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Britney Spears Trying to Protect Personal Information in Court
Britney Spears reportedly wants to move an upcoming hearing with former bodyguard Fernando Flores, who claims that the singer sexually harassed him, from civil court to probate court to prevent the proceedings from becoming public record. Spears' managerial team feels that Flores would use the public civil court forum to reveal "confidential and personal information" in order to extort a settlement out of Spears. ( TMZ)
Kanye West Delivers Quirky Speech at ACE Awards
Kanye West delivered a rousing speech while taking home the Style Maker of the Year award last night at the 2010 ACE Awards in New York City. "I feel like a 5-year old," said West. "I feel like I'm getting closer to the 5-year-old inside of me and I feel like I have to represent that 5-year-old… Some people hate me. But nonetheless, my biggest moments, my biggest Internet-crashing moments were the opinion of a 5-year-old. The opinion of a 5-year-old, the spirit of a 5-year-old with the responsibility of a 100-year old." ( Vulture)
R. Kelly: 'Best of Both Worlds' Meant for Tupac, Not Jay-Z
R. Kelly has revealed that "The Best of Both Worlds,' his 2002 joint album with Jay-Z, was originally intended to be a collaboration with Tupac Shakur before the latter's 1996 death. The R&B star discussed the project with Shakur in Los Angeles, with Kelly's 2000 single "I Wish" pegged as the duo's first song. Kelly originally had plans to record a "Best of Both Worlds" sequel with Cash Money Records, but the project has since stalled. ( Hip Hop Wired)
50 Cent-Chelsea Handler Dating Rumors Heat Up
Rumors that Chelsea Handler and 50 Cent have become an item have heated up after the comedian and rapper were photographed after reportedly sharing lunch in Malibu, Ca. Although Handler has denied the dating rumors, 50 Cent has copped to sending her flowers following her hosting gig at the MTV VMAs in October. ( MTV)
The Decemberists Announce New Album, 'The King is Dead'
Indie-rock group the Decemberists have confirmed the Jan. 11 release date of new album "The King is Dead," which features R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck on three of the album's ten tracks. The follow-up to last year's "Hazards of Love" has been previewed with the new track "Down By the Water," which the band posted on their website. ( Pitchfork)
J. Cole, B.o.B Releasing Mixtapes By End of Year
Up-and-coming hip-hop artists B.o.B and J. Cole will each issue new mixtapes by the end of 2010, with the latter previewing the Nov. 12 release of "Friday Night Lights" with a snippet of the song "Before I'm Gone." J. Cole has also been pegged to open for Drake on the rapper's upcoming European tour. ( Rap-Up, RapRadar)
(Reporting by Emma Gaedeke, Megan Vick and Walter Frazier)