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Putin pardons Pussy Riot members -- but he's not especially happy about it

In a news conference yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on an amnesty bill that pardoned imprisoned Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina. It was part of a larger commutation of prison sentences that freed 25,000 non-violent criminals from prison.

Pussy Riot first came to international attention following a protest staged in February 2012 in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. The collective performed a song called “Punk Prayer” that stood against the impending re-election of Putin. Their imprisonment inspired a cavalcade of international celebrity support from the likes of Madonna and Paul McCartney.

Though he signed off on their release, Putin clearly still has strong feelings about the group. “I feel sorry not because they went to prison, but because they committed that provocative act, which degraded women,” he told reporters.

The amnesty bill is one of a handful of attempts by Putin and the Russian government to expand humanitarian efforts in advance of the upcoming Winter Olympics, which will begin on February 7 in Sochi, Russia.

Country singer Ray Price dead at 87

Ray Price, one of country music’s most popular and influential singers and bandleaders who had more than 100 hits and was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams, died Monday. He was 87.

Price died Monday afternoon at his ranch outside Mount Pleasant, Texas, said Billy Mack Jr., who was acting as a family spokesman. Billie Perryman, the wife of family friend and spokesman Tom Perryman, a DJ with KKUS-FM in Tyler, also confirmed his death.

Price was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 and it had recently spread to his liver, intestines and lungs, according East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. He stopped aggressive treatments and left the hospital last Thursday to receive hospice care at home.

At the time, his wife, Janie Price, relayed what she called her husband’s “final message” to his fans: “I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years, and I hope I haven’t let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I’m going to be just fine. Don’t worry about me. I’ll see you again one day.”
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Chris Brown's probation revoked over D.C. arrest

A judge has revoked Chris Brown’s probation because of his arrest for allegedly hitting a man in Washington, D.C., earlier this year.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin ordered Brown on Monday to return to court Feb. 10 for another update. The judge told Brown he is still required to perform 1,000 hours of community labor as part of his sentence for the assault of his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.

Brown was also ordered to stay in rehab. Brandlin said probation officials reported that Brown is doing well in treatment.

The Grammy-winning singer was arrested in October after a man accused the R&B singer of hitting him after he tried to get a photo with the star.

A probation report that Brandlin cited for his decision was not immediately available.

One Direction's Harry Styles wins court order against paparazzi

A British High Court judge has ordered paparazzi to stay away from One Direction member Harry Styles.

The order from Justice Nicola Davies bars several photographers from pursuing the singer by car or motorcycle, placing him under surveillance, and loitering or waiting within 50 meters of his home.

Styles’ lawyer, David Sherborne, said the singer had gone to court after failing to persuade the photographers to stop their behavior voluntarily.

Sherborne said the 19-year-old Styles — one-fifth of the world’s biggest boy band — “is not trying to prevent fans approaching him in the street and taking photos. He remains happy to do that, as he always has.”

The court order was originally granted last week. On Monday, the judge continued it until another hearing on Jan. 13.

Jack White and Karen Elson's divorce finalized

A Nashville judge has finalized the divorce between Jack White and British model and singer Karen Elson.

Court records show the final divorce agreement was signed by a judge on Nov. 26. The agreement names Elson as the primary residential parent for the couple’s two children and White will get about 150 days with them.

White also retained rights to all his musical businesses, including The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, Dead Weather, and his record label, Third Man Records. Elson married White in 2005 in Nashville, and she filed for divorce last year.

Although the separation started off amicably, earlier this year Elson filed for a restraining order and accused White of threatening her, which White denied. A spokeswoman for White did not return email and telephone messages left Thursday.

The Wanted's Siva Kaneswaran engaged to longtime girlfriend

Sorry, ladies, The Wanted’s Siva Kaneswaran is officially off the market!

According to People, the British boy-band member has proposed to his longtime girlfriend, shoe designer Nareesha McCafferey; the two have been dating for six years.

Kaneswaran opened up to U.K.’s Hello! Magazine about the engagement, saying he popped the question during a surprise birthday party with her family that McCafferey was actually planning for him. “I said to her I wanted a present I would always remember this year by…for you to be my wife,” the singer said. “It was like a military operation to plan the proposal. I couldn’t even tell the other boys in the band in case they blew the surprise.”

He also revealed that McCafferey initially said no to his proposal but has since had a change of heart. Kaneswaran’s fiancée opened up about her initial denial, saying, “I don’t like surprises and he really surprised me, but I was so happy — I can’t wait to start planning the wedding.”

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins pleads guilty to child sex acts

The former lead singer of British rock band Lostprophets has pleaded guilty to a series of sexual offenses, including trying to rape a baby.

Ian Watkins, 36, was arrested last December and charged with more than 20 offenses, including raping a baby, conspiring to sexually assault a child, and making indecent images. He had denied the charges but changed his plea Tuesday at Cardiff Crown Court and admitted 11 offenses, including sexually touching a 1-year-old, encouraging a groupie to abuse her child, and making child pornography.

Watkins will be sentenced on Dec. 18.

Lostprophets — which formed in 1997 and had a U.K. chart-topping album in 2006 with Liberation Transmission — announced it was disbanding after Watkins’ arrest.

Chris Brown ordered back to D.C. court in January

R&B singer Chris Brown’s next court appearance in Washington, D.C., is now scheduled for Jan. 8.

A D.C. Superior Court judge granted the new date Monday. Brown’s attorneys successfully argued that he should not be forced to leave anger management rehabilitation in Los Angeles to travel to Washington for Monday’s hearing.

Brown was ordered into rehab last week following a Los Angeles court appearance.

Brown and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy will be required to appear at the next hearing. They were arrested last month on charges of punching a man outside a hotel who tried to jump into a picture with the singer. Brown faces a misdemeanor assault charge.

His lawyers sought the delay because they said they haven’t had an opportunity to review evidence with him.

Mick Jagger to be a great-grandfather

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is set to become a great-grandfather early next year.

His daughter Jade told The Sunday Times that her 21-year-old daughter, Assisi, expects to give birth in several months.

She tells the newspaper she does not expect Jagger to slow down now that he’s set to become a great-grandfather. The ever-popular Stones plan to tour Australia next year.

Assisi tells Hello! magazine that Jagger was pleased when she told him the news.

She tells the magazine, “He said, ‘Well done.'”

She says, “I imagine it’s nice to be a great-granddad, although I’m not sure he likes the idea of getting old, or being called one. I call him Mick — I wouldn’t start calling him grandpa.”

Beastie Boys' 'Girls' sets off copyright fight for viral video

GoldieBlox is a company dedicated to selling sophisticated toys for girls. However, after one of GoldieBlox’s videos featured alternative lyrics to the Beastie Boys song “Girls,” The Hollywood Reporter says the company has filed a lawsuit against Island Def Jam Music Group claiming that “the Beastie Boys have now threatened GoldieBlox with copyright infringement. Lawyers for the Beastie Boys claim that the GoldieBlox Girls Parody Video is a copyright infringement, is not a fair use, and that GoldieBlox’s unauthorized use of the Beastie Boys intellectual property is a ‘big problem’ that has a ‘very significant impact.'”

GoldieBlox is asking for their song to be declared a parody “to clarify the rights of the parties, and to refute the baseless assertion of copyright infringement finally and definitively. Plaintiff seeks a declaratory judgment holding that its parody video does not infringe any copyrights held by Defendants and is protected by the Fair Use Doctrine.”

You can read the complaint here via THR, and watch the video in question below:
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