For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Ludacris, Jamie Foxx, Fantasia & More

Britney's camp livid over stolen baby photos; Justin defends his ex.

Good luck finding any more leaked images of Britney Spears and her baby — the fan site that originally published them on Friday has since taken them down, as Spears' reps are livid. They issued a statement saying that the images were stolen and that anyone who publishes, sells or "otherwise exploits" the images would be subject to legal ramifications for infringement of copyright, invasion of privacy and unauthorized commercial use of the name and images of the Federline family. Meanwhile, the webmaster for TangibleBrit.com has taken the photos down and replaced the images with a big "Sorry." ...

Spears' ex Justin Timberlake tells "Access Hollywood" in an interview airing Monday (October 24) that the photo theft is "a little crazy." "When a person like her, who's obviously a sweet person, is having their first child, it's like, 'Leave the girl alone, let her have the baby!' " Timberlake said this just proves the hunt for celebrity photos is out of control. "I do think that's crossing the line. That's her baby and those are her baby pictures," he told the show. ... What better way to test out a new album of dance music than to spin it at one of New York's hottest clubs? That's exactly what Madonna did Saturday when she surprised throngs of clubgoers at the Roxy and hotspot Luke and Leroy with a preview of tracks from her forthcoming Confessions on a Dance Floor, due November 15. Madge, whose entourage for the evening included Lenny Kravitz, told the roaring crowd at Luke and Leroy, "You all have to relax and have fun and we're going to play you some really good songs!" and proceeded to get behind the turntables, along with her music producer Stuart Price and remixer DJ Junior Sanchez, for a 30-minute set. At the Roxy, she spun alongside Peter Rauhofer, telling the crowd, "I don't know if you know this, but I have a very long history with the Roxy. My whole career started with 12-inches, OK? Some girls have all the luck." ...

Ludacris has set a December 13 release date for Ludacris Presents ... Disturbing Tha Peace, the second compilation showcasing the artists on his record label and first in four years. Field Mob and Jamie Foxx are featured on the first single, "Georgia," and Luda just shot a video that will be the focus of "Ludacris and Field Mob Make a Video," airing Friday on MTV2. Trick Daddy, Ghostface, Redman, Bobby Valentino and Shawnna are among the other guests on the album. ... In other Foxx news, the actor/singer has been telling reporters he's pushing for Fantasia to be cast in the vacant role of Effie in the upcoming movie adaptation of the Broadway musical "Dreamgirls," so far starring Foxx, Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy and Tony winner Anika Noni Rose. Fantasia's spokesperson confirmed that the third season "American Idol" winner auditioned and "was incredible," but the casting has yet to be announced. ...

On November 8, Usher will release "Behind the Truth," a three-disc box set that captures an entire concert from his hometown of Atlanta, plus packs on the extras, including backstage footage and multiple camera takes of his "Caught Up" music video. And just like U2 and the Rolling Stones before him, Mr. Entertainment is releasing the DVD exclusively through the Best Buy chain. Competition, who needs it? ... Glassjaw have released a three-song EP called El Mark, which is available only through iTunes. Along with the title track, the EP features the new songs "The Number No Good Things Can Come Of" and "Oxycodone." ...

Pink, actress Gina Gershon, Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland and former Warrant singer Jani Lane helped kick out the jams with Dave Navarro's cover band, Camp Freddy, during a gig at the Empire Ballroom in Las Vegas on Saturday. Gershon joined the band for covers of the Pretenders' "Brass in Pocket" and David Bowie's "Queen Bitch" while Pink grabbed the mic for Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." Lane handled Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever" and Alice in Chains' "Man in the Box," and Weiland crooned during covers of his old band Stone Temple Pilots' "Crackerman" and the Doors' "Roadhouse Blues." ... Linkin Park's Chester Bennington has a cover band of his own: Bucket of Weenies. The group, which also features Orgy's Ryan Shuck, Bleeders' Mike Rouse, TSOL's Mike "Cheez" Brown and Grey Daze's Sean Dowdell, will make its live Los Angeles debut Tuesday night (October 25) at the Hollywood Avalon. Look for the band to put its own spin on the Cure's "Boys Don't Cry," Hanoi Rocks' "Beer and a Cigarette" and Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game." ...

Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell was joined onstage by former Damageplan frontman Patrick Lachman and drummer Bevan Davies — who mans the kit in Lachman's new band, the Mercy Clinic — for three songs at the Tavern on Gray in Houston Saturday night. ... Scott Weiland, Shaggy and Ani DiFranco are gathering for the live concert series Decades Rock Live to honor Cyndi Lauper for her influence on popular music. Also joining Lauper for the November 11 show at Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal are Train's Pat Monahan and Lauper's longtime collaborators the Hooters. The series will debut on VH1 Classic on November 18 with a tribute to Bonnie Raitt, featuring Norah Jones, Ben Harper, Keb' Mo' and Alison Krauss. Lauper's episode does not yet have an air date. ... Neil Diamond's collaboration with producer Rick Rubin, 12 Songs, will hit stores November 8. "It turned out that we served the same mistress, music, and that was to become our first real connection," Diamond wrote of Rubin in his liner notes. ...

