Jennifer Lopez Gabs About Pregnancy; Plus Prodigy, Radiohead, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, T-Pain, & More, In For The Record

Prodigy prison term postponed; Radiohead plotting U.S. trek; Aguilera 'Down Under' DVD on the way.

Jennifer Lopez says she was pretty sure people had put two and two together about her pregnancy before she formally announced it. “I was on tour with a bubble gut!” the singer/actress recently told Harper’s Bazaar for its February cover story. Lopez, who has a new fragrance on the way, also glowed about husband Marc Anthony, saying, “He made me realize you can be an artist, and have credibility and success, without your life being on public display 24 hours a day.” The issue hits stands Tuesday. …

A parole hearing for Michael Derderian — co-owner of the Station nightclub in Rhode Island, where a fire during a Great White concert claimed the lives of 100 people in February 2003 — was held Wednesday evening (January 9), according to The Associated Press, but a decision won’t be handed down until January 16. Relatives of some of the victims reportedly challenged Derderian’s possible parole at the hearing, calling him a greedy businessman who put money before safety. “Michael Derderian violated a sacred code of ethics by not providing a safe haven for his patrons. In addition, he has shown absolutely no remorse,” said William C. Bonardi, who lost his son in the fire, according to AP. Derderian became parole-eligible after serving 16 months of his four-year prison sentence. The fire was sparked by the show’s onstage pyrotechnics, which ignited the venue’s flammable soundproofing foam. In September 2006, Derderian and his brother, Jeffrey, pleaded no contest to involuntary-manslaughter charges. Jeffrey Derderian was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and was spared time behind bars. Daniel Biechele, Great White’s tour manager and the man who set off the pyrotechnics, was granted parole from his four-year sentence in September and will be released in two months. The parole board plans to meet privately with Derderian in prison before handing down the decision. …

Prodigy’s prison term on a charge of gun possession has been pushed back to allow doctors time to produce records documenting the Mobb Deep rapper’s sickle cell anemia, according to New York’s Daily News. The MC (real name: Albert Johnson) was supposed to start a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence, for which he was indicted in October, on Wednesday, but a New York judge said doctors need more time to gather medical records, Daily News reports. The judge will reportedly talk to state officials about assigning Prodigy to a prison where he would be able to get easy access to medical treatment for sickle cell anemia, which is an incurable blood disorder that can lead to stroke and organ damage. Earlier this month, Prodigy announced plans to issue his second solo album while behind bars. H.N.I.C. Part 2 is due in March. …

Radiohead will tour North America soon — we just don’t know when. All we do know is where. The band’s publicist released a list of the cities Radiohead will hit on their tour, but they’ve yet to issue the stretch’s dates or any venue information. The trek will make stops in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Seattle, Philadelphia and San Francisco, among other cities. … Christina Aguilera will release “Back to Basics – Live and Down Under,” a 90-minute DVD chronicling her world tour’s stops in Sydney, Australia, in July. The February 5 effort will feature 18 live cuts, including “Ain’t No Other Man,” “Come on Over Baby (All I Want Is You)” and, of course, “What a Girl Wants.” The DVD will also boast interviews with Christina’s dancers, husband Jordan Bratman and Christina herself. …

Justin Timberlake, Johnny Depp and Katherine Heigl came away with People’s Choice Awards on Tuesday in a pre-taped program hosted by Queen Latifah. JT nabbed three trophies, while Jack Sparrow earned the Favorite Male Movie Star prize and the “Grey’s Anatomy” actress landed the Favorite Female TV Star honor. As for the show itself, it absolutely tanked — 5.3 million fewer viewers tuned in this year than last. … T-Pain, former Pretty Ricky singer Pleasure, Jazze Pha and Mannie Fresh have lent their skills to Dem Franchize Boyz’s second effort, Da Point of No Return. The disc drops March 25 and is preceded by its first single, the wackily titled “Talkin’ Out Da Side of Ya Neck!” …

