For The Record: Quick News On T.I., D12, Young Jeezy, Paul Wall, Paris Hilton, Gwen Stefani, Bloc Party & More

T.I. arrested for violating probation; D12 finishing album; Jeezy, Wall reward volunteers.

T.I. was arrested Wednesday for violating probation in Florida that stemmed from a 2003 incident in which he pleaded guilty to battery of an officer. The warrant accused T.I. of not completing at least five hours per month of his 375 community-service hours. His attorney Dwight Thomas, however, told Atlanta’s WSBTV that it was nothing more than a “technical matter” between policies in Georgia and Florida. Also on Wednesday, T.I. appeared in court for an unrelated case, in which the rapper was accused of threatening several men outside an Atlanta strip club. …

In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, D12‘s Kon Artis said that the Eminem-fronted hip-hop collective plans to carry on without Proof, who was killed during an April 11 nightclub shooting. Kon said that D12 will finish the album they’d been working on, and that the effort will feature verses Proof recorded before his death. “We’re just taking the record to the next level,” Kon Artis said. “We had some songs recorded already. We got a song called ‘Holding Our Own’ that we recorded, and Proof is on that song. If people think that because he’s not here we’re not going to keep doing what we’re doing, then they’re wrong.” The album may include guest appearances by Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and G-Unit, he said, adding that an album by Proof, called Time Will Tell, should also surface this year. Proof recorded the LP in 24 hours a few months back. …

Young Jeezy and Paul Wall will perform for VIPs only at Atlanta’s Fox Theater on June 16, serving it up for 3,000 local youth who have volunteered at least four hours of their time to community service through Boost Mobile RockCorps. To pitch in for your community — and possibly earn your way into an exclusive concert while you’re at it — head to BoostMobileRockCorps.com. … The ugly war of words between mixtape maven and Hot 97 DJ Envy and former Power 105 New York radio personality Star reached a new low this week. Star (real name Troi Torain) was arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and harassment after he made sexually explicit comments about Envy’s 4-year old daughter Wednesday morning. Star was subsequently fired from Power 105 later that night. The rivalry between Envy and Star had heated up over the past several days after Star made some racially and sexually explicit comments about Envy’s part-Asian wife. In retaliation, Envy went to Power 105 and waited outside the station to fight Star, although the two wound up never crossing paths. …

Paris Hilton, Nick Cannon, Foo FightersTaylor Hawkins and members of Linkin Park and Korn were on hand to preview Six Flags Magic Mountain’s TATSU, touted as the world’s tallest and fastest flying roller coaster. Nicole Richie ex DJ AM provided the music for the event, which doubled as a birthday party for Joe Francis, the mind behind “Girls Gone Wild.” Those who missed the bash can line up for a ride on TATSU beginning Saturday, when the coaster opens to the public at the Valencia, California, theme park. … Former Wailers frontman Elan — who is putting together his debut solo album, Together as One, with help from No Doubt‘s Tony Kanal — pulled an “All Nighter” with Gwen Stefani. “It’s about a girl and a guy, and how they first meet,” he explained of the reggae song they recorded. “I compare it to ‘Summer Lovin’ ‘ in ‘Grease.’ It’s like a dancehall version. Gwen DJs a bit on it on the back end of the chorus.” Gwen fans needn’t worry that their girl is changing her style. “She didn’t go into a hard-core Lady Saw voice,” Elan explained. “She did it like Gwen, her own way.” … Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Gos, Colin Hay of Men at Work, the Motels, Naked Eyes and Tommy Tutone are set to throw Los Angeles’ Viper Room into a time warp June 1 with a concert promoting the acoustic compilation ’80s Hits Stripped, out May 30. Tickets for the show are $25. …

