For The Record: Quick News On Lindsay Lohan, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Nickelback, Rob Schneider & More

Lohan celebrates in secret; Jackson acquittal doesn't convince jurors; Lopez challenges tell-all book.

Lindsay Lohan turns 20 on Sunday, but if you're looking to celebrate with the birthday girl, good luck tracking down her party. "I'm going to go away, out of the country," she told Harper's Bazaar in the magazine's July cover story. "Do something fun and different. They won't find me." Lohan said the Caribbean is her preferred spot to dodge photographers. "No one can get a picture of you on Turks and Caicos [Islands]. I go there with my family, and it's the perfect place to go with a guy." ...

Michael Jackson was acquitted of child-molestation charges last year, but some still believe he's guilty — including three people chosen to serve on the jury for a lawsuit filed against the singer by former business associate F. Marc Schaffel. The Associated Press reports that Jackson's molestation charges came up during Wednesday's jury-selection proceedings, at which time four potential jurors revealed that they thought he was guilty. "I have lots of opinions about this man," said one woman who was accepted on the panel. "How can you not? I read so much and I have tons of opinions." Schaffel seeks a sum of $3.8 million, claiming the singer owes him for unpaid loans, expenses, salary and proceeds from two TV programs aimed at repairing Jackson's public image. Jackson's attorney denies the allegations and maintains that Schaffel owes Jackson money. ...

Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger was arrested for drunk driving last week, Canada's national wire service, Canadian Press, confirms. The rocker was pulled over in British Columbia after police officers became suspicious of his driving. He was caught going over the speed limit as well. Charges have yet to be filed, but Canadian Press reports that authorities will be charging Kroeger with drunk driving. ... Rob Schneider wound up in a hospital this week after collapsing from exhaustion and food poisoning, AP reports. The actor was shooting the upcoming flick "Big Stan" at a women's prison in Northern California when he fell, but now he's back on the set. ...

Will Smith wants world leaders to keep the promises they made regarding international debt relief in the wake of the landmark Live 8 concerts last year, which he participated in. Speaking on behalf of the ONE Campaign, Smith is asking people to contact their leaders as July 4 approaches and reminds us that, "Every three seconds, someone dies of poverty-related disease." ... Downloading Madonna's "Hung Up" is going to cost Virgin France more than $750,000. The Paris Tribunal of Commerce ruled that the company disregarded an exclusive deal between Warner Music France, France Telecom and Orange when it downloaded the song and then sold the track on its VirginMega.fr site, BBC News reports. The song, which was supposed to be exclusively available for one week on France Telecom and Orange Web sites and mobile phones, was repackaged and posted on the VirginMega site. Virgin France argued that Warner Music's exclusive deal prohibited consumers from gaining access to the music, but the tribunal ordered damages paid to Warner Music France and the two telecom companies. ...

Incubus, Garbage's Shirley Manson, Iggy Pop and the Kings of Leon will pay tribute to the Pretenders on the newest episode of VH1's "Decades Rock Live." The show — taping August 11 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey — will feature performances by all of the above and is due to air in the fall. ... Despite soaking camera lenses with blood, appearing in British courthouses and checking into — and out of — various rehab facilities, Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty has found time to pen tons of songs. So many, in fact, that Rough Trade is preparing to release an expanded version of the 'Shambles' Down in Albion with nine extra tracks. Starting August 1, the songs — all B-sides from various singles not available in the States — will be included, at no extra cost, on the iTunes version of Albion. ...

Nicolas Cage has pledged $2 million to Amnesty International in an effort to help ex-child soldiers, AP reports. The donation will be used for shelters and rehabilitation services. ... The second defendant in Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's stolen-wedding-video case pleaded guilty Thursday (June 29) to attempted grand larceny, according to AP. Steven Wortman, a retired postal worker, admitted that he and Tito Moses, who pleaded guilty earlier this month, had indeed asked the couple for ransom money. Wortman faces three years of probation in New Jersey. ....

In other Lopez developments, the singer/actress' lawyer alleges in court documents obtained by AP that if Ojani Noa isn't stopped from publishing a book, he'll spill intimate details about Lopez's private life. A judge issued Lopez a temporary restraining order against Noa in April, and Noa's lawyer filed a response denying Lopez's allegations last week. Lopez is seeking an injunction barring publication of Noa's book, an alleged tell-all about their 11-month marriage. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Friday. ... An amendment that would keep high-speed Internet providers from discriminating against content or services was shot down by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday, Reuters reports. The Net neutrality proposal — which was rejected by the House of Representatives last week — aimed to prevent telecommunication companies from charging Web site providers to have content sent faster. Lawmakers attempted to add Net neutrality language to a larger communications bill, but it failed in an 11-11 tie panel vote. ...

Common, the Wailers, the Buzzcocks, the Duke Spirit, former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and "You Hear It First" grime artist Sway are among the performers who will take the stage in London's Finsbury Park on July 8 as part of the annual Rise: London United festival, a free concert aimed at fighting racism and celebrating cultural diversity. The event will also feature a comedy tent, a poetry slam and a DJ stage. ... Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has settled a defamation lawsuit filed in 2005 by a former girlfriend, AP reports. Georgeann Walsh Ward alleged that Simmons portrayed her as a "sex-addicted nymphomaniac" in the VH1 documentary "When Kiss Ruled the World." According to the settlement, released Wednesday, Ward received no payment from Simmons as part of the suit's "amicable resolution." ...

