Chris Brown, who's about to drop his sophomore album, Exclusive, let Vibe magazine in on a few other exclusives — about his love life. The magazine's new cover boy reveals that he's "girl crazy — very girl crazy," but there are limits. For instance, the nude photos that turned up on the Internet in March were not actually him. "First of all, I don't take pictures of myself," Brown told the mag. "If I'm gonna show somebody that, I'd rather show the person that's gonna be in the room with me at that time." So who might that person be? Not Ciara, that's for sure. When asked about her, his face "curls up as if he'd just noticed a foul odor," Vibe observed. "I don't want Ciara," Brown said. "I don't want any industry girl." He'd prefer a "regular girl" — that is, provided she's also "a model." No wonder he hasn't had more than two girlfriends (the last when he was 14), or been on a proper date in more than three years. "I've had girlfriends, but it's different," he said. "Not jumpoffs! Like, you don't be like, 'That's my girl,' but you know when you hang with her, it's like ... friends with benefits. If I'm singling out one girl, think about all the other girls who are falling in love with me in that club. What they gon' think? So it's like, I have a relationship with every girl. It's like every girl is my girlfriend." The magazine hits newsstands September 11, while Exclusive is out October 30. ...

Foxy Brown can't catch a break these days. The Brooklyn, New York, rapper will remain jailed until her September 7 court date after a Manhattan Criminal Court judge rejected her bid to be sprung early due to alleged unlawful treatment by the New York Corrections Department. According to the Daily News, Foxy claimed her jailing by another judge was "unlawful" and "arbitrary." Brown was imprisoned Wednesday after violating the terms of her probation. ...

DMX has spoken out through his lawyer about the recent raid of his Arizona home, during which police discovered three dead dogs, a dozen mistreated pit bulls, a large weapons cache, cars with license plates that didn't match and what police believe to be illicit narcotics. Attorney Murray Richman told The Associated Press that DMX is "devastated" over the deaths of his dogs and added that his "client is totally innocent of all the charges." ...

Britney Spears' former manager Larry Rudolph told That Other Blog on Tuesday (August 28) why he is trying not to get involved in the singer's child-custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline. "I have consulted with my lawyers and I do understand that eventually the time will come when they will find me, but until then, I'm trying to avoid being brought into this mess," said Rudolph, who has been laying low. "She's going through so much right now, and I wish Britney the best." ...

Amy Winehouse's father and father-in law spoke with BBC Radio on Tuesday, revealing that both sides of the singer's family have been struggling with reports of her alleged drug use. Giles Fielder-Civil — the father of Winehouse's husband, Blake — said fans should stop buying her records because that will force the U.K. starlet to seek help for what he called a drug addiction. He said the two have used cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin and are in "abject denial" about their problem. "I think they believe they are recreational users of drugs and they are in control. Clearly they are addicts." Amy's father, Mitch Winehouse, later responded, saying that strategy "won't send any message to Amy at all. People are clutching at straws. ... At some point they are going to reach rock bottom. Maybe they've reached it — I don't know. At that point they will say, 'I don't want to do this anymore. I've got responsibilities, I've got families that love us and I don't want to hurt them anymore.' That's their decision to make." ...

John Legend is injecting an exclusive track, "Sun Comes Up," into Grey's Anatomy Soundtrack: Volume 3, due September 11. The disc also has unreleased tune-age from Gomez and Mat Kearney, not to mention additional slices from Peter Bjorn and John, Paolo Nutini and Feist. ... Ghostface Killah, Cat Power and others will play a batch of daytime shows at the four-day Musicfest NW, which will take over Portland, Oregon, from September 6-9. Cat Power and Bobby Bare Jr. will play their early gig September 6; Grizzly Bear and Deerhunter will perform September 7; and Ghostface and the Bronx are set for September 8. Clipse, Spoon, Rilo Kiley and Okkervil River will also anchor the shindig. ... Lil' Kim and DJ Clue were among those in attendance Sunday night at Crash Mansion in downtown Manhattan to help NFL star Thomas Jones celebrate his welcome to New York. The newly acquired New York Jet was also joined by his girlfriend, actress Meagan Good. ...

