For The Record: Quick News On Hilary & Joel, Game, Snoop, Black Eyed Peas, Britney, Christina & More

Duff, Madden split; Game, Snoop talk tour; Peas keeping busy.

Hilary and Joel are no longer an item. Madden confirmed to MTV News on Tuesday (November 28) that his relationship with Duff is over. He said there are no hard feelings between the two, and that he is focusing his energy on Good Charlotte‘s Good Morning Revival, due next year. …

Game and Snoop Dogg are in talks to co-headline a second How the West Was One Tour. “We have to get the paperwork right and the money and the promoters and the agents and all that stuff, but once we figure that out, we will hit it,” Game said. And speaking of the rapper, he’s thrilled with the reviews Doctor’s Advocate has earned. “As long they love the record then I’m good,” he said. “I don’t care about being #1 or #2, it’s just about making a good record, making classic music and having longevity in hip-hop.” The album recently opened at #1 on the Billboard albums chart, with 358,000 copies sold. …

Fergie will perform on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2007″ as well as host the Hollywood portion of the event. Natasha Bedingfield and Meat Loaf will also perform in Hollywood. … Another Black Eyed Pea, founding member Apl.De.Ap, is using his birthday celebration Tuesday night in Hollywood to support a worthy cause. Apl and his indie label, Jeepney Music, announced that proceeds of his bash will go to Operation Smile, an international medical charity that originated 24 years ago in Apl’s home country, the Philippines. The Peas play Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Friday. …

A book report from Britney Spears‘ junior high days can be in your hands Monday if the price is right. No, the singer isn’t going into the term-paper business, but she has donated her take on a translation of Sophocles’ “Antigone” — which scored her an 88 and a reminder to “write more neatly” — to be sold via a Christie’s auction. One of 170 items Spears donated to go up on the block, the single page is expected to draw a winning bid ranging from $500-700, with proceeds benefiting the singer’s charity foundation. … Christina Aguilera has commissioned Italian designer Roberto Cavalli to exclusively design the ’40s- and ’50s-style costumes for her Back to Basics tour, according to a report in Women’s Wear Daily. Think white satin tuxedos, white fox stoles and silk bustiers with tails for the onstage look of Aguilera’s U.S. run, which kicks off in February. … In other fashion news, young startlets’ takeover of the modeling world continues, with Lindsay Lohan recently shooting the spring 2007 ad campaign for Miu Miu, the girlier, lower-price line from Italian fashion label Prada. …

New Jersey’s Eyeball Records will reissue My Chemical Romance‘s debut album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, on December 12. The updated version of the 2002 LP, which was produced by Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly, will feature two previously unreleased videos from the band. … A Guns N’ Roses concert scheduled to go down Tuesday at Milwaukee’s Bradley Center has been canceled due to Axl Rose suffering an ear infection and strep throat, according to a press release. Doctors have ordered the singer to rest for several days. “I have been fighting this off for a long time but the doctor told me tonight that the only way not to jeopardize the balance of the tour is immediate rest,” Rose said in a statement issued Monday. “We will now have three days off before continuing Friday. We are sorry to miss the fans in Milwaukee.” …

Connecticut state police arrested two men Tuesday in connection with the shooting of a 21-year-old man waiting to purchase a PlayStation 3 earlier this month, The Associated Press reports. William J. Robertson and Andrew Patnaude were charged with attempted murder, robbery and assault, and are being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending court appearances. Michael Penkala, who was shot outside a Wal-Mart in the early hours of November 17 when he refused to give up a wallet containing more than $2,500 in cash, is still recovering from his injuries. … Comedian Tracy Morgan of “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” note was arrested early Tuesday in New York on charges of drunk driving, AP reports. Police told the news outlet that the 38-year-old failed a breathalyzer test at a police station, after which he was allowed to leave without posting bail but had to surrender his driver’s license. …

The reunited Dinosaur Jr. commence a series of gigs starting Tuesday night in Portland, Maine. The band will stage four more U.S. shows before heading overseas to play the All Tomorrow’s Parties “Nightmare Before Christmas” shindig, some concerts opening for Sonic Youth and more. The band also has set a May 8 release date for its first-ever DVD, “Dinosaur Jr.: Live From the Middle East,” which was filmed at the Boston club of the same name. The trio’s first studio album in 18 years is also due around that time. … Nirvana‘s breakthrough single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” has been named the best pop song of the last 20 years by Britain’s Q magazine, besting the likes of Madonna, U2 and Britney Spears. “The thing about ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ it was a watershed moment in rock music. It changed everything,” Q‘s deputy editor, Gareth Grundy, said. “It put heavy music back on the map in the early ’90s, really, that combination of punk-rock anger and the heavy Black Sabbath ’70s metal. It was something new. Sulky kids everywhere loved Nirvana and continue to do so.” …

