For The Record: Quick News On Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson, Paris Hilton, Biggie And Serj Tankian, AFI & More

Jessica's album pushed back; Paris launching line of handbags; AFI in the studio.

Looks like Ashlee Simpson won't have any competition on the charts from her sister after all this fall — Jessica Simpson's album, And the Band Played On, which was due for a November release, has been pushed back until May/June of next year, according to her label rep. ... Meanwhile, Ashlee is so stoked that she got a do-over on "Saturday Night Live" this past weekend and "faced her demons." She said the reason she started dancing during "Boyfriend" was because she was "so excited" that she had gotten through the first song without any glitches. "I feel good now that it's done," she said with a sigh of relief. "I feel like [the previous 'Saturday Night Live'] was one of the worst moments of my life, and now I can finally move on." ...

Paris Hilton is planning to roll out the next phase of her accessories line — handbags — as a soft launch this November before releasing them more widely next fall. Her business partners say the bags reflect Paris and her lifestyle — so they're high-end, with exotic skins and leather, utilizing a lot of pink. Some are even made specifically to carry little dogs of Tinkerbell's size. The purses will cost between $60 and $5,000. The heiress is also planning a line of wallets and other small leather goods. ... Want to hear Serj Tankian's remix of the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Who Shot Ya"? It's on the soundtrack to Marc Ecko's "Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure" game, along with three other tracks executive co-produced by Diddy (the other three are from Talib Kweli and Rakim, Pack FM, and Pharoahe Monch). Kweli is also the voice of the game's lead character, Trane. RZA, meanwhile, is composing an exclusive remix for one of the game's cinematic videos. ...

Common has recorded a podcast with DJ Gilles Peterson, whom he met up with at New York's Hudson Hotel. During their hour-long session, they play and discuss tracks by A Tribe Called Quest, Gil Scott-Heron and Tiombe Lockhart. The podcast will be available for 30 days starting Monday on hellomoto.com/rokrbooth and the iTunes Podcast Directory. ... Faith Evans is getting in the holiday spirit. Her new album, A Faithful Christmas, due October 25, is chock full of holiday classics, including "White Christmas," "Santa Baby" and "O Come All Ye Faithful." She's also including two new songs written for the album, called "Christmas Wish" and "Happy Holiday," as well as tunes penned by James Brown and Frank Sinatra. Evans will perform the songs on Tom Joyner's Mistletoe Jam, which will also feature Aretha Franklin, Yolanda Adams and CeCe Winans, taking place December 10 in Detroit. ...

Peter Gallagher, who plays Adam Brody's dad on "The O.C.," is ready to show the world that he, too, has musical chops. The 50-year-old actor, who has starred in several Broadway productions, is releasing his own LP of soul music, 7 Days in Memphis, a reference to the week he spent in a recording studio in the city. Gallagher even recruited Booker T. and the MG's guitarist Steve Cropper for the effort. Mike Mangini, who has helmed hits for soul sweetheart Joss Stone, produced the disc, which drops on November 8. ... If you want to see the premiere of the new Rolling Stones video, "Streets of Love," you're not going to find it in any of the usual places. Come Tuesday, the clip will make its debut on, believe it or not, the NBC soap "Days of our Lives" (1 p.m. in most time zones, check local listings). "Streets of Love" will also become part of the show for the month following, as it will be used to underscore storylines suggested by the song's themes of love and loss, the channel announced this week. Part of the reason for the pairing? Both the band and the show are celebrating their 40th anniversaries. ...

Wilco will play a Katrina benefit concert on November 1 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. Net proceeds from the shows — which will feature additional guests to be named soon — will benefit the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund, which helps musicians affected by Katrina; and the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, which promotes the preservation of the city's unique architecture and neighborhoods. ... AFI have been holed up in a Los Angeles studio in recent weeks, putting the finishing touches on their forthcoming, still-untitled album, which should surface sometime in early 2006. To hold their fans over until then, AFI relaunched their Web site this week, and posted an outtake from the Sing the Sorrow sessions called "Rabbits are Roadkill on Route 37" on their MySpace page. ...

Rob Zombie's revamped, revisited Hellbilly Deluxe will surface on November 22; the CD/DVD set will feature expanded artwork plus a DVD including a video for each and every song on the original Hellbilly Deluxe album. ... Godsmack have started recording the follow-up to 2003's Faceless, according to the band's Web site. The New England metallers began writing while on the road last year, and regrouped in April. They're looking at an early-to-mid-2006 release. ...

