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Adam Lambert CD Preview Online- Risky Business for Taylor Swift, Pete Wentz and Rivers Cuomo- Rihanna Humiliated By Assault Coverage- Jackson No 1 and more
Day in Pop reports: Less than three weeks from its release day, Adam Lambert's major-label debut album "For Your Entertainment" has been previewed. All of the fourteen songs in the album can be streamed for 30 seconds on Amazon U.K. more

Taylor Swift appears alongside Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, Blink-182's Travis Barker and Weezer's Rivers Cuomo in Brett Ratner-directed commercial ad for Activision video game Band Hero where they recreate a scene from "Risky Business". "The premise is that we're sliding out into a living room and it's me and three other players. The three other players are some of my musical heroes," Taylor commented more

Rihanna says dealing with the media attention after being assaulted in February by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown was humiliating. But she now hopes to speak for young women who are afraid to talk openly about domestic violence. more

Michael Jackson's "This Is It" will debut atop the Billboard 200 albums chart released today (Nov. 4) with an eye-popping 373,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan -- the fifth-best sales week for an album in the U.S. this year. more

Major League Baseball says Bronx-born singer Mary J. Blige will perform the national anthem at Yankee Stadium before Game Six of the World Series on Wednesday. more
50 Cent says former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland "never received the superstar treatment" that Beyonce got in the girl group. And he's doing his bit to fix that. Rowland co-stars in his "Baby By Me" video, which premiered on the Internet Monday. The track appears on his "Before I Self Destruct" album more

Eminem and Lady GaGa reportedly have been added to the line-up of 2009 American Music Awards. more
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Straight No Chaser Release Christmas Cheer
Atlantic Records reports: "Christmas Cheers," the new album from ATCO/Atlantic recording group Straight No Chaser, has arrived at all stores and DSPs today. The collection features a selection of holiday-themed classics, reworked in the acclaimed a cappella group's inventive and original style. The compilation is led by the brand-new single 'The Christmas Can-Can' and also features a studio version of the YouTube hit 'The 12 Days of Christmas.'

Straight No Chaser is currently heralding the album's release with a major U.S. tour (see attached itinerary). The dates – presented by Southwest Airlines – will continue through a December 23rd tour finale at Raleigh, North Carolina's Progress Energy Performing Arts Center. As part of the partnership with Southwest Airlines, Straight No Chaser will treat fellow Southwest customers to surprise performances at airports across the country.

"CHRISTMAS CHEERS" follows Straight No Chaser's smash debut, "HOLIDAY SPIRITS," which reached #1 at both iTunes and Amazon.com upon its release last year. Songs from both collections and more are featured in the 10-member group's upcoming PBS special, Live In New York: Holiday Edition. The concert – filmed this past August at NYC's famed Angel Orensanz Foundation – will air throughout PBS' annual December Pledge Drive (check local listings). A video for 'The Christmas Can-Can' from the PBS special can now be seen on the re-launched www.sncmusic.com. The newly updated site also features exclusive photos, audio, videos, blogs, Twitter, tour dates and much more. - more on this story

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Rachael Yamagata Hits The Road With Swell Season
Warner Bros. reports: Rachael Yamagata will hit the road as a very special guest of Irish band Swell Season for a fall U.S. tour of intimate theaters that begins November 12th and finishes up on December 5th. Yamagata has spent the last few months writing the follow-up to her Warner Bros. Records debut album Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart.

Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart was released on October 7th, 2008. The follow-up to Yamagata's 2004 full-length debut Happenstance, Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart was praised by such media outlets as Entertainment Weekly ("Yamagata's delivery is gorgeous"), People ("an ambitious double disc"), and Spin ("add some cheap scotch and you've got a John Cassavetes movie").

Of the album's 15 tracks, Nebraska-based Mike Mogis, the multi-instrumentalist and producer known for his work with Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley and The Faint, produced 12. Two tracks were produced by John Alagia (John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band), who also produced Happenstance. The album also features guest appearances by singer-songwriters Ray Lamontagne and Azure Ray's Maria Taylor.
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Thea Gilmore Releasing Holiday Album
PR reports: Thea Gilmore releases a holiday collection Strange Communion, November 3 via Rykodisc. This carefully crafted album is a stirring, poignant journey into the heart of the winter season filled with twists and turns of celebration, introspection and often skepticism. With deep humanist joy at its core, Strange Communion reflects on the rituals and contradictions that come with the trimmings of the holidays.

From the choral splendor of "Sol Invictus", her acappella opening ode with the award-winning Sense Of Sound choir, to the ethereal beauty of "Midwinter Toast" and "December in New York", to cover versions of obscure songs by Elvis Costello (The St. Stephens Day Murders") and Yoko Ono ("Listen The Snow Is Falling"), Gilmore's crystalline voice and dazzling lyrics shine throughout this collection. Rounding off the festivities on a cheerful note, the catchy single "That'll Be Christmas" indubitably adds more spice into the mix as Gilmore lightheartedly sings "French beer and mistletoe…faith, hope and gluttony…me missing you again, that'll be Christmas."
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Red Collar Announce Limited Edition Vinyl Release
PR reports: Red Collar will release a limited edition vinyl version of their acclaimed debut album Pilgrim on December 1, 2009 via Loose Charm Records. The 500-copy run will be hand-numbered red vinyl encased by screen-printed sleeves, and the first 100 copies will also be printed with metallic silver ink.

