For The Record: Quick News On Jessica And Ashlee Simpson, Mary-Kate Olsen, Jay-Z And R. Kelly, U2 & More

Nick Lachey, Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, Jake Gyllenhaal and Leonardo DiCaprio were among the celebrities who checked out Maroon 5's benefit show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California, Thursday night. The band played most of Songs About Jane and then encored with Oasis' "Don't Look Back in Anger" and AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," during which drummer Ryan Dusick (who sat out the show due to a shoulder injury) took over vocals while singer Adam Levine played drums. ...

The company that created the "Save Mary-Kate" T-shirts when the troubled teen was hospitalized for an eating disorder earlier this year may need some saving itself. Lawyers for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen sent the company a cease-and-desist letter on Tuesday for unauthorized use of her image. ... Coming soon to a bookstore near you: Linkin Park. The band's first-ever book of photography, "From the Inside: Linkin Park's Meteora," hits shelves in mid-October and documents a year on the road in support of their multiplatinum second album. The book features more than 200 never-before-seen photos. ...

The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network drew about 2,000 students to its New Jersey Hip-Hop Summit on Thursday, held at the Trenton War Memorial. Organizers estimated another 800,000 people participated via webcast. Russell Simmons' event featured such guest panelists as Freeway, Joe Budden, Jim Jones of the Diplomats and Remy Martin of the Terror Squad urging the voting-age students to use their voice in the upcoming presidential election. ... Jay-Z and R. Kelly filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday with the hope of preventing bootleggers from selling counterfeit merchandise in advance of the Best of Both Worlds tour that starts next week in Chicago. The suit asks that federal, state and local law enforcement be allowed to seize merchandise from the unlicensed sellers expected to hawk goods outside venues on the tour. ...

Courtney Love must be feeling better — she plans to hit the road, at least for a stretch up the California coast. Whether or not the three dates currently listed on Ticketmaster for shows in San Diego on October 24, San Francisco on October 26 and Ventura on October 29 will shape up to become a full-fledged tour — perhaps to make up for the one she canceled this summer — remains to be seen. ...

 

BlackBook: Bono vs. Helena Christensen

BlackBook magazine has paired up U2's Bono and his friend Helena Christensen for its annual "Face-to-Face" issue. "Bono vs. Helena Christensen" features original photographs taken by both the supermodel and the singer, who has painted lyrics from U2's upcoming album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, due November 22, across the images. The October/ November issue of BlackBook hits newsstands on October 5. ...

Authorities raided the home of Michael Jackson's personal assistant, searching for evidence prosecutors can use against the pop star in his child-molestation case. The search took place on September 15. The news is only surfacing now because Jackson's attorney's request that the list of seized items be sealed was granted on Wednesday. ... The first new Judas Priest album with singer Rob Halford in 14 years has been pushed from its previously announced December 28 release to a January 4 street date. ...

Pavement are reissuing their second album, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, and with the new subtitle "L.A.'s Desert Origins," are piling on 39 extra tracks. Eleven of the new tracks are unreleased studio songs that have never been bootlegged, the band's rep said. The re-release is due October 26. ... Two new Ministry compilations will be released on October 12. The first, Early Trax, will feature four previously unreleased tracks, as well as remixes of "Halloween," "All Day" and "Nature of Love." The second, Side Trax, includes 15 songs, including "Apathy" and two versions of "No Name No Slogan." ...

Pearl Jam are getting ready to release Rearviewmirror, a two-disc greatest-hits album featuring music from 1991-2003. The album is due in November. ... Proving that even punks support a flat tax, American Streak music has released Crush Kerry: A Conservative Punk Compilation. The LP features songs by a bunch of pro-Bush punk bands like Smart Bombs and Apple Pie, Hybrid Mutants and The Rejecters. ...

Fans of Oasis should circle May 26 on their 2005 calendars, because that's the date the band's new album will be released. Speaking on British television, Noel Gallagher said that the band decided on the date to cut down on the in-studio slacking. "It's kind of been rambling on and [we haven't been] working too hard on it, but now we have to have it finished by May 26," he said. The still-untitled album will be Oasis' first since 2002's Heathen Chemistry. ... Six months after dropping Final Straw, Snow Patrol are already looking forward to their next album. Studio time is scheduled for the spring so that the Scottish band can drop a new LP next fall. The group is currently on a North American tour. ...

09.23.04

Singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, who was denied entry into the United States on Wednesday because his name was found on a watch list, told a group of reporters at London's Heathrow Airport on Thursday (September 23) that his placement on Washington's no-fly list was ridiculous. "Everybody knows my campaigning for charity, for peace," he said. "There's got to be a whole lot of explanation." Homeland Security spokesperson Brian Doyle said that the intelligence community has heightened security concerns with regard to the singer and that "Yusuf Islam has been placed on the watch lists because of activities that could potentially be related to terrorism," according to The Associated Press. Islam says he will challenge the U.S. decision to block him from entering the country. ...

