For The Record: Quick News On Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, 'American Idol,' Raconteurs, Beck, Korn, Snow Patrol & More

Jolie, Pitt aid Namibian hospitals; 'Idol' breaks text-message record; Raconteurs to play two in-stores on same day.

The African nation of Namibia offered Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt the privacy they sought for the birth of their child, and now the couple are giving back. Jolie and Pitt, who welcomed their daughter Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt in Namibia on Saturday, donated $300,000 toward the medical treatment of new babies in the country's hospitals and gave $15,000 for a school and community center in the town of Swakopmund, The Associated Press reports. "We want to contribute to Namibia and the people who have been so gracious to us at this time," the couple said in a statement. ...

Cingular Wireless announced Friday that more than 64.5 million text-message votes were cast throughout the fifth season of "American Idol." That smashes last season's record of 41.5 million. ... The Raconteurs are playing in-stores at Amoeba Music in Hollywood and San Francisco on the same day: June 8. The L.A. show is scheduled for 11 a.m., followed by the San Fran set at 9:30 p.m. ... Still aren't convinced Beck's about to issue his third LP in two years? A post that appeared on Beck.com late last week further confirmed the hard-to-believe accomplishment: "Beck has just completed his new album, which he's been in the studio working on with Nigel Godrich," the post read, referencing the producer who worked on 2005's Guero and 2002's Sea Change. "The album is due out this fall." ...

It turns out Korn haven't decided to axe guitarist Rob Patterson after all. Patterson, who had previously played with Otep, was recruited last year to fill in for Brian "Head" Welch as Korn's touring guitarist. But last week, during the European leg of the band's See You on the Other Side tour, fans noticed Patterson — who plays offstage during Korn shows — had been replaced by Fear Factory guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers. According to the band's management, that lineup was only temporary. "Korn played three shows with their longtime friend Christian to start the tour in Europe, but Patterson is now back at that position." ...

Snow Patrol were forced to postpone a pair of shows — Monday night in Atlanta and Wednesday in Washington, D.C. — in order to give frontman Gary Lightbody's voice a rest. Lightbody made the announcement on the band's site, SnowPatrol.com, writing, "My voice is in pieces. ... When we began the Eyes Open tour in February, I was told by my doctor a few days beforehand that I had laryngitis and it would be best if I took a week off to recover. I told him I didn't have a week, as we had shows pretty much every day." He added that he's seeing a specialist in New York and that the band will make up the postponed shows in mid-August. It's not known if Lightbody's ailment will also force Snow Patrol to bump their upcoming gigs in New York and Philadelphia. ...

Yeah Yeah Yeahs have a cheat planned for their "Cheated Hearts" video: make someone else do the work. The band is looking for a few good fans to take their best shot at Karen O for the next clip from Show Your Bones. According to the announcement posted on the band's site, Yeah Yeah Yeahs are seeking video submissions from people who "dress the part" and "get lost in the song" against a white wall with the track blaring in the background. Entries must be submitted on DV, postmarked by June 12 and include a signed release form. Head to YeahYeahYeahs.com/cheatedhearts for additional tips and a copy of the release. ...

James Blunt, who won the most performed song of the year prize at Thursday's Ivor Novello Awards, called it the "Most Overplayed Song" award while accepting the trophy, and now one radio station is doing its part to keep the former British army officer off the airwaves. Essex FM, an adult-contemporary station serving the eastern English county, has banned Blunt's music, citing listener demand. "We don't have anything against James Blunt," program director Chris Cotton said in a statement on the station's Web site. "We're pleased he's been so successful, but we really need a break. While his songs have been very popular, there is a tremendous amount of industry pressure to play certain artists very frequently. Often this can be out of step with the audience's tastes, which results in songs being overplayed." ...

Actor Paul Gleason, best known for his portrayals of Clarence Beeks in "Trading Places," Deputy Police Chief Dwayne Robinson in "Die Hard," and hard-as-nails Principal Richard Vernon ("Don't mess with the bull, young man. You'll get the horns") in the teen-comedy classic "The Breakfast Club," died Saturday in a California hospital. He was 67. The AP reports that Gleason died of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer linked to asbestos. Gleason appeared in more than 60 films and later in his career made several notable television appearances in TV shows including "Friends" and "Seinfeld." He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a granddaughter. ...

The Rollins Band will team up with Los Angeles punk legends X for the 18-date As the World Burns Tour, which kicks off July 28 in San Francisco and runs through an August 19 stop in Boston. ... Helmet's forthcoming album, Monochrome, has been slated for a July 18 release and will hit stores as the band travels the country on this summer's Warped Tour. The disc, the follow-up to 2004's Size Matters, will feature 10 new tracks including "Swallowing Everything," "410 and Goodbye" and "Money Shot." ... Sleepy Brown, Washington, D.C., duo Panacea and Waco, Texas' the Strange Fruit Project have joined previously announced headliner Big Daddy Kane and Chicago's Lupe Fiasco and Rhymefest on the lineup of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, set for June 24 in New York's Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, located between the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. For more information and to register for tickets to the free show, head to the fest's site, BrooklynBodega.com. ...

Gary Glitter is due in a Vietnam court June 15 to appeal his child-molestation conviction, Reuters reports. Glitter's lawyer said the one-day hearing to appeal the singer's three-year sentence will take place at Supreme Court in Ho Chi Minh City. Glitter has been incarcerated in the resort town of Vung Tau since March. ... Gorky's Zygotic Mynci are no more. In a Friday post on their Web site — titled "Gorky's Zygotic Mynci RIP (Rock in Peace)" — the Welsh band, which formed in 1990, announced that it's splitting up. "Richard, Megan, Euros and Pete would like to thank everyone who came to the gigs and bought the records over the years," the statement read. ...

