For The Record: Quick News On Hilary Duff, ‘American Idol,’ Kate Hudson, Travis Barker, Shanna Moakler & More

Haylie, Maddens won't be on Hilary's LP; Simon reveals favorite songs; Kate, Chris Robinson separating.

Hilary Duff‘s relying on neither her sister nor her boyfriend for help with her next album. While Haylie helped write songs on her debut, she’s sitting out this time, as are Joel and Benji Madden, who had produced the three new songs on Hilary’s Most Wanted greatest-hits collection. “They’re working on their own album,” Hilary explained. “I’m writing most of the stuff this time. It’s kind of just Kara [DioGuardi, a frequent Hilary collaborator] and me writing, and then going in the studio and recording.” While it’s still “very early on,” she said, she’s going in a new direction, “more dancey … but really hip-hop because we’re using a lot of real instruments.” “I don’t know exactly how to explain what we’re doing, but it’s fun and funky and different, something new for me,” she said. “It’s really cool.” In the meantime, Hilary has unveiled her newly designed Stuff by Hilary Duff fall collection, as well as HilaryOnRed.com, a new Web site for her fashion line. The site will feature a fashion show on Tuesday in which she’ll offer up commentary while seven young runway models showcase each new look to the tune of the singer’s new single, “Play With Fire.” …

“American Idol” hopefuls should bone up on the classics, if Simon Cowell‘s favorite songs are any indication of what he wants to hear in auditions. The judge, who shared his all-time favorites on BBC Radio 4′s “Desert Island Discs,” revealed eight top tracks — and only one, Daniel Bedingfield‘s “If You’re Not the One,” was released in the past 30 years. Tops for Cowell is Bobby Darin‘s “Mack the Knife,” which he called “the best song ever made, ever produced, ever sung.” Herb Alpert‘s “This Guy’s in Love With You” is his pick for “sexiest song ever,” while he named Charles Aznavour‘s “She” among “the most beautiful songs of all time.” Cowell said he’d also choose to bring a mirror on his island adventure — “because I’d miss me.” …

Kate Hudson and the Black CrowesChris Robinson are separating after being married for six years, The Associated Press reports. The couple have a 2-year-old son, Ryder Russell Robinson. … Travis Barker‘s ex Shanna Moakler is dusting herself off and hitting the dance floor next month for ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” The former Miss USA will be facing off against “High School Musical” star Monique Coleman; singers Willa Ford and Sara Evans; talk-show host Jerry Springer; football legend Emmitt Smith; actors Vivica A. Fox, Mario López, Harry Hamlin, Joe Lawrence; and conservative talking head Tucker Carlson in the ballroom-dancing competition, the third season of which premieres September 12. …

Dancer/rapper/model Kevin Federline is a man of many hats, and now he’s adding record executive to the mix. Federation Records, a joint venture between Federline and manager Dan Dymtrow, will release — you guessed it — K-Fed’s own Playing With Fire as its inaugural LP. Federline’s single “Lose Control” is scheduled to arrive at radio August 21, the morning after he performs the track as the closing act of the Teen Choice 2006 awards show. … Joanna, fresh off Teen People‘s Rock & Shop Mall Tour, has been named the opening act for Nick Lachey‘s fall tour, which kicks off September 20 in Albany, New York. Joanna’s debut, This Crazy Life, is due Tuesday, while her single “Let It Slide” is already at radio. …

After shooting a special acoustic show for this week’s performance night of “Rock Star: Supernova,” the final eight rockers on the show hosted a mid-season party at their Los Angeles mansion. The finalists entertained guests with an impromptu jam session featuring Magni and Toby Rand dueting on U2‘s “Where the Streets Have No Name,” Dilana (with help from Storm Large) delivering the Janis Joplin staple “Me and Bobby McGee” and Ryan Star debuting one of his own tunes. … Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul is teaming up with Mudvayne‘s Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett, and Nothingface‘s Jerry Montano and Tom Maxwell, for a new project that has yet to be named. In a bulletin on Nothingface’s MySpace page, Montano said the material that the new group has been working on “is amazing,” and that the still-unnamed act’s album should be out in the spring, followed by a U.S. tour. …

