For The Record: Quick News On Lindsay Lohan, JC Chasez, Gwen Stefani, Fat Joe, Death Cab For Cutie & More

JC Chasez begins work on his next LP, Gwen Stefani signs on for Billboard Awards, Fat Joe gets with his old crew.

JC Chasez has started work on his second solo album and is eyeing a late summer release date. "It's a futuristic look at the past," Chasez said of the LP at last week's American Music Awards, where he accompanied girlfriend Eva Longoria from "Desperate Housewives." ...

Lindsay Lohan's doctor has ordered best rest for the singer/actress as she is once again suffering from a high fever, according to her spokesperson. She recently spent a few days in the hospital when she couldn't shake a lingering fever. Her debut album, Speak, will hit stores December 7. ...

No Doubt's Gwen Stefani has been added to the list of performers for the Billboard Music Awards, set for December 8 in Las Vegas. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest will serve as the show's emcee, while Macy Gray, Kelly Osbourne, and country stars Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich are slated to present trophies. ... "American Idol" finalist La Toya London has signed with contemporary jazz label Peak Records and will release her debut album in early summer. ...

Fat Joe has told reporters that his old crew, Diggin' in the Crates, is working on a new LP. D.I.T.C. also features Lord Finesse, Showbiz and Buckwild, among others. ... The Flaming Lips, Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Kweller, the Dandy Warhols, the Walkmen and the Raveonettes are among the bands recording classic oldies for Stubbs the Zombie: The Soundtrack, the audio companion to the video game of the same name set in 1959. Due March 15, highlights include the Lips tackling "If I Only Had a Brain" from "The Wizard of Oz," Death Cab's take on the Crew-Cuts' doo-wop classic "Earth Angel," and the Dandy Warhols' cover of "All I Have to Do Is Dream" by the Everly Brothers. ... It seems like everything Conor Oberst does, he does to the second power. Not only will he release two new Bright Eyes albums — I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn — on January 25, but he'll be embarking on two separate tours to promote the records. The first leg of the tour kicks off January 14 in Omaha, Nebraska, and will feature the quiet, folky tunes of Wide Awake. In May, he'll begin the Digital version of his tour, with electro-punks the Faint serving as his backup band. ...

Moby will release his next studio album, Hotel, on March 22. The New York musician's vocals are featured on 10 tracks and Laura Dawn appears on two. ... Henry Rollins — who's preparing his "Shock and Awe ... My Ass" tour DVD for a February 1 release — will be hosting his own show on IFC starting in December. Called "Henry's Film Corner," the IFC series will premiere December 4 with director David Fincher as Rollins' first guest. The series will air the first Saturday of every month. "Here's the bottom line. Everyone hates a critic, but everyone is a critic, so why not me?" Rollins said in a statement. "I'm no expert on film, I'm no columnist, I'm a guy who likes a good movie and I'm sick and tired of walking out of a theater, being CGI'd to death, so if you wanna find out about some films you should see, this is the show for you." Rollins is also expanding and revising his tour diary, "Get in the Van," for release in December, at which point he'll embark on his fourth USO tour, this time heading to Afghanistan from December 10-18. ...

Terry Melcher, a producer and songwriter who worked most memorably with the Beach Boys and was an influential figure in the creation of the California surf sound, died on Friday after a lengthy battle with cancer, according to Reuters. Melcher, who was 62, produced hits for artists including the Byrds and Pete Seeger, and also worked with Bobby Darin, Ry Cooder and the Mamas and the Papas. ... Billy Idol has set a March 22 release date for his new album, The Devil's Playground, featuring the single "World Coming Down." "We got rock and roll, we got punk, it's got energy, it's gonna kick somebody's ass!" he said. ...

Southern California's Unwritten Law are readying their fifth album, Here's to the Mourning, due February 7. It follows 2002's Elva. ... Oasis' Liam Gallagher has been cleared of charges stemming from a 2002 brawl in Munich, Germany. The singer was ordered to pay a $65,200 fine in exchange for prosecutors dropping the investigation into whether he started the fight, according to The Associated Press. Gallagher had been under investigation on suspicion of bodily harm for kicking an officer outside the nightclub of a Munich hotel on December 1, 2002. ...

11.22.2004

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. ...