For The Record: Quick News On Diddy, Britney Spears, Ne-Yo, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nick Lachey & More

Court won't hear Diddy's appeal; Britney has new scent; Ne-Yo, Three Six Mafia helping announce BET Award nominees.

On Tuesday, the New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division refused to hear Sean "Diddy" Combs' appeal of a lower-court decision ordering him to pay more than $19,000 a month in child-support payments, according to The Associated Press. In 2005, a judge initially set monthly support payments at $21,782, but later reduced the amount. That was after the Westchester Family Court ruled Diddy should pay $35,000 a month to ex-girlfriend Misa Hylton-Brim for the care of their now-12-year-old son, Justin. ...

Britney Spears announced a new arrival Monday — no, not that one. She also has a new fragrance on the way, and while Spears was still mum on those pregnancy rumors at her Elizabeth Arden party in New York, she did comment on In Control, the latest offering from her perfume line. "It's truly cool just to be able to connect with women with this fragrance," the singer said. "It's awesome. I love it." No baby talk there, but Britney did trot out some children. Young dancers from her former dance school, Broadway Dance, performed as part of the event. ...

Ne-Yo, Keyshia Cole, Three Six Mafia and Busta Rhymes will be on hand May 16 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel when nominees are announced for the BET Awards. ... Red Hot Chili Peppers will make history May 20 by becoming the first band to perform mid-race at a NASCAR event. The Nextel Cup Series All-Star Challenge, which consists of three segments of 40, 30 and 20 laps, will also mark the Peppers' first time performing at a sporting event. ... Chris Daughtry is the odds-on favorite to win "American Idol," according to a well-known gambling Web site. WagerWeb.com, which offers odds on the hottest issues in the news, posted its final four "Idol" odds Tuesday (May 9). It has Daughtry as a near two-to-one favorite, followed by Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee and then Elliott Yamin. ...

Velvet Revolver have been added to the list of performers scheduled for the second annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert, which is honoring Metallica frontman James Hetfield and concert promoter and manager Bill Silva. Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, Tom Waits, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Jason Mraz are also performing, and Jim Breuer and Margaret Cho are presenting. Author Greg Behrendt ("He's Just Not That Into You") is hosting the event, scheduled for Friday in Hollywood. ... With an album called What's Left of Me and a track titled "I Can't Hate You Anymore," it sounds like Nick Lachey is pretty broken up about his split from Jessica Simpson. But Lachey tells "Access Hollywood" he doesn't want to turn into a bitter ex. "I don't think I could ever hate her," Lachey said of his estranged wife. "I think it was more of a hate of the situation. ... I don't think I could say that I've completely let go, but I think it's a process that you have to go through in this." The second half of the two-part interview airs Tuesday (May 9) on "Access Hollywood." ...

On Tuesday (May 9), a judge in New York granted hip-hop station Hot 97 its request for a temporary restraining order against the New York City District Council of Carpenters Pension Fund, their landlords at 395 Hudson St. One week ago, the Pension Fund filed a motion to have the radio station evicted, citing "fears for the lives of other tenants at 395 Hudson" and giving the station 20 days to respond, which it did in the form of the injunction. The next step in the case will be a preliminary injunction hearing on May 19. ... Snoop Dogg's novel, "Love Don't Live Here No More," is due in October, but if you're expecting a thinly veiled look at the rapper's own experiences, think again. "It's a third-party book I'm telling the story of through my eyes, but it's not based on my life," he told MTV Europe. Snoop explained that he's co-writing the story with another author, and plans to release a single to go along with the book. ...

Duran Duran will headline the second day of the Voodoo Music Experience, a weekend festival scheduled for October 28-29 in New Orleans. Red Hot Chili Peppers top the first day's bill, and the full lineup is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. A limited number of $25 pre-sale tickets for both days are being offered at DuranDuran.com and VoodooMusicFest.com. ... The annual Intonation Music Festival has finalized its wildly eclectic lineup with two late additions: Ghostface Killah and a rare appearance by '60s psych icon and 13th Floor Elevators visionary Roky Erikson. Intonation takes place June 24 and 25 in Chicago's Union Park. Bloc Party, the Streets, Guided By Voices' Robert Pollard and Lupe Fiasco are also on the bill. ...

