For The Record: Quick News On Fantasia, Nelly, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Tool, Linkin Park & More

Fantasia picks her single, Nelly and Kanye set to announce Grammy noms, Lindsay and Wilmer split.

Fantasia has selected “Truth Is,” produced by Soulshock & Karlin (Tupac, Usher), as the first single from her debut album, Free Yourself, due November 23. The album will also feature Fantasia’s “American Idol” show-stopping cover of George Gershwin‘s “Summertime,” a version of “You Were Always on My Mind” (made famous by Willie Nelson) and three collaborations with Missy Elliott. …

Nelly, Kanye West and Hoobastank are among the artists who will be on hand to read the nominations for the 47th annual Grammy Awards on December 7 at Hollywood’s Music Box. … Though they just starred together this week on “That ’70s Show,” Lindsay Lohan and Wilmer Valderrama have called it quits, according to People magazine. The couple had only recently made their relationship public, once Lohan turned 18 this July, and had also exchanged promise rings, according to Lohan’s mother. They’re said to still be friends. …

Britney Spears is upsetting art critics in London, who’ve taken issue with an exhibition of pictures of the singer taken by David LaChapelle and Herb Ritts called “I Heart Britney” at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. In response to the criticism, the singer’s record label reps have countered that the museum is the “most fitting place in London for a Britney Spears exhibition,” since it’s known for being “up-to-date, edgy and cool.” … After returning to the game a few months ago on the mixtape circuit, Shaquille O’Neal now has his own court to play in. Shaq is bankrolling the new imprint Deja34 Records, which will be distributed by Koch. The label’s inaugural release will be a new album by DJ Kay Slay in April. Kay Slay also serves as the label’s head of A&R. …

Despite their #2 debut on the albums chart with eMOTIVe, Maynard James Keenan has put A Perfect Circle on the shelf for the time being. He’s currently in the studio with his Tool bandmates working on the band’s fourth album, the follow-up to 2001′s Lateralus. The LP is expected to drop next year. … “The O.C.” is now more than just a TV show — it’s also a game. “Skate the O.C.” starts when the Cohens have left for Santa Barbara but have left their backyard gate unlocked. The show’s familiar backyard — with its pool emptied and ramps in place — then becomes a skater’s paradise at www.fox.com/oc/skatetheoc/. …

Redman is eyeing a March release for his next album, Red Gone Wild. Around that time the rapper is scheduled to shoot a movie with Method Man where the two play undercover drug-enforcement agents. … Ruben Studdard‘s has titled his upcoming gospel album I Need an Angel. Due November 23, it will feature the title track first single, produced by R. Kelly and Warryn Campbell. …

On December 8, London’s Royal Albert Hall will play host to the Refugee Voices for Darfur, a concert to benefit the 1.8 million displaced survivors of the bloody civil war in the African nation of Sudan. Musicians taking part in the concert include Franz Ferdinand (who have recorded a message to be played during the event), Chrissie Hynde and Mick Hucknall. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will serve as the evening’s backup band. … Mary J. Blige, JC Chasez and Kelis are among the artists bringing holiday cheer to the Gap’s winter TV campaign, called “How Do You Share It?” in which Sarah Jessica Parker runs into different musicians on the holiday party circuit. The ads debut next week. … Mario‘s next album, Turning Point, is slated for a December 7 release. Besides Scott Storch‘s touch on first single “Let Me Love You,” the R&B singer’s second album features production from Lil Jon. …

Want to spend quality time with Metallica? Or laze around on Nick Hexum‘s private Key West island? Those and other opportunities are being auctioned off to raise money for the T.J. Martell Foundation, which donates money for disease research. Artists such as Linkin Park, Simple Plan, Good Charlotte and Hilary Duff are each donating their time and memorabilia to be auctioned off beginning November 22 at www.fan2fan.com/ebayauction. … Despite rumors to the contrary, Madonna told MTV Europe that she isn’t planning to do a cameo in her husband Guy Ritchie‘s film “Revolver,” currently shooting in London. Madge, however, does have other movie plans in the works — for her book “The English Roses.” She said it would hopefully go into production this year. “It takes forever to get a movie made,” she said. “So fingers crossed.” As for her tour documentary that’s supposed to hit theaters next year, she doesn’t have a name for the project yet, but she hopes it’ll be out by May. …

