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Laura Pausini appears backstage with the best female pop vocal album award she garnered at the 10th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 5, 2009. UPI/Jim Ruymen
Laura Pausini appears backstage with the best female pop vocal album award she garnered at the 10th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 5, 2009. UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

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LAURA PAUSINI: Italian pop star Laura Pausini said it was "devastating" a young man was killed helping her crew set up a stage for a concert in Reggio Calabria.


Matteo Armelini, 31, was killed and two unidentified workers hurt Monday when the stage they were setting up collapsed, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

No details regarding what caused the mishap were immediately released.

"Writing these words is truly difficult and painful for me," Pausini wrote on her Facebook page.

"I'm in a very strong state of confusion and fragility. Matteo was a rigger, an expert technician, a young guy who was strong, reserved, kind and attentive to make sure that his and our work was better than anyone's. We, your family on tour, bow to you, Matteo, and to the friendship and love that you put into every gesture, the sacrifice and help you gave us. Our mourning is total. It is devastating. Ciao Matteo."


YOUNG BUCK: No arrests have been made in the attempted shooting of rapper Young Buck and his girlfriend in Nashville during the weekend, police said.

The (Nashville) Tennessean reported someone fired a gun at the hip-hop artist, whose real name is David Brown, and his companion Kenyetta Rainey as they drove away, following a heated argument inside South Nashville's La Bamba nightclub early Sunday.

Rainey's shoulder was grazed by a bullet and she was treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for the wound, then released, the newspaper said.

Neither Brown -- a former member of 50 Cent's G-Unit -- or an unidentified man in his car were injured.

E! News said 11 bullets hit Brown's sport utility vehicle.

The matter remains under investigation.

LIONEL RICHIE: Luke Bryan, Sara Evans, Tim McGraw and Jennifer Nettles have joined the lineup for "ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends in Concert" in Las Vegas, CBS said.

The star-studded show is to be taped April 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It will be broadcast April 13 on CBS.

The event will feature country music collaborations with Richie from his upcoming album, "Tuskegee," along with solo performances.


Some of Richie's greatest hits will be performed by country artists such as Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride and Rascal Flatts.

"It has been so rewarding to have my songs embraced by country music artists," Richie said in a statement Monday.

"Since Conway Twitty recorded 'Three Times a Lady' and Kenny Rogers sang 'Lady,' I have been welcomed into the country music family with open arms.

"It's the ultimate compliment to have country artists record and perform songs that I've written. I've always felt right at home in country because I was raised just down the road from Nashville in Tuskegee, Ala., where I was immersed in country, R&B, gospel and classical music."

ZACHARY QUINTO: Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe and Zachary Quinto will return for Season 2 of "American Horror Story," the show's co-creator said.

Executive producer Ryan Murphy confirmed the Season 1 cast members would be back, along with previously announced fan favorite Jessica Lange, playing different characters in a new setting, reported.


"Every season is a new haunting," Murphy said. "There are so many great genre subsets of horror ... [and] there's only one rule for the show: no werewolves, no vampires."

"I don't think they've ever done a show where a group of actors then came back the next year and played entirely different people and even called it the same thing. Leave it to Ryan Murphy," quoted Paulson as saying.

Shooting is to begin in July. Season 2 is expected to start airing on FX in October.

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