Green Day Cover 'Simpsons' Theme Song, Plus Linkin Park, Kanye West, Young Jeezy, Brandy & More, In For The Record

LP to headline Live Earth fest in Tokyo; West posts video for 'Nothing'; Jeezy busted at strip club.

Green meets yellow: "The Simpsons Movie" cast was more or less mum about Green Day's appearance in the flick when we spoke with them at the 400th episode party earlier this month, but now comes news that the band has recorded a punk version of the show's theme song for the score soundtrack. Billboard.com reports that Warner Bros. will issue a single of the song on July 24, three days before the flick hits theaters, while Fox Music will issue a digital version of the score through its Web site and Extreme Music will ship 25,000 copies of the set — in pink doughnut cases! — to Best Buy, Circuit City, Wal-Mart and Barnes & Noble. ...

Kanye West debuted the Hype Williams-directed video for his first Graduation single, "Can't Tell Me Nothing" on his Web site Friday (May 25). Graduation is due September 18. ...

Linkin Park will headline the Tokyo installment of the Live Earth festival on July 7, RollingStone.com reports. Joss Stone and UB40 will headline the show in Johannesburg, South Africa, while Pharrell will do the honors in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Shakira will join Snoop and Chris Cornell at the show in Hamburg, Germany. ... Lily Allen sang a "Heart of Glass" duet with Blondie singer Debbie Harry on "The Today Show" Friday morning. ...

Young Jeezy was arrested outside a strip club in the Atlanta area on Thursday morning. According to police, the rapper was busted for disorderly conduct following a verbal altercation with several off-duty undercover police officers moonlighting as security guards at the Strokers Club in Clarkson, Georgia. Jeezy was charged with the local ordinance violation and was ordered to pay a $280 fine. There's no word yet on whether he will have to return to court to settle the charges. ...

Mickey Leigh, brother of the late Joey Ramone, has joined Courtney Love in speaking out against the Dr. Martens ad campaign that features images of Ramone and Kurt Cobain. "Obviously, we are in the same position as Courtney Love, as well as the estates of the others depicted (in the ad)," he said in a statement. "We were never consulted about this ad. We were never asked for permission to use Joey's image or paid for the use of it. As executor of my brother's estate, I never would have approved this ad as Joey never wore these shoes. And, not that my brother was terribly religious, but the fact that he was Jewish, and this ad is not exactly kosher, makes it that much more inappropriate, inconsiderate and contemptible. Though we were about to formulate a statement to the above effect, Courtney certainly has a louder, more influential voice, and I am thrilled that she got through to them." On Thursday, AirWair Ltd. — the company behind Dr. Martens footwear — fired Saatchi & Saatchi, the advertising agency behind the ad campaign. ...

Nick Cannon will be honored at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday with the Breakthrough Actor of the Year prize at the Studio Magazine/ Chopard Revelation Awards. Cannon, recognized for his work in "Bobby," is the first black actor to receive the award, and will share it with "The Last King of Scotland" star James McAvoy. Evan Rachel Wood will be presented with the Breakthrough Actress of the Year prize at the event. ... Queens of the Stone Age have announced a handful of U.S. dates in support of their forthcoming release Era Vulgaris, which hits stores June 12. The band has lined up four California shows — Fresno on June 7, Ventura on June 8, Mountain View on June 9 and Costa Mesa on July 22 — as well as gigs in Indianapolis (August 4) and Austin, Texas (September 16). ... Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and his girlfriend, Danish actress Connie Nielsen, welcomed their first child together, a boy they've named Bryce Thadeus Ulrich-Nielsen, on May 21 in San Francisco. This is Ulrich's third child and Nielsen's second. ...

