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Lil' Kim Found Guilty Of Lying To Grand Jury, Investigators
Lil' Kim was convicted Thursday (March 17) on charges of perjury and conspiracy for lying to investigators and to a federal grand jury about her involvement in a shooting four years ago at New York hip-hop station Hot 97.

The rapper, born Kimberly Jones, shook her head when the verdict was read. Jones had claimed she had no knowledge of what caused the February 25, 2001, gunfight that left one man shot in the back (see "Lil' Kim Indicted For Lying About Hot 97 Shootout With Capone").

Jones had also said her co-manager Damion Butler was not with her at the time, but security-camera footage later proved the opposite, and she claimed she couldn't ID a photo of another man believed to be involved, though that turned out to be Suif "Gutta" Jackson, a member of her former group Junior M.A.F.I.A.

Both Butler and Jackson later confessed to firing on rap group Capone-N-Noreaga and pleaded guilty to gun charges as part of a plea bargain (see "Lil' Kim's Ex-Manager To Testify Against Her In Perjury Case"). Other members of Junior M.A.F.I.A., including Antoine "Banger" Spain and James "Lil' Cease" Lloyd, also testified they saw Butler and Jackson with Jones.

During the course of the trial, Jones insisted that she was innocent (see "Lil' Kim Takes Stand In Perjury Case, Says She's A Victim"). "This case is about me not being able to positively identify an unclear photograph and not seeing my former co-manager Damion Butler at the scene, which was a traumatic event that happened almost two and a half years prior to me being questioned," she said in a statement on March 9.

Though convicted of perjury and conspiracy, Jones was acquitted of obstruction of justice. She faces up to 20 years in prison for the charges — five years on each of the three counts of perjury and the one count of conspiracy. Sentencing is set for June 24.

"I am disappointed in the verdict," Jones said in a statement Thursday. "However, I was acquitted of the most serious charge, obstruction of justice. Throughout my life, I have always lived with adversity and will continue to have faith and do good for my family, friends and fans."
'Idol' Quitter Vazquez Explains, 'Us New Yorkers Are Crazy'
After shocking "American Idol" fans this weekend by suddenly dropping out of the competition, Mario Vazquez offered fans little more explanation than "family reasons." On Monday he was a little more forthcoming — but not much.

"This is just something I felt personally wasn't right for me," the former "Idol" frontrunner told MTV News. "It just wasn't the greatest timing. I'm just very grateful and blessed that [the fans] really support me. I am so glad they have enjoyed my performances and what I do. I just wanted to sing from my heart and do my music. I am sorry if you are disappointed, and I hope you can understand it's something I want to deal with. I want to keep the little privacy I have private, and I want people to respect that."

Vazquez said he has no regrets about pulling out of the "American Idol" race, because "I just had to follow my intuition. It was a very hard decision for me to make." But he also vowed it wouldn't be the last time you see him.

When asked whether that meant he'd signed a deal with a major label, Vazquez at first said he hadn't, but then when asked for clarification about his contractual status he refused to discuss the situation further.

The possibility that the New Yorker felt uncomfortable signing a long-term contract with the "American Idol" camp has been a subject of much speculation. Asked about that, he demurred, saying, "There's lots of speculation out there."

He did thank the show's producers for exposing him to the show's millions of viewers, saying, "I will always be in debt to them." Vazquez also thanked his fans for their support and asked for their understanding and respect while he deals with a personal issue — one that has nothing to do with his immediate family, he said, dispelling some of the rumors surrounding his departure.

Leaving the other contestants behind, people he called "friends," was "very hard, because we all bonded," he added. "It just isn't the right time for me now. It was all with timing on my part and where I was with my head. It was something I was contemplating throughout. Us New Yorkers are crazy. It's just unexplainable. I just follow my heart and intuition. ... My intuition is very strong, and something I have always followed in my heart. I will always follow it."

With Vazquez out, Nikko Smith, who was ousted last week, was invited to rejoin the "American Idol" cast ... at least until the next vote (see "Mario Vazquez Quits 'Idol' — 'It Wasn't Right For Me'").

