Snoop Dogg Strikes Plea Deal; Plus Game, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, My Chemical Romance, Yung Joc & More, In For The Record

Game gets conditional discharge; Dre says 'nobody is gonna back down' in 50/Game rift; Gerard Way rails against emo, praises Bon Jovi.

Snoop Dogg struck a plea deal on Thursday (September 20) in his weapon-possession case stemming from an arrest at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, in September 2006, The Associated Press reports. The rapper (real name: Calvin Broadus) was sentenced to 160 hours of community service and three years’ probation, and ordered to make a $10,000 charitable donation. In the September incident, Snoop was found carrying a collapsible baton — while he claimed it was for a video shoot, authorities considered it to be a dangerous weapon. If he doesn’t violate the law again, his felony conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor after one year. “We are very pleased with the outcome,” his attorney Donald Etra told AP. “He wants to get on with his life.” …

Game (real name: Jayceon Taylor) was given a conditional discharge on Thursday in the case involving the rapper allegedly impersonating a police officer in New York in November, AP reports. Per Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Marc Whiten’s order, if Game is not arrested again within six months, the misdemeanor criminal-impersonation charge will be dismissed. Claiming innocence, Game had rejected previous plea deals that would have kept him out of jail in exchange for a guilty plea. He was arrested after allegedly telling a cab driver he was an undercover cop and instructing him to run red lights, but Game denied that claim and instead argued that the driver decided to run the red lights on his own. Game’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, pointed out Game’s facial tattoo and said it was doubtful the driver would have believed the rapper to be a police officer. “I’ve never seen a cop with writing all over his face,” Game said. …

First Dr. Dre makes an appearance at the VMAs, and now he’s got an interview in the latest issue of GQ — maybe Detox really is on the way. The notoriously reclusive producer appears in the 50th anniversary issue of the men’s magazine and, for the first time, goes on record about the rift between his Aftermath artists 50 Cent and Game. “It was definitely a conscious thing,” he said of his decision to not speak up in the past about the feud. “This is something that’s between labelmates. I’ve said, ‘When you guys are ready to make some music, let’s get down. Let’s get in the studio.’ All that other stuff, that’s not for me. This is something they created, so it’s something they have to handle. I don’t feel like I have to choose a side.” Dre also revealed that, at the behest of Interscope Chairman Jimmy Iovine, he once asked Game not to dis 50 during a New York show. “I knew that this one wasn’t gonna go away,” he said. “I know these guys, and I know nobody is gonna back down.” …

Gerard Way had some kind words to say to the University of Maine’s campus newspaper, The Maine Campus, about Bon Jovi — his band, My Chemical Romance, will open for the rock legends October 25-26 as part of the christening of Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center. “I grew up as a Bon Jovi fan. Whenever you’re dealing with Bon Jovi or Springsteen, it’s just a great honor and at that point; it doesn’t really matter what genre you play. It really just kind of matters that you’re all from New Jersey.” Way also had a thing or two to say about MCR being labeled “emo,” although his words on that subject weren’t so kind. “Emo bands were being booked while we were touring with Christian metal bands because no one would book us on tours. I think emo is f—ing garbage, it’s bullsh–. I think there’s bands that unfortunately we get lumped in with that are considered emo and by default that starts to make us emo. All I can say is anyone actually listening to the records, put the records next to each other and listen to them and there’s actually no similarities. I think emo’s a pile of sh–.” …

Yung Joc will perform at the 100th anniversary of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity’s Cornell University chapter, according to the campus’ paper, The Cornell Daily Sun. The October 12 concert, to be held at the Zeta Beta Tau house, will serve to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, an alliance of hospitals for children. … Jennifer Lopez has a new album on the brain — Brave, which drops October 9 — but that hasn’t stopped her from hooking up with Carlos Santana for a new slice set to be featured on the rock icon’s Ultimate Santana collection, due October 16. Baby Bash also surfaces on “This Boy’s Fire,” which was partly produced by Sean Garrett. Two more previously unreleased collabos — “Into the Night” with Nickelback‘s Chad Kroeger and “The Game of Love” with Tina Turner — also beef up the best-of disc. …

Missy Elliott posted a teaser on her Web site announcing that she’s back in the lab cooking up a new album that she hopes to release in the spring. No other information was given on the album, which would be her first since 2005′s The Cookbook. … As huge as the Kanye West/ 50 Cent album showdown appeared to be, LP sales are still down 9 percent compared to the same week last year, Billboard reports. … Tired of seeing Kanye West all over the place? Too bad. The recent Gradu-ee will perform September 29 on “Saturday Night Live.” Spoon will play on the show the following week. …

