Game Charged For Alleged Threat, Plus Mya, 50 Cent, Andre 3000, Fall Out Boy, Pink, Too Short & More In For The Record

Mya gets tough with 50; Andre 3000, FOB's Andy Hurley, Pink, Underwood face off for 'Sexiest Vegetarian' title.

The Game has been charged for allegedly making a criminal threat and possession of a firearm in a school zone during a pickup basketball game in February, The Associated Press reports. The rapper was arrested on the charges last month and subsequently released on $50,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Los Angeles, and faces more than five years in prison if convicted. …

Mya tells Vibe Vixen that she learned a lot about the music business — and the kind of woman she wanted to be — while touring with Dru Hill in 1997. “Seeing the thrill, the lifestyle, seeing them with different girls all the time, I remember saying to myself, ‘I don’t want to be one of those girls.’ ” Mya also revealed in the interview published in the June/July issue that she was taught a harsh lesson about the industry at 17. “Someone that was instrumental in my career harassed me,” she said. “I wasn’t going to entertain it, but also didn’t know how to say, ‘F— you, leave me alone.’ I just internalized it.” Those days are over, and in recent years, Mya’s made a point of standing up for herself. After 50 Cent claimed — in the 2006 dis track “Not Rich, Still Lying,” aimed at the Game — that he had sex with her, Mya denied his story both in the press and to his face. “I saw him and addressed him about it in person at Violator [Management offices].” Mya said. “He said, ‘You’re gangsta right now. You’re the talk of the town.’ … I just let him know how I felt.” …

Andre 3000, Pink, Fall Out Boy‘s Andy Hurley, Carrie Underwood, GZA, RZA, AFI‘s Davey Havok, Joss Stone and Prince join last year’s winners Natalie Portman and Benji Madden and dozens of other musicians, actors and athletes up for the “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian” title on Peta2.com. … The “High School Musical” soundtrack was a chart-topping success without a physical single, but Disney is switching it up for the sequel. “What Time Is It” will be released as a CD single on July 17, ahead of the August television premiere of “High School Musical 2.” The track features Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Zac Efron, Lucas Grabeel, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale. …

You know Don Imus made a major mistake when Too Short, of all people, is chastising the fired shock jock. In the raunchy rapper’s newly launched “$hort Stories” column in Ozone Magazine, Short explained the same people responsible for firing Imus — corporate suits — pushed him to record material that used similarly vulgar language. “I did an album called You Nasty with naked women on the cover, and almost every song on it was nasty,” he wrote of his 2000 LP. “That was not my idea. The president of the label asked me to make the nastiest album I could, so I did it, not realizing how important the positive songs are to my career.” Short later noted his own influence on rap in regards to vulgar words, but he called for better clarity in deciding the context of entertainment. “If it becomes illegal to make those kinds of songs, is it going to be illegal for comedians to say [explicit content] in their jokes?” he said. “Can it be said in movies or on TV? Will it become illegal to show murders and rapes on TV, or will the ban be on rappers only?” …

A judge ruled Monday (June 4) that attorneys cannot use Lana Clarkson‘s diary-like writings in the Phil Spector murder trial, AP reports. The writings were found on the late actress’ computer and included “The Story of My Life,” a composition in which she discussed having drug problems and talked about having visions of a dead actress who committed suicide. “I don’t consider anything in this particular document to be significant,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler concluded. … Charles Patton, who is a business associate of Lupe Fiasco and co-owns their 1st & 15th record label, was sentenced to 44 years in prison last month, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Patton, a Desert Storm veteran, allegedly used funds from heroin trafficking to start up the company, an assistant state attorney told the paper. In 2003, Patton was arrested at his home — while Fiasco was present — after authorities discovered $1 million dollars’ worth of cocaine in a storage locker belonging to him. Representatives for Fiasco have not responded to requests for comment. …

Hi-Five singer Tony Thompson was found dead in Waco, Texas, on Friday night, AP reports. He was 31. Zomba Label Group CEO and President Barry Weiss released a statement of condolence, saying, “His rich vocal tone and artistry were readily apparent even at the young age of 15, when we signed him at Jive.” Friends of Thompson’s speculated that the death may have been an accidental overdose, according to a report in the Waco Herald-Tribune. Thompson had recently returned to Waco from Dallas and was working on new music. Hi-Five debuted in 1990 with a self-titled debut album that went multiplatinum thanks to the hits “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)” and “Can’t Wait Another Minute.” …

After a plea went out over the weekend to help find missing Ra Ra Riot drummer John Pike, police in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, said they recovered Pike’s body on Sunday off the coast of Buzzard’s Bay, local NBC affiliate WHDH reported. Pike, 23, was last seen at around 3 a.m. Saturday, leaving a party he attended after a show in Providence, Rhode Island. He sent a text message to his girlfriend early Saturday morning but was not heard from after that. An autopsy will be performed this week to determine the cause of death. A message on the Syracuse, New York, band’s MySpace page read, “We will always love and miss you, John.” …

MySpace filed a request in a Pennsylvania state court on Monday, seeking legal guidance on how to provide local authorities with the e-mail addresses of convicted sex offenders who had used the social-networking service, Reuters reports. Federal law prevents Internet service providers such as MySpace from revealing users’ communications without a search warrant. The request comes after MySpace agreed last month to cooperate with a group of U.S. attorneys general seeking information on predators who have used the site. …

A new Federal Communications Commission policy that penalizes broadcasters for accidentally airing profanities was declared invalid by a federal appeals court on Monday, AP reports. The court ruled 2-1 in favor of a Fox-led challenge to the policy but did not outlaw the policy outright. Instead, the court returned the case to the FCC. The new policy was put in place after Bono‘s F-bomb at the Golden Globe Awards aired in January 2003. … The highly anticipated Apple iPhone will hit stores on June 29, according to TV ads that began running Sunday night. The keyboard-less touch-screen phone/music player will be available at Apple and AT&T stores.

06.01.2007

“MTV Unplugged” is plugging back in. Mary J. Blige, John Mayer, Kenny Chesney and the Police will be featured in upcoming installments of the intimate acoustic-performance series. An upcoming episode featuring Bon Jovi — who some say inspired the program with their acoustic set at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards — will be presented in three variations on different channels, with each tailored for a specific audience: June 22 (MTV); June 23 (VH1, VH1 Classic, Music High-Definition); and June 24 (CMT). Dates for the other programs have not been announced yet. …

T-Pain performed — sans vocal enhancer! — at S.O.B.’s in New York Thursday night, running through a number of hits, including “Sprung,” R. Kelly‘s “I’m a Flirt” remix and his latest hit, “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’),” for which Yung Joc surprised the crowd and joined in for his guest verse. “I’m too big for this sh–,” a winded T-Pain said after dancing around with Joc. “Y’all got me out here like I’m Chris Brown!” … T.I. hosted an album-listening session in New York at Manhattan nightspot Manor on Thursday night, previewing songs from his forthcoming T.I. vs T.I.P. The Atlanta MC was joined onstage by DJ Drama. The duo spun tracks including the Wyclef-assisted “You Know What It Is,” set to be the second T.I. vs. T.I.P. single. …

Fergie‘s Taco Bell obsession is starting to pay off, TMZ.com reports. According to a letter obtained by the site, Taco Bell President Greg Creed is offering Fergie and her fans free Fourthmeals at any local Taco Bell near a stop on her tour. All Fergie has to do is contact the restaurant a week in advance. … The Jackson family auction raked in a two-day total of $1.5-$2 million, Agence-France Presse reports. …

Paula Abdul told People she’s “just fine” following the online leak of a phone call in which a sobbing Abdul talked about her strained relationship with her ex-publicist, but that “it hurts.” “That was a private conversation. That was a violation of my privacy and totally illegal,” she added. In the call, the “American Idol” judge also discussed having Addison’s disease, a disorder that causes muscle weakness. But she told People: “I haven’t been diagnosed with it. I’m just exhausted. Sometimes I have really low blood-sugar levels. It’s all because I work very hard, that’s it.” … Paris Hilton isn’t heading behind bars until Tuesday, but she’s already starting to disappear from public view. A South Korea sportswear company has temporarily suspended TV and print ads featuring the heiress, Agence-France Presse reports. … In other Hilton news, the heiress will not be allowed to give TV interviews while in jail, Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca said Friday (June 1), The Associated Press reports. Baca added that authorities are trying to prevent cameras from being smuggled into the Los Angeles County jail in Lynwood, and that deputies and jail employees have been told to treat Hilton like the other inmates. …

Is TomKat’s litter about to grow bigger? “Yes, definitely,” Katie Holmes responded in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” when asked if she is ready to have more children with Tom Cruise. “We’re having the best time, it’s so amazing.” The programs airs Monday. … Ben Affleck received a standing ovation Friday after giving a commencement speech at Falls Church High School in Falls Church, Virginia, AP reports. The actor praised Joe Kindregan, a disabled student he met in 1998; since then, the two have partnered to raise money to find a cure for ataxia-telengiectasia, the rare genetic disease Kindregan suffers from. … Hugh Grant will not be prosecuted for allegedly kicking and tossing baked beans at a photographer, AP reports. The actor was arrested following the incident, which occurred on April 24. …

