For The Record: Quick News On Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Chris Brown, Ashlee, Cure, Clipse, Nicky Hilton & More

Jacko struggles at World Music Awards; Simpson wants to work with Robert Smith; Clipse album leaks.

Michael Jackson's big comeback performance at London's World Music Awards went kaput Wednesday (November 15), according to Reuters. Jackson, singing live for the first time since he was acquitted of child-molestation charges last year, reportedly struggled for high notes and experienced sound problems as he performed his charity single "We Are the World" — not "Thriller," as had been expected. Beyoncé had introduced Jackson by announcing, "Tonight we are celebrating 25 years of Thriller," but oddly, Chris Brown wound up singing the song instead. ...

Yes, it's true: The Clipse really will put out their Hell Hath No Fury LP before hell freezes over. The album leaked online Wednesday afternoon, and even though its official due date has been bumped many times, it's looking firm for a November 28 release. "Enjoy, people, we love you guys!" the Clipse's Pusha T said regarding the leak. "It was expected," Malice added. ...

Now that she's finished her "Chicago" run in London, Ashlee Simpson is going back to making music. When MTV News caught up with her on Tuesday, just before the musical's celeb-packed 10th anniversary performance on Broadway in New York, the singer revealed she has a big meeting with record executives next week to discuss her third album. "I'm going to go back and figure out what I'm going to do and start writing," she said. "I love musical theater, but it's different than the music I want to do on the album." As for what direction she'd like to take, that's still up in the air, but she does have one name on her wish list of possible collaborators. "Robert Smith from the Cure came to my last show in London, and I don't know if I was more excited about him or that it was the last show! To work with Robert Smith would be an honor." ...

Nicky Hilton, who aspires to join her family's business and start a hotel chain, filed suit against former business partner Eneliko Smith in Los Angeles on Tuesday. She claimed that he agreed in 2005 to help her set up a boutique hotel chain called Nicky O but that, after they parted, he misappropriated Hilton's name — without her permission — to apply for a Nicky O trademark for resort-lodging services. Hilton says her first Nicky O Hotel is scheduled to open early next year. ... Nelly Furtado fans who also dig Portuguese soap operas, you're in for a treat. The singer has a guest role on "Floribella," set to air later this month on SIC, a premium TV channel, Agence France Presse reports. She plays the daughter of immigrant parents in the episode. ... Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Taylor Hicks, Sarah McLachlan and Lionel Richie will perform current tracks and holiday favorites on NBC's "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" special, which will celebrate the lighting of the famed New York tree. The show airs November 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. ...

Matisyahu, O.A.R. and Blackalicious have hopped onboard the Langerado Music Festival, set for March 9-10 at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida. Trey Anastasio, Explosions in the Sky, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Disco Biscuits, Los Lobos and Widespread Panic have also been tapped for the gala, which is celebrating its fifth year. ... Kevin Smith has been cast in a new Showtime comedy pilot called "Manchild," based on the BBC series of the same name. Smith, who is slated to play a cynical divorcée in the show, said in his blog: "It should be an interesting exercise that, if the show works as well as the script, will turn into a sweet side gig for me. At the very least, I'll learn a thing or two about acting; at the most, I'll have something to do four months out of every year." ...

Clay Aiken will guest on a holiday-themed episode of the NBC soap "Days of Our Lives" December 22. The singer will perform "Everything I Have" from A Thousand Different Ways, as well as the Christmas classic "O Holy Night," which appeared on his album Merry Christmas With Love. ... Elvis Costello, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Will Oldham and other luminaries will appear on the yet-untitled new LP by country legend Charlie Louvin. The self-titled album, due February 20, is Louvin's first in 10 years and also finds him hooking up with members of Bright Eyes and Superchunk, plus Elvis Presley session guitarist Pete Cummings. Louvin celebrates his 80th birthday July 7. ...

Jay-Z will grace the cover of GQ next month as one of three figures representing the magazine's 11th annual Man of the Year issue. The rapper/ record executive joins actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Ferrell among this year's honorees. Last year, Jay was named International Man of the Year at British GQ's Men of the Year Awards in London. ... George Clooney has scored a magazine-cover honor of his own, named the sexiest man alive by People, which issued its annual list Wednesday (November 15). "There's pressure to remain sexy," the actor joked. "That's why I do a lot of cosmetic work." Two-time winner Clooney, who first took the title in 1997, wasn't the only one worth salivating over this year — many musicians also ranked on the list, including Justin Timberlake, the man who returned sexy to its rightful place. Also making the grade: Diddy, named sexiest Renaissance rapper; the Killers, sexiest band; Ryan Cabrera, sexiest do-it-yourselfer; and Benji and Joel Madden, sexiest twins. Hilary Duff must be so proud. ...

