For The Record: Quick News On Lindsay Lohan, Usher, White Stripes, Gwen Stefani, Jesse McCartney, Pink & More

Lindsay Lohan changes her mind, Usher robbed, Colin Powell has a need for speed.

Lindsay Lohan has changed her mind about her next single/video. Instead of shooting “Speak” with Francis Lawrence, she’s now going to do a clip for “First,” which will also be the first single from the “Herbie: Fully Loaded” soundtrack, with director Jake Nava (who also helmed “Over”). They’re scheduled to shoot the first weekend of May in Los Angeles. …

Usher had $100,000 worth of luggage stolen while staying at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York on Friday. According to a hotel spokesperson, the singer brought all of his luggage up to his hotel room with the exception of one bag, which was to be picked up by a member of his posse. Unfortunately, a thief grabbed the bag instead, and when Usher found out, he called Donald Trump personally to complain. Trump issued a statement saying the missing bag was not the fault of his staff, but that he would reimburse Mr. Entertainment for his loss. … Can’t wait until June 7 to hear the White Stripes new album, Get Behind Me Satan? Well, you’re in luck. Because starting Monday (April 18), you can hear the first single off the album — the hard-rockin’ “Blue Orchid” — on iTunes. The song was recorded just two weeks ago, according to the band’s label, V2 Music. …

After facing off with her on Friday, Michael Jackson‘s lawyers continued to grill the accuser’s mother on Monday, the second of day of her cross-examination. She testified that her son never asked if he could sleep in Jackson’s bedroom, but she also never asked him where he was sleeping, saying she just assumed that “children sleep with children.” The mother also testified that she didn’t know about various fundraisers for her son’s cancer costs before they happened. Asked if any of the money went to her son, she said, “I think so.” She also claimed that the defense had planted false stories in the media about her, and that she knew nothing about an interview with her — praising Jackson — that appeared in the British tabloids in February 2003, saying that she only signed a statement that Jackson’s manager wrote. …

Rob Thomas is writing songs once again for Carlos Santana, for the guitarist’s forthcoming album All That I Am, due out June 21. One of those songs, Thomas said, is an electronic collaboration with Big Boi, whom he has yet to meet. “We just sent MP3s back and forth,” the Matchbox Twenty singer explained. “I put the melody and lyric in there, and he got it back to me with Mary J. Blige singing, though I haven’t met her either.” Thomas is also teaming up with Pink to write songs for her next record. The two wrote a few songs together that never made her last album, but he doesn’t want to revisit or rework that material. “I wouldn’t want to cheapen her by bringing something that didn’t work before,” he said. What will the new songs sound like? He wouldn’t say, other than “she’s so mixing it up.” … On Monday, New York radio station Z100 announced the lineup for its annual Zootopia concert, taking place at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on May 22. Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Black Eyed Peas, Rob Thomas, Simple Plan, Jesse McCartney, Gavin DeGraw and the Backstreet Boys will all perform. Akon, Natalie, Bowling for Soup and local act Last Week will take the stage for the free outdoor pre-show. …

While making a tour stop in Houston last week, British rapper Dizzee Rascal hooked up with Southern rap legend Bun B from the group UGK. Bun said he liked Dizzee’s “half-cockney, half-Southern” flow and that the collaboration would be a cut featured on an upcoming album from Bun’s new group, Middlefingaz. … Colin Powell apparently has a need for speed. The former secretary of state is going to be a pace-car driver and will lead the field at the start of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29. “It is a great American tradition, and I am honored to be a part of it,” Powell said in a statement. …

Blues legend B.B. King will be honored with a monument in the small town of Twist, Arkansas, The Associated Press reports. The town was first put on the map when King’s famed guitar, “Lucille,” was named there after a dancehall brawl. … Sinéad O’Connor will make her first concert appearance in New York in more than five years when she performs with Burning Spear at this year’s Jammys, to be held April 26 at Madison Square Garden. If that musical pairing seems, well, unusual, it just might have something to do with O’Connor’s studio sessions in Jamaica, where she’s currently recording an album of reggae covers, including Burning Spear’s “Marcus Garvey” and “Throw Down Your Arms.” …

