Nicole Richie Confirms Pregnancy; Plus Eminem, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, DMX, Remy Ma, ‘American Idol’ & More, In For The Record

Em's publisher wants a bite out of Apple; Hilton selling house for $4.25 million; Lohan hit with another suit.

Nicole Richie has finally confirmed that she’s pregnant. In an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer that will air Thursday on “Good Morning America” and Friday on “20/20,” the socialite — with Joel Madden beside her — said, “Yes, I am. We are. I’m almost four months.” In the interview, Richie also talks about her upcoming jail time, saying, “It’s something that I did wrong, and if I could personally apologize to every single person that has lost a loved one from drunk driving, I would. … This is my way of paying my dues and taking responsibility and being an adult.” …

Eminem smells something rotten: Apple. His publisher, Eight Mile Style, and “copyright manager,” Martin Affiliated, are suing the company, claiming it can’t sell Em’s songs on iTunes because Universal didn’t have the right to license them to Apple, according to Wired.com. Eight Mile Style previously sued Universal when the company licensed his music to Apple for a 2004 ad and to stop Em ringtones from being sold online by Universal-licensed companies. …

Paris Hilton‘s now-infamous house — where she was seen being mobbed by paparazzi and stuffed into the back seat of a police cruiser last month — is on the market. The Spanish-style house is located in West Hollywood, California, and has four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. Her asking price: $4.25 million. …

Another day, another problem for Lindsay Lohan. Signe Dupuy, the woman who claimed the actress pulled an illegal U-turn in April in Los Angeles that wound up causing an accident, is suing Lohan in small-claims court, TMZ.com reports. She alleges that Lohan and her bodyguard Jaz Bennett hit her car. Dupuy had previously also claimed that Bennett gave her a fake name and number after the accident. …

Less than a week after Britney Spears bodyguard Cesar Julio Camera was charged with battery after wrestling with photographers, now there’s a new complaint over the incident — against the singer herself. Andrew Deetz and Kyle Henderson claim in a statement released by their lawyers Tuesday (July 31) that Spears threatened them after they took pictures of her at a spa in Las Vegas, The Associated Press reports. According to the statement, Camera allegedly pushed Henderson against a wall until security asked the photographer to leave, after which the bodyguard allegedly attacked Deetz. After that, Spears is said to have thrown a baby bottle at Henderson and threatened Deetz, saying, “I am going to kill you!” and telling him to get a restraining order against her, because she was going to kill him or hire someone who would. Spears’ lawyer Gary Stiffelman did not comment to AP about the statement. Deetz and Henderson said in the statement that they are preparing to sue. …

DMX is in the doghouse again, this time for failing to fulfill a contract to promo a canine-clothing line, AP reports. New York State Supreme Court Judge Jane Goodman has ordered the rapper to fork over $242,000 to Amusing Diversions Inc., which produced and marketed Boomer 129, a dog-clothing company named after X’s dog. DMX was supposed to promote the merchandise on TV, at concerts and elsewhere, but didn’t. …

Remy Ma is expected to be indicted later this week on charges stemming from her attempted-murder arrest earlier this month for allegedly shooting her close friend, Makeda Barnes-Joseph, according to the rapper’s attorney, Ivan S. Fisher. Fisher told MTV News the announcement should be made shortly, after which a date will be set for Remy to formally respond to the accusations. As it stands, she’s currently scheduled to appear in court on August 14, but Fisher believes that date will soon change. “It’s not gonna happen [then],” he said. …

Who will be the next Jordin Sparks? We won’t know for a good long while, but the ball got rolling Monday as “American Idol” auditions kicked off at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium. A publicist for the show told AP that 12,000 people came to try out for season seven. Auditions will be held in the coming weeks in Dallas; Omaha, Nebraska; Atlanta; Charleston, South Carolina; Miami; and Philadelphia. The season begins airing in late January. …

While we’re on the subject of “American Idol,” castoff Corey Clark is in the headlines again, this time for an arrest early Monday morning in Arkansas on a drug charge. Clark, best known for his disqualification from the show’s second season and alleged affair with judge Paula Abdul, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia at 2:30 a.m. Monday, according to AP. He was also wanted on an outstanding warrant from Arizona after he failed to appear in that state on a summons tied to his arrest last year for violating a court order and trespassing. … The Sunday Times of London is ‘fessing up to a Fergie faux pax: The magazine has printed an apology for a June 1 story in which it claimed the
Black Eyed Pea was being paid by Candie’s Inc. to drop references to the brand in her lyrics. “Although Fergie has a commercial deal with Candie’s in which she appears in advertisements for its clothing, this does not include the incorporation of the Candie’s brand into her lyrics,” read a statement by the newspaper. …