We can all breathe easier now that Bono has his hoop earrings and Stetson cowboy hat back. A judge ruled that former stylist Lola Cashman illegally acquired the U2 singer's jewelry and hat — as well as a green sweatshirt and pair of black pants — after a 1987 show on the band's Joshua Tree tour, and that she must return them. According to BBC News, Cashman had insisted the items were a gift she received from Bono on the last night of the tour, when he was running around backstage in his underwear and she asked him for the hat. Cashman tried to sell some of the items at auction in 2002, prompting legal action from the band. ... The Wu-Tang Clan will perform Wednesday at New York's Canal Room to celebrate the birthday of late groupmate Ol' Dirty Bastard and preview his posthumous album. Method Man, Ghostface, GZA, RZA and Raekwon are all scheduled to appear at the tribute. ... DMX, Mario and DMC of Run-DMC are set to perform this weekend at New York's fifth annual Day of the Child celebration to encourage the mentoring of at-risk youth. The event will take place at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan and will also feature appearances by members of World Wrestling Entertainment. ...

Much-buzzed Brooklyn, New York-via-New Mexico indie wunderkind Beirut (a.k.a. 20-year-old Zach Condon) has been forced to cancel his world tour after being hospitalized in Paris due to what his reps are terming "extreme exhaustion." The announcement was made via a post on Beirut's Web site, which reads in part, "This is Beirut's first-ever tour, and while the band played some of the greatest shows of their lives, the attendant stress of organizing and traveling with full-blown 'orkestar' took its toll. ... The band hopes to reschedule some of the shows in the future." ... Alice Cooper has just inked a book deal to write a memoir about ... well, golf, for starters. "Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: My 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict" would explore the rocker's devotion to the game and how it helped him battle his demons, including an addiction to alcohol. He promises to be "completely candid about his career, his drinking, and his recovery" in the work, due to be published in May by Crown.

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Panic! at the Disco will help usher in 2007 as part of NBC's third annual "New Year's Eve With Carson Daly." The band will perform two songs from A Fever You Can't Sweat Out during the one-hour special, which will air December 31 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. ...

Young Jeezy held two listening sessions at New York's Sony Studios Monday night for his album The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102. Island Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid was among those in attendance. Among the tracks played was "3 in the Morning," produced by Timbaland, and "Dreamin," a collaboration with Keyshia Cole. ...

The initial dates for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' upcoming North American run with Gnarls Barkley have been revealed. The trek will hit Oklahoma City (January 12); Dallas (January 13); St. Louis (January 15); Nashville (January 17); Cincinnati (January 20); Raleigh, North Carolina (January 22); Washington, D.C. (January 25); Charlottesville, Virginia (January 26); Tampa, Florida (January 28); Orlando, Florida (January 30); Sunrise, Florida (January 31); Rosemont, Illinois (February 27); Des Moines, Iowa (March 2); Champaign, Illinois (March 3); San Antonio (March 6); and Houston (March 7). In related news, the Flaming Lips and Gnarls Barkley will ring in the New Year together in Los Angeles, with a special concert scheduled for December 31 at the University of Southern California's Galen Center. ...

The Chili Peppers, T.I., Queens of the Stone Age, Lupe Fiasco and Secret Machines played secret clubs shows around the country Monday night to celebrate the launch of Microsoft's iPod competitor, the Zune. "Should we do a duet with Bill Gates?" Anthony Kiedis joked at the Chilis show at the Roxy in West Hollywood, California. Rick Rubin, Heath Ledger and David Blaine were among those who caught the 70-minute, hit-filled set. ...

Jay-Z, Jamie Foxx, Akon, Snoop Dogg, John Mayer, Lionel Richie and Barry Manilow will join Beyoncé and other previously announced performers at the American Music Awards on November 21. Airing live on ABC from Los Angeles, the show will also feature presenters Chris Brown, Ashlee Simpson, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Linkin Park, Nickelback, Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee, Clay Aiken, Tommy Lee, Dave Grohl, Gavin Rossdale, Chamillionaire, JC Chasez, Ice Cube, Chingy, Sean Paul, Tyrese, Frankie J, JoJo, Jesse McCartney, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Cheetah Girls and castmembers from "High School Musical." ...

