Eminem's ex-wife, Kim Mathers, has applied for a license to marry Marshall Bruce Mathers III — better known as Eminem. According to The Associated Press, the license will be available from the Macomb County, Michigan, clerk's office Thursday. Em announced last month that he and his ex — who divorced in 2001 — would be walking down the aisle again, but there's no word yet on just when the marriage will occur. ...

Beyoncé may not be engaged to Jay-Z, but she's already planning the wedding. The singer, who is Cosmopolitan's cover girl as well as the mag's designated Fun Fearless Female of the Year, has decided that her Destiny's Child cohorts Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams will be her bridesmaids. "Right now, the tabloids are saying I'm pregnant, and they're naming the baby," Beyoncé told Cosmo. "It's hilarious. I don't know when I'll want to get married. I never pictured myself as a bride, but after my sister's wedding, I did start thinking about what kind of wedding I'd want. I don't think I want a big one." She says that if she does marry, though, she's going to change her priorities. "My mother was such a great mother and is still such a big part of my life," she said. "I want my kids to feel that way about me. I don't want to be away a lot, so I'm sure I'll slow down." Still, she wants to wait before she has kids of her own, since babysitting her nephew right now is enough. "Motherhood is not as glamorous as it looks." ...

Jamie Foxx, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Destiny's Child and the Black Eyed Peas are among the artists nominated for this year's NAACP Image Awards. In the music categories, Foxx will be battling West (who earned four nods, including Outstanding Song and Outstanding Album) and the legendary Stevie Wonder for Outstanding Male Artist; the Peas will duke it out with DC for Outstanding Duo or Group; Keys and Mimi, who also scored four nominations each, will try to best Mary J. Blige for Outstanding Female; and Chris Brown will vie for Outstanding New Artist, along with Keyshia Cole, Leela James, Bobby Valentino and Omarion. Carlos Santana will be inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame during the taping of the awards ceremony February 25 in Los Angeles. The show will air March 3 at 8 p.m. on FOX. ... The Kaiser Chiefs and sensitive singer/songwriter James Blunt are the leading nominees for this year's Brit Awards. Both garnered five nominations apiece for the U.K. music industry's biggest annual awards show, slated to take place on February 15. Coldplay scooped up four nominations, while Franz Ferdinand, Madonna and the Arcade Fire each nabbed three. ...

After wavering between "Stupid Girls" and "You and Your Hand," Pink has chosen her first single from her upcoming album I'm Not Dead — it'll be "Stupid Girls," a satire of young Hollywood types. In the video for the song, Pink soaps up (and sexes up) a car à la Paris Hilton's Carl's Jr. ad and Jessica Simpson's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin' " clip. "I live in L.A., so it's obvious what I'm surrounded by," Pink told MTV News. "There's a certain thing the world is being fed, and my point is there should be a choice." ... Gwen Stefani's picked her next single as well — "Crash," which she co-wrote with her No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal. "It sounds nothing like No Doubt," Stefani said of the song when Love, Angel, Music, Baby was first coming out, "but everything like all the inspirations we had. We came from a whole other kind of school than Tom Dumont or Adrian Young. We were all ska junkies, but Tony, he was really into Prince, the Time, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, and he turned me on to all these other groups. So to be able to write that style of music, to have these old drum machines, to do it that way, was really exciting. It was the exact song I wanted to write." ...

Killa Season should have started next month, but Cam'ron has pushed back the release of his new album and movie until April, according to his rep. ... The same goes for Busta Rhymes. The rapper announced on New York radio station Hot 97 Wednesday morning (January 11) that his new album, The Big Bang, is now coming out in April as well. ...

Sony Music is launching a new label called Music With a Twist that will be focused on music made by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered artists. The label is a joint venture with Wilderness Media & Entertainment, founded by Matt Farber, creator of the gay and lesbian channel LOGO (which is owned by MTV's parent company, Viacom). In addition to albums by well-known and up-and-coming artists, the company also plans to release a series of gay-friendly compilation albums, the first of which is due out in June, which is National Gay Pride Month. ... Every episode of the upcoming CBS show "Love Monkey," about a New York A&R rep, is going to feature cameos from musicians. The first episode, premiering Tuesday at 10 p.m., has up-and-coming singer/songwriter Teddy Geiger playing up-and-coming singer/songwriter Wayne, who is the subject of a bidding war. Geiger returns to appear alongside LeAnn Rimes and Ben Folds (who play themselves) in the next episode; and the week after that, Aimee Mann and She Wants Revenge will pop up. ...

David Bowie, Cream, Merle Haggard, Robert Johnson and Richard Pryor, among others, will receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony the day before the Grammy Awards. Their contributions will be noted during the Grammys, which will be held February 8 in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m. ... Death Cab for Cutie are teaming up with PETA 2 — the branch of the animal-rights organization that works with college students — for an exclusive giveaway. Five lucky winners will get a copy of the band's on-the-road documentary "Drive Well, Sleep Carefully," plus some Death Cab swag. For more information, check out Peta2.com. ...

Christopher "Cool C" Roney, a former member of '80s Philly rap crew the Hilltop Hustlers, is set to die by lethal injection on March 9. Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell signed the warrant on Tuesday for the 36-year-old rapper's execution, according to a statement released by Rendell's office. Roney was sentenced to death in 1997 for the murder of a police officer during a failed bank robbery he carried out along with two accomplices. His petition to reverse his sentence was denied by the Supreme Court in October ...

