For The Record: Quick News On ‘American Idol,’ Paula Abdul, Nas, Good Charlotte, Tool, Elliott Smith & More

'Idol' boots 'Grammy Moment' winner; Abdul says she's 'squeaky clean'; Nas designing sneaker line.

“My Grammy Moment” winner Robyn Troup, who performed onstage with Justin Timberlake at Sunday night’s ceremony, was cut from the “Idol” competition during Tuesday night’s Hollywood Week episode — which was taped before she scored her Grammy spotlight. The 19-year-old singer, who beat out thousands for the “My Grammy Moment” honor, passed the first round of “Idol” Hollywood tests, but was eliminated following her group performance. The 24 semifinalists will be announced during Wednesday’s “Idol” broadcast. …

Responding to speculation surrounding her strange behavior on “Idol” and in recent TV appearances, judge Paula Abdul told Us Weekly in its February 16 issue that she’s never been drunk, nor has she done recreational drugs in her 20-year career. “There have been 100 million lies about me,” the “American Idol” judge said in an interview with the magazine. “I’m squeaky clean. I’ve worked my ass off my entire life. Being involved in the show causes people to question everything.” … Nas has partnered with 310 Motoring to design and release his own signature line of sneakers, the Disciple Footwear Collection, due in stores this June. …

A wave of dark music has inspired Good Charlotte to lighten up. “We look around and everything is dark, dark, dark, theatrical death,” Benji Madden said in an interview with MTV Europe. “I mean, we did it with Chronicles of Life and Death two years ago. We just see music going that way, and we said on [Good Morning Revival] we just want to go this way. If everyone’s wearing black, we want to wear white,” he said. “We’re wearing black right now,” his brother Joel countered. The Maddens did agree on some things, noting that Revival, due March 27, will be “beat-oriented,” and though they both love Oasis, Revival “sounds nothing like Oasis.” Gotcha. In other Good Charlotte news, the boys are allowing fans to personalize the video to their new single, “The River.” At BeIntheRiver.com, fans can upload up to 10 photos to be shown on the huge screens in the background of the performance scenes. …

Tool will be touring North America again this spring, giving fans who failed to nail tickets to the band’s 2006 runs a second chance to experience their latest LP, 10,000 Days, live and in person. The tour will launch March 15 in Las Vegas, and make stops in San Diego; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Orlando, Florida; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; Albany, New York; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Portland, Maine, all before wrapping up April 29 in Hamilton, Ontario. … The first posthumous non-album collection of music from indie-folk rocker Elliott Smith will be released on May 8 by Kill Rock Stars. Titled New Moon, the two-disc compilation will feature 24 songs recorded between 1994 and 1997 — a time in his career that yielded a self-titled album and Either/Or. The final mixing on the album was done by longtime Portland friend and engineering collaborator Larry Crane, who is now the official archivist for the Smith estate. Smith died October 21, 2003, but coroners have been unable to determine the cause of death and the case remains open by the Los Angeles Police Department. …

Black Sabbath‘s upcoming best-of collection, featuring three new songs recorded by original members Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi with post-Ozzy-era Sabbath frontman Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinnie Appice, is due April 3. Black Sabbath: The Dio Years features previously released material as well as new tracks “The Devil Cried,” “Shadow of the Wind” and “Ear in the Wall.” Butler, Iommi, Dio and Appice will be touring next month as Heaven and Hell. … Fountains of Wayne are previewing their new single, “Someone to Love,” on a special Valentine e-card available at Virgin Records’ Web site . The song is featured on Traffic and Weather, due April 3. …

Lionel Richie said over Grammy weekend that he would be interested in working again with former collaborator Michael Jackson. “I got to get Mike focused,” Richie said. “I want him to just do it and deliver it, because what happens is we get into what we call recording syndrome and we don’t put it out. But I think he’s going to be OK, he’s just got to get centered. I’ll know after I hear the fifth track that he’s serious about where he’s going.” … On March 17, British metal legends Iron Maiden will play a show on the grounds of a palace in Bangalore, India, a performance the band’s label is trumpeting as the first major metal concert on Indian soil. Frontman Bruce Dickinson said Maiden will “enjoy every moment” in India, calling the event “very special to us” because the band will “be able to play to new fans in countries we’ve never been to before. We hear the Indian fans are very loud and into their metal.” …

Dan the Automator has produced the debut solo CD from Josh Haden, former vocalist of the band Spain. The two first hooked up for Automator’s Handsome Boy Modeling School project in 1999. Featured on the disc is turntable wizard Kid Koala and John Medeski of Medeski, Martin & Wood. … Toni Braxton has settled a multimillion-dollar lawsuit she filed against her former manager, Barry Hankerson, The Associated Press reports. The R&B diva claimed in the suit that Hankerson deceptively caused her to part ways with her longtime label, Arista, for his Blackground Records. According to the terms of the settlement, Braxton can now only sign with a limited list of companies and must fork over royalties from her next project to Hankerson. …

Maxwell fans who hit up the crooner’s MySpace page Wednesday morning (February 14) expecting a new track were left disappointed when there was an apology posted instead of the promised song. Maxwell began the audio message with a Valentine’s Day wish, and explained that the song he hoped to post was not ready. “I’ve been working on it for about three days straight — actually longer,” the singer said, “And, I don’t know, I just don’t feel it yet. I just want to send it out when it’s right.” … Every Time I Die have announced that Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Story of the Year) will be producing their forthcoming LP, which the band will begin tracking in early March. The disc will be released this summer via Ferret Music.

