For The Record: Quick News On Snoop Dogg And Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Usher, Beyonce, Fat Joe & More

Snoop's next single is Justin collabo, Usher lands lots of guests, Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen are splitting.

Snoop Dogg will release “Signs,” his pop-infused effort featuring Justin Timberlake, as the third single off his latest album, R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece. Snoop told MTV Europe that “it’s only right” to release the single, noting that it’s time to “mix worlds.” … On day four of the Michael Jackson trial, the accuser’s older sister testified that her brother seemed more “hyper” and “playful” after spending time alone with the star, possibly indicating intoxication. She claimed she saw Jackson and her brothers whispering and passing around a can of Diet Coke (which the prosecution alleges held wine, not soda), but she didn’t take a drink from it. She also claimed that she once followed Jackson and her two brothers into a room at Neverland, where the singer poured wine for everybody, including herself. The sister also said Jackson’s handlers made preparations for the family to go to Brazil, claiming that there were death threats against them. …

At Usher‘s live performance in Puerto Rico this coming Saturday, “One Night One Star Usher Live,” which will be televised by Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Mr. Entertainment will be joined by several special guests, including Beyoncé, Lil Jon, Ludacris, Fat Joe and Tom Cruise, according to sources close to the production. … It turns out that “American Idol” contestant Constantine Maroulis‘ television debut was not on the hit FOX TV show, but rather on “Elimidate,” the late-night guilty pleasure in which four guys compete for a date with one lucky lady, and visa-versa. “Elimidate” producers dug into their archives to find the episode, which was shot a few years ago when Maroulis, now 29, was a student at the Boston Conservatory. On the show, which re-aired Wednesday night, Maroulis sings for his supper at a trendy Boston eatery and even licks his date’s arm, behavior that somehow led to him winning the competition. …

Demand for the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Bracelet — available through www.DimeTribute.com — has been so high that PayPal, the online payment provider in charge of handling orders for the black bands, has been forced to halt service to the site. The memorial bracelets can still be ordered through the mail, and the Web site has posted a statement assuring those who have already placed orders through PayPal that the site is “working with a new provider to remedy this problem.” All of the proceeds from the sale of the bracelets will go to the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund. … Denise Richards filed for divorce from Charlie Sheen on Wednesday, citing irreconcilable differences. Richards and Sheen have one daughter, Sam, who is 1 year old. Richards, who is six months pregnant with their second child, is seeking full custody of the children and is asking that Sheen be granted visitation rights. The marriage was Sheen’s second and Richards’ first. …

The latest spate of commercials in the $28 million “Radio. You Hear It Here First” campaign features a number of new artists touting the importance of terrestrial radio. Among the acts are R&B singer Brooke Valentine, country singer Julie Roberts, rockers Blue Merle, the Bravery and the Ditty Bops. Joining the fresh faces are veterans Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hall & Oates. Previous spots have featured Nelly, Ludacris, Avril Lavigne, Ashanti and Alicia Keys. … British rapper Dizzee Rascal was arrested in London on Wednesday for allegedly carrying pepper spray, according to BBC News. A spokesperson for Rascal’s U.S. label had no comment on the arrest. The unnamed 34-year-old driver of the car Rascal was riding in was reportedly arrested for possession of pepper spray, a baton and pot. Rascal is slated to start a U.S. tour on March 31 in Portland, Oregon. …

Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy will participate in a discussion about downloading and file-sharing at the main branch of the New York Public Library (Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street) on April 7. Tweedy, who openly supports music downloading, will discuss issues involving the artistic, commercial and legal aspects of the controversial subject. “A piece of art is not a loaf of bread,” Tweedy said in a statement. “When someone steals a loaf of bread from the store, that’s it. The loaf of bread is gone. When someone downloads a piece of music, it’s just data until the listener puts that music back together with their own ears, their mind, their subjective experience.”… Powerhouse singer Nikka Costa will join Lenny Kravitz on his spring tour, which kicks off April 5 in Grand Prairie, Texas. The L.A. native will be supporting her new album, Can’tneverdidnothin’, which hits stores on May 24. The first single will be “Till I Get You.” …

03.02.2005

Lindsay Lohan responds to her dad’s legal dramas in the April issue of W magazine, in which she says, “He doesn’t even deserve my respect.” The singer/actress disputes Michael Lohan’s claims that he has a right to a share of her earnings, because “he didn’t do anything for my career,” she told the magazine. All he did, she said, was “go out and not come home at night and make my mom and me stay up and wonder where he was and then show up three days later. So I don’t think he deserves anything.” However, she’s not immediately dismissive of his suggestion that their family star in a reality show. “As sick as it sounds, a reality show might help, actually,” she told the magazine. “At least then people could get to the truth.” …

