For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Ja Rule, Queen Latifah, Sex Pistols, Pamela Anderson, Zwan & More

 

A wax sculpture of Britney Spears at Madame Tussaud’s in London will have inflatable breasts that pulsate in time to her dancing, according to Reuters. The figure will be posed shimmying around a pole and is set to be accompanied by dance instructors — real ones, not wax — who will teach visitors a routine. …

Queen Latifah will play a cab driver who teams up with a young cop to solve a series of bank robberies in “Taxi,” a remake of the 1998 French movie of the same name. Tim Story (“Barbershop”) is in negotiations to direct the flick, scheduled to start filming in September. … Ja Rule and comedian George Carlin will make brief appearances in “Scary Movie 3,” which is currently being shot in Canada. Pamela Anderson, Denise Richards, Charlie Sheen and Simon Cowell will also make cameos in the movie. …

It’s a boy! Hot 97 New York radio personality/rapper Angie Martinez and Dru Hill‘s Nokio welcomed their baby, whom they named Niko, into the world on Thursday in New York. …

Zwan have canceled 23 dates of their international tour because of an unspecified family illness. Dates were scheduled between June 15 in Imola, Italy, and July 25 in Fuji, Japan. No additional details are available. … Pretty soon there will be more anarchy in the U.S., as the Sex Pistols are scheduling their first American tour in seven years. The first on-sale date is for August 21 in Wantagh, New York, but the tour launches a day earlier in Boston, according to the band’s Web site. If it doesn’t implode in its first week, the tour runs through late September. The Sex Pistols’ last Stateside appearance was in September at the KROQ 2002 Inland Invasion Concert. …

06.12.03

Wednesday’s Justified and Stripped Tour stop in Vancouver was canceled after delays at the Canadian border cut into the crew’s set-up time for the production. “We regret any inconvenience to our fans and sincerely hope that we have the opportunity to perform in Vancouver soon,” Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera said in a joint statement. …

Sean “P. Diddy” Combs‘ Limited Edition Sean John Navigator, which the rap mogul showcased at the MTV Movie Awards, will be available July 1. Lincoln is making only 100 of the SUVs, which will sell for about $85,000. … Destiny Child‘s Kelly Rowland will perform the national anthem at game 6 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio on Sunday. … Michael Jackson has settled the $12 million lawsuit brought against him by financial advisor Myung-Ho Lee. Lee claimed that the pop star owed him unpaid fees and expenses for his company Union Investment Corp.’s efforts to put his financial affairs in order since he was near bankruptcy. Court TV had requested to televise the trial, which could have meant a public airing of the state of Jackson’s finances. The case had been scheduled for trial starting June 18. …

Timbaland was deemed songwriter of the year at the 16th annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards Tuesday. Tim, who also received the honor in 2001, was recognized for penning the hits “More Than a Woman” and “I Care 4 U” for Aaliyah, as well as Tweet‘s “Oops (Oh My)” and Missy Elliott‘s “Work It.” Ashanti‘s “Foolish” picked up the top R&B/hip-hop song; Nelly‘s “Hot in Herre” was dubbed best rap song; and Fat Joe‘s “What’s Luv?” was named best soundtrack song. … Timbaland is also working on his third LP with his childhood friend Magoo. The album is coming out later this year and features Missy on the first single, “Cop That Sh–.” All three flip classic verses from Rakim, MC Lyte and Special Ed in their rhymes. …

Classic rockers Aerosmith channeled their inner “Rugrats” to pen the tune “Lizard Love” for the third feature film based on the Nickelodeon series. The song will appear in “Rugrats Go Wild!,” which hits theatres Friday, and the video, featuring the band cavorting with the wisecracking toddlers, is being shown on Nickelodeon. … The lineup of the second annual Austin City Limits Festival is set. Newly announced artists Yo La Tengo, Kings of Leon, the Polyphonic Spree, Hank Williams III and the Dandy Warhols join a previously announced roster that includes R.E.M., Liz Phair, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson and Spoon. In all, 100 acts will take to eight stages over three days, September 19-21, at Zilker Park in the Texas capital. …

Aaron Carter will launch Aaron’s Jukebox Tour on July 26 in Phoenix. During his set, Carter will sing classics by Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, the Monkees, the Beatles, David Bowie, Billy Idol and others. The 20-date U.S. trek ends in Sacramento, California, on September 1, after which Carter will tour Japan. … Stacie Orrico recently shot the video for her next single, “More to Life.” The singer is overseas now, but will return for several radio-station festivals, beginning July 3 in Orlando, Florida. …

New York Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams will release his upcoming jazz album, The Journey Within, July 15 on Paul McCartney‘s MPL Communications. The Beatle also releases Carl Perkins and Buddy Holly music on the label. … Boxers Lennox Lewis and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have recorded hip-hop songs for the soundtrack to “Fight Night,” an upcoming DVD documentary about boxing. Too Short and RBX also joined Lewis’ brother, producer Calico Smoke, to record songs for the album, due June 24. …

Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk, widely credited with inventing the genre with 1977′s Trans-Europe Express, will release their first album in 17 years, Tour De France, on July 22. On the album, “Tour De France 03,” a sequel to the 1983 single that will be released independent of the LP on July 8, will appear alongside new songs as well as a reworked version of the original tune. … Company Flow co-founder El-P is headed downtown to get his jazz on. The MC known as El Producto has teamed up with avant-garde jazzbos Blue Series Continuum, a sextet including pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist William Parker and trumpeter Roy Campbell, for an LP due this fall. On July 22, a 10-inch vinyl-only single, “Sunrise Over Brooklyn,” is scheduled to drop. …