For The Record: Quick News On Corey Clark, Bo Bice, Mariah Carey, Jessica Simpson, Nine Inch Nails, Beck & More

Clark crabby about 'Idol' spoof; Bice getting offers already; NIN touring with Queens of the Stone Age.

Corey Clark isn’t laughing at the spoof “American Idol” aired Wednesday night poking fun at his claims about judge Paula Abdul. His spokesperson issued a statement saying that instead of mocking Clark, the show has “made a mockery of their viewers, their sponsors and the FCC,” by wasting time on “diversion tactics” instead of investigating the accusations, despite promising to take the claims “very seriously.” “FOX is betting that public sentiment in favor of the show will override their duty to act responsibly and with integrity,” Clark’s rep, Jed Wallace, said. “This is a blatant misuse of power to seemingly cover lies, broken promises from the highest-level executives and their abuse of the trust bestowed upon them by the American people. Ratings or no ratings, where is your professionalism, honor and integrity?” …

Already the glamorous offers are rolling in: The Pennsylvania-based burger chain Eat’n Park has offered “American Idol” runner-up Bo Bice $10,000 to re-record the jingle to its summer promotion “It’s All Here.” The company said it’s been in talks with “Idol” producers about the gig, but no word yet on whether Bice will take it. … This fall, two of rock’s most respected acts will be joining forces for a U.S. tour. Nine Inch Nails will hit the road with Queens of the Stone Age for a post-Labor Day nationwide trek, according to an Interscope Records spokesperson. No word yet on dates or which cities the tour will hit. …

Prosecutors in the Michael Jackson trial continued calling witnesses to dispute aspects of the defense’s case on Thursday. Judge Rodney Melville decided to allow the prosecution to play a videotape of the accuser’s initial interview with sheriff’s deputies, and he will also allow the defense to call the boy back to the stand afterward. The accuser’s family’s first attorney, William Dickerman, took the stand to talk about how then-Jackson attorney Mark Geragos wouldn’t hand over the family’s belongings, to which current Jackson attorney Thomas Mesereau retorted, “You and your client were trying to set up Mr. Jackson for a lawsuit.” Later, during another contentious exchange, Dickerman said, “Well, if you want to get to the truth instead of playing games, we can have a reasonable trial where the facts come out.” Melville cautioned him to just answer the questions. …

Mariah Carey‘s friends and label execs threw her a surprise party Wednesday night at Jay-Z‘s New York club 40/40, to celebrate her single “We Belong Together” hitting #1 — her 16th song to do so, making her the most successful female artist of all time as far as singles are concerned. Jay, Jermaine Dupri, Patti LaBelle and DJ Clue were among those who helped eat her “surprise” cake, which had the cover of “We Belong Together” on top. … Jessica Simpson wants you to have the shirt off her back — for charity. She’s auctioning off her YogaForce sweatshirt — signed and everything — starting June 2 and running through June 9. All proceeds benefit the Skin Cancer Foundation. For more information, visit yogaforce.com or auctiondrop.com. …

Wiry Boston Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo, known for his four-seamer and awkward cornrows, is releasing a rock record. Much like rival New York Yankee Bernie Williams, Arroyo will release a guitar-driven album called Covering the Bases — and featuring covers of Pearl Jam‘s “Black,” Stone Temple Pilots‘ “Plush” and the Foo Fighters‘ “Everlong” — on July 12. Arroyo will even get a little help from his Sox friends, as several members of the championship team — including Cro-Mag outfielder Johnny Damon — contribute vocal shouts to some of the songs. The album also features the bass work of Alice in ChainsMike Inez. … Britney Spears, watch out — it’s Bobby Brown‘s prerogative to do a reality show about his private life, too. However, Brown’s show has been shot documentary-style, instead of as home video, and features the singer’s life over the course of six months and nine episodes. “Being Bobby Brown” will show the singer’s trip to London to meet the Dalai Lama, a trek to the Bahamas, a romantic excursion with wife Whitney Houston to a spa, and one of his many trips to the courtroom. Brown is a co-executive producer (along with his brother and manager, Tommy) of the series, which will premiere June 30 at 10 p.m. on Bravo. …

