For The Record: Quick News On Black Eyed Peas, Nick Lachey, Game, Evanescence, Nelly, Pixies & More

Black Eyed Peas announcing Grammy noms, Nick Lachey gearing up for more reality TV.

Joss Stone and the Black Eyed PeasWill.I.Am and Fergie will join the throngs of media outlets on hand Tuesday in Hollywood for the announcement of the nominees for the 47th annual Grammy Awards. The artists are the latest additions to the crop of celebrities that will rattle off the list of hopefuls for music’s highest honor. The awards ceremony is set for February 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. …

Living your life on camera must be addictive — “Newlyweds” star Nick Lachey is branching out with his own reality show on MTV. The program, which was just greenlit, has the working title of “The Nick Lachey Project” and captures the singer as he works to rebuild his solo career, from constructing a studio inside his home to hiring producers and writers to searching for a new record deal to recording and finally working with the label to get his second solo CD in stores. Meanwhile, Lachey can be seen on the third season of “Newlyweds,” which returns in January. … New Era has started lining up celebrity designers for its 2005 59Fifty “Capture the Flag” hat series. Fat Joe and G-Unit‘s Game have been tapped to design their own limited-edition baseball caps, with profits from each going to a charity of their choice. Fat Joe’s cap will hit stores on January 27, with Game’s following on February 24. …

Evanescence and country singer Keith Urban have been added to the lineup of performers for the Billboard Music Awards on December 8. Urban will be joined during his performance by Sheryl Crow. Britney Spears is slated to make a special appearance at the awards show. … Spears turned 23 on Thursday, and instead of throwing a big shindig, the singer celebrated with a quiet night at home with husband Kevin Federline, according to a source close to the singer. … Ashlee Simpson, Black Eyed Peas, Train and Chaka Khan are among the artists lined up for a CBS special called “A Home for the Holidays,” a special about the joys of adoption. Rod Stewart will duet with Jamie Foxx on one song during the one-hour broadcast, which airs December 22 at 8 p.m. ET. …

Nelly is slated to guest star on “MADtv” later this month. The rapper’s episode, which will have a holiday theme, will air December 18 at 11 p.m. ET. … The Pixies have announced an additional stop on their reunion tour: December 9 at the Avalon in Boston. Even with the numerous shows on their current trek, the Pixies hadn’t scheduled any dates in their onetime hometown, where the quartet first formed 17 years ago. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon. The Pixies’ tour wraps on December 18 in New York. … The second album by rock duo the Kills, No Wow, is slated for a March 8 release. A full tour to support the follow-up to 2003′s Keep on Your Mean Side is scheduled for March. …

12.02.2004

Now you can say, “Hey Mr. DJ” to Snoop Dogg. The rapper is premiering his own monthly series on XM Satellite Radio from his home studio in Los Angeles called “Welcome to Da Chuuch With Big Snoop Dogg,” starting Friday at 8 p.m. The 90-minute show can be found on the classic hip-hop channel the Rhyme (XM Channel 65). Meanwhile, Snoop has chosen “Let’s Get Blown” to be his next single. …

Like Alanis Morissette before her, Christina Aguilera has taken a passage to India for inspiration. “India has always captured my imagination with its myriad cultures and spiritualism,” she said in a statement. At a brief press conference at her hotel in Bombay on Wednesday, she told reporters she was “enjoying every bit” of the country during her first trip there. … While Paris Hilton‘s perfume is still slated to officially hit stores in February in time for Valentine’s Day, it’s gotten a soft launch and is in some department stores now, such as New York’s Macys, but without displays to make a big production out of it. The heiress is celebrating the launch of the scent Friday at a party in Los Angeles, and is planning future launch parties in other cities through February. The Paris Hilton fragrance is both fruity and floral, with notes of apple, peach, mimosa blossoms, night-blooming jasmine, and of course, some musk and pheromones to keep it sensual. Meanwhile, the third installment of the heiress’ FOX reality show with Nicole Richie, “The Simple Life 3: Interns,” now has a premiere date of January 26. …

John Mayer will perform an acoustic set for Musicians on Call’s inaugural fund-raiser. The event, to be held at Sotheby’s in New York on January 31, will also feature an auction of autographed guitars from Mayer, Avril Lavigne, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Dave Matthews, Elvis Costello, Hanson, No Doubt and Slash. Other autographed memorabilia to be auctioned off includes a miniature piano from Alicia Keys and a basketball from Justin Timberlake. Musicians on Call was founded in 1999 with the mission of bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of people in health-care facilities. … Free Fiona Apple! Or at least, free the release of her album, Extraordinary Machine. That’s what a just-launched Web site, freefiona.com, is urging Sony Music to do. Apple’s Machine, finished in 2003, was reportedly shelved by her record label because it lacked commercial appeal. The Web site, started by Missouri resident Dave Muscato, is organizing a week of protests starting January 24 outside Sony buildings in Los Angeles and New York and encouraging fans to send label execs apples of all kinds — real, fake and photographed — as a symbol of support for the singer. …

New music is on the way from Madonna — the pop matriarch is back in the studio this week, according to her Web site. No word yet on whether she’s recording music for a new album, though she’s rumored to be pairing up with William Orbit once again as well as Depeche Mode‘s Martin Gore. … R.E.M. are reissuing their entire Warner Bros. catalog — eight records from Green to Around the Sun, as well as a best-of compilation — in two-disc editions that will include previously unreleased material. The first disc of each set will consist of the album as it was originally released, with the second disc featuring the album remixed in surround sound, as well as several extras, like the unreleased “Time Piece” documentary on Out of Time; a short film set in Athens, Georgia, on Automatic for the People; excerpts from the unreleased film “Update” on Up; and the video for “Bad Day” on In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003. The nine CD/DVD combos will come out on February 15. …

Sum 41 are getting into the holiday spirit by giving away 100 pairs of Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers and a Les Paul guitar. Entry forms and details on the two separate contests can be found on the band’s Web site, www.islandrecords.com/sum41. … Jurassic 5 will bring their old-school-inspired hip-hop show to the sixth annual Sallie Mae benefit concert in Las Vegas. The concert, slated for Friday, will benefit the Shade Tree Women’s Shelter and will also feature Jem. …

Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson will be honored as the MusiCares 2005 Person of the Year for his accomplishments as a musician and humanitarian. Wilson will receive the award at a special tribute dinner, concert and silent auction on February 11 in Los Angeles, two days prior to the Grammy Awards. Wilson “embodies the positive spirit that comes from dedication, perseverance and creative brilliance,” said MusiCares Foundation president Neil Portnow in a statement. …