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|Britney Spears has reportedly reunited with her mom, Lynne, after several months of estrangement. Per People, Mama Spears flew from Louisiana to Los Angeles Friday to meet with her daughter because "Brit really needed her mom." Lynne reportedly dropped by Britney's Beverly Hills home at 3 AM...ostensibly to duck
paparazzi...then drove the two of them to Britney's new home in Malibu. A source told People that "everything's great" between the two, at least for now. Meanwhile, Spears has shed some light on the name of her upcoming album, which she has dubbed Blackout. The title "refers to blocking out negativity and embracing life fully," according to Jive
Records. Finally, per the Los Angeles Times, Spears missed three court-ordered drug tests, twice because she was allegedly sleeping at the time of the scheduled screening. As a result, a judge stripped the embattled pop princess of custody of her sons on Monday, but said that she would be allowed to visit the boys, as long as a monitor was present at all
times. Spears has also been ordered to receive three individual counseling sessions before the next hearing in her custody battle, scheduled for Oct. 26.
Diddy has been sued by an imprisoned associate who claims the rap mogul owes him more than $19 million for music by the late Biggie Smalls. James Sabatino, a former consultant
for Diddy's Bad Boy Entertainment, claims in his suit that he flew the Notorious B.I.G. to Miami in 1994 to perform a show and record some music. The rapper laid down about 17 minutes of vocals and the session was captured on about 90 minutes of video tape. According to the lawsuit, it was understood that both belonged to Sabatino because he covered Smalls'
travel expenses, though no contract was ever signed. In 1997, Diddy agreed to buy the music and footage for $200,000, but never delivered the full payment. Per the lawsuit, the $19 million is being sought for actual and punitive damages.
Lil Wayne was arrested in Idaho following a concert Friday after authorities in Georgia accused him of possessing a controlled substance. The rapper was booked on a felony fugitive charge and was scheduled to be formally charged on Tuesday. Because of the type of charge, he was not eligible for bond and was forced to miss his concert
Saturday night, much to the dismay of fans and promoters alike.
For all of those wondering how they're going to keep up with Foxy Brown's career while she's in prison, look no further. The incarcerated rapper has announced the launch of freefoxybrown.com, offering up-to-date info about her and her music. "I devoted my career to building an affinity with my fans who have supported me unflinchingly and
no barbed wire fence or prison wall will stop that," said Brown, who was sentenced last month to a year in jail for probation violation on an assault rap. "I am in great spirits and very focused, and needed a forum to communicate to the people."
Bruce Springsteen and his wife, Patti Scialfa, have been sued by equestrian Todd Minikus for allegedly backing out of a deal to purchase a horse worth $850,000 for their teenage daughter, Jessica. According to the lawsuit, the rocker duo had agreed to pay $650,000 for the horse, named Pavarotti, and to give Minikus their $200,000 horse
named Scarlett. However, they apparently decided the horse was wrong for their daughter and reneged on the contract.
The Spice Girls are coming out with their first new material in seven years. Geri Halliwell told Britain's GMTV the reunited group has a new single called "Headlines," which she described as a "big love song." The group kicks off their reunion tour in December.
Ginuwine has filed a lawsuit claiming he was duped into signing a contract with a record company that does not exist. The R&B singer alleges he was misled into signing with King Music Group Inc., a label that an acquaintance claimed to own out of Memphis. However, after five months, he has yet to see a cent of the $1.75 million he was
supposed to be paid to sign with the label, nor has he recorded any music, his attorney said. Furthermore, no corporate record of King Music Group exists anywhere in New York, California, Florida or Tennessee. He is seeking $4 million in damages.
With some venues for the Miley Cyrus' Hannah Montana tour selling out in minutes, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has launched an investigation to determine whether five online ticket sellers violated state scalping laws. McDaniel has given the companies 20 days to produce sales documents.
|Kelly Clarkson is slated to kick off the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Christmas campaign with a live performance during the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day halftime show. The "Idol" winner will also serve as honorary chairperson of the charity campaign, taking place at a mall near you from Nov. 23 through Dec. 24. "As a native Texan, I can't think of
a bigger thrill than performing during the Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game," Clarkson said. "This is the time of year when people should be thinking about giving back, so it's a perfect fit for me to be supporting the Red Kettle campaign, which helps so many people at Christmas and throughout the year."
Snoop Dogg and Priority Records should put their $2 million dispute over CD royalties before a Superior Court case evaluation service, a judge told attorneys in the case Thursday. The rapper sued the record label last November, alleging he is owed money under a 1998 recording agreement. Snoop also contends the label did not consult him about the release of his
greatest hits album. In return, Priority claims Snoop waited too long to file his lawsuit and that it should be barred. The judge told lawyers for both sides that the service will provide a neutral evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of their cases and could help in settling the matter.
Sinead O'Connor feels so different today than she did a few years ago. In an interview on Thursday's "Oprah," the Irish chanteuse explains that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder close to four years ago and has since become more balanced with the help of medication. Before going on the drugs, the singer said she'd often wake up crying for no reason,
or have thoughts of committing suicide. "I'm certainly out of despair, which is great," she said.
A Minnesota women who sued Beyoncé Knowles for allegedly stealing her lyrics for the hit song "Baby Boy" took her case to a federal appeals court Wednesday. A Houston judge awarded Knowles a summary judgment in the case last year, dismissing the copyright infringement suit filed by Jennifer Armour after determining the two songs were "substantially dissimilar."
