For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Velvet Revolver, Method Man, Beyonce, Fantasia, Linkin Park & More

Britney Spears' mom ran over the foot of a photographer in Los Angeles on Sunday — paparazzi got too close to her vehicle as she tried to drive Britney and her sister Jamie Lynn away from a pet store in a black SUV. Police and paramedics were called to the scene; there's no word yet if the singer's mom will be ticketed or what the photographer's condition is. ...

Velvet Revolver canceled a show in Austin, Texas, on Thursday because singer Scott Weiland developed a bronchitis-related infection. The show has been rescheduled for October 29. Velvet Revolver's next concert is Tuesday in Denver. ... Only one week into the debut season of "Method & Red" and one of the show's co-stars/executive producers is already talking trash about FOX's handling of the fish-out-of-water comedy. "This is frustrating for me, and it's not turning out for me as expected," Method Man told The Los Angeles Times. "I'm trying to keep this show ghetto, and there's a way for it to be both ghetto and intelligent," he said. "But it's not going that way." ...

Beyoncé has worked out a few of the details for her upcoming fragrance line with Tommy Hilfiger. The collection is to be called True Star, and the scent will contain contrasting florals as well as notes of toasted grains to add softness and warmth. The collection will come in Eau de Parfum, body lotion, shower gel, and fragrance satin shimmer, and will hit retail in October. The ad campaign will feature Beyoncé singing "Wishing on a Star" a cappella. ... Carson Daly will host Macy's annual Fourth of July fireworks show for the second year. The pyrotechnic special will include such guest stars as Fantasia, in her first network prime-time appearance since winning "American Idol," as well as Donald Trump, Sheryl Crow, Sylvester Stallone and Robert Redford. The program airs Independence Day at 9 p.m. on NBC. ...

Madonna hopes to have her next feature-length documentary ready to debut at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. A sequel of sorts to "Truth or Dare," the film chronicles her current Reinvention Tour and the "new" Madonna, among other things. Director Jonas Akerlund ("American Life," "Ray of Light") said that after each night's concert, he heads back to his hotel room to start editing, because the amount of footage he's collected so far is massive — some 150,000 feet in just the last two months. His crew said that the hardest part is keeping up with the Material Mom, who seems to have endless amounts of energy to dance, do yoga and run. ... Linkin Park, Korn, Quincy Jones, Enrique Iglesias, Trapt, Slipknot, Hoobastank, Slash and others have autographed or donated items for an eBay auction to raise money to help save the life of 20-year-old Kelli Jaunsen. The Palm Desert, California, native is in need of a heart and liver transplant, but her insurance company refuses to cover her since she has more than one major organ failing. Skateboarder Danny Way, Orlando Bloom, Adam Sandler and various sports figures have also contributed to the auction. ...

While some hip-hop artists are launching their first clothing line, Snoop Dogg is already working on his second. The rapper has teamed up with Pony International for a line called The One and Only, which takes its name from a track off 2002's Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Boss and promises to blend Snoop's laid-back style with Pony's classic designs. Pieces from the collection will be unveiled in November, though items won't be in stores until next year. Snoop's first foray into fashion, Snoop Dogg Clothing, was introduced in 2001. ... On Saturday in Atlanta, club Insomnia hosted an afterparty for radio festival Birthday Bash 9. Lil Jon, Monica, members of T.I.'s PSC clique and Baby Dee all came to get it crunk. ...

Iron Maiden received a Special Achievement Award from Nordoff-Robbins on Friday at its 29th gala charity lunch in London. The band was praised for its support of music therapy for people in need. In addition, Iron Maiden have been honored by artist Ray Santoleri, who has created a bobblehead of their zombie mascot, Eddie. The figure was based on art from the band's Somewhere in Time album and will be available in July. ... With no plans to record an album, the Cardboard Vampyres, featuring former Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, former Cult guitarist Billy Duffy and ex-Mötley Crüe singer John Corabi, will be rocking the summer away with a handful of live shows beginning Thursday in New York, including one in August that finds them opening up for ZZ Top. Additional dates are expected to be added. ...

Original Kiss drummer Peter Criss will guest on the new animated show "Fatherhood," which is based on Bill Cosby's book of the same name. The episode featuring Criss will air in July. ... CDs featuring rare studio and live recordings by Jet, Sum 41, Our Lady Peace and the Tragically Hip will be included with cases of Labatt Blue beer, starting Monday in Ontario and July 1 in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I., Canada. ...

06.18.04

Diana DeGarmo spent last weekend in the studio with Melissa Manchester recording a new version of the veteran singer's 1978 hit, "Don't Cry Out Loud." DeGarmo's cover, which will appear on her debut album, features the "American Idol" runner-up singing over Manchester's original master tapes. ... DeGarmo, who turned 17 on Wednesday, is celebrating her birthday by performing in her home state for the first time since "Idol" ended. Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta is hosting the performance and autograph sessions on Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight. ...

