For The Record: Quick News On Kevin Federline, Lindsay Lohan, DMX, Nick Lachey, Radiohead & More

K-Fed predicts high sales; Lohan still clarifying statements; X renames album; Lachey files response to divorce.

Kevin Federline recently revealed that he doesn’t care whether or not people are mocking his music — so long as they’re buying it. And he said he believes they will, based on the interest in his first single, “PopoZão,” which scored 2 million hits on his Web site. “If my album has even half that attention, watch out,” K-Fed told Newsweek. “That means everybody out there who loves me still loves me, and everybody out there who hates me — well, they’re secretly buying it, too.” Count the press among those who haven’t joined the Federline fan club just yet. “They’ve already said so much sh– about me. … ‘He hates his children, he treats his wife like dirt, he gets high all day.’ If I was that bad, you think anyone, let alone Britney, would put up with it?” Federline says the scrutiny is only getting worse with the birth of Sean Preston. “It felt like they put a ransom on my child. OK, they didn’t take my child, but they did put a price tag on his head.” …

Lindsay Lohan is still eating her words — at least those she claims were misquoted in a recent issue of Vanity Fair (the magazine reported that Lohan admitted being bulimic). In the March issue of Allure, the singer/actress clarifies that she had a “phase.” “I lost weight when I was in the hospital, and then I wanted to keep it off,” she tells the mag. “Sometimes being that thin doesn’t look healthy. I kind of didn’t realize that. It was an attention thing, too. But you start to wonder if your friends are your friends because you look a certain way.” … The impending divorce of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey has hit an early snag. In court papers submitted Friday, responding to Simpson’s December 16 divorce filing, Lachey said he’s reserving the right to seek spousal support from his ex despite her request that the court would not award him any. According to The Associated Press, Lachey also wants the court to determine whether “miscellaneous jewelry and other personal effects,” as well as his earnings from after the date of separation and other unspecified assets, are separate property. The papers filed by Lachey also pinpoint the date the couple separated as December 13; Simpson maintains the split happened on November 23. … It looks like DMX‘s Here We Go Again will never see the light of day. Instead he’ll be putting out Year of the Dog, which will encompass new material as well as some of the songs that were supposed to be on Here We Go Again. Year of the Dog is scheduled to come out sometime this summer; X is shooting the video for his new single, “We in Here,” with photographer Jonathan Manion this week in Houston. …

Radiohead are digging deep into the vaults for their new album. According to a post by frontman Thom Yorke on the band’s studio blog, they’ve resurrected the song “Nude” (also known as “Big Ideas”) for album number seven. The tune — which dates back to the 1996 sessions that birthed the band’s OK Computer album — was featured on the band’s 1999 tour documentary, “Meeting People Is Easy.” Radiohead’s still-untitled album (their first with producer Mark “Spike” Stent) is due this year. … The fifth annual Sasquatch! Music Festival will hit Washington’s Gorge Amphitheatre Memorial Day weekend. Nine Inch Nails, Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, the Flaming Lips, Queens of the Stone Age and the Shins are among the 40 bands set for the three-day festival’s lineup. Tickets for the May 26-28 event go on sale Saturday, March 4, at Ticketmaster.com and Hob.com. For more information see the festival’s Web site at SasquatchFestival.com . … Juicy J, DJ Paul and Crunchy Black of the Memphis rap sextet Three 6 Mafia will be making history March 5 with the first rap song to be performed at the Academy Awards. Oscar-nominated songwriters Juicy J, DJ Paul and Frayser Boy will perform their “Hustle & Flow” anthem “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” along with Crunchy Black and actress Taraji P. Henson, who starred in the film opposite Best Actor nominee Terrence Howard. …

Lauren “LC” Conrad — who’s moved from “Laguna Beach” to “The Hills” — says she didn’t really help Stephen Colletti two-time Kristin Cavallari, despite her rival’s recent claims. LC tells Jane magazine in an interview for the March issue that that Stephen and Kristin were actually “broken up for, like, three months” before she started doing anything with him. Plus she felt justified. “She had cheated on him — several times — with one of my friends,” LC claims. Conrad says she’s now much happier with her boyfriend, Jason Wahler, and says she “could see myself marrying him,” even though he did some two-timing of his own with Jessica Smith. “When they turned off the camera, I really yelled at him,” LC says. “When he watched it, he was really upset. I made him watch it 10 times, too.” If only every couple were lucky enough to have all their indiscretions caught on camera. …U2 frontman Bono will auction off one of his guitars this week following the band’s spate of gigs at São Paulo’s Morumbi soccer stadium, The Associated Press reports. The proceeds from the auction will be donated to Brazil’s Zero Hunger campaign, which has taken on the mission of ensuring all Brazilians have three meals a day by the close of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s presidency at the end of this year. Bono sat down with Silva over the weekend to discuss the government’s fight against hunger and its program to develop renewable-energy sources. Last year Lenny Kravitz donated one of his axes to Zero Hunger, and it fetched $132,000 at auction. …

