For The Record: Quick News On Eminem, Lindsay, Joey Fatone, Slayer, Nickelback, Bright Eyes & More

Em, Kim Mathers finalize divorce; Lohan film seeks California extras; Fatone reconsiders 'Dancing' offers.

Eminem and Kim Mathers finalized their second divorce Tuesday (December 20), The Associated Press reports. The two parties will divide their property under terms of a private settlement and will share custody of Hailie Jade Scott, who is 10 years old. Eminem did not comment after the brief hearing, but Circuit Judge Antonio P. Viviano said the couple “conducted themselves with dignity and respect. All in all, they are a very fine couple to deal with.” …

If you’ve wanted to share the screen with Lindsay Lohan but are a bit lower down on the star ladder, this could be your chance. A Lohan thriller tentatively titled “I Know Who Killed Me” is seeking extras (18 and over, with ID) available to film key scenes in San Luis Obispo, California. The open call will be held Tuesday from 5-10 p.m. at Maggie’s Diner in San Luis Obispo. …

What’s good for Drew Lachey is apparently good for Joey Fatone. The ‘NSYNC member told Orlando, Florida, radio station WTKS-FM on Friday that he’d like to appear on the hit TV show “Dancing With the Stars,” AP reports. Fatone said producers of the show had asked him three times to appear, but that he’d turned it down. Now that the show has become a hit, he’s reconsidered. “I like doing it because it’s challenging,” Fatone said of dancing. “Can you imagine me wearing those stupid tuxes?” …

A February 13 release date has been set for the Unholy Alliance collection, a CD/DVD set chronicling the Slayer-anchored tour’s July 13 stop in Vancouver, British Columbia. The discs will include performances from all of the bands on the trek’s bill: Slayer, Lamb of God, Mastodon, Children of Bodom and Thine Eyes Bleed. The DVD also includes backstage footage and band interviews. … The Warner Music Group is about to get a bit more hardcore. The home of soft-rocker James Blunt has agreed to pay $73.5 million to acquire a majority stake in heavy-metal label Roadrunner Music Group, home to Slipknot, Megadeth and Nickelback. Roadrunner, based out of Amsterdam, will be a freestanding label within the Atlantic Records Group, already home to hard acts Metallica and Staind. …

As he is wont to do, Bright Eyes — a.k.a. indie wunderkind Conor Oberst and whoever he feels like playing with — will release not one but two recordings (at least) next year. On March 6, they’ll drop Four Winds, a six-song EP featuring six new tracks, including “Reinvent the Wheel,” “Smoke Without Fire” and “Cartoon Blues.” Then, on April 10, they’ll release the full-length Cassadaga, featuring guest appearances by M. Ward, Gillian Welch and former Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss. The album — which was recorded in New York; Los Angeles; and Lincoln, Nebraska — is actually named after a Florida town that is commonly known as “The psychic center of the world.” …

You Hear It First alums and Woodie Award winners Plain White T’s have set aside a chunk of 2007 for touring. The gang will head out for a March 4 gig in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and follow through until a May 2 concert in Chicago. … Another band of up-and-comers, Mewithoutyou, will hit the road for a co-headlining jaunt with Sparta on February 22 in Omaha, Nebraska. That 22-date trek ends March 19 in St. Louis. … In more tour news, Badly Drawn Boy has sketched out a North American run that will see him hitting Philadelphia March 3 and wind down in Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 27. … And finally, the reunited Lemonheads will check in again with another leg come early ’07. Evan Dando and company will hit Carrboro, North Carolina, on January 25 and conclude the tour in Hoboken, New Jersey, on February 24. …

It was cool while it lasted. On Monday, members of the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, the Doors and Santana sued the owner of Wolfgang’s Vault, which has been offering streams of hundreds of rare concert recordings from major rock stars on its Web site. According to Reuters, the bands are claiming the site was illegally offering the recordings by artists ranging from A Flock of Seagulls to Bob Marley, the Clash, the Who and Bob Dylan — some of the thousands it acquired from the vault of late concert promoter Bill Graham — in order to stimulate sales of its concert T-shirts, photos and vintage posters. The suit was filed against Vault owner William Sagan, who bought Graham’s assets for $5 million three years ago. … In related news, the Dead and Doors will receive lifetime-achievement Grammys prior to the awards show on February 11, AP reports. Folk icon Joan Baez, jazz great Ornette Coleman, opera singer Maria Callas, soul stalwarts Booker T. and the MG’s and departed country hero Bob Willis will also receive the honor. …

Stacie Orrico has finished the video for her new single, “I’m Not Missing You.” The song is featured on Beautiful Awakenings, an album she co-wrote many songs to that is due January 16. Orrico’s self-titled album, which earned her a Grammy nomination, came out in 2003. … Doing a sitcom for VH1 in which she played herself apparently wasn’t enough reliving for Tori Spelling.The former “Beverly Hills 90210″ starlet is writing a memoir as well, in which she’ll discuss her childhood privileges, tabloid misperceptions, success and regrets in a humorous and self-deprecating way. The yet-untitled book is due for publication in spring 2008 by Simon Spotlight. …

Legendary soul label Stax is relaunching in 2007 to mark the golden anniversary of its 1957 formation. The recording home of such R&B luminaries as Otis Redding, Sam and Dave and Isaac Hayes plans to release 20 CDs and DVDs in the new year, including new music from Hayes and Angie Stone. … A warrant was issued by immigration officials Monday for Yoko Ono‘s driver, Koral Karsan — who was arrested last week and charged with attempted grand larceny after he allegedly threatened to kill Ono and her son Sean Lennon and release personal audio recordings unless he was paid $2 million. According to AP, immigration officials issued the warrant to determine if the native of Turkey is in the U.S. legally. … Joseph Barbera, an animator who co-created dozens of cartoon series — including “The Flintstones,” “Tom and Jerry,” “Yogi Bear” and “Scooby Doo” — with creative partner William Hanna, died Monday in Los Angeles of natural causes. He was 95.

