Kelly Clarkson, Justin Timberlake To Sing On ‘Oprah’; Plus White Stripes, Mary J. Blige, Trick Daddy, Led Zeppelin & More, In For The Record

Stripes cancel festival-headlining gig; Blige attends Baby Phat event; rapper charged with disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest.

Justin Timberlake and Kelly Clarkson will join Reba McEntire on “Oprah” on September 19 and sing duets with the country star. Reba Duets, due the day before the “Oprah” show airs, also features JT (“The Only Promise That Remains”) and Clarkson (“Because of You”). In other JT news, it seems like the VMAs might have taken a little too much out of the singer — he has postponed concerts slated for Monday in Sacramento, California, and two days later in San Jose after his doctor ordered him to rest his voice. His label, Jive Records, said in a statement Tuesday (September 11) that his strained voice is the result of his Sunday performance. The San Jose show has been rescheduled for September 23, and the Sacramento one will go down September 23. …

The White Stripes have canceled their scheduled headlining performance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas on Saturday, according to TV channel News 8 Austin. Concert promoters are citing medical reasons for the cancellation. Amy Winehouse and Rodrigo y Gabriela also previously dropped off the bill — Cold War Kids and Common are filling in for them. … Mary J. Blige, Nick Cannon and Mya took in Kimora Lee Simmons’ Baby Phat event on Friday night in New York. At the show, Simmons hyped the Simmons Jewelry Co.’s Green Bracelet — a portion of proceeds from sales of the bracelet goes to her Diamond Empowerment Fund, which raises money for the development and empowerment of African communities. …

Trick Daddy was arrested at a Miami strip club early Tuesday (September 11) after a fight broke out there, AP reports. The rapper (real name: Maurice Young) was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest. Trick Daddy allegedly cursed and threatened staff at Tootsie’s Cabaret, according to a police report obtained by AP, and when authorities asked him to leave, he allegedly refused to do so — and refused to be handcuffed as well. He was treated for injuries at a hospital after the incident, and his mug shot shows the rapper with a bloody nose and cheek. …

Led Zeppelin‘s reported reunion for a one-off performance appears to have taken one step closer to fruition. NME.com reports that frontman Robert Plant confirmed last week that the rumors are true, allegedly saying, “There’s not a lot to work out as it’s only going to be one-off gig.” Billboard.com reported Friday that a press conference pertaining to the band is slated to take place in London on Wednesday, and that the band would potentially reassemble for a tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, who died last year. The site also reported that the band had been spotted touring London’s O2 arena during Prince‘s 10-night stand at the venue. …

Oscar-winning double-threat Jennifer Hudson has inked her first major acting gig since wowing audiences in “Dreamgirls” — a spot in the highly anticipated “Sex and the City: The Movie.” According to the Los Angeles Times, Hudson will play a personal assistant to Sarah Jessica Parker‘s sex columnist, Carrie Bradshaw. … Cate Blanchett is beaming about the new “Indiana Jones” flick, telling Entertainment Weekly that Harrison Ford “looks f—ing great.” She also said of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” — the title of which was leaked by castmember Shia LaBeouf at Sunday’s VMAs — “it’s phenomenal to be working with Harrison Ford and Spielberg and Karen Allen, all of whom were in one of the most amazing experiences of my childhood, watching that film. And then I’m stepping into the frame. … It was really quite moving when Karen filmed her first entry into the film the other day. You know, Spielberg said, ‘I feel so young!’ It was fantastic.” …

Rob Zombie must have a knack for good timing. The hard-rocker — who will set out to tour with Ozzy Osbourne on October 18 — is squeezing out a concert album, Zombie – Live, five days later. The disc revolves around his 2006 Educated Horses tour and will feature “Super Charger Heaven,” “Creature of the Wheel,” White Zombie‘s “Thunder Kiss ’65″ and more. … LCD Soundsystem‘s Nike-commissioned 45:33 — which had been previously available on iTunes only — is coming in CD form November 13 with three additional tracks previously available in the U.K. only. 45:33 — which is referred to as the group’s “continuous, album-length disco symphony” in a press release — will be accompanied by the 12-minute “Freak Out/ Starry Eyes,” plus a remix of “North American Scum” and “Hippie Priest Bum-Out.” … Relient K and Switchfoot will bring back memories of 2001 when they launch another joint tour together on October 16 in Charleston, West Virginia. The 30-city co-headlining jaunt will take the Christian pop-rockers — who toured together six years ago — across the States and will wrap December 3 in Everett, Washington. …

