For The Record: Quick News On Madonna, Green Day, Chingy, Aaron Carter And Michael Jackson, Hilary Duff & More

Band Aid 20 premieres, Chingy throws a party and Aaron Carter says all was cool with Michael Jackson.

Madonna introduced Band Aid 20's "Do They Know It's Christmas," which premiered Thursday in the U.K. "Twenty years ago, I performed at Live Aid, and the world watched me and my generation demanding a change," she said in a video statement. "Once again, here we are, 20 years later, and more people die of hunger in Africa than from war and AIDS put together ... Bob Geldof and his friends are here to remind you that we can never forget, not ever. Feed the world." The song, available for download on www.bandaid20.com, will raise money for food aid in Darfur, Sudan. The lineup of artists on the song includes Coldplay's Chris Martin, Dido, Robbie Williams, Travis' Fran Healy, the Darkness' Justin Hawkins, and Bono, repeating the powerful line he sang on the original version in 1984, "Well, tonight, thank God it's them, instead of you." ...

The other shoe of Los Angeles radio station KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas show just dropped, and it sounds a lot harder. The second night of the two-night stand, taking place December 11-12, will feature sets by Green Day, Hoobastank, Incubus, Good Charlotte, Velvet Revolver, Sum 41, Chevelle and the Used, among others. The relatively more hipster-friendly first night features Franz Ferdinand, Jimmy Eat World, Keane, Modest Mouse and Interpol. ... FOX is the latest company to enter the digital download game, having launched its FoxMusic.com site on Thursday. It sells tunes for 99 cents apiece, like pretty much everyone else, but what sets it apart from services such as iTunes, Napster and Rhapsody is that FOX allows users to download ring tones of favorite FOX TV show theme songs directly into their cell phones. ...

Aaron Carter says that "nothing sexual" happened between him and Michael Jackson during his overnight stay at the Neverland Ranch. Upset after his mother, Jane Carter, wondered aloud in a televised interview what could have happened during his unsupervised sleepover in September 2003, the pop star told People magazine, "Nothing happened ... We didn't sleep in the same room, we didn't share a bed. We have a normal friendship. There's nothing sexual to it." ... Chingy is celebrating the recent release of his album Powerballin' with a party Saturday in the Vault Room at the City Museum in his hometown of St. Louis. Party attendees will receive a scratch-off lottery ticket at the event and have the chance to win more tickets during the party. At midnight, Chingy will host a drawing where someone could win $25,000. ...

If the frontman of the Styx cover band in the upcoming Hilary Duff movie "The Perfect Man" seems like he sings such classics as "Mr. Roboto" and "Come Sail Away" a little too well, that's because it's actually Dennis DeYoung, Styx's real singer, who makes a cameo in the film. The flick is currently in production and is slated for release next year. ... 8Ball & MJG will be shooting a video for their third single, "Forever," featuring Lloyd, from their album Living Legends in Atlanta on Monday. The clip will be directed by R. Malcolm Jones and will include appearances by P. Diddy and comedians Bruce Bruce and Rickey Smiley. 8Ball is also working on the second Slab compilation and his third solo album, both of which will be released through his 8 Ways Entertainment. MJG is finishing up recording for his second solo LP, which will be released by his own MJG Music. ...

The White Stripes' first live DVD is going to hit the big screen, but for one night only. The 75-minute-long "The White Stripes Under Blackpool Lights," which was shot entirely on super 8 and 16 mm film during a Blackpool, England, concert in January, will be screened in select AMC movie theaters across the country on December 9, including theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, D.C., Atlanta, Seattle, Minneapolis, Denver and the band's native Detroit. The film includes performances of the duo's covers of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and Bob Dylan's "Outlaw Blues." ... "Chicago, Chicagogoing, Chicagogone," the new DVD from Phantom Planet, features performance footage from — you guessed it — Chicago, the band's first show ever, in fact. A concert in Japan is also featured, as well as the videos, interviews and photos fans have come to expect from music DVDs. The home video is due December 14. ...

Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash may soon be adorning fans' bookshelves, thanks to the release of a miniature collectible sculpture of the guitar hero. Only 3,000 pieces of the limited-edition figure, created by KnuckleBonz, Inc., will be issued. Due in February, each one is hand-painted and features the former GN'R axeman in his trademark top hat and strapped to a black Les Paul. ... Bruce Springsteen will join local Pittsburgh musicians for a December 2 benefit concert to help the victims of the September 17 flood, according to The Associated Press. The rocker was invited to headline the event, dubbed "Flood Aid," by friend and Pittsburgh musician Joe Grushecky, whose album American Babylon he produced nine years ago. Flood Aid will take place at the 2,600-seat Heinz Hall and tickets will go on sale Tuesday at 8 a.m. at the venue's box office. ... The ambitious goal of releasing six full-length albums in six months is moving according to plan for Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante. On November 23 he'll release A Sphere in the Heart of Silence, the fifth album in the series that began with Will to Death in June. The final LP, Curtains, is due January 25. ...

