For The Record: Quick News On 50 Cent, Foxy Brown, Eminem, Phil Spector, Ozzy, Hilary Duff, Will Smith & More

50 throws a house party, Ozzy pulls out of benefit concert, Hilary pushes mints.

Nobody can accuse 50 Cent of being stingy. He invited a bevy of radio-contest winners and famous folk like Foxy Brown, Lil Scrappy, Funkmaster Flex, Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh to his mansion in Connecticut for an album-release party Thursday night. The festivities took place at a club 50 actually has inside his house, and the whole G-Unit — with the exception of Game — performed. ...

Eminem, Paul McCartney, Dave Matthews, Sting and a host of other artists have donated signed items to an auction benefiting the Station Family Fund, the organization founded to offer relief to people directly affected by the fire at Rhode Island's Station nightclub in 2003. The auction is being run by the Mimi Fishman Foundation; more information can be found at www.stationfamilyfund.org. ... Ozzy Osbourne has pulled out of Friday night's (February 18) Music for Relief: Rebuilding South Asia concert at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California, due to a family emergency. Osbourne was supposed to join Los Angeles' all-star rockers Camp Freddy (featuring Dave Navarro and Matt Sorum, among others) for a few songs. Linkin Park, Jay-Z and No Doubt are among the acts who will perform. ...

Phil Spector's trial for the 2003 murder of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson will begin on September 16, a judge ruled on Thursday, according to Reuters. The legendary record producer is accused of shooting Clarkson at his home near Los Angeles. Spector has claimed that Clarkson committed suicide. ... One of the alleged conspirators in the Murder Inc. drug-money scandal was sentenced to prison Thursday on separate charges of gun possession. Tyran "Ta Ta" Moore, who had refused to cooperate with the federal investigation of Murder Inc. and its connection to drug lord Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, was sentenced to prison for six years, with an additional three years of supervised release, a probation-like condition which requires him to continue treatment for substance abuse. As for McGriff, he pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on charges of murder and racketeering on Thursday. He's facing the death penalty if convicted. ...

Will Smith has been tapped as master of ceremonies for the March 19 AIDS benefit concert in George, South Africa, which will feature 150 local and international stars who have agreed to perform for free, according to Reuters. The actor/rapper will introduce acts including Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor, Annie Lennox and India.Arie at the 46664 concert, named for former South African president Nelson Mandela's prison number. ... Prince will be honored with the NAACP Vanguard Award at the March 19 NAACP Image Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, according to Reuters. Prince is already up for two awards, while Usher leads the pack with five nominations. The show will air on March 25 on FOX. ...

FOX's "The O.C." will release the fourth installment in the show's mixtape series on April 5. The O.C. Mix 4 features "Scarecrow," off Beck's upcoming album, Guero; "The View," from Modest Mouse's 2004 album, Good News for People Who Love Bad News; and a cover of Oasis' "Champagne Supernova" by Matt Pond PA. Also included are tracks by the Futureheads, Pinback and Sufjan Stevens, among others. ... Conor Oberst currently melts the hearts of indie girls everywhere as the dreamy frontman of Bright Eyes. But that wasn't always the case. And now you can own the proof. Currently up for bid on eBay is the 1995 Creighton Preparatory High School yearbook, featuring the freshman picture of a bespectacled, baby-faced Oberst. Currently, the high bid tops $200. ...

First Jessica and Ashlee Simpson traded barbs over Ice Breakers, and now another sister act is shilling for the mints. Hilary and Haylie Duff star in a commercial where they disagree supposedly for the first time ever. "We agree on absolutely everything," Hilary said in a statement. "So when she thought that Ice Breakers Liquid Ice was liquid and I thought it was ice, well, I knew she had to be right, and she knew I had to be right!" The sisters are also offering an online sweepstakes to go on a Beverly Hills, California, shopping spree with the two of them. ... Xzibit is embarking on a 10-city tour, starting March 18 in San Francisco. The rapper will hit Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Miami, Washington, D.C., and Detroit before wrapping things up in Chicago on April 4. ... Danger Mouse has completed production on the new Gorillaz album, Demon Days. The album is due out May 24. ...

"Amerrrrrrricccca, have you heard?/ There's a brand new dance called 'The Bird.' " Well maybe not too new. "The Bird" has to be about 20 years old, but on Thursday night at the Apollo Theater in New York, Morris Day and the Time were flapping their wings just like they did in the Purple Rain days. Mo and co. performed, singing all their hits (except a much-called-for "Ice Cream Castles"). The Ohio Players opened up. ... Richie Sambora taped a guest appearance last week for the CBS sitcom "Still Standing," in which he plays a character named Reverend Roach. Though the Bon Jovi Web site lists the guitarist's episode as airing February 28, a spokesperson for the show said that the episode will now air at a later date, "probably May." ...

