Lindsay Lohan Wants To Work With Kanye West, 50 Cent; Plus Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Beyonce & More, In For The Record

Aguilera says she 'laughed off' Paris Hilton's blabbing; Danjahandz wants to work with Spears again; B to duet with Tina Turner at Grammys.

Lindsay Lohan just spoke publicly for the first time since leaving rehab in early October — she gave an interview to the U.K. edition of Glamour for its new cover story — but the starlet has more to say. She told Harper’s Bazaar for its own LiLo cover story that she’d like to have a low-key relationship, that she’s trying to smoke cigarettes less often and that she’s “always been a homebody.” She also spilled who she would like to make music with next — “I’d love to work with Timbaland. I’d love to work with Kanye West, 50 Cent if I could” — and admitted, “When I look back on this last year, it’s like, what was I thinking?” Harper’s Bazaar‘s March issue, in which the story appears, hits stands February 19. …

Christina Aguilera just made her first public appearance this week since giving birth in January, and now comes news that the singer is already digging into her next album. “This whole incredible thing has taken place in my life,” the new mom recently told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show, so there’s “so much in me to write about. The next record, I want to have a lot of fun with it. [I've been] brainstorming for the last nine months. This next album will have a whole new me, a different me, so it’s a lot to look forward to.” She also spoke about her son, Max Liron Bratman — “he’s constantly changing, and doing these incredibly cute things and stinky things” — and even touched on Paris Hilton spilling the beans about Aguilera’s pregnancy during VMA weekend last year. “It was funny,” Aguilera said, taking the high road. “We all looked at each and laughed it off. She did it in a sweet way. It wasn’t a tattle-on-me sort of thing.” …

Britney Spears‘ father, Jamie, had previously been granted temporary conservatorship powers over the singer for a week, during which time it was expected when the powers were granted that she would be in the hospital. Now that she’s out, some legal questions were raised in court Thursday (February 7) when Spears’ co-conservator, Andrew Wallet, and the attorneys for the conservatorship appeared for an emergency ex parte hearing. Since the hearing was closed and the court documents were sealed, according to a court clerk, no one could say what happened in the hearing. But Adam Streisand, who tried to represent the singer at a previous hearing, only to be ejected from the court, was definitely not present on the singer’s behalf, since prior to the hearing, his firm released a statement that he “has decided he will not represent her at this time.” Streisand met with Britney Spears on Wednesday “to discuss her legal rights in connection with the conservatorship over her person and estate,” but following the meeting, he learned that there was a court order preventing the singer from retaining counsel of her own choosing. … Despite all Britney Spears’ troubles, she still has Danjahandz on her side. The producer recently told MTV News that he’d like to hook up with the singer in the future. “I would work with her again. Hopefully she’ll get better,” he said, admitting that he hadn’t heard of her recent hospitalization. “I definitely have ideas [of] what I would do with her.” …

As had been previously rumored, when Beyoncé takes the stage at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, she’ll be joined by none other than reclusive rock legend Tina Turner, the Recording Academy has announced. Other additions to the show’s lineup included Kid Rock, who will perform, as well as presenters Akon, Nelly Furtado, Prince, Jason Bateman, Tony Bennett, Cher, Tom Hanks, Quincy Jones, Joe Mantegna, Ringo Starr, Dave Stewart and Stevie Wonder. …

Can’t remember the last time you bought a CD single? Well, here’s a reason to consider picking one up: Ashlee Simpson will meet fans and sign copies of her new “Outta My Head” single February 14 at a Walmart in Dallas. … Sevendust have a friend in … Chris Daughtry? Yup, it’s true: The Daughtry frontman recently teamed with the hard-rockers to chip in a guest vocal for the band’s new song “The Past.” The track will be included on Sevendust’s April 1 LP, Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow, which will also feature contributions from Alter Bridge‘s Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy. … This year’s South by Southwest festival just got a little more hip-hop-friendly. Ice Cube and N.E.R.D. have hopped onto the sprawling roster for the Austin, Texas, shindig, which will go down March 12-16. … The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund — a group that helps career musicians in need — is putting up for auction an original Clash T-shirt printed by bassist Paul Simonon. The item will be up for bidding on eBay for 10 days starting Saturday. As MTV News reported late last year, Simonon originally gave the shirt to punk poet Patti Smith 30 years ago, and after she passed it to her drummer, Jay Dee Daughtery, he in turn donated it to Sweet Relief — but the group was not able to raffle the tee because of sweepstakes laws. …

