For The Record: Quick News On Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson, Snoop, Good Charlotte, Afroman, Chingy & More

Jessica Simpson‘s Christmas album — currently available at 7-Eleven stores — is being expanded for its November 23 release into other outlets. Named after her grandmother, ReJoyce – The Christmas Album features four extra songs, with the acoustic version of Simpson’s cover of Robbie Williams‘ “Angels” the only track not to reappear on this re-release. Also out on November 23 will be Simpson’s concert DVD, “Reality Tour Live,” which was shot at the Los Angeles stop on her summer tour. … Ashlee Simpson — who sings a duet with big sis Jessica (“Little Drummer Boy”) on the Christmas album — is heading out on tour in January, according to a missive she posted Tuesday on her Web site, thanking her fans for supporting her after the “SNL” snafu. “I know my real fans know that music and performing is my true passion,” she wrote. “I encourage my fans to do what I do and not read what people are saying on the Internet. … It’s the love that my fans have shown me that makes me want to go back out there and continue to prove all the negative press wrong!” …

The only way to hear Snoop Dogg‘s remix of the Doors‘ “Riders on the Storm” is by putting the pedal to the metal in “Need for Speed Underground 2,” due November 15. The in-game soundtrack also features Chingy, Mudvayne, Terror Squad and Queens of the Stone Age. … The music of Good Charlotte, Chevelle, Lostprophets and Slipknot, as well as a new song by funk legend Bootsy Collins, can be heard in the in-game soundtrack while players get down and dirty in the bog in “ATV Offroad Fury 3.” The racing video game will drop November 2. …

The ride-pimper himself, Xzibit, will host the MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held November 18 in Rome. … Scott Weiland celebrated his 37th birthday in a much more healthy fashion than last year (when he was arrested in the early morning hours for driving under the influence). The Velvet Revolver singer threw a party Wednesday night at the Little Door in Hollywood, where he was joined by Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington, No Doubt‘s Tony Kanal, Sugar Ray‘s Mark McGrath, DJ Paul Oakenfold, producer Daniel Lanois, the Sex PistolsSteve Jones, and bandmates Duff McKagan and Dave Kushner. …

Krayzie Bone is shooting a video this week for the Lil Jon-produced “Getchu Twisted,” the first single from the rapper’s Gemini: Good Vs. Evil, due in February. Krayzie is also making a video for the remix, which features his Bone Thugs-N-Harmony family. … Afroman will bring his special brand of hip-hop to the holidays on November 30 with the release of Jobe Bells. Produced by Po Boy and Zigg Zaggs, the 12-song set will feature the rapper’s takes on holiday classics like “Deck the Halls” (“Deck My Balls”), “Silent Night” (“Violent Night”) and “O Christmas Tree” (“O Chronic Tree”), among others. …

Tom Petty has just signed a deal for his authorized biography, which will be published by Omnibus Press. The book will be called “Conversations With Tom Petty” and will be written by Paul Zollo, who most recently worked on “Songwriters on Songwriting,” for which he interviewed Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Frank Zappa and more. He plans to reprint his discussions with Petty with little or no editorial comment. The book is expected in November 2005. … Meanwhile, Tori Amos‘ upcoming book, “Tori Amos: Piece by Piece,” co-written with music journalist Ann Powers, has just been finished. The tome offers a rare look inside the singer’s mind, her personal history, her muses and her artistic process. The book’s release in February will coincide with Amos’ eighth album, The Beekeeper.

Marc Almond, who was injured in a motorcycle crash last month, has been moved out of intensive care at the Royal London Hospital, where he’s been recovering. The Soft Cell singer was a passenger on a bike that collided with a car. … Polyphonic Spree‘s Tim DeLaughter has written and recorded the score for the upcoming offbeat comedy “Thumbsucker” (featuring Vince Vaughn, Keanu Reeves and Benjamin Bratt) and may perform it at the movie’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Meanwhile, the Spree have set a December 18 date for their fifth annual holiday show in Dallas to benefit Toys for Tots. …

Newly minted copies of Funeral for a Friend‘s debut LP, Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation, will be released with a limited-edition DVD on November 2, to coincide with the band’s tour with Taking Back Sunday and Atreyu. … Boulder, Colorado, roots-rock veterans the Samples are releasing their first greatest-hits collection on November 16. A bonus DVD featuring rare videos and the 1994 tour documentary “Ten Wheels” will be included. … German industrial metal band Rammstein are broadening their horizons with their fourth album, Reise, Reise, which translates into “Voyage, Voyage.” The album, which follows 2001′s Mutter and is due out November 16, will be fronted by the bilingual single “Amerika.” Its European counterpart, “Mein Teil,” can also be found on the soundtrack to “Resident Evil: Apocalypse.” …

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Former Creed singer Scott Stapp will be in St. Louis Wednesday night (October 27) to sing “God Bless America” at game 4 of the World Series. Should the Boston Red Sox be victorious, break the supposed curse of Babe Ruth and win their first October Classic since 1918, superstitious fans might offer him the seventh-inning gig full time. When not singing patriotic songs, Stapp continues to work on his first solo album, which is now expected to drop next year. …

