Shar Jackson opens up about her breakup with ex-boyfriend Kevin Federline (now Mr. Britney Spears) in the December issue of Sister 2 Sister magazine. While stressing that all she wants from Federline is for him to spend more time with their two children, she also makes it clear that her relationship with him was far from over when he took up with the pop star. The night Federline met Spears, Jackson told the mag, he was staying at a friend's house so that he could go to an audition in Los Angeles. Jackson says he then told her that he had callbacks that week and would be staying up there a little longer. She didn't question his story, she says, because "I ain't like one of them females that are like, 'Where you at? Why you ...?' Maybe I should convert." Jackson only started worrying when she couldn't reach him that weekend, "because here I am, six and a half months pregnant, and I ain't heard from my man." When he finally called back, she says, he admitted hanging out with Spears, but told her it didn't mean anything. Later on, he told her he was booked for a commercial and had to fly overseas for it, so she helped him prepare, "getting him his passport and all that stuff." She even spent "the whole hour" before he boarded the plane comforting him, because "he doesn't like to fly." "And in all actuality, he was going to see her," Jackson said. The rest, as they say, is history. ...

A Slipknot fan's Halloween costume inadvertently forced officials at California's Placer County Jail to place the facility on lockdown. According to a report in the Auburn Journal, police dispatchers at Placer County's Sheriff's Department fielded a call on Sunday regarding a man wearing an orange inmate's jumpsuit and shackles who was getting into a car at a local Taco Bell. Fearing one of its inmates might've escaped, "they locked down the entire jail," Lt. George Malim, a spokesperson for the Placer County Sheriff's Department, told the paper. "When you hear something like that, you err on the side of caution." Officials conducted a head count, and all the inmates were present. Patrol officers caught up with the car and confirmed the fan was not criminal. When that fan, Eddie Hail, learned of his costume's unintended effect, he replied, "Oops." His girlfriend had purchased the orange jumpsuit for him so that he could dress up as a member of Slipknot. He later opted to ditch the mask and be a convict for Halloween instead. ...

Mariah Carey and Jay-Z are slated to be honored by the New York Grammy chapter at the Recording Academy Honors gala to be held December 7 at Gotham Hall. The event will also honor Yoko Ono, John Lennon and film composer Howard Shore. ... R. Kelly, Green Day and Toby Keith are among the headliners for this year's Billboard Music Awards, which will air live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand December 6 on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/tape-delayed PT. Carmen Electra, Bo Bice, Nick Cannon, Chingy, Hulk and Brooke Hogan and the Blue Man Group are slated to appear. ...

Hilary Duff's mom is in her stuff — according to a lawsuit filed by youth clothing manufacturer NTD Apparel in Los Angeles Superior Court last week. The lawsuit claims that Susan Duff interfered with an exclusive merchandising agreement for the Stuff by Hilary Duff brand when she granted Target a retail license for it, despite NTD having already entered an agreement with the pop star, when she granted it rights to use her name and image on sports clothing to launch in spring 2004. ... 'Tis (almost) the season, so the White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie, Hot Hot Heat and Coheed and Cambria have signed up for Bay Area rock station Live 105's alternative holiday fest, Not So Silent Night. The concert will take place December 9 at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. ...

What better way to capture the ultimate concert experience than by way of the fans? That's what the Beastie Boys did when they handed 50 handheld cameras to a throng of concertgoers at one of their shows last year at New York's Madison Square Garden to capture the madness from each person's unique perspective. The end result is their documentary film called "Awesome: I F---in' Shot That," directed by the group's Adam "MCA" Yauch, who said of the film, "[It was shot by] a bunch of untrained camera operators, but that gives the film sincerity. The people that shot it were feeling it." Indie film distributor THINKFilm has confirmed that it has nabbed the rights to distribute the doc, which is tentatively set for a spring release. ... Neil Diamond has launched his own MySpace page, and he's chosen to debut his new album, 12 Songs, there too. From now until the day the album hits stores (November 8), fans can cruise on over to MySpace.com/NeilDiamond and listen to the entire thing for free. 12 Songs is Diamond's first album in more than four years, and was produced by Rick Rubin. ...

Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels has shot two videos for his solo album, Checks Thugs and Rock 'n' Roll, due in January and featuring Kid Rock, Korn bassist Fieldy and others. The first is for "Just Like Me," which chronicles DMC's discovery that he was adopted and features Sarah McLachlan. The second is for the war commentary "Machine Gun," which features backing vocals from "CSI" star Gary Dourdan, who appears in the video directed by Ondi Timoner, coming off her award-winning documentary, "Dig." ... Mope-master Morrissey is reaching out to the masses to fill them in on the status of his new album, tentatively titled Ringleader of the Tormentors. In a letter posted on fan site True-To-You.net, the Mozzer writes that he is currently mixing the album in Rome with producer Tony Visconti, and that the whole recording process has been "a dazzling experience." He also writes that the first single off Ringleader will be released to radio in the second week of February and that the album will hit stores on March 20. ...

Napster has joined up with Clear Channel Entertainment's Instant Live program to offer new and cataloged live recordings by the likes of Bauhaus, the Allman Brothers Band and the Black Crowes. Instant Live, which records concerts on site for instant purchase, will provide full-length performances that can be purchased, downloaded or streamed as part of the deal. ...

