For The Record: Quick News On Mariah, Nick & Jessica, Twista, Madonna, Rob Zombie, Michael Jackson & More

Mariah 'gun-shy' about marriage; couple selling 'Newlyweds' home; Twista in car accident.

Mariah Carey‘s “pretty gun-shy” about ever getting married again, but that’s not just because of her failed marriage to music mogul Tommy Mottola. The singer tells Good Housekeeping for its February issue that her parents’ divorce still affects her. “I always said when I was little that I was never going to get married,” she told the mag, “but then I was always the girl who didn’t understand why people would live together. ‘If they’re living together, then why don’t they get married?’ I’m actually sort of a prude like that, I guess.” Carey, who fought rumors last month that she had gotten engaged to her boyfriend, tells the mag she would only consider getting married again if she knew she was starting a family, and she’s not too sure that should be her goal. “I mean, to me, if you’re getting married, it’s about having kids,” she said. “Still, I worry sometimes about having kids when you’re really famous, because the kids aren’t asking to be brought into this world as famous people.” She reserves the right to change her mind, though. “I can’t even predict the next 10 minutes, let alone the next 10 years!” …

The house Nick Lachey famously landscaped (and moved all his furniture into) is on the market. Jessica Simpson and her soon-to-be-ex are selling the Los Angeles-area house the couple lived in while filming “Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica.” The asking price? $3.75 million, according to People magazine.

Twista is banged up but should be back on his feet soon. Early Saturday morning he was driving home when another car hit his vehicle and drove off. Since then he’s been resting at home under a doctor’s care. “I want to thank all of my fans and supporters for checking in on my health,” he said in a statement. “I was the victim of a hit-and-run car accident [but] the grind does not stop, as I will shortly be back in front of my fans, giving them the energetic performances they have come to expect from me.” …

Part of the reason Madonna keeps in such good shape is that she’s afraid of getting fat, she reveals in the February issue of Elle, on stands Thursday. (Check out photos here. ) “I wish I were comfortable enough to look zaftig,” she told the mag, “but I choose men who like carved-out women, the can-you-run-for-the-bus kind of guy. I’m naturally inclined toward men like that.” The singer traces her desire to win men over back to her relationship with her father, who she said doesn’t get excited about much of anything. “A good part of my life was spent trying to wow him, to get his approval,” she said. Even so, she doesn’t think her fame will help any man in her life, especially the big guy upstairs. “In the big picture, it means very little,” Madonna said. “At the end of my life, God doesn’t give a sh–.” … When Michael Jackson took off for Bahrain after his acquittal on child-molestation charges last year, it seems he forgot to leave a check for the vet. Martin Dinnes, owner of Dinnes Memorial Veterinary Hospital, which cares for the exotic menagerie of animals at Jackson’s now-abandoned Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, California, has sued the singer for more than $91,000 in unpaid bills, according to an Associated Press report. In the suit, Dinnes claims that in addition to treating Jackson’s animals, he helped the singer acquire his collection of flamingoes, giraffes, elephants and orangutans. …

Courtney Love lost ownership of the historic Olympia, Washington, home she bought in 1997 after a foreclosure auction over the weekend, according to The Associated Press. The home, which will go to a Los Angeles mortgage company as it received no bids, was on the block because the company filed suit last year seeking foreclosure when Love reportedly failed to pay more than $386,000 in debt on the property. Love could have prevented the auction by paying off the debt. Kurt Cobain‘s sister, Kim, was living in the house before the auction. … The first three dates of Rob Zombie‘s North American spring tour with Lacuna Coil have been announced: March 18 in Miami; April 6 in Columbus, Ohio; and April 7 in Detroit. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks. …

British rapper Ms. Dynamite would probably rather forget her birthday. The 25-year-old MC was charged on Saturday with punching a police officer in the face after being arrested for allegedly kicking at the front door of the Paragon Lounge in West London. According to The Associated Press, Dynamite (whose real name is Niomi McLean-Daley) was out celebrating with her brother when she allegedly hit the female officer. She was charged with disorderly conduct and assaulting an officer while her brother was charged with obstructing police work. Both were released on bail; a hearing is set for Friday. … Simon Cowell is developing a singing-contest show called “Duets,” in which, like “Dancing With the Stars,” pros will pair with celebrities. Cowell will not be a judge on the series, which FOX has signed on to air (cast contingent), according to the network. …

Six of the eight “Laguna Beach” castmembers appear in a spring ad campaign for Bongo that will show up in fashion and entertainment magazines such as Seventeen, Teen Vogue and Us Weekly for their February issues. The cast holed up in a Santa Monica, California, mansion and headed down to the beach for some sun and surf, and hired Orange County band the Colour to play during the mid-November shoot (castmember Alex Murrel joined the group to sing “Wild Thing”). Other craziness that ensued? Talan Torriero announced his ill-fated engagement to Kimberly Stewart, and everyone pushed each other into the mansion’s pool. … Massive Attack have finished seven tracks with producer Neil Davidge for their forthcoming Weather Underground LP. According to the band’s Web site, an early 2007 release is being eyed. The band also has a best-of in the works. The two-CD set, called Collected, will include the tracks “Unfinished Sympathy,” “Safe From Harm,” “Protection,” “Angel” and “Teardrop.” Look for Collected in late March. …

