News Bits: Winehouse Free After Pot Bust, Nas Changes Album Title, Prince Sued

Amy Winehouse was arrested in Norway for marijuana possession and held overnight, an Oslo police official said today (Oct. 19). Winehouse, her husband Blake Fielder-Civil and a third person were released after paying $715 in fines. The trio was arrested shortly after 6 p.m. at a hotel in Bergen in southwestern Norway, where Winehouse is on a European tour, after a tip to police. Winehouse was to perform in Oslo tonight, before heading to the Netherlands on Monday. Nas has changed the name of his next album from “N*gga” to “N*gger,” after being attacked by the media and other organizations, reports Billboard. The rapper says the project will be released Dec. 11 via Def Jam, although that date could not be confirmed with the label at deadline. “You ain’t got no business worrying about what the word ‘n*gger’ is or acting like you know what my album is about without talking to me,” Nas tells about the negative response to the album title from public figures such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Pop star Prince is being sued in Los Angeles Superior Court by a man who claims he took 12 AVID hard drives without payment. In the lawsuit filed Wednesday (Oct. 17) against Prince, his record label and fan club Web site, Ian Lewis says the singer took 12 AVID IS SCSI Shuttle Drives worth about $12,000, reports In addition, Lewis claims that he also loaned a $25,000 computer to the superstar that was returned by his people “in a broken and un-fixable condition.” Lewis is seeking $1 million in damages.


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