Get "Idol"-ized on MTV News' "American Idol" page, where you'll find all the latest news, interviews and opinions.
Janet Jackson Obtains Restraining Order
Janet Jackson obtained a restraining order yesterday (March 17) against a man who the singer said has been harassing her for nine years. Robert Gardner, 46, was ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Jackson and not to contact the entertainer, her family, agents, attorneys or managers.

The restraining order from a California Superior Court judge will remain in place for three years. Jackson wasn't in court.

In a March 1 request for the order, Jackson said Gardner tried last year to bring a box cutter and knife to the New York studio where she was rehearsing an appearance for the television show "Saturday Night Live."

Jackson said in documents that Gardner "has been following me, sending me faxes and letters and attempting to arrange in-person meetings for nine years."

Gardner appeared in court without an attorney and told the judge he had business matters to discuss with Jackson as well as personal matters he preferred to keep private. "I'm not sure why she's saying this," Gardner told the judge. "We do have a little personal contact."

"She apparently does not want to have contact with you," the judge said. The judge told Gardner it appeared he had spent a lot of money following the entertainer around the country. "I'm also one of her fans," Gardner said.

Outside court, Gardner said he will hire a lawyer to contest the ruling. "I do not want to be considered a stalker," he said.
FBI Ends Investigation Into Notorious B.I.G. Murder
The FBI has abandoned a controversial 18-month investigation into the 1997 murder of the Notorious B.I.G. that focused on whether Los Angeles police officer and Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight may have plotted the killing, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

The investigation was shut down in January, not long after the FBI discovered that the lead agent on the case, Philip J. Carson, had met with the lawyers for B.I.G.'s mother, Voletta Wallace, and that he'd been subpoenaed to testify in her wrongful-death lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles (see " Notorious B.I.G. Wrongful-Death Suit Can Go To Trial, Judge Rules"). That case — which goes to trial on April 12 — accuses the LAPD of covering up police involvement in B.I.G.'s murder, which took place on March 9, 1997 after a music industry party at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Carson was ordered not to have any more contact with Wallace's lawyers, who were informed that he would not be testifying in their case, according to the Times report. The bureau expressed concern that Carson may have been unduly influenced by Wallace's attorneys, but denied that he shared any information with them.

Carson's investigation was shut down because it was determined that "there was no basis for prosecution," according to Louis J. Caprino Jr., acting head of the criminal division of the FBI's Los Angeles field office. Caprino denied that the agent's meetings with Wallace's lawyers factored into the decision and said the agent was not found to have acted improperly.

Wallace's lawyer, Perry Sanders, cited an unidentified source in arguing that the LAPD pressured the FBI to shut down the case, a claim the agency denies, according to the Times (see "FBI Joins Investigation Into The Murder Of Notorious B.I.G.").

The LAPD's investigation into the murder remains open, according to an officer reached Friday (March 11) in the department's homicide division.

Theories on Biggie's killing have ranged from a connection to the East Coast-West Coast beef that also took the life of Tupac, to a 1998 theory pursued by the LAPD that a rogue former cop, David A. Mack, was somehow involved in the murder (see "Ex-Police Officer Suspected In Notorious B.I.G. Shooting").

Former LAPD detective Russell Poole's theory that Mack had planned the murder at the request of his friend, Amir Muhammad, sparked the interest of the FBI's Carson after the federal agent saw Poole discuss the case on a 2003 TV special.

Reportedly acting on the suggestions of Wallace family attorneys, Carson contacted Poole and interviewed other detectives and witnesses in the case.

Carson arranged new interviews with Poole and Mack — who alleges that the FBI agent offered to help reduce his 14-year bank robbery sentence if he cooperated, an allegation the FBI denies — and conducted surveillance on Muhammad, but the investigation turned up no new evidence, according to the Times
Prosecutors Use Financial Records To Cast Doubt On Lil' Kim
For the second day in a row, prosecutors tried to cast doubt on Lil' Kim's integrity Friday (March 11), walking the jury through perceived inconsistencies in her financial records and even dredging up a magazine article in which the rapper brags about transporting illegal drugs.

