For The Record: Quick News On Paris Hilton, Alicia Keys, Nas, Weezer, Nelly, Nickelback, Prince, Snoop Dogg & More

Paris Hilton — celebutante, reality TV show star, alleged recording artist and now author? The hotel heiress is currently shopping a dozen-page book proposal in the hopes of landing a million-dollar deal. Merle Ginsberg would ghost write and Jeff Vespa would provide personal photographs of the sometime model for the pic-heavy "Tongue-in-Chic: Confessions of an Heiress." The book would instruct the unfortunate how to be fabulous ("Eat only junk like McDonald's and chocolate milk or the most fabulous food like fois gras and caviar, never anything in-between") and offer a bit of kiss-and-tell. Nick Carter, watch out ... Alicia Keys also wants to get into the writing game, and is also seeking a seven-figure deal, but has no written proposal and won't take meetings. Still, her literary agent is talking her up to New York publishers, who say that the singer hopes to convert her journal entries into a more structured book. ...

Nelly is the man when it comes to June releases. Both of his solo LPs put up huge numbers in the sixth month of the year when they dropped, and he's hoping the third time around won't be any different. The St. Louis MC is in the lab banging out his next opus, and he wants to have it in stores by the end of June. ... Weezer's new DVD, "Video Capture Device," featuring live footage and music videos, and a reissue of their 1994 self-titled debut album are both set to drop March 23. A bonus disc of B-sides and rarities will accompany the LP, known among fans as The Blue Album. A new record by Rivers Cuomo and company, meanwhile, is being developed under the eye of producer Rick Rubin. ...

Snoop Dogg will host the inaugural Snooper Bowl on January 31 at Barnett Sports Complex in Houston. The Snoop Dogg All-Stars, featuring the rapper as receiver, will play the semi-pro Houston Gunslingers in the game, which will raise money for Snoop's Save a Life Foundation. Earlier in the day, Snoop will coach his son's Pop Warner League team in a game against a Houston team coached by NFL star Ricky Williams. That game, at the Delmar Sports Complex, will benefit the Ricky Williams Foundation. Details are available at www.snoopbowl.com. ... Songs for Life, an AIDS benefit album released in October, is now available internationally and as individual tracks on kazaa.com. Remixes of Britney Spears' "Stronger," Destiny Child's "Happy Face" and Mary J. Blige's "Keep Your Head Up" are among the contributions to the 18-track LP. ...

Nas was due in a Manhattan court on Tuesday to hear charges of second-degree assault stemming from an incident inside New York's Cielo nightclub on December 10. The hearing, however, was adjourned until April 19. ... R&B crooner Glenn Lewis must cough up $33,400 (Canadian $43,500) to a Toronto club bouncer for smacking his face with a microphone during a brawl in 1998. The melee erupted after Lewis refused to remove his hat inside the nightclub. The fine is the only judgment levied against Lewis from the incident; he was acquitted of assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault in May 2002. ...

Prince has had his lawyers shut down yet another fan site on the Internet. What distinguishes this shut-down, however, is that instead of posting bootlegs, Guide2Prince.org's focus was only to discuss and review them. Guide2Prince.org will cease operations at the end of the month, according to a post on the site, while the domain name will be available on eBay starting January 25. The site's operator said that his personal Prince collection would be auctioned off on eBay as well. ... C-Murder continued to seek a new murder trial Wednesday in the latest in a series of hearings where his attorneys try to show that the prosecution withheld information from the defense and provided special favors in exchange for testimony. A detective on the case testified Wednesday that he had assisted key witness Tenika Rankins in getting a new court date for her outstanding traffic tickets but did not offer any additional help other than to offer her protection because she said she was scared of testifying against the rapper. Meanwhile, prosecutors alleged perjury against another key witness, Eloise Matthews, who testified last month during one of several hearings in the defense's effort for a new trial that she saw another person with a pistol but that detectives were not interested in hearing about it. Prosecutors said Matthews had previously testified before a grand jury that she saw no one with a gun. The next hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. ...

Master P's 10th album, Good Side/Bad Side, due March 23, will be coupled with a companion DVD, as will all No Limit releases after the imprint inked a distribution deal with Koch Records. A new album by Lil' Romeo is expected in early summer, followed by one from Silkk the Shocker later this year. ... Eminem's ex-wife, Kimberly Mathers, was sentenced Wednesday to two years' probation after pleading guilty to a drug charge and a driving offense. In exchange for the guilty pleas, charges of driving with a suspended license and maintaining a drug house were dropped. The charges stem from a June traffic stop. ...

After sending his bandmates an e-mail announcing his departure from Further Seems Forever as they neared completion of their second album, frontman Jason Gleason has agreed to record his vocals for the LP, which follows 2001's The Moon Is Down. It's not known whether he will continue with the group after that. ... Canadian rockers Nickelback will have a four-night residency on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" from February 10 to 13 when the show tapes in Toronto. The band is in the middle of its Canadian tour, which runs through February 23 in Quebec City. ... Andrew W.K. has posted an online video game on his Web site in which players can assume the role of the hyperactive singer as he rides a grand piano down a highway. Players must dodge manhole covers, cats, trucks and motorcycles and pick up glowing balls that offer bonus points. ...

