For The Record: Quick News On Nelly Furtado, Ja Rule, Kellie Pickler, Britney, Hilary, J. Lo, Lindsay & More

Furtado hosting Juno Awards; Ja Rule heading back to big screen; Pickler filling in on 'View.'

Nelly Furtado will host the 2007 Juno Awards — Canada’s take on the Grammys — April 1. Nominees for the music prizes will be revealed February 6. …

Ja Rule is heading back to the big screen. The rapper/actor will be featured in the independent film “Don’t Fade Away,” starring former “O.C.” regular Mischa Barton, Variety reports. … Kellie Pickler will fill in for Barbara Walters on “The View” on Thursday and Friday. Kathy Griffin, who has been harsh on past “American Idol” contestants, is a guest on Friday. …

Shares of beauty retailer Elizabeth Arden Inc. slipped Friday, and Britney Spears and Hilary Duff could bear some responsibility, according to an Associated Press report. Financial analyst Gary Giblen said the brand is losing its “magic touch” due to the disappointing start of Duff’s With Love fragrance, and warns that while Spears’ fragrance sales have been strong, her recent run of negative publicity could put her brand in peril. …

Jennifer Lopez fans, mark your calendars: An April 3 release date has been set for the singer’s Spanish-language album, Como Ama Una Mujer. The video for the first single, “Que Hiciste,” will premiere February 5 on MTV. And over on the J. Lo acting front, “Bordertown” — a thriller co-starring Lopez and Antonio Banderas — is one of 26 films scheduled to screen at the Berlin International Film Festival. The annual movie event runs February 8-18 in the German capital. …

Lindsay Lohan was a no-show at school Tuesday morning (January 16) — but she wasn’t cutting class. A shoot for “I Know Who Killed Me” — an in-production thriller starring Lohan — was scheduled to take over San Luis Obispo High School in Southern California Monday night through Tuesday morning, but it was postponed. No new date has been selected. … Lily Allen, Muse, Corrine Bailey Rae, Arctic Monkeys, Thom Yorke, Kasabian, Snow Patrol and Gnarls Barkley have all received multiple Brit Award nominations, Agence France Presse reports. The awards ceremony will take place February 14. …

R. Kelly has one less legal issue to worry about. The R&B singer has settled a dispute with his neighborhood over a guardhouse he built in front of his gated estate in the Chicago suburb of Olympia Fields. Kelly had filed a civil suit against village board trustees since they had rejected his permit request to build the guardhouse — a request he made only after it was already built — while the village board had sued him for violating local zoning laws. Now the singer has agreed to drop his lawsuit, the village board has dropped its lawsuit as well, the guardhouse has been torn down and Kelly has agreed to pay more than $20,000 to cover attorney fees and code-violation fines. …

Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott will be joined by Motörhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister, Shadows Fall‘s Jason Bittner, Slipknot‘s Paul Gray, Anthrax‘s Scott Ian and others for an all-star jam session in honor of late Pantera/ guitarist — and Abbott’s brother — “Dimebag” Darrell Saturday at the Hilton Hotel in Anaheim, California. The performance will be preceded by a Coffin Case fashion show, featuring the Coffin Girl models presenting the Dime Hardware apparel line. … Kaiser Chiefs have set a March 27 release date for Yours Truly, Angry Mob. Produced by Stephen Street (Blur, the Smiths), the album features the single “Ruby,” which charted in the U.K. after only three days of play. …

V2 — the U.S. label home of artists including the White Stripes, Raconteurs, Moby, Mercury Rev and Stereophonics — abruptly closed its doors on Friday, laying off about 35 people at its New York headquarters, according to a spokesperson. The label’s owner, Sheridan Square, has announced plans to focus on its digital and catalog business, which includes the Stripes material as well as recordings from a number of acquired labels, including roots-focused Artemis and Tone-Cool and avant-hip-hop outlet Ropeadope Records. … A lawsuit filed Wednesday against Michael Jackson by a Beverly Hills, California, pharmacy has been resolved, Jackson’s spokesperson said Friday. Jackson’s unpaid prescription-drug bill — topping $100,000 over two years — has been paid, according to a rep, who chalked the outstanding debt up to a problem with the management of Jackson’s finances. The singer filed suit against his former business managers last month. …

Although Marcos Curiel has rejoined former band P.O.D., his other project, the Accident Experiment, will continue to tour and record. “I can’t be in two places at once [but] please continue to spread the word about the Accident Experiment,” Curiel said in a statement. The group is re-releasing its debut EP, Arena, April 10 with two additional tracks. … Killswitch Engage were forced to postpone stops in London; Bristol, England; and Paris over the weekend, after guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz sustained a serious back injury and frontman Howard Jones was diagnosed with a chest infection. Dutkiewicz underwent back surgery soon after meeting with physicians, and “is doing fine and resting comfortably,” the band reports. Killswitch’s current European tour will go on, with ex-Soilwork guitarist Pete Wichers filling in for Dutkiewicz. …

Deadsy, the band fronted by Elijah Blue — son of Cher and rocker Gregg Allman — have announced the departure of bassist Ashburn Miller. “We have left it on good terms and wish each other the best,” a statement from the band reads. “This decision in no way compromises our dedication to musical and theatrical excellence. This was the right decision for Ashburn where his interests and endeavors are concerned, and likewise for Deadsy.” Jens Funke has been enlisted as Miller’s replacement. … The Recording Industry Association of America let Patricia Santangelo off the hook on piracy claims last month, and now her daughter is paying the $30,750 price. AP reports that 20-year-old Michelle Santangelo was ordered by a federal judge on Wednesday to pay $750 for each of the 41 songs she is accused of illegally sharing. Attorneys for the RIAA and Santangelo declined comment on Friday. It’s unknown whether the default judgment — issued because the younger Santangelo didn’t respond to the recording companies’ claims — will end the case.

01.12.2007

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).