For The Record: Quick News On Britney, Jermaine Dupri, Game, Will Smith, Black Sabbath, Kurt Cobain & More

Spears baby name revealed; Dupri exits Virgin post; Game makes MySpace connection.

It really is a boy! But he doesn’t share Sean Preston’s initials after all. According to the birth certificate filed at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s office and posted on the “Access Hollywood” Web site, the son born September 12 to Britney Spears and Kevin Federline is named Jayden James Federline. A source close to the family revealed last month that the baby was a boy named Sutton Pierce, but Spears has not yet commented on her second child’s name or gender. …

So so gone. Jermaine Dupri confirmed Wednesday (October 25) that he has voluntarily resigned as president of Urban Music at Virgin Records. The producer and So So Def CEO reportedly blamed Virgin for poor promotional efforts of his girlfriend Janet Jackson‘s latest album, 20 Y.O. The set was executive produced by Dupri, and Jackson graced the cover of several magazines, however, sales for the album have fallen below expectations following the singer’s last underwhelming album, Damita Jo. In a statement released Wednesday morning, Dupri clarified he was in fact leaving his post on his own accord. “Since there are so many rumors running rampant about my position at Virgin Records, I feel that it is necessary to set the record straight,” he said. “I was not forced out of the company, I made a decision that it was in my best interest to leave.” JD was not available at press time to discuss his future plans. …

Who says MySpace is just for wasting time? The Game recently typed in the name of his long-lost sister — who he hasn’t seen since he was a child — in a MySpace search and was reunited with her, according to a press release from the Web site. … Jay-Z, Nelly and Usher might have to make room for the Fresh Prince. Will Smith is the latest artist bidding on an NBA franchise, as part of an investment group that includes Hall of Fame player Julius “Dr. J.” Erving. The actor/rapper is vying to purchase his hometown team, the Philadelphia 76ers, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Smith’s group is among several that have placed bids, with the winning price tag expected to exceed $400 million, sources close to the negotiations told the paper. If Smith’s group is successful, he’ll join the aforementioned artists, who have stakes in the New Jersey Nets, Charlotte Bobcats and Cleveland Cavaliers, respectively. …

Black Sabbath fans might be seeing double in the coming year, with the band’s original lineup and one of its subsequent configurations planning to hit the road. Guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward and onetime Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio are on the verge of reuniting as Heaven and Hell — the title of one of the two albums Dio sang on — according to a press release put out Wednesday by publicity firm Rogers & Cowan. “If all goes well, Heaven and Hell should be hitting the road in early 2007,” the statement read. Shortly after that announcement was issued, Ozzy Osbourne‘s camp released a statement saying, “Tony Iommi and Ronnie Dio are working on a project together which has nothing to do with Black Sabbath. There is only one Black Sabbath. Ozzy, Tony, Geezer and Bill will be touring late next year along with a new Black Sabbath album. However, Ozzy wishes Tony and Ronnie much success in their project together.” …

The King has been dethroned. Late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain has edged out Elvis Presley on Forbes.com’s list of top-earning dead celebrities. Between October 2005 and October 2006, Cobain earned $50 million to Elvis’ $42 million, putting the grunge icon at the top in his very first year on the list and ending Presley’s five-year reign. … Someone may have finally out-weirded Michael Jackson. A London woman, Nona Paris Lola Jackson, filed court papers in Los Angeles last week claiming she is the real mother of Michael Jackson’s three children, according to KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. The woman, who signed the papers “dudu,” is asking to have a say in the child custody settlement recently reached between the pop star and ex-wife Deborah Rowe. The woman claims that Jackson’s ex-wives Rowe and Lisa Marie Presley never had sex with the singer, and also said she’s written more than 3,000 songs for Jackson. A hearing on her motion is set for November 29 in Los Angeles. Rowe is believed to be the mother of Jackson’s oldest children, Prince Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., born in 1997, and daughter, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, born in 1998. Jackson has a third child, Blanket (a.k.a. Prince Michael II), whose mother is not known. …

Sebadoh, John Vanderslice, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Jolie Holland are the first acts announced to perform at 2007′s Noise Pop festival. The 15th installment of the San Francisco indie gala is scheduled for February 27-March 4. … “I Trust You to Kill Me,” a documentary following Kiefer Sutherland as he works as a road manager for Rocco DeLuca & the Burden, will make its TV debut November 11 on VH1. The movie opened in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco last month. … On February 6, Bloc Party will — finally — release their second album, A Weekend in the City. The record, which an ebullient press release describes as a semi-concept album about “daily life in a modern city,” was produced by Snow Patrol knob-twiddler Jacknife Lee and recorded in Dublin, Ireland. Weekend features 11 songs, including “Hunting for Witches” (which BP premiered on their recent North American jaunt), “The Prayer,” “When Is Home?” and “SRXT.” …

Jibbs is shooting the video for “King Kong,” the second single from his debut album, Jibbs Feat. Jibbs, in Los Angeles on Wednesday (October 25) and Thursday. Jibbs will head out on the Scream Tour 5 with Yung Joc, Omarion and Ne-Yo beginning November 22 in Miami. Jibbs also recently became the second artist ever to go sell a million ringtones (for “Chain Hang Low”) before releasing a debut LP. … Heather Mills McCartney, who is in the middle of a bitter divorce battle with ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, plans to sue England’s Daily Mail and Evening Standard newspapers over comments her lawyers have deemed “false, damaging and immensely upsetting,” according to a Reuters report. The move comes after legal documents — apparently prepared by Mills McCartney’s lawyers — were leaked last week, containing allegations that Paul McCartney mistreated his wife during their four-year marriage. Legal action is also expected against the Sun, a British tabloid newspaper. …

Jon Lech Johansen, a renowned hacker known as “DVD Jon” for his success in cracking the copy-protection codes on DVDs, claims to have hacked the iPod and iTunes music-store code and plans to license his code to others for a fee, according to The Associated Press. The 22-year-old native of Norway reverse-engineered iTunes so that songs purchased from it can be played on other, non-iPod portable devices, and figured out how to play songs from other online music stores on iPods, which use a proprietary form of copy protection. … Tommy Johnson, the tuba player who scared a generation of movie fans with his ominous opening notes to the “Jaws” theme, died in Los Angeles on October 16 of complications from cancer and kidney failure, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was 71. The veteran player performed on thousands of movie scores over a 50-year career, including “The Godfather,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” the “Indiana Jones” trilogy, the “Star Trek” movie series, “The Lion King,” “Titanic” and “The Thin Red Line.”

10.24.2006

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.