Britney Spears is getting ready to be a mom. In a Thanksgiving letter posted on her fan site dedicated to her own mother, she wrote about how she can't wait to have children. "A lot of people think you should wait till you're older to have kids," she wrote. "I've had a career since I was 16, have traveled around the world and back and even kissed Madonna! The only thing I haven't done so far is experience the closest thing to God and that's having a baby." Spears wrote that she believes her children should be her full-time job, and she doesn't want to rely upon nannies. "Spending time at home over the past few months, I have felt richer than I ever did working all the time," she wrote. "My soul feels rich and that doesn't have anything to do with money or material things. To feel content, I just need a roof over my head and to be surrounded by the people I love." She's also learning to cook because "cooking is kind of like motherhood. To be really good at it, you don't need instructions." ...

If Spears wants to be a good mom, she'll think twice before buying any daughter of hers the Hilary Duff nail-polish set. A consumer group called the U.S. Public Interest Research Group issued its annual "Trouble in Toyland" list on Tuesday, warning that, among other toys that pose hidden hazards to kids, the Hilary Duff Twinkle Toes Pedicure set from Townley Cosmetics is potentially toxic, because it contains xylene, a highly flammable, colorless, sweet-smelling liquid that occurs naturally in petroleum but can cause headaches, dizziness, confusion, stomach discomfort and even unconsciousness and/or death at very high levels. ... Lindsay Lohan is now the face for Dooney and Burke's new Heart and Charm handbag collections. She's offering a chance to win one of the handbags and a $500 shopping spree on her Web site. ...

Though Gwen Stefani had planned to promote her debut solo album, Love, Angel, Music, Baby, Wednesday by appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," she's canceled those TV spots due to illness. She plans to reschedule her appearances when she's better, according to her Web site. ... How do you know you're a rock star? When you're onstage rocking and you have somebody to towel off your bald head when it gets too sweaty. Fat Joe showed off his star status as part of the Atlantic Records Joint Chiefs concert Tuesday night at the Apollo Theater in New York. Besides bringing out the whole Terror Squad, Joe surprised the audience by calling on Ja Rule and Jadakiss for "New York." Joe's labelmates Fabolous, T.I., Trick Daddy and Juvenile also had their own sets. Proceeds went to the Takalani Home for Children and the Hope Leadership Academy in Harlem. ...

Recording has begun on Limp Bizkit's next album, the follow-up to last year's Results May Vary. According to a post on the band's official Web site, Fred Durst described the album as being "so f---ing heavy it hurts." ... Now that Brandon Boyd no longer has a date with a judge in his future, Incubus are free to work on two soundtracks in the new year. The first is for the action film "Stealth," while the second is a score for a documentary about surfboard shaper Al Merrick. ...

Marilyn Manson has played many roles throughout his career, but he may have stepped into his most unlikely shoes on Monday, when he became a professor for a day at Temple University. Manson taught the school's Art and Society class for the day as part of MTVU's "Stand-In" series, which will air on December 6. ... Federal investigations into alleged indecency on Howard Stern and Opie and Anthony's radio shows were settled on Tuesday, when Viacom agreed to pay $3.5 million and begin delays in live programming to prevent further violations. The agreement cancels investigations into close to 50 radio and TV shows broadcast across the country that featured allegedly indecent content. The agreement gives Viacom five days to pay the fine. Viacom is the parent company of MTV. ...

Prince Paul has begun work on a solo album to follow up 2003's Politics of the Business. He's also assembling an EP/DVD called The Art of Picking Up Women with the group the Dix, due in January, and putting together a retrospective of unreleased material. ... The Killers, Snow Patrol and Phantom Planet are among the artists who've recorded acoustic sets available for download exclusively at Connect, Sony's online music store. Currently, there are 17 artists in the "Connect Sets" series, and any track costs 99 cents to download. ... Just days after the tour to support More Adventurous ended, Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis got to work on her first solo album. The singer plans to drop the album next summer on Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst's Team Love imprint. ...

