For The Record: Quick News On Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson, Diddy, Smashing Pumpkins, Dr. Dre, Kevin Federline & More

Lindsay bags another awards-show appearance; Jessica steals Diddy's thunder; Pumpkins rehearse with Jane's Addiction bassist.

Lindsay Lohan teamed up with Karl Lagerfeld; Jessica Simpson stole Diddy‘s thunder; and Janet Jackson, Terrence Howard and Mrs. Marilyn Manson, Dita Von Teese, filled out the audience at Monday night’s Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards, ELLE.com reports. Diddy’s late arrival was trumped by Simpson’s — although the two did pose together on the green carpet. Lohan reminisced about the many bags she’s bought before presenting the Accessory Designer of the Year honors to Tom Binns. And Scarlett Johansson handed the Womenswear Designer of the Year prize to Calvin Klein‘s Francisco Costa at the fashion industry’s big night, which took place at the New York Public Library’s Celeste Bartos Forum. (Check out shots of Rihanna, Amanda Bynes, Heidi Klum and more decked out in their fashion-awards best. ) …

Ever since Billy Corgan announced last summer that he was resurrecting the Smashing Pumpkins, fans have been wondering just who will be joining the revival. So far, we know Corgan’s longtime right-hand man, sinewy drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, is on board. But could Eric Avery, the erstwhile bassist for Jane’s Addiction, be interested in the slot left vacant by Melissa Auf Der Maur and original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky before her? Perhaps. According to a spokesperson for the Pumpkins’ management, Avery “has been rehearsing with [the band] in their pre-production of the new record, but nothing [has been] confirmed in regards to [Avery joining the Pumpkins].” There’s no word on whether Corgan has reached out to either original guitarist James Iha or Wretzky to return to the fold, but Auf Der Maur has expressed interest in playing a role in the Pumpkins’ return. …

People magazine has won the bidding war over the exclusive photos of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt‘s new daughter, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. The magazine will feature the pics in its next issue, which hits newsstands Friday. Jolie and Pitt have yet to announce the charity or charities that will receive the money raised from the sale. … Dr. Dre, Bow Wow, Natalie Cole and Platinum Weird (Kara DioGuardi and Dave Stewart‘s new band) have been added to the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy’s Honors ceremony, which will recognize Snoop Dogg and MySpace.com co-founders Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe. Nate Dogg and Warren G are also expected to attend the event Thursday in Hollywood. …

Britney Spears might not be able to make Kevin Federline clean up, but put the man on a magazine cover and he’ll cut his hair, shave off his stubble and actually wear a suit, as he does in the new issue of Item magazine, on newsstands Thursday (Click to see photos of Kevin Federline’s new look ). K-Fed tells the mag that he just can’t win: “If I stay home and take care of my wife and my kids, then I am a loafer, not a good father. If I try to have a career, nobody thinks I am caring for my family. … I should just put a bull’s-eye on my back.” Federline said that while people may think that he’s a freeloader, he’s going to make sure his kids appreciate hard work and the value of money. “It’s completely unfair when a child is brought into this world and now he’s already looked at like a prince. My kids are going to have to learn what a real job is, what life is. You don’t have it easy with me. Period. … My kids are going to work at Taco Bell, dammit!” …

Mariah Carey is expecting a “whole slew” of featured guests on her upcoming tour, to help re-create her classic collabos, but the guest she’s most looking forward to seeing is Jermaine Dupri. “I would hope Jermaine is going to make it to a couple of shows,” she said. “I love everybody I work with, but Jermaine is my favorite person to collaborate with because he is a great artist as well as producer as well as collaborator. We work together. A lot of times, I will just work on a melody and lyrics by myself and get a beat from somebody or tell them, ‘Here’s what I’m feeling,’ and they’ll play it on the piano. But Jermaine and I can sit there, work together, and really collaborate and have fun.” … Lady Sovereign, Badly Drawn Boy, Zero 7, Rogue Wave and the Veronicas are among the new additions to Seattle’s Bumbershoot fest, scheduled for September 2-4. They join Kanye West, AFI and Yellowcard, among others. …

