R. Kelly's Next Court Date Set; Plus Justin Timberlake, 'American Idol,' Coldplay, JC Chasez & More, In For The Record

JT, 'Idol' bag Emmys; Coldplay promise 'no fat' on fourth LP; former 'NSYNC member pens tune for Backstreet Boys.

R. Kelly's next court date is set for September 28. On that day, a hearing on a pending motion in relation to expert witnesses will be held. No date has been scheduled for the R&B singer's child-molestation trial. ...

Justin Timberlake has added a Creative Arts Emmy to that "Box" — the singer and "Saturday Night Live" actor Andy Samberg took home the award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for "Di-- in a Box," the pair's wildly popular song about surprise packages, on Saturday. Timberlake wasn't at the ceremony to accept the award, but Samberg told People, "We'll definitely give him a call and let him know." ...

In other Emmy news, "American Idol" dodged the dubious distinction of becoming the most-nominated program to never receive an Emmy thanks to a win Saturday at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The show bagged its first Emmy — after being blanked 22 times over its six-year run — for outstanding technical direction for its April "Idol Gives Back" benefit show, which was also given an honorary Governors Award. ...

Coldplay have revealed some information about their upcoming fourth studio album in a note on their Web site, using sports metaphors to describe the process of picking the tunes. "Expect a short, concise record with no fat and at least two top-division songs released independently," the handwritten note explained. "[Our] feeling is that the album should be made up of the nine best records. If that means eight thrash-metal tracks and one ballad, then so be it." Among the songs being considered for inclusion are: "Lost!," "Cemeteries of London," "Violet Hill," "Poppy Fields," "42," "Yes!" and "Leftrightleftrightleft." According to the note, after a month off, the group is a few months from finishing recording in Barcelona, Spain, for an album it expects to be no longer than 42 minutes. ...

Former 'NSYNC crooner JC Chasez is a free agent. Months after his single "Until Yesterday" was released and his second solo album failed to materialize, Chasez has parted ways with Jive, according to his longtime label. He told EW.com the decision was mutual and that he wanted to "wipe the slate clean and then take on as many suggestions and ideas [as possible]." In an even more startling development, the singer said he recently wrote a song called "Treat Me Right" for the new album from his former nemeses, the Backstreet Boys. ...

Socially conscious rapper Mos Def is coming to the defense of the Jena Six, a group of black students charged with attempted murder for allegedly beating up a white student who was using racial epithets toward them. The charges could result in sentences of 20 to 100 years in prison, a prospect civil-rights advocates have decried as harsh. The rapper is asking black people of influence to join him in Jena, Louisiana, on September 20 for a rally showing support for the students. ...

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler has put a gag order on Phil Spector and his wife, Rachelle Spector, The Los Angeles Times reports. The music producer was quoted in a British paper criticizing the judge and jury in his murder trial, while she gave an interview last week. Fidler issued final legal instructions to the jurors Monday morning (September 10), after which they were sent out of the courtroom to begin deliberations. ...

Now that Radiohead have thrown together their new album, guitarist Jonny Greenwood is taking on another project: writing the score for "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia" director Paul Thomas Anderson's next flick, "There Will Be Blood," which is due December 26. ... Frank Black has put together an October West Coast tour, but expect to see his Black Francis alter ego in the club listings. He'll be boosting his recently released Bluefinger disc starting with a two-night stand in Portland, Oregon, on October 1-2, after which he'll play 10 more North American dates — doubling and tripling up at some venues along the way — and bring the tour to a close in Los Angeles on October 15-16. ... Canadian indie-rockers the Stills just signed to Arts & Crafts, where they're sidling up to Broken Social Scene, Feist, Stars and other like-minded acts. The band's third, yet-untitled effort is due in the spring.

09.07.2007

Nas joined forces with John Mayer, Phil Vassar and the Dave Mathews Band on Thursday night to bring "A Concert for Virginia Tech" to the college's Blacksburg campus. According to The Richmond Times-Dispatch, the rapper cheekily dedicated the last song of his set, "Hate Me Now," to TV pundit Bill O'Reilly, who had previously said it was an "abomination" and "atrocity" that Nas was going to perform at the free concert. "For those who don't understand what Nas is about, like that chump Bill O'Reilly, I got a song for you," he said before breaking into the tune. More than 45,000 people reportedly attended the concert. ...

