Britney Spears fans must be asking themselves why the singer risks getting behind the wheel anymore. According to a video posted on TMZ.com, the singer blew through a red light and made an illegal turn against oncoming traffic, with her two sons in the backseat of her Mercedes as she was driving in Los Angeles on Thursday. The footage also apparently shows Spears' court-appointed monitor ducking in the passenger seat. The video came to light following Thursday's emergency hearing in her child-custody dispute with Kevin Federline, her ex-husband. Federline's lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan hadn't seen the footage by the time the hearing commenced, and there's no word yet if this will affect his motion to prevent Spears from driving with her kids. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told MTV News on Friday that authorities weren't planning to cite Spears with any traffic violations because they hadn't been made aware of any unsafe left turns. The spokesperson also said police hadn't heard anything further about Spears recently running over a cop's feet. ...

Weezer fans, the countdown for a new album has begun. The band's mysterious AlbumSix.com Web site has posted release dates for two upcoming projects: Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, which is due December 11, and the simply titled Album Six, which is poised for an April 22 release. ...

Chamillionaire invited old pal Paul Wall to perform with him onstage at a BET Black College Tour stop at Texas Southern University earlier this week. The once-feuding Houston rappers performed their classic collaboration, "N Luv Wit My Money." ...

The nominees for this year's People's Choice Awards rolled out Thursday — and not surprisingly, they're the usual suspects who have been cropping up in other awards competitions throughout the year. Beyoncé is up for three awards; while Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5 and Daughtry landed two nods each. Also in the running in various categories are: Kanye West, Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, Linkin Park, the Killers, John Mayer, Ne-Yo, Plain White T's, Timbaland, Shop Boyz and Shakira. As for the movie contenders, Matt Damon, Jessica Alba, Jamie Foxx, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and others are all in the running. The awards show will air January 8 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. ...

Radiohead have been busting out some surprise covers on Radiohead.tv, which has featured live webcasts by the band for the past two days. Alongside live versions of their own songs, Radiohead have ripped into Björk's "Unravel," the Smiths' "The Headmaster Ritual" and New Order's "Ceremony," according to RollingStone.com. ...

Prince is "not suing his fans," his U.K. tour promoter AEG Live insisted in a recent statement, according to TheDailySwarm.com. Earlier this week, Prince fan sites claimed to have been hit with cease-and-desist letters from his lawyers demanding the sites remove all images, artwork and fan-submitted pictures related to the singer. "Prince is not suing his fans, is not looking to penalize fans and nor is he looking to or inhibiting freedom of speech in any way," the statement reportedly read. "In fact, he is simply looking to provide Prince fans with exclusive music and images entirely free of charge, and bypassing unofficial and unauthorized phony fan sites that exploit both consumers and artists." AEG did, however, single out the fan sites that assembled to create a new URL, PrinceFansUnited.com. While the promoter said mediations are being conducted between the parties to resolve the issue, it claimed, "The three sites in question have falsely positioned themselves as representatives of millions of Prince fans. In fact, many have come out in support of Prince at his official site and even on the messageboards of the unofficial sites in question." More revealing perhaps is that, according to the reported statement, Prince is taking on ThePirateBay.com, the self-proclaimed world's largest BitTorrent tracker. "They are in fact exploiting copyrighted material for their commercial gain," the statement claimed. "The site has flouted constant legal notices from artists and corporations throughout the world while cashing in on advertising monies. All the time, they keep up the pretence of being an anarchist, 'free music' fan site when it is really a massive moneymaking venture." ...

ThePirateBay.com is likely hoping it doesn't meet the same fate as Demonoid, a Canadian BitTorrent tracker that recently folded after coming under fire from the Canadian Recording Industry Association, according to Idolator.com. The CRIA has allegedly threatened the company that had been renting servers to Demonoid, which had moved its hosting company from the Netherlands to Canada because the latter country reportedly has less strict copyright-infringement laws. ... This year's Bang! Festival is a bust. The two-day event, which was set to feature Kanye West and Smashing Pumpkins as headliners and go down this weekend in Miami, has been postponed, according to the Bang! Web site. No reason was announced for the postponement, although tickets can be refunded at point of purchase. ...

