For The Record: Quick News On Haylie Duff, Christina Aguilera, Dave Chappelle, All-American Rejects & More

Duff shows her 'bad' side; Aguilera keeping her name; Chappelle sued.

Hilary Duff‘s big sister, Haylie, is working on becoming a star in her own right — she played a snotty student in “Napoleon Dynamite,” she’s a pregnant coed on “7th Heaven,” and now she’s trying to let her inner bad girl shine in the new issue of Maxim, on stands Thursday. Though she’s posing in her lingerie, the elder Duff has a hard time revealing too much about herself, not exactly fessing up to any really bad behavior. That feud between the Duff sisters and Lindsay Lohan? Haylie says it’s “very one-sided.” She told the mag, “Hilary and I would read things or people would ask us about it, and we’d say, ‘We’re not those kinds of girls.’ ” Haylie also disputes Lindsay’s claim that Haylie once hung up on her when she called to say she wanted to hang out and that she was sorry. “That totally did not happen,” Haylie said. “Just because we’re not in the same crowd doesn’t mean I’d be mean to her.” What will Haylie actually admit to? Well, she got a ticket for reckless driving once, and she cried to try and get out of it. …

Don’t start calling Christina Aguilera “Christina Bratman” — the newly married singer told “Access Hollywood” that she’s keeping her maiden name, at least professionally. “Aguilera’s definitely my stage name,” she said. “But ‘Mrs. B’ has been the cute thing that my friends like to call me.” Aguilera also told “Access,” in an interview airing Wednesday (December 14), that she had “an amazing time” on her honeymoon, and she’s “glowing” from planning the first Christmas that she and Jordan Bratman will spend together as husband and wife. … Dave Chappelle‘s former manager, Mustafa Abuelhija, has filed suit against the funnyman in New York federal court claiming that Chappelle owes him more than $864,000. Abuelhija was Chappelle’s personal manager from 2001 until he was fired in June, during which time he claims to have helped the star sign millions of dollars in contracts. He is suing for breach of contract, though he has no proof of a deal with Chappelle, because their management agreement was “never reduced to writing.” …

Rapper Terrence “Mad Dog” Moore, 36, was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Tuesday in the January 2004 shooting death of Amjed “AJ” Abdallah, the owner of a Detroit-area recording studio once used by Eminem. According to The Associated Press, Moore shot Abdallah and stole a mixing board because he thought he was being overcharged for studio time. … Ricky Martin will play the Taj Majal in Agra, India, on February 25 to kick off the 8th Wonder of the World concert series. The 10-show series will take place bi-annually over a five-year period at such locations as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Coliseum in Rome, the Great Pyramid in Cairo, Egypt, and the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, and will benefit UNICEF’s Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS campaign, as well as YouthAIDS and the Ricky Martin Foundation. The next concert, at Beijing’s Forbidden City, will take place September 2, 2006, while a concert at the Statue of Liberty in New York will close out the series in 2010. …

Bobby Brown‘s not done yet — he’s got one more episode of “Being Bobby Brown” to share, and just in time for the holidays. The extra episode will show Brown and wife Whitney Houston making last-minute preparations for a Christmas gathering in Atlanta — shopping, cooking, and trimming the tree — and what happens at the resulting party. “Being Bobby Brown: Christmas With the Browns” airs December 21 on Bravo at 11 p.m. … The authorities in Kazakhstan aren’t playing around anymore. After British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen (a.k.a. Ali G) jokingly reacted to the Central Asian nation’s distaste for jokes he made at its expense at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Lisbon, Portugal, last month, the government-appointed organization that regulates Web sites with the .kz domain name suspended Cohen’s borat.kz Web site. The site was down as of Wednesday. According to a Reuters report, the president of the Association of Kazakh IT companies said, “We’ve done this so he can’t badmouth Kazakhstan under the .kz domain name.” After the MTV show, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry said it suspected that Cohen was under “political” orders to denigrate the country. Cohen, who is Jewish, responded by posting a message on the Borat Web site that said, “I have no connection to Mr. Cohen and fully support my government’s position to sue this Jew.” …

Three unreleased songs from the All-American Rejects — acoustic versions of “Move Along” and “Dirty Little Secret,” as well as the B-side cut “Bite Back” — are available exclusively through iTunes, in the form of the Bite Back EP. … Former WWE champion and Fozzy lead singer Chris Jericho has just signed a book deal to write his memoir. The book, called “A Lion’s Tale,” will focus on his formative years in the wrestling business. …

Neil Young will be the keynote speaker at the next South by Southwest festival, taking place in Austin, Texas, March 15-19. He’ll be joined by director Jonathan Demme, who’ll be screening his musical portrait “Neil Young/ Heart of Gold,” which documents Young’s performances in Nashville earlier this year. … Al Cabino, a self-described “sneaker activist,” is fighting for your right to wear sneakers inspired by the film “Back to the Future Part II.” An avid collector of rare kicks, Cabino recently launched an online petition demanding that Nike release a shoe modeled after the gray moonboots worn by Michael J. Fox in the 1989 movie. Nike originally created the sneakers for the film, but they were never made available to the public, something Cabino is hoping to change. So far he’s collected more than 2,800 signatures from sneakerheads around the world, and though Nike has yet to comment on the issue, Cabino insists he’s in it for the long haul. …

