For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Juelz Santana, Death Cab For Cutie & More

Spears 'outraged' by stolen photos; Simpson, Nick Lachey finalize divorce; J. Lo blocks tell-all book.

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline enjoyed a recent vacation with their son, Sean Preston — until personal photos from the trip were published in Us Weekly. Jive Records issued a statement Saturday explaining that Spears and Federline are “evaluating all of their legal options” while the matter is being investigated. “While the photos depict happy family vacation memories, the couple are nevertheless outraged and saddened that their private family moments appeared in the magazine without their knowledge or consent after the photos were stolen by an unknown perpetrator,” the statement reads. …

The divorce is final. According to papers filed Friday, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey “are restored to the status of single, unmarried persons,” The Associated Press reports. Simpson announced the split in November and filed for divorce in December. The couple was married three years. … Jennifer Lopez‘s private life will remain private for the time being. Reuters reports that a preliminary injunction was signed Thursday barring Lopez’s first husband, Ojani Noa, from revealing intimate details of his life with the singer/actress while they work on settling a lawsuit over Noa’s proposed tell-all book. …

Russell Simmons‘ Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is taking its meeting-of-the-minds on the road again next week. The nonprofit group will stage a discussion on voter registration and economic empowerment July 12 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia with Juelz Santana, Remy Ma, Jaguar Wright and Philly’s own Musiq. … Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus, Rancid‘s Tim Armstrong, Bad Religion‘s Brett Gurewitz and 311‘s Nick Hexum are helping produce the next LP by NoCal rockers the Matches. Decomposer drops September 12. …

Death Cab for Cutie, Keane, the Secret Machines and Broken Social Scene are among the artists tapped to appear at the first-ever Bleeding Kansas Festival, to be held August 5 in Lawrence, Kansas. According to organizers, the fest takes its name from “abolitionist-era events that made Kansas a focal point in the buildup to the American Civil War.” Tickets for the all-day event cost $37.50. For more information, check out BleedingKansasFestival.com. …

Metallica have set a date for their arrival in Springfield. An animated version of the band will appear in the 18th season premiere of “The Simpsons,” airing September 10 on Fox, according to a post from Metallica on their Web site. … From social networking to social issues, MySpace is getting involved. The site launched a contest on Wednesday (July 5) asking users to submit 15- to 30-second public-service video announcements encouraging social activism and volunteerism, The Washington Post reports. The winner of the contest will be announced the week of August 21 and featured in co-sponsor Seventeen magazine. …

My Morning Jacket are spending their summer opening for Pearl Jam, but they’ve set aside August 4 to play Lollapalooza in Chicago. Violent Femmes and Ben Kweller have also been recently added to the fest. … Starsailor will promote their new album On the Outside, due August 22, with a 19-date North American trek. The outing kicks off September 3 at the Osheaga Festival in Montreal and wraps up October 2 in San Diego. The band is performing “In the Crossfire,” the first single from the LP, on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” August 29. …

Slash and Billy Idol just filmed a video with Derek Sherinian for the keyboardist’s cover of Mungo Jerry‘s “In the Summertime.” Zakk Wylde and Yngwie Malmsteen appear on Sherinian’s Blood of the Snake, due August 1. In the meantime, another metal vet, Anthrax‘s Scott Ian, plays guitar throughout Brian Posehn‘s parodic “Metal by Numbers” clip, which the comedian/ Relapse artist just posted on his MySpace page. … Seether have made their videos, concert footage and interviews available to PlayStation Portable users. The content can be found at IGN.com, UGO.com and Seether.com. …

More than five years after Sparklehorse last released an album, Dreamt for Lightyears in the Belly of a Mountain, the group’s fourth disc will finally be released September 26. Recorded by mastermind Mark Linkous in his Static King Studios in North Carolina, an array of contributors and collaborators guest on the LP, including Danger Mouse, Scott Minor, electronic artist Christian Fennesz, and Flaming Lips drummer Stephen Drozd and producer Dave Fridmann. The album also features a previously unreleased track with Tom Waits on piano. … Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has posted a solo track online. “Running the World,” a song criticizing world leaders, was written during last year’s Live 8 concerts and released to coincide with the event’s first anniversary. “It’s in no way a criticism of [organizer Bob] Geldof and company,” Cocker said on his MySpace page, “but I remember thinking at the time: ‘Where does engaging with these politicians/businessmen really get you?’ … Anyway, what do I know? I’m just a pampered rock star — but at least I think it’s good to discuss this stuff. Don’t you?” The track is available at MySpace.com/Jarvspace. …

The nominees for the inaugural Polaris Music Prize, honoring the best Canadian album “based solely on artistic merit, without regard to genre or record sales,” were announced Tuesday. New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene, Wolf Parade, Metric, the Deadly Snakes, Final Fantasy, Malajube, Sarah Harmer, K’Naan and Cadence Weapon are in the running for the $20,000 prize. The winner will be announced September 18 in Toronto. … Mercury Records co-founder Irving Green, who promoted black artists and made strides to break the recording industry’s color barrier, died Saturday at age 90, AP reports. Green signed jazz greats Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington and R&B hitmakers the Platters and hired Quincy Jones to be the label’s vice president in 1964, making Mercury the first label with a black high-level executive.

