For The Record: Quick News On Gwen Stefani, Destiny's Child, Jessica Simpson, Mase, Courtney Love & More

Gwen Stefani released the cover art for her forthcoming solo debut album, Love, Angel, Music, Baby, on her official Web site. The album is due in stores November 23. ...

Like Justin Timberlake before them, Destiny's Child are lovin' it. The trio have just signed on for a new partnership with McDonald's that includes the hamburger giant's sponsorship of their worldwide tour, dubbed "Destiny Fulfilled and Lovin' It," that begins in the spring. DC will lend their support as worldwide ambassadors for World Children's Day at McDonald's, the company's annual global fund-raiser which benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The group will also be featured in new commercials for the chain and in restaurant merchandising. "We're lovin' the chance to work with McDonald's and know that together we'll create lots of fun and cool surprises," Beyoncé said in a statement. ... Jessica Simpson's upcoming Christmas album will be sold exclusively at 7-Eleven convenience stores starting this month. The seven-track disc, called A Special Limited Edition Christmas Collection, features her duet with younger sister Ashlee, "Little Drummer Boy"; her song with husband Nick Lachey, "Baby, It's Cold Outside"; and an acoustic version of "Angels." 7-Eleven customers can also enter to win, starting November 1, an all-expenses-paid trip for a private concert with Jessica to take place in early 2005. ...

Mase and Lil' Flip will headline KKBT Los Angeles' 2004 Hip-Hop Halloween Concert Bash. Proceeds from the show, to be held on October 30 at the Shrine Auditorium, will benefit the Feed My Flock Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping underprivileged schools in Los Angeles. ... Some Michael Jackson fans who attended the singer's 30th anniversary concert in 2001 got a little less than they bargained for, and one of them is suing Ticketmaster and the venue, Madison Square Garden, for allegedly selling fans seats with an obstructed view of the stage. The judge who approved the class-action lawsuit said the suit could potentially cover more than 7,800 ticket buyers who were given no advance notice that their seats were in a section with a blocked view, according to The Associated Press. The woman who filed the suit says she purchased six tickets for $98.50 each, plus service charges, and is asking for $14 million in damages. ...

Britney Spears has gotten a divorce of sorts — she's parted ways with her longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, who's been working with her since she was 15. ... Meanwhile, an auction went up on eBay for what the seller claimed were the singer's wedding-night undies. "I was lucky enough to be working at the wedding and I got to take home some amazing Britney memorabilia," the seller claimed. The auction, however, after reaching bids in the hundreds of dollars, has been taken down. ...

Courtney Love appeared in a Los Angeles court on Thursday (October 7) to set a preliminary hearing date in her assault-with-a-deadly-weapon case. Her lawyer requested that the hearing take place October 27, which is right in the middle of the singer's brief tour of the California coast. Opening all but the last show will be the Icarus Line; Juliette Lewis and the Licks will serve as the warm-up act for the singer's final show, October 30 in Los Angeles. ... Two years of murder and mayhem on the Warped Tour are finally coming to life. "Punk Rock Holocaust," which was shot on the road over the last two summers, will make it to DVD on November 23. With a body count of more than 110, the film claims to have the most onscreen deaths of any slasher flick. ...

Between his own projects, former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri is keeping busy by lending a hand to the Mark Lanegan Band. Oliveri will accompany the former Screaming Trees frontman for five shows on his tour, beginning October 10 in San Diego and ending October 15 in Portland, Oregon. ... Now you can frighten everyone (except maybe burlesque babe Dita Von Teese) by looking just like Marilyn Manson this Halloween. A mask taken from an actual mold of the rocker's face is available on Manson's official Web site (www.marilynmanson.com) for $24.95. ...

CMJ and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum are throwing a multi-day music fest next year, in which as many as 100 bands are slated to take part. The CMJ/ Rock Hall Music Fest will take place in Cleveland in eight venues June 9-11. "This is the type of major festival that Cleveland has talked about for years," Rock Hall chairman Terry Stewart said in a statement. "It will showcase both established performers and emerging artists that could become tomorrow's stars, and it represents an unprecedented collaboration between all the major music venues in town." ... The Beastie Boys, System of a Down, Chemical Brothers, the Streets and the Donnas will be heading Down Under in January for the Big Day Out touring festival. The tour kicks off in Auckland, New Zealand, on January 21 and wraps up in Perth, Australia, on February 6. ...

New York radio personality/MTV alum Ed Lover has decided to throw his hat into the label game with the launch of his Full Blast imprint. Echo, an Atlanta-based female MC, will be Lover's first act. ... Groove Armada are releasing a best-of collection, called simply The Best Of ... The 14-track LP, due October 26, will include such hits as "I See You Baby" as well as a new track, "Take Me Home." ... There's no rest for drummer Joey Jordison. Soon after Slipknot return from Japan in November, he'll fill in on drums for Frost of Norwegian metal band Satyricon, who's unable to enter the U.S. due to visa problems. ...

