For The Record: Quick News On Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin, Obie Trice, Notorious B.I.G., Jessica Simpson & More

Actor, singer deliver Moses; Trice starring in 'CSI'; reward proposed for tips in B.I.G. case.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay singer Chris Martin welcomed their second child over the weekend, according to Paltrow’s representative, and the younger brother of Apple has his own unconventional name: Moses. Coincidentally (but perhaps not), a Coldplay song titled “Moses” appeared on the band’s concert album, Live 2003.

Obie Trice will be featured on Thursday’s episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” The rapper’s new “Snitch” video features clips from the show, which will feature an appearance by another rapper, Akon. … On Friday Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine proposed offering a $50,000 reward for information about the unsolved murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G., The Associated Press reports. The reward would be offered for just 60 days, in the hopes that “someone will come forward with information which will lead to the eventual apprehension of the murderers involved in this case,” Zine said in a statement. The motion is being reviewed by a council committee. A $25,000 reward was established back in 1997, but expired after several months. The Los Angeles Police Department recently reassigned the case to a team of new investigators. …

Now that Jessica Simpson has wrapped work on “Employee of the Month,” she’s got her eyes set on another movie project: the big-screen version of “Dallas.” The singer confirmed that she’s had a meeting with the film’s producers about playing the part of Lucy Ewing (a role originated by ’80s bombshell Charlene Tilton). “That would be an honor for me,” Simpson said. “I’m a Texas girl, so you can’t go wrong there.” Still, as much as she’s hankering to play another Southern girl on the silver screen, Simpson’s not expecting it to be easy to get the role. “But you know, however it all works out, I’m just kind of going with the flow,” she said, “one day at a time.” …

Jermaine Dupri has been saying he’d like to pair up his two favorite female singers — his girlfriend, Janet Jackson, and his longtime collaborator Mariah Carey — for a duet. Carey says while Dupri hasn’t approached her with the idea, she’d consider doing it. “I love Janet,” Carey told MTV Radio. “I’ve been a big fan of Janet’s since ‘Control.’ So if Jermaine has a concept, we should go and write something.” …

The Arctic Monkeys have scheduled a return trek to North America this summer. Their outing kicks off May 27 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and wraps up June 17 in Toronto. … In other tour news, Alice in Chains will kick off a run of U.S. club shows May 18 in Los Angeles. The rest of the tour’s schedule should be revealed within the next few weeks, but according to the band’s Web site, “every city the band plays in has its own Major League Baseball team.” Comes With the Fall frontman William DuVall has been tapped to sing lead vocals on both the U.S. dates and during the group’s forthcoming European trek. A spokesperson for the band said in addition to DuVall, there will be a rotating cast of celebrity vocalists stepping up to the mic. There’s no word yet on who those guests may be. … Also, People in Planes have extended their North American trek through June 17 at Houston’s Buzzfest. The band will also perform “If You Talk Too Much (My Head Will Explode)” on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” May 17. …

Alicia Keys was in Africa Monday (April 10) visiting a free AIDS treatment clinic in Masaka, Uganda, as part of her work with Keep a Child Alive. The Masaka Healthcare Center cares for nearly 4,000 Ugandans receiving antiretroviral therapy, thanks to sponsorship from Keep a Child Alive as well as Uganda CARES/ AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the Ugandan Ministry of Health. … Diddy is one of the performers set for the three-day Plymouth Jazz Festival, which will also feature Sting, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle, Doug E. Fresh and Barrington Levy. The fest takes place April 21-23 on the island of Tobago in the Caribbean. …

Dashboard Confessional‘s still-untitled album will hit stores June 27, according to a spokesperson for the band’s label. Look for the disc to feature 10 cuts, including “Sweet Lungs,” “Dusk and Summer,” “Heaven” and the LP’s first single, “Don’t Wait.” … The Living Things are taking a new approach with their follow-up to Ahead of the Lions — instead of blasting us with their opinions on various political issues, they’re seeing how everyone else feels for a change. “It’ll be real-life stories from people we’ve met on the road, more storytelling about how they feel, and how everything’s affecting them,” singer Lillian Berlin said. Songs include “Honest Abe,” “History Is Dead” and “Red White and Blues.” There’s no name for the album just yet, but they’re considering the following working titles: Missouri Aches, Letters From Exile and Before the West Was Won. …

Fatboy Slim has recorded a new single called “That Old Pair of Jeans,” which he will include on The Greatest Hits – Why Try Harder, due June 20. Another new track, “Champion Sound” (featuring Lateef), will also be included, as well as the DJ’s remixes of Cornershop‘s “Brimful of Asha” and Groove Armada‘s “I See You Baby.” A best-of DVD, “The Greatest Hits – Why Make Videos,” is due the same day. … The Lostprophets have set a June 27 release date for their third album, Liberation Transmission. The Welsh rockers are shooting the video for the first single, “Rooftops,” in Los Angeles this week. … The Brand New Heavies have reunited with singer N’Dea Davenport and will release a new album June 27 called Get Used to It. A tour is in the works for July and August.

04.07.06

Guess that ring didn’t mean a thing after all. Despite Ciara sporting a rock from Bow Wow that many assumed was an engagement ring, the couple don’t appear to be headed down the aisle anytime soon. Ciara’s rep confirmed the couple’s split. …

Nine of the 10 Ozzfest dates that Ozzy Osbourne will be headlining during this summer’s trek have been revealed. The festival’s namesake will top the bill during the tour’s first night in Auburn, Washington, on June 29, as previously reported, and he’ll also close out shows in San Francisco (July 1); San Bernardino, California (July 8); Chicago (July 16); East Troy, Wisconsin (July 22); New York (July 29); Boston (August 1); Camden, New Jersey (August 4); and Bristow, Virginia (August 6). The Ozzman’s 10th appearance will be announced in the coming weeks. Bands on the lineup for this year’s Ozzfest include System of a Down, Disturbed, Lacuna Coil, Hatebreed, Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society and Atreyu. …

South Park” is used to getting slammed by everyone from the Catholic League to Scientologists, but the foul-mouthed cartoon got some good news Wednesday when it was announced that it picked up a prestigious Peabody Award. In announcing the win, the Peabody panel said that “primitive animation is part of the charm of TV’s boldest, most politically incorrect satirical series. Its simple style also makes possible the show’s unmatched topicality.” The awards will be handed out on June 5 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York by former winner Jon Stewart. Other honorees included PBS’ “American Masters” series for its Bob Dylan biopic “No Direction Home” and WNYC Radio in New York’s Radio Rookies Project, in which teenage reporters recorded moving first-person stories. …

Kelly Rowland previewed tracks from her upcoming My Story … at a listening party in New York on Thursday. R&B singer Tank, who worked with Jamie Foxx on his Unpredictable album, helped write and produce two songs, “The Show” and “Ghetto,” and Kelly hopes to get Snoop Dogg on the latter track. Kelly told the crowd that the project “sums up my thoughts, my emotions and everything I have been feeling these past couple of years.” My Story … is due July 11. … Jessica Simpson is being sued again. Tarrant Apparel Group, who she originally signed up with to create her clothing line, filed a breach-of-contract complaint on Thursday in New York, claiming that the singer failed to promote its products. The company’s asking for $100 million in damages. …

JoJo‘s about 90 percent done with her upcoming album, due late this summer, but there’s going to be a longer wait after that for the next one — the 15-year-old singer said she’s hanging it up until she’s 18, as far as her music is concerned. “I want there to be growth,” she said. “I want to live and experience things. That’s something that’s important.” Until then, JoJo is busy collaborating with Swizz Beatz, Sean Garrett and Billy Steinberg (who co-wrote Madonna‘s “Like a Virgin”). … Minneapolis rockers Soul Asylum will release their first new studio album in eight years, The Silver Lining, on July 11. The disc will feature several of the final recordings of bassist Karl Mueller, who died last year of throat cancer. …

Sufjan Stevens will release The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras From the Illinois Album on July 25. The New Pantheon award-winning Illinois was initially conceived as a double album, according to a press release, and the 21 songs that didn’t end up on the disc were culled together to create The Avalanche. Look for the disc to include the tracks “The Vivian Girls Are Visited in the Night by Saint Dargarius and His Squadron of Benevolent Butterflies,” “The Mistress Witch From McClure (Or, The Mind That Knows Itself),” “The Perpetual Self, (Or, What Would Saul Alinsky Do?)” as well as three alternate versions of the tune “Chicago.” …

According to guitarist Josh Rand, Stone Sour‘s forthcoming LP — tentatively titled Come What May — is in the bag. The band recorded 16 tracks for the effort, including “30/30-150″ and “Zzyzx Road.” “We’re in the process of picking just how many will go on the album,” Rand wrote in a posting on the group’s Web site. “It’s much more diverse and mature than the first record. Sonically, it’s amazing.” Randy Staub (H.I.M., Avril Lavigne) will begin mixing the album Monday, and it should surface in July. … Brand New have a free concert set for April 15 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville; the show is open to anyone who’d like to attend, even those who aren’t enrolled at the school. The band, which has been working on the follow-up to 2003′s Deja Entendu, will also be touring for much of the summer, starting with a gig in Sayreville, New Jersey, on June 20. The U.S. trek will make 30 stops before winding down July 27 in New York. …

Former teen idol Leif Garrett has been jailed for 45 days after failing several drug tests while staying in a strict live-in drug rehab program, according to The Associated Press. The 44-year-old singer/actor began the sentence on March 30 after a court commissioner determined that he had violated the terms of the program, which he was placed in after violating probation in a 2004 cocaine possession arrest. … The last show of Eric Clapton‘s European tour will be a first, marking his debut at Moscow’s Red Square. Kicking off May 5 in France, the trek will hit 14 countries before wrapping up in Russia on August 3.

[This story was originally published at 12:47 pm E.T. on 04.10.2006]