For The Record: Quick News On Christina Aguilera, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson, Taylor Hicks, Busta Rhymes & More

Aguilera wants to open domestic-abuse shelter; Lohan back on set; Hicks aims to prevent release of old song.

Christina Aguilera wants to open up a shelter for victims of domestic abuse, she told Seventeen for the magazine’s September cover story. She said she’s already working a lot with a domestic-violence and child-abuse shelter in Pittsburgh, mostly by donating her personal belongings. “Some of these women leave their homes without anything,” she said. “They just grab the kids and get out of the situation. And so a lot of these women have nothing, and they have to start from scratch.” But beyond helping provide necessities, the singer says, it’s also important to help rebuild their self-esteem — “because it’s really broken after they’ve been beaten down for so long.” Aguilera addresses the theme of domestic abuse on several songs on her new album, but her next single is more of a feel-good number called “Candyman.” …

After collapsing on the set of “Georgia Rule” and going to the hospital for heat exhaustion on Tuesday, Lindsay Lohan reported back on the set on time on Thursday (July 27). “We’re hoping she remains on schedule for the rest of production,” a rep for the movie said. …

Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson won’t be getting married just once, but four times. Anderson told The Associated Press that she plans “to get married a few times this month to the same guy.” The couple are expected to tie the knot on Saturday in St. Tropez, France. Then, Anderson said, they’ll do it again in three additional ceremonies, in Malibu, California; Rock’s hometown of Detroit; and again in Nashville. There’s no word yet on when the three subsequent ceremonies will take place. …

Jessica Simpson will help welcome new co-host Rosie O’Donnell to “The View” when the show resumes live taping on September 5. Simpson will be the first guest on the program. … What do Madonna, Muhammad Ali and Zakk Wylde have in common? They’re all participating in a Grammy charity auction on eBay. Madge and Wylde are putting up signed guitars and Ali is contributing signed sports memorabilia to the Gibson/ Baldwin Night at the Net auction, which ends Thursday. The benefit is raising money for MusiCares, which offers emergency financial assistance and addiction-recovery programs to musicians. …

American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks has obtained a temporary injunction preventing his former producer from releasing a song Hicks wrote and recorded nearly 10 years ago, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The order will delay the release of “The Fall” by William Smith Productions for at least 10 days. Hicks claims the song proposed for release is an unfinished version. … Busta Rhymes will perform Thursday night on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” … Outkast held a listening party for their long-delayed album Idlewild at the London Eye Tuesday night, according to the New Musical Express. The party was followed by an afterparty, held on a cruise liner called the Silver Sturgeon, that was attended by both Andre 3000 and Big Boi. The album, which features 25 tracks (including interludes), is slated for release on August 22, with the film of the same name coming three days later. …

Looks like ex-Power 105 New York radio personality Star is off the hook. The New York DJ (real name Troi Torain) was fired for making racist and sexually threatening comments about DJ Envy‘s wife and daughter, but the criminal charges will be dropped in six months if he completes three days of community service and steers clear of the 4-year-old girl, Reuters reports. … Ever since Haylie Duff joined the cast of “Hairspray” last week, ticket sales have gone through the roof, reps for the show say. Pre-Haylie, the show was at 88 percent capacity, and now, with the actress taking over the part of Amber Von Tussle, the show is at 98 percent capacity, with the gross up by $90,000 …

Can’t wait for the next Harry Potter movie or book? Worrying whether Harry won’t find all the Horcruxes? Scared that Snape is only pretending to have gone over to Voldemort’s side but Harry won’t see through the double-agent bit? Need to hear what the experts think about all this? Then listen to Scholastic’s “Think You Know Harry Potter?” podcast series, in which webmasters from the Leaky Cauldron and MuggleNet discuss the series with one of the Potter editors before live audiences across the country. Among other things, they’ll discuss various theories about what they think will happen in book seven — including who lives and who dies. For information on subscribing to the podcast feed, go to Scholastic.com/HarryPotter/podcasttour/index.htm#listen. …

The New York Post reported Thursday that Eddie Van Halen is teaming up with porn director Michael Ninn to write and perform two songs for a film called “Sacred Sin.” Van Halen told the Post he’s not concerned about the implications. “I’m working with a friend — very simple. I like his work. Michael Ninn is like Spielberg to me: the imagery, the way he makes things look just sensual,” he said. Van Halen’s publicist had no comment on the matter. … Prince and his second wife, Manuela Testolini Nelson, are divorcing, according to People magazine, which said the sealed documents were filed on May 24 in Minnesota’s Hennepin County District Court. Testolini Nelson, 29, is a former employee of Prince’s charitable foundation who owns a company that makes a line of designer candles. The couple married in 2001. …

The oft-delayed Alice in Chains retrospective collection The Essential Alice in Chains has been pushed back to a September 5 release. … Rob Zombie is squeezing three headlining dates into his upcoming fall run with Godsmack and Shinedown. Zombie will hit New Haven, Connecticut, on September 5; Cincinnati on September 11; and Boise, Idaho, on September 26. … Slipknot turntablist Sid Wilson plans to release his first-ever solo effort, The New Leader, August 29 under his alias, DJ Starscream. Several tracks from the LP can be found over at Wilson’s MySpace page.

