For The Record: Quick News On Fall Out Boy, Ciara, LL Cool J, The Olsen Twins, Ginuwine, 311 & More

Fall Out Boy, LL set for pre-Grammy gigs; Ginuwine picks next single; 311 to tour.

Fall Out Boy, LL Cool J, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bonnie Raitt are doing a series of pre-Grammy shows at the House of Blues in Hollywood called “Signature Sounds Live on the Sunset Strip.” The Goo Goo Dolls kick off the series February 4, Raitt follows on February 5, Fall Out Boy perform February 6 and LL Cool J with special guests Ciara and Ne-Yo finishes things off on February 7. Both Fall Out Boy and Ciara are up for Best New Artist. …

Ginuwine‘s dropping his second single from Back II Da Basics, called “I’m in Love,” just in time for Valentine’s Day and his Ladies Night Out Tour with Jagged Edge, Donell Jones, Case and Ne-Yo. The trek begins February 8 in Norfolk, Virginia, and wraps March 5 in Miami. Ginuwine is also gearing up to launch a clothing line (Genuine Clothes and Genuine Jeans) and start shooting his next movie, “Rhythm Night,” co-starring Whoopi Goldberg. … Jagged Edge’s new, self-titled album is due March 28, and features tracks produced by Jermaine Dupri and a guest spot from John Legend (on “Season’s Change”). …

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have hired a teen expert who herself has recovered from an eating disorder to write an advice column for their Web site, mary-kateandashley.com. Jessica Weiner, the author of “A Very Hungry Girl” as well as the new book “Do I Look Fat in This? Life Doesn’t Begin Five Pounds From Now,” will write a column called “Real Girls, Real Advice,” which will address the many queries the twins’ fans have sent to the site regarding such issues as self-esteem, boys, popularity, friendship, family, and body image. … 311 have unveiled dates for their upcoming spring tour, which kicks off February 26 in Santa Cruz, California. Dates run through March 26 in Kahului, Hawaii. An opening act for the trek has not yet been announced. …

Saves the Day and Circa Survive will be hitting the road together starting March 8 in Santa Cruz. The 24-date trek winds down April 6 in Cleveland. … OK Go are hitting the road on Monday for a few months’ worth of headlining dates and supporting slots with Motion City Soundtrack. The outing, which includes a “Jimmy Kimmel Live” stop on March 1, ends March 12 in Orlando, Florida. …

Sparta, the band that features the members of At the Drive-In who didn’t go on to form Mars Volta, have signed a deal with Hollywood Records. The band’s third album, the follow-up to 2004’s Porcelain, will be released this summer. … The Sugarcubes are putting out their first DVD collection in the form of two discs, “The Sugarcubes Live Zabor DVD,” featuring 15 live performances from 1988 and 1989, and “Sugarcubes the DVD,” which compiles the band’s biggest videos. The live disc also includes commentary and the band’s hit singles “Birthday,” “Motorcrash” and “Delicious Demon,” while the video comp has three bonus clips, for “Hit,” “Walkabout” and “Vitamin.” Both discs are due February 7. …

Live will release their Jim Wirt-produced seventh album, Songs From Black Mountain, on April 11. The first single, “The River,” is available online now. … UB40 get political once again on their new album, Who You Fighting For?, which includes such state-of-the-world tracks as “Plenty More” and “Sins of the Fathers.” “You can’t help but be influenced by what’s going on around you,” guitarist/vocalist Robin Campbell said. “We have some very strong topics to fire us up but we are not trying to provide answers. We would never presume to offer solutions. There’s a propaganda machine that swings into action during a war. Young recruits are told they are fighting for freedom, so Who You Fighting For? is our small attempt to counteract that.” The album is due Tuesday. …

01.17.2006

Axl Rose made a rare appearance Friday at a party at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to announce Korn‘s upcoming See You on the Other Side tour. The reclusive Guns N’ Roses frontman mingled with Korn as well as fellow musicians from Good Charlotte, Linkin Park, the Black Eyed Peas, Avenged Sevenfold, the Used, Puddle of Mudd, Papa Roach, Alkaline Trio and 10 Years. Jessica Alba, Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody were also in attendance. …

