Big & Rich Taking Touring Break In ‘08

Big & Rich's upcoming and first-ever Canadian tour will likely be the genre-bending duo's last for a while. The long-lasting effects of a car accident involving a drunk driver a few years ago will sideline the duo's Big Kenny Alphin for at least half of 2008.

Yung Joc Arrested At Cleveland Airport

Rapper Yung Joc was arrested early yesterday (Dec. 23) at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport after a loaded gun was found in his carry-on luggage.

‘X-Factor’ Alums Rule U.K. Holiday Charts

Domination of the Christmas U.K. charts by ITV's "The X-Factor" was completed yesterday (Dec. 23), as 18-year-old Scottish singer Leon Jackson, who won the final of the contest on Dec. 15 and had his version of Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston's 1998 ballad "When You Believe" went straight to No. 1. Last year's winner, Leona Lewis, started a sixth week atop the album chart with "Spirit."

Remy Ma, Universal Sued Over NY Shooting

Rapper Remy Ma "willfully, wantonly and maliciously" shot and critically wounded an acquaintance, a $10 million civil lawsuit filed against her claimed today (Dec. 21).

May Trial Date Set In R. Kelly Case

R. Kelly avoided having his bond revoked today (Dec. 21) in his child pornography case, but a Chicago judge admonished him for missing an earlier court hearing. The R&B superstar apologized to Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan, who set a May 9 trial date.

Rush Heading Back On Tour In 2008

After finishing 2007 with the No. 25 top-grossing tour of the year, Rush will return to the road for a 40-plus-date outing next April in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Wilco, Arcade Fire Among Nominees For Shortlist Prize

Fifty-four albums were announced today (Dec. 21) as the nominees for the 2007 Shortlist Music Prize, which will be handed out early next year. The prize recognizes albums released between January and November 2007 that have yet to be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Marilyn Manson Countersues Ex-Bandmate

Marilyn Manson has struck back against former bandmate Madonna Wayne Gacy by countersuing for breach of contract.

MTV Tunes Up Musical From ‘HSM’ Producers

MTV is looking to make a splash in the original musical arena with "The American Mall." The project, from "High School Musical" producers Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush, will premiere in the summer on the cable network, followed immediately by a release on DVD. Nina Dobrev and Rob Mayes lead the ensemble cast.

Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu Set For Taste Of Chaos

The 2008 Rockstar Taste of Chaos festival tour will feature performances by Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu, Bullet For My Valentine, Blessthefall and Idiot Pilot, along with sets by Japanese rock bands D'espairsRay, Mucc and the Underneath.

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