A.M. Surf Report: Big Boi Joins The Ballet; Britney May Bail On Secret Shows; 'Idol' Blake Is The New Sanjaya

Plus Green Day's charity single is up; T-Pain fights to stay onstage; Peter Jackson rolls out 'Bones' and more.

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:

T.I. deals with his dueling personas on T.I. vs. T.I.P., but trying to mediate Eminem's Marshall Mathers/ Slim Shady conflict wasn't easy, T.I. told us. "T.I. is trying to tell Marshall how to deal with Slim based on how he deals with Tip," T.I. detailed a song he's working on with Em. "Then Tip butts in, like, 'You can't tell nobody nothing.' Then Em comes in and tells me, 'Who are you to tell me anything?' I was like, 'I'm just trying to help, homie.' " ...

Hitmaker Danja — one of the production minds behind "SexyBack" and "Promiscuous" — told us that he's Timbaland's co-pilot, not his assistant. "He doesn't call me and hand me work that he doesn't want to do," he explained. "We're teaming back up for Madonna. [And] we teamed up for Duran Duran. We did a 50 Cent [track] together. We did a T.I. joint together. ... I think we both do things that are inspiring for the both of us. If the energy ain't right for him, it ain't right for me. That's how we work." ...

And Ne-Yo's Because of You hits stores today, facing some competition in the form of the "Spider-Man 3" soundtrack (featuring the Killers, Snow Patrol and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) as well as new discs from Feist and "High School Musical" star Corbin Bleu.

Quote of the Day: "Before anyone really knew who I was I already had four #1 hits and two Grammy Awards. So now I kind of got to work backwards." — Danja

Here's what everyone else is talking about:

Big Boi joining the ballet? The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Outkast rapper is working with the Atlanta Ballet and will perform onstage in an unnamed piece featuring Purple Ribbon Entertainment artists, set to premiere in April 2008. Big Boi and the Atlanta Ballet are expected to discuss the project further this week, according to the paper. ...

Rumors of Britney Spears' secret surprise shows may have spoiled the secret, but if she cancels two of the three "M+Ms"-billed concerts scheduled at House of Blues venues in Southern California this week, as PerezHilton.com reports, a whole lot of ticketholders will be surprised. ...

If Yahoo! searches are any indication, "American Idol" Blake Lewis could be the next Sanjaya Malakar. Blake tops Yahoo!'s buzz list after a 26 percent surge in searches over the last month. Chris Richardson follows at #2 after a 41 percent increase (thanks, in part, to talk that he'd been seen with Lauren Conrad of "The Hills"). And Jordin Sparks comes in at #3 with the biggest bump of all — her searches are up 85 percent in the last month. ...

Green Day's cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" is now available on iTunes. GreenDay.com reports that the band plans to shoot a video for the song, which will be featured on the forthcoming charity album Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur," benefiting Amnesty International's push to call attention to the crisis in the Sudan. ...

AllHipHop.com reports that T-Pain was detained by police in Miami on Saturday after the singer and his crew had several altercations with authorities over whether his performance at the Radio One's Spring Fest concert was over. ...

""The Lord of the Rings" is over and "The Hobbit" is out of his hands. Now Peter Jackson has moved on to "The Lovely Bones," a 2002 novel about a murdered girl who keeps tabs on her family — and her killer — from beyond. Variety reports that Jackson started shopping his script for the drama on Monday. No studios have bit just yet. ...

Hip-hop magazine The Source filed its second bankruptcy claim in less than a year on Friday, The Associated Press reported Monday. Source Entertainment claims that the brand has lost advertisers due to the bad business practices of its former managers. Founders Dave Mays and Raymond "Benzino" Scott were fired in 2006. ...

And E! Online's Planet Gossip dug up Nick Carter's big weight-loss secret (he's doing Nutri-System and training like Joey Fatone, he's down 30 pounds, great — how about some photos?). Way down at the bottom of the story is the Backstreet Boys news — their comeback LP is "close to being finished" and will be followed by a tour of the U.K., then the U.S., according to a Carter rep.