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The Kiss Army has a new recruit: Condoleezza Rice. "I was thrilled," the secretary of state said of her late-night encounter with Kiss' Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and company in the executive lounge of the Sheraton Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden, where they signed autographs and handed out backstage passes and T-shirts to her staff. Rice said her favorite Kiss tune is "Rock and Roll All Nite" but said she has never seen the band in concert.
The rest of Toni Braxton's scheduled shows at the Flamingo Las Vegas have been canceled so the singer can focus on her health. The show, "Toni Braxton: Revealed," had been dark since Braxton was hospitalized April 7 with what hotel officials said at the time was a complaint of chest pain. The show had been scheduled to resume this week and end in August.
The reunited New Kids on the Block have penciled in a Sept. 8 release date for a new album, which will be released by Interscope. The band and the label describe the deal as a "partnership." A source said Interscope will get a portion of merchandise and touring revenue.
HEART AND SOUL
The Heart Foundation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will honor Motown founder Berry Gordy with the Steven S. Cohen Humanitarian Award on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton.