For The Record: Quick News On Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Kevin Federline, Jessica Simpson & More

Lohan robbed at London airport; Federline marvels at Spears' career; Simpson chooses next single.

Lindsay Lohan was robbed of a handbag at London’s Heathrow Airport on Thursday (September 7), BBC News reports. The actress/singer noticed that the Hermè’s Birkin handbag was missing from her luggage cart when she was exiting the terminal. Police said the bag contained “a quantity of jewelry,” and Lohan’s publicist said the actress’ much-needed asthma medication was also inside. According to her representative, Lohan “is begging for the return of the items.” Lohan has been in Italy promoting the Emilio Estevez-directed flick “Bobby,” which premiered Tuesday at the Venice Film Festival.

Britney Spears is a tough act for husband Kevin Federline to follow — “all of her music is just hit, hit, hit after hit,” he said on Wednesday’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show” — but K-Fed said he’s not competing. “Maybe other people are putting it in that perspective, but I don’t see it like that at all. I just have fun.” Federline performed “Lose Control” on the show and revealed that he’d like to gain control of his smoking and put quitting on his to-do list now that another baby is joining the family. He revealed that Britney is craving ice chips as her due date draws near, and went home with a ton of baby gifts from DeGeneres, including a mini motorcycle for Sean Preston with a sidecar for the new addition, dubbed “Lil’ Fed” by the talk-show host. …

Jessica Simpson has chosen “I Belong to Me” as the second single from her A Public Affair album. Last month, the singer asked fans to vote on a handful of songs from the LP on her Web site. … Afeni Shakur has postponed her trip to South Africa to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Tupac‘s death to June 16, the 30th anniversary of the Soweto uprising as well as Tupac’s 36th birthday. … Stevie Wonder, Joss Stone and Natalie Cole are among the artists performing Friday and Saturday at the United Negro College Fund’s annual An Evening of Stars. This year’s show is a tribute to Aretha Franklin. …

Amerie is in the middle of recording her next album, which she’s working on in a small studio in Jersey City, New Jersey, with producers including Brian Michael Cox (Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey). “I have another song to record, and then it’s done,” she told MTV News. She describes the music as her signature style infused with ’70s funk and ’80s new wave. “I have to say it’s hot, and not just because I did it,” she said. The singer also revealed that she’s taking aim at lipstick on one track, titled “Crazy Wonderful.” “My sister and I were talking about how you put it on because you want to look cute when you go out, but then you kiss someone and it’s all coming off. So for a six-month period, I swore off lipstick.” Amerie anticipates that the still-untitled album will be out next spring. …

Thrice recently updated their fans on the progress they’ve been making in the studio on their four-disc concept album. “Each disc [will be] themed sonically and thematically to correspond with the four natural elements — earth, air, water and fire,” reads an online post from the band. “The album will have somewhere between 20 and 25 songs, divided between the four discs. We are approaching the whole project in a new way for us, both writing and recording. Writing with these elements in mind, we are letting them shape the direction of the songs sonically and thematically. And for the first time, we’re recording the record ourselves as we write it, freeing us up to change things as we go.” … The soundtrack for Playstation 2′s “Guitar Hero II” has been revealed. Look for the game to boast Nirvana‘s “Heart Shaped Box,” Mötley Crüe‘s “Shout at the Devil,” Guns N’ Roses‘ “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Avenged Sevenfold‘s “Beast and the Harlot,” Alice in Chains‘ “Them Bones,” Stone Temple Pilots‘ “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart,” Lamb of God‘s “Laid to Rest” and Every Time I Die‘s “The New Black.” The game is scheduled to be released in November. …

R.E.M. will get back together with original drummer Bill Berry, who retired from the group in 1997, when the band celebrates its induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame on September 16 in Atlanta. The group will play three to-be-announced songs, Reuters reports. … Black Crowes‘ manager Pete Angelus announced on the band’s message board Wednesday that guitarist Marc Ford has quit the band effective immediately. Angelus said the band received a fax on Tuesday — two days before the start of its fall tour — saying Ford was terminating his agreement with the Crowes, despite a clause in his contract that Angelus said stipulates he must give three months notice. Ford played with the Crowes for more than five years in the ’90s and was fired in 1997, rejoining the Crowes in 2005. Paul Stacey will step into the breach for the tour while leaders Chris and Rich Robinson interview other guitarists. The split with Ford came less than a week after longtime keyboardist Eddie Hawrysch left the band, which is working on its first studio LP in six years. …

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are branching out their Highway Companion Tour — as well as the eclectic list of acts that will be supporting them. Beck will do the honors at a San Diego gig on September 27, while the Dandy Warhols will kick off shows Tuesday in Madison, Wisconsin, and at the last of three Berkeley, California, gigs on October 27. The Black Crowes will open the Sunday show in Raleigh, North Carolina. … Former New Kids on the Block member Jordan Knight will be promoting his latest solo album, Love Songs, Friday on QVC. The disc, due in stores Tuesday, will feature new music along with covers of the Wham! hit “Careless Whisper” and Foreigner‘s “Waiting for a Girl Like You.” Why launch the LP on a TV shopping network? The singer said it’s an opportunity to “reach a wide variety of fans in a meaningful way.” …

WOXY.com — the online indie radio station that had been using “The Future of Rock and Roll” as its motto — is shutting down after two years of operation, barring help from a “significant partner.” “It’s become pretty clear that operating WOXY.com as a standalone Internet ‘radio station’ is not going to cut it,” reads a post on the station’s site. “Our operating costs are higher than you might think, and the revenue we were able to generate from advertising isn’t close to supporting what we’re doing. … When your business doesn’t make money, you eventually go out of business.” The broadcasts will be silenced on September 15. … Director/screenwriter Rémy Belvaux died Monday in Orry-la-Ville, France, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 38. Belvaux scored a cult hit with his controversial debut film, “Man Bites Dog,” a faux documentary about a film crew following a serial killer. “He leaves us one masterpiece and tons of regrets,” Belvaux’s family said in a statement. No cause of death was given.

09.06.2006

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.