For The Record: Quick News On Kid Rock, 'NSYNC, Weezer, Fu Manchu, Baha Men, Gorillaz & More

Kid Rock is scheduled to kick off a North American tour in support of Cocky on February 22 in Saginaw, Michigan. Openers have yet to be announced and the full itinerary has not been finalized, though the outing is expected to last through May. ... 'NSYNC want their baby back — their baby back ribs, of course. The meat-loving quintet sings the praises of Chili's popular menu item in a series of commercials that begin airing during the Golden Globe Awards on January 20. ... Southern California foursome Fu Manchu will launch an extensive U.S. tour on January 29 in Los Angeles to promote their latest album, California Crossing, due February 5. The trek, which will also feature Canadian aggro rockers Headstrong, travels across the country and back before wrapping March 10 in San Jose, California. ... Move It Like This, the new pack of dogs from the Baha Men, will arrive on March 26. The first single from the follow-up to Who Let the Dogs Out will be its title track, which will also appear in the film "Big Fat Liar." ... Gorillaz will issue G-Sides, a collection of songs previously unavailable in the U.S., on February 26. The disc will include the new cuts "Faust" and "The Sounder" as well as the B-sides "Ghost Train," "Hip Albatross" and "12D3." ...

The debut LP by Missy Elliott/Timbaland protégé Tweet is set for release on April 2. Her first single is "Oops (Oh My)." ... The Olsen Twins and Deftones aren’t the only acts covering Weezer. A Tribute to Weezer, featuring Dashboard Confessional, the Ataris, Midtown, the Stereo, Further Seems Forever, Elliott, Piebald, Mock Orange and others, will be released February 5 on Dead Droid Recordings. ... If you like to wake and quake, you'll be pleased to learn that Megadeth will release their first live album, Rude Awakening, on March 19. The LP will feature 24 tunes, including "Kill the King," "Wake Up Dead," "Hangar 18," "Mechanix" and "Peace Sells." ... Washington, D.C., duo Deep Dish are recording their first studio album since 1998's Junk Science and will promote their recent release Global Underground - Moscow with a dozen North American dates beginning January 18 in Miami. The double-disc mix album includes their remix of Dido's "Thank You," which is nominated for a Best Remixed Recording Grammy Award.

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Jay-Z and P. Diddy were among the luminaries in the audience for a press screening of the Roc-A-Fella movie "State Property," starring Beanie Sigel, Tuesday night at a theater in Times Square. Police were on the scene to alleviate crowding in the overpacked house. ... That same night, Brandy unveiled her new album, Full Moon, during a listening party at Man Ray in Manhattan's Chelsea district. The LP is due March 5. ... Michelle Branch will embark on a month-long club tour, her first as a headliner, to promote last fall's The Spirit Room beginning February 6 in San Francisco. The 18-year-old singer will perform her latest single, "All You Wanted," on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Friday. ... Soul songstress Jill Scott visited "Sesame Street" recently to help the children's television show kick off its 33rd season. Scott can be seen surrounded by Muppets while singing a new version of "We Are All Earthlings" on the episode, which debuts on February 4 on PBS. ... Pitchshifter are in the Machine Shop studio in Hoboken, New Jersey, working on their yet-untitled follow-up to 2000's Deviant, which is scheduled for release April 23. The industrial metal act is working with producer Machine, who produced its 1998 record, www.pitchshifter.com. ...

New and unreleased tracks from Coldplay, New Order, Starsailor and 15 other British artists are available on a new CD put together by Club Bang, a British music nightclub in Hollywood. Rarities Volume 1, which includes a live version of Coldplay's "Trouble," is available at the club or through First Floor Radio Promotions. ... Smash Mouth filmed a video Wednesday for "Holiday in My Head," the second single from their self-titled third album. The song will also serve as the lead single from the soundtrack to "Clockstoppers," a sci-fi thriller starring Jesse Bradford ("Set It Off"). ... Dave Matthews Band, Bilal and City High will be featured in a series of concert specials presented by Music Choice throughout January and February. The hour-long programs will air free of charge on cable systems across the U.S. ... Girls Against Boys are set to release their sixth, still-untitled LP on May 14 through Jade Tree Records. The band, whose last album was 1998's Freak*on*ica, will kick off a two-week tour on March 10 in Bowling Green, Ohio. ... Chuck D is on the same lineup as Microsoft honcho Bill Gates — both are scheduled to take part in the Blacks in Technology Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center from February 2-3. The symposium series, which aims to stimulate networking and technological awareness in the African-American community, has separate events planned in Atlanta, Chicago and New York, and organizers are working out details with Prince, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones to attend.