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Katy Perry Harsh On Idol Hopefuls- Jay-Z, Will Smith Go Broadway- Rod Stewart Vs Lawyers- Jason Lee The Elvis Cop- Jonas Brother Solo TV Debut and more
"American Idol" contestants should be thankful that they have caring, sharing Ellen DeGeneres on the panel now and not Katy Perry. The singer was a guest judge for auditions to be featured on next season's show, and she didn't pull any punches with the hopeless hopefuls. more

Jay-Z, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have officially signed on as co-producers of "Fela!," a musical about Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti that opens Monday (November 23) on Broadway. more

Jay-Z has scrapped the last three shows of his 2009 tour, citing an "unforeseen scheduling conflict. more

Rihanna showcased tracks from her upcoming studio album "Rated R" live from London on November 16. Her collaborators Young Jeezy and Jay-Z joined her during the special gig. more

A prominent entertainment law firm is suing Rod Stewart for $3.3 million in legal fees it claims he owes. Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard & Shapiro filed the case Tuesday in Los Angeles. more

"My Name Is Earl" star Jason Lee is jumping back into TV as the lead in "Delta Blues," a pilot for cable network TNT that's executive produced by George Clooney. "Delta Blues" centers on Dwight Hendricks (Lee), a Memphis police officer who lives with his mother and moonlights as an Elvis impersonator. more

Nick Jonas & the Administration, which features former members of Prince's New Power Generation, will release their album, Who I Am, on Feb. 2. The group will make its live debut performing a single of the same name on the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! special Dec. 2 on CBS. USA Today has a big write-up on the album and project here

Faith Hill and her manager of 16 years, Gary Borman, Borman Entertainment, have parted ways. more

In her first televised interview since Michael Jackson died on June 25, Janet Jackson told ABC's In the Spotlight that she blames Dr. Conrad Murray for her brother's death... In related news, MTV Networks has acquired the rights to the movie Michael Jackson's This Is It. more on both

Elton John says he's back on his feet after being sidelined for the flu and an E. coli bacterial infection. more

Michael Buble was hailed a hero after a recent gig when he caught a starstruck fan as she passed out. more

Rappers from pop trio N-Dubz will speak to police as witnesses in a case of an alleged rape, their spokesman has said. more - more on this story

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The Slants Get Remixed For Cancer
Portland, Oregon-based Chinatown dance-rock outfit The Slants are celebrating the release of their remix album, "Slants! Slants! Revolution," a dance-dance remix album of tracks from The Slants' debut, "Slanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts."

The Slants will also be donating 100% of the profits from "Dance! Dance! Revolution" to cancer prevention research for Asian women.

Remixed by Justin Coope (of Son of Rust) and Michael "Gaijin" Pacheco (formerly of The Slants), The project, initiated by Michael "Gaijin" Pacheco, is Pacheco's final involvement with the band, prior to parting ways for schooling in Japan. - more on this story

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Fight Fair Touring With Breathe Carolina
Fresh from the studio, Fight Fair are now supporting Breathe Carolina on the EZ Bronz Tour along with Cash Cash, Stephen Jerzak & Kill Paradise. The band finished recording their full length debut in San Diego with Mike Green (Paramore, Set Your Goals) and will begin mixing shortly for a Spring 2010 release.

Chosen by Alternative Press as one of the 100 Bands You Need To Know in 2009, the band has spent the past year supporting their debut EP Settle The Score touring with Amber Pacific, The Friday Night Boys, around the country several times and appearing at Bamboozle Left.

Originally spawned from San Diego State University's infamous party scene, FIGHT FAIR's members came together with a wide range of influences from pop-punk, screamo, hip-hop, hardcore, emo and more. Lead vocalist Alex Bigman describes the bands sound as "uplifting and positive while maintaining the aggressive sound we grew up with." Taking influences from early 1960s surf pop rock and traditional '70s powerpop punk for the full length, Bigman states, "don't be surprised to hear some Beach Boys style harmonies; no one will be able to compare it to anything else." - more on this story

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Riverboat Gamblers DissDiss As Ian Recovers From Accident
Riverboat Gamblers have posted a new music video for their song, "DissDissDissKissKissKiss". The video-directed by Gates Bradley-was shot over the course of a weekend at singer, Mike Wiebe's house in Austin, TX, and features The Gamblers and a handful of friends partying karaoke style. Check it out here

Guitarist, Ian MacDougall, who was hit by a car while riding his bike last month is still recovering and has posted the following update on his recovery blog: Hey guys just wanted to check in with y'all and let ya know how I'm doing so far. I've been keeping off my feet as much as possible and getting lots of rest. I got the staples out of my head, got a mini cast set on my wrist and one of those big clunky strap on boot casts for my ankle. As far as my hip goes I just gotta make sure I don't put much weight on my right leg. I'm still trying to get out and about though, still getting used to walking with crutches!