Bloc Party — already confirmed to appear at Toronto’s Olympic Island Festival on June 24 and the Intonation Fest in Chicago the following day — have just announced a string of new dates to further test out material from their upcoming album. The tour gets under way July 28 at Boston’s Bank Pavilion and will make stops in Anaheim, California; Los Angeles; and Mexico City. The Secret Machines and Broken Social Scene will split opening duties on the tour, which ends August 10 in Austin, Texas. Meanwhile, Bloc Party continue working on the follow-up to last year’s Silent Alarm with U2 and Snow Patrol producer Jacknife Lee. There is no firm release date for the new album. … After months of speculation, it looks like the Rentals — the retroist synth act started by former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp — are actually returning. On Thursday, a publicist for the band released a statement confirming that the Rentals were already at work on a new album (their first since 1999′s Seven More Minutes), and have even lined up a pair of West Coast dates: July 2 at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California, and July 7 at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. Additional U.S. dates will be announced in the coming weeks. …

On June 1, Vans will release a sneaker line that pays homage to veteran “caffeine punk” band the Descendents. The shoes — which come in two styles, Old Skool and Authentic — will be available in stores and on Vans.com. The kicks are light blue and emblazoned with Milo, the Descendents’ symbol. Vans is planning to release two other sneaker lines in the near future: one featuring imagery from the Circle Jerks and another with the Dropkick Murphys logo. … Former teen idol Leif Garrett, who recently decided to leave a drug-treatment program, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years probation on Thursday, The Associated Press reports. Garrett, who pleaded guilty to drug-possession charges last year, had previously been in an outpatient rehab program. He checked into a live-in drug program earlier this year after failing a drug test. An attorney for the singer/actor said his client chose to check out of the program because it was too strict.

05.11.2006

Christina Aguilera is getting Back to Basics with her third album, and she’s finally settled on a release date: August 15. Songs include “I Got Trouble,” “Candy Man,” “Save Me From Myself,” “Nasty Naughty Boy,” “Thank You” — and in case you thought she wasn’t, “Still Dirrty.” “This is a concept album that follows a bold, set vision,” Aguilera said. “The touchstones are Billie Holiday, Otis Redding, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald … what I used to call my ‘fun music’ when I was a little girl.” The first single, “Ain’t No Other Man,” is out June 12, but Aguilera will world-premiere the song on the MTV Movie Awards, airing June 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. …

Jennifer Lopez isn’t touring overseas after all — after pushing the dates back for later this month, the singer has canceled stops in Athens, Greece; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Mumbai, India; Sofia, Bulgaria; and Istanbul, Turkey. For the Dubai event, 15,800 tickets had been sold, while more than 20,000 had been sold for the Sofia stop. Tour promoters are providing full refunds to ticket holders. …

Snoop Dogg has taken responsibility for his role in the April 27 brawl at London’s Heathrow Airport. On Thursday (May 11), Snoop appeared at a Heathrow police station and “accepted a caution for a Section Four Public Order Act matter, using threatening words or behavior,” police told The Associated Press. A caution means a person accepts responsibility for their offense and a record is made but no further action is pursued. Snoop was one of five men charged with violent disorder and starting a brawl at Heathrow after members of his entourage were denied entry into British Airways’ first-class lounge. British Airways has since banned Snoop from traveling on the airline. … Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has been discharged from a hospital in New Zealand following surgery to relieve pressure in his head, according to AP. The injury stemmed from his recent accident in Fiji. According to his publicist, Richards will remain in patient care at the Ascot Hospital in Auckland for an undisclosed period of time and will return for checkups. …

Professional best-gal pal Cacee Cobb has called it quits. She gave notice to Jessica Simpson on April 26, prompting the singer to give her a send-off shindig at Arnie Morton’s steakhouse in Los Angeles on Sunday, her last day on the job. Simpson toasted Cobb, telling her, “You are my best friend. I will be your best friend forever,” Us Weekly reports. … Carmen Electra — who has been the subject of many a male fantasy — becomes the object of a female one in Joan Jett‘s new video, “A.C.D.C.” Shot Tuesday and Wednesday in New York, Electra and Jett play a would-be couple in the Greg Oliver-directed clip — but Electra’s character can’t decide if she’d rather be with a man or woman. Le Tigre‘s Kathleen Hanna and actor Chuck Zito also have cameos in the video for “A.C.D.C.,” the first single from Jett’s June 6 release, Sinner.

