For The Record: Quick News On Beyonce, Jay-Z, Axl Rose, Madonna, Timbaland, C-Murder, Kevin Federline & More

Beyoncé, Jay-Z win MOBO trophies; Axl sued by art broker; Madonna sets new touring record.

Beyoncé was the big winner at Wednesday night's 10th annual British Music of Black Origin Awards, taking home three out of four awards she was nominated for, including Best International Female as well as Best Song and Best Video for "Deja Vu." British newcomer Corinne Bailey Rae was close behind with two awards: Best U.K. Female and Best U.K. Newcomer, BBC News reports. The Black Eyed Peas bested Gnarls Barkley, Outkast, Pussycat Dolls and the Streets for the Best Group award, and Jay-Z took Best International Male; neither he nor Beyoncé attended the ceremony. Sean Paul won for Best Reggae Artist and Rihanna took the Best R&B Artist statue. ...

Axl Rose has been sued by an art broker who claims the Guns N' Roses frontman reneged on a $2.36 million deal for a portrait of John Lennon painted by Andy Warhol, The Associated Press reports. The suit, filed on September 11 in Los Angeles by Acquire d'Arte, claims the broker parleyed a deal with a New York art gallery to reduce the asking price for the artwork from $2.65 million, according to The Associated Press. But Axl ponied up just $1.21 million for the painting, and both his manager and attorney informed the broker that he wouldn't be paying the balance, as he didn't have enough money and "the painting was not worth the price he had agreed to pay," according to the suit. Rose's lawyer, Howard Weitzman, told AP that the terms of the deal may have been distorted. "It's my opinion that Axl Rose is the victim of some fraud or misrepresentation here," he said. The broker is seeking $1.5 million in damages. ...

Madonna has squeezed past Cher as the top-grossing female road warrior. According to a press release from tour promoter Live Nation, the singer's Confessions run, which wraps Thursday (September 21) at the Tokyo Dome, is the top-grossing tour ever by a female artist. Though total grosses are not yet tallied, tour producer Arthur Fogel predicted a final take of $193.7 million from 60 shows in front of almost 1.2 million fans — just enough to move past Cher's record of $192.5 million. ... Timbaland wants to work with Fall Out Boy and the All-American Rejects — or so he told Rolling Stone for the newest issue of the magazine, hitting stands Friday. The producer also said in the interview that he's bored with hip-hop. ...

C-Murder has partnered with Vibe and Kensington Publishing to release his first book, "Death Around the Corner," as a part of the magazine's new Street Lit initiative. The manuscript centers around New Orleans' Third Ward community, where the rapper and his brothers, including Master P, grew up. The text was written entirely by hand while the rapper was behind bars for the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy outside a New Orleans nightclub. "Death Around the Corner" also comes on the heels of Miller's next album, Screamin 4 Vengeance, which will be the lead release on the newly relaunched Priority Records. "Death Around the Corner" is scheduled to be excerpted in the January issue of Vibe along with an interview with C-Murder, who is currently under house arrest while waiting to be retried for the 2002 shooting. The book is due in paperback December 26. No date has been set for Miller's album. ...

Kevin Federline has re-upped his deal to be the face of Five Star Vintage. After the company dubbed his debut in their fall campaign an "overwhelming success," K-Fed has been tapped to front the winter 2006 ad campaign as well. The ads, featuring K-Fed in a black "New York"-emblazoned hooded sweater and a signature track jacket — will debut in magazines next month. ... Johnny Knoxville, fashion icon? Stuff magazine names the "Jackass" star Style Man of the Year in the October issue. "It's just the way you carry yourself," Knoxville said of his style philosophy, explaining that when he walks he gets "a nice roll going in my shoulders" ... and thinks about breasts. Other honorees include Chamillionaire, Kevin Federline, Wolfmother, Luke and Owen Wilson, Adrian Grenier and motocross star (and Pink's husband) Carey Hart. ... While touring this fall with Three Days Grace, singer Adam Gontier is playing solo acoustic shows at selected rehabilitation centers across the country and hosting Q&A sessions afterward. "It's my payback to a system that kept me alive," Gontier said in a letter to fans. "Not only is it a payback, but it's my way of getting across a point to many people out there who feel like they're alone and feel like there's no way out. There is." ...

