Gwen Stefani Reaching Out To Wildfire Victims; Plus Kanye West, OiNK, Fall Out Boy, Smashing Pumpkins, Jordin Sparks & More, In For The Record

West puts swagger to paper for new book; OiNK's demise giving way to new torrent site; FOB, Pumpkins plan re-releases.

Gwen Stefani, a Southern California native, is reaching out to victims of the wildfires by donating proceeds of her Tuesday concert at San Diego’s Cox Arena to local charity the San Diego Foundation, which is helping the community recover from the ongoing disaster. Stefani announced the effort on San Diego radio station 93.3 KHTS on Monday morning (October 29). “San Diego has always been so supportive of me throughout my entire career … living in Orange County, it has always been like a second home to me,” she said on air, according to a press release from her label. “When I heard about the devastation of the fires at first I felt I should cancel my show out of respect, but then it occurred to me there might be a more useful solution.” San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders thanked her, according to the press release, saying the Foundation will use the funds to support its After-the-Fires Fund 2007 effort. …

Kanye West is bringing his ego to the bookshelf. Following in the steps of his mother, Donda — who released her own book about the artist, “Raising Kanye,” earlier this year — ’Ye has put his swagger to paper for “Thank You and You’re Welcome,” which he co-authored with J. Sakiya Sandifer. According to ’Ye’s Web site, the book is a collection of “Kanye-isms” — “the creative, humorous and insightful philosophies and anecdotes used in creating my path to success,” he said in a post. “It captures the same wit, playful irony, and piercing insight found abundant in my lyrics.” It can be preordered on EchoTunes.com.

It seems OiNK’s demise has given way to a new torrent site, according to Torrent Freak. Called “BOiNK,” the site will be hosted by the Pirate Bay and will launch sometime this week. … Fall Out Boy’s Infinity on High will be expanded with five bonus tracks, three of which are live cuts. The embellished set is due November 20. In other re-release news, the Smashing Pumpkins’ latest, Zeitgeist, will be re-released and packaged with a full-length DVD documentary, titled “Inside the Zeitgeist.” Due in stores Tuesday, the set will also include three bonus cuts: “Ma Belle,” “Stellar” and “Death from Above.” …

Since she was 13 years old, Jordin Sparks has been wearing a sexual-abstinence promise ring that her parents gave her — and the “American Idol” winner says she doesn’t plan to take it off anytime soon. “I wasn’t ever forced into [wearing the ring],” she told UsMagazine.com. “It’s all about making the right choice and not putting yourself in that situation.” Sparks, who admitted, “Temptation is always there,” said her dream guy will have to have “nice teeth. They could be athletic and sing … and play an instrument.” … Paris Hilton’s planned trip to Rwanda caught a snag when Playing for Good, the foundation coordinating the trek, postponed it last week. But the heiress recently insisted to “Extra” that the trip will happen next year. “I feel like there’s a lot I can do, and a lot I can do to help,” she added. “I know [Rwanda] went through a lot of traumatic experiences, and I feel like if I go there, I can help save some people’s lives.” … Lindsay Lohan’s planned New Year’s Eve party has just gotten a whole lot quieter. While UsMagazine.com reported last week that the starlet would be hosting this year’s bash at red-hot Las Vegas club LAX, the news source now says she’s backed out. A representative reportedly told UsMagazine.com that she will no longer be hosting the event, as the actress continues to focus on her work and sobriety. …

Ozzy Osbourne is auctioning off the quad bike that nearly killed him. The 350cc Banshee still has a dented front bar and split rear guard from the 2003 accident, and is expected to fetch $3,000 in an upcoming sale of memorabilia by the star and his wife/manager Sharon. Bidding begins November 30 in Beverly Hills, California, with some of the proceeds earmarked for Sharon’s colon cancer charity. … Metallica played two acoustic performances over the weekend as part of the 21st annual Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. The band’s set included a number of covers, including Rare Earth’s “I Just Want to Celebrate,” Garbage’s “Only Happy When It Rains,” Dire Straits’ “Brothers in Arms” and Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page.” John Mayer, Regina Spektor, Neil Young and others also performed at the event. …

