Jay-Z Cameo Surprised Rihanna; Plus 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, T.I., Nick Cannon, Phil Spector, Paris Hilton & More, In For The Record

50, Snoop targeted in 'trash' billboards; T.I. playing MySpace concert hosted by Cannon; Spector prosecutors call last witness.

Rihanna reveals in the June/July issue of Complex — she graces the cover — that she had no idea Jay-Z would make a cameo on her red-hot song “Umbrella.” “I never expect him to collaborate with me. The hope is always there, but he’s never brought it up,” she explained. “I mean, I had two albums out so far and he wasn’t on anything, so for him to just pop up on this one … it was great.” Now Rihanna might be hoping for another man to come into the picture — a certain Hollywood hunk has caught her eye. “What’s that guy’s name who was in that movie with Jessica Alba? Paul [Walker] … um … I think he’s really hot.” …

A Chicago church posted billboards throughout the city Monday, urging people to “Stop Listening to Trash.” 50 Cent and G-Unit, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Nelly, Fat Joe and Twista are among the artists named on the advertisements posted by Faith Community of St. Sabina, local NBC affiliate WMAQ reported. “If we are going to end the violence and disrespect of women, we must fight every form of negativity, including the music industry,” the church’s pastor, the Reverend Michael Pfleger, said in a press release. … Elsewhere in Chi-Town, T.I. will headline a MySpace Live event at the Riviera Theater on Wednesday night (June 20) with Lupe Fiasco, Twista, and DJ Drama scheduled to make appearances. Nick Cannon and Danity Kane‘s Aubrey are set to host the show, which will broadcast simultaneously on MySpace beginning at 10 p.m. ET. …

Prosecutors in the Phil Spector trial called their last witness to the stand Tuesday: criminologist Lynne Herold, whose testimony was reportedly more graphic than any of the experts who previously testified, according to The Associated Press. Herold said blood spatter doesn’t travel more than 2 or 3 feet from where a bullet impacts a person — the defense has contended that blood can travel up to 6 feet, which would support its claim that Clarkson was across the room from Spector when she was shot. … Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, who had denounced Paris Hilton‘s early jail release as celebrity favoritism, has acknowledged that his wife was the subject of a nine-year-old arrest warrant until it was resolved in court Wednesday, Reuters reports. At a City Hall news conference, Delgadillo said he “mishandled the situation” and that his behavior was a breach of “the public trust.” But he also said he hadn’t been aware of the warrant until the Los Angeles Times reported it Wednesday. …

Tickets are currently available for five Prince shows (set for Saturday, Sunday and June 28-30) at the Blossom Ballroom in Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel. Fans who want to see the singer perform at the intimate venue have to pay up for the privilege. For $3,121, you get two reserved seats — tickets are sold in pairs only — plus dinner prepared by Prince’s personal chef. The more budget-conscious fan can get a standing-room ticket for $312.10. For more information, e-mail 3121hrh@thompsonhotels.com. … “Hey Paula,” the reality show chronicling the hectic life of “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul, premieres June 28 on Bravo. The series follows Abdul as she gets ready for the Grammys — and finds her dog biting into a borrowed million-dollar ring — has some drama with the “Bratz” filmmakers, changes out of a Valentino gown in a car on the way to an L.A.-to-Philadelphia flight and decides to redesign her jewelry line hours before appearing to promote it on QVC. And that’s just day one. …

Grab your Neon Bibles — the Arcade Fire are cobbling together another batch of North American dates. But so far, just two dates have been announced for the leg, which will run through early October and also feature LCD Soundsystem: Morrison, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre (September 17) and the Hollywood Bowl (September 20). … Kidz Bop isn’t just a CD sensation anymore — the wildly popular series is getting its own tour. The interactive rock show will be staged in theaters in small arenas, feature a full band — with adults and children singing — and also involve local participants, dance contests, song voting and videos. A national audition will be held Sunday at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, to find six 9- to 13-year-olds to perform on the tour. …

Clive Owen and Frank Miller are teaming up for “Trouble Is My Business,” a big-screen adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s noir novella, Variety reports. Owen will star as private eye Philip Marlowe, and Miller will direct the film. “Frank Miller knows more about noir than anyone I ever met,” Owen said. … The Bouncing Souls, Bad Brains and the Weakerthans will headline the School of Rock Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The family-friendly festival will showcase students from 15 branches of the performance-based after-school music program (the inspiration for Jack Black‘s film “School of Rock”), who will perform on the side stages as the School of Rock All-Stars. Also on main stages will be Ween, Lucero, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid and others. …

Puddle of Mudd will return July 24 with a new album, titled Famous. “It’s about passion and writing music that connects with other people and somehow heals them,” frontman Wes Scantlin said in a statement. “I really want to try to crawl under people’s skin and at the same time make some kick-ass rock and roll music.” The disc, produced by former Black Flag drummer Bill Stevenson, will be the band’s first with new members Christian Stone and Ryan Yerdon. … The Yeah Yeah Yeahs will also return July 24, with an EP titled Is Is. The disc features previously unreleased material written in 2004, while touring behind Fever to Tell. “Rockers to Swallow,” “Down Boy” and “10×10″ are among the tracks on the EP. The band will also release an accompanying film on July 24, featuring footage from live shows that the group performed last month in Brooklyn, New York, playing two sets for 100 fans.

06.19.2007

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.