For The Record: Quick News On Lindsay, Katharine McPhee, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Jeezy, Fall Out Boy & More

Lohan attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings; Keys presenting at Mixtape Awards; McPhee to appear at Tournament of Roses.

Lindsay Lohan, who has caught a lot of flak for her alleged partying ways, has been going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings of her own volition, her publicist told The Associated Press Friday (December 1). “She started attending some, and I think it’s a positive thing,” Leslie Sloane told AP. “My biggest fear is who’s the big idiot to out which [chapter] she goes to. It’s no place to go and feel safe. No one judges her, and it’s going to be a slow process. But, to me, the fact that she’s seeing that there’s something not right makes her smarter than the next person.” …

“American Idol” runner-up Katharine McPhee will appear at the 118th Tournament of Roses Parade, airing January 1 at 11 a.m. ET on NBC. George Lucas is the Pasadena, California, event’s grand marshal. … Jay-Z is a very interesting man — just ask Barbara Walters. The rapper joins actor Patrick Dempsey, retired tennis pro Andre Agassi and Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour among those profiled by the reporter in her interview special, “Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2006.” It will air December 12 on ABC. …

Three 6 Mafia have settled a lawsuit filed by a Pittsburgh teenager who claimed he was severely beaten during an August 2003 concert by the group. In the suit, Ramone Williams said he suffered a fractured jaw after he was thrown to the floor, hit with a chair and kicked in the face while Three 6 performed their song “Let’s Start a Riot.” The settlement was reached last month, and details were not released. … Fall Out Boy are calling on their fans to help design the cover for the iTunes pre-order version of their upcoming Infinity on High album. Amateur artists can submit their potential covers through the band’s site, FallOutBoyRock.com, and FOB will choose their favorite. Submissions are being taken until December 31, and the winner will be revealed when the album becomes available for pre-order on iTunes on January 16. …

Nirvana‘s MTV Video Music Award for Best Alternative Video — for “Heart Shaped Box” in 1994 — will be up for bid beginning Tuesday on ItsOnlyRockNRoll.com. The Moonman is expected to fetch $5,000. A signed Beatles album from the collection of George Harrison‘s sister; Bob Dylan recordings from 1961; and a hat belonging to Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger will also go up on the block. The auction ends December 16. … With the Eagles of Death Metal out, Guns N’ Roses have called on Helmet to open for them for the remainder of the Axl Rose-fronted band’s current tour, which rolls into Ames, Iowa, on Friday. The trek runs through December 20 in Universal City, California; Sebastian Bach and the Suicide Girls are also on the bill. … Beyoncé will be up and at ‘em early on Monday, performing at New York’s Rockefeller Plaza as part of NBC’s live “Today” broadcast. Her performance is scheduled to air between 8 and 9 a.m. ET. …

Joining the Killers and others, the Arcade Fire are becoming the latest band to give music for Bono‘s [RED] charity campaign. The anti-corporate indie-rock group is donating “Rebellion (Lies)” for a (Product) [RED] ad campaign that is tied to companies like Motorola, Converse and the Gap. “To some people this seems crass and capitalistic,” frontman Win Butler wrote in a post on the band’s site, “and I sympathize with that position, but in the first week of the campaign, they have raised enough money for 10,000 women to have antiretroviral drugs for a year … money and medication which wouldn’t have been there without a program like this.” Bono’s [RED] campaign aims to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa through the sale of branded merchandise. … Kevin Lyman’s Taste of Chaos Tour — which some like to call “The Winter Warped Tour” — will hit the road for a total of 39 dates this winter, it was recently announced. The trek — which starts February 15 in Seattle and wraps April 8 in Vancouver, British Columbia — will feature 30 Seconds To Mars, the Used and more. For the full list of dates, check out TasteOfChaos.com …

Want to hang out with Metallica? Now you’ve got a shot. To celebrate Tuesday’s release of their DVD “The Videos 1989-2004,” Metallica are giving fans a chance to win a two-night stay (including hotel and travel expenses) in San Francisco, where a lucky fan will meet the band and tour their headquarters. Ten others will win a copy of the DVD. The contest ends December 31. Visit Metallica.com for additional details. … An auction featuring the paintings and personal effects of late Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett raised more than $230,000 for children’s educational programs. Items under the gavel at the U.K. auction included 10 paintings by the reclusive musician, a pair of his bicycles, a leather armchair and his artificial Christmas tree. Barrett, who all but disappeared from public life after parting ways with Pink Floyd in 1968, died in July at his home in Cambridge, England, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. …

Starsailor lead singer James Walsh is doing a week of solo acoustic shows beginning Thursday in Seattle. The trek will also hit San Francisco; Los Angeles; Portland, Oregon; and Austin, Texas. … Brian McKnight‘s 10th album, aptly titled 10, is due Tuesday and will feature collaborations with Jill Scott and country group Rascal Flatts. “We’re friends, so we got together to see what we’d come up with and we came up with a pretty good tune,” he said of the latter act. …

Celebrity photo agency X17 filed a copyright-infringement suit against Mario Lavandeira — better known as Perez Hilton — in federal court Thursday, accusing the blogger of using images owned by X17 without permission. A statement issued by the photo agency claims that the success of PerezHilton.com is “due in large part to the quality and quantity of celebrity images he posts on the site, many of which are owned by X17.” Lavandeira, who has not commented on the claims, told gossip site TMZ.com that he has not been served with the suit. “My lawyers and I will address the situation when we have the opportunity to review the materials.” A group of seven additional photo agencies — including Splash News and World Entertainment News Network — sent the blogger a cease-and-desist notice earlier this week, urging him to stop posting photos without permission and to pay a licensing fee for prior use to avoid further legal action.

