Ciara will perform her new single, "Like a Boy," on the "Dancing With the Stars" results show Tuesday night (April 3). The program airs at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. ...

Kanye West has a lot to say — about almost everything — so Complex magazine is giving the rapper/producer the opportunity to unleash his inner red-carpet critic. West is returning to the magazine as a fashion columnist, a post he originally held from 2004-'05. His next critique will appear in the magazine's April/May fifth-anniversary issue, out next week. ...

Could Timbaland be the next celeb putting his muscles to use in a wrestling ring? Only time will tell, but the hitmaker did appear on "WWE Raw" Monday night. Tim, who was interviewed in his front-row seat, told the audience he was there as a fan — and really excited to see wrestling legend "Nature Boy" Ric Flair. Timbaland also said he wanted to feature Ashley and some other WWE Divas in his next video, "Throw It on Me." ...

Metallica in jammies? Swedish authorities are refusing to let a couple name their 6-month-old child after the famed metal band, The Associated Press reports. Metallica Tomaro has already been baptized, but the Swedish National Tax Board won't allow her parents to register the name because, according to Swedish paper The Local, it's too closely related to the word "metal." Believe it or not, there's actually already another Swedish girl named Metallica, but the tax board contends that its decision to previously authorize the name may have been an oversight. ... Godsmack, Sevendust, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace and Puddle of Mudd have been confirmed for Edge Fest, which will go down June 8 at the North Shore River Walk Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas. More bands will be added to the bill in the coming weeks. ...

Billy Joe Shaver is wanted by police after allegedly shooting and wounding a man outside a bar in Texas over the weekend, AP reports. The incident happened Saturday night in Lorena, where — according to Shaver's attorney, Joseph A. Turner — an intoxicated man followed the country singer into the bar parking lot, at which point Shaver shot him in self-defense. Arrest warrants for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm have been issued for the country singer, Shaver's attorney told the news service. ...

Tall stories involving Keith Richards are a dime a dozen — just last year, the Rolling Stones guitarist nearly did himself in after falling off a tree stump. But in a new interview with NME, Richards seems to have taken his lore to a disgusting depth: In comments published Tuesday, he says he snorted his dead father's ashes. "The strangest thing I've tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father," Richards was quoted as saying, according to AP. "He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of [cocaine]. My dad wouldn't have cared. ... It went down pretty well, and I'm still alive." Richards' father, Bert, died in 2002 at age 84. ...

Pearl Jam have confirmed reports that they will headline the August 5 closing night of this summer's Lollapalooza. Early bird tickets for Lollapalooza — set for August 3-5 at Chicago's Grant Park — go on sale Tuesday, and the full lineup for the show will be announced April 12. So far, the Lollapalooza gig is Pearl Jam's only U.S. show scheduled for this year, according to the band's Web site. ... The Good, the Bad & the Queen squeezed out a new EP, Live From SoHo, exclusively through iTunes on Tuesday. The five-song set was recorded March 12 at the Apple Store in New York's SoHo neighborhood and marked the Damon Albarn-led group's first U.S. performance. ...

We won't be seeing that Kid Rock/ Scott Stapp sex tape after all. Former Creed frontman Stapp recently settled his lawsuit against World Wide Red Light District — he had sought to block the company from distributing a video of him and Rock entertaining groupies on a tour bus in 1999. Stapp had claimed the tapes of the romp were stolen from a safe in his home. Under the terms reached Friday, according to Los Angeles CBS affiliate KCAL, World Wide agreed not to resume distributing the footage, which the company has admitted it does not own. Stapp's lawyer also said the singer will receive an undisclosed cash settlement as part of the deal. ...

