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Guess who's back? Eminem returns, as does controversy

Guess who's back? Back again? Thirteen years after "The Marshall Mathers LP" that quickly secured his spot in the hip-hop canon, Eminem is out Tuesday with a sequel in which he returns both in song and verse to the 1990s -- and reignites controversy with his use of anti-gay slurs. For "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," the top-selling rapper in history teams up with producer Rick Rubin, the founder of Def Jam Records who brought to the mainstream such breakthrough rap acts as Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys.

Rapper 50 Cent gets probation in domestic violence case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - American rapper 50 Cent on Monday struck a deal with Los Angeles prosecutors for three years' probation and 30 days of community service after allegedly kicking the mother of his child and destroying her property during a June altercation. The 38-year-old rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, pleaded no contest to a single count of misdemeanor vandalism while three vandalism counts and one count of misdemeanor domestic violence were dropped, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Superior Court said.

Singer Kelly Clarkson ties the knot in Tennessee

(Reuters) - Pop singer Kelly Clarkson, the first contestant to win the Fox singing competition "American Idol," married talent manager Brandon Blackstock in a ceremony over the weekend in Tennessee, the singer said on Monday. The 31-year-old Grammy winner announced the news and posted a picture in a Twitter message. "I'm officially Mrs. Blackstock :) We got married yesterday at Blackberry Farms in TN, the most beautiful place ever," Clarkson tweeted.

Michael Jackson's estate sues man, 3 companies in Japan over images on mugs, other products

TOKYO - Michael Jackson's estate is suing a man and three companies in Japan, alleging they are using the name and likeness of the late pop star on key chains, mugs and other products without permission. The lawsuit filed in Tokyo District Court last month does not seek money but demands the actions stop. It names Ryosuke Matsuura and three companies, Michael Jackson Asian Rights, Michael Jackson Enterprises and Michael Jackson World.

Michael Jackson's estate sues man, 3 companies in Japan over images on mugs, other products

TOKYO - Michael Jackson's estate is suing a man and three companies in Japan, alleging they are using the name and likeness of the late pop star on key chains, mugs and other products without permission. The lawsuit filed in Tokyo District Court last month does not seek money but demands the actions stop. It names Ryosuke Matsuura and three companies, Michael Jackson Asian Rights, Michael Jackson Enterprises and Michael Jackson World.

US soul singer Lauryn Hill released from jail after tax dodge

Grammy-winning American soul singer Lauryn Hill was released from a US prison Friday after being jailed in July for failing to file her tax returns on time, her lawyer said. The 38-year-old is a former member of The Fugees, famous for hits such as "Killing Me Softly" and whose 1996 album The Score became one of the best-selling hip hop albums of all time. Hill will now serve three months house arrest after leaving a low-security federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, 70 miles (112 kilometers) from New York City.

Beyonce, Jay Z top highest-earning celebrity couple list: Forbes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With estimated earnings of $95 million, pop singer Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay Z are the highest-earning celebrity couple for the second consecutive year, Forbes magazine said on Thursday. Beyonce's "Mrs. Carter" tour and Jay Z's million-selling "Watch the Throne" album and world tour, both a collaboration with rapper Kanye West, pushed the musical couple ahead of model Gisele Bundchen and her football-player husband Tom Brady, who pulled in $80 million and retained the No. 2 position.

Internet radio service Pandora prevails in license dispute

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Pandora Media Inc has won a Manhattan federal court decision rejecting efforts by some music publishers to narrow a license that enables the largest U.S. Internet radio service to play their music.

Luke Bryan tops Billboard album chart; Perry has No. 1 download

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country singer Luke Bryan's latest record stormed straight to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, while pop singer Katy Perry scored her biggest digital song debut to date with new single "Roar." "Crash My Party," the fourth studio album from Bryan, sold more than 527,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, making it his best debut.

Jay Z tops U.S. Billboard album chart for second week

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Jay Z's latest album "Magna Carta Holy Grail" on Wednesday topped the Billboard 200 album chart for the second week in a row. "Magna Carta Holy Grail" sold 129,000 copies in its second week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan, bringing its two-week total to 657,000 copies. Last week, it was the second-best debut week for an album this year behind Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience."
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