For The Record: Quick News On Gwen Stefani, Mariah Carey, Foo Fighters, Madonna, Tool, Will Smith & More

Members of No Doubt, Foos donate breast casts; Madonna to debut new single at EMAs; Tool arrange chat.

Tom DeLonge, the Foo Fighters, New Found Glory and members of No Doubt are among the artists donating painted casts to be auctioned off for the Keep a Breast foundation. But they’re not casts of arms or legs — they’re casts of breasts, painted by the musicians to raise money for youth breast-cancer awareness. The auction gets under way on on Saturday at Keep-A-Breast.org, and several of the casts will be on display at benefit parties to be held in New York (Saturday) and Culver City, California (October 22). …

Gwen Stefani wants to see your creative side — well, as long as it involves her. She’s asking fans to send her images of their Gwen-related creations (be they outfits, tattoos, photo collages or airbrushed cars) as part of a contest that would feature the work on her Web site or even as part of her upcoming tour. Photos need to be submitted via her site (GwenStefani.com) by Friday. … Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi, Amerie, Craig David, Blondie and Kasabian are among the acts playing Swarovski Fashion Rocks. The concert, to be held October 17 in Monaco, will be hosted by Jerry Hall and supports the youth charity the Prince’s Trust. …

Madonna will perform her new single, “Hung Up,” for the first time on the stage of the MTV Europe Music Awards, which will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on November 3. Also on the bill are Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Robbie Williams and the Black Eyed Peas. … In addition to her new album, Madonna’s also releasing a CD of another sort — a reading of the five books in her children’s book series. It’ll come with a bonus CD of never-before-seen footage, interviews, a photo gallery and a limited-collector’s-edition set. She’s also releasing the books as a box set, which offers all five books for the price of three, and as a limited collector’s edition set, of which there are only 1,000 copies. The collector’s edition, which will be sold exclusively at luxury retailer Bergdorf Goodman for $299 in late fall, includes a signed letter, first editions of the books, the audio CD, the bonus CD, and a signed print by the artist for “Mr. Peabody’s Apples.” …

Late-night TV owls, brace yourselves for a rock takeover. Conan O’Brien is devoting his entire show to U2 on Thursday — the day before Bono is expected to be named as a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, according to The Associated Press. The program, which has never turned over an entire show to one musical guest, is expected to feature three performances by the band, who will also be interviewed. In related news, the White Stripes — who had a memorable weeklong residency on O’Brien’s show in 2003 — will make history of their own when they play on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” on December 1. “We’ve never had a musical performance on the show before — not because we haven’t wanted one — but because we were holding out for a reunited Spandau Ballet,” Stewart said in a press statement. “This will have to suffice.” …

Heavy D is re-mounting the stage play “Medal of Honor Rag,” to return to the Egyptian Arena Theater in Hollywood with Will Smith as the executive producer. The stage production will reopen on October 13 and run through November 6, with all proceeds going to Hurricane Katrina victims. … On October 25, Aerosmith will release Rockin’ the Joint, which will feature 11 live tracks captured more than three years ago during a gig at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The album will include “Same Old Song and Dance,” “Light Inside,” “Rattlesnake Shake,” “Walk This Way” and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” Aerosmith will launch a full U.S. tour on October 30 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, with Lenny Kravitz tapped to open. …

Linda Perry will make six rare live appearances this fall in support of the re-release of her debut solo album, In Flight, due October 11. The 4 Non Blondes-singer-turned-Christina Aguilera-producer will play San Francisco (October 14); Los Angeles (October 20); Solana Beach, California (October 21); Boston (November 2); Philadelphia (November 4); and New York (November 5). … David Lee Roth, he of the once-luxuriant blond mane and Van Halen fame, has lined up several live solo dates for November. You’ll be able to catch Diamond Dave beginning November 11 in St. Petersburg, Florida; he’ll wrap up his jaunt on November 26 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. …

10.03.2005

Paris has called off her engagement to Paris. After months of touting how she was looking forward to settling down and thinking about having a baby, Paris Hilton has dumped Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis, saying that she’s “just not ready for marriage.” “I’m still young and have a very active career that I’m not prepared to give up,” she said in a statement. Part of that career still involves Latsis, she said, because they will be business partners and have “movies in the works.” “I love Paris,” she said. “He is my best friend and it will be that way forever.” …

50 Cent says he’s the hardest-working man alive — and really, who’s going to argue with that? Not when he’s got both a new movie and a new soundtrack coming out. On November 9, “Get Rich or Die Tryin’ ” hits theaters, and the day before that he’ll be dropping the soundtrack, which features all new music from his entire G-Unit roster, including Mase, Mobb Deep, M.O.P. and 50 himself. “I created the music for the soundtrack while I was actually filming the movie,” 50 Cent said. “I had a studio trailer with me and would record every day between takes.” 50 executive-produced the album, with Dr. Dre, Sha Money XL and Hi-Tek also producing. The first single will be “Window Shopper.” … Gwen Stefani‘s “Hollaback Girl” has made digital-music history. The song has surpassed the 1-million mark in download sales, making it the first commercial digital download to do so. “It’s always an honor to be recognized for your music,” Stefani said, “and this is really the coolest. … It really is bananas.” …

