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Shots Fired Near Michael Jackson Home Tour
(TMZ) On the two-year anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson ... gunshots were fired just a few houses away from where fans were getting set to tour the home MJ lived in during his stint in Las Vegas -- and law enforcement sources tell us ... it was a dog that caught a bullet.

According to a witness on scene, the shots were fired approximately 3-4 houses away from the where the MJ tour was going down.

There were already cops in the area for the a minor disturbance at the Jackson event (see photo above, taken before shots were fired), and we're told they rushed over to where the shots came from.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... one officer was attacked by a dog, and had to shoot it to get it to stop. No word yet on the condition of the dog. more on this story

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Basketball Wife Files for Divorce
(TMZ) The tumultuous relationship between Eric and Jennifer Williams -- nonstop fodder for years on VH1's "Basketball Wives" -- is coming to an end ... because Jennifer just filed for divorce.

Williams finally pulled the trigger Friday, filing papers in Hudson County Superior Court in New Jersey. Williams, who tied the knot with Eric in the Bahamas back in 2007, cites irreconcilable differences.

Williams wants alimony, plus an "equitable" distribution of the couple's assets. They have no kids. more on this story

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Aimee Mann Announces Summer Tour Dates
(A Little Bird Told Me) Aimee Mann will return to the road this summer for a string of West Coast tour dates in August.

Kicking off her tour at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on August 12th, Aimee will make a stop at the Hollywood Bowl to perform in Joni's Jazz, alongside Herbie Hancock, Clen Hansard, Chaka Khan, Cassandra Wilson and Wayne Shorter and then continue north for a stop at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, along with dates at the Portland Zoo and Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo.

Currently working on her 8th solo album, set to release in 2012, Aimee is also writing a new musical production based upon her critically acclaimed concept album The Forgotten Arm, her first foray into the realm of musical theatre. Set in the 1970's, The Forgotten Arm follows the story of John, a Vietnam vet and boxer struggling with addiction, and Caroline, a young woman trying to escape the dead end world she lives in, as they meet, fall in love and road trip across America. more on this story

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Lindsay Lohan Celebrates Staying Out of Jail
(TMZ) Lindsay Lohan was so fired up about the way things went down at her pee test court hearing on Thursday, she celebrated on the roof with a HUGE smile on her face ... sans alcohol, of course.

We're told Lindsay's brother Michael Jr. and their sister Ali will be staying at the pad while Lindsay lives out her remaining days under house arrest.

According to our sources, Lindsay will continue to spend her time cooking, reading, watching movies, and catching up on business. As for drinking, even though Lindsay legally can ... we're told she won't.

It's safer that way. more on this story

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Kurt Metzger Talks to Young People About Sex
(The Syn) Known for voicing the role of Randall the zombie on the animated hit Ugly Americans, Kurt Metzger steps out from behind the drawings to deliver one of the funniest hours of stand-up heard in a long time. Metzger's Talks to Young People About Sex digital album will be released on Comedy Central Records on Tuesday, June 28th.

In this hour set taped at Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia, Metzger lays out details about the gulf oil spill and how it pertains to New Jersey, man's evolution from monkeys, why God could be a woman, and the reasons we should forgive Tiger Woods.

Formerly a Christian minister, Metzger found himself more at home in the comedy clubs of New York City than in the cloth, and soon logged many appearances on Comedy Central as a stand-up and as a writer for Chapelle's Show. He was just picked for Comedy Central's Hot List 2010 alongside Pete Homes, Reggie Watts, Kyle Kinnane, Chelsea Peretti, Natasha Leggero, and Owen Benjamin. more on this story

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Paulina Rubio Avoids Jail After Clashing With Cops
(TMZ) The charges against Paulina Rubio were so minor, Miami police didn't plan to take her to jail this weekend -- but according to the police report, the final factor in their decision ... Rubio told cops she had to get home to breastfeed her child.

According to the report, after Rubio got into a car accident, the first officer on scene instructed her to get out of her car and onto the sidewalk. Rubio refused to get out of the car, the report states, at one point cursing at the officer in Spanish.

Once the officer told Rubio she was under arrest, got her out of the car, and placed the handcuffs on her, Rubio screamed out, "Help! Help! I didn't do anything! Look what they're doing! Help! Abusers! You bunch of liars! Help!"

The report says Rubio continued to yell at the officers even from inside the patrol car. An hour later, according to the report, Rubio calmed down and apologized. The officer says he issued her a summons to appear in court, and didn't take her in to jail, because she claimed to have "an extenuating circumstance (she breast feeds her 6 month old child)."

As TMZ first reported, Rubio was charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice and refusal to obey a lawful command. more on this story

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Los Angeles Lakers For World Peace?
(TMZ) The Los Angeles Lakers organization is totally down with World Peace ... telling TMZ the team is "happy to accommodate" Ron Artest's proposed name change.

A rep for the team tell us changing Ron's jersey from "Artest" to "World Peace" by next season shouldn't be a problem ... because there is still plenty of time to get that done.

