"Jackass" star Steve-O will "perform" on the second stage of Lollapalooza, joining Cave-In, the Music, Kings of Leon, Burning Brides, Pharoahe Monch, the Mooney Suzuki, 30 Seconds to Mars and the Bellydance Superstars. The Distillers and Cold are the latest acts to join the main stage, which will also feature Jane's Addiction, Audioslave, Incubus, Queens of the Stone Age, A Perfect Circle, Jurassic 5 and the Donnas. ...

Want to play with Christina Aguilera? She's going to be more available to her fans than ever, starting Monday, when the "Sims Superstar" Expansion Pack hits stores. The singer is one of several celebrity likenesses with which gameplayers can interact. Other famous folks in the game include Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol. ...

Beyoncé Knowles will go in front of the cameras on Tuesday and Wednesday in Los Angeles to shoot the video for her upcoming single "Crazy in Love." There is no word yet on whether the track's guest performer, Jay-Z, will also appear in the Jake Nava-directed clip. ... Jay-Z will open a sports bar in New York called 40/40 on May 28. The name is a reference to baseball players who have hit 40 home runs and stolen 40 bases in a single season. The restaurant will be located at 6 W. 25th Street, and will feature big-screen TVs, video-game consoles and a cigar room. ... Fat Joe has teamed up with New York restauranteur Jimmy Rodriguez to take over a seafood restaurant in the City Island area of the Bronx. The as-yet-unnamed restaurant will open up in early June with a celebrity-filled party. Rodriguez is the owner of famed Bronx Latin supper club Jimmy's Bronx Cafe, as well as two successful offshoots, Jimmy's Uptown and Jimmy's Downtown. ...

Fabolous has a couple of remixes ready to touch down. While he retooled his current single, "Can't Let You Go," with a new beat, lyrics and hook, the alterations to his Street Dreams album's second single, "Into You," weren't as drastic: Tamia is now singing on the hook instead of Ashanti. ... Brian Littrell will be in need of a good caddy next month. The Backstreet Boy will test his golfing skills June 30 in Lexington, Kentucky, in a charity tournament against University of Kentucky basketball coach Tubby Smith, among others, to raise money for Saint Joseph's Hospital as well as his own Brian Littrell Healthy Heart Club for Kids. ...

Seminal punk band the Buzzcocks are hitting the road to support their self-titled album, which dropped March 18. The trek kicks off May 29 in New Orleans and runs through June 20 in Chicago. A brief stint opening for Pearl Jam (June 21-July 9) immediately follows. ... Paul Westerberg will follow up last year's Stereo and Mono albums with two more releases. The blues album Dead Man Shake is due in the summer (like Mono, under the Grandpaboy alias), while Folker is due in the fall. ...

Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev Run, Andrew Cuomo and a handful of state senators were among those who joined Russell Simmons at a press conference Thursday morning (May 8) in New York to give Governor George Pataki a June 4 deadline to repeal the Big Apple's strict Rockefeller drug laws. Simmons promised to call upon the hip-hop community to do PSAs and utilize other media outlets to spread the message. ... An 10'x11' billboard promoting the Deftones' new, self-titled album (May 20) that was hanging outside Los Angeles' famed Whisky a Go-Go on the Sunset Strip was stolen over the weekend. An overzealous fan is suspected of pilfering the poster, which was one of three murals commissioned by Maverick Records. West Hollywood police are investigating. ...

Skid Row are experiencing the need for speed. No, they're not turning into a death metal band, bassist Rachel Bolan is embarking on a side career as a race-car driver. Bolan is competing in races in the Legends Series, which is a part of a Charlotte, North Carolina, semi-pro organization called 600 Racing. Bolan's racing will not interfere with Skid Row, who have a new album called Thickskin due this summer. ... Producer Damon Elliott (Pink, Destiny's Child) is developing the first artist to sign to his label, singer and rapper Keyshia Cole, whose debut is due in the fall. Elliott has also produced tracks for the upcoming Mya and Jessica Simpson albums. ...

