Mariah Carey Has Words Of Advice For Starlets; Plus Diddy, Nine Inch Nails, Beanie Sigel, Christina Aguilera & More, In For The Record

Diddy faces lawsuit, accepts responsibility for child; NIN are free agents; arrest warrant out for Sigel.

Mariah Carey has a suggestion for troubled young female celebs: Find your center. When asked by Glamour what words of advice she would give Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, she replied, “I wouldn’t want to speak to those people specifically, but I would say you need to be very centered, and spiritually know where you’re at, all the time. Don’t read the tabloids. Don’t be obsessed with what people are writing or saying. Live your life for you. My lifestyle has changed since making it. It’s not a financial struggle, but I’m still struggling in a lot of ways.” Carey graces the cover of the magazine’s November issue. …

Diddy has had a tumultuous few days — first he was sued by a former associate who claimed the hip-hop mogul owes him $19 million for work by the Notorious B.I.G., and then he accepted legal responsibility for his sixth child, The Associated Press reports. In the suit, James Sabatino claims he flew the late rapper to Miami in 1994 to play a gig and hit the studio — he recorded a 17-minute freestyle session, and 90 minutes of Biggie video was allegedly captured on video as well. Since Sabatino paid for the travel expenses and studio time, he says it was understood that the music and video belonged to him, even though a contract was never signed. Diddy claims the delay was due to Los Angeles police naming Sabatino as a person of interest in Biggie’s death and that it might be misconstrued if people discovered Bad Boy had paid Sabatino. The ex-associate was later imprisoned on unrelated charges but continued trying to get the money from Diddy and was told it would be coming soon, the suit alleges. Sabatino is seeking $19 million for actual and punitive damages. While that dilemma recently emerged, Diddy put another one to rest when he took legal responsibility for his 15-month-old daughter, Chance — who is said to have factored into his split with ex-girlfriend Kim Porter. Diddy previously denied he had fathered the child of an Atlanta woman, Sarah Chapman, but has acknowledged that DNA tests have confirmed that he is the father. Diddy has arranged support terms and visitation over his daughter with Chapman. …

Trent Reznor is a free man. According to a post on Nine Inch NailsWeb site, he and his band have fulfilled their contractual obligations to Interscope. “I’ve waited a long time to be able to make the following announcement: As of right now, Nine Inch Nails is a totally free agent, free of any recording contract with any label,” he said in the post. “I have been under recording contracts for 18 years and have watched the business radically mutate from one thing to something inherently very different and it gives me great pleasure to be able to finally have a direct relationship with the audience as I see fit and appropriate. Look for some announcements in the near future regarding 2008. Exciting times, indeed.” NIN were signed to TVT prior to joining Interscope in 1994. …

Beanie Sigel‘s attorney says the rapper will surrender to authorities next week after an arrest warrant was issued for his failure to return a rented car, AP reports. Sigel (real name: Dwight Grant) is planning to face the charges on October 15, Fortunado Perri told the news service, elaborating that the Payless rental car — which was due back in August and reported stolen September 6 — is being covered. “Whatever money is owed to the company has been paid or will be paid shortly,” Perri added. The car was returned to Payless on Friday as detectives were on their way to arrest Sigel at his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Lansdale. It is not yet known who returned the vehicle, which had accumulated $5,000 in late fees. …

Paris Hilton‘s alleged bean spillage during VMA weekend aside, Christina Aguilera isn’t doing too good a job keeping her supposed pregnancy under wraps. “Access Hollywood” reports that Aguilera picked out a baby registry at a trendy boutique in West Hollywood, California, on Saturday night. With husband Jordan Bratman and his mother and sister in tow, the singer shopped for blankets, bottles, bags and other items for what “AH” called an “upcoming baby shower.” …

Want to live just like Ozzy and Sharon? Your chance is about to arrive. The Osbournes are planning to auction art, furniture and collectibles from their homes in Southern California and England, with a portion of proceeds going to the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation. Items up for sale include Jack Osbourne‘s black leather bedroom furniture, a cast-iron crucifix that was hung in Ozzy’s den and other memorable objects that appeared on “The Osbournes.” The auction will be held November 30-December at the Gibson Guitar Showroom in Beverly Hills — although bids can also be placed by phone or online — and Ozzy will also perform a related benefit show at Los Angeles’ Staples Center the first night. Expect to hear plenty more from Ozzy in the near future, by the way: In addition to his upcoming tour with Rob Zombie, he’ll likely be headlining Ozzfest next year, according to Billboard. When asked if he would be at the top of the bill, he said, “As far as I know.” He did not say whether the fest would be free again, stipulating that it was Sharon’s decision. He did, however, say he’s still up for recording a new Black Sabbath album, though the band’s plans are up in the air. …

