For The Record: Quick News On Britney And Kevin, Shar Jackson, Outkast, Nick Carter, 50 Cent & More

Britney and Kevin's show to premiere in May, Outkast settle Rosa Parks suit, Nick Carter phones in plea.

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline‘s still-untitled reality show, which spotlights their courtship up to and including their wedding via privately shot home videos, will premiere with a special one-hour episode on May 17 at 9 p.m. ET on UPN. …

Outkast and Rosa Parks have settled their dispute. In what had been a highly contested matter concerning the use of Parks’ name as a song title, the parties resolved to become partners in developing educational programs to enlighten today’s youth about the role Parks played in the civil-rights movement. First up will be a tribute album, on which Outkast will perform. They’re also planning a TV special and DVD. … The mother of Michael Jackson‘s current accuser continued testifying Thursday, elaborating on the alleged death threats she told the court about on Wednesday. She testified that she was “continually monitored” by Jackson’s team for what she thought was her own safety. Prosecutors played an audio tape purportedly made just before the family’s interview with the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, revealing that a Jackson security guard was present prior to the interview. Following the interview, the mother testified, one of Jackson’s associates told her she hadn’t done a good enough job clearing Jackson and that they were going to have to leave the country. …

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter phoned in his plea of not guilty to two drunk-driving-related charges Wednesday (he was not required to appear). The charges stemmed from a March 5 incident in Huntington Beach, California, where he was pulled over for erratic driving and failed a field sobriety test. Carter’s next hearing on the matter is scheduled for May 2. … Paris Hilton, Hilary Duff, Good Charlotte, Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, Rob Thomas, Ryan Cabrera and Shar Jackson were among the stars who turned out for Us Weekly‘s party Wednesday to celebrate the Young Hot Hollywood Style Awards, which was hosted by Jessica Simpson. …

Nelly has placed two special Pimp Juice promo vehicles on eBay in order to raise money for his late sister Jackie Donahue’s foundation, the Jes Us 4 Jackie Fund. The custom-designed rides, a 2004 PT Cruiser and a 2004 Jeep Wrangler, will come with an autographed photo of the rapper, an authenticity plaque and 20 cases of, yes, Pimp Juice. The bidding ends on April 22. … A U.K. group called Mothers Against Guns is calling for a boycott of Reebok, according to BBC News, as it feels a TV ad for the shoe company’s “I am what I am” campaign that features 50 Cent counting his gunshot wounds glorifies gun violence. Reebok said in a statement that it does “not support every action, choice or view expressed by the hundreds of athletes and entertainers who wear our products. However, we do support their individuality and right to express themselves freely.” …

April 15 isn’t just the dreaded day to pay your taxes, at least if you live in Sin City. The city of Las Vegas is declaring Friday “Diddy Day,” in honor of the music mogul. Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman and the city council will honor P. Diddy‘s achievements at a presentation this Friday afternoon inside the Desert Passage Mall at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino. … Legendary piano man Johnnie Johnson died on Wednesday of natural causes at his home near St. Louis, according to his reps. He was 80. Johnson played on almost all of Chuck Berry‘s hits and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 by friend and fellow rocker Keith Richards. He is survived by his wife, Frances, and 10 children. …

Sparta have been forced to cancel the remainder of their current tour for medical reasons. According to the band’s Web site, guitarist Paul Hinojos suffered a ruptured disk in his back and was hurried back to Los Angeles for immediate treatment. There are no plans to reschedule the nixed gigs, but Sparta promise to do all they can to make them up on their next tour. … Martika — whose 1989 chart-topper “Toy Soldiers” forms the backbone of Eminem‘s track “Like Toy Soldiers” — is heading out on the road with her new group, Oppera, whose self-titled album is due out May 31. The pop-rock duo will tour the East Coast with Pat Benatar; the trek begins June 15 in Clearwater, Florida, and wraps June 30 in Reading, Pennsylvania. … Electronic pioneers Kraftwerk will bring their elaborate stage show back to the U.S. for a brief summer tour. The group will kick things off in Washington, D.C., on May 30 and finish the trek on June 6 in Los Angeles before heading off to Europe. …

