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Starpulse Weakly Legal Round-Up

6/16/2008 3:00pm EDT
Boss Hog
Once a week the staff at Starpulse recaps the latest legal news related to celebrities and musicians, as well as any other faux-lebrities.

This week’s news centers on a house fire, a child porn trial and a conservatorship, but the most important news bulletin was about the damage done to a luxury vehicle.

Judge Bans 50 Cent From Selling Burned House

Rapper 50 Cent has been ordered not to sell the charred remains of his New York home until investigators have decided what caused the fire that destroyed it last month.

Coolio Claims Racism...
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Commemorate GRAMMY's 50th Anniversary With 'The Ultimate GRAMMY Collection'

1/8/2008 2:12pm EST
Classic Pop
In a grand commemoration of the 50th Celebration of the GRAMMY® Awards, Shout! Factory and The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY® Recordings announce an electrifying 7-CD series encompassing GRAMMY® winners from four of the legendary awards' major genres. With a personal introduction written by 27-time GRAMMY® winner and 50th Celebration Ambassador Quincy Jones, this series is a sumptuous ode to the biggest hits in music history and a must-have for music lovers and collectors alike.

"We look forward to celebrating the past five decades of GRAMMY®-winning music with music fans everywhere thr...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 8

1/8/2008 3:00am EST
Elvis Presley
Happy Birthday to Christian singer Rachel Lampa (1985), "Buffy" actress Amber Benson (1977), New York Yankee first baseman Jason Giambi (1971), R&B singer R. Kelly (1969), "Homicide: Life on the Street" star Michelle Forbes (1967), Mother Love Bone lead singer Andrew Wood (1966; d. 1990), Austrian chef/restaurateur Wolfgang Puck (1949), English singer/actor David Bowie (1947), Doors guitarist Robby Krieger (1946), fantasy author Terry Brooks (1944), "A Brief History of Time" author Stephen Hawking (1942), game show host Bob Eubanks (1938), "James Bond" theme song singer Shirley Bassey (193...
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Britney Spears Wants A Piece Of You!

12/10/2007 4:31pm EST
Britney
Calling all future auteurs! MTV and Jive Records will join forces to bring fans and MTV viewers the "Britney Spears Wants A Piece Of You" fan video contest. Using the MTV Video Remixer (http://remix.mtv.com), the exclusive contest which launched on December 4th will give aspiring filmmakers and wannabes alike the opportunity to create their own distinctive video for "Piece of Me," the second single from Britney's hit album Blackout.

By utilizing the MTV Video Remixer (http://remix.mtv.com) fans will create their own interpretation of "Piece of Me" to compete for a chance to see their ...
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Check Out Hot New Music From Chris Brown, Britney Spears, R. Kelly & T-Pain!

12/5/2007 4:45pm EST
Chris Brown
Jive/Zomba has a lot of new music premiering as we roll into the thick of the holiday season. New singles from Chris Brown, Britney Spears, R. Kelly and T-Pain! Below are audio streams for all four tracks.

Chris Brown "With You":

Windows: Hi | Lo

Real: Hi | Lo

Britney Spears "Piece of Me":

Windows: Hi | Lo

Real: Hi | Lo

R.Kelly "Real Talk":

Windows: Hi | Lo

Real: Hi | Lo

T-Pain "Tipsy":

Windows: Hi | Lo

Real: Hi | Lo

Chris Brown Exclusive In Stores Now! www.chrisbrownworld.com

Britney Spears Blackout In Stores Now! www.britney.com

R.Kelly Do...
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Bow Wow & Omarion Face Off Dec. 11

11/7/2007 9:30pm EST
Bow Wow
The chart-topping multi-platinum hip-hop dynamos Bow Wow and Omarion have joined forces to create a new collaborative collection that promises to become one of the major musical events of 2007. Bow Wow-Omarion project, Faceoff, in stores December 11th.

