Hulk Hogan’s Son Injured In Car Crash; Plus Jordin Sparks, Blake Lewis, Missy Elliott, Panic! At The Disco & More, In For The Record

'Idol' champ bares her 'Tattoo'; Lewis primes debut LP; Elliott featured in Doritos ad campaign.

Nick Bollea, Hulk Hogan‘s 17-year-old son, was discharged from a hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Monday morning (August 27) after being involved in a car accident the previous evening. Police said Bollea, who was featured in VH1′s “Hogan Knows Best” reality series, was driving his Toyota Supra at a high speed along state route 60 when he lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a raised median at 7:30 p.m. in Clearwater. The car reportedly flipped over, and the rear of the vehicle collided with a palm tree. Bollea and one of his car’s passengers, 22-year-old John Graziano, were airlifted to the Bayfront Medical Center following the crash. The nature of both Bollea’s and Graziano’s injuries was not immediately known, but a police spokesperson characterized them as serious. Graziano remains under the hospital’s care in critical condition. Alcohol is not believed to have played a role in the accident, but police continue to investigate the crash. No criminal charges have been filed. …

Jordin Sparks doesn’t have a name for her debut album yet, but she’s got a release date set in stone: November 20. In anticipation of the 19 Recordings/ Jive disc, the “American Idol” champ drew back the curtains on her first single on Friday, debuting “Tattoo” on AOL’s Pop Eater blog. The track hits radio Monday. Sparks told The Associated Press that the effort was partly modeled after one of her own idols, Kelly Clarkson — but that she’s a bit nervous to be following in the wake of Clarkson and Carrie Underwood‘s success. “They’ve risen the bar so high and I’m like, ‘I hope I can reach it,’ ” she said. “Hopefully [my LP will] sell well and people will like it.” …

The runner-up to Sparks, Blake Lewis, is following suit — he just signed to 19 Recordings/ Arista and is planning to drop his first album late this year as well. Hit-maker du jour J.R. Rotem is already on board for the effort. …

It’s no McDonald’s parking-lot tour, but Missy Elliott will be featured in a new Doritos ad campaign debuting September 17, Billboard.com reports. In the clip, she is seen working on a new song and snacking on Doritos Collision, different-flavored chips that spur her to fuse a little country into her hip-hop track. A contest to be held on SnackStrongProductions.com will allow visitors to create their own mash-ups using Elliott’s track, although the prizes have yet to be determined. The site also features a help section in which Elliott will give tips. …

Listen up, punk-rockers: Unreleased and rare tracks by Panic! at the Disco, Gym Class Heroes, the Used, Cute Is What We Aim For, Sparta, Head Automatica and more fill up Press Play: Volume 1, a new comp that was put together by Photo Finish and Alternative Press. A portion of the proceeds from the September 25 release will go to the Keep a Breast Foundation, a nonprofit organization that fights breast cancer. …

The Disney Channel will air a special dance-along version of “High School Musical 2″ on September 8 at 8 p.m. ET, People reports. Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and other castmembers will instruct viewers on how to mimic their dance moves during the opening and closing numbers. … Russell Simmons has stepped down from his post as CEO of Phat Fashions, the company he founded in 1992 that spawned Phat Farm clothing. “I leave the division and the brand in great hands. There are so many things I want to achieve, and this is the appropriate moment for me to move on to my next business venture,” the hip-hop mogul said in a statement. …

Mos Def is sounding off about José Padilla, the Guantánamo detainee who was convicted earlier this week of supporting terrorism. “We all know the history of insufficient evidence or testimony under duress — at the very least, legal circumstances that demand some sort of reinvestigation … basically saying these people are not the criminals they’re being made out to be,” he told The Associated Press on Thursday. Mos Def will participate this weekend in the 10th annual Black August benefit concert at New York’s Nokia Theatre. The event serves to create awareness about people who its organizers, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, believe have been unfairly convicted — Talib Kweli, Saigon and Dead Prez are also on the bill. …

Music, martial arts and chess … how could members of the Wu-Tang Clan not be involved? RZA and GZA are participating in the Hip-Hop Chess Foundation’s first-ever Chess Kings Invitational, set for October 13 at the San Francisco Design Center. The rappers will talk on the tournament’s Life Strategies panel about how music, martial arts and chess — activities the organization uses to promote nonviolence — have affected their lives. …

