For The Record: Quick News On DMX, Lindsay Lohan, 50 Cent, Metallica, Angelina Jolie, Snow Patrol & More

DMX charged for traffic violations; Lohan gets raves from castmates; Metallica perform Master of Puppets in its entirety.

DMX is back behind the wheel — and back in trouble with police. The rapper was pulled over in White Plains, New York, on Friday and charged with numerous traffic infractions, according to The Associated Press. DMX (born Earl Simmons) was stopped while driving his 2001 Chevy Suburban at unreasonable speeds and was also cited for changing lanes in an unsafe manner. To boot, police claim he wasn’t wearing a seat belt and did not have a driver’s license on him. X was given a summons and will appear before a traffic-court judge June 16. Last year, DMX served a 30-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to violating the terms of his conditional release. The charge stemmed from a June 2004 incident at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport during which X allegedly claimed to be a federal agent and tried to steal a car. …

Lindsay Lohan‘s ears must have been burning before she walked down the red carpet Sunday night for the New York premiere of “A Prairie Home Companion,” since her castmates — including Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Kline and Virginia Madsen — were singing her praises before the actress was even in sight. Streep, who plays Lohan’s mother in the movie, called the young actress “simply wonderful,” while Tomlin, who plays Lohan’s aunt, said one of the threesome’s most emotional scenes together hinged on Lohan’s performance. “Lindsay has this scene where ['APHC' host] Garrison Keillor says, ‘I don’t do eulogies,’ and she gets really tearful,” Tomlin said. “She’s just overwrought. We did about five or six takes on that one, and the burden was really on Lindsay, and she was awfully good.” Also at the premiere were James Franco, Jena Malone, Kurt Vonnegut, Lauren Bacall and “Grey’s Anatomy” star T.R. Knight. …

50 Cent is joining Rihanna, Beenie Man, Bounty Killa and Elephant Man on the bill of the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, set for July 16-22 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. One artist on the lineup has yet to be revealed, and the Sumfest Web site describes the mystery addition as having a “honey dipped voice and a face that has young ladies across the world weak.” …

Sometimes the Europeans simply have it better than we do. Over the weekend, Metallica performed their 1986 masterpiece, Master of Puppets, in its entirety not once but twice. They played it through on Saturday during the Rock Am Ring festival in Nürburgring, Germany, and then again on Sunday at the Rock Im Park festival in Nürnberg. The band performed the album’s eight tracks — “Battery,” “Master of Puppets,” “The Thing That Should Not Be,” “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Disposable Heroes,” “Leper Messiah,” “Orion” and “Damage, Inc.” — in the middle of each night’s set. …

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have found a way to show off their new baby while raking in big bucks for charity. The couple announced that exclusive images of their newborn daughter, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, will be licensed to media outlets via Getty Images. The photo service will not profit from the sale of the shots, which will instead go to charitable organizations. “While we celebrate the joy of the birth of our daughter, we recognize that two million babies born every year in the developing world die on the first day of their lives,” Jolie and Pitt said in a statement. “These children can be saved, but only if governments around the world make it a priority.” …

Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody’s throat is so damaged that the band was forced to postpone dates in New York, Philadelphia, Montreal and Toronto. But fear not, fans: the Patrol have already scheduled make-up dates for the postponed shows. They’ll play Toronto on June 25, Philly on the 26th and NYC the following night. Their Boston show has been rescheduled for August 15, and they promise to hit Montreal when they return to North America in October. “The elite triumvirate of our agent (Marty Diamond), our manager (Jazz Summers) and our tour manager (Neil Mather) sprang into action like some magical, yet functionary, ballet to reschedule the dates,” Lightbody wrote on SnowPatrol.com. “For the most part, they will be added to the end of this U.S. tour in and around the last week of June. I hope that you can all make these new dates, and I’m sorry again for hassle.” …

Sleepy Brown, the Outkast protégé who appears on “The Way You Move,” will release his debut album, Mr. Brown, September 26. The first single, “Margarita,” features Pharrell and Big Boi. … Shakira and Wyclef Jean made beautiful music together with “Hips Don’t Lie” and now the track has made history. According to Nielsen data, the song was played 9,657 times on the radio last week, becoming the most-played song in pop radio history. Gwen Stefani‘s “Hollaback Girl” held the previous record, with 9,582 spins during the week ending June 5, 2005. …

LL Cool J joins Diddy, Stevie Wonder and Tom Petty in the ranks of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Golden Note Award winners. LL’s award will be presented June 26, when ASCAP will also honor R&B singer Bill Withers with a Rhythm & Soul Award during a ceremony held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. …
Master P and Lil’ Romeo are joining country-music star Lee Ann Womack to perform for U.S. troops at the Homefront Celebration in Vicenza, Italy, on June 14. This is the second USO tour for Master P and Romeo, who performed at an event for soldiers stationed in Germany in March. …

Avenged Sevenfold have posted their cover of Pantera‘s “Walk,” which is featured on Kerrang! magazine’s High Voltage compilation, on their MySpace page. … Scissor Sisters fans can start counting down the days: The band’s second album, Ta-Dah, has been fit with a September 26 due date. The release will be preceded by the disc’s first single, “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’.” …