Members of the Jackson family are coming to Michael‘s defense, saying media reports about his alleged dependency on painkillers and alcohol are not true. In an open letter, Jackson’s mother, sisters and brothers say news organizations “have quoted ‘sources’ indicating that our family has attempted a drug intervention and engaged in an effort to take over his business affairs, because of this alleged drug and alcohol usage. We categorically deny ever planning, participating in or having knowledge of any kind of intervention whatsoever.” The family members add that they and Michael have experienced years of false accusations and misrepresentations. …

The Mouse is apparently at it again. In a post on their Web site, metal act Machine Head claim that another one of their shows on Walt Disney property — this one at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida — has been canceled. The reported move came four days after the band called out Disney for an alleged last-minute kibosh on the opening date of MH’s Black Tyranny Tour at a Disney property in Anaheim, California. “While no one is willing to provide evidence that would prove unfavorable to Disney, sources close to events have suggested that once again vague threats of liability, and now threats on job security, may have been levied, successfully resulting in the show being moved off Disney property,” the group wrote. A spokesperson for Disney could not be reached for comment. …

Weather Report founder and frequent Miles Davis collaborator Joe Zawinul died early Tuesday, AP reports. He was 75. Zawinul had been hospitalized since last month, and his manager told the Austria Press Agency he was suffering from a rare form of skin cancer. The keyboardist/composer was one of the creators of jazz fusion and worked with Davis on Bitches Brew, among other albums.

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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.
Is Jon Stewart the new Billy Crystal? The late-night comedian has been tapped to host the Oscars again, repeating a duty he first took on in 2006. The New York Times reported that the official announcement of the gig at the 80th annual awards show, which will take place on February 24, would be made on Wednesday (September 12). …

09.11.07

Justin Timberlake and Kelly Clarkson will join Reba McEntire on “Oprah” on September 19 and sing duets with the country star. Reba Duets, due the day before the “Oprah” show airs, also features JT (“The Only Promise That Remains”) and Clarkson (“Because of You”). In other JT news, it seems like the VMAs might have taken a little too much out of the singer — he has postponed concerts slated for Monday in Sacramento, California, and two days later in San Jose after his doctor ordered him to rest his voice. His label, Jive Records, said in a statement Tuesday that his strained voice is the result of his Sunday performance. The San Jose show has been rescheduled for September 23, and the Sacramento one will go down September 23. …

The White Stripes have canceled their scheduled headlining performance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas on Saturday, according to TV channel News 8 Austin. Concert promoters are citing medical reasons for the cancellation. Amy Winehouse and Rodrigo y Gabriela also previously dropped off the bill — Cold War Kids and Common are filling in for them. … Mary J. Blige, Nick Cannon and Mya took in Kimora Lee Simmons’ Baby Phat event on Friday night in New York. At the show, Simmons hyped the Simmons Jewelry Co.’s Green Bracelet — a portion of proceeds from sales of the bracelet goes to her Diamond Empowerment Fund, which raises money for the development and empowerment of African communities. …

Trick Daddy was arrested at a Miami strip club early Tuesday (September 11) after a fight broke out there, AP reports. The rapper (real name: Maurice Young) was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest. Trick Daddy allegedly cursed and threatened staff at Tootsie’s Cabaret, according to a police report obtained by AP, and when authorities asked him to leave, he allegedly refused to do so — and refused to be handcuffed as well. He was treated for injuries at a hospital after the incident, and his mug shot shows the rapper with a bloody nose and cheek. …

