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News 01/22/2006

Wilson Pickett, the soul pioneer known for his hits "Mustang Sally" and "In the Midnight Hour," died Thursday of a heart attack, his management company said. He was 64.

Bobby Brown told People magazine that rumors that he and Whitney Houston were preparing to divorce are false. The breakup story first appeared earlier this week in the New York Daily News.

Former teen idol Lief Garrett was released from jail and entered a drug-diversion program after pleading not guilty Wednesday to felony heroin possession.

50 Cent is being sued by a lawyer for Lil' Joe Wein Music, accusing him of stealing lyrics for his 2003 hit, "In Da Club," from a 1994 song by former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell entitled "It's Your Birthday."

Babyshambles rocker Pete Doherty, the ex-boyfriend of supermodel Kate Moss, pled guilty Friday to possession of heroin, crack cocaine, morphine, and marijuana. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 8.

A man accused of stalking "American Idol season four finalist Jessica Sierra is being held without bond in Tampa, Florida. Police say the man left Sierra about 40 voicemail messages in four months, professing his love and willingness to go to jail for her.

Twins Terrell and Derrell Brittenum, who wowed the judges at "American Idol's" Chicago auditions, are facing charges of forgery, theft by deception, and financial identity fraud in Georgia.

Kristen Hall of Sugarland has exited the multi-platinum country music trio to spend more time writing songs on her own.

Ms. Dynamite was fined $877 and sentenced to 60 hours of community service after she admitted to assaulting a female police officer outside of a London nightclub earlier this month.

Blues legend B.B. King, 80, is planning to kick off his final world trek, dubbed his "Farewell Tour," in Chicago on Feb. 16. However, he'll still continue to perform in the U.S. after the jaunt is over.

Variety has reported that digital downloads worldwide have earned $1.1 billion in revenue, triple the amount generated in 2004, while 420 million single tracks were purchased by consumers from Internet music sites.

A Boeing 707 carrying members of Bon Jovi skidded off a Toronto runway early Saturday after landing in severe weather. All 14 crew and passengers aboard escaped unharmed.

A federal judge has ordered the city of Los Angeles to pay $1.1 million to the family of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. for intentionally withholding evidence during the family's civil lawsuit trial.

News 01/18/2006

Federal officials have determined that the giraffes and other exotic animals kept at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch are not being mistreated after receiving a complaint from PETA, which had alleged that the animals were being kept in substandard conditions.

Seventies teen icon Leif Garrett was arrested at a Los Angeles Metro station Saturday and held without bail after authorities said he was suspected of carrying narcotics and not having a subway ticket.

Isaac Hayes, the "Shaft" singer and songwriter who's also known as the voice of "South Park's Chef, is being treated at a Memphis hospital for exhaustion, his longtime song writing partner said.

Aretha Franklin, Aaron Neville, and Dr. John are teaming up to perform the national anthem at next month's Super Bowl. Joss Stone and John Legend will join with Stevie Wonder to provide pre-game entertainment and the Rolling Stones will perform during halftime.

Axl Rose told Rolling Stone that Guns N' Roses' long-gestating album, Chinese Democracy, will be finished and released this year.

Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" topped Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart, 50 years after its initial debut.

News 01/17/2006

Fans in Sao Paulo, Brazil, stood in line at city supermarkets up to 12 hours to score tickets to see U2 when the Irish quartet comes to town on Feb. 20. Cashier machines broke down, but no major incidents occurred. Promoters, however, said an extra show would be added.

Rapper Juvenile was arrested in Ocala, Florida, Friday on a warrant for allegedly failing to pay child support. He was released later that evening.

Michael Jackson is reportedly in talks to sign on as a consultant with a Bahrain-based company that builds theme parks and music academies in the Middle East.

Kate Moss's ex, Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty, was busted on suspicion of possessing drugs on Saturday while driving through London. A court hearing is set for Feb. 2.

"American Idol" runner-up Diana DeGarmo is joining the cast of Broadway's Hairspray beginning Feb. 7.

News 01/16/2006

Rapper Eminem remarried his ex-wife, Kim Mathers, Saturday in a small ceremony in Rochester, Michigan, a month after he announced they were reuniting. Rappers D-12, 50 Cent, Obie Trice, and members of G-Unit were in attendance.

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose filed a lawsuit Thursday against a Beverly Hills auto dealership, accusing it of failing to deliver two luxury cars after he paid $20,000 in deposits as well as failing to pay him after he sold his Ferrari.

British hip-hop star Ms. Dynamite pled guilty on Friday to assaulting a female police officer and disorderly conduct following a melee outside a London night spot.

Grammy-nominated rapper Mystikal, who's already behind bars for six years for sexual battery against his former hairstylist, got sentenced to a year in jail for trying to swindle the IRS out of $271,000 in taxes. He'll serve the term concurrently with his state sentence.

Kylie Minogue is still receiving treatment for breast cancer, according to her publicist, but the pop star has not had a recurrence of the disease since undergoing surgery last May.

Former Creed singer Scott Stapp will launch his first ever solo tour that will play mostly clubs this spring. The trek kicks off Feb. 23 in Orlando.

Bruce Sinofsky, director of Metallica's Some Kind of Monster, is planning to start shooting a documentary this spring on Tommy Lee.

Internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma has been named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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