For The Record: Quick News On Tony Yayo, Game, Beyonce, Pete Wentz, Fergie, 'Idol,' Phil Spector & More

Yayo appears in court; B, Wentz make People's 'Most Beautiful' list; 'Idol' special nets 70 million phone votes.

Tony Yayo made his first court appearance Wednesday morning (April 25) in New York in connection with allegations that he roughed up Game manager Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond's 14-year-old son on March 20. According to Yayo's lawyer, Scott Leemon, very little happened during the brief preliminary appearance, at which the case was adjourned until July 24. Leemon again expressed his belief that Yayo was not involved in the incident, telling MTV News, "After a thorough investigation, I steadfastly and adamantly state to you that Tony Yayo did not slap anyone," Leemon said. "I am hopeful that when [authorities] complete their investigation, they will come to the same conclusion. Yayo, as a father, understands the allegations and would never do anything to harm a child." ...

Beyoncé, Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Jessica Simpson, Hilary Duff, Fergie, Chris Brown and Katharine McPhee made People's 2007 "Most Beautiful" list. Click here to see photos from the issue, which hits newsstands Friday. To see more photos and check out video from the photo shoots, visit People.com. ...

The "American Idol" charity special "Idol Gives Back" racked up a whopping 70 million phone votes for a variety of charitable organizations, according to the publicity firm that handles the TV show. Two lines per contestant were opened to make it easier for callers to get through — that usually doesn't happen until the finals — and Fox parent company News Corp. has said it will chip in 10 cents for each of the first 50 million votes cast. ...

Opening statements began Wednesday in the trial of Phil Spector, with prosecutor Alan Jackson telling jurors that the music producer, "when he's confronted with the right situations, turns sinister and deadly," The Associated Press reports. Spector reportedly appeared tense during the televised hearing, and his attorneys were set to present their own opening remarks later in the day. ... Two diaries Anna Nicole Smith wrote in the early 1990s were sold for $59,750 after failing to sell at a recent auction, AP reports. An unnamed record-company executive was the buyer. ...

Russell Simmons appeared on "Live With Regis & Kelly" on Wednesday and clarified his stance on questionable hip-hop lyrical content. Simmons explained that he isn't calling for a full-on ban of certain words, but said, "We need to find more digestible ways to get our message across when it's coming through public airwaves." Simmons said he believes the request, which he made along with the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, is a reasonable one and stressed that there should be more corporate responsibility for what lyrics are broadcast. ... KCAA-AM, the Southern California radio station that had been rebroadcasting "Don Imus in the Morning" to rebel against the radio host's firing over racist and sexist comments, will end the reruns Friday, AP reports. Attorneys for CBS Radio and KCAA said they had agreed to end a lawsuit aimed at halting the rebroadcasts. ...

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke posted yet another strangely phrased missive on the band's blog earlier this week, writing that Radiohead are getting back to work after taking last week off. He added that he has "a CD of what we've been up to ... and you haven't. Yet. Sorry." (It's. OK. Thom.) Yorke goes on to write that he "must listen to it, after taking an ear break ... that always makes me nervous." ... Eminem is going back to his roots. The rapper and his longtime manager are in negotiations to take over the famed St. Andrew's Hall complex in downtown Detroit, according to the Detroit Free Press. The pair are trying to negotiate a plan to lease the venue from owner LiveNation, which would give them control of the liquor license and day-to-day operations of the venue that was the site of many of Em's earliest performances, some of them depicted in his semiautobiographical film, "8 Mile." The deal could be completed as early as next month. ...

In an unusual move, three of this summer's Ozzfest bands — Lamb of God, Hatebreed and Behemoth — will also play select dates on the Sounds of the Underground Tour. Suicidal Tendencies, Testament and Mushroomhead have also been announced as special guests for the trek, which was already set to feature Chimaira, Gwar, Every Time I Die, the Number Twelve Looks Like You, Goatwhore and others. Lamb of God will headline the recently added August 11 date in Louisville, Kentucky, with Hatebreed and Behemoth taking the stage earlier in the day. Testament will appear during the July 14 show in Sayreville, New Jersey, and Mushroomhead will close the July 21 Cleveland date, as well as take the stage July 22 (Columbus, Ohio); July 23 (Chicago); and July 24 (Minneapolis). Suicidal Tendencies will headline the August 3 (San Jose, California); August 4 (Irvine, California); and August 5 (Mesa, Arizona) dates. ...

