Lindsay Lohan Starts Community Service; Plus Pete Wentz, Ashlee Simpson, Radiohead, Beyonce, Foxy Brown & More, In For The Record

Simpson, others join Wentz for karaoke contest; Radiohead's former label yanks box-set ad; billboard featuring B comes under fire.

Lindsay Lohan began her community service at an American Red Cross blood-services facility in a Los Angeles suburb on Monday, People reports. She reportedly arrived at noon, was greeted in the parking lot by members of staff and left at 7 p.m. Lohan must serve 10 days of community service as part of a plea deal she struck in August for her two DUI convictions.

Pete Wentz hosted a karaoke contest called “Viva La Karaoke” at his bar Angels & Kings on New York’s Lower East Side on Monday night. Karaoke fanatics — including two MTV News producers — tried to impress the judging panel, which consisted of Wentz, designer Tommy Hilfiger and MTV News’ Kim Stolz. The hodgepodge crowd included Ashlee Simpson, who was at her beau’s side all night; Aussie rockers Jet; Travis McCoy from Gym Class Heroes; and Wentz’s Fall Out Boy bandmate Patrick Stump, who serenaded the crowd with R. Kelly‘s “Space Jam” joint, “I Believe I Can Fly.” When asked why he opted for the Kelly song, Stump spilled to MTV News: “That was the only one I knew we had in the karaoke machine.” “He did a good job, it was pretty good,” Simpson added. “It was funny to watch.” …

Surprise — Radiohead‘s break with EMI might not have been a clean one. According to the U.K.’s Guardian, the band’s former label had been promoting Radiohead’s back catalog through a misleading online ad that the label subsequently yanked. The paper reports that people Googling the band’s name would encounter an ad reading “Radiohead – New Album ‘Rainbow’ now available as boxset,” referring to the band’s recent In Rainbows release, at the top of the search page. But the ad actually directed to the box set of the band’s back catalog that is being issued by EMI subsidiary Parlaphone — not the In Rainbows box set the band is putting out. Both box sets are dropping in December at the same price, which led fans to question EMI’s motives. “Parlophone were aware of the data source glitch and removed the link immediately,” EMI publicist Chris Latham told the Guardian, to which Radiohead’s spokesperson — who went unnamed — reportedly replied, “We accept that it was a genuine error and that it has been rectified.” Radiohead announced Monday that In Rainbows will arrive in North America in physical form on January 1 via their own TBD Records, which is teaming with ATO Records Group for the release. …

Beyoncé‘s planned show in Malaysia was canceled in September after Muslim groups protested her refusal to obey the country’s strict dress code for performers. But could the singer also be too controversial for … the U.S.? According to The Associated Press, some Las Vegas residents are fuming over a billboard of a bikini-clad Beyoncé, claiming the advertisement is too obscene. The ad is for local radio station KWNZ, and some are petitioning to have it taken down. “It’s obscene,” Pamela Keeney, one of the citizens who take offense to the ad, reportedly said. “I have my two little grandkids coming over here, and they don’t need to be seeing that. You can change the channel on the TV, but you can’t change that.” KWNZ is standing by the billboard and has reportedly received the backing of city spokesman Chris Good. At this point, there are no plans to take down the billboard. …

Hopefully Foxy Brown fans didn’t get too excited when her upcoming album, Brooklyn’s Don Diva, bumped up from its originally scheduled December 4 release date to November 20 a couple of months ago — the LP has now been shelved until next year. The jailed rapper’s fourth effort is now due February 5. … Maroon 5 have friends — and they’ve got photos to prove it. The band performed at the Palms Casino Resort over the weekend, drawing the likes of Avril Lavigne, Deryk Whibley, “Saturday Night Live” star Seth Meyers and more. Maroon 5 posted their personal snaps online.

