For The Record: Quick News On Lindsay Lohan, Coldplay, Irv Gotti, Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx, Disturbed & More

Lohan names her album; jury selection begins in Gotti trial; Disturbed singer ordered to rest his voice.

Lindsay Lohan has picked a title for her upcoming second album, due November 22. Like the LP’s first single, “Confessions of a Broken Heart,” suggests, this album is going to be A Little More Personal. Her video for “Confessions” is slated to premiere on MTV’s “Making the Video: Lindsay Lohan” on October 24 at 6 p.m. ET …

“Come Together Now,” the new benefit single for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita featuring the Game, John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Joss Stone and others, will be featured on an all-star double album called Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now, due in mid-November. Coldplay, John Mayer and Dave Matthews Band are among the other acts that are contributing live or unreleased tracks to the LP. … Irv Gotti‘s been waiting since January for his day in court, and on Monday (October 17), he got it — kind of. Jury selection began in a Brooklyn, New York, courtroom in the drugs-and-money-laundering case against the Murder Inc. record mogul and his brother, Chris Gotti, who are both facing 20 years on the federal charges. The next phase of jury selection is expected to continue on October 24, with opening arguments slated for November 14. …

LL Cool J, Fat Joe, Swizz Beatz, Chaka Khan, Ice-T and the Reverend Al Sharpton were among the celebs who came out Sunday night in New York to be in the presence of royalty. Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige performed a career-retrospective concert at Lincoln Center’s intimate Rose Hall, singing such tracks as “My Life” and “Family Affair” and debuting her new single, “Can’t Hide From Love,” to close out the set. … Jamie Foxx is nearly finished with his forthcoming album, Unpredictable, due December 6. The first single will be the title track, featuring Ludacris, and it hits radio November 7. Other guests on the LP include Kanye West on “Extravaganza,” Mary J. Blige on a remake of “Love Changes,” Pharrell Williams on “Still Here” (which he also produced), Twista on “DJ Play a Love Song” and Timbaland on “Can I Take You Home.” …

Slipknot guitarist Jim Root isn’t on the band’s current road trip, Subliminal Verses Tour: The Final Volume, because he broke his wrist the day before the tour’s Friday night kickoff in Cincinnati. Root did the damage when he crashed while mountain biking. He’ll be in a cast for at least six weeks and it’s unknown if he’ll be able to join the band on any of the dates. … After doctors in the U.K. advised him to rest his voice, Disturbed frontman David Draiman returned to Los Angeles to see a throat specialist Tuesday morning. The band has postponed the remaining dates of its European tour. Initial reports suggested Draiman was suffering from vocal-cord inflammation, but the band’s management said it won’t know the full status of his condition until after his doctors have had a chance to examine him. …

David Reilly, a founding member of techno-rock outfit God Lives Underwater, died Sunday of complications stemming from longstanding stomach problems. Reilly was the band’s vocalist and chief programmer; he also played guitar and synthesizer on God Lives Underwater’s four LPs, the most recent being 2004′s Up Off the Floor. Corporate Punishment Records, which released Reilly’s solo album Inside that same year, said in a statement he’d recently inked a solo deal with Universal and was working on material for his second album. … Guitarist Nick Hawkins, known for his work with Big Audio Dynamite, died of a heart attack on October 10 in his Las Vegas home. He was 40. Hawkins joined the band in 1990, and helped craft the group’s two largest hits, “The Globe” and “Rush.” He remained with B.A.D. through various lineup shifts and name permutations until 1997. He had been working with his band Dusk Til Dawn on material for a forthcoming album at the time of his death. … A coroner has determined that former “Saturday Night Live” castmember Charles Rocket (born Charles Claverie), 56, committed suicide by slicing his own throat in a field near his home in Canterbury, Connecticut, on October 7. Rocket, who appeared in the TV show “Moonlighting” and the movies “Dumb and Dumber” and “Dances With Wolves,” was most famous for dropping the f-bomb during a spoof of “Dallas” on “SNL” in the 1980-1981 season, when he uttered, “Who the f— did it?” The profanity unleashed complaints from viewers and Rocket was fired. …

Krist Novoselic cut the ribbon on Saturday to celebrate the opening of what amounts to a grunge hotel in downtown Seattle. Hotel Max features local artists and photographers’ work on the guest doors, and of special note, the fifth floor is devoted to the icons of the Seattle grunge scene — with life-size shots of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Courtney Love by Charles Peterson covering the room doors. The hotel has also published a book, called “Maximalism: Art at the Hotel Max, Seattle,” showcasing the work featured in the hotel. … Megadeth in a cartoon? The band will appear in two episodes of “Duck Dodgers,” the space-age cartoon that features Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Marvin the Martian, on October 28 and November 4 on Cartoon Network’s Boomerang. …

