For The Record: Quick News On Snoop Dogg, Anna Nicole Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Kelis & More

Snoop to be arraigned Wednesday; judge rules Larry Birkhead is father of Smith's baby.

Snoop Dogg will be arraigned Wednesday morning on felony charges of sale or transportation of marijuana and possession of a firearm, the Los Angeles County Superior Court confirmed to MTV News Tuesday (April 10). The charges stem from the rapper's October arrest at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California. ...

A Bahamian judge ruled Tuesday that Larry Birkhead is the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby, Dannielynn, CNN reports. A DNA test made the confirmation with 99.9 percent certainty. The deceased model's former boyfriend says he hopes to have custody of the child soon, and Howard K. Stern — Smith's lawyer and former companion, who she listed as the father of Dannielynn on the child's birth certificate — said he endorses Birkhead as the father. ...

Jennifer Lopez tells MTV Tr3s that creating her Spanish-language album Como Ama una Mujer changed her perspective — and may impact what you hear on her next English-language LP. "I have a totally different way of approaching the music now," she explained. "What I will do, what I won't do, making sure it's stuff I believe in. ... In that sense, it's helped me grow. So hopefully that will be reflected in the English album. And I think it is. This is the same type [of music] — dance, R&B, funk — but hopefully with that new kind of growth that happened from that last album." Lopez will be the "American Idol" guest mentor on Tuesday for the show's Latin-theme night. ...

Carrie Underwood certainly has more people vying for her attention after winning "American Idol" and selling millions of albums, but she's still a little lonely. "I'm not saying I want to get married tomorrow," she explained in the May issue of Cosmopolitan, "but I'd like to have someone other than my mom to call when I have good news." Underwood said there's a good reason that she's alone. "Guys who would never look at me twice before might ask me out now, so I guess I have better opportunities. But when I do meet a guy, there's this 'Does he just want his picture in a magazine?' factor." ...

Kelis is defending her recent behavior at a gay dance bash dubbed "The White Party" that took place in Palm Springs, California, over the weekend. Responding to allegations that Kelis demanded her payment up front and didn't want to do a soundcheck or rehearsal before performing, spokeswoman Tracy Nguyen said in a statement, "Allegations of diva behavior by Kelis at the recent White Party are completely untrue. There were many missteps behind the scenes which created a less than suitable environment for any artist to perform. Because of her love for her fans, Kelis made the decision to take the stage, against any advice not to do so." ...

Looks like Ozzy Osbourne will have his new album good to go in time for Ozzfest. The Ozzman has set May 22 as the release date for Black Rain, his first slate of new studio material in six years. He has set aside "I Don't Wanna Stop" as the first single for the LP, which will also feature "Thank God for the Almighty Dollar," "Civilize the Universe" and "Countdown's Begun." Track samples are being streamed at Ozzy.com. ... Deftones are heading out on a U.S. headlining tour that kicks off May 11 in Mesa, Arizona. Dir en Grey join the tour as a support act beginning with the June 6 show in Providence, Rhode Island, while Fall of Troy will open all dates. The trek is currently scheduled to make 33 stops, in cities including Dallas, New Orleans, Cleveland, New York, Detroit, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City. The run concludes June 28 in Los Angeles. ...

Johnny Cash's Hendersonville, Tennessee, home was destroyed by fire on Tuesday, The Associated Press reports. Cash and his wife June Carter Cash lived in the historic lakeside house from the 1960s until their deaths in 2003. "So many prominent things and prominent people in American history took place in that house — everyone from Billy Graham to Bob Dylan went into that house," Cash collaborator and neighbor Marty Stuart told the news service. The cause of the fire is unknown. ... Is Jim Morrison's rap sheet about to grow shorter? A cable-TV producer from Dayton, Ohio, has written to Florida Governor Charlie Crist asking for the late Doors singer to be pardoned for exposing himself at a concert in Miami 38 years ago, AP reports. "We'd just like to see where we get to a point to let Morrison be judged because of the music and poetry and not be judged because of this Miami case," Dave Diamond said of Morrison, who was born in Melbourne, Florida. Crist — an alumnus of Florida State, which Morrison also attended — said he is "certainly willing to review" the request. ...