Are you getting into the holiday spirit? So is John Mayer, apparently. The guitarist, whose Mayercraft Carrier Cruise Ship sets sail from Miami early next year, is putting together a December 8 concert that will feature three separate sets: an acoustic performance; songs by his John Mayer Trio; and a final segment that will revolve around Mayer’s Continuum album and feature his entire band. Those planning to attend the show, which is benefiting multiple charities, are being asked to bring an unwrapped toy worth $10 or more to benefit Toys for Tots. …

Beastie Boys, the Roots and R.E.M. are among the fleet of artists who will be docking at the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in the South Florida Everglades for the sixth annual Langerado Music Festival, set to happen March 6-9. Matisyahu, 311, Of Montreal, the National, Shout Out Louds, the Walkmen and others will also play at the throwdown, which will feature 80 acts on five stages. … Common is hopping aboard the endorsement train — the Chicago MC has allied himself with Lincoln to help market the car company’s 2008 Navigator and other brand initiatives. He will appear in TV, radio and print ads for the vehicle, with the first, simply dubbed “Common,” debuting nationwide November 25 during NFL Sunday Night Football on NBC. Expect to see more tie-ins between Lincoln and Common’s various projects — his concerts, hat lines, books, etc. He will also be appearing on behalf of the company at auto shows and dealer events. But rest assured, Common fans, he’s taking on a good cause too: He will get together with fellow Chicago artists Office for a benefit concert to be held January 12 at the Windy City’s House of Blues. The event, called the “Chicago Youth Owning Their Future Benefit Concert and Silent Auction,” will raise money and awareness for the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Office are also slated to perform on Chicago Public Radio on January 9 as part of a new series that will spotlight local talent and be hosted by music critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. …

In between aimless drives around Los Angeles and trips to court for child-custody hearings, Britney Spears has found time to partner with the photo agency X17 to raise money for UNICEF by auctioning a signed copy of her new album, Blackout, on eBay. In a press release from the agency, Spears said, “I think it’s important to give back, and with the release of Blackout, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give the fans a chance to bid on something to help children everywhere.” In other Brit news, Billy Ray Cyrus is the latest celeb to reach out to the troubled singer, according to In Touch. “Honey, you are welcome to a Nashville Thanksgiving at our house,” he told the magazine. “We would love to be there for you and we care about you. … Miley is a big fan and she wants to reach out too. We want her to know that’s it’s never too late to make things right.” And in yet another Britney development, the album artwork for her recently released album, Blackout, might be even more controversial than was originally thought. According to TMZ, the hunky priest in whose lap Spears sits is an “International Male” model. The Catholic League had slammed Spears for the imagery late last month. … Robin Thicke has canceled all the dates on an upcoming U.S. tour on doctor’s orders. According to a note posted on the soul singer’s Web site over the weekend, Thicke will have to reschedule the dates “due to doctor-ordered vocal rest until the end of the year.” He had been scheduled to start the 14-date tour Sunday in Englewood, Colorado, and play clubs and theaters through a December 13 date in Long Beach, California. …

A crowd of 1,000 Haitians carried Wyclef Jean on their shoulders through the streets of a slum and to a small-business project he helped establish on Monday, as the former Fugee visited the country for the first time since President Rene Preval named him a roving ambassador in January, AP reports. Jean met with legislators, went with model Petra Nemcova to a school and then spoke with businessmen and foreign ambassadors to plea for aid for the country. “We need all your money, we need all y’all’s support, but let’s put it to programs … that teach kids how to move the country forward,” he reportedly told the crowd. … Is Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke too good for Paul McCartney? The former Beatle told the U.K.’s Channel 4 that Yorke denied his request to record a duet. “I asked Thom to do a duet, but he said he couldn’t because he only felt happy working on his own and Radiohead’s material,” McCartney reportedly said. …

Linkin Park, Angels & Airwaves, Avenged Sevenfold and Bad Religion are among the acts that will take the stage for the first night of Los Angeles rock radio station KROQ’s annual Almost Acoustic Christmas shows at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. Paramore, Rise Against and Serj Tankian will also perform at the concerts, which are scheduled for December 8-9. … Maroon 5 and Santana have joined the Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R. and other acts to help nonpartisan organization HeadCount try to meet its new goal of registering up to 200,000 new voters for next year’s elections. Check out the list of all the artists supporting HeadCount and sign up to volunteer at the group’s Web site, HeadCount.org. … Would you like Shins with that? Wendy’s will soon start bundling free downloads from Rhapsody with burger orders. The fast-food chain plans to give away more than 100 million downloads to people who buy medium and large combo meals, with the songs redeemable at Wendys.com. (Rhapsody is a joint venture with MTV Networks). …

