For The Record: Quick News On Pharrell Williams, Johnny Ramone, Pink, Tyra Banks, 8Ball And MJG, Slash & More

Pharrell suing Reebok, Pink working on new album, William Hung acting.

Pharrell Williams is suing Reebok International for more than $4 million, accusing the manufacturer of his Billionaire Boys Club (BBC) clothing line of breach-of-contract. Williams filed the lawsuit before Christmas, claiming the sportswear giant didn’t produce clothing meeting BBC’s standards and failed to distribute the clothing line to stores by an agreed-upon deadline. A spokesperson for Reebok said that the suit was unexpected and the company is trying to resolve the issue out of court. …

A woman who claims she worked as a publicist for James Brown in the late 1980s has filed a federal lawsuit against him, alleging that he caused her to suffer Graves’ disease (a basic defect in the immune system) because he raped her at gunpoint in 1988, according to The Associated Press. A lawyer for Brown says Jacque Hollander’s charges are “baseless” and “too little, too late.” While Hollander’s lawyer agrees that the statute of limitation on a rape charge has run out, he says the suit has merit since his client’s doctor only recently told her that her ailment, which she was diagnosed with in 2000, was caused by the alleged incident. Hollander is seeking $106 million in damages in a U.S. District Court in Chicago. Brown’s reps could not be reached by press time for comment. …

Do you appear to be between the ages of 18 and 35 and really really like hard rock? If you said yes to either of those questions, the “Battle for Ozzfest” organizers want you to be a member of the audience at the final battle, which will take place on Sunday between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the Los Angeles area. Check out www.ozzfest.com for more info. … Johnny Ramone‘s wife and friends, including Rob Zombie, will unveil a statue in memory of the late Ramones guitarist at a public ceremony January 14 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. The monument, of Johnny playing his guitar, will be located near where Dee Dee Ramone is buried and will include the following quote from Johnny: “If a man can judge success by how many great friends he has, then I have been very successful.” …

Pink is plunging forward with her next album, according to her Web site. She’s already started writing and has a few new songs already, the post says, and though it didn’t disclose exactly who would be working with Pink this time around, it said she would be teaming up with “some great talent.” … Supermodel Tyra Banks has put her debut album on hold, but insists she has not given up on a singing career. “I have a talk show in the works, so we’re trying to figure out the timing of the music and how to blend the two,” she explained. “I just did a beautiful song with Wyclef and one with Rodney Jerkins. …

Slash‘s Las Vegas New Year’s Eve celebration was cut short after the Velvet Revolver guitarist found out his cat had suffered a heart attack back in Los Angeles and had to be rushed to a veterinarian, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Slash reportedly returned to his suite several times throughout the night to get updates on the feline’s health. … Kelly Osbourne recently shot a cameo for “The Muppets’ Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” due on the small screen in May. Osbourne plays herself and bumps into Ashanti‘s Dorothy character in the flick. …

Love Rocks, a two-disc compilation celebrating love, “regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity,” will see release on February 25. Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mandy Moore, Dolly Parton, Melissa Etheridge and others contribute songs to the album, with all proceeds benefiting Human Rights Campaign, an organization promoting gay and lesbian civil rights. … William Hung‘s feature-film debut, the Cantonese-language “Where Is Mama’s Boy?,” hits theaters this weekend in Singapore. The “American Idol” reject, who is in Singapore promoting the film and doing benefits for the tsunami victims, plays a street vendor who befriends a music-club owner, played by Hong Kong starlet Nancy Sit. …

Jurassic 5 rapper Chali 2na has settled on Fish Out of Water as the title for his solo album, due in February. Some of the material from the LP, which includes a track produced by Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda, is included on the recently released mixtape Fish Market. J5 are also recording an album for release in 2005. … 8Ball and MJG are releasing “Forever” with Lloyd as the next single from Living Legends.

After facing two liens on her New York apartment in the past year, Courtney Love has decided to solve her money problems by selling the place. She’s listed the 4,100-square-foot loft in SoHo as a $6 million property, after paying $2.6 million for the place five years ago. … Fans of “The O.C.” who recognize the music of the Album Leaf, featured in recent episodes of the hit TV show, will now be able to see the band live. Jimmy LaValle (a.k.a. the Album Leaf) takes his pristine, minimalist instrumentals on the road this month with a West Coast jaunt that kicks off January 13 near the O.C., in Costa Mesa, California. …

