For The Record: Quick News On Farnsworth Bentley, Prince, The Darkness, Ja Rule, Limp Bizkit, Jet, P. Diddy & More

“Pass the Courvoisier!” That’s what Outkast cronie and former P. Diddy parasol-holder, Farnsworth Bentley, will be demanding now. The dapper hip-hop dignitary has inked a deal with the cognac maker to become its pitchman. … P. Diddy is suing an interior designer, Jennifer Post, saying the celebrity decorator conned him out of at least $25,000. Diddy, who usually finds himself on the other end of lawsuits, says Post unfairly jacked up her contractor’s fee when she agreed to decorate the inside of his Tribeca home in New York. …

Prince has agreed to work with a major label for the first time since the mid-’90s. Columbia Records will release Prince’s latest release, Musicology, worldwide beginning April 20. The first single, also titled “Musicology,” will go to radio March 29. … A judge in Los Angeles refused to allow Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland to leave rehab to shoot a video for “Slither” on Tuesday, but she did allow him nine hours to do so on April 4, with certain provisions, a court spokesperson said. The judge also modified the singer’s sentence, changing his remaining 180 days in a residential care center to 30 days in a hardcore live-in facility, followed by 90 days in a sober-living program. While in the latter, Weiland will have more freedom to come and go. After that, he’ll undergo six months of after-care counseling and testing. If Weiland remains clean, he will be done with rehab in 10 months. … Meanwhile, Velvet Revolver’s debut album, Contraband, is now slated for a June 8 street date. …

The recording industry filed another 532 lawsuits against file-sharers Tuesday (March 23), 89 of which targeted people who used the networks of 21 different colleges and universities in 10 states and Washington, D.C. Like previous legal actions taken after a judge ruled in December that the RIAA could not force Internet service providers to reveal the identities of its customers without a judge’s order, the latest round of lawsuits are of the “John Doe” variety, meaning the action is taken against anonymous plaintiffs whose identities are revealed only after a judge decides they should be known. … After a lengthy investigation, The Village Voice has confirmed with NYPD officers the existence of an intelligence unit within the force that monitors the rap-music industry. The acknowledgement comes in the wake of a recent report that the Miami Police Department also tracks hip-hop impresarios when they visit the Sunshine State. Meanwhile, Miami Beach’s Black Host Committee, a local civic organization, has offered to educate police officers on the norms of hip-hop culture. …

A bomb threat that proved to be a farce forced Limp Bizkit to cancel a concert Monday in Poland. The call was received two hours before the band was to take the stage, and more than 4,500 people evacuated the Spodek Sports Hall in Katowice after being told that a bandmember was sick. The bomb threat was not mentioned so as to avoid causing panic. … Due to overwhelming public demand, most of the shows on the Darkness‘ U.S. tour have been moved to significantly larger venues. The band’s opening show in Milwaukee on March 26 has been moved from an 800-seat venue to a 3,500-seater, and quadruple-digit changes have been scheduled in four other markets: March 30 in Cleveland, April 8 in Atlanta, April 11 in Houston and April 16 in San Diego. Overall, 13 venues have been changed to accommodate bigger crowds. …

Ja Rule is being sued for $25,000 by Baltimore native Tony Veanie, who claims the violent images in the video for “I Cry,” part of which were shot in his neighborhood, left him feeling “threatened, shot and stabbed.” The video for the song, which is from Ja Rule’s 2000 album, Rule 3:36, depict the rapper avenging the murder of a friend. … Fountains of Wayne‘s Adam Schlesinger has been tapped to write songs for the theatrical adaptation of John Waters‘ 1990 film “Cry-Baby.” The play, which is expected to launch on Broadway in spring 2006, marks Schlesinger’s first foray into theater, after having penned tunes for TV (the theme to Comedy Central’s “Crank Yankers”) and movies (1996′s “That Thing You Do!”). …

Australian rabble-rousers Jet have assembled a seven-song album of demos and live tracks, but it won’t be sold at retail outlets. The disc is available to fans who attend Jet’s show and then purchase their album within a two-week period. More details can be found at www.jetkickedmyass.com. … Good Charlotte, Jet, Something Corporate, Finger Eleven and Billy Talent are among the first crop of bands announced for this year’s Edgefest, taking place July 2 at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto. …

The U.K. documentary “Police Protecting Children,” airing on British television Tuesday, contains footage of Who guitarist Pete Townshend being questioned by police after his arrest in January 2003. Townshend claimed he was doing research for a book when he was caught visiting a child-porn Web site. He was formally warned and his name was placed on a sex-offenders register for five years. The filmmaker told a British paper that the Townshend footage was included as “a cautionary tale” to halt even the temptation to view child pornography. … Three massive Rolling Stones box sets, collecting nine years’ worth of the legendary band’s singles, are on the horizon. The dozen-disc The Rolling Stones Singles 1963-1965, due May 4, features early hits like “Time Is on My Side” and “Heart of Stone,” rarities such as their cover of the Beatles‘ “I Wanna Be Your Man” and three EPs never before released on CD. Singles 1965-1967 is scheduled for summer, while 1968-71 is expected in the fall. …

