For The Record: Quick News On Proof, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Justin Timberlake, Audioslave, Nicole Kidman & More

Men charged with killing Proof driver; Jolie wants to adopt again; Timberlake previewing new LP with club tour.

Two men were charged Sunday with the killing of Gerald Rosic Gadie, the 31-year-old Detroit man who drove Proof to the hospital after the rapper was fatally shot April 11, the Detroit Free Press reports. Gadie was found dead in the basement of his home on May 27. Police say he was shot in an apparent dispute over 20 pounds of marijuana and $7,000 that had been stolen from him earlier that month. John Henry Williams II and Corey Frazier were arraigned on charges of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during a felony. If found guilty of first-degree murder, the men face mandatory life sentences without parole. …

Only weeks after giving birth to Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie has revealed to CNN’s Anderson Cooper that she and Brad Pitt are planning to adopt again, The Associated Press reports. “We’re looking at different countries. It’s gonna be the balance of what would be best for Mad and for Z right now,” she told Cooper, referencing her two other adopted children, Zahara (who the couple adopted from Ethiopia) and Maddox (Cambodia). …

Good news for Justin Timberlake fans: Jive Records has announced the name and release date of the singer’s second solo LP. FutureSex/LoveSounds is due September 12, and Timberlake plans to preview the album with a U.S. club tour in August. Venues and dates are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks. The first single from Timberlake’s second solo LP will be “SexyBack,” a track co-written and co-produced by Timberlake, Timbaland and Nate Hills. The song will hit radio July 7. …

In other big release-date news, Audioslave‘s third LP, Revelations, has been scheduled for a September 5 in-store date. The effort was recorded at Los Angeles’ Henson Studios with producer Brendan O’Brien (Rage Against the Machine, Soundgarden) and will feature a dozen tracks: “Revelations,” “One and the Same,” “Sound of a Gun,” “Until We Fall,” “Original Fire,” “Broken City,” “Somedays,” “Shape of Things to Come,” “Jewel of the Summertime,” “Wide Awake,” “Nothing Left to Say but Goodbye” and “Moth.” …

The New Jack Swing Reunion Tour rolled into New York at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Friday, with headliners Guy breaking out old dance moves like the running man and classic hits like “Groove Me” and “I Like.” While Guy performed as their best-known lineup, groups Tony Toni Toné and Blackstreet hit the stage with revamped rosters featuring a couple of new members. … Two unreleased songs will appear on The Ultimate Luther Vandross, according to AP. “Shine” was produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and “Got You Home” will also accompany the single-disc collection, due August 22. …

Bruce Willis is the latest celebrity to sue the paparazzi. The actor filed a defamation suit Monday against a photographer who said Willis attacked him outside a restaurant in Los Angeles earlier this month, according to AP. Willis is seeking no less than $1 million in general, special and consequential damages, plus later-to-be-determined punitive damages. … A screenwriter’s lawsuit against George Clooney and Warner Bros. was dismissed by a judge in Paris Monday, AP reports. Stephanie Vergniault had claimed that one of her scripts had been plagiarized for “Syriana,” but the judge disagreed. …

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have headed back Down Under, but this isn’t just an ordinary homecoming. “We are very happy to be back in Australia,” the couple said in a joint statement, before revealing: “We have come home to celebrate our wedding with our family and friends.” … The presence of one of President Bush‘s twin daughters at a Radiohead concert at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York last week has frontman Thom Yorke fuming. In a post to Radiohead’s blog, “Dead Air Space,” Yorke wrote that the concert was interrupted for several fans thanks to six Secret Service Agents, who cleared a path for the first daughter’s exit and “manhandled … some poor soul.” Yorke wrote that the incident left the band with a multiple-choice quandary. “I don’t know whether we should be A. honored; B. amused; C. bemused; D. ask if she had a valid ticket; E. object belatedly on moral grounds; F. ask again if she had a ticket and question whether this [is] really what our gigs are about; G. don’t blame the daughter for the father; H. shut up and smile.” …

He’ll hit the big screen with Game on Friday in “Waist Deep,” but Tyrese Gibson currently has a real-life drama on his hands. “Last week, 17 potential songs that were supposed to be released on my upcoming double album Alter Ego — some tracks with me rhyming and some new R&B songs — were stolen from my Headquarter Entertainment offices,” Tyrese said in a statement. “These songs not only have been stolen, but they have been leaked on the Internet as well.” Tyrese, who says he’s working on “getting to the bottom” of the theft, explained that the unfinished tracks have not been mixed and aren’t ready for release. “As an artist I feel violated and disrespected.” He still plans to have the double LP — featuring one R&B disc and one rap disc — out this fall. …

