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Kanye added to Philly Live 8 bill; Trent Reznor wants your remix; R. Kelly gets more time.

Less than 24 hours before Saturday’s Live 8 global concerts, Kanye West has been added to the Philadelphia bill. The rapper will be gracing the same stage as such previously announced performers as Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and Destiny’s Child. …

The second Waxploitation Sudan Charity Auction will launch July 12 on eBay, with rare and signed items donated by a range of stars, including Angelina Jolie, Radiohead, Bam Margera, Outkast, Björk, Kanye West, Serena Williams, Trent Reznor, Beastie Boys, System of a Down, Nelly, Ciara, Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Banner, Sum 41, Foo Fighters and John Legend. The items can be bid on at eBay.com/the_wax_trust. The auction will assist victims of the deadly ethnic cleansing in Sudan. … R. Kelly appeared in a Chicago court Friday (July 1) only to get — you guessed it — another postponement in the pretrial process for his upcoming child-pornography trial, which insiders were suggesting would start “soon.” At the next hearing, set for July 20, the judge is expected to rule on a number of issues, including whether or not the prosecution has to limit the scope of time for when it says the alleged sex tape was made, since the defense says the time frame is too broad. Also, expect haggling over the forensic pediatrics methods used to determine if the girl on the tape in question was underage. After those two issues are resolved, a trial date can be set. …

Back in April, Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor called on his fans to remix “The Hand That Feeds.” The result? “Hundreds of remixes [that] I’ve enjoyed and cringed at,” Reznor wrote on his Web site; the most impressive was a cross-hatch that involved Ray Parker Jr.‘s “Ghostbusters.” Now, Reznor wants fans to “remix, reinterpret and ruin” NIN’s new single, “Only.” Those interested can download the song’s master multi-tracks from nin.com, and use one of four software programs to remix the track as they see fit. “There is no agenda here other than for you to explore, experiment and have fun with it,” Reznor wrote. “I’m looking forward to hearing what you come up with.” … Chevelle‘s bassist, Joe Loeffler, will not be taking the stage during the band’s upcoming summer tour with Taproot and 30 Seconds to Mars, according to the Chicago rockers’ Web site. “After three years of nonstop touring and recording, Joe is taking a break to be home with family,” reads the band’s statement. “We’ll miss having him on the road with us, but as his brothers and bandmates, we respect his decision and are looking forward to getting out there and playing for the fans.” Chevelle have recruited former Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo to fill in. …

Remember Robin Thicke? Also known simply as Thicke? The former You Hear It First artist (alum of 2002 class) is at it again, and this time, he’s got some help. Thicke has teamed up with Pharrell Williams for his next single, “Wanna Love You Girl,” for which he’s just shot a video with director Paul Hunter. You can hear the song at startrakmusic.com/web/. … On Thursday, Apple reported more than 1 million Podcast subscriptions in just the first two days of its new iTunes Podcast Directory. The latest version of iTunes (4.9) makes it easier to subscribe to podcasts, with bookmarking of ‘casts and the ability to display podcast artwork in color. …

Blues Traveler have set a September 12 release date for their eighth studio album, ¬°Bastardos! Ex-Wilco multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett produced the record. … With their fourth album expected in the fall, Sigur Rós are launching a world tour this month that will hit North America in September. The Stateside trek kicks off September 6 in Atlanta and wraps up October 6 in Las Vegas. …

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R. Kelly‘s been ordered to fess up — a Chicago judge has ordered the R&B singer to give a deposition in a civil suit filed by a woman who claims her privacy was violated when Kelly taped them having sex without her knowledge. Tina Woods’ lawyer, Susan E. Loggans, said the judge’s decision was significant because Kelly had thus far avoided giving a deposition in this and other cases. Loggans said she doesn’t want the deposition to take place until after Kelly’s criminal trial for child-pornography charges, since his lawyer has said he’d likely take the Fifth so that he wouldn’t incriminate himself in the criminal case. If the criminal trial doesn’t start by this summer, Loggans said, she’d petition to have the deposition moved up sooner. …

A defense attorney for Jesse James Hollywood is claiming the release of the movie “Alpha Dog,” based on his client, could deny him the right of a fair trial, according to The Associated Press. The film, which features Justin Timberlake as a member of Hollywood’s gang, will be released at the same time as the start of the trial. Hollywood is accused of plotting the kidnap and slaying of 15-year-old Nick Markowitz in August 2000 as payback for a drug debt owed to him by Markowitz’s half-brother. … With only two days to go before Live 8, the lineup for the concerts is continuing to shift. Sheryl Crow has pulled out of the Paris show, according to a post on her Web site, which cites “substantial and personal challenges” as the reason the 43-year-old singer will be unable to appear. Meanwhile, Canada’s Live 8 organizers have confirmed that Darryl McDaniels (a.k.a. DMC of Run-DMC) has been added to the Barrie, Ontario, bill. …

Lionel Richie, who was one of the principal players in Live Aid 20 years ago (and, of course, is Nicole Richie‘s dad), says now is “the exact time, the exact moment we can make a difference” with Live 8. Richie told MTV Radio that while he thinks putting together the simultaneous shows in several different cities will be a “huge undertaking” and a “logistical nightmare” compared to the original concerts, which only took place in Philadelphia and London, he thinks it will all be worth it if it impacts the G8 conference and the fate of the African continent. “It’s pretty clear that those people have so much power, and we need to wake them up and say, ‘We’re letting an entire continent go straight to hell. It’s not what we need to be doing.’ Let’s get in there and make the wise decision.” … On Wednesday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former employee against James Brown, in which the woman claimed the singer raped her 17 years ago and then used threats to silence the claim. According to a Reuters report, Chicago U.S. Magistrate Sidney Schenkier ruled that the two-year statute of limitations on such a claim had expired. Accuser Jacque Hollander, 48 — who said she recently developed Graves’ Disease as a result of the 1988 rape — plans to appeal the dismissal of the suit, which sought $100 million in damages. …

Madonna‘s got another lawsuit on her hands. This time, she and her Maverick film company are being sued by two men, Jim McLay and Barry Kohout, who claim the Material Girl’s company defaulted on a $100,000 loan. The suit was filed in Camden, New Jersey’s federal court earlier this week. … Jimmy Eat World, Local H, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists and the reunited Promise Ring are among the acts booked for Flower 15, a six-night showcase and fund-raiser scheduled for November 8-15 at Chicago’s Metro club. The concerts will benefit the local charity P.L.A.Y. (Possibilities in Life: Art for Youth), and with concerts running day and night, organizers hope to raise $50,000. Tickets go on sale August 27; more information on the festival can be found at Flower15.com. … Switchfoot have chosen “Stars” as the first single from their new album, Nothing Is Sound. The LP is due September 13. …

Rock scribe Dave Marsh will be penning yet another Bruce Springsteen book, this time chronicling the Boss’ life on the road. Wenner Books just inked a deal with Marsh for him to write “Bruce Springsteen: On Tour,” which will be a full-color, illustrated, tour-by-tour history, due by fall 2006. … Mark Romanek, Anton Corbijn, Jonathan Glazer and Stéphane Sednaoui will be the next video directors featured in “The Directors Label” DVD series, which previously spotlighted the work of Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Chris Cunningham. The DVDs, which will collect the best videos from each of the directors, are due September 13. … Before joining the John Mayer Trio for some dates in the fall, Ray LaMontagne will headline a theater tour beginning Friday in Northampton, Massachusetts. The 28-date tour culminates August 17 in Atlanta. …