Britney Covers Bobby Brown on New CD
PREVIEWED: Britney Spears's next CD will be a greatest-hits package that includes a cover of Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative," MTV News reports. The single will hit radio stations on Sept. 14, prior to the release of the CD – titled Greatest Hits: My Prerogative – on Nov. 16. That same day will also see the sale of the new Destiny's Child studio album, which will capitalize on CD/DVD flip-side technology, according to the group's manager, Mathew Knowles. The album will feature songs by the trio, as well as turns by the individual members, Billboard reports. Flip it over, and you have a DVD.
CONCLUDED: More than 60,000 fans showed up to watch Phish give its final performances Sunday at a festival in northeastern Vermont, the jam band's home state. With no introduction, bassist Mike Gordon took the lead vocals and worked the crowd into a frenzy with the Phish classic "Mike's Song," to begin the first of three farewell sets, the Associated Press reports. The band announced their breakup in May, saying that the weekend concerts would be their last.
TREATED: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, 63, is being treated for throat cancer and is about to conclude a six-week course of radiation at a hospital near his London home, says a spokesman for the band. Watts, a former smoker who has not smoked since the 1960s, was first diagnosed with the disease in June. Said the spokesman: "He is expecting to make a full recovery and start work with the rest of the band later in the year."
ANTICIPATED: Caroline Rhea, 40, is expected to be named host of The Biggest Loser, an upcoming NBC reality series pits contestants against one another to lose weight, says the Hollywood Reporter. NBC describes the series as a "life-altering" competition that would employ medically sound weight-loss techniques to help contestants change their lives and lifestyles without resorting to surgery to shed pounds. No premiere date has been announced.
RATED: Friday night's opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Athens attracted 56 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen results. NBC carried the festivities. Viewership topped the 51 million who tuned into the Friends finale last May, but it was less than the 89 million who caught this year's Super Bowl (on CBS).
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