For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Sum 41, Lil’ Kim, Gerald Levert, Morrissey & More

Britney squashes potential beef with Paris, jury selection continues in Lil' Kim trial, Gerald Levert arrested.

Apparently Britney Spears doesn’t want any beef with Paris Hilton — or her lapdog, Tinkerbell, either. In the wake of her boast, “I think my dogs are so much cuter than Tinkerbell,” Spears has now released a statement on her Web site saying, “I was just being silly and of course I think that Tinkerbell is very cute.” The pop diva even hopes to set up a play date for their miniscule canines. …

Jury selection continued on Monday (February 28) in the perjury, obstruction and false-statements trial of rapper Lil’ Kim. On Friday, several potential jurors who had voiced critical opinions about the musician’s lifestyle (one responded in a juror survey that “crime seem[ed] to be part of the hip-hop culture”) were ousted from consideration by U.S. District Judge Gerald Lynch, according to New York Newsday. Lil’ Kim is accused of lying to a grand jury about a February 21, 2001, shooting she allegedly witnessed outside New York radio station Hot 97, which involved her two bodyguards. … R&B singer/producer Gerald Levert was arrested Friday in Cleveland after confronting police at a downtown intersection, according to The Associated Press. Levert was cited on charges of driving under the influence and impeding the flow of traffic, then arrested on charges of obstructing official business, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer after he stopped his vehicle near where another motorist had been pulled over by police. Levert and the driver of another vehicle approached the officer and demanded to know why the other vehicle had been pulled over. They were told to leave but refused, and Levert became agitated and allegedly shoved an officer, who used pepper spray to subdue him. …

Sum 41 might be taking the mature route on their new album, Chuck, and the video for their new single, “Pieces,” may feature lead singer Deryck Whibley wandering the streets of Los Angeles all by his lonesome, but that doesn’t mean they’re above a good old dirty play on words: hence, the Go Chuck Yourself Tour. The first few dates of the North American trek have been announced, and the first two — April 7 and 8 in Toronto — are actually makeup shows from the gigs Sum canceled when Whibley fell ill with blistered vocal cords. The first U.S. date is April 12 in Buffalo, New York, with other shows scheduled for Philadelphia; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; and Kansas City, Missouri. Unwritten Law and Hawthorne Heights will open. … Handsome Boy Modeling School are taking their curriculum on the road beginning March 28. The hip-hop duo will kick things off in Los Angeles and will tour from April 1-8 with Buck 65, and from April 9-20 with k-os, with the trek ending in New York. …

Missed Morrissey on his tour? Don’t get depressed — Morrissey feels your pain, so he’s releasing a live CD and DVD from the tour behind his recent release, You Are the Quarry. The DVD, “Who Put the ’M’ in Manchester,” was filmed on May 22, 2004, at the singer’s homecoming/birthday show in Manchester, England; while the CD, Live at Earls Court, was recorded at the end of the tour. Both will hit stores on March 29. … Tiffany, the flame-haired 1980s teen pop sensation, is back … again. This time, she’s teamed up with new electronic dance act Second Sun for a duet, “He Said She Said,” on their album Inside Out. The LP is set to drop on April 19. …

Black Sabbath tributes by metal bands are a dime a dozen, so the newest disc of musical homages, Everything Comes & Goes: A Tribute to Black Sabbath, is definitely a change of pace. Due April 5, the nine-track disc will feature reinventions of Sabbath songs by a collection of unusual suspects including electronic laptop artist Four Tet, Japanese noise group Ruins and beatmaking Björk collaborators Matmos. … Meanwhile, Kieran Hebden will release his fourth Four Tet album, Everything Ecstatic, on May 31. … Los Angeles alt-rock club Spaceland — at the heart of the Silver Lake scene — is about to turn 10 years old, and to celebrate, a missing-in-action Silver Lake band is reuniting, and possibly for more than one night only. Lutefisk, who last played five years ago for Pop Defect’s farewell gig, “return with fresh skills, new guitars, and a love of loudness that has never wavered,” guitarist Beale Dabbs said. The show, on March 5, also includes local bands Sissybar, Velouria, Buck, Longstocking and a few “surprises.” Just remember who else is from Silver Lake — and you might have an idea of who could swing by. …

