For The Record: Quick News On Kevin Federline, Carrie Underwood, Ben Harper And Laura Dern & More

Federline launches Web site; Underwood named Oklahoman of the Year; Harper and Dern get hitched.

Britney Spears‘ husband, Kevin Federline, has created his own Web site, Kevinfederline.com, complete with a defensive animated intro chock full of sexual innuendo, two snippets of music and a message to his fans (“I don’t think we’ve ever been formally introduced. My name is Kevin Federline. I’m 6 feet tall, have brown hair and brown eyes. I enjoy horseback riding, long walks on the beach and the wind whipping through my hair. Ha ha ha.”) Federline promises his site will let people know who he really is when it fully launches in 2006. …

“American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood‘s has been named Oklahoman of the Year. The Checotah native was given the title in the latest issue of Oklahoma Today magazine, which cited her for embodying all the qualities that make the state great. … Actress Laura Dern and longtime boyfriend Ben Harper (of Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, not Yellowcard) made it official on Friday during a sunset wedding ceremony in Los Angeles, according to Us Weekly. The pair — who have two children together — got married in front of more than 150 friends and family members at a mansion formerly owned by actor Gregory Peck. …

New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is after the music industry again. Spitzer, who has recently won multimillion-dollar judgments against two major labels for alleged payola practices, has issued subpoenas to all four majors in an investigation over the pricing of digital downloads. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Warner Music Group has verified that it received a subpoena as part of the industry-wide probe over whether the companies conspired to fix wholesale prices for downloadable music. Sony BMG also admitted to receiving a subpoena and sources at EMI Group and Universal Music said they either had or would soon be served as well. …

The Secret Machines have announced the full track list and release date for their upcoming album Ten Silver Drops. The follow-up to their 2004 break-out album, Now Here Is Nowhere, features eight tracks (titles include “Lightning Blue Eyes,” “I Hate Pretending” and “1,000 Seconds”) and will hit stores on April 18, according to the Machines’ label, Reprise Records. … Tegan and Sara will release their first DVD, “It’s Not Fun. Don’t Do It!,” on February 21. The disc will include a recent concert shot at the Phoenix in Toronto, a documentary about the making of So Jealous, and tour footage shot by the sisters. …

Vietnamese police have announced that they will formally charge British rocker Gary Glitter with child molestation later this week, but drop an additional charge of child rape, according to a Reuters report. With medical tests inconclusive, officials were forced to drop the more serious allegation, which could have carried the death penalty. Glitter (real name Paul Gadd), 61, has been in detention since November 19, when authorities arrested him as he was trying to leave the country. He had denied the abuse allegations and said he was helping the girls — some as young as 12 — learn English. … David Bowie completists, take note: On February 13, the singer will release the digital EP Serious Moonlight Live, which features four live tracks — including “Space Oddity” and “Young Americans” — taken from his 1983 Serious Moonlight World Tour. One month later, he’ll reissue the “Serious Moonlight” concert film as a deluxe-edition DVD. Extras include an extended version of “Ricochet,” which captures behind-the-scenes moments from tour stops in Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok, Thailand. …

12.23.2005

Mariah Carey is zeroing in on the Beatles‘ record of 20 #1 hits thanks to her latest chart-topper, “Don’t Forget About Us.” The singer’s 17th #1 song hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on Thursday, putting Carey in a tie with Elvis Presley at #2 on the all-time list. (Click here for photos from a surprise party held in Aspen, Colorado, to celebrate Mariah’s 17th #1.) …

A judge threatened Foxy Brown with jail time and forced her to apologize after she stuck out her tongue in a New York court on Friday (December 23), according to The Associated Press. Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson asked Brown to stop chewing gum, at which point Brown — who said she did not have gum in her mouth — opened her mouth and wagged her tongue, according to the AP. Brown was then handcuffed and a shouting match ensued between her and a female court officer. Brown later apologized after the judge threatened her with 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine; she was in court because of assault charges stemming from a nail-salon fight in Chelsea …

A 100-year-old historic home in Olympia, Washington, owned by Courtney Love has been put up for public auction to pay off debts in a foreclosure case. According to The Associated Press, the house on 13 acres was bought by Love eight years ago and was most recently occupied by the sister of her late husband, Kurt Cobain. Love owes about $367,000 on the home, including the loan balance and legal fees. According to documents filed in a lawsuit over the
property, Love stopped making mortgage payments on the property in December 2003. Love can hold onto the house if she pays off the debts before the public auction on January 6. …

Howie Day was arrested for rowdy behavior on Wednesday at Logan International Airport in Boston after allegedly mixing alcohol with a sleeping pill on a flight, according to The Associated Press. The singer/songwriter was charged with interfering with the flight crew but pleaded innocent when he was arraigned in a Boston court on Friday. Day was released on personal recognizance and is due back in court March 16. … Franz Ferdinand guitarist Nick McCarthy‘s got himself a side project — with his wife of five months, Manuela. Called Box Codax, the electro synth-pop duo plan to release their first single, “Naked Smile,” next month in the U.K. through Thin Man Records. The disc will also feature the track “Red Wine in Tunis.” Both cuts have been made available for download on iTunes. …

The fifth Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is scheduled for June 16-18 on the same 700-acre site in Manchester, Tennessee, which last year drew tens of thousands for sets by Dave Matthews, the Mars Volta, Jurassic 5 and Modest Mouse. Though organizers have not announced a lineup yet, they said they are reducing the capacity of the event by 10,000 in order to make it more manageable. … Relient K will celebrate guitarist Matt Hoopes‘ birthday on February 15 with the launch of a 24-date tour that kicks off in Kansas City, Missouri. Called the Matt Hoopes Birthday Tour, the trek will run through April 1 in Columbus, Ohio. …

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy has announced plans for a solo tour in 2006. The trek kicks off January 31 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and runs until February 12 in Los Angeles. Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche will support Tweedy on most of the dates. … The New York Dolls are returning to the studio on January 15 for the first time since 1974. Jack Douglas, the veteran producer who worked on the Dolls’ self-titled debut in 1973, is returning behind the board. …

Enigmatic guitarist Buckethead will be working his way down the West Coast this February as part of a nine-gig trek that kicks off February 17 in Seattle. The guitarist — who was briefly a member of Axl Rose‘s retooled Guns N’ Roses — will wrap up the tour on March 1 in Flagstaff, Arizona. … Boston punks the Dropkick Murphys will mount an 18-date tour on March 1 in New York. The trek will also feature Sick of It All, Horrorpops and the Tossers. The run will wind down in Beantown with five shows at the Avalon March 16-March 19. …