Fall Out Boy will headline the seventh annual Honda Civic Tour, which will commence April 18 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The full itinerary has yet to be announced. The band will also partner with the company to design custom features for a Civic hybrid, which fans will have the chance to win. The band gave a surprise performance at the company's Torrance, California, headquarters on Friday (January 5). ...

Demi Moore wants to expand her family and has joked with husband Ashton Kutcher about doing a Broadway version of "The Graduate" — in which a middle-age woman seduces a college graduate — according to a new interview with Vanity Fair. In the issue, which hits stores Tuesday, the actress also revealed that, "If somebody would have said, 'OK, here is the prediction: You're going to meet a man 25 years old and he's going to see being with you and having your three children as a bonus,' I would have said, 'Keep dreaming.' " ...

Monitored mother Madonna can breathe a little easier: The Malawi government is reportedly pleased with how she is raising her newly adopted son, David Banda. "We have been monitoring her and so far we see a loving mother in Madonna, and David is very fine," Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare Adrina Mchiela told Reuters. "The father should not be worried." Mchiela would not say whether a government official who has been assigned to monitor how Banda is being raised has visited Madonna's London home, where Banda has been living. The singer previously signed interim adoption papers that stipulated Banda would be monitored for 18 months, after which Malawi officials would decide whether final approval would be given for him to remain with her family. ...

Jennifer Lopez makes the cover of People en Español's "100 Most Influential Hispanics" issue, on newsstands Friday. "Being an example to others is a big part of my work," Lopez said in an interview with the magazine. "It excites me to think that I could be capable of changing opinions, or of making people laugh or cry." Others on the list include Shakira, Salma Hayek, Ricky Martin, film directors Alfonso Cuarón ("Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban") and Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth") as well as fashion designers Manolo Blahnik and Oscar de la Renta. ...

Whitney Houston's clothes and musical gear are going up for auction — but not for charity purposes. According to The Associated Press, Speed of Sound — a company that has been taking care of 300-plus items from the singer's 1999 tour — is selling the gear and clothes to help cover Houston's unpaid storage fees. A lawyer for Speed of Sound told AP that the company is owed $175,000-$200,000 but that excess money from the auction will go to Houston's Nippy Inc. The items, including a black-velvet bustier, one of her microphones and a vintage barber chair, will be auctioned Tuesday at a warehouse in Irvington, New Jersey. ...

Snoop Dogg's Snoop Youth Football League Foundation has been sued by a New York media company that alleges the group has been double dipping. Natural Resources Media & Technology Group claims that the foundation made a deal for a reality television series about Snoop's involvement in the league — a pact that violated a pre-existing deal with 20th Century Fox to develop a similar feature film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the complaint filed in New York Supreme Court last week claims that the June deal gave Natural Resources exclusive pay-per-view, cable and home video rights for the league in exchange for raising and providing more than $100,000 in production revenue to share with the foundation. When Fox learned about the deal, it informed the other companies involved in the reality show that Fox had exclusive rights to chronicle Snoop's involvement with the youth league for an in-development film titled "Coach Snoop." Natural Resources claims that it informed Snoop that he was in breach of contract, but received no response from the rapper's representatives. The suit seeks $250,000 in damages plus attorneys' fees. ...

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, the New Pornographers' Carl Newman and author Chuck Klosterman share their favorite concert memories in "The Show I'll Never Forget: 50 Writers Relive Their Most Memorable Concertgoing Experiences," a new book released this week. ... Based on year-end numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, album sales continued their slide in 2006, dropping 4.9 percent from the previous year, even as total music sales rose thanks to a big increase in digital downloads. While the 588.2 million albums sold in 2006 amounted to a decline, digital sales were up 65 percent over 2005, with 582 million tracks sold and digital album sales doubling to nearly 33 million. The year's top-selling album was the "High School Musical" soundtrack, with more than 3.7 million copies sold, followed by records from Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Nickelback and Justin Timberlake. Both hip-hop and R&B album sales were hit hard in 2006, dropping 20 percent and 18 percent respectively. ...

