For The Record: Quick News On Lindsay Lohan, Xzibit, Britney Spears, Judas Priest, Modest Mouse, Pharrell & More

Xzibit has signed on to play an arms dealer in Ice Cube‘s new flick “XXX: The State of the Union.” On the music front, X has finished his next solo album, Weapons of Mass Destruction, which will be released in October. …

Lindsay Lohan has been dating Wilmer Valderrama (“That ’70s Show”) for a while now, but she wasn’t public about it until her birthday party earlier this month, when she turned 18. The actress told People magazine that Valderrama made the first move. “A girl should never do that,” she said. “He’s a great guy. Seriously, I think he’s one of the best guys any girl could be with. He’s really sweet.” … While Shar Jackson was giving birth on Tuesday, her son’s soon-to-be-stepmom, Britney Spears, was spotted purchasing flowers while barefoot in Los Angeles. Her fiancé, Kevin Federline, was not present for the birth, but visited the hospital afterward. …

Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor didn’t have the time to write music for the video game “Doom 3,” so Id Software did the next best thing — it recruited former NIN drummer Chris Vrenna to take the reins for the game’s theme song. “Doom 3″ is scheduled for release August 3. … The Ice Cream line of sneakers that Pharrell Williams is developing for RBK is ready to roll. The shoes are due to hit retail stores in mid-September. …

Modest Mouse have added 11 dates to their North American tour in July and August, including dates in Toronto, Boston, New York, Cleveland and Denver. The Walkmen will open most dates on the trek. … Hip-hop’s straight-up menace is finally putting out his next album. MC Eiht has signed on with Native Records to release Veterans Day this fall. …

Heavy metal forefathers Judas Priest will drop their first album in 14 years with singer Rob Halford on board on December 28. The as-yet-untitled album marks the band’s 30th anniversary. A world tour will follow the release. … Rock and Rock Hall of Famers David Crosby and Graham Nash, whose musical collaboration began 35 years ago (ask your parents about it), have entered the presidential race as “Joint Presidents” on the “Party Party” ticket. The two will campaign for their cause (which includes the platform promise of free money) when not touring this summer with Crosby, Stills & Nash. …

Having returned from her European travels, Grammy-hoarding pianist/singer Norah Jones has altered the itinerary for her upcoming North American tour. With diminishing ticket sales affecting numerous summer tours, Jones seems to be following the trend, with several venues downsized from amphitheaters to smaller theaters. … Saves the Day will release an album of odds and ends called Ups and Downs: Early Recordings and B-Sides on August 24. The 19-track disc will include “Sell My Old Clothes, I’m Off to Heaven,” “The Art of Misplacing Firearms” and live and studio versions of “Jessie & My Whetstone.” …

Andy Dick disclosed during Howard Stern‘s show on Monday that he’s dating one of the female contestants from “The Assistant.” His publicist confirmed the news and said that the couple started going out after the show wrapped. On the show, Dick is picking from a dozen people who want to make it in the entertainment industry, with the winner getting a new wardrobe, new car and an entry-level job. … Backstreet’s back — to tour China. The Backstreet Boys are heading to Asia in September, according to the company promoting the tour. It’s one of a number of Chinese events being pushed by Emma Entertainment, which is also backing a Sunday Whitney Houston concert in Beijing as well as the September China Tennis Open. …

Playwright Josh Frank‘s proposed upcoming biography on the Pixies, “Fool the World: An Oral History of the Pixies,” has been sold to St. Martins Press. It’s slated for release in 2005. … The Bonnaroo festival, known for its eclectic mix of music, is giving fans the opportunity to download EPs from many of the artists who performed there last month, including Kings of Leon, the Dave Matthews Band, Primus and My Morning Jacket. Now you can enjoy all the rock-show sounds, at Livebonnaroo.com, without having to sleep in the dirt next to old hippies only there for the Dead. … Heart have released their latest album, Jupiters Darling, simultaneously through retail and file-sharing services — the first rock band to do so. The Distributed Computing Industry Association said that the album is being sold via the secure Weed format, which is distributed through peer-to-peer software programs such as Kazaa and Grokster. …

07.21.04

Britney Spears is well on her way to becoming a stepmother of two. That’s because her fiancé, Kevin Federline, is now a father of two — his ex-girlfriend Shar Jackson gave birth to their second child Tuesday in Orange County, California. Federline and Jackson already have a 2-year-old daughter together, named Cori. There’s no word yet on what they’re calling their latest bundle of joy, but they were expecting a boy. …

Lloyd Banks, Jadakiss and Mase will attend the next Hip-Hop Summit Action Network event scheduled for July 26 in Boston to coincide with the Democratic National Convention. Twista, Loon and the Ying Yang Twins will be on hand to help register young voters. … If you’re gonna party at Ozzfest and you’re under 21, make sure you know who you’re hanging with. On Tuesday, undercover cops arrested 73 underage concertgoers in Columbus, Ohio, for drinking and drugging. …

The Backstreet Boys will perform at a Los Angeles benefit on September 11 for 9-1-1 for Kids. Jessica Simpson, who stars in the organization’s educational videos, will also take part. … Drug addiction is nothing new to the members of Velvet Revolver, a fact that makes their new video especially poignant. The clip for “Fall to Pieces,” the second single off Contraband, is being shot this weekend in Los Angeles. Its plotline traces a drug addict’s fall into despair. …

If you’re not famous enough to carouse around the Playboy mansion with the likes of Carmen Electra, Sum 41, Uncle Kracker and “Soul Plane” funnyman Tom Arnold, at least you can pretend to be with “Playboy: The Mansion,” a game for Xbox, PlayStation and PC scheduled to hit stores in time for the holidays. Players assume the role of Hef as they attempt to run a profitable magazine, orchestrate photo shoots, plan parties and build the Playboy empire all in the comfort of some suave silk pajamas. … Dave Navarro will appear on “America’s Most Wanted” on Saturday to talk about the investigation to catch the man who murdered his mother in 1983. The program, which airs on FOX at 9 p.m. ET, will examine the shooting deaths of his mom, Connie Navarro, and her friend Sue Jory at the hands of Connie’s ex-boyfriend John Riccardi. …

The Dave Matthews Band is staging a charity concert in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on September 12. Tickets are free, but the band is asking its fans to make a donation between $25 and $100 for each ticket. Proceeds will go to the Taylor Family Foundation for the 2004 Golden Gate Works Fund, which benefits Bay Area community charities focusing on homelessness, pediatric AIDS and other terminal childhood diseases; park improvement; and various music-education resources. … Former Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee has lined up another movie role, and this time his pants are expected to stay on. Lee is scheduled to appear in “10th and Wolf,” a mafia flick starring Val Kilmer and Freddie Prinze Jr. that’s expected to begin shooting in Pittsburgh in September. …

Though Lollapalooza is no more this year, PJ Harvey is still planning to hit the road. She’s got a handful of summer dates on the West Coast already booked, including Solana Beach, California, on August 13, Los Angeles on August 15-17, San Francisco on August 19 and Santa Cruz, California, on August 20. Harvey also plans to headline a tour this fall. … The attorney general of Illinois has sued the company that owns Kool cigarettes, claiming that its ad campaign for “Kool Mixx 2004,” a coast-to-coast DJ competition, targets children by including hip-hop imagery. Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a suit against Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation on Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that the campaign violates a 1998 agreement between states and cigarette companies, according to Reuters. Madigan is seeking a ban on the company’s hip-hop products that are part of its campaign and plans to seek a court order forcing the company to run ads that warn young people about the dangers of tobacco use. She is also seeking more than $11.7 million in penalties and costs to the state. The company was sued by the state of Maryland earlier this month. …

New England metalcore band Killswitch Engage didn’t trust just one acclaimed director to create the video for their new single, “The End of Heartache.” Last week, the band shot the clip in Los Angeles with both Marc Klasfeld and Vem & Tony. The video is in postproduction and should be finished by August 7. … The Polyphonic Spree are covering John Lennon‘s “Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)” and Death Cab for Cutie are doing U2‘s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” for Maybe This Christmas Tree, the third installment of the Maybe This Christmas series, benefiting Toys for Tots. The Raveonettes (“The Christmas Song”), Lisa Loeb (“Jingle Bells”) and Jars of Clay (“Christmas for Cowboys”) are also on the album, due October 5. …

All they are saying is “Give Peace a Dance.” Earthdance: The Global Dance Festival for Peace is hitting the road for its United Beats of Peace Tour. The 20-date trek launches on August 20 in San Francisco and culminates in the eighth annual Earthdance global gathering on September 18. The 24-hour celebration is the world’s largest synchronized music and dance event, bringing together people from more than 120 cities and 50 countries. The tour will feature electronic/trance musician and composer BT, DJ Dan “The Automator” Nakamura, Groove Armada‘s Tom Findlay and Particle, among others. … No strangers to taking a political stance, R.E.M. are planning on issuing their next album in advance of Election Day. Among the tunes slated for the band’s October follow-up to 2001′s Reveal are “Final Straw,” penned in advance of the Iraq war, and “I’m Gonna DJ,” inspired by the 1999 World Trade Organization riots in Seattle. …