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One Direction Member Injured In Fan Mob
One Direction band member Liam Payne suffered a minor injury after reportedly being mobbed by fans at London's Heathrow Airport over the weekend.

Payne touched down at the airport on Saturday and it was then that he found screaming and anxious fans there to greet him. Things become a bit unruly and Payne left the ordeal bruised.

Luckily for Payne, he endured only minor injuries and also found the time to take to his Twitter page and write of the experience and share a photograph. Read more and see the photo.

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Rick Ross Cancels Tour
After announcing the cancelation of one show due to death threats, Rick Ross has canceled his Maybach Music Tour altogether. But the Bawse said the show had bigger problems than safety concerns.

The tour, which included Ross' Maybach Music Group, was scheduled to appear at the Bojangles Coliseum in Greensboro, NC. But reports of death threats from members of the area's Gangster Disciples gang raised security concerns.

But Ross didn't only put the breaks on one show. He recently shut down the entire tour altogether. Find out why here.

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LAPD Apologize To Notorious B.I.G.'s Family Over Autopsy Release
The Los Angeles Police Department have apologized to Notorious B.I.G.'s family over releasing his autopsy report without letting them know before hand.

"Due to an administrative error, the autopsy report was released prematurely," the LAPD said in a statement. "Robbery-Homicide Division detectives had intended to notify Mr. Wallace's family prior to releasing the report."

"Our detectives personally spoke with the Wallace family [Friday] night, and apologized for not notifying them prior to the release" Captain Billy Hayes, head of the division investigating the shooting, told the Los Angeles Times. "Obviously this has been a challenging case for us to solve. We hope that witnesses or other people with information will come forward and give us the clues we need to solve this case."

The Times reports that the LAPD released the report "as an investigative tool, in the hopes that releasing the report would stimulate additional interest or bring forth witnesses or clues in the case." Read the LA Times story here for more details.

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Justin Bieber Plans Second North American Leg Of Believe Tour
(popmusiclife) Justin Bieber has announced more North American dates for the second leg of his Believe world tour.

30 more dates have been revealed for the trip, starting June 22 in San Diego and wrapping August 10 in Atlanta.

Justin shared the news with fans via Twitter, writing, "oh yeah. announcing the last of the north america leg of the #BELIEVEtour and putting tix up on sale before christmas. surprise! :)" more on this story

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Beyonce Makes Multi-Million Dollar Deal With Pepsi
Beyonce is coming to a supermarket near you, thanks to a multi-million dollar deal with Pepsi.

The superstar, who first served as a Pepsi spokesperson in 2002, has been anointed the brand's ambassador.

She will not only star in a new "Live For Now" TV spot–her fifth commercial with the soda company premiers after this year's Super Bowl, where she is headlining the halftime show–but cardboard cutouts of Bey will be featured in supermarkets all around the world. more on this story

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50 Cent Performs In The Ring Before Manny Pacquiao Fight
50 Cent showed off a high-flying performance on Saturday night (December 9) with his debut as a boxing promoter.

He swung into the arena to perform "My Life" before his fighter, Yuriorkis Gamboa, took the ring.

Before Manny Pacquiao Vs. Juan Manuel Marquez hit the ring for the main event at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden, boxing fans were treated to 50 Cent's show. more on this story

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Psy Apologizes For Anti-American Song
On Friday, the media erupted after news of two performances surfaced in which South Korean rapper PSY made offensive innuendos about Americans. He has since issued an apology

"The song I was featured in – eight years ago – was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two Korean schoolgirls that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time.

"While I'm grateful for the freedom to express one's self, I've learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I'm deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted. I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused by those words," he said. The controversy didn't stop him from performing at the Christmas In Washington event.

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Honey Boo Boo Won't Be Dancing with the Stars
(Extra) "Extra" caught up with Maks, his brother Val, and Peta from Dancing with the Stars at Jingle Ball this past Friday.

Maks told "Extra" he agrees with fellow cast mate Karina Smirnoff that DWTS is no place for Honey Boo Boo or her mother, June.

