C-Murder To Be Tried Again For Murder; Plus Britney Spears, ‘Hannah Montana,’ Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance & More, In For The Record

Spears and Kevin Federline's legal reps attend hearing; Miley Cyrus coming to theaters ... in 3-D!; Chester Bennington breaks arm during show.

C-Murder will be tried a second time on a second-degree murder charge, The Associated Press reports. A trial date has been set for February 11. The rapper, who was born Corey Miller, stands accused of the shooting death of 16-year-old Steve Thomas at a Louisiana nightclub on January 12, 2002. His 2003 conviction was tossed in March 2006 after prosecutors withheld criminal background information on witnesses from Miller’s attorney. If convicted, he faces a mandatory life sentence without parole. …

What would a day be like without Britney Spears news? Legal representatives for the singer and her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, were present at an ex-parte hearing called by his lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan on Wednesday (October 17), according to Us Weekly. Commissioner Scott M. Gordon sealed the courtroom for the one-hour Los Angeles Superior Court meeting, which pertains to the former couple’s child-custody dispute. Spears and Federline were not present for the one-hour meeting in Los Angeles Superior Court but are required to be in court for a hearing on October 26. Relatedly, Spears is apparently making no secret of her distaste for Gordon, Us Weekly also reports. The singer was heard griping about Gordon at a department store in Beverly Hills late last week, allegedly ranting to her assistant, “I hate my judge. He is so mean. Just an old fart. He told me I was being catty with him, but he was being catty with me and paid me no respect at all. … His job is to sit there and tell people what to do. And that’s just so sad, because he gets off on it.” She was also heard singing Rihanna‘s “Umbrella” while shopping in the store. The magazine also reports that Spears was seen wearing a zip-up jacket with the phrase “F— Off Lover Boy” while driving in Malibu on Tuesday. …

Well, maybe Brit should have listened to Lance Bass. He’s speaking up about the troubled singer, telling GQ that he’s been trying to get through to her. “I tried. I tried. She’s my neighbor in Beverly Hills [California]. She lives next door. I tried to get in touch with her — I wanted to be that friend to help her. I don’t think she’s having any of her old friends anymore,” he told the magazine for its November issue. Equally revealing, Bass said he disclosed to the pop star that he was gay years before he came out in public. He said he reached out to her after her quickie Vegas wedding in January 2004. “I felt bad for her,” he said. “I knew she was about to go through a lot of crap. I felt the need to share something. So I sat her on my bed, and I’m like, ‘Well, I’m gay!’ ” …

Hannah Montana” fans, get ready to see your hero in a whole new light — she’s hitting the big screen … and in 3-D! The upcoming movie “Hannah Montana/ Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour” will get the 3-D treatment for a theatrical release that will play in theaters from February 1-7, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be shot during various stops on her 54-city tour, which starts Thursday in St. Louis. …

Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington broke his arm on Sunday during a concert in Melbourne, Australia. The band’s Web site features a video showing the frontman’s limb in a cast. Despite the injury, Bennington continued to perform with the Park, for their entire set. … My Chemical Romance have booked a special gig at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey, for October 24. Tickets for the sold-out show went for $100 apiece, with all proceeds going to charity. In other MCR news, RollingStone.com reports that the band has put the finishing touches on a yet-untitled DVD surrounding its recent tour. The disc, reportedly due out early next year, will feature the group’s full performance of The Black Parade in Mexico City. …

Kanye West gave a surprise performance at a launch event for T-Mobile’s Sidekick LX at Griffith Park in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. He played a batch of Graduation songs, after which DJ AM and Steve Aoki did some spinning. A slew of celebs turned out for the event: Nick Cannon, Bow Wow, Shia LaBeouf, Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler, Carmen Electra, Jack Osbourne, Wilmer Valderrama, JC Chasez, Frankie Muniz and, yes, even Chris “Leave Britney alone!” Crocker. …

Rivers Cuomo has let slip what fans can expect on his just-announced demos compilation release. He told RollingStone.com that the release will have about 18 songs, including his original demo for Weezer‘s “Buddy Holly” — and, get this, a cover of Ice Cube‘s “The Bomb.” He also said he’ll be unveiling songs from an unfinished space-rock concept album. … Apparently everyone in Kid Rock‘s camp isn’t sharing in his Rock N Roll Jesus SoundScan spoils : His longtime manager, Ed “Punch” Andrews, has decided to retire, according to Billboard.com. Rock has reportedly found a replacement in Vector Management, which handles Bon Jovi, among others. …

