For The Record: Quick News On Pharrell Williams, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, 'Harry Potter,' Pearl Jam, Lil Scrappy & More

Pharrell poses for Louis Vuitton; Keys attends Jay's afterparty; Harry Potter might die in last book installment.

Designer Marc Jacobs said he wanted to bring Louis Vuitton "a touch of the street, elevated to a rich, modern chic" — and Pharrell Williams has been picked to embody that fashion philosophy as the new face of Vuitton's fall/winter 2006-07 menswear campaign. Pharrell will be flanked by classic LV suitcases in monogrammed canvas and will hold a new suede Innsbruck bag with a V motif in ads for the prestigious line. The Vuitton women's campaign will be led by several models, including Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. ...

After the Reasonable Doubt 10th anniversary show at New York's Radio City Music Hall Sunday night, Jay-Z and Beyoncé walked just across the street to the afterparty at the Rainbow Room, where virtually all the stars who performed onstage or attended the show came over to celebrate. Foxy Brown, Alicia Keys, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Tucker, Jadakiss and Irv Gotti were sprinkled through the room as the DJ spun old-school new-jack swing — including Guy's "I Like" and Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison" — along with early Michael Jackson and Prince. ...

"Harry Potter" fans know the end is near for the wildly popular book series — but is Potter himself ready to meet his fate too? J.K. Rowling revealed Monday (June 26) that at least two characters will perish in the last "Harry Potter" installment, according to The Associated Press — and that Harry himself might bite the dust too. "I have never been tempted to kill him off before the final because I've always planned seven books, and I want to finish on seven books," the author told a London TV station. "The last book is not finished. But I'm well into it now." ...

Wearing a vintage Who T-shirt, Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder took time out from his band's show Saturday night at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati to pay homage to the 11 fans who were trampled to death at the venue (then named Riverfront Coliseum) before a Who concert in 1979. He said show opener Robert Pollard, former leader of Guided by Voices, reminded him before the concert that the arena was a place where "great music happened and a tragedy took place." Vedder than alluded to his own band's tragedy, the deaths of nine fans at Denmark's Roskilde Festival in 2000, and mentioned that Who guitarist Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey called Pearl Jam to help them through the aftermath. The singer then dedicated a moving version of "Wishlist" as a "little prayer for those who passed and all the survivors." PJ ended the show with a raucous, houselights-up duet with Pollard on the Who's "Baba O'Riley." ...

Lil Scrappy is shooting two videos in Los Angeles this week from his upcoming Bred 2 Die Born 2 Live album: the Lil Jon-produced "Gangsta Gangsta" and "Money in the Bank" featuring Young Buck. ... Apparently being close to the crowd for one night isn't enough for Ozzy Osbourne, who has bumped three more of his Ozzfest appearances to the second stage: Albuquerque, New Mexico (July 4); Pittsburgh (July 18); and Darien Center, New York (July 27). Osbourne will also perform July 14 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Bonner Springs, Kansas, for his only headlining solo show this year. Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society and two additional Ozzfest acts to be announced will open for Ozzy at the show. ...

Boy George (real name George O'Dowd) was warned by a Manhattan criminal-court judge Monday that he won't be given another chance after breaking the terms of his drug-charge sentence, AP reports. The former Culture Club singer didn't perform the community service that his plea deal had required for his conditional discharge, and the judge promised him that he would serve jail time if he did not fulfill those requirements. ... Patricia Arquette married actor Thomas Jane in Venice, Italy, over the weekend, AP reports. The actress was previously married to Nicolas Cage. ...

A California Superior Court judge ruled Friday that producer Phil Spector will go to trial in January for allegedly killing actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. Spector, who has pleaded not guilty and is free on $1 million bail, was not present at the hearing. ... Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman, 39, married a fellow Aussie — country star Keith Urban, 38 — in Sydney, Australia, over the weekend in a small but lavish ceremony. The wedding was attended by more than 200 family members and friends, including actors Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Naomi Watts and director Baz Luhrmann, according to media reports. ...

"High School Musical" star Zac Efron has scored a role in "Hairspray," Variety reports. Efron will play heartthrob Link in the film, an adaptation of the Broadway musical that was inspired by John Waters' 1988 big-screen comedy. The movie — which co-stars Amanda Bynes, Queen Latifah and John Travolta — is set to begin shooting September 5. Efron plans to defer his enrollment at the University of Southern California to take the role. ... With the world going "Superman" crazy, "American Idol" finalist Kimberley Locke is ready to release "Supawoman," the first single from her second album, Based on a True Story. Locke says the song is about "telling your man that it's OK to be with a strong woman." The track hits radio and iTunes on July 4. ...

