MUSIC NOTES: A Freebie From The Offspring

Who needs to go to the record store anymore? The Offspring, that Orange County, Calif., punk outfit of “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” fame, is going to release its new album straight to fans via the Internet.

And get this: It’s free.

Next month, “Conspiracy for One” will be available in Mp3 format from The Offspring’s official site Fans who download the album can enter in a $1 million drawing, too.

The band thinks fans will buy the CD version anyway, since it contains interactive features (it lets you access special features on The Offspring’s Web site, including advance concert ticket purchases).

SUPER-GROUPIE DEATH MYSTERY: Police in England say autopsy results on Paula Yates, who died Sunday at age 40, were inconclusive. Yates, who was the girlfriend of the late INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence and ex-wife of Bob Geldof, was Britain’s most famous “rock chick” during the 1980s. She had a 4-year-old daughter with Hutchence named Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, plus three other kids with Geldof.

BIG DOLLY: Dolly Parton is worried about how she’s going to look in a new IMAX movie about country music. “I’m already larger than life, but in this movie I’m gonna be bigger than a cow,” she tells the The Associated Press.