Releasing two albums simultaneously isn't the only thing Nelly is doing in pairs. Through his energy drink, Pimp Juice, the rapper is awarding two $5,000 college scholarships. The "P.I.M.P." scholarships are seeking "positive intellectual motivated people," one male and one female. Aspiring pimps can apply through the energy drink Web site www.letitloose.com. ...

New York nightspot Butter was packed Monday night with the likes of Nas, David Banner, Talib Kweli, Andy Dick, Chloë Sevigny, Bubba Sparxxx, Penny Hardaway, Mobb Deep, Sean Lennon, Jeff Gordon and a host of others, on hand to help Lil Jon celebrate the national release of his energy drink, Crunk!!!, and the launch of his signature Oakley eyewear line. The guest of honor made a grand entrance, jumping on top of the DJ table and ordering the crowd to party hard. ... Hilary Duff put on a hot performance Sunday afternoon at Atlanta's Gwinnett Arena. According to The Associated Press, the pop star was six songs into her set when a speaker short-circuited and caught fire. The show was stopped for almost an hour before the singer took the stage and told the audience of 10,000, "This is by far the craziest show ever." ...

The rumors are true — Ashlee Simpson and Ryan Cabrera, after airing their fledgling relationship on "The Ashlee Simpson Show," have officially broken up, at least as far as Cabrera is concerned. The singer/songwriter has been making the rounds to promote his summer mall tour, and along the way he's confirmed to several media outlets that the couple have called it quits but remain friends. ... Janet Jackson will shoot a scene for an upcoming episode of "Will & Grace" Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The singer will play herself in an episode where Jack (played by Sean Hayes) tries out to be a dancer. The episode will air September 23. ...

Want to buy Solange Knowles a present for her baby but afraid you can't afford her price range? Worry no more, because the youngest Knowles has registered at Target for her soon-to-come son with husband Daniel Smith. The baby's not due until October, so you have plenty of time to find appropriate gifts for the couple. ... Missed John Mayer's summer tour? Now you can hear the singer live from your living room as he makes four 10-song sets from his summer tour available exclusively on iTunes. The sets, a collection titled "As Is," will be available for download for a month. ...

Story of the Year, My Chemical Romance, Lostprophets and Letter Kills will all play this year's Nintendo Fusion Tour, set to kick off on September 18 in Phoenix. Dates have been announced through October 26 in New York; according to the event Web site, more dates will be announced soon. ... One lucky Hives fan may be singing "Scoot Idiot Scoot" come October. The Swedish rock band is sponsoring a contest that will award one grand-prize winner a zippy black-and-white Vespa Motor Scooter reminiscent of the band's mod attire, a Hives 7-inch, an autographed poster and a Hives T-shirt. The sweepstakes is open for entries until October 26; interested fans should head over to the band's Web site. ...

Chester Bennington is really spreading himself around. Following the news of his appearance on Korn's cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like a Hole," the Linkin Park singer has lent his vocals to "State of the Art," a solo offering by Limp Bizkit's DJ Lethal. A full Lethal album is not scheduled for release, according to Limp Bizkit's label, Interscope Records. ... Incubus drummer Jose Pasillas and bassist Ben Kenney will share drumming responsibilities for injured tourmate Tony Hajjar from Sparta. Hajjar hurt his wrist on Sunday while horsing around and playing ball with Incubus. He will rejoin the band when the Incubus/ Sparta tour ends August 18 in Los Angeles. ...

After spending the night, Bay-area babes the Donnas are going for the gold. The quartet's sixth album, The Gold Medal, slated for an October 26 release, will be prefaced by the single "Fall Behind Me." A video will be shot Friday in Los Angeles. ... Feels Like Home, Norah Jones' sophomore LP, is being re-released as a deluxe two-disc edition on September 21. The first disc adds on three previously unreleased songs: an original version of "Moon Song," a cover of "Sleepless Nights" and "I Turned Your Picture to the Wall." The second features Jones' concert footage, an interview and videos for her singles "Sunrise" and "What Am I to You?" ...

Eric Clapton was inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk on Monday, in a ceremony in which he had his hands and signature imprinted in terrazzo marble. ... The solo debut by Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez has been pushed back a couple of weeks to an August 31 release date. An MP3 of the track "Dyna Sark Arches" is available for download on the Gold Standard Laboratories Web site. ...

