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Reuters reports: Michael Jackson's sister LaToya has taken possession of computer hard drives that contain a trove of unreleased songs he recorded with A-list singers such as Ne-Yo, Akon, and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
The drives were in the "Thriller" singer's rented Holmby Hills, Calif., mansion when he died suddenly in June. Hours afterward, the family descended on the house to claim all its contents, and LaToya grabbed the drives, Rolling Stone said, quoting the late singer's manager, Frank DiLeo.
DiLeo told Rolling Stone that there were at least 100 songs -- including many recorded at Jackson's 1980s peak -- that were never released, including a few "sensational" tracks that were left off "Bad," the 1987 follow-up to his blockbuster "Thriller."
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Access Hollywood reports: Jay Leno has lined up a stellar musical guest list for the premiere night of "The Jay Leno Show" — in fact, he's lined up three.
The late night legend will welcome Jay-Z who will perform with Rihanna and Kanye West on the inaugural night of his new comedy show on September 14, Access Hollywood has learned.
The trio will perform "Run This Town" from Jay-Z's album "The Blueprint 3," which drops on September 11. More on Jay-Z - Jay-Z MP3s - Jay-Z CDs -
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AP reports: A second witness Thursday testified that he saw rapper Corey Miller, known as C-Murder, shoot a teen in a suburban New Orleans nightclub in 2002.
Miller is being tried on a second-degree murder charge in the death of 16-year-old Steve Thomas, who was also beaten in the now-closed nightclub. If convicted, Miller, 38, would face life in prison.
Kenneth Jordan, 26, testifying for the prosecution, said he was standing about 5 to 6 feet from Miller when he saw the rapper pull out a pistol and shoot Thomas
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Hecklerspray reports: Some people are now seriously suggesting that Paula Abdul has in fact signed a new American Idol contract, and that this is all part of some giant ratings-grabbing bait and switch ploy whereby Simon Cowell realises two episodes into the new season that the show can't go on without Paula Abdul, allowing her to come back in a blaze of glory.
It's got everything - drama, a strong soapy element, a sort of happy ending, plus Simon Cowell has a history of doing this sort of thing - and maybe that's why Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson are being unusually cagey about the whole affair, as E! Online reports:
On his radio show this morning, Seacrest said Abdul's departure was real—"as far as I know." Jackson, meanwhile told Extra, "It looks to be true [emphasis added]." Alright, it's not exactly Area 51 territory, but it does give us hope that maybe - just maybe - Paula Abdul will return to American Idol.
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reports: As the highly anticipated 5th season of FX's original comedy series It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia approaches, fans of the hit will have their chance to see the gang up close and in person as they take "The Nightman Cometh" on a multi-city tour.
The musical performance was written by Rob McElhenney (Mac), Charlie Day (Charlie) and Glenn Howerton (Dennis) who all star along with Kaitlin Olson (Sweet Dee), and Danny DeVito (Frank) with special appearances by Mary Elizabeth Ellis (The Waitress) and Artemis Pebdani (Artemis). More on It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia - It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia CDs -
"The Nightman Cometh" is a live stage adaptation of a fan favorite episode from season four in which Charlie writes a rock opera to woo his longtime obsession, The Waitress. The stage show originally premiered at the Troubadour in Los Angeles last spring and, based on the success and fan buzz generated by the musical, producers decided to bring the live show to six major US cities including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles
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rephlektor reports: BBE is pleased to announce the September 28 release of The Apartment, the sophomore release from talented south Florida-based Hip-Hop artist Dynas.
This organic Hip-Hop release is the real deal packing smart lyrics and spot-on- -production with practical and lyrical collabs coming from DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Spinna, Dilla and the one and only Slick Rick. Dynas' artistry is head and shoulders above the normal Top 40 music landscape.More on Dynas - Dynas CDs -
Noted for his ability to visually depict urban tales with melodious harmonies, The Apartment was constructed during and due to the ups and downs Dynas had living by himself in his apartment. It is a coming of age manifesto of sorts. For many young people, their first taste of freedom of expression and adulthood develops in an apartment. Dynas left the nest and found both heaven and hell at the same time out on his own in his apartment. "I developed a sense of self while dealing with the opposite sex in my apartment. I have survived and overcome struggles while living in my apartment. I have worshiped, gone to war and made love in my apartment. It was my cocoon now my spirit flies through sound waves," Dynas says.
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Magnum reports: iZotope, Inc. has collaborated with English electronic band Underworld for the latest release of their popular iDrum app for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch. This new app features tracks adapted from all of Underworld albums in celebration of the release of the band's full catalog on iTunes and in conjunction with a concert available to stream on the iPhone and iPod touch.
"iDrum Underworld Edition has been carefully designed as a completely new medium of musical expression where users can interact with Underworld's music," explains Mark Ethier, CEO of iZotope, "We're proud to be part of this successful artistic collaboration between iZotope, Underworld, tomato and GForce Software."
