For The Record: Quick News On Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Kevin Federline, Avenged Sevenfold & More

Aguilera creating fan montage; Spears guesting on K-Fed's 'Crazy'; Avenged cancel U.K. tour.

Christina Aguilera is creating a video montage of fan testimonials for her upcoming tour — and she’s reaching out to them for help. The singer is asking fans to send in video clips lasting 15 seconds or less that express what Aguilera’s music means to them and how it has inspired them. Fans should upload the clips on BabyJaneFanClub.com, and the winners will be announced on the site November 17. …

Does Britney Spears think Kevin Federline is “Crazy”? Maybe so — she’ll be appearing on that song on K-Fed’s new album, Playing With Fire. Ya Boy (“Dance With a Pimp”) and Bosco (“Privilege”) will also appear on the album, due October 31. …

For Avenged Sevenfold fans, there’s both good and bad news this week. The bad news — at least for those of you living in the U.K. — is that the band has nixed its plans to tour England next month. But the good news is the why. Rather than play foreign gigs, Avenged will stay at home to continue working on their next LP. “Things have been insane for us lately and with ’City of Evil’ exploding Stateside, our commitments here in the U.S. have made it impossible for us to head overseas right now,” reads a statement from the ’Fold. …

LL Cool J has hooked up with the creator of the “CSI” TV franchise to develop a cop drama called “The Man,” in which the veteran rapper would play a well-connected undercover LAPD officer who spends nights chasing criminals and days taking care of his three adopted kids. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the MC’s troubled brood will include an abused boy with an aggression problem, a former prostitute and a recovering addict/skateboarder. “CSI” creator Anthony Zuiker said the show was inspired by Cool J’s real life, in which he balances being a world-famous rapper with his role as a husband and father of four. …

Dashboard Confessional have scheduled a fall tour to kick off October 13 in Mesa, Arizona, and wrap up December 9 in Boston. Brand New will open on all dates. … Sum 41 have begun working on a new album, which they hope to have in stores by the middle of 2007, according to a rather lengthy Q&A the band posted on Sum41.com. In the chat, bassist Jason “Cone” McCaslin also revealed that Sum have already written 15 songs for the new record, which is shaping up to be “more like our first two albums [2000’s Half Hour of Power and 2001’s All Killer, No Filler], upbeat and fun with a few slower songs as well.” Frontman Deryck Whibley also wrote that while Sum will not be replacing guitarist Dave “Brown Sound” Baksh — who left the band to start the hard-rockin’ Brown Brigade — they would be auditioning guitarists to accompany them on a world tour in support of the still-untitled new disc. …

Switchfoot are offering fans a free download of a new track called “Daylight to Break” on their Web site, Switchfoot.com. The song is an outtake from their upcoming Steve Lillywhite-produced album, Oh! Gravity.Thursday will hit the road with Rise Against, Circa Survive and Billy Talent on October 23 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, for a North American run. They’ll also hit Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle, Denver, Detroit and New York before wrapping up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on November 22. … P.O.D. will issue Greatest Hits – The Atlantic Years on November 21. the collection will boast 17 tracks, including a previously unreleased song from the Testify sessions, and a new cut that’s being recorded this week with producer Travis Wyrick (Pillar). P.O.D. plan to write and record throughout the fall for a spring release. …

Miss Independent Kelly Clarkson was spotted at Sunday night’s Yankees/ Red Sox game in New York. The crowd cheered as she was shown on the stadium scoreboard shyly smiling and waving from a box seat. No word on which team Kelly was rooting for. … Nobody saw this one coming: Country legend and marijuana advocate Willie Nelson, 73, and four members of his band were given misdemeanor citations for possession of narcotic mushrooms and marijuana after their tour bus was stopped Monday morning (September 18) on Interstate 10 in Louisiana, according to The Associated Press. The bus was pulled over for a commercial-vehicle inspection early Monday morning and searched when the trooper boarded and noticed the strong smell of marijuana. The search turned up one and a half pounds of pot and two-tenths a pound of mushrooms. Nelson and his fellow passengers, including his 75-year-old sister, Bobbie Nelson, were charged and released. …

