For The Record: Quick News On Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Hilary Duff, Ashlee Simpson & More

Janet allegedly had baby girl with James DeBarge; Mary. J releasing two albums.

Janet Jackson had a baby girl during her brief 1984 marriage to singer James DeBarge, according to DeBarge’s brother Young DeBarge, who made the revelation on New York radio station WQHT-FM Friday. Young claimed the child, Renee, 18, is a great singer who has been living with Janet’s oldest sister, Rebbie, The Associated Press reports. Jackson was married to James DeBarge for less than three months when she was 18 and the pair had the marriage annulled a year later. “James and the Jackson family kept everything real close, real tight,” Young said. “They weren’t very revealing about what the relationship was about.” Jackson’s publicist could not be reached for comment at press time. …

Mary J. Blige will now release her album Reminisce on December 6 and the follow-up, The Breakthrough, next spring. Originally it was thought that the two albums were one and the same and that she had just changed the title, but the first is mostly a retrospective, while the other is all-new material. Reminisce’s few new tracks will include “MJB Da MVP” (her song over the Game’s “Hate It or Love It”), a duet with Bono on U2’s “One” and the first single, “Be Without You.” The Breakthrough, meanwhile, is meant to reflect her new lease on life and spiritual growth. … The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ozzy Osbourne, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliott and Xzibit will appear at Spike TV’s Video Game Awards 2005, taping November 18 at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, California, and airing December 10. Vin Diesel, the Rock and Carmen Electra will also appear, and Samuel L. Jackson, a winner at last year’s show for “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,” is hosting. …

Hilary Duff is contributing to a series of holiday-themed compilations to be sold at Radio Shack starting this month. Totally Awesome Christmas will also feature songs by Jesse McCartney, Raven Symone, “American Idol” semifinalist Celena Rae and Lindsay Lohan’s younger sister, Aliana Lohan. Other CDs in the series include My Best Christmas (featuring Amy Grant), Smooth and Soulful Christmas (featuring Natalie Cole, Donna Summer, Al Jarreau and the Pointer Sisters), The Christmas Album (featuring Willie Nelson and Gene Autry), Christmas Classics on Piano (featuring Michael W. Smith and John Tesh) and Silver and Gold (featuring Vanessa Williams). …

Ashlee Simpson has played around with her fair share of looks, but you’ve never seen her quite like this: The pop-rock reality-TV star is going virtual. Simpson will be checking into her VIP “I Am Me” suite (named after her sophomore LP) at the Habbo Hotel, an online hangout for teens around the globe, where she’ll chat live with fans on Friday. … A judge in Michigan has dismissed most of a lawsuit filed in mid-August against Eminem by his aunt and uncle. Jack and Betti Schmitt’s suit claims he tried to evict them from a house he’d built for them three years earlier in Mount Clemens, Michigan. When Eminem refused to transfer the deed to the aunt and uncle, the lawsuit was filed. Judge Mary Chrzanowski claims Em’s relations cannot sue the rapper for rescinded gifts, considering there was never a written contract to support the Schmitts’ claims, The Associated Press reports. They can, however, amend the language of the suit within the next two weeks, and go after him for the more than $50,000 in improvements they claim they’ve made to the house since moving in. …

Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille has been sentenced to 80 days in jail after pleading no contest to driving while intoxicated. On Monday, the 43-year-old rocker (real name Bruce Johannesson) was also slapped with five years’ probation, fined $1,000 and instructed to surrender his license for one year, The Associated Press reports. DeVille was involved in a car accident on August 24, when, according to police, he was backing out of his girlfriend’s driveway and slammed into a parked car. He later hit a second parked car. … Bo Bice has pushed the release date of his debut solo album back from November 29 to December 13. Former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody, Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, and producers Howard Benson (Hoobastank), Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith) and John Shanks (Sheryl Crow) are among those contributing. … Late-night talk show host Craig Ferguson has been tapped to host this year’s People’s Choice Awards, which will air live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on January 10 at 9 p.m. on CBS. Nominees will be announced at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on November 10, at which point voting will begin online at www.PCAVote.com. …