Barbie is getting into the music-compilation game with Barbie Hit Mix, a 16-track collection of hits sung by kids so that other kids can sing along. Among the tracks featured on the album, due April 6, are covers of Outkast’s “Hey Ya!,” Hilary Duff‘s “Come Clean,” Britney Spears‘ “… Baby One More Time” and Michelle Branch‘s “Breathe.” … John Mayer is the latest addition to Eric Clapton‘s Crossroads Guitar Festival from June 4 to June 6 in Dallas. Clapton, Mayer, Carlos Santana, Queen‘s Brian May, B.B. King, James Taylor, Steve Vai, the EaglesJoe Walsh, ZZ Top and Vince Gill are among the other guitarists scheduled to perform at the Cotton Bowl for the event, which will raise money for Clapton’s Crossroads Centre Antigua, a treatment and education center he founded in 1997. …

Velvet Revolver‘s debut album, Contraband, is now slated for a June 8 street date. The group is expected to shoot a video for its first single, “Slither,” in early April. … Guster are releasing a DVD and live album in May called Guster on Ice. Meanwhile, the band recently finished a live/behind-the-scenes video for “Careful,” the second single from Keep It Together. … Guster have also been added to this year’s Bonnaroo festival, along with Ween, Patti Smith and the Radiators. Bob Dylan, the Dead, Dave Matthews and friends, Wilco and Trey Anastasio are headlining the event, taking place June 11 to 13 in Manchester, Tennessee. …

03.22.2004

Britney Spears, who postponed Friday’s Onyx Hotel Tour stop in Chicago because of a knee injury, also missed Sunday’s show in Detroit. She is scheduled to return to the stage Tuesday in Atlanta and will reschedule the missed concert dates for April. Her spokesperson had no details on the injury. … Spears, 50 Cent, Beyoncé, Outkast and Blink-182 scored multiple nominations for the second annual “TRL” Awards, airing live April 13. Outkast, Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys and Fefe Dobson will appear on the show, which will also feature 50, Britney, Clay Aiken, Nelly, Hilary Duff, Brad Pitt, the Rock and Lindsay Lohan. Will Ferrell, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Jack Black and Jim Carrey will vie for the Wet Your Pants Award for the funniest guest. …

A California court has postponed the DUI case of Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland until April 23. Last October, Weiland was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs after crashing his BMW into a parked van. On Tuesday, the singer is scheduled to receive a progress report from the Los Angeles district attorney’s office. … Beyoncé and Outkast continued their award collection expedition of the last year. Both acts were bestowed the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year at this year’s Soul Train Music Awards. The Kast were the night’s big winners, taking home trophies for R&B/ Soul or Rap Music Video of the Year (“Hey Ya!”) and R&B/ Soul or Rap Album of the Year for Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below. Janet Jackson and R. Kelly were honored with the Quincy Jones Award for Lifetime Achievement. …

One honor for which Snoop Dogg won’t be getting a pimp cup — Coach of the Year. After coaching a group of 7- to 10-year-olds last season in a Pop Warner youth football league, Snoop was named “top dog” over the weekend. His team’s season culminated in a victory in a celebrity all-star game during Super Bowl weekend. … Look for Snoop to lace up the boxing gloves, too. He’s the star of “Snoop Dogg Boxing,” a new game for wireless mobile devices. Snoop is one of the primary opponents in this arcade-style video game. … You can now find PETA-supporter Pharrell, his band N.E.R.D. and Kelis at KFC franchises in New York and Atlanta. The chicken franchise has signed a deal with the company Lidrock, which makes three-song CDs for soft-drink lids, to carry music by these Star Trak artists. The first run will include Pharrell’s “Frontin’,” N.E.R.D.’s next single, “Breakout,” and Kelis’ “Protect My Heart.” …

Swedish high-energy garage band the Hives debuted seven new songs at their South by Southwest performance on Friday in Austin, Texas. The tunes, including “Abra Cadaver,” “Missing Link” and “Two Timings Touch and Broken Bones,” will likely appear on the band’s next record, tentatively due in late summer. Other songs previewed in Austin include “Idiot Walk,” “No Pun Intended,” “Baby You’re Alright” and “Antidote.” … Green Day are planning to record 35 songs for their next album, then filter out the best, a source at the band’s label said. The disc, the follow-up to 2000′s Warning, is currently slated for a late fall release. …

Jay-Z is looking into doubling the size of his New York sports bar and nightclub, 40/40. Trade journals report that the rapper has asked the current landlord for 8,000 additional square feet to extend the size of the main-floor lounge and add a second VIP level. The cost of real estate in the existing property is approximately $100 per square foot. … Mos Def gets dough in Hollywood, but he’s still keeping his feet in the streets. On Sunday night at Lotus in New York, Mos had a listening party for his upcoming mixtape. P. Diddy, Jason Kidd, Lenny Kravitz and members of The Inc. all attended. …

Johnny Cash‘s At Folsom Prison, Bruce Springsteen‘s Born to Run, the BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a 1888 recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, a radio broadcast of the 1941 World Series, and the original cast recording of “Oklahoma!” are among the 50 recordings recently enshrined in the Library of Congress. … The Roots, the Shins and Sleater-Kinney will headline the third annual Sasquatch! Music Festival on May 29 at the Gorge in George, Washington. The Postal Service, the Black Keys, Thievery Corporation, Built to Spill, the New Pornographers, Cat Power and Gary Jules are also among the artists on the bill. … Austin quartet …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead are working on their fourth album, the follow-up to 2002′s major-label debut, Source Tags and Codes. The band is recording in its home studio and is expected to debut some of the new material at its performance at the Coachella fest, May 1 in Indio, California. …