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Feb092011

Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz Call it Quits

Photo Courtesy - Geffen Records(LOS ANGELES) -- Looks like it's over between Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz. TMZ reports that Ashlee, who wed the Fall Out Boy bass player in May of 2008, has filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences."  The website states that Ashlee is asking for joint legal custody and physical custody of their two-year-old son, Bronx Mowgli, and also wants spousal and child support.  Sources tell TMZ that the couple does not have a prenup.

Simpson and Wentz released a statement through a spokesperson saying, "After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to file for divorce.  We remain friends and deeply committed and loving parents to our son Bronx, whose happiness and well-being remains our number one priority.  We ask that everyone honor our privacy as we navigate this next phase of our lives.”

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Wednesday
Feb092011

Lohan Charged with Felony Grand Theft

Photo Courtesy - AL SEIB/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan was charged Wednesday with one count of felony grand theft for allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace from a Venice, California jewelry store last month.  If convicted, Lohan could spend up to three years behind bars.

The Mean Girls star, who is currently still on probation in connection with a 2007 DUI case, is accused of taking the bling when she left the store on January 22.  Lohan has previously claimed she merely borrowed the necklace.

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Wednesday
Feb092011

Final Episode of 'Friday Night Lights' to Air on DirecTV

Photo Courtesy - Universal Studios(NEW YORK) -- After five seasons, the critically acclaimed drama Friday Night Lights will air its final episode on DirecTV at 9 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday night.

The series, based on the Buzz Bissinger book of the same name, followed Texas high school football coach Eric Taylor, played by Kyle Chandler, his wife Tami Taylor, portrayed by Connie Britton, and his players through the years.

The show launched the career of former cast member Minka Kelly, who can now be seen in the film The Roommate.

If you do not have DirecTV, you'll be able to watch the final season of Friday Night Lights once it makes its NBC debut on April 15.

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Wednesday
Feb092011

Christina Aguilera Offered Redemption by Baseball, Hockey Teams

Photo Courtesy - WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Christina Aguilera may have messed up the national anthem during the Super Bowl, but everybody deserves a second chance. That's why two different teams -- from two different sports -- are now offering the singer a shot at redemption.

First, the Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor-league baseball team, have invited Aguilera to come perform the anthem at one of their games this summer.  They've also offered to throw in a copy of the lyrics for her, so there won't be a repeat of Sunday's disaster.

In addition, the Syracuse Crunch, a minor league hockey team based in Syracuse, New York, wants Aguilera to sing the anthem at their Feb. 19 home game against the Rochester Americans.

In a letter to Aguilera posted on the team's website, their senior vice president says, "This opportunity certainly gives you a forum to properly demonstrate just how well you can perform the anthem before an intimate crowd of 6,200 fans in the heartland of America -- Syracuse, NY."

He adds that the team will make a donation in her honor to benefit U.S. troops.

Meanwhile, it's come to light that Aguilera really does know the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner."  Footage of her singing the anthem during rehearsal before the Super Bowl, posted on TMZ, shows her singing the lyrics correctly.

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Wednesday
Feb092011

Taylor Swift to Kick Off Global 'Speak Now' Tour in Singapore

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(SINGAPORE) -- Taylor Swift will hit more than 15 countries this year on her global Speak Now tour, which officially launches on Wednesday in Singapore.

Despite any cultural differences she may encounter along the way, Swift connects with her fans in a big way because of her very personal lyrics.

The singer has a meet-and-greet with her fans at every show, and at each one, she says, "I have groups of girls that come up to me with their cell phones, and are like, 'Look what my ex-boyfriend just texted me.'"  She adds, "I love that they're my friends, and I love that we understand each other."

Swift says that the special understanding she has with her fans comes from the creative freedom she has to express herself through her music.

The singer's creativity will also show up onstage on the Speak Now tour -- she'll have plenty of high-concept staging bells and whistles to keep her fans entertained during the show.

Swift will travel through Asia and Europe on the Speak Now tour before bringing it to North America, starting with a two-night stand in Omaha, Nebraska beginning May 27.

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Wednesday
Feb092011

'Glee Live! In Concert!' Returns for Another Tour

Photo Courtesy - 20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- Glee is so big, it can't be held to the small screen.  Thirteen of the show's stars will perform during a tour this spring called Glee Live!  In Concert!

Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riler, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Dianna Agron, Heather Morris, Mark Sailing, Naya Rivera, Harry Shum, Jr., Chord Overstreet and Darren Criss are all slated to take the stage for the tour.  The cast will sing some of the most popular songs from the series' first two seasons.

Glee creator Ryan Murphy said hitting the road was a no-brainer after the success of last year's tour, adding, "The cast and I were so moved by the love and enthusiasm of our fans at last year's concerts that we knew we had to do it again.  There is something magical about thousands of 'Gleeks' coming together to share a special night with our cast, and this tour is one way we can thank them for their unbelievable support from the beginning."

Tickets go on sale Feb. 19 at ticketmaster.com.

Here's a look at the dates for Glee Live!  In Concert!:

5/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Event Center
5/22 -- Sacramento, CA, Arco Arena
5/24 -- San Jose, CA, HP Pavilion
5/27 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
5/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
5/29 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
6/1 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
6/2 -- Indianapolis, IN, Conseco Fieldhouse
6/3 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena
6/6 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
6/8 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
6/11 -- Toronto, Canada, Air Canada Centre
6/13 -- Detroit, MI, Palace of Auburn Hills
6/14 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
6/16 -- East Rutherford, NJ, Izod Center
6/18 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum

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Wednesday
Feb092011

The Flaming Lips Announce 2011 Tour Dates

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros. Records(NEW YORK) -- The Flaming Lips have announced a series of dates for 2011 in support of their current album, Embryonic.

Their first show will take place on March 3 at a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and their last show will be on July 7 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago where they'll perform the 1999 album, The Soft Bulletin, in its entirety.

Here are the Flaming Lips 2011 tour dates:

3/3 -- New York, NY, Carnegie Hall
3/6 -- Avon, CO, Nottingham Park
5/13 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore Detroit
5/14 -- Nelsonville, OH, Nelsonville Music Festival
5/15 -- Richmond, VA, The National
5/20 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
5/21 -- Gulf Shores, AL, The Hangout Festival
5/26 -- Barcelona, Spain, Primavera Festival
5/29 -- George, WA, Sasquatch Festival
7/1 -- London, England, All Tomorrow's Parties
7/7 -- Chicago, IL, Aragon Ballroom

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Tuesday
Feb082011

Lindsay Lohan to Be Charged with Felony Grand Theft Wednesday

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Bad news for Lindsay Lohan -- the Los Angeles District Attorney's office says that on Wednesday, the actress will be charged with one count of felony grand theft for allegedly stealing a necklace from a jewelry store in Venice, California.  It's a felony because of the value of the necklace, which is worth $2,500. She allegedly walked out of the store with the necklace on Jan. 22. Lohan will be arraigned Wednesday in a Los Angeles court at 1:30 p.m. PT.

Lohan is currently on probation in connection with her 2007 DUI case.  If she is convicted of felony grand theft, she could be sent to California state prison.

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Tuesday
Feb082011

Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale' Confirmed for March 29 Release

Photo Courtesy - Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- Though initially reported as hitting stores March 15, Britney Spears' new album Femme Fatale has now been confirmed for a March 29 release by her record label.  Meanwhile, the hotly-anticipated video for "Hold It Against Me" will premiere simultaneously on VEVO.com and on MTV Thursday, Feb. 17, at 9:56 p.m. ET, right before Jersey Shore.

So far, Britney has released five teaser clips for the "Hold It Against Me" video, and she'll continue to release them until the video's premiere -- there will be 14 in all.  The most recent, which came out Tuesday, shows bright lights beaming down on Britney as she reaches toward the ceiling.  Some of the other clips show her surrounded by backup dancers; others show her older videos flashing on TV screens.

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Tuesday
Feb082011

First Round of CMA Music Festival Performers Announced

Keith Urban. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The first round of performers has been announced for this summer's CMA Music Festival in Nashville, including Keith Urban, Reba, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins and Darius Rucker. Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride and The Band Perry round out the list for the festival, set for June 9-12.

The event will again be filmed for an ABC special.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the CMA Music Festival, which began as Fan Fair in 1972.

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