Eighteen Visions have thrown in the towel. "We have been a band for a very long time and feel good about everything we were able to accomplish," the band said in a statement. "At this point in our lives and our careers, we feel it's time to move on to something fresh and new — whether it be music, touring or just being at home to live and enjoy life." The band has planned two farewell gigs scheduled for April 19 in San Diego and April 20 in Anaheim, California. ... Guitarist Jona Weinhofen is moving on from the disbanded I Killed the Prom Queen to replace guitarist Scott Danough in Bleeding Through. "We felt that we had grown apart and it was time for both parties to move on," Bleeding Through said in a statement. "We wish [Danough] the best. We are already writing new material and looking forward to our next tour, which will be in Canada." ...

Former "You Hear It First" artists the Fratellis are hitting the gas with the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club for select dates on the latter band's spring tour. First the Fratellis will play six shows without BRMC — from April 26 at New York's Irving Plaza through May 4 at Scottsdale, Arizona's Martini Ranch. Then the two parties will link up for seven shows, from a May 5 gig in Tempe, Arizona, through a May 13 show in Seattle. ... MxPx, Hawk Nelson, the Classic Crime, Sullivan and the Fold will be featured on all dates of the Tooth & Nail Tour. The trek launches May 1 in Seattle and runs six weeks, wrapping up June 11 in Salt Lake City. Project 86 and Run Kid Run will play select shows on the tour. ... The Meat Puppets have recorded their first album in over a decade. The LP, due July 17, will feature guitarist/singer Curt Kirkwood and his brother, bassist Cris Kirkwood, and has been titled Rise to Your Knees. The band also has a handful of tour dates scheduled, beginning with a fan-only event set for May 14 in San Diego, followed by shows in West Hollywood, California (May 15); San Francisco (May 16); Portland, Oregon (May 18); Seattle (May 19); Salt Lake City (May 21); and Boulder, Colorado (May 23).

04.09.2007

Mandy Moore talked about ex-boyfriend Zach Braff in a new interview featured in the May issue of Elle. "Out of respect to Zach, who I still consider a friend and care about and support, I have nothing bad to say about him," she said of her ex, who is nine years her senior. "It just didn't work out." Moore also says she's "OK with representing a different type than the normal Hollywood beauty ideal. ... I've been told that I have to lose weight for stuff before. It's mortifying ... once is enough to make you feel awful." (See Elle shots of Mandy Moore by the beach right here.) Moore will also guest host and perform at the Entertainment Industry Foundation Revlon Run/ Walk for Women, a benefit to help the fight against women's cancers that is set for May 5 in New York and May 12 in Los Angeles. Her next album Wild Hope is due June 19. ...

Lindsay Lohan was interviewed by GQ via BlackBerry over several weeks, following her stint in rehab. Between shooting the upcoming thriller "I Know Who Killed Me," working on staying sober and buying two puppies, Lohan replied to questions that ranged from "Is there anything you fear?" — Lohan responded with a note on what she was wearing (Marc Jacobs, vintage Chanel and Kaviar & Kind) — to "Do you play poker?" ("Weird! I just e-mailed my friend Sara Pantera saying I'm going to start playing poker again!") for the magazine's April issue. In other Lohan news, the actress has been selected as the new face of Jill Stuart's fashion line, and is scheduled to shoot photos for the campaign this week. ...

