For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Hilary Duff, Mariah Carey, Nas, Nine Inch Nails, Bam Margera & More

Britney freaks on next episode of 'Chaotic,' Hilary sets release date, Mariah chooses next single.

Britney Spears comes across as a super-confident, super-sexy flight attendant in her “Toxic” video, so who knew that she’s actually scared of flying? Considering all the air travel she does, you’d think she’d be used to it by now, but no. In the second episode of her reality show, “Britney and Kevin: Chaotic,” we get to see Britney freak out a bit (Click for photos from the show ). “That was the first time you see me and I’m really, really scared,” she says on the show. “Most of the time when we flew, one of us was fine and the other one wasn’t,” Kevin Federline adds. The episode, called “Who Said Anything About Love?,” airs Tuesday (May 24) at 9 p.m. on UPN. Meanwhile, the show’s premiere will rerun Thursday at 10 p.m. on MTV. …

Tween queen Hilary Duff will release her best-of album of sorts, Most Wanted, on August 16. The album is a collection of some of Duff’s most popular songs, along with three new tracks she’s currently in the studio working on. … Mariah Carey‘s making plans for her next single, which she’s decided will be “Shake It Off,” a track produced by Jermaine Dupri. “Jermaine is in such a great place musically,” Carey told MTV News recently. “I mean, everything he’s done over the past two years, it’s just beyond huge, first of all. But second of all, he’s just focused. Like he’s very much in the space he needs to be in musically. And I feel like I am as well.” Carey calls the song “totally one of my favorites,” but hasn’t decided yet on the director or concept for the video, according to her label rep. …

Nas will headline the annual Rock the Bells festival, scheduled for July 30 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California. Redman, Cuban Link featuring Ghostface and Raekwon, Guru from Gang Starr, Cut Chemist, Hieroglyphics, Sage Francis, DJ Muggs and Q-Bert are also set to perform, and B-Real and RZA will host. … The Black Eyed Peas, the Killers and the White Stripes are among the 30 acts on the lineup for the annual Street Scene in San Diego, taking place at Qualcomm Stadium on July 29 and 30. Also on the bill are Snoop Dogg, Garbage, Dashboard Confessional, Method Man, Social Distortion, the Pixies, Louis XIV, Kasabian, the Used and Hot Hot Heat. Tickets go on sale Thursday. …

Nine Inch Nails are the first headliners to be confirmed for the seventh annual Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans on October 29 and 30. The massive music festival will host upward of 80 bands spread across seven stages, according to the festival’s executive producer. Look for the complete lineup to be announced on June 24. … Everyone’s favorite skateboarding prankster Bam Margera will release a CD/DVD compilation on June 21 called “Bam Margera Presents – Viva La Bands.” The album will contain 21 cuts — many of them new and exclusive — from some of Bam’s favorites groups, including Clutch, Cradle of Filth, Kill Hannah, CKY, the 69 Eyes, Turbonegro and H.I.M. The DVD portion will contain several music videos Bam directed, outtakes, skating footage and a trailer of the forthcoming video game “Tony Hawk: American Wasteland.” …

Dave Navarro has signed on to co-host — along with Brooke Burke — the upcoming reality series that centers on the surviving members of INXS hunting for a singer to replace the late Michael Hutchence. “Rock Star: INXS” will be both a performance competition and a relationship-style unscripted drama, since the 15 contestants will be housed together in a home in California’s Hollywood Hills. The show will debut with a one-hour premiere on July 11 at 9 p.m. and will then air regularly on Mondays at 9:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 10 p.m., and Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. on CBS, with the Monday episodes focusing on the performers’ relationships, Tuesday episodes featuring the performances and Wednesday episodes revealing the weekly results. … A month before the reality show hits the air, INXS will release a greatest-hits video collection. “INXS – What You Need,” due out June 7, includes 20 of the band’s classics, including “The One Thing,” “Need You Tonight,” “Devil Inside,” “New Sensation” and “Suicide Blonde.” …

It was a Wu-Tang Clan reunion of sorts Monday night at New York’s B.B. King’s Blues Club. During the GZA‘s headlining performance, he called up special guests Ghostface, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck and Cappadonna. … 112 are shooting a mini-movie video for their next single, “What If.” Acting coach Tracey Moore-Marable, who has worked with Eve and Nelly, instructed the group, and Fat Cats are directing the clip. …

AFI singer Davey Havok sang guest vocals with VNV Nation at a recent Los Angeles gig. AFI begin recording their new album this week. … All of the original members of British ska pioneers Madness, who inspired bands like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and No Doubt, have regrouped and will release The Dangermen Sessions, Volume One on July 19 through V2. Consisting entirely of rock-steady and post-punk covers, Madness take on the Kinks‘ “Lola,” Peter Tosh‘s “Shame and Scandal” and the Desmond Dekker classic “Israelites.” The band is planning a North American tour, even in the wake of the recent departure of original member Chris Foreman, who did work on the new album but left due to “the petty, time-consuming bollocks that goes on in the band,” according to a statement from the group. …