02.17.2005

Christina Aguilera was completely surprised when her boyfriend, Jordan Bratman, proposed to her last week, she told People magazine. Her beau of two years had filled their hotel room with rose petals, red and pink balloons, and gift boxes, each filled with a present and a poem. The last box held a 5-carat diamond-and-platinum ring. "It's classic, but it has a rock and roll feeling," she told the magazine. "He got down on one knee and said, 'Will you do the honor of being my wife?' I've been floating ever since." The couple have yet to set a wedding date. ...

Destiny's Child will perform "Lose My Breath" and "Soldier" during the player introductions at Sunday's NBA All-Star Game in Denver. LeAnn Rimes and Big & Rich will also perform Sunday, while Kelly Clarkson and the Goo Goo Dolls will perform during Saturday's All-Star events, which include the slam-dunk contest. The events will air on TNT. ... Meanwhile, Fabolous will perform at a Jermaine Dupri-hosted party on Friday at the Union Station in Denver. Twista will perform at an All-Star Game event at the same venue the following night. ...

Want to hang out with Ashlee Simpson? The singer, who launched her first-ever tour this week, is offering a chance for fans to come visit her when she's back in the recording studio, via Thermasilk's "Rock Star for a Day" sweepstakes. The winner also gets $1,000 and a makeover. Enter at http://www.thermasilkhair.com/ashleesimpson/flash.html. ... On Monday, 44 theaters across the country will air Usher's 20-minute mini-movie, "Rhythm City Volume 1: Caught Up." Fans who come out for the flick will also get to see a making-of-the-movie segment as well as a live interview with Usher conducted by Lionel Richie. Meanwhile, the movie, which Usher co-directed with Little X, will be released on DVD on March 28. Several Usher videos will also be included. ...

Canada is serious about its love for U2, and to prove it, Prime Minister Paul Martin has signed on to help persuade Bono to schedule a show in the country's capital, Ottawa. Martin called the station BOB-FM on Thursday morning (February 17) and told the crew that he would mention its petition to bring the band to town the next time he talked with Bono, with whom he's been friendly since they met in 1998 when Martin spoke about a campaign to wipe out Third World debt, according to The Ottawa Sun. Currently, the band only has two Canadian shows scheduled: both in Vancouver, British Columbia. "It's unlikely at this point," Arthur Fogel, the band's international tour manager, told the paper. "But never say never. I wouldn't underestimate Paul Martin's ability to persuade the band to play Ottawa." ... Subliminal and the Shadow, an Israeli hip-hop group whose upcoming fourth album will feature Ashanti, Wyclef Jean and Killah Priest, are touring the U.S. for the first time beginning March 2 in Los Angeles. The group, which was recently named smbassadors of Israel by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, hope to educate music fans on the political issues going on in their home country. ...

Ben Gibbard might be back at his Death Cab for Cutie, day job, but the Postal Service's Jimmy Tamborello is still making beats. Using his Dntel moniker, Tamborello recently remixed the outer space-y ballad "Broken Drum" from Beck's upcoming Guero. Meanwhile, Dntel's third album, Dumb Luck, is taking shape. Tentatively scheduled for the fall, the record will feature Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis, Mia Doi Tod, Lali Puna's Valerie Trebeljahr, Fog's Andrew Broder and possibly the Shins' James Mercer, if the two can find the time to collaborate. Tamborello has also completed a Postal remix of Nina Simone's rendition of "Little Girl Blue" for the jazz compilation Verve Remixed 3, which also includes Danger Mouse retooling Dinah Washington's "Baby, Did You Hear?" and the Junior Boys' take on "Yesterdays" by Billie Holiday. ... Conor Oberst is already a folk-rock balladeer and an indielectro whiz kid, but now he's adding another feather to his cap: record exec. He's launched his own label, called Team Love, and has signed tourmates Tilly and the Wall as well as a host of other acts. Now he needs to get the word out — cheap. Which means he needs a street team. So to get one, he's running a contest. Over at www.Team-Love.com, if you sign up to be a street teamer, you're automatically entered in a contest to win a limited-edition green vinyl 7-inch, signed by the Tillies themselves. ...

AC/DC plan to shake you all night long with their new DVD, a best-of compilation spanning the band's career. "Family Jewels" is a two-disc set that includes rare footage of original frontman Bon Scott, the promotional video for "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)," and videos from 1980's Back in Black. "Family Jewels" hits shelves on March 29. ... John Digweed has set a March 8 release date for his next collection, Fabric 20. The DJ will support the release with a mid-March North American tour that will include several dates at the Winter Music Conference in Miami. ...