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Nas Sued for $10 Million By Alleged Kidnapped Concert Promoter
Nas has been sued by a concert promoter that claimed to be taken hostage after the rapper failed to perform a concert.

The promoter, Patrick Allocco, filed a federal lawsuit on Friday against Nas for $10 million dollars, according to Starpulse.com.

Their report states that Allocco claims that he was kidnapped in December of last year in Angola, held captive for 50 days and was beaten by his captures.

Allocco claims he was kidnapped after Nas did not appear at a New Year's Eve concert he was paid $300,000 to perform at. More details here.

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LeAnn Rimes Talks The X Factor Controversy, Rehab and Marriage
(Extra) Immediately after LeAnn Rimes took "The X Factor" stage on Wednesday night to sing "How Do I Live Without You" live with contestant Carly Rose Sonenclar, chatter began that she did not perform her best.

There were even claims the singer was drunk - claims she denied, posting this message on Twitter Thursday, "In my 18 years of performing, I have never been anything but professional onstage. It is a shame that gossip and lies are overshadowing the performance of Carly, a very talented young girl. And while I have not given any media outlet a quote, if you want one, here it is "It was an amazing opportunity to share this experience with Carly and I know I'll be watching for her to win tonight."

"Extra's" Terri Seymour caught up LeAnn backstage after the show Wednesday night and she seemed fine to us, talking very candidly about her stint in rehab and her marriage to Eddie Cibrian.

LeAnn told Terri that one of the hardest parts about being in rehab was being alone for 30 days. "It really was the first time for 30 days I was in one place which was actually the hardest part of the whole thing. To be that long in one place without anyone around, it was part of what I was working through because I have always had people around me…which was half of what I was working through, what do I do with myself when I'm off the road. I did 500 shows in three years, when I stopped I would get super anxious." She went on to say that 30 days in therapy made her enjoy her time off and she is looking forward to spending time with her husband and stepsons. She said "I feel amazing, happier than I felt in god knows how long."

LeAnn tackles the issues in her life in her new single, "Borrowed" saying, "I carried that song and that title around with me for about eight months, I was afraid to write it because I knew I had to be incredibly personal…when I did , it was through a lot of tears. I called? myself pathetic in the song, that's exactly how I felt about myself." LeAnn said that if she hadn't tackled the subject he thought that people would say, "Why didn't you talk about the elephant in the room? "

Terri asked LeAnn about Eddie's reaction to the song. LeAnn said, "He is always so supportive, I actually was scared to put him in the song because it does talk about how we both hurt each other. There was a moment where we did have some hurt between the two of us that we had to accept and get over and move forward and that's made for an amazing relationship."

The release of her album, "Spitfire," which LeAnn claims is the most honest songwriting of her career , is expected to be released in early 2013. more on this story

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Police Investigating Rihanna Trespasser
Barbados Police are reportedly investigating a man that suspected of trespassing on the property where Rihanna is staying.

The police were called by a person in the pop star's camp to respond to a man spotted on the private, beach front property, reports foxbangor.com.

The man had already left by the time that police arrived at residence, but they are currently investigating and with to speak with man, who is believed to be a German national, according to the report.

Police do not believe that the man is a stalker or that Rihanna was in any danger.

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deadmau5 To Perform At Ultra Music Festival
deadmau5 has been added as a main stage headline performer at the 2013 Ultra Music Festival.

deadmau5 has been booked for Saturday night closing slots on March 16 and March 23 during the two-weekend festival which takes place March 15-17 and March 22-24 at Bayfront Park in Miami, FL.

deadmau5 will appear at Ultra Music Festival in support of his latest album > album title goes here <, which is nominated for a Grammy Award in the "Best Electronica/Dance Album" category. more on this story

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Kelly Clarkson Unplugs At Children's Hospital
(Sub) Kelly Clarkson visited the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt last week to sing and celebrate the season with patients, staff and families through Musicians On Call (MOC) Nashville.

Clarkson, who recently released her Greatest Hits – Chapter One album, visited with the children and performed an acoustic set in the Children's Hospital Theatre.

The songstress led the packed room in a sing-along of her favorite holiday carols including "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer," "White Christmas," and "All I Want for Christmas is You."

Clarkson encouraged singing and dancing, and the children were happy to oblige. Following the show, the kind-hearted entertainer generously offered to visit the rooms of patients unable to attend.