Sum 41 have been forced to cancel the remaining dates on their Canadian trek, as frontman Deryck Whibley is having back problems. Whibley is suffering from a herniated disc and has been ordered by doctors to avoid performing for the next six weeks, according to Pollstar.com. He is recovering at the Los Angeles home he shares with wife Avril Lavigne. … Taking Back Sunday’s Mark O’Connell recently underwent back surgery to remove a broken disc. “A disc broke off my spine, and they had to remove part of it,” he wrote in a statement. “Everything turned out really great, just recovering right now and it’s hurting a little. They said if I take care of myself really well, I’ll be just fine.” …

Natalie Portman can’t shake her “Garden State” music jones. The actress is putting together a charity mix tape for iTunes called Big Change: Songs for FINCA, which will benefit the organization that works to alleviate poverty in developing countries, according to Entertainment Weekly. The $7.99 album, due Tuesday, will feature exclusive songs and mixes from Norah Jones, M. Ward, Devendra Banhart, the Shins and Beirut. …

Country Music Hall of Fame singer/songwriter Porter Wagoner died Sunday from lung cancer at age 80, according to a Reuters report. The Grammy-winning singer, known for his flashy rhinestone suits and blond pompadour hair, had been a member of the Grand Old Opry since 1957 and scored such hits as “Last Thing on My Mind” and “Green Green Grass of Home.” He was also known for championing Dolly Parton in the early days of her career by singing a series of duets with the fellow country legend.

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The Clipse couldn’t be any happier: Malice and Pusha T’s deal with Sony Music is done, they told MTV News. Sony exec Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua — who co-manages Kanye West and Lil Wayne — spearheaded the deal, under which the Clipse inked a home for their Re-Up Gang Records. “I heard Hip wanted to be down; the next thing I know he’s in Houston with half my management team,” Pusha T said. “Then next thing [I know,] half my management team is in New York with Rick Rubin. It was working just like that.” The first music to come out of the deal will be the Re-Up Gang’s next, yet-untitled LP, after which a full Clipse album will follow. “For the Re-Up [album], we’re slated to get in [the studio] with Danjahandz, Timbaland, of course [Pharrell]. Dame Grease gave me some incredible records. He’s the truth. [A] couple of other guys [are also onboard]. That’s how we’re trying to go in with it. We’re keeping it funky.” …

April Margera — Bam’s mother — testified in her brother-in-law Vincent “Don Vito” Margera’s sexual-assault trial on Friday (October 26), portraying him as a harmless, bumbling man, the Rocky Mountain News reports. Supporting claims made by the defense on Friday that Vincent Margera’s signature arm movement might have been mistaken for breast fondling, she said he often swings his hands to the side in front of the person who is standing next to him at family gatherings or with fans — and is more apt to do so if cameras are present — but that she has never seen him fondle anyone. April Margera also said her brother-in-law “walks like a Cro-Magnon,” lacks vision in one eye, has other physical ailments and mumbles his words. His defense argued Friday that the fact that Margera plays an outrageous, sometimes profane character on TV shouldn’t be used against him. Three teens testified in the assault trial earlier this week, saying they had all saw Margera touching girls inappropriately at his autograph signing at a Colorado mall in August 2006. …

Ciara celebrated her 22nd birthday on Thursday night in New York at Nikki Beach Midtown with a toast in her honor. The Atlanta singer was joined by Missy Elliott — they both hit the dance floor to bust some moves before taking off for the VIP section upstairs. Ciara revealed to People at the event that “great friend” 50 Cent gave her a b-day gift, but she didn’t say what it was. “For some reason, with this friend, everybody turns everything into something else!” she remarked. … Dolly Parton must be rubbing off on Jessica Simpson — first Simpson signed on for “Blonde Ambition,” a new movie inspired by Parton’s classic comedy “Nine to Five,” and now she’s packed up and moved to the actress’ native state of Tennessee to work on her new, yet-untitled album. Simpson, who has moved to Nashville, previously expressed interest in working on a country album to MTV News way back in July 2005. …

