For The Record: Quick News On Paula Abdul, Lindsay Lohan, Nick And Jessica, Scott Stapp & More

Abdul warns of 'Idol' heartthrobs; Lohan leaves hospital; Lachey likes walking in women's shoes.

Paula Abdul thinks that the upcoming fifth season of "American Idol" may be the strongest season yet, "so it's kind of exciting for us," she told People magazine. "It's the first season we've had strong males and strong females together." She wants to warn female viewers, though, that they should watch at their own risk, since two of the contestants will make them swoon once they sing. "The one girls are gonna fall in love with is Ace," she said. "Man, oh, man, girls are going to fall in love with him. And a guy named Patrick, too. They both have great voices." "American Idol" premieres January 17 at 8 p.m. on FOX. ...

Lindsay Lohan was released from a Miami hospital Thursday (January 5). The singer/actress had sought treatment for an asthma attack she suffered Monday night due to the city's humidity, her rep said. She's expected to start shooting "Chapter 27" with Jared Leto in New York in about a week. ...

Nick Lachey told Elle magazine that he's learned a few things from his (now-failed) marriage to Jessica Simpson, including not to buy clothes in a size too big for your better half ("They don't take kindly to that") and to "throw in the towel right off the bat" when arguing, since "women argue in ways that aren't rational to men." He attributes the relationship changing due to "the exposure," and thinks the couple's most romantic moment was only made possible because it took place before all the cameras came into their lives, when they were sitting on a beach in Hawaii watching fireworks going off. He said his biggest weakness is being too open. "I'm typically an overly sensitive person, I lay my heart out there too often," he said. "I've never been shy about crying. Sometimes we're so scared of our emotions that we rob ourselves." That doesn't make him a total softie, he stressed — he's all for dirty talk ("I haven't even realized my full dirty talk potential") and kinky behavior in the bedroom, like walking around in his girl's shoes ("It was sort of a kinky thing we liked to get into"). ...

Scott Stapp and girlfriend Jaclyn Nesheiwat have set a date for their impending nuptials — the couple plan to wed February 10 in Florida, according to the singer's rep. Nesheiwat is the director of public affairs for Stapp's charitable foundation that supports children; they met at a Muscular Dystrophy Association gala in New York last January. ... Michael Jackson's not going to get his memorabilia back — a Los Angeles judge has tossed out his $10 million lawsuit against a New Jersey construction company owner, who had a Jackson family collection the singer said was stolen. Henry Vaccaro had costumes, awards, letters and documents from various Jackson family members, including Tito and Jermaine, but Michael had said that Vaccaro only had the right to have the items that came from the rest of his family, but not items tied to him, and he got a court order to stop the items from being displayed or sold before the case was resolved. ...

If you think that Texas Longhorns quarterback Vince Young looked sharp on the field Wednesday night, Snoop Dogg says wait until you see his kids. Snoop, Trick Daddy, Diddy, Nelly and Luther Campbell are all getting ready to get their Knute Rockne on — they'll be coaching kids' football teams against each other during the inaugural Battle of the Stars Youth Football Classic on January 14 at Dolphins Stadium in Miami. Matchups include Diddy's Mount Vernon Razorbacks against the Snoop Dogg All-Stars, and Nelly's St. Louis All-Stars against Trick Daddy's Miami Overtown Rattlers. ... Queen Latifah became the first hip-hop artist to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday. The 35-year-old singer/rapper/actress (born Dana Owens) said she hoped the honor would encourage others. "I think the reason I am here is to inspire African-American women who are rappers, full-figured women to know that they can do it, too," said Latifah, according to an Associated Press report. ...

