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‘American Idol’ replaces Sony with Universal

Reuters is reporting that Simon Fuller’s 19 Management has replaced Sony Music with Universal Music Group as the label for American Idol artists. Beginning with the upcoming tenth season, Universal (the biggest music company in the world) will now market and distribute albums from AI finalists and the winner. In a statement, Fuller said: “I wanted to inject some new power and weight behind our brand. We have been quietly delivering hits relentlessly for 9 seasons and [Universal CEO] Lucian Grainge and [Interscope chairman] Jimmy Iovine’s ambition, commitment, and determination to push the boundaries and go even further with Idol was very compelling.”

Billy Corgan 'blacks out' on stage

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, who stumbled on stage Wednesday night during the band’s concert in Tampa, revealed on Twitter that his spill was actually the result of blacking out. “And for those that saw me fall last night during Bullet [With Butterfly Wings] that wasn’t a stage move or clumsiness, that was me blacking out and wiping out.” A second tweet added, “I have no memory of falling against the drum riser and my guitar cabinet, but I can tell you I’ve got quite a good bruise + am moving slow.” Corgan recovered to perform 11 more songs that night, and the slip went unnoticed in most concert reviews.

Walter Hawkins, Grammy-winning gospel singer, dies at 61

Gospel singer-composer and pastor Walter Hawkins died in his California home on Sunday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 61. Hawkins won a Grammy Award in 1980 for his album The Lord’s Prayer. His last album was 2005’s A Song In My Heart, and he was planning a new Love Alive CD concert recording for this fall, according to the AP.

Jon Bon Jovi recovering from torn calf muscle

Jon Bon Jovi sustained a torn calf muscle on Friday night during a concert at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. A spokesperson for the band tells EW, “The injury will not prevent Bon Jovi from playing any of their upcoming stadium dates this summer.”

Ratings: BET Awards nabs 7.4 million viewers

Sunday night’s BET Awards, featuring Kanye West’s comeback performance and Chris Brown’s emotional Michael Jackson tribute, delivered a strong 7.4 million viewers. The telecast garnered the highest ratings for a cable awards show in the 18-49 demographic, and is the second highest-rated event ever on BET, behind last year’s telecast.

ABC pulls ads from Perez Hilton over Miley Cyrus scandal

Perez Hilton is losing advertisers two days after posting a revealing photo of 17-year-old pop star Miley Cyrus on his blog, reports MSNBC. A banner for ABC’s The View has been pulled from the blogger’s site over the scandal, which began when Hilton posted a photo that depicted Cyrus getting out of a car without underwear. (Hilton later said that the picture was a fake.) Cyrus has not yet issued a statement on the matter.

Jimmy Dean, country music legend, dies at 81

Jimmy Dean, the country music icon and famous sausage entrepreneur, died in his home in Henrico County, Virginia, on Sunday at the age of 81, the Associated Press reports. Dean’s wife, Donna Meade Dean, told the AP that her husband had suffered some health problems, but nothing that indicated he was near death. He was eating in front of the television this evening, and his wife left the room. When she returned, he was unresponsive. She told the AP that he was pronounced dead at 7:54 p.m.

Dean’s biggest country music hit was “Big Bad John,” a 1961 classic about a coal miner who saves his co-workers when the mine collapses, and it earned Dean a Grammy award.

The singer, who was born in 1928 in Plainview, Texas, grew up to have his own television show, first on CBS and then on ABC in the 1960s. In 1969 he founded The Jimmy Dean Meat Co., and for many years served as the folksy voice and friendly face of Jimmy Dean sausage in national television commercials. He sold his company to Sara Lee in 1984. In 2003 he  got into a public battle with the company when it fired him as the brand’s spokesman.

Last year, a fire destroyed Dean’s home on his 200-acre estate outside Richmond. He and his wife had only recently moved back into their rebuilt house. His wife told the AP that he liked boating and watching the sun set over the James River.

Dean had just been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this February. He is survived by his wife, three children, and two grandchildren. Dean’s wife said the memorial service would be private.

Michael Jackson's father renews hometown museum plans

Joe Jackson, father of the late Michael Jackson, announced that he will renew efforts to build a $300 million museum and performing arts center in honor of his son in the family’s hometown of Gary, Ind., reports the Associated Press. According to Jackson, the project, dubbed the Jackson Family Museum and Hotel and the Michael Jackson Performing Arts and Cultural Center and Theaters, will be funded by the Jackson Family Foundation and the city of Gary. However, a lack of financial details has made some locals skeptical that the idea will ever get off the ground. Michael Jackson originally announced plans for the center in 2003 but made no real progress toward creating it before his death and left no provisions for it in his will. “The Estate of Michael Jackson was never consulted about, nor is it involved in, the Jackson Family museum being proposed in Gary, Indiana,” Jackson’s lawyer said in a statement to the AP. Neither Joe Jackson nor Gary Mayor Rudy Clay provided specifics on how much money the city of Gary and the Jackson Family Foundation would be able to put into the project.

John Mayer cancels European tour dates due to illness

John Mayer has cancelled shows in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Madrid and Manchester this week due to illness, the singer-songwriter announced on his website yesterday. The short statement goes on to say that Mayer is returning to the U.S., and “a full recovery is expected under a doctor’s supervision.”

LimeWire guilty of copyright infringement, says judge

The music industry just scored a huge victory against piracy on Tuesday, Reuters reports. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood has ruled that peer-to-peer file sharing company LimeWire is guilty of “inducing copyright infringement, committed copyright infringement, and practiced unfair competition.” Wood also said that LimeWire’s move asking users to not infringe copyrights did “not constitute meaningful efforts to mitigate infringement.”

“This definitive ruling is an extraordinary victory for the entire creative community,” Recording Industry Association of America chairman & CEO Mitch Bainwol said in a statement. “Unlike other P2P (peer to peer) services that negotiated licenses, imposed filters or otherwise chose to discontinue their illegal conduct following the Supreme Court’s decision in the Grokster case, LimeWire instead thumbed its nose at the law and creators. The court’s decision is an important milestone in the creative community’s fight to reclaim the Internet as a platform for legitimate commerce.”

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