Lil' Kim, born Kimberly Jones, again took the witness stand to defend herself against charges of lying before a grand jury two years ago concerning a February 2001 shooting outside New York hip-hop radio station Hot 97 (see "Lil' Kim Indicted For Lying About Hot 97 Shootout With Capone").

Jones denied seeing her former manager, Damion Butler, at the scene of the shooting and also claimed not to recognize the man in a photo of Suif "Gutta" Jackson, a member of her former group Junior M.A.F.I.A. As part of a plea deal offered by prosecutors, both Butler and Jackson have admitted to participating in the shootout and both have testified as prosecution witnesses (see "Lil' Kim's Ex-Manager To Testify Against Her In Perjury Case").

With financial records as the main weapon in her arsenal, prosecutor Cathy Siebel attacked Jones' character and tried to accentuate supposed contradictions in her testimony. First, Siebel detailed Jones' federal income tax dereliction, saying the rapper owes close to $1 million in back taxes, an amount that's been accumulating since 2000. Jones testified that she's done everything she could to settle the matter.

Siebel then challenged statements Jones made on Thursday concerning the theft of some jewelry during a 2001 Miami vacation. Siebel presented the court with insurance claims filed for the filched jewels that included an estimated total loss considerably lower than the figure Jones had provided the previous afternoon.

The prosecutor also grilled Jones on a 2003 incident during which $500,000 of the rapper's jewelry was stolen from John F. Kennedy International Airport but later recovered (see "Lil' Kim's Jewelry Recovered"). Siebel presented federal income tax filings signed in August 2004 that declared Jones' "personal assets" at the time to be $49,000 — a far cry from $500,000, the prosecutor said.

Siebel also charged that if Jones were making a good-faith effort to pay back her debt to the government, she would not have purchased a $2.3 million home in Alpine, New Jersey, in 2002.

Jones' benevolence was the next target. Filings with the IRS put the entertainer's combined income for 2002 and 2003 at close to $2 million, of which not even $2,000 went to charities. Jones responded by saying she doesn't claim most of her altruistic offerings when she files her returns (which defense attorney Mel Sachs was quick to point out "saves the government money") and that she lets her accountant and her manager handle all of her paperwork — suggesting she's so far removed from her financial affairs that if errors are found, it's not her fault.

"Management, my accountant tells me what to do, and I sign the papers," said Jones, sporting a cream jacket embroidered with daisies over a pink woven skirt with matching bow tie. "I have nothing to hide. I just sign the papers."

Yet another attack on her character came when Siebel presented the court with a magazine article that featured a Q&A interview in which Jones boasts of transporting illegal drugs. The rapper called that portion of the article a fabrication, admitting to having something of a split personality.

"When I'm being interviewed as Lil' Kim, that's a different persona than Kimberly Jones — just like my music is Lil' Kim the entertainer," she explained.

Jones was again asked about the 2001 shootout in front of Hot 97, an incident she said could have claimed her life, and a moment in time as traumatic for her as the slaying of her mentor/boyfriend Notorious B.I.G. and the 9-11 attacks (see "Lil' Kim Takes Stand In Perjury Case, Says She's A Victim").

Before court adjourned around 3 p.m., both sides rested. Final summations are scheduled to start on Monday. As Jones left the courthouse, she was swarmed by media and fans, many of whom wished her well and expressed admiration for her ("We love you, Kim" chants were followed with calls of "Brooklyn!").
Backstreet Boys Anxious To Tour, Kick Off Club Run In March
Backstreet Boys may have yet to decide what the first single from their first album in five years is going to be — or what the album is going to be called, for that matter — but they do have one thing figured out: They're going to hit the  road.

"It's just like, 'God, I wanna get on the road again!' " singer A.J. McLean told MTV News earlier this month.

The reunited boy band is planning to warm up its act via a club tour that will kick off next month. While final dates are still being determined, some initial ones have been announced, including the first show in New York, on March 21.