11.30.2006

Fall Out Boy will launch their new tour, dubbed Friends or Enemies, January 4 in San Francisco, the band told MTV News Thursday (November 30). They’re taking New Found Glory, the Early November and Permanent Me with them. The trek, which will hit small venues, is scheduled to wrap January 20, with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks. FOB’s Infinity on High hits stores February 6. …

Beyoncé will headline the 2007 Essence Music Festival, which returns to New Orleans for three days, from July 5-7. The singer, who performed at the 2005 event with Destiny’s Child, will take the stage July 6. “I am so honored to perform at the Essence Festival as a solo act upon its return to New Orleans, post-Katrina,” Beyoncé said in a statement. “My family’s roots are deep in this area so this will be a wonderful reunion for us as well.” …

T.I., Mary J. Blige, Nickelback and Rascal Flatts lead the contenders for the Billboard Music Awards, each ranking as finalists in five categories. Jamie Foxx, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beyoncé, Ne-Yo and Dem Franchize Boyz are also finalists in multiple categories, with the winner determined by performance on Billboard charts. The show, featuring performances by Gwen Stefani, the Killers and Ludacris featuring Pharrell and Young Jeezy, will air Monday on Fox. … Justin Timberlake returns to “Saturday Night Live” on December 16, doing double duty as host and musical guest on the comedy show; he last took on both roles in October 2003. “SNL” has two new shows scheduled before JT takes over, with Tenacious D serving as musical guest on Saturday’s broadcast (hosted by “Lost” star Matthew Fox) and Gwen Stefani performing on the December 9 show, with guest host Annette Bening. …

Madonna has accepted a Malawian court ruling that will allow human-rights groups to monitor her as she tries to adopt David Banda, The Associated Press reports. On Wednesday, High Court Justice Andrew Nyirenda said the Human Rights Consultative Committee and state-run Malawi Human Rights Commission can participate in the adoption process. … In other Madonna news, a black bustier the singer wore during her Who’s That Girl Tour was one of many memorabilia items that fetched a pretty penny at London’s It’s More Than Rock ‘N’ Roll Auction. That garment went for the U.S. equivalent of about $10,000, while the original Rolling Stones tongue artwork went for about a half-million dollars and a Jimi Hendrix Fender Stratocaster sold for about $120,000. … “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria and San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker are engaged. The couple, who have been dating for two years, are planning to read their vows in France in the summer. …

Ludacris met with Senator Barack Obama in Chicago on Wednesday to discuss “empowering the youth,” the rapper told AP. Ludacris, who was in town to promote the YouthAIDS Kick Me campaign at Northwestern University in nearby Evanston, Illinois, said his time speaking with the potential presidential hopeful was like talking with a relative. … Nicole Kidman tops the list of the highest-paid actresses, commanding up to $17 million a film, according to a list published in The Hollywood Reporter‘s Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue. Reigning Best Actress Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger, Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz round out the top five, each earning $15 million per film. Last year’s #1, Julia Roberts, spent most of 2006 off the big screen and didn’t make the top 10 this time around. …

OK Go and DJ Franki Chan will perform at Stuff magazine’s Toys for Bigger Boys party Tuesday at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The event will feature a silent auction of Stuff‘s gift-guide selections with proceeds benefiting the HIV/AIDS charity Keep a Child Alive. In addition to goodies featured on ToysForBiggerBoys.org, attendees can bid on a lunch with Ivanka Trump and a behind-the-scenes experience at a Stuff photo shoot. … Mark Lanegan has ganged up once again with Greg Dulli and his Twilight Singers for A Stitch in Time, a five-track EP that’s available now at most digital stores. The effort, also featuring Joseph Arthur and Dulli’s former Afghan Whigs bandmate Rick McCollum, is also available in CD form through the One Little Indian Web site, and that physical version will hit retail stores on January 23. For the first time since parting ways in 2001, Dulli got together with McCollum and ex-Whigs John Curley and Michael Horrigan to record new song for Unbreakable, an in-the-works Whigs retrospective. …

Former Phish frontman Trey Anastasio probably wouldn’t make a list of artists likely to go into the jewelry game, but the singer is auctioning off bracelets to benefit his Seven Below Arts Initiative, supporting arts education in Vermont. From every stop on his tour, Anastasio is donating a set of guitar strings, which are then crafted into bracelets and put on the block at RelixBand.com. Anastasio’s tour hits Eureka, California, on Wednesday and wraps up New Year’s Eve in Atlantic City, New Jersey. … Jam-band faves Widespread Panic will stage their second Tunes for Tots charity hoedown December 28 at the Roxy in Atlanta. The concert will again raise money to directly support music education in Georgia schools. The band raised $100,000 last year, and schools used the money to purchase new equipment and more. …

Director Sofia Coppola and Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars welcomed their first child on Tuesday, AP reports. The couple named their daughter Romy. … New Yorkers will have a chance to meet Santa Claus and an “American Idol” wannabe in the same place on Friday. Season two finalist Josh Strickland, currently starring in “Tarzan” on Broadway, will kick off the Starbucks/ Book for Kids Foundation Holiday Book Drive at the coffee chain’s 29th Street and Park Avenue location at 10:30 a.m. New York metro area Starbucks will accept donations of new, unwrapped books — which will be distributed to local schools and libraries — through December 25.