The Clipse Score Deal With Sony Music; Plus Don Vito, Ciara, Missy Elliott, Jessica Simpson, Jay-Z, Kid Rock & More, In For The Record

Bam Margera's mother testifies in his uncle's trial; Missy attends Ciara's b-day bash; Simpson moves to Nashville to work on LP.

The Clipse couldn’t be any happier: Malice and Pusha T‘s deal with Sony Music is done, they told MTV News. Sony exec Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua — who co-manages Kanye West and Lil Wayne — spearheaded the deal, under which the Clipse inked a home for their Re-Up Gang Records. “I heard Hip wanted to be down; the next thing I know he’s in Houston with half my management team,” Pusha T said. “Then next thing [I know,] half my management team is in New York with Rick Rubin. It was working just like that.” The first music to come out of the deal will be the Re-Up Gang‘s next, yet-untitled LP, after which a full Clipse album will follow. “For the Re-Up [album], we’re slated to get in [the studio] with Danjahandz, Timbaland, of course [Pharrell]. Dame Grease gave me some incredible records. He’s the truth. [A] couple of other guys [are also onboard]. That’s how we’re trying to go in with it. We’re keeping it funky.” …

April Margera — Bam‘s mother — testified in her brother-in-law Vincent “Don Vito” Margera‘s sexual-assault trial on Friday (October 26), portraying him as a harmless, bumbling man, the Rocky Mountain News reports. Supporting claims made by the defense on Friday that Vincent Margera’s signature arm movement might have been mistaken for breast fondling, she said he often swings his hands to the side in front of the person who is standing next to him at family gatherings or with fans — and is more apt to do so if cameras are present — but that she has never seen him fondle anyone. April Margera also said her brother-in-law “walks like a Cro-Magnon,” lacks vision in one eye, has other physical ailments and mumbles his words. His defense argued Friday that the fact that Margera plays an outrageous, sometimes profane character on TV shouldn’t be used against him. Three teens testified in the assault trial earlier this week, saying they had all saw Margera touching girls inappropriately at his autograph signing at a Colorado mall in August 2006. …

Ciara celebrated her 22nd birthday on Thursday night in New York at Nikki Beach Midtown with a toast in her honor. The Atlanta singer was joined by Missy Elliott — they both hit the dance floor to bust some moves before taking off for the VIP section upstairs. Ciara revealed to People at the event that “great friend” 50 Cent gave her a b-day gift, but she didn’t say what it was. “For some reason, with this friend, everybody turns everything into something else!” she remarked. … Dolly Parton must be rubbing off on Jessica Simpson — first Simpson signed on for “Blonde Ambition,” a new movie inspired by Parton’s classic comedy “Nine to Five,” and now she’s packed up and moved to the actress’ native state of Tennessee to work on her new, yet-untitled album. Simpson, who has moved to Nashville, previously expressed interest in working on a country album to MTV News way back in July 2005. …

Jay-Z was hit with a lawsuit on Friday by a woman who claims she was fired from his 40/40 Club in New York because she was pregnant, according to TMZ. Folake Ogundiran claims in the suit, which was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, that she was discriminated against because her “gestational status” would be “inconsistent” with the club’s image, which encourages “young, fashionable, unattached and sexy” salespeople. The ex-employee says that when she told her bosses that she was pregnant, a supervisor replied the business couldn’t be run “like this,” and that Ogundiran shouldn’t bother showing up for work the next day. Ogundiran argues she was subsequently barred from entering the workplace and denied unemployment benefits. She is seeking unspecified damages. …

Tap into Kid Rock‘s iPod and you might find … the Foo Fighters? Apparently so — the Rock N Roll Jesus recently told MTV Europe he’s a fan of Dave Grohl and his gang. “We played together in L.A. a few weeks back, oh, it was great,” he said. “I love Dave Grohl — he’s a silly guy.” But Grohl isn’t the only one Rock loves — he’s a big fan of Jesus too, which is why he named his new album the way he did, he told Spin for its November issue, which streets Tuesday. “I think Jesus’ name needs to be put back out there. I was actually talking to Reverend Run about this, and he said, ‘If God could actually talk, I think he’d say, “They kicked me out of school. They don’t want me in the public school system anymore.” ‘ I’m gonna stick Jesus’ name back out there in any way I can, ’cause I love Jesus.” …

