Hilary Duff Stuffs Backpacks; Plus Lindsay Lohan, Fabolous, Foxy Brown, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears & More, In For The Record

Lohan accused of being drunk during October crash; rappers catch legal breaks; Hilton will serve reduced sentence.

Hilary Duff swung by Los Angeles’ Normandie Elementary School on Thursday (June 14). She stuffed backpacks with parent, student and teacher volunteers — and was presented with a gift bag of poems and letters of thanks from students for donating more than 72,000 meals to students at the school through USA Harvest. …

TMZ.com reports that Lindsay Lohan is accused of being drunk when she crashed into a parked van in Beverly Hills, California, in October 2005, according to a lawsuit obtained by the site. Raymundo Ortega claims Lohan — who was 19 years old then — was dining at West Hollywood’s Ivy, “where she consumed alcohol and became intoxicated” before the wreck. Ortega, who is suing the Ivy and Lohan for damages in excess of $200,000, also accuses her of reckless driving. …

Fabolous is hearing some good news — and it doesn’t have anything to do with his new album, From Nothin’ to Somethin’, which just dropped Tuesday. On Thursday (June 14), a New York judge dismissed illegal-weapons charges against the rapper stemming from an October 17 incident in which he was arrested after being treated for a minor gunshot wound, The Associated Press reports. A prosecutor said authorities couldn’t prove that Fabolous — whose real name is John Jackson — or his three co-defendants owned the pair of loaded handguns that police found in a car in which they were riding. “He’s more relieved than happy,” Fabolous’ lawyer Alberto Ebanks said Thursday. “He should never have been here in the first place.” …

Foxy Brown also has reason to celebrate: A Manhattan, New York, judge restored her to probation in good standing Thursday, despite objections by a probation-department lawyer, according to AP. According to Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson, Brown (real name: Inga Marchand) has kept appointments with her probation officer, passed her drug tests and fulfilled additional requirements. “I see a positive probation report here,” Jackson told her. “It was a real struggle to get you onboard. I want to see you finish this sentence and go on to a happy life.” Brown reportedly smiled and thanked Jackson. …

Paris Hilton was reassigned Wednesday night from the medical ward at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles back to the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, where she began serving her sentence last week, AP reports. A spokesperson for the L.A. County Sheriff announced Thursday that Hilton will serve the remainder of her sentence — which he said will end June 25, 22 days after she first reported to jail — at the CRDC’s special-needs unit if her unspecified medical condition remains stable. Hilton, who was ordered back to jail after a brief reassignment to home confinement last week, originally received a 45-day sentence. …

Britney Spears is asking for help … to name her next album. Under the heading, “You’ll Never See It My Way, Because You’re Not Me,” Spears has posted a plea to fans on her Web site, asking for assistance with a title for her upcoming album. Britney’s current options include OMG Is Like Lindsay Lohan Like Okay Like, What If the Joke Is on You, Down Boy, Integrity and Dignity. … Star magazine insists that Kevin Federline and his pre-Britney partner Shar Jackson are expecting a child together, though reps for Jackson and Federline denied the report Wednesday. “Kevin asked Shar to deny that she’s pregnant … at least for now, until they’ve both had time to figure out what to do,” Star alleges. Jackson spoke with Us Weekly on Wednesday to speak out on her denial. “I am not pregnant. Have you seen my new stomach? … Let your readers know there is no way in hell I would waste $16,000 on a tummy tuck and get pregnant. ” …

Justin Timberlake, Ludacris, “American Idol” runner-up Blake Lewis, Marilyn Manson and Maroon 5‘s Adam Levine all make People magazine’s list of sexy single men, but Matthew McConaughey takes the Bachelor of the Year prize in the issue (on sale Friday) — and explained what it takes to win him over. “What I look for in a woman is what I love to call the ‘two Hs’ — hotness and humor. … But to be honest, a woman with a good sense of humor is always hot.” …

Phil Spector‘s former attorney Sara Caplan will be held in contempt if she doesn’t testify about possible evidence that wasn’t handed over to prosecutors in the music producer’s murder trial, AP reports. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said in a hearing in which the jury was not present that he is deferring the issue until Monday and ordered the trial to resume with other witnesses. Caplan testified in a previous hearing that she saw forensic expert Henry Lee pick up a small white object after sheriff’s investigators examined the death scene. Fidler has determined Lee removed something from the location, although Lee has denied ever having the item, which prosecutors say could be a missing fingernail from deceased actress Lana Clarkson. If Lee testifies for the defense, prosecutors would want Caplan to tarnish his credibility. …

Paul McCartney played a not-so-secret 20-song show — featuring Beatles classics and songs from his new album, Memory Almost Full — at the 700-capacity Highline Ballroom in New York on Wednesday night for an audience of industry honchos and contest winners. According to Reuters, the free gig, which was announced Tuesday, included such Fab Four hits as “Drive My Car,” “Hey Jude,” “Lady Madonna,” “Let It Be” and “Get Back.” McCartney dedicated the 1982 solo song “Here Today” to former Beatle mates John Lennon and George Harrison as well as his first wife, Linda McCartney. … Fabolous gave an impromptu performance of his own in NYC Wednesday night, during a party at Manhattan’s Skylight studio. New Jersey Nets star Richard Jefferson was also in attendance. … Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien updated the band’s studio blog this week with a note to fans saying that the rockers are “nearly there” in completing the follow-up to 2003′s Hail to the Thief.

