For The Record: Quick News On Snoop, Rage Against The Machine, Jennifer Lopez, ‘Idol,’ Proof, White Stripes & More

Snoop pleads no contest to drug charges; partial Rage reunion set for Saturday; J. Lo defends 'Idol' hopeful.

Snoop Dogg entered a no-contest plea on Wednesday to the felony charges brought against him for sale or transportation of marijuana and illegal possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to five years’ probation and will be required to perform 800 hours of community service; a three-year state prison sentence was suspended. The charges stem from the rapper’s October arrest at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California. “Snoop accepts full responsibility for these matters,” his attorney, Donald Etra, said in a statement. “He understands that, while he has every reason to seek security and protection, he cannot have a gun in his own vehicle, and he must only employ licensed security personnel. By the same token, although Snoop possesses a medical marijuana certificate, he recognizes he cannot possess more marijuana than permitted by that law. This was an expedited way of resolving these matters,” Etra’s statement continued. “It permits Snoop to get back to what he does best, namely, entertaining his fans through his music and films as well as serving his community as coach of his 2,000-member youth football league.” …

Zack de la Rocha will reunite with Tom Morello on Saturday — two weeks before Rage Against the Machine‘s reunion gig at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival later this month. De la Rocha and Morello will perform together in Chicago as part of the 2007 Coalition of Immokalee Workers Truth Tour. The two will participate in a parade that will make its way through downtown Chicago and return to the city’s Federal Plaza for a celebratory rally. …

Jennifer Lopez stuck up for one of her “American Idol” students on Wednesday (April 11), saying that Simon Cowell‘s assessment of contestant Haley Scarnato was “brutal” during an interview on Ryan Seacrest‘s Los Angeles radio show. After Scarnato’s Tuesday night performance, Cowell said the contestant’s revealing outfit was a smart way to win votes. “I don’t think that’s what she’s doing,” Lopez said. … Proof‘s life is set to premiere on the big screen one year after the D12 rapper was killed. A documentary called “Time-A-Tell,” which provides a look at Detroit’s hip-hop scene, will include footage of the rapper in the studio as he worked on new music. “Time-A-Tell” is set to premiere Thursday at 8 p.m. in the GM Theater Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum. …

The White Stripes have announced additional details about their upcoming Icky Thump album, due June 19. By now, you’re already aware of the track list and the upcoming tour surrounding the disc, but did you know that the cover of Thump features a black-and-white photo of Jack and Meg White dressed as a Pearly King and Queen? For those not in the know — which is roughly 98 percent of you — Pearlies are Englishmen and women who dress in traditional cockney costumes, covered in mother-of-pearl beads. It’s a manner of dress that dates all the way back to the late 19th century, when street merchants would sew pearls onto their clothing, and it only further expands the Stripes’ growing Anglo obsession — the album’s title is a play on the Yorkshire slang term “by ecky thump,” which is used to express surprise — though that doesn’t make it any less confounding. Oh, and also, Thump will apparently feature a song called “I’m Slowly Turning Into You,” which, as a Stripes press release tells us, “may be the first song ever written based on a video treatment … this one is inspired by Michel Gondry.” …

Avril Lavigne will return to “Saturday Night Live” as a musical guest for the third time on Saturday’s episode, which will be hosted by Shia LaBeouf. Björk is also heading for an “SNL” third — she’s performed once with the Sugarcubes and once solo — on April 21, when Scarlett Johansson will host the show for a second time. … Paris Hilton told “Extra” that rekindling her friendship with Nicole Richie was as simple as dialing a number. “It was Nicole’s birthday and I really missed her, and I just decided to pick up the phone and call her,” Hilton said. “We just got together that night, and it was like there was never anything that happened.” Despite their very public falling-out, Richie agreed that the two just picked up where they’d left off. “It was weird,” she said. “like we had seen each other yesterday.” …

Guns N’ Roses have postponed the start of their world tour, set to launch Saturday in Japan, due to an injury suffered by bassist Tommy Stinson. “I accidentally fell down a flight of stairs,” he explained in a statement. “I put my hand down to break my fall and heard a loud ‘pop.’ The next morning my hand looked like a balloon. I went to see my doctor and while the good news is that it’s not broken, the bad is news is it’s severely sprained and I may have done some ligament damage.” The band plans to reschedule whatever gigs they miss due to Stinson’s ailment. … In a March 26 decision made public this week, a New York State justice denied Janet Jackson‘s request to dismiss a $120 million suit filed against her and New York’s Club Marquee after a February 2004 incident at the venue. Plaintiff Leonard Salati claims that he was assaulted at the nightclub by two men that he believed to be bodyguards for Jackson and Jermaine Dupri. New York Supreme Court Justice Rolando T. Acosta’s decision also specifies that Jackson will be ordered to answer questions about the incident under oath, noting that the court “grants no exemptions for celebrity status.” …

After decades of shielding their private lives, the Jackson family is getting into the reality TV business, according to Variety. Unfortunately for nosy fans, the show in question isn’t a tell-all, but an “American Idol”-style singing competition and instead of Michael and Janet Jackson sitting on the judges’ panel, it will be siblings Jermaine, Tito and LaToya. The “Pop Dynasty” show will search for a new superstar singing family along the lines of the Jacksons, with segments that will explore the personal dynamics of the contestants sibling relationships. … Willa Ford has been cast as Anna Nicole Smith in the independent film “Anna Nicole,” Variety reports. The biopic is scheduled to begin filming next week. …

Germs drummer Don Boles, who was jailed last week after police detected drugs in a bottle of soap found in his car during a traffic stop in Newport Beach, California, now has the soap manufacturer in his corner. The Los Angeles Times reports that Boles, who was pulled over for a broken taillight, was arrested on suspicion of felony narcotics possession after a field test detected date-rape drug GHB in the contents of a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap. Executives at Dr. Bronner’s hired an attorney to represent Boles on Monday. Company president David Bronner said that because the soap contains hemp oil, a test may detect THC (the active ingredient in marijuana), but called evidence of GHB “beyond belief,” speculating that the test “must have been flawed or tampered with.” Bronner said he does not believe that Boles was using the soap to carry the drug because the drummer would be foolish to lie about that when the Orange County Crime Lab is doing a definitive test of the bottle’s contents.

04.10.2007

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).