05.07.03

Mariah Carey's upcoming Charmbracelet tour now has a supporting act — Ashanti has signed on for the North American dates of the trek, which kicks off Stateside July 26 in Minneapolis. ...

Mary J. Blige and Mos Def will be honored at the 16th annual Essence Awards June 6 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Steve Harvey is hosting the event and Queen Latifah is presenting. ... B2K, Nick Cannon, Heather Headley and boxer Laila Ali will announce the nominees for the third annual BET Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on May 14. The host of the show will also be revealed at the press conference. ...

Marilyn Manson is promising a "one-of-a-kind performance" from his band at the release party for The Golden Age of Grotesque on Monday at the Key Club in Hollywood. The "Grotesk Burlesk" will feature art and music from the new album, as well as an appearance by performance artist, model and Manson girlfriend Dita Von Teese. ... Linda Perry is helping yet another female artist go solo. The Official Songwriter for Rock Chicks (Pink, Courtney Love, Christina Aguilera) is now working with Gwen Stefani for the No Doubt singer's upcoming solo album. ...

The Donnas, Flaming Lips, Liz Phair and the Music are among the artists set to appear on the soundtrack for "How to Deal," a new film starring pop princess Mandy Moore as a high school girl disillusioned by romance. Scheduled for release on July 8, the soundtrack will also feature Beth Orton covering the Cat Stevens classic "Wild World." ... Michelle Branch has recorded guest vocals for the next Hanson album. Matthew Sweet co-wrote some of the record, including the Branch collaboration. ... And speaking of Sweet, the Thorns, his project with Shawn Mullins and Pete Droge, will release their self-titled debut May 20. The trio recently portrayed street singers performing the Beach Boys' "Warmth of the Sun" on NBC's "American Dreams," which also featured the group's original music in past episodes. ...

Elton John is about to take another bite out of Broadway, this time with a stage adaptation of Anne Rice's novel "The Vampire Lestat." Longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin will assist John with the project. "Lestat," expected to open in 2005, will be John's third theatrical undertaking, following "Aida" and "The Lion King." ... Some unreleased music discovered by Bob Marley's family may surface with the reggae legend's offspring providing after-the-fact vocals, much in the same fashion as the Beatles' "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love" in the mid-'90s. The Marleys are negotiating with Universal Records to release the project. ...

Headliners Slum Village and Pharoahe Monch will kick off the Beats for Peace Tour Thursday night at New York club S.O.B.'s. The six-city tour also includes spoken-word artists. The idea of the outing is to inspire youth to take a more active role in bettering their communities. ... Along with recording his next record, Aaron Carter is filming his first starring film role. The pop singer is defending the world from alien invaders in a flick called "Future Force." ... In other movie news, Coolio will co-star with Lou Diamond Phillips and Kristy Swanson in the TBS Superstation original movie "Red Water," premiering August 10. The rapper plays a criminal searching for stolen money in a shark-infested river. ...

Radiohead's June 5 concert in New York will be broadcast live via satellite in theaters across Canada. Details are available at www.famousplayers.com. ... WC, Everlast, Daz and other West Coast rappers have collaborated with producer Fred Wreck on a song called "S.T.O.P. (Stop the Oppressive Politics)." Dilated Peoples, Defari, J-Ro, Tray Deee, Soopafly, RBX and Mac Minister are also on the track, which will be available only at www.fredwreck.com. ...

Coldplay, Björk, Zwan and Iggy Pop are a handful of artists that will play this year's Fuji Rock Festival, one of the most popular multi-day concerts in Japan. The event will take place July 25 to 27 in Naeba at the Naeba Ski Resort and will also feature Elvis Costello, the Minutemen, Goldfrapp, Ben Harper, Macy Gray, Death in Vegas, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Mogwai and others. ...