A.M. Surf Report: 50 Safe From Suit; Green Day Hammer New Orleans; Harry Potter Does It Again

50 Cent concertgoer sues venue, promoter, not rapper; Billie Joe's a builder; 'Deathly Hallows' breaks another record.

The news happens all the time, even while you're catching up on your beauty sleep. Check out this brief rundown to bring you up to speed this morning — a quick heads up from your friends at MTV News.

Here's what we've got:

Enough with the acting — Mario's getting back to music. But like his last film, "Freedom Writers," his next songs may be pretty serious. The singer told us that "Do Right," which he wrote with Akon, is a bit of a departure. "I didn't want to do a club record or like a fun record. I wanted to do a more serious record that would cater to some of the people who may have experienced what I have." ...

You can pull off a same-sex kiss in "Bully," to the delight of gay gamers. And having the freedom to make those choices is good for all gamers, explained industry legend Peter Molyneux — the mind behind "Fable," a game that allows gay marriage. "The point is that the game's about you," Molyneux told us. "It's about what you want, what you like, and if the world reacts to that, it gets me excited," he told us. ...

Jim Morrison fans have asked that the late singer be pardoned almost 40 years after he was charged with exposing himself onstage. So we were thinking, if the Doors' frontman's case is worth another look, how about a pass for Lil' Kim? Or Ozzy? Or even 2 Live Crew? ...

Quote of the Day: "Dang — I can't believe we're sitting here, just belittling all of these people who came out to a festival that we just played." — A Life Once Lost's Bob Meadows

Here's what everyone else is talking about

A man who claims he was assaulted at a 50 Cent concert in Vancouver is suing the venue, security and the show's promoter — but not 50, The Vancouver Sun reports. Clayton Baker says four security guards assaulted him and threw him out of Pacific Coliseum during the December 2005 show after mistaking him for another man. Baker, who also holds the promoter accountable for the incident — for hyping the show in a way that attracted a violent crowd — seeks unspecified damages. ...

Billie Joe Armstrong is working on his "upside-down hammering technique" in New Orleans, where he and his family are volunteering for Habitat for Humanity construction projects. The family is checking in with reports and photos at GreenDay.net. ... In other good-cause news, Nickelback's "If Everyone Cared" has raised close to $400,000 for Amnesty International and International Children's Awareness Canada, E! Online reports.

Put a record in front of this Harry Potter kid and he's sure to smash it. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" won't be in your greedy little hands for another three months, but the last chapter in the boy-wizard saga has already broken a pre-order record at Barnes & Noble, Reuters reports. ...

Word of Madonna returning to Malawi had Page Six predicting Thursday that Lourdes, Rocco and David better make some room for a new sibling. Not so fast, Madonna's rep said, according to Reuters. The singer is continuing charity work in the African nation, but has no plans to adopt another child. ...

Trey Anastasio has been offered a plea deal by prosecutors in Washington County, New York, that would spare the singer jail in exchange for drug treatment, The Burlington Free Press reports. The former Phish frontman is due in court Friday (April 13) on charges of drug possession and impaired driving. ...

The Wall Street Journal reports that Julian Lennon has sold his financial stake in the Beatles catalog, a day after EMI and the Beatles settled a royalties suit. ...

Speaking of EMI, did Warner Music follow the record giant's lead — with no fanfare — and begin selling music downloads without copy protection? Nope. Hours after Idolator noted (via Billboard.biz) that the non-DRM files were for sale at AnywhereCD, Reuters reported that Warner ordered the company to remove them, saying that selling the music without the copy protection violated their agreement. ...

And according to Blabbermouth.net — which cites a report from the TV show "ET Canada" — former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke is now also the former guitarist for Rock Star Supernova. TV contest selected frontman Lukas Rossi wouldn't confirm Gilby's departure, but he have good news to announce: The band is changing its name.