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News 04/15/2007

Avril Lavigne and Deryck Whibley paid about $9.5 million for a new Bel-Air pad with eight bedrooms, 10.5 bathrooms, an elevator, a sauna, and garage space for 10 cars, per the Los Angeles Times.

Isaac Hanson, the oldest brother in the "MMMBop"-ing trio, and his wife, Nicole, welcomed their first child last week, a baby boy named Clarke Everett Hanson, a rep for the musician confirmed.

Los Angeles radio station KIIS FM announced the lineup for the annual Wango Tango concert, with Fergie, Ludacris, Rihanna, Omarion, and Elliott Yamin among the performers set to take the stage at the May 12 event. "E! News'" Ryan Seacrest will serve as host of the festivities.

Laurie David and Sheryl Crow will head up an Earth Day event as part of the Stop Global Warming Virtual March and College Tour on Apr. 22 in Washington, D.C., E! Online Planet Gossip columnist Marc Malkin reports. Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Carole King, and Larry David are also participating, while Al Gore and Senator John McCain will appear in pre-taped segments.

Snoop Dogg was charged with two felony counts of sale or transportation of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a felon stemming from his November arrest after an appearance on "The Tonight Show." Snoop pled no contest Wednesday morning in Pasadena Superior Court to felony charges of possessing a gun and marijuana and received a three-year suspended sentence, meaning he will not spend any time in jail. The rapper was also sentenced to five years of formal probation and 800 hours of community service. Meanwhile, Snoop put his eight bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home in Claremont, California on the market for $2 million. Among other amenities, the property boasts a four-car garage, tennis court, pool, home theater, and a recording studio.

The lakeside Tennessee home where Johnny Cash and wife June Carter Cash lived from the late 1960s until their deaths in 2003 burned down Tuesday. The cause of the blaze is unknown, but it spread quickly because construction workers had recently applied a flammable wood preservative both inside and outside the house. Bee Gee Barry Gibb and his wife Linda bought the property in 2006 and were planning to restore the 13,880 square-foot home and write songs there. Gibb's rep says the family is "saddened and devastated by the news."

Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora will get their own action figures from McFarlane Toys, due to hit stores in August, Billboard reports. Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres and keyboardist David Bryan did not make the cut for their own miniatures.

An Ohio TV producer has asked Florida Governor Charlie Crist to pardon Jim Morrison, some 38 years after the late Doors frontman was convicted of exposing himself during a Miami concert. Morrison died in 1971 while his case was still on appeal. He was 27.

Neil Aspinall, the chief executive of Apple Corps., the company that oversees the Beatles' commercial interests, stepped down from his position, Apple said in a statement Tuesday. No explanation for the abrupt departure was given. Aspinall was a school friend of Paul McCartney and George Harrison and served as the band's first road manager. The Beatles' Apple Corp. settled a royalties dispute with EMI, potentially paving the way for the Fab Four's music to become legally available online at last. Though details of the settlement were not disclosed, the parties are now free to negotiate a new royalties agreement that could include Internet sales.

The Police, the Smashing Pumpkins, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Kanye West, John Mayer, and Melissa Etheridge are among the performers for the U.S. leg of the 24-hour, seven-continent Live Earth concerts on July 7, while the Beastie Boys, Madonna, Duran Duran, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Foo Fighters are among the acts taking the stage in the U.K., organizers announced Tuesday. The planet-spanning event designed to raise awareness of how to combat global warming.

Justin Timberlake told British GQ that he no longer has any connection to Britney Spears and denied rumors that his cryptic message to "Stop drinking! You know who you are," at February's Brit Awards was meant for the recently rehabbed pop princess. "Honestly, I am so far removed from that situation," Timberlake said. Also, Timberlake is teaming with Timbaland to write and produce songs for Madonna's upcoming album, due out in November, his rep confirmed to "E! News." Meanwhile, Timberlake revealed at a press event for Shrek the Third that he recently called Spears to check up on her because he was worried. "She's getting everything under control now," he said of his rehabbed ex. Ryan Seacrest spoke exclusively with Spears' manager Larry Rudolph at Wednesday's "American Idol 6" results show, where he confirmed reports of trouble in professional paradise, admitting that there has been "friction" between him and his recovering star client since she left rehab last month. Rudolph added that Spears is nonetheless doing much better, focusing on her work and taking her recovery "very seriously."

Phil Spector's defense team are planning to show that Lana Clarkson was despondent over her finances and acting career at the time of her death and possibly contemplating suicide before her encounter with the record producer, according to court documents filed Monday. A judge ruled Tuesday that an ex-girlfriend of Spector can testify at his murder trial that he twice pointed guns at her head when she tried to leave his home. The music producer's defense team argued against allowing Devra Robitaille to testify, claiming her experiences are irrelevant. The judge, who has previously ruled in favor of allowing four other women to testify about Spector waving guns at them between 1988 and 1995, disagreed.

Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora's marriage is officially over, People reports. Lawyers for both sides met with a judge Wednesday to finalize the terms of the divorce settlement.

Madonna is headed back to Malawi, but not with the intention of adopting another child. The Material Mom is traveling to the impoverished African nation to continue her charity work with the Raising Malawi Organization and to oversee the construction of a children's health care center there, her rep said Thursday. It was unclear whether David, the boy she is in the process of adopting, would accompany her back to his native land.

A federal judge ruled that deputies did not use excessive force when apprehending Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and his son during a New Year's Eve 2003 dustup at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Naples, Florida. Police used tasers to subdue the father-son pair and Lifeson's nose was broken in the scuffle, leading him to claim the deputies had violated his civil rights. However, the judge determined the officials were within their rights.

Island Def Jam is reviving the legendary Mercury Records label in the U.S., eight years after it was shelved following a corporate merger. The imprint was originally founded in Chicago in 1945 and rose to success with acts such as Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughn, and Dinah Washington.

Nickelback raised almost $400,000 within eight weeks of the release of the charity single, "If Everybody Cared." The band donated the funds to Amnesty International and International Children's Awareness Canada.

Trey Anastasio pled guilty Friday to a felony drug charge stemming from his Dec. 15 arrest in Whitehall, New York. Under the terms of a plea agreement, the former Phish frontman avoided jail, but entered a drug court program requiring him to submit to drug testing and make court appearances every week for 12 to 15 months. If he completes the program, he will be sentenced to five years probation; if not, he could be sentenced to up to three years behind bars.

Julian Lennon, the 44-year-old son of John Lennon, has sold his financial stake in his late father's compositions for the Beatles to Primary Wave Music Publishing, the Wall Street Journal reports. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the parties said in a statement that the purchase involved a "significant" share of the catalog. Primary Wave is the same company that purchased a 50 percent stake of the Nirvana catalog from Courtney Love last year, paying an estimated $50 million.

Sara Evans' estranged husband, Craig Schelske, has filed a $20 million slander suit against one of her divorce attorneys, accusing the legal eagle of besmirching his good name with untrue allegations of adultery.

After Lindsey Buckingham canceled a performance in Lincoln, Nebraska Wednesday, blaming the venue's faulty sound system in a statement on his Website, the managers of the Rococo Theater fought back, claiming that the singer's "diva-like" behavior was the real problem, as opposed to their equipment.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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