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Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Jessica Simpson, Lenny Kravitz, Elton John and Toby Keith are among the headliners slated for the "NFL Opening Kickoff" concert, airing September 9 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC before the game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots. In the Rocky Mountain and West Coast time zones, the concert will air after the game. ...

Paris Hilton was robbed late Wednesday night, and among the items taken from her Hollywood Hills home — besides the jewels, cash and other valuables — were her laptop computer and videos and photos of her with her ex-boyfriend Nick Carter. They got "everything ... all my jewelry, all my money," the hotel heiress told ABC News. She declined to confirm how much it was all worth, but the haul was reportedly worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Police are investigating, but they have yet to identify a suspect. ... R. Kelly was the big winner at the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards on Friday night. Kelly, who still faces child-pornography charges in Illinois, took home seven awards, including trophies for Top Male Artist and Top Songwriter and Producer. Outkast nabbed four awards, including Top Album for Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below. Beyoncé was named Top Female Artist. ...

Talib Kweli and David Banner headlined the seventh annual Black August concert in New York on Sunday night. The concerts aim to promote the socio-political consciousness of the hip-hop community, and this year, Banner, newcomer Saigon and Jean Grae each expressed the importance of artists and fans getting involved in the political process. ... As Ashlee Simpson exits "7th Heaven" for her new singing career, the show is getting another pop star to help its ratings. Aaron Carter will appear as a love interest of the character Ruthie on the third episode of the season and will remain on the show for two or three episodes, possibly more. ...

Pictures of Britney Spears and her fiancé, Kevin Federline, are now in abundance, but now the first family portrait of the singer with one of her soon-to-be-stepkids has emerged. Spears posed with Federline and his 2-year-old daughter, Kori, as well as their puppy, Laci, for shots that ran in the British tabloid The Sun. Federline's newborn baby son, Kaleb Michael Jackson, does not appear in the shot. ... The track list for Korn's upcoming Greatest Hits Vol. 1, slated for an October 19 release, has been announced. The 19-track album features two cover songs: Cameo's "Word Up" — which, after some back-and-forth, will actually be the first single — and Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall, Parts 1, 2, 3," as well as a Dante Ross remix of "Freak on a Leash." Other songs on the LP include "Got the Life" and "A.D.I.D.A.S." ...

The Pixies' New York fans can finally rejoice: After a 12-year absence, the band will return to the Big Apple for two dates, December 12-13, at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday. ... Supergrass are commemorating their 10th anniversary by raiding the vaults for a best-of collection. Supergrass Is 10: The Best of 94-04, due out September 28, will include "Pumping on Your Stereo," "Caught by the Fuzz," "Alright" and other hits, as well as two new songs, "Kiss of Life" and "Bullet." ... The band is also planning a six-city U.S. tour, set to launch the same day as the album's release. The trek kicks off in Philadelphia and ends October 7 in Los Angeles. ...

Before the summer's over, four early Bob Marley and the Wailers albums are set to be reissued. Soul Rebels, Soul Revolution Part II, Upsetter Revolution Rhythm and The Best of the Wailers — each recorded before 1972 — have been digitally remastered and will be out once again on August 31, along with a thematic compilation, Original Cuts, featuring the early Jamaican hits the Wailers later re-cut, including "Stir It Up." ... Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates showed up as a surprise guest at Rob Thomas' New York benefit show last week, and now the Matchbox Twenty frontman is going to team up with him to write new songs for Hall's next solo album. Meanwhile, Thomas continues to work on his own solo LP, which should be out early next year. ...

Add another band to the list of artists taking their music to the Great White Way. Parts of the Beach Boys' catalog will be used for a new Broadway musical called "Good Vibrations," which will hit the stage in early December at New York's Eugene O'Neill Theatre, according to Playbill. John Carrafa of "Urinetown" will direct and choreograph the show, which is not a biographical tale of the band, and will use more than 30 songs written by Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. Oh, and if you think this all sounds a little familiar, you're not alone: Vassar College recently presented the musical featuring first season "American Idol" runner-up, Justin Guarini. ...