Britney Spears Reportedly Hits Another Paparazzo; Plus 50 Cent, Radiohead, Don Vito, Jamie Foxx, Amy Winehouse & More, In For The Record

50 to autograph copies of his new book at New York store; Radiohead reportedly close to signing record deals.

Britney Spears reportedly hit another paparazzo with her car on Monday, according to TMZ. The site says the singer accidentally ran into a photographer with her Mercedes-Benz as she was leaving a shopping complex in Beverly Hills, California. Spears is said to have apologized repeatedly for the incident, which the pap insisted was his fault anyway, and a photo on TMZ’s site shows the singer apparently on the verge of tears. Spears apparently ran over a photographer’s foot on Thursday while attempting to leave a doctor’s office in Beverly Hills, according to videos that circulated online. And in potentially more bad news for Britney, according to TMZ, on Monday her parenting coach submitted to Los Angeles Superior Court a report that says Spears has ignored the coach’s presence and that the coach has been unable to teach the singer anything. The coach also reportedly wrote that Spears often ignores her children and often wasn’t around them while the coach was present. The report will likely be critical in determining what level of custody Spears will have with her children, according to TMZ. …

For fans disappointed in 50 Cent‘s last salvo, the glossy, guest-filled Curtis, a much grittier 50 project hit stores Tuesday (October 23) — and it’s not Fif’s next album, Before I Self Destruct. The G-Unit rapper’s new book, “50 x 50: 50 Cent in His Own Words,” written with Complex magazine Editor in Chief Noah Callahan-Bever, is out, and 50 will appear at a Barnes & Noble store in New York City on Tuesday afternoon to sign copies. The project is patterned as a pseudo-scrapbook and includes photos from his childhood in Queens, along with page-long anecdotes, which cover his mother’s murder to his rise to rap dominance. …

Radiohead are close to signing deals with a pair of independent labels to distribute the physical version of their In Rainbows album, which they released on the Net themselves earlier this month. According to an article published Tuesday in The New York Times, the band is planning to sign with Coran Capshaw’s Side One Recordings to distribute Rainbows domestically, and XL Recordings (which released Thom Yorke‘s solo album, The Eraser, last year) internationally. Capshaw manages the Dave Matthews Band through his company, Red Light, and co-founded ATO Records — home to acts like My Morning Jacket and Ben Kweller — with Matthews in 2000. Side One is his newest endeavor, operating under the Red Light/ ATO umbrella. Until recently, ATO had a distribution deal with Sony BMG, but it now distributes its music independently, through RED distribution. When contacted for comment, Radiohead’s U.S. publicist, Steve Martin, told MTV News he could “neither confirm nor deny” the Times story, and a spokesperson for Red Light had no comment. …

Vincent Margera, better known as Don Vito to viewers of “Viva La Bam,” was described as a “man out of control” by prosecutors on Tuesday, the first day of his sexual-assault trial in Colorado, according to The Denver Post. Margera was accused of being “extremely intoxicated” and groping three 12- to 14-year-old girls during a mall appearance in August of 2006, prosecutor Jim Stanley said in his opening remarks. Margera’s attorney, Pamela Mackey, told the jury that Margera was playing his “goofy, outrageous and vulgar” TV character because “that’s what got the laughs,” she said. “It was entertainment.” Mackey said to support a charge of sexual assault, the intent must be proven to have been sexual. Margera is charged with three counts of sexual assault on a child. He has pleaded not guilty. …

Jamie Foxx is gearing up for a big awards-show performance next month — at the Country Music Association Awards, if you can believe it. The singer will join Rascal Flatts for “She Goes All the Way,” a duet that was featured on the Nashville band’s recent Still Feels Good LP. Carrie Underwood will also perform at the ceremony, which will air November 7 at 8 p.m. on ABC. … Good Charlotte, Korn, Chris Cornell, Kaiser Chiefs and Muse will head to South Africa next year to headline the My Coke Fest, set to take place in Johannesburg on March 21 and Cape Town three days later. …

