For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Michael Jackson, Dave Matthews Band, Norah Jones & More

Britney begins decorating the nursery, Paris hawks burgers, Norah writes for next album.

Britney Spears is beginning to decorate the baby’s nursery, she wrote on her Web site. “My mom and I are going to start talking about ideas this week for the baby’s room,” she wrote. “She is so gifted in decorating and interior design and I’m grateful to have her help.” The singer’s house is still being renovated, she said, which is why she and husband Kevin Federline have been traveling so much, but her other half thinks that “everyone will work faster if we stay at the house. All the construction is really loud in the morning, but I feel he may be right,” she wrote. She’s also working on a “prayer and meditation” room. …

Paris Hilton makes good use of her nearly trademark phrase “That’s hot” by shilling for Carl’s Jr.’s new spicy BBQ burger in a racy ad that premieres Thursday, featuring the heiress/actress sudsing up a Bentley — and herself — while wearing a swimsuit. “I’m really cold because the water’s spraying, but it’s pretty hot,” Hilton said. “I wanted to do one of the Carl’s Jr. commercials because I always think they’re really clever and sexy.” … Michael Jackson‘s young cousins Simone and Rio Jackson took the stand on Wednesday, both claiming that they had witnessed the accuser and his brother drinking and masturbating at Neverland, with the implication being that the singer didn’t need to “teach” them to do either. Rio testified that he stayed with the accuser and his brother in a guest room, and he walked in on them once watching a TV show with “naked women” while they were “doing nasty stuff.” Meanwhile, Simone said that she saw the accuser and his brother take two bottles of wine out of the kitchen late one night. “They didn’t see me,” she said. However, the accuser’s sister told Simone that “she had to go to Brazil and that she didn’t want to go.” Meanwhile, rebuttal video producer Christian Robinson, who called Jackson a “PR nightmare,” described the accuser’s mother as being excited to do the video, but refusing to sign a standard model release. …

Dave Matthews loves helping the environment. Dave Matthews’ fans love having the munchies. As a result, Matthews has teamed up with Vermont ice-cream team Ben & Jerry and SaveOurEnvironment.org to create the Enviro-Roadie talent search. They’re looking for an 18- to 25-year-old who will serve as the “official ambassador” for the DMB, Ben & Jerry’s and Save Our Environment, and will hit the road with the band to host an exhibit designed to educate people on the issue of global warming. And of course, he or she will also hand out samples of Ben & Jerry’s new flavor — Dave Matthews Band Magic Brownies. For more information about the contest, check out BenJerry.com. … Elvis Costello performed Tuesday night at an event at New York’s Chelsea Piers, sponsored by environmental organization Riverkeeper, to honor Viacom’s Tom Freston for his help in protecting and restoring the Hudson River, which is drinkable but not quite as swimmable as some celebs would like. (Click here for photos. ) “I hear that they’re getting close to it, but cold water. That’s my excuse [for not swimming in it], cold water,” model Christy Turlington laughed. Other stars who showed up at the gala included Uma Thurman, Jon Bon Jovi, “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels, Alison Krauss and Cedric the Entertainer, who was happy to chat about his voiceover work in “Madagascar” and “Charlotte’s Web.” “Animated movies are a lot of fun, mainly because you get to do something for the kids, and the kids watch movies a million times, so you kind of go down in infamy like that,” he said. …

With her tour in support of Feels Like Home recently wrapped, Norah Jones is back to writing songs for her third album. According to a post on Jones’ Web site by her band’s bassist, Lee Alexander, the mellow singer has already been “writing her behind off,” though they haven’t decided when they’ll enter the studio to record the next album. … The All-American Rejects, Rise Against and Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory will all be spending part of their summer at band camp, literally. They are among a slew of celebrity guests who will be featured as part of Power Chord Academy’s Summer Rock N Roll youth camp, which provides training and advice to aspiring musicians. Sessions will be held in San Diego (June 16-July 23), Chicago (July 10-23) and New York (July 24-August 6). …

