For The Record: Quick News On Gwen Stefani, Scott Weiland, 50 Cent, Lollapalooza, Kanye West, & More

Organizers for Lollapalooza said the festival will return this summer, despite some reports of poor ticket sales last year. A lineup is being finalized and will be announced at a later date. … Scott Weiland appeared in two separate courtrooms to address drug charges on Friday (January 23) before being ordered back into lockdown rehab. The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman and current Velvet Revolver singer pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in Los Angeles Superior Court to charges of driving under the influence of drugs, stemming from his late October arrest. But because Weiland had left his court-ordered lockdown rehab last month, the singer was ordered into another six-month lockdown stint at a separate, undisclosed facility, with six months of aftercare treatment. Should Weiland walk away from this round of rehab, or test positive for drug use, a bench warrant will be issued for his arrest. His next progress report is scheduled for March 5. …

Gwen Stefani continues to make progress on her forthcoming solo debut, which now has a tentative title of What You Waiting For?, according to Entertainment Weekly, as well as a projected release date of July, according to her label. The No Doubt singer, who plans to continue writing until the end of March, is next set to collaborate with R&B singer Anthony Hamilton. … 50 Cent was the center of attention when he recently visited an upstate New York correctional facility where he was once incarcerated. According to the New York Daily News, 50 attended a graduation ceremony for a relative held at the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility this week along with a host of friends, and a few of the guards were less than pleased with the treatment the multiplatinum rapper received, saying that the ex-con was “treated in higher regard than the staff at the facility.” Normally, visitors attending a graduation at the boot camp would walk from the entrance of the facility to an area where the ceremony is held. 50, on the other hand, got the plush treatment and was driven, along with his guests, to and from the graduation. Afterward, 50 signed shirts, photos and albums
for employees. …

Conscious-minded rappers Dilated Peoples are set to drop their third album, Neighborhood Watch, on April 6. Kanye West will appear in the video, currently in production, for the single “This Way,” a track to which he also lent his vocals. … Tamyra Gray, who was dropped from J Records, is meeting with other labels under the BMG conglomerate this week, according to her management. The popular finalist from the first season of “American Idol” is finished recording her debut album, which includes production from Scott Storch (Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé). “I’ve heard Tamyra’s record and it’s phenomenal,” Kelly Clarkson said recently. …

After a three-month run, Michelle Williams is stepping off the Broadway stage on February 15 to make room for Deborah Cox, who will replace the Destiny’s Child singer in “Aida.” Cox will take her turn at the title role, as the Nubian princess forced into captivity only to win the love of the soldier who captured her, for a four-month limited engagement scheduled through June 13. … Inspirational songs from P.O.D., Nickelback and the Foo Fighters are among those included on Committed 2 Rock, a compilation due January 27. Organized by producer David Pack (Kenny Loggins) after reading about a recent double suicide, the album also features Moby, Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Eat World, 311 and Jars of Clay. …

Former Jethro Tull member David Palmer has had a sex-change operation and is now going by Dee Palmer, according to the Daily Scotsman. Palmer joined Tull in 1976 as a keyboard player but began arranging orchestral music for the band for its first album, This Was, in 1968. The paper reported that the band’s Ian Anderson released a statement saying he hoped fans would accept Palmer as a woman. “I have known for the past two years of David Palmer’s intention to undergo gender-changing procedures and, like many other people who have known David for three decades as a bearded, pipe-smoking man’s man, I found it difficult to understand at first,” he said. “But I fully support his decision to undertake a new life as a woman.” …

Dave Holland, former drummer for Judas Priest, was convicted Friday of attempting to rape a 17-year-old boy with learning difficulties to whom he was giving drum lessons, according to The Associated Press. A jury at Northampton Crown Court in London found Holland guilty of one charge of attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault. Spiros Laouitaris, also accused in the case, was cleared. … Fresh from getting his face pummeled by White Stripes frontman Jack White, Jason Stollsteimer and his band the Von Bondies will promote their major-label debut, Pawn Shoppe Heart, due March 10, with a North American tour kicking off February 18 in East Lansing, Michigan. The outing wraps March 29 in Hollywood. …

The Crystal Method will hit the road beginning February 26 in Sacramento, California, for a tour to promote their just-released third album, Legion of Boom. Along the tour, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland will meet with fans who bring the artwork from the CD to the shows, which are currently scheduled through March 30 in Charlotte, North Carolina. … Guitarist Warren Haynes has joined the evolving lineup of the Dead, featuring former members of the Grateful Dead Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart. Haynes will also continue playing in Gov’t Mule and the Allman Brothers Band. The new Dead lineup will debut February 9 at the second annual Winter Jam at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. …

Simon and Garfunkel are planning another leg of their reunion tour, which wrapped in December. Dates have yet to be announced, but the trek is expected to launch in June. … Mars Volta will open for A Perfect Circle starting March 18 in Salt Lake City. Dates are scheduled through April 16 in Chicago. …

Grandaddy, Saves the Day and the Fire Theft will begin a North American tour on March 1 in Santa Cruz, California. Dates run through April 17 in Los Angeles. … German pop-electronic outfit the Notwist will release their Different Cars and Trains remix EP on January 27. The disc will feature a first-time joint remix by Four Tet and Manitoba as well as mixes by Console. To promote the project, the quartet will hit the U.S. for a 13-date trek beginning February 3 in New York and wrapping up February 17 in Los Angeles. …

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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 last year’s How to Start a Fire. 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. …