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Adidas is working on a Jam Master Jay sneaker it plans to issue next year. The tongue of the shoe will feature a picture of the late Run-DMC DJ, and all proceeds will go to a charity to be determined by Jay's family. ...

More acts have been added to the upcoming NBC special "Elvis Lives," set to air November 28 at 10 p.m. ET. In addition to Britney Spears, Bono, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow and Dave Matthews, the hour-long show will now also feature Bruce Springsteen, Cher, Steven Tyler, Norah Jones, LeAnn Rimes and Chuck D. "Elvis Lives" will be hosted by Chris Isaak. ...

New York club Suede was the place to be Thursday night for fans of sneakers and hip-hop. Foot Action threw a party for Nelly in celebration of a new joint venture between the St. Louis rapper and the shoe company. ... Russell Simmons celebrated the opening night of his first theatrical project, "Def Poetry Jam on Broadway," with a star-studded premiere and after-party on Thursday night. Guests such as Bruce Willis, Ja Rule, Method Man, Calvin Klein and actress Annabella Sciorra attended the event, which also raised funds for Simmons' new charitable project, the Art Start Hip-Hop Project, an outreach program designed to bring art to New York City's homeless youth. Earlier in the day, Simmons and Willis also unveiled a recording studio which Willis donated to Art Start's downtown Manhattan facilities. ...

The Roots will play a week of New York club shows between November 24 and 29 to celebrate the release of their new album Phrenology, which comes out November 26. Album collaborators Talib Kweli, Musiq and Cody Chesnutt will likely appear at some performances. ... The USA Network will present "A Motown Christmas" on December 8, with

India.Arie, Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Take 6, the Temptations and Thelma

Houston offering up their takes on holiday classics. A companion DVD will be

released on December 10. ...

Fugazi singer Ian MacKaye, They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh and Patti Smith will be among the speakers at the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit in Washington D.C. on January 5-7. The musicians will mingle with politicians, journalists and music industry executives to discuss and debate issues surrounding digital technology, artists' rights and the current state

of the music industry. ... The Offspring have already recorded a dozen songs for their upcoming seventh

album, including a just-for-the-hell-of-it swing/lounge cover of Johnny

Cash's "Ring of Fire." The album, which is not yet slated for release, may

also feature the tracks "Never Gonna Find Me," "The Worst Hangover Ever" and

a track with the working title "What the F---?," according to an interview

with singer Dexter Holland on the band's official Web site. ...

Blackalicious, Dilated Peoples, Jurassic 5, Bahamadia, DJ Spooky, Mystic, King

Britt, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Rob Swift will be featured on Being Black

(February), a companion album to Angel Kyodo Williams' recently released book

"Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace," which

applies Zen philosophies to the African-American experience. ... The soundtrack to the WB's "Smallville" will be released on February 25,

with songs from Ryan Adams, Lifehouse, Sixpence None the Richer, Eva Cassidy,

Vonray, Five for Fighting and Remy Zero, whose "Save Me" is the show's theme song. ...

U2 have just launched "Zoo Radio" on their official Web site, an online

station that features tracks from the group's just-released The Best of

1990-2000 with commentary from guitarist The Edge and bassist Adam

Clayton, as well as tracks picked by Oasis' Noel Gallagher, No Doubt and DJ Paul Oakenfold. ... "Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music," which featured Lennon songs performed by Dave Matthews, Stone Temple Pilots, Craig David, Alanis Morissette, Nelly Furtado, Moby, Marc Anthony and others, is due on DVD on December 3. The special originally aired last fall on TNT. ...

Blu Cantrell will follow up her 2001 debut, So Blu, with Bittersweet, due December 17. The R&B singer recently shot the video for the first single, "Breathe," with director Hype Williams. ... Third Eye Blind have pushed the release date back for their third album to February 12. Crystal Baller will feature guest appearances by Andrew W.K. and Moldy Peaches singer Kimya Dawson. ... The reincarnated Doors, featuring the Cult's Ian Astbury on vocals and the Police's Stewart Copeland on drums, will perform December 8 at the Palms in Las Vegas to warm up for full North American and European tours next year. The group is also recording an album. ...

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Add Justin Timberlake and Faith Hill to the list of performers for the 2002 Billboard Music Awards (December 9). The pair joins a performance lineup that already includes Avril Lavigne, Nelly, Puddle of Mudd and Creed, as well as presenters B2K, LL Cool J and Lil' Romeo, according to an event spokesperson. ...

Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath will co-host the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on CBS on November 20 alongside model Heidi Klum. Models Tyra Banks, Gisele Bundchen, Daniela Pestova and Adriana Lima will strut their stuff in lingerie, and Marc Anthony, Destiny's Child and Phil Collins will

perform on the program. ...

Mary J. Blige is hard at work on her next LP. She's just tapped the production team behind Michael Jackson's "Butterflies" -- Andre Harris and Vidal Davis -- to work on the album. ... He may be ghetto, but he knows how to love ya. Jaheim will shoot the second video from his Still Ghetto LP this weekend in New York with director Darren Grant. ... You gotta flow, Joe! Fat Joe had the album release party for his new LP Loyalty Wednesday night at New York's club Flow. Westside Connection members Mack 10 and WC came out to help the Terror Squad's boss party up, as did DJ Kay Slay, Foxy Brown, Busta Rhymes and Spragga Benz. ...

The woman who inspired LL Cool J in life and music, his grandmother Ellen Griffin, died last week after succumbing to cancer. Cool J's 1990 blockbuster LP, Mama Said Knock You Out, was derived from Griffin telling her grandson to squash his competition, and more recently, "Big Mama," off of the album 10, was about her. ...

System of a Down surprised fans when they announced they would release an album of the tracks leaked over the Internet earlier this year, and now they've got another surprise. The artwork under the Steal This Album! disc will be issued in four different versions, one created by each band member. ... Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" will take home the Song of the Year award at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards for receiving the most spins over the year

across all radio formats. The show will air on Fox on December 9. ...

Sure, some folks get their face on the front of U.S. currency, but it's rock

stars that get immortalized on chips at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las

Vegas. The casino reports that a limited run of $5, $25 and $100 chips with

Kid Rock's face on them introduced last Friday sold out in a record two

hours; next up are Red Hot Chili Peppers chips for New Year's. ...

Saliva will get into the ring on December 17 when they perform "Always" and

wrestler Jericho's theme song at World Wrestling Entertainment's New York

club, the World. The performance will air live during the WWE Survivor Series

pay-per-view event. ... Jewel has teamed with Soul City Cafe to look for an unknown act to open her 2003 tour. U.S. residents who are 18 years old (and who have $25 for the processing fee), should check out www.soulcitycafe.com for information on

where to send your three-song demo; submissions for bands and solo artists

are being accepted through January 15 and the winners will appear on "The

Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn." ... Jerry Cantrell's Degradation Trip Vols. 1 & 2 just got an extended stay on Roadrunner Records' release schedule. The revamped, two-disc reissue of the second solo album by the former Alice in Chains guitarist is now slated to street December 10, four weeks from its previously confirmed November 19 due date. ...

"After the show…" You know the rest. Ms. Jade and producers Andre Harris and Vidal Davis came out to celebrate with Jay-Z and the Roc-A-Fella family Wednesday night at Philadelphia's club Evolution. Jay spent the earlier part of the night in Philly performing classic hits and new tunes from his Blueprint 2 LP. ... Freeway will shoot a video for "What We Do," the first from his debut, Philadelphia Freeway, this weekend in Brooklyn, New York. Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel will also appear in the clip. ...

If it weren't utterly stupid to delay an album's release until after the holiday, we'd think Columbia Records was intentionally shuffling the street date of the Ramones tribute album, We're a Happy Family, to set some kind of record. Now the Rob Zombie co-produced album won't be coming out December 24 and instead will drop ... uh, how about we let you know when it's actually in stores. ...

Experimental metal band Neurosis have just released their first DVD, A Sun That Never Sets. The disc features thematic videos and imagery to accompany each song from the album of the same name. ... Numerous extreme metal bands including Dillinger Escape Plan, Neurosis, High on Fire, Burnt by the Sun, Alabama Thunderpussy, Pig Destroyer, Dysrhythmia and The End will play the Relapse Contamination Festival in Philadelphia on January 18 and 19 at club Trocadero. A double CD, Contaminated 5.0, will be issued near the show dates. ...

Badly Drawn Boy is playing Willy Wonka with his "Find the Golden Fish"

contest. In honor of his just-released album, Have You Fed the Fish?,

the British singer has hidden five small golden fish inside copies of the

album distributed throughout the world and the lucky fans who find them

could have one of their songs, poems or random jottings recorded by the Boy;

details at www.xl-recordings.com. ... Koufax lost several guitars and numerous other pieces of gear when their van was broken into early Tuesday morning in Chicago. Anyone with information should contact Rob Moore at 60 Cycle Media at (212) 331-2974. ...