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January 28, 2013

Chris Brown may be in legal trouble again, as the Pop star allegedly assaulted R&B singer Frank Ocean, after the two got in an argument over a parking spot at the Los Angeles recording studio they are both working at. The L.A.P.D. is reportedly investigating Brown's involvement in the incident at the Westlake Recording Studio. According to reports, six men were involved in the fight. Ocean also tweeted overnight, "got jumped by chris and a couple guys. lol. i only wish everest was there." and "cut my finger now I can't play w two hands at the grammys." (Rolling Stone notes that Ocean's dog is named Everest.)

Rapper T.I. has told MTV News that he worked on a handful of songs with Justin Timberlake and producer Timbaland for Timberlake's forthcoming album, The 20/20 Experience. "I did a record for them at the end of last year. They were working on a record together, and I had the pleasure of assisting them on their particular record," he said, before revealing the tentative title of one of the songs. "I think it's called 'Goodbye Homey,' one of them is, and then there is another one; I did maybe two or three records with them." The 20/20 Experience will be out March 19.

Norah Jones

Norah Jones is set to perform "Everybody Needs A Best Friend," the theme song from the comedy Ted, at the Oscar ceremony. The track is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Jones will perform it during the ceremony that will be broadcast on Sunday, February 24, and she will also perform the song on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on February 8.

Rapper Rick Ross may have been the target of gunfire in southern Florida today. According to Ft. Lauderdale police, Ross crashed his Rolls Royce into a building early this morning, after hearing multiple gunshots nearby aimed at his director. Ross was driving with fashion designer Shateria L. Moragne-el, and police say that neither of them, nor the car, was struck by any bullets. According to local news reports, a bullet hole was found in a nearby restaurant window. Today is also Ross' 37th birthday.

Morrissey has rescheduled six upcoming tour dates after being diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer. The former Smiths frontman was hospitalized in Royal Oak, MI last week and is expected to make a full recovery. Moz will return to the road this Saturday, February 9 in Las Vegas.

MySpace will present a free "Myspace LIVE" concert featuring singer Emeli Sandé on Monday, February 11, in Los Angeles. Sandé released her latest album, Our Version of Events, last year, and she is leading all artists with four nominations at the 2013 BRIT Awards. In addition to Sandé, the concert will also feature a performance by Skylar Grey. Grey's forthcoming debut album, Don't Look Down, is due this spring.

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James has announced his full U.S. tour in support of his forthcoming debut solo album, Regions Of Light And Sound Of God, out February 5 on ATO Records. The new dates run from April 17 in Louisville to May 15 in Seattle. "I have put together a special band of some of my oldest pals to help bring this album to life on the road," says James. "We are very excited about it and cant wait to bring it to light!"

This year, the third annual Welcome To Rockville festival expands to two days, April 27 and 28, at Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park. The event will feature headlining performances from Alice In Chains and Limp Bizkit (marking the band's first hometown show in over a decade), as well as Jacksonville legends Lynyrd Skynyrd. The lineup also includes 3 Doors Down, Shinedown, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm, Buckcherry, Hollywood Undead, Skillet, All That Remains, Device (featuring David Draiman from Disturbed), Asking Alexandria, Escape The Fate, Filter, In This Moment, Steel Panther, Motionless In White, Pop Evil, Otherwise, Saving Abel, Nonpoint, Red, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Krutch, Gemini Syndrome, Girl On Fire, and more. A special ticket presale will take place on Tuesday, January 29 and Wednesday, January 30 at select Metro PCS stores. The regular ticket onsale begins Friday, February 1 at 10 a.m. EST.

Brian "Head" Welch is returning to KoRn after the guitarist left the band in 2005. Welch tells Rolling Stone he will play with the band at Rock On The Range this May, as well as on an overseas tour in June. He says that the band invited him to play one song together again at last year's Carolina Rebellion festival, which broke the ice and led to the reunion.

HitFix reports that Iggy & The Stooges will release a new album, Ready To Die, later this year. It is the second post-reunion record for the Stooges, following 2007's The Weirdness. Guitarist/producer James Williamson returns to the Rock greats' lineup, replacing Scott Asheton, who passed away in 2009. Williamson last played on a Stooges record in 1973, on the classic Raw Power.

Rumors swirled late Friday that Fall Out Boy would be reuniting for a few festival shows in 2013. However, guitarist Joe Trohman quickly shot them down on Twitter, saying, "The rumors are still untrue, unreal & totally outta this world! Seriously, it’s not going down." The Chicago band went on hiatus three years ago.

Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, frontman for '70s Funk greats the Ohio Players, has passed away at the age of 69. The Ohio Players were best known for their multiple Funk hits such as "Love Rollercoaster" and "Fire."

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