For The Record: Quick News On Busta Rhymes, Antonella Barba, Kid Rock, C-Murder, Kanye West, MCR & More

Busta finishes shooting film; ex-'Idol' semifinalist reinvents herself; Kid Rock won't be charged for alleged rough-up.

Busta Rhymes has wrapped shooting his scenes for the Tom Berenger flick "Order of Redemption" — in New Jersey. The rapper was due to film his scenes in New York last weekend, but the New York Police Department wouldn't allow him on the set, citing security concerns. ...

Antonella Barba is reinventing herself on MySpace, TMZ.com reports. The former controversial "American Idol" semifinalist has shifted her page into the Music category and changed her display quote from "Keep talking, you're making me famous" to "I'll have the last laugh." ...

Kid Rock will not be charged for allegedly roughing up a woman at his house earlier this month, The Detroit News reports. In a complaint filed with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, the woman — who was not named — claimed that Rock pushed her into a snow bank. "Due to conflicting witness accounts and the inability to corroborate that the alleged assault occurred through photographs or medical reports, we cannot establish the requisite probable cause to issue a warrant," Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney David Gorcyca told the newspaper Friday (March 16). ...

Just two weeks after C-Murder was granted permission to promote his upcoming album and novel in interviews, a New Orleans judge is now allowing the rapper to leave the confines of his house in order to continue recording. C-Murder, however, will not be given free rein during the hours he's permitted to travel. "He'll be allowed to go to work, but we'll have to know the exact time and location," Judge Martha Sassone said. ... Although his album is called Don't Quit Your Day Job, it's a good thing Consequence quit his. The Queens, New York, rapper celebrated the release of his debut album Thursday night at the Marc Ecko Showroom in Manhattan, with Kanye West joining him for select cuts. ...

My Chemical Romance are looking for fans to participate in their next video, which will be filmed Saturday in the Los Angeles area. The band needs a limited number of volunteers and has asked that those interested send a photo along with their name, address, e-mail and phone number to MCRvideo@WarnerReprise.com. If you make the cut, you'll be contacted with further details on the shoot. ... Jennifer Lopez is gearing up for her big "American Idol" appearance on April 11. "I think they're doing a Latin-album theme night," the singer told "Extra," adding that she'll probably sing one of her Spanish-language songs. "I'm very excited." ... Timbaland has partnered with Rockstar Games for "Beaterator," a PSP music-mixing game with beat-making features. Players can mix original music written for the game as well as take part in a variety of rhythm games and player-challenge features. "Beaterator" is due in stores this summer. ...

Nickelback have postponed their Friday night show at Atlanta's Arena at Gwinnett Center after Chad Kroeger strained his vocal cords. "The fans are especially good to us here," the band said in a statement, "and we want to make sure they get the full Nickelback show." The concert has been rescheduled for Thursday, with original tickets honored. Openers Three Days Grace will play the new date, but Breaking Benjamin have not yet confirmed. ... Franz Ferdinand have started work on their next album. The boys have entered a practice space in Glasgow to start writing material for the follow-up to 2005's You Could Have It So Much Better. The band plans to take this summer to finish writing songs and has no concrete plans to enter the studio just yet. So how's the new stuff sounding? "It's a wee bit different from [the last album] but still very danceable, that's the main thing," frontman Alex Kapranos said in a statement. "It's always pop. Franz Ferdinand has always been pop." ...

Ricky Martin has been named king of New York's 50th annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade. The singer is being honored for his musical success as well as his efforts to fight child exploitation worldwide, according to parade organizers. The parade committee president said this year's event, scheduled for June 10, is the first to have a "king." Previous honorees have been awarded titles including grand marshal and padrino. ... A bandana worn by Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen and a guitar signed by the Deftones' Stephen Carpenter are among the items up for auction Friday and Saturday as part of an online fundraiser for the daughters of Paula Lanz, whose body was found February 2 in Nashville. Lanz's friend Mark Petrocelli, a national salesman for Houston drumstick company Pro-Mark, has set up the auction on eBay. Other items for sale include memorabilia from David Lee Roth, Lenny Kravitz and current and former members of Kiss, Megadeth, Bon Jovi, Styx, Puddle of Mudd, the Vandals and ZZ Top. ...

The Jeff Buckley best-of collection So Real: Songs From Jeff Buckley will be released May 22 in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the singer/songwriter's death. The disc will feature 14 cuts, including live renditions and alternate takes of some of Buckley's most popular songs, including "Last Goodbye," "Grace" and "Hallelujah," as well as a cover of the Smiths' "I Know It's Over." "Amazing Grace," an hour-long documentary on Buckley's life, is also due May 22 on DVD. ... Five for Fighting singer John Ondrasik has launched a charity-driven video-upload site at WhatKindOfWorldDoYouWant.com. Fans are encouraged to submit videos for his new single, "World." ... Brad Delp's suicide notes have been released. The lead singer of the band Boston, who died from carbon-monoxide poisoning after sealing himself in a room with two charcoal grills last week, called himself "a lonely soul" in a letter clipped to his shirt, The Associated Press reports. "I take complete and sole responsibility for my present situation," another note read. "I have lost my desire to live." Police later found four letters in an office addressed to Delp's fiancee, his children, their mother and another couple whose identity was not disclosed.

