For The Record: Quick News On Paris Hilton, Baby, Pastor Troy, P.O.D., Courtney Love, The Alarm & More

Not that she needs the money, but Paris Hilton has sold her book proposal for just under a million dollars. The hotel heiress’ book, now called “Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose,” will come out as a 208-page hardcover in September via Simon & Schuster. …

Baby‘s got a new pair of shoes. The Cash Money rapper/executive will launch a signature sneaker on May 15 in association with the Lugz shoe company. The design is described by Lugz as being “clean cut.” Included with every pair of kicks will be a “bling bling” Cash Money stack clip, presumably for holding the leftover money that isn’t spent on the $70 pair of shoes. … Rapper Pastor Troy and two of his bodyguards were arrested in Fayetteville, Georgia, late Friday night when less than an ounce of marijuana was found in a yellow Ford F-650 truck in which they were riding. The MC, who was featured on the Lil Jon hit “Throw It Up,” is accused by Fayette County sheriff’s deputies of also giving a fake identity. Pastor Troy, whose real name is Micah Levar Troy, only admitted his identity after passersby kept yelling out his rap moniker and cops discovered a copy of his CD in his truck. Pastor Troy faces one count of misdemeanor drug possession and one count of giving police a fictitious name. He was brought into county jail and later posted bond. …

P.O.D. will head out with Lacuna Coil, Blindside and Hazen Street on May 1 in Denver after they wrap up their current tour with Linkin Park. The bands will play around 40 shows in total. … Cold will launch a tour with Sevendust on April 7. Dates will run through the first week in June, according to a post on Cold’s Web site. …

After playing two solo shows last week in Los Angeles — one at the Viper Room on Thursday, another at the Roxy on Friday — Courtney Love addressed her misdemeanor drug charges in an L.A. courtroom on Monday (February 23). Her new lawyer, Michael Rosenstein, asked for more time, which was granted despite objections from the prosecution. A trial date has been set for March 8. Meanwhile, a wedding date for the singer has been set as well — for the ceremony she’s going to officiate as part of a radio contest promotion with 23 stations across the country, that is. Love will perform the wedding ceremony on May 8 in Lake Tahoe, California, for a group of winners, according to her label rep. … Meanwhile, Scott Weiland got a trial date for his drug charges as well. The singer will stand trial for his charge of driving while under the influence of drugs starting March 15, according to the Los Angeles city attorney’s office. …

As pursuant to a settlement reached by the five major music distributors and the plaintiffs of an anti-trust lawsuit filed against them in 2000, some 3.5 million people who bought recorded music between 1995 and 2000 were mailed a refund check for $13.86 on Friday. The suit alleged that the distributors conspired to raise the prices of vinyl records, CDs and cassettes by imposing a minimum pricing policy. … ’80s rock band the Alarm have landed their first top-30 hit in their native U.K. in 15 years, and all they had to do was change their name. The band recorded the track “45RPM” under the name the Poppy Fields, and for the video used teenage stand-ins to mouth the lyrics. The Alarm claim they disguised themselves as a younger group simply to prove that the pop-music industry is biased against older musicians. …

02.20.2004

And the New York Yankees thought they had a heck of a lineup. Don’t make Dr. Dre laugh. He’s bolstered his Aftermath label roster, which already includes 50 Cent and Eminem, by officially inking a deal with Busta Rhymes. No official word yet on Busta’s impending LP. …

Those who caught some recent John Mayer shows may have encountered songs they didn’t know by heart. Mayer has been road-testing tracks that may surface on the successor to last year’s Heavier Things. He’s also stressing the “writer” part of his omnipresent “singer/songwriter” descriptor with a monthly column for Esquire magazine, set to start with the June issue. … Courtney Love played a solo show at Los Angeles’ Viper Room on Thursday. The singer, with a new band, played selections from her solo debut, America’s Sweetheart, as well as material from her former band Hole. … Serjical Strike Records, the label owned by System of a Down singer Serj Tankian, will release the second album by Bad Acid Trip on April 20. The 17-track disc was produced by SOAD guitarist Daron Malakian. …

The Dave Matthews Band has released plans for its third consecutive summer tour, set to kick off on June 17 in Maryland Heights, Missouri, and wrap on September 5, in George, Washington. The 42-date trek will follow Matthews’ solo performance at the fourth annual Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. … Fans of Danger Mouse‘s The Grey Album — a mix of vocals from Jay-Z‘s The Black Album with music from the BeatlesThe White Album — are being asked to take part in the Grey Tuesday protest (Greytuesday.org) by posting the album on fan sites for 24 hours beginning Tuesday. Downhill Battle, a music activism project, organized the protest after EMI issued a cease-and-desist order. The protest aims to act as a “day of coordinated civil disobedience” to major labels who want to “control what musicians can create” by limiting their use of samples. …