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Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz struggling with 'severe mental illness' and weaning himself off medication, he says

Adam Duritz, the lead singer of ’90s hitmakers Counting Crows, is battling his issues with an apparent mental illness, and the medication prescribed to treat it.

And though he’s not enjoying the process, it seems he’s slowly but surely winning. Yesterday he turned to the Crows’ Who Say page to give an update on the painstaking progress he’s made. The withdrawal symptoms aren’t helping the recording of their new album much, he recounts.

“I stopped dropping the meds dosages for recording. Couldn’t shake uncontrollably & sing at the same time. Forgivable. But…I got home. Docs Friday instructions: cut Lithium dose in half-F*** me–not so good now. Gotta keep pushing/get off this s***. Going faster than I should but it still takes too long. All my friends say how clear & present I am. ‘Clear & present.’ Horror. Not mutually exclusive.”

He also assures his fans that he wasn’t addicted to drugs. Rather, the medicine prescribed by his doctor is tough to stop using. “These are not drug addiction problems,” he continues. “I was f***ing crazy. I needed meds. I took meds. Now I’m less crazy. I need less meds. I’m stopping meds. That’s it. These meds just happen to have some freaking vicious withdrawal symptoms when you stop so you can’t do it all at once.”

In 2008 Duritz revealed to Men’s Health Magazine that he suffered from, “a form of dissociative disorder that makes the world seem like it’s not real.” Though, he hasn’t confirmed if he’s still suffering from that specific condition.

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Rihanna furious with MTV Canada over erroneous Chris Brown report

Though they have both gone out of their way to put the incident behind them, neither Chris Brown nor Rihanna have been able to shake the long shadow of Grammy night 2009, when Brown assaulted his then-girlfriend.

The latest resurrection of the story comes care of MTV Canada, who felt the wrath of Rihanna after they reported on a tweet that showed up in her Twitter feed on Thursday morning.

The tweet (which was revealed to be fake) read, “I admit, I provoked Chris to hit me. It was not entirely his fault. #ImSORRY.” A handful of sites reported on the message, but Rihanna zeroed in on the article posted on MTV Canada’s news site (which has also disappeared), tweeting “are u f—ing kiddin me?????? You’re supposed to be a RELIABLE source for news on music and this is the bulls— u post?”

In response, MTV Canada sent out a defense tweet, saying “We were reporting on a story that was posted on several sites today. We had no intention to be salacious.”

This isn’t even the first Twitter-related incident involving Rihanna and Brown this week. A tweet recently showed up in Brown’s feed that was addressed to Rihanna and said “You got that pic I sent you?” Fans went crazy thinking that the two had been in contact, and the tweet was reported on several websites, but Brown later deleted the message and corrected people, saying “Don’t listen to the blogs. Stop tryna make a story out of nothing.” (That message has also been deleted.)

The lesson in all this? Both Rihanna and Chris Brown should let their tweeting fingers take a rest for a good, long while. All it seems to do is create problems for them, and if their feeds are that easily hacked, it’s probably not safe for them to continue using the service anyway. Don’t you think, readers?

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Missy Elliott reveals her years-long battle with Graves' disease

It’s been nearly six years since rapstress Missy Elliott released her last album The Cookbook, leaving many of her fans wondering when its follow-up is dropping. Now Elliott has revealed to People that she’s got a more serious issue to deal with: her health.

Elliott, 39, told the magazine that she was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an incurable disorder that affects the thyroid, in 2008.

“I was [driving and] trying to put my foot on the brake, but my leg was jumping. I couldn’t keep the brake down and almost crashed,” she said of the ill effects the illness had on her in the beginning. “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad—I couldn’t even use a pen.”

This apparently isn’t the only revelation we’ll be getting from the artist either. Missy also mentions that she’ll be the focus of the June 29 season premiere of VH1’s Behind the Music, where she’ll reportedly speak on being molested as a child.

Amy Winehouse falls apart on stage in Belgrade: Watch the video here

How was your weekend? No matter what you did, it probably went better than Amy Winehouse’s.

The troubled singer, who just wrapped up a stint in rehab, cancelled two upcoming dates on a brief tour after a disastrous performance in Belgrade.

