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2008-05-19 13:03
Madonna gets adoption go-ahead
Little David Banda can now look forward to a life of luxury - Madonna is set to become his mother – for real this time. The Material Girl and her director hubby Guy Ritchie’s temporary custody of the Malawian boy will soon become permanent, according to Bang Showbiz. Madonna’s adoption of David has caused a huge stink, with as many as 67 local rights groups contesting the bid, with the singer being accused of using the adoption as a publicity stunt. But a leaked report from the high court in Lilongswe reads: “Mr and Mrs Ritchie have shown a strong commitment in providing the infant with all essential needs like love, safe home environment, care, protection, material as well as emotional support.” Adopted babies have become the arm candy of choice for many Hollywood stars such as Brangelina (who have three), Meg Ryan and Calista Flockhart, while Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston have also spoken of their wish to adopt. As Madonna’s experience has shown, it’s no easy task, especially across borderlines. So will less resilient stars feel it’s even worth their while?

Courtney loses plot – again
And kooky Courtney Love’s antics have just gotten more curious. The widow of Kurt Cobain has scrapped work on her comeback album to collaborate with little-known musician Micko Larkin, reports Bang Showbiz. Love had been working on new material with Linda Perry, who was also behind Love’s last solo album America's Sweetheart. It was hoped that some of Perry’s magic, which worked so well for Christina Aguilera, Pink and Avril Lavigne, would have the same effect on the rocker, but the album was a critical and commercial flop, further damaging Love’s flagging music career. Larkin is a guitarist who used to be in London indie band Larrikin Love. No, we’ve never heard of them either. Which, if Love keeps this career-kamikaze thing up, is precisely what people will soon be saying about her.

Jay-Z sticks up for himself
It’s the hip hop vs rock show showdown, round two! Rapper Jay-Z has finally hit back at Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, saying his Glastonbury headline slot is an evolution of the music festival, reports Britain’s The Sun newspaper. Gallagher criticised the choice of Jay-Z as headliner, saying a hip-hop artist on the bill was “wrong” because the festival has a “tradition of guitar music”. The announcement that Jay-Z would be playing at the traditionally rock music festival caused a panic among rock fans, and ticket sales for this year’s Glastonbury festival have been the slowest it’s been for years. But Jay-Z has taken Gallagher on, telling The Sun: “We don’t play guitars, Noel, but hip-hop has put in its work like any other form of music. This headline show is just a natural progression. Rap music is still evolving.” There’s really just one way to settle this – a battle of the bands style face-off between the two artists. Somehow we think Jay-Z’s bling alone will manage to blow Gallagher and his band off the stage.

Plush party
South African rock outfit Plush is set for the big time with the re-release of their acclaimed third album Rage On. The new version of the album was mixed in London and will have its official launch on Friday 16 May at The Assembly in Cape Town. Lead singer Rory Elliot shared his excitement over the album: “Though some songs have been slightly restructured and a few new instruments were added, the sound still stays true to the very nature of Plush. The guys are really excited about the end result and we are certain that fans will love it too.” And Plush fans have more to look forward to. The trio has also recently undergone a minor make-over with a fourth member, Carl Wegelin, taking up lead guitarist duties. The band will also be touring Europe in July. Which all adds up to fantastic news for the band that was so nearly lost to the world after the tragic death of original guitarist Chas Smit, killed by an alleged drunk driver in 2005.

Taliep’s daughter misses the cut
Cape Town radio station Heart 104.9FM has announced the winner of their Traffic Idol talent search. After three weeks of intense lobbying by the five finalists, selected from hundreds of hopefuls who attended the open auditions at the station, the listeners have resoundingly voted for Sara B. The Rhodes University Journalism graduate’s bubbly personality and talk radio experience helped her win the hearts of the station’s listeners - and a short-term contract as a traffic presenter. “Sara B has the personality and wit to cope with the high energy personalities who make up the Bokomo Hearty Breakfast Team. We’re delighted to have found talent of this calibre,” enthused Programme Manager, Vern Adams. Curiously, the daughter of the late Taliep Petersen, Jawaahier, came in second place and made headlines after testifying in court against her stepmother Najwa, who stands accused of murdering the music icon. So it would appear that a famous father and an infamous murder trial only gets you so far in life…

Gimme strength, more like
Reggae star Eddy Grant, best known for his anti-apartheid song “Gimme Hope Jo'anna” is in South Africa, according to reports. Not to play shows, or promote a new album, or even enjoy a bit of a holiday. Nope, he is in the country to take the late Lucky Dube's band, One People, for his own. Dube was killed in an apparent highjack attempt in Johannesburg last year. Grant has been rehearsing with the band in Johannesburg, ahead of a European tour that will include festival dates in the UK and Ireland. They will also be performing at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday concert in Hyde Park, London. No word yet on whether Grant and his new band will be performing any Dube songs on tour - which would be a fitting tribute. And here’s hoping they don’t play that “Electric Avenue” remix. Ever. Again.

- Shaheema Barodien

Madonna gets to keep her African accessory, Courtney takes another detour to Crazy Town, while Taliep’s daughter gets voted out: all this and more in this week’s music biz scoop.

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