For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Lil' Kim, Janet Jackson, Slipknot, Eminem, Pixies, Jet & More

Want to spend some quality time with Britney Spears? She's auctioning it off, with the proceeds going to charity. Fans can bid on StubHub.com for premium seats for her upcoming tour, an autographed picture of the singer, and a meeting and private performance at her final full rehearsal on March 1 (her tour launches March 2 in San Diego). Proceeds go to the Britney Spears Foundation. ...

At this rate, Bill O'Reilly will never get an invitation to attend The Source Awards. The controversial talk-show host, who once criticized Pepsi for its affiliation with Ludacris, has struck another chord, or should we say sour note, with a member of the hip-hop community. After Lil' Kim caught wind that O'Reilly blasted Old Navy for using her as a spokesperson, she responded Tuesday (February 24) with a statement that said, "I was completely blindsided by Mr. O'Reilly's derogatory comments against me. It shows the world that contrary to popular beliefs, Neanderthals are not entirely extinct." The Queen Bee went on to accuse O'Reilly of having a "vendetta" against black music. ... Janet Jackson is no longer slated to play Lena Horne in an ABC biopic. After the singer's Super Bowl halftime flash, Horne demanded that Jackson be disinvited from playing her, causing Jackson and the movie's executive producers to pull out of the project, which had been green-lit last fall. Jackson was recently photographed in Vanity Fair portraying Horne, and was to serve as an executive producer as well as record her own versions of Horne's songs for the film, scheduled for May. The project now remains in limbo, according to an ABC spokesperson. ...

More than two months before the new Slipknot album drops, fans can hear new track "Don't Get Close" in "MTX: Mototrax," a freestyle motocross video game due March 3 for the PS2 and Xbox consoles. A code to uncover Slipknot's hidden characters will be included in the band's third album, to be released May 25. Joining Slipknot on the game's soundtrack will be the Distillers, Disturbed, AFI, Jet, Metallica and the Stooges. ... Eminem is suing Apple Computers, MTV and advertising agency TVWA/Chiat/Day for copyright infringement, claiming an ad for Apple's iTunes music store, which ran on MTV last year, featured a young boy listening to his iPod singing lyrics to Eminem's hit song "Lose Yourself" without the rapper's consent. The suit comes via Eminem's music publishing company, Eight Mile Style, and was filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit. It alleges Eminem could earn up to $10 million for an endorsement deal; his publishers are seeking unspecified damages. ...

Danger Mouse, the man behind The Grey Album, said the Grey Tuesday online movement happening on Tuesday is "flattering." Fans of the creation, which clashes the Beatles' The White Album with Jay-Z's The Black Album, were asked by the Web site downhillbattle.org to make it available on several sites and P2P networks to protest a cease-and-desist order issued to Danger Mouse by EMI, copyright holders of the Beatles' music. Although downhillbattle.org, which received a legal warning of its own on Monday for making the album available, positioned the protest as a way to underline how major labels stifle creativity by limiting or restricting sampling, Danger Mouse said The Grey Album was "not meant to be anything but an artistic expression, and I still hope that that's the way it's perceived." ... Eleven of the 12 dates of the upcoming Pixies tour sold out in a matter of minutes when tickets went on sale this past weekend. Tickets for the 12th show, to be held April 28 on the campus of UC Davis in California, go on sale Monday. ...

Auditions to dance for Madonna on her upcoming tour continue on Wednesday, this time in Los Angeles, according to an open casting call for dancers. In addition to previous instructions, dancers are asked to be available from March 8 through September 15, with valid passport and work visas. In the meantime, Madonna's next children's book will actually be "Lotsa de Casha" instead of "Yakov and the Seven Thieves," according to her Web site. "Lotsa," now available for pre-order on Amazon.com, is out in stores in June, while "Yakov" has been pushed back to October. ... The Wu-Tang Clan's RZA will score the upcoming flick "Blade: Trinity," the third installment in the Wesley Snipes-as-vampire-hunter series. Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard will also score tracks for the film. ...

