For The Record: Quick News On Kanye West, Cris Kirkwood, The Bush Twins, Nick Carter, 50 Cent, Pixies & More

Former Meat Puppets Bassist Sentenced

Former Meat Puppets bassist Cris Kirkwood was sentenced to 21 months in an Arizona federal prison Monday (August 2) for assaulting a post-office security guard with his own baton in December. Prosecutors also requested $7,000 in retribution to be paid to the victim, and three years’ supervision upon his release. Kirkwood pleaded guilty to a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon in May. …

It’s not the Pope. It’s not the Medici family. It’s Kanye West, the new patron of the arts. West revealed in an interview with Q magazine that he commissioned a painter to re-create Michelangelo‘s Sistine Chapel ceiling for his dining room. “It’s gonna have over 50 cherubs and saints,” West boasted. … If Barbara and Jenna Bush want to follow in the Olsen twins‘ footsteps, a New York modeling agency will help them take the first step. Ambassador Promotions has offered a modeling contract to the first daughters, for what the company says could be a multimillion-dollar deal if the Bush twins accept. “Whether the president wins re-election or not, the girls could be true winners for the fashion world,” the company’s president, Dave D’Orazio, said in a statement. …

Britney Spears‘ soon-to-be stepson is named Michael Jackson — kind of. Shar Jackson revealed to Us Weekly that she named her baby boy (fathered by Spears’ fiancé, Kevin Federline) Kaleb Michael Jackson after Paul Walker‘s character in the movie “The Skulls,” while the middle name is after Federline’s father. “Yeah, it’s funny that ‘Michael Jackson’ is in there, but his name is Kaleb Michael,” she told the magazine. Jackson said that Federline arrived after her nearly eight-hour labor and delivery was over, and since then, they’ve been talking almost every day. … Former Dream member Melissa Schuman posted on her message board that next week she’s scheduled to record a duet with Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. The song is called “Still There for Me,” and it’s for an upcoming film, but she wouldn’t disclose which one. …

Want 50 Cent on your phone? The rapper’s signed a ring tone, voice and image deal with mobile content provider Zingy, so mobile users can get original recordings from him. “I’m doing things that don’t usually go with artists of my lyrical content,” 50 said in a statement. “I will continue to break boundaries through all industries as long as people embrace it.” The 50 goodies will be available on AOL, Boost Mobile, *MTV, Nextel, Sprint PCS, T-Mobile and Zingy.com. … Bryan “Baby” Williams (a.k.a. Birdman) has settled a lawsuit that alleged he had failed to pay King’s Jewelers in Florida $85,000 for jewelry he ordered. According to The Associated Press, Williams and the jewelry company settled for $57,000. The settlement stipulated that the rap boss may keep the jewelry and that neither party admits liability or wrongdoing. Baby reportedly ordered a $23,500 pendant that said “BM” in white gold and diamonds, as well as nine white gold, diamond-studded pendants reading “Cash Money Records,” worth a total of $54,000. Williams’ publicist could not be reached by press time. …

The eighth album from De La Soul is also the first hip-hop LP released by the Sanctuary Urban label, a new imprint run by Mathew Knowles (Beyoncé’s dad). The trio’s follow-up to 2001′s AOI: Bionix is due September 28 and features appearances by Common, Carl Thomas, Ghostface, and, on its title-track first single, Bonz Malone. A second single, “Shopping Bags,” is expected to surface simultaneously in August. This fall, look out for a De La-designed model in Nike’s Dunk line of shoes. …

Badly Drawn Boy will launch a North American fall tour on October 5 in Vancouver, British Columbia, to support his new album, One Plus One Is One. The first leg will conclude October 28 in Houston. … “Ramones Raw,” unreleased video footage shot by Marky Ramone, is being released on DVD later this year. “Raw” includes backstage interviews, as well as home video of the pioneers of punk dating from the early ’80s. … The Pixies have added a pair of Los Angeles dates, September 22 and 23, to their fall tour schedule. The gigs mark the band’s first shows in the L.A. area in 12 years. Grant Lee Phillips will open both shows, with the Distillers joining him on the first night and the Thrills on the second. The Pixies’ North American fall tour starts September 4 in Bend, Oregon. …

Courtney Love got a last-minute visa to perform at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, where she proclaimed, “They let me in, they let me in.” … Fans attending the Projekt Revolution tour at New Jersey’s PNC Bank Arts Center on Friday got more than they bargained for when Jay-Z came out to perform an encore with headliners Linkin Park. The rap-rockers and the Roc rapper performed “Dirt Off Your Shoulder,” “Jigga What?” and “Big Pimpin’.” …