To commemorate punk rock’s 30th birthday, Sanctuary Records will release U.S. Vs. U.K. Punk, a 16-track collection featuring selections from several pioneering British and American — well, New York and Los Angeles — punk acts, including the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and the Damned, but not the Clash. The disc will boast a demo version of the Pistols’ “Anarchy in the U.K.,” along with live and rare cuts from the Buzzcocks, Generation X, Sham 69, the New York Dolls, Dead Boys, Black Flag and Suicidal Tendencies. … Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has teamed with Iowa-based metallers Facecage to launch a new record label. Called Great Big Mouth Records, the label will issue Facecage’s forthcoming album, Facecage III, on July 15. Taylor, who produced the Facecage LP, has no plans at this time to add to the label’s roster. …

Monday night’s 65th annual Peabody Awards ceremony was full of comedy and tragedy thanks to host Jon Stewart and statues for everything from Hurricane Katrina coverage to poop jokes on “South Park.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stewart opened with his typical deadpan humor, saying, “Here at the Peabodys, I’m a satirist … It’s very important, what I do, and you’re lucky to have me.” The awards, presented by the University of Georgia, honor “distinguished achievement and meritorious service” by radio and television networks, which explains why the biggest cheers were reserved for “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone for their 10 years of satirical cartoon mayhem. Awards also went to director Martin Scorsese for his PBS “American Masters” documentary “Bob Dylan: No Direction Home” and four TV news teams for their Katrina coverage. …

Meat Loaf is suing longtime collaborator, songwriter Jim Steinman, for $50 million and the use of the phrase “Bat Out of Hell.” In a lawsuit filed May 26, the singer claims that Steinman and former manager David Sonenberg have tried to block the October release of Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose. Meat Loaf’s suit alleges that Steinman — who wrote Meat Loaf’s 1977 album Bat Out of Hell and the 1993 follow-up Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell — wrongly claimed exclusive use of the phrase in a 1995 patent application. Steinman wrote six songs for Bat Out of Hell III, which was produced by Desmond Child and features Mötley Crüe‘s Nikki Sixx and Marilyn Manson‘s Jon 5. “Meat Loaf will not be bullied by anyone,” attorney Skip Miller said in a statement. “He will continue to use the title ‘Bat Out of Hell’ in any way he wants.”

06.05.2006

DMX is back behind the wheel — and back in trouble with police. The rapper was pulled over in White Plains, New York, on Friday and charged with numerous traffic infractions, according to The Associated Press. DMX (born Earl Simmons) was stopped while driving his 2001 Chevy Suburban at unreasonable speeds and was also cited for changing lanes in an unsafe manner. To boot, police claim he wasn’t wearing a seat belt and did not have a driver’s license on him. X was given a summons and will appear before a traffic-court judge June 16. Last year, DMX served a 30-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to violating the terms of his conditional release. The charge stemmed from a June 2004 incident at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport during which X allegedly claimed to be a federal agent and tried to steal a car. …

Lindsay Lohan‘s ears must have been burning before she walked down the red carpet Sunday night for the New York premiere of “A Prairie Home Companion,” since her castmates — including Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Kline and Virginia Madsen — were singing her praises before the actress was even in sight. Streep, who plays Lohan’s mother in the movie, called the young actress “simply wonderful,” while Tomlin, who plays Lohan’s aunt, said one of the threesome’s most emotional scenes together hinged on Lohan’s performance. “Lindsay has this scene where ['APHC' host] Garrison Keillor says, ‘I don’t do eulogies,’ and she gets really tearful,” Tomlin said. “She’s just overwrought. We did about five or six takes on that one, and the burden was really on Lindsay, and she was awfully good.” Also at the premiere were James Franco, Jena Malone, Kurt Vonnegut, Lauren Bacall and “Grey’s Anatomy” star T.R. Knight. …

50 Cent is joining Rihanna, Beenie Man, Bounty Killa and Elephant Man on the bill of the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, set for July 16-22 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. One artist on the lineup has yet to be revealed, and the Sumfest Web site describes the mystery addition as having a “honey dipped voice and a face that has young ladies across the world weak.” …

Sometimes the Europeans simply have it better than we do. Over the weekend, Metallica performed their 1986 masterpiece, Master of Puppets, in its entirety not once but twice. They played it through on Saturday during the Rock Am Ring festival in Nürburgring, Germany, and then again on Sunday at the Rock Im Park festival in Nürnberg. The band performed the album’s eight tracks — “Battery,” “Master of Puppets,” “The Thing That Should Not Be,” “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Disposable Heroes,” “Leper Messiah,” “Orion” and “Damage, Inc.” — in the middle of each night’s set. …

