For The Record: Quick News On Chili Peppers, Paula Abdul, Three 6 Mafia, Daughtry, Snoop & More

Chilis letting fans make 'Charlie'; Abdul promoting jewelry; Three 6, Daughtry on for Memphis music fest.

Red Hot Chili Peppers are letting fans create the official video for “Charlie,” the next single from 2006′s Stadium Arcadium. Entries will be accepted until April 20 via YouTube. The winner will receive a $5,000 prize, along with a trip to meet the band during its July 6 tour stop in Paris. Check out Contest.WarnerBrosRecords.com/RHCP for full contest rules. …

Paula Abdul will return to QVC to promote her jewelry line on Friday. The “American Idol” judge will sell her accessories collection — which features charms, earrings, pendants and bracelets with inspirational words and symbols — from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET. Beginning at 11 p.m. on QVC.com, fans can interact with Abdul during a one-hour live online chat. Her 18-track Greatest Hits: Straight Up! collection — including “Forever Your Girl,” Cold Hearted” and “Rush, Rush” — will be released digitally and on CD on May 8. Six of Abdul’s music videos will also make their digital release debuts that same day. …

Daughtry, Three 6 Mafia, Taking Back Sunday, Hawthorne Heights, Hinder, Social Distortion, Chevelle, Gym Class Heroes, Godsmack, Papa Roach and Guster are on the lineup for the 2007 Beale Street Music Festival. The Memphis event will run from May 4-6. …

Snoop Dogg was detained in Stockholm, Sweden, early Monday (March 12) — following a Sunday night performance with Diddy at the Globe Arena — when police pulled over the car he was riding in and determined that Snoop and a female companion showed signs of drug use. The Associated Press reports that authorities also found a small amount of narcotics in the car but said it was unclear whether the drugs belonged to the rapper. Drug tests were administered and Snoop Dogg was questioned before he was released Monday morning. Results are due in two to three weeks, according to a Swedish police spokesperson, and Snoop could face a fine if the test shows that he was using illegal drugs. A spokesperson for Snoop confirmed the rapper was not charged and will continue with his tour dates. …

Mary J. Blige and Jamie Foxx took home the top awards Saturday at the 21st annual Soul Train Music Awards, with Foxx bagging best male album for Unpredictable and Blige winning best female album for The Breakthrough. (Click here to check out pictures from the show’s red carpet.) Other winners included Jay-Z (Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video for “Show Me What You Got”), John Legend (best male single, “Save Room”), Beyoncé (best female single, “Irreplaceable”), Gnarls Barkley (best single by a group/duo for “Crazy”), Jennifer Hudson (Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year), Ne-Yo (Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist for “Sexy Love”), Webstar & Young B (Best R&B/Soul or Rap Dance Cut for “Chicken Noodle Soup”) and Babyface (Career Achievement in Songwriting). The show will air in syndication between March 17-25. …

The Hives are still hard at work on their forthcoming album, which doesn’t have a title or release date yet. The Swedes are fine-tuning the material at their practice space and plan to hit a Mississippi studio soon to begin tracking. “Some of the stuff is bloody brilliant,” the band said in a statement. “Leaving out the sh– parts is the main plan. It will make for a killer record. We take our time only so you will have the best record possible. … Our fingers are itching and we can’t wait to record this chunk of songs and meet you again. We can’t wait for you to hear it either.” … Daft Punk have announced the details of their first North American tour in nine years. The seven-show run kicks off in Los Angeles on July 21 and hits Berkeley, California (July 27); Seattle (July 29); Denver (July 31); Toronto (August 5), Montreal (August 7); and Brooklyn, New York (August 9). Sebastian and Kavinsky will open all dates on the tour, while the Rapture will perform at all but the L.A. show. In related news, French electronic masters Air are coming back to North America for the first time in more than three years. The duo land April 21 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and head home May 10 in New York. …

More than two months after his death, soul icon James Brown‘s body is finally laid to rest … for now. Following a family ceremony on Saturday, Brown’s body was placed in a crypt at the Beech Island, South Carolina, home of one of his daughters, though it will likely be moved once a public mausoleum is completed, according to AP. … The MTV Europe Music Awards will be held November 1 at Munich’s OlympiaHalle, MTV Networks International announced Monday. …

Sub Pop is offering a $5,750 college scholarship to a Washington or Oregon resident who is involved and/or interest in music or the creative arts. The record label requests that interested applicants submit a one-page essay to scholarship@subpop.com. More info is available on the label’s Web site. … The Pitchfork Music Festival is expanding to three days this year (July 13-15) with an initial lineup that will bring the Clipse, Cat Power, Of Montreal, Iron and Wine, Girl Talk, Grizzly Bear and Jamie Lidell to Union Park in Chicago. Opening night will feature the North American premiere of All Tomorrow’s Parties’ “Don’t Look Back” series, in which acts are invited to perform one of their most important albums in their entirety. More artists are slated to be announced soon.

