Paris Hilton Struggling To Line Up An Interview; Plus Rage Against The Machine, Fall Out Boy, Kelly Clarkson & More, In For The Record

Rage Against the Machine to be joined by Fall Out Boy, Smashing Pumpkins at Voodoo fest.

After years of being followed by the paparazzi and gracing the covers of tabloids, it looks like Paris Hilton might have some publicity problems once she leaves jail. An ABC News executive told The New York Times on Friday (June 22) that the network has rejected an offer from the Hilton family to conduct Paris’ first post-prison interview. The channel’s initial request for an interview — which included a $100,000 fee for personal photos and videos of the heiress — was rejected for a more lucrative deal with NBC, ABC News executives told the Times. NBC reps said the network never had a commitment with the Hiltons and its news division doesn’t pay for interviews. ABC News execs also said Paris reached out to Barbara Walters from prison on Thursday night, but Walters’ producer decided ABC News was no longer interested in the interview. Paris will be released from jail on Tuesday, the Los Angles County Sheriff’s Department announced Friday. …

The Rage Against the Machine slow-leak reunion tour continues with a just-announced headlining gig at the Halloween-weekend Voodoo Music Experience festival in New Orleans (October 26-28). Along with fellow headliners Smashing Pumpkins and Dr. John, more than 110 bands will perform at the event, including Fall Out Boy, Common, Wilco, Kings of Leon, M.I.A., Gym Class Heroes, Coheed and Cambria, Spoon, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Sinead O’Connor, Plain White T’s, Paolo Nutini, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Ben Harper, Mute Math and Motion City Soundtrack. …

For Rihanna, it’s Barbados. Avril Lavigne has the guitar to thank. And Kelly Clarkson does it all for Steven Tyler. In Style focuses on women in music for its July issue, with seven artists sharing what inspires them to get creative. Carrie Underwood said she’s making hits now because of women who paved the way — “Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton. … They are the reason I’m here!” — while Nelly Furtado said she’s inspired by Latin music, explaining that singing in Spanish makes her sound “more sensual, soulful, dramatic, passionate.” Ashlee Simpson goes to the beach to prepare to record (“I just take my journal and chill.”), and Rihanna goes home to soak up Barbados’ “laid-back vibe.” Guitars give Avril “the best feeling” (“I have a lot of energy, so I love to grab one and rock out), while Eve turns to high fashion when she wants a rush (“A hot dress is like a hot song — both of these things make me feel amazing”). And Kelly Clarkson is just trying to keep up with Aerosmith’s frontman. “Steven has the perfect voice, but I have no idea how he keeps it,” she said in the magazine. “He came to my show once … and I tried to impress him. I ended up throwing my voice out.” Visit InStyle.com for behind-the-scenes video of the seven-artist photo shoot. …

The Spice Girls want to set the record straight on those reunion rumors — but not until Thursday. 19 Entertainment announced Friday that the group will “make an official announcement to the world regarding future plans on Thursday, June 28.” … In other Spice-y news, a DNA test has proven that Eddie Murphy is the father of Melanie “Scary Spice” Brown’s 2-month-old daughter, Brown’s rep told People. The rep said Brown received the results of the June 11 test on Thursday but declined to comment further. Brown gave birth to Angel Iris Murphy Brown on April 3 and has long contended that Murphy is the child’s father. …

Green Day have designed a limited-edition T-shirt to benefit Amnesty International. The shirt — which will be sold exclusively at Hard Rock Cafe locations around the world starting Monday — features frontman Billie Joe Armstrong shredding on the front, the signatures of the three members of the band on the back, and incorporates the words “Working Class Hero,” the John Lennon tune the band covered for the Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur album. … Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Robin Thicke and Carlos Santana will perform at a benefit concert to raise funds for a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial at Washington, D.C.’s National Mall. Russell Simmons, Quincy Jones and Tommy Hilfiger organized the show, which will be held September 18 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. …

Backstreet Boys have set October 31 as the release date for their as-yet-untitled sixth album, according to a spokesperson. The group’s follow-up to 2005’s Never Gone will be the first effort since the departure of longtime member Kevin Richardson last summer. … There was nothing remotely sexy about those Memorial Day weekend pictures of Lindsay Lohan passed out in a friend’s car wearing a gray hoodie. But edgy clothing company American Apparel — notorious for its cheeky ads featuring scantily clad teens — figured out that Lohan was “modeling” one of its designs in the paparazzi pics, so it decided to post the shot on a company blog and paste up a tabloid cover featuring the shot in a Manhattan store to help move a pile of the $40 “flax fleece” sweatshirts, according to The New York Times. …