1.21.2004

Sting and Sean Paul will perform together for the first time at the 46th annual Grammy Awards. They, along with the Black Eyed Peas and country singer Martina McBride, join previously announced performers Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, the White Stripes and Outkast. Meanwhile, last year's Grammy golden girl Norah Jones, John Mayer, Pharrell Williams and actors Sean Astin ("The Lord of the Rings") and Amber Tamblyn (CBS' "Joan of Arcadia") are the first presenters to be announced for the awards show, which is set for February 8 in Los Angeles. ...

During NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, Snoop Dogg, Bow Wow, Chingy and David Banner will play on a celebrity basketball team and compete against a legends roster featuring Flynn Robinson, Jerry Chambers and the Harlem Globetrotters' Meadowlark Lemon, among others. Snoop and Free are coaching the celebs, while Dominique Wilkins and Lucius Allen are coaching the legends. The Champs Sports Hoop Magic Celebrity All-Star Game, hosted by Magic Johnson and benefiting the Magic Johnson Foundation, is scheduled for February 14 at the Great Western Forum. Kanye West and Banner will perform at halftime. ... The night before, Shaquille O'Neal will celebrate the All-Star Weekend's return to L.A. with a party at the Playboy mansion. P. Diddy, Outkast, DMX, Ja Rule, Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys and Mos Def are on the guest list. ...

Outkast, Kelis, the Crystal Method, Basement Jaxx and BT are among the artists nominated for DanceStar USA 2004 Awards. The presentations will be made by the Dance Music Academy on March 9 in Miami. At the event, Moby will be given an award for Outstanding Contribution to American Dance Music. ... Jay-Z has a shoe contract with Reebok, but that doesn't stop him from taking gifts from its competitors. Nike bequeathed the retiring rapper with a customized pair of black dunks in celebration of his most recent album, The Black Album. The shoes are not sold in stores and are strictly for Jay's feet only. ...

Dave Matthews is releasing "Save Me" as the second single from his solo album, Some Devil. The video, directed by photographer Danny Clinch, is available at www.davematthewsband.com. ... JC Chasez has finalized the track list for his solo debut, Schizophrenic, due February 24. Songs include "Some Girls (Dance With Women)," "She Got Me," "100 Ways," "Mercy," "Build My World," "Something Special," "If You Were My Girl," "Shake It" (featuring the Basement Jaxx), "All Day Long I Dream About Sex," "One Night Stand," "Come to Me," "Dear Goodbye," "Everything You Want," "Lose Myself" and "Right Here By Your Side." ...

In the days following Michael Jackson's arraignment, his attorney Mark Geragos and Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon submitted written arguments to the judge's gag order barring them from speaking about the case. Geragos requested on Friday that he be allowed to respond to false information about his client, with his proposed addition to the gag order, filed Tuesday, asking that the attorneys be allowed to respond to statements that would otherwise result in "undue prejudice" or "adverse publicity." Sneddon's written argument, however, submitted that the attorneys should only be allowed to issue written responses, and only when the basis of a question is false. He also asked that the attorneys on each side confer with each other and agree upon the released responses. ... As Courtney Love readies her forthcoming album, America's Sweetheart, she's got yet another legal battle on her hands. Love is now being sued by the California law firm that helped her settle her lawsuit against her former record label, because she still owes it for its services, according to a lawsuit filed last month in Santa Barbara Superior Court. The law firm Cappello & McCann claims that the singer owes $228,926 for her two-year fight with Universal Music Group. Love's current lawyer had no comment. ...

Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge and Ben Harper will perform at the first in a series of Rock for Choice-sponsored concerts scheduled for 2004 in conjunction with a voter-registration campaign focusing on the continuing threat to women's rights. Friday's show at the Hollywood Palladium will also feature Brittany Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Amy Brenneman, Nia Vardalos, Laura Dern and Camryn Manheim, who will speak about women's rights. ... Rapper Mos Def tried his hand at rock music when he formed the band Black Jack Johnson three years ago, and now he'll take on jazz. The rapper's scheduled to perform three nights, February 13-15, at the Blue Note jazz club in New York as part of the club's "Another Side Series," which encourages artists to branch out from their traditional genres. Backing Mos will be a five-piece jazz band that includes drummer Will Calhoun and trumpeter Wallace Roney. ...

Slipknot's new song "Don't Get Close" will be included in an upcoming yet-untitled Activision game, which is scheduled for release in April. A different edit of the track will appear on Slipknot's next studio album, due this summer. ... My Morning Jacket lead guitarist Johnny Quaid and keyboardist Danny Cash have left the band in order to devote more time to other pursuits. In a post on the group's Web site, original member Quaid wrote, "My country ass is now ready to go the f--- home." Cash offered a similar sentiment: "As much as I love the band and the music we make, it's just not worth sacrificing my home life." Guitarist Carl Broemel and keyboard player Bo Koster are filling in on the band's North American tour, which runs through January 31 in Washington, D.C. ...

The Who will revisit their rock opera Tommy at a Teenage Cancer Trust benefit show on March 29 at London's Royal Albert Hall. It will be the band's first gig since guitarist Pete Townshend was cleared of child-pornography allegations in May. The Who have also scheduled a U.K. show at the Isle of Wight Festival on June 12. ... The Meat Puppets will release the 24-song best-of record Classic Puppets on February 3. The album will feature tracks from seven of the group's albums, along with previously unreleased live and studio tracks. ... The third full-length album by the Kids of Widney High, a group of students from a special-education high school in Los Angeles that was introduced to most by Mike Patton's Ipecac label in 1999, is due February 10. The kids recently filmed a scene in the next Farrelly brothers movie, "The Ringer," in Austin, Texas, and a documentary film about them is in the works. ...