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Celebrity hospital treats Houston’s daughter for stress after pop singer’s death

A day after the death of her 48-year-old pop start mother Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina Brown on Sunday rushed to Cedars Sinai hospital for stress treatment, police said.

Kristina, 18, was released shortly afterwards. “She was having some anxiety and she was transported to Cedars Sinai,” a spokesman for the Beverly Hills Police Department told AFP, without going into details.

Houston’s untimely demise stunned the music world on Saturday. Her body was discovered from her room along with several pills including Xanax, which is used for anxiety treatment, at Beverly Hilton hotel.

Kristina is daughter of Houston and singer Bobby Brown.

Lady Gaga announces ‘Born This Way Ball’ tour

Listen up “Little Monsters.” Lady Gaga has just unveiled dates for her “Born This Way Ball” tour in Southeast Asia and Australia. Dates for Europe, Latin American and North America will follow shortly.

Gaga has been tweeting about the tour, revealing some details and photos. On Feb. 7, the singer unveiled a sketch of what the star calls “The Monster Pit,” a general admission area that she says, “Little Monsters unlock when they arrive to the arena or stadium.”

The tour kicks off with 15 shows throughout Southeast Asia and Japan through early June. Then Gaga heads to Australia for 15 more shows ending in July.

After traveling Down Under, Gaga will head to Europe in August. Latin America will follow towards the end of 2012, and then Gaga hits North America in the first quarter of 2013.

On Wednesday, Gaga said “The Born This Way Ball” will perform 110 shows around the world.

The tour will be guided by Live Nation Global Touring CEO Arthur Fogel and his team, who also manned the helm during Gaga’s monster “Monster Ball” tour in 2010-11, which grossed $188 million from 167 shows.

The “Monster Ball” tour landed Gaga at No. 84 on Billboard’s recent “Power 100″ list. It also put her on the map as a major focus in the music arena and as a high-grossing touring artist.

Lenny Kravitz to play Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show

Rock superstar Lenny Kravitz has performed at venues all over the globe but on Feb. 26 he’ll stand before more that 100,000 when he plays a pre-race concert before the Daytona 500.

Kravitz, a four-time Grammy Award winner, will perform the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show, the pre-race extravaganza — shown by FOX — leading up to the start of “The Great American Race” at Daytona International Speedway.

“Lenny Kravitz is an iconic performer and multi-talented musician – he will deliver a rousing performance prior to the start of the 54th Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Race fans will experience a first-class, heart-pounding pre-race show that will serve as the perfect prelude to what will be an historic and thrilling afternoon of NASCAR racing on the high banks of Daytona.”

He has sold more than 35 million albums and is the only musician in history to win the Grammy for best male vocals in rock music four times consecutively.

The world-renown musician will perform three songs prior to the start of the 54th annual Daytona 500 – the season-opening event in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Kravitz’s ninth album, Black and White America, was released in 2011 and features a mixture of funk and hard rock hits like “Stand,” “Rock Star City Life” and his new single “Push.”

After a European tour, Kravitz recently kicked off his first American outing in five years in January. The 20-city tour will wrap up in Miami on Feb. 25.

Kravitz joins a long list of stars names that have performed in the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show that includes Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey and Brad Paisley.

Shake up at the ‘X Factor’

Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones have all been x-ed from the “X Factor.”

The first season’s host, Jones confirmed his departure on Twitter Monday afternoon. Fox confirmed Scherzinger’s exit also on Monday, and confirmation that fellow judge Adbul won’t be back is imminent, sources say.

It appears that the show’s producers were looking to make a clean sweep and are looking for new talent to replace the two axed judges and host.

The show scored very decent ratings, but hasn’t lived up to creator Simon Cowell’s expectations.

Cowell commented last summer that he hoped “X Factor” would top “American Idol” as the country’s top-rated show. How, it failed to gain viewers from the roughly 12.49 million who watched its September debut. “X Factor earned only half of Cowell’s “American Idol” ratings in its first season, which wrapped in December.

Newt wants Brad to play him in movie

If they ever make a movie about Newt Gingrich, the Republican presidential hopeful known for his ego wants Brad Pitt to portray him, TMZ reports.

Gingrich picked the A-list actor even though he admits they don’t look alike, and that Pitt is younger, better built, and better looking.

Gingrich said in an interview with the “Rich Stevens Radio Show” about selecting Pitt to play him, “Look if you’re gonna go for it… You gotta relax and just, you know, let your imagination soar.”

New Santas learn how to respond to kids’ requests during a recession

Instead of Ho! Ho! Ho!, today’s Santas are bellowing Woe! Woe! Woe!

It’s the tough economic environment and the high unemployment rate that has this year’s Santas changing their tune. At the nation’s oldest school for Santa wannabees in Midland, MI, Santas are getting trained in some new lessons.

