Jamie Lynn Spears Gets Her GED; Plus Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Oscars, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled & More, In For The Record

Weezy pleads not guilty to gun charges; Jay sued, but not by Kool Herc; Oscar ratings down 21 percent.

Jamie Lynn Spears was photographed last month in Louisiana carrying a GED book , and now the pregnant 16-year-old has passed the high school equivalency exam and is thinking about college, a family friend told People magazine. The “Zoey 101″ star passed the test about a month ago, scoring particularly well in reading comprehension. “She’s already got her diploma,” the friend said of Britney‘s younger sister. “She wants to take her ACT [college-entrance test]. She’s not wasting any time. People don’t know her. When she gets something in her head, she’ll make it happen. Everybody is so supportive of her.” …

Lil Wayne was in a New York courtroom Monday morning (February 25), where he entered a not-guilty plea at his arraignment on gun charges stemming from an arrest in July following his first major headlining gig in the city at the Beacon Theater. According to his lawyer, Stacey Richman, Wayne (born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) was arraigned on two felony charges of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. Following the show at the Beacon, police searched Wayne’s tour bus and arrested the rapper for criminal possession of a .40-caliber pistol. …

Jay-Z has been all up in the headlines in recent days. First, he showed up at Madison Square Garden as a guest of Linkin Park on Friday night. Hov and his friends mashed it up once again on the songs “Encore” and “N—a What, N—a Who (Originator 99).” On Monday, he was at the center of more controversial news: New York’s Daily News reported unsubstantiated talk that Jay and Nas are planning to release a duet LP called The Kings of Hip-Hop, for release through a Warner Music Group label, and also asserted that Jay will soon be launching a new label. Also on Monday, the New York Observer originally reported — erroneously — that hip-hop founding father Kool Herc (a.k.a. Clive Campbell) was suing Jay, developer Bruce Ratner and Barclays Bank for $5 billion, filing a “claim of lien” in property records that seeks slavery reparations; the three are associated through the $4 billion Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, New York, which is in the process of building more than 6,000 apartments and a new basketball arena in the NYC borough. Barclays owns the naming rights to the arena, and has been accused of having links with the slave trade; the bank has denied those claims, according to the report. The Observer later published a correction noting that the Clive Campbell who filed the suit was not in fact Kool Herc, but actually a Brooklyn activist with the same name. Campbell said in the claim, which was filed in October, that Ratner and Jay-Z worked “in concert” with Barclays and “profited from the African slave trade and continue to profit from these gains, through a conspiracy dating back hundreds of years and continue to date to oppress black people, enslave them, unlawfully deport them to all corners of the Earth,” according to the report. Reached by MTV News on Monday, Jay-Z’s rep had no comment on the Daily News and Observer stories. …

The Oscars were a ratings dud. Viewership for Sunday’s telecast was down 21 percent from last year, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen Media Research. The least-watched Oscars ceremony ever was in 2003 with 33 million viewers; Nielsen has no estimate yet on how many people watched, but based on ratings from the nation’s biggest markets, the Oscars will be hard-pressed to avoid a record low. … As the new honorary cultural ambassador for her home country of Barbados, Rihanna is already using her clout to do some good. According to People magazine, the singer is working with the international donor network DKMS to help find a bone-marrow donor for 41-year-old New Yorker Lisa Gershowitz Flynn, a mother of two young children who suffers from leukemia and has four to six weeks to find a donor. “When I heard about Lisa’s plight, my heart broke,” Rihanna told the magazine. “I said, ‘I need to get the word out about Lisa right away.’ ” …

A rep for Alicia Keys announced over the weekend that the singer/songwriter will have to postpone two U.K. tour dates this week, one in Glasgow and one in Manchester, after the Grammy winner’s doctor ordered her to go on vocal rest. According to her publicist, Keys is suffering from laryngitis and will resume her tour after taking a few days off. … Do all of DJ Khaled‘s friends happen to be hip-hop or R&B top dogs? The boisterous producer/record-spinner/self-promoter headlined the Winter Fest concert at New York’s Nassau Coliseum on Friday night. After a T-Pain set (Pain brought out Fabolous as his special guest), Khaled brought out Fat Joe, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes and the Diplomats. Unfortunately, the show ended a little anticlimactically when another DJ had several miscues trying to get the music right for Jim Jones’ “We Fly High.” Snoop Dogg also performed earlier in the night. …

On Friday, a California assemblywoman introduced a bill dubbed the “Donda West Law” that requires a health check before a person undergoes elective plastic surgery. The Associated Press reported that Democrat Wilmer Amina Carter was inspired by West‘s niece to propose the legislation. Carter said Dr. West’s death — which occurred on November 10, a day after she underwent a number of plastic-surgery procedures — showed that patients should be required to get medical clearance before cosmetic surgery. Yolanda Anderson, Donda West’s niece, said the late educator’s son, Kanye, is enthusiastic about the bill. …

