Amy Winehouse Serves Up More Tour Dates; Plus Hilary, Pussycat Dolls, Metallica, Britney, Stack Bundles & More, In For The Record

Duff going on tour too; PCD, Metallica added to Live Earth London bill; Spears billboards removed.

Amy Winehouse — whose "Rehab" earned her Song of the Year honors at the U.K.'s Mojo awards on Monday — has sketched out a two-week stretch across North America with Scottish singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini, according to Billboard. The jaunt begins with a September 12 gig at New York's Central Park SummerStage and continues until September 29 at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom. ...

Hilary Duff has a trek of her own on the way — she'll kick off a 16-date U.S. tour August 6 in Seattle. The singer's cross-country run will take her to cities including San Diego, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Chicago. Pre-sale tickets for the tour — currently set to wrap up September 1 in Darien Lake, New York — are on sale Tuesday for fan-club members and Wednesday via Target. Regular tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday. ...

It's heaven on Earth for Pussycat Dolls and Metallica fans: Both acts have been added to the London installment of July 7's Live Earth mega-event. "I love my sons. I want them to 'inherit the Earth' for real!" drummer Lars Ulrich said in a statement. "I want the buck to stop here, now. I want lawmakers and laws to impose change." Metallica's performance will be available as a download immediately after the event, with proceeds going to various charities. Kasabian and Terra Naomi have also been added to the London gig. ...

Radio-station billboards featuring photos of a bald, grimacing Britney Spears have been removed from Florida highways after the singer's attorneys threatened legal action, The Associated Press reports. Spears' lawyers sent a letter to Clear Channel Communications on Thursday, accusing WFLZ-FM of "offensive, unauthorized commercial exploitation" of the singer's image and demanding that the three Tampa-area billboards be removed. "We have confirmed that the billboards are down," Clear Channel spokeswoman Michele Clarke said Tuesday (June 19). The ads pictured Spears and "The MJ Morning Show" host Todd Schnitt alongside slogans including "Total Nut Jobs," "Shock Therapy," and "Certifiable." Schnitt told The St. Petersburg Times that he does not support the station's decision to remove the ads. ...

A spokesperson for the New York Police Department told MTV News that despite local media reports, authorities have not tied the death of 20-year-old aspiring rapper Charles White to a retaliation for last week's fatal shooting of Stack Bundles. Police said that they are still investigating the shooting of White, who was found dead in the Queens, New York, neighborhood of Springfield Gardens early Tuesday. A funeral service for Stack Bundles, who was killed in a shooting last week, was held Monday. ... Lindsay Lohan will not be celebrating her release from rehab with a Las Vegas 21st birthday blowout after all. The Los Angeles Times reports that Pure nightclub released a statement on Monday announcing that the party has been canceled, explaining, "We support Lindsay and wish her the best as she is taking care of personal matters at this time. Due to the unique circumstances, as of this afternoon, Lindsay's birthday party at Pure Nightclub has been canceled. We think the world of her and look forward to working with her in the future." ...

Nicole Richie's DUI trial has been pushed back to July 11, but a judge will not grant any further delays, Reuters reports. In a brief hearing Tuesday — which the actress did not attend — Los Angeles County District Attorney office spokeswoman Jane Robison said, "She has two options: Either she goes to trial or she changes her 'not guilty' plea." Richie was arrested in December after driving the wrong way on a freeway in Los Angeles. Police say she failed a sobriety test and admitted to having smoked marijuana and taken Vicodin. According to Robison, Richie faces a minimum punishment of 90 days in jail if convicted, as she had been previously convicted for driving under the influence in a separate incident. ... Senator Hillary Clinton has chosen Celine Dion's "You and I" as her campaign theme song — and she made the announcement Tuesday with a Web video spoofing the final scene of "The Sopranos." The announcement ended a monthlong interactive Internet campaign that attracted more than 1 million viewers to her campaign Web site. ... Not everyone in Chicago is psyched about Lollapalooza cranking up the tunes along the lakefront in August. The annual festival, which is held in the city's storied Grant Park and brings in $1 million a year to clean up city parks, heard some harsh criticism at a public meeting on Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune. Some neighbors complained that noise from the concert — which is expected to draw 200,000 people August 3-5 to hear the likes of Pearl Jam, Lupe Fiasco and Modest Mouse — has leaked into their living rooms. Organizers responded to the complaints by agreeing to cut off performances at 10 p.m. and turn five of the nine stages toward Lake Michigan to reduce noise. ...

The creators of San Francisco's hip annual Noise Pop festival announced a new Bay Area gala on Tuesday: the Treasure Island Music Festival, which will be held September 15-16 in San Francisco. Headliners include Modest Mouse and Thievery Corporation, while Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, M.I.A., DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist, Built to Spill, M. Ward, Spoon and others will also perform. Treasure Island is a man-made landmass in the middle of the San Francisco Bay that was built in 1939. ... The Killers, Panic! at the Disco, Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Gym Class Heroes, Too Short, Social Distortion, Spoon, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Air, Brand New and the Academy Is ... are among the artists confirmed for this year's Street Scene festival. The two-day event will be held September 22-23 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego. ...

