Britney Spears Ordered To Pay $120,000 To Kevin Federline; Plus Stephen Colbert, Barack Obama, Borat, 50 Cent & More, In For The Record

Colbert might have Illinois senator's camp to blame for failed presidential bid; meanwhile, Borat backs 'Barak Obamas.'

Britney Spears is giving an early Christmas gift to ex-husband Kevin Federline — $120,000, for the legal bills he has amassed in his child-custody battle with the pop singer, the Los Angeles Superior Court confirmed to MTV News on Tuesday (November 6). Commissioner Scott Gordon made the ruling in light of the “disparity between the parties’ income” and that “the vast majority of the … litigation deals with [Spears'] conduct,” according to documents released Tuesday, TMZ reports. As it was revealed last week, Spears earns approximately $737,000 each month, while Federline made $7,436, after business expenses, in all of 2006. Federline’s lawyer had originally requested $160,000, the total costs for Federline’s fees, according to UsMagazine.com. He currently receives $15,000 a month from Spears in child support and $20,000 in spousal support, which expires November 15. …

Should Stephen Colbert be pointing his finger at Barack Obama‘s camp for his presidential bid being shot down in South Carolina? According to CNN, two of the Illinois senator’s supporters called state Democratic Party officials to urge them to keep the “Colbert Report” host off the primary ballot. Obama’s campaign is denying that it had any connection to the phone calls. “Democrats in South Carolina, including supporters of ours, had strong feelings on both sides of the ballot issue, and ultimately it was South Carolina Democrats who made this decision,” said Kevin Griffis, Obama’s South Carolina communications director. At least one member of the party’s executive council — which denied Colbert’s bid by a 13-3 vote — said he felt pressured by former State Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum to oppose Colbert’s bid to be on the ballot, according to CNN. Tenenbaum is a well-known Obama supporter, and his camp has embraced her endorsement publicly. “She said it wouldn’t be fair to the other candidates. That [Colbert] wouldn’t be sincere. That he was only running in one state,” said the official, who requested anonymity, according to CNN. “The Obama people, they just didn’t want him at all.” Tenenbaum said that was a mischaracterization, telling CNN, “I called them to see what they were thinking and if they had made up their mind. I am a volunteer in that campaign, and so I am not a staffer. And I thought it could have taken votes away from a lot of people.” South Carolina State Representative Bakari Sellers, who has also endorsed Obama, revealed to CNN that he also made calls to members of the executive council in an attempt to persuade them to deny Colbert’s bid. “I placed the calls as a concerned Democrat, realizing that we are a country in despair,” Sellers said. “It is not a time for games or to make a mockery of the process.” It’s unclear what effect the calls had on the executive council’s vote. …

Obama’s got someone else on his side — Borat. In a recent Reuters interview, the crazy Kazakh spilled that he would like to see the junior senator from Illinois be president … er, “premier.” “I cannot believe that it possible a woman can become Premier of US and A,” he said, clearly referencing Democratic candidate Senator Hillary Clinton. “In Kazakhstan, we say that to give a woman power, is like to give a monkey a gun — very dangerous. We do not give monkeys guns any more in Kazakhstan ever since the Astana Zoo massacre of 2003 when Torkin the orang-utan shoot 17 schoolchildrens. I personal would like the basketball player, Barak Obamas to be Premier.” Borat gave the interview to hype the Tuesday release of his new book, the not-so-concisely titled “Touristic Guidings to Minor Nation of U.S. and A. and Touristic Guidings to Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” He had previously planned two books but wound up combining them into one volume. …

