For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Justin Timberlake, Puddle Of Mudd, Ben Lee & More

Britney composes a poem, Justin and Cameron get sued, Lindsay gives a sneak peek.

Britney Spears has written a poem about her honeymoon and has posted it on her fan club's Web site. In the nearly blow-by-blow account of her trip to Fiji's Turtle Island, Spears describes her time alone with her new husband, Kevin Federline, as "magical nights" and a "little piece of heaven" but cuts short the details when it gets to the bedroom: "A meal, a shower and some ice cream/ Then I threw my man down, you know what I mean!" ... Lindsay Lohan is giving fans a sneak peek of her upcoming debut album, Speak — the actress/singer has posted four audio clips of songs on her Web site and is taking a poll to see which tracks people prefer. The songs are "Nobody 'Til You," "Symptoms of You," "Over" and the title track. ...

A pretrial hearing was held on Wednesday in Los Angeles for the case in which a photographer is alleging that Christina Aguilera's bodyguard beat him up outside a club last year. "He was punched in the mouth, his mouth was bloodied, he had lacerations inside his mouth," the photographer's lawyer said in court. Aguilera has countersued photographer David Keeler, claiming she had nothing to do with what happened, and her lawyer said a self-defense argument would be explored. The judge encouraged both parties to reach an agreement. ... Aguilera's former tourmate isn't having much luck with paparazzi, either. Two photographers are suing Justin Timberlake and his girlfriend, Cameron Diaz, for assault and battery, claiming the couple attacked them when they tried to photograph the pair on November 6. Saul Lazo and Jose Gonzalez claim in a lawsuit filed Friday that they did nothing to harass the couple and stood more than 10 feet away when Diaz ran at Lazo, hit him, tripped him and took his camera. They say Timberlake screamed at the photographer, who was bleeding and on the ground. In a previous statement, the couple claimed they had been ambushed and acted in self-defense, and that Diaz only took the camera to later identify the photographers. ...

Timberlake's 'NSYNC groupmate Lance Bass makes a cameo appearance on the new show "$25 Million Hoax." For the show's second episode, the singer's job is to help a woman, who is trying to record a Britney Spears song at a recording studio, convince her friends and family that she has won the lottery and has become a spendaholic. The episode airs Monday (November 15) at 10 p.m. on NBC. ... Puddle of Mudd will play a show for some lucky fans at an undisclosed Los Angeles location Tuesday. On its Web site, the band extended an invitation to the first 150 of its "biggest fans" to attend a concert that will be recorded for release on DVD. Winners were supposed to be notified by no later than Monday, so if you haven't heard back yet, you're probably out of luck. ...

Ben Lee has finished his new album, Awake Is the New Sleep. Lee worked with producer Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins) on the album, due out in February. ... Morrissey has announced plans to reissue his latest album, You Are the Quarry, in a special CD/DVD deluxe edition. The CD half of the package now features nine B-sides. The DVD collects all three of the Mozzer's appearances on "The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn" from earlier this year along with his videos for "Irish Blood, English Heart" and "First of the Gang to Die." The combo is scheduled to hit shelves in December. ... Experimental U.K. group Stereolab are working on a three-disc retrospective of the EPs they've issued in their dozen years together. The as-yet-untitled set is due in April. Meanwhile, the band continues to work on a new series of EPs to follow up Margerine Eclipse, which dropped in January. ...

11.12.2004

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. ...