Speaking of Korn, it appears that they have not booted Droid — who are signed to guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer‘s label — off their B—h We Have a Problem Tour, contrary to rumors. Reports of a fight between Shaffer and Droid guitarist Jamie Teissere, however, are true — albeit exaggerated — according to Droid’s publicist. In a press release, a spokeswoman for Droid’s label said the two got into a scuffle last week during the tour’s stop in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Jamie and Munky have been best friends for years, and the reported fight they got in was nothing more than a drunken scuffle that ended in apologies — all is well in both camps and Droid are moving forward to finish the tour,” Christy Priske said. …

Amy Winehouse is apparently very candid about her recent troubles on her new concert DVD “I Told You I Was Trouble: Live in London,” which hits stores November 13. “I’m quite an insecure person,” she says on the disc, according to RollingStone.com. “I’m very insecure about the way I look. I mean, I’m a musician; I’m not a model. The more insecure I felt, the more I’d drink.” But, she adds, “Life’s short — just do it, do you know what I mean? Life’s short, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes, you know.” Surprisingly, her record label is offering a “very cool” pint glass and ashtray, each engraved with Winehouse’s logo, to coax fans to preorder the set.

Led Zeppelin fans are already eagerly awaiting November 13, the day when the band’s albums will finally be made available online and a new two-CD collection, Mothership, hits stores. Well, now there’s another treat in store: Apple announced Tuesday that it will also pack all 13 of the group’s albums into a digital box set. The Complete Led Zeppelin will contain 165 tracks and be available exclusively on iTunes. Preorders for that collection and Mothership began Tuesday, and fans who preorder either set will be entered into a contest to win a pair of tickets to the group’s reunion show at London’s O2 Arena on November 26. The winner will also get round-trip airfare and accommodations. …

Team Sleep, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno‘s side project, will release a series of EPs online for free download over the next year, along with videos and other visual extras. “We want to give our fans new music while they are waiting for our next full-length, which we have started writing for,” Moreno said in a statement. The band has scheduled a series of headlining shows, beginning November 29 in Orangevale, California, and continuing through December 16 in San Francisco. … Ozzfest 2007 veterans Daath have parted ways with singer Sean Farber and are currently seeking a replacement. No reason has been given for the departure. …

… And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead have parted ways with Interscope Records, although a reason hasn’t been given for the split. The band hasn’t signed with another record company yet but plans to hit the studio in February to record the follow-up to 2006′s So Divided. … What do R. Kelly and Danzig have in common? Probably not much — but they will on November 20, when both artists find themselves covered by indie folkie Will Oldham on his new Bonnie “Prince” Billy LP, Ask Forgiveness. Pitchfork reports that Oldham takes on Kelly’s “The World’s Greatest” and Danzig’s “Am I Demon,” in addition to Björk‘s “I’ve Seen It All,” on the disc. … Guster guitarist/singer Adam Gardner, along with representatives from biofuel companies and environmental groups, will speak at a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday called “The Grass Is Greener: The Future of Biofuels.” Gardner and his wife head up the nonprofit organization Reverb, which educates and engages musicians and fans about eco-friendly alternatives on tours. …

Phil Spector has whittled down his choice of a new attorney for his second murder trial to an unidentified California lawyer, according to The Associated Press. Christopher Plourd, Spector’s remaining attorney, reportedly informed Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler of the news on Monday, after which Fidler granted a delay for a new lawyer until November 6 and said the attorney would likely take more than 60 days after that date to prepare for trial. The jury in Spector’s first murder trial over the death of Lana Clarkson ended up in a deadlock in mid-September. …

Senator Barack Obama is coming under fire from gay-rights groups over a controversial gospel singer’s planned participation in the Democratic presidential candidate’s Embrace the Change tour, set to start in South Carolina this weekend. Singer Donnie McClurkin believes homosexuality is a choice, telling AP on Monday, “I don’t believe that it is the intention of God. Sexuality, everything is a matter of choice.” He added, however, that he doesn’t think gays should be discriminated against. According to USA Today‘s On Politics blog, McClurkin is a former homosexual who detailed his “bout” with homosexuality in his book “Eternal Victim/ Eternal Victor.” Obama reportedly replied with a statement in which he said gays and lesbians are “our brothers and sisters,” and that he strongly disagrees with McClurkin’s views.

