Jennifer Lopez Set For First-Ever Tour; Plus Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna, Pink, Harry Potter, Lil’ Flip & More, In For The Record

Clarkson 'regrets' feud with Clive Davis; Rihanna breaks out inevitable umbrella range; Pink scraps show in Greece.

All eyes will be on Jennifer Lopez when she launches her first-ever concert tour September 29 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Husband Marc Anthony will co-headline the trek, which will take them through the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Dates will be announced next week. Each set will include English- and Spanish-spoken songs, and $1 from every ticket sold will go toward financial-services company ING’s school-fitness program for kids, Run for Something Better …
Kelly Clarkson told Reader’s Digest for the magazine’s August issue that she got her way with her new album after a public battle with RCA, but the singer says in a new post on her Web site that she regrets feuding with label head Clive Davis over My December. “Contrary to recent characterizations in the press, I’m well aware that Clive is one of the great record men of all time,” reads the post. “He has been a key advisor and has been an important force in my success to date. I really regret how this has turned out and I apologize to those whom I have done disservice. I would never intentionally hurt anyone. I love music, and I love the people I am blessed to work with.” …

Who needs a clothing line when you can have an umbrella range — especially if you’re Rihanna? The singer has done the inevitable by partnering with British company Totes for a collection perfectly suited for her “Umbrella” single. Take your pick right here.Pink couldn’t stomach her planned gig at Athens’ recent Fly BEEyond Festival — she came down with a bout with gastroenteritis and had to bail hours before going onstage, according to the show’s promoter, Hot Beez. The show will not be made up, but ticket holders are being offered cash refunds. …

“Hallows” be thy name: The final installment of the Harry Potter series racked up some big numbers over the weekend (surprised?). Scholastic says roughly 8.3 million copies of the book sold in the first 24 hours upon its release Saturday, with Borders, Amazon and Barnes & Noble all reporting more than 1 million copies sold each. The sales were impressive in the U.K., where the book sold 2.7 million copies in the first 24 hours, and in Canada, where it moved about 812,000 in its first 48 hours. Daniel Radcliffe had his own reason to celebrate Monday (July 23): The actor turned 18, gaining access to a fortune that is the U.S. equivalent of roughly $40 million. …

Freestyle king Lil’ Flip turned himself in on a felony charge of credit-card abuse on Saturday after authorities said he tried to buy a $671 Southwest Airlines ticket to Baltimore from Houston in June using an American Express card held by someone else. Flip, 26 (born Wesley Eric Weston Jr.), was booked and released on $2,000 bond, according to the Houston Chronicle. Lil’ Flip’s attorney and manager addressed the allegations on Monday. “Flip had absolutely no involvement with any sort of credit card fraud,” Sandy Lal said in a statement. “He never personally handles any travel arrangements; that is left to promoters and travel agents.” His attorney Stanley Schneider added: “A complete investigation will easily show that Lil’ Flip is innocent of all charges and is actually a victim of a scam.” … Cops working the John Mayer concert at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania, were busy on Saturday, arresting 63 fans, according to The Patriot-News. Among the arrests were 46 for underage drinking; 14 for disorderly conduct; and three each for public drunkenness, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. …

It’s all about “The Simpsons Movie” this week, as the much-anticipated flick opens Friday, but some people haven’t forgotten about the show’s upcoming 19th season — namely Jack Black, Lionel Richie, Topher Grace and MTV News’ own Kurt Loder, all of whom will be paying guest appearances. Black will voice the character of Milo, who scares Comic Book Guy by opening up a competing store. In other “Simpsons” news, Matt Groening has finally ‘fessed up to where he got the idea for Marge Simpson’s blue beehive. He told The New York Times Magazine in an interview published Sunday that her ‘do was inspired by “The Bride of Frankenstein” and his own mom’s hairstyle in the ’60s. …

The Arcade Fire aren’t burning out anytime soon — the indie-rockers have extended their tour with LCD Soundsystem with four additional dates: September 30 in St. Paul, Minnesota; October 3 in Louisville, Kentucky; October 5 in Columbus, Ohio; and October 6 at New York’s Randall’s Island. … The Shins are tacking a cover of Pink Floyd‘s “Breathe” onto their “Turn Me On” U.K. single. …

The Reverend Al Sharpton is supporting New York State Senator Antoine Thompson’s idea to penalize record companies that don’t crack down on denigrating lyrics by pulling the state’s public investments from them, The Associated Press reports. According to Thompson, about $3 billion of the state’s pension fund is invested in the entertainment industry. … Iconic indie label Sympathy for the Record Industry — which has issued albums by the White Stripes, Hole, Rocket From the Crypt and a slew of others over the years — is up on the block, according to Idolator.com. Owner Long Gone John is pricing the label and its “questionable/nebulous rights to nearly 750 releases by over 550 bands” at “$625,000, or $700,000 if I don’t like you.” …

