T.I. Raves About Girlfriend; Plus Britney Spears, ‘Harry Potter,’ Eve, Beastie Boys, Wyclef Jean & More, In For The Record

Spears' divorce proceedings reportedly hit a snag; 'Order of the Phoenix' premieres in Japan; Eve sentenced to three years' probation.

T.I. candidly discusses his relationship with the mother of his kids, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, in the August issue of Vibe, which is set to hit newsstands next week. The Atlanta rapper confirmed to MTV News in May that he and Cottle had broken up, but the couple have since reconciled and, as T.I. put it in the Vibe interview, “she means to me what my mother meant to me as a kid.” He added, “Somebody that you know is consistently there, has your best interests at heart, and if ain’t nobody else there in the world, [she] gon’ be there. [Tiny's] filled that spot in my life.” …

Have Britney and Kevin‘s divorce proceedings hit a snag? People reported that a source close to Federline told the magazine K-Fed is holding off from signing the final papers because he is concerned about Spears’ recent behavior. The couple reached an agreement in March that would extend their current arrangement of joint legal and physical custody of their two sons. But the source told People that reports of Spears partying post-rehab have spurred Federline to make sure that the divorce arrangement would make it easier for him to potentially limit her access in case her behavior troubles him in the future. …

Japanese kids sporting witch costumes and waving magic wands checked out the Tokyo premiere of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” on Thursday. “Japanese fans are the best!” said Daniel Radcliffe, who was cheered by the masses, The Associated Press reported. …

Eve was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to wear an electronic-monitoring device after pleading no contest to a DUI charge on Thursday (June 28), according to “Entertainment Tonight.” She must also go to 10 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and enroll in a three-month alcohol program. The monitoring device tests for alcohol intake on an hourly basis. …

Phil Spector was weaker than actress Lana Clarkson, who could have shot him more easily than he could have shot her, forensics expert Vincent DiMaio testified on Thursday in the music producer’s murder trial, AP reported. DiMaio said Clarkson probably fired the gun in “a spontaneous reaction of some sort. Stupid. Based on alcohol.” Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson grilled the defense witness for more than two hours, accusing him of “cherry-picking” and “manipulating” facts. Pointing at Spector, DiMaio said, “Look at Mr. Spector. He has Parkinson’s features. He trembles.” …

Beastie Boys have stretched out their upcoming tour in support of The Mix-Up, adding extra gigs in Boston (August 5), New York (August 10), Denver (August 17), Los Angeles (August 20) and San Francisco (August 24). … Cartel are also shipping out for a trek surrounding their eponymous August 21 CD. The band shoves off from Chicago on August 20 and sticks to the tarmac until an October 10 gig in Charlotte, North Carolina. …

Wyclef Jean, Cassie, Michael Strahan, James Blunt, Leonardo DiCaprio and a host of other celebs joined club and restaurant proprietor Unik Ernest on Wednesday night to celebrate his birthday at Gin Lane and PM in Manhattan, New York. The festivities, sponsored by Fed Ex and Klipsch Audio, kicked off with a private dinner and auction for Ernest’s foundation, Edeyo. For the auction, Tommy Hilfiger donated tickets to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Dream Concert he, Russell Simmons, Quincy Jones and others will be staging at Radio City Music Hall on September 18 — the event will feature Stevie Wonder, Robin Thicke and more. After that, DJ Juske took over at the afterparty, where Steve Nash, Rebecca Gayheart and Phillip Bloch were spotted. …

Johnta Austin has penned tracks for everyone from Mariah Carey to Enrique Iglesias, and now he’s getting some payback via guests on his first-ever solo release, Ocean Drive. Mary J. Blige — whose “Be Without You” collaboration with Austin and others earned them a Grammy — partners with him on “Hood Love”; Jadakiss lends support on “Turn It Up”; and DJ Unk spots Austin on the album’s first single, “Video.” …

Korn‘s Family Values Tour is expanding with a second stage, set to feature Five Finger Death Punch, Invitro, Twin Method and other to-be-announced acts. It will also host a “Guitar Hero II” competition, with eight finalists facing off in each city the trek hits. The tour embarks July 20 in St. Louis and ends September 2 in Irvine, California. … The Used have been forced to pull out of their remaining June shows and all their July shows, including a Warped Tour run, while singer Bert McCracken has surgery on a node on one of his vocal cords. According to a post on the band’s Web site, in addition to the surgery, McCracken’s doctors have advised him to rest without singing, after which he is expected to make a full recovery in about five weeks. The band hopes to hit the road again in September. In the meantime, the Used have launched a new application on their homepage that allows fans to make a ringtone out of any song on their three studio albums. …