Thurl Ravenscroft, the man who voiced Tony the Tiger‘s rumbly catchphrase “They’re Grrrrreeeaat!,” died on Sunday of prostate cancer. He was 91. Ravenscroft’s growl first appeared in a Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes ad back in 1952, and he also voiced characters in such Disney films as “Cinderella,” “Mary Poppins” and “The Jungle Book.” In the late 1930s, he sang backup for Bing Crosby, and after returning from service in World War II, he sang in a group called the Mellomen, who performed with Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, among others. …

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Ashlee Simpson‘s tour is over, but she might still be willing to give you a private show if you can pony up the dough — the big dough, as in $35,000 a song. That’s the going rate to get the singer to play your birthday, as she did on Friday night at New York’s Cipriani restaurant for one lucky 14-year-old, whose daddy just so happens to be wealthy fashion mogul Silas Chou, a bigwig at Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors who could easily afford the $145,000 price tag for the Willy Wonka-themed fest. …

For all you kids who’d love you some Bo Bice, the “American Idol” finalist and his hometown band, Sugar Money, have released an exclusive single for the launch of GarageBand Podcast Studio, the first Web-based tool to record, mix and publish a podcast. “Papion” by Bo Bice & Sugar Money is now available through GarageBand.com. … Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue, 36, is recuperating after successful surgery on Friday at a Melbourne, Australia, hospital to treat an early form of breast cancer, according to a Reuters report. The singer’s doctors said they are confident that they caught the cancer in time. Australian clinics are reporting a deluge of women coming in for breast exams in the wake of Minogue’s diagnosis. …

As Michael Jackson‘s defense attorneys start to wind up their case, they attempted to drive home on Monday (May 23) their argument that the accuser’s mother is a gold-digger after the singer’s money. A social-services employee testified that the mother did not declare on her welfare application the charitable contributions her family had received for her son’s cancer costs, and did not mention the settlement her family had received from JC Penney, despite a question on the form that asked “Has anyone in the family received a court settlement?” The social-services worker said this constituted welfare fraud. The accuser’s aunt on his father’s side also took the stand on Monday, saying that she had heard on TV there was a need for blood for her nephew, so she organized a blood drive. But, the aunt said, the mother had complained to her about it, saying she didn’t need the blood, she needed money. … According to a spokesperson for System of a Down, frontman Serj Tankian has been working on material for masked funk axeman Buckethead‘s forthcoming album. Buckethead, he of the failed Guns N’ Roses reincarnation of a few years back, sent Tankian some instrumentals, and asked the singer to help enhance the tracks with different vocalists, including poet Saul Williams. …

In what can be attributed to an extreme act of facial-hair bias, the Darkness have parted ways with mustachioed bassist Frankie Poullain. Actually, the reason for the split appears to be rather tame. In a posting on the band’s official site, TheDarknessRock.com, the band cites “musical differences” as the cause for Poullain’s departure, adding that “a replacement will be named within [the] coming months.” The Darkness are currently in the studio, working on the follow-up to 2003′s Permission to Land with Cheap Trick and Queen producer Roy Thomas Baker. … Two members of Bobby Brown‘s entourage were hospitalized on Monday for treatment of knife wounds after a fight erupted at Justin’s Restaurant and Bar in Atlanta, according to The Associated Press. Brown was performing at a weekly open-mic event at the restaurant owned by P. Diddy when two of his people got involved in an altercation. The suspects fled immediately after the fight. Authorities say the singer was not involved, and the cause for the fight was not immediately known. Both men remain in stable condition. Meanwhile, Diddy and his Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group are cooperating with authorities in the criminal investigation. …

Willie Nelson is going reggae. His next album, Countryman, includes covers of Jimmy Cliff‘s “The Harder They Come” and “Sitting in Limbo” as well as duets with Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals. Other reggae-infused country tunes on the album, due August 2, include “I’m a Worried Man,” written by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, as well as nine originals, such as “Darkness on the Face of the Earth,” “I’ve Just Destroyed the World” and “I Guess I’ve Come to Live Here.” … British rockers Def Leppard will release Yeah! on September 20, according to the band’s Web site. An album’s worth of cover tunes (22, to be precise), the disc will include Def Lep adaptations of Thin Lizzy‘s “Don’t Believe a Word,” David Bowie‘s “Drive-in Saturday,” Blondie‘s “Hanging on the Telephone,” MC5‘s “Kick Out the Jams,” Roxy Music‘s “Street Life,” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers‘ “American Girl” and the Police‘s “Roxanne.” …

E has mapped out a June tour for his band the Eels, which will kick off on June 15 in San Francisco. The 13-date trek, in support of Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, will hit Seattle, Detroit, Philadelphia and Boston before coming to a close on June 30 in New York. … Morrissey hardly seems the type to make a fuss on his birthday, but the legendary mope-rock pioneer celebrated his 46th in style Sunday night catching psychobilly band Tiger Army, who were playing one of five sold-out nights at the House of Blues in Hollywood. Tiger Army leader Nick 13 dedicated a cover of “The Loop” to his idol, who was sitting in the balcony. …