Mariah Carey Says Tommy Mottola Was ‘Restrictive’; Plus Diddy, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Ja Rule, Game & More, In For The Record

Authorities nix Diddy's Labor Day fireworks; B turns out to see sister Solange perform; Spears says 'my babies are my life.'

Mariah Carey is “thankful” to ex-husband Tommy Mottola but also felt like she was being controlled by the music executive while they were married, she divulged to Interview for the magazine’s September issue, which hits newsstands Tuesday. In the magazine — the cover of which features a Bruce Weber photo of a barely clothed Carey — she says, “I am thankful to [Mottola] in a lot of ways. I try not to vilify him. I have to forgive him for being so restrictive. I understand him not wanting me to go out and hang out all night, but going to a spa with friends every now and then, or doing things on my own would have made a world of difference. And I’d probably still be with him if I had. Maybe it’s for my own good that I wasn’t ‘allowed’ to do those things, but that’s not how it felt. It felt like suddenly I had a strict father. … With Tommy it felt like I had this controlling situation where I wasn’t allowed to be myself. This conversation that we’re having now would never have taken place.” Carey also opened up about the catastrophic Glitter collapse that preceded her surprise rebound. “I consider ‘the breakdown’ a breakthrough — I needed to hit rock bottom, however it happened. I needed to understand the cost of pushing so hard, fighting so hard against the system.” …

Diddy‘s Labor Day party is going to be a little less explosive than anticipated. Officials in the Hamptons, New York, have nixed the hip-hop mogul’s planned $100,000 fireworks show over the Northwest Harbor on September 2 both for safety reasons and because it might have conflicted with another nearby fireworks bash set for the same night. Diddy intended to go with all-white fireworks so they would match the “white party” theme. …

Beyoncé turned out Tuesday night at her sister Solange‘s “R&B Live” showcase at Times Square’s Spotlight Live club in New York. Tina Knowles, Bow Wow and the Simmons sisters — Angela and Vanessa — also took in the show, which featured other acts on Mathew Knowles’ Music World Entertainment, including #1 Crush, Katy Shotter and more. …

Britney Spears chatted with Life & Style on Sunday night at a club in Los Angeles, revealing her concerns that ex-husband Kevin Federline could gain primary custody of their two children, sons Sean Preston and Jayden James. “My babies are my life. I love them more than anything,” said an “emotional” Spears, according to the magazine. But the boys are doing “so good,” she added. …

Ja Rule and Game have joined forces for “Sunset,” a track to be featured on Ja’s Mirror LP, due November 13. “I don’t think people were expecting that,” he told RollingStone.com in regards to teaming up with his former rival. Ja also disclosed that another track, “Father Forgive Me,” updates the Beatles‘ “Eleanor Rigby.” “Hopefully I make the Beatles proud,” he said. “Big shout-out to Paul McCartney and the whole gang, Ringo and everybody!” The rock icons are getting lots of love from the rap set these days, with Wu-Tang Clan covering George Harrison‘s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” — with Harrison’s son Dhani and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante in tow — for their upcoming 8 Diagrams LP, also due November 13. …

Juelz Santana is hammering away at his third LP, Born to Lose; Built to Win, which is due in stores in the winter. “This time around, I’m talking about survival — maintaining my lifestyle and overcoming the obstacles and challenges life brings,” he said in a statement. Santana was also set to debut his new RoyElz clothing line but has had to postpone the unveiling until February due to the terminal illness of a family member. …

Swizz Beatz was a busy man on Tuesday. The multiplatinum producer and rapper celebrated the release of his solo album, One Man Band Man, with a live performance at the Apple store in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan in New York during the afternoon. After that he hosted a party at Xchange Loft that drew the likes of Remy Ma, Birdman, Brooke Hogan, G-Unit‘s Young Hot Rod, Steve Stoute, Kid Capri, Free and singer Mashonda, Swizz’s wife. He then capped his long day at Manhattan night spot Sol for another album-release party. …

Keyshia Cole and Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Voices of Unity Youth Choir will get the NFL season under way by performing the national anthem at the New Orleans Saints/ Indianapolis Colts game September 6. The half-hour pre-game show — featuring performances by Kelly Clarkson and others — will air at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. … Cobra Starship will land again, on October 23, with a new LP called If the World Is Ending, We Are Throwing the Party. The disc will be issued by Fueled by Ramen and follow the band’s 2006 disc, When the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets.

