For The Record: Quick News On Nick And Jessica, Lil’ Kim, Beanie Sigel, Jay-Z, Something Corporate & More

After submitting a book proposal to New York publishers earlier this year, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey have now fielded at least one offer — reportedly in the $1 million range — for their proposed how-to, “Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey’s Secrets for a Happy (and Sexy!) Marriage.” “Nick and I would love to do a book about ’Newlyweds,’ about surviving it and what goes into it, what to expect,” Simpson said. “I think people expect marriage to be perfection, and that’s not what it is. You see that on the ’Newlyweds’ — we fight all the time. That’s what makes a marriage healthy. We are no scholars on relationships, but I think we’re definitely in a groove.” However, the couple’s literary agent said that they’re going to pass on the current offer on the table. …

Lil’ Kim was in federal court Monday (April 19) in New York for a pretrial hearing. Kimberly Jones stands accused of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to investigators about her involvement in a February 2001 shooting. Judge Gerard E. Lynch set a schedule for discovery. A trial date has been set for November 15. … Jay-Z and Damon Dash showed up to the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia on Monday to lend support to Beanie Sigel in his trial on attempted murder charges. Beanie’s trial is scheduled to wrap up Tuesday. … Sigel is almost done making his third LP, The B-Coming, now slated for July. The first single, “Wanted,” features Cam’ron and samples Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive.” …

Lucky Nites, a potent potable made possible by Lil’ Flip, will be available May 1. According to Flip, the pineapple-flavored alcoholic beverage tastes like an amaretto sour, but “way stronger.” … Puddle of Mudd have been tacked onto the Nickelback/ 3 Doors Down tour, beginning June 30 in Milwaukee. The 18-city trek concludes July 30 in the Woodlands, Texas. … Something Corporate were forced to tone down their show Saturday in Waltham, Massachusetts, much to the dismay of their fans, because some members of the audience were passing out from the heat. As authorities unplugged the band’s equipment, the group nevertheless played on, ending its set with “If You C Jordan” accompanied only by singer Andrew McMahon’s piano and Brian Ireland’s drums. …

Vince Neil has been hit with a lawsuit from the Nevada prostitute whom he pleaded no contest to assaulting. Filed last week, the suit from Andrea “TrixXxie Blue” Terry claims that the Mötley Crüe singer attacked her after she and another prostitute refused to have sex with him until they were first paid. Her suit also accuses her former boss, brothel owner Dennis Hof, of being negligent because the panic button in her room wasn’t working. She’s asking for at least $20,000 in lost wages and other costs stemming from the incident, which happened last July. … Courtney Love has gotten a breather in her round of court dates. Though the singer had two back-to-back dates last week in Los Angeles on separate drug charges, a hearing originally scheduled for Monday to address her New York charges of third-degree assault and reckless endangerment, stemming from a club gig where she allegedly threw her mic stand into the crowd, hitting a fan in the head, has been postponed. Her new hearing is scheduled for May 13. …

Don King and company partied hard over the weekend in New York. On Friday, King and sports management/entertainment company CMX held a reception at the St. Regis hotel, where Ray J, Heavy D and Drew’s mom Jaid Barrymore were among the guests. On Saturday, King and CMX held an afterparty for the Chris Byrd vs. Andrew Golota heavyweight title fight at the 40/40 Club. The club’s owner, Jay-Z was on hand, welcoming guests like New Jersey Net Kenyon Martin and telling everyone to “enjoy.” … Instead of “Must See TV,” fans of the Polyphonic Spree are calling Tuesday “Must Spree TV.” The 29-member robed choir will appear on NBC’s “Scrubs,” with one of the 29 playing a key role in the episode. Later in the evening, the out-there ensemble will perform on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” The televised face time, along with a stint opening for David Bowie and on the Lollapalooza tour, is in support of the band’s second album, Together We’re Heavy, due July 13. …

After two albums and more than a decade together, Boy Hits Car have put it in park, permanently. The Los Angeles quartet could not continue after guitarist Louis announced that he was leaving to pursue other interests. The band’s final show will be Saturday at the Whisky in Hollywood. … Systematic, the first group signed to Lars Ulrich’s imprint Music Company, have broken up following an April 9 show in Livermore, California. The band’s second album, Pleasure to Burn, was released last year. … Warren Zevon’s ex-wife Crystal has sold a proposal to write a book about her late singer/songwriter husband. To be called “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: The Life and Times of Warren Zevon,” the memoir will be published by Harper Collins imprint Ecco Press. …

