Monthly Archives March 2008

Poison Drummer Arrested for Rape


The drummer of famous 80s hair band Poison was arrested on Monday on a rape warrant out of Mississippi just as he got off a flight from New Zealand at LAX. The 46-year old rikki Rockett was busted by the Airport Division of the LAPD as he was going through customs. The LA Daily News first reported that the musician was transported to the LA County Jail where he was booked on a felony fugitive sexual assault warrant out of Neshoba County, Mississippi.

Rockett and singer Bret Michaels founder Poison together. Rockett was in New Zealand to reunite and perform with the other original members of the band at a huge heavy metal show.

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Celine Dion Postpones Concerts


Celine Dion has been forced to cancel more concerts in Australia. She is suffering from a throat infection.

She has already put off shows in Brisbane and Melbourne, and not she has to postpone stops in Sydney and Perth.

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T.I. Changes Plea


Rapper T.I. has decided to change his plea in his guns trial. The rapper was arrested last October for attempting to buy machine guns, paying for them with cash and without registering for them as mandated by the law. He was charged with possession of unregistered machine guns and silencers as well as possession of firearms by a convicted felon. He initially plead not guilty and has since been under house arrest after being released on a $3 million bond on October 26th. Now that he’s plead guilty, he is expected to be sentenced to 1500 hours of community service followed by about 12 months of prison.

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Marleys VS Weinsteins


Two Bob Marley projects are in the works but only one will be able to use the icon’s music. The family of the reggae legend has a long-standing policy of not licensing his music to any film or TV project where an actor portrays the musician. And that included the Weinstein Co.’s planned adaptation of Rita Marley’s (Bob’s wife) ‘No Woman, No Cry’. It’s kind of ironic considering she’s an executive producer. Martin Scorsese is set to direct an as yet unnamed documentary on the legend which the Marley family supports. Bob’s son Ziggy goes to say that “We believe that this project is the best way to represent our father’s life from his perspective and any other film project pertaining to our father will be empty without his music to support it.”

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Diddy-Tupac Story was a Hoax


It looks like the explosive report written last week by a Pulitzer Prize-winning LA Times reporter that linked Diddy to the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur was a big hoax. According to The Smoking Gun, it was perpetrated by a con artist in Federal prison who fabricated many of the so-called FBI reports on which the story was based. The supposed FBI reports and lawsuits Sabatino says he filed were apparently created in the Allenwood Federal Penitentiary in White Deer, Pennsylvania and can’t be found in the bureau’s database. The writer, Chuck Phillips, couldn’t be reached for any comment but the paper has announced that it would be investigating the supporting documents.

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George Michael’s Farewell


George Michael is reportedly heading back to the US for what people say may be his farewell tour. The singer himself refers to it as a “rounding off” of his career’s first phase. He says “I don’t want to do anything on this scale again. No more stadiums. I’d like to be the Tony Bennett for my generation. It’s the end of a certain era, and I’m not sure how much I really want to be a part of what’s next. So, it’s a kind of a way of saying thank you to everybody before I move on.” This will be the British crooner’s first trek across the US in seventeen years!

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Bob Marley’s family in licensing row

Bob Marley’s family in licensing row

Bob Marley’s family are snubbing music licensing requests for a biopic on the legend because they are planning to release a competing documentary.

The adaptation of Marley’s widow Rita’s book ‘No Woman, No Cry: My Life With Bob Marley’ is currently in production by The Weinstein Company, but now the reggae hero’s family are refusing to license any material.

The family have sided with director Martin Scorsese, making a documentary together with the Marley-owned Tuff Gong Pictures, says the Hollywood Reporter.

The family members involved in the Scorsese project claim they were unaware the Weinstein biopic would be unveiled so soon and believe that its projected late-2009 release date would interfere with the documentary’s February 2010 release – timed to coincide with Marley’s birthd...

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Corinne Bailey Rae’s Husband Found Dead


The body of 31-year old saxophonist Jason Rae, the husband of soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae, was found on Saturday. The Daily Mail is reporting that Corinne was not in the apartment when her husband’s body was found. Reports also say that Jason was found dead from a suspected drug overdose. A man was also arrested under suspicion of supplying the drugs to Jason but that man has since been released on bail. Jason was the saxophonist for the Haggis Horns, an eight-piece live funk extravaganza who combine funk, soul, hip hop and afrobeat with jazz virtuosity. My condolences go out to the family.

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Barely Tell Them Apart


With matching black shag hairdos, his and hers rocker eyeliner and the oh so overrated wearing of black nail polish to show your edginess, 49-year old Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, more famously known as Nikki Sixx can be barely told apart from his 26-year old girlfriend Katherine Von Drachenberg, more famously known as Kat Von D. And don’t get me started on the tattoos. Considering that the LA Ink star had the name of her now ex tattooed on her skin just after a month of dating, there’s no doubt that this relationship will only last just about as long as a Motley Crue song.

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Jay-Z to launch $100m label?

Jay-Z to launch $100m label?

Jay-Z wants $100 million to launch his own record label.

The hip-hop mogul, who recently quit his role as president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Def Jam Recordings, is reportedly asking music labels for the mammoth investment for new project Carter Music Group, but has so far seen his demands dismissed.

A source told the New York Post newspaper: ‘Jay-Z is asking for way too much. He wants a label to give him $100 million for the Carter Music Group and provide for overhead, development and digital investment. It’s crazy. He wants the label to basically be his venture capital fund – but unlike a venture capital, they won’t get 50 per cent.’

A venture capital fund involves the investment of money into smaller companies, which are often thought to carry more risk.

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