For The Record: Quick News On J. Lo, T.I., Snoop Dogg, Mike Jones, Rick James, Beyonce, Now 24 & More

J. Lo's 'Bordertown' gets release date; T.I. attends summit on rap lyrics; Snoop, Jones pay tribute to Eazy-E.

Jennifer Lopez‘s “Bordertown” finally has a release date: August 31. The singer/actress recently spoke with MTV Trés about the film, which also stars Antonio Banderas and finds Lopez playing a reporter investigating a series of murders of young female factory workers in Mexico. “We tried to make it an interesting film, for people to wanna go see it, but at the same time, really focused on [letting] people know that [factory workers are being murdered in Mexico].” …

In another interview — published in the May issue of Elle‘s U.K. edition — Lopez describes herself as “the Christopher Columbus of romance.” I’ve been through some rough seas and had some disasters, but in the end, I found what I was looking for,” she said. After a burst of laughter, she added, “Can you believe I just said that?” But while love makes her say some strange things, Lopez said it’s also helped her music. Husband Marc Anthony, who worked with the singer on her Spanish-language album Como Ama Una Mujer, told her, ” ‘I know you can do this. Sing the words. You know what they mean. You can do it,’ ” she said. “I’d go into the recording booth and, for the first time ever, I’d feel as if I was flying when I was singing. He gave me the confidence to do the best work I’ve ever done.” …

Russell Simmons, Warner Music Group Chairman Lyor Cohen, Damon Dash and other high-powered industry executives gathered Wednesday (April 18) to discuss sexist and racist remarks in rap lyrics, The Associated Press reports. T.I. also attended the summit, which was staged in the wake of Don Imus‘ firing for saying racial slurs on his radio program. The meeting lasted for several hours, postponing a scheduled news conference that was to be carried out after the summit. No specific initiatives were announced after the meeting, but Simmons’ publicist released a statement saying the topic is a “complex issue that involves gender, race, culture and artistic expression. Everyone assembled today takes this issue very seriously.” …

Snoop Dogg and Bun B are helping pay homage to the late Eazy-E in a new tribute video by Mike Jones. The clip for Jones’ “My 64″ is set to be filmed in Los Angeles on Thursday. … Rick James will be recalled with the posthumous release Deeper Still, the last studio effort he recorded before he died in August 2004. The funk master’s LP — which contains 10 songs he either wrote or co-wrote, and was produced by James — will drop May 15 and is to be preceded by “Memoirs of a Super Freak,” an autobiography James wrote while in California’s Folsom State Prison in 1993-’95. …

Beyoncé told MTV News that she hadn’t planned to put her cover of Des’ree‘s “I’m Kissing You” — which she retitled “Still in Love (Kissing You)” — on her re-released B’Day – Deluxe Edition album and video anthology, but other people insisted, telling her she’d be “crazy” not to. She might have benefited from a second opinion, since now she’s being sued for copyright infringement over the track. The Royalty Network — which administers the publishing on behalf of Westbury Music, owner of the copyright for Des’ree’s song — is asking for $150,000 in damages and seeks an injunction to recall the album from stores, according to a suit filed Monday in Manhattan Federal Court. A hearing to show cause has been scheduled for Monday. …

The ubiquitous Now That’s What I Call Music! juggernaut rolls on, as volume 24(!) of the pop-hits collection sold more than 89,000 copies to hold the #1 spot on next week’s Billboard albums chart, according to SoundScan. Country crooner Tim McGraw was a distant second, selling more than 65,000 copies of his Let It Go. Nearly as-ubiquitous-as-Now hook man Akon landed in third, as his Konvicted album sold more than 59,000 copies. He’s followed closely by the week’s biggest debut, Omaha, Nebraska’s own Bright Eyes, who sold more than 58,000 copies of their Cassadaga album (a number right on par with the first-week sales for each of their 2005 releases, I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn). Timbaland rounds out the top five, as his Shock Value also topped the 58,000 mark. …