Maks said, "We also have lot of reports that we need bigger stars, and I concur, I think that some, not all, of our stars have been of questionable backgrounds, and I don't see Honey Boo Boo or any of her relatives having earned the right because I think it's an honor to be on the show."
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Ne-Yo Wants To Collaborate With Taylor Swift
(Stereotude) Ne-Yo was at a recent Jingle Ball concert and spoke with Stereotude about what he'd like to hook up with (musically) in the future, both of which include the country genre and its denizen of country-pop crossover Taylor Swift.

For those of you worried that Ne-Yo might be veering a little out of his comfort zone with country radio, don't worry, he's not venturing too far. He also told Stereotude that he wants to work with Kanye West again and why wouldn't he?

Their hit with Keri Hilson, "Knock You Down," was only one of the biggest songs of 2009, but we agree. Three years is long overdue for a Ne-Yo and 'Ye smash. He also had something to say about One Direction

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VH1 Divas Adds More Stars To This Year's Lineup
VH1 Divas performance lineup has expanded with the addition of Natasha Bedingfield, Keri Hilson, Ledisi, Iggy Azalea and funk legend Bootsy Collins.

The special will now also include appearances by La La Anthony, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Stacey Keibler, NeNe Leakes, Brandy Norwood and Kelly Osbourne.

The "VH1 Divas" dance party will take place at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium and air live on Sunday, December 16 at 9PM/8c on VH1. more on this story

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Stevie Wonder Giving Back With Christmas Concert
Stevie Wonder is spreading a little holiday cheer to children in need this Christmas.

With his 17th Annual House Full of Toys concert, taking place in L.A. on December 15, Stevie Wonder recruits some of his favorite new artists for a night filled with music and giving. Each member of the audience is asked to bring a gift that will be donated to families who are struggling.

Stevie told sister station 94.7 The Wave that the idea for his annual holiday concert started when he was just a little boy. "House Full of Toys…really came from when I was ten years old," he explained. "You know, then we didn't have anything, and I said 'If someday I became famous…I would do this show and call it House Full of Toys. It would be a house full of toys for all the kids all over the world who didn't have any toys for Christmas.'" Even more including a link to the full interview with a special performance.

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Soul2Soul Vegas Debut A Hit
Country superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have more than enough hit songs between them to last a lifetime. So when they combine forces, it's a spectacle to behold.

That, at least, is the opinion of fans and reviewers after the pair debuted their Soul2Soul show in Las Vegas this past weekend.

The "intimate" portion began early on, with the couple entering through the audience; it then continued later, when they sat down for an on-stage interview. More details here.

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Big Boi Sings Mumford & Sons' Praises
As one half of the legendary hip-hop crew Outkast, Big Boi's musical influences flow far and wide. His forthcoming album, Viscous Lies And Dangerous Rumors, promises a dynamic range of sonic styles.

But if Big Boi had his way, he would have a record with acoustic rock band and recently announced Grammy nominees, Mumford & Sons, whom he counts among his favorites.

"I'm biased because Mumford & Sons is one of my favorite groups," he told CBS Local, when asked about the group's GRAMMY chances. "What really turned me on to the Mumford & Sons–that's why I like the GRAMMYS– is the live performances. When I saw them perform with the Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan, it blew me away. Killed it. I was looking for some banjo on this album after that." A lot more including a stream of the interview.

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Gwen Stefani Joins Gavin Rossdale On Stage at KROQ Concert
There's always the hope that the lovely and equally-as-talented wife of Bush lead singer, Gavin Rossdale, will make an appearance during one their gigs.

And at the 23rd Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas this year, dreams really did come true.

Gwen Stefani, lead singer of No Doubt and huge solo pop star, joined Rossdale mid-song as he crooned his first radio hit "Glycerine." more on this story

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Biz Markie Teaching Healthy Cooking Class In Washington D.C.
Have you ever seen a dish that you had to eat, but the calorie count left your stomach incomplete?

Rapper Biz Markie, best known for his hit "Just a Friend," is teaching healthy cooking classes in the District of Columbia.