Drowning Pool are calling for better treatment for U.S. troops who have returned home from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The band, which plans to speak about the issue before Congress, has asked fans to sign an online petition and join a letter-writing campaign to urge the government to provide proper medical care for veterans. “Though back on safe shores, these individuals are facing a steep uphill battle to reclaim their health after facing the trauma of war,” the band said in a post on its MySpace blog. Drowning Pool’s current single, “Soldier,” was inspired by a recent USO tour. …

Jimmy Eat World have titled their forthcoming album Chase the Light. There is no release date scheduled for the LP, which was completed after the band spent about 18 months in the studio. … Rancid are planning their return to the recording booth, but don’t expect new material from the punks to surface soon. The band will begin tracking the follow-up to 2003′s Indestructable in January. There’s no title or projected release date slated yet for the much-delayed album, which will be the band’s first with new drummer Brandon Steinekert.

06.13.2007

The Game rejected a deal Wednesday (June 13) that would have allowed him to plead guilty in exchange for the time he spent waiting to go to court after he was arrested on charges of impersonating a police officer last year, The Associated Press reports. “He is innocent,” his lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman said outside the court. “It’s rare that I have a 100 percent innocent defendant, but this is one.” The rapper — whose real name is Jayceon Taylor — was arrested in November after allegedly telling a cab driver he was an undercover police officer and convincing him to run several stoplights. In more upbeat Game news, he and his girlfriend Tiffany Webb recently welcomed the birth of their newborn son, King Justice, the rapper announced in a post on his Black Wall Street blog Wednesday morning. The baby was born April 25, a representative from Geffen Records confirmed; Game also has a son, Harlem, from a previous relationship. …

Akon is apologizing again — this time for dragging a girl onstage for a romp at a recent concert, only to later find out she was underage. The act of contrition comes courtesy “Sorry Blame Me,” a track the singer has posted on his MySpace page. “As life goes on, I’m starting to learn more and more about responsibility,” Akon says in the tune’s intro. “And I realize everything I do is affecting the people around me.” …

Britney Spears‘ mom has an explanation for the star’s recent meltdown and strange behavior: “She’s just figuring things out.” Lynne Spears, a mother of three, told Us Weekly for its latest issue that “Britney Jean Spears is the sweetest and the most sensitive and loving of all my children. … I can see her life picking up, and it’s just going to hold great things for her. … It’s sad that the whole world had to watch her make mistakes that all of us have made at one time or another.” …

Some wanderful news for Harry Potter fans: J.K. Rowling will give an exclusive interview to NBC’s Meredith Vieira in Edinburgh, Scotland, after the July 21 release of the final book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” The interview — set to air on the “Today” show July 26-27 and “Dateline” on July 29 — is slated to be Rowling’s only televised chat surrounding the book’s release. …

Ciara is warming up for the summer. Along with recently announcing that she and T.I. will soon co-headline Screamfest ’07, over the weekend the sultry singer shot the video for her third single from Ciara: The Evolution, the 50 Cent-assisted “Can’t Leave ‘Em Alone.” The Fat Cats-directed clip was set in Atlanta. (See Ciara on the set of her new video right here. ) …

The White Stripes are picking some bizarre venues to hype their Icky Thump album, which is due Tuesday. The Associated Press reports that the band played a six-song acoustic set a day ago for retired servicemen — dressed as 17-century solders, no less — at a London hospital for elderly British military vets. The Stripes are planning to donate proceeds from another gig in London to help fund a new infirmary at the hospital. And on June 20, the band will play a free gig in West Hollywood, California, at “Icky Thump Records” — a specially constructed store where the Tower Records store on Sunset Boulevard used to be located. The first 200 fans who buy Icky Thump at the store will gain entry to the show. …

Kelly Clarkson has fired her longtime manager just two weeks before the scheduled release of My December, Entertainment Weekly reported. Amid the ongoing conflict between the singer and her label over the direction of her third LP, Clarkson cut ties with the Firm’s Jeff Kwatinetz, who “exacerbated a thermonuclear situation,” a source close to the situation told the magazine. “Jeff did everything he could to control Kelly and her career suffered. He should have steered her in the right direction.” In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Firm said, “Kelly Clarkson is an enormously talented artist. We are pleased to have served as her managers during her well-deserved rise to stardom and are proud of the role we played in backing her creative choices. We believed in Kelly from the day we met her and believe in her now. We have only the best wishes and hopes for her in the future.” …

