For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Renee Zellweger, Ryan Cabrera, Foo Fighters & More

Britney psyched about pigging out, Gwen makes clothing with a conscience, Kaiser Chiefs choose next single.

Pregnancy is an excuse to pig out, according to Britney Spears. The singer posted on her Web site that she's excited about "eating for two" because "I get to eat lots and lots!" She's trying to balance her extra eating with trips to the gym and spa, she said. Spears also wrote that she's having fun putting together her reality show with husband Kevin Federline, "Britney and Kevin: Chaotic," which premieres May 17 at 9 p.m. on UPN. "The craziest things I've ever done have always been for the best," she wrote. "So much happened last year much too fast and I really wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to reflect on all of it. It's like my own therapy." ...

Actress Renée Zellweger married country singer Kenny Chesney on Monday (May 9) in a surprise ceremony on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, her publicist announced in a statement. Chesney, who had only recently been linked to Zellweger in the press, is not the first music star to woo the "Chicago" star, following in the footsteps of White Stripes rocker Jack White. ... Michael Jackson's defense started off strong last week, presenting testimony from former sleepover pals like Wade Robson and Brett Barnes, who said nothing happened when they shared the singer's bed. But on Monday, the defense turned to trying to debunk the testimony of those who had claimed otherwise. They started with former Neverland maid Adrian McManus, who had testified for the prosecution that she had seen Jackson acting inappropriately with various boys. Their strategy? Pit one housekeeper against another. Francine Contreras, who took the stand on Monday, tried to paint McManus as a bad employee who allegedly stole things from Jackson by taking clothes home with her. However, Contreras admitted on cross-examination that part of McManus' job was to take clothes home to iron them. ...

Gwen Stefani's latest project is clothing with a conscience — she's created a T-shirt via her L.A.M.B. line that benefits recovery efforts for tsunami victims. The tee reads "What Color Is Love?" (inspired by her song "Long Way to Go," about interracial relationships), and is available exclusively via Marie Claire magazine for $14.95, with all proceeds going to the relief group Duang Prateep Foundation. Stefani models the shirt on the June cover and says that the phrase on the shirt is a good message for the world. "The colors on the shirt are like a rainbow, and at the end of the rainbow, there's always sunshine," she told the mag. ... Ryan Cabrera is playing the June 4 prom for Whitehall High School near Allentown, Pennsylvania — because the homecoming queen asked him to. Senior Ashley Stokes had entered a contest at her local mall and promptly forgot about it, until the singer/songwriter announced his plans to the student body via a videotaped message last week. Stokes also won a free prom dress, a makeover, dinner with her date, a limo ride and a red-carpet entrance to her prom, as well as a picture with Cabrera to be published later in Seventeen magazine. ...

The Foo Fighters, Social Distortion and Kasabian are among the headliners for Live 105's annual BFD concert, taking place June 10 at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Also on the bill are the Kaiser Chiefs, the Bravery, Sleater-Kinney, Alkaline Trio, Hot Hot Heat, Ash, Tegan & Sara, MxPx and a side project from the Foo Fighters called Jackson United. ... The Kaiser Chiefs have picked the follow-up to "I Predict a Riot"; "Oh My God" will be the band's next single in the U.S., hitting modern rock radio on June 14. The song was actually the band's first single in the U.K., as a demo on indie label Drowned in Sound in May of last year. Kaiser Chiefs re-recorded "Oh My God" for their debut album, Employment, with Stephen Street as producer. "The new version is terrific," singer Ricky Wilson told MTV News. "Although [keyboardist] Peanut and [drummer] Nick [Hodgson] did a very good job in Nick's flat on producing the first one, it's not as good. Sorry, boys. It's a lot better now and it sounds amazing and we think the single will now fulfill its true potential as the perfect song." "I don't think it's the perfect pop song," Hodgson countered. "I think we've still got to deliver that yet." "Yeah, we don't want to peak too early," Wilson said. ...

Hoobastank rang in Cinco de Mayo on Thursday by giving a private beachfront concert in the middle of the Caribbean, on a barge off Marina Cay, otherwise known as "CuervoNation," a small island off the coast of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. The crowd included 300 radio contest winners as well as Melissa Joan Hart, Michael Clarke Duncan and Lisa and Brittany Gastineau. ... Ever dream of cracking jokes like Chris Rock? The comedian is offering six students the chance to learn directly from him and Comedy Central, via an eight-week internship, running from June 13 to August 5. "The old adage goes: 'If it don't work on the page, it don't work on the stage,' " Rock said in a statement. "Good writing is essential to a good joke, good sitcom or a good movie. ... Out of the exemplary tradition of groundbreaking writers such as James Baldwin, Toni Morrison and Ralph Ellison, it is comforting to know that we'll be training kids capable of writing 'Dodgeball.' " The internship program, in its first year, is being conducted with the help of a number of East Coast colleges, and there are plans to expand it to the West Coast in the future. ...

Ben Lee has enlisted a whole host of friends to sing on his upcoming mixtape project, called simply A Mix Tape. On deck are Kylie Minogue, the Eels, Gomez, Ash, Ben Folds and actress Zooey Deschanel. "I ran into Ben at a coffeehouse, and he was like, 'Oh, do you want to sing on my mixtape?' " Deschanel recalled. "And then he went and wrote a song in a style that he thought I would write a song." The result was a 1950s, Phil Spector-ish tune called "You're the Reason," on which she plays piano. Lee said that he'd write songs for different people's voices, if he knew their range and phrasing, or he'd just write songs that weren't "Ben Lee songs," and then try to imagine who the singer should be. "I'd wake up with some crazy idea, like, 'I want Alanis Morissette to sing this song,' " he said. "That wasn't going to happen, and then it was like, 'OK, well, what about Bob Mould? What about Har Mar Superstar?' So that's the concept." Har Mar does a track called "You're Delicious," while Neil Finn and Sean Lennon sing on a swirling psychedelic tune called "Protect Me From What I Want." ...

