IN THE NEWS:

Sean "Diddy" Combs

Briefly News and Comment: Puffy arguments, Eagles in Scandinavia

plus: New DMB Detroit date. Napster enlists filtering help. New David Byrne. Concert deaths. Village People obit. Eminem. It's not payola, see?

Briefly News and Comment: Jane's Addiction plays Coachella festival

plus: Puffy takes the stand. "United States of Music." Blue Rodeo. Ozzfest U.K.

Briefly News and Comment: Puffy, Kylie Minogue

plus: Van Zant, new virus, "Freedom Sings."

Briefly News and Comment: DMX, Snoopstar

plus: Rainforest Alliance. Puffy. Janet Jackson.

Briefly News and Comment: Eminem and Elton, Puffy and PETA

plus: Madonna. Marketing Steely Dan. Lionel Hampton Center. Snoop Dogg and porn's ongoing journey.

Briefly News and Comment: Puffy update, James Gang reunion

plus: Obits. KC and the Sunshine Band. Joey McIntyre. RIAA and OpenNap. Jessica Andrews and Billy Gilman. Robbie Williams. Static-X. Musicians and the women who love them.

Briefly News and Comment: Puffy update, U2, Manson

Plus: 'Seconds of Pleasure' reissue, transcript of Nugent on 'Politically Incorrect.'

Briefly: KISS, Puffy, NXNW, The Who, BSB and Williford, Eminem

Drummer Peter Criss has left KISS' farewell tour and has been replaced by Eric Singer. In a joint statement, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley said, "Eric has been a member of our family, and his drumming and singing have been the cornerstone of past KISS tours. We are stoked that we can bring our ultimate spectacle to KISS fans worldwide."

Prosecutors allege that 'Puffy' Combs fired a shot

The trial of Sean “Puffy” Combs and two others opened on Monday (1/29) with a prosecutor promising that multiple witnesses would testify that the rap mogul fired a gun into the ceiling of a Manhattan club during a December 1999 shooting incident. But Combs’ lawyer Ben Brafman accused “star-struck” prosecutors “playing fast and loose with the facts.”

Briefly: BSB auction, Puffy, Van Morrison, Vivid and Tower

VH1.com will auction off a pair of tickets to each of Backstreet Boys' tour stops. Proceeds will go to the network's Save the Music charity, which seeks to improve music education in public schools.