For The Record: Quick News On 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Eminem, Game, Nas, U2, Velvet Revolver & More

50 drafts Timberlake for June LP; Xtina-designed scarf makes it to Congress; Game previews Nas video.

50 Cent's upcoming album, Curtis, has a June 26 release date set. The project features guest spots by 50 veterans Eminem and Mary J. Blige as well as new collaborators Justin Timberlake, Akon, Robin Thicke and the Pussycat Dolls' Nicole Scherzinger.50 told MTV News in November that his next album would be called Before I Self Destruct; that album is now slated for release early in 2008. ...

Christina Aguilera can add congressional stylist to her résumé. On Friday, as part of Lifetime's annual End Violence Against Women campaign, members of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — wore a new scarf designed by Aguilera. You can see a picture of the scarf on Aguilera's Web site. ... Game previewed Nas' new video, "Hustlers," on his Black Wall Street blog over the weekend. The R. Malcolm Jones-directed clip, which features Game in Compton, California, and Nas in New York — followed by the rappers flip-flopping coasts and rhyming from the other's town. An airdate for the video has not been set. ...

U2's the Edge coughed up a beloved 1958 autographed Les Paul guitar that he'd used on every U2 tour since 1985 for Saturday's Music Rising auction and the sacrifice paid off. The guitar was acquired by an anonymous buyer for $240,000 in the biggest official sale of U2 memorabilia ever. Benefiting musicians devastated by Hurricane Katrina, Saturday's auction rang up more than $2.4 million for Music Rising, the charity set up by the Edge. Other big-bucks items among the 200 that were sold included a 1966 Jim Hendrix Fender Mustang guitar ($400,000), former President Bill Clinton's saxophone ($54,000), a pair of John Lennon's round, blue-tinted sunglasses ($30,000), one of Bono's guitars ($180,000) and a bass from U2's Adam Clayton ($22,000). ...

Velvet Revolver have set the release of their sophomore disc, Libertad, for July 3. They've also confirmed 12 North American dates, launching May 3 in Los Angeles and wrapping May 22 in New York. They'll also hit San Francisco (May 5); Seattle (May 7); Chicago (May 10); Detroit (May 12); Toronto (May 13); Washington, D.C. (May 15); Boston (May 16); Sayreville, New Jersey (May 18); Columbus, Ohio (May 19); and Philadelphia (May 20). ... The White Stripes are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a gift for U.K. fans. A limited-edition gatefold red vinyl 7-inch single, featuring the A-side "Rag and Bone" and an etching on side B, will be released free with an issue of British music newspaper NME that's on sale June 6. A white vinyl 7-inch, featuring the song "Icky Thump," backed with another etching, will be available for purchase June 11, completing the gatefold set. ...

Justin Timberlake's "D--- in a Box" digital short could make this season's "Best of SNL" special airing May 5, but that's for viewers to decide. The JT/ Andy Samberg slow jam is up against four other clips — including Drew Barrymore's "Body Fuzion" workout video and Peyton Manning's tough-love United Way commercial — on SaturdayNightLive.com. Voting ends April 30. ... Britney Spears is promoting her Midnight Fantasy fragrance with an iPod giveaway. Winning entries in the Midnight Fantasy Tic-Tock Photo Diaries contest — which seeks submissions reflecting "what happens to you when the clock strikes 12" at MidnightFantasyPhoto.EAContests.com through May 10 — will score a 30GB video iPod signed by Britney. ...

Smashing Pumpkins have revealed the track list for their first new album since 2000. Zeitgeist, due July 7, will feature a dozen tracks, including "Doomsday Clock," "Tarantula" and "Pomp and Circumstance." ... Iggy Pop celebrated his 60th birthday during a Stooges gig in San Francisco on Saturday. Toward the end of the band's set, the crowd crooned "Happy Birthday" to the singer, and balloons featuring Pop's visage were dropped from the ceiling. The singer thanked fans before inviting them onstage to sing "No Fun." ... Madonna, Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse, Scissor Sisters and Corinne Bailey Rae are up for the Ivor Novello Awards, prizes presented by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters to honor musical achievement. The Monkeys' "When the Sun Goes Down" is up for the Best Song Musically & Lyrically prize, Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" is in the running for Best Contemporary Song honors, and Madonna, Scissor Sisters and Bailey Rae face off for the Most Performed Work designation. The awards will be presented May 24 in London. ...

Paula DeAnda relaunched her Web site last week, and the pop singer is hosting a contest on her site to have fans help her input scenes into the video for "When It Was Me," her next single. "This [video] is gonna be totally different from my other videos," DeAnda told MTV News. "I'm doing my own treatment, but not the whole thing, of course. But I want my own flavor to it. I want to put that message out there, like the song says, you don't have to have the perfect body shape to be sexy or beautiful. Just be yourself." Partial footage of the clip is already up on her fan site, and contestants will have the chance to fill in the blanks with content of their choosing. The winning entry will have their images included in the final version of the video. ... Cartel will be recording their new album as a part of a four-episode MTV reality series called "Band in a Bubble." The group will be locked inside a transparent fiberglass dome with producers Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount, situated on Pier 54 in New York. Dr. Pepper will allow fans to monitor the bubble around the clock via drpepperbubble.com, and the show will begin airing May 24. ...

Eve's next album, Here I Am, due August 7, features production from Timbaland, Pharrell, Sean Paul, Swizz Beatz, Scott Storch and Cool & Dre. The Beatz track "Tambourine" will be the disc's first single. ... Marilyn Manson's marriage was a traditional one, Dita Von Teese explains in an interview printed in the May issue of Harper's Bazaar (due on newsstands Tuesday) — noting that reports that the couple had an open relationship are not true. "No! Never!" she said. "We were completely monogamous. I think people thought we were real free and open, but we really believed in commitment and tradition and our vows. But sometimes people change their ideas, I suppose." Von Teese filed for divorce in December 2006, one year after the couple married. ...

Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong's solo debut is available online for free — so long as you're willing to find it. Cuts from the LP A Poet's Life are scattered all over the Internet, with one appearing each Tuesday in advance of the disc's May 22 release. Fans will need to scour the Web as part of an MP3 scavenger hunt to track down the new songs — though two, "Wake Up" and "Hold On," are there for the taking on Epitaph.com. Other tracks available online include "Into Action," "Inner City Violence" and "Among the Dead." ... Chiodos will head into the studio next month to begin recording their new album, Bone Palace Ballet, with producer Casey Bates (Fear Before the March of Flames, Gatsby's American Dream). A late summer/ early fall release is in the works, and a slew of demo tracks from the album are available at the band's MySpace page.

04.20.2007

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.