While details of the Bow Wow-Omarion project remain under wraps, the new album marks the culmination of a joint collaborative process dating back to 2005, when Omarion's vocal contributions to "Let Me Hold You," the first single from Bow Wow's fourth album, Wanted, peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Bow Wow his first-ever Top...
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Bow Wow & Omarion 'Face Off' December 11

10/8/2007 7:00pm EDT
Bow Wow and Omarion
The chart-topping multi-platinum hip-hop dynamos Bow Wow and Omarion have joined forces to create a new collaborative collection that promises to become one of the major musical events of 2007. The top secret Bow Wow-Omarion project will be released this fall.

While details of the Bow Wow-Omarion project remain under wraps, the new album marks the culmination of a joint collaborative process dating back to 2005, when Omarion's vocal contributions to "Let Me Hold You," the first single from Bow Wow's fourth album, Wanted, peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Bow Wow his first-...
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That Was The Week That Was For Aug. 26-Sept. 1

8/26/2007 8:15am EDT
The Beatles
Entertainment highlights during the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1:

1961: Motown released its first No. 1 hit, ''Please Mr. Postman'' by The Marvelettes.

1968: The Beatles released ''Hey Jude'' as a single.

1974: The last episode of ''The Brady Bunch'' aired on ABC.

1982: Actress Ingrid Bergman died of cancer.

1987: The album ''Bad'' by Michael Jackson was released in North America. It was the long-awaited follow-up to ''Thriller.''

1990: Garth Brooks released his album ''No Fences.''

1991: Randy Newman won an Emmy Award for writing music for the TV show ''Cop Ro...
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Check Out Johnta Austin's New Single, 'Video,' From His Debut Album, In Stores Sept. 4

8/14/2007 8:00pm EDT
Johnta Austin
His name is already familiar to record buyers who make note of the songwriting credits on major hit records by such superstar artists as Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige. Music industry insiders know him as the Grammy-winning 'go-to' writer which is why the legendary Whitney Houston, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, global multi-platinum artist Usher and hitmaker Chris Brown have tracks on forthcoming projects by this unassuming Atlanta native. While he may have spent the last eight years behind the scenes, penning songs for the likes of Toni Braxton, Tyrese, Enrique Iglesias, Ginuwine, Aaliyah,...
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Ray Lavender, Signed To Akon's Kon Live Record Label, Drops Debut Fall '07

7/14/2007 11:00am EDT
Ray Lavender
Over the years, Atlanta, Georgia has introduced its fair share of music superstars to the world. And with the introduction of Ray "Ray-L" Lavender tradition will undoubtedly continue. Coming to Atlanta by way of Monroe, Louisiana, Akon's Kon Live Records and Geffen Records artist Ray "Ray-L" Lavender is poised to become one of music's brightest young stars with his sensual yet hard-edged brand of R&B.

Growing up, 23-year old Ray admired a wide array of artist but it was R. Kelly who first truly inspired Ray to pursue his passion. "His tribulations sounded like my tribulations. He i...
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R. Kelly's 'Double Up' Is The #1 Selling Album In The Country

6/6/2007 10:41am EDT
R. Kelly
R. Kelly's Double Up debuts this week as the #1 selling album on both Billboard's Top 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop album charts. The #1 debut of "Double Up" marks the highest first-week sales of the year for any R&B solo artist.

"Double Up" is R. Kelly's eighth top 5 debut and his fifth #1 album as a solo artist. The smash first single "I'm A Flirt" has been burning up the charts and radio airwaves for close to 16 weeks. The follow-up single "Same Girl," a duet with Usher, is already Top 10 at urban radio.

For "Double Up" R. Kelly expands his hit-making collaborative efforts and enlist...
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Check Out Newcomer Kat De Luna's Single, 'Whine Up,' Featuring Elephant Man

5/10/2007 11:00pm EDT
Kat de Luna
Kat de Luna is the girl next door, no matter where you're from. To say shes a crossover artist is an understatement. Hip hop, R&B, Merengue, Pop, Spanish Jazz, ballads, and dance, she does it all; in English and Spanish. Want proof? R&B superstar R. Kelly called her a "prodigy" and the famous Salvadorian singer Alvaro Torres referred to her as Selena. At age 12 she was invited by the "Queen of Merengue" Milly Quezada, to sing with her on stage in front of thousands of people, and in April of 2004 she opened for J Records recording artist Cassidy as part of the all Latino girl group Coquette...
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Still No Trial Date 5 Years After R. Kelly Sex Tape Charges

5/7/2007 3:11pm EDT
R. Kelly
CHICAGO (AP) - Since being charged with child pornography five years ago for allegedly videotaping sex acts with a young teenager, R. Kelly has had six best-selling albums, three nationwide tours, a multitude of hits and awards but no trial.