Now when you watch that Red Hot Chili Peppers video on YouTube, it will be legit. The Warner Music Group has signed a deal to distribute videos by Warner artists (which include Madonna, the Peppers and Sean Paul) on the video-sharing site, according to a Reuters report. The agreement includes music videos, behind-the-scenes footage, artist interviews and original programming and will provide YouTube users with the ability to incorporate music by Warner’s artists into video they create and upload to the site. … Superchunk, Clem Snide and the Upper Crust will hail Jon Stewart, Ed Helms and the cast of “The Daily Show” with an anniversary gig the TV show is calling “Ten F—ing Years (The Concert).” The event will take place November 16 at New York’s Irving Plaza, with a special guest to be announced later. …

Lindsay Lohan was rushed to New York’s Saint Vincent’s Hospital on Friday after tripping and falling at a Fashion Week party and fracturing her wrist, according to “Access Hollywood.” The 20-year-old singer/actress and frequent ER visitor reportedly slipped and fell while attending a show at Milk Studios, breaking her wrist in two places. A rep for Lohan told “Access” that there’s a pending investigation into the accident based on Lohan’s claims that Milk Studios didn’t take precautions to prevent slips on the slick ground inside their building. … Another day, another Richie family beef. This time, though, Nicole has nothing to do with it. In an open letter, New Found Glory have called out pops Lionel Richie over the title of his comeback album, Coming Home. It reads in part, “Congrats this week on the release of your new CD Coming Home — what an awesome title! Sounds familiar though, where did we hear that before? Oh yeah, it’s the name of our new CD which drops Tues, Sept 19. Together we have the same CD title out in the same month. Pure genius! Anyway, we know it is too late for you to change your album title, but we expect a call before your next album comes out. If you don’t, our follow up to Coming Home may be entitled Dancing on the Ceiling with such original punk rock songs as ’Say You, Say Me’ and ’All Night Long.’ ”

09.15.2006

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline have named their second son Sutton Pierce, according to a source close to the family. That means the newborn has the same initials — as well as almost the same birthday — as his older brother, 1-year-old Sean Preston. Meanwhile, could there be a connection between the season premiere of “Law & Order” and Britney? All evidence seems to point to “yes.” In the episode, a rapper named J-Train — we’re looking at you, K-Fed — becomes a murder suspect after incriminating photos of his wife are published in the tabloids. The photos depict her dropping her baby in New York’s Central Park and leaving her child alone in the car while she runs into a coffee shop. We’ll let you reach your own verdict. The episode airs September 22 on NBC at 10 p.m. …

In related news, Federline is offering a handful of treats to those who preorder his debut album, Playing With Fire. The first 500 orders receive an autographed headshot, additional packages will include a Federation Records T-shirt, and all who preorder will be entered to win a contest. The grand-prize-winner gets a trip to Los Angeles, where he or she will be put up for two nights and three days and will be able to attend Federline’s Halloween album-release party, hosted by Spears. The second-prize-winner receives an autographed pair of sneakers K-Fed wore at the Teen Choice Awards, and 10 runners-up get a replica of the medallion he wears, according to his MySpace page, “almost every day!” …

The sheriff’s office in Yuma County, Arizona, plans to issue an arrest warrant for Corey Clark. The former “American Idol” finalist failed to appear in court Tuesday on a summons stemming from a July 24 arrest for trespassing and violating a court order. Clark’s wife, Monica Rodriguez Gonzalez, filed for domestic-violence protection in June, claiming that Clark had abused her. The order prohibits him from having any contact with her and their child. … Jon Heder and his wife are expecting their first child, The Associated Press confirmed Friday (September 15). The “Napoleon Dynamite” star and his wife, Kirsten, married in 2002. …

Fresh off their #1 debut atop the Billboard albums chart in late August, Danity Kane are launching a “party tour” at various clubs in cities across the U.S. After a signing at the Nordstrom store in Escondido, California, on Saturday, the ladies will head down to San Diego to host a party that night at Aubergine. They’ll do additional Nordstrom signings and host parties through October 28 in Washington, D.C. …

