Britney Spears’ Assistant Served By Kevin Federline; Plus Diddy, Notorious B.I.G., Jennifer Lopez, Amy Winehouse & More, In For The Record

Diddy to executive produce Biggie biopic; Lopez pegs release date for LP; Winehouse scraps gigs.

Britney Spears‘ assistant was served with court papers Sunday morning to give a deposition in a legal matter between the singer and Kevin Federline. Mark Vincent Kaplan, Federline’s attorney, told The Associated Press that Alli Sims will be asked to offer a statement “in connection with the Britney Spears/ Kevin Federline issue,” although he didn’t elaborate. He added that Sims is “believed to have relevant information” but didn’t go into specifics about that either. On Wednesday, Kaplan filed documents in Los Angeles Superior Court for primary physical custody of Federline’s two sons with Spears. …

Diddy will executive produce the upcoming biopic of the Notorious B.I.G., Variety reports. “Soul Food” director George Tillman will be behind the lens for “Unbelievable: The Life, Death and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G.,” for which an open casting call was launched nationally on Sunday. …

Jennifer Lopez has pegged October 9 as the release date for her English-language album Brave, her second LP of the year and sixth studio disc overall. The set is highlighted by the just-released single, “Do It Well,” and will be produced by J.R. Rotem (50 Cent, Christina Aguilera), among others. J. Lo’s other album this year, Como Ama Una Mujer, is the best-selling Spanish-language debut LP ever. … Amy Winehouse, who was hospitalized last week for severe exhaustion, has scrapped two planned shows in Germany opening for the Rolling Stones, RollingStone.com reports. The singer told Britain’s News of the World, “I don’t know how to explain what happened. … I can’t remember what I looked like. I couldn’t recognize myself. It was terrifying.” …

Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, Kid Rock and Velvet Revolver will anchor Los Angeles radio station KROQ’s Inland Invasion fest — which has been renamed the L.A. Invasion, since its relocation from a venue in Devore, California, to one in Carson. Against Me!, Chris Cornell, Hot Hot Heat, Satellite Party, Paramore and Cypress Hill round out the bill for the show, which will take place September 15. …

The French publisher of the “Harry Potter” series will not seek damages against a 16-year-old who allegedly posted online an unauthorized French translation of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” publishing house Gallimard Jeunesse said Monday (August 13), The Associated Press reports. The case is still being investigated by French authorities, who will decide whether to bring it to trial. … Robert Smith of the Cure, Julian Casablancas of the Strokes, Frank Black and Tom Waits will judge this year’s International Songwriting Competition, RollingStone.com reports. …

Bloc Party, Múm, Of Montreal and more have been confirmed for the ninth annual Iceland Airwaves festival, set for October 17-21 in downtown Reykjavík. … The Shins have beefed up their fall tour schedule with a smattering of new U.S. dates. After playing Seattle’s Bumbershoot festival on September 1 and Chicago’s Download Festival the following day, the band will take a month off, then hit the road again beginning October 5 in Berkeley, California. From there, the Shins will play more West Coast and Southwest dates before dipping down South and winding their way up the East Coast for a two-day stand at New York’s Terminal Five on October 23-24. They’ll cap the tour with a pair of gigs at Las Vegas’ Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on October 27-28. …

Wilco are bumping a pair of concerts because guitarist Nels Cline has come down with the chicken pox, according to the band’s site. The Tuesday night show in Duluth, Minnesota, will now be staged September 4, and a concert scheduled for Winnipeg, Manitoba, will be postponed or scrapped entirely. … “You Hear It First” vets the Shout Out Louds will tour for a month after they drop their new album, Our Ill Wills, on September 11. The indie-pop quintet will embark at the LA Weekly Detour festival in Los Angeles on October 6 and stay on the road through a November 3 show in Dallas. …

According to Killswitch Engage bassist Mike D’Antonio, the band will head out for a co-headlining run with Lamb of God this winter. Suicidal Tendencies and Every Time I Die are in talks to open the gigs. … Alice in Chains have been working on its first new material in more than a decade, according to frontman William DuVall. He said working with the band has “been deeply rewarding” and the new material sounds “insane.” No word yet on when the reunited grunge rockers will release their next LP. …

Big Lebowski” fans who incessantly re-enact scenes and dialogue from the cult flick are about to be able to make their interpretations even lifelike: action figures are on the way. Seven-inch scale figures devoted to the Dude and Walter will be available in October and can be preordered here.Barenaked Ladies will host another cruise in 2008 called Ships & Dip III and leaving Miami on January 27. Tickets go on sale March 22. Meanwhile, Lynyrd Skynyrd (with guests the Marshall Tucker Band) are also hosting another cruise, while Sister Hazel and Toad the Wet Sprocket are signed on for Rock Boat VIII. …

According to the Asbury Park Press, police charged 33 people with underage drinking last week at the Family Values Tour’s Wednesday stop at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. Thirteen others were arrested on various other charges, including resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and assaulting a trooper. In all, 46 people, ranging in age from 16-47, were taken into custody during the gig, which was headlined by tour founders Korn. … A James Brown trustee accused of misappropriating $350,000 of the late singer’s money has resigned, the Chicago Tribune reports. David Cannon turned over a check for the sum at a hearing on Friday. A follow-up hearing has been slated for September 24 as wrangling continues over Brown’s estate.