Having spent most of the summer abroad, the Strokes will return to North America later this month to kick off a string of live shows. The band has four gigs set in Mexico between August 30 and September 3, and will play Toronto on September 10. The Strokes mark their return to the U.S. with a September 12 performance in Boston and have headlining shows scheduled in Ithaca, New York (September 17); Norfolk, Virginia (September 19); Pompano Beach, Florida (September 24); Kansas City, Missouri (October 1); Albany, New York (October 6); and Hampton Beach, New Hampshire (October 8). The Strokes will also open for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in Chicago (September 14-15); Gainesville, Florida (September 21); Atlanta (September 22) and Los Angeles (September 26). … Brooklyn, New York, rockers TV on the Radio are hitting the road in support of their upcoming album, Return to Cookie Mountain, which is due September 12. The 25-date North American trek kicks off September 14 in New Orleans and comes to a close November 21 in Philadelphia. The tour includes stops at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on September 16 and a two-night stand at New York’s Irving Plaza on November 17 and 18. …

The Used claim the album they’ve been recently working on will be “the best record we have ever written.” In an online post, bassist Jeph Howard described the writing process as “amazing … I’m really so stoked.” The band has written 22 songs, and Howard explained that “the record is coming along better than ever and we all feel more strongly about the Used than we ever have.” No word yet on when the LP will surface. … More dates have been revealed for Atreyu‘s upcoming trek with From First to Last, Every Time I Die and Chiodos. The tour will hit San Diego on October 6; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on October 15; Seattle on November 14; and Hollywood on November 20. … Dates for Eighteen Visions‘ upcoming tour with Bullet for My Valentine, Escape the Fate and Drop Dead, Gorgeous are beginning to trickle out. The run will be making stops in Dallas (September 22); Austin, Texas, (September 23); Houston (September 24); Lake Buena Vista, Florida (September 27); and St. Petersburg, Florida (September 29). Additional stops will be announced in the coming weeks. …

Last week’s foiled terrorist plot targeting U.K.-to-U.S. flights has made traveling by plane a pain — just ask Snow Patrol. Two of the band’s gigs — an Auburn, Washington, show scheduled for last Saturday and a Portland, Oregon, performance on last Sunday — were scratched when just two members of the five-man band were able to cross the Atlantic in time for the performances. “Continued delays and problems securing new flights have made it impossible for [frontman Gary Lightbody, drummer Jonny Quinn and bassist Paul Wilson] to arrive in time for the concerts,” the band said in a statement. “Snow Patrol regrets any inconvenience or disappointment it has caused its fans.” There’s no word yet on when the band will reschedule the missed gigs, but the Patrol expect to make the show they have scheduled for Tuesday in Boston. … The Rolling Stones have canceled a concert scheduled for Monday in Valladolid, Spain, after Mick Jagger was ordered to rest his voice. The singer has laryngitis, the band said in a statement, while a spokesperson for the show’s promoter said the gig isn’t likely to be rescheduled. “I am very sorry to be canceling this show,” Jagger apologized to ticket holders in a statement posted on the band’s Web site. “I always love playing in Spain, but unfortunately, I have no other choice.” … Boy George reported for duty at New York’s Department of Sanitation on Monday (August 14) at 7.a.m., and was soon sweeping up trash and leaves from city streets before a crowd of journalists and photographers, AP reports. The singer, who was ordered to perform community service after pleading guilty to reporting a false incident earlier this year, quickly began to clash with the media. “Go home,” the former Culture Club frontman told reporters. “This is supposed to be making me humble. … I just want to do my job.”

08.11.2006

Jessica Simpson is asking fans to help determine the second single from her new album A Public Affair, due August 29. Fans can listen on her Web site and vote between “If You Were Mine,” “The Lover in Me,” “I Belong to Me,” “B.O.Y.,” “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” and “I Don’t Want to Care.” …

As Beyoncé‘s September 5 B’Day draws nearer (her actual birthday is one day earlier), the singer has “Ring the Alarm” set as the second single from her second solo album. The video for “Alarm,” directed by Sophie Muller (Shakira, No Doubt), is scheduled to premiere this month. …

A judge denied a bid by the family of Notorious B.I.G. to expand its wrongful-death lawsuit against the city, The Associated Press reported Friday (August 11). The family requested last month that the lawsuit also include claims that an on-duty police officer was at the site where the killing occurred, but U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper denied the motion. Cooper said there was “no admissible evidence that [the officer] was on duty … at the scene of the murder.” …

Tego Calderón has firmed up an August 29 release date for his Atlantic Records debut, The Underdog/ El Subestimado. Reggae king Buju Banton and reggaetón guru Don Omar are among the guests. … Wyclef Jean is teaming up with Asian pop star Sun. The Fugees rapper is producing the singer’s next album. …

