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News 11/19/2006

Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson filed for divorce from Kate Hudson after nearly six years of marriage...and three months of separation...citing irreconcilable differences. The couple have a two and a half-year-old son, Ryder. Robinson is requesting joint custody and is not looking to collect spousal support.

The Game is facing charges of impersonating an officer after hopping in a New York taxi, telling the driver he was an undercover cop and ordering the cabbie to ignore red lights.

Bono and Pearl Jam teamed up for a surprise duet Friday at a free open-air concert on the sidelines of Melbourne, Australia's G20 summit. The musicians played "Rockin' in the Free World" and called for an end to world poverty before a crowd of 14,000.

Heather Mills McCartney is set to dish with "Extra" in an interview airing next week...but not about her divorce from Paul McCartney. Instead, she'll discuss topics such as her vegan diet and commitment to fitness.

Whitney Houston's Atlanta home, which she and Bobby Brown purchased for $1.1 million in 2003, was sold at foreclosure earlier this month on the steps of the Fulton County Courthouse, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Word of the sale comes days after reports that Houston's New Jersey mansion was slated to be offloaded at a sheriff's sale, due to unpaid mortgage payments.

Peter Gabriel accepted the annual Man of Peace prize Friday from a foundation headed by Mikhail Gorbachev. Past recipients of the prize include the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, Bob Geldof, and Roberto Benigni. The awards ceremony took place in Rome, where everyone seemed to be focusing on some other event soon to take place.

News 11/16/2006

Shakira fans unveiled a 15-foot, six-ton iron statue of the singer in Barranquilla, Colombia, Wednesday, hours before she took the stage for a benefit concert whose proceeds go toward building an art school for 1,800 children displaced by Colombia's civil war.

A woman who claimed that James Brown once raped her at gunpoint is asking the Supreme Court to hear her case after a lower court ruled earlier this year that she had waited too long to file charges. Brown's lawyer, Debra Opri...the lawyer of the Larry Birkhead vs. Anna Nicole Smith case...called the woman's request "a pipe dream."

Michael Jackson performed a snippet of "We Are the World" instead of singing "Thriller" as expected at the World Music Awards in London Wednesday night. Surrounded by clapping children, Jackson sang a few bars of the '80s hit ballad before being honored for having 100 million-plus career record sales.

The Official U.K. Charts Company has declared Queen's Greatest Hits Britain's best-selling album of all time, with more than 5.4 million copies sold since its 1981 release. The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was second, with 4.8 million sold since its 1967 release and Oasis' (What's the Story) Morning Glory? was third, with 4.3 million sold since its 1995 release.

New Jersey newspaper reported that Whitney Houston's area mansion is set to hit the auction block Jan. 4 because the songstress is $1 million behind on the mortgage and isn't up to date with this year's tax payments. Houston can avoid having the rug literally pulled out from under her if she can settle things with the bank's service agent beforehand.

News 11/15/2006

Elton John told Britain's Observer that he would "ban religion completely" because of his belief that it "turns people into hateful lemmings."

Mick Jagger's father, Joe, died Saturday of pneumonia, a spokesperson for the singer said. He was 93. The death did not prevent the Rolling Stones from playing a concert in Las Vegas as scheduled, though Jagger flew to London on Friday to spend time at his father's side before returning to the United States the same day.

Malawi's High Court said Monday it would rule on Madonna's controversial adoption of one-year-old David Banda on Nov. 20. Civil rights groups have said they are not looking to block the adoption but just want to ensure the country's adoption laws are not being violated. Madonna has insisted she played strictly by the rules...and that it was not fun.

Jimmy Buffett filed a trademark infringement suit Monday, accusing the operator of the Website underonehut.com of illegally selling Buffett-themed merchandise, including CDs and T-shirts, that the artist sells himself.

Grandmaster Flash was honored with the I Am Hip Hop Icon Award at the first-ever BET Hip Hop Awards Sunday, while T.I. won Best Hip Hop Video, CD, and MVP of the year. The awards show airs Wednesday.

Justin Timberlake and Timbaland are collaborating with Duran Duran on the British band's new album, singer Simon Le Bon said.

Yusuf Islam, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, will release his first commercial album in almost three decades. An Other Cup went on sale in Britain Monday and in the U.S. Tuesday.

Bloc Party canceled the remainder of their U.S. tour with Panic! At the Disco after drummer Matt Tong was admitted to an Atlanta hospital with a collapsed lung Thursday. "Matt’s health is our number one priority right now," frontman Kele Okereke said in a statement.

U2 triumphed in a lawsuit against a former stylist they had accused of stealing valuable memorabilia two decades ago, including a Stetson hat, a pair of hoop earrings, a sweatshirt, and black trousers worn by Bono on the Joshua Tree tour in 1987. The stylist claimed the band had given her the items; per Bono, who took the stand against her, disagreed.

Snoop Dogg's new line of dog toys and apparel will launch on Amazon.com Nov. 21 to coincide with the release of his new album, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment. Items inspired by the rapper include a Doggfather hoodie sweatshirt and a plush boom box chew toy.

Michael Jackson is due to perform "We Are the World" at the World Music Awards in London Wednesday, where he will receive the Diamond Award.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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