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News 03/10/2007

Boston lead singer Brad Delp was found dead in his New Hampshire home Friday. Police discovered the 55-year-old musician's body while responding to a 911 call received that afternoon. Cause of death is still under investigation but authorities do not suspect foul play. Boston's hits included 1976's "More Than a Feeling" and 1986's "Amanda."

Beau Monde, a luxury rehab center in Newport Beach, California, is suing Courtney Love over unpaid bills, claiming the rocker spent three months there in 2005 and never paid her $181,000 tab, per the Smoking Gun.

Eddie Van Halen checked into rehab, according to a statement posted on his band's official Website Thursday, meaning he will likely not be in attendance for Van Halen's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next week. The move comes after plans for a 40-date summer tour featuring David Lee Roth were shuttered last month.

John Mayer is joining the lineup for the 2007 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival; the "Wonderland" singer will perform May 5. Other confirmed headliners include Rod Stewart, John Legend, Ludacris, Steely Dan, Norah Jones, Brad Paisley, and Van Morrison. The festival, running Apr. 27-29 and May 4-6, will also feature native sons Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis, Allen Toussaint, and Better than Ezra.

Nick Carter is absolutely, positively not dating Haylie Duff, nor was he making out with her at a club recently, despite reports to the contrary, his rep confirms exclusively to "E! News." In fact, Carter and Duff "barely know each other," the rep said.

News 03/08/2007

Michael Jackson met with about 300 fans at a VIP event in Tokyo Thursday that cost attendees around $3,500 apiece for the privilege of hob-knobbing with the entertainer. On Friday, Jackson is scheduled to host an art show, for which the tickets were priced at a more affordable $130 each. Earlier this week, promoters said tickets to both events were still available.

Ireland's High Court is asking Eminem to travel to Dublin and testify as to why he canceled a planned concert at Slane Castle in 2005. The event's insurers refused to compensate the promoters for the lost gig after the rapper pulled out, pleading exhaustion. The promoters are now suing three London-based insurance companies for $2 million in an attempt to recoup their losses. A judge is calling Eminem's testimony "possibly crucial" in settling the dispute.

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have announced the dates for their 2007 Soul2Soul tour, kicking off June 6 in Omaha and wrapping up August 10 in Anaheim. Tickets go on sale in the U.S. on Mar. 17.

Kenny Loggins was inducted into the Hollywood's RockWalk Wednesday in recognition of his four-decade career in music. The Grammy winner's latest CD, How About Now (an exclusive CD available at Target), was released last month.

Taylor Hicks is partnering with the Red Cross to turn a pair of upcoming concerts in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama into fundraisers for the victims of the deadly tornado that struck the state on Mar. 2.

News 03/07/2007

Blues Traveler frontman John Popper got popped for possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia when police clocked the car he was riding in at 111 mph and, upon pulling it over, discovered marijuana, an assortment of weapons, and a few other choice items. Popper explained to the Washington State Patrol that he needed a Taser, night-vision goggles, a siren, emergency flashing headlights, and his other goodies because, in the event of a natural disaster, "he didn't want to be left behind," police said.

Jimi Hendrix's family filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday over the use of the guitar legend's name to market a brand of vodka. Janie Hendrix, the musician's adopted sister and CEO of the family's company, Experience Hendrix, called the campaign a "sick joke," because Hendrix's death in 1970 was linked to alcohol consumption. Meanwhile, the makers of Hendrix Electric Vodka is stating that the suit has no legal merit because Experience Hendrix does not own the rights to the musician's name and image, but only to his music.

George Michael is facing an additional drug charge stemming from an October incident in which British police found him slumped over his steering wheel at an intersection in London. The singer stands accused of driving while unfit through drugs and being in charge of a car while on drugs. No date has been set for trial on the charges.

Yoko Ono is blocking the world premiere of Three Days in the Life, a documentary about John Lennon, after warning that she had not authorized any public viewing of the film. The movie had been scheduled to make its debut Tuesday at Berwick Academy, a private school in southern Maine, but the screening was canceled in response to threats from Ono's lawyers.

Forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Blass determined that the Big Bopper was killed immediately in the plane crash that also took the lives of Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly 48 years ago, after the performer's son had the body exhumed in an effort to put lingering questions to rest. Lore surrounding the crash included the rumor that a gun had been fired on board the plane, and that the Big Bopper had survived the impact and died while going for help, but Blass found no evidence to support those claims.

Timbaland told Entertainment Weekly he wants to help Britney Spears revitalize her career...and that he wants his "best friend" and Spears' ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake to play a part. The rapper-producer said Timberlake expressed willingness to work with Spears, provided she could "be serious."

