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Hollyworld: Meet Morocco's starmaker

RABAT — His hope is that one day Morocco will also offer up an international superstar, like Colombian Shakira or Spanish Enrique Iglesias.

Nicole Kidman's hubby attacks paparazzo's car outside U.S. restaurant

Nicole Kidman's husband, country singer Keith Urban, has been accused of attacking a paparazzo's car outside a U.S. restaurant

Nicole Kidman's husband, country singer Keith Urban, has been accused of attacking a paparazzo's car as he was leaving a restaurant with her in Tennessee.

Celebrity photographer Willem Pieterson told police Urban punched and kicked his car after he took pictures of him and Kidman walking to their car on July 27, Radar Online reports.

Pieterson claimed Urban drove up to his vehicle in the wrong lane before getting out and yelling at him, according to the reports.

He alleged the singer banged on the car window, hit the car with his fist and kicked the rear passenger door.

A spokesman for Metro Nashville Police Department, Don Aaron, said police could not see any damage on the paparazzo's car door and the incident had been classed as "intimidation".

Police are still investigating the incident.

Kidman, now 43, announced earlier this year that she had a second daughter, this time born to a surrogate. She has adopted two children with former husband, Tom Cruise, Isabella and Connor, who live with their father by their choice.

Kidman and Urban - who married in the Sydney suburb of Manly in 2006 - named their second baby Faith Margaret Kidman Urban. She was born on December 28 at the Centennial Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee, where the couple had booked out the entire top floor of the hospital.

After Kidman gave birth to Sunday Rose in July 2008, the couple tried to conceive again naturally, but failed.

They tried again through in-vitro fertilization (IVF), but were not successful. The couple were then advised by doctors to use a surrogate instead.

Kidman credited her first daughter's unexpected appearance to her swimming in the waters of a small Australian outback town during the filming of Australia.


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Protests after Senegal arrests rapper who criticized President Wade (VIDEO)

Omar Toure helped launch "Y’en a Marre," slang for "Enough is Enough," a movement led by young rappers that encourages young people to register for the elections.

Swedish man gets disability benefits for heavy metal "addiction"

A metal head in Sweden had his heavy metal music habit declared an addiction requiring state disability payments.
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Heavy metal fans mosh at a music festival in Donington Park, England. In Sweden, a man has succeeded in having his heavy metal music habit declared an addiction requiring disability payments. ( Dave Etheridge-Barnes/Getty Images)

In Sweden, a headbanger has succeeded in having his heavy metal music obsession declared an addiction that requires state disability benefits.

Roger Tullgren, 42, a heavily tattooed metal head who works as a dishwasher in southern Sweden, said he consulted three psychologists to receive statements testifying to the extent of his heavy metal music dependency, reports the Local, a Swedish news website.

“I have been trying for 10 years to get this classified as a handicap,” he told the Local.

"I spoke to three psychologists and they finally agreed that I needed this to avoid being discriminated against."

(More Sweden news from GlobalPost: No "boys" or "girls" at gender-neutral preschool in Sweden)

Tullgren, who is described as having long black hair, tattoos and a collection of skull and crossbones jewelry, said his heavy metal addiction caused him to attend nearly 300 concerts last year that left him unable to hold down a job, and forced to go on welfare.

His new part-time job as a dishwasher at a restaurant in the city of Hassleholm will be supplemented by disability benefits.

"I signed a form saying: 'Roger feels compelled to show his heavy metal style. This puts him in a difficult situation on the labor market. Therefore he needs extra financial help'. So now I can turn up at a job interview dressed in my normal clothes and just hand the interviewers this piece of paper," Tullgren said.


Texan Dale Watson pens Tiger Airways tune of discontent

Just when Tiger Airways couldn't get any more bad publicity the struggling carrier is ridiculed with a jingle by American alt-country singer Dale Watson
The budget airline charged him a $500 excess baggage fee for a box of CDs worth $3000 which it then lost

Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral shot dead in Guatemala

Cabral became famous in the 1970s as a protest singer in Argentina, and in 1996, Unesco declared him a "world messenger of peace.”

