For The Record: Quick News On Foxy, Busta, Justin, TomKat, Shakira, Rihanna, John Legend, Jessica & More

Brown sentenced; Rhymes scores legal victory; Cruise, Holmes set wedding date.

Foxy Brown was sentenced Tuesday (October 24) to three years of probation pertaining to a fight at a nail salon in 2004, The Associated Press reports. New York Judge Melissa C. Jackson rejected Brown’s last-minute appeals for a two-week extension and new arguments. “The purpose of a reargument is not to let the parties go over issues that have already been decided,” she said. If Brown breaks her probation, she could face up to one year in jail. … The news was more positive for Busta Rhymes on Tuesday, after a New York judge ruled that prosecutors could not charge him with an additional charge of possessing a weapon following his arrest this summer, AP reports. On August 12, he was busted for assault, and a machete was found inside a sports-utility vehicle Rhymes was riding in. …

Justin Timberlake has planted a handful of new tracks on iTunes in the form of SexyTracks: The SexyBack Remix EP and two versions of “My Love.” Also available on iTunes is the JC Chasez tune “Until Yesterday,” which was co-written and produced by JT. … Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have set a date. The couple, who were engaged in June 2005 and welcomed baby Suri in April, will marry November 18 in Italy, Cruise’s representative confirmed to AP on Tuesday. The bride will wear Giorgio Armani. …

Shakira will perform at the Latin Grammy Awards on November 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Alejandro Sanz is also among the many performers. … Rihanna, John Legend, Lionel Richie and others are slated to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert December 11 in Oslo, Norway. Sharon Stone and Anjelica Huston are hosting. … The Essence Music Festival is returning to New Orleans on July 5-7, organizers announced Tuesday. Artists have yet to be announced for the 13th installment of the festival, considered to be the nation’s biggest annual black-culture celebration. …

Veteran H-Town rappers Bun B and Pimp C have set December 19 as the release date for their seventh UGK album, Underground Kingz. The double CD will feature production from Jazze Pha, Lil Jon, Swizz Beatz, Scarface, Marley Marl and Pimp C himself. Rappers Rick Ross, Slim Thug, Sleepy Brown and Three 6 Mafia also make cameos on the album. Underground Kingz will be UGK’s first album since Pimp C was released from prison in December after serving a four-year sentence for assault. …

It’s not that Jessica Simpson doesn’t want to date — she’s afraid to. “My fear is that I won’t ever date anybody,” she said in Jane magazine’s November issue, “because they’ll think I’m going to ruin their career. That they’ll be on the cover of every tabloid and it will automatically take away their credibility, to be bluntly honest with you.” Nick Lachey‘s ex insists that she is the real deal, and she really likes classic rock. “People think pop artists are phony … whatever. My favorite band is Led Zeppelin. … The way they do blues — I’m obsessed. My other favorite is Pink Floyd, ‘Wish You Were Here.’ That’s such an amazing song.” …

When we last left the guys in Plus-44, they were postponing the first leg of their North American tour thanks to drummer Travis Barker‘s broken right arm. But they promised to reschedule the shows, and lo and behold, they have. Beginning November 28 in Chicago, Plus will make up all the lost gigs, zig-zagging their way across the country before wrapping with a December 17 show in Sacramento, California. The tour will still kick off November 8 in Tampa, Florida. The full itinerary can be found on Plus-44′s MySpace page. … Outkast‘s Andre 3000 will co-star with Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson and Ray Liotta in “The Battle in Seattle,” a drama set against 1999′s World Trade Organization meeting, Variety reports. Actor Stuart Townsend (“Queen of the Damned”) will write and direct the film, which is expected to start shooting in November. …

A Louisiana judge ruled that rapper Corey “C-Murder” Miller, brother of No Limit founder Master P, will not be able to conduct interviews to promote his new album while under house arrest. Miller is awaiting retrial for murder charges stemming from a 2002 incident outside a New Orleans nightclub. According to the Times-Picayune, State District Judge Martha Sassone granted Miller the right to take part in photo shoots from his home, but explained that any contact with the press would violate a gag order imposed to keep pre-trial publicity to a minimum. The rapper was convicted in the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy, but was granted a retrial after Judge Sassone affirmed prosecutors withheld criminal background information of witnesses who testified against Miller. …

