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News 10/14/2007

On Friday, Foxy Brown flat-out refused to get on the bus from Rikers Island that was going to take her to Brooklyn so she could be arraigned on assault charges stemming from her August arrest for allegedly roughing up a neighbor. The rapper must appear Tuesday, according to prosecutors, or else face the consequences...she could be handcuffed and escorted onto the bus by force.

The New York State Department of Labor has fined "American Idol Live!" tour organizers $5,000 for violating various child labor laws, including failing to notify the state that two of the performers on the tour, winner Jordin Sparks and loser Sanjaya Malakar, were minors.

Jive Records has unveiled the cover art and tracklist for Britney Spears' new album, Blackout. Songs from the new album include "Get Naked (I Got a Plan)," "Why Should I Be Sad," "Ooh Ooh Baby," and "Freakshow." Earlier this week, the company announced it would move up the album's release date from Nov. 13 to Oct. 30, blaming unauthorized Internet leaks of the album's 12 songs.

News 10/11/2007

Lil Wayne's attorney said Thursday that his client missed a court date in Atlanta, leading to his arrest in Idaho at his own concert, because the summons was sent to the rapper's old New Orleans address, a home that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. "All they did was take his address off his driver's license," said lawyer William Head. "So he never got it." Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., is due in court again Oct. 31.

Snoop Dogg has signed on to pull maintenance duty with the O.C. park system to fulfill the 160 hours of community service he was ordered to perform after pleading guilty last month to felony possession of a dangerous weapon, his attorney Donald Etra said Thursday. The rapper was busted last September by security at John Wayne Airport for having a collapsible baton in his carry-on luggage. "He's glad to make a contribution to Orange County," Etra said. Snoop will do "everything from raking leaves to painting benches." A park ranger will supervise.

Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon adjourned Britney Spears and Kevin Federline's custody hearing Thursday without ruling on an emergency motion filed by Spears requesting an expansion of her visitation rights with her two sons. While Gordon said he was unlikely to rule in favor of Spears' proposed custody modifications, he has allowed more time for both sides' attorneys to discuss the issue. Meanwhile, Zomba Recordings, LLC, which owns the copyright to Spears' music, has filed a federal lawsuit against the online blogger Perez Hilton, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira, alleging he has illegally obtained and posted tracks from the singer's upcoming album, Blackout, online over the course of the past three months. Earlier this week, Jive moved up the release date of the album, blaming an influx of internet leaks.

Amy Winehouse may have canceled her U.S. tour, but she'll still be making an appearance Stateside. The singer has been confirmed as the headlining act for the 2007 mtvU Woodie Awards, taking place Nov. 8 at New York's Roseland Ballroom. The night will also feature appearances by Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, Gym Class Heroes, and TV on the Radio, among others. The awards show honors the best acts of the year, as voted on by college students.

Former "American Idol" contestant, and alleged Paula Abdul dalliance whistle-blower, Corey Clark pled guilty last week to charges of trespassing on his father-in-law's property, thereby violating a restraining order taken out by his wife, and aggravated harassment involving domestic violence, per TMZ. The infamous reality show star could face up to one year in jail, probation, and a $150,000 fine.

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills appeared in court Thursday, as British media reports claim the ex-couple may finally be nearing a settlement in their bitter divorce battle. Proceedings were closed to the public, but the hearing was believed to focus on the size of Mills' settlement in the split, pegged at anywhere from $40 million to $100 million.

News 10/10/2007

R&B singer Bobby Brown was hospitalized Tuesday following a mild heart attack, but was given "a great prognosis from his doctors," his attorney said. Brown, 40, has no history of heart problems, but was rushed to the hospital after complaining of chest pains. He was expected to be released later in the day Wednesday.

After "Until the End of Time" jumped from 41 to 28 on the Billboard singles chart this week, Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds became the first album since Shania Twain's 1997 career-maker Come on Over to spawn six top-40 hits. Timberlake is also the first male artist to accomplish the feat since Michael Jackson, whose Dangerous produced seven top-40 tunes from 1991 to 1993.

