For The Record: Quick News On Chris And Gwyneth, Scott Stapp, Beyonce, Madonna, Axl Rose, Maroon 5 & More

Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin reportedly expecting; Stapp to tour; Axl sues dealership.

It looks like Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow are expecting their second child together. According to entertainment news program "The Insider," Paltrow revealed the news Thursday during a Screen Actors Guild showing of her film "Proof." During an interview session following the screening, actor Lou Diamond Phillips reportedly introduced Paltrow as a "pregnant woman," then asked how far along she was. Paltrow replied she was "far enough along to feel very cumbersome." A representative for the actress had no comment on the matter. Paltrow and Martin's daughter, Apple, was born in May 2004. ...

Scott Stapp will promote his recently released solo album, The Great Divide, with a club tour kicking off February 23 in Orlando, Florida. The trek, which wraps up March 18 in Phoenix, marks the former Creed singer's first time performing in intimate settings in nine years. ... Ever wanted to walk in Beyoncé's shoes? This spring you can — the singer's adding footwear to her clothing line, House of Dereon. She's got 16 styles of pumps made of leather, suede and linen, with each sporting a name such as Martini, Opera, Socialite, Paisley Park and Rain Song. They'll be available at Nordstrom and Macy's stores in early March. ... A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Mystikal to another year in prison for failing to pay $271,000 in taxes, The Associated Press reports. The rapper, already serving six years for sexual battery against his former hairdresser, pleaded guilty in August to failing to file tax returns in 1998 and 1999. ...

Madonna is offering a chance for one fan to come visit her on the set of her next video, "Sorry," which is shooting in London with director Jamie King. Only members of her fan club are eligible; you can join for $40 at iconmadonna.com. ... Paul Oakenfold, who's remixing "Sorry," coaxed Brittany Murphy to sing on his upcoming album A Lively Mind, due April 11. The actress is making her vocal recording debut on the first single, "Faster Kill Pussycat." "I knew I wanted a girl vocalist but also someone who's not known as a singer," Oakenfold said. "It has to be someone from a completely different world than mine. But even more importantly, I needed someone who could sing — who could really, really sing — and Brittany Murphy fit the bill." Pharrell guests on a track called "Sex 'N Money," inspired by the "soulless Hollywood party scene," while Spitfire and Grandmaster Flash show up on the tracks "No Compromise" and "Set It Off." ...

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has filed suit against a Beverly Hills, California, auto dealership, claiming it failed to deliver two luxury cars — a 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo and a 2005 Porsche GT3 — after accepting his deposits totaling $20,000. According to The Associated Press, the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, further accuses the dealership of withholding $135,000 from him — money, the suit claims, the dealer took in via the sale of his 1999 Ferrari Maranello. ... Courtney Love's love affair with Japanese animation is coming to an end — the final volume of her "Princess Ai" manga comic, called "Evolution," will be released on February 7. In it, the singer's alter ego comes to the end of her self-discovery adventure, as hunters from her homeland close in on her and her record company unleashes a devious plan of its own. ...

Different Strokes by Different Folks, the Sly & the Family Stone tribute album featuring Maroon 5, John Legend and others, will finally hit stores January 31. Tracks include "Dance to the Music" from Will.I.Am, "Runnin' Away" from Big Boi featuring Sleepy Brown and Killer Mike, "Everyday People" from Maroon 5, "Family Affair" from Legend and Joss Stone featuring Van Hunt, and "Sing a Simple Song" from Chuck D, D'Angelo and Isaac Hayes. ... Guitarist Zakk Wylde will be inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk at noon on Tuesday, and Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Slash, Vinnie Paul, Jerry Cantrell and Kerry King are among those who will be there to congratulate him. ...

On Wednesday, former Minor Threat/ Fugazi frontman and Dischord Records founder Ian MacKaye spoke to students at President George W. Bush's alma matter, Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Standing before a packed house, MacKaye discussed the purpose and meaning of punk rock and independent music, as well as the ways in which art can be used to challenge authority. "I was raised to question authority," MacKaye told the crowd, according to the Yale Daily News. During the lecture, MacKaye also criticized the music industry, and blasted major-label acts who seem to erroneously own the punk classification — true punk rock, he challenged, focuses on challenging convention, not earning profits. ... Rye Coalition will release a Dave Grohl-produced EP, Chariots on Fire, via Internet outlets on Tuesday in anticipation of their full-length, Curses, due in April and also produced by Grohl. RC are touring with the Foo Fighters for the first half of 2006. ...

Former "American Idol" contestant Julia DeMato applied for an alcohol-education and community-service labor program on Thursday in an attempt to erase pending drug and alcohol charges, according to the Danbury, Connecticut, News-Times. A court spokesperson would not comment on the now-secret court proceedings, but the paper reported that the 26-year-old DeMato — who was charged last month with drunk driving and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia — could have the charges dismissed if she successfully completes the programs. ...

