For The Record: Quick News On Usher And Nelly, Fantasia, Nine Inch Nails, Maroon 5, Nick Lachey & More

Nelly and Usher team up for remix, Fantasia signs on for Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Nine Inch Nails have a new member.

A-Town and the Lou have collided: The latest remix of “My Boo” features guest vocals from Nelly and new lyrics from Usher. Alicia Keys, however, is nowhere to be found on this version of the song. … Meanwhile, Usher said backstage at the American Music Awards last week that he and Keys would like to continue recording duets. “Good collaborations always continue,” he said. “It’s not [a relationship] with me and Alicia, we just have great chemistry in the studio.” …

Fantasia fans may want to think about waking up early on Thursday. The “American Idol” winner will perform her single “I Believe” at the 78th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Fantasia will be atop the U.S. Postal Service’s float, along with Olympians from the 2004 summer games; while Gavin DeGraw, performing “I Don’t Want to Be,” will ride along on the Hess “Bridge to the Future” float. … Hilary and Haylie Duff helped their dog Bentley become a mini-celeb earlier this month by entering him as a model in a doggie fashion show in Los Angeles. With sister Hilary cheering her on, Haylie walked the “dogwalk” with Bentley, who wore a sweater with a skull-and-crossbones collar as she carried his “bone bag” for him at L.A.’s Century Plaza Hotel. …

Nick Lachey is slated to host VH1’s “Big in ’04” special, which will be taped at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on December 1 and air on December 5 at 9 p.m. Presenters include P. Diddy, Mandy Moore, Joss Stone, Jamie Foxx and Donald Trump. The Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, Outkast and Usher are up for Big Musical Artist. Up for Big Family, no surprise, are the Simpsons and the Hiltons. Paris Hilton is nominated for another award as well, Big Catchphrase for “That’s Hot”; she’ll be vying against Dave Chappelle’s “I’m Rick James, Bitch,” Donald Trump’s “You’re Fired” and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Economic Girlie Men.” … The Ying Yang Twins are planning a March release for their follow-up to Me & My Brother. A January tour is also in the works, according to the duo. …

The bassist formerly known as Twiggy Ramirez has been putting in some studio time with Trent Reznor as he works on the next Nine Inch Nails album. Photos of Jeordie White working with Reznor surfaced on NIN’s Web site, and in a radio interview last week, White’s former employer Marilyn Manson claimed he was now in Nine Inch Nails. There’s been no official word from the NIN camp, however. … Nirvana fans can bid on a lunch with Krist Novoselic on his private plane as part of People for the American Way’s annual Auction for the American Way. Beginning Sunday and ending December 5 on eBay, the auction will also include autographed memorabilia from Madonna, the Pixies, Green Day, Maroon 5 and John Mayer. …

Paul McCartney will make an encore Super Bowl appearance this year when he takes the stage to perform for the big game’s halftime show on February 6 in Jacksonville, Florida, according to the NFL’s Web site. McCartney last appeared at the Super Bowl in 2002 when he gave a pregame performance. “We’re looking forward to rocking the millions at home and in the stadium,” the former Beatle said. … The Osbournes’ mansion in Buckinghamshire, England, was burglarized on Monday (November 22), according to Reuters. Thieves reportedly climbed through a first-floor window and stole a large amount of jewelry. London police said that “the disturbance woke the residents and a man grabbed one of the burglars. The offender managed to struggle free and then jumped out of the window and made off.” Ozzy and Sharon are currently living in the mansion. …

American Basketball Association 2003-2004 champions the Long Beach Jam, whose roster includes Master P, opened their season with a victory Saturday against the Dennis Rodman-led Orange County Crush. Lil’ Romeo supported his dad by signing autographs at halftime. … New York club-scene legends Danny Tenaglia, Junior Vasquez, Tony Touch, Beverly Bond and Peter Rauhofer are inviting socially conscious dancers to shake it for a good cause. The producers/DJs will perform at Move Against AIDS, a dance-a-thon on December 11 at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center to benefit the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the nation’s oldest AIDS service and advocacy organization. More information can be found at MoveAgainstAIDS.org. … Since working with Ashlee Simpson on the song “Unreachable” off her debut, the members of Goldfinger have re-teamed to record material of their own for the first time in two years. They’re calling the album Disconnection Notice, and it’s due out February 15. …

11.19.2004

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, TravisFran Healy, the DarknessJustin 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. …