For The Record: Quick News On Lindsay Lohan, Rihanna, Hilary Duff, Kelly Clarkson, Avenged Sevenfold & More

Lohan shows off sexy side; Rihanna lends voice to Ne-Yo tune; Duff joins Clarkson on Girl Next comp.

Don't call Lindsay Lohan beautiful — the compliment she wants to hear is that she's sexy, she told British GQ for the magazine's August issue. Likening herself to the Vargas girls of the 1940s and the sex kittens of the '50s and '60s, Lohan said she's eager to show off her curves for photo shoots. She's even considering publishing a photo book jokingly titled "Narcissist." "It's my body. And I like my body. And I like my breasts. And no, they're not fake," Lohan told the mag. "I think a woman's body is so much more sensual than a man's. I'm not saying strip off all your clothes, but there are certain photos I like people taking of me, where I'm comfortable. As long as it's tasteful ... why not?" ...

Come December, expect to hear Rihanna singing a new song — "Just Be Happy," written by Ne-Yo — as part of Clinique's Happy fragrance ad blitz. Country crooner Julie Roberts is also recording a version of the new track for the campaign. ... Hilary and Haylie Duff keep Kelly Clarkson and JoJo company on (Lip Smackers Presents) Girl Next, Hollywood Records' new compilation-CD series. The first volume — with the Duffs' "Material Girl," an exclusive acoustic version of Clarkson's "Breakaway" and JoJo's "Baby It's You" — hits stores August 15. ...

A federal judge ordered a bankruptcy trustee to take over Death Row Records on Friday, saying the label has been grossly mismanaged. According to The Associated Press, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ellen Carroll made the ruling following the label's filing for bankruptcy in April after she found that Death Row's accounting practices were in disarray and troubled boss Marion "Suge" Knight said he hadn't reviewed financial statements in more than 10 years. Knight — who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy at the same time as his label — did not show up for the hearing. ...

Avenged Sevenfold's Ozzfest set was abruptly cut short Saturday by what organizers later described as a citywide brownout in San Bernardino, California. Only a few songs into their set at the Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen, the band's entire performance — pulsating strobe lights and all — short-circuited, after which Avenged stood sans instruments at the front of the stage and eventually filed off. After a half-hour delay during which countless water bottles were tossed amid a series of small fires in the general-admission lawn area, the band returned to play its cover of Pantera's "Walk" and their "TRL" hit, "Bat Country." Disturbed and System of a Down's ensuing sets were not cut short. ...

F. Marc Schaffel testified in his civil trial against Michael Jackson Friday and claimed that the singer had dispatched him to adopt boys in Brazil, AP reports. Jackson's attorney denounced Schaffel's testimony as an attempt to smear the singer. Even Schaffel's attorney Howard King said he wasn't expecting his client to make the claim. "It's not really relevant to this case," King said. "I thought we were not going to go there." Schaffel claimed in his filing that Jackson sent him to South America to deliver $300,000. When asked on the stand if the trip was actually Schaffel's own mission to scout actors for his pornographic films, he replied, "The main purpose of my trip was Mr. Jackson wanted to adopt some boys." Jackson denied the claims in a videotaped deposition. Schaffel is seeking $1.6 million from Jackson in the suit, down from the $3.8 million he initially claimed. ...

You Hear It First alumnus Quan held his inaugural Hustler's Ball on Friday night in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The MC performed four songs and welcomed guests such as funnyman Chris Tucker, former Roc-A-Fella recording artist Nicole Wray and singer Trey Songz. The real eye-catchers, though, were Quan's bunnies: eight women clad in bow ties and rabbit ears. Watch out Hugh Hefner! ... Ciara is using her voice to help kids find theirs — through music. The singer is headlining the fourth annual VH1 Save the Music Hamptons Benefit, set for July 28 at the East Hampton home of Jaci and Morris L. Reid. Ciara, Lyfe Jennings and local musician Niki Jean will perform to support the Save the Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring music education programs in U.S. public schools. ...

Interpol want fans to know that they haven't broken up — in at least a month — and they're beginning work on a new album, their first since 2004's Antics. In a post on InterpolNYC.com, they acknowledged rumors that they were going to call it quits — "We did break up — four times — but that's behind us now," they wrote — but insist that they're hard at work on album number three. "We've been at it for six months, in case you heard we were on hiatus," the post reads. "We're all very excited about it and think that you will be too. Having yet to record, we can only say that release will come sometime next year." The post goes on to mention a pair of songs — "The Heinrich Maneuver" and "Pawn Shop" (which is apparently "called something else now") — and also includes detailed accounts on their summer plans ("Gettin' some rest ... gettin' some sun") and a shout-out to bassist Carlos D's new dog, an Italian Greyhound named Gaius. "Looks like Carlos," the post reads. Good to know.

07.07.2006

Hilary Duff does Pilates three times a week, she's a fan of the elliptical trainer and while she believes "eating should be fun," she's cut French fries out of her diet. Still, the singer/actress isn't eager to show off her new shape in revealing clothing. "When I wear something that's a little more skimpy, there have been cases where I feel insecure about myself," Duff told Self in the magazine's July cover story. (Check out photos from the Self spread right here.) "I'd rather wear a pencil skirt, something I'd feel sexy in." Duff explained that she feels more comfortable "leaving sex to the imagination," and also told the magazine that she has a clothing line on the way designed for girls 15-20 — "stuff I'd wear." ...

"American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee has signed on as a guest host for "The View" on July 19. Brandy took on those duties this week. ... Shakira and Wyclef Jean are hooking up in Berlin on Sunday to bring a special version of "Hips Don't Lie" to soccer fans. The duo will perform a mash-up of the track — mixed with the World Cup theme "Bamboo," by RedOne — as part of the 2006 FIFA World Cup closing ceremony, 15 minutes before the final kickoff. ...

