For The Record: Quick News On Nicky Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Nelly, Jessica Simpson, Coldplay, Mike Shinoda & More

Virginia may be for lovers, but Las Vegas is the hot spot for their impromptu wedding ceremonies. Nicky Hilton, 19, in town for a Stuff magazine party at the Palms Casino Resort, wed Todd Andrew Meister, a 33-year-old money manager, at 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, according to Palms owner George Maloof Jr., who dined pre-ceremony with Nicky, big sister Paris, Nicole Richie, Tara Reid, Lindsay Lohan, Bijou Phillips and Kimberly Stewart at the resort’s Little Buddah restaurant. …

Nelly will be on hand as the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network hits his hometown of St Louis on August 20. Jadakiss, the Reverend Run, Doug E. Fresh, Anthony Hamilton, Farnsworth Bentley, Free, Loon, Remy Martin and Layzie Bone will also attend the event, which will encourage young people to vote. … Atlanta will get a little more soulful next month when the inaugural Soulfest kicks off September 4-5. LL Cool J will headline the first day, followed by sets from Mos Def, Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh; while Outkast‘s Big Boi tops the marquee the following day. …

Jessica Simpson continues to work on her upcoming Christmas album, which now has a release date. The collection, which will feature the singer teamed with her sister, Ashlee, on “Little Drummer Boy” and her husband, Nick Lachey, on a separate duet, is due out November 23. … Clay Aiken plans to issue a Christmas album and book before the year is out. Rather than a straight autobiography, “Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life,” due in late October or early November, is filled with the inspirational musings that helped Aiken get to where he is today. The as-yet-untitled album, meanwhile, is due November 2. …

Coldplay‘s Chris Martin and Jon Buckland will headline the fourth annual benefit concert for Southern California’s KCRW-FM public radio station, A Sounds Eclectic Evening, on November 20 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. It’ll be the only live performance by the group — or its lead singer — in the United States this year. Rilo Kiley and Nellie McKay are also scheduled to perform, and more artists are expected to be announced. … Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda is among the artists remixing Depeche Mode tunes for Depeche Mode Remixes 81-04, due October 26. Shinoda’s take on “Enjoy the Silence” will serve as the set’s first single, appearing only on a limited-edition bonus disc that accompanies the double album. Others adding their touch to favorites like “Just Can’t Get Enough” and “Personal Jesus” include DJ Shadow, William Orbit, Portishead and Air. …

Britney Spears is auctioning off several signed glossy photographs of herself for charity. The pictures, which range from color shots of her onstage during her Dream Within a Dream Tour to black-and-whites published in her photo book “Stages,” can be seen on www05.gottahaveit.com/store45/britney.asp. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Britney Spears Foundation. … Black Eyed Peas will present an award at the fifth annual Latin Grammy Awards September 1 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Maria Menounos and Cheech Marin are also among the presenters, while Paulina Rubio is among the performers. …

Phantom Planet announced that they’ll begin a fall tour August 21 with a free show at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Ten days later, the band plans to release Bootleg ’04, a live album available only through their Web site, phantomplanetbootlegs.com. The record was mixed by lead singer Alexander Greenwald. … Paul Oakenfold will create the score for “GoldenEye: Rogue Agent,” the latest in the video-game series. The superstar DJ will also serve as music supervisor for the game, due in November. … Meanwhile, Oakenfold is among the dozens of acts who contributed music to “FIFA Soccer 2005,” due in October. Franz Ferdinand (providing music for Scotland’s team), Sarah McLachlan (Canada), the Streets (England), Air (France) and Soundtrack of Our Lives (Sweden) are also featured in the game. …

Yes, that is Alanis Morissette as a little girl singing in her latest video, “Eight Easy Steps,” but no, she wasn’t really singing the song at the time. Director Liz Friedlander (“You Learn”) created the appearance of Morissette singing “Eight Easy Steps” throughout the course of her lifetime by combining new footage with her previous videos, including her early Canadian clips, television appearances and never-before-seen childhood home-video footage. … Cher plans to raise the roof for Habitat for Humanity by serving as honorary chair for the charity’s initiative of the same name. The singer’s concert performers and crew originally teamed with the charity’s Raise the Roof program to build a Habitat House in her name during her tour stop in Minneapolis last spring, and once Cher saw the work done and met the prospective homeowners, she decided to help involve more artists while they’re on tour. “It’s a cause all artists can get behind because it provides an opportunity to make a tangible, tremendously powerful impact on someone’s life and in the communities where they entertain,” she said in a statement. …

Three days after Helmet drop Size Matters, their first album in seven years, on September 14, the band will embark on a five-week tour, beginning in Atlanta. Additional dates are expected to be added to the current itinerary, which extends through October 30 in Anaheim, California. The album’s first single, “See You Dead,” has just begun to surface at radio. … Fans in Chicago, Dallas and Houston expecting to see a set from British rockers Muse at the Curiosa festival over the weekend were disappointed. Due to bassist Chris Wolstenholme‘s wrist injury, the band was forced to withdraw from the tour and head back to London. …

On tour with Metallica through late November, Godsmack have added a handful of acoustic shows to their itinerary. Dropbox guitarist Lee Richards and singer John Kosco, who appears on Godsmack’s current single, “Touché,” will accompany the band on the acoustic trek, which begins September 9 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and runs through September 17 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. … Proof that it’s never too soon to fly solo, P.O.D. guitarist Jason Truby, who replaced founding member Marcos Curiel in February 2003, is planning to release a 24-track solo acoustic album before the end of the year. String Theory will be available on P.O.D.’s Web site (www.payableondeath.com) before it hits stores, though neither release date has been announced. …

