For The Record: Quick News On Michael Jackson And Lisa Marie Presley, Blink-182, Britney Spears, Linkin Park & More

Lisa Marie Presley has piqued the interest of prosecutors in the Michael Jackson molestation case with comments she made recently. In an interview with Australian Broadcasting Corp.’s “Enough Rope” talk show, Jackson’s ex-wife said that during their marriage, she saw “things going on that I couldn’t do anything about. And don’t ask me what sort of things, because I’m not going to answer.” Though the media might not be able to get Presley to elaborate, authorities in Santa Barbara, California, are betting that they’ll have a better chance, and are asking her to appear before a grand jury. …

In the wake of drummer Travis Barker breaking his foot after slipping and falling in Melbourne, Australia, on Thursday, Blink-182 will still play their North American tour, but they’ve postponed the Hawaiian dates. Instead of starting April 3 in Honolulu, the tour will launch April 22 in Monterrey, Mexico. Dates are scheduled through June 28 in Milwaukee. … Linkin Park will release a coffee-table book of their Meteora tour before the end of the year. …

Gov’t Mule were the only multiple winners at Tuesday’s fourth annual Jammy Awards in New York. The group took home trophies for Live Album of the Year for The Deepest End and Live Performance of the Year for the New Orleans show that yielded the album. Dave Matthews Band‘s “Central Park Concert” won DVD of the Year, Phish won Tour of the Year for their summer 2003 trek, and Steve Winwood, a day after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Traffic, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Performance highlights included a star-studded Gov’t Mule jam featuring Black Crowes members Chris Robinson, Rich Robinson and Eddie Harsch, and the String Cheese Incident with Perry Farrell. …

Though it was originally set to be called “Holly,” the ABC Family movie adaptation of Britney and Lynne Spears‘ book “A Mother’s Gift” is now going to be named after one of the singer’s In the Zone songs, “Brave New Girl.” Shot in Toronto in January and February, the telepic version of the book stars Lindsey Haun, the daughter of Air Supply guitarist Jimmy Haun, as the Britney-like character, Holly. The movie, which was executive produced by the pop princess, airs on ABC Family on April 25 at 8 p.m. … Jessica Simpson has finally scheduled a date and a director for her upcoming video shoot for “Take My Breath Away.” Chris Applebaum is slated to helm the clip, which will be shot on Monday. “Making the Video: Jessica Simpson” premieres on April 6. …

Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson will appear in a series of PSAs urging kids to talk with their parents about getting tested for colon cancer, the second leading cause of death from cancer in the U.S. A longtime advocate for colorectal cancer awareness, Richardson lost his father to the disease in 1991. The spots will begin surfacing this month, which has been dubbed Colon Cancer Awareness Month. … Ex-Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri began a solo acoustic tour on Tuesday in Boston. Dates run through April 3. Meanwhile, Queens’ Josh Homme will play four shows with his side project the Eagles of Death Metal starting April 2 in Boston and ending in Philadelphia on April 6. …

Ben Folds is about to embark on a nationwide college tour. The trek begins April 2 at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio; tickets are now on sale. Folds is currently putting the finishing touches on his next studio album, which is slated to hit stores this summer. …

03.16.2004

Clay Aiken‘s “The Way” single, due in stores Tuesday (March 16), will feature a cover of Neil Sedaka‘s “Solitaire” as the B-side. “Since the end of ‘American Idol,’ the requests for a recording of my version of ‘Solitaire’ have continued to pour in,” Aiken wrote on his Web site. “I hope you enjoy hearing the song as much as I enjoyed recording it for you!” …

Courtney Love returned to court in Beverly Hills, California, on Tuesday. At the request of her attorney, a preliminary hearing regarding two felony counts of drug possession was postponed again. The new hearing date is set for April 15. Before the morning’s proceedings ended, Love burst into tears. … R. Kelly has set a release date of May 18 for his next LP, Happy People. Kelly filmed a video for the title track and first single over the weekend in Chicago. Little X directed the clip. …

Prince brought out the stars in New York on Monday night following his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Lenny Kravitz, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, ?uestlove, Alicia Keys, Outkast and the cast of “Saturday Night Live” were among those who came to see his special afterparty show at New York club Exit. Prince opened with a jazz instrumental, followed by the title track to his new album, Musicology, before launching into several hits from his extensive catalog, including “Controversy,” “Housequake,” “Sign ‘O’ the Times” and “Kiss.” … 50 Cent threw a surprise party for G-Unit member Young Buck Monday night at Chetty Red in New York. Lloyd Banks, radio personality Monie Love and B-Real of Cypress Hill were among those wishing Buck a happy b-day. …

Wyclef Jean will appear as Curtis Mayfield in the season finale of NBC’s “American Dreams,” set for broadcast April 4. A week prior to Jean’s portrayal of the soul legend best known for “Superfly,” the show will feature Jason Mraz as Dion and Fefe Dobson as Tina Turner. … Cedric the Entertainer has replaced Justin Timberlake as co-host of ABC’s upcoming “Motown 45″ special. Timberlake, who would have joined Lionel Richie as an emcee for the show, backed out to shoot his first feature film, “Edison.” Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men and Kelly Rowland are among the acts set to perform. …

U2‘s Bono will be addressing the class of 2004 at the University of Pennsylvania’s 248th commencement ceremony on May 17, according to the university’s Web site. The university will also be presenting the singer/songwriter/activist with an honorary doctor of Laws degree for his global activism. … U2′s proposed anthology book got a home this week. Planned as a full-color photo retrospective, “In the Name of Love: U2 by U2″ will come out via Harper Collins in 2005. … While working on the follow-up to 2002′s Spend the Night, the Donnas have been chosen as “spokesgirls” for Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, a company that makes guitars and basses in pink and baby blue that are lighter and have thinner necks, to give 11 girls the chance to follow in their footsteps. Two-week scholarships to the DayJams Rock Music Day Camps around the country will be awarded this summer. …

Turntablism’s spin in the mainstream has arrived. The art of manipulating the ones and twos will be the focus of an upcoming CBS Morning News special, tentatively set for March 28. Meanwhile, Berklee College of Music’s Turntable Technique, the first college course on the subject, is well under way, and turntable pioneer Grandmaster Flash intends to hit 30 colleges in the coming year on an educational tour. … A two-year legal wrangle over royalty rates for songs broadcast online has culminated in a government ruling that requires Internet radio stations to record their playlists for two weeks in a three-month period and pay artists and labels accordingly. The new procedure goes into effect April 12. …