For The Record: Quick News On Madonna, Michelle Williams, James Blunt, Foxy Brown, Ice Cube & More

M by Madonna collection unveiled; former Destiny's Child singer joins 'Color Purple'; police investigating Blunt.

Madonna‘s new collection, M by Madonna, will be available in H&M stores next month. In the meantime, check out the whole clothing-and-accessories collection — which the singer designed — at the Web site for the Swedish magazine Detnye. …

Former Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams is joining the Chicago production of “The Color Purple,” producers announced Tuesday (February 27). Williams will tackle the role of sultry blues singer Shug Avery. Former “American Idol” finalist LaToya London told MTV News last month that she will be starring in the same production, which opens April 17. … Los Angeles police are investigating reports that James Blunt ran over someone’s foot and then drove off as he was leaving an Oscar party Saturday. “James was leaving a party and his car was swarmed by paparazzi,” Blunt’s publicist said in a statement. “He was driving 2 mph and trying to navigate his car through all of the people.” …

Foxy Brown held a press conference in a Brooklyn, New York, church on Monday to explain her recent arrest at a Florida beauty-supply store. “The only crime I’m guilty of is being a young black woman,” Brown said, claiming that the altercation began when she was dragged out of the store’s bathroom while she was undressed. The rapper, who is currently on probation for a 2004 assault on two New York manicurists, said she expects the charges — resisting an officer and battery — will be dropped. “I am the victim of an overzealous police department engaged in police brutality,” she said. Brown will appear before a New York judge Thursday for a probation update hearing, and could face jail time if it is determined that the Florida run-in violated the terms of her sentence. …

Ice Cube has signed on to co-produce and star in the urban comedy “First Sunday,” playing half of a duo that bungle an attempt to rob a church — and end up getting convinced of the error of their ways by their hostages. … Variety reports that Janet Jackson has agreed to star opposite Tyler Perry in “Why Did I Get Married?” Based on Perry’s stage play of the same name, the movie will follow a couple that go on vacation every winter with friends to re-examine their marriages. “Dreamgirls” castmember Sharon Leal and singer Jill Scott will also star in the film. …

Pretty Ricky — who topped the Billboard albums chart in January — are routing their 2007 tour based on Eventful.com’s Demand function, through which fans request acts to come to specific cities. Pretty Ricky have pledged to play any city with more than 1,000 unique demands “no matter how far the flight is,” Eventful CEO Jordan Glazier said. … Corinne Bailey Rae, who just released “I’d Like To” as her next single, is returning to the studio after her spring tour with John Legend. “I’m definitely writing,” she told MTV News. … Influential Los Angeles public-radio station KCRW is releasing a covers album exclusively at Starbucks locations beginning March 13. “Sounds Eclectic: The Covers Project” features the Flaming Lips covering Radiohead‘s “Knives Out”; Dido remaking James Taylor‘s “Fire and Rain”; and the Magic Numbers turning Beyoncé‘s “Crazy in Love” into an acoustic ballad. R.E.M., Sia, Damien Rice, Nikka Costa and Rufus Wainwright are also included. …

Arctic Monkeys have settled on “Brianstorm” as the first single from Favourite Worst Nightmare, due April 24. The purchasable single (yes, some bands still release them) will also feature “Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend” with Dizzee Rascal on guest vocals. … Former Something Corporate guitarist William Tell will release his solo debut, You Can Hold Me Down, March 13. Thom Panunzio (No Doubt, Aerosmith) produced the album. … It looks like Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese‘s next flick will reteam him with “The Departed” scripter William Monahan, Variety reports. Monahan is set to rewrite a treatment for the rock and roll flick “The Long Play,” which follows two friends through 40 years in the music business. Paramount Studios announced that Rolling Stone Mick Jagger will also be involved in the project. Monahan is reuniting with “Departed” star Leonardo DiCaprio as well, according to The Hollywood Reporter: The two are working on an adaptation of the police thriller “Confessions of Pain,” another Hong Kong film from the creative team behind the “Departed”-inspiring “Infernal Affairs.” …

