Kanye West Posts Hilarious ‘Nothing’ Clip; Plus Beyonce, Backstreet Boys, Wyclef Jean, Lil Wayne, J.K. Rowling, Lindsay Lohan & More, In For The Record

Knowles takes a tumble at Florida show; Backstreet set release date for LP; Wyclef Jean snatches up Weezy for single.

Don’t believe Kanye West has a sense of humor? He’s posted a hilarious new “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” clip, starring underground comedian Zach Galifianakis and indie-folkie Will Oldham, on his site. According to Billboard.com, the hilarious low-budget clip — which features Galifianakis and Oldham mouthing the words to the song while they hang with cows and gyrate against tractors — was filmed at Galifianakis’ farm in North Carolina. Galifianakis also made a memorable appearance in Fiona Apple‘s “Not About Love” video, but he recently told Impose Magazine that it was his clip for Anita Baker‘s “You Bring Me Joy” that won over West. …

Beyoncé took a big spill at her concert in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday night, tumbling headfirst down 12 steps at Amway Arena. Video capturing the gaffe is making the rounds on the Web — even though the singer told the crowd not to post the clip on YouTube. “Beyoncé’s fall onstage last night … was a case of her coat’s hem getting caught in her shoes,” her publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said in a statement issued Wednesday (July 25), “but Miss Knowles picked herself right up, without missing a beat, showing to all that she is the best.” … The Backstreet Boys have pegged October 30 as the release date for their new, yet-untitled album, which will be led by first single “Inconsolable,” Billboard.com reports. Don’t expect to hear Kevin Richardson on there, though — he left in June 2006 (and wasn’t replaced). …

Wyclef Jean has snatched up Akon, Lil Wayne and newcomer Niia for “Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill),” the first single from his forthcoming album Carnival II (Memoirs of an Immigrant). The Columbia release will hit stores in November. …

Has “Deathly Hallows” left you with a question or two? You might be able to get an answer from the author herself — on Monday, “Harry Potter” publisher Bloomsbury will hold a live chat with J.K. Rowling on Bloomsbury.com. In other Potter news, publisher Scholastic says a few hundred of the 12 million copies of “Deathly Hallows” are missing pages, The Associated Press reports. The company said defective books can be replaced by bringing them back to point of purchase, but some fans are stowing them away as keepsakes. …

Lindsay Lohan might have even more problems on her hands — according to TMZ.com, she pulled an illegal U-turn in April in Los Angeles that wound up causing an accident between vehicles driven by her bodyguard Jaz Bennett and another woman, Signe Dupuy. Dupuy says Bennett gave her a fake name and number after the accident and that she’s considering filing suit against him and Lohan. A representative for Lohan told TMZ that a letter sent by Dupuy was filed away because it was assumed that it would also be sent to Lohan’s lawyers. In yet another legal case involving Lohan, TMZ.com reports that she filed documents in Los Angeles County Superior Court last week pertaining to the October 2005 car crash in which she hit a parked van in Beverly Hills, California. Last month, Raymundo Ortega, the owner of the van, filed a lawsuit claiming Lohan was drunk at the time of the accident. In the documents she filed, Lohan claims the suit is “nothing more than an attempt to extort money from a celebrity by setting forth false and scurrilous allegations in a complaint.” She said the police report claims, “Ms. Lohan had not been drinking. I did not observe any objective signs of either alcohol or drug intoxication and determined that no further investigation regarding intoxication was warranted.” …

It might not be showtime for Swizz Beatz if police in Camden, New Jersey, get their way. According to AP, authorities are threatening to drop their sponsorship of a peace rally due to the producer’s scheduled appearance and his perceived anti-snitching stance on his single “It’s Me Snitches.” But Swizz released a statement to AP explaining the track, which has no anti-snitching content, was renamed for radio from its original title “It’s Me Bitches.” “If I supported violence or the ‘Stop Snitching’ campaign, I wouldn’t have agreed to be a part of the event [in the first place],” he said in the statement. …

Devo can’t get any satisfaction these days — thanks to Korn. The New Wavers are lashing out at Jonathan Davis and the gang for allegedly biting the group’s “devolution” concept in a fake movie trailer posted on EvolutionDevolution.com. “We denounce this as imposters playing with fire,” Gerald Casale wrote in a post on Devo.com. He told RollingStone.com that Korn fans have been sending him hate mail since he posted the note on the site. “We went, ‘Wow, this is insane. This is a perfect example of devolution. … Gee, I’m sorry we thought all this up 30 years ago and have been putting it out there and preaching it ever since.’ ” … A medical examiner was “hasty” in calling actress Lana Clarkson‘s death a homicide, forensic pathologist Dr. Werner Spitz testified for Phil Spector‘s defense on Wednesday (July 25), AP reports. “In my opinion, it was most likely a suicide,” said Spitz, who added that he has seen autopsy reports. Spitz testified that Clarkson died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the mouth. …