03.09.2007

Omarion was very coy about who would be appearing on his “Ice Box” remix when he visited MTV’s New York offices on Tuesday — in recent weeks, rappers like Jim Jones and Busta Rhymes have jumped on unofficial remixes of the song. But on Thursday, O let the cat out of the bag in a big way during his set at New York radio station Hot 97′s Full Frontal Fashion Show event/concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom. After singing the original “Ice Box” for the fans, he played the remix — it features the same beats, but new verses by O … and Usher. Also at the Hot 97 show were DJ Unk, Rich Boy and Lloyd — all of whom performed brief sets — plus Juelz Santana, who acted as special guest MC. Rocawear and Sean John models showed off the latest pieces from the respective clothing lines as well. …

Police have turned over new evidence in the death of Anna Nicole Smith and an autopsy report on the model has been delayed as a result, according to The Associated Press. The Broward County, Florida, medical examiner said the autopsy tests have been completed and were due to be released later this week, but now they won’t be made public for another week or two. …

Jessica Simpson: photographer? The singer/actress told MTV Europe that she hopes to release a book of her photos — “mostly of landscapes, of the sky, clouds” — accompanied by journal entries related to the shots. “I know exactly what I was going through when I was taking the picture, and I write it down as I take the picture, so it will be that kind of book.” Simpson, who revealed that she usually carries more than one camera with her — “some are better for certain shots” — recalled one memorable photo she took of a “double rainbow” in Africa. “It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my life, and I did not know that it could even exist. I had never seen anything so magical, and I captured it, and I always have it to look back on.” …

Courtney Love is being sued by a luxury rehabilitation center that claims the singer didn’t settle her bill after staying at the facility in 2005, Agence France Presse reports. In a suit filed earlier this month, Newport Beach, California’s Beau Monde center says Love owes $181,286. … A woman who claims to be a former nanny for Madonna is shopping a tell-all memoir to major publishing houses. In the memoir, she promises to reveal intimate details about the singer’s marriage to director Guy Ritchie, stories of their children’s behavior, the family’s participation in Kabbalah and the motivation behind Madonna’s decision to adopt an infant boy from Malawi. EW.com, the Web site for Entertainment Weekly, reports that the 80-page book proposal from Melissa Dumas also contains personal photos of Madonna’s family, as well as pictures of Dumas playing with Madonna’s kids. … Salma Hayek is engaged and expecting, AP reports. It will be the 40-year-old “Frida” actress’ first child. …

Maynard James Keenan has resumed work on his side project Puscifer while Tool have been on a short break. In a post that appeared on the singer’s MySpace page, Keenan revealed that Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk lend their talents to a couple of the tracks, as does ex-Primus and A Perfect Circle drummer Tim Alexander. In related news, Tool have rescheduled 10 more tour dates that were postponed last month after drummer Danny Carey tore a bicep while picking up his dog. Those rescheduled gigs will take place in Colorado Springs, Colorado (May 9); Wichita, Kansas (May 11); Bossier City, Louisiana (May 17); Pensacola, Florida (May 25); Birmingham, Alabama (May 26); Tampa, Florida (May 29); Orlando, Florida (May 31); Sunrise, Florida (June 1); Jacksonville, Florida (June 2); and Duluth, Georgia (June 4). …

Hinder will headline MadPackers.com’s inaugural Door to Dorm Music Tour, which will make stops at 17 college campuses and three music festivals nationwide, beginning March 16 in South Padre Island, Texas. Papa Roach and Puddle of Mudd will be the trek’s support acts. The run, which wraps May 8 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, will hit Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Cullowhee, North Carolina; Dahlonega, Georgia; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Maryville, Missouri; Lubbock, Texas; Wichita Falls, Texas; Boca Raton, Florida; Fairfield, Connecticut; Clarion, Pennsylvania; Tampa, Florida; and Aiken, South Carolina. … “Simpsons” fans love engaging in lively debate over which state the show’s fictional city of Springfield is supposedly set in, but there’s a more serious discussion being had by city officials in the real-life Springfields. According to CNN, 16 Springfields, from Oregon to Massachusetts, are on a list of cities competing to host the premiere screening of “The Simpsons Movie.” Fox will chose the winner based on the communities’ positive aspects and links to the TV show. “The Simpsons Movie” opens July 29. …

The manager for Blues Traveler frontman John Popper explained on Thursday why the singer was found with a small cache of weapons in his car when he was stopped for speeding on Tuesday. Manager George Couri told AP that Popper is an avid gun collector who often makes pit stops at shooting ranges when he’s on the road. He added that all the weapons — which included four rifles, nine handguns, a switchblade and Taser — were registered and secured in a locked cabinet. … As part of its ongoing crackdown on illegal file trading, the Recording Industry Association of America is asking 50 Ohio University students to pay $3,000 each to avoid lawsuits accusing them of illicit downloading. The university received letters from the RIAA with the names of the students involved in the alleged violations and was asked to pass them along to the alleged offenders, according to an AP report. The RIAA recently announced plans to step up suits on college campuses, pledging to send 400 letters a month to university students and staff suspected of copyright infringement. …

Boston singer Bradley Delp was found dead in his New Hampshire home on Friday (March 9), AP reports. The cause of death is under investigation by New Hampshire police, but authorities say there was no sign of foul play. An incident report will not be available until Monday. Driven by the singles “More Than a Feeling” and “Long Time,” Boston’s self-titled 1976 bow remains one of the biggest-selling debut albums in history. Delp’s soaring voice — he sang all lead and backing vocals on the group’s most popular albums — was a vital element of their instantly recognizable sound, which dominated U.S. radio in the late 1970s. He was 55.