Billboard Bits: Mammoth/Hollywood, Nelly, Britney/Justin

Bits on Mammoth/Hollywood, Nelly, Britney/Justin

MammothThe Walt Disney Co.'s Buena Vista Music Group is shutting down operations at Mammoth Records and letting go the 14-person staff, sources tell Billboard Bulletin. The roster of Mammoth, which will continue to exist as an imprint, will be worked by sister label Hollywood Records, according to the sources. The New York office, where 12 employees are based, will stay open for two more weeks, apparently allowing for projects to be handed off to Hollywood. Mammoth is currently working Schatzi and Fu Manchu, with imminent releases coming from Los Lobos, John Wesley Harding, and A.

A spokesperson for Hollywood describes the move as "a restructuring effort." She confirms that "the New York offices of Mammoth Records and Hollywood Records are being consolidated" and that "several Mammoth positions will be eliminated or relocated to Mammoth and Hollywood's Burbank offices. This does not affect the future of Mammoth Records or its artist roster." The spokesperson declined to elaborate.

-- Ed Christman, N.Y.

NellyBeginning Monday (April 15) at 7 p.m. ET, AOL Music's "First Listen" feature will offer the world premiere of rapper Nelly's new single, the curiously spelled "Hot in Herre." The track, which will be available for streaming through 11:59 p.m. ET the following day, is drawn from Nelly's upcoming Fo' Reel/Universal album, "Nellyville," due June 25. Nelly has also included spoken-word introduction for the cut.

A spokesperson says the rapper is still putting the finishing touches on "Nellyville," and a tracklist and tour plans are not yet finalized. Nelly can currently be heard on 'N Sync's single "Girlfriend," which is No. 5 on the Hot 100 this week. He also makes guest appearances on the tracks "Cool as Hell," "Wiggle Wiggle," "Collection Plates," "No," and "Walk Away" from his St. Lunatics colleague Ali's first solo album, "Heavy Starch," due April 30 via Fo' Reel/Universal.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

BritneyFour men received three years probation after pleading no contest to burglarizing the rented vacation home of pop stars Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. Salvador Martinez, 19; Richard Olivarez, 20; Marcus Cook, 19; and Matthew Daily, 18, were sentenced yesterday (April 11) as youthful offenders by Circuit Court Judge G. Robert Barron in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Each had to sign an agreement not to reveal what they took from the couple's Florida Panhandle vacation home.

A police report said their take during the Sept. 22-23 burglary included videotapes with "personal footage" and "several clothing items belonging to the celebrities," the Northwest Florida Daily News reported. Those items included a "Gilligan-style" blue-and-white hat, a scarf, a cell phone, nail polish, and a $30 pair of shoes.

Prosecutor Ace Grinsted said the plea and sentence were negotiated by Spears' and Timberlake's attorneys and accepted by Barron. The State Attorney's Office did not agree to a reduced sentence, Grinsted said. Prosecutors requested the four receive sentences of about 20 months in prison, in line with state guidelines.

Spears recently said she's not "in an intense relationship with anyone," fueling speculation that she and 'N Sync's Timberlake have broken up.

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