Metric have slapped together their first-ever DVD, “Live at Metropolis,” and plan to roll it out February 12. The disc will showcase the Canadian indie-rockers’ performance at Montreal’s Metropolis concert hall during their tour in support of last year’s Live It Out, and it will also include videos for the album’s three singles: “Monster Hospital,” “Poster of a Girl” and “Empty.” iTunes will have an exclusive preview of the DVD starting in December — for 99 cents, fans will be able to get their hands on three audio tracks from the show, as well as the DVD trailer. … And if you’re a Metric fan in the New York area, you’ll likely want to hit up Broken Social Scene‘s gig at Webster Hall on Wednesday. Metric’s Emily Haines will join the band onstage — along with Dinosaur Jr.‘s J. Mascis, Scott Kannberg (Pavement), Andrew Kenny (American Analog Set) and others — as it performs BSS songs and selections from core member Kevin Drew‘s recent Spirit If … release. …

Plain White T’s plan to keep the momentum going with an upcoming U.K. run and a new album, Billboard reports. After Tom Higgenson and the gang play a series of headlining gigs overseas in January, they’ll delve into their next effort, for which they have “about 17 ideas — eight or nine of them are pretty much full songs so far,” he told the magazine. “As soon as we get a few days off I’ll try to finish the rest of them.” … You’re probably already acquainted with James Blunt — after all, he previously participated in VH1′s “You Oughta Know” series — but just in case, he’s signed up for the tour again. The upcoming “You Oughta Know” stretch will also feature Sara Bareilles, a 27-year-old singer/songwriter who scored big on iTunes with her debut, Little Voice, over the summer. The trek launches February 4 in Seattle and winds down March 4 in Atlanta. …

Did he really want to hurt him? Troubled ex-Culture Club singer Boy George was charged with false imprisonment on Tuesday (November 13) after police said he allegedly chained a man to a wall in his London home. According to the Daily Telegraph, 28-year-old Norwegian escort Auden Carlsen claims that in April, George (born George O’Dowd), 47, invited him to pose for photographs in his apartment, where George grabbed and chained him. George was released on bail and is scheduled to return to court November 22. … First Celine Dion teamed with former members of Evanescence for help writing her recently released new album, Taking Chances — and now comes news that the “Power of Love” singer has a secret affinity for … AC/DC? “I’ve been a big fan of AC/DC for about 15 years or 20 years — the sound guys introduced me to [their music],” she told the U.K.’s The Daily Telegraph. “I like hard rock and, if I’m doing stadiums, I want the engineers to crank the sound system up high with rock and roll, heavy-metal music — it helps me to get the adrenalin rushing.” …

The stockholders of satellite radio XM voted on Tuesday to approve a merger with competing Sirius Satellite Radio with a preliminary account indicating that 99.8 percent of shareholders gave the marriage a thumbs up, according to a statement issued by XM. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission still has to approve the merger, which XM is confident will happen before the end of the year. … MusicWorld, Canada’s only remaining music chain, is closing its stores, according to CanWest News Service. The chain, which has been in bankruptcy, is liquidating its 72 stores, and has also announced a change in direction that will involve a stronger online presence and expansion into areas that don’t involve music. The Canadian branch of U.K. company HMV is considering purchasing some of the stores, according to CanWest. Sales of CDs, music DVDs and other music items have reportedly dropped 20 percent since last year in the country. …