Muse have plotted a handful of September dates with Juliette and the Licks: Seattle (September 9); Portland, Oregon (September 10); Orem, Utah (September 12); Dallas (September 16); Morrison, Colorado (September 18); Mesa, Arizona (September 20); and Irvine, California (September 21). Muse will also hit the San Diego Street Scene on September 22. … Ben Kweller just squeezed out a new seven-track live EP, Ben Kweller: Live and Solo at the Artists Den, that was recorded December 13 at New York’s Solo House. The disc of rarely performed songs is available now at digital outlets. …

System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian will shoot a video for “Praise the Lord, Pass the Ammunition,” from the rocker’s solo debut, Elect the Dead, at an undisclosed venue in Hollywood next week with director Greg Watermann (Mudvayne, Lamb of God). Extras are needed for the video — those interested in auditioning can e-mail Watermann at serjvideo@gregwatermann.com. … The track list for Thrice‘s upcoming LP The Alchemy Index: Vols. I & II – Fire & Water has been revealed. Fire will boast six cuts, including “The Messenger,” “Backdraft” and “Burn the Fleet”; Water will also contain six tunes, among them “Open Water,” “Night Diving” and “Kings Upon the Main.” Look for the discs to hit stores October 16. …

A writer/producer who worked on “In Living Color” and created Nickelodeon’s “Roundhouse” is suing the Walt Disney Company, claiming it stole his idea for “Hannah Montana,” Reuters reports. In the suit, Morris Taylor “Buddy” Sheffield says he pitched Disney Channel executives the idea for a kids’ show about a high school student who leads a secret life as a pop star. Sheffield also claims Disney could owe him and his production company millions in lost profits and damages, and he wants compensation for legal fees. A Disney Channel spokesperson told the news service the network had no comment. …

Kirsten Dunst‘s penthouse suite at a hotel in Manhattan, New York, was robbed earlier this month, according to court records obtained by AP. Thieves got away with a $13,000 handbag, cell phone, $2,500 in cash, an iPod, two digital cameras and ID cards belonging to the actress, who had been in the city to shoot scenes for her upcoming flick “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.” One suspect was arraigned Wednesday on burglary and grand-larceny charges, and is being held on $50,000 bond. …

Hellyeah — the band featuring members of Mudvayne, Pantera and Nothingface — are on the hunt for a dozen women they’d like to act as their “Hellyeah girls.” The winners will be featured in the band’s 2008 calendar — to enter, contestants need to post an audition video to Break.com and send a link to the clip to hellyeahtv@gmail.com. … The Dillinger Escape Plan will headline a U.S. tour this fall set to kick off October 4 in Cleveland, Ohio. Just five dates have been confirmed, but more will be announced in the coming weeks. The trek will also feature A Life Once Lost, Behold … the Arctopus and Genghis Tron. Dillinger’s forthcoming LP, Ire Works, lands in stores November 13. …

The resurrected Jesus & Mary Chain are heading back to the studio to record their first studio album in nine years. The band will also treat four West Coast cities to more concerts: Las Vegas (October 20); Anaheim, California (October 22); Los Angeles (October 23) and San Francisco (October 26-27). … Queen guitarist Brian May has finished his doctorate in a crazy little thing called astrophysics — he was awarded his Imperial College qualification on Thursday in London. May had been an astrophysics student before joining the band 37 years ago but dropped out as Queen became successful. His thesis? “Radical Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud.” …

Ted Nugent is at it again. The controversial right-wing rocker went on a profanity-spewed tirade at a concert last week, according to video footage posted on LiveLeak.com. With machine guns in his hands, a camouflaged Nugent yelled, “Obama, he’s a piece of sh–, and I told him to suck on my machine gun. … And then I was in New York. I said, ‘Hey Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset.’ ” He also went off on Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer before saying, “Any questions?” and shouting, “Freedom!”

