For The Record: Quick News On Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Britney Spears, Angels & Airwaves, 50 Cent & More

Paris, Nicole dish on each other; Britney calls statue 'hysterical'; 50 gambles on heist film.

Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie might not be speaking to each other these days, but they sure are speaking a lot about each other. While Paris told Out magazine that her song “Jealousy” isn’t exactly about her former best friend, judging from the description she gave, it sure sounds like it is. “It’s a song about any girl,” Hilton told the magazine for its latest cover story. (Don’t miss pics from the spread right here. ) “Any girl has a girlfriend that’s jealous of you. It’s the meanest, most evil thing that can take over you.” As for Richie, Hilton said, “I brought her on ['The Simple Life'], and all of a sudden she became this different person. She dropped her old friends and now she’s someone else. That’s not the girl I know. That’s similar to the lyrics in ‘Jealousy.’ ” In the meantime, Richie told Vanity Fair she didn’t drop her old friends because of any green-eyed monster. “When I got out of rehab, I had to figure out what path to go down, and part of that included taking certain people out of my life,” she told the magazine, adding that one of those people was Paris. “I just decided I didn’t want to be her friend anymore. We’re just two completely different people; we don’t have that much in common.” As for rumors that she screened Paris’ sex tape, Richie said, “A, I don’t watch porn, and B, I don’t want to see someone I’ve known forever having sex. I mean, that’s gross!” …

Now that Britney Spears has finally confirmed that she’s pregnant, how does she feel about that controversial statue? “It’s one of the most hysterical things I’ve ever seen in my life,” the singer told the U.K. version of Glamour for the magazine’s June cover story. “Me and my assistant Felicia were totally dumbfounded when we saw it. We couldn’t believe somebody actually did this.” So does that mean Spears would buy it? “No thanks,” she said. “They can display it somewhere, but not in my beautiful home.” Meanwhile, Spears said she’s been writing music “at home in my sweatpants” and “meeting with different people to work on the album,” including Sean Garrett (Jamie Foxx, Keyshia Cole) and Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem (50 Cent, Destiny’s Child). But she’s also been reading scripts in search of her next acting venture. She said she’d love to play a superhero — “maybe Supermom,” whose powers would be telepathy and invisibility — or do something with George Clooney, because he’s “pretty cute. … But don’t tell my husband.” …

At this rate, 50 Cent might go an entire year without releasing an album. The rapper-turned-thespian has just signed on to star in his fourth movie, this one set within the street-racing scene. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 50 is attached to “Live Bet,” a New York-set heist flick about underground betting clubs in Manhattan where wagers are placed on illegal car races. 50 will also produce the movie. … Ashanti is getting evil. The singer has joined the cast of “Resident Evil: Extinction,” the third film in the action series, which starts shooting Monday in Mexico. She will play the Nurse Betty character alongside Milla Jovovich‘s Alice and Mike Epps‘ L.J. Ashanti will next hit the big screen in the romantic comedy “John Tucker Must Die,” due in theaters July 28. …

Snoop Dogg headed back to London on Wednesday (May 10) to meet with police and find out whether or not he will be charged for the brawl that broke out at Heathrow Airport last month, according to The Associated Press. … A Catholic high school in suburban Detroit is saying no-no to Ne-Yo. Students at Mercy High School won a recent radio-sponsored contest that was to bring the singer to the private school for a concert, but officials canceled the event after reviewing his In My Own Words debut and determining that those words were too objectionable. …

Angels & Airwaves canceled their two-night stand at the Troubadour in Hollywood after frontman Tom DeLonge was advised by doctors to rest his voice. In a statement released by the band’s management, A&A apologized for backing out of the gigs, which were scheduled for Wednesday and Friday, but said they were left with no other choice when DeLonge’s vocal cords became infected. “After a few days of treatment, Tom should be back to his old self again, and the band will be ready for the KROQ Weenie Roast on Saturday.” The band is offering fans who had tickets to the Troubadour shows the chance to trade them in for tix to A&A’s upcoming tour with Taking Back Sunday. Exchange information will be made available at AngelsAndAirwaves.com in the next few days. … In other cancellation news, Radiohead tabled a Wednesday show in Amsterdam — just their fourth gig since emerging from a near two-year hiatus — because of “a sudden family bereavement.” According to a post on the band’s blog, Dead Air Space, Radiohead are scrapping their performance at the Heineken Concert Hall, but are trying to reschedule the show for later this summer. “We are especially sorry to those people who have made a special effort to travel and see us play,” the post read. “At least it’s been a sunny day here, and there’s no finer place in the sun than Amsterdam.” …

