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2008-12-24 07:17:51 GMT2008-12-24 15:17:51 (Beijing Time)

A spokesman for Michael Jackson released a statement denying as a "total fabrication" a British tabloid report claiming that the former King of Pop needs a lung transplant due to a rare respiratory disease. The 50-year-old singer is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. But, Jackson's popularity has been hurt by scandal and revelations about his eccentric lifestyle.

A court has given Jamie Spears a raise for watching over his superstar daughter. Britney's dad will now get about 75 dollars (USD) an hour for overseeing his daughter affairs. Britney's personal and music career have turned around under her dad.

Internet comedy site Funny Or Die, supported in part by actor Will Ferrell has a big fan. The company raised 3 million in cash from a single, undisclosed investor. Funny Or Die has evolved from a comedy-only video site into a multi-property media company.

Bruce Springsteen is back. Just 15 months after his last album release, the Boss says his new album, "Working on a Dream" will hit stores on January 27. The singer songwriter says it usually takes a lot longer to come up with new material, but claims he's energized these days.

In Los Angeles, I'm John Russell for Reuters.

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