For The Record: Quick News On ‘American Idol,’ Aimee Osbourne, Janet Jackson, Outkast, Chevelle & More

'Idol' finalists covering Diana Ross, Aimee Osbourne undergoes surgery, Toni Braxton recording again.

On April 19, the final 12 “American Idol” finalists will release a cover of Diana Ross‘ “When You Tell Me That You Love Me” to benefit the American Red Cross. Desmond Child produced the song as well as the B-sides, covers of Ray Stevens‘ “Everything Is Beautiful” and “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” made famous by Cher, Neil Diamond and the Hollies. …

The Osbournes have been hit with yet another health scare. Aimee, the eldest child of the Osbourne clan, is currently being treated at an undisclosed hospital in Los Angeles after a lump was removed from her breast, The Associated Press reports. Sharon, who battled colon cancer in 2002, released a statement on Wednesday saying the operation went well and she expects her daughter to make a full recovery. … Officials at Duke University announced on Wednesday that the school will continue with its iPod initiative, the goal of which is to integrate the device into the university’s courses. A few important changes will be taking effect in the coming school year, though — the iPods will now only be given out to students who are enrolled in a course integrating it specifically into the curriculum, rather than handing out iPods to the entire freshmen class, which the school did last fall. …

Michael Jackson‘s inner circle continues to collapse, as one of his former publicists and another family friend have teamed up to write a tell-all book. Former PR rep Bob Jones and Stacy Brown have written “The Man Behind the Mask,” to be published in May by Select Books, which will detail Jackson’s alleged relationships with young boys such as Macaulay Culkin and Kieran Culkin. The older Culkin has previously denied that anything inappropriate happened. … Jackson’s sister Janet, meanwhile, is slated to be one of the presenters at the fourth annual Atlanta Heroes Awards, along with Big Boi, Jon Bon Jovi, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The ceremony, which will take place April 21, will honor Usher and the B-52′s, among others. …

Andre 3000 will be honored at the 2005 General Motors International Style Awards in Atlanta on May 6. The Style Atlanta award, as it is known, will also be bestowed upon another high-profile Andre at the black-tie event: Andre Leon Talley, editor-at-large at Vogue magazine. … Toni Braxton is back recording and her new, still-untitled album should be out by September. Braxton, who has a recurring role on “Kevin Hill,” has the first single ready; the song is produced by Scott Storch and titled “Please.” …

Riding high on the rock-radio success of their new single, “The Clincher,” Chevelle are heading back out on the road for another round of tour dates. Having just wrapped their headlining stint on the 2005 SnoCore Tour, they’ll start all over again on April 8 in Louisville, Kentucky. Their new jaunt runs across most of the South before finishing up on May 21 in Urbana, Illinois. … Travis Meeks from Days of the New (best known for their 1997 hit “Touch, Peel and Stand”) may not have made the cut to be the singer for Velvet Revolver, but he’s got something on Scott Weiland — a reality show chronicling his recovery from drug addiction. Meeks will be featured on an upcoming episode of “Intervention,” A&E’s new documentary series, where he reveals that he’s addicted to crystal meth while his girlfriend and family try to get him into treatment. Meeks gets out of rehab in about two weeks; the show airs shortly before then, on April 17 at 10 p.m. ET. …

Fall Out Boy‘s lyricist and bassist Peter Wentz wants to be the next Emily Strange — he’s got a dark and twisted clothing line inspired by his book called “The Boy With the Thorn in His Side” that features bats, monsters and other figures from his childhood nightmares and slogans like “We Are All Gods and Monsters” and “Girls Love Monsters Too.” The clothing line includes men’s and women’s wear, jewelry, belt buckles, hats, patches, buttons, stickers and wristbands, and is available via mall chain Hot Topic and online at www.clandestineindustries.com.

04.06.2005

Gwen Stefani‘s L.A.M.B. line is expanding to include sneakers, which she plans to have in stores by fall. The singer’s just inked a licensing deal with K-Swiss’ Royal Elastics, which will land the shoes in high-end boutiques and department stores. “It’s very much about my style and how I like to put things together,” Stefani said in a statement, “and I’m really excited to be adding a collection of L.A.M.B. sneakers to my closet.” The collection will feature classic silhouettes incorporating song lyrics and will cost from $99-$180 a pair. … Speaking of sneaks, Stefani’s partner in crime for her current single, “Hollaback Girl,” is getting some action for his shoe line as well. Pharrell Williams (who produced Gwen’s single) has started a street skate team led by pro Terry Kennedy and including the producer’s younger brother, Kato. Dubbed the “Ice Cream” skate team (after Pharrell’s sneaker line), they’ll tour for seven months in Northern California before releasing a DVD this fall. …

This fall, KnuckleBonz, Inc. will be releasing a collectible figurine of the late “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott as part of its Guitar Hero series, which already includes Slash, Randy Rhoads and Zakk Wylde. To be fashioned out of polyresin, the statue will display the Pantera/ Damageplan guitarist with his “Dean from Hell” axe. A limited edition of 3,333 of the hand-painted figures will be produced. Those who simply must have one can visit www.guitarhero.net and pre-order it for $99. … Busta Rhymes is getting a lot of action thanks to the Pussycat Dolls, who recruited the rapper for their first single, “Don’t Cha” (out April 19), as well as their video, which will be shot next week in Los Angeles with director Paul Hunter. The Dolls are planning a stint of radio shows this spring, including KIIS-FM’s annual Wango Tango in Los Angeles, while their debut album is expected this summer. …

Ryan Seacrest is bringing his “American Top 40″ radio countdown show to the small screen. Ryan Cabrera, Gavin DeGraw and Maroon 5 are among the performers on the April 24 FOX special, while Avril Lavigne, Ciara and the Black Eyed Peas will also appear. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. ET. … Dude, next time your aunt wants to take you on a Bookmobile tour of the Library of Congress, you should totally go! Kurt Cobain‘s there! Flavor Flav too! The library just announced the newest additions to its U.S. National Recording Registry, which collects “culturally, historically or aesthetically important” sound recordings that document life in the American 20th century. And this year, those recordings include Nirvana‘s Nevermind, Public Enemy‘s Fear of a Black Planet and the Beach BoysPet Sounds. Other recordings making the cut this year include John Williams‘ 1977 soundtrack to “Star Wars,” Neil Armstrong‘s first words on the moon and a 1923 recording of President Woodrow Wilson addressing Congress. …

Russell Simmons wants you to get down with down dog. The hip-hop mogul is releasing a new series of yoga videos called “Yoga Live.” Though he has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years, don’t expect to see Simmons in full lotus on the workout tapes; the four videos covering the basics are taught by three different professional yogis. … Sony BMG has come up with a novel way to convince kids to pay for music downloads: give them away for free. The world’s biggest music company is currently footing the bill for dorm residents to download songs for free on a number of campuses, according to an Associated Press report. Several rival companies are also offering free or discounted downloads, and schools expect that students will eventually pay $5-$8 a month in dorm fees for the services, which some universities plan to use to help lure prospective students to their campuses. …

Guitar-pop act the Shins will embark on a 25-date tour Wednesday night (April 6) at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. They’ll be taking New Zealand’s the Brunettes with them for the 19-city road trek that stops in Chicago, New York, Nashville, Seattle and Denver before eventually returning to Portland for two encore performances at the Crystal Ballroom May 15-16. …