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American Idol Champ Phillip Phillips Has Surgery
(TMZ) America Idol champ Phillip Phillips finally went under the knife to remove the enormous kidney stones that almost derailed his run to the Idol title ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Phillip had the 6 and a half hour long surgery in L.A. Wednesday -- and he is recovering well. The stones that were removed were so huge there was no chance he could've passed them on his own.

As TMZ first reported, Phil was scheduled to have the surgery last week ... but it was delayed because he had a fever and sinus infection.

Phillip suffered through excruciating pain during the entire season of 'Idol.' It obviously paid off. more on this story

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Cops Rush To Adam Carolla's House
(TMZ) Cops raced to the Hollywood Hills home of radio host Adam Carolla early Thursday morning -- GUNS DRAWN -- after someone (or something) tripped a panic button in the house ... but TMZ has learned, it was a false alarm.

Adam's alarm company notified the cops of a possible intrusion around 1:15 AM -- and officers responded to the scene in full force, carrying a wide array of weapons ... including an awesome-looking green beanbag shotgun (non-lethal).

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, police made contact with Carolla at his house -- who assured them everything was okay.

Once officers confirmed the situation was code 4 (all clear), they took off. more on this story

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Rihanna Addresses Cancelation Controversy
(popmusiclife) UK tabloids are buzzing over news that Rihanna has changed the timing of a London visit. The singer was due to appear on Graham Norton's show on June 15 but pulled out this week.

MTV UK reports tabloids are suggesting the pop superstar has cancelled her UK visit due to an illness.

Rihanna clarified things on Twitter, telling fans that she's simply postponed her plans. "Nonsense! I'm not sick! I pushed my trip to London back to go spend time with my family! Sorry kiddos," she tweeted.

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Will Smith Raps Again
(TMZ) Will Smith is about to make your head bob, because he's re-recorded the magical words -- "Here it is the groove slightly transformed" ... yes, it's for a remix of "Summertime."

TMZ obtained a snippet of Big Willie's return to the rap game -- one minute and ten seconds of awesomeness that he laid down to intro "Summertime 3" ... a new mixtape by DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie.

The track will be available for download on June 11. We're told the Fresh Prince was amped to record the all new, smoothed out version of the 1991 classic. He and Jeff are still tight even though they haven't done a CD together since 1993. Listen here.

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Fake Soldier Photo Used On America's Got Talent
(TMZ) Stuttering "America's Got Talent" contestant Timothy Poe is NOT the soldier in the photo displayed during his tearjerker audition this week -- it's someone else ... and the REAL soldier is angry.

Staff Sgt. Norman Bone tells TMZ, he first heard about the photo from his ex-wife who was watching "AGT" -- Norman thought it was part of a tribute to the troops ... and didn't think twice about it.

Tuesday night, one of the guys Bone served with in Afghanistan sent him a message on Facebook -- telling him the "AGT" segment was must-see TV ... so Bone finally checked it out online ... and now, he's livid.

Bone -- who currently serves in El Paso, TX -- tells us, "First thing that came to my mind was 'Why would this lying son of a bitch do this?'" ... adding, "I'm absolutely furious. Been seeing red all day."

Bone says he's never even heard of Timothy Poe -- and he's going to meet with the Army legal department to explore his options.

The photo in question was originally posted here -- on the U.S. Department of Defense website -- along with the caption, "U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Norman Bone directs movement as his patrol turns around on a narrow path in the mountains of Parwan province in Afghanistan on Oct. 25, 2006."

Timothy Poe has insisted from the beginning his story is legit. We called him about the photo. He hasn't gotten back to us.

Update: A rep for FreemantleMedia -- the production company behind "AGT" -- tells TMZ, "We sincerely apologize to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Norman Bone for using a photo of him in our story on Tim Poe. It was supplied to us by Tim and used on the show in good faith. It has now been removed and will not be used again." more on this story

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Donald Trump Taking Action Over Miss USA Being Fixed Allegation
(TMZ) Never say Donald Trump isn't a man of his word -- we're told the Miss USA owner is going forward with legal action against ex-Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin ... for saying the pageant is fixed.

TMZ broke the story ... Donald issued Monnin a 24-hour ultimatum yesterday -- apologize and retract her statements that the Miss USA pageant predetermines its winners ... or face a lawsuit.

Well, Sheena didn't retract squat -- and now our sources say Donald's lawyers are meeting to draft a defamation lawsuit. more on this story

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Flo Rida Delivers Hey Jasmin Video
(popmusiclife) Flo Rida is gearing up for the July 3 release of his new album, "Wild Ones" and has released a video for "Hey Jasmin."

The project features the international smash hits "Good Feeling," "Wild Ones" ft. Sia, and "Whistle."

Earlier this week, he issued audio of "Run," a track he did with Redfoo of LMFAO.

Now, the rapper has followed that up by dropping a video for "Hey Jasmin." Watch it here.

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Celine Dion Going Vegas Again This Summer
Celine Dion plans a new 36-show run at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this summer beginning June 9 and continuing through Aug. 19.

Since fully recovering from a virus that she had earlier in the year, Celine is eager to return to the stage. "I had a rough time a few months ago, but I'm back to 100% and I can't wait to do the show," said Celine.

During April and May, Celine began recording songs for her next English and French CDs which will be released later this year. The French CD will feature all new material whereas the English CD will feature studio versions of previously unreleased songs from her Las Vegas show as well as several brand new songs. "We do a lot of songs in the show that I've never recorded before and people are always asking for these when they visit our boutique, so it's great that we'll finally have these recorded." Celine added, "I've also received some amazing new songs that I'm very excited about and eventually we hope to put one or two of these into the show." more on this story

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The Kills Announce Photo Book and Tour Dates
The Kills have announced a handful of North American live dates as well as the release of a new photo book. Press here sent us these details:

After taking 600 rolls of film and over 20,000 photographs, The Kills are excited to announce Dream and Drive, a book of photographs by their friend and longtime collaborator, photographer Kenneth Cappello set for release on September 4th, 2012 (August 16th world ex N. America and Canada). Dream and Drive documents over nine years of the band's career and captures Alison and Jamie in their most playful, private, intense and intimate moments, both on stage and off as they conquer the world one stage and city at a time. Dream and Drive also includes a forward written by Alison Mosshart herself.

Kenneth and The Kills' worlds collided in 2003; both in Paris, The Kills were shooting scenes for the film 'I Hate The Way You Love' in the basement of a clothing store, Kenneth and his camera happened to be hanging out and shot photos of the band as they worked. From Paris to Coney Island, from the Chelsea Hotel to out onto the road, so began their time together. Kenneth is truly part of The Kills family. more on this story

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America Idol Scotty McCreery Graduates From High School
America Idol Scotty McCreery won his first CMT Music Award on Wednesday night and graduated from high school about 12 hours later in Garner, N.C. His label sent over this:

He will return to Nashville today for the 2012 CMA Music Festival, where he will sign autographs, hold his first fan club party and perform Sunday at LP Field during the CMA Music Festival's Nightly Concerts.

On Wednesday, he won the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for "The Trouble With Girls" at the 2012 CMT Music Awards. more on this story

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Cops Don't Know Why There Were Sent To Tila Tequila's House
(TMZ) Cops were sent to Tila Tequila's house in L.A. yesterday after the reality star mysteriously failed to show up for an important flight Wednesday night.

Tila had been paid for an 8-city singing tour in Germany -- and was scheduled to take off last night at 11:30pm ... but we're told she never showed up to the airport.

Tila's manager was notified today she didn't make the flight and called Tila for an explanation -- but Tila didn't pick up her phone.

The manager was worried, so she sent her assistant to Tila's house to check on her. The assistant knocked on the door, and got no answer.

Tila entered rehab in March for substance abuse and psychological issues following a massive suicide scare -- when her roommate said Tila had tried to kill herself several times.

Tila finished the 30-day rehab stint in April -- and her rep insisted she had fully recovered and was the healthiest Tila had ever been.

Update: We're told police went inside the home and emerged a few minutes later after speaking with Tila. One officer told us, "I don't know why we were called here." more on this story

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Restaurant Owner Says They Didn't Cause Tommy Lasorda Heart Attack
(TMZ) The owner of the Italian restaurant where Tommy Lasorda ate at the night before his heart attack insists ... his fine establishment is NOT responsible for the baseball legend's coronary catastrophe.

Anthony Bamonte -- owner of the 112-year-old Bamonte's in Brooklyn -- tells TMZ, Lasorda's heart attack on Monday "had nothing to do with the food here. A heart attack is a heart attack."

As for what Lasorda ate Sunday night, Bamonte tells us, he downed fresh mozzarella with tomato, linguini and clam sauce, and veal scaloppine pizzaiola with mushrooms. He also had some red wine. What could go wrong with that?

Bamonte said he wouldn't suggest a different menu for Lasorda next time he visits, adding, "Tommy is Tommy. You're not gonna change Tommy."

Lasorda was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Monday, where doctors inserted a stent in his heart to correct a blocked artery. A rep for the Dodgers says he's resting comfortably in stable condition. more on this story

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Michael McDermott Goes To Rock Ridge With Forthcoming Album
Michael McDermott will release his next album, Hit Me Back, on September 25, 2012 via his new label home of Rock Ridge and will be playing some special album preview shows.

It was produced by CJ Eiriksson (who engineered albums for U2 and Matchbox 20, as well as McDermott's 2007 album Noise From Words).

Says McDermott of the signing: "Working with this team of folks at Rock Ridge has me feeling like a new day has dawned. There's such a great energy and enthusiasm from the folks who have heard Hit Me Back that has me feeling empowered with a wonderous anticipation for the year to come."
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Frames and Swell Season's Glen Hansard Sets Solo Album Release
Glen Hansard of Frames, The Swell Season fame will be releasing his debut solo album, Rhythm and Repose on June 19.

Rhythm and Repose is Hansard's first album of new material since his 2009 release Strict Joy with The Swell Season. He will support the new record on a U.S. tour this fall.

The highly lauded play Once, The Musical has been nominated for 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Once, The Musical is based on the feature film Once, with original songs written by Hansard including "Falling Slowly" for which he won an Academy Award. The play successfully opened on Broadway on March 18 to rave reviews including the New York Times who explains, "what was always wonderful about 'Once,' its songs and its staging, has been magnified."
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Robert Glasper To Cover Nirvana's Teen Spirit on Fallon
EMI sent over word that Robert Glasper and his Experiment band will be performing their cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on June 20.

Glasper will also be sitting in as a special guest with Fallon's house band The Roots throughout the show.

Glasper was recently honored with his first-ever BET Awards nomination. The keyboardist was nominated for the Centric Award, a category that includes Common, Estelle, Robin Thicke, and Tyrese. The 12th Annual BET Awards will broadcast live from The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on July 1. more on this story

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Brandi Carlile To Perform on Leno Next Week
Brandi Carlile will also be making a special appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno next Monday, June 11, before heading out on a US tour.

Brandi Carlile will be appearing in support of her new studio album, Bear Creek, which debuted at no 1 at iTunes this week.

Recently, Carlile appeared on NPR's All Things Considered which you can listen to
here.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th Anniversary Movie Theater Event
NCM Fathom sent over word that Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th Anniversary Event beams to movie theaters for one night only on Monday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. local time, with additional late night showings at select theaters.

NCM Fathom and CBS TV present this special event that will feature two of the most popular Next Generation episodes: Ep. 106, "Where No One Has Gone Before" and Ep. 114, "Datalore." Painstakingly retransferred from the original source material during its ongoing multimillion-dollar restoration, this special anniversary event also celebrates the release of Star Trek: The Next Generation – The First Season Blu-ray on July 24.

In addition to the two episodes—which will be introduced by well-known Star Trek experts and restoration consultants Mike and Denise Okuda—fans will also be among the first to get a glimpse of the brand-new special features, including interviews with the team behind the restoration, as they discuss the process and countless man-hours dedicated to the upgrade of The Next Generation.

Tickets for the Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th Anniversary Event are available at participating theater box offices and online
here.

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Jimmy Fallon To Preview New Album With Webcast Tonight
Jimmy Fallon will perform songs from his upcoming album Blow Your Pants Off, tonight, June 8 at 8 PM EST as the latest YouTube presents special.

You can ask Fallon questions via Twitter @LateNightJimmy and by using the hashtag, #AskJimmy. The special will air here.

The new album will be released Tuesday, June 12th and features special guest like Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder, Dave Matthews, Big and Rich, Stephen Colbert and Bruce Springsteen. more on this story

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