Coheed and Cambria have reportedly recruited the Foo FightersTaylor Hawkins to play drums on their new album, No World for Tomorrow. The band is working on the LP with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has worked with the Foos in the past. The album, which is set for release this fall, is the last chapter in the ongoing saga of Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon, the main characters in a story that wraps all the band’s concept albums into one. … Robert Plant has dismissed rumors that Led Zeppelin will play a one-off reunion show for a memorial concert honoring Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, who passed away late last year. Reports have insisted that Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones would enlist John Bonham‘s son Jason for the gig — they recruited him for Atlantic’s 40th anniversary gig in 1988 — but Page claims he hadn’t heard anything about the rumored reunion, adding, “If there was one, then there wouldn’t be enough doctors to support it.” …

Depeche Mode singer David Gahan is readying his second solo album. Hourglass is due to land in stores this October and follows 2003′s Paper Monsters. The album will be more electronic than his first effort, and Gahan said the music exudes an “urgency … and a feeling of spontaneity.” … Who knew Michael Moore and Sacha Baron Cohen were mutual admirers? In an interview with AP, the “Sicko” director said Baron Cohen told him at the Toronto International Film Festival that Moore had given him the courage to carry out his confrontational antics through his Borat character. “If he says I was an inspiration for those things, I now have to up the ante for him,” Moore said. …

A federal grand jury indicted former boy-band mogul Lou Pearlman on five bank-fraud charges on Wednesday, claming that he defrauded a bank out of $20 million. AP reported that Pearlman was indicted on three counts of bank fraud, and single counts of mail and wire fraud, for allegedly getting millions in bank loans using documents from a fake accounting firm. He is expected to be transferred from California to Florida in two weeks to face the charges. … Even Apple’s competitors are getting in on the iPhone action. eMusic, the second-biggest digital-music service behind iTunes, has cheekily offered Apple boss Steve Jobs a free lifetime subscription to its service for his new iPhone. The move came as a thank you for Jobs’ recent decision to remove digital-rights management software from some of iTunes’ offerings; all of eMusic’s songs are DRM-free. Also, in honor of Friday’s iPhone unveiling, eMusic is offering 35 free tracks to anyone who signs up for a trial run of their service at eMusic.com/phone.

06.27.07

Usher has more than just a new album on his plate — he’s about to become a father for the first time. In a statement the singer and his fiancee Tameka Foster issued to The Associated Press on Wednesday (June 27), the couple said: “We are extremely excited at this point in our lives planning our wedding and the joy that comes with expecting our first child together. We hope people will be happy for us and respect our privacy during this happy period in our lives.” The baby, which is due in the fall, will be the fourth child for recently divorced stylist Foster. …

Ready to Scream? Dates have been announced for this year’s Screamfest, which will feature T.I., Ciara, Yung Joc, Lloyd and T-Pain. The jaunt begins August 3 in New Orleans, continues through the rest of the month and ends with a pair of shows September 1-2 at Universal City, California’s Gibson Amphitheatre. …

Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama phoned in to New York hip-hop radio station Hot 97 on Wednesday to chat it up with jock Angie Martinez on her afternoon show. Although the Illinois politician didn’t waver too far from his campaign platform — better education, better health care and more jobs — he did reveal his musical playlist. “I’m old-school and generally I’m more of a jazz guy,” he told Martinez. “But having said that, I’m current enough that on my iPod I got a little bit of Jay-Z, a little bit of Beyoncé. A little bit. I don’t want to pretend I know as much as my [children]. I’m falling behind rapidly.” …

Fall Out Boy, Jennifer Lopez, Fergie, and Usher will perform at the fourth annual Fashion Rocks concert, which is scheduled for September 6 at Radio City Music Hall as part of New York Fashion Week. “Entourage” star Jeremy Piven will host the event, which will also feature appearances by Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Ludacris and more. … Andre 3000 is dropping a batch of songs Tuesday — but don’t expect to hear him singing all of them. The Outkast member picked 14 songs he wrote and produced for “Class of 3000″ — the Cartoon Network show that revolves around Sunny Bridges, a character he voices — and bundled them for the soundtrack. The tracks feature the voices of kids and characters from the series, including Bridges. …