The Recording Industry Association of America launched a second wave of copyright-infringement lawsuits against users of the high-speed university computer network Internet2 on Thursday (May 26). The latest sting added 20 more schools to the list of universities where the RIAA says students are using the specialized network to illegally download and trade songs. The bust involved action against 91 students at a total of 33 schools, including Boston University, Brandeis, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Indiana University and Princeton. On the same day, the RIAA filed its latest round of lawsuits against individuals — 649 — allegedly illegally distributing music on such P2P services as Kazaa, LimeWire and Grokster. … Beck will be playing a handful of California dates in July with Le Tigre, according to an Interscope Records spokesperson. The dates are July 11 in Santa Cruz, July 19 in Santa Barbara, and July 22-23 in Los Angeles. “We just want to do a bunch more touring of the States, just keep playing shows through September,” Le Tigre’s Kathleen Hanna said. “Because that will be a full year that we’ll have been out [on the road]. That was our goal and it looks like we’re going to make it.” …

Pete Yorn has collaborated with several musicians for his as-yet-untitled third studio album, including Dave Grohl (on drums), the Dixie Chicks and pianist Leon Russell. Yorn, with producers Michael Beinhorn (Korn) and Don Fleming (Sonic Youth), recorded much of the album live with various musicians in a ballroom. The sessions were filmed for an upcoming documentary. … Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy has been tapped to curate a concert that will kick off Wired magazine’s NextFest 2005. The second-annual technology festival will present the most promising advances in entertainment, medicine and security at Chicago’s Navy Pier (June 24-26), while the Tweedy show will take place at the city’s Vic Theatre on June 22. The lineup for the show has not yet been announced. “I love thinking about what the future holds, so I was thrilled to be invited to be part of Wired NextFest and to share my vision of the future,” Tweedy said. “Which is not very futuristic, really, and admittedly a little bleak.” …

05.25.2005

E! Online issued a public apology on Wednesday (May 25) after posting a bogus report on its Web site which claimed Jessica Simpson and hubby Nick Lachey had filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences.” “E! deeply regrets that a draft report from E! Online, which contained some false information regarding the Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson marriage, was accidentally disseminated,” the statement reads. “The couple has not filed for divorce. E! apologizes to Nick, Jessica, their families and their fans for any distress this may have caused.” Simpson later issued a statement to Us Weekly about the matter: “It is completely false and we would sue them if they hadn’t taken it down.” … Meanwhile, Simpson gets to show off her hot new exercise-video-ready bikini bod in her video for the “Dukes of Hazzard” soundtrack single “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” which she just shot with her co-star Willie Nelson. (Click for the new “Dukes of Hazzard” poster and photos of Simpson in Us Weekly. ) “I kind of had the idea to do Nancy Sinatra‘s [song] and redo the verses from Daisy Duke’s perspective,” Simpson said. “Willie loved the idea and wanted to come play on it.” Jess says Willie “is one of the most angelic people you will ever meet. We had a blast while making the movie.” Nelson added, “We’ve had so much fun, she’s such a great gal and so easy to work with. She asked me to do it, and you can’t say no to Jessica.” …

Forty-year-old Queensbridge rap legend MC Shan (real name Shawn Moltke) was arrested on Friday at his home in Central Islip, New York, for criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of marijuana. According to Suffolk County police, officers executed a search warrant of Shan’s house on suspicion of drugs and found a loaded 9-millimeter Luger and weed. The rapper posted $10,000 bail on Tuesday. …. Whitney Houston‘s hubby, Bobby Brown, is “very confident” that his wife, who checked herself into a drug-rehabilitation center in March, is putting her past troubles behind her. Brown told “Access Hollywood” on Tuesday, “[Whitney] is doing wonderful. Everything about her spirit right now is great … we’re enjoying life again.” Houston has completed a successful second stint in rehab and will be hitting the recording studio again, Brown says, hopefully with her longtime mentor Clive Davis. …