On Monday, a New York federal jury ruled in favor of a former editor of The Source who alleged that she was fired from her post at the hip-hop magazine after complaining about the office’s sexually charged atmosphere. The Source and its founders, Ray “Benzino” Scott and David Mays, were ordered to pay former Editor in Chief Kimberly Osorio $15.5 million after four hours of deliberation, according to a press release from Osorio’s attorney Ken Thompson. In a statement released Tuesday, Mays and Benzino said, “We are confident that our appeal will be successful on the secondary charges of retaliation and defamation.” … A Malawian official dismissed Yohane Banda’s claim that the adoption process wasn’t explained to him before he allowed Madonna to adopt his son, Reuters reports. “We explained every detail,” Penson Kilembe, director of child welfare in Malawi’s Ministry of Women and Child Development, told the wire service. “Madonna herself explained her intentions in the face of the judge and in Banda’s presence. [Banda] was asked several times in court if he understood what was going on, and he said he did.” Madonna is scheduled to discuss the adoption on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” to air Wednesday. …

“High School Musical” is taking the show on the road. Stars of the TV movie — including Vanessa Hudgens, Monique Coleman, Lucas Grabeel, Ashley Tisdale and Corbin Bleu — will hit the stage to sing songs from the hit soundtrack in 40 cities across the country. The tour is scheduled to kick off November 30 in San Diego and end January 28 in Las Vegas. Zac Efron, who is currently filming “Hairspray,” will not take part in the tour. … Even with a track record like Peter Jackson‘s, some budgets are just too high. The Los Angeles Times reported that Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox recently pulled out of backing the big-screen adaptation of the video game “Halo,” executive produced by the “Lord of the Rings” director, because of spiraling budget concerns. While Microsoft Corporation said it will move forward with the movie, the studios reportedly balked at the preliminary budget of $145 million and the software company’s refusal to take a pay cut on its $5 million upfront fee and revenue deal. The movie is scheduled for a summer 2008 release.

10.23.2006

Foxy Brown missed her court date Monday (October 23), prompting a New York judge to warn her lawyer that Brown will be arrested and jailed if she doesn’t show up at her assault-charges sentencing on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. Brown’s attorney said Brown was at home after a dental procedure, but Judge Melissa C. Jackson replied, “I don’t take this kindly. I don’t believe she is incapable of being here.” Jackson also rejected Brown’s motion to withdraw her guilty plea pertaining to a fight at a salon in 2004. …

California authorities are considering pressing charges against Snoop Dogg after a late September incident in which the rapper was found to be carrying a collapsible baton in his laptop case at an airport. The rapper has said the baton was a prop for a movie he was filming in New York, where his flight was headed, but a sheriff’s spokesman told AP that the baton is considered a dangerous weapon. …

The Madonna adoption controversy rolls on. Just days after the singer was reunited with the 13-month-old Malawian boy she adopted while visiting the country, the boy’s father has said he didn’t realize he was giving up his son “for good.” Yohane Banda, the boy’s 32-year-old father, has said adoption services in Malawi never told him that the adoption meant that David wouldn’t be his son anymore. “I was never told that adoption means that David will no longer be my son. … If I was told this, I would not have allowed the adoption,” Yohane Banda said, according to BBC News. … I would prefer that David goes back to the orphanage where I can see him any time I want, rather than send him away for good.” Banda said he was under the impression that Madonna would just educate and take care of David until he was old enough to return to his home. … In the wake of this latest controversy, the singer will appear on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to discuss the adoption of David Banda. Madonna will tape the show on Tuesday, and the interview is scheduled to air Wednesday. …

American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks is working with producer Matt Serletic (Courtney Love, Aerosmith) on his major-label debut. “The whole recording process with Matt has been flawless so far,” Hicks raved in a statement. “He truly gets where I am coming from, and I completely respect his smarts in the studio and as a real song person.” Hicks’ LP is due December 5. …

