Kevin Federline Fighting Britney Spears Over Custody Of Sons; Plus Zac Efron, Amy Winehouse, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, ‘Harry Potter,’ Kanye West, 50 Cent & More, In For The Record

Efron 'fesses up about 'High School Musical'; Winehouse hospitalized for exhaustion; Lopez awarded almost $545,000 in lawsuit.

Kevin Federline‘s lawyer filed documents in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday (August 8) for primary physical custody of his two sons with Britney Spears, People reports. Less than two weeks ago, the couple’s divorce was finalized, at which point they agreed to joint custody of Sean Preston and Jayden James. Federline, who previously resisted the 50/50 custody agreement, has been worried Spears has been exposing the boys to unnecessary risk, a source told the magazine. …

Zac Efron may be showing off his assets in his revealing Rolling Stone cover shot, but he’s more modest when it comes to talking about his star-making turn in “High School Musical.” “I didn’t even sing on the first album,” he told the magazine. “It wasn’t my voice in the movie. Even though I wanted to do it. So what do you do when the entire cast is supposed to accept an award at the Billboard Awards and your voice is only on the album in a select few lines. I felt extremely guilty.” He also explained why he refused to go on the “High School Musical” tour: “If I had to hear the ‘High School Musical’ songs anymore, I probably would have jumped off something very tall,” he said. …

Fresh from her slightly tardy performance at last weekend’s Lollapalooza, Amy Winehouse was hospitalized on Wednesday for “exhaustion.” According to a press release from the 23-year-old “Rehab” crooner’s U.S. label, Universal Republic, “Amy Winehouse was admitted to [University College London Hospital] this morning, suffering from severe exhaustion. Amy was discharged from the hospital this afternoon and has been advised to take complete rest. Scheduled performances in Norway and Denmark this week have been canceled.” …

Jennifer Lopez has a new flick in theaters and an album on the way too, but her purse is getting even heavier thanks to a court decision awarding her almost $545,000 in a lawsuit against her first husband, The Associated Press reports. Lopez had filed the breach-of-contract lawsuit over Ojani Noa’s plans to publish a tell-all book in which he was expected to claim the singer/actress had multiple affairs. The court-ordered arbitrator who made the Monday decision also decided that Lopez should be awarded a permanent injunction barring Noa from criticizing or disparaging her. In other J. Lo news, she’ll shoot a video for her new single “Do It Well” in Los Angeles on August 16-17. …

Beyoncé is turning up all over the place — ads for the singer’s new Emporio Armani Diamonds fragrance are appearing in September issues of magazines. The scent is available at Macy’s exclusively in August and will hit other major department stores next month. … A 16-year-old French boy was arrested and spent a night in jail for allegedly translating “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” into French and posting it online within days of the book’s late July release. The boy was released Tuesday after being questioned and could face charges of violating intellectual property, although prosecutors say he was likely not seeking commercial gain by posting the translated book online. The official French translation of “Deathly Hallows” is due October 26. …

50 Cent knows Kanye West better than you think. After accepting a challenge on BET’s “106 & Park” to debate with West the merits of their respective new albums — which will go head to head in stores when they street on September 11 — Fiddy replied, “Kanye, he’s not going to want to show up.” During the VMA announcement Tuesday, West made 50′s prediction come true, declining the proposed debate and calling it “the stupidest thing.” “What am I going to debate about?” he said. “I’m going to go in the studio and make music.” But ‘Ye, who said he doesn’t have beef with anyone, had something positive to say as well: “With 50′s album dropping and my album dropping on the same day, everybody wins because you get a lot of good music at the same time.” …

Jack White and his wife, model Karen Elson, welcomed their second child, a boy named Henry Lee White, on Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for the White Stripes frontman. The couple’s first child, a daughter named Scarlett Teresa White, was born in 2006. White and Elson were famously married on a canoe by a traditional shaman priest in Brazil in 2005. … Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson “still talk every day,” the actress told Harper’s Bazaar for the magazine’s September issue, adding that her ex-husband “still cracks me up.” Hudson also revealed that she hopes to eventually have four children. … Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter are expecting their second baby, People reports. It’s due in December. … Melanie Brown, who has been speaking out publicly about her child with Eddie Murphy, has been married since June, AP reports. A marriage certificate filed with Nevada’s Clark County lists the date of her nuptials with boyfriend Stephen Belafonte as June 6. …

