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Paula Abdul to host 'VH1 Divas'

One of Paula Abdul's first post-"American Idol" gigs will be hosting the Sept. 17 "VH1 Divas" concert taking place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, NY, according to a press release.

Paula Abdul leaves 'American Idol'

After spending eight seasons as a fixture on "American Idol," Paula Abdul has announced that she is leaving the television juggernaut after failing to come to terms with producers on a contract for next season.

Briefly: Paula Abdul, Kenny Rogers, Art Garfunkel, Bacardi B-Live

Though she's currently known best for her role as a judge on the Fox-TV hit "American Idol," Virgin/EMI Records will give former pop-singer Paula Abdul's past a nod with a forthcoming best-of set titled "Greatest Hits: Straight Up!"

Briefly: Oscars, Paula Abdul, Placebo, 'MTV Live'

Nominees for the 79th annual Academy Awards were announced today, including those for Original Song, the lion's share of which are featured in the recently released box-office hit "Dreamgirls."

Fox probes Paula Abdul's alleged 'Idol' tryst

An "independent counsel" is investigating former "American Idol" finalist Corey Clark's contention that he had a romance with Paula Abdul, during which the talent show's judge secretly coached him.

Briefly: James Brown, Scott Weiland, Paula Abdul, Mindy McCready

Funk/soul-legend James Brown's hometown of August, GA, will mark the singer's recent 72nd birthday by unveiling a bronze statue of the singer on Friday (5/6).

Briefly: Dinosaur Jr., Dwight Yoakam, Paul Hester, Paula Abdul

The original Dinosaur Jr. lineup--frontman/guitarist J. Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph--is set to reunite for an April 15 performance on CBS-TV's "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."