For The Record: Quick News On Beyonce, Outkast, Busta Rhymes, Britney Spears, Black Eyed Peas & More

Mathew Knowles lashes out; Busta turns up at Outkast screening; Britney photo won't be censored in Tokyo.

Proud papa Mathew Knowles says enough is enough — people should stop picking on his daughter. In the wake of the latest rumor that Beyoncé's B'Day is being pushed back from its September 5 release date, the singer's manager has come out swinging. On Thursday (August 24), he released a statement attacking the haters. "It is apparent that there is a consistent plan by some to create chaos around Beyoncé's B'Day album release on September 5 in the U.S.," he said. "First, it was a petition against the single 'Deja Vu,' then a rumor regarding conflict between Beyoncé and Rihanna, seizures caused by the 'Ring the Alarm' video, putting out a single to compete with LeToya's album and now, to add to all the ridiculous rumors, my plan to postpone the release of her B'Day album. What will be next? Beyoncé's cut off all her hair? Dyed it green? Maybe she's singing the songs in reverse with some hidden subliminal message!" Knowles went on to say he is pleased with the success of "Deja Vu" and outlined a plan for his daughter to have three singles in the marketplace at once. He also noted that B has not been thrown off-course by the distractions. ...

Volkswagen sponsored a VIP screening and listening party for Outkast's "Idlewild" film and soundtrack on Wednesday night in New York. The screening kicked off at the AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 in Manhattan, where Busta Rhymes, Remy Ma and radio personality Miss Info took in the film. Donnell "Ashy Larry" Rawlings of "Chappelle's Show," Mario and model Tyson Beckford partied at club Providence afterward. ...

Looks like Tokyo can handle Britney's bod after all. Promotional posters for the Japanese edition of the controversial Harper's Bazaar issue featuring a nude shot of Spears on its cover had been deemed "too stimulating" for posting, but now Tokyo Metro has agreed to present the image in full form as an exception to its obscenity rule, The Associated Press reports. The screening team said it understands publisher HB Japan Inc. had intended to portray Spears as a happy mother, not be sexually explicit. "I'm glad the subway officials understood the meaning of the photo," Kayoko Higashino, deputy chief editor of the magazine's Japanese edition, told AP. In the censored area, the publisher had intended to write, "in this place we are not allowed to exercise the same level of freedom of expression as the original Harper's Bazaar." ...

The Black Eyed Peas will be without tourmates Pussycat Dolls for three dates on their current tour. PCD will miss shows on Thursday (August 24) in Mansfield, Massachusetts; Friday in Wantagh, New York; and Sunday in Syracuse, New York, after Nicole Scherzinger was diagnosed with an ear infection that prevents her from traveling and performing. Danity Kane will step in for the Dolls and open Thursday night's show at the Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts. ... Taking Back Sunday and 30 Seconds to Mars will headline the annual MTV2 and LIFEbeat: The Music Industry Fights AIDS benefit concert on August 30 at Webster Hall in New York. ... The Raconteurs will open for Bob Dylan at eight shows this fall, beginning November 9 in Portland, Maine, and ending November 18 in Philadelphia. ...

Dashboard Confessional will hit the road this fall with Brand New for a tour that'll get under way on October 13 in Mesa, Arizona. More dates for the trek should be forthcoming, but for now, here are the ones that have been booked: October 17 in San Jose, California; October 18 in Bakersfield, California; October 20 in Las Vegas; October 21 in San Diego; October 23 in Orem, Utah; and October 27 in Rosemont, Illinois. ... Papoose says the wait is over — he's inked a deal. The Brooklyn, New York, MC, who is one of the hottest spitters in the underground right now, announced on radio station Hot 97 Wednesday night that he has signed to Jive Records for $1.5 million dollars. Reps from Jive could not be reached for comment. ...

Former Jane's Addiction/ current Panic Channel guitarist and host of "Rock Star: Supernova" Dave Navarro revealed on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" this week that Jane's fans shouldn't completely rule out yet another reunion of the seminal alternative-rock outfit. "Here's the thing about Jane's Addiction," he said, "as much as I love it and was a huge part of my life, we have reunited three times in our career. When enough's enough, you kind of pack it up, and [frontman] Perry [Farrell] remains one of my favorite all-time singers and he has a great thing coming out called Satellite Party. Never say never. We got our hands full with the Panic Channel. He's got his hands full. I wish him the best. He's a great artist." ...

