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snooping UCLA worker pleads guilty; Bone Thugs reunites; ‘Isaac and the Bah Family Tree’ December 3, 2008


Former UCLA Medical Center employee Lawanda Jackson pleaded guilty Monday to selling confidential information about Farrah Fawcett’s cancer battle to the National Enquirer and using her boss’ password to access records belonging to dozens of patients, including Britney Spears and Maria Shriver. The single charge of violating medical privacy law for commercial purposes carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing has been scheduled for May, reports E! Online.


      *All five original members of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony performed in Los Angeles Monday night for the first time in 10 years, reports Allhiphop.com. Officials at Club Nokia were forced to turn away hundreds of fans, while those lucky enough to get in heard the rap group perform such tracks as “1st of Tha Month,” “I Tried,” “Notorious Thugs,” and the Grammy-winning “Crossroads.” The group is preparing to release a new album on Jan. 30 titled “Uni 5.”


       *In her new book “Isaac and the Bah Family Tree,” Tampa author Adrienne C. Wilson tracks the title character on a journey to find his family tree. The adventure seeks to spark questions about family structure, ancestry, and history. The book is currently available in nationwide bookstores or can be ordered through the publisher atwww.tatepublishing.com/bookstore. “Isaac and the Bah Family Tree” is also an eLIVE title, meaning each copy contains a code redeemable for a free audio download of the book from the publisher’s Web site.


Lil Jon Says Britney’s Album ‘Will Be Big’ October 3, 2008

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Britney Spears‘s upcoming album, Circus, promises to deliver club-banging dance hits that will land her back on top, according to music producer and rapper Lil Jon.

“It’s going to be a big album,” he told PEOPLE at the VH1 Save the Music Hip Hop Honors after party in New York Thursday night. “Britney is very intelligent and she’s really set up [for success],”says Jon, who is one of the album’s producers. “She is focused and she wants it again, so it’s definitely going to happen for her.”

He also expects the record to be a mainstay in the clubs. “Her stuff is all about making people party,” he says.

Spears’s last album, Blackout, stalled due to her much-publicized personal drama. Rapper Fabolous, who remixed the single “Break the Ice,” told reporters at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors taping earlier in the night that “we weren’t able to do a video because of her condition at the time.”

He adds: “A lot of people count her out, but she’s been able to bounce back from adversity. She’s back looking, if not as good as before, even better. I would love to do more remixes for Britney.”

Spears is set to release Circus on Dec. 2, her 27th birthday. She debuted the first single, “Womanizer,” last month on New York’s radio station Z100. She told the radio show that a tour is “definitely” in the works for next year.



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Word has it that Beyonce may sing the new singles from her upcoming album during a performance at November’s MTV Europe Music Awards in Liverpool.


      Her two new songs,  “If I Were A Boy” and “Single Ladies,” are due to be released simultaneously next month.


       “We are extremely pleased that Beyonce is returning to the MTV Europe Music Awards and will once again wow the audience with what promises to be a show-stopping performance,” said Richard Godfrey, senior vice president of MTV and executive producer of the awards.       

       Britney Spears, Coldplay and Welsh soul singer Duffy lead the award nominations with three nods each, including the Album of the Year. Amy Winehouse and X-Factor winner Leona Lewis have been nominated for the Act of 2008 award.


CHRIS BROWN WRITING SONGS FOR BRITNEY: He hopes tunes will be included on pop star’s upcoming album September 9, 2008

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Chris Brown, 19, says he’s been busy writing material for pop star Britney Spears to consider using on her upcoming album.


      “I actually wrote a couple songs for her now,” Brown told the Associated Press, noting that Spears has yet to hear them. “We’re on the same label, so all the executives heard the records and they love the records, so hopefully she’ll cut it. But if she doesn’t, oh well, we’ll go back in the studio and still do some more records for her.”


      Brown, who won best male video for “With You” at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, wrote “Disturbia,” the current single from his rumored girlfriend Rihanna.


      As a vocalist, Brown will appear on forthcoming tracks from rappers Nas and Ludacris.


MiJac at VMAs?; NBC wins Monday’s DNC ratings race; Mos Def investigated for larceny; DMX freed from Miami jail August 28, 2008

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 MTV is denying that Britney Spears will perform at its upcoming Video Music Awards, but TMZ.com claims producers have a replacement surprise in store. Sources claim the network has been working overtime to get Michael Jackson to make a return appearance.  Word has it that the King of Pop has agreed to present an award with his sister Janet.      

       *NBC captured the biggest television audience for Monday’s opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Denver. According to Nielsen Media Research, more than 22 million total viewers tuned in Monday night across all networks. NBC drew the most viewers, pulling an average of 4.71 million for its hourlong special anchored by Brian Williams, up 4% from 2004. CNN came in second place, averaging 4.27 million viewers from 10 to 11 p.m., an hour that included a speech by Michelle Obama. It was followed by ABC (4.17 million), CBS (3.46 million), Fox News (2.92 million) and MSNBC (2.10 million).


      *Mos Def is being investigated for larceny after snatching a camera from a photographer at the Las Vegas Hilton during the star-studded MAGIC fashion convention. TMZ.com is reporting that the rapper yanked the camera from the photographer’s neck and caused a small cut on the shooter’s hand. Mos then allegedly gave the camera to a security guard and took off.


       *DMX was released from a Miami jail on Wednesday after agreeing to a plea deal: time served and about a $483 fine, reported TMZ.com. The rapper pleaded guilty to drug charges, which could have sent him to prison for six years. A bench warrant for DMX’s arrest is still in effect in Arizona, where officials have 15 days to arrest him on multiple charges, including drug and paraphernalia possession.  


TIMBALAND TO FINALLY RECORD WITH BRITNEY?: Collabo was supposed to take place last year August 22, 2008

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Timbaland is reportedly producing a song for Britney Spears’ upcoming album that will be a duet with her ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake.


      The collaboration was originally eyed for her last album, “Blackout,” but the pop star was going through personal issues at the time and missed her scheduled recording session at Timbaland’s Virginia Beach studio last August, according to the New York Post.


      “She just didn’t show up,” spies told Page Six at the time.


      Spears’ forthcoming album is due for release by year’s end.


HALLE BERRY SERENADED BY ROBIN THICKE: New mom gets a birthday present from crooner at Los Angeles concert August 20, 2008

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Halle Berry and her man, Gabriel Aubry, got a musical surprise Thursday night while attending a Robin Thicke performance at Hollywood’s House of Blues.


      At the end of his show, Thicke told the crowd that a very special lady is in the audience and she’s celebrating a birthday.


       The entire crowd looked to the Oscar-winning actress as the R&B star serenaded her with the “Happy Birthday” song.       

       Berry, who turned 42 that night, was invited to the concert as Thicke’s special guest along with Sean “Diddy” Combs and Britney Spears.