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Legal Ticker: Lou Pearlman, Michael Jackson, Kid Rock, Chad Kroeger

March 4, 2008 3:19 PM ET

• Boy band "svengali" Lou Pearlman has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors to recoup some of the millions of dollars Pearlman allegedly stole via bank fraud. A judge will decide if Pearlman will serve prison time.

• The owner of XtraJet, the private airline service that secretly taped Michael Jackson talking to his lawyers about the singer's then-pending child molestation case, was ordered to pay $20 million to lawyer Mark Geragos.

• Kid Rock pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor of simple battery stemming from that brawl he had at an Atlanta Waffle House last October.

• A Canadian judge has rejected the accusation that police illegally searched Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger's vehicle during a traffic stop in June of 2006. Kroeger will still face charges of impaired driving.

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Song Stories

“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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