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News 04/29/2007

"Monster Mash" singer Bobby "Boris" Pickett died Wednesday night at a hospital in Los Angeles after a battle with leukemia, his manager said. He was 69.

Madonna jetted out of Malawi Sunday, taking with her, as promised, only the two children with whom she arrived: 10-year-old Lourdes and 20-month-old David. It was unclear whether the entertainer ever met with David's biological father, Yohane Banda, at the Home of Hope orphanage as some reports said she planned to do.

Sheryl Crow and Laurie David reported that Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove became combative when they attempted to discuss global warming with him at the White House Correspondent's Dinner on Saturday. According to an account penned by the duo and published on the Huffington Post, Crow laid a hand on Rove's arm in an effort to diffuse the heated situation. Rove reportedly shook her off, snarling, "Don't touch me," to which she replied, "You can't speak to us like that, you work for us." Rove fired back, "I don't work for you, I work for the American people," leading Crow to remind him, "We are the American people."

Lil' Romeo is planning to transition from rapper to college basketball player, committing to play for the University of Southern California Trojans in 2008, a spokesperson for his record label said Friday. A USC spokesman refused to confirm or deny the report. Luckily for Romeo, he's no longer so lil'...the 17-year-old hip-hopster stands 6-foot-1 these days and plays guard on his Beverly Hills High team.

An auction of music memorabilia belonging to Jimi Hendrix, the Edge, Bono, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, and others raised $2.4 million Saturday, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Music Rising, a charity that replaces musical equipment lost in hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The success of the auction exceeded expectations, with a guitar owned by Hendrix selling for $480,000, the Edge's 1975 Gibson guitar selling for $288,000, and a pair of Bono's sunglasses selling for $24,000.

Amy Winehouse said "yes, yes, yes" to a proposal from boyfriend Blake Fielder-Civil last week, Britain's Sun reports. The singer reportedly showed off her new rock at a performance in North London on Thursday. No wedding date has been set.

The Soul Generals, the band that backed James Brown for the last 20 years, carried on the late singer's legacy with a series of appearances this year. The 17-piece band kicked off with a show at the Apollo Theater in New York on May 3, which would have been Brown's 74th birthday.

A judge has ordered George Michael to appear in court June 8 on drug charges, one day before he is due to play a sell-out show at London's Wembley Stadium. The singer was arrested in October and charged with driving under the influence.

Former Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan indicated that a reunion of the Irish band could be a possibility at some point, but said that she's enjoying her solo career for now.

Keith Richards' 91-year-old mother, Doris, died Saturday in Britain, a spokesperson for the Rolling Stones said Monday. Richards was by her side, having kept a vigil that forced him to miss the memorial for Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun last week. No word on what Richards plans to do with the remains.

Whitney Houston's divorce from Bobby Brown is expected to become final Tuesday, provided no unforeseen circumstances crop up at the last minute. Houston filed for the split in October, citing irreconcilable differences. She will have custody of the couple's 14-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

Kelly Clarkson will launch her North American tour with a performance at the Live Earth show at Giants Stadium on July 7 and will wrap it up Sept. 28 in Las Vegas.

The White Stripes will kick off their North American tour at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee on June 16 and will wrap it up in Southaven, Mississippi on July 31.

Kanye West, Rod Stewart, Lily Allen, and Natasha Bedingfield are joining the lineup for the July 1 concert marking the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana's death. Previously announced artists for the event at London's Wembley Stadium include Elton John, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, and the Black Eyed Peas.

St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke criticized a Catholic charity for booking Sheryl Crow to perform at an event because the singer supports abortion rights. Burke resigned his post as chairman of the board for the Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation, which is hosting a benefit for the Bob Costas Cancer Center Saturday at which Crow will perform.

Eve was arrested on suspicion of DUI after crashing her gold Maserati into the center divider of Hollywood Boulevard at about 2:45 a.m., TMZ reports. Strangely enough, Sean Penn paid the rapper a visit at the police station shortly after she was booked...no word if the twosome were out together prior to the crash.

Looks like Snoop Dogg might be hosting the MTV Australia Video Music Awards via satellite. The rapper was due to fly into Sydney this week to emcee the awards show but was blocked from entering Australia after failing the nation's strict character test. "He doesn't seem the sort of bloke we want in this country," Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews told a Sydney radio station. It's the second country to refuse the rapper in the last two months...in March, Snoop was blocked from entering the U.K. while touring with P. Diddy.

Britney Spears is preparing to dish some serious dirt in a new tell-all expected to fetch as much as $10 million, according to published reports. The tome reportedly centers on the pop princess' account of how life with Kevin Federline nearly drove her to suicide. Meanwhile, Spears got pulled over for speeding in Beverly Hills on Friday, but escaped with just a warning, People reports.

After months of searching for a suitable successor to the Beckingham Palace, David and Victoria Beckham are have closed a deal on a Beverly Hills estate, her rep confirmed to "E! News." The Spice Girl formerly known as Posh will fly into Los Angeles for the weekend in order to sign the paperwork on the deal, which the couple will move into this summer.

Paul McCartney fell down London's Sunday Times' annual Rich List to the third spot, with a not too shabby estimated fortune of $1.4 billion. The paper blamed the ex-Beatle's impending divorce from Heather Mills McCartney for his net worth taking a $200 million nosedive last year.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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