For The Record: Quick News On 50 Cent, MCR, Carrie Underwood, Lindsay Lohan, Don Vito, Macy Gray & More

50 teams with strategist for book; MCR line up second leg of tour; Underwood appearing at Grammy Foundation event.

50 Cent is teaming with Pocket Books for a new volume called “The 50th Law.” The book will be a collaborative project by 50 and strategy guru Robert Greene, whose “The 48 Laws of Power” is a popular pick in the hip-hop world. “50 Cent and Robert Greene will focus on how ‘The 48 Laws of Power’ have helped a new generation of successful power brokers achieve today’s version of the American Dream,” Pocket Books Executive Vice President and Publisher Louise Burke said. The book will also highlight 50’s background and his ability to reconcile his street appeal with corporate savvy. ” ‘The 50th Law’ will capture and create a visible parallel between street life and corporate America standard and structure,” 50 said in a statement. The hardcover book, to be published through MTV/ Pocket Books, is due in February 2008. …

My Chemical Romance have announced the second leg of dates on their Black Parade tour, which will feature Muse in the opening slot. The new run will begin April 14 in Houston and will make stops in San Antonio; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; Pittsburgh; and Seattle before wrapping up May 22 in Portland, Oregon. …

Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Terrence Howard and others will convene for the ninth annual Grammy Foundation Music Preservation Project Thursday in Los Angeles. The event, dubbed “The Soul of Country,” will showcase footage from Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum archives and help to bring attention to the deterioration of historical music-related content. … Lindsay Lohan has dropped out of the film “A Woman of No Importance,” the actress’ representative told People magazine. Lohan, who entered a Los Angeles rehabilitation facility last month, is currently filming the thriller “I Know Who Killed Me” and was set to co-star with Annette Bening in “Importance,” based on an Oscar Wilde play. “She doesn’t want to just yes everyone and compromise herself anymore,” Lohan’s publicist Leslie Sloane told People. “She’s doing this so she can focus on getting better.” …

“Viva La Bam” co-star Vincent “Don Vito” Margera, uncle of Bam Margera, was ordered Thursday to stand trial on felony charges that he groped three underage girls at a promotional appearance at a skate park in August. According to The Associated Press, prosecutors presented evidence in a preliminary hearing that included statements from the girls — two 12-year-olds and a 14-year-old — as well as photos from their camera phones as evidence of their claims that Margera, 50, fondled them. Margera was charged with three counts of sexual assault on a child. If convicted, he could face anywhere from probation to six years in prison. Margera, who remains free on $50,000 bail, will have a chance to enter a plea when he is arraigned March 5. … Macy Gray has set March 27 as the release date for her next LP, Big. The CD will feature collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Nas, Natalie Cole and Black Eyes PeasWill.I.Am and Fergie. …

Despite what you may have heard, Linkin Park‘s long-awaited new album will not be hitting stores April 30. This is according to the band’s publicist, who told MTV News that while LP have settled on an in-store date for their third studio album, they are not announcing it yet — though they plan to do so in the near future. Earlier this week, the band posted on its MySpace page that the first single from the Rick Rubin-produced album would hit airwaves in March, though no title was given for the track. … Kool G Rap, Large Professor and Masta Ace are giving Toronto newcomer Marco Polo a boost on his maiden disc. Marco’s self-produced Port Authority drops May 1 and is the first 2007 release for Rawkus Records. …

30 Seconds to Mars have booked several gigs they’ll play during off-dates on their impending Taste of Chaos run. The band will play Portland, Oregon (February 16); Las Vegas (February 24); Albuquerque, New Mexico (February 28); New Orleans (March 6); St. Louis (March 14); Cleveland (March 19); Hartford, Connecticut (March 21); Des Moines, Iowa (April 1); and Fargo, North Dakota (April 2). … Alkaline Trio, the Vandals, Boys Like Girls, Hot Rod Circuit, Norma Jean and the Spill Canvas have been added to this year’s Warped lineup, joining previously announced acts Bad Religion, Coheed and Cambria, Bayside, Pennywise, the Almost and a host of others. …

Mike Patton‘s Peeping Tom project has announced a run of spring dates. The trek begins March 30 in Dallas and will run through April 27, when the band performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. … Attention accordion enthusiasts (and fans of guys named Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz): Book your tickets for the Bamboozle Festival now! On Friday (February 2), event organizers announced that none other than “Weird” Al Yankovic will appear at this year’s fest, to be held May 5-6 at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. My Chemical Romance and Linkin Park will headline the two-day event, and more than 70 others will perform, including Cute Is What We Aim For, Brand New and Yellowcard.

Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff was found guilty Thursday of murder conspiracy and drug dealing in a federal death-penalty case in which prosecutors said he paid $50,000 to have two rivals killed in 2001. AP reports that McGriff, who has ties to the Inc. label head Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo, looked at supporters and smiled when the verdicts were read. During the trial, the defense said that after a prison sentence for drugs, McGriff began a movie-producing partnership with neighborhood friend Lorenzo. But prosecutors countered that McGriff actually resumed selling drugs and used Lorenzo’s label, then known as Murder Inc., to launder more than $1 million in proceeds and that he paid a hit team to kill a little-known rapper named E-Money Bags and another man in retaliation for Bags’ shooting and killing one of McGriff’s friends. The jury in the case will return on Tuesday to deliberate the death penalty against McGriff, who will face a minimum sentence of life in prison without parole.