Korn bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu will exchange vows with his longtime girlfriend Deena Beber on May 13, when the couple wed at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California. It will be Fieldy’s second marriage and Beber’s first. … A guitar that was once owned by late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain will be on display during the Heritage Auction Galleries’ Signature Music and Entertainment auction, which will be held in Dallas on April 14 and 15. “This instrument is unusual in a couple of ways,” reads the auction catalog. “First, it is the only known example of a Mark V style [1960s] Mosrite Gospel model. While Kurt owned and smashed many cheaper (usually Univox) copies of Mosrite guitars during his career, this was one of only two actual Mosrites he owned. It was also one of his favorite guitars, which saved it from the usual fate of the instruments he used for live performances.” … Elton John and Celine Dion performed together for the first time Monday night, joining forces on two duets at a benefit for Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. workers affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Dion and John teamed up with comedian Jerry Seinfeld at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to raise $2.1 million for 8,000 casino employees in the Gulf Coast region. “I’ve played in Biloxi many times,” John said, according to The Associated Press. “I’m just glad we can do a little something, for those people’s lives that will never be the same again for many, many years.” … Rainer Maria will release their fifth studio album, Catastrophe Keeps Us Together, April 4. The LP will include 11 new songs, nine of which were produced by Malcolm Burn, the man behind Shawn Colvin‘s hit “Sunny Came Home.” The band plans to hit the road in March with Black Heart Procession and Scout Niblett. …

Finch have announced that they’re going on an indefinite hiatus. “Through much thought and deliberation, the five of us have decided to take an indefinite break from Finch,” the band said in a statement posted to its Web site. “Amongst the many reasons for our decision, our priorities just lie in different places.” … The Buzzcocks will issue their first studio LP in almost three years, Flat-Pack Philosophy, March 7. The disc will feature 14 new cuts from the British punk legends, including “Sell You Everything,” “God, What Have I Done?” and “Between Heaven and Hell.” … Dallas rockers the Toadies will reunite March 11 to headline a St Patrick’s Day Parade concert. The band, responsible for the infectious 1995 hit “Possum Kingdom,” broke up in late 2001. The March gig will feature two of the group’s founding members: frontman Vaden Todd Lewis and drummer Mark “Rez” Reznicek. … A start date of March 2 has been set for the trial of Gary Glitter, who was arrested by Vietnamese authorities back in late November and charged with committing obscene acts with two underage girls. According to The Associated Press, the trial is expected to last two days. Glitter is accused of fondling two girls, ages 10 and 11, at his rental home in Vung Tau last year. He could receive between three and seven years in prison if convicted. The trial will be held in closed court at the behest of the victims’ families. Prosecutors had considered charging Glitter with child rape, which is punishable by death, but investigators couldn’t find enough evidence to support that charge. Glitter, who has been in Vietnamese police custody since his arrest, served two months behind bars in England in 1999 after being convicted of possessing child pornography.

02.17.2006

Feeling charitable? Need a suitably gothic-looking blazer for that upcoming spring formal? Well, you’re in luck. My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has designed a limited-edition suit jacket, and all profits from the sales will benefit Boarding for Breast Cancer, a nonprofit organization that aims to increase awareness about breast cancer among young women and men. Only 600 of the “Prom Knight” blazers were made, and they’re currently up for sale at SmartPunk.com. Way describes them as “something casual yet formal … kind of sleek. Something a gentleman would wear to a duel.” …

Suge Knight filed a $106 million lawsuit Thursday against imprisoned drug kingpin Michael Harris and a number of his lawyers, according to The Associated Press. Knight claims he was a victim of a fraudulent lawsuit settled last year, in which he was ordered to pay nearly the same sum to Harris’ wife Lydia based on her claims that Knight defamed and defrauded her. In the new suit filed in Los Angeles Federal Court, Knight claims Lydia Harris only posed as the plaintiff while her husband — who has said he helped fund the creation of the Death Row label — was the real mastermind behind the original suit. Knight insists that since Harris had already settled a 1996 lawsuit against Interscope Records that included both Knight and Death Row, it protects him from ever being sued by Harris again. …

