For The Record: Quick News On Ashlee Simpson, Jadakiss, Justin Timberlake, Puddle Of Mudd, Sharon Osbourne & More

Besides her famous sister and brother-in-law, Ashlee Simpson is expecting a whole host of famous faces on future episodes of her reality show. Among them will be Frankie Muniz and Jadakiss, though scenes with Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas have ended up on the cutting-room floor — at least for now. …

The music industry has struck fear in the hearts of another 482 suspected online pirates by filing another round of copyright-infringement lawsuits. The majority of the offenders live in St. Louis (213) and Washington, D.C. (206). … If you count lugging heavy boxes of crap around for Puddle of Mudd lucky, then 22-year-old Gabrielle Askin of Melrose Park, Pennsylvania, is the lucky winner of the band’s golden-ticket contest, as she found a winning ticket in her copy of the band’s Life on Display. Askin will start her duties as a roadie on July 16. …

Metal matriarch Sharon Osbourne has not only become a household name, she’s now even beaten Beelzebub at his own game. According to a readers poll in U.K. metal mag Kerrang!, Osbourne is the most important person to the spirit of rock, above Satan (#2), the DarknessJustin Hawkins (#4) and Kurt Cobain (#7). Hubby Ozzy didn’t even make the top 10. … Last July, Justin Timberlake, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush and the Flaming Lips headlined the Toronto Rocks concert to benefit the city at a time when the SARS health scare was high, and now you can watch the concert DVD in the comfort and safety of your own home when it drops Tuesday. …

Bam! Emeril Lagasse will “kick it up a notch” with Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry Sunday on the Food Network’s “Emeril Live,” when they cook with the guitarist’s hot sauce, called “Joe Perry’s Rock Your World Boneyard Brew.” … Jason Mraz has set an August 24 release date for Tonight, Not Again: Jason Mraz Live at the Eagles Ballroom, a CD/DVD recorded last October in Milwaukee. The set features five previously unreleased songs, including a solo acoustic rendition of Elton John‘s “Rocket Man.” Blues Traveler‘s John Popper and the Ohio Players horn section make appearances. …

Need more hair metal in your life? Photographer David Yellen hung out backstage with Kiss, Poison, Iron Maiden, Slaughter, Ted Nugent, Dokken and Cinderella and has compiled a historical and hilarious collection of the fans that make up their heavy metal parking lots in “Too Fast for Love: Heavy Metal Portraits.” The book will be out in September, with an exhibition in New York running September 10 through October 15 at the Powerhouse Gallery. … Scottish rockers Travis recorded their December 20 show at London’s Alexandra Palace for a DVD due August 24. “Travis at the Palace” features the band performing “Sing,” “Why Does It Always Rain on Me?” and “The Beautiful Occupation,” as well as footage captured backstage and during soundcheck. …

Stan Ridgway has a new album on the way. The former Wall of Voodoo frontman is continuing his solo career with Snakebite: Blacktop Ballads and Fugitive Songs, out August 20, an album that starts as a desert road trip with fringe characters but eventually becomes autobiographical. … New Zealand band the Datsuns will release their second album, Outta Sight/Outta Mind, on September 14. The LP, which follows their self-titled 2003 debut, was produced by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. …

06.22.04

Nas was due in court Monday in New York to face charges of assault, but the case was adjourned until September 21. No explanation was given by the district attorney’s office. The case stems from an incident in December in which the rapper allegedly threw a bottle at a man at a New York nightclub. …

Rapper Cam’ron is the fifth celebrity to design a baseball cap for New Era’s 59Fifty Capture the Flag limited-edition hat series. Cam’s cap features the Diplomats logo on the front, accented in his favorite color, pink, against a mainly purple background — keeping true to the theme of his upcoming album, Purple Haze. Roger Clemens, Fabolous and Bobbito are other celebs who have designed hats for the series. … The photographer run over by Britney Spears‘ mother on Sunday turned out to have only minor injuries from the accident. Though he was taken to the hospital with a suspected broken ankle, X-rays determined that there were no broken bones. The paparazzo has some swelling and is said to be at home resting. Police who arrived at the scene did not ticket Lynne Spears. …

