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Cribs Scrap North American Tour; Winehouse Appeals Marijuana Charge

Plus Jay-Z defends Nas' racially charged album title.

Due to “scheduling conflicts” and “a flurry of activity and success” on the home front, Brit punk trio the Cribs have, much like the Decemberists, canceled their North American fall jaunt, but, taking a clue from the Smashing Pumpkins’ latest debacle,the rockers will make good on their arrangement and return early nextyear, a statement confirms. The outing, originally slated to kick offNov. 12 in Montreal and hit cities like Brooklyn, Chicago, Seattle, andLos Angeles, will be trumped by a soon-to-be announced U.S. andCanadian tour, slated to unroll early next year.

Canceled tour dates:

11/12, Montreal, QC (Cabaret)
11/13, Ottawa, ON (Capitol Music Hall)
11/14, Toronto, ON (Horseshow Tavern)
11/15, Boston, MA (The Paradise)
11/17, Brooklyn, NY (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
11/19, Cleveland, OH (Grog Shop)
11/20, Chicago, IL (Double Door)
11/21, Minneapolis, MN (Varsity Theatre)
11/23, Edmonton, AB (Starlite Room)
11/24, Calgary, AB (Hi-Fi Club)
11/25, Vancouver, BC (Plaza Nightclub)
11/27, Seattle, WA (Neumo’s)
11/28, Portland, OR (Doug Fir Lounge)
11/29, San Francisco, CA (Pop Scene)
12/1, Los Angeles, CA (El Rey Theatre)

Winehouse Appeals Marijuana Charge

Yesterday, when news broke regarding songbird Amy Winehouse’s cancellation of her performance at the mtvU Woodie Awards ceremony,it was clear the show feel victim to her failure to enter the statesdue to a recent marijuana charge in Norway. Now, to counter the chargeand hopefully be granted entry to the U.S., Winehouse will appeal thefine ($715), issued Oct. 18 for possession of seven grams (about1/4-ounce) of marijuana, Billboard.com reports.According to the appeal, local Police made mistakes in the case by notexplain to Winehouse, and her husband Blake Fielder-Civil who was alsocharged, that under Norwegian law accepting a fine is the same aspleading guilty.

Furthermore, Winehouse’s lawyer, OleKvelstad, said the singer was interrogated without legal representationor an interpreter and had not fully understood the Norwegian-languagecharges she was signing. If the appeals court allows Winehouse towithdraw her acceptance of the fine, she will go to court on theoriginal charges of drug possession.

Jay-Z Defends Nas’ ‘Nigger’ Album Title

While civil-rights activists organize against parent company Universal Music in protest of the racially-charged title of Nas’ forthcoming LP, Nigger, subsidiary Def Jam’s president and CEO Jay-Z, along with scores of other musicians including Alicia Keys, Reverend Run, and LL Cool J, have offered their support to Nas in a recent interview with MTV.But Jay-Z simply hopes Nas’ motivations are pure. “I know he’s veryintelligent and there a reason behind what he’s doing,” Jay told MTVNews. “He’s not just doing it for the sake of being provocative. Ofcourse we’re going to support his art. … I believe it’s coming from agreat place. I just think it’s misguided. People give strength towords, power to words. If your remove ‘nigger,’ then you have’jiggaboo’ and ‘porch monkey,’ the words will keep continuing. How manywords you gonna take out? People give the words power. I think we needto direct that [energy] towards the community.”

Commenting onNas’ motivations, LL Cool J states, “He wants to make theanti-snakebite venom… He’s giving [people] a vaccination, he wants todesensitize them.” Reverend Run adds, “I guess he wants to address thatword… I’m sure it’ll get a lot of attention, and I appreciate it.” Andsongsmith Alicia Keys feels Nas is “not a fool. If he has somethingshocking to say, it’s because he wants you to pay attention to it.”

But in the past weeks conspiracy theorist 50 Cent has surfaced, offering his, um, two cents, claiming the title is purely for “shock value.” Nas’ Nigger arrives to store shelves Dec. 11.

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