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BRITNEY SPEARS' LABEL HEAD TESTIFIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The head of Britney Spears' record label five years ago has testified he never knew Sam Lutfi was her manager. Barry Weiss of Jive Records told a Los Angeles courtroom the only contact he had with Lutfi was when Weiss asked him to make sure Spears would be on time for a music video shoot. He says Lutfi never asked for a meeting with him. Lutfi is suing Spears' parents, saying he was Spears' manager and he deserves a cut of her profits. He also says Spears' mother defamed him in her book, "Through the Storm." The trial resumes today.

"THE VOICE" - MORE BATTLES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The final battle round on "The Voice" is tonight, and Christina Aguilera has the power to make someone's night. She's the only coach with a steal left. Judging from last night's previews, she will use it tonight. As for last night, Aguilera had to let go of 15-year-old MarissaAnn in favor of Devyn Deloera, but Blake Shelton snapped up MarissaAnn for his team. Daniel Rosa, who was rejected last season, was so happy Cee Lo Green kept him on his team he shook hands with Adam Levine but blew past Green. Team Blake keeps rock singer Cassadee Pope. Team Adam retains Nicole Nelson and Lauren Allred for his team.

MAROON 5 ANNOUNCE TOUR

NEW YORK (AP) -- Maroon 5 are planning a spring tour. It kicks off February 13 in Columbus, Ohio. Neon Trees and Owl City will be the opening acts on all dates.

RECREATE "SLEDGEHAMMER"

UNDATED (AP) -- To mark the 25th anniversary of his "So" album, Peter Gabriel wants fans to take a crack at his "Sledgehammer" video. He's asking fans on his Facebook page to recreate a scene from that video. The one that gets the most votes will win a boombox and a "So" poster autographed by Gabriel.

DONALD FAGEN RELEASES "SUNKEN CONDOES"

NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Fagen of Steely Dan believes part of being an artist is dealing with people he knows asking if he wrote a song about them. Fagen says luckily his wife is used to it. Most of the time, he combines the events of two people he knows and then tweaks the story for his purposes, sometimes way further than the truth. Fagen says for example, he knows plenty of people who are in denial about breakups but none of them have grown a fin and can breathe underwater, like in his new song, "I'm Not The Same Without You." His new solo album, "Sunken Condoes," is out now.

LACEY STURM LEAVES FLYLEAF

NEW YORK (AP) -- Flyleaf will release an album next week and it'll be the last one with singer Lacey Sturm. She says with the recent birth of her son, Jack, and the death of their sound engineer Rich Caldwell, she understands the phrase "memento mori" - "remember your mortality" -- more than ever. That's why she's stepping down. She gives her blessing to the band continuing with singer Kristen May of Vedera. The album "New Horizons" comes out next Tuesday.

PEARL JAM'S MIKE McCREADY SUPPORTS UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE

SEATTLE (AP) -- Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has created a video urging voters to choose candidates who support universal health care -- and if you're opposed to it, he's fine with it. McCready says it's a great thing about America that people can have open dialogues and disagreements. McCready suffers from Crohn's disease, an inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. He says in spite of being a rock star he's twice been rejected for coverage by his health insurance. You can see his video on YouTube by searching for McCready's name and "Life is a pre-existing condition."

NEIL SCHON RELEASES SOLO RECORD

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Journey guitarist Neal Schon has released a quick solo album - "quick" in that he recorded it in just four days. Schon plays guitar and bass on "The Calling," while former Journey drummer Steve Smith plays drums and Jan Hammer puts keyboards on two tracks. "The Calling" came out yesterday.

"THE X FACTOR" IS RENEWED

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The bickering between Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid will continue another season. Fox has renewed "The X Factor" for a third season next year.

BARRY MANILOW PLAYS BROADWAY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Barry Manilow is heading for Broadway and planning to stay a while. Manilow will do a 17-show run in New York beginning January 18.

FUN. WILL BE MUSICAL GUEST ON "SNL"

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fun. have a "Saturday Night Live" date. They're set to perform on the November 3 show. Louis C.K. will host.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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