Former Sunny Day Real Estate singer Jeremy Enigk will release his second solo album, World Waits, October 17. The 10-track effort is the sorta-follow-up to Enigk's heavily orchestrated Return of the Frog Queen LP, and he'll celebrate its release with a North American tour set to kick off July 31 at Denver's Bluebird Theatre. Enigk can also be heard singing — albeit in a throaty baritone — on Brother, Sister, the upcoming album from Philadelphia's Mewithoutyou. ... Guitarist Johnny Jenkins, who played with Otis Redding and influenced Jimi Hendrix, died Monday night, according to AP. He passed away in Macon, Georgia, at age 67.

06.28.2006

A judge issued an arrest warrant for DMX (real name Earl Simmons) on Wednesday (June 28) after the rapper failed to appear in court, The Associated Press reports. "We have granted him a number of courtesies. It ends now," City Court Judge Barbara Leak said in a White Plains, New York, court. DMX's lawyer said the rapper was ill but that he would be in court Thursday. ...

Britney Spears has refused to pose nude for magazines in the past, but she said yes to Harper's Bazaar, which photographed the six-months-pregnant singer Thursday for a feature story and cover of the August issue. Photos from the shoot have already leaked online, and they reveal the singer holding her baby, lying on a terry-cloth-like robe and glamming it up in a black dress to match her new black hair. The issue hits newsstands July 25. ...

Rihanna kicks off her three-month summer tour — her first road trip as a headliner — Saturday in San Diego. The singer will be joined by Field Mob at the beginning of the trek, which makes stops in cities including Las Vegas (July 3), Cleveland (July 10), Toronto (July 16), New York (August 1), Chicago (August 10) and Detroit (September 3) before wrapping up at the Los Angeles County Fair on September 16. While she's on the road, Rihanna will also take the stage at the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica (July 22), and Fashion Rocks events in Los Angeles (September 6-7) and New York (September 8). ...

Juvenile is bringing his raps to several U.S. military bases this summer. Juvi and openers the Youngbloodz will begin performing for the troops Friday at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Oahu's Kaneohe Bay. After that they'll head to Korea for five dates, ending July 11 at Camp Humphreys in Pyongtaek, South Korea. ... Lauren "LC" Conrad says she's not doing "The Hills" because she wants to be famous — she wants a job in the fashion industry. The "Laguna Beach" alumna told Seventeen for its August cover story that she hopes to create her own line, "specifically for younger girls — more fun, trendy things." But in order to make that dream come true, "you have to have a name," she said. And in order to make the show work for her, she's quit drinking. "You either have a social life or a successful career. ... Now I barely go out." LC says she's also learned that she has to be "on" all the time now, even when the cameras are off. "You can't be rude if someone comes up to you and you're just in a bad mood," she explains. "I have days where I don't want to talk to anybody. I just want to go to the grocery store and get my soup — but I can't do that without having to smile. I mean, you only get one chance to make a first impression." (Check out photos of LC in Seventeen.). ...

Waiting until July 4 to play Ozzfest's second stage wasn't working for Ozzy Osbourne, so he's decided to step into the small time three days early. Ozzy is giving up his mainstage headlining spot to make his second-stage debut Saturday at San Francisco's Shoreline Amphitheatre. ... Korn have a buy-two-get-two-free deal for fans who pick up their "Live on the Other Side" DVD. The first 70,000 copies of the disc include a voucher for two free lawn tickets to the Family Values Tour, redeemable after the purchase of two lawn tickets. ... DJ Quik surrendered to authorities in San Bernardino County, California, on Thursday and is currently in custody, serving a 150-day term for violating a probation order, according to court records. Quik was sentenced in 2005 to two years of supervised probation on charges related to a 2003 incident in which his sister alleged she was assaulted by the rapper. ...

The short, intense life of musician Jeff Buckley is headed for the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, writer/ director Brian Jun ("Steel City") will write and direct a feature based on Buckley's life that will be co-produced by the late musician's mother, Mary Guibert. Buckley, an emotional singer whose three-and-a-half-octave range gave his vocals a haunted, angelic quality, drowned under mysterious circumstances in Memphis in 1997 at age 30. No release date or casting details have been announced. ...

Phish are bringing a little bit of Brooklyn, New York, to Burlington, Vermont, next month. The world premiere of the band's "Live in Brooklyn" concert film — shot in Coney Island on June 17, 2004 — will be hosted at Burlington's Waterfront Park on July 9. The rain-or-shine free screening starts at 8:15 p.m. Fans who can't get to Burlington (or who just prefer watching the show in multiplex comfort) can see the movie on the big screen July 10 at 9 p.m. BigScreenConcerts.com has a list of participating theaters. The "Live in Brooklyn" DVD is in stores July 11. ... Muse's Black Holes and Revelations is also due July 11, but the British band's fans don't have to wait any longer to hear the album. Their latest batch of new music is streaming in its entirety at the band's MySpace page. ...

Does bad karma smell this bad? A judge has ordered Boy George (born George O'Dowd) to spend five days working for New York's Department of Sanitation, AP reports. The singer's community service is the result of his falsely reporting to police that his apartment had been burglarized earlier this year.