For The Record: Quick News On Gwyneth And Chris, Michael Jackson, Ja Rule, Jay-Z, Korn, MC Hammer & More

Coldplay‘s Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow are more than expectant parents — they’re also newlyweds. After applying for a marriage license in Santa Barbara County in California on Friday, the couple also tied the knot, according to the Santa Barbara County clerk-recorder’s office. The official who confirmed this fact, however, would not provide any other details. The couple have yet to announce the marriage. …

In their first televised appearance since his arrest, Michael Jackson‘s parents, Katherine and Joseph, defend their pop star son and pledge to adopt his children should he lose custody of them. “We’re not going to let nobody take those kids,” Joe Jackson said in an interview that airs Friday at 10 p.m. on ABC’s “20/20.” “They’re Michael’s kids. They [have] no right to try to take those kids.” Michael’s parents also insist in the interview that the current molestation allegations — as well as those from 1993 — are false and motivated by money. However, his mother had a few regrets, and said that she wished that she’d made sure all of her children went to college and to religious services more often as adults. …

Ja Rule went to Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, New York, on Wednesday to holla at army reservists who are about to be shipped out to Iraq. The Incster signed autographs, shook hands and gave words of encouragement during his visit. … “Hova, Hova, Hova!” Pretty soon the rest of the country will get to hear about 20,000 New Yorkers screaming for Jay-Z. According to Def Jam, Jay’s next video is slated to be “Encore,” and will incorporate footage from his historic Madison Square Garden concert on November 25. … Courtney Love appeared in a Beverly Hills, California, courtroom Thursday (December 11) to face the two felony drug-possession charges against her, but the case was continued while the singer finishes her stint in rehab. Though Love also has a court date Friday for misdemeanor under-the-influence charges, she’s not compelled to appear. Love is next due in court on the felony charges on January 27. …

Rapper Tray Deee of Tha Eastsidaz failed to appear in Long Beach Municipal Court last week for what a spokesperson for the court said was unspecified medical reasons. Tray Deee, whose real name is Tray Muhammad, is facing a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon after firing at a group of people outside a store in November. There is no new court date set at this time. Muhammad still has not posted bond and is being kept at the local jail. … A 23-year-old man fell from a balcony during a Robbie Williams concert in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday and is currently in critical condition. The incident occurred during the first date of Williams’ Australian tour. The man had climbed onto a hand railing and slipped, crashing onto a woman on the floor below. The woman was treated for shock, but was not seriously injured. …

Metallica are slated to drop The Unnamed Feeling EP in the U.K. on January 12. The six-track record includes live tracks recorded in Paris and the video for “The Unnamed Feeling,” a cut off their latest album, St. Anger, which features appearances by surfer Rob Machado and actor Edward Furlong. … Primetime TV might have another dose of Hammer Time in its future. MC Hammer has signed on for a WB comedy series loosely based on his life after he had hits with “U Can’t Touch This” and “Too Legit to Quit” in the early 1990s. The deal is an extension of the pact he made with the WB after his last TV appearance, in the reality series “The Surreal Life.” …

The X-ecutioners provide the original score for the video game “NFL Street,” while cuts from Korn featuring Nas, Fuel, Lostprophets and Killer Mike pepper soundtrack. The game, a seven-on-seven match-up created by the makers of the “Madden NFL” series, is scheduled to hit stores in January. … John Oates (of Hall & Oates fame) is releasing the video for his single “It Girl” a year after it was shot. The video stars none other than Paris Hilton, but the rocker and his producer Jed Leiber, who suggested Oates cast the hotel heiress, insist they are not capitalizing on her newfound celebrity. …

Not only does A.J. McLean‘s mom, Denise McLean, write about her pop star son in the book “Backstreet Mom,” out this month, but she also got him to write about her. A.J. writes the introduction for the autobio, in which his mother describes taking her son to audition and her ensuing roles as the band’s publicist, fan club coordinator and manager, through the band’s success and her son’s subsequent struggles with drugs and alcohol. The book also includes illustrations A.J. drew while in rehab. … Australian punk-abilly trio the Living End are scheduled to drop their fourth album, Modern Artillery, on February 24. The 14-track effort will be preceded by the first single, “Who’s Gonna Save Us,” which goes to radio in mid-January but can be heard in the Farrelly brothers comedy “Stuck on You” now. …

