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Doherty: 'A lot has changed'

Pete Doherty says people close to him want him to kick his addiction to drugs. "The people I'm closest to have had enough. They've said it's drugs or them," the Babyshambles frontman said yesterday at a court appearance to review his progress in complying with a treatment order. "A lot has changed in the past week," Doherty added. He didn't say whether the change involved his relationship with supermodel Kate Moss, 33, or had anything to do with his April 12 concert appearance with Carl Barat, his former partner in the Libertines. At the same concert, Doherty referred to Moss as his fiancee. Appearing before District Judge Jane McIvor at Thames Magistrates' Court, Doherty indicated he still wasn't clean. "I'm quite keen to show a negative test as soon as possible really," Doherty said. (AP)

Music execs meet on rap lyrics
A high-powered group of music-industry executives met privately yesterday to discuss sexist and misogynistic rap lyrics, nearly one week after Don Imus was fired for calling the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos." The meeting, called by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons's Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, was held at the New York home of Lyor Cohen, chairman and chief executive of US music at Warner Music Group. Although no initiative emerged from the meeting, the gathering was significant for its who's who list of powerful music executives, including Kevin Liles of Warner Music; L.A. Reid of Island Def Jam Music Group; Sylvia Rhone of Motown Records and Universal Music Group; and Mitch Bainwol of the Recording Industry Association of America. (AP)

Madonna continues Malawi trip
Madonna and her 10 -year-old daughter , Lourdes, visited a center for street children that benefits from the charity work the pop star is doing in Malawi. The 48-year-old singer is visiting the impoverished southern African country to check on projects run by her Raising Malawi organization. (AP)

Gere, Shetty in hot water in India
Three lawyers filed complaints in Indian courts against actor Richard Gere and Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty for kissing at a public function, a news report said yesterday. In his complaint, attorney Poonal Chandra Bhandari accused the actors of committing "an obscene act" in a public place, which India's conservative society cannot tolerate, Press Trust of India said. The complaints came a day after crowds in several Indian cities burned effigies of Gere after he wrapped Shetty in his arms and kissed her on her cheeks during an AIDS awareness event . (AP)

Rivers loses her red-carpet gig
Joan Rivers is being replaced by Lisa Rinna as TV Guide Channel's leading red-carpet host. The actress will make her debut at the Emmy Awards on Sept. 16, the network said yesterday. Rivers, 73, and her daughter, Melissa, launched TV Guide Channel's red-carpet programming in January 2005. (AP)