For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Young Buck, Lindsay Lohan, 50 Cent & More

Britney offers swag for preorders; Christina talks wedding plans; Green Day loved by the people.

Britney Spears doesn’t acknowledge her forthcoming remix album, B in the Mix: The Remixes, on her main Web site, but on her paid fan site, she’s offering a bunch of goodies in a contest to get people to preorder the album, due November 22. One grand-prize winner is slated to receive a “Chaotic” DVD, a bottle of Fantasy perfume, Fantasy lotion, the Fantasy makeup kit and a personalized autographed photo. …

Christina Aguilera’s about to get married, but don’t expect an invite unless you’re “close friends and family.” Talking to reporters in Johannesburg, South Africa, at a press conference this week, the singer explained that the wedding wouldn’t be “too big, we’re not 300-500 people.” Though she’s trying to keep most details to herself, she revealed that it would be a destination wedding taking place over the span of three days. “We are going to have a wedding weekend,” she said. “Each night has a certain theme to it, and the whole thing is very magical.” … Aguilera’s one of a group of celebs who’ve signed pictures of themselves to auction off on eBay, to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina. You can bid on shots taken of Lance Bass, Hilary Duff, Wilmer Valderrama, Jack Osbourne and Kristin Cavalleri at Us Weekly’s Young Hot Hollywood 20 party at cgi3.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&userid=usweeklyauction. The auction ends Sunday. …

Young Buck’s lawyers were in a Los Angeles courtroom on Thursday (November 10) for a pretrial hearing in connection with the melee at last fall’s Vibe Awards. What is called a jury trial date setting, where the start date and other details of a trial will be determined, was postponed to December 12. The G-Unit rapper has already pleaded not guilty to assault with a deadly weapon. … Beanie Sigel found himself jailed for about one hour on Thursday morning. A bench warrant was issued for Beanie on Wednesday after he failed to appear in court for a child-support matter, and on Thursday a Philadelphia family court judge ordered that Sigel pay more than $26,000 in back child support or go to jail. Sigel’s lawyer said Beans wasn’t prepared for the judge to demand such a large payment and did not have the money on his person. The rapper arranged for the payment shortly thereafter and was released. …

Beck, INXS and Def Leppard will perform at the VH1 Big in ’05 Awards, taping December 3 in Los Angeles and airing the following night on VH1. Jessica Simpson, Lindsay Lohan, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Kristin Cavalleri, the Hogans and Danny Bonaduce are presenting and D.L. Hughley is hosting the event. … 50 Cent, Charlize Theron and Kiefer Sutherland will present trophies at Spike TV’s Video Game Awards 2005, which tapes November 18 in Los Angeles and broadcasts December 10 on Spike. Samuel L. Jackson is hosting. …

Green Day, Destiny’s Child and the Black Eyed Peas will compete for Favorite Group at the 32nd annual People’s Choice Awards, it was announced Thursday. Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani and Faith Hill will vie for Favorite Female Performer and Usher, Toby Keith and Tim McGraw will vie for Favorite Male at the show, which will air live on CBS from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on January 10. … T.I. and Young Jeezy’s Georgia Power Tour is getting a little spark from New Orleans. Lil’ Wayne has just been added to some dates on the tour, the itinerary for which is still being hammered out. Wayne, whose Tha Carter II comes out on December 6, hits the road next week. …

Michael Jackson’s all-star charity single has a new name, according to Ciara, who’s just recorded her part on it. Though Jacko’s rep insists that “the name of the song will be announced” only when MJ’s ready, Ciara revealed that “From the Bottom of My Heart” is now called “I Have a Dream.” “It’s a very beautiful record,” she said. “The cool thing is that it has a message behind it and it’s for a good cause.” The single, once released, will benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. … Nelly’s looking for some resourceful students to help him promote his Pimp Juice and PJ Tight energy drinks. The rapper revealed details this week about how students can enter his second annual P.I.M.P. (Positive. Intellectual. Motivated. Person.) Scholarship Contest. Students of all ages and disciplines can enter the competition to produce “the most unique Pimp Juice or PJ Tight video commercial that best captures the essence of the energized, successful hip-hop lifestyle promoted by Nelly’s energy drinks.” The selection committee will also take into account the contestants’ grade-point averages and participation in school activities. The grand-prize winner will get $5,000 in scholarship money. …

The new album from Master P’s collective the 504 Boyz, Hurricane Katrina – We Gon’ Bounce Back, hits stores next week, and all proceeds from the sale of the LP will go to support the victims of the storm. Master P was in his hometown of New Orleans just after Katrina hit, and has been raising money since that time. … Meanwhile, P is already signed up to star in “Saw 3.” The rapper first got acquainted with producer Mark Burg when he shot the 2000 movie “Lockdown,” and the two have maintained contact ever since. “The black guy is not dying as soon as the movie comes on,” P said of “Saw 3.” Master P’s character is currently being developed. …

Veteran West Coast rappers Tha Alkaholiks are retiring, but not before releasing their fifth album, Firewater, due in February. A farewell tour will be scheduled around the release. … Video director Floria Sigismondi (Fiona Apple, Marilyn Manson) is releasing her first photography collection, “Immune,” this month. The book includes photos of the White Stripes, Christina Aguilera, Björk, the Cure, Leonard Cohen and Sigur Rós. (Click here for photos from “Immune.”)

