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Beyoncé narrowly escaped injury in a car collision last week in London. The singer was exiting her chauffeured vehicle at Harrods department store when a taxi tore the door from its hinges. Later that evening, the singer appeared to be in good spirits: she was photographed laughing with husband Jay-Z on their way to dinner. [Billboard]

Lonnie Youngblood — a saxophonist who wrote music with Jimi Hendrix in the late Sixties — has filed suit against the Hendrix estate, MCA Records and director Martin Scorsese. Youngblood alleges a song he co-wrote with Hendrix, “Georgia Blues,” was included in a 2003 compilation without Youngblood’s permission and did not credit him as an author. He is seeking unspecified lost-income damages. [Yahoo! Music]

50 Cent was attacked by an overzealous fan onstage at show in Brazil last Friday. In video footage that surfaced on the web, the concertgoer bum-rushes 50 from behind, briefly hugging the rapper before getting apprehended by security. 50 did not appear to be hurt by the incident. [Rap Radar]

Michael Jackson’s tomb in Glendale, California has been vandalized, according to TMZ. The gravesite has been defaced in permanent marker with messages reading “Keep the dream alive” and “Miss you sweet angel.” Reps at the cemetery tell TMZ that they are re-evaluating access to the site and that anyone caught damaging the pop star’s grave will be banned for life. [TMZ]

In an interview with the New York Post, Phil Spector’s wife, Rachelle, has spoken out about recording her album with her jailed husband at the helm. “I talked to my husband yesterday, and he said he’s more excited about this project than he was about the Beatles or Tina Turner,” Spector says. “He is so, so proud, and he really believes in me.” [New York Post]

A deluxe 20th anniversary reissue of Morrissey’s compilation Bona Drag will feature six previously unreleased tracks, B sides and alternate mixes. The reissue — which will also be available on 180-gram vinyl — hits stores in September. [True To You]

Liz Phair has split with her label ATO, citing a change in management as the decision for her departure. On her website, the songwriter also responded to scathing reviews of her new online-only album Funstyle, which included the hip-hop-inspired single “Bollywood.” “Love [the songs], or hate them, but don’t mistake them for anything other than an entirely personal, un-tethered-from-the-machine, free for all view of the world, refracted through my own crazy lens,” Phair writes on her website. []

At a show in Quebec last night, Arcade Fire announced that they will match fan donations to Kanpe, a new foundation established to benefit victims of the Haiti earthquake. The band pledges to donate up to $1 million dollars. “Please, take our money from us!” singer Win Butler told the audience. [Kanpe]

Duran Duran, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Devendra Banhart’s side project Megapuss, Carla Bruni, Chairlift, Vivian Girls and more will contribute David Bowie covers to the charity compilation War Child, out September 14th. Proceeds will benefit children affected by war around the world. [War Child]

Zack de la Rocha will perform his first-ever shows with his group One Day as a Lion this weekend. The trio — featuring the Mars Volta’s Jon Theodore and the Locust’s Joey Karam — have scheduled two undisclosed shows in L.A. and Pomona. Tickets go on sale at TicketWeb tomorrow afternoon. [Epitaph Records]

Lady Gaga upset Beatle diehards when a picture surfaced of the pop star playing John Lennon’s famed white piano, which is housed in his wife Yoko Ono’s apartment (Ono was seen catching Lady Gaga’s show at Madison Square Garden on July 9th). The photo was originally posted to son Sean Lennon’s Twitter, prompting complaints from readers like “I’m disappointed.” Lennon responded, “Why is everyone so uptight? What should we do, lock it away in dusty room?” [MTV]

British prog-rock giants Muse will begin working on a follow-up to 2009’s The Resistance early next year, according to the NME. The group will hit the studio after wrapping up their tour and taking time off. [NME]


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