Miss Tom Morello's all-star jam at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, last month? The Nightwatchman is buddying up with more friends for three concerts at Los Angeles' Hotel Café taking place Tuesday, April 17 and April 24. A diverse cast of characters is expected to join Morello for the Tuesday performances — be on the lookout for Alanis Morissette, Cypress Hill's B-Real and Sen Dog, Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell, Steve Vai, MC5's Wayne Kramer, Switchfoot's Jon Foreman, Disturbed's David Draiman and former Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, who was spotted at the SXSW jam. The Rage Against the Machine guitarist will also perform as his alter ego at a workers rally in Chicago on Saturday; sign copies of his April 24 release, One Man Revolution, at Hollywood's Amoeba Music, April 25; hit up Coachella in Indio, California, April 28; play a benefit show with Ben Harper in Claremont, California, May 4; support Harper on six dates in June; and perform at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee, June 16. ...

By now, everyone's heard that tickets to this summer's Ozzfest will be free, but there's been no word on how they will be distributed — until this week. In a press release issued Monday morning (April 9), the festival organizers revealed that, starting May 12, ticket codes will be distributed through several sponsor Web sites, including those for LiveNation, Monster Energy drink, Jägermeister and F.Y.E. The codes will be redeemable starting June 12 via the same Web sites, and there is a limit of two tickets per person. The fest — featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Lamb of God, Hatebreed and more — kicks off July 12 in Seattle and hits 24 cities before wrapping in West Palm Beach, Florida, August 30. ... "Laguna Beach" star Jason Wahler was arrested in Seattle early Sunday after punching a hotel security guard and passing out drunk in a hallway, The Associated Press reports. It was the third time the actor had been arrested since September, and he had already been scheduled to begin serving a 60-day jail sentence in May. The actor repeatedly made racial and homophobic slurs when he was busted for investigation of assault and criminal trespass on Sunday, according to a Seattle Police Department report. Wahler — who had been ordered by a judge last month to go to Alcoholics Anonymous classes and attend a program at the Museum of Tolerance for using racial slurs after a previous arrest — was released from jail after posting bail. ...

Velvet Revolver have been added to the lineup for the U.S. Virgin Festival, scheduled for August 4-5 in Baltimore. Previously confirmed acts include the Police, Smashing Pumpkins and the Beastie Boys. ... Black Light Burns, the band fronted by former Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, have been tapped as the support act for Chevelle's upcoming U.S. tour, which gets under way May 7; a full itinerary will be announced soon. Black Light Burns' debut LP, Cruel Melody, is slated for release June 5. ...

Christina Milian will co-star with Mario Lopez in "Eight Days a Week," a comedy pilot being produced for the CW, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series follows the life of four 20-somethings working for prestigious bosses in New York. Milian will play an assistant who left a law career to start over as a gofer at an art gallery. ... Bobby Valentino has decided to take his own advice and slow down. The DTP singer issued a statement about his delayed sophomore album Special Occasion — now due May 8 — announcing he's still in the recording process but will post bonus tracks on his MySpace page that don't make the final cut. The album is set to feature collaborations with Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, and Fabolous. A MySpace call went out on Sunday asking fans to send photos for display in a slideshow on Valentino's MySpace page ("remember, no nudity") to promote his track "Anonymous," featuring Timbaland. The song is currently streaming on the page as well as his Web site, JustBobby.com ...

Isaac Hanson, the eldest of the three brothers that make up Hanson, welcomed his first child Tuesday. Clarke Everett Hanson was delivered by Isaac's wife, Nicole, in the Hanson hometown Tulsa, Oklahoma. In a post on the band's Web site, the proud father said his son's birth "was an inspiration, and I know that his presence in my life will continue to inspire me."... Microsoft is set to follow Apple's lead in offering songs without copy protection for download. Less than a week after Apple announced it would sell unprotected songs from the EMI Group catalog at a premium, Katy Asher — a Microsoft spokeswoman for the company's portable Zune player team — told IDG News Service, "the EMI announcement on Monday was not exclusive to Apple. ... Consumers have made it clear that unprotected music is something they want. ... We plan on offering it to them as soon as our label partners are comfortable with it." The Microsoft spokesperson said the company has been speaking with EMI and other labels for "some time now" about offering unprotected music on the Zune.