A federal judge in New York blocked the deportation of Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters on Friday (Dec. 27), giving the rapper fresh hope of winning his battle to stay in the U.S. Judge Kimba Wood's decision allows Walters, 37, to fight a deportation order stemming from his attempted murder conviction for shooting a cousin, the cousin's pregnant girlfriend, and a bystander.
2001 - Frankie Gaye, younger brother of Marvin Gaye, dies of complications following a heart attack. He is 60. Frankie's combat experiences during the Vietnam War are said to have greatly influenced his older brother's legendary album ""What's Going On.""
Page Hamilton has spent a long time under the rock radar since his revered alternative metal band Helmet disbanded in 1998 after five studio albums. Since then, the singer/guitarist has contributed his talents to movie scores, remixes with such renowned artists as David Bowie and Trent Reznor, and even some guitar work on a couple of new Limp Bizkit songs. But Hamilton is hoping his new band, Gandhi, will generate a little more buzz.
1999 - Sean "Puffy" Combs is arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon when a gun is found in his vehicle after he leaves a chaotic scene at a New York club where three people are shot. Jennifer Lopez, who is with him at the time of the arrest, is questioned and released. The following day, Combs (and his lawyer) meet with the press to deny any involvement in the shooting.
With sales inflated from the flow of last-minute Christmas shoppers, Shania Twain's "Up!" (Mercury Nashville) saw gains of 22% and tops The Billboard 200 for a fifth straight week. The set moved 459,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. But the Eminem-led soundtrack to "8 Mile" (Shady/Interscope) made it a tight race, with a sales gain of 49% to 405,000 units fueling a 5-2 jump on the chart. Eminem's single "Lose Yourself" leads Billboard's Hot 100 for the seventh straight week.
The Queen of Soul will be on hand as Michigan's first woman governor is sworn in next week. Aretha Franklin is scheduled to sing the national anthem during the inaugural festivities Jan. 1 in Lansing, Gov.-elect Jennifer Granholm said.
Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight charged his arrest for alleged parole violations was a misguided effort by police to salvage their investigation of a string of homicides. Knight, 37, was taken into Los Angeles Police Department custody Monday after meeting with his parole officer. The violations involve his alleged association with reputed gang members and could bring him another year in prison, authorities said. He remains in jail without bail.
Veteran glam-metal band Twisted Sister, best known for the '80s hits "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock," will reunite for at least two shows next summer. The New York-based quintet is confirmed for the Sweden Rock festival on June 8 and the Bang Your Head festival in Germany on June 28. Guitarist Jay Jay French says the band hopes to announce additional dates soon.
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