Kanye Celebrates His 30th With Jay-Z, Fall Out Boy; Plus Andre 3000, Harry Potter, Shrek, U2 & More In For The Record

Outkast member to play Sammy Davis Jr.; 'Deathly Hallows' deluxe artwork revealed; 'Shrek the Halls' on the way.

Kanye West celebrated his 30th birthday in style Thursday night with a huge bash at the Louis Vuitton store in New York that brought out a bevy of big-time guests including Jay-Z, Diddy and Mariah Carey — who all holed up by the first floor entrance with the birthday boy — as well as Common, Rihanna, Fall Out Boy, Ashlee Simpson, Travis Barker, Fabolous, Ashanti and Jermaine Dupri (after his early morning car accident). Pharrell Williams, the Clipse, John Legend and West all took the stage to perform throughout the night, while Q-Tip served as DJ. (Check out pictures from the party here.) Kanye’s birthday cake featured his signature College Dropout bear, and dancers dressed in Vuitton bathing suits and sandals performed in the store’s display cases. The night wrapped up at nightclub Tenjune where attendees including Usher and Gabrielle Union enjoyed an afterparty. …

Andre 3000 is expected to play Sammy Davis Jr. in a new flick to be helmed by video director Earle Sebastian (Mary J. Blige, Madonna), according to The New York Times. “Sammy and Kim” will retell Davis’ romance with blond actress Kim Novak, which was such a scandal that then-Columbia Pictures President Harry Cohn ordered an end to the relationship. …

The deluxe-edition artwork for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” has been released by Scholastic, and the wraparound cover features a Mary GranPré illustration of Harry, Hermione and Ron hanging on to a flying dragon above a village at sunset. (Click here to see the “Deathly Hallows” artwork .) The deluxe edition, limited to 100,000 copies and priced at $65, will also include full-color frontispiece art on special paper, an “Illustration Showcase” insert with reproductions of GrandPré’s chapter openers and a bonus black-and-white illustration. … “Shrek” producer Jeffrey Katzenberg said at a press conference in Berlin on Friday (June 8) that a half-hour animated holiday TV special called “Shrek the Halls” is in the works. …

U2 have been hard at work on new material, according to a post on the band’s Web site. Producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois have been collaborating with the band on the songwriting effort. “We have no plans for the music yet,” Bono said in a post on U2.com. “We’re just going to make it until we can’t not put it out.” … Bono also spoke out Friday in response to the G8′s pledge of $60 billion to fight AIDS. “I am exasperated,” he said in an interview with Reuters. “We are looking for accountable language and numbers. … They say they will keep their pledges on Africa but it is remarkable. In a 25-page document we can’t see any evidence of how they are going to get to those. It is a maze.” …

Maroon 5‘s Adam Levine admits that he’s the band’s spotlight hog — but he says the rest of the guys just aren’t interested in the post. “Every band has to have a strong center, a personality, an attention whore,” he told Entertainment Weekly in an interview published in its current issue. “I’m in the foreground, but I also have to do things [that are] extra. It’s fine with me. I don’t mind the work.” But Levine doesn’t want you to mistake his willingness to stand center stage with a desire to be a solo star. “We want people to remember that we’re a band, and I’m not a celebrity, Levine told EW. “That’s gotten skewed over the past couple of years, so we want to correct things.” …

British newspaper The Independent interviewed Blur drummer David Rowntree about the band’s plans to get back to work. “We will spend one week recording and see what happens,” Rowntree told the paper. “We’re dipping our toes in the water. We have not made any decision but we’ll see how we feel and if the spark is there.” Though Blur’s last album, Think Tank, was released in 2003 and guitarist Graham Coxon left the fold in 2002, Rowntree stressed that the band had “never split up.” … The heads will soon be banging on the Sounds of the Underground Tour, but before the mayhem begins, Hot Topic will issue an exclusive package hyping the ferocious fest. Toxic tracks by Shadows Fall, Every Time I Die, Gwar and Poison the Well will contaminate the set, which contains two CDs and a DVD, is made available June 19 and will be limited to 10,000 copies. … Looks like “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills” bad boy Jason Wahler won’t be following in Paris Hilton‘s footsteps. Prosecutors claimed Wahler’s arrest earlier this year for criminal trespassing and assault in Seattle violated his probation from a September battery arrest, but a judge didn’t send the reality-TV star to jail during a Friday probation hearing, according to TMZ.com. Instead, the 20-year-old must attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and anger-management classes, and he’ll continue with intensive rehab counseling at least four days a week. …

Joss Stone has joined the lineup for NBC’s “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.” “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks and finalists Blake Lewis and Melinda Doolittle will also perform on the show. … Bon Jovi will open Newark’s Prudential Center in their home state of New Jersey with a series of shows beginning October 25. In an album-release first, a code that unlocks a digital download of the band’s new LP Lost Highway will be packaged with each ticket purchased by American Express cardholders through an exclusive online presale Ticketmaster will launch Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET. Fans who have already preordered the album will get a code allowing them to buy a presale ticket independent of their previous order. General-public tickets for the October 25 show go on sale June 23 at 10 a.m. … George Michael must serve 100 hours of community service and is barred from driving for two years after pleading guilty to driving while unfit. Michael was sentenced in a London court Friday for the October 1 offense. “I have been sentenced today on the basis of unfit driving through tiredness and prescription medicines which I fully accept responsibility for,” the singer told the press outside court. “I am glad to put this behind me and I am now off to do the biggest show of my life,” he said. Michael has Saturday and Sunday shows scheduled at London’s rebuilt Wembley Stadium.

