For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Eminem, Loon, Evanescence, Hoobastank, Stephen Malkmus, RZA & More

Britney Spears has more than knee trouble to worry about — she’s also facing a $10 million lawsuit. San Diego athletic-clothing company Lite Breeze Inc. is claming trademark infringement because of the singer’s use of the phrase “In the Zone” for her album. Lite Breeze claims that it’s causing marketplace confusion, since it has used the phrase in association with its promotion of music and live sporting events. The company also alleges that once Spears received a cease-and-desist letter, she switched the name of her tour to the Onyx Hotel. Spears is required to file an answer to the allegations by Monday. …

Eminem won another victory against Ray Benzino and The Source. On Wednesday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, a judge awarded Shady Records undisclosed compensation for the hip-hop magazine’s violation of an injunction and publication of some of Em’s lyrics on its Web site. The raps, which were written by Em as a teenager, came to light only a few months ago when they were uncovered by The Source. The judge also dismissed a counter-copyright-infringement lawsuit by the magazine against Eminem, whom the judge compared to Elvis. …

Rapper Loon, along with one of two co-defendants, failed to appear in California’s Beverly Hills Superior Court on June 3 for a preliminary hearing on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. A bench warrant has been issued for Loon, whose real name is Chauncey Hawkins, and co-defendant William Reyes. The charges stem from an incident at the West Hollywood House of Blues in February in which Loon is accused of stabbing a security guard. … Scott Weiland got a bit of a breather in the DUI case against him in Los Angeles. His court date was postponed until June 22. …

Evanescence have added a batch of new shows to their summer tour, which also features Seether, Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin. The trek, which was previously scheduled through the end of July, now runs through August 15 in Little Rock, Arkansas. … After playing a few select shows and summer radio festivals, Hoobastank will launch a tour on June 19 in Toronto. Dates run through July 30 in Weedsport, New York. The following day the band will head to Greensburg, Pennsylvania, to play the Rolling Rock Town Fair, which also features Disturbed, N.E.R.D., Staind, the Crystal Method, Sevendust, Finch, Finger Eleven and Three Days Grace. …

Despite the assurances of the Rock the Bells concert promoter, a spokesperson for RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan said that any reunion of the iconic rap crew scheduled for July 17 in San Bernardino, California, is still under discussion. The Clan are also scheduled for a handful of shows overseas in June and July, which RZA also says are tentative. … “Legally Blonde” is joining the ranks of flicks-turned-musicals. Music and lyrics for “Legally Blonde – The Musical” will be composed by Larry O’Keefe and Neil Benjamin. No word yet on when the show will see the bright lights of Broadway or who will play the starring role of Elle Woods. …

Stephen Malkmus is hammering away on his third post-Pavement album, which he expects to drop in January. Malkmus isn’t sure if the album will be a solo venture or will include his band the Jicks, with whom he released last year’s Pig Lib. … For Tanya Donelly‘s third solo album, she’s recruited a former Throwing Muses bandmate to play percussion. Whisky Tango Ghosts is due August 10 and features Dave Narcizo on two songs (“The Promise,” “Story High”). Other song titles include “Butterfly Thing,” “Every Devil,” “Divine Sweet Divide” and “My Life as a Ghost.” …

Producer and beatmaker Jimmy Tamborello of the Postal Service and Dntel will unveil a hip-hop project under the name Headset in the fall. The group’s album, Space Setting, is described as being influenced by the work of the Neptunes and Timbaland. … Peter Garrett, the former lead singer of Midnight Oil, announced on Thursday (June 10) that he will run for Australia’s parliament with the opposition Labour Party. According to The Associated Press, the Labour Party approached Garrett about joining the race, and he will run for a seat from a Sydney district that strongly favors the Labour Party. Garrett has long been involved in politics, largely as an environmental activist. In the early ’80s, he bid for a seat in parliament’s upper house on a nuclear-disarmament ticket and was narrowly defeated. …

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Outkast want to teach you to be just like them — they’re planning a book called “The Outkast Guide to the Galaxy.” The duo are shopping the book proposal as a way to encourage people to learn about the band’s likes and dislikes, as well as to teach people to think on their own and to be a true outcast in the traditional sense of the word, according to their literary agent. The book will also include fashion tips. …

