For The Record: Quick News On R. Kelly And Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Lindsay Lohan, Kanye West & More

Kelly teams up with Jackson; Aguilera looking for a few lucky fans; Lohan added to AMAs.

At least one more person has hopped aboard Michael Jackson‘s bandwagon to create an all-star charity song to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. The singer had started recording “From the Bottom of My Heart” in London a few weeks ago, but without the full slate of stars that he’d promised. Undaunted, R. Kelly‘s arriving to pick up some of the slack, not just as a singer, but also as a producer, his rep confirmed. …

Christina Aguilera is offering fans a chance to be on her next album, due out this spring. If you’re over 18, you can call 1-800-927-7821 and leave a message about what her music means to you, and she might pick your voicemail as one of a select few to be used in a track on the album. She’s urging fans to be creative, but also to be quick — keep it under 60 seconds. The deadline for entries is November 18, and there’s complete contest rules at her paid fan site, xtinaxposed.com. … Lindsay Lohan will perform “Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father),” the first single from her second album, A Little More Personal (Raw), at the 33rd annual American Music Awards on November 22 in Los Angeles. Hilary Duff and Sheryl Crow have also been added to the list of performers, joining Mariah Carey, Rob Thomas and others. …

Kanye West is fascinating — or so claims Barbara Walters, who’s selected him for her “10 Most Fascinating People of 2005″ special. Also making the cut are Tom Cruise, Michael Jackson‘s defense attorney Tom Mesereau, Teri Hatcher, Lance Armstrong, Condoleezza Rice and others. The show airs November 29 at 10 p.m. on ABC. … Hilary Duff, JoJo and Ciara are among the young women Cosmogirl! magazine is honoring this year as born leaders. The Born to Lead Awards, taking place November 8 in New York, honor 15 young people — six of them celebs — who’ve made a positive impact in the world in the past year, and gives the non-celebs a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship. The lucky lady who’ll get the dough is 18-year-old Brittany Heck of Wasilla, Alaska, for her work in creating awareness about the need for minorities to register as bone-marrow donors. …

A funeral for Bayside drummer John “Beatz” Holohan — who was killed on Monday when the band’s van rolled over on a highway just outside Cheyenne, Wyoming — will be held on Saturday. The Never Sleep Again Tour, which, in addition to Bayside, also features Hawthorne Heights, Silverstein and Aiden, has been postponed until Saturday, when it will resume in Anaheim, California. According to a Bayside spokesperson, Anthony Raneri and Jack O’Shea — who were the only members of Bayside who were not harmed in the accident — plan to rejoin the tour at some future date, and will perform as an acoustic duo. Bass player Nick Ghanbarian, who suffered a broken back in the crash, is listed in fair condition at a Cheyenne hospital. …

Gwen Stefani may love her Harajuku Girls, but comic Margaret Cho isn’t so sure that’s a good thing, writing in her blog Monday that the subservient and silent Harajuku Girls are the equivalent of blackface. “I want to like them, and I want to think they are great, but I am not sure if I can,” she wrote. “I mean, racial stereotypes are really cute sometimes, and I don’t want to bum everyone out by pointing out the minstrel show. I think it is totally acceptable to enjoy the Harajuku Girls, because there are not that many other Asian people out there in the media really, so we have to take whatever we can get. Amos ‘n Andy had lots of fans, didn’t they? … Even though to me, a Japanese schoolgirl uniform is kind of like blackface, I am just in acceptance over it, because something is better than nothing. An ugly picture is better than a blank space.” … Tony Parker is known for his moves on the court as a guard for the San Antonio Spurs — and off the court as “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria‘s beau. But it turns out that’s not enough for Tony: He’s adding his name to a stellar list that already includes Shaq, Kobe and Artest. Yes, Parker’s going hip-hop. According to San Antonio NBC news affiliate WOAI, several blocks in the city’s downtown area were closed off over the weekend so that Parker could shoot a video for “Top of the Game,” the first single from his still-untitled hip-hop debut. Parker will be dropping his rhymes in French, his native tongue. The video will feature Fabolous, who also contributes vocals to the track; Spurs teammates Tim Duncan, Brent Barry, Robert Horry and Nazr Mohammed; and the San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers. The Parker disc should surface in December through his company Game Time Productions. …

Vanessa Carlton is planning to run in the New York City Marathon on Sunday. She’ll be on local pop radio station Z100′s team, joining over 30,000 runners to run 26.2 miles, and she’s donating pledge money she collects to Musicians on Call, a nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to patients’ bedsides. If you want to help sponsor her run, go to musiciansoncall.org. … Kanye West, Shakira, Backstreet Boys and Fall Out Boy are among the stars lined up for Z100′s annual holiday concert. Sean Paul, Frankie J, Ludacris and the Click Five are also slated to sing at the Jingle Ball, which will take place December 16 at Madison Square Garden. The concert will also benefit Musicians on Call. …