Jay-Z was hit with a lawsuit on Friday by a woman who claims she was fired from his 40/40 Club in New York because she was pregnant, according to TMZ. Folake Ogundiran claims in the suit, which was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, that she was discriminated against because her “gestational status” would be “inconsistent” with the club’s image, which encourages “young, fashionable, unattached and sexy” salespeople. The ex-employee says that when she told her bosses that she was pregnant, a supervisor replied the business couldn’t be run “like this,” and that Ogundiran shouldn’t bother showing up for work the next day. Ogundiran argues she was subsequently barred from entering the workplace and denied unemployment benefits. She is seeking unspecified damages. …

Tap into Kid Rock’s iPod and you might find … the Foo Fighters? Apparently so — the Rock N Roll Jesus recently told MTV Europe he’s a fan of Dave Grohl and his gang. “We played together in L.A. a few weeks back, oh, it was great,” he said. “I love Dave Grohl — he’s a silly guy.” But Grohl isn’t the only one Rock loves — he’s a big fan of Jesus too, which is why he named his new album the way he did, he told Spin for its November issue, which streets Tuesday. “I think Jesus’ name needs to be put back out there. I was actually talking to Reverend Run about this, and he said, ’If God could actually talk, I think he’d say, “They kicked me out of school. They don’t want me in the public school system anymore.” ’ I’m gonna stick Jesus’ name back out there in any way I can, ’cause I love Jesus.” …

Just in case you haven’t heard enough Britney Spears news lately, brace yourself for more dirt: Her mother, Lynne Spears, is writing a memoir about raising her daughters. The book, “Pop Culture Mom: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World,” will be released around Mother’s Day, according to the publisher. …

While it’s not as cool as this guitar, Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman’s custom-edition ax is still pretty sweet. It’s got keyhole inlays on the fretboard, Troh’s signature embossed on the head and, according to the man himself, is a “great guitar for playing live” — we’re sold! Manufactured by Washburn, Trohman’s guitar is available in both white and black, and retails for $419.90. To pre-order one of your own, check out EmpireoftheRepublic.com. …

Amy Winehouse’s husband saved her life — at least that’s what she told German magazine Stern in a recent interview regarding her hospitalization in early August. “I really thought I was on the way out,” she said of the incident. “My husband Blake [Fielder-Civil] saved me. He brought me to the hospital. Often I don’t know what I do. Then the next day the memory returns. Then I’m engulfed in shame.” Winehouse also said in the interview — which she reportedly gave after her arrest in Norway for possession of marijuana on October 18 — that she has taken medication for depression. “Since I was 16, I felt that a black cloud hangs over me. Since then I have taken pills for depression.” She added, however, “But they slowed me down. I believe there are lots of people who have these mood changes. I just have this good luck to have found this outlet in my music. I believe I live through pain. If you suffer for something, it means to me that it is not unimportant.” …

Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, Sheryl Crow and others performed for a cause on Thursday night at the Black Ball, a Keep a Child Alive-sponsored ceremony that in part honored Bono for contributing to efforts to further AIDS awareness and prevention in Africa, according to RollingStone.com. Jay-Z, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Clive Davis, David Bowie and others attended the event, which was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Keys played a handful of songs, including duets with Stefani — for a cover of U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” — Crow (“I Shall Believe”) and Bono, with whom she gave a rendition of their 2005 collaboration, “Don’t Give Up.” …

Due to the wildfires in Southern California, Velvet Revolver postponed a headlining show that was scheduled to take place Friday night at the outdoor Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. The band opted to postpone the show because of poor air quality in the area and to avoid stressing emergency-services personnel who are already spread thin by the fires, according to a spokesperson. The rescheduled gig with openers Alice in Chains will take place December 12 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City. … Legendary punks the Sex Pistols played a warm-up gig Thursday night at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California, in advance of their upcoming British reunion tour. Reuters reports that the rare hourlong club gig — a private affair in front of 500 sweaty fans that was the first gig by the band in four years — featured all their best-known tunes, including “Anarchy in the U.K.” and “God Save the Queen.” Notoriously testy singer John Lydon, 51, was a bit rusty, forgetting the words to “Holidays in the Sun, ” complaining about the heat, taking a bathroom break toward the end of the set and threatening a “coward” fan who tossed a drink that struck him in the face. …