12.13.2005

50 Cent isn’t content to be a music and movie star — he also wants to be a movie producer. The rapper told MTV Europe that he’s just completed a development deal to produce films. “When I come across a screenplay that’s as exciting as my life story, then I will commit to it,” he said. 50′s already planning to turn his forthcoming G-Unit series of street fiction books into DVD films, if not theatrical releases, shortly after they are published in 2007. … Meanwhile, 50 and Dr. Dre are facing a copyright-infringement suit, which was filed last week in Manhattan federal court in New York. Janine Gordon, who also goes by JahJah, claims that 50 and Dre borrowed from three of her songs (“Poppin’ at Da Club,” “Crazy Dreams” and “Hardcore”) for The Massacre.

It’s been more than four years since Moby ripped into Eminem over lyrics the clean-domed DJ deemed “homophobic and misogynistic,” and though it appeared the feud was all but over, someone forgot to tell Moby. In a December 6 journal entry on his Web site, Moby again takes Em to task, writing about a recent murder trial in England in which an avid Eminem fan, Christopher Duncan, pleaded guilty to murdering his girlfriend and then stuffing her into a suitcase just hours after performing the rapper’s songs in a London karaoke bar. “Now we find out that a British man who is obsessed with Eminem killed a woman with a metal baseball bat and stuffed her body into a suitcase,” Moby wrote. “Maybe there’s no connection, maybe there is. It’s disgusting that we even have to ask that question. … It’s disgusting that people in the media have celebrated musicians who write lyrics that glorify misogyny and homophobia.” … Mike Shinoda will take his Fort Minor side project on the road next year, beginning January 28 in Minneapolis and wrapping up February 9 in Atlanta. Shinoda will be backed by a 10-piece band and will perform some Linkin Park tracks “Fort Minor style,” according to his spokesperson. …

Lindsay Lohan‘s parents reached a divorce settlement on Monday, ending a battle that started in January when Dina Lohan served Michael Lohan with divorce papers. Dina’s lawyer said that “the matter has been resolved and an agreement signed,” though he couldn’t discuss the terms of the agreement per a gag order from the judge overseeing the case. During their very public battle, the Lohans shot a series of accusations at each other, with Dina claiming that her husband was abusive, and Michael calling her a liar and demanding a cut of his daughter’s earnings. … Travis Barker and No Doubt‘s Adrian Young are facing off to see who is the better drummer at Guitar Center’s annual Drum Off in Los Angeles. The event, which will also feature Bad Religion, takes place January 14 at the Wiltern LG. …

Members of Korn, Linkin Park, the Offspring, Pennywise, Bad Religion and Taking Back Sunday will all be hosting a week’s worth of programming on “Hostile Takeover,” a new program that will debut Friday on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Faction channel. The hosts will play whatever tunes they like and take phone calls over the air. A definitive schedule is being worked out, but Pennywise are set to host the week of December 23 and Korn will take the week of January 6. … Bob Dylan has signed on to DJ on XM Satellite Radio. He’ll host a weekly hour-long radio show during which he’ll spin records, interview guests, take e-mails and offer commentary on music. “A lot of my own songs have been played on the radio, but this is the first time I’ve ever been on the other side of the mic,” Dylan said in a statement. The as-yet-untitled show will debut in March on XM’s Deep Tracks (channel 40). …

Jack Johnson, O.A.R. and Guster have donated rare or live tracks to Rock for Relief, a benefit compilation for Mercy Corps, which is providing relief to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunamis, hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita and the earthquake in Pakistan. Tracks from Howie Day, Citizen Cope and Marc Broussard will also be included. … Josh Kelley has a holiday gift up for grabs for all you big spenders out there. He is auctioning off a fan package on eBay (dubbed “the ultimate Josh Kelley experience”) which will include a meet-and-greet with the singer/songwriter, backstage access before and after the show, a pass to his soundcheck, and the opportunity for you and three of your friends to sit onstage with him during his concert. The winner will also receive a signed Gibson Les Paul Electric Guitar valued at $1,200. Ninety percent of the proceeds go toward the Coalition on Donation, a nonprofit group of national organizations that urges people to donate life-saving organs and tissues to those in need. The auction ends Friday. …

What do you get the iPod enthusiast who has everything? Well, underwear manufacturer Play’s released its iBoxer, a button-fly boxer short that comes complete with a “front pocket which is perfect for holding your iPod” or cell phone. The undies are available in five colors and will set you back $22. Those who pick up two pairs will get three free song downloads from iTunes. … Buckcherry will release Fifteen, their first album in four years, in the spring. They shot the video for the first track, called “Crazy Bitch,” at the Key Club in Los Angeles with director Ulf Buddensieck. The song can be heard on their MySpace page at myspace.com/buckcherryworldwide. …