For The Record: Quick News On Beyonce, Kanye West, Christina Aguilera, Katharine McPhee, Paul Wall, Ozzy Osbourne & More

Knowles, West, Aguilera on for Fashion Rocks; McPhee misses 'Idol' tour kickoff; Wall throws first pitch.

Beyoncé, Kanye West, Christina Aguilera, Nelly Furtado, the Black Eyed Peas, Jamie Foxx, Rihanna, Daddy Yankee, the Pussycat Dolls and Bon Jovi are among the artists on board for the third annual Fashion Rocks concert. The music-and-style event, curated by Elton John and benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation, will take place September 7 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. A two-hour special will air the next night on CBS. …

“Dreamgirls” star and former “American Idol” finalist Jennifer Hudson has pushed her solo debut to 2007 to allow time to shoot another movie. “[My agents] are pretty picky on what’s next for me, like, ‘Since you started up here, we have to keep you up there, so we have to be very specific,’ ” Hudson said of her next film. “I want to play somebody crazy. And I want to do a Tyler Perry movie, I definitely want to do that. I love his work. And Quentin Tarantino, I love him!” …

The American Idols Live Tour kicked off Wednesday in Manchester, New Hampshire, one singer down. Runner-up Katharine McPhee missed opening night and will also have to skip the show on Thursday (July 6) due to a bout with bronchitis and laryngitis, The Associated Press reports. McPhee, whose doctor ordered “total voice rest,” said in a statement, “I need to follow my doctor’s orders to recuperate and reunite with the rest of the Idols.” The tour hits Worcester, Massachusetts, Friday and Saturday. … In other “American Idol” news, the series scored seven Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, on Thursday, while “High School Musical” landed six nods, including Outstanding Children’s Program and Outstanding Choreography. In the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special running, only Paul McCartney represents music, with his “McCartney in Petersburg” concert. And an episode of “South Park” that skewers R. Kelly‘s “Trapped in the Closet” and Tom Cruise was recognized in the Outstanding Animated Program category. The 58th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Conan O’Brien, air August 27 on NBC. …

You won’t see contestant Ayla Brown on tour with the “American Idol” crew this summer — she didn’t make the top 10 — but she will be one of the Boston-area stars lending their talents to the second annual Hot Stove, Cool Music benefit for the Foundation to Be Named Later, which aids organizations that serve disadvantaged youth in the Boston area. Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein, co-founder of FTBNL, will jam with Buffalo Tom at the event, which takes place Wednesday at Fenway Park. Other performers include the Click Five, Kay Hanley, the Gentlemen and Juliana Hatfield. Red Sox pitcher Lenny DiNardo will also appear, and actor/comedian Mike O’Malley will serve as the benefit’s MC. Tickets to the event are available at RedSox.com. … The Houston Astros pitching staff can rest easy: Paul “Man of Many Jobs” Wall doesn’t want a spot in the rotation. But he was on the mound Monday night — the Houston native threw out the first pitch as the Astros took on the Chicago Cubs at Minute Maid Park. …
A defective lamp sparked a minor blaze inside Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne‘s mansion Thursday morning (July 6), AP reports. None of the Osbournes were inside the palatial estate, located 26 miles west of London, at the time of the fire, although one member of the household staff was treated for smoke inhalation. “We were able to prevent the fire from spreading,” Fraser Pearson, a spokesperson for the Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue service, told AP. Only minor fire and smoke damage was caused. … The track list for Evanescence‘s forthcoming LP, The Open Door, has been revealed. The October 3 release will feature 13 cuts, including “Weight of the World,” “Snow White Queen,” “All That I’m Living For,” “Cloud 9″ and the first single, “Call Me When You’re Sober.” … Papa Roach have signed on to headline the 2006 Zippo Hot Tour in November. The band’s fourth album, The Paramour Sessions, is due September 12. …

Phone messages from Michael Jackson were played for the jury hearing a civil case against the pop singer, who is being sued for $3.8 million by former business associate F. Marc Schaffel, the AP reports. The messages, dating from 2001, were presented by Schaffel’s legal team to establish that Jackson trusted Schaffel with millions of dollars. “I really want us to be friends and conquer the business world together,” Jackson says on the tapes. Schaffel alleges that he’s owed for two videos he made for Jackson, and wasn’t repaid for $300,000 he delivered to Brazil on Jackson’s behalf. Schaffel’s attorney also called businessman Alvin Malnik to the stand, who testified that Jackson seemed confused by money matters but did repay millions of dollars that Malnik lent him. …

The lineup has been announced for MusicfestNW, a three-day concert benefiting music education and taking place in Portland, Oregon. The 32-band bill includes the Dandy Warhols, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Stephen Malkmus, Little Brother, Phantom Planet, the Zombies, the Melvins, the Silver Jews, Spoon‘s Britt Daniel, Dead Prez‘s M-1 and Crooked FingersEric Bachmann. The festival takes place September 7-9 in clubs throughout Portland and proceeds will benefit Rock and Roll Camp for Girls and the Oregon Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s efforts to increase music education in high schools. …

Legendary rock and roll magazine Creem is gearing up for its latest revival. The Web site for the 1970s magazine, home to early rock-writing icons such as Lester Bangs, currently has its return pegged for this week, but as of Thursday there was no content on the site. According to the Detroit Metro Times, the famously irreverent magazine is set to relaunch as an online ‘zine with eventual plans to rev up the print edition as well. Interest in Creem, launched in 1969, was stoked in 2000 by former contributor Cameron Crowe‘s movie, “Almost Famous.” … And then there were two. Live Nation, the biggest concert promoter in the U.S., has agreed to pay $350 million to purchase its largest competitor, House of Blues Entertainment. The deal, which a press release from Live Nation said would close by year’s end, would have LN taking over HOB’s 10 clubs in cities like Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Chicago and eight amphitheaters in cities including Atlanta, San Diego and Dallas. LN sold 30 million concert tickets in 2005 at its 153 venues, compared to 7 million by HOB and 6 million by LN’s remaining large competitor, AEG Live, according to Pollstar.

