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53 Year Old Man Charged With Stalking Miley Cyrus
AP reports: A 53-year-old man who told police he is secretly engaged to marry Miley Cyrus has been charged with attempting to stalk the teenage "Hannah Montana" star, who is filming a movie in the Savannah area.

Tybee Island Police Chief Jim Price said Wednesday that Mark McLeod, 53, of Appling was arrested after Walt Disney Pictures security officers reported he had returned to the beachside movie set Sunday after police warned him to stay away in June.

"He was asking for Miley and going up and knocking on some doors" of beach homes near the set, Price said. "The security guards recognized him. In fact, he went up to the security guards and asked them, 'Is Miley around?'" - more on this story

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Fabolous Tops Charts But Wasn't The Week's Biggest Selling CD
Billboard reports: Rapper Fabolous ruled the Billboard 200 album chart for the first time in his career on Wednesday, but a Michael Jackson's hits collection sold more copies and becomes the year's second-best selling album.

Since Jackson's "Number Ones" came out more than 18 months ago -- in 2003, to be exact -- it is ineligible for the Billboard 200, and instead leads the Comprehensive Albums chart, which combines catalog and current releases.

It sold 114,000 copies during the week ended August 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its total for the year now adds up to 1,370,000 copies, moving it past the "Hannah Montana" movie soundtrack (1,338,000) and Eminem's "Relapse" (1,319,000). Only Taylor Swift's "Fearless" (with 1,499,000) stands in Jackson's way as 2009's top seller. - more on this story

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Chris Brown Sentencing Delayed
AP reports: A judge has delayed sentencing R&B singer Chris Brown on an assault charge to seek more input from Virginia authorities about whether Brown could do community labor in that state.

Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg said at a hearing Wednesday she will sentence Brown on Aug. 27 in the beating of Rihanna, who did not attend the hearing.

With Brown in the courtroom, the judge met in her chambers with a prosecutor and defense attorney briefly before Brown's scheduled sentencing. - find out what is up with that

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Robbie Williams Sets New Album Release
EMI reports: Robbie Williams has announced that he will release his brand new album Reality Killed The Video Star globally on November 9th followed by a digital release in the U.S. on November 10th on EMI's Virgin Records.

Robbie teamed up with producer Trevor Horn (Paul McCartney, Seal, Pet Shop Boys, Cher) for Reality Killed The Video Star which was recorded and mixed London. - more on this story

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Rob Thomas Sub Chart Hit
PR reports: Weeks after the release of his sophomore solo album "cradlesong," multiple Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Rob Thomas continues to dazzle with the first single "Her Diamonds," and makes Billboard chart history as the only male artist with multiple #1 HITS at Adult Top 40.

With this coronation, Thomas ties Pink with the most No. 1's by a solo artist in the charts history, according to Billboard.com. "Her Diamonds" is the #1 song at HOT AC in the U.S. #1 at all radio formats in Australia, the #1 video on VH1 "Top 20 Countdown," and knocked off the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, from the #1 slot on iTunes in Australia, capping off a dizzying promotional run that included performances and appearances on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "The View," "Fox & Friends," a summer concert series performance on "The Today Show" and "The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" – all chronicled by Thomas and followed by thousands of fans on his official Twitter page @ThisIsRobThomas.

On August 31st Thomas will do a very special performance at the Opening Night Ceremony of the 2009 US Opens' "Athletes Who Give Back" event. This special evening of tennis and charity celebrates athletes who have devoted their energies to supporting causes and this year includes Andre Agassi, Mia Hamm, David Robinson and Doug Flutie. ESPN2 will air the event in its entirety. - more on this story

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Pet Shop Boys Break Chart Record As They Prep for U.S. Tour
EMI reports: Over 25 years after the release of their worldwide hit 'West End Girls', Pet Shop Boys return in grand style, setting the record for the most number 1's on Billboard Magazine's Dance/Club chart among groups with 'Love Etc.' the first single off their acclaimed album Yes.

It's the ninth time the band has hit the top spot, vaunting over fellow electro-pop veterans Depeche Mode. Yes, the band's first album on Astralwerks and tenth album overall, debuted at an impressive No. 32 on the Billboard 200, achieving the act's highest position on that chart since 1993's Very debuted at No. 20.

Earlier this year the duo performed at the Brit Awards, sharing the stage with admirers Lady Gaga and Brandon Flowers (The Killers), and receiving an outstanding contribution to music award. The band will be bringing their celebrated stage show to the states this September. Dubbed the 'Pandemonium' tour, the dates will be filled with wild surprises and extravagant fun, in which 'every night is Friday night' according to Pet Shop Boys keyboardist Chris Lowe. A recent poster contest for the tour garnered nearly 700 entries. - tour dates

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Cashing In On Michael Jackson
AP reports: Authentic Michael Jackson products could start appearing on store shelves, cell phones, even in X-Box add-ons if a judge signs off on merchandising deals proposed by the singer's estate.

