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Rap star Chris Brown to go on trial Monday

Hip-hop star Chris Brown will stand trial on Monday for an alleged assault outside a trendy hotel in Washington. If convicted, Brown could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Brown, 24, appeared in court Friday in the US capital in a crisp suit that made him look more like a genteel Wall Street banker than an actor, dancer and rap artist. He stood with his hands by his side as Judge Patricia Wynn instructed him to return next week for the start of his trial.

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Rapper Jay Z brings 'Made in America' music fest to Los Angeles

AC/DC guitar stolen in dirty deed from B.C. restaurant: RCMP

WHITE ROCK, B.C. - It was a theft that played out like the lyrics of the AC/DC song "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap." Mounties in White Rock, B.C., are asking for the public's help in finding a unique guitar stolen from a display case in a local restaurant. The guitar is a 1961 Gibson SG Les Paul re-issue in a cherry finish, signed by Angus and Malcolm Young of the band AC/DC. Police say it appears the break-in was done specifically to obtain the piece. The guitar is easily recognizable by a distinct cartoon picture of an Angus devil on the front.

Rihanna settles multimillion-dollar lawsuit with ex-accountants

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pop star Rihanna has agreed to settle a lawsuit with her former accountants accusing them of mismanaging her finances and costing her millions of dollars, lawyers for the parties told a federal judge on Thursday. The terms of the deal were not disclosed during a brief hearing before U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in New York. Lawyers for Rihanna and for the defendants, accounting firm Berdon and former employees Michael Mitnick and Peter Gounis, declined to comment.

AC/DC rock on without guitarist Malcolm Young

Australia's pre-eminent hard rock band AC/DC announced Thursday they will carry on making music without ailing rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young. "After 40 years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health," the group said on their website, without disclosing the nature of his illness. "Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support." The statement added: "The band will continue to make music."

AC/DC rock on without lead guitarist

Australia's pre-eminent hard rock band AC/DC announced Thursday they will carry on making music without ailing guitarist Malcolm Young. "After 40 years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health," the group said on their website, without disclosing the nature of his illness. "Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support." The statement added: "The band will continue to make music."

Stradivarius viola could sell for $45 million

A rare Stradivarius viola valued at $45 million (32.6 million euros) could become the most expensive musical instrument ever sold when it is auctioned later this year. Auction house Sotheby's has invited sealed bids to be received by June 26 for the nearly 300 year-old instrument made by the Italian master craftsman Antonio Stradivari in 1719. Musical instrument expert Tim Ingles described the sale of the instrument, one of only 10 Stradivarius violas still in existence, as a "once in a lifetime" event.

EXO to return next week with new album

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korean boy band EXO will return to the local and Chinese music scenes next week with a new album, the group's management agency said Tuesday. "Overdose," the second mini-album by the group, will be released on Monday next week with five new songs -- title track "Moonlight," "Thunder," "Run" and "Love Love Love" -- according to S.M. Entertainment. As the 12-member group work in two units in South Korea and China, the new album will be released both in Korean and Chinese language versions, the company said.

EXO to return next week with new album

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korean boy band EXO will return to the local and Chinese music scenes next week with a new album, the group's management agency said Tuesday. "Overdose," the second mini-album by the group, will be released on Monday next week with five new songs -- title track "Moonlight," "Thunder," "Run" and "Love Love Love" -- according to S.M. Entertainment. As the 12-member group work in two units in South Korea and China, the new album will be released both in Korean and Chinese language versions, the company said.

Lady Gaga, Psy to perform at S. Korea festival

US pop diva Lady Gaga is slated to perform at a summer music festival in South Korea, where her first show two years ago received an adult-only rating from state censors. The festival, to be held at Seoul's Olympic stadium on August 15-16, will feature a host of K-pop stars including "Gangnam Style" rapper Psy, the YG entertainment agency said. Lady Gaga will appear on the second day of the festival, to be co-hosted by YG and a local music production agency.
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