The tour dates come just in time to support the Boys' first single — a toss-up between "Incomplete," "I Still" and "Weird World" — which will be released to radio in mid-March (see "Backstreet Boys Promise New Single 'Is Going To Shock You' "). Then, before the album is released in July, the Backstreet Boys plan to head out on the road again, for a major tour starting on Fourth of July weekend.

Backstreet Boys tour dates, according to their label:

3/21 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
3/22 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
3/24 - Boston, MA @ Avalon
3/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
3/26 - Scranton, PA @ Scranton Cultural Center
3/28 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
3/29 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
3/30 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
4/1 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
4/2 - N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
Olsen Interns: Mary-Kate And Ashley Pay Their Dues
While they may be media moguls with a combined net worth of around $300 million, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are not above getting coffee for the boss. As part of their requirements at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, the twins have scored some sweet internships as first-year students.

Mary-Kate is working for A-list celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. Leibovitz, regularly published in the glossy pages of Vanity Fair, photographed the sisters as part of an advertising campaign for A&E's "Biography" last year. Mary-Kate's responsibilities are not likely to include handling film or anything potentially disastrous, but rather running errands, filing and other basic chores.

"They're having a chance to explore things that interest them that they never had a chance to do. It's an opportunity for both of them to learn from the best," said their rep.

A source close to the twins confirmed rumors that Ashley is interning with designer Zac Posen. She's probably not sketching out dress designs or cutting patterns, but, like Mary-Kate, is likely doing more standard gofer work — though she is no stranger to the design world. Seated in the front row at some of the top fashion shows, Ashley and her sister already tried their hands at designing, having launched their own line — aptly named mary-kateandashley — in 2001.

While they are earning credits, the NYU program promotes internships. The Gallatin School for Individualized Study's Web site explains the school's focus on practical experience: "The work may relate to the student's intellectual or creative goals or may be based on learning experiences related to the student's professional and career aspirations." Just in time, too. The twins have recently taken over management of Dualstar Entertainment, the company behind their $1 billion business empire. They have been co-presidents of the company since turning 18 last year.
Jadakiss, Fat Joe Slicing Their 50 Cent Beef Different Ways
NEW YORK — Fat Joe and Jadakiss have both pledged to respond to 50 Cent's "Piggy Bank," but while Jada is gung-ho and ready to get it on, Joe seems like he resents having to get caught up in the craziness.

"He's not lyrical," Jadakiss said of 50 on Wednesday, sitting in the D-Block studio in Yonkers. "He makes good songs but he's not a better lyricist than me. Put all the money, the units, put everything behind us, plus the good old-fashioned lyrics and an instrumental, and I'll wear him out. You know that. The whole world knows that. I know and I'm humble."

Kiss said that deep down, even though 50 has sold way more records than him, he feels 50 is still jealous of what he has accomplished.

"I did songs with everybody — Hov, Nas, Big, Mariah — songs with people he wishes he could do songs with. He was very successful, he made a lot of money, but his success is inside of the box. He can't party with Usher, he can't drive around in a drop. It's cool to stay with your entourage and be tight with your people, but he don't got that much mingling in him and socializing. That's bringing out the anger in him. He can't call up any rapper. He's just with his crew. I know it's troubling to have everything but really have nothing."

Believe it or not, with the words that have been flying between 50 and Jada (see "Jadakiss Looking Forward To 'Airing 50 Cent's Ass Out' "), Kiss said they've only met twice for a total of maybe three minutes. Asked what would happen if Jada ever met 50 out in the street again, Kiss said he doesn't think he'll ever run into 50.

"Where am I going to see him? On the Academy Awards red carpet?" Jada opined. He also divulged that he had talked to Game on Wednesday and that the tension between Game and 50 was bubbling over way before Game refused to get involved in 50's "Piggy Bank" beefs (see "50 Cent And The Game — Doomed From The Very Beginning?").

