For The Record: Quick News On Pink, Taylor Hicks, Fall Out Boy, Tom Morello, Slash, Mariah, Madonna & More

Pink-directed video premieres; 'Idol' winner sues former manager; Fall Out Boy playing NFC halftime show.

The Pink-directed video for Pretty Boys' "Hello Bonjour" — winner of Glamour's Reel Music contest — premiered in Los Angeles on Tuesday and is up and running at Glamour.com/reelmusic. Pink, who said she was drawn to the woman-centric contest because "it's important for females to support other females," admitted that she wasn't sure that she'd like working behind the camera. "And then the Virgo in me took over and I ... got really into it and wanted to control everything!" she said. ...

(See snaps of Pink introducing Pretty Boys in concert right here.)

Taylor Hicks is suing his former manager, claiming that since he fired Jan Childs before winning "American Idol," the ex-manager doesn't have the right to continue earning a percentage of Hicks' gross earnings. Hicks filed suit last week in Jefferson County, Alabama, stipulating that he fired Childs in September 2004 after employing him since the previous October as his personal manager and adviser. Hicks says their original agreement states that, if he didn't get a recording contract during their first year of working together, he had the right to fire him. Though they stayed on friendly terms, Hicks claims that without any "input, advice, or counsel" from Childs, he entered the "American Idol" contest in October 2005, and by February the following year, went on to sign a record and management deal. Childs is arguing that their agreement was never terminated and that he is owed up to 20 percent of Hicks' gross earnings. ...

Hometown heroes Fall Out Boy have been tapped to perform during halftime of Sunday's NFC Championship Game between the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field in Chicago. We're usually not ones to give out advice, but if FOB are looking to conjure up some of that '85 Bears magic, perhaps Pete Wentz can don a "Rozelle" headband, à la renegade quarterback — and extreme-sunglasses enthusiast — Jim McMahon. ... Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello's debut solo album as the Nightwatchman will land in stores April 24. One Man Revolution will feature 13 songs, with Morello playing acoustic guitar and singing lead vocals for the first time. Morello, who has performed as the Nightwatchman a handful of times — most notably at protest events — plans to tour this spring and will perform in March at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. ...

Slash, Perry Farrell, J.J. Abrams and others took in Las Vegas' Beatles Revolution Lounge as the club marked its grand opening Thursday night. Donovan gave a performance at the venue, which serves drinks such as Strawberry Fields and Marshmallow Pie. ... There's no shortage of singers on Forbes' "20 Richest Women in Entertainment" list — Madonna (#4), Mariah Carey (#6), Janet Jackson (#7), Jennifer Lopez (#9), Britney Spears (#12) and Christina Aguilera (#19) all make the cut with multimillion-dollar sums. But none come close to hitting the $1 billion mark that "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling (#2) and talk-show host/ media mogul Oprah Winfrey (#1) cross. ...

The families of four teen girls who claim they were sexually abused by adult men they met on MySpace have sued the site, alleging negligence, recklessness, fraud and misrepresentation, according to The Associated Press. Four separate suits were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday. One was on behalf of a 15-year-old girl from Texas who was lured to a meeting, drugged and assaulted in 2006 by an adult MySpace user who is serving a 10-year sentence in Texas after pleading guilty to sexual assault. The other three were filed by a 15-year-old girl from Pennsylvania; a 14-year-old from upstate New York; and two South Carolina sisters, ages 14 and 15. The families are seeking monetary damages in the millions based, in part, on one lawyer's claim that the popular social-networking site waited "entirely too long to attempt to institute meaningful security measures that effectively increase the safety of their underage users." MySpace has been adding security measures over the past year that include limits on how adults can contact younger members and a recent software update that would allow parents to monitor their children's use of the site. ...

Beck will issue a deluxe version of 2006's The Information on February 27. The set will feature the original track list, along with three bonus tracks and additional remixes. ... According to a post on Björk's Web site, the Icelandic songstress has started work on the follow-up to 2004's Medulla. The upcoming LP is being eyed for a late spring release. The singer has joined forces with Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons for the effort, which will also feature two yet-untitled tracks produced by Timbaland. "This record is a Björk production par excellence," the post explains. "No stone left unturned to seek out the perfect pitch." ... Keri Russell ("Mission: Impossible III," "Felicity") is pregnant, AP reports. The engaged actress is expecting the baby, her first, this summer. ...

Mike Patton's Peeping Tom have unveiled dates for their upcoming headlining run, which commences March 30 in Dallas. The trek will run through April 27 in Indio, California, where the group will be performing as part of this year's Coachella Festival. ... The Decemberists will be back on the road this spring for a 32-date U.S. trek that kicks off March 21 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The tour runs through May 5 in Bellingham, Washington. ... Bayside and Meg & Dia have been confirmed for this year's Warped Tour bill, joining previously announced acts including Bad Religion, Coheed and Cambria, Matches, Escape the Fate, the Unseen and Cute Is What We Aim For. ...

Some attendees at Texas Governor Rick Perry's black-tie gala inaugural ball were offended by rocker Ted Nugent's night-capping performance at the event, which included machine guns as props and the 58-year-old hunting enthusiast rocker taking the stage in a half-shirt emblazoned with a Confederate flag. According to AP, the Motor City Madman also shouted some offensive remarks about non-English speakers. Perry's spokesperson downplayed the incident, saying, "Ted Nugent is a good friend of the governor's. He asked him if he would play at the inaugural. He didn't put any stipulation of what he would play." ... Denny Doherty, a member of '60s folk-rock heroes the Mamas and the Papas, died Friday (January 19), AP reports. He passed away in his home after a short illness, his sister told the outlet. Doherty was 66.