10.21.2005

The pictures everyone's been waiting for — of Britney Spears and her baby — were originally believed to be sold to the highest bidder to be published in a weekly magazine, but they're now scattered on various fan sites devoted to the singer. Six thumbnail shots of Spears posing with husband Kevin Federline and baby Sean Preston can be seen at sites such as Tangiblebrit.com, and appear to have been taken from a photo shoot with Mark Liddell originally meant for People. The magazine, however, says it never had any pictures of Britney and her baby, and never purchased any pictures of Britney and her baby, despite reports to the contrary that Spears had posed for the shots but changed her mind about releasing them afterward. ...

Katie Holmes is putting together a baby room and learning how to knit in preparation for the arrival of her little Cruiser, she told "Access Hollywood" on Thursday. The actress said that the pregnancy is "a dream come true." "I feel great, I've never been so happy," she said. "I'm beaming." As is her fiance, Tom Cruise, she said. "He is just so thrilled." But all the baby news has delayed the couple's plans to get married. "We don't have a date just yet," she told the entertainment news show. "There is so much excitement going on." ... Omarion is returning to the small screen for sweeps week, reprising his role as an apprentice in a hair salon on the UPN show "Cuts." His episodes air November 3 and November 10 at 9:30 p.m. ...

The same year Houston hip-hop made its mark nationally, the city's baseball team finds itself in its first-ever World Series. Now one of those rap stars has recorded a song supporting the local nine. Paul Wall has re-recorded a two-and-a-half-minute World Series version of his single "They Don't Know" that shouts out the Houston Astros and Minute Maid Park. Three weeks ago, Wall's ex-partner, Chamillionaire, recorded an Astros version of his debut single, "Turn It Up," when the baseball playoffs started. ... U2, the Foo Fighters, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock and Norah Jones are among the performers coming together for a tribute to Johnny Cash. The show, called "I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash," will also feature Shooter Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam and Jerry Lee Lewis singing Cash songs in between video clips of his career and life and footage from the upcoming Cash biopic, "Walk the Line," due in theaters November 18. The movie's stars, Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, who play Johnny and June Carter Cash, will also be on hand to introduce acts. The special will be taped at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood and broadcast on November 16 at 8 p.m. on CBS. ...

On Thursday, director George Lucas made a $1 million donation to the MLK National Memorial Project Foundation in Washington, D.C. The foundation has raised $40 million of the $100 million needed to build a monument to slain civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. "Martin Luther King Jr. has inspired millions of people, and this memorial will ensure that his message endures for generations to come," Lucas said in a statement. Lucas will also be co-hosting the Bay Area "Dream Dinner" in San Francisco on November 19 in an effort to generate more awareness and money for the project. ... Joss Stone has joined up with North Shore Animal League America to help rescue and adopt pets left homeless by the recent spate of hurricanes. She's recorded a PSA urging public support for the campaign, which will be broadcast on more than 100 radio stations in the New York area. "It is so frustrating and heartbreaking that the animals seem to be the ignored victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita," Stone said. "We need people to lend a hand and help these pets find loving, caring new homes." The League is also trying to reunite animals with their families by posting pictures of the pets on its Web site, searching missing pet databases, lining up foster care for unclaimed animals, and paying the cost of travel for pet owners to the New York City area for reunions. ...

When it comes to fans, there's no denying Kiss have some of the most dedicated. Some months back, members of the always-menacing Kiss Army issued a warning to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: "Induct the hottest band in the world, or we will surround you." When Kiss were left off last month's list of noms, the Army took notice, and is now planning to make good on its threat by staging a protest rally around the Hall. A New York-based documentary filmmaker plans to capture the entire rally, set for August 5, 2006, on film for a future project on the Hall's snubbing of Kiss. ... On November 22, Death From Above 1979 plan to release the remix album Romance Bloody Romance, featuring songs from their debut, You're a Woman, I'm a Machine, reworked by Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and producer Paul Epworth (Bloc Party). DFA do some of the remixes themselves and have included new songs, including "You're Lovely (But You've Got Problems)," and covers, including La Peste's "Better Off Dead," among the 13 tracks. The band is currently on the road supporting Nine Inch Nails, sprinkling in a few headlining dates in between gigs. ...

Bowling for Soup are rounding up all the songs they've done for movie soundtracks over the years and calling it Bowling for Soup Goes to the Movies. The collection, due November 15, will include songs from the soundtracks to "Scooby-Doo 2" and "Freaky Friday," the themes to "Jimmy Neutron" and "Gilligan's Island," and a never-before-released cover of Matthew Sweet's "Sick of Myself." ...