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Kid Rock Draws Criticism from NAACP
Members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are protesting the organization's decision to honor Kid Rock in its Detroit chapter, since he frequently displays the Confederate flag during his concerts. "To me it just represents pride in southern rock'n'roll music, plus it just looks cool," Kid Rock said about the flag in a 2008 interview with the Guardian. ( Rolling Stone)
Britney Spears Reunites with Kevin Federline
Britney Spears and ex-husband Kevin Federline were photographed together for the first time since 2006 when they reunited to watch their son Sean Preston's little league game. Also in attendance at the game was Spears' current romantic interest, Jason Trawick. ( Us Magazine)
Bryan Adams Expecting First Child
Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is about to become a father for the first time at the age of 51, his spokeswoman said on Monday. The "Summer of '69" musician is expecting the baby in May with his personal assistant, a long-time employee who helps run his charitable efforts. "Alicia Grimaldi and I are expecting a baby," Adams said in a statement. "She helped me start my foundation years ago and it looks like she'll be running the family now." ( Reuters)
Pauly D Inks Las Vegas DJ Deal
"Jersey Shore" star Pauly D has signed on to become the exclusive resident DJ at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas in 2011. The reality star will perform at Rain Nightclub, Moon Nightclub and Palms Pool & Bungalows. "I am thrilled to have Pauly D as an exclusive Vegas resident and to welcome him to our family at Palms Casino Resort," said Palms Owner George Maloof in a statement.
New Ja Rule Album Being Released Before Prison Term
Ja Rule has announced that his new album, "The Renaissance Project," will hit stores the day before he begins a two-year prison sentence for criminal possession of a weapon. The rapper wrote on Twitter that the album would be released June 7, the day before he must report to authorities. ( All Hip-Hop)
Panic! at the Disco Sets 2011 Tour Dates
One week before third album "Vices & Virtues" is released on March 22, Panic! at the Disco has announced their North American tour dates for this summer, with support from fun., Foxy Shazam and Funeral Party. The trek kicks off May 22 in Boston.
(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz and Reuters)