Paris Hilton and Zeta Graff settled Graff’s lawsuit Wednesday (August 22), the same day jury selection was due to begin in the trial, TMZ.com reports. Graff, an actress/model, filed a $10 million defamation suit against Hilton in 2005 for allegedly planting gossip about her in the tabloids. … Amy Winehouse fans can get ticket refunds for her postponed U.S. tour at their point of purchase, her publicist said Wednesday. … A judge halted a lawsuit against Michael Jackson on Tuesday, ruling that it can’t continue as filed, AP reports. The singer is being sued — along with the Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, California — by the family of a woman who died at the hospital after she was moved to make room for Jackson. In the suit, the family claims the woman was kept from critical care after suffering a heart attack on the same day Jackson went to the hospital with flu-like symptoms during his child-molestation trial. Attorneys for Jackson and the hospital have claimed the facts of the case didn’t merit the suit. Judge Rodney Melville — who was also the judge in the aforementioned trial — gave the plaintiffs’ attorney, James McKiernan, 30 days to redraft the suit. …

A neuropathologist rejected on Wednesday a previous claim made by Phil Spector‘s defense that Lana Clarkson might have lived for up to a few minutes after being fatally shot in the music producer’s mansion, the Los Angeles Times reports. Dr. John Andrews, who participated in the deceased actress’ autopsy, is expected to be the last prosecution rebuttal witness. The defense is expected to present its rebuttal case in the next few days, with closing arguments expected soon after Labor Day. …

The Chemical Brothers have firmed up their first, albeit brief, U.S. tour in more than five years. The group will bring its visually intensive show to New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom (September 21); Brooklyn, New York’s McCarren Park Pool (September 22); Chicago’s Riviera Theatre (September 24); Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium (September 26); San Francisco’s Concourse (September 28); and Los Angeles’ Nocturnal Bar (September 29). … In other tour news, Bad Religion will trek through the States from September 29 in Queen Creek, Arizona — where they’ll play at Edgefest &38212; through October 20 in Sayreville, New Jersey. Gallows and the Briggs will open most dates. And Cold War Kids will tour from November 17 in San Francisco through December 11 in Boulder, Colorado, after gigging in September and October with the White Stripes. …

In hard-rock tour news, Down‘s upcoming U.S. headlining run is finally taking shape, with dates confirmed from September 27 in Reno, Nevada, through November 13 in Houston. The band — which features former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo — will release its latest, Down III: Over the Under, September 25. The Melvins will tour from September 16 in Sacramento, California, through October 18 in Dallas with Big Business. Prog-rockers Porcupine Tree will be on the road for a headlining run that begins October 3 in Orlando, Florida, and visits 18 other cities through October 29 in Atlanta. And Queens of the Stone Age have tacked seven additional shows onto their current tour. …

Bill Murray refused to take a breathalyzer test after getting caught speeding in a golf cart in downtown Stockholm, Sweden, early Monday — and he might face a drunk-driving charge as a result, The Associated Press reports. “He refused to blow in the [breath-test] instrument, citing American legislation,” Detective-Inspector Christer Holmlund told the wire service Wednesday. “So we applied the old method — a blood test. It will take 14 days before the results are in.” Murray signed documentation admitting that he had been driving under the influence and agreed to allow a police officer enter a guilty plea for him if the case goes to court. A very high blood-alcohol level could result in a potential prison sentence, but fines are more likely for the actor. …

Darren Hayes, former lead singer of Australian pop duo Savage Garden, turned himself in to London police on Friday and was arrested for an alleged racist attack against a waiter in a Thai restaurant in Soho. According to The New Zealand Herald, Hayes is alleged to have verbally abused a staffer at the Busaba Eathai Thai restaurant on July 22. Hayes was released on bail and his lawyer said he is denying the allegations. … DNA testing carried out after James Brown‘s death has confirmed a third person is a child of the late rock and roll icon, his adviser Buddy Dallas told Georgia’s The Augusta Chronicle on Monday. Roughly a dozen DNA tests have been carried out, and some are still pending. …

Actress Bridget Moynahan gave birth to her child — a boy — with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The couple split up late last year. … Wal-Mart is the latest retail giant to unveil an online music store aimed at challenging Apple’s iTunes by offering DRM-free music. The Wall Street Journal reported that Wal-Mart is selling the unfettered tracks from two major labels, Universal Music Group and EMI, for 94 cents a piece and $9.22 an album. The songs can play on almost any portable music device, including iPods and iPhones.