11.11.2004

Lindsay Lohan has finished recording her debut album, which she’s calling Speak, according to her Web site. The actress/singer is currently deciding which tracks will make the final cut. …

Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz got in a tangle with two paparazzi on Saturday night in Hollywood, and ended up snatching one of the photographers’ camera. According to an attorney for the couple, Diaz and Timberlake acted in their own defense and only took the camera to identify the photographers later. The LAPD says the department has received a complaint from one of the photographers, claiming battery and grand theft. The matter is under investigation. … No Doubt‘s Tom Dumont has posted his wedding pictures on his Web site. The three photos, which can be found at http://tomdumont.com/photos.asp, showcase his bride Mieke Binzer’s wedding dress, which Dumont’s bandmate Gwen Stefani designed. …

Devastated to learn of Ashlee Simpson‘s “Saturday Night Live” lip-synch snafu? If you were planning on tossing your copy of her album into the trash, hold up. New York music venue the Knitting Factory, in conjunction with Horrified Observers of Pedestrian Entertainment (H.O.P.E.), are offering unhappy customers a bit of musical solace. Drop by the Knitting Factory box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and exchange Ashlee’s disc for an album by Elvis Costello, the Ramones, the Grateful Dead, Ray Charles or Aretha Franklin, among others, courtesy of Rhino Records. Don’t live in New York? Check out www.hopeinamerica.com for other exchange information. … Fantasia is about to be Fantabulous. The “American Idol” winner will have two M.A.C. lipglass shades named after her, Fantabulous 1 (a smoldering copper) and Fantabulous 2 (a full-on reddened bronze). Fantasia will launch the lipglasses at M.A.C.’s Harlem, New York, location on November 22, the day before her debut album, Free Yourself, hits stores. …

The KCRW annual benefit concert in Los Angeles, A Sounds Eclectic Evening, featuring Coldplay, Café Tacuba, Van Hunt, Nellie McKay and others, has been rescheduled for March 12. The event, which was supposed to take place on November 20, was moved due to scheduling and logistical conflicts; Rilo Kiley and Ben Watt, originally slated to perform, will be unable to do so now. Tickets for the original sold-out show will be honored for the rescheduled date. … In the three-against-one battle of the Beastie Boys versus jazz flutist James Newton, the rappers have emerged victorious. A U.S. appeals court decided on Tuesday that it would not reconsider its 2003 decision which allowed the group to use a six-second sample from Newton’s 1978 composition “Choir,” according to Reuters. The original decision said that the band paid a license fee to use the recording in their song “Pass the Mic” from 1992′s Check Your Head, and therefore had abided by copyright protections and did not have to pay an additional fee. …

American Hi-Fi‘s new album, Hearts on Parade, is available for streaming on the band’s Web site, www.AmericanHi-Fi.com. The group’s third studio album, the follow-up to last year’s The Art of Losing, will be released March 1. … Twenty-five years after the Cure released their first album, Three Imaginary Boys, in the U.K., the British version of the band’s landmark debut will get its first domestic release December 7. The double-disc reissue, which includes a full disc of rarities, also marks the beginning of Rhino Records’ reissue campaign of the band’s entire catalog. …

The Big Day Out Tour just got a little bigger with the addition of the Hives, Slipknot, the Polyphonic Spree, the Blues Explosion, Hatebreed and Le Tigre. The new acts join an existing lineup of the Beastie Boys, the Donnas, System of a Down, the Chemical Brothers and the Streets, on the six-date trek of Australia and New Zealand that kicks off January 21. … Though Justin Guarini announced only a week ago that he was joining the Broadway production of the Beach Boys musical “Good Vibrations,” the former “American Idol” runner-up has already left the cast. In a statement issued Wednesday, the producers of the show announced that they’ve “parted company.” His replacement will be announced soon. …Meanwhile, the off-Broadway They Might Be Giants musical, which opened November 4, has extended its limited run through December 11. “People Are Wrong!” stars TMBG member John Flansburgh. …