Hawthorne Heights are gearing up for their spring tour with Fall Out Boy by hitting the road for a headlining trek of their own. Starting on February 10 in Toledo, Ohio, and running until March 5 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the tour will also feature Emery, Anberlin, June and Bleed the Dream. Ten days after their headlining outing ends, they'll join up with Fall Out's Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour, which also includes the All-American Rejects. ...

Is 50 Cent planning on calling it quits, or is he just another guy looking to renegotiate his contract? While in the U.K. promoting the release of his film "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," Fiddy told a British radio station that he planned on releasing two more albums for his label, Shady/Aftermath, and then had no idea what the future would hold. "Basically I want to fulfill the album requirements to Shady/ Aftermath," he said. "Then, I'm not sure." ... Former Sony Music head Tommy Mottola has acquired the film and television rights to "Queens Reigns Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent and the Rise of the Hip-Hop Hustler," a book that chronicles the rise of rap in Queens, New York, and the emergence of players like Run-DMC in the 1980s all the way to modern-day superstars like Ja Rule and 50. Mottola has plans to develop the story into a TV series along with his producing partner Jeb Brien, according to Variety. ...

A spokesperson for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has confirmed that the organization is reaching out to the producers of "American Idol," seeking a meeting during which the group would like to present its "concerns and the concerns of community members and allies" who have contacted GLAAD about the first two episodes of the series' new season. "Our message boards and feedback e-mails lit up pretty dramatically following the Tuesday night broadcast and into Wednesday," said Chris Bugbee, who wouldn't elaborate on just what about the show provoked the complaints or GLAAD's ire. He said GLAAD hasn't yet heard back from the "Idol" producers. GLAAD spokesperson Damon Romine accused the producers of "adding insult to injury by turning a contestant's gender expression into the butt of a joke." Again, he didn't provide details about what specific aspect of the show the group deemed offensive. ...

Jewel has set a May 2 release date for her first album in three years and sixth overall, Goodbye Alice in Wonderland. To promote the record, produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day), the singer/songwriter shot a homemade video for the title track, which she will premiere Wednesday on her fan-club site, jewelunedited.com. The official first single, "Again and Again," will be shipped to radio stations in February. ... U2 topped the list of Billboard's Money Makers chart, raking in more dough than any other musical act in 2005 with over $225 million in album and digital sales and box-office receipts. The Rolling Stones trailed at #2 with more than $152 million, country crooner Kenny Chesney came in at #3 with $88 million, and Paul McCartney was a close fourth with $84 million. Other artists who made the list include Elton John, Green Day, Celine Dion and 50 Cent. ...

"DimeVision - Volume 1: That's the Fun I Have," a DVD tribute to slain Pantera/ Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, will hit stores on April 4 through Big Vin Records, the label owned by Dime's brother, Vinnie Paul. The DVD will feature live footage as well as material exhibiting the guitarist's unique brand of humor. ... Mötley Crüe will receive the 2,301st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a ceremony Wednesday morning. The band's star will appear in front of the Musician's Institute. ...

As they do each year, the Dave Matthews Band will hit the road come summer, and they've called on their fans to help with some of the arrangements. At the band's official Web site, DMB devotees can fill out an online questionnaire about what five support acts they'd like to see the boys bring out with them on the trek. ... The Jared Leto-fronted 30 Seconds to Mars will be back out on the road this spring for a 43-date North American tour. The band will kick things off on March 4 in Salt Lake City and end the trek April 30 in San Francisco. Emanuel and Aiden have been confirmed as the tour's openers. ...

Bruce Springsteen, Sting, India.Arie, Paul Simon and the Dixie Chicks are among the acts scheduled to salute James Taylor at the 2006 MusiCares Person of the Year gala on February 6 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Taylor will also perform at the Recording Academy-hosted event, along with Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Carole King, Randy Newman and Bonnie Raitt. ... The Flaming Lips' At War With the Mystics, which hits stores on April 4, will feature 12 tracks, including the first single (and lead track) "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song," "Free Radicals" and "My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion." Two songs get the deluxe multiple-title treatment: "The Sound of Failure/ It's Dark ... Is It Always This Dark??" and "It Overtakes Me/ The Stars Are So Big, I Am So Small ... Do I Stand a Chance?" ... Post-punk legends Mission of Burma will release The Obliterati on May 9. The album, the band's third studio LP, was produced by Bob Weston, who engineered 2004's OnOffOn. ...

