For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Mario Vazquez, Eminem, Mariah Carey, Game, Tupac, Trapt & More

Britney's shower everything she envisioned; 'Idol' dropout signs deal; Eminem sued by aunt and uncle.

Britney Spears scored a ton of gender-neutral presents at her baby shower on August 6, including a white wrought-iron bassinet, car seat, stroller, infant bathtub and lots of stuffed animals. “Everyone really outdid themselves,” the singer told People magazine, which has a spread of photos from the scene in its next issue, out Friday. Only 19 guests attended the Moroccan-themed shindig, which was held under a bamboo tent set in front of Spears’ Malibu, California, home. “It was so beautiful that throughout the entire night, I kept forgetting we were in my front yard,” Spears told the mag. Friends and family were treated to gift bags containing the singer’s Curious perfume as well as necklaces made from their own baby photos. It was “everything I envisioned,” Spears said. …

“American Idol” dropout Mario Vazquez has signed a deal with J Records, marking the first time the label has signed an “Idol” contestant who was not the winner or runner-up. Vazquez has just begun work on the as-yet-untitled album, which is due in the spring, according to the label. … Eminem‘s week just keeps getting better. Just two days after announcing he’d be canceling the European leg of the Anger Management 3 Tour to permit his recovery from exhaustion, Marshall’s aunt and uncle have filed a lawsuit against him. According to Kevin Green, the attorney for Em’s relations, Jack and Betty Schmitt, “Marshall’s looking to evict them from their house,” one he had built for them three years ago in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Green said the couple uprooted from Missouri to do so, at Em’s behest. The suit seeks more than $350,000 — the cost of the house — as well as money they claim their nephew owes them. “He told them, ‘I’ll pay you a salary for five years,’ ” said Green; the promised figure was an annual payment of $100,000. “He failed to do that. Betty and Jack support Marshall, but the main issue is the home. He promised he would transfer the [home's title over] to their name after one year, and he failed to do so as promised, and continues not to do so.” …

Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child and Diana Ross are headlining the World Music Awards, which will also include performances by Bon Jovi and Santana. The show, which will be televised in 160 countries, will take place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on August 31 and will be broadcast Stateside September 13 on ABC at 9 p.m. ET. … Game, Busta Rhymes, Twista and Trick Daddy are among the guests slated for Crazee and Confuzed, the debut album from Miami rapper Stacks, due in early 2006. Diddy is featured on the just-released first single, “MIA,” a tribute to Miami, while Pharrell Williams, Scott Storch, Timbaland and Jazze Pha are among the album’s producers. Director Gil Green (Lil Jon) just shot the video for “MIA.” …

On September 13, the nine-year anniversary of Tupac Shakur‘s death, a seven-foot bronze memorial statue of the rapper will be unveiled at the newly opened Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s mother, will speak at the ceremony. A week later, the second album based on Tupac’s poetry, The Rose, Vol. 2., will hit stores. Unlike the first, which featured readings of his poems, this compilation will see rappers like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, the Outlawz and Digital Underground‘s Shock-G reworking the poetry into songs. … Meanwhile, some rare Tupac concert footage is about to be released as well. The never-before-seen, uncensored “Tupac Shakur: Live at the House of Blues,” shot in Los Angeles on July 4, 1996, is now due in early October, and will be released as both a DVD and UMD, which will play on the Sony PlayStation Portable game device. The performance includes guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, the Outlawz, Nate Dogg, Jodeci, Kurupt and Daz. …

Teens who watch R-rated movies are likelier to smoke, drink and use drugs, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, which released the findings of a survey on the subject on Thursday (August 18). Twelve- to 17-year-olds who watch three or more R-rated movies per month are at more than four times the risk of substance abuse than those who do not watch R-rated movies. They’re also nearly seven times likelier to smoke cigarettes, more than five times likelier to drink alcohol, and more than six times likelier to try marijuana. The phone survey, conducted from April through June, included 1,000 teens and 829 parents. … Liz Phair, who is releasing her new album, Somebody’s Miracle, on October 4, is planning a road trip to support it. She’ll kick off the 23-date tour in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on October 6, and close it out in San Diego on November 16. Later this month, Phair is shooting the video for the first single, “Everything to Me,” with director Phil Harder. …

Bon Jovi are planning a world tour in November to support their ninth studio album, Have a Nice Day, due September 20. But before they hit the road, they’re going to perform at the new Nokia Theater in New York’s Times Square — they will be the very first act to do so — on September 19. The opening of the club will be a multimedia event, since Bon Jovi’s performance will be broadcast live and on demand via AOL, aired live on XM Satellite Radio and simulcast to select movie theaters nationwide. Advance movie tickets are available online at BigScreenConcerts.com. … Rock-radio faves Trapt are preparing to hit the road in support of their upcoming album, Someone in Control, due September 13. The 30-date tour kicks off September 22 in Chico, California, with fellow dude-rockers Blindside and Aphasia tagging along as openers. …