08.23.07

In one minute, out the next: Nicole Richie checked herself into the Century Regional Facility in Lynwood, California, on Thursday (August 23) to start serving her DUI sentence — only to find herself checking out less than an hour and a half later due to overcrowding. Richie had been sentenced to serve four days in jail. “At this time, the criteria for a female arrestee sentenced to 30 days or less for a nonviolent offense is as follows: the arrestee is booked, screened and usually released within 12 hours,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release issued to MTV News. “This procedure is based on jail overcrowding to manage population levels mandated by federal court guidelines. Based on the mandated guidelines and Ms. Richie’s 96 hours sentence, she will be treated in the same manner as other inmates with a similar sentence.” The jail is the same one where Paris Hilton served a portion of her DUI sentence. …

The Kelly Clarkson train is slowly getting back on the tracks. After the early-summer one-two punch of dumping her manager and canceling the tour in support of My December, the singer has booked the first two shows of what is expected to be a fall/winter outing. The dates — an October 10 show at Verona, New York’s Turning Stone casino and another on October 15 at New York’s Beacon Theater — are in venues decidedly smaller than some of the arenas Clarkson had been originally booked to hit as part of her scotched 35-date summer tour. The full itinerary for her rescheduled trek is expected in two weeks, according to a management spokesperson. …

Justin Timberlake is joining the cast of “The Love Guru,” a sports comedy starring Mike Myers, Verne Troyer and Jessica Alba. The Myers-produced film is set to begin production next month in Toronto and tentatively be released in theaters June 20. Timberlake will play a hockey player tangled in a love triangle with the top player on a team owned by Alba. …

Though she’s not likely to attend the ceremony given her doctor’s orders to take a break from touring and making appearances for the rest of the year, Amy Winehouse is one of the leading nominees for England’s Music of Black Origin awards with four nominations for Best U.K. Female, Best R&B Act, Best Video and Best Song for “Rehab.” Also nominated for four awards is rapper Dizzee Rascal. The show will take place September 19 at the O2 arena in London, with the winner chosen by a tally of public votes on the event’s Web site. A number of American acts are also nominated, among them Kanye West, Common and 50 Cent in the Best Hip-Hop category; and Amerie, Robin Thicke and Ne-Yo, who will battle Winehouse in the Best Song category. Rihanna has a pair of nominations, including one for Best International Act, in which she’ll face off against Diddy, Akon and T.I.. …

In related news, Paolo Nutini has reshuffled his tour plans following news that tour partner Winehouse tabled her U.S. trek until next year. The Scottish singer/songwriter’s jaunt will now run from September 7 in Buffalo, New York, through October 28 in New Orleans. “I’ll be thinking a good thought for her, she is a remarkable talent. In the meantime, I’m truly excited about this upcoming tour of North America — I guarantee it will be my best yet,” Nutini said in a statement. …

Rapper Saigon was arrested at 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday in New York on Manhattan’s West Side after police stopped him for a traffic violation and allegedly found a switchblade-like knife in the car console. According to his lawyer Scott Leemon, the rapper (born Brian Daniel Carenard) was pulled over while driving someone else’s car in what Leemon called “another example of NY’s finest targeting a member of the rap and entertainment industry … the small pocket knife was found in a console in the car, not in his possession. As such, I am hoping after further investigation this will be another example of a rapper being wrongfully arrested.” Because of a prior felony assault charge, the weapon-possession charge was bumped up to a felony, according to Leemon. Saigon was released on $1,500 bail and is due in court again December 5. …

On the hunt for killer B-sides? How about Killers B-sides? The band — which put out its last studio album, Sam’s Town, less than a year ago — is planning to pump out a rarities disc before the end of the year, Brandon Flowers recently told Billboard.com. The band’s cover of Joy Division‘s “Shadowplay,” rendition of Mel Tillis‘ “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” and “Spider-Man 3″ soundtrack contribution “Move Away” are all on the tentative track list, which may include new material. The Killers have also teed up a different new song for release December 1: “Don’t Shoot Me Santa,” the band’s next Christmas charity single for the Red Campaign. “Last year we were able to raise over $100,000 from the one song ['A Great Big Sled'], and hopefully we’ll be able to do it again,” Flowers said. …