The Deftones are still plugging away on their fifth album, with frontman Chino Moreno spending the next month on perfecting his vocals. There’s still no official word on the album’s title or when the record will surface, but the band’s touring plans are a different story. According to a posting on their Web site, the Sacto hardcore kings will serve as the headliners for this spring’s second annual Taste of Chaos tour. … Several bands have been confirmed for Dimefest, a concert slated for December 10 at the Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth, Texas. Element Eighty, Faktion and Premenishen (which features slain Damageplan/Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott’s cousin Heather Manly) Diesel, Manditory, Necrogazm and others will take part in the all-day event, which will raise money for the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund, established for victims of the December 2004 Alrosa Villa nightclub shootings in Columbus, Ohio, that claimed Dimebag’s life. …

Young Buck’s lawyers were in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday (October 25) for a pretrial hearing in connection with the melee at last fall’s Vibe Awards. The start date and other details of his trial will be determined November 9. The G-Unit rapper has already pleaded not guilty to assault with a deadly weapon. … Paris Hilton hasn’t heard the last of Paris Latsis — or his ex. Zeta Graff has filed a $10 million defamation suit against the heiress, claiming Hilton made up tales of jealousy on her part and told them to the New York Post, which printed them. The paper’s report on a June 30 run-in at a London nightclub said Graff was seen trying to strangle Hilton in a jealous rage and had to be restrained by security before she was booted from the club. Graff maintains that Hilton merely told her she was going to “destroy” her, according to the complaint, and then went to the promoter to demand that Graff be kicked out of the club. …

An all-star cast of ska, rock and hip-hop heavy hitters paid tribute to Sublime Monday night in Los Angeles. No Doubt’s Tony Kanal performed with Rancid/TransplantsTim Armstrong and Sublime’s Eric Wilson. Rounding out the lineup were Fishbone, Ozomatli, Los Lobos and Blackalicious performing many of Sublime’s hit songs. Proceeds benefited the MusiCares Musicians’ Assistance Program Fund and the MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund. … Soul Asylum took the stage for the first time since the death of bassist Karl Mueller Monday night at Minneapolis’ First Avenue, the club made famous by Prince in “Purple Rain.” Tommy Stinson of the Replacements made his debut as the new bassist, making Soul Asylum a historic quartet of the Twin Cities’ most well-known rock bands. …

Get those Cockney dictionaries ready, the current darling of the U.K.’s burgeoning “grime” scene, Lady Sovereign, is brining her gritty, streetwise style across the Atlantic. First, on November 15, she’ll release her debut EP, Vertically Challenged, featuring a remix by the Beastie BoysAd-Rock. Then, on November 28 in Boston, she’ll kick off a brief two-week tour of the U.S. and Canada. …

10.24.2005

Good luck finding any more leaked images of Britney Spears and her baby — the fan site that originally published them on Friday has since taken them down, as Spears’ reps are livid. They issued a statement saying that the images were stolen and that anyone who publishes, sells or “otherwise exploits” the images would be subject to legal ramifications for infringement of copyright, invasion of privacy and unauthorized commercial use of the name and images of the Federline family. Meanwhile, the webmaster for TangibleBrit.com has taken the photos down and replaced the images with a big “Sorry.” …

