For The Record: Quick News On Kanye, Paris, Xzibit, Carrie Underwood, U2, Green Day, Game, TomKat & More

West sponsors race car; Hilton, Xzibit presenting at awards show; Underwood performing at football game.

He’s touched the sky, now Kanye West is aiming for a much lower, and yet equally lofty, target: the pavement. The rapping producer will sponsor a race car in the Formula BMW World Finals, to be held Friday and Saturday in Valencia, Spain. West’s car will feature decals from his College Dropout bear mascot as well as those of two charities, the Kanye West Foundation and the United Nations World Food Programme. …

Paris Hilton, Xzibit and Wilmer Valderrama are among the presenters scheduled for the Arby’s Action Sports Awards Show, airing December 10 on Fox. The cast of “Jackass Number Two” are hosting the show, which is taping November 30 in Burbank, California. … Red Hot Chili Peppers will follow up “Dani California” and “Tell Me Baby” with “Snow (Hey Oh).” The video features performance footage shot at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on October 17 and 18. …

Carrie Underwood will perform at halftime during Thursday’s Dallas Cowboys football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The show will serve as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Christmas campaign. … U2 and Green Day’s collaboration, “The Saints Are Coming,” is now available via iTunes, with proceeds benefiting Music Rising, an organization that is helping replace the musical instruments that were lost in Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The song is also featured on the U2 album U218 Singles, due Tuesday. … A partner in the Game’s Black Wall Street East recording studio was arrested in Newark, New Jersey, on Friday for alleged money laundering linked to a faction of the Bloods street gang, The Associated Press reports. John “Johnny Hooks” Abbey was charged with laundering more than $100,000 for the 9 Tre Gangsters, a group that runs drugs and guns throughout the state, according to police. Authorities, who would not say whether they suspect that Game has any involvement in the alleged gang activity, searched Black Wall Street East offices in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as well as a home that Abbey owns in nearby Little Egg Harbor. …

A Malawian high court ruling scheduled for Monday (November 20) on Madonna’s adoption of David Banda has been postponed until next week, when a judge will consider challenges to the adoption by a coalition of human-rights and child-advocacy groups, AP reports. In related news, Yohane Banda, David’s biological father, was remarried on Friday. The 32-year-old, whose wife of 10 years died a week after giving birth to David in October 2005, wed 22-year-old Flora Kamanga in a civil ceremony in his Lipunga village. … Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has ended his retirement and plans to slap his bass for influential San Francisco punk/noise band Flipper, on that band’s first tour in more than a decade. Flipper, who counted Kurt Cobain as one of their ardent fans, kick off the tour December 1 in Seattle. …

Tom Cruise married Katie Holmes in a medieval castle near Rome on Saturday in a Scientology ceremony comparable to a Hollywood premiere. Among the stars in attendance at the lavish, $2.5 million trip down the aisle — the third for Cruise and first for Holmes — were Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, John Travolta, Victoria Beckham and former Cruise adversary Brooke Shields. They joined 150 guests at the 15th century Odescalchi Castle, which was lit by torches burning in its battlements and a fireworks display from a castle tower after the ceremony, according to an AP report. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli serenaded the couple at the reception, while their first dance was to Fleetwood Mac’s “Songbird.” A spokesperson said the couple officially married last week in Los Angeles. …

Taking Back Sunday will release their first-ever DVD, “Louder Now: Partone,” December 12. The performance elements were shot earlier this year at the Long Beach Arena in Southern California. … The Offspring have returned to the recording studio with legendary producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Mötley Crüe) to begin tracking their first LP since 2003’s Splinter. The album’s slated for release next year, with a world tour set to follow. … David Gray is releasing a DVD called “Live in Slow Motion” on Tuesday. The 19 performances were taped at London’s Hammersmith Apollo earlier this year. … Everclear and indie-rockers Jonny Lives!, whose “Get Steady” is the first single on the “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj” soundtrack, are touring together to promote the compilation. The outing will kick off in January, while the comp is due Tuesday. … Unwritten Law have set a January 2 release for their greatest-hits album, The Hit List. The band re-recorded its hits for the album, which includes some alternate arrangements. …

After breaking up and then reuniting earlier this year, Cold have once again decided to disband. “We had a great career,” the band said in a statement. “We thank the Cold Army for all their support and love throughout our span, and the members of Cold are grateful for the music we made and the accomplishments we have. We were blessed to make music and let it be heard.” Several of the bandmembers will embark on a new project called When November Falls. … Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson has filed for divorce from estranged wife Kate Hudson, three months after the couple first announced their split. According to People magazine, Robinson, 39, is asking for joint legal and physical custody of their son, Ryder, 2. He is not seeking spousal support from Hudson, 27, who has been romantically linked to one of her former co-stars, Owen Wilson. …

Pioneering 1950s R&B singer Ruth Brown, whose hits included “Teardrops From My Eyes” and “(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean,” died Friday in a Las Vegas hospital from complications after a heart attack and stroke. She was 78. The Los Angeles Times reported that the Grammy- and Tony-Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, who went from being a major star in the 1950s to cleaning houses and driving buses in the 1960s and ’70s to support her two children, spent much of the past two decades working to get unpaid royalties and musical credit for early R&B and blues musicians through the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, an organization she helped found in 1988. Known as “Miss Rhythm,” Brown had such a strong string of hits early in her career at then-fledgling Atlantic Records that the label became known as “The House That Ruth Built.”

