For The Record: Quick News On Avril, Mobb Deep, Bow Wow, Chris Brown, Paris, Borat, Pink, Eminem & More

Lavigne changes LP title; violence breaks out at Mobb Deep gig; Brown helps Bow Wow celebrate Price of Fame.

Contrary to earlier reports — and her own MySpace page — Avril Lavigne‘s new album will not be called The Best Dam Thing, but rather The Best Damn Thing. According to her spokesperson, Lavigne intentionally misspelled the title, “but she decided to change it. Kind of like ‘Sk8er Boi.’ ” …

A Mobb Deep performance in Belgium was marred by violence Friday when a rowdy club patron threw around bottles of alcohol in the VIP section after security booted him from the area for unruly behavior. G-Unit affiliate 40 Glocc suffered a cut hand, but Mobb Deep will continue with their remaining overseas tour dates: Wednesday night (December 20) in Athens, Thursday in Dublin and Friday in Munich. … Fresh Azimiz. Bow Wow celebrated the release of his latest set, Price of Fame, Tuesday night at New York’s Dirty Disco as Jermaine Durpi, Omarion, Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, and Tommy Hilfiger all toasted the former hip-hop tike. …

Sure, her album flopped, but Paris Hilton still manages to top charts. The professional party girl’s name was among the top Internet search items in 2006, according to Google. Joining Hilton were Borat and the militant Islamic group Hezbollah. Google searchers were apparently more interested in Nicole Kidman‘s wedding to country star Keith Urban than Tom Cruise‘s blowout marriage to Katie Holmes. And perhaps even more shocking, more searches were done on ex-Beatle Paul McCartney‘s divorce than Britney‘s split from K-Fed. … Australian officials are hitting back at Pink following the singer’s call for a boycott of the country’s wool exports, Reuters reports. “Sadly, like any other industry that uses animals, the wool trade uses methods so sadistic that it makes you consider clearing your closet of any animal products,” Pink said in a statement released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, citing a practice known as “mulesing,” in which sections of skin are cut from a sheep’s rear quarters to prevent flies from nesting on the animal. “Pink is entitled to her views,” said Peter Costello, treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia. “But at the end of the day would Australia’s farmers take advice from Pink?” Australia plans to phase out the mulesing process, which does not employ pain-relief medication, by 2010. …

Postponed Lady Sovereign tour dates have been rescheduled for early January. Shows in Las Vegas (January 4) and San Diego (January 9) will honor originally purchased tickets, while San Francisco (January 8) and Los Angeles (January 10) stops will require ticketholders to R.S.V.P. via Sov’s Web site by Monday to receive a new ticket. Some additional tickets are still available for the makeup shows. … Rancid fans witnessed what may well be the closest thing to a reunion of legendary East Bay, California, punk outfit Operation Ivy during a concert in San Francisco on Sunday night. According to The Mercury News, Op Ivy frontman Jesse Michaels joined former bandmates Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman during the Rancid gig for a rendition of “Unity” — marking the first time the three have played together since the band split back in 1989. Former Operation Ivy drummer Dave Mello did not perform. … The Silversun Pickups, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, El-P and Deerhoof will descend on New York’s Irving Plaza for the Plug Independent Music Awards February 10. The performers — who will play sets ranging from 20 to 40 minutes — will join host David Cross (“Arrested Development,” “Mr. Show”), and Malkmus will receive the Plug Impact Award. …

George Clinton needs your help. The flamboyant king of interplanetary funk is hoping the public will help him track down the crook who pilfered a video camera and other unspecified valuables from the Los Angeles set of his forthcoming music video. According to The Associated Press, the camera contains footage captured for Clinton’s “Bounce 2 This” video, which was shot last week. The theft was caught by surveillance cameras, but the culprit blended in with others working the shoot. Those with any information about the crime are asked to contact police. … Sony BMG will pay the price for embedding secret anti-piracy software in some of its CDs. The company agreed on Tuesday to stop manufacturing CDs with digital-rights-management software that limits the number of copies music fans can make of the music — and which also damaged some user’s computers. According to Variety, the company also agreed to pay $750,000 judgments to the states of California and Texas, which filed consumer protection complaints against the company over the use of the so-called “rootkit” software. Under the settlement, Sony BMG will provide refunds of up to $175 to California consumers, who will have 180 days to file a refund claim through a form available on Sony BMG’s Web site. …

The FBI agreed Tuesday to release 10 documents from the surveillance of John Lennon that had been withheld for 25 years, The Los Angeles Times reports. University of California, Irvine, historian Jon Wiener said the now-public documents — which the FBI said were kept secret to avoid “military retaliation against the United States” — contained details of Lennon’s ties to London antiwar groups, but no sign that the U.S. government considered the musician a serious threat. … The driver for Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, was indicted in New York on Tuesday, charged with four counts of first-degree attempted grand larceny. According to a Reuters report, chauffeur Koral Karsan, 50, pleaded not guilty in Manhattan State Supreme Court to charges that he threatened to release personal photos and audiotapes of Ono and kill her and son Sean Lennon if she did not pay him. The judge in the case ordered Karsan held without bail, fearing that immigration authorities might seize the native of Turkey as they investigate whether he is in the country legally. Karsan’s lawyer accused Ono of violating tax laws for paying his client as an independent contractor when he was a full-time employee.