Metallica‘s James Hetfield jammed with Alice in Chains during the band’s Sunday night set in San Francisco. Hetfield joined the band band onstage for a rendition of “Would?” … An exhibit curated by Franz Ferdinand guitarist Nick McCarthy will open Saturday at Los Angeles’ Lightbox Gallery. Featuring the works of Manuela Gernedel, Celia Hempton, Shana Moulton, Jo Robertson, Niklas Schechinger and Hank Schmidt in der Beek, Lucy Stein and Anna Witt, the exhibit is expected to run through January 20. … The reunited Glassjaw will play a handful of shows next month, hitting Nashville (December 14); Fort Worth, Texas (December 16); Tulsa, Oklahoma (December 17); Kansas City, Missouri (December 18); Minneapolis (December 19); and New Haven, Connecticut (December 31). … Buckcherry and Three Days Grace will tour together early next year. The road trip’s routing will be announced next month. … After a few weeks of work, hardcore icons Agnostic Front have written 10 songs for their forthcoming LP. The band will track the effort before February, and have East Coast gigs lined up through January.

11.27.2006

After just four months of marriage, Pamela Anderson has filed for divorce from Kid Rock. Anderson cited “irreconcilable differences,” according to divorce papers filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court. “DIVORCE: Yes, it’s true,” Anderson wrote on her Web site, next to a picture of the couple. “Unfortunately impossible,” she added, cryptically. The couple were married in three separate ceremonies, beginning on July 29. …

Beyoncé is looking for dancers for her upcoming world tour. Five U.S. cities will host open-call auditions: Los Angeles (December 6-7), Atlanta (December 9), Houston (January 6), New York (January 11-12) and Chicago (January 27). Dancers may be male or female and of any nationality, but must be at least 18 years old. For more information see www.beyonce.com. …

“American Idol” alum Jennifer Hudson has signed with Arista Records to release her yet-untitled debut album, the label announced Monday (November 27). Hudson is set to make her big-screen debut with a buzz-worthy performance in next month’s Dreamgirls, which also stars Jamie Foxx and Beyoncé. A spokesperson for the label said Hudson will begin recording her debut LP next year. …

The late Princess Diana’s sons — Princes William and Harry — are planning to mark the 10th anniversary of their mother’s death with a charity concert at London’s 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium on July 1. The show, to be hosted by the two princes, commemorates what would have been Diana’s 46th birthday. London’s Sunday Times reported that among the artists likely to appear include Elton John, Beyoncé, George Michael and Kylie Minogue. Pharrell Williams and the Killers have also reportedly been approached to participate. …

U2‘s claim to the top-grossing tour of all time was brief. The Irish band’s barely nine-month-long reign was brought to an end by (who else?) the Rolling Stones. Billboard reports that the Stones’ A Bigger Bang Tour — which began in the fall of 2005 — shattered the $377 million gross of U2′s year-long trek by grossing $437 million and drawing 3.5 million people to 110 shows. If, as expected, the tour stretches into 2007, it could end up bringing in more than $500 million. …

The long-simmering feud between Apple Computers and Apple Records, which has kept Beatles music off iTunes, could be close to an end. According to Fortune magazine, iTunes is close to a deal that would not only bring the Beatles catalog online for the first time, it would also give iTunes an exclusive on the Fab Four’s music for a limited time. Among the issues reportedly being hammered out is how long that limited period of exclusivity will last, and whether the Beatles and their representatives would allow the band’s music to be used in an iPod commercial. Neither side would comment officially on the negotiations. …

Yoko Ono issued a full-page notice in Sunday’s New York Times under the title “Forgive Us.” The message, in observance of the approaching 26th anniversary of the murder of her husband, John Lennon, was a plea for forgiveness from the world’s poor and suffering people “for having been unable to stop the tragedy” [apparently a reference to violence and hunger]. “Know that your loss is our loss,” she wrote, later noting, “As the widow of one who was killed by an act of violence, I don’t know if I am ready yet to forgive the one who pulled the trigger.” …

Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward said that, contrary to reports, he will not be working with Heaven & Hell, which finds Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler reuniting with Ronnie James Dio, the band’s singer from 1979-83, as well as former Sabbath/Dio drummer Vinny Appice. “I realize there has been some speculation as to whether or not I am participating in the Heaven & Hell project,” Ward wrote in a post on his official Web site. “I want to confirm that I will not be involved in either the recordings for the upcoming CD or the subsequent tour. I want to wish the guys — Tony, Geezer, Ronnie and Vinny — much success for the coming year.” A posting on Iommi’s Web site from October lists Ward as being involved in the project. …

Sartorially splendid, sonically somber New York quartet Interpol have hit the studio to begin work on their third album, their first for Capitol Records. According to a post on their official Web site, the band are holed up in a New York studio and “the atmosphere and environs of a recording facility affect the sound and feel of an album in the subtlest ways. And we are affected. And it is subtle.” There’s no indication of when fans will get to hear any of said subtlety, but the guys add that everything “sounds great so far, but we’ll be here for a while yet.” …

The Black Eyed Peas will release their first live DVD, “Live From Sydney to Vegas,” on December 5. Bonus footage includes videos for “Union” and “Bebot” and a live performance of Fergie‘s “London Bridge.” …