For The Record: Quick News On Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton, R. Kelly, Talib Kweli, Britney Spears, Supergrass & More

Jessica Simpson, Destiny's Child For NFL Concert

Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child, Jessica Simpson, Lenny Kravitz, Elton John and Toby Keith are among the headliners slated for the “NFL Opening Kickoff” concert, airing September 9 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC before the game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots. In the Rocky Mountain and West Coast time zones, the concert will air after the game. …

Paris Hilton was robbed late Wednesday night, and among the items taken from her Hollywood Hills home — besides the jewels, cash and other valuables — were her laptop computer and videos and photos of her with her ex-boyfriend Nick Carter. They got “everything … all my jewelry, all my money,” the hotel heiress told ABC News. She declined to confirm how much it was all worth, but the haul was reportedly worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Police are investigating, but they have yet to identify a suspect. … R. Kelly was the big winner at the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards on Friday night. Kelly, who still faces child-pornography charges in Illinois, took home seven awards, including trophies for Top Male Artist and Top Songwriter and Producer. Outkast nabbed four awards, including Top Album for Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below. Beyoncé was named Top Female Artist. …

Talib Kweli and David Banner headlined the seventh annual Black August concert in New York on Sunday night. The concerts aim to promote the socio-political consciousness of the hip-hop community, and this year, Banner, newcomer Saigon and Jean Grae each expressed the importance of artists and fans getting involved in the political process. … As Ashlee Simpson exits “7th Heaven” for her new singing career, the show is getting another pop star to help its ratings. Aaron Carter will appear as a love interest of the character Ruthie on the third episode of the season and will remain on the show for two or three episodes, possibly more. …

Pictures of Britney Spears and her fiancé, Kevin Federline, are now in abundance, but now the first family portrait of the singer with one of her soon-to-be-stepkids has emerged. Spears posed with Federline and his 2-year-old daughter, Kori, as well as their puppy, Laci, for shots that ran in the British tabloid The Sun. Federline’s newborn baby son, Kaleb Michael Jackson, does not appear in the shot. … The track list for Korn‘s upcoming Greatest Hits Vol. 1, slated for an October 19 release, has been announced. The 19-track album features two cover songs: Cameo‘s “Word Up” — which, after some back-and-forth, will actually be the first single — and Pink Floyd‘s “Another Brick in the Wall, Parts 1, 2, 3,” as well as a Dante Ross remix of “Freak on a Leash.” Other songs on the LP include “Got the Life” and “A.D.I.D.A.S.” …

The Pixies‘ New York fans can finally rejoice: After a 12-year absence, the band will return to the Big Apple for two dates, December 12-13, at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday. … Supergrass are commemorating their 10th anniversary by raiding the vaults for a best-of collection. Supergrass Is 10: The Best of 94-04, due out September 28, will include “Pumping on Your Stereo,” “Caught by the Fuzz,” “Alright” and other hits, as well as two new songs, “Kiss of Life” and “Bullet.” … The band is also planning a six-city U.S. tour, set to launch the same day as the album’s release. The trek kicks off in Philadelphia and ends October 7 in Los Angeles. …

Before the summer’s over, four early Bob Marley and the Wailers albums are set to be reissued. Soul Rebels, Soul Revolution Part II, Upsetter Revolution Rhythm and The Best of the Wailers — each recorded before 1972 — have been digitally remastered and will be out once again on August 31, along with a thematic compilation, Original Cuts, featuring the early Jamaican hits the Wailers later re-cut, including “Stir It Up.” … Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates showed up as a surprise guest at Rob Thomas‘ New York benefit show last week, and now the Matchbox Twenty frontman is going to team up with him to write new songs for Hall’s next solo album. Meanwhile, Thomas continues to work on his own solo LP, which should be out early next year. …

Add another band to the list of artists taking their music to the Great White Way. Parts of the Beach Boys‘ catalog will be used for a new Broadway musical called “Good Vibrations,” which will hit the stage in early December at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, according to Playbill. John Carrafa of “Urinetown” will direct and choreograph the show, which is not a biographical tale of the band, and will use more than 30 songs written by Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. Oh, and if you think this all sounds a little familiar, you’re not alone: Vassar College recently presented the musical featuring first season “American Idol” runner-up, Justin Guarini. …

