For The Record: Quick News On Hilary, Lindsay, My Chemical Romance, AFI, K-Fed, Bloc Party & More

Duff trotting out Barbie-doll clothes; Lohan 'flabbergasted' by advice; MCR album previewing at malls.

Hilary Duff doesn't just design clothes for the tween/teen set anymore — she's got her sights set on something ... a lot smaller. "When I was younger, I was so inspired by Barbie," the singer said. "She has been a role model for my friends and me. I love her style and her spirit!" That's why Duff is expanding her fashion foray to include designing apparel for Fashion Fever Barbie. Duff debuted 11 girl- and doll-size head-to-toe outfits, with themes such as stripes, denim and faux-fur accessories in both "sweet" and "rocker" styles, at a girls-only fashion show in Los Angeles during Fashion Week on Thursday (October 19). ...

A word of advice: Don't offer Lindsay Lohan unsolicited advice. The actress/singer — who said in In Style's November issue that she pictures herself at 30 as a married homeowner with an Oscar who's made "the kind of record I want" — told the magazine that one of the more unsettling side effects of her very public profile is that strangers think they know her, and can act a bit too familiar. "The other day this guy I'd never met was like: 'Make sure you keep your sh-- together.' I was like, 'Excuse me? You know nothing about me.' I was flabbergasted." Lohan said the best counsel she's received has come from her mother, who advised, "Go with your first instinct" — though Lindsay warns that "this can lead to impulse buying." ...

Want to hear My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade before its Tuesday release? Starting Friday at 7 p.m., Hot Topic locations will be pumping the LP over the store's sound system. Fans can also pre-order the album there and get a coupon to take 15 percent off anything in the store in return. ... AFI have plans to re-release Decemberunderground as a series of six 7-inch singles packaged in a box set. Each single will be pressed on icy translucent vinyl, and will feature a cover shot of a bandmember. No release date has been pinned down yet for the limited-edition set, which will also include the previously unreleased track "Fallen Like the Sky." ...

NBC's Madonna TV special will not feature the singer on a cross, The Associated Press reports. The concert special, which has been under heavy scrutiny by religious groups, will air November 22. ... Haley Joel Osment pleaded no contest to misdemeanor drunk-driving and drug-possession charges on Thursday (October 19), AP reports. A judge sentenced the 18-year-old actor to three years of probation and told him to spend 60 hours in a rehab program and attend 26 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Osment, who did not go to the court hearing, crashed his car into a mailbox in July. ...

Kevin Federline is taking to the road shortly after the release of his debut LP, Playing With Fire, on Halloween. The singer will play the first of eight dates November 4 at New York's Webster Hall and the last one November 22 at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California. Five of the gigs are taking place at HOB venues. ... Bloc Party, the Decemberists, the Walkmen, Lou Barlow, Devendra Banhart, Pretty Girls Make Graves and the Mountain Goats have taped PSAs for a new campaign called Save the Album. Info on the cause, which comes at a time when online single sales are higher than ever, is available at SaveTheAlbum.com. ... Pixies frontman Frank Black will be the musical guest on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" Friday. Black is expected to perform "Johnny Barleycorn" from his latest solo LP, Fast Man/ Raider Man. ...

Bob Seger and Anita Baker will perform "America the Beautiful" and the national anthem, respectively, before the first two World Series games in Detroit, according to AP. ... Sofia Coppola is seven months pregnant with a baby girl, AP reports. The father is Thomas Mars, frontman for French band Phoenix. ... The outlet also reported that Jaime Pressly is engaged to her boyfriend, DJ Eric Cubiche. ...

Staind singer Aaron Lewis is returning to his high school in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, on November 4 for a benefit concert for its art and music programs. "Music education in schools is a vitally important cause," he said in a statement. ... Army of Anyone, the band featuring former Filter frontman Richard Patrick and ex-Stone Temple Pilots Dean and Robert DeLeo, have announced the first dates of their maiden tour. The trek kicks off November 18 in Philadelphia and, before concluding November 30 in Nashville, will make stops in Hartford, Connecticut; Boston; Atlanta; and Orlando, Florida. The band's self-titled debut is due November 14. ...

