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News 04/09/2006

LA Councilman Dennis Zine wants to offer a $50,000 public reward for leads in the unsolved murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G. "I am hopeful someone will come forward with information which will lead to the eventual apprehension of the murderers," he said.

Eminem has denied his estranged wife Kim's claims to a Detroit radio station that he was slipping back into addiction problems and he had surprised her by filing for divorce. "First, her allegations regarding my status post-rehab are both untrue and unfortunate. Second, she was aware that I was filing for divorce," the rapper said in a statement.

Jessica Simpson is being sued for $100 million by the Tarrant Apparel Company, which claims that the pop star signed a multimillion dollar licensing deal for low-priced jeans and apparel and then failed to promote them as promised, the Smoking Gun Website reports.

Chinese censors have asked the Rolling Stones to exclude five songs from their weekend concert in Shanghai due to lyrics deemed inappropriate, Mick Jagger said Friday. The banned songs include "Honky Tonk Woman," "Brown Sugar," "Beast of Burden," and "Let's Spend the Night Together." He did not reveal the title of the fifth song.

Thomas Dolby has accused Kevin Federline of illegally sampling his hit "She Blinded Me with Science" for K-Fed's "America's Most Hated."

Leif Garrett has been jailed for 45 days after failing several drug tests while staying in a strict drug-rehabilitation program, officials said Thursday.

Grammy-winning music producer Lou Adler received the 2,307th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday.

Ciara and Bow Wow have called it quits after a one-year relationship, per Teen People.

News 04/06/2006

Christian vocalist Chris Tomlin won Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Vocalist at the 37th Annual Dove Awards Wednesday.

VH1 will debut the VH1 Rock Honors next month with inaugural honorees KISS, Queen, Def Leppard, and Judas Priest.

Mariah Carey is partnering with Elizabeth Arden to launch her own fragrance line, the company said Thursday. The scent is slated for a spring 2007 release.

James Brown received the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Award at the annual Keepers of the Dream Awards Thursday.

The release of LL Cool J's 11th album, Todd Smith, has been pushed up two weeks to Apr. 11.

The Rolling Stones arrived in Shanghai Thursday for the band's first ever concert in mainland China.

News 04/05/2006

Roll and Roll Hall of Famer Gene Pitney, whose hits included "Town Without Pity" and "Only Love Can Break a Heart," died Wednesday in Wales after performing a show, his agent said. He was 65.

Eminem has filed for divorce a second time from his wife, Kim, 82 days after they remarried.

Dave Matthews Band put its entire catalogue online for the first time Tuesday after striking a deal with Apple to sell the band's songs and albums through iTunes Music Store.

News 04/04/2006

Sandy Brooks, ex-wife of country star Garth Brooks, is safe after being kidnapped at gunpoint from her Oklahoma farm. The assailant forced her into a car and ordered her to drive away. After driving for a few miles, Brooks stopped the car and fled into a convenience store. The perpetrator, who was already wanted on an outstanding warrant, was arrested and booked on kidnapping and weapons charges.

Hank Williams Jr. turned himself in to Memphis police Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest for allegedly roughing up a hotel waitress last month. The country singer's rep denies the charge, saying the woman was motivated by "greed."

Snoop Dogg is reuniting Tha Dogg Pound with Daz Dillinger and Kurupt to record a new album, Cali Iz Active, hitting stores June 27 via his label, Doggy Style Records.

An attorney for Marion "Suge" Knight said the rap mogul is declaring bankruptcy today after getting hit with a $107 million judgment in a 2005 civil suit. The courts are expected to take control of Death Row and other assets.

Country great George Jones was released from a Nashville hospital after being treated for pneumonia last week and is now resting at home.

Rapper Black Rob has been sentenced to seven years in the slammer for a November 2004 hotel robbery in which he stole a woman's purse and pocketed more than $6,000.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, sister company to the Recording Industry Association of America, has filed a new wave of lawsuits against 5.500 file sharers across 18 European countries on Tuesday seeking to curb the practice.

News 04/03/2006

Rap-music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight skipped his court-ordered appearance at a hearing about his assets Saturday. This sets the stage for the courts to take control of his Death Row Records label.

A master-bathroom toilet once owned by Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia was swiped from a residential driveway while awaiting shipment to a Canadian casino. The owner had sold the commode to GoldenPalace.com for $2,550 to raise money for charity. The online casino is offering a $250 reward upon the toilet's safe return.

Bruce Springsteen announced 10 European concert dates in support of We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions beginning May 5 in Dublin. The album hits stores Apr. 25, and Springsteen debuts with the Seeger Sessions Band Apr. 30 at the New Orleans Heritage & Jazz Festival.

Madonna has announced dates for her upcoming the World Is My Dance Floor tour supporting her hit album, Confessions on a Dance Floor. The trek will kick off in Los Angeles May 21 and hit cities across the U.S. and Canada before heading over to Europe and then Japan.

"Crazy" by British hip-hop artist Gnarls Barkley became the first song to reach number one on Britain's singles chart from download sales alone, pushing 31,000 copies before the record hit stores Monday.

The James Gang announced their tour dates on Monday. Original members Jimmy Fox, Dale Peters, and Joe Walsh kick off their first joint tour in more than 35 years in Denver on Aug. 9.

Melissa Etheridge, Ben Harper, Def Leppard, and Nine Inch Nails are among the artists teaming up with Ticketmaster and promoters for an online ticket auction raising money for Music Rising, a musical instrument replacement fund founded by U2's the Edge benefiting Gulf Coast musicians. It runs through April.

Dwight Yoakam, Trace Adkins, and Garth Brooks were among 2,000 friends, family, and fans who gathered in Bakersfield, California, Sunday for a memorial service paying tribute to country music great Buck Owens, who died last week.

Vancouver crooner Michael Bublé snagged four prizes at the Junos, Canada's version of the Grammys. Rock legend Neil Young won for Best Alternative Album for Prairie Wind and Best Producer.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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