The current administrators of the singer's estate have presented several proposed contracts to a probate judge for approval. The agreements offer a taste of how the King of Pop may be sold in the coming months and years.

Trading cards, T-shirts, calendars, lighters, stuffed animals that play Jackson's music and games are among the tangible items being considered. So too are denim products and high-end clothing lines, according to the filings.
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Letoya Bus Tour
EMI reports: Platinum selling Capitol Records recording artist Letoya has been previewing her upcoming album 'Lady Love' on an all-star bus tour sponsored by the popular "Russ Parr Morning Show," with stops in the midwest and Parr's home market, Washington, DC.

LeToya's hit single "Not Anymore," written and co-produced by Grammy winner Ne-Yo, has been a nationwide smash, with Top 10 Urban format airplay, and weeks of strong viewer requests on the BET video countdown show, 106th & Park, where it has been Top 3 recently. LeToya's second single, co-written with Chris Brown, "She Ain't Got..." has taken off with a summer-long video and ballpark tie-in with Major League Baseball in place. Now launching a new single with Ludacris, "Regret" will lead up the August 25, 2009 release of the 'LADY LOVE' album.

Early in the week, LeToya joined Ace Hood, New Boyz, Yo Gotti, Dorrough, Britni Elise and Mario for an appearance at WENZ/Cleveland, OH. On Tuesday morning, August 4th through Thursday, August 6th, LeToya is scheduled to co-host with Russ Parr for stops at radio affiliates WDHT/Dayton, OH, WIZF/Cincinnati, OH and WGZB/Louisville. Sharing the bill for those days are: Britini Elise, Hurricane Chris, New Boyz, Dorrough and Yo Gotti. - more on this story

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John Forte Returns with StyleFREE the EP
EMI reports: John Forte is releasing StyleFREE the EP, his first collection of new music in eight years, via EMI Label Services. The EP will be distributed to digital retailers in the US this week (marking the 9th year anniversary of Fortι's arrest on charges of drug trafficking).

The first single from the EP, "Play My Cards for Me," is available as a free download at www.johnforte.com.

Having served seven and a half years of a fourteen-year federal prison sentence before receiving a historic commutation from President Bush and being released from prison in December 2008, Fortι's undeniable talent as a lyricist and musician, far from diminishing during his incarceration, has grown and matured. His new songs, full of powerful social commentary combined with hope and inspiration, bear witness to the remaking of a man and his struggle to remain free – they are a testament to his spiritual journey and proof that the phoenix can, and will, rise from the ashes. - more on this story

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Mike Posner Inks with J Records
RCA reports: Emerging and much buzzed about singer / songwriter / producer Mike Posner has signed to J Records. After self releasing his first mixtape A Matter of Time in March, it gained instant popularity and soared to become the #1 free download on iTunesU.

A Matter Of Time is a genre spanning mixtape that includes Posner originals "Drug Dealer Girl" and perhaps his most ubiquitous song "Cooler Than Me" which features Kanye West protιgιe Big Sean.

"At the tender young age of 21, Mike Posner is already a gifted artist, producer, writer, performer and obviously student as he got into Duke University, where he still has his senior year ahead of him! says Barry Weiss, Chairman and CEO, RCA/JIVE Label Group. "He is an artist that is already touching his peers through a vibrant on-line presence of his songs. Hats off to Peter Edge for bringing Mike into the company. We are excited." - more on this story

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Jern Eye Sets New Album Release
Audible Treats reports: West coast emcee Jern Eye is proud to announce the release of his sophomore solo LP, Vision. The album, which features production from Jake One, !llmind, and Keelay & Zaire, and collaborations with Guilty Simpson, Mistah F.A.B., Zion I, Cali Agents, and NightClubber Lang, will be available October 13th via MYX Music Label.

At a time when many albums are little more than a collection of randomly pieced together, unrelated songs, the art of crafting an album is often overlooked. For Vision, a title referencing the concept of stripping down illusions in order to share artistic expression and feeling, creating a cohesive album was the main focus for Jern Eye, and one of the biggest progressions for Jern as an artist since his debut album.

Jern says, "In comparison to my previous release Authentic Vintage, I think Vision is more self aware. I just appreciate being a little older, and seeing my music in perspective. I think refusing to compromise what I really love about hip-hop reflects on how I made this album." With three years between albums, that artistic maturity will finally be on display as Vision is prepared for release October 13th. - Check out the first track from the album, "So And So" featuring Guilty Simpson

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