Michael Jackson won't have to appear at a pretrial motions hearing on March 5, since he filed a waiver with the court last week. Both the prosecution and the defense continue to argue about parameters of possible exceptions to the court-ordered gag order, according to motions filed Friday and Monday. Meanwhile, the singer and his ex-wife Debbie Rowe, who is the mother of two of his children, agreed to hire a retired judge to handle a "family law matter" as part of an alternative dispute resolution, according to a court order filed Friday. The private judge's rulings can be as binding as if made in a regular family court, but remain private. In a related matter, a judge rescheduled a custody hearing Tuesday for the father of Jackson's alleged victim, since the mother failed to appear due to medical problems. The new hearing is scheduled for April 9. ... Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson's arraignment has been postponed by the Florida state attorney's office for the third time, while the office decides exactly what to charge him with. The arraignment is now scheduled for March 8. Lifeson faces charges for six counts, including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence and disorderly intoxication, stemming from a New Year's incident in which he and his son Justin got into a fight with police after Justin was evicted from a Naples, Florida, Ritz-Carlton for refusing to leave the restaurant's stage while another group was performing. Justin's wife has been charged with a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest without violence. ...

Seattle alternative label Up Records is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week with benefit shows at clubs around the city. Artists performing include Built to Spill, Caustic Resin, Modest Mouse, Quasi and more. ... Were Gene Simmons' ears ringing when he titled his first solo album in 26 years ***hole? The Kiss bassist's second album is set for release April 20, while the title track first single is expected to surface at radio a week prior. The 13-track album features appearances from Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, former Kiss members Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer, longtime girlfriend Shannon Tweed, and Bag, a group signed to Simmons Records. Simmons' self-titled debut was released in 1978 in conjunction with solo albums by other original Kiss members. ...

2.23.2004

Not that she needs the money, but Paris Hilton has sold her book proposal for just under a million dollars. The hotel heiress' book, now called "Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose," will come out as a 208-page hardcover in September via Simon & Schuster. ...

Baby's got a new pair of shoes. The Cash Money rapper/executive will launch a signature sneaker on May 15 in association with the Lugz shoe company. The design is described by Lugz as being "clean cut." Included with every pair of kicks will be a "bling bling" Cash Money stack clip, presumably for holding the leftover money that isn't spent on the $70 pair of shoes. ... Rapper Pastor Troy and two of his bodyguards were arrested in Fayetteville, Georgia, late Friday night when less than an ounce of marijuana was found in a yellow Ford F-650 truck in which they were riding. The MC, who was featured on the Lil Jon hit "Throw It Up," is accused by Fayette County sheriff's deputies of also giving a fake identity. Pastor Troy, whose real name is Micah Levar Troy, only admitted his identity after passersby kept yelling out his rap moniker and cops discovered a copy of his CD in his truck. Pastor Troy faces one count of misdemeanor drug possession and one count of giving police a fictitious name. He was brought into county jail and later posted bond. ...

P.O.D. will head out with Lacuna Coil, Blindside and Hazen Street on May 1 in Denver after they wrap up their current tour with Linkin Park. The bands will play around 40 shows in total. ... Cold will launch a tour with Sevendust on April 7. Dates will run through the first week in June, according to a post on Cold's Web site. ...

After playing two solo shows last week in Los Angeles — one at the Viper Room on Thursday, another at the Roxy on Friday — Courtney Love addressed her misdemeanor drug charges in an L.A. courtroom on Monday (February 23). Her new lawyer, Michael Rosenstein, asked for more time, which was granted despite objections from the prosecution. A trial date has been set for March 8. Meanwhile, a wedding date for the singer has been set as well — for the ceremony she's going to officiate as part of a radio contest promotion with 23 stations across the country, that is. Love will perform the wedding ceremony on May 8 in Lake Tahoe, California, for a group of winners, according to her label rep. ... Meanwhile, Scott Weiland got a trial date for his drug charges as well. The singer will stand trial for his charge of driving while under the influence of drugs starting March 15, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office. ...

As pursuant to a settlement reached by the five major music distributors and the plaintiffs of an anti-trust lawsuit filed against them in 2000, some 3.5 million people who bought recorded music between 1995 and 2000 were mailed a refund check for $13.86 on Friday. The suit alleged that the distributors conspired to raise the prices of vinyl records, CDs and cassettes by imposing a minimum pricing policy. ... '80s rock band the Alarm have landed their first top-30 hit in their native U.K. in 15 years, and all they had to do was change their name. The band recorded the track "45RPM" under the name the Poppy Fields, and for the video used teenage stand-ins to mouth the lyrics. The Alarm claim they disguised themselves as a younger group simply to prove that the pop-music industry is biased against older musicians. ...