There have been some lineup changes in Perry Farrell‘s Satellite Party project. Former Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt jumped ship last week, saying, “I have always felt uncomfortable with the direction of the lineup and live show. I truly do believe in the songs and music on the album, and I wish Perry Farrell and any musician that remains on tour all the best.” Drummer Kevin Figg also opted to leave, but no reason was offered for his departure. In their place, Farrell has recruited Silvertide guitarist Nick Perri and drummer Jordan Plosky, who has worked with Ryan Cabrera in the past. …

Babyface, Queen Latifah, Garth Brooks and others will perform at a concert to raise funds for a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on September 18. The event, set to take place at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, will also feature previously announced artists Stevie Wonder, Robin Thicke and more. … Jeff Beck‘s manager tells Billboard.com that, contrary to a report the site published Friday, the guitarist is not planning to tour with Jimmy Page and others as the Yardbirds this fall.

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Jessica Simpson is a big spender, she recently admitted to Harper’s Bazaar — big surprise there. But the singer/actress also revealed that while sister Ashlee “goes to a thrift store and can buy something for 20 bucks … I have to go buy a black button-down at Barneys. For $900. Because it’s a collector’s item,” she said in the magazine’s August issue, which features Jessica on the cover. When asked which career she would pick if she had to choose between music and movies, she replied, “In my music career, there have been moments of failure, and with acting I haven’t had that yet. But music is opening up my heart and every emotion inside of me.” …

Speaking of Ashlee, you might not want to wait around for that supposed Robert Smith collabo she’s been raving about. “I would be hugely surprised if I end up working with Ashlee this year, but I haven’t ruled it out,” he told Billboard.com. He added: “I went to see her in ‘Chicago.’ … I was impressed. The fact is, when she got onstage and sang, she was really good.” …

50 Cent has beef again — but this time, it isn’t with a rival rapper. On Friday (July 20), he filed a lawsuit seeking at least $1 million in damages from online-ad company Traffix Inc. for using his image without permission in a graphic advertisement, Reuters reports. Even further, 50 says that the ad — which features a cartoon version of him and the message “shoot the rapper and you will win $5,000 or five ringtones guaranteed,” according to the suit — promotes violence and threatens his safety. The suit cites the “vile, tasteless and despicable” use of the rapper’s image and says it “quite literally calls for violence against” him. A lawyer representing Traffix declined to comment to Reuters.

“I’ll just say no until I get my way, and I did,” Kelly Clarkson told Reader’s Digest for the magazine’s August issue, in regards to conflicts with RCA over her new album My December. The singer added that label execs “hated ‘Miss Independent’ on my first album. … The song I wrote that they hated the most was ‘Because of You.’ I fought and fought for it, it became successful and they finally got behind it.” Clarkson also talked “American Idol,” saying she did her own hair and makeup for the first half of the inaugural season. …

Want a side of Ne-Yo with your Big Mac? If so, you’re getting your wish — the R&B artist, along with Twista, Kenna and others, are going to be performing 10 free gigs at McDonald’s restaurants … in the parking lot. Billboard.com reports that the happy meal on wheels will begin Thursday at the Venice Beach Recreation Center in California, then hit up eight other cities before wrapping September 25 in Austin, Texas. …

Lindsay Lohan turned herself in to police on Thursday in connection with her Memorial Day car accident, The Associated Press reports. Lohan was fingerprinted, photographed and booked on charges of driving under the influence and suspicion of misdemeanor hit-and-run at around 4 p.m. and was released about an hour later on $30,000 bail. Shortly after the Memorial Day crash, Lohan, 21, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving at a Los Angeles hospital, where she was taken for treatment. Police have still not revealed the results of tests on a substance they said at the time was believed to be cocaine found during the investigation. The singer/actress’ blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash was above the California legal limit of .08, but police have not said how high it was. A court date was scheduled for August 24. …

J.K. Rowling posted a long letter to fans on her Web site on Friday saying she felt “a heady mixture of excitement, nerves and relief.” (To read the full missive, in which she doles out a long list of acknowledgements, you’ll have to go to JKRowling.com, use a “port key” and do some digging.) … Annie Lennox has pulled out the big guns for an AIDS-prevention fundraising song on her upcoming Songs of Mass Destruction album, due in October. The album will feature a self-described “powerful feminist anthem” titled “Sing,” which has a chorus of 23 iconic female singers, among them Madonna, Sarah McLachlan, Celine Dion, Fergie, Faith Hill, Pink, Dido, Shakira, Joss Stone and KT Tunstall. …

