Britney And Kevin Finalize Divorce; Plus Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Lindsay Lohan, Jermaine Dupri, Paul Wall & More, In For The Record

Madge track may have been leaked; Aguilera scratches two Australia shows; Lohan is 'in a very good place,' mother says.

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline finalized their divorce Monday (July 30) in Los Angeles Superior Court, The Associated Press reports. “They are divorced. Everything is finalized,” Spears’ lawyer Laura Wasser said after the hearing. A court commissioner signed the orders for dissolution of marriage, child custody and an alimony agreement, the latter of which won’t be made public unless an enforcement issue arises. The child-custody order — which details the former couple’s timeshare schedule and transportation matters — was sealed for the time being for safety reasons, pending a hearing slated for August 14. …

Could a 17-second snippet of a song called “Candy Shop” be a leak from Madonna‘s upcoming album? Fans speculate that it’s of a track Madonna was working on with either Timbaland or Pharrell — but reps for none of the three camps would confirm. “I have no comment about the song ‘Candy Shop,’ ” Madonna’s longtime rep Liz Rosenberg told MTV News. “Madonna has studio time booked and is continuing to work on her new CD. The songs are not mixed, and until that time, we can’t finalize the track list.” The yet-untitled album is due later this year. …

Christina Aguilera scratched two shows in Australia slated for Saturday and Monday due to the flu — more specifically, a viral upper-respiratory tract infection. “I want to personally apologize to all of my fans for having to cancel my last two shows here in Melbourne,” the singer said in a statement. “Thank you for all of the continued love and support and I hope to perform for you all again next time.” In the statement, the singer didn’t address ongoing pregnancy rumors. … Lindsay Lohan is “in a very good place right now,” her mother Dina told reporters Monday outside a New York courthouse, where she was battling with Michael Lohan over custody of three of their children. Lindsay’s exact whereabouts are still unknown. …

According to Jermaine Dupri, fans will have to wait a while longer for new Janet Jackson music — she’s not going to be featured on the “Rush Hour 3″ soundtrack. The producer posted a message on his MySpace page saying, “To answer all questions about [the] ‘Rush Hour 3′ soundtrack, I ended up not doing it ’cause the movie takes place in Paris and a lot of the music didn’t fit. So all of you looking for that Janet record, you gotta wait till she’s finished with the new album. Sorry.” …

Desert gold: Paul Wall is shoving off to the Persian Gulf for his second USO tour. “Being a part of a USO tour and performing for the troops is amazing,” Wall said. “It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and to forget what’s happening overseas,” he said in a statement. “This is my way of letting them know I realize what they’re sacrificing and am truly grateful.” … The Black Eyed Peas will headline the “Jerusalem Rocks!” festival, set to take place September 9 in Israel. The multi-culti act will be joined by Arrested Development and various local acts. …

Korn‘s Jonathan Davis has one thing to say to Devo‘s Jerry Casale: no hard feelings. Responding to the flap that ensued over Korn’s fake movie trailer that appeared to cop Devo’s “de-evolution” concept, Davis said in a statement to Rolling Stone: “Korn never claimed to be the first to expose de-evolution, our hats are going off to Devo for that.” He added, “They are pioneers for sure! However, we are glad to see that our efforts have them speaking up again! It’s good to have them back.” Davis closed with a requisite plug: “In the meantime, our researchers continue to uncover key evidence of de-evolution at the highest levels (EvolutionDevolution.com).” …

Chamillionaire, Forest Whitaker and Babyface were among the attendees at Russell Simmons‘ eighth annual Art for Life event Saturday night. The charitable festivities took place in East Hampton, New York, and raised $1.4 million for underprivileged children in New York. … Polow Da Don, Mark Ronson and Timbaland protégé Nate “Danjahandz” Hills were among those who made it on Vibe‘s 14th annual Juice list. Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama graces the cover. … Damon Dash hobnobs with Ashton Kutcher, Sofia Coppola and Renée Zellweger on Vanity Fair‘s 68th Best-Dressed List, which appears in the magazine’s September issue. George Clooney was named to the list’s Hall of Fame, while Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made it to the couples list — surprised? …

Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin and bassist Duff McKagan joined ex-GN’R drummer Steven Adler and his Adler’s Appetite for a couple of Appetite for Destruction songs during a concert at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California, on Saturday. Slash, who had made it to the venue earlier that evening, did not end up performing during the quasi-reunion. The gig was scheduled in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the release of the band’s 1987 debut, Appetite for Destruction.Peter Hook threatens offhandedly in a post on his MySpace page that he might take his former New Order bandmates to court, now that they’ve decided to continue performing as the band without him. He says Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris shouldn’t assume they “have the rights to do anything New Order-ey” because he has “still got a third.” …

Metric will swing through the States for a three-week trek starting September 19 in Philadelphia and winding down October 9 in Seattle, RollingStone.com reports. The indie-rockers will record their fourth album in November. … Dashboard Confessional‘s Chris Carrabba will ship out for his first solo trek in five years on September 14 in Rochester, Michigan. With Augustana and John Ralston in tow, Carrabba will conclude the extensive trek November 14 in New York. … The Offspring have parted ways with drummer Atom Willard and recruited Saves the Day‘s Pete Parada to take his place. Parada will make his debut with the Offspring next month when they perform at the Summer Sonic festival in Japan. Willard, in the meantime, has moved over fulltime to Angels & Airwaves. …

It was a rough weekend for aging rock legends. First, Kiss singer/guitarist Paul Stanley had to sit out a show in San Jacinto, California, on Friday night after suffering a bout of tachycardia, which caused his heart to speed up to twice its normal rate. On his Web site, Stanley, 55, explained that during a rehearsal for the show, “my heart spontaneously jumped to 190-plus beats per minute, where it stayed for over an hour, necessitating paramedics to start an IV and give me a shot to momentarily stop my heart and get it into a normal pattern.” The rest of the group played as a trio in Stanley’s absence …

The news was a bit better for Ozzy Osbourne, who was treated at and released by a Denver hospital over the weekend. Reuters reports that a statement from Osbourne’s management on Sunday read: “Ozzy Osbourne had a minor outpatient procedure at Rose Medical Center late last night. He was released early this morning and is doing well.” Osbourne, 58, is expected to perform at Monday’s Ozzfest in Kansas City, Missouri. KUSA-TV in Denver reported that the surgery, which took place after Saturday’s Ozzfest show, was for a blood clot in Osbourne’s leg. He had complained of leg pain prior to the gig. … Is Kelly Osbourne following in Ashlee Simpson‘s footsteps? Ozzy‘s daughter is joining the cast of “Chicago” at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End for a seven-week run. She’ll play Mama Morton, the matron of Cook County Jail. …

Atlanta metallers Daath are stuck in Denver, meaning they’ll miss some more Ozzfest dates. According to the bandmembers, they missed last week’s stops in Phoenix and Oklahoma City because the airport shuttle bus they rented to get from city to city during the summer tour had broken down. Plans have been made to rent the band an RV, but complications with the vehicle haven’t been resolved. There’s no word yet on when Daath will return to the tour. … DevilDriver have joined this summer’s Ozzfest, taking over the second-stage slot abandoned last week by Mondo Generator. … In the meantime, New York metal act Bloodsimple have been added to a competing fest: the Family Values Tour. They’ll play the second stage. …

Al Gore III, son of the the former vice president, pleaded guilty on Monday to two felony and three misdemeanor counts of drug possession stemming from his arrest while driving in Orange County, California, earlier this month. He agreed to enter a nine-month drug program, and the charges could be dropped if he finishes it. … Visionary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman died Monday on an island off the coast of Sweden. He was 89. Woody Allen once called the director — three of whose films won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film — “probably the greatest film artist … since the invention of the motion picture camera,” according to The Associated Press.

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As Kelly Clarkson fans know, the singer wrote or co-wrote every track on her new album My December — but they probably don’t know just how quickly. “I’ve written every song in 15 to 20 minutes. It has to come out of me like that, or it won’t at all,” Clarkson told Self for its August issue cover story. “It’s not even that hard a thought process for me.” She revealed to the magazine that she has a microphone hooked up to her computer, which she keeps by her bed so she can record music when a song pops into her head. She has drafts of 150 new songs saved. Check out behind-the-scenes video from the cover shoot on Self.com.

A Britney Spears bodyguard is facing a battery charge after wrestling with a pair of men who were trying to photograph the singer with her children in Las Vegas on Thursday, The Associated Press reports. Cesar Julio Camera was issued a misdemeanor battery summons after allegedly grabbing and punching one photographer and pushing another into a wall. Spears and Kevin Federline are involved in divorce proceedings in California that include restrictions on traveling out of state with the children, according to AP.

