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News 09/02/2007

Britney Spears' long-awaited comeback single, "Gimme More," is here at last, after officially premiering on New York radio station Z-100's Website Thursday night. The dance-friendly track, which begins with Spears intoning "It's Britney, b***h," is off the singer's upcoming fifth studio album, due to drop Nov. 13, per People. Meanwhile, Kevin Federline wants his former missus to shell out for some of his pricey legal bills, court documents show. Attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said in an Aug. 26 declaration that the would-be rapper has "no net income" after various expenses, and that his spousal support of $20,000 a month ends in November. Since Spears rakes in an average monthly income of $737,868, she is "clearly the monied party" in the dispute and therefore should cover $50,000 of her ex's litigation expenses, Kaplan argued.

Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham's husband, David Beckham, will be sidelined for six weeks after he sprained a ligament in his knee during Wednesday's match against CF Pachuca, the Los Angeles Galaxy announced Thursday. Following the injury, his team went on to lose 4-3. "With my ankle injury, I shouldn't have come back so soon, but I wanted to play," Beckham told Ryan Seacrest in a radio interview Friday. The footballer said he would try his best to return to the pitch before the end of the season. "It's important for the team and for the club that I'm out there playing. I'm hoping to get out there as soon as possible." Meanwhile, Beckham also indicated he and Victoria could be expanding their brood in the near future, telling Seacrest they have always "wanted four or five kids." The twosome currently has three sons: eight-year-old Brooklyn, four-year-old Romeo, and two-year-old Cruz.

News 08/30/2007

Hilly Kristal, the founder of legendary music venue CBGB, died of complications from lung cancer, his family announced Wednesday. He was 75. Kristal opened CBGB in 1973, with the venue going on to host to bands including Television, the Ramones, Blondie, the Talking Heads, the Patti Smith Group, and many others over the years. Kristal was forced to close CBGB last October after a lengthy legal battle with the landlord.

Britney Spears' former manager Larry Rudolph was served by Kevin Federline's subpoena team Thursday while inside a Sunset Tan outlet in West L.A., the tanning salon confirmed to "E! News." Rudolph recently told Ryan Seacrest he had been hiding from Federline's process servers because he knows too much about Spears and did not want to testify against her in court.

A company owned by the family of the late Bob Marley said Thursday that it will sue Universal Music Group and Verizon Wireless for using the reggae icon's name, likeness, and image without permission to promote a new set of Marley-inspired ringtones. "The agreement was entered into without the permission of the Marley Family," Fifty Six Hope Road Music Ltd. said in a statement. Universal called the family's claim "meritless."

George Strait and Brad Paisley led the field in nominations for the Country Music Association Awards Thursday with five nods apiece, including dueling nominations for Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year. Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, and Martina McBride earned four nominations each, while Carrie Underwood, John Rich, and Keith Urban racked up three apiece. The awards will be handed out Nov. 7.

The custody battle between Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston seems to be heating up. In newly released court documents filed last month, the New Edition singer claims his ex-wife has "attempted to eliminate me from Bobbi Kris' life" since gaining sole legal and physical custody of their 14-year-old daughter. "I have not seen or spoken to my daughter since early June, and I have no prospect of speaking to her anytime soon due to Whitney's actions." Houston countered with a court declaration of her own, claiming Brown has been "almost totally uninvolved" in caring for the child, and that she believes he is simply trying to "get child or spousal support from me."

Lil' Wayne has been sued by a woman who claims she was trampled by a stampeding crowd during a concert at Morgan State University last October after the rapper tossed a large amount of cash into the audience. In her lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Baltimore Circuit Court, Tyrique Layne alleges that she was trampled, lost consciousness, and suffered a "serious closed head injury" that required hospitalization. She claims she's suffered from memory loss, lapses in concentration, and severe headaches since the incident and is seeking $1 million in damages.

Investigators said Tuesday that a chunky textured substance seized from DMX's Phoenix home during a recent raid was not an illegal drug, though police did discover "a usable amount of marijuana." Sheriff's deputies also discovered guns, ammunition, and drug paraphernalia, as well as three dead dogs and a dozen dogs that appeared malnourished. The rapper's lawyer said DMX has not visited the home in several months and is innocent of any wrongdoing.

Faith Hill will sing the opening theme to NBC's "Sunday Night Football" before each game this season, the network announced Wednesday. The self-proclaimed Tennessee Titans fan takes over the job from Pink, who performed "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" last season.

Carrie Underwood will release her new album, Carnival Ride, Oct. 23, her record label announced Wednesday. The album is the follow-up to the Idol winner's debut album, Some Hearts, which spent 27 weeks in the top slot on the country charts.

News 08/29/2007

A judge rescheduled onetime "American Idol" finalist Jessica Sierra's trial on battery and drug charges from October to November Wednesday after her lawyer said she is in a California rehab center where she's expected to remain for several months. The 21-year-old aspiring singer was arrested in April after she allegedly hit a man on the head with a glass at a Tampa nightspot. Police said they discovered a "small amount of cocaine" while searching her during booking. Sierra has pled not guilty to charges of aggravated battery and cocaine possession.