Kanye West posted a still image of the next video from Graduation, “Flashing Lights,” on his blog Tuesday. In the post, ’Ye didn’t give many details about the video, though he did write that he recently returned from Denmark, where he met with the director, whom he didn’t name. … Chicago MCs Lupe Fiasco and Rhymefest debated the merits of Democratic presidential hopeful Illinois Senator Barack Obama online recently. In an interview with SOHH.com, Fiasco expressed his dismay over the voting system and revealed that he wasn’t going to vote in the upcoming election. If he did, however, he said he would punch his ballet for New York Senator Hillary Clinton. “Obama doesn’t really impress me like that,” Lupe said. ’Fest countered that his colleague was being irresponsible with his comments. He posted on his MySpace blog that the skateboarding rapper should be a bit more informed when speaking publicly about elections. “Please, do not let your arrogance be the fuel for your ignorance,” Rhymefest wrote. …

Silverstein — who count only vegetarians among their ranks — have been named Best Animal-Friendly Band in peta2’s second annual Libby Awards. Scary Kids Scaring Kids, who have previously teamed with peta2; Rise Against; record labels Victory and Epitaph; and the Vans Warped Tour were also recognized for their various furry efforts. … A pair of Pantera fans are trying to get a life-size statue commemorating late guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott erected in Texas. The Dime Statue in Dallas Foundation has already pulled in more than a grand for the project — go here for more info. …

PJ Harvey just put out a new studio LP, White Chalk, in October, but that’s not stopping the chanteuse from slapping together another one for release this year. She is reconvening with English multi-instrumentalist and songwriter John Parish for a yet-untitled effort that will be the follow-up to their joint 1996 disc, Dance Hall at Louse Point. Harvey has also sketched out five performances in Australia and New Zealand in February, as well as a March 9 show in Rome. … Broken Social Scene have broken out their plans for a globe-trotting trek that will take them from New Zealand to Australia, Japan, Singapore and, finally, England. In the latter country, the crafty Canucks will play May 16 at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival that is being curated by Explosions in the Sky. …

Yellowcard have been enlisted to perform for U.S. soldiers stationed in the Persian Gulf. The rockers’ first-ever tour with the United Service Organizations also sees them signing autographs and hanging out with the troops. “This tour isn’t just a treat for them but also for us,” frontman Ryan Key said in a press release. … Less Than Jake want to make sure you haven’t forgotten about some of their early releases. The ska-punk band — which has full control and ownership of its back catalog — has formed its own label, Sleep It Off, and plans to re-release a bunch of titles March 18: two albums (1995’s Pezcore and 1996’s Losers, Kings, and Things We Don’t Understand), a rarities comp (2002’s Goodbye White & Blue) and a DVD (2004’s “The People’s History of Less Than Jake”). … Punk band Anti-Flag have set an April 1 release date for their next album, The Bright Lights of America. The album was helmed by producer Tony Visconti (T. Rex, David Bowie), and it marks Visconti’s first foray into punk production. …

Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones concert flick finally has a name and new release date. “Shine a Light,” which had previously been due in late August, will now roll into theaters April 4. … Forty years ago, Johnny Cash made music history at Folsom Prison. Now, an upcoming tribute hailing the late icon has received the death penalty. Less than 48 hours after promoters announced plans to honor the Man in Black’s legacy with a concert marking his Folsom anniversary, the show has been scrapped. Citing security and recording-rights concerns, officials at the California prison shot down the idea Monday night. The event had planned to feature several members of the backing band from 1968’s At Folsom Prison, regarded by some as the greatest live album ever recorded.

1.8.08

Does anything go right for Britney Spears anymore? In the wake of Brit’s recent hospital stay and 15-minute meeting with Dr. Phil , the troubled pop star was spotted Monday night on Los Angeles’ Sunset Boulevard, having a bit of car trouble. Spears’ car suffered a flat tire near the 405 freeway. According to a rep from the Los Angeles Police Department, the singer abandoned her Mercedes in the middle of the street and accepted a ride home from one of the many paparazzi who were following her. The LAPD had the car towed to a nearby lot for safekeeping. Spears will have to cover the $104 towing fee, as well as a $35.60 storage fee. …

Lindsay Lohan is being sued by the woman she allegedly chased in July while driving under the influence, and now Tracie Rice is seeking more money from the actress. According to TMZ.com, Rice has filed legal papers that allege she has already spent $3,500 in therapist bills and other medical-related expenses. She also claims she lost her job because of the car chase. …

