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Paula Leaving Idol
AP reports: Paula Abdul's new manager says she may not be returning to "American Idol." According to a Los Angeles Times report, David Sonenberg says he doesn't have a proposal for a new contract for Abdul.

He says it doesn't appear she'll be back. Sonenberg began representing Abdul a few weeks ago.

Auditions for the ninth season of the highly rated Fox talent competition begin next month. - more on this story

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Madonna Stage Deaths Being Investigated As Manslaughter
Jam! reports: French police are investigating the collapse of Madonna's stage in Marseille as a manslaughter case after two workers were killed in the tragic accident.

One French man was crushed to death and several others injured on Thursday when a crane used to put stage lights into place fell, causing a large section of the stage at Marseilles' Stade Velodrome to collapse on top of workers underneath.

A British man died from his injuries on Friday morning. Authorities are trying to find out how the tragedy happened, and assistant prosecutor Marc Simamonti has confirmed that officials from the prosecutor's office for manslaughter and involuntary injuries in a work-related accident have been assigned to the investigation - more on this story

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Ne-Yo Leaves Stage In Tears
Jam! reports: R&B star Ne-Yo sparked fears for his health when he halted a performance halfway through after breaking down in tears.

The Grammy winner was at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England on Thursday when he struggled to sing several songs and announced the gig would have to be postponed.

He appeared on stage late and looking sweaty before announcing early on in the show that he wasn't feeling very well. - more including video

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The OC Star Hospitalized
BBC reports: Actress Mischa Barton, best known for starring in the teen soap The OC, has been admitted to hospital in the US.

Los Angeles police said they removed the 23-year-old from her home on Wednesday afternoon for an undisclosed medical problem.

In a statement her publicist Craig Schneider said Barton had been "safely transferred" to hospital where she will remain under doctor's orders. - more on this story

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Thriller May Unseat Eagles At Top Selling Album in U.S. History
Billboard reports: For nearly a decade, the Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" has been the recording industry's ultimate evergreen release, certified by the RIAA as the all-time best-selling album in the United States.

But thanks to continued robust demand for Michael Jackson's catalog since his June 25 death, "Thriller" appears on the verge of matching "Their Greatest Hits," at least in the eyes of the industry trade group.

In March, the Recording Industry Association of America certified "Thriller" as 28 times platinum, meaning that at least 28 million copies of the album have been shipped since its 1982 release. That's just a notch behind the Eagles' hits compilation, which was released in 1976 and was certified 29 times platinum in 2006. - more on this story

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Brandi Carlile Tour
Columbia Records reports: Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile has announced the dates for her "Give Up The Ghost Traveling Show" beginning September 10th at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT.

The tour will make stops at legendary venues across the country including Chicago's House of Blues, New York's Beacon Theatre and The Wiltern in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale today, July 17th.

Carlile's third album, Give Up The Ghost, will be released on Columbia Records this fall. The album features her longtime band including twins Tim and Phil Hanseroth and cellist Josh Neumann, and was recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, CA. - more on this story

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Zion Train Live As One Remixes
MVD reports: Universal Egg and MVD Audio are proud to announce the release of Zion Train's "Live As One Remixes" on September 8th, in North America.

Live as One Remixes (cover art)Zion Train spared no diversity in the efforts of producing the remixes as production came from places such as: Poland, Brazil, Mexico, Croatia, Italy, and many others. Remixers include Rob Smith, Digital, and Dub Terror, mixing in all styles including dubstep and dub and drum and bass.

Formed in 1988 the dub reggae group Zion Train has been known to have influenced entire genres of music. Their 11 studio albums have been hits from the early 90's until today. Members include: Neil Perch, Dave Fullwood, Sebastian "bigga" Harzmann, Richard Doswell, and Dubdadda. Their 2007 album, "Live As One" won the Jamaican Reggae Grammy for "best dub recording." - more on this story

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Tiff Jimber Release Party
PR reports: Tiff Jimber is hosting a CD release show at Hotel Cafe on August 7th to celebrate her new album, Burning at Both Ends. This project is Tiff's second full-length album and combines both her diverse jazz and classical training along with her audible passion for piano on ten original tracks of intricate and catchy melodies.

Tiff uses her life to imitate her art, and the song "Garage" was inspired by her days living in a garage, and the song "City Life" relates to her time living in Boston. "Different living situations have effected this album and life experiences have crept up and into every song on the album." - Tiff. This new album introduces listeners to a few quirky instruments: Accordion and Stylophone (performed by producer Matt Bobb).

The financing required for this new album was arranged through a fundraising campaign solely organized by Tiff and her loyal fans, with proceeds totaling over $10,000. - more on this story

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Post Grad Sounds
PR reports: ABKCO Records has set August 18th for the digital and CD release of the soundtrack album from the motion picture Post Grad starring Alexis Bledel, well known for her role in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films and as Rory Gilmore during six successful seasons of TV's Gilmore Girls.

The Fox Searchlight Pictures release opens in theaters nationwide on August 21st and was directed by Vicky Jenson (Shrek, Shark Tale) based on a script by Kelly Fremon, and produced by Ivan Reitman, Joe Medjuck and Jeffrey Clifford.

Music heard on the ABKCO soundtrack serves as the backdrop for the story of college graduate Ryden Malby who is forced to move back into her childhood home with her eccentric family while attempting to find a job, the right guy and some indication as to where her life is headed.
Jack Savoretti, a UK-based singer/songwriter/poet of British and Italian parentage wrote the track "One Day" specifically for Post Grad and a version of "One Day" is performed in the film by Zach Gilford's character. A "One Day" music video featuring Post Grad footage is currently in post production. Several other previously unreleased tracks including Kevin Drew's "I Say I Go" and Lucy Schwartz' "Turn Back Around," are used to enhance the film's narrative. - more on this story

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