For nearly 75 years, students at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School vying to wear the big red suit, fuzzy white beard, and big jelly belly, little has changed in Santa training. A proper Santa should have clean breath, his beard should be trimmed and styled just so, and his laugh should be deep and hearty.

But this year, Santas must learn how to gently scale back children’s Christmas gift expectations as lists grow long while wallet remain slim. They must also be prepared to answer a frequent request among kids during the current economic slump: “Can you bring my parent a job?”

Santa alumni say that Santas have to be sure to never promise anything. Sometimes they have to be creative and remind children that Santa specializes in toys.

And kids need to know that Christmas isn’t just about toys, gifts and presents. It is about spreading joy and cheer and giving and receiving the best gift of all–love.

Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife arrested in Colorado

Brooke Mueller, the ex-wife of actor Charlie Sheen, was arrested early Saturday in Colorado and charged with assault and cocaine possession, police reported. Just before midnight on Friday, police encountered a woman at a bar and performance venue in Aspen called the Belly Up, who claimed that Mueller was “the aggressor” in an assault, according to a news release from the Colorado city’s police department.

Shortly later, Mueller, 34, was found at another bar, Escobar, Aspen police said. She was arrested with more than 4 grams of cocaine. Mueller was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, which is a felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

After posting $11,000 bond, Mueller was released. A court date has been set for Dec. 19.

Mueller has appeared in several movies, but is perhaps best known for her rocky marriage to Charlie Sheen. The two share custody of young twin boys.

The boys and Mueller played a leading role in Sheen’s volatile and public fall-out with CBS earlier in 2011, which ultimately led to his dismissal from the hit comedy series “Two and a Half Men.”

In March, Mueller claimed Sheen threatened to kill her. Sheen downplayed the allegations and said they were “colorful.”

Mueller has sought treatment for substance abuse and stress related issues in the past.

It is unclear where the two boys were at the time of Mueller’s arrest.

Sinead O’Connor to wed for fourth time

Sinead O’Connor is walking down the aisle for the fourth time Thursday, her 45th birthday.

The Irish singer posted an announcement of her pending nuptials on her official website: ” With enormous joy myself and my boyfriend Barry Herridge will be getting married Dec. 8, 2011, at an un-disclosed location in my absolute dream wedding ceremony.”

O’Connor ended her third marriage to friend and collaborator Steve Cooney in April after just eight months.

The singer has four children from previous relationships. She was previously married to music producer John Reynolds and journalist Nicholas Sommerland.

Nicki Minaj always wants to ‘experiment’.

The singer is well known for her eccentric style and ever-changing hair colour.

Nicki can’t help but play around with her appearance. She finds it boring to look the same every day.

‘I’ll just wake up and feel I want to try something new and experiment,’ she told the January edition of UK magazine Glamour.

The star also revealed what she respects in her fellow woman.

Nicki likes people to remain realistic and achieve their goals, rather than aim too high and fail.

She believes it is easier to succeed by setting lots of small aims rather than having one huge aspiration.

She is also impressed by women who know their own minds.

‘I appreciate someone who knows what she wants, who sets realistic goals and achieves them,’ she said simply.

Nicki has recently released her new single Roman in Moscow. It is the first track from her upcoming album, which is due to be released next year.

Taylor Swift wins big at American Music Awards 2011

The American Music Awards is not as prestigious as the Grammy Awards, and it lacks the edginess of the MTV Video Music Awards, but it is a big awards show nonetheless.

This year’s ceremony was broadcast from Los Angeles on Sunday night. Performers included an out-of-breath Jennifer Lopez, a matured Justin Bieber and an over-the-top Nicki Minaj.

Taylor Swift was the night’s big winner. On the heels of her recent win for the coveted Country Music Award for Entertainer of the Year, Swift won for Country Female Artist; Country Album (Speak Easy), and Artist of the Year

Other winner included British artist Adele, who is recovering from vocal cord surgery. Nominated for four awards, the singer/songer went home with three: Adult Contemporary Artist, Pop/Rock Female Artist and  Pop/Rock album for “21.”  The Foo Fighters won for Alternative Rock Artist; Blake Shelton won Country Male Artist; Lady Antebellum won for Country Band, Duo or Group; and Jennifer Lopez received the award for Latin Music Artist.

Bruno Mars won for Pop/Rock male Artist. Maroon 5 took home the award for Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group. And Nicki Minaj won both Rap/Hip-Hop artist and Rap/Hip-Hop album for “Pink Friday.”

Beyonce was named Soul/R&B Female Artist and Usher took the male category. Rihanna won the Soul/R&B Album for “Loud,” and Hot Chelle Rae was named New Artist of the Year.

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