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June 26, 2004


Spears engaged to dancer

New York -- Pop singer Britney Spears is engaged to her dancer boyfriend, a representative of Spears' record label confirmed Friday.

"I can confirm that yes, she is engaged," said Sonia Muckle of Jive Records.

Spears, 22, and Kevin Federline, 26, have not yet set a date, Muckle said.

The two began dating a few months ago, after Spears' wedding to childhood friend Jason Alexander in Las Vegas in January. That marriage was annulled within days.

Federline was previously involved with actress Shar Jackson, of TV's "Moesha." They have a 2-year-old daughter together and are expecting another baby in July.

Ross plays to hometown crowd

Greenwich, Conn. -- Diana Ross took more than 2,000 people on a trip down memory lane during a 90-minute concert in her hometown of Greenwich that benefited a local teen center.

Ross performed nearly two dozen of her most popular songs from her 40-year career Thursday night, the Greenwich Time reported. General seating for the concert was free, but some 400 people paid $250 to $1,000 for premium seating near the stage.

"Thank you," the 60-year-old singer said to the crowd during one of her breaks. "I can't see you all but I know you all are there."

INXS turns to TV for new singer

New York -- Australian rock band INXS, which has kept going with guest vocalists since Michael Hutchence died in 1997, has enlisted reality TV guru Mark Burnett to help them find a new singer.

Burnett's reality series "Rock Star" will air next summer on CBS, the network announced Thursday.

His obvious model is Fox's "American Idol." Burnett will hold auditions in the United States and in London, Tokyo and Sydney, Australia. The top contenders will live together in Hollywood and compete live each week.

INXS, which had the hits "What You Need" and "Need You Tonight," will embark on a world tour with its new singer.

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