For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Beyonce, Kristin Cavallari, Beck, T.I., Lil' Kim & More

Spears puts new song on Web site; copyright suit against Knowles dismissed; Cavallari starring in 'Nerds' remake.

Britney Spears has her hands full now as a mother of two, but she's still finding time to deliver new music on her Web site. Though the new version of BritneySpears.com is still under construction, the singer has hidden a snippet of what appears to be a song called "Rebellion" on the main page — it can be heard after the growling noises simmer down and Britney morphs into a Bengalese tiger. In the song, she sings, "Be wary of others, the ones closest to you/ The poison they feed you and the voodoo that they do ... But in rebellion, there's a sparkle of truth/ Don't just stand there, do what you got to do ... You'll find it so compelling with everyone yelling/ 'Cause your soul, you're not selling, 'cause you're rebelling." Still no word on when the new album is due, or if the tiger will get a guest spot. ...

A federal judge dismissed a copyright-infringement lawsuit brought by Minneapolis singer/songwriter Jennifer Armour against Beyoncé, ruling that Armour's "Got a Little Bit of Love for You" and Beyoncé's "Baby Boy" were "substantially dissimilar."Armour claimed that her former manager submitted demos of her song to labels including Beyoncé's Columbia Records and Atlantic, home of "Baby Boy" collaborator Sean Paul, and that Beyoncé borrowed lyrics from the little-known songwriter's track. "It's unfortunate that lawsuits such as this one occur," Beyoncé said in a statement, "but I am grateful and relieved to have this behind me and I am eager to move on." ...

Kristin Cavallari is looking forward to spending a couple of months in the company of nerds. The "Laguna Beach" star-turned-actress confirms in the next issue of Us Weekly (on newsstands Friday) that she will star in a remake of the 1984 cult classic "Revenge of the Nerds." The flick is being co-produced by Adam Brody of "The O.C." and is due next year. Cavallari — who will play Kaley, a Pi-Delta-Pi sorority sister — told the magazine that she's "so excited" to be in the movie. "I love the original, so it's an honor to be a part of [the sequel]." ...

Beck, TV on the Radio, Gym Class Heroes and Imogen Heap will perform at the 2006 mtvU Woodie Awards, to be taped October 25 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York. Their performances — along with the rest of the big show — will air on MTV November 4. ... And speaking of Beck, if you can't get enough of his just-released new disc The Information, videos for two bonus tracks that don't appear on the album — "Inside Out" and "This Girl That I Know" — are now available on Beck.com. And in yet more Beck news, he's been tapped to perform on the October 28 episode of "Saturday Night Live." My Chemical Romance will play on the October 21 broadcast. ...

Big League Entertainment intends to file suit against T.I. and his manager this week for breach of contract. Mike Green, president of Big League Entertainment, claims T.I. violated an agreement with the promotions company when he performed last month at New York's Radio City Music Hall for Boost Mobile Rock Corps volunteers. T.I. was scheduled to headline Saturday's Hot 97-co-sponsored Back to School Jam, which instead ended with DMX's abbreviated set and a fan injury. "People think T.I. didn't show up that night, but I didn't allow him to make it," Green explained. "He did a show in the area just a week before and breached what he had with us, because he wasn't supposed to perform in the area for 30 days before our show. So I didn't allow him to perform. I'm going to sue the hell out of him." ... Lil' Kim joined Senators Hilary Clinton and John Kerry in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday (October 3) for a daylong conference devoted to at-risk youth and how they are affected by the child-welfare system. ...

U2's upcoming "definitive" greatest-hits CD will feature their recently unveiled cover of the Skids' "The Saints Are Coming," recorded with Green Day, as well as another new song. Both were produced by Rick Rubin at London's famed Abbey Road Studios last month, according to U2's Web site. The untitled set, due November 21, will contain 16 of the band's biggest songs. ...