01.10.2006

Beanie Sigel's legal woes are finally behind him. On Tuesday afternoon (January 10), the rapper was convicted of misdemeanor simple assault in Philadelphia, according to The Associated Press. Sigel was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $180 in court costs. The charges stemmed from a fight back in 2003, during which Sigel punched a 53-year-old man in both of his eyes, fracturing his left eye socket. ...

"Malcolm in the Middle" co-star Justin Berfield, a longtime friend of Jessica Simpson's family and producing partner with Joe Simpson of E!'s "Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive," has purchased the former Calabasas, California, home of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, according to Berfield's spokesperson. The home, on the market for $3.75 million for only a few days, was sold for an undisclosed amount. Berfield is selling his Hollywood home, previously owned by both George Clooney and Jamie Pressly, for just under $2 million. ...

Lou Rawls will be laid to rest on Friday at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles, with the Reverend Jesse Jackson officiating. Fans will get to pay their respects to the legend on Thursday at a public viewing at the Angelus Funeral Home starting at 3 p.m. ... Along with getting ready for the premiere of the fifth season of "American Idol," Randy Jackson has been producing a duets record with Sam Moore from '60s soul stalwarts Sam & Dave ("Soul Man"). Jackson is also developing a morning talk show for FOX with "So You Think You Can Dance" host Lauren Sanchez. ...

Back in August, Ozzy Osbourne announced that he was looking for a guitarist to work with him on his next studio LP. Ozzy called on those interested to send in demos of their fretwork, but didn't specify whether he was in need of a lead or rhythm guitarist — raising speculation regarding the state of the Ozzman's relationship with longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde. This week, Osbourne's fans learned that Ozzy was in fact looking to replace Wylde — but not anymore. "Ozzy would like to thank everyone who took the time to send in submissions to be his new guitar player," reads a posting on his Web site. "At the time we announced the search, [Wylde's] itinerary with Black Label Society was quite overwhelming. Fortunately, Zakk has now been able to go back and rearrange his schedule to make sure that he would be available to write, record and tour with Ozzy in 2006 and beyond. Therefore, the search for a new axeman has been called off." ...

Avril Lavigne transforms from what she calls a "little tough-ass" punkette into a Fifth Avenue princess in the new issue of Harper's Bazaar, out January 17, in which she models Gucci, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. "It's insane how much I've changed," Lavigne told the mag. "A couple of years ago, I started wearing skirts. I'm starting to feel more feminine. I'm getting into hair and makeup and image. That's the best part of being a girl." Lavigne doesn't just want to model for a magazine spread, though — she wants to walk down the runway and do ads for high-end products. "I'm not 6 feet tall, but I know I can do that," she said. She's already started an acting career, but she says she wants to be "really careful" about that so she doesn't come off as "cheesy." Also on the 21-year-old's agenda: planning her upcoming wedding to fiance Deryck Whibley from Sum 41. "Everything has come super fast for me, a lot faster than for most people," she said. "I don't have the average lifestyle. I just know in my heart I'm doing the right thing." ...

Swizz Beatz held a surprise birthday bash for his better half, singer Mashonda, on Monday night at Cain in New York. Bobby Brown showed up at the shindig, as did Fabolous, Ray J and T.I. ... Sergio Mendes, the Brazilian samba star whose career is being revitalized by Will.I.Am, will release "Yes, Yes Y'all" featuring Black Thought of the Roots and Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 as the first single from his new album, Timeless. Due February 14, the LP also includes appearances by Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder, among others. ... The weekend before the Southern Entertainment Awards January 22 in Tunica, Mississippi, several hip-hop bigwigs from the South will gather for panels discussing the industry. Killer Mike, 8Ball & MJG and Outkast manager Blue Williams are among those scheduled to attend the January 20-21 events at the Grand Casino. ...

Contrary to earlier reports, the new album from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will not be called Coco Beware. Seems that when the album's producer, Squeak E. Clean, told MTV News in November that the album would be called CoCo and would focus on the life and times of YYY frontwoman Karen O's cat, he was only kidding (a fact he forgot to mention). Rather, the new album will be called Show Your Bones and will hit stores on March 28, according to Interscope Records. The first single will be called "Gold Lion," and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will film a video for the song sometime this month in Los Angeles. ... Previously released songs from Fall Out Boy, Audioslave, Hot Hot Heat, Gavin DeGraw and Jimmy Eat World will be featured on Music From the WB Television Series One Tree Hill - Volume II: Friends With Benefit, due February 7. Jack's Mannequin's "The Mixed Tape" will be the first single and singer and cancer survivor Andrew McMahon will perform the song on the show as part of a benefit concert hosted by one of the central characters. Proceeds from the soundtrack will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. ...

H.I.M. guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindstrom fell on a slippery street in Helsinki, Finland, last week and fractured his left wrist, according to the band's label rep. He will need to wear a cast until the end of January, so the band has had to postpone its current tour of the U.K. and Ireland until April. ... A Pansy Division retrospective, titled The Essential Pansy Division, will be in stores on January 24. The disc will feature 30 tracks as well as a bonus DVD. ...