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Coroner's official testifies Dr. Conrad Murray provided Michael Jackson with 'substandard' care

On Tuesday, at the preliminary hearing to determine whether Dr. Conrad Murray will be tried for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Michael Jackson, a coroner’s official testified that the pop icon was basically healthy but that, as his personal physician, Murray provided him with “substandard” care. According to the Associated Press, Dr. Christopher Rogers, a forensic pathologist, told the court that Murray was wrongly using the powerful anesthetic propofol to treat the singer’s chronic insomnia and that he should have more closely monitored Jackson while he was under sedation. Rogers said he didn’t believe the defense’s suggestion that Jackson may have injected himself with propofol, though he told the court that it’s possible Jackson may have swallowed some of the drug, based on the amount found in his stomach after his death. On Monday, a detective who questioned Murray in the wake of Jackson’s death said the doctor told him that he noticed Jackson wasn’t breathing shortly after 11 a.m. on the morning of his death. According to phone records, Murray didn’t call paramedics until 12:21 p.m., a delay that prosecutors contend demonstrates negligence on Murray’s part.

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DMX sentenced to a year behind bars

An Arizona court has sentenced DMX to a year in prison for violating his probation by drinking alcohol, according to Billboard. The rapper, 39, was originally placed on probation for attempted aggravated assault and a fraud-related charge.

Britney Spears says her new album will drop in March

Britney Spears took to her Twitter feed on her 29th birthday today to announce that her new album will be released this March. Over two posts, the pop star wrote: “My fans mean the world to me & waking up to all of your wishes really made me smile, so here’s something that I hope will make you smile… I’m almost done with my new album and it will be coming out this March.” Oh, also, she is “IN L-O-V-E WITH IT!”

Billy Joel recovering after double hip surgery

Billy Joel is recovering from dual hip surgery, according to People. “He’s doing great,” a source told the magazine. Joel, 61, elected to have both legs operated on last week in order to correct a congenital ailment.

'Teenage Dream' shaping up to be the most succesful 'Glee' single to date

Billboard is reporting that Glee‘s version of “Teenage Dream” is on track to have the single-best sales week ever for a song from the show. Released on Tuesday, the song reportedly sold 55,000 copies in its first day — the highest of any Glee track to date — via iTunes, and is predicted to sell between 150,000 to 175,000 downloads by Sunday, Nov. 14.

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Travie McCoy arrested for spraying graffiti on Berlin Wall

Travie McCoy, the rapper behind the hit song “Billionaire” and Katy Perry’s ex-boyfriend, was arrested in Berlin for spraying graffiti on one of the remaining sections of the Berlin Wall, housed in a local gallery, according to Billboard. McCoy also tweeted about the graffiti. He was released on bail and continued his European tour in Amsterdam.

Donny and Marie Osmond headed for Broadway

Donny and Marie Osmond will head to Broadway’s Marquis Theatre this December for a 12-performance run in Donny & Marie — A Broadway Christmas. The holiday-themed show, which will run from Dec. 9 through Dec. 19, marks the first time the sibling performers have appeared together on a Broadway stage. Donny Osmond has previously played Gaston in a Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast, while Marie Osmond starred in a Broadway revival of The King and I.

Kanye West: 'I will not give up on life again'

At a Los Angeles screening for his 35-minute film, Runaway, Kanye West revealed to his audience that he had contemplated suicide before dismissing it as a possibility in the future. According to the AP, the 33-year-old singer-filmmaker said that he’d lost four parental figures in the last three years, including his mother, Donda, in 2007. “I will not give up on life again,” said West. “There’s so many people that will never get the chance to have their voice heard … I do [my work] for them.”

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Justin Bieber reportedly investigated for assault

Pop superstar Justin Bieber is reportedly being investigated for assault at a Canadian laser tag facility, according to CBC News. The CBC says that a 12-year old boy claims Bieber hit him while playing at the facility. Bieber’s rep told TMZ that it was not true (as of press time, Bieber’s reps had not returned EW‘s requests for comment).

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