For The Record: Quick News On Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Jermaine Dupri, Jagged Edge, Hillary Clinton & More

Madge launches clothing line Thursday; J. Lo returns to the block; Dupri signs Jagged Edge to Island.

Madonna’s H&M clothing line M by Madonna launches Thursday in 26 countries, with pieces that range from $13 (for an M-print scarf) to $330 (for a leather trench coat). “I think my biggest challenge was to make clothes that looked chic, sophisticated and expensive, but that weren’t expensive,” Madonna told Women’s Wear Daily at the collection’s London launch party last week. “Going into this, I made a promise that I wouldn’t design anything that I wouldn’t wear myself.” …

Jennifer Lopez is heading back to the block. The singer will autograph copies of her Spanish-language album Como Ama Una Mujer March 28 at the F.Y.E. located on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, New York. Beginning Tuesday at 7 a.m., the first 400 people to buy the disc at that location will receive a poster and wristband to secure a spot in line for the next day’s signing. …

So So … busy? Jermaine Dupri has wasted no time in his role as the newly appointed president of Island Urban Music. The super-producer has inked longtime collaborators Jagged Edge and upstart rapper Hot Dolla to his So So Def label through Island, according to Billboard. The R&B act was previously signed to So So Def when the label was part of the Columbia family. …

The Hillary Clinton ad mystery has been solved, The Associated Press reports. The person behind the clip — which spliced the presidential contender into Apple’s famous “1984” ad — is Philip de Vellis, a Democratic operative who worked for digital-consulting firm Blue State Digital, the company that designed rival Barack Obama’s Web site. De Vellis quit the firm Wednesday (March 21) when he discovered that progressive Web site HuffingtonPost.com was about to reveal his identity. …

Vivica A. Fox was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Tuesday night in Los Angeles, “Access Hollywood” reports. According to the arrest report, the actress was clocked driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone and “exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication” after being pulled over. She failed subsequent field-sobriety and breathalyzer tests but was released early Wednesday morning on her own recognizance after being cited by police. It is not yet clear whether the City Attorney’s Office will file charges against Fox. …

Red Hot Chili Peppers postponed the Japan leg of their current tour due to singer Anthony Kiedis’ illness. According to the band’s Web site, Kiedis has been diagnosed with bronchial pneumonia and ordered by doctors not to fly for 10 days, resulting in the cancellation of shows in Osaka and Tokyo. Rescheduled dates are due to be announced soon, possibly for the fall. “The Red Hot Chili Peppers [wish] to tell all of the Japanese fans how sorry they are to not be able to play the shows as scheduled but are very much looking forward to seeing them soon,” read a message on the site. …

Pink’s dog Elvis died in January, and the singer wrote from the road to thank fans for their outpouring of support. “It was a difficult time (still is) and it was so comforting to know how much you all loved Elvis and it made me smile and feel really loved,” reads a handwritten note posted on MySpace last week. “So, a big sincere thank you from the bottom of my heart.” … Nicole Richie, who halted filming of “The Simple Life” last month when she felt faint on set, has been diagnosed with hypoglycemia, a condition marked by lowblood sugar, according to her representative. Richie checked into a treatment facility in October to address her inability to gain weight. … Adam Sandler stepped in to pinch-hit for an ailing David Letterman on Tuesday night’s “The Late Show,” getting bumped from guest to host. ” ’They want you to host!’ ” Sandler told MTV News, recalling the show organizers’ request, “and I go, ’Ohh, all right, I’ll do it!’ ” …

Chamillionaire will serve as celebrity judge for Energizer’s e2 Titanum Technology Freestylin’ Music Contest. Amateur rappers may showcase their skills via an uploaded song through April 21 at Energizer.com/freestylin. Songs by the five semifinalists will be featured on the site, where the public will vote down to the top two. The winner of the contest will be chosen by Chamillionaire on May 7 and will get to meet the rapper and perform live at Dub Magazine’s 2007 Custom Auto Show in Atlanta on May 20. … Paul McCartney is the first artist signed to Hear Music, the new label formed by Starbucks and the Concord Music Group. The ex-Beatle, whose new studio album is due this summer, appeared via satellite at Starbucks’ annual shareholders meeting to comment on the signing. “It’s a new world now and people are thinking of new ways to reach the people and for me that’s always been my aim,” he said, according to a press release. …

Elton John is putting his entire catalog of music — 400-plus tracks from more than 30 albums — online, the singer/songwriter announced Wednesday. The music will be available exclusively via iTunes from Monday through April 30 before it’s available through other legal download services. … R&B singer/songwriter Luther Ingram, best known for the 1972 hit “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right,” died Monday in Belleville, Illinois, of heart failure, AP reports. He was 69. Ingram, who was a former roomate of Jimi Hendrix and tourmate of Ike Turner, co-wrote the Staple Singers’ 1971 hit “Respect Yourself,” and recorded through the 1980s and performed into the 1990s until his health declined. … Satellite-radio stations Sirius and XM will offer a lower-priced package with fewer channels after they join forces, Reuters reports. The “á la carte” approach will cost less than the $12.95 each station currently charges, according to a Sirius spokesperson. …

Secondhand Serenade fans have a shot at getting the band to come over for a few songs and a pizza party. The former “You Hear It First” act is teaming up with Monty Are I for the 2007 Couch Tour, which includes private shows — and pizza — at fans’ homes. Wannabe hosts can get in the running at MySpace.com/SecondhandSerenade. The bands’ tour hits Fullerton, California, on Wednesday and hits cities including San Francisco, Seattle and Salt Lake City before wrapping up in Denver on March 31. Secondhand Serenade will also play the Bamboozle fest in East Rutherford, New Jersey, May 5-6. … Bay City Rollers, the Scottish pop group that topped the charts with hits including “Saturday Night” in the 1970s, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday accusing Arista Records of failing to pay millions of dollars in royalties over the last 25 years, AP reports. According to the filing, a payment of $254,392 in September 1997 was the only one made to the band, well short of the millions of dollars the Rollers believe they are owed. The federal lawsuit seeks unspecified damages on behalf of the six bandmembers, including bassist Alan Longmuir and drummer Derek Longmuir, the brothers who formed the band in Edinburgh in 1967.

