For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Good Charlotte, Pink, Thom Yorke, Madonna & More

British tabloid apologizes to Spears; Carey works with Spike Lee; Good Charlotte fight hunger.

Britney Spears is getting an apology from a most unlikely source: the tabloids. According to The Associated Press, the British edition of The National Enquirer apologized in its Tuesday (July 18) volume for reporting in two June stories that she was about to divorce Kevin Federline. The paper, which also printed a retraction, said in a statement, "These allegations are untrue and we now accept Britney's position that the statements are without foundation. We apologize for any distress caused." ...

Eight celebrities took it all off for Jane magazine's August "naked" issue, and they will auction off the clothes they stripped out of to benefit children's charities. Model Heidi Klum is the mag's cover girl, while Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler and actresses Denise Richards, Sanaa Lathan ("Something New"), Brittany Snow ("John Tucker Must Die"), Rachel Blanchard ("Snakes on a Plane"), Rachel Miner ("The Black Dahlia") and Jenna Fischer ("The Office") pose inside and talk about taking off their clothes. Richards said she's comfortable being nude in front of a stranger — her massage therapist — while Snow prefers to stay dressed unless she's showering. You can bid on the celebrity threads beginning Thursday at ClothesOffOurBack.com. Jane's August issue hits newsstands July 25. ...

Mariah Carey recently shot short films in Los Angeles that will be screened at her Adventures of Mimi Tour, and she isn't working with just any director on the project. Spike Lee has teamed up with Carey on the vignettes, which feature the singer dressed in a coral Herve Leger dress. The tour kicks off August 5 in Miami. ...

Good Charlotte, the Strokes, Velvet Revolver, Aerosmith and Coheed and Cambria are among the artists who've contributed tracks to Serve, a compilation to benefit World Hunger Year, a nonprofit that develops community-based efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty. The CD will be available for purchase at all Hard Rock Cafe locations and on the restaurant chain's Web site. The album, which features a dozen tracks, also includes music from Modest Mouse, DMC, Lenny Kravitz, Dido, the Hold Steady and more. ...

Pink wants to direct a music video, and she's letting fans decide which up-and-coming female artists she should work with. Sandi Thom, Pretty Boys and the Ditty Bops are facing off at Glamour.com/ReelMusic for a chance to have Pink at the helm of their clip. Voting ends August 14. ... Arctic Monkeys' Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Thom Yorke's The Eraser and Muse's Black Holes and Revelations are among the nominees for the 14th annual Mercury Prize, awarded to the year's best British album. Other albums receiving nods included the Editors' The Back Room, Hot Chip's The Warning and Sway's This Is My Demo. The winner — who will take home a cash prize worth approximately $37,000 — will be announced September 5. ... Paul Oakenfold will be the primary support act for seven European dates on Madonna's Confessions tour. The DJ, who will open for Madonna at shows in cities including Rome, Amsterdam and Düsseldorf, Germany, kicks off his Confessions run in Cardiff, Wales, on July 30. Oakenfold, who has remixed the Madonna songs "Sorry," "Hollywood," "What It Feels Like for a Girl" and "American Life," said he is "looking forward to the challenge" of the tour. He is currently touring the U.S. on a run that hits Stateline, Nevada, on Wednesday, San Francisco on Friday and Los Angeles on Saturday. The trek wraps up July 26 in New York. ...

Sorry, ladies: It looks like Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst is off the market. In a post on Bizkit's MySpace page, Durst said that he'd met "a wonderful girl named Krista" while in Rhode Island, where he's shooting his directorial debut, "The Education of Charlie Banks." Durst said he asked for her hand in marriage, and "she said yes." Durst didn't reveal the lucky gal's last name, but he did disclose that he's been working on lyrics for Limp Bizkit's next LP between takes. "I am extremely focused right now and have been able to channel my thoughts and feelings into lyrics without hesitation," he wrote. "I am so excited to get in the studio as soon as we wrap this picture July 25. We are excited to move forward and get the Bizkit rocking full throttle." ... Justin Timberlake isn't the only artist in the direct-to-DVD movie game. Master P issued the car-repossessing comedy "Repos," the first release from his H. Hood Cinema home video company, earlier this month. Master P directed, produced and stars in the film along with Nick Cannon, Anthony Johnson ("Players Club") and Katt Williams ("Friday After Next"). The movie's soundtrack, featuring Lil' Romeo, comes packaged with the DVD. ...