Shakira, Don Omar, Daddy Yankee, Frankie J and Marc Anthony are among the artists in the running for the 2006 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Yankee scored the most nods — 10 — including best artist and Hot Latin Song of the Year, while Mexican pop group RBD are named in nine categories, including Latin Pop Album of the Year, Duo or Group. Shakira came in close behind with eight nods. Yankee and Don Omar will square off for Reggaeton Album of the Year. The awards will be handed out April 27 and air live on Telemundo. … More than 200 artists will make their way back to the Big Easy for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which runs from April 28-30 and May 5-7. The first weekend of the six-day event will feature Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Ani DiFranco and Yolanda Adams, while the second weekend will host Jimmy Buffett, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Keith Urban and a special appearance by Fats Domino, who was aided by a rescue team when Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters left him trapped. Tickets are available now. … Rapper-turned-producer Kwamé (Will Smith‘s “Switch”) has a packed year ahead. He’s got tracks in the works with Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Chingy, Method Man and Mya, with whom he worked for “that rock-star appeal with that real hard-edge hip-hop on the bottom of it,” he said. For Aguilera, Kwamé brought in a 60-piece orchestra. “We did a real soulful mid-tempo ballad, very energetic at the same time,” he said. …

British singer/songwriter James Blunt, who will be performing at Coachella, has lined up 18 dates as part of an early-spring North American club tour. The trek will begin in Washington, D.C., March 13 and ends April 6 in San Francisco. The Boy Least Likely To and Sierra Swan have signed on as the supporting acts. … Much-buzzed Montreal quartet Wolf Parade have a similar game plan. Already confirmed to appear at Coachella on April 30, the band will hit Boston, New York, Philadelphia and a handful of other cities earlier in the month. … The Strokes continue to add dates to their upcoming trek with the Eagles of Death Metal. The tour’s New York launch has been extended from one to three nights, — March 1, 3 and 4 — and the band has booked gigs in Las Vegas (March 22), Anaheim, California (March 25); Universal City, California (March 30); Detroit (April 13); and Cleveland (March 14). … Bloc Party will play shows in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (April 25);Tempe, Arizona (April 27); and Las Vegas (April 28) before their Coachella appearance April 30. The Go! Team are opening the Vegas show. … Former Cure keyboardist Roger O’Donnell will release his second solo album, The Truth in Me, May 16. Jimmy Tamborello of the Postal Service is remixing the first single, “The Truth in You.” …

DFA, the remix team whose James Murphy is better known as LCD Soundsystem, will release a collection of remixes called The DFA Remixes – Chapter One April 4. Gorillaz, the Chemical Brothers and Fischerspooner are included on the album, while a Chapter Two due in the summer will include Nine Inch Nails, Goldfrapp and the Rapture. … The Prodigy are playing select U.S. dates in March to support their recently released hits collection, Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005, which features “Firestarter,” “Breathe” and “Smack My Bitch Up.” The tour will include stops in New York on March 22; Washington, D.C., on March 23; and Miami’s Ultra Music Fest on March 25. … Elvis Costello, who is currently working on an album with legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint, is planning a spring tour with local symphonies to support his live album My Flame Burns Blue, due February 28. The album was recorded at the Hague in the Netherlands with the Metropole Orkest and includes a bonus disc with a 45-minute suite from Il Sogno, Costello’s first full-length orchestral work. … Sick of It All‘s next album, Death to Tyrants, will land in stores on April 18, following a two-week run with the Dropkick Murphys. That tour kicks off March 1 in New York with dates running through March 16 in Boston. …

Queensrÿche have rolled out a string of late summer/ early fall dates as part of a U.S. trek that’ll keep the band busy through mid-October. The tour kicks off August 25 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and will hit Chicago, New York, Denver, Dallas, San Diego and Los Angeles before winding down October 14 in Seattle. …Golf enthusiasts Collective Soul and Hootie & the Blowfish will headline and Mike Mills of R.E.M. will host the second Drive for Show, Rock Fore! Dough concert. It will take place April 4 in Augusta, Georgia, where the Masters Tournament is happening at the same time. Better Than Ezra and Emerson Hart of Tonic will also perform at the benefit for the First Tee of Augusta, which provides learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development through the game of golf. … The long-awaited posthumous DVD from experimental punk band Refused will hit U.S. stores April 15. Called “Refused Are F—ing Dead,” the DVD was assembled by the band’s former guitarist Kristofer Steen and documents Refused’s final European and American tours, as well as the band’s acrimonious collapse.