Prince is packing up his Las Vegas show at the end of the month. The singer's six-month residency at the Rio Hotel & Casino is slated to end on April 28, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. After playing weekend gigs since November at the casino's 3121 nightclub, the Purple One seems poised to hit the road in support of a new album. His Web site now features a teaser video in which a screen of static crackles and then clears up briefly, revealing a glimpse of Prince standing over a floating Earth with the words "Planet Earth" splashed across the page followed by "coming soon, summer 2007." ... Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown gave birth to a baby girl in Los Angeles on Tuesday, BBC News reports. Brown has previously said ex-boyfriend Eddie Murphy is the child's father, but Murphy told Dutch TV show "RTL Boulevard" in December that he wouldn't "know whose child that is until it comes out and has a blood test." ...

Thursday have canceled all tour plans for the remainder of this year, citing "circumstances beyond our control." In a post on their MySpace page, Thursday wrote that they "sincerely regret any inconvenience this may cause, and we're disappointed that we won't be seeing the people and places that we were looking forward to. We would like everyone to know that we will be devoting all of our time and energy this year to the future of our band. We recently got a second chance to start this band over fresh and we don't plan on wasting that chance." Thursday recently parted ways with Island Records after releasing two albums on the label. ...

Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges of involuntary manslaughter against a Sacramento, California, radio station over a stunt in which 28-year-old Jennifer Strange died of water intoxication. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento County District Attorney found that Strange willingly participated in the January 12 morning radio bit on KDND-FM called "Hold your wee for a Wii," in which contestants had to drink large quantities of water over a four-hour period without urinating. After drinking almost two gallons of water, Strange complained of headaches and disorientation but showed no symptoms of being seriously ill, the judge ruled. She died at home later that day.

04.02.2007

Linkin Park's return just got a little bit sweeter. The band is rewarding fans who preorder their forthcoming Minutes to Midnight album through iTunes with a deluxe digital version of the set. That package will include bonus tracks as well as the first 15 episodes of LPTV, a behind-the-scenes series that followed the band for the past four years. LP's clip for their new single, "What I've Done," debuts on iTunes Tuesday. ...

Justin Timberlake took his turn getting slimed at the 20th annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Saturday night. Riding over the crowd in an orange blimp, Timberlake taunted, "You'll never get a drop of slime on old JT" before being soaked with green goo. (Check out photos from the big night, including a shot of Justin exacting his slime revenge.) Among the winners at the event hosted by Timberlake — who took the favorite male singer award — were the Black Eyed Peas (Favorite Music Group), Beyoncé (Favorite Singer and Favorite Song, "Irreplaceable"), Queen Latifah (Favorite Voice From an Animated Movie, "Ice Age: The Meltdown"), "American Idol" (Favorite TV Show), Adam Sandler (Favorite Movie Actor), Dakota Fanning (Favorite Movie Actress) and Miley Cyrus (Favorite TV Actress). ...

An afterparty that followed the Kids' Choice Awards broadcast was marred by violence when three people were wounded at the Los Angeles event thrown by a ceremony attendee, but not sanctioned by Nickelodeon. The party drew 200, mostly teens, to a rented-out drapery store where at least one person opened fire with an automatic weapon after a group of five was denied entry, according to an Associated Press report. The three victims were hit below the waist and did not face life-threatening injuries in what police suspect was a gang-related incident. ...

The Financial Times reports that European Union regulators are investigating iTunes for possible violation of competition rules. The antitrust probe stems from a 2004 complaint from a British consumer group criticizing that the U.K. version of the site was more expensive than in other European markets. The announcement of the probe on Monday (April 2) came hours after Apple announced a deal with EMI to offer music downloads without digital locks. ...

Nelly Furtado didn't have to go far to pick up her prizes for best single ("Promiscuous"), album (Loose) and the fans' choice award during Sunday night's Juno Awards — because she was also the show's host. The Canadian equivalent of the Grammys also handed her wins for Artist of the Year and Pop Album of the Year the night before. Other winners included Toronto punks Billy Talent (best group, best rock album), the Dixie Chicks (International Album of the Year) and Swollen Members (Rap Recording of the Year). ... Lily Allen will christen the newly renamed Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on April 11. The longstanding venue located on New York's Irving Place will be rehabbed with features borrowed from the Fillmore in San Francisco, including red walls decorated with vintage posters, free apples for concertgoers and commemorative posters passed out at select shows. The Fillmore name is also expanding to Philadelphia, where Todd Rundgren will play the inaugural concert at the Fillmore Philadelphia (formerly the Theater of the Living Arts) on April 27. Shows by Chris Cornell, Amy Winehouse and Air will follow in the coming months. ...