An Irvington, New Jersey, family that lost all its possessions in a fire is getting a song from Enrique Iglesias — and a hand from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." The singer will perform on an episode of the series set to air May 21 on ABC. New Jersey Nets star Jason Kidd will also be on hand to welcome Beverly Turner and her special-needs children to their rebuilt home. ... Winners of the 10th annual Webby Awards, honoring Web site achievements, have been announced, and the Gorillaz were named Webby Artist of the Year. Deemed "the world's most successful virtual band and a pioneer in fusing music and animation" by the Webbys, the group will be saluted at a June 12 ceremony alongside other winners, including social-networking site MySpace, photo host Flickr and YourPSP.com, the official PlayStation Portable Web site. ...

R&B/soul legend Wilson Pickett will be immortalized in a two-disc set compiled by the rock archivists at Rhino. Due July 11, The Definitive Wilson Pickett will include 30 of the soul singer's hits recorded during his decade-long tenure at Atlantic Records. Pickett died of a heart attack in January at age 64. ... Lou Reed will be signing copies of "Lou Reed's New York" — comprising more than 100 of the musician's photos of the city — at the International Center for Photography Museum Store in New York on Friday. Those unable to attend the 6 p.m. reception, which will feature music composed by Reed for "meditation and absorption of the photographic image," may call the ICP museum store at (212) 857-9725 to reserve an autographed copy of the book.

05.08.2006

Whether or not Britney Spears is expecting a second baby may still be up for debate, but she's making the most of being a mother — of one, at least. The singer has teamed with 1-800-Flowers for Mother's Day, offering a Britney Spears Foundation stuffed bear that comes with a photo of Britney and the bear. For each one purchased, $5 of the proceeds will be donated to the singer's charity foundation, which funds a performing-arts camp for underprivileged kids. ...

Memorial Day came early this year in South Beach, Florida. A myriad of celebrities and fans were in town for the So So Sexy Spring Fest, a weekend's worth of concerts put on by Radio One. Young Jeezy, the Diplomats, Jermaine Dupri and Dem Franchize Boyz, Beenie Man and Sean Paul were among those who took the stage, and Diddy was also there. Interscope Records held a separate artist showcase, where several members of the G-Unit — including 50 Cent — were on hand to perform. (See snaps from the event right here.)

"American Idol" contenders past and present made news Saturday, and they didn't even have to appear onscreen to do it. Carrie Underwood received a Bachelor of Arts degree at a ceremony at Northeastern State University in her home state of Oklahoma. The "American Idol" winner graduated magna cum laude, majoring in mass communications with an emphasis in journalism. Finalist Kellie Pickler reunited with her just-released-from-prison father at a public celebration in their home town of Albemarle, North Carolina. The pink-themed event (Kellie's favorite color) also featured a parade and Pickler performing the national anthem. Also in North Carolina, Rockingham Mayor Eugene McLaurin II declared it Bucky Covington Day and the town held a Bucky Bash in honor of their "Idol" finalist. Bucky's twin brother, Rocky Covington, performed. ...

Madonna is back in the saddle after being thrown from a horse last year. The singer poses with six stallions in a 58-page cover story/photo spread in W magazine's June issue, on newsstands nationwide next week. Photographer Steven Klein shot Madonna on a Hollywood soundstage, where the singer played beauty to the beasts — striking poses in the horses' stalls, wearing a bridle in her mouth, catching a horse by the tail and, taking a cue from Lady Godiva, posing topless with a riding crop.(Click to see photos from the W layout.)

Axl Rose made a very rare, surprise in-studio appearance on a radio show this weekend, during which he discussed the upcoming Guns N' Roses tour and set yet another tentative due date for the band's long-awaited Chinese Democracy, according to The Associated Press. "Friday Night Rocks" guest co-host and ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach rang up Rose's cell, and he later visited the studio, saying Democracy would drop "Sometime this fall or late fall." ... Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards underwent surgery in New Zealand on Monday (May 8) to relieve pressure in his head, according to AP. That problem was caused by an accident he suffered in late April, the details of which are still being kept under wraps. ...