He’s done the clothing line thing, the DJ thing and now Tommy Lee‘s doing the punk’d thing. The Mötley Crüe/ Rock Star: Supernova drummer is lending his name to a new service called Crankpranks, which sends pre-recorded $1.99 prank calls to cell phones. Among the phony messages are official-sounding warnings from the FAA about joining the mile-high club, as well as pranks with the titles “Gonorrhea,” “Psycho Girlfriend” and “Credit Stoppage.”… Lee’s Web site reports that Rock Star: Supernova bassist Jason Newsted will not be joining the band when it hits the road for its first tour, which is scheduled to kick off on New Year’s Eve. Newsted is scheduled for emergency surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, torn anterior labrum in his left shoulder and a bicep tear in his right arm, injuries he suffered when he was trying to catch a 90-pound bass amp that had fallen from atop his amp stack. The surgery and rehab could keep Newsted sidelined for up to nine months. “I’m freaking out,” Newsted said about the injury. “My heart was set on finally getting on the road with these guys, but my main focus now is to build myself back to 100 percent. The stage is set for the band, I wish them the best of luck.” Rock Star: Supernova’s debut album is slated for release on November 21. No replacement has been named yet. …

Arctic Monkeys are releasing a single on Tuesday featuring two new tracks: “Leave Before the Lights Come On” and “Put Your Dukes Up, John.” A cover of Van McCoy‘s “Baby, I’m Yours” rounds out the release. … Jack’s Mannequin are re-releasing Everything in Transit on November 7 with a DVD featuring live footage, videos and interviews. Several tracks are culled from singer Andrew McMahon‘s first concert as a cancer survivor. … Natasha Bedingfield will release a live DVD on November 21 simply called “Live in New York City.” The video was filmed at the British singer/songwriter’s June 8 concert at the Nokia Theatre and includes a cover of Coldplay‘s “The Scientist.” …

CKY have booked several gigs for later this year. The band will perform in Towson, Maryland (December 16); Richmond, Virginia (December 17); Northampton, Massachusetts (December 19); New Haven, Connecticut (December 20); and Philadelphia (December 22-23). … Sandy West, the drummer in the influential 1970s all-girl rock band the Runaways, died Saturday after a long struggle with lung cancer, according to the group’s site. She was 47. West, who kept the beat for the band that included Joan Jett, Lita Ford and Cherie Currie, and performed on such landmark hits as “Cherry Bomb,” formed the Sandy West Band after the Runaways broke up in 1979. Former Runaways singer Currie said of her friend, “Sandy West was by far, the greatest female drummer in the history of rock and roll. No one could compete or even come close to her, but the most important was her heart.” …

Just as Courtney Love‘s “Dirty Blonde” journals are about to hit bookstores, the singer opened up to Billboard about her album-in-progress, which she plans to release on producer Linda Perry‘s Custard imprint. Love said that when she started writing songs in rehab, “my hand-eye coordination was so bad, I didn’t even know chords anymore. It was like my fingers were frozen.” Love said she also felt like she had been frozen out of the biz, which only inspired her to try harder. “I’d sit there and try to quietly write and struggle,” she said. “I always thought I’d be that girl that lives with no regrets. I’ve written so many amends letters, I can’t even count them. It’s still not enough.” … Meanwhile, Courtney’s estranged mother, Linda Carroll, has been attempting to use her daughter’s chaotic childhood to help other parents. The psychotherapist conducted two workshops Friday in Fairview Heights, Illinois, for a conference called “Piecing It All Together,” and said Love was troubled from a young age. “Courtney had come into the world with a biology that created internal torment,” Carroll told the Belleville News Democrat.

Reprise act Men, Women and Children found their van, trailer and gear stolen during an MTV $2 Bill Tour stop in Detroit on Sunday. In addition to those things, the band also lost Moog synthesizers, Fender and Rickenbacker guitars and a vintage Ludwig drum kit. Still, MWAC plan to stay on the tour, and fans looking to help out can go to the band’s Web site, MenWomenAndChildren.com. … Former Head Automatica drummer Larry Gorman has spoken out about his departure from the band. In a statement issued late last week, he said, “I would just like to make it clear to you all that in no way did I leave this band. I was told by [frontman Daryl Palumbo] through management not to come back. This is due mostly to the fact that the relationship between Daryl and I has slowly been deteriorating over the last couple of years. We simply have lost faith in each other. These things happen and with Daryl it seems to be more often than not. I wish things could have ended differently being that I stood by his side for so many years, in and out of hospitals, on tour, but I guess I just couldn’t handle it emotionally anymore. That much I am guilty of. With that being said, once again I would like to thank everyone for their support and words of kindness. Please know that I am fine and it is time for me to move on and put this all behind me.”