For The Record: Quick News On Cassidy, Black Eyed Peas, Carrie Underwood, Simple Plan, Proof, Hoobastank & More

Cassidy denied bail; Peas turn out for Corey Clark; Underwood picking the numbers.

Cassidy, who was arrested on Friday for the murder of a 22-year-old man in his native Philadelphia, was set to appear before a judge Wednesday morning (June 22) for a preliminary hearing, but the rapper’s attorney, Michael Giampietro, said it was postponed until July 19, at the request of the Philadelphia district attorney’s office. Before the postponement, the judge did grant a bail request, setting the amount at $500,000. Prosecutors appealed the ruling, however, and it was eventually overturned — meaning Cassidy (born Barry Reese) will spend the next 27 days, at least, behind bars. Giampietro said the bail situation would be readdressed during the July hearing, and that the “odds of him getting out [on that day] are pretty good.” …

Taboo and Apl.de.Ap from the Black Eyed Peas and “American Idol” second-season finalist Trenyce were among those who attended Corey Clark‘s record-release party Tuesday night in Hollywood. Clark performed three tracks, including his Scott Storch-produced single, “Out of Control.” … “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood will draw the first numbers for the California Lottery’s new Mega Millions lottery on Friday. The drawing will be live in all 12 of the participating Mega Millions states. …

Simple Plan, Mötley Crüe, Bryan Adams, Barenaked Ladies, Deep Purple and Our Lady Peace are among the acts that will take the stage July 2 in Barrie, Ontario, for the Canadian edition of Live 8. The show, hosted by comedians Dan Aykroyd and Tom Green, will also feature a special satellite performance by the country’s most famous musical export, Celine Dion. … Faith Evans has announced plans for a 25-date cross-country summer trek. The R&B singer, who will be hitting up smaller venues and festivals this time around, kicked off the tour Saturday in Pittsburgh and will wrap things up September 1 in Los Angeles. …

Aspiring pop stars already have “American Idol,” but what if you aren’t a nobody? Now even celebs who surely have other avenues to indulge their pop-star fantasies have a talent competition show to call their own. “I’m a Celebrity but I Want to Be a Pop Star” will unleash future Paris Hiltons and Lindsay Lohans upon us when it brings out its selected few who’ve already made names for themselves either in film, television or sports. The show will air on NBC on a date to be announced. … A few years after first announcing a release date, D12 rapper Proof is finally dropping Searchin 4 Jerry Garcia, on July 26. “I went through a lot of litigation, people stealing money and sh–, but I’m bouncing back, Iron Fist Records,” he said. …

Hoobastank will take a break from recording their third album to hit the road on a tour of state and county fairs, beginning July 28 at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot and ending August 27 at the Nebraska State Fair in Lincoln. From Satellite, supporting their debut album, When All Is Said and Done, are opening. … Just weeks after dismissing keyboardist Roger O’Donnell and guitarist Perry Bamonte, British mood-rock merchants the Cure have introduced a new member to the fold … well, sort of. According to the band’s Web site, guitarist Porl Thompson, who first played with the band from 1976 to 1978, and then again from 1983 to 1993, has returned for a third time, and will play with the Cure during all of their summer shows. “It’s a real pleasure to have him back once more,” reads the post announcing Thompson’s return. …

Tim Armstrong wears a whole bunch of hats — singer (for both Rancid and Transplants), record-label impresario (Hellcat Records) and now, director. On August 2, Epitaph Records will release Armstrong’s documentary “Give ‘Em the Boot,” an 82-minute look at life on the road for various Hellcat artists. Filmed in Hellcat’s trademark gritty black and white, “Boot” includes live performances by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Rancid and Dropkick Murphys. … Death Cab for Cutie, Built to Spill, the Decemberists, Pedro the Lion and Viva Voce are set to perform during the inaugural Summer Camp Festival, set for August 6 at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon. …

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Mariah Carey‘s signed on to be the only performer at Macy’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show, to be broadcast live on NBC. The one-hour special, which will start at 9 p.m. ET, will be broadcast in high definition. …