For Kiss' part, he plans to capitalize on the notoriety of the beef while showing 50 who is lyrically superior. Fat Joe, meanwhile, is pumping his April 26 release, All or Nothing, and said he would rather be getting all eyes on him for his hit records rather than somebody calling him out (see "50 Cent's LP Pushed Up, Harsh 'Facts' Sound Like Disses On Leaked 'Piggy Bank' ").

"My job is to make hot records so people can be entertained," Joe said Wednesday. "My job is not to be in the paper affiliated with all this ruckus. That's not what I'm with. I'm into giving the kids computers. I'm into running basketball programs in the summer so they can meet their favorite NBA players.

"Basically the 'Piggy Bank' is just to create hype, to create sales for [50's] career, and I'm not with that. Yeah, this is a stunt, man. This is a promotional stunt that I don't appreciate being a part of. Fat Joe's a gangster rapper, Fat Joe's from the streets, Fat Joe the gangster, but I make my music to take you to a different place to entertain you. I'm not in it to get into battle rap."

Jada is going to start putting out his "warning shots" to 50 via mixtape dis records, but said his main response will be a song called "Shots Fired" on Styles P's Time Is Money. Joe's reply to 50 will be on All or Nothing.
Mariah Carey: Return of the Voice!
Mark your calendars! The International release date for
Mariah's "The Emancipation Of Mimi" is now April 4, 2005.
The album, which was to be released  a week later, has
been bumped due to the success of her hit new single,
"It's Like That."

The U.S. release date remains April 12, 2005. Carey will be
featured on Oprah later this week, as well as premiering
her new video for "It's Like That" On MTV's TRL and BET's
106th & Park.

You can find a new picture from Carey's video to the right.
Jessica Simpson Hospitalized
Teen Hollywood 
Pop beauty Jessica Simpson was briefly hospitalized on Monday, after she was struck down with a stomach virus.

The 24-year-old Irresistible singer was filming a segment for Oprah Winfrey's hit chat show, when she suddenly fell ill.

Simpson's representative Brad Cafarelli tells People magazine, "While Jessica was in Chicago shooting a segment for Oprah, she contracted a stomach virus and became dehydrated."

"She is already feeling better after being checked into, and released from, a local hospital for rehydration before flying back to Los Angeles."

Simpson was well enough to return to Los Angeles yesterday.

According to the website for The Oprah Winfrey Show, Simpson will appear on a segment entitled 'Red Carpet Makeovers with Jessica Simpson' to be aired on Friday - two days before the Academy Awards. Other stars listed on the show's schedule for that day are singer Ashanti and actress Lara Flynn Boyle.
Kelly Clarkson Lines Up 35-Show Tour 
Kelly Clarkson will soon be able to unleash her destructive side on hotel rooms across North America when she embarks on her first solo headlining tour.

The singer will launch her Breakaway tour on March 30 in Tulsa, Oklahoma,
concluding on May 29 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The tour will hit 34 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto and Boston for a total of 35 shows in the U.S. and Canada.

"Nothing makes me happier than being out on the road," Clarkson said in a statement released Tuesday. "I can't wait to see the fans and perform the new material."

Clarkson will play mostly theater-sized venues on the trek. "Playing in these small venues will be a great opportunity for me to connect with my die-hard fans in an intimate setting," she said. "I'm really excited and I know it's going to be awesome."

Kelly Clarkson tour dates, according to her record label:
3/30 - Tulsa, OK @ Tulsa PAC
3/31 - Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
4/2 - Omaha, NE @ Civic Music Hall
4/5 - Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre
4/6 - Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
4/8 - Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
4/9 - Cleveland, OH @ Palace Theatre
4/11 - Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
4/12 - Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
4/14 - Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
4/16 - Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
4/17 - Kitchener, ON @ Centre in the Square
4/19 - London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
4/21 - Montreal, QC @ Place des Arts
4/22 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
4/25 - Newark, NJ @ New Jersey PAC
4/27 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
4/28 - Providence, RI @ Providence PAC
4/30 - Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
5/1 - Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
5/3 - Clemson, SC @ Littlejohn Coliseum
5/4 - Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
5/6 - Boca Raton, FL @ Mizner Park Amphitheatre
5/7 - Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
5/9 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
5/10 - Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Live
5/13 - San Diego, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre
5/16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
5/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
5/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
5/24 - San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic Center
5/26 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
5/28 - Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Hall
5/29 - Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Paris Hilton Apologizes For Crank Calls, Fergie Wants Revenge
Being Paris Hilton meant never having to say you're sorry — until now. The heiress/actress has issued an apology to her famous friends via Us Weekly, after their private phone numbers and e-mail addresses were released on the Internet

