For The Record: Quick News On Smashing Pumpkins, Britney Spears, Kevin Federline, Madonna, Guns N' Roses & More

Pumpkins recording with Queen producer; Federline reveals Spears duet; German authorities monitor Madonna.

The Smashing Pumpkins have entered a recording studio with producer Roy Thomas Baker, according to a post on the band's Web site. Baker produced Queen's A Night at the Opera, which included their classic "Bohemian Rhapsody," and also has the Cars, Journey and Cheap Trick on his lengthy résumé. The band announced in April that it had reunited, though Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin are the only members who have been confirmed for the comeback so far. ...

Wondering how Kevin Federline and Britney Spears have kept their relationship alive? Chalk it up to patience — on his end. "She thought she could play me," he explains of their early days in GQ's September issue, on newsstands Tuesday. "She was playing games, testing me to see where my head is at, see if she could get away with this or that." Federline said he stuck it out through the relationship's rocky start and proved to his future wife that he was interested in the woman, not the fame. The dancer-turned-rapper also revealed to GQ that he toilet-papered 98 Degrees' tour bus, aced the GED — "Not that it's the hardest thing in the world" — and has a collaboration with Britney recorded and ready to roll. "After she has the baby and gets skinny, we're gonna hit 'em with this sh--," he said. And speaking of baby number two, Britney told People magazine for its issue hitting newsstands Friday that she hadn't planned on having her next child so soon. "It just kind of happened," she told the magazine. Laughing, she added, "I'm going to wait a while for the next [one]!" ...

Authorities in Düesseldorf, Germany, are on the lookout for any controversial religious content in Madonna's concert on Sunday and will determine whether the performance is covered under laws protecting artistic expression, The Associated Press reports. But rather than send a representative to the show to see for themselves, prosecutors plan to rely on media reports. Madonna, who wears a crown of thorns and hangs from a mirrored cross during one part of her Confessions show, was blasted over the same performance earlier this month in Rome. ... Two more Guns N' Roses dates have been set in stone, with more gigs expected to be booked and announced over the next few weeks. Guns will perform at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco on September 20 and 21, in addition to their previously announced shows at the Joint inside Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino scheduled for September 16 and 17. ...

Nominations for the seventh annual Latin Grammy Awards will be announced September 26 at 8:30 a.m. ET. The awards ceremony will broadcast live on Univision from New York's Madison Square Garden on November 2. ... The New York Mets are commemorating the 41st anniversary of the Beatles' legendary concert at Shea Stadium on August 23 with a performance by 1964: The Tribute, a cover band that will play before the 7 p.m. start and between innings of the Mets/ St. Louis Cardinals matchup. ... Ben Folds is releasing a rarities compilation this fall called Supersunnyspeedgraphic, the LP, a reference to the Internet EPs he released in 2003: Super D, Sunny 16 and Speed Graphic. Select songs from those EPs as well as B-sides, covers and soundtrack contributions will be included. ...

Saturday Night Wrist, the Deftones' long-awaited fifth studio LP, has been set for an October 31 release. The album — which features guest appearances by System of a Down's Serj Tankian and Giant Drag's Annie Hardy — will boast a dozen tracks, including "Hole in the Earth," "FM," "Beware," "Cherry Waves," "Mein," "Interlude," "Tilde," "Rats," "Pink Cell Phone," "Combat," "The Earth" and "Comanche." ... Head Automatica have canceled the second leg of their Popaganda Tour because — as they state in a press release issued this week — they'll "be linking up with another band for the months of October and November." Details on that tour will be announced shortly. Refunds for all tickets purchased for the September 27-October 21 shows can be obtained at point of purchase. The band apologizes "for any inconveniences these cancellations may have caused" and thanks fans "for their continued support." ...

