For The Record: Quick News On Game, Rihanna, Jay-Z, 'Idol,' Lil' Kim, Snoop, Velvet Revolver & More

Game misses New York court date; Rihanna unveils Jay collabo; Tony Bennett appearing on 'Idol.'

An arrest warrant has been issued for rapper the Game, who missed a scheduled court date in New York on Thursday related to charges of impersonating a police officer — but the warrant will not be activated unless the Game misses his next court date, scheduled for June 13. The rapper was arrested on November 16 for impersonating a police officer and allegedly ordering a cab driver to run several red lights. ...

Rihanna has just unveiled her new single "Umbrella," which features Jay-Z, on DefJam.com. Her yet-untitled album is due June 5. ... Tony Bennett will prepare the top nine "American Idol" finalists for Tuesday's American-classics-themed performances. The legendary crooner will then perform on Wednesday's results show. ...

Lil' Kim is putting her life story on paper with "The Price of Loyalty," a 320-page volume that will be published by St. Martin's Press. Kim's book is scheduled to hit stores May 29, according to her MySpace page. ... Snoop Dogg and Priority Records are considering mediation to settle a $2 million breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by the rapper in November, The Associated Press reports. Priority Records wants the suit dropped, claiming that Snoop waited too long to file. Attorneys for both parties agreed Monday that mediation may be a good alternative to a trial, but Snoop's representatives have to wait for the rapper to return from a European tour to get his approval. The case will return to court August 27. ...

Velvet Revolver are preparing to hit the road in anticipation of Libertad, their second LP. The band has lined up a handful of U.S. dates that kick off with a May 4 show in Hollywood. The trek will hit Seattle; Chicago; and Washington, D.C., before wrapping up May 22 in New York. ... Chthonic, a Taiwanese symphonic black-metal band that incorporates influences from traditional Chinese music, have been added to the bill for this summer's Ozzfest. They will play as part of the second stage's rotating lineup, alongside bands including Hatebreed, Nile, Daath, 3 Inches of Blood and In This Moment. ... Mike Patton's experimental-metal band Tomahawk will issue their forthcoming LP, Anonymous, June 19. ...

Former Roc-A-Fella artist Rell was one of three people arrested Wednesday after authorities in Calhoun County, South Carolina, intercepted a package sent through the U.S. Postal Service containing 50 pounds of marijuana, local CBS affiliate WLTX reports. The singer, whose real name is Wilbur Gaddis, was charged with conspiracy to traffic in marijuana for his alleged link to the parcel. He is being detained by local authorities pending a bond hearing. ... Former Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle just launched a Web site for her new band, Spinnerette. SpinneretteMusic.com features a snippet of a song called "Case of the Swirls" and more info about the band, which will also feature multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes of Queens of the Stone Age — Dalle is married to that band's frontman, Josh Homme — and former 'Stillers guitarist Tony Bevilacqua. Spinnerette will begin work on their debut album this year in Los Angeles. ...

Sia is releasing live album, Lady Croissant, Tuesday. Among the nine songs will be her breakthrough single, "Breathe Me"; renditions of two of her songs with Zero 7, "Destiny" and "Distractions"; and a cover of the Pretenders' "I Go to Sleep." ... Also on Tuesday, industrial-noise freaks Throbbing Gristle barrel out of the grave in all their deafening glory to issue their first album in more than 25 years. In step with the band's notorious reputation for shattering convention (and eardrums), initial editions of Part Two - The Endless Not will come in either copper, bone, rubber or wood casing. Each of the four runs was limited to 1,000 copies and crafted in Thailand. ... One more CD on tap for Tuesday: Traffic and Weather, the long-awaited album from Fountains of Wayne. The album's first single is "Someone to Love." ...

