Billboard Bits: Ke$ha and Iggy Pop Fight Seal Clubbing, Justin Bieber Runs Over Paparazzo's Foot
Billboard Bits: Ke$ha and Iggy Pop Fight Seal Clubbing, Justin Bieber Runs Over Paparazzo's Foot

Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.

Iggy Pop, Ke$ha Fight Seal Clubbing In Canada

Rock veteran Iggy Pop and pop singer Ke$ha have joined a People For Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) campaign against baby seal clubbing in Canada. With the slogan "Canada's Club Scene Sucks," both artists are trying to help raise awareness against the slaughter of young harp seals, which are killed every year for their soft fur. ( US Magazine)

Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon Pose Naked For OK!

DIn the latest issue of OK! magazine, Nick Cannon and a very pregnant Mariah Carey are posing naked, with Cannon's hands covering his wife's breasts. "My children are going to have to see these pictures… It's a little weird," Carey says in the feature. "When they get older and their friends come over… they will see the pictures and say, 'Your daddy's butt naked!'" ( Necole Bitchie)

98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons Becoming Chippendales Dancer

Former 98 Degrees members Jeff Timmons has announced he will temporarily join the staff of male strippers at Chippendales in Las Vegas. Timmons, 37, will be wearing the Chippendale's bow tie for 4 weeks, beginning in May. ( TMZ)

David Cook Performing on 'American Idol' Next Thursday

David Cook is headed back to "American Idol": the Season 7 winner will take the stage on April 21, premiering his new single, "The Last Goodbye," and officially launching the promotional cycle for his second album. "I'm kind of walking in without expectations," says Cook. "I'm certainly looking forward to meeting the new contestants, and also really excited to meet the new judges. From what I've seen so far, Steven Tyler is a riot, and I think J. Lo's been incredible." ( THR)

Justin Bieber Runs Over Paparazzo's Foot with Moped

During Justin Bieber's trip to Israel, the pop star took a ride on a moped -- and accidentally ran over the foot of a paparazzi member who was standing a bit too close. In a video of the incident, the photographer nearly knocks Bieber off his scooter before chasing after the pop star yelling, "whoa whoa whoa!" Bieber vented his frustration on Twitter yesterday (Apr. 12), writing, "You would think paparazzi would have some respect in holy places. All I wanted was the chance to walk where jesus did here in Israel." ( NY Mag)

Russell Brand Joins 'Rock of Ages' Film Cast

Russell Brand is joining the cast of director Adam Shankman's musical "Rock of Ages," in which he'll play Lonny, who runs an '80s-era rock club. Shankman announced the project's latest casting in a tweet Wednesday, saying, "I can officially announce Russell Brand as your Lonny in #rockofagesmovie! I see a mullet in his future...maybe a Nikki Six?" ( THR)

(Reporting by Katie Morgan, Jason Lipshutz, THR Staff and Ricardo Gomez)