For The Record: Quick News On Mandy Moore, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, Jack White, Three 6 Mafia & More

Moore puts woman on kiss list; guitarist Tom Dumont is a dad; Carrie Underwood scores CMT honors.

Mandy Moore, like any actress, has kissed plenty of frogs in her career — but she tells Cosmopolitan in the magazine’s May cover story that one of her top screen kisses so far has come from “Scrubs” star Sarah Chalke. “I’m not going to lie,” Moore told the mag. “I’ve never kissed a girl before, so that was a lot more awkward. But she was maybe one of the best kissers.” Also making Moore’s top makeout list (at least onscreen) are boyfriend Zach Braff (also for “Scrubs”) and Adrian Grenier (“Entourage”). “It’s awkward kissing a guy who’s not your boyfriend. But I guess kissing handsome men isn’t the most awful gig on earth.” …

No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont and his wife, Mieke, became first-time parents Thursday. According to a spokesperson for the band’s label, the Dumonts are “happy, excited and having a blast with their new little one,” son Ace. … Carrie Underwood was a big winner at Monday night’s fan-voted CMT Awards, scoring two trophies. The “American Idol” season-four champ took breakthrough video and female video prizes for “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” Bon Jovi also scored, winning in the collaborative video category for “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” which teamed the band with Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles. … No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont and his wife, Mieke, became first-time parents Thursday. According to a spokesperson for the band’s label, the Dumonts are “happy, excited and having a blast with their new little one,” son Ace. … Maggie Gyllenhaal, 28, and Peter Sarsgaard, 35, are engaged and expecting a baby, The Associated Press reports. The acting duo have been dating for four years. …

The Latin Grammys will be held in New York for the first time ever, it was announced Tuesday. The 7th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be broadcast live Thursday, November 2, at Madison Square Garden. … The Raconteurs don’t even have a record out, but they’re already being forced to change their name — at least in Australia. From now on, Jack White‘s new foursome will go by the Saboteurs Down Under, after it was discovered that an Aussie jazz band had already laid claim to the Raconteur handle. Reps for White confirmed the name change, and in a statement, the White Stripes frontman said the decision was made “in the spirit of espionage and subversion.” Whatever you call the band, its debut album, Broken Boy Soldiers, will hit stores May 16. …

Columbia Records will release WWE: Wreckless Intent, a compilation featuring the entrance themes of World Wrestling Entertainment’s biggest names, May 23. The disc features Saliva‘s “I Walk Alone,” which ushers in Batista; Brand New Sin doing “Crank It Up,” which signals the Big Show‘s trip to the square circle; and Rey Mysterio‘s entrance song, “Booyaka 619,” performed by P.O.D. Others on the disc include Three 6 Mafia, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Theory of a Deadman and Motörhead. …

Trapt and Shinedown will launch a 28-date co-headlining run April 19 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, with Mercy Fall, Halestorm and Evans Blue sharing opening duties. Dates run through May 27 in Anthony, Texas, with more gigs to be added in the coming weeks. Trapt’s Chris Brown said the band plans to start writing new material this fall, then return to the road again for another spate of dates before heading into the studio toward the end of this year to track its third album. Trapt’s sophomore disc, Someone in Control, was released in September. …

Scottish group Arab Strap lost approximately $6,000 Sunday night in Philadelphia when cash was allegedly stolen from their tour manager’s purse at Nick’s Roast Beef restaurant. Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to contact Philadelphia police at (215) 686-3093 or 3094. This is the second incident to hit the Arab Strap tour. Last month supporting act A Whisper in the Noise were attacked in Seattle during an attempted robbery. …

Fefe Dobson has set a new release date (June 20) for her second record, Sunday Love, which was previously primed for release last fall. The first single, “This Is My Life,” was co-written by Billy Steinberg (the Veronicas, Celine Dion) and produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, P.O.D.). … Eels will launch their Live and in Person! No Strings Attached 2006 tour — apparently a reference to the band’s last jaunt, which featured a strings session — May 25 at Los Angeles’ Roxy Theatre. The trek, with Smoosh opening, ends with Lollapalooza in Chicago in early August and includes a free show at the World Financial Plaza in New York June 13. The latter gig will be a thank-you to the Big Apple fans who appear on the recent live CD/DVD Live at Town Hall.

Toad the Wet Sprocket will play their first shows together in several years this summer, including some dates with Big Head Todd & the Monsters billed as Todd and Toad. Toad singer Glen Phillips will play a solo set at all the shows and will also play several dates without his band, beginning May 4 in Burlington, Vermont. Phillips’ fourth solo album, Mr. Lemons, is due May 2. … Former Meat Puppets singer Curt Kirkwood, Son Volt and Drive-By Truckers are teaming for a spring tour that kicks off April 30 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The trek ends May 9 in Seattle. …

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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.