When they wanted a remix of "Easy," the first single from the forthcoming Barenaked Ladies Are Me LP (due September 12), the Ladies counted on their fans. Now the band is calling on its faithful to do the air-guitar thing and create a video for the disc's second single, "Wind It Up." Download the track from MySpace.com/BarenakedLadies, play a mean make-believe six-string over it, fill out an entry form on BNLMusic.com and post your clip on YouTube. The Ladies will pick their favorites to appear in the "Wind It Up" music video. The group has also posted multitrack versions of "Wind It Up" and "Bank Job" for remixing, with two more songs to come. Select remixes will appear on an upcoming digital EP, with proceeds going to charity. ...

Attendees of the Fashion Rocks pre-party, set for September 6 at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York, will hear Elton John's The Captain & the Kid performed live by the singer more than two weeks before its September 19 release. Tickets to the event — which will also feature a post-concert cocktail reception and an auction — range from $500-$1,000, with proceeds benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation. ... With this summer's Warped Tour behind them, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts have teamed up with the Eagles of Death Metal for a fall tour that kicks off in Philadelphia on October 12. The trek will make a total of 19 stops and wraps up in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on November 19. ... Calling all Juggalos: The Insane Clown Posse will hit the road this fall for a 26-date jaunt that will conclude with a Halloween show in Detroit. The first date is set for September 29 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The band will be touring in support of its latest studio offering, The Tempest, which is set to drop September 19.

08.15.2006

Wonder what kids are learning these days on "Sesame Street"? On Wednesday's episode, viewers will find out that Jamie Foxx can bust a mean alphabet song, but he's no fox. The singer/actor faces off with a fox Muppet named Jamie, who points out that Foxx is missing the requisite bushy tail and pointy ears. And while Foxx is just visiting the Street, a new girl has moved into the neighborhood. Three-year-old fairy-in-training Abby Cadabby — who has purple pigtails, wings and a magic wand — is the first female Muppet to join the show in 13 years. ...

Kelis teamed up with someone special for the second single from her upcoming album. "Blindfold Me," the next track set to be released from the August 22 LP, features Nas, her husband. Kelis Was Here also includes a collaboration with Will.I.Am as well as production from Cee-Lo, Scott Storch and Sean Garrett. ... Lil' Flip has signed with Asylum/ Warner Bros. Records and plans to release the album I Need Mine this fall. The new release will feature fresh songs that weren't included in a version of I Need Mine that leaked during Flip's label transition, Warner Bros. said in a statement. ...

Beck is giving out The Information. His ninth studio album and fourth one produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead) will contain 15 tracks — the most songs the Silver Lake, California, Scientologist has put on one album since 1994's One Foot in the Grave. Homemade videos for "This Girl," "1,000 BPM," "No Complaints," "Nausea," "We Dance Alone" and "Movie Theme" have already been floating around online, but, according to Beck's Web site, "This Girl" won't be appearing on the record. The remaining tracks will be: "Elevator Music," "Think I'm in Love," "Cell Phone's Dead," "Soldier Jane," "Strange Apparition," "Dark Star," "Motorcade," "The Information," "New Round" and "Horrible Fanfare/ Landslide/ Exoskeleton." ...

Steve-O will set out to "de-wussify" American men in "Camp Steve-O," a reality-TV pilot that's been greenlit by USA Networks. In the half-hour program, the "Jackass" star will tour the country in a camper van and bring his boot camp directly into "the homes and offices of wimps, nerds and couch-potatoes," according to a press release. ... Bring on the major leagues. Noirish indie-rockers Interpol have left Matador Records and signed to Capitol. The group is scheduled to begin recording its third album, the still-untitled follow-up to 2004's Antics, this fall. The new LP is tentatively scheduled for mid-2007 release, according to a Capitol Records spokesperson. ...