The original album sequencing has been reworked to present more of a Side A/Side B feel and while - due to space - the record will contain only nine of the 11 album tracks, every copy will come with a download card for all 11 tracks in addition to one bonus track, a cover of Jawbreaker's "Jinx Removing."

A pre-order is available now on Red Collar's website and via Vinyl Collective, and will also be at the band's show at the Troika Music Festival in Durham, NC, on November 7th at the Trotter Building (11:30pm set time). Full Pilgrim vinyl track listing is - here

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Football Film Blood Equity Hitting Theaters
PR reports: Walking Shadows is set to release Blood Equity, a tough look at the dark side of America's Biggest Blood Sport in theaters November 20th and on DVD, BluRay, Hulu, and iTunes starting December 1st.

The film begins its theatrical run at Los Angeles's prestigious Laemmles Sunset 5, 8000 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048. For showtimes, check local listings or visit www.laemmle.com.

In recent days, NFL injuries and the "safety" epidemic have caught the attention of Congress, the media, and the nation at large, with outlets such as 60 Minutes, the New York Times, New Yorker Magazine, and the LA Times devoting intensive coverage to the controversial congressional hearings attacking the NFL for its negligence towards its star employees. - more on this story

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Raspberry Brothers Vs Jason This Friday The 13th
Knitting Factory reports: On Nov. 14th, the Raspberry Brothers, a team of NYC comedians, will be mocking the 1980s horror flick Friday the 13th, part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, live at the Knitting Factory. The Knitting Factory will put three of the city's best comics against Jason to see if the microphone is mightier than the bloody hatchet!

This will be the first in a series of regular Raspberry Brothers performances at the new Brooklyn venue, with multiple shows coming up in the calendar until a regular weekly time slot can be secured. Over the past year, the Raspberry Brothers have been honing their commentary skills in NYC at the Chelsea Cinemas with films like Top Gun, Garden State, and Snakes on a Plane. Now, the troupe is psyched to bring the show to their home turf and take some cheap shots at one of film history's most laughably dull monsters, Jason Vorhees.

"Where comedy is concerned, it's hard to go wrong with a cast of writers whose credits include both SNL and the Onion. The Bros. bring their movie commentary A-game" –Flavorpill
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Trinity Pays Homage To DJ Roc Raida With New Single
Audible Treats reports: For those wondering where hip-hop's next super group is, Trinity has come to quell all inquiries. The triumvirate consists of AG, Sadat X, and DJ Jab and delivering raw, uncut hip-hop is priority number one on their list.

After making their first performance appearance as a group at the recent Audible Treats CMJ '09 Showcase, Trinity is gearing up for an album release in 2010 via Fat Beats Records. In the meantime, the trio has come together to release their first single ever as a group, and with that single they chose to pay homage to the late, great DJ Roc Raida with "Roc Raida Tribute."

The song is compromised of two different break beats, bringing forth classic hip-hop nostalgia fitting for one of the game's most respected DJ's ever. AG and Sadat X flow effortlessly over the golden age inspired beat and reminisce on Roc Raida and his unparalleled talents. Lines like, "And his name is Roc / International so his name won't stop, " and "They thought we had a bandstand and grand slam / Even Japan fans loved his hands" show the love that AG, Sadat X, and fans worldwide have for Roc Raida. - more on this story

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Dave Koz & Friends A Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour Finale
PR reports: Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, November 7th, for the just-announced final show on the Dave Koz & Friends A Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour. Presented by KTWV "94.7 The Wave" radio station, the concert will take place on December 23rd at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City Walk in Los Angeles, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

In celebration of the tour's 12th anniversary, this year's outing will feature a reunion of the original cast. Multi-Grammyฎ nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz will be joined by Rick Braun, David Benoit, Peter White and Brenda Russell on the 22-date tour, which launches November 27th in Mobile, AL.

They'll perform hits from their respective catalogues and join together on a variety of holiday favorites - including many from their album, A Smooth Jazz Christmas By Dave Koz & Friends - more including all of the tour dates

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Neal McCoy joins Cathy Rigby, Andy Williams, Tony Orlando, Debby Boone, Lennon Sisters and Jimmy Osmond in Holiday Promenade of Stars
PR reports: Triple platinum recording country artist Neal McCoy is among the host of celebrities in the Third Annual Holiday Promenade of Stars set to roll at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, on Highway 76 in Branson, Missouri.

McCoy joins Andy Williams, Tony Orlando, Cathy Rigby, Debby Boone, the Lennon Sisters, and Jimmy Osmond who will not only be in the parade but also take the stage in front of the Titanic Museum for a parade route performance.

Williams is serving as grand marshal and Osmond and Boone are serving as hosts for the television special being made during the 1.4 mile-long parade that ushers in the Christmas season in the entertainment tourist town. The parade route begins at White Water and ends at the Grand Village.
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