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Michael Jackson's Death Officially Ruled A Homicide
AP reports: Michael Jackson's death has been ruled a homicide caused by a mix of drugs meant to treat insomnia, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press, while his personal doctor told investigators he was actually trying to wean the King of Pop off the powerful anesthetic that did him in.

Forensic tests found the anesthetic propofol combined with at least two sedatives to kill Jackson, according to the official, who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because the findings have not been publicly released. Based on those tests, the Los Angeles County Coroner has ruled the death a homicide, the official said.

The coroner's homicide ruling does not necessarily mean a crime was committed. But it makes it more likely criminal charges will be filed against Dr. Conrad Murray - A lot more details here

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Vh1 Disown Killer's Reality Shows
antiMusic reports: Vh1's blog posted what they are calling their official statement about the show featuring the man accused of murder. In fact, Ryan Jenkins who was found dead in Canada, was part of two Vh1 shows which the network's blog announced were "sad" to announce we cancelled.

Here is their original statement, plus the "sad" update. Why they are sad to have less vapid crap polluting their airwaves is a mystery but they say they are said to let the lowbrow dating show go. First statement: Ryan Jenkins was a contestant on Megan Wants A Millionaire, an outside production, produced and owned by 51 Minds, that is licensed to VH1. The show completed production at the end of March. Given the unfortunate circumstances, VH1 has postponed any future airings. This is a tragic situation and our thoughts go out to the victim's family.

Update: We're sad to announce that both Megan Wants a Millionaire and I Love Money 3 officially have been canceled.

- vh1 blog

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Assault At 50 Cent's Crib
AP reports: An employee of rapper 50 Cent has been accused of getting into a fight after a sex-related dispute at the hip-hop star's mansion and is facing assault charges.

Dwayne McKenzie works for the rapper's company G-Unit and lives on the sprawling property, which used to be owned by boxer Mike Tyson.

Court documents obtained by the Hartford Courant newspaper allege McKenzie requested oral sex from a woman during an Aug. 16 gathering at the 50,000-square-foot mansion in the Hartford metropolitan area suburb Farmington. - more on this story

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Get The New Miley Cyrus CD Only At Walmart
Musicrow.com reports: The new Miley Cyrus album, The Time of Our Lives on Hollywood Records, will be released Aug. 31, 2009, exclusively at Walmart stores and Walmart.com.

With an $8 retail price, the offering will have seven tracks – including the single "Party In The USA," which debuted this week at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 following three consecutive weeks as the No. 1 most added song at Top 40 Radio. The song is currently the most downloaded MP3 on Walmart.com.

In addition, Cyrus and fashion designer Max Azria of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, Inc. have teamed up to create a new apparel line which launched this month exclusively in Walmart stores and online at Walmart.com. Walmart is also the sponsor of the Miley Cyrus North American Tour. - more on this story

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Leona Lewis Sets New Album Release
RCA reports: Leona Lewis who took the music world by storm with the release of her 2008 debut album Spirit announces today that her follow up album entitled Echo will be released on November 17th on J Records/Syco Music.

Spirit, Leona's debut album has sold over 6 million albums worldwide since its release, earned three Grammy award nominations, and was the best selling new artist of 2009. - more on this story

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Trey Songz Is Ready Early
Atlantic Records reports: Trey Songz has moved up the release of his third album. "Ready" – which includes the hits "I Need A Girl," "LOL :-) (Feat. Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy Tell 'Em)," and "Successful (Drake & Trey Songz)" – will now arrive in stores and online on August 31st.

Hailed by the late, great Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun as "among the most promising R&B artists we have had on Atlantic since we started the company 60 years ago," "READY" officially establishes Trey Songz among the pantheon of R&B greats.

The album – which follows 2007's breakthrough sophomore set, "TREY DAY" – sees the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter teaming with an array of accomplished collaborators, including Eric Hudson, Bryan-Michael Cox, Johnta Austin, Carlos "Los DaMystro" McKinney, and Trey's longtime producer, Songbook Entertainment founder Troy Taylor. From the player's anthem, "Neighbors Know My Name," to the Mary J. Blige-inspired "One Love," Trey draws on a range of styles to craft an extraordinary album guaranteed to thrill his already fervent fanbase while happily surprising all newcomers. - more on this story

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Sean Paul Loses His Voice and Skips MLK Show
PR reports: Sean Paul was booked to appear and perform in Brooklyn, New York at the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series on Monday, August 24. However, on the advice of his physician, he has been forced to cancel the scheduled appearance due to Laryngitis.

"I am really disappointed that I will not be able to appear", Sean Paul noted in a statement. Sean Paul has been on an extensive tour of the US in support of his fourth album, Imperial Blaze. The promotional tour which has extended for several weeks has taken him across the country for several interviews and appearances. His extensive work scheduled is thought to contribute to the throat problem which led to the cancellation.

"I've been working very hard these last few weeks, to deliver the album to my fans. I was looking forward to performing the new tracks in Brooklyn," Sean Paul added. The artiste will be seeking further treatment in the hopes of resuming the promotional tour in short order. - more on this story

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Jenn Grant Releasing New Album This Fall
PR reports: Jenn Grant announces the release of her sophomore full-length, Echoes, out this fall in the US on Six Shooter Records and distributed by ADA. The album is the follow-up to her critically-acclaimed debut album Orchestra for the Moon and features the talents of a heart-on-sleeve band of musicians led by producer/pianist Jonathan Goldsmith (Bruce Cockburn).

Echoes was recorded and mixed with a full analog process at The Studio at Puck's Farm in Schomberg, Ontario – a location which is a throwback to a quieter, more simplistic time much like the three-stoplight town it is located in. Grant and her band - Goldsmith, Kinley Dowling (violin), David Christenson (bass clarinet), Sean MacGillivray (bass), and Gary Craig (drums/percussion) – utilized the tranquil setting of the studio to craft the 11 tracks featured on the record. The warm yet rustic sounds of the album are perfectly complimented by Grant's vocals and the result is a collection of sincere and personal songs filled with heartbreak, love and a touch of whimsy. - more on this story

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German Boyband Tokio Hotel Return with Humanoid
PR reports: Tokio Hotel will release their sophomore album Humanoid on October 6, the follow-up to the platinum-selling, MTV VMA-winning group's 2008 US debut, Scream.

The biggest act to come out of Germany in 20 years, Tokio Hotel has gone 10x platinum, scored four #1 singles, sold out arenas and stadiums across Europe and played to 500,000 people at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in 2008.

Along the way, they picked up MTV's Best New Artist VMA and a nomination for Best Pop Video for "Ready, Set, Go!" among other accolades. - Check out the new single "Automatic"

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Angel Taylor Sets Release
PR reports: On September 22, music fans will finally be able to hear Love Travels, the record that critics are talking about.

Billboard magazine has hailed 21-year-old singing/songwriting sensation Angel Taylor as one of their "15 Artists to Watch in 2009," and The New York Post agrees, ranking her amongst their "6 Who'll Sizzle" this year.

Love Travels has been called "one of the top debuts of the year" by the Associated Press, and received three-out-of-four stars in People magazine, who gushed, "fresh and honeydew-sweet… her glowing pop tunes will win over fans of both Corinne Bailey Rae and Colbie Caillat." Essence magazine raves that Taylor is "heaven sent" and that her "graceful piano driven songs about finding, losing and yearning for love are sure to resonate with audiences of all ages." - more on this story

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