Justin Timberlake Scores Four MTV Europe Music Award Noms; Plus Britney Spears, 50 Cent, Beyonce, White Stripes & More, In For The Record

Attorneys for Spears, Kevin Federline meet to 'refine' court order; 50 reschedules U.K. tour; B's AmEx ad debuts Monday night.

Could what went around come back around again for Justin Timberlake? The singer will look to replicate his VMA success overseas at the MTV Europe Music Awards, as he leads the list of nominees. JT is up for four awards: Ultimate Urban, Headliner, Video Star and Solo Artist of 2007. Beyoncé, Amy Winehouse, Fall Out Boy, Avril Lavigne, My Chemical Romance, Rihanna, Linkin Park and Nelly Furtado also grabbed three noms for the event, which will take place November 1 in Munich, Germany. Kanye West was noticed twice and will again face off against Justice, for Video Star — he threw an onstage tantrum after losing to the group in the Best Video category last year. Snoop Dogg will host the ceremony. …

Britney Spears‘ new lawyer, Sorrell Trope, and her ex-husband Kevin Federline‘s lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, met privately with Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon in the judge’s chambers on Monday (September 24). They discussed how to “refine” the court order issued last week that imposed random drug testing, counseling and parenting classes on Spears, who has until November to sort out some of her child-custody-dispute issues. According to a source close to the situation, Spears’ misdemeanor charges of hit and run, causing property damage and driving without a valid license have no bearing on the custody discussion, though there’s no word yet if any new decision or arrangements have been made. Spears is due in court October 10 for her arraignment on the criminal charges. …

A week after calling it off, 50 Cent has rescheduled his U.K. tour, scotching suggestions that he had made good on his promise to (kind of, maybe) retire if Kanye West debuted higher than him on last week’s record charts. According to BBC News, the rapper, who was soundly thrashed by ‘Ye last week on the charts, has announced eight arena gigs in November, though 50′s reps did not return calls seeking confirmation. …

Chalk up another first for Beyoncé: She’s joining the ranks of Shaun White and Larry David with her own American Express “Are You a Cardmember?” commercial, which is set to debut on airwaves Monday night. The singer is the first recording artist to be featured in a 60-second spot for the company. In Beyoncé’s clip, directed by music-video veteran Paul Hunter (Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige), she’s seen traveling on tour and going from a photo shoot to a dance rehearsal to a press conference — all in one day. Her parents pop up for quick cameos as well. The singer will also be featured in AmEx print ads. …

By now, you’ve probably heard about — and maybe also seen — the apparent Meg White sex tape, but we’ve got some news for you: It’s not real. That’s according to the White Stripes‘ publicist, Chloe Walsh, who told MTV News in an e-mail that “the tape circulating on the Internet as featuring Meg White is fake.” Earlier this month, the Stripes canceled all their remaining tour dates for 2007, citing White’s “acute anxiety,” and when news of the sex tape broke over the weekend, conspiracy buffs began circulating the idea that it was the cause of said anxiety. But, as Walsh said, “it’s definitely not Meg.” …

There could be a glimmer of hope for a Hot Boys reunion after all, although fans might not want to count their chickens just yet. Footage from a Lil Wayne concert has popped up online, and in the clip, the Rapper Eater tells spectators he’s back with his one-time group and that a project is in the works for next year. That said, the date of the clip has not been authenticated as of yet, and a spokesperson for Wayne told MTV News that there are no plans for an album. Moreover, as fans well know, Hot Boy Turk is still in jail on murder charges, and Juvenile and B.G. have denounced Wayne and Cash Money Records since they left the fold years ago. …

Though the exact cause of death has not yet been determined, authorities investigating the remains of two dogs found buried at an Arizona home belonging to DMX said that one had serious bite wounds and another had signs of trauma to its abdomen. The Associated Press reports that investigators, looking into allegations of animal neglect, also found a third dog carcass, which had been burned so badly an exam was inconclusive. The remains were dug up on August 24 when investigators looking into the allegations raided the rapper’s home and seized 12 pit bulls, a number of weapons and a quarter-ounce of marijuana. No charges have been filed against the rapper (born Earl Simmons), who has said that caretakers were looking after the animals in his absence. …

Carrie Underwood will try to snag a second Female Vocalist of the Year trophy at the Country Music Awards, which air November 7 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. The singer is up for the same award she won last year, and her “Before He Cheats” single earned her two additional noms, for Music Video of the Year and Female Vocalist, Single. She’ll perform at the show, as will Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and others. … And speaking of award shows, Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the American Music Awards, which will air November 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Nominees, select performers and new online-voting procedures will be unveiled October 9 in Beverly Hills, California. …

Phil Spector‘s defense filed a motion in court on Monday asking Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler for help in clarifying the controversial new instructions he gave the jury last week, AP reports. In a hearing, for which the jury wasn’t present, Fidler listened to arguments regarding the motion but didn’t specify how he would rule. Also on Monday, jurors requested use of a VCR, although it’s not known what they wanted to watch. … If the Rolling Stones are touring, it’s a fair bet they’re going to top Forbes magazine’s list of biggest-earning music acts. From June 2006 to June 2007, the sexagenarian rockers earned an estimated $88 million, with Jay-Z biting at their heels with $83 million — he bested Madonna, who raked in a paltry-by-comparison $72 mil. Jersey’s finest, Bon Jovi, landed at #4 with $67 million, while Elton John bagged $53 million. Celine Dion came in sixth with $45 million, out-earning country star Tim McGraw at $37 million, with 50 Cent breaking in at #8 with $33 million, followed by U2 ($39 mil) and Diddy, who closed out the top 10 with $23 million. Justin Timberlake just missed the top 10 with a nice showing of $20 million. …

Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and Cee-Lo are among the many guests who’ll appear on season two of “The Boondocks,” which kicks off October 8 on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block. Busta Rhymes and Ghostface are two other musical guests slated to make cameos on the animated series, while actors Donald Faison, Terry Crews and Marion Ross will also make guest appearances. Mos Def and MTV News’ own Sway will reprise their guest spots from last season. … The Killers‘ much-ballyhooed B-sides album will be called Sawdust and will hit stores on November 13, according to their label, Island Records. There’s no firm track list for the record, but we know that it’ll include at least one new track, a duet with Lou Reed called “Tranquilize.” … As if coffee-crazed music fans needed another reason to go to Starbucks, the chain is vowing to give away 50 million tracks October 2-7 to promote its new hookup with the iTunes wireless service. Starbucks chains in the U.S. will dole out 1.5 million “song of the day” cards each day for redemption on iTunes. The first track is Bob Dylan‘s “Joker Man,” which will be followed by songs from Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell and 37 other acts, including Dave Matthews, Joss Stone, John Mayer and Band of Horses. …

Radiohead have spent much of the past year updating fans on the progress of their seventh album via a series of mysterious, sometimes incomprehensible blog posts. So now that they’ve finished the record, why should anything be different? Over the weekend, the band posted a series of bizarre hieroglyphics on its blog, Dead Air Space, featuring a sorta-smiley-faced character some fans recognized from a Radiohead T-shirt. (The shirt in question has a hand-drawn figure with stick arms and a frown, and the phrase “Hello My Name Is Worm Buffet.”) Fans then got to work creating a Rosetta stone to decode the so-called “Worm Buffet” glyphs, and by Monday morning, they had succeeded. So far the five messages the band has posted (“Yes we are still alive,” “Might not operate properly,” etc.) are about as obtuse as frontman Thom Yorke‘s lyrics, leading some fans to presuppose that the messages actually are snippets of Yorke’s lyrics from the upcoming album. Chatter on the band’s forum speculates the band is slowly revealing the words to the song “Bodysnatchers,” though a spokesperson for the band would only tell MTV News that while Radiohead are definitely posting coded messages, the content of them is not known. …

Prince closed out his 21-date residency at London’s O2 arena in style Friday night, busting out a truckload of hits including “Controversy,” “U Got the Look,” “Diamonds and Pearls,” “Little Red Corvette,” “I Would Die 4 U” and “Delirious.” According to British reports, his customary afterparty included a guest spot from his avowed musical crush of the moment, troubled British singer Amy Winehouse, who took the stage at O2′s intimate Indigo venue to sing her song “Love Is a Losing Game” with his Purpleness. … Sean Paul and Talib Kweli also took to the stage over the weekend, at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, New York. The two were joined on Saturday night by Mark Ronson, who DJ’d a set at the Bacardi-sponsored show, B-Live, which donated $20,000 to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. … Alice in Chains plan to continue their revival with a spate of unplugged shows this fall after the conclusion of their current tour with Velvet Revolver. The band’s 10-gig run begins Saturday in Austin, Texas, and continues through October 21 in Kansas City, Missouri. … The first dates for Hellyeah‘s upcoming Balls Volume Strength Tour, with openers Otep and Bloodsimple, have been revealed. Only nine gigs have been announced, the first on October 30 in Detroit and the last on November 10 in El Paso, Texas. …

Richie Ramone was only in the Ramones for four years, but he figures the songs he wrote during his tenure are worth a million bucks. Richie (born Richard Reinhardt) filed a federal lawsuit on Friday, claiming he’s owed almost $1 million in royalties for a handful of songs he wrote while in the group from 1983-’87, according to AP. Reinhardt’s suit names Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Apple Inc., RealNetworks Inc., the Ramones’ management and the estate of late lead guitarist Johnny Ramone, claiming that he never fully signed over the rights to digitally sell six songs he wrote for the group, including “Smash You,” “Somebody Put Something in My Drink” and “I’m Not Jesus.” Richie Ramone claims he’s owed $900,000 in royalties and has asked the court to issue an injunction preventing further use of his songs without permission. …