Amy Winehouse, the Arctic Monkeys, Paul McCartney and Kylie Minogue were honored at the annual Q awards on Monday (October 8). Winehouse’s Back to Black earned Best Album, the Monkeys were named Best Act in the World Today, Macca was awarded as a Q Icon and Minogue landed Q Idol honors. … Speaking of Winehouse, producer Mark Ronson tells RollingStone.com, “As soon as I finish up the Daniel Merriweather record, I am going back into the studio with Amy Winehouse to work on her new record. … She is actually dying to go back into the studio already. … She can’t go in November because she is on tour, so we are figuring it out.” Winehouse’s second album, Back to Black, hit U.S. stores in March. …

A new book claims that Bono‘s daughter, Jordan Hewson, was nearly kidnapped by Irish criminals as part of an abduction plot 10 years ago, according to The Irish Examiner. Author Frances Cahill, daughter of murdered crime boss Martin Cahill, says in her recently released book, “Martin Cahill, My Father,” that her dad stopped the alleged plot, through which five other Irish criminals were hoping to get a multimillion-dollar ransom from the singer (the U.S. equivalent of roughly $8 million). “He told them it was a bad idea,” Cahill reportedly writes in the book. “Martin had nothing against Bono’s family. They had never done him any harm and he wasn’t going to get involved.” …

Deftones have begun work on the follow-up to last year’s Saturday Night Wrist, which took the band more than three years to record and release. According to a MySpace post from the guys, they’ve been working on the effort since late July and will maintain a blog to document the recording process. … In addition to the standard CD version of their new self-titled album, Avenged Sevenfold will also be releasing a MVI version of the effort on October 30. The interactive DVD will feature a making-of featurette, a studio tour, pre-encoded MP3s of all the tracks, an animated short and more. …

Cribs bassist Gary Jarman was hospitalized over the weekend and has been treated for blood poisoning, his publicist confirmed to MTV News. It’s believed the rocker contracted the condition after accidentally cutting himself with the strings of his bass during a recent gig. He had complained of pains in his arms on Saturday but managed to make a gig in Sheffield, England, that same night. He was admitted early Sunday morning and is doing fine, according to his publicist. … Want to get down and dirty with Moby? Stop by New York’s Hiro Ballroom on Thursday night when he, Juan McClean, Stretch Armstrong and DFA artist Alex Frankel christen his new DJ series, called “Degenerates.” Moby will tinker around with new material as part of the residency, which is expected to be ongoing and will encompass additional DJs. …

Jena, Louisiana, Mayor Murphy R. McMillin is lashing out over John Mellencamp‘s new track “Jena,” which the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-nominated rocker recently wrote and posted online (with an accompanying video) in support of the Jena Six. “The town of Jena has for months been mischaracterized in the media and portrayed as the epicenter of hatred, racism and a place where justice is denied,” McMillin reportedly told AP. “However, the Mellencamp video is so inflammatory, so defamatory, that a line has been crossed and enough is enough. … I do not want to diminish the impression that the hanging of the nooses has had on good people. I do recognize that what happened is insulting and hurtful. … [But] to put the incident in Jena in the same league as those who were murdered in the 1960s cheapens their sacrifice and insults their memory.” Prior to the mayor’s reaction, Mellencamp discussed his intention behind the track via a post on his site. “The song is not written as an indictment of the people of Jena but, rather, as a condemnation of racism,” he wrote. …

Bruce Springsteen defended his anti-war stance in an interview with “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday, telling correspondent Scott Pelley that it would be “unpatriotic” not to speak out on his new album, Magic, and accompanying tour. “It’s unpatriotic at any given moment to sit back and let things pass that are damaging to someplace that you love so dearly and that has given me so much,” Springsteen said. “I still feel and see it as a beacon of hope and possibility. That part of America is live and well.” He also sounded off on other political issues of the day, saying, “When people think of the American identity, they don’t think of torture. They don’t think of illegal wiretapping. They don’t think of voter suppression. They don’t think of no habeas corpus. No right to a lawyer … you know. Those are things that are anti-American.” …