Just in case you haven’t heard enough Britney Spears news lately, brace yourself for more dirt: Her mother, Lynne Spears, is writing a memoir about raising her daughters. The book, “Pop Culture Mom: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World,” will be released around Mother’s Day, according to the publisher. …

While it’s not as cool as this guitar, Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman‘s custom-edition ax is still pretty sweet. It’s got keyhole inlays on the fretboard, Troh’s signature embossed on the head and, according to the man himself, is a “great guitar for playing live” — we’re sold! Manufactured by Washburn, Trohman’s guitar is available in both white and black, and retails for $419.90. To pre-order one of your own, check out EmpireoftheRepublic.com. …

Amy Winehouse‘s husband saved her life — at least that’s what she told German magazine Stern in a recent interview regarding her hospitalization in early August. “I really thought I was on the way out,” she said of the incident. “My husband Blake [Fielder-Civil] saved me. He brought me to the hospital. Often I don’t know what I do. Then the next day the memory returns. Then I’m engulfed in shame.” Winehouse also said in the interview — which she reportedly gave after her arrest in Norway for possession of marijuana on October 18 — that she has taken medication for depression. “Since I was 16, I felt that a black cloud hangs over me. Since then I have taken pills for depression.” She added, however, “But they slowed me down. I believe there are lots of people who have these mood changes. I just have this good luck to have found this outlet in my music. I believe I live through pain. If you suffer for something, it means to me that it is not unimportant.” …

Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, Sheryl Crow and others performed for a cause on Thursday night at the Black Ball, a Keep a Child Alive-sponsored ceremony that in part honored Bono for contributing to efforts to further AIDS awareness and prevention in Africa, according to RollingStone.com. Jay-Z, Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong, Clive Davis, David Bowie and others attended the event, which was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Keys played a handful of songs, including duets with Stefani — for a cover of U2‘s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” — Crow (“I Shall Believe”) and Bono, with whom she gave a rendition of their 2005 collaboration, “Don’t Give Up.” …

Due to the wildfires in Southern California, Velvet Revolver postponed a headlining show that was scheduled to take place Friday night at the outdoor Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. The band opted to postpone the show because of poor air quality in the area and to avoid stressing emergency-services personnel who are already spread thin by the fires, according to a spokesperson. The rescheduled gig with openers Alice in Chains will take place December 12 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City. … Legendary punks the Sex Pistols played a warm-up gig Thursday night at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California, in advance of their upcoming British reunion tour. Reuters reports that the rare hourlong club gig — a private affair in front of 500 sweaty fans that was the first gig by the band in four years — featured all their best-known tunes, including “Anarchy in the U.K.” and “God Save the Queen.” Notoriously testy singer John Lydon, 51, was a bit rusty, forgetting the words to “Holidays in the Sun, ” complaining about the heat, taking a bathroom break toward the end of the set and threatening a “coward” fan who tossed a drink that struck him in the face. …

Omarion and Bow Wow have bumped their collaborative joint, Face Off, and will release it on December 11 instead of the week prior, Billboard.com reports. Select editions will come with a DVD containing music videos from the singers’ previous LPs, behind-the-scenes clips and more. … Ryan Cabrera is going indie. The 25-year-old Texas pop singer will release his upcoming album on his own label, according to a spokesperson. “The sound of the new record I think will open a lot of eyes and ears, and definitely be a surprise to fans and anybody who hasn’t heard my music,” he said in a statement. “I wanted to take my time with this record and really make a diverse entire album, as opposed to just a single or two … I want a ride, a journey, I want the record to be able to be played all the way through. So many things have changed in my life, and the music is heading along with it.” …

