MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Pop star Kylie Minogue is suing the British record producer who helped launch her career.

The Australian singer has claimed in the Victoria state Supreme Court that PAL Productions, run by famed pop producer Pete Waterman, underpaid royalties for her “Greatest Hits” album which was released in 1992 and rereleased in 2002, the Sunday Age newspaper reported.

An auditing firm hired by Minogue and her family found that Minogue was underpaid by more than 10 percent, or about $830,000. PAL since paid nearly $500,000, but Minogue’s company lodged papers seeking unspecified damages, interest and costs, the paper said.

Waterman’s partnership launched Minogue’s career outside Australia in 1988 when he wrote her the song “I Should Be So Lucky” which topped the British charts for five weeks.

Fischer phone psychic

LOS ANGELES (AP) Actress Jenna Fischer can claim she was a professional psychic for two days.

Fischer, who stars in NBC’s upcoming remake of “The Office,” took a job as a telephone psychic for a few days to earn some extra money. The only job requirements were an ability to read tarot cards and a claim that she felt intuitive.

The calls were routed to her home.

“I never collected my paycheck for that job, because I ended up feeling very guilty,” she told reporters on Friday. “People who called were very needy, and I felt sad. So I quit after two days.

Diva to appear in ‘Chicago’

NEW YORK (AP) Rhythm ‘n’ blues diva Patti LaBelle is coming back to the stage appearing next month in the Los Angeles company of “Chicago.”

LaBelle will play Matron Mama Morton in the Kander-and-Ebb musical, running at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood Feb. 5-20. She will star with former talk-show host Wayne Brady, who portrays lawyer Billy Flynn in the touring production.

LaBelle appeared on Broadway in the 1982 revival of the musical revue “Your Arms Too Short to Box with God” and has brought her one-woman show to several Broadway theaters since then.

The long-running revival of “Chicago” is now in its ninth year on Broadway, currently playing at the Ambassador Theatre. It stars Charlotte d’Amboise, Terra C. MacLeod and Brent Barrett.


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