Want to hear AFI‘s forthcoming Decemberunderground weeks before its June 6 release date? Well, you can. The band has scheduled a bunch of listening parties, the first of which is scheduled to happen Wednesday night Chicago. Seven other shindigs have been booked: Thursday in Seattle, Toronto and Sacramento, California; Friday in Boston; Tuesday in Minneapolis; and May 17 in Detroit and Washington, D.C. … Dates for Rancid‘s summer tour have been revealed. The punks will hit the road July 6 in Tempe, Arizona, and, seven gigs later, wrap up the jaunt in Atlanta on July 25. The band will be touring in support of its yet-untitled DVD, which should be in stores in late July. … Teddy Geiger and Lionel Richie performed Tuesday at New York’s Gotham Hall for a Candies Foundation event designed to raise awareness about teen pregnancy. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Seventeen Editor-in-Chief Atoosa Rubenstein and CNN anchor Paula Zahn were honored for educating youth about the consequences of teen pregnancy. …

She Wants Revenge, Stars and the Stills are among the indie-riffic acts confirmed for the sixth annual Village Voice Siren Fest, to be held July 15 at Coney Island in New York. Other buzz bands on the bill include Art Brut, Tapes ‘N Tapes and Dirty on Purpose. More acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks, and like always, the Siren Fest is totally free. … And speaking of the Stills, while the Montreal rockers are in the middle of a Canadian tour, they’ve announced a monthlong U.S. trek with Bay Area indie-pop outfit Rogue Wave beginning June 2 in Hoboken, New Jersey. The tour wraps up June 25 at the Desdemona Festival in Cincinnati. …

U.K. disco-pop singer Goldfrapp is finally hitting U.S. shores in support of Supernature, which was released overseas last year but came out in North America in March. The brief tour — which kicked off Monday in San Francisco — will find the singer opening for Depeche Mode in New York on Saturday and performing on “The Late Show With David Letterman” on May 17. A full U.S. tour will follow in the fall. … Even though former MC5 member Michael Davis is still in the hospital after getting into a motorcycle accident May 8, he’s expected to make a full recovery. According to his wife and manager, Angela Davis, the bassist was driving his Harley Davidson on a Los Angeles freeway and couldn’t steer clear of a massive muffler that had fallen off one of the vehicles in front of him. Davis suffered a fractured spine, bruised ribs and several abrasions. …

Eccentric spiritual musical collective — and Sufjan Stevens pals — Danielson will launch a massive North American tour in support of their new album, Ships, and the documentary film “Danielson: A Family Movie,” currently playing film festivals to critical acclaim. The band will be supported on the 45-date trek by various artists, including Saturday Looks Good to Me, Oneida and Goblin Cock. … Nancy Sinatra — who reached #1 with “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ ” 29 years before Jessica Simpson put her spin on the tune — will receive the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s 2,312th star Thursday. The ceremony, featuring guest speakers including her brother, Frank Sinatra Jr., will be held in front of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

05.09.2006

On Tuesday, the New York Supreme Court’s Appellate Division refused to hear Sean “Diddy” Combs‘ appeal of a lower-court decision ordering him to pay more than $19,000 a month in child-support payments, according to The Associated Press. In 2005, a judge initially set monthly support payments at $21,782, but later reduced the amount. That was after the Westchester Family Court ruled Diddy should pay $35,000 a month to ex-girlfriend Misa Hylton-Brim for the care of their now-12-year-old son, Justin. …

Britney Spears announced a new arrival Monday — no, not that one. She also has a new fragrance on the way, and while Spears was still mum on those pregnancy rumors at her Elizabeth Arden party in New York, she did comment on In Control, the latest offering from her perfume line. “It’s truly cool just to be able to connect with women with this fragrance,” the singer said. “It’s awesome. I love it.” No baby talk there, but Britney did trot out some children. Young dancers from her former dance school, Broadway Dance, performed as part of the event. …