Fountains of Wayne are among the guest speakers joining a new ecological-education series called Rock 'N Renew. The effort encourages students to bone up on global warming, energy conservation and alternative fuel by inspiring them to take action through artwork, music — and in class. Co-founded by Giorgio Angelini (singer/songwriter for the band 1986), the series will find him giving speeches and playing concerts about renewable energy at elementary and high schools around New York. He'll also be touring in his biodiesel-fueled van. The guest speakers participating in the series include FOW, fellow musicians Debbie Harry, Kaiser Chiefs, Everclear, Jesse Malin, Morningwood and the Mooney Suzuki, plus actor Kal Penn to boot. ... Bagir Ltd., a manufacturer of tailored clothing, has created a "Play List Jacket," available exclusively at Express Men stores. The jacket features a shell with a strategically placed pocket designed to house an iPod, which should put an end to bulges and dangling wires when one is housed in tailored clothes. The wearer can control the volume and skip songs easily, and earphone wires are set in place via hidden loops in the inner lapel. The jacket retails for $248 and is available in black and black with white pinstripes. ...

After years of popularizing the 99-cent-per-song download, iTunes launched a new service Thursday called Complete My Album, which encourages buyers to "turn their individual tracks into a complete album at a reduced price" by giving them a 99-cent credit for every track they have previously purchased from that album. The incentive to upgrade singles into complete albums with one click is good for up to six months after the purchase of individual songs. ... Sirius Satellite Radio is getting into the TV business. The company has announced plans to launch a backseat television service in a number of DaimlerChrysler cars and minivans later this year, according to a press release. The initial offerings for the $470 service — which costs an additional $470 above the vehicle's retail price — will be three children's TV channels (Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network) that will cost $7 a month on top of the satellite-radio subscription. The package will be available in other cars after the 2008 model year.

03.29.2007

Paris Hilton's reckless-driving fiasco isn't over yet. Los Angeles prosecutors said Thursday (March 29) they will ask a judge to revoke the heiress' probation, The Associated Press reports. The prosecutors' decision came after an investigation into whether Hilton violated the terms of her probation — she could spend up to 90 days in jail if she did. "We're confident we have sufficient evidence to prove that her license was suspended and that she had knowledge of that suspension," Nick Velasquez, a spokesman for the city attorney's office, told AP. ...

Good Charlotte are backing up the Good Morning Revival album they released Tuesday with a batch of TV appearances. The gang, which swung by the CBS "Early Show" earlier this week, will perform on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" April 9, "Jimmy Kimmel Live" two days later and "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" on April 26. ...

Gwen Stefani has added stops in Santa Barbara, California (June 26-27); Reno, Nevada (June 29); and Honolulu (August 24) to her Sweet Escape tour, while a previously announced show scheduled for June 7 in Milwaukee has been canceled. Stefani's tour will hit Mexico and Puerto Rico before making several stops in Australia, Japan and Europe, and is currently slated to run through an October 14 show in Copenhagen, Denmark. ...

Beyoncé is hitting two morning shows on Monday, performing on NBC's "Today" show and CBS's "The Early Show," both shot in New York. Fans who want to catch the singer up close can check out her "Today" performance if they show up at the Rockefeller Plaza set at 6 a.m. And New York-area fans can get a chance to see the "Early Show" event in person by sending an e-mail with their name, contact number and the number of people in their party to BeyonceLiveOnCBS@yahoo.com. Is Michael Jackson about to launch a tour? According to an invitation obtained by TMZ.com, the singer is planning a semiformal dinner/concert event on June 10 at Las Vegas' Luxor to celebrate what is referred to as his "Live Forever Tour." The singer, who hasn't performed in the U.S. in years, is also planning a two-hour meet-and-greet session after his set, according to the invite. ...

