For The Record: Quick News On Lil' Kim, Britney And Christina, Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West, Madonna & More

Lil' Kim heads to jail; Christina talks Britney; Madonna album cover revealed.

On Monday morning (September 19), rapper Lil' Kim was assigned to a federal detention center just outside Philadelphia, where she began serving a 366-day sentence stemming from her conviction in March on three counts of perjury and conspiring to lie to a grand jury. "Today begins a new saga in my life which I expect to strengthen me and allow me time for reflection," she said in a statement. "I am blessed to have so many great things in my life — family, friends and God. All will be in my thoughts daily. I plan to write music while in prison, read and pray regularly and will come out a stronger, more confident woman." The statement goes on to mention how her fourth album, The Naked Truth, hits stores on September 27, and ends with Kim thanking her fans for "their thoughts and prayers." ...

Louisiana native Britney Spears is awarding two grants from her foundation to assist in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. One grant will go to Habitat for Humanity to support Operation Home Delivery, a long-term rebuilding plan for families along the Gulf Coast affected by the disaster, and the other donation will be handed over to the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, for school supplies, transportation and other materials that can be used to help ease the financial burdens of their schools, which are taking in up to 7,000 displaced New Orleans students. ... So what does Britney's old fellow Mouseketeer Christina Aguilera have to say about the Federlines' new bundle of joy? "My assistant came in the room when it happened and she's like, 'Britney had a boy!' and I was like, 'Oh my gosh!' I don't know where I was for a while when she was pregnant but it really kicked in at that point," Aguilera told MTV News at the Us Weekly Young Hollywood Hot 20 event on Friday. "It's like, wow, she had a baby! That's crazy! I'm overjoyed and thrilled for her." Aguilera said she has already sent Spears a baby gift and a card. "It's such an exciting time in her life and I just wish her the best," she added. ...

(Click for photos of Us Weekly's "Young Hollywood Hot 20" event.)

Nine Inch Nails' set Friday night at San Diego's Cox Arena was cut short when drummer Jerome Dillon fell ill. The band also canceled its concert in Tucson, Arizona, Saturday night because of the "unexpected health problems," according to the Nine Inch Nails Web site. "Jerome is much better now and Monday's show in Phoenix will go on as scheduled." There was no further information on what, precisely, Dillon's health concerns were, or if the scrapped date would be rescheduled. Ticket holders can seek refunds at point of purchase. ... A fiery-red-headed Madonna, sporting a hot pink ensemble complete with body-skimming dance shorts and high heels, strikes a pose on the cover of her new album, Confessions on a Dancefloor, out November 15. The Material Girl collaborated with renowned fashion photographer Steven Klein and graphic designer Giovanni Bianco to create the album artwork, which the singer unveiled exclusively to her fans on her Web site on Saturday. ...

Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Patti Smith and Damian Marley have joined the ever-growing list of supporting acts for U2's North American tour this fall, joining previously slotted performers Dashboard Confessional and Keane, according to U2's spokesperson. Marley will open for the band October 16-November 9; Smith will warm up crowds on the November 21-22 gigs; Arcade Fire are slated for three Canadian dates, November 25, 26 and 28; and West will wrap up the trek, opening from December 14 to the final gig on the 19th in Portland, Oregon. ... T.I., Jill Scott and Pretty Ricky will be among the guest servers at a New York luncheon to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims on Saturday. The International Association of African-American Music Foundation is hosting the event, at Negril Village. ...

Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society will perform a benefit gig on October 11 at City Hall in Nashville. All of the show's profits will go to the American Red Cross and its efforts to assist those displaced by Hurricane Katrina. "The bottom line is this — we have a lot of Black Label brothers and sisters in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama," Wylde said. "We know we have to do the right thing to help out the thousands of volunteers, National Guard, Armed Forces and the local police. It's the least we can do to help out. When family is down, you pick them up. Now it's time to kick some ass." ... Canadian punk band SNFU have called it quits, according to their Web site. "It's my feeling that SNFU has done everything that we had set out to do," wrote guitarist Marc Belke, who intends to return to school. "Thanks again to everyone who has come to see us play, bought our CDs and wrote in to our Web site." ...

The body of Twisted Method guitarist Andy Howard was found Friday in the bedroom of his Cape Coral, Florida, home. Charlie Pennachio, Twisted Method's manager, confirmed Howard's death on Monday morning; the results of an autopsy are expected shortly. "We're not sure if it was drug-related or not," Pennachio said. "He had heart and lung problems. This just flat-out sucks." Twisted Method, who spent the summer of 2003 as part of the Ozzfest trek, went on an indefinite hiatus in late July; Howard left the group in May because he wanted to devote more time to his newborn twin daughters, the manager said. Two members of the group, vocalist Derek Tibbett and bassist Derek DeSantis, launched a new outfit, Makeshift Romeo. Howard's funeral will be held on Tuesday. He was 23. ... Bassist Didz Hammond has decided to leave the Cooper Temple Clause. "Situations are not as they were five years ago, and neither should they be," he said in a statement posted to the band's Web site. "Life is about movement and change. I've been to hell and back making this decision, but my mind is set and so I go. But if I thought that my leaving would kill the Coopers, then I would never have considered leaving at all." Before he officially takes leave of the band, though, he'll stay on to help the Coopers finish their as-yet-untitled follow-up to last year's Kick Up the Fire and Let the Flames Break Loose. ...