10.22.07

The raging Southern California wildfires that intensified over the weekend are threatening the homes of a number of stars who reside in Malibu. Mel Gibson, Jennifer Aniston, Tom Hanks, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, James Cameron, Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn, Rob Reiner, David Geffen, David Duchovny, Mark Hamill, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Murray are among the stars who have been evacuated or whose homes are potentially in jeopardy. …

Fall Out Boy have “an album’s worth of material” good to go but aren’t ready to put out their fifth LP just quite yet, frontman Patrick Stump told Billboard.com. “There’s always something that hits me, like a sense of urgency — now is the time for an album — and we’re not there yet,” he said. “I just get this kind of wanderlust of some kind to go back into a studio. It’s always a very defined point.” Stump added that the band’s Infinity on High, which came out in February, hasn’t worn out its welcome yet. “I don’t really feel like we’re done with this one yet,” he said. “I feel like it’s still in its cycle. There’s a lot of songs on it I’m really proud of.” Meanwhile, in regards to the new material, Stump said there are “lots of bizarre ideas” in the mix, “everything from folk to … actually, I was experimenting with piano phases, like Steve Reich, the composer. There’ll be some weird stuff, but at the end of the day, it’s probably just gonna be a pop record.” Stump also said he recently filmed a guest spot for an episode of “Law & Order” that will air in February. …

Beyoncé‘s tour comes to a close November 12 in Taiwan — so, fittingly, she’s decided to put out a concert DVD eight days later. “The Beyoncé Experience Live!,” recorded at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on September 2, features her performances of “Survivor” with the reunited Destiny’s Child and “Upgrade U” with beau Jay-Z. It has more than two hours’ worth of content in total. … Tool‘s long-promised “Vicarious” DVD will be in stores December 18 and include an extended cut of the video for the title track, bonus material and special packaging. …

The jury trial of Vincent “Don Vito” MargeraBam Margera‘s uncle — on two counts of sexual assault on a child is slated to begin Tuesday. Margera is on trial for allegedly groping three underage girls at an autograph signing in August 2006 in Colorado. The jury in the trial was slated to be seated on Monday (October 22), according to a court spokesperson. …

Ozzy Osbourne has heart — he’s donating all his net profits from his November 30 show at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, including ticket sales and merch, to the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program run by his wife. … Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has beefed up his upcoming solo tour with additional dates — the trek will get under way November 9 in Hartford, Connecticut, and run through December 11 in Las Vegas. In related news, ex-Sevendust guitarist Clint Lowery is now an ex-Korn guitarist too. He has been replaced by Shane Gibson after being forced to leave the band’s current “B—h We Have a Problem” run due to a family emergency. …

Want to get your hands on some Gorillaz stickers, badges and a “Choose Pazuzu” patch? Then make sure to pick up the special-edition version of their upcoming D-Sides collection, which has bumped from a November 6 release date November 20. The special set will also come in a glossy box and have two exclusive prints by Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett. … The ever-outlandish Mars Volta fans are going to be required to wear costumes to the one-off show they’ll play at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve. The band’s next album, The Bedlam in Goliath, drops January 29. …

The hip-hop promoter who was allegedly attacked by three of Diddy‘s bodyguards reportedly served the hip-hop mogul on Friday with papers over the rough-up, although they were reportedly having none of it. According to TMZ, James Waldon tried to hand Diddy papers at his Sean Jean store in New York, but his bodyguards apparently smacked them to the ground before eventually retrieving them. They reportedly chased away Waldon, who alleges in his $5 million suit that three of Diddy’s bodyguards attacked him after he chatted with the Bad Boy boss at the Box nightclub in New York. … Relient K have parted ways with drummer Dave Douglas, who will bolt after the group’s tour winds down in late December, it was revealed in a Friday post on the band’s Web site. No explanation has been given for the departure of Douglas, who had been in Relient K for seven years. Douglas was quoted in the post as saying he will be devoting most of his time to his Gypsy Parade project. …