A dozen dates of Kittie‘s North American tour have been scrapped after drummer Mercedes Lander was hospitalized for exhaustion and dehydration. The band canceled one show in Cincinnati last week when Lander checked into a Cleveland hospital. She was expected to make a speedy recovery but had to be sent back to her home in Canada, where she continued to receive medical care. The trashed trek was to support the band’s latest album, Until the End, released in late July. … The Thrills have signed on to open for the Pixies from September 21 in San Diego to October 19 in Dallas. The Thrills’ new album, Let’s Bottle Bohemia, is due September 14. …

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Hilary Duff‘s first single from her upcoming eponymously titled album is the track “Fly.” Directed by Chris Applebaum (“Our Lips Are Sealed,” “So Yesterday”), the video for “Fly” will premiere on “TRL” on August 25, while the album is set for release September 28 — the singer/actress’ 17th birthday. …

Prospective “American Idol” contestants might be in for a tongue-lashing from Gene Simmons. The Kiss bassist will be a guest judge for the auditions for the fourth season of the popular talent show, which is slated to start early next year. Simmons is scheduled to tape his episode September 4-5 in New Orleans. … Queens of the Stone Age are holed up in Rancho de la Luna studios in Joshua Tree, California, working on the follow-up to 2002′s Songs for the Deaf. Garbage‘s Shirley Manson and the DistillersBrody Dalle sing backup on an untitled song, and ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons recorded a jam session with the band. The album is expected out sometime next year. …

On Thursday, lawyers for Rosa Parks said their client authorized her doctor to release medical records and an explanation as to why she will be unable to testify in the lawsuit she brought against BMG, Arista and LaFace Records for allowing her name to be used as the title of a 1998 Outkast song without permission, according to The Associated Press. Last month, a federal judge said that Parks’ doctor would have to explain why she was unable to testify in the trial, which is set to begin January 10. … Ray Charles‘ final recording, Genius Loves Company, due August 31, features duet performances with Norah Jones, Elton John, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, Natalie Cole, B.B. King, Gladys Knight and more. …

Want to get up close and personal with Clay Aiken? He’s offering a ticket auction for his tour, which kicks off Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa, on stubhub.com, where winners would get two front-row seats and a chance to meet the redheaded crooner at the concert. The proceeds will benefit the Bubel/ Aiken Foundation, which helps provide services and financial assistance for children with developmental disabilities. … What’s a girl with a résumé boasting more than 90 careers, including Air Force pilot, summit diplomat and fashion editor, to do after breaking up with her boyfriend of 43 years? Run for president, of course! Looking sleek and political in her smart red pantsuit, Barbie (yes, the plastic doll) will represent the “Party of Girls” on the platform of world peace, helping the homeless and taking care of animals. The plastic politician’s running mate will be “Girls everywhere,” while her campaign manager is 11-year-old Liza Strauss. The White House Project, a national nonpartisan organization devoted to advancing women’s leadership, is sponsoring the campaign, along with Toys “R” Us. …

Phish‘s farewell concert takes place this weekend over two days in rural Vermont, the band’s home state. But if you can’t make the trek to the Coventry concert, it will be broadcast on the Internet as well, and will be simulcast in several movie theaters across the country. Information about which Regal, Edwards and United Artists movie theaters will play the concert is on Phish’s Web site. … Somehow Corey Taylor, in between sets headlining the second stage of Ozzfest with Slipknot, found the time to work on the next album by his other band, Stone Sour. In a post on Stone Sour’s message board, Taylor claimed to have 30 songs brewing for the group’s second album, which he hopes to begin recording in September 2005. He also said Hatebreed‘s Jamey Jasta has expressed interest in working on the LP. …

Where are all the drummers going? My Chemical Romance have parted ways with skinsman Matt Pelissier, while Amen have split with Luke Johnson. Replacements have yet to be announced. … A second North American tour, expected to kick off in October, is in the works for Velvet Revolver. The band will hit the road after a five-week European trek that begins August 31 in Glasgow, Scotland. …

Nine Inch Nails‘ 1997 home video, “Closure,” which documented the group’s 1994 The Downward Spiral tour, will be released on DVD this fall with an additional 90 minutes of bonus material. A deluxe reissue of The Downward Spiral, remixed in 5.1 surround sound, will coincide with the release of the DVD. NIN’s next album, the tentatively titled Bleedthrough, is expected in early 2005. … As a reminder of the power of the Antichrist, Marilyn Manson has named his greatest-hits album, due September 28, Lest We Forget. A deluxe edition of the LP, which features a cover of Depeche Mode‘s “Personal Jesus” as its single, will include several videos, including “(s)AINT,” directed by sultry Italian star of “XXX,” Asia Argento. …

Besides the forthcoming U2 full-color photo retrospective, “In the Name of Love: U2 by U2,” the band has another book on the way, this one focusing on its live performance history. Due on bookshelves October 21, “U2 Show: The Art of Touring” is being assembled by photographer Diana Scrimgeour and will feature interviews with the band as well as with Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Peter Gabriel and Steven Van Zandt. …