For The Record: Quick News On Hoobastank, Paris Hilton, Outkast, Prince, Blink-182, Christina Aguilera & More

Incubus, Hoobastank and Breaking Benjamin, each huge fans of the video game “Halo,” have penned songs inspired by the game for the soundtrack to its sequel, “Halo 2.” Incubus were so moved by the groundbreaking first-person shooter, they wrote an epic, four-part operetta, appropriately named “The Odyssey,” for the LP, which streets on the same day as the game, November 9. …

Want to be Paris Hilton? There’s a Halloween costume of the hotel heiress available on Buycostumes.com. The outfit includes a blue stretch denim lace-up tank top, matching ruffle skirt, removable “Hello My Name is Paris H.” badge, and a stuffed puppy. The “Paris Heiress” costume isn’t the only celeb outfit that’s available — there’s one for Kelly Osbourne wannabes as well, with a black jacket and attached pink tie and pinstriped black Capri pants. … The long-talked-about movie Outkast‘s Andre 3000 and Big Boi are filming for HBO now has a title: “My Life in Idlewild.” The flick is currently being shot in Wilmington, North Carolina. The duo have said they’re in the process of recording a batch of new songs together for the film’s soundtrack. …

The video for Prince‘s song “Cinnamon Girl” doesn’t premiere until next week, but it’s already causing quite a stir. The clip, directed by video vet Phil Harder, features “Whale Rider” star Keisha Castle-Hughes as an Arab-American girl who is fed up with the anti-Arab sentiments she encounters in everyday life. The video concludes with Castle-Hughes’ character fantasizing about exploding a bomb in an airport as a result of her frustrations. … Christina Aguilera has begun work on both an English and a Spanish-language album. In the meantime, her first live DVD, “Stripped Live in the U.K.,” is due Tuesday. …

Fourteen-year-old professional skateboarder and snowboarder Ryan Sheckler paid $4,000 for a guitar signed by Blink-182 in an auction at Tony Hawk‘s Stand Up for Skate Parks benefit last week in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Pamela Anderson paid $6,000 for a date with David Spade and $2,750 for a bike signed by X-Games champion Mat Hoffman. Blink and Spade both performed at the benefit, which attracted such guests as Trent Reznor and Benicio Del Toro. … Following in the footsteps of their future tourmates Good Charlotte, Sum 41 will perform at the Tower Records in New York’s Greenwich Village on the day their new album comes out. The Canadian quartet will perform selections from Chuck and sign autographs on Tuesday at 7 p.m. …

The legislative tide turned against the recording industry Friday when a bill that would facilitate slapping peer-to-peer networks such as Kazaa and Morpheus with lawsuits was effectively killed in Washington. The bill, known as the Induce Act, sought to hold liable anyone who induces another to infringe on copyrights, but the Senate Judiciary Committee passed on it. … The only thing thicker than the stifling hot air at Spaceland in Los Angeles on Saturday was the mustache on Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse “The Devil” Huge. Actually, what was even thicker than that were the beats, provided by both Joey Castillo and surprise guest drummer Josh Homme, who sat at a second drum kit right next to Castillo. Among those taking in the show were Homme’s squeeze, Distillers singer Brody Dalle, and ex-Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri, who was fired from the band earlier this year after a falling-out with Homme. …

The first 500,000 people to buy copies of the PS2 video game “The Urbz: Sims in the City” will get a free iTunes card that will allow them to download three exclusive tracks from the Black Eyed Peas. The tracks include one new Peas song recorded in “Simlish,” the fictional language used in the world of the Urbz, and a remix of their single “Let’s Get It Started,” also recorded in Simlish. These songs and other exclusive tracks are featured in the video game, which also boasts the hip-hop group as characters. … Master P, who played with the American Basketball Association’s Las Vegas Rattlers last season, has joined the Long Beach Jam. The rap mogul trained extensively over the summer and was invited to the Sacramento Kings’ pre-training camp workouts. … Meanwhile, P will guest star on an upcoming episode of “CSI: NY,” for a story line involving a hip-hop artist stabbed to death after winning a DJ contest. The episode, called “Grand Master,” airs on CBS October 20 at 10 p.m. ET. …

Pharrell Williams and Fleetwood Mac‘s Lindsey Buckingham have contributed to Vanessa Carlton‘s second album, Harmonium, due November 9. The singer’s boyfriend, Third Eye Blind singer Stephan Jenkins, produced the project. … Continuing their trek around the U.S. in support of their new album, This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In), Chevelle will open a handful of dates for Korn, who are currently touring behind an album of their own, Greatest Hits, Volume 1. Chevelle join the tour November 11 in Fresno, California, and stay on until the November 24 show in Minneapolis. More dates are expected soon. …

The first two albums from the Hives, 1997′s Barely Legal and their 1998 EP, A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T, both originally available on Gearhead Records, are being reissued through Burning Heart/ Epitaph. The albums will see the light of day on October 26. … When guitarist Terry Balsamo left the company of Scooter Ward for the opportunity to play with Evanescence earlier this year, it seemed like Cold were fast on the retirement trail, but things seem to be heating up for the Jacksonville, Florida, band. With a new label deal with Atlantic in place (ties with Geffen were severed in March), the group plans to start pre-production on the tentatively titled And a Sad Song Lives On this week. …

The documentary “Amazing Grace: Jeff Buckley” will premiere Saturday at New York’s Two Boots Pioneer Theater as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. The movie features interviews with the late singer’s family, friends and bandmates. … Rap stars, take note: even indie rockers are getting into the mixtape game. Grandaddy have put together their own mixtape, Below the Radio. Due October 19, the collection includes some of the band’s favorite tracks by Beck, Snow Patrol, Earlimart and Pavement, in addition to a new Grandaddy song titled “Nature Anthem.” The group’s fifth album is scheduled for a spring 2005 release. …