Fans of the Mars Volta can get their hands on a live EP next week, if they know where to look. Only select indie record stores will stock the band’s four-track, 40-plus-minute record on Tuesday. In mid-January, the band plans to hit the studio to record the follow-up to De-Loused in the Comatorium. … Following Bruce Springsteen‘s Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. and Bon Jovi‘s New Jersey, the Garden State can add Pete Yorn‘s new live album to its list of albums bearing its name. The simply titled Live From New Jersey, which was recorded October 29 in Morristown and features a cover of the Boss’ “Atlantic City,” is due January 6. …

Symphonic pop troupe Polyphonic Spree are gearing up for the holidays. On December 19 and 20, the 23-piece outfit will perform in their hometown of Dallas as part of their fourth annual holiday celebration benefiting Toys for Tots. Six bands, including the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, will perform as well, and there will also be a Santa Clause, Mrs. Clause, elves, reindeer and Christmas mime to entertain the audience. On New Year’s Eve, Polyphonic Spree will play in Los Angeles with Grandaddy. For that night, they’ve hired circus performers and an on-site taco truck. … David Bowie‘s 1993 album, Black Tie White Noise, will be re-released by Virgin Records on January 13 as a 3-disc CD/DVD set. The largely under-the-radar original issue reunited Bowie with producer Nile Rodgers, with whom he collaborated on Let’s Dance, and guitarist Mick Ronson (Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars). …

Screamo band A Static Lullaby‘s drummer, Ben Newsham, has been relieved of duty, but he will still tour with the group. “Ben is family to the band and although he won’t be behind the kit, he will still be part of the family,” the group said in a statement. ¬†Newsham was hired in October, following the departure of the band’s previous drummer, Brett Dinovo. …

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Norah Jones is putting the finishing touches on her second album with producer Arif Mardin. Expected to drop in February, the album features a track with country legend Dolly Parton. Jones, who already has five Grammys on her shelf, will be vying for her sixth in February with her collaboration with Willie Nelson, “Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want to Get Over You).” …

According to police reports and search warrants unsealed on Tuesday, police found a bottle of tequila and a glass of brandy on a table inside Phil Spector‘s home the night he is accused of shooting actress Lana Clarkson. The producer had said he was not drinking. Police, who said Clarkson’s broken teeth were found scattered across the foyer, also discovered a man’s white coat with a blood smear on the sleeve in a second-floor bedroom. Spector’s attorney, Robert Shapiro, responded Wednesday (December 10) in a statement that said scientific evidence “clearly and unequivocally is consistent with a self-inflicted wound that was not the result of any action on the part of Phil Spector.” …

Video clips of the Roots‘ recording sessions for their next album, The Tipping Point, have been put up on www.okayplayer.com. Studio sessions for the album, due in the spring, have been loose-knit jams with many local Philly musicians and other artists, like Common, Jill Scott and James Poyser. Fans of the group should beware, though: The candles and incense have been replaced by strippers and booze. … Blink-182 have tapped Jonas Akerlund (Madonna, Metallica) to direct the video for “I Miss You,” the follow-up to “Feeling This.” The shoot is scheduled for December 17 in Los Angeles. …

If you thought the RIAA meant business in its crusade against music pirates before, the group just appointed a man with almost 30 years of experience in busting gunrunners and moonshiners to head up its Anti-Piracy Unit. Bradley Buckles, the director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for the past four years, has been appointed to the position. The Anti-Piracy Unit works with local law enforcement to crack down on illegal CD-bootlegging operations. … Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey will co-host and perform on “Dick Clark‘s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2004,” which will air on ABC in three parts late December 31 and early January 1. Black Eyed Peas, 3 Doors Down, Bow Wow, Jagged Edge, Jason Mraz, Hall & Oates and Donna Summer will also take the stage, and previously recorded performances from Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Kiss, Avril Lavigne and Tim McGraw will be featured as well. …