A series of sometimes bizarre events, including a judge's tumble from a ladder and a case of appendicitis, have delayed the 40-year-old R&B superstar's trial far longer than the norm. Kelly is due in a Chicago courtroom Friday for yet another status hearing, but there's still no trial date in sight as he prepares to release a new album on May 29.
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R. Kelly's 'Double Up' in stores May 29; Virginia Tech 'Rise Up' Tribute Available May 15

5/4/2007 7:00pm EDT
R. Kelly
As the undisputed king of R&B, R. Kelly never seems to be far from the current soul scene. Be it collaborating with his homeboy Snoop ("That's That") or trading verses with Ciara ("Promise Remix"), this Chicago soul man has displayed a consistent brilliance throughout his fifteen-year career.

Since 2002, R. Kelly has blessed his fans with a new album every year, and 2007 will be no different. While the rest of the music world slept, R. Kelly has been inside his famed studio the Chocolate Factory making countless beats, laying down mackadelic vocals and creating wonderful music.

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MTV Celebrates Hip Hop All Week With The Biggest Stars

5/1/2007 5:17pm EDT
Ne-Yo
MTV: Music Television announced today that they are setting up the biggest week in Hip Hop by being the first to bring its audience the most highly anticipated new and freshest music from some of today biggest artists. During "Sucker Free on MTV Presents: "Most Anticipated Albums" viewers will have access to new music by joining MTV VJ DJ Cipha Sounds as he goes to the studio, on tour and to your favorite artists neighborhoods to preview highly anticipated albums from T.I., Ne-Yo, 50 Cent and R. Kelly. You'll hear it first as DJ Cipha Sounds introduces music fans to the producers, beats and...
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Check Out T-Pain's 'Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')' featuring Yung Joc

4/11/2007 10:00pm EDT
T-Pain
T-Pain is blowing up the charts with his new single "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')" feat. Yung Joc. Pain has come into his own as an artist and his new record, Epiphany, dropping 6/12, will show a more mature side of the singer, rapper, writer and producer.

He's currently featured on R.Kelly's smash "I'm A Flirt" along side T.I., but T-Pain is one of the most prolific R&B artists in the game. Check out all the appearances he has made:

"I'm A Flirt" (Remix) - R. Kelly (featuring T-Pain & T.I.)

"I Can't Wait" - Akon (featuring T-Pain) Album "Konvicted" RIAA Certified Multi-...
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'Ciara: The Evolution' Is Certified Platinum in Only Five Weeks

1/12/2007 11:46am EST
Ciara
The RIAA has certified R&B/Pop sensation Ciara's sophomore album, Ciara: The Evolution, platinum in only five weeks. Ciara: The Evolution debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 338,447, and is the follow-up to 2004's Goodies, which sold 3 million on the strength of its three megahit singles.

"Ciara: The Evolution" is well on its way to meeting Goodies' high mark with two hit singles already all over R&B and pop airwaves, the get-it-started club banger "Get Up" and the sensual ballad, "Promise." "Promise" is currently #2 on the Urban Charts, #4 on the Mediabase Rhyt...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 8

1/8/2007 3:00am EST
Elvis Presley
Happy Birthday to Christian singer Rachel Lampa (1985), "Buffy" actress Amber Benson (1977), New York Yankee first baseman Jason Giambi (1971), R&B singer R. Kelly (1969), "Homicide: Life on the Street" star Michelle Forbes (1967), Mother Love Bone lead singer Andrew Wood (1966; d. 1990), Austrian chef/restaurateur Wolfgang Puck (1949), English singer/actor David Bowie (1947), Doors guitarist Robby Krieger (1946), fantasy author Terry Brooks (1944), "A Brief History of Time" author Stephen Hawking (1942), game show host Bob Eubanks (1938), "James Bond" theme song singer Shirley Bassey (193...
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Diddy & Snoop Dogg Plan European Tour

12/14/2006 9:11am EST
Snoop Dogg
Two icons of the hip-hop world, Diddy and Snoop Dogg, have unveiled plans for a major co-headlining European concert tour. The historic 18-city trek will see the superstars sharing stages in nine countries across the continent.