Don’t believe those stories about how infighting and personal disputes are the reason the Spice Girls have canceled most of the remaining dates of their reunion tour. Trying to combat the rumors, the Girls posted a one-minute apology video to fans on their Web site on Wednesday, reiterating that the decision to cancel shows in China, South Africa, Australia and Argentina was due to “family and personal commitments.” In the video, Mel C explains: “There has been a lot of rubbish in the media over the last few days, so we wanted you to hear it from the horse’s mouth. We’re very sorry not to be able to get to all the places we really, really wanted to get to.” Several members say that the tour went a month longer than they had actually intended when they first announced the reunion last year. Victoria Beckham adds, “Our kids need to go back to school, and we always said our families are our priorities. So we want to thank all our fans. Sorry we haven’t got to see everybody.” The singers then get into a mock fight before Mel B screams, “We hate each other? Are you kidding? We love each other!” …

A star-studded gala organized by Madonna at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday night to benefit sick and poor children around the world raised $3.7 million. Hosted by Chris Rock, the $2,500-to-$10,000-a-plate dinner and live auction attracted guests Drew Barrymore, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Dita Von Teese, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Amy Adams, Brooke Shields and Salma Hayek. But, according to The Associated Press, the event also made some officials, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, a bit uncomfortable with its mix of charity and commercial promotion. The event was paid for by luxury-goods maker Gucci, which used the occasion to promote the opening of its flagship store in New York’s Manhattan borough on Friday and put its logo along with UNICEF’s behind the walkway on the red carpet. Rihanna, Timbaland and Alicia Keys performed at the event. The night’s most expensive auction item was a $600,000 bid to tour with Madonna and take a dance class with her and Gwyneth Paltrow. …

Eva Mendes left rehab briefly on Thursday. “Eva is attending to some personal business in Los Angeles and intends to return to complete her treatment shortly,” a representative for the actress who was not named told TMZ.com. … Having conquered the reality-TV world, Public Enemy court jester Flavor Flav has signed on to try his hand at scripted comedy. The sometime rapper will star in a new half-hour comedy series on MyNetworkTV called “Under One Roof,” which creators call a classic “fish-out-of-water” story. In the show, for which 13 episodes have been ordered, Flav will play Calvester Hill, a former convict who moves in with his wealthy, conservative brother and, predictably, wreaks havoc by parading his old prison cronies through the house, teaching his nephew to be a gangsta rapper and butting heads with Walter’s uptight wife, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series is slated to launch in the spring.

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According to The Associated Press, police in London have questioned Amy Winehouse about a video that surfaced online two weeks ago that purportedly shows the Grammy-nominated singer smoking crack cocaine. No charges have been filed against the singer, but an investigation into the video is said to be ongoing. The video shows Winehouse inhaling fumes from a small pipe during a party at her home. Winehouse checked into a rehabilitation center in late January. …

Avril Lavigne fans can expect to see outfit changes, backup dancers and the singer covering Joan Jett‘s “Bad Reputation” on her upcoming five-month world tour, which starts March 5 in British Columbia, RollingStone.com reports. She plans to hole up in L.A. with husband Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 and work on some new material when the tour comes to a close in June. “I want to do more acoustic stuff,” she said. “It doesn’t mean that’s what my next record is going to be, but I’m doing it to get it out.” The Canadian singer also chimed in on the presidential election, saying, “I wish I could vote” in the U.S. “I think Hillary might [win]. It’d be f—ing awesome if a chick won!” …

It took Linkin Park four years to follow up 2003′s Meteora with last summer’s Minutes to Midnight, but Chester Bennington says fans won’t have to wait around as long for LP’s next, er, LP. “We sparked a new kind of life into what we do during the writing of ['Midnight'],” the frontman told Billboard.com. “We want to keep that going. I think we’re in the mode, and I have a good feeling we’re going to put another record out really quickly.” The four-year break “seemed like a really, really long time to our fans, and it seemed like a really, really long time to us. I don’t see that happening again,” he added. Bennington also revealed that the band will assemble another edition of its Projekt Revolution tour, which also featured My Chemical Romance and others last year. Bands and dates will be announced in the coming months. Linkin Park head out on a tour with Coheed and Cambria starting Tuesday in Omaha, Nebraska. …

