Kanye West Becomes An Editor; Plus Cassie, Lily Allen, Fabolous, Paris Bennett, Relient K, Foxy Brown & More, In For The Record

Cassie on cover of West-edited Complex; Allen meets with police over alleged assault; Fab performs at NBA Draft afterparty.

Kanye West, who has made his fair share of complaints about the media, can now put his pen to the test — the dapper rapper has been tapped to guest edit the August/September issue of Complex. West — who already acts as a fashion columnist for the magazine — is taking the full editorial reins, and his first decision was to put his “Stronger” castmate Cassie on the cover. West will also conduct interviews and oversee a section highlighting his favorite designers. …

Lily Allen met with British police on Thursday to answer questions about an alleged assault on a photographer outside the Wardour nightclub in London’s Soho neighborhood in March. According to a BBC News report, the 22-year-old singer was bailed by police after answering questions and told to return in late July. …

Fabolous performed on Thursday night at an NBA Draft afterparty hosted by Carmelo Anthony at Pacha nightclub in New York. Kevin Durant, who was the second overall pick, and Zab Judah were in attendance as DJ Clue took to the turntables. … Paris Bennett, Joss Stone, Robbie Williams, Shelby Lynne, Kevin Spacey and others will appear on a duets album with late crooner Dean Martin. The songs featured on Forever Cool, due August 14, pair Martin’s original vocals with new arrangements. …

Relient K were forced to back out of their scheduled performance at Chicago’s Cornerstone Festival on Thursday due to a, um, minor vehicular issue: Their bus and trailer burst into flames as they were making their way from Pennsylvania to Illinois. “All 12 band and crewmembers escaped the fire without injury,” the band said in a statement issued to the festival attendees. “We’re happy to take our health and well-being over some torched guitars and charred MacBook Pros any day. Cornerstone is our absolute favorite festival to play, and it breaks our hearts to have to miss it for the first time in six years. Other than that, we’re in good spirits.” … Two men died Friday (June 29) after falling from scaffolding while taking down a stage the Rolling Stones had performed on the day before at a stadium in Madrid, Spain, officials told The Associated Press.

The woman who supposedly robbed and assaulted Foxy Brown was released from jail Thursday after the rapper didn’t show up to testify against her, AP reports. Roshawn Anthony still faces charges of grand larceny, assault and robbery over the alleged attack that occurred last week, but she is denying the charges. Earlier this week, Brown’s management team retracted its claim that she was robbed of her bag and said instead that she had simply “lost” it. … Many of England’s music retailers are upset over a plan by Prince to bundle free copies of his upcoming Planet Earth album with issues of the Mail on Sunday newspaper. The Guardian newspaper reported that traditional retailers are insulted by the stunt and that Sony BMG U.K. won’t handle the singer’s LP in an effort to appease the music stores; evidently the album will not be traditionally released in Britain at all. As he’s done in the past, Prince also plans to give away free copies of the album with tickets to his upcoming run of shows in London. …

Foo Fighters will release a 10th anniversary deluxe edition of their 1997 LP, The Colour and the Shape, July 10. The two-disc set will boast a number of B-sides and covers. The band is currently working on its next album, the release date for which has yet to be announced. … Manic Street Preachers are bringing their first album in three years, Send Away the Tigers, Stateside on July 24. The band’s eighth LP features Nina Persson from the Cardigans and was mixed by Chris Lord-Alge (Green Day, My Chemical Romance). … Former Phish leader Trey Anastasio will release an Afro-Cuban-spiced all-instrumental album, The Horseshoe Curve, July 24 on his Rubber Jungle Records label. …

On July 6, DJ AM and Kim Kardashian will help kick off the opening of Ibiza, a state-of-the-art nightclub in Washington, D.C., that houses a Starbucks and will broadcast events live on the Net. Samantha Ronson will spin at the club in July. … The first round of dates for Brand New‘s upcoming tour with Thrice and Mewithoutyou has been announced. The trek is set to kick off in Detroit on October 18 and, as of now, is scheduled to run through November 20 in New Orleans. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks. …

Memphis, Tennessee, rockers Egypt Central have been confirmed to play four dates on this year’s Ozzfest. They’ll be taking the tour’s second stage on August 2 in Dallas; August 4 in Selma, Texas; August 6 in St. Louis; and August 8 in Columbus, Ohio. The band released its self-titled debut in 2005. … It’s been more than four years since we last heard from “Tell Me” duo Smilez & Southstar, but the two-man crew has finally put years of legal issues behind it and is gearing up for a return. Southstar said the duo have recorded more than 60 songs for The Re-Introduction, which is slated for release in the fall. Among the guests on the album are Cash Money’s Gotti, as well as Florida homie KC, who sings on the first single, “U,” which is due in July. …

Punkers Vaux announced on Thursday that an upcoming show at the Bluebird Theater in their hometown of Denver will be their final gig. The July 28 show — which will feature recently departed bassist Ryder Robison — will cap a nearly decade-long career and will be followed by a five-song EP. … Audiences attending the global Live Earth events will be asked to sign a “7 Point Pledge” asking them to take action to help curb global warming. On Thursday, Live Earth co-founder and former Vice President Al Gore unveiled the pledge, which asks the signees to put pressure on their countries to cut pollution that causes global warming, reduce their own carbon-dioxide emissions, work to increase their own energy efficiency at home and work, plant trees, and buy from businesses that share a commitment to solving the climate crisis. Organizers also announced that more than 6,000 parties in 119 countries will accompany the eight official concerts.

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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.