For The Record: Quick News On Nas, Paris Hilton, Diplomats, Gorillaz, Snoop Dogg, Korn, The Donnas & More

Nas throws a party, Paris Hilton sells her stapler, Gorillaz seek a new member.

Nas threw a party Tuesday night at New York's Azaza to celebrate the release of his new album, Street's Disciple. His boo, Kelis, and friends Mic Geronimo and AZ were among those present. ...

Paris Hilton has been the brunt of many jokes, but now she's getting the "South Park" treatment on Wednesday's (December 1) episode, when all the fourth-grade girls idolize a certain blonde celebrity, known for her jet-set lifestyle, television show and extracurricular activities. They play with her new toy set that comes complete with a video camera and night-vision filter, and try to pursue the boys to make their own videos — until "Paris" arrives to offer some competition. The episode, called "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset," airs 10 p.m. on Comedy Central. ... Snoop Dogg is lending his laid-back flow to the upcoming film "Racing Stripes." The live-action/computer-animated flick also features the voices of Mandy Moore and "Malcolm in the Middle" star Frankie Muniz. "Racing Stripes," about a zebra with thoroughbred aspirations, will hit theaters January 14. ...

The Diplomats' newest member came out onstage Tuesday night as the Harlem-based trio of Cam'ron, Juelz Santana and Jim Jones rocked the stage at their hometown's landmark Apollo Theater for a Roc-A-Fella pay-per-view special. The new member? Juelz's adorable nephew, 5-year-old "Young Ja". You could hear all the ladies saying, "He's so cute." He's also a smart businessboy: After he performed the choruses to the records "Shake" and his uncle's "S.A.N.T.A.N.A.," he told Cam he couldn't stay onstage all night because he had to go to school the next morning. The youngster didn't leave, however, until Killa handed over a huge wad of cash (it wasn't staged, according to Juelz) for services rendered. Memphis Bleek and Peedi Crakk also performed at the show. ... Jay-Z's team beat Nelly's team Tuesday night. No, the Roc-A-Fella family didn't square off with the St. Lunatics — Hov's New Jersey Nets played a home game against Pimp Juice's Charlotte Bobcats. In the end, it was the Nets winning 99 to 86. ...

Following their tour in support of Greatest Hits Vol. 1, Korn plan to resume work on their seventh studio album. The as-yet-untitled effort, which follows last year's Take a Look in the Mirror, is expected to drop in late spring or early summer. Meanwhile, the band is also contemplating releasing an EP to showcase its covers of Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like a Hole" and the Psychedelic Furs' "Love My Way." ... Staples is auctioning off more than 140 autographed celebrity staplers from such stars as Paris Hilton, Donald Trump, Kobe Bryant, Ringo Starr, Cher, Alice Cooper, and the Dixie Chicks. Each celebrity has named a charity of their choice to receive 100 percent of the profits from the sale of their stapler. The current high bids are on staplers from Cher ($605), Trump ($800) and Hilton, who leads the bidding at $1,005. The auction ends on Monday at www.staples.com. ...

Adding a new member to the Gorillaz is a lot more complicated than just penciling in another rock star. The animated group, fronted by Blur's Damon Albarn, is holding a contest on its Web site, www.gorillaz.com, to augment its lineup. Entries are being taken beginning December 15 and can be anything from animation to sketches to vocal outtakes. The band is expected to release its second album next year. ... The Donnas are giving fans the chance to rock out with the "Daisy, Decibels, Decay & the Donnas" online sweepstakes. One grand-prize winner who submits their entry by Sunday will receive a prize package including a Daisy Rock guitar with a pink faux-fur guitar strap, guitar accessories including a maintenance kit and picks, a copy of the ladies' new album, Gold Medal, Logitech speakers and Urban Decay's "Heavy Metal" cosmetics package. Aspiring rockers and Donnas fans can check out www.thedonnas.com for more info. ...

Guitarist Luke Pacquin has joined the ranks of Hot Hot Heat, replacing Dante DeCaro, who left in October. The dance-rock band will drop its next album, Elevator, in April; "You Owe Me an I.O.U." will be the first single. ... Better Than Ezra have signed a new label deal with Artemis, and plan to release an album come spring. Lead singer Kevin Griffin recently wrote a couple of songs for Howie Day, "Perfect Time of Day" and his current single, "Collide." ...

11.30.2004

Eminem's been called a lot of things, but "priest" hasn't been one of them ... until now. The extreme cult the Raeleans, who, in addition to being pacifists, believe that the higher being that many call God is really an alien, have bestowed the honorary title on Em for his anti-war/anti-Bush tune "Mosh." ...