Hot Hot Heat have lined up their next run, which will support their Happiness Ltd. LP after it drops September 11. After hitting up Southern California radio station KROQ's L.A. Invasion, the Canadian indie-rockers will embark on a string of dates beginning in their British Columbia hometown on September 18. The tour will continue through a San Francisco concert on October 30. ... Jimmy Eat World's next stretch will happen right around the same time: The band will hype its October 16 release, Chase This Light, with gigs from September 29 in Queen Creek, Arizona — at Edgefest — through October 20 in Las Vegas. ...

Korn have sketched out a bunch of dates that will get them back on the road after the Family Values Tour. According to the band's MySpace page, the rap-rockers will breeze through Reno, Nevada, on September 22 and stick to the tarmac through a Nashville concert on October 5. ... If you're planning to pick up Foo Fighters' Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, you might want to do so sooner than later: Fans who preorder the disc through iTunes will get downloads of two songs — "The Pretender" and "Seda" — and a code providing advance access to concert tickets. ...

Brace yourself: Keanu Reeves will star in a remake of the iconic '50s sci-fi flick "The Day the Earth Stood Still," Variety reports. The film — which revolves around an alien who visits Earth and warns humans to live peacefully — will be directed by Scott Derrickson ("The Exorcism of Emily Rose") and begin production in late fall or early next year. ... Speaking of extraterrestrial life, Daft Punk have been soaring after their headlining Lollapalooza performance earlier this month. The Paris house-music heroes are piecing together a concert set, Alive 2007, for release November 20. And the duo have also staged more screenings of their cult-favorite flick "Electroma" from September 8 in Montreal through December 1 in San Diego. ...

The producers of "American Idol" are at it again, coming up with a new talent series — "The Next Great American Band" — that will premiere October 19 and feature a judging panel including Sheila E. and the Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik. Like with "Idol," the judges will narrow down auditioning bands to a field of 10. Then the bands will perform original music and covers of various styles each week in front of a studio audience. Judges will comment but viewers will vote on who stays. The three surviving bands will compete for a contract with Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings in the season finale. ... A Malawian official will be able to leave the country after all to visit Madonna and her family in the U.K. on September 4 and determine whether she and husband Guy Ritchie will be able to adopt David Banda. The official had previously been prevented from going because he accepted a plane ticket and money from the singer without the government's approval. ...

Avenged Sevenfold fans will have to wait until October 30 to get a copy of the band's self-titled LP, as the record has been pushed back from its previously announced October 16 release date. It will feature 10 tracks in all, including "Critical Acclaim," "Unbound the Wild Ride" and "A Little Piece of Heaven." ... Chiodos, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Emery and the Devil Wears Prada will hit the road together for a U.S. trek that begins October 19 in Lawrence, Kansas, and ends November 30 in Detroit. ...

As I Lay Dying have booked a fall tour that will feature openers All That Remains, Haste the Day and Through the Eyes of the Dead. The trek kicks off October 27 in Tempe, Arizona, and runs through November 30 in San Diego. ... Bad Brains have unveiled a string of West Coast dates in support of their latest effort, Build a Nation. The band is set to play San Diego (September 22); San Francisco (September 24); Anaheim, California (September 25); and Los Angeles (September 26). ... The Misfits are planning to bring their 30th Anniverscary Tour to the U.S. in the fall, including a Halloween gig in New York. ...

Bo Diddley was moved from intensive care to cardiac care on Tuesday morning at a Florida hospital, where he has been in recovery after suffering a heart attack during a routine medical checkup Friday, his representative told MTV News. The rock legend is listed in stable condition.

8.27.07

There were surfboards and gleeful squeals aplenty Sunday night at the Teen Choice Awards — not to mention a whole lot of plugging going on from the stars MTV News caught up with on the red carpet at the event, which took place in Universal City, California. "American Idol" champ Jordin Sparks let it be known that even though she plans to record the majority of her yet-untitled debut after she wraps the Idols Live Tour at the end of September, she's still hoping to have it in stores on November 20. Actress Emmy Rossum promises that her upcoming album Inside Out will package "ambient pop ... in a really sexy, new and fresh way," and Bow Wow and Omarion said that their upcoming album Face Off will be a guest-star-heavy good time: "We just left Chicago, working with R. Kelly, and we still got to work with T-Pain, Timbaland, Lil Ronnie (who produced 'I'm a Flirt'), so we're definitely bringing the noise," Bow Wow said. "We got the chance to give people what they want: There's been a drought in the music, there hasn't been a lot of fun in music, so with the videos and everything, we're gonna do that." ...

