For The Record: Michael Jackson, Kasabian, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Weezer, Clay Aiken, Faith Evans & More

Testimony winding down, tossed bottle stops show, hip-shaking songstress shoots video.

The prosecution is wrapping up its case against Michael Jackson in what’s expected to be the last week of testimony against him. The singer’s lawyers argued in and out of court on Monday, trying to convince the judge not to allow the testimony of Jackson’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe (they lost that one), and fighting with each other outside of court. Neither Thomas Mesereau nor Brian Oxman would comment on their argument, but it was later learned that Oxman would no longer be on the defense team as of Thursday. In the meantime, another one of the “Neverland 5″ — former employees who claim they witnessed Jackson molesting various boys and lost their jobs after testifying before a grand jury — took the stand. Kassim Abdool testified that he witnessed Jackson kissing the 1993 accuser. …

An airborne bottle cut rock band Kasabian‘s set short Friday night at the Academy in Glasgow, Scotland, after an audience member pitched the projectile at guitarist Sergio Pizzorno‘s head, leaving him with a sizable gash that required six sutures. In a statement, Pizzorno said it was “a shame the actions of one person put an end to our best gig all year” and recommended that those who see the band live in the future, should they feel the urge to throw anything, “throw bras and knickers from now on.” …

For Shakira‘s new video for the dancehall-flavored “La Tortura,” she worked with director Michael Haussman (Kanye West, Madonna) to create a combative moment in a couple’s relationship. Filmed in an art deco building, her significant other, played by Alejandro Sanz, sings about his “transgressions” en Español while Shakira fires back that she won’t forgive him. The clip debuts Tuesday at 6 p.m. on MTV, while her album, Fijacion Oral Part 1, is due June 7. … Ricky Martin, moved by his visit to the tsunami-ravaged villages of Southeast Asia, is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to help build and restore 224 houses in Thailand’s Pang Nga province. A donation from the Ricky Martin Foundation will help more than 1,000 people move out of temporary shelters and overcrowded camps. Work is expected to begin this month and be completed in March 2007. The singer’s spokesperson said Martin will make another trip to lend a hand in the rebuilding process. …

You Hear It First band and Fred Durst protégés Ringside will open for Weezer from April 26 in Vancouver to May 14 in Atlanta. The tour marks the first outing for the duo of singer/songwriter Scott Thomas and producer/actor Balthazar Getty. … Claymates can now show their admiration for Clay Aiken every time they make a purchase. MasterCard affiliate Myplash (short for “my plastic cash”) just released an Aiken debit card, as well as a Simple Plan edition, and will continue putting music celebrities on their cards. …

Two months after 32-year-old Tracey Gardner-Tetso failed to meet up with friends at a Mötley Crüe concert in Washington, D.C., the band is stepping up to match the $10,000 reward put up by the Victims’ Rights Foundation. “We hope our involvement helps brings more attention to this case and anyone with information will step forward,” bassist Nikki Sixx said in a statement. Tetso is white, 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds and has long blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen driving a 1996 black Pontiac Trans Am with tinted windows and Maryland plates LRN 534. The car was found March 17th in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Anyone with information should call police at (410) 407-2020. … Tupac‘s mom, Afeni Shakur, is happy that T.I. and Lil’ Flip have resolved their beef and said it’s a “wonderful lesson” for the rest of the rap community. “It’s been nearly 10 years since everything between Tupac and Biggie, and rappers today are paying a lot of lip service to the lessons they learned from that tragedy,” she said in a statement, “but how many of them are actually showing it in their actions? I’m proud of the way T.I. and Lil’ Flip have settled their differences.” …

Get ready to call Lance Bass‘ bluff — the ‘NSYNC singer is going to put on his game face during a no-limit round of Texas hold ‘em on “Poker Royale: Celebrities Vs. Poker Pros.” Also playing for a chance at a $50,000 prize are actresses such as Jennifer Tilly and Mimi Rogers and poker champs such as Scott Fischman and Kenna James. The seven-episode series debuts May 6 at 9 p.m. ET on GSN. … Faith Evans‘ songs from her album The First Lady are now available as ring tones on Virgin Mobile. The ring tone for her first single, “Again,” will be exclusive for one month, while the “Goin’ Out” and “Tru Love” will be exclusive for two months. … Fantasia will be the opening act for soul singer Kem for three weeks beginning June 8 in St. Louis and wrapping up July 1 in Atlanta. The “American Idol” winner’s new single, “Free Yourself,” was the most added song at urban mainstream radio last week. …

Patti Smith, Nellie McKay and Huey Lewis are joining the Jammys lineup, which already includes Sinead O’Connor with Burning Spear. Mavis Staples and Phish bassist Mike Gordon have also been added to the bill. The jam-music awards show takes place Tuesday at New York’s Madison Square Garden. … Dark Star Orchestra co-founder Scott Larned, 37, died Sunday from heart failure, the band announced on its Web site. As keyboardist for the world’s preeminent Grateful Dead cover band, who specialized in re-creating entire Dead shows onstage down to the smallest musical detail, Larned’s demise eerily follows that of three actual Grateful Dead keyboardists: Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (1945-73) and Brent Mydland (1952-90), who died while they were still members of the group, and Keith Godchaux, who left the band in 1979 and died in 1980. …

