For The Record: Quick News On Rage Against The Machine, Jessica Simpson, Jessica Alba, Hilary Duff, Phil Spector & More

Rage add another reunion show; Alba, Simpson, Duff make 'Sexiest' list; ex-girlfriend says Spector pulled guns on her.

Rage Against the Machine have added one more show to their reunion. The Rock the Bells tour, headlined by Rage and the Wu-Tang Clan, will make a second stop in New York scheduled for July 29 at Randall’s Island. Tickets for the gig, which was added after the July 28 show sold out in 20 minutes, go on sale May 4 at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster. The four-stop Rock the Bells tour hits San Bernardino, California, on August 10 and San Francisco on August 18. …

Jessica Alba leads FHM‘s “100 Sexiest Women” poll, selected by the magazine’s readers worldwide. Hilary Duff is the youngest to make the list — ranking #39 at age 19 — while Halle Berry is the highest-ranking woman over 40 at #16. Jessica Simpson (#15), Christina Aguilera (#21), Mandy Moore (#24), Beyoncé (#25), Shakira (#28), Jennifer Lopez (#40), Lindsay Lohan (#41), Fergie (#44) and Mariah Carey (#45) landed spots in the top half of the list. … The two-part “Idol Gives Back” special has raised more than $60 million for Charity Projects Entertainment Fund, Fox announced Thursday. An updated total will be announced on Tuesday’s “American Idol,” and donations will continue to be accepted through May 31 via AmericanIdol.com. …

After drinking heavily, Phil Spector pulled a revolver and shotgun on former girlfriend Dorothy Melvin, hit her twice in the head and forced her to strip at gunpoint, she testified in a Los Angeles courtroom Friday (April 27), according to Reuters. Melvin was the first witness in the Spector trial and was called by prosecutors to support the claim that the music producer had threatened women with guns in the past. “I was sobbing and I said: ‘Why are you doing this, Phillip? Why are you doing this?’ I was crying. I was terrified,” she testified. During cross-examination, Melvin said she didn’t press charges over the alleged 1993 incident and stayed in touch with Spector for more than 10 years afterward. …

A Bahamian court rejected an appeal by Anna Nicole Smith‘s mother, Virgie Arthur, on Friday and is allowing Larry Birkhead to leave the country with his and Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn, The Associated Press reports. The judges ruled that a court in the U.S. would most likely have the last word in terms of the custody dispute between Arthur and Birkhead. Also on Friday, Birkhead went to a Nassau registry and obtained a revised birth certificate for the baby that does not list Smith’s companion Howard K. Stern and features the name “Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead.” …

Fans of filthy-minded blip-hop and Tom Waits rejoice: The 10 finalists for the sixth annual Shortlist Music Prize have been announced. The albums in the running — selected by a taste-making panel featuring Sufjan Stevens, Franz Ferdinand and, uh, Panic! at the Disco — include Spank Rock‘s YoYoYoYoYo, Waits’ Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, Band of HorsesEverything All the Time, Cat Power‘s The Greatest, Hot Chip‘s The Warning and Regina Spektor‘s Begin to Hope. The winner of the Shortlist Music Prize will be announced in May. Somewhere Bob Marley is smiling. Stevie Wonder, Ben Harper and Damien Marley joined Steven Marley onstage for renditions of his pop’s “Buffalo Soldier” and “Could You Be Loved” at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California, Thursday night. Mos Def and Jurassic 5‘s Chali 2na also gave surprise performances at the gig. …

Arguably the most morally complex supervillain in comic book history, Magneto is finally getting his own movie — a prequel to the popular “X-Men” trilogy that will be directed by “Batman Begins” scribe David Goyer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The flick will follow the master mutant beginning with his imprisonment at Auschwitz in Germany, primarily focusing on his friendship with — and ultimate separation from — Professor Charles Xavier, who disapproves when Magneto uses his newfound powers to hunt down and kill those who imprisoned him. Played in the first three “X-Men” films by Sir Ian McKellen, a yet-unannounced actor in his 20s will take on the character in the new flick, the paper reports. Goyer, whose film “The Invisible” opens Friday, will work from a “Magneto” script by Sheldon Turner (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning,” “The Longest Yard”). …