DMX's long-delayed Year of the Dog ... Again now has a release date of August 1. X just released his next single, the Scott Storch-produced "Lord Give Me a Sign." ... U2 frontman Bono will serve as the guest editor of British daily newspaper The Independent on May 16 to help raise money to fight AIDS in Africa. The paper will donate half its revenue for the day to Project RED, an initiative set up by Bono and Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa chairman Bobby Shriver to get the corporate world behind the fight against HIV/AIDS. "Our readers have already shown, by their contribution to our annual charity appeals, their interest and concern in Africa," Editor in Chief Simon Kelner said. "Bono has a unique insight into world affairs, and, as guest editor, will produce a newspaper that, in the best traditions of The Independent, will be challenging, ground-breaking and exciting." ...

Ice Cube is already a rap icon, actor, director and more, but now he's branching into a new field: philanthropy. Last week he visited the St. Paul, Minnesota, campus of the McNally Smith College of Music to announce the Ice Cube Scholarship, to be awarded each year to an incoming McNally student. A spokesperson for the college told MTV News that the first Cube scholarship would be handed out to a deserving fan in the fall, though he wouldn't reveal any financial details. The college — which offers degrees in music performance, recording technology and music business — also has scholarships named for soul legend Diana Ross and former Minutemen and Firehose bassist Mike Watt. ... After testifying Friday at a federal bankruptcy hearing, Suge Knight said he would attempt to revive Death Row. "Got to play for the people," Knight said outside of court, according to an AP report. The hip-hop mogul, who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy April 4, blamed his incarceration for the label's decline. He failed to answer a number of questions at the hearing, which was convened to give creditors an opportunity to gather information about his assets and debts. According to documents filed April 20, Knight had only $11 in the bank, and owned $1,000 worth of clothing, $2,000 in furniture and appliances, and $25,000 worth of jewelry. The Internal Revenue Service has placed a lien on Knight's largest asset, unspecified publishing and copyrights worth $4.4 million. ...

Shakira, Daddy Yankee and Marc Anthony were among the honorees at the 2006 Alma Awards, presented by the National Council of La Raza to celebrate achievements by Hispanic artists in music, television and film. Shakira and Daddy Yankee were named outstanding musical performers, and Shakira also took the Best Spanish Album prize. Anthony was honored with the Celia Cruz Award for Excellence in Music, presented by Brian McKnight, who performed Anthony's Grammy-nominated "You Sang to Me" in English and Spanish. The ceremony, hosted by Eva Longoria, airs June 5 on ABC. ... Nickelback are doing the road thing again. The Canadian rockers will headline 10 Midwest and Northeast shows June 30-July 26, open eight Bon Jovi performances at even bigger venues, then snake through the rest of the country August 8-September 16. The band's All the Right Reasons has been sitting pretty on the Billboard albums chart since its release in October. ...

Grant McLennan, leader of long-running band the Go-Betweens and one of the most respected singer/songwriters in Australian rock history, died in his sleep on Saturday in Brisbane, Australia, according to a post on the band's Web site. He was 48. No cause of death was given. McLennan formed the Go-Betweens with Robert Forster in the late 1970s, and the pair released a string of influential indie-rock albums before splitting in 1989. McLennan released four solo albums and worked with the band Jack Frost before reuniting with Forster in 2000 for the Go-Betweens album The Friends of Rachel Worth, which featured members of Sleater-Kinney. Groups from R.E.M. to Franz Ferdinand and Belle and Sebastian have cited the Go-Betweens as an influence. ... Hot 97 isn't going to be smoked out without a battle. According to The Associated Press, the owners of the New York hip-hop station filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against their landlord on Friday in response to an eviction suit filed last week by the Carpenters Union Pension Fund, which owns the building. The Fund is seeking to evict the popular radio station because it says a series of violent incidents — including three shootings and two bomb threats and a dozen other incidents since 2000 — have made it fear for its other tenants' safety. Hot 97 has six years left on its lease.