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DMX posted $25,000 bail and left the Westchester County jail in White Plains, New York, Friday (June 30), The Associated Press reports. X (real name Earl Simmons) was sent to jail Thursday by a judge who had issued an arrest warrant Wednesday after X did not appear in court to face charges of speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle; the charges stem from a June 2 incident. X’s lawyer said he didn’t appear in court because he was ill, according to The Boston Globe. But the judge, who had earlier granted two postponements, was not moved and ordered X to be led off to jail in handcuffs. …

Bo Bice has been added to NBC’s “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular,” which was already set to feature performances by Nick Lachey and Lionel Richie. The “Idol” finalist will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the show, which airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. … Meanwhile, Aerosmith are hooking up with conductor Keith Lockhart for the “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular,” which CBS will broadcast at 10 p.m. Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw are hosting. …

Stay in school, work hard and Dashboard Confessional will thank you kindly. The band is making its new release, Dusk and Summer, available for $6.99 to any student from elementary school through grad school with a valid student ID. The deal’s available at Best Buy and is a nod to Dashboard main man Chris Carrabba. “All the albums I grew up listening to always had labels on them saying ‘Pay No More Than …’ and it was always a pretty reasonable price,” Carrabba said of the promotion. …

Fort Minor are inviting fans to make their own video for “Where’d You Go.” Clips submitted by Wednesday will be reviewed by Mike Shinoda, who will pick his three favorites. Viewers can then vote on MTV Overdrive from July 24 to 30, and a winner will be named August 1. … Bow Wow is going back on comments he made recently that his next album might be his last. “What I meant was I’m going to devote a lot more time to movies, and not only movies, but working with my artists on my label and do what I have to do to be a businessman and not just a musician and an actor,” Bow said. … Will.I.Am was questioned by police in Berlin on Thursday in connection with an early-morning fight at the 40 Seconds club. Police spokesperson Ronny Frank told AP the fight, in which a champagne bottle was used, was apparently between Black Eyed Peas‘ bodyguard and the doorman. There were contradictory reports as to Will’s involvement, but no charges have been filed. …

Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose is not happy about his treatment from Swedish authorities when he was arrested on Tuesday following a brawl with security guards in a Stockholm hotel. According to a statement from Rose’s manager, Merck Mercuriadis, even though Swedish authorities were aware the band is in the middle of a tour, they “continually threatened us over a 12-hour period with between five days’ and three weeks’ incarceration without bail if Axl did not ‘cooperate.’ ” Mercuriadis said fans should not take the police report — which had Rose arguing with a woman and hitting and biting a security guard who tried to break it up — at face value. He said Rose was basically “held for ransom” after being “accosted” by the security guard at the hotel and manhandled by the arresting officer, who caused him to lose a valuable bracelet. Mercuriadis also said Rose was held down by five police officers while in custody as a doctor tried to take blood to administer a drug test three separate times. …

Dave Matthews Band have donated money to build enough renewable-energy generators to offset all the carbon-dioxide emissions they’ve produced on tour since 1991. The band is working with NativeEnergy (NativeEnergy.com) and Clean Air-Cool Planet. … British director Paul Fraser has released a short film inspired by the Arctic Monkeys song “When the Sun Goes Down.” The movie, “Scummy Man,” is available on DVD or online at DominoRecordCo.us/scummyman. … Mastodon, Converge and the Bronx will join forces for a heavier-than-tungsten tour scheduled to kick off in September. Specific dates and cities aren’t available just yet but should be announced in the next few weeks. …

Pretty Ricky are asking fans to name their second album, due this fall. Ideas can be submitted via the band’s Web site, PrettyRicky.com, and the winner will receive a personal call from the group and a credit on the CD. … A special 10-year anniversary re-release of Sublime‘s classic 1996 album is due August 15. Sublime – Deluxe Edition will include 15 bonus tracks, eight of them previously unreleased, including the original version of “Doin’ Time.” … Kinky will release Reina September 5. Colin Hay of Men at Work guests on the Latin electronic rockers’ third album. …

On September 26, Tori Amos will release A Piano: The Collection, a five-disc box set featuring her greatest hits, B-sides and unreleased songs. Included in the collection’s 86 tracks are an extended version of Amos’ 1992 debut, Little Earthquakes, remixes of songs from her Boys for Pele album and an entire disc of career-spanning flipsides. The set also comes with extensive liner notes penned by Amos herself. … The Crystal Method have partnered with Nike to record music specifically for jogging. The 45-minute album, Drive: Nike + Original Run, is available through iTunes’ new Sport Music section. …

The influential and acerbic ’80s trio Big Black will saddle up again for indie label Touch and Go’s 25th anniversary celebration. Led by iconoclastic producer Steve Albini (Nirvana‘s In Utero, PixiesSurfer Rosa), the group’s “old school” lineup — also featuring guitarist Santiago Durango and bassist Jeff Pezzati — will perform together for the first time in nearly 20 years during the celebration, which will take place at the Hideout in Chicago from September 8-10. The shows will feature more than 25 other T&G bands past and present, including Albini’s Shellac, Arcwelder, the Ex, Pegboy, Quasi, Seam, !!!, Calexico and the original lineups of the Didjits, Girls Against Boys, Killdozer, Scratch Acid, Man … or Astroman? and others. …

[This story originally published at 12:46 a.m. ET on 07.05.06]