Sammy Hagar says he wouldn’t have toured with the reunited Van Halen without founding bassist Michael Anthony, who has been replaced with Eddie Van Halen‘s son, Wolfgang Van Halen, for the band’s reunion tour with singer David Lee Roth. According to the Web site for Internet radio station KNAC, Hagar said, “I wouldn’t do it without Mike. … If Eddie wants to play with his son, fine. I love my son too, but I got him a different job. … I just think the fans are gonna walk away with a little bit of a disappointment because Mike’s a big part of that band.” … In related news, Van Halen have tossed three more California dates onto their much-anticipated reunion tour, which kicks off September 27 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The band will hit Fresno on November 29, Anaheim on December 18 and will now bring the jaunt to a close in Oakland on December 22. …

The inaugural Girlfrenzy concert scheduled for October 27 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California, has been postponed. Though organizers have not given any reason for the show’s cancellation, they said in a post on the show’s MySpace page that it will be rescheduled for 2008. The show was to feature Avril Lavigne, Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow and Colbie Caillat. … After three years, Scratch magazine is calling it a day. The hip-hop mag’s final issue features 50 Cent and Timbaland on the cover and is due out at the end of September. No reason was given for the magazine’s shuttering. …

The 10th anniversary edition of Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp will get an extra dose of power this year with appearances from Slash, Who singer Roger Daltrey, Vince Neil and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh. Also on the roster for the event, to be held November 7-11 in Las Vegas, are Cream bassist Jack Bruce, as well as members of Iron Maiden, Yes, Steely Dan, Bad Company, Megadeth and Winger. … Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will give Asbury Park, New Jersey, fans a sneak preview of their upcoming tour in support of their upcoming album Magic, which is due October 2. The Boss has scheduled a pair of benefit shows for Monday and Tuesday night at the Asbury Park Convention Hall, with the $100 tickets selling out almost immediately when they went on sale Thursday morning (September 20), according to the promoter. …

Gene Simmons, glam-rocker, reality-TV star, magazine entrepreneur and … science-fiction author? You read it right — the Kiss frontman has penned the first installment of a planned sci-fi series, “Zipper,” for release in November. The heavily illustrated book tells the story of a drone soldier from another planet who “begins to question his purpose and contemplate his autonomy … he realizes his own capacity for individualism and wishes to explore it further,” according to Simmons’ Web site. … Hardcore heroes Snapcase are getting back together for a one-off show to benefit Callum Robbins, the son of Jawbox‘s J. Robbins who is suffering from spinal muscular atrophy. The gig will go down at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York, on November 24 and also feature 108 and Triple Threat. The show is being organized by 108 member and author Norman Brannon, whose “The Anti-Matter Anthology: A 1990s Post-Punk & Hardcore Reader” — a tome revolving around the defunct fanzine — is due in stores November 6. …

Gina Gershon can’t stop the rock. The “Showgirls” actress, whose 2004 reality show chronicled her attempted crossover into the world of rock and roll, will preview songs from her upcoming album In Search of Cleo during a residency at the New York club the Box every Sunday and Monday night in October. Backed by a five-piece band and three dancers, Gershon will unveil the suite of songs — all of which she wrote or co-wrote — that tell the true story of the search and recovery of her lost cat, Cleo. According to a press release, the 10 songs focus “on the literal and metaphoric experience of the search, not just for Cleo, but for love,” using “biting humor, country, blues and jazz-influenced singing and a splash of sexy.”

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So a judge orders Britney Spears to submit to random drug tests and abstain from alcohol, and what does she apparently do next? Goes partying! The singer reportedly went clubbing into the wee hours Tuesday night in West Hollywood, California, hitting both Winston’s Bar & Grill and the Hyde Lounge — with a flurry of paparazzi on her tail, of course. Observers told People magazine that the singer was brought shots at Hyde, though it’s unclear whether she actually drank them. Meanwhile, Spears has changed legal counsel again. On Monday, her divorce attorney Laura Wasser had stepped down to be replaced by Marci Levine, and on Wednesday (September 19), Levine prepared to step down to be replaced by Sorrell Trope. Trope’s office told MTV News on Wednesday that the firm was in the process of being retained by Spears and anticipated that the necessary paperwork would be signed and taken care of by the end of the day. ..

