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Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013 11:29 am

Lindsay Lohan Dodges Jail-time, again

At only 26-years-old, Lindsay Lohan has been arrested six times in the past five years alone. This week, the troubled actress made headlines, yet again, for her legal troubles.

After showing up to a Los Angeles courthouse almost an hour after her trial was scheduled to start, Lohan plead no contest to the charges of reckless driving and giving false information to a police officer from last fall. Despite media reports that Lohan was facing 8 months in jail, the judge sentenced her to 90 days in a locked rehab facility, 30 days of community service, 18 months of psychotherapy, and ordered her to pay a fine and restitution. The judge also said that if LiLo meets the terms of this deal she will not have to serve additional time behind bars. However, breaking the deal will most likely land her in jail.

The star is also still on probation stemming from a shoplifting stint in 2007.

Fingers crossed that Lindsay will finally learn her lesson within the next year and clean up her act. The upcoming “Life Size” sequel needs her.

Justin Timberlake Releases Third Solo Album

After seven years, the much-anticipated third solo album from Backstreet Boys alum, Justin Timberlake, is finally here! “The 20/20 Experience” was released on Tuesday and has gotten rave reviews from fans and music critics alike.

Debuting at number one on iTunes, the album, which features the hit single, “Suit and Tie,” is expected to hit the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart as well when the official first week sales are released next week. Chart analysts are predicting that the album will sell around 800,000 copies by the end of the week making it a personal best for Timberlake as well as the largest first-week sales by a male artist since Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” in 2010.

John Mayer Announces First Tour in Three Years

John Mayer took over Twitter on Thursday night with the hashtag “#MayerIsBack” in an effort to announce his first major concert in three years. The singer suffered setbacks in his career after doctors found granulomas in his throat, near his vocal chords, in 2011. After successful surgeries and months of vocal rest, Mayer is finally going on the road again for his “Born and Raised Tour.”

The tour will kick off in mid-April and will continue through the first week of October of this year. “American Idol” winner, Phillip Phillips, has been tapped to join Mayer as the opening act on the tour.

You can check out all of the tour dates here. To save you trouble, yes, the tour will be making a stop nearby as John is scheduled to perform at Jazz Fest in New Orleans on April 26th.

Border Patrol Finds Marijuana on Rihanna’s Tour Bus

If you follow Rihanna on Twitter or Instagram, it’s no secret that the pop star loves her –ahem- “herbal substances.” However, her entourage may want to keep their recreational activities on the down low from now on.

During a drive from Canada to Detroit, MI for Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour, one of the singer’s ten tour buses was stopped by U.S Border Patrol after one of the officers thought they smelled weed on someone during an inspection of the bus. The officers then brought a drug dog onto the bus to do a thorough search which lead to the bust.

According to a spokesperson from the U.S Customs and Border Patrol, "During primary inspection a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer referred the buses for a secondary inspection due to the strong odor of marijuana emanating from one of the buses…A search of the individual resulted in the discovery of a small amount of marijuana and civil penalty assessed.”

It was also noted that Rihanna was not the individual who was found with the marijuana nor was she even on the particular bus that was searched.

Despite this unexpected delay, the Diamonds World Tour was able to continue as scheduled.

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