Ministry have tapped Meshuggah as the main support act for their goodbye tour, which they’re calling the “C U LaTouR.” Hemlock are also on the bill for the trek, which kicks off March 28 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and wraps May 8 in Chicago. On a related note, Meshuggah have named their next record, which should be in stores early next year, obZen. … Hard-rockers Taproot have finished recording their forthcoming LP, Our Long Road Home. “The title is a unique and expressive tribute to our newly found collective freedom of creativity as a band, with no strings attached,” the band said in a statement. “It’s a tribute to the casual and comfortable settings of being at home with friends and family — a place we love to be.” … Ozzfest 2007 veterans 3 Inches of Blood have booted drummer Alexei Rodriguez after he was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler at the U.K.’s Hard Rock Hell festival over the weekend. The band apologized for Rodriguez’s actions in a statement, adding that his actions are in no way “a reflection of our band. Alexei’s behavior was appalling and completely unacceptable, and it is our decision to immediately remove him from the band.” …

Uncle Kracker is standing by his claim that he didn’t sexually assault a woman in North Carolina, The Detroit News reports. The singer (real name: Matthew Shafer), who made the same assertion after being arrested on the second-degree forcible-sex-offense charge in August, also now says he regrets pleading guilty in September to a lesser charge of misdemeanor assault so he could avoid a trial. He told the News that the 26-year-old woman who was involved in the incident hit him first, and that the incident started when he bumped into her at a club after a concert. Authorities have maintained that Shafer put his hand up her skirt. “There was no sexual anything involved,” Shafer told the News. “Assault is a far cry from sexual battery. You can either wait a year, spend 150 grand, go to trial, make more of a debacle out of it, or you can get it over with.” In September, he was sentenced to 12 months of probation, ordered to undergo an alcohol assessment and was fined $1,500.

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The trial involving Amy Winehouse‘s husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, has been delayed in light of allegations that he “perverted the court of justice,” or the U.S. equivalent of obstruction of justice. He was back in court on Monday (November 12) for a brief hearing, and according to Agence France-Presse, he smiled throughout the session. The trial, previously slated to start Monday, has been adjourned until November 23, and Fielder-Civil — who was arrested last week following a raid on his and Winehouse’s London home — is to remain in custody until then. Michael Brown, a 39-year-old who is supposed to stand trial with his friend Fielder-Civil, was not in court on Monday, and a judge issued a warrant for his arrest. BBC News also reports that James King, who was allegedly beaten by Fielder-Civil and Brown in June, was one of the men arrested last week, and that he has also been charged with the aforementioned crime. Fielder-Civil was remanded on technical bail. …

Teeing with JT: Justin Timberlake has inked a five-year deal with the PGA Tour that will find him hosting a tournament in Las Vegas next year. “Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open,” which will be played October 13-19, will help raise funds for the Shriners group, which provides medical care at no charge to children under 18 years old. The singer will play in a celebrity-golf game that week as well. “Raising money to better children’s lives while playing golf? I can’t think of a better way to pass the time,” he said in a statement. … Timberlake’s visibility has also landed him on Barbara Walters‘ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2007″ list, and they’ll be seen chatting on an hourlong ABC special set to air December 6 at 10 p.m. ET. Former President Bill Clinton, Jennifer Hudson, Posh Spice and two surprise guests will also appear on the show. … Could J.K. Rowling top Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore on a competing list, Time‘s Person of the Year? That’s how the voting is shaping up on the Time Web site, although, as it indicates, the editors reserve the right to give the honor to the person of their choosing. Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are also in the running, and the December issue will be on sale December 21. …

Radiohead have set the North American release date for In Rainbows. The album will hit stores January 1 through the band’s own TBD Records (which, as expected, is teaming with ATO Records Group for the release), with “Bodysnatchers” and “Jigsaw Falling Into Place” as the first two singles. According to a press release, more information on the album and the band’s tour plans will be announced soon. … In case teens need an extra incentive to rack up credit-card debt, branded cards featuring Hilary Duff and Usher are on the way, according to Brandweek. Duff is getting a prepaid Visa gift card “aimed to show the young ones how to manage their pocket change (and learn about service fees),” according to the branding-news magazine, while Usher has a Debit MasterCard that features an empowerment message. The Platinum Plus Visa card devoted to Elvis Presley actually has a charitable aspect, as money from it goes to a foundation that helps homeless families. A Kiss credit card is available too. …

