For The Record: Quick News On Nelly Furtado, Lindsay Lohan, Sanjaya, Korn, Ciara, DJ Drama & More

Furtado lines up U.S. tour; Lohan drops out of Keira Knightley film; Sanjaya invited to the White House.

Nelly Furtado will kick off the U.S. leg of her Get Loose Tour on May 30 in Hollywood, Florida. The 17-date run will hit cities including Atlanta (June 1), Philadelphia (June 4), New York (June 7), Detroit (June 11), Denver (June 15) and Los Angeles (June 20) before wrapping up June 21 in Oakland, California. Furtado described her tour plans to MTV News, and said that the show “takes you on a journey. … It’s important to have a fun show that’s interactive, where the crowd’s involved,” she explained. “I always leave room for spontaneity and rawness, because those are my roots, you know? I started by doing club shows, and that’s the energy I love, the raw club energy of just feeling like you’re rocking out.” Furtado said her show is all about the music, but added that there’s also “visuals and movement … just to keep it sophisticated and sensual and fun.” …

Lindsay Lohan has dropped out of “The Best Time of Our Lives,” a drama co-starring Keira Knightley that is scheduled to begin filming in May. A representative for the movie confirmed Lohan’s departure, and said they would be announcing her replacement “shortly.” Lohan, who will next appear onscreen alongside Jane Fonda in “Georgia Rule,” is interviewed in the May issue of Allure and discussed an incident from the production of that film — when she was publicly reprimanded by a studio executive who accused her of missing work due to “all night heavy partying.” “It upset me because I was … a bit irresponsible,” she said. “And I didn’t think about the consequences but I was also going through something in my life” — a breakup with Harry Morton, according to Allure. Lohan also said she doesn’t understand why the tabloid press isn’t finished with her yet. “They don’t have anything left to say about me really! They’ve said everything, literally!” …

Sanjaya Malakar has no shortage of commitments lined up now that he’s out of “American Idol.” People magazine has invited this week’s ousted “Idol” to be one of its guests at the White House Correspondents Association dinner on Saturday, and the singer will appear on “Late Show With David Letterman” Monday to present the top 10 list. …

Ciara wants “to relish every moment I have while I’m young,” she explains in the May issue of Jane (due on newsstands Tuesday). The 21-year-old singer, who is profiled as part of the magazine’s annual “30 Under 30″ list, says she appreciates “the physical part” of her age — “All my joints work,” she noted. “These are the fun years.” — but she’s looking ahead. “Right now I think my ultimate goal is to be so financially stable that I can do whatever I want. I would like to have five kids. I’m looking forward to the day when my prince walks into the room. I want to have longevity, to become an icon, to make a mark and be a star.” …

Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison will man the kit for Korn this summer. Jordison — who will be filling in for David Silveria, who is on hiatus from the group — said he’s “lucky to have had the opportunity to perform with bands that have influenced me as a musician over the years. When I first heard Korn, they blew me away and I have been a fan ever since. I’m looking forward to playing drums with these guys for the next five months.” Jordison will travel with the band during this summer’s Family Values trek, but plans to head into the studio with Slipknot following the tour to continue work on that band’s next LP. …

DJ Dramapreviewed his official Gangsta Grillzalbum Thursday night to a room full of music industry insiders at club E.S.S.O. in Atlanta during the 10th annual BMI unsigned artists showcase. Jazze Pha hosted and T-Pain, Yung Joc and Fat Joe all performed. … Jibbs joined Bow Wow‘s Price of Fame tour — which also features Lloyd, Crime Mob and Sammie — Thursday in Birmingham, Alabama. The jaunt ends May 27 in Des Moines, Iowa. …

Sharon Osbourne is replacing Brandy as a judge on the NBC contest “America’s Got Talent,” the network announced Thursday. Last season’s judges David Hasselhoff and Piers Morgan are returning to the show, which premieres May 29 with new host Jerry Springer. “On this show, it just had to be Sharon Osbourne,” said Simon Cowell, who is the executive producer of “Talent” and sits alongside Osbourne on the televised British talent search “The X Factor.” … A nine-man, three-woman jury was sworn in on Thursday to hear the murder case against music producer Phil Spector. Six alternate jurors must be selected before opening statements begin on Wednesday.