Have a burning “Harry Potter” question for J.K. Rowling? Look out for the J.K. Rowling and the Open Book Tour Sweepstakes launching Monday — 1,000 fans will get a pair of tickets to an evening with the author on October 19 at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Rowling will read from “Deathly Hallows,” answer questions and autograph copies of the volume. Go to publisher Scholastic’s Web site for details. …

Kid Rock is priming his first studio album in four years — and on the release, he finds room to take a jab at ex-wife Pamela Anderson, Billboard.com reports. The album — due October 9 and tentatively titled Rock’n’Roll Jesus — closes with the country song “Half Your Age,” in which Rock says he’s found a younger girlfriend who’s “twice as hot.” The LP also includes a mash-up of Warren Zevon‘s “Werewolves of London” and Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Sweet Home Alabama,” and is dedicated to Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, who passed away last year. Kid Rock told Billboard he wants the album to make people feel as if they were “going to church drunk on Saturday night.” … Beck and Jamie Lidell have ganged up for a direct-to-disc recording session at a studio in East Los Angeles, Pitchfork reports. …

Fall Out Boy already have more songs in the can — and they look to Green Day for inspiration, Billboard.com reports. “I’ve got a bunch of songs written, but I think I’m going to wait a while before we release it, because I’m still really proud of [Infinity on High] and I want to kind of give it some space,” singer/guitarist Patrick Stump told the outlet. He also said Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong‘s declaration that he didn’t want to play “four-chord punk-rock for the rest of his life,” according to Stump, has impacted the band’s outlook. “They’re really just true to what they are, and so that’s how we are,” he said. “I think we’ll change stylistically, but at the end of the day, that’s just something you wear. You’re still yourself.” …

The Spice Girls have added three more dates to their upcoming reunion tour. The shows, in Vancouver, British Columbia (December 2); San Jose, California (December 4); and Shanghai, China (January 8), join a roster of 11 previously announced dates, with the Vancouver gig now serving as the tour’s opening night. … She Wants Revenge will return to record stores this fall with their sophomore LP, This Is Forever. The album drops October 9 and will feature 13 tracks, including “Written in Blood,” “She Will Always Be a Broken Girl” and “Pretend the World Has Ended.” …

Forensic pathologist Werner Spitz sparred with the prosecution in the Phil Spector trial on Thursday, repeating the claim that actress Lana Clarkson‘s gunshot wound was self-inflicted, the Los Angeles Times reports. He said the force of the gunshot in her mouth caused blood to spray out of her mouth and nose — which then landed on the music producer’s jacket several feet away. When asked why blood wasn’t found on the floor, furniture or elsewhere after it sprayed, Spitz said he couldn’t comment on the death scene because he had only seen photos of Spector and Clarkson’s clothing and relied on reports made by other experts. …

A man accused of shooting Ray Davies in a 2004 holdup is off the hook for now — prosecutors dropped the charges after the Kinks frontman didn’t show up in a New Orleans court on Thursday, AP reports. It was the second time prosecutors dropped armed-robbery and aggravated-battery charges against the man because Davies wasn’t in court. Davies told AP prosecutors didn’t notify him about the trial until a few days ago and that he didn’t have time to get from London to New Orleans. “I am very disappointed with the way this case has been handled,” he said. “I intend to pursue it further.” …

David Bowie is celebrating the 35th anniversary of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars with an innovative alternate-album-cover contest on his Web site.Led Zeppelin are getting a whole lot of love via a new batch of reissues, Billboard.com reports. The best-of collection Mothership is due November 13 and will be followed a week later by spruced-up versions of the DVD concert film “The Song Remains the Same” and its accompanying soundtrack. Configurations of each release will have additional content, some of which is previously unreleased. …

According to a report from Interfax, a Russian nongovernmental news agency based in Moscow, most heavy-metal songs are about murder and suicide — so says Serbsky State Research Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry professor Fyodor Kondratyev. “Having researched 700 most popular heavy-metal songs revealed that half of them is about murder, 7 percent is positive about suicide, and 35 percent preaches a variety of Satanist ideologies,” Kondratyev said, in broken English.