"This is such a special time of year and I'm so happy to be able to share it with all of these great kids. I'm probably having just as much, if not more, fun than they are," exclaimed Clarkson. "I heard about Musicians On Call from a friend of mine," she continued, "and I thought this would be the perfect way to get involved with a hospital music program here in Nashville. I love playing for the kiddos!!"
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Swedish House Mafia Add Artists To Masquerade Motel Event
Swedish House Mafia have announced the initial support line up for their upcoming Masquerade Motel event.

The event is set to take pace at the Los Angeles Historic Park on March 8th & 9th and will feature two stages.

March 8th will feature Alesso, Otto Knows, Mat Zo and Third Party to the main stage and Nero (DJ Set), Clockwork and Monsta to the The Marquee.

On March 9th, support will include by Alesso on the main stage along with Zedd , AN21 & Max Vangeli & No ID with Clockwork and Monsta returning to the Bass Arena. More names are expected to be announced soon more on this story

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Top 12 of 2012: January

Music news is slow during the holidays, so for the rest of the year in addition to the latest news, we will be looking back at the top 12 stories for each month of 2012. Today we look back at the top stories from January.

Katy Perry Country Song Leaks (Top 12 of Jan. 2012)
(popmusiclife) Katy Perry Country Song Leaks was a top 12 pop story of Jan. 2012: While Katy Perry's divorce from Russell Brand dominates the headlines, one of Katy's country song demos has leaked online.

"Bullet" was a song Perry co-wrote that was recorded by country singer Jessie James.

The track was one of two Katy contributed to James' 2009 self-titled debut album; the other was "Girl Next Door."

We've put the Katy and Jessie versions side-by-side so you can hear the differences. Check em out here.

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Beyonce's Baby Makes Chart History (Top 12 of Jan. 2012)
(popmusiclife) Beyonce's Baby Makes Chart History was a top 12 pop story of Jan. 2012: Beyonce and Jay-Z have a hit on their hands. Well, make that two: little baby Blue Ivy Carter, for one, and the fact that she's the youngest person ever to be credited on the Billboard charts.

Billboard reports Blue Ivy's contribution to Jay-Z's newly-recorded song, "Glory" – which is officially billed as "featuring B.I.C.," enters the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #74.

"Glory" is Jay-Z's tribute to the new lady in his life, and it features audio of Blue Ivy near the end of the track. more on this story

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Britney Spears Secret Song Now Online (Top 12 of Jan. 2012)
(popmusiclife) Britney Spears Secret Song Now Online was a top 12 pop story of Jan. 2012: Another Britney Spears demo has appeared online. Over the holidays, two Britney tracks surfaced - "Strangest Love," reportedly meant to appear on her 2003 album "In the Zone", and "Don't Keep Me Waiting," one of the bonus tracks from her 2011 "Femme Fatale" release.

Now, a sample of a third track, "Secret," has been posted. The song was a demo for "Femme Fatale"; it was rumored to not only have been planned as that record's first single, but the title of the album itself.

If those rumors are true, than obviously things changed and Spears' team went in a different direction. Take a listen to the Secret preview here.

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Santana Rocks Beatles Classic With Justin Bieber(Top 12 of Jan. 2012)
(popmusiclife) Santana Rocks Beatles Classic With Justin Bieber was a top 12 pop story of Jan. 2012: Justin Bieber pulled out a classic Beatles song for his New Year's Eve performance in New York City's Times Square.

Bieber teamed up with guitar legend Carlos Santana for their version of The Beatles classic "Let It Be."

"New York, with all you've been through, your spirit's never been broken," said Justin, introducing the tune. "We all do the best we can each year - learn from our past, to be better in the future. What's happened has happened, what will be will be." Check out video here.

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Etta James Loses Fight With Cancer (Top 12 of Jan. 2012)
(Gibson) Etta James Loses Fight With Cancer was a top 12 pop story of Jan. 2012: Singing great Etta James, famous for "At Last" and many other hits, has died, CNN reports. She was 73.

Her long-running friend and manager Lupe De Leon said she died from complications from leukemia and had her husband and sons by her side in Riverside, California. She would have turned 74 next Wednesday. The singer had been battling a number of health issues in recent years, including dementia and hepatitis C.

"This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world, De Leon said. "She was a true original who could sing it all – her music defied category. I worked with Etta for over 30 years. She was my friend and I will miss her always." more on this story

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Journey Member Arrested For Alleged Girlfriend Assault (Top 12 of Jan. 2012)
Journey Member Arrested For Alleged Girlfriend Assault was a top 12 pop story of Jan. 2012: (Rock News Desk) Journey drummer Deen Castronovo spent a night behind bars after being arrested on a string of charges related to a domestic disturbance.

He's accused of coercion, fourth-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief, interfering with making a report and harassment following an incident on Saturday night.

