For The Record: Quick News On Linkin Park, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, ‘Idol,’ iTunes & More

LP adding more Minutes to new LP; Timberlake, Beyoncé, 'Idol' win at Kids' Choice Awards; Furtado scores Junos.

Linkin Park’s return just got a little bit sweeter. The band is rewarding fans who preorder their forthcoming Minutes to Midnight album through iTunes with a deluxe digital version of the set. That package will include bonus tracks as well as the first 15 episodes of LPTV, a behind-the-scenes series that followed the band for the past four years. LP’s clip for their new single, “What I’ve Done,” debuts on iTunes Tuesday. …

Justin Timberlake took his turn getting slimed at the 20th annual Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Saturday night. Riding over the crowd in an orange blimp, Timberlake taunted, “You’ll never get a drop of slime on old JT” before being soaked with green goo. (Check out photos from the big night, including a shot of Justin exacting his slime revenge. ) Among the winners at the event hosted by Timberlake — who took the favorite male singer award — were the Black Eyed Peas (Favorite Music Group), Beyoncé (Favorite Singer and Favorite Song, “Irreplaceable”), Queen Latifah (Favorite Voice From an Animated Movie, “Ice Age: The Meltdown”), “American Idol” (Favorite TV Show), Adam Sandler (Favorite Movie Actor), Dakota Fanning (Favorite Movie Actress) and Miley Cyrus (Favorite TV Actress). …

An afterparty that followed the Kids’ Choice Awards broadcast was marred by violence when three people were wounded at the Los Angeles event thrown by a ceremony attendee, but not sanctioned by Nickelodeon. The party drew 200, mostly teens, to a rented-out drapery store where at least one person opened fire with an automatic weapon after a group of five was denied entry, according to an Associated Press report. The three victims were hit below the waist and did not face life-threatening injuries in what police suspect was a gang-related incident. …

The Financial Times reports that European Union regulators are investigating iTunes for possible violation of competition rules. The antitrust probe stems from a 2004 complaint from a British consumer group criticizing that the U.K. version of the site was more expensive than in other European markets. The announcement of the probe on Monday (April 2) came hours after Apple announced a deal with EMI to offer music downloads without digital locks. …

Nelly Furtado didn’t have to go far to pick up her prizes for best single (“Promiscuous”), album (Loose) and the fans’ choice award during Sunday night’s Juno Awards — because she was also the show’s host. The Canadian equivalent of the Grammys also handed her wins for Artist of the Year and Pop Album of the Year the night before. Other winners included Toronto punks Billy Talent (best group, best rock album), the Dixie Chicks (International Album of the Year) and Swollen Members (Rap Recording of the Year). … Lily Allen will christen the newly renamed Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on April 11. The longstanding venue located on New York’s Irving Place will be rehabbed with features borrowed from the Fillmore in San Francisco, including red walls decorated with vintage posters, free apples for concertgoers and commemorative posters passed out at select shows. The Fillmore name is also expanding to Philadelphia, where Todd Rundgren will play the inaugural concert at the Fillmore Philadelphia (formerly the Theater of the Living Arts) on April 27. Shows by Chris Cornell, Amy Winehouse and Air will follow in the coming months. …

Killswitch Engage and Chiodos have been added to all dates for this summer’s Warped Tour. Sum 41 will also be taking the stage on August 14-15, while Desperation Squad will rock the fest’s crowds June 29. … The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal to revive a sexual-harassment lawsuit filed against James Brown. The suit, which alleged that the late soul singer raped his then-publicist at gunpoint in 1988, sought $106 million in damages. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2005 after a federal judge ruled that the plaintiff waited too long to file. The judge’s order was upheld by an appeals court last year. … Fans of erstwhile punk act Screeching Weasel were teased over the weekend with the promise of a supposed reunion, five years after the group disbanded. In a post on the band’s MySpace page, Ben Weasel wrote that the band would be returning, with (+44)’s Travis Barker on drums and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump on second guitar. “The fans deserve only the best and we are determined to give it to them,” he wrote. “We will tour for two months in the U.S., followed by a short break, then two more months in Europe. Then we will hit Australia and Japan. To celebrate this event, we will be releasing a new album on Victory Records.” He later adds that the upcoming tour “will kick off in the spring. Of 2028.” …

Need a ride, “Knight Rider” fans? KITT, the Knight Industries Two Thousand vehicle David Hasselhoff used in the now-defunct ’80s series, could be yours, AP reports. The modified 1982 Pontiac Trans Am has been up for a sale for a month at a Dublin auto dealership. Asking price for the car — one of four documented “camera cars” used for close-up shots and scenes — is $149,995. … The makers of “Hot Fuzz” — the same crew responsible for “Shaun of the Dead” — are ganging up with AMC Theatres for a contest in anticipation of the new movie’s April 20 theatrical release. Contestants are being asked to vote for their favorite action movies via AMCTheatres.com/HotFuzz, and winners will get a variety of DVD packs, movie passes and cash. …

Dave Stewart has called on Imogen Heap, former Eurythmics partner Annie Lennox, Natalie Imbruglia, Sarah McLachlan, Nadirah X and Bonnie Raitt for “Go Green,” Greenpeace’s anthem for Earth Day. The song will be available April 17 on iTunes. … The Almost, a new band forged by Underoath drummer Aaron Gillespie, have announced a slew of tour dates in support of their debut LP, Southern Weather, in stores Tuesday. The tour will feature openers Say Anything and Saves the Day on all West Coast dates, and Paramore and This Providence on the remainder of the trek. The run kicks off April 12 with three consecutive Los Angeles gigs and ends as it began — in Los Angeles — August 25. …

Currently up for bid on eBay: a whole bunch of crap you don’t need — and sole ownership of one of the greatest novelty acts of the past 20 years, bizarro Swedish popsters Rednex. That’s right: If you’ve got an extra $1.5 million lying around — you know, under the cushions of the couch or whatever — then you can own the group responsible for the version of the classic song “Cotton Eye Joe” that’s currently bumping at Yankee Stadium. It’s all completely legit, as the post states the buyer inherits 100 percent of Rednex AB, the partnership that oversees all things related to the band. Or, as the posting states in decidedly sexier verbiage, “The buyer gets it all: the music, the trademark, the band, the tour, the record deals [and] the Web site … [plus] the catalog … the opportunities, the future.” And while we’re equally as jazzed by the Rednex future prospects as the next potential buyer, the opening bid of $1.5 million seems a bit too rich for our blood. And we’re not alone: At the time of this writing, there’s been only one bid, and it was retracted seven minutes after it was first entered.

03.30.2007

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.