For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Anna Nicole Smith, Bobby Brown, Foxy Brown, Jay-Z & More

Spears temporarily leaves rehab; Smith to be buried Friday; Bobby Brown released from jail.

Britney Spears temporarily left rehab Wednesday, reportedly to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. TMZ.com, one of the many outlets that have followed the pop star’s every move in recent months, photographed Spears wearing a wig under a brown hat and smiling as another woman escorted her out of Promises Residential Treatment Center in Malibu, California. She apparently attended an AA meeting and then returned to Promises, although a spokesperson was not immediately available to confirm. Meanwhile, Us Weekly is reporting that Spears entered rehab at ex Kevin Federline‘s insistence. “He is her biggest supporter,” a source close to Federline told Us.

Anna Nicole Smith will be buried in the Bahamas beside her son on Friday, The Associated Press reports. The memorial service will include 300 guests, while only 30 will attend the burial, and the casket will most likely be closed. The memorial service organizer told the news outlet that the event will be “over the top,” with loads of pink flowers; the burial is expected to be significantly more intimate. …

Bobby Brown was released from a Massachusetts jail Wednesday night after the singer-turned-reality-TV star paid $19,000 in back child support and court fees. Brown spent three days behind bars for the violation and is scheduled to appear in court later Thursday (March 1). … In a Manhattan, New York, court on Thursday, Foxy Brown pleaded guilty to violating her probation by leaving the state without proper permission. In mid-February, the rapper traveled to Pembroke Pines, Florida, for show dates and was arrested on battery and resisting-arrest charges after a dustup at a beauty parlor. Brown’s probation period has been extended by six months, but Judge Melissa Jackson warned: “I’m reserving the right to re-sentence you to jail for one year” should another infraction occur. …

Zack de la Rocha will make a rare public appearance March 12 at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel when he inducts Patti Smith into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jay-Z will induct Grandmaster Flash, while Eddie Vedder will do the honors for R.E.M., Keith Richards for the Ronettes, and Velvet Revolver‘s Scott Weiland and Slash for Van Halen. The ceremony will also honor Rock Hall co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, who died in December, with a surprise performance. …

Ludacris has signed on to reprise his role as Ice-T‘s nephew on the season finale of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” according to the New York Post. The episode is set to air May 22. … Pearl Jam will headline this year’s Lollapalooza, 15 years after the band broke into the mainstream thanks in part to an appearance at the same festival, industry sources have told the Chicago Sun-Times. The three-day event will take place in Chicago’s Grant Park August 3-5, and additional acts and ticket-sale dates aren’t expected to be announced for weeks. …

Nelly Furtado helped shape the video for “Give It to Me,” her collaboration with Timbaland and Justin Timberlake, she explained to MTV News. “I remember speaking to Tim on the phone and saying, ‘Tim you’ve got to do like a raw video. That would be so cool.’ ” Furtado described the clip, which was shot earlier this month at a private pre-Grammy performance the trio staged in Los Angeles, as “really memorable” — and “really cheap.” “Everything is getting so shimmering and slick and shiny that it’s kind of fun to see three artists just doing their thing and goofing off in a video.” … Ciara, who just released the “empowerment record” “Like a Boy,” hopes to shoot another movie after her summer tour. “I actually just met with a director and I read a script the other day, so a couple things may happen,” she said. “I can’t say what it is, but I will say that some of my favorites are action and comedy and I love scary movies as well.” …

Korn have recruited Clint Lowery, formerly of Sevendust and Dark New Day, as their new touring guitarist. Lowery will replace Rob Patterson, who’d been the band’s touring guitarist following the 2005 departure of founding guitarist Brian “Head” Welch. The latest lineup shift for the band follows drummer David Silveria‘s hiatus, which was announced in December. Silveria has been temporarily replaced by drummer Terry Bozzio, who has been working with Korn on their forthcoming studio album and will travel with the band on its upcoming tour. Lowery is set to make his onstage debut with Korn during their acoustic performance on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” Thursday. … The release date for Chris Cornell‘s forthcoming solo CD Carry On, which was originally set for May 1, has been moved to June 5. Cornell recently announced his departure from Audioslave. …

Chuck D, former Salt-N-Pepa DJ Spinderella and rapper Jean Grae are among the judges of a teen hip-hop songwriting contest sponsored by Essence magazine and Berklee College of Music. Three winners of the competition, which closes March 9, will win a free program at the Boston music school this summer, while two runners-up will be rewarded with an online course at BerkleeMusic.com. Visit Essence.com/TakeBackTheMusic for contest details. … Angelina Jolie visited Sudanese refugees in neighboring country Chad earlier this week, AP reports. The actress/ UN goodwill ambassador braved a sandstorm to go to the 26,000-person Oure Cassoni camp in the eastern part of the country. … Travis will release their fifth album, The Boy With No Name, May 8. Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck) produced the album, which includes the first single, “Closer.” …
Ryan Adams‘ ninth studio album, Easy Tiger, is due June 5. Songs include “Goodnight Rose,” “I Taught Myself How to Grow Old” and “Oh My God, Whatever, Etc.” …

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills McCartney met for the second day of a hearing on Thursday, with journalists swarming London’s High Court upon learning of the meeting, Reuters reports. Although neither the ex-Beatle nor his estranged wife spoke with reporters, Paul McCartney gave a victory salute as he was driven away from the courthouse. … Sick of It All frontman Lou Koller has been grappling with intense back pain and was taken to the hospital this week because he couldn’t move without being in a lot of agony. As a result of the back injury, the band will be forced to miss at least the West Coast portion of its upcoming tour with the Dropkick Murphys. … Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz has formed his own indie label, Tyrannosaurus Records (T-Recs). The first two albums will come from Chicago’s Blacktop Mourning and New York MC Notar, both discovered by Duritz on MySpace.

