For The Record: Quick News On Usher, Rihanna, JoJo, Lil’ Kim, My Chemical Romance, Mya, Neil Young & More

Usher, Prince come out for Sugar Water party; Lil' Kim wins case against Lil' Cease; MCR on new DVD.

Erykah Badu threw an afterparty Wednesday night at West Hollywood, California’s Key Club with fellow Sugar Water Festival headliners Jill Scott and Queen Latifah. Usher, Prince, Vivica A. Fox, Dennis Rodman and Jeremy Piven were among the guests who were treated to a live jam by Badu, Latifah and Sheila E. The party went into the early hours of the morning with a performance by Wendy & Lisa, formerly of Prince’s band the Revolution. …

The Big Teen Choice weekend kicks off Saturday (also at the Key Club) with Hope Rocks, a concert to benefit City of Hope and increase cancer awareness. Chingy, Jesse McCartney, Rihanna, Natalie, Frankie J, Aly & A.J. and JoJo are all scheduled to perform. Young patients from City of Hope have been invited to attend the show and meet their favorite artists. The two-hour concert will air September 3 on 4Kids TV, a programming block on FOX’s Saturday mornings. … Destiny’s Child are continuing their work with the Ronald McDonald Houses while on tour — they’re planning a stop at the Detroit Ronald McDonald House on Sunday afternoon, to participate with children in a pottery-painting session and conduct a brief press conference. …

At least in one case, Lil’ Kim has emerged victorious. The MC won a court order on Wednesday preventing former friend Lil’ Cease from releasing an upcoming DVD using her name and image, after he failed to show up at a court hearing to answer a civil suit Kim had filed against him in July, The Associated Press reports. Meanwhile, Kim is scheduled to report to prison September 19 to begin serving her yearlong term for her perjury and conspiracy convictions. … Mya is rooting for Senator Jon Corzine in his campaign for governor of New Jersey. She’s headlining a Young Professionals fund-raising event for him on August 26 in Atlantic City. …

On September 27, fans of all things emo-punk can look for a double shot of Taste of Chaos merch: a DVD and a live album. The DVD chronicles the inaugural voyage of what’s also known as the Winter Warped Tour, and features performances and backstage hijinks from acts like My Chemical Romance, the Used and Underoath. The live album features 15 performances, from those acts plus a whole host of others. … Tori Amos will release a series of six live double albums this fall, beginning with two on August 30. The LPs, available exclusively at toriamosbootlegs.com, will include rarities and covers, including Jim Croce‘s “Operator” and Joni Mitchell‘s “Circle Game.” …

On October 6, Norah Jones will headline a New York gala to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the T.J. Martell Foundation, which has raised more than $200 million for research into the treatment and cures of leukemia, cancer and AIDS. Tickets run $1,000 a pop. … Filmmaker Jonathan Demme (“The Manchurian Candidate,” “The Silence of the Lambs”) has signed on to direct a movie version of Neil Young‘s upcoming album, Prairie Wind, due September 27. Demme will film the first public performance of the songs on August 18 and 19 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in front of a small audience. Emmylou Harris, the Jubilee Singers and the 12-piece Nashville String Machine will make guest appearances. …

Henry Rollins has finalized plans for his 25 Years of Bullsh– Tour, sponsored by IFC, which airs “Henry’s Film Corner.” The two-month, 43-show trek kicks off September 29 in Phoenix, and will include commentary on politics, pop culture and his most recent exploits, before wrapping November 26 in Las Vegas. Prior to the tour, Rollins heads to Egypt on August 25 to entertain the troops once again, marking his sixth USO excursion in less than two years. “Since the last tour, I have done a lot of extensive travel to Iraq, Kuwait, Siberia, South Korea, and other places and picked up some hopefully interesting stories,” Rollins said. “We are living in interesting times and as bad as things are, I draw considerable inspiration from some of the things I’m seeing and people I’m meeting.” …

08.10.2005

G-Unit rappers Young Buck and Lloyd Banks are continuing to perform on the Anger Management 3 Tour as scheduled despite their run-in with the law Monday night in New York. The MCs were arraigned in Manhattan Tuesday and told to next appear in court on December 1. Buck and Banks, along with 11 others, were arrested Monday for gun possession after police searched their van. …

Two Los Angeles judges issued bench warrants for the arrest of Courtney Love on Wednesday (August 10) but are holding them until her next hearing, after the Los Angeles district attorney’s office asked that her probation be revoked at her two status hearings Wednesday. Prosecutors are alleging that the singer’s fainting spell and subsequent visit to a hospital on July 21 were drug-related after all, and that Love violated her probation by being under the influence of a controlled substance. An earlier status hearing on July 22 — with separate prosecutors from the Los Angeles city attorney’s office — had determined that her drug-rehabilitation efforts “seemed to be on track,” since she had completed her program and passed all drug tests. But there were no drug-counselor reports ready on Wednesday to indicate a similar status, the district attorney’s office said. Love’s next status hearing is set for August 19. … The man suspected of shooting Grammy-winning singer Marc Cohn in the head during a carjacking attempt Sunday night was arrested after a standoff at an abandoned house in Denver, police said Tuesday, according to Reuters. Joseph Yachteen, 26, was taken into custody around 11:30 p.m. Monday night, a Denver police spokesperson said. Meanwhile, Cohn was released from the hospital Monday morning after doctors removed a bullet that was lodged in his skull. …

