For The Record: Quick News On Young Buck, Nicole Richie, P. Diddy, Farnsworth Bentley, Jay-Z, Ruben Studdard & More

Young Buck party ends in arrests, Studdard meets with movie producers, Jay-Z signs artists.

For Young Buck's 24th birthday, some of the rapper's fans gave him the sort of gift that just keeps on giving: bad press. Buck threw himself a party Wednesday night at a Nashville, Tennessee, nightclub, and according to The Associated Press, some uninvited guests tried to crash the soiree — an assemblage of 700 revelers, and a bunch of cops. The crowd rushed the doors of the Trap, but police and shotgun-wielding security guards managed to hold them at bay. Three people were arrested on minor charges. Buck was not charged in the incident, but a police spokesperson told the wire service that police asked him to help them calm the crowd and he refused. ...

Nicole Richie is promising that her debut album will finally hit shelves this year. "I've just been trying to put my whole heart in it because I have so many projects, so it's taking a little longer than I expected," she said. "It's like a mixture of rock and soul, a little bit of dance also. I play piano, violin and cello, so I'm gonna be playing [those instruments] on my album as well." ... P. Diddy, T.I. and a host of other celebs recently gathered in New York for "Rip the Runway," a BET special dedicated to hip-hop fashion and music. Sean John, Baby Phat and G-Unit collections were shown, and Fabolous, Brooke Valentine, Amerie and others performed. The show airs March 24 at 9 p.m. ET and will be hosted by "America's Next Top Model" winner Eva Pigford and stylish man-about-town Farnsworth Bentley. ...

Ruben Studdard is already working on the follow-up to his gospel collection, I Need an Angel, but the second "American Idol" winner is releasing one more single from that album first, "Ain't No Need to Worry," featuring Mary Mary. Studdard is also meeting with movie producers about acting. "I am looking forward to stretching out and doing some different stuff," he said. ... Diana DeGarmo, who returned to record stores this week on the "Ice Princess" soundtrack (with a song called "Reachin' for Heaven"), is debating between "Cardboard Castles" and "Then I Woke Up" as the next single from her debut album, Blue Skies. She's also in talks to be the opening act on a couple of spring pop tours. "I'm very anxious to perform," DeGarmo said. "That's the whole reason why I do this." ... Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A. almost missed her first trip to Austin, Texas, for the South by Southwest Music Festival. Seems the female MC's visa application went missing for a while, nearly derailing her U.S. tour, according to her spokesperson. She did miss dates in San Francisco and Seattle, but all is well now and the "Galang" singer will continue her U.S. tour with upcoming shows in Miami on Wednesday and Philadelphia on March 27. ...

Jay-Z's been busy in his new post as head of Def Jam, and has a few new signings under his belt already. Seventeen-year-old Detroit native Tierra Marie, who will be executive produced by Sean Garrett ("Goodies," "Yeah!," "Lose My Breath"), will release her debut on Roc-A-Fella/ Def Jam in the spring. Another new teen signed to Def Jam is 16-year-old Barbados-based Rihanna, who will be produced by Vada Nobles (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill). Her first single will be "Pon de Replay." ... Want to save embattled New York punk institution CBGB? Then eat lots and lots of chocolate. The Big Apple's West Village chocolate specialty store Chocolate Bar is launching a limited-edition line of CBGB's gourmet sweets this May, including the Punk Rock Box (a 16-piece truffle collection with iconic imagery stamped on the goodies themselves), and CBGB Retro Bars (2.25 ounces in two flavors). Both come with a postage-paid petition to save the venue, while the truffle box also includes a steel logo keychain and a collection of the club's stickers. You can preorder at www.chocolatebarnyc.com. ...

The Source magazine — whose co-owners David Mays and Ray Benzino have a well-publicized beef with Eminem — has joined the Reverend Al Sharpton's call for a 90-day radio/TV ban for music artists who engage in violence, according to a magazine spokesperson. "It is inspiring to see that Reverend Al Sharpton is speaking out against the crisis of corporate manipulation of violence in the hip-hop industry, which is benefiting the bottom line of a few major conglomerates," Mays said in a statement. "In no way does The Source support the censorship of hip-hop artists, but we are opposed to artists and their backers that use acts of violence or the incitement of violence over the public airwaves to promote record sales." ... Meanwhile, the magazine is going through quite a shake-up. The Source just bounced the editor in chief and the managing editor, while the music editor and other staffers have also recently been let go. Joshua "Fahiym" Ratcliffe has since been named the new editor in chief, after having served as the mag's deputy editor, while the search for a managing editor continues. ...

On April 26, the Eels will release Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, a two-disc album about "God and all the questions related to the subject of God," according to a posting on the band's Web site by frontman Mark Oliver Everett, a.k.a. E. "It's also about hanging on to my remaining shreds of sanity and the blue sky that comes the day after a terrible storm ... and it's a love letter to life itself, in all its beautiful, horrible glory." ... Bust out your best broken robot dance. Autechre will release their eighth album, Untitled, on April 19. The electronic duo will embark on a 20-date U.S. tour in support of their follow-up to 2003's Draft 7.30 on May 6 in Washington, D.C.; the trek will wrap May 28 in Asheville, North Carolina. ...