Jimmy Kimmel got his revenge on longtime girlfriend Sarah Silverman on a special post-Oscars episode of his talk show Sunday night. In the wake of her hit viral video, “I’m F—ing Matt Damon,” Kimmel unleashed his answer track, “I’m F—ing Ben Affleck,” which not only featured the late-night talker cavorting topless with Damon’s BFF, but was packed with a guest appearance from Brad Pitt as a FedEx guy, a drive-by kiss from Harrison Ford, and an all-star chorus, featuring Ashlee Simpson, Pete Wentz, Cameron Diaz, Josh Groban, Lance Bass, Benji and Joel Madden, Don Cheadle, Perry Farrell, Meat Loaf, Christopher “McLovin” Mintz-Plasse, Robin Williams, Huey Lewis, Joan Jett and Macy Gray. The video is available to stream at ABC.com. …

It seems like the second weekend in August is just too juicy to ignore. Just weeks after the cancellation of the proposed New Jersey festival from the organizers of Lollapalooza and England’s Reading Festival, another East Coast festival for August 9-10 was announced. The third-annual Virgin Mobile Festival will take place at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, just three hours from the Radiohead-headlined All Points West Festival that same weekend. The lineup for the Virgin Fest will be announced soon. …

During As I Lay Dying‘s gig Sunday night in Australia, guitarist Nick Hipa was struck “in the head by an empty glass Maker’s Mark bottle,” he wrote in a statement. While the blow stunned and disoriented the rocker, he’s doing fine. “Lucky for me the bottle was huge so it didn’t break, and I have no need for stitches. I’m sorry we had to stop our set, but I was quite discombobulated for a good while, and more importantly the EMT dude wouldn’t let me play because my head was bleeding quite a bit … or some sort of mumbo jumbo like that.”

The Deftones are looking to hit the studio in late March with producer Terry Date (Soundgarden, Pantera) and engineer Scott Olson (Deftones, Unearth) to begin tracking their forthcoming sixth studio album, Eros. … The recently reunited Filter are planning a tentative May 13 release for their new album Anthems for the Damned. The track “Soldiers of Misfortune” is expected to serve as the first single from the release, and will hit the airwaves March 18. … Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino has formed a new band called Magnetic Morning, with Swervedriver guitarist Adam Franklin. The band’s self-titled EP, recorded with Claudius Mittendorfer, will be released on April 19. …

Three Nine Inch Nails songs will be made available next week as premium downloadable content for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of “Rock Band,” according to the game’s developers. “March of the Pigs,” “The Collector” and “The Perfect Drug” will be available individually and as part of a three-pack.

2.22.08

One-hundred miles and … you’re pulled over: Ne-Yo was arrested early Tuesday for reckless driving in Cobb County, Georgia, after police clocked him doing “well over 100 mph” in his 2006 Range Rover, according to TMZ. Ne-Yo (real name: Shaffer Smith) was charged with reckless driving and not having a valid license. A representative for his label, Def Jam, had no comment when reached by MTV News. …

A lot of drama went into getting a restraining order against Sam Lutfi to prevent him from seeing or contacting Britney Spears, but the hearing regarding the matter on Friday (February 22) was uneventful. Jeffrey Wexler, an attorney for the singer’s father, Jamie Spears (who has conservatorship powers over his daughter), told the court that after three weeks, Lutfi had finally been served on Thursday with the order that was to expire Friday. A federal judge had extended the order on Thursday until March 17, and since it regards the same matter, Lutfi is not longer required to be served in person but can have the temporary restraining order mailed to him. Wexler disputed any federal jurisdiction in the matter, which the judge said would be discussed at the next hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court, to be held March 17. …

In the meantime, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton suggested a way that Britney could protect herself from Lutfi as well as the paparazzi: “stay home.” In an interview on KPCC-TV on Wednesday, the LAPD chief said there was no need for the law proposed recently by city Councilman Dennis Zine to prevent photographers from getting too close to stars like Spears. “What we need is Britney Spears to stay home instead of traipsing all over town,” Bratton said. “That would solve the problem. We don’t need additional laws. I’ve got laws coming out my ears to deal with this issue. … Quite clearly, some of these characters so favored by the paparazzi are in need of services. Not police services, but psychiatric services.” …