Not too long ago, the thought of a Police reunion tour was inconceivable. Now comes news that the rock legends, who are currently on tour in Europe, might throw together a new studio effort while they’re at it. “I would see it as a challenge, to make an absolutely brilliant pop album at this stage of our career, and that would be something quite remarkable,” guitarist Andy Summers told reporters in Dublin, Ireland, over the weekend, according to AP. But he added that the trio have not discussed the project in detail and that the reunion tour is “all-devouring.” …

Maybe the third time will indeed be the charm for Pamela Anderson, who married Rick Salomon — perhaps best known for making that sex tape with Paris Hilton — on Saturday in Las Vegas. Anderson wore a white denim Valentino dress, People reports, and the vows were squeezed in between the 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows of Hans Klok’s “The Beauty of Magic,” which Anderson is a part of, at the Planet Hollywood resort. It’s Anderson’s third marriage and Salomon’s second.

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Lil Wayne was arrested in Boise, Idaho, Friday night on a felony fugitive charge issued in Georgia for allegedly possessing a controlled substance, The Associated Press reports. Wayne, who was booked into the Ada County Jail, was expected to miss a scheduled concert Saturday night because his charges made him ineligible for bond. As a result, an Ada County sheriff’s deputy told AP, the jail has been flooded with angry calls from fans. The 25-year-old rapper, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., is set to be formally charged Tuesday. …

“This about to get ugly, this about to go crazy.” First T.I. had his way with Britney Spears, and now it’s Lil Mama. The diminutive rapper is about to drop a remix of Spears’ single “Gimme More,” in which she gives the singer some props but spends most of the song boasting about her own skills: “I’m what’s hot. Ever see ‘G-Slide’? I can bring it back.” (Listen here for a preview of the track.) Lil Mama then calls out the “followers,” saying she has no competition because she’s “so far ahead of my time.” And, in what could be an analysis of why Spears has had so many troubles as of late, Lil Mama says, “People always going to tell you what you want to hear,” that there’s been “too many yeses, not enough noes, not enough real,” which means even “the best get torn.” Who knew the dance track could be a cautionary tale as well? As Lil Mama raps, “You’ve been warned by the voice of the young.” …

K-Fed may have physical custody of his children with Spears, but People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is urging him to take the custody battle to the doghouse. In a letter faxed to Federline on Thursday, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk requested that he ask the judge for custody of the couple’s pets. “It’s no secret that Ms. Spears’ impetuous ‘pet’ purchases and lack of caretaking skills have been a serious concern of ours,” she wrote, noting that in 2006 the singer was “the overwhelming choice” for worst celebrity dog owner in polls conducted by New York Dog and Hollywood Dog magazines. Newkirk was also concerned that Britney’s latest dog, London, was more of an “accessory” and noted that the Los Angeles chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had already investigated the dog’s lack of veterinary care after breaking his leg when he was stepped on. “As a father, your main concern is the comfort and stability of your children,” Newkirk wrote. “London and the other animals whom the boys consider to be part of the family have provided that comfort and stability … being separated from the animal friends whom they share a bond with is undoubtedly traumatic for them.” …

Jennifer Lopez has a lot more on her hands than just a new album and joint tour with husband Marc Anthony: The couple are expecting twins, TMZ.com reports. The children would be the first for the pair; Anthony has a daughter and two sons from two previous relationships, one of which resulted in marriage. Lopez and Anthony launched their En Concierto trek in late September and will continue on it through a November 2 date in Miami. Her new album, Brave, drops Tuesday. … The Spice Girls have cooked up their first single in seven years, called “Headlines,” according to BBC News. “It’s a Spice Girl classic,” Geri Halliwell told the news outlet. We are so proud of it. We started putting words down before we even had the finalised ‘yes’ from everyone.” The Girls’ reunion world tour launches December 2 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and will be preceded by their Greatest Hits set, due in stores November 20. …

Owen Wilson briefly attended the Los Angeles premiere of “The Darjeeling Limited,” his new movie with director Wes Anderson, on Thursday night, according to People. He reportedly avoided the red carpet and instead entered the theater through a private entrance, after which he joined co-stars Jason Schwartzman and Anjelica Huston, and Natalie Portman (who starred in an Anderson-directed short film tied to “Limited”), onstage. Anderson introduced Wilson as “my best friend,” and the audience reacted with strong applause. “I’ve never made a movie without him. And I hope I never have to,” Anderson added. It was Wilson’s first major public appearance since he was hospitalized following what police deemed a suicide attempt.

