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Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, who appeared on 'Celebrity Rehab,' dies

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Mike Starr, the former bassist for the Seattle grunge band Alice in Chains, was found dead today at his home in Salt Lake City. A spokesperson for the Salt Lake City police department said that officers responded to a 911 call from Starr’s apartment at about 1:40 p.m., where they pronounced the rocker dead. Police are still investigating the cause of death, though they’ve ruled out foul play and said there “was nothing glaring [at the scene] that would immediately indicate [a drug overdose].” The Utah Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy, but its results typically take at least a month.

Starr, who was 44, played with Alice in Chains from its formation in 1987 until 1993, including on its multi-platinum albums Facelift (1990) and Dirt (1992), which spawned hit songs like “Man In the Box,” “Would?” and “Rooster.” READ FULL STORY

Conrad Murray due in court as judge considers delaying Michael Jackson trial

Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician charged in Michael Jackson’s death, is due in a Los Angeles court today as a judge determines whether to delay his trial for involuntary manslaughter, according to the AP. Murray has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and a trial is scheduled for March 24. However, Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor is considering the prosecution’s request to delay the trial, as they have complained that the defense has been reluctant to present all the necessary information.

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No Doubt's Tom Dumont tweets birth of third son

The No Doubt guitarist tweeted on Saturday morning about the 5 am arrival of his third son Koa Thomas Dumont. “Baby boy & parents are great,” wrote Dumont, who is married to wife Mieke. “Looks like his brothers! One more No Doubt baby in the world!”

Rufus Wainwright announces he's a dad

Singer Rufus Wainwright has announced the birth of his daughter on his website. Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen was born Feb. 2 in Los Angeles “to proud parents Lorca Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and Deputy Dad Jorn Weisbrodt,” the post on the website reads. “The little angel is evidently healthy, presumably happy and certainly very very beautiful.” (Lorca Cohen is the daughter of acclaimed singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.)

Wainwright also dedicated a song lyric to his new daughter: “Daddy #1 would like to offer everyone a digital cigar and welcome the little lady in with a French phrase from his favorite folk song, ‘A La Claire Fontaine’: ‘Il y a longtemps que je t’aime, jamais je ne t’oublierai.’” The lyric’s translation: “So long I’ve been loving you, I will never forget you.”

El DeBarge checks in to rehab

El DeBarge, the 1980′s singing star who was attempting a career comeback after a 16-year recording sabbatical, has checked himself into rehab for substance abuse. In a statement, the 49-year-old said, “I hate to disappoint my fans but it is necessary for me to take the time to work on me so that I may continue to share my music and my story with everyone. I thank everyone in advance for their prayers and well wishes and hope that you will respect my privacy during this time.”

DeBarge, who’d been nominated for two Grammys this year for his album, Second Chance, was slated to begin a tour this week, but Billboard reports that Musiq Soulchild will be performing in his place.

Aretha Franklin makes video appearance for Grammys tribute

Aretha Franklin appeared on the Grammys to thank the awards show for its opening tribute to her featuring Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride, and Florence Welch. Though she’s at home in Detroit recovering from a December surgery for an undisclosed condition, she thanked the academy via satellite while looking resplendent in an elaborate white gown.

Mariah Carey having a boy and a girl

People is reporting that Mariah Carey, 41, will give birth to a boy and girl. Carey’s husband Nick Cannon, 30, confirmed late last year that the couple are having twins. He also told People this week that the couple are decorating nurseries for their kids in Los Angeles and New York.

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John Barry, Oscar-winning composer, dies at 77

john-barryImage Credit: Peter Jordan/AP ImagesFilm composer John Barry, who helped create one of the most iconic movie themes of all time and won five Oscars for his ground-breaking work, has died at age 77. According to the Associated Press, the English-born musician, who contributed the groovy signature theme to a dozen James Bond installments, passed away in New York on Sunday. In addition to his work on the 007 films, beginning with uncredited work on 1962′s Dr. No, Barry won Oscars for the score and song of 1966′s Born Free, 1968′s The Lion in Winter, 1985′s Out of Africa, and 1990′s Dances With Wolves.

Britney Spears album gets release date: March 15

Britney Spears’ new album may still not have a title, but it’s got a release date: March 15. The date comes courtesy of a leaked sales one-sheet, which her label Jive confirmed to MTV is authentic. The album will come in standard and deluxe versions, with the latter having three or four additional songs and an extended booklet (meaning more pictures of Spears). “Hold it Against Me” hitmakers Max Martin and Dr. Luke have multiple tracks on the LP, which also includes songs from Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Fraser T. Smith, and Bloodshy & Avant.

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Bruno Mars strikes deal in cocaine case

Bruno Mars, who was arrested Sept. 19 after police allegedly found him with 2.6 grams of cocaine after a concert at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, will take a plea deal. According to the Associated Press, the first-time offender will waive an evidentiary hearing on Feb. 4 and plead guilty. He’ll pay a $2,000 fine, perform 200 hours of community service, and complete drug counseling. If he stays trouble free for a year, no conviction will remain on his record, the AP reports. Mars, who has seven Grammy nominations, will perform at the Feb. 13 ceremony.

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