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Originally posted 09/29/2011 10:00AM
Wilmer Valderrama beat out a cast of famous faces – including Jeremy Piven, Christina Hendricks, Rob Lowe and Jane Lynch – in a mean game of Angry Birds for charity at the HP TouchSmart gift lounge in L.A. And he celebrated his victory appropriately – by jumping up and down, smiling. Despite winning three games, the actor was trounced in the end by Akon.
Originally posted 12/11/2010 10:00AM
In 2007, Michael Jackson began working on new music that he wouldn't live to finish.
Since the King of Pop's untimely death, several producers and songwriters have picked up where he left off, finishing the album, Michael, out Dec. 14.
"I think he'd be very proud," says producer Tricky Stewart, who worked on "Keep Your Head Up." "If I didn't think he's be proud, I wouldn't do this."
Originally posted 12/17/2008 12:30PM
Akon pleaded guilty to harassment Wednesday for throwing a fan off stage during a June 2007 concert.
The singer, 35, must pay a $250 fine and perform 65 hours of community service, but he will serve no jail time, the Associated Press reports.
Last year, Akon entered a not guilty plea in a Fishkill, N.Y., courtroom, disputing that he threw a teenager off the stage in a minor league baseball stadium near Poughkeepsie. A nearby concertgoer alleged that she suffered a concussion when the teen landed on her.
Originally posted 11/30/2008 03:00PM
The titles of his albums tell a story: First, Akon was in Trouble, then he was Konvicted. Now, with his current album, the hip-hop star is enjoying Freedom.
The Senegal-born singer sits down with PEOPLE in an exclusive interview to talk about his recent collaboration with Michael Jackson, working with New Kids on the Block and his thoughts about President-elect Barack Obama.
You did some work with Michael Jackson earlier in the year with 25th Anniversary of Thriller. How did you riff off each other musically?
Akon: The collaboration was incredible. From the first moment we actually met each other face-to-face it seemed like we had know each other for years. I was always a big fan, I knew everything about him. It was just astonishing to me that he knew a lot about me, and he was a fan of me as well. We clicked instantly.
Originally posted 04/18/2008 01:15PM
Danny Federici, Bruce Springsteen's longtime keyboardist, died April 17 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The 58-year-old E Street Band member had been fighting melanoma for three years. "Danny and I worked together for 40 years – he was the most wonderfully fluid keyboard player and a pure natural musician. I loved him very much ... we grew up together," Springsteen wrote on his website. The band has postponed their concerts in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights.
Originally posted 12/06/2007 01:25PM
Called upon on Thursday to be one of the announcers of the 50th annual Grammy Awards nominations, country star Taylor Swift heard her own name announced by the Foo Fighters – she's in the running as best new artist.
That was all the 17-year-old had to hear. Flush with excitement, an ecstatic Swift rushed right over to Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins and hugged them like crazy.
Not to be outdone, fellow announcer George Lopez reached over and embraced Swift.
Originally posted 12/03/2007 11:00AM
Singer Akon pleaded not guilty to charges Monday in connection with an incident in June in which he threw a fan off a concert stage – and allegedly caused another fan in the crowd to suffer a concussion.
Akon, 34, entered his plea in a courtroom in Fishkill, N.Y., where the concert took place this summer, the Associated Press reports. He faces misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree harassment.
Originally posted 11/30/2007 07:40AM
The YouTube clip of Akon tossing a 15-year-old fan into the crowd of a concert has come back to haunt him: Police are slapping the hip-hop star with criminal charges after a fan said she suffered a concussion in the incident.
Akon is due in a Fishkill, N.Y., courtroom Monday to be arraigned on misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree harassment, the Associated Press reports.
During the June concert, Akon threw the audience member from the stage into the crowd. According to AP, the boy landed on another fan, Abby Rosa, who told the Poughkeepsie Journal that she suffered a concussion.
There was no immediate comment from Akon's camp.
Originally posted 06/06/2007 07:00PM
The singer Akon has agreed to cooperate with police in the investigation of a fan-tossing incident, but believes he didn't commit any crimes, his lawyer said Thursday.
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