For The Record: Quick News On Hilary Duff, 'American Idol' And Gene Simmons, Outkast, QOTSA, Barbie & More

Hilary Duff's first single from her upcoming eponymously titled album is the track "Fly." Directed by Chris Applebaum ("Our Lips Are Sealed," "So Yesterday"), the video for "Fly" will premiere on "TRL" on August 25, while the album is set for release September 28 — the singer/actress' 17th birthday. ...

Prospective "American Idol" contestants might be in for a tongue-lashing from Gene Simmons. The Kiss bassist will be a guest judge for the auditions for the fourth season of the popular talent show, which is slated to start early next year. Simmons is scheduled to tape his episode September 4-5 in New Orleans. ... Queens of the Stone Age are holed up in Rancho de la Luna studios in Joshua Tree, California, working on the follow-up to 2002's Songs for the Deaf. Garbage's Shirley Manson and the Distillers' Brody Dalle sing backup on an untitled song, and ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons recorded a jam session with the band. The album is expected out sometime next year. ...

On Thursday, lawyers for Rosa Parks said their client authorized her doctor to release medical records and an explanation as to why she will be unable to testify in the lawsuit she brought against BMG, Arista and LaFace Records for allowing her name to be used as the title of a 1998 Outkast song without permission, according to The Associated Press. Last month, a federal judge said that Parks' doctor would have to explain why she was unable to testify in the trial, which is set to begin January 10. ... Ray Charles' final recording, Genius Loves Company, due August 31, features duet performances with Norah Jones, Elton John, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, Natalie Cole, B.B. King, Gladys Knight and more. ...

Want to get up close and personal with Clay Aiken? He's offering a ticket auction for his tour, which kicks off Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa, on stubhub.com, where winners would get two front-row seats and a chance to meet the redheaded crooner at the concert. The proceeds will benefit the Bubel/ Aiken Foundation, which helps provide services and financial assistance for children with developmental disabilities. ... What's a girl with a résumé boasting more than 90 careers, including Air Force pilot, summit diplomat and fashion editor, to do after breaking up with her boyfriend of 43 years? Run for president, of course! Looking sleek and political in her smart red pantsuit, Barbie (yes, the plastic doll) will represent the "Party of Girls" on the platform of world peace, helping the homeless and taking care of animals. The plastic politician's running mate will be "Girls everywhere," while her campaign manager is 11-year-old Liza Strauss. The White House Project, a national nonpartisan organization devoted to advancing women's leadership, is sponsoring the campaign, along with Toys "R" Us. ...

Phish's farewell concert takes place this weekend over two days in rural Vermont, the band's home state. But if you can't make the trek to the Coventry concert, it will be broadcast on the Internet as well, and will be simulcast in several movie theaters across the country. Information about which Regal, Edwards and United Artists movie theaters will play the concert is on Phish's Web site. ... Somehow Corey Taylor, in between sets headlining the second stage of Ozzfest with Slipknot, found the time to work on the next album by his other band, Stone Sour. In a post on Stone Sour's message board, Taylor claimed to have 30 songs brewing for the group's second album, which he hopes to begin recording in September 2005. He also said Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta has expressed interest in working on the LP. ...

Where are all the drummers going? My Chemical Romance have parted ways with skinsman Matt Pelissier, while Amen have split with Luke Johnson. Replacements have yet to be announced. ... A second North American tour, expected to kick off in October, is in the works for Velvet Revolver. The band will hit the road after a five-week European trek that begins August 31 in Glasgow, Scotland. ...

Nine Inch Nails' 1997 home video, "Closure," which documented the group's 1994 The Downward Spiral tour, will be released on DVD this fall with an additional 90 minutes of bonus material. A deluxe reissue of The Downward Spiral, remixed in 5.1 surround sound, will coincide with the release of the DVD. NIN's next album, the tentatively titled Bleedthrough, is expected in early 2005. ... As a reminder of the power of the Antichrist, Marilyn Manson has named his greatest-hits album, due September 28, Lest We Forget. A deluxe edition of the LP, which features a cover of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" as its single, will include several videos, including "(s)AINT," directed by sultry Italian star of "XXX," Asia Argento. ...

