A.M. Surf Report: Britney Spears 'On Hiatus' Until '08; Paris Hilton's Tired Of Being A Punchline

Plus Lindsay Lohan's 'passed out' photo sells hoodies; release of 'Manhunt 2' temporarily suspended.

The news happens all the time, even while you're catching up on beauty sleep. Check out this brief rundown to bring you up to speed this morning — a quick heads up from your friends at MTV News.

Here's what we've got:

Hold out just a little bit longer for the next Lauryn Hill project. It's really going to happen, according to her reps. Hill's camp told us that her "Surf's Up" contribution "Lose Myself" isn't the end of the line — she has returned to the studio and has a batch of fresh material ready to roll. ...

Forget what you've heard — Cassie has not been dumped by Diddy. "Cassie's definitely not dropped from Bad Boy," Diddy told us. "She's in the studio [working on her next album]. Diddy says you can expect to hear Kanye West and Pharrell on the disc. ...

Metal fans rejoice: Behemoth is #1 ... on a list of bands that a Polish organization wants to hit with a nationwide ban. "It's very extreme and very dangerous," frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski told us of the campaign, which also targets Marilyn Manson and Slayer.

Quote of the Day: "Holding a record in your hands, especially a vinyl, if you can, that means so much more than this fast-forward, disposable attitude towards music." — Jack White

Here's what everyone else is talking about:

Don't expect to have a new Britney Spears album in your hands any time soon, Life & Style reports. "I put her on hiatus," Spears rep Leslie Sloane Zelnik said, according to the magazine. "Brit's album is pushed until '08. If she has no album, there's no reason to do anything. ... Let's go on hiatus until we have a campaign to do." ...

Paris Hilton spoke with Ryan Seacrest on Thursday. And while the "American Idol" host wasn't exactly hitting her with probing questions ("Hey, how are you?"), Paris delivered a few real answers, noting that time in jail and away from her life has made her grateful for what she has — and aware that the press isn't laughing with her. "I just realize that the media used me to make fun of and be mean about," Hilton told Seacrest. "I'm frankly sick of it. I want to use my fame in a good way." ...

Nothing says "buy this hoodie" like a photo of Lindsay Lohan wearing one while apparently passed out in a car. The New York Times reports that American Apparel has used the paparazzi shot of Lindsay to promote the $40 sweatshirt she's wearing in the photo. ...

Take Two Interactive Software has "temporarily suspended" distribution plans for "Manhunt 2," Reuters reports. The game, initially due July 10, was recenly hit with an AO rating in the U.S. and banned in the U.K. "We continue to stand behind this extraordinary game. We believe in freedom of creative expression, as well as responsible marketing, both of which are essential to our business of making great entertainment," Take-Two said in a statement. ...

Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Robin Thicke and Carlos Santana will perform to raise money for a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial at Washington, D.C.'s National Mall, The Associated Press reports. The show, organized by Russell Simmons, Quincy Jones and Tommy Hilfiger, will be held September 18 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. ...

Alicia Keys went shopping in Tribeca and picked up "Catfish," a film script that will be brought to life by her Big Pita, Little Pita production company, Variety reports. The project, developed at Tribeca Film Institute, follows a woman who launches a huge strike against a corporation in small-town Mississippi. ...

If you want to hear all of the new Smashing Pumpkins music, you're going to have to buy Zeitgeist three times. The band is releasing the regular album, plus three special editions — one for Best Buy, another for Target and another for iTunes — each with its own bonus track, Pitchfork reports. ...

A judge ruled Tuesday that a sexual-harassment lawsuit filed against "American Idol" producers and season-four hopeful Mario Vasquez will be settled out of court in arbitration, in keeping with the contract that plaintiff Magdaleno Olmos signed when he joined the show's staff, E! Online reports. ...

And a lawyer has asked the RIAA to sue the Bush twins for making the president a mix CD, BoingBoing.net reports. "This is a serious violation of copyright," the letter to the RIAA's director of investigative services reads. "I hope and expect that you at the RIAA will display the same vigor in prosecuting this matter and protecting the rights of your rights-holders that it has displayed in enforcing those rights against other alleged violators."