Snoop Dogg was joined onstage by “American Idol” title holder Taylor Hicks Saturday, during a performance at Birmingham, Alabama’s City Stages festival, The Birmingham News reports. Hicks played the harmonica on “Gin and Juice” and rolled out his famed dance moves with a second appearance later in Snoop’s set. … Previously unreleased tunes from Fall Out Boy, Audioslave, Rob Zombie, Nickelback, Wolfmother, Yellowcard, Mötley Crüe and Papa Roach will be featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming videogame “FlatOut 2,” which will be released for the Xbox, PlayStation 2 and PC in August. …

During a press conference preceding their performance at Tallinn Song Festival Grounds in Estonia on Tuesday, Metallica‘s James Hetfield said that the songwriting sessions for the group’s forthcoming album are “coming along exactly as [they] should. We’re not rushing too much. [We're] taking our time. We want this to be just really good. We have a lot of material, which is better than the other way around. We’re going to be [at it] a little while. Rick Rubin is the producer, who’s done very amazing things with people. So we’re pretty excited about his input.” Drummer Lars Ulrich recently told BBC Radio 1 that the band’s new album’s going to be in stores in the summer or early fall of 2007. “I think we’ve realized that the creative process works a little slower for us than it used to, and we’re OK with that,” he said. “It’s not a bad thing, unless, of course, you’re waiting for a record.” …

The reunited Alice in Chains have booked three additional U.S. gigs, adding shows in Del Mar, California (August 18); Kelseyville, California (August 20); and Mansfield, Massachusetts (as part of Locobazooka! radio fest on August 23). Sony Legacy will release the two-disc The Essential Alice In Chains on July 25. The collection will feature 28 tracks, including “Man in the Box,” “Rain When I Die,” “Heaven Beside You” and “Would?” … Camp Freddy, the Los Angeles-based covers band that features former Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and Velvet Revolver‘s Matt Sorum and Scott Weiland, will be playing a gig in Las Vegas on July 1, with Navarro’s new band, the Panic Channel. …

Iron Maiden have named their forthcoming album. A Matter of Life and Death, recorded with producer Kevin Shirley (H.I.M., Rocket From the Crypt) at Sarm West Studios in London, should hit stores in early September. Shirley said he feels “incredibly privileged to have been around to see this album born and breathe life. There have been only a couple of occasions in my career when the entire process of recording felt so complete — and it is on display here.” Frontman Bruce Dickinson is also psyched about the LP, commenting that the effort contains “such a wide scope of musicianship … and in parts, this album is truly epic. Every one of us has put everything into this record and it’s really paid off. However we’ve had such fun making it that it’s almost difficult to believe what we’ve managed to achieve in the time it took.” Look for the album to feature 10 tracks, including “Brighter Than a Thousand Suns,” “Out of the Shadows” and “For the Greater Good of God.” …

First, the European leg of the Rolling StonesBigger Bang tour survived a rescheduling due to guitarist Keith Richards‘ brain surgery. Now, fellow guitarist Ron Wood has checked into a London rehab clinic for treatment of alcohol abuse — but that won’t alter the tour’s planned relaunch on July 11 in Milan, Italy, according to a Reuters report. The Stones’ spokesperson confirmed that Wood, 59, checked into a facility this week, but would be ready to perform with the band in Milan. … Toronto “gay church folk” ensemble the Hidden Cameras will release their third record Awoo on September 19 on Broken Social Scene‘s Arts & Crafts label. The 13-track disc features the tracks “Death of a Tune,” “Hump From Bending” and “The Waning Moon.” A North American fall tour is in the works. … Scottish indie-pop outfit Camera Obscura are coming across the pond in support of their third disc, Let’s Get Out of This Country. The 22-date tour begins July 4 in Toronto and wraps up July 30 in Newport, Kentucky. … Rudy Ray Moore, one of the Original Kings of Comedy, has been hospitalized. The 80-year-old Moore, a.k.a. Dolemite, is in the intensive-care unit of a hospital in Inglewood, California, as he battles “a serious undisclosed illness,” according to a press release. …

06.16.2006

Britney Spears has a plan to combat reports in the tabloid media: “I need to come up with my own magazine and say the real deal,” the singer told Matt Lauer in an interview that aired on “Today” and “Dateline NBC” Thursday. With Sean Preston, a baby on the way and her music career to stay on top of, a foray into publishing is unlikely to happen, but Spears is venting about the press anyway. “I can’t go anywhere without someone judging me,” the tearful singer said, adding that the February incident in which she was photographed driving with then-4-month-old son Sean Preston on her lap was not a big deal. “I did it with my dad. I’d sit on his lap and I’d drive. We’re country.” And the time she tripped with Sean in her arms and ended up on the cover of the New York Post? “Accidents happen!” she responded. “There will be plenty more oopses. I’m not perfect. I’m human.” Despite reports that her marriage is in trouble, the singer called Kevin Federline an “amazing” husband. “He cares so much and his heart is awesome.” Spears said. She also credited Federline with helping her cope while she deals with the pressures of being in the public eye. “I’m an emotional wreck right now.” …

