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AP reports: An attorney for Michael Jackson's mother says she is considering a wrongful death lawsuit because of the circumstances surrounding her son's demise, and that the singer's personal physician is a likely target.
The idea is still nascent and Dr. Conrad Murray is the main name that's been mentioned, attorney Burt Levitch said Monday, following a court hearing where a judge approved a merchandising deal that will benefit the King of Pop's estate.
"The possibility of a wrongful death action has been floated," Levitch said. "In that regard, no decision has been finalized ... Dr. Murray's name has been floated because he is under investigation."
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Reuters reports: Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will be among the cast of 16 celebrities in this season's "Dancing with the Stars" reality television show, the network behind the program said on Monday.
He is not the first former politician cast in the show, as TV personality and former mayor of Cincinnati Jerry Springer appeared on a past season of "Dancing."
The other celebrities joining "Dancing" this season include singer Donny Osmond, supermodel Kathy Ireland, football star Michael Irvin, singer Macy Gray and reality TV star Kelly Osbourne, the daughter of heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne.
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Launch reports: Amy Winehouse is rumored to be making an appearance on the forthcoming series of BBC1 reality TV show "Strictly Come Dancing."
Rather than dancing, the singer is tipped to appear as a backing singer while her 13 year-old goddaughter Dionne Bromfield performs a song on the program.
The singer's management is understood to be close to signing the deal with the BBC for Winehouse to appear on the program in September, claims the Sunday Mirror [so take this for what it is worth].
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Reuters reports: Young rapper Bow Wow is officially out of retirement. After announcing his departure from the music game to focus on his acting career earlier this year, the 22-year-old sent out a Twitter message that he has joined Cash Money Records' stable of artists.
"It's official, I'm a Cash Money Millionaire," Bow Wow, who had parted ways with longtime label Columbia Records earlier this year, told his thousands of followers on Twitter.
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Virgin reports: The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus will partner with Hot Topic's Shockhound.com to premiere their new video for single "Pen & Paper" off their sophomore album Lonely Road, which debuted this year at #14 on Billboards Top 200 chart. The 48 hour exclusive premiere will begin on August 17 at Shockhound.com
The video was produced and directed by former Chicago agency producers, Nathan Brown (producer) and Chris Folkens (director). RJA asked the duo to work on their new video after seeing the Telly Award-winning music video trilogy Folkens directed for Chicago-based band The Lifetime. RJA decided to shoot the video for Pen & Paper in their hometown of Middleburg, Florida at frontman, Ronnie Winter's home this past June before hitting the road for their summer tour. Pen & Paper is about removing all the fake people from their lives. The video features RJA and their hometown friends getting rid of those individuals in a creative way while getting some aggression.
Brown and Folkens have plans to shoot RJA's next music video in Chicago. They are also working with the band on a branded integrated experience that partners RJA with a brand name, creating an online interactive experience involving fans in a music video like never before.
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PR reports: Los Angeles pop-rock group Oh No Not Stereo have been selected as one of the 12 finalists in the "Free The Noise" battle of the bands competition.
Presented by SPIN Earth, John Varvatos STAR USA, and Island Records, "Free The Noise" is a global online search for the next great rock 'n' roll band. Oh No Not Stereo were chosen out of over 200 bands from 26 countries to be in the top 12.
Having released their third album "003" this past March, Oh No Not Stereo will be supporting the record on the road this fall with their high-energy live show. Produced by the band with assistance from Jim Wirt (Incubus, Live, Something Corporate) and Max Coane (Jack's Mannequin, The Rocket Summer, The Bronx), with mixing by Neal Avron (Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard, Anberlin), "003" is currently available online and in Best Buy stores nationwide.
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PR reports: The Sounds are releasing a remix of "No One Sleeps When I'm Awake" by a young DJ called Viking. "No One Sleeps" is the first single from The Sounds latest album Crossing The Rubicon.
The Sounds are thrilled to be embarking on their largest headlining tour to date. The 75 plus date tour, which will begin September 11th in Quebec City, Canada, is in support of the band's latest album, Crossing The Rubicon. Having completed an European arena tour with Fall Out Boy and a US Amphitheatre tour with No Doubt, The Sounds are excited to be bringing their headlining show to fans everywhere. Support for the tour will include Foxy Shazam in North America and Matt & Kim in Europe, with guest DJ's at every stop.