One of Hilary Duff‘s upcoming flicks has undergone a name change. “Heart of Summer,” starring Duff as a girl from a small town who spends the summer at a performing-arts school in Los Angeles, will now be called “Raise Your Voice.” The movie will open in theaters nationwide on October 9. … Meanwhile, Duff recently added 23 more dates to her summer tour. The trek still kicks off on July 20 in Worcester, Massachusetts, but will now end on September 8 in Portland, Oregon. …

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has commented on the “episode” he suffered on his plane ride to England’s Download Festival, which caused him to land in Germany and enter a hospital for tests. “I think that the last six months of playing super-duty metal and traveling all over the world at my age kind of caught up to me a little bit,” he said in a statement. Ulrich thanked Slipknot‘s Joey Jordison, Slayer‘s Dave Lombardo and Metallica’s drum tech Flemming Larsen for filling in on drums during Metallica’s set. “God, I wish I could have seen that,” he said, then added, “No, on second thought, it’s probably better that I don’t see it.” … Eleven and counting. LL Cool J has set an August 3 release date for DEFinition, his follow-up LP to 10. L’s first single will be the Timbaland-produced “Headsprung.” Other producers on the album include N.O. Joe and Dame Grease. …

Just a month after her album So-Called Chaos was released, Alanis Morissette‘s already thinking ahead to her next single. She’s planning a video shoot with Liz Friedlander for the song “Eight Easy Steps.” … Voter-registration tables will be set up on all dates of the summer tours of the Dave Matthews Band, Phish and the Dead, reaching an estimated audience of 2 million people. The nonprofit, nonpartisan group HeadCount, which is organizing the registration drive, will also be present on the Lollapalooza tour. … Live at the Gorge, due June 29, documents the Dave Matthews Band’s three-night stand, September 6-8, 2002, in George, Washington. The two audio discs, which were compiled with the help of the band’s fan organization, the Warehouse, are augmented with a DVD. …

“Survivor” and “The Apprentice” mastermind Mark Burnett is developing a new reality series that gives contestants the chance to front ’80s Australian rockers INXS. The show is described as a cooler version of “American Idol” with a bit of competition a la “The Apprentice.” INXS’ frontman, Michael Hutchence, hanged himself in 1997 … Thomas “Quorthon” Forsberg, the frontman for pioneering Swedish metal band Bathory, has died of heart failure at the age of 39. Bathory’s combination of garage-quality production and hardcore tempos, raw metal riffs and satanic lyrics through the ’80s was instrumental in influencing the death metal scene. And Quorthon’s inclusion of Nordic themes and orchestral flourishes in the ’90s had a substantial impact on nascent Scandinavian black metallists, who fancied themselves Vikings. In a statement, video director Jonas Akerlund, who formed the band with Quorthon in 1983, said, “People like Marilyn Manson, Billy Corgan and the members of Metallica have all come up to me and have told me that they listened to Bathory. It is so sad. He had much more to offer.” …

To coincide with the release of “Driv3r”, the long-awaited video game’s soundtrack will be released independently on June 22. Phantom Planet‘s “Big Brat,” the Raveonettes‘ “Bowels of the Beast” and the Stooges‘ “Gimme Danger” are among the 14-track album’s highlights. … Comedian George Lopez will host the fifth annual Latin Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on September 1. The show will be broadcast live on CBS. …

One California winery is making a drink fit for a king … or more specifically the King. Signature Wines’ Elvis-inspired Graceland Cellars line features Blue Suede Chardonnay, King Cabernet Sauvignon and Jailhouse Red Merlot. … New York quartet Interpol have completed their second album. The follow-up to 2002′s Turn on the Bright Lights is expected to surface this fall. … Following a summer spent writing and demoing new material, Brand New hope to enter a studio in September to record their third album, the follow-up to last year’s Deja Entendu.

Middleweight boxing champion and State Property clothing spokesperson Winky Wright celebrated his new business venture as part owner of Long Island, New York’s Street Dreams Automotive Accessories with a party on Saturday. Joe Budden, video starlet Gloria Velez and radio personality Doctor Dre were on hand. … Beautifully morose Down Under dirgers Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will release two albums packaged together in September. The double-disc set, Abattoir Blues/ The Lyre of Orpheus, is Cave’s 13th studio effort. A U.S. tour is expected to coincide with the release. …