Seems there’s trouble in the world of CKY. Apparently a physical altercation recently broke out between various members of the group, and they’ve taken to MySpace to air their dirty laundry. In a post from guitarist Chad Ginsburg, he claims he broke his foot at a gig in St. Louis, and that frontman Deron Miller “has quit CKY to pursue his own band.” He added that he, along with drummer Jess Margera, will carry on as CKY. Of course, Miller has a different side to the story. He claims he didn’t quit the band, but, “after the San Diego show, I started getting really depressed and couldn’t eat or sleep, so of course, I started drinking more and more moderately.” According to Miller, he overheard several of his bandmates talking smack about him in St. Louis, and heard some “extremely personal, painful things that were mostly untrue and stupid.” Miller said he confronted the rest of the band, after which “a fight broke out. I slapped Jess’ hat off of his head and [Miller was jumped] after I put on my backpack to leave the bus.” He said he left the band’s tour to “detox” and is considering returning to the fold “if I can get and return some apologies, because let’s face it, CKY [carrying on] would both be laughable and illegal.” Miller also warned that if any of the songs he wrote for the band’s forthcoming album end up on the LP, he’d take legal action. …

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie can’t get enough of each other — the couple are putting together a series for HBO, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The two are creating their first production project, a drama that will chronicle workers in an international aid organization who are assigned to dangerous areas. The series doesn’t have a name yet, but it will be written by Scott Burns, who produced Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and co-wrote “The Bourne Ultimatum.” …

Cake are hitting the road for the latest edition of their Unlimited Sunshine Tour series in support of their recently released B-Sides and Rarities compilation. The tour, which kicks off November 28 with a show in Anaheim, California, will also feature performances by Brazilian Girls, Detroit Cobras, Oakley Hall, King City and Agent Ribbons. …

Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson‘s divorce is almost officially over — the ex-couple have filed their divorce papers in Los Angeles County Superior Court, according to TMZ. A judge might sign off on the papers later Monday. Robinson filed for divorce in November, and he will share joint custody with Hudson of their only child, son Ryder. … Lance Hahn, the J Church bassist who also originally fronted the San Francisco punk band, died Sunday from complications arising from kidney disease, according to Austin360.com. He was 40. In July, a tribute album called Let’s Do It for Lance! was released to help raise money so Hahn, who had no health insurance, could pay his medical bills. …

It was a scary moment for punk godmother Patti Smith during a show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on Sunday, when the 60-year-old singer took a fall and almost hit the edge of the stage during a show, according to a report. During an encore of her signature tune “Rock N Roll N—–,” England’s NME reports that Smith tripped on a speaker and fell on her face, cutting her elbow and laying on the ground for a few “agonizing” seconds. Smith allegedly joked about the fall, saying, “I’m not even f—ing embarrassed because I’ve done far worse,” perhaps alluding to the scary fall she took in 1977 in Tampa, Florida, when she tripped off a stage and broke two vertebrae in her neck. …

Country legend Porter Wagoner has been diagnosed with lung cancer and has been hospitalized in serious condition in Nashville, according to The Associated Press. Wagoner, 80, known for his rhinestone-dripping stage outfits and blond pompadour, is a Country Music Hall of Famer whose hits include “Misery Loves Company,” “Green, Green Grass of Home” and “Skid Row Joe.” He helped launch the career of Dolly Parton when he hired her as a duet partner in 1967, and Parton has said she wrote the smash hit “I Will Always Love You” (famously covered by Whitney Houston) in Wagoner’s honor. …

Police in Johannesburg, South Africa, have arrested five people in connection with the murder of reggae singer Lucky Dube, who was shot and killed during an attempted carjacking on Thursday. Reuters reports that the men were arrested in an early morning raid on Sunday, during which stolen goods were found in the house in which they were captured.