For The Record: Quick News On Paris Hilton, Nick Lachey, Britney Spears, Paul Wall, Madonna, Jenny Lewis & More

Hilton's diaries up for auction; Wall to be a daddy; Madonna doing business with an old friend.

Paris Hilton‘s lost some of her property because of a payment dispute for her storage bill at a Los Angeles warehouse, and now an agent is offering to sell her locker’s contents to the media — including 18 diaries, videotapes, computers, furniture, clothing, sex toys and photographs. David Hans Schmidt is offering the goods in an auction with the bidding beginning in the millions, even though he claims to have bought the contents at a public auction in December for $2,775. Hilton insists through her rep that the property still belongs to her, and that she’s been victimized. They’re threatening legal action against anyone in possession of the items. …

Nick Lachey will release a song called “What’s Left of Me” as the first single from his forthcoming, as-yet-untitled solo album. The song will be released online next week. …

Simon Cowell has created a new “American Idol”-like reality show in search of a Las Vegas act. Cowell will executive produce but not serve as a judge on the show, set to debut on NBC in the summer. … Madonna, who attended Jean Paul Gaultier‘s Paris fashion show last week, is having him design the costumes for her next tour, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

Courtney Love appeared in a Los Angeles court Friday to present a progress report in her drug case, which noted that she had completed the house-arrest portion of her rehab sentence. The singer addressed the court, telling the judge she was grateful for the court’s patience and that she feels like she’s made a full recovery. Love’s next progress report is scheduled for May 5, but she won’t be required to appear. …

Time to bust out the mini-grill. Houston rapper Paul Wall and wife Crystal are expecting a little champ of their own, according to his publicist. The couple, who married in October, will welcome their first child — a boy they will name William — in May. … Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine made a surprise onstage appearance Thursday at the kickoff of Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis‘ solo tour at the Vista Theater in Los Angeles. Lewis’ acoustic set also featured backup singers the Watson Twins and singer/songwriter Johnathan Rice, and included most of the tracks from her just-released Rabbit Fur Coat, including a stripped-down version of the title track. …

Before Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose moved through a number of Los Angeles rock bands, including the early ’80s group Rapidfire — with whom Rose recorded for the first time. GN’R fans have long wondered what became of those early recordings, which were put to tape in 1983 for a five-track demo. According to Rapidfire’s Web site, those songs — “Ready to Rumble,” “All Night Long,” “The Prowler,” “On the Run” and “Closure” — are now being mixed, “in preparation for their release.” There’s no definitive street date yet for the recordings, but the packaging will purportedly feature pre-tattoo photos of Axl. … The late Tupac Shakur will be immortalized by Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas. Tupac’s wax personification — shirtless and complete with bandana and tattoos — will be unveiled on April 5. …

‘NSYNC‘s Lance Bass is excited that his movie “Lovewrecked” — which he co-produced and has a cameo in — got picked up by the Weinstein Company. He wrote on his MySpace page, “Looks like it will be out this summer!” “Lovewrecked” stars Amanda Bynes and was directed by Randal Kleiser (“The Blue Lagoon,” “Grease”). “This movie is his next ‘Blue Lagoon,’ ” Bass wrote, “so lots of skin. Don’t worry, it’s PG-ish, moms!” … The NBA Wives Association is honoring TLC singer Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins for her efforts as the national spokesperson of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, along with other philanthropists, at a ceremony on February 18 in Houston. …

02.02.2006

It looks like 50 Cent might be dropping his next album this year. Fif just released a new dis single aimed at the Game called “Not Rich, Still Lyin’,” on which he actually imitates Game’s voice. Toward the end of the record, 50 says he has a new album coming out on July 18 because he “can’t stay away.” “Y’all thought I was gonna let y’all eat?” he laughs. 50′s reps at Interscope Records could not be reached for comment. …

R. Kelly received a leading three nominations for the 20th annual Soul Train Music Awards on Thursday (February 2), besting nine artists who nabbed two apiece: Mariah Carey, Kanye West, the Black Eyed Peas, Missy Elliott, Gwen Stefani, John Legend, Keyshia Cole, Charlie Wilson and Bobby Valentino. Kelly and Destiny’s Child will also receive lifetime achievement awards, and Legend will be presented with the Sammy Davis Jr. Entertainer of the Year award. The ceremony will be held March 4 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. …

Heather Locklear is divorcing her second rocker husband, Bon Jovi‘s Richie Sambora, after 10 years of marriage, according to her rep. Locklear was previously married to Tommy Lee for seven years, while this was Sambora’s first marriage. The couple have an 8-year-old daughter, Ava Elizabeth. … Jennifer Lopez is nearing completion on her first all-Spanish album, according to her producer Estéfano. Como Ama Una Mujer, which will feature a lot of ballads, is due later this year. “It’s a very special project, a passion project,” Lopez told MTV Europe. “Nobody asked me to do it. I just started making Spanish music. I met Estéfano and he’s just a brilliant writer, and we started writing these songs, and Marc Anthony started producing them, trying to find the right sound for me. Marc kind of created the sound and found the music, Estéfano has come up with the songs, and I know when to step back and let two masters work, you know what I mean?” …

