Lindsay Lohan Re-Creates Nude Marilyn Monroe Photo Shoot; Plus Amy Winehouse, Lil Jon, Mario, ‘Idol’ & More, In For The Record

Winehouse to perform at Brit Awards; Jon's label, TVT Records, declares bankruptcy; Mario to compete on 'Dancing With the Stars.'

Lindsay Lohan has done some racy photo shoots in the past, but she takes it to a whole new level in New York magazine to pay tribute to her idol. The recently rehabbed actress re-created Marilyn Monroe‘s famous “Last Sitting” nude pictorial for the mag’s spring fashion issue with the shoot’s original photographer, Bert Stein. So was she nervous about getting in front of the camera wearing nothing but a chiffon scarf? “I was comfortable with it,” she told New York, though she admitted to doing “250 crunches” the previous night. On set for Lohan’s revealing re-creation was a small entourage of her manager; her security guard; a makeup artist and assistant; a hairstylist and assistant; a stylist; a manicurist; a sentry posted to guard the on-loan diamonds; the photographer and his manager; two photo assistants; and the actress’ younger sister, Ali. (By comparison, Stern’s original shoot with Monroe was just him and his subject). “Here’s a woman who is giving herself to the public,” Lohan said of the original photos. “She’s saying, ‘Look, you’ve taken a lot from me, so why don’t I give it to you myself.’ She’s taking control back.” …

After taking home five Grammys at least week’s awards, Amy Winehouse will appear at the Brit Awards in London Wednesday night, her publicist confirmed. The performance will be Winehouse’s first appearance on a British television program since she left a London rehab clinic two weeks ago. …

Indie powerhouse TVT Records, home to rap stars Lil Jon and the Ying Yang Twins, will file for bankruptcy protection, label head Steve Gottleib announced Tuesday. According to Billboard, the New York company will continue to operate, but a number of staff members have been let go, and several acts, though not confirmed as of press time, will become free agents. The Gottleib-founded TVT rose to prominence in the ’80s after releasing rock albums by Nine Inch Nails and made larger strides beginning in the ’90s with its roster of hip-hop acts. Recent legal battles with Def Jam Records and Slip-N-Slide over projects by Ja Rule and Pitbull before each gained notoriety zapped TVT of millions of dollars. … “Dancing With the Stars” typically appeals to an older demographic, but Mario hopes to bring his young fans to the competition. The R&B crooner will join “American Pie” star Shannon Elizabeth, Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor, Olympic gold medalist Kristy Yamaguchi and more on the reality show’s new season, which kicks off March 17 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. …

The producers of “American Idol” have teamed up with Apple’s iTunes Store, giving “Idol” fans the chance to purchase music by their favorite contestants before the show’s winner is crowned. Starting this week, iTunes will offer downloads of every performance from the top 24 semifinalists, for 99 cents; full videos of the final 12 contestants will be offered for $1.99 beginning March 12. iTunes will also allow customers to pre-order tracks from a given contestant for automatic download the day after “Idol” airs. One-click access to the store is being made available from the show’s official Web site. … “American Idol” victor Jordin Sparks will be the opening act on Alicia Keys‘ upcoming North American tour, which kicks off April 19 in Hampton, Virginia. The tour concludes June 18 with a performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden. …

They haven’t even been born yet, but Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony‘s twins might already be earning some cash. People magazine reportedly shelled out up to $6 million for the first crack at photos of the babies, while OK! struck an exclusive deal for international rights to the pictures, according to AdAge magazine. However, People and the stars’ reps denied that these deals are final. … Heidi Klum to the rescue! According to an AP report, the model and “Project Runway” host wants to help Britney Spears and said she’d be willing to open her home to the troubled pop star while she tries to put her life back together. “She can call me and come live in our house with us for a couple of months,” Klum said. “I would help set her straight. I am sorry when a young person gets thrown so off-track. She has, of course, lived an extremely wild life.” No word on whether Spears will take her up on the offer. …

According to The Associated Press, the Spice Girls‘ tour-bus driver assisted police in the arrest of a Michigan man, who is the chief suspect in a carjacking. Police told the wire service that the bus driver called 911 to report a possible drunk driver weaving in and out of traffic on Interstate 75, just outside of Detroit, on Saturday. (The Spice Girls were performing that night in nearby Auburn Hills.) The motorist was arrested and turned over to police in the town of Burton in connection with a carjacking at a gas station. Police did not identify the Spice Girls’ bus driver or the man who was arrested. …

Pink‘s marriage might be ending , but her movie career is still moving forward. She shot “Catacombs” several years ago, and now the horror film will finally see the light of day — or, at least, the DVD shelf — when it is released in video stores Tuesday (February 19). “It takes place in Paris,” Pink told MTV News when she first shot the movie. “I’m an expatriate who moved to Paris to study at the Sorbonne, but I dropped out, because I like to party, and my friends run all these underground parties in the Paris tunnels, where they have all these ancient remains of people. And people actually do party underground there. It’s all true. It’s pretty amazing and intricate, actually.” Pink’s character then invites her younger sister (played by Shannyn Sossamon) to come and visit, and because her sib is “very high-anxiety, an annoying nervous wreck,” Pink decides to invite her to the catacomb parties to “mess with her a little bit. It’s all about family ties and how evil we can be to our siblings and what we get for doing that,” Pink said. Despite the film’s locale, she only shot in the City of Lights for four days, and the rest of “Catacombs” was actually shot in Bucharest, Romania. “It’s cheaper,” she shrugged. …

My Chemical Romance have revealed details of their upcoming tour. The trek will feature openers Billy Talent and Drive By, and get under way March 28 in Tempe, Arizona. Dates are scheduled through May 6 in Philadelphia. … Green Jellÿ, that long-forgotten mock-metal outfit behind the infectious “Three Little Pigs,” have reformed and are in the process of booking a national tour for this summer. The band will also re-release 1991′s Cereal Killer and 1994′s 333 LPs, along with a DVD of all their videos. For now, Green Jellÿ are scheduled to play the new Milwaukee Metalfest on June 7 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. …

Camp Freddy, the cover band featuring Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, ex-Cult bassist Billy Morrison and Velvet Revolver‘s Matt Sorum and Scott Weiland, will be taking over Los Angeles’ Roxy Theatre “every Thursday night during the month of May for our very first residency,” the band reports. “Each week we will perform a different set list, and the evening’s performance will culminate with two or three songs featuring our very special guests of the night. We will not be advertising these guests in advance. The band will be joined each week by our good friend and longtime Camp Freddy cohort [Sugar Ray's] Mark McGrath.” …

On Saturday, Bury Your Dead guitarist Eric Ellis was attacked by six individuals following the band’s performance at the Rave in Milwaukee. Ellis was held at gunpoint while the men hit him multiple times with a baseball bat and hammer. Local police have characterized the incident as a “gang initiation.” Despite his injuries, Ellis and the rest of the band will continue on with their tour alongside Hellyeah. “It will take more than this to stop Bury Your Dead,” the band said in a statement. …

Ska-punk act Goldfinger will return April 22 with Hello Destiny, which will be issued by Side One Dummy Records. The album follows 2005′s Disconnect Notice and will feature founding guitarist Charlie Paulsen, who parted ways with the band in 1997. … Portland, Maine, rockers 6Gig will be reuniting for two hometown gigs. The shows are set for April 25 and April 26, at the Big Easy. … Foxy Shazam will be hitting the road with Portugal. the Man starting March 17 in El Paso, Texas. The trek runs through March 27 in San Francisco. …

Underoath have tapped Matt Goldman and Killswitch Engage‘s Adam Dutkiewicz to produce their forthcoming album, which they’ve written eight songs for so far and will begin recording in about a month. Meanwhile, the band’s “Live” CD/DVD set will hit stores May 13.

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Alicia Keys took home four trophies from the NAACP Image Awards, held at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium Thursday night. She won the Outstanding Album and Outstanding Female Artist prizes, as well as the top video and song awards. Other honorees included Chris Brown, Jordin Sparks, Denzel Washington and Janet Jackson. Washington and his “Great Debaters” co-star Jurnee Smollett won the Best Actor and Actress prizes for film, while Jackson received the Best Supporting Actress honor for her work in “Tyler Perry‘s Why Did I Get Married?” …

As Britney Spears‘ father extended control over her affairs in Los Angeles on Thursday, a New York attorney attempted to undo them by taking the conservatorship to federal court. Claiming he represents the singer — despite a judge already deciding she’s unable to retain counsel of her own just yet — attorney Jon Eardley filed a claim that the singer’s conservatorship deprives her of her civil liberties, since she’s been denied the right to meet freely with whom she chooses (as her father has the power to restrict visitors); make and receive phone calls (since a restraining order prevents manager Sam Lutfi from contacting her); drive a car (since her father hired security to do that for her); and gain access to money or credit cards (since her finances are being handled by her trust). “She is being confined … to the private person of her own home,” the suit reads. Eardley is represented by Lutfi’s publicist, Michael Sands, who claims that the motion moves jurisdiction from Los Angeles Superior Court to the U.S. District Court, and voids the conservatorship: “Britney Spears has no conservatorship!” he said in a press release. However, the Los Angeles Superior Court responded, “This is an issue that will have to be litigated by the parties.” …

