For The Record: Quick News On Shar Jackson, Paris Hilton And Nick Carter, Brandy, Korn, Fabolous & More

The mother of Britney Spears‘ soon-to-be-stepchildren is hoping to star in her own reality show. Former “Moesha” actress Shar Jackson wants the show to be a half-hour, semi-comic exploration of her experiences raising her two kids (fathered by Britney’s fiancé, Kevin Federline) while trying to continue acting and starting a career in music. She’s currently shopping the show to networks. …

One week after their breakup, Nick Carter spilled the beans to People magazine about why his seven-month-long relationship with Paris Hilton didn’t work out. “Our relationship was based on distrust,” he told the magazine. “She didn’t trust me. I didn’t trust her. We agreed we couldn’t do this anymore.” The couple broke up over the phone on July 22, and the pop star wouldn’t comment about the rumors that cheating had been a factor. “The only comment I’m going to have to that is that I’m loyal to those who are loyal to me.” … How much would you pay for spiritual protection? How about $25.99? Chain store Target is now selling the ubiquitous Kabbalah red string bracelet at stores across the country and on its Web site, so you too can ward off the evil eye like Madonna, Demi Moore and Paris Hilton do. …

Fabolous is featured on a remix of Brandy‘s “Who Is She 2 U.” The singer’s record company says it is not sure yet if the song will be officially released. Meanwhile, Brandy has shot a video for the title track from her latest album, Afrodisiac, that is set to be released internationally. … Russell Simmons‘ wife, Kimora Lee Simmons, has been charged with possession of marijuana and avoiding police. According to CNN, Simmons was driving home in Saddle River, New Jersey, on Monday when police officers attempted to pull her over for what they called minor motor-vehicle violations, but Simmons did not slow down or stop until she reached her home. That’s reportedly when officers found a small amount of marijuana in her car, and arrested her for possession of marijuana under 50 grams, eluding police, careless driving, tailgating and driving with a broken brake light. Simmons was released the same day. “My wife is an excellent driver,” Russell said of Kimora, “and she’s not guilty of any crime.” …

Actor Anthony Anderson was arrested and charged with aggravated rape while shooting his latest movie, “Hustle & Flow,” according to The Associated Press. An unidentified woman accused Anderson, 33, of luring her into a trailer on the set of the film and sexually assaulting her. Anderson and the film’s assistant director, Wayne Witherspoon, who was also accused, were taken into custody by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday and charged on Wednesday. … Courtney Love won’t have to shuffle back and forth to different courtrooms quite as much in the future — her felony assault case in Los Angeles has been transferred to the same judge who is hearing her felony drug case. Her hearing scheduled for Thursday (July 29) in the drug case was continued until August 16, and it’s possible that now that the cases are being heard by the same judge, they might be consolidated, but there’s no decision on that yet, according to a court clerk. …

While in Cincinnati on the Projekt Revolution Tour earlier this week, Korn‘s Jonathan Davis visited Peter Frampton‘s home studio to use a special mixing console for recording vocals. Frampton was in Nashville at the time, working on a signature model Gibson guitar, but Davis met the classic rock singer’s daughter, a big Korn fan, and thanked her for the studio usage by handing her tickets to the show. … After a decade of making music, Everclear will release a best-of album, titled Ten Years Gone – The Best of Everclear 1994-2004. The 21-track LP, slated for a September 28 release, will include such hits as “Wonderful,” “AM Radio,” “Everything to Everyone” and “I Will Buy You a New Life,” as well as two previously unreleased songs. …

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Lil’ Kim appeared in a U.S. District Court in New York on Wednesday (July 28) and pleaded not guilty in a superceding indictment that included her manager Hillary Weston. Kim (real name Kimberly Jones) was indicted in April for perjury and obstruction of justice, stemming from her alleged involvement in a 2001 shooting outside the offices of New York radio station Hot 97. During her hearing, a new trial date was set for February 28, according to her attorney Mel Sachs. “Kim has been unfairly accused and unjustly charged,” Sachs said. “She has been wrongfully targeted and singled out because of who she is in the music industry.” …