Spears’ ex Justin Timberlake tells “Access Hollywood” in an interview airing Monday (October 24) that the photo theft is “a little crazy.” “When a person like her, who’s obviously a sweet person, is having their first child, it’s like, ’Leave the girl alone, let her have the baby!’ ” Timberlake said this just proves the hunt for celebrity photos is out of control. “I do think that’s crossing the line. That’s her baby and those are her baby pictures,” he told the show. … What better way to test out a new album of dance music than to spin it at one of New York’s hottest clubs? That’s exactly what Madonna did Saturday when she surprised throngs of clubgoers at the Roxy and hotspot Luke and Leroy with a preview of tracks from her forthcoming Confessions on a Dance Floor, due November 15. Madge, whose entourage for the evening included Lenny Kravitz, told the roaring crowd at Luke and Leroy, “You all have to relax and have fun and we’re going to play you some really good songs!” and proceeded to get behind the turntables, along with her music producer Stuart Price and remixer DJ Junior Sanchez, for a 30-minute set. At the Roxy, she spun alongside Peter Rauhofer, telling the crowd, “I don’t know if you know this, but I have a very long history with the Roxy. My whole career started with 12-inches, OK? Some girls have all the luck.” …

Ludacris has set a December 13 release date for Ludacris Presents … Disturbing Tha Peace, the second compilation showcasing the artists on his record label and first in four years. Field Mob and Jamie Foxx are featured on the first single, “Georgia,” and Luda just shot a video that will be the focus of “Ludacris and Field Mob Make a Video,” airing Friday on MTV2. Trick Daddy, Ghostface, Redman, Bobby Valentino and Shawnna are among the other guests on the album. … In other Foxx news, the actor/singer has been telling reporters he’s pushing for Fantasia to be cast in the vacant role of Effie in the upcoming movie adaptation of the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls,” so far starring Foxx, Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy and Tony winner Anika Noni Rose. Fantasia’s spokesperson confirmed that the third season “American Idol” winner auditioned and “was incredible,” but the casting has yet to be announced. …

On November 8, Usher will release “Behind the Truth,” a three-disc box set that captures an entire concert from his hometown of Atlanta, plus packs on the extras, including backstage footage and multiple camera takes of his “Caught Up” music video. And just like U2 and the Rolling Stones before him, Mr. Entertainment is releasing the DVD exclusively through the Best Buy chain. Competition, who needs it? … Glassjaw have released a three-song EP called El Mark, which is available only through iTunes. Along with the title track, the EP features the new songs “The Number No Good Things Can Come Of” and “Oxycodone.” …

Pink, actress Gina Gershon, Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland and former Warrant singer Jani Lane helped kick out the jams with Dave Navarro’s cover band, Camp Freddy, during a gig at the Empire Ballroom in Las Vegas on Saturday. Gershon joined the band for covers of the Pretenders’ “Brass in Pocket” and David Bowie’s “Queen Bitch” while Pink grabbed the mic for Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” Lane handled Ted Nugent’s “Cat Scratch Fever” and Alice in Chains’ “Man in the Box,” and Weiland crooned during covers of his old band Stone Temple Pilots’ “Crackerman” and the Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues.” … Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington has a cover band of his own: Bucket of Weenies. The group, which also features Orgy’s Ryan Shuck, BleedersMike Rouse, TSOL’s Mike “Cheez” Brown and Grey Daze’s Sean Dowdell, will make its live Los Angeles debut Tuesday night (October 25) at the Hollywood Avalon. Look for the band to put its own spin on the Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry,” Hanoi Rocks’ “Beer and a Cigarette” and Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” …

Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell was joined onstage by former Damageplan frontman Patrick Lachman and drummer Bevan Davies — who mans the kit in Lachman’s new band, the Mercy Clinic — for three songs at the Tavern on Gray in Houston Saturday night. … Scott Weiland, Shaggy and Ani DiFranco are gathering for the live concert series Decades Rock Live to honor Cyndi Lauper for her influence on popular music. Also joining Lauper for the November 11 show at Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal are Train’s Pat Monahan and Lauper’s longtime collaborators the Hooters. The series will debut on VH1 Classic on November 18 with a tribute to Bonnie Raitt, featuring Norah Jones, Ben Harper, Keb’ Mo’ and Alison Krauss. Lauper’s episode does not yet have an air date. … Neil Diamond’s collaboration with producer Rick Rubin, 12 Songs, will hit stores November 8. “It turned out that we served the same mistress, music, and that was to become our first real connection,” Diamond wrote of Rubin in his liner notes. …