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News 04/14/2006

Michael Jackson's attorneys confirmed Thursday that the former King of Pop has cut a deal with Sony Corp. to avoid bankruptcy by refinancing millions of dollars in loans. The agreement also gives Sony partial control over his stake in the Beatles catalog.

The Beatles are preparing to make their songs available for online purchase for the first time, according to testimony given by the head of their record company.

Madonna, Elton John, Celine Dion, Toby Keith, and INXS are among the more than 100 artists donating concert tickets to Music Rising, an online auction through Ticketmaster to benefit Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims who lost musical instruments or equipment. Promoters Live Nation, House of Blues, AEG Live, and Nederlander Concerts and Gibson Guitar are also helming the effort. More than 65 auctions are currently under way.

Kevin Federline has put a revised version of "America's Most Hated" back up on his Website, minus the "She Blinded Me With Science" sample that Thomas Dolby accused him of using without permission.

Hilary Williams, daughter of Hank Williams Jr., was transferred to a Nashville hospital for continued treatment of injuries she suffered in a car accident last month. Her sister, Holly, was also hurt in the crash, but was released from a Memphis hospital March 17.

Hundreds turned out Wednesday in Somers, Connecticut, for the funeral of Gene Pitney, who died in Wales last week at the age of 65.

Pink is heading up a new anti-KFC campaign called "Kick the Bucket," and launching a global petition drive against the fast-food chain on her official Website, PinksPage.com.

The Grace Episcopal Church in Rhode Island are using the spiritual music of U2 as part of "U2 Eucharist," a special event aimed at drawing younger worshippers to services. The idea is part of a growing trend among churches nationwide.

Doug Martsch, frontman for indie rockers Built to Spill, is recovering from a major operation to repair a detached retina, forcing the band to postpone its spring tour until June 9 in Calgary, Alberta.

Babyface, a.k.a. Kenny Edmonds, suing fellow R&B singer Anita Baker for breach of contract claiming she has yet to pay him at least $250,000 for co-writing and co-producing two songs on her album, My Everything.

Columbian pop star Shakira is planning to join forces with a group of Latin American artists to put on a Live-Aid style concert sometime in 2007 that will benefit the poor people of her continent.

Janet Jackson has issued a statement stating that two supposedly new tracks leaked recently to the Internet were actually old tunes recorded two years ago that will not be on her upcoming album, 20 Years Old, due out later this year.

Advance sales for Dolly's Dixie Fixin's kicked off last week for Dolly Parton new cookbook, proceeds of which will raise money for the Dollywood Foundation's Imagination Library. People who buy the recipe book will also have a chance to win a backyard barbecue and bluegrass festival with the singer.

News 04/12/2006

June Pointer, the youngest of famed '80s R&B group, The Pointer Sisters, who had struggled with drug problems in recent years, died Tuesday of cancer in a Southern California hospital. She was 52.

According to Detroit police, D12 rapper Proof fired the first shot in the deadly nightclub shooting along Eight Mile that left him dead and another man hospitalized in critical condition.

Kate Moss' ex-beau, rocker Pete Doherty, failed to turn up in a London court Wednesday for a follow up review regarding his drug rehab. The case was postponed until May 12.

The New York Post has reported that Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden got into a scuffle with a patron at New York nightclub Don Hill's Saturday night. The clubgoer was eventually ejected.

A California-based clothing company is suing Jessica Simpson for $100 million accusing her of breaching her contract by failing to market several fashion lines she developed with the manufacturer.

Kanye West and A Tribe Called Quest are among the hip-hopsters joining rockers AFI, Hawthorne Heights, and Yellowcard on the bill for the 2006 edition of Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, set for Sept. 2-4 at the Seattle Center.

News 04/11/2006

Proof, a member of rap group D12 and a close friend of Eminem, was shot to death early Tuesday at a Detroit nightclub, a publicist said. The rapper, whose real name was DeShaun Holton, was 32.

Family Services visited Britney Spears' home after seven-month-old Sean Preston was rushed to the hospital Friday after a fall from his high chair. The case has since been closed; no charges will be filed.

Victor Edward Willis, the original policeman from the Village People, will face arraignment on further drug charges later this month after a judge determined there was enough evidence to hold him over for trial.

The Latin Grammys will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York for the first time on Nov. 2.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul 2 Soul II tour is the most-requested event in the first quarter of 2006, per Ticketmaster.

Recordings by Buddy Holly, B.B. King, Sonic Youth, Fats Domino, Stevie Wonder, and Jimi Hendrix are among the 50 records being preserved by the Library of Congress this year.

Carrie Underwood won Breakthrough Video and Female Video at the 4th Annual Country Music Television Awards Monday for her song "Jesus, Take the Wheel." Keith Urban won Video of the Year for "Better Life."

Madonna and Guy Ritchie have reportedly retreated to Los Angeles in order to patch up their marriage after a difficult period, according to an interview with Ritchie's father, John Ritchie, in Closer magazine.

News 04/10/2006

Elton John has sold thousands of pieces from his personal wardrobe in order to raise money for his AIDS charity.

Nicollette Sheridan will sing a duet with Michael Bolton on his upcoming CD, called "The Second Time Around." The couple got engaged in March; no wedding date has been set.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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