Avril Lavigne has been tapped to perform during the closing ceremonies of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy. She’s part of an eight-minute production that’s previewing the next Olympic Winter Games, taking place in her native Canada in 2010. This year’s games start February 10 and wrap February 26. … Paris Hilton didn’t have to show up in court on Tuesday (January 17) after all — one case against her, for harassment, was continued until February 7, when a judge will consider an event promoter’s request for a restraining order against the heiress/actress. The other case against Hilton, for slander, had a little bit more movement, since the judge in that case granted four of her motions for more information as part of the discovery process. The slander case will resume in Santa Monica, California, on February 24. …

Juvenile was arrested in Ocala, Florida, on Friday hours before he was to perform at a local nightclub. He was released on his own recognizance that same evening, and made it just in time for the gig. According to The Associated Press, the New Orleans rapper was picked up on a warrant relating to an active child-support case. Juvenile’s new disc, Reality Check, drops March 7. … Ashanti performed Friday night at what’s commonly referred to as Detroit’s prom — an annual black-tie charity gala that counted Aretha Franklin and Steve Harvey among its 17,000 guests (most of whom paid $400 per ticket for the privilege of mingling amid the latest concept cars). The North American International Auto Show raised $6.8 million for 11 Detroit-based nonprofit organizations, including children’s charities, education funds and police athletic leagues. …

Nick Lachey isn’t an underwear model (yet), but he’ll play one on TV, when he guests on the sitcom “Twins.” Lachey’s episode, called “Himbo,” finds Jessica Simpson‘s ex playing Charlie Solik, an underwear-model-turned-underwear-mogul. The episode airs February 24 at 9:30 p.m. on the WB. … Just weeks after fellow “American Idol” third-season finalist Jennifer Hudson was cast in an upcoming movie adaptation of the musical “Dreamgirls,” runner-up Diana DeGarmo is going straight to Broadway. The singer has signed on to play Penny Pingleton in “Hairspray,” and will begin her run on February 7. …

Lil Jon and Lil Scrappy will appear in E-40‘s video for his new single, “Tell Me When,” which showcases the Bay Area’s “hyphy” movement. Jon executive produced E’s new album, My Ghetto Report Card, due in March and featuring production from Jon and Kanye West and guest appearances from Mike Jones, Juelz Santana, 8Ball and UGK. E-40 is also releasing a book called “E-40’s Dictionary Book of Slang, Vol. 1″ and a liquor called Cloud 9 this spring. … Chamillionaire is shooting a video in Dallas on Thursday for his next single, “Ridin,” which features Krayzie Bone. Life Garland, who helmed Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz‘s “Get Low” clip, is directing. …

Michael Jackson‘s been busy in Bahrain — he’s in talks to help develop entertainment projects in that country — but he’s allegedly been neglecting Neverland in the process. PETA accuses the singer of animal cruelty for abandoning the animals in residence at his Neverland Ranch, keeping them in “little more than holding cells” while he’s away, instead of relocating them to zoos or sanctuaries where they can be taken care of properly. The animal-rights group is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate. … Beatmaker Scott Storch — who owned the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for half of 2005 with hits from Mario (“Let Me Love You”), 50 Cent (“Candy Shop”) and Chris Brown (“Run It!”) — is crabby that he’s getting no love from the Grammy committee, which snubbed the 32-year-old for Producer of the Year. “I was extremely disappointed to find I was not nominated … and even more so when I saw the list of nominees,” Storch said in a statement, claiming that the shutout was a result of politics within the committee. Instead, nods went to Danger Mouse, Nigel Godrich, Steve Lillywhite, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. …

Andrew W.K., David Lee Roth and Ace Frehley, as well as members of Queens of the Stone Age, Guns N’ Roses, Warrant, Tiger Army, Dio and many more metal bands, will take the stage Thursday at the second annual Raven’s Heart Benefit at the Fais Do-Do in Los Angeles. The all-star jam is a benefit for the Raven’s Heart Foundation, launched last year for Raven Nicole Robinson, who is still living with a large hole in her heart. …