For The Record: Quick News On 50 Cent, Foo Fighters, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Too Short & More

50 fights with 'fan' at Fashion Week event; Foos on for Bridge School Benefit; Combs drops 'Diddy' in U.K.

50 Cent didn’t let his traffic-violation arrest on Friday afternoon keep him from attending the Fashion Week kickoff that evening — or get into a subsequent brawl. Decked out in a blinding diamond necklace and a black T-shirt, 50 attended the Baby Phat show at New York’s Bryant Park tents, where Kimora Lee Simmons debuted her spring 2007 collection. A man asked 50′s bodyguard if he could take a photo with the rapper, but the bodyguard turned him down. After that, when a member of 50′s entourage arrived late looking for a place to sit, 50 asked the “fan” to move, but he refused — at which point 50 became enraged, allegedly punched the man in the face and almost threw a chair at him. Security ended the fight quickly; when MTV News asked the man what happened, he would only say, “I’m not talking, but I’m good looking.” OK. …

The lineup for the 20th Bridge School Benefit show — which helps the Bay Area school for children with severe speech and physical disabilities — will feature the Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor, the Dave Matthews Band, Death Cab for Cutie, Brian Wilson, Devendra Banhart, Gillian Welch and event organizer Neil Young. This year’s shows will take place on October 21-22 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. …

Diddy, Puff Daddy, Puffy — it’s time for Sean Combs to come up with a new handle. The rap mogul has agreed to surrender the name Diddy in the U.K. as part of a legal settlement with London music producer Richard “Diddy” Dearlove, who sued Combs over use of the name, Reuters reported. Dearlove’s legal team said Combs will “re-brand his commercial activities” in Britain and will no longer go by the “Diddy” moniker in the U.K. …

Mariah Carey took five trophies at Billboard‘s 2006 R&B/ Hip-Hop Awards, held Friday in Atlanta. She was named Top R&B/ Hip-Hop Artist, Top R&B/ Hip-Hop Artist – Female, Hot R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs Artist, Top R&B/ Hip-Hop Albums Artist and was honored with the Top R&B/ Hip-Hop Album award for The Emancipation of Mimi. Kanye West also scored multiple wins, earning prizes for Top Rap Album (Late Registration) and Hot Rap Track (“Gold Digger”). “Gold Digger” collaborator Jamie Foxx was named Top R&B/ Hip-Hop Artist – Male, while Young Jeezy was awarded as the Top R&B/ Hip-Hop Artist – New. …

Too Short is releasing “Keep Bouncin’ ” featuring Snoop Dogg and Will.I.Am as the second single from Blow the Whistle. “We’ll see what it does on the radio but I’m not really that commercial artist that just shoves it down your throat,” he told MTV News. “If you really want to appreciate some Too Short, you gotta go into the store, buy the album.” … KT Tunstall — who launched a Stateside tour over the weekend — is making the trek in a bus that runs on biodiesel fuel. The tour wraps up October 11 in Providence, Rhode Island. … Five for Fighting are hitting the road next month to promote the recently released Two Lights. The outing begins October 5 in Minneapolis and ends November 9 in Seattle. …

Brad Pitt has finally said that he and Angelina Jolie will get married — as soon as gay marriage is legal in the United States. “Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able,” the actor told Esquire magazine. Pitt, who has hardly discussed his relationship with Jolie in public to date, also told the magazine that he “cannot imagine life” without his adopted children, Maddox, 5, and Zahara, 1. “They’re as much of my blood as any natural born, and I’m theirs,” Pitt said. … An expanded edition of Korn‘s See You on the Other Side, featuring a chopped-and-screwed remix EP and a bonus DVD, is due September 26. The two-disc update of the 2005 LP will also contain live tracks, including from-the-stage renditions of “Hypocrites,” “Somebody Someone,” “Throw Me Away” and “Blind.” …

A lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleges that Warner Music Group, Atlantic Records and others helped coerce a 16-year-old girl into making a pornographic rock video when the band Buckcherry advertised for extras on MySpace. According to a Los Angeles Times report, the suit alleges that Buckcherry asked fans to come to Hollywood’s Key Club in October for a shoot for their song “Crazy Bitch.” One participant was a minor identified as Jane Doe, and she was allegedly given alcohol and filmed exposing her breasts, kissing another female and writhing against a pole while Buckcherry performed. The video appeared online, where a “behind-the-scenes” clip was also posted that referred to the girl’s first name, featured more nudity and had bandmembers saying, “It’s like watching seven hours of porn.” The girl’s attorney says she suffered severe emotional distress, was taunted and has been forced to switch schools since the clip was circulated. The record companies and band’s representatives denied any wrongdoing, saying someone was on hand to check IDs at the door and that the girl filled out release forms with false information. Once that was determined, the video was removed from the band’s Web site, according to a lawyer representing the defendants. …

Metropolis Records will reissue three of KMFDM‘s earliest, hard-to-find releases with extensive liner notes and rare photos of the industrial outfit. KMFDM’s 1986 LP What Do You Know, Deutschland?, 1988′s Don’t Blow Your Top and 1989′s UAIOE have all been remastered and are set to hit stores Tuesday. … Anna Nicole Smith‘s 20-year-old son, Daniel, was found dead in the Bahamas on Sunday — three days after the model gave birth to a baby girl at a hospital in the Caribbean country, The Associated Press reports. “We have yet to learn the cause of death but do not believe that drugs or alcohol were a factor,” a statement posted on Smith’s Web site reads. “Anna Nicole is absolutely devastated by the loss of her son. He was her pride and joy and an amazing human being.”

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Lindsay Lohan and her Hermès handbag are back together, and she’s thanking the paparazzi for the reunion. Lohan’s attorney said Friday (September 8) that the purse was returned with all of its contents intact — her rep said she had $1 million in jewelry inside — after photographer Darryn Lyons and a film crew caught the thief and worked with police to crack the case. “Karma may have played a role in the return of her bag today, given that the paparazzi are usually a pest to her and today they have been a godsend,” lawyer Michael David Heller said. …

Wearing a royal blue Versace gown, Fendi shoes, vintage Paco Rabanne earrings and a David Webb ring, Nelly Furtado announced plans for her world tour at Thursday’s Fashion Rocks, event where she and Timbaland performed “Maneater,” the second single from her LP Loose. “I’m going to be touring in the new year,” Furtado told MTV News. “The U.S., Canada, Latin America, Japan, Australia, the U.K. and Europe right through to summer.” She hasn’t figured out who her guests will be, but does know what she wants to call it. “The tour will probably be called Loose Ends, because it’s all the things I’ve always wanted to do in a show,” she said. “I’m really going to bring the fans a unique package of all my stuff — from my Latin music to my Spanish music to my Portuguese music to my hip-hop music to my pop music, in a fusion with movement and visuals. I love theater. I love drama. So I’m going to really bring it.” …

Although Paris Hilton said on Ryan Seacrest‘s radio show Thursday that her arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence was “nothing,” her spokesperson Elliot Mintz told New York’s Daily News that the singer/heiress does “not take this matter lightly or frivolously. … Paris regrets getting behind the wheel with even one drink.” … A Dutch priest has admitted to calling in a fake bomb threat to a Madonna concert in Amsterdam, The Associated Press reports. Prosecutors said he was hoping to prevent Madonna from performing her controversial “crucifixion” act at concert Sunday. He was arrested shortly after making the call — traced to his home phone — and faced a judge on Friday. He is expected to be sentenced to community service. “We take bomb threats seriously,” prosecution spokesperson Robert Meulenbroek said, “but in this case it was clear very quickly that it was not real.” …

Community-service work might not put cash in your pocket, but the efforts of a group of youth volunteers in New York aren’t going unrewarded. Rappers T.I. and Young Jeezy will join rockers Panic! at the Disco and Taking Back Sunday on September 23 to perform for up to 5,000 Boost Mobile RockCorps volunteers who logged four hours of community service each to quality for the exclusive concert at Radio City Music Hall. Nick Cannon is hosting the show, and Fabolous and Don Omar are also scheduled to appear. … New Yorkers will also have the chance to get up close and personal with Beyoncé on Friday. The singer will be meeting fans and signing copies of B’Day from 6-8 p.m. at the J&R Express located in Macy’s Herald Square. …