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have found a way to show off their new baby while raking in big bucks for charity. The couple announced that exclusive images of their newborn daughter, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, will be licensed to media outlets via Getty Images. The photo service will not profit from the sale of the shots, which will instead go to charitable organizations. “While we celebrate the joy of the birth of our daughter, we recognize that two million babies born every year in the developing world die on the first day of their lives,” Jolie and Pitt said in a statement. “These children can be saved, but only if governments around the world make it a priority.” …

Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody’s throat is so damaged that the band was forced to postpone dates in New York, Philadelphia, Montreal and Toronto. But fear not, fans: the Patrol have already scheduled make-up dates for the postponed shows. They’ll play Toronto on June 25, Philly on the 26th and NYC the following night. Their Boston show has been rescheduled for August 15, and they promise to hit Montreal when they return to North America in October. “The elite triumvirate of our agent (Marty Diamond), our manager (Jazz Summers) and our tour manager (Neil Mather) sprang into action like some magical, yet functionary, ballet to reschedule the dates,” Lightbody wrote on SnowPatrol.com. “For the most part, they will be added to the end of this U.S. tour in and around the last week of June. I hope that you can all make these new dates, and I’m sorry again for hassle.” …

Sleepy Brown, the Outkast protégé who appears on “The Way You Move,” will release his debut album, Mr. Brown, September 26. The first single, “Margarita,” features Pharrell and Big Boi. … Shakira and Wyclef Jean made beautiful music together with “Hips Don’t Lie” and now the track has made history. According to Nielsen data, the song was played 9,657 times on the radio last week, becoming the most-played song in pop radio history. Gwen Stefani‘s “Hollaback Girl” held the previous record, with 9,582 spins during the week ending June 5, 2005. …

LL Cool J joins Diddy, Stevie Wonder and Tom Petty in the ranks of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Golden Note Award winners. LL’s award will be presented June 26, when ASCAP will also honor R&B singer Bill Withers with a Rhythm & Soul Award during a ceremony held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. …
Master P and Lil’ Romeo are joining country-music star Lee Ann Womack to perform for U.S. troops at the Homefront Celebration in Vicenza, Italy, on June 14. This is the second USO tour for Master P and Romeo, who performed at an event for soldiers stationed in Germany in March. …

Avenged Sevenfold have posted their cover of Pantera‘s “Walk,” which is featured on Kerrang! magazine’s High Voltage compilation, on their MySpace page. … Scissor Sisters fans can start counting down the days: The band’s second album, Ta-Dah, has been fit with a September 26 due date. The release will be preceded by the disc’s first single, “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’.” …

It’s official: Fuel need to keep looking for a new singer. Former “American Idol” contestant Chris Daughtry confirmed that he’s going to go it alone. While in Greensboro, North Carolina, for a homecoming celebration Saturday, Daughtry told The Charlotte Observer, “I’m going to be doing my own thing.” The contest’s favorite rocker, who was asked to front Fuel following his elimination from “Idol” last month, said he expects to announce his career plans after he finishes touring with the “Idol” top 10. The American Idols Live Tour kicks off July 5 in New Hampshire and wraps up September 24 in Pennsylvania. … First Bun B revealed that he was escorting boxer Bernard Hopkins to the ring for Saturday’s light heavyweight bout in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and now Nick Lachey, “Entourage” star Jeremy Piven and fighter Oscar de la Hoya are getting in on the action. Piven and de la Hoya will get the weekend’s festivities rolling with a pre-fight party at the Borgata Hotel Casino’s Mixx nightclub on Friday, while Lachey will hold court at Mixx the next night as host of the bout’s afterparty. …

Vince Welnick, 55, former keyboard player for the Grateful Dead, died Friday in what the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department termed a suicide, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Welnick, who also played with the Tubes and the Missing Man Formation, was the last in a line of Grateful Dead keyboard players who met tragic early deaths that sparked word of a curse, from original keyboardist Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, who died at age 27 in 1973, to Keith Godchaux, who was killed in a 1980 car crash after leaving the band and Brent Mydland, who died of a drug overdose in 1990. Welnick played with the Dead until the 1995 death of leader Jerry Garcia ended the band’s four-decade run. … Carlos Santana and his wife are hitting Macy’s Herald Square in New York on Monday to unveil a product that will satisfy those who have always wanted to smell like the guitar icon — or his songs. The Santanas will sign bottles of Carlos Santana, a men’s fragrance that promises to be “a rich scent inspired by the music of Santana” at the event.

[This story was originally published at 1:01 pm E.T. on 06.06.2006]