01.20.2006

Eminem was sweating right before he was about to walk down the aisle to remarry ex-wife Kim last week, wedding guest 50 Cent told MTV Europe at the U.K. premiere of his movie "Get Rich or Die Tryin' " on Tuesday. "He was fidgeting and had his arms crossed while waiting," the rapper said. "You could tell he was nervous. But he relaxed afterwards, after the ceremony was over. It was great, man, I mean it was intimate, it was small. But it was kinda crazy, there was like four news helicopters overhead." ...

Luther Campbell says he has no problems with 50 Cent and he's certainly not suing him. 50, however, is being sued for copyright infringement over a Luke record, "It's Your Birthday." The 2 Live Crew leader's former manager, Joe Weinberger, who now owns the rights to the Crew's catalog, filed a lawsuit in Miami last week for unspecified damages because he claims "In Da Club" stole from Luke's old hit. Luke told MTV News he has nothing to do with it and that Weinberger is a sham artist who's filed and won similar lawsuits in the past and does not pay 2 Live Crew a dime. 50's label had no comment. ... Friday's (January 20) extradition hearing for "American Idol" contestant Terrell Brittenum has been pushed back to Monday at his attorney's request. Terrell and his twin brother, Derrell, are wanted in Georgia for forgery, theft by deception and financial identity fraud, after they gave false information to purchase a car. Terrell has been in jail since January 10, while his brother is still at large. ...

On Tuesday in Los Angeles, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and his fiancee, Distillers lead singer Brody Dalle, welcomed their first child to the world, a daughter named Camille. The little rockette weighed in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces. According to Homme's label, Interscope Records, both mother and daughter are doing fine. ... Bad news (again) for Outkast fans: According to a report in Variety, the ATL duo's much-delayed film, "Idlewild," has been pushed from its March 10 release date by its distributor, Universal, to a later, unknown date. "Idlewild" (and its accompanying soundtrack) have been promised since early 2005, with Outkast's manager telling MTV News just last week that the soundtrack would be in stores on February 14. ... Courtney Love got a breather in court on Friday when a Los Angeles judge granted her a two-week continuance for a scheduled status hearing in her drug case. She's due back in court on February 3. Love wasn't so lucky outside of court, however: Virgin Records has confirmed that the singer no longer has a record deal with the company. ...

Mariah Carey's favorite place to be is between the sheets, the singer reveals in the new issue of V magazine. "When I'm not working, I'm so about the bed," Carey tells the mag. "I'm literally like a 2-year-old, I just eat and watch TV, not that that's something to be proud of." She says that she needs 15 hours of sleep (part of her "vocal rest" regimen), and if she's not rested enough after that, she said, "I'll get a masseuse to come, to make it a relaxed atmosphere." And to keep her throat in good shape, she has a special bedroom ("a room that I didn't show on 'Cribs,' because it wasn't done yet") where she keeps 20 humidifiers around a bed with terrycloth bedding. "Basically it's like sleeping in a steam room," she said. "The ceiling is pitched so the water can't fall on my head, and it all drips down to the side, and the TV is behind glass." ... Nelly's "Grillz" is such a hit, he's going to offer not one, but two versions of the song as ring tones at all telecom carriers. The ring tones will be available starting Tuesday. ...

British rapper Ms. Dynamite was ordered Thursday to perform 60 hours of community service and pay $1,324 in compensation to a police officer she slapped outside a London club earlier this month. According to an Associated Press report, the 24-year-old Mercury Prize-winning MC will also have to pay an additional $970 in fines and court costs. Dynamite pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly conduct and assaulting an officer on January 13; her lawyer claims that the assault took place after the rapper was the target of racial slurs inside the Paragon nightclub on January 6. He claimed that the officer was slapped after she tried to remove the MC's jewelry. ... The Isley Brothers will release a new album, Baby Makin' Music, on March 7. Jermaine Dupri worked on the record, although the first single, "Just Came Here to Chill," was produced by Troy Taylor and Gordon Chambers (Whitney Houston). ...

Missed past seasons of "American Idol" and want to catch up? Now you'll be able to do so on weekends next fall with "American Idol Rewind," a one-hour syndicated version of the show. "Rewind" will premiere with the first season of "American Idol" in September, and will be streamlined and enhanced with never-before-seen footage and behind-the-scenes details. ... Jerome Dillon, who recently left Nine Inch Nails because of health issues, will release the debut album from his new band, Nearly, on April 11. Titled Reminder, the release is a concept album that attempts to musically document a recurring dream Dillon had over a six-year period. The LP features former 12 Rounds vocalist Claudia Sarne, Afghan Whigs/Twilight Singers frontman Greg Dulli and violinist Petra Haden. ... The Bled will be hitting the road with Since by Man and As Cities Burn for a 39-date tour that begins February 24 in Seattle. Dates run through April 9 in Tucson, Arizona. ...