The USA, Goldfinger, Snoop Doggy Dogg...

The name of Rancid's fourth album is Life Won't Wait, tentatively slated for a May 18 release. Dancehall-reggae star Buju Banton makes a guest appearance on one of the tracks ... Canadian folk-rocker Hayden is wrapping work on his sophomore album, which is tentatively scheduled for a late April release ...

The name of the final Presidents of the United States of America album -- a mix of live tracks, B-sides, covers and unreleased new material -- is Pure Frosting. The album, due March 10, features previously unreleased versions of "Teenage Girl," "Tiki Lounge God," "Slip Away," "Tremelo Blooz" and a cover of Ian Hunter's "Cleveland Rocks." Along with the live tracks -- "Lump," "Man (Opposable Thumb)" and "Back Porch" -- the album features the new tracks "Love Delicatessen," "Mobile Home," "Sunshine," the rare track "Japan" and their new single, a cover of the Buggles' "Video Killed The Radio Star" ...

Former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell is busy writing material for his debut solo album. Cornell is scheduled to enter a studio in April to begin recording the untitled album ... Detroit ska-punkers The Suicide Machines will release the 22-song Battle Hymns on April 7, the follow-up to their 1996 major-label debut, Destruction by Definition ...

The soundtrack to the upcoming comedy "Meet the Deedles" (April 3), which stars Dennis Hopper, features a number of new tracks from bands such as The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Goldfinger. Among the songs scheduled for inclusion are: "For You" (Save Ferris), "I Can't Wait" (Hepcat), "High School" (Isaac Green & the Skalars), "Failing and Leaving" (Radish), "Wrong Thing" (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones), "Seems Like Yesterday" (Goldfinger) and "Dr. Bones" (Cherry Poppin' Daddies). The soundtrack, due March 17, is also slated to feature a band called Homey, a collaboration between Weezer leader Rivers Cuomo and bassist Matt Sharp, doing the song "American Girls" ...

Famed producer Jermaine Dupri (Usher, Kris Kross) is recording his debut solo album in Atlanta. The album, titled Life In 1472, is due out May 19 and will feature guest rappers Snoop Doggy Dogg, Slick Rick and Nas ... Playa' checks in with a disc chock-full of new tracks titled Cheers 2 U, which features guest raps from Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot, Aaliyah and Magoo and production work by Timbaland ... Rap man C-Murder springs a fresh torrent of unheard tunes with his March 17 release of Life Or Death, featuring partners in rhyme Master P, Mystikal and Silkk The Shocker ... -- ATN staff report [Tues., Feb. 3, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]

The Smashing Pumpkins were joined in an L. A. studio within the past two

weeks by American Recordings honcho Rick Rubin, according to the group's management. The bearded

producer (Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty), who is also expected to lend a hand on the next Nine Inch Nails

record, produced at least one song for the Pumpkins' still-untitled,

upcoming album ...

Sean "Puffy" Combs may get a chance for redemption on Feb. 27 after

getting shut out of last week's American Music Awards. Combs' rap

alter-ego, Puff Daddy, was nominated for five Soul Train music

awards last week, including Best R&B/Soul Single, Album of the Year, Best

New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Album for his solo debut, No Way Out, and

Best Music Video. Also nominated for multiple awards were soul mistress

Erykah Badu, Dru Hill, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot,

slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. and Mary J. Blige ... In this

age of rockers shilling for corporate giants, Germany's Volkswagen auto

company has just upped the ante. The company is

trying to do the impossible: i.e., get the three surviving Beatles

together to re-launch the new version of the Beetle automobile, according to a Reuters report. The

carmaker is reportedly in negotiations with Paul McCartney,

George Harrison and Ringo Starr to act as spokespersons for

the re-launch of the world's best-selling car ...

Scottish indie-pop band the Pastels will kick off their first West

Coast tour in more than seven years on April 1, when they play Seattle's

Velvet Elvis club. The seven-city tour will hit San Francisco, Portland,

Ore., Olympia, Wash., and San Diego, as well as the band's first-ever stop

in Los Angeles ... Swans Are Dead is the name of a recently released

two-CD, 16-track set chronicling the Swans' final tour in 1997

on one disc and their 1995

Great Annihilator tour on the other. Among such recognizable tracks

as "I Am the Sun," "Yum Yab" and "Blood Promise" are two previously

unreleased, new 15-minute songs, "Feel Happiness" and "Not Alone" ...

Shambling punk-rockers the Damned, widely credited with being the

first U.K. punk-group to release an album and tour the U.S., have

re-grouped for yet another U.S. tour. Back in the fold are singer Dave

Vanian and original guitarist Captain Sensible. The band

reunited for a tour in 1989, after which they called it quits for what was

supposed to be the last time ... If you look real closely at the drum kit

in the first part of the Presidents of the United States of

America's video for their cover of the Buggles' "Video Killed

the Radio Star," you'll notice the band is identified as "The Quitters."

The song is the final studio-recording by the Presidents, who recently broke

up ...

Cake guitarist Greg Brown has left the Sacramento, Calif.,

group on the eve of the band's return to the studio to record its third

album. No replacement has been announced yet for Brown, one of the founders

of Cake and the author of their biggest radio hit to date, "The Distance,"

from 1996's Fashion Nugget ... Troubled R&B singer Bobby

Brown may spend five days in jail and a year on probation following a

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., jury's decision on Thursday that found the former

New Edition singer guilty of two misdemeanors stemming from an

August 1996 single-car crash. Reuters reports that the husband of

pop-diva Whitney Houston was found guilty of driving under the

influence and DUI/property damage, after which Judge Leonard Feiner

sentenced the singer to five days in jail and 12 months of probation. Brown

was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs and later released on $15,000

bond, pending appeal. The singer's blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.22

after he drove his black Porsche Carrera off the road. That blood-alcohol

level is nearly three times the state's legal limit. Traces of cocaine and

marijuana were also found in a urine sample, according to medical reports

... -- ATN staff report [Mon., Feb. 2, 1998, 9

a.m. PST]