On day three of the Michael Jackson trial, former Jackson PR rep Ann Gabriel Kite testified on Wednesday to aspects of the conspiracy charge of keeping the accuser’s family captive, saying that the crisis level the singer faced after the Martin Bashir documentary aired in February 2003 and when the 1993 case information was leaked on the Smoking Gun Web site was, on a scale of 1 to 10, a 25. “I felt it was beyond a disaster,” she said. She said that one of the alleged co-conspirators, Marc Schaffel, called her sounding “extremely agitated” when the accuser and his family left Neverland, later calling her back, much calmer, to say that they had been “brought back to the ranch.” Kite testified that a Jackson lawyer told her they didn’t need to worry about the accuser’s mother, “because they had her on tape and they were going to make her look like a crack whore,” she said. …

Bail for Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen was set at a whopping $1 million on Monday. Eisen, who has been charged by authorities in California and New Jersey with kidnapping, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a minor for his alleged sexual involvement with two underage girls he met online, was unable to post that amount, according to his attorney, Mark Werksman. Meanwhile, Lt. Kevin Rehmann — in an interview with the Home News Tribune of East Brunswick, New Jersey — confirmed that Eisen’s legal headache could get more intense. Police are now exploring the guitarist’s possible involvement with other underage girls. “We’ve confiscated several computers to examine them, to see if there are other victims,” Rehmann told the paper. “We suspect there may be [more] in several other states.” …

Omarion — who’s already been on the big screen via “You Got Served” and “Fat Albert” — has signed on for two new films. The first, called “The House,” is a horror movie and will be helmed by his manager and “Served” director Chris Stokes when it starts shooting in April, according to the singer’s label rep. The second film, “Soldiers,” is the sequel to “You Got Served,” and will also be directed by Stokes, but there’s no start date on that project yet. … Vivica A. Fox will be one of three judges giving 10 aspiring actresses an opportunity to fulfill their dreams in a new reality show called “The Starlet.” The Hollywood boot-camp series will put the girls through acting classes and screen tests and, of course, they will face brutal criticism from the celebrity judges. The winner will land a role on “One Tree Hill” and a one-year management contract. The show premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on the WB. …

Who knew Avril Lavigne was such a prankster? It seems the Canadian pop-punker is already drawing up her plans for April Fools’ Day. “I always get everybody good on April Fools’,” Lavigne told MTV Europe. “Last April I called up my mum and told her I was pregnant.” She also called her manager and told him she had been in a terrible accident and was in the emergency room with a broken nose and black eyes. Uh, funny. … Faith Evans‘ Capitol Records debut, First Lady, will hit shelves on April 5. Guests on the record include Pharrell Williams and Pusha T from the Clipse; the Neptunes, Jermaine Dupri and Mario Winans helped produce the project. The 13-track album will feature the single “Again,” a video for which has been shot by Chris Robinson (Alicia Keys, Jay-Z). …

Tori Amos‘ new album, The Beekeeper, just debuted at #5 on the Billboard albums chart, and now she’s hitting the road to keep those sales figures up. On April 1 in Clearwater, Florida, she’ll kick off her Original Sinsuality Tour, which will feature just her and her piano. Oh, and balladeer Matt Nathanson, who will open all the dates. … Mike Watt is heading to Europe in April to promote The Secondman’s Middle Stand, his third solo album. When he gets back, the legendary punk bassist will team up once again with the reunited Iggy and the Stooges and start work on a new solo album of “little songs, no opera,” he said in a statement. …

More dates have been added to Erasure‘s upcoming North American tour. The 38-date trek kicks off on April 14 in New York and runs through June 4, when the band will wrap things up with a gig in Toronto. Elkland will be handling opening-act duties. Erasure’s new album, Nightbird, is in stores now. … Shelby Lynne‘s self-produced new album, Suit Yourself (May 24), features guest spots from Wallflowers guitarist Michael Ward and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench. The bare-bones LP, recorded in living rooms and other intimate settings, includes a tribute to Johnny Cash called “Johnny Met June,” recorded just moments after Lynne heard about the country icon’s death. The singer will make her big-screen debut later this year playing the Man in Black’s mother in the Cash biopic “Walk the Line.” …