The Snoop/Diddy tour will kick off on March 12th at Oslo, Norway's Spektrum, then travel across Europe through an April 2nd date at the UK's Nottingham Arena (see itinerary below). Along the way, the itinerary will make stops in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland, and Ireland. Among the momentous tour's many highlights will be a pair of two-...
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Akon's "Konvicted" In Stores Today; Listen To Two Songs From It Here

11/14/2006 12:07pm EST
Akon
After winning music fans over with his 2003 multi-platinum debut Trouble, Senegalese singer Akon returns with more stories from his personal journey via his sophomore CD Konvicted. If Trouble was Akon's ode to redemption (before his music career took off he served time for car theft), Konvicted picks up at rebirth. His mission now is to reinvent himself through his salvation - music.

The son of accomplished jazz musician Mor Thiam, Akon was introduced to varied musical styles early on. "I grew-up listening to all kinds of music. Obviously I love soul songs, but I also like mixing in ot...
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Another 'Classic' Snoop Dogg Album Drops Nov. 21

11/2/2006 11:02am EST
Snoop Dogg
Superstar rapper and hip hop icon Snoop Dogg readies for his highly anticipated album "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment" releasing on November 21 through Doggystyle/Geffen. Early buzz from industry insiders promise a classic album complete with the reunion of Snoop and Dr. Dre with three bangers from the dynamic duo.

This classic pairing marks the duo's first collaborative effort in approximately five years and promises to make history once again.

"Tha Blue Carpet Treatment" is a return to the original sound that put the Long Beach rapper on the map with Snoop keeping it gangsta on each...
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Midwest City Captures The Essence Of R&B On Their Debut Disc, "Authentic R&B"

10/22/2006 10:00am EDT
Midwest City
Every generation a group emerges whose talent shines so brightly, you feel it from the second they sing their first note... they’re going to be BIG. Midwest City captures the essence of R&B on their debut disc, Authentic R&B. The new album is the perfect blend of up-tempo, funk-infused tracks, complementing soulful ballads laced with lush harmonies. Heavy hitters such as the Trackmasters (Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey), Cool & Dre (The Game, Fat Joe, Ja-Rule), Poli Paul (Black Eyed Peas, Nas, Christina Milian), L.T. Hutton and Will Campbell lent their platinum production tou...
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Kelly Price Returns To Gospel Roots With "This Is Who I Am," Out Oct. 24

10/4/2006 1:55pm EDT
Kelly Price
Kelly Price has been said to possess one of the most extraordinary voices in modern music. Born and reared in Queens, NY, Price’s musical talent showed itself at an early age. Price’s mother vividly recalls the many, many nights the household was awakened to the sound of Kelly singing out from her crib. As a child of the Church, both of her parents are ordained ministers, music became inextricably intertwined with the emotional fabric of her life, and it was through music that she expressed feelings she was often unable to speak aloud. One day, after being deeply saddened by a book she read...
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Check Out Akon's "Smack That," Featuring Eminem

9/18/2006 5:08pm EDT
Akon
Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer Akon scores big with his new single, "Smack That," featuring Eminem with the #1 Most Added song at Rhythmic and Crossover this week at radio. In addition to the #1 status, on Akon’s myspace page, "Smack That" has been listened to over 1 million times in just two weeks. His sophomore release, Konvicted, is set to be in stores on November 21.

Konvicted, almost entirely produced by Akon, features guest appearances by aforementioned Eminem (Em produced "Smack That"), Akon’s artist T-Pain, Snoop Dogg and Styles P.

