For The Record: Quick News On Master P, Missy Elliott And Madonna, Lamb Of God, Beck, Janet Jackson & More

Master P comments on his arrest, Missy Elliott is mixing, Lamb of God are banned.

Master P has released a statement regarding his arrest in Los Angeles last week for felony gun possession. “If the cops stopped panicking for one minute, they would’ve realized that the guns were registered, and that is legal in America,” he said. “What did they expect me to be carrying? A can of Mace? … It’s a different way of life for a person of color with money than it is for others with money.” …

Madonna will pop up on her friend Missy Elliott‘s show “The Road to Stardom” later this month. Madge surprises the remaining five contestants when she shows up to dish out advice on an episode airing February 16 at 8 p.m. ET on UPN. Meanwhile, Elliott’s upcoming album is nearly finished — she begins mixing next week, according to her rep. … Beck‘s new album, Guero, will come out in three versions on March 29 — a regular edition, a two-disc version in stereo 5.1 containing videos for “E-Pro” and “Black Tambourine,” and a third version with four bonus remixes by Boards of Canada, Dizzee Rascal, Röyksopp and Octet. Meanwhile, electro artists 8 Bit and Paza retool the Guero tracks “Hell Yes,” “Que Onda Guero,” “E-Pro” and “Girl” for an EP called Hell Yes, available now exclusively on iTunes. A video for “Hell Yes,” directed by Japanese animation director Mumbleboy, is also available as an iTunes exclusive. …

Lamb of God have been banned from joining Slipknot and the rest of the Subliminal Verses Tour acts when the outing hits the church-owned Great Western Forum in Los Angeles on April 9. “A band formerly known as Burn the Priest caused us pause,” Marc Little, general counsel for the Faithful Central Bible Church, which owns the Forum, told The Associated Press. “We have to draw the line somewhere.” … Carl Thomas and Elephant Man were among the industry insiders who hit New York’s Hit Factory studio Wednesday night to see Tweet. The singer performed several selections from her upcoming release, It’s Me Again, due March 22. …

Without basketball to keep him busy, suspended baller Ron Artest has turned his attention to the fashion world. Artest will be featured in the Roc’s ad campaign that launches this month, a spot he was offered by his co-star in the campaign, Damon Dash. Companies under the Roc umbrella include the clothing lines Rocawear and the Damon Dash Collection. Other celebrities who will appear in the ads include Cam’ron, Karolina Kurkova, Naomi Campbell and Kevin Bacon. … It turns out that Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri will not be attending a Super Bowl party designed to raise money for charity after all. The Willy Gary Celebrity Scholarship Super Bowl Party prematurely announced the pair’s attendance, and those who bought tickets to see them can get refunds, event organizers said, noting that other celebs such as Magic Johnson and Oscar De La Hoya will still be there. …

Fountains of Wayne have a new song in the upcoming animated film “Robots.” The tune, “Tell Me What You Already Did,” is part of a soundtrack that also features songs by Chingy, Houston and Stacie Orrico. “Robots” comes out March 11. … Pulp fans in New York should head to MisShapes this weekend, as the weekly party (held at the club Luke and Leroys) boasts guest DJs Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey on Saturday night. The festivities start at 10 p.m. …

02.02.2005

50 Cent will bring his game to Springfield when he guest stars on “The Simpsons.” In an episode called “Pranksta Rap,” Bart sneaks out of the house to attend a 50 concert and then fakes his own kidnapping to avoid being grounded. The episode airs February 13 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. …

Though R. Kelly‘s lawyer wasn’t feeling well enough during Friday’s scheduled hearing in Chicago to proceed, the prosecution gave him a get-well gift of sorts when they finally handed over a crucial piece of evidence in the singer’s upcoming child-pornography trial — their original copy of the alleged sex tape. The tape should have been handed over during discovery months ago, Kelly’s attorney Ed Genson said on Wednesday (February 2). “I honest to God don’t know why [it wasn't handed over earlier],” he said. “All I care about is that it’s not my fault.” Genson predicts that a lot of trial issues will be sorted out at the next hearing on February 18, such as possible sentencing parameters. …

Though filming had supposedly wrapped long ago, Justin Timberlake shot a final few scenes for his upcoming film “Edison” late last week in Los Angeles. With co-star LL Cool J, the two actors pulled a “dead” body down a flight of stairs. There’s no release date yet for the film, according to Timberlake’s rep. … Axl Rose is about to become an even richer man thanks to a multimillion-dollar publishing deal he recently signed with the Sanctuary Group. The deal covers Guns N’ Roses‘ back catalog as well as any future material Rose might put out (think the long-awaited album Chinese Democracy), according to The Associated Press. A lawyer for Duff McKagan — who, along with fellow former GN’R member Slash sued Rose last year to determine who controls the rights to the old Guns songs — told the AP he was surprised by the deal, given that “neither Sanctuary nor Axl Rose have provided the remaining partners with a copy of that agreement.” …

Anna Kournikova‘s man, Enrique Iglesias, has started a new relationship — with Tommy Hilfiger. The singer has signed on to be the spokesperson for Hilfiger’s new fragrance, True Star Men, the men’s cologne counterpart to the women’s perfume True Star Women, which was inspired by Beyoncé. The scent is set to hit stores worldwide in the fall. … The lawsuits keep piling up for Courtney Love. The latest one — another for non-payment for services — was filed Thursday in New York federal court by the studio in France where she recorded much of her solo album, America’s Sweetheart. Studio Miraval claims that the singer has not paid the balance of her bill from spring 2003, despite its “numerous attempts” to get her to do so. …

Paula Abdul gets to dabble in the art world in her upcoming guest spot on “Less Than Perfect.” In an episode called “Distractions,” the “American Idol” judge plays Kathleen, the girlfriend of Will Butler (played by Eric Roberts) who owns a prominent New York art gallery displaying photographs taken by Owen Kronsky (Andy Dick). The episode airs Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC. … Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis may be more well-known for their producing skills than their acting, but they’re going to give it a go. The production duo share a guest spot as themselves on “Half & Half,” airing February 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET on UPN. …

Continuing his flirtation with country living, Uncle Kracker has signed on for a spring tour with Kenny Chesney and Gretchen Wilson. The trek, Kracker’s second outing with “Last Night, Again” duet partner Chesney, kicks off on March 9 in Houston and wraps on May 15 in Oklahoma City. Kracker will return to the studio after the tour to record his fourth album, due out in the fall. … The second annual Kokua Festival in Oahu, Hawaii, will feature sets from Jack Johnson, Jackson Browne, G. Love & Special Sauce and Ozomatli. All proceeds from the April 16 event will go to the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, a nonprofit funding environmental education programs in Hawaii. …

Fountains of Wayne will play the Hollies on the March 20 episode of NBC’s “American Dreams.” The band will perform “Bus Stop” on the show’s version of “American Bandstand.” … The String Cheese Incident are mounting a tour of ski towns called the Spring Ski Incidents. The outing, which will include afternoon shows at the bottom of ski hills, begins March 24 in Denver and hits Lake Tahoe, Nevada; Boise, Idaho; Park City, Utah; and other towns before wrapping April 9 in Vancouver, British Columbia. … Ash are hitting the road with the Bravery, starting March 9 in Philadelphia, the day after Ash’s new album, Meltdown, hits stores. Their 21-date trek will wind up April 13 in Toronto. …