Ciara leads the list of nominees for the 10th annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards with five nods. Destiny’s Child, Amerie and Fantasia scored four apiece, while Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott and Nina Sky earned two each. The show will tape September 7 in Pasadena, California, and air in syndication the following week. … Would you fork over $685 for a brick — a single brick? Well, someone living in Nebraska did just that this week, purchasing the last of 30 bricks autographed by Eminem in an eBay auction benefiting his Marshall Mathers Foundation, which helps troubled youths, and the Eight Mile Boulevard Association. The bricks, according to the Detroit Free Press, were recovered from the demolished Detroit Artillery Armory on Eight Mile Road in Em’s Oak Park neighborhood. All told, sales from the 30 bricks raised close to $8,600 for the nonprofits. …

Simon Cowell’s idea for the “Million Dollar Idea” reality show? Not his, according to a federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles, which also names ABC for allegedly stealing a trademarked brand, copying an entire premise of a show already airing in syndication, and marketing it as the network’s own. The suit was filed by Jean Golden and Todd Walker, who claim that they are the original creators/hosts of “Million Dollar Idea,” a reality show ABC announced on July 13 and which was picked up for nine episodes. “Can you imagine stealing an idea and not even bothering to change the name of it?” Golden said. “Each and every detail of Simon Cowell and ABC’s mock ‘Million Dollar Idea’ is a patent rip-off of Todd and Jean’s four-year labor of love,” their attorney Pierce O’Donnell said. They’re seeking damages in the tens of millions of dollars. A spokesperson for ABC said that the network has not yet been served with the complaint, so therefore has no comment. … Ricky Martin has a few friends joining him on the first single and video from his upcoming album Life, due October 11. Fat Joe and Amerie both guest in the “I Don’t Care” clip, which was shot Thursday in Brooklyn, New York, with director Diane Martel. …

The debut from Big Boi‘s Virgin Records imprint, Purple Ribbon, will be a compilation called The Purple Ribbon All-Stars, featuring the label’s roster, due October 4. Signees to the label include Killer Mike, C-Bone and Rock D, who are featured on the first single, “Kryptonite,” as well as Bubba Sparxxx, Sleepy Brown, Janelle Monet, Scar and Koncrete. … According to a spokesperson for the Used, Veteran New York hardcore act H20 have been tapped as the replacement opener for the upcoming Used and 30 Seconds to Mars tour, following last week’s announcement that Glassjaw had been forced to pull out of the nationwide run due to frontman Daryl Palumbo‘s Crohn’s Disease relapse. Palumbo remains in an undisclosed hospital, where he’s been undergoing treatment. …

Louis XIV taped a guest spot Monday for a new UPN show called “Sex, Love & Secrets,” which stars Denise Richards and is about a tight-knit group of hipsters living in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood. Louis XIV appear and perform as themselves on the new series’ fourth episode, to air in late October. “Sex, Love & Secrets” premieres September 27 at 9 p.m. ET. … Ray J — who’s releasing his new album, Raydiation, on September 20 — is one of five new cast members on the fifth season of the UPN show “One on One” this fall, along with Kel Mitchell, Nicole Paggi, Camille Mana and Jonathan Chase. Brandy‘s brother plays D-Mack, a hip-hop-obsessed college student from the suburbs, while Mitchell plays the landlord Manny, a washed-up former child star who spends his days watching reruns of his old TV show. The season premiere airs September 19 at 8 p.m. ET. …

Classic hits and new music from the Rolling Stones‘ forthcoming album A Bigger Bang, due September 6, will be used through the 2005 season of ABC’s “Monday Night Football” promo campaigns and in-game highlights packages. The band will also perform as part of the “NFL Opening Kickoff” on September 8, which airs at 8 p.m. ET, before the season opener between the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders. The Stones’ tour kicks off August 21 at Boston’s Fenway Park. … Ron Isley suffered a stroke last summer and the Isley Brothers had to cancel a few shows while he recovered, but one promoter isn’t having it. Ronnie Perkins filed a federal lawsuit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Monday seeking $65,000 in damages lost from three shows the Isley Brothers canceled: August 5 in Shreveport, Louisiana; August 6 in Jackson, Mississippi; and August 8 in Baton Rouge. …

311‘s eighth studio LP, Don’t Tread on Me, hits stores on Tuesday, but fans of Omaha, Nebraska’s favorite sons who want to listen to the disc before its release can experience all 11 of the album’s tracks — including “Thank Your Lucky Stars,” “Solar Flare” and “Long for the Flowers” — at the band’s MySpace page, myspace.com/311. …