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, NFL Total Access will re-air the 2002 Super Bowl halftime show Monday at 5 p.m. ET, featuring U2, who performed “Beautiful Day,” “MLK” and “Where the Streets Have No Name” while the names of 9/11 victims scrolled on a floor-to-ceiling screen. … Arctic Monkeys have already made plans for their Mercury Prize winnings (approximately $37,000): The band will donate the money to “a worthy charity which we would prefer to keep private,” according to a post on its Web site. Former Monkeys bassist Andy Nicholson “is happy with our choice,” the statement read. Arctic Monkeys signed off by adding that they are “looking forward to taking a break to continue writing our new album.” …

Keane have pulled the plug on their North American tour. Keyboardist Tim Rice-Oxley posted a statement on the band’s Web site explaining the group’s decision to cancel all dates — postponed last month when singer Tom Chaplin entered a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program: “His doctors feel there is undue pressure on Tom to rush through rehab and get back out on the road. … We’d like to apologize to the fans who’ve bought tickets, but we’ve done this in the best interests of our friend — which, ultimately, is in the best interests of the band too.” Keane currently plan to go ahead with European shows set for October and November. … Kenneth Cole and Jon Bon Jovi have teamed up for a menswear line, they announced at Thursday night’s Fashion Rocks event. “It’s a line of clothes called Jon Bon Jovi, or JBJ,” said Cole, who is sitting out New York Fashion Week this time around to work on the new venture. “It’s cool rock and roll jackets, but urbanized. It’s about who Jon is, and it’s not just about his style onstage, but who he is offstage. We’ve taken a lot of archival clothes that he’s worn over the years, and we’ve made them modern.” The line will be available on Bon Jovi’s Web site and in Kenneth Cole stores beginning October 1. All proceeds will go to homeless organization Help USA. …

Does Suge Knight owe you money? If so, it’s time to get your paperwork in order. A Los Angeles bankruptcy judge has set an October 31 deadline for financial claims against Death Row Records and Knight. “We believe that it is vital that all parties asserting claims come forward and assert them in a timely manner so that Death Row can come out of Chapter 11 quickly,” said Todd Neilson, Death Row’s bankruptcy trustee. Knight and Death Row filed for debt relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in April. … Nappy Roots are putting on a free back-to-school concert in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday. They’re trying to raise awareness of the Nappy Roots Literacy Series, a tutoring program the Grammy-nominated group created for the Jefferson County Public School system. The concert will be held at the Belvedere, and while the Roots go onstage at 8 p.m., other acts will be performing beginning at 6 p.m. …

If you’re already sweating what to get for that indie rocker on your Christmas list, Sufjan Stevens just made it easier. The prolific folk-pop singer is gathering up Christmas EPs he’s recorded for friends and family over the past five years into a box set called Songs of Christmas (due November 21), which will include Stevens’ versions of holiday staples “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells,” as well as quirky originals such as “Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!,” “That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!,” “Did I Make You Cry On Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!)” and “Get Behind Me Santa!” The box will also contain five Christmas stickers and extensive liner notes as well as short stories by Stevens, an original Christmas essay by writer Rick Moody, an animated music video and comic strip by Tom Eaton and a Christmas songbook with lyric sheets and chord charts. … Scottish band Arab Strab are splitting up after 10 years, they announced on their Web site Friday. “There’s no animosity, no drama, we simply feel we’ve run our course,” the statement read. The band is planning a farewell tour of Europe to follow the anniversary compilation Ten Years of Tears.

Ellen DeGeneres has been selected to host next year’s Oscars, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced Thursday. The 2007 ceremony will be the talk-show host’s first, though she has previously held down hosting duties for both the Primetime Emmy Awards and Grammys. “Ellen DeGeneres was born to host the [the Oscars],” producer Laura Ziskin said in a statement. “I can already tell she is going to set the bar very high for herself and therefore for all of us involved in putting on the show. Now all we need is a lot of great movies.” … If he can’t beat him, he might as well outlast him. According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Letterman, who has seen his number of viewers slip in recent years, has inked a four-year extension with CBS that will have the wily talk-show host remaining with the network through the 2009-2010 season. Late-night rival Jay Leno hands his “Tonight Show” reins over to Conan O’Brien in 2009. … Former Songwriters Guild of America royalty manager Marsha Aiken admitted Thursday that she’d conspired with her daughter and nephew to steal more than $1.2 million from the organization, which aims to promote songwriters and protect copyrights. Aiken pleaded guilty to conspiracy, and could face five years in prison when she is sentenced December 18.