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Justin Bieber's Water Balloon Skirmish
Justin Bieber had a brief run-in with the law on Sunday (Sept. 9) before taking the stage at a Maryland state fair. The pop star was reportedly "horsing around" and tossing water balloons backstage when he targeted two state troopers with the balloons, who were less than enthused. The troopers did not report the incident, but a spokeperson for Bieber called the act "inapproriate behavior." (People)
Fantasia Cracks an Aspirin Joke
Fantasia Barrino, who landed in the hospital after overdosing on aspirin and a sleep aid, is ready to joke about the incident after just one month. TMZ caught her on camera saying, with a laugh, that since the attempt, she's only taken Tylenol. ( TMZ)
M.I.A. Takes Aim at Red-Heads?
On her upcoming fall dates, M.I.A. will take aim at "gingers" in each city she visits. The singer announced her "Red-Headed Massacre" Tour today, noting that "gingers" will be invited to participate in her concerts before she "eliminates" them between sets. The act, which is a statement on genocide, keeps in line with the video for M.I.A.'s "Born Free." ( Tiny Mix Tapes)
Marc Anthony Partners with Gucci for Tour
Marc Anthony has announced that Gucci will dress him for the U.S. leg of his 2010 tour, which kicks off tonight (Sept. 10) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Anthony will sport made-to-order Gucci suits during his 12 North American dates, which end Oct. 30.
M. Ward, Death Cab's Walla on Zeppelin Tribute Album
Jealous Butcher Records has announced the Oct. 9 release of "From The Land of Ice And Snow: The Songs of Led Zeppelin," a covers album to the legendary rockers, according to TwentyFourBit. The double-disc release will feature contributions from M. Ward, Laura Veirs and Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla. ( TwentyFourBit)
Jack White Helming New Wanda Jackson Album
Jack White has produced "The Party Ain't Over," the forthcoming album from rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson due in January. Jackson was honored last night in Nashville at the Americana Awards along with John Mellencamp, Luke Lewis and others.
(Reporting by Jason Lipshutz, Jillian Mapes, and Leila Cobo)