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JC Chasez has started work on his second solo album and is eyeing a late summer release date. "It's a futuristic look at the past," Chasez said of the LP at last week's American Music Awards, where he accompanied girlfriend Eva Longoria from "Desperate Housewives." ...

Lindsay Lohan's doctor has ordered best rest for the singer/actress as she is once again suffering from a high fever, according to her spokesperson. She recently spent a few days in the hospital when she couldn't shake a lingering fever. Her debut album, Speak, will hit stores December 7. ...

No Doubt's Gwen Stefani has been added to the list of performers for the Billboard Music Awards, set for December 8 in Las Vegas. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest will serve as the show's emcee, while Macy Gray, Kelly Osbourne, and country stars Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich are slated to present trophies. ... "American Idol" finalist La Toya London has signed with contemporary jazz label Peak Records and will release her debut album in early summer. ...

Fat Joe has told reporters that his old crew, Diggin' in the Crates, is working on a new LP. D.I.T.C. also features Lord Finesse, Showbiz and Buckwild, among others. ... The Flaming Lips, Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Kweller, the Dandy Warhols, the Walkmen and the Raveonettes are among the bands recording classic oldies for Stubbs the Zombie: The Soundtrack, the audio companion to the video game of the same name set in 1959. Due March 15, highlights include the Lips tackling "If I Only Had a Brain" from "The Wizard of Oz," Death Cab's take on the Crew-Cuts' doo-wop classic "Earth Angel," and the Dandy Warhols' cover of "All I Have to Do Is Dream" by the Everly Brothers. ... It seems like everything Conor Oberst does, he does to the second power. Not only will he release two new Bright Eyes albums — I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn — on January 25, but he'll be embarking on two separate tours to promote the records. The first leg of the tour kicks off January 14 in Omaha, Nebraska, and will feature the quiet, folky tunes of Wide Awake. In May, he'll begin the Digital version of his tour, with electro-punks the Faint serving as his backup band. ...

Moby will release his next studio album, Hotel, on March 22. The New York musician's vocals are featured on 10 tracks and Laura Dawn appears on two. ... Henry Rollins — who's preparing his "Shock and Awe ... My Ass" tour DVD for a February 1 release — will be hosting his own show on IFC starting in December. Called "Henry's Film Corner," the IFC series will premiere December 4 with director David Fincher as Rollins' first guest. The series will air the first Saturday of every month. "Here's the bottom line. Everyone hates a critic, but everyone is a critic, so why not me?" Rollins said in a statement. "I'm no expert on film, I'm no columnist, I'm a guy who likes a good movie and I'm sick and tired of walking out of a theater, being CGI'd to death, so if you wanna find out about some films you should see, this is the show for you." Rollins is also expanding and revising his tour diary, "Get in the Van," for release in December, at which point he'll embark on his fourth USO tour, this time heading to Afghanistan from December 10-18. ...

Terry Melcher, a producer and songwriter who worked most memorably with the Beach Boys and was an influential figure in the creation of the California surf sound, died on Friday after a lengthy battle with cancer, according to Reuters. Melcher, who was 62, produced hits for artists including the Byrds and Pete Seeger, and also worked with Bobby Darin, Ry Cooder and the Mamas and the Papas. ... Billy Idol has set a March 22 release date for his new album, The Devil's Playground, featuring the single "World Coming Down." "We got rock and roll, we got punk, it's got energy, it's gonna kick somebody's ass!" he said. ...

Southern California's Unwritten Law are readying their fifth album, Here's to the Mourning, due February 7. It follows 2002's Elva. ... Oasis' Liam Gallagher has been cleared of charges stemming from a 2002 brawl in Munich, Germany. The singer was ordered to pay a $65,200 fine in exchange for prosecutors dropping the investigation into whether he started the fight, according to The Associated Press. Gallagher had been under investigation on suspicion of bodily harm for kicking an officer outside the nightclub of a Munich hotel on December 1, 2002. ...