The band that gave you "The Sun Never Sweats" and "Stinkin' Up the Great Outdoors" is reuniting once again, this time to rock you at the Wembley Stadium portion of Al Gore's Live Earth concerts on July 7, AP reports. Yes, all original members of mock rockers Spinal Tap are strapping on the skin-tight trousers and lace-up leather tops one more time for the London gig, which will also feature a cameo by Marty DeBergi (a.k.a. Rob Reiner), the (fake) documentarian who immortalized them on film in 1984's "This Is Spinal Tap." Reiner will also unveil a new 15-minute short he directed about the band's reunion on Wednesday at the Tribeca Film Festival. The group has recorded a new single for the occasion called "Warmer Than Hell." ...

Dave Navarro is launching his own weekly Internet series on ManiaTV called "Dave Navarro's Spread Entertainment," an hour-long variety show that will feature interviews, performances and comedy acts. The program, which debuts May 17, will be broadcast live from the Dragonfly nightclub in Hollywood and shot in front of a live audience. Navarro has described the show as "an avant-garde Internet talk show focusing on the arts and the human condition." ... The Cooper Temple Clause have decided to throw in the towel. According to guitarist Daniel Fisher, the break was initiated by his decision to leave the band last week. "In the wake of this decision, the rest of the boys agreed to call it a day and pursue other interests," he wrote in a statement. "Friendships are well and truly intact and the love very much remains within the camp." ...

Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner has decided to sit the rest of the band's current tour out due to unspecified personal reasons. He is expected to rejoin the group at a later date, and in the interim, the band will use a stand-in for its upcoming shows, including Wednesday night's gig in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. ... Rosie O'Donnell announced her departure from "The View" on Wednesday's show, explaining that she couldn't agree on contract terms and will end her run in June. "It just didn't work," she said, "and that's showbiz." O'Donnell joined the show in September and has been at the center of controversy since she returned to daytime TV, including an ongoing battle with Donald Trump that often involved series co-host and creator Barbara Walters. "We have had, to say the least, an interesting year," Walters noted Wednesday, adding, "I do not participate in the negotiations for Rosie. ... This is not my doing." Walters said they do not have a replacement host in mind.

04.24.2007

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown are officially through, The Associated Press reports. The couple's divorce was made final in Orange County, California, on Tuesday (April 24), with the settlement having been worked out in advance. Houston will get full legal and physical custody of the couple's 14-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina. ...

Bono will appear on "American Idol" for Wednesday night's "Idol Gives Back" special two-hour results show, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, to speak with the six finalists about the One campaign's aim to eliminate poverty. The contestants will perform "American Prayer," a song about Africa's AIDS crisis that was written by the U2 frontman with Dave Stewart. Other performers scheduled to appear on Wednesday's show include Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Carrie Underwood and Celine Dion. ...

Rihanna will debut the video for "Umbrella" (featuring Jay-Z) on her Web site Thursday. The track is the first single from Rihanna's upcoming third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, due June 5. ... Ashlee Simpson wants you to forget anything bad you've heard about her father. Joe Simpson, who manages Ashlee's career as well as sister Jessica's, isn't the overbearing stage father he's sometimes made out to be, she insists. "People have the wrong perception of him," Ashlee said in an interview published in the May issue of Harper's Bazaar. "He's a wonderful man. He would never hurt a fly." Simpson also said she thinks having more family involvement could help her peers, such as Britney Spears, cope with fame. "I think they should probably move out of L.A.," she said. "I think that their parents need to help them." ...

