For The Record: Quick News On D12, Axl Rose, The Olsen Twins, Britney Spears, Clay Aiken, 3LW, Cake & More

A show on D12‘s current tour, scheduled for July 13 in Boynton Beach, Florida, has been canceled in the wake of a melee at the host club last weekend. Two patrons were stabbed and three others injured after several fights broke out at Club Ovation. The promoter has denied that the incident is the reason for the cancellation, citing a D12 “scheduling conflict” instead. …

Axl Rose has been unable to obtain a preliminary injunction against Cleopatra Records to prevent the release of the album Hollywood Rose – The Roots of Guns N’ Roses. On Tuesday, a United States District Court judge decided that no trademark infringement, violation of rights in name and likeness or unfair competition had taken place. Hollywood Rose features five 1984 songs from the band Rose and Izzy Stradlin formed with Chris Weber and Johnny Kreis before Guns N’ Roses. … The “Got Milk?” magazine ads featuring milk-mustached Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are being retracted, out of “sensitivity to their current situation,” i.e. Mary-Kate’s treatment for an eating disorder. The ads were supposed to run through the end of the month and could still run in the future, according to the director of the Milk Processor Education Program. …

So you think Britney Spears is pregnant? Care to make a wager on that? Online sports betting site WagerOnSports.com has announced odds on the sex of Britney’s firstborn, and odds on when Spears and Kevin Federline will get married. The odds that the pop star will have either a boy or girl are set at 10-11. All bets are off, however, and your money will be refunded if Spears is not pregnant by April 1, 2005. If you’d rather bet on the pop singer’s wedding date, the odds that she’ll say “I do” after October 31 are set at 1-6, while the odds that she’ll tie the knot before Halloween are 4-1. … Following in the footsteps of Drew Barrymore, Claudia Schiffer and Anna Nicole Smith, Paris Hilton is a now a Guess girl. The hottie hotel heiress can be seen in a series of ads for the Guess subsidiary Marciano. …

Everyone’s favorite talking aardvark is getting some star power. The voices of Clay Aiken, Kelly Ripa and Kevin Bacon can be heard on “Arthur Celebrity Audiobook,” available on Amazon.com. Most of the proceeds from the sale of the audiobook for children will benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. … Singer Syreeta Wright, ex-wife of Stevie Wonder, died Monday after a long struggle with breast cancer. Wright and Wonder were married in 1970 and split up two years later but remained close friends and collaborators. Among the many songs she co-wrote with Wonder was his 1970 hit “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” …

With more free time this summer than they’d expected due to the cancellation of Lollapalooza, the Flaming Lips have recorded two new songs, tentatively titled “Mr. Ambulance Driver” and “Space Bible,” as well as a contribution to the upcoming soundtrack for “The Spongebob Squarepants Movie.” … Problems continue to plague the Vines. After having to cancel their North American tour with Incubus due to exhaustion, the Australian band is unable to participate in the U.K. Reading and Leeds festivals, August 28-29, because the last few months have been too physically and mentally demanding. …

3LW have delayed their first album on Jermaine Dupri‘s So So Def Records until the fall. “We want it to be perfect,” explained Kiely Williams, who said almost every recorded song so far has been considered as a single. “The problem is, when we fall in love with a song we’re so obsessive that we’ll listen to that song straight for a month and then hate it after that.” … Sevendust and Nonpoint will launch a summer tour Thursday night (July 8) in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Dates run through July 30 in Weedsport, New York. …

Cake will release their fifth album, Pressure Chief, on October 5. The band made the record in a rented house in its hometown of Sacramento, California. … Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders gave Procter & Gamble employees an early morning earful this week, when they found a message from the rock icon in their voicemail. The animal-rights activist asked for their help via an automated dialing service in getting P&G subsidiary Iams to stop conducting tests on dogs and cats that she considers to be cruel. “Don’t think these tests are necessary or required by law. They aren’t,” she said in the message. “Other companies test in other ways. So, please, urge your employer to end laboratory tests and, instead, adopt in-home testing and humane studies in cooperation with veterinarians whose patients already have diseases Iams is interested in.” …

Madonna‘s third children’s book, “Yakov and the Seven Thieves,” debuts at #7 on The New York Times best-seller list, just three weeks after its release. This is the singer’s third book in a row to hit the list in the children’s picture book category. Her fourth book, “The Adventures of Abdi,” is due out November 8. … Hip-hop journalist Ronin Ro just sold his latest book, “Raising Hell: Run-DMC, Jam Master Jay and the Birth of the Hip-Hop Industry,” to Amistad/Harper. Ro’s book will detail how Run-DMC’s commercial and artistic success forever transformed the expression of American pop culture, creating a multibillion-dollar industry and foretelling the evolution of hip-hop. Ro’s editor said the book should be out by next fall. …

