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News 03/18/2007

Britney Spears' Website has been redesigned so as to allow fans to submit messages of support to the rehabbing pop princess. "Britney, you are a very special person and you are one of a kind. There is no other person on this earth that can ever hold the power that you have," read a message from "Tim F."

Boston singer Brad Delp called himself "a lonely soul" in a suicide note found clipped to his shirt, police said Thursday. Delp was found dead on the floor of his bathroom at his home in New Hampshire last week, after sealing himself inside with two charcoal grills; toxicology reports confirmed the cause of his death was carbon monoxide poisoning. The singer was cremated Wednesday, following a private funeral earlier in the week.

Ricky Martin has been named the King of the 50th annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York on June 10. The event has awarded the titles of grand marshal and padrino to parade leaders in the past, but it's the first time the royal title has been conferred.

News 03/15/2007

The family of Boston singer Brad Delp stated that he took his own life, after toxicology tests revealed he committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. The musician reportedly left two notes taped to a door, as well as letters to his family and fiancée. "We take comfort in knowing that he is now, at last, at peace," his family said in a statement.

British police scolded Heather Mills for dialing 999 (Brit-speak for 911) too often and warned her that they may start taking her calls less seriously if she continues to bug them about trifling matters like being trailed by paparazzi. Meanwhile, Mills told the BBC Thursday that "huge powers" are out to get her, as she and Paul McCartney continue their divorce proceedings. "There is a huge agenda behind trying to destroy me and put me down," Mills said, stating that she plans to campaign for new laws against press intrusion.

News 03/14/2007

Roger Daltrey walked off the stage after the first song during a Who concert in Tampa Tuesday, much to the confusion of 9,000 fans. Several minutes later, Pete Townshend announced the show was canceled because Daltrey had developed bronchitis. The band is planning to make up the show on Mar. 25.

R.E.M. are following up induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by heading into the studio to record the band's first album since 2004's lackluster Around the Sun, under the supervision of U2 producer Jackknife Lee.

Though David and Victoria Beckham have been busily house-hunting in anticipation of their upcoming move to Los Angeles, a rep for the former Spice Girl is denying reports that the couple plans to buy Meg Ryan's $20 million mansion in Bel Air as their new family home.

News 03/13/2007

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five became the first hip-hop artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday night. "There were some that called it a fad. They called it a flash of brilliance, excuse my pun," Grandmaster Flash told reporters at the event. "They all finally accepted and embraced this wonderful culture we call hip-hop." Meanwhile, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony were the lone members of Van Halen in attendance at the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday. David Lee Roth boycotted the event over a dispute about performing, Eddie Van Halen is currently in rehab, and Alex Van Halen reportedly stayed away out of loyalty to his brother.

Starbucks is launching a record label based on its existing Hear Music brand, partnering with Concord Music Group in a deal that will allow the coffee chain to sign its own artists and sell records in its stores and other retailers.

News 03/12/2007

R.E.M. is slated to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday night, along with the Ronettes, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Patti Smith, and Van Halen. Eddie Van Halen is likely sitting this one out, after entering rehab last week.

According to British press reports, Paul McCartney and Heather Mills have reached a settlement in their bitter divorce battle, with Mills reportedly accepting $56 million in cash and property from the ex-Beatle, as well as joint custody of their daughter, Beatrice. Because the couple had no prenup, Mills could potentially have walked away from the divorce with one-quarter of McCartney's estimated $1.6 billion fortune. Meanwhile, offshore gambling site bodog.com is accepting wagers on whether Heather Mills' prosthetic leg will fall off during her upcoming stint on "Dancing with the Stars"...a result the ex-model has already said is unlikely. The site specified that the artificial limb must fly off accidentally, as opposed to being purposefully removed, in order for any "yes" bets to be counted as winners.

Paula Abdul is releasing a greatest hits album, titled Greatest Hits: Straight Up!, featuring six of the "American Idol" judge's number one singles and eight top 10 hits. The album is due in stores May 8.

Snoop Dogg was held overnight by police in Stockholm, Sweden on suspicion of using illegal narcotics, but was released after questioning and drug tests, police said. The rapper was detained after police stopped a car in which he was riding early Monday and determined that he and a female friend appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Test results are due back in two to three weeks; should Snoop test positive, he could face a fine.

Britney Spears' rebound fling, Isaac Cohen, told People he was "surprised" to hear that the pop star had entered rehab. "I didn't feel it had to come to that, but you know, if that's what it takes and if that's what she needs," the male model said. Cohen and Spears ended their brief relationship in February; shortly thereafter, he sold the details of their fling to Britain's News of the World.

Jamie Foxx and Mary J. Blige took home the top album honors at the 21st Anniversary Soul Train Music Awards Saturday. Jennifer Hudson won the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year.

Cyndi Lauper will headline the upcoming True Colors tour, along with Deborah Harry, Erasure, and Margaret Cho, among others. The 15-city tour promoting gay rights kicks off June 8 in Las Vegas and wraps up in Los Angeles on June 30.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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