Ace Young is gearing up to release his debut album. The #7 finisher on season five of "American Idol" has signed a deal with S Curve Records (Fountains of Wayne, Joss Stone) for the yet-untitled disc, scheduled to drop in September and be preceded by a single in July. Young will be backed by a full band on the album, which is being executive produced by hitmaker Desmond Child (Kelly Clarkson), with songs written by Diane Warren ('NSYNC, Pussycat Dolls) and Andreas Carlson (Nick Lachey, Britney Spears). Young, who helped write pal Chris Daughtry's first hit, "It's Not Over," said he's writing or co-writing all the tunes on his album as well as working on songs with "everyone," though he declined to name names. "You'll hear it when it happens," he promised. ...

Rodrigo y Gabriela have sold more than 100,000 copies of their self-titled debut, and they hope to attract even more new fans with just-announced appearances at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 3-5 and the Austin City Limits fest in Texas on September 14-16. ... Neptunes protégé Fam-Lay is set to shoot the video for his underground hit, "Da Beeper Record," featuring Pharrell, on Tuesday in Miami with director Hype Williams. ... Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, along with his brother Stephen Marley, will headline the Festival Mizik Jakmel, Haiti's first international music festival, this weekend. Twenty-four other acts will also appear and during the event organizers will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest drumming ensemble, collectively gathering 10,000-plus participants. ...

There's no more Free FM in New York. Almost a year and a half after the Big Apple rock station WFNY (92.3 FM) mostly abandoned music in favor of an all-talk format in the wake of Howard Stern's departure for satellite radio, the station is returning to its former call letters, WXRK, and nickname "K-Rock." The station brought back the music at 5 p.m. Thursday with a spin of Nirvana's "All Apologies." Though the Free FM format experiment will continue in a handful of other cities across the country, the New York outlet will lose comedian Nick Di Paolo, Leslie "the radio chick" Gold and a duo known as Ron and Fez, The New York Times reports. Another pair, [article id="1559682"]JV and Elvis, were fired earlier this month[/article] when they made an offensive prank phone call to a Chinese restaurant. The only talk remaining will be the cleaned up syndicated version of the Opie and Anthony radio show. The duo are currently on a 30-day suspension from their XM satellite radio gig after a bit earlier this month in which a character fantasized about sexually assaulting Condoleezza Rice and Laura Bush.

05.24.2007

Melinda Doolittle should have won "American Idol" — and Britney Spears needs to ditch her "stupid friends" if she wants to save her career, Simon Cowell told "Good Morning America" on Thursday (May 24). The "Idol" judge summed up Wednesday night's results ("the singer won over the entertainer"), called Jordin Sparks the season's "most improved" contestant and said Melinda "tried the hardest, was consistently the best, and had the best voice." And as for Britney, Simon says he could have put her on the right path back in 2006. "My advice to her six months ago was to go home to your family, lock the door, don't go out with your stupid friends, have some home-cooked food. Get a sense of reality. ... And then say to yourself, 'There's more good in my life than bad. I'm still a rich, talented girl and now I want to get my career back on track.' End of story." ...

Jordin Sparks is no doubt celebrating her "American Idol" victory, but the show's organizers might not be so happy with the finale results. Reuters reports that 7 million fewer people tuned into the last episode of the show compared with last year. ... Paul McCartney is fed up with hearing rumors that he backed out of appearing on the Wednesday night show, which his ex Heather Mills attended. In a statement released to TMZ.com, a representative for McCartney said the former Beatle was never scheduled to appear on the show in the first place. ...

Write on: Amy Winehouse, Madonna and the Arctic Monkeys scooped up Ivor Novello songwriting awards on Thursday. Winehouse won Best Contemporary Song honors for "Rehab." ... Talk about scary: Marilyn Manson has recorded an acoustic cover of Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around ..." on the BBC, according to Stereogum.com. ... The karmic returns keep coming in for Bono. The U2 singer will be hailed with this year's Liberty Medal for helping to bring attention to Africa's medical and economic problems, The Associated Press reports. He and his Debts, AIDS, Trade, Africa organization will accept the award September 27, with a $100,000 donation going to DATA. ...