Neverland Ranch is safe ... for now. That's the word from a spokesperson for Michael Jackson, who denied reports Thursday that the embattled singer's mansion is facing foreclosure. A day after notice of default on Neverland was made public, spokeswoman Raymone K. Bain issued a statement saying Jackson was never in default on the loan. Bain explained that Jackson's former advisers refinanced the loan in 2006 and that the loan matured last month, and now he's refinancing again. "Mr. Jackson is in the final stages of refinance and will not lose Neverland Valley Ranch," Bain said. The copy of the default notice posted on the Web site of local station KSBY-TV said that as of October 12, Jackson owed $23,212,963 on a $23 million loan. ...

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to terminate the nearly weeklong Hollywood writers' strike. According to Reuters, the actor-turned-politician said on Thursday that he has taken on an unspecified backstage role in trying to end the strike, which is already having a serious impact on shows like "Desperate Housewives" and "24." Schwarzenegger revealed during a press conference at the State Capitol in Sacramento, "I'm talking to the parties that are involved because I think it's very important that we settle that as quickly as possible, because it has a tremendous economic impact on our state." He did not, however, specify his role in the talks. ... Ellen DeGeneres has also made her feelings about the strike known — she has crossed the picket line, People reports. While her talk-show peers have taken an indefinite hiatus, the TV host is continuing to film her daytime program, "Ellen." She skipped her monologue on Friday (November 9), saying she was doing so in honor of her writers. As for the rest of the show continuing, she qualified on her show, "It's sweeps, which is a very important time in television, because that's when you do your best shows, your funniest material." The Writers Guild of America responded to DeGeneres on Friday, saying it was "extremely disappointed to see that Ellen has chosen not to stand with writers during the strike," according to UsMagazine.com. "Ellen's peers who host comedy/variety shows have chosen to support the writers and help them get a fair contract, Ellen has not. On her first show back, Ellen said she loves and supports her writers, but her actions prove otherwise." ...

Krist Novoselic, former Nirvana bassist and current member of Flipper, kicked off his Seattle Weekly blog this week. In his first entry, he posted about Kurt Cobain, Nirvana's iconic "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video and anarchy, one of the clip's prevalent themes. "Indeed, [ex-Bikini Kill singer and Cobain friend] Kathleen Hanna wrote, 'Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit' on Kurt's apartment wall," he said in the post. "I recall seeing it and thinking, 'Too much cheap red wine!' I don't know why she wrote it, but I know for sure that Kurt Cobain did not have any odor problems. Even though his place was a mess, he took care of his hygiene. This person would soak in the bath night after night only listening to the Beatles." ...

A rededication ceremony for the Peace Garden at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia, is set for Saturday afternoon. The ceremony will begin with a drumline procession into the Peace Garden, followed by a performance from Pac's Kids (students from the center's outreach program); a prayer for peace from the late rapper's mother, Afeni Shakur; and a ribbon-cutting. The free ceremony will end with the release of butterflies. The rededication comes three weeks after vandals defaced a statue of Tupac Shakur in the garden by pasting racist messages on it and hanging a wooden cross around its neck. Earlier this week, a man was charged with felony second-degree criminal damage to property in connection with the incident. Kenneth Anthony Wilson, 43, is being held in DeKalb County jail on a $1,500 bond, though a police spokesperson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that authorities doubt Wilson, who is black, had a racial motive in the incident. ...

Hallmark has filed a motion seeking the dismissal of Paris Hilton's lawsuit. The heiress is suing the company for a half-million dollars for using her photo and "That's hot!" catchphrase on one of its cards. Hallmark argued in a statement that, "Hilton has become a household name, based in large part on her efforts to draw attention to herself," according to "Access Hollywood." "Having done so, she has subjected herself to public scrutiny and the parodist's pen. The First Amendment does not allow her to respond by welcoming the fawning and flattering, but silencing the critical and comical." ...