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Diddy and his Bad Boy South division has renewed its joint venture with Russell “Block” Spencer and his Block Enterprises. The team will put out new in-the-works albums by Yung Joc and Boyz N Da Hood, who previously released LPs through the partnership, as well as solo debuts from Boyz member Big Gee and Gorilla Zoe. …

J. Lo is having a run-in with a gangbanger — but don’t worry, they’re keeping it professional. Lopez is helping produce a new Fox legal drama that is based on the life of Isaac Guillen, a criminal with multiple felonies who becomes an attorney after turning his life around. The show is tentatively titled “Brethren.” … Have no fear, No Doubt fans: Gwen Stefani has not forgotten you. “I can’t predict anything, but I don’t plan on making another one of these solo dance-project records,” she told MTV Europe on Thursday. “I definitely feel myself going back to No Doubt after this to do a No Doubt record.” And what are her plans for the tracks that didn’t make The Sweet Escape? “There’s probably about 10 leftovers. … You can always use them for something at some point, or I could just listen to them myself and be greedy.” …

My Chemical Romance will play a free concert in Las Vegas on December 11 at the House of Blues in the Mandalay Bay hotel. For details on how to gain entry to the all-ages gig, visit FlashConcerts06.com. … Bono and Pearl Jam hooked up Friday (November 17) in Melbourne, Australia, for a surprise duet on Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” as part of an open-air protest concert outside the G20 summit calling for an end to world poverty, according to a Reuters report. “Politicians have to do what you tell them to do. We are gonna make poverty history,” Bono said to 14,000 fans at the free Make Poverty History concert. The G20 meeting of international finance ministers and bankers has caused a police lockdown in parts of Australia’s second biggest city, as protesters have announced plans to try and disrupt the summit. …

The White Stripes hit a whole new stage Friday as the band’s music makes its ballet debut at London’s Royal Opera House. The Royal Ballet production of “Chroma,” choreographed by Wayne McGregor and featuring avant-garde interpretations of White Stripes songs by composer Joby Talbot (Divine Comedy) will run for five performances, ending November 29. Talbot’s take on the Stripes tracks are also featured on the album Aluminium, available at Alumiiinium.com. … Pre-production on the sophomore LP from Velvet Revolver is underway, and the band has chosen Brendan O’Brien (Audioslave, Pearl Jam) to produce the record. “Rome was not built in a day, so I believe everyone will be very happy when [the album is] finished,” drummer Matt Sorum wrote in an online post. …

The Flaming Lips, Peaches, Cat Power and a variety of other indie luminaries are coming together to celebrate the works of Yoko Ono. For Yes, I’m a Witch, due February 6, the acts took parts of existing Ono songs and revitalized the tracks with their own contributions. The exhaustive list also includes the Polyphonic Spree, Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce, Antony, the Apples in Stereo, DJ Spooky, the Sleepy Jackson and Le Tigre. … Moby has collaborated with Tony Bennett for a new version of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Proceeds from sales of the remix, available exclusively at Yahoo! Music, are going to the Institute for Music and Neurological Function. … Peter Gabriel was named the Man of Peace 2006 at the annual summit of Nobel Peace Prize laureates in Rome, Agence France Presse reports. Gabriel is the founder of Witness, a nonprofit group that provides human-rights activists with video cameras to expose abuses. “Music is ubiquitous, like water,” Gabriel said in his acceptance speech. “With music, we can reach out to human beings.” …

Angry Michael Jackson fans who paid over $200 for tickets to see the King of Pop at the World Music Awards are asking for refunds after the singer failed to deliver a promised rendition of his legendary “Thriller” at the Wednesday night ceremony. According to BBC News, some fans felt duped when Chris Brown performed the song instead and Jackson offered just a few off-key lines from “We Are the World.” “I’m furious,” said Katherine Kidd, who spent $377 to get into the show. “I feel like I’ve been ripped off.” Organizers of the event said they had not yet been contacted by any fans with complaints and claimed that Jackson’s performance was cut short because of the show running over and a noise curfew at the venue. Officials at the venue, Earls Court, denied the sound had been cut and said they’d obtained an extension to let the show run over. …

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Emery and A Static Lullaby will gang up for next year’s Take Action Tour. The nonprofit affair, which will kick off in early February, will again serve to raise awareness about suicide and depression. … In other Scary Kids news, the band is contributing to A Santa Cause II, a holiday compilation due Tuesday exclusively through MySpace. The benefit album, for Cure Autism Now, also features Sugarcult, the Format and MC Lars, who contributes the original number “Gary the Green Nosed Reindeer.” …

Following closely on the heels of Darkel, the debut solo project from Air’s Jean-Benoît Dunckel, the atmospheric French duo have reconvened to release Pocket Symphony, due March 6. Produced by longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck), Air’s upcoming 12-track album features guest vocals by former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and the Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon. … The country’s largest radio conglomerate, Clear Channel Communications Inc., agreed Thursday to an $18.7 billion buyout from a private-investment group, the fourth-biggest corporate buy-out in history. As part of the deal, Clear Channel announced plans to sell 448 of its 1,150 radio stations as well as 42 stations from its TV group.