Stevie Wonder, Ciara, T.I., John Legend and Omarion are joining the performance roster for the BET Awards, the channel announced Monday. The lineup already includes Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child, Missy Elliott and the Game, who will perform live at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre on June 28 at 9 p.m. ET. … Eminem is planning to hit the seedy seaside gambling mecca of Atlantic City, New Jersey, to help celebrate the opening of the House of Blues casino and poker room. The Detroit MC will perform in the HOB’s Foundation Room on July 9, the night after the Counting Crows grace the same stage. …

More drama is on the way for R. Kelly. The singer has completed a mini movie for his five-part song, “Trapped in the Closet,” and at the end, viewers are promised that chapters 6-10 are on the way soon. All five videos that comprise “Trapped in the Closet” will be released on a DVD accompanying Kelly’s new album, TP3 Reloaded, which lands in stores July 5. … Pink‘s already managed to wrangle the RZA, Rob Thomas and Billy Mann to work on her upcoming record, and now she’s got a new name to add to the list — Butch Walker, who produced and co-wrote Avril Lavigne‘s “My Happy Ending.” Walker also recently went back in the studio with Avril to record a cover of John Lennon‘s “Imagine,” and co-wrote and sings backup on “Good Times,” the theme to Tommy Lee‘s new reality show, “Tommy Lee Goes to College.” …

The “Hustle & Flow” soundtrack isn’t even out yet, but two videos for it are already in the can. T.I. and Lil Scrappy guest on the first single from the soundtrack, “I’m a King” by P$C, which was produced by Lil Jon; they shot a video last week in Atlanta with director Benny Boom. Newcomer Webbie‘s “Bad Bitch” (featuring Trina) is the second single, for which a video was shot last week in Miami with director Dr. Teeth. The soundtrack, due out July 12, also features Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Boyz N Da Hood, 8Ball & MJG, Trillville and Al Kapone. … Going bananas wondering how Peter Jackson‘s “King Kong” turned out? You’ll have your chance to see the trailer on Monday — the two-and-a-half-minute teaser clip will be broadcast at the same time (8:59:30-9:02 p.m. ET) on 10 channels: NBC, SCI FI, USA Network, Bravo, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, Mun2, TRIO and Universal HD. …

When you’re rolling with 50 Cent‘s G-Unit, you’d better be sporting only the hottest gear on the market. Like, say, a watch that doubles as an MP3 player. 50′s line of G-Unit Watches feature everything from spinning bezels and iced-out faces to the world’s first MP3-playing watch — available in 256 or 512 megabytes of storage (that’s eight and 16 hours of music, respectively). The G-Unit line of timepieces will range in price from $299 to $3,500 and will be in stores nationwide next month. … Gwen Stefani‘s Harajuku Lovers line, which was originally supposed to hit stores in May or June, is now slated to come out July 5. The product line will initially feature casual women’s clothing (shirts, sweats, thermals, long underwear and tank tops) and a few accessories (such as stickers and patches, as well as the already-released Hewlett-Packard camera case), but will then expand to include men’s, kids’, babies’ and plus-size clothing, as well as intimates, handbags, accessories and stationary. …

Mandy Moore has officially started recording her new album, according to a voice message the singer left on her Web site for fans. After vacationing in Mexico, she said it was “time to hunker down and do some work.” “I have had such a blast with the whole writing process,” she said, calling the experience “overwhelming.” Now that that’s over, she’s “so, so excited” that the musicians she’s working with have started tracking their parts, and she’s about to join them. … With her third album, Extraordinary Machine, collecting dust on some shelf in the basement of Epic’s headquarters, and on the iPod of anyone with even a working knowledge of computers, Fiona Apple‘s starting anew, and hoping the second time’s the charm. According to an Epic spokesperson, Apple’s taking another stab at her third disc, and has been working with Brian Kehew (Moog Cookbook). No word yet on when — if ever — this one might surface. …

About to throw out your torn stockings? Stop and put them to good use instead by dressing up like Courtney Love. San Diego’s Comic-Con is holding a costume contest on July 16 to see who can dress up most like Princess Ai, the rocker’s comic-book alter ego. See begoths.com/princessai.php for more info. … Meanwhile, Love’s got another lawsuit on her hands — a man who says he was injured while the singer was making her “Mono” video has filed a claim in Los Angeles Superior Court, naming Love as well as her record label and video production company as those responsible. A conference hearing has been scheduled to address the matter on October 28 in Van Nuys, California.