Fugees Producer John Forte Pardoned

Rapper/producer John Forte, who worked closely with the Fugees before being sent to prison on drug charges, was pardoned yesterday (Nov. 24) by President George W. Bush.

Liza Minnelli Returning To Broadway

Liza Minnelli can see her upcoming "Liza's at the Palace...." show, which starts a three-and-a-half week run Dec. 3 at Broadway's Palace Theatre, as having a longer stay on the Great White Way and maybe even hitting the road.

Laura Izibor

Irish singer/songwriter Laura Izibor didn't know she could sing until she was 13, but once she did, she knew she was on to something.

Redemption Song: Akon

Holding a brick red velvet cupcake with white frosting and colored sprinkles in his hands, Akon stands atop an extended conference room table at Universal Records' New York headquarters. He's ecstatic.

Jamie Lidell, First Night On Tour With Elton John

I get a tap on the shoulder. Word is Elton is ready for me.

No Doubt, Fall Out Boy Set For Bamboozle

After its weekend announcement that it was heading back on tour, No Doubt has revealed its first show of 2009.

Nickelback Plots 2009 Tour

Nickelback will begin a North American tour Feb. 25 in Nashville in support of its just-released Roadrunner album "Dark Horse." Tickets go on sale Dec. 5 via LiveNation.com, but Nickelback fan club members get first crack on Friday (Nov. 28).

Velvet Revolver Cuts Ties With RCA

Velvet Revolver has cut ties with RCA Records, which released the group's two studio albums. According to the band, the move was made at its request, to allow "complete freedom to go through whatever process it would take to accomplish" replacing former frontman Scott Weiland.

U2, Coldplay, Killers Help Launch (RED)WIRE

Some of the biggest names in music are contributing exclusive songs to RED(WIRE), a new digital music magazine launching on World AIDS Day (Dec. 1). U2, Coldplay, the Killers, the Dixie Chicks, John Legend, R.E.M. and Bob Dylan are on board for the initiative, all proceeds from which will benefit HIV-infected people in Africa.

Leona Lewis Back Atop U.K. Album Chart

Leona Lewis' retooled "Spirit" album entered at the top of the U.K. album chart to give Simon Cowell's Syco Music imprint at Sony BMG a second consecutive No. 1, as last week's bestseller, Il Divo's "The Promise," fell sharply to No. 7.

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