GWEN STEFANI, 36, and GAVIN ROSSDALE, 38, welcomed their first child together, son KINGSTON JAMES McGREGOR ROSSDALE, shortly before 1 p.m. on Friday at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The boy -- delivered Caesarean -- weighed seven-and-a-half pounds and was born with a thick thatch of hair, according to US Weekly. "Both mother and child are doing well," a spokesman for Stefani said in a statement. The rock and roll couple met in 1995 when Stefani's pop-punk group NO DOUBT opened for Rossdale's former band, BUSH. The two were married in 2002. Stefani publicly announced her pregnancy last December during the final show of her Harajuku Lovers Tour, in support of her triple-platinum debut solo album, Love, Angel, Music, Baby. Rossdale also has a sixteen-year-old daughter, DAISY LOWE, from a previous relationship.
Man Who Shot Proof Acted in Defense
Prosecutors ruled Tuesday that MARIO ETHERIDGE -- the man who shot and killed D12 rapper PROOF in a nightclub shootout last April -- did so lawfully in defense of another man, the Associated Press reports. Lawyers for Etheridge, who was working security at Detroit's CCC club where the fatal incident took place, claim he was protecting his cousin KEITH BENDER, later a casualty in the gun battle, and acting in self-defense when he fired twice into the ceiling before pointing the gun at Proof. Etheridge has another court date Friday where he faces up to five years in prison if charged with carrying a concealed weapon and four years if charged for unlawfully shooting a firearm.
Beyonce Gets Ready for a "B'Day"
BEYONCE will release her sophomore solo album B'Day on September 5th, the day after the diva turns twenty-five. The first single will be "Deja Vu" featuring her main squeeze JAY-Z. For the follow-up to 2003's debut Dangerously in Love, which sold more than four million copies, the DESTINY'S CHILD frontwoman took on more responsibilities, co-producing, writing and arranging the material, with production help from RICH HARRISON, the NEPTUNES and SWIZZ BEATZ. Beyonce also recently finished taping her role in the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls . The flick, also starring JAMIE FOXX and EDDIE MURPHY, is due in theaters December 22nd.
Good Day for Everyone: Daniel Powter to Tour U.S.
Following a jaunt in Europe, Canadian crooner DANIEL POWTER will kick off his U.S. summer tour on July 17th in Philadelphia. The short trek will hit major cities across America, including Washington D.C. (July 18th), New York (July 20th), Boston (July 22nd), Cleveland (July 24th), Chicago (July 26th), Minneapolis (July 27th), Denver (July 29th), Seattle (July 31st), San Francisco (August 2nd) and Los Angeles (August 4th and 5th). The tour is in continued support of Powter's 2005 self-titled major-label debut, which has sold more than 300,000 copies, in part thanks to the album's cut "Bad Day," which was played weekly to 30 million American Idol viewers when a contestant was eliminated.
Gary Glitter Gets a New Judgment Day
Jailed Seventies glam rocker GARY GLITTER will appear in a Vietnamese court on June 15th to appeal a three-year sentence for a child-molestation conviction. Glitter was arrested last November while boarding a flight out of the country and in March was found guilty of committing obscene acts with a ten-year-old and an eleven-year-old girl at his beach house. Although Glitter has been locked up in the resort town of Vung Tau, the hearing will reportedly take place in the country's capital, Ho Chi Minh City.
Rihanna, Wolfmother added to Movie Awards Blow-Out
Dancehall breakout star RIHANNA and FALL OUT BOY bassist PETE WENTZ will hit the red carpet as the celebrity guest hosts for the MTV Movie Awards pre-show. Additional festivities include a set from Australian metal trio WOLFMOTHER following the show, which will be hosted by JESSICA ALBA. The 2006 MTV Movie Awards -- featuring appearances from crossover artists JESSICA SIMPSON, T.I., LUDACRIS and JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE among others -- airs on the network June 8th at 9 p.m.
James Blunt Gets Banned
Maybe singer JAMES BLUNT shouldn't have referred to his win for Most Performed Work ("You're Beautiful") at last week's Ivor Novello Awards in London as the "Most Overplayed Song Award." Since Blunt's speech, in which he invited listeners to tune out if they'd tired of his songs, the U.K. radio station Essex FM has banned both "You're Beautiful" and "Goodbye My Lover" from airplay. "Quite often there will be popular artists that people are starting to grow weary of," said the station's program controller to Britain's The Independent about the ban. "This time, the number of specific comments about James Blunt were more than we have ever seen for one particular artist. . . . People said, 'Can you get rid of him? Can you ban him? Even people who say they are fans of his songs go on to express that they're sick of it." In addition to Most Performed Work, Blunt's "You're Beautiful" also nabbed him the International Hit of the Year award.