For The Record: Quick News On Diddy, Paris Hilton, ‘American Idol,’ Guns N’ Roses, Bono, H.I.M. & More

Diddy doubles up on girls; Hilton arraignment postponed; Jewel guest-judging on 'Idol.'

We already know that Diddy and longtime girlfriend Kim Porter are expecting twins. But the rapper/ label boss reveals in the upcoming issue of Vibe that his two sons (one with Porter, one from a previous relationship) will be getting a pair of sisters. The new arrivals could alter his whole outlook, Diddy told the magazine. “People say, to a so-called ladies’ man or whatever, that when you have girls it changes you,” he said. “So I was like, ‘What’s God trying to tell me by giving me two girls?’ When I pray every morning, I thank God for showing me what he showed me while I still have a chance to enjoy myself.” …

A request by Paris Hilton‘s attorney to delay her DUI arraignment has been granted, a spokesperson for city prosecutors told The Associated Press Wednesday (September 27). The arraignment is now scheduled for December 5, although Hilton is not required to appear. …

Jewel, Olivia Newton-John and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager will appear as guest judges when the audition episodes of “American Idol” begin airing in January. … Guns N’ Roses have added two more East Coast dates to their tour itinerary: November 5 in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and November 10 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. … Clay Aiken will team with local orchestras on a holiday tour beginning December 2 in Merrillville, Indiana. The 17-city trek will end December 23 in Greensboro, North Carolina. …

Bono will be the first guest on Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart‘s upcoming HBO series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the music-themed half-hour interview show, described as “musicians on musicians,” will feature Stewart interviewing fellow artists about their craft. The show is slated to begin airing in early 2007. … Tenacious D will release the soundtrack to “The Pick of Destiny” on November 14, three days before the movie opens. The Dust BrothersJohn King produced and Dave Grohl played drums on the album, which includes the first single, “The Pick of Destiny.” …

H.I.M. will not be touring next month. The band’s two-week No Sleep Till Halloween tour has been scrapped so the Finnish goth-rockers can concentrate on writing new material. “We just want to keep it fresh for you and stump you with new material,” frontman Ville Valo said in a statement. “I didn’t feel that I could do that without rehearsing some of this stuff that’s stuck in my heart.” The trek, which was to launch on October 18 and run through October 31, was also set to feature Papa Roach, Lostprophets and Kill Hannah. … Underoath keyboardist Chris Dudley fractured his hand on Sunday while playing football with his bandmates. Dudley was admitted to the hospital and doctors advised him to take off the remainder of the band’s current Canadian tour to ensure he makes a full recovery. The tour will go on, though, with the group’s tour manager, Russ Hickman, filling in on samples. Dudley plans to return for Taste of Chaos International, which kicks off October 8 in Auckland, New Zealand. …

MySpace has hooked up with nonpartisan youth voting organization Declare Yourself to host an online voter-registration drive. The dedicated site at MySpace.com/DeclareYourself features instructions in English and Spanish on how to register to vote and comprehensive information on the upcoming midterm elections. … Don Omar will launch his first U.S. headlining tour next month in Atlanta, with popular Latin acts Aventura and Rakim y Ken-Y in tow. The tour will be in support of Omar’s latest album, King of Kings, which topped Billboard‘s Latin Albums chart and earned Omar an American Music Awards nomination for Favorite Latin Music Artist. The tour is scheduled to conclude with a two-night set in San Juan, Puerto Rico. … The family of Reverend Run released a statement Wednesday that addressed a personal loss that occurred earlier this week. The Run-D.M.C. co-founder had been expecting a child with his wife, Justine Simmons. “On September 26, Victoria Anne Simmons, for some unknown reason, chose to come early and unfortunately did not survive,” the statement read. “Justine Simmons is doing fine. We thank everyone for their support and prayers. We hope that our struggle and strength will help and encourage others.” …

