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Gwen Stefani Hires Christina Aguilera's Manager


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Gwen Stefani and No Doubt have hired Christina Aguilera's manager.

The 44-year-old singer, who is set to replace the 'Beautiful' hitmaker on the upcoming seventh season of 'The Voice' USA later this year, as she is taking a break to focus on her second pregnancy, has signed a new management deal with Irving Azoff, who also represents the Eagles, Steely Dan and Van Halen.

A source told Billboard.com that Gwen and her bandmates - who recently parted ways with Jim Guerinot Rebel Waltz Management after 16 years of working together - were courted by several other high profile managers before deciding to ink a contract with Azoff, 66.

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Gwen Stefani & No Doubt Sign New Deal With Mega-manager Azoff


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New mum Gwen Stefani and her band No Doubt have been given a huge career boost after signing a management deal with revered music mogul Irving Azoff.

The group recently parted ways with Jim Guerinot's Rebel Waltz Management, after almost 16 years, and, according to Billboard, No Doubt have been snapped up by Azoff's company, which also boasts the Eagles, Christina Aguilera, Steely Dan and Van Halen, among its impressive roster.

Ironically, Stefani will replace Aguilera on the seventh season of U.S. Tv singing competition series The Voice later this year (14).

Chelsea Handler Scrapping 'Chelsea Lately' Over 'Clueless' E! Network


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Chelsea Handler will not renew her contract with the E! network once it runs out this year, her manager Irving Azoff told the Hollywood Reporter. "Chelsea intends to leave when her contract expires," Azoff explained. "She hired me to figure out her life after E! We have at least seven suitors and many ideas."

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It is believed Handler may be heading to another network for another late night show.

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Chelsea Handler To Quit US Talk Show


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Chelsea Handler will quit her US talk show when her contract expires.

The 39-year-old star has hosted 'Chelsea Lately' for the past eight years, where she has an average viewership of 572,000 a night, but intends to leave the programme in nine months time and has a number of offers for work coming in from elsewhere.

The host's manager Irving Azoff told The Hollywood Reporter: ''Chelsea intends to leave when her contract expires. She hired me to figure out her life after E! We have at least seven suitors and many ideas.''

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Top Manager Azoff Tops First Billboard Power 100 List


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Longtime Eagles, Christina Aguilera and Seal manager Irving Azoff has been named the most powerful man in music in Billboard magazine's first ever Power 100 list.

Azoff, the chairman of ticketing company and artist management group Live Nation, leads the countdown, which is dominated by industry executives.

The exceptions include new parents Jay Z and Beyonce, who are ranked collectively at 13, U2 and their manager Paul MCGuinness at 27 and top songwriter Lukasz 'Dr. Luke' Gottwald at 30.

Also making the list are Jon Bon Jovi, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Simon Cowell.

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Morrissey Quit Label Over Brit Awards Bad Judgment


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Rocker Morrissey has revealed he parted ways with executives at record label Universal and manager Irving Azoff over their poor judgment surrounding his last album release.

The album, Years of Refusal, was a critical success, but a sales flop - and Morrissey feels sure that's because the powers that be released it at the worst possible time in his native U.K.

He tells Billboard.com, "Universal and my then-manager decided to release my last album during Brit Awards week, an unwinnable situation for someone like me, who is the exact opposite of Brit Awards wretchedness.

"I suffered badly against the usual sandblast of Brit Awards publicity, and my relationship with Universal and my management collapsed due to their bad judgment. Everything matters."

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Axl Rose Aguns Nd Azoff Settle Legal Wraguns Ngle


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Rocker Axl Rose has settled a legal battle with former Guns N' Roses manager Irving Azoff over breach of contract allegations.

Azoff sued the Guns N' Roses frontman in March, 2010, accusing the singer of reneging on an agreement to hand him a slice of profits from a big money concert tour.

Rose hit back with a countersuit, alleging Azoff attempted to sabotage his career after he refused to reunite with the band's original members, including Slash and Duff MCKagan. He demanded more than $5 million (£3.13 million) in damages for breach of fiduciary duty, constructive fraud and breach of contract.

But the two warring parties have now reached a deal to prevent the case from going to trial.

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Azoff Blasts Allegations Rihanna's Tour Is Struggling To Sell


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Music mogul Irving Azoff has hit out at a U.S. newspaper article alleging Rihanna is struggling to sell tickets for her upcoming U.S. tour, insisting the figures quoted in the piece are "so wrong".

The report, published in the New York Post on Tuesday (22Mar11), claimed the Umbrella hitmaker had been urged by tour experts to axe a string of dates on her Loud trek, staged by concert promotion firm Live Nation, due to poor sales.

It was alleged just 3,700 tickets had been sold for the singer's gig at T.D. Garden in Boston, Massachusetts in July (11) - adding she will need at least 15,000 to break even.

A source told the New York Post's Page Six column, "It has been a big disappointment. The ticket sales in big U.S. cities like Boston are so bad, they will barely cover basics like the lighting and other arena costs. Tour managers are begging local radio stations to do giveaways."

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Music Mogul Azoff Will Host Kardashian Wedding


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Socialite Khloe Kardashian will wed her basketball player boyfriend LAMAR ODOM in a lavish ceremony at the Bel-Air home of music mogul Irving Azoff.

The reality TV star will reportedly wed on Sunday (27Sep09) in front of 200 guests at the family friend's mansion.

A source tells People.com, "It will be a very detailed and classy affair."

Kardashian's big sister Kim has given her soon-to-be brother-in-law her seal of approval and is excited to have the Los Angeles Lakers star as part of the family.

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Release Date Confirmed For New Guns N' Roses Album

By on 23 October 2008

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The new GUNS N' ROSES album will be released on November 24th, it has been announced.

One of the most eagerly-awaited albums in rock history, the record will be the band's first since the simultaneous 1991 releases of Use Your Illusion I and II.

Plagued by numerous delays and lawsuits, many had been uncertain if the album would ever see the light of day but after the first play of the title track on BBC1 on Wednesday, Chinese Democracy will be finally hitting the shelves.

Two tracks from the album - Shackler's Revenge and If The World - had already been debuted in the Rock Band 2 videogame and the film Body of Lies respectively.

And after Radio 1's Sara Cox provided the first play of the lead single from an album more than a decade in the making, Black Frog and Geffen Records have confirmed the release date.

"The release of Chinese Democracy marks a historic moment in rock 'n' roll," said Irving Azoff and Andy Gould, Guns N' Roses' co-managers, "and we're launching with a monumental campaign that matches the groundbreaking sound of the album itself.

"Guns N' Roses fans have every reason to celebrate, for this is only the beginning."

Steve Berman, president of sales and marketing for Interscope and Geffen A&M Records, said the group had "redefined" the American rock band.

"We're incredibly excited that Chinese Democracy will be heard worldwide through Geffen Records and the Universal Music Group," he added.

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