For The Record: Quick News On Nelly Furtado, Kristin Cavallari, Xzibit, 30 Seconds To Mars, Gwen Stefani & More

Furtado, Cavallari swank up Guess party; Xzibit turns up at Tommy Lee's shindig.

It was one swanky soiree Tuesday night at New York’s Capitale as Guess celebrated its 25th anniversary, one of many Fashion Week kickoff parties. (Feast your eyes on the smokin’ snaps right here. ) Kristin Cavallari and DJ AM mingled together in the VIP area, while Nelly Furtado made the rounds, posing for the paparazzi in a not-so-promiscuous outfit: a black dress covered by a bulky white jacket. Brit beauty Natasha Bedingfield gave a strong solo acoustic performance, and KT Tunstall sang her heart out to the chichi crowd, admitting that she’s always been a “black horse” when it comes to fashion. “After being penniless for 10 years, this is very educational,” she said. “I don’t know much about fashion really. Some ladies are really tall, though. I’m not tall.” Speaking of tall, statuesque models posed in front of blown-up Guess images of Carrie Otis, Claudia Schiffer and Anna Nicole Smith, re-enacting sultry black-and-white ads from the past. One model, who was sitting atop a huge pile of hay for three hours in nothing but a slinky dress, told MTV News she was a little uncomfortable and “itchy.” Ah, what some women will do for fashion. Jimmy Fallon, Denis Leary, Eva Mendes and others will be presenting at the Fashion Rocks concert, airing Friday on CBS. …

30 Seconds to Mars have beat out Angels & Airwaves, Blue October, Ima Robot, the Pink Spiders and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus for a Radio City Music Hall gig. After scoring the most text-message votes in the Want You to Sound Off contest, the band will play a set from the marquee of the legendary New York theater at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday to kick off the Fashion Rocks festivities, featuring live performances by Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Christina Aguilera and many others. …

Xzibit, Jaime Pressly, Shannon Elizabeth and Elisha Cuthbert were a few of the celebs who turned out to party with Tommy Lee and Papa Roach at their three-day Bacardi Global Gathering party last weekend in Las Vegas. Damien Fahey of “TRL,” Melinda Clarke (“The O.C.”), Roger Cross (“24″), Kelly Carlson (“Nip/Tuck”) and Stacy Keibler (“Dancing With the Stars”) also made the afterparty, held Sunday in the Real World suite at the Palms casino and hotel. Xzibit joined Papa Roach for an impromptu collaborative performance as well. …

They don’t holla back, but they look a lot like Gwen Stefani. The No Doubt singer announced Tuesday she’s releasing a series of eight limited-edition dolls named after her debut solo album, Love, Angel, Music, Baby. Each 10-inch doll represents Stefani or one of her Harajuku Girl dancers dressed in costumes from the singer/designer’s tour, and will be available for $24.95. Stefani isn’t just focusing on toys — the singer has also been recording new music, according to a statement posted on her Web site. … American Eagle Outfitters is dishing up songs and videos on its Web site, Aerie.com, as part of the urban mass-market label’s new Artists Music Series. On Wednesday (September 6), the site premiered Ben Lee‘s new single, “Since I Met You,” and a new cut by Zero 7 collaborator Sia, “Pictures.” Lee is performing Wednesday night at the Union Square store in Manhattan, New York, and his Awake Is the New Sleep and Sia‘s “Colour the Small One” LPs will be released as special editions through AE. Videos for both artists, as well as interviews, live performances and more content, will be unveiled in AE stores and on the company’s Web site. …

After five months of speculation and rumor, Suri Cruise finally made her public debut on Tuesday. The offspring of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes is featured with her parents on the October cover of Vanity Fair, as revealed by Katie Couric on her first night hosting the CBS Evening News. The infant — who has a head of remarkably thick dark hair — was shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz for a 22-page spread and is seen on the cover cradled inside Cruise’s leather jacket, with Holmes looking over his shoulder. … Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson amassed $36 million in assets during their three-year marriage — and since Simpson refused to sign a pre-nup, Lachey can claim approximately $18 million of that under California law. But according to TMZ.com, Lachey has agreed to less than his fair share in the couple’s divorce proceedings in order to avoid a messy court fight. He will reportedly take more than the $1.5 million he was originally offered by Simpson, but considerably less than the 50 percent he’s entitled to by law. …