The Eagles are preparing to release their entire original vinyl Asylum Records catalog in one box set. Eagles Box, a limited-edition, nine-disc set, will include their seven chart-topping albums released between 1972 and 1980, featuring such singles as “Hotel California,” “Life in the Fast Lane” and “Desperado.” The set, which will hit stores on March 15, will also feature the debut of the band’s “Please Come Home for Christmas/ Funky New Year” single on CD. … Dan Snaith may have lost his moniker Manitoba in a lawsuit from Handsome Dick Manitoba, but it won’t stop him from making music. His debut under the name Caribou, The Milk of Human Kindness, will hit shelves April 19. …

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Good Charlotte and Simple Plan not only shared the stage earlier this month at MTV Asia Aid, but they’re planning on repeating the experience this spring, when they head out on the road together. An itinerary has not been released yet for what Simple Plan singer Pierre Bouvier calls “the biggest tour ever,” but it is scheduled to start May 3 in Kansas City, Missouri, and run through early June. …

Apparently Jessica Simpson’s caught the duet bug. On the heels of the news that she will soon record with country legend Willie Nelson, now word comes that Simpson will record a track with Irish popsters Westlife. The group’s management confirmed the duet to MTV U.K. at Thursday night’s Meteor Awards in Dublin, Ireland. … Jamie Foxx recently said his upcoming album is all singles, but on Tuesday, the “Ray” actor said a track called “One Night Extravaganza” will likely be the first. “My man Mike City produced it,” he said. …

Lindsay Lohan’s dad thinks all his legal troubles — from his messy divorce to getting arrested — only helps his daughter. In an interview conducted before his latest DWI arrest (for which he’s being held without bail), Michael Lohan told ABC’s “Primetime Live” that with his private difficulties becoming a public spectacle, his daughter’s profile gets higher and she gets more offers than ever. “Don’t they say any publicity is good publicity?” he asked. “I’m not doing anything to hurt my daughter.” Lohan also said he’s asking for half of the profits Lindsay’s mom, Dina, gets for managing their daughter’s career: “If you turn the tables and I was the one who was the manager for Lindsay, on paper, would she be entitled to half of what I get? I’m the one that supported them all their life. I’m the one that gave them diamond rings and fur coats and their cars… and every other thing they had. I paid for everything.” If those terms aren’t met in the divorce, he has another proposal for Lindsay’s mom to pay him back — to star together in a television reality series, “a sort of Lohan version of the Osbournes.” …

Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé Knowles and David Beckham — co-stars in the latest international Pepsi commercial, called “Samurai” — attended the clip’s premiere in Madrid, Spain, on Wednesday. The ad is set in Hong Kong, where Lopez and Knowles ride motorcycles to a Pepsi bar where they get in a martial-arts fight while on a mission. Beckham accidentally sits on Lopez’s purse at the end, when he tries to pick them up. … JC Chasez is halfway through recording his second solo album and, like the first, the style varies from song to song. “I can’t help that I’m eclectic, man,” JC said. “It’s different and that’s what I like.” Chasez is working with Dallas Austin this week. …

Edward Patten, a member of Motown recording greats Gladys Knight & the Pips, died Friday morning (February 25) at a suburban Detroit hospital, due to complications of a stroke he suffered a few days earlier, according to The Associated Press. He was 65. Patten joined the Pips in 1959, and lent his tenor voice to some of their biggest hits, including “I Heard It Through the Grape Vine” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.” … Scottish pop singer Edwyn Collins, 45, best known for his 1995 hit “A Girl Like You,” remains in serious condition in a London hospital after suffering a brain hemorrhage on Sunday, according to BBC News. …

U2’s “Vertigo,” Gwen Stefani’s “What You Waiting For?” and Lindsay Lohan’s “Rumors” are among the tracks included on Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 18, due March 15. … Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash’s famous black top hat was stolen from his limo when he was at the Grammys earlier this month, according to his rep. “He’s pretty upset about it,” Arlett Vereecke said. “He’s had this hat for 12 years.” Slash is offering a no-questions-asked return policy for the hat, and while he hasn’t yet decided upon a reward, Vereecke said she’s sure “we’ll do something.” Meanwhile, the new Slash limited-edition figurine still has his hat, an exact replica of the stolen one. It’s now available for pre-order at Guitarhero.net. …

Ben Lee celebrated the release of his latest offering, Awake Is the New Sleep, with a show at Tonic on New York’s Lower East Side. Among the faithful who turned out on a cold and blustery Thursday night was longtime live-in ex-girlfriend, Claire Danes. When he performed the album’s rawkiest track, “Close I’ve Come,” Ben notably softened what is perhaps the album’s most blistering lyric — “You broke my f—in’ heart, but I still … want you” — opting instead for the less aggressive “They can break our f—in’ hearts, but they can’t … stop us!” …