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Who knew a smoker would have issues with smoking?

Attendees of Britney Spears’ concert in Vancouver, BC were rudely surprised last night when the singer left the stage dark for approximately 30 minutes. The interruption occurred only three songs into the headliner’s set.

According to the Vancouver Sun, concertgoers were left confused as to why the performance had stopped. After a mixture of chanting and boos, a voice on the loudspeaker said smoking in GM Place was to blame.

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Kanye WestIf you consider Kanye West’s provocative comments to be more humorous than outright annoying, you may want to set your DVRs now.

Later this month, the rapper will get an entire hour of television to himself. As the featured guest on VH1’s Storytellers program, Kanye will get a chance to perform tracks from and talk about the stories behind each song.

So what should one expect from that February 28th broadcast? I’m predicting something similar to this recent quote in Details magazine:

“Oh my God, I’m one of the greatest rappers in the world. I’ll get on a track and completely ee-nihilate that track, I’ll eat it and rip it in half. I wouldn’t have to think of it.”

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Gallery: Kanye West Talks About Himself on Storytellers

U2 will be making up for lost time.

Next month the band will be performing not once, not twice…but five times on the . The appearances, which come almost eight years after the group’s last visit to the program, will all happen over consecutive nights. This is a first for the CBS show.

The gigs have been scheduled for the week of March 2-6. Not so coincidentally, the band’s next album, No Line on the Horizon, will be released on March 3.

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Gallery: U2 Books Weeklong Letterman Gig

Rihanna and Chris BrownUPDATE #2: Sources for the LA Times claim Rihanna was the woman in the car.

UPDATE: Chris turned himself into police and was booked for making criminal threats. He has since posted $50,000 bail.

One of music’s hottest couples will be MIA from the Grammy ceremony tonight.

Nominees and Chris Brown have both issued last-minute cancellations due to an LAPD investigation. The incident stems from an alleged assault that occurred early Sunday morning.

According to the police department, Brown and a woman were arguing inside a vehicle around 12:30 AM today. The two eventually exited the vehicle when Chris reportedly became physical with the passenger. By the time officers arrived, the singer had already left the scene. That was when the injured victim named the Brown as the suspect.

Although it’s unclear what Rihanna’s role is in this matter (the victim’s name was not released), her appearance at the 51st annual event was canceled late this evening. (She and Brown were both scheduled to perform.) When contacted, her rep offered this statement to the media: “Rihanna is well. Thank you for concern and support.”

R&B legend Al Green has reportedly been asked to help fill the telecast’s hole.

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Gallery: Rihanna, Chris Brown Cancel Grammy Performances Due to Police Investigation


And you thought Paul McCartney’s appearance on the Colbert Report was cool.

Just days ago, the former Beatle officially became a part of this year’s Grammy lineup. Now the 66-year-old is scheduled to perform at his first US concert festival ever.

In addition to McCartney, nearly 130 more artists are slated to play at this spring’s Coachella event. Assuming she is able to make it into the country, Amy Winehouse is expected to make her first appearance on this side of the pond in three years. (Her recent Grammys performance was done via satellite.) Meanwhile, the other acts include The Killers, The Cure, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen, Public Enemy, The Tings Tings, My Bloody Valentine, Okkervil River, James Morrison, Lupe Fiasco, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Franz Ferdinand and Superchunk. (A full list can be found here.)

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Paul McCartney

With less than two weeks to go until the , the list of performers continues to grow longer.

Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Jay-Z, T.I., and Justin Timberlake have just been added to the previously announced roster. Radiohead, up for five awards this year, will also give its first live U.S. television performance in 9 years.

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Carrie UnderwoodOnce again, former contestants will be represented in the annual Grammy broadcast.

Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson are the latest nominees scheduled to perform at next month’s ceremony. Underwood, who already has three statues under her belt, is currently up for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Meanwhile, Hudson, who will also be singing at the upcoming Super Bowl, is hoping to place a Grammy right next to her Oscar.

Other acts confirmed for the telecast include Kenny Chesney, and the Jonas Brothers. Coldplay - up for seven awards - will also perform as will Lil Wayne. The rapper leads this year’s field with a total of eight nominations.

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will air February 8th on CBS.

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Gallery: Idols Underwood and Hudson Among Grammy Performers

Could Fall Out Boy be looking for a new manager?

Although the band had intended to give a free acoustic concert earlier this week, poor planning forced the group members to awkwardly improvise. Someone neglected to file the necessary paperwork for the Washington Square Park appearance, which meant the use of instruments would not be allowed.

Fearing they would be arrested by the New York police department if they chose to rebel, the group members elected to do an a cappella performance instead. (The show must go on, right?)

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Gallery: Fall Out Boy Forced to Give A Cappella Performance

Less than a week before her 27th birthday, Britney Spears gave international audiences a taste of what she has in store for 2009. Unfortunately, copycat ensembles and lip synced numbers aren’t probably what fans had in mind.

Last Thursday in Germany, the pop princess gave her very first “live” performance since the 2007 VMAs. And while her appearance on the 2008 Bambi Awards was far from disastrous - the physically-fit singer seemed a bit more confident - it still could have used slightly more oomph. And originality. Strangely enough, she opted to wear an outfit identical to the one Madonna has been sporting during her Sticky & Sweet tour. Britney also chose to keep her dance moves and live vocals to a minimum.

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Gallery: Britney Spears Lip Syncs Her Way Through Europe

It seems that all the leather and chains in the world won’t help you when your body is telling you that something’s wrong, as Rihanna found out during a recent performance in Australia. She was performing her hit Umbrella with Chris Brown, when she stumbled to the side of the stage and fainted. Chris tried to cover, continuing to sing his part, but you know he had to have felt quite a bit of concern over his fallen Boo. Towards the end of the video, you hear someone yelling for paramedics. Scary. Rihanna’s rep issued the following statement, basically saying that she is perfectly fine:

“It was very hot at the venue, so after Rihanna’s set was over, she went off stage to sit down, catch her breath and have some water. She is perfectly healthy and will be at her show tomorrow.”


Gallery: Rihanna faints during Australia concert