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'VH1 Divas Salute the Troops' airs Sunday

New York -- Anticipation is mounting over a concert called "VH1 Divas Salute The Troops" to be televised Sunday, VH1 officials in New York City said.

The USO Presents "VH1 Divas Salute The Troops" concert features a passel of performers, including host Katy Perry, Sugarland, Grace Potter, and Ann and Nancy Wilson, VH1 said Saturday.

The show will be televised on VH1, and internationally on the Armed Forces Network.

VH1's newest divas, Katy Perry, Keri Hilson and Jennifer Nettles, open the show, paying homage to the troops with the classic Army song "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."

Rapper Wiz Khalifa arrested on marijuana charges

Rapper Wiz Khalifa was arrested in North Carolina Monday night on drug charges following a concert, according to multiple online published reports.

Lil Wayne released from prison

New York -- Hip-hop star Lil Wayne has been released from New York's Rikers Island jail complex after serving eight months for attempted weapon possession, officials said.

The rapper admitted in October 2009 to having a loaded gun on his bus after a New York concert. said his family and friends are planning a welcome home party for him this weekend in Miami.

Lil Wayne's latest album "I Am Not a Human Being" is No. 4 on the Billboard 200 this week.

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Lovato quits tour, enters rehab

Los Angeles -- Demi Lovato's publicist says the U.S. singer-actress has left the Jonas Brothers concert tour and is seeking treatment for "emotional and physical issues."

Lovato, 18, is best known for her work in the "Camp Rock" TV movies and on the series "Sonny with a Chance."

She has been touring with the Jonas Brothers in recent months but her publicist told she quit during the weekend and checked into a treatment center for "emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time."

The name of the facility and the nature of Lovato's "issues" were not disclosed.

Guard's ear bitten off by rock concert fan

Orebero, Sweden -- A drunken fan bit off part of a security guard's ear at an American hard rock band's concert in Sweden, authorities said.

The 40-year-old man was arrested by police on suspicion of aggravated assault during Friday night's concert by W.A.S.P. at the Conventum arena in Orebro in central Sweden, the Swedish news agency TT/The Local reported.

The man was extremely drunk when he bit the guard so hard that part of his ear came off, the local Nerikes Allehanda newspaper reported.

Police put the attacker in jail until he sobered up, and formally charged him after later questioning.

W.A.S.P. is on tour in Sweden, with dates in Malmo and Gothenburg scheduled for Sunday and Monday.

Katherine Jackson suing AEG

Los Angeles -- Katherine Jackson is suing AEG Live, alleging the U.S. concert producers didn't provide proper medical care for her son Michael, court records show.

Michael Jackson died June 25, 2009, at the age of 50. An investigation showed lethal levels of anesthesia and sedatives in his system.

Dr. Conrad Murray is awaiting trial on involuntary manslaughter in connection with the pop star's death, which happened while he was rehearsing for a series of AEG-produced concerts.

TMZ said Katherine Jackson's lawsuit claims the company breached its agreement to provide physical care for her son and was negligent in hiring Murray as his personal physician.

Murray is accused of administering the drugs to Michael Jackson to help him sleep.

Man ticketed to and from concert

George, Wash. -- Police in Washington state said a man who was ticketed for speeding on his way to a Dave Matthews Band concert was cited again on his way home.

State Patrol troopers based in East King County said they pulled the man over for going nearly 20 mph over the Interstate 90 speed limit after the concert Saturday night at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, The Seattle Times reported Wednesday.

Troopers said a message the man, who was not identified, had scrawled on his car revealed to them that he had been pulled over earlier in the evening in Kittitas County.

"One speeding ticket 2 Dave -- $113," the back window of the man's car read. "Seeing DMB at the Gorge -- PRICELESS."

Sellout crowds for Rappers Eminem, Jay-Z

Detroit -- Rappers Eminem and Jay-Z will perform together in two concerts in Detroit and two at Yankee Stadium in what promoters say are landmark events.

All four of the shows are sold out and it will take more than 50 semi-trucks to move concert sets, lighting, audio and video equipment from Detroit to New York City, the Detroit Free Press said Sunday.

The Detroit concerts will be held on Sept. 2 and 3; the New York events will occur on Sept. 13 and 14.

Ailing Bieber reschedules N.Y. fair date

Syracuse, N.Y. -- An illness forced teen singing sensation Justin Bieber to reschedule his concert at the New York State Fair to Wednesday, state fair officials said.

On the fair's Web site, officials said they were notified Saturday that Bieber's concert Sunday had to be rescheduled.

Because of the change, promoters for Bieber were forced to reschedule an appearance in Manchester, N.H., scheduled for Wednesday to Dec. 9 to accommodate the new fair date, WKBW-TV, Buffalo, N.Y., reported.

"i'm gonna be ok just need 2 rest but i wanted all of u 2 know i never want to let any of u down. ever," Bieber, 16, said Sunday on his Twitter page.

Phish fan tumbles 25 feet at concert

New York -- An unidentified Phish fan suffered massive head trauma when he plunged 25 feet from a balcony at New York's Jones Beach theater during a concert, police said.

The man fell headfirst over a railing from the top mezzanine just before 10 p.m. Wednesday and was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in critical condition, law enforcement sources told the New York Daily News.

No one below the balcony was hurt in the incident, which took place when the band was on a set break, the newspaper reported.

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