03.15.2007

Hilary Duff has set an April 3 release date for her new album, Dignity, featuring her current hit "With Love." Duff's sister Haylie, Will.I.Am, Rhett Lawrence, Kara DioGuardi, Richard Vission and Fred Wreck are among the producers, while Hilary co-wrote every song. The singer is celebrating her new LP with "Hilary Duff: This Is Now," a two-part documentary that captures her day-to-day activities in the weeks leading up to the album release. Parts one and two of the MTV program premiere April 2 and 9 at 9:30 p.m. Also, Duff will co-host "TRL" with Damien Fahey the week of March 26. ...

BritneySpears.com has been updated so fans can send their "thoughts and inspiration" to the pop singer while she's in rehab. The letters are posted on the site as well. ...

Though they usually bicker onscreen, Paula Abdul says she and fellow "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell actually get along "great" off camera. "We have cultivated a fun relationship," Abdul says in the Monday issue of TV Guide. "He's actually become a good friend." In the interview, Abdul also clears up any rumors of romantic sparks between the two and explains her sometimes quirky behavior can be attributed to Cowell's unseen antics. "In the middle of me trying to figure out how I'm going to say something that gives someone dignity walking off that stage," she said, "I've got the antagonistic brother goofing on me, trying to throw me off." In other Cowell news, the judge told "60 Minutes" in an interview slated to air Sunday on CBS that he is worth five times more to Sony BMG — the label "Idol" winners sign to — than Bruce Springsteen, according to The Associated Press. "I mean, in the last five years, I've probably sold over 100 million records. If [Springsteen] got [$100 million]," Cowell said, referencing the lucrative contract the rocker reportedly signed recently, "I should have got [$500 million]," he said. ...

Sum 41 have finished work on their forthcoming LP, according to a post on the band's MySpace page, and it will be coming out this summer. "We are now about to start auditions to find a touring guitarist," the statement reads. "We have no idea how long this will take so [we] can't really tell you when we will be back on tour. If all goes well we should be back playing shows in mid-April. We will keep you all updated here as frequently as possible." ...

Kid Rock has been accused of assault by a 28-year-old woman who claims the singer attacked her last week when she attempted to leave his home. According to Michigan's Oakland Press, the woman — whose name has not been released — alleges that Rock grabbed her by the neck and pushed her toward her car and into a snow bank. The Oakland County Sheriff's department said that while Rock admitted that he invited the woman back to his home, his side of the story is quite different. The singer said in a statement to police that he asked the woman to leave after she became rude and insulting, at which time she threatened to accuse him of assault. The police continue to investigate the matter. No arrests have been made. ...

Angelina Jolie adopted a Vietnamese boy from a Ho Chi Minh City orphanage on Thursday (March 15), Reuters reports. Jolie's fourth child is named Pax Thien Jolie and is 3 years old. Documents have been signed by the actress and Vietnamese authorities, and the adoption will be final once U.S. embassy officials in Hanoi authorize the child for travel to the U.S. "Thank you for taking such wonderful care of my son," Jolie wrote in the orphanage's visitors' book. "I am sure he will miss your beautiful, caring staff as much as you will miss him." ... Swizz Beatz, Melyssa Ford, "America's Next Top Model" alum Nik, and "106 & Park" hosts Terrence J and Rocsi participated in a "Colors for the Cause" photo shoot for The Source Wednesday in Brooklyn, New York. Models were dressed in different colors, representing issues ranging from AIDS to breast cancer to domestic violence. The pictorial will appear in the magazine's April issue. ... Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine joined Polow Da Don and radio personality Greg Street as hosts of a dinner and afterparty event held Wednesday night in Atlanta to celebrate Rich Boy's album release. The night started at Dolce before Jazze Pha, Ciara and Akon joined Polow and friends for the festivities at night spot Compound. ...

Metallica started recording their ninth studio LP in Los Angeles this week. According to the band's site, this is the first time Metallica have recorded outside of the Bay Area since they spent "an eternity" at One on One Studios recording their 1991 self-titled release, popularly known as The Black Album. "The last couple days have been devoted to each band member working out the right sounds, including [drummer Lars Ulrich], who remembered to turn on the snare and [guitarist Kirk Hammett] who played a solo," reads a post on the site. "The big, shiny red button was finally pushed today — and the wait begins." ... The Shins, Dashboard Confessional and Fabolous are confirmed for mtvU's 2007 Campus Invasion Music Festival, which will hit Austin, Texas; Atlanta; and Philadelphia next month. On April 22, the Shins will take the stage with the Academy Is..., Shiny Toy Guns, the Rapture and Ronnie Day at the Backyard in Austin, while Fabolous, Rick Ross, D.G. Yola and Rich Boy will appear at HiFi Buys in Atlanta on April 27. Dashboard Confessional, Gym Class Heroes, Augustana, K-os, Kidz in the Hall and Kenna will perform April 29 at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. ...

Coldplay's singles box set now has a U.S. release scheduled. The vinyl-only package The Singles 1999-2006, which will feature 7-inch pressings of the band's 14 singles and its 1999 EP The Blue Room, is due April 10. Fans who preorder the set via the Coldplay.com Web site will also receive a Coldplay coffee mug. ... Doors founding members Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger have enlisted former Fuel frontman Brett Scallions to front their project Riders on the Storm; Scallions replaces the Cult's Ian Astbury, who left the group last month. Scallions left Fuel in early 2006 after fronting the multiplatinum act for over a decade. ... The Early November have announced they'll be going on an indefinite hiatus following the completion of their current headlining tour. "As we grow older, priorities change," reads a statement from the band. "We have to be where we haven't been in the past six years: with our friends, family and loved ones." The band plays Austin, Texas, Thursday night and will be on the road through May 6 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.