For The Record: Quick News On Kanye, ‘High School Musical,’ Angels & Airwaves, Gwen, Diddy, Public Enemy & More

West helps high school celebrate gym makeover; 'Musical' on ice; A&A headline mtvU Earth Day Concert.

Kanye West was scheduled to perform at Oak Lawn, Illinois’ H.L. Richards High School on Monday (March 19) to help students celebrate an extensive gym makeover and scholarship program presented by Miami Heat star/ Richards alumnus Dwyane Wade and T-Mobile Sidekick. The pep rally will also celebrate the school’s stellar boys-basketball season. Wade, who dislocated his shoulder last month, will appear via satellite. …

Chill out, “High School Musical” fans — the hugely popular Disney franchise is lacing up its ice skates, The Associated Press reports. The touring production, featuring world-famous skaters performing to music from the soundtrack, will make stops in at least 100 cities over the course of the next year. “Disney’s High School Musical: The Ice Tour” hits the ice August 31 in Lakeland, Florida. …

Angels & Airwaves will headline a free mtvU Earth Day Concert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as part of a reward for students at the university winning the mtvU GE ecomagination Challenge. For the national competition, college students were asked to come up with innovative ways to make their campus more environmentally friendly, and the group Biodiesel@MIT — which consists of more than a dozen students — won for its solar-power refueling station and processor that converts vegetable oil into biodiesel. The team is also being given a $25,000 eco-grant to help the school reduce its energy costs. The A&A show will air in late April on mtvU. …

Gwen Stefani tells MTV Europe that she believes people are “more interested in me having a baby than anything I’ve ever done in my entire career” — but she doesn’t really mind the attention shift to her son, Kingston. “People are like so excited and happy for me. … I find the whole thing amazing. He’s just made my life so much more fun. And everyone that I’m around, that surrounds me, all my entourage of people that help me out — it’s made their lives fun as well.” …

Diddy is still looking for the right mix of talent for the male singing group he plans to form with “Making the Band 4.” Additional auditions have been added for the competition, with celebrity judges Michael Bivins of New Edition, singer Joe and producer Bryan Cox checking out prospective contestants in New York and Birmingham, Alabama, on Saturday; and Memphis and Norfolk, Virginia, on March 31. For further details on the auditions, visit MySpace.com/MTVMTB4. …

Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Beastie Boys, Henry Rollins and Talib Kweli are contributing their compliments and thoughts to “Public Enemy the Brotherhood,” a documentary enshrining the landmark rap act’s 20th anniversary. The DVD, which does not have a release date yet, will include the group’s Friday performance at the South by Southwest festival, in addition to other concert highlights. … Mandy Moore will perform “Extraordinary,” from her upcoming LP Wild Hope, at the Brick Awards, airing April 12 at 9 p.m. ET on the CW Network. The ceremony, honoring young people working toward social change, will mark Moore’s first televised performance of music from the new album, which is due June 19. … Angelina Jolie arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Monday to complete the process of bringing her adopted son Pax Thien to the United States, AP reports. The actress is expected to meet with U.S. Embassy officials Tuesday to apply for a visa. She is expected to leave Hanoi with the boy on Wednesday. …

Robin Thicke is in talks to write his first film score, for the movie “This Wednesday,” in which his wife Paula Patton (“Idlewild”) will star as a female pimp. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Patton is slated to play a character named Wednesday, the offspring of a pimp father and prostitute mother who struggles to survive on the streets of Philadelphia. … Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx is scoring a soundtrack to accompany a book he recently wrote called “The Heroin Diaries. “I don’t know if it’s ever been done before,” Sixx said. “It’s pretty obscure. Emotionally, it follows the book.” … Holding back Pitbull‘s early recordings is going to cost TVT Records $9.1 million. The independent label was ordered Wednesday to pay Slip-N-Slide Records — the label home of Trick Daddy and Rick Ross — $2.3 million in compensatory damages and $6.8 million in punitive damages for blocking the release of Welcome to the 305, an album Pitbull recorded before he signed with TVT, The Miami Herald reports. TVT plans to appeal the ruling. …

YouTube is hopping on the awards bandwagon. The popular video-sharing site announced plans Monday to host the first YouTube Video Awards to celebrate the best user-created videos of 2006. Among the seven categories are: Most Creative, Most Inspirational, Best Series, Best Comedy, Musician of the Year, Best Commentary and Most Adorable Video Ever. YouTube users have until Friday to vote for their favorites from a list compiled by YouTube, with the winners announced Sunday. Winners will be prominently featured and receive a trophy. Among the nominees are OK GO, Smoosh and Lonelygirl15. … Stan Lee Media, an Internet publishing firm that hasn’t been affiliated with the comic book legend for seven years, filed a lawsuit against Marvel Entertainment on Thursday, claiming ownership of Lee characters including Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and the Fantastic Four, AP reports. The company says it is entitled to 50 percent of the millions of dollars Marvel has made licensing the characters for film. Marvel called the suit “without merit,” and Lee said in a statement that he does not support the “baseless” suit. … Jury selection began Monday in Phil Spector‘s trial for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson. After two days of screening prospective jurors, lawyers will take a three-week break, AP reports, returning April 9 for a pretrial hearing. Jurors will be questioned individually on April 16. The jury is expected to be seated April 30, when the trial, which will be televised, is expected to start.

03.16.2007

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 DeftonesStephen 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.