For The Record: Quick News On Pink, Eminem, Diddy, Pearl Jam, 'American Idol,' No Doubt & More

Pink reveals backstage bloopers; Kimberly Mathers files response to Em's divorce papers; Diddy breaks out champagne for new singer.

Pink's no "Stupid Girl," but she's the first to admit she's "extra good at making myself look stupid," especially when it comes to the "typical backstage bloopers" found on her upcoming DVD, "Live in Europe," due May 23. The film chronicles a 2004 concert in Manchester, England, during her Try This tour. "God, it feels old now," Pink laughed. "It's really good. It's fun." The track list includes "Lady Marmalade," a cover of Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" and a medley of the Janis Joplin favorites "Summertime," "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Piece of My Heart." ...

Eminem's one-time and possibly future ex-wife, Kimberly Mathers, has filed a response to the divorce papers the rapper filed in early April. Mathers is asking for financial support — including mortgage, insurance and utilities for the couple's home — and to share joint custody of the couple's 10-year-old daughter. ...

Diddy had a new reason to break out the champagne Monday night. The music mogul held a party at New York nightclub Cain to celebrate singer Cheri Dennis' self-titled debut, due this summer. A plethora of Dennis' labelmates were also on hand for the festivities. ... One of music's other top magnates, J Records' Clive Davis, greeted giddy fans with 1,000 doughnuts at New York's Tower Records late Monday night, minutes before the official release of the rock band's self-titled J debut. Some fans had been waiting in line for more than two days to nab tickets to a stealth PJ show — plus the new record, of course, which marked Tower's strongest midnight sale ever, according to the label. ...

A study released Tuesday (May 2) by Pursuant Inc. suggests 73 percent of "American Idol" voters are women. The research also concluded that Simon Cowell's opinion is valued twice as much as Randy Jackson's and nine times as much as Paula Abdul's. ... Fox spokespeople aren't commenting yet, but Variety is reporting the long-expected news that the "American Idol" franchise will start selling individual performances through its own Web site. Like iTunes, songs will go for 99 cents and videos for $1.99. Chances are that not all performances will be available due to rights issues, but some could hit the Web as soon as this week. ...

No Doubt will release "Live in the Tragic Kingdom" for the first time on DVD June 13. Previously found on VHS only — who uses those anymore? — it has concert footage from the band's hometown concert in 1997 and is directed by Sophie Muller (Coldplay, the Killers). The DVD will also feature home videos from '92-'97, an alternate version of the "Don't Speak" video as well three live performances. ...

Sorry bro, looks like those Sevendust tickets you're holding are null and void. Thanks to a broken bone in guitarist John Connolly's left hand, the band has been forced to cancel all its early May gigs. Sevendust will be back on the road May 13 for a show in Corpus Christi, Texas, and complete the tour May 25 in Charlotte, North Carolina. But as for fans who planned to go to the earlier shows, the band is asking them to return their tickets to the original point of purchase. For more information, check out Sevendust.info. ... A group of prominent Canadian musicians has banded together to demand a say in the push to toughen copyright legislation north of the border. The acts wanting a voice in how the legislation is drafted include Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, Barenaked Ladies, Sarah McLachlan and members of Broken Social Scene, according to a Canadian Press report. Among the provisions the artists are most adamant about fighting are lawsuits against people who share music illegally online and digital locks that restrict how a digital song can be used or shared. ...

Mike Doughty will hit the road beginning Thursday in Madison, Wisconsin, and wrapping up at the Basilica Block Party on July 8 in Minneapolis. The former Soul Coughing singer is also recording his next solo record, which will include "I Wrote a Song About Your Car" and "How to F--- a Republican." ...

Guster and Ray LaMontagne are teaming for a summer tour that begins July 11 in Baltimore and finishes August 19 in Portland, Maine. Guster will be promoting their fifth album, Ganging Up on the Sun, due June 20. ... Also due June 20 is a new live album from the Counting Crows called New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall 2003. The set will include several favorites and one new song, "Hazy," written by Adam Duritz and Gemma Hayes. The Counting Crows will be on the road from June 21 in Portland, Oregon, to September 9 in Dallas. ...

Jonathan "Big Hawk" Hawkins, a beloved member of the Houston hip-hop scene, was shot and killed in his hometown Monday night. Hawk, the brother of late H-Town MC Fat Pat, was featured in "My Block: Houston" and was a member of DJ Screw's legendary Screwed Up Click. Houston police do not have any suspects. ... Fashion designer Marc Ecko got some good news on Monday when a judge in New York backed his challenge to the city's new anti-graffiti law. According to a Reuters report, a judge granted a temporary order rescinding a new rule that raised the age for buying and carrying spray paint and broad-tipped markers from 18 to 21. The temporary lifting of the new restrictions is tied to the outcome of a suit by seven young artists who said their constitutional right to free speech was violated by the new law. The ban still applies to those under 18. ...

The first five, previously out-of-print albums by Scottish alt-rock luminaries Jesus and the Mary Chain will be re-released — each with a bonus DVD — July 11. Included in the bunch is the band's 1985 debut, Psychocandy. ... Apple Computer has won the download price war. The computer maker revealed Monday that it had renewed contracts with the world's four biggest record companies to sell their songs on iTunes for 99 cents each. The agreement came after months of bitter bargaining in which the labels — Universal, Warner Music, EMI and Sony BMG — advocated for a variable pricing method that would have raised the cost on new downloads while lowering it on older catalog songs. iTunes accounts for 80 percent of the U.S. digital download market. ...