It was diva night Tuesday at the BET Awards, where “Dreamgirls” co-stars Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson each took home two trophies. B won Best Female R&B Artist and Video of the Year for “Irreplaceable,” and Hudson snagged Best New Artist and Best Female Actress. Ne-Yo won Best Male R&B Artist, Gnarls Barkley got Best Group, T.I. again won Best Hip-Hop Artist and “The Last King of Scotland” star Forest Whitaker won Best Male Actor. Other winners included Ludacris (for his collabo with Mary J. Blige, “Runaway Love”), Birdman and Lil Wayne (Viewer’s Choice for “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy”) and Diana Ross (Lifetime Achievement). The show also featured tributes to James Brown and Gerald Levert, as well as performances by Hudson (with Jennifer Holliday), Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland with Eve and 50 Cent. …

The sheriff who was criticized for briefly allowing Paris Hilton to leave jail for house arrest explained his actions just hours after Hilton was released from jail on Tuesday. According to a Reuters report, Sheriff Lee Baca suggested that he made the controversial move because he feared for Hilton’s life. While he did not explicitly say Hilton had been in danger of harming herself, Baca said, “I think we all in this room know something about suicide. As the sheriff of this county, I’m not going to let any inmate die in our jails if I know something that can be done that solves the medical problem. … What’s worth more? Serving time in the county jail for driving on a suspended driver’s license or a person losing their life?” A spokesperson for Hilton would not comment on Baca’s remarks. …

A former medical examiner testifying for Phil Spector‘s defense said Wednesday that Lana Clarkson was an aging actress who was out of work and battling depression and health problems — and that after studying her e-mails, medical records and other evidence, he concluded her death was a suicide. Vincent DiMaio said Clarkson had broken her wrists in an accident in 2002; that she had been taking Vicodin; that she wrote to one of her doctors that she “was at the end of her rope and could not function”; and that she noted in an August 21, 2002, day planner entry, “First sober day.” DiMaio also debated the prosecution’s reconstruction of Clarkson’s death on Wednesday. He disagreed with the contention that bruises on her tongue were caused by a gun being forced into her mouth, saying expanding gases from the gunshot were the likely cause. He also refuted the notion that Clarkson’s body had been moved, presumably by Spector; DiMaio argued that the pressure of gunshot gases can cause a body to move after death. …

The lineup for the free Live Earth show on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will include Lenny Kravitz, Pharrell, Macy Gray and a host of homegrown talent. Meanwhile, the gig planned for Istanbul, Turkey, has been axed, reportedly due to a lack of interest and too few sponsors. One of the event’s co-founders, former Vice President Al Gore, has announced that he will attend the New Jersey leg of the worldwide environmental awareness event on July 7. … Shadows Fall will be playing a not-so-secret MySpace Secret Show Thursday at Pearl Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. The bill also features the Probates, the Uncomfortables and Hot Black. …

Morrissey has canceled concerts this week in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Philadelphia due to a throat infection. A half-hour into his show in Boston Tuesday night the singer was unable to continue performing — he had already explained to the crowd that he was ill, saying, “Unfortunately it will not just be the emotions cracking tonight but my voice as well.” His tour is scheduled to resume Saturday night in New York. … In addition to a slate of U.S. dates in support of his self-titled 2006 album, Ben Kweller has announced a three-night run at Southpaw, in Brooklyn, New York, during which he’ll play a different record straight through each night. It will be Sha Sha on July 30, On My Way on July 31 and Ben Kweller on August 1. …

Foxy Brown, who was cited for missing a probation meeting on Friday, showed up four hours late for a probation meeting Tuesday. According to New York’s Daily News, the rapper arrived with five bodyguards and, in a move that riled other ex-cons, was hustled in and out by security guards helping her avoid photographers. … Don’t go to your doctor saying you have “video game addiction” symptoms just yet. On Wednesday, the American Medical Association chose a milder measure over a previously prepared report that would have encouraged the term to be included in a manual of psychiatric witnesses, according to AP. “While more study is needed on the addictive potential of video games, the AMA remains concerned about the behavioral, health and societal effects of video game and Internet overuse,” AMA President Dr. Ronald Davis said. “We urge parents to closely monitor children’s use of video games and the Internet.”