However, Armour's attorney claimed that an expert had analyzed the two songs and found them to contain similar elements and argued that the case should be heard by a jury. The appeals panel did not rule Wednesday.
|Britney Spears has been granted monitored visits every other day with sons Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, two days after losing custody of the boys to ex-husband Kevin Federline. The pop star wasn't in court Wednesday but has been ordered to appear at another hearing Oct. 26. An eyepatch-wearing K-Fed was sworn in, however, and he exited the courtroom
smiling after the family court commissioner refused to overturn Monday's order to hand the kids over to their dad for the time being. Meanwhile, Spears' new single, "Gimme More," hit number one on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart this week, with 179,000 downloads. The embattled pop star's as-yet untitled upcoming album is due for release Nov. 13.
Isaac Hanson, the eldest member of his fraternal rock trio, was hospitalized in Tulsa, Okla., Wednesday with what sources are saying is a pulmonary embolism, per the Tulsa World, meaning a blood clot has traveled to his lung. Hanson publicist Ken Philips said that Isaac was admitted with chest and shoulder pain and has undergone a series of tests, but it's not immediately clear whether
his condition is serious. Embolisms can be fatal if not treated right away.
Billy Ray Cyrus will team up with his daughter and "Hannah Montana" costar Miley Cyrus to perform a duet on the "Dancing with the Stars 5" results show on Oct. 9. The father-daughter duo will sing "Ready, Set, Don't Go," a single that will be released to country radio immediately following their performance on the show.
Three attorneys who defended Phil Spector in his recent murder trial have stepped down, meaning the music producer will have to assemble a new defense team before his case can be retried. A judge declared a mistrial in the case Sept. 26 after the jury declared it was deadlocked, with 10 jurors favoring conviction. Spector "is actively looking for new counsel," said defense attorney
Christopher Plourd, adding that he will remain a part of the producer's defense team for the time being.
Kid Rock has accused his ex-wife Pamela Anderson of lying about having had a miscarriage during their brief marriage last year. The rapper told Rolling Stone he had been unaware that Anderson was pregnant until she told him over the phone that she had lost the baby during a disagreement. He said he immediately chartered a plane and flew to Vancouver where she was filming a movie.
"When I get there, she's partying at this restaurant, drinking champagne, jumping on the tables. I'm thinking, 'That's a quick recovery from a miscarriage,'" Rock recalled.
Gary Brooker, the lead singer of British '60s band Procol Harum, is appealing a judgment awarding the group's former organist 40 percent of the royalties from their iconic hit "A Whiter Shade of Pale." Brooker claims it was his idea to use the Bach theme Fisher played on the record and that he was unable to make his case properly because Fisher never told him he was pursuing a legal
|After temporarily losing custody of two-year-old Sean Preston and one-year-old Jayden James Monday and handing her boys over to Kevin Federline's bodyguard, Britney Spears headed to a Department of Motor Vehicles office in Van Nuys, where she filled out paperwork and took a written test to apply for a California license. Records show the pop star has never held a California license,
despite having made her primary home in Los Angeles for years. State law requires new residents to apply for a license within 10 days. Spears does have a Louisiana license, good through December 2009.
Per the BBC, tickets to the reunited Spice Girls' London concert sold out in 38 seconds, leading promoters to schedule three additional dates to meet demand. The group also has concerts scheduled in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Madrid, and Beijing.
Connecticut governor Jodi Reil has declared Tuesday to be Bruce Springsteen Day in her state, as the Boss and his E Street Band prepare to launch their first tour in five years Tuesday night at the Hartford Civic Center.
Paula Abdul is ready to be a mom. The "American Idol" judge told USA Today that a baby is on her agenda, "definitely within the next two years." At 45, Abdul, who is dating a 32-year-old, says she is not worried about fertility issues, claiming that with "modern medicine, people are having kids in their 40s and
even up until their late 40s."
Britney Spears has been stripped of her kids. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Monday awarded Kevin Federline physical custody of the ex-couple's two sons beginning Wednesday at noon and continuing until further order of the court. The fallen pop princess' attorney told People the judge's ruling stemmed from his inability to prove that Spears had
a valid California driver's license (which she didn't) and from Spears' alleged failure to take a random drug and alcohol test as ordered by the court.
The British gallery that is under investigation for child pornography for featuring a Nan Goldin photograph that depicts two naked girls has closed the exhibition at the behest of Elton John, the picture's owner. "After the removal of one image from the series it was no longer possible for BALTIC to exhibit the collection of works as the artist intended," read a statement from the
BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. Police are still investigating whether an offense was committed by hanging the pic, which has already toured Europe and the U.S.
Keith Urban has released a statement in response to reports that he crashed his motorcycle while being pursued by paparazzi in Australia. The country crooner confirmed that he was being followed by a photog while on his way to an AA meeting, but clarified that the accident was actually caused by another car making an illegal U-turn, forcing him to drop his bike. Urban said he was
pleasantly surprised by the shutterbug's reaction to the mishap. "In fact my pursuer came to my assistance, without taking photos, and helped me from the road," he said.
Nelson Mandela announced Monday that the fifth in a series of AIDS awareness concerts organized by his 46664 campaign will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa on World Aids Day, Dec. 1. The lineup will be announced at a later date, but is expected to feature about 30 to 35 local and international artists.
Beyoncé Knowles has canceled her Nov. 1 concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, "due to a scheduling conflict," according to a statement from her management team. The singer will instead perform in neighboring Indonesia on that day. The announcement comes amid speculation that Knowles was reluctant to abide by the Malaysian government's strict dress code for female performers. Though
Indonesia is also a Muslim country, its policies on dress and behavior are less stringent.
Radiohead's new album, In Rainbows, is available for preorder as a DRM-free MP3 download through the band's official Website, radiohead.com, with the album due for digital release on Oct. 10 and traditional CD release in early 2008. The band is also releasing a special-edition deluxe box set that retails for about $80.
All news gathered from E! Online and other sources