Chris Rock has every intention to “contribute to the support, maintenance and education” of a 13-year-old boy in Georgia — so long as the teen is really the actor’s son, AP reports. Rock’s attorney filed papers Monday in Bulloch County Superior Court, requesting that the court start paternity proceedings to determine whether he is the father of the boy, whose mother tried to file a paternity suit against the actor in March. … The trust responsible for James Brown‘s estate owes more than $70,000 for the funeral and care involved with the singer’s body, according to AP. Brown’s longtime adviser, Buddy Dallas, said Wednesday that some funeral costs have been paid and that trustees have sent a check covering the balance owed to the C.A. Reid Funeral Home in Georgia. Dallas claims it “was the children that ran up a funeral bill of over $150,000, not the trustees,” although a lawyer for Brown’s offspring said the funeral costs are the trust’s responsibility. Brown’s children have filed three motions this week: one asking a judge to provide accounting records of the singer’s trust and estate, one claiming Brown’s trustees have been attempting to sell some of his assets against court orders, and another requesting that a judge modify his previous order that appointed two administrators to help the trustees settle the estate. …

Fergie covers Heart‘s “Barracuda” for “Shrek the Third,” AP reports. The soundtrack, due May 15, also features Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas teaming up for a cover of Sly & the Family Stone‘s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)”; Eels‘ “Royal Pain,” which was written for the film; as well as classic tracks by the Ramones, Led Zeppelin and Paul McCartney and Wings. … Kelly Clarkson is going country. The singer is teaming up with Reba McEntire on May 15 for a performance on the 42nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The show will air live from Las Vegas beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Country stars Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait and Sugarland will also perform. … Can’t get enough Dave Chappelle? How about six hours’ worth of standup performance by the comedian? AP reports that Chappelle was onstage at West Hollywood, California’s Laugh Factory for six hours and seven minutes Sunday night, surpassing Dane Cook‘s previous record-breaking, near-four-hour stretch from earlier this month. …

Hellyeah are greasing their wheels for Fire It Up, a spring tour they’re staging prior to heading out as part of this year’s Family Values Tour. The band’s run starts May 20 in Baltimore and hits 10 more cities before winding down June 5 in Corpus Christi, Texas. … Pete Doherty told a judge in London on Wednesday that his friends are tired of his drug use, AP reports. “They’ve said it’s drugs or them,” the Babyshambles frontman said at a court appearance to review his drug-treatment progress. The judge praised Doherty’s cooperation with the program. … Expect to hear some new Happy Mondays material from their first album in 15 years when the band co-headlines Coachella on April 27. On the production front, the Mondays have been working with Sunny LevineQuincy Jones‘ grandson — and U2 and Björk collaborator Howie B., who is mixing the LP. A title and release date have not been set. … Actress Kitty Carlisle Hart — who starred in Woody Allen‘s “Radio Days,” the Marx brothers movie “A Night at the Opera” and “Six Degrees of Separation,” among other films — has died, AP reports. She was 96.

4.17.2007

Britney Spears took over a paparazzi video camera and made her own statement over the weekend, sarcastically noting that the world is nice, the press always prints the truth and “my management totally knew what they were doing when they sent me to rehab — they’re so right!” The singer did two takes of the video, posted on X17Online.com, and noted, “You have to believe everything you read, because you’re smart, and I’m stupid.” …

The family of the late Notorious B.I.G. has filed another wrongful-death lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles, according to documents obtained by TMZ.com. The new suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, involves state-related claims and names two ex-police officers as co-defendants. The rapper’s mother, two children and widow, singer Faith Evans, are suing for unspecified general, compensatory and punitive damages. …

Carrie Underwood reigned at the CMT Music Awards Monday night, with her “Before He Cheats” clip nabbing trophies for female video, overall video and also video director of the year. “Thank you, fans,” the former “American Idol” winner said in her acceptance speech. “I’ve had such an amazing, blessed two years. I started out on a fan-based show, and you guys have continued to support me throughout everything.” Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland also won big. … Speaking of Idols, former finalist Elliott Yamin is celebrating the #3 Billboard albums chart debut of his self-titled debut with a 25-city tour across the States. The jaunt will start May 15 in Atlanta and hit New York, Philadelphia and Detroit before winding down June 19 in Tuscon, Arizona. …