In September, Robert Plant dismissed a potential Led Zeppelin tour that would be held after their reunion gig at the O2 Arena in London on November 26 — but is Jimmy Page leaving the door open? He hinted as such in an interview with Canada’s Winnipeg Sun, saying, “Let’s do the O2 show, shall we? And then we’ll speak to you afterwards.” But, he added, “That’s what we have on our horizon at this point. I know you want to hear other answers, but I’m afraid that’s all I can give you.” The guitar god was less vague about the prospect of new Zep material, saying he would be “really surprised” if there wasn’t any. “We’re musicians … as we’re playing we’ll probably be coming up with all manner of things,” he said. Bassist John Paul Jones also spoke with the newspaper, saying, “Basically, we are concentrating on this show. That’s where all the energy is going. I mean, who knows, but one step at a time.” …

Cat Power, a.k.a. Chan Marshall, will take on Bob Dylan‘s “I Believe in You,” James Brown‘s “Lost Someone,” Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s “Fortunate Son” and other classics on her second covers album, Jukebox. The January 22 release — which was previously titled Covers II, according to Billboard — also features a pair of originals: “Song to Bobby” and a new version of one of her older cuts, “Metal Heart.” One would expect Marshall to perform the Dylan tune when she salutes His Bobness at an upcoming event called “I’m Not There: In Concert a Celebration of Todd Haynes’ Film.” My Morning Jacket, Calexico and Mason Jennings have also been tapped for the concert, which will take place November 7 at New York’s Beacon Theatre. The movie, which stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and others, is due in theaters November 21. …

Ryan Adams can’t get enough of “October Road,” apparently. The mercurial singer/songwriter’s music is featured in the TV drama and its ad bumpers, and now he’s ganging up with the cast for his new video. Adams plans to shoot a clip for “Follow the Lights” — a song included on his Tuesday EP of the same name — Sunday in Los Angeles, and it’s due to premiere January 7 during the first episode of the show’s second season. The collaboration marks the first time the cast of an ABC show has gotten together to take part in an artist’s music video. …

From the “Man, please don’t do this” file, it seems George Lucas is entrenched in one of two planned “Star Wars” TV projects, a live-action spinoff, the Los Angeles Times reports. Lucas told the newspaper he has “just begun work” on the series, which, as he previously told MTV News, will be set between “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” and the original “Star Wars.” He reiterated to the Times that the spinoff will focus on minor characters from the series, not Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader. He also joked that the series would be about “the life of robots.” … Bleeding Through singer Brandan Schieppati has teamed with Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman, No Use for a Name guitarist Dave Nassie and ex-Distillers bassist Ryan Sinn to form a new band called the Innocent. The thrash-metal act has been working on material but there’s no word yet on when it might record and release an LP. …

For the second time in a month, Apple Inc. has done something it’s not known for: dropped its prices. Effective immediately, the price for songs on iTunes without copy protection will drop from $1.29 to 99 cents. Apple started selling some DRM-free songs in May at a premium price. …

Elliott Smith‘s girlfriend, Jennifer Chiba, cannot collect on the deceased indie-rock icon’s estate even though he allegedly said he would make sure she was financially set for the rest of her life, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Chiba had sued Smith’s estate in 2004, arguing that he had promised her as such and that, because they had lived together — and shared their earnings and property equally — she was entitled to a portion. But a split California appellate court ruled Tuesday that while she did have a “cohabitative agreement” with Smith, Chiba — who had been seeking more than $1 million — also had a recording management agreement and acted as an unlicensed talent agent. If she appeals, a state Supreme Court review could be possible.

