Hilary Duff has yet to record the single for the soundtrack to her upcoming movie "The Perfect Man," but that's not stopping her from being "really excited" about it. "I've chosen a couple of writers and producers and I'm going to record four songs and pick my favorite from that," Duff said. "It's going to be a totally different sound, like nothing that anybody's ever heard from me before." After recording, Duff will launch a summer tour. ...

C-Murder has changed his stage name to C Miller, a shortened version of his real name, Corey Miller, The Associated Press reports. The rapper, who's serving time for a murder conviction, said he changed his name because he felt he was being misunderstood. "People hear the name C-Murder and they don't realize that the name simply means that I have seen many murders in my native Calliope projects neighborhood," he said in a statement. ...

The Black Eyed Peas have just been added to this year's Essence Music Festival bill, which had already included Destiny's Child, Kanye West and Alicia Keys. The festival, which takes place over July 4 weekend in New Orleans, also features Aretha Franklin, John Legend and Ruben Studdard on July 1; Teena Marie and Fantasia on July 2; and Maze, Mo'Nique and Lionel Richie on July 3, all on five stages within the Louisiana Superdome. ... Kabbalah adherents will be tying on more than a trendy red string with the launch of Kabbalah Energy Drink. Devotees like Madonna, Britney Spears, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore and Paris Hilton will be able to toss some of the blessed beverages down their gullets now that the $2 drink is hitting stores. Manufactured in conjunction with 7 Up and distributed by Kabbalah Enterprises, the citrus-flavored beverage is said to derive much of its metaphysical energy from the Kabbalah dynamic "living" water. Guzzling the concoction is supposed to lift you physically as well as spiritually, since the 16-ounce cans also contain taurine, B vitamins and a jolt of caffeine. ...

You're not going to hear the new Paris Hilton single in her upcoming movie "House of Wax," but don't worry, there will be plenty of mood music from more, um, established artists that are a bit more suited to the horror genre. My Chemical Romance, the Deftones, Disturbed, Har Mar Superstar, Joy Division, the Stooges, Marilyn Manson and the Prodigy all make appearances on the soundtrack, due in stores May 3 (the movie hits theatres on May 6). ... Will Smith isn't the only one in his house making music his focus. Wife and fellow thespian Jada Pinkett-Smith is taking a little break from acting to finish her debut album. "We've gotten a little harder," she said of her band, Wicked Wisdom. "We call it progressive/aggressive rock. We're just getting the sound together, but we'll be making some ears bleed in a minute." ...

If you're hungry, but low on cash — and your name happens to be Angus — well, you're in luck. You can head on over to the Hard Rock Cafe and grab a free Legendary Burger, and you've got AC/DC guitarist Angus Young to thank. According to The Sacramento Bee, the rock-themed restaurant chain is honoring the 50th birthday of everybody's favorite school-uniform-wearing-axeman by giving away a free burger (made from, of course, Angus beef) to any person who can prove their first, middle or last name is Angus. All you need is a valid government ID. ... Twenty rare tracks featuring the late Joe Strummer — which were recorded prior to his punk rock heyday with the Clash — will be released in early June through Astralwerks. Although there was a limited release of the album — called Elgin Avenue Breakdown (Revisited) — back in 1981, many of the tracks on the disc have never been heard before. All of the songs were recorded by the 101ers, Strummer's band up until 1976, the year he joined the Clash. The effort features all of the band's studio work including the sole 101ers single — the first song Strummer ever wrote — "Keys to Your Heart." Nine of the tracks have never been released, seven of those being live tracks recorded in pubs throughout London between 1975 and 1976. ...

The soundtrack to Jennifer Lopez's upcoming film "Monster-In-Law" boasts a surplus of emerging female artists. Due May 10, the album features Nellie McKay, Joss Stone, Tegan and Sara, Jem, Rachel Yamagata, Esthero and Ivy. The film, co-starring Jane Fonda and Michael Vartan, is due in theaters on May 13. ... Good Charlotte's Benji and Joel Madden have signed a new artist to their DC Flag label. "MC Chris, he's a rapper and he's hilarious," Joel said. "He's a really skilled MC. His record's out and he's just a great rapper." ...

04.04.2005

In the past weeks, it's become apparent that Coldplay update their Web site with all the tenacity of a 15-year-old blogger hopped up on too much Jolt! cola. After spilling the beans on the first single from their upcoming album, X&Y, and breaking news of a massive European tour on their official site, they've now posted the album's cover (lots of colored squares) and track list, too. Song titles on the album include "White Shadows," "A Message" and "Swallowed by the Sea." X&Y is due in stores on June 7. ...

Green Day, who recently sold out Milton Keynes Stadium in the U.K., have added three stadium dates to their North American tour itinerary. Tickets for the shows — September 1 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; September 24 at SBC Park in San Francisco; and October 8 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California — go on sale this weekend. Meanwhile, Green Day will perform this weekend on "Saturday Night Live." ...

Jermaine Dupri has announced the lineup for Atlanta's Midtown Music Festival Urban Stage, which he was tapped to curate this year. Ciara, Black Eyed Peas and Slim Thug will headline the stage on June 11; the day after will be dedicated to hip-hop's old school, with Biz Markie, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick and Whodini scheduled to perform. ... Canada's equivalent of the Grammy awards, the Junos, had its televised ceremony Sunday night. Big winners included Avril Lavigne (Artist of the Year), K-Os (Single of the Year) and Billy Talent (Album of the Year). The highly touted Arcade Fire, who recently made the cover of Canadian Time magazine, were shut out. Other big winners included Feist (Best New Artist, Best Alternative Album) and Alexisonfire (Best New Group). ...

A cover of the David Bowie/ Queen collabo "Under Pressure" — recorded by goth-punks My Chemical Romance and dirt-punks the Used — will be available for download on iTunes beginning April 12. Why is this news? Because it's for a good cause: All proceeds from the sale of the single go to the Tsunami Relief Fund. ... "American Idol" second-season alums Ruben Studdard and Kimberly Caldwell are reuniting — as guest stars on the new FOX show "Life on a Stick." The singers play mall food-court employees who compete with the workers at Yippee, Hot Dogs, using songs to bait customers on the "Fish Song" episode, airing Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET. ...

Chingy is getting in the Final Four spirit by hosting a party Monday night (April 4) in St. Louis after the college basketball game. Chingy's Championship Celebration party at Velvet is part of a "Finest 4 Parties" series throughout the city. ... The Dave Matthews Band announced a whole host of support acts for their upcoming U.S. summer tour. Jurassic 5, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Howie Day, Blue Merle, Drive-by Truckers, Galactic, G. Love and Special Sauce, Marc Broussard, O.A.R., Ray LaMontagne, Slightly Stoopid and North Mississippi Allstars will all take turns as openers. ...

Jewel's hitting the road for a string of acoustic shows, to road-test material she's currently working on in the studio for her sixth album, due out in September. Her 11-date trek, which primarily hits the West Coast, starts June 15 in Denver and wraps June 26 in Temecula, California. ... Sorta alt-country rockers Rilo Kiley are embarking on another North American tour in support of last year's More Adventurous. The jaunt begins on April 28 in San Diego and makes stops all across this great land before coming to an end June 19 in Los Angeles. Veteran indie rockers Nada Surf will provide support on some of the dates in May. ...