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First Amy Winehouse pulled out of shows in Norway and Denmark two weeks ago, then she pulled the plug on her V Festival appearances last week — now the U.K. starlet is shelving her remaining 2007 North American tour dates until next year. “Due to the rigors involved in touring, Amy Winehouse has been advised to postpone her upcoming September U.S. and Canadian tour dates,” Winehouse’s publicist said in a statement Tuesday (August 21), according to The Associated Press. “Amy’s European and U.K. tour dates in October and November remain in place. Plans are being made to reschedule her U.S. tour for early 2008. Until then, Amy has been ordered to rest and is working with medical professionals to address her health.” It is unclear whether the change in her North American tour plans will affect Winehouse’s previously announced performance at the VMAs on September 9. …

Forget 50 CentKanye West considers Justin Timberlake his biggest rival. In an interview with XXL magazine for its October issue — which hits stands September 11 — Kanye called Justin his “biggest inspiration and biggest competition,” adding that “he’s the only other person that gets an across-the-board response and respect level — black radio, white radio. If Justin hadn’t come out and killed the game, I can’t say that my album, singles and videos would be on the same level that they’re on. We push each other. I look at me and Justin like Prince and Michael Jackson in their day.” …

Award-show nominations and #1 records don’t seem to be enough for Nelly Furtado this year, so the Canadian beauty decided to add directing to her lengthy list of 2007 accomplishments. Furtado recently made her debut behind the camera shooting a clip for the Loose song “Do It” with co-director Aaron A., her tour documentarian. The video was filmed on location in Detroit during a tour stop and included her dance team, among others. Furtado also announced that she will re-release Loose with bonus material — including her cover of Gnarls Barkley‘s “Crazy” — this fall. …

Spike Jonze has launched a series of diary-style video interviews through online-broadcast network VBS.TV. The series will capture Jonze interviewing and traveling the world with various artists and entertainers, including the premiere guest, M.I.A. The set kicks off this week with a six-part episode that follows Jonze and M.I.A. around London and at the singer’s various enclaves. An interview with Kanye West is scheduled to go live next week. …

R. Kelly appeared Tuesday in a Chicago court where prosecutors and defense attorneys ironed out a few more details in the R&B singer’s child-pornography trial before jury selection starts September 17. After the prosecution tried for a reversal, Judge Vincent Gaughan upheld his ruling that the media and public could view the sex tape that allegedly depicts Kelly having sex with an underage girl and is at the heart of the charges. Gaughan said he wouldn’t reconsider his original ruling because the girl who prosecutors say is in the video isn’t cooperating with investigators and denies that she’s the person on the tape. Had she said she was, the judge would give her victim status and protect her from a public viewing. Instead, he ruled Tuesday that the state can’t call her a “victim” but must instead call her an “alleged victim” or the “state’s witness.” To attempt to prove that she is in fact the girl on the tape, the prosecution wants to call an expert witness to testify that denial is a common issue with victims of child pornography, but the defense argued that the theory is not backed up by science. Judge Gaughan delayed ruling on this, as well as whether an expert could testify that the veins in Kelly’s hand are consistent with those in the hand of the man in the video. He is expected to rule on those matters at the next hearing, on September 10. …

Another day, another problem for Foxy Brown. The troubled rapper is being accused of lying to police during a traffic stop on Wednesday in suburban Mahwah, New Jersey. According to Bergen County’s The Record, Brown (born Inga Marchand) was pulled over for talking on a cell phone and failing to stop at a stop sign while driving her SUV. After a check found that the car’s registration had been suspended, Brown, 27, reportedly gave officers a different version of her real name and a birth date that was a year off. When the information didn’t come up, Brown then gave her correct information, at which point the officers found out that her license was suspended. She was taken to police headquarters and given seven traffic tickets and released. The traffic tussle came one day after Brown was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a New York neighbor with a BlackBerry. But still, Brown has some good news to help take her mind off things — according to the New York Post, she said outside a store in New York earlier this week, “I’m getting married in September. I’m pregnant.” …