Nick Lachey‘s launched a new Web site to help teens have a safe place to chat. The pop star/actor co-founded the networking site yfly.com, which blocks uninvited guests, after a privacy lawyer told him that his name is often used by predators to lure kids online. “That was really disturbing,” he told People magazine. “I wasn’t aware of how big a problem this was. And when you are 17 you have no idea of who you are dealing with.” … Meanwhile, Lachey’s ex Jessica Simpson is being sued over her Dessert line. Mara Fox filed a multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit this week in Los Angeles accusing Simpson and her business partners of infringing on her copyright, since she had launched Love Potion beauty products back in 1989 (one of Simpson’s products is called Deliciously Kissable Love Potion). …

Paula Abdul, who once suffered from an eating disorder, is worried about Nicole Richie. “She has disappeared in front of our eyes,” Abdul told People magazine. “I’ve very worried.” But Richie’s trainer, Adam Ernster, insists his client is doing fine. “She’s working on building muscle,” he told the mag. “She’s healthy and upbeat as always.” … Juelz Santana is performing at a Rap Bowl pre-Super Bowl party at the Palace near Detroit on Friday (along with Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Juvenile and Twista). After supporting football, he’s switching to basketball, by hosting the CyberSports One-On-One Challenge at NBA All-Star weekend in Houston on February 19. Meanwhile, back home, he’s become a financial partner in the HipHopSodaShop in New York’s Harlem neighborhood. “We’re gonna rip 125th [Street] up,” he said. “It’s great to be able to enjoy all this in my own backyard with my own people.” …

RZA and Rakim are meeting New York fans and signing copies of “Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure” game at the Times Square Virgin Megastore on February 16. Rakim performs “Getting Up Anthem: Part 1″ on the soundtrack, while the RZA voices the character Stake. (Talib Kweli lends his voice to the game’s lead character, Trane.) … Lil’ Flip and Sony BMG Music Entertainment were found guilty of willful copyright infringement in Houston this week for using three melodies on Flip’s 2002 album, Undaground Legend, that belonged to Shreveport, Louisiana, producer Tommy L. Granville. The jury awarded Granville maximum statutory damages of $150,000, according to Granville’s lawyer. …

Illegal file-swapping may not be to blame for the record industry’s troubles after all. According to a recent nationwide poll conducted by Rolling Stone magazine and The Associated Press, 92 percent of 1,000 individuals polled say they have never downloaded music for free and 80 percent consider it stealing. Instead, about 75 percent chalked up the decline in record sales to the too-high cost of CDs (about $20 a pop) and 58 percent said the quality of music today just isn’t cutting it. More people (71 percent) are opting to buy their music digitally, and prefer to shell out 99 cents per single track instead of splurging on an entire album. … No Doubt are auctioning off a pair of customized 1990 Yamaha WaveRunners for charity. The watercraft, ridden by the band in its 2001 “Hella Good” video, are now up for grabs on eBay, with all of the proceeds going toward the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, which helps ill, injured or elderly musicians with their medical costs. The 10-day auction ends February 10. …

The National Rifle Association has named Columbus, Ohio, police officer James D. Niggemeyer — the officer who shot and killed Nathan Gale on December 8, 2004, and put an end to his shooting spree at the Alrosa Villa nightclub that left five people dead, including guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott — its 2005 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. The NRA is honoring the officer for his efforts to save the lives of others, while putting his own on the line. “It isn’t every day that an officer is faced with a decision like this,” said NRA First Vice President John Sigler. “[Niggemeyer] made the right decision under the most adverse conditions and relied on his training and experience to save the life of an innocent civilian victim.” … Godsmack‘s forthcoming album IV will hit stores on April 25, and the record’s first single, “Speak,” will be making its way onto rock radio next week, according to the band’s Web site. …

Former Rich Kids on LSD frontman Jason Sears, 38, died Tuesday in Tijuana, Mexico, where he was receiving treatment for a drug addiction at an alternative detox clinic, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The cause of death was determined to be pulmonary thrombosis. As part of his treatment, Sears was provided with Ibogaine, a drug derived from a West African plant said to help overcome addiction and eliminate withdrawal. The drug, illegal in the United States, can also induce hallucinations. Sears fronted RKL from 1983 to 1989, and then reunited with the Santa Barbara, California-based punks from 1994 to 1996. He provided vocals for the group’s last studio LP, 1995′s Riches to Rags.