Sugababe hate mail

Amelle Berrabah has been bombarded with hate mail after the departure of fellow Sugababe Keisha Buchanan, it has been claimed. Angry fans are said to have blamed her for the departure of the last original member in the girl band.

A source claims she is "petrified" by the reaction to the news that Jade Ewan will join, while Keisha goes solo.

"Her management have received thousands of abusive letters whilst her Twitter page has been overrun with them. She's petrified - some have been really threatening.

"She won't be hitting the club scene until everything has died down. She feels she is at risk", they explained.

The latest incarnation of Sugababes are expected to release their new single, "About A Girl", in the coming weeks.
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Madonna's U.K. Chart 'Celebration'

Madonna matched Elvis Presley's U.K. record for a solo act as her "Celebration" retrospective (Warner Bros.) debuted at No. 1. Taio Cruz started a second week atop thesingles chart with "Break Your Heart" (Universal Island).

Madonna and Presley, with 11 No. 1s each in the U.K., are now joint second only to the Beatles, who have 15 to their name. According to U.K. Chart Company data, Madonna has also spent more weeks at No. 1 in the market, 29, than any other female solo artist.

"Celebration" pushed label mate Muse's No. 1 of last week, "The Resistance" (Helium 3/Warner Bros.), down into runner-up spot, while Dizzee Rascal's "Tongue N' Cheek" (Dirtee Stank) debuted at No. 3. The U.K. rapper also had a new entry on the chart last night (Sunday) at No. 11 on the singles chart with "Dirtee Cash."

Mika's sophomore album for Casablanca/Universal Island, "The Boy Who Knew Too Much," opened at No. 4, with chart veterans Cliff Richard and the Shadows' "Reunited" (EMI) new at No. 6. Pearl Jam's "Backspacer" (Monkey Wrench/Universal) started at No. 9, becoming the band's seventh U.K. top ten album.

"Total Madness" (Union Square), a new compilation by long-serving "Nutty Boys" of British pop, Madness, came in at No. 11, followed at No. 17 by Sheffield songwriter Richard Hawley's "Truelove's Gutter" (Mute) and Michael Bolton's new album "One World One Love" (Universal Music Record Label) at No. 19.

Taio Cruz remained at No. 1 on the singles survey as the former chart-topper "Sexy Chick" (Positiva/Virgin/EMI) by David Guetta featuring Akon held at No. 2. "Empire State of Mind" (Roc Nation/Warner Music) by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys raced 15-3, one of Jay-Z's three titles in the top 40.

Shakira's "She Wolf" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) rose 5-4 and Temper Trap's "Sweet Disposition" (Infectious Music) 16-12. Kings of Leon's apparently inexhaustible smash hits "Sex On Fire" and "Use Somebody" rose yet again, 18-16 and 47-25 respectively.

The Muse album went straight to No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums, while "Sexy Chick" withstood the challenge of Madonna's "Celebration" for a third week atop European Hot 100 Singles.
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Lady Sovereign Fined For Spitting At Australian Doorman

British rapper Lady Sovereign has spent the first night of her current Australia visit in a cell for her part in a drunken assault on a bouncer. The singer, whose real name is Louise Amanda Harman, was charged with assault on the weekend after spitting in the face of a doorman for the Beat, a popular gay nightclub in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.

Police reported that the 5'1" rapper was hysterical as she was thrown out of the venue in the early hours of Saturday morning. She had been in the country just seven hours.

Harman faced the Brisbane Magistrates Court later on Saturday (Sept. 26) morning, where she pleaded guilty to assault and drunk and disorderly charges. She was fined $400 Australian ($345) and ordered to pay $200 Australian ($172) compensation to the bouncer.

Magistrate Brendan Butler warned that spitting had "serious health implications" but did not record a conviction.

Harman took to her Twitter account over the weekend to share her side of the story. "Brisbane police need to go catch some real criminals... what a waste," she wrote. "Spitting in someone's face is nasty, but how about a guy dressed up as a girl running at you in the toilets and punching you in the head?"

Just hours after the incident, Harman took the mic for her 4:40 p.m. slot on the opening date of the Parklife national festival tour.
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Lady GaGa Is Billboard's 'Rising Star' For Women In Music Event

Billboard announced today (Sept. 28) pop sensation Lady GaGa will be named its "Rising Star" at the 2009 Billboard Women In Music event, taking place on Oct. 2nd in New York City. The Billboard Rising Star Award rewards artists that have achieved a level of success and proven to have vast potential in the early stages of their career.

Lady GaGa is the undisputed break-out star of the year for many reasons, including the success of her debut album, "The Fame" (Streamline Records), which has spawned four Billboard Hot 100 hit singles like "Just Dance" and "Poker Face," both which reached No. 1 on the tally. "Just Dance" and "Poker Face" are also the Nos. 2 and 8 best-selling digital songs of all time, with 4.6 million and 4 million downloads, respectively.

GaGa recently became the third artist in the history of the Mainstream Top 40 Airplay chart to have three No. 1 singles from a debut album. "The Fame" is also the best-selling album from a debut artist for 2009, with 1,441,000 copies sold in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In addition to writing all the tracks on her album, Lady GaGa has previously written for Britney Spears, the Pussycat Dolls, and New Kids on the Block.

"Lady GaGa is one of those rare examples of a truly unique artist with mass appeal," says Bill Werde, Editorial Director of Billboard. "She has established herself as one of today's top songwriters, and the whole world is waiting to see what her next outrageous but brilliant move or style will be. It is that ongoing anticipation, combined with her success that makes her a rising star."

The Billboard Women in Music Event celebrates the most powerful and talented women in the music business, and is held in conjunction with the much-anticipated publication of Billboard's Women In Music Power Players List - recognizing the top female music executives who are leading the industry with their artistic and business vision.

Billboard will also honor Grammy Award-winning artist and pop culture icon Beyoncé with the coveted Billboard Woman of The Year Award at the event.
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