Besides the forthcoming U2 full-color photo retrospective, "In the Name of Love: U2 by U2," the band has another book on the way, this one focusing on its live performance history. Due on bookshelves October 21, "U2 Show: The Art of Touring" is being assembled by photographer Diana Scrimgeour and will feature interviews with the band as well as with Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Peter Gabriel and Steven Van Zandt. ...

8.12.2004

Despite the leak of Paris Hilton's version of the song "Screwed," Haylie Duff is plowing ahead with her plans to include her version of the song on her own upcoming debut album, since she procured the first rights to record and release the song from both of the songwriters and from their publisher, her rep said. There's no release date for either of the two fledgling singers' albums. ... Meanwhile, Hilton's book does have a release date — "Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-In-Chic Peek Behind the Pose" is due out via Simon and Schuster on September 7. ...

Rick James will be buried on Saturday at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York, according to The Associated Press. A public viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to noon at St. John Baptist Church followed by a funeral service and burial. James passed away on Friday at his home in California. ... Lenny Kravitz, who earlier this month announced a fall tour to promote his album Baptism, is canceling the outing — for now — citing family matters as the reason. "I was really looking forward to getting out there to meet and play for my fans," Kravitz said in a statement Thursday (August 12). "Unfortunately, things come up in life that you cannot control. I hope my fans will understand and I will definitely make it up to them with these shows next year." Kravitz's 19-city tour was to begin September 11 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. ...

Christina Aguilera fans who bought VIP-ticket packages to her canceled summer tour but have yet to receive a refund take note — a hearing is being held in the matter, and the singer is inviting you to attend. Since the company that provided the ticket packages, FansRule, went bankrupt, the hearing is being held at the Bankruptcy Court in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, during which the singer's lawyers will fight a motion that seeks to have the FansRule trustees' payment a higher priority than repayment to consumers. ... On August 27, Jay-Z will release the third shoe in his series of S. Carter kicks with Reebok — the S. Carter Basketball Mid. To celebrate the release, Jay will be doing a Footlocker in-store in Miami on August 30. ...

JoJo and Gavin DeGraw are joining a whole host of tennis stars (such as Serena Williams and Mandy Moore's ex Andy Roddick) to headline Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, an annual daylong festival of children's tennis activities. The event, the kickoff to the U.S. Open, will take place on August 28 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, and will be hosted by Quddus of "TRL." ... Prior to their October tour with New Found Glory, Green Day are lining up a club tour to perform their new album, American Idiot, due September 21, in its entirety. So far, shows are scheduled for Los Angeles (September 16), Chicago (September 18), New York (September 21) and Toronto (September 24). ...

More dates for the Beastie Boys' fall tour have been announced. Tickets for shows in and around Los Angeles (September 13), Philadelphia (October 11) and Atlanta (October 15) go on sale this weekend. Meanwhile, a second San Francisco show (September 17) has been added after the first sold out. ... George Clinton pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor drug charges on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. The rainbow-haired funk musician was arrested in December in Tallahassee, Florida, when he was found in his car with cocaine in his pocket and a glass pipe. Clinton has been sentenced to 200 hours of community service (he plans to teach free music-education courses) and two years of probation. ...

While Frank Black is making the rounds with the reunited Pixies, the singer is also working on dropping albums of his own. The two-CD Frank Black Francis, due this fall, compiles both pre-Pixies demos and new versions of Pixies tunes; while an album of new Black solo material that was recorded in Nashville is planned for the spring. ... Before Tommy Stinson was known as a member of Guns N' Roses and after he left the Replacements, he was in Perfect. The group's album, Seven Days a Week, never came out. But now, retitled to reflect the LP's troubled history (three labels and three release dates that never came), Once, Twice, Three Times a Maybe is finally hitting shelves, via Rykodisc, on September 14. ...

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has plans to start a record label called Aretha Records, on which she plans to release her future albums. Her next LP, a collection of duets, will be released by the new Sony/BMG conglomerate. ... Louisville, Kentucky, live-tronica quartet VHS or Beta will release their sophomore disc, Night on Fire, on September 21. The album will feature production work by Mocean Worker. ...