Jay-Z Sued (Twice), Plus Lindsay, Harry Potter, White Stripes, Rihanna, Justin & More, In For The Record

Lohan reveals 'urban pop' LP plans; lucky Potter fans can read 'Deathly Hallows' with J.K. Rowling; Stripes add to Icky tour.

A Philadelphia author has filed a lawsuit against Jay-Z, Damon Dash and Lionsgate Films, claiming his book, “The Family: A Philadelphia Mob Story,” was used without rights as the inspiration for the 2002 Roc-A-Fella film “State Property” starring Beanie Sigel. In the suit, filed May 8 in Manhattan, New York, Antonne Jones claims he pitched Jay-Z and Dash his script years earlier but didn’t hear back from them after later rejecting a $50,000 offer for the rights to the plot. Representatives for Jay-Z and Dash did not respond to inquiries made by MTV News as of press time. …

Jay-Z may be in even more hot water, as a former waitress at his 40/40 sports bar in New York filed a lawsuit against the mogul and his business partners, according to TMZ.com. Celeste Williams claims she was paid below minimum wage and shares of her tips and overtime pay were withheld. A spokesperson for the bar told TMZ that Williams was only employed at the establishment for four days and was paid accordingly. In the compliant, Williams’ lawyers allege that more than 100 other employees will also join the lawsuit. …

Lindsay Lohan says it’s a little strange being #1 on Maxim‘s “Hot 100.” “It’s really flattering,” she told MTV News last week, “but it does get kind of awkward.” Lohan also revealed that she plans to begin work on a new album soon. “We’ll start in probably June or July and take four months,” she explained. Lohan said she’s collaborating with Maverick Records CEO Guy Oseary on the disc, which will have an “urban pop” sound. …

Want to read the first pages of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” right at midnight on its release date … in London … with J.K. Rowling? Seven U.S. fans of the Potter series will win a trip to the midnight launch event at London’s Natural History Museum on July 21, when they can meet the author, have their book signed and take part in a special Rowling reading. To enter the contest, visit Scholastic.com. … In other literary news, Borat has become an author too — Sacha Baron Cohen‘s fictional Kazakh “journalist” is penning two books: “Borat: Touristic Guidings to Minor Nation of U.S. and A.” and “Borat: Touristic Guidings to Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” AP reports. They’re due in the fall. …

The White StripesIcky Thump tour has just gotten a little ickier. The band, which will be on the road in the U.S. for much of July, will kick off another leg of the trek with September 4-5 shows at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. The 15-date tour will also hit cities including Fargo, North Dakota (September 7); Salt Lake City (September 12); Berkeley, California (September 21); and Anchorage, Alaska (September 24), as well as two performances at the Austin City Limits Festival (September 15-16). The tour wraps up with September 26-27 shows in Seattle. … Rihanna debuted “Shut Up and Drive,” the second single from her forthcoming album Good Girl Gone Bad on her Web site Tuesday. The LP, which also includes the single “Umbrella” (featuring Jay-Z), is due June 5. …

But where are the Canucks? Justin Timberlake, Hilary Duff, My Chemical Romance, Gwen Stefani, Akon, Fergie and Fall Out Boy will compete for MuchMusic Video Awards, it was announced Wednesday (May 23). Nickelback and K-os, who landed five and four nods respectively, will represent the music channel’s Canada homeland; Red Hot Chili Peppers, Evanescence, Killers, AFI, Feist and Nelly Furtado are also up for awards. The ceremony will be held June 17 in Toronto. … Miri Ben-Ari was involved in a car accident Wednesday afternoon in Jersey City, New Jersey, her manager told MTV News. According to her manager, the hip-hop violinist was stopped at a red light in her Mercedes-Benz when a UPS truck rammed her from behind. Ben-Ari, who has worked with everyone from Kanye West to Twista to Scarface, hit her head on the steering wheel and was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was treated and released soon thereafter. Although her injuries are said not to be serious, she will be laid up at home for a couple of days, following doctor’s orders to rest. …

