For The Record: Quick News On Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, U2, DMX, Kanye West, Killers & More

Hilton and Richie make up; U2 name hits disc; DMX drives into more car trouble.

Life just got a little simpler for Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. “The Simple Life” debutantes have reportedly made amends over dinner after a much-publicized two-year feud. “I don’t know if it was a business or personal discussion. Let’s just watch it unfold,” Hilton’s publicist Elliot Mintz told People magazine. But Paris herself tells In Touch that the friendship is back on. “I love Nicole, and I’m so glad we’re friends again. … I’m really happy she’s back in my life.” Hilton and Richie are scheduled to begin filming the fifth season of “The Simple Life” — featuring the glamour girls working as camp counselors — later this fall. …

U2 have announced the title of their upcoming greatest-hits disc. U218 Singles will feature 16 of the band’s best-known tracks plus two new songs — including their Green Day collaboration, “The Saints Are Coming.” The hits compilation will feature a bonus CD with 10 live performances from their 2005 Vertigo Tour, U2.com reports. …

DMX landed in more driving trouble Monday, hit with three summonses for operating an uninspected car with a suspended registration — without a driver’s license, New York’s Journal News reports. The rapper was stopped in Yonkers, New York, by Westchester County police who impounded the 2001 Chevrolet Suburban he was driving. DMX is due in court to answer the charges December 18. … The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network will honor Kanye West at their fourth annual Action Awards, a benefit dinner scheduled for October 16 at Chelsea Piers in New York. Magic Johnson and Steve Stoute will also be recognized for their “outstanding contribution to the empowerment of people and communities,” according to the organization. …

If you’ve just got to see the Killers up close — and will pay for the privilege — you might as well do some good in the process. Exclusive VIP packages for the Vegoose Music Festival — which hits Las Vegas October 28-29 and features the Killers, the Raconteurs, Jurassic 5, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Mars Volta and more — are available, with proceeds benefiting Common Ground Collective, Rock the Earth, Tipintina’s Foundation and Head Count. VIP treatment — including side-stage viewing, backstage performances and signed artist merchandise — is up for auction at StubHub.com/Vegoose-Charity.

Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor took the stage with Alice in Chains on Saturday to handle lead vocals for the Alice classic “Would?” The impromptu collaboration took place during the 99.5 Fan Fest in San Antonio, Texas. … Taylor’s other band, Slipknot, will release the double-disc DVD set “Voliminal: Inside the Nine” on December 5. The effort will boast in-the-studio footage, as well as material captured backstage, onstage and in the band’s tour bus during Slipknot’s most recent global trek. The first disc includes a 90-minute film created and directed by M. Shawn Crahan (known to fans as Clown), which was shot on handheld cameras. The second disc features live footage shot in various venues throughout the world, along with music videos and interviews with each member of the band. The disc also boasts the first up-close look at the “death masks” the band used onstage during the tour. ..

Prior to the release of their DVD “Phase Two — Slowboat to Hades” on Halloween, Gorillaz will release the first in a series of EPs exclusively on iTunes, with each accompanied by previously unreleased videos. The first, DARE, is due October 24, while Dirty Harry (November 7), El Mañana (December 5) and Feel Good Inc. (December 26) will follow. … What do Will Ferrell, Queen Latifah and Spoon have in common? Not much, but the band is all over the soundtrack to “Stranger Than Fiction,” a comedy starring Ferrell and Latifah that hits theaters November 10. The film’s score was composed by Spoon’s Britt Daniel along with Brian Reitzell, and the soundtrack album features four Spoon tracks — including “The Book I Write,” a new song written for the film. The Jam, M83, Maximo Park and Wreckless Eric are also featured on the soundtrack, due November 7. …

According to Lou Barlow‘s Web site, Sebadoh‘s classic lineup — Barlow, Eric Gaffney and Jason Loewenstein — has reformed and will be touring this spring. Barlow has yet to reveal specific details about the tour, beyond the start and finish dates: February 25 to April 7. .. Recent “You Hear It First” artists Dirty on Purpose apparently don’t mind sleeping away from home. The Brooklyn, New York, indie rockers are hitting the road yet again in support of their debut album, Hallelujah Sirens. The 20-date trek kicks off October 19 in Allston, Massachusetts, and wraps up December 8 in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. … Rock Kills Kid and the Shys are among the acts signed on to play an October 17 benefit for the Young Progressive Majority, a Los Angeles-based group committed to increasing the vote for local progressive candidates and issues. The concert, billed Party For Progress, will be held at the Knitting Factory in L.A. Visit the Majority’s Web site, GoYPM.org, for more information. …