The Decemberists aren’t planning just any old tour — on their upcoming trek, dubbed “The Long and Short of It,” the indie-rockers will mix it up by playing at least two nights in 13 cities. They’re also parsing the trek into “long” and “short” shows — the former ones will showcase their poppier material and the latter gigs will revolve around the band’s epic songs. The jaunt runs from October 28 in Chicago through December 9 in Seattle. The Decemberists have also slapped together a new EP — The Perfect Crime #2 drops September 25 and features four tracks, including a remix by Junior Boys. … Morrissey‘s tour plans are perhaps even more ambitious: For what is expected to be his last sweep through the States for a while, he’ll hole up in Los Angeles for a marathon 10-night stand at the Palladium (October 1-13), play a four-night stand at San Francisco’s Fillmore and a five-night one at New York’s’ Hammerstein Ballroom (October 28). Dates for the full trek are from September 21 (Las Vegas) through November 4 (Atlanta). … Last but not least, Bright Eyes have beefed up their tour regiment, stretching their run from September 13 in Denver through November 19 in New York. …

Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore doesn’t have too many kind words to say about Avril Lavigne and John Mayer these days — although he’s got plenty of respect for a certain avant-garde legend and another classic-rock hero. “I am playing with Yoko Ono, and she’s well past 70 and she rocks,” he told Spin for the magazine’s September issue. “Neil Young rocks. It’s certainly not John Mayer or Avril Lavigne. Those people don’t rock. If that’s the young generation in the culture, then [forget] it. In the underground, the old guys are cool. I like the fact that the older we get the more we can rock.” … Ramones fans, get ready to be bombarded: More than four hours of unreleased and rare concert material is being piled onto “It’s Alive 1974-1996,” a double-DVD set poised for an October 2 release. With performances of a whopping 118 songs, the set is highlighted by unissued video footage of the band’s New Year’s Eve 1977 gig at London’s Rainbow Theatre — the show was previously captured in audio form, as the band’s noted It’s Alive live album. …

Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder will perform at the world premiere of the Iraq war documentary “Body of War” at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11. The movie, which tells the story of paralyzed Iraq war vet Tomas Young — who appeared on stage with PJ at Lollapalooza — features two new songs written by Vedder, “No More” and “Long Nights.” … Talk about product placement. Southern-rap-news Web site MemphisRap.com claims Master P and his son Romeo have teamed up with T-Mobile to promote the new Sidekick LX by writing a song called “Sidekick” for their upcoming Miller Boyz album, due September 4 on P’s new profanity-free label, Take a Stand Records. … Fred Durst is in negotiations to direct “Comeback,” an inspirational Pop Warner football drama starring Ice Cube, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Samuel L. Jackson will emcee Save the Children’s 75th anniversary event at New York’s Lincoln Center on September 6. The event, to feature a performance by Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, will also serve as a tribute to former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, as well as Melinda Gates, for their humanitarian efforts. … If you have tickets to see enigmatic metal-masked rapper MF Doom anytime soon and the guy onstage doesn’t look, or even sound like, the Super Villain you know and love, you might be onto something. Bloggers have been abuzz over the past week about several recent West Coast Doom shows that have reportedly featured an impostor taking the stage in place of the rapper and performing (some say lip-synching) in Doom’s place. The first sign that something was up, according to a fan who wrote into the Byron Crawford blog, was that cameras at a recent San Francisco show were strictly prohibited. The disgruntled fan wrote that Doom appeared 100 pounds lighter than usual during the 20-minute headlining performance. A spokesperson for Doom had no comment. …

A forensics expert backed up defense claims made in the Phil Spector murder trial — and refuted by a prosecution witness on Wednesday — that Lana Clarkson might have continued breathing after she was shot at the music producer’s mansion. Prosecutors sparred with the expert, Dr. Werner Spitz, afterward. … The biggest ticketing agency in the country and the world’s biggest concert promoter appear headed for a breakup. According to reports in Hits magazine online and Variety, internal documents about the negotiations from Ticketmaster said it is “doubtful” that Live Nation will renew its agreement with Ticketmaster when their current agreement expires at the end of this year. The loss of the Live Nation business, which Variety said accounted for about 15-20 percent of Ticketmaster’s U.S. business in 2006, could mean Live Nation is gearing up to launch its own ticketing venture.

[This story was originally published at 8:00 pm E.T. on 8.23.2007]