12.18.2006

Justin Timberlake will perform with an unsigned artist at the Grammy Awards via a new contest put on by Yahoo! Music and the Recording Academy. My Grammy Moment will allow fans to vote for their favorite unsigned act at Yahoo! Music, and the three finalists will also be able to participate in a variety of music-education initiatives put on by the Recording Academy. …

Even without a new album out, Britney Spears is #1. But the chart the singer is topping is probably not one she was hoping for. ViralVideoChart.com has released a list of the top viral videos of the year, and Spears has locked up the top two spots. A clip of her burping and babbling about time travel was seen more than 3 million times, followed by the infamous footage of soon-to-be ex-husband Kevin Federline apparently getting the news of his impending divorce via text message, which clocked 2 million hits. The Spears and Federline clips were followed by comedian Michael Richards‘ racist stage rant and footage of Lindsay Lohan dissing Paris Hilton. To make matters worse, Spears also earned the mantle as 2006′s worst celebrity dog owner, according to a poll of dog-magazine readers. “She once had three Chihuahuas … and never left home without at least one of them on her arm,” Hilary O’Hagan, editor of The New York Dog and The Hollywood Dog said in a statement The Associated Press. “As soon as she met K-Fed and had kids, [the dogs] disappeared.” …

Ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin joined the band for five songs during its Sunday gig in Los Angeles, Reuters reports. Stradlin — who left the fold 15 years ago but has made sporadic appearances at GN’R reunion shows — played and sang harmonies to “Paradise City,” “Patience,” “Nightrain,” “Used to Love Her” and “Think About You.” … Pay no mind to the speculation that Korn‘s days may be numbered. Nothing could be further from the truth, frontman Jonathan Davis wrote in a blog post. Since the announcement last week that drummer David Silveria was “taking a break” from Korn, fans have been wondering if they should be worried about the band’s future. “He really needed to take a break,” Davis wrote. “He was very burnt out. He will not be on this record [we're working on at the moment] or tour, but will be back for the next one, if ready. Until then, we will have a fill-in drummer. We are NOT breaking up, this is not the last album. Everything is fine, this is only temporary.” …

By now, Michael Jackson fans should know to always make backup plans. After promising to appear at an expensive Christmas party for fans on Tuesday in Tokyo, Jackson has postponed the event until next year so he can add another date to the meet-and-greet, according to a Reuters report. The party for 1,600 fans that was to include dancers, a band and gospel singers will now take place on March 8 and offer more tickets at the top prices. Platinum ticket holders were promised a chance to meet Jackson and take a photo with him for a mere $3,428 each. Buyer beware — Jackson will not perform at the show but will watch it from a VIP box and make brief remarks. The second-day event will give fans a chance to see a show featuring dancers performing Jackson’s hits as he looks on from the VIP area. …

J Dilla‘s Ruff Draft album is being re-released as a two-CD set in March. Bonus vocal tracks, interludes and instrumentals will be included. … The singers behind the Kidz Bop albums are going on tour in the spring in conjunction with volume 11, due February 20. The group recently debuted on QVC. … Whitney Houston, her mother, Cissy Houston, and cousin Dionne Warwick have recorded a song together for the first time. Aptly titled “Family First,” the song will be featured on the soundtrack to “Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls,” due January 9. The CD will also feature songs from Beyoncé, R. Kelly and a collaboration between Anthony Hamilton, Jaheim and Musiq. The movie opens February 14. …

The Arctic Monkeys have announced a huge show to celebrate the release of their second album in the spring. The 50,000-capacity gig — which they’ve promised will feature their longest set to date — will take place July 28 at the Lancashire County Cricket Ground in Manchester, England. The show will include yet-unannounced support bands chosen from among the group’s favorite acts, according to an announcement on its Web site. … The Kaiser Chiefs are launching a North American tour April 13 in New York. The tour, sponsored by the New Musical Express, currently includes stops in Toronto, Chicago and San Francisco, with more to be announced in January. …

Pete Townshend will be the keynote speaker at next year’s South by Southwest Music and Media Conference. The Who guitarist will give his keynote address on March 14 and perform with artist Rachel Fuller and other special guests the following day. … The first U.S. performance by Yusuf — a.k.a. Yusuf Islam, a.k.a. Cat Stevens — will be broadcast Thursday. Recorded in New York on November 19 to an invite-only crowd, the intimate gig will air at 11:15 a.m. PT on Santa Monica, California’s NPR affiliate, KCRW. …

The reunited Glassjaw are offering fans a chance to become the band’s next ex-member. The winner will be made an official member of the band, get kicked out, then will be listed as an ex-member on the band’s Web site and even receive a phone call from an actual former member of Glassjaw. More information on the contest can be found at the band’s MySpace page. … Pastor Troy was arrested Friday morning in Atlanta for an alleged parole violation following an interview on the city’s Hot 107.9 radio station, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The rapper, who was on probation for driving offenses, was arrested after a tipster called the authorities to report that he was at the studio. Officers took Troy into custody after confirming a warrant for unspecified probation violations.