Plea deal for Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber on Wednesday avoided a DUI conviction by making a plea deal stemming from his Jan. 23 arrest in Miami Beach. The 20-year-old warbler was nabbed after allegedly having a drag race in his rented Lamborghini with a Ferrari driven by R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff. Bieber, who also was charged with resisting arrest, was given urine tests that showed the presence of marijuana and Xanax in his system. In the deal, he will take a 12-hour anger-management course and pay a $50,000 charitable contribution plus fines.
Celine Dion on hiatus
Canadian chanteuse Celine Dion has put on hold her shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and her scheduled tour of Asia until further notice due to health problems in her family. Her husband, René Angélil, is recovering after having a cancerous tumor removed in December, and Dion herself is recovering from an unmamed condition that caused an inflammation of her throat muscles. The couple need a break and time to spend with the family.
'Guardians' tops charts
Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy, which has dominated theatrical box office charts, also has conquered Billboard's Album Chart. The film's 1970s-flavored sound track album, Awesome Mix Vol. 1, which includes tunes by Blue Swede, the Jackson 5 and David Bowie, was No. 1 this week, selling 109,000 units.
Another compilation, the 51st installment of Now That's What I Call Music! was at No. 2 with 94,000; Godsmack's 1000hp was No. 3 with 58,000.