Yellowcard want to know: Does your band have what it takes to open for them on their 2005 tour? Takeover Records is looking to release an album by one talented unsigned band. Interested artists should visit the tent that the label will be sharing with Yellowcard on every date of the upcoming Vans Warped Tour, and drop their demo CD off in the “Demo Submission Van” that will be parked next to the tent. At the end of the tour, Takeover will select 10 of the best demos, post one song from each on the front page of PureVolume.com, and give the public a week to pick the winner. Check out yellowcardrock.com for more details. … “The Wu-Tang Manual,” a book about the Staten Island, New York, rap crew, will be released on October 5. The project is being put together by RZA, who promises the book will tell the Wu-Tang Clan‘s history, decipher the members’ varying alter egos and explain the numerology and Eastern philosophies that inform the group’s identity. …

Scott Weiland has until the end of the month before he’ll have to stand trial for driving under the influence of drugs in Los Angeles. His court date, which has already been pushed back several times, was postponed once again on Tuesday, to June 30. … Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan will appear on the Saturday episode of “America’s Most Wanted” to talk about the unsolved murder of Lorella Lepper, who oversaw the Web site of McKagan’s former band Loaded. In November 2002, Lepper was stabbed to death in her apartment in Los Angeles. …

Make that two Roc-A-Fella honchos with their own kicks. Dame Dash has purchased Pro-Keds sneakers but says he’ll still wait a few more months before he thinks about retiring his Nikes. … The lineup for next month’s fundraiser to benefit Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has grown to include Dave Grohl. The event, to be held July 6 at Hollywood’s Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre, also includes Liz Phair and Tenacious D. …

The second annual World Peace Music Awards, originally scheduled to take place Tuesday in Hanoi, Vietnam, has been postponed until September. The event, which would have featured performances from artists including the Black Eyed Peas, Hootie and the Blowfish, Lionel Richie and Gloria Gaynor, would have been the biggest international music show ever in Vietnam. The concert’s executive producer, Matt Taylor, told reporters on Monday that the postponement is due to “completely unforeseen and insurmountable circumstances,” stemming from a “glitch” in communications between the concert’s organizers and sponsors. Taylor added that he hopes to reschedule the event — which would have honored musicians including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and others for their protest songs during the Vietnam War — as a more scaled-down affair. … Bob Dylan has done some fairly un-Dylan things of late, including lending one of his songs to a Victoria’s Secret commercial. Now, the rock and roll icon is joining forces with Willie Nelson for the Bob Dylan Show, a 22-date concert tour of U.S. minor league baseball parks. The trek will kick off on August 6 in Cooperstown, New York, the home of Baseball’s Hall of Fame, and end on September 4 in Kansas City, Kansas. This is the first time Dylan and Nelson will be touring together. “What we aim to do with this tour,” Dylan said in a recent statement, “is hit the ball out of the park, touch all the bases and get home safely.” …

Ben Shabalala, a former member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was killed in unknown circumstances on Wednesday in a suburb of Durban, South Africa. Shabalala first joined the South African group in 1979 and was with it when it worked with Paul Simon on his Grammy-winning album Graceland.Audiovent, the band that featured the brothers of Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd and guitarist Mike Einziger, have broken up. “After 12 years of playing music together, we’ve now decided to part ways, guitarist Benjamin Einziger said. “We’ve kept all our friendships intact, which I think is the most important thing, and are now interested in pursuing other creative endeavors.” …

Eels are the latest artists caught in the constrictive net cast by major-label mergers. After an eight-year, six-album career on the DreamWorks label, the band is leaving parent company Universal, whose Interscope Records imprint inherited most of the artists on the now-defunct DreamWorks. Frontman E plans to issue a new Eels album next year on another label. … Southern rockers Kings of Leon have finished their second album, A-Ha Shake Heartbreak, and hope to release it before the end of the year. Song titles on the follow-up to last year’s Youth & Young Manhood include “Taper Jean Girl,” “King of the Radio” and “Pistol of Fire.” …

Zo Vizza, the singer for Pulse Ultra, has left the band. No reason was given for his departure and no replacement has been named. In a post on the band’s Web site, Vizza wrote, “I would like to thank all the fans that supported us during the past four years. I wish nothing but the best for this band and I hope you will all keep on supporting them through their struggles.” … Swedish prog-metal band Meshuggah are planning to release the EP I on July 13. The effort will be the band’s first to feature new bassist Dick Lövgren, who replaced Gustaf Hielm in March. …