Mya and Claudette Ortiz, formerly of City High, headlined the weekly R&B Live showcase at Spotlight Live in Manhattan, New York, on Tuesday night. Music industry bigwigs Steve Stoute, Sylvia Rhone and Jacob “The Jeweler” Arabo were in attendance as D-Nice manned the DJ booth. … Don’t worry about calling Bartman — the Simpsons have the United Nations on their side. The World Intellectual Property Organization, a UN agency, ruled Wednesday that the ownership of the domain name TheSimpsonsMovie.com must be turned over to 20th Century Fox after the company complained about the address registered to Keith Malley of Brooklyn, New York. Malley had demanded a $50,000 fee to cede the domain name, but the WIPO found that he “has no rights or legitimate interests” to it. …

Pearl Jam will perform an intimate concert at Chicago’s Vic Theatre on August 2 — which will warm the guys up for their headlining set at Lollapalooza three days later. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, but only for members of the band’s Ten Club fan organization; tickets won’t be made available to the general public. … Chevelle have rolled out a new set of tour dates for the late summer and early fall. The first show is set for August 25 in Grayslake, Illinois, and the tour is scheduled to run through September 16 in Dayton, Ohio. …

In a recent interview, Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan discussed the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band’s next album. “Musically, [the next LP will be] a lot ballsier,” he said. Donegan added that there will be “those signature things that are us, just ’cause stylistically that’s the way we perform, and [frontman] David [Draiman], vocally, is always going to sound like him, so … he’s got some big melodic moments, but there’s some still aggressive stuff. [We're] trying to get a good blend of the elements of the past three CDs to try to evolve into something fresh and new for us as well.” The band will hit the studio in the fall and is planning an early 2008 release for the yet-untitled offering. …

Indie “death-rapper” Necro has bailed from the Sounds of the Underground Tour because “the tour’s demographic was not receiving hip-hop well,” he said in a statement. “I was facing hostile, disrespectful crowds and was returning the same energy back tenfold by being more aggressive than them. It was making a lot of people in the tour crew nervous and there was concern someone might get hurt (not me).” … The Eagles of Death Metal are starting to write material for the follow-up to 2006′s Death by Sexy. According to frontman Jesse “The Devil” Hughes, the guys “hear your cries for boot-skootin’, guitar-rock-tootin’, sex-rock music, honeybabies,” and promise a 2008 release for their next set. “EODM will quench your musical thirsts with a burst of mantastic-fantastic!!! Album #3 will be the greatest EODM release to date.” …

Don’t expect to see the cast of “High School Musical” lighting up anytime soon — Disney has become the first major Hollywood studio to ban depictions of smoking in its family-oriented films, Reuters reports. In a letter to Representative Edward Markey — whose House committee recently held a hearing on how movie images affect children — Disney Chief Executive Robert Iger said Disney would “discourage” smoking in films distributed by its labels Touchstone and Miramax. He added that anti-smoking public-service announcements would appear on DVDs of films that do depict smoking and would encourage theaters to show similar PSAs along with such films. Markey called the move “groundbreaking.”

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Ja Rule‘s Sunday arrest in New York on a single felony weapon count was “another instance of hip-hop targeting,” according to the rapper’s attorney, Stacey Richman. She claims the .40-caliber Taurus pistol police recovered from inside the 2004 Maybach that Ja was riding in when he was arrested belonged to someone else. Ja; his driver, Mohamed Gamal; and his road manager, Dennis Cherry, were charged with criminal possession of a weapon and spent Sunday night in jail. The three were arraigned Monday afternoon, and Ja (born Jeffrey Atkins) was released on $150,000 bond. He’s expected back in Manhattan Criminal Court November 7. According to Richman, the car in question was a company vehicle owned by Gamal’s Maximum Transportation firm and is used by his clients. “If you get a car, and something’s left in the car, is that yours?” Richman wondered. “How you can ascribe that anybody knows what’s in a car?” She also contends that the car was stopped about a block away from the Beacon Theatre and that it had been “parked outside for two and a half hours, with the police department, and they ran the plates — they could have just handed out a ticket then, but they didn’t. They waited for [Ja Rule] to get into the car.” As for the speeding claims, Richman simply doesn’t believe them: “Why would he speed for one block? What, he’s going to speed to the next light on Broadway? Come on.” The prosecutor’s office would not comment on Ja Rule’s arrest. …

G-Unit‘s Tony Yayo was in court Tuesday morning (July 24) in connection with charges of harassment and endangering the welfare of a child, the 14-year-old son of Game manager Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond. According to Yayo’s lawyer Scott Leemon, the rapper rejected a plea offer that would have him serve nine months in jail, and the case was adjourned until September 6. Leemon said the judge in the case asked for more time to make a decision on whether he will enforce subpoenas issued by Leemon to the public-relations firm for Rosemond’s Czar Entertainment record label. Leemon would not discuss what information he is seeking from the PR firm. …

