For The Record: Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Ryan Adams & More

· Sadly, there will be no Emmy night out for Britney Spears. Though she got good notices for her two-episode arc on "How I Met Your Mother," the singer didn't make it onto the semifinal list in the Guest Actress on a Comedy Series category.

· Jessica Simpson is taking this whole goin' country thing seriously. The pop singer will showcase material from her upcoming roots album at fairs and festivals this summer.

· Classic rock roundup: ZZ Top are hoping Rick Rubin has some of that same magic left in his bag that helped revive the careers of Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond. ... Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are auctioning premium seats to the rest of their summer tour dates to help raise money for people affected by Midwest flooding. ... New Jersey fortune-teller Marie Castello, immortalized in the Bruce Springsteen song "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)," died on Friday at age 93. ... The three original living members of Bad Company will reunite for a one-off show in Hollywood, Florida, on August 8, mostly to block knockoff bands from touring under that name.

· Singer Natasha Shneider, a member of the band Eleven who collaborated with Chris Cornell and Queens of the Stone Age, died on Tuesday of cancer.

· Apparently the romance has ended between actress Mandy Moore and rocker Ryan Adams. We know this because Adams issued a statement to a tabloid explaining, "I am grateful for our friendship and how it allowed us both to grow and learn more. ... Unfortunately I am allergic to paparazzi and have found the best antidote to that sort of nonsense is staying behind the guitar and typewriter, staying close to my support group of friends and bandmates and not engaging in activities that prevent me from taking care of myself or others."

· Someone has stolen the grave marker for Joy Division singer Ian Curtis. At some point earlier this week the marker — which reads "Ian Curtis 18-5-80" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart" — was removed from the Macclesfield Cemetery in Curtis' hometown of Macclesfield, England, and authorities currently have no leads.