For The Record: Quick News On Ashlee Simpson, The Inc., Juelz Santana, Beyonce, Yellowcard, Seether & More

Ashlee admits she battled anorexia; Inc. throws a party; Seether to headline Sno-Core.

Ashlee Simpson battled anorexia when she was younger, she reveals in the upcoming issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. When she was studying ballet as a preteen, she starved herself to keep her weight down, the singer told the mag. “It was about six months of not eating too much at all,” she said. “I was 11 and 5 feet 2 and about 70 pounds.” Her family helped pull her out of it, she said, forcing her to eat. “That really helped a lot.” Now that she’s grown up, she has a healthier self-image, and loves her curves. “I think it’s sexy not to be a bone,” she said. “It’s sad when people get too weight-conscious and don’t look in the mirror and see themselves as being as beautiful as they are.” … Meanwhile, Ashlee’s director for her “L.O.V.E.” video, Diane Martel, thinks it’s sad when there’s not enough time to make a video everything she originally imagined it could be. She’d hoped to have a lot more action in the clip, like having Ashlee slash a guy’s shirt off with a sword, and have her fellow partygoers chain-saw furniture into pieces, but there was a “limited amount of time.” “We had a samurai expert on set standing by, and my art director somehow found a grandfather clock at the last minute,” Martel said. “Those ideas were all prepped and Ashlee was into all of them … but I suppose time got the best of us and not the other way around.” Still, she says, “Ashlee gave 100 percent, was very spontaneous and playful and extremely focused” and “we ended up with a great video.” …

The Inc. celebrated the release of the Collectables by Ashanti album with a party at New York’s club Rome on Tuesday night. Ashanti, Ja Rule and Chris and Irv Gotti, fresh from their money-laundering acquittal, were all in attendance. … Juelz Santana will perform at a benefit concert and toy drive for victims of Hurricane Katrina on December 17 at the Skate Key Entertainment Complex in the Bronx, New York. Reggae singer Sizzla and newcomer Deemi are also on the bill. …

Actress Valerie Bertinelli announced on Tuesday that she is divorcing her husband of 24 years, Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen. “Yes, that’s true. They have been separated for four years and it’s amicable,” Bertinelli’s spokesperson told The Associated Press. Bertinelli, who has a 14-year-old son with Van Halen, cited irreconcilable differences in the divorce petition filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday. … Tina Turner was honored recently at the Kennedy Center, and Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey and Queen Latifah paid tribute at the black-tie gala, which will be broadcast December 27 at 9 p.m. on CBS. Queen Latifah sang “What’s Love Got to Do With It” with members of the audience, including first lady Laura Bush and Robert Redford; Melissa Etheridge sang “Nutbush City Limits” and “River Deep, Mountain High”; while Beyoncé started singing “Proud Mary” “easy” but ended it “rough,” Tina-style. Other performers and presenters at the Kennedy Center Honors, which also paid homage to Tony Bennett, Redford, actress Julie Harris and dancer and teacher Suzanne Farrell, included John Legend, Al Green, k.d. lang, Diana Krall, Quincy Jones and Willie Nelson. …

Snoop Dogg, Gavin DeGraw and Rascal Flatts have joined the list of performers for the Radio Music Awards, which will air live from Las Vegas on December 19 at 9 p.m. on NBC. Ciara, Sean Paul, Lifehouse, Steve Harvey, Anna Nalick, Crossfade and Shinedown are among the artists scheduled to appear. … In news that will no doubt leave European music fans feeling doubly bummed, both Yellowcard and My Morning Jacket have scrapped their Euro tour plans thanks to their respective ailing frontmen. Yellowcard called off their tour when Ryan Key developed a nodule on his vocal cords, which, according to a post on the band’s Web site, required immediate rest. “If we don’t take care of it now, there is a serious risk of surgery,” the statement read, “which could put us out of commission for some time.” Meanwhile, according to MyMorningJacket.com, Jim James was felled by “health complications related to pneumonia,” which forced the band to cancel its jaunt, which was scheduled to begin in January. Both bands pledge to make up the dates, and both lead singers are expected to make full recoveries. …