Metallica and the White Stripes have their stops in Springfield scheduled for next month, and now you can take a look at the bands' two-dimensional likenesses. (Check out Metallica and the White Stripes in "Simpsons" yellow.) The metal legends rock the back of a pickup truck for the September 10 season premiere of "The Simpsons," while Meg and Jack White meet up with a drumming Bart — who picks up the sticks at a child psychiatrist's urging — in the September 17 episode. ... The first L.A. Weekly Detour Music Festival will take over the streets of downtown Los Angeles on October 7 with a lineup that includes Beck, Queens of the Stone Age, Basement Jaxx, Blackalicious, Peeping Tom, Redd Kross, Nortec Collective, Of Montreal, the Like, the Elected and Oh No! Oh My! The all-ages show will also feature DJ sets from VHS or Beta, Steve Aoki/ Kid Millionaire, Shepard Fairey and Travis Keller. More acts are expected to be added soon. ...

Method Man will be meeting fans and signing copies of his latest album, 4:21 ... The Day After, in New York on Tuesday at Virgin Megastore's Union Square location. Wristbands for the event will be handed out beginning at 9 a.m. ... Lupe Fiasco will perform on the Chad Michael Murray TV drama "One Tree Hill" this season. The rapper is scheduled to shoot his scenes next week. ... Constantine Maroulis is joining Haylie Duff and Usher on the Great White Way. The former "American Idol" contestant has signed on for an eight-week run in the Broadway production of "The Wedding Singer," and begins rehearsals Friday. He will play Sammy, the Thriller glove-wearing best friend of lead character Robbie (played by Stephen Lynch). Maroulis will have one big number, called "Single," but it's undetermined if he'll play the bass onstage like his predecessor. ...

Maroulis' "Idol" competitor Mikalah Gordon was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint in Las Vegas early Wednesday morning, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. The 18-year-old singer was taking a break from a recording session when she and a friend were approached by a man with a gun. When three other men arrived and forced her to the ground, Gordon began to have a panic attack — which Gordon's mother, Victoria Cavaricci, believes may have saved her life. "She's scarred and scared, but it could have been so much worse," Cavaricci said. "Police said she's so lucky she's alive." ... Apple Computer announced Wednesday that it had settled a patent dispute with Creative Technology for $100 million. The bitter battle over the technologies that run the companies' rival portable digital music players — which Creative claimed to have come up with first for its Zen player — had involved five lawsuits filed by the companies against each other, with each staking a claim to the software that made their players run. According to the Washington Post, as part of the agreement, Apple agreed to pay for a license to use Creative's patent and Creative has been given the OK to design accessories such as speakers and earphones for the iPod, which dominates the portable market with about 75 percent of sales.

08.23.2006

Britney Spears' nude shot on the cover of Harper's Bazaar hit newsstands last month, but promotional posters for the magazine's October Japanese edition — featuring the same image of the pregnant pop star — have been deemed "too stimulating" for posting by the Tokyo Metro, Reuters reports. The publishing company and the transit authority have come to a compromise: They'll display the advertising poster partially censored, obscuring Britney from the elbow down. The poster will also include a message that reads, "We apologize for hiding part of a beautiful image of a mother-to-be." ...

Britney's not the only hottie feeling the heat from censors. Though the rest of the world is getting an eyeful, viewers in India won't be seeing the sultry video for Paris Hilton's "Stars Are Blind." According to The Hollywood Reporter, the country's Central Board of Film Certification gave the clip an "adult" certification, which means it can't be broadcast on any TV channel, despite the submission of an edited clip from Hilton's record company. ... Fantasia, on the other hand, has something to celebrate. Saturday's premiere of "The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life Is Not a Fairy Tale" attracted 6.6 million viewers, becoming the second-most-watched Lifetime movie in the network's 22-year history. The movie is also the highest-rated cable movie of 2006 among women. ...