Depeche Mode tabled their Thursday night show at the Allstate Arena in Chicago due to lead singer Dave Gahan‘s laryngitis. The band cut short its Wednesday performance in Kansas City, Missouri, for the same reason. Tickets for the Chicago gig will be refunded at point of purchase, as the group has not yet determined if it will make up the date. … TV on the Radio have been added to the Sasquatch Festival lineup. The band will play the first day of the three-day shindig: Friday, May 26. …

The Universal Music Group — the world’s largest record label — has agreed to pay a $12 million penalty and stop the practice of trading cash and gifts for radio airplay in a settlement with New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer over allegations of payola. According to a statement from Spitzer’s office, the company — home to Island Def Jam, Interscope and many more imprints — offered gifts including vacations, tickets to concerts and laptop computers to station employees to get airplay for songs by artists including Nick Lachey, Ashlee Simpson and Lindsay Lohan. The settlement calls for Universal to hire a compliance officer to monitor its promotional practices and put a system in place to stop future abuses. Previous payola settlements in Spitzer’s ongoing probe have resulted in payments of $10 million by Sony BMG and $5 million by the Warner Music Group. …

Fantasia will sing at the American Red Cross 125th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, performing the national anthem to kick off the event as well as her debut single, “I Believe,” for an audience of Washington dignitaries, philanthropists and Red Cross leaders. The event — a tribute to the aid organization and the employees, volunteers and partners who keep it running — will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. … Melissa Etheridge and Aretha Franklin are among the musicians who will be presented with Honorary Doctor of Music Degrees at the prestigious Berklee College of Music on Saturday. Etheridge will also serve as the school’s commencement speaker, addressing more than 800 graduates and their guests at Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena. …

Björk is getting the DualDisc box-set treatment June 27. Surrounded will include the Icelandic singer’s six studio albums — Debut, Post, Homogenic, Vespertine, Selmasongs and Medúlla — plus the recent soundtrack for the “Drawing Restraint 9″ film by her partner, Matthew Barney. The music will be remastered in 5.1 stereo and the box will also include additional video content. … Japanese noisemakers the Boredoms are returning to U.S. shores this summer, but they will only make a handful of appearances. Their six-date jaunt kicks off with an appearance at the Intonation Music Festival in Chicago on June 24 and wraps up in New York with two free art shows at the New York Deitch Projects July 7 and 8. This fall, Vice Records will reissue five of the group’s long out-of-print Super Roots discs from the early ’90s. …Stone Sour have found a permanent replacement for drummer Joel Ekman in Roy Mayorga, formerly of Soulfly and a recent touring member of Sepultura. “Aside from being a cool guy, Roy did one hell of a job playing on the [new] album, and we’re looking forward to going on the road with him in a few weeks and seeing all of you as well,” reads a statement on the band’s Web site. Stone Sour’s forthcoming sophomore outing, Come What(ever) May, is slated to hit stores August 22.

Slayer frontman Tom Araya underwent minor gallbladder surgery last week, according to the band’s publicist. While Araya’s doing fine and recuperating at home, the operation will end up delaying the launch of Slayer’s Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted — featuring Lamb of God, Mastodon, Children of Bodom and Thine Eyes Bleed — by four days. Originally set to kick off June 6 in San Diego, the tour will now commence June 10 in Peoria, Illinois. The tour’s original first three dates have been postponed: the San Diego gig will take place July 20, the June 7 date in Las Vegas has been bumped to July 24, and the June 9 show in Denver has been pushed back to July 26. On June 6, Slayer will issue Eternal Pyre, a limited-edition EP that previews “Cult,” a new song from the band’s still-untitled LP, due to drop July 25. The EP, which will be available at Hot Topic locations, will also feature a live version of “Dead Skin Mask,” exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the new album, and — originally available only on 1995′s now out-of-print “Live Intrusion” video — a five-minute clip of the Slayer fan who carved the band’s name into his forearm.