Paris Hilton is suing Hallmark for a half-million dollars for using her photo and "That's hot!" catchphrase on one of its cards, Agence-France Presse reports. The heiress filed a lawsuit against the company on Thursday in Los Angeles, accusing Hallmark of misappropriating her image and invading her privacy by putting the card on sale earlier this year. It features Hilton's face superimposed on a cartoon body, along with the message, "First day as a waitress." ...

Led Zeppelin fans are holding their collective breath once again amid reports that a press conference pertaining to the band will take place in London on Wednesday, according to Billboard.com. The development comes shortly after "11.13.07" mysteriously appeared along with the band's commonly used symbols on LedZeppelin.com. The news outlet reported in July that the band might reassemble for a potential tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, who died last year. According to Billboard.com, the band was spotted touring London's O2 arena during Prince's 10-night stand at the venue. However, standing offers have been on the table for a Zep tour for decades, and November 13 is also the release date of the group's upcoming greatest-hits compilation, Mothership. ...

Nick Bollea, who is being investigated for a crash last week that left his friend critically injured, was warned and ticketed by police last year for driving at high speeds on a Florida highway, according to an interview he gave Rides magazine before the crash. Authorities told AP that Bollea, the son of Hulk Hogan, was stopped twice on September 17, 2006 — he was first warned for going 100 mph in a 70-mph zone, then pulled over a second time for driving 115 mph. He received a $305.50 ticket for the latter offense. Bollea's passenger, John Graziano, remains in critical condition at a Florida hospital. ... Phil Spector lawyer Linda Kenney-Baden finished her closing statement on Friday, urging jurors not to become "vigilantes" and find the music producer innocent in the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. "We don't convict people in this country because we don't like them, because we don't like their hair or their clothes," she said. "Your job is not to make good copy or good ratings. Your job is to find the truth." The case will be turned over to the jurors after a planned rebuttal by the prosecution. ...

Joss Stone is helping launch the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network, a Hip-Hop Summit Action Network program that is setting out to deal with the portrayal of women of color in entertainment — specifically hip-hop. Baby Phat designer Kimora Lee Simmons will act as the national spokeswoman for WEEN, which will be formally christened with a pink-carpet event September 19 at Bo Concept, a furniture in Manhattan, New York. ... The Spice Girls reunion tour will be directed by Christina Aguilera and Madonna collaborator Jamie King. "Everyone has the same vision for this show," the group's manger, Simon Fuller, said in a press statement. "It will be a roller coaster of fun reflecting all the things that made the Spice Girls such a huge global pop group." ...

Radiohead have put the finishing touches on their next album, guitarist Jonny Greenwood told Paste magazine. The band, which fulfilled its six-album EMI contract with 2003's Hail to the Thief, is currently unsigned. "We're very relieved to have finished recording, now we have to decide what we should do with it," he said. ... Tobey Maguire is shifting from a movie adaptation of a comic book to ... a movie adaptation of an anime series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he will produce the sci-fi classic "Robotech" — and might even play a lead role in the flick. "We are very excited to bring 'Robotech' to the big screen," he said. "There is a rich mythology that will be a great foundation for a sophisticated, smart and entertaining film." ...

By now, you've likely heard the acoustic cover of Rihanna's "Umbrella" by Internet phenomenon Marié Digby, whose unique style won her a contract with Hollywood Records. More than 2.3 million people have checked out the 24-year-old's unplugged take on the jam of the summer. But, according to The Wall Street Journal, the alleged viral-video discovery was actually signed to Hollywood 18 months before becoming an online phenom. The article also claims Hollywood helped devise her Internet strategy and distributed a high-quality studio recording of "Umbrella" to radio stations and iTunes as a way to build hype for Digby's upcoming major-label debut. ...

Apparently, the Magic Kingdom has hung a "Machine Head Not Welcome" sign up at the gates. According to a spokesperson for the group, Walt Disney Properties pressured Live Nation to cancel the metal band's show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California, on Friday (which was to take place on Disneyland property) citing, according to a press release from the band's publicist, violent imagery, undesirable fans and inflammatory lyrics. In an e-mail, the group said it got less than 48 hours' notice of the scotched gig, which was to be the kickoff of their Black Tyranny tour with Arch Enemy, Throwdown and Sanctity. Live Nation rescheduled the tour kickoff for the Glass House in nearby Pomona. A Disney spokesperson could not be reached for comment.