11.18.2004

Alicia Keys will host An Evening With Alicia Keys and Special Guests, a Worlds AIDS Day benefit to be held at New York's Angel Orensanz Center. The December 1 concert will feature performances by Keys, Common and Angie Stone. Proceeds will benefit Keep a Child Alive, an organization dedicated to providing life-saving medicine to children and families with HIV/AIDS. ...

Snoop Dogg took time out from promoting his new album, R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, on Tuesday to take the practice field with the University of Southern California football team. Snoop served as a guest coach and receiver during the practice, and surprised the players when he showed up to a pre-practice meeting. Snoop, no stranger to the pigskin as he coaches a youth football team in Rowland Heights, California, isn't the first celeb to take part in a USC practice — Will Ferrell joined the Trojans for a day last season. ... Cam'ron and the Diplomats will headline "The Book of Hip-Hop Chapter One," a high-definition television pay-per-view concert. The event, slated for November 30, will also feature performances from Beanie Sigel and State Property featuring Peedi Crakk, Memphis Bleek and Paul Cain. Hosted by Doug E. Fresh, the show will be held at the Apollo Theater. Ticket proceeds from the concert will benefit L.E.A.D. National, a program that identifies exemplary high-school juniors from historically underserved and underrepresented communities. ...

Nas was scheduled to be in court on Tuesday in New York to face charges of second-degree assault. However, the case was adjourned until November 23. No explanation was given by the district attorney's office. The case stems from an incident in December in which the rapper allegedly threw a bottle at a man in a New York nightclub. ... Noted art enthusiasts Sum 41 are the subject of an exhibition at Toronto's Richmond Art Gallery. The show is being put on by Canadian artist Spazz (a.k.a. Mike Echlin) and is called "Spazz Does Sum 41." Spazz's paintings feature the band in several different incarnations, from Frank Zappa-lookalikes to mustachioed supervillains. Signed reproductions of the paintings will be for sale, and all proceeds will benefit War Child Canada. ...

Killswitch Engage, currently on the Jägermeister Music Tour, will join the first Taste of Chaos Tour, organized by Warped Tour creator Kevin Lyman. The trek runs from early February through the middle of April and hits venues across North America. The Used signed on to headline in mid-October; My Chemical Romance will also perform. ... The Southwest is next to be graced with the presence of Marilyn Manson. Five dates in Texas, beginning December 7 in Houston, and a show in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have been added to the creepy rocker's current tour. ...

Gwen Stefani is donating a portion of the proceeds from her forthcoming solo album, Love, Angel, Music, Baby, to Amnesty International, according to the organization's Web site, which provides a link to buy it at http://www.amnestyusa.org/musicforhumanrights/index.do. ... Though Martin Gore's track didn't make the cut for Stefani's solo album, Depeche Mode haven't lost heart and are soldiering on. They're getting together in Santa Barbara, California, in a few weeks to start work on the follow-up to their 2001 album, Exciter. They'll be joined by longtime collaborator Daniel Miller and producer Ben Hillier for initial sessions, and they plan to start recording by January. ...

The self-proclaimed Greatest Band on Earth is preparing to create its "Purple Rain." The first Tenacious D film venture, "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny," will begin shooting in March. Liam Lynch, the comic-rocker responsible for the farce "United States of Whatever," is among those working on the script. ... What do Amelia Earhart and Dexter Holland have in common? An insatiable urge to fly around the world. The Offspring frontman — who's an actual pilot — has begun his quest to fly around the globe in nine days. On Wednesday, Holland took off from Los Angeles and crossed North America, landing in Goose Bay, Newfoundland. He'll begin crossing the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday (November 18). Hopefully, unlike Earhart, Holland won't disappear somewhere in the mid-Pacific. ... Award-winning film director Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs," "The Manchurian Candidate") has helmed the new clip for politically charged singer/songwriter Steve Earle. The video for "Rich Man's War," the second single from Earle's The Revolution Starts Now, features concert footage from a performance at New York's CBGB on Election Day. ...

The days of independent radio promotion may be numbered. Infinity Broadcasting, a subsidiary of MTV's parent company, Viacom, announced that its chain of radio stations will no longer use the services of independent promoters, companies that take payment from record labels in exchange for getting songs played on the radio. The move follows similar prohibitions made by Clear Channel and Cox Radio chains. ... Another 761 lawsuits were filed by the recording industry against people suspected of illegally downloading music files. Twenty-five of them targeted people who logged onto peer-to-peer networks such as Kazaa and Limewire using college Internet connections. ...