Disney will release Hilary Duff‘s first concert DVD, “Hilary Duff: The Girl Can Rock,” on August 10. The disc features more than 50 minutes of Duff’s Metamorphosis tour and will contain her music videos for “Come Clean” and “So Yesterday.” Fans will also get a behind-the-scenes look at her tour, her first surfing lesson and exclusive footage of the pop star recording her new album. … Maroon 5, Yellowcard, All-American Rejects, Vanessa Carlton and Fabolous are among the artists who have autographed tank tops to benefit MusicEdge and Ban’s fight to keep music programs in schools. The shirts will be auctioned off on eBay on August 5. … B2K‘s Raz-B has signed on as an ambassador for the Jacquie Youth Foundation in Houston. The singer will perform and appear in a celebrity basketball game on August 28 to raise funds for the foundation’s new shelter for girls. …

Black Eyed Peas have contributed the unreleased “For the People” to the soundtrack for “Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie,” due August 10, three days before the movie opens. The theme song to the popular TV show appears as a hidden track. … The Latin Recording Academy has named Carlos Santana 2004′s Person of the Year. Black Eyed Peas, Dave Matthews, Rob Thomas, Ozomatli, Robi Rosa and others will honor the rocker at a Los Angeles ceremony scheduled for August 30, hosted by George Lopez and Cheech Marin and produced by Quincy Jones. …

Big Hutch checked into jail on Wednesday. The rapper (real name Gregory Hutchinson) was indicted for conspiracy to traffic 1,000 pounds of marijuana in a case pursued by agents of the Drug Enforcement Association, according to his publicist. “I was driving, and federal marshals pulled me over and picked me up,” Hutchinson said in a statement. “They told me I had been indicted for drug trafficking.” Hutchinson also offered advice to others who might find themselves in a similar situation, saying, “If you are with one or more individuals, and you ever suspect something unusual is going on, just jump up and say, ‘I don’t know what is going on here, but I have an important appointment,’ and leave immediately.” Hutchinson’s publicist said she expects the rapper to be out of jail within a year. …

Lenny Kravitz is one of the stars slated for Gap’s fall campaign, called “How Do You Wear it?” Also included in the campaign, which will break next week in print ads in September issues of fashion magazines, are actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jessica Alba and actors Michael Vartan, Josh Duhamel and Peter Krause, as well as New England Patriot Tom Brady. The television campaign featuring Kravitz and Parker will debut during the MTV Video Music Awards on August 29. … R.E.M. will release “Leaving New York” as the first single from their as-yet-untitled new album, due October 5. The band has also announced it will tour in the fall, although dates have yet to be finalized. Meanwhile, guitarist Peter Buck will make a guest appearance on the ThrillsLet’s Bottle Bohemia, due September 14. …

An all-star lineup of Paul Oakenfold, BT, the Crystal Method and Junkie XL performed at a party Tuesday in Los Angeles celebrating the addition of the Best Electronic/Dance Album category at the Grammys. “This is a big step,” DJ and host of the event Jason Bentley said at a reception before the show. “Now we just need to encourage artists to submit their albums.” … Jason Mraz has recorded a version of “Rainbow Connection” for For the Kids Too, a follow-up to 2002′s For the Kids compilation that features children’s music by Sarah McLachlan, Guster and others. The new album, due October 19, also features They Might Be Giants, Nada Surf, Butterfly Boucher, Ron Sexsmith and Lisa Loeb. … Godsmack’s live DVD “Changes” will be released September 14. The disc will feature material shot early this year at a concert in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. …

Yo La Tengo will headline a concert benefiting the Kerry campaign in New York on August 12. Titled “The End of an Error,” the event will feature music, comedy and politics; is co-chaired by Sandra Bernhard and Kerry’s stepson Chris Heinz; and will feature comics Demetri Martin, Eric Bogosian and Rachel Dratch, author Jonathan Lethem, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” ‘s Ted Allen and others. … The Bangles will be handed an honorary degree on Friday from the Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts by none other than Paul McCartney, who helped found the school in 1996. In March 2003, the Bangles took time out from their European tour to conduct a master class at the institute, which was reportedly the highest attended and most popular session the school has ever held. All four Bangles will be inducted as “Companions,” an honor reserved for people who have not only achieved greatness within the performing arts, but who have also passed advice and help to LIPA students, and it will be the first time an entire band will receive this honor. …