Panic! at the Disco have never struck us as fans of college basketball — they all probably took someone like Valparaiso or the Fashion Institute of Technology in their brackets — but that isn't stopping them from taking part in the festivities surrounding this weekend's NCAA Men's Final Four in Atlanta. On Friday, they'll play a free show in ATL's Centennial Olympic Park as part of the AT&T in the Park party. "We really didn't expect to do anything like this until we were done writing and out of the studio, but we just decided to play a show in Atlanta this Friday," read a post on the band's site. "The event starts at around 7 p.m., we're on closer to 9, and there are gonna be fireworks as well." Sweet! For more information, check out CentennialPark.com. ...

Mark Wahlberg will star in director M. Night Shyamalan's next thriller, "The Happening," Variety reports. In the flick — which is set to open on June 13, 2008 (Friday the 13th) — Wahlberg will play a man protecting his family amid a catastrophic natural crisis. ... Oscar-winner George Clooney sure as heck doesn't "heart" director David O. Russell — but that doesn't mean he leaked video of a contentious Russell berating actress Lily Tomlin on the set of "I Heart Huckabees," Clooney said in a statement. "Contrary to popular opinion, neither the sound man, Ed Tise, nor yours truly sent in the David O. Russell tape. I saw it when we were working on 'Ocean's Twelve,' and there have been quite a few copies traveling around town for the last couple of years. Any rumor that either of us put it on the Internet is simply false. And I'd offer a million bucks to anyone who would prove otherwise." Russell, who verbally abuses Tomlin in the clip, is alleged to have previously come to blows with Clooney during the filming of "Three Kings." ...

Halle Berry told Parade for its Sunday issue that she tried committing suicide after splitting with ex-husband David Justice, Reuters reports. "My sense of worth was so low. I had to reprogram myself to see the good in me," she told the magazine. "Because someone didn't love me didn't mean I was unlovable. I promised myself I would never be a coward again." The 40-year-old, who divorced a second time, says she has taken control of her life now. ... Jessica Smith, a former "Laguna Beach" castmember, has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and released from a jail in Orange County, California, TMZ.com reports. She has been ordered not to drink alcohol and to attend one Alcoholics Anonymous meeting a week until her April 25 arraignment. Smith was arrested Monday after crashing her car into another vehicle. ...

Recording an album is Jennifer Hudson's top priority, but the singer may already have her next acting role lined up. Hudson is in serious talks to star alongside fellow Oscar winner Forest Whitaker in "Winged Creatures," the story of a brutal shooting at a Los Angeles diner and the survivors who live to tell the tale. Hudson's involvement hinges on whether she can make her recording schedule line up with the film's. Hudson would join an already formidable cast, which aside from Whitaker also includes Kate Beckinsale, Dakota Fanning and recent Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley. ... Ice Cube is also setting up more big-screen time, with another family-friendly comedy in the works. The rapper/actor is attached to "Tough Love" and would star as an NFL player with a tough childhood who attempts to straighten out his spoiled children by making them spend a summer in his hometown. The story is inspired by the life of Tebucky Jones, formerly of the New England Patriots. ...

Bono was presented with an honorary knighthood by a British ambassador in Dublin on Thursday, in recognition of his music as well as his humanitarian work. Bono accepted the honor, which was announced in December, with an acceptance speech that acknowledged the success of the British-Irish peace process, the U.K.'s role in spearheading the push for African debt cancellation, the re-formed Happy Mondays and a recent Ireland rugby win over England, U2.com reports. "What a great year for an Irishman to receive an award from Great Britain. ... I couldn't be more proud." As an Irish citizen, Bono doesn't officially get the "sir" treatment. "You can call me pretty much anything you want, except sir," he told reporters. "You can call me lord of lords or a demigod." ... In other U2 news, Edge is donating his 1975 cream-colored Gibson Les Paul guitar to the Icons of Music Auction, a benefit event he's staging April 21 at the Hard Rock Cafe New York. Proceeds from the auction — which will also feature rare memorabilia items from Kurt Cobain, Madonna, Bono, James Brown, John Lennon, Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay and many more — will go to Music Rising, a post-Katrina campaign co-founded by the Edge that aids musicians in the Gulf Coast region.