Seether, fresh off this fall’s Audioslave trek where the band shared opening duties with 30 Seconds to Mars, will headline the 2006 Sno-Core Tour. Shinedown, Flyleaf and Halestorm are also on the bill. So far, just 13 dates have been confirmed for Sno-Core, which launches January 20 in Lubbock, Texas; dates run through February 25 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Additional shows will be added over the next few weeks. …

12.06.2005

On Monday in Los Angeles, Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell and his wife, Vicky, welcomed into the world their second child, a son named Christopher Nicholas. Lil’ Chris was born at 7:08 p.m. and weighed in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces. The couple already have a 14-month-old daughter, Toni. …

There’s a lot of recording going on at the Brown household. Bobby Brown, wife Whitney Houston and their kids are all recording albums of their own, according to Bobby, who simply described his effort as taking it back to the top. “My sound is Bobby Brown, I don’t change for nobody.” … Reggaeton king Daddy Yankee is joining the likes of Nelly, Jay-Z and 50 Cent and signing on to launch his own sneaker under the Reebok umbrella. “I’m truly honored to be able to share my uniqueness and creativity with the rest of the world through my deal with Reebok,” said Yankee, who’s working on a new album slated to come out next year. …

Simple Plan will be going head-to-head with gamers for the latest Xbox Live Game With Fame event on Thursday. The Canadian rockers will be challenging fans to the underground street-racing game “Need for Speed: Most Wanted” for two hours starting at 1 p.m. ET. “We’re always playing Xbox on our bus. Our fans better get ready because I play ’Need for Speed’ all the time,” singer Pierre Bouvier warned. If you’re up for the challenge, you can track the band down at gamertag simplegwf. …

A two-disc compilation featuring unreleased material from more than 30 bands will precede the new edition of the Taste of Chaos Tour, which is set to kick off in late February. The album, called Best of the Taste of Chaos, hits stores on January 24 and includes tracks from some of the acts on this year’s TOC bill — Deftones, Thrice and Story of the Year — as well as bands that were on previous incarnations of the trek. Songs from the likes of Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, the Dillinger Escape Plan, the Used, Avenged Sevenfold and Underoath also made the track list. …

Super Bowl fans will not only get a taste of old-school rock with previously announced halftime act the Rolling Stones, but some Motown as well, courtesy of Stevie Wonder. The legendary singer has signed on to perform during February 5’s pregame show at Detroit’s Ford Field, The Associated Press reports, with more acts expected to be announced shortly. …

“Rock Star: INXS” runner-up Marty Casey and his band the Lovehammers will release their self-titled debut album on January 24, featuring the single “Trees.” The Chicago group will hit the road as INXS’ opening act beginning January 18 in Vancouver, British Columbia. …

The Prodigy are prepping a two-disc singles set for February 28 entitled Their Law – The Singles 1990-2005. The collection will feature a 50-page booklet alongside all the group’s top-20 singles, plus the previously unreleased tracks “Razor,” “Back 2 Skool,” “Voodoo Beats” and a remix of “Under My Wheels.” On the same day, a 33-track DVD set of the same name will hit stores with live clips and videos of songs such as “Smack My Bitch Up” and “Firestarter.” …

Jane Wiedlin revealed at the VH1 Big in ’05 Awards over the weekend that her former bandmates are back together and working on a top-secret Go-Go’s project. Wiedlin is also singing in a new band called the Downtown Sensation that performs classic jazz songs by such legends as Ella Fitzgerald. …

The Eels are releasing a live album from their performance this summer at Town Hall in New York. Eels With Strings: Live at Town Hall, due February 21, will feature several tracks from 2005’s Blinking Lights and Other Revelations as well as covers of Bob Dylan’s “Girl From the North Country,” Johnny Rivers’ “Poor Side of Town” and the Left Banke’s “Pretty Ballerina.” A DVD with the same title and release date will also include nine additional tracks, including a take on Prince’s “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man.” …