Akon scored unpreceden...
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Snoop Dogg Set To Release "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment" In Nov.; New Single Debuts Aug. 30

8/23/2006 3:08pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
Multi-Platinum, Award Winning rapper Snoop Dogg is set to release his eighth solo LP, "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment," this November through Doggystyle/Geffen. "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment" is one of the most highly anticipated new albums of the year and will continue to solidify this hip hop icon as one of the most influential musical entertainers of today.

Throughout each record on the forthcoming release, Snoop takes it back to the basics…back to the 'hood, showcasing the original gangsta sound that made this Long Beach rapper an instant household name when he made his debut in 1992 on D...
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Luke & Q Aim To Bring Soul Back To Music With Debut Disc Due Later This Year

6/15/2006 4:04pm EDT
Luke & Q
With a bold, urban edge and rich, dynamic vocals, the duo Luke & Q are poised to bring the soul back to music, with an uniqueness that’s distinctively their own. As natives of the musical haven New Orleans, Luke & Q proudly represent the soulful charm and depth of their city. Gospel, blues, jazz, country, and hip-hop have all played a profound role in their diverse musical upbringing.

One half of the duo is Luke Boyd, a vocal powerhouse with fire and intensity stemming from his upbringing in New Orleans’ tough downtown neighborhood known as the 7th Ward. His raw, bad-boy appeal and str...
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The Isley Brothers Release "Baby Makin' Music"

5/9/2006 4:51pm EDT
The Isley Brothers
Baby Makin' Music is a natural title for a new album by The Isley Brothers featuring Ron Isley aka “Mr. Biggs.” For, in the annals of contemporary music, few groups or artists can lay claim to creating as many slow jams and bedroom classics, classics that set the perfect right mood for romance leading to seduction, seduction leading to passion and, yes, in more than one instance, passion as a prelude to a rise in the birth rate! “Yes, we’ve been making baby-makin’ music for quite a while,” Ron grins with confidence, aware that his smooth-yet-soulful vocal style has brought pleasure to milli...
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Nick Cannon Signs Deal With Motown; New Album In Spring

2/3/2006 1:27pm EST
Nick Cannon
Motown Records has signed celebrated, one-man entertainment arsenal, Nick Cannon, in a venture with the actor/musician, to be called Can I Ball/Motown Records. Cannon's debut for the new label, Stages, featuring the first single "Dimepiece," and guest appearance by the first artist signed to his label, Izzy, is slated to be released in spring 2006. The new disc is executive produced by Cannon and Michael "Blue" Williams, and features a host of top notch producers including Kanye West and artists such as Talib Kweli, Anthony Hamilton and 112.

"I'm thrilled to be able to work with such ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 8

1/8/2006 3:00am EST
Elvis Presley
Happy Birthday to Christian singer Rachel Lampa (1985), "Buffy" actress Amber Benson (1977), New York Yankee first baseman Jason Giambi (1971), R&B singer R. Kelly (1969), "Homicide: Life on the Street" star Michelle Forbes (1967), Mother Love Bone lead singer Andrew Wood (1966; d. 1990), Austrian chef/restaurateur Wolfgang Puck (1949), English singer/actor David Bowie (1947), Doors guitarist Robby Krieger (1946), fantasy author Terry Brooks (1944), "A Brief History of Time" author Stephen Hawking (1942), game show host Bob Eubanks (1938), "James Bond" theme song singer Shirley Bassey (193...
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Stars Join Holiday Special About Adoption Awareness

12/19/2005 11:40am EST
Mary J. Blige
Grammy Award-winning musical artists Yolanda Adams, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow and Kelly Rowland will perform, along with The Goo Goo Dolls and Jesse McCartney, on the seventh annual “A Home for the Holidays,” a new entertainment special to be broadcast Wednesday, Dec. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. Jamie Lee Curtis, Darryl Hannah, George Lopez, Virginia Madsen and Victoria Rowell, who herself was raised in foster care for 18 years, present inspirational stories about adoption.

Following the success of the past six annual shows, this year's special

continues to tell moving stories...
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