Ne-Yo, Keyshia Cole, Three Six Mafia and Busta Rhymes will be on hand May 16 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel when nominees are announced for the BET Awards. … Red Hot Chili Peppers will make history May 20 by becoming the first band to perform mid-race at a NASCAR event. The Nextel Cup Series All-Star Challenge, which consists of three segments of 40, 30 and 20 laps, will also mark the Peppers’ first time performing at a sporting event. … Chris Daughtry is the odds-on favorite to win “American Idol,” according to a well-known gambling Web site. WagerWeb.com, which offers odds on the hottest issues in the news, posted its final four “Idol” odds Tuesday (May 9). It has Daughtry as a near two-to-one favorite, followed by Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee and then Elliott Yamin. …

Velvet Revolver have been added to the list of performers scheduled for the second annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert, which is honoring Metallica frontman James Hetfield and concert promoter and manager Bill Silva. Alice in ChainsJerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, Tom Waits, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Jason Mraz are also performing, and Jim Breuer and Margaret Cho are presenting. Author Greg Behrendt (“He’s Just Not That Into You”) is hosting the event, scheduled for Friday in Hollywood. … With an album called What’s Left of Me and a track titled “I Can’t Hate You Anymore,” it sounds like Nick Lachey is pretty broken up about his split from Jessica Simpson. But Lachey tells “Access Hollywood” he doesn’t want to turn into a bitter ex. “I don’t think I could ever hate her,” Lachey said of his estranged wife. “I think it was more of a hate of the situation. … I don’t think I could say that I’ve completely let go, but I think it’s a process that you have to go through in this.” The second half of the two-part interview airs Tuesday (May 9) on “Access Hollywood.” …

On Tuesday (May 9), a judge in New York granted hip-hop station Hot 97 its request for a temporary restraining order against the New York City District Council of Carpenters Pension Fund, their landlords at 395 Hudson St. One week ago, the Pension Fund filed a motion to have the radio station evicted, citing “fears for the lives of other tenants at 395 Hudson” and giving the station 20 days to respond, which it did in the form of the injunction. The next step in the case will be a preliminary injunction hearing on May 19. … Snoop Dogg‘s novel, “Love Don’t Live Here No More,” is due in October, but if you’re expecting a thinly veiled look at the rapper’s own experiences, think again. “It’s a third-party book I’m telling the story of through my eyes, but it’s not based on my life,” he told MTV Europe. Snoop explained that he’s co-writing the story with another author, and plans to release a single to go along with the book. …

Duran Duran will headline the second day of the Voodoo Music Experience, a weekend festival scheduled for October 28-29 in New Orleans. Red Hot Chili Peppers top the first day’s bill, and the full lineup is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. A limited number of $25 pre-sale tickets for both days are being offered at DuranDuran.com and VoodooMusicFest.com. … The annual Intonation Music Festival has finalized its wildly eclectic lineup with two late additions: Ghostface Killah and a rare appearance by ’60s psych icon and 13th Floor Elevators visionary Roky Erikson. Intonation takes place June 24 and 25 in Chicago’s Union Park. Bloc Party, the Streets, Guided By VoicesRobert Pollard and Lupe Fiasco are also on the bill. …

An Irvington, New Jersey, family that lost all its possessions in a fire is getting a song from Enrique Iglesias — and a hand from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The singer will perform on an episode of the series set to air May 21 on ABC. New Jersey Nets star Jason Kidd will also be on hand to welcome Beverly Turner and her special-needs children to their rebuilt home. … Winners of the 10th annual Webby Awards, honoring Web site achievements, have been announced, and the Gorillaz were named Webby Artist of the Year. Deemed “the world’s most successful virtual band and a pioneer in fusing music and animation” by the Webbys, the group will be saluted at a June 12 ceremony alongside other winners, including social-networking site MySpace, photo host Flickr and YourPSP.com, the official PlayStation Portable Web site. …

R&B/soul legend Wilson Pickett will be immortalized in a two-disc set compiled by the rock archivists at Rhino. Due July 11, The Definitive Wilson Pickett will include 30 of the soul singer’s hits recorded during his decade-long tenure at Atlantic Records. Pickett died of a heart attack in January at age 64. … Lou Reed will be signing copies of “Lou Reed’s New York” — comprising more than 100 of the musician’s photos of the city — at the International Center for Photography Museum Store in New York on Friday. Those unable to attend the 6 p.m. reception, which will feature music composed by Reed for “meditation and absorption of the photographic image,” may call the ICP museum store at (212) 857-9725 to reserve an autographed copy of the book.