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Rocker Ari-Up dead at 48

London -- Arianna Forster, a German-born punk rocker known as Ari-Up, has died following an undisclosed illness, her stepfather John Lydon's Web site said.

Lydon, former singer of the Sex Pistols, is married to Forster's mother, German publishing heiress Nora Forster.

Arianna Forster, 48, was a member of the British all-girl punk band The Slits.
"John and Nora have asked us to let everyone know that Nora's daughter Arianna (aka Ari-Up) died today (Wednesday, Oct. 20) after a serious illness. She will be sadly missed. Everyone at JohnLydon.com and PiLofficial.Com would like to pass on their heartfelt condolences to John, Nora and family. Rest in Peace," the message on the Web site said.

NBC's 'Sing-Off' to return in December

Los Angeles -- U.S. singer and reality television personality Nick Lachey is set to return as host of the second season of
"The Sing-Off," NBC said Thursday.

The a cappella singing competition series is being scheduled as a five-night holiday event premiering Dec. 6. The battle of voices will then continue Dec. 8, 13 and 15, culminating in a live finale Dec. 20, during which one of 10 a capella groups will walk away with the $100,000 prize and a Sony Music recording contract.

Report: Dion to have C-section this month

Palm Beach -- Canadian-born pop star Celine Dion is to undergo a Cesarean section in Florida this month to deliver her twin sons, the Palm Beach Post said Wednesday.

The 42-year-old singer is scheduled to have her babies at St. Mary's Medical Center Oct. 22, the newspaper quoted an unnamed insider as saying.

Four rooms at the hospital's refurbished birthing center have already been set aside for Dion, her family, staff and security.

The newspaper said the hospital is doing everything to make Dion comfortable during her stay, putting in her room a microwave oven, fridge, queen-sized bed, new towels, bath mat, robe, pillows and comforters.

Dion also was allowed to handpick the nurses she wants to attend her, the report said.

Gospel singer Albertina Walker dies

Chicago -- The Grammy-award winning "Queen of Gospel" -- Albertina Walker -- has died in Chicago, an associate said.

Walker died Friday of respiratory complications at RML Specialty Hospital, where she had been hospitalized since her 81st birthday on Aug. 29, The Chicago Tribune reported.

Walker suffered from emphysema, said Pam Morris, who coordinated the Chicago Gospel Music Festival for 20 years.

Through her vocal ensemble the Caravans, Walker launched the careers of gospel music icons Inez Andrews, Shirley Caesar, James Cleveland, Bessie Griffin and Dorothy Norwood, the Tribune said.

Actor Manabu Oshio released from jail

Tokyo -- Japanese entertainer Manabu Oshio, who faces trial for his alleged role in a woman's death, has been released from jail on $120,000 bail, court officials said.

The 32-year-old actor and singer was arrested for allegedly giving a bar hostess the synthetic drug ecstasy in August 2009 and failing to get her help when she fell ill. She eventually died.

The Kyodo News said Oshio, who has been in jail for about 10 months, was released this week after his lawyers posted bail.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

LFO lead singer Rich Cronin dies of leukaemia at 35

Rich Cronin, the lead singer and founder of the late-1990s boy band LFO, is dead at just 35 years of age. The singer died on Wednesday (Sep. 8) after a long battle with leukemia, celebrity news website TMZ reported.

Cyrus and son to star in Syfy show

Los Angeles -- U.S. singer, musician and actor Billy Ray Cyrus has signed on to develop and star in a reality series called "UFO: Unbelievably Freakin' Obvious," Syfy said.

The Syfy and NBC's Peacock Productions program will feature Cyrus and his 21-year-old son, Trace, investigating the conspiracy theories surrounding unexplained activity and paranormal phenomena. The project pairs the skeptical Cyrus with his conspiracy-theorist son, and together the two amateur sleuths journey to uncover hidden secrets and obtain untold firsthand accounts, the network said in a synopsis of the show.

Jerry Lee Lewis, 74, still killin' songs

Nesbit, Miss. -- Jerry Lee Lewis, the 74 years young U.S. singer known as "The Killer" in his heyday, has cut a second album of covers with some of biggest stars of rock today.

Selecting material from a pool of 50 songs and collaborating with famous admirers "wasn't difficult for me," Lewis told USA Today in an interview published Tuesday. "They're all good."

Lewis tackled Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" with CCR's John Fogerty, "Sweet Virginia" with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and "Roll Over Beethoven" with ex-Beatle Ringo Starr and John Mayer on "Mean Old Man," pressed as a 10-track CD and an 18-song deluxe version and dropped Tuesday.

Singer, actress Cheryl Cole is divorced

London -- Singer, actor and dancer Cheryl Cole, who came to prominence with the London-based group Girls Aloud, says she was granted a divorce in 60 seconds.

Cole married soccer-player Ashley Cole in 2006. His cheating was the cause of their divorce, Britain's Daily Mail said Monday.

"There's no children … I'm very thankful for that," Cole said.

She said her divorce in London last week was a "quickie" ceremony lasting 60 seconds.
In an interview in the October issue of Vogue magazine, Cole said she has plenty to be happy about.

13 musicians N.C. Hall of Fame inductees

Kannapolis, N.C. -- Actor-gospel singer Andy Griffith and bluegrass great Doc Watson are among the newest inductees in the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, the organization said.

Thirteen performers will be inducted into the hall Oct. 7 in a ceremony at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday.

Inductees also include recording artist Maurice Williams, country artists Donna Fargo and Arthur Smith, bluegrass musician Curly Seckler, jazz pianist and composer Billy Taylor, country singer George Hamilton IV, and country composer, guitarist and soloist Don Schlitz.