For The Record: Quick News On JoJo, Notorious B.I.G., Proof, Trey Anastasio, Muse, Nintendo Wii & More

JoJo celebrates 16th b-day in style; police investigation involving Biggie case launched; Proof LP due next year.

Think your 16th birthday was sweet? JoJo got the royal treatment Thursday night when Seventeen threw a bash for her at the boutique Carnaval in New York’s East Village. The event was also held to honor the pop prodigy for gracing the magazine’s prom issue cover. Her fans, along with a fab fashionista — Heatherette designer Richie Rich — sang “Happy Birthday” as she blew out the candles on four raspberry-and-chocolate-vanilla mousse cakes. On Friday night (December 15), JoJo will hit the stage at Z100′s Jiggle Ball at Madison Square Garden. …

(Check out pics from JoJo’s b-day bash right here. )

A Los Angeles police officer who filed a lawsuit claiming sexual misconduct against a former deputy chief is also charging she was targeted by the same official after he allegedly confiscated her computer containing critical information about the investigation of the Notorious B.I.G. murder case. According to the Los Angeles Times, a probe has been launched by the internal investigation arm of the Los Angeles Police Department to look into both matters. Attorney Bradley Gage, who is representing Sergeant Ya-May Christle in her case, is also one of several lawyers who sued the city and police department on behalf of the estate of the late rapper. Police Chief William J. Bratton issued a statement saying his precinct will comply with the investigation and turn over all relevant documents requested. …

The final album recorded by D12‘s Proof, Time a Tell, will be released next year, according to The Detroit News. The 18-track effort by the rapper, who was killed during a dispute at a Detroit nightclub on April 11, was written and recorded in a single day in January. The LP will be released via Iron Fist Records, the label founded by Proof. … Ex-Phish major-domo Trey Anastasio is facing a variety of charges after a police officer pulled him over early Friday morning in a town in upstate New York near the Vermont border, The Associated Press reports. Police are charging him with possession of a controlled substance, driving while intoxicated and — because he was driving with a suspended license — third-degree aggravated unlicensed vehicle operation. Police found painkillers and an anti-anxiety drug that was prescribed to someone else in his vehicle. Anastasio was released and will appear in court at a later date. …

In just 35 minutes, Muse sold all 150,000 tickets to the massive concert they have planned for London’s Wembley Stadium on June 16. An additional 42,000 tickets have been sold for the recently added show to be held the following day at the same venue. Muse are the first band announced to play Wembley since it was rebuilt. … The Rolling StonesA Bigger Bang tour was the highest-grossing one of the year, according to Billboard. Tickets for the trek, which started in August 2005 and lasted until November 25, 2006, amounted to about $437 million. Second was Madonna, whose Confessions tour made $195 million and was the top-grossing trek ever by a female artist. … The Nintendo Wii has been a smashing success, but not in the way the company had intended. After a rash of reports of the straps breaking on the wandlike game controllers, causing them to fly off user’s hands and smashing TV screens, Nintendo announced Friday that it would recall and replace 3.2 million straps for the unit’s controllers. According to AP, the worldwide recall will replace the current slim strap with a beefier one, costing the company several million dollars. …

Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson recently donated 36 electric guitars to Little Kids Rock, a program providing free instruments and instruction for public school students. Delson hand-delivered the guitars to Los Angeles’ Nightingale Middle School. … The Roots — who were recently nominated for two Grammys — are heading to South Africa for the first time as part of their ongoing world tour. The group is taking an unusual approach, following its Thursday performance on a flatbed truck in Johannesburg with shows in Cape Town on Friday and Durbin on Saturday. In February, the Roots will come back to North America for a three-month outing with Lupe Fiasco. That jaunt begins February 1 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and concludes with a two-night stand in Philadelphia on April 3-4. The collective is off to Australia after that. …