Paramore and Jimmy Eat World have rolled out dates for their much-anticipated co-headlining tour. The 20-date outing will take them from San Antonio on April 1 to Atlantic City, New Jersey, on May 2, with stops in California, Iowa, New York and elsewhere along the way. …

Eddie Vedder has sketched out the itinerary for his first-ever solo tour, which he will stage in support of his Grammy-nominated “Into the Wild” soundtrack, according to Billboard.com. The Pearl Jam frontman will swing through Vancouver, British Columbia, on April 2, after which he’ll play a smattering of shows in various California cities: Santa Cruz (April 5), Berkeley (April 7), Santa Barbara (April 10), Los Angeles (April 12-13) and San Diego (April 15). … The Raconteurs are wrapping up their yet-untitled sophomore effort in Nashville, according to a recent post on their MySpace page. The post wasn’t forthcoming with more details, although it did say, “They promise to release [the LP] as soon as they can.” …

U2 frontman Bono and British artist Damien Hirst raised $42 million for HIV/AIDS programs in Africa at a Sotheby’s auction in New York on Thursday, according to The Associated Press. The (Red) Auction, co-organized by the Gagosian Gallery, sold pieces from some of the world’s top contemporary artists. Sotheby’s said model Christy Turlington bought a piece for $170,500. “We got serious about love, and not just the love of art, but the love of our brothers and sisters suffering from AIDS in the poorest places on the planet,” Bono said, according to BBC News. …

Coheed and Cambria, Incubus and Disturbed have been added to the roster for this year’s Download Festival in England (June 13-15). They join a lineup that already features Kiss, Judas Priest, the Offspring, Motörhead, H.I.M, Children of Bodom, Rise Against, Lostprophets, Alter Bridge and In Flames. … Aerosmith are starring in a new edition of “Guitar Hero” called, er, “Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.” Due in the summer, the game will feature 30 or so songs by the Boston legends, as well as ones by bands that have opened for Steven Tyler‘s crew. …

Chan Marshall — better known as Cat Power — has bulked up her tour schedule in support of her recently released album, Jukebox, according to Pitchfork. Following an April 10 show in Vancouver, British Columbia, she will hit up Seattle the following day and continue playing gigs through an April 20 show at Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest fest. Two days later, she’ll perform in Houston, after which she’ll journey down to Mexico City for an April 23 performance. … The National — whose last album, Boxer, made many critics’ top 10 lists last year — have slipped out a live EP through Rhapsody, Pitchfork reports. The release, called Rhapsody Rocks NYC, contains four songs recorded at New York’s CMJ Music Marathon last year. …

Butch Walker has slapped together a new live album, but in case you’re running low on funds these days, don’t worry — he’s posted the 24-track effort for free download at FriendsorEnemies.com. Devout fans can get the release with bonus tracks for $5.99. … Portishead have firmed up their first album in 10 years. Third will drop April 29 and feature 11 songs, including “Nylon Smile,” “Magic Doors” and “The Rip.” …

Yoko Ono has denied reports that she was planning legal action against singer Lennon Murphy, who has sought to trademark the name of her band, Lennon. In a letter to the technology blog BoingBoing, Ono explained that several years ago, Lennon Murphy sought Ono’s permission to perform under her birth name, Lennon Murphy, which Ono did not object to. But later, without Ono’s knowledge, the singer reportedly filed an application in the U.S. Trademark Office requesting the exclusive right to utilize the name “Lennon” for musical performances. Ono’s attorneys asked Murphy’s lawyers and manager to withdraw the registration, offering to cover all costs Murphy had incurred in filing for the trademark. When Murphy went ahead with the registration anyway, Ono said she did not sue Murphy, but had her attorneys notify the trademark office that Ono did not believe it was fair that Murphy be granted the exclusive right to the Lennon trademark for musical and entertainment services. Ono wrote, “I am really hurt if people thought that I told a young artist to not use her own name in her performances and had sought to sue her. I did no such thing. I hope this allegation will be cleared.” …

Borders Books is trying a new method to appeal to music downloaders. According to a press release, the retailer will roll out 14 new concept stores this year featuring “digital centers” that will allow customers to burn CDs and download music and books to most MP3 players, though not to iPods.