Fergie Falls Head Over Heels In ‘Clumsy’ Clip; Plus David Banner, Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Sarah Silverman & More, In For The Record

Banner, Master P speak at congressional hearing on hip-hop lyrics; Jay wants to rename NJ venue after Rocawear.

While her fellow Black Eyed Pea Will.I.Am is hyping his new project, Songs About Girls, Fergie isn’t slowing down with her own solo affair, last year’s The Dutchess. The singer just shot a clip for the song “Clumsy” with directors Marc Webb (Diddy, the Pussycat Dolls) and Rich Lee (Chamillionaire, Dashboard Confessional). The surreal, humorous clip features Fergie falling head over heels — get it? — for love in various scenarios. …

A House panel cast a congressional light on hip-hop lyrics on Tuesday (September 25), with David Banner and Master P giving sharply different views. The Associated Press reports that the latter rapper (real name: Percy Miller) told the Energy and Commerce subcommittee that he is determined to create clean lyrics. “I want to apologize to all the women out there. I was honestly wrong,” he said of his prior material. Banner (real name: Levell Crump), on the other hand, defended his profane lyrics, saying, “Change the situation in my neighborhood, and maybe I’ll get better.” But while P and Banner didn’t see eye to eye in terms of who is responsible for derogatory language in hip-hop, they agreed that the government shouldn’t censor lyrics. “If by some stroke of the pen hip-hop was silenced, the issues would still be present in our communities. Drugs, violence, sexism and the criminal element were around long before hip-hop existed,” Banner said. According to AP, the hearing was similar to the 1985 event in which late rocker Frank Zappa made a feisty appearance also railing against censorship. …

Like the sound of the “Rocawear Arena” instead of the “Continental Airlines Arena”? Yeah, so does Jay-Z. The ambitious hip-hop mogul is bidding for the arena’s naming rights, according to New Jersey’s Star-Ledger. Although he is the co-owner of the New Jersey Nets and his Rocawar is a sponsor of the NBA team — which currently plays at Continental — sportswear maker Southpole has made the highest bid so far, $2 million. But there’s a catch: The reason the name is up for grabs is because Continental is backing out of its deal with the arena, and both the Nets and hockey team the New Jersey Devils are planning to move to other venues. …

Life isn’t getting any easier for Britney Spears. Kim Robard-Rifkin, the reported woman whose car the singer hit in August — for which she was charged with two misdemeanors on Friday — has spoken out to CelebTV.com. “I was not surprised with the criminal charges — this is what happens when somebody hits your car and runs — especially when it is all caught on video,” she said in a statement. Spears’ former bodyguard Tony Barretto also spoke out on Monday, telling “Today” show host Matt Lauer that he had witnessed her using drugs on two occasions. While Barretto did not specify which drugs he supposedly saw her taking, he said both incidents occurred at a nightclub in Los Angeles, one at the table she was sitting at and the other in a private restroom. When Lauer asked him about a third incident in which he alleges to have seen her strung out in a Los Angeles hotel room, Barretto replied, “I did.” …

Sarah Silverman was surprised by the reaction that met her controversial VMA monologue, in which she flung derogatory insults at Britney Spears, among others, she told Us Weekly. Regarding one of her saltiest remarks — that Spears’ kids “are the most adorable mistakes you will ever see” — Silverman replied, “The joke that everyone was upset about … was the most innocuous joke. It never occurred to me that [it] would be deemed hurtful or over the line.” She also told the magazine for its new issue, which streets Friday, “I don’t want to get into feuds with girls half my age. I’m in it to be funny and not for the drama. It’s embarrassing.” …

Look, up in the sky, it’s a new Gnarls Barkley album! And as Cee-Lo recently told MTV News of the follow-up to St. Elsewhere, “It sounds otherwordly. … It sounds like an original, if I do say so myself. The theme is progression and how there’s a first time for everything. You just have to go for it.” Beyond that, though, Cee-Lo didn’t want to give up too much. Asked about collaborators, he demurred: “Danger Mouse is my special guest. He’s my counterpart in the enigma of Gnarls Barkley.” No duh — we meant, anyone else? “Let me continue to surprise you,” Cee-Lo smiled. For those who caught Cee-Lo’s take on Prince’s “Darling Nikki” with the Foo Fighters at the VMAs, he wants fans to know that his performance at the show was supposed to be a surprise appearance with Amy Winehouse, “believe it or not.” But since she had to bail from the show, he’s saving that collaboration for a future appearance. …

