For The Record: Quick News On Lindsay Lohan, Bobby Brown, Carrie Underwood, 50 Cent, System Of A Down, R. Kelly & More

Lohan walks away from car crash; warrant issued for Brown; Underwood's single to include 'Independence Day.'

Lindsay Lohan walked away uninjured from a car accident allegedly caused by a paparazzo on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Photographer Galo Ramirez was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after slamming into the singer/actress’ car, police told The Associated Press. Lohan’s mother, Dina, issued a statement in the wake of the crash, saying, “I thank God my daughter was able to walk out of the car.” … A Canton, Massachusetts, family court judge issued an arrest warrant for Bobby Brown on Wednesday (June 1) after he was a no-show for a child-support compliance hearing, according to The Associated Press. Brown’s Canton attorney reportedly told the court the singer became ill on his way to the Atlanta airport to fly to Boston, but court officials were unable to get confirmation. Brown is late on child support payments to Kim Ward, and the judge could reimpose a 90-day prison sentence ordered in June that was suspended when he paid out back payments. …

“American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood will release her debut single on June 14. The single will feature “Inside Your Heaven,” which Underwood sang at the finale and was serviced to radio immediately following the taping, as well as a cover of Martina McBride‘s “Independence Day.” … 50 Cent filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against three video production companies, claiming they used footage from an interview without honoring their part of a deal to make a charitable donation, according to The Associated Press. The rapper said he agreed to do a free interview with Czar Entertainment about Kelvin Martin, a 1980s criminal who went by the name of 50 Cent, if a donation was made to Martin’s family or to the rapper’s charity, the G-Unity Foundation. Instead, the interview was used for a DVD called “The Original 50 Cent: The True Story of the Legend Who Inspired the Biggest Name in Rap” and no donation was ever made, the suit alleges. The G-Unit general is seeking a court order to bar the companies from selling the DVD, as well as unspecified damages and any profits made from the video’s sale. Czar Entertainment issued a statement in response, saying, “Czar Entertainment remains committed to providing support to the family of Kelvin ’50 Cent’ Martin … We have made arrangements directly with his family regarding the donation of proceeds from the DVD sales and feel confident that all relevant parties will be satisfied. Czar Entertainment is disappointed to learn of 50 Cent’s lawsuit, which is completely without merit.” …

Promoters of Festimad in Madrid, Spain, were forced to postpone System of a Down‘s headlining show on Saturday after winds upward of 60 miles per hour blew the canvas and metal roof off the outdoor stage. However, after the crowd of 30,000 refused to leave, System took the stage at 3:45 a.m. and played until after 5 a.m., according to the band’s spokesperson. … R. Kelly‘s child-pornography case continues to move along slowly. The judge decided on Wednesday (June 1) to wait until the next hearing, on June 17, to make his ruling on two defense motions. …

The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network will host its first summit in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Doug E. Fresh, Damon Dash, Reverend Run and Juelz Santana will be among those on hand at the Washington Convention Center for the summit on financial empowerment. … Jason Mraz will sing the national anthem for the MBNA RacePoints 400 on Sunday at Dover International Speedway in Delaware. Mraz’s new album, Mr. A-Z, is due July 26. …

In a posting on the band’s Web site late last week — one that’s since been removed and replaced with a second, much different posting — Saliva guitarist Chris D’abaldo announced his departure from the group. “I feel it is necessary to let the fans know first that I have decided to leave Saliva,” he wrote. “I’ll be looking to forming or joining a new band that is dedicated to their fans and the band. I’m quitting for obvious reasons, as the band is not a unit anymore. I have been given no other choice in the matter. I love you all and look forward to seeing you again.” But then on Wednesday morning, a new statement: “Hey guys, sorry for the alarming nature of my statement on [May 29] about leaving the band. There was a bit of an issue we’re working through and we’re looking forward to recording a new album later this year. We’ll see you on the road this October! I miss you all very much.” … The Doors of the 21st Century — featuring founding members Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, with the Cult‘s Ian Astbury on vocals — will be performing at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on August 5, and have invited an all-star lineup to join them onstage. Perry Farrell, who regularly covered the Doors’ “L.A. Woman” live during the earliest days of his band Jane’s Addiction, will step into the late Jim Morrison‘s shoes for “Touch Me” and “The Crystal Ship.” Macy Gray, Antigone Rising and the Dixie ChicksNatalie Maines will also be performing with the rock legends during a concert that’s set to include Pat Travers and the original lineup of Vanilla Fudge. …

Aerosmith have already written one bestselling autobiography (“Walk This Way”), so for their next career retrospective, they want to do something a little different. The band’s literary agent is currently shopping a proposal to New York publishers to do a photographic history called “Aero/Vison,” which would capture Aerosmith’s emergence as rock icons, spanning their early years in high school and garage bands to headlining Madison Square Garden and beyond. The photos will come from the archives of private collectors, record labels and the portfolios of famous photographers, while the text (about 25,000 words’ worth) will come from the bandmembers themselves, as they tell their story in their own voices, according to the proposal. … O.A.R. will be heading out on a summer amphitheater tour, starting at Summerfest in Milwaukee on July 9. The quintet will also open four dates for the Dave Matthews Band that month. The trek will wrap with a headlining stint at the Feeling Better Than Everfine Festival in Chicago on August 20. …