Bobby Valentino previewed his album, Special Occasion, Thursday night at Sony Studios in New York. The Disturbing Tha Peace singer introduced each track and revealed that the Timbaland-produced, Ludacris-assisted “Rearview (Ridin’)” would be his next single. …Calle 13 hosted a Latina magazine party Wednesday night at Stereo in Manhattan. The Latin Grammy-winning duo appear on the magazine’s May cover. … Kim Kardashian hosted a party Thursday night at Home in New York, where she was joined by music mogul Irv Gotti and actors Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Ricky Gonzalez.

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Cam’ron isn’t one to bite his tongue — just ask 50 Cent — but when it comes to the 2005 Washington, D.C., shooting he was involved in, the New York rapper is quiet as kept, he tells CBS’ “60 Minutes.” He explained in a taped segment set to air Sunday that cooperating with police would hurt his image — even if his neighbor were a serial killer. “If I knew the serial killer was living next door to me?” Cam responded to a hypothetical question posed by Anderson Cooper. “I wouldn’t call and tell anybody on him, but I’d probably move. But I’m not going to call and be like, ‘The serial killer’s in 4E’ because … it would definitely hurt my business, and the way I was raised, I just don’t do that.” …

Simon Cowell is “blunt, but not disrespectful,” Kelly Clarkson told “Extra” on Wednesday, after the entertainment show asked her to weigh in on allegations that the “American Idol” judge made light of the Virginia Tech tragedy on the show. “He would never do anything like that.” …

It isn’t quite like the magical portraits found at Hogwarts, but muggle fans can now look forward to the next best thing, with news Thursday (April 19) that select scenes from “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” will be digitally converted for IMAX 3D. “Accio Prophecy!” Malfoy’s summoning spell might suddenly have a whole new twist — a Warner Bros. spokesperson announced that the altered scenes will be from the last 20 minutes of the film. These converted scenes, then, almost certainly include the battle at the Ministry, Voldemort’s duel with Dumbledore, and Sirius’ death and fall through the Veil. Both the standard and IMAX 3D versions of “Order of the Phoenix” hit theaters July 13. …

Forget Venom, Sandman and Doc Ock — could Spider-Man‘s greatest foe be … the Phantom of the Opera? The web-slinger is heading to Broadway for a musical based on the popular Marvel character that is to be directed by multi-hyphenate Julie Taymor (“The Lion King”) and scored by U2‘s Bono and the Edge. Aside from popular characters like Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, a casting notice posted on Playbill.com lists “Arachne, a beautiful woman turned into a spider for her hubris” and a “geek chorus” that “ritualistically retell the Spider-Man stories.” A 29-hour rehearsed reading is scheduled for July 12. …

Gettin’ some … freedom? Rapper Shawnna recently confirmed to Miss Info of New York’s Hot 97 radio that she’s parted ways with Ludacris, Disturbing Tha Peace and Def Jam. The Chicago artist explained she’d most likely sign with an independent label soon and announced that plans for a group with Remy Ma and Jacki-O are officially no more. Remy later phoned into Wendy Williams and passed the blame onto Shawnna for the split, but Shawnna said internal issues were the root of the problem. …

Tour dates for this year’s Family Values Tour have been announced. The trek — featuring Korn (with Slipknot‘s Joey Jordison as guest drummer), Evanescence and Hellyeah — will hit Maryland Heights, Missouri (July 20); Somerset, Wisconsin (July 21); Chicago (July 22); Camden, New Jersey (July 24); Mansfield, Massachusetts (July 27); Bristow, Virginia (July 28); Hartford, Connecticut (July 29); Toronto (July 31); Clarkston, Michigan (August 1); Darien Center, New York (August 3); Burgettstown, Pennsylvania (August 4); Scranton, Pennsylvania (August 5); Saratoga Springs, New York (August 7); Holmdel, New Jersey (August 8); Noblesville, Indiana (August 10); Atlanta (August 11); Orlando, Florida (August 12); West Palm Beach, Florida (August 14); Tampa, Florida (August 15); Dallas (August 17); Woodlands, Texas (August 18); Selma, Texas (August 19); Bonner Springs, Kansas (August 22); Englewood, Colorado (August 24); Albuquerque, New Mexico (August 25); Phoenix (August 26); Bakersfield, California (August 28); Marysville, California (August 31); Concord, California (September 1); and Irvine, California (September 2). …