British billionaire Richard Branson, the mogul behind the Virgin brand, said Thursday that he would commit $3 billion to the fight against global warming, AP reports. Branson made the announcement in New York on the second day of the Clinton Global Initiative conference and was joined by Bill Clinton for the announcement. "Our generation has inherited an incredibly beautiful world from our parents and they from their parents," Branson said to reporters. "We must not be the generation responsible for irreversibly damaging the environment." Branson said 100 percent of the profits from his transportation and airline companies will fund efforts to find renewable energy sources to take the place of coal and oil. ... DJ AM will judge the "Shaken and Stirred" DJ contest, searching for the best remix of the classic James Bond theme. The promotional contest for the upcoming "Casino Royale" Bond flick will wind up with five finalists flown to New York on November 8 to perform live in front of a celebrity panel of judges including AM. The winner will get an all-expense paid, VIP trip to Las Vegas, a chance to open for AM at a nightclub in Sin City and new DJ equipment. ...

When Tom Green had surgery for testicular cancer, cameras were there to document his journey. And now that he's about to go under the knife again — for an operation on a broken leg — the comedian has more plans to share his pain with the world. Green busted his leg last week while attempting skateboarding tricks for his online talk show "Tom Green Live," and will have surgery Thursday to correct the injury. Green plans to show footage of the procedure on his show, which streams at TomGreen.com. "We will somehow make it funny," he said in a post on his site. ... On Monday night in Toronto, Final Fantasy was presented with the inaugural Polaris Music Prize, a cash award (approximately $18,000) presented to the artist behind the year's best Canadian album — "based on artistic merit" and chosen by a panel of judges. He Poos Clouds, the disc from Fantasy (a.k.a. Owen Pallett), beat out LPs from Broken Social Scene, Cadence Weapon, Sarah Harmer, K'Naan, Malajube, Metric, New Pornographers and Wolf Parade as well as Porcella, the final disc from the now-defunct Deadly Snakes — who played their farewell show in Toronto late last month.

09.20.2006

Alicia Keys is becoming a mom — Mommy Martian, that is — in an upcoming episode of "The Backyardigans" called "Mission to Mars." She is voicing the green alien who joins the gang in a musical space adventure, while her real-life niece, Shakyra Lipscomb, plays baby Martian Boinga. Keys also contributes an original song, "Almost Everything Is Boinga Here." The special episode airs October 9 on Nick Jr., exactly one week before the second season of the animated children's show begins. "Mission to Mars" will be released as a DVD on October 10. ...

Cameron Diaz is accusing a photographer of assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly drove his car at her and boyfriend Justin Timberlake, The Associated Press reports. The couple were leaving a friend's house in Hollywood early Wednesday morning (September 20) when a photographer jumped out of the bushes and tried to photograph them. Diaz and Timberlake then chased after the man, who got into his car and drove at them. No one has been arrested, but an investigation is under way. ...

Lance Bass is writing a tell-all book. "With 'NSYNC, all my experience with space travel and Russia and the whole coming out thing, I have a lot to say, so I decided to go ahead and start writing it down," he told "Access Hollywood." ... Beyoncé has been nominated for four Music of Black Origin awards, including Best Song, Best Video, Best R&B (artist) and Best International Female. ...

A court order barring the "Rock Star: Supernova" band (featuring Tommy Lee, Jason Newsted, Gilby Clarke and now vocalist Lukas Rossi) from using the moniker Supernova has forced the act to amend its name to, er, Rock Star: Supernova, in deference to a California band that already holds the rights to the name. According to Reuters, an Epic Records spokesperson confirmed the altered name. The label will release the band's debut LP on November 21, and two tracks — "It's All Love" and "Be Yourself & 5 Other Cliches" — are available for download. Rock Star: Supernova will launch a 28-city North American tour with the Panic Channel (which features the show's co-host Dave Navarro) in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve. ...

Ashanti has settled a lawsuit brought by her first producer, Genard Parker, after just one day in court. According to AP, the parties would not discuss whether any money changed hands in order to end the dispute on Tuesday, but Parker, who helped the singer record some demos at his apartment when she was 16, said he was happy it was over. Last year, a jury ordered Ashanti to pay Parker $630,000 over claims that she broke a contract with him, but a judge later rejected all but $50,000 of the award. Parker was granted a new trial, in which he'd been seeking $2.3 million. ... The release of Pitbull's second studio album, El Mariel, has been moved to October 31. ...