Jack Black is enrolling in witch school, Variety reports. The actor is teaming up with director Todd Phillips ("Old School") for "Man-Witch." Black will play a schoolteacher who discovers his witchy powers, joins a coven and takes lessons alongside young female witches-in-training. ... Ra Ra Riot plan to carry on as a band without late drummer John Pike, who was found dead earlier this month. "As we continue, the pain of missing a dear friend will remind us how much we loved him," the band wrote in a MySpace blog entry. "Coinciding with the wishes of John's family, we have decided to continue onward." ... Jewel is testifying before Congress on Tuesday about youth homelessness. The singer, who was homeless as a teen, is speaking to the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support in a hearing that marks the passage of a bipartisan resolution declaring November as National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. The initiative is sponsored by Virgin Mobile's pro-social movement RE*Generation. ...

Long-running indie 'zine Punk Planet is closing up shop. After 13 years of chronicling and championing the underground, the mag announced in a post on its Web site Monday that it is ceasing publication after the issue now hitting stands. A combination of decreased readership and advertising revenue and the fallout from a bankruptcy filing by the mag's newsstand distributor contributed to the decision. "Add to that the stagnation that the independent record world is suffering under and the effect that has had on our ad sales, not to mention the loss of independent bookstores with a vested interest in selling our publication, and it all adds up to a desperate situation," read a note from editor/founder Daniel Sinker. The magazine's Web site will live on as a social networking hub and its offshoot book line will also continue to publish new titles.

06.18.2007

Britney Spears isn't crazy about a handful of billboards promoting "The MJ Morning Show" in Florida — and she's threatening legal action because of them, according to documents obtained by TheSmokingGun.com. In a letter sent last week to Clear Channel Communications lawyer Donna Schneider, the pop star's counsel Lynda Goldman claims the billboards — which feature a snarling, bald Spears next to radio host Todd Schnitt, and the headlines "Total Nut Jobs," "Shock Therapy" and "Certifiable" — are "outrageous to the extreme." In the letter, Goldman demands the billboards be removed and says Spears is entitled to "very substantial damages" from Clear Channel because her "likeness has a multimillion-dollar value for authorized commercial exploitations." ...

Jennifer Hudson, Steve Carell and Eddie Murphy are among the 115 people who have been asked to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Ryan Gosling, Daniel Craig, Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston have also been invited to be a part of the group, which is responsible for the Academy Awards. ...

Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler declared a teary-eyed Sara Caplan in contempt of court on Monday. The former Phil Spector defense attorney refused to testify that she saw forensics expert Henry Lee pick up possible evidence in the murder case, The Associated Press reports. The judge ordered her jailed until she testifies but stayed the order to allow for an immediate appeal. ... Paris Hilton's mother and father visited her in jail over the weekend, and Kathy Hilton told MSNBC that the heiress "is doing as well as she can." When asked how his Father's Day was treating him on Sunday, Rick Hilton said, "It's not one of my best." ... Shar Jackson has hired an attorney in her flap with Star magazine over its claims that she is pregnant with Kevin Federline's baby, according to TMZ.com. She said her children are being affected by the rumors and is willing to submit to a pregnancy test to prove she's not expecting. ...

Mötley Crüe filed a $20 million suit against manager Carl Stubner — who also represents Tommy Lee — on Monday, alleging that he hurt the band's reputation, diverted revenue and mismanaged Lee's career. In the lawsuit, the band claims Stubner "promoted Lee's solo activities to the detriment of the band, and at the same time, mismanaged Lee's career so as to harm the Mötley Crüe brand and Lee's reputation as a musician and bandmember." A call to Sanctuary Group, which is also named as a defendant in the suit, was not immediately returned. ... Robert De Niro isn't getting his way in court. A federal judge declined to dismiss a suit that alleges the actor misrepresented his health on an insurance form for his 2005 Fox flick "Hide and Seek," AP reports. Fireman's Fund claims De Niro wrote on the form that he had never been diagnosed with or treated for prostate cancer — but according to court documents, he was diagnosed with the disease in 2003 after undergoing a prostate-gland biopsy. The diagnosis and treatment delayed the movie production, with the group paying Fox more than $1.8 million to cover the delay. A hearing set for July 2 will decide whether the case should go back to state court. ...