After postponing her tour indefinitely earlier this month, Amy Winehouse has now canceled all of her upcoming U.S. appearances, including a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 9. Universal Records said in a statement Wednesday that the singer's schedule had been cleared in a "continued effort to support [her] well being."

A new Sirius Satellite Radio Station devoted exclusively to the Grateful Dead debuts Sept. 7 with the broadcast of a rare 1974 performance by the band at the Hollywood Bowl, the company announced Wednesday. "This is gonna be one fun channel," guitarist Bob Weir said in announcing the station. Weir will host a radio show following the concert broadcast, while original programming featuring bandmates Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann is also planned. The station will also air archival interviews with the late Jerry Garcia.

In a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest Wednesday, Ne-Yo said he had written six to eight songs for Britney Spears, but "lost all contact with her" after she shaved her head and went into rehab. Figuring the pop princess was no longer interested, he sold two of the songs to Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, but was then quizzed by Spears' camp as to why he was giving away her songs. "I'm like, 'Hold on, y'all didn't cut me a check,' " the R&B star said. He said he agreed to set aside two songs for Spears, but had no idea whether she actually planned to record them.

Juan Luis Guerra led the field in nominations for the Latin Grammy Awards Wednesday with a total of five. Ricky Martin and Calle 13 received four apiece, and Beyoncé and Shakira notched a nod for their duet, "Beautiful Liar." The awards will be presented Nov. 8 in Las Vegas.

Keith Richards has demanded an apology from two Swedish newspapers for their stinging reviews of the Rolling Stones' performance in the country earlier this month, after one critique included the contention that the guitarist was "superdrunk" onstage. "Never before have I risen to the bait of a bad review," Richards wrote in a letter published by Stockholm daily Dagens Nyheter. "But this time…I have to stand up…for our fans all over Sweden…to say that you owe them, and us, an apology."

News 08/28/2007

Bo Diddley was in stable condition at a Florida hospital Tuesday after suffering a heart attack, his publicist said. The 78-year-old singer-guitarist reportedly complained of dizziness and nausea during a routine checkup on Friday and was taken to North Florida Regional Medical Center, where he had a heart attack and spent the weekend in intensive care. "The situation is very serious," his rep said. Diddley was previously hospitalized in Nebraska in May after suffering a stroke.

Amy Winehouse's father-in-law, Giles Fielder-Civil, is urging a boycott of the singer's music in an effort to force Winehouse to seek help for what he called a drug addiction. He believes that by not buying her CDs, her fans could send a message "that her addiction and her behavior are not acceptable," he told BBC Radio Tuesday. However, Winehouse's dad, Mitch Winehouse, disagreed, telling the BBC that the suggested boycott was an exercise in "clutching at straws," and that his daughter would only change her life when she was ready to do so. "At some point they are going to reach rock bottom...and at that point they will say, 'Listen, I don't want to do this anymore.' "

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will launch a fall tour Oct. 2 in Hartford, Connecticut, coinciding with the release of their new album, Magic. The trek will take the group across North America and Europe, before wrapping up Dec. 19 in London. Tickets go on sale Thursday.

News 08/27/2007

Phil Spector's lead defense attorney, Bruce Cutler, resigned from the music producer's murder trial on the final day of testimony Monday, telling the judge: "There's nothing I can do for Mr. Spector. I can no longer effectively represent him." It was unclear whether the attorney's decision was voluntary or if it was motivated by his client.

The Cure have postponed their North American tour from fall 2007 to spring 2008, in order to give the band more time to complete their upcoming album, according to a statement posted on their official Website. Tickets purchased for the fall tour will be honored for the rescheduled dates, while anyone seeking a refund will be offered one.

Ryan Seacrest on Monday revealed the details of an exclusive phone conversation he had with Britney Spears' former manager Larry Rudolph, stating Rudolph told him he has been ducking Kevin Federline's subpoena servers, because he believes that what he knows about the tarnished pop princess would be too harmful to her reputation. Though he was unceremoniously dismissed by Spears earlier this year, Rudolph apparently feels a sense of loyalty to the singer and has no desire to testify against her in her custody battle with Federline, per Seacrest.

A Malawian court-appointed official said Monday that he will visit Madonna and Guy Ritchie at home in Britain in early September to assess how David Banda is doing in his would-be adoptive family. Penstone Kilembe was barred from making the trip earlier this month after government officials claimed he had personalized the case by accepting money and a plane ticket from the pop star without permission. However, Kilembe told Reuters the Malawian minister of women and child development had since changed her position and that he was now due to depart for the U.K. Sept. 4 for a two-week visit.

Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello are teaming up for a 13-date tour of the East Coast, kicking off Sept. 22 in Duluth, Georgia, and wrapping up Oct. 9 in Rochester, New York.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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