That mix CD the Bush twins gave the president for Father’s Day could land them a lawsuit for copyright violation. According to the Boing Boing blog, Florida attorney Mitchell Silverman, who read an Associated Press story about how the twins made a CD for the president to listen to while working out, sent a letter to the head of the Recording Industry Association of America’s director of investigative services. “President George W. Bush’s daughters made him a presumably illegal compilation CD, a so-called ’mix CD,’ as a Father’s Day present,” Silverman wrote. “This is a serious violation of copyright. As you know, whichever of your member organizations that are right-holders for the copied musical works may be entitled to statutory damages of $150,000.00 per musical work copied. I hope and expect that you at the RIAA will display the same vigor in prosecuting this matter and protecting the rights of your rights-holders that it has displayed in enforcing those rights against other alleged violators.”

06.21.2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” spoilers hit the Internet on Wednesday — they originated with a hacker who claims to have gained access to computers at London publisher Bloomsbury. So how true is the revealed ending? “There is plenty of material circulating on the Internet, and you can’t believe everything you read,” U.S. “Potter” publisher Scholastic commented — not exactly a denial. MTV News recently spoke to “Deathly Hallows” editor Arthur Levine, who said it’s nearly impossible to get your hands on the book before its July 21 release — and notes that the advance peeks you may have seen in “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Colbert Report” are pure fiction. “No one has it. Meryl Streep doesn’t have it; Stephen Colbert doesn’t have it.” …

Paris Hilton called Ryan Seacrest on Thursday (June 21), telling him jail has been “horrible and really hard” but that she was “really proud” of herself for serving the sentence, according to E! Online. “In a way, I’m really glad this happened, because it changed my life forever,” she said. Hilton has also been responding to fan mail — in a handwritten letter obtained by E! Online, she said, “I read your letter and just wanted to thank you for your kind words of love and support. The fact that you took time out of your day to write me truly means the world. Especially at such a difficult and scary time in my life.” …

Next year, fans will have the chance to walk all over Christina Aguilera and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as the artists have been named as 2008 honorees on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stan Lee, Ricky Martin, Angela Bassett and WWE’s Vince McMahon are also among those who will be presented with Walk of Fame stars next year, while late Beatles guitarist George Harrison will be a posthumous honoree. … “American Idol” is headed to Broadway — well, off-Broadway. Playbill.com reports that “Idol: The Musical,” a satire based on the dedication of one group of Clay Aiken fans, will begin previews at New York’s 45th Street Theatre on July 5. The play recently opened in Syracuse, New York. …

Lil Jon and Hennessy co-hosted a “Welcome to Asia” gala on Wednesday night in Manhattan, New York, to honor Rain. Last year, the Korean male R&B singer was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people. … Phil Spector was likely standing within 2 feet of actress Lana Clarkson when she was shot to death in his mansion, a forensics expert testified Thursday, according to The Associated Press. Criminalist Lynne Herold said blood spatter on the front and back of the music producer’s white jacket were telltale signs he was close to her. The defense has claimed the same data proves Spector was 6 feet away from Clarkson. …

Kurt Cobain was named a 2007 Hot Property by Variety, still raking in big bucks 13 years after his death due to Courtney Love’s licensing agreement with National Entertainment Collectibles Association, which offers Cobain-branded items including action figures, lunchboxes and key chains. “We believe if we say yes to the right things, we can do both — make money and do the right thing for the catalog,” Love’s manager, Peter Asher, told Forbes.Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore will release a new album, Trees Outside the Academy, this fall; it’s the rocker’s first solo LP in a dozen years, and will include “The Shape Is in a Trance,” “American Coffin” and “Free Noise Among Friends.” No official release date has been set. … Atreyu will issue their Hollywood Records debut, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, August 28. The band, which will be a part of this summer’s Family Values Tour, worked with producer John Feldmann (Good Charlotte, the Used) on the LP, which features 11 tracks, including “Becoming the Bull,” “No One Cares” and “Can’t Happen Here.” …

Filmmaker Wes Craven has hit his neighbor, Pauly Shore, with a lawsuit that claims water from the comedian’s home seeped down a slope, and damaged the horror king’s property. According to AP, Craven contends a landslide occurred on his property back in December, after Shore upgraded his home with a swimming pool, spa and new landscaping. The suit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles, alleges that seeping water destabilized Craven’s land, and lowered the value of his property. The suit cites negligence and nuisance, and unspecified damages for repairs to his property. … Bulgarian news site Novinite.com reports that eight people were seriously injured in a fight between skinheads and punks that erupted during a concert by punk legends the Exploited in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Wednesday night. The fracas involved approximately 60 people, who used glass bottles, chains and other metal objects as weapons before the police could arrive to stabilize the situation. Five people were arrested in connection with the incident, and the concert continued as planned.