For The Record: Quick News On Anna Nicole Smith, C-Murder, ‘Idol,’ Timbaland, Nas, Angelina Jolie & More

Smith buried; judge eases gag order against C-Murder; 'Idol' voters keep Antonella Barba.

Anna Nicole Smith — in an extravagant dress — was buried in the Bahamas on Friday (March 2) next to her 20-year-old son, Daniel, The Associated Press reports. The former model’s coffin was covered in pink rhinestones, and her favorite color was also fully represented inside the church where a memorial service was held. Guests told the news outlet that Slash was among the fewer than 100 guests who attended the service, and that country singer Joe Nichols performed two songs. …

C-Murder can breathe a little easier: A Louisiana judge eased her gag order on the rapper on Thursday, saying C-Murder can promote his new CD and novel but can’t discuss the second-degree-murder charge being levied against him, AP reports. Corey Miller must stay at his grandmother’s house until his new trial, for which a date has not been set, and must abide by the previous house-arrest rules. Judge Martha Sassone has had a gag order in place to minimize pre-trial publicity in the case, which involves the January 2002 shooting death of a 16-year-old. …

Antonella Barba weathered a photo scandal and a less-than-stellar attempt at a Celine Dion hit to keep her spot in the “American Idol” running, but four other contestants weren’t as fortunate Thursday night. Nick Pedro — who performed “Fever” on Tuesday and left the competition early on his own last year — was the first to be eliminated Thursday, followed by Alaina Alexander, who sang the Dixie Chicks‘ “Not Ready to Make Nice” during Wednesday’s performance round. AJ Tablado and Leslie Hunt — who each performed Nina Simone‘s “Feeling Good” this week — were also sent home. Sixteen singers remain in the competition. …

Rapper and producer Timbaland will host a fundraiser for New York Senator and presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton on March 31 in Miami. According to The Miami Herald, the event is planned for the last day of the first-quarter fundraising period for presidential candidates. Hillary’s hubby, former President Bill Clinton, is also scheduled to appear at the bash, which will cost $1,000 to attend. … Nas kicks off a monthlong theater tour April 2 in Cleveland. The 23-date Hip Hop Is Dead run will hit cities including Baltimore, Atlanta, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Denver and Los Angeles before wrapping up May 2 in San Diego. …

Angelina Jolie filed papers this week to adopt a child from Vietnam, an adoption official for the country told AP Friday. There’s no word yet on whether Jolie and Brad Pitt — with whom she already has three children, two of which were adopted — will be united with the child. …
DNA samples of James Brown‘s body have been collected, AP reports. Tomi Rae Hynie, who claims to be the deceased singer’s fourth wife, mourned in front of Brown’s open casket on Thursday, before the samples were taken. She did not say when or where Brown would be buried, however. …

Marilyn Manson is exhibiting his latest paintings at Space 39 Modern & Contemporary Gallery in Fort Myers, Florida, from April 1-17. A private reception will be held March 31. … Cybill Shepherd and Brooke Shields joined Remy Ma, DJ Spinderella and host Downtown Julie Brown at New York’s Culture Club Thursday night to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Reebok’s Freestyle sneaker. … The original lineup of punk icons Bad Brains — frontman H.R., guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jenifer and drummer Earl Hudson — are wrapping up the recording of their forthcoming album, which will hit stores this spring and is being produced by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. The yet-untitled album will be the band’s first studio release since 2003′s I And I Survived.

The Arctic Monkeys were the big winners at Thursday night’s Shockwaves NME Awards, winning Best Album for their debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, and Best DVD for “Scummy Man.” Other winners included My Chemical Romance (Best International Band), Muse (Best British Band), Klaxons (Best New Band), Kasabian (Best Live Band), the Killers (Best Video for “Bones”), Primal Scream (Godlike Genius Award) and MCR’s Gerard Way, who was dubbed the Hero of the Year in the poll voted on by music fans. Because it wouldn’t be a British awards show without some Pete Doherty drama, the troubled Babyshambles singer and his girlfriend, model Kate Moss, were asked by security to leave the event early after a series of incidents in which they were caught becoming “too amorous,” according to NME. The couple reportedly tried to enter a bathroom stall together and were later caught in a dark alleyway behind the building. …

Guster will release the eight-song EP Satellite April 10. The collection includes an Astronauts remix of the title track, which is the band’s latest single, as well as four new songs and two live covers: the Beatles‘ “Two of Us” and Bonnie Tyler‘s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” … Who do you trust? Those closest to you, perhaps? This is the question Stars are posing to themselves by releasing Do You Trust Your Friends? on May 22. The release — a remix record of the Montreal pop quintet’s 2005 effort, Set Yourself on Fire — uses the same ordered Fire track list and features Metric, the Dears, Final Fantasy, Junior Boys, the Stills and Camouflage Nights with Kevin Drew (of Broken Social Scene), among many others. Stars are currently in a Vancouver, British Columbia, studio recording the Fire follow-up, which is due in the fall. …

Chopper, formerly of Diddy‘s Da Band, had a bench warrant issued against him Wednesday for failing to appear at a hearing in Baltimore — because he was jailed in Atlanta. The rapper was charged with assault, battery and obstructing a police officer last week following a dispute with his girlfriend, The Associated Press reports. He is being held without bail pending a March 6 hearing. While incarcerated, Chopper missed a court appearance in Baltimore stemming from a 2001 robbery charge and the presiding judge issued a warrant for his arrest. … After nearly a dozen years together, California rockers Stavesacre are calling it a day. According to a statement from the band, “Stavesacre as we know it is done. There is no tragic ‘Behind the Music’ story. We all love each other, and you, as much as we ever have. We just feel that after an incredible 11-year run, it is time to close this particular chapter in our rock and roll journey.”

03.01.2007

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.