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Britney Files for Divorce; Michael Jackson to Release New Album


Who didn't see this coming? Britney Spears has filed for divorce from her husband of two years Kevin Federline. She cited "irreconcilable differences" in the divorce papers. Sources claim Britney informed Kevin of her decision to divorce him via a text message, while he was in Canada doing an interview for cable television station MuchMusic. They reportedly have a pre-nuptial agreement that will take care of financial issues, but she's requesting custody of the couple's two children, one-year-old Sean Preston and two-month-old Jayden James. Kevin's spokesperson, Michael Sands, says, "Kevin is prepared to go the distance…to protect and safeguard the children and will not be intimidated or dissuaded."

On November 14, Epic Records will release the Michael Jackson CD/DVD box set, Visionary - The Video Singles. Twenty of his biggest hits will be included on the collection and the DVD side will contain their videos. In other news, Michael has announced that he'll perform "Thriller" at the November 15 World Music Awards in London. During the ceremony, he'll receive the Diamond Award for selling more than 100 million albums.

The U.K. Music Hall of Fame inductions will be held on November 14 in London. This year's inductees include Bon Jovi, James Brown, Brian Wilson, Dusty Springfield, Led Zeppelin and Rod Stewart. In the non-performer category, Beatles producer Sir George Martin will receive honorary membership for his contributions to British music.

Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, will release his first pop album in 28 years on November 14. An Other Cup comes 40 years after the release of his first single, "I Love My Dog." Rick Nowells, who has worked with Dido and Madonna, produced the new album, which includes a cover of the Animals' "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." In other news, Yusuf will be among the performers at the December 11 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway.

Van Halen's lineup has recently changed. Bassist Michael Anthony is being replaced by founding member Eddie Van Halen's son, 15-year-old Wolfgang Van Halen. The group is currently rehearsing for a 2007 tour without a lead singer. Rumors claim David Lee Roth will rejoin the group. Billboard.com quoted Roth as saying, "I see it absolutely as an inevitability."

NEW ALBUM RELEASES

New albums scheduled for release on November 14 include: "I'm In the Mood For Love…The Most Romantic Melodies of All Time" by Kenny G, "Liberation" by Mya, "10" by Brian McKnight, "10 Days Out: Blues From the Backroad" by Kenny Wayne Shepherd, "Tenacious D In the Pick of Destiny" by Tenacious D, "Between Friends" by Tamia, "Ruby's Torch" by Nanci Grifith, "Twenty Five" by George Michael and "Bianca Ryan" by Bianca Ryan (12-year-old "America's Got Talent" reality show winner).

AWARDS PRESENTATIONS/WINNERS

Nominations for the 33rd annual People's Choice Awards have been announced. The awards, which honor entertainers in film, television and music, will take place in Los Angeles on January 9, 2007. Here are the nominees in the eight music categories. Favorite Female Singer - Faith Hill, Shakira and Carrie Underwood; Favorite Male Singer - Trace Adkins, Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith; Favorite Group - Black Eyed Peas, Nickelback and the Red Hot Chili Peppers; Favorite R&B Song - "Ain't No Other Man" by Christina Aguilera, "SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake and "Shake It Off" by Mariah Carey; Favorite Hip-Hop Song - "Grillz" by Nelly; "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire and "Shake That" by Eminem; Favorite Pop Song - "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira, "Promiscuous" by Nelly Furtado and "Stupid Girls" by Pink; Favorite Country Song - "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood, "What Hurts The Most" by Rascal Flatts and "When the Stars Go Blue" by Tim McGraw; Favorite Rock Song - "Call Me When You're Sober" by Evanescence, "Dani California" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and "Who Says You Can't Go Home" by Bon Jovi.

TOUR DATES AND INFORMATION

A couple of good tours are being planned for 2007. Rod Stewart will support his new rock album, Still the Same, with a 56-city North American trek that begins on January 12 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. And, Genesis is reuniting for their first tour in 15 years. Original members Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks will kick off a 20-date European stadium tour in Helsinki, Finland on June 11. After wrapping up the European leg, the group plans to perform some U.S. shows.

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