The musician will demonstrate how to prepare chicken satay in peanut sauce, vegetable stir fry and sugar-free cupcakes during the two-hour, hands-on class. More details here.

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Chris Mann Recorded Christmas EP In July
The sun was shining; the grass was a green and the orange and palm trees swayed as Chris Mann worked on his Christmas EP in L.A.

It was the middle of July and Mann was in the studio recording Home For Christmas, which features six traditional holiday songs like "White Christmas" and "The First Noel."

Though it was 90 degrees outside, the singer told CBS Local that it was easy to get into the holiday spirit without putting up a tree or buying all white furniture. more on this story

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Chris Christie Looking For a Little More From Springsteen
Last week (December 6), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stopped by The Daily Show and got right down to the real issues with host Jon Stewart – fan-girling over Bruce Springsteen.

There was plenty of time for serious discussions about politics and Hurricane Sandy relief between the two Jersey boys, but they both agreed that hugs from Springsteen are downright magical. In his appearance, Christie dreamily describes his experience of meeting Springsteen, for whom the Governor has pledged his undying fandom time and time again.

Christie tells Stewart, like a kid on Christmas morning. "He said, 'It's official – we're friends!' But you know what it's like, Jon. I'm looking for a little more now." more on this story

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Miguel's Grammy Dreams Come True
Fresh from the announcement of his five Grammy nominations, Miguel is still floating on a cloud. He recently offered the details of his Grammy experience and why his new set Kaleidoscope Dream was able to break through the musical clutter.

"Getting the announcements for Grammy nominations was nothing short of a dream come true," Miguel told DJ Buck and Nancy backstage at Hot 93.7′s Jingle Jam concert in Hartford, CT. "Contemporary Album of the Year, that's what I'm really, super happy about."

But he was just as excited to meet Soul and R&B singer Bill Withers, who was at the Grammys Nominations Concert–Live. more on this story

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DJ Bragged About Kate Middleton Prank Prior To Nurse's Suicide
(TMZ) The Australian DJ who pretended to be Queen Elizabeth II in a prank phone call ... BRAGGED about her accomplishment on Facebook ... right before the nurse who answered the call committed suicide.

TMZ obtained a screen-shot of Mel Greig's Facebook page taken Friday evening in Australia ... before news broke that Jacintha Saldanha -- the nurse duped by Greig and her co-host -- had been found dead in London.

The post reads ... "Why is it that I can impersonate the queen to get private royal information but no one believes I'm the queen for a free champagne whilst out?"

Greig attached a pic to the post -- of herself and another chick, smiling and hanging out at a bar.

We reached out to Mel's rep for comment ... who said (again), "No one could have ever predicted the tragic sequence of events that followed the prank call."

As TMZ previously reported ...Greig and her co-host Michael Christian shut down their Facebook and Twitter pages immediately after the nurse's death -- and suspended their gig at the station. more on this story

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Lindsay Lohan Reportedly Struggling To Pay Her Rent
(TMZ) Lindsay Lohan's financial situation is so dire, she is struggling each month to pay the rent on her Beverly Hills mansion ... TMZ has learned.

According to our sources, Lindsay has been scraping together the money to pay her $8,000 rent. We're told Lindsay signed the lease on the home back in February ... when her career was on the upswing and the money seemed to be rolling in.

But according to our sources, when Lindsay's finances took a turn for the worse (like when the IRS seized her bank accounts) she began doing whatever she could to make rent each month, often hitting up friends for money.

Lindsay tried to get out of the lease and move out early, but we're told the owners of the home told LiLo the penalty for breaking the lease was MASSIVE.

So Lindsay is making it work until the lease is over in February and LiLo is telling friends she'll then look for a place in New York. more on this story

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. Santa's Jukebox: Elvis, Willie Nelson and More
Santa is getting in the holiday mood with five new titles in Legacy Records The Classic Christmas Album series. Each release features favorites and rarities culled from a beloved artists entire career including Elvis, Willie Nelson, Luther Vandross and more - Read the full Elvis, Willie Nelson and More review



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