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The Game pleaded not guilty Thursday (June 7) to three felony counts stemming from a pickup basketball game in Los Angeles in February, The Associated Press reports. He is charged with three counts of making a criminal threat, possession of a firearm in a school zone and exhibiting a firearm in the presence of an officer. The Game, who is free on $50,000 bail, faces more than five years in state prison if convicted. …

Hilary Duff is heading back to school. The singer/actress will pay a visit to Normandie Elementary School in Los Angeles on June 14 to celebrate the success of USA Harvest’s “Blessings in a Backpack” program, which she financed. By the end of the month, the 12-week program will have provided more than 72,000 meals to the roughly 1,000 students who attend the school. …

50 Cent is a boss above all, and he talks G-Unit business in the July issue of Vibe, making it clear that some members of the crew should keep their résumés current. “I’ll fire everybody,” he said. “I don’t give a f—. They’re capable of all of their responsibilities, but when they start slacking, they gotta get the f— outta here.” Young Buck gets a good performance review — “He is the clean-up man because he’s actually selling” — with one caveat: “Sometimes he says things without being totally conscious of what he’s saying, so he’s gonna make mistakes.” And Tony Yayo, well, he’s set for life. “Yayo can’t be dropped, period,” 50 explained. “He doesn’t even need to sell records. As long as I’m breathing, he’s gonna be good. And if I’m not breathing, then he’s gonna be real good.” That’s right, 50 confirmed: Yayo’s in the will. For more on 50′s future plans — including his thoughts on retirement — check out the MTV News RAW interview. …

Jermaine Dupri was in a minor car collision around midnight Thursday in New York after a woman allegedly ran a red light and totaled his Escalade, his representative confirmed to MTV News. The megaproducer wasn’t injured, although his bodyguard did suffer a broken arm. … Richie Sambora checked into an undisclosed treatment facility on Wednesday, Reuters reports. No additional information has been made available regarding the Bon Jovi guitarist, who broke up recently with girlfriend Denise Richards, lost his father and finalized his divorce with Heather Locklear. …

Linkin Park‘s Music for Relief is partnering with Habitat for Humanity and American Forests for philanthropic projects, including the construction of houses for low-income families on the Gulf Coast. Music for Relief is donating $1 from every ticket purchased to the band’s Projekt Revolution tour with My Chemical Romance and Taking Back Sunday to American Forests — enabling a tree to be planted for each person who goes. … Benji Madden and Mandy Moore are among the unlikely guests Aussie indie-pop artist — and former Claire Danes fling — Ben Lee is welcoming on his new album. Rooney, Rachael Yamagata, Tom Petty collaborator Benmont Tench, Charlotte Martin and Nickel Creek‘s Sara Watkins fill out the colorful cast contributing to Ripe, due September 4. …

“American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks will perform the national anthem on Thursday night at the NBA Finals’ game-one matchup of the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs. LeAnn Rimes is scheduled to sing the anthem before the game-two tipoff on Sunday. … Q-Tip is set to preview the first single from his long-delayed, yet-untitled third album, according to an announcement the rapper made on his MySpace page Wednesday. “Listen!!! It’s finally coming,” the post read. “It’s been a minute but it’s finally here. The first song that I’m gonna post is the snippet from my new single called ‘Work It Out.’ … Just in time for the summer. It will be up by Monday at the latest.” …

Yellowcard will open 15 Blue October shows after trekking with the Vans Warped Tour this summer. Yellowcard and Blue October embark on their tour September 20 in Atlanta and wrap it up with a November 10 gig in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. … The Nightwatchman — a.k.a. Tom Morello — performed at the Move Against G8 protest and rally in Germany over the weekend. His U.S. tour kicks off in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Thursday night. …

Another day, another “Borat” lawsuit. This time, according to TheSmokingGun.com, New York businessman Jeffrey Lemerond, 31, who is chased on the street by Sacha Baron Cohen in the movie, claims in a lawsuit that his civil rights were violated by the bit, that he has suffered public humiliation and ridicule as a result and that movie studio 20th Century Fox has unjustly enriched itself through the unauthorized use of his image. Lemerond says the comedy depicts him as “fleeing in apparent terror” from Borat and screaming “go away,” as Cohen sought a hug from him. Lemerond is listed as “John Doe” in the federal lawsuit, though he used his real name in a nearly identical state court lawsuit that was filed — and quickly withdrawn — in January. Lemerond’s face was obscured in a trailer for the film, but was not pixilated in the film itself. …

Franz Ferdinand will be playing a one-off intimate show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday. Tickets went on sale at noon ET and were gone within five minutes. The Bowery set will serve as a warm-up for the band’s slot at this year’s Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee, June 15. … The Black Crowes will perform and Billy Bob Thornton will appear at Guitar Center’s “King of the Blues” finals at Hollywood’s Music Box @ Fonda on June 16. Kenny Wayne Shepherd will also play and Cheech Marin will host. … Grinderman, Nick Cave‘s hard-rock project with some of his Bad Seeds, will open for the White Stripes when they play New York’s Madison Square Garden on July 24. …

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has confirmed that he’ll be working with Anthrax on material for their upcoming, yet-untitled studio album. In an interview with Germany’s Rock Hard magazine, Taylor said he may become the band’s next singer. “It’s been bandied about,” he was quoted as saying. “I’m not saying anything right now because all it’s been is just talked about. Obviously, I’m really good friends with those guys. It kind of started as a joke. And then the more we talked about it, the more serious it got. I’m [going to] at least help them out. It’s kind of a dream come true — Anthrax is one of my favorite bands.” … Bright Eyes mainman Conor Oberst will be teaming up with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a gig set for September 29 at the Hollywood Bowl. The concert will showcase tracks from Bright Eyes’ latest release, Cassadaga.