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News 08/26/2007

Amy Winehouse has praised husband Blake Fielder-Civil for "saving [her] life" after she was photographed alongside him on the streets on London, with both appearing bruised and bloodied early Thursday. In a series of text messages to blogger Perez Hilton, the "Rehab" singer said the injuries were self-inflicted, and that she cut herself after Fielder-Civil caught her about to take drugs with a call girl. The duo left an English rehab center earlier this week after just five days.

"American Idol's" beat-boxing runner-up Blake Lewis has finally signed on to 19 Recordings/Arista Records to release his debut album, due out later this year.

The judge in the R. Kelly kiddie-porn trial on Tuesday upheld his ruling allowing the public to view a videotape that allegedly shows the R&B star having sex with a minor. Last year, both the prosecution and the defense asked the judge to limit the viewing of the tape, with the prosecution arguing it would be harmful to the girl portrayed in the video and the defense arguing it could hinder Kelly's chance to receive a fair trial.

Three decades after putting his studies on hold to form the band Queen, Brian May has completed his doctorate in astrophysics. The rocker received his degree from London's Imperial College Thursday after submitting his thesis Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud earlier this summer.

Sheriff's deputies raided DMX's Phoenix-area home Friday, seizing several pit bulls and discovering the remains of three other dogs, but making no arrests. Authorities reportedly received a tip that the dogs were being kept in inhumane conditions and visited the home to find that the animals had no food or water. The rapper was not home at the time of the raid, but his attorney said he was "extremely disturbed" to learn his dogs were not being cared for properly.

Willa Ford swapped vows with Dallas Stars hockey player Mike Modano in Athens, Texas on Saturday, People reports. The duo got engaged over Thanksgiving last year.

Pete Doherty has headed back into rehab in yet another attempt to kick his drug addiction, according to numerous published reports. The Babyshambles frontman is reportedly logging time at Clouds House rehab center in Salisbury, England.

Kanye West filmed a public service announcement for the Strong American Schools foundation Friday, stressing the importance of making education the top priority for the next president. The hip-hopster says he's not political and doesn't necessarily care who wins the 2008 election. "I just care about people," he said.

Luciano Pavarotti was released from an Italian hospital Saturday, two weeks after he was admitted with a high fever, doctors said. The 71-year-old tenor is suffering from pancreatic cancer, for which he underwent surgery in July 2006.

News 08/23/2007

R. Kelly has denied reports that he is planning a fall tour, claiming he will be too busy readying himself for his upcoming kiddie porn trial. "Kelly is currently focused on preparing for his trial and has no definite plans for anything beyond that," a rep for the R&B singer said.

Morrissey has announced 30 additional dates on his tour in support of his latest album, Ringleaders of the Tormentors, including extended runs in Los Angeles and New York this fall. The mercurial singer has also nixed any possibility of a Smiths reunion, turning down an offer of $75 million to do 50 shows with ex-bandmate Johnny Marr.

"American Idol" finalist Haley Scarnato is too busy touring to get hitched. The talent show runner-up has already postponed her wedding once because of her obligation to the "Idols" Live tour, but she told TV Guide she may have to push it back again. Scarnato has at least found the time to pick out her dress and says she plans to invite her fellow "Idol" contestants to the wedding.

Foxy Brown went directly to jail Wednesday after a judge revoked her probation. The 27-year-old rapper was accused of violating the terms of her release after she was arrested earlier this month for allegedly smacking her neighbor with a cell phone. Officials said Brown also bagged her anger management classes and traveled out of New York City without permission.

A lawsuit filed by Mötley Crüe, alleging one of its managers cost the band millions of dollars and hurt its image by encouraging frontman Tommy Lee to appear in the ill-conceived reality show "Tommy Lee Goes to College" instead of touring, hit a bump in the road Wednesday when a judge found there was insufficient evidence to back up the complaint. The judge gave lawyers for the band 20 days to re-file with additional facts to back the allegations.

Justin Timberlake is slated to receive the Ultimate Choice award Sunday at the 2007 Teen Choice Awards, while "High School Musical 2" will receive a special honor for its record-breaking debut last week. The awards will be hosted by Hilary Duff and Nick Cannon and will feature performances by Avril Lavigne, Fergie, and Kelly Clarkson, among others.

News 08/22/2007

Amy Winehouse, Dizzee Rascal, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Rihanna, and Common are among the nominees for the 12th annual MOBO Awards, taking place in London on Sept. 19.

A judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who died at a hospital soon after she was moved to make room for Michael Jackson can not continue as filed. The family of Manuela Gomez Ruiz had sued Jackson and Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, claiming the ailing woman did not receive the care she needed after she suffered a heart attack on the same day Jackson was brought in. The hospital and attorneys for Jackson challenged the complaint, arguing that the facts didn't add up. The judge gave the family 30 days to re-file.

Officials in East Hampton have doused Diddy's plans for a $100,000 fireworks show over Northwest Harbor as part of his annual Labor Day bash, fearing that the spectacle could draw boaters into a risky, rocky area. The rap mogul had reportedly designed an all-white fireworks extravaganza to match the dress code at his exclusive fete.

Gwen Stefani ditched her customary racy performance getup and kept her bod under wraps at her concert in Malaysia on Tuesday. In order to comply with local dress codes for female artists, the "Hollaback Girl" took the stage wearing a short-sleeved shirt and a black-and-white striped hot pants suit over a black leotard, with black gloves up to her elbows. A Muslim students' organization had called for the singer's concert to be called off, fearing that she would corrupt the country's youth, but Stefani proved herself more than capable of playing by the rules.

A woman has proven through DNA testing that James Brown was her father, making her the singer's third newly found child since his death, the singer's longtime advisor Buddy Dallas told the Augusta Chronicle. In all, about a dozen people have come forward claiming to be Brown's offspring. Some individuals have been ruled out, while other tests are still pending.

The Eagles will release Long Road Out of Eden, their first full studio album in 28 years, on Oct. 30, Universal Music Group announced Wednesday. The first single from the album, "How Long," has already premiered on radio and video.

News 08/21/2007

Amy Winehouse has officially canceled her U.S. tour that was due to start next month after initially postponing all her performances scheduled for the month of August. The "Rehab" singer checked into a rehabilitation center last week to tend to some undisclosed "health issues," but insisted to BBC Radio that she was "fine" and had gained "half a stone (seven pounds)." Winehouse's husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, said the situation wasn't as dire as had been reported. "She's determined to get well. It's not as bad as everyone thinks, but she's fine," he said. "She's loved and looked after."

Rapper Foxy Brown has been accused of lying to police during a traffic stop in New Jersey Wednesday after she was stopped for failing to stop at a stop sign and talking on a cell phone. After police discovered her SUV's registration had been suspended, Brown gave officers a variation of her real name and a birth date that was a year off. When asked again, she gave up her real information and was taken to police headquarters, where she was issued seven traffic tickets and ordered to appear in municipal court on Sept. 4.

Pete Doherty was released from jail Tuesday without being charged with breaching his bail conditions after authorities failed to get him to court within 24 hours of his arrest. The Babyshambles frontman was collared in East London Monday and arrested for suspicion of possessing drugs, police said.

Neil Young will release his latest album, Chrome Dreams II, featuring seven new songs and three oldies, on Oct. 16. The disc's title comes from the intended name of a 30-year-old shelved album, which was scrapped in 1977 for unknown reasons.

News 08/20/2007

Van Halen has added additional dates for the band's first tour featuring David Lee Roth on vocals in more than 22 years after tickets immediately sold out in multiple markets around the country. New shows have been scheduled in Philadelphia on Oct. 3, Detroit on Oct. 20 and Washington, D.C. on Nov. 1.

Sheryl Crow, Avril Lavigne, Fiona Apple, Colbie Caillat, Antigone Rising, and Sara Bareilles have joined together to launch the female-fueled GirlFrenzy Festival at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Irvine, California. Tickets go on sale Saturday, with a portion of the proceeds going to the fight against breast cancer.

Luciano Pavarotti will remain hospitalized for several more days to have further tests related to his pancreatic cancer, Modena Polyclinic said in a statement Monday. The 71-year-old tenor was admitted Aug. 8.

Kevin Federline kept the subpoenas coming over the weekend, serving up a court summons to "an administrative executive at Promises," the would-be rapper's attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan told E! Online. The rehab center, where Britney Spears logged a month post-buzzcut, declined to comment on the subpoena, citing the facility's privacy policy. The Promises employee is the fourth individual to be served by Team Federline, following Spears sidekick Alli Sims, bodyguard Daimon Shippen, and former assistant Shannon Funk.

Pete Doherty was arrested in east London Monday on suspicion of possessing drugs, police said. The Babyshambles frontman's latest run-in with the law occurred after he performed with his band at the V Festival in Staffordshire late Sunday.

Having gone as far as she could go with the boy wizard genre, J.K. Rowling has moved on to penning a detective novel, according to British press reports. The author has reportedly been spotted in cafés around Scotland, busily working on her next manuscript.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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