Rhino's four-disc Rockin' Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly box will feature 101 songs recorded between 1954 and 1969 by Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. The June 27 collection will also have song-by-song commentary, liner notes and 33 songs previously unreleased in the U.S. ... Old-school soul also returns next month, in the form of Atlantic Unearthed: Soul Brothers and Soul Sisters. The June 6 releases will revolve around soul greats from the '60s and '70s, with Soul Sisters including cuts by Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and Esther Phillips, and Soul Brothers drawing on Otis Redding, Donny Hathaway and Percy Sledge. B-sides and previously unreleased tracks will also be included.

05.01.2006

Ashlee Simpson has been scandal-free since November, and she tells Teen People for its June/ July "25 Hottest Under 25" cover story that the shift can be attributed to now-serious boyfriend Braxton Olita, the guitarist in her band. "He's the yin to my yang," Simpson told the magazine. "People call him my little Buddha. When he comes around, everything changes. ... I'm more peaceful and chilled out. I honestly couldn't be more content." Though she's "absolutely in love and in a committed relationship," Simpson says she's in no rush to speed up the pace, especially after what she's seen happen with her sister's much-publicized marriage and divorce. Instead, "We live day to day," she said. "Marriage is definitely not on my mind. There's a lot of growing up you do in your 20s, and I definitely want to wait until my late 20s or 30s or whenever the time is right." Ashlee's big sister Jessica Simpson also made the cut for Teen People's "25 Hottest Under 25" list, along with Amanda Bynes, Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Chris Brown, Ciara, Hilary Duff, Lindsay Lohan, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, JoJo, Kristin Cavallari and Natasha Bedingfield. ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline KROQ's annual Weenie Roast festival in Irvine, California. The May 13 event will also feature Matisyahu, AFI, Dashboard Confessional, Angels & Airwaves, Rob Zombie, She Wants Revenge, Panic! At the Disco, Taking Back Sunday, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, H.I.M., Wolfmother, Atreyu, Matchbook Romance, the Academy Is ... and Rock Kills Kid. ... Gap stores in four major cities are giving away tickets to a handful of summer concerts through a Rock Color instant-winner game-piece contest. Participating stores in New York and Chicago will have tickets to John Legend, Panic! At the Disco and Counting Crows with Goo Goo Dolls shows; ones in Los Angeles and San Francisco will offer shoppers a shot at those shows, plus Dave Matthews Band. ...

American V: A Hundred Highways, the final album Johnny Cash recorded before his death, is due July 4. Like the rest of the American series, it was produced by Rick Rubin; this album features the last song Cash ever wrote plus others written by Bruce Springsteen, Hank Williams and more. ... My Morning Jacket will collaborate with conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra on June 21 and 22 at the Boston Symphony Hall. The band is otherwise touring this summer with Pearl Jam beginning May 9 in Toronto. ... The Blood Brothers have entered Robert Lang Studios in Seattle — where they recorded 2004's Crimes — with Fugazi guitarist Guy Picciotto (Blonde Redhead) and John Goodmanson (the Like, Bikini Kill), who'll co-produce the band's yet-untitled disc. While the LP isn't slated for release until this fall, the Brothers will issue an EP to tide them over. Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck will hit stores May 23 with a live version of the title track, an alternate version of "Crimes," a remix of "Peacock Skeleton With Crooked Feathers," a couple of British B-sides ("Ladies and Gentlemen" and "Metronomes") and the band's remix of the Gang of Four track "Anthrax." ...

Sonic Youth will kick off their summer tour beginning June 13 at the seminal New York rock club CBGB. The trek will span 22 dates, including festival appearances at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, opening for Pearl Jam as well as straight-up SY headlining shows in support of their forthcoming album, Rather Ripped, due the same day their tour kicks off. Additional dates are expected shortly. ... Another prolific indie-rock band, the Fiery Furnaces, just released two full-length CDs within the span of seven months. Now the duo's male half, Matthew Friedberger, is releasing his solo debut, Winter Women/ Holy Ghost Language School, August 8. The double-disc was recorded over the course of three years and was co-produced by Bill Skibbe, who engineered, mixed and performed on the Fiery Furnaces' Bitter Tea. Friedberger wrote and performed the entire album, minus some drumming help from Tortoise's John McEntire, who plays on a few tracks. ...

"You Hear It First" veterans Danko Jones have a North American tour planned in support of their upcoming LP, Sleep Is the Enemy, due May 23. The road trip — which is currently scheduled to kick off in Montreal on May 5 and finish up in Buffalo, New York, May 28 — will hit cities including Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia, as well as New York's CBGB. ... You think your life is a mess? Just wait for the debut this fall of "The Carters," an E! Entertainment show chronicling the life of pop singers and brothers Nick and Aaron Carter as they work through family conflicts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Backstreet Boy, his kid brother and three sisters will be the subjects of an eight-part half-hour series in which they live together and try to figure out their futures. ...

Napster is launching a new service Monday (May 1) that allows users to stream any complete song in their library up to five times for free. "It's the first time we've gotten back to the original Napster roots," Laura Goldberg, Napster's Chief Operating Officer, said Friday. "We see it as an exciting way to introduce people to what a subscription service is like, with the unlimited access and listening to anything you want." ... The only thing we know for sure is that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards suffered a concussion on the island of Fiji at some point in the past few days and is recovering in New Zealand. Though she's not denying it, the band's publicist wouldn't confirm that Richards, 62, suffered the injury after falling out of a coconut tree, as widely reported by the media. ... British glam rocker Gary Glitter will appeal his three-year jail sentence for molesting children in Vietnam on May 19, according to a Reuters report. The 61-year-old singer was sentenced on March 3 in the resort town of Vung Tau and was imprisoned there for sexually abusing two 11-year-old girls.

[This story was originally published at 9:26 am E.T. on 05.02.2005]