Mariah Carey Drops Hints About LP; Plus Britney Spears, Vincent Margera, Kid Rock, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, T.I. & More, In For The Record

Spears attends first Parenting Without Conflict session; 15-year-old boy testifies in Margera's trial; Kid Rock sued over 'So Hott.'

Mariah Carey paid “TRL” a visit on Wednesday (October 24) and gabbed about her new fragrance line and upcoming studio album. “I’ve been working on this record while I’m working on the fragrance,” she revealed, saying that her yet-untitled LP and just-released M by Mariah Carey line “kind of work together.” “I wanted [the fragrance] to be sensual. … It’s really been like writing a song … this was almost the same creative process.” She also explained why she pushed back her yet-untitled album, which had previously been scheduled for December 4, to next year. “You can’t really put records out in December if you want the whole world to have a chance to actually hear it, [and] my fans all over the world are very important to me,” she said, adding that she also wants to put out a pair of singles before the album drops. Carey dropped another hint about the effort, saying she “just had a really, really hot session with somebody in Miami,” and while she was stubborn about letting us know just who the person in question is, she did let it slip that it’s a man and that he’s “somebody very popular.” When asked what advice she might give Britney Spears, Carey didn’t mention Spears specifically but said, “You gotta go through the ups to have the downs; you gotta go through the downs to have the ups. You have to go through life like any other person. To me, you just stay grounded spiritually, get your rest, and don’t take it all so seriously.” …

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline were at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Southern California on Wednesday (October 24) to attend their first Parenting Without Conflict session. TMZ.com reports that the two attended a two-hour class during which a parenting coach gave the ex-spouses tips on how a divorced couple should bring up their kids, who were reportedly not present. A judge ordered Spears and Federline to attend the program in September, as well as participate in joint co-parenting counseling. In other Brit news, did she stiff the backup dancers who performed with her at the VMAs? According to UsMagazine.com, some of them were not compensated for their work on September 9, and the problem might stem from Spears being dropped by her management company, the Firm, on September 17. …

A 15-year-old boy testified in the trial of Vincent “Don Vito” Margera, uncle of Bam Margera, on Wednesday during the second day of his Colorado trial on two counts of sexual assault, according to the Rocky Mountain News. Vincent Margera is accused of groping three 12- to 14-year-old girls during at an autograph signing at a Colorado mall in August 2006. Steve Wilson said he was more than surprised when he saw Margera allegedly put a sticker on his friend’s breast. “I was really shocked because she’s very young and he’s — I don’t know — probably like 50,” Steve Wilson said of Margera, who is 51. The boy also said his friend was shaken after the alleged incident, during which Margera is also accused of putting a sticker on an underage girl’s thigh. “She came up, and she was really shocked that it had happened, and she asked me, ‘Did you see what he just did?’ She was very serious and like terrified.” Margera’s attorney, Pamela Mackey, contended to the jury Tuesday that Margera was playing his “goofy, outrageous and vulgar” TV character because “that’s what got the laughs.” …

Sean “Diddy” Combs says the media has been blowing out of proportion a man’s accusation that he was punched by the hip-hop mogul inside a store in New York on October 13, according to Reuters. “It was something that was just totally overblown. I don’t fight over girls!” he said in regards to the alleged dispute, which police have reportedly said was over an unidentified woman. However, Combs did admit that, “I am a human being, and I will get into an argument at times.” Steven Acevedo alleges Combs punched him in the face twice inside Kiosk, a store located in New York’s Soho neighborhood that hosts parties by night. The mogul made his remarks at a news conference in which he announced a new beverage deal with alcoholic-drink maker Diageo PLC, to develop its Ciroc vodka brand. The mogul will have a 50 percent profit share in the Diageo PLC premium line, and he could make up to $100 million over the course of the multi-year deal, depending on the vodka’s success. “It is not an endorsement deal. This is something that will have my daily attention,” he told The Associated Press. “I’m not just a celebrity endorser, I’m a brand builder. I’m a luxury-brand builder.” Diddy added that he will be responsible for marketing the brand and deciding where to sell it. …

First Kid Rock fought with Tommy Lee at the VMAs, last month, then he got involved in a scuffle at a Waffle House last weekend, and then he just got knocked off the top of the Billboard albums chart by Bruce Springsteen … could things get any worse for the Rock N Roll Jesus? Apparently so: The rocker is being sued by a Kentucky man who claims his song “Slow Death” is similar to Rock’s “So Hott,” according to TMZ. Maurice Foreman claims he has the copyright to his song, which he wrote in 1997. Foreman says the lead-guitar notes are identical in both songs and that Rock sings “so hot” three times,” just as Foreman sings “slow death.” …