04.15.2005

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline‘s still-untitled reality show, which spotlights their courtship up to and including their wedding via privately shot home videos, will premiere with a special one-hour episode on May 17 at 9 p.m. ET on UPN. …

Outkast and Rosa Parks have settled their dispute. In what had been a highly contested matter concerning the use of Parks’ name as a song title, the parties resolved to become partners in developing educational programs to enlighten today’s youth about the role Parks played in the civil-rights movement. First up will be a tribute album, on which Outkast will perform. They’re also planning a TV special and DVD. … The mother of Michael Jackson‘s current accuser continued testifying Thursday, elaborating on the alleged death threats she told the court about on Wednesday. She testified that she was “continually monitored” by Jackson’s team for what she thought was her own safety. Prosecutors played an audio tape purportedly made just before the family’s interview with the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, revealing that a Jackson security guard was present prior to the interview. Following the interview, the mother testified, one of Jackson’s associates told her she hadn’t done a good enough job clearing Jackson and that they were going to have to leave the country. …

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter phoned in his plea of not guilty to two drunk-driving-related charges Wednesday (he was not required to appear). The charges stemmed from a March 5 incident in Huntington Beach, California, where he was pulled over for erratic driving and failed a field sobriety test. Carter’s next hearing on the matter is scheduled for May 2. … Paris Hilton, Hilary Duff, Good Charlotte, Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, Rob Thomas, Ryan Cabrera and Shar Jackson were among the stars who turned out for Us Weekly‘s party Wednesday to celebrate the Young Hot Hollywood Style Awards, which was hosted by Jessica Simpson. …

Nelly has placed two special Pimp Juice promo vehicles on eBay in order to raise money for his late sister Jackie Donahue’s foundation, the Jes Us 4 Jackie Fund. The custom-designed rides, a 2004 PT Cruiser and a 2004 Jeep Wrangler, will come with an autographed photo of the rapper, an authenticity plaque and 20 cases of, yes, Pimp Juice. The bidding ends on April 22. … A U.K. group called Mothers Against Guns is calling for a boycott of Reebok, according to BBC News, as it feels a TV ad for the shoe company’s “I am what I am” campaign that features 50 Cent counting his gunshot wounds glorifies gun violence. Reebok said in a statement that it does “not support every action, choice or view expressed by the hundreds of athletes and entertainers who wear our products. However, we do support their individuality and right to express themselves freely.” …

April 15 isn’t just the dreaded day to pay your taxes, at least if you live in Sin City. The city of Las Vegas is declaring Friday “Diddy Day,” in honor of the music mogul. Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman and the city council will honor P. Diddy‘s achievements at a presentation this Friday afternoon inside the Desert Passage Mall at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino. … Legendary piano man Johnnie Johnson died on Wednesday of natural causes at his home near St. Louis, according to his reps. He was 80. Johnson played on almost all of Chuck Berry‘s hits and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 by friend and fellow rocker Keith Richards. He is survived by his wife, Frances, and 10 children. …

Sparta have been forced to cancel the remainder of their current tour for medical reasons. According to the band’s Web site, guitarist Paul Hinojos suffered a ruptured disk in his back and was hurried back to Los Angeles for immediate treatment. There are no plans to reschedule the nixed gigs, but Sparta promise to do all they can to make them up on their next tour. … Martika — whose 1989 chart-topper “Toy Soldiers” forms the backbone of Eminem‘s track “Like Toy Soldiers” — is heading out on the road with her new group, Oppera, whose self-titled album is due out May 31. The pop-rock duo will tour the East Coast with Pat Benatar; the trek begins June 15 in Clearwater, Florida, and wraps June 30 in Reading, Pennsylvania. … Electronic pioneers Kraftwerk will bring their elaborate stage show back to the U.S. for a brief summer tour. The group will kick things off in Washington, D.C., on May 30 and finish the trek on June 6 in Los Angeles before heading off to Europe. …