Tom Morello, guitarist for reunited rockers Rage Against the Machine, serenaded some 3,000 people involved in the Hollywood writers’ strike outside 20th Century Fox Studios in Century City, California, last week, the Los Angeles Times reports. … Chiodos, Mindless Self Indulgence and Finch are among the first confirmed bands for next year’s Bamboozle Festival, which is scheduled for May 3-4 at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Jack’s Mannequin, Less Than Jake, Forever the Sickest Kids, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, I Am the Avalanche and the Starting Line have also been booked for the bill. … Xzibit has signed on for a tour of duty in Oliver Stone‘s upcoming Vietnam movie, “Pinkville.” The film revolves around the 1968 My Lai Massacre, during which 500 people — mostly women, children and the elderly — were killed by U.S soldiers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Pimp My Ride” host will play a soldier who is convinced he acted ethically when he carried out his orders. …

My Chemical Romance‘s Bob Bryar has issued a statement concerning the band’s cancellation of a recent gig at the University of Maine, which had prompted school officials to consider legal action against the band. Late last week, the college’s newspaper, The Maine Campus, announced that MCR would be paying the student government $20,500 in restitution fees for scrapping the October 27 show. The student government had previously said it would pursue legal action against the band unless it paid all expenses incurred by Monday, arguing that if it did not recoup the money, it would cost more than $2 from each student’s activity fee. “We are very sorry about canceling our recent show in Maine. I have been having many problems with my wrists over the past few years,” Bryar wrote in his statement. “They have been getting worse but I kept playing. I have seen many doctors to get some relief so I wouldn’t have to stop playing. I guess I pushed it too hard this time. During our [recent] show at Maxwell’s [in Hoboken, New Jersey], I got a golf ball-sized lump in my wrist, I started to not only have pain, but lose control and feeling in my fingers. I went through a process to control the swelling and attempted to play the show [opening for] Bon Jovi the next day. The Bon Jovi show was really bad for me — I was dropping sticks and could barely hit my drums. After that show, we decided I had to go get immediate treatment. I had to leave the tour. Being the stubborn person I am, I made a last-minute decision to give it another shot on the second Bon Jovi show. It didn’t work, [and] we had to cut the set in half. We have a fill-in now as I am getting treatment. He learned the songs in one day.” At press time, the identity of Bryar’s fill-in was unconfirmed. …

In a note posted on his Web site late last week, Kid Rock gave props to the head of his security team, Little Bear, for “finding a hidden camera in the dressing room at the show at the Myth Nightclub” in Minneapolis on Thursday night. “Little Bear, who runs SpyOps.net, discovered the device before the show and alerted the authorities, who are now investigating,” Rock wrote. TMZ obtained photos of the alleged spycam from Little Bear that appears to indicate it was set up to broadcast on the Internet, but in a statement from the club released to the Star Tribune, the management explained, “The green-room camera in question is part of the venue’s security aspect, available for viewing by head of security only … Rock’s allegation that there was some kind of Internet broadcast in progress is simply not true and without foundation.” …

The Broadway stagehands’ strike isn’t just affecting theatrical productions — Duran Duran‘s 10-night residence at New York’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre has also been stymied by the protest. The band canceled its Saturday night show and moved its Monday and Tuesday gigs to the Roseland Ballroom. “We are really disappointed that we weren’t able to finish up the run on Broadway, which has been in the planning for months,” singer Simon LeBon said, according to BBC News. “However, we are relieved that there was somewhere else available to us so that we don’t have to disappoint our fans by not playing.” … With Army of Anyone‘s future in doubt — the band, featuring former Filter frontman Richard Patrick and two former members of Stone Temple Pilots, is said to be on “hiatus” — drummer Ray Luzier has opted to handle drum duties during Korn‘s upcoming European tour, set to begin in early 2008. Luzier replaces Slipknot‘s Joey Jordison, who in turn replaced Terry Bozzio earlier this year, as the band’s touring drummer.