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News 07/16/2006

Jessica Simpson will be co-hosting the eighth annual Teen Choice Awards on Aug. 20. Simpson's ex, Nick Lachey, is nominated in the male hottie category and his current squeeze, Vanessa Minillo, is up for choice TV personality. Meanwhile, Epic Records and Simpson are giving fans the option of personalizing Simpson's new song "A Public Affair," by inserting their own names into the lyrics upon downloading the tune. The gimmick launched at Yahoo! Music Tuesday.

Johnny Cash topped the Billboard 200 with American V: A Hundred Highways, his first number one album since 1969's Johnny Cash at San Quentin.

The Who will launch its first major world tour in over 20 years, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltry announced Thursday. The North American leg will kick off Sept. 12 in Philadelphia.

Chris Daughtry turned down the opportunity to front Fuel, but he's still been penning songs with the band's Carl Bell in recent weeks. The "American Idol 5" fourth runner-up has also been working with Ed Kowalczyk of Live and plans to collaborate with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback.

C-Murder, who is currently awaiting retrial on a second-degree murder charge, has been freed from home confinement by a New Orleans judge. The rapper was put on house arrest in March.

Prince has shut down his subscription-based Website NPGMusicClub.com, telling members he felt the site had "gone as far as it can go." The site shuttering comes after the artist won a Webby Award last month for his ongoing efforts to connect with his fans via the Internet.

A jury has awarded F. Marc Schaffel $900,000 in his lawsuit against Michael Jackson, whom he had claimed owed him $1.4 million in unpaid loans and fees. However, the jury also awarded Jackson $200,000 in his countersuit against Schaffel, whom he had accused of misappropriating funds and backdating expense reports. Meanwhile, Debbie Rowe is suing her ex-husband Jackson, claiming he failed to pay her what he promised when the two divorced in 1999. Rowe is seeking $50,000 in living expenses and $195,000 in attorney fees so she can continue pursuing her child-custody case against Jackson.

R&B superstar Usher will make his Broadway debut as Billy Flynn in Chicago beginning Aug. 22 and running through Oct. 1, producers Barry and Fran Weissler announced Friday.

Pete Doherty told a judge Thursday that he plans to have a chemical implant inserted into his abdomen to help him kick drugs. The troubled rocker said he hoped to have the implant, which releases a drug to prevent highs from opiates, put in within the next two weeks.

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo told MTV that the band is on an indefinite hiatus. "Really, for the moment, we are done," he said. "And I'm not certain we'll ever make a record again, unless it becomes really obvious to me that we need to do one."

News 07/11/2006

Syd Barrett, the troubled cofounder of Pink Floyd, who lived out the last years of his life as an anonymous recluse, has died, a spokeswoman for the band said Tuesday. He was 60.

Michael Jackson's former attorney, Zia Modabber, testified Monday that Jackson tried to fire F. Marc Schaffel as producer of the doomed 9-11 charity single, "What More Can I Give," after learning of his background in the gay porn industry. Modabber said he broke the news to Jackson by showing him footage of Schaffel at an adult-film shoot.

Jessica Simpson will co-host the eighth annual Teen Choice Awards on Aug. 20.

News 07/10/2006

Former Michael Jackson associate F. Marc Schaffel, who is suing Jackson for $1.6 million in allegedly unpaid loans and other fees, claimed on the stand Friday that Jackson once sent him to Brazil to look into adopting some boys. Jackson's attorney dismissed the claim as a smear attempt.

Country star LeAnn Rimes was forced to cancel three dates on her This Woman tour this week so she can have surgery to treat a leg infection. She is expected to need about three or four days to recover.

Nick Lachey is launching his first-ever solo tour in support of his album What's Left of Me, Jive Records announced Monday.

"American Idol" fan favorite Chris Daughtry has signed with 19 Recordings/RCA Records; first album is expected to be released later this year.

Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, died Sunday at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following a bout with cancer. He was 58.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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