Kate Moss wedding shuts down UK villages (VIDEO)

Tight security and road closures around supermodel Kate Moss's wedding to rocker Jamie Hince angers villagers.
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The sun shines on historic buildings in the Cotswold village of Castle Combe on April 12, 2011 in Wiltshire, England. A popular tourist destination, the Cotswolds - which lie mainly within the counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, but also extend into parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire - are sometimes called the 'Heart of England' and has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The wedding of supermodel Kate Moss to rockstar Jamie Hince in the Cotswolds caused roads to be shut off to residents. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Supermodel Kate Moss’s rustic village wedding has infuriated local residents because of a security clampdown that some compared to that of a British royal event.

For the wedding of Kate Moss to rockstar Jamie Hince in the Cotswolds area of the U.K., roads were shut, movement restricted and villages guarded by a heavy police presence.

The couple is continuing to celebrate their union on Friday with a three-day, festival-themed party centered on Moss’s luxury farmhouse in the village of Little Faringdon.

Local residents and wedding guests had to use permits to enter the villages of Little Faringdon, Oxfordshire, and Southrop, Gloucestershire, the BBC reports. There was a large police presence throughout the area.

Some residents were warned they would be arrested if they walked through the village in the hours before the ceremony, the Daily Mirror reports.

Villagers were upset that Moss was being treated like a member of the royal family, the tabloid says.

Moss, 37, wore a sleeveless ivory wedding dress by recently disgraced fashion designer John Galliano, with a long veil and a floral headband for her wedding in the village of Southrop. Hince, 42, a guitarist with rock band The Kills, wore a pale grey suit.

Mario Testino photographed the couple, reportedly as part of an exclusive deal with Vogue magazine, to appear in the September issue. Testino, one of the world’s most famous photographers, also took the engagement photos of Prince William and Kate Middleton.


At Glastonbury gig, U2 faces protest over dodging Irish taxes

Art Uncut activists bring huge balloon to muddy music event, saying "U Pay Your Tax 2," but they are tackled and scuffles break out
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A protest against U2 at the Glastonbury Festival on June 24, 2011 in Glastonbury, England. (Dave J. Hogan/Getty Images)

Ireland's most-successful band U2 and its frontman Bono were accused of dodging taxes in their home country by protesters at the group's first performance at England's Glastonbury Festival, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

As Bono and his bandmates took to the Pyramid Stage at the huge, muddy outdoor music festival, activists from the direct action group Art Uncut inflated a 20-foot balloon emblazoned with the message “U Pay Your Tax 2," Sky News reported.

As the activists tried to release the balloon over the crowd of about 50,000, security personnel wrestled them to the ground and deflated the balloon, sparking angry clashes with about 30 protesters, with several of them pinned against a fence near the stage, according to the Telegraph. There were no arrests.

One of the Art Uncut group members said: “That was totally over the top. He threatened to hit me.”

U2 was criticized in 2006 when the band reportedly shifted most of its business affairs from Ireland to the Netherlands, where royalties on music incur virtually no tax, after the Irish government cut tax breaks for income earned from "works of artistic merit," CNN reported.

Bono, guitarist The Edge, bass player Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen are among Ireland's wealthiest residents, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Forbes magazine estimated the band earned $195 million last year.

Art Uncut says that while Bono campaigns against poverty in the developing world, his very wealthy group has run out on paying Irish taxes at a time when the country desperately needs the money. Ireland, which has received an international bailout, is dealing with difficult spending cuts, tax increases and unemployment as it tries to pull its debt-burdened economy out of danger of bankruptcy.


India: new life for old-school folk music

NEW DELHI — Two music lovers scoured India's small towns, looking for what might have been India's last generation of genuine folk performers.
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