For The Record: Quick News On Katharine McPhee, Christina, Diddy, Paula Abdul, Nelly Furtado, Madonna & More

McPhee guests on 'Ugly Betty'; Aguilera develops fragrance line; Furtado turns soap star.

Katharine McPhee will make a guest appearance on TV’s “Ugly Betty” two days after her debut album drops. The “American Idol” runner-up will play herself on the show, which will air February 1 on ABC. Her self-titled LP drops January 30. …

Until they come up with a way to bottle her voice, Christina Aguilera fans have to settle for perfume. The singer has teamed up with Procter & Gamble to create a fragrance line. “I love trying new things in my music and in fashion,” Aguilera said in a statement. “To have a perfume of my own is the beginning of an exciting adventure.” …

Even more presenters have been announced for the Golden Globe Awards, even though the ceremony is right around the corner. Diddy, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Steven Spielberg, Renée Zellweger and Jessica Biel will participate in the show, to air live on NBC Monday at 8 p.m. ET. … Paula Abdul will have her hands full with “American Idol” and an upcoming movie based on the popular doll line Bratz in the coming months, but she’s still managed to find space for a reality show based on her life. The new Bravo series has a working title of “Hey Paula!” and is set to debut later this year. …

Nelly Furtado stopped by the fictional town of Llanview, Pennsylvania (located in a New York studio), last month to film a guest spot on “One Life to Live.” Furtado — who recently played the daughter of immigrant parents on the Portuguese soap “Floribella” — will appear as herself on “One Life,” performing the songs “Say It Right” and “Promiscuous.” The singer will also have a speaking role, and she said she plans to fit in more “little acting things” in between stops on her world tour, which launches February 16 in Manchester, England. “I’ve gotten to come closer to a lot of my dreams coming true this year, and this is a goal of mine that’s slowly coming true,” she said. “I’m just getting my feet wet acting, but I love it. I’m really thrilled, because it’s challenging and different. I like anything that makes me feel that fear, where I have to push myself. I’m on cloud nine!” Furtado’s “One Life to Live” episode airs February 23 at 2 p.m. ET on ABC. …

Playing a princess in the animated film “Arthur and the Invisibles” was a very new experience, Madonna told “Today” on Thursday. “I just loved the idea of playing a character where I can create a fantasy world that has nothing to do with who I am or what people associate with me.” An artist, a mother, a hard-working Michigan native? Not exactly. “They perceive me as a queen, not a princess.” Later that day on “Late Show With David Letterman,” the singer addressed the queen-size outcry over her adoption of a Malawi boy. “There’s over a million orphans in Malawi, and in my opinion the laws need to change because these children need to be rescued,” Madonna said. “My social worker said, ‘Good luck. You’re going to be making it up as you go along.’ She didn’t say don’t do it, but she just said expect challenges, and, boy, did we get them.” …

The 5-year-old son of James Brown is not included in the late singer’s will, The Associated Press reports. Attorneys for Brown confirmed that James Brown Jr., the singer’s son with partner Tomi Ray Hynie, was not named in the document, which provides for six of Brown’s children. The will was read Thursday in South Carolina but has not been filed in probate court. … Ciara has sorted out her next single. She’ll shoot a video for “Like a Boy” later this month, and the track is scheduled to hit airwaves in early February. An R. Kelly remix of “Promise” debuts on radio next week. … Rev up the treadmills. OK Go will shoot the video for their next single, “Do What You Want,” in Los Angeles next weekend, with singer Damian Kulash directing the clip. The band guests on an episode of NBC’s “Las Vegas” Friday (January 12). …

In March, MJS Music Publications will issue “A Vulgar Display of Power: Courage and Carnage at the Alrosa Villa,” a book that examines the murder of Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott and the events of December 8, 2004. The book “peers into the twisted mind and background of [Nathan Gale,] a killer intoxicated by psychotic rage and driven by the voice of the beast inside his head,” and “attempts to make sense of what appears to be a senseless act,” according to a press release. The book will also concentrate on “the inspirational selflessness of those who died trying to help others” during the fatal shootout. … Chevelle will release their third major-label studio album, Vena Sera, April 3. Michael “Elvis” Baskette, who produced 2004′s This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) and 2002′s Wonder What’s Next, returned to helm the project, which includes the first single, “We Enough Alone.” …

