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News Ticker: Christina Aguilera, Johnny Maestro, Prince, Suge Knight

March 26, 2010 8:43 AM ET

 

  • Christina Aguilera's Bionic will hit stores June 8th, and first single "Not Myself Tonight" (produced by club king Polow Da Don) will premiere on the singer's website March 30th at 6 p.m. before heading to radio April 5th and iTunes April 13th. For more on the disc, see our Spring Music Preview.

     

     

  • Johnny Maestro, who sang "16 Candles" with the Crests, has died at age 70 after a battle with cancer. Maestro continued performing with doo-wop group the Brooklyn Bridge, best known for "The Worst That Could Happen," until the end of his life, the AP reports.

     

     

  • Prince owes the state of Minnesota approximately $450,000 in taxes, according to the state's Carver County taxpayer services manager Laurie Engelen. The AP reports a list of delinquent taxpayers was published last week in local paper the Chaska Herald.

     

     

  • Los Angeles police are seeking former Death Row honcho Suge Knight after a rapper claimed Knight and associates robbed him Monday night in a supermarket parking lot, according to the AP. The MC, Yukmouth, later recanted his story.

 

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