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Lil Wayne Declined Bieber Collabo, Wants To Work With Justin Timberlake

Lil Wayne’s new album Tha Charter IV is due out August 22, but that Lil Wayne Justin Bieber collabo you’ve been dreaming about won’t be  on it. “That’s my little homie now,” Wayne says about Bieber. “He texts me every night asking me to do [his] damn song. That’s my n—-, but I can’t do it.” It turns out, however, that Wayne didn’t turn down the partnership because makes no musical sense; no, it’s because Wayne doesn’t want to ruin Bieber’s nice guy image. “Like I said, I don’t want to f— his s— up,” Wayne tells XXL Mag. We’re pretty sure Bieber will be okay either way; he’s already working with Usher, Ludacris, Lil Wayne once Justin goes all Eminem after he finishes puberty…

Every though Bieber is out, there are plenty of pretty boy singer’s Wayne is dying to work with. “But like I said, I want to work with Justin Timberlake,” he explains.”That boy got a voice; that boy can sing. He needs to come back right there on Tha Carter IV.” Please, please let this kick off some Timberlake-Bieber beef. The sweetest, most polite beef, but beef nonetheless.

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La Toya Jackson Tells VH1: “Michael Was Murdered”

Latoya Jackson was in our office yesterday and spoke with VH1 News about the death of her brother, icon Michael Jackson. She very bluntly told us, “Michael was murdered, bottom line. And these people [his management] did it.” La Toya seems both determined and desperate and she goes on to plead for help in solving what she believes is his murder, begging people who know anything to reach out to her. The second anniversary of Michael’s death is tomorrow. Do you still remember where you were when you found out he had died? Do you agree with La Toya’s belief that MJ’s death was deliberate?

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Lady Gaga Visits Tokyo To Promote Tourism, Earthquake Follows

Lady Gaga, joined by the US Ambassador, gave a press conference in Tokyo earlier today to talk about her upcoming tsunami benefit concert in the city, as well as remind everyone that its safe to visit the country. “I would like to use my position here today and all week long to run around Tokyo enjoy the beautiful city and kiss all the beautiful little monsters and scream at the top of my lungs that everyone should come visit this beautiful place.” Because nothing says “nuclear radiation isn’t an issue” like a woman with neon green hair talking about “little monsters.”

If that wasn’t ironic enough, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake actually hit the area earlier today, though no major injuries or damages have been reported. Gaga showed off a cup at the conference reading “Pray For Japan” in Japanese, which she will auction to raise funds for the area. See photos of her press conference in the galley below.

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Nicole Richie Shows Her Moves To Britney Spears In Dance-Off Video

Nicole Richie may be married to the singer from Good Charlotte, and often dress like a hippie chick, but she’s obviously got nothing against dance-pop. While getting psyched for Britney Spears‘ gig in LA last night, Nicole showed off her dance moves to I’m A Slave 4 U” in the above clip. “Do You REALLY want to challenge me to a Britney dance-off?” she queries a pal in the opening text. “Okkaaaaaayyyy……” Though she doesn’t quite nail the choreography (who could?), she was obviously happy enough with the outcome to write “who’s next?” at the end of the clip. We’re crossing our fingers it’s the Madden twins who take the challenge.

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Amy Winehouse Cancels Entire Tour, Headed Back To Rehab?

Looks like she might need more than two weeks to get herself together. Amy Winehouse canceled a handful of dates after her Belgrade concert last weekend devolved into a seemingly drunken s—show, and now it looks like she’s scrapped her current European tour altogether. “[Amy] is withdrawing from all scheduled performances,” said a representative. “Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen.”

While there has been no announcement of where she’s off to, it seems likely that the “Rehab” singer, who spent a week in rehab last month to prepare for the tour, could be headed back there now. Though it’s almost been five years since the release of her breakthrough album Back In Black, it hardly looks like we’ll be getting a follow-up anytime soon.

See video from Winehouse’s disastrous concert last weekeend after the jump.