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Think 50 Cent is taking his upcoming face-off with Kanye West lightly? In an interview posted on SOHH.com on Friday (August 10), Fiddy threatened to end his rap career if he gets upstaged by ‘Ye when their albums go head to head on September 11. “If Kanye West sells more records than 50 Cent on September 11, I’ll no longer write music,” he said. “I’ll write music and work with my other artists, but I won’t put out anymore solo albums.” 50′s Curtis will square off against West’s Graduation.

Lily Allen has canceled gigs once again, this time because she has strep throat and sinusitis, she says in a post on her MySpace blog. “I’m back in London eating my mum’s chicken soup, ’cause I’m afraid the traveling has caught up with me,” she wrote in the post. “Before anyone starts trying to accuse me of neglecting my fans, I want to apologise and say how sorry I am, but I can’t risk causing any permanent damage.” Defending herself further, the singer also posted an image of her holding her doctor’s note. …

D’Angelo received suspended jail sentences Friday after pleading guilty to charges of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, AP reports. A Virginia judge revoked his license for 13 and a half months and fined him $1,250, with additional penalties suspended. A reckless-driving charge was dropped. … Beastie Boys finally said hello to Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday night with — if you can believe it — their first-ever concert in the borough. RollingStone.com reports that the group, which played at McCarren Pool in Greenpoint, aptly opened the set with “Hello Brooklyn” and closed it with “No Sleep Till Brooklyn.” …

Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae and Joss Stone are chipping in for Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino, which arrives in stores September 25. Paul McCartney, Elton John, Robert Plant and other classic-rock vets also salute the bluesman on the two-disc set, the sales from which will go toward buying instruments for public schools in New Orleans, rebuilding Domino’s home there and helping other Crescent City-related programs. … Emma Bunton, a.k.a. Baby Spice, gave birth to a, um, baby boy in London on Friday. It’s the first child for the singer and boyfriend Jade Jones, who used to be in a pop act of his own: boy band Damage. …

Bright Eyes are lighting up their tour schedule with seven additional dates: September 14 (Boise, Idaho); September 15 (Spokane, Washington); September 18 (Fairbanks, Alaska); September 19-20 (Anchorage, Alaska); September 23 (Eugene, Oregon); and September 24 (Chico, California). … Waiting for a Cure LP? Well, the wait just got a bit longer. The band’s new album was supposed to drop earlier this year, got bumped to the fall — and now won’t be ready until the spring, Billboard.com reports. The band is busy touring and frontman Robert Smith hasn’t finished writing yet. …

Underoath will hit the road with Every Time I Die, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and Poison the Well for a fall tour beginning September 22 in Houston and ending November 6 in Orlando, Florida. ETID, who are still on the Sounds of the Underground Tour, will drop their new Ferret release The Big Dirty on September 4. Earlier this week, they posted “No Son of Mine” — a track from the Steve Evetts-produced (Dillinger Escape Plan, Sepultura) effort — on their MySpace page. … Queens of the Stone Age will not perform as part of Samsung and AT&T’s free Summer Krush series on Monday in Los Angeles, as previously reported by Billboard.com. Plain White T’s will play the gig instead. …

As promised, Pearl Jam have posted the edited and unedited videos of their performance of “Daughter” at Lollapalooza on their Web site. Some segments of the performance were missing in AT&T’s live “Blue Room” webcast, including critical remarks frontman Eddie Vedder made about President Bush. A spokesperson for AT&T recently told MTV News the omissions were not intentional and were mistakenly made by a webcast vendor. …

Spoon, Coheed and Cambria, Devin the Dude and others have been confirmed for this year’s CMJ Music Marathon, going down October 16-20 in New York, Billboard.com reports. UNKLE will play one of their first gigs ever with a live band, and surprise VMA Video of the Year nominees Justice will also hit up the fest. … Franz Ferdinand, Hot Chip, Deerhoof, Grizzly Bear and David Byrne are among the acts who are contributing performances of songs written by David Shrigley for Worried Noodles, an unusual package containing two CDs and a hardcover book by the Scottish artist. The book of words and drawings was previously issued and caught the attention of the musicians, who have chalked up new songs for the set. …

Martin Scorsese‘s Rolling Stones flick is rolling into next year. The film, originally slated for an August 26 theatrical release, will open in April instead, to allow the band more time to promote it. … Speaking of rock docs, IFC has secured the rights to “Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten,” a flick about the former Clash frontman that will hit select theaters November 2 and be televised on the cable channel thereafter. … An unreleased Mick Jagger song produced by John Lennon in Los Angeles in 1973 will surface on The Very Best of Mick Jagger, due October 2. Jagger recorded the song, which has been on bootlegs for decades, with a cast of all-stars that included Harry Nilsson, Jack Bruce, Al Kooper and others. …

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd‘s first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, a special edition of the album will be released August 28. The three-disc collection will look like a cloth-covered book, and include remastered stereo and mono versions of the album plus bonus tracks. The effort will also include a 12-page reproduction of Syd Barrett‘s notebook. … Notorious ex-David Bowie manager Tony Defries will release his autobiography, Gods and Gangsters, in 2008. Also known for his work with the Beatles and Stevie Wonder, Defries is best remembered for helping to fashion the string of iconic characters rolled out by Bowie in the 1970s, as well as helping launch the solo careers of Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Luther Vandross and John Mellencamp. … The world’s leading record label, Universal Music Group, has announced that it will experiment with offering a large part of its catalog for download without copy protection at least through January. According to The New York Times, Universal (home to 50 Cent, Amy Winehouse and Akon) will offer the songs without DRM through RealNetworks, Wal-Mart, Amazon.com, Google and some artists’ sites — but not on top download service iTunes.