Foxy Brown's lawyer was in a Jersey City, New Jersey, courtroom Wednesday (August 23), requesting a probable-cause hearing in harassment charges filed against her by a former business advisor. Brian J. Neary told reporters he plans to ask for the charges to be dismissed when the hearing happens on September 26. Brown was not at Wednesday's hearing, but Judge Cynthia D. Jackson requested her presence next month. ... "Superman Returns" star Brandon Routh is engaged to actress Courtney Ford, The Associated Press reports. The couple — who will co-star in the forthcoming short film "Denial" — plan to marry next year. ...

A judge set bond for 25-year-old Michael Scott Axley at $40,000 on Tuesday and bound him over to Fulton County Superior Court on felony murder and aggravated-assault charges in the death of 30-year-old Andy Richardson during a fatal fight at the July 30 Family Values Tour show in Atlanta. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Axley was also given a dusk curfew and ordered not to drink alcohol while free on bond. An Atlanta police homicide detective testified at the hearing that Richardson was knocked to the ground by a punch from Axley during the show, fatally hit his head on the concrete floor and was punched twice more as he lay unconscious. ...

Was he fired, or did he jump? We may never know for sure, but what's clear is that Tom Cruise's 14-year partnership with Paramount Pictures is over. Citing the actor's erratic behavior over the past year — which included the famed Oprah couch-jumping incident and a tense on-air confrontation with "Today" show anchor Matt Lauer over psychiatric drugs — Sumner Redstone, chairman of Paramount parent company Viacom (which is also MTV's parent company), severed ties with Cruise's production company. "As much as we like him personally, we thought it was wrong to renew his deal," Redstone told The Wall Street Journal. "His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount." Cruise's representatives countered that they had not been booted, but had quit and already secured $100 million in financing from two unnamed hedge funds to produce movies on their own. The New York Times reported that Cruise's production partner, Paula Wagner, took issue with Redstone's rebuke of the actor, and suggested that the move was his attempt to "save face" after learning that Cruise was looking for other funding sources. ...

Despite Rivers Cuomo's suggestions that he would consider going solo and that Make Believe may be Weezer's last album, a "public service announcement" posted on the group's Web site states otherwise. Featuring a photo of the band — minus drummer Pat Wilson, who was apparently on a family vacation — the post reads: "This PSA has been brought to you by the fine guacamole dip at Scott Shriner's house, co-sponsored by a ring of fine cheese, and a dish of fresh figs from the backyard. Now please, take those 'Weezer split?' headlines and place them firmly into the 'Don't believe the hype' bin. And have yourself a fine afternoon now." ... Once the "Rock Star: Supernova" televised talent contest ends and the band has found itself a singer, Supernova — featuring Tommy Lee, ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke — will embark on a North American tour that kicks off December 31 in Las Vegas. More than 20 dates are booked through a February 27 stop in Long Beach, California. The band's self-titled debut album is due November 21. ...

Ne-Yo, Teddy Geiger and Cheyenne Kimball will help jump-start this year's U.S. Open on Saturday with performances at Arthur Ashe Kids' Day. The artists will join pros including Serena Williams, Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and James Blake for a day of tennis and music at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York. ... New York-area Common fans with an interest in T-shirt design can rub elbows with the rapper from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, when he'll help launch the three-day T-Shirt Shop event at the Gap's 59th Street and Lexington Avenue location. A limited-edition design created by Common is one of the graphics customers can have silk-screened to customize shirts at the event. ... Modest Mouse will release their sixth album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, on December 19. The album was recorded at the same Sweet Tea studios in Oxford, Mississippi, where they tracked their 2004 breakthrough album, Good News for People Who Love Bad News, and features contributions from the band's newest member, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. ...

Sister Hazel, Collective Soul and Better Than Ezra are headlining the Rock Boat VII cruise, which departs from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on January 11. Lynyrd Skynyrd are also hosting their first big boat trip, the Gimmie Three Days cruise, which departs from Miami on January 5. ... After 12 hours of deliberations, a jury has recommended a death sentence for Ricky Jovan Gray, convicted last week of capital murder in the January killings of House of Freaks guitarist Bryan Harvey, Harvey's wife and their two daughters. The jurors, who delivered the decision on Tuesday, recommended the death penalty for the murders of Harvey's daughters Stella, 9, and Ruby, 4, and life in prison for killing Harvey and wife Kathryn. Formal sentencing is scheduled for October 23.