04.22.2005

On Friday (April 22), three days after guitarist Bryan Ottoson‘s body was discovered on the band’s tour bus, American Head Charge posted a statement on their Web site about their bandmate’s passing. “Bryan was a vital member of our group and a key songwriter on The Feeding,” the statement reads. “It is our intention to honor his memory by rejoining Mudvayne, one of Bryan’s favorite bands, on the current tour. Words cannot convey the depth of our sadness, but we want our fans to be able to hear the music Bryan loved so much. He’d be pissed if we didn’t continue on. We will return on the Lubbock, Texas, date on April 29. Chad Ottoson, Bryan’s brother, states that the Ottoson family firmly stands behind [American Head Charge]‘s decision to carry on in Bryan’s name.” A spokesperson for American Head Charge said the group is currently working to find a replacement guitarist and will make a decision by Monday. Meanwhile, a public memorial service for Ottoson will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Thomson Dougherty funeral home on Park Avenue in Minneapolis. …

Lindsay Lohan‘s Los Angeles home was robbed while she was in New York shooting “Just My Luck,” according to Los Angeles police. More than $10,000 worth of TVs, DVD players and other electronic equipment was stolen from the singer/actress, while her liquor cabinet and closet were also raided. Police are investigating. … When you have the #1 album in the country, you have to celebrate correctly. So Mariah Carey partied up at Cipriani’s in New York Thursday night with the likes of Jay-Z, Ice-T, Memphis Bleek, Kanye West, P. Diddy, L.A. Reid, Jermaine Dupri and Christina Milian. (Click for photos from the party. ) …

Hip-hop’s favorite ex-pimp, the Archbishop Don “Magic” Juan, is launching a clothing line called the Bishop. Snoop Dogg, Lil Jon and Omarion are among the celebrities who have previewed the line in videos and magazines. Although the archbishop is known for his flashy suits, the line is actually composed of T-shirts and hats. … Modest Mouse will hit the road in May and June for an 18-show tour with recently reunited indie darlings Camper Van Beethoven. The trek kicks off with two shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 25-26 and wraps with a June 20 show at Central Park’s Summer Stage in New York. …

Emo heartthrob Chris Carrabba‘s Dashboard Confessional have enlisted producer Daniel Lanois (U2, Peter Gabriel) to help them with the recording of the band’s fourth full-length — the follow-up to 2003′s A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar.Courtney Love‘s making a comeback — or at least her comic manga series is. The next installment of “Princess Ai,” called “Lumination,” features the Courtney-based character facing a group of assassins and crowds of protesters as she continues searching for her identity. The title will hit in July. …

Kinks frontman Ray Davies, who is currently on tour, failed to testify against the man who allegedly drove the getaway car for the gunman who stole Davies’ female companion’s purse at gunpoint and shot the singer in the leg during a January 4, 2004, attack in New Orleans. The defendant was released Wednesday after the prosecution dismissed charges, The Associated Press reports. The district attorney for the case said Davies had informed them of his unavailability until December. The DA said they plan to reinstate charges once the singer returns and is able to testify against the accused. … Mathew Knowles‘ Sanctuary Urban Group will release an album of unreleased music from the late Rick James on August 2. The record will include a duet with Ty James, Rick’s daughter. …

Fugees rapper Pras shot a video in Los Angeles this week for his new single, a cover of U2‘s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Maria Menounos of “Entertainment Tonight” is featured in the clip. … After playing God on “Joan of Arcadia,” Wyclef Jean is going in a completely different direction for his next TV guest-starring role. The Fugee will play a gang leader named Marcel on “Third Watch,” in an episode called “End of Tour” that airs April 29 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. …

Damon Dash, who produced the Kevin Bacon drama “The Woodsman,” will next produce “Shadowboxer” with Cuba Gooding Jr., Helen Mirren and Macy Gray. “It’s about a hit man and a hit woman, one being the stepmother and one being the stepson, so you’ve got your very different situations,” Dash said. “It’s a very well-written script, another piece of art.” … Jermaine Dupri is taking his position as head of urban music at Virgin Music So So seriously. On July 19, JD will flex his executive as well as artistic muscles with the release of a compilation of So So Def artists called Young, Fly and Flashy Vol 1. The first single is a Dupri record called “Gotta Getcha.” Other performers on the record include Daz, Pastor Troy, and newcomers T. Waters, Young Capone and Johnta. …

Looking for a slightly funkier Passover experience? Then you may want to pick up DJ So Called‘s new album of Yiddish rap and hip-hop klezmer stylings, The So Called Seder: A Hip-Hop Haggadah. Hasidic reggae beat-boxer Matisyahu guests on the LP, as does Mr. Bungle‘s Trevor Dunn and Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Killah Priest. …