Winona Ryder, mommy dearest to ... Spock? You read it right — the 36-year-old actress will play the mother of Zachary Quinto's character in J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Wars" reboot, Variety reports. She joins Simon Pegg, Eric Bana and other previously announced members of the cast. ...

The popular Pandora Radio Web site made the jump to cell phones on Thursday when AT&T announced that it will offer personalized radio stations from Pandora on eight of its cell phones. As on the Web site, AT&T users can type in a song or artist and start listening to a personalized station within seconds on their handset, according to a press release from AT&T announcing the deal. Songs heard on Pandora can also be bookmarked and purchased later at the AT&T Mobile Music Store. The service is free for five days and then costs $8.99 a month.

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T.I.'s planned Thanksgiving Day celebration just got a whole lot quieter: The rapper has withdrawn his request to host a holiday bash at his home in suburban Atlanta, The Associated Press reports. The 27-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., has been under under house arrest as he awaits his trial on weapons charges. ...

First Britney Spears asked fans to "Gimme More" — now she's asking them, do you want a "Piece of Me"? The singer has announced the latter track as her next Blackout single. Spears might have some good luck on her side, as the song was produced by Bloodshy & Avant, the same team behind her Grammy-winning track "Toxic." ...

Kanye West, Wyclef Jean and Nelly will compete for the Music Award honor at the upcoming J.A.M. Awards, a Jam Master Jay- and Run-DMC-inspired event intended to reflect the positive aspects of rap. Jim Jones, DJ Kay Slay, Bumpy Knuckles, Lord Finesse and EPMD have joined the show's performance roster, which already included Snoop Dogg, Mobb Deep, Papoose, Raekwon, Q-Tip, Marley Marl, DMC and more. Two more categories have also been announced for the event, which is being put on by Hot 97, the Jam Master Jay Foundation for Music and other organizations: Chuck D, Will Smith and esteemed Princeton University professor Dr. Cornel West are up for the Justice Award; while Spike Lee, graffiti artist Lee Quinones and Charlotte Bobcats owner Robert L. Johnson will face off for the Arts Award. The ceremony will be held November 29 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. ...

Jay-Z is busy shooting videos for and touring behind his new American Gangster album, but that's not stopping him from making business deals. His joint venture Scion recently acquired Artful Dodger after paying $15 million for the apparel company. "They represent what's next and new in fashion," Jay-Z said in a statement. ... Chris Brown, LeAnn Rimes and Usher have been added to the roster of artists set to perform at Movies Rock, which will take place at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre on December 2 and air December 7 at 9:00 p.m. on CBS. Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez and others were previously announced as performers. ...

Former "American Idol" Carrie Underwood repeated as Female Vocalist of the Year Wednesday night at the Country Music Association Awards. The singer also took home a trophy for Single of the Year for her hit "Before He Cheats" in a show that featured a performance from surprise Billboard albums chart-toppers the Eagles as well as another "American Idol" alum, Kellie Pickler. She broke down crying while singing "I Wonder," a tune about her estranged mother, who left the family when Pickler was 2 years old. ... Don't expect KT Tunstall to be congratulating Underwood on her new prizes — the Scottish singer/songwriter lashed out at the country star in an interview due to appear in the new issue of Steppin' Out, which hits newsstands Wednesday. Tunstall, whose songs have been used in "Idol," sounded off on Underwood's Grammy win for Best New Artist, saying, "It's pretty weird when the Best New Artist is someone from a reality TV show who sings other people's music. It's also very weird when Carrie Underwood thanks God and Simon Cowell. That's pretty scary! I would hope the Best New Artist is somebody who's writing their own music. Or at least something original." Tunstall didn't mince words about Britney Spears' recent troubles either, saying, "It's frustrating that there's this anti-intellectualism going on with all the magazines who cover her. It's almost like the days of gladiators. The people are begging for death. ... On a spiritual level, I don't want to be part of it. I don't want to feed into it." ...

