For The Record: Quick News On Axl Rose And Korn, Avril Lavigne, Paris Hilton, Juvenile, Scott Storch & More

Axl parties with Korn; Avril tapped for Winter Olympics; Juvenile arrested.

Axl Rose made a rare appearance Friday at a party at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to announce Korn's upcoming See You on the Other Side tour. The reclusive Guns N' Roses frontman mingled with Korn as well as fellow musicians from Good Charlotte, Linkin Park, the Black Eyed Peas, Avenged Sevenfold, the Used, Puddle of Mudd, Papa Roach, Alkaline Trio and 10 Years. Jessica Alba, Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody were also in attendance. ...

Avril Lavigne has been tapped to perform during the closing ceremonies of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy. She's part of an eight-minute production that's previewing the next Olympic Winter Games, taking place in her native Canada in 2010. This year's games start February 10 and wrap February 26. ... Paris Hilton didn't have to show up in court on Tuesday (January 17) after all — one case against her, for harassment, was continued until February 7, when a judge will consider an event promoter's request for a restraining order against the heiress/actress. The other case against Hilton, for slander, had a little bit more movement, since the judge in that case granted four of her motions for more information as part of the discovery process. The slander case will resume in Santa Monica, California, on February 24. ...

Juvenile was arrested in Ocala, Florida, on Friday hours before he was to perform at a local nightclub. He was released on his own recognizance that same evening, and made it just in time for the gig. According to The Associated Press, the New Orleans rapper was picked up on a warrant relating to an active child-support case. Juvenile's new disc, Reality Check, drops March 7. ... Ashanti performed Friday night at what's commonly referred to as Detroit's prom — an annual black-tie charity gala that counted Aretha Franklin and Steve Harvey among its 17,000 guests (most of whom paid $400 per ticket for the privilege of mingling amid the latest concept cars). The North American International Auto Show raised $6.8 million for 11 Detroit-based nonprofit organizations, including children's charities, education funds and police athletic leagues. ...

Nick Lachey isn't an underwear model (yet), but he'll play one on TV, when he guests on the sitcom "Twins." Lachey's episode, called "Himbo," finds Jessica Simpson's ex playing Charlie Solik, an underwear-model-turned-underwear-mogul. The episode airs February 24 at 9:30 p.m. on the WB. ... Just weeks after fellow "American Idol" third-season finalist Jennifer Hudson was cast in an upcoming movie adaptation of the musical "Dreamgirls," runner-up Diana DeGarmo is going straight to Broadway. The singer has signed on to play Penny Pingleton in "Hairspray," and will begin her run on February 7. ...

Lil Jon and Lil Scrappy will appear in E-40's video for his new single, "Tell Me When," which showcases the Bay Area's "hyphy" movement. Jon executive produced E's new album, My Ghetto Report Card, due in March and featuring production from Jon and Kanye West and guest appearances from Mike Jones, Juelz Santana, 8Ball and UGK. E-40 is also releasing a book called "E-40's Dictionary Book of Slang, Vol. 1" and a liquor called Cloud 9 this spring. ... Chamillionaire is shooting a video in Dallas on Thursday for his next single, "Ridin," which features Krayzie Bone. Life Garland, who helmed Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz's "Get Low" clip, is directing. ...

Michael Jackson's been busy in Bahrain — he's in talks to help develop entertainment projects in that country — but he's allegedly been neglecting Neverland in the process. PETA accuses the singer of animal cruelty for abandoning the animals in residence at his Neverland Ranch, keeping them in "little more than holding cells" while he's away, instead of relocating them to zoos or sanctuaries where they can be taken care of properly. The animal-rights group is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate. ... Beatmaker Scott Storch — who owned the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for half of 2005 with hits from Mario ("Let Me Love You"), 50 Cent ("Candy Shop") and Chris Brown ("Run It!") — is crabby that he's getting no love from the Grammy committee, which snubbed the 32-year-old for Producer of the Year. "I was extremely disappointed to find I was not nominated ... and even more so when I saw the list of nominees," Storch said in a statement, claiming that the shutout was a result of politics within the committee. Instead, nods went to Danger Mouse, Nigel Godrich, Steve Lillywhite, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. ...

Andrew W.K., David Lee Roth and Ace Frehley, as well as members of Queens of the Stone Age, Guns N' Roses, Warrant, Tiger Army, Dio and many more metal bands, will take the stage Thursday at the second annual Raven's Heart Benefit at the Fais Do-Do in Los Angeles. The all-star jam is a benefit for the Raven's Heart Foundation, launched last year for Raven Nicole Robinson, who is still living with a large hole in her heart. ...