Building on the core iZotope interface of iDrum, the graphical user interface skin was specially commissioned from John Warwicker, co-founder of tomato and Underworld Creative Director. Tracks from the Underworld catalog were adapted by sound designer Dave Spiers, co-founder of GForce Software, under the direction of the band's own Rick Smith. GForce is well-known for their meticulous vintage synthesizer modeling in addition to providing technical expertise to a number of bands.
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Advanced Alternative Media reports: With a fist full of EPs & 7"s, an album, and almost a decade's worth of shows under their belt, Boston-based Choo Choo La Rogue are preparing to set forth their much anticipated follow up: Black Clouds. [Release Date: August 18, 2009]
Recorded in their own studio over the course of 3 years - and while living in 3 separate cities - Black Clouds will be released by their dear friend and #1 fan, Jennifer O'Connor [Matador Records] through her label Kiam Records, out August 18.
Choo Choo La Rouge will be celebrating Black Clouds with three album release parties in Philadelphia, Boston and Brooklyn with friends and special guests including Amy Ray [of Indigo Girls], Dump [James McNew of Yo La Tengo] and of course Ms. O'Connor.
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Audible Treats reports: D.Black's new album, Ali'Yah, will be available September 15th via Sportn' Life Records/MYX Music Label.
The word "we" shows itself in nearly every phase of D.Black's forthcoming sophomore album, Ali'Yah, creating a theme of community; music for everyone. His motivational messages, combined with smooth, flowing rhymes and a classic soul feel, not to mention impeccable production, build to the song "Yesterday."
The tune, produced by both D.Black and B. Brown, is an anthem for looking forward; letting go of yesterday's evil. D.Black says, "On a more spiritual level, it means to not look back, by which you'd be giving life again to the evil nature that works contrary to pure spirit."
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Columbia Records reports: The cast of the new fall comedy Glee is hitting the road this summer in search of "Gleeks" at a mall near you!
Cast members Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Dianna Agron and Mark Salling will make appearances exclusively at Hot Topic stores in select cities across the country to sign autographs, hold Q&A sessions and give fans a sneak peek at the new season of GLEE.
The tour kicks off Monday, Aug. 17 at the Natick Mall Hot Topic in Boston. Glee premieres Wednesday, Sept. 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Fox. A special extended director's cut of the pilot will air Wednesday, Sept. 2 (8:58-10:00 PM ET/PT) with encore episodes airing for three Fridays beginning Sept. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
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MLC reports: Santa Barbara-based reggae band Rebelution dominated the iTunes charts with the release of their sophomore album, "Bright Side of Life" on August 4, 2009.
The band's new release currently holds the #1 spot on iTunes in the reggae music genre, and the #3 spot for top albums downloaded in the United States in all genres of music. The album joins the likes of top artists such as Modest Mouse, Colbie Caillat, Whitney Houston, Black Eyed Peas, Zac Brown Band, and Kings of Leon.
In response to their success on the charts, Rebelution shares, "We are excited to see the continuation of the pathway being built by independent artists." Leading up to the release, the pre-sales of the album had Rebelution with two albums in the Top 10, their not yet released "Bright Side of Life" at #2 and their 2007 release "Courage to Grow" at #6, where it still stands today."
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PR reports: Danny Krivit 718 Sessions is released September 22, 2009 and Frankie Knuckles Motivation Too is released on October 20, 2009 both on Nervous Records
There was a time when house music meant something. Back in the day, it wasn't just a fun night out dancing or hitting a place just to be seen. No, the house music that Chicago's Frankie Knuckles and New York City's Danny Krivit ushered into the world was about something more. Perhaps there was more heart and soul in the music or maybe it was something even deeper back then. The house music these two legends purveyed united people under one roof in a way that had never been done before. Black, Latino, White, straight, gay – all enjoying the diverse sounds together. This is where inspiration is made. This is the kind of scene that ignites other scenes abroad. And so here we are in 2009…computers replaced tape and turntables…music is missing that depth. Nervous Records feels that need and called on these house music pioneers to bring it one more time. This September 22 marks the Nervous Records release of Danny Krivit 718 Sessions while Frankie Knuckles Motivation Too drops on October 20. It's the latest and greatest battle between The Big Apple and The Second City! More on Danny Krivit - Danny Krivit CDs -
First out of the gate is Danny Krivit 718 Sessions. A true New York legend, Krivit burst on to the scene in the early 1970's and become a major part of the thriving club music community.. His connection to famed clubs The Loft and Paradise Garage and friendships with DJs including David Mancuso and Larry Levan provided the ultimate inspiration for his own career. In his 38 years in the business, the man has played every key NYC-club imaginable and has Producer/Editor/Mixer credits included on well over 200 records. Hell, the man's even been a VJ since the early 80's and has a collection of well over 5,000 rare soul performances on video from the 60s, 70s, 80's, & 90's. His vinyl record collection is now well over 80,000. 718 Sessions marks the first ever release celebrating Krivit's long-running party of the same name and it's an authentic journey through some of house music's finer tracks. The first single culled from the album is Kim English "Nothing's Impossible" - produced by Maurice Joshua and mixed by ATFC
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