P. Diddy told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he plans to appeal a ruling which would have the hip-hop mogul paying the biggest child-support order in New York state history, citing it was an attack on his character as a father. The ruling, issued last month by the New York Supreme Court, increased Diddy’s monthly child-support payments to his ex-girlfriend Misa Hylton-Brim from $5,000 to $21,782. … Unsure of his label status after Jay-Z‘s ascension to the top of Island Def Jam Records, the DiplomatsJuelz Santana shot the video for his “Mic Check” on his own dime. Now, though, Juelz can reimburse himself: He’s re-upped with Def Jam and will release his new album, What the Game’s Been Missing, on August 23. …

The Used will embark on a U.S. tour with Glassjaw that’s expected to run from August 17 through September 23. Finch and the Start will open, according to a spokesperson for Glassjaw. No word yet on what cities or venues the outing will hit. The news comes as some consolation for Glassjaw’s fans, as the band has been the subject of relentless breakup rumors of late, given frontman Daryl Palumbo‘s involvement with Head Automatica and that when you Google the band’s name, the official Glassjaw site comes up as “RIP GlassJaw.” The group’s site, meanwhile, features images of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur and Ol’ Dirty Bastard with the message, “It wasn’t their time.” … The recording of Thrice‘s forthcoming album is running a little behind schedule. According to a message delivered to the band’s fans via the power of MySpace, Thrice will be no-shows for the first 10 dates of this summer’s Warped Tour so that they can “get the record finished.” But there is some good news for the group’s fans — the posting reports that “everything is going amazingly well in the studio”; so well, in fact, that the band “can’t wait to finally get it done and share it with you.” …

A lawsuit brought against punk veterans T.S.O.L. two years ago by two men who were shot backstage during the band’s November 23, 2002, concert at the West Hollywood House of Blues has been dropped — leaving the group with $20,000 in legal debt. According to frontman Jack Grisham, the lawsuit also named the House of Blues, which settled with the two plaintiffs ($1 million apiece) the day before the case was set for trial. But now, T.S.O.L., who had to retain the services of a defense attorney, are mired in debt, forcing a moratorium on any future touring plans. “We barely make money on tour,” Grisham said. “We can’t go on tour for a month and give all the money to an attorney. And not work. We have families, we have bills to pay. Until this is paid off, we can’t tour because we can’t afford to.” Fans with PayPal accounts can contribute to the T.S.O.L. defense fund via the band’s Web site. A donation will score you a live CD — a recording of the same House of Blues gig. …

Former Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan has never been shy about sharing his feelings. But the bald belter is really letting it all out in advance of the release of his solo debut, TheFutureEmbrace (June 21). Corgan has posted 25 intimately detailed chapters of his autobiography on his official Web site and on MySpace, covering his abuse as a child, his father’s struggle with drugs, his mother’s mental illness, his years spent living as a destitute musician prior to the Pumpkins’ success, and the internal squabbles and drug addictions that brought the band down. … Fresh off his stint as a Burger King pitchman, Darius Rucker has reteamed with his Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates for the group’s first new studio album in two years. Looking for Lucky, due August 9, will hit on the band’s own label, Sneaky Long Records. It was produced by Don Gehman, who did the honors on the band’s massive debut album, Cracked Rear View, and it features guest spots from members of the Silos, Cowboy Mouth, Blue Dogs and Trick Pony. The first single is called “One Love.” …

If your idea of a hot Saturday night is a few hours of Xbox and a trip to the local Pink Floyd laser-light show, then Video Games Live is your dream date. Kicking off with a July 6 show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the national touring show will feature music from some of the most popular games of all time (“Myst,” “Super Mario Bros.,” “Legend of Zelda,” “Halo,” “Sonic,” “Final Fantasy”) performed live by orchestras and choirs, combined with video footage, lasers, lights and live onstage gaming characters. Audience members will be chosen at each stop to compete onstage head-to-head on a massive screen. …