(Catch up with Fergie, Bow Wow, Omarion, Jordin Sparks, Emmy Rossum and more at the Teen Choice Awards in these video clips.)

Vincent "Don Vito" Margera saw his first court date on two counts of sexual assault on a child once again pushed back on Monday (August 27) — to October 22. But the news wasn't all positive for Bam Margera's uncle, as he was hit with 12 counts of violating his bail-bond conditions. Pam Russell, a spokesperson for Colorado's Jefferson and Gilpin County district attorney's office, confirmed that each unspecified violation is a felony, but said she was not allowed by law to provide specifics on how Margera is alleged to have violated his bail. A hearing on the bond-violation charges is slated for September 5. Margera, 51, has been out on $50,000 bond since last year, when he was charged in the incident that allegedly involved inappropriate contact with two underage girls at a promotional event in Colorado. He was ordered to return to his home in Pennsylvania, submit to random urine tests, have no contact with children under 18 and supply his bond supervisor with his itinerary if he travels for business. Margera's attorney could not be reached for comment. In addition to a maximum of six years in prison on the assault charges, The Associated Press reported that he could face up to 18 months in prison for the bail violations. ...

Britney Spears' and Kevin Federline's lawyers appeared at a last-minute hearing on Monday to discuss a Department of Child and Family Services child-abuse investigation and the former spouses' child-custody battle. According to a Los Angeles Superior Court clerk, the hearing was closed to the public and held in the judge's chambers, with documents on both sides filed soon thereafter. The documents remain sealed while the judge determines whether they may be released to the public. According to a source in Federline's camp, he could end up with temporary custody of his two children with Spears, Sean Preston and Jayden James. There's no word yet on who filed the complaint that prompted the DCFS investigation, the third the pop singer has faced since having children -- the first was prompted when she was photographed driving without a car seat for Sean Preston, the second when the child fell out of his high chair. The custody battle will continue September 4. ...

In the meantime, Spears' former manager Larry Rudolph doesn't want to be involved in the child-custody dispute for fear that he might have to reveal certain information about the singer, People reports. Ryan Seacrest said on his "On Air With Ryan Seacrest" radio show on Monday morning that he was in contact with Rudolph over the weekend and that the lawyer "doesn't want to have to go under oath and talk about certain things that might hurt [Spears]." In related news, the singer was cleared by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals after questions were raised about a leg injury sustained by Spears' Yorkshire terrier. The group said Spears had been cooperative and that the dog received proper medical attention. ...

Authorities unearthed the remains of two more dogs that had been buried in the backyard of DMX's residence in Cave Creek, Arizona, and discovered a half-pound of what they believe to be illegal narcotics, Maricopa County sheriff's office spokesman Captain Paul Chagolla told MTV News on Monday. At a press conference on Saturday, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said more information regarding the raid will be released Tuesday. ...

Nick Bollea, Hulk Hogan's 17-year-old son, was discharged from a hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Monday morning after being involved in a car accident the previous evening. Police said Bollea, who was featured in VH1's "Hogan Knows Best" reality series, was driving his Toyota Supra at a high speed along state Route 60 when he lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a raised median at 7:30 p.m. in Clearwater. The car reportedly flipped over, and the rear of the vehicle collided with a palm tree. Bollea and one of his car's passengers, 22-year-old John Graziano, were airlifted to the Bayfront Medical Center following the crash. The nature of both Bollea's and Graziano's injuries was not immediately known, but a police spokesperson characterized them as serious. Graziano remains under the hospital's care in critical condition. Alcohol is not believed to have played a role in the accident, but police continue to investigate the crash. No criminal charges have been filed. "My son Nick and a friend were involved in a car accident last night," Linda Hogan said in a statement reportedly obtained Monday by TMZ.com. "Nick suffered minor injuries and has been treated and released from the hospital. At this time, his friend John Graziano remains hospitalized. Nick is currently at the hospital with John and his family. His sole concern is for the well-being of his friend. On behalf of my family, we ask that your thoughts and prayers be with John and his loved ones." ...