R. Kelly is still feeding off his recent Double Up set, but he’s already got another treat in store for next month: Ten new episodes in his “Trapped in the Closet” series. In his latest go-’round, R. dresses as a preacher in a wig — and even more amusingly, from the sound of it, an old man with a fake belly and beard, Billboard.com reports. A DVD encompassing the 10 eps will hit stores August 21, but you can catch them prior to that on, oddly enough, the Independent Film Channel. … Lindsay Lohan‘s wax statue at Madame Tussauds in New York has a new addition: It’s now dressed in black and white prison stripes. The museum pulled the same move with Paris Hilton‘s statue when the heiress went to jail. …

Rage Against the Machine, Daft Punk, Iggy and the Stooges and Queens of the Stone Age are among the headliners of this year’s Vegoose Festival. The third annual installment of the Las Vegas event, to be held October 27-28 at Sam Boyd Stadium, will also feature sets from Muse, Cypress Hill, the Shins, Public Enemy, Ghostface Killah, Pharoahe Monch, Battles, Gogol Bordello and more artists to be announced soon. The Stooges will perform their classic Fun House album in its entirety for the first time ever in the U.S. …

Daughtry will hit the road next month for a spate of headlining gigs. Dates are scheduled from August 1 in Columbus, Ohio, through October 20 in Raleigh, North Carolina. … Mandy Moore will team up with Paula Cole for a co-headlining tour set to kick off August 18 in Portland, Oregon, and expire August 25 in San Diego. Moore’s also set to play some of her own headlining gigs, starting August 30 in Fort Worth, Texas. That trek runs through September 9 in Charlotte, North Carolina. … Tori Amos has mapped out the U.S. leg of her world tour, which will launch October 9 in Albany, New York, and run through December 17 in Los Angeles. …

Tupac Shakur‘s estate is trying to stop the late rapper’s former label, Death Row Records, from selling his unreleased recordings as part of a bankruptcy settlement. Shakur’s mother, Afeni, sought an injunction in federal bankruptcy court Friday, claiming the label was trying to sell Shakur material that belonged to the rapper’s estate and should have been turned over to it as part of a 1997 agreement with Death Row. Shakur’s lawyer Donald N. David said that during the label’s bankruptcy proceedings, “it was revealed that an album’s worth of unreleased Tupac material was being advertised to potential buyers as the jewel in the crown of the Death Row assets.” …

A Los Angeles judge has refused to dismiss Phil Spector‘s murder charge or reduce it to manslaughter on Tuesday, The Associated Press reports. Prosecutors rested their case Monday, and one of the attorneys said they might not even have to show the music producer pulled the trigger to the gun that killed actress Lana Clarkson in order for Spector to be convicted. “He had the gun in his home, loaded with his bullets,” said Alan Jackson, who added that prosecutors only need to show that Spector pointed the gun at Clarkson. “Whether he pulled the trigger, whether he sneezed or she slapped his hand away or there was an earthquake — it doesn’t matter. It’s implied malice.” The defense argued that implied malice wasn’t shown and that the prosecution didn’t support its second-degree-murder theory, so the charge should be dismissed or reduced. “It’s very clear to me … that there’s more than enough substantial evidence to support a conviction if there was one,” Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said, refusing the motion. …

Static-X, Shadows Fall, 3 Inches of Blood and Divine Heresy are planning a U.S. run that will commence in September. Dates and venues have yet to be announced, but we’ll keep you posted. … There’s been some turmoil as of late in the world of Hopesfall. According to a statement from the band, it seems the only remaining member is singer Jay Forrest, meaning guitarists Joshua Brigham and Dustin Nadler, drummer Jason Trabue and bassist Mike Tyson have split. No explanation for the departures has been made public. … Coheed and Cambria‘s forthcoming album, Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow, will hit stores October 23. … The Bled‘s next effort, Silent Treatment, has been set for a September 25 release. The LP will contain 11 tracks, including “You Should Be Ashamed of Myself,” “Platonic Sleepover Massacre” and “Breathing Room Barricades.” …

English manager Don Arden, the father of Sharon Osbourne, died Saturday in a Los Angeles nursing home, according to a BBC News report. He was 81. The man born Harry Levy in Manchester, England, but known variously as the “Al Capone of Pop,” “The English Godfather” and “Mr. Big” for his uncompromising business practices was at one time the manager of acts ranging from ELO to the Small Faces and Black Sabbath. Sharon was famously estranged from Arden for nearly 20 years after she wrested control of husband Ozzy Osbourne‘s solo career and was forced to pay her dad a $1 million court settlement. The two reconciled in 2002. … In an attempt to smooth the pathway to a proposed merger, satellite-radio competitors XM and Sirius have said that if the $4.7 billion merger is approved, they would offer new a la carte pricing plans that would allow users to pay only for the stations they want. The Washington Post reports that the proposed plans would start at $6.99 for 50 stations, which is almost half of the current price of $12.95 for about 150 stations, and include a $14.99 price for 100 stations and the option to add stations one at a time for 25 cents each.