Girl power, B-style: Beyoncé and Shakira have buddied up to record "Beautiful Liar," a song about female solidarity. B told MTV News Europe: "I've always loved her and I've always wanted to work with her and the song fits perfectly. It basically talks about two women ... the same guy is trying to get at both women. And instead of them both fighting, they're saying, 'He's a beautiful liar, let's not fight, let's stick together — forget him!' I think it's a great concept." There's no word yet on when the track will surface. ...

Following on the heels of his boss, Jay-Z, Kanye West has collaborated with Coldplay singer Chris Martin. Their track, "Homecoming," is the early frontrunner for the first single from West's Graduation, due later this year. West has also said he will once again work with producer Jon Brion. ...

Paris Hilton pleaded no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving on Monday (January 22) and was charged with 36 months of probation and ordered to pay fines, The Associated Press reports. The charge is a reduction of the original driving-under-the-influence count she had been charged with. Judge Michael Sauer gave the singer, who did not appear in court, the option of lowering the probation period to 24 months if she were to perform 40 hours of community service. The fines total $1,500, and the judge ordered her to attend an alcohol-education program as well. ... Alicia Keys is offering $5,000 scholarships to a student active in community service in each of four areas — New Orleans; Atlanta; Jacksonville, Florida; and New York's Harlem neighborhood, AP reports. The funds will be distributed as part of the Open Doors Scholars Program, founded by Keys' road manager DJ Walton. "We're just looking for standout students who are definitely college-bound and need a little bit of help financially to really achieve their dreams," Keys said in a statement. ...

Paula Abdul insists that she's been stone-cold sober while judging and promoting "American Idol," The New York Times reports. During the talent competition's Saturday press tour, Abdul blamed her bizarre behavior during a recent Seattle television interview on exhaustion and a mixed-up audio feed, and said she takes her position on the show too seriously to jeopardize it by being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. "There are young girls watching me, and I know I'm a role model. I've been a teacher, and the fact that some of them would look up to me and want to be the next choreographer or the next singer, I would not violate that trust." ... Simon Cowell also defended himself Saturday, explaining that while some of his comments may be considered cruel, "the appeal of this show is that we've never tried to censor [it]." But Cowell did admit to having a heart beneath that tight black T-shirt. "There are times, trust me, when I watch it back and I just think, 'God, I wish I hadn't said that, and why do they put it in the show?' But it's something we all sign up for, good things and bad things. I feel more comfortable being on a show where we are prepared to show the warts as well as the good things." ...

Travis Barker has been forced to leave (+44)'s European tour because his right arm, which he broke in September while filming a video, has not properly healed. According to an AP report, Barker, 31, will return to Los Angeles to seek treatment. (+44) have not announced who will fill in for Barker on the tour. ... On the other side of the Blink-182 coin, Angels & Airwaves have entered their Macbeth studio to begin writing and recording the follow-up to 2006's We Don't Need to Whisper. The band is keeping further details of the project under wraps for now. ... "On the Move," a speech that Bono made at a 2005 White House conference urging Americans to take action against poverty and AIDS in Africa, will be published as a book April 3, the band announced in a post on U2.com. The book will also feature photos taken by the U2 frontman during his first trip to Ethiopia, in 1985. "On the Move" will retail for $12.99, with all royalties benefiting the One campaign. ...

Against Me! have aligned dates for a headlining tour beginning February 20 in St. Augustine, Florida. The trek, which will feature the Riverboat Gamblers and Fake Problems as openers, comes to a close March 31 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... MSTRKRFT are teaming with DJ John Digweed for a joint tour dubbed Diamonds. The pairing of the electronic-music minds begins March 1 in Portland and ends March 31 in New York. ... Fountains of Wayne have set an April 3 release for their first album in almost four years, Traffic and Weather. The first single is called "Someone to Love." ... Korn are planning to launch another installment of their Family Values Tour late this summer, although there's no word yet on who else will be on the bill. The band continues to work on its next record with producers Atticus Ross and the Matrix. The LP is expected to be released in June. ...

Marilyn Manson has titled his forthcoming solo LP Eat Me, Drink Me, according to the rocker's Web site. He is currently wrapping production on the effort, which should land in stores this spring. ... On Saturday, Army of Anyone were joined onstage by the Meat Puppets during the former band's gig in Austin, Texas. Together, the two groups performed the Meat Puppets classics "Attacked by Monsters" and "Lake of Fire." The performance marked the first live appearance by the Meat Puppets in close to a dozen years. ... The AP reports that a Los Angeles judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit filed by Tyruss Himes, a former Tupac Shakur associate who alleged that reports by an L.A. TV station and XXL magazine falsely accused him of involvement in the unsolved killing of Notorious B.I.G. Himes claims that he lost a record deal because of reports that implicate him in the shooting. The judge dismissed the claim on the grounds that Fox affiliate KTTV-TV and XXL stories were constitutionally protected free speech.

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The Pink-directed video for Pretty Boys' "Hello Bonjour" — winner of Glamour's Reel Music contest — premiered in Los Angeles on Tuesday and is up and running at Glamour.com/reelmusic. Pink, who said she was drawn to the woman-centric contest because "it's important for females to support other females," admitted that she wasn't sure that she'd like working behind the camera. "And then the Virgo in me took over and I ... got really into it and wanted to control everything!" she said. ...