Omarion and Bow Wow have bumped their collaborative joint, Face Off, and will release it on December 11 instead of the week prior, Billboard.com reports. Select editions will come with a DVD containing music videos from the singers’ previous LPs, behind-the-scenes clips and more. … Ryan Cabrera is going indie. The 25-year-old Texas pop singer will release his upcoming album on his own label, according to a spokesperson. “The sound of the new record I think will open a lot of eyes and ears, and definitely be a surprise to fans and anybody who hasn’t heard my music,” he said in a statement. “I wanted to take my time with this record and really make a diverse entire album, as opposed to just a single or two … I want a ride, a journey, I want the record to be able to be played all the way through. So many things have changed in my life, and the music is heading along with it.” …

New Spock Zachary Quinto may have recently told MTV News that the original “Star Trek” castmembers would “make themselves available if this generation wants that” for the J.J. Abrams reboot, but apparently that doesn’t include William Shatner. While original Spock Leonard Nimoy will have a cameo in the flick, the original Captain Kirk won’t appear in it, according to Shatner. “I couldn’t believe it. I’m not in the movie at all,” he told The Associated Press on Friday. “Leonard, God bless his heart, is in, but not me. … It obviously is a decision not to make use of the popularity I have to ensure the movie has good box-office [success]. It didn’t seem to be a wise business decision.” Abrams had previously said Shatner would have a part in the film, but according to Shatner, nothing came of the meetings they had together. …

David Bowie, meet SpongeBob SquarePants. The rock legend will guest star in the animated character’s new TV movie, “Atlantis SquarePantis,” which premieres November 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon. The rock legend voices the king of Atlantis, the fittingly named Lord Royal Highness. … U2: good Samaritans — and tax cheats? According to a new AP report, the group’s music-publishing company paid most of the millions it made last year to five unidentified “employees” that are suspected to be the bandmembers and their manager. U2 Ltd. made more than $30 million last year, and $25.8 million of it went to said “employees.” The band has also been criticized for moving its corporate offices from Ireland to the Netherlands, where music royalties are barely taxed. … Capitol/EMI is planning a super-sweet 40th birthday for Pink Floyd — the label is tying together all the classic-rock band’s albums in the form of a giant limited-edition package. The box was designed by Floyd’s longtime collaborator Storm Thorgerson, and a fabric poster he made is also included. …

A judge has ruled that a photograph owned by Elton John that was seized last month from an art exhibition is not indecent. BBC News reports that the image of two naked young girls taken by famed American photographer Nan Goldin was deemed indecent by standards applied in 2001 by the Crown Prosecution Service, but that those standards have shifted since then. The exhibition of 148 photos owned by John was supposed to run until January 20 but was closed after nine days at the singer’s request in light of the controversy. …

Former “Laguna Beach” star Jason Wahler entered Washington state jail on Friday, TMZ reports. He had been ordered to be behind bars for 30 days on a fourth-degree assault charge and a charge of a minor exhibiting signs of intoxication stemming from an April incident in Seattle. … Orlando Bloom won’t be charged with hit-and-run or drunk driving in connection with his car crash earlier this month. Los Angeles officials say the actor, who hit a car as he was being chased by paparazzi, was not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. …

Contrary to those who criticized Al Gore’s Al Gore’s Live Earth concerts, the event met its goal of reduced carbon emissions, the organization said in a press release issued Thursday. “Live Earth’s maiden event met its goal in restraining carbon emissions to 19,708 metric tons, while of the 97 metric tons of waste collected, 81 percent was diverted from landfills via recycling and composting efforts. The results confirm the efficacy of Live Earth’s ’Green Guidelines’ … which offer practical advice for organizers of future large-scale events, whether musical concerts, cultural gatherings or sports competitions.”