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.