04.13.2005

Nathan Gale, who murdered guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott and three others during a concert in Columbus, Ohio, on December 8, pulled from the stage by security at a Cincinnati Damageplan concert eight months earlier, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Police have confirmed that Gale had been the cause of a disturbance at Bogart’s nightclub on April 5, 2004. Gale damaged lighting equipment during a struggle with security guards at the 2004 show. Police were called to the scene, but no charges were filed — Damageplan opted not to press charges, the report says. …

According to Limp Bizkit‘s Web site, which has basically become a blog housing frontman Fred Durst‘s rantings, the band’s forthcoming album will be called The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1). Bizkit’s label, Geffen, couldn’t confirm whether the disc would, as the site alludes, hit stores on May 3. … Meanwhile, Durst will be making his small-screen acting debut on NBC’s six-hour miniseries “Revelations.” The apocalyptic drama stars Bill Pullman (“Independence Day”) as an astrophysicist trying to explain tragic events through science. Partnered with a nun guided by her faith, played by Natascha McElhone (“Solaris”), they work to figure out if the world is ending, as predicted by the Book of Revelation. Durst’s character, Ogden, is a nefarious devil-worshipper who kidnaps and tries to brainwash Pullman’s stepson (Mark Rendall). Though not acting in the premiere episode on Wednesday (April 13), he will appear onscreen next Wednesday and will be prominently featured in the third and fourth installments. …

Though Britney Spears‘ fans and peers seem to share in her happiness about her (now official) pregnancy, not everyone is so keen on the idea. A recent joint poll by Parents magazine and Netflix revealed that 53 percent of parents actually think the singer should put off starting a family. More than 3,000 moms and dads took part in the poll on Spears’ potential for parenthood for the May issue of Parents, on newsstands this week. … The Backstreet Boys have announced the release date for their new album, Never Gone. It’s now due in stores June 14. The group plans to headline a tour starting in mid-July. …

R&B hitmakers Frankie J, Baby Bash and Natalie have joined forces for this spring’s Latium World Tour. The two-month trek will kick off April 29 in Corpus Christi, Texas, and wrap June 4 in Toms River, New Jersey. … Toni Braxton is shooting the video for “Please,” the first single off her upcoming album, this week in Los Angeles with director Chris Robinson. Scott Storch produced the song. …

At a press conference on Wednesday, Jay-Z, L.A. Reid, Russell Simmons, Steve Bartels and Tony Austin announced the launch of the Russell Simmons Music Group, a 50/50 joint venture with Island Def Jam Records. Simmons said the label would release the Reverend Run‘s long-awaited “rock” album. “The album’s done and it’s called Run Love,” Run said. “It’s a loud, rockish album. My reality show is called ‘Run’s House’ and we begin filming next week.” The album is slated for a fall release, and the first single should be chosen and released within the next two months. The businessmen then played “Rock-A-Bye,” the new single from their German-raised, three-member female group, Buddafly. …

Just in case you haven’t gotten enough of the dynamic duo that is Loretta Lynn and Jack White, CMT will be airing a one-hour show on the Grammy-winning twosome, “Loretta Lynn Uncut.” The special, premiering Thursday, will feature never-before-seen footage from the original CBS “60 Minutes” segment about the pair and an exclusive interview with the White Stripes frontman, who produced and appeared on Lynn’s 2004 album, Van Lear Rose. … The inaugural Intonation Music Festival is set for July 17 in Chicago’s Pulaski Park. Curated by the Web ‘zine Pitchfork, the all-day, all-ages festival will feature the Decemberists, the Fiery Furnaces, a DJ set from Palace‘s Will Oldham, Broken Social Scene, the Go! Team, Four Tet, Magnolia Electric Co., the Wrens, A.C. Newman and the M’s. More acts are expected to be announced soon. …