The Smashing Pumpkins have lined up their first TV performances in seven years, and David Letterman will be doing the hosting honors. The band will unveil new Zeitgeist material when they play his "Late Show" on July 9 and 13. ... 50 Cent will make some serious money from his affiliation with Queens, New York, beverage brand Glacéau — his Formula 50 is one of the brand's VitaminWater flavors — but reports that surfaced late last month estimating that he'll earn $400 million thanks to Coca-Cola's $4.1 billion buyout of the company were about $300 million off, according to Forbes. 50's profile on the magazine's Celebrity 100 list estimates that the deal, which is not yet finalized, will net the rapper $100 million. ...

Avril Lavigne's next single, "When You're Gone," is scheduled to hit radio Monday (June 18). The video, directed by Marc Klasfield (Jay-Z, Gnarls Barkley) premieres on "TRL" Thursday. ... Lavigne was named Favorite Canadian Artist by viewers at Sunday's MuchMusic Video Awards, and broke down in tears during her acceptance speech, thanking fans for their votes. She also performed "Girlfriend" on the show, and took the Best International Video by a Canadian prize for the clip. Other viewers-choice winners include Favorite International Group My Chemical Romance (the band also won Best International Video - Group), Favorite International Artist Hilary Duff and Favorite Canadian Group Billy Talent. ...

Michael Jackson settled a $48 million lawsuit on Monday that had been brought by New Jersey financial company Prescient Acquisition ofHackensack, AP reports. A lawyer for Prescient owner Darien Dash said Dash had helped Jackson secure $573 million in financing to purchase Sony Corp.'s half of the Beatles' song catalog Jackson co-owned with the company. The lawyer also claimed Dash had helped Jackson refinance a $272 million bank loan. Terms of the settlement have not been released. ... Lou Pearlman will be transported from Guam to Florida to face a bankruptcy charge, according to AP. It could be two to three weeks before the former 'NSYNC and Backstreet Boys manager, who appeared before a federal judge in Guam on Friday, arrives there. ... Julia Roberts gave birth to her third child, Henry Daniel Moder, on Monday. ...

Cody L. Conover, a 25-year-old man from Lancaster, Kentucky, died Friday while attending the Bonnaroo festival, AP reports. Conover was taken to the United Regional Hospital in Manchester, Tennessee, at 11 a.m. Friday with no visible signs of trauma, and was pronounced dead shortly afterward. Conover's death is the sixth fatality in the event's six-year history. Investigators are looking into drugs and heat as possible causes of death. It will be several weeks before police determine the official cause. ... Also at Bonnaroo, legendary jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman, 77, collapsed onstage Sunday night midway through his 90-minute set. The Dallas Morning News reported that Coleman crumpled to the stage and had to be carried off by his bandmembers after succumbing to apparent heat stroke. Coleman was taken to a local hospital and was in stable condition Sunday night. ...

Velvet Revolver's upcoming North American run with Alice in Chains is scheduled to launch August 5 in Baltimore. Seventeen dates have been announced for the first leg of the tour, which will hit cities including Toronto; Mansfield, Massachusetts; Wantagh, New York; Scranton, Pennsylvania; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Tinley Park, Illinois; and St. Paul, Minnesota. ... Radiohead posted some new material on their Dead Air Space blog Friday, in a post titled "a bit of tape from the studio." The 1:27-long clip features video of a reel-to-reel tape player churning out selections from songs — some sound like they may be backward — and is accompanied by the description, "I keep bits of tape which have been chopped out of the mixes when they were edited ... stick em on a reel ... when you play it back it sounds like ... this." ...

Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society have parted ways with Roadrunner Records after just one album, the band announced Sunday. Roadrunner released 2006's Shot to Hell, which has sold 121,000 copies since it hit stores in September. The band promises an "exciting announcement" regarding its future will be made in the coming weeks. ... The Dillinger Escape Plan have confirmed rumors that they have parted ways with drummer Chris Pennie; he now plays drums with Coheed and Cambria. The band has enlisted Stolen Babies' Gil Sharone to help finish current album recording sessions. The band revealed in a statement that its forthcoming album will be titled Ire Works and will be produced by Steve Evetts (Saves the Day, Earth Crisis); the set is due in stores this fall. ...

Former Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen was paroled from a New Jersey correctional facility in April, Blabbermouth reported Friday. According to records posted on the New Jersey Department of Corrections Web site, Eisen (whose real name is Tod Salvador) served 11 months for attempting to lure or entice a child stemming from his arrest for allegedly meeting and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in January 2005. He was fired from Static-X following his arrest. ... A pirated copy of Michael Moore's U.S. health care exposé "Sicko" was available on YouTube and BitTorrent over the weekend — two weeks ahead of the documentary's June 29 release, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The trade paper's source said distributor Weinstein Company plans to take "a very aggressive approach to protecting the film." Moore hasn't commented on the leak, though he did say he wasn't opposed to the unauthorized distribution of his "Fahrenheit 9/11" in a 2004 interview with Scotland's Daily Herald. "I don't agree with the copyright laws and I don't have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it with people as long as they're not trying to make a profit off my labor," Moore said at the time. "The more people who see it, the better."