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News 08/05/2007

A week after calling off their lavish New York nuptials, R&B star Usher and his pregnant fiancé Tameka Foster swapped vows late Friday in a private ceremony at Usher's lawyer's office in Atlanta, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. In attendance was Usher's now less-estranged mom, Jonetta Patton, who reportedly didn't approve of her son's engagement.

Founding Marilyn Manson keyboardist Stephen Gregory Bier Jr. has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the singer, claiming Manson dipped into the band's collective funds from merchandise and touring to buy personal items, such as a $150,000 engagement ring for ex Dita Von Teese, his collection of Nazi artifacts, and the preserved skeleton of a four-year-old girl.

The same night a fan grabbed the family jewels, another fan grabbed Tim McGraw's jewelry. Video from the country singer's performance in Louisiana Saturday shows McGraw moving along a row of audience members when one pulls the ring off his left hand. The singer reportedly got the ring back after appealing to security for assistance.

News 08/02/2007

One of Phil Spector's defense attorneys on Thursday screened a comedy video made by Lana Clarkson while cross-examining Nick Terzian, who was one of Clarkson's agents at the time of her death. The 35-minute video shows Clarkson taking on the roles of different characters, including Siegfried Fischbacher of Siegfried & Roy, and Little Richard. Jurors and the courtroom audience sat solemnly throughout the video, while Clarkson's mother and sister wept. The defense has been trying to paint Clarkson as a woman despondent about her career failures at the time of her death.

Stevie Wonder announced Thursday that he would kick off his first major concert tour in more than a decade. The Motown legend will launch his trek Aug. 23 in San Diego and wrap it up Sept. 20 in Boston. Wonder's most recent album, 2005's A Time to Love, debuted at number five on the charts.

Dolly Parton will release her first mainstream country album in 17 years in February and will launch a world tour to promote it, her manager told Billboard. The disc will be the debut release on the singer's new label, Dolly Records, on which she will be the only artist signed.

Gwen Stefani won't be flaunting what she's got at her concert in Malaysia. After students protested her sexy outfits and racy performances, promoters for the artist's tour said she would follow the local code of ethics for foreign performers, which bans the unnecessary baring of skin. Stefani is due to take the stage in Kuala Lumpur Aug. 21.

R. Kelly is due to go on trial Sept. 17 on kiddie porn charges, five years after the accusations were originally made, prosecutors said Wednesday. If convicted of videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl, the R&B star could face up to 15 years behind bars. He has pled not guilty to the charges.

News 08/01/2007

Led Zeppelin will release Mothership, a compilation album including "Stairway to Heaven," "Whole Lotta Love," and "Dazed and Confused" on iTunes Nov. 13. The tracks were personally selected by John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, and Jimmy Page, who are said to be discussing a possible reunion tour. The move online leaves Radiohead and the Beatles' back catalogue as the only major remaining holdouts. Meanwhile, a man described as "one of Europe's most notorious music pirates" has owned up to selling bootlegged recordings of Led Zeppelin shows after Jimmy Page testified against him in a Scottish court. Robert Langley, known in pirate circles as "Mr. Toad," pleaded guilty to two copyright violation offenses and three charges under trademark law.

Britney Spears threw a baby bottle and threatened two photographers as they snapped shots of her leaving a Las Vegas spa last week, the shutterbugs said in a statement Tuesday. The tarnished pop princess cursed and screeched, "I am going to kill you!" according to Andrew Deetz, a paparazzo who claims he was beaten by Spears' bodyguard. The bodyguard, Cesar Julio Camera, was cited by Vegas police for battery and could face six months in county jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted. Meanwhile, Kevin Federline is focused on being the best dad he can be, according to his attorney. Mark Vincent Kaplan told the Associated Press that the would-be rapper will do what he can to keep his boys out of the spotlight. "When they are with him, he is going to shield his children from unwanted media attention," Kaplan said. "You will not find a picture of Kevin parading with the children out in a public place."

The Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Phil Vassar, and Nas will perform at a special concert for Virginia Tech at the university's Lane Stadium on Sept. 6. Free tickets will be available for students, faculty and staff, but are not available to the general public at this time.