The track list for James Blunt‘s forthcoming LP, All the Lost Souls, has been revealed. The disc, scheduled for a September 18 release, will boast 10 tracks: “1973,” “One of the Brightest Stars,” “I’ll Take Everything,” “Same Mistake,” “Carry You Home,” “Give Me Some Love,” “I Really Want You,” “Shine On,” “Annie” and “I Can’t Hear the Music.” … Afraid Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke might come down on you “like a ton of bricks”? Hopefully your name isn’t Gordon Brown. Yorke is speaking out about carbon emissions in a new video post on TheBigAsk.com — the Web site for a climate-change virtual-march effort backed by Friends of the Earth. “I’m reminding my [member of Parliament] to remind [new British Prime Minister] Gordon Brown that he’s committed to a bill to reduce our CO2 emissions double-quick-time, and if he doesn’t, we’re going to come down on him like a ton of bricks.” …

Korn avatars will perform the band’s new single, “Evolution,” in MTV’s Virtual Pimp My Ride program this Monday, July 23. Fans will also be able to listen to the band’s entire new album, Untitled, before it hits the streets July 31. In related news, Korn are said to be mulling a covers album, on which they’d tackle tracks including Nine Inch Nails‘ “Head Like a Hole” and “Love My Way” by the Psychedelic Furs. … The Asbury Park Press reports that New Jersey State Police made 20 arrests on Wednesday at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, during a Tool concert. Police claim the arrests included charges of underage drinking and possession of marijuana but did not provide a more detailed breakdown of arrests. …

Feist, My Morning Jacket‘s Jim James, the New PornographersA.C. Newman, author Sarah Vowell, Grizzly Bear and others are coming together to help “to try to settle the debate: words or music — which is better?” The one-night-only shindig will go down August 26 at the Beacon Theatre in New York, be hosted by comedian and “Daily Show” contributor Demetri Martin and benefit the free writing programs put on by literary hipster supreme Dave Eggers‘ nonprofit tutoring program, 826NYC. …

New Order over? Uh, that’s news to Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris, who said they will carry on with the group even though departed bassist Peter Hook recently said on Xfm that the band was through. “We would have hoped he could have approached us personally first,” they said in a statement to BBC News. “New Order have not split up, they continue to exist.” … The Cure are working on a three-hour documentary film to celebrate their 30th year as a band. The film, which would be released as a DVD, will chronicle the group’s career. …

A source tells RollingStone.com that Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck will tour as the Yardbirds with the band’s original bassist and drummer starting in October. The source added that Eric Clapton, another former member, will not be participating. … Testament inked a deal with Nuclear Blast onstage in front of 20,000 fans at a concert in Germany on Wednesday. A new album featuring original members Eric Peterson, Chuck Billy, Alex Skolnick, Greg Christian and new drummer Nick Barker (Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth) is on the way. …

Onetime Flavor Flav love interest Brigitte Nielsen has checked into rehab to treat an undisclosed condition, according to manager Steven Tempone. The AP reported that Tempone said the towering blond actress and 44-year-old co-star of the “Strange Love” reality show, “[checked in] on her own free will and we’re proud of her and wish her very well.” … According to the San Jose Mercury News, many Ozzfest fans who scored free tickets to this summer’s heavy-metal extravaganza are deciding to stay home. The paper claims only about 50 percent of the people who had tickets to recent shows actually showed for the concert. About 18,000 were expected at Thursday’s Ozzfest date at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, but the city took security precautions in the event that all 30,000 people who received free tickets made it out to the venue. … Al Gore III, the 24-year-old son of former Vice President Al Gore, has been charged with possession of marijuana and prescription drugs, according to TMZ.com. He was arrested on July 4 in Laguna Niguel, California, after being stopped for speeding. …

Fourteen years after three teens were sent to jail for the May 1993 murder of three 8-year-old boys in Arkansas, a lawyer for the so-called West Memphis Three has said new DNA evidence proves his clients’ innocence. The Arkansas Times reported that police are conducting new interviews to determine how a hair from a stepfather of one of the boys ended up at the crime scene. Attorneys for the three convicted men — whose plight was highlighted on the 2000 Free the West Memphis 3 album on songs by Steve Earle, Tom Waits and late Clash leader Joe Strummer — said there was no DNA evidence at the scene that matches their clients’. The mother of one of the victims has stated recently that she now believes the three convicted men, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, are not guilty. … One of the co-owners of the Station nightclub in Rhode Island, where 100 people were killed in a fire during a Great White show in 2003, has created a charity fund to help pay for educational expenses for children who lost parents in the blaze. The Providence Journal reports that club co-owner Jeffrey Derderian has asked people to set aside their anger over the tragedy and contribute to the Station Education Fund to help the 76 children, ages 4 to 23, who lost parents in the blaze.