It’s official: Fuel need to keep looking for a new singer. Former “American Idol” contestant Chris Daughtry confirmed that he’s going to go it alone. While in Greensboro, North Carolina, for a homecoming celebration Saturday, Daughtry told The Charlotte Observer, “I’m going to be doing my own thing.” The contest’s favorite rocker, who was asked to front Fuel following his elimination from “Idol” last month, said he expects to announce his career plans after he finishes touring with the “Idol” top 10. The American Idols Live Tour kicks off July 5 in New Hampshire and wraps up September 24 in Pennsylvania. … First Bun B revealed that he was escorting boxer Bernard Hopkins to the ring for Saturday’s light heavyweight bout in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and now Nick Lachey, “Entourage” star Jeremy Piven and fighter Oscar de la Hoya are getting in on the action. Piven and de la Hoya will get the weekend’s festivities rolling with a pre-fight party at the Borgata Hotel Casino’s Mixx nightclub on Friday, while Lachey will hold court at Mixx the next night as host of the bout’s afterparty. …

Vince Welnick, 55, former keyboard player for the Grateful Dead, died Friday in what the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department termed a suicide, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Welnick, who also played with the Tubes and the Missing Man Formation, was the last in a line of Grateful Dead keyboard players who met tragic early deaths that sparked word of a curse, from original keyboardist Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, who died at age 27 in 1973, to Keith Godchaux, who was killed in a 1980 car crash after leaving the band and Brent Mydland, who died of a drug overdose in 1990. Welnick played with the Dead until the 1995 death of leader Jerry Garcia ended the band’s four-decade run. … Carlos Santana and his wife are hitting Macy’s Herald Square in New York on Monday to unveil a product that will satisfy those who have always wanted to smell like the guitar icon — or his songs. The Santanas will sign bottles of Carlos Santana, a men’s fragrance that promises to be “a rich scent inspired by the music of Santana” at the event.

06.02.2006

Attorneys on both sides of the R. Kelly child-pornography case asked a Chicago judge on Thursday to prevent the public from viewing the singer’s alleged sex tape with an underage girl. They said only the jurors, prosecution, defense and judge should see it — the prosecution contended that a public viewing of the tape would do the underage girl “irreparable harm.” Defense and prosecution lawyers said the media could view the tape, however, a request Judge Vincent Gaughan is expected to rule on June 8, at the next hearing.

Meanwhile, the R&B singer is fighting another battle over a guardhouse in front of his gated estate in the Chicago suburb of Olympia Fields. Kelly built the guardhouse two years ago but only asked the village board for permission to do so in April. The village trustees rejected the request, so on Tuesday, the singer filed a civil suit, asking a judge to reverse the board’s decision. In a previously filed suit, the village board also accused Kelly of improperly parking tour buses and trailers in front of his mansion, violating local zoning laws. …

Alicia Keys and Gavin DeGraw will present and perform at the Songwriters Hall of Fame awards dinner, to be held June 15 at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel. Whoopi Goldberg and Dr. John will join them at the event, which will honor John Mayer, Kris Kristofferson and Peter, Paul & Mary, among others. …

Looks like Guns N’ Roses won’t be opening for the Rolling Stones after all. The Stones put their European Bigger Bang tour on hold after Keith Richards was sidelined with a head injury last month, and now the band has announced that the Nürnberg and Leipzig, Germany, shows that Axl and the gang were set to play in July have been canceled. Richards is ready to get back on the road, however, and the Stones’ European tour will kick off July 11 in Italy. “Excuse me, I fell off my perch,” Richards said in a statement on the band’s site. “Sorry to disrupt everyone’s plans but now — it’s full steam ahead! Ouch!” Rescheduled dates for postponed European shows are expected to be announced soon. … Ghostface Killah, Mates of State, We Are Scientists Stellastarr, Northern State and You Hear It First veterans Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s have been added to the lineup of the inaugural Desdemona Music Festival, set for June 23-24 at Sawyer Point Waterfront Park in Cincinnati. The 30-act lineup also includes previously announced artists the Walkmen, Fiery Furnaces and Annie. …

Incubus singer Brandon Boyd will host the Surfrider Foundation’s Celebrity Surf Jam, set for June 10 at Huntington Beach Pier in Southern California. “My friends and I have grown up surfing in California and we try to do everything we can to preserve the beaches and oceans that have afforded us the opportunity to surf,” Boyd said in a statement. “Through our band, Incubus, we’ve been lucky enough to raise funds to donate to the Surfrider Foundation in the past. Celebrity Surf Jam is just one more way I can help raise awareness for the need to protect our coastal environments.” … Constantine Maroulis made a surprise appearance at the Vibrato Club in Los Angeles’ Bel Air neighborhood on May 26 to debut a few new songs with producer Robin Di Maggio, who worked on the latest Paul Simon album. Ryan Cabrera and Sean Lennon were in the audience. …

After recording portions of his Life album in Cairo, Ricky Martin returned to Egypt earlier this week to play a sold-out, two-hour show at Cairo’s Media City. The Latin-music star had incorporated Middle Eastern music — as well as Asian music, reggaetón, and hip-hop — to make more of a global sound. The next stop on Martin’s international tour is Tel Aviv, Israel, on Saturday. … Ziggy Marley will release his second solo CD, Love Is My Religion, exclusively through Target stores. “One of my father’s goals was to release an album independently,” Ziggy said in a statement. “This album and the way it is being sold is important to me in honoring my father’s spirit.” … Jurassic 5‘s Feedback is due in stores July 25, and the week before, the hip-hop group will launch a three-month tour set to make three-dozen stops across the U.S. The trek, which kicks off July 18 at Seattle’s Showbox, will visit cities including San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago before wrapping up in Las Vegas on September 13. … The Zutons have set an August 22 release date for their second album, Tired of Hanging Around. Stephen Street (Blur, the Smiths) produced the disc, which includes the single “Valerie.”

[This story was originally published at 2:23 pm E.T. on 06.05.2006]