Beyoncé singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”? Carrie Underwood taking on “The Sound of Music”? Fergie covering “Live and Let Die”? Believe it or not, that’s what will be happening on December 2 at Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre during Movies Rock, a film-and-music event modeled after Fashion Rocks. Adding even more weight to the star-studded roster, Mary J. Blige and John Legend will team for a rendition of the “Casablanca” song “As Time Goes By,” Jennifer Hudson will perform “Goldfinger” from the James Bond flick of the same name, and Elton John will tackle songs from animated flicks. The show will air December 7 on CBS, and proceeds from the event itself will go to the Entertainment Industry Foundation, which funds more than 300 charitable organizations in the greater Los Angeles area. …

T.I., who is accused of trying to illegally purchase machine guns and silencers, says he’s learned how to deal “appropriately” with conflicts and wants to set a “good example” for young people. “Sometimes man, I can be a real rational, clear-thinking, level-headed, trouble-solving person,” the Atlanta rapper said in an interview before his arrest in the new issue of Complex, which hits newsstands November 6. “I can really figure out how to deal with issues appropriately and apply them to it. If I don’t allow myself that time, if I don’t exercise patience and really end up straight to do that, I can also let myself go into a whole ‘nother level of being carried away. So I’m tryin’ to exercise moral strength and rational living these days. You know, I’m 27 years old now, man? So it ain’t really the best thing for me to be doing, going out there actin’ like … today is a good example to be setting for the 19-, 21-year-olds, you know?” …

Alicia Keys headlined the Heineken Red Star Soul tour’s final stop in New York on Tuesday night, performing a medley of her hits, as DJ Jazzy Jeff and No I.D. looked on at Spotlight Studios. The latter two were awarded Independent Achiever Awards, as were Antonio “AD the Voice” Delgado, J. Carter, W. Ellington Felton and Ralph McDaniels. Posthumous nods were given to Gerald Levert and J Dilla as well. Newcomer Emily King opened and DJ Cassidy manned the turntables for the festivities. … UsMagazine.com reports that Lindsay Lohan may be gearing up for her big club-scene comeback. According to the site, the starlet will host this year’s New Year’s bash at red-hot Las Vegas club LAX. She had previously been slated to host her 21st birthday party at Vegas’ Pure nightclub, but she had to back out of the event after entering rehab. …

Rick Ross‘ album Trilla will be out December 18. Earlier this week, the bearded-hustler poster child debuted his song “Speedin’ ” for New York at club Home. The track features R. Kelly. … Fabolous performed at Canal Room in Manhattan, New York, on Tuesday night as part of the AT&T-sponsored one-year anniversary celebration for trendy tech site BoyGeniusReport.com. Diddy, DJ Clue, and football star Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy, were in attendance. Super-producer Just Blaze held down DJ duties. …

Jay-Z has a deal with Budweiser, 50 Cent with Vitamin Water — and now Diddy has put the finishing touches on his own beverage deal, to develop the Ciroc vodka brand, The Associated Press reports. The mogul will have a 50 percent profit share in the Diageo PLC premium line, and he could make up to $100 million over the course of the multi-year deal, depending on the vodka’s success. “It is not an endorsement deal. This is something that will have my daily attention,” he told AP. “I’m not just a celebrity endorser, I’m a brand builder. I’m a luxury-brand builder.” Diddy added that he will be responsible for marketing the brand and deciding where to sell it. …

One person has been arrested in DeKalb County, Georgia, in connection with a series of incidents at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts. According to a spokesperson for the center, on Saturday morning vandals defaced the building and placed a noose around the neck of a Shakur statue in the center’s garden. In a subsequent attack on the statue, it was plastered with “handbills of garbled rants that include references to 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, as well as vague threats against various record companies and rappers.” …

Tommy Lee has dismissed rumors that he’s mulling an offer to be the subject of an upcoming season of VH1′s “Rock of Love.” In his newsletter, Lee said, “I am not, nor would I ever, do a stupid show like the ‘Rock of Love.’ ” Lee, however, had no problem signing on for “Tommy Lee Goes to College,” a 2005 reality series that focused on the former Mötley Crüe drummer’s experience as a student at the University of Nebraska, and didn’t pass up the chance to participate in CBS’ “Rock Star: Supernova,” a program designed to find a frontman for a band featuring Lee and several other well-known musicians. … Korn have written and recorded an original song inspired by the upcoming PlayStation 3 video game “Haze.” The song, which shares the name of the game, will be shipped to radio and video outlets next month, coinciding with the game’s November 27 release. …

