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Knight booked

Associated Press

Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was booked on suspicion of violating his parole after police found marijuana in his truck during a traffic stop, authorities said yesterday.

Knight was arrested Saturday evening in Barstow, Calif., a community nearly 100 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. He was held by sheriff’s officials pending his transfer next week to state prison, said sheriff’s Cpl. Lorraine Riser.

State officials will then review his case to determine if he should be held or released, Miss Riser said.

Police said they searched Knight’s Ford pickup and found marijuana after pulling him over for making an unsafe U-turn. He was cited for not having insurance.

A woman in the vehicle, identified as Alexis Wilkenson, 18, of Las Vegas, allegedly had a fake ID and was arrested for investigation of providing false information to police. She was later released.

Knight, 39, co-founder of the pioneering rap label Death Row Records, was released from prison in 2001 after serving time for assault and weapons violations. He recently served an additional 10-month prison sentence for violating his parole and striking a Hollywood nightclub valet.

A call to Jonathan Wolfson, a publicist who has represented Knight, was not immediately returned.

Good reason to ‘SMiLE’

Reuters News Agency

It’s been a stunning year for Brian Wilson.

The former Beach Boy released his rerecording of the group’s “SMiLE” album to critical acclaim, and staged a worldwide tour chock-full of standing ovations. The original “SMiLE,” recorded more than 37 years ago, was never released officially.

The Nonesuch Records release debuted at No. 13 on The Billboard 200. The set, whose full title is “Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE,” has sold more than 300,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and has been nominated for three honors at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. On Friday, Mr. Wilson will be feted as industry charity MusiCares’ Person of the Year at the Palladium in Hollywood.

He’s already writing songs for his next opus. “I think it will be a rock ‘n’ roll album,” he says. “Wouldn’t that be great? ‘SMiLE’ was a pop album. We need rock ‘n’ roll for sure. We just want to try to make something that makes people get out of their seats and dance.”

“SMiLE” was scrapped in 1967 as Mr. Wilson neared a mental breakdown. Though the album was shelved, a few original “SMiLE” tracks — “Wonderful,” “Heroes and Villains” and “Surf’s Up” — found their way onto subsequent Beach Boys releases.

Love is in the air

San Francisco Chronicle

Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child has reportedly embarked on a romance with British TV host Tim Vincent.

While bandmates Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland have been enjoying long-term relationships, Miss Williams has been waiting to find love — until now.

According to In Touch Weekly, Miss Knowles and Miss Rowland introduced the pair last year, and they’ve been enjoying a transatlantic relationship ever since.

The couple recently enjoyed time together in Florida last month, where Mr. Vincent was covering Donald Trump’s lavish nuptials for the syndicated entertainment show “Access Hollywood.”

‘Baby Mama’ drama

Associated Press

Reigning “American Idol” Fantasia Barrino said one song on her new CD, “Free Yourself,” is dedicated to young mothers who struggle to support themselves and their children — just as she does.

Her “Baby Mama” track has elicited some criticism as endorsing children out of wedlock, but Miss Barrino, said she isn’t promoting teenage motherhood.

Miss Barrino has a 3-year-old daughter named Zion. She said she isn’t ashamed of being a teenage mom, but adds “if I could have waited, I would have.”

Now 20, Miss Barrino was among the artists who sang a tribute to Elton John at the 27th annual Kennedy Center Honors in December. She will be a co-host of the Soul Train Music Awards on Feb. 28, and is also nominated for an NAACP Image Award as outstanding female artist.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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