The Dillinger Escape Plan are packing their bags and heading out on the road to support their latest album, Miss Machine, starting November 16 in Seattle. The 18-date U.S. leg of the trek wraps December 10 in Baltimore. … P.O.D. will warm up fans for the early 2006 release of Testify with the seven-song The Warriors EP Vol. 2, due November 15. The EP features demo versions of two new songs, “Teachers” and “Ya Mama,” live versions of “Boom” and “Wildfire” (from 2004′s Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, Illinois) and the previously unreleased “If It Wasn’t for You,” “Why Wait?” and “Eyes of a Stranger.” …

10.14.2005

Mary-Kate Olsen has changed her mind about going back to New York University for the fall semester. Where before she was considering doing an independent study instead, she’s now decided to take an approved leave of absence, “to focus on business and to pursue personal interests,” according to her rep, who stressed that the actress is not dropping out. …

Foxy Brown is going deaf, suffering severe and sudden sensorineural hearing loss in both ears. “I started breaking down in tears and screaming and I couldn’t even hear myself scream,” she told People magazine. Even though she’s not responding to treatment, she has hope that she’ll rap again. “I know God is working on me,” she said. “I’m on a personal journey. I believe God wants to be the only voice I hear right now. I know I will be all right.” … R. Kelly appeared in a Chicago court on Friday to ask for yet another continuance for a pretrial hearing in his upcoming child-pornography case. The request was granted, and his appearance at the next hearing, to be held October 28, is being waived so that the R&B singer can perform at a hurricane relief benefit concert in Los Angeles. …

He’s been killing the mixtapes all year, the latest gem being his “Best of Both Hoods” freestyle with Young Jeezy. But what about the album? From the reaction Juelz Santana got on Thursday night from the crowd at New York’s Sony Studios to hear his sophomore LP, What the Game’s Been Missing, he has nothing to worry about. There’s a track on the album with Cam’ron and Sizzla called “Shottas” that’s aimed to close the clubs down. He has another record he’s considering for his second single called “Oh Yes,” which samples “Please Mr. Postman” by the Marvelettes. Also on the set is “Daddy,” on which Santana talks to his newborn son. After the listening party, Juelz ducked into LL Cool J‘s session at the studios. Pharrell Williams was also there working Thursday night. … Pink wants Chicago circuses to pack their trunks — the city is already considering an elephant-protection ordinance, after the sudden death of three elephants at a local zoo. So the singer wrote a letter to Chicago mayor Richard Daley on the behalf of PETA, telling him that the big tops use bullhooks and electric prods. “Elephants need many acres to roam and suffer a great deal when chained or kept in cramped spaces for extended periods,” she wrote. The ordinance will be discussed at an upcoming committee hearing before going to a full city-council vote. …

Carrie Underwood has named her debut album, due November 15, Some Hearts. The first single is titled “Jesus Take the Wheel.” … It turns out Tommy Lee suffered minor burns on his arms and face in Wednesday night’s pyrotechnic mishap during the band’s gig in Casper, Wyoming, according to Mötley Crüe‘s Web site. Lee was treated for his injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. The online post said that Friday night’s (October 14) show in Bismarck, North Dakota, and Saturday’s gig in Rapid City, South Dakota, will go on as scheduled. … A Static Lullaby‘s Philip Pirrone was seriously injured Wednesday in a car accident in Chino Hills, California, according to his label spokesperson. The bassist is currently in an intensive care unit, but doctors expect a full recovery. …

Taking time out from his busy schedule of breaking bad guys’ arms and practicing hard-core Buddhism, Steven Seagal is making his way down to Memphis to record an all-star blues album. He’s gathered the “last of the living blues legends” (according to a hyperbolic press release) to record an LP full of blues standards and Seagal’s own tunes, taken from his album Songs From the Crystal Cave (“a #1 seller in France!”). Artists scheduled to appear on the album include Bo Diddley, Willie “Pinetop” Perkins, Ruth Brown and Jamaican gangster/Seagal nemesis in “Marked for Death” Screwface (not really). The still-untitled album is due in 2006. … No Doubt‘s Tony Kanal and Rancid‘s Tim Armstrong are playing together in tribute to Sublime, who will be honored October 24 at a benefit concert for the MusiCares MAP fund and hurricane relief at Los Angeles’ Henry Fonda Theater. Joining Kanal and Armstrong will be Fishbone‘s Angelo Moore, and together they’ll play a Sublime tune “plus more,” according to event organizers. Also on the bill are Unwritten Law, Ozomatli, Blackalicious and more. …

Tom Petty is getting the top honor at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards, called the Century Award, which salutes the creative achievement of an artist’s still-developing body of work. “This award comes at a particularly nice time as the Heartbreakers and I go into the 30th year of our career,” Petty said. The show will air live on FOX from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 6 at 8 p.m. ET (tape delayed PT). … What’s $99, plays MP3s and looks like a Pez dispenser? Well, the new Pez MP3 player. The pocket-sized device was cooked up by a stay-at-home dad/inventor and it looks exactly like the classic Pal Boy character, but instead of hard candy, it holds about 120 songs or can be used as a USB drive to store data. It comes pre-loaded with songs by obscure indie rockers like the Icicles, Bearsuit, Kiddo and Sodastream, and can be loaded up with songs from most major download sites, except iTunes. Look for more information at pezmp3.com. …