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.