John Legend, Robin Thicke, Lil Mama, Anthony Hamilton and Fantasia are some of the stars who will serenade Aretha Franklin when she is honored as the 2008 MusiCares Person of the year at an event at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 8. The music legend is being hailed for her outreach efforts to children’s and health-care groups, churches and food banks in the Detroit area. The event will also feature a silent auction with items by members of Led Zeppelin, Bill Clinton and others — proceeds go to MusiCares, which helps musicians in need of financial, medical and/or personal help. …

Kanye West has been on fire lately with his blog, posting about everything from Dr. Dre’s new line of headphones to a nostalgic look at Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity” video. … Beyoncé, Amy Winehouse, Fergie, Jessica Simpson, Avril Lavigne and Lindsay Lohan have something dubious in common — they’ve all been named on Mr. Blackwell’s annual worst-dressed list. Victoria Beckman topped the list. … Ray J is teeing up a new album for release in April through Shaquille O’Neal’s Koch imprint, and Ray has taken Lil Wayne, the Game and Snoop Dogg along for the ride. All I Feel also boasts production from Rodney Jerkins, and Yung Berg is featured on the album’s first single, “Sexy Can I.” …

What’s good for Radiohead is apparently good for Coldplay. According to various reports, including one from British newspaper the Daily Star, Coldplay may be mulling a departure from EMI, the band’s longtime label home. Radiohead ditched the label and released their last album, In Rainbows, independently online. According to a source, Coldplay don’t feel they “necessarily need a label” and will consider all of their options before re-signing with the company. The band has been working on its fourth LP with producer Brian Eno (U2, Depeche Mode), and had originally hoped to release the new material this spring, though no official release date has been given. …

The South by Southwest lineup has swollen to include Bun B and the Black Keys. Blitzen Trapper, the Von Bondies, the Raveonettes and Vampire Weekend have also been announced to play at the festival, which will happen March 12-16 in Austin, Texas. Speaking of the Keys, their new album, Attack & Release — which was produced by Danger Mouse — will hit stores April 1. … Sean Penn and the Coen brothers keep raking in the accolades — the respective “Into the Wild” and “No Country for Old Men” directors have been nominated for the Directors Guild of America’s best filmmaker honor. Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood”), Tony Gilroy (“Michael Clayton”) and Julian Schnabel (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”) are also up for the distinction, and the winner will be announced January 26. …

According to Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail, singer Bif Naked, 36, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Naked, whose real name is Beth Torbert, reportedly found a lump in her breast during a self-examination. She is scheduled for a lumpectomy this week and will also undergo chemotherapy. “It’s like being on ’The Price Is Right,’ ” she told the paper. “I can’t believe coins didn’t come out of the machine. They said, ’This is not something we’re happy with. Let’s do an ultrasound.’ … A week later … they did these tests, and this biopsy came back basically being pretty gosh darn positive for breast cancer.” Naked is not afraid to take on the chronic disease. “I’m really confident that it’s going to be a snap for me,” she said. “I have a pre-existing aneurysm in my heart, so it will be a challenge medically. Hopefully in three weeks I can start my chemotherapy. … After that, you can go through the steps of radiation, and hopefully be right as right.” …

According to guitarist Brian Bell, Weezer’s forthcoming sixth album is in the bag. “Personally, I think it’s our best yet,” he said in a statement. “Never have the four of us worked so hard and passionately on an album, and we all look forward to performing this culmination of our talents and combined knowledge in 2008 in a city near you.” … French electronic sensations Justice will anchor the bill for the forthcoming MySpace Music Tour, which is set to kick off March 3 in Austin, Texas, and run through March 31 in Los Angeles. Diplo, DJ Mehdi, Chromeo, Busy P and Fancy are also scheduled to perform. … Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett has an autobiography on the way. His tome, “Things the Grandchildren Should Know,” examines the singer’s life and his early days in rock music. The book will be available in the States in the fall. …

There’s a new Web site that’s designed to help pair drummers with bands that are short on talent. Over at DrummerHunter.com, bands that need a kitman can browse potential players using a profile system similar to those used on dating Web sites or social networks like MySpace. Drummers can post contact information, MP3s of their playing, acts they like and genres they can play, all for free. Bands can then search the profiles and contact the sticksmen directly.