For The Record: Quick News On Beanie Sigel, J-Kwon, Britney Spears, Strokes, P. Diddy, Xzibit, Pixies & More

A judge on Thursday (April 22) ordered the jury in Beanie Sigel‘s attempted-murder trial to continue deliberating despite the jury’s assertion that it can’t reach a verdict. The judge chastised jurors for not paying attention during the trial after they asked to see all the evidence again. What was expected to be a speedy trial will now enter its third day of deliberations on Friday. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Damon Dash and others in the Roc-A-Fella and State Property camps were once again on hand in court. … It’s not just music, J-Kwon is really living his words. In two weeks, the 18-year-old “Teen President” will take his film crew to the ‘hood. He’s shooting the video for his second single, the title track off his Hood Hop album. …

Britney Spears‘ mom is in Boston helping with the interior design of the Britney room at the real Onyx Hotel. Lynne Spears is tinkering with the idea of decorating it in an “early Britney” style, to reflect her childhood room at their home in Louisiana. Ten percent of the revenue generated by the room will go to the singer’s charitable foundation. … Christina Aguilera is doing an ad campaign for Virgin Mobile, for the continuing “The Devil Makes Work for Idle Thumbs” series. Though the ad will be filmed in Los Angeles this weekend, it’s to be shown only in the U.K. Two versions of the commercial will air starting in mid-May. …

To kick off the 2004 NBA Playoffs, the league is throwing a party in Los Angeles on Friday, where attendees can take in the Lakers-Rockets game on a panoply of TV monitors. Those expected to attend include Macy Gray, Ice Cube, Xzibit, B2K, Fred Durst, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lisa Leslie and Vince Vaughn. … If you’ve ever wanted to toss balls in the face of two members of the Strokes, now’s your chance. On Tuesday, singer Julian Casablancas and drummer Fabrizio Moretti will compete in the next installment of Xbox Game With Fame, by playing “ESPN Major League Baseball” and the tennis game “Top Spin,” respectively, against fans online. Between 4 and 6 p.m. ET, log on to www.xbox.com and enter the Xbox Live arena. The Strokes, using the gamertag newyorkcitycops, follow Fefe Dobson, Everlast, Outkast and New Found Glory, previous artists who’ve gone head-to-head with their fans. …

The Pixies are steadily adding dates to their fall North American tour and have confirmed stops in Berkeley, California (September 24); Atlanta (October 13-14); St. Paul, Minnesota (November 11); Toronto (November 24); and four nights in Chicago (November 13-16). … P. Diddy is focused like a sniper on his acting career with the play “A Raisin in the Sun,” but he isn’t neglecting his other businesses. On Wednesday it was announced that Combs will be partnering with fellow fashioner Zac Posen for Posen’s clothing label. Meanwhile, Diddy says Sean John will release a women’s line soon. …

Supergroup Camp Freddy, featuring Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, Cult bassist Billy Morrison, Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum and singer Donovan Leitch, took over the airwaves of Los Angeles station Indie 103.1 Saturday evening to launch their weekly radio show. Sorum calling in from his Las Vegas hotel room and Carmen Electra doing the weather were among the highlights. … Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland has more than his own legal issues on his mind. He posted a rant on his band’s Web site, saying that he was “disgusted with the music industry” because of the current climate of censorship. “Since making my last record two years ago, I’ve encountered more censorship in the past three months than in 10 active years with S.T.P.,” he wrote. “Let’s hear it for the lambs! Censorship is Nazism.” …

Courtney Love‘s got more legal trouble on her hands — the managers of her New York condo have filed a lien against her, claiming she owes nearly $18,000 in common charges, late fees and other costs. The singer paid $2.64 million three years ago for her 4,123-square foot apartment in SoHo but told Rolling Stone recently that she’s facing foreclosure on both this home and the one she has in Los Angeles. … In the meantime, Love is facing off with the Foo Fighters, as she’s been added to the lineup for Atlanta’s Music Midtown fest, which takes place April 30 to May 2. Among the headliners are Jessica Simpson, Twista, Ludacris, Big Boi and Hoobastank. …

Brownsville’s finest, M.O.P., are living up to their name. They’ve recorded a rock-rap album titled Mash Out Posse that will hit stores on their own label, Family First, in June. This LP is different from their Roc-A-Fella debut, Ghetto Warfare, which is due in the fall. … A Perfect Circle will release the DVD “Lost in the Bermuda Triangle” on May 4. The disc, a companion to the band’s single “The Outsider,” features an extended and unedited version of the song’s video, plus previews of the upcoming Bikini Bandits films “The Golden Rod” and “Bikini Bandits Save Christmas.” …

Music fans rioted during an impromptu show by the Libertines at Stoke-on-Trent, England, leading to the destruction of the venue in which the band was booked. The show was supposed to be a launch party for singer/guitarist Pete Doherty‘s side project Babyshambles, but when the band took the stage the fans became unruly, dragging down drapes that covered the ceiling and surging against a wall until it collapsed. … English electronic-music duo Orbital will throw in the samplers this summer, ending a 17-year career. The group, which features brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll, decided to split because the siblings were no longer seeing eye to eye musically. Orbital’s swan song, The Blue Album, will come out June 21. …

