For The Record: Quick News On Lil’ Kim, 50 Cent, Timbaland, Ryan Cabrera, Rivers Cuomo, 311, Hoobstank & More

Kim's 'Countdown' premiere draws nearly 2 million; 50, Timbaland play charity golf; Cabrera plans Wal-Mart gig.

Nearly 2 million viewers tuned in last week to catch the premiere episode of “Lil’ Kim: Countdown to Lockdown,” making it the most-watched series debut for BET. The six-episode show — which airs Thursday nights — captures Kim’s final two weeks of freedom before entering prison to serve 12 months behind bars for perjury. …

50 Cent, G-Unit, Mike Jones, Nick Cannon, RZA, Mobb Deep, Tony Yayo, DJ AM, Gabrielle Union, Jeremy Piven, Trina, Raekwon, Sleepy Brown and Timbaland are among the hip-hop elite slated to tee off for charity in a celebrity-golf tournament taking place in Arizona March 20-21. The event is part of the three-day Scion Release Invitational, a celebration to kick off the launch of Scion’s new Release sportswear collection. All of the proceeds from the game will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of America. … Wal-Mart’s about to open its 2,000th Supercenter, and it’ll celebrate the momentous occasion with a free concert featuring Ryan Cabrera. He’ll perform March 18 in the parking lot of said store — located in Beaumont, California. The show is open to the public and starts at 4 p.m. …

Rivers Cuomo is engaged to Kyoko Ito, whom he met when he performed solo at the Middle East club in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1997. The Weezer singer’s spokesperson told Boston magazine the two will wed in the summer after Cuomo graduates from Harvard. … A week after performing a five-hour, 66-song set in Memphis, Tennessee, for 311 Day (March 11), Nick Hexum is taking on another marathon. The 311 singer is running in the Los Angeles Marathon XXI on Sunday for his pro-environmental cause, Liberal Hexum. …

Journalist, author, poet and activist Kevin Powell — whom you’ll remember from the first season of MTV’s “The Real World” — is running for higher office. Powell’s seeking a seat in Brooklyn, New York’s 10th Congressional District. Powell, who’s running on a platform that includes education reform, better access to health care, economic development, financial literacy and “job training instead of jail sentencing in poorer neighborhoods,” said the events of 9/11, as well as the war in Iraq and the government’s shortsighted response to Hurricane Katrina, encouraged the move. “I want to use my voice, in Washington, D.C., on a national stage, in a way that affirms our humanity, not denies it,” he said. “It is time for new leadership, a new generation, to push us forward, and I want to be a part of that wave of fresh ideas, of new visions, for these times, for the 21st century.” For more on Powell’s campaign, check out KevinPowell2006.com. …

Hoobastank‘s forthcoming Every Man for Himself will now hit stores May 16. The disc was originally slated for release April 18. The band’s also booked a series of television appearances: “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (May 12), “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (May 16), “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (May 18) and “Last Call With Carson Daly” (May 25). … It’s going to be a busy May for Mogwai, who’ve just lined up 20 North American dates to chase the band’s appearance April 30 at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The first is set for May 2 in Salt Lake City, and dates run through May 27 in San Francisco. The Scottish indie-rockers’ most recent record, Mr. Beast, came out earlier this month.

03.14.2006

A dark-haired Lindsay Lohan graces the April cover of Cosmopolitan, and within its pages the singer/actress gets personal about family problems, body-image issues and guys. Lohan talks about her first onscreen love scene — with Elijah Wood in the upcoming “Bobby” — and says she hopes she’ll have time for a real boyfriend when she’s done shooting “Chapter 27″ in New York. (Successful candidates need to be confident, loyal and have a good sense of humor, “because I come with a lot of baggage.”) The 19-year-old, who says sleeping around doesn’t appeal to her, admits she’s harboring her fair share of crushes. And in a multiple-choice questionnaire, she skips over Orlando Bloom, Jude Law and Brad Pitt to write in votes for favorite heartthrobs Johnny Depp and scruffy indie-rocker Devendra Banhart. …