Bob Saget, the tall, lanky dad from television’s “Full House,” is trying his pimp hand at the rap game. The MySpace.com page of California’s the Stone Movement — a self-described jam-rock/hip-hop hybrid featuring frontman Stu Stone and comedian Jamie Kennedy — features a track called “Rollin’ With Saget,” on which the affable goofball not only curses (much like his character did in the film “Half Baked”), but … um … raps. The song, about an evening on the town with the Sag, makes references to Bob rolling blunts, hooking up with girlies in the VIP, stepping to Eminem and DMX and using guns. In one verse, Saget even boasts about the size of his junk. … On June 17, former Dead Kennedys leader Jello Biafra will square off against the MC5‘s Wayne Kramer in the latest “Iron Chef”-inspired “Iron Composer” contest, the monthly songwriting competition that pits two musicians against each other on the stage of the Experience Music Project’s Songwriting Stadium in Seattle. An audience watches as the two race to write a song on the spot; battlers get one instrument, a pencil and paper and a single member of the house band to collaborate with on the impromptu tune. Oh, and each composer must down a shot of booze during each of the five nine-minute segments. One of the judges for the next competition will be actor Dean Haglund (one of the Lone Gunmen from “The X-Files”). Among the previous competitors are members of Harvey Danger, the Presidents of the United States of America, the Fastbacks and the Supersuckers. …

The Offspring are headlining the opening weekend of the inaugural Dew Action Sports Tour, a season-long professional tour in action sports (skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross). The band — which is also donating its next single, “Can’t Repeat” (from its upcoming greatest-hits album), as the tour’s theme song — will be sharing a stage with Crossfade, Acceptance and the Exies on June 10 and 11 at the Panasonic Open in Louisville, Kentucky. … Dave Ogilvie, the legendary producer who’s had a hand in some of industrial music’s biggest releases, has started his own band, to be called Jakalope. Ogilvie, who produced Skinny Puppy‘s Last Rights and Marilyn Manson‘s Anti-Christ Superstar, said the band’s upcoming album, It Dreams, will feature poppy industrial tracks. Ogilvie even tapped Trent Reznor to write a few songs for Jakalope’s debut, which has no release date yet. …

05.17.2005

Nelly reminds parents that their kids are their biggest fans in a new underage-drinking prevention ad, which will debut Wednesday during “Law & Order” on NBC. In the Anheuser-Busch-sponsored 30-second spot, Nelly admits that some of the parents watching him may not recognize him as a hip-hop icon, so he pretends to be a chef, a boxer and a golfer. “Underage drinking is a serious issue, and working with parents to address the problem is the responsible thing to do,” Nelly said in a statement. “It’s very important for parents to talk with their children about everything, and underage-drinking prevention is definitely one of those things you need to jump on early.” …

Britney Spears‘ reality show with husband Kevin Federline is going to re-run on MTV, it was announced on Tuesday (May 17). “Britney and Kevin: Chaotic” premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m. on UPN, while the second run will premiere on MTV on May 26, with the first two episodes of the half-hour series airing back-to-back at 10 p.m. The series will continue on MTV Thursday nights at 10 p.m. throughout the run, with the hour-long finale airing June 23 at 10 p.m. Spears is using her song “Chaotic” from the In the Zone sessions as the show’s theme song. … Scott Weiland, wearing a vintage 1972 Nudie Rodeo Tailor suit and accompanied by a pedal-steel guitarist and steel drummer, treated the audience at “Last Call With Carson Daly” last week (at a special taping at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles) to the debut performance of a country ballad he wrote about his father called “The Man I Didn’t Know.” “I met Tim McGraw at the Grammys, when we sang ‘Across the Universe’ together for tsunami relief and we talked about singing a song together,” the Velvet Revolver singer said in a statement. “This is the song I wrote for us to sing.” The episode will air Thursday. …