Jay-Z is said to be in final negotiations to be named president of Def Jam Records. The deal could be finalized by next week, according to The Associated Press. Representatives for Jay-Z and Def Jam declined to comment. …

Vibe magazine and UPN have announced the lineup of artists scheduled to perform at the second annual Vibe Awards. Performers will include multiple nominee Alicia Keys, Nelly, Snoop Dogg with Pharrell, Jadakiss with Anthony Hamilton, Elephant Man, Beenie Man, Kevin Lyttle and Ashanti, who will debut her new single, “Only U,” during the show. The host, award presenters and additional performers will be announced shortly. Scheduled to be held November 15 at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, the show will be broadcast the following night at 8 p.m. … Fan favorites Usher, Eminem, Alicia Keys and Outkast are among the nominees for this year’s People’s Choice Awards (January 9), the awards show in which winners are chosen by the public. While in past years votes were tallied by the Gallup Organization, this year Entertainment Weekly gathered a group of 6,000 readers to nominate their top choices from a group of candidates in the categories of film, music and television, according to Reuters. Their top five selections are listed at www.pcavote.com, where the public can vote for its favorites. …

Kanye West will headline the New Life Project Inaugural Concert on November 5 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Special guests Common, Musiq and the X-ecutioners are also scheduled to appear. The concert will celebrate the launch of the New Life Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness in the United States by raising funds through unique special events and creative projects featuring music, poetry and film. Billy Crystal, Larry David, Al Green, Q-Tip and Kanye are just a few of the prominent honorary board members. … Beyoncé is an aunt. Solange Knowles, whose Solo Star was released last year, and husband Daniel Smith gave birth to Daniel Julez J. Smith on October 18. …

Hoobastank and Three Days Grace are heading out on the road together. They kick off their tour November 16 in Kansas City, Missouri, and wind down December 18 in Tampa, Florida. … A Perfect Circle feel so strongly about unseating President George W. Bush on November 2 that the band is streaming a new song from its Election Day release, the politically charged eMOTIVe, each day on http://krunch.org/apc_sotd. Fans who visit the band’s official Web site, www.aperfectcircle.com, are greeted with an anti-Bush poster on the main page. …

Courtney Love appeared Wednesday in a Los Angeles court, where a judge deemed there was sufficient evidence to send Love to trial for an incident in April, when Love allegedly attacked a woman with a liquor bottle. Love’s alleged victim, Kristin King, and a witness testified. Love will be arraigned November 10 on one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon. If convicted, she faces up to four years in prison. …

Former “American Idol” contestant Tamyra Gray will guest star on this week’s episode of “What I Like About You.” Playing a character named Danielle, Gray helps the gang get ready for Halloween by dressing in costume as Tina Turner to Gary’s Ike (played by Wesley Jonathan). Also coming up on the sitcom will be a guest appearance by Gavin DeGraw, who will tape his episode the second week of November; he’ll be performing a song at Val’s wedding. Gray’s episode airs Friday, while DeGraw’s will air November 19 on the WB at 8 p.m. … In other guest-star news, Xzibit will appear on the UPN’s “All of Us” in an episode airing November 9. …

Madonna‘s a doll — literally. Different phases of her career are portrayed on a new set of handmade and handpainted wooden Russian nesting dolls, available for pre-order on her Web site. Only 5,000 of these four-in-one dolls are being made. … Forgoing the tedium of performing in conventional music venues, Fatboy Slim will perform in a variety of unconventional settings when his tour behind Palookaville kicks off November 10 in Toronto, where he’ll recreate the set of the video for “Slash Dot Dash.” In New York, he’ll play a loft party at Drive-In Studios on November 13, and on December 8, he’s set to kick it with the Neanderthals and dinosaur bones at Los Angeles’ Natural History Museum. The short trek wraps up December 11 in Dallas. …

An Ohio musician has filed a petition in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office against Staind, claiming that the band obtained legal use of the name Staind through fraudulent practices. If Jon Stainbrook, who fronted a band called the Stain, wins, Aaron Lewis‘ band could be forced to change its name. Stainbrook had prevailed previously in a similar dispute, resulting in the Los Angeles band Lit having to change their name from Stain. … The songs of the Smashing Pumpkins will be reinterpreted by some of emo-punk’s biggest acts on a tribute album due out next year. My Chemical Romance, A Static Lullaby and Poison the Well are among the bands that will be featured on the album, to be released on indie label Law of Inertia Records. … Aaron Carter is set to tour with Fan_3 (whose song “Digits” is on the “Shark Tale” soundtrack) on Radio Disney’s second annual Jingle Jam outing, which kicks off November 6 in Pittsburgh and wraps New Year’s Day in Hartford, Connecticut. …

The television special “National Anthem: Inside the ‘Vote for Change’ Concert Tour” will be rebroadcast on the Sundance Channel Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The show mixes behind-the-scenes footage from the politically minded tour’s October 11 stop in Washington, D.C., with performance footage of Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, the Dave Matthews Band, R.E.M., Jurassic 5, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, the Dixie Chicks, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp and Bonnie Raitt. …