For The Record: Quick News On Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, Good Charlotte, Christina Milian, Dave Navarro & More

Simpson admits lip enhancement; Good Charlotte onboard for Greenpeace tribute; Milian unloads on eBay.

Ashlee may be keeping mum, but Jessica Simpson has ’fessed up to having some work done. In the October issue of Glamour, the singer admitted that, as speculated in some tabloids, she plumped up her lips. “I had that Restylane stuff,” she told the magazine, referring to the protein-based, collagen-like gel. “But it fades — it went away in like four months. My lips are back to what they were. Thank God! It looked fake to me. I didn’t like that.” Asked about whether she has had any cosmetic surgery, Simpson quipped, “The only thing I’ve ever wanted is a boob reduction! I have to wear two sport bras when I jog. I create a ’uniboob.’ ” …

Simpson also opened up about her loneliness. “There are moments when I would love to fall asleep with my head on somebody’s shoulder,” she said, “just because I was so used to that for so long. I miss that.” Unlike ex Nick Lachey, though, Simpson said she’d rather not talk about her divorce, calling it a “sacred” subject that she discusses only with her friends, family and God. Asked for her reaction to Lachey’s candid interview with Rolling Stone magazine earlier this year, Simpson said, “people kept that away from me.” The singer also vowed to never invite cameras into her private life again. …

In yet more Jessica news, she finally sang again on Friday (September 1) after injuring her throat a week ago — even if she could barely make it through one song. Simpson sang “I Belong to Me” on the “Today” show, although toward the end, she admitted, “All right, I tried that one,” according to The Associated Press. She said she had “busted a blood vessel in my vocal cord” and was nursing a remedy that co-host Matt Lauer called “gnarly looking.” …

Good Charlotte, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and producer Glen Ballard (P.O.D., Alanis Morissette) are collaborating on a song to celebrate the 35th anniversary of environmental organization Greenpeace. The song, which will feature additional yet-unannounced singers, will be recorded September 9 at SIR in Hollywood. … Some choose Christie’s. Others go with Sotheby’s. Self-described “Internet junkie” Christina Milian, however, knew exactly where to go when it came time to get rid of some of her clothes — she went to eBay. Going by the Internet handle “beatdownprincess,” Milian put 13 items up for sale on the online auction house, including a tight black dress worn on “TRL” and a pair of boots from Lil’ Romeo’s “It’s All Gravy” music video. According to Milian, money from the sale of the items will go to various charities. …

J Records honcho Clive Davis promises that a new album from Whitney Houston is in the works, explaining that they’re currently working on songs together and have already picked out six that she’ll record. But don’t expect Whitney to change the way she works or her creative style for her comeback album — she won’t be writing, and she won’t be doing anything that her producers say could be musically groundbreaking. “Whitney doesn’t write,” Davis said. “It’s a gift — you either got it or you don’t. I’ve seen more artists lose a career over trying to do that. Ella Fitzgerald didn’t write. Lena Horne didn’t write. Whitney is Whitney, and there ain’t nobody like her. It’ll be Whitney. It won’t be somebody reaching for a current trend, that’s for sure.” Davis said they’ll be heading to the studio in a few weeks. …

He’s done reality TV, so now “Rock Star” host Dave Navarro is going the fictional route. The Panic Channel guitarist has teamed with “Entourage” writer Cliff Dorfman and writer Neil Strauss — who co-wrote Navarro’s biography, “Don’t Try This at Home” — to write the pilot for a one-hour drama for FX called “The Product,” which chronicles the backstage life of the dysfunctional rock band Load, according to Variety magazine. The show will follow the band as it records its new album, following a three-year hiatus in which the members haven’t spoken to one another. … Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is getting in a little TV time of his own. He’ll guest on the September 25 episode of “Two and a Half Men,” playing a rock-star neighbor who clashes with Charlie Sheen’s character. Tyler previously did a voiceover on the show in 2003. …

New York rockers Revelation Theory will be touring this fall with Evanescence. The group will be the support act on the Amy Lee-led band’s North American tour, which kicks off in Toronto on October 5. Revelation Theory’s debut LP, Truth Is Currency, is in stores now. … Le Tigre’s Johanna Fateman, a devout feminist, is the new co-owner of Seagull, a salon in New York’s West Village that became the city’s first unisex barbershop when it opened in 1971. Fateman and longtime friend/ hair stylist Shaun Cottle have remodeled shop as a beauty parlor and recruited in-demand stylists, with Fateman occasionally playing the role of receptionist. … Rapper Jin has created the first webcam-based battle rap Web site, dubbed Spitcam. Jin moderates the competition and hosts Web chats. …

A beach party honoring late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury planned for Saturday in Zanzibar, Tanzania, has been criticized by a local Muslim leader. Azan Kalid of Zanzibar’s Association for Islamic Mobilation and Propagation said the singer, who died of AIDS in 1991, violated Islam and that the party should be canceled. Simai Mohammed, manager of the Mercury restaurant hosting the party — and named for the singer — said the event will go on as planned. “Our main idea is to promote tourism, and Freddie Mercury was from Zanzibar,” Mohammed said. “It’s part of our history. We are all Muslims and it’s not our intention to offend any religion.” Mercury would have been 60 on September 5.

