The Offspring get
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>> The Offspring release their fourth album for Columbia and the seventh overall in "Splinter." "Hit That" is the album's first single. The Orange County, Calif., band enlisted a few friends to complement the recording: Pennywise singer Jim Lindberg and TSOL vocalist Jack Grisham perform backup duties on "The Noose" and "Da Hui," about the North Shore's surfing elite squad. A homemade video for the song is included as one of the CD's extra features, with the band hooking up with the Hawaii surfers.

>> 24-year-old hip-hop singer Kelis is on the charts right now with her hit "Milkshake," and the song is also featured on her third album, "Tasty." Her Arista debut, released in conjunction with the Neptunes' Star Trak imprint, features work by that noted duo on many tracks, plus P. Diddy ("Guilty Girl"), Dallas Austin ("Trick Me" and "Keep It Down") and Raphael Saddiq on the songs "Glow," "Marathon," "Attention," "Harlem Streets" and "Round the Way."


>> Established in 1996, the three-man dream team of Ice Cube, Mack 10 and WC -- otherwise known as Westside Connection -- proved itself a force to be reckoned with with the best-selling, rivalry-provoking "Bow Down" album. The gangsta rap vets returns with the incendiary "Terrorist Threats." "Gangsta Nation" is the album's leadoff single. Brief sketches in the form of mock terrorist alerts and political declarations are scattered throughout the disc. This is the first full album Ice Cube has participated on since 2000's "War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc)."

>> Hit singles "Crawling in the Dark" and "Running Away" helped Hoobastank earn platinum sales with its self-titled debut in 2001. The alt-rock band hopes to further its success with "The Reason." The 12-track album is produced by Howard Benson (P.O.D., Motörhead), mixed by Chris Lord-Alge and features background vocals by Ian Watkins and Jamie Oliver of Lostprophets on "Out of Control," the first single.

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