New Spock Zachary Quinto may have recently told MTV News that the original “Star Trek” castmembers would “make themselves available if this generation wants that” for the J.J. Abrams reboot, but apparently that doesn’t include William Shatner. While original Spock Leonard Nimoy will have a cameo in the flick, the original Captain Kirk won’t appear in it, according to Shatner. “I couldn’t believe it. I’m not in the movie at all,” he told The Associated Press on Friday. “Leonard, God bless his heart, is in, but not me. … It obviously is a decision not to make use of the popularity I have to ensure the movie has good box-office [success]. It didn’t seem to be a wise business decision.” Abrams had previously said Shatner would have a part in the film, but according to Shatner, nothing came of the meetings they had together. …

David Bowie, meet SpongeBob SquarePants. The rock legend will guest star in the animated character’s new TV movie, “Atlantis SquarePantis,” which premieres November 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon. The rock legend voices the king of Atlantis, the fittingly named Lord Royal Highness. … U2: good Samaritans — and tax cheats? According to a new AP report, the group’s music-publishing company paid most of the millions it made last year to five unidentified “employees” that are suspected to be the bandmembers and their manager. U2 Ltd. made more than $30 million last year, and $25.8 million of it went to said “employees.” The band has also been criticized for moving its corporate offices from Ireland to the Netherlands, where music royalties are barely taxed. … Capitol/EMI is planning a super-sweet 40th birthday for Pink Floyd — the label is tying together all the classic-rock band’s albums in the form of a giant limited-edition package. The box was designed by Floyd’s longtime collaborator Storm Thorgerson, and a fabric poster he made is also included. …

A judge has ruled that a photograph owned by Elton John that was seized last month from an art exhibition is not indecent. BBC News reports that the image of two naked young girls taken by famed American photographer Nan Goldin was deemed indecent by standards applied in 2001 by the Crown Prosecution Service, but that those standards have shifted since then. The exhibition of 148 photos owned by John was supposed to run until January 20 but was closed after nine days at the singer’s request in light of the controversy. …

Former “Laguna Beach” star Jason Wahler entered Washington state jail on Friday, TMZ reports. He had been ordered to be behind bars for 30 days on a fourth-degree assault charge and a charge of a minor exhibiting signs of intoxication stemming from an April incident in Seattle. … Orlando Bloom won’t be charged with hit-and-run or drunk driving in connection with his car crash earlier this month. Los Angeles officials say the actor, who hit a car as he was being chased by paparazzi, was not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. …

Contrary to those who criticized Al Gore’s Al Gore‘s Live Earth concerts, the event met its goal of reduced carbon emissions, the organization said in a press release issued Thursday. “Live Earth’s maiden event met its goal in restraining carbon emissions to 19,708 metric tons, while of the 97 metric tons of waste collected, 81 percent was diverted from landfills via recycling and composting efforts. The results confirm the efficacy of Live Earth’s ‘Green Guidelines’ … which offer practical advice for organizers of future large-scale events, whether musical concerts, cultural gatherings or sports competitions.”

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Another Akon concert disaster: The R&B singer’s planned Thursday (October 25) gig at Atlanta’s Emory University was canceled after several people, including his drummer, were injured while setting up for the show, TMZ reports. The left side of the concert stage reportedly collapsed after a canopy fell while crews were setting up lights. At least one student was also reportedly injured in the incident, which spurred campus police to cordon off the area as fire trucks and ambulances responded. …

Owen Wilson‘s first interview since his suicide attempt in August will be posted online at midnight on Friday as part of MySpace.com’s Artist on Artist series, according to USA Today. Wilson reportedly chatted Thursday with his friend Wes Anderson, who has directed the actor in all his films, including the recently released “The Darjeeling Limited.” It’s not yet known if the interview will deal with Wilson’s personal struggles. …

Jennifer Lopez hasn’t officially announced her reported pregnancy yet, but her ex-boyfriend Diddy is already dishing his best wishes to the singer. “She’s going to make a great mother,” he told UsMagazine.com. “She is one of the most caring people I’ve ever met. When I went out with her, I saw that quality.” Diddy did not tell UsMagazine.com whether he knew for sure that Lopez is expecting, but according to the outlet, she is almost five months pregnant. Previous reports indicated that she is expecting twins with husband Marc Anthony. “I’m extremely happy for her, and I will be sending some expensive god-daddy presents to her baby,” Diddy said. …

Could twins also be in Christina Aguilera‘s future? According to the New York Daily News, the singer is expecting two children. Aguilera has been very hush-hush about her reported pregnancy, although Paris Hilton might have taken the wind out of her sails by blabbing about the news during VMA weekend.

