For The Record: Quick News On Paris Hilton, Ja Rule, Kanye West, Michael Jackson, Jay Dee & More

Paris opens another club; Ja cooks off against Ashley Parker Angel; another Jay Dee album in the works.

Paris Hilton is expanding her Club Paris chain. After recently opening a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the heiress' next club opens July 1 in Jacksonville at the Jacksonville Landing. Hilton is contractually obligated to appear there at least twice a month and is expected to be at the opening. ...

From the mind of Diddy comes "Celebrity Cooking Showdown," a weeklong cooking competition highlighting the culinary talents of some of the most disparate celebrities under the sun. Ja Rule, Ashley Parker Angel and, um, Tom Arnold join host Alan Thicke in a contest to judge just who is the best chef. Diddy — who's on board as an executive producer — enthuses that "people love seeing celebrities under pressure — and with this show, if you can't stand the heat, you better get out of the kitchen." The fun gets under way April 17 on NBC. ... On April 12, former Destiny's Child songbird Kelly Rowland will kick off the 8th Wonder of the World Concert Series in the shadow of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. The concerts — scheduled to take place over the next five years at some of the world's most famous locations, including Beijing's Forbidden City and the Parthenon in Athens — will benefit children worldwide affected by HIV and AIDS. For more information, check out EighthWonderOfTheWorld.com. ...

Kanye West has signed on to perform at the Stockholm Jazz Festival July 20, The Associated Press reported Friday (March 24). Sting was also announced to play the Swedish summer festival. ... Operation Unknown, the label releasing the late Jay Dee's Jay Love Japan May 2, will also release another finished Jay album, All I.D., in 2007. Jay Love Japan will feature guest spots from Jay's mother, Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey, and brother-in-law, comedian BoBo Lamb. J Dilla's The Shining is due July 11 on BBE Entertainment. ... La Toya Jackson says her brother Michael never wants to be at Neverland Ranch again. The singer's sister told "Access Hollywood" in an interview airing Friday that, "I have to tell you that when all of this was over, he said he would leave and never come back [to] Neverland." Claiming that her brother's privacy had been invaded, she said, "It's time to leave, and that's what he did." La Toya says Michael is much happier in Bahrain, where he is "content with his life at the moment." ...

"Dancing With the Stars" champion Drew Lachey and his wife, Lea, welcomed their first child Thursday, according to People magazine. There's no word yet on what name the 29-year-olds have picked for their daughter, but Drew's "Dancing" partner, Cheryl Burke, said there's no question he'll be a good poppa. "He will not spoil his child, that's for sure," she told People. "But he's so loving and he's going to love his baby like no other." ... "Dancing With the Stars" alum Master P and son Lil' Romeo will team up with R&B vocalist Michael Warren for a concert honoring some of America's troops. It'll be staged at Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany, March 29. The event — staged for the members of the 18th Corps Support Battalion and the 94th Engineer Combat Battalion who're returning from Iraq — will also feature games, carnival rides and a magic show. ...

The Vice-curated Intonation Music Festival is ramping up its roster. An eclectic mix of hip-hop and British grime (Lupe Fiasco, Devin the Dude, Dead Prez, Kano, Lady Sovereign), noise rock (Boredoms, the Constantines), sludge metal (High on Fire), bedroom pop (José González) and dance (Annie, Chromeo) round out a bill headlined by Bloc Party and the Streets. Other acts announced include Jon Brion, the Stills, 90 Day Men, Panthers and Tyrades. Intonation takes place June 24 and 25 at Chicago's Union Park. ... Keane have set a June 20 release date for their second record, Under the Iron Sea. The first single is "Is It Any Wonder?." ...

Having gained some recent attention with the Postal Service remix of her "Mushaboom" track, Canadian chanteuse Feist is releasing a collection of remixes, collaborations and miscellaneous material. The Canadian import Open Season will feature the aforementioned Postal tweak plus songs featuring rapper K-OS, French superstar Jane Birkin, Kings of Convenience, Chilly Gonzales and Mocky — the latter two, along with Jamie Lidell and Renaud Letang, are currently working on the follow-up to Feist's 2004 effort, Let It Die.

03.23.2006

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 Eurythmics' Dave Stewart and Tears for Fears' Curt 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 Streets' Mike 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. ...