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Story outtakes, celebrity confessions and the latest pop culture news in the Bay Area

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I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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1. R. Kelly: "Trapped In The Closet"

2. Weezer: "Hold Me"

3. Bright Eyes: "First Day Of My Life"

4. Ringside: "Miss You" and "Criminal"

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  • Wednesday, February 02, 2005

    Snoop Dogg suit and Hot 97 repercussions

    We interrupt the regularly scheduled Asian American Music Conference stories, for some music news:

    Just as he was becoming the spokesman for videogames and phones - Snoop Dogg has been hit with a $25 million lawsuit alleging sexual assault among other things. The makeup artist filing the lawsuit is the same woman who was hit with a lawsuit in December by Snoop alleging that the woman was trying to extort $5 million from him.

    The woman, who did Snoop's makeup when he was filling in as host for ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live show, alleges that members of the rapper's entourage drugged her with spiked champagne before they assaulted her. She also named the Jimmy Kimmel Live show in the suit for allegedly providing the rapper with champagne and marijuana.

    And to follow up on the Hot 97 Tsunami song: morning show personality Todd Lynn and producer Rick Delgado have been terminated. The radio station's parent company, Emmis Communications, also will donate $1 million to Give2Asia. As for the other members of the morning team -- Miss Jones, DJ Envy and Tasha Hightower - they have been suspended for two weeks and their salaries for that time have also been donated to Give2Asia.

    And, according to spokespeople from the Asian American Music Conference, McDonald's, an advertiser on Hot 97, pulled ads from the station and instead put money into the conference, where it promoted the i-am-asian.com Web site. Here are lines from that webpage (http://i-am-asian.com).

    Tell me if you think this it's an odd way of reaching out to Asian-Americans: "We're Asian and Pacific Islander Americans and our diverse cultures and our everyday American lifestyle are becoming one. We're hanging on to our great traditions while we move to the beat of the times. We honor our heritage and we love being Americans. From high fashion to high tech, from Asian Pacific American hip hop to haute cuisine, we're weaving the threads of our culture into the fabric of everyday American life. Whether we're celebrating one of our cultural holidays or enjoying a Big Mac sandwich, we're helping make the magic mix called America become even richer."

    Tonight, ch-check it out:

    WHAT: Man Jose: Dating Challenges in the South Bay
    WHERE: Yu-Ai Kai, 588 North 4th Street, San Jose Japantown
    WHEN: 6:30 p.m. tonight, 2/3
    TIX: Recommended donation w/dinner: $10, $15 or $20Recommended donation for program and refreshments only: $5
    WHY: Get ready for Valentine's with a discussion on the difficulties of dating in the South Bay.

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