For The Record: Quick News On Mariah Carey, T.I., Nicole Richie, Franz Ferdinand, Madonna, Chris Whitley & More

Jermaine Dupri remixes Mariah; Nicole's dad explains her weight loss; Chris Whitley dies.

Mariah Carey could never forget about Jermaine Dupri — they make the hits together. JD just finished producing a remix of MC’s current single, “Don’t Forget About Us,” with guest raps from T.I., Bow Wow and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. …

Nicole Richie‘s losing weight because she’s a “nervous wreck,” her father, Lionel Richie, told “Access Hollywood” on Monday. “She’s like her father,” he said. “You can either blow up or you can shrink away, and right now, she’s feeling a little bit of the pressures of her new business. Dad is on the case, so she’ll be all right.” … Collect all things Madonna? No matter what the price? Then you won’t mind that three collectible framed pieces of art featuring the singer at Z Gallerie cost $700 a pop. One is called “Madonna Confessions,” another is an iconic image by Jean-Baptiste Mondino where the singer’s wearing her Jean Paul Gaultier bustier from her Blonde Ambition Tour, and the third of the limited-edition canvas pieces is called “Madonna Face.” You can buy (or just see them) at zgallerie.com…

You may not know it, but beneath those matching striped shirts the guys in Franz Ferdinand have some pretty big hearts, as evidenced by a special concert they put on Monday night for young patients at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital in their home country of Scotland. Franz played a three-song set and then presented the hospital with a check for £10,282 (more than $17,000) on behalf of the charity Kidney Kids Scotland. The money will be used to purchase beds, dialysis scales and a part-time dietician to assist children with renal disease. … Texas singer/songwriter Chris Whitley died of complications from lung cancer on Sunday. According to posts on his Web site from his daughter and brother, the 45-year-old rocker died peacefully surrounded by friends and family. Whitley debuted in 1991 with the blues-influenced album Living With the Law and experimented over the years with a series of albums that mixed his sexually charged lyrics with a sound that veered between spare blues and grungy rock. …

Phantom Planet recently entered the studio with sample-masters the Dust Brothers (they of the Beastie Boys‘ landmark Paul’s Boutique album and Beck‘s Odelay disc) to record a few tracks. In the band’s studio blog on PhantomPlanet.com, guitarist Darren Robinson wrote, “We are heading back into the studio with the Dust Brothers to record a few more songs. … We will be working on ‘Too Much Too Often’ and ‘Leader’ … ‘Movin’ Out 2006′ is yet another option.” Phantom Planet’s new album is due sometime next year. … Uncle Kracker guests on an upcoming episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” where a recently widowed father of three girls gets his damaged home in Boardman Township, Ohio, rebuilt and renovated. Chef Bobby Flay pops by to teach the father how to cook, while Uncle Kracker performs a special song for the family after their new home is revealed. The episode airs December 4 at 8 p.m. on ABC. …

A day after Vietnamese authorities arrested him at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat airport on charges of sex with underage children, British glam rocker Gary Glitter has denied the allegations. The 61-year-old singer, who moved to Vietnam more than a year ago for what he said were tourism investment opportunities, told reporters that he was just teaching English to young girls who told him they were in their 20s. According to a Reuters report, one of the girls who admitted having sex with Glitter is 12 years old. The age of consent in Vietnam is 16 and sex with minors is punishable by up to 12 years in jail. … A three-DVD set commemorating musical performances and interviews from late-night talk-show host Tom Synder‘s 1970s-’80s program, “The Tomorrow Show: Punk & New Wave,” is due January 24. The discs feature performances and/or interviews with Elvis Costello and the Attractions, the Ramones, Iggy Pop, the Jam, Plasmatics, Split Enz, Paul Weller, Joan Jett, Patti Smith and John Lydon. …

Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, will release her seventh album, The Greatest, on January 24. Recorded in Memphis, The Greatest (which is not actually a greatest-hits album) features a ’70s Southern soul sound, thanks to the all-star cast of studio legends — including Al Green‘s guitarist and songwriting partner Mabon “Teenie” Hodges — that plays on it. Tracks on the new LP include “Lived in Bars,” “Living Proof” and “Willie.” …

11.21.2005

Jessica Simpson, who is “in talks for many projects,” according to her rep, has a new one to add to the list — “Employee of the Month.” If she signs up for the role, her first since “The Dukes of Hazzard,” the singer would play a new cashier at a discount superstore who makes fellow employee Dane Cook try to win her over by competing for the “Employee of the Month” title. The movie is slated to start shooting in the spring. …

Anxious for new music from the Foo Fighters (even though they just put out a double album in, like, June)? Well, you’re in luck, provided there’s a Best Buy in the neighborhood. Joining the ranks of artists like Usher and the Rolling Stones, the Foos just released an untitled EP exclusively through the home-entertainment store. The EP features a live version of “Best of You,” a demo of their current single, “D.O.A.,” plus B-sides and a cover of Cream‘s “I Feel Free.” … Missy Elliott, Eve and 3 Doors Down are among the final presenters announced for Tuesday’s American Music Awards. Michelle Branch, Pamela Anderson, Jenny McCarthy, Babyface, James Denton, Katherine Heigl and Serena Williams have also been added. …

Link Wray, the guitarist credited with inventing the power chord, died on November 5 of undisclosed causes in Copenhagen, Denmark, according to a post on his Web site. He was 76. On tunes such as his landmark 1958 instrumental “Rumble,” Wray produced a fuzzed-out sound that influenced generations of rock, punk and metal bands. He said he achieved the blown-out effect by purposely punching holes in the speakers of his amps. … The Edge has launched a campaign to raise funds to replace the lost instruments of musicians affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The U2 guitarist, who started Music Rising after visiting New Orleans last week, has teamed with Gibson Guitar for the nonprofit undertaking. …

Police in Vietnam arrested British glam rocker Gary Glitter (born Paul Gadd) on Saturday morning on child-molestation charges. According to reports, the “Rock and Roll Part 2″ singer was detained by immigration police at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat airport as he was attempting to board a plane to Bangkok, Thailand. He is under investigation for allegedly taking home several girls who were 15 or younger, according to a Reuters report. Glitter was sentenced to four months in jail in Britain in 1999 after authorities found child pornography on his computer’s hard drive. … Kylie Minogue is bringing it back home. The 37-year-old pop diva, who had to cancel the homecoming leg of her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour earlier this year after being diagnosed with breast cancer, has announced that she’ll tour at the end of 2006, according to The Associated Press. …

Anthrax will reunite for three dates next year: January 7 in New York, January 13 in Chicago and January 21 in Hollywood. God Forbid and Sworn Enemy are opening. … Supergrass will be back on the road to promote Road to Rouen starting February 6 in Toronto. The 15-date North American trek wraps February 26 in Vancouver, British Columbia. …

Attention man-machines: We have the perfect holiday gift for you. On December 6, Kraftwerk will release “Minimum-Maximum,” a two-DVD set documenting their 2004 world tour. The discs feature more than two hours of live music, recorded in Japan, Europe and the U.S. … On December 6, Glaswegian popsters Belle & Sebastian will release a live version of their 1996 album, If You’re Feeling Sinister, for download at the iTunes music store, with all proceeds going to Disasters Emergency Committee’s Asian Quake Appeal. The album was recorded at London’s Barbican club during the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in September. …