Sum 41 have a new twist in their tour schedule: more dates on the Warped Tour. In addition to playing the Tuesday show in St. Louis and the Bonner Springs, Kansas, gig the following day, Deryck Whibley and the gang will grace the fest for four additional California dates August 22-25 (Fresno, Sacramento, San Diego and Carson). … Avenged Sevenfold‘s forthcoming self-titled LP will be in stores October 16. The disc is the follow-up to 2005′s City of Evil and is the band’s first self-produced effort. … Former “American Idol” finalist Gina Glocksen‘s longtime boyfriend Joe Ruzicka proposed to her onstage during the American Idols Live Tour stop in Rosemont, Illinois, on Tuesday — and she accepted, Illinois’ Daily Southtown reports. The rocker, who hails from nearby Naperville, often referenced Ruzicka on the show and dedicated her performance of Heart‘s “Alone” to him. …

Rock fans, do your bidding: speakers, cabinets, a Jacuzzi and more items from Jerry Garcia‘s house in Marin County, California, will be auctioned on eBay beginning Sunday. The house was purchased in 1997 by Henry Koltys, an attorney and software developer, after which he put into storage the items that he’s auctioning. Meanwhile, a piano that Bruce Springsteen owned in the late ’70s is also up for bidding on eBay, RollingStone.com reports. Bob Dylan and Keith Richards have also played on the piano, which had a starting bid of $10,000. … The farm that hosted the legendary Woodstock music festival in 1969 is up for sale, AP reports. The asking price is $8 million. …

Killswitch Engage have pumped out a cover of Dio‘s “Holy Diver” that will appear on the special-edition version of the band’s 2006 effort, As Daylight Days. The reissue, due in stores August 28, will also be bundled with three additional tracks and a DVD featuring a trio of song clips and two rehearsal performances. … Black Tide, the young metal outfit from Miami that had encountered problems joining Ozzfest’s second stage because of age issues, are in luck. Since the band is too young to perform on the fest’s Jägermeister-sponsored second stage — its youngest member is only 14 years old — it’s hopped onto the main stage instead. Black Tide will be the stage’s opening act and will make their fest debut Friday in Tinley Park, Illinois. …

The Chemical Brothers have sketched out the first three dates for their upcoming U.S. tour. The electronic heroes will play New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on September 21, the Concourse in San Francisco on September 28 and Los Angeles’ Nocturnal the following day. … The lineup for the first-ever Farm Aid show in New York, on September 9, has been set. It will include the Counting Crows, Guster, Matisyahu, Ditty Bops, Derek Trucks Band, Allman Brothers Band, the Supersuckers, Warren Haynes and Montgomery Gentry. Those acts join a bill that already includes Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. … Tom Hanks is suing one of the producers of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” claiming he is still owed profits from the 2002 flick. The suit — which was also filed by Nia Vardalos, who wrote and starred in the film — seeks unspecified monetary damages.

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Lauryn Hill arrived more than two hours late and performed an uneven if not memorable set on Monday night at Brooklyn, New York’s Wingate Field as part of the free Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series. The enigmatic singer, overdressed for a hot summer night, showed up at 10 p.m. for the scheduled 7:30 show and ran through a number of her more popular solo and Fugees hits — but often reconfigured them into unrecognizable scat chants. Hill told the audience her sometimes-inaudible voice was hoarse, but her tone improved as she continued. Hill closed the show with her Grammy-winning “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and then immediately exited after thanking the 10,000-plus people who showed up for the park jam. …

Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu and Common will light up the Red Star Soul concert series over the course of the next three months, Billboard.com reports. Common and Chrisette Michele will kick off the campaign August 15 in Los Angeles, with Com playing additional shows in Detroit (September 4); Atlanta (September 18); and Washington, D.C. (September 26). Raphael Saadiq, Michele and Teedra Moses will play at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on August 28; Badu and Michele will hit up Chicago on September 13; and Badu will also play Philadelphia on October 13. …

If you’re a fan of Kelly Clarkson and football, get ready for some red-hot double coverage: She’ll help kick off the NFL season when she sings before the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts game September 6. The half-hour pre-game show — which will also feature performances by Hinder, Faith Hill and John Mellencamp — will air on NBC at 8 p.m. ET. Clarkson’s performance will be part of a free concert she’ll be giving at Indianapolis’ Monument Circle. …