Speaking of Hellyeah, the band — which features former Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott and members of Mudvayne and Nothingface — has parted ways with bassist Jerry Montano. An explanation has not been offered for his abrupt departure, but Hellyeah have promised they would announce Montano’s replacement soon. … And on the topic of Abbott, his late brother “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott is being posthumously venerated with a spot on Hollywood’s RockWalk. The induction will be held May 17 at noon. …

Pink is calling out to fans to share their ideas for the next chapter in the saga of Lady Delish, her character in the “U and Ur Hand” video. The contest, hosted at Brickfish.com, is accepting submissions — via audio, video, photos with descriptions or a written blog — to explain what happens next in Lady Delish’s story. The grand prize winner — as chosen by online viewers — will be awarded an autographed set of Pink’s leather boxing gloves from the video. …

Romeo‘s college-basketball dreams are coming true. The artist formerly known as Lil’ Romeo — who has since become an All-American point guard at Beverly Hills High School in California — is heading to the University of Southern California and has signed up for the school’s Trojans basketball team. “I love basketball, I’ve been doing that since I was 2 years old,” he told MTV Radio. “I’ve been doing it since before the music and acting. … I try to make it so I am able to do all of them. If it gets to that point, I won’t give up acting or rapping at all. I love it, my fans love it. I’m gonna be dedicated to them.” Romeo is planning to major in business administration — perhaps following in the footsteps of his father, Master P — and hopes to release a new album, Gumbo Station, later this year. …

Mya gave a sneak peek of her forthcoming album Liberation — which was due out last November but is now slated for June 26 — at the Essence/Dodge Avenger Lifestyle Lounge party at New York’s Roseland Ballroom Wednesday. While partygoers checked out the 2008 Avenger, Mya sang a four-song set, including her new single “Lock U Down,” which Scott Storch produced. On Tuesday, Mya was finishing up the dance-heavy video for the single, which features a guest appearance by Lil Wayne. Meanwhile, Mya is going international with her modeling career. She’s already strutted down the catwalk for Heatherette in New York during Fashion Week, and now she’s making her European debut modeling for the design duo at Life Ball 2007 in Vienna on May 26. …

Queens of the Stone Age have set June 12 as the release date for their new album, Era Vulgaris. The album will feature 11 tracks, including “3′s & 7′s,” which was just posted on QOTSA.com. The hard-rockers have also announced their first tour dates of the year, including a handful of appearances at European festivals this summer. The only U.S. gig scheduled so far is a June 8 performance at the KJEE Seaside Beach Ball in Ventura, California. … Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan hopes to release the debut LP from his Puscifer project this fall. The record will boast guest contributions from Rage Against the Machine‘s Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk and PrimusTim Alexander as well as Lustmord and Jonny Polonsky. …

Pitbull and Nina Sky performed at the Cuervotón: Search for La Nueva Generación of Latinos in Urban Música event Tuesday night at Arena in midtown Manhattan, New York. Rappers Tru Life and Joel Ortiz also joined them for the music-appreciation festivities. … New Janet Jackson music is coming soon, according to her boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri. Dupri posted a note on his MySpace page saying that the “Rush Hour 3″ soundtrack will be released on Island Records and will feature a new Janet single. Dupri was appointed president of Island Urban Music last month. … Rolling Stone is archiving every issue on DVD for its 40th anniversary celebration this fall, Reuters reports. “Rolling Stone Cover-to-Cover: The First 40 Years” will cost $119.99 and amass more than 1,000 issues’ worth of material — more than 115,000 pages in total.