Snoop Dogg was ticketed Wednesday night after NYPD officers caught the rapper smoking marijuana outside a New York nightclub. According to Snoop’s manager, the “Sensual Seduction” crooner was not collared: “He did not get arrested. He received a ticket for possession of marijuana,” Donald Ezra told the New York Post. … In a separate development, pop singer Aaron Carter was arrested for investigation of marijuana possession on Thursday after he was pulled over for speeding, according to People.com. Carter, the younger brother of the Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, was taken into custody in Junction, Texas, and will appear before a magistrate on Friday morning (February 22), Kimble County Sheriff Mike Chapman told the site. Officers found marijuana in the car after pulling Carter over for speeding, the sheriff said, adding that no one else was in the car. …

Foo Fighters have filed suit against Marvel Comics, according to E! Online. The band claims that the creators of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four pulled big chunks of two of their songs, “Best of You” and “Free Me,” to score a trailer for the company’s upcoming animated series “Wolverine and the X-Men.” The suit seeks unspecified damages from Marvel. … Amy Davis might have been booted from “American Idol” on Thursday night, but she already won a new competition Friday. The pop-star wannabe was named “Today’s Girl” by Maxim.com for “all her hard work and ‘American Idol’ hotness,” a rep for the magazine told MTV News. Davis competed in the 2007 Maxim Hometown Hotties competition and was voted by the mag’s readers as a contender for the crown. Photos from that pictorial are displayed for her “Today’s Girl” honor. Maxim is in the middle of its 2008 Hotties campaign, and readers can vote in the “Hottie Primaries” to narrow down the new crop of ladies. …

Radiohead have been confirmed as both the Friday and Saturday night headliners for the first-ever All Points West Music and Arts Festival, which is set for August 8-10 at Liberty State Park in New Jersey. The festival will also feature performances from Jack Johnson, Underworld, Kings of Leon, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Cat Power, the Roots, Metric, the New Pornographers, Animal Collective, CSS, Girl Talk, the Go! Team, Sia, Black Kids, Mates of State, Rogue Wave and Your Vegas. …

Her new single is called “Feedback” but Janet Jacket may get some responses much sooner than she expected. The singer’s upcoming album, Discipline, leaked to the Web Thursday. The set features collabos with Missy Elliott and rumored husband-to-be Jermaine Dupri. Several gossip rags are reporting that Jackson has reached out to designers to design a wedding gown for her upcoming nuptials with boyfriend Dupri. … This might not have been the birthday present Ashton Kutcher was hoping for: The actor and his wife, Demi Moore, are among hundreds of patrons of a New York bar being urged by city health officials to get a Hepatitis A vaccination after a bartender was found to be infected, according to Reuters. Kutcher hosted a 30th-birthday bash at Socialista on February 7. Among the celebrity guests were Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek, Liv Tyler and others. The city health department issued a statement, warning anyone who visited the hot spot in Manhattan’s West Village on February 7, 8 or 11 to get a vaccination. …

Coldplay have finished recording songs for their next album and are in the process of mixing the effort; the record is slated for a summer release. No additional information about the LP has been released. … Death Cab for Cutie will issue their next record, Narrow Stairs, on May 13. Produced by the band’s guitarist Chris Walla, the disc will be preceded by the single “I Will Possess Your Heart.” The band will kick off a tour April 18 in Bremerton, Washington. …

Revenge of the nerds? According to Moby, he suffered the wrath of the cool-impaired when he briefly dated actress Natalie Portman, who starred in the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy. “You don’t date Luke Skywalker’s mom and not have [fans] hate your guts,” the musician said in a feature in next month’s Spin magazine. … Avril Lavigne is ready to expand her pop-punk empire with some new ventures. The singer/actress is working on a fragrance and clothing line, she told MTV News. While she wouldn’t give up the line’s name, she did tell us about how she has gotten hands-on with the company. “I pick the fabrics, and how I want the fit to be, and I’m really into hoodies, so I’m going to have a lot of cool hoodies and zip-ups,” she said. She is also getting involved in the perfume details. “I pick the scent, pick the bottle, and then I pick, like, the theme, and it’s really fun!” Lavigne said. …

Rockers Adema have gone on hiatus. According to bassist Dave DeRoo, the band is “starting fresh and getting a whole new team” together. While “the band is cool,” he said, “we just need a new crew.” The band recently parted ways with its manager and business team, and “as of right now, regretfully, there are no further plans to tour in support of [the band's most recent LP] Kill the Headlights. We are taking a break … [and] the best thing that Adema can do for itself is re-group right now, so we can continue to be the band that you’ve always loved and respected.” …

All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, August Burns Red, the Bronx, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Evergreen Terrace and Every Time I Die are the latest additions to the lineup for this summer’s Warped Tour, which gets under way this June. … Air will mark the 10th anniversary of Moon Safari by expanding the LP into a deluxe edition. The re-release expands on the band’s 1998 breakout album with a 10-track disc full of remixes and live cuts collected from the same time period. Look for it to hits stores April 1.