When 50 Cent famously said earlier this year that he would retire if he were to lose to Kanye West in their much-hyped album showdown, his critics were apparently listening. Christian media watchdog group the Resistance is demanding that the rapper keep his promise and quit, according to TMZ. “It is time for 50 Cent to be a man of his word and retire,” Mark Dice, a spokesman for the group, reportedly said. “The world will be a better place when this satanic piece of filth retires and stops making music.” The group is also asking for people to go to 50 Cent’s MySpace and post comments asking him to quit. … Jay-Z unleashed his American Gangster album on Tuesday, but don’t go looking for it on iTunes — it won’t be available there. In a statement issued Tuesday, the hip-hop mogul said he isn’t selling the album on iTunes because he doesn’t want the songs available for individual purchase. “As movies are not sold scene by scene, this collection will not be sold as individual singles,” he said. That’s probably just as well for Universal Music, which distributes Jay’s Def Jam label — earlier this year, the company’s chief, Doug Morris, refused to re-up a multi-year contract with iTunes to put Universal music in the online store. Morris has been trying to enlist other industry heavyweights to team up for a competing online music service. …

Chris Brown has his hands full with a just-released new album, Exclusive, and an upcoming movie, November 21′s “This Christmas,” but he’s taking on another project — and this one’s for a good cause. Brown is starring in a new video that encourages middle school students to get interested in math and fund-raising. The video — which incorporates elements of the singer’s “Run It” clip and will be shown in thousands of schools — is part of the Math-a-Thon program St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been running for almost three decades. Students who participate in Math-a-Thon complete math problems after getting pledges from family and friends, and the money raised is used to help children with cancer and other diseases. Brown visited the Memphis, Tennessee, hospital last year and has been a steady supporter. “We can all make a difference in the lives of others,” Brown said in a statement. “I’m proud to help St. Jude. I feel like I’m just a regular person helping out.” …

Backstreet Boys, Joss Stone, Grizzly Bear, Band of Horses and Garth Brooks have all been forced to scrap their planned late-night talk-show appearances this week due to the ongoing writers’ strike, RollingSyone.com reports. … Prepare to be judged — by Will.I.Am. The Black Eyed Pea will be among the preliminary-round judges for a Super Bowl-related battle-of-the-bands competition being put on by Doritos. The band that wins “Crash the Super Bowl 2″ will get a major-label contract and see its original song air during the big game on February 3. Voting is being held at SnackStrongProductions.com.

A man has been charged in connection with vandalism at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Georgia last month, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Kenneth Anthony Wilson, 43, was charged late last week with a felony second-degree charge of criminal damage to property and is being held at jail in DeKalb County jail on a $1,500 bond. The building had been defaced and a noose had allegedly been hung around the neck of a statue commemorating the deceased rapper, though police later said the object was actually a cross hung on a string. Police also said defamatory stickers and papers were left on the statue and that a pair of underwear had been wrapped around its head. A police spokesperson told the newspaper that authorities doubt Wilson, who is black, had a racial motive in the incident. …

Though they still haven’t spoken in detail about the nervous condition affecting drummer Meg White which forced them to abandon their world tour this summer, the White Stripes announced on their Web site that they’ve been in the studio and have cooked up some new tunes. The post reports that “the White Stripes have just filmed an exciting new video and recorded three never-before-heard original songs (with a special collaboration) and one unique new version of a song from their latest album, ‘Icky Thump.’ ” No information was given about the release date of the new music or the debut of the video. … Danish lo-fi rockers the Raveonettes have a new home: Vice Records. The duo’s fourth album, Lust Lust Lust, will drop early next year. …

Prince has beef — with his fans. Lawyers for the singer have been hitting Prince fan sites with cease-and-desist letters demanding that the sites remove all images, artwork, fan-submitted pictures related to Prince, including ones of tattoos and license plates that refer to him, according to RollingStone.com. A handful of Prince fan sites have assembled to create a new site, PrinceFansUnited.com, and said in a post on it that they vow to “defend their position in the proper court of law, as well as fully prosecute any claims to which they are justly entitled.” … Expect to hear music again at legendary New York punk club CBGB, which closed last year — but if you go there to check out a band, expect to be surrounded by men’s clothes when you do. The space will soon be home to a new John Varvatos boutique, Billboard.com reports, but the fashion designer told the news outlet that he plans to hold in-store performances at the location and will be integrating the permanent CBGB stage into its design as well. …