The Internet was atwitter late Thursday night thanks to one phone number: (866) NEON-BIBLE. Why? That’s the way the Arcade Fire chose to debut “Intervention” — the first song from their hotly anticipated new album, due in March on Merge Records. Fans who called the toll-free number were greeted with the sound of a creaky organ followed by a voice telling them to enter extension 7777 to hear “an important message from the founders of the Neon Bible program.” After dialing the extension, “Intervention” — which has been a staple of the band’s live set for a few years — plays. Influential BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe played the song on the air Thursday night. Friday morning, several music blogs began, um, “reporting” that the Arcade Fire’s new album will be called Neon Bible — though a spokesperson for Merge told MTV News there is no album title yet, and the band is still mastering the record in London. …

Ozzy Osbourne fans can expect to see the self-proclaimed Prince of Darkness on tour this spring, wife and manager Sharon Osbourne said during a recent appearance on the “Dr. Phil” show. Ozzy has been working on a pair of albums, the first due in February. The second will serve as the soundtrack to his long-in-the-works musical about Russian monk Grigori Rasputin. … Meanwhile, Jack Osbourne is among the stars of the new CBS reality series “Armed & Famous,” which follows five celebrities through the police academy and on patrol in Muncie, Indiana. “CHiPs” star Erik Estrada, “Jackass” wild man Jason “Wee-Man” Acuña, La Toya Jackson and WWE wrestler Trish Stratus are also featured. …

Stephen Colbert and Decemberists multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk will compete in a guitar solo contest on “The Colbert Report” on Wednesday. The contest stems from a feud Colbert started when he accused the band of riding his coattails with a contest that asked fans to contribute animated footage for the Decemberists’ new video. … They Might Be Giants, Harry Shearer (“The Simpsons,” “For Your Consideration”) and “Late Show With David Letterman” musical director Paul Shaffer are among those converging at New York’s Canal Room on Friday for Judith Owen and Harry Shearer’s Holiday Sing-Along, put on by Shearer and his wife. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Tipitina’s Foundation to aid the rebuilding of New Orleans’ music culture in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

12.14.2006

Rihanna, Ludacris and KT Tunstall have been added to ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2007.” All three acts will perform at Nokia Theatre Times Square in New York. In the meantime, Lady Sovereign has hopped onto the roster for “MTV Goes Gold: New Year’s Eve 2007,” for which she’ll join other performers Nas, Gwen Stefani, Ciara and more. The show airs live December 31 at 11 p.m. ET, with a tape delay on the West Coast. And last but not least, Ruben Studdard is playing a free New Year’s Eve show in Hawaii. The Honolulu Symphony will join the “American Idol” winner for the event, dubbed Gospel Goes Classic. …

Kelis hosted Trace magazine’s 10-year anniversary bash Wednesday night at Room Service nightclub in Manhattan. The R&B vixen was joined by her husband Nas, “Project Runway” winner Jay McCarroll and current Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera as they all toasted to the cultural mag reaching its diamond mark. Kelis, Snoop Dogg, supermodel Iman and Mya are set to appear in Trace‘s 10-year anniversary issue. …

Harry Potter has a home in Georgia after all, The Associated Press reports. On Thursday (December 14), the state’s Board of Education upheld a Gwinnett County school board decision denying a mother’s request to have the volumes removed from library shelves. “It’s mainstreaming witchcraft in a subtle and deceptive manner, in a children-friendly format,” said Laura Mallory, the mother in question. She might challenge the board’s ruling. … Trick Daddy is hosting Christmas toy drives in Miami on the next two Saturdays in conjunction with his Trick Luvs Da Kids Foundation. Pitbull will also be in attendance. …

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt aren’t done adopting children, the actress told “Good Morning America” on Thursday, according to AP. “Now the questions are more when you have a mixed-race family, do you balance the races so there’s another African person in the house for Z? So there’s another Asian person in the house for Mad?” Jolie said, referencing Zahara and Maddox, two of the couple’s three children. … Katt Williams pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon and was sentenced to three years of probation on Thursday, AP reports. The Los Angeles judge also told him to pay restitution but gave him credit for the three days he spent in jail early last month. …