Toni Braxton is suing ex-manager Barry Hankerson, claiming he owes her $10 million after convincing her to leave longtime label Arista and sign to his Blackground Records, AP reports. Hankerson used “underhanded double-talk” to convince the singer that “Arista was not interested in working with her anymore, while telling Arista that Braxton no longer wanted to record for Arista.” A telephone listing for Blackground was not in service, according to AP.Dispatch have become the first independent band to sell out New York’s Madison Square Garden. The jam group, which broke up three years ago, is getting back together for two benefit concerts to be held at the venue. “Dispatch: Zimbabwe” will be held July 13-14, and all proceeds will go toward fighting disease, famine and social injustice in the country. … The Allman Brothers Band will continue their long-running spring tradition of performing at New York’s Beacon Theater with 13 shows there from March 22 through April 7. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are hoping to make the shows available online via a live multi-camera webcast. …

The debut album by Perry Farrell‘s latest project Satellite Party has shifted from a March release to May 15. The LP has also been renamed: Satellite Party is now Ultra Payload. It features Fergie, Flea and many others. … LCD Soundsystem have pegged March 20 as the release date for their new LP, Sound of Silver. The band’s sophomore effort was recorded last summer at a farm in upstate New York and includes “North American Scum,” “Get Innocuous” and “New York I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down.” … Yours to Keep, the debut solo album from Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., has been out in the United Kingdom since October, but it’s finally hitting U.S. shores. The disc, due March 6, will feature a dozen cuts, including “Cartoon Music for Superheroes,” “Call an Ambulance” and “Postal Blowfish.” … Ex-American Music Club frontman Mark Eitzel has a quick tour mapped out, playing four dates in New York from January 18-21, a pair in Massachusetts the following two days and additional shows in Philadelphia (January 24) and Arlington, Virginia (January 25).

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My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero was forced to return to the U.S. Thursday morning (January 11) due to “a sudden attack of illness,” according to a spokesperson for the band. The spokesperson would not discuss Iero’s condition or the nature of his malaise. The New Jersey rockers were in Tokyo, where they were expected to launch a four-gig tour, and they’ve since called on Drive By guitarist Todd Price to fill in for their fallen comrade. After leaving Japan on Sunday, the band is expected to hit New Zealand and Australia between January 19 and February 4, then launch a U.S. tour February 22. …

Oprah Winfrey had to settle for a satellite feed, but when it comes to New York school kids, Madonna will make the trip across the Atlantic. The London-based singer hosts a special screening of “Arthur and the Invisibles” — which features her voice-acting skills — Thursday for students from two New York charter schools. The animated feature hits theaters Friday. … What Alicia Keys wants, Alicia Keys gets. John Legend and John Mayer have been confirmed as the “mystery guests” to be featured on the singer’s upcoming album. …

Pink‘s directorial debut is about to see the light of day. The singer, who partnered with Glamour magazine to put a spotlight on emerging female artists via the Nissan-sponsored Reel Music contest, took the helm for “Hello Bonjour,” a music video for winning duo Pretty Boys. (Check out photos from the set right here. ) “Pink made us feel gorgeous and charming and fun and we loved working with her!” the band wrote of the August shoot on its MySpace blog. Fans in the Los Angeles area can sign up at Glamour.com/ReelMusic for free tickets to attend Tuesday’s video premiere event. The site is also hosting behind-the-scenes interviews from the set and will debut the video Wednesday. …

