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This week on the music beat

Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg, and Tommy Lee made music news this week

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‘Millennium’ Mirage
There’s nothing like the Internet for spreading baseless, silly rumors, and BLAZE magazine’s online news site recently fueled a juicy one when it reported that Michael Jackson and Lauryn Hill were teaming up to record ”a millennium single” called ”This Is Our Time.” That’s apparently news to Hill. ”Lauryn has not been approached by Michael about working on any such song,” says a Hill spokesperson, who adds that his office has been bombarded with calls about the mythical project. Jackson’s rep, Bob Jones, was similarly mystified: ”I don’t know anything about it.” So from whence did the apparently erroneous report originate? BLAZE Online editor Keith Murphy says he picked it up from another online news service, Support Online Hip-Hop (http://www.sohh.com). ”They’re pretty much an authority,” contends Murphy. If you say so, sport. (At press time, Support Online Hip-Hop was trying to figure out where it got its information….)

Methods men
Figuring that he’s ”got this rap s — sewed up,” Snoop Dogg is planning to branch out into rock with a full-fledged band. He’s got an unlikely collaborator: ex-Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee. It started when Snoop got together with Lee to rap on ”Ill Behavior,” a track for the upcoming album by Lee’s new band, Methods of Mayhem. The pair hit it off so well, they decided to start a spin-off group called the Outsidaz, with Snoop as lead singer, Lee on drums, and an as-yet-undetermined roster of other players. ”We’ve got one solid track for the album finished, and we’re gonna get back in the studio in the next couple of weeks,” says Snoop. ”We the same kind of people. He’s tryin’ to turn his life around, and I’m on the same page.” Snoop says the Outsidaz album will probably not come out on No Limit, his current label, and that he’s pondering starting a joint-venture label with Lee to release the disc. How does Snoop’s paymaster, No Limit chief Master P, feel about his star rapper’s plans? Says Snoop: ”P’s cool as f — with me doin’ whatever I wanna do.”