11.01.2005

At least one more person has hopped aboard Michael Jackson's bandwagon to create an all-star charity song to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. The singer had started recording "From the Bottom of My Heart" in London a few weeks ago, but without the full slate of stars that he'd promised. Undaunted, R. Kelly's arriving to pick up some of the slack, not just as a singer, but also as a producer, his rep confirmed. ...

Christina Aguilera is offering fans a chance to be on her next album, due out this spring. If you're over 18, you can call 1-800-927-7821 and leave a message about what her music means to you, and she might pick your voicemail as one of a select few to be used in a track on the album. She's urging fans to be creative, but also to be quick — keep it under 60 seconds. The deadline for entries is November 18, and there's complete contest rules at her paid fan site, xtinaxposed.com. ... Lindsay Lohan will perform "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)," the first single from her second album, A Little More Personal (Raw), at the 33rd annual American Music Awards on November 22 in Los Angeles. Hilary Duff and Sheryl Crow have also been added to the list of performers, joining Mariah Carey, Rob Thomas and others. ...

Kanye West is fascinating — or so claims Barbara Walters, who's selected him for her "10 Most Fascinating People of 2005" special. Also making the cut are Tom Cruise, Michael Jackson's defense attorney Tom Mesereau, Teri Hatcher, Lance Armstrong, Condoleezza Rice and others. The show airs November 29 at 10 p.m. on ABC. ... Hilary Duff, JoJo and Ciara are among the young women Cosmogirl! magazine is honoring this year as born leaders. The Born to Lead Awards, taking place November 8 in New York, honor 15 young people — six of them celebs — who've made a positive impact in the world in the past year, and gives the non-celebs a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship. The lucky lady who'll get the dough is 18-year-old Brittany Heck of Wasilla, Alaska, for her work in creating awareness about the need for minorities to register as bone-marrow donors. ...

A funeral for Bayside drummer John "Beatz" Holohan — who was killed on Monday when the band's van rolled over on a highway just outside Cheyenne, Wyoming — will be held on Saturday. The Never Sleep Again Tour, which, in addition to Bayside, also features Hawthorne Heights, Silverstein and Aiden, has been postponed until Saturday, when it will resume in Anaheim, California. According to a Bayside spokesperson, Anthony Raneri and Jack O'Shea — who were the only members of Bayside who were not harmed in the accident — plan to rejoin the tour at some future date, and will perform as an acoustic duo. Bass player Nick Ghanbarian, who suffered a broken back in the crash, is listed in fair condition at a Cheyenne hospital. ...

Gwen Stefani may love her Harajuku Girls, but comic Margaret Cho isn't so sure that's a good thing, writing in her blog Monday that the subservient and silent Harajuku Girls are the equivalent of blackface. "I want to like them, and I want to think they are great, but I am not sure if I can," she wrote. "I mean, racial stereotypes are really cute sometimes, and I don't want to bum everyone out by pointing out the minstrel show. I think it is totally acceptable to enjoy the Harajuku Girls, because there are not that many other Asian people out there in the media really, so we have to take whatever we can get. Amos 'n Andy had lots of fans, didn't they? ... Even though to me, a Japanese schoolgirl uniform is kind of like blackface, I am just in acceptance over it, because something is better than nothing. An ugly picture is better than a blank space." ... Tony Parker is known for his moves on the court as a guard for the San Antonio Spurs — and off the court as "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria's beau. But it turns out that's not enough for Tony: He's adding his name to a stellar list that already includes Shaq, Kobe and Artest. Yes, Parker's going hip-hop. According to San Antonio NBC news affiliate WOAI, several blocks in the city's downtown area were closed off over the weekend so that Parker could shoot a video for "Top of the Game," the first single from his still-untitled hip-hop debut. Parker will be dropping his rhymes in French, his native tongue. The video will feature Fabolous, who also contributes vocals to the track; Spurs teammates Tim Duncan, Brent Barry, Robert Horry and Nazr Mohammed; and the San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers. The Parker disc should surface in December through his company Game Time Productions. ...

Vanessa Carlton is planning to run in the New York City Marathon on Sunday. She'll be on local pop radio station Z100's team, joining over 30,000 runners to run 26.2 miles, and she's donating pledge money she collects to Musicians on Call, a nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to patients' bedsides. If you want to help sponsor her run, go to musiciansoncall.org. ... Kanye West, Shakira, Backstreet Boys and Fall Out Boy are among the stars lined up for Z100's annual holiday concert. Sean Paul, Frankie J, Ludacris and the Click Five are also slated to sing at the Jingle Ball, which will take place December 16 at Madison Square Garden. The concert will also benefit Musicians on Call. ...

On Monday, Ronald Isley, lead singer of legendary R&B group the Isley Brothers, was found guilty of tax evasion and now faces between five and 26 years in prison, according to Reuters. Isley was found guilty on five counts of tax evasion and one count of failing to file a tax return. While it was not reported just how much money Isley owes, prosecutors said he lived lavishly, buying a yacht, homes in California and Missouri and two Bentleys while failing to pay more than $300,000 in taxes in 2002. He will be sentenced in January. ... Moby is currently recording a punk album, according to a post on his Web site. "They are definitely in the fun but very rough camp of punk rock songs," he said. Another album under his Voodoo Child moniker is in the works as well, featuring "electronic and experimental" music. ...