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In The News: Mellencamp, Money, MIA, Mick, MJ and more!

Eddie Money goes country; John Mellencamp heads for Broadway; Janis Joplin (well, her voice, anyway) is back on a new CD effort and Hall & Oates reach 'Icon' status with BMI .

AUCTIONS...Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch and all of its furnishings is set to go to auction March 19, 2008, unless he pays the more than $24 million he still owes on the property, according to a court filing...

AWARDS & HONORS... BMI will honor Daryl Hall and John Oates as BMI Icons at its 56th annual Pop Awards on May 20, 2008, in Los Angeles. BMI Icons are selected for their influence on generations of music makers. Previous honorees include The Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, Merle Haggard, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Ray Davies, Carlos Santana and Dolly Parton. In 1987, Hall & Oates became the #1 selling duo in pop music, according to the RIAA. Both are members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame; their songs include such hits as “She’s Gone,” “Everytime You Go Away,” “Kiss On My List,” “Maneater” and “Sara Smile”... Miley Cyrus and her dad, Billy Ray, will host the 2008 CMT Music Awards in Nashville on April 14, 2008. Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Toby Keith are scheduled to perform... Frank Sinatra Jr. has joined his famous dad and sister on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars; the 64-year-old singer received star No. 307 on Palm Canyon Drive...



CHARITY... Wynonna Judd
was the headliner at a Feb. 29 benefit concert that raised more than $17,000 for survivors of the Feb. 5-6, 2008, tornadoes...

GIGS... Author Stephen King and musician John Mellencamp are collaborating on a musical. Slated to open April 2009 at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater, “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County’’ features King’s script and Mellencamp’s music... KT Tunstall will join Daryl Hall on the Webcast “Live From Darryl’s House” March 15, 2008. Visit http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com... Bill Cosby will reprise his longtime role as master of ceremonies at the 30th annual Playboy Jazz Festival, which will be held June 14-15, 2008, in Los Angeles. Scheduled performers include Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Poncho Sanchez, Keb’ Mo’, Dr. John and Dee Dee Bridgewater... Universal Music Group has reached a deal with Univision Communications Inc. to acquire the Spanish-language media conglomerate’s recorded music and publishing unit. Terms were not disclosed... The Black Crowes will headline the Chattanooga, Tenn., Riverbend festival, set for June 6-14, 2008. Other confirmed festival acts include ZZ Top, country star Josh Turner, The Ohio Players and America...

LAW AND ORDER... Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger escaped an assassination plot hatched in 1969 by the Hells Angels, a new British Broadcasting Corp. documentary has claimed. A program to be broadcast March 3, 2008, said the rock star was the target of the plot following a purported dispute with the motorcycle gang over concert security. The plan was disclosed during an interview with former FBI officer Mark Young for the BBC’s “The FBI at 100” documentary... The Cook County, Ill. Medical Examiner’s office is waiting for toxicology test results before it ma