02.01.2007

What’s in a name? An awful lot, apparently. After agreeing to surrender his Diddy alias in the U.K. in September as part of a legal settlement with Richard “Diddy” Dearlove, who sued Sean Combs over use of the name, the rap mogul is facing a new complaint from the London music producer. According to Reuters, Dearlove claims Diddy has breached the settlement by using his nickname on MySpace and YouTube — sites that can be viewed internationally. “We want him either to use a neutral name like ‘P. Diddy’ or [stop using MySpace and YouTube],” Dearlove’s lawyer, Iain Purvis, told London’s High Court on Thursday (February 1). In the meantime, Diddy has other things to worry about: He and his company, Sean John, previewed their new eyewear collection for several members of the media and fashion world Wednesday night at their Broadway offices in New York. …

50 Cent made the most of his time with radio personality Angie Martinez on New York’s Hot 97 Thursday afternoon. After addressing his problems with the LOX, Styles P called up and the two discussed a few things, one of which was a possible joint business venture. Styles said he wants to meet Fif in the ‘hood, though, not the boardroom. Later, after 50 said he has the ability to influence album releases at Koch Records, a miffed Cam’ron called in and got into a brief verbal confrontation with 50. …

The temporary order granting Britney Spears and Kevin Federline joint custody of their two children through January will remain in effect, with Federline continuing to have access to sons Sean Preston and Jayden James on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, his lawyer confirmed. … Chris Brown broke his ankle while playing basketball recently, but that isn’t stopping him from filming his new movie, “This Christmas.” He says the injury won’t prevent him from attending the Grammys on February 11 either. “I’m still gonna get through it,” he told MTV News. “I have to do it for my fans.” …

Whitney Houston wants to get her divorce proceedings with husband Bobby Brown done with as quickly as possible. The Associated Press reports that the singer is looking to fast-track the divorce — the papers to which she filed December 28 — and that she has indicated in the filed documents that there are “no issues of division of community property.” Houston has requested custody of 13-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina and that Brown be allowed visitation rights. …

The complications over James Brown‘s estate continue to mount, AP reports. On Thursday, the deceased music icon’s fourth wife, Tomi Rae Hynie, filed a petition in a South Carolina court requesting half the singer’s estate and permission to re-enter the Brown-owned Beech Island home she was barred from following his death. Hynie claims she is Brown’s surviving spouse and therefore entitled to part of his estate, and is asking permission to enter the South Carolina home to retrieve “personal possessions.” Buddy Dallas, Brown’s attorney and trustee, said Hynie had not previously requested personal items from the home. …

Beyoncé has been named the #1 “fantasy girlfriend” in an online poll ranking the 99 Most Desirable Women by readers of AskMen.com. Users of the site were asked to rate women according to characteristics they value in a mate — not just beauty, but also intelligence, humor, charisma and ambition. Despite the focus on the inside, beautiful girls still finished first, with runner-up Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Alba — last year’s #1 — rounding out the top three. Shakira, Jessica Biel, Angelina Jolie and Elisha Cuthbert also made the list’s top 10. … Fergie will perform at the Ocean Drive Super Bowl pre-party in Miami on Saturday, joining already-announced performers Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and DJ AM. …

Linkin Park have started mixing their forthcoming album, which they hope to release in late spring, with the disc’s first single hitting rock radio in March. “We have put more into the new album than anything we have ever done before,” the band said in a post on its MySpace page. “After over a year of writing, recording and setting unrealistic finish dates for the record, we are in the home stretch. The new album is very exciting for the six of us, and we can’t wait until everyone can hear it.” … The papers are in, and the marriage of Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson will officially be history on May 28. According to the divorce filing, Pam and Kid avoided a big money battle by maintaining “income and assets separate and apart from the income and assets of the other party,” and agreeing to split any joint accounts down the middle. …

Sienna Miller says she “can’t wait” to have children in the upcoming issue of Life magazine. “If I have a child … life, I think, will suddenly make sense,” the actress stated. … After slipping out their iTunes Session EP in December, Goldfrapp have another short-player on the way. The enhanced Ride a White Horse EP will feature the single version of the title track, four additional versions, the video for the song and a live-performance clip of it. Oddly, the disc is hitting brick-and-mortar stores before it goes digital: It’ll reach record stores Tuesday and enter the online sphere February 13. … The Pogues will return to the U.S. in March for a brief headlining run that includes a St. Patrick’s Day gig in New York. The trek kicks off with two shows in Chicago (March 5 and 6), followed by a pair of concerts in Boston (March 10 and 11). The band hits New York on March 14, Philadelphia on March 16, and will return to the Big Apple to perform on March 17. …

A 16-year-old from New York is fighting back against an online piracy suit filed by the Recording Industry Association of America. AP reports that Robert Santangelo, who has been sued by five record companies alleging copyright infringement that occurred when he was as young as 11, denies distributing music online. In his countersuit, Santangelo accuses the recording industry of violating antitrust laws, conspiring to defraud the courts and making extortionate threats. If Santangelo’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the son of Patti Santangelo, the 42-year-old suburban mother of five who famously refused to settle with the RIAA when she was sued in 2005. While the RIAA dropped its suit against Patti in December, the group then sued Robert and his sister Michelle (now 20). Robert’s countersuit includes claims that he never sent copyrighted music to others, that recording companies promoted file sharing before turning against it and that all the music claimed to have been downloaded was actually owned by his sister on store-bought CDs. …

Former Vice President Al Gore has been nominated for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to draw the world’s attention to the dangers of global warming, AP reports. “A prerequisite for winning the Nobel Peace Prize is making a difference, and Al Gore has made a difference,” said Bøerge Brende, a member of Norway’s parliament who nominated Gore. During his eight years as VP, Gore pushed for climate measures, and has since taken his documentary on climate change — the Oscar-nominated “An Inconvenient Truth” — on a world tour. The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced in mid-October.