The Sounds have captivated fans around the world by playing more than 700 shows, selling out major venues in over 25 countries worldwide. Praised for their "smart, perfectly calibrated indie electro" by Spin Magazine and their "chic new-wave synths, glittering hooks and pop-savvy beats" by Alternative Press, The Sounds ambition and irresistible songs have taken the band from playing small clubs in their hometown of Helsingborg to entertaining legions around the world.
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PR reports: Toronto group Little Girls aka Josh McIntyre and co. are excited to announce the release of debut and proper album, Concepts, on Paper Bag Records on October 13th.
After word started circulating earlier this year via some early blog attention from songs discovered on the band's MySpace and the subsequent release of their Tambourine EP and 12" on Brooklyn label Mexican Summer, the band are eager to showcase their history and unique sound. Concepts' eleven tracks span from the very first Little Girls track ever written to brand new material. The album was recorded only at night in a home studio with most of the songs contributing to an ongoing theme of 'growing up.'
It all started when McIntyre recorded a few songs in his home studio as a side project in early 2009. Seeking the unbiased opinions from friends and musical peers he anonymously posted the music on the internet under the name "Little Girls," a name he believed least likely to reveal his identity. His influences come from the 80's no-wave post-punk scene, and the early 80's golden era of hip-hop. Equally influential are the late hip-hop artist J. Dilla, as well as Can, Joy Division, Wire, and The Clean.
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Audible Treats reports: K'Jon scored one of the most impressive R&B crossover debuts of the year, with his new Universal Republic album I Get Around landing in the Top 15 of the Billboard Top Albums chart this week.
The eye-opening debut, logging in at # 12 and # 5 on the R&B chart, is due in large part to the Detroit native's epic first single, "On The Ocean," which already reigns as one of 2009's smash hit dual-qualifiers - a certified radio and club smash.
The classic single owned the nightlife grid for months as a popular 'stepping' song before becoming one of the most requested urban radio hits of the year. "On The Ocean" locked the #1 spot at the Urban AC format for more than a month, with radio listeners and online music followers extending the grassroots wave stirred by the song's soulful message of perseverance. "On The Ocean" was also a multiple format radio-record breaker, making the biggest vault to #1 in BDS-based chart history, overtaking the previous high-water mark set by superstar Alicia Keys with her 2001 classic "Fallen."
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PR reports: Brooke Waggoner returns on November 3rd with her second full-length album titled Go Easy Little Doves. All twelve songs on the album were not only written and composed by Waggoner, as with her previous releases, but Go Easy Little Doves was entirely self-produced.
With Go Easy Little Doves, Waggoner expands and surrounds her sound with lush orchestration, moving melodies and introspective lyrics. Waggoner's new album begins with two instrumental songs "Query" and "Ruminate" which beautifully fade into the title track "Go Easy Little Doves, I'll Be Fine." The album plays more like a symphony rather than a standard pop release. Songs such as "Chromates Soft Love" and "Find Her Floods" reveal dynamics that could be suitably described as cinematic.
Waggoner describes the process of writing the material for the album and inspiration by commenting, "This is a collection of music I've wanted to record correctly for a very long time. Some of the songs were written over ten years ago. And some were written the night before I was scheduled to record. The project is full of Q&A, pensiveness, elasticity, and romance. It truly follows my story from beginning to its current state. This is the one I've always dreamt of making."
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PR reports: Warner Bros Records is proud to announce the October 6, 2009 release of The Listening, the debut full-length album from Lights.
The Toronto singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist crafts her own brand of sparkling, otherworldly electro-pop that is, in her words "soft, but not pussy-soft, you know?" Lights' songs have already garnered almost 16 million plays on MySpace, and she has racked up a #1 hit on MuchMusic, inclusion in a series of Old Navy commercials, and airtime on The Hills. On the strength of her self-titled EP alone, Lights won the 2009 Juno (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy Award) for New Artist of the Year, joining the ranks of Feist and Nelly Furtado.
During her stint on this summer's Van's Warped Tour Rolling Stone selected Lights as one of four Warped Tour Buzz Bands, calling her a "retro new wave
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