"The L.A. Riot Spectacular," a satirical look at the 1992 Los Angeles riots starring Snoop Dogg, is finally hitting select theaters on August 11. Video director Marc Klasfeld (Jay-Z, Avenged Sevenfold) helmed the movie. ... Bam Margera has contributed two original designs — available on a variety of T-shirts or as mobile-phone wallpaper — to benefit the Tony Hawk Foundation's efforts to create public skateboard parks in low-income communities. Margera's foul-mouthed cat and H.I.M.-inspired "heartagram" designs are on sale at AngelWear.com. ...

Camden, New Jersey, isn't the first place you might think of when contemplating the fate of the American farmer, but that's where organizers have chosen to hold the 19th Farm Aid concert, slated for September 30 at the 25,000-capacity Tweeter Center amphitheater. The benefit for American family farms will be headlined by its board of directors — Neil Young, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews — with more acts to be added, according to the organization's Web site. To date, Farm Aid has raised nearly $30 million. Tickets for the show go on sale July 22. ...

Michael Jackson told his side of the story in court Thursday — via videotaped deposition. The singer, who is being sued for $3.8 million by former business associate F. Marc Schaffel, testified that he has a bad memory when it comes to his finances but did recall why he severed ties with Schaffel, The Associated Press reports. The singer said he was presented with a video in November 2001 that showed Schaffel directing a gay porn film. "What shocked me was that he was involved in that whole circle and I didn't know," Jackson said. The singer's attorney challenged Schaffel's unpaid-loan charges, saying that there are no documents to support claims of large sums lent to Jackson. ... Russell Crowe and his wife, Danielle Spencer, welcomed their second child on Friday (July 7), AP reports. Tennyson Spencer Crowe was born at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia, Crowe's manager confirmed. ...

The Strokes, John Mayer and Frank Black have signed on to open for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers on various dates of the just-announced third leg of their summer tour. The leg kicks off September 14 in Chicago and includes a stop at this year's Austin City Limits Festival. ... Everyone's favorite geography-jocking folkie, Sufjan Stevens, will hit the road for a string of theater dates this fall. The tour — which kicks off September 11 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville — is not in support of Stevens' soon-to-be released outtakes album, The Avalanche, but rather is intended to "showcase his compositions in a more formal atmosphere," according to a hyperbolic press release. New York singer/songwriter Shara Worden (a.k.a. My Brightest Diamond) will open each show. Tickets go on sale this weekend through DucatKing.com, and proceeds will be donated to a variety of charities, including Doctors Without Borders. ...

Three Days Grace are safe and sound after a car crashed into their tour bus Saturday. The band has resumed touring the U.S. with Nickelback. ... While passing through Medford, Oregon, on a day off from this summer's Ozzfest, Orange County, California, metal band Bleeding Through stopped for lunch at a Taco Bell — where they coincidentally ran into several fans. After signing autographs and talking to the kids, who complained that their town had never had a metal show, BT set up an impromptu gig there that night, donating the proceeds to breast-cancer research. ... Parisian dance-rockers Phoenix are heading back to the U.S. in support of their third album, It's Never Been Like That. The group returns Stateside — after a spring headlining tour that included a stop at Coachella — for a 13-date, two-week trek that begins July 24 in Minneapolis and wraps up August 9 in Boston. ...

On September 26, My Morning Jacket will release Okonokos: Double Live Album, which, as the title implies, is an expansive two-disc documentation of their kinetic and frenetic live show. But that's not all. The following month, MMJ will drop the "Okonokos" live DVD, filmed at an "undisclosed" stop on the band's 2005 tour in support of their Z album and featuring "a cast of characters draped in Victorian-era costume, along with one alpaca [a.k.a. a llama]." Awesome. If you think the whole thing sounds a bit high-concept, you're right. According to a spokesperson for My Morning Jacket, it all sprung from the fertile imagination of frontman Jim James, who envisions the project "as much as a question as it is an answer. It is an enigma wrapped around a riddle." Double awesome. ...

Current Journey singer Steve Augeri has been forced to leave the band's tour with Def Leppard due to a chronic throat infection. Jeff Scott Soto, who has previously performed with Journey guitarist Neal Schon, will take over beginning Friday in Bristow, Virginia. ... Massive Attack have plotted out a two-month trip across North America, their first U.S. tour in over eight years. The electronic outfit, which previewed their live show at April's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, kicks off the road trip at Toronto's V Festival on September 10. They band will make stops in cities including Detroit (September 13), Dallas (September 17), Los Angeles (September 24) and Washington, D.C. (September 28-29) before capping the tour with a three-night stand at New York's Roseland Ballroom, October 3-5. ...

Apple has succeeded in coaxing hot bands for its iPod ads, and now the computer company is welcoming acts into its physical stores. Alien Ant Farm will perform at the Apple Store at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California, on July 20, while indie-rockers the 88 will play at the Grove location in Los Angeles on July 21. Actor Edward Burns will discuss his new movie, "The Groomsmen," at the Third Street Promenade location on Sunday. Burns wrote and directed the flick, which sees a limited theatrical release July 14. ... The re-formed Lemonheads, who recently signed with Vagrant Records, plan to release a self-titled album September 26. Frontman Evan Dando and ex-Black Flag drummer Bill Stevenson co-produced the 11-track disc, which also features Descendents bassist Karl Alvarez and special guests J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) and Garth Hudson (the Band). Lemonheads will tour the U.S. this fall.