Former You Hear It First artist Regina Spektor has finished the follow-up to her 2004 album, Soviet Kitsch. According to a post on ReginaSpektor.com, the new album is called Begin to Hope, and it’s tentatively due to hit stores sometime this spring or summer. “There is still much work to be done, and I am looking forward to making more visual and video art to go along with it,” Spektor wrote. …

01.06.2006

Just as Kelly Clarkson‘s latest video heads for the “TRL” retirement home, the singer has a new single on the way. She’s picked “Walk Away” as her follow-up to “Because of You.” …

A year and three months after their first anniversary, Jesse McCartney and “7th Heaven” actress Katie Cassidy re-create their first dates in a photo spread in the February issue of Teen People, posing in his car, on the beach, on a Ferris wheel and on a picnic blanket eating takeout. “After dinner, I opened the car door and there was a beautiful orchid sitting in his front seat. It was so sweet,” she said. “We got ice cream on our first date. It was really cute … [And] on one of our first dates, we spent the entire day on the beach.” … The debut album from Tom DeLonge‘s new band, Angels & Airwaves, won’t be hitting shelves until the spring, but that doesn’t mean he can’t spend nearly every waking minute releasing various news tidbits about said album. Case in point, Friday’s news about the names of eight tracks on the A&A album, according to DeLonge’s manager: “Valkyrie Missile,” “Distraction,” “The Adventure,” “The War,” “A Little’s Enough,” “It Hurts,” “Do It for Me Now” and “Start the Machine.” …

Apparently Kid Rock missed the road more than he thought. The Detroit rocker has added seven more dates onto his previously announced string of winter shows, which already included a two-night stand at the Joe Louis Arena in his hometown just before this year’s Super Bowl. Rock will now also play February shows in San Antonio; Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida; Nashville; and an April 8 gig at the Heritage Motorcycle Rally in Ladson, South Carolina. On February 14, meanwhile, Rock will release his first live album, When I’m Dead … Kid Rock Live. … The members of Every Time I Die are recovering from a recent van accident in Wyoming. While the band is fine, having sustained just scrapes, bruises and pulled muscles, the van isn’t. Hence, the boys will be missing the next four dates of their tour with Story of the Year. Every Time I Die will rejoin the trek on Tuesday, and will be good to go for their spring tour with Bleeding Through and Between the Buried and Me, which kicks off February 11 in Reno, Nevada. …

Despite being the progeny of Courtney Love and late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, 13-year-old Frances Bean Cobain‘s taste veers toward the mainstream. She tells i-D magazine for its latest issue that she’s obsessed with “Laguna Beach” and “American Idol,” and wants Mariah Carey to come sing at her sweet 16 party. Frances says her style is “very girly, classic girly,” but not like Courtney’s ironic twist on femininity. “You know the funny thing about my mom? That stuff works for her! She can get away with it,” Frances said. “She looks good in it.” As much as she thinks her mom is cool, though, Frances sometimes wishes her mom were a little more normal. “Sometimes I wish I wasn’t so much at home alone and that it wasn’t about nannies and chauffeurs and all that stuff. I get to meet everyone I want and I get quite a lot of attention because of it, you know? But of course it hurts when you see a lot of lies about her in tabloids and then you think, ‘Well, it’s not that cool to have a cool mom.’ I don’t like seeing my mom upset. No one does, right?” … The Donnas are all about catching big air. They shot a music video at the Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah for “Fall Behind Me” to promote the upcoming Olympic Winter Games. In the clip, the U.S. women’s snowboarding team soars into the air above the band as it performs at the base of a half-pipe. The Olympics start February 10 in Torino, Italy, and will be covered on NBC. A full-length version of the Donnas video can be viewed at offthepodium.com. …

Further Seems Forever — the band founded seven years ago by Dashboard Confessional‘s Chris Carrabba — have broken up. A statement posted to the band’s Web site said the split was amicable. The group’s planning a batch of farewell shows, and promised to hit “as many places as possible,” though dates have yet to be announced. The statement also revealed that unreleased material would come out sometime this year, along with a DVD of live footage and the band’s videos. … Officials in Vietnam formally charged British glam rocker Gary Glitter with committing obscene acts with two girls aged 10 and 11 on Friday. According to The Associated Press, the charges carry prison terms of three to seven years. Glitter has been held in a Vietnamese jail since November 19 after he was stopped at Ho Chi Minh airport on suspicion of sex with minors. Prior to the charge, Glitter reportedly agreed to pay $2,000 to the families of two of the girls who were alleged victims to secure their testimony on his behalf. …

The Bouncing Souls will hit the studio next week to start recording their seventh, as-yet-untitled LP — the follow-up to 2003′s Anchors Aweigh. The album will surface on June 6, according to the band’s Web site. … The Thrills have been hard at work on their third studio LP. They’ve written about 20 songs for the effort, which could hit stores before the end of the year, according to the band’s MySpace page. …