Donda West 911 Call Posted Online; Plus Killers, Fall Out Boy, Ashlee Simpson, Justin Timberlake, Madonna & More, In For The Record

Brandon Flowers cross-examined by ex-manager's lawyers; FOB guitarist lashes out over Simpson rumors; Timbaland reportedly plays JT/Madge collabo.

Never ones to steer clear of grisly details, the folks at TMZ have posted the eight-minute 911 call made in the wake of Donda West‘s collapse last month. The disturbing recording consists primarily of a dispatcher attempting to coach a panicked, unidentified caller on how to perform CPR. The post has garnered a heated reaction, with TMZ users calling it “tasteless,” “insensitive,” “sick,” “morbid” and “worse than grave-robbing.” Users also called the site’s staffers “pigs.” …

On Monday (December 17), Killers frontman Brandon Flowers was cross-examined for a second day in front of the California Labor Commissioner by lawyers for the band’s ex-manager, according to TMZ.com. Braden Merrick is suing the group for $3 million in unpaid commissions, while the Killers are trying to void their management contract, arguing that the manager booked employment without a license. …

Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman is ticked about a recent report in New York’s Daily News suggesting the band is blaming Ashlee Simpson, bassist Pete Wentz‘s girlfriend, for its lack of Grammy nominations. In a blog post on FriendsorEnemies.com, Trohman said the story “just irked me. … We don’t have any ‘pals’ that gossip to the tabloids over our business. We also don’t blame a certain someone (Ashlee) for our lack of a Grammy nod. Don’t believe the gossip columns out there. This ‘poisonous’ person that was mentioned is nothing short of awesome, and we fully back her. Everything in Camp FOB is all good.” …

Timbaland played the new Justin Timberlake and Madonna collaboration, “4 Minutes to Save the World,” at the Jingle Ball concert in Philadelphia on Sunday night, according to RollingStone.com. The song is supposed to be the first single from Madge’s yet-untitled new album, which is due in 2008. … Mark Vincent Kaplan, lawyer for Kevin Federline, will go to court Tuesday to ask Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon to delay a January hearing in which Britney Spears was going to try to gain back some of her child-custody rights, according to TMZ.com. The site reports that a Spears lawyer will try to oppose Kaplan’s request, and that if Federline’s lawyer gets his wish, the singer won’t have a chance of getting some custody rights back until April. …

Singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg, whose hits include “Leader of the Band,” Longer” and “Same Old Lang Syne,” passed away Sunday in his Maine home, following a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. He was 56. A statement from Fogelberg’s family that appears on his Web site reads: “Dan left us this morning at 6:00 a.m. He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side. His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him.” Fogelberg was diagnosed with cancer in 2004. …

Pam Anderson‘s husband, Rick Salomon, was on the verge of joining Kid Rock and Tommy Lee as the celeb’s latest divorcé, but apparently there was a change of heart. According to TMZ.com, she recently filed divorce papers from the sex-tape king, with whom she married on October 6 — but divorce is now reportedly off, with Anderson writing in a post on her Web page, “P.S.: We’re working things out … .” … Actress Helena Bonham Carter and her beau, Tim Burton, have welcomed their second child, a girl, in London, AP reports. The couple — the star and director, respectively, of the upcoming film “Sweeney Todd” — are said to be “absolutely delighted.” The couple also have a 4-year-old boy, Billy. …

Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien are returning to TV on January 2, but brace yourselves — they won’t have their writers supplying them with any jokes. According to AP, David Letterman is planning to make a similar return, but without the same hitch. A union representing the striking writers is reportedly willing to negotiate deals with Letterman’s Worldwide Pants and other production companies on an individual basis. …

Some Led Zeppelin fans are paying a fortune for stubs from the band’s recent reunion gig at London’s 02 arena. In online auctions, the stubs are going for as much as $252. Wrote one seller: “I was one of the lucky ones. This is the ticket from the show 20 million wanted to see.” … Remember the Presidents of the United States of America? Well, on March 11 they return with These Are the Good Times People, the band’s first album in three years. The set will feature 14 tracks, including “Mixed Up S.O.B.,” “Sharpen Up Those Fangs” and “Rot in the Sun.” The band will tour the U.S. beginning March 14 in Portland, Oregon, and concluding March 27 in Boston. …