Twenty-six live recordings of artists who played at this summer’s Lollapalooza in Chicago are available now on iTunes, including songs from Sleater-Kinney, Broken Social Scene, Ben Kweller, Wolfmother, Lyrics Born, the Go! Team, the Hold Steady, Matt Costa and Be Your Own Pet. And on October 19 the site LiveLollapalooza.com will launch with the 26 performances, as well as live photos and other recordings in MP3 and FLAC formats. … The Prize Fighter Inferno, the side project of Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez, will release their debut LP, My Brother’s Blood Machine, on October 31. The effort will contain a dozen tracks, including “The Fight of Moses Early & Sir Arthur McCloud,” “Run, Gunner Recall, Run! The Town Wants You Dead!” and “Wayne Andrews, the Old Bee Keeper.” … Motörhead will headline Rock 98.9 Freaker’s Ball 2006 concert, slated for October 28 at Community America Ballpark in Kansas City, Kansas. Buckcherry, Crossfade and Jackyl are also on the bill. …

Boondocks” cartoonist Aaron McGruder and his press syndicate have failed to reach an agreement on the return of the popular comic strip to newspapers, Universal Press Syndicate executives announced Monday. McGruder had requested a six-month sabbatical in order to “restore his creative juices,” but The Washington Post reports that the satirical cartoonist did not return a number of phone calls requesting an update on his status. While the future of the printed comic remains unclear, McGruder’s animated “Boondocks” was recently renewed for a second season on the Cartoon Network. … MSN has signed a deal with Control Room, the company that helped webcast last year’s Live 8 events, to stream live concerts to its users. Microsoft Corporation’s Web portal will exclusively webcast 36 different live events for free, which will be available for on-demand viewing for a period after their initial airing. The first gig, featuring John Legend performing in London, will stream Monday, followed by a performance by John Mayer from New York’s Webster Hall. As part of the pact, Microsoft may also stream the shows to other platforms, such as Xbox Live and MSN Messenger. Microsoft also announced Tuesday that it is funding Wallop, a networking site to rival MySpace.

09.26.2006

Paris Hilton has been formally charged for driving under the influence, The Associated Press reports. The heiress is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court but is not required to appear, a spokesperson for city prosecutors told AP. Hilton was arrested September 7 for DUI and was said to have a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol level at the time. …

With five nods, Shakira leads the list of nominees for the seventh annual Latin Grammy Awards, which were announced Tuesday (September 26) in New York. The Black Eyed Peas, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar and Rick Rubin will also vie for trophies at the November 2 ceremony at New York’s Madison Square Garden. … Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Carrie Underwood and Josh Groban are the first performers announced for the 2006 American Music Awards. Jimmy Kimmel will host for the second consecutive year. … Snoop Dogg, Too Short, Tyrese, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and MC Lyte are among those scheduled to attend the Los Angeles Hip-Hop Summit on Saturday at the University of Southern California. Sponsored by Chrysler Financial, the summit will serve to educate students and members of the community about financial literacy. …

A former Foxy Brown associate dropped two charges against the rapper in municipal court in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Tuesday in exchange for unspecified items to be returned from Foxy, AP reports. The rapper, who was present in court, and Rasheeda Ellis also agreed not to have contact with each other or discuss the case in the media. … Joseph Barrino, Fantasia‘s father, filed a $10 million libel lawsuit against Simon & Schuster on Tuesday, claiming “false, exaggerated, sensational, intentional and malicious untruths” in the book “Fantasia: Life Is Not a Fairy Tale,” which was made into a Lifetime movie in August. Fantasia is not listed as a defendant and the suit contends the singer’s grandmother, Addie Collins, was the ghost writer. The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, New York, disputes such claims in the book as Joseph asks his daughter for money when she visits, according to AP.Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty‘s off-and-on girlfriend, model Kate Moss, arrived at a Berlin nightclub with the singer Monday and sang along with him onstage, according to AP. Doherty, who avoided a jail sentence on drug charges earlier this month when a London judge ordered him to continue rehabilitation, checked himself out of a clinic last week. …

Don Omar will launch his first U.S. headlining tour next month in Atlanta, with popular Latin acts Aventura and Rakim y Ken-Y in tow. The tour will be in support of his latest album, King of Kings, which recently notched its 15th consecutive week atop Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart and earned Don Omar an American Music Award nomination for Favorite Latin Music Artist. The tour is scheduled to conclude with a two-night set in San Juan, Puerto Rico. … Rock Star: Supernova, the band featuring Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, Voivod‘s Jason Newsted, ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke and singer Lukas Rossi, will shoot a video in Los Angeles on October 4 for “It’s All Love.” The band, which was born of the CBS reality series of the same name, will launch a 28-city North American tour with the Panic Channel — featuring series co-host Dave Navarro — in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve. The group’s debut LP hits stores November 21….