Rod Stewart's son, Sean, was sued in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday by a man who claims the "Sons of Hollywood" star was among a group of people who assaulted him last year. According to the lawsuit, Stewart and friends "attacked, assaulted, battered, punched, beat, hit, struck, tortured and imprisoned" Daniel Refoua, causing him severe personal injuries and extreme mental shock. Stewart had not commented on the allegations.

A felony welfare fraud charge against the mother of the boy who Michael Jackson was accused of molesting was reduced to a misdemeanor Wednesday after she paid about $8,600 in restitution and completed more than 150 hours of community service. Janet Arvizo pleaded no contest last year to receiving nearly $18,800 in welfare payments by failing to disclose money received in an insurance settlement. The amount was later reduced to about $8,000.

DMX has been ordered to pay a $242,000 judgment to Amusing Diversions Inc. for failing to fulfill a contract to promote a clothing line for dogs, including caps, scarves, raincoats, and bomber jackets. The company manufactured and marketed the canine line, named after the rapper's dog, Boomer 129, and DMX was supposed to talk up the doggie duds at concerts and other public events, but he neglected to do so and even publicized competitors, according to court documents. The court ruled in favor of the plaintiff after finding the rapper had repeatedly ignored court orders and proceedings.

News 07/31/2007

Phil Spector's defense attorneys informed the court unexpectedly Tuesday that they are planning to rest their case as soon as tomorrow, pending a jury tour of Spector's home on Aug. 9. Meaning, scandal-plagued forensics expert Henry Lee will not be testifying, and neither will a number of other "star witnesses" whom Spector's camp had been planning to call to the stand in their quest to prove that Lana Clarkson was the one who pulled the trigger on Feb. 3, 2003.

Eminem's music publisher filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Apple on Monday, alleging the computer manufacturer violated copyright laws by allowing unauthorized downloads of the rapper's songs onto iPods.

A Muslim student group in Malaysia wants the plug pulled on the Kuala Lumpur leg of Gwen Stefani's Sweet Escape tour because they find her video clips promoting the event "too obscene." The group also criticized Malaysian mobile phone company Maxis Communications for promoting the event and trying to "expose our young generation to things such as moral decay." If the promoters decline to call off the show, the 10,000-strong National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students said they would ask authorities to intervene.

News 07/30/2007

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline are officially over. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge signed off on the couple's split Monday, with sources telling E! Online that they will continue to share joint custody of their children. Neither Spears nor Federline was present in court, sending their respective attorneys to hammer out the details.

Ozzy Osbourne was treated at a Denver hospital for a "minor outpatient procedure" over the weekend, his management company said. The 58-year-old singer was said to be "doing well" following his release. Though the specifics of his ailment were not disclosed, local NBC affiliate KUSA-TV reported on its Website that Osbourne had undergone surgery for a blood clot following a show Saturday night after complaining of pain in his leg.

KISS guitarist Paul Stanley was forced to drop out of a concert in San Jacinto, California, Friday after his heart started beating at more than twice the normal level during rehearsals, he said on his official Website. "My heart spontaneously jumped to 190-plus beats per minute, where it stayed for over an hour necessitating paramedics to start an IV and give me a shot to momentarily stop my heart and get it into a normal pattern," the 55-year-old rocker wrote. Doctors advised him that performing would be risky, so the show went on without him, with Gene Simmons turning it into a tribute to his ailing bandmate.

Usher and expectant fiancée Tameka Foster have confirmed that they called off their wedding on the morning of the big day. No reason was given for the duo's decision to hold off on the vow swap, scheduled to take place in the Hamptons Saturday, and it's unclear if the couple remain together.

An under-the-weather Christina Aguilera has canceled two concerts Down Under, after being ordered to bed by her doctors to recover from a bad case of the flu. "This is one of the best cities in the world to perform in, and I am truly disappointed that I won't be able to share my show with you all," Aguilera said in a statement to her Aussie fans. The singer's Back to Basics tour wraps up next week with two dates in New Zealand.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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