Former Phish frontman Trey Anastasio made a surprise appearance in court on Wednesday to plead not guilty to charges of driving under the influence of drugs and misdemeanor drug possession stemming from a December 15 traffic stop in upstate New York — during which police said they found prescription painkillers and an anti-anxiety drug that had not been prescribed to the singer/guitarist. A prosecutor said Anastasio, who was stopped when police saw his car weaving across a rural road in the early morning hours, could face felony charges due to the quantity of pills that were found in the car, according to AP. WNYT News in Albany, New York, is reporting that a quantity of heroin was also found in Anastasio's car, and that he told police he was smoking hashish and taking pills prior to his arrest. Anastasio is due back in court on February 14. ... Former Creed singer Scott Stapp and his wife, Jaclyn Nesheiwat, welcomed a new daughter on Thursday, AP reports. The baby girl, Milan Hayat Stapp, is the couple's first child. Stapp has a son from a previous relationship. ...

Papa Roach and It Dies Today have augmented their touring plans, adding a slew of new dates to their current tour. Rather than concluding February 3, the tour will continue two days later in Alberta, Canada. The trek will hit Minneapolis, Chicago, Baltimore and elsewhere before wrapping up March 4 in Clifton Park, New York. Kill Hannah have been added to the bill as well. ... The holidays were a bummer for Microsoft, whose heavily hyped Zune MP3 player failed to crack the top 10 in sales for all portable digital music players, according to market research firm Current Analysis. Coming in behind eight different iPod models and two SanDisk players, the Zune grabbed 12 percent of the market of hard-drive-based players in December based on Current Analysis' tracking of sales at Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, Staples and RadioShack. The analysis did not include sales from Wal-Mart or Apple's own retail stores.

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According to the Los Angeles Police Department, actor/singer Tyrese was involved in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend on Thursday morning (January 4) at their apartment in the city's Hancock Park neighborhood. Initial media reports suggested Tyrese had punched his girlfriend, who is three months pregnant with his child, twice in the stomach and then fled the scene. However, a police spokesperson said Tyrese (real name: Tyrese Gibson), 28, argued with the woman and struck her twice — in the arm and leg, not the stomach — and then fled. Officers were called to the apartment and paramedics transported the woman to a nearby hospital, where she was treated and released. The spokesperson said the victim had no "visible injuries" from the incident and said detectives are interested in speaking with Gibson but had not located him. No charges have been filed against the singer, and an investigation into the incident is ongoing. A spokesperson for Tyrese declined to comment on the matter. ...

Lindsay Lohan is saying goodbye to her appendix, according to ABC News. The singer, who is suffering from appendicitis, went to the hospital Wednesday night and is having her appendix removed Thursday. ... First WorldofBritney.com drops Britney Spears, and now the owner of Club Paris has announced that he's "fired" Paris Hilton. Fred Khalilian, who owns Club Paris locations in Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida, told The Associated Press that the two clubs will retain the name but will no longer be affiliated with the socialite. Club Paris will now represent the French city, and Khalilian plans to have a contest to find a new face for the clubs. "[Paris has] created a circus for herself," the owner said. "It's all about: How has she screwed up now?" Hilton's spokesperson told AP that Khalilian has not contacted Hilton about his decision. "I'm certainly disappointed to learn of Fred's unfortunate comments. We shall address his statements at the appropriate time." ...

Cameron Diaz, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Woods and Hilary Swank have signed on to present at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony, to air live on NBC January 15 at 8 p.m. ET. They join Justin Timberlake, George Clooney and other previously announced presenters. ... Lily Allen's dog Maggie is back in her possession, safe and sound. For Allen's account of the debacle, which she has referred to the police, check out her MySpace page. ...

