Kylie Minogue receives French cultural honor

PARIS - France honored Kylie Minogue on Monday, making her Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters

for her contribution to French culture.

The 39-year-old Australian singer received the prestigious title the day before kicking off a world tour for her album 'X.' Past recipients include Ella Fitzgerald and Bob Dylan.

Culture Minister Christine Albanel called Minogue the 'princess of pop, the uncontested queen of the dance floor.'

Prince working on first book

NEW YORK - Prince the musical auteur is becoming an author.

'21 Nights,' a 'photographic essay' that offers 'a rare glimpse into the life, lyrics, and mystique' of the maker of such hits as '1999' and 'Purple Rain,' will be published worldwide come fall, according to Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

The book, his first, is based on Prince's 21 sold-out concerts in as many nights at London's O2 Arena in 2007.

Johansson and Reynolds are engaged

LOS ANGELES - Scarlett Johansson and her boyfriend, Ryan Reynolds, are engaged.

The 23-year-old actress and the 31-year-old actor have not set a wedding date, Johansson's publicist, Marcel Pariseau, said Monday.

Laryngitis forces Avril Lavigne to postpone shows

LOS ANGELES - Avril Lavigne has laryngitis and has postponed shows on her national tour this week.

The 23-year-old singer, whose hits include 'Complicated' and 'Girlfriend,' backed out of performances in Los Angeles and Anaheim over the weekend. She was supposed to perform in Santa Barbara today, San Jose on Wednesday, Spokane, Wash., on Friday and Everett, Wash., on Saturday.

'My sincerest apologies to all of my fans,' Lavigne said in a message posted Saturday on her Web site.