Madonna will explain why she likes to be called by the Hebrew name of "Esther" during an interview on "20/20" Friday night. "I was named after my mother," Madonna says during her interview. "My mother died when she was very young, of cancer, and ... I wanted to attach myself to another name ... This is in no way a negation of who my mother is ... I wanted to attach myself to the energy of a different name." Madonna's interview airs on ABC at 10 p.m. ... You can hear more of Madonna on Yahoo! Messenger, which launched Madonna Audibles this month — the first music Audibles to appear on the instant-messaging service. When users send an audible — a caricature of the Material Mom — they have the option of sending song samples of either "Who's That Girl" or "Ray of Light." ...

If you bought the 3D action/adventure game "Malice" hoping to hear the voices of the members of No Doubt, you're out of luck. Gwen Stefani recorded her voice in 2002 for the video game's heroine, and her bandmates' voices were going to be used for her character's friends, but the group's dulcet tones were left on the cutting-room floor. The band says on its Web site that this development is due to the transfer of the game's ownership. ... Joey Fatone has started rehearsals for his next Broadway role — Seymour Krelbourn in "Little Shop of Horrors." The 'NSYNC star opened up a preview rehearsal to photographers on Wednesday, in preparation for his joining the musical on June 24. ...

Bill Cosby and Atlanta's Morehouse College will host a tribute to Ray Charles on September 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Bill Clinton and Spike Lee are among the biggest names attending the event. Proceeds from the evening, which Cosby and Morehouse College have been planning for several months, will benefit the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at the school. Charles, who died June 10, had a long-standing relationship with Morehouse, where he performed with the college's jazz ensemble in 1996. In 2001, Morehouse presented the soul legend with an honorary doctorate of humane letters. ... Minnie Driver has signed a record deal with the Rounder Records imprint Zoe Records and will release her debut album, Everything I've Got in My Pocket, in September. Members of Pete Yorn's band and the Wallflowers play on the record. ...

Aerosmith will return to the road Friday night (June 18) in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, after nixing three shows because of singer Steven Tyler's throat problems. The group has an additional six shows scheduled in its North American tour with Cheap Trick, which ends June 30 in Pelham, Alabama. ... Actress Kate Hudson's cousin, Sarah Hudson, is preparing to release her debut album, and she's getting a hand from some famous friends. Steven Tyler lends backing vocals to "Girl on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," the first single from The Naked Truth, due July 13. Sarah's father, producer Mark Hudson, had worked on some Aerosmith albums (Nine Lives, Just Push Play). ...

The huge box-office numbers generated by "The Passion of the Christ" — $370 million domestic and $600 worldwide — catapulted Mel Gibson to the top of Forbes' most powerful celebrity list, unseating Jennifer Aniston from the #1 slot she held last year. Also in the top five — Tiger Woods, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise and the Rolling Stones. Aniston slipped to #17 this year, while her husband, Brad Pitt, came in at #37. The July issue of Forbes — with its annual list that rates celebs by combining earning power with star power — hits newsstands Friday. ... At the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, set for September 11 in Richmond, Virginia, three cars will be sporting Kiss-inspired designs as they zip around the track faster than Gene Simmons at a sorority mixer: Kevin Harvick's in the Nextel Cup Series, Matt Crafton's in the Craftsman Truck series and Ron Hornaday's in the Busch series. ...

Interpol have set a September 28 release date for the their second album, Antics. The New York rockers will debut the material this summer on the Cure's Curiosa Festival, which kicks off July 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida. ... Damien Rice, who beat out Interpol for last year's Shortlist Music Prize, is releasing a seven-song EP on July 20. Tracks include live versions of "Delicate," "The Professor" and "Woman Like a Man"; the original demo of "Lonelily"; the B-side "Moody Mooday" and a 1997 demo version and instrumental version of "Volcano." Meanwhile, Rice has teamed with fellow Irish singer/songwriter Christy Moore to record the anti-war track "Lonely Soldier." The duo will perform the song at the When Bush Comes to Shove concert in Dublin on Saturday. ...

The prolific Badly Drawn Boy will return to record stores this summer with One Plus One Is One, due July 27. The U.S. release will feature the bonus tracks "Don't Ask Me, I'm Only the President" and "Plan B." ... Ambient techno pioneers the Orb will release Bicycles & Tricycles, their first album in more than three years, on August 3. The disc will feature 12 tracks, including "Orb Is," "Land of Green Ginger," "Gee Strings" and "From a Distance." ... Air have scheduled a special show with a full orchestra for September 26 at the Hollywood Bowl. The French duo will warm up for that gig on September 24 at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, California. ...