Sanjaya Malakar is already getting his acting career started. In a crudely edited one-minute online short released this week, the hair-raising “American Idol” sensation stars as a 25-year-old student at the Rhode Island School of Design named Bill Vendall, who claims to have invented Sanjaya as an “elaborate art project” that was part of his thesis program. “To the fans of Sanjaya, maybe you are actually fans of Bill Vendall, the artist. … I am art. I am sure many of you subconsciously knew what I was doing,” a snooty, black-clad, white-shades-wearing Vendall/Malakar says in the clip. Over a lazy blues instrumental and blurry camera close-ups, the “artist” points to a montage of Sanjaya “Idol” highlights and mockingly says, “How could you look at this, this, this and not see it as a symbol for the self-referencing nature of progressive evolution?” …

Phil Spector wasn’t the only one in the hot seat in the music producer’s murder trial on Wednesday, according to AP. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said Dr. Henry Lee removed an object from the scene where actress Lana Clarkson was killed and that he must “produce it forthwith.” Attorney Sara Caplan testified that she saw the renowned forensic expert place a white object into a vial during the defense’s search of Spector’s mansion, and the prosecution claims it was a piece of Clarkson’s fingernail. Prosecutors also contend that the fingernail has a trace of the passing bullet and will show that the actress resisted having a gun placed in her mouth. Lee has denied taking the object from the crime scene and, despite Fidler’s request, will not be held in contempt because of conflicting accounts regarding the object. The judge said jurors will have to determine for themselves whether Lee is a credible witness. “Dr. Lee has a lot to lose here,” Fidler said in a hearing, although the jury was not present. …

More details have emerged about the alleged domestic dispute at the Florida home of former Creed frontman Scott Stapp over the weekend. In a 911 transcript released Tuesday, Stapp’s wife, former Miss New York Jaclyn Nesheiwat, called authorities on Sunday pleading with them to come to the couple’s home. She told a dispatcher, “He just threw a glass bottle at me. … He just came home, he’s wasted … he’s been out partying all night,” according to AP. Nesheiwat told the dispatcher that Stapp — who went to rehab in 2004 — was “on drugs and pot. There’s a lot of pot in the house,” adding that there were also “a lot” of guns in the home. Before police arrived, Nesheiwat called 911 again to report that Stapp was “hiding all the drugs.” Nesheiwat was not injured in the incident, in which Stapp was arrested and initially charged with aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony, although the count was later reduced to a misdemeanor. Stapp was released from custody on Monday and will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing. …

Brother Ali, Cage, Sage Francis, Mr. Lif and Felt (featuring Murs, Slug and Ant) are opening up their pockets again for another Paid Dues tour. The third installment of the underground-hip-hop trek sets sail July 25 in Chicago and docks August 12 in San Diego. … Former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri has inked a deal with Suburban Noize for the release of the new album from his current group, Nick Oliveri and the Mondo Generator. The LP, Dead Planet: SonicSlowMotionTrails, lands in stores July 17 — just in time for the band’s appearance on this summer’s Ozzfest. … After years of relative silence, Portishead have been tapped to curate and perform at the All Tomorrow’s Parties’ Nightmare Before Christmas Festival, to be held December 7-9 at Butlins Holiday Camp in Minehead, England. The band will unveil fresh material during the gig, but there are no plans yet for the group to release an LP — which would be its first studio outing since 1997′s self-titled effort.

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“I love challenging authority,” Jessica Alba told In Style for the magazine’s June issue. “It probably wasn’t easy being my parents,” the actress said. “The second somebody says, ‘No,’ to me is the second I’m going to jump up and say, ‘Yes!’ ” Alba also said she’s happy to be taking on eclectic roles that don’t typecast her as “some kind of little tart.” “Because obviously, if you have a womanly figure, you’re not allowed to have a brain or any idea of the world whatsoever,” she said facetiously. “You just have to be hot and use your body to get ahead.”…

Two former parties associated with Eminem have filed a lawsuit over digital royalty rates against the rapper’s Aftermath/Interscope recording home, according to Billboard. Em2M and the Bass Brothers’ FBT Productions, which originally signed the rapper to its Web Entertainment label in 1995, claim to have received an unfair split of royalties from Eminem’s Internet downloads and ringtone sales under an agreement signed in 1998. The lawsuit, filed Monday in a Los Angeles federal court, states the invested parties should be receiving 50 percent of net receipts for recording services — including, in this case, electronic and digital services, they claim — used by Aftermath/Interscope versus the lower undisclosed amount they had been receiving. Representatives for Interscope did not respond to inquiries made by MTV News as of press time. …