05.26.2006

"American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee is already fielding sponsorship offers. KFC has offered the singer $10,000 and a year's supply of Famous Bowls to write and star in an advertisement, while Eat'n Park has offered her $100,000 and a lifetime supply of Smiley Cookies to record a new jingle for the restaurant chain. ...

Paris Hilton is getting frisky again. The hotel heiress shot a video for her forthcoming debut album on a beach in Malibu, California, on Wednesday and Thursday, during which the top of her purple-and-green one-piece swimsuit accidentally came off in front of the paparazzi. Chris Applebaum (Britney Spears, Hilary Duff) directed the clip for the reggae-oriented "Stars Are Blind," which features the heiress frolicking in the sand. Hilton can be "nice and naughty," she sings, imploring the listener all the more with, "Let's see what this love could do/ Baby, I'm perfect for you." Hilton's album is due this fall, according to her label spokesperson. ...

On Wednesday a California federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit filed in 2003 against Jennifer Lopez and LL Cool J. The court decided singer Debra Laws did not have a case against the artists or Sony Music for allegedly misappropriating her 1981 song "Very Special" in their 2002 collaboration, "All I Have." Since Sony obtained a license to use a 10-second segment of Laws' song, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Laws should instead sue her label and publisher for breach of contract for entering a license agreement without her authorization. ... Tupac Shakur's incarcerated father, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, is releasing A 2Pac Tribute: Dare 2 Struggle on June 16 to commemorate what would have been the 35th birthday of his late son. The album will feature incarcerated rappers alongside signed artists such as the Outlawz. Mutulu Shakur has been imprisoned for 19 years for activities in support of the Black Liberation Movement. ...

A July 17 court date has been set for Foxy Brown's trial on charges that she assaulted two New York nail-salon employees in an August 2004 dispute over payment for a manicure. Brown was charged with misdemeanor assault following the fight, during which she's alleged to have kicked one worker and slapped another in the face. The Associated Press reports that Brown appeared Friday (May 26) before a Manhattan criminal court judge who extended orders of protection for the nail-salon workers. Brown went before a different judge in December during a hearing in which the rapper was expected to enter a guilty plea to the charge. Those proceedings came to a halt when Judge Melissa Jackson accused the rapper of making faces at her and disrespecting the court. ...

Michael Jackson is scheduled to accept the Legend Award at the MTV Music Awards Japan in Tokyo on Saturday, his first public appearance since being acquitted of child-molestation charges last June. Jackson's spokesperson told the AP that the awards show will kick off a tour of Asia for Jackson, who plans to visit Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong. ... Gorillaz, Kaiser Chiefs, KT Tunstall and James Blunt were the big winners at the Ivor Novello Awards, songwriting honors presented by the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters in London on Thursday. Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett took Songwriter of the Year honors for their Gorillaz work, while Kaiser Chiefs' Employment scored the best-album prize. Tunstall's "Suddenly I See" beat out Coldplay and the Arctic Monkeys for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" was named the International Hit of the Year and the Most Performed Work, and New Order were honored with the Outstanding Song Collection award. ...

Radiohead's Thom Yorke hit the band's site Thursday to post an answer to a burning fan question: What is that song that plays over the speakers at the end of the band's shows? "It's a track that Richard Russell sent me from XL. ... Turbulence 'Notorious,' " Yorke's post on Radiohead's Dead Air Space blog read. "The record is coming out in the summer I think on XL [Recordings, which is putting out Yorke's The Eraser LP]." ... Backstreet Boys' Brian Littrell is kicking off his very first solo tour in New York on June 11. Littrell will visit cities including Milwaukee and Chicago on the eight-date Welcome Home tour, which wraps up June 20 with a performance at a Christian music festival in Canal Fulton, Ohio. ... Breaking Benjamin have set an August 8 release date for their new album, Phobia. The first single, "The Diary of Jane," will go to radio outlets in early June. ...

The Sex Pistols have been immortalized by Kubrick, a Japanese toy company that creates cube-based action figures resembling LEGO Minifigures. The collectibles are available as a limited-edition five-piece set featuring plastic likenesses of Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Steve Jones and Paul Cook. The toys will set you back $60 and were created to commemorate next year's 30th anniversary of Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols' release. ... Rob Zombie has recruited former Amen and Wednesday 13 bassist Matt "Piggy D." Montgomery to replace Rob "Blasko" Nicholson, who left Zombie's ranks earlier this month to join Ozzy Osbourne's touring band. Montgomery made his first public appearance with Zombie performing on Wednesday's "Late Show with David Letterman." ...

Ben Jelen, who has been working with Linda Perry on an album tentatively titled East, is heading east to road-test the new tunes with his Zodiac 7 band. The tour kicks off June 3 in Hollywood and stops in cities including Phoenix, New York and Philadelphia before closing up in Boston on June 25. Fans that miss Jelen on this jaunt can catch up with the musician on MusicPlusTV.com, which will stream an interview June 4 and a live performance June 5. ... A DVD devoted to New York hardcore legends H20 will hit stores July 18. Called "One Life, One Chance," the disc features the band's historic 10th anniversary gig at New York's Knitting Factory, as well as music videos, interviews, footage from the studio and the road and additional live performances filmed all over the world.

[This story was originally published at 12:20 pm E.T. on 05.30.2006]