It’s Sammy Hagar‘s birthday this week, which means it’s time for his annual Cabo Wabo Meltdown in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The six-day event started this weekend, with free performances by Nickelback‘s Chad Kroeger, Smash Mouth, Van Halen‘s Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili PeppersChad Smith, Jerry Cantrell, the Cult‘s Billy Duffy, and Kenny Chesney. …

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Marilyn Manson, who’s getting ready to marry burlesque queen Dita Von Teese, is about to take another kind of plunge — down the rabbit hole. He’s co-starring in an upcoming re-imagining of “Alice in Wonderland” called “Living in Neon Dreams.” MGM was originally aboard to distribute, but the film has been retooled as a smaller, indie film, and so far Daryl Hannah, Nia Vardalos, Alan Cumming and Jonathan Pryce are also aboard. In an inspired casting move, Manson will play the Queen of Hearts. Shooting is slated to begin this month in Cape Town, South Africa. …

The owners of the hip-hop magazine The Source are at odds with Russell Simmons and his Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN). According to sources close to the magazine, co-owners Dave Mays and Ray Benzino are upset that Simmons pulled out of speaking at the magazine’s event Join the SIPHA: Hip-Hop Voter Education Rally. “Russell Simmons has been exploiting hip-hop for years,” Mays and Benzino said in a statement. “We invited and expected him to participate in the largest annual hip-hop weekend of the year, and he bailed from the event because he is afraid of the authenticity and influence of The Source magazine.” In a statement of his own, Simmons said, “I only want to promote positivity and dialogue within the hip-hop community. I have no ill will toward them and wish them well.” The rally, a part of The Source Awards weekend, will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Miami Arena in Miami. Louis Farrakhan, Al Sharpton, Ja Rule, Ludacris, Fat Joe and others are expected to speak. … In other HSAN news, the organization has teamed up with PlayStation2 for “Race to the Polls” to encourage voters to participate in the upcoming presidential election. Scheduled for Thursday at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, the event will include a concert featuring Ludacris, Public Enemy and Mase. There will also be a celebrity gaming tournament, which will include such players as Lil’ Kim, Anne Hathaway, the Reverend Run, Foxy Brown and more. …

Sundance is airing a documentary film about the Vote for Change Tour along with the final live performance of the trek in Washington, D.C. “National Anthem: Inside the ‘Vote for Change’ Concert Tour” will air Monday at 7 p.m. ET. R.E.M., Jurassic 5, Pearl Jam, the Dave Matthews Band and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band are among the artists performing. … Domestic shores will soon be buzzing with the sounds of the Hives. The Swedish rockers have lined up a fall tour, November 20 in New York to December 12 in Las Vegas, to support Tyrannosaurus Hives and its second single, “Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones.” …

You can find him in the club and at school — Mos Def has set up a short tour of clubs and universities around the country that starts October 18 at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. The Emmy-nominated performer ends his 10-city run November 7 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. … Courtney Love is hosting a weekly radio show on “Indie” 103.1 FM in Los Angeles, at least for rest of the month. Her show, “Kitty Radio,” named after her Web site, airs Fridays at 7 p.m. PT and will culminate with a Halloween show on October 30 called “The Devil Doll Ball.” Fans can hear the show online at www.indie1031.fm. …

Scott Weiland got the thumbs-up from a judge presiding over his probation-status-report hearing Thursday in Pasadena, California. He’s due back for another check-in on December 17, according to the Los Angeles district attorney’s office. … New tracks from the Darkness and the seven B-sides that accompanied their commercial singles are available on the U.K. band’s Web site. Other offerings include a live version of “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” recorded at Knebworth, as well as the track “Holding My Own,” previously available only in Japan. …

Deftones singer Chino Moreno has been working with Public Enemy-rapper-turned-reality-TV-star Flavor Flav. There’s no word, however, on whether this meeting of musical minds will ever see the light of day. … De La Soul are hitting the road to promote their recently released album, The Grind Date. Their 34-date trek will kick off Sunday in Las Vegas and wrap up on November 20 in Los Angeles. …

Still feeling the afterglow of her appearance on the White StripesElephant, bluesy rocker Holly Golightly is gearing up for her 10th studio album, Slowly But Surely. The LP, produced by Liam Watson, the engineer of Elephant, and recorded at the same Toe Rag Studios, is due Tuesday. Golightly will kick off a 35-date U.S. tour October 15 at the CMJ fest in New York and wrap things up on November 24 in Hoboken, New Jersey. … It’s Everclear‘s 10-year recording anniversary and in lieu of a candlelit dinner, the band is presenting fans with a best-of album and a tour supporting the release. On November 3, the group will kick off the trek in Philadelphia, and remain on the road through December 5 in Phoenix. The band will show fans how much it loves them by giving each ticket-holder a free souvenir — a CD called Closure that features some of the band’s unreleased and live acoustic tracks. …

Having co-written the new song “I Believe in You” with Kylie Minogue for her forthcoming greatest-hits set, Scissor Sisters‘ frontman Jake Shears has parlayed that experience into the inspiration for his group’s new album. Although the band’s self-titled debut is less than six months old, the group has begun working on a follow-up, which it hopes will be out next fall. … Rosanne Cash will join Marshall Crenshaw at New York’s Rubin Museum of Art on Friday (October 8) to launch the museum’s Chelsea Connection series. The duo will perform songs inspired by the museum’s “Wheel of Life” exhibit as part of the special acoustic set. …