For The Record: Quick News On Destiny’s Child, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Shakira, Sheryl Crow, Killers & More

Destiny's getting Walk of Fame star; Fantasia playing herself in Lifetime movie; Snoop making dog gear.

Destiny’s Child may be over, but they’re still receiving accolades. The trio will collectively get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday near the Kodak Theatre at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. …

Fantasia has signed on to play herself in a movie about her life scheduled to air on Lifetime in August. The movie will be based on her memoir, “Life Is Not a Fairy Tale,” which chronicled how she overcame sexual abuse, poverty and illiteracy. … As if the skateboards, shoes, a football league, candy and Cadillac line were not enough, Snoop Dogg is lending his name to another product: dog gear. (It’s about time.) The Snoop line, made by Jakks Pacific Inc., will include treats, leashes, apparel, toys and beds, according to the rapper’s management. Snoop is set to tour Japan, Australia and New Zealand next month. …

Just weeks after undergoing surgery for breast cancer, Sheryl Crow is well on her way to recovery. The 44-year-old singer told People magazine that she’s a “walking poster child for mammograms. I’m just taking care of myself right now. I’m really dedicating my life to getting back on my feet, living in a very healthy way and appreciating life.” Crow told the magazine that she went to see the Pretenders in Los Angeles Monday. “I haven’t been out in ages,” she said. “It’s nice to get out and see friends.” Crow is scheduled to hit the road again starting June 12 in Indianapolis. … Shakira will be honored with the Spirit of Hope Award at the upcoming 2006 Billboard Latin Music Awards for her humanitarian work. The Colombian singer will also perform on the show, which will be broadcast live on Telemundo April 27. …

Producer Phil Spector’s murder trial was postponed until September on Wednesday after both prosecution and defense attorneys said they would be busy with other cases until then, according to Reuters. Spector, 66, was slated to stand trial in April on charges that he shot and killed actress Lana Clarkson at his Los Angeles home in February 2003, hours after meeting her at a local club. He is free on $1 million bail. … The funeral for influential X-Clan member Professor X (a.k.a. Lumumba Carson), who died of spinal meningitis on March 17, will be held Friday from 5-9 p.m. at the Antioch Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York. …

Ludacris will perform at the launch party for Atlanta Peach magazine, set for March 31 at the InterContinental Hotel in Atlanta. Pamela Anderson, who will grace the cover of the inaugural issue, is hosting the party. … Fort Minor (featuring Linkin Park MC Mike Shinoda) and Bucket of Weenies (featuring LP singer Chester Bennington) will co-headline the 11th anniversary concert for Bennington’s Club Tattoo shops. The event, also featuring Story of the Year, Wicked Wisdom (Jada Pinkett Smith’s rock band) and Z-Trip, is scheduled for April 22 at Acme Roadhouse in Tempe, Arizona. … Ex-Libertines member and current Babyshambles leader Pete Doherty allegedly kicked a reporter in the arm on his way out of court Thursday (March 23), where he’d just pleaded guilty to seven drug-possession charges. The BBC radio journalist described the scene as “total chaos” as the media swarmed the 26-year-old. Last month a judge ordered Doherty to serve 12 months of community service on other drug-related charges. …

The Killers, the Prodigy and Hot Hot Heat will headline the annual Ultra Music Festival Saturday at Miami’s Bicentennial Park. Perry Farrell, Paul Van Dyk, Carl Cox, Hard-Fi, Richie Hawtin and BT are also on the bill. … In a race that sounds more like a National Enquirer headline, Sharon Osbourne beat Kate Moss to win the Freemans Celebrity Mum of the Year title in England. “I am truly honored and speechless — which is a first!” Osbourne said of the award, according to Vogue.com. “I’m absolutely delighted, and the fact that this is a public vote makes it extra special. It has been a very tough few years and the British public have been so supportive of me and the family, and seen that I am a real, old-fashioned British girl at heart.” Moss came in a distant third. …

If you bought music at all during the first quarter of this year, chances are good you did it with a click rather than a swipe. Album sales are down 3 percent so far this year on sales of 119 million, but digital sales continue their explosive growth, with SoundScan reporting a 96 percent uptick (122.9 million tracks downloaded since January), according to USA Today. Much of the growth is attributed to the number of iPods and other MP3 players gifted during December. Thanks to the #1 soundtracks for “Curious George” (by Jack Johnson and friends) and “High School Musical,” children’s-music sales are up 58 percent for the year. …

The Living Things have announced a new string of headlining West Coast dates that kick off April 9 in Tempe, Arizona. Diamond Nights and the Adored will open the latest batch of dates, which run through April 28 in San Marcos, California. The band begins filming a video for the fiery track “Bombs Below” with Floria Sigismondi (Marilyn Manson) during the first week of April. … The EurythmicsDave Stewart and Tears for FearsCurt Smith were among those who caught British singer Carina Round’s acoustic show Wednesday at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. Round’s second record, Slow Motion Addict, is due in June on Stewart’s Interscope imprint, Weapons of Mass Entertainment. …