Remember "Seether"? The band behind the ubiquitous alt-rock single from 1994 is back: Veruca Salt are re-forming and planning a tour of the U.S. in October, according to their Web site. The group, whose last album was 2000's Resolver, hasn't announced if it's got any new music in the works, though. Veruca Salt are also now apparently a three-piece, with frontwoman Louise Post the only original member still in the band. ...

9.16.2005

It looks like we haven't seen the last of Destiny's Child. Just one day after they performed their last concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, the ladies shot what could be their final music video together, for "Stand Up for Love." It was directed by Matthew Rolston, and their label rep says it will deal with an as-yet-unspecified "recent world crisis." ...

Dave Chappelle is getting a distributor for his "Block Party." Rogue Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the feature, which was directed by Michel Gondry and includes performances by Kanye West, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Dead Prez and the Fugees, among others, from a party in Brooklyn, New York, last year. ... Ricky Martin's doing a collection drive — via his own charitable foundation, Banco Popular and the Salvation Army — to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. On Thursday and Friday of this week, Banco Popular branches became collection centers for diapers, clothes and educational toys, to be distributed by the Salvation Army to relief centers in Texas and other areas affected by the hurricane. Martin went to Houston last week to visit the Astrodome, the Reliant Center, the Daycare Center, and the Texas Children's Hospital, which made him want to do more. "Being in Houston allowed us to join in solidarity with the youngest survivors," he said in a statement. "I talked to them, listened to their stories and understood their fears." Martin's also launching the Life for the Katrina Children Relief Fund, with some seed money from Banco Popular, to help organizations give aid to children who survive emergency situations. ...

Audio versions of 23 performances from last Saturday's "ReAct Now: Music & Relief" benefit on MTV, VH1 and CMT (among other channels), plus three of the bonus performances featured on MTV Overdrive (Beck's "Side of the Road," Rob Thomas' "Ever the Same" and Trent Reznor's "Non-Entity"), are available to download, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. Other songs include Thomas' cover of "Time After Time," Goo Goo Dolls' cover of "Give a Little Bit," David Banner's acoustic version of "Cadillacs on 22s," Mötley Crüe and Chester Bennington's collaboration on "Home Sweet Home," and Melissa Etheridge's "Four Days," which she wrote about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Sites offering the music: Cdigix.com, Connect.com, FYE.com, Music.MSN.com, Real.com/katrina, Rhapsody.com and VirginDigital.com. ... Next month Saddle Creek will release Lagniappe, a compilation album featuring the label's roster regulars. The 13-track LP will include Cursive's "Booketa," Bright Eyes' "Napoleon's Hat" and the Faint's "Hypnotised." Proceeds from the album, which will also be available through iTunes, will be donated to the Red Cross in support of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. ...

Audioslave are releasing a live album and DVD of their historic performance at Havana's Anti-Imperialist Plaza in May. "Live in Cuba" will feature 18 tracks, including Audioslave's biggest hits as well as Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," "Outshined" and "Spoonman" and Rage Against the Machine's "Bulls on Parade." A 30-minute documentary, an additional TV special on the event and a bonus CD from the band's recent AOL Sessions performance will also be included in the set, due October 11. ... This could be the year for Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Sex Pistols and others who have been on the ballot to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame several times over. Artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first album, so this year's nominating committee looked to 1980 for new nominees and found ... no one. That means the chances are greater for Ozzy and several others, including Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, who last year were the first rap act to get nominated; Miles Davis; John Mellencamp; and Blondie. ...

Madonna has picked a director to helm her first video for her forthcoming all-dance album, Confessions on a Dance Floor. David LaChapelle (Gwen Stefani's "Rich Girl," Britney Spears' "Everytime") will shoot the clip for "Hung Up," due out on radio in mid-October. ... David Bowie joined the Arcade Fire onstage during the Montreal orchestral-rockers' sold-out gig at New York's Central Park Summerstage on Thursday night. Decked out in a white suit and wide-brimmed hat, Bowie first led the band in a rendition of his 1971 tune "Queen Bitch," then switched to an acoustic guitar and sang backup on the Arcade Fire's "Wake Up" before departing to a massive round of applause. ...

First, "Image of the Invisible," the lead-off single from Thrice's forthcoming disc Vheissu, was uploaded to the band's Web site, giving fans a glimpse into what the LP's going to sound like when it hits stores on October 18. Now another of the album's tracks, "The Earth Will Shake," has made its way onto Thrice's Internet home. There's also a three-minute sampler track, containing snippets from a number of tunes, including "Atlantic" and "Hold Fast Hope." ... The Darkness will return on November 19 with One Way Ticket to Hell ... And Back. The album's first single, "One Way Ticket," is set to debut on rock radio sometime next month. ...