Run-DMC are releasing “Live at Montreux 2001″ on CD and DVD on April 3. Both collections include hits like “Walk This Way,” “It’s Tricky” and “Mary Mary.” … Christina Milian is hard at work on her follow-up to last year’s So Amazin’, according to a post on the singer’s MySpace page. Milian revealed that she has already collaborated with Cool & Dre and J.R. Rotem and is set to join the Runners and Timbaland protégé Nate “Danja” Hills in the studio in the coming weeks. Milian also plans to team up with Latin songwriters and producers for the project. … The Ego Trip collective, along with MC Serch, hosted a “(White) Rapper Show” wrap party Monday night at Southpaw in Brooklyn, New York. Brand Nubian‘s Lord Jamar was also in attendance as castmembers including Persia, G-Child and John Brown performed. Hallelujah holla back! … In addition to reuniting the Jesus and Mary Chain for the first time in nearly a decade at Coachella, Scotland’s battling Reid brothers, Jim and William, have teamed with their sister Linda Reid and ex-JAMC guitarist Ben Lurie to record their debut album as Sister Vanilla. The album, Little Pop Rock, is due April 3 on Chemikal Underground and features the brothers’ patented fuzzy, garage-rock sound layered with Linda’s girlish vocals on songs such as “Jamcolas” and “Can’t Stop the Rock.” …

The Toadies, best known for their 1994 rock radio hit “Possum Kingdom,” are making a habit of reuniting. The band, which teamed up for gigs in March and June, will join up for four performances next month in Texas. The band will play March 12-13 in Austin as part of the South by Southwest festival, and then hit Houston (March 14) and Dallas (March 17). … Boston punk vets the Dropkick Murphys — who have gotten a fresh dose of attention thanks to the inclusion of their song “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” in “The Departed” — are heading out with reggae squad the Aggrolites for a 13-date trek. It commences Friday at the House of Blues in Las Vegas and concludes — fittingly — with a St. Patrick’s Day bash at the Agganis Arena in Boston. … Hanson are heading out on a short tour of the Northeast in advance of the May 22 release of their fourth album, The Walk. The brothers’ four-gig run will make stops in Sayreville, New Jersey (March 1); New Haven, Connecticut (March 2); Allentown, Pennsylvania (March 4); and New York (March 6).

02.26.2007

Bobby Brown has been ordered to remain in county jail until he forks up $19,000 in late child-support payments, The Associated Press reports. For the second time, the singer was picked up by Massachusetts authorities while watching his daughter compete in a cheerleading competition. He was arrested Sunday night at Attleboro High School in Canton after failing to appear at a child-support hearing in October. It is doubtful Brown will be released from jail before Tuesday morning, an Atlanta attorney told AP.

Britney Spears manager Larry Rudolph insisted to TV’s “Extra” that the singer is not on suicide watch while receiving help at the Promises Residential Treatment Center in Malibu, California, according to AP. She was admitted there Wednesday after entering — and then exiting — rehab twice previously. …

Anna Nicole Smith‘s remains cannot be moved to the Bahamas until Florida appeals judges hear a challenge from the deceased model’s mother, the West Palm Beach court ruled Monday, AP reports. The appeals court will hear Virgie Arthur argue that a decision by a judge last week — a ruling that gave control of Smith’s body to the attorney of her baby daughter — should be overturned. Other attorneys have until 2 p.m. Tuesday to respond to the challenge, the West Palm Beach court ruled. …