10.06.2004

Eminem phoned in to MTV's "TRL" Tuesday afternoon and, amidst jokes and general guffawing about his new video, shot down rumors that he bought a home and was moving to Hollywood. Speculation had started on the Internet that he was going to pursue a film career full-time. ...

Jay-Z and R. Kelly have announced 17 more dates for their Best of Both Worlds tour, which kicked off last Thursday in Rosemont, Illinois. The trek will continue through November and will make stops in Miami, Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. ... Usher leads the list of nominees for the 2004 Vibe Awards. The singer, who recently wrapped his Truth Tour, is up for five awards, including Artist of the Year, R&B Song of the Year ("Confessions Pt. II") and R&B Voice of the Year. Usher's "My Boo" collaborator, Alicia Keys, is up for four awards, including Artist of the Year and R&B Song of the Year ("If I Ain't Got You"). Other nominees include Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kanye West, G-Unit, Outkast and the Terror Squad. Slated to air on UPN on November 16, the show will be executive produced by Queen Latifah. ...

Marilyn Manson has quietly settled a lawsuit filed by a Michigan security guard who claimed Manson had assaulted him by rubbing his crotch on his head in 2001 (Manson had pleaded no contest to the incident and paid a $4,000 fine). According to The National Law Journal, Manson and the guard, Joshua Keasler, settled the claim for a confidential amount on January 29 (it wasn't reported until well after the fact). No other details were disclosed. ... Butch Walker, the former Marvelous 3 singer who's produced tracks for Avril Lavigne, Simple Plan and most recently the Donnas, will hit the road to open for Lavigne on her upcoming tour, which kicks off October 25. Walker, who's most recent collaboration with Lavigne was the theme to "SpongeBob SquarePants" for that movie's upcoming soundtrack, will be backed by the band American Hi-Fi. ...

Carmen Electra's husband — and ex-husband — are signing up to play "Celebrity Blackjack" for the Game Show Network. Dave Navarro and Dennis Rodman, along with Lance Bass, Adam Carolla, Jason Alexander, Tori Spelling, Jamie-Lynn DiScala and Shannon Elizabeth are doubling down for a total pool of $1 million. The 13-episode "Celebrity Blackjack" tournament, in which the stars compete at 21 hands of blackjack for the charity of their choice, premieres October 12 at 10 p.m. on GSN. ... Also raising money for charity — to the tune of $300,000 — were Mos Def, Wyclef Jean, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Simon, Lou Reed and Patti Smith, among others, who performed at the ACLU Freedom Concert Monday at New York's Lincoln Center. ...

De La Soul hosted a party to celebrate the release of their new album, The Grind Date, Tuesday night at club Coda in New York. Pharrell Williams, Rockwilder, DJ Premier and Talib Kweli were among the guests in attendance. ... After seven years as a member of turntablists the X-ecutioners, DJ Rob Swift has splintered off to concentrate on his solo projects. DJ Boogie Blind and DJ Precision will take the place of Swift, who's released five solo albums since 1997. ...

Following their stint on this summer's Warped Tour, Juliette Lewis and the Licks are hitting the road once again, to support their forthcoming EP, which is being released in lieu of their debut full-length album, Like a Bolt of Lightning. The LP, which had been slated for release October 12, has been postponed until early 2005. "Since we recorded our album eight months ago, we've played so much that I feel like we've reached another level as a band," Lewis said in a statement. "The album just didn't feel complete without our new songs." The band will join the two-day Voodoo Fest in New Orleans (along with the Beastie Boys, the Pixies, the Killers and more) on October 16; open for the Hexum brothers for several shows starting October 23 in St. Louis and ending October 27 in Iowa City, Iowa; and warm up the crowd for Courtney Love when she plays Los Angeles on October 30. ...

Alternative rock station Live 105 in San Francisco has added a "mash-up" category to its playlist. Mash-ups currently in rotation include Radiohead vs. John Lennon ("Karma Life"), Blondie vs. the Doors ("Rapture Riders"), Franz Ferdinand vs. the Beastie Boys ("Franzie Boys") and Linkin Park vs. Britney Spears ("Faint Britney"), among others. ...Sarah McLachlan's video for her single "World on Fire" was a real moneymaker — for charity. The singer donated what she felt was the standard cost for the production of a video — $150,000 — to 11 charities worldwide, including Comic Relief, Film Aid, War Child and Action Aid, and still had $15 left over to cover the cost of a mini DV tape to record the clip for the song. The video features a performance by McLachlan interspersed with scenes of camera crews, electricians and other examples of how the money spent on one music video is distributed, comparing that with the costs of food, medical supplies and education for more than 1 million people. iTunes will offer an exclusive download of the video in its U.S., U.K., France and Germany store locations. ...