The White Stripes have a full fall ahead, as they plan to continue to back their recent Icky Thump LP with additional touring. But that's not stopping the tireless Jack White from giving some love to his other project, the Raconteurs, as well. He and bandmate Brendan Benson posted a humorous and slightly enigmatic exchange on their band's Web site on Monday morning, letting slip a few details about the follow-up to last year's Broken Boy Soldiers. "The 'Teurs have a lot of new songs in the works people, the writing and structure of them has dissipated and reinvigorated and many times over since we came home from our last shows," the post read. "The new songs are coming together strong, I hate to even attempt to describe them." ...

The Cure have put the brakes on their planned September/October tour in North America, deciding instead to push it to April/May. "The schedule as it stands only gives us a couple of weeks to finish our new double album before we hit the road again, and we know this just isn't enough time to complete the project to our total satisfaction," the band said in a statement posted on its site, TheCure.com. Tickets purchased for the originally scheduled shows will be honored. ... Phil Spector's top lawyer, Bruce Cutler, announced Monday that he is leaving the case due to a "difference of opinion between Mr. Spector and me on strategy," according to AP. Spector later told reporters that it was his decision for the attorney to leave, saying Cutler "shouldn't do the closing argument because it wouldn't be in my best interest to stay on. He agreed. ... I thought he would be a target with the judge and prosecutors and that he wouldn't be taken as seriously as he should. With his television show, he wasn't here as much as he should have been." Defense lawyer Roger Rosen is taking over as Spector's top lawyer. Also on Monday, the defense called two witnesses — Lana Clarkson's friends Jennifer Hayes-Riedl and Elizabeth "Punkin Pie" Laughlin — to reiterate their testimony. Defense lawyers also started showing jurors e-mails recently extracted from the hard drive on the deceased actress' computer. In the messages, Clarkson detailed her depression over her acting career and turning 40, and wrote about her use of pain pills and alcohol. ...

Madonna and her family are planning to head back to Israel in September — and this time Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and possibly Bruce Willis are expected to go participate in the trek, The Jerusalem Post reports. The celebrities will join thousands of Kabbalah Center students for the 10-day High Holiday pilgrimage, which begins with Rosh Hashanah (September 12-14) and ends with Yom Kippur (September 21-22). The paper reports that the press will be asked to keep its distance from the celebrities after Madonna — who only plans to go to the first few days of the event — was hounded by media when she made a similar visit three years ago. ... Kevin Smith is no stranger to TV — from subbing for Roger Ebert on "Ebert & Roeper" to cropping up on "Veronica Mars," he's definitely made his presence known on the small screen. Now the "Clerks" director is set to helm episodes of "Heroes: Origins" — a spinoff of the action show — "Reaper" and "Battlestar Galactica." Smith told AOL TV he's especially excited about "Battlestar": "It's cool, but it is scary because it is like, 'What the f---?' I can't bring anything to that show." ...

Matt Costa is putting off his second album a bit longer — Unfamiliar Faces, produced by No Doubt's Tom Dumont, has shifted to January 15. But the California singer/songwriter is staying busy — he's tacked onto his schedule a handful of dates opening for Modest Mouse: Monday (Portland, Oregon); September 10 (Salt Lake City); September 14 (Santa Barbara, California); and September 15 (Las Vegas). ... Rousing indie-rockers the Hold Steady and Art Brut are ganging up for NME's Rock 'N' Roll Riot Tour, which will hit the States this fall for the first time. The run stretches from an October 21 gig in Providence through a November 21 concert in New York. ... My Bloody Valentine are close to signing a deal that would reunite the seminal shoegazer band for a performance at next year's Coachella in April — and a subsequent tour to boot, TheDailySwarm.com reports. The band hasn't been active for a dozen years, but reports have suggested that a new album might be in the works.

[This story was originally published at 12:17 pm E.T. on 8.28.2007]