Nick Hornby is joining the band Marah on tour for two dates, opening the New York and Chicago shows with readings of unpublished essays specifically written for these performances. Each of the two pieces is about how Hornby, author of the books-turned-movies "Fever Pitch" and "High Fidelity," discovered a band or artist and how they impacted his life, with the band performing a song by the artist he writes about. Hornby's written past stories celebrating the Clash, Prince and the Faces. The New York show takes place June 5, while the Chicago show is set for June 11. ...

The son of former Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry, 22-year-old Otis Ferry, was arrested on Friday for lunging at British Prime Minster Tony Blair, according to an Associated Press report. The younger Ferry, a vocal advocate of foxhunting — a practice that was banned earlier this year after a lengthy debate — reportedly approached the just-re-elected Blair outside a gallery and shouted, "I've had enough of this government!" Ferry also charged the floor of the House of Commons in September during a foxhunting debate. ...

05.06.05

Paula Abdul, in the midst of the Corey Clark affair scandal this week, just may show up on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, NBC has said. ... "American Idol" season-three finalist John Stevens will release his debut album, Red, on June 28 via Maverick Records. The first single is the crooner's rendition of the jazz standard "Come Fly With Me." ...

In the second day of presenting their case, Michael Jackson's attorneys in his child-molestation trial called relatives of Wade Robson and Brett Barnes, the men who testified Thursday that Jackson never molested them. All of the witnesses said they trusted Jackson and that his behavior was never inappropriate. Chantal Robson, Wade's sister, called the mother of the 1993 accuser a "gold digger" and said "she wanted to be mistress of Neverland." ...

Foxy Brown, who is facing misdemeanor charges for allegedly beating a nail salon employee, has decided against a plea deal that would've kept her from serving time, according to ABC news. If she'd taken it, Foxy would've had to admit to the assault, but the rapper refuses to admit to any crime. Judge Melissa Jackson scheduled Foxy's next court date for July 28. "I have confidence in the criminal justice system," Foxy said as she exited Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday. "I am confident that I will be exonerated." ...

A deal to stock the new Bruce Springsteen album at Starbucks has been abandoned, according to a spokesperson for the chain, in part over concerns about the graphic lyrics of the song "Reno," which depicts an encounter between a prostitute and a customer. Starbucks spotlights a handful of CDs near the counters of its 6,400 outlets and has been credited with helping to boost sales of recent albums by Tina Turner, Ray Charles and Norah Jones. The Starbucks spokesperson said there were a variety of factors for the chain not stocking Devils & Dust, the first album in Springsteen's career to carry a parental warning sticker. The explicit lyrics were among the reasons, but shelf space and timing were also cited. ... The road movie "Drive Well, Sleep Carefully: On the Road With Death Cab for Cutie," will get its world premiere at the 2005 Seattle International Film Festival on June 10. Shot during a 2004 U.S. tour, the 86-minute movie features 13 songs from throughout the band's career, along with 40 minutes of outtakes, alternate and unreleased versions of songs, an acoustic set and behind-the-scenes footage. It will be released on DVD on July 26. ...

Always one to throw his support behind a cause, Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst is auctioning off autographed copies of his Digital Ash in a Digital Urn album, as well as a pair of tickets to several upcoming gigs, to benefit Amnesty International. Fans can bid on the goods through May 26 on eBay. Other artists taking part in AI's Music for Human Rights Online Auctions include the Cure, the Black Crowes and Audioslave. ... OK Go will release their second record, Oh No, on August 30. Tore Johansson, best known for his work with Franz Ferdinand, produced the album. OK Go and the Kaiser Chiefs are touring together this summer, beginning May 24 in Chicago. ...

MxPx have set a June 7 release date for their new album, Panic. The punk rockers are shooting a video on Saturday in Los Angeles for the first single, "Heard That Sound," with director Mike Kaminsky. ... Thirty-five-year-old women, take note: The pouting, puffy-shirt-and-epaulette-wearing pretty boys you worshipped in 1984 are coming Stateside this summer for another round of tour dates. Duran Duran will kick off their 14-date trek in support of their latest release, Astronaut, with a July 15 show in Nashville and wrap things up August 3 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, according to their Web site. ...

On July 19, EMI will release a two-disc Iggy Pop retrospective called A Million in Prizes, which will feature 37 tracks from the former Stooges frontman, including some of his most recent material. The compilation will feature classic tracks like "I Wanna Be Your Dog," "Candy," "Search and Destroy," "China Girl" and, of course, "Lust for Life." ... The Black Crowes performed the first of four sold-out shows on Thursday night in their hometown of Atlanta. The gig was the band's first since original drummer Steve Gorman returned to the fold. The Crowes will hit the road with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on June 7 for a tour that runs through August 30. ... Patrick Matthews, bassist for Australian rockers the Vines, is prepping an album by his other band, Youth Group. The Group will release their debut album, Skeleton Jar, on July 11 through Epitaph Records. The band is filming a video for its first single, called "Baby Body." ...

Audioslave, Foo Fighters and Queens Of The Stone Age will headline KROQ-FM's annual Weenie Roast at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California, on May 21. The Killers, Jimmy Eat World, the Transplants, the Mars Volta, Bloc Party, Alkaline Trio, Interpol, Hot Hot Heat, the Bravery, My Chemical Romance, the Dead '60s and MxPx are also on the bill. ...