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Michael Jackson's This Is It A Big Hit- Lil Wayne, Birdman Sued- Heath Ledger Rap Video Released- Miley Stalker Update- 50 Cent Coming Early and more
Day in Pop reports: "Michael Jackson's This Is It" pulled in $101 million worldwide in its first five days, and distributor Sony is extending the farewell performance film beyond its planned two-week run. more

A Florida man wants rappers Lil Wayne and Birdman to show him respect - for using his voice on a song with that title. Thomas Marasciullo filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Friday in a Manhattan federal court against the rappers, their record label and various music distribution outlets. more

Robbie Williams has pulled out of his scheduled performance at next week's MTV Europe Music Awards, citing a scheduling conflict. more

A grand jury declined to indict a 53-year-old Georgia man accused of trying to stalk teen pop star Miley Cyrus on felony charges. He still faces misdemeanor charges of attempted stalking and disorderly conduct. more

An Australian rapper who was a boyhood friend of Heath Ledger has released a music video the star directed shortly before his death. N'fa Forster-Jones posted the on his YouTube and MySpace pages on Thursday, along with a video in which he explains how the project came about. more

50 Cent's new album "Before I Self Destruct" is now moved forward to November 16, after the disc was leaked. But Fiddy put a positive spin on it. more

Kelly Clarkson says she has begun working on her next album and will release it in fall next year. more

Kris Allen has revealed via Twitter that an accompanying music video for his single "Live Like We're Dying" will come out on November 6th. more

Elton John has postponed three US gigs due to an ongoing illness. more -

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Beyonce CD/DVD Release Announced
Columbia Records reports: Music World Music/Columbia Records will release "I Am…Yours An Intimate Performance At Wynn Las Vegas"-- a concert performance DVD and Live CD that captures a never-before-seen performance from iconic artist, Beyonce on Monday, November 23.

Filmed at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas, this extraordinary concert features performances of over 30 songs from Beyonce's three multi-platinum solo releases, Destiny's Child catalog and a few surprises. This amazing concert includes the #1 hits, "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)," "If I Were A Boy," "Halo," "Sweet Dreams" and showcases a gut-wrenching performance of "That's Why You're Beautiful."

Included on "I AM... YOURS An Intimate Performance At Wynn Las Vegas," is a biographical storytelling woven between many songs and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. "I AM... YOURS An Intimate Performance At Wynn Las Vegas" is Beyoncé's first live CD and fans can also consider the release a greatest hits collection. - She also has a TV special coming up

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Toni Braxton Goes To Atlantic
Atlantic Records reports: Atlantic Records is proud to announce the addition of legendary R&B superstar Toni Braxton to its storied roster. The multiple Grammy Award-winning singer will unveil her hugely anticipated label debut on February 2nd, 2010.

"Atlantic Records has a rich heritage of great soul voices, from Ray Charles to Aretha Franklin, from Otis Redding to Roberta Flack," said Atlantic Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman. "Last year, we had the rare opportunity to bring another R&B icon into the Atlantic family, and for me it was an opportunity of a lifetime. Toni Braxton is not only one of the greatest voices of all time, but she is a charismatic superstar with an incredible list of achievements. She has sold over 40 million records worldwide, has had 15 Top Ten Billboard hits, earned six Grammy Awards, and the list goes on and on. Above all, there has always been that fantastic voice, filled with passion and beauty and soul. I believe that Toni has made the most spectacular album. It's the culmination of everything that has come before… a brilliant reflection of her experiences in music and in life. It's the start of an exciting new chapter – one which all of us at Atlantic are so very proud to be part of."

"Yesterday," the first single from the album, is currently on sale at Braxton's official home online, www.tonibraxton.com. A companion video – directed by famed filmmaker Bille Woodruff, known for such classic Braxton clips as "Un-Break My Heart" and "He Wasn't Man Enough" – was filmed earlier this month in Los Angeles and is currently in post-production with a premiere date to be announced later. - more on this story

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Twilight: New Moon Tour
Atlantic Records reports: "The Twilight Saga: New Moon—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" rises to #1 this week on the Billboard 200, its first full week in stores and online. Despite the soundtrack being released four days earlier than scheduled, it made an impressive debut last week at #2 on the chart after an abbreviated week at retail. This marks the first time ever that a soundtrack and its sequel have both reached the #1 spot on the Billboard 200. The Twilight Saga: New Moon is slated to open in theatres nationwide on November 20th.

A nationwide cast tour for The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which will also feature several bands on the soundtrack, kicks off in Los Angeles at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Friday, November 6th. The special event is open to the public. The audience will be treated to performances by Death Cab for Cutie, Anya Marina, Sea Wolf, and Band of Skulls, giving them a new opportunity to experience the music from the soundtrack. The cast tour will then continue across the country, with select actors from the movie making stops in 15 cities. Several dates will also include performances from soundtrack artists.

The musical companion to the highly anticipated second installment in Summit Entertainment's film franchise features new tracks from some of modern music's most gifted and admired artists, including Thom Yorke, Muse, The Killers, Bon Iver & St. Vincent, and Death Cab for Cutie, who contributed the album's first single, "Meet Me On the Equinox." The track is currently #14 at Modern Rock radio. - more on this story

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Terra Naomi Releases EP and Continues Fan Funded Tour
PR reports: Terra Naomi is proof that artists today can use social media marketing instead of a record label to launch and maintain thriving musical careers. After leaving Island Universal Records in 2008, Terra decided to forge ahead with what launched her career as a musical artist: The desire to connect with her fans in a more personal way via numerous online videos and webcasts, and her interactive website.