Elvis Costello and Diana Krall have announced that they are expecting a baby, AP reports. The couple confirmed Sunday that their first child is due in December — just in time for their third wedding anniversary. ... Twisted Sister are celebrating their 30th anniversary by signing to a new label, Razor & Tie, and putting out a new album. What the band is calling its final disc, A Twisted Christmas — featuring metal versions of holiday classics including "Deck the Halls" and "O Come All Ye Faithful" — is due October 17. Twisted Sister are currently recording and have had to cancel performances at European festivals this summer to have the LP completed for the holiday season. ...

G. Love — sans Special Sauce — has set an August 1 release date for Lemonade, his first album on Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records. Johnson, Ben Harper, Marc Broussard, Blackalicious, Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, Donavon Frankenreiter and Tristan Prettyman guest on the album. ... Producer Arif Mardin, who won multiple Grammys for his work with Norah Jones, died Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 74. Mardin had also worked with Jewel, Barbra Streisand and Aretha Franklin. ...

Moby takes on factory farming in a video released by the Humane Society of the United States and posted at AnimalChannel.org. In the clip, Moby talks about the conditions on industrialized farms where animals are raised for meat, eggs and milk. He also offers tips on how consumers can help reduce animal suffering. "Factory farming is abominable, with billions of animals being treated in the most inhumane ways," Moby says in the video. "Each one of us can make a difference for farm animals every time we sit down to eat." ...

Aaron Spelling, a film and television producer behind dozens of hit series — from "Charlie's Angels" and "Starsky and Hutch" to "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "7th Heaven" — died in his Los Angeles home on Friday. He was 83. The prolific producer, who was responsible for a third of ABC's primetime programming in the 1970s and 1980s, had suffered a stroke June 18.

06.23.2006

Kanye West, Nas and John Legend jointly performed Nas' "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)" at a high-profile benefit in New York Thursday night, according to The Associated Press. West also performed "Jesus Walks," "Gold Digger" and more in front of a crowd that included Diddy, Moby, Terrence Howard and Maroon 5's Adam Levine. The event was staged to benefit the nonprofit Foundation for AIDS Research. ...

Jessica Simpson began streaming her new single, "A Public Affair," on her Web site on Friday (June 23). The song is the title track from her new album, due August 29. ... Pharrell will front Louis Vuitton's fall/winter menswear ad campaign, the company announced Friday. Models Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell will also be participating. ...

Constantine Maroulis has begun recording his debut solo album. "It's rock and roll, but it's not like the band," the former "American Idol" finalist said, referring to his former group, Pray for the Soul of Betty. "It's a bit more commercial, a bit more pop. I'm a little older now, and it's got a mature sound, a bit of a Rob Thomas/ Santana thing. It's got some great Bon Jovi elements, a little Ricky Martin in there. And I'm writing a lot of it too." ... Meanwhile, fellow fourth-season finalist Anthony Fedorov is also recording. "It's gonna be Richard Marx meets Marc Anthony," he said of his first effort. "It's gonna be ballad-heavy, very powerful and strong." ... And in yet more "Idol" news, third-season finalist Jon Peter Lewis has released his debut single, "If I Go Away." "I wrote it and I produced it and we're getting ready to go on tour with it," JPL said. "I'm working with some other great musicians right now. I have a drummer who's done some work for Josh Groban and Vertical Horizon, and our piano player plays for Gnarls Barkley." ...

Jay-Z fans shut out of his sold-out show at New York's Radio City Music Hall are getting a second chance to see the rapper perform Reasonable Doubt in its entirety. Hova has a "special preview rehearsal performance" scheduled for Saturday at the Nokia Theater in Times Square, and he's releasing a limited number of tickets to the public. Tickets for the preview go on sale through Ticketmaster Friday at 5 p.m. ... Exactly how cool can a kid be when he's only four weeks old? Pretty cool, if you ask OK! magazine, which has named Kingston James McGregor Rossdale — son of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale — "the coolest kid on the planet" on its June 26 cover. The baby, who "sat quietly and calmly in his parents' arms, with only an occasional cry," is pulling for dad's home team in the World Cup matches with a "Come on England" bib, and has a collection of lambs in his crib — a nod to mom's L.A.M.B. fashion line. (Check out OK!'s photos of the happy family at home). ...

