For The Record: Quick News On Guns N' Roses, Steve-O, Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera, T.I. & More

Axl Rose explains Democracy delay; Steve-O explains why Jessica likes 'Jackass' crew.

In an interview with New York magazine, Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose explained what's been holding up the release of the oft-delayed Chinese Democracy, an album he's spent more than a decade working on. "It's not about being a control freak," he said. "It's about being maybe smart enough to go, 'No, that's a bad idea.' That's all it's about — keeping the ability to at least have a shot as opposed to something that's just an obvious disaster. I want to make a good record. I don't want to throw a brick. This cannot be Shaq at the free-throw line." Rose added that the disc will surface before the end of 2006. In the meantime, Guns N' Roses have booked two more live gigs as part of their brief U.S. trek. Fans can catch the band in Sunrise, Florida, on October 24 and in Tampa, Florida, on October 25. ...

Superstars can't help but love the "Jackass" crew — at least that's what Steve-O maintains. "There's a sexiness about the bad boy, the naughty boy, the dude who doesn't smell as good as the other guys, the guy that might be a little bit dirtier — that's why the Paris Hiltons and Jessica Simpsons, they love us," he told MTV News. "At the end of the day, we're all as dirty as each other and we know that." Chris Pontius revealed that he's recorded a song titled "Crazy" — "It's all about Jessica Simpson," according to Steve-O — though Pontius said the track may not be what you expect. "A bunch of papers have been publishing stories about me writing a song about one of our friends having sex with Jessica Simpson," Pontius said. "I never really wrote that song. If someone wanted me to write that song, I could. It would be a hit, you can count on that." ...

Christina Aguilera will join Tony Bennett for a rendition of "Steppin' Out With My Baby," featured on the TV special "Tony Bennett: An American Classic," set to air November 21 on NBC. Stevie Wonder, Elton John, John Legend and Barbra Streisand will also duet with Bennett on the show honoring his 80th birthday. All but Aguilera are also featured — along with Bono — on Bennett's Duets: An American Classic LP, due September 26. ... Jennifer Lopez is celebrating the launch of her Live Luxe Jennifer Lopez fragrance with an iPod giveaway. Beginning Friday, one JenniferLopezBeauty.com visitor per day will score a limited-edition video iPod engraved with Lopez's signature and pre-loaded with her music and a behind-the-scenes look at the Live Luxe ads. ...

Brand New will release the yet-untitled follow-up to 2003's Deja Entendu on November 21. No other information regarding the LP has been revealed. ... With New York's BoostMobile Rock Corps concert — featuring T.I., Panic! at the Disco, Young Jeezy and Taking Back Sunday — less than two weeks away, would-be attendees need to start racking up volunteer hours. New York City Department of Parks-sponsored cleanups are scheduled for Tuesday (September 12) at Brooklyn's Prospect Park, Wednesday at Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx and Thursday at Rufus King Park in Queens. The work starts at 3:30 p.m., and participants have to pre-register at BoostMobileRockCorps.com to log time for the September 23 concert — four hours of work buys one ticket. ... British act Mojave 3 will cross the pond for a 19-date run of North American venues. The tour kicks off September 24 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and dates are planned through October 28 in Nashville. ...

Spokane, Washington, newspaper The Spokesman-Review reports that a local police officer resigned after he was caught breaking the law at a Tool concert. Jonathon Smith, who had been on the force for three years, left the department last month when he was given a choice between resigning and being fired after two fellow officers said they spotted him buying — and then consuming — two cookies containing marijuana at Tool's August 27 show at the Gorge Amphitheatre. Smith will not face arrest. ... Audioslave's Chris Cornell offers advice in the October issue of Men's Health (on newsstands September 19), and says you don't have to feel down to be creative. "If you're depressed long enough, it's almost a comfort, a state of mind that you've made peace with because you've been in it so long. But I never felt like I had to be depressed or unhappy to write songs." The happy family man explains in the "Take It From Me" column that he isn't concerned that domestic bliss is hindering his songwriting. "Now with my wife and my babies, I don't slip into that type of depression anymore. And I'm having the best time I've ever had in terms of creativity." ...

Long-defunct post-hardcore legends Texas Is the Reason, who disbanded back in 1997, will reunite for a one-off gig at New York's Irving Plaza on November 25. The concert will mark the 10th anniversary of the release of the band's sole LP, 1996's Do You Know Who You Are? ... Idiot Pilot recently tracked the drums for the follow-up to 2004's Strange We Should Meet Here. According to the band's MySpace page, Travis Barker (Blink-182) and the Dillinger Escape Plan's Chris Pennie were called upon to handle the drum parts for the yet-untitled LP. ... The track list for Primus' upcoming They Can't All Be Zingers: The Best of Primus hits compilation has been revealed. Look for the disc — out October 17 — to boast 16 classic Primus cuts, including "John the Fisherman," "Too Many Puppies," "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," "My Name Is Mud" and "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver." The Primus DVD "Blame It on the Fish" will also be out October 17, and the band will launch a North American tour in support of both efforts in November. ...

Seal is the latest musician to join artists including Patti Smith, Ryan Adams, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Black Crowes brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth in a concert tribute to the music of Bob Dylan. The event, to be held at New York's Lincoln Center, will benefit the Music for Youth Foundation, which brings music education to at-risk youth. Other artists who will perform at the November 9 event include Natalie Merchant, Rosanne Cash, Cat Power, Warren Haynes, Phil Lesh, Bob Mould and Jill Sobule."For Seal, and all the other artists performing, the reason they said yes was because they so revere Bob Dylan as a master of lyrics and sound," producer Michael Dorf said. "They are honored to pay respect to this legend. The artists performing represent rock, blues, jazz and folk — exemplifying how Dylan's music transcends all genres of music; with fans of all ages."

09.11.2006

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 Nails' Trent 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. ... An autopsy has been performed on Anna Nicole Smith's 20-year-old son, Daniel, who was found dead Sunday in Smith's hospital room in the Bahamas, where she was staying after giving birth to a baby girl in the Caribbean country, The Associated Press reports. Daniel Smith's body will be returned to California by the same funeral home that aided Aaliyah's family when the singer died in a plane crash in 2001. "We have yet to learn the cause of death but do not believe that drugs or alcohol were a factor," a statement posted on the 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."