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News 08/12/2007

David Crosby has canceled his upcoming performance in Aspen, Colo., for the Aspen Writers' Foundation "Lyrically Speaking" series after coming down with stomach flu, according to the singer's manager, Elliot Roberts. Crosby, who was supposed to appear Thursday, will reschedule.

Erstwhile Baby Spice Emma Bunton became a first-time parent with longtime singer-boyfriend Jade Jones Friday, welcoming son Beau in London. The musically inclined tot tipped the scales at 7 pounds, 15 ounces.

After pushing the release date for the long-awaited 14th studio album from early 2007 to fall 2007, The Cure has once again announced a delay in the double disc, with Geffen Records claiming the new tunes won't surface until at least spring 2008.

Luciano Pavarotti's condition is improving since the tenor was admitted to a hospital in Northern Italy this week, with his wife saying he will likely be released "in the coming days...He is doing better. He had an uneventful night." Pavarotti was admitted earlier this week with a fever.

News 08/09/2007

They may not have scored, but the L.A. Galaxy did take a step in the right direction. Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham's soccer-playing husband David Beckham played the final 21 minutes of the Galaxy's 1-0 loss to D.C. United Thursday night in Washington, his first appearance in a regular-season game since joining the team last month. His only other playing time came in an exhibition loss to Chelsea and he's been sitting out ever since with a sore ankle. "It felt a lot better tonight than it has for a while," the multimillion-dollar midfielder told reporters afterward. "It's difficult after eight weeks doing hardly anything, but I was happy to be back on the field tonight." Beckham held a state of the ankle press conference Wednesday, telling reporters that he may play in tonight's match against D.C. United as his injury is "looking up": "I can see the light at the end of the tunnel," he said. A tunnel lined with $250 million. "There are going to be people that maybe don't understand, but it's a sports injury," said Beckham. "I can't really apologize for being injured."

NBA star Grant Hill and his wife, R&B singer Tamia, welcomed their second child together Thursday, daughter Lael Rose Hill. She weighed in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces. Lael was born in Orlando, Fla., where her daddy played small forward for the Magic for six seasons before being traded this summer to the Phoenix Suns. Hill and Tamia also have a five-year-old daughter, Myla Grace.

The jury in Phil Spector's murder trial visited the music producer's Alhambra mansion today, viewing the foyer where actress Lana Clarkson's body was found with a bullet wound in her mouth four years ago. Spector's defense maintains the fatal gunshot was self-inflicted, while the prosecution alleges Spector pulled the trigger.

Unlikely chart-topper Miley Cyrus is set to pull double duty on her aptly titled 54-date Best of Both Worlds fall tour, announcing she will sing songs both as herself and as the titular character in Disney's "Hannah Montana" series. Cyrus' double album, "Hannah Montana" 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and has sold more than 929,000 copies since its June 26 release.

Former professional househusband Kevin Federline filed for primary physical custody of his two sons with Britney Spears Wednesday, sources told "E! News." The documents are currently under seal, though Federline is attempting to amend the estranged couple's previous arrangement of joint custody in the wake of increasing reports of bizarre Britney behavior.

Scary Spice Melanie Brown tied the knot with movie producer boyfriend Stephen Belafonte in a surprise...and until now, secret...ceremony in Las Vegas June 6. The nuptial news comes a week after Brown filed a paternity suit against reluctant baby daddy Eddie Murphy.

David Lee Roth has once again rejoined Van Halen, with the aging rockers set to embark on a 50-date national arena tour in North America, per Billboard. The news comes on the heels of the band claiming "an announcement of monumental proportions" will be unveiled during a press conference Monday.

News 08/08/2007

Amy Winehouse was briefly hospitalized for "severe exhaustion" in London today, a spokesperson for the "Rehab" singer's label, Island Records, confirmed. The beehived chanteuse has called off a week's worth of gigs in Norway and Denmark as a result of the diagnosis.

Jack White and supermodel wife Karen Elson welcomed their second child in New York Tuesday, son Henry Lee White. The couple already have a 15-month-old daughter, Scarlett, together.