The StreetsMike Skinner has a confession to make: He did, in fact, steal a tiger from a gas station in Germany — but he’s really sorry about it. In a statement posted on his MySpace page, Skinner is shown posing atop a massive stuffed tiger. He writes, “Apologies to the German authorities … this tiger was stolen from a motorway service station at approximately 3 a.m. the other night between Hamburg and Köln [Cologne], I think. … We understand he was worth 200 Euros, but if you get in contact, then maybe we can return Tony (as we have named him) in exchange for amnesty. … He was looking very lonely on the top shelf next to the porn and engine oil.” The Streets’ new album, The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living, hits the U.S. April 25. … Hoobastank are gearing up for the May 16 release of their new album, Every Man for Himself, with a fans-only tour. Dubbed the Every Fan for Himself Tour (get it?), it kicks off April 11 in Boston and runs until April 27 in Houston. Tickets are free and available only via an interactive map at Hoobastank.com and at local retailers. Local bands can also enter a contest on both Hooba’s site and PureVolume.com to win a chance to open for the band on the dates. …

03.22.2006

Constantine Maroulis has split from his pre-“American Idol” band, Pray for the Soul of Betty. “Right now he’s working on too many solo projects to be fair to the band,” his spokesperson said. “It was time to move on, and the fans have been supportive.” Maroulis is working on a solo album, a television pilot and an indie film. …

VotefortheWorst.com is at it again. The Web site, which encourages readers to call in for the “American Idol” contestant they deem least worthy of the title, is backing Kevin Covais this time around. And what if the 16-year-old, nicknamed “Chicken Little,” gets the boot? A post on the site reads: “Don’t worry, Pickler. If Kevin goes home, we’ll be back.” The campaign, which aims to “keep around an entertaining antagonist” picked Scott Savol last year. … Barry Manilow, who helped “Idol” hopefuls prepare for Tuesday night’s 1950s theme, will be front and center when one of his advisees is knocked out of the competition Wednesday (March 22). Manilow, whose The Greatest Songs of the Fifties was certified platinum this week, will perform “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing” on this week’s elimination show. …

Moby will issue a live DVD, “Moby Live — The Hotel Tour 2005,” April 18. Recorded in Belgium in May and directed by George Scott, the disc also has a handful of videos and two unreleased short films. Last but not least, the set features a CD with Hotel tracks reinterpreted by Mylo, Tiga, Steve Angello, Booka Shade and Axwell. … The Coachella documentary — aptly titled “Coachella” — will be released on DVD April 18. Previously seen in limited theatrical release only, the Drew Thomas-directed film features performances by Radiohead, the Pixies, the Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire and a slew of other bands. A bonus DVD features interviews from many of the festival’s veterans, including Belle and Sebastian, the Libertines and the Bravery. …

The first-ever PJ Harvey DVD, “PJ Harvey on Tour: Please Leave Quietly,” will hit stores May 2. Directed by Maria Mochnacz, the disc features performances and behind-the-scene footage taken from Harvey’s 2004 tour supporting Uh Huh Her. Two previously unreleased tracks, “Uh Huh Her” and “Evol,” will also be included, as will Harvey’s video diaries and a lengthy interview. … The second annual AutoRox Awards roll into Las Vegas April 7, with Ice Cube at the wheel. Whips chosen by a panel of auto-industry pros, members of the media and car-enthusiast celebrities will be honored in categories including Best Luxury Car and Chick Magnet. Cube will host the ceremony and perform “Chrome and Paint” and “Why We Thugs” from his upcoming LP, Laugh Now, Cry Later. The awards show airs April 18 at 10 p.m. on Spike TV. …

Buckcherry will release Fifteen, their first studio album in four years, April 11. The Los Angeles rockers are promoting the record — and their current single, “Crazy Bitch” — with a tour that kicked off this week in Los Angeles and wraps up June 10 in Kansas City, Missouri. … The self-titled LP from the Drips, the band featuring Distillers guitarist Tony Belivaqua and the Bronx’s Matt Caughthran and Joby J. Ford, will hit stores April 25. It was recorded over two days this past summer. The band will perform March 24 in Glendale, California. …

Soulful songstress Leela James recently finished shooting the video for her second single, “Good Times,” in Los Angeles. The throwback-themed clip was helmed by Coodie and Chike, the same directorial team that has worked with Kanye West and Mos Def. James also recently unleashed a digital six-track EP, Leela James: Live in New Orleans, exclusively on iTunes. The set tracks a November 2004 gig at the Big Easy’s House of Blues, where the singer previewed joints from her acclaimed 2005 debut, A Change Is Gonna Come. It will be available at other online retails outlets starting in April. … British grime rapper and Jay-Z signee Lady Sovereign is deep into production on her still-untitled debut album. Before heading out to SXSW, the diminutive MC was working with Beastie Boy Ad-Rock (who worked with Sov on a British-only EP) and had already cut records with the Neptunes, according to a spokesperson for her label. The album is expected later this year. …

Ex-Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach’s been hard at work on his forthcoming solo album, which Spitfire plans to release in July. According to a post on Bach’s Web site, he’s got 13 songs written so far and summer and fall tours are in the works. “[This year] is gonna kick ass,” Bach wrote. … Detroit soul singer Robert Bradley will release his first full-length live album April 11. What About That: New Year’s Eve in Bloomington was recorded a the Bluebird in Bloomington, Indiana, and finds the blind singer backed by an expanded, 10-piece version of his band, the Blackwater Surprise.