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.
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Rapper Lil Wayne was released this morning after nearly eight months in Rikers Island prison for attempted weapon possession. In 2007, he was arrested when his tour bus was pulled over by New York City police, who discovered drugs and a gun.
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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 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.
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.”
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).
Singer Toni Braxton, who had a string of chart-topping R&B hits in the 1990s including “Un-Break My Heart” and “You’re Makin’ Me High,” has filed for bankruptcy, according to Reuters. Court papers list Braxton’s assets as ranging from $1 million to $10 million and her debts ranging from $10 million to $50 million. This is Braxton’s second bankruptcy filing; her first was in 1998, following a split with her record label. Over the course of her career, Braxton has sold some 40 million records and won six Grammy awards. Her most recent release, Pulse, debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard charts last May, but sales of the album quickly flagged.
Max Weinberg won’t be part of Conan O’Brien’s new late night talk show on TBS, the late night talk show host confirmed. Weinberg, also well-known for his drum work with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, served as the comedian’s bandleader on Late Night with Conan O’Brien show and The Tonight Show. In an interview with St. Louis’ Riverfront Times, musician Jimmy Vivino says that he’ll be leading the band on O’Brien’s new show, Conan, which launches on Nov. 8. Vivino played guitar and keyboards as a member of the Max Weinberg 7 on O’Brien’s shows. James Wormworth will replace Weinberg on drums.
UPDATE: Both Weinberg and Conan O’Brien have issued statements about the band leader’s departure, which they claim was “mutual.” “Max has been a huge part of my life for the past 17 years and he is an incredible band leader and musician. I hope he can find time to stop by the new show, sit in with the band, and pretend to find my monologue funny,” O’Brien said in a statement. Said Weinberg, “17 years — a lifetime on TV. Conan and I met on a New York City street corner in the Spring of 1993 and my association with Conan, his staff, and crew has been a deeply rewarding experience for me. And, making music with Jimmy Vivino, Mark Pender, La Bamba, Scott Healey, Mike Merritt, and percussionist James Wormsworth enabled me to become a better musician and bandleader. I thank them for their first-rate work on the bandstand. I wish Conan and his show the best and I do look forward to dropping by.”
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