John Mayer has set a release date for his next album, Continuum. Due September 12, the disc was produced by Mayer along with John Mayer Trio cohort Steve Jordan and features the songs "I Don't Trust Myself With Loving You," "I'm Gonna Find Another You" and "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room," along with a cover of the Jimi Hendrix track "Bold as Love." Mayer's tour with Sheryl Crow kicks off August 24 in Pittsburgh. ... A founding member of English rock outfit Kasabian — lead guitarist and keyboardist Chris Karloff — has been booted from the fold, according to a post on the band's Web site. "Karloff and the band experienced certain creative and artistic differences during the writing and recording of their second album," the post reads. "These irreconcilable and diverging approaches resulted in the band asking Karloff to leave the group. Karloff will pursue a musical career elsewhere." ... Sloan have posted "Who Taught You to Live Like That?" the first single from their upcoming, still-untitled album, at MySpace.com/Sloan. The bouncy track features guitarist Jay Ferguson on lead vocals. The LP will be out in Canada in late September, followed by a U.S. release. The band, who is currently playing summer festival dates in Canada, plans to tour North America beginning this fall. ...

Live footage of Bad Brains captured during a three-day stint of shows at New York's CBGB will hit stores in DVD form on September 19. Called "Bad Brains: Live at CBGB 1982," the disc was compiled from more than four hours of unreleased tape. ... Taste-making archivist Rhino Records is once again putting its definitive stamp on a genre. On September 19, the label will release the goth compilation A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box, which will feature 53 influential tracks by groups such as the Cure, Sisters of Mercy, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Love and Rockets and many more. Spread over three discs, the box set also includes 12 classic goth and dark-wave videos from Bauhaus, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Ministry, Echo & the Bunnymen and more. ... Boston indie rockers the Pernice Brothers have set October 17 as the release date for their fifth album, Live a Little. The follow-up to Discover a Lovelier You was produced by Mike Deming, the man behind the boards of the band's fan-favorite, Overcome by Happiness. The track "Somerville" is available as a free download on the band's Web site. ...

Dave Pajo, formerly of Billy Corgan's Zwan and seminal post-rockers Slint, has gone through a number of solo monikers — including Pajo, Papa M and Aerial M — but for now, he's just sticking with his last name. The Louisville, Kentucky, singer-guitarist will release 1968 on August 22, preceded by a tour that begins July 25 in Seattle. The eight-date jaunt ends August 5 in Somerville, Massachusetts. ... XM Satellite Radio has asked a federal judge to throw out a copyright lawsuit filed in May by the recording industry, AP reports. XM said Monday that the 1992 Audio Home Recording Act protects the company from being sued over its Inno device, which can store up to 50 hours of music. The industry's largest labels filed the suit, which seeks $150,000 in damages for every song copied by XM customers using the Inno, one month after the device was introduced.

07.17.2006

Justin Timberlake will not be making his big-screen debut in "Edison" after all. The crime drama — now titled "Edison Force" — that also stars LL Cool J and Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey, is bypassing theatrical release to go direct to DVD. The good news for Timberlake fans is that the disc hits stores Tuesday. And Timberlake's "Alpha Dog" — based on a 2000 murder allegedly involving Jesse James Hollywood — has prosecutors in Santa Barbara, California, in hot water. Lawyers for Hollywood have asked an appeals court to take the Santa Barbara County district attorney's office off the murder case because Deputy District Attorney Ron Zonen shared confidential files with producers of the film, the Los Angeles Times reports. Hollywood was apprehended in Brazil last year for the 2000 kidnapping and killing of a 15-year-old boy. Appellate justices are expected to enter their decision — which could take Zonen or the entire D.A.'s office off the case — in two or three months. ...

Korn will perform acoustically for the first time ever on TV Tuesday. Jonathan Davis and company will strip down "Coming Undone" and "Twisted Transistor" on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," in part to promote their upcoming Family Values Tour. ... Bobby Valentino has a Special Occasion brewing for September 19. The R&B singer's second LP — being issued by DTP/ Island Def Jam — will feature production by Rodney Jerkins, Sean Garrett and Dre & Vidal. ...