Benzino says he's far from done with the publishing world. He and fellow Source founder Dave Mays — who both lost control and ownership of the publication several months ago — have teamed up with former Vibe Editor-in-Chief Mimi Valdés to launch a new magazine, Hip Hop Weekly. It's slated to hit newsstands October 16. ... Good news and bad news for fans of the Clipse: The group is planning to shoot a video for its new single "Wamp Wamp" next week, but its LP, Hell Hath No Fury, has been pushed back again. Last slated for Halloween, Clipse's label now says the album isn't coming out until December. ...

Angels & Airwaves will hit the road — again — in support of their debut album We Don't Need to Whisper. The jaunt kicks off November 3 in Las Vegas and runs until November 21 in Hartford, Connecticut. Swedish rockers the Sounds have been tapped to appear at all dates, with Long Island, New York's Envy on the Coast joining up for select shows. ... Teddy Geiger is about to be the first male in five years to grace the cover of Seventeen. In anticipation of the November issue, the magazine has set up a contest allowing 50 fans to attend an exclusive pre-party before 10 upcoming gigs and watch him play a brief set two hours before the regular show begins. The concerts begin October 3 in San Francisco and end November 4 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. ...

George Lucas is donating a whopping $175 million to his alma mater, the University of Southern California, AP reports. The Lucasfilm Foundation gift is the largest donation the school has ever received, and $75 million of it will go toward construction of a building for the institution's cinema school. Lucas' gift was announced Tuesday, shortly after the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena named the "Star Wars" director as the grand marshal of next year's Rose Parade. His duties will include tossing the coin before the 93rd Rose Bowl Game on January 1. ... Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are up to some new philanthropic efforts of their own. The couple are making $1 million donations to Global Action for Children and Doctors Without Borders. ...

Writer/producer/director J.J. Abrams (TV's "Lost," "Alias") commissioned Jakob Dylan to write and record the theme song for his new series, "Six Degrees," which premieres Thursday. The song, titled "Here Comes Now," will be available on iTunes, along with other new Dylan tracks that will be featured in early episodes. ... A video Bono made on U2's most recent tour helped debut a series of new broadband channels on Wednesday (September 20), AP reports. The four youth-centric outlets are a joint venture between Al Gore's Current TV and Yahoo. ...

Jim Uhls, the man who adapted the "unadaptable" Chuck Palahniuk novel "Fight Club," has been hired to turn Johnny Depp into an Indiana Jones-like character. The Los Angeles Times reports that Uhls is working on an adaptation of the graphic novel series "Rex Mundi," that Depp plans to star in and produce through his Infinitum Nihil (Infinite Nothing) production company. Depp would play a pathologist investigating the mysterious death of the priest who found him as an orphan in an alternate-reality 1933, in which the Reformation never happened, the Inquisition is still in full swing and Europe remains dominated by the Catholic Church (got all that?). Uhls called the story a "noir-ish 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' " complete with murders, a mystery and a massive biblical conspiracy uncovered by Depp's character. ...

Avenged Sevenfold are taking the creation of their next LP very seriously: The bandmembers recently axed a U.K. tour with Bleeding Through so they'd have more time to write, and now they've also postponed a U.S. run with the band. Avenged plan to record the follow-up to 2005's City of Evil early next year. ... Master P and his son Romeo will fly to the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, next month in a U.S. Navy-sponsored trip to boost the morale of the troops stationed there, according to a press release. Guantanamo Bay — a small U.S. enclave in the communist-ruled island — is the site of the controversial prison where the U.S. is holding a reported 455 prisoners in the "war on terror," most without charge. ...

Supermodel Kate Moss has been tapped for Topshop. In a long-rumored move, the U.K. chain — which features knockoff items of high-end designer fashion wares, vintage clothes and sets the trends for practically all British style — has hired the runway goddess to create and design an exlusive collection. "Kate has a unique position as a true fashion icon and I look forward to helping develop Kate Moss for Topshop into a global brand," Topshop owner Sir Philip Green said in a statement to Reuters. The line is expected to launch in spring/summer 2007. ... Godsmack and Breaking Benjamin will be teaming up next month for a 25-date U.S. run. The tour kicks off October 19 in Uncasville, Connecticut, with dates scheduled through December 2 in Manchester, New Hampshire. ... North Carolina-by-way-of Beirut DJ Waleed Coyote has hooked up with former 3rd Bass member Michael "MC Serch" Berrin to produce a hip-hop compilation featuring Jewish and Arab artists titled Peace in the Middle East. The project is aimed at raising awareness in the rap community about the unrest in the Middle East, according to Waleed's Web site.


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