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Britney Spears is close to buying a home with Kevin Federline, according to her mother, Lynne Spears, who posted a note to fans on the singer’s Web site. “Britney and I have been doing mother-and-daughter trips all over California trying to find just the right house” for the singer to live in with her fiancé, her mother wrote. “We think we might have found the right one.” In between house-hunting, the singer is also cleaning out her closet in preparation for the move, having already sent a dozen boxes of stuff home to Louisiana for her cousins, and is starting a physical-therapy regimen for her knee. “She’s been waking up, doing little things around the apartment in the morning, going to physical therapy in the afternoon, and then has downtime at night,” Lynne wrote. She said that her daughter is enjoying her time “doing normal, everyday things” and helping her little sister, Jamie Lynn, with projects for her upcoming Nickelodeon show. …

Why buy an Usher album with an ordinary debit card when you can purchase it with one endorsed by the singer himself? Usher is launching the Usher Raymond IV Debit MasterCard, a card featuring Mr. Entertainment’s face against a black background with the word “success” under his name. Fans can pick up the card at Bankfirst, www.ushermc.com and at booths set up at concert venues on his tour, which kicks off August 5. … Michael Jackson got a break in his effort to reduce his bail — an appeals court recognized his defense motion and suggested that an evidentiary hearing be heard to determine if his $3 million bail was too high for the crimes with which he is charged. … Meanwhile, a teenager was hospitalized after his all-terrain vehicle flipped over at Neverland Ranch. He’s reportedly in good condition, but he had to be airlifted out of the ranch by helicopter to receive treatment at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. The boy was at or near the main house, and it’s not known whether Jackson was there as well. …

P. Diddy is movin’ on up — to New Jersey. The rap mogul recently bought a 21-room, 17,000-square-foot Bergen County mansion for more than $10 million. According to The Associated Press, the brick colonial home sits on 3.5 acres of land and features a six-car garage, outdoor pool with waterfall, a movie theater and a 700-gallon aquarium. … Less than six months after Nick Oliveri parted ways with Queens of the Stone Age due to his inability to get along with Josh Homme, the bassist was booted out of Mondo Generator‘s touring van and left curbside in Germany because he was fighting with the sound man. Due to the row and Oliveri’s subsequent abandonment, a show in Italy had to be canceled last week. …

On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that if Rosa Parks is unable to testify in the lawsuit she brought against Outkast for using her name as the title of a 1998 song without permission, a doctor for Parks must explain the hindrance. According to The Associated Press, lawyers for the defense had asked to interview the civil-rights icon to clarify her claims of emotional and mental distress over the song. … Juliet isn’t going to be too pleased. Seems like Lil’ Romeo is giving his love to another girl. The 14-year-old money-stacker has a new single coming soon called “My Cinderella,” which features Nick Cannon. The song is the first offering from his September 21 LP, Romeo-Land. Fans will get to see Romeo perform the track during the season premiere of his TeenNick series, “Romeo!,” on August 28. …

MTV2 Headbangers Ball Volume 2, due September 28, follows up last year’s first volume with 40 tracks spanning two discs. One features established artists such as Slipknot, Korn and A Perfect Circle, while the second disc includes more underground bands, including Dillinger Escape Plan and Cradle of Filth. … New bassist John Moyer, formerly of Union Underground, played his first live gig with Disturbed on Saturday at the House of Blues in the band’s hometown of Chicago. Moyer replaced Fuzz, who left as a result of personal conflicts with the group last year. After Saturday’s performance at the Rolling Rock Town Fair in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Disturbed will spend the rest of the year working on their new album, the follow-up to 2002′s Believe.

The radio broadcaster famous for introducing Superman to fans in the 1940s (“It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman!”) during the “Superman” show’s decade-long radio run passed away on Wednesday in his New York apartment, according to The New York Times. Jackson Beck was also known for voicing the character of Bluto in more than 300 “Popeye” cartoons. He was 92. … This month also brought the passing of another unsung Hollywood figure. According to The Associated Press, Irvin Shortess “Shorty” Yeaworth Jr., who directed the 1958 horror film “The Blob,” died in a car accident in the Middle East on July 19 at the age of 78. …

Kylie Minogue staged a special one-off performance at London’s Hammersmith Apollo to launch her album Body Language, and now the show is being released on DVD. The “Body Language Live” DVD, due September 7, will include surround sound, interviews, backstage footage and three music videos (for “Slow,” “Red Blooded Woman” and “Chocolate”). … P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval has signed on as an investor in Gamecaster Inc., a gaming-events company, according to a spokesperson for the band. Sandoval was named the music director of the company and will also perform as on-camera talent in the role of pit reporter, providing commentary and interviews with competitors at televised video-game competitions. The first event is scheduled for August 24 in San Diego. … On Jack Irons‘ first solo album, Attention Dimension, set for release in August, the former Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer is joined by some of his old bandmates and friends, including Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and Eddie Vedder, who lends his vocals to a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond”; RHCP bassist Flea and PrimusLes Claypool. …