Twista is apparently too twisted for McDonald’s. The restaurant chain has yanked the rapper from the parking-lot tour also starring Ne-Yo and Kenna, citing his “controversial lyrics.” “Although we respect free speech and artistic expression, we do not condone or perpetuate derogatory language,” the company said in a statement. “We want to ensure these free concerts are fun as well as appropriate for all of our customers.” Twista responded in a statement issued Tuesday, saying, “Being that Mcdonald’s and I have worked together in the past, it was unsettling that I would be removed from the tour after undergoing the planning process. … The recent trend of finger-pointing, and playing the blame game with certain media outlets and certain individuals needs to stop. We live in a society that advocates free speech.” The free 10-city tour is set to begin August 7 in Chicago. …

Mandy Moore says she feels bad for Zach Braff — she says the director’s likely tired of hearing about her new album Wild Hope, she told the British version of Marie Claire for its September issue. The album revolves around love gone bad, and even if she admits that “the record’s not necessarily all about him,” she said, “[The] poor guy’s probably heard about it in every interview.” … More than 10 years into their career, the Alkaline Trio are finally ready for the big time. The punk-rockers will issue their next album, which they’ll record after playing this summer’s Warped Tour, on Epic Records, Billboard.com reports. …

Can’t understand what Keith Richards is saying half the time? Maybe reading will help. The Rolling Stones guitarist has signed a book deal reportedly worth more than $7 million, Reuters reports. The autobiography, which will be co-written with James Fox, is slated for a fall 2010 release. … Cheap Trick covering the Beatles is nothing new — but how about them doing it with Al Jourgensen? The pop-rock titans will perform Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety at the Hollywood Bowl on August 10-11 in celebration of the album’s 40th anniversary, and the Ministry frontman will join them for “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” …

The managers of Graceland — home to Elvis Presley — are planning a $250 million overhaul, AP reports. The plans include a massive tourist complex larger than a football field, a convention hotel and a high-tech museum. … The Eagles are about to lay an egg: the classic-rock band’s first new studio album in 28 years, if you can believe it. Guitarist Joe Walsh tells Billboard.com that the effort, which will feature songwriting by all four bandmembers, is “almost out. We’re just finishing vocals and mixing it. We’re all finally signing off on it.” …

eMusic, the second-largest online music store in the U.S., has signed a deal with AT&T that will allow users to download songs directly to their cell phones. The site will offer nearly all its 2.7 million songs from independent labels as part of the deal, with tracks priced a bit higher than they are on the Web site, though an extra downloadable copy of the song will be offered as an incentive. … Another legendary director passed away late Monday: Michaelangelo Antonioni, the Italian titan responsible for “L’Avventura,” “Blowup” and “Zabriskie Point.” Antonioni, who was 94, died from a stroke. Visionary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman also passed away Monday.

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Britney Spears and Kevin Federline finalized their divorce Monday (July 30) in Los Angeles Superior Court, The Associated Press reports. “They are divorced. Everything is finalized,” Spears’ lawyer Laura Wasser said after the hearing. A court commissioner signed the orders for dissolution of marriage, child custody and an alimony agreement, the latter of which won’t be made public unless an enforcement issue arises. The child-custody order — which details the former couple’s timeshare schedule and transportation matters — was sealed for the time being for safety reasons, pending a hearing slated for August 14. …

Could a 17-second snippet of a song called “Candy Shop” be a leak from Madonna‘s upcoming album? Fans speculate that it’s of a track Madonna was working on with either Timbaland or Pharrell — but reps for none of the three camps would confirm. “I have no comment about the song ‘Candy Shop,’ ” Madonna’s longtime rep Liz Rosenberg told MTV News. “Madonna has studio time booked and is continuing to work on her new CD. The songs are not mixed, and until that time, we can’t finalize the track list.” The yet-untitled album is due later this year. …

Christina Aguilera scratched two shows in Australia slated for Saturday and Monday due to the flu — more specifically, a viral upper-respiratory tract infection. “I want to personally apologize to all of my fans for having to cancel my last two shows here in Melbourne,” the singer said in a statement. “Thank you for all of the continued love and support and I hope to perform for you all again next time.” In the statement, the singer didn’t address ongoing pregnancy rumors. … Lindsay Lohan is “in a very good place right now,” her mother Dina told reporters Monday outside a New York courthouse, where she was battling with Michael Lohan over custody of three of their children. Lindsay’s exact whereabouts is still unknown. …

According to Jermaine Dupri, fans will have to wait a while longer for new Janet Jackson music — she’s not going to be featured on the “Rush Hour 3″ soundtrack. The producer posted a message on his MySpace page saying, “To answer all questions about [the] ‘Rush Hour 3′ soundtrack, I ended up not doing it ’cause the movie takes place in Paris and a lot of the music didn’t fit. So all of you looking for that Janet record, you gotta wait till she’s finished with the new album. Sorry.” …

Desert gold: Paul Wall is shoving off to the Persian Gulf for his second USO tour. “Being a part of a USO tour and performing for the troops is amazing,” Wall said. “It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and to forget what’s happening overseas,” he said in a statement. “This is my way of letting them know I realize what they’re sacrificing and am truly grateful.” … The Black Eyed Peas will headline the “Jerusalem Rocks!” festival, set to take place September 9 in Israel. The multi-culti act will be joined by Arrested Development and various local acts. …

