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Billboard Bits: Rihanna Talks Chris Brown Restraining Order, Miley Cyrus Disses Rebecca Black
Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.
Rihanna on Chris Brown: 'We Don't Have to Talk Ever Again in My Life'
In her Rolling Stone cover story, Rihanna reveals why she agreed to loosen the stipulations of a restraining order against ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. "I just didn't want to make it more difficult for him professionally. What he did was a personal thing -- it had nothing to do with his career. Saying he has to be a hundred feet away from me, he can't perform at awards shows -- that definitely made it difficult for him." But the "S&M" singer assures that "it doesn't mean we're gonna make up, or even talk again," adding she and Brown "don't have to talk ever again in my life." (Rolling Stone)
Miley Cyrus on Rebecca Black: 'You Shouldn't Just Be Able to Put a Song on YouTube and Go on Tour'
Miley Cyrus recently expressed her feelings toward YouTube phenomenons such as Rebecca Black. "It should be harder to be an artist," said Cyrus of the "Friday" singer's overnight success during an interview with Australia's Daily Telegraph. "You shouldn't just be able to put a song on YouTube and go on tour." (Daily Telegraph via Us Weekly)
Jonathan Groff Returning To 'Glee'
A source close to "Glee" has confirmed that Jonathan Groff will return to the show as Rachel Berry's ex-boyfriend and Vocal Adrenaline member Jesse St. James. According to the source, Jesse will return for the final three episodes of the Fox show's current season in order to apologize to Rachel -- and perhaps win her back. (TV Line)
Rapper Jim Jones Arrested in New York
After cruising down a bus lane in his Bentley in NYC's SoHo neighborhood today, rapper Jim Jones was arrested after police discovered his license had previously been suspended. Jones was released from custody and faces a court appearance. (NY Post)
Lupe Fiasco, Sean Paul To Headline JazzReggae Festival
Lupe Fiasco and Sean Paul will headline UCLA's 25th Annual JazzReggae Festival in Los Angeles. The event is scheduled for May 29 and 30, with tickets going on sale on Apr. 1. The rest of the lineup is yet to be announced.
(Reporting by Jillian Mapes, Ricardo Gomez and Katie Morgan)