Christian metallers Norma Jean have parted ways with drummer Daniel Davison. In a statement, Davison said the decision was personal and effective starting November 8. “Recently, I have come to the point in my life where I no longer see Norma Jean as a ministry, and for me to continue in the band, saying that it is, would in my opinion be wrong,” he said. “I am not leaving the band on bad terms with any of the guys, but there are differences between us, both personal and spiritual, that I felt were too great for me continue on with or ignore any longer.” The band will search for a new drummer and plans to begin writing material for its next album this winter. … Mogwai drummer Martin Bulloch underwent heart surgery last week to have his pacemaker replaced, and now his old one could be yours. Bulloch plans to auction it off to raise money for a heart foundation. The pacemaker will be up for grabs on eBay, and the sale of the item will benefit the British Heart Association.

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We saw round one of the fight between Tommy Lee and Kid Rock at the VMAs , but what if they really got in the ring? Boxing promoter Bob Arum is hoping to get a legitimate fight off the ground between the two rockers in Las Vegas, according to TMZ. And to sweeten the pot, a $5 million purse will go to the winner. “I will make sure this fight happens no matter what the cost,” Arum said. …

On Thursday in Philadelphia, Bono will be presented with the Liberty Medal by former President George H.W. Bush in recognition of his work to combat poverty and disease in Africa. The medal — and the accompanying $100,000 prize — is being presented by the National Constitution Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of the ideas and values of the U.S. Constitution. The ceremony, being held at the National Constitution Center in Philly, will be webcast live starting at 7 p.m. ET at LibertyMedal.org. …

Ahh, the celebrity life. After Jennifer Lopez‘s husband, Marc Anthony, confessed his love for KFC to “Access Hollywood” (“I can’t eat anything else after a concert”), the fast-food chain offered up its services to the star couple. “We would like to offer you, your entourage and a few VIP guests an ‘all access’ pass to the KFC location of your choice,” KFC President Gregg Dedrick wrote in an open letter to the pair, according to People magazine. The couple, whose North American tour kicks off September 29 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, didn’t immediately respond to the offer. … What do you buy your pop-star girlfriend who has everything? A Mercedes, of course. Hilary Duff‘s hockey-player boyfriend, Mike Comrie, surprised the singer/actress with an early present for her 20th birthday. “I opened the garage, and I was just like shocked, just standing there,” Duff told People. The New York Islanders player decided on a Mercedes-Benz G-class SUV for Duff. “I’ve driven it tons,” she said of her birthday present. “When I called him I was like, ‘You’re crazy! It’s perfect!’ ” …

Apparently, former CBGB owner Hilly Kristal, who died last month, was reportedly worth $3.7 million, according to a story in the Village Voice, and his family members, who thought he was broke, are allegedly at odds over the fortune. The story claims that Kristal’s son, Dana, is upset about the way his sister, Lisa Kristal Burgman, allegedly encouraged his mother, Kristal’s ex-wife Karen, to sign away her rights to the CBGB corporation in 2005 at a time when she was showing signs of senility and may not have realized what she was signing. Dana was left $100,000 in a trust and Lisa was named co-executor of the will and left all of Kristal’s property, the paper reported. …

Jurors in the Phil Spector trial got back to work Friday (September 21) with a new set of instructions. The judge offered the panel new scenarios Thursday of how Spector might have killed actress Lana Clarkson — including one where the music producer forced Clarkson to put the gun in her own mouth. The defense argued against the new instructions, which came after jurors were deadlocked 7-5 . … Alicia Silverstone‘s revealing new People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals TV ad has been pulled in Houston. The vegetarian actress is nearly naked in the commercial, in which she urges people to consider a meatless diet. The spot was directed by Dave Meyers, who has directed more than 180 music videos, including Missy Elliott‘s “Work It” and “Control Yourself.” …

Seal wrote the song “Wedding Day” for his supermodel wife, Heidi Klum, and now she’s returning the favor — by contributing vocals to the song on Seal’s new album, System, the singer’s rep confirmed to People. The LP is due October 30. … Gucci Mane will release his third album, Trap-a-Thon, on Tuesday. The LP includes the original version and remix of the Atlanta rapper’s 2006 “Freaky Gurl” and an bonus DVD called “The Glockumentary,” which chronicles his 2006 murder trial and beef with Young Jeezy. …

As if buying tickets to your favorite concerts weren’t expensive enough, now it appears some fans are resorting to buying pass codes to fan clubs so they can get in on presale ticket opportunities offered to fan club members, according to the Wall Street Journal. The practice, which includes fan-club members selling the pass codes on eBay and Craigslist for anything from $4 to $20, has angered the people who run the fan clubs, who say it undercuts their attempts to make sure fans have first dibs on tickets.