Cops were called to the Keizer, Oregon, home of Castronovo, 46, after an argument with his partner turned physical. She ran out of their house to call her father, but the drummer is alleged to have followed her out, taken her phone from her and refused to let her make the call. more on this story

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Rihanna Sets New Online Record (Top 12 of Jan. 2012)
(popmusiclife) Rihanna Sets New Online Record was a top 12 pop story of Jan. 2012: Rihanna has set a new record with online video site Vevo. The pop superstar has become the first female artist to reach over 2 billion views on Vevo.

"First chic to EVER reach 2 BILLION views on VEVO!!!! Congrats #RihannaNavy!!!! #QueenzOfVEVO," tweeted Rihanna on Sunday, later adding, "My fans run dis world!"

Justin Bieber currently holds the highest overall Vevo views at 2.3 billion, with Lady Gaga following behind as the second-ranked female at 1.8 billion views. more on this story

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Taylor Swift Channels Stevie Nicks (Top 12 of Jan. 2012)
(Gibson) Taylor Swift Channels Stevie Nicks was a top 12 pop story of Jan. 2012: Taylor Swift appears on the February cover of Vogue magazine, and for the shoot, Swift goes for a young Stevie Nicks vibe. In the high-profile spread, Swift wears a '70s-style sunflower-speckled dress over a pair of jeans, a floppy beige hat and flowing accessories, with a style awfully similar to Nicks's chic.

Nicks and Swift, of course, performed together at the Grammy Awards in 2010. Speaking with Time magazine, Nicks admitted she had a few hesitations about performing with the young starlet. "When I first got the call from Taylor Swift about performing with her at this year's Grammy Awards, I really didn't want to do it," she told the magazine in 2010. "She's 20 years old, 5 ft. 11 in. and slender; I'm 40 years older and, to be frank, neither of the other two things! I was not about to stand next to this girl on national television. But her little face just lights up like a star, and I couldn't say no."

Nicks went on to say that she sees some of herself in Swift. "Taylor reminds me of myself in her determination and her childlike nature," she said. "It's an innocence that's so special and so rare. more on this story

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Adele Makes Chart History (Top 12 of Jan. 2012)
(popmusiclife) Adele Makes Chart History was a top 12 pop story of Jan. 2012: Adele retains her no. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart this week. "21" sold 95,000 copies in the past week to maintain its #1 status.

Now in its 17th week on top, Billboard reports Adele's "21" has been #1 longer than any other album since "The Bodyguard" soundtrack wrapped a 20-week run at No. 1 on the chart dated May 29, 1993.

The UK singer is confirmed to make her UK live comeback at the 2012 Brit Awards ceremony on February 21 at London's O2 Arena. more on this story

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ABBA Releasing First New Song in 18 Years (Top 12 of Jan. 2012)
(popmusiclife) ABBA Releasing First New Song in 18 Years was a top 12 pop story of Jan. 2012: This spring, ABBA are releasing their first new song in 18 years. The Guardian reports the Swedish pop supergroup will release a previously unheard track, "From A Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel," recorded in 1981.

The song will be included on the forthcoming reissue of "The Visitors," due April 23. This was Abba's final studio album, including the singles "One of Us" and "Head Over Heels."

"From a Twinkling Star…" was intended for that final record, but although the group recorded a "demo medley" version, they decided to not issue it at that time. more on this story

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Lady Gaga Beats Justin Bieber and Katy Perry (Top 12 of Jan. 2012)
(popmusiclife) Lady Gaga Beats Justin Bieber and Katy Perry was a top 12 pop story of Jan. 2012: Lady Gaga has set a new Twitter record. NME reports Gaga has become the first person to reach 18 million followers on Twitter beating Justin Bieber by nearly two million fans, and Katy Perry, who was in third with 13.9 million..

The milestone comes less than a year after the singer became the first person to score 10 million followers on the social networking site.

"Can't believe I have 18,000,000 TwitterMonsters, really rad, was just a few years ago I had barely any," tweeted Gaga. more on this story

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Spice Girls Reunion Rumor (Top 12 of Jan. 2012)
(popmusiclife) Spice Girls Reunion Rumor was a top 12 pop story of Jan. 2012: There may be a Spice Girls reunion this year. UK tabloid The Sun reports Mel B has revealed the pop group are to reunite for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at Buckingham Palace on June 4 in front of the Royal Family.

Mel B revealed the plans during an interview on Australian TV — when she was asked if the Spices will reform for the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

Mel smiled and replied: "Ooh, I think the Queen's Jubilee concert is the event I'd be looking at more closely for that to happen." more on this story

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