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AP reports: DJ AM had prescription pills in his stomach and one in his throat when police found him dead in his apartment, a New York City official said Wednesday.
The official told The Associated Press that six pills were found in the celebrity disc jockey's stomach and that the pill in his throat appeared to be the powerful painkiller OxyContin.
The official didn't know how strong a dose each pill contained and wasn't sure what kind of pills were in DJ AM's stomach.
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PR reports: Lawyers for Amaru Entertainment scored a major victory against Morgan Creek Productions in the Superior Court for the State of California on Tuesday, September 1, when Judge Richard E. Rico ruled in their favor and upheld Amaru Entertainment's cross-complaint for tortious intentional interference. A trial date has now been set for Tuesday, April 13, 2010.
Skip Miller of Miller Barondess, LLP in Los Angeles, attorney for Amaru Entertainment, said "We are pleased with the court's ruling yesterday morning. It supports our claim that Morgan Creek tortiously interfered with the making of the Tupac Shakur movie. I look forward to trying this case and have the jury decide the matter. Morgan Creek has a history of bullying people into giving them rights they did not acquire. This time, they picked on the wrong people."
The litigation started when Morgan Creek filed suit against Amaru Entertainment in February this year, alleging that the company had "backed out of negotiations" and was currently "refusing to honor and perform a contract of a production for a film based on the life of Tupac Shakur." In actuality, there was never any agreement as key deal terms had never been agreed upon between the parties. This was a scheme by Morgan Creek to bully Amaru Entertainment into doing a movie with them and interfere with Amaru Entertainment's negotiations for the film with other studios.
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Reuters reports: "Bubbly" singer Colbie Caillat broke through to the top of the U.S. album chart for the first time on Wednesday, while Miley Cyrus made a surprise showing at No. 3.
"Breakthrough," Caillat's second album, sold 106,000 copies during the week ended August 30, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Caillat's first album, 2007's "Coco," opened at No. 5 with 51,000 and has so far sold 2 million copies in the U.S. It yielded the hit single "Bubbly," which reached the top 10 of the Hot 100.
"You always hope for the best, but you never actually think it's going to happen," Caillat told Billboard.com from England, where she's currently touring. "I never want to get my hopes up. Everyone kept saying, 'I think it's gonna be No. 1. It's gonna be No. 1. It looks like it,' and I just kept trying to ignore it 'cause I didn't want it to not happen. And now that it is happening, I can't believe it."
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PR reports: MTV grants fans another exclusive preview of one of the most anticipated films and soundtracks of the year, The Twilight Saga: New Moon during the "2009 MTV Video Music Awards" on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 9PM (Live ET/Tape delayed PT).
After revealing the film's first trailer at the "2009 MTV Movie Awards," the network will once again treat viewers to an expanded trailer from Summit Entertainment's second installment from the widely popular Twilight series that opens in theaters November 20, 2009.
The movie's cast has also been confirmed to appear including Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Also during the show, MTV.com will exclusively unveil "Meet Me On the Equinox," the lead single off of the New Moon Soundtrack (available October 20, 2009) from VMA nominees Death Cab for Cutie.
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PR reports: Madonna's "Sticky & Sweet" Tour made history as it wrapped up last night with two final shows in Tel Aviv, Israel at Yehoshua Gardens (HaYarkon Park, September 1 and 2). The Material Girl more than lives up to her name, as her tour becomes the most successful tour ever by a solo artist. After playing 85 shows since its launch in August 2008, Madonna's "Sticky & Sweet" has drawn more than 3.5 million fans in 32 countries and has grossed $408 million, it was announced today by Live Nation, the tour's global producer. "Sticky & Sweet" is also the second highest grossing tour of all time.
Madonna set an attendance record for the biggest crowds in history in Zurich, Switzerland, where she drew the largest audience ever assembled for a show in that country (72,000). Her Gothenburg, Sweden show, seen by 119,000 fans, broke the record for highest grossing multiple shows in the country's history. In Helsinki, Finland, "Sticky & Sweet" sold more than 85,000 tickