Kanye West Plays ‘Nothing’ For The Ladies; Plus Katharine McPhee, Wyclef Jean, Daddy Yankee & More, In For The Record

McPhee puts singing aside for movie role; Jean to enter Cartel's 'bubble'; Yankee joins Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Kanye West did his fair share of hopping around over the weekend. Aside from popping up during Swizz Beatz‘s set on Sunday, West also dropped in on DJ Gomez Warren‘s set at Holly’s in Los Angeles on Friday to play his new track “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” as actresses Sanaa Lathan and Gabrielle Union looked on. …

“American Idol” season five runner-up Katharine McPhee is headed to Hollywood … again. The singer is slated to make her feature-film debut in the dark indie romantic comedy “The Last Caller,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The coming-of-age story about a self-involved woman in search of love will not require McPhee to sing. “This is the first thing that I read that I really wanted to do,” McPhee said. “I’m up for a couple of big studio projects, but they weren’t starring roles. I wanted to start off doing something a little different. It’s something that a lot of people wouldn’t expect me doing.” …

It’s gotten a little wet inside Cartel‘s “bubble” thanks to a busted wall, but that isn’t stopping Wyclef Jean from heading in to jam with the band on Thursday. The artists will crank out the song “Wasted,” a collabo that will appear on the “Band in a Bubble” group’s yet-untitled July 24 LP. Cobra Starship entered the bubble Tuesday (June 5). … Daddy Yankee is set to appear Sunday on the MTV Tr3s float for the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York. Nina Sky and DJ Tony Touch will also join the festivities on the Pepsico float, while Kat DeLuna is scheduled to appear on radio station Z100′s float. This year’s parade will feature singer Ricky Martin as the event’s inaugural “king.” … Ghostface Killah, RZA, Method Man, GZA and Raekwon return the favor to Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Cilvaringz with guest spots on his solo debut, I. The set — which features production from RZA, Bronze Nazareth and others, and comes with a bonus DVD chronicling Wu’s 1997 world tour — hits stores June 12. …

The jury in the Phil Spector trial was shown the revolver that killed Lana Clarkson when the top detective in the investigation of the actress’ death testified Tuesday, The Associated Press reports. The gun still had blood on it when Detective Mark Lillienfeld, who was wearing gloves, removed it from an envelope. Lillienfeld said a holster visible inside a bureau to the side of the chair where Clarkson’s body was slumped in the foyer was later shown to fit the gun, which was found at Clarkson’s feet. … Tom Sizemore surrendered to authorities Tuesday morning, less than a month after being arrested on suspicion of seven drug-related charges, according to TMZ.com. …

Avenged Sevenfold have titled their forthcoming DVD, slated for a July 17 release, “All Excess.” The band continues to write tracks for the follow-up to 2005′s City of Evil, which may be out before the end of the year. … Bam Margera has snatched up unreleased songs by CKY, Children of Bodom, In Flames, Clutch and others for Bam Margera Presents … Viva la Bands, Vol. 2. The CD/DVD package — which will also feature songs by Gwar, Dimmu Borgir and the Sounds — hits stores September 4. …

Hellyeah‘s Fire It Up tour just got a little hotter — they’re extending the trek with an additional leg. The band will treat Australia to five shows between June 27 and July 3, then touch down in the States again for eight more U.S. gigs starting July 6 in Milwaukee and ending July 16 in San Diego. After that, the metalheads will hop on the Family Values Tour. … Speaking of which, think you could create something special for the Family Values 2007 tour poster? Brickfish.com is hosting a contest for rock fans to come up with a cool poster design for the tour. The competition ends June 27, and participants must be 14 years of age or older to be considered. The winning design will be transformed into the festival’s official poster, and earn its creator a Hoshino guitar autographed by Korn. …

David Bowie and the Beastie Boys will be among those honored Tuesday at the 11th annual Webby Awards at New York’s Cipriani. The show, which recognizes the best in online creativity, will present Bowie with a lifetime achievement award for his numerous Web-related initiatives over the years and the Beasties for their concert film “Awesome, I F—ing Shot That.” … Tony Hawk, John Cena, Jewel, William Shatner and tennis star Serena Williams are among the stars lined up to race stock cars in the series “Fast Cars & Superstars,” premiering Thursday on ABC. … Chiodos have set a September 4 release date for their new album Bone Palace Ballet, which they are currently recording with producer Casey Bates (Fear Before the March of Flames, Gatsby’s American Dream). …

Lala.com, the Web site that lets fans trade used CDs for $1, launched new features Tuesday, offering users the chance to stream any song or album for free in the hope that they will eventually buy some of the music. The site is picking up the tab for millions of dollars in royalties — which the Los Angeles Times put at about a penny each time someone listens to a song — and a spokesperson said that the new service will also let users access all the music in their iTunes library from any computer and download music straight from the Web to an iPod.

06.04.2007

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.