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Britney Spears due to release album in December PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

AP, NEW YORK - Britney Spears' second comeback is in full swing: She's due to release a new album in December, on her 27th birthday.

"Circus" is set for release Dec. 2, a little over a year after she released last November's "Blackout," which was perhaps her most critically acclaimed CD, but came during her infamous year of erratic behavior, rehab, custody battles and at least one hospitalization. She barely promoted it, and the album — though it was certified platinum — was one of her least successful.
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Morocco taps African roots with Gnawa music revival PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

REUTERS, RABAT, Morocco - Morocco's Gnawa, heirs to a musical and spiritual tradition brought north across the Sahara centuries ago by black slaves, are enjoying new fame as their hypnotic rhythms hook listeners across the world.

The Gnawa brotherhoods have long scraped a living on the margins of Moroccan society by offering to restore health or good fortune through seances of trance and incantation.
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Shirley Manson balancing acting with solo work PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Garbage's Shirley Manson will return to the recording studio next month to lay down solo material she's been working on for the past several months.

Manson is now part of the cast of Fox's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," but doesn't anticipate the role getting in the way of her music career. "I've got a lot of material," she says. "We'll see if I manage to pull it off."
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`The Twist' is top song of Billboard Hot 100 era PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

AP, NEW YORK - How's this for a twist: Of all the No. 1 songs in the 50 years of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Chubby Checker's "The Twist" ranks as the most popular single.

Elvis and the Beatles didn't even make the top five.

Checker's ranking may come as a surprise to some, but not to the classic rocker.
 
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Britney Spears to raise curtain on MTV awards PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 September 2008

REUTERS, LOS ANGELES - Britney Spears is to star at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, a year after a calamitous comeback performance at the same award ceremony. But this time the pop singer won't be performing.

Spears will be opening the 25th annual edition of the MTV VMAs on Sunday at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, according to MTV's website.
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NFL season kicks off with free NYC concert PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 September 2008

AP, NEW YORK - Usher, Keith Urban and Natasha Bedingfield are kicking off the NFL season with a free concert that's expected to draw thousands to Manhattan's Columbus Circle.

They are scheduled to perform Thursday afternoon. A video about the Super Bowl champion New York Giants will be shown before the NFL Kickoff show.
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Jessica Simpson: 'Tony Romo is NOT Calling His Ex' PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 September 2008

The singer insists her man is not interested in Carrie Underwood...

Jessica Simpson has denied Carrie Underwood's claims that her man Tony Romo has been calling up his ex..

The Dukes of Hazzard star says that Tony hasn't been secretly contacting Carrie - who he dated in 2007 - and the pair are still deeply in love.
 
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Boy-donkey film puts spotlight on life in Kashmir PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 September 2008

Reuters, New Delhi- A new Bollywood film set in Indian Kashmir depicts life in the troubled region through the story of a boy's search for his beloved donkey, a departure from the industry's conflict-based, nationalist approach.

"Tahaan" opens in Indian cinemas on Friday, at a time when Kashmir is beset by some of the biggest protests in two decades against India's rule in the Himalayan region.
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Solange Knowles hopes to emerge from sis' shadow PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 September 2008

AP, NEW YORK - Solange Knowles turns out to be a little sensitive about using a certain b-word.

No, not that b-word.

This b-word: Beyonce.

Solange, 22, is reluctant to discuss her older sister — the Bootylicious One — and it's understandable why: All anyone seems to want to know is about their relationship, and yet one of them is still trying to make a name for herself.

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Judge enters $700,000 judgment for Ne-Yo PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 September 2008

AP, LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ordered a concert promoter to pay R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo $700,000 stemming from A lawsuit filed earlier this year.

Ne-Yo was dropped from R. Kelly's tour last year after two shows. He claimed he was dropped because he had upstaged Kelly, an allegation the singer vehemently denied.
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Johnny Depp Plays Like a Kid Again PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Los Angeles (E! Online) - Johnny Depp returned to his musical roots Friday night, reuniting with his old band The Kids for a fund-raiser in Florida.

With his girlfriend, Vanessa Paradis, and their 9-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose, screaming in the crowd of 2,500, the Oscar-nominated actor strapped on a guitar and sang backup vocals during the power-pop group's 90-minute set.