Former Blood Brothers members Jordan Blilie, Mark Gajadhar, Devin Welch and Morgan Henderson have started a new band called Past Lives. The Blood Brothers split in early November, citing creative differences. The group is in the midst of writing material for its forthcoming debut LP. … Franz Ferdinand have revealed the lyrics to one of the songs from their upcoming album. The lyrics to “Lucid Dreams,” from the band’s third LP, appear in the latest edition of FF’s official fan-club magazine as notes handwritten by frontman Alex Kapranos. The band has yet to release any new music from the yet-unnamed outing.

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Britney Spearsno-show at her court-ordered deposition on Wednesday will be addressed in court “probably within the next 30 days,” Kevin Federline‘s lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan told UsMagazine.com, and according to The Associated Press, the attorney will file papers requesting that sanctions be imposed on her before the next court date, on January 23. “This can be done with her participation or without it. But it doesn’t help anyone not to obey court orders,” he told UsMagazine.com. “We will go forward, and she can respond in any way that addresses her failure to appear.” The lawyer had previously told People.com that he was planning to ask the court for “some kind of remedy” regarding the matter, calling the singer’s absence at the deposition a “willful non-appearance.” According to Kaplan, he learned moments after the singer was due to arrive at the deposition that she wouldn’t be going due to a “medical condition.” “But she was in fact out later that day and night,” he told People.com. “It’s not fourth grade, where you get a doctor’s note and it’s all OK. She was ordered to attend. And if there’s a legitimate reason for her not to attend, she would have to establish that.” The attorney said he would ask the court to have Spears pay for expenses incurred due to the missed deposition, but he added, “We’re not interested in punishing her. We’re interested in getting facts.” …

Radiohead apparently have a fan in Jay-Z. The hip-hop mogul told Billboard.com that the band’s In Rainbows release scheme “was a genius idea. I’m sure someone [in R&B/hip-hop] will follow that model,” he said, adding that he would be willing to follow in their footsteps. On a similar note, Jay addressed the rumors about him leaving Def Jam. “The model of selling CDs has changed,” he said. “So doing things the typical way is not in the best interests of anyone and not exciting for me. My whole thing is, how do we invest in the future? If everyone is committed to doing that, then I’m sure there’s a deal to be made.” In the interview, Jigga also beamed about Feist (“I’m riding with [The Reminder] right now. Her voice is so distinctive and beautiful”) and Amy Winehouse (“I’d love to work with her again. I hope she keeps herself together”), and revealed that he’ll put out another album “if I’m inspired. I have one album left, right? If I’m inspired to make that album, then my contract is done and I’m not in the music business anymore, as far as being an artist. I can still make music. … Who knows? The possibilities are endless — and without any pressure to sell anything, I could make whatever and do whatever with my music. Maybe the songs would just play in [my] 40/40 [Club].” …

“Hannah Montana” tickets are so hard to come by these days, even Lindsay Lohan can’t score ‘em. According to People.com, the actress phoned into Las Vegas radio station Mix 94.1 on Friday (December 14) in an effort to get tix for her friend’s nieces — the station’s morning show had been giving away tickets to people who were able to get celebrities to call into the show. While on air, Lohan — who left rehab in October — talked about how she’s been lately, saying, “I think my life is different now, and it’s changed, and I’m growing up. I’ve gone through a lot, and I’m just a different person now.” She later added, “It’s amazing, everything’s going so well.” She also gave an update on her recent recording sessions: “I’ve been in the studio, and it’s going really well, and I’m really excited, ’cause it’s going to be more urban pop.” Finally, Lohan revealed that she wants to head to Africa on a humanitarian mission in the near future. “I really love children,” she said, “and it would be nice to give back.” …

50 Cent might have more beef coming his way — GZA dissed him during his club show at the Knitting Factory in New York on Thursday night, saying, Fif “ain’t got no mother—-ing lyrics,” according to RollingStone.com. He also reportedly paid tribute to his fallen Wu-Tang Clan group mate Ol’ Dirty Bastard at the gig, the first of a two-night residency during which he is performing his classic Liquid Swords album in its entirety. …

