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Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on June 12, 2007

A Quick Serving of News and Gossip from the Music Biz

All five Spice Girls are getting back together for six live shows and a greatest hits album featuring new songs. The new material is said to be updated renditions of the traditional sound the group produced during their peak in popularity in the late ’90s.

Are wedding bells in store for Beyoncé and Jay-Z? Word has it that Jay popped the question when the two were attending the Cannes Film Festival and promised B “the biggest diamond she could fit on her finger” and that theirs would be the “hip-hop wedding to end all hip-hop weddings.” Love’s also influencing a collabo between Ashlee Simpson and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz. The girlfriend and boyfriend are working on a song for her forthcoming album.

Perpetually busy Justin Timberlake will contribute production and vocals to the single “The Only Promise That Remains,” one of the tracks from Reba McEntire’s upcoming duets album. He’ll also be producing and contributing vocals to Duran Duran’s next album, which we’ll also be blessed with production work from Danjahandz and Timbaland. Additionally, Timberlake will be developing Emsée Denters, a Dutch singer who rose to popularity by covering Shakira and Beyoncé tunes on YouTube and was recently announced as the first act on his Tennman Records label.

Hi-Five’s Tony Thompson died last week of a drug overdose at the age of 31. The Waco, Texas native had recently reunited with the group, whose hits included “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)” and “She’s Playing Hard To Get.” Thompson released his solo album Sexsational in 1995.

As if Paris Hilton didn’t have enough problems, her former record label, publishing company and songwriter/producer are being sued by UB40’s label for copyright infringement. UB40’s label says Hilton’s “The Stars Are Blind” takes samples from the group’s hit “Kingston Town.” Fortunately, since Hilton has been dropped by the Warner Bros. label, she is not being sued directly.

Also facing legal trouble is Akon. The singer was recorded picking up and throwing a teenage fan into the crowd at one of his shows after the minor had thrown something towards the stage. A crowd member, who said she received a concussion when the teenager landed on her, said she had hired a lawyer. The teenager has not pressed any charges and was not reported to have experienced any injuries.

Kylie Minogue will soon be releasing her next album, White Diamond, but songs are already being leaked online. Her label denies that as many as 10 songs had been released to create buzz for the upcoming project. DJ Z-Trip is buzzing about his next endeavor, as he’ll be producing the soundtrack to All-Pro Football 2K8, a new video game that will be released in July, featuring original songs, remixes and mash-ups.

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