Taking Back Sunday have recorded a version of “12 Days of Christmas” for AOL Sessions. A fan-made animated video is also circulating. … Editors have released an EP of remixed tracks from The Back Room exclusively on iTunes. The U.K. rockers are currently recording their proper follow-up. … The ultra-rare copy of The Velvet Underground & Nico that was “won” by a hoax bid last week is about to be up for auction on eBay once again. The LP, which was to be sold for $155,000, was expected to be back on the site Thursday afternoon. …

After months of legal wrangling, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that “Alpha Dog” — a crime thriller starring Justin Timberlake — can be released in theaters January 12 despite objections from murder suspect Jesse James Hollywood, on whom the movie is based. According to The Hollywood Reporter, an attorney for Hollywood said he will file an appeal on the ruling based on his belief that releasing the film will make it impossible for his client to get a fair trial. The film, which also stars Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone, changes the characters’ names, but Hollywood’s attorney is concerned that the big-screen retelling of his client’s alleged kidnapping and murder of California teen Nicholas Markowitz over a $1,200 drug debt could taint a jury pool. …

According to a post written on Nine Inch Nails‘ Web site, not only is Trent Reznor hard at work on a new NIN album, but it’s “possible” he’s finished already. “We begin mixing in January,” Reznor wrote on NIN.com. “Juggling fifteen all-new tracks around. Testing sequences. No leftovers from [2005's] With Teeth. Highly conceptual. Quite noisy. F—ing cool.” … Less than a week after an album’s worth of demos she recorded as a gift for her pal Dave Sitek were leaked to the Internet, Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O has weighed in on the situation. Her take: “Sh– happens.” Writing on the YYYs’ site, O took the high road — as opposed to Sitek, who practically wished karmic castration on those responsible for the leak of the KO at Home album. She said she felt “a little grossed out” by the idea of her song sketches hitting various file-sharing sites but shrugged the whole thing off and even ended her post with some advice for curious fans. “If you happen to get your mits on one of those old demos … my personal favorites and the only ones I would have released for anyone to enjoy [are] ‘Pumpkin’ and ‘Snakes and Worms,’ ” she wrote. “The rest I would have pitched or buried.” …

Slash and Chris Robinson were among the guests who popped up onstage with Jet at a Los Angeles club show over the weekend. Former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones also took part in the show, which ended in an all-star jam of the Faces‘ “Ooh La La.” … Army of Anyone will headline the 2007 installment of the annual SnoCore Tour, which kicks off in Houston on January 18. Hurt have been tapped to open. Dates are currently scheduled through February 8 in Hartford, Connecticut, with a full run of shows to be announced in the coming weeks. … Hinder have rolled out a whole host of tour dates for the coming year. Two dozen stops have been scheduled from January 13 in Ketchum, Idaho, through February 23 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Black Stone Cherry and Finger Eleven will open on most of the dates. …

Yoko Ono alleges that her chauffeur threatened to release private audiotapes and photographs and to kill her and her son, Sean Lennon, if she didn’t give him $2 million, The New York Times reports. Koral Karsan, 50, who worked for Ono for 10 years, was arrested at his home in Amityville, New York, on Wednesday and was charged with attempted grand larceny, which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. Following his arrest, Karsan claimed that Ono had fabricated the charges to stop a sexual harassment suit. Police said the charges followed a confrontation with Ono in her apartment on Friday, in which Karsan presented Ono with a list of his complaints along with a photo of her in her pajamas and a tape that contained her “personal opinions on people and events.” During a meeting on Tuesday, Karsan met with Ono’s lawyer and allegedly demanded $2 million and threatened to kill Ono, Sean Lennon and himself if his demands were not met.