In other Britney news, Justin Timberlake talked a bit about the singer Wednesday on “Oprah.” When asked what he thinks is “going on” with her, Timberlake said, “I don’t know, to be honest with you. I haven’t spoken to her in years. I mean, there’s no ill will — I have nothing but love for her. It’s funny because we dated each other at a time … wow, I haven’t talked about this in a long time. It’s interesting. … We were teenagers, you know? I think that’s basically the best way to describe what happened to us. I think she’s a great person, and I don’t know her as well as I did. … What I do know about her is she has a huge heart, and she is a great person.” …

Talk about adding insult to injury. After pounding 50 Cent in the first week of their album showdown, Kanye West has bested his rival a second time by clinching the Music of Black Origin Award for Best Hip Hop artist. Amy Winehouse scored the Best U.K. Female prize, surprisingly, while Rihanna nabbed Best International Act honors, and Ne-Yo‘s “Because of You” earned Best R&B Title and Best Song. …

If you caught Ashlee Simpson giving her yet-untitled album a test-drive at the VMAs earlier this month, you probably noticed the Cure‘s Robert Smith didn’t make it onto the LP. In July, Smith voiced doubt about the supposed collabo taking place, and while Simpson told MTV News during her “Chicago” run in London late last year that “To work with Robert Smith would be an honor,” she recently told Rolling Stone, “I am a huge fan, but would never expect to write with Robert Smith from the Cure.” Boyfriend Pete Wentz also doesn’t appear on the November disc — “We both keep our music separate from each other,” she told Rolling Stone — however Timbaland, the Neptunes, Kenna and Gym Class HeroesTravis McCoy did make the cut. …

Game better be game to take on a new lawsuit — an Indian music-and-film company is suing him and Timbaland over “Put You on the Game.” The song was featured on the Compton, California, rapper’s Aftermath debut, The Documentary, and produced by Timbaland. According to documents obtained by MTV News, Saregama India — which filed a similar copyright-infringement suit in 2002 against then-Aftermath artist Truth Hurts — claims the duo used the song without its permission and also cites a number of additional parties, including Aftermath Entertainment, G-Unit Records and producer Danjahandz, who co-produced the track. The company is suing for a yet-undetermined sum. … But everything isn’t so dire these days for Timbo — the super-producer is soaping up for a scheduled appearance on an upcoming episode of “One Life to Live” scheduled to air October 9. He will perform two songs from his recent Shock Value LP, with the artists who accompanied him on the studio tracks: “The Way I Are” with Keri Hilson and “Apologize” with One Republic. …

Let’s set one thing straight: Chris Brown does not dislike Ciara, even though he’s quoted as saying “I don’t want Ciara” in the current issue of Vibe. “I didn’t say I didn’t like her,” the singer recently told MTV News. “They mixed it around. Ciara, you know you’re my homie.” The article states that Brown’s face “curls up as if he’d just noticed a foul odor” when the topic of Ciara is broached. “They made it seem totally bogus,” he explained. “I don’t have any grudges. I’m not a negative person. And I don’t have a certain type. I don’t care if you’re a model or if you work at a gas station. Everyone’s human. Everyone’s a loving human being. And everyone has a chance with me.” … The New York Times loves Justin Timberlake‘s Southern Hospitality — the “SexyBack” singer’s baby-back ribs in particular. “The most confounding thing about Southern Hospitality is those baby back ribs. Because they are, against tall odds, good,” Peter Meehan wrote in his review, which was published Wednesday. “They are juicy but not fatty, seasoned simply and evenly and scented with a strong but not overpowering hit of smoke.” …

Australian Web site Undercover has reported that Rage Against the Machine are tipped to be one of the headliners of the upcoming Big Day Out festival. Though organizers haven’t yet announced the lineup of the January shows, the group has reportedly booked gigs in Sydney and Melbourne on January 22 and 30, respectively, which closely coincide with BDO shows in those cities. … The Foo Fighters will serve as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” on October 13, little more than two weeks after the band’s Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace lands in stores. …

Mya is stepping up for a good cause: The singer will perform at Skool’d, a benefit event to be hosted by Richie Rich on Wednesday night at Sol in New York. Eve DJ Miss Saigon and Le Tigre‘s JD Samson will spin at the benefit, the proceeds from which will go to the Ali Forney Center and the Reciprocity Foundation — organizations that assist lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender homeless youth in New York. Later Wednesday evening, she will host a party celebrating the launch of travel and lifestyle magazine Terrace at New York’s Pink Elephant. … A number of hip-hop and R&B acts have signed on to play a September 29 concert in support of the Jena Six, the black teens charged in connection with the beating of a white teen in Jena, Louisiana. Among the acts scheduled to play the Jena 6 Empowerment Concert at Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Alabama, according to the event’s promoter, are Lloyd, Baby Boy, Twista, Jagged Edge, Tank, Killer Mike, Disturbing Tha Peace‘s Small World, B5, LAX Boys and Hurricane Chris. …