Korn‘s Jonathan Davis has one thing to say to Devo‘s Jerry Casale: no hard feelings. Responding to the flap that ensued over Korn’s fake movie trailer that appeared to cop Devo’s “de-evolution” concept, Davis said in a statement to Rolling Stone: “Korn never claimed to be the first to expose de-evolution, our hats are going off to Devo for that.” He added, “They are pioneers for sure! However, we are glad to see that our efforts have them speaking up again! It’s good to have them back.” Davis closed with a requisite plug: “In the meantime, our researchers continue to uncover key evidence of de-evolution at the highest levels (EvolutionDevolution.com).” …

Chamillionaire, Forest Whitaker and Babyface were among the attendees at Russell Simmons‘ eighth annual Art for Life event Saturday night. The charitable festivities took place in East Hampton, New York, and raised $1.4 million for underprivileged children in New York. … Polow Da Don, Mark Ronson and Timbaland protégé Nate “Danjahandz” Hills were among those who made it on Vibe‘s 14th annual Juice list. Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama graces the cover. … Damon Dash hobnobs with Ashton Kutcher, Sofia Coppola and Renée Zellweger on Vanity Fair‘s 68th Best-Dressed List, which appears in the magazine’s September issue. George Clooney was named to the list’s Hall of Fame, while Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made it to the couples list — surprised? …

Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin and bassist Duff McKagan joined ex-GN’R drummer Steven Adler and his Adler’s Appetite for a couple of Appetite for Destruction songs during a concert at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California, on Saturday. Slash, who had made it to the venue earlier that evening, did not end up performing during the quasi-reunion. The gig was scheduled in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the release of the band’s 1987 debut, Appetite for Destruction.Peter Hook threatens offhandedly in a post on his MySpace page that he might take his former New Order bandmates to court, now that they’ve decided to continue performing as the band without him. He says Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris shouldn’t assume they “have the rights to do anything New Order-ey” because he has “still got a third.” …

Metric will swing through the States for a three-week trek starting September 19 in Philadelphia and winding down October 9 in Seattle, RollingStone.com reports. The indie-rockers will record their fourth album in November. … Dashboard Confessional‘s Chris Carrabba will ship out for his first solo trek in five years on September 14 in Rochester, Michigan. With Augustana and John Ralston in tow, Carrabba will conclude the extensive trek November 14 in New York. … The Offspring have parted ways with drummer Atom Willard and recruited Saves the Day‘s Pete Parada to take his place. Parada will make his debut with the Offspring next month when they perform at the Summer Sonic festival in Japan. Willard, in the meantime, has moved over fulltime to Angels & Airwaves. …

It was a rough weekend for aging rock legends. First, Kiss singer/guitarist Paul Stanley had to sit out a show in San Jacinto, California, on Friday night after suffering a bout of tachycardia, which caused his heart to speed up to twice its normal rate. On his Web site, Stanley, 55, explained that during a rehearsal for the show, “my heart spontaneously jumped to 190-plus beats per minute, where it stayed for over an hour, necessitating paramedics to start an IV and give me a shot to momentarily stop my heart and get it into a normal pattern.” The rest of the group played as a trio in Stanley’s absence …

The news was a bit better for Ozzy Osbourne, who was treated at and released by a Denver hospital over the weekend. Reuters reports that a statement from Osbourne’s management on Sunday read: “Ozzy Osbourne had a minor outpatient procedure at Rose Medical Center late last night. He was released early this morning and is doing well.” Osbourne, 58, is expected to perform at Monday’s Ozzfest in Kansas City, Missouri. KUSA-TV in Denver reported that the surgery, which took place after Saturday’s Ozzfest show, was for a blood clot in Osbourne’s leg. He had complained of leg pain prior to the gig. … Is Kelly Osbourne following in Ashlee Simpson‘s footsteps? Ozzy‘s daughter is joining the cast of “Chicago” at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End for a seven-week run. She’ll play Mama Morton, the matron of Cook County Jail. …

Atlanta metallers Daath are stuck in Denver, meaning they’ll miss some more Ozzfest dates. According to the bandmembers, they missed last week’s stops in Phoenix and Oklahoma City because the airport shuttle bus they rented to get from city to city during the summer tour had broken down. Plans have been made to rent the band an RV, but complications with the vehicle haven’t been resolved. There’s no word yet on when Daath will return to the tour. … DevilDriver have joined this summer’s Ozzfest, taking over the second-stage slot abandoned last week by Mondo Generator. … In the meantime, New York metal act Bloodsimple have been added to a competing fest: the Family Values Tour. They’ll play the second stage. …

Al Gore III, son of the the former vice president, pleaded guilty on Monday to two felony and three misdemeanor counts of drug possession stemming from his arrest while driving in Orange County, California, earlier this month. He agreed to enter a nine-month drug program, and the charges could be dropped if he finishes it. … Visionary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman died Monday on an island off the coast of Sweden. He was 89. Woody Allen once called the director — three of whose films won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film — “probably the greatest film artist … since the invention of the motion picture camera,” according to The Associated Press.