Lily Allen has signed on to host a new BBC3 entertainment show, according to the U.K.'s Guardian. Assorted celebrities and unsigned bands will join the starlet on "Lily Allen and Friends," and the audience will consist of her online friends. It will air early next year. ... Mya is slated to appear Thursday night at an event benefiting the North Shore Animal League America, an animal-rescue and adoption group. It will be held at the Night Hotel in New York. ... Alchemist is amped to work with Eminem again, according to a new interview he gave to Complex magazine. "If anything, I would bring [a new track] to him, load it into him, let him compute the things that I'm going through, the sounds that I'm finding. Let's interpolate this Eminem style." He added, "I feel like the best out of my connection with Em hasn't happened yet." ...

Joel Madden are Nicole Richie are preparing for their first child, but everything isn't going according to plan in the couple's lives. They have been denied sale of a home in a gated community in Southern California because residents there are concerned about paparazzi swarming in, Us Weekly reports. The magazine also says a baby shower is planned for later this month. ...

More than 100 celebrities — including Kanye West, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Evanescence's Amy Lee, the Beastie Boys, Bright Eyes, Cobra Starship, Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz — have signed on to create personalized lunchboxes for an online auction to benefit a pair of hunger-relief organizations: the Food Bank for New York City and South Africa's Lunchbox Fund. The auction will go live on December 7 at midnight at TheLunchboxAuction.org and run through December 21. Other stars participating in the event include David Bowie, Elton John, Casey Affleck, Eva Mendes, Interpol, Jessica Biel, Cat Power and Courtney Love. ...

Despite Courtney getting involved in a good cause, she's also going off the handle again — and this time, Madonna is in her sights. In a typically incomprehensible, profanity-laden post on her MySpace page, she wrote, "madonna is a great business woma but come on she s weak as an artista nd we akl lknow it — i like madge — but as a relevant musician — its a joke." The exhausting rant is 3,700 words long. ... As for the aforementioned Cat Power, the track list for singer Chan Marshall's upcoming covers album, Jukebox, has been shuffled a bit and will now feature a limited-edition bonus disc with covers of songs by Moby Grape, Nick Cave, Roberta Flack, Patsy Cline and Lil Wayne's all-star squad, Hot Boys. Also slated for inclusion on the January 22 album are covers of songs by Frank Sinatra, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday and James Brown. ... In related news, Brown's estate is already tangled in a dispute with one of the late rock icon's backup singers who says she is Brown's fourth wife, but now another woman has come forward with a similar claim, AP reports. In court papers recently filed in South Carolina, 73-year-old Velma Warren Brown says she had three children with the late singer and lived with him for 17 years — and that he never served her with divorce papers. ...

The Blood Brothers have finally made an announcement concerning their future. Basically, the band has no future. "After 10 years of making music as the Blood Brothers, we have made the collective decision that our time together has come to an end," the band said in a statement. "We feel extremely fortunate to have spent such a deeply memorable and amazing part of our lives with each other. At this point, however, we feel it's best that our futures move forward on separate paths. We'd like to express our sincerest thanks and gratitude to all the bands we've played with, individuals who have helped us make our records, and fans who have come to our shows and picked up our music throughout the years. Your friendship, support and love hold such a profoundly special place in each of our hearts. We hope that the memories you attach to our music are as fond as those you have given us." ...