10.11.2005

Remember when Michael Jackson announced his plan last month to record an all-star charity single to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina? He started sessions for the song "From the Bottom of My Heart" this past weekend at London's Metropolis Studios with his latest financial backer, Prince Abdullah Hamad Alkhalifa of Bahrain. But none of the artists Jackson said would be taking part in this project — among them, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and R. Kelly — were on hand. Only one of the announced collaborators — Ciara — has publicly confirmed her involvement. ...

Ludacris, John Mayer and Jesse McCartney are among the first celebrities confirmed to present at the 2005 American Music Awards. Nick Lachey, Sean Paul, Ryan Cabrera, Nicole Richie, Toni Braxton, Chingy, Gretchen Wilson, Sugarland, LeAnn Rimes, Delta Goodrem, Ryan Seacrest, Lance Armstrong, Emmy Rossum, John Stamos, Stuart Townsend and Gabrielle Union will also hand out trophies during the show, airing live from Los Angeles November 22 on ABC. ... Shakira is readying the release of her second installment of Oral Fixation — the English version. Two songs from the Spanish version, Fijación Oral, Vol. 1, will be translated on Vol. 2, but it's mostly a batch of new songs, including one called "Illegal" that features Carlos Santana. Her first single from Vol. 2, "Don't Bother," hits radio this week, and the video (directed by visual artist Jaume) will premiere on "Making the Video" on October 27. The new album is due November 29. ...

Outkast's Big Boi, no stranger to accolades for his work, has snagged another, this time from his hometown of Savannah, Georgia. On Saturday, the rapper received the Fine Arts Award from the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, which works to preserve black history and culture in the Southern city, in recognition for his contributions to the arts. "It feels great. It's been a long time coming. After 13 years, I appreciate it," Big told The Associated Press. ... Go to Choir Academy Charter School in Chicago? Make sure you get sent to the principal's office on October 27 — that's the day when Twista will be heading up the school. As part of the Principal for a Day program, the rapper will share his insight from his experiences in the music industry, since it's a performing-arts-based school. "I think it's important for artists to come back to their communities and help inspire the youth," Twista said. "When you're young, sometimes it's hard to stay focused on your dreams, especially in music. Hopefully, I can inspire these young students to stay focused and never give up." ...

Mos Def and Talib Kweli are reuniting for a road trip this month. Though it's not quite a Black Star tour, the two will co-headline what's being called the Breed Love Odyssey Tour, which kicks off October 28 in Sacramento, California, and continues through November 14 in Houston. More dates are expected to be announced. Kweli's new album, Right About Now, is due November 22. ... Mandy Moore is continuing to plug away on her forthcoming album. "About 15 songs written and recorded with a few more to go," she wrote on her Web site. She's collaborated so far with Counting Crows' Adam Duritz, Michelle Branch, Lori McKenna, Chantal Kreviazuk, Rachael Yamagata and James Renald. "I am getting so psyched to put this record out and hit the road for the first time in a LONG time," she wrote. ...

Naughty Dog, the video game firm behind the forthcoming "Jak X: Combat Racing," recruited A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel to craft new music for the game's soundtrack — but Howerdel, himself, enlisted some famous friends to help him with his mission. A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese, guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen and ex-bassist Paz Lenchantin appear in some of Howerdel's tracks, according to Naughty Dog. Others summoned for the effort include Ex-Rocket From the Crypt drummer Adam "Atom" Willard, Queens of the Stone Age's Joey Castillo, Limp Bizkit's Wes Borland, former Nine Inch Nails member Danny Lohner and onetime Faith No More member Dean Menta. Queens of the Stone Age have the honor of opening the game, with their track "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire." ...

American Mule Entertainment will issue a politically charged comic book featuring Public Enemy's Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff and the S1Ws. The action-packed book, which will be called "Public Enemy," will follow the socially conscious rappers around the globe as they do what they do: rock international crowds' butts off. Each member of the fold, however, doubles as an agent in a "secret organization called the Underground Railroad, which is a global network that helps people whenever they're in need, or when governments are oppressing them," said the book's writer/inker Adam Wallenta. "They won't have super powers. Chuck D won't shoot laser beams from his eyes, but he has a powerful mind and an ability to reach people." Each comic will include a CD featuring new cuts from Public Enemy as well as some of the artists Chuck works with through his Slam Jamz label. The first four books will be released as part of the "Welcome to the Terrordome" series. ... On December 6, EMI will release "Pulse," a two-DVD set featuring footage captured at Pink Floyd's 1994 Division Bell tour stop at London's Earls Court. The first DVD will include live renditions of classic Floyd tracks like "Learning to Fly," "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2" and "One of These Days," while the second features The Dark Side of the Moon performed in its entirety. The discs will also boast backstage footage, previously unseen extras and a photo gallery teeming with shots of the band snapped during its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. ...