10.16.07

Madonna finalized her massive 10-year deal with Live Nation on Tuesday (October 16), although the exact terms have yet to be disclosed. The deal involves her new studio efforts, tours, merchandise, DVD releases, sponsorships, licensing agreements, fan club, Web site, and TV and film projects. “The paradigm in the music business has shifted, and as an artist and a businesswoman, I have to move with that shift,” she said in a statement. “For the first time in my career, the way that my music can reach my fans is unlimited. I’ve never wanted to think in a limited way and with this new partnership, the possibilities are endless. Who knows how my albums will be distributed in the future? That’s what’s exciting about this deal — everything is possible. Live Nation has offered me a true partnership, and after 25 years in the business, I feel that I deserve that.” She did, however, have some kind words to say about former label Warner Bros.: “I appreciate their hard work and value the many relationships I have developed over the years with the label in the U.S. and around the world. I have an album coming out with them next year, and I’m excited about it. We still have work to do together.” And Warner Bros. returned the enthusiasm in its own Tuesday statement: “We congratulate Madonna on her future plans. She is one of the most remarkable artists of our time. We are excited to issue her upcoming album next year. We are also honored to own her catalog of recordings from the past 25 years, as well as to manage her library of songs for an extended period of time. From all of us at Warner Music Group, we thank Madonna for a valued and enduring partnership.” Live Nation also announced a new Artist Nation arm that will launch with Madonna and have divisions dedicated to dealing with an artist’s recorded music, merchandise, concert tickets, sponsorships, marketing and more. …

Foxy Brown (real name: Inga Marchand) pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to assault charges stemming from the alleged cell phone-throwing incident that took place in July, The Associated Press reports. The rapper, who is serving a one-year jail term at New York’s Rikers Island Correctional Facility for violating her probation, entered the plea in a Brooklyn state Supreme Court. On Friday, she refused to get on a correction-department bus twice for a court arraignment. Brown allegedly hit neighbor Arlene Raymond after they got into a fight over Brown blasting her car stereo outside her home in Brooklyn. …

One of 50 Cent‘s employees was arraigned in Hartford, Connecticut’s Superior Court on Monday on two counts of carrying a pistol without a permit, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of weapons in a motor vehicle, according to The Hartford Courant. Dwayne “Hove” McKenzie, who has been jailed since early Sunday on $1.5 million bail, is expected to be released as early as Monday after the bail amount was cut in half following the arraignment. The charges stem from incidents over the weekend in which McKenzie, who resides at Fif’s Farmington mansion, is accused of pistol-whipping a nightclub promoter. Four days later, McKenzie was found with a 9mm Glock and another handgun when police stopped him in downtown Hartford to serve him a warrant on an unrelated weapons charge. Two months ago, McKenzie lost his right to carry a pistol after firing a gun at a man who robbed him. His cases have been continued until November 6. …

Need another Shakira fix? The singer has slapped together a live DVD/CD, simply called “Oral Fixation Tour,” for release on November 13. The disc immortalizes her l40-city, 2006-’07 world tour — which more than 2.5 million people attended, according to her publicist — and features 17 performances, including ones with Wyclef Jean and Alejandro Sanz. Bonus video clips, behind-the-scenes footage and a documentary capturing her trip to Colombia in support of her Pies Descalzos child-education program are also tucked onto the DVD, while the CD has a batch of live songs. The main program will also be screened at select theaters starting November 12. …

Talk about “girl power” — the Spice Girls are putting a very feminine touch on their upcoming Greatest Hits set by selling it exclusively at Victoria’s Secret stores. The November 13 release will be available elsewhere in downloadable form beyond VictoriasSecret.com, but the physical copies will only be at VS stores or via a pre-order on the aforementioned Web site starting midnight Wednesday and ending midnight Thursday. The group is also taking part in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which tapes November 14 in Los Angeles and airs December 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. …

Last we heard from Weezer, they were planning to hit the studio in July to record album number six and get it out next year. Now comes news — via a post on frontman Rivers Cuomo‘s blog — that Geffen has agreed to put out a disc of his favorite demos he recorded from 1992-2007. “I hope you enjoy it. I may also be able to put out more demo CDs in the near future,” reads the post. RollingStone.com reports that the collection, due December 11, will be called Alone – The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo. Cuomo’s planned book has been postponed to a later date. …

The Smashing Pumpkins, Metallica, Linkin Park and Chris Cornell are among the big names who’ll be featured on the forthcoming Live Earth – The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis CD/DVD package, due November 20. Recorded July 7 at Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore’s Live Earth concerts, which served to raise awareness about the climate crisis, the set will also include performances by the Black Eyed Peas, the Foo Fighters, Kelly Clarkson, Dave Matthews Band, Beastie Boys, Bon Jovi and John Mayer. Net proceeds will benefit the Alliance for Climate Protection, whose mission is to persuade the public about the importance and urgency of adopting and implementing effective and comprehensive solutions for the climate crisis. …