After taking the stage an hour late at a festival in the Serbian capital, Winehouse stumbled around, fought with her microphone, only occasionally sang her own songs and talked a lot about how much she likes some of her band members more than others.

While the crowd at the show seemed to go along with her for a while, they eventually turned on her, sending boos and heckles in her direction. Naturally, much of it was caught on video:


Tupac shooter cops to an old crime, but what does it mean for Tupac and Biggie's murder cases?

Had he not been cut down in his prime by a (presumably) still-at-large assassin in 1996, rapper/actor/activist/poet/cultural lightning rod Tupac Shakur would have turned 40 years old today.

But on a day when we would normally be discussing his legacy—or what his creative place in today’s hip-hop world might have been had he lived—the attention has now turned instead to a man named Dexter Isaac, who gave an interview to AllHipHop wherein he admitted to being the man who shot Shakur in a famous unsolved incident outside a New York recording studio back in November of 1994.

Isaac claims he was paid $2,500 by James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond to take out Shakur. The New York Police Department is currently investigating the issue, and if they find the claims to be credible, they plan to speak with Isaac, who according to AllHipHop is currently serving a life sentence in prison. Will the information that Isaac has—or claims to have—have any bearing ultimately on the notoriously still-unsolved cases of both Tupac’s and Biggie’s murders? READ FULL STORY

Justin Timberlake on his music career: 'I don't have a single song ready to go'

Currently, there is no shortage of Justin Timberlake in show business. The guy is headlining two upcoming comedies (Bad Teacher and Friends With Benefits) and just recently ruled one of the best episodes of Saturday Night Live in a long time.

But if you love JT for his elastic pipes and sweet dance moves, you’re probably pretty bummed, and you’ll stay bummed for a while.

“I don’t have a single song ready to go,” Timberlake recently told Playboy. “People keep asking me when a new song or album is coming out, and I don’t know what to say. Music is not my focus right now. It may be someday. It could happen next month or next year but right now it’s not where it’s at for me.” READ FULL STORY

Adele cancels remaining North American tour dates, per doctors' orders

British siren Adele makes singing those heavy songs and belting out those lovely notes look so easy. But it appears that the road—and a throat infection—has taken its toll on her voice.

Today she announced that she’s canceling the remaining nine dates of her sold-out North American tour, including stints in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Atlanta, after being diagnosed with laryngitis. Her otolaryngology specialist requires Adele, 23, take the next few weeks off.

“I’m really frustrated,” she says in a press release. “I was hoping with a week’s rest I’d be better to sing again straight away. However there is absolutely nothing I can do but take the doctor’s advice and rest some more. I’m so sorry. See you soon.” Her team’s working on rescheduling the canceled shows and will reveal new dates when they’re confirmed.

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TV on the Radio bassist Gerard Smith diagnosed with lung cancer, takes leave from upcoming tour


According to a post on the official website for acclaimed Brooklyn rockers TV on the Radio, bassist and keyboardist Gerard Smith has been diagnosed with lung cancer, but is already being treated—and is responding well. Says the band, in their statement:

Upon the completion of Nine Types of Light, Gerard was diagnosed with lung cancer. As a result, he has been undergoing treatment and will be unable to participate in the upcoming tour. Gerard is fortunate enough to have health insurance and is receiving excellent medical care. Already we have seen dramatic results. Combine that with Gerard’s legendarily willful disposition and it might just be cancer that has the problem. We appreciate your concern and support for Gerard and his family.

The tour to support the group’s upcoming Nine Types, out April 12, will begin unofficially with three appearances at this week’s SXSW festival in Austin, before launching April 8 in Philadelphia. (For full dates, click here.) It isn’t known yet who will be replacing Smith on the tour, and reps did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

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Lupe Fiasco reveals he contemplated suicide, pans his new album

Lupe-FiascoImage Credit: Lionel DeluyIt’s no secret that rapper Lupe Fiasco is not a fan of the record label system as a whole. But after being forced to continuously edit, add, and subtract from his oft-delayed third album, Lasers, he’s just about fed up. In a recent interview with New York Magazine, the Atlantic Records artist says he doesn’t “really give a f—” about what the set—out tomorrow, March 8—does as far as sales are concerned. After several failed attempts at parting ways with Atlantic, Fiasco hopes his remaining years under Atlantic are easier ones.


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