08.31.2006

Mariah Carey, Babyface, L.A. Reid and Kanye West were all winners at the sixth annual Urban Awards held Wednesday at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. The awards show, hosted by performing-rights organization BMI, honored Carey with its two top awards, Song of the Year (“We Belong Together”) and Songwriter of the Year, which she shared with Miami producers Bigg D and Jim Jonsin (Trick Daddy, Pretty Ricky). L.A. Reid and writing partner Babyface were given a lifetime achievement BMI Icons award, while Kanye scooped up Producer of the Year honors for the second year in a row and Jazze Pha’s “1, 2 Step” for Ciara took the BMI Urban Ringtone Award. …

(Check out photos from the 2006 BMI Urban Music Awards red carpet.)

The surviving members of the Beatles have sued EMI and Capitol Records claiming the record companies cheated them out of millions of dollars. According to BBC News, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison are seeking $25 million in damages against the companies, which they claimed had falsely listed Beatles albums as destroyed or damaged but then secretly sold them. A judge in New York’s State Supreme Court denied EMI’s request last week for the claim — filed in December — to be thrown out over lack of evidence. The group is also looking to reclaim rights to all its master tapes. …

Lawyers for Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele filed a motion in Superior Court this week seeking a reduction in his four-year prison sentence in connection with the Station nightclub fire that killed 100 people in February 2003. According to The Providence Journal, Biechele’s lawyer said his client is not seeking a hearing on his motion at this time, but that the request was filed to beat a deadline to preserve Biechele’s right to seek a reduced sentence if circumstances in the case change. The club’s co-owners are awaiting trial and if they receive shorter sentences or are acquitted, that could prompt Biechele to seek a reduction. In February, Biechele, 29, pleaded guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter, one for each of the people who died in the fire set off by stage pyrotechnics Biechele lit inside the club. …

Gibson Guitar has hooked up with Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong to create the Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature model guitar, which will be available beginning in September for around $2,100. The design is based on Armstrong’s beloved 1950s model Gibson Les Paul Jr. guitar. It will come in three colors (vintage sunburst, classic white and ebony) with a custom hard-shell case with leopard-print interior and Green Day’s signature “Shock Guy” logo on the exterior. … Audioslave’s Tom Morello will be throwing out the first pitch at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on Sunday as his favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, take on the San Francisco Giants. …

Frances Bean Cobain comes from serious rock stock, but is the daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love considering a music career of her own? “Not really,” she told the U.K. edition of Elle in its September issue. “I’d much rather act and I really like photography.” Cobain said she’d love to be a film director, explaining that she’d rather be in control than be in front of a camera — “I’m a bit of a bossy-boots.” On the subject of footwear, the 14-year-old admits a passion for shoes, explaining that she’s already collected 137 pairs. “I counted them, which is pathetic. … And I’ve got over 200 pairs of jeans and at least 50 designer handbags.” …

Rancid’s Tim Armstrong has been working on material that he’ll be releasing in the form of a solo album titled A Poet’s Life. He’s even shot a video for the disc’s first single, “Hold On.” There’s no firm release date yet for the LP, but Armstrong said in an online post that it should surface before year’s end — but not in the conventional manner. He wants to release the songs one track at a time, online, free of charge. He also wrote that Rancid’s seventh studio offering will be released next year, and that the band will begin writing songs for it in December. “In the upcoming years, I hope to make another Transplants album,” he wrote. “I love recording with those guys.” … TV on the Radio are including three new tracks to their upcoming album, Return To Cookie Mountain, including “Snakes and Martyrs,” “Things You Can Do” and an El-P remix of Cookie’s “Hours.” You’ll have to fast-forward through 14 tracks of silence and one “ambient audio” track to hear the songs. Cookie Mountain is due September 12. …

This year’s Farm Aid concert just got way eclectic. In addition to previously announced sets from founders Neil Young, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and board member Dave Matthews, the September 30 concert at the Tweeter Center will feature reggae legends Steel Pulse, polka star Jimmy Sturr, pedal-steel guitarist Robert Randolph and rock pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, as well as Los Lonely Boys, Arlo Guthrie, Gov’t Mule, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer, Shelby Lynne and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, according to the event’s Web site. … Actor Glenn Ford, who racked up screen credits in nearly 100 films over his 50-year career — but is perhaps best known to younger audiences as Clark Kent’s Earth father in 1978’s “Superman” — died Wednesday at age 90.