Rihanna Says She Couldn’t Look Jay-Z In The Eye; Plus Lindsay Lohan, Maroon 5, Public Enemy, Ronald Isley, John Mayer & More, In For The Record

911 call in Lohan arrest is released; Adam Levine's band tapped for Fashion Rocks; Chuck D hands out advance copies of PE's new CD.

Seems like Rihanna may be listening to too much T.I. (or is that T.I.P.?) lately. In the August/September issue of Vibe Vixen, the cover starlet told the magazine about resolving her own split-personality issues, one being her crafted stage persona, Rihanna (her actual middle name), and the other being her given namesake and usual self, Robyn. “It wasn’t that [my management or the label] told me what to do,” she explained. “It was more of what I couldn’t do. I couldn’t wear red lipstick. I couldn’t wear my hair in a ponytail; all kinds of stupid things. Being ‘Rihanna’ wasn’t natural. So I rebelled. I’m doing me. Now, Robyn and Rihanna are much more similar.” In the issue, hitting newsstands August 7, the Bajan singer also addressed the Jay-Z rumors once more, revealing at one point she couldn’t even look him in the eye she was so embarrassed by all the gossip. But, according to Rihanna, Jay approached her and told her to just ignore the lies. ” ‘It is what it is,’ ” she quoted him as saying. …

On Thursday (July 26) the Santa Monica Police Department in California released the 911 call made by the mother of Lindsay Lohan‘s former personal assistant — in the three-minute call, which was made at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, the woman begged for help after a GMC began trailing her and appeared not to know that Lohan was driving it. When the dispatcher asked where she was, the woman said she was heading to the police station, and she wound up parking at the nearby Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Muffled yells can be heard near the end of the call, after which the woman can be heard apparently identifying people to the police. According to The Associated Press, police said Lohan and the woman were having a heated debate when they showed up, and that two men had accompanied Lohan in the car. …

The Lohan debacle is getting even messier: In an e-mail sent Wednesday to 24/Sizzler’s David Caplan, Ali Lohan defended her mother against father Michael Lohan, who has been making the media rounds to comment on Lindsay’s arrest. “My father is telling all lies to people and saying he was such a great dad and was always there for us, my father was never there for us. I think that the whole reason why my sister is upset with herself and not as confident is because of my dad not being around and always staying out late and not coming home for days.” …

And Dina Lohan isn’t too happy about Rob Schneider spoofing her daughter Lindsay on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” Tuesday night. A statement issued to “Access Hollywood” and attributed to “Dina and family” reads: “We have a great respect for Jay Leno, but we are disappointed in the path he chose to allow a guest to make light of a very serious situation concerning Lindsay. Thank you to Craig Ferguson for not making a mockery of such a serious situation to which teens and young adults are facing across the country.” …

Maroon 5 have been tapped to join previously announced performers Alicia Keys, Usher, Avril Lavigne and Fall Out Boy at this year’s Fashion Rocks event, taking place September 6 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The event will be hosted by “Entourage” star Jeremy Piven and air the following day on CBS at 9 p.m. ET. …

Chuck D handed out vouchers for free copies of Public Enemy‘s new album, How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?, at Union Square in Manhattan, New York, on Thursday (July 26). The project, due August 7, is being released by the PE frontman’s label, SlamJamz Records, and TuneCore, a digital distribution company that offered fans at the event a chance to make their own music available on online stores like iTunes. …

Island Def Jam Records launched a campaign on Thursday for Ronald “Mr. Biggs” Isley in hopes of securing an executive pardon for the singer, who was indicted on tax-evasion charges in September. A federal judge originally ordered Isley to three years in prison, but his sentencing hearing had been postponed until next month. The label is citing Isley’s declining health and his efforts to pay down the IRS debt as reasons for the pardon. …

Don’t expect to see a sexy starlet in the new Marc Jacobs ad campaign — Michael Stipe is doing the honors, RollingStone.com reports. The bare-and-hairy-chest R.E.M. frontman wears baggy blue pants in the ad. He’s not the only rocker cropping up in clothing ads these days: John Mayer is part of the new Gap ad campaign. … Jamie Reynolds of the Klaxons broke his leg stage-diving at a show in France over the weekend, and the band has had to table four concerts in Australia as a result, according to its MySpace page. … Take a bite out of this: Apple shipped 9.82 million iPods last quarter, helping boost profits 73 percent. The company expects to ship 1 million iPhones this quarter. …

A man who demanded $1 million not to publish stolen photos of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes‘ wedding has been arrested, The Associated Press reports. David Hans Schmidt was caught Tuesday, a bail bond was set at $100,000 and he is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles. The FBI had been contacted after Schmidt approached Cruise’s representatives six weeks ago with the photos. … Naomi Watts gave birth to a baby boy on Wednesday. The dad is longtime boyfriend and actor Liev Schreiber. …

Izzy Stradlin fan site ChopAway.com says the guitarist sent along an e-mail letting it know that he might turn up for the 20th anniversary celebration of Guns N’ RosesAppetite for Destruction, set to take place Saturday at West Hollywood, California’s Key Club. In the note, Stradlin added that Appetite drummer Steven Adler will be performing, and, according to RollingStone.com, L.A. Gun Tracii Guns will also be there. The site reports that Slash and Duff McKagan are “maybes.” …

To mark the 30th anniversary of the release of the Sex PistolsNever Mind the Bollocks … Here’s the Sex Pistols, the band is planning to release a special edition of the LP on October 29 — but not on plastic. The album will be reissued in heavyweight vinyl with a 7-inch insert of “Submission” and a poster — just as the record was originally released October 28, 1977. The Pistols will also reissue their four classic singles “Anarchy in the U.K.,” “God Save the Queen,” “Pretty Vacant” and “Holidays in rhe Sun” on vinyl as well throughout the month of October. …

Veteran rock/industrial drummer Martin Atkins, who has played with Ministry, Public Image Ltd. and Killing Joke, has compiled his 30-plus years of knowledge about how to survive on the road into a 530-page bible called “Tour: Smart … and Break the Band.” Due in September, the book has tips on everything from how to write contracts, pick tour vans and market yourself to making a guest list, decorating the stage, getting paid and what to do when your gear gets stolen. Among the contributors to the book are Steve Albini, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman, Henry Rollins and former Marilyn Manson guitarist Zim Zum.

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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.”