Lil Wayne To Release Carter IV Early- Motown Legend Dies- Beyonce for Michael Jackson Tribute Show- YMCA Battle- Amy Winehouse's Dad Returning Donations- more

(FMQB) Lil Wayne will digitally release his new album, Tha Carter IV, shortly after his performance at this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. Tha Carter IV will be out digitally at midnight on iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers, just ahead of its physical release next week. more

(AP) Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday at age 70, his former publicist said. more

(Billboard) Beyoncé will perform via satellite at the Michael Jackson tribute concert, Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert, being held in Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on October 8, according to TMZ. more

(Jam!) A group of 35 Michael Jackson fan clubs have joined forces to lobby for the cancellation of a Michael Jackson tribute concert, saying the October event is 'doomed to fail.' more

(BBC) A member of the 1970s disco group Village People who lives in south-east Wales is launching a legal fight for the rights to their classic hit YMCA. Victor Willis, who owns a house in Newport with wife Karen, hopes to win the copyright to 33 songs in total. more

(BBC) A stage musical based on the late Patrick Swayze's 1990 film Ghost will transfer to Broadway next year, its producers announce. more

(Billboard) Mitch Winehouse is returning donations to a foundation being set up in his late daughter's honor because someone has secured the Internet domain name for "The Amy Winehouse Foundation." more

In related news, Jam! has this: A man who allegedly halted plans for a rehab clinic in honour of Amy Winehouse by registering the name of the proposed centre has defended his actions as a "business" decision.... "I'm not the d**khead. The d**khead is sitting over there without the name in his possession." more

(BBC) British actress Kate Winslet and her children are among 20 people to escape unhurt as a fire "destroys" Sir Richard Branson's home on his private Caribbean island. more

(Jam!) Shania Twain will be allowed to testify through video link when her trial against an Ottawa doctor accused of stalking her begins next month. more

(Billboard) Nicki Minaj will be premiering a sneak peek of her video for "Fly," co-starring Rihanna, during the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show on Sunday night (Aug. 28). more

(AP) Aretha Franklin is already a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but this fall, she'll be honored by the hall once again, as part of its American Music Masters series. more

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