The Sex Pistols — who just tacked two more gigs onto their upcoming November reunion in London, according to BBC News — have another trick up their collective sleeve: A newly recorded rendition of their punk staple, “Anarchy in the U.K.” The band entered the studio for the first time in 30 years to record the track, which will surface on “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.” … As I Lay Dying clearly have more than a few gasps left — the metal band edged out Switchfoot, Jason Mraz and others to win the San Diego Music Award for Artist of the Year. AILD nabbed the same honor in 2005. … Canadian singer/songwriter Patrick Watson and his band have pulled off an arguably more impressive feat: The Montreal quartet have nudged by Arcade Fire and Feist to land the Polaris Music Prize for Best Album. …

Despite the recent head injuries sustained by guitarist Brent Hinds, Mastodon have booked a gig, opening for the Queens of the Stone Age on October 29 in Los Angeles. The band is also scheduled to appear at the Vegoose festival on October 27 in Las Vegas, where Hinds was jumped following Mastodon’s performance at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. Police claim Hinds was attacked outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on September 10 during an encounter with System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian and his friend William Hudson. According to police, Hudson assaulted Hinds, and Odadjian witnessed the incident. … While at the VMAs, Mastodon told MTV News that they wrote their best song ever — even though it’s not quite finished yet — while on the way to the big show. “It’s pretty much the best record we’ve yet to write,” guitarist Bill Kelliher said before singing a couple of the riffs with Hinds. “That’s how it goes — du-duh-du-duh na-nah-nah. We wrote it in the car on the way over here, at least the intro of it. Part one. We’re at the really beginning stages. It’s going to be awesome, though. Everything we do is amazing.” …

The Game entered his expected not-guilty plea on Tuesday to three felony counts stemming from a pickup basketball game in Los Angeles in February. The rapper (real name: Jayceon Taylor) is free on $50,000 bail and has a pretrial hearing set for October 30. … Jack Bauer might not be such a hero after all: Kiefer Sutherland was arrested early Tuesday morning for drunken driving in Hollywood, Reuters reports. The actor was pulled over after making an illegal U-turn and blew more than the .08 legal limit upon taking a breathalyzer test. He posted $25,000 bail at a Hollywood police station and is due in court on October 16. …

The Phil Spector murder trial is in the hands of the jury now, but that hasn’t stopped more bizarre developments from emerging in the case. According to AP, over the weekend, a threatening post appeared on a MySpace page possibly belonging to the music producer’s wife, Rachelle. “I love Phil Spector!!! The Evil Judge Should Die!!!! Xoxo Chelle,” read the post, a police spokesperson told the news outlet. The page, which features an image of Rachelle wearing a “Team Spector” tee, was referred to a sheriff’s department unit that investigates such threats. The post has since been removed. …

Amazon’s new digital-music store is up and running, with songs going for 89 to 99 cents and albums selling for around $6-$10. The songs, which don’t have copyright protections, can be burned onto CDs and copied to multiple computers. Record-label giants Universal and EMI, in addition to a flood of indie labels, are selling their songs through the site. … A former trustee in James Brown‘s estate might have misappropriated up to $7 million of the late music legend’s money, special administrators told a South Carolina judge on Monday. State Circuit Judge Jack Early told David Cannon, the former co-executor of Brown’s will, to pay $400,000 and produce additional documents. Early also said Brown’s family could pursue the claims. …

The Cult will headline the fall installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour, which is set to launch October 17 in Pala, California, and run through mid-December, with the full list of dates coming soon. Rounding out the bill will be Vietnam, the Cliks and Action Action. … Former L7 leader Donita Sparks is going out on her own with her debut solo effort, Transmiticate, due January 22. The effort, which will feature her new backing band, the Stellar Moments, shifts away from the grunge and metal sounds that defined L7 and tinkers with more pop and dance elements. …

Fans of Los Angeles ska act Hepcat are mourning the passing of bassist Dave Fuentes, 36. While details are scarce, the band did issue a statement, saying, “We are sad to announce that our brother, beloved bandmate and amazing friend, David Fuentes, is no longer with us. He will be missed by everyone but especially everyone in the Hepcat family.” He leaves a wife, Yohanna, and two sons, Andrew, 7, and Darren, 3. A memorial fund has been established to help his family. … A special-effects technician working on the set of the Batman sequel “The Dark Knight” was killed when a truck carrying a camera platform rammed into a tree on Monday in London, AP reports. Filming was not taking place at the time of the accident, which is under investigation.

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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.