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News 05/26/2006

No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani and her rocker husband, Gavin Rossdale, welcomed a baby boy named Kingston James McGregor Rossdale on Friday, a rep for the couple confirmed to E! Entertainment.

Rapper Foxy Brown, accused of assaulting two nail salon workers in a fight over payment for a manicure, will go on trial in July, a judge said today.

Michael Jackson will make his first public appearance since his acquittal on child molestation charges last June at the MTV Japan Video Music Awards on Saturday, where he will accept the Legend Award.

Ludacris and Kanye West testified in a copyright infringement trial Thursday that their 2003 song "Stand Up" did not steal lyrics from the little-known song "Straight Like That," by a group called I.O.F.

After being stripped of his radio show, David Lee Roth is claiming he sees becoming Van Halen's lead singer again as "an inevitability."

Jamaican ska legend Desmond Dekker, known for hits including "Israelites" and "You Can Get It If You Really Want," died of an apparent heart attack at his home in London on Thursday, his manager said. He was 64.

News 05/25/2006

Beanie Sigel, the popular rapper who has been shadowed by his violent past, was wounded by gunfire during an attempted robbery early Thursday morning. The rapper was shot one or two times in the upper right arm shortly after 8 a.m., police said. He was hospitalized and is in good condition. The apparent holdup was attempted by five males traveling in two cars, according to police. It was not clear where the shooting took place.

The California Supreme Court has declined to hear Michael Jackson's appeal regarding Debbie Rowe's parental rights to their two children.

Hasbro Inc. has shelved plans to release a line of dolls based on the Pussycat Dolls, an all-female music group known for its risqué lyrics and skimpy outfits. Hasbro, the nation's second biggest toy maker, said it decided the dolls were "inappropriate" for the company to market and that the pop group catered to a more mature audience.

A newly trim Janet Jackson told Us magazine that her recent weight gain was for a role in the upcoming movie Tennessee, which she ended up having to pass on.

Ian Copeland, brother of Police drummer Stewart Copeland and a pioneering booking agent and music promoter credited with helping to launch the new wave rock movement in the '70s and '80s, succumbed to melanoma Tuesday, according to his family.

News 05/24/2006

Brooks & Dunn picked up their 20th and 21st awards at the Academy of Country Music Awards Tuesday, making them the most decorated country artists in history. "American Idol" alumna Carrie Underwood picked up Best New Female Vocalist and Single of the Year for "Jesus Take the Wheel." Kenny Chesney won the show's top prize, Entertainer of the Year. Keith Urban and Sara Evans, meanwhile, were named top male and female vocalist, and Brad Paisley grabbed a trio of statues as well.

Elton John won libel damages of $188,000 from London's Daily Mail, which published a story claiming he ordered guests at his annual charity ball not to approach him, an allegation that caused him "considerable embarrassment and distress," according to his lawyer.

Joan Baez and Julia "Butterfly" Hill, a tree sitter who once lived in a redwood for more two years to prevent loggers from cutting it down, are occupying a tree in Los Angeles to raise awareness about a 14-acre farm threatened with demolition.

The Rolling Stones have postponed 15 dates on the European leg of their Bigger Bang tour while Keith Richards continues to recuperate from his head injury.

The Grammy Awards are returning to a traditional Sunday slot in 2007 after 2006's Wednesday telecast foolishly pitted the awards show against ratings powerhouse "American Idol." The Grammys had moved to the midweek slot after getting crushed in the ratings by "Desperate Housewives" in 2005.

Ludacris and Kanye West have been accused of stealing lyrics and beats for the song "Stand Up" from "Straight Like That," a song by the little-known group I.O.F. Lawyers for the rappers are claiming they never even heard the song before they were sued.

News 05/23/2006

The Rolling Stones have indefinitely postponed a pair of Paris concerts scheduled for June 3 and July 2, French organizers said. No word if Keith Richards' head wound had anything to do with it.

Ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has named her baby girl Bluebell Madonna.

Brooks & Dunn announced a two-year contract with the Las Vegas Hilton that will bring them to Sin City in March, July, and December.

A man claiming to be Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds' illegitimate son was arrested after allegedly trying to extort $9 million from the Grammy-winning star by threatening to go public with the story.

Freddie Garrity, the lead singer of the 1960's pop band Freddie and the Dreamers, whose 1965 hit "I'm Telling You Now” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, died on Friday in Wales. He was 69.

News 05/22/2006

Christian groups are blasting Madonna's use of a cross and crucifixion imagery in her newly launched world tour, calling it offensive and demanding the singer drop it from the tour.

British pop star Elton John launched an expletive-laden tirade against the press in Cannes late on Saturday while presenting an award to young Canadian actor Kevin Zegers, who co-starred in the film Transamerica with Felicity Huffman, during the annual film festival. "I'm talking...you f--kwit, f--king photographers, you should be shot, you should be all shot. Thank you," Elton John said in his opinion of the photographers.

Axl Rose told Los Angeles radio station KROQ that he got into a fist fight with Tommy Hilfiger at a New York nightclub Thursday after the fashion designer began "smacking" him because he moved Hilfiger's girlfriend's drink. "It was the most surreal thing, I think, that's ever happened to me in my life," Rose said.

Toni Braxton is replacing Wayne Newton as the headlining act at the Flamingo hotel and casino beginning Aug. 3.

Dixie Chicks frontwoman Natalie Maines told Time magazine she no longer regrets her infamous 2003 remark about being "ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas," for which she later apologized. "But I don't feel that way anymore. I don't feel he is owed any respect whatsoever," she said.

PETA-supporting pop star Pink has written a letter to Queen Elizabeth suggesting that the monarch get her palace guard to replace their bearskin hats with faux fur. The singer wrote, "Sorry to be a royal pain, but my feelings reflect the sentiment of a new generation that respects animals."

Billy Walker, the Grand Ole Opry legend whose hits included "Charlie's Shoes" and "Cross the Brazos at Waco," died Sunday in a car wreck in Alabama. He was 77. His wife and two of his band members were also killed in the crash, while his grandson was left in critical condition.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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