Britney Spears' Blackout is coming sooner than expected. Jive Records announced Wednesday that the album's release has been moved up from Nov. 13 to Oct. 30, due to "numerous unauthorized online leaks" of songs and material from the disc.

Sean "Diddy" Combs has been sued for $5 million by a hip-hop promoter who claims the rap mogul directed three of his bodyguards to rough him up for no good reason at a New York nightclub. James Waldon, 27, states in his lawsuit that one member of the muscle squad punched him in the face while the other two started hitting and kicking him, causing him numerous injuries. The bodyguards, listed as three "John Does," have also been named as defendants. Meanwhile, a judge has ruled that Diddy does not need to turn over photos of some of his rings to a man who claims the rapper assaulted him after a post-Oscar party at a Hollywood hotel. Plaintiff Gerald Rechnitzer had requested that Diddy produce photos of the bling he was wearing that night to determine whether the jewelry contributed to his alleged injuries. The judge ruled that the evidence was not essential to the case.

News 10/09/2007

Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Linkin Park, and Daughtry lead the field in nominations for the 2007 American Music Awards, with three nods apiece. The awards will be handed out at a Nov. 18 ceremony that will be broadcast live on ABC. Fans can go online to vote for their favorites at ama.abc.com through Nov. 1.

Britney Spears' attorney, Sorrell Trope, claims the singer has been passing her court-ordered random drug tests with flying colors...when she doesn't sleep through them, that is. "She's passed her random drug tests," the legal eagle told People. "There's been more than one. They came up negative." Trope also called Spears' chances of regaining joint custody of her sons "good." Meanwhile, a judge has ordered Spears to turn herself in to be formally booked on a hit-and-run charge stemming from her August fender bender. The next court date in the case is scheduled for Oct. 25. Spears' attorney tells TMZ that the pop singer is trying to work out a deal with the woman whose car she hit, but that she will comply with the court's ordered in the meantime.

R. Kelly is slated to kick off his fall tour Nov. 14 in Columbus, Georgia, with additional dates scheduled in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Newark, New Orleans, Oakland, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., and Chicago,. The status of the tour had been up in the air, after the R&B singer was given a September trial date in his kiddie porn case, but the court date was pushed back after the lead prosecutor in the case was instructed by her doctor not to work after giving birth. The next hearing in the matter is scheduled for Nov. 2, while the trial is not expected to begin until next year.

Sting ranks atop Blender's list of the worst lyricists, thanks to lines that demonstrate his "mountainous pomposity [and] cloying spirituality," according to a survey in the magazine's November issue, on newsstands next week. Rush drummer Neil Peart placed second and former Creed frontman Scott Stapp was third.

The late George Harrison's solo catalogue is newly available on iTunes, making him the last of the Fab Four to go digital. With solo offerings from John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and Paul McCartney already available online, it looks likely that music from the Beatles will be coming soon.

Nine Inch Nails, Jamiroquai, and Oasis are said to be considering following in Radiohead's footsteps by independently distributing their music online without going through a record label. Radiohead's new album, In Rainbows, will be available Wednesday through the band's official Website.

Garth Brooks has expanded his one scheduled performance Nov. 14 in Kansas City to a total of nine shows. The supposedly retired country star moved close to 160,000 tickets in less than two hours Saturday, as fans proved eager to see him hit the stage again. Brooks will now play Kansas City's Sprint Center Nov. 5-12 and 14, with support from his wife, Trisha Yearwood.

News 10/08/2007

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne are having a yard sale. The couple has announced plans to sell off art, furniture, and collectibles from their homes in Malibu, Beverly Hills and England in a Nov. 30 auction. "It's time to unload," Sharon said in a statement. "We just have an overabundance of possessions that we do not need." Her husband disagreed, saying, "I don't know why we are selling everything as I want it all."

Police guitarist Andy Summers says the band could potentially produce a new album once they complete their reunion tour. "I would see it as a challenge, to make an absolutely brilliant pop album at this stage of our career, and that would be something quite remarkable," Summers told reporters in Dublin over the weekend. However, he said the trio had not yet discussed the possibility in any detail.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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