Prince gave London Fashion Week the royal treatment on Wednesday when he delivered an unannounced performance during Matthew Williamson’s catwalk show, Reuters reports. Once Prince’s “U Got the Look” song reportedly began playing at the show, two models started dancing on the runway — after which the singer, who was sitting in the front row, started singing into a microphone from his seat. Prince them hopped on the runway and was joined by his band for the performance. “He really wanted to do this, and you don’t say no to Prince,” Williamson told the news service after the show. … Bo Bice has seen the light, and it’s Wal-Mart. The former “American Idol” finalist is planning to release his new album, See the Light, through the retail giant on October 23, with a presale on Walmart.com taking place beforehand. Wal-Mart will be the only terrestrial store carrying the disc, although it will be available through other online outlets. Bice, who parted ways with RCA last year, is putting out his second album through Sugar Money/ StratArt. “We had no inhibitions about what this was going to be,” Bice said in a statement about the disc. “We just went in and did whatever we wanted to. The freedom shines through.” …

The Shins hope to indie-rock the mtvU Woodies this year — the band has scored three nominations, including Woodie of the Year. Lily Allen, Gym Class Heroes and Linkin Park have picked up two noms apiece, while Amy Winehouse, Common, Lil Wayne, TV on the Radio, M.I.A., Thom Yorke and Spoon have also been noticed. Don’t miss the show when it airs November 15 on mtvU. … A source told the Chicago Sun-Times that Michael Jackson is planning big things for his long-gestating comeback album. Comparing the music being recorded to the tunes on Jackson’s landmark Thriller album, the source speculated that the yet-untitled, unscheduled disc might contain appearances by sister Janet Jackson and some of the other Jackson siblings. …

Millions have watched Chris Crocker scream “Leave Britney alone!” on his hugely popular viral-video clip that recently made the rounds, and now reality-TV programmer 44 Blue Productions is hoping to parlay that success onto the small screen. Variety reports that a TV documentary soap is being developed around the 19-year-old Internet sensation — who still lives with his grandparents in Tennessee. … According to reports from London, Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty — who has publicly stuggled with drugs — has written a song for fellow hot English mess, Amy Winehouse. The tune, “Amy on the Mend,” was reportedly intended to lift Winehouse’s spirits as she deals with her recent health issues and an alleged drug overdose last month, and was allegedly sent to Winehouse in a frame and signed, “Love, Pete.” The Daily Star reported that the tune, timed with Winehouse’s 24th birthday, features the lines, “Amy on the mend, all that passion to spend/ Like a paper Boadicea in a battle to the end, end, end.” …

Barry Bonds has piped up about Marc Ecko‘s move to let fans decide the fate of the baseball slugger’s record-breaking 756th home-run ball, which Ecko won in an auction over the weekend, on Vote756.com. “He’s stupid,” Bonds said. “He’s an idiot. He spent $750,000 on the ball and that’s what he’s doing with it? What he’s doing is stupid.” He added of the fans’ voting, “All of those options don’t weigh anything. In baseball, that number [756] stands.” According to The Associated Press, Ecko issued a statement Wednesday saying he would make a custom T-shirt reading, “Marc Ecko paid $752,467 for my ball, and all I got was this ‘stupid’ T-shirt.’ ” Meanwhile, the hip-hop fashion mogul’s philosophy has caught on — the man who submitted Bonds’ record-tying home-run ball also plans to let fans vote on whether the item should go to Cooperstown or be destroyed. “I give [Ecko] a lot of credit in all sincerity,” Ben Padnos told AP. “I understood the potential value in this.” Speaking of which, there is one difference in Padnos’ approach: He’s selling ads on his Web site, EndtheDebate.com.

Owen Wilson was only supposed to have a minor cameo in Ben Stiller‘s “Tropic Thunder” flick, but all the same, Matthew McConaughey has stepped in to fill the actor’s shoes after Wilson dropped out of the film following a suicide attempt last month, Variety reports. The movie, which is filming in Hawaii, will also star Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr. and others. …

Former Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele is now eligible for parole, having served one-third of his four-year prison sentence, AP reports. Rhode Island’s parole board will meet on Wednesday to decide whether to grant parole to Biechele, who was imprisoned for igniting pyrotechnics that sparked a deadly fire four years ago at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. The blaze killed 100 people and injured more than 200 others.