Look out, Beyoncé: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have their eyes on you. The animal-rights group secretly placed a winning bid to an eBay auction that granted the victor a dinner with the singer, according to The Associated Press. At the dinner Wednesday in New York, members of PETA approached a reportedly shocked Knowles about using fur coats in her clothing line, although they were eventually booted from the restaurant. …

Snow Patrol have realigned their 2006 tour schedule after it was put on hold due to singer Gary Lightbody‘s severe throat problems. The band will play Boston’s Bank of America Pavilion on August 15, after which it’ll kick off a full-fledged jaunt September 6 in Atlanta. The fun ends September 28 at San Diego’s House of Blues. … Prince surprised outdoor music lovers in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday night, showing up for a cameo at Maceo Parker‘s show at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Even Parker — a saxophonist and longtime James Brown collaborator who joined Prince on his Musicology tour — wasn’t expecting the very special guest, The New York Times reports. …

John Mayer and Sheryl Crow are joining forces for a tour that kicks off August 24 in Pittsburgh. The 27-date tour will make stops in cities including Boston, Cincinnati, Seattle, Denver, San Diego and Houston before wrapping up October 12 in Tampa, Florida. … The July 14 date on this summer’s Ozzfest, which was scheduled to take place at the Float-Rite Park in Somerset, Wisconsin, has been canceled. The Ozzfest camp didn’t give a reason for nixing the date. … Heavens, the side project of Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba and F-Minus bassist Joe Steinbrick, will release their LP, Patent Pending, September 12. The Epitaph release will feature “Counting,” “Dead End Girl” and “True Hate.” …

Pixies frontman Frank Black has lined up a handful of solo dates for August, giving him a chance to headline his own shows in between opening for the Foo Fighters on their acoustic trek. Black will hit the road August 9 in Salt Lake City and swing through Indianapolis; Omaha, Nebraska; Santa Cruz, California; and Wellfleet, Massachusetts. The tour wraps up August 31 in Sacramento, California. Black’s Fast Man/ Raider Man double-disc drops Tuesday. … Sensitive rockers Rainer Maria have announced plans for an extensive U.S. tour in support of their fifth studio album, Catastrophe Keeps Us Together. The 36-date trek kicks off July 14 in Phoenix and runs until September 1 in San Diego. The Format will headline all dates, except for an August 5 gig at Lollapalooza. Catastrophe hit stores in April. …

On Friday (June 16), a Manhattan judge issued an arrest warrant for Boy George after the troubled singer didn’t show up in court, AP reports. George, whose real name is George O’Dowd, was supposed to explain why he wants to change his sentence for falsely reporting to the police that his apartment had been burglarized. After O’Dowd made the false claim in March, police discovered cocaine in his apartment. … Just how New Year’s Eve 1998 finally brought an end to questions about what it’d be like to party in 1999, Sunday should resolve any lingering concerns among Beatles fans over what would happen to Paul McCartney when he’s 64. Macca hasn’t revealed his birthday plans yet, but AP reports that the Beatles Story Exhibition in McCartney’s Liverpool hometown is throwing down with a karaoke contest, balloons, cake and more. …

If Dinosaur Jr. have reunited, then why is J Mascis excavating Dino bones with another set of backing musicians? Well, for a good cause, of course. To benefit the far-reaching humanitarian organization Amma, Mascis is ganging up with members of Broken Social Scene, including frontman Kevin Drew, for a one-off gig in Toronto. The show goes down at the Mod Club on June 23. … Selling 14 millions albums worldwide isn’t enough to satisfy the Barenaked Ladies, apparently. The Toronto band has a new LP, Barenaked Ladies Are Me, slated for release September 12 through its own Desperation Records imprint. The Ladies are planning to release two digital versions of the set that same day: one with two additional tracks not on the standard CD, and another 27-track deluxe edition. …

Philadelphia’s Mewithoutyou have completed work on their third album, Brother, Sister. The record was produced by Brad Wood (who helmed their breakout 2004 LP, Catch for Us the Foxes) and features guest vocals by Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate, the Fire Theft) on two tracks. Sister is due in stores September 26. … The Reverend Horton Heat will stage a traveling musical revival with his long-running psychobilly band this summer. The tour launches June 30 in Tempe, Arizona, with 45 gigs scheduled through late September. The band is also slated to appear December 1 in Irving, Texas. Danish rockers Horrorpops will open on most dates, along with California’s Throw Rag. …

EMI North America agreed Thursday to pay $3.75 million to settle a pay-for-play investigation by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, The New York Times reports. The gubernatorial candidate had been probing radio air time traded to benefit artists including Gorillaz, Coldplay and Beenie Man. Spitzer announced settlements with Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group last year. Investigators are now expected to focus on the conduct of radio corporations, including Clear Channel Communications and CBS Radio. The Federal Communications Commission is also investigating payola claims in radio broadcasting.

[This story was originally published at 12:47 p.m. ET on 06.19.06]