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by The Concordian March 8, 2011
Music in the News

Stars feeling Gaddawful

A slew of musicians have been urged to donate what’s being called “Gaddafi blood money” to charity after a WikiLeaks cable revealed that performers such as Usher, Jay-Z and Lionel Richie were paid substantial sums to perform for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his entourage. In a gesture of penitence, performers such as Beyonce and Nelly Furtado donated their profits to various worthy causes, while others expressed regret at the part that they played in the affair.

In a statement, Mariah Carey said: “I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for. I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess. Ultimately we as artists are to be held accountable. Going forward, this is a lesson for all artists to learn from. We need to be more aware and take more responsibility regardless of who books our shows.” Furtado, on the other hand, tweeted : “In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min.

Show for guests at a hotel in Italy. I am going to donate the $.”


Courtney Love in the hole for $430,000

Fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir’s lawsuit against Hole frontwoman Courtney Love over comments the singer made about her via social networking sites has reportedly been settled out of court for $430,000. Simorangkir claimed that Love’s vicious comments, which included references to prostitution, drug dealing and a history of assault and battery, ruined her business. Shortly after having the charges brought against her, Love tweeted: “The end. Am shutting down all social media tomorrow first thing, from here on in I have NO Comment, includes Facebook.”


Zombie will not be digging Crue’s Dirt

Rob Zombie and Mötley Crüe fans had something to cheer about recently when it was widely reported that the shock rocker was on board to direct the screen adaptation of Motley Crue’s 2001 memoir “The Dirt – Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band.” Turns out it was too good to be true. Zombie, in an interview with Undercover.fm, squarely stated, “No, I’m not doing the Motley Crue movie. I don’t know where that came from.” The rumor purportedly started in an interview with Crue drummer Tommy Lee on Billboard.com, where the website had stated that the film “is now on track with Rob Zombie as its director.”


Richards can’t keep daughter under his thumb

Theodora Richards, the 25-year-old model better known as the daughter of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, was charged for “criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, making graffiti and possession of a graffiti-making instrument” while scribbling on the wall of a SoHo convent. Police say Richards had used a red acrylic paint marker to write “T [Heart] A”, which she told anti-crime unit officers represented herself and her sister, Alexandra. The officers reportedly found white pills they believed to be hydrocodine and a small amount of pot on her person before taking her in. The second-generation Stone is due in court April 21 and faces up to a year of jail time if she is convicted of the misdemeanorr charges.

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