For The Record: Quick News On Beanie Sigel, Hilary Duff, Josh Homme, Jessica Simpson, Vince Neil & More

As his lawyer indicated on Tuesday, Roc-A-Fella rapper Beanie Sigel pleaded guilty Thursday (April 8) to a gun charge stemming from an April 20, 2003, chase and arrest with Philadelphia police. Sentencing is set for July 8. Sigel's attorney will ask the judge for a shorter sentence than the three years federal guidelines suggest, and to take into account his client's community service, time served and drug rehab completion. ...

The Eagles of Death Metal, a side project of Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, canceled a show in Philadelphia Tuesday after Homme got into a bar fight following a show in New York the night before. Homme and girlfriend Brody Dalle of the Distillers hit an East Village watering hole after the Eagles played on Monday, and a fight with a bar patron broke out around 2:30 a.m. Homme was able to perform on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" on Wednesday. ... Hilary Duff has been sneaking into the recording studio in between shooting movies. "I've recorded like three songs for the new album," Duff said of her fall release. "I'm gonna be touring over the summer with Metamorphosis, the old album, but I'll have some new songs mixed in there." ...

Remember the "Motorock" T-shirt Jessica Simpson wears in her video for "With You"? It's now at the center of a lawsuit the singer's filed against a promotional company she agreed to do endorsement work for. According to the contract included in the complaint, which was filed last week in U.S. District Court, Simpson agreed to perform at last October's Grand Prix of Puerto Rico and to wear a logo'ed T-shirt promoting the concert on "TRL" when she premiered her video. She also agreed to use a portion of the clip with her in the "Motorock" T-shirt during the title squeeze at the end of "Newlyweds." Though the concert was eventually canceled, Simpson claims she's still owed her $140,000 fee. ... If you've heard the song in the new Audi TV spot, a mash-up of David Bowie's classic "Rebel Rebel" and "Never Get Old" from his latest album, Reality, and think you could do better, now's your chance. A contest beginning Thursday asks fans to create a new hybrid tune from one of Bowie's classics and one off of Reality, using free mash-up software available at www.neverfollow.com. The grand-prize winner receives a 2004 Audi TT coupe, second place gets a set of Sony media software, and third prize is a Sony Vaio laptop. ...

Vince Neil is in the clear for one battery case but about to go to trial for another. The Mötley Crüe singer faced misdemeanor battery charges after an incident two years ago outside a Hollywood nightclub, when he was accused of attacking a record producer, but those charges have now been dismissed since he completed more than 100 hours of community service. Neil remains accused of attacking a Nevada prostitute in July. He goes to trial on that misdemeanor battery charge April 22. ... The Beatles may have the home-field advantage in the ongoing trademark battle between their record company, Apple Corp. Ltd., and Apple Computer. A high court judge in London denied the computer company's motion to move the case to the U.S. but allowed it to appeal the decision. Apple Corp.'s suit claims the maker of iMacs and iPods violated a 1991 agreement when it entered the music business with the launch of the iTunes music store. ...

Flaw's second album, Endangered Species, will come out May 4. The first single, "Recognize," has been sent to rock radio. The disc was produced by David Bottrill, who has worked with Tool, Godsmack and Peter Gabriel. ... Jurassic 5's DJ Nu-Mark is releasing a mix CD through Sequence Records on April 20. Hands On includes three new songs from the turntablist, including "Chali 2NA Comin' Thru," featuring his J5 rap cohort Chali 2na. ...

Fans attending Morrissey's show at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England, on May 22 had better not leave their seats for a hot dog; the show might be over before they find a vendor. The staunch vegetarian, who sang "Meat Is Murder" on the Smiths' second album of the same name in 1985, is asking there be no meat vendors in the arena when he performs. ... Disco Biscuits bassist Marc Brownstein and sportswriter Andy Bernstein have founded Headcount, a nonprofit organization that will register voters at jam-band concerts. Headcount, which includes the Dead's Bob Weir and Moe's Al Schnier on its board of directors, also plans to stage benefit concerts and community events. ...

04.07.2004

Marilyn Manson is tying the knot with longtime girlfriend and burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese. The freaky fiancé popped the question to the 31-year-old Von Teese on March 22, according to the new issue of Us Weekly, which hits newsstands Friday. The wedding bells are expected to toll within a year. ...

Good Charlotte have started recording the follow-up to their breakthrough album, The Young and the Hopeless. Eric Valentine is again producing, and the disc is scheduled for a September release. ... Armed with a bunch of songs written in their hometown of Sacramento, Deftones plan to hit a studio in June for the follow-up to last year's self-titled LP. ... Matt Sharp's full-length debut, the countrified Matt Sharp, is due May 4, though online retailers will get a three-week head start on the on-sale date. Sharp, who left Weezer after 1996's Pinkerton, released the EP Puckett's Versus the Country Boy last year. ...

Three months after guitarist Terry Balsamo packed his bags to shack up with Evanescence, Cold have parted ways with another guitarist. Kelly Hayes has left and has been temporarily replaced by Matt Laughran of the pre-Cold group Grundig. Eddie Rendini of Miami quintet Darwin's Waiting Room has filled the vacancy left by Balsamo. ... Industrial rockers Ministry's new album, Houses of the Molè, due June 22, will include the song "No W," essentially an update of the band's 1992 track "N.W.O." The new tune will also be featured alongside contributions from Sum 41, New Found Glory and NOFX on the compilation Rock Against Bush, due April 20. ...

Parliament/Funkadelic bassist Bootsy Collins will release his new album, Play With Bootsy, on June 8. The space-age funkateer got some of his friends to help him out, including Snoop Dogg, Macy Gray, Fatboy Slim, Lady Miss Kier and, of course, George Clinton. ... Team Love, a label started by Bright Eyes mastermind Conor Oberst, will release its maiden LP, Tilly & the Wall's Wild Like Children, on June 22. The imprint will be distributed by Bright Eyes' Omaha-based label, Saddle Creek Records. ...

The London-based International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, representing companies like Universal Music and EMI, said in a report issued Tuesday that global music sales fell 7.6 percent in 2003, the fourth consecutive year the number has been in decline. U.S. sales had a strong second half but still declined by 6 percent. The group attributed the drop to illegal copying and broadening entertainment options like video games and DVDs. ...