California authorities have granted Michael Jackson a 24-hour extension to settle an unpaid-wages dispute at his Neverland Valley Ranch. A spokesperson for the California Department of Industrial Relations said the singer’s representatives have been in touch with the office and they are “trying to get the money together” to pay the more than $500,000 in fines Jackson was ordered to shell out by Tuesday (March 14). Authorities shut down Neverland March 9, alleging that Jackson failed to pay his employees and maintain workers’-compensation insurance. Jackson owes $69,000 for allowing his insurance policy to lapse two months ago, as well as $306,000 in back wages and $100,000 in fines. If he does not pay up by the end of Wednesday, department spokesperson Renee Bacchini said her office will file a civil action in court seeking the funds and the singer could face contempt charges. A spokesperson for Jackson did not return calls for comment. …

Banking on the massive appeal of “American Idol,” the TV Guide Channel is launching a live pre-show called “Idol Tonight” that will take viewers behind the scenes of each week’s competition until this season’s winner is announced in May. The one-hour show premieres Tuesday at 7 p.m. and will be hosted by former-”Idol”-finalist-turned-entertainment-correspondent Kimberly Caldwell. … Yellowcard, Simple Plan and “X-Men” Iceman Shawn Ashmore are just some of the celebrity gamers who have customized Xbox 360 faceplates for charity. Starting Friday fans will be able to bid on the faceplates over at eBay.ca/XboxCelebrityFaces, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network of Canada. … Sorry ladies: Jack Black is reportedly off the market. The Tenacious D frontman and “Nacho Libre” actor eloped with his girlfriend, musician Tanya Haden, according to People magazine. The pair met at a private high school in Santa Monica, California, but only began dating recently. “They love each other very much. We’re thrilled,” the bride’s father, noted jazz saxophonist Charlie Haden, told the mag of his daughter’s recent nuptials. Black’s publicist would neither confirm nor deny the story. …

The Dave Matthews Band will perform two nights at Boston’s historic home of the Red Sox, Fenway Park, as part of their summer tour. Sheryl Crow will open up both gigs, scheduled for July 7 and 8. … On Tuesday morning Superior Court Judge Francis J. Darigan Jr. set a trial date for one of the two owners of the Station — the Warwick, Rhode Island, nightclub where 100 people died in a 2003 blaze during a Great White concert. According to The Associated Press, Michael Derderian‘s case will begin July 31 in Rhode Island’s Kent County. Derderian and his brother, Jeffrey, are facing 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter — two for each of the 100 lives lost in the fire, which was sparked when Great White’s pyrotechnics ignited flammable soundproofing foam inside the venue. Jeffrey Derderian will be tried following the conclusion of his brother’s trial. … British rockers Hard-Fi are crashing the U.S. in style. To celebrate the Stateside release of their debut album, Stars of CCTV, the band will play a free show at Tower Records in Sherman Oaks, California, Tuesday at 7 p.m. for fans who buy the LP that same day. The gig marks the beginning of the quartet’s North American headlining tour, which will include four more back-to-back in-store appearances in San Francisco, San Diego, Portland and Seattle. …

Seventeen years after their last tour, the members of pioneering new-wave band the Cars — well, a couple of them anyway — are gearing up for a major U.S. summer tour with fellow new wavers Blondie. The New Cars, featuring original members Elliot Easton (guitar) and Greg Hawkes (keyboards), will be joined on the Road Rage Tour 2006 by singer/guitarist Todd Rundgren and his old Utopia bandmate, bassist Kasim Sulton, as well as former Tubes drummer Prairie Prince. Each online ticket purchase for the tour will come with a free download of a disc with five songs each from the New Cars and Blondie. The tour kicks off May 12 at the Grand Casino Tunica Event Center in Robinsonville, Mississippi, and is slated to wrap July 1 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. …

OK Go frontman Damian Kulash was booked on resisting-arrest charges by police in Orlando, Florida, after ignoring an officer’s orders to head inside the local House of Blues where the band was performing. Instead Kulash insisted on loitering outside with several of the group’s fans. According to the band’s Web site, Kulash was “locked up for about nine hours, during which time he ate corn flakes and made friends with a couple of guys.” He was released Tuesday morning — which means OK Go’s gig Tuesday night in Jacksonville, Florida, will go on as scheduled. … Also in trouble is Less Than Jake frontman Chris Demakes, who was arrested last week while the Gainesville, Florida, ska band was filming a video in Los Angeles for the track “Overrated” — the first single off In With the Out Crowd, due May 23. According to a label spokesperson, the band was in the Topanga Plaza shopping mall, performing for people chowing down in the food court. Security guards asked the band to hit the bricks, and when that took a little too long Demakes was hauled off by police for trespassing.