Lily Allen‘s U.S. work visa was canceled upon her arrival at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday, BBC News reports. The singer, who had come to the States for the VMAs announcement on Tuesday (August 7), was held at the airport for five hours due to her June arrest in London for alleged assault. A spokesperson for Allen said the singer was questioned but that her work visa will be sorted out by her next visit. Allen is slated to tour the U.S. in September and is still expected to attend — and perform at — the VMAs on September 9. … Madonna‘s representative Liz Rosenberg says that despite reports of a snag in the singer’s adoption of David Banda, the process is going smoothly. “None of that stuff is true,” Rosenberg told UsMagazine.com in regards to a Reuters report that suggested the adoption might be compromised. “The adoption process is going along very well and according to proper procedure,” she asserted. …

The Reverend Al Sharpton is staging a “day of outrage” on Tuesday to urge the public to divest from the music industry until it forces rappers to stop using derogatory terms including the N-word. Sharpton led a rally in Detroit outside the former studios for Motown Records, but he has also organized 19 additional protests elsewhere in the U.S. “The opposition has tried to use the argument of free speech, but they don’t have the freedom to use people’s pension funds against their own will and interest,” he said in an interview with Reuters. … A London judge has dismissed a suit over a U.K. photo agency using a 2004 image of J.K. Rowling‘s 3-year-old son, saying the legal action didn’t have a realistic chance of success, according to Bloomberg News. “Our aim has only been to protect our children from press intrusion during their childhood,” Rowling said in a statement, adding that she and her husband plan to appeal the ruling. …

AFI side project Blaqk Audio will embark on their first tour September 5 in Atlanta, in support of the forthcoming Cexcells, which lands in stores August 14. The trek runs through September 27 in Los Angeles. … Buzz is building over the next Hives LP, which will be called The Black and White Album, according to Billboard.com. There’s no release date scheduled yet. … Black Tide, a young metal band from Miami that had been tapped to replace Circus Diablo on Ozzfest’s second stage, have now found themselves having to drop off the bill — without even playing a single note. As it turns out, the band is too young — the second stage is being sponsored by Jägermeister, and the group’s youngest member is only 14 years old. …

They’ve gone and done it: McFarlane Toys has created Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora action figures, and is planning to unveil them this month. Go here for details.Anthrax have nixed plans to record their next album with Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor, citing scheduling conflicts with Taylor’s other projects. The band’s searching for a new singer to enter the fold. … Boston hardcore legends Sam Black Church will reunite for a September 22 gig at the Roxy in Boston; this will be the band’s first live set in more than six years. Darkbuster, Madball and Unearth will also play at the show. …

Louisiana native Terrance Stewart, also known as DJ Bay Bay, was arrested Monday and charged with rape and witness intimidation, according to a report in Louisiana newspaper The Shreveport Times. Stewart served as the inspiration behind rapper Hurricane Chris‘ breakout hit “A Bay Bay,” which is a nod to the DJ. According to Shreveport police, an unidentified woman was found drunk and unconscious on Thursday night at the club where Stewart was spinning, and police believe the woman was raped during the party. Stewart is being held in jail on a $150,000 bond; his lawyer issued a statement defending his client’s innocence. “Mr. Stewart is innocent of these charges and intends to vigorously defend himself against them,” lawyer Eric Johnson said. “We are very confident that after the case is tried by a judge or jury that Mr. Stewart will be exonerated.” Police are also searching for another DJ, Ron Johnson, who they believe was also involved in the incident. …

What better way to bring the bizarre Phil Spector trial down the homestretch than with an appearance by blockbuster-movie director Michael Bay? On Monday, the filmmaker — one of the last three rebuttal witnesses being presented by the prosecution — said he didn’t see deceased actress Lana Clarkson at a Hollywood party weeks before her death, as the defense had suggested, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to defense attorneys, Bay had snubbed Clarkson at the party, hurting her so much that it helped drive her to suicide. Bay, who was called to rebut testimony from defense witness Punkin Pie Laughlin, said he had cast Clarkson in a commercial about a decade ago and that he would have recognized her had he seen her at a party. …

Pete Doherty tested positive for drugs during a review of the Babyshambles frontman’s court-ordered participation in a treatment program on Tuesday, spurring a London judge to warn him to quit drugs within a month or face jail time, The Associated Press reports. “If he does not show his motivation it’s prison, as simple as that,” Judge Davinder Lachlar said at the hearing. “Depending on what information I have when [Doherty] next [comes] to court, the decision will be made.” Doherty is due in West London Magistrates’ Court on September 4 for another hearing.