For The Record: Quick News On Diddy, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, B.G., Korn, Mandy Moore & More

Diddy lawsuit thrown out; Snoop, 3 Doors Down for Bud Bowl; Jackson hit with another civil suit.

A lawsuit filed against Sean “Diddy” Combs by Kirk Burrowes, who served as the president of Bad Boy Entertainment for three years, was dismissed Wednesday by a New York appeals court. Judges unanimously ruled that the allegations outlined in the suit were too old for the case to move forward, according to Combs’ attorney, Benjamin Brafman. “The bottom line is, the courts concluded — both in the federal court and the state court — that this is a baseless lawsuit and it should have no right to continue,” he said. Burrowes had accused Diddy of threatening him with a baseball bat and intimidating him into relinquishing his stake in Bad Boy. …

Michael Jackson was due in court Monday for a civil case in Santa Monica, California, where he’s being sued for non-payment, but the singer got the date postponed until February 15 because he had new counsel in the case. Meanwhile, Jackson is facing yet another child-molestation civil suit, this one from a man who claims the singer “repeatedly and forcefully” molested him starting when he was 2 years old, in 1987, and ending in 1999, when he was 14. The suit also claims Jackson gave the boy drugs, forced him to undergo cosmetic surgery, and stole his song lyrics. The case is due to be heard in Orange County, California, on February 14. … Snoop Dogg and 3 Doors Down will headline Bud Bowl 2006 — two pre-Super Bowl concerts that will take place in Detroit on February 3 and 4, respectively. Both events will be staged in Club 1620 at Tiger Stadium. Fans must secure invites to the events through Budweiser promotions in area bars, clubs and restaurants and through radio-station giveaways. …

Rapper B.G. has recruited longtime friend and former Cash Money associate Mannie Fresh to star with him in his video for “Move Around,” the first single from his forthcoming album The Heart of Tha Streetz: Vol. 2 (I Am What I Am), out March 21. The clip, shot in both New Orleans and Atlanta with director Gil Green, marks the first time the duo have worked together since both parted ways with Cash Money (B.G. jumped ship in 2001, while Fresh announced in August he’d be leaving the label). “[Mannie and I] recorded a bunch of tracks and ‘Move Around’ was the song we decided to let everyone know we’re collaborating again,” B.G. said in a statement. “I’ve worked with [him] since I was a kid and I plan to continue to record with him in the future.” Meanwhile, B.G.’s new disc will also feature tracks with Paul Wall, Young Buck and T.I.. … Korn have inked a deal with Live Nation, which gives the concert promoter a financial stake in the band’s overall career — including dough the band earns through publishing, merchandising, sponsorships and album sales. The deal’s similar to one the band signed back in September with EMI Records. The partnership gives the promoter a greater incentive “to work in unison [with Korn] to attain common goals consistent with the band’s goals,” according to Jeff Kwatinetz, who is the CEO for Korn’s management company, the Firm. “This deal allows them to focus not just on selling concert tickets, but on fully investing in the Korn brand.” …

Mandy Moore says that her breakup with tennis star Andy Roddick was one of the best things that could have happened to her — musically, at least. The singer/actress told Glamour magazine that the actual healing process “was the worst thing ever,” but it gave her “an amazing record of songs about love and relationships.” “I was just so depressed,” she told the mag. “I was in New York, shooting a movie alongside Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet. It should have been the most exciting time of my life. [But] nobody could take away that awful feeling in the pit of my stomach.” Afterwards, Moore realized that she had “all kinds of ideas” for her forthcoming, as-yet-untitled new album, which she says is worlds away from her past releases. “Ugh, those were awful, just awful!” she said. “If I had the money, I would give a refund to everyone who bought my first two albums. Whenever people ask, ‘Which of your albums should I listen to?’ I say, ‘Nothing but Coverage. Burn the rest!’ ” … Former “American Idol” contestant Julia DeMato, 26, appeared in Danbury Superior Court in Connecticut on Thursday morning (January 12) after pleading not guilty last month to drug-possession charges stemming from an arrest on December 4. A court spokesperson confirmed that DeMato was in court, but said that due to the nature of what happened at her appearance, information about her case is no longer in the public record. The spokesperson said he was not able to give any other information or explain why the case is now behind closed doors. …

Melissa Joan Hart is now a mom — she gave birth Wednesday to a baby boy, who weighed in at 9 pounds exactly. Hart and her husband, Mark Wilkerson, the frontman of Course of Nature, are naming their son Mason Walter. “He was a little stubborn, but all is well,” Hart told People magazine. “Everyone is well, and we are all relieved.” Mason is the couple’s first child. … Speaking of celebrity parents, while Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt wait to usher in a little tyke of their own, fans can celebrate the Brangelina pregnancy on their own, by sporting T-shirts à la the couple’s movie posters for “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” The shirts, available at Spreadshirt.com, carry the actors’ silhouettes and read “Mr. and Mrs. Parents, Coming Soon.” …

Material from the Misfits‘ recent gigs with Jerry Only, Dez Cadena and Robo is being culled for a live album that could be released later this year, according to the band’s Web site. The group also plans on hitting the studio soon to start work on “the hardest, most aggressive Misfits material to see the pressing plant since Earth A.D.” … My Chemical Romance, Slash and Korn all have their own action figures — so why not thrash metal’s answer to Spinal Tap, the nauseating and equally innovative band Gwar? Shocker Toys will produce 6- to 8-inch figures of Oderus Urungus, Flattus Maximus, Beefcake the Mighty, Jizmak Da Gusha and Balsac the Jaws of Death. The toys will hit store shelves this summer. …

