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A former drummer for the Swedish pop band ABBA, has been found dead, with cuts on his neck, at his home on the Spanish island of Mallorca on March 16, police said. Foul play is not suspected, but an autopsy is being conducted. Police believe Ola Brunkert, 62, fell and cut himself in the neck indoors and tried to leave the house to seek help but collapsed. A jazz drummer, Brunkert is believed to have appeared on all ABBA’s recordings… The number of rap acts at The South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, has grown. SXSW music programmer Matt Sonzala has worked steadily to increase the profile of rap at the festival, which hosts hundreds and hundreds of acts each year. Among the 150 hip-hop performers at the 2008 event included Ice Cube, Bun B, The Clipse, Dizzee Rascal, 2 Live Crew, Talib Kweli and the Cool KidsThe Supreme Court has stepped into a legal fight between the television networks and the Federal Communications Commission over the use of curse words on the airwaves, the first major look at broadcast indecency by the court in 30 years. It concerns an FCC policy that allows for fines against broadcasters for so-called “fleeting expletives,’’ one-time uses of the F-word or its close cousins on TV or radio. Fox Broadcasting Co., along with ABC, CBS and NBC, challenged the new policy after the commission said broadcasts of entertainment awards shows in 2002 and 2003 were indecent because of profanity uttered by Bono, Cher and Nicole Richie… A judge has awarded Heather Mills a total of $48.6 million in the financial settlement of her divorce from former Beatle Paul McCartney. Mills had sought almost $250 million, while McCartney had said she should receive $31.6 million, including her own assets, which the court assessed at $15.6 million…. British singer Elton John will help Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton raise cash for her presidential campaign with a solo concert April 9 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Tickets for the “Elton and Hillary: One Night Only’’ performance range from $125 to $250 and are on sale now. Last October, Clinton held a star-studded fundraiser to celebrate her 60th birthday.; it featured rockers Elvis Costello and the Wallflowers and raked in more than $1.5 million for Clinton’s presidential bid… Country singer Shania Twain has opened a hiking trail on her property in New Zealand, fulfilling a pact designed to allay fears that wealthy foreigners were snapping up and sealing off the country’s prime real estate. Tough lease terms meant the couple agreed to create a hiking track, with huts and other facilities, crossing their land as part of a nationwide trail. Mountain bikers, climbers and hunters also have continued access to the property… Snoop Dogg will make an extended cameo on the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live” to perform two songs from his new album, Ego Trippin’, at the Ultra Violet club in the fictional town of Llanview. The episodes will air May 8-9 and feature his re-mixed version of the show’s theme song. A fan of the show, Snoop Dogg also will act in scenes. Mary J. Blige, Nelly Furtado, Chris Botti, Erykah Badu, Timbaland and Keri Hilson have also performed on the show… Sheryl Crow says she’ll soon be singing with Fleetwood Mac, a move sure to give new life to the classic rock band, which hasn’t toured since 2004. The 46-year-old singer didn’t give a date, but said it could happen next year. Crow said she looked forward to working with friend Stevie Nicks… There could be a ne

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