A judge has ordered Grammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton to go to trial on October 19 in connection with his alleged role in attacking a group of gay men in Jamaica last year. The 31-year-old dancehall singer is accused along with Horace Hill of beating six gay men in June 2004 at a home in the Red Hills Road area of Kingston, according to an Associated Press report. Both men have pleaded not guilty. For years Banton has been criticized by gay-rights advocates for his 1992 song “Boom Bye Bye,” which has lyrics about shooting gay people. He was forced to cancel tour dates in the U.S. and Europe last year after protests. … Usher, Mary J. Blige and Duran Duran helped Andre Agassi raise more than $10 million for his charitable foundation Saturday night, when they played at the Grand Slam for Children at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Celine Dion, Earth, Wind & Fire, Robin Williams and George Lopez were among the announced performers, while Barbra Streisand was a surprise guest. The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation assists at-risk youth in Las Vegas via schools, scholarship funds, summer camps and youth organizations. …

Ryan Cabrera is heading out on the road again, this time with the Click Five (who toured with his ex Ashlee Simpson earlier this year) in tow. Cabrera’s six-week trek kicks off October 18 in Anaheim, California, and runs through November 26 in Orlando, Florida. Meanwhile, Cabrera’s new game show, “Score,” where he teaches contestants how to write songs to score dates, debuts October 10 at 4:30 p.m. on MTV. … David Banner and G-Unit‘s DJ Whoo Kid are both creating new and exclusive ringtones for UrbanWorld Wireless. “I’m bringing that Dirty South flavor in full force to this ringtone space,” Banner said. … Britney Spears is auctioning off furniture, clothing, jewelry and other items to raise money for the Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund. The items, including a jewel-encrusted bra, a Roberto Cavalli gown and a hand-carved wooden chandelier, went on the auction block Saturday at www.eBay.com/BritneySpears. …

The body of Glenn Rambo, the former frontman for sludgy Louisiana grindcore outfit Soilent Green, was found Saturday afternoon in Violet, Louisiana. Rambo, a founding member of the band, was discovered inside his mother’s home; she, too, was found dead. According to a Relapse Records spokesperson, Rambo and his mother were trapped inside the house by Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged through the area. … Dropkick Murphys frontman Al Barr was hospitalized on Friday with what the band’s Web site described as “severe stomach pains.” No further information was available on his condition, but emergency surgery was performed. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery. Barr’s illness has forced the band to postpone its Japanese tour. …

The Dead Kennedys have pulled off the bill for Waking the Dead, a concert scheduled for October 29 at Los Angeles’ Grand Olympic Auditorium. The band’s been replaced in the lineup by Fear. Suicidal Tendencies, the Germs, Marky Ramone and Flipper are also expected to perform at the show. … INXS will perform with their new frontman, J.D. Fortune, at the grand opening of the new Virgin Megastore in Hollywood. Gang of Four and Dredg will also play the late-afternoon rooftop show on October 17, while Virgin chairman Richard Branson will be on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Meanwhile, INXS are releasing a live concert — featuring their original singer, Michael Hutchence — as a digital download starting Tuesday. “INXS: Live at Barker Hangar” was recorded in May 1993. …

The Kaiser Chiefs didn’t have to look far to find a director for their new video, “Modern Way” — lead singer Ricky Wilson took on the task. He got some help, though, from co-director Scott Lyon (Franz Ferdinand). “It’s a gem, our favorite video so far,” the band wrote on its Web site, noting that “Modern Way” will be the final single from Employment. The CD single will contain four new songs, which the Kaiser Chiefs recorded with producer Steve Harris. The band is also releasing a 90-minute DVD, due at the end of November, called “Enjoyment,” and it’s “loosely plotted” around the history of the bandmembers from childhood on. …

Lawyers for CBGB and the New York punk club’s landlord were back in New York City Civil Court Monday morning (October 3) to file another round of motions in what’s shaping up to be a rather drawn-out legal battle. CBGB owner Hilly Kristal was served with an eviction notice at the beginning of last month, but hasn’t budged — he continues not only to operate the hub of punk without a valid lease, but book more acts to perform there. The club’s eviction has been stalled in court, and it appears Kristal won’t be going anywhere for at least another month; both parties will return to court on November 7 for another hearing. But there were some developments Monday morning. The landlord’s attorney filed a motion to withdraw “holdover” or eviction proceedings; instead, the landlord would like to bring an action of ejectment — a method by which a landlord can obtain possession of a property — in New York’s Supreme Court. Kristal’s attorney, Steven Sperber, moved to dismiss the holdover proceeding altogether, on the basis of a number of causes, including the fact that the building is not registered with the city as habitable space. Sperber also plans to respond to the landlord’s petition to move the matter to the Supreme Court, but refused to discuss his strategy. …