To walk this way, or not to walk this way … that’s the question posed at Burbank, California’s Falcon Theatre where the show “The Comedy of Aerosmith” is playing throughout the month of January. The “For mature audiences only!” show, a parody of Shakespeare‘s “The Comedy of Errors” mixed with the music of Aerosmith, is being performed by the Troubadour Theater Company. … Natalie Imbruglia has finished her new album, which she’s calling Counting Down the Days. The first single, “Shiver,” is due out in mid-March, while the album is expected March 29. Song titles include “I Won’t Be Lost,” “On the Run,” “Sanctuary,” “Satisfied,” “Honeycomb Child” and “Come on Home.” …

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Hilary Duff‘s guest-star turn on “Joan of Arcadia” has been bumped up a week. The episode, called “The Rise & Fall of Joan Girardi,” features Duff as a catty classmate named Dylan Samuels, who ditches her popular friends and makes attempts to befriend the title character after Joan saves her from the path of a speeding SUV. The episode airs January 28 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. …

Disappointing young women everywhere, Jude Law announced on Wednesday (January 5) that he is engaged to his girlfriend and “Alfie” co-star, Sienna Miller. A spokesperson for the actor told The Associated Press that Law, 32, proposed to Miller, 23, on Christmas Day by adorning her finger with a gold ring featuring nine diamonds set in platinum. A date for the wedding has not been set. Law was previously married to actress/fashion designer Sadie Frost, with whom he had three children; they divorced in October 2003. … Not to be outdone, Heidi Klum announced her own Christmastime engagement — to boyfriend Seal — on her Web site on Wednesday. “We affianced on a glacier in Whistler (Canada),” the supermodel, 31, wrote of the ski-resort proposal. Last year, Klum split with boyfriend Flavio Briatore, the Renault Formula One team boss with whom she had a daughter, Leni, and started dating Seal, 41, shortly after. …

The man who sang the strip-club anthem “Girls, Girls, Girls” has chosen to settle down with just one. Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil will wed girlfriend Lia Gerardini on Sunday at a private Las Vegas ceremony. And who will be charged with uniting the couple in holy matrimony? None other than Neil’s “Surreal Life” co-star MC HammerJessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, Christina Milian and Ice Cube are among the presenters at this weekend’s People’s Choice Awards, to be hosted by Jason Alexander and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. The awards ceremony airs Sunday at 9 p.m., live ET/delayed PT on CBS. …

The upcoming MTV Asia Awards, which Christina Aguilera is slated to host, has been recast as a global disaster relief event to aid South Asian tsunami victims. It will air on February 3 from Bangkok, Thailand. … Markus Sandlund, a cellist who performed on Brian Wilson‘s Smile, is missing in the aftermath of the tsunami. Wilson has posted a plea on his Web site seeking any information on the member of the Stockholm Strings & Horns who was vacationing on the island of Phuket during the disaster. Sandlund’s girlfriend was swept away by the tsunami and later rescued. …

‘NSYNC‘s Lance Bass, who nailed four blackjacks in his opening-round matchup, has made it to the finals of “Celebrity Blackjack” — in which the top four of the original 40 contestants battle it out for the biggest chip stacks. Bass will take on Jason Alexander, Jeff Probst and Kelli Williams in the championship episode airing Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on the Game Show Network. The winner’s $250,000 prize will be donated to his or her favorite charity. … Look out Camp Freddy, Farm Fur are about to horn in on the all-star bar-band action. The freshly hatched 11-member project from Tom Petty drummer Steve Ferrone will make its debut at B.B. King’s in Los Angeles on January 14 with a lineup that includes guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo, formerly of Stone Temple Pilots; and singer Alex Ligertwood of Santana. Former Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne side players are among the other members. …

Alice Cooper and Dave Mustaine are among the hard rock heavyweights slated to beef up the soundtrack to the documentary “Rock School,” which focuses on the Paul Green School of Rock, a Philadelphia school that teaches its students music by dividing them up into bands. The documentary will be screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival later this month and released in theaters nationwide in March. According to a recent interview with the school’s founder in the Philadelphia paper The Daily Local, the soundtrack will feature a host of artists, including Cooper and Mustaine, who will record a series of covers with the students. … Hate George W. Bush? Love spazzy Seattle hardcore? Well, you’re in luck. Because on January 20 — the same day Bush is sworn in — Sea-town’s own Blood Brothers will host “The Anti-Inaugural Ball,” a show to benefit Life for Relief, a nonprofit humanitarian organization. Joining the Bloods for the ball, which will be held at Seattle’s Showbox Theater, are Pretty Girls Make Graves and IQU.