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News 03/30/2007

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline have reached a "global settlement on all issues of their marriage" after a marathon five-hour session with their attorneys Thursday, according to a spokesman for Federline's legal team. The terms of the settlement were not revealed, beyond that it covers child custody and financial matters, though sources told tmz.com that Federline was sent packing with a scant $1 million in his pocket.

Elton John has purchased a nearly $2.5 million high-rise apartment in West Hollywood's Sierra Towers. The singer's 20th-floor digs feature two bedrooms and two and a half baths in 1,831 square feet.

Usher's publicist finally confirmed Friday that he is engaged to his girlfriend, Tameka Foster...something that was known a month ago. The R&B star also beat his own rep to the announcement by revealing his impending matrimonial plans to MTV News on Wednesday.

In a posting to her Website, moonwashedrose.com, Courtney Love referenced her newly trim figure, explaining that she has dropped 44 pounds in recent months.

Jamie Foxx canceled his concert in Washington, D.C. Wednesday due to "a touch of bronchitis," his rep confirmed to "E! News." The singer has since bounced back and is due to continue his North American tour with concerts in Atlanta Friday and Saturday.

Michael Jackson is recovering from a bad cold or flu, but not pneumonia, and contrary to published reports, has not been hospitalized, his spokesperson, Raymone K. Bain clarified Thursday.

The first round of an online competition in which high school students can vie for the chance to have Mandy Moore perform at their graduation ended Saturday; interested parties can still lodge votes for their respective cities at www.eventful.com/mandy. The 10 cities receiving the most votes will then have the opportunity to submit videos about why their school is the most deserving through the month of April, with the winning school being announced in May.

News 03/29/2007

Bono was crowned a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Thursday in an informal ceremony at the Dublin home of British Ambassador David Reddaway. After the event, the U2 frontman told reporters they had his permission to call him anything "except sir."

The Smashing Pumpkins will play their first live show in six-and-a-half years in Paris on May 22, the band announced Wednesday. The Pumpkins will then continue their trek with dates across Europe in the summer, before continuing on to North America in the fall.

A Maryland man accused of stalking Michelle Branch was arrested at a Wreckers concert in Wisconsin this week after the singer spotted him in the crowd from the stage and stopped her performance in order to request that security check him out. Once the man was apprehended, Branch finished the show.

News 03/28/2007

Black Eyed Peas member Taboo (a.k.a. Jaime Luis Gomez) was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana after colliding with another vehicle in Los Angeles Tuesday morning, police said.

Anthony Lavato, lead singer of the defunct punk band Mest, was freed from jail in Los Angeles Tuesday after prosecutors declined to prosecute him for stabbing another man to death two days earlier, determining he had acted in self defense.

A judge has removed one of the trustees managing the estate of the late Celia Cruz from his position and is ordering him to account for any deals he made regarding the Queen of Salsa.

"E! News" has learned that Britney Spears paid dentist Dr. William Dorfman another visit Wednesday for a routine follow-up appointment to check on the painful molar that had Spears seeking treatment on Sunday. Dorfman's office happens to be adjacent to Century City Hospital, where the pop star's SUV was spotted.

A woman who has repeatedly claimed to be the mother of Michael Jackson's three children is renewing her efforts to have a say in the child custody settlement between Jackson and Debbie Rowe. In court documents filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Nona Paris Lola Jackson claims that the singer's marriage to Rowe was never consummated and that she delivered his three children by "water birth," because she is "technically an herbalist." The London resident seeking shared physical custody of the singer's three children, as well as child support and the deed to Neverland Ranch.

Foxy Brown pled not guilty Wednesday to a pair of misdemeanor charges stemming from an alleged dustup at a beauty supply store in Florida and vowing to fight to prove her innocence. A judge issued an arrest warrant for the rapper last week after she failed to show up a court date. The warrant was later withdrawn after Brown's attorneys explained the arraignment notice was mailed to an old address.

News 03/27/2007

Wynonna Judd has filed for divorce from her estranged husband, D.R. Roach, citing irreconcilable differences. The move comes after Roach was arrested last week and charged with three counts of sexual assault against a minor, according to a statement on the country singer's Website.

Kellie Pickler will host the 2007 CMT Music Awards Video of the Year Special on Apr. 9, giving fans a closer look at the eight videos vying for Video of the Year at the CMT Music Awards on Apr. 16.