While Britney Spears is due in court Friday for another hearing in her child-custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline, attention turned on Thursday (October 25) to her other case: a car crash on August 6 that resulted in two driving-related misdemeanors. Spears’ lawyer Michael Flanagan entered a not-guilty plea on behalf of the singer, who was not required to show up at the courtroom in Van Nuys, California. According to The Associated Press, Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Susan Speer ruled that Spears no longer has to face a hit-and-run charge in the crash, as she has already compensated Kim Robard-Rifkin, who owns the Mercedes-Benz that the singer hit in a parking lot. (People reports the amount was approximately $1,000.) But the charge of driving without a license was not dismissed, and Speer scheduled a pretrial hearing for November 26. Flanagan told AP outside the courthouse that Assistant City Attorney Michael Amerian had offered the singer a plea deal relating to that charge, but that the deal would involve 12 months’ probation. But Flanagan said that wouldn’t be necessary, since Spears recently obtained a valid California driver’s license. “She got a license, she has insurance, has always had insurance. The question is: Is probation really necessary?” he asked. Flanagan added that Spears had a license in Louisiana, and he also contended that she didn’t have a valid California one because a camera wasn’t available at the Department of Motor Vehicles when she tried to apply for a license prior to the August accident. Spears may also face fines, People reports. …

Just weeks after Nas announced the controversial title of his December 11 album, rapper/poet Saul Williams has announced that he’s given his own upcoming LP a name that is likely to cause a stir. In a post on the album’s Web page, Williams said, “It is my greatest honor to present to you The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!, my new album produced by Trent Reznor and mixed by Alan Moulder,” who has also worked with the Smashing Pumpkins and Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails. He elaborated on the concept of the album — the title of which is clearly a play on David Bowie‘s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars — in the post, saying, “Most people aren’t aware of the world of art and commerce, where exploitation strips each artist down to ‘nigger.’ Each label, like ‘apartheid,’ multiplies us by our divide and whips us ’til we conform to lesser figures … the only way to choose is to jump ship from old truths and trust dolphins as we swim through changing ways.” The track list for the album — which is coming out November 1 in digital form on the Inevitable Web site — includes “Black History Month,” “Tr(n)igger” and “NiggyTardust.” Perhaps taking a tip from Radiohead, the site lets fan choose to pay $5 for the album — or nothing at all. For five bucks, customers can get either 83MB (high quality) or 128MB (very high quality) MP3 files. A third $5 option is also available, in the Free Lossless Audio Codec format, which is similar to MP3 but doesn’t lose quality in the compression process — that version has CD quality (395MB) but isn’t playable on iTunes or Windows Media. The free option provides an 83MB zip file that contains lower-quality, DRM-free MP3s of the songs. …

A third teen teen testified in Vincent “Don Vito” Margera‘s Colorado trial on two counts of sexual assault, according to the Rocky Mountain News. Trey Hughes, 15, said he was sitting near Margera, uncle of Bam Margera, at his autograph signing at a Colorado mall in August 2006 when Vincent Margera saw the man grab at girls who asked for their photos to be taken with him. “I saw Vito grabbing girls in inappropriate places,” he said. “He would touch their boobs. I saw him grab their butts.” Hughes added that he saw Margera sticking out his tongue and wagging it around, “pretending like he was licking them.” On Tuesday, two other teens testified in the trial. Fourteen-year-old Mina Darnell said, like Hughes, that she saw Margera grabbing at girls at the signing. “When a girl came up to get a picture, I saw him grab their boob or their butt,” Darnell said Tuesday. “I wasn’t focused on it the whole time, but [it happened to] at least one-quarter to one-half of all the girls who were there.” She also said that after girls had their picture taken with Vincent Margera, they would say, “He just touched me!,” as they were leaving. She said she did not get an autograph herself from Margera. A 15-year-old boy also testified Tuesday, saying he was shocked when he saw Margera allegedly put a sticker on his friend’s breast. …