11.09.2005

A copyright-infringement lawsuit that was filed against Britney Spears back in May by an Indiana songwriter, who’d claimed he penned Brit’s song “Sometimes,” has been dismissed. Spears’ attorney David Baum told The Associated Press that his client “demonstrate[d] without question that the song was written completely by Jörgen Elofsson,” who also wrote the track “(You Drive Me) Crazy.” In his suit, Steve Wallace claimed he’d written the song back in 1990, but didn’t copyright it until 2003 — four years after the track appeared on Britney’s … Baby One More Time. Wallace executed what’s known as a “poor man’s” copyright, when he mailed a copy of the song to himself in 1990. Wallace also presented the court with an e-mail he claims Spears wrote to him, which read, “I now know for a fact that you wrote [’Sometimes’]. But there’s nothing I can do about it. That’s all I can say about it.” Baum said the e-mail was an obvious fake. …

Laugh all you want at Kevin Federline, whose rap “Y’all Ain’t Ready” from his supposed forthcoming album The Truth leaked on the Internet last week. But Mr. Britney Spears is lining up producers who are nothing to sneeze at, starting with Scott Storch, whose rep confirmed the two are about to go into the studio together. … Paris Hilton has been asked to testify as a witness in a criminal case against Darnell Riley, a man accused of breaking into the Bel Air, California, home of “Girls Gone Wild” mastermind Joe Francis in an attempt to kidnap him. Hilton was delivered the subpoena last week at her Hollywood Hills home. “She’s not charged with anything. She just happens to be a witness,” a spokesperson for the Los Angeles district attorney clarified to The Associated Press on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Riley has pleaded not guilty to the charges of burglary, robbery, kidnapping and carjacking stemming from the January 2004 incident. …

Beyoncé’s family’s charity, the Survivor Foundation, has donated $1 million to St. John’s Downtown and the Bread of Life, organizations that are building homes in Houston for displaced Hurricane Katrina victims. “I’ve known the Knowles family for many years and this is a true reflection of their generosity and humanitarian spirit,” Rudy Rasmus, pastor of St. John’s Downtown, said in a statement. … J. Lo and Britney aren’t the only ones to have sequel scents this fall — Beyoncé’s gotten in on the act with her True Star Gold, which she launched Tuesday at Chicago’s Marshall Field’s department store. The fragrance has top notes of melon, kiwi and red currant, a heart of pumpkin flower and golden pollen, and milk notes paired with raspberry, honey, lily, and tulip wood. “I’m very proud of it,” Beyoncé told the crowd at her public appearance to promote the perfume. “I hope you guys love it. I do.” …

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office’s Child Support Enforcement Unit has issued a bench warrant for Beanie Sigel, as he failed to appear in court on Wednesday morning (November 9) as scheduled. According to the chief assistant to the Philadelphia district attorney, Beanie was supposed to go to court for two cases of failure to pay child support. Sigel’s lawyer Fortunato Perri Jr. says Beanie’s been dealing with the child-support matter for the past couple of years and his failure to appear was nothing more than an oversight. Sigel is expected in court on Thursday morning. … Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony spent their Tuesday night at an anti-poverty gala at the United Nations, to honor the winners of the Global Microentrepreneurship Awards. The nine developing-world winners, who were from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Liberia, South Africa, India, China, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Peru, used small loans to start up businesses. Chelsea Clinton was among the attendees. …

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Chris Brown and Akon have been added to the list of performers for Saturday’s Vibe Awards. They join Ciara, Ludacris, Pharrell and more. Will.I.Am, T.I., Nick Cannon, Rihanna, Teairra Marí, George Clinton and Taryn Manning are among the list of just-announced presenters for the show, which will air Tuesday on UPN. … Fresh from performing at the EMAs this week, Madonna’s already lined up her first club gig to promote her new album, Confessions on a Dance Floor. “I think I’m going to play Camden Palace, which I played like a hundred years ago,” she told MTV News. Actually, it was back in 1983, following the release of her first hit, “Everybody,” but who’s counting? And the London club formerly known as Camden Palace is now called KoKo’s, but as long as you know that’s where she’ll be on Tuesday, the day her album comes out, you’re good to go. But if you can’t make it there, you’ll be able to hear the show at 5 p.m. ET via XM Satellite Radio, AOLMusic and multiple wireless providers, since she’s broadcasting it simultaneously worldwide via Network LIVE. …

Ashanti’s putting her butt on the line for Mudd jeans, since she’s just signed on to be the spokesperson for their Delicious Curves fit. The juniors line comes in 17 designs and features such embellishments as crystals, lace trim, embroidery, bleaching and tacking, even though it retails at the moderate price of around $30-$40. Ashanti will rep the jeans in a national campaign that will include a TV spot and personal appearances called “Delicious Days,” starting at New York’s Macy’s on Friday and Chicago’s Sears on December 3. … David Bowie is planning on releasing a digital EP of his live collaborations with the Arcade Fire. The EP will be available for download from the iTunes music store starting on Monday, and features Bowie and the Arcade Fire duetting on the tunes “Five Years” and “Wake Up,” plus Bowie going solo on “Life on Mars?” All proceeds from the downloads of the EP will go to Hurricane Katrina relief charities. … 311 will release “Speak Easy” as the second single from Don’t Tread on Me.