Jimmy Page has more to say about his fractured finger, which caused Led Zeppelin to postpone their hugely anticipated reunion show last week. The guitar icon, who apologized for the concert’s postponement on Monday, spoke to reporters at the Classic Rock Awards, according to BBC News. While he said the injury would take “a little while to heal,” he also admitted that, “I’ve broken fingers before, a lot worse than this.” “It’s a nuisance because it’s really needed,” he added of his finger, saying that the damage wasn’t permanent. The concert has moved to December 10, though it will still be held at London’s O2 arena. BBC News also reports that Meat Loaf was not at the awards to receive his classic-album award — the singer, who seemed to have declared an end to his career when he ended a recent concert midway and canceled two shows last week, is reportedly recovering from a bout of acute laryngitis. According to BBC News, it was the illness that caused Meat to cancel two subsequent shows on his U.K. tour. …

Move over, Elvis PresleyGarth Brooks is now the best-selling solo artist in history. The Recording Industry Association of America recently honored Brooks with a Special Career award for selling 123 million units in total. Presley has sold 118.5 million units. … Country singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash, the eldest of late country icon Johnny Cash‘s five children, reports on her Web site that she will have brain surgery for a “rare but benign condition.” The condition caused Cash, 52, to cancel four November dates on her Black Cadillac tour, but she said she expects to fully recover from the unnamed ailment and start touring again in the spring after she finishes work on her new album.

11.5.07

Stephen Colbert is having the last “word” over his seemingly imperiled presidential candidacy, which was dealt a big blow last week after the executive committee of the South Carolina Democratic Party shot down his bid in the state. “I am shocked and saddened by the South Carolina Democratic executive council’s 13-to-3 vote to keep me off their presidential primary ballot,” the host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” said in a statement. “Although I lost by the slimmest margin in presidential election history — only 10 votes — I have chosen not to put the country through another agonizing Supreme Court battle. It is time for this nation to heal.” But don’t worry, Colbert Nation, your hero hasn’t thrown in the towel entirely. “I want to say to my supporters, this is not over. While I may accept the decision of the council, the fight goes on! The dream endures!” He then made an additional comment, sarcastically acknowledging the Hollywood writers’ strike that will likely keep his show from airing new episodes in the near future: “And I am going off the air until I can talk about this without weeping.” The film and TV writers went on strike Monday (November 5) after talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers broke down. Reuters reports that both sides are digging in for what could be a lengthy standoff, mostly over the writers’ demands for higher fees from the distribution of movies and TV shows on DVD and over the Internet. Late-night talk shows — including “The Colbert Report,” “The Daily Show” and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” — are expected to be the first to suffer from the strike. …

American Idol” isn’t just for singing anymore — the seventh season will allow contenders to demonstrate their instrumental skills too, during “Hollywood Week,” RollingStone.com reports. Producer Nigel Lythgoe also revealed that fewer celebrity mentors will be featured in the show’s new season, which premieres in January, and that there might be a joint tour showcasing both “Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” talents. …

Christina Aguilera has finally ‘fessed up. After months of silence, the singer has finally confirmed that she will “enter into mommyhood” next year, according to Glamour UK. Though her baby bump has been prominent for months, Aguilera has not previously spoken about expecting her first child with husband Jordan Bratman. She was, however, reportedly quiet when Paris Hilton blabbed the news at Las Vegas nightclub LAX over VMA weekend in early September. … Though it looks like Britney SpearsBlackout will come out on top of the Billboard albums chart in the U.S. this week, rock veterans the Eagles trumped her in England with Long Road Out of Eden, their first new studio album in nearly 30 years, BBC News reports. The band has never been #1 in England before. And in other Brit news, more celebs are sounding off about the troubled singer. When “Extra” asked Ludacris who he thought had been naughty in 2007, he replied, “Hands down, Britney Spears has the crown on that one!” Meanwhile, Julia Roberts reached out to her in a new Vanity Fair interview, saying, “I see and hear what’s happening to Britney Spears, and it’s all I can do not to move her into my guesthouse and say, ‘OK, this is how it’s going to be!’ And just take care of her.” The interview appears in the magazine’s new issue, which hits newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on Wednesday and streets nationally November 13. …

Trey Songz was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at the Hippodrome in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Saturday night, according to TMZ. The singer (born Tremaine Neverson) and members of his entourage reportedly got combative with police officers who were investigating a shot that had been fired in the venue’s parking lot after the show. According to TMZ, police asked Songz not to get involved, after which he reportedly said, “Don’t you know who I am?!” He was expected to be arraigned Monday. … TMZ has unearthed footage of Snoop Dogg‘s brawl at London’s Heathrow Airport in April 2006 — the incident resulted in his being banned from traveling on British Airways. The rapper (real name: Calvin Broadus) is seen playing around with tourists in the video — even dancing with kids — but subsequent footage shows the confrontation breaking out after Snoop and his entourage were kicked out of a first-class lounge. …

Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Timbaland, Backstreet Boys, Jordin Sparks and others will bring some holiday cheer to New York’s Madison Square Garden when they participate in Z100′s annual Jingle Ball. Colbie Caillat, Boys Like Girls and the Jonas Brothers will also perform at the event, set for December 14. … Don’t be on the lookout for Ja Rule‘s The Mirror this year: The album, which was previously scheduled for a November 13 release, has been delayed until 2008. … The video for the Killers‘ collaboration with Lou Reed, “Tranquilize,” is making the rounds online. …

Linkin Park announced last week that they would be helping Southern California recover from the devastating wildfires by donating $50,000 to a nonprofit group, but now they’re ramping up their efforts by launching a charity auction through their outreach project, Music for Relief, and Unite the United. The eBay auction launched Monday and features items by LP, Green Day, Madonna, the Eagles, Avenged Sevenfold and others, in addition to VIP concert-ticket packages. Proceeds will go to California Community Foundation’s Southern California Wildfire Relief Fund and the American Forests’ California Wildfire ReLeaf Fund. …

John Mayer has something to tell fans about: what he’s been eating. In a new post on his blog, the wisecracking singer/songwriter shows off what’s been on his plate lately — and he’s stamped the pics with watermarks, because he’s sure “the tabloids and entertainment news shows will [be frothing] at the mouth” over them. … Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel are sinking their teeth into a new comedy … written by Al Gore‘s daughter?! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kristin Gore has co-written a satire called “Nailed” that revolves around a corrupt congressman and a sex-fiend lobbyist, and the actors are poised to play the respective roles. David O. Russell (“I Heart Huckabees,” “Three Kings”) is directing and co-authoring the screenplay for the flick, in which Biel’s character goes to Washington, D.C., to fight for the rights of the bizarrely insured after a nail accidentally shoots into her head, causing her to become sex-crazed. Preproduction is due to begin in two weeks. …

Sheriff Paul Laney, who launched a recent sting operation in Fargo, North Dakota, under the guise of an Ozzy Osbourne party, has responded to criticisms levied by the metal singer. Ozzy fans were duped into attending a faux party that preceded the rocker’s scheduled performance in the area by mere hours — but were instead arrested on outstanding warrants upon their arrival. Osbourne insisted Laney apologize for using his name to secure the arrests. Laney told The Associated Press late last week that he “meant no disrespect toward Mr. Osbourne or his show,” but that “what we did was a very creative law-enforcement technique to lure individuals who had active criminal warrants to come to us.” He said using Osbourne’s name in the invitations was no different than a bar advertising a Super Bowl party by mentioning the teams playing in the game. …

The University of Maine’s student government may pursue legal action against My Chemical Romance because the band canceled a recent gig at the school, according to a report in the school’s paper, The Maine Campus. The rockers had said they had to cancel the show because of drummer Bob Bryar‘s health issues, but they did play another gig not long after the show was nixed. The student government sent the band two letters demanding more than $20,500 in compensation for costs incurred for advertising and money paid to outside contractors and cancellation fees. “Unless it is truly due to sickness or injury of the band, we intend to seek full damages for breach of contract,” Derek Mitchell, the vice president of student entertainment, told the paper. “When they played Friday night, I think that kind of voids an ‘Act of God’ claim.” The student government has given the band two weeks to pay, and if it refuses, the General Student Senate will take a vote to determine if it will pursue a lawsuit or not. …

Howard Stern‘s cousin is crying foul about Jerry Seinfeld‘s recently released “Bee Movie,” saying the flick uses his company’s catchphrase, “Give Bees a Chance,” without permission. Richie Gerber, known to Stern fans as “Cousin Richie,” owns an organic skin and hair-care company called BeeCeuticals Organics, and claims in a lawsuit filed late last week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that DreamWorks and Paramount, after initially exploring opportunities to work with Gerber, went ahead and used the phrase to market the movie as if it were their own. “We were talking about co-sponsoring an event, a ‘Bee In,’ for National Pollinator Week in June,” Gerber told MTV News, “and even on that press release, we used that slogan.” Gerber said that despite owning the trademark on the slogan, “Bee Movie” went ahead and appropriated it, which he finds ironic, considering the movie’s plot is about the human race stealing honey from bees. “We are not killer bees,” Gerber said. “All we want is for them to acknowledge that it’s our intellectual property and license it from us. We’re worker bees, we’ll work with you.” … Keanu Reeves has something in common with Britney Spears — he’s being sued by a man who claims the actor hit him with his car, according to TMZ. Alison Silva, a Brazilian photographer, says Reeves struck him in the knee on March 19, 2007, near a clinic in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Silva is seeking unspecified damages. …

Jimmy Page is all apologies after Led Zeppelin postponed their hugely anticipated reunion show last week due to the iconic guitarist’s fractured finger. “I was regrettably put in a situation where I had to postpone my performance,” he said of the show, which has been rescheduled for December 10 at London’s O2 arena. “I was very conscious of the fact that many people are traveling great distances to attend,” he continued. “I do want to let everyone know that this decision was unavoidable. My apologies to anyone who has been inconvenienced by this change.” …

Attention Radiohead completists (and fans of the digipak): On December 10, EMI will release a limited-edition box set collecting all seven of the band’s releases on Parlophone Records — from 1993′s Pablo Honey to ’03′s Hail to the Thief, plus the I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings album — repackaged in digi sleeves with their original artwork. The set (which really does come in a box) will retail for £39.99 (approximately $58). Those who purchase the physical set will also be given access to stream special footage via “Digital Insert technology.” More tech-savvy Radiohead fans (which is pretty much all of them) can also download the entire set as DRM-free, 320 kbps-encoded MP3s — plus album art for £34.99 (approximately $51) — or purchase it as a USB memory stick, shaped in the band’s “iconic bear image,” for £79.99 (approximately $116). All three formats are available for pre-order at the Radiohead store.

Sum 41, who nixed the remaining dates on their Canadian tour last week as Deryck Whibley was suffering from a herniated disc, have now canceled the remainder of their 2007 shows in order to allow the frontman to heal. The band made the announcement in the journal section of its Web site, writing, “We’re sorry that this happened and we hope our fans can understand … We wish Deryck a quick and full recovery and can’t wait to reschedule all these shows in the new year.” The band was touring in support of this year’s Underclass Hero album. …

The Los Angeles Times reports that Disturbed frontman David Draiman has put his Northridge, California, castle — with its turrets, gargoyles, dragons and griffins — on the market at close to $2.9 million. Draiman purchased the residence for $2.5 million in 2005. The six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home, a former nondescript tract house that was transformed in 1992 by former owners with a fascination for medieval themes, has barrel-vaulted halls, a room with a 24-foot-high ceiling, theater chandeliers and secret doors located behind bookcases. …

Sheryl Crow gets personal on her next studio album, Detours, which is due February 5, according to Billboard.com. The singer/songwriter revealed to the news outlet that the songs on the album “are very inspired by the last three years of events in my life,” which included her battle with breast cancer and much-publicized split with Lance Armstrong. Beyond that, “Lullaby for Wyatt” features an appearance by her baby son of the same name and will be included in the John Cusack movie “Grace Is Gone.”