Did Lil Wayne skimp on his bling? A New Orleans jewelry store claims in a recently filed lawsuit that the hometown rapper (real name: Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) purchased a $138,000 diamond ring and $32,000 gold-and-diamond necklace — but that the Cash Money Records president failed to come up with all the cash money for the items, according to The Miami Herald. Jack Sutton Fine Jewelry claims Wayne owes $146,000 on the $170,000 purchase, which he allegedly made over the telephone with the store’s owner, Jack Sutton, on October 6, 2006. Sutton says he and Wayne agreed to a monthly installment plan for the payments, but that when he deposited the second check, a $24,000 payment, he discovered that a stop payment had been placed on it. The jewelry-store owner claims he has reached out to Wayne to no avail, and that he is surprised because, as he told the Herald, the rapper is “one of my best customers. He spent a lot of money with me. I thought we have a really good relationship. I don’t know what happened, unless it’s a misunderstanding. … I’ve been doing business with him for at least 10 years. He’s always been wonderful with paying me.” Wayne’s entertainment attorney in California, Ron Sweeney, also spoke with the Herald, saying ”This is clearly a misunderstanding. If, in fact, the allegations are true, then it will be resolved. My client is very responsible.” …

Hey Harry Potter fans, got 41 grand in your piggy bank? That’s how much an anonymous private bidder threw down for a copy of the hardback first edition of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” — which was subsequently retitled “Sorcerer’s Stone” for its U.S. publish — that was autographed by the author as “Joanne Rowling.” The bidder paid $40,326 at Christie’s auction house in London, but believe it or not, that actually isn’t the highest amount a copy of that 1997 edition has gone for — a copy inscribed with a Rowling personal dedication went for more than $50,000 in May at Christie’s. About 500 copies were pressed for the novel’s initial run. … So much for Paris Hilton‘s philanthropic efforts — People reports that the children’s charity that had organized the heiress’ trip to Rwanda has postponed the trek due to restructuring. “Paris has been a loyal and gracious supporter of Playing for Good but the foundation has to regrettably reschedule this trip,” the organization said in a statement on Thursday, according to People. “Playing for Good would like to thank Ms. Hilton for her generosity and her continued support of this initiative and is looking forward to rescheduling the trip with her at a later time.” …

Coheed and Cambria‘s logo has been creating something of a situation at the University of Kansas this week. After a number of dorm windows were shot out, a set of seemingly cryptic symbols were found spray-painted throughout the campus with the date “10/23/07″ underneath them. The symbols were Coheed’s logo, and the date referred to the release of the band’s latest LP, No World for Tomorrow. Rumors spread across the campus that another shooting was being planned, and campus police were swamped with phone calls and questions about potential impending violence. …

Metallica‘s forthcoming yet-untitled LP could be in stores as early as February, drummer Lars Ulrich revealed in a recent interview with The San Francisco Examiner. He also explained the metal band’s decision to work with Rick Rubin rather than longtime producer Bob Rock. “For our own sanity, our own creative survival, we needed to work with a different set of circumstances and dynamics,” he said. “So we’ve been stripped of our defense mechanisms, and it’s been very invigorating to be challenged again. Rick’s taken everything we’ve known about making records and completely turned it upside down.” He said that the songs for the new LP are different from those on the band’s previous offering, St. Anger. “Well, most of the intros are four to five minutes. I don’t know — Metallica and short songs just don’t go that well together. But whereas St. Anger was an exercise in over-pummeling the listener, these new songs echo some of our stuff from the ’80s — long, epic journeys through different musical landscapes, heavier, but a lot more melodic.” …

Disturbed have entered a Chicago studio to begin recording their fourth album, the yet-untitled follow-up to 2005′s Ten Thousand Fists. The band will be producing the effort itself and hopes to have it ready in time for a spring release. According to a statement from frontman David Draiman, the disc “seems to have taken on a darker character than the previous albums. It’s more furiously paced and complex.” … The track list for Mudvayne‘s forthcoming compilation LP, By the People, for the People, has been revealed. The disc will boast 16 tracks, including a live version of “Dig”; demo versions of “Happy,” “All That You Are” and “Silenced”; and an acoustic version of “Forget to Remember.” Look for the album to hit stores November 27. …

