PITCHING A TENT: Madonna joining the April 30 lineup for the 2006 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival prior to launching her own summer tour. "I've never performed at a festival and I'm especially excited about playing at Coachella before I start my own tour," the singer said in a statement.

FRESH JAM: Pearl Jam announcing the upcoming release of the band's self-titled eighth studio album on May 2.

NOT SO PLAYFUL: Jessica Alba, who appears in a bikini on the cover of the March issue of Playboy, threatening to sue the magazine, claiming that Hugh Hefner and the magazine's editors are trying to make it seem that she appears in a "nude or semi-nude pictorial," the SmokingGun.com reports.

SUPER HONOR: ShoWest naming Brandon Routh its Male Star of Tomorrow. The actor makes his major motion picture debut in Superman Returns, scheduled for a June 30 release.

HITTING THE ROAD: Dave Matthews Band kicking off its summer tour May 30 in Missouri and wrapping up Sept. 23 in Virginia.

SEX TAPE SABOTAGE: Scott Stapp telling AP Radio that he thinks it's suspicious that a tape showing him and Kid Rock having sex with strippers surfaced just days after he tied the knot. "Obviously someone wants to hurt me and doesn't want me to be successful in my solo career," he said.

IDOL POLITICS: American Idol possibly delaying Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey announcement of her running mate in the state's gubernatorial race, as one contender for the slot, State Senator Scott Brown, is currently focused on his daughter, Ayla's status on the show.

THE RIGHT TO WATCH IDOL: A new study by McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum in Chicago finding that more people can name the judges on American Idol than can list one freedom listed in the First Amendment.

PRICE OF ADMISSION: Two security guards shot at a Kanye West concert in England Tuesday after a man apparently tried to get in without a ticket. One guard was said to be in serious condition at a hospital, while the other was treated for his injuries and released.

DIRT DIGGER: Courteney Cox returning to television to star in Dirt, a new drama pilot for FX, in which she'll play a tabloid editor.

NO SYMPATHY NEEDED: In his first interview since his split from Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey telling Teen People that he has a "great life" now that he is single again. "Don't feel sorry for me," Lachey advised.

PUMPED UP: Meanwhile, Lachey receiving $500,000 to star in an exercise informercial alongside Brooke Burke.

CAUGHT ON TAPE: An attorney claiming that Colin Farrell is avoiding giving a deposition in his lawsuit against ex-girlfriend Nicole Narain, whom the actor alleges is trying to profit from the sale of a sex tape they made together three years ago.

TAKING A BREAK: Cartoon strip The Boondocks going on hiatus, after creator Aaron McGruder announced Tuesday that he was taking a six-month vacation. "Every well needs occasional refreshing," McGruder wrote in a letter to his editors.

NOT SO MCDREAMY: Patrick Dempsey telling Barbara Walters that he struggles with dyslexia, which went undiagnosed until he was 12.

UNDER THE KNIFE: Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider undergoing emergency throat surgery Friday to remove a polyp from his vocal cords.

LETTING THE GOOD TIMES ROLL: Britney Spears spending part of Mardi Gras with a group of New Orleans students who were left homeless by Hurricane Katrina.

LIKE IT NEVER EVEN HAPPENED: One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush seeking to annul her five-month marriage to costar Chad Michael Murray, citing grounds of "fraud." The couple separated in September.

POLLS CLOSED: Oscar voting officially ending Tuesday with the final wave of ballots pouring in to be tabulated and closely guarded until Sunday's Academy Awards.

HOWARD'S END: CBS Radio filing a lawsuit against shock jock Howard Stern, his production company, agent and Sirius Satellite Radio for multiple breaches of contract, misappropriation and unjust enrichment for misusing CBS Radio's airtime to promote Stern's move to satellite.

STERN ADD: Stern fired back in a hastily called news conference rejecting on Tuesday CBS' allegations he supposedly hatched a "secret deal" with Sirius while still working for CBS.

START THEM UP: The Rolling Stones planning their first-ever concert in China at Shanghai's 8,000-seat Grand Stage stadium. The Apr. 8 gig comes three years after the rock legends scrapped a pair of shows due to the SARS outbreak.