Story of the Year will anchor this fall’s Taste the Poison tour, which launches Friday in Columbia, Missouri, and is scheduled to hit 30 cities before wrapping up November 17 in St. Louis. The bill also features Anberlin, Greeley Estates and Monty Are I. … The Accident Experiment, which features erstwhile P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel, will be touring this fall in support of their recently released debut LP, United We Fear. The trek, which also includes openers Northwest Royale and Indorphine, kicks off Friday in Tulare, California. Dates are booked through a December 9 gig in San Diego. … Converge will be touring this fall in support of the forthcoming No Heroes, which lands in stores October 24. The run begins November 2 in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and will make stops in a total of 23 cities before winding down December 3 in Revere, Massachusetts. …

Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue has signed a deal with Equal Vision Records, who will be releasing the singer’s solo debut, Please Come Home, on January 23. “Before I ever played in a band, I would take my acoustic guitar wherever I went and would sing and play for whoever was around,” Kensrue said in a statement. “I wanted these songs at their core to work in that street corner kind of sense, just a guy with his guitar, a voice and a story to tell.” … The Alkaline Trio have been working on fresh material and plan to hit the studio in February to record the follow-up to 2005′s Crimson. The effort is slated for release this spring. According to kitman Derek Grant’s blog, “the first notes of the new album have been written, for those in doubt.” …

Acclaimed Internet radio station WOXY.com is back … again. The alternative rock tastemaker site, which was forced to shut down operations last month after running out of funds, has been revived thanks to an infusion of cash from CD-swapping site LaLa.com. Under the new deal, WOXY.com will be funded “indefinitely” and will go back on the air immediately as a free destination with links to LaLa’s e-commerce site that will allow listeners to add songs or albums they hear to their “wanted for trade” list or to buy them outright.

10.09.2006

My Chemical Romance have booked three club dates around the October 24 release of The Black Parade. The band hits New York’s Webster Hall on October 24, Axis in Boston on October 25 and Chicago’s House of Blues on October 26. More dates are expected to be announced in the coming days. My Chemical Romance are also among the performers set to take the stage for this year’s Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans on October 29. …

After investigating Eminem for domestic violence in Michigan’s Macomb County, police say they are not going to press charges against the Detroit rapper. According to reports, Em was involved in a dispute with his niece and estranged wife Kim on September 24. … Ciara will embark on a six-week run of U.S. theaters beginning October 26 in Washington, D.C. The trek is scheduled to run through December 10 in New York. Ciara: The Evolution is due December 5. … Bo Bice underwent emergency intestinal surgery on Thursday and is currently recovering in a Nashville hospital. The “American Idol” runner-up, who has been battling intestine problems since last summer, was recently diagnosed with the intestinal condition intussusception. Bo will miss some tour dates, but doctors are hopeful his latest surgery will be the final resolution to his health problems. …

Lloyd Banks often hits fans with an assortment of witty one-liners and clever punch lines. But the G-Unit rapper took to his alma mater, August Martin High School in Jamaica, New York, last week, with a much more straightforward message: Get your education. Banks donated $10,000 to the school library and offered words of encouragement to an auditorium full of students. “I wanted to be a writer. I loved English,” Banks explained to Fox’s New York affiliate. “I wanted to know how to count my money, so I love math. You got to take what you want out of [school] and it will definitely put you in the right direction.” …

MySpace has announced its Rock for Darfur concert series, comprising 20 benefit shows around North America on October 21 aimed at raising awareness and funds for the humanitarian crisis in the African country of Sudan. Among the artists pledging to donate part of their ticket proceeds from their concerts that day to Oxfam’s relief efforts in the Sudan are Alice in Chains, TV on the Radio, Atreyu, Ziggy Marley, Teddy Geiger, the Secret Machines, Jamie Cullum, Citizen Cope, the Fray, Insane Clown Posse, Amos Lee and Gov’t Mule. A public service announcement promoting the shows featuring Samuel L. Jackson will air in theaters this month. …