Dave Grohl, Keanu Reeves, Andy Richter, Jason Biggs and David Cross were among the celebrities who caught the first of two Pixies shows at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles Wednesday night. Minus "Here Comes Your Man," the 90-minute show featured all of the Pixies' hits, including both versions of "Wave of Mutilation." Josh Homme, whose girlfriend, Brody Dalle, opened the show with her band the Distillers, was also in attendance. ... Want to do lunch with "American Idol" runner-up Diana DeGarmo? eBay is hosting an auction for the Partnership Against Child Abuse, a program of the Children's Advocacy Center. Fans can bid on a lunch with the singer to take place in either Los Angeles or New York. DeGarmo will schedule the date with the winner within one year. The bidding ends on Friday. ...

Chingy has parted ways with the Disturbing Tha Peace clique, according to sources. The split is said to be amicable. The St. Louis rapper, who first hit the scene in 2003 as a member of the Ludacris-fronted crew, will now be managed by Marquis "The Coach" Smith and Kenneth Crear for Wright Crear Management. Chingy is still set to release Powerballin', his sophomore set, on November 16. ... Foxy Brown recently pressed charges against a New York woman over an altercation at a New York nightclub. Tanya Manderson was charged with second-degree robbery, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. According to reports, Manderson stole Brown's earrings and her Louis Vuitton handbag while they were both in the bathroom at New York's Club Show. While Brown's spokesperson has no comment regarding the case, Manderson has issued a statement of her own: "I was having a nice evening out following a fashion show. I then had my night, and now my reputation, trampled by a celebrity." Manderson and her representatives are also asking anyone who witnessed the events in question to come forward. ...

Civil-rights icon Rosa Parks may not be able to testify in her case against Arista Records. According to reports, the 91-year-old Parks is suffering from dementia and is said to be in frail health. Parks originally sued Outkast and the label in 1999 over the use of her name in the rap duo's single "Rosa Parks." Parks and her attorneys believe that the song was exploitative and a violation of her trademark rights. Outkast have since been dismissed as defendants. ... Usher, Brad Pitt, Mary J. Blige, Nicky Hilton, Queen Latifah, Simple Plan and several MTV VJs (including Damien Fahey, Hilarie Burton, Vanessa Minnillo and La La) are donating their signed (and presumably unworn) underwear from the men's brand 2xist to charity (see photos). The auction ends Wednesday on www.ubid.com. Organizers expect to raise $10,000 for prostate-cancer prevention. ...

Now we know why it was only an "indefinite hiatus." Six years after releasing their last album, Wide Swing Tremolo, Jay Farrar and his band Son Volt are reconvening at the end of the month to work on their fourth album at Farrar's St. Louis studio. The alt-country outfit, which formed when genre pioneers Uncle Tupelo fractured into Wilco and Son Volt, last got together to record "Sometimes" for an Alejandro Escovedo tribute album earlier this year. ... Following a car accident, Mark Lanegan was forced to cancel a handful of East Coast tour dates on doctor's orders. The string of shows, in support of his new album, Bubblegum, was to begin Tuesday in Chicago and run through October 5 in New York. The West Coast leg that starts October 10 in San Diego should not be affected, since he was not seriously injured. ...

The only way to keep the Prince of F---ing Darkness from dropping the F-bomb excessively is to make him abstain from obscenities for a good cause. In a British TV spot scheduled to air in November, Sharon Osbourne promises that Ozzy will not curse for 24 hours if enough pledges are made to the charity Children in Need. ... The late Elliott Smith's 1999 performance at Olympia, Washington's YoYo a GoGo festival will be released on DVD November 30. "Elliott Smith: Olympia, Washington" features Smith's entire 40-minute solo performance. Smith's final album, From a Basement on the Hill, will be released on October 19. ...

Actor Robert Downey Jr. has signed with Sony Classical and will release his debut album on November 23. The still-untitled record features eight songs written by Downey, on which he sings and plays piano. Two cover songs fill out the rest of the LP: a Charlie Chaplin song called "Smile" and Yes' "Your Move." ... Although a release date has not been set, the next live Dave Matthews Band album will be culled from their December 8, 1998, show in Worcester, Massachusetts. Albums in the next live series will be available as either two-disc sets or digital downloads. ...

Congratulations to Fat Mike: The NOFX and Fat Wreck Chords honcho and his wife recently gave birth to a baby girl named Darla. The name is a cross between the names of late Germs frontman Darby Crash and Mike's grandma Lila. ... Madonna's turned her concept for the children's book "The English Roses" into a full franchise for girls — with clothing, raincoats, tea sets and jewelry among the range of products aimed at 7- to 12-year-olds. "I'm excited about the opportunity to develop a range of beautiful products that will complement the book and continue to spread its positive messages to children," Madonna said in a statement. ...

Nellie McKay's father is outing his daughter — he's been telling the media that his daughter is not the child prodigy she claims to be. Though the singer/songwriter has claimed to be only 19 years old, her father, Malcolm McKay, says that she was actually born on April 13, 1982, which would make her 22. Nellie has told interviewers that she and her father are estranged. ... Liars have pulled out of their fall tour with Blonde Redhead for unspecified reasons, according to their spokesperson. Blonde Redhead will now headline with a different band opening. ...