Kanye West and designer Takashi Murakami, who have collaborated together on ‘Ye’s album covers, are putting their heads together again for a collection of gold, manga-style pendants, according to Women’s Wear Daily. The rapper wore a diamond-studded one out to Givenchy’s in New York earlier this week, according to WWD. “They’ll be more accessible, they won’t be all diamonds,” he reportedly said. “The eyes are not perfectly done. Murakami cringes when he sees the eyes.” … Kid Rock tested out a handful of new songs at a surprise show at Emerald Theatre in Mount Clemens, Michigan, on Thursday night, according to The Detroit News. The show, which ran more than two hours long, had reportedly been announced less than 24 hours earlier, and tickets sold out in five minutes. …

Beyoncé must be breathing a little easier — the singer hasn’t encountered opposition from Muslim groups in Indonesia over her planned November 1 concert there, according to Reuters. She won’t have to follow a strict dress code, which she would have had she performed in Malaysia, the country previously scheduled to host the show. … Ginuwine has filed a lawsuit in New York against King Music Group Inc., according to AP. In the suit, the R&B star claims he was tricked into signing a contract with a record label that didn’t even exist. He said he was persuaded to ink the deal back in May, and according to the contract, he was to receive $1.75 million, including a $500,000 advance, to record his first album for the label. But five months later, he hasn’t put out any material and hasn’t been paid a dime. The lawsuit claims there’s no corporate record for King Music Group Inc. anywhere in New York, California, Florida or Tennessee. The filing charges breach of contract, fraud and negligent misrepresentation, and seeks $4 million in damages. …

Brad isn’t the only previously defunct project Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard is reuniting — he’s also bringing back Green River, an early Seattle grunge act that featured PJ’s Jeff Ament, and Mudhoney‘s Mark Arm and Steve Turner. The band has scheduled one reunion gig, for Sub Pop’s 20th anniversary concert next summer. … The reunions continue with news that Eve 6 have also been resurrected, three years after splitting up. The group plans to write and record its next full-length effort early next year, with a full North American headlining tour expected to follow. … And it’s been nearly 10 years since we’ve heard new music from Portishead, but it seems the act is finishing up its third studio album — although it might not sound like you’d expect. According to band principal Geoff Barrow, the still-untitled effort will feature new elements. “It sounds pretty different from what we have done before,” he wrote on the band’s Web site. “I don’t think the fondue society will be happy.” …

Of Montreal, Ween, Sebadoh, Caribou and Man Man are among the initial list of bands for the spring All Tomorrow’s Parties shindig, set to take place in England over the course of two weekends in May. Dates, as well as 24 more artists, will be announced for the event, which is being co-curated by ATP and Pitchfork.Carbon/Silicon — the band featuring the ex-Clash singer/guitarist Mick Jones and former Generation X bassist Tony James — will release their debut album, The Last Post, October 23. The band formed in 2004. …

Just like Magic, Bruce Springsteen might have another LP on the way. The Boss, who just issued his new album this week, has a pile of leftovers “that I think are great songs and should end up somewhere, but they just didn’t quite fit with this group,” producer Brendan O’Brien told Billboard.com. Springsteen has already put out four albums in the last five years, with 2002′s The Rising ending a seven-year studio dry spell. On a more bizarre note, an Olympic equestrian is suing Springsteen for breach of contract after the rocker allegedly reneged on a deal to a horse worth $850,000. Todd Minikus filed a suit Thursday in a Florida court, claiming Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa had put a $25,000 deposit on the horse but later reconsidered buying the animal for their daughter. …

Isaac Hanson left a Dallas hospital on Friday after recovering from surgery for a pulmonary embolism, caused by a blood clot in the extremities breaking away and traveling to the lungs. The eldest member of Hanson expects to make a full recovery and is due to be released from the hospital Friday (October 5). The band’s agents and promoters are trying to reschedule makeup days for the shows it missed. … Shaggy lives! The dancehall star will perform “Church Heathen” at the Samuel Peters/ Jameel McCline World Boxing Council heavyweight fight at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday. The song is featured on his new CD, Intoxication, out November 13.