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News 02/17/2007

North Dakota's House of Representatives rejected a resolution to formally honor U2 frontman Bono's Third World do-gooding after lawmakers complained he had no connection with the state. The rep who sponsored the bill got the idea by reading a magazine published by the National Conference of State Legislatures, which pointed out that the rocker had yet to be honored by a state.

Audioslave (née Soundgarden) frontman Chris Cornell is throwing in the towel with the rock outfit, saying he's quitting the band due to "irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences."

Adam Duritz, the lead singer of the Counting Crows, has announced the formation of his own indie record label, Tyrannosaurus Records (T-Recs.) His first two releases are due out this spring, both by bands he found while trolling MySpace.

Federal agents searched the home and office of Lou Pearlman, the man who unleashed both the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync on the world, amid allegations of creating phony savings plans and collecting more than $95 million from unwitting investors.

News 02/15/2007

Al Gore has announced a series of worldwide concerts on July 7 as part of the Save Our Selves: The Campaign for a Climate in Crisis initiative, dedicated to raising awareness of global warming. The 24-hour event, dubbed Live Earth, is due to feature a lineup of performers including Snoop Dogg, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Duran Duran, Korn, Pharrell, and the Black Eyed Peas. Concerts scheduled to take place in cities including Shanghai, China; Johannesburg, South Africa; Sydney, Australia, London, and locations to be announced in Japan, Brazil, and the United States.

Kenny Chesney discussed his marriage and subsequent annulment from Renée Zellweger for the first time in a "60 Minutes" interview with Anderson Cooper, scheduled to air Sunday. The country star denied rumors that the marriage ended because he was gay and explained that the ex-couple cited "fraud" as the reason behind the annulment because they thought it was the "least harmful" option. Chesney also stated he has no regrets about his relationship for Zellweger, aside from wishing they had gotten divorced, rather than having the marriage annulled.

The California Coastal Commission and David Geffen have settled a decades-long dispute over public access to a stretch of beach in front of the studio mogul's Malibu mansion. The commission agreed to forgive Geffen for building a deck that intruded into a public easement and in exchange, the DreamWorks cofounder has opened a section of the beach that was previously closed to the masses. Geffen also agreed to pay $125,000 to a state public beach access fund.

News 02/14/2007

Robyn Troup, the winner of the "My Grammy Moment" contest who sang alongside Justin Timberlake at the awards show Sunday, made a brief appearance in the Hollywood round of "American Idol" Tuesday night before getting sent home by the judges. Meanwhile, season five finalist Bucky Covington has separated from his wife of seven years, Crystal. Meanwhile, in news from another season five alum, Kellie Pickler's father, Clyde, was arrested once again earlier this month in North Carolina for allegedly assaulting a woman with a steak knife. The elder Pickler was released from a Florida prison in May after serving three years in connection with a trailer park stabbing in 2003.

Beyoncé is set to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated's 2007 swimsuit issue clad in a pink and yellow bikini. Kanye West, Aerosmith, Kenny Chesney, Gnarls Barkley. and Panic! at the Disco are the lucky male artists who will be featured in the issue's music-themed photo spread along with the usual bevy of bathing beauties.

The Police, the White Stripes, Tool, Wilco, Widespread Panic, and Franz Ferdinand are among the bands on the lineup for the 2007 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee June 14-17.

Norah Jones told the March issue of British Glamour that she was asked to lose weight for her upcoming film My Blueberry Nights and that she has more sympathy for "really skinny actresses" as a result. "But then, I still think they need to eat a cheeseburger," the singer added. The film, costarring Jude Law and Natalie Portman, is due out in June.

The Killers and Arctic Monkeys have collected a leading two honors apiece at the 2007 Brit Awards. The Las Vegas-based Killers took home Best International Group and International Album for Sam's Town, while the new Monkeys in town were named Best British Band and scored Best Album for Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. Justin Timberlake was deemed Best International Male and Oasis was honored with a special achievement award.

Heather Mills McCartney visited a British police station to discuss unspecified issues, a Sussex police spokesperson said. The estranged Beatle wife has complained of receiving death threats and being harassed by the media since splitting with Paul McCartney in May. Meanwhile, Mills McCartney is reportedly considering showing off her moves on the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars," People reports, citing an unnamed source close to the show. The competitors will be revealed Feb. 21.

Fall Out Boy's new album, Infinity on High, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with almost 260,000 copies sold. Meanwhile, the band will headline the 2007 Honda Civic Tour, kicking off April 18.

News 02/13/2007

Burglars broke into Faith Hill and Tim McGraw's Hollywood Hills home over the weekend and made off with an unknown amount of cash, police said Tuesday. The heist reportedly took place sometime between Friday afternoon and Monday; no word where the country stars were at the time.

Queen Latifah told Ellen DeGeneres she wants to adopt a child...but that she won't be going somewhere like Malawi or Ethiopia to do it. "I want to adopt an American baby though, you know what I mean, no offense," she said Monday. "Just because there are so many kids here that need our help."

Robbie Williams has entered a rehab facility in the United States to seek treatment for a dependency to prescription drugs, his rep said. The British singer previously entered a treatment facility in London in October 2006 to seek help for depression and in 1997 for drug and alcohol addiction.

Toni Braxton has been released from her contract with Blackground Records as part of a settlement in her lawsuit against former manager Barry Hankerson. The Grammy winner had accused him of manipulating her into leaving her longtime label, Arista, and then failing to properly promote her first release on Blackground, Libra. In return, Braxton will have to give back a $375,000 advance and give Hankerson a cut of the royalties from her next album.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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