Rumors of Michael Jackson's musical demise have been greatly exaggerated — at least that's the word from Ron "Neff U" Feemster's uncle. Hip-hop producer Feemster, who has worked with Eminem, 50 Cent and Ne-Yo, flew to Jackson's new home in Ireland in September, according to his uncle, manager Charles "Big Chuck" Stanton. The manager told the Los Angeles Times that Jackson is working on a music comeback that is a step away from his recent soft R&B sound and toward an edgier urban style. Jackson sought out Feemster's services, and when the young producer met with the pop star, he found a "musically focused and creatively fired-up Jackson." Stanton told the paper that Jackson is "ready to take over the world. ... He's got some hot records. Will.I.Am did one, Teddy Riley [did one]. We're giving Michael a lot of edgy street records. He's putting melodies to some hard party records." Jackson's spokesperson said neither Will.I.Am nor Riley had worked in the studio with Jackson, but that the producers may have sent him MP3 files to listen to. ...

Hardcore legends Bad Brains will help close out New York's famed CBGB next week, with three shows featuring the group's original lineup scheduled for October 9-11. The club, which launched the careers of the Ramones and Blondie, will host its last show October 15 with headliner Patti Smith. ... The Beastie Boys will lead the Gimme Shelter: Rock & Rescue NYC benefit concert Wednesday at the Hiro Ballroom in New York's Maritime Hotel. The event, hosted by Rational Animal and the ASPCA, will raise funds for local rescue groups and promotes the city's mission of wiping out animal euthanasia by 2010. Nellie McKay, Marshall Crenshaw, the Choke, the Star Spangles and members of Blue Öyster Cult will perform at the benefit, which will also feature an appearance by Debbie Harry. For more information, visit GimmeShelterRockAndRescueNYC.org. ... The man who pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder after shooting Grammy-winning singer Marc Cohn ("Walking in Memphis") in the head during an attempted carjacking last August in Denver was sentenced on Monday to 36 years in prison, according to a Reuters report. Joseph Yacteen, 27, faced a maximum 48-year sentence, but the judge in the case believed the shooter could be rehabilitated.

10.02.2006

Green Day will be honored at the People for the American Way's 2006 Spirit of Liberty Awards on October 10 in Beverly Hills, California. George Lopez is hosting the event. ...

A Massachusetts judge says Bobby Brown will be arrested if he sets foot in the state, according to The Associated Press. The judge ordered the arrest on Monday (October 2) after Brown was a no-show at a hearing pertaining to his delinquent child-support payments to ex-wife Kim Ward. Brown's attorney told AP that it's a "difficult time" for the singer, given that Whitney Houston recently filed for a legal separation from him. ...

Maroon 5, Taylor Hicks and Velvet Revolver will perform at the City of Hope's Spirit of Life Awards gala in Hollywood on Thursday. Sarah McLachlan and Josh Groban will also take the stage at the event, which is honoring BMG U.S. President and COO Charles Goldstuck. ... Nick Lachey will perform on Wednesday's episode of "Dancing With the Stars," airing at 8 p.m. on ABC. ...

"El Cantante," starring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, screened at the Toronto Film Festival last month where it scored a distribution deal with Picturehouse — and a summer 2007 release date. Anthony plays Puerto Rican salsa pioneer Héctor Lavoe in the biopic — acting opposite Lopez, who says the film is already generating interest in Lavoe's sound. "One of the things that people who've seen the movie walk away with is that they loved the music and [ask], 'Who is it? And how can I get more of it?' " Lopez told MTV Tres. ...

According to a post on Jonathan Davis' Web site, Korn will begin writing new material Monday for the follow-up to 2005's See You on the Other Side. "[I] can't wait," the frontman wrote. "I know it's gonna be insane. The band is really on fire and have some phat sh-- to record." ... Ying Yang Twins have renamed their upcoming album Chemically Imbalanced. The Atlanta duo's fifth effort, previously titled 2 Live Crew, will drop in late November. ...