Petra Nemcova and James Blunt have ended their relationship after a year, a source close to Blunt confirms to "E! News." The breakup reportedly happened last month...around the time Blunt allegedly ran over a paparazzo's foot with Nemcova sitting shotgun. No word on whether the two events were related.

Jessica Simpson followed through with her promise to donate a minivan to a Mexican orphanage, personally delivering the vehicle to the facility on Sunday in the company of her parents and a few others, People reports. Boyfriend John Mayer chose not to make the trip.

Snoop Dogg and Diddy have announced the cancellation of their U.K. tour dates after Snoop was denied a visa to enter Britain, his record company said Tuesday. The rappers said they were "incredibly disappointed and devastated" about calling off dates in London, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham and Glasgow, but that the situation was "out of their control." The tour continues Saturday in Dublin.

Scott Weiland's wife, Mary, was arrested for arson and vandalism after she allegedly torched a pile of the Velvet Revolver frontman's suits and shoes on the lawn of the couple's home, just hours after they allegedly quarreled at a boutique hotel in Burbank, leaving their hotel room trashed. Weiland has estimated the damage to his wardrobe at about $10,000.

The Bee Gees will receive the Icon Award at BMI's 55th Annual Pop Music Awards on May 15, the organization said Monday.

News 03/26/2007

Britney Spears was briefly admitted to Century City Hospital Sunday to be treated for a toothache, according to tmz.com. The dental visit capped off a busy weekend for the rehabbed pop star, who also indulged in some retail therapy, dined on sushi with friends, and showed off her moves in a hip-hop dance class, according to various reports. Meanwhile, Kevin Federline spent the weekend in Las Vegas, where he celebrated his 29th birthday with friends including Shar Jackson, the mother of his two other children. Sean Preston and Jayden James making the trip with their father, along with assorted members of the Federline family, People reports.

After being denied a visa to enter Britain as part of his European tour with Diddy, Snoop Dogg is seeking to have the decision overturned so that his concert can go ahead as scheduled on Tuesday, his spokesperson said. The rapper's persona non grata status in the U.K. allegedly stems from his arrest at Heathrow Airport last year, after his posse was involved in a scuffle that left several police officers injured.

A Burbank hotel is reportedly pressing charges against Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland and his wife, Mary, after the twosome allegedly trashed their hotel room during a violent argument over the weekend, according to tmz.com.

Eminem and Kim Mathers have agreed to stop insulting each other in the media for the sake of their 11-year-old daughter, Hailie, at a court hearing in Michigan on Monday. The rapper filed a motion earlier this month seeking to prevent his ex-wife from making "derogatory, disparaging, inflammatory and otherwise negative comments" about him after she gave a radio interview dissing his sexual prowess and accusing him of having been unfaithful during their marriages. The couple's second divorce was finalized in December.

Busta Rhymes is facing trial on two assault charges after a judge withdrew a plea offer Monday that would have allowed the rapper to remain free. The judge cited Rhymes' recent arrest for driving on a suspended license as the reason the offer was taken off the table.

G-Unit rapper Tony Yayo pled not guilty to harassment and endangering the welfare of a child after he was arrested for allegedly slapping and hitting a 14-year-old boy. The boy in question was reportedly the son of the Game's manager; the Game has feuded with G-Unit members including 50 Cent in recent years. Yayo was released after posting $5,000 bail.

U2's The Edge is donating his favorite guitar, a 1975 Gibson Les Paul worth anywhere from $60,000 to $80,000, to be sold through the Icons of Music Auction on Apr. 21. Proceeds will benefit the Music Rising charity, which provides aid to musicians impacted by the Gulf Coast hurricanes. Other items being auctioned include a seven-page love letter from Janis Joplin to her boyfriend, a pair of sunglasses belonging to John Lennon and an MTV Video Music Award won by Kurt Cobain.

The Arcade Fire, Air, Deerhoof, Secret Machines, and the Polyphonic Spree have signed on for the inaugural High Line Festival in Manhattan May 9-19, Billboard reports. David Bowie is serving as curator of the event.

Tony Lavato, lead singer of the defunct punk band Mest, was jailed on suspicion of murder in Los Angeles, after allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend's new lover on Sunday, police said. Lavato is being held on $1 million bail.

Alexandra Patsavas, the musical mastermind behind the popular soundtracks to "The O.C." and "Grey's Anatomy," has signed with Atlantic Records to launch her own label, Chop Shop Records, Billboard reports.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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