Michael Jackson‘s defense — after trying to establish on Monday that the accuser’s family never alerted Neverland employees that anything was wrong — turned on Tuesday to trying to establish that the accuser’s family also did not inform the Department of Children and Family Services when that opportunity arose. DCFS employee Irene Laverne Peters testified that the reason they were investigating in the first place was because charges were leveled at the mother, for “general neglect.” Peters said that the mother said she was hiding at her boyfriend’s house because of documentary maker Martin Bashir, and seemed upset only because she hadn’t signed a release for her children to be on television. Peters said that the mother insisted that she was aware of everything her kids did at Neverland. When she was asked if the kids ever slept in the singer’s bed, the mother said that that never happened. Peters asked the accuser if he had ever slept in Jackson’s bed, and the boy denied it, she said. However, the prosecution’s timeline regarding the molestation has the abuse not occurring until after this interview. Meanwhile, Jay Leno is scheduled to testify in the case on Monday. …

Incubus wrote three new tracks and duet with the PretendersChrissie Hynde for the soundtrack to the Jamie Foxx action thriller “Stealth,” due out July 12. “We wrote the first song, ‘Make a Move,’ really quickly,” singer Brandon Boyd said. “It’s fun and bouncy, but still thoughtful.” The band’s two other new songs are called “Admiration” and “Neither of Us Can See” (featuring Hynde), which will play over the movie’s closing credits. “When we were conceptualizing the song, it became obvious that we needed two voices to capture the different facets of this song,” Boyd said of his first duet. “Chrissie came in and added another dimension to the song.” The trailer for “Stealth” premieres Wednesday and will play before “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.” “Stealth” hits theaters July 29. … Meanwhile, Foxx is getting his own music special to air on NBC, which he’ll also executive produce. The tentatively titled “Jamie Foxx Special” would follow the release of his new album this fall, and feature all original music by Foxx as well as a few guest stars. The one-hour show would also trace his musical roots back to his hometown of Terrell, Texas. An airdate has yet to be announced. …

Mike Epps (“The Honeymooners”) will play raunchy comedian Richard Pryor in a big-screen biopic, according to Variety. The movie will be co-produced by Pryor and his wife, Jennifer Lee Pryor, who said Epps was tapped over an earlier choice for the part, Damon Wayans, whom the pair believed was too well-known. … Babyface is prepping his ninth album, Grown & Sexy, due out July 26. His first single, “Sorry for the Stupid Things,” hits radio on Monday. Other tracks on the album include “Tonite It’s Goin’ Down,” “Mad, Sexy, Cool,” “Goin’ Outta Bizness” and “Drama, Luv and ‘Lationships.” In advance of the album’s release, Babyface is planning a live one-hour performance special (airdate to be announced). …

Skating legend Tony Hawk is taking his Boom Boom Huckjam extreme sports/music tour on the road again this summer. The 25-city outing, which kicks off on June 17 in Spokane, Washington, will also be turned into a behind-the-scenes series for the action sports channel Fuel tentatively titled “On the Road With Tony Hawk.” DJ Aero (Methods of Mayhem) will spin during the events. … If your Memorial Day plans included a trip to Detroit for the city’s annual electronic music festival, this year it will cost you. The Detroit City Council recently approved a plan that would allow organizers to charge $10 per day ($25 for a three-day pass) for the traditionally free event, now dubbed “Fuse-In: Detroit’s Electronic Movement,” according to the Detroit Free Press. Organizers said that if the festival had not moved to a pay model, its future would have been in doubt due to a lack of major sponsors. …

A Social Distortion cover of the Clash‘s 1979 song “Death or Glory” will be the first single from the “Lords of Dogtown” soundtrack, due May 24. A Rise Against cover of Black Flag‘s “Nervous Breakdown” as well as favorites from the Jimi Hendrix Experience (“Fire”), Rod Stewart (“Maggie May”) and the Stooges (“T.V. Eye”) are also included. The skateboarding biopic opens June 3. … Teenage Fanclub‘s first new album in nearly three years, Man-Made, will be released in the U.S. on June 7. The Glasgow, Scotland, band’s eighth studio album was recorded in Chicago with Tortoise‘s John McEntire, marking the first time the group worked on an album abroad. … Switchfoot‘s follow-up to their breakthrough album, 2003′s The Beautiful Letdown, will be called Nothing Is Sound and will hit stores in July. The San Diego rockers wrote the album while touring behind Letdown.