The Rolling Stones have nixed another concert date in Spain as frontman Mick Jagger continues to recover from a sore throat, The Associated Press reports. "I am very sorry to be canceling this show as well," Jagger said in a statement. "But unfortunately I have no other choice and I apologize to everyone who bought tickets for El Ejido." The tour is slated to restart Sunday in London. ... XM subscribers will get to hear Bob Dylan's new album in the first moments of August 28, a day before the disc hits stores. Modern Times — Dylan's first studio LP in five years — will premiere at midnight ET on XM's Deep Tracks, the Village and Hear Music stations, with repeat plays at 6 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. ET. ...

Imagine WWE champ Chris Jericho sharing a romantic moment with R&B diva Patti LaBelle — sure they'd make an odd couple, but what would they sound like together? Fox's "Celebrity Duets" is pairing celebs such as Jericho, Alfonso Ribeiro ("The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"), Jai Rodriquez ("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy") and Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess") with hit recording artists including LaBelle, Macy Gray, Michael Bolton and Dionne Warwick. The competition, which will be judged by producer David Foster, kicks off August 29. ...

B Real is close to finishing his first solo studio album, Smoke in Mirrors. "I got about 25 songs in the can right now," the Cypress Hill rapper said. "I'm going to work a little bit longer on it just to make sure I'm satisfied with what I got." ... Mike Patton's Peeping Tom have been tapped to open for the Who for seven shows next month. Look for them to take the stage in Philadelphia (September 12); Wantagh, New York (September 13); Ottawa, Ontario (September 15); Boston (September 16); New York (September 18 and 19); and Holmdel, New Jersey, on September 21. ... About 30 minutes into their set at Auburn, Washington's Endfest 15 on Saturday, the Mars Volta were hit with bottles of urine hurled by concertgoers. According to The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala made comments about playing at a corporately owned venue on Native American soil before storming off the White River Amphitheater stage. ...

Kasabian have booked a North American fall tour to promote their new album, Empire, due September 19. The outing begins September 17 in Boston and wraps up exactly one month later in Portland, Oregon. ... Damon Gough, better known as Badly Drawn Boy, will release his fifth album, Born in the U.K., on October 17. A fall tour will be announced soon. ... The inaugural Radio Rebellion Tour, featuring Norma Jean, Between the Buried and Me, Fear Before the March of Flames, Misery Signals, the Fully Down and the Confession, will kick off in Nashville on October 6. The tour has 34 dates scheduled through a December 2 stop in Atlanta. ... The New York Dolls will play a free concert at South Street Seaport's Pier 17 in New York on Friday. The gig will commence at 8 p.m., and the band is expected to perform several cuts from its latest LP, One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This. ... Bruno Kirby, Billy Crystal's co-star in "City Slickers" and "When Harry Met Sally," died Monday due to complications from recently diagnosed leukemia, according to "Access Hollywood." Kirby, who also appeared in "The Godfather: Part II," "Donnie Brasco," "Sleepers," "This Is Spinal Tap" and "Good Morning, Vietnam," was 57. He most recently played a producer on HBO's "Entourage." ...

Want to hear some of the Rapture's new album, Pieces of the People We Love? The New York dance rockers' disc is due September 12, but the band is currently streaming five new songs — the title track, "Get Myself Into It," "Don Gon Do It," "The Sound" and "Whoo! Alright - Yeah ... Uh Huh" at PiecesOfThePeopleWeLove.com. Users must upload a picture of themselves into a massive virtual collage to gain access to the new tracks. ... Cursive, who will release Happy Hollow on August 22, will head out on the road next month, starting with a gig in Fargo, North Dakota, on September 22. Dates are scheduled through November 27 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ... Filmmaker Adam Muskiewicz has a proposition for conspiracy theorists: Prove that Elvis Presley is alive and he'll fork over $3 million. "This is the biggest myth in the history of pop culture," the director of the upcoming documentary "The Truth About Elvis" said in a statement, "and I hope to determine, once and for all, if Elvis is dead or alive." You can take a look at some of the evidence Muskiewicz has collected and compare notes with other amateur detectives at ElvisWanted.com.