With Brainwashed—the album on which 1992 Billboard Century Award honoree George Harrison was working at the time of his death almost one year ago—the Beatles' other songwriter has left us with a transcendent musical postcard.
The basic concept for this two-disc set is compelling: 1995 Billboard Century Award Honoree Joni Mitchell revisits 22 songs from her rich catalog, rerecording them with a 70-piece orchestra, a 13-person choir, and a backing band that includes keyboardist Herbie Hancock and saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
Britney Spears is no longer a restaurateur as she has pulled out of Nyla, the New York eatery she opened just five months ago. The pop star, who turns 21 on Monday (Dec. 2), said in a statement that she has "terminated her relationship" with the restaurant she formed a partnership with in March because of mismanagement and "management's failure to keep her fully apprised."
A judge has reduced a civil judgment against Sean "Puffy"/"P. Diddy" Combs to $450,000, overturning $2 million in punitive damages against the rap-music icon. Judge William Z. Wood of Forsyth Superior Court in Winston-Salem, N.C., said Combs still must pay compensatory damages to Cedrick Bobby Lemon, who sued Combs.
Drummer Tony McCarroll, a founding member of British rock group Oasis, has lost his bid to sue the band's lawyers over his firing because he waited too long to start legal action. Yesterday (Nov. 28), London's High Court threw out the claim by McCarroll that solicitors Statham Gill Davies had negligently handled Oasis's 1993 recording agreement with Sony, allowing the band to get rid of him instantly without compensation.
Tuesday night's second season premiere of "The Osbournes," the reality series about heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne's unorthodox family and home life, drew 6.6 million viewers, according to MTV. Ratings for the show were up 84 percent compared to the first season's premiere, and viewership rivaled that of the highest-rated episode last season, the music channel said.