The latest album-sales figures are in, and Alicia KeysAs I Am will reclaim Billboard‘s #1 spot, after selling another 61,300 copies. The ” Juno” soundtrack — last week’s #1 — follows at #2, while the Mars Volta‘s The Bedlam in Goliath debuts at #3, having sold 54,000 copies in its first week. According to SoundScan, 18 new releases will enter next week’s chart, including Bullet for My Valentine‘s Scream Aim Fire, which opens at #4 with 53,200 sold, and the 2008 Grammy Nominees compilation — which features Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and the Foo Fighters, among others — debuting at #5 with 50,000 in sales. Hannah Montana 2: Non-Stop Dance Party bows at #7 with 40,000 scans, and Vampire Weekend‘s self-titled debut enters at #17 with 27,500 sold. Opening at #95 with 7,500 copies snatched up is Protest the Hero‘s latest, Fortress.

Eddie Vedder, Tom Morello, Serj Tankian and Bright Eyes have ponied up songs for “Body of War: Songs That Inspired an Iraq War Veteran,” a two-CD collection due March 18 that is a companion piece to the documentary “Body of War.” The first single is a version of Vedder’s “No More” performed with Ben Harper at Pearl Jam‘s Lollapalooza set last year. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Iraq Veterans Against the War. … Bright Eyes mainman Conor Oberst sure is getting his fill of politics. Beyond his appearance on the aforementioned comp, he’ll also perform at a free rally for Senator Barack Obama on Thursday to help raise awareness about the Democratic presidential candidate. The event — which will also feature M. Ward, Sparta frontman Jim Ward and Secret Life of Sparrows — will go down at Omaha, Nebraska’s Slowdown, a venue owned by Saddle Creek Records, Bright Eyes’ label. Oberst played a gig in Iowa for the Illinois senator prior to his victory in that state’s caucus in early January. …

Jennifer Lopez is indeed expecting twins — news that was first reported back in October — her father recently confirmed during an appearance on a Spanish-language television show, according to People en Español. “Yes, twins,” the actress/singer’s father, David Lopez, said on Escándalo TV when asked about the rumor, according to the report. “The thing is, in my family, my sister also had twins, so it’s a hereditary thing.” He reportedly added that he was thrilled about the news, saying, “Jennifer has yearned to be a mother for many years.” Lopez confirmed her pregnancy during a Miami concert in November. … Striking members of the Writers Guild of America will meet with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in Los Angeles and New York on Saturday in an effort to end the three-month strike. The WGA presidents said they wouldn’t ink a contract with the movie and TV producers until they have met with WGA members and reviewed the terms. …

Beastie Boys are planning to headline a Music Has Power concert to give a funding boost to New York’s Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, which specializes in music-therapy treatments and research. Moby will host the March 4 event. … R.E.M. premiered their new song “Supernatural Superserious” on New York radio station 101.9 RXP on Tuesday. The track is the first single from the veteran rockers’ new album, Accelerate, which is due April 1. … According to the Toronto Star, a Canadian radio host has filed a lawsuit against the White Stripes, seeking $70,000 for a sample the group used eight years ago. The sample appears on the track “Jumble, Jumble” from the Stripes’ second album, 2000′s De Stijl. Quebec radio host Dominique Payette claims the Stripes did not have permission to use the 10-second clip of her teen call-in show, in which she talks to an unidentified young girl, and the host believes her privacy has been violated. The suit seeks an injunction that could force the band and its label to remove copies of the album from stores. … In more upbeat Stripes news, the group will release a Spanish-language version of its third Icky Thump single, “Conquest,” on CD and 7-inch on February 19. “Conquista” — credited to “Las Rayas Blancas,” amusingly enough — features the duo’s first non-English vocal, sung by Jack White of course, and the single features an acoustic mariachi version of “Conquest” on the flipside. …

American Hi-Fi are plugging away at their fourth studio album, which doesn’t have a title or release date yet, in a Los Angeles studio. Singer Stacy Jones is taking on production duties for the effort, which will feature the rockers’ reunited original lineup. If you’re in Southern California, swing by West Hollywood’s Troubadour on April 11, when the band performs at the venue, to get a taste of the new material. … Swedish progressive-metallers Opeth have christened their next LP Watershed. The record has been slated for a June 3 release and will include the tracks “Heir Apparent,” “The Lotus Eater” and “Porcelain Heart.” … Little Rock, Arkansas, Christian metal outfit Living Sacrifice have reunited. Singer Bruce Fitzhugh and drummer Lance Garvin have rejoined guitarist Rocky Gray and bassist Arthur Green and are currently writing material for a new album, due to land in stores later this year.