My Chemical Romance, Foo Fighters, Fall Out Boy, AFI, 30 Seconds to Mars, Incubus, (+44), Wolfmother, Papa Roach and Saosin will perform at the first night of KROQ's annual Almost Acoustic Christmas concert on December 9 in Universal City, California. The lineup for the second night will be announced Wednesday. ... "Jackass" heroes Steve-O and Preston Lacy will host the inaugural Arby's Action Sports Awards in Los Angeles on November 30. Xzibit, Wilmer Valderrama, John Cena, Tom Green, Jamie Kennedy and others are also expected to attend the ceremony, which will air December 10 on Fox. ... Gwen Stefani, Ludacris, Mary J. Blige and the Fray join Fergie, the Killers and Janet Jackson on the list of artists performing at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, set for December 4 in Las Vegas. Three 6 Mafia, Carmen Electra, Dave Navarro, Flavor Flav and "American Idol" veterans Carrie Underwood, Katharine McPhee and Chris Daughtry will also appear at the ceremony, which will air live on Fox. ...

Members of Christina Aguilera's Baby Jane Fan Club are getting another crack at some of the remaining limited-edition three-LP versions of the singer's Back to Basics album. The vinyl set, limited to 4,000 copies, is stamped with silver foil and has lyrics and more. ... Jennifer Lopez makes Harper's Bazaar's best-dressed list — and the cover of the magazine's December issue, which hits newsstands Monday. In an interview with Bazaar, Lopez shared her favorite looks of the moment, including hats and head wraps à la Audrey Hepburn and "clothes that are closed up to the neck with bows." Lopez, who says she's "not into 'sexy, sexy,' " also said she's not into events that show off her great sense of style. "That going-out-and-being-glam thing gets old fast. People keep saying to me, 'You're not out there anymore.' And I say, 'That's because I don't want to be.' " ...

If you're planning to catch one of the three exclusive one-week showings of "Dreamgirls" beginning December 15, you'll be in for more than just an early viewing of the Beyoncé-starring flick. The three theaters premiering the movie — New York's Ziegfeld, Arclight Hollywood at the Cinerama Dome and San Francisco's Metreon — will feature making-of displays, costume designs, exclusive merchandise and more. The film opens in wide release December 25. ... And while Beyoncé's big-screen star is on the rise, one actress is shooting down rumors that she's B's next co-star. Eva Longoria tells People magazine that reports of the two playing lovers in a film adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel "Tipping the Velvet" are not true. "Believe me, I would love to work with Beyoncé one day," Longoria said. "She's so talented. But this is definitely not something we are doing together." ...

O.A.R. and Gomez will hit the road together in January. The trek begins January 18 in Cincinnati and includes a January 27 show at Madison Square Garden in New York. ... Glassjaw will reunite December 31 to take part in this year's Stillborn Fest. The two-day event, to be held December 30-31 in New Haven, Connecticut, will be headlined on both nights by Hatebreed. Overcast, Suffocation, Full Blown Chaos and Subzero are also on the bill. ... Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park, Fort Minor) will display his artwork for two days only at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. The collection will open to the public Sunday at 7 p.m., and Shinoda will be on hand for a signing session. A VIP-only event follows on Monday. Along with Shinoda's solo artwork, the collection will feature five collaborative efforts, including one with Linkin Park's Joe Hahn. ...

Following the five U.S. gigs that Staind have planned next month — their December 2-10 run will hit cities including Mobile, Alabama; Jackson, Mississippi; and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina — frontman Aaron Lewis is embarking on a run of solo shows. Lewis will go it alone for five nights at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun between December 27 and 31, and then heads to California for shows in Jackson (January 11); Temecula (January 13); Indio (January 20); and Verona (January 26) as well as a gig January 12 in Reno, Nevada. Staind's The Singles: 1996-2006 is out now. ... Hip-hop bling king Jacob "The Jeweler" Arabo filed a lawsuit in New York against Scarface last week, the New York Post reported. In the suit, Arabo asserts the veteran Houston rhyme-spitter owes $37,000 in unpaid bills. The jeweler's filing didn't specify the merchandise or services provided to Face, but alleges that Arabo has repeatedly attempted to collect the debt to no avail. ... The mother of the boy at the center of Michael Jackson's 2005 child-molestation trial pleaded no contest Monday to welfare fraud and was ordered to perform 150 hours of community service and repay more than $8,600 to Los Angeles County.


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