On Monday, Ronald Isley, lead singer of legendary R&B group the Isley Brothers, was found guilty of tax evasion and now faces between five and 26 years in prison, according to Reuters. Isley was found guilty on five counts of tax evasion and one count of failing to file a tax return. While it was not reported just how much money Isley owes, prosecutors said he lived lavishly, buying a yacht, homes in California and Missouri and two Bentleys while failing to pay more than $300,000 in taxes in 2002. He will be sentenced in January. … Moby is currently recording a punk album, according to a post on his Web site. “They are definitely in the fun but very rough camp of punk rock songs,” he said. Another album under his Voodoo Child moniker is in the works as well, featuring “electronic and experimental” music. …

10.31.2005

During Saturday’s performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell told the crowd the band is finished writing all of the material for its third album. The group then played, for the first time, one of the tracks that’ll make the LP. Cornell said the song was still untitled, and even had its lyrics written down on the stage so he wouldn’t forget them. “I only wrote them last week,” he said. …

Turns out Nine Inch Nails drummer Jerome Dillon, who was replaced three weeks ago by Alex Carapetis after leaving the band following its October 1 performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, isn’t sick at all. On his Web site on Friday, Dillon, who was said to have been undergoing treatment for an unspecified heart condition, revealed he’s perfectly healthy. “Contrary to many published reports in the music press, I want to make it clear that my departure from the band has absolutely nothing to do with my health,” he wrote, adding that he’s no longer a member of Nine Inch Nails. “I’ve learned much about myself — and those around me (particularly in the last month) — and it’s brought about many positive changes. Although I appreciate the concern, I am not sick or recuperating. I feel great (physically and otherwise) and am playing the best drums of my life right now.” … White Stripes drummer Meg White‘s original unaccompanied drumming will serve as the theme music for Dax Shepard‘s character in the upcoming Bob Odenkirk-directed comedy “You Are Going to Prison.” Queens of the Stone Age also recorded music for the movie, which co-stars Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”). …

Jennifer Lopez‘s ex-hubby Ojani Noa, who sued the singer last year after he claimed he was wrongly fired as manager of her California restaurant, has asked the Los Angeles Superior Court to drop the lawsuit, The Associated Press reports. Noa, who was briefly wed to Lopez in 1997, was making $1,000 a week heading up Madre’s, but alleged he was abruptly let go after only a six-month stint. Noa’s lawyer had no comment as to why his client may have had a change of heart. … Missy Elliott and Pam Anderson are sending out holiday cards this year that do more than just wish you season’s greetings — they also raise money for children and families with HIV and AIDS. They’re contributing to M.A.C.’s Kids Helping Kids campaign, which sells cards featuring six designs by children ages 5 to 15; all proceeds support pediatric AIDS programs, with funds marked this year to go to families in Africa. Last year, Kids Helping Kids raised $170,000, and this year, they’re hoping to reach close to $250,000. The cards are on sale at M.A.C. stores and at maccosmetics.com. …

The New York GiantsMichael Strahan helped his team destroy the Washington Redskins 36 to zip Sunday afternoon, and after the game the defensive stalwart shelled out some money to eat with Ja Rule. Ja and his partner Dr. Thomas Haverton invited the likes of Strahan out to a charity dinner at the Guitar Bar in Newark, New Jersey. Rule was raising funds for his L.I.F.E. (Love Ignites Freedom & Education) Camp Inc. — which helps at-risk kids in his hometown of Queens, New York — and the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey. The event raised $48,000. … R. Kelly appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Friday to give the comedian a step-by-step analysis of the “Trapped in the Closet” video series. Kimmel has become obsessed with Kelly’s multi-part opera and even created his own, called “The Pizza.” …

Bayside drummer John “Beatz” Holohan was killed early Monday morning (October 31) when the band’s van flipped over after hitting an ice patch along a Cheyenne, Wyoming, highway. Holohan is survived by his wife, Amy. Bayside were on their way to Salt Lake City, where they were scheduled to perform Halloween night with Hawthorne Heights and Silverstein as part of the Never Sleep Again Tour; that show’s been canceled. Bassist Nick Ghanbarian was seriously injured, having sustained a broken back, and remains under hospital care, as does drum tech Dan Marino, who also suffered a broken back and needs facial reconstruction. Vocalists and guitarists Anthony Raneri and Jack O’Shea were treated at a local hospital and released. … 3 Doors Down will headline their second annual Better Life Foundation Concert on December 10 in Mobile, Alabama. All proceeds will go to aid Hurricane Katrina victims along the Gulf Coast. …

Dave Matthews & Friends will headline a concert on a private island in the Bahamas as part of a Royal Caribbean rock and roll cruise February 3-6. Bob Weir and Ratdog, G. Love and Special Sauce, Toots and the Maytals, Ozomatli, North Mississippi Allstars, Mike Doughty’s Band and others will also perform as part of the cruise. … Former Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro said the debut disc from the Panic Channel, his new band with Jane’s drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Chris Chaney, should surface in early 2006. Produced by Josh Abraham (Velvet Revolver, Courtney Love), the album, Navarro wrote in his blog, will include the songs “Outsider,” “Bloody Mary,” “Loophole,” “She Won’t Last,” “Said You’d Be,” “Left to Lose,” “Awake,” “Go On” and “Teahouse.” “I have been listening to a lot of Pink Floyd lately and I think some of that has rubbed off on the tracks,” he wrote. “The record is really starting to sound cohesive and finished. I’d give it another week or two before I feel ‘done,’ but that’s not that far away.” …