Simon Cowell and Clive Davis are combining their powers to help Leona Lewis ensure success. Lewis is the first female winner of Britain's "The X Factor" — a TV show produced by Cowell's SycoTV — and Cowell and Davis will collaborate to pick the producers and songs for her yet-untitled debut album, due on J/Syco. ... Eddie Murphy isn't sure he's the father of Mel B.'s new daughter, but the former Spice Girl has decided to name the baby Angel Iris Murphy Brown anyway, AP reports. In a statement, the singer explained how she came up with the name: "Angel, as she was my little angel through my pregnancy. Iris, as it's my grandma's name, Murphy because he's the dad, and Brown, because I'm the Mum!" ...

Willie stays free: Willie Nelson and his tour manager David Anderson won't be going to jail after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession, AP reports. Louisiana State District Judge Paul deMahy put Nelson and Anderson on six months' probation and fined them $1,024 each as part of a plea agreement stemming from citations issued in September. Nelson, Anderson, Nelson's sister and two drivers were cited after state troopers found marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms on the singer's tour bus. ... Four men and two women were chosen as alternate jurors Tuesday in the trial of Phil Spector, AP reports. ...

Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz will open a nightclub in New York with members of his own band as well as members of Gym Class Heroes, the Academy Is ... and Cobra Starship; the bands' managers are also involved in the enterprise. Called Angels & Kings, the club will occupy the former space that housed the Orchard Bar, on 11th Street near Avenue A. The club is scheduled to open Monday. ... Ne-Yo will perform Tuesday at Arena in New York to kick off the second annual Hennessy Artistry Tour. Ne-Yo will also perform at the second night on the tour, scheduled for Thursday in Washington, D.C. ... While he's been one of the tour's staples for the last six years, Zakk Wylde said his band, Black Label Society, will not be playing this summer's free Ozzfest. Wylde will, however, appear with headliner Ozzy Osbourne, playing guitar during the festival namesake's set. ...

Russell Simmons' new motivational book "Do You!" was released Tuesday, and the music mogul held court at a Borders bookstore in downtown Manhattan, New York, to celebrate its release. Simmons is also scheduled to sign copies of his book Tuesday evening at a Barnes & Noble in New Jersey and later host a party at Stereo in NYC. ... George Michael will have to appear in a London court the day before performing at Wembley Stadium, AP reports. The trial of the singer, who is facing charges of driving under the influence of drugs, begins May 8 and will be followed by hearings May 30-31 and June 8. His Wembley shows are set for June 9-10. ... James Brown's legal woes continue, but the deceased singer's backing band is carrying on — the 17-piece Soul Generals are planning a series of shows, AP reports. The first will take place at New York's Apollo Theater on May 3 — Brown's birthday. ...

Tom Morello, a.k.a. the Nightwatchman, joins some names you might not expect — Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley and Elvis Perkins — at this year's Dunkin' Donuts Newport Folk Festival (August 3-5) in Newport, Rhode Island. The fest will also feature sets from the Allman Brothers Band, North Mississippi Allstars, John Butler Trio, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and Assembly of Dust. ... Morello is also the star of a new video feature on MySpace in which the Rage Against the Machine guitarist is interviewed by documentary filmmaker Michael Moore. Morello talks about the origins of the Nightwatchman character, which he honed on off-nights from an Audioslave arena tour by playing open mics. The video is available at MySpace.com/ArtistOnArtist. ...

Interpol's forthcoming, still-untitled third album has been slated for a July 10 release. ... The Click Five have parted ways with frontman Eric Dill, and have replaced him with Kyle Patrick. "We know he will be missed by many, and we wish him the best success in his other endeavors," the band said in a statement. The Click Five's second LP, Modern Minds and Pastimes, is due June 26. Dill explained on his Web site that he's moved to Los Angeles to try acting and other musical endeavors. "I have never been more excited to pursue my interests," he wrote. "I have a lot of ideas, and that's where it starts." ... Static-X have recruited Bevan Davies as their latest drummer. Davies, who has worked with Danzig and Jerry Cantrell, will be filling in for Nick Oshiro, who is recovering from a broken hand. Will Hunt had most recently manned the kit for the band. Static-X plan to make a summer-tour announcement in the coming weeks.