Oops, Brit Does It Again, Shouting Out Wrong City Onstage; Jury Charges Pirate $800K Per Song

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Headlines: Britney Spears had a "Hello, Cleveland!" moment during her UK tour this week. Performing in Manchester, Brit-Brit blurted "What's up, London?!" Maybe she should lip-sync her banter, too. Turns out it's not the first geographical oopsiedoodle she's made during the "Circus" tour, either. At a stateside show in San Jose, she said: "What's up, Sacramento?!" ... Paul McCartney, FedEx Field, Aug. 1. Tickets go on sale next Friday. ... Bret Michaels says he "got his bell rung" at the Tonys, but he doesn't plan on suing the show's producers for the mishap that's made him a viral sensation. "There's no lawsuit. I'm not doing any of that. I'm taking the high road." ... A federal jury has found a Minnesota woman guilty of infringing the copyrights of 24 songs and has awarded damages of $1.92 million, or $80,000 (!!!!) per song. "It's like squeezing blood from a turnip," the woman, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, said of the verdict. ... A month after talking about his sobriety on the radio, ex-Warrant singer Jani Lane was arrested for a misdemeanor DUI traffic accident. ... Beyonce has filed a preemptive lawsuit against would-be bootleggers. The "Sasha Fierce" tour comes to The Phone Booth on Wednesday. ... The Jonas Brothers bandwagon continues to empty out, with first-week sales of the trio's new studio album expected to be about 40 percent lower than their last one. ... Andrew W.K. is hosting a TV show for kids? Huh. ... New Kids on the Block won't be touring Australia, and pop haters down under can thank the recession for that. ... Executive summary of eMarketer's newly released report on the music biz: "Ruh-roh."

Today in Weekend
S.T.O.R.M. (tonight at Carter Barron); Madeleine Peyroux (Saturday at Lisner); Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy (Monday at Blues Alley); the Paper Chase (Monday at DC9); Patrick Wolf (Wednesday at Rock and Roll Hotel)

By J. Freedom du Lac |  June 19, 2009; 7:59 AM ET Morning Mix
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