Interviews with such hip-hop stars as Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes and Fat Joe, along with legends Rakim, Marley Marl and Jam Master Jay, are featured in the documentary “Hip Hop Immortals: We Got Your Kids,” due February 10 on DVD. The film was made by Sock Bandits, the team behind the photography book “Hip Hop Immortals.” A trailer is available for preview at www.wegotyourkids.com. … Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has penned his autobiography, “White Line Fever,” and you can bet the white line he’s referring to isn’t a lane divider on a highway. The book, written with the assistance of former Rip magazine associate editor Janiss Garza, tells the decadent, turbulent life story of one of heavy metal’s greatest icons. “White Line Fever” will be published on January 4 by Citadel Press. …

Neil Young & Crazy Horse will launch a new tour leg in support of Greendale on February 19 in Vancouver. Exact dates will be announced soon. … Simple Plan will tour with MXPX starting January 26 in Kansas City, Missouri. The last scheduled show is February 25. Sugarcult will open on all dates; Motion City Soundtrack will join the bill from January 25 to February 8, and Billy Talent will take their place from February 9 until February 25. …

Chris Isaak will play rock legend Roy Orbison and sing “Only the Lonely” in a February 22 episode of the NBC series “American Dreams.” The program will be shot December 18 in Los Angeles. … Arista Records President and CEO Antonio “LA” Reid will deliver the keynote address at the 2004 South by Southwest Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas. The five-day event kicks off March 18. …

Junior Senior, Meshell Ndegeocello and Rufus Wainwright are among the artists nominated for GLAAD’s Outstanding Music Artist award at the organization’s 15th annual Media Awards. Three ceremonies in as many cities, beginning March 27 in Los Angeles, honor the media’s fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. … Bob Pollard and his band Guided by Voices will hit the road for a month beginning on New Year’s Eve in San Diego. The band will mostly play Midwest and Southern cities afterward, ending up in Columbus, Ohio, on January 24. The trek is in support of the band’s recent greatest-hits album, The Best of Guided by Voices: Human Amusements at Hourly Rates, and box set, Hardcore UFOs: Revelations, Epiphanies and Fast Food in the Western Hemisphere.

TV cameras showed Denver Broncos running back Clinton Portis strutting down the sidelines of Denver’s Invesco Field on Sunday wearing a championship boxing belt after a record-setting day (218 yards, five rushing TDs). Portis said the large, customized belt was given to him before the game by rapper and optimistic friend Pastor Troy, who, like Portis, is from the Dirty South. … Instruction, Quicksand guitarist Tom Capone‘s new band with members of Errortype:11, are recording in Los Angeles. Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Jane’s Addiction) is producing. …

Avenged Sevenfold shot a video for “Unholy Confessions,” the second single from Waking the Fallen, Tuesday in Los Angeles. Thomas Mignone (Slipknot, Superjoint Ritual) directed. … Metal quartet Otep have handed guitarist Rob his walking papers without any explanation, according to his post on an Otep online forum. Drummer Moke was dismissed under similar circumstances, Rob also alleged. “Art is war, there will be casualties,” read a post from the band’s singer/namesake on the group’s Web site. The band is working on its second album. …

Andrew W.K. has hired his former guitar tech Kendall to replace guitarist James Mecherle, who quit last month. Andrew W.K.’s next North American show is New Year’s Eve in San Francisco. … My Morning Jacket will hit the road early next year. The tour will launch January 3 in Nashville and will run through January 23. … Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and former VH singer Sammy Hagar will perform at the Houston SuperBash, a five-day outdoor celebration the week of the Super Bowl. Other acts scheduled to perform include Eve 6, Better Than Ezra, Reverend Horton Heat and Asleep at the Wheel. Tickets are $20 a day or $38 for the week. …