Led Zeppelin‘s reported reunion for a one-off performance appears to have taken one step closer to fruition. NME.com reports that frontman Robert Plant confirmed last week that the rumors are true, allegedly saying, “There’s not a lot to work out as it’s only going to be one-off gig.” Billboard.com reported Friday that a press conference pertaining to the band is slated to take place in London on Wednesday, and that the band would potentially reassemble for a tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, who died last year. The site also reported that the band had been spotted touring London’s O2 arena during Prince‘s 10-night stand at the venue. …

Oscar-winning double-threat Jennifer Hudson has inked her first major acting gig since wowing audiences in “Dreamgirls” — a spot in the highly anticipated “Sex and the City: The Movie.” According to the Los Angeles Times, Hudson will play a personal assistant to Sarah Jessica Parker‘s sex columnist, Carrie Bradshaw. … Cate Blanchett is beaming about the new “Indiana Jones” flick, telling Entertainment Weekly that Harrison Ford “looks f—ing great.” She also said of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” — the title of which was leaked by castmember Shia LaBeouf at Sunday’s VMAs — “it’s phenomenal to be working with Harrison Ford and Spielberg and Karen Allen, all of whom were in one of the most amazing experiences of my childhood, watching that film. And then I’m stepping into the frame. … It was really quite moving when Karen filmed her first entry into the film the other day. You know, Spielberg said, ‘I feel so young!’ It was fantastic.” …

Rob Zombie must have a knack for good timing. The hard-rocker — who will set out to tour with Ozzy Osbourne on October 18 — is squeezing out a concert album, Zombie – Live, five days later. The disc revolves around his 2006 Educated Horses tour and will feature “Super Charger Heaven,” “Creature of the Wheel,” White Zombie‘s “Thunder Kiss ’65″ and more. … LCD Soundsystem‘s Nike-commissioned 45:33 — which had been previously available on iTunes only — is coming in CD form November 13 with three additional tracks previously available in the U.K. only. 45:33 — which is referred to as the group’s “continuous, album-length disco symphony” in a press release — will be accompanied by the 12-minute “Freak Out/ Starry Eyes,” plus a remix of “North American Scum” and “Hippie Priest Bum-Out.” … Relient K and Switchfoot will bring back memories of 2001 when they launch another joint tour together on October 16 in Charleston, West Virginia. The 30-city co-headlining jaunt will take the Christian pop-rockers — who toured together six years ago — across the States and will wrap December 3 in Everett, Washington. …

Members of the Jackson family are coming to Michael‘s defense, saying media reports about his alleged dependency on painkillers and alcohol are not true. In an open letter, Jackson’s mother, sisters and brothers say news organizations “have quoted ‘sources’ indicating that our family has attempted a drug intervention and engaged in an effort to take over his business affairs, because of this alleged drug and alcohol usage. We categorically deny ever planning, participating in or having knowledge of any kind of intervention whatsoever.” The family members add that they and Michael have experienced years of false accusations and misrepresentations. …

The Mouse is apparently at it again. In a post on their Web site, metal act Machine Head claim that another one of their shows on Walt Disney property — this one at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida — has been canceled. The reported move came four days after the band called out Disney for an alleged last-minute kibosh on the opening date of MH’s Black Tyranny Tour at a Disney property in Anaheim, California. “While no one is willing to provide evidence that would prove unfavorable to Disney, sources close to events have suggested that once again vague threats of liability, and now threats on job security, may have been levied, successfully resulting in the show being moved off Disney property,” the group wrote. A spokesperson for Disney could not be reached for comment. …

Weather Report founder and frequent Miles Davis collaborator Joe Zawinul died early Tuesday, AP reports. He was 75. Zawinul had been hospitalized since last month, and his manager told the Austria Press Agency he was suffering from a rare form of skin cancer. The keyboardist/composer was one of the creators of jazz fusion and worked with Davis on Bitches Brew, among other albums.

[This story was originally published at 8:54 pm E.T. on 09.11.2007]