04.16.2004

Look for a D-Block collaboration with the “lead singer” of D12’s band. According to Jadakiss, Eminem will rap on and produce a record for him called “Welcome to D-Block.” That track is one of the last additions to Kiss’ June 15 Kiss of Death LP and will most likely also feature Sheek and Styles of the LOX. Jada said he’s secured Mariah Carey to sing on another song. …

Thanks to “American Idol” reject William Hung, more horrifyingly stinky singers are about to come our way. The WB has announced it’s planning to launch “The WB’s Superstar USA,” a seven-episode series showcasing various talentless crooners vying for a recording deal worth $100,000. The show begins airing on May 17. … Kurt Cobain is also coming to the WB. The network has obtained the rights to Charles Cross’ biography of the late Nirvana frontman, “Heavier Than Heaven,” and has hired Robert Munic to write the script for the untitled movie, expected to hit prime time as soon as next season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s hard to imagine anything better than a hot fish taco served with love by Blink-182’s Travis Barker, and that’s exactly what patrons of the newest branch of the 15-year-old Wahoo’s Fish Taco chain in Norco, California, will be enjoying at its grand opening Sunday. Barker is a part owner of the fast-food joint, the decor of which will stay consistent with the surf vibe of its sister locations while also adding a touch of rock and roll. Besides an appearance by Barker’s Blink bandmate Mark Hoppus, Sunday’s events will also include a skateboard and Moto-X demonstration. A portion of the grand-opening proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. … Starting Monday, fans of Justin Hawkins’ hair-raising falsetto and alluring jumpsuits can hunker down in front of their computers and watch him and the Darkness doing their thing, for free. RealNetworks is offering three live video tracks, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” “Growing on Me” and “Get Your Hands Off My Woman,” from the British band’s debut album, Permission to Land, over at www.real.com through early May. …

Watchers of “The O.C.” will be able to ch-check out the new Beastie Boys single without turning on their radio. On April 28, the day the debut single off the group’s first album in six years, To the 5 Boroughs, is available for download on iTunes and begins to surface at radio, the tune, “Ch-Check It Out,” will be featured on the show … In other “O.C.” news, singer Jem will adopt the role of a wedding singer and perform a version of Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” when Marissa’s mother, Julie, weds Caleb on the season finale May 5. …

After appearing in court for felony drug-possession charges Thursday, Courtney Love was in a Los Angeles court on Friday (April 16) on separate misdemeanor drug and disorderly conduct charges. The case was continued until May 3 so that the defense would have more time to get an independent urine analysis, according to a court clerk. On Thursday night’s appearance on “The Tonight Show,” Love told Jay Leno that she might as well run for attorney general for the state of California (“It might help”), and told the talk-show host that she was probably too sarcastic when the police came to her Beverly Hills home, since she made comments like, “You have to leave soon, my pimp is coming home,” “Someone’s holding my place in the methadone line,” “I’ve been on a peyote jag for two years now,” and “The crack pipes are down there with the steak knives.” “And you couldn’t be more sorry, right?” Leno asked her while she gave a sheepish grin and shrugged. “I’m no angel,” she said, “but I’m no devil.” …

Early work by Marilyn Manson and his original band the Spooky Kids is hitting shelves Tuesday under the name Lunch Boxes and Choklit Cows. Prior to the release of Manson’s 1994 debut, Portrait of an American Family, the Spooky Kids — Manson (then Brian Warner), Daisy Berkowitz (Scott Putesky), Madonna Wayne Gacy (Stephen Bier) and Gidget Gein (Brad Stewart) — recorded such songs as “Meat for a Queen,” “White Knuckles” and eight other tracks that comprise the album. … KRS-One and his Temple of Hiphop are now saying that they will not be holding their upcoming cultural conference about math and science on May 19 at NASA’s headquarters as they had planned. No venue has been announced for the event — which is part of the seventh annual Hip-Hop Appreciation Week — but KRS says he expects to have a place lined up soon. …