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Zia Haider in 'critical condition' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

Playwright, poet and former Chittagong University professor Zia Haider, admitted to City Hospital Tuesday night, is in a critical condition, a doctor said Saturday.

"The doctors consider his treatment difficult due to old age," City Hospital doctor Zafar Mohammad Masud told bdnews24.com.
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Shampoo wars: Kate Hudson says she didn't steal any secret ingredients for her hair product line PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

Liz Barrett - Celebrity Examiner

"It's beautiful to be good." That's the philosophy of Kate Hudson's new hair prduct line, David Babaii for Wildaid.

But in case you hadn't heard, Kate is being sued by another hair care company that claims she stole their idea and their secret ingredient.
 
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A Conversation with New York Times Best-Selling Author, Charles Martin PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

Mike Parker - Entertainment Examiner

Charles Martin burst onto the literary scene with "The Dead Don't Dance," a poignant, heart-wrenching tale of love lost and found that earned him comparisons to Nicholas Sparks and Don J. Snyder. Five more novels have dropped from Martin's pen since then. His latest, "Where the River Ends," landed on the New York Times Best-Seller list. I recently had a chance to chat with him about his rising star.
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Amy Poehler Feels Urge to Merge PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 August 2008

E! Online - Think of it as mixtapes made by famous people.

The North Carolina-based indie record label Merge is launching a limited-edition series of CDs curated by famous folks like Saturday Night Live's Amy Poehler, David Byrne, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, novelist Jonathan Lethem and others.
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Fourth `Idol' judge a straight-shooting hitmaker PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 August 2008

AP, NEW YORK - Scooching in between Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson sounds intimidating, if not a little scary.
But Kara DioGuardi, the newly-installed fourth judge on "American Idol," is confident she'll find her niche within the bickering, ratings-tested judges' panel where the line between love and hate is blurred with every critique.

"I'm just gonna speak to Simon the way I speak to everybody," DioGuardi told reporters during a teleconference Monday. "I'm just gonna have my opinion, be honest and I don't foresee any problems. I'm really excited about this, and up for the challenge."
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Deputy pulls gun during stop of Diddy's entourage PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 August 2008

AP, LOS ANGELES - A sheriff's deputy pulled a gun on members of Diddy's entourage during a routine traffic stop over the weekend, but the situation was quickly resolved and a spokesman for the entertainer said the deputy was professional and respectful.

The gun was never pointed at the hip-hop mogul, and deputies were "very respectful" during the stop early Saturday, spokesman Ed Tagliaferri said Monday.
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Da Brat sentenced to 3 years for assault PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

AP, DECATUR, Ga. - Da Brat was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for hitting a hostess in the head with a rum bottle during an altercation at a suburban Atlanta nightclub last fall.

The 34-year-old rapper, whose given name is Shawntae Harris, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in DeKalb County. Superior Court Judge Gail Flake sentenced her to three years behind bars and seven on probation, plus 200 hours of community service and completion of substance abuse treatment, mental evaluation and anger management classes.
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Kattan files for separation 2 months after wedding PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

AP, LOS ANGELES - Chris Kattan's marriage to his model wife lasted almost as long as a "Saturday Night Live" skit.
The comedian filed for legal separation from model wife Sunshine Tutt after only eight weeks of marriage. The couple were married June 28 in Yosemite Valley.

They spent roughly a month together; Kattan's filings indicate they separated on Aug. 10. The couple have no children together, and Kattan's filing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday indicates the pair have a prenuptial agreement.
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China can take sexy protests, PETA says PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Beijing,Aug 22 (Reuters Life!) - Even in China, a country where provocative campaigns are the exception to the rule, animal rights activists PETA says there's scope for edgy, sexy stunts.

Pictures of naked activists crouching in cages to protest animal rights issues are almost passe in the West, but Chinese authorities prevented Olympian swimmer and PETA supporter Amanda Beard from holding an anti-fur news conference two days before the Games began.
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Weekly wrap-up of entertainment quotes PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 August 2008

AP

"Sometimes, you know, I cry and sometimes I scream and I get really angry and I get really like, you know, into wallowing in self-pity sometimes. ... It's all part of healing, and anyone who's going through it out there, it's OK to cry. It's OK to fall on the ground and just scream if you want to." — Christina Applegate, on the emotional rollercoaster she's experienced in her battle with breast cancer.
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