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Amy Winehouse Bombs In Belgrade, Cancels Shows

Maybe she knew this would get bigger headlines than a good show? Amy Winehouse canceled several shows on her current European tour after Saturday’s opening concert in Belgrade consisted of 70 minutes of slurring, stumbling and shoe-tossing (she did however, hug a few fans up front). According to the Daily Mail, huge efforts were taken by her management to keep Amy nowhere near booze before the performance, but…well…yeah.

Scrapping dates in Istanbul and Athens, Winehouse won’t be back on stage until at least July 8th. “Despite feeling sure that she wanted to fulfill these commitments, she has agreed with management that she cannot perform to the best of her ability and will return home,” said her rep in a statement.  “She would like to apologize to fans expecting to see her at the shows but feels that this is the right thing to do.” Winehouse has been in out of rehab for about as long as we’ve known her name, with her last stint less than a month ago.

[Photo: Splash News Online]

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Britney Spears Kicks Off Her Femme Fatale Tour

“It’s Opening Night B—TC!!!!….” is what Britney Spears tweeted last night along with a picture of her hugging boyfriend Jason Trawick in a pretty swank green white room. And thus began Britney’s Femme Fatale tour at the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California. It looked like vintage Brit-Brit up there — she looked healthy, fit, seductive and set that stage on fire! The props! The outfits! Everything was so O.T.T and so very Britney.

Here’s just a couple of things she did — she straddled a massive sparkling guitar to begin with, rode in on a motor cycle and writhed around in a cage. We also loved the Marilyn Monroe Seven Year Itch-esque white skirt flaring out. You can see all of it in the gallery below. She’s definitely  still got it! It looks like she enjoyed being back on stage and on tour again quite too. At the end of the night, Brit tweeted, “Can’t sleep.  WAY too much Adrenaline right now. Sacramento was on fire tonight. You ready San Jose?  Cause I am!!!!” Welcome back, b—ch.

[Photos: Splash News Online]

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Joss Stone Targeted For Murder/Robbery, Two Suspects Arrested

Two men were arrested yesterday after traveling over 200 miles from Manchester to rural Devon, England, apparently with plans to rob and murder singer Joss Stone. Police found the duo with swords, rope, a body bag, maps and aerial photos of Stone’s property, after neighbors reported a car cruising slowly around the area. Stone did not appear to be home at the time of their arrest.

Stone, 24, achieved her commercial breakthrough with The Soul Sessions in 2003 and has remained one of the most successful women in British music. A close pal of Prince William & Kate Middleton, Stone was recently announced to be a member of Mick Jagger‘s new group Super Heavy, which also features Eurythmic Dave Stewart, producer A.R. Rahman and Damian Marley. Her next album is scheduled for release in July.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Selena Gomez Returns To Stage, Blames “Malnourishment” For Hospitalization

Is it that hard for a teen star to get a good meal? Selena Gomez’s hospitalization last week was apparently due to the singer being “malnourished,” according to the singer. “I was low on iron and exhausted,” she told reporters before her concert in Santa Monica yesterday, which had been rescheduled following her illness after appearing on the Tonight Show last Thursday. “If you guys came on Friday, I’m so sorry that I couldn’t be here,” she told the mall audience. “I love you guys very much…I do feel better!”

Selena’s resting at her Dallas home now. But will be back on the publicity grind before long—her new movie Monte Carlo comes out July 1st, and her new album When The Sun Goes Down drops just days earlier. Eat something, girl!

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Leighton Meester Sings Live At The Troubadour

Leighton Meester‘s giving her burgeoning music career another boost. It’s been an avenue she’s been trying to explore for a while now. Remember her Somebody to Love video with Robin Thicke? That was followed up with Your Love’s a Drug but unfortunately, both tracks tanked. But the actress can sing, guys. She isn’t half bad. And to prove that she’s a real “artist”, Leighton sang live at The Troubadour in L.A last night.

Watching her in the audience was her father and her Gossip Girl co-star Michelle Trachtenberg. However the gig went, we have to admit Leighton looked adorable. We love the bangs and the boho (but see-through) white skirt she had on. What do you think of Leighton’s musician avatar? Is this another case of a starlet trying to break into the music industry? Is she only getting gigs because she’s a “celebrity” and has contacts? Or does she have genuine talent and can go places?

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[Photos: Splash News Online]