For The Record: Quick News On Ashlee Simpson, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Vince Neil, Gang Of Four & More

Ashlee playing Orange Bowl, Britney not really resting, Lindsay getting recognized.

Ashlee Simpson has a high-profile gig lined up to help her warm up for her upcoming tour — she's going to perform at the Orange Bowl halftime show on January 4 in Miami. Her sister, Jessica, and brother-in-law, Nick Lachey, did the gig in 2004. ... Hoobastank have postponed their final shows of the year (in Florida, Minnesota and Wisconsin) to allow singer Doug Robb to recover from bronchial pneumonia. Robb was hospitalized earlier in the week and ordered to rest. ...

While she's supposed to be taking a break from her career, Britney Spears has just wrapped another video — for "Do Somethin'," one of the new songs on her greatest-hits collection. Fans might not have a chance to see the clip, though, as it's only being serviced overseas. ... The Broadcast Film Critics Association named Lindsay Lohan a Best Young Actress nominee for its Critics' Choice Awards on Wednesday, and also nominated "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" for Best Documentary. "Sideways" earned the most nominations (eight). The winners will be announced during a January 10 ceremony at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. Eric McCormack will host the show, which the WB will broadcast live. ...

Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil has landed in hot water again. On Wednesday, Dallas police issued a warrant for his arrest, stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred during a Neil solo show in October. Neil faces a misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly punching a soundman at the Dallas-area club Gilleys. If convicted, Neil faces up to a year in jail and a fine of $4,000. ... P. Diddy has made CNN and Time magazine's 2004 list of "Global Business Influentials." Diddy was honored for his "combined celebrity and smart branding" for his record label, restaurants and marketing company, Blue Flame. MTV Networks Chairman and CEO Judy McGrath also made the list, for her work running MTV, MTV2, VH1, CMT, Nickelodeon, TV Land and Comedy Central. ...

Christina Aguilera will be the host for the 2005 MTV Asia Awards, to be held in early February in Bangkok, Thailand. Maroon 5 are slated to perform at the event. ... Sony's PSP is still a few months away from U.S. stores and already the handheld wars have begun. To compete with the PSP's ability to play digital music files as well as games, Nintendo announced plans for an adaptor for its Game Boy Advance SP and Nintendo Advance that allows the same multimedia feature. The Nintendo's peripheral is expected to be available in mid-February, around the same time the PSP, which is already available in Japan, drops. ...

Seminal post-punkers Gang of Four have re-formed for a few dates in the U.K., with a U.S. tour to follow. The original lineup, whose funky punk and dance-rock influence can be heard in bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Franz Ferdinand, will play their first show together since 1995 on January 23 in Manchester, England. ... Fatboy Slim, Beth Orton, Billy Idol and Aimee Mann are among the first performers announced for South by Southwest 2005 in Austin, Texas, from March 11-20. Mavis Staples and Erykah Badu will speak at the conference, joining keynote speaker Robert Plant. ...

British DJ Paul Oakenfold has relocated to Los Angeles to focus more on scoring movies. The DJ, who has written music for "Swordfish," "Collateral" and other flicks, is currently working on "The Pink Panther." ... These are good times for Ludacris. His new album, The Red Light District, just made its debut atop the Billboard albums chart, and now Cris has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group. He was previously signed to EMI Music. ...

CiWYW, a star-studded album Los Angeles hip-hop group L.A. Symphony recorded in 2001 but were never able to release due to the folding of their record label, is finally available on the group's Web site (www.lasymphony.com), through December 31. Black Eyed Peas and Pharcyde's Fat Lip contributed raps, while Will.I.Am, Prince Paul and Mario C (of Beastie Boys fame) co-produced. ... Bombastic '70s/'80s rockers Journey will be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 21. The band, which has sold 75 million albums since 1973, will perform that night at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. Tickets for the show go on sale December 18. ...

12.15.2004

"Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" swept the second annual Video Game Awards Tuesday, taking home "Vector Monkey" trophies for Game of the Year, Best Action Game, Best Soundtrack, and Best Performance By a Human - Male. "The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay" won Best Game Based on a Movie, BloodRayne from "BloodRayne 2" won Cyber Vixen of the Year, "Madden NFL 2005" won Best Sports Game and Best Song in a Video Game (for Green Day's "American Idiot"), "Burnout 3: Takedown" won Best Driving Game and Most Addictive Game, "Mortal Kombat: Deception" won Best Fighting Game, and "Halo 2" won Best First Person Action. ...

Ashlee Simpson's upcoming tour has been re-routed, with the whole front end of the outing becoming the back end. Instead of starting in Houston on February 2, it will now begin in Los Angeles on February 18. And instead of ending in Norfolk, Virginia, on March 26, the tour will continue on through the South, eventually ending in Dallas on April 20. ... Jessica Simpson has released two new videos for her Christmas album, Rejoyce, on her Web site. She romps around with an umbrella as snow falls behind her for "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," while for "O Holy Night," she sings against a simple black background. ... Fat Joe will play Santa Claus next week at his old grammar school in the Bronx, New York. The rapper is donating 20 computers to P.S. 146 and providing money for the school to refurbish its multimedia room, which will be renamed after Joe's late sister, Lisa Cartagena, who died two years ago while giving birth. ...

Courtney Love's assault case in Los Angeles got a continuance on Wednesday (December 15), when the singer mentioned that she's planning to file a petition to waive her appearance at future pretrial hearings. The prosecution opposed, arguing that Love had already been given that privilege and had abused it by failing to appear earlier this year. Love is due back in court for the case on January 11 for a bail hearing and a pretrial conference. ... New music written by Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood will debut at the London Ether Festival in March. Their experimental compositions will be incorporated into a larger piece performed by the London Sinfonietta orchestra at the London Royal Symphony Hall. Other artists taking part in the Ether Fest, the goal of which is to "seek new strategies to present electronica," include rapper Dizzee Rascal and electronic duo Matmos. ...

On January 19, bow-hunting enthusiast/ conservative rocker Ted Nugent will rock the stage at the Texas State Society's Black Tie & Boots Ball. The event, to be held in Washington, D.C., is in celebration of the inauguration of President George W. Bush. Bearded blues-rockers ZZ Top are also on the bill. No word on whether or not the Eliminator will make an appearance. ... Coolio has signed up for "Retirement." The rapper will play Flow, a mentor/rapper and nephew of Ossie Davis' character in the upcoming indie film, in which four grumpy old men go on a road trip to stop one of their daughters from marrying the wrong guy. Taylor Negron, Mario Cantone, Chris Diamantopoulos and Nancy Young round out the cast. Shooting starts in February in South Beach, Florida. ...

Blur have reissued "Starshaped," a documentary about their early days in the burgeoning Britpop movement, as a special-edition DVD. The new version features over one hour of footage not previously seen in the film, including live performances, alternate versions of songs and a super-secret "hidden track." ... Jimmy Eat World have just wrapped the video for their next single, "Work." Director Marc Webb helmed the clip, which was shot in the mountains just outside Los Angeles. ...