Less than three months after losing drummer John "Beatz" Holohan in a van accident outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Bayside are hitting the road once again. On January 26 they'll launch a headlining tour, with former Staring Back drummer Gavin Miller taking Holohan's place behind the kit, according to Victory Records. Hawthorne Heights guitar tech Nick Testa will fill in for bassist Nick Ghanbarian, who suffered a broken back in the same accident, which occurred while Bayside and Hawthorne were in the middle of their Never Sleep Again Tour. On February 28, Bayside will release an EP/DVD capturing one of frontman Anthony Raneri and guitarist Jack O'Shea's acoustic performances upon returning to that trek shortly after the accident. ... An unlikely savior has swooped in to save the home of late country legend Johnny Cash. Bee Gees leader Barry Gibb and wife Linda bought the Hendersonville, Tennessee, home for an undisclosed sum and said they plan to restore it, according to The Associated Press. Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, lived in the 13,880-square-foot house on Old Hickory Lane for 35 years. ...

Pack your earplugs: Punishingly loud Scottish guitar army Mogwai are coming to a city near you. The tour, in support of their upcoming album Mr. Beast (due March 7), kicks off March 1 in Chicago and makes stops in nine additional cities before ending on March 14 in Houston. ... Brooklyn, New York, experimental quartet Animal Collective are hitting the road in support of their 2005 release, Feels. And they'll probably bring their zebra masks. The tour begins February 21 in Boston and criss-crosses between the U.S. and Canada before coming to a close with a two-night stand in New York on March 25. ...

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Madonna's incorporating a bit of "Pimp My Ride" into her video for her next single from Confessions on a Dance Floor. The car-makeover show will be a component of her "Sorry" clip, which is shooting in London in mid-January with director Jamie King, according to Madonna's rep. ...

Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, Avenged Sevenfold, Coheed and Cambria, Rise Against and Shinedown are among the acts slated to play the Global Gathering 2006 music festival at Bicentennial Park in Miami on March 18. The show's Web site also promises lots of action on three techno/dance-oriented stages, with sets by Sasha & Digweed, Deep Dish, Überzone and Freq Nasty. ...

Need a little Jessica Simpson to inspire you during your downward dog in yoga class? She's signed a Yogaforce mat to auction on eBay's Giving Works to benefit the Skin Cancer Foundation. The auction ends on Valentine's Day. ... Vanessa Carlton has teamed up with producer Linda Perry for her Harmonium follow-up. Calling the producer "fantastic and genuine and really inspiring," Carlton posted on her Web site that they had "a blast" during their "whirlwind studio moment," and have finished five songs together so far. Carlton also wrote that thanks to Perry, she's finished half of the new album. "You guys are gonna be psyched," she wrote. "Loving this stuff." ...

After mixed reviews for his first day on-air as Howard Stern's replacement, could David Lee Roth be planning for the future already? While recently promoting his new morning show, Roth told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that a much-talked-about reunion with his former bandmates in Van Halen is unavoidable. "I talked to the drummer [Alex Van Halen] about a week ago," said Roth, "and I think, eventually, the inevitable will happen." Roth, 51, booted in 1985 from the band he helped co-found, has frequently been at odds with guitarist Eddie Van Halen and a recent attempt at a reunion fell apart after the band recorded two new songs for a greatest-hits album. The singer suggested the reunion was not that far in the future. "It definitely won't be rockers with walkers," he said. "Getting onstage and singing 'Dance the Night Away' — let me tell you how difficult that isn't going to be." ... The Strokes are celebrating the release of their third album, First Impressions of Earth, with a few secret U.S. shows. They actually kicked off the jaunt Tuesday night in Chicago, and they'll make just three more appearances — Thursday at the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle, Friday at the Troubadour in Los Angeles and Monday at the Loft in Atlanta — before jetting off to the U.K. for a month's worth of gigs. ...

The Flaming Lips are gearing up for the April release of their new album, At War With the Mystics, by re-releasing one of their old albums. As a DVD. On January 31, they'll drop a 5.1 stereo mix of their 1999 LP, The Soft Bulletin, complete with album outtakes, radio sessions and music videos for "Race for the Prize" and "Waitin' for a Superman." ... New Jersey's Senses Fail will soon be locking themselves in a "windowless room and finish the writing of the new record," according to the band's Web site. The group recorded demos of some of the new material "in the back of the bus" on its recent tour with Saves the Day. ...