Death Cab for Cutie have scheduled yet another tour in support of Plans and their latest single, “I Will Follow You Into the Dark.” The trek begins October 26 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, and ends November 30 in Houston. … The Pussycat Dolls casting call continues, with open tryouts being held Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles. Final contenders will face off on the CW series “The Search for the Next Pussycat Doll.” Visit CWTV.com for an application and audition requirements. … Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor has started working on new material for the follow-up to 2005′s With Teeth. There’s no official word yet on the album’s title, but the LP could be out later this year or early 2007. …

Michael Jackson will have to pay ex-wife Debbie Rowe $60,000 in attorney fees as she continues pursuing a custody case against him, The Associated Press reports. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert A. Schnider said Jackson must pay Rowe by September 28, although he did not rule on whether Rowe can have visitation rights to their children, Prince Michael and Paris. … In related news, the man who won a multimillion-dollar settlement from Jackson in 1993 after accusing the pop star of molestation has won a permanent court restraining order against his father, according to AP. The unnamed man, now 26, said his father “struck him on the head from behind with a twelve and one-half pound weight and sprayed his eyes with mace or pepper spray and tried to choke him,” according to an appellate court ruling. He was granted a temporary restraining order against his father in August 2005, but the judge refused to issue a permanent order at the time, a ruling a two-judge appellate panel said was a mistake. …

A Kurt Cobain action figure, inspired by Nirvana‘s 1993 appearance on “MTV Unplugged,” will be released this December. The 7-inch figurine will feature Cobain with his acoustic guitar, a chair, microphone and music stand. The toy will carry a $16 price tag. … Willi Ninja, the New York dancer who inspired Madonna‘s song and video “Vogue,” died Saturday at age 45 of AIDS-related heart failure, according to The New York Times. Ninja (born William R. Leake) — called the Grandfather of Vogue — helped popularize the dance style on the New York club scene in the 1980s, taking the strutting, posing gestures to the big screen in the acclaimed 1990 documentary “Paris Is Burning.” He began dancing at age 7 and by the early 1980s he was vogueing all over New York in his signature style, which included swift, sharp arm movements inspired by martial arts. He later modeled in runway shows for designers Jean Paul-Gaultier and Thierry Mugler, and gave models including Naomi Campbell advice on how to strut on the runway, most recently working with Paris Hilton on her red-carpet sashay. …

The cop is avoiding the slammer. Victor Willis, the former “policeman” in the 1970s disco band the Village People, was sentenced by a California judge on Tuesday to three years probation on drug and gun possession charges, according to a Reuters report. Willis, 55, who co-wrote such hits as “YMCA” and “In the Navy,” pleaded no contest and got a suspended three-year, eight-month prison sentence on condition that he complete a 30-day drug treatment program at the Betty Ford Center in Southern California, followed by at least six months in a treatment program in Long Beach, California. The judge warned that Willis would go to prison if he violated his probation.

09.05.2006

Plenty of artists release special editions of their new CDs with bonus tracks a few months after the discs hit stores. But a few weeks? Paris Hilton didn’t authorize an early update of her disc, but British graffiti artist Banksy has placed 500 doctored copies of the heiress’ debut CD in 48 U.K. record stores, replacing Hilton’s album with 40 minutes of remixes and altering the cover to advertise titles including “Why Am I Famous?” and “What Am I For?,” according to BBC News. The guerrilla artist also changed pictures of Hilton on the CD sleeve to show her topless and with a dog’s head, but kept the original barcode intact — which means that some may buy the LP thinking it is the real thing. A representative for record chain HMV told BBC News that it has recovered seven altered copies from stores but no customers have returned a tampered version of the disc. The altered copies also include a Hilton remix CD credited to “DM,” which Danger Mouse‘s management confirmed is him. “It’s hard to improve on perfection, but we had to try,” the Gnarls Barkley mastermind said in a statement. Danger Mouse and Banksy are believed to have met while shopping for costumes in SoHo, New York. …

In other Paris news, the actress/singer is getting ready to shed her babe-on-the-beach image from her “Stars Are Blind” video for something a little more wholesome. Well, just a little. For her next video, “Nothing in This World,” Hilton’s playing a girl-next-door role, and she promises the clip will be hot. “It’s going to be really sexy,” she said. Though Hilton was originally considering pairing up once again with Chris Applebaum or David LaChapelle for the clip, instead, she’s picked director Scott Speer (Teddy Geiger, Switchfoot). “He’s a hot new director,” she said. “I’m very excited.” Also raising the temperature is Elisha Cuthbert, who is making a cameo in the clip. …