Just in case you forgot that Tom Morello has a lot of friends, check out a partial list of the guests who performed with him Thursday night in Hollywood at his final Nightwatchman show of the year, according to RollingStone.com: Slash, Serj Tankian, Alice in ChainsJerry Cantrell and William DuVall, Perry Farrell and his Satellite Party, Jon Foreman of Switchfoot, Filter frontman Richard Patrick, Mötley Crüe‘s Mick Mars and actor Tim Robbins. Among the songs Morello and the gang reportedly tore into were covers of Crüe, Who, Phil Ochs, Thin Lizzy and Woody Guthrie tunes. …

Despite UsMagazine.com’s Thursday report that Jessica Simpson‘s “Blonde Ambition” flick is going straight to DVD, People.com says the movie actually get a limited theatrical run in the actress’ home state of Texas. “Blonde” will be shown in eight theaters starting December 21, and if it does well, could see a wider release, according to the site. The DVD of the comedy — which co-stars another Texas native, Luke Wilson — will hit stores January 22. … The reunion tour by the Police was the highest-grossing tour of 2007, raking in more than $212 million while selling 1.8 million tickets, according to Billboard Boxscore. It was followed by another boomer-riffic reunion tour — Genesis came in second on grosses of $129 million, followed by Justin Timberlake, who took in $126.8 million and drew more than 1.6 million fans worldwide. Also making the top 10 was Christina Aguilera, who nosed in at #9 on grosses of $48.1 million. Despite the massive grosses by the top acts, overall the magazine reports that North American concert dollars and attendance were down double digits for the year, with grosses slipping 10.2 percent and attendance down 19.2 percent. …

In a scene that could have been cut from one of those 1980s John Hughes teen-angst movies, a custodian’s impromptu after-hours karaoke performance of the Guns N’ Roses classic “Welcome to the Jungle” at a Roxbury, Connecticut, high school almost ended in disaster. According to AP, police say a Booth Free School teacher, who was working after-hours and thought she was alone in the building, barricaded herself in her classroom when she heard someone singing the lines, “You’re in the jungle, baby! You’re gonna die!,” over the loudspeaker, and thought it was a threat directed at her. Six troopers and three police dogs raced to the scene and found three teens — one of whom is a school custodian — who had been messing with the public-address system. The three were cuffed for 15 minutes during the investigation, and no charges were filed in the end. …

Tegan and Sara will hit the pavement with Northern State for a monthlong European trek starting February 22 in England and winding down March 20 in the Netherlands. … In other tour news, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have lined up a bunch of dates for January and early February. The soul/funk squad will begin its jaunt January 3 in Florida and bring it to a close February 2 in Nashville. … Paramore, New Found Glory, the Starting Line, Bayside, Saves the Day and Chiodos will light up next year’s Bamboozle Left fest, set to go down April 5-6 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California. Two-day passes are on sale now. … Chiodos have also been added to the bill for Linkin Park‘s upcoming U.S. tour with Coheed and Cambria. The trek launches February 12 in Omaha, Nebraska, and wraps March 10 in Sacramento, California. …

Kill Rock Stars, Touch and Go and other indie labels have written an angry letter to Rolling Stone in response to the Camel cigarette controversy that was revealed last week. The labels — as well as state attorneys general and anti-smoking activists — are upset about a Camel ad that appeared alongside a cartoon-heavy indie-rock feature in the magazine’s November 15 issue. “[We] wish to share our indignation regarding [the] pull-out editorial, which featured the names of our artists in conjunction with an ad for Camel cigarettes,” reads the letter. “This editorial cartoon gives every impression of being part and parcel of the advertisement wrapped around it. The use of an artist’s name to promote a brand or product should be done only with the artist’s explicit consent, something that was neither solicited nor obtained from the labels or bands. … Many of the bands named, and the labels that represent them, are very unhappy with the implication that they have any involvement with R.J. Reynolds and Camel cigarettes. We ask that Rolling Stone apologize for blurring the line between editorial and advertisement, and in doing so, implying that the bands named support the product being advertised.” Skin Graft, Lovepump United, Lucky Madison, 5RC, Audio Dregs and Fryk Beat also signed the letter. …