Kevin Federline will be holed up at Kitson Men in Los Angeles for a couple of hours on Wednesday, not to shop, but to launch a clothing line — and preview tracks from his upcoming album. Federline will host a party from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the popular shop, celebrating the premiere of Five Star Vintage’s Holiday 2006 collection. DJ Irie is also scheduled to preview tracks from K-Fed’s LP at the event, ahead of its October 31 release. … Kelly Clarkson, Marc Anthony, Rascal Flatts and Madeleine Peyroux will join Tony Bennett for a November 9 concert at Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre, in honor of the crooner’s 80th birthday. All ticket proceeds from the event will benefit the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, an organization founded by Paul Newman. George Clooney will co-host the event with Newman, Billy Crystal, Jack Nicholson and Bruce Willis. …

A new track by Prince called “The Song of the Heart” will be the first single on the “Happy Feet” soundtrack, due October 3. Other tracks on the record include Pink covering Rufus and Chaka Khan‘s “Tell Me Something Good,” Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams and Fantasia collaborating on “I Wish” and a mash-up of Jason Mraz‘s cover of Steve Miller Band‘s “The Joker” with Chrisie Hynde‘s cover of Bread‘s “Everything I Own.” The stars of the movie, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams and Brittany Murphy, also cover songs by the likes of Elvis Presley and Queen. “Happy Feet” opens November 17. … The track list to the “Saw III” soundtrack has been revealed. The album, due October 24, will feature songs from 20 different artists, including Slayer, Lamb of God, Disturbed, Blue October, Avenged Sevenfold, Mastodon, Ministry and Meshuggah. …

Good news for people who love bad news: Modest Mouse have announced that they won’t be releasing their much-anticipated new album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, on December 19, as has been previously reported. Instead, the record will see the light of day in 2007 (according to the Mouse’s label, Epic Records, no firm date has been settled upon, but fans can expect it in “the first quarter” of next year). Obviously realizing the news was a major bummer to their fans, MM decided to soften the blow by also confirming a slate of shows, starting with a November 5 gig at Avalon in Los Angeles. They’ll also make appearances in Miami, New York and Anaheim, California, before heading over to London. For more information on the tour, check out ModestMouse.com. …

Seminal New York proto-punk rock band the New York Dolls have announced a headlining trek, topping Little Steven’s Underground Garage Tour. As much of a seismic influence on Aerosmith and Kiss as Morrissey and the Sex Pistols, the Dolls’ trashy aesthetic and insouciant rock-and-roll abandon in the otherwise drab early ’70s set the template for legions of bands to follow. While three of the original bandmembers — guitarist Johnny Thunders, drummer Billy Murcia and behemoth bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane — have passed away, original vocalist David Johansen and guitarist Sylvain Sylvain recruited a new lineup (including former Hanoi Rocks bassist Sam Yaffa) and unleashed a comeback album earlier this year. …

Babyshambles have postponed the remaining dates of their British tour so that frontman Pete Doherty can focus on his drug-rehabilitation efforts, the band’s label announced Saturday. “The band apologizes to fans but hopes that they will understand the importance of Peter being able to best continue his good progress in recovering from addiction,” EMI said. “The dates will be rearranged for as soon as possible and all tickets will remain valid.” …

Fantasia and comedian Lewis Black will perform at the second annual Quill Awards, recognizing books selected by American readers. The ceremony will be held Tuesday at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. … YouTube and Universal Music Group have reached an agreement that allows the video-sharing giant to legally post videos from UMG’s roster of artists on the site, both companies announced Monday (October 9). Under the partnership, Universal’s artists will be compensated an undisclosed sum in return for YouTube receiving access to thousands of videos in the UMG archives. The deal also allows for music from Universal artists to safely be incorporated into user-generated videos that are uploaded to the site. UMG is the first of the major record companies to strike such an arrangement with YouTube — which was sold to Google on Monday, according to The Associated Press.

Tower Records is having a going-out-of-business sale. The legendary music chain’s assets were sold at a bankruptcy auction on Friday to the liquidation firm Great American Group, which bid $134.3 million for what was once the most dominant music retailer in the country, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Great American began liquidation and going-out-of-business sales on Saturday at the company’s 89 U.S. stores, ending a 46-year run that was done in beginning a decade ago by competition from mass retailers like Wal-Mart and Internet sales. The court-supervised auction was the end of a saga that began its final act in August, when major suppliers refused to ship product to the bankrupt chain because it was unable to pay its bills.