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama has added a gay minister to the lineup for his three-day concert series in South Carolina after coming under fire from gay activists for including a gospel singer who has said he believes homosexuality is a choice, AP reports. The Rev. Andy Sidden, who is openly gay, has been invited to the Sunday event in Columbia after Obama reportedly discussed his inclusion with Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, which supports gay rights. Solmonese thanked Obama in a statement but said he was disappointed the series will still include Grammy-winning gospel star Donnie McClurkin, whose assertions that homosexuality is a choice led to calls for Obama to cancel the singer’s performance. After saying on Monday that he thought sexual preference “is a matter of choice,” McClurkin told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday that his ideals and his ministry were being severely misconstrued. “I don’t believe that even from a religious point of view that Jesus ever discriminated toward anyone, nor do I,” McClurkin said. “Most of the things that were said were totally out of context, and then other things weren’t true.” McClurkin lived as a gay man for 20 years and now says he is straight. He said his ministry is open to those who say they no longer want to live as a gay person, but he added that “there’s never been a statement made by me about curing homosexuality. People are using that in order to incite anger and to twist my whole platform on it. There’s no crusade for curing it or to convert everyone. This is just for those who come to me and ask for change.” …

In other Obama news, in an apparent slip of the tongue, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney accused the senator of urging terrorists to congregate in Iraq, according to The Associated Press. In an appearance in South Carolina on Tuesday, Romney said, “Actually, just look at what Osam — Barack Obama — said just yesterday. Barack Obama, calling on radicals, jihadists of all different types, to come together in Iraq.” Romney apparently was referring to an audiotape aired Monday in which a speaker believed to be Osama bin Laden called for insurgents in Iraq to unite. A Romney spokesperson said, “He misspoke. He was referring to the audiotape of Osama bin Laden and misspoke. It was just a mix-up.” …

An arrest warrant has been issued by a Jamaican judge for dancehall singer Beenie Man after the 34-year-old Grammy winner failed to show up in court to present his plan for paying back taxes. Reuters reports that Beenie Man (born Anthony Moses Davis) appeared in court three weeks ago on tax-evasion charges and was told he owed the Jamaican revenue department $415,000, plus $246,000 in penalties, after not paying taxes for more than a decade. The singer said he was unaware he owed the money and blamed it on the company that formerly handled his business affairs. … In the wake of the devastating fires that have driven nearly 1 million Southern California residents from their homes, San Diego rock station FM 94.9 has been carrying a 24-hour news feed from public radio station KPBS in place of its music programming. The station handed over its airwaves on Tuesday morning after KPBS’ transmitter was lost in the fire on Mount San Miguel. …

Portishead are almost done recording their third full-length album, according to a post on the trip-hop outfit’s Web site. Co-founder Geoff Barrow wrote that the band has been in London finishing up the long-awaited follow-up to its 1997 self-titled album. “I think one more day messing about with it, and it will be done,” he wrote. “Then into the wonderful world of mastering.” He added that the group is now “working on some artwork and getting the live stuff together.” In related news, GZA has been added to the Portishead-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties Nightmare Before Christmas event happening in England on December 7-9. He’ll also perform his classic album Liquid Swords in its entirety in London on December 9. … Former “American Idol” contestant Kellie Pickler has been added to the performance lineup for the upcoming Country Music Association Awards. The November 7 show has also added several new presenters, including Sheryl Crow and Gretchen Wilson. …

His music has been in Victoria’s Secret commercials, and now rock legend Bob Dylan is joining the SUV crowd. In a cross-promotional stunt to hype his XM radio show, Dylan is appearing in print, online and TV ads for the Cadillac Escalade, coinciding with a Cadillac-themed episode of his “Theme Time Radio Hour” XM show. In one commercial, a determined-looking Dylan, wearing an all-black cowboy getup, is seen hurtling through the desert in a black Escalade (listening to satellite radio, of course) and properly using his turn signal to overtake a truck. …

It might be a while before we hear from Jet again. According to a post from drummer/singer Chris Cester on Jet’s MySpace page, the Australian group is going on hiatus to recharge its batteries. “We’ve just decided to take some well-earned time off,” he said. “After touring for, well, ever, we sat ourselves down and realized that with all the time we have spent away from home, Jet could finally use some down time.”

10.23.07

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.