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Britney Spears and Kevin Federline enjoyed a recent vacation with their son, Sean Preston — until personal photos from the trip were published in Us Weekly. Jive Records issued a statement Saturday explaining that Spears and Federline are “evaluating all of their legal options” while the matter is being investigated. “While the photos depict happy family vacation memories, the couple are nevertheless outraged and saddened that their private family moments appeared in the magazine without their knowledge or consent after the photos were stolen by an unknown perpetrator,” the statement reads. …

The divorce is final. According to papers filed Friday, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey “are restored to the status of single, unmarried persons,” The Associated Press reports. Simpson announced the split in November and filed for divorce in December. The couple was married three years. … Jennifer Lopez‘s private life will remain private for the time being. Reuters reports that a preliminary injunction was signed Thursday barring Lopez’s first husband, Ojani Noa, from revealing intimate details of his life with the singer/actress while they work on settling a lawsuit over Noa’s proposed tell-all book. …

Russell Simmons‘ Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is taking its meeting-of-the-minds on the road again next week. The nonprofit group will stage a discussion on voter registration and economic empowerment July 12 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia with Juelz Santana, Remy Ma, Jaguar Wright and Philly’s own Musiq. … Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus, Rancid‘s Tim Armstrong, Bad Religion‘s Brett Gurewitz and 311‘s Nick Hexum are helping produce the next LP by NoCal rockers the Matches. Decomposer drops September 12. …

Death Cab for Cutie, Keane, the Secret Machines and Broken Social Scene are among the artists tapped to appear at the first-ever Bleeding Kansas Festival, to be held August 5 in Lawrence, Kansas. According to organizers, the fest takes its name from “abolitionist-era events that made Kansas a focal point in the buildup to the American Civil War.” Tickets for the all-day event cost $37.50. For more information, check out BleedingKansasFestival.com. …

Metallica have set a date for their arrival in Springfield. An animated version of the band will appear in the 18th season premiere of “The Simpsons,” airing September 10 on Fox, according to a post from Metallica on their Web site. … From social networking to social issues, MySpace is getting involved. The site launched a contest on Wednesday (July 5) asking users to submit 15- to 30-second public-service video announcements encouraging social activism and volunteerism, The Washington Post reports. The winner of the contest will be announced the week of August 21 and featured in co-sponsor Seventeen magazine. …

My Morning Jacket are spending their summer opening for Pearl Jam, but they’ve set aside August 4 to play Lollapalooza in Chicago. Violent Femmes and Ben Kweller have also been recently added to the fest. … Starsailor will promote their new album On the Outside, due August 22, with a 19-date North American trek. The outing kicks off September 3 at the Osheaga Festival in Montreal and wraps up October 2 in San Diego. The band is performing “In the Crossfire,” the first single from the LP, on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” August 29. …

Slash and Billy Idol just filmed a video with Derek Sherinian for the keyboardist’s cover of Mungo Jerry‘s “In the Summertime.” Zakk Wylde and Yngwie Malmsteen appear on Sherinian’s Blood of the Snake, due August 1. In the meantime, another metal vet, Anthrax‘s Scott Ian, plays guitar throughout Brian Posehn‘s parodic “Metal by Numbers” clip, which the comedian/ Relapse artist just posted on his MySpace page. … Seether have made their videos, concert footage and interviews available to PlayStation Portable users. The content can be found at IGN.com, UGO.com and Seether.com. …

More than five years after Sparklehorse last released an album, Dreamt for Lightyears in the Belly of a Mountain, the group’s fourth disc will finally be released September 26. Recorded by mastermind Mark Linkous in his Static King Studios in North Carolina, an array of contributors and collaborators guest on the LP, including Danger Mouse, Scott Minor, electronic artist Christian Fennesz, and Flaming Lips drummer Stephen Drozd and producer Dave Fridmann. The album also features a previously unreleased track with Tom Waits on piano. … Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has posted a solo track online. “Running the World,” a song criticizing world leaders, was written during last year’s Live 8 concerts and released to coincide with the event’s first anniversary. “It’s in no way a criticism of [organizer Bob] Geldof and company,” Cocker said on his MySpace page, “but I remember thinking at the time: ‘Where does engaging with these politicians/businessmen really get you?’ … Anyway, what do I know? I’m just a pampered rock star — but at least I think it’s good to discuss this stuff. Don’t you?” The track is available at MySpace.com/Jarvspace. …

The nominees for the inaugural Polaris Music Prize, honoring the best Canadian album “based solely on artistic merit, without regard to genre or record sales,” were announced Tuesday. New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene, Wolf Parade, Metric, the Deadly Snakes, Final Fantasy, Malajube, Sarah Harmer, K’Naan and Cadence Weapon are in the running for the $20,000 prize. The winner will be announced September 18 in Toronto. … Mercury Records co-founder Irving Green, who promoted black artists and made strides to break the recording industry’s color barrier, died Saturday at age 90, AP reports. Green signed jazz greats Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington and R&B hitmakers the Platters and hired Quincy Jones to be the label’s vice president in 1964, making Mercury the first label with a black high-level executive.