Get ready to strap on your axes: The songs that will be featured in "Guitar Hero III" have been revealed, according to GameSpot.com. The game will include a handful of original recordings, including Weezer's "My Name Is Jonas," Smashing Pumpkins' "Cherub Rock," Beastie Boys' "Sabotage," Tenacious D's "The Metal," Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black," Living Colour's "Cult of Personality" and Muse's "Knights of Cydonia." Covers of songs by Heart, Kiss, Alice Cooper and others will also appear in the game, which is due later this year. ...

Scott Stapp has issued a public apology following his domestic violence arrest over the weekend. "I am truly sorry and seek forgiveness from my wife, as she has done the same seeking forgiveness from me," the former Creed frontman said. "We both know we were wrong in how we handled the argument and in some of the allegations that were made. Now we are trying to move forward as a family." Stapp said in the statement that some things said to police in the heat of the moment weren't true. "As in most cases like this, the next day everyone is sorry and wishes they didn't get the police involved and said what they did about their partner. ... We would also like to apologize to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department for calling them to our home and taking them away from the very serious and dangerous job of protecting our community." ...

Lady Sovereign offered an apology of her own to fans who waited until 3:30 a.m for her to take the stage at a show in Brooklyn, New York, last week — only to have the rapper walk off two songs later. "I know how stupid I must have looked on Friday," Sov said in a statement. "I was tired and not in the mood, having a bad day." How bad? According to her rep, the rapper's tour bus broke down on her way to New York from New Jersey's PNC Bank Arts Center, where she opened for Gwen Stefani, making her late for the four-song set she had scheduled at Brooklyn's Studio B. "But that's no excuse for letting fans down," the statement continued. "I"m sorry to those that were at Studio B to see me." ...

Aly & AJ have wrapped up their new LP Insomniac, which is due July 10. The video for the first single, "Potential Breakup Song," was shot by Chris Applebaum (Britney Spears, Hilary Duff). Also keep an eye out for boxes of Honeycomb cereal, which the girls will also be appearing on. ... Snoop Dogg and Chris Cornell have been added to the lineup of the Live Earth concerts set for July 7. Both will take the stage in Germany for Live Earth Hamburg, one of nine worldwide events to raise awareness of climate change. ...

AirWair Ltd., the company behind Dr. Martens footwear, has fired its advertising agency in the wake of controversy surrounding a British ad campaign that includes a photo of Kurt Cobain. In a press release obtained by TheDailySwarm.com, AirWair Ltd. CEO David Suddens said the poster campaign crafted by Saatchi & Saatchi wasn't supposed to go public. "Dr. Martens did not commission the work as it runs counter to our current marketing activities," Suddens said in a statement. Saatchi & Saatchi, in the meantime, is standing by the ad campaign. A representative for Courtney Love previously told People magazine she didn't give permission for Dr. Martens to use a photo of her late husband in the campaign. "She thinks it's outrageous that a company is allowed to commercially gain from such a despicable use of her husband's picture," her spokesperson said. "It does appear that in the U.K. what Dr. Martens has done is allowed. Courtney did not, and would not, approve of such a use of Kurt's name and likeness." ...

Jack Bruce, bassist for Cream, told AP Thursday that the iconic blues-rock power trio will get back together for a series of shows later this year, even though he recently told British newspaper The Scotsman that there was no way the group would re-form. His former bandmates Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker have not confirmed the reunion. ... Liars are saying goodbye to their conceptual material with a more accessible self-titled LP due August 28. The traditionally structured songs include such paradoxical titles as "The Dumb in the Rain," "Clear Island" and "Leather Prowler." ... Dave Navarro said his band, the Panic Channel, plan on recording and releasing their next album without the help of a record label; the band recently parted ways with Capitol Records. In a post on his 6767.com blog, the former Jane's Addiction guitarist said he's eager to break free from record company "slavery." "Our plan is to write, record, mix and make the music available online, DIY-style," he wrote. There's no word yet on when the album might surface.