01.12.2006

A lawsuit filed against Sean "Diddy" Combs by Kirk Burrowes, who served as the president of Bad Boy Entertainment for three years, was dismissed Wednesday by a New York appeals court. Judges unanimously ruled that the allegations outlined in the suit were too old for the case to move forward, according to Combs' attorney, Benjamin Brafman. "The bottom line is, the courts concluded — both in the federal court and the state court — that this is a baseless lawsuit and it should have no right to continue," he said. Burrowes had accused Diddy of threatening him with a baseball bat and intimidating him into relinquishing his stake in Bad Boy. ...

Michael Jackson was due in court Monday for a civil case in Santa Monica, California, where he's being sued for non-payment, but the singer got the date postponed until February 15 because he had new counsel in the case. Meanwhile, Jackson is facing yet another child-molestation civil suit, this one from a man who claims the singer "repeatedly and forcefully" molested him starting when he was 2 years old, in 1987, and ending in 1999, when he was 14. The suit also claims Jackson gave the boy drugs, forced him to undergo cosmetic surgery, and stole his song lyrics. The case is due to be heard in Orange County, California, on February 14. ... Snoop Dogg and 3 Doors Down will headline Bud Bowl 2006 — two pre-Super Bowl concerts that will take place in Detroit on February 3 and 4, respectively. Both events will be staged in Club 1620 at Tiger Stadium. Fans must secure invites to the events through Budweiser promotions in area bars, clubs and restaurants and through radio-station giveaways. ...

Rapper B.G. has recruited longtime friend and former Cash Money associate Mannie Fresh to star with him in his video for "Move Around," the first single from his forthcoming album The Heart of Tha Streetz: Vol. 2 (I Am What I Am), out March 21. The clip, shot in both New Orleans and Atlanta with director Gil Green, marks the first time the duo have worked together since both parted ways with Cash Money (B.G. jumped ship in 2001, while Fresh announced in August he'd be leaving the label). "[Mannie and I] recorded a bunch of tracks and 'Move Around' was the song we decided to let everyone know we're collaborating again," B.G. said in a statement. "I've worked with [him] since I was a kid and I plan to continue to record with him in the future." Meanwhile, B.G.'s new disc will also feature tracks with Paul Wall, Young Buck and T.I.. ... Korn have inked a deal with Live Nation, which gives the concert promoter a financial stake in the band's overall career — including dough the band earns through publishing, merchandising, sponsorships and album sales. The deal's similar to one the band signed back in September with EMI Records. The partnership gives the promoter a greater incentive "to work in unison [with Korn] to attain common goals consistent with the band's goals," according to Jeff Kwatinetz, who is the CEO for Korn's management company, the Firm. "This deal allows them to focus not just on selling concert tickets, but on fully investing in the Korn brand." ...

Mandy Moore says that her breakup with tennis star Andy Roddick was one of the best things that could have happened to her — musically, at least. The singer/actress told Glamour magazine that the actual healing process "was the worst thing ever," but it gave her "an amazing record of songs about love and relationships." "I was just so depressed," she told the mag. "I was in New York, shooting a movie alongside Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet. It should have been the most exciting time of my life. [But] nobody could take away that awful feeling in the pit of my stomach." Afterwards, Moore realized that she had "all kinds of ideas" for her forthcoming, as-yet-untitled new album, which she says is worlds away from her past releases. "Ugh, those were awful, just awful!" she said. "If I had the money, I would give a refund to everyone who bought my first two albums. Whenever people ask, 'Which of your albums should I listen to?' I say, 'Nothing but Coverage. Burn the rest!' " ... Former "American Idol" contestant Julia DeMato, 26, appeared in Danbury Superior Court in Connecticut on Thursday morning (January 12) after pleading not guilty last month to drug-possession charges stemming from an arrest on December 4. A court spokesperson confirmed that DeMato was in court, but said that due to the nature of what happened at her appearance, information about her case is no longer in the public record. The spokesperson said he was not able to give any other information or explain why the case is now behind closed doors. ...

Melissa Joan Hart is now a mom — she gave birth Wednesday to a baby boy, who weighed in at 9 pounds exactly. Hart and her husband, Mark Wilkerson, the frontman of Course of Nature, are naming their son Mason Walter. "He was a little stubborn, but all is well," Hart told People magazine. "Everyone is well, and we are all relieved." Mason is the couple's first child. ... Speaking of celebrity parents, while Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt wait to usher in a little tyke of their own, fans can celebrate the Brangelina pregnancy on their own, by sporting T-shirts à la the couple's movie posters for "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." The shirts, available at Spreadshirt.com, carry the actors' silhouettes and read "Mr. and Mrs. Parents, Coming Soon." ...

Material from the Misfits' recent gigs with Jerry Only, Dez Cadena and Robo is being culled for a live album that could be released later this year, according to the band's Web site. The group also plans on hitting the studio soon to start work on "the hardest, most aggressive Misfits material to see the pressing plant since Earth A.D." ... My Chemical Romance, Slash and Korn all have their own action figures — so why not thrash metal's answer to Spinal Tap, the nauseating and equally innovative band Gwar? Shocker Toys will produce 6- to 8-inch figures of Oderus Urungus, Flattus Maximus, Beefcake the Mighty, Jizmak Da Gusha and Balsac the Jaws of Death. The toys will hit store shelves this summer. ...