"I'm getting all these perverted phone messages, thank you very much." — Black Eyed Peas' Fergie this weekend when Hilton's T-Mobile Sidekick II was hacked.

"I want to apologize to all my friends and family," Hilton told the magazine. "I don't know why this stuff always happens to me, but I wish it wouldn't anymore. It's too upsetting for me — I can't believe it. I feel horrible that, once again, someone has invaded my privacy."

Hilton's friends have since received a massive amount of crank calls from their adoring and not-so-adoring public, much to their dismay (see "Paris Hilton's Private Stuff All Over The Internet"). One such friend, Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, was shooting her band's new video for "Don't Funk With My Heart" when she started getting the calls at 6:30 a.m. She told MTV Europe that at first, she thought the calls were from the set, admonishing her for running a little bit late.

"I don't get calls at that time, unless it is one of my friends who has had an all-night bender," she said. "So I answer the phone, 'Oh, I'm going to be there, I'm going to be there.' And it's these people calling, and I'm going, 'Wrong number, wrong number.' Finally, someone tells me, 'I think your phone number is on the Internet.' "

Finding out the cause of the problem didn't make dealing with it any easier. "I'm getting all these perverted phone messages, thank you very much," she said. "I'm getting all these types of e-mails, positive and negative. Those who don't like me, thank you very much as well."

Calling it a "quite a nightmare," Fergie — like many of Hilton's friends in this situation — is planning on changing all of her phone numbers. After that, she has one more item on her to-do list: "I am going to kill Paris Hilton."

Perhaps she didn't see the Us Weekly apology after all. Hilton might have to make her mea culpa to her friends more personal — if she can only reach them.
Lindsay Lohan Turning Plastic, Will Soon Need Help To Stand Up
Lindsay Lohan has become a permanent member of the Plastics.

The Mattel toy company is making a Barbie doll in the fiery-tressed actress' likeness, which will strut onto shelves in June, according to The Associated Press.

The Lohan doll comes dressed to impress in a beige dress with faux-fur-trimmed coat. In case her feet hurt from all that sashaying up and down the red carpet, the toymakers have also provided a director's chair for her to rest in. And if the paparazzi get too close, you can ensconce your doll in her personal space with her very own velvet rope.

Expected to retail at about $30, the Lohan doll is part of Mattel's "My Scene" line. Lohan's doll should have no problem fitting in with the other dolls in the line; all the "My Scene Girls" share the actress' passion for micro-miniskirts and trendy heels.

The Lohan doll will make her grand entrance at a limited-time viewing during New York's annual American International Toy Fair, which starts Sunday and runs through February 23.
Destiny's Child's Tour Bus Likely To Smell Like Fries
For months, people have been buzzing about a rumored Destiny's Child world tour. Well, buzz no longer, because the R&B supergirls have announced the first batch of dates, and they're bringing Big Macs.

The McDonald's-sponsored Destiny Fulfilled ... And Lovin' It Tour kicks off April 9 in Hiroshima, Japan, and hits 14 countries in Asia, Australia and Europe. The North American leg of the tour begins in July and will make stops in 44 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Though exact dates and cities have yet to be announced, it was announced that the final stop of the tour will be in Honolulu in September.

As part of a deal Destiny's Child inked with the fast-food chain in October, the group will hit up McDonald's restaurants along the way, "[meeting] with McDonald's crew and managers to celebrate the tour stops in each country," according to a press release. They'll also be featured in special restaurant promotions.

Beyoncé, in a statement, said fans can look forward to seeing Destiny's Child in TV commercials and acting as global ambassadors for World Children's Day.