Terra's current tour is to promote, "You For Me" EP. The album is available on iTunes now with a full-length album expected in early 2010. After posting a 'Tour Support Fund Drive' video on YouTube, she raised her $5,000.00 goal in two week's time. With over 15 million views of her homemade videos on YouTube, nearly 35,000 subscribers, and an unparalleled interactive dialogue with fans, Terra is once again at the forefront of the new direct artist-to-fan model and can't wait to test out the viability of this approach when she hits the road this month.

In 2006, Terra was a pioneer in the digital age of music when she posted a series of videos filmed in her Hollywood apartment. Naming it her "Virtual Summer Tour," Terra went on to win the first-ever YouTube Award for Best Music Video in 2006 for her song/video "Say It's Possible" - more on this story

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Robert Randolph and the Family Band Get There With New Song
PR reports: Robert Randolph and the Family Band, led by the critically heralded pedal steel guitarist, singer, and songwriter Robert Randolph, have released a foot-stomping new digital single, entitled "Get There," which will make its broadcast television debut as the new theme song for Friday Night Knicks on the MSG Network on Friday, October 30th. "Get There," which was released on iTunes on October 27th and is now available for purchase, is the first new song from Robert Randolph and the Family Band in three years.

"When I wrote, 'Get There,' I was tapping into the sound and soul of our gospel roots – the true essence of the Family Band. The song speaks of moving in that positive direction. As a longtime Knicks fan, I feel that is where the team is heading," said Randolph.

The Family Band, which also features Randolph's cousins Danyel Morgan and Marcus Randolph released their last album, Colorblind on Warner Bros. Records in October 2006. It spawned two singles, "Thrill of It" (of which a live version was used as the theme music for six editions of the debut season of ABC's Saturday Night Football) and "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That," which was used in the hit film "Stomp The Yard." - more on this story

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Rob Murat Walks With Amanda Diva
Audible Treats reports: Returning with the second installment of his brand new "Walk With Me" series, rising R&B artist Rob Murat invites MTV2's Amanda Diva up to give fans a brief insight into her life and her art.

Already having collaborated on the up-beat, just for fun track "Mr. Soulman," from Murat's recent release, So Much to Say, the two affable personalities stand side by side on a rooftop and talk to both the camera and one another, effectively helping fans to better get a feel for who they are when they step out of the spotlight.

Check out this video to learn more about Amanda Diva's upcoming projects and to gain an inside look into the lives, inspirations and visions of these two multitalented artists. Rob Murats debut release, So Much to Say, is now available everywhere via Murat's own Quench Entertainment Group. - watch Walk With Me Vol. 2 With Amanda Diva

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We Are Wolves Set For Invisible Violence
PR reports: We Are Wolves will release their third full-length album Invisible Violence in the U.S. on February 2, 2010 via Dare To Care Records.

We Are Wolves' trademark irreverent dance-rock-electro mix is more melodic and refined than ever on Invisible Violence. Recorded in the band's hometown of Montreal this past July and August with producers Radwan Moumneh (Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Pas Chic Chic) and Hadji Bakara (Wolf Parade, Megasoid), the album ranges from the charging, bratty punk of "Holding Hands" to the hypnotic electro-pop of "Reaching For The Sky;" from the grooving disco beat of "Blue" to the moody, angular, and anthemic "Walking Commotion."

Creative and energetic, yet nuanced, Invisible Violence is every minute the visceral sonic explosion for which We Are Wolves have become known and loved. - more on this story

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Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family Present Go Waggaloo
Smithsonian reports: Smithsonian Folkways is excited to announce the new children's music release, Go Waggaloo, from Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family.

The album features Sarah Lee Guthrie, her husband Johnny Irion, their two daughters, and a host of other family and friends including her father Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Pete's grandson Tao Rodriguez Seeger. Go Waggaloo continues the Guthrie song-making tradition forged by Sarah's grandfather, Woody Guthrie.

The album includes three previously unrecorded songs written by Woody Guthrie and set to music for the first time by Sarah Lee Guthrie. The album mixes traditional folk with subtle uses of modern technology, including drum machines, loops, and cell phone recordings.
- For more information watch the short promotional video

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Maverick Presents Showcase
Submitted News reports: Tony Kessman, CEO of Maverick Presents announced today the beginning of a series of shows designed to showcase the top new talent in each genre gleaned from a series of demo submission calls, battle of the bands and live show reviews.

Tony Kessman, best known for producing and promoting a concert for Platinum recording artist/ American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks in Phoenix Arizona last February reported that there are many excellent artists that seem to be trapped in the local music scene where the pay is meager or non existent and the odds of being discovered are slim to none.

One of those bands ALLINADAY an alternative rock band out of Sacramento California got the attention of Maverick Presents when they sent in their demo produced by Rich Mouser of the well known band OLEANDER. "I was completely blown away by this band's demo and immediately went to their studio to meet with them" reports Kessman. Since their initial meeting ALLINADAY is now the top artist on The Indie with a number one and number two songs. They are also ranked 3rd on Roadrunner Record's A&R site and are now poised for a recording contract. - more on this story

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