MUSIC NOTES: Elton John Files $29 Mil Lawsuit

He isn’t afraid of large audiences, and he isn’t afraid of a major brawl, either … in court, of course. English superstar Elton John is suing a top accounting firm and his former accountant for $29 million John says is missing from his music empire, Reuters reports.

Rather than getting involved with all the boring details of how to spend and invest his money, John‘s lawyer says that the 53-year-old pianist entrusted the firm with that job until he noticed $29 million of it was missing.

John is expected to testify in the British court as a witness.

SPICE GIRLS SET RECORD: Mark another victory for girl power. The Spice Girls have made history in Britain by becoming the first female group to have nine No. 1 singles on the British charts, Reuters reports. The group’s hit “Holler/Let Love Lead the Way,” went straight to the top of the charts and is the first single off their upcoming album “Forever.” Only Madonna, Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley and the Beatles have had more No. 1 singles on the British charts. “Forever” hits stores Nov. 6.

SPANISH ROCK PIONEER DIES: Manolo Munoz, considered to be one of the fathers of Mexico’s Spanish rock music, died of a stroke Sunday, Reuters reports. Munoz, 59, was among a handful of Mexican singers who brought U.S. rock into Mexico and re-released it in Spanish. The singer released 80 albums and made three films in his 42-year career.

REJOICE! MORE MEGADETH ALBUMS: Hard rock band Megadeth has found its sanctuary with a new label. The band has signed a five-record deal with British media company Sanctuary Group, Reuters reports. Megadeth had suffered from decreasing sales with their former label, EMI’s Capitol Records. Sanctuary’s stable of bands also includes Iron Maiden, the British heavy metal group that flourished in the ’80s.

BRIT AND A BRIT? She didn’t e-mail him, she promises. Teen pop queen Britney Spears is denying reports that she’s been e-mailing Britain’s Prince William, Reuters reports. “I really don’t know where these stories come from,” the 18-year-old said. And just in case her boyfriend, ‘N Sync’s Justin Timberlake is reading, she also said: “I love Justin. We’ve been around each other since we were kids so we know each other very well.”

TRIBUTE TO CARNAHAN:Singer Sheryl Crow has a soft heart for politicians — especially when they’re from her home state. She’s scheduled to headline a concert to honor late Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, The Associated Press reports. Carnahan’s plane went down Oct. 16, killing him, his son and his chief campaign adviser. Crow is planning on inviting other musicians to join her on stage Friday at the Pageant Club, a small venue just outside St. Louis. Proceeds will benefit the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund.

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