For The Record: Quick News On ‘American Idol,’ Prince, Hilary Duff, Black Eyed Peas, AFI, Foo Fighters & More

Fan says 'Idol' stole his game idea; Prince to receive Webby; Hilary Duff's dog speaks out.

The owners and creators of “American Idol” are being sued by a fan who says the show stole his idea for a Web game based on the singing competition. Adam Pick claims in a lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court that he invented an interactive fantasy game called “Idol Go Home,” in which people could reverse the voting process by picking who should get booted instead of who should win. “It’s fantasy football with a reality-TV twist,” Pick said of the game, which would let users post blogs and photos as well. But after pitching the idea and giving “Idol” a prototype of the site, Pick claims show representatives said they weren’t interested, but that Pick could launch his own site. Once he did so, Pick says, “Idol” demanded that he shut down the site, while at the same time, according to his lawsuit, “Idol” modified its site to incorporate Pick’s ideas. Pick is seeking monetary damages and an injunction restraining the show from using his idea. Fox had no comment. …

Prince will be presented with lifetime-achievement honors at the 10th annual Webby Awards, set for June 12 in New York. One of the first artists to release a Web-only album (1997′s Crystal Ball), Prince is being recognized for his innovative use of the Internet to distribute music and connect with fans. “Besides being a musical genius, Prince is a visionary who recognized early on that the Web would completely change how we experience music,” Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain said. Previously announced special-achievement honorees include Gorillaz and the founders of MySpace. …

Hilary Duff‘s dog Lola now has her very own blog, hosted in the fan-club-only section of the singer/actress’ official site, HilaryDuff.com. And what does the pampered pet of a pop star have to say? So far the Chihuahua has posted her endorsement of a dog-care book written by the owner of a Maltese pal. … Black Eyed Peas are starring as superheroes who spend their days making candy and their nights defending hip-hop in a series of digital films — a.k.a. online commercials — promoting Snickers. The “digi-sodes” launch Monday on InstantDef.com. …

When AFI‘s new album, Decemberunderground, hits stores Tuesday, the most devoted fans might want to pick up four copies. The band has placed one of four different collectible booklets behind the disc’s cover insert, each featuring the face of a group member. The limited-edition booklets will be available exclusively in the album’s first pressing. … Rob Thomas and Matchbox Twenty have donated $200,000 to the Consortium for Worker Education, a resettlement agency aiding music education in Gulf Coast high schools affected by Hurricane Katrina, The Associated Press reports. Thomas will also raise money for the fund during his current tour with Jewel, which hits Portsmouth, Virginia, on Wednesday (May 31). Music instruction in school will “groom generations of musicians who are so vital to rebuilding New Orleans, its infrastructure and its culture,” Thomas said in a statement. … Now that he’s through sending off ousted “American Idol” contestants, Daniel Powter is hitting the road. The “Bad Day” singer will launch a U.S. tour beginning July 17 at Philadelphia’s Theatre of the Living Arts. The trek wraps up with a two-night stand at West Hollywood’s Roxy Theater on August 4 and 5. …

Foo Fighters have added two more dates to their upcoming acoustic jaunt, which the band has nicknamed its “Afoostic” tour. But that’s become something of a misnomer, now that the Foos have announced that one of the just-announced shows will be performed electric. That performance will be held August 18 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Event Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, while the band will play a proper stripped-down set August 15 at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. … Tegan and Sara will release their first DVD, “It’s Not Fun. Don’t Do It!,” August 8. Content includes a full concert shot at the Phoenix in Toronto, a tour documentary filmed by the twin sisters, the making of 2004′s So Jealous and all the duo’s videos. …

A National Guardsman who lost his right arm near the shoulder and left arm above the wrist in Iraq filed suit Friday in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, against filmmaker Michael Moore for allegedly including him in “Fahrenheit 9/11″ without his permission, claiming defamation and invasion of privacy. Sergeant Peter Damon, who was injured in October 2003, was featured in a 10-second clip in Moore’s documentary that depicted him awaiting surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. But those 10 seconds of footage were from an interview with NBC News’ Brian Williams, and Damon claims that he was never asked, nor did he consent, for the interview to be used elsewhere. Damon says he disagrees politically with Moore and that the interview made it appear as if he were complaining about the war effort instead of talking about the pain he felt when he lost his arms. (Moore has denied any intention to demean the service of U.S. troops through the film.) Damon’s seeking $100 million and also named Harvey and Robert Weinstein, Miramax, Lionsgate and NBC in the suit. The Weinsteins, NBC and Lionsgate had no comment. …

Former Jane’s Addiction and Porno for Pyros frontman Perry Farrell will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming CMJ Rock Hall Music Fest, to be held June 14 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Farrell’s DJ alter ego, Peretz, will man the ones and twos along with Mike Boogie and Prince Paul during the festival’s opening-night shindig. … Original Black Flag singer Keith Morris and onetime Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke joined L.A. punks the Bronx onstage for the last show of the band’s monthlong residency at Los Angeles’ Spaceland Monday night. Clarke produced the Bronx’s 2003 self-titled debut. …

Third Eye Blind‘s hits have been compiled for a CD/DVD set aptly titled Third Eye Blind: A Collection. The 19-track CD includes “Semi-Charmed Life,” “How’s It Gonna Be” and “Jumper,” along with B-sides and bonus tracks. The DVD features all seven of Third Eye Blind’s videos as well as two clips for the previously unreleased “Losing a Whole Year.” … Canadian indie rock veterans Sloan are lining up festival dates in the U.S. and Canada, but they don’t plan to kick off a full-fledged tour until the fall. According to a post on the band’s Web site, Sloan continue to work on their next album, which is due in September. But fans won’t have to wait that long to hear something fresh from the foursome. “Look to criticize the new single in July,” the update notes.

05.30.2006

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. …