03.20.2007

If you happened to see those White Stripes tour dates that were making their way around the ’Net yesterday (they got no play here at good ol’ MTV News), it’d behoove you to forget them because they’re incorrect. In fact, according to a statement from the band’s management, they “hold no semblance of reality” (oh, snap!) and most reporters “simply found and printed the tour routing the band did in support of their 2005 release Get Behind Me Satan.” The Stripes — who will release their sixth album, Icky Thump, in June — have yet to confirm any North American routing, but the statement did say that when the duo hit the road, they’ll play “all 10 provinces and three territories of Canada, as well as the remaining 16 states of the U.S. [they] have yet to play … [plus] a few major markets.” It was also stated that the WS tour will start in Tennessee, which would correspond with their only confirmed North American appearance, June 17 at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. …

Christina Aguilera, Prince and Dave Matthews are performing as part of the Traveling Through Life concert series, three shows exclusively open to Citi/AAdvantage credit card holders. Aguilera will play at San Diego Civic Theater on May 21, Prince will play Boston’s Orpheum Theater on May 19 and Matthews and guitarist Tim Reynolds will play Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theater on April 20. Tickets for all shows went on sale Tuesday (March 20) at noon ET at PrivatePass.Citi.com.

Metallica will be first major rock act to play the newly renovated Wembley Stadium in London. The band will plug in on July 8 for their first-ever headlining gig at the legendary venue — they played as part of a tribute to late Queen singer Freddie Mercury in 1992 — and promised in a message on their Web site to bring along “a few of our friends” to celebrate. … Harry Potter has gone green. All 12 million copies of the U.S. edition of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” will be printed on paper with a minimum of 30 percent post-consumer waste fiber, Scholastic Inc. announced Tuesday. The publisher also confirmed that 65 percent of the 16,700 tons of paper used in the first printing will be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which promotes responsible forest management. It’s the largest purchase of FSC-certified paper to be used in the printing of a single title. …

John Mayer will be the headline performer at the 10th anniversary celebration concert for VH1’s Save the Music foundation, which works to restore music education in U.S. public schools. The gala, emceed by “Project Runway” presenter Tim Gunn, will be held September 20 at New York’s Lincoln Center. A group of students from schools that have received VH1 Save the Music grants will perform as a 50-piece orchestra. … Victoria, British Columbia, will celebrate Nelly Furtado Day on Wednesday. Mayor Alan Lowe will present the singer with an official proclamation and a gift at Centennial Square at noon. Furtado kicks off the Canadian leg of her world tour that night at Victoria’s Save On Foods Memorial Centre. …

Ashley Tisdale of “High School Musical” fame will release “Not Like That” as the second single from her debut album, Headstrong. “It’s actually coming from a point of view of being in this business and trying to say that fans, and people that aren’t fans who have their opinions about me, often see the glamorous side of this career,” Tisdale told MTV Radio. “It’s really saying it’s not like that and I’m just the girl next door. There’s always somebody who either loves you or hates you, and you just have to have a thick skin.” … Chris Cornell has lined up an 11-date tour in support of his upcoming album Carry On, due June 5. The former Audioslave frontman begins the tour April 6 in Las Vegas and will hit cities including Minneapolis, Chicago, New York and Dallas — in addition to the Toronto (April 14), Boston (April 19) and Philadelphia (April 22) dates reported last week. The trek wraps up May 2 in Los Angeles. …

Ric Ocasek, Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger and former Girls Against Boys member Eli Janney are among the producers on Motion City Soundtrack’s Even If It Kills Me, due July 17. The follow-up to 2005’s Commit This to Memory also features guest spots from Max Bemis of Say Anything, Rachel Minton of Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer and Shawn Harris of the Matches. … New Found Glory have “amicably parted ways” with their label, Geffen Records, the band announced in a statement. Their next release, From the Screen to Your Stereo Part 2, featuring covers of classic movie themes, will be released on Drive-Thru Records. The band plans to put out a new album in 2008, via a label to be determined. …

Godsmack will hit the road in May for a run of U.S. gigs, primarily along the East Coast. Eleven shows have been booked so far, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. Those gigs are set for Memphis (May 5); Mobile, Alabama (May 6); Jacksonville, Florida (May 8); North Charleston, South Carolina (May 9); Tampa, Florida (May 11); Pompano Beach, Florida (May 12); Orlando, Florida (May 13); Atlanta (May 15); Charlotte, North Carolina (May 16); New York (May 18); and Upper Derby, Pennsylvania (May 22). … “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Trapped in the Drive-Thru,” an 11-minute animated video that riffs on R. Kelly’s epic “Trapped in the Closet,” will be available exclusively on MySpace through April 15.