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Don’t expect Hilary Duff to play light teen roles forever — as her 18th birthday approaches, the singer hopes to dig in to meatier roles that would let her stretch her acting muscles. She says she’s been holding onto a script for the past year that she’d love to see made into a movie, “but who knows if it’s ever going to happen.” The character she would play is “so cool and weird and messed up. It’s not like she’s a druggie, she’s just different, she’s just in her head, she’s crazy,” Duff said. “I think it would be good for girls to see that.” She thinks the project will have to wait at least another year because it’s not what people expect of her, and she thinks she needs to “ease into” roles like that. “This is a business, and you have to give people what they want to see,” she said. “It’s the smartest thing.” …

Beck, Weezer and Oasis will headline Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM’s fifth annual Inland Invasion. Garbage, Jet, Bloc Party, the Arcade Fire, the Bravery, Cake, 311, Live and Madness will also perform at the event, scheduled for September 17 at the Hyundai Pavilion in Devore, California. … Blingtones is launching a phone-only golf game featuring an animated Lil Jon aiming for a hole in one and sporting his best golf threads. The “Crunk Golf” game will take place in urban settings in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Jon’s hometown of Atlanta. Four unique courses will be designed for each city: New York’s course, for instance, will feature the King of Crunk teeing off a building rooftop, while in Miami he plays golf in the middle of the beach while bikini-clad women tan around him. …

Michael Jackson was fined $10,000 on Wednesday (August 17) by a U.S. District Court judge in New Orleans for failing to have a lawyer present at a July hearing on sexual assault charges, The Associated Press reports. The civil case was brought by a man who claims to have unlocked repressed memories of Jackson molesting him during the 1984 World’s Fair. Jackson has denied the charges, and his attorneys claim that the summons regarding the court date was lost in the shuffle because it arrived on June 13, the same day Jackson’s child-molestation trial in California ended in an acquittal. …

The previously postponed August 7 Ozzfest date, which was rescheduled to take place September 10 at Float-Rite Park in Somerset, Wisconsin, was canceled Tuesday night, according to the venue. The show was set for a do-over next month because of Ozzy Osbourne‘s continuing throat problems, but the concert’s organizers ended up scrapping the date entirely because too many of the acts on the bill would have been unable to perform due to scheduling conflicts. Refunds are available at point of purchase. … Less than a week after revealing that, after 10 years of headlining the Ozzfest, he’d be taking a break from next year’s incarnation, Ozzy’s looking for a guitarist to work with him on his next studio effort. A posting on the Ozzman’s Web site is calling for “all interested parties” to send demos “showcasing their guitar skills” to a Beverly Hills, California, post-office box, but a spokesperson for Osbourne wouldn’t reveal whether Ozzy’s in need of a lead or rhythm guitarist. The search raises questions about the state of Osbourne’s relationship with longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde, but according to Wylde’s management, “Zakk will play with Ozzy until they are both in the grave.” …

Queens of the Stone Age really want to take their riotous rock show to the United Kingdom — honest. It’s just that every time they announce a U.K. show, something goes terribly wrong. Like back in February, when frontman Josh Homme came down with a severe case of bronchitis, ending the band’s U.K. tour. Or just last month, when a sold-out London gig had to be canceled when terrorist attacks shut down the city. And now, as the Queens prepare to play a rescheduled gig at London’s Brixton Academy — and film it for an upcoming DVD — comes news that Homme had to have knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. According to a spokesperson at QOTSA’s label, Interscope, the Brixton show will go on according to plan, however. Let’s hope so. … Le Tigre‘s album This Island spawned so many remixes of “Nanny Nanny Boo Boo” and “After Dark” — from the likes of Peaches, Junior Senior, A Touch of Class and more — that the trio are going to compile the best makeovers. This Island Remixes is due out on Chicks on Speed Records in October. Meanwhile, Le Tigre are working with Missy Elliott on a remix of “Punker Plus” — the rapper’s favorite on the band’s album — and hope to release that separately. …

Slipknot will launch their Subliminal Verses tour in Cincinnati on October 14, with As I Lay Dying and Unearth in support roles. The 23-date trek includes a Halloween date in New York. … That’s not Slipknot in Burger King’s music-video-style commercial for chicken fries — that mask-wearing metal group is called Coq Roq. The confusion between the two, however, is about to be sorted out in court, as Burger King filed a lawsuit on Friday against Slipknot in Miami federal court, seeking a judgment that their use of the mock metal band “does not violate any rights, including rights of publicity or trademark rights” of Slipknot. A spokesperson for the band had no comment, and a rep for Burger King could not be reached by press time. …

John Loder, whose London-based Southern Studios housed a recording studio and a record-distribution center for dozens of independent labels and artists, died Saturday of a brain tumor. Loder had been a vital proponent of independent music in the U.K. for more than 20 years, both behind the desk and in the studio, producing sessions for PJ Harvey, Fugazi, Ministry, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Bauhaus and many others. He was 59. …