After announcing Wednesday on his MySpace page that a White Zombie box set is in the works, Rob Zombie revealed on the same site Thursday that he has seen the new mask for Michael Myers, the villain in his upcoming "Halloween" remake. "It looks perfect," he wrote. "Exactly like the original. Not since 1978 [when the original movie came out] has the shape looked so good." Zombie also said he's making a behind-the-scenes documentary for the movie, which is due August 31. ... The Pixies will play two shows in Australia — their first ever Down Under — as part of the V Festival on March 31 and April 1. The shows will be the Pixies' first since a brief European tour last summer, which ended with the future of their successful reunion in limbo. The Pixies have been notoriously vague about whether they plan to record a new album, which would be their first since 1991's Trompe le Monde. ...

Viewers of "The O.C." will have to find a new source for their earnest-indie-rock fix — and quick. Fox announced Wednesday that the last episode of the drama, which has suffered a ratings dive, will air next month. "The O.C.," which brought a fictional group of troubled rich kids from swanky Orange County, California, to the masses — and spawned six soundtracks that helped make Death Cab for Cutie and Modest Mouse household names — is scheduled to get the hook 16 episodes into its fourth season. The final show airs February 22 at 9 p.m. ... Haitian President Rene Preval has named Wyclef Jean a roving ambassador for the Caribbean nation, the government announced Wednesday. The musician, who moved from Haiti to New York when he was a child, has created a foundation to aid his native country and lobbied U.S. Congress to pass a trade bill expected to boost Haitian manufacturing jobs. "We wish we could have several Wyclefs as roving ambassadors because the country could have gained so much," Foreign Affairs Minister Renald Clerisme said in an interview with Reuters. ...

For now, the rumors of a reunion by rock icons the Police are just that. But a spokesperson for the band said that while it's too early to announce a reunion tour, "something is possibly in the works" to accompany a celebration of the band's 30th anniversary. The spokesperson added that among the ideas being tossed around is a tour. If and when dates are announced, it would mark the first trek by Sting, drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers since the group disbanded in 1986. A&M Records has plans to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of the band's "Roxanne" single, which helped turn the Police into one of the biggest rock acts of their era. A statement from Interscope Geffen A&M Records posted on Sting's Web site reads: "As the 30th anniversary of the first Police single approaches, discussions have been under way as to how this will be commemorated. While we can confirm that there will indeed be something special done to mark the occasion, the depth of the band's involvement still remains undetermined." Other than a brief reunion at Sting's 1992 wedding, the only other time the trio have performed since their split was at their 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. ...

"American Idol" finalist Bucky Covington has scored himself a record deal. Lyric Street Records, label home of "Idol" season-two finalist Joshua Gracin and mega-selling country group Rascal Flatts, announced Covington's signing last week. The label expects to release his first single this month. ... NOFX will play a four-night stint at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California, next week, during which the punk act will attempt to perform several of its early albums in their entirety. The gigs are set for January 8-9 and 11-12. NOFX will tackle 1999's The Decline EP during the first show, while 1994's Punk in Drublic gets the treatment the following night. On January 11, the band will perform 1992's White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean and 1997's So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes. The final night will include tracks from the rest of NOFX's catalog. ...

MTV "You Hear It First" artists Paramore and Cute Is What We Aim For have been added to the lineup for this summer's Warped Tour, joining previously announced acts Bad Religion, Big D and the Kids Table, K-os and the Fabulous Rudies. ... A British ska band is none too happy with the Coca-Cola Company. According to AP, unsigned act 7 Seconds of Love claim their song "Ninja" and its companion video were used without permission in a South American commercial for Coca-Cola Light. The band claims it isn't interested in taking the matter to court, admitting that it wouldn't be able to afford counsel. But the members of 7 Seconds of Love would like to reach some sort of settlement with the pop purveyors. A Coke spokesperson said the advertisement was commissioned by Santo Buenos Aires S.A., an advertising agency in Argentina, which informed the company that all of the elements within the commercial were conceived specifically for the spot.