It looks like the “Hannah Montanaticket controversy is spurring the government to act on ticket scalpers. On Monday, a federal judge prohibited the use of automated software to buy mass tickets from Ticketmaster, Reuters reports. The move was provoked by a suit Ticketmaster lodged in April against Pittsburgh’s RMG Technologies before tickets for the Miley Cyrus tour went on sale. Ticketmaster argued that the company’s software allows scalpers to move ahead of other customers in line and purchase mass amounts of tickets that can be resold at higher prices. “They’re cheating consumers out of a fair shot at these tickets, and we’re not going to stand for it anymore,” said Joe Freeman, a lawyer for Ticketmaster. U.S. District Court Judge Audrey Collins has issued a preliminary injunction against RMG that bars the company from “creating, trafficking in, facilitating the use of or using computer programs or other automatic devices to circumvent” the Ticketmaster Web site’s copy-protection system. State attorneys general are also figuring out if ticket resellers have broken consumer-protection laws in at least three states: Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Missouri. …

U2 are planning quite the birthday bash for their classic LP The Joshua Tree. The album will be reissued in multiple configurations — as a single CD, two-CD package, as a collectible box with an additional DVD, and as a double-vinyl set — on November 20, Billboard reports. Rare material including B-sides, demos, alternate takes and more are expected to appear on the updated versions of the album, which originally came out March 9, 1987. The DVD will reportedly featured a July 4 show held that year at the Paris Hippodrome, in addition to the Brian Eno-produced documentary “Outside It’s America.” The package housing two CDs and a DVD will also have five portfolio prints, and bandmembers have scribbled up new liner notes for the reissues. …

Let the jokes begin: Clay Aiken is joining the cast of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” on Broadway. The “American Idol” runner-up will play one of the lead roles, Sir Robin — which was previously taken on by David Hyde Pierce — from January 18 through May 4 in the production, which was spawned by “Python” member Eric Idle and directed by the esteemed Mike Nichols. “Let’s not lie, the chance to work with legendary creative minds like Mike Nichols and Eric Idle is, on its own, a reason to jump at this opportunity,” he told The Associated Press.

Don Imus is likely to return to radio December 3 on New York City’s WABC-AM, the country’s biggest talk-radio station, according to Variety. His deal with the station — also home to another inflammatory jock, Rush Limbaugh — is expected to be finalized this week and will also involve a TV element that could allow him to regain his national platform. … Idlewild guitarist Rod Jones sustained a hairline fracture in his arm in an accident last weekend, according to a post on the band’s Web page. Jones tripped and took a tumble down a flight of stairs backstage at the Carling Academy in Liverpool, England. He iced the injury and still took the stage with the band, fumbling his way through its set. A post-show visit to the doctor revealed it was a minor break, and Jones plans to continue playing with the band on its latest tour. …

Hot Chip will issue their next LP, Made in the Dark, on February 5. Look for the electronic indie-pop group’s third effort to feature 13 cuts, including first single “Shake a Fist,” “One Pure Thought” and “Wrestlers.” … The Hellacopters have thrown in the towel, according to the band’s MySpace page. In a statement, the band revealed that “the reasons behind this very difficult decision are many and too personal to go into here.” Still, the band’s seventh and last studio album will be released, sometime early next year. “We feel like we wanna say one last goodbye to you and throw in the towel with a bang, so we’re aiming to do a farewell tour through Europe and Scandinavia sometime in the spring.” …

YouTube has come up with a new way to fight video piracy and leaks — by employing new technology that would automatically remove copyrighted material from the site, AP reports. Hoping to appease angered movie and TV studios, the site will feature filtering tools crafted to allow the owners of copyrighted videos to block their material from appearing on YouTube. But if the owners want to keep their copyrighted material on the site, the new technology also allows them to sell ads surrounding it. …

First Angelina Jolie lost her husband in a movie, now she’s losing her son. The actress — who recently played the wife of slain reporter Daniel Pearl in “A Mighty Heart” — will star in Clint Eastwood‘s “The Changeling,” an upcoming drama about a woman whose son goes missing in Los Angeles in the 1920s, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, based on a true story, will also star John Malkovich. … The Academy Award for Best Screenplay that Orson Welles won in 1941 for “Citizen Kane” — the greatest movie of all time, according to the American Film Institute — is going up on the auction block. The prize will be displayed at Sotheby’s in New York on December 7-10 and sold December 11 for an estimated $800,000 to $1.2 million.