(See snaps of Pink introducing Pretty Boys in concert right here.)

Taylor Hicks is suing his former manager, claiming that since he fired Jan Childs before winning "American Idol," the ex-manager doesn't have the right to continue earning a percentage of Hicks' gross earnings. Hicks filed suit last week in Jefferson County, Alabama, stipulating that he fired Childs in September 2004 after employing him since the previous October as his personal manager and adviser. Hicks says their original agreement states that, if he didn't get a recording contract during their first year of working together, he had the right to fire him. Though they stayed on friendly terms, Hicks claims that without any "input, advice, or counsel" from Childs, he entered the "American Idol" contest in October 2005, and by February the following year, went on to sign a record and management deal. Childs is arguing that their agreement was never terminated and that he is owed up to 20 percent of Hicks' gross earnings. ...

Hometown heroes Fall Out Boy have been tapped to perform during halftime of Sunday's NFC Championship Game between the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field in Chicago. We're usually not ones to give out advice, but if FOB are looking to conjure up some of that '85 Bears magic, perhaps Pete Wentz can don a "Rozelle" headband, à la renegade quarterback — and extreme-sunglasses enthusiast — Jim McMahon. ... Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello's debut solo album as the Nightwatchman will land in stores April 24. One Man Revolution will feature 13 songs, with Morello playing acoustic guitar and singing lead vocals for the first time. Morello, who has performed as the Nightwatchman a handful of times — most notably at protest events — plans to tour this spring and will perform in March at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. ...

Slash, Perry Farrell, J.J. Abrams and others took in Las Vegas' Beatles Revolution Lounge as the club marked its grand opening Thursday night. Donovan gave a performance at the venue, which serves drinks such as Strawberry Fields and Marshmallow Pie. ... There's no shortage of singers on Forbes' "20 Richest Women in Entertainment" list — Madonna (#4), Mariah Carey (#6), Janet Jackson (#7), Jennifer Lopez (#9), Britney Spears (#12) and Christina Aguilera (#19) all make the cut with multimillion-dollar sums. But none come close to hitting the $1 billion mark that "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling (#2) and talk-show host/ media mogul Oprah Winfrey (#1) cross. ...

The families of four teen girls who claim they were sexually abused by adult men they met on MySpace have sued the site, alleging negligence, recklessness, fraud and misrepresentation, according to The Associated Press. Four separate suits were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday. One was on behalf of a 15-year-old girl from Texas who was lured to a meeting, drugged and assaulted in 2006 by an adult MySpace user who is serving a 10-year sentence in Texas after pleading guilty to sexual assault. The other three were filed by a 15-year-old girl from Pennsylvania; a 14-year-old from upstate New York; and two South Carolina sisters, ages 14 and 15. The families are seeking monetary damages in the millions based, in part, on one lawyer's claim that the popular social-networking site waited "entirely too long to attempt to institute meaningful security measures that effectively increase the safety of their underage users." MySpace has been adding security measures over the past year that include limits on how adults can contact younger members and a recent software update that would allow parents to monitor their children's use of the site. ...

Beck will issue a deluxe version of 2006's The Information on February 27. The set will feature the original track list, along with three bonus tracks and additional remixes. ... According to a post on Björk's Web site, the Icelandic songstress has started work on the follow-up to 2004's Medulla. The upcoming LP is being eyed for a late spring release. The singer has joined forces with Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons for the effort, which will also feature two yet-untitled tracks produced by Timbaland. "This record is a Björk production par excellence," the post explains. "No stone left unturned to seek out the perfect pitch." ... Keri Russell ("Mission: Impossible III," "Felicity") is pregnant, AP reports. The engaged actress is expecting the baby, her first, this summer. ...

Mike Patton's Peeping Tom have unveiled dates for their upcoming headlining run, which commences March 30 in Dallas. The trek will run through April 27 in Indio, California, where the group will be performing as part of this year's Coachella Festival. ... The Decemberists will be back on the road this spring for a 32-date U.S. trek that kicks off March 21 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The tour runs through May 5 in Bellingham, Washington. ... Bayside and Meg & Dia have been confirmed for this year's Warped Tour bill, joining previously announced acts including Bad Religion, Coheed and Cambria, Matches, Escape the Fate, the Unseen and Cute Is What We Aim For. ...

Some attendees at Texas Governor Rick Perry's black-tie gala inaugural ball were offended by rocker Ted Nugent's night-capping performance at the event, which included machine guns as props and the 58-year-old hunting enthusiast rocker taking the stage in a half-shirt emblazoned with a Confederate flag. According to AP, the Motor City Madman also shouted some offensive remarks about non-English speakers. Perry's spokesperson downplayed the incident, saying, "Ted Nugent is a good friend of the governor's. He asked him if he would play at the inaugural. He didn't put any stipulation of what he would play." ... Denny Doherty, a member of '60s folk-rock heroes the Mamas and the Papas, died Friday (January 19), AP reports. He passed away in his home after a short illness, his sister told the outlet. Doherty was 66.