Usher, Kanye West and Sleepy Brown are among the acts scheduled to perform with Earth, Wind & Fire at the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy's Grammy Jam December 11 at the Wiltern LG. Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Van Hunt, Randy Jackson, John Legend, Brian McKnight and Yolanda Adams are also performing at the event, which will benefit the Entertainment Industry Foundation's National Arts Education Initiative. ... Usher continues to be the star of this awards-show season. After picking up a whole mess of trophies already, the singer leads the pack of finalists for this year's Billboard Music Awards with nods in 13 categories including Artist of the Year and Billboard 200 Album of the Year. His "My Boo" buddy, Alicia Keys, raked in 12 nominations of her own, including Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Other finalists with multiple nominations include Maroon 5, Outkast, Jay-Z and Kanye West. ...

Franz Ferdinand were forced to play their Sunday show in Nagoya, Japan, without bassist Bob Hardy, who was taken out of commission with a severe case of gastro-enteritis. Hardy had begun to feel ill during the band's trip to Osaka, Japan, on Friday, and played most of Saturday's show in considerable pain, and mostly seated. Franz Ferdinand enlisted the help of bassist Dino from their supporting act the Beat Up for the Sunday show. Though Hardy performed at the band's Monday night concert in Tokyo, he is returning to the hospital, where he will remain until Thursday, when he flies to New York to join the band for its U.S. tour. For the first two Stateside dates, Franz Ferdinand will employ bassist Toshi Yano of the Fiery Furnaces. ... The final few dates of Coheed and Cambria's tour have been canceled due to personal tragedies that affected the band recently. A post on the group's Web site cites two car accidents and a life-threatening illness for why the shows from Tuesday in Providence, Rhode Island, to Sunday in Clearwater, Florida, were scrapped. ...

Christmas cards designed by Avril Lavigne, Barenaked Ladies, Billy Talent, Sarah McLachlan and other Canadian artists are being sold by the nonprofit War Child Canada (www.warchild.ca). Proceeds from the holiday greetings will benefit War Child's relief efforts in Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan. ... Alicia Keys knows how to get to "Sesame Street." The songstress will sing and dance with Elmo on the season premiere of the show, slated to air on April 4. ...

Pharrell has called rapper T.I. the "Jay-Z of the South," and it looks like Tip has taken another step toward living up to that title. T.I., whose third album, Urban Legend, hit stores Tuesday, is the new spokesperson for Jay's latest S. Carter shoe, the all-white Basketball Low. ... Even though he's been holed up recording the new Limp Bizkit album, you can still catch Fred Durst putting the boots to haters in the new video game "Fight Club," out this week. Durst appears as an unlockable character in the game, which is based on his favorite film and available for Xbox, Gamecube and PlayStation2. ...

Sheryl Crow is slated to perform for Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, at the California Governor's Conference on Women and Families in Long Beach, California. Her audience at the December 7 event will also include Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Lee Curtis and Queen Noor of Jordan. ... Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla will pose for PETA in New York on Wednesday for a new campaign. In a scene inspired by the end of "2001: A Space Odyssey," everything surrounding the guitarist will be white, save for a few brightly colored veggies. The tagline will read, "Add some color to your life — try vegetarianism." ...

The Panic Channel, the new band featuring former Jane's Addiction members Dave Navarro, Chris Chaney and Stephen Perkins and fronted by singer Steve Isaacs, will make their debut Thursday at the Key Club in Los Angeles. Indie 103.1 will be broadcasting live from the show, which will also feature Doheny (Camp Freddy founder Billy Morrison's band) as well as the Tints, which includes Flea's daughter Clara on drums. Camp Freddy singer Donovan Leitch is hosting the event, which has an admission charge of $1.03 and a can of food for the Food Bank. ... Lil' Kim and actress Rosie Perez will serve as special guest hosts of Move Against AIDS: Return of the Dance-a-thon on December 11 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York. ...

In honor of World AIDS Day on Wednesday, Wyclef Jean will ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. On hand with Jean will be Viacom chairman and CEO Sumner Redstone. ... Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell may be the hip-hop equivalent of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi — at least on the Pop Warner football level. Campbell's Liberty City Warriors will be playing in the Pop Warner Super Bowl national championship, competing for the #1 spot from December 8-11 in Orlando, Florida, at Disney World's World of Sports Complex. ... Underground MC Saigon is finally surfacing in more mainstream waters. The rapper has signed with Atlantic via producer Just Blaze's Ft. Knox Entertainment imprint. There's no word from Atlantic on when Saigon's major-label debut, The Greatest Story Never Told, will hit the streets. ...