Alice in Chains have started working on new material for their forthcoming LP, according to a source close to the band. There’s no word yet on whether the reunited group has found a permanent replacement for late frontman Layne Staley or will record the album with Comes With the Fall‘s William DuVall, who fronted AIC during their North American tour last year. … System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian is planning a fall release for his debut solo album, Elect the Dead, which he’s described as a rock album. Tankian will perform a song at this weekend’s Coachella festival with Fair to Midland, who are signed to his Serjical Strike label. …

Roots drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson posted a blog on his MySpace page Monday detailing an incident with the Drug Enforcement Agency at a Buffalo, New York, airport after a recent DJ gig. ?uestlove said that because of a last-minute ticket purchase and the large amount of cash in his possession, security asked him to remove his pants and also requested that he point out the Roots in the rap magazines he was carrying. The drummer was also questioned about carrying currency from various countries. “This was single-handedly the most embarrassing moment of my career,” Thompson wrote. “It was just so … degrading, man. That is all I can describe it as.” …

Papa Roach have recruited Unwritten Law drummer Tony Palermo to fill in for Dave Buckner, who is sitting out the band’s current tour. “[Buckner] has taken time off from touring with the band due to personal matters,” according to a statement. “All the members of Papa Roach are looking forward to having Buckner back on the road with them in the very near future.” … Bad news for Blood Brothers fans hoping to catch the band’s performance at next weekend’s Bamboozle festival: They’ve pulled out of the gig. “After touring since mid-October, our collective health is in pretty bad shape,” the band said in a statement. “We apologize and hope you understand.” …

Angelina Jolie spoke with politicians and the media on Thursday in Washington, D.C., about the plight of orphans as a part of the Global Action For Children committee, which opened its headquarters in the nation’s capital earlier this week. “This is a happy day because it is not often enough that these children are represented in this town,” Jolie said. … MySpace has announced a deal to license the company’s brand to entrepreneurs in China in the hopes of building a tailored social-networking site that will pass the country’s stringent government regulations, according to The New York Times. The initiative is set to be called MySpace China, and a Chinese man will replace the ever-popular Tom as users’ first friend.

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If Sanjaya Malakar annoyed you on “American Idol,” be thankful you didn’t know him in high school. The former “Idol” finalist told People magazine that he used to play guitar and sing in chemistry class — and didn’t win a lot of fans. “Everyone would say, ‘Shut up, Sanjaya.’ … People either loved me or hated me.” The singer, who revealed that he was also teased in school because he got along so well with the girls, plans to continue pursuing a music career. “I’d love to go to Berklee College of Music [in Boston],” he said. “I play guitar. I play spoons. Not very well, but I can play them!” …

Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora will work with “Idol” contestants for Tuesday’s rock-themed performances. …

50 Cent might need to pump some iron before performing his new song “Straight to the Bank” live for the first time. The rapper will spit the song at the highly touted WBC Super Welterweight Championship fight between “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather and “The Golden Boy” Oscar de la Hoya on May 5 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand. 50 — who was recently featured in “De la Hoya/ Mayweather 24/7,” an HBO documentary chronicling the events building up to the fight — will also lead Mayweather’s entourage into the ring. …

On Thursday (April 26), New York radio giant Hot 97 announced the first confirmed performers for its annual Summer Jam concert. The lineup includes Diddy, Ludacris, Young Jeezy, and Birdman and Lil Wayne. The June 3 show is once again set to take place at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium and will also feature Akon, Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Ciara, Rich Boy, T-Pain and Elephant Man. …

Phil Spector‘s defense lawyer Bruce Cutler lashed out against police in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday, The Associated Press reports. Cutler — who previously defended mob boss John Gotti — said police “had murder on their mind” when they found actress Lana Clarkson dead in the music producer’s mansion. Authorities “interviewed and acted in such a way that anything that was consistent, the evidence will show, with their preconceived notions and theories they embraced,” said Cutler, resuming the opening statement he started delivering Wednesday. “And anything that was not consistent or inconsistent with that ‘murder on their mind,’ they ignored.” …

Cam’ron issued a statement Thursday clarifying the comments he made on Sunday’s “60 Minutes” regarding his reluctance to cooperate with authorities. “Although I was a crime victim, I didn’t feel like I could cooperate with the police investigation,” Cam’ron explained in a statement, referring to the 2005 Washington, D.C., shooting he was involved in. “Where I come from, once word gets out that you’ve cooperated with the police that only makes you a bigger target of criminal violence. … But my experience in no way justifies what I said. Looking back now, I can see how those comments could be viewed as offensive, especially to those who have suffered their own personal tragedies or to those who put their lives on the line to protect our citizens from crime. … I apologize deeply for this error in judgment.” During the “60 Minutes” interview, Cam’ron was asked if he’d contact police if he knew he lived next door to a serial killer. The rapper responded that he would just move. …