Is former Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch returning to the fold? A post on the born-again rocker’s Web site claims he’s been chatting with frontman Jonathan Davis and guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer, and that “I’m taking the right side of the stage again for our next Korn tour and album.” The band’s management said there’s no truth to the post, which is now believed to be the work of a hacker. … Ying Yang Twins are getting a boost from Wyclef Jean on their new LP, the deceivingly titled 2 Live Crew. Jean, his cousin Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis and Mr. Collipark are executive producing the release, slated for late November. The group’s follow-up to last year’s United State of Atlanta (U.S.A.) is being led by the teaser song “1st Booty on Duty” and first single, “Dangerous.” …

While there have been many Depeche Mode singles collections over the years, the band’s first-ever greatest-hits collection is slated for a November 14 release. The CD/DVD set The Best of Volume 1 will feature 17 tunes, including new single “Martyr,” as well as 23 videos and an EPK. Now that’s a reason to cheer up. … The trove of unreleased Elliott Smith songs continue to make their way onto the Internet. For months, unreleased demos and songs from the From a Basement on the Hill sessions — his posthumous release — have been trickling onto the Internet. Now an additional four unheard songs — “Talking to Mary,” “Let’s Turn the Record Over,” “From a Poisoned Well” and “True Love Is Like a Rose” — have all leaked online. …

Ed Lover has signed on to host “Hip-Hop Hold ’Em,” a syndicated No Limit Texas Hold ’Em show debuting October 6 in more than 175 markets. DJ Scratch will be the show’s resident DJ and each show will feature five different guests from the hip-hop world. … The choice was definitely theirs. Nineties hip-hop duo Black Sheep performed at an invite-only show Tuesday night in New York to preview tracks from their forthcoming album, 8WM/Novakane, due October 24 via indie distribution outlet the Orchard. The Queens group, best known for their hit “The Choice Is Yours,” is making the project available only through the digital medium to music and mobile outlets. … Natalie will follow up her self-titled debut, which featured the single “Goin’ Crazy,” with Everything New on Tuesday. Bun B makes an appearance and Play-N-Skillz (Chamillionaire’s “Ridin”), Happy Perez (Frankie J’s “Obsession”) and Bloodshy & Avant (Britney Spears’ “Toxic”) contributed production. …

Saliva frontman Josey Scott sustained unspecified injuries in a recent automobile accident, according to the band’s Web site. With Scott recouping from the mishap, Saliva have postponed their upcoming tour with the Fairwell — originally slated to kick off Thursday and run through October 1 — until next month. No official dates have been announced yet. Saliva’s forthcoming, yet-untitled album will be released in 2007. … Another hard-rocker was injured on Thursday when Soulfly bassist Bobby Burns suffered a mild stroke. A full recovery is anticipated, at which point he is expected to rejoin the band for its tour in Australia at the end of October. …

The Flaming Lips are going to War again. A deluxe reissue of the band’s recent At War With the Mystics album will be bundled with a bonus DVD containing three videos and Wayne Coyne’s bizarre commencement speech to the Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City. The CD will be upped with five outtakes and eight radio-session cuts. The package, which also includes the mystical 5.1 surround-sound mix of the album, drops October 24. … Speaking of deluxe reissues, an expanded, two-disc version Pavement’s 1995 LP Wowee Zowee will hit stores November 7. Called The Sordid Sentinels Edition, the album will boast 18 unreleased tunes, outtakes, live tracks and radio sessions, in addition to a slew of B-sides and soundtrack and compilation tracks. …

Secret Machines are returning to the road this fall for another tour performed “in the round” (as in, on a circular platform in the center of venues). The outing kicks off October 2 at New York’s Irving Plaza and crosses the country before returning November 3 and 4 to Brooklyn’s Warsaw. … Moody indie-rockers the Twilight Singers are warming up their pipes for a second U.S. tour in support of Powder Burns, which dropped in May. With gritty companion Mark Lanegan in tow, the band will hit San Francisco on October 24 and stay on the road until November 16 in Brooklyn, New York. …
The Who are launching a Sirius Satellite Radio channel as they proceed with their first major world tour in 20 years, which kicked off Tuesday in Philadelphia. The commercial-free, 24-hour channel, produced by Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, kicks off Thursday and will feature exclusive interviews, broadcasts of current and past shows, backstage reports and more.