Ozzy Osbourne's tour sure is seeing a lot of drama. In addition to a recent pre-show police sting in Fargo, North Dakota, and a flurry of arrests at Ozzy shows, a young fan was tasered and arrested after allegedly fighting with officers during Osbourne's concert in Sioux City, Iowa, on Sunday, according to a report in the Sioux City Journal. The 16-year-old Sioux City boy, who has not been named, was allegedly trying to start a mosh pit near the end of the show when security called Sioux City police to help remove the boy. Three police officers reportedly tried to take hold of the boy, who was allegedly swinging his arms and being aggressive. After police told him to stop resisting, he refused, after which he was tasered. One officer was slightly injured in the incident, for which the boy was charged with misdemeanor counts of interference with official acts, failure to obey a police officer and assault on a police officer. In related news, the Los Angeles Times reports that a Beverly Hills, California, physician who has been accused of over-prescribing addictive drugs to Osbourne and other celebrities has been publicly reprimanded by the Medical Board of California. Three years ago, the board accused Dr. David A. Kipper of gross negligence in the care of eight patients and threatened to take away his medical license. Osbourne has also filed his own complaint with the board and said the pills he'd been prescribed had a negative impact on his life. "I couldn't talk. I couldn't walk," he told the Times. "I could barely stand up. I was lumbering about like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. It got to the point where I was scared to close my eyes at night — afraid I might not wake up." ...

A Perfect Circle mastermind Billy Howerdel has started a new project dubbed Ashes Divide. A song from the band, "Enemies," can be heard on the group's MySpace page. According to the page, the band is signed to Island/Def Jam. ... Bruce Springsteen showcased three songs at a charity event for wounded U.S. troops in New York on Wednesday night, AP reports. The Boss also auctioned off his Harley-Davidson motorcycle for a cool $85,000 at "Stand Up for Heroes," which featured Conan O'Brien as MC and some joke-telling by Robin Williams. Stephen Colbert, James Gandolfini and others were in attendance at the event, which was expected to draw more than $2.5 million for Bob Woodruff's Family Fund, a benefit group started by the ABC newsman who was previously injured in Iraq. ... Many hit songs these days rely on other artists' samples — and now the latter are finally getting their due. Samples that have appeared in songs by Mary J. Blige, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Beastie Boys, Madonna, Dr. Dre and others have been dug up from the archives for the new collection Droppin' Science. The February 12 release will be available as a 10-track CD or 13-song digital album. ...

What do you get when you put Vincent Gallo and Eric Erlandson together? A new band: Rriiccee. Gallo, who wrote and directed "Buffalo 66" and "Brown Bunny," previously released two solo albums, while Erlandson made a name for himself as a guitarist for Hole. Their new abstract project, which may eventually embrace additional members, will formally introduce itself with a tour starting in December — but doesn't plan to record any music or even release anything. "We've chosen not to go into a studio in a traditional way like other bands have done in the past," Gallo said in a statement. "We've chosen to remain open, to grow and change more naturally, and when we play live, the music is often created during the performance." Rriiccee previously played at Japan's Fuji Rock Festival and at a show in San Francisco. ...

"Barfly" actor Mickey Rourke was arrested Thursday in Miami Beach, Florida, on suspicion of driving under the influence — on a scooter, according to AP. He reportedly made a U-turn at a red light and swerved multiple times. "I'm not drunk, I didn't even drink that much," he reportedly said before being taken to police headquarters and failing a breath test. He is being held on $1,000 bond. ...

Are you a "unique" "Star Trek" fan? Not "unique" as in especially devoted, but rather fans who have "long necks, small heads, bug eyes, large foreheads [or] oversized ears"? Then you're in luck. Those are some of the attributes the makers of the J.J. Abrams reboot are requiring as they hunt for extras to appear in the film, according to BBC News. But if you don't match any of those descriptions, fear not — the studio is also looking for "ultra perfect or ultra plain-looking people." Auditions will be held Saturday in Burbank, California. ...

Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore's much-talked-about appearance on NBC's "30 Rock" will air on Thursday evening. The former vice president and environmentalist plays himself but also acts as if he can hear troubled whales calling in the episode, which spoofs NBC's "Green Is Universal" campaign. The show has many days of shooting planned for a 10th second-season episode amid the writers' strike, according to the Los Angeles Times. ... In other strike news, West Hollywood, California's Roxy Theatre is allowing Writers Guild of America members to go to shows for free — so long as the concerts in question haven't already sold out, according to Variety. All the members have to do is show their union membership card.