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News 03/23/2007

Priscilla Presley guest-hosted a segment of Sirius Satellite's "Elvis Radio" live from Graceland Friday, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's purchase of the Memphis estate.

The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office have filed misdemeanor theft charges against a group of Los Angeles International Airport baggage screeners suspected of stealing personal items from Paris Hilton, Keyshia Cole, and other celebrities, as well as from traveling commoners. Stolen items include cartons of cigarettes, jewelry, and watches, per the Los Angeles Times.

Kid Rock is filing a lawsuit against a woman who claimed he assaulted her by shoving her into a snowbank during a party at his home earlier this month. On Monday, prosecutors declined to file charges against the rock-rapper, citing lack of evidence. Rock is now accusing Kelly Ann Kozlowski of defaming him by making false statements.

The Who resumed its North American tour in Arkansas Thursday after Roger Daltrey finally recovered from a bad case of bronchitis that led the band to cancel several appearances this week and last.

A bench warrant was issued for Foxy Brown's arrest Thursday after the rapper failed to appear in Florida court on charges stemming from a scuffle in a beauty supply store in February. The skipped date could lead to jail time for Brown, who is already on thin ice for violating her probation in another case.

Ice Cube is establishing a new scholarship through the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota, marking the school's first scholastic collaboration with a hip-hop artist. The scholarship will be awarded to the winner of the Ice Cube Challenge, a contest testing students on their creativity, talent and skill in developing a song.

Eminem has filed a motion seeking to prevent his ex-wife Kim Mathers from making negative comments about him in public, claiming the remarks could harm their 11-year-old daughter, Hailie. The rapper is due to appear in court in Michigan on Monday for a ruling on the order.

Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick and former manager Bill Thompson, who also managed the band in its Jefferson Starship incarnation, are suing founding member Paul Kantner, alleging he is using the band's name without permission in violation of the terms of an $80,000 settlement he signed in 1985.

Current members of Boston are complaining that they were not informed about or invited to lead singer Brad Delp's funeral, though members from earlier incarnations of the band were included in the event. Delp committed suicide earlier this month, leaving behind a note saying he had lost the desire to live.

News 03/22/2007

Madonna's affordable clothing line for H&M went on sale in stores worldwide Thursday. Pieces in the M by Madonna collection include a leather trench coat, calf-length cropped pants, and sequined dresses.

Tennessee Senator Raymond Finney has removed a resolution to honor Justin Timberlake for his "highly successful music career and for his meritorious service to the State of Tennessee," from a list of resolutions expected to win unanimous approval in the Senate. Republican senators reportedly objected to the racy title of the singer's latest album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, as well as song titles such as "Rock Your Body" and "SexyBack."

Elton John, who married his longtime partner, David Furnish, in a civil ceremony in December 2005, penned a column for the New Statesman paying tribute to gay rights campaigners and urging others around the world to "stand up and speak out" against homophobia. "Men and women are persecuted and attacked every day all over the world, just because of who they love and who they make love to," the singer wrote.

Rick James' estate is suing the late R&B star's former music publisher, Brooklyn Music Publishing, claiming the company continued to enter into contracts with European firms even after being told its contract was not being renewed.

Reba McEntire will return as host of the 42nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards on May 15, the organization announced Thursday. George Strait leads the field in nominations with a total of eight; Brooks & Dunn are right on his heels with seven.

Attorneys for Britney Spears won a British court injunction Thursday designed to prevent publication of stories about her recent stay in rehab. The court order blocks anonymous sources from leaking any further inside information about the pop star's Promises experience, according to Schillings, Spears' London law firm. Luckily for U.S. gossip fiends, the order only applies across the pond.

Lamb of God, Hatebreed, and Lordi are among the acts signing on for the 12th annual Ozzfest, launching July 12 in Seattle.

Always dreamed of being the next Ricky Martin? Good news...MTV is launching the search for the next Menudo with open casting calls beginning in Los Angeles on Mar. 31 and continuing through the end of April in cities including Dallas, Miami, and New York.

News 03/21/2007

Britney Spears checked out of Promises Treatment Facility in Malibu after "successfully completing their program," her manager, Larry Rudolph, said in a statement Tuesday. The pop star entered the facility for the long haul on Feb. 22, after a couple of false starts. Spears' rehab exit coincided with estranged husband Kevin Federline's 29th birthday Wednesday. The would-be rapper called off a planned celebration at West Hollywood nightclub Eleven, either due to a lack of sponsors (according to the New York Post) or because he wanted to spend the day with his family (according to his rep.) Federline is still planning to mark the occasion with a bash in Las Vegas this weekend.

Elton John is making his entire music catalogue available online for the first time (at least legally) exclusively through iTunes Music Store from Mar. 26 through Apr. 30, before releasing it to other digital outlets, he said Wednesday. The move coincides with the singer's 60th birthday.

Paul McCartney became the first artist signed to Starbucks' new record label, Los Angeles-based Hear Music, the company announced Wednesday. The coffee chain unveiled its new label earlier this month.

The Bay City Rollers are filing a lawsuit against Arista Records, alleging the label failed to pass along millions of dollars in royalties over the last 25 years. The band is seeking unspecified damages on behalf of six members, including brothers Alan and Derek Longmuir, who started the group in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1967.

Singer Luther Ingram, best known for the hit song "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want to Be Right)," has died of a heart attack, his family said Wednesday. He was 69.

Opera diva Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has emerged victorious from a lawsuit filed against her by a concert promoter seeking damages after she canceled performances with an Australian pop singer upon learning that women hurled their panties at him on stage.

News 03/20/2007

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have postponed dates in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan this week, while frontman Anthony Kiedis recovers from bronchial pneumonia. Tokyo-based Smash Productions stated the shows would likely be rescheduled for the fall.

Shanna Moakler is reuniting with her husband, Travis Barker, she confirmed to People, though denying rumors she is pregnant. The couple split last year and Barker filed for divorce in August.

Jury selection continued Tuesday in the murder trial of Phil Spector, accused of fatally shooting B-movie star Lana Clarkson in 2003. Some 150 prospective jurors reported to court on Monday, where 43 were excused for various reasons. With his trial finally getting underway, Spector debuting a new look...closely cropped blond locks and bangs.

News 03/19/2007

Jury selection began Monday in Phil Spector's long-delayed trial in the 2003 shooting death of B-movie star Lana Clarkson. The process expected to take two days, after which point court will be adjourned until a pretrial hearing next month.

Kid Rock will not face charges over a woman's claim that he assaulted her by shoving her headfirst into a snowbank after a night of drinking, prosecutors said Friday, citing a lack of evidence in the case. The rap-rocker is now planning to sue his accuser for filing a false police report, his attorney said.

Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell has donated close to 300 acres of his Georgia hunting preserve to the state as a conservation easement, taking advantage of a new tax credit. The musician is urging others to follow his lead and protect the state's open spaces.

Charlotte Church, who is pregnant with her boyfriend Gavin Henson's baby, is denying tabloid reports that she plans to wed the rugby player...at least not any time soon. The 21-year-old singer confirmed her pregnancy earlier this month, saying she and Henson were "delighted."

Vanessa Williams received the 2,331st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday, a day after her 44th birthday, in honor of her acting and singing career.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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