Irish indie rock group the Thrills will release their sophomore album, Let’s Bottle Bohemia, on September 14. The follow-up to the band’s debut, So Much for the City, features an appearance by R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck. “Not for All the Love in the World” will be the first single. … Free said she has put her album on hold until former Elektra head Sylvia Rhone has a new home for her to jump to. In the meantime, she’s preparing to launch a makeup line in December. …

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Outkast have come under fire in the U.K. for a poster promoting their latest album, Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below. An image of Andre 3000 holding a smoking pink gun has been targeted by the U.K. advertising watchdog organization Advertising Standards Authority for being “irresponsible” and glorifying gun use. The image is also in the album’s CD booklet. Outkast’s U.K. record label, BMG, said the poster was meant to be ironic. …

Though R. Kelly was due back in court on child-pornography charges August 13, he got the date pushed back to September 27, so that he could go on tour. … First season “American Idol” finalist Tamyra Gray will join the third season’s singers as a special guest on the American Idols Live Tour. Gray, promoting her recently released debut album, The Dreamer, will hit 42 of the 49 cities with Fantasia and the gang. …

Farnsworth Bentley is finalizing the designs for his umbrella line, due in the fall, which he said will include a lot of fuchsia. “Fuchsia is the new pink. For those of you who have 64 crayons with the sharpener in the back, you know what I’m talking about.” … While he’s on tour in England, Usher will receive an honorary diploma from London’s Newham College of Further Education. On Thursday, the R&B star will be awarded for helping the school out with a program to aid troubled students find success in the music industry. …

Will the real dog-snatcher please stand up? A suspect in a dognapping incident in Trenton, New Jersey, has been described as an Eminem look-alike. A 6′ tall white male, with bleached-blond hair, tattoos and a T-shirt emblazoned with the word “Shady” (Eminem’s clothing company), walked into JP O’Neill’s kennel and snatched a Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix selling for $450. Police acknowledge that the suspect closely resembles the megastar rapper and hope that will help in his apprehension. … 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell is starting his own label, Imprint Records, and he’s looking for a few good Southerners. So he’s holding a contest in six Southeastern states, and the final 11 bands will compete in a talent show for a record contract. The label will produce and coordinate distribution of the winning band’s album and will put the group on tour. The finals will take place in Gulfport, Mississippi, August 13 and 14. Interested bands should log onto www.3doorsdown.com for more information. …

Live footage of Staind, Shinedown and Sevendust will be included in a DVD of last year’s Locobazooka! festival, which comes out July 20. Proceeds will be donated to Home for Our Troops, which constructs handicapped-adjusted houses for severely disabled soldiers. Locobazooka! 2004 took place September 28 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, at the city’s Municipal Airport and drew 15,000 fans. The show also featured Smile Empty Soul, Powerman 5000, Lacuna Coil, Lo-Pro and others. … Songs by Kid Rock, Cypress Hill, Fu Manchu and Down will be featured on the soundtrack to the movie “Motorcycle Mania 3,” which comes out July 27. Jesse James, the CEO and chief designer for West Coast Choppers and the host of Discovery Channel’s “Monster Garage,” handpicked the tracks for the album, which also includes songs by Lou Rawls, Corrosion of Conformity, New Bomb Turks, the Supersuckers, Danzig and others. …

The final act has been booked for the Cure‘s Curiosa Festival. Joining second-stage acts Thursday, Muse, Cursive, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Cooper Temple Clause and Head Automatica will be Sympathy for the Record Industry act Scarling. The Curiosa Festival kicks off July 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida. … Paris Hilton isn’t going to have to worry about people trying to figure out which perfume in stores is her brand — it’ll simply be called “Paris Hilton.” Parlux Fragrances is planning a soft launch for the line in November, and will start promoting it soon after for an official Valentine’s Day release. …

The last time Ready for the World had a hit record out, kids were clamoring to watch “Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends” on TV, the Mets were the baddest baseball team in New York and nobody would laugh at you if you sported a jheri curl. Well, get ready for some nostalgia. The Flint, Michigan, collective, which scored the hits “Oh Sheila” and “Love You Down” in the ’80s, is trying to come back and reclaim the spotlight with the July 20 release of She Said She Wants Some.Gavin Rossdale, Gwen Stefani‘s hubby and former frontman of ’90s rock band Bush, has formed a new group called Institute. Rossdale recorded 14 tracks with the band in Los Angeles, and plans to travel to New York in August to complete three more songs before releasing a full album. …

Brides of Destruction/ Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx says he will sue Dragonfly Clothing for breach of contract as the company has reneged on payments to Sixx for his clothing line. In a post on his Web site, Sixx said that the company grossed “millions of dollars in sales” on his clothing line, but has offered the rocker “hardly a dime.” … Although Hoobastank‘s original treatment for their second video for “Same Direction” had a guest-star spot for the mom of the fictional lost member of their band, Joan Jett‘s cameo in the clip was altered in the final version so that she’s now playing a sister, not a mother. …