The Hollywood Walk of Fame committee has finalized the 2007 honorees, and Mariah Carey, Diddy and Jamie Foxx lead the list. More than 200 nominations were received and 23 stars in all will make the Walk next year, including the Doors, singers LeAnn Rimes and Shania Twain, director Robert Altman and actors Kiefer Sutherland, Matt Damon and Michael Caine. ... A photographer was arrested Thursday in Malibu, California, after he was discovered hiding outside the daycare center attended by Angelina Jolie's son Maddox Jolie-Pitt, AP reports. Clint Brewer, 25, was trying to take pictures of the 4-year-old boy, according to Brad Pitt's publicist. Brewer was arrested on suspicion of trespassing and released on $1,000 bail. ... Jason Mraz has announced a few intimate shows he's calling Songs for Friends. The dates, which will feature rarely played album tracks and early material, begin July 17 in Chicago and end July 24 in Saratoga, California. ...

Nick Hexum is hosting a live online chat on CourtTV.com Tuesday at 3 p.m. EST to discuss global warming. The 311 singer's Liberal Hexum organization is making the issue its top priority. ... Now that he's put Grandaddy out to pasture, former band leader Jason Lytle is getting ready to go out on the road for an acoustic tour he's calling the Look Who Drifted Into Town Tour - An Evening With Jason Lytle. The string of 13 intimate performances will kick off July 18 at the Sonar club in Baltimore and hit Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco and other major cities before winding down with a two-night stand at Los Angeles' Hotel Cafe on August 11-12. Jackpot multi-instrumentalist Rusty Miller will accompany Lytle on the dates. ...

School's out, and that means it's time for the School of Rock All-Stars to hit the road. The 13- to 17-year-olds will launch a 23-city trek July 28 at Hollywood's Knitting Factory, but they'll perform for a considerably larger crowd when they play Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 6. ... Former Everclear drummer Greg Eklund has resurfaced as a singer and guitarist in the Oohlas. The band's debut album, Best Stop Pop, is due September 26. ... Kool & the Gang co-founder and lead guitarist Claydes Charles Smith died Tuesday following a long illness, AP reports. He was 57. Smith's publicist did not disclose the cause of death. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Smith learned jazz guitar from his father and helped create Kool & the Gang's R&B/funk/pop sound, writing the group's 1984 hit "Joanna" and co-writing Kool classics including "Celebration" and "Jungle Boogie." He was an active member of the band until January, when illness forced him to stop touring. ...

Following complaints by children's charities, the Who guitarist Pete Townshend removed from his Web site a story he'd written that included a teen-sex scene, the BBC reports. "I have to accept that even if I write fiction I do so as someone who is well-known and carry my past and controversy with me," he wrote on his site after pulling down the story. Townshend was arrested in 2003 for paying to access a child-pornography site. The guitarist, who said he'd visited the site to research child sexual abuse while writing his autobiography, was cleared of the charges but is listed on a British sex-offender registry. ... Vanessa Anne Hudgens, the actress who plays Gabrielle Montez in "High School Musical," has signed with Hollywood Records. Her debut is due September 26. ... Jeannie Ortega, who teamed up with Papoose for the summer anthem "Crowded," has been added to Rihanna's summer tour, which kicks off Monday. Ortega will also make an appearance and perform "Crowded" on ABC's "One Life to Live" on July 17. Her album, No Place Like Brooklyn, is due August 1. ...

Richard Ashcroft was arrested at a youth club in Chippenham, England, on Monday, the BBC reports. The former Verve singer, who police say was drunk and disorderly at a preteen event, was fined and released. ... British band JJ72 are calling it a day after 11 years. "Mark Greaney, Fergal Matthews and Sarah Fox wish to express their deepest and darkest gratitude to all of those with impeccable taste who helped and supported the band," the group said in a statement. ... Preliminary ratings show that Opie & Anthony are doing much better in Howard Stern's old radio slots than fired morning host David Lee Roth. At Stern's former flagship station, 92.3 FM in New York, the number of 18-34 listeners tripled in May to 4.2 percent from DLR's anemic 1.4 in April, according to a Reuters report. The numbers for that category also tripled in Boston and were up from 2.4 to 7.7 percent in Philadelphia.