Clarkson spoke out in the July issue of Elle magazine, revealing that label mogul Clive Davis offered her $10 million to cut five of her songs from My December in favor of more likely hits. “My resistance upsets a lot of people, because we could make a lot of money,” Clarkson said in the interview. “And I’m not hatin’ on money. … I’m just not comfortable doing things that don’t feel like me.” The cover girl of the fashion mag’s music issue also said that she expects her fans to find something better to listen to sooner or later. “It is weird when a 12-year-old tells me I am their favorite artist,” Clarkson explained. “I’m always like, ‘It’s just because you’re young and you haven’t heard everybody yet.’ In time, I’ll be weeded out. And that’s cool.” Also weighing in on the perks and price of fame are Rihanna (“I’ve had a few encounters with fans who start crying, and that freaks me out because I don’t know what to do.”); Fergie (“I think a normal girl can relate to me more than somebody who’s always looking perfect or always doing the right thing.”); and Lily Allen (“I got led straight to the VIP table. … I felt like Lindsay Lohan.”). …

Chamillionaire‘s musical run-ins with the po po keep on coming. The Houston MC just announced that his new single will be the J.R. Rotem-produced “Hip-Hop Police,” which features the legendary Slick Rick. “Hip-Hop Police” has been deemed the first official single from his Ultimate Victory, which has a new release date of September 18. Krazyie Bone, who won a Grammy with Cham for “Ridin’ Dirty,” has been announced as a guest on the album — as have Lil Wayne, Pimp C, Lloyd and Devin the Dude. Cham will be giving away his mixtape Mixtape Messiah and the accompanying DVD of the same name for free on July 18 on his Web site. … Don’t start sending the baby gifts just yet. Star magazine and the New York Post‘s Cindy Adams reported that Kevin Federline was expecting his fifth child, but alleged mom-to-be Shar Jackson says it isn’t true. Jackson, mother of K-Fed’s two eldest children, isn’t even pregnant, her representative told Us Weekly. Federline’s rep also denied the reports. …

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has started writing material for an opera titled “Oblivion,” according to a report on AOL Music’s Pop Eater blog. The opera will be a collaborative effort with film composer Richard Gibbs and horror writer Clive Barker, and Davis told AOL Music that the project will be very dark, and focus on an account of the world’s end. Davis is also reportedly putting the finishing touches on a coffee-table book featuring 12 of his favorite horror stories illustrated by 12 of his favorite artists. No further information has been revealed about that project. … Lollapalooza has announced the schedule for this year’s event (set for August 3-5 in Chicago’s Grant Park) and, as usual, music fans will have to grit their teeth and make some hard choices when it comes to picking who they check out on the main stages at dusk. Friday night will feature a showdown between Daft Punk and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals; Saturday’s show is a choice between Muse and Interpol; Sunday will have fans making tough calls between My Morning Jacket and Modest Mouse, Kings of Leon and Iggy and the Stooges, and Lupe Fiasco and Amy Winehouse. Pearl Jam have the final headlining slot all to themselves. …

Fablolous celebrated the release of his latest album, From Nothin’ to Somethin’, Tuesday night at Runway in New York; the star-studded affair was sponsored by Esquire and brought out Swizz Beatz, Remy Ma, Keith Murray, and a host of NFL players. (See Swizz Beatz, Keith Murray and others chill with Fabolous at his album-release party right here. ) … Keith Murray’s Def Squad homies Erick Sermon and Redman are back onboard for his new album, Rap-Murr-Phobia (Fear of Real Hip Hop), although Jamie Foxx — another artist Murray collaborated with for 2003′s He’s Keith Murray — won’t be on deck. The MC has roped in Tyrese and Method Man instead. … Tiger Army will follow in the footsteps of the Killers, Gnarls Barkley and Lily Allen by participating in MySpace’s Secret Show series with a Thursday gig at the Shelter in Detroit. …

Richie Sambora has left a treatment facility in Los Angeles after entering it just last week, People reports. A representative for the Bon Jovi guitarist told the magazine that Sambora has completed a program at the UCLA Medical Center for an undisclosed problem. … Talk about some bad timing. Just as the world is, literally, singing Journey‘s praises thanks to the prominent inclusion of “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” in the finale of “The Sopranos,” the band has announced that it is taking an indefinite hiatus. On Tuesday, the group said it has parted ways with onetime Yngwie Malmsteem singer Jeff Scott Soto, who joined the group in July to replace ailing singer Steve Augeri. Journey will take the rest of 2007 off to “spend time with their families, write new songs and map out plans for 2008.” … Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars will be collaborating with “Rock Star: Supernova” runner-up Dilana Robichaux on tracks for her yet-untitled debut LP, which should surface early next year. The pair are holed up in a Los Angeles studio, where they’ve been working on material for the release. … The Kansas City Royals are sick of hearing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” — so they’re casting an open vote for a replacement for the seventh-inning-stretch song. Vote for Michael Jackson‘s “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground),” Neil Diamond‘s “Sweet Caroline” or another tune on the Royals’ home page.