After an intense bidding war, publishing house Crown coughed up seven figures for the North American rights to an ambitious Beatles project, a three-volume biography about the band to be published over the next decade by Beatles authority Mark Lewisohn. Said one publisher who pulled out of the bidding when it got too expensive: “To call it just a book is missing the point. This would treat the Beatles as important figures of the 20th century, as if the history of the Beatles is the history of the ’60s in its entirety.” The first volume will center on the years 1940-1963, the second volume on 1964-1967, and the third on 1968 to the present day. … Wednesday 13, the frontman for the Murderdolls (whose roster includes Slipknot‘s Joey Jordison), is working on a solo album, which he plans to release this fall. The singer will also launch a solo tour in the summer. …

04.21.2004

After serving 10 months on a parole violation, Suge Knight is getting out of prison this week. The rap mogul served the bulk of his time at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California, after a parole board determined that his punching a parking valet was a violation of the terms of his 2001 parole. Knight had already served time at Mule Creek for committing a 1996 assault in a Las Vegas casino, itself a violation of probation for sentences on assault and gun charges. …

Prince taped a private performance for MTV on Tuesday night in New York that was open to local members of his NPG Music fan club. He played songs from his new album, Musicology, with his New Power Generation band, plus a solo acoustic set (on a purple guitar) that included “Cream,” “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man” and “Sometimes It Snows in April.” Later, he celebrated the release of Musicology with a party that attracted the likes of Stevie Wonder, Maxwell and the Roots?uestlove. … Just as Prince is undergoing a revival, his old mate Morris Day of the Time is prepping the release of a new album, It’s About Time, due June 22. The record contains old live recordings of classic hits from the Time and Day’s solo career, plus four new songs written by Day and original members Jerome Benton, Jellybean Johnson and Monte Moir. …

Mario Winans had an album-release party Tuesday night at New York’s Lot 61. Foxy Brown, Carl Thomas, the Isley Brothers and members of Bad Boy’s Da Band showed up to give Yellow Man his props. … The compilation LP Totally Hits 2004 will feature the previously unreleased Justin Timberlake song “I’m Lovin’ It,” which was recorded during the sessions for Justified but left off the record. The disc, which comes out May 4, will also include singles by Alicia Keys, Sean Paul, Kelis, Maroon 5, J-Kwon, R. Kelly and others. …

Is Clear Channel Communications the evil empire? A U.S. district court judge in Denver is letting a jury decide. Judge Edward W. Nottingham concluded that there was sufficient evidence to suggest that the world’s largest concert promoter reduced airplay on its radio stations for artists who used the company’s competition. Denver-based Nobody in Particular Presents accused Clear Channel of engaging in illegal monopolistic practices in a complaint filed in August 2001 and will have their day in court August 2. … To christen the takeoff of a new partnership between Sony Connect and United Airlines, Sheryl Crow will perform a 40-minute acoustic set in an airplane flying between Chicago and Los Angeles on May 4. Upon landing, Crow will play a party celebrating the arrival of a new Sony digital Walkman. Soon after, fans can purchase the performances on mileageplusmusic.com. Sony Connect is Sony Music’s digital online music service, offering songs for 99 cents a pop, and now that they’ve teamed with United Airlines, travelers can trade in frequent-flyer points for songs at Connect.com. …

To celebrate their 35th anniversary, ZZ Top will launch a North American tour on June 25 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Dates run through September 25 in Las Vegas. In addition, ZZ Top will play the Crossroads Guitar Festival at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on June 6 with Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, B.B. King and Buddy Guy. … Following the conclusion of the Headbangers Ball 2 Tour May 7 in Portland, Oregon, Damageplan and Drowning Pool will extend their road relationship another two weeks. The two bands have lined up a string of dates, beginning May 8 in Seattle through May 17 in Boulder, Colorado. …

The as-yet-untitled new album from the Cure is scheduled for a June 22 release. The U.K. band’s first album since 2000′s Bloodflowers was recorded in London with producer Ross Robinson, best known for his work with nü-metal bands Korn, Slipknot and Soulfly. … The first DVD to collect the videos of morose crooner Nick Cave is set to drop May 4. The 20-track “Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – The Videos” features “Into My Arms,” “Red Right Hand,” “Deanna” and “Where the Wild Roses Grow,” Cave’s collaboration with Kylie Minogue. …

New York publishers are involved in a bidding war for an ambitious and massive new proposal by cultural historian and recognized Beatles authority Mark Lewisohn, in which he would write a three-volume biography about the band to be published over the next decade. The project is expected to sell for at least seven figures. … Shane MacGowan, ex-singer for the Irish folk-rock band the Pogues, suffered a fractured cheekbone after being attacked in a London pub on Monday, the Evening Standard reported. MacGowan was assaulted by two men, who kicked him, punched him and struck him with a metal bar. The singer was taken to St. Thomas’ Hospital but left before being treated. A 20-year-old and a 21-year-old were arrested and released on bail. …