The “Jackass” gang have the #1 movie in the country, but it wasn’t easy getting to the top. “Man, if only I could be induced into a coma and still do all this stuff and be woken up at the premiere,” Steve-O said to MTV News. “I hated filming that movie. I really hated it.” The daredevil also said that there is a treasure trove of great footage that didn’t make the “Jackass: Number Two” cut. “We have 40 minutes of deleted scenes that are better than anything from the first movie,” he revealed. “I was bedridden for a portion, like I had a really bad injury, and it didn’t even make the movie. … I was launched down multiple flights of stairs in a bellhop cart. Kind of anticlimactic, I landed on my back on a bellhop cart, and it wasn’t even in the movie. That’s how good the movie is.” … Another day, another batch of Guns N’ Roses dates. Over the last month or so, the Axl Rose-fronted rockers have been rolling out more information about their North American tour — the first few dates of which were recently postponed — with news on gigs trickling out every other day or so. The run, which now launches in San Diego on October 5 and runs through January 13 in Reno, Nevada — has been beefed up by three U.S. shows: Huntington, West Virginia (November 3); Everett, Washington (December 10); and Portland, Oregon (December 11). …

Michael Jackson won’t be releasing his next album on the Two Seas record label after all. According to BBC News, Jackson has parted ways with the Bahrain record label founded by Abdulla Hamad Al-Khalifa, a member of the Bahraini royal family. Two Seas was scheduled to put out Jackson’s first album of new material since 2001′s Invincible. Jackson has now formed the Michael Jackson Company, which will look after his business affairs, and may act as a recording label for his next record, due next year. … While other peer-to-peer file-sharing networks have cut multimillion-dollar settlements with the Recording Industry Association of America and either gone legit or just quit, LimeWire is fighting back. In a countersuit filed on Monday against the major labels, the file-sharing site alleges antitrust violations, fraud and conspiracy. “This case is but one part of a much larger modern conspiracy to destroy all innovation that content owners cannot control and that disrupts their historic business models,” the countersuit alleges. In demanding a jury trial, LimeWire claims that the recording industry, after losing its “strangle hold” on the means of distributing music thanks to the Internet and the advent of MP3s, got together with the goal to “destroy any online music distribution service they did not own or control, or force such services to do business with them.” The suit also alleges that the labels attempted to engage in price fixing and anticompetitive practices through their legitimate download services, Pressplay and MusicNet. LimeWire is seeking damages and attorneys fees in the suit. …

Two men have been charged in connection with the Friday morning shooting following a Jim Jones concert in Virginia Beach, Virginia, that left one person dead and several wounded, NBC News affiliate WAVY reports. Verlon Romain, 27, was charged with one count of malicious assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and other weapons charges, while Andre Roberts, 29, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Police are still searching for a third suspect, identified as 19-year-old Ciara Vander, who has a warrant out for her arrest. … Wolfmother have ended their current world tour six days before schedule after bassist/keyboardist Chris Ross‘ son entered the world one month early. The band’s show at the Hollywood Palladium, originally set for Thursday, has been rescheduled for December 12. Shows planned for Friday in San Diego and Saturday in San Francisco have been canceled. Wolfmother are taking October off to “allow Chris some family time,” according to a statement on their Web site. The band plans to make up the missed shows by early 2007. … If you want to check out the debut single from Damon Albarn‘s (Blur, Gorillaz) new band, you have to be quick. According to the Web site for the Good, the Bad and the Queen, the group’s single, “Herculean,” will be available on CD and 7-inch for just one day in the U.K. — October 30. The artwork for the limited-edition single was designed by group member Paul Simonon, the former bass player for the Clash. The band — which also features former Verve guitarist Simon Tong and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen — will make their live debut October 26 as part of the Electric Proms events at the Roundhouse in Camden, England.