NBA star Ron Artest, fresh off touring with Fat Joe, will release his debut hip-hop album, My World, on October 24. Mike Jones and Allure are among the guests. … Aly & AJ‘s “Chemicals React” has been translated into the Sims’ native language of Simlish for “The Sims 2: Pets,” due October 17. A video for the track is featured on the group’s new deluxe edition of Into the Rush. … Actress/model Jaime King is the new face for Jay-Z‘s Rocawear line, joining supermodel Naomi Campbell. She is currently featured with Naomi and Jay in the fall holiday ad campaign, which was shot in Aspen, Colorado. “Jay-Z thinks they are two females that represent the Rocawear lifestyle,” a Rocawear rep said. …

New York’s Radio City Music Hall is big, but not big enough to contain all of Harry Potter‘s fans. Millions missed out on J.K. Rowling‘s juicy question-and-answer session earlier this month at the “An Evening With Harry, Carrie & Garp” charity event benefiting the Haven Foundation and Doctors Without Borders. MTV News gave the scoop on Rowling’s talk last week (see “J.K. Rowling Reveals Further Details About Final ‘Harry Potter’ “ ), but if you want to experience it for yourself — along with readings by Stephen King and John Irving — the event is being streamed in its entirety on Friday at Video.MSN.com. Select highlights will be available on demand starting Saturday. …

When Paris Hilton first created her watch line, she designed a limited-edition selection of luxury timepieces priced in the $100,000 range — fair for an heiress, but a little out of regular folks’ reach. Now Hilton and Abazias Diamonds are branching out with a ready-to-wear range of watches priced from $138-$230 with style names including Love Horseshoe, Naked Eyes and Bikini — that one has two faces. … A previously unreleased solo track from Dave Grohl is among the songs featured on the soundtrack to “Rising Son, the Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi,” due November 14. New Slightly Stoopid and Murs songs are also included, alongside contributions from Queens of the Stone Age and Gnarls Barkley. … Kanye West isn’t the only star lending his shine to the Rolling StonesA Bigger Bang fall tour. Dave Matthews Band and Van Morrison are joining the Stones as openers for select dates of the band’s latest North American leg. DMB will support the group’s Seattle (October 17) and El Paso, Texas (October 20), stops, while Morrison will open in Vancouver, British Columbia (November 3), and Oakland, California (November 5). West’s previously announced opening spot for the Stones in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will be boosted by performances by Alice Cooper and Sloan. …

Portishead‘s Geoff Barrow is a bit of a thorny curmudgeon — and he’s the first to admit it. After fans suggested that au courant beatmaker Danger Mouse produce the long-awaited follow-up to Portishead’s self-titled sophomore disc, issued in 1997, Barrows took to the band’s MySpace blog to scoff at the idea (in poorly written fashion). “I’d rather poo in my mums suday roast than have Danger Mouse produce a Portishead record, no offence like,” he wrote. A few days later, cooler heads prevailed when he appeared contrite — or at least somewhat. “Just to let you know after my rants the other day that were reported about a certain producer. I dont rate myself better or above anyone else. It was purely in responce to a message that suggested he should produce our album and also to be honest I’m a grumpy old f— who hates everything and Gnarls Barkley.” … “Sleep Well, Drive Carefully: On the Road with Death Cab for Cutie” will kick off Starz Cinema’s monthly music series. The documentary, directed by Justin Mitchell and featuring a backstage peek at life on tour, will air August 28 at 10 p.m. … Jane’s Addiction, Mastodon, Seemless, Codeseven and the Fall of Troy are among the artists whose music will be featured in the Xbox 360 game “Saints Row,” which will land in stores August 29. …

New York indie-rockers the Walkmen just released their third album, A Hundred Years Off, in May. But during the arduous recording of that disc — in their downtime — the ‘Men recorded another LP: an entire reworking of Harry Nilsson‘s classic 1974 album Pussy Cats (produced by John Lennon). The note-for-note re-creation, Pussycats Starring the Walkmen, is due October 24. … Connecticut hardcore stalwarts Hatebreed will be forced to skip the last date on this summer’s Ozzfest. Hatebreed are missing the August 13 show in West Palm Beach, Florida, due to a death in bassist Chris Beattie‘s family. “[Beattie's] grandfather George had become ill and subsequently passed away yesterday,” a statement from the band read. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris, his family and those who were close to George. May he rest in peace. Please understand our circumstances.” … And now an indie-rock riddle: What do you get when you add a member of Destroyer and the New Pornographers (Dan Bejar), the singer of Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown (Spencer Krug) and a founder of Frog Eyes (Casey Mercer)? The answer is Swan Lake. The newly formed group will release its debut full-length, Beast Moans, on November 21. The 13-track disc was produced by the bandmates and friends — who are also former roommates.