Killswitch Engage and Chiodos have been added to all dates for this summer's Warped Tour. Sum 41 will also be taking the stage on August 14-15, while Desperation Squad will rock the fest's crowds June 29. ... The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal to revive a sexual-harassment lawsuit filed against James Brown. The suit, which alleged that the late soul singer raped his then-publicist at gunpoint in 1988, sought $106 million in damages. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2005 after a federal judge ruled that the plaintiff waited too long to file. The judge's order was upheld by an appeals court last year. ... Fans of erstwhile punk act Screeching Weasel were teased over the weekend with the promise of a supposed reunion, five years after the group disbanded. In a post on the band's MySpace page, Ben Weasel wrote that the band would be returning, with (+44)'s Travis Barker on drums and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump on second guitar. "The fans deserve only the best and we are determined to give it to them," he wrote. "We will tour for two months in the U.S., followed by a short break, then two more months in Europe. Then we will hit Australia and Japan. To celebrate this event, we will be releasing a new album on Victory Records." He later adds that the upcoming tour "will kick off in the spring. Of 2028." ...

Need a ride, "Knight Rider" fans? KITT, the Knight Industries Two Thousand vehicle David Hasselhoff used in the now-defunct '80s series, could be yours, AP reports. The modified 1982 Pontiac Trans Am has been up for a sale for a month at a Dublin auto dealership. Asking price for the car — one of four documented "camera cars" used for close-up shots and scenes — is $149,995. ... The makers of "Hot Fuzz" — the same crew responsible for "Shaun of the Dead" — are ganging up with AMC Theatres for a contest in anticipation of the new movie's April 20 theatrical release. Contestants are being asked to vote for their favorite action movies via AMCTheatres.com/HotFuzz, and winners will get a variety of DVD packs, movie passes and cash. ...

Dave Stewart has called on Imogen Heap, former Eurythmics partner Annie Lennox, Natalie Imbruglia, Sarah McLachlan, Nadirah X and Bonnie Raitt for "Go Green," Greenpeace's anthem for Earth Day. The song will be available April 17 on iTunes. ... The Almost, a new band forged by Underoath drummer Aaron Gillespie, have announced a slew of tour dates in support of their debut LP, Southern Weather, in stores Tuesday. The tour will feature openers Say Anything and Saves the Day on all West Coast dates, and Paramore and This Providence on the remainder of the trek. The run kicks off April 12 with three consecutive Los Angeles gigs and ends as it began — in Los Angeles — August 25. ...

Currently up for bid on eBay: a whole bunch of crap you don't need — and sole ownership of one of the greatest novelty acts of the past 20 years, bizarro Swedish popsters Rednex. That's right: If you've got an extra $1.5 million lying around — you know, under the cushions of the couch or whatever — then you can own the group responsible for the version of the classic song "Cotton Eye Joe" that's currently bumping at Yankee Stadium. It's all completely legit, as the post states the buyer inherits 100 percent of Rednex AB, the partnership that oversees all things related to the band. Or, as the posting states in decidedly sexier verbiage, "The buyer gets it all: the music, the trademark, the band, the tour, the record deals [and] the Web site ... [plus] the catalog ... the opportunities, the future." And while we're equally as jazzed by the Rednex future prospects as the next potential buyer, the opening bid of $1.5 million seems a bit too rich for our blood. And we're not alone: At the time of this writing, there's been only one bid, and it was retracted seven minutes after it was first entered.