01.13.2006

It looks like Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow are expecting their second child together. According to entertainment news program "The Insider," Paltrow revealed the news Thursday during a Screen Actors Guild showing of her film "Proof." During an interview session following the screening, actor Lou Diamond Phillips reportedly introduced Paltrow as a "pregnant woman," then asked how far along she was. Paltrow replied she was "far enough along to feel very cumbersome." A representative for the actress had no comment on the matter. Paltrow and Martin's daughter, Apple, was born in May 2004. ...

Scott Stapp will promote his recently released solo album, The Great Divide, with a club tour kicking off February 23 in Orlando, Florida. The trek, which wraps up March 18 in Phoenix, marks the former Creed singer's first time performing in intimate settings in nine years. ... Ever wanted to walk in Beyoncé's shoes? This spring you can — the singer's adding footwear to her clothing line, House of Dereon. She's got 16 styles of pumps made of leather, suede and linen, with each sporting a name such as Martini, Opera, Socialite, Paisley Park and Rain Song. They'll be available at Nordstrom and Macy's stores in early March. ... A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Mystikal to another year in prison for failing to pay $271,000 in taxes, The Associated Press reports. The rapper, already serving six years for sexual battery against his former hairdresser, pleaded guilty in August to failing to file tax returns in 1998 and 1999. ...

Madonna is offering a chance for one fan to come visit her on the set of her next video, "Sorry," which is shooting in London with director Jamie King. Only members of her fan club are eligible; you can join for $40 at iconmadonna.com. ... Paul Oakenfold, who's remixing "Sorry," coaxed Brittany Murphy to sing on his upcoming album A Lively Mind, due April 11. The actress is making her vocal recording debut on the first single, "Faster Kill Pussycat." "I knew I wanted a girl vocalist but also someone who's not known as a singer," Oakenfold said. "It has to be someone from a completely different world than mine. But even more importantly, I needed someone who could sing — who could really, really sing — and Brittany Murphy fit the bill." Pharrell guests on a track called "Sex 'N Money," inspired by the "soulless Hollywood party scene," while Spitfire and Grandmaster Flash show up on the tracks "No Compromise" and "Set It Off." ...

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has filed suit against a Beverly Hills, California, auto dealership, claiming it failed to deliver two luxury cars — a 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo and a 2005 Porsche GT3 — after accepting his deposits totaling $20,000. According to The Associated Press, the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, further accuses the dealership of withholding $135,000 from him — money, the suit claims, the dealer took in via the sale of his 1999 Ferrari Maranello. ... Courtney Love's love affair with Japanese animation is coming to an end — the final volume of her "Princess Ai" manga comic, called "Evolution," will be released on February 7. In it, the singer's alter ego comes to the end of her self-discovery adventure, as hunters from her homeland close in on her and her record company unleashes a devious plan of its own. ...

Different Strokes by Different Folks, the Sly & the Family Stone tribute album featuring Maroon 5, John Legend and others, will finally hit stores January 31. Tracks include "Dance to the Music" from Will.I.Am, "Runnin' Away" from Big Boi featuring Sleepy Brown and Killer Mike, "Everyday People" from Maroon 5, "Family Affair" from Legend and Joss Stone featuring Van Hunt, and "Sing a Simple Song" from Chuck D, D'Angelo and Isaac Hayes. ... Guitarist Zakk Wylde will be inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk at noon on Tuesday, and Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Slash, Vinnie Paul, Jerry Cantrell and Kerry King are among those who will be there to congratulate him. ...

On Wednesday, former Minor Threat/ Fugazi frontman and Dischord Records founder Ian MacKaye spoke to students at President George W. Bush's alma matter, Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Standing before a packed house, MacKaye discussed the purpose and meaning of punk rock and independent music, as well as the ways in which art can be used to challenge authority. "I was raised to question authority," MacKaye told the crowd, according to the Yale Daily News. During the lecture, MacKaye also criticized the music industry, and blasted major-label acts who seem to erroneously own the punk classification — true punk rock, he challenged, focuses on challenging convention, not earning profits. ... Rye Coalition will release a Dave Grohl-produced EP, Chariots on Fire, via Internet outlets on Tuesday in anticipation of their full-length, Curses, due in April and also produced by Grohl. RC are touring with the Foo Fighters for the first half of 2006. ...

Former "American Idol" contestant Julia DeMato applied for an alcohol-education and community-service labor program on Thursday in an attempt to erase pending drug and alcohol charges, according to the Danbury, Connecticut, News-Times. A court spokesperson would not comment on the now-secret court proceedings, but the paper reported that the 26-year-old DeMato — who was charged last month with drunk driving and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia — could have the charges dismissed if she successfully completes the programs. ...