Legendary movie-industry lobbyist Jack Valenti died Thursday, AP reports. The former Motion Picture Association of America president created the organization’s movie-ratings system and was a fierce proponent of copyright legislation. Valenti also served as a White House aide to President Lyndon Johnson. He was 85. …

The White Stripes weren’t kidding when they said they’d be hitting Canada hard in support of Icky Thump. After a slot at the Bonnaroo Festival on June 17, the duo will kick off their North American tour with a date at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, British Columbia, on June 24, followed by shows in all 10 Canadian provinces — including a special 10th anniversary show on July 14 in Nova Scotia. “Having never done a full tour of Canada, Meg and I thought it was high time to go whole hog,” singer/guitarist Jack White said in a message on the band’s Web site. The Canadian dates will be followed by gigs in New York and Boston, as well as 16 states that White said the band has not yet played, including Connecticut, South Carolina and Alabama. …

Snoop Dogg has been barred from entering Australia after failing a “character test,” Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews said on Thursday, according to a Reuters report. Snoop’s visa was canceled after he pleaded no contest to gun and drug charges in the United States earlier this month. “He doesn’t seem the sort of bloke we want in this country,” Andrews told a local radio station. Snoop was scheduled to attend the MTV Australia Video Music Awards on Sunday. … Eve was arrested early Thursday morning in Los Angeles and charged with driving under the influence after the rapper/actress crashed her car into a divider on Hollywood Boulevard, a spokesperson for the LAPD confirmed to MTV News. Police confirmed that Eve posted bail and has been released from custody. …

Kanye West, Lily Allen, Natasha Bedingfield and Rod Stewart have been added to the lineup for the Concert for Diana, a July 1 event that will be held at Wembley Stadium in London to commemorate what would have been the late Princess of Wales’ 46th birthday. Pharrell, Elton John, Joss Stone and Duran Duran are also on the bill. … LL Cool J is not Broadway bound after all. The New York Post‘s Wednesday report that the rapper/actor was in talks to star in a revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” was “incorrect,” according to his representative. …

Interpol‘s July 10 release will be called Our Love to Admire, according to the band’s management. The album will feature 11 songs, including the first single, “The Heinrich Maneuver,” as well as “Pioneer to the Falls” and “The Lighthouse.” The band will play at Coachella in Indio, California, this weekend and at the Sasquatch! Music Festival in George, Washington, on May 27, before heading overseas to play the summer-festival circuit. … Beastie Boys have settled on a name for their upcoming seventh studio album. In an interview with the NME, and confirmed by the band’s management (in a “well, if he’s saying it, it’s pretty much confirmed” sort of way), Mike D said that the record will be called The Mix Up, and will be released in June. D said that the new disc, the follow-up to 2004′s To the 5 Boroughs, features the B-Boys forgoing sampling in favor of live instrumentation, hearkening back to their Check Your Head heyday. …

Nina Sky‘s Natalie and Nicole Albino celebrated their 21st birthday Wednesday night at New York’s Guest House and debuted their latest single, “Clothes Off,” from their July 17 release, The Musical.Pitbull, John Singleton and actors Rick Gonzalez and Dania Ramirez turned out for a Hennessey-sponsored Pre-Latin Billboard Awards party Wednesday night at the Catalina Beach Club in Miami. … Bad news for Happy Mondays fans: Bez has not secured a visa and will not be joining the band onstage for its Coachella performance Sunday. The act — with Bez in tow — will begin a U.K tour next month. … Hugh Grant was arrested and held for questioning in London on Wednesday night on suspicion of assault after a photographer claimed the actor threw a container of baked beans at him on Tuesday, AP reports. Grant was released on bail, and police say no charges have been filed. … A court in Jaipur, India, has issued an arrest order for Richard Gere and Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, on the grounds that their kiss at a recent public event “transgressed all limits of vulgarity,” AP reports. Shetty has been ordered to appear in court on May 5. Gere, who is not currently in India, could be arrested and face up to three months in jail if he returns.