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PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International


Kid Rock says what he and former "Baywatch" babe Pamela Anderson have "no one will ever understand."


"It was weird when we met," Rock tells Spin magazine. "I was thinking, 'Wow, here's someone who kinda thinks like I do. Let's go out and have a great f-----' time and party like animals.' But there's a time and place for that and a time and place for family. No one will ever see us hanging out with the kids and barbecuing all day. You only get what's flashy. It's understandable."

"Say nice things about my boyfriend, okay?" Anderson asked Spin senior writer Chris Norris at the close of the interview, which appears in the December issue. "Make sure he seems nice and slutty."

Rock has a warning about "Cocky," the follow-up album to 1998's "Devil Without A Cause": "If you like Radiohead's record, don't buy mine."


Two never-before-released versions of the single "Son of a Gun" are included on Janet Jackson's "All For You -- Special Limited Edition" boxed set.

Scheduled to reach stores Nov. 20, the boxed set will include the CD and a DVD, along with a 24-page booklet with new photos of Jackson from her "All For You World Tour 2001."


The two extra tracks -- one remixed by Janet's longtime producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the other remixed by P. Diddy and both with Missy Elliott -- will be featured alongside the original version of "Son of a Gun," which features guest vocals by Carly Simon.

The DVD -- titled "Janet: The Virgin Years Video Collection" -- will include 15 of Jackson's music videos as well as behind-the-scenes footage, a sneak peak from private tour rehearsals and audition footage.


Lit, Eve 6, Planet Asia, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World and Sum 41 are among the artists featured on the soundtrack of the upcoming snowboard-themed comedy film "Out Cold."

The album's first single, "Lipstick & Bruises" by Lit, is already getting airplay.

The CD is due out Nov. 20 --- one day before the movie opens nationwide.


Snoop Dogg has inked a recording deal with MCA Records. The signing also brings Doggy Style Records into the MCA Records fold for marketing and distribution. Doggy Style's current roster includes such artists such as Kokane, La Toiya Williams, Soopafly and E-White.


In addition to releasing albums, the deal includes the production of companion films starring each of Doggy Style's artists that will go direct to home video outlets through Snoopadelic Films.

Snoop Dogg predicts: "Doggy Style will change the face of urban music -- we're ready to unleash the best artists I know with MCA. Doggy Style music will blow your mind."

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Music Choice has made a deal with Warner Bros. Records in which five Warner Bros. artists will be featured in the Music Choice's weekly cable concert series.

k.d. lang and Josh Groban, the singer who debuted "You're Still You" on the FOX TV series "Ally McBeal," are the featured Warner artists for the November concert series. The show will air between Nov.12-25. (Check or your local cable company for specific times.)

Music Choice's concert series is a cable-exclusive program that features a variety of artists in a 60-minute show with live performances and interview segments.

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Despite efforts by fellow bandmembers to silence him during an interview session, British rocker Lee Ryan of the group Blue Star made comments about the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center that have generated a hornet's nest of criticism.


Appearing at the headquarters of the London tabloid the Sun, Ryan said the terror attacks in NYC had been "blown out of proportion." He noted that of more important concern were the deaths of elephants around the world.

When a London radio station relayed his statements, the phones rang off the hook. More than 95 percent of those calling trashed the boy band singer -- most demanding that he be sacked from the group.

The Sun says it has received e-mails condemning the rocker's statements from many New Yorkers who learned about the outrage online.

(Thanks to UPI Feature Reporter Dennis Daily)

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