Blake Lewis, Jordin Sparks, Melinda Doolittle, Sanjaya Malakar, Carrie Underwood, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken and other familiar “American Idol” faces have donated to a charity auction being organized by former finalist Kimberley Locke and the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation. The “Kimberley Locke & Idol Friends” online charity auction, which started Monday, features clothing and accessories worn by the contestants and judges, with proceeds going to a handful of charity organizations. … In related news, Taylor Hicks isn’t about to let this week’s soon-to-be-crowned “American Idol” sop up all the attention. Last year’s winner will carry out a lengthy tour beginning June 1 in Bessemer, Alabama, and winding down October 13 in Millersville, Pennsylvania. He has also teed up a memoir, “Heart Full of Soul,” to be released July 10. … “Idol” fans have picked “This Is My Now” as their top choice for Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis to perform on Tuesday night’s (May 22) show, and for this week’s winner to record as his or her first single. Scott Krippayne and Jeff Peabody of Seattle won the songwriting competition, which drew more than 25,000 submissions and about a half-million votes. The songwriters earn an exclusive deal with 19 Entertainment. …

On Tuesday, the jury in Phil Spector‘s murder trial was shown a videotape of the music producer’s chauffeur saying he heard Spector claim, “I think I killed somebody,” five hours after actress Lana Clarkson was shot inside Spector’s home, The Associated Press reports. The tape, which was admitted into evidence over objections from the defense, showed that Adriano De Souza stuck to his account of the events. … Eve has pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence when she crashed her car on April 26, TMZ.com reports. An attorney for the rapper entered the plea in a Los Angeles courtroom, but Eve was not present. …

The Smashing Pumpkins performed for the first time in more than six years on Tuesday night, launching their world tour by playing for 2,200 fans at Paris’ Grand Rex theater. Original members Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin were joined by guitarist Jeff Schroeder, Ginger Reyes — confirming a previous Chicago Tribune report that suggested the obscure indie musicians would be joining the reunited band’s fold — as well as Los Angeles jazz musician Lisa Harriton on keyboards. They performed classic songs as well as new material from their Zeitgeist album, due July 7. …

Jon Heder and his wife Kristen have welcomed daughter Evan Jane Heder, their first child, according to People. The baby’s date of birth has not been revealed. … Do you like John Mayer‘s wisecracks? According to People, the singer/songwriter brought down the house by performing a raunchy stand-up routine at New York’s Comedy Cellar over the weekend. A video of the gig, including Mayer’s spoof of Carrie Underwood‘s “Before He Cheats” — has popped up on YouTube. … Actor Tom Sizemore pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to five felony drug counts, including transportation and possession of crystal methamphetamine, AP reports. He faces up to six years in prison if convicted on all charges. Sizemore was arrested May 8 after police allegedly found two bags of the drug, as well as smoking pipes, in his car. …

Deryck Whibley, cooking and MySpace — Avril Lavigne is way into the first two, she reveals in the June/July issue of CosmoGirl!, but not so much the third. In the magazine, due on newsstands Tuesday, the singer talks about finding love with the Sum 41 frontman (“I first kissed Deryck when I was 17, and I have been kissing him ever since”); compares herself to Martha Stewart (“I’m really good at cooking. Breakfast, soup, salads, vegetarian stuff … my favorite food is Italian”); and says she’s “so not a computer person” — and isn’t really down with “the whole MySpace thing.” “I’ll change my pictures and sometimes I’ll write a blog,” she explained. “Some bands go on every day. I can’t do that — it’s confusing.” …

“American Idol” will skip the traditional remote broadcasts from the hometowns of finalists Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis on Wednesday’s finale. The Arizona Republic reported that city officials in Glendale, Arizona, announced May 9 that portions of the show would be broadcast from a free viewing party with a celebrity host at Jobing.com Arena in Sparks’ hometown. But Thursday, a city spokesperson said the show had canceled the segments from the contestants’ hometowns. An “Idol” spokesperson issued a “no comment” to MTV News on the unexplained change of plans. … Kanye West will perform July 13 as part of the Québec City Summer Festival, which runs from July 5-15. Billy Talent are also on the lineup, with additional artists expected to be announced in the coming weeks. …