A judge has released C-Murder from home confinement, characterizing his participation in a home-monitoring program as a "burden" on the police department in Gretna, Louisiana, The Associated Press reports. C-Murder is awaiting a retrial on a second-degree murder charge stemming from the 2002 slaying of a 16-year-old boy at a now-defunct nightclub in Harvey, Louisiana. The rapper has been under house arrest since March 20. Prosecutors had petitioned a judge to send C-Murder back to jail, claiming he'd violated the terms of his home confinement by moving outside the range of the police's monitoring equipment numerous times. ...

Actor/filmmaker Zach Braff has already released one indie-friendly soundtrack with his directorial debut, "Garden State," so it's no surprise that his next film, "The Last Kiss," also features a list of indie-rock tearjerkers. Braff posted the track list for the movie's soundtrack on his Web site. The disc — featuring tracks by Coldplay, Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, Snow Patrol, Rachel Yamagata and Imogen Heap — is due August 9. ... Hawthorne Heights, Relient K, Emery, Plain White T's and the Sleeping have been tapped to perform on the fourth annual Nintendo Fusion Tour, which kicks off September 27. As with previous versions of the tour, the bands are only part of the attraction: Fans will get a chance to test out a variety of new Nintendo products, including the anxiously awaited Wii, Nintendo's next-gen system. ...

Gnarls Barkley and Peeping Tom will head out on a 10-date run that starts Thursday in Costa Mesa, California. Peeping Tom will also play several headlining gigs with the Dub Trio on Gnarls tour off-nights. The trek concludes August 17 in New York. ... What's the perfect date for a band like Slipknot to release a DVD? Halloween, naturally. Slipknot are tentatively planning to issue the yet-untitled follow-up to 2002's Disasterpieces on October 31. There's no word yet on what footage the disc will feature. ... Australians have had enough of Barry Manilow, apparently. Officials have been blasting his music at the Cook Park Reserve outside of Sydney as a way of keeping people away from the park at night on the weekend, AP reports. The six-month campaign, which only started recently, already has locals peeved. ...

Mastodon will head out on a U.S. headlining run with Converge and the Bronx that's set to kick off in Baltimore on September 6. The band has 14 gigs lined up through September 23 in Seattle, with stops planned in New York, Chicago, Detroit and Portland, Oregon. Mastodon's forthcoming LP, Blood Mountain, is due September 12. ... The Bled's Michael Pedicone has been recruited to fill in for Helmet drummer Mike Jost, who has stepped off this summer's Warped Tour following the recent birth of his child. Pedicone will play two sets on each Warped date, one with his own band and one with Helmet. He learned all of the songs in Helmet's set in a single day. ... Ill Niño have officially parted ways with Roadrunner Records, less than a year after the release of the band's third album, One Nation Underground. Ill Nino guitarist Ahrue Luster and wife, Xylia, welcomed a baby girl Friday. ...

Calexico have set aside the month of September for touring. After hitting up a variety of festivals — Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Touch and Go's 25th anniversary shindig among them — the band will play September 18 in New Orleans. From that day forward, Calexico will play daily (except for one day off, September 26) through the end of the month, closing with a show in Lawrence, Kansas. ... TV on the Radio have set September 12 as the release date for their upcoming album, Return to Cookie Mountain. A video for the single "Wolf Like Me" was shot this weekend in Brooklyn, New York, by director John Watts. ... Canadian orchestral rockers the Dears have finalized the U.S. release of their upcoming third album. Due October 3, Gang of Losers will be released on Arts & Crafts, the label home to Stars and Broken Social Scene. ...

Roger O'Donnell, keyboardist for the Cure, has remixed "Cutting Ballons" by Cassettes Won't Listen, and the fresh version will be posted Tuesday on Stereogum.com. ... Rockers Clinic and indie-folk group Adem who share the same homeland (Britain) and record label (Domino), have announced records coming out this fall. Adem's sophomore disc, Love and Other Planets, will be released September 12 and Clinic's fourth album, Visitations, is due October 10. ... Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie was assaulted in a hotel bar in Madrid, Spain, on Friday, BBC News reports. The singer was advised by a doctor not to fly to the U.K. — where the band was due to perform on "Top of the Pops" — until Sunday afternoon, though he was able to play a show in Barcelona as scheduled on Saturday. Gillespie's manager said the singer is back home and doing well despite two black eyes.