Interested in seeing the horrifying effect of direct sunlight on pale indie-rock skin? Want to eat pounds of funnel cake and Nathan’s Hot Dogs? Well, then head on down to Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, on July 16 for the 2005 Village Voice Siren Fest. The first handful of acts for the festival, now in its fifth year, have been announced, and they include Spoon, Brendan Benson, Mates of State, the Dears, VHS or Beta, Saul Williams and Q and Not U. Siren is free and open to the public, rain or shine. … Former You Hear It First artists the Hysterics are among 19 bands featured on Music for Robots Volume 1, a just-released compilation from the popular music blog Music for Robots (music.for-robots.com). Other artists appearing alongside the precocious Brooklyn teenagers include Death From Above 1979, the National and Bumblebeez 81. …

05.31.2005

Britney Spears bravely showed us she was afraid to fly in last week’s episode of her reality show, “Britney and Kevin: Chaotic,” and in this week’s, she reveals that she’s afraid to love, too. Perhaps too afraid. In “Scared to Love You” (which airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. on UPN), the singer keeps asking Kevin Federline to reassure her that their relationship is not just a “hook-up.” Their exchange goes like this: She asks, “Are you sure?” He says, “I’m positive.” She asks, “Are you sure this was not planned?” He says, “I’m positive.” She asks, “Do you promise?” He says, “I swear. I promise. It’s one of those things that’s too good to be true.” …

(Click for photos from the show. )

If you’re a fan of Green Day — and have a spare $50,000 laying around — then maybe you can own a four-wheeled piece of punk-rock history. Currently up for bid on eBay is the 1985 Ford Econoline 150 formerly owned by none other than Green Day drummer Tre Cool, which the band piloted on two U.S. tours back when it was an unpolished and unsigned bunch of kids. The inside of the van is wood-paneled and covered in Green Day graffiti — including Cool’s signature — and stickers. The starting bid is a cool $50k, and the auction runs until June 7. … Blink-182/ Transplants drummer Travis Barker and his wife, Shanna Moakler, the stars of MTV’s reality show “Meet the Barkers,” are expecting their second child in December. The couple already have a 1-year-old son, Landon, and Moakler also has a 6-year-old daughter, Atiana, whose father is boxer Oscar de la Hoya. …

With their new album, Monkey Business, swinging into stores on June 7 and a major headlining tour to promote it, the Black Eyed Peas already have the video for their second single in the can. Taboo told MTV Europe that filming for the new video, “Don’t Lie,” was done over two days and even overlapped one day with their performance at Wango Tango in Los Angeles on May 14. The Peas have been busy, but, according to Taboo, “It was pretty fun. We were home for a minute, for four days, actually 30 seconds, but at the same time we got to see our families, we got to breathe a bit of Los Angeles smog, which is always good. And we got to see a lot of our friends.” … The legacy of Justo Faison will live on. Since Faison — founder of the annual Mixtape Awards — died in a car accident two weeks ago, it has been unclear if the ceremony would in fact go on. But Faison’s loved ones announced on Tuesday (May 31) that plans for the 10th Mixtape Awards have been set in motion; it looks like the event will take place in either November or December. …

Anthony Hamilton is working on his next album for Jermaine Dupri‘s So So Def label, but before that LP sees the light of day, the singer has an album coming out on June 28. Atlantic/Rhino is releasing Hamilton’s Soulife, which features 10 tracks the singer recorded in 1999. … Sorry, kids, but this summer’s Zooma Tour has been scrapped, according to an announcement on the tour’s Web site. “The Zooma Tour was conceived to provide fans with an exceptional music and entertainment experience, [but] due to unforeseen circumstances, it has become clear that it would not be possible to provide that experience at the level initially envisioned,” producers wrote in the letter. “Rather than go forward with a tour that falls short of what was conceived, everyone involved has mutually agreed that it is best to cancel the tour altogether.” The trek, which was to feature Trey Anastasio and Ben Harper, was scheduled to run from June 13 to July 31. Refunds for all dates will be available through the outlets where the tickets were originally purchased, through June 2. …

The full lineup for the inaugural Intonation Festival in Chicago has been announced. The two-day fest (July 16-17) will feature two stages, a DJ tent, record fair and vendors in Union Park. Among the bands slated to perform are Tortoise, Death From Above 1979, the Go! Team, Broken Social Scene, Four Tet, Magnolia Electric Co., A.C. Newman, Beans, the Decemberists, Les Savy Fav, the Wrens, Deerhoof, Andrew Bird, Out Hud and DJ sets by Jean Grae and Palace‘s Will Oldham. … Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has inked a solo deal with indie label Thrive Records, and plans to release his solo debut in early 2006. The group, which Hawkins has dubbed Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, includes former Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney and guitarist Gannin. Their debut album is said to sound a bit like the Foos, but with “’70s guitar and prog rock scenes.” A preview of the material is available at TaylorHawkins.com. …