For The Record: Quick News On Game, 50 Cent, Michelle Branch, Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston, Modest Mouse & More

The Game designs a cap, Michelle Branch is pregnant, J. Lo admits she's married.

The Game is the latest celebrity to design a cap for New Era's 59 Fifty "Capture the Flag" series. The red, white and black fitted hat features an embroidered "B" on the front and reads "The Black Wall Street: Live for Everything, Die for Nothing." NBA star Chris Webber will be the next celeb to submit a design for the series. ...

50 Cent will soon be able to add radio producer/personality to his list of credits when "G-Unit Radio" takes over Eminem's Sirius hip-hop radio channel, Shade 45, on Saturdays starting in March. The Queens rapper will produce and host weekly programming for the channel along with DJ Whoo Kid. 50 will talk about his new venture Friday night at 8 p.m. ET on Shade 45. ... P. Diddy has been added as a presenter for Sunday's 77th Academy Awards, marking his first time on the Oscar stage. Mike Myers is also a late addition. ...

Michelle Branch, who married her bassist, Teddy Landau, last May, is pregnant. The singer is due in August, according to her rep. ... Jennifer Lopez told People magazine that her life with Marc Anthony is "more normal than it's ever been." Acknowledging that she exchanged vows with Anthony in the backyard of her home in the Hollywood Hills on June 5 the singer said that their marriage is no longer a secret: "Yes, we're married. I mean, come on, everybody knows." She also told the magazine that while she's enjoyed being a stepmom to Anthony's three kids, she's hoping for children of her own. "One healthy baby would be enough for me," she said. ...

Ice Cube is in negotiations to take on Cary Grant's role in a remake of the 1948 comedy "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House," according to Variety. "Next Friday" director Steve Carr is helming the movie, about a New Yorker who moves to a crumbling house in Connecticut. ... For a creature that may or may not actually exist, Sasquatch has some killer taste in music. The mythical man-beast has lined up Kanye West, the Pixies, Modest Mouse and a host of others to play the 2005 Sasquatch! Music Festival, to be held May 28 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. Tickets are $55 (Sasquatch gotta eat!) and go on sale Saturday though the House of Blues Web site (www.HOB.com). ...

Butler County, Ohio, police have a warrant out for Krayzie Bone's arrest. The Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member, whose real name is Anthony Henderson, failed to show up at a court hearing Wednesday to secure payment of more than $40,000 in back child support. ...Whitney Houston was rushed to an undisclosed Paris hospital on Thursday (February 24) after getting sick on a Europe-bound flight, according to her spokesperson. The singer, who suffers from gastroenteritis — an inflammation of the stomach and intestines — was apparently stricken with food poisoning and was rushed to the emergency room following a bout of "severe vomiting" on the flight. Houston is doing well and should not have to stay in the hospital overnight, her rep said. ...

"American Idol" judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson will soon release "Ultimate Voice Coach," a DVD package aimed to make anyone "Idol"-ready. The three-disc set will feature three hours of video instruction from top vocal coaches as well as five karaoke songs. Aspiring singers will also get the chance to have their crooning rated on the "Ultimate Voice Coach" Web site. The package hits stores April 5. ... Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty has set a May 3 release date for his solo album, Haughty Melodic. Semisonic singer Dan Wilson produced the project. ...

02.23.2005

Prince, who won Best Original Score for "Purple Rain" in 1984, will return to the Oscars stage for the first time in two decades on Sunday as a presenter. Leonardo DiCaprio, John Travolta, Sean Penn and Kate Winslet have also recently been added as presenters. ...

Lil' Mo is getting ready to have her second little one. The singer is currently in a hospital in Odenton, Maryland, giving birth to her daughter. Meanwhile, Mo will release her next album this spring through Cash Money Records. ... Ryan Cabrera and Vanessa Carlton are performing together in Los Angeles for a private event where fans will get a one-of-a-kind cell-phone ringtone converted from one of Carlton's live songs. To get into the show, you have to win a sweepstakes called "Sweeten Your Tone" sponsored by the makers of Swedish Fish, Sour Patch and Chiclets. Enter before March 31 at any of the candies' Web sites. ...

Two Bacon Brothers, a man from a land Down Under, a "Barely Breathing" musician, and a pint-sized singer/songwriter joined forces on Tuesday night to raise money for the victims of the tsunami disaster. Kevin Bacon and brother Michael, Colin Hay of Men at Work, Duncan Sheik, Toby Lightman and others performed their own sets on the stage of New York's Canal Room before gathering together to sing the Beatles tune "With a Little Help From My Friends." P.M. Dawn also played a set. ... Hitting shelves on April 16 is "Scratch: All the Way Live," the DVD follow-up to 2001's turntablist documentary "Scratch." The concert film captures a Scratch Tour stop at Los Angeles' House of Blues, and features performances by Mix Master Mike, The X-ecutioners and DJ Z-Trip. ...

The Wallflowers aren't content to stand on the sidelines anymore and are getting back in the game with Rebel, Sweetheart, due out May 24. Their new album is produced by Brendan O'Brien, and the first single, "The Beautiful Side of Somewhere," will be released to radio next month. Other songs include "Days of Wonder," "The Passenger," "Here He Comes (Confessions of a Drunken Marionette)," "God Says Nothing Back" and "All Things New Again." ... The Kaiser Chiefs are gearing up to hit American shores to support their debut album, Employment, due March 15. The trek begins March 13 in Seattle and wraps up March 26 in Boston. ...

Former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus will release his third solo album, Face the Truth, on May 24. Malkmus won't be touring behind the 11-track disc anytime soon as he's expecting his first child, but select U.S. dates are in the works, including a March 18 appearance at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. ... Former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon will launch his first U.S. solo tour on March 17 at South by Southwest. The outing, which will feature Astralwerks Records mates 22-20s and the Golden Republic (on East Coast dates), wraps up April 1 in New York. ... Ex-Helium frontwoman Mary Timony will release her third solo effort, Ex-Hex, on April 19. The follow-up to 2002's The Golden Dove, the record was produced by Fugazi's Brendan Canty and will see Timony returning to a more guitar-oriented sound. ...