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” will have its international premiere in Tokyo on June 28, Warner Bros. Entertainment announced Tuesday. Daniel Radcliffe is expected to attend the event. The fifth film in the J.K. Rowling franchise will premiere in London on July 3 and in Los Angeles on July 8. It opens in U.S. theaters July 13. … Ciara will make her big-screen debut opposite another diva, Patti LaBelle, in an adaptation of the off-Broadway gospel musical “Mama, I Want to Sing!” Variety reports that the film will begin shooting next month in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is slated for release in February. The musical tells the story of a preacher’s daughter who rises from the church choir to pop stardom. …

Los Angelinos strapped for cash but hoping to see Prince perform, you’re in luck: The artist is expected to add a seven-week stay at Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel on top of his “21 Nights in London” tour, according to the Los Angeles Times. Starting June 15, the hotel lobby will be shut down at 9 p.m., and at 11:30, Prince will play a two-hour set for a few hundred guests. His private chef will take over the hotel restaurant at 2 a.m., turning it into an after-hours jazz club that will be entertained by His Purpleness until 4 a.m. The same regiment will follow for the six ensuing Fridays, with special guests expected to join Prince on each occasion. … Yellowcard will release Paper Walls, their third LP for Capitol, July 17. The Florida rockers’ set will feature 13 cuts, including “Shrink the World,” “Shadows and Regrets” and “You and Me and One Spotlight.” …

Dave Navarro will be on the judging panel for the 2007 Miss Universe pageant, airing live from Mexico City, Mexico, on Monday. Vanessa Minnillo and Mario Lopez are co-hosting the show. … As I Lay Dying have set An Ocean Between Us as the title of their forthcoming LP, though a release date hasn’t been confirmed. Most of the effort was tracked at singer Tim Lambesis‘ home studio, with Killswitch Engage‘s Adam Dutkiewicz producing along with the band. Look for the set to include “Separation,” “Nothing Left” and “Within Destruction.” The San Diego metalcore act has also announced the permanent addition of bassist Josh Gilbert to the fold. …

311 will spend the next three months on the road as part of the Summer Unity Tour, which also features Matisyahu and the Rivalry on select dates. The trek kicks off June 21 in Tucson, Arizona, and wraps August 29 in Redmond, Washington. … The Flaming Lips, Decemberists, Kings of Leon, Das EFX, Spoon and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are among the bands on the initial lineup for the two-day Monolith Music Festival, which will take over Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado, on September 14-15. Tickets for the event, which will host 50-plus bands on five stages, go on sale June 2. … New York’s seventh annual Siren Music Festival will feature sets from the New York Dolls, We Are Scientists, the Black Lips, Noisettes, Detroit Cobras, Matt & Kim, Dr. Dog, Lavender Diamond, Elvis Perkins and the Twilight Sad. The free, all-day, all-ages festival will take place July 21 at Brooklyn’s Coney Island. …

Sure, you could run out and grab yourself a sweet Spider-Man action figure, but in a cage match, Peter Parker wouldn’t stand a chance against Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. Don’t believe us? Watch in November, when the bassist gets his very own action figure. The 6-inch figure will come with one of four random backgrounds and one of three random bass guitars. … An attorney for the band Kittie has served American Youth Symphony, the producers of the upcoming television show “America’s Hot Musician,” a cease-and-desist order. The camp is seeking to bar the program from using clips from the band’s video “All I Always Wanted” in the show’s opening theme; former Kittie bassist Talena Atfield serves as one of the show’s three judges. American Youth Symphony claim they were given permission to use the clips by Sheridan Square Entertainment, which owns the licensing rights to the video and has no plans to adhere to the cease-and-desist request. …

The Recording Industry Association of America and multiple artists’ groups are going to ask Congress to repeal the federal exemption that allows broadcast radio stations to circumvent paying royalties to labels and artists, the Los Angeles Times reports. If the exemption is lifted, that could mean hundreds of millions of dollars — annually — in new royalties. … Bo Diddley, who suffered a stroke earlier this month, is being transferred from the intensive care unit to a regular room, his representative announced Monday. The guitarist, who is being treated at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, is awaiting clearance from his doctor to transfer to a hospital in Gainesville, Florida, closer to his home.