For The Record: Quick News On T.I., DMX, Green Day, John Mayer, Pussycat Dolls, Ashley Parker Angel & More

T.I. tour to resume in California; DMX arrested in London airport; Green Day honored for creativity.

In the wake of last Wednesday’s brief detour to an Atlanta jail over an outstanding warrant in Florida, T.I. has decided to cancel a planned 10-day tour of Japan. According to a spokesperson at his label, the rapper will resume his U.S. tour on May 24 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. The dates in support of his latest album, King, were disrupted on May 3 when a late-night appearance at a Cincinnati club ended in a gun battle with unidentified assailants, who shot and killed T.I.’s assistant, Philant Johnson. …

DMX‘s legal woes aren’t just contained to the U.S. The rapper was arrested by British police on Saturday when his plane landed in London, detained for abusing the crew on his American Airlines flight. According to a Scotland Yard spokesperson, X got into a verbal confrontation with staff as the plane was approaching Heathrow Airport, reportedly refusing to fasten his seatbelt. He was cautioned and released over the incident. …

Green Day will receive the Creative Voice Award at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ 23rd annual Pop Music Awards on May 22 in Beverly Hills, California. Annie Lennox is receiving the ASCAP Founders Award. … John Mayer will headline the final night of the 13th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in Telluride, Colorado, from September 15-17. Mayer is performing with the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, which include Louisiana music royalty like Tab Benoit and Cyril Neville. … Aerosmith are returning to the studio on May 20 to begin recording their next album. “It’s Armed Forces Day and we’re going in with guns a blazing,” singer Steven Tyler said in a statement. …

Trey Anastasio will open the second leg of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers‘ Highway Companion summer tour, which will begin July 29 in Portland, Oregon. Anastasio, who is also performing on many first-leg dates, will open alongside the Allman Brothers Band. Petty’s Highway Companion album is due this summer. … Pussycat Dolls fans have to wait until the end of the year to bring Nicole, Carmit, Ashley, Melody, Kimberly and Jessica home in 12-inch fashion-doll form, but now they can relax in a virtual hot tub with likeminded people as they count down the days. PCDMusicLounge.com, an online club where visitors can chat with each other, listen to club hits and create personalized avatars, is live in beta form, with the official launch set for later this month. …

The Memphis, Tennessee, house Elvis Presley lived in before moving to Graceland sold on eBay over the weekend for a winning bid of $905,100. The new owners, psychic Uri Geller and two partners, intend to restore the home and eventually turn it into a museum. … A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Friday that a lawsuit filed by Phil Spector against former assistant Michelle Blaine — and Blaine’s countersuit against Spector — will proceed as scheduled, denying the producer’s bid to delay the cases until after he stands trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, The Associated Press reports. Spector’s attorneys sought to postpone the suits arguing that the civil cases could give prosectors information pertaining to the criminal trial, which is scheduled to begin in January. The judge advised Spector, currently free on $1 million bail, that he could dismiss his civil suit against Blaine if he wishes to avoid standard discovery procedures. A hearing is set for May 24.

Ashley Parker Angel is celebrating the release of his solo debut, Soundtrack to Your Life, Tuesday with an in-store performance/record signing at FYE’s Palisades Center Mall location in Nyack, New York. The party continues at New York City nightclub Avalon, where Angel is scheduled to perform later that night. And on Thursday, he’ll join Bow Wow, Fefe Dobson, “High School Musical” star Vanessa Anne Hudgens and MTV’s own Susie Castillo on the runway for Teen People‘s “Best of Fall” fashion event at New York’s Industria. Angel is also teaming up with the magazine for its Rock N Shop Tour, scheduled to hit malls in Minnesota (July 7); Dallas (July 18); Garden City, New York (August 11); and Chicago (August 18). … Epitaph Records has retired its Punk-o-Rama compilation series after 10 releases in 10 years and will launch a new series, Unsound, June 6. The album will find Korn producer Atticus Ross remixing From First to Last, as well as tracks from Danger Doom, Matchbook Romance and Motion City Soundtrack. …

Alien Ant Farm will release their third album and first in three years, Up in the Attic, July 25. The record was mostly produced by Jim Wirt (Incubus), although Jay Baumgardner (Coal Chamber, Papa Roach) handled the first single, “Forgive & Forget.” “BUSted,” the band’s first DVD, is also due July 25. … Alice Cooper was presented with the key to Alice, North Dakota, on Sunday, The Associated Press reports. The small town — home to approximately 60 people and named after the daughter of a railroad surveyor, not the rocker — handed Cooper a marble plaque and a gold-plated key. “There’s not a whole lot of buildings to unlock with that key,” Mayor Dan Lund said. “But Alice is a cool guy and Alice is a cool city — so it’s a fun thing to do.”

A suit filed by Aston “Family Man” Barrett, longtime bass player for Bob Marley‘s Wailers, was dismissed by London’s High Court on Monday, The Associated Press reports. A British justice sided with Island-Universal Records and the Marley family, who maintained that Barrett surrendered his rights to Wailers royalties in exchange for $500,000 in a 1994 settlement. Barrett was seeking the equivalent of $115 million. … Former Power 105 New York radio personality Star (real name Troi Torain), was arraigned in a New York court Friday night on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child and freed after posting $2,000 bail, the AP reports. Torain, who was arrested Friday, made on-air threats against the 4-year old daughter of rival DJ Envy on Wednesday. Police initially announced that Torain would also be charged with harassment. A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office said prosecutors are not proceeding with that count but that the investigation will continue. Torain is scheduled to appear in court May 30.

05.12.2006

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.