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AP reports: A court official says a woman found guilty of snooping at Britney Spears' house has been sentenced to three years of probation and 240 hours of community service.
Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman Patricia Kelly says a judge in Malibu, California found Miranda Tozier-Robbins guilty of peeping into Spears' home in Calabasas, California.
The woman was arrested in April after deputies found her wearing camouflage, carrying camera equipment and peering into the windows of Spears' home.
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AP reports: A Michael Jackson film built around rehearsal footage left behind after his death will be released in a limited two-week theatrical engagement worldwide.
Distributor Sony announced Thursday that the release date for "Michael Jackson: This Is It" has been moved up to Oct. 28, two days earlier than previously announced. Tickets go on sale Sept. 27. more
[In related news:] The A&E network says an airdate for its documentary special about members of the Jackson family will be announced soon. A&E spokesman Dan Silberman says the program focuses on brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson.
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PR reports: Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones will release her fourth studio album on Blue Note Records this November. Jones wrote nearly all of the songs in the past two years since completing tours in support of her 2007 global chart-topping, U.S. double-platinum album Not Too Late.
Beloved by fans for her sultry vocals and jazz-informed, piano-driven pop songwriting, Jones has taken a new direction on the as-yet-untitled album, seeing it as a chance to experiment with different sounds and an opportunity to work with a new set of collaborators, including Jacquire King, a noted producer and engineer who has worked with Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, and Modest Mouse among others. Jones also enlisted several songwriting collaborators, including Ryan Adams and Okkervil River's Will Sheff, as well as her frequent partner Jesse Harris.
"I knew I wanted to try some different things on this album," Jones says. "I'd been playing with the same musicians for a long time. We're all still friendly and I hope we play together again, but it felt like a good time to work with new people and experiment with different sounds. As far as a producer, I wanted someone who could take me out of my comfort zone and find the right musicians to capture what I wanted to do with this collection of songs. I got in touch with Jacquire initially because he engineered one of my favorite records of all time, Tom Waits' Mule Variations. He was really eager to do it and we got along really well, which was important."
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NME reports: A bodyguard hired to protect Jay-Z and Beyonce while on holiday in Croatia has been charged by police for destroying personal property and assault after a scuffle with a paparazzi member.
A journalist complained to police after an altercation with the bodyguard in Dubrovnik after he had reportedly followed the rapper and the singer through the streets as they enjoyed a holiday.
BBC adds: Filmed footage of the altercation shows the pair, who were there on holiday, walking through the narrow streets of the town and a bodyguard arguing with an assembled group of paparazzi before the couple board a speedboat.
Cameraman Dragan Banovic, 57, is warned not to film the couple by the bodyguard before a piece of Banovic's equipment is thrown into the sea.
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PR reports: Hitmaking songwriter Claude Kelly, dubbed the "Studio Beast," penned the catchy, up-tempo new smash single, "Party in the USA" for Disney's mega superstar Miley Cyrus. "Party In The USA" is the # 1 most downloaded song on ITunes, and has already landed commercial placements with Wal-Mart airing countrywide.
"Party In The USA," which also features production by the critically acclaimed producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald (Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry), leaked via the Internet at the end of July. The song made its proper debut with a highly publicized performance by Miley Cyrus at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards. Less than a week later, it was announced that the song was the 2nd most added at radio this year.More on Claude Kelly - Claude Kelly CDs -
"Party in the USA" is the first single from Miley's upcoming new release, and will appear on a forthcoming Wal-Mart exclusive EP that will debut along with the starlet's Max Azria clothing line this month. The song is prominently featured in the current televised national advertising campaign in promotion of the new clothing line.
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PR reports: A Dolly Parton Box Set is set to hit stores this October. Here is a little info that Legacy Recordings sent over about it:
Of all the wondrous things Dolly Parton has accumulated during her spectacular life in show business—seven Grammy awards, two Oscar nominations, a Tony nomination and her 1999 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, to name just a handful—the one thing missing from her eye-opening resumé was a career-spanning, multiple-label box set that featured music from her earliest days as a recording artist, through her chart-topping days with RCA, up to her current status as a bona fide national treasure. With the October 27 release of RCA/Legacy's Dolly, that situation has now been rectified. And how!
From her first national hit in 1967, the ironically titled "Dumb Blonde" (nobody with a lick of sense ever accused Dolly of that!) and the legendary '70s duets with Porter Wagoner, from her first number one single ("Joshua") in 1970 to her 26th number one in 1991 ("Rockin' Years," a duet with Ricky Shelton) and all train stops in between, Dolly has it all. "To Know Him Is To Love Him" from the fertile three-way collaboration with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, the amazing crossover pop smashes, including the heartfelt duet with Kenny Rogers "Islands In The Stream," as well as revered juke box staples "9 To 5" and "Here You Come Again," this 101 track/4 CD treasure trove covers all the bases. You may never have to leave home again, but if you do, be sure to take Dolly along for the ride.