Britney Spears or Jessica Simpson? Singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright isn’t known for his pop-star duets, but Jane magazine asked him which of the bubbly blondes he’d rather collaborate with, and he didn’t have to think twice. “Britney, by far,” he said in an interview published in the magazine’s June/July issue. “I love her. I think she’s the emblem of our times.” … Courtney Love will be taking the stage Friday night at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California, a source close to the singer confirmed. Love will be the special guest at Linda Perry‘s concert and will play some new material in a four-to-five-song set. …

The All-American Rejects will release a DVD, “Tournado,” July 10. The offering revolves around a live performance shot while the band was touring in support of 2005′s Move Along, and will feature behind-the-scenes footage. … Iggy Pop supplies the voice of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in an upcoming Comedy Central cartoon. The rocker will portray Lil’ Rummy, a child who is the bully figure in the channel’s “Lil’ Bush” series, which debuts June 13. The show portrays the Oval Office’s main players as tykes ready to rule the world. Dave Grohl, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frank Black and Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy will lend their voices to guest roles. …

Ja Rule will join Salt-N-Pepa, “The Wire” actors Idris Elba and Hassan Johnson, radio host Ed Lover and others Saturday afternoon in Queens, New York, for the “Repping for Life” town-hall meeting to discuss gang intervention and prevention campaigns. The event is open to the public and begins at York College at 3 p.m. … Chrisette Michelle joined the Roots onstage Thursday night at the Highline Ballroom in New York. The Def Jam singer and Philadelphia collective performed a string of songs at a Tanqueray- and Giant-magazine-sponsored event. …

Godsmack plan to release a box set later this year, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the release of the band’s debut album, 1997′s All Wound Up. The set will compile the group’s four studio albums, the acoustic EP The Other Side, and a DVD featuring short documentaries about the making of each album. … Between the Buried and Me, the Red Chord, Cephalic Carnage and the End will hit the road this summer for a 15-date North American tour. The run kicks off July 27 in Pittsburgh, and dates are booked through August 11 in Wilmington, North Carolina. …

Two days after iTunes started selling thousands of EMI artists’ songs without copyright protection comes word that EMI, Google and YouTube have signed a licensing deal that will give YouTube users access to the record label’s audio and video catalog, according to Billboard. The label’s roster includes Gorillaz, Coldplay and Lily Allen. … Bands playing in Nevada must call themselves “tribute” acts if they don’t have at least one founding member, thanks to a new law. If bands don’t do so, it will be considered deceptive trading practice. … NBC Universal networks will air “Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis” in various incarnations on July 7. For the climate-change awareness concerts — which will feature Kanye West, Fall Out Boy, Madonna and many more — NBC will present a three-hour special hosted by Ann Curry and Carson Daly; Bravo will air 18 hours of live concert coverage and highlight clips; Sundance and Universal HD will broadcast concerts live all day; Telemundo and Mun2 will air specials featuring Latin performers; CNBC will air seven hours of coverage; and MSNBC will feature exclusive coverage throughout the day.

06.01.2007

“MTV Unplugged” is plugging back in. Mary J. Blige, John Mayer, Kenny Chesney and the Police will be featured in upcoming installments of the intimate acoustic-performance series. An upcoming episode featuring Bon Jovi — who some say inspired the program with their acoustic set at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards — will be presented in three variations on different channels, with each tailored for a specific audience: June 22 (MTV); June 23 (VH1, VH1 Classic, Music High-Definition); and June 24 (CMT). Dates for the other programs have not been announced yet. …

T-Pain performed — sans vocal enhancer! — at S.O.B.’s in New York Thursday night, running through a number of hits, including “Sprung,” R. Kelly‘s “I’m a Flirt” remix and his latest hit, “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’),” for which Yung Joc surprised the crowd and joined in for his guest verse. “I’m too big for this sh–,” a winded T-Pain said after dancing around with Joc. “Y’all got me out here like I’m Chris Brown!” … T.I. hosted an album-listening session in New York at Manhattan nightspot Manor on Thursday night, previewing songs from his forthcoming T.I. vs T.I.P. The Atlanta MC was joined onstage by DJ Drama. The duo spun tracks including the Wyclef-assisted “You Know What It Is,” set to be the second T.I. vs. T.I.P. single. …

Fergie‘s Taco Bell obsession is starting to pay off, TMZ.com reports. According to a letter obtained by the site, Taco Bell President Greg Creed is offering Fergie and her fans free Fourthmeals at any local Taco Bell near a stop on her tour. All Fergie has to do is contact the restaurant a week in advance. … The Jackson family auction raked in a two-day total of $1.5-$2 million, Agence-France Presse reports. …

Paula Abdul told People she’s “just fine” following the online leak of a phone call in which a sobbing Abdul talked about her strained relationship with her ex-publicist, but that “it hurts.” “That was a private conversation. That was a violation of my privacy and totally illegal,” she added. In the call, the “American Idol” judge also discussed having Addison’s disease, a disorder that causes muscle weakness. But she told People: “I haven’t been diagnosed with it. I’m just exhausted. Sometimes I have really low blood-sugar levels. It’s all because I work very hard, that’s it.” … Paris Hilton isn’t heading behind bars until Tuesday, but she’s already starting to disappear from public view. A South Korea sportswear company has temporarily suspended TV and print ads featuring the heiress, Agence-France Presse reports. … In other Hilton news, the heiress will not be allowed to give TV interviews while in jail, Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca said Friday (June 1), The Associated Press reports. Baca added that authorities are trying to prevent cameras from being smuggled into the Los Angeles County jail in Lynwood, and that deputies and jail employees have been told to treat Hilton like the other inmates. …

Is TomKat’s litter about to grow bigger? “Yes, definitely,” Katie Holmes responded in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” when asked if she is ready to have more children with Tom Cruise. “We’re having the best time, it’s so amazing.” The programs airs Monday. … Ben Affleck received a standing ovation Friday after giving a commencement speech at Falls Church High School in Falls Church, Virginia, AP reports. The actor praised Joe Kindregan, a disabled student he met in 1998; since then, the two have partnered to raise money to find a cure for ataxia-telengiectasia, the rare genetic disease Kindregan suffers from. … Hugh Grant will not be prosecuted for allegedly kicking and tossing baked beans at a photographer, AP reports. The actor was arrested following the incident, which occurred on April 24. …

Britney Spears or Jessica Simpson? Singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright isn’t known for his pop-star duets, but Jane magazine asked him which of the bubbly blondes he’d rather collaborate with, and he didn’t have to think twice. “Britney, by far,” he said in an interview published in the magazine’s June/July issue. “I love her. I think she’s the emblem of our times.” … Courtney Love will be taking the stage Friday night at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California, a source close to the singer confirmed. Love will be the special guest at Linda Perry‘s concert and will play some new material in a four-to-five-song set. …

The All-American Rejects will release a DVD, “Tournado,” July 10. The offering revolves around a live performance shot while the band was touring in support of 2005′s Move Along, and will feature behind-the-scenes footage. … Iggy Pop supplies the voice of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in an upcoming Comedy Central cartoon. The rocker will portray Lil’ Rummy, a child who is the bully figure in the channel’s “Lil’ Bush” series, which debuts June 13. The show portrays the Oval Office’s main players as tykes ready to rule the world. Dave Grohl, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frank Black and Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy will lend their voices to guest roles. …

Ja Rule will join Salt-N-Pepa, “The Wire” actors Idris Elba and Hassan Johnson, radio host Ed Lover and others Saturday afternoon in Queens, New York, for the “Repping for Life” town-hall meeting to discuss gang intervention and prevention campaigns. The event is open to the public and begins at York College at 3 p.m. … Chrisette Michelle joined the Roots onstage Thursday night at the Highline Ballroom in New York. The Def Jam singer and Philadelphia collective performed a string of songs at a Tanqueray- and Giant-magazine-sponsored event. …

Godsmack plan to release a box set later this year, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the release of the band’s debut album, 1997′s All Wound Up. The set will compile the group’s four studio albums, the acoustic EP The Other Side, and a DVD featuring short documentaries about the making of each album. … Between the Buried and Me, the Red Chord, Cephalic Carnage and the End will hit the road this summer for a 15-date North American tour. The run kicks off July 27 in Pittsburgh, and dates are booked through August 11 in Wilmington, North Carolina. …

Two days after iTunes started selling thousands of EMI artists’ songs without copyright protection comes word that EMI, Google and YouTube have signed a licensing deal that will give YouTube users access to the record label’s audio and video catalog, according to Billboard. The label’s roster includes Gorillaz, Coldplay and Lily Allen. … Bands playing in Nevada must call themselves “tribute” acts if they don’t have at least one founding member, thanks to a new law. If bands don’t do so, it will be considered deceptive trading practice. … NBC Universal networks will air “Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis” in various incarnations on July 7. For the climate-change awareness concerts — which will feature Kanye West, Fall Out Boy, Madonna and many more — NBC will present a three-hour special hosted by Ann Curry and Carson Daly; Bravo will air 18 hours of live concert coverage and highlight clips; Sundance and Universal HD will broadcast concerts live all day; Telemundo and Mun2 will air specials featuring Latin performers; CNBC will air seven hours of coverage; and MSNBC will feature exclusive coverage throughout the day.