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MUSIC TO HER EARS

Mariah Carey has herself a new record label: Universal Music Publishing Group. Although financial terms of the multialbum deal were undisclosed, according to Billboard, Carey's doing a fresh studio album for Universal's Def Jam. She's also bringing her significant music catalog under the company's umbrella, including 14 of her 15 No. 1 hits. So you know the Glitter girl's banking some major bling. read more

BAD DAY

The day after tomorrow will probably be a hard one for actors Kirsten Dunst and Jake Gyllenhaal. The Hollywood dream couple have announced their breakup. According to Gyllenhaal's publicist, the couple of two years split some time ago, but have remained good friends. No details have been released as to why the pair called it quits, but being in competing summer blockbusters could put a strain on any relationship. (Jake, feel free to call us if you need a shoulder to cry on.) read more

GOOD NEWS

After six weeks at a private treatment facility, Mary-Kate Olsen — who's been battling either an eating disorder or drug addiction, according to which tabs you read — is on the mend. The 18-year-old's publicist, Michael Pagnotta, told The Associated Press she's "doing well," adding that fans can "expect her to return home soon." read more

STEPMOMMY DEAREST

Britney Spears' fianc&#233, dancer Kevin Federline, is a daddy again, and it ain't with the headline-stealing pop star. Federline's former girlfriend, actress Shar Jackson, delivered their second child yesterday at an Orange County hospital. The sex of the baby has yet to be revealed, but it's pretty certain that he or she will be able to bust a move with the best of them. In other Britney news... read more

PICTURE PERFECT

R&#038B sensation Usher is heading to the big screen in a feature produced by MTV Films. The plot of the untitled project is still under wraps, but the film will not be autobiographical. The "Confessions" chart topper has also scored an executive-producer credit on the movie. read more

SUPER PARENTS

Actors Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston are teaming up to star in Walt Disney's teen comedy Sky High. The duo will play superpowered parents of a teenage boy attending a high school for similarly gifted offspring. Production starts on Aug. 20 in Los Angeles. read more

BRITNEY'S BOUDOIR

If you ever wanted to get inside Britney's bedroom — well, this is about as close as you're going to get. Guests at the Onyx Hotel in downtown Boston can check into a room designed to look just like the singing starlet's boudoir in her home in Kentwood, La. The room is decorated in off-white with shades of green, gold, pink and soft blue, and the mini-bar is stocked with Brit's favorite treats. The cost for this fantasy come true — only $349 a night during the summer, and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Britney Spears Foundation. read more

Trading Spouses There...

Trading Spouses
There is a groundbreaking new reality show about two very different families who trade mothers for a short period of time — but Trading Spouses isn't it.

It's called Wife Swap and it premieres on ABC in another month or so.

The premise for both shows is great (even if it is identical), but it all boils down to the execution. Had I not seen the ABC pilot, I would probably like Trading Spouses more. But you know how it is when you get one of those off-brand peanut-butter cups in your Easter basket and it kind of tastes like a Reese's, but not quite, and it makes you really wish you had the real thing...? If you're remotely interested in the Fox version, just wait till you see what ABC has in store.

But let's talk about Trading Spouses, or should we call it The Tammy Show, because it's very evident that our Botoxed Southern Belle lives at the center of her own pampered universe.

So read more

ROCK THE VOTE

Hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has launched Citizen Change, his personal campaign to get young and minority voters involved in the Nov. 2 presidential election. P. Diddy's effort will include "Vote or Die" T-shirts, political ads on MTV and BET, and a nationwide voter-registration drive. "The forgotten ones will ultimately decide who the next president is," he declared in a statement. "According to the latest polls, Bush and Kerry are neck-and-neck. We will make the difference. We will be the deciding factor." While P. Diddy claims that Citizen Change is nonpartisan, it's telling that ex-Clinton strategist James Carville is among his mostly Democratic advisers. read more

MAYBE BABIES

Michael Jackson denies Us Weekly's allegation that he is expecting quadruplets via a surrogate mother. "This is not true," Jacko's publicist, Raymone Bain, told Reuters, "and we are not going to further comment on stories of this nature." However, the mag stands by its story, which cited unnamed sources who say the former King of Pop recently visited the pregnant mom-to-be in Florida, where he stayed in a $4000-a-night Miami Beach hotel suite. Just to catch you up, Jacko is currently embroiled in that pesky child-molestation controversy and already has three kids by two other women. Does the man really need more drama in his life? read more

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