Britney Spears Comments On Family Feud; Plus 'Harry Potter,' Kanye West, Diddy, Korn, Velvet Revolver & More, In For The Record

'Deathly Hallows' breaks Amazon preorder record; West, Diddy, Nelly Furtado honor Princess Diana; Korn face lawsuit for missing festival.

Britney Spears hasn't confirmed that she delivered a letter to her mother requesting that Lynne Spears stay away from Britney's sons Sean Preston and Jayden James if she's on any medication that would "impair her ability to be around them," as TMZ reported Thursday, but all doesn't sound well with the Spears clan judging by what the singer told People. "I'm praying for her right now," Britney said, according to the magazine's Web site. "[I hope] she gets all the help she needs." Meanwhile, the elder Spears predicts a bright future. "I've got a strong family, and everything is going to be fine," Lynne told People. ...

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" is Amazon's most preordered product, with almost 1.6 million copies bought before the book's July 21 release, Reuters reports. The online retailer said Monday (July 2) that demand had passed the previous record of 1.5 million preorders, which was set by "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." ...

England's princes William and Harry hosted a party for 70,000 at London's Wembley Stadium on Sunday celebrating the life of their late mother, Princess Diana, with a concert that featured sets from Nelly Furtado, Kanye West, Pharrell, Diddy, Elton John and Lily Allen. The six-hour show featured some of Diana's favorite acts, such as Duran Duran, Tom Jones (who dueted with Joss Stone on the Arctic Monkeys' "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"), the English National Ballet, Rod Stewart and Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. ...

Organizers of France's Hellfest plan to file a lawsuit against Korn and the band's management after the group failed to perform at the event last week. In a statement issued June 22 — the day the band was scheduled to play Hellfest — Korn frontman Jonathan Davis blamed "severe weather" conditions "and a negligent promoter who didn't provide adequate cover for our gear" for the band's withdrawal from the fest. "We were advised to cancel the show for risk of the band being electrocuted. The fans were short-changed and that pisses us off. This was an especially important show for us given my illness last year which prevented me from performing. I am seriously bummed." Hellfest organizer Benjamin Barbaud announced his intention to sue Korn on Monday in an interview with French site Maville.com, stating that the band was paid in full although it didn't play, and that all conditions were met to ensure Korn's safety. ...

Velvet Revolver will celebrate Tuesday's release of Libertad with an intimate club show at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California, on Thursday. ... Do you like H.I.M.? Would you call yourself the band's biggest fan? The Ville Valo-fronted act is hosting a contest to find that fan, and the winner will be flown to Seattle to meet the boys at the opening night of the Projekt Revolution Tour. Fans can enter by creating a video no longer than three minutes that lets everyone know why they love H.I.M., uploading the clip to YouTube, and e-mailing the link to himbiggestfan@warnerreprise.com — with the subject line "HIM Biggest Fan contest" — before Thursday. ... Morrissey's tour is back on track after the singer was forced to postpone dates last week due to a throat infection. He is slated to perform Monday night in Vienna, Virginia, and will make up the interrupted Boston show on Saturday. The other gigs are also being rescheduled. ...

In a sign that Apple's iTunes is losing some of its iron grip, Universal Music Group has reportedly refused to renew its annual contract to sell music on the leading download site, asking instead to sell music by its artists (which include 50 Cent, Amy Winehouse and U2) at will. The New York Times reports that the month-to-month deal would make it easier for Universal to remove its songs from iTunes on short notice, should the two sides fail to agree on pricing in the future. If Universal pulled its catalog from iTunes, Apple would lose access to labels that account for one out of three new releases sold in the U.S. ...

Thursday have returned to Victory Records — the label they'd left years ago under rather bitter terms — now that they are no longer with Island Records. Thursday plan to release a CD/DVD package through Victory to hold fans over as they work on new material for the follow-up to 2006's A City by the Light Divided. The set will include demos and several new tracks. ... Hi-Five singer Tony Thompson's death at age 31 was caused by an accidental overdose while huffing Freon gas, according to an autopsy report issued Friday, The Waco Times-Herald reports. No illegal drugs or alcohol were found in his system, but a small amount of Methadone was detected, according to the report. Thompson was found dead in his Waco, Texas, home on June 1. ...

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon is hosting a charity auction on eBay to benefit Equality Now, an organization that works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world. Items including dinner with Whedon; advance copies of "Those Left Behind," a "Serenity" special-edition hardcover, signed by Whedon; and engraved watches made for the "Buffy" crew — all accompanied by an autographed "Buffy" lithograph — will be up for bid beginning Monday. ...

In a move that has likely brought a grin to Stephen Colbert's face, South Korean superstar Rain canceled an eagerly expected show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Saturday. The only scheduled American date on the singer/actor/dancer's Rain's Coming world tour was deep-sixed by the promoter's failure to properly set up the stage, the singer told the Los Angeles Times. "When I came to the venue, the LED screen couldn't be set up. I have rain falling in the concert — that couldn't work," said Rain, who is often called the "Justin Timberlake of Asia" — and earned Colbert's ire after taking #1 on a Time readers' poll of the year's most influential people.

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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.