Gwen Stefani is a girl in a gilded cage in her video for “The Sweet Escape,” directed by Joseph Kahn (Kelly Clarkson‘s “Walk Away,” Britney Spears‘ “Toxic”). In the clip — which premieres Thursday on “TRL” — Stefani dreams of making a jailbreak with the help of stolen keys, Rapunzel-like braids and a getaway car driven by Akon. Her Harajuku Girls double as accomplices and pursuers/jailers. … “The Real World” is heading down under. Bunim-Murray Productions announced Wednesday that the 19th season of the reality series will begin production in Sydney, Australia, in the coming weeks. “The Real World: Sydney” will premiere later this year. … Nine Inch Nails have set Year Zero as the title of their forthcoming album, due in April. … AFI will perform on “Saturday Night Live” January 20. “Entourage” actor Jeremy Piven is hosting. … Joaquin Phoenix, Naomi Watts and the cast of “Heroes” have been added to the ever-growing list of Golden Globe Awards presenters. The ceremony will air live on NBC Monday at 8 p.m. ET. …

Steve-O has teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to voice his concerns about the treatment of circus animals. “In my career, and in my life, I only intend for there to be one victim — ME!” he explained in an e-mail. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College graduate said he witnessed the mistreatment of animals firsthand during his time under the big top. “I’m just a guy who used to need to be in the circus to make a living, was horrified by what I saw, and am now in a position to say something about it.” Steve-O’s video rant is posted at PETA2.com, where you can enter to win his autographed T-shirt. … Coheed and Cambria have been added to the lineup for this summer’s Warped Tour. Bad Religion, Paramore, Cute Is What We Aim For, Tiger Army, the Almost, the Gallows, Big D and the Kids Table, K-os and the Fabulous Rudies are also on the festival’s bill. … Slash will be inducted into Hollywood’s RockWalk Wednesday. Metal singer Ronnie James Dio and Frank Zappa drummer Terry Bozzio are also getting sidewalk honors. …

Months before users even get their hands on Apple’s new iPhone, the latest game-changing gadget from the company has inspired a lawsuit. Network equipment leader Cisco Systems filed suit against Apple Inc. in San Francisco federal court Wednesday, claiming that the computer company’s iPhone violates Cisco’s trademark on the term “iPhone,” which it has held since 2000, according to an Associated Press report. Cisco said that it has been using the name for its own Internet-enabled phones, which began shipping last spring and officially launched three weeks ago. It also said that Apple approached the company several years ago with an interest in using the name, and that the two companies have been negotiating ever since to hammer out a licensing agreement, but that talks broke down just hours before Apple boss Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone on Tuesday at the Macworld Conference. Apple has argued that it is entitled to use the name because the products are “materially” different. A spokesperson for Apple called the lawsuit “silly.” …

A California high school has banned the image of late rapper Mac Dre from its halls. Riverbank Unified School District board members voted unanimously on Tuesday to add a Mac Dre ban to Riverbank High School’s dress code on the grounds that he glorified drug use, The Modesto Bee reports. Principal Ken Gesick said the decision is an answer to shirts with images of the later rapper apparently smoking marijuana. “It’s glaringly obvious,” he said. … Former glam rocker Gary Glitter, who was convicted in March of molesting two Vietnamese children, could end his three-year prison term early, AP reports. Glitter is on a list of inmates whose sentences may be reduced as part of next month’s Lunar New Year celebrations. He could be released as early as May. …

Tegan and Sara continue to work on new material with Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla, who has also produced Hot Hot Heat and the Decemberists. The band is working on the follow-up to 2004′s So Jealous, but a title and release date for the next LP have yet to be revealed. … Bright Eyes will head out this spring for a spate of live gigs in support of the act’s forthcoming LP, Cassadaga, which drops April 10. The tour gets under way in Chicago on February 25 and runs through a March 11 show in Seattle. …Kevin Devine and the Manchester Orchestra are supporting Brand New on a 33-date U.S. tour. The trek kicks off March 15 in Buffalo, New York, and wraps April 25 in Philadelphia. … ATO Records labelmates Gomez and Ben Kweller are joining forces for a co-headlining North American tour kicking off February 15 in Seattle and wrapping up March 11 in Northampton, Massachusetts. Each artist will also perform select, separate headline dates.