Genesis announced the dates of the North American leg of the Turn It on Again reunion tour...the band's first outing in 15 years. The tour will kick off in Toronto on Sept. 7 and hitting 13 cities before wrapping up in Los Angeles on Oct. 12.

News 03/06/2007

Kanye West's camp is denying reports that the singer paid $3,900 to fly the head chef of the British Raj restaurant in Wales to New York to oversee an Indian meal supposedly intended for him and seven guests. West's spokesman claimed that the hip-hopster is not even in New York and is calling the reports "patently false." According to the restaurant, a music promotion company called Raw Soul picked up the tab for the food, but it remains unclear who will actually be eating it.

The Library of Congress selected 25 culturally significant recordings, including Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes," Bob Newhart's The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, the Ronettes' "Be My Baby," Pete Seeger's "We Shall Overcome," the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come," the Velvet Underground's Velvet Underground and Nico, Bob Marley & the Wailers' Burnin', and Paul Simon's Graceland, as the 2006 picks for inclusion in the National Recording Registry.

Bono will guest-edit Vanity Fair's Africa-theme July issue on behalf of his Project RED campaign, the magazine and the U2 frontman said Tuesday. "As guest editor, I want Africa to appear [as] an adventure, not a burden, and put faces and personalities to the statistics we read elsewhere," Bono said in a statement.

The Beverly Hills Police Department are investigating a complaint filed against Joel Madden by a female photographer who accused the Good Charlotte frontman of attacking her during a confrontation over the weekend, TMZ reports. The woman is alleging that Madden struck her in the left breast with the heel of his hand as she tried to take his picture and is claiming that she had to see a doctor for treatment as a result.

The Decemberists, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Taylor Hicks, Kaiser Chiefs, and Stephen Marley are among the artists taking part in the 2007 Green Apple Music & Arts Festival, a series of Earth Day concerts in San Francisco, Chicago and New York from April 20-22.

While Britney Spears wiled away her days in rehab, Kevin Federline took their two sons to Las Vegas last weekend, where he was scheduled to make a paid appearance at the Mirage Hotel & Casino, People reports. The would-be rapper also traveled with an entourage including his mother, brother, a nanny, and two bodyguards.

"American Idol" runner-up Elliott Yamin is partnering with Dole Salads and Yahoo! Music for a promotion offering free downloads of tracks from Yamin's upcoming album with every purchase of a ready-to-eat Dole salad bag. Yamin's self-titled album arrives in stores on Mar. 20.

Sean "Diddy" Combs is denying a real estate broker's claim that the rapper assaulted him at a post-Oscar party last month. Gerard Rechnitzer is suing Combs for an undisclosed amount exceeding $25,000, alleging that the rapper punched him in the face outside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Feb. 25. Police continuing to investigate the incident; no charges have been filed.

News 03/05/2007

Diddy is being sued by real estate broker Gerard Rechnitzer, who claims the rapper assaulted him at a post-Oscar party at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel last month. Rechnitzer is seeking unspecified economic, special, and punitive damages.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have announced the artists who will be inducting this year's honorees next week: Jay-Z inducting Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five; Eddie Vedder inducting R.E.M.; Keith Richards inducting the Ronettes; Zach De La Rocha of Rage Against the Machine inducting Patti Smith; and Velvet Revolver inducting Van Halen. Meanwhile, the assorted members of Van Halen...Eddie and Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, and Sammy Hagar...have confirmed to the Rock Hall that they will attend the event, but are declining to perform, according to Premiere Radio Networks.

Fabian escaped serious injury twice over the weekend, after getting into a car accident Friday night, then fell off the stage during a concert in Palm Springs on Saturday, his spokesman said.

The Beastie Boys are wrapping up their first new album since 2004's To the 5 Boroughs, due out this summer, Billboard reports. The rap trio are planning to showcase some of their new material in a series of dates in North America and Europe this summer.

Michael Jackson arrived in Japan over the weekend, where he will host an exclusive VIP party and spend 30 seconds to a minute of exclusive face time with guests who shelled out about $3,500 each for the privilege. Jackson also judged a fan art contest for those who could not afford the VIP event and had brunch with three winners.

David Beckham, husband of "Posh Spice" Victoria Beckham, was seriously injuring his knee during a soccer match in Madrid Sunday, potentially impacting his family's plans to move to Los Angeles later this year, where he is signed to a five-year contract with the Galaxy. The soccer star was diagnosed as having damaged the lateral internal ligament of his right leg and was reportedly undergoing more tests Monday.

George Strait racked up a leading eight nominations for the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday, including Entertainer of the Year and Best Male Vocalist. Brooks & Dunn was right behind with seven nominations and Rascal Flatts earning six. The award will be presented May 15 in Las Vegas.

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin revealed Sunday that the band is working on its first new album since 2005's X&Y and stating that the record will contain one "basically genius" track that may be the band's best song yet.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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