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Eminem and Kim Mathers finalized their second divorce Tuesday (December 20), The Associated Press reports. The two parties will divide their property under terms of a private settlement and will share custody of Hailie Jade Scott, who is 10 years old. Eminem did not comment after the brief hearing, but Circuit Judge Antonio P. Viviano said the couple “conducted themselves with dignity and respect. All in all, they are a very fine couple to deal with.” …

If you’ve wanted to share the screen with Lindsay Lohan but are a bit lower down on the star ladder, this could be your chance. A Lohan thriller tentatively titled “I Know Who Killed Me” is seeking extras (18 and over, with ID) available to film key scenes in San Luis Obispo, California. The open call will be held Tuesday from 5-10 p.m. at Maggie’s Diner in San Luis Obispo. …

What’s good for Drew Lachey is apparently good for Joey Fatone. The ‘NSYNC member told Orlando, Florida, radio station WTKS-FM on Friday that he’d like to appear on the hit TV show “Dancing With the Stars,” AP reports. Fatone said producers of the show had asked him three times to appear, but that he’d turned it down. Now that the show has become a hit, he’s reconsidered. “I like doing it because it’s challenging,” Fatone said of dancing. “Can you imagine me wearing those stupid tuxes?” …

A February 13 release date has been set for the Unholy Alliance collection, a CD/DVD set chronicling the Slayer-anchored tour’s July 13 stop in Vancouver, British Columbia. The discs will include performances from all of the bands on the trek’s bill: Slayer, Lamb of God, Mastodon, Children of Bodom and Thine Eyes Bleed. The DVD also includes backstage footage and band interviews. … The Warner Music Group is about to get a bit more hardcore. The home of soft-rocker James Blunt has agreed to pay $73.5 million to acquire a majority stake in heavy-metal label Roadrunner Music Group, home to Slipknot, Megadeth and Nickelback. Roadrunner, based out of Amsterdam, will be a freestanding label within the Atlantic Records Group, already home to hard acts Metallica and Staind. …

As he is wont to do, Bright Eyes — a.k.a. indie wunderkind Conor Oberst and whoever he feels like playing with — will release not one but two recordings (at least) next year. On March 6, they’ll drop Four Winds, a six-song EP featuring six new tracks, including “Reinvent the Wheel,” “Smoke Without Fire” and “Cartoon Blues.” Then, on April 10, they’ll release the full-length Cassadaga, featuring guest appearances by M. Ward, Gillian Welch and former Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss. The album — which was recorded in New York; Los Angeles; and Lincoln, Nebraska — is actually named after a Florida town that is commonly known as “The psychic center of the world.” …

You Hear It First alums and Woodie Award winners Plain White T’s have set aside a chunk of 2007 for touring. The gang will head out for a March 4 gig in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and follow through until a May 2 concert in Chicago. … Another band of up-and-comers, Mewithoutyou, will hit the road for a co-headlining jaunt with Sparta on February 22 in Omaha, Nebraska. That 22-date trek ends March 19 in St. Louis. … In more tour news, Badly Drawn Boy has sketched out a North American run that will see him hitting Philadelphia March 3 and wind down in Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 27. … And finally, the reunited Lemonheads will check in again with another leg come early ’07. Evan Dando and company will hit Carrboro, North Carolina, on January 25 and conclude the tour in Hoboken, New Jersey, on February 24. …

It was cool while it lasted. On Monday, members of the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, the Doors and Santana sued the owner of Wolfgang’s Vault, which has been offering streams of hundreds of rare concert recordings from major rock stars on its Web site. According to Reuters, the bands are claiming the site was illegally offering the recordings by artists ranging from A Flock of Seagulls to Bob Marley, the Clash, the Who and Bob Dylan — some of the thousands it acquired from the vault of late concert promoter Bill Graham — in order to stimulate sales of its concert T-shirts, photos and vintage posters. The suit was filed against Vault owner William Sagan, who bought Graham’s assets for $5 million three years ago. … In related news, the Dead and Doors will receive lifetime-achievement Grammys prior to the awards show on February 11, AP reports. Folk icon Joan Baez, jazz great Ornette Coleman, opera singer Maria Callas, soul stalwarts Booker T. and the MG’s and departed country hero Bob Willis will also receive the honor. …

Stacie Orrico has finished the video for her new single, “I’m Not Missing You.” The song is featured on Beautiful Awakenings, an album she co-wrote many songs to that is due January 16. Orrico’s self-titled album, which earned her a Grammy nomination, came out in 2003. … Doing a sitcom for VH1 in which she played herself apparently wasn’t enough reliving for Tori Spelling.The former “Beverly Hills 90210″ starlet is writing a memoir as well, in which she’ll discuss her childhood privileges, tabloid misperceptions, success and regrets in a humorous and self-deprecating way. The yet-untitled book is due for publication in spring 2008 by Simon Spotlight. …

Legendary soul label Stax is relaunching in 2007 to mark the golden anniversary of its 1957 formation. The recording home of such R&B luminaries as Otis Redding, Sam and Dave and Isaac Hayes plans to release 20 CDs and DVDs in the new year, including new music from Hayes and Angie Stone. … A warrant was issued by immigration officials Monday for Yoko Ono‘s driver, Koral Karsan — who was arrested last week and charged with attempted grand larceny after he allegedly threatened to kill Ono and her son Sean Lennon and release personal audio recordings unless he was paid $2 million. According to AP, immigration officials issued the warrant to determine if the native of Turkey is in the U.S. legally. … Joseph Barbera, an animator who co-created dozens of cartoon series — including “The Flintstones,” “Tom and Jerry,” “Yogi Bear” and “Scooby Doo” — with creative partner William Hanna, died Monday in Los Angeles of natural causes. He was 95.