With Jane’s Addiction on ice and his latest project, the Panic Channel, without a label deal, Dave Navarro has taken up a new side gig: porn-movie director. The guitarist has shot a feature-length adult film titled “Dave Navarro: Broken,” the first in a series of flicks to be directed by celebrities. The film for Teravision — owned by adult star Tera Patrick and rocker husband and former Biohazard member Evan Seinfeld — is due September 27 and features an all-star cast of porn actors and actresses (Victoria Sin, Spyder Jonez, etc.). …

Ben Lee really likes the new Against Me! album, New Wave. In fact, the Australian pop singer likes it so that he has posted a song-for-song cover album on his MySpace page and blog that are available for download or streaming. He’s even cooked up his own cover for the effort, Ben Lee Sings Against Me! New Wave — it replaces the fearsome panther on the Florida punk band’s original with a less ferocious kitty cat. …

Devra Robitaille, one of Phil Spector‘s ex-employees, testified Tuesday that he once threatened her at gunpoint when she attempted to leave his house. The scenario is similar to the ones outlined by four additional women during the music producer’s murder trial. After the defense announced it was conditionally resting its case — and that Spector would not be taking the stand during the trial — the prosecution called Robitaille as a rebuttal witness, contrary to the wishes of the defense. She recalled being in Spector’s house during a party in which he became heavily intoxicated, after which she said she was going to go home. “He said no and locked the door,” testified Robitaille, who added that she had a romantic relationship with Spector. “I remember standing in the lobby with a door in front of me, and when I turned, there was a gun pointed at my temple. … It was like a long-barreled shotgun.” She added that Spector repeated three times, ” ‘If you leave, I’ll blow your f—ing head off.’ ” Robitaille said he eventually put down the gun and let her leave. …

Some Lollapalooza footage — of performances by LCD Soundsystem and the Black Keys — finally went up on AT&T’s Blue Room site last week, following the revelation that its webcast of the festival featured several edits of anti-President Bush comments made by Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder. Clearances are still being sought for Pearl Jam and other artists, while Lupe Fiasco‘s comments against Bush — which were also reportedly edited — have not been posted. …

Five people were arrested early Sunday morning at a campground near the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington, following the Warped Tour performance at the venue Saturday night. The Associated Press reported that sheriff’s deputies were called out to the campground following reports of a person being injured at another nearby campground. When officials arrived, they reportedly saw a number of campers involved in fights and a comfort station with portable toilets and sinks that had been set on fire. Some of the 400 campers in the area allegedly set additional fires and pelted deputies with beer bottles, cans and rocks, shattering the windshield of a fire truck with debris. Those incidents led to five arrests for obstructing a law-enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and intimidating a public servant. …

Additional shows for Van Halen‘s first tour in more than 22 years — with original frontman David Lee Roth — have been added in Philadelphia (October 3); Detroit (October 20); and Washington, D.C. (November 1). Tickets for the previously announced gigs went on sale over the weekend, and fans snatched them up fast — sellouts were reported in at least five markets so far. …

Pete Doherty — who was arrested on suspicion of drug possession in London early Monday morning — was released Tuesday because authorities didn’t get him to court on time. The charge of breaching bail conditions that he was facing has been dropped as a result of the technicality. …

The Jacksonville, Florida, chapter of the NAACP is protesting an editorial cartoon that criticized the “no snitchin’ ” street mantra and ran in the Friday edition of The Florida Times-Union. The image shows a black man wearing a “Don’t Snitch” T-shirt, holding a smoking gun and standing over a gunshot victim. Behind him are two children, one a girl with dreadlocks who also wears a “Don’t Snitch” shirt and says, “I didn’t see nuttin’.” In the cartoon, the man responds, “Now that’s a good little ho.” The comic, which is captioned “The new rule of law!,” also has a billboard in the background with an image of a rapper holding a gun below the words “rap your life away,” with BET and Warner Music Group called out at the bottom of the billboard. According to local TV affiliate NBC12, on Sunday, a Times-Union editorial-page editor apologized for the “bad judgment” in using the word “ho” in the cartoon. “The object of the cartoon was to comment on the rise of a no-snitching culture, something that is widely in the news today,” Mike Clark explained.