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Mariah Carey has been named the new face of the Italian fashion house Pinko. Pietro Negra, the president and founder of the clothing line, said the company sought “not only a beautiful woman, but a musical artist, because music is the greatest channel of communication.” Carey, a self-described “huge fan” of the brand, said she was “beyond excited” when approached by Pinko. “The clothes are so stylish and fun, and I’m really looking forward to our new venture together.” …

A Notorious B.I.G. Greatest Hits compilation is coming March 6, in time for the 10th anniversary of his death. Along with favorites like “Juicy,” “Big Poppa” and “Hypnotize,” the album will feature two previously unreleased tracks: “Running Your Mouth” and “Want That Old Thing Back.” …

Paul Wall will release his second major-label album, Get Money – Stay True, April 3. Jermaine Dupri, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Fergie and Trina are among the guests. The album’s first single, “Break ‘Em Off,” recently went to radio. … The grillz guru is also joining Jamie Kennedy‘s Hip-Hop Comedy Tour this month, to play for U.S. troops stationed in the Persian Gulf. Like other United Service Organizations performances in the area, specific dates and destinations on the tour are unavailable for security reasons. …

Beyoncé‘s B’Day, which earned the singer a Grammy in the Best Contemporary R&B Album category Sunday, is getting another spin April 3. The double-disc deluxe edition of B’Day will feature the original album plus three new tracks — “If,” “Flaws & All” and the Shakira duet “Beautiful Liar” — on one CD. Disc two of the expanded release will feature six Spanish-language tracks, including “Amor Gitano” — a duet with singer Alejandro Fernández — Spanish-language versions of “Listen” (“Oye”) and “Irreplaceable” (“Irremplazable”) and three additional mixes of “Beautiful Liar.” “B’Day Anthology Video Album,” a Wal-Mart exclusive DVD featuring 10 Beyoncé videos, will also hit shelves April 3. …

Fall Out Boy, Deftones, Meg & Dia and Motion City Soundtrack bandmembers have finally found something in common: a love of haikus. They’re putting ink to paper for “Revolution on Canvas, Volume 2: Poetry From the Indie Music Scene,” an exhaustive volume that also features contributions from members of Cobra Starship, Atreyu, Chiodos, Rise Against, Murder by Death, the Hush Sound, Rx Bandits and Hellogoodbye. The book is due May 9. … Robbie Williams will spend his 33rd birthday in rehab. The British pop singer has checked into a clinic to treat a prescription-drug addition, his spokesperson confirmed to MTV UK on Tuesday (February 13): “Robbie Williams has today been admitted into a treatment center in America for his dependency on prescription drugs. There will be no further comment on this matter.” In 1995, Williams checked into rehab for drug and alcohol addiction following his departure from the boy band Take That. …

The Shins, who kicked off their latest tour last week, have added more dates to their itinerary. The band plays Lawrence, Kansas, on Tuesday and will perform in Denver, Seattle, Houston, Philadelphia, New York and Boston before the trek concludes with an April 14 performance at KCRW’s A Sounds Eclectic Evening festival in Universal City, California. … With a string of five shows at the Judson Memorial Church in New York beginning Tuesday, the Arcade Fire have announced a full U.S. tour in support of their new album, Neon Bible (due March 6). The band will spend all of March and most of April overseas, then return to the U.S. on April 26 for a show at the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego, followed by a performance at Coachella on April 28. The band will then hit Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and Boston before playing three shows at a yet-unannounced venue in New York, three gigs at the Chicago Theatre and a stop at the Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon. The tour is currently set to conclude with two shows at San Francisco’s Greek Theatre on June 1-2. …

Lou Reed, Mike Doughty, Laurie Anderson and others will congregate March 1 at New York’s Town Hall for “Old Knit,” a 20th anniversary celebration of the founding of noted Tribeca music venue the Knitting Factory. The event — also featuring jazz savant John Zorn and Medeski, Martin and Wood — will double as a benefit for the nonprofit performance space the Stone, located on the Lower East Side. … The Flaming Lips will tour the southern U.S. this spring, the band announced just hours after taking home two Grammys Sunday night — winning Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “The Wizard Turns On …” and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, for At War With the Mystics. The tour kicks off April 11 in Athens, Georgia, and will make stops in Orlando, Florida; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Raleigh, North Carolina, before wrapping up April 19 in Norfolk, Virginia. No word yet on who will open for the Lips, but those details and additional live dates are expected in the coming weeks. …

Shadows Fall have set an April 3 release date for their new album, Threads of Life. Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver) produced the album, which features the first single, “Redemption.” … MTV News You Hear It First alums the Exies have moved to indie label Eleven Seven Music for the release of their album, A Modern Way of Living With the Truth, due April 10. The first single, “Different Than You,” is going to radio February 20. … Static-X will release their latest LP, Cannibal, April 3. To promote the disc, the band will kick off a U.S. tour March 30 in Santa Ana, California. Dates run through April 15 in San Antonio. … Scottish band the View have canceled their upcoming U.S. tour due to “unforeseen visa and immigration issues,” the band announced Monday. The scrapped run was set to kick off March 3 in New York and hit the South by Southwest music conference as well as cities including Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Toronto. The band’s debut album, Hats Off to the Buskers, will be released in the U.S. on May 8.