The Arctic Monkeys beat out Thom Yorke and the Editors on Tuesday (September 12) to win the coveted Mercury Prize for the best British album of the year. While most past Mercury winners were not big sellers, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I Am Not smashed the British record for the fastest-selling debut album, with 363,700 copies sold in its first week. … “American Idol” season one finalist Tamyra Gray married producer and former Color Me Badd singer Sam Watters in Capri, Italy, on Saturday, according to People. Gray and Watters, who met when he was hired to produce her last album, were wed on a cliff overlooking the ocean. …

First Young Jeezy wanted you to get your mind right — now he wants you to get your money right too. The trap star will join Russell Simmons and his Hip-Hop Summit Action Network on September 16 for the group’s financial-empowerment tour, “Get Your Money Right,” at Atlanta’s Morris Brown University. Jeezy and a host of rappers, executives and financial consultants will discuss credit history, home ownership and other related money matters. “Joining with Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris to host the Atlanta Hip-Hop Summit is a special blessing,” Simmons said in a statement. “This city is known for its great contributions to hip-hop, as well as being a center for social change in our nation and world.” Get Your Money Right will make three additional stops on September 30 (Los Angeles), October 14 (Dallas) and October 28 (Toronto). …

Guess will celebrate its 25th anniversary at New York’s Capitale on Tuesday night with performances by K.T. Tunstall and Natasha Bedingfield. It is the first of many Fashion Week kickoff parties, which runs Friday through September 15. Black-and-white photos from Guess ads will be set up in an art-gallery setting, and models will be re-creating them in a live vignette. Expected guests include Dean Winters, Famke Janssen, Kristin Cavallari, Taryn Manning, Zoe Saldana and Nelly Furtado. … It’s a glamour-ific world: Former MAC Viva Glam spokesperson Pamela Anderson is handing over the reigns to Debbie Harry, Eve, Lisa Marie Presley and Dita Von Teese, who have been appointed the new spokespeople for the MAC Viva Glam VI campaign, which is helping fund the fight against HIV/AIDS. Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott are also former Viva Glam spokesmodels. …

A judge sentenced R&B singer Ronald Isley, 65, to three years and one month in prison for tax evasion on Friday. The Isley Brother was also ordered to pay $3.1 million in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, The Associated Press reports. Isley was convicted last year of five counts of tax evasion and one count of willful failure to file a tax return. The singer’s lawyer argued for probation because of Isley’s recent health problems and his attempts to pay down the IRS debt, but the judge in the case refused, saying, “the term ‘serial tax avoider’ has been used. I think that’s appropriate.” …

An attorney for Academy Award-winning rappers Three 6 Mafia filed a motion last week in a Pennsylvania court asking for the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a fan who claimed he was severely beaten at one of their shows. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ramone Williams, who was 19 at the time, said he became concerned when the group started performing the song “Let’s Start a Riot” at the August 26, 2003, show at a now-defunct Pittsburgh nightclub. By the time “Riot” ended, Williams claimed, he was thrown to the floor, hit with a chair, stomped on and kicked in the face, suffering injuries including a fractured jaw. The group’s attorney asked for the dismissal based in part on First Amendment protections for the lyrics. …

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday in the trial for one of the owners of the Station nightclub in Warwick, Rhode Island, where a pyrotechnics stunt gone awry during a Great White show in 2003 killed 100 concertgoers. Michael Derderian’s trial on 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter is expected to last several months and will be followed by a trial for his brother, Jeffrey, according to AP. … Pete Doherty appeared before a London court Monday to face sentencing for drug violations, but a judge instead ordered him to continue his drug rehabilitation, AP reports. District Judge Jane McIvor deferred the sentencing to December 4 and explained to the Babyshambles singer — who has passed recently administered drug tests — that he could avoid jail if he sticks with his rehab program and commits no other offenses. The judge also said that the Babyshambles track “The Blinding” is a “good tune.” …

Expect to see Thrice walking in the Orange County Race for a Cure benefit in Newport Beach, California, on September 24. Proceeds from the 5K fundraiser go toward the Syrentha Savio Endowment and the Shirts for a Cure Project. Thrice are promising an exclusive “special thank you” the night of the event for those who join them in the walk. … “Crocodile Hunter” host Steve Irwin was killed Monday in the waters off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef when a stingray’s barb stabbed him through the heart while he was snorkeling, AP reports. Irwin, who came under fire in 2004 for holding his infant son while feeding a crocodile, hosted several Animal Planet series, starred in the 2002 film “The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course” and was filming a new program titled “Ocean’s Deadliest” before the accident. He is survived by his wife, Terri, and their two children.