The Foo Fighters are releasing a live album from their recent acoustic tour. Skin and Bones, due November 7, is culled from the band's three Los Angeles performances at the Pantages Theater last month. ... Dave Grohl buddy Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age joined Mastodon onstage at the Music Box @ Fonda in Los Angeles Friday night. The unpredictable metal band ran through "The Colony of Birchmen" with Homme on vocals, dipping into new Blood Mountain material elsewhere with searing renditions of "The Wolf Is Loose," "Crystal Skull" and more. The band also burned through "March of the Fire Ants" and "Workhorse" from 2002's Remission, as well as "I Am Ahab" and "Blood and Thunder" from 2004's Leviathan. Guitarist Bill Kelliher wore a T-shirt promoting opening band the Bronx's self-run label. Converge also opened. ...

Avril Lavigne has issued a statement apologizing for spitting at paparazzi last week while she was out with her husband, Sum 41's Deryck Whibley. "I'd like to sincerely apologize for my behavior with the paparazzi," the apology reads. "It's trying at best dealing with their insistent intrusions. I meant no offense to my fans, whose relationship I truly value. I have and will always go out of my way for my fans. My behavior was a reaction to the persistent attack from the paparazzi." ... Robes to Recovery, an auction sponsored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and W Hotels benefiting Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, will offer 28 one-of-a-kind robes customized by top designers including Gwen Stefani, Michael Kors, Heatherette, Cynthia Rowley, Diane Von Furstenberg and Juicy Couture beginning October 23 on eBay. To learn more about the effort, check out WHotels.com/RobesToRecovery. ...

Tendonitis in singer/guitarist Barry Hyde's wrist has forced the Futureheads to cancel their October U.S. tour. "[Hyde] has been advised to rest and, as far as we can see, there is no way of us being able to make those shows work, given the state of his wrist," the band said in a statement. "We promise to get out to the U.S. at the next available opportunity." The band's impending U.K. tour will not be affected. ... Ultra-popular Internet time-waster YouTube.com is launching a contest to discover the best unsigned band in the U.S. Starting Monday, bands can submit performance clips to YouTube.com/Underground, where the entire YouTube community can vote on its favorites. The contest runs until October 18, when the final four will be announced by "Grey's Anatomy" music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas. The four winners will make an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America," receive music gear and have their songs featured in an upcoming Patsavas project. ...

The eldest Hanson brother is off the market. Isaac Hanson, 25, married his 22-year-old girlfriend, Nicole Dufresne, in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, People magazine reported. The couple's marriage comes three weeks after Taylor Hanson, 23, and his wife of four years welcomed their third child, and three months after youngest brother Zac Hanson, 20, and his girlfriend tied the knot. ... The first dates for this year's Blackest of the Black Tour have been revealed. The West Coast-only run, which features Lacuna Coil, the Haunted, Belphegor and headliners Danzig, will kick off in Seattle on November 17. Dates are currently scheduled through a November 30 show in Fresno, California. ...

The Cult have rolled out the first 10 dates of their upcoming fall U.S. run. The trek is set to start in Dallas on October 27, with gigs booked through a November 9 stop in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. The Cult's current lineup includes frontman Ian Astbury, guitarists Billy Duffy and Mike Dimkich, bassist Chris Wyse and former White Zombie drummer John Tempesta. ... An appeal filed by former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent was declined by Supreme Court justices Monday, AP reports. A lower court had previously dismissed Vincent's claim that Kiss owe him royalties from their 1983 album Lick It Up. ... George Michael was arrested Sunday morning in London on suspicion of marijuana possession, AP reports. Responding to complaints that a vehicle was blocking a North London intersection, police found the singer slumped over the steering wheel of his car. Michael received a caution for possession of cannabis, was charged with being unfit to drive and released on bail. The singer, who is scheduled to play a show in Lyon, France, on Monday as part of his European tour, was ordered to appear in court in November.