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BBC reports: Magician David Copperfield is being sued by a Seattle woman who claims he sexually assaulted and threatened her on his private island in the Bahamas.
But his lawyers have dismissed her claims as an attempt at "extortion for money, plain and simple".
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Audible Treats reports: Chris Marsol, a San Francisco-based alt/rock/soul artist, is proud to announce the release of his new album, Butterflies, Lipstick, And Hand Grenades. The album, Marsol's sophomore effort, will be available October 20 via Clear Label Records.
With comparisons ranging from Lenny Kravitz, Res, Prince, Pete Yorn, and Ben Harper, it's readily apparent that Chris Marsol's music genuinely mixes and matches styles. As a proponent of blending and bending genres and bowling down musical stereotypes, the talent is something that comes natural for Chris, and that talent is on full display in the manner in which Marsol crafted his latest release. Chris says, "Honestly I wrote over 200 songs without ever planning an 'album release'," he says, "I would dream some of these songs and wake up in the middle of the night, grab my guitar or piano and start writing. After about 200 songs I had to record them, not to make an album but to get them out of my head so I would not go insane... literally."
This organic approach defines Chris's style and explains the eclectic mix of music found throughout Butterflies, Lipstick, and Hand Grenades. The new album also marks a new era for Chris, who believes he has finally found his niche, "I think you're getting a real glimpse into a time in my life. Live drums, more confident vocals, and a more simplistic and definitive approach." After countless hours and countless songs, that new approach will be on display October 20th with the release of his new album.
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PR reports: D. Ramirez (AKA Dean Marriot) is almost done with his summertime jaunt through the USA and Canada, but back in the UK Dean's been picking up some major heat for his new track "Satur8," his co-production with Matt Tolfrey "Bounce To Me" and his massive new collaboration D.Ramirez & Mark Knight vs Underworld entitled "Downpipe."
This one was just named Pete Tong's Essential New Tune and one to do some serious damage in the coming months. You can check out these three D. Ramirez productions along with some other fine tunes in the "August 2009 Mix" we are providing you on the house!
While in the USA Dean's gone all "roving reporter" on us and created a tour diary to share his fondest memories of the tour. Rather than only document his gigs, Dean has provided a much broader look at what life is like in the USA and Canada for a visiting UK DJ. Albeit, most will not get the opportunity to stay at Adam Freeland's LA-area house during the week, but there are a lot of tips for the long distance traveler. For example, the silver one touches on tips on "other side of the street" driving, walking in LA, Houston's summertime furnace, a Nanimal in NYC and manning an airplane's emergency exit while sauced with a hardcore hangover. Keep in mind that Chicago, Montreal and Toronto are still to come!
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PR reports: ABKCO Records announces the digital release of All About Steve (Music From The Motion Picture) includes songs and score music heard in the Fox 2000 film.
The Proposal's Sandra Bullock, Oscar nominee Thomas Haden Church and The Hangover's Bradley Cooper come together in a hilarious tale of a woman who, after falling hard for a guy, thinks they're an item; unfortunately, the guy thinks she's stalking him! The film, directed by Phil Traill and produced by Bullock, opens in theaters nationwide on September 4th.
The album includes two tracks from pop-soul sensation Nikka Costa, including a version of "Everybody Got Their Something" that was recorded especially for the project. The album includes key elements of the film's score that was composed by Christopher Beck, the Emmy Award-winning (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) composer whose scores have been heard in such films License To Wed, School For Scoundrels, The Pink Panther, Drillbit Taylor and many others. The album also features "Do The Panic" from rockers Phantom Planet as well as "Sugar" by Grammy® Award winner Dan Wilson as well "Love Is Everywhere" by Austin-based singer/songwriter Bob Schneider. Two classic tracks featured are Peggy March's 1963 hit "I Will Follow Him" and Patsy Montana's "I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart" that dates back to 1936.
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Submitted News reports: DaBet Music Services president and founder Angela Rose White announced today that her company has reached an agreement with hip hop/Lugaflow artist Saba Saba to provide exploitation and collection services. The agreement includes an option for future songs written and produced by Saba Saba. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Saba Saba, previously known as Krazy Native, co-founded the Ugandan Hip Hop Foundation and was a founding member of the Ugandan hip hop group, Bataka Squad. He has been performing since 1994 and created the use of Luganda language in hip hop music (Lugaflow). He then established himself as a solo artist in 2005 with the release of his song "Tujja-Babya," earning him nominations at the Africa Music Awards in the Best Hip Hop Artist and Best Song categories.
"When we began this music services company at the beginning of the year, we wanted to include high potential 'emerging' and 'world' music artists, and Saba Saba definitely fits in that category," says White, whose new company continues to seek domestic and foreign third-party catalogs with a history of performance in the United States.
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