8.6.2004

The estimated 15,000 singers who auditioned for “American Idol” in Cleveland this week was the largest group the show has seen in its four years, topping the 13,000 who tried out in New York a year ago. Cleveland was the first stop on an audition tour that will head to Orlando, Florida; St. Louis; Washington, D.C.; New Orleans; Anchorage, Alaska; San Francisco and Las Vegas. …

According to Britney Spears‘ mom, the singer is shooting a TV spot this week to promote her upcoming Elizabeth Arden fragrance, called Curious. Lynne Spears posted on Britney’s Web site that her daughter had also “been lying in the sun and doing some shopping,” as “wedding plans are going along smoothly. Britney and I both are getting very excited!” The singer posted a note herself to fans, thanking them for the well wishes she received during her knee recovery and for the congratulations on her impending nuptials. “This is the happiest time for me,” she wrote. … Jam giants the String Cheese Incident will stretch their current tour through the end of the year. A 19-show fall stretch begins September 11 in San Francisco and includes a New Year’s Eve gig at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. …

The Sean McGrath Hold Onto Your Friends cancer benefit concert has been postponed due to unforeseeable circumstances. Originally scheduled for August 14 in New York, the show was set to raise money for the final medical expenses of the late McGrath, who played bass with Saves the Day, Mouthpiece, Hands Tied and the Alps. Organizers say the event is tentatively rescheduled for November or December. … Soulful songstress Nikka Costa always names her records at the 11th hour, and she’s finally come up with a title for her long-overdue follow-up to 2001′s Everybody Got Their Something. The more rockin’ Can’t Never Did Nothin’ is due October 5; the first single is called “I Don’t Think We’ve Met.” …

Wilco have added a slew of dates to their current tour, scheduled in the wake of Lollapalooza’s cancellation. Starting August 6 in Portland, Maine, the band will travel across the country with stops at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on Sunday and the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas September 19, ending in Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 10. Joining Wilco for seven dates will be the Fiery Furnaces, who are also headlining their own tour in support of their second album, Blueberry Boat, starting September 8 in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and ending October 31 in Hoboken, New Jersey. … For the first time, video footage from the Warped Tour stage is available for purchase. Concertgoers can now purchase, download and burn videos from Altnet Network Web sites and peer-to-peer affiliates including Kazaa. “We want to give artists as many ways as possible to connect with their fans,” Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman said in a statement. “If you can’t make it to a show, check out Altnet’s feed on our site, and even if you did, check it out to catch stuff you missed, or remember your favorite performances.” …

You won’t find Death Cab for Cutie‘s new EP, Studio X Sessions, in stores. This four-song, piano-driven EP, recorded at the end of their spring tour, is available exclusively through iTunes’ music store in MP3 format. Death Cab will also take part in four late summer festival dates, including Bumbershoot in Seattle, before joining Pearl Jam on the Vote for Change Tour in October. … Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, his Three Fish collaborator Richard Stuverud and King’s X singer Doug Pinnick have recorded an album tentatively titled Montana. Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready also contributed to the group, which does not yet have a name. …

Sheryl Crow is giving back to her hometown — by giving them a new swimming pool. The singer pledged last fall to get a new community pool for the town of Kennett, Missouri, and while details of her financial involvement were not disclosed, the local chamber of commerce kicked in a $250,000 grant to go toward building the Sheryl Crow Community Aquatic Center, which is scheduled to open around Memorial Day next year. … Moby‘s tea, TeaNY, was launched this week in New York, where the bald-headed musician DJed at a cocktail/tea party at A60 in SoHo (the only time he’s DJing in New York this year). Moby’s cookbook/autobiography that ties into the tea line is now set to come out in April. … Glam-pop group Scissor Sisters are bringing their traveling act to more familiar terrain. The band will embark on its first U.S. tour starting September 7 in Washington, D.C.; the monthlong trek wraps September 29 in Hollywood. …