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Eminem‘s ex-wife, Kim Mathers, has applied for a license to marry Marshall Bruce Mathers III — better known as Eminem. According to The Associated Press, the license will be available from the Macomb County, Michigan, clerk’s office Thursday. Em announced last month that he and his ex — who divorced in 2001 — would be walking down the aisle again, but there’s no word yet on just when the marriage will occur. …

Beyoncé may not be engaged to Jay-Z, but she’s already planning the wedding. The singer, who is Cosmopolitan‘s cover girl as well as the mag’s designated Fun Fearless Female of the Year, has decided that her Destiny’s Child cohorts Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams will be her bridesmaids. “Right now, the tabloids are saying I’m pregnant, and they’re naming the baby,” Beyoncé told Cosmo. “It’s hilarious. I don’t know when I’ll want to get married. I never pictured myself as a bride, but after my sister’s wedding, I did start thinking about what kind of wedding I’d want. I don’t think I want a big one.” She says that if she does marry, though, she’s going to change her priorities. “My mother was such a great mother and is still such a big part of my life,” she said. “I want my kids to feel that way about me. I don’t want to be away a lot, so I’m sure I’ll slow down.” Still, she wants to wait before she has kids of her own, since babysitting her nephew right now is enough. “Motherhood is not as glamorous as it looks.” …

Jamie Foxx, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child and the Black Eyed Peas are among the artists nominated for this year’s NAACP Image Awards. In the music categories, Foxx will be battling West (who earned four nods, including Outstanding Song and Outstanding Album) and the legendary Stevie Wonder for Outstanding Male Artist; the Peas will duke it out with DC for Outstanding Duo or Group; Keys and Mimi, who also scored four nominations each, will try to best Mary J. Blige for Outstanding Female; and Chris Brown will vie for Outstanding New Artist, along with Keyshia Cole, Leela James, Bobby Valentino and Omarion. Carlos Santana will be inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame during the taping of the awards ceremony February 25 in Los Angeles. The show will air March 3 at 8 p.m. on FOX. … The Kaiser Chiefs and sensitive singer/songwriter James Blunt are the leading nominees for this year’s Brit Awards. Both garnered five nominations apiece for the U.K. music industry’s biggest annual awards show, slated to take place on February 15. Coldplay scooped up four nominations, while Franz Ferdinand, Madonna and the Arcade Fire each nabbed three. …

After wavering between “Stupid Girls” and “You and Your Hand,” Pink has chosen her first single from her upcoming album I’m Not Dead — it’ll be “Stupid Girls,” a satire of young Hollywood types. In the video for the song, Pink soaps up (and sexes up) a car à la Paris Hilton‘s Carl’s Jr. ad and Jessica Simpson‘s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ ” clip. “I live in L.A., so it’s obvious what I’m surrounded by,” Pink told MTV News. “There’s a certain thing the world is being fed, and my point is there should be a choice.” … Gwen Stefani‘s picked her next single as well — “Crash,” which she co-wrote with her No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal. “It sounds nothing like No Doubt,” Stefani said of the song when Love, Angel, Music, Baby was first coming out, “but everything like all the inspirations we had. We came from a whole other kind of school than Tom Dumont or Adrian Young. We were all ska junkies, but Tony, he was really into Prince, the Time, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, and he turned me on to all these other groups. So to be able to write that style of music, to have these old drum machines, to do it that way, was really exciting. It was the exact song I wanted to write.” …

Killa Season should have started next month, but Cam’ron has pushed back the release of his new album and movie until April, according to his rep. … The same goes for Busta Rhymes. The rapper announced on New York radio station Hot 97 Wednesday morning (January 11) that his new album, The Big Bang, is now coming out in April as well. …

Sony Music is launching a new label called Music With a Twist that will be focused on music made by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered artists. The label is a joint venture with Wilderness Media & Entertainment, founded by Matt Farber, creator of the gay and lesbian channel LOGO (which is owned by MTV’s parent company, Viacom). In addition to albums by well-known and up-and-coming artists, the company also plans to release a series of gay-friendly compilation albums, the first of which is due out in June, which is National Gay Pride Month. … Every episode of the upcoming CBS show “Love Monkey,” about a New York A&R rep, is going to feature cameos from musicians. The first episode, premiering Tuesday at 10 p.m., has up-and-coming singer/songwriter Teddy Geiger playing up-and-coming singer/songwriter Wayne, who is the subject of a bidding war. Geiger returns to appear alongside LeAnn Rimes and Ben Folds (who play themselves) in the next episode; and the week after that, Aimee Mann and She Wants Revenge will pop up. …

David Bowie, Cream, Merle Haggard, Robert Johnson and Richard Pryor, among others, will receive the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony the day before the Grammy Awards. Their contributions will be noted during the Grammys, which will be held February 8 in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m. … Death Cab for Cutie are teaming up with PETA 2 — the branch of the animal-rights organization that works with college students — for an exclusive giveaway. Five lucky winners will get a copy of the band’s on-the-road documentary “Drive Well, Sleep Carefully,” plus some Death Cab swag. For more information, check out Peta2.com. …

Christopher “Cool C” Roney, a former member of ’80s Philly rap crew the Hilltop Hustlers, is set to die by lethal injection on March 9. Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell signed the warrant on Tuesday for the 36-year-old rapper’s execution, according to a statement released by Rendell’s office. Roney was sentenced to death in 1997 for the murder of a police officer during a failed bank robbery he carried out along with two accomplices. His petition to reverse his sentence was denied by the Supreme Court in October …