Outlook is good although my days are still pretty rough, my back and neck are so jacked from this thing! Starting physical therapy this week, not looking forward to it but it'll be good in the long run. I've been spending my time mostly in Dallas with my family and commuting back to Austin for doctor visits. - more on this story

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Dragon Turtle?
Haven't heard of Dragon Turtle yet? Seize the day! Brian Lightbody and Tom Asselin, the duo that is Dragon Turtle, have just released Almanac, their debut full-length last week on La Société Expéditionnaire (Lewis & Clarke, Strand Of Oaks).

On a side note...if you're the type that's crazy about vinyl, a limited run of 500 of Almanac has been pressed on beautiful red & black swirl wax (with a download included).

The recordings for Almanac were crafted using an M Box and 3 mics in Asselin's Pocono Mountain basement, and over the course of time, acquisition of gear, and massive trial-and-error, the bunker blossomed into the One Forest Studio. An empty roller rink was even used to create reverb! "Island of Broken Glass" takes its name from Robert Smithson's sculptural work, recanting destruction and violence inherent in the relationships between nature and man. The lyrics from this song inspired the cover of the album, a spiraling double helix/DNA strand made of burning books. Smithson is responsible for creating the Spiral Jetty in Utah in 1970.

Watch the exclusive premiere of the video for "Island of Broken Glass" at - Fader.

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First Annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl
The First Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl will take place on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 5PM in Santa Monica, CA at the city's best bars and restaurants to help raise money and food for those in need for the holidays, through a partnership with the Westside Food Bank.

Participating locations will be offering drink and food specials as part of the SANTA Monica Pub Crawl festivities. Crawlers are asked to bring non-perishable food donations to drop at Westside Food Bank collection barrels strategically placed along the pub crawl route, which will allow them access to the drink specials at each location.

SANTA Monica Pub Crawl participants are asked to dress in Santa/Holiday attire so the streets of Santa Monica will be filled with merry cheer as Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves, Reindeer, Carolers and Santa's Helpers. The Pub Crawl will include bars on Wilshire, 4th St. and Broadway to Santa Monica Blvd and Ocean Ave as well as bars in and around the Main Street and 3rd Street Districts. - more on this story

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Daisy McCrackin Debuts
The MuseBox is proud to announce the release of Daisy McCrackin's debut The Rodeo Grounds. The six-song EP -- which evokes shades of Beth Orton, Joni Mitchell and Lisa Hannigan -- is being released via Aeronaut Records (Juliette Commagére, Robert Francis, Nous Non Plus)

Daisy grew up in San Francisco and survived the earthquake of 1989. A classically trained actress, she moved to Los Angeles and worked in film and television until, in 2005, she had a spiritual epiphany and began writing music. Daisy lived in the fabled Rodeo Grounds arts collective in Topanga Canyon, where she wrote funny campfire songs and fought the State to keep her land.

Too shy to share her "serious" songs, Daisy stuck to acting gigs by day, and singing by night. Finally, after an intense song-writing jag Daisy sang a somber, personal song to a close friend who strongly advised her to quit her day job and dedicate herself full-time to music. She played her first live show in 2006, and was dubbed an 'instant rock star' in an L.A. Weekly review, which reported that Daisy "stole the show." - more on this story

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Righteous Acts for Branson in 2010
Next Level Entertainment, the Starlite Theatre, is expanding the entertainment opportunities in Branson by featuring some of the most beloved entertainers in the nation and adding a brand new show to our 2010 line-up.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Award winner Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley and his daughter, McKenna Medley are joining the Starlite Theatre Family. The show, running from May 14 through December 18, 2010, spans 5 decades of popular music and bring a new level of entertainment to the Branson scene.

Medley, a consummate entertainer, sings his hit songs including "Soul and Inspiration", "I've Had the Time of My Life:, "Unchained Melody", the most often played song in the history of American radio, "Lovin' Feeling" and many more. He delights audiences with music from different genres, adds variety as he showcases his very talented band and pull even more surprised out of his vast repertoire. - more on this story

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