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Ne-Yo has decided on Know Me as the title to his second album, due April 24. “I feel that people dug the first album, but nobody really knew who I was [on it],” Ne-Yo said. “I want people to really get to know who I am with the second album.” In between finishing the In My Own Words follow-up, Ne-Yo is also writing for Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Usher, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Chris Brown and Will.I.Am. “And I might be doing some stuff for Michael Jackson, we’ll see what happens,” he said, smiling. …

Kelly Clarkson has finished her new album, titled My December, according to a post on her Web site. Clarkson details her February 15 performance at the Daytona 500 — “I had such a great time! What an exciting race!” — before getting to the info about the follow-up to her hit Breakaway. She says the effort will be full of “intimate, raw, personal rock” but adds that some songs are “very sweet and soft.” Clarkson doesn’t mention a release date for My December in her post, and a spokesperson for her record label, RCA, had no comment. …

A Washington, D.C., radio jock is offering to bail Bobby Brown out of jail in exchange for the embattled singer’s services to the station for one week. Hot 99.5′s Kane boasted the station, in order to spring Brown from jail, would pay the $19,000 in back child support the singer owes. “We are really doing it for his children, we sympathize with Bobby and hope that this will give him a head start and will put him back on track,” Kane said in a statement. …

Anna Nicole Smith will most likely be buried in the Bahamas after a Florida appeals court upheld a judge’s decision giving control of the model’s body to her daughter’s guardian, The Associated Press reports. Virgie Arthur had appealed the ruling, wanting to bury Smith — her daughter — in her home state of Texas instead, but the court decided Wednesday (February 28) that Smith’s “last ascertainable wish” was to be buried alongside her son in the Bahamas. … Beyoncé reportedly attended a party celebrating Sports Illustrated‘s annual swimsuit issue — B graces this year’s cover — and, as it turns out, a Wolfgang Puck Catering employee who worked at the event has since been diagnosed with hepatitis A, AP reports. While the risk of illness was “quite low,” the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health told the news outlet that everyone who ate raw food at the February 14 party is urged to receive a preventative shot before Wednesday comes to a close. Beyoncé’s publicist told AP, however, that the singer did not eat at the event and is not at risk. …

Paris Hilton was cited for driving with a suspended license Tuesday night, a month after she was sentenced to three years’ probation for alcohol-related reckless driving. Hilton — who was not tested for alcohol consumption Tuesday, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson — was released on site, but her Bentley Continental GTC was impounded. The socialite was pulled over on Sunset Boulevard for driving without her headlights on. She will appear in court for the suspended-license charge, although a date has not yet been set. If Hilton is found guilty, her probation could be revoked and she may have to serve jail time. …

The Fray are headlining a summer amphitheater and arena tour beginning June 11 in Minneapolis and ending with two shows at Red Rocks near their home city of Denver on August 4-5. OK Go and Mae are opening the first leg, with Gomez and Eisley on the second. … Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has revealed that this year’s lineup will feature a wide variety of musical styles, from the typical punk and emo bands to hip-hop artists, ska acts and some metal bands too. “If [you're] open-minded, this will be a great show,” he said. “If you’re not, this might be the year to stay home and go do something constructive with your lives instead of complaining about the lineup on the message boards.” …

From First to Last have parted ways with frontman Sonny Moore, who has left the band to focus on a solo career. Guitarist Matt Good has been called on to replace the singer, and the band has also signed with Suretone and will not be releasing its next album on Capitol, as was planned. “We all tried to make compromises,” the band said in a statement, “but sometimes artists just have to do things for themselves.” Moore also spoke out in a post on his MySpace page, which read, “When your heart really aches for something positive, you’d be nothing but a whore if you didn’t listen to it even if that meant taking chances. Change is such an important thing when time calls for it.” …

Trey Anastasio, the former frontman for Phish, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to drug charges stemming from a December 15 traffic stop in Vermont and was released on bail. According to AP,, Anastasio appeared in court to enter the plea and his lawyer said the 42-year-old guitarist/singer has an admitted drug problem and is trying to overcome his addiction. Anastasio spent 28 days in a treatment program in January after being charged in December with felony counts of illegally possessing prescription painkillers and driving while impaired as well as misdemeanor counts of heroin possession and possession of anti-anxiety medication prescribed for someone else. Though he could face a maximum of 14 years in prison if convicted on all counts, all the charges carry minimum sentences with no jail time. Anastasio is due back in court March 27. …

Andrew W.K., Mastodon, the Hold Steady and Unearth are among the artists who’ve contributed music for the soundtrack to the upcoming Cartoon Network film “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters.” The disc, due April 10, will also feature tracks by Killer Mike, 9 lb. Hammer, Early Man, Brass Castle, Insane-o-Flex, MC Chris and animated “Aqua Teen” star Master Shake. … The Recording Industry Association of America announced new, more aggressive tactics on Wednesday in the fight against illegal file sharing on college campuses. On behalf of the major record labels, the RIAA sent 400 settlement letters to 13 different universities Wednesday, warning the schools of pending copyright-infringement lawsuits against its students or staff members. Under new rules, the student or staffer can settle the claims against him or her at a discounted rate before a lawsuit is filed. Similar actions will take place every month. The RIAA is also launching a new Web site, P2PLawsuits.com, which will offer information for individuals facing suits.