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and his wife, Lani, became first-time parents recently with the birth of their son, Angel Ray Keala Hammett. Metallica are currently in the studio, working on their forthcoming album with producer Rick Rubin. ... The Zippo Hot Tour featuring Papa Roach will kick off November 13 in Norfolk, Virginia, and wrap up December 17 in Amarillo, Texas. Philadelphia's Stealing December won a contest to be the opening band. ... Fair to Midland, the latest act signed to System of a Down singer Serj Tankian's Serjical Strike Records, will release The Drawn and Quartered EP on November 7. Their full length, produced by David Bottrill (Tool, Muse), is due in March. ...

Just before Google's massive $1.65 billion deal to buy YouTube, three of the four major record labels — Universal, Sony BMG and Warner Music Group — quietly negotiated small stakes in YouTube as part of video- and music-licensing deals made before the sale that will earn the companies as much as $50 million, according to The New York Times. One of the biggest threats to YouTube's success is the potential for legal action from record labels over the illegal posting of music and videos, and the deals with labels could help protect Google from copyright-infringement lawsuits, though that won't stop television or movie studios from potentially suing over the same issues. The labels' deal will allow them to share revenue from ads that will run alongside their music videos. YouTube has promised to use new technology to identify copyrighted material that users have uploaded to the site without permission. ...

Ending months of speculation, BBC News has confirmed that classic rockers Genesis are planning a reunion tour 10 years after lead singer/drummer Phil Collins left to pursue a solo career. Collins will reteam with guitarist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks for a major tour. A spokesperson told the BBC that it's possible a new album could be in the works as well. ... Keane took the stage on Tuesday at England's Hull Arena for the first time since singer Tom Chaplin entered rehab last month to treat a drug and alcohol addiction. According to the band's Web site, the show opened with the "poignant" tune "Put It Behind You" and a trim and fit-looking Chaplin thanked the crowd for "making me welcome" and admitted that he was nervous. The group will spend the rest of the month touring England. There's no word on when Keane will make it back to the U.S. to make up dates canceled in light of Chaplin's hospitalization.

10.18.2006

Tickets for some of Christina Aguilera's 2007 shows with Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls go on sale soon. Tix for five concerts, including Denver and Cleveland, will be available Saturday, while ones for five additional gigs, including Los Angeles and New York, will be available Monday. Members of Aguilera's fan club will get first crack at those shows beginning Wednesday (October 18). ...

John Legend will sign copies of his new album, Once Again, and perform a brief set of songs from the LP in New York on Tuesday at Virgin Megastore's Union Square location. Fans who purchase the disc there will get a wristband granting admittance to the in-store event while supplies last. ... Kevin Federline will appear on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" Thursday to perform the song "Privilege" alongside collaborator Bosko — who also produced "Crazy," K-Fed's track with Britney Spears. ... Jamie Foxx is bringing his Laffapalooza urban-comedy fest to Atlanta this weekend, as well as a celebrity basketball game on Sunday that will benefit the Learn Through Laughter Foundation, an at-risk youth initiative. ...

U2 are launching an Internet scavenger hunt on Monday in which fans who piece together clues posted on different Web sites can win a chance to see the group's final Vertigo Tour show in Hawaii on December 9. The U2 site will dole out clues in the Hunt the Lyric quest over two weeks, with each clue featuring a highlighted letter that will add up to the answer to the quiz's final question. ... After 14 tumultuous years with Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston filed for divorce this week, The Associated Press reports. Houston, 43, had filed for separation from Brown, 37, last month, asking for custody of the couple's 13-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina. ... Yoko Ono filed a $10 million lawsuit against EMI on Wednesday over royalties pertaining to late husband John Lennon's catalog, AP reports. The three-page document, which included a summons, accuses EMI and Capitol of "willfully and knowingly underreporting royalties" by masking the "true use and disposition of Lennon's recordings." An EMI spokesperson wouldn't comment specifically on Ono's lawsuit. ...

Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong's solo debut, A Poet's Life, won't hit stores until February 6, but fans will soon be able to download the disc for free, in piecemeal fashion. The tracks should be on record label Epitaph's Web site before the end of the month. Two cuts from the LP, "Hold On" and "Wake Up," have been posted to Rancid's MySpace page. ... Dashboard Confessional have scrapped a planned Friday gig in Las Vegas. The band's site says the cancellation is due to technical difficulties but doesn't go into specifics. Ticket refunds will be available at points of purchase. "We are very sorry for this and will do our best to come back through the area as soon as possible," reads a statement on the site. ... On the other hand, Static-X have confirmed a Vegas gig for October 26. The show will be part of the "Saw III" release party, to take place at the club Rain. Hydrovibe will also be on the bill. ...

Dave Matthews Band have set a November 7 release date for the double-disc collection The Best of What's Around, Vol. 1. While the first disc will feature studio-recorded hits, the second is a collection of eight unreleased live highlights selected by the band's fans. ... Matt Damon was so struck by what he saw during a trip to the Sahara Desert to scout locations for a documentary about long-distance runners that he has created the H2OAfrica charity, whose mission is to help bring clean water to Africa. According to the organization's Web site, while filming "Running the Sahara," the movie's crew will help scout areas that are in need of clean water and publicize the new organization's mission. The movie is about three ultra-marathoners who are trying to be the first people to run across the Sahara — covering over 4,000 miles in 80 days. ...

Head Automatica are down a member following the departure of drummer Larry Gorman, a founding member of the band. According to a label spokesperson, it's unclear at this point whether Gorman's exit was self-imposed or forced on him by the rest of the band, which also features frontman Daryl Palumbo. Gorman and Palumbo had also been bandmates in Long Island, New York, hardcore outfit Glassjaw, who have been working on fresh material for their first album in four years. Gorman quit Glassjaw in 2004 and was replaced by Durijah Lang. A statement on Gorman's departure from Head Automatica is expected in the next day or so. ... Apple announced this week that a small number — less than 1 percent, by the company's count — of video iPods released on September 12 were shipped carrying the RavMonE.exe virus, which only affects Windows computers. Up-to-date antivirus software included with most Windows computers should detect and remove it, and so far Apple said it has received "less than 25 reports" about the problem. New Nanos, Shuffles and Mac OSX users weren't impacted, and all video iPods shipped since are virus-free, but Apple took the opportunity to tweak rival — and Windows manufacturer — Microsoft, adding, "As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not catching it." ...

Just a week after Google gobbled up YouTube amid concerns over how the company would deal with illegally posted videos on the site, the Universal Music Group announced suits against two online video companies, Grouper Networks and Bolt Inc., for alleged copyright infringement. The Los Angeles Times reported that the federal lawsuits alleged massive infringement by the two companies for permitting users to post hundreds of music videos from artists including Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent and Black Eyed Peas without authorization. "User-generated sites like Grouper and Bolt that derive so much of their value from the traffic that our videos, recordings and songs generate cannot reasonably expect to build their business on the backs of our content and the hard work of our artists and songwriters, without permission and without in any way compensating the content creators," a Universal spokesperson told the paper. A Grouper spokesperson said the company is vigilant about removing copyrighted content when notified and intends to win the lawsuit. Bolt's president posted a note on the company's Web site urging users to refrain from posting copyrighted material from Universal and others. ...

Chris Rock's mother, Rose Rock, plans to file a lawsuit against Cracker Barrel restaurants claiming racial discrimination over an incident in May in which she said she was seated but ignored for more than a half-hour at a Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, outlet of the chain. According to AP, she asked a manager about the delay and was told she could have a free meal but was never given an explanation for the lack of service. ... The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry filed 8,000 criminal and civil copyright infringement cases in 17 countries on Tuesday. The suits are aimed at uploaders who have posted hundreds — in some cases thousands — of copyrighted songs on the Internet. The action by the international group that represents 1,450 record companies around the world said many of the suits were filed against the parents of children who have shared music files illegally. The action included the first-ever suits by the IFPI against users in Brazil, where it said more than 1 billion tracks were illegally downloaded last year.