For The Record: Quick News On Kevin Federline, T.I., Snoop Dogg, All-American Rejects, Hot Hot Heat & More

K-Fed ready for debut TV performance; T.I. sells used cars; Snoop joins 'Weeds.'

August 20 is going to be a big night for Kevin Federline. Britney Spears‘ rapper/dancer husband will make his network-television performance debut on Teen Choice 2006, closing the awards show with “Lose Control” from his upcoming Playing With Fire album. Jessica Simpson, who is up for three Teen Choice prizes, will be co-hosting the show with “Employee of the Month” co-star Dane Cook. The event will air live on Fox. Teen Choice votes are being accepted until August 11 at TeenPeople.com. …

T.I. has signed on for another film role, and this time the rapper/actor will be playing a used-car salesman. The movie, tentatively titled “For Sale,” will be the first film project from T.I.’s Grand Hustle Entertainment, Variety reports. It’s set at an unpopular used-car lot in Atlanta. …

Tired of the theme song to Showtime’s pot-centric series “Weeds”? Perhaps star Mary-Louise Parker was too. The show’s opening tune, “Little Boxes,” will be reinterpreted each week of its upcoming second season by different artists, including Death Cab for Cutie, Elvis Costello, Rilo Kiley‘s Jenny Lewis, Tim DeLaughter of the Polyphonic Spree, Regina Spektor and Ozomatli. Guests on the second season — which kicks off August 14 — will include Zooey Deschanel and Snoop Dogg, who will star as himself and record a song about smoking on the show. … The All-American Rejects announced Tuesday that they are canceling the remainder of their Canadian tour — which included shows in Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver — after doctors ordered frontman Tyson Ritter to rest his voice. The band hopes that a week off the road will help Ritter’s throat, and the Rejects intend to play their next scheduled show, a July 26 gig at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, California. They made the announcement via a post on their Web site and concluded by pledging to make up the Canadian dates “later this year.” … Los Angeles is the place to be Saturday if you’re an electronic-music fan. Paul Oakenfold, the Crystal Method, Deep Dish, John Digweed, Christopher Lawrence and other big names will be taking over four city blocks downtown from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. the following morning. Ten thousand attendees are expected for the five-stage Giant Village block party. …

Hot Hot Heat have been added to the roster for this year’s Hedgpeth Festival, set to take place July 28 and July 29 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. Primus and the Flaming Lips are headlining. … KT Tunstall has lined up a two-month North American headlining tour, which kicks off September 8 in Philadelphia and will hit cities including Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Nashville and Cincinnati before finishing up October 11 in Providence, Rhode Island. Tunstall will be featured on the PBS music series “Soundstage” on July 27. … Former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes wed his boyfriend of two years last month in a civil union in London, he announced on his Web site Monday. “As so many of you have given me your heart and soul over the past 10 years I thought it only fitting that I too return the respect and inform you of the most significant event in my life,” Hayes wrote. He called June 19, the day of the ceremony, his “happiest day.” … There certainly are a lot of people out there who can relate to Daniel Powter‘s rotten 24 hours. The Canadian singer/songwriter’s label announced that “Bad Day” has become the best-selling digital single in the U.S. to date, with nearly 1.7 million downloads. Powter kicked off his first U.S. tour Monday. … Ashlee Simpson is stepping into the shoes of Christina Aguilera and Carrie Underwood — as a spokesperson for Skechers footwear. Simpson, who will promote the line through 2007, says she has something in common with the shoes. “Like me, they are not afraid of taking chances and having fun.” …

Ozzy Osbourne leads a panel of artists and music-industry players presiding over the sixth annual Independent Music Awards. Cyndi Lauper, Buddy Guy, Fatboy Slim, Afrika Bambaataa, Beenie Man, Tim Panotta of Sugarcult and Paul Oakenfold are among the judges for the competition, which honors achievements in genres from heavy metal to gospel. This year marks the first Sing Out for Social Action prize, awarded to politically conscious performers. Entry forms for interested musicians are available at IndependentMusicAwards.com. Submissions are due by August 25. … The governor of Arkansas is preparing to pardon Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards for a 31-year-old reckless driving charge, The Associated Press reports. Richards was pulled over July 5, 1975, and paid a $162 fine. A clemency petition has been filed and now Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who plays bass in a band called Capitol Offense, will have the option of wiping Richards’ record clean in 30 days. … Pacific Northwest indie rockers Band of Horses have announced a fall U.S. tour. The 24-date trek kicks off in their hometown of Seattle on July 28, hits New York a whopping four times and finishes off back in Seattle for a two-night stand at the Showbox on November 4 and 5.

07.18.2006

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 MonkeysWhatever 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 EditorsThe 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.