The Dave Matthews Band will play two free shows for Army football at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, on November 14 and 15. Robert Randolph & the Family Band will open the shows, which the cadets won (beating out Navy, Air Force and 100 other colleges) as part of the World’s Loudest Pep Rally contest, sponsored by AT&T. … Long-off-the-radar “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken is getting into the holiday spirit with an upcoming Christmas in the Heartland tour. Before hitting the road, he’ll perform at the Neil Sedaka: 50 Years of Hits show on Friday in New York — the event will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. After that, Aiken will hit the rink November 6 in Las Vegas for a guest spot at the Capital One Holiday Celebration on Ice, which features a host of champion skaters and will air on NBC on Christmas Day. His tour launches on November 26 in Wichita, Kansas, and stops in Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Minnesota before winding up at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana, on December 22. And of course in January, he joins the Broadway cast of the Tony Award-winning show “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” playing one of the leads, Sir Robin. …

With one racy music-video appearance under her belt and her pipes warmed up from singing in the Beatles-themed “Across the Universe,” actress Evan Rachel Wood is reportedly close to signing a deal with Interscope Records for her debut album. Entertainment Weekly reports that Wood — whose boyfriend, Marilyn Manson, is signed to Interscope — is in negotiations with the label, with a possible announcement of a deal just weeks away. … Prince‘s Purple Rain tops Vanity Fair‘s list of the 10 best movie soundtracks of all time. Next on the magazine’s list is the soundtrack to “A Hard Day’s Night” by the Beatles, and ones for the reggae classic “The Harder They Come,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Graduate,” “Superfly,” “Trainspotting,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “American Graffiti” and “The Big Chill.” … Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson‘s divorce was finalized in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, AP reports. Details of the former couple’s custody arrangement over their 3-year-old son, Ryder, were not disclosed, nor were the terms of their property division. …

It seems the Blood Brothers are calling it quits. While there hasn’t been an official announcement yet, the band’s management says the group is going on hiatus and will reconvene in the not-so-distant future to decide its fate. Meanwhile, a source close to the band tells MTV News that the Brothers have, indeed, split up, but did not offer an explanation for the band’s demise. … Cave In frontman Stephen Brodsky has announced the formation of a new side project, a power-pop outfit called Pet Genius. The act reunites Brodsky with former Cave In drummer John-Robert Conners, as well as bassist Johnny Northup, who played with Brodsky in Octave Museum. Pet Genius’ debut hit stores Tuesday and features 11 tracks, including “The Visiting Dynamiter,” “Emit Fo Deeps Eht Esare” and “Trash Heap Swing.” …

Though they won’t be in attendance, the Flaming Lips are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their bold sonic experiment Zaireeka — a set of four CDs meant to be played simultaneously — with a series of in-store “performances” of the magnum opus. The first of the anniversary parties took place Monday at Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe, and more will follow on Sunday at Size Records in their hometown of Oklahoma City, Tuesday at Dallas’ Good Records, November 2 at Criminal Records in Atlanta and November 6 at Luna Music in Indianapolis. In addition to a costume contest, the festivities include a “virtual” appearance by singer Wayne Coyne via DVD in which he’ll explain how the album works. … Pete Doherty has been freed of a court drug-treatment order after a judge said she had received advice from experts, BBC News reports. The troubled Babyshambles frontman appeared in court on Wednesday for a review of the order, for which he had six months left to serve, but the judge said he had already been supervised over 18 months and that she was convinced the plan for the musician to stay drug-free was going to be followed. …

Our long international nightmare is over: Both Ace of Base and “Barbie Girl” band Aqua have announced reunion tours. Swedish pop tarts Base have scheduled a series of gigs in November and December in Russia and Eastern Europe, while Danish one-hit wonders Aqua announced recently that they will be playing shows this year in conjunction with a greatest-hits album. … For the first time in more than three decades, pioneering funk rockers Sly and the Family Stone will perform a live show, in New York on December 7 at the B.B. King Blues Club.