01.18.2007

Kelly Clarkson has become the new face of NASCAR. The pop star has made a season-long deal with the organization and will perform a concert before the Daytona 500, appear in TV spots, become involved with NASCAR's charitable efforts and perform at other NASCAR events. Look for the Grammy winner to be the spokeswoman for NASCAR Day on May 18 and wrap up the season with a performance at the Nextel Cup Series' Champions Banquet on December 3. ...

Lindsay Lohan spent her first night in rehab doing the same thing that a whole lot of Americans did at home, OK! magazine reports. "I'm actually watching 'American Idol' and laughing so hard," the singer/actress said from a Los Angeles treatment center on Wednesday. "I'm fine," Lohan told the magazine in the interview. "Nothing to worry about. Thank you so much for checking in, I do appreciate it." ...

Usher has been fined $425 for speeding in Georgia on July 4, The Associated Press reports. The singer, who was caught driving 103 mph on Interstate 75, was also ordered to perform 20 hours of community service. He signed autographs for a half-hour inside the Cartersville courthouse. ... Taylor Hicks will release "Just to Feel That Way" as the second single from his self-titled debut album. Hicks' tour kicks off February 22 in Tampa, Florida. ...

Austrian construction-industry magnate Richard Lugner has a wish — to dance with Paris Hilton — and he plans to make it come true. The 74-year-old entrepreneur has invited the celebutante to be the star guest at the Vienna Opera Ball, AP reports, and he expects to waltz with her. In past years, Pamela Anderson, Sophia Loren and others have also been personally invited to join Lugner in his private box at the events. ... Nick Lachey has been named Cosmopolitan's Fun, Fearless Man of the Year. The singer leads a pack of 13 honorees, including Ludacris; actors Brandon Routh, Jeremy Piven and Chris Evans; and New York Mets third baseman David Wright. Carmen Electra will emcee a luncheon for the men on Monday at New York's Cipriani 42nd Street. ...

Korn's forthcoming MTV Unplugged album will now hit stores March 6, two weeks after the originally scheduled February 20 release date. The album will feature 11 tracks, including a cover of Radiohead's "Creep" as well as guest appearances by Evanescence's Amy Lee on "Freak on a Leash," and the Cure on a collaborative mash-up of the British band's "In Between Days" and Korn's "Make Me Bad." ... Avenged Sevenfold have a DVD due this year, the band confirmed to fans. "There is definitely going to be an Avenged Sevenfold DVD out this spring," an update from the band reads, "but we can't say much more other than filming just wrapped here in Huntington Beach [California] and we're super pumped for you to see it." Avenged have begun writing material for the follow-up to 2005's City of Evil and will enter the studio in May. ...

During an impromptu banter Q&A session at a Jeff Tweedy show Wednesday night in Nashville, the Wilco frontman confirmed the release date and title of the Chicago alt-country experimentalists' sixth studio album. Sky Blue Sky, the follow-up to 2004's A Ghost Is Born, will be out May 15. ... Think Switzerland is "beautiful"? So does James Blunt, apparently. The British singer is moving to an exclusive Swiss ski resort, according to AP. ... Yo La Tengo have eked out an EP that's available exclusively on iTunes. The simply titled Live Session EP boasts four songs: a new track, "El Es Gay"; live versions of two I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass cuts, "Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind" and "The Weakest Part"; and "Luci Baines," a cover of a song by the American Four, a band that featured late Love frontman Arthur Lee. ...

Hanson are slated to appear on the game show "Deal or No Deal," and they have Jackie Munroe to thank — NBC apparently tapped the brothers after learning the contestant is a big fan of them. The show will air Wednesday. The band is also planning to issue a new album, The Walk, May 22. The LP will consist of 14 tracks, including "Great Divide," "Running Man" and "Something Going Round." ... Placebo fans who have been aching for the band's Meds to reach the States: Your overseas shipment is about to arrive. The album — which came out internationally last year and includes guest spots by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and the Kills' Alison Mosshart — will be available in U.S. stores Tuesday. The revitalized edition will feature three added cuts: "Lazarus," "Uneedmemorethanineedu" and a cover of the Kate Bush track "Running Up That Hill." ... MtvU regulars Cute Is What We Aim For will co-headline Alternative Press' Bands You Need to Know Tour with Circa Survive. The jaunt runs March 16 through April 22 and will also feature As Tall as Lions and Envy on the Coast. ...

Reunited hardcore heroes Lifetime — who are signed to Pete Wentz's Decaydance imprint — will play seven shows in February to support their eponymous February 6 LP. The band will open the trek at Washington, D.C.'s Black Cat on February 9 and bring it to a close at Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey, February 24. ... Orchestral Texas rockers Explosions in the Sky — best known for their score to the film "Friday Night Lights" — will release their fifth album, All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone, February 20. The band will hit the road for a 24-date trek in support of the release, its first studio album in four years. The tour begins February 19 in Brooklyn, New York, and wraps up April 2 in Denton, Texas. ... The Draft — a band comprising former members of Hot Water Music — will continue to support their first LP, In a Million Pieces, with 10 West Coast shows that begin Friday and run through January 27. After that, they'll head to the U.K. to tour with the Bouncing Souls.