Ninth place "American Idol" finisher Gina Glocksen, 23, got engaged to her longtime boyfriend Joe Ruzicka Tuesday night, when he popped the question on stage during the Rosemont, Illinois, stop of the "American Idols Live!" tour.

Beyoncé has signed on to act as spokesperson for Emporio Armani's Diamonds fragrance ad campaign, with the perfume due in stores next month.

News 08/07/2007

A wardrobe and costume designer sued Toni Braxton Friday for allegedly bouncing a check and leaving a $15,000 bill unpaid for the work he did for the R&B diva's Tony Braxton: Revealed act in Las Vegas. Anthony Franco, who says that he has collected only $20,000 out of the $35,000 he was promised, has accused the singer and codefendant Liberty Entertainment Inc. of putting a stop-payment on the check in question.

Al Sharpton presided over the Day of Outrage Tuesday, a series of protests in more than 20 cities speaking out against derogatory and degrading lyrics in the music, namely the rap-music, industry. The controversial activist led a demonstration at the Motown Museum in Detroit, during which he demanded that public funds be withheld from entertainment companies until they clean up their acts. Similar protests took place in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Richmond, Va., and various other locales.

The 12 members of the Phil Spector jury and six alternates are scheduled to make a 30-minute visit to the famed music producer's Alhambra mansion, where Lana Clarkson was found dead of a gunshot wound through her mouth on the morning of Feb. 3, 2003. Police plan on closing at least two nearby residential streets to logistically prepare for the sojourn, to take place at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé led all nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards, receiving seven nods apiece, including nominations for Video of the Year for "What Goes Around..." and "Irreplaceable," respectively. Kanye West and Rihanna snagged five nods apiece, followed by Brit songbird Amy WInehouse, with three. The awards air from Las Vegas for the first time ever on Sept. 9.

Country legends Vince Gill, Mel Tillis, and Ralph Emery have been selected for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony later this year. Tillis will receive his honor in the lifetime achievement category, while Emery was selected for induction in the non-performer category.

A 20-year-old man has filed suit against Busta Rhymes, alleging the rapper and his posse of nine bodyguards beat him and kicked him in the head in August 2006 after he spit on the rapper's car.

News 08/06/2007

Lee Hazlewood, the country singer and record producer who penned Nancy Sinatra's signature tune, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," died Saturday of kidney cancer at his Henderson, Nevada, home. He was 78. Other notable songs Hazlewood wrote for Ol' Blue Eyes' daughter include "Some Velvet Morning" and "Sugartown." He released his final album, Cake or Death, in 2006.

A judge has set a Feb. 11 trial date in Beach Boys frontman Mike Love's $2 million lawsuit against former bandmate Al Jardine, stating the long-delayed case "needs to be decided and a decision needs to be made." Love sued Jardine in April 2003, accusing him of touring with a group that wrongly used various versions of the Beach Boys name.

Madonna's Malawian adoption has hit a bump in the road after the court-appointed official assigned to evaluate the singer and Guy Ritchie's parenting skills was denied permission to travel to Britain and observe the couple with 23-month-old David Banda. The Malawi News reported that Minister of Women and Child Development Kate Kainja barred Penstone Kilembe from making the trip after accusing him of obtaining a plane ticket and money from Madonna without government approval. Kilembe confirmed he had been banned from traveling but denied he had asked the pop star for money or a ticket. "What this means is that the whole adoption process may crumble and David sent back to his village," he told Reuters.

DNA testing on about a dozen people who claim James Brown was their father has come back showing that at least two of them are telling the truth, the soul singer's longtime adviser Buddy Dallas said Friday. The Augusta Chronicle identified one of the people as 45-year-old retired flight attendant LaRhonda Petitt, who says her mother dated Brown in the early 1960s, but that the pair split up when she became pregnant. "I was angry that he was out there making all this money, and he wasn't doing anything for my mother and me," Petitt told the newspaper. "I could have had a better life."

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have teamed up to record a joint album, reinterpreting lesser-known material from blues, R&B, country, and folk songwriters. The end result, titled Raising Sand, is due out Oct. 23 on Rounder Records, the label has announced.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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