As suspected, the Rage Against the Machine reunion will be more than a Coachella one-off. The band will team up with its pals in the Wu-Tang Clan for three Rock the Bells shows in addition to the April 29 closing-night headliner spot at Coachella — which marks Rage’s first show together in seven years. The Bells gigs will take place in New York (July 28); San Bernardino, California (August 11); and San Francisco (August 18). The lightning-fast Coachella sellout helped spur the addition of the shows, a source told the Los Angeles Times, though a Bells organizer promised that these four shows will be it for Rage in 2007. The complete Rock the Bells lineup will be announced March 26, with tickets on sale March 31. Sharp observers might remember that a 1997 Rage/Clan tour fell apart after only a handful of shows when internal disputes forced Wu-Tang off the road. …

The long talked-about — at least by Pete WentzKanye West/ Fall Out Boy collaboration has finally surfaced. A West-produced remix of FOB’s single “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” hit the Internet over the weekend, featuring a reworked track and guest verse by the Chicago rapper. … “American Idol” has teamed with King.com for a rhythm-based Web browser game featuring songs such as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Lady Marmalade.” … Ludacris‘ father, Wayne Bridges, died Sunday in an Atlanta hospital, the rapper’s management confirmed to MTV News. The cause of death was not disclosed. Although characteristically shy regarding his personal life, Ludacris publicly dedicated his Grammy performance and two awards to his ailing father earlier this month. Representatives for Def Jam Records, Ludacris’ label, had no statement as of press time. …

The Roots and Wolfmother are headlining the Rites of Spring Music Festival on April 20-21 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Drive-By Truckers, Keller Williams and Mat Kearney are also on the bill. … More information is out about the Queens of the Stone Age‘s upcoming album, Era Vulgaris, due in June. Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor, Strokes singer Julian Casablancas, onetime Queens singer Mark Lanegan and previous collaborator ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons are among the guests on the disc, according to a QOTSA spokesperson. … Korn will be the musical guests on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” Thursday. The band is currently working on a new album due in June, and its “MTV Unplugged” disc hits stores March 6. …

The 27th annual Golden Raspberry Awards — a.k.a. the Razzies — were presented Saturday, with the biggest disses going to “Basic Instinct 2,” “Little Man” and “Lady in the Water.” The annual celebration of film’s lowest moments named “Basic Instinct 2″ 2006′s Worst Picture, Worst Sequel and Worst Screenplay, while the film’s star Sharon Stone took the Razzie for Worst Actress. Shawn and Marlon Wayans shared the Worst Actor gold for “Little Man” and were named Worst Screen Couple (tied with Shawn and Kerry Washington) for the comedy, which was also named Worst Remake/Ripoff — of a 1954 Bugs Bunny cartoon. Carmen Electra took Worst Supporting Actress for her performances in both “Date Movie” and “Scary Movie 4,” while M. Night Shyamalan was doubly “honored” — as Worst Director and Worst Supporting Actor — for “Lady in the Water.” The Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment Razzie went to JoJo‘s “RV.” …

Chevelle and horror master Wes Craven are teaming for a contest that will allow fans to make a video for the band’s new single, “Well Enough Alone,” from “The Hills Have Eyes 2.” Entrants can register at FoxAtomic.com, where they can download footage from Craven’s “The Hills Have Eyes” and the upcoming sequel. The winner, chosen by Craven from the 20 highest-rated finalists based on peer voting, gets $3,500 and a trip to Los Angeles to meet with Fox Atomic studio executives to pitch a movie idea. … The Bravery have set a May 22 release date for their second album, The Sun and the Moon. Three tracks from the Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Korn)-produced set, including first single “Time Won’t Let Me Go,” are currently streaming on the band’s Web site. …

The Recording Industry Association of America is sending thousands more complaints to universities across the nation than it did last year, AP reports. Ohio University, Purdue, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Tennessee and the University of South Carolina have received the most complaints of copyright infringement over college computer networks, according to the RIAA. “It’s something we feel we have to do,” RIAA President Carey Sherman said. “We have to let people know that if they engage in this activity, they are not anonymous.” While each university acts on RIAA complaints differently — some don’t even notify students of the claims while others suspend accused offenders — those believed to be sharing hundreds of files may face expensive civil suits filed by the RIAA.