Whitney Houston told People.com that her recent hospital stay in Paris was due simply to allergies and not, as speculated, due to a drug relapse, which Houston calls “ridiculous.” The hospitalization forced her to postpone the first four shows of her European tour, but Houston says she’s “feeling great” now. “I’m just ready to move on and continue my world tour,” she continued. The recording star will resume performing April 13 in Birmingham, England.
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Comedian David Cross is set to release another comedy album, his third, titled Bigger and Blacker on May 25, according to Hit Fix. The stand-up album was recorded live at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre last year, and lots of the material comes from his latest book, I Drink for a Reason.
In a court filing made public Friday, Lady Gaga alleges a lawsuit filed by ex-boyfriend/music producer Rob Fusari is only a cover to collect “unlawful compensation” for services as an unlicensed employment agent, according to a press report. Fusari’s lawyer, Robert S. Meloni, called the claim “ludicrous.”
Fusari, a song writer and music producer, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in New York City against Gaga. He claimed his former girlfriend, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, dropped his services as her career flourished. He alleged they co-wrote songs such as “Paparazzi” and “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich” and that he came up with her stage name.
Read excerpts from the suit in Music Mix: Lady Gaga lawsuit reads like a ‘Behind the Music’ script
The Grammy-winning rock band Kings of Leon will kick of their North American tour on June 5 in Atlantic City. The road dates, which include a high-profile gig as the headliners of the Bonnaroo festival in the band’s home state of Tennessee on June 11, will wrap up in Dallas on September 23. The Followill boys’ “Use Somebody” won three Grammys last month.
Sony has signed a $250 million album deal with the late Michael Jackson’s estate, The Wall Street Journal reports. The deal, which comes nine months after his death, sets an industry record. It includes 10 albums over seven years, with a mixture of previously unreleased material and repackaged versions of formerly released songs. Since his death June 25, Sony has sold 31 million Jackson albums and his estate will likely earn $250 million in music, merchandise, and ticket sales to his This Is It concert film by the one-year anniversary.
Legendary signer Diana Ross announced this week that she’ll be returning to the concert circuit with a summer tour in 17 U.S. cities. Her “More Today than Yesterday” tour will kick off in Boston on May 15 and conclude in Saratoga, Calif., on June 12. The 65-year-old singer, one of the most successful female singers of all time, last toured the country in 2007. Ross’ tour schedule is after the jump: READ FULL STORY »
Legendary rock band Pink Floyd filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the record label EMI over online royalties, according to Reuters. The group behind such hit albums as Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall signed with EMI more than 40 years ago and is now disputing how online royalty payments and the marketing of their music is determined. The band is also challenging EMI’s ability to “unbundle” their albums and sell individual songs online. Robert Howe, the band’s lawyer, told the High Court in London that a contractual clause “expressly prohibited” the practice. While the suit only seems to directly involve Pink Floyd, the end result of the suit would obviously have a huge impact for other bands going forward.
Singer Placido Domingo underwent surgery to remove a cancerous polyp from his colon last week at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York but is expected to make a full recovery, according to his publicist. Doctors have ordered the 69 year old to rest for at least six weeks.
Country singer Brad Paisley fell onstage during a Saturday night concert at the Charleston Coliseum in South Carolina. Paisley was examined at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital in Charleston but released Sunday. Paisley later tweeted, “Tnx4 prayers, after my fall, I was just discharged from the hospital. Just very very bruised. Nothing broken, had a ct scan all is okay!”
Kimberly Wyatt and Ashley Roberts have bid farewell to the Pussycat Dolls, the BBC reports. Roberts reportedly released a statement saying that she has “gotten the acting bug and am falling in love with it. I have a few projects in the works and when ready I will announce more details to all of you.” She also said she’s “in the studio recording some of my own music.” Wyatt reportedly said to UK magazine Loaded, “Money and fame can’t buy happiness.”
The departures follow reports of a rift in the band caused by the rising star of lead singer Nicole Scherzinger, who has just been announced as a contestant on the upcoming cycle of Dancing With the Stars. Last year, Pussycat Dolls singles were being marketed as “The Pussycat Dolls featuring Nicole Scherzinger,” rather than just “the Pussycat Dolls,” as in the past. Group member Jessica Sutta, who left the group in January, told MTV at the time that she felt she “was always in the shadows of Nicole.”
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