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Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Lynn Spears are just a few of the celebs who will hit the stage for Nickelodeon's 18th annual Kids' Choice Awards, airing April 2 at 8 p.m. ET. Ben Stiller is set to host. Will Smith will perform "Switch," the first time in three years he'll get on the mic to perform live, and Simple Plan will treat the crowd to a rendition of their song "Shut Up." The event will conclude with some good old-fashioned celebrity sliming. ...

Rapper Xzibit was reportedly cited in Guam on Sunday for possession of marijuana, just hours before he was to perform. The "Pimp My Ride" host was apprehended by customs officials at the Guam International Airport and, according to local NBC affiliate KUAM, the rapper admitted to having about two grams of the substance. He's expected to be fined and likely will not face jail time, KUAM reported. "He was very good-natured that morning, even declaring that he had it and he was smoking it," one customs agent said. "He was very relaxed about it." A spokesperson for Xzibit's label was unaware of the arrest, and calls to the rapper's management were not returned by press time. ... A week after Ja Rule pleaded guilty to punching a Canadian man at a bar in June 2003, the man has sued the rapper for $4 million. The civil lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Ontario Superior Court. Rule apologized to the city of Toronto last week but was still slapped with a $1,500 fine. ...

Porn and police were the focus of testimony Wednesday in Michael Jackson's molestation trial. Sergeant Steve Robel told the court that the accuser was specific about two instances of molestation, but believed it happened five to seven times, and that the accuser was slow to open up to the police in the first place. Detective Paul Zelis testified about material found in a November 2003 search of Neverland, such as the contents of Jackson's nightstand, which contained pornographic magazines and a picture of the accuser and his siblings. Under cross-examination, Zelis revealed that the magazines were not dusted for fingerprints before the accuser handled the material before a grand jury. Meanwhile, a hearing will be held as soon as next week to determine if boy who accused Jackson of molestation in 1993 will be testifying in this case. ...

Snow Patrol bassist Mark McClelland has left the group, according to a note posted by singer Gary Lightbody on the band's Web site. "Over the last 18 months, touring has taken its toll on the rest of the band's relationship with him," Lightbody wrote. The group is currently in rural Ireland writing and demoing songs for its follow-up to last year's Final Straw. On April 23, Snow Patrol will head back to the U.S. for a 24-date trek that begins in the Woodlands, Texas, and finishes up on June 1 in New Orleans. ... A fight broke out onstage during a Tuesday night performance by former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Four songs into the show, a fan jumped onstage and attacked Brown, according to the venue's publicist. A staff security guard who tried to intervene was then dragged into the melee, which caused a 15-minute break in the show. Brown finished the gig and was later taken in for questioning by police and released without being charged. The venue spokesperson said the security guard, who went to the hospital for treatment, is expected to press charges. ...

The first band signed to Slipknot drummer Shawn Crahan's (#6) new label, Big Orange Clown Records, is the New York metal act Gizmachi. The band — which has opened some shows on Slipknot's current tour — will release its debut, The Imbuing, on May 3; it was produced by Crahan, who also directed the first video, "The Answer." ... According to Ireland's Examiner newspaper, the surviving members of Queen — who're in the midst of preparing for a U.S. tour — had invited British pop star Robbie Williams to join the band for its upcoming trek, but then thought better of it. Drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May said Williams expressed an interest in the gig after recording a version of "We Are the Champions" for the 2001 film "A Knight's Tale"; he deemed touring with Queen an ideal way of breaking through to American audiences. "It did seem like a good idea," Taylor told the paper. "And then I think we all sort of drew back a little, thought about it a little harder, and then thought, 'Maybe not.' " Former Free and Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers ultimately landed the job. ...

B.B. King will headline the first-ever gala event for the Eye Birth Defects Research Foundation, being held in tribute to the late Ray Charles, who was a foundation board member for 10 years. The gala dinner will be held on May 12 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. ... Nellie McKay has been cast as Polly Peachum in the latest Broadway staging of "The Threepenny Opera." Alan Cumming and Edie Falco are also starring in the production, scheduled to begin in the spring of 2006. In other McKay news, her Short List-nominated debut, Get Away From Me, is being re-released on March 29 in DualDisc format, meaning fans can flip it over to watch a DVD of a concert last fall in San Francisco. The music side will include two previously unreleased tracks, "John-John" and "Theresa." ...

Techno duo the Crystal Method have a lot on their plate at the moment: they're dropping a new mix album, kicking off a national DJ tour and hosting a weekly radio show. The LP Community Service II, containing remixes of tracks by the Doors, Smashing Pumpkins, Elite Force and many other artists, will hit stores on April 5. In support of their album, the pair will begin touring on Sunday in Honolulu and will wrap things up at the end of May. Throughout the trek, Crystal Method will continue to host the weekly electronic radio show "Community Service," which airs every Friday night on Los Angeles' Indie 103.1 FM. ... The Fiery Furnaces are eyeing a summer release for their next project — a double album. The follow-up to the recently released EP, the tentatively titled Garfield L and Singing to Speak Chinese will act as two albums in one release, à la Outkast's Speakerboxxx /The Love Below. A 14-date tour will kick off April 6 in Cleveland and end in San Francisco on April 29. ... DJ Mixmaster Spade, a legend in the West Coast hip-hop scene, died Wednesday in California, according to sources close to the performer. The spinner was critically injured in a motorcycle accident several days ago. ...