NEW YORK — Lil Wayne is facing the music after being accused of breaking jail rules by having gear for listening to tunes: He can expect to go solo for the rest of his time behind bars in a gun case.

The Grammy Award-winning rapper was moved Monday into what city jail officials call “punitive segregation” for a month, until his expected November release date. It’s his punishment for stashing a charger and headphones for a digital music player in his cell earlier this year, officials said.

Lil Wayne generally will now be confined to his new cell 23 hours a day, with such exceptions as visits and showers, instead of being allowed to mingle with other inmates most of the day. He’ll eat in his cell and won’t get to socialize even during his hour a day of recreation.

The 28-year-old rapper, one of the genre’s biggest stars, has been held since March in the Rikers Island jail complex. He pleaded guilty in October 2009 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, admitting he had a loaded semiautomatic gun on his bus in 2007. 

He got a one-year sentence but is expected to serve eight months because of time off for good behavior, despite the music-player gear episode.

As tribute, Osbourne covers Lennon song

NEW YORK — John Lennon would have been 70 this week, and who better to honor his legacy in song than … Ozzy Osbourne?

Yes, Ozzy Osbourne. The Black Sabbath heavy-metal king has made a cover of Lennon’s “How,” available Tuesday on iTunes to benefit Amnesty International.

Osbourne says Lennon was a “driving force for humanity.” He also credits the Beatles as the inspiration for his musical career.

A video for the song is debuting on AOL’s

The former Beatle would have been 70 on Saturday. He was shot to death in December 1980.

Prince William completes first copter rescue mission

LONDON — Britain’s Prince William has participated in his first mission as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter co-pilot, plucking a stricken worker from an offshore gas rig, his office said Tuesday.

The 28-year-old, who is second-in-line to the British throne, was among the crew of a Sea King helicopter called Saturday to a rig in Morecambe Bay, off the coast of northwestern England.

William’s office said the crew flew through “squally winds” and mild turbulence to collect the rig worker, who had a suspected heart attack, and transport him to a waiting ambulance.

“Prince William is pleased finally to be able to contribute to the lifesaving work of the search-and-rescue force. He is proud, after two years of intense training, to be able to serve in one of Britain’s foremost emergency services,” his office said in a statement.

Tormented face, bad back

NEW YORK — Jason Schwartzman’s dog had the face for TV – just not the back for it.

Schwartzman, 30, stars in HBO’s offbeat detective comedy “Bored to Death,” and show creator Jonathan Ames says he wanted to have Schwartzman’s French bulldog, Arrow, in the show. Ames liked Arrow because of his “incredibly beautiful, crushed, tormented face.”

Unfortunately, Arrow has a bad back and was not up to the rigors of acting. So they cast another dog in his place.

Arrow did have a cameo in the show, though.