Paris Hilton is scheduled to appear in court May 4 for allegedly driving with a suspended license, The Associated Press reports. Los Angeles city prosecutors contend that the heiress violated her probation and that it should be revoked, which could lead to a sentence of up to 90 days in jail. Hilton was arrested in September for alcohol-related reckless driving and later sentenced to 36 months’ probation. … On Monday, actor Rip Torn pleaded guilty to charges of driving while impaired, AP reports. He agreed to pay $380 and give up his license for 90 days. … Some prospective jurors in the trial of Phil Spector are already saying that they’ve made up their minds about the embattled music producer, AP reports. “Honestly, I think he did it,” one woman said during jury selection Tuesday in Los Angeles. Roughly 100 people are being questioned for jury service for the trial, and none of the prospective jurors have been removed from the panel yet. …

Avril Lavigne‘s The Best Damn Thing dropped Tuesday (April 17), but she’s making room for hubby Deryck Whibley and his Sum 41, who just put a new single, “March of the Dogs,” on iTunes. The band is gearing up for the release of its fourth studio LP, Underclass Hero, which drops July 24. … Bobby Valentino previewed songs from his forthcoming album, Special Occasion, Monday night at New York’s Canal Room as part of Vibe magazine’s VSessions. The Southern singer belted his current hit, “Anonymous.” … BET’s “106 & Park” co-host Terrance J was joined by his co-host Rosci, DJ Clue, Joe Budden and members of the New York Giants Monday night to celebrate his birthday at night club Sol in Manhattan, New York. …

Chuck D, DMC and Large Professor are lighting up Guitar Center’s “GC Sessions” educational-forum series for musicians. The three will convene at Manhattan, New York’s Guitar Center on April 26 and are slated to perform as well. … Speaking of artists showing up at unlikely venues, Tapes ‘N Tapes, Dinosaur Jr., the Rapture, Klaxons, Rogue Wave and the Ponys are among the acts who are staging free in-store shows at Urban Outfitters outlets as part of the Free Yr Radio Tour to benefit indie radio stations. The tour kicked off last week and will run through July 21. …

Queens of the Stone Age major-domo Josh Homme gives fellow QOTSA contributor Chris Goss a boost with his Goon Moon project on its Licker’s Last Leg, due May 8. The band also features Jeordie White — a.k.a. Nine Inch Nails bassist Twiggy Ramirez — and the disc also guests drummers Josh Freese of NIN and Zach Hill of Hella. … Fishbone are coming back April 24, after six years of silence, with a new record: Still Stuck in Your Throat. The album was recorded in spurts over 2005 and 2006 with producer David Kahne, who helmed some of their earliest works. Look for the set to include “Jackass Brigade,” “We Just Lose Our Minds,” “The Devil Made Me Do It” and a cover of Sublime‘s “Date Rape.” …

Dopesnake, the first album by Hollywood Roses, will feature some of the more impressive guest stars you’ll see playing with a Guns N’ Roses tribute band. Even more surprising: The band also covers non-GN’R songs on the LP. Ex-GN’R member and current Rockstar Supernova axeman Gilby Clarke joins two members of Cinderella for a cover of Van Halen‘s “Ice Cream Man”; Rolling Stones‘s Mick Taylor chimes in on a cover of Thin Lizzy‘s “Jailbreak”; Pat Travers lends a hand on “Lights Out”; and two more former GN’R members, Tracii Guns and Teddy Zig Zag (a.k.a. Teddy Andreadis), also provide support. The LP, produced by Bradley Cook (Queens of the Stone Age, Yellowcard) drops May 15. …

Elvis Presley‘s Graceland is getting a fresh marketing push, Washington Post reports. The “Discover Your Inner Elvis” campaign is the first time the company is advertising nationally on TV, radio, print and beyond. … On a similar note, a Led Zeppelin-themed roller coaster is planned for the Hard Rock Theme Park, which is under construction in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The looping, 150-foot-tall steel roller coaster, called “Led Zeppelin – The Ride,” will feature a high-fidelity onboard audio system that soars to Zep’s “Whole Lotta Love.” The 140-acre theme park is scheduled to open in spring 2008 and will boast more than 40 attractions for rockers of all ages.