07.26.2006

“American Idol” runner-up Katharine McPhee is looking to take a behind-the-scenes role on a different type of stage. The singer is co-producing “Red Herring,” a drama focusing on death-row prison inmates that will be presented as part of the 10th annual New York International Fringe Festival. “As soon as I read this play, I knew it was something that I wanted to be a part of,” McPhee said in a statement. “Audiences know me best from ‘American Idol,’ but my passion has always been theater.” “Red Herring” runs at the Connelly Theatre from August 12-26. …

Not even Lindsay Lohan can escape the heat. The singer/actress collapsed on the Encinitas, California, set of her new movie “Georgia Rule” on Tuesday, and was then rushed to a nearby hospital, according to a witness. Her spokesperson chalked up the collapse to the actress being overheated and dehydrated. “She is OK, she is fine,” Leslie Sloane Zelnik told MTV News. …

Avenged Sevenfold have booked nine North American dates for September — which will be the band’s first post-Ozzfest gigs. Just three of the shows will be happening in the U.S., with the remainder scheduled for Canada. Those States dates are September 7 in Anchorage, Alaska; September 13 in Fargo, North Dakota; and September 15 in Des Moines, Iowa. …

Scarlett Johansson is getting quite a kick out of her new fashion promotion. The actress has teamed with Reebok to craft her own women’s shoe, Scarlett “Hearts” Rbk, which the company’s press release describes as “a fashion-forward, athletic-inspired footwear.” The kicks debut in the spring, when Johansson will be featured in a new Reebok ad campaign. …

The Rolling Stones, already in the midst of the highest-grossing tour of 2006, will kick off the second North American leg of their A Bigger Bang world tour at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on September 20, according to an announcement on the group’s Web site. A yet-unannounced group of “young, contemporary opening acts” will be on the bill for the shows, which will primarily hit stadiums and some arenas in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas. The band is also playing some smaller markets on the 17-date jaunt, such as Wichita, Kansas; Missoula, Montana; El Paso, Texas; and Boise, Idaho. The shows are scheduled to wrap up with a November 18 date at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. …Oasis will release a two-CD greatest-hits album on November 21 titled Stop the Clocks. The 18-song compilation will feature B-sides chosen by the bandmembers, such as “Acquiesce” and “Half the World Away,” as well as such well-known hits as “Supersonic” and “Wonderwall.” …

Time Inc. announced Tuesday that it is killing the eight-year-old Teen People magazine in the wake of a glut of other titles offering celebrity news and a hard downturn in ad sales. The final issue, with “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood on the cover, will hit newsstands on August 4, according to The New York Times. The magazine’s Web site will continue to be updated with new stories. … A 40-year-old, never-before-released song by Jimi Hendrix, “Station Break,” will be offered for sale at an October 26 intellectual-property auction in New York. The sale includes the copyright and original reel-to-reel recording of the song, laid down in a 1966 session early in the guitar god’s career. …

Ballroom dancers and professional ice skaters have done their part to find new talents in celebrities, and now singers are stepping up to the challenge. Patti LaBelle, Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, Macy Gray, Brian McKnight and Smokey Robinson are among the singers who will team up with famous people not known for their singing skills — for “Celebrity Duets,” a Fox series that debuts August 29. … Donnie Wahlberg will play an undercover CIA agent in the miniseries “The Path to 9/11,” a dramatization of events detailed in the 9/11 Commission Report. The movie stars Harvey Keitel and airs September 10 and 11 on ABC.

R.E.M. have compiled their 1980s I.R.S. Records output in CD and DVD anthologies due September 12. And I Feel Fine … The Best of the I.R.S. Years 1982-1987 will come out in two versions: a 21-track single-disc collection and a two-CD edition with an extra disc of rarities, including previously unreleased mixes and live recordings. The DVD, titled “When the Light Is Mine … The Best of the I.R.S. Years 1982-1987,” features 11 music videos — including clips for “Radio Free Europe” and “The One I Love” — along with TV and film performances and interviews. … Kylie Minogue is launching a new fragrance, but if you want to smell like the dance diva, you may have to make use of your passport. Coty Inc. signed the singer to develop a line of fragrances set to launch this fall in Australia, the U.K. and Ireland, with distribution throughout Europe and Asia to follow. The company describes the scent as “multi-faceted,” to reflect Kylie’s personality. …

R&B legend Stevie Wonder was named as one of the recipients of the National Civil Rights Museum’s 2006 Freedom Awards on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. Wonder was honored alongside the founder of Doctors Without Borders and civil-rights leader Joseph Lowery. … Now that you’ve got Jay-Z and Jessica Simpson on your cell phone, how about a ringtone or two by Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock? Jazz label Blue Note has released two dozen jazz classics through its Best of Blue Tones series, and is planning more in the future. … Dick Clark, creator and host of the long-running music TV program “American Bandstand,” will be honored as part of the 58th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Barry Manilow, who performed and co-wrote the “Bandstand” theme song, will perform a special musical tribute to Clark. The Emmys, hosted by Conan O’Brien, air August 27 on NBC.