Side One Dummy’s second annual Rock to Roll charity concert — which was held Tuesday and featured performances by Flogging Molly, the Bouncing Souls and others — raked in more than $35,000 for UCP Wheels For Humanity. The group helps people with disabilities become more self-sufficient and mobile. … Sugarcult will stage their fifth annual Christmas Toys for Tots Charity show Thursday at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. The benefit is being put on in conjunction with Toys for Tots, and attendees are asked to drop off an unwrapped toy at the Sugarcult merch table — those who do will get a gift bag of swag items from the band and other show sponsors. The gig will also feature New Year’s Day, Lorene Drive, Them Terribles and Rocket. … Speaking of rockets, Rocket From the Crypt, who ended their career with a Halloween gig in their San Diego hometown two years ago, are getting some posthumous love via a CD/DVD set immortalizing the show. R.I.P. drops February 26. But while RFTC are dead, John Reis is carrying on with a new project also featuring former Hot Snakes bandmates Gar Wood and Jason Kourkounis. The act — the name of which still hasn’t been revealed — will dish up a yet-untitled album on March 25 and support it with a tour. …

Tori Amos might seem genteel enough, but that wasn’t the case at her concert in San Diego on Wednesday night, when she lashed out at a pair of fans who were disturbing the performance. According to a video on TMZ.com, the singer/songwriter ripped into two girls, saying, “It’s a privilege to sit in the front row. I reserve those seats for people who appreciate music. Get the f— out!” Her label reportedly responded with a statement, saying, “Tori doesn’t sell front row seats to her shows. She’ll pick fans that are in the back row and she will upgrade them. It is a privilege to get picked. Apparently these two girls were on their cell phones all night. … It was her sticking up for her other fans that missed out on the opportunity.” …

Jack’s back: Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson issued a new single, “If I Had Eyes,” on Thursday through iTunes, with customers who preorder his February 5 album, Sleep Through the Static, getting the track for free. The LP was made using solar energy at Johnson’s eco-friendly studios in Los Angeles, Billboard reports, and similarly, he will launch his next tour on Earth Day — April 22 — in his native Hawaii. … Speaking of iTunes, Silverchair are putting out a new release exclusively through the online store on Tuesday. The Greatest View EP features four songs, including the title track — which was previously available on the band’s 2003 disc, Diorama — as well as a pair of videos. …

Score one for Nicole Kidman — the “Golden Compass” actress has accepted unspecified damages from U.K. newspaper The Daily Telegraph for falsely reporting she had breached the terms of a contract, according to AP. The paper had said Kidman — who has a promotional contract with Chanel No. 5 perfume — was carrying a bottle of a competitor’s perfume while in London to hype her new flick, but her lawyer said the source of the report had invented the story. The Daily Telegraph is reportedly paying the actress’ legal costs, as well as “substantial” damages. … Johnny Depp might play a serial killer in his new flick “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” but he’s actually a pretty nice guy — Autograph Magazine has named him the most gracious celebrity, in terms of signing autographs, for the third year in a row. Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Russell Crowe (yup, you read that right) followed behind Depp, while on the flipside, Will Ferrell, Scarlett Johansson and Tobey Maguire were named the worst celebrity signers. …

Liza Minnelli collapsed onstage in Sweden during a show Wednesday and was later rushed to the hospital for medical treatment. A statement from her publicist Liz Rosenberg that appeared on the singer’s Web site said she “became very ill shortly after the show began. … She will now be seeing her doctor to determine what caused her dizziness and to collapse.” After performing three songs at a holiday concert, Minnelli dropped her microphone and stumbled offstage, according to multiple reports. …

Cast King, a country artist whose music will appear in Gus Van Sant‘s upcoming flick “Paranoid Park,” died Thursday at his home in Alabama. He was 81. Locust Music, his label, is trying to raise money to help King’s family pay for medical and funeral expenses — go to its Web site for more information.