Of course, the team also claims they had no idea about Ron's plan -- which comes as no shock since Ron himself went on TMZ Live and admitted he didn't even tell his wife about the name change ... until TMZ broke the story.

Peace out. more on this story

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Zombie Boyfriend Wins Silver Telly
(PR) The winners of the 32nd Annual Telly Awards have been announced. "Zombie Boyfriend," a music video produced by Brooklyn Girl Productions and directed by Jenine Mayring for indie artist Emii, won a Silver Telly Award, their highest honor.

Award-winning director Jenine Mayring commented, "It's especially exciting to collaborate with a female recording artist to help convey their unique perspective visually. To have our music video be recognized by the Telly Awards is equally as exciting, and I am deeply honored to receive such a prestigious award." The recent accolade marks the second Telly Award for multi-hyphenate Jenine Mayring. In 2008, she won a Bronze Telly Award for producing a regional television commercial entitled "Making Faces" for NORMS Restaurants, a chain based in Southern California.

A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past Winner of a Silver Telly and a member of the Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work; entries do not compete against each other - rather, entries are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of a Silver Telly, their highest honor. Other outstanding work is awarded a Bronze Telly. more on this story

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No Charges Over Chris Brown Inspired My Super Sweet Sixteen Cat Fight
(TMZ) Teyana Taylor, an R&B singer who also appeared on "My Super Sweet Sixteen," has dodged a huge bullet ... TMZ has learned -- because she won't face assault charges for allegedly beating the crap out of another woman back in April.

As TMZ first reported, Teyana allegedly flipped out at an L.A. recording studio over a comment a woman made about Chris Brown -- a close friend of Teyana's.

We're told Teyana punched the woman multiple times and then kicked her in the head and stomach once she fell to the ground.

But law enforcement sources tell us T.T. claimed self-defense -- and there wasn't enough evidence or witness testimony to prove otherwise ... so she skates.

Case closed. more on this story

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Irrepressibles Set Release Dates
Irrepressibles will release their debut album, Mirror Mirror digitally in America on August 9th.

The release will be followed by a special edition of the album October 25th featuring exclusive remixes from Röyksopp, Hercules & Love Affairand Zero 7 amongst others.

The single "In This Shirt" will be available with exclusive remixes via Beatport on June 27th. more on this story

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Mackenzie Phillips Wants To Return To Rehab For New TV Show
(TMZ) "Celebrity Rehab" alum Mackenzie Phillips is in the process of becoming a certified drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the actress tell us ... Phillips -- who famously struggled with substance abuse for years --- is roughly half-way through a certification program and hopes to use her experience to help struggling addicts acknowledge and defeat their demons.

We're told Mackenzie's progress will be captured for a new reality show called "No Relapse" produced by powerhouse reality company 44 Blue ... and sources connected to the project tell us the show is already getting, "Strong interest from multiple networks." more on this story

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Katt Williams 911 Calls Reveals Strange Claim
(TMZ) Katt Williams is "the second most important black guy on the face of the Earth" -- at least that's what the guy who called 911 on him says Katt told him ... right before Katt was arrested earlier this month.

As TMZ first reported, three women were arrested on June 11 for attacking a maintenance worker on a property Katt was renting.

During the 911 call, the man claims he argued with Katt after the alleged altercation -- and says at one point Katt told him he was famous. The man told dispatch, "I've been beaten with sticks. They tried to tear my shirt off me when I was operating the tractor. It's a big black family. The guy claims to be the second most important black guy on the face of the earth."

Katt can be heard arguing with the man during the call and Katt was later arrested as well for felony intimidating a witness.

He also should have been busted for felony thinking you're more famous than you are. more on this story

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Summer Camp Turn To Pledge Music For Debut Album
(BH) Summer Camp have teaming up with Pledge Music for the release of their debut LP through their own label imprint, Apricot Recording Company, in partnership with Moshi Moshi Records.

Pledge Music is the direct to fan platform which gives fans the chance to be part of an artist's release via its funding, supported by a wide range of personalized 'pledges' offered by the artist.

For Summer Camp - aka Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey - the values promoted by Pledge Music dovetail perfectly with theirs, making the partnership an inevitable and happy union, particularly when it comes to their charitable arm, whereby a percentage of monies is funnelled towards the charities of Summer Camp's choice.
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Miley Cyrus Tackled By Fan- Lil Wayne Refuses Justin Bieber- Cee Lo Drops Rihanna- Rihanna Sued Again- Black Eyed Peas Lumped For Humps- Michael Jackson Murder Fear- more
(Billboard) Miley Cyrus was just finishing up the final song at her Melbourne, Austalia concert on Friday night (June 24) when an overzealous female fan stormed onto the stage and grabbed the singer from behind. Watch it here

(BBC) Peter Falk, the American actor most famous for his role as US TV's scruffy detective, Columbo, dies at the age of 83 more

(Billboard) In his July/August XXL cover story, Lil Wayne said that despite persistent requests from Justin Bieber, he won't work with him on a song. "That's my n-gga, but I can't do it," said Wayne. "Like I said, I don't want to f-k his shi-t up." more

(AP) Michael Jackson spent the last months of his life frightened and on edge, convinced that he would be killed by people wanting to get access to his valuable music catalog, according to his sister, LaToya Jackson. more

(Billboard) Even though "The Voice" has only one more week to go, coach Cee Lo Green says it's one of the reasons he's dropping out of the Loud tour with Rihanna. more

(Jam!) Cleveland disc jockey and early rap artist Orrin Lynn Tolliver, Jr. has just been awarded nearly $1.2 million by a New York jury. The award comes after a former friend and collaborator allowed without permission his 1983 song, "I Need A Freak," to be sampled by the Black Eyed Peas for the group's hit song, "My Humps." more

(Billboard) Five months and 28 million YouTube views later, Rihanna is being sued over her "S&M" video -- for the second time. 19-year-old Phillip Paulus accused Ri-Ri of using staging and sets from his August 2010 Paperworld spread in her video. more

(BBC) A leather jacket worn by US singer Michael Jackson in his Thriller video is sold at auction in California for $1.8m more

(Billboard) Drake, who recently unleashed two new songs onto the Internet, slammed his label's parent company, Universal, for ordering that the songs be removed from his blog and other sites that have posted them. "Universal needs to stop taking my f--king songs down" the Young Money artist tweeted. "I am doing this for the people not for your label." more

Greyson Chance took to his piano to pay tribute to the late great King of Pop, Michael Jackson, with his own cover of the 1972 single "I Wanna Be Where You Are." Check out Greyson's version here

(Jam!) The Black Eyed Peas are launching a computer game which will allow fans to dance and sing along to their hit tracks more


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Charlie Sheen Loses Final Goddess
(TMZ) Charlie Sheen is finally UNCHAINED -- because TMZ has learned, the Warlock's last remaining goddess just gave him the chop.

Sources close to Charlie tell TMZ, Natalie Kenly moved out last week -- but hell hath no fury like a Warlock scorned ... because we're told, the actor DEMANDED she return the Mercedes he bought her.

According to sources close to the actor, Charlie brushed off the break-up, claiming it's "not a common thing for the Masheen!"

We're told Charlie's penis celebrated the split by declaring war on the entire world, conquering three women from three different countries -- Mexico, Australia, and Colombia -- the very night Kenly walked out. more on this story

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Shaq Dishonors Michael Jackson?
(TMZ) Shaquille O'Neal got on the mic Saturday night at a nightclub in Las Vegas so he could sing along to a few Michael Jackson songs -- and if he was hoping to honor the late King of Pop ... he did the exact opposite.

Shaq butchered such classic songs as "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough," "Off the Wall," "Thriller," and the classic Jackson 5 song, "I Want You Back."

But Shaq, who was at Moon nightclub to celebrate his retirement, was an equal opportunity offender -- he also killed "Sweet Home Alabama," "You Give Love a Bad Name," and "When Doves Cry."

We would tell Shaq to stick to his day job, but he doesn't have one anymore. more on this story

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Jennifer Hudson's No One Gonna Love You Video Now Online
(Vevo) Jennifer Hudson's new video for the song "No One Gonna Love You" has premiered online via Vevo.

The clip depicts the complicated love relationship between Jennifer and her boyfriend.

The video just premiered across the VEVO platform which includes VEVO.com, Mobile Apps (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android), Connected Television (Google TV, Boxee) and user embeddable video players. You can also watch the video on the dozens of sites where VEVO syndicates music programming including AOL, BET, CBS Interactive Music Group (including Last.fm). Check it out here

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Neko Case and Nick Cave Duet for Trueblood
A duet recorded by Neko Case and Nick Cave is the first taste that fans will get from the Trueblood Vol 3 soundtrack.

Case and Cave have recorded a new version of The Zombies' classic "She's Not There" which was released yesterday at all digital retailers to coincide with the new season launch. Here is the official word on the soundtrack:

WaterTower Music has announced the upcoming release of "Trueblood – Music From The Hbo Original Series – Volume 3" due in stores and online this fall. The follow up to the first two Grammy nominated soundtracks will consist of new songs from the upcoming forth season of the acclaimed HBO drama as well as music from the show's wildly successful 3rd season. more on this story

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MTV Video Music Aid Japan Official Recap
MTV have released this official recap of their MTV Video Music Aid Japan: The event brought music, fans and philanthropy together in an energetic, colourful and upbeat live two-hour music television event to benefit the Japanese Red Cross Saturday Night.

Hosted by AKB48 and featuring live performances from Lady Gaga, Tokio Hotel, Girls' Generation, Monkey Majik, Kana Nishino, SHINee, One Night Only, Namie Amuro, Anna Tsuchiya, AI and Exile.

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AID JAPAN was broadcast live from Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture to more than 30 million households on MTV Japan, MTV Korea, MTV SEA and MTV China. A special one-hour version of MTV VIDEO MUSIC AID JAPAN will air on MTV channels worldwide to over a half-billion homes on July 29 as special instalment of MTV's weekly global live music series, MTV WORLD STAGE. more on this story

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