Music Notes: Eminem Action Figure

Barbie could be in for some late nights. A new batch of rock 'n' roll action figures are on the way, although these guys hardly have the polite manners you would associate with the blonde's main man, Ken.

Shock rockers Marilyn Manson and Eminem are headed to the toy collection in the form of their own action figures.

There will be three Eminem's to chose from — one for each of his personas — Slim Shady, Marshall Mathers, and Eminem. The dolls are expected in stores in July, with four variations of Manson.

More Spice On The Way?

Guess it isn't over until the last spokesperson has their say.

Last week Sporty Spice, (Melanie Chisholm), signaled the end of the Spice Girls with news that she was leaving the band. She was quoted saying, "I don't intend to do any more work with the Spice Girls. I've not been comfortable being in the Spice Girls for probably the past two years."

But did she really leave? The groups' spokesperson says this is just a break and she's still in the band. "It isn't the final split," said Alan Edwards. "It ain't over until it's over, and it ain't over."

He says the British pop band is merely on hold so that the ladies can pursue solo careers. Chisholm will tour the U.S. in April on the heels of her hit song "I Turn to You." She's currently the only member of the Spice Girls doing well stateside.

Excess Of INXS

In case your old INXS tapes are all worn out, a new best-of anthology is on the way. Rhino Records will release Shine Like it Does (1979-1997): The INXS Anthology in June.

The recording will span their career from their first single "Simple Simon," to hits "Need You Tonight," "Never Tear Us Apart," and "What You Need." The anthology will also have some rare tracks, and the band's contribution to the Lost Boys soundtrack.

INXS may be headed to the U.S. on a sort of '80s revival with fellow Aussie acts Midnight Oil and Men At Work. INXS gave several performances last year; the band has been using guest singers since the death of frontman Michael Hutchence.

Moreover …

A DVD version of Paul Simon's 1978 TV special is on the way. The Paul Simon Special was produced by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels and has not aired since its debut. Guests include Art Garfunkel, Lily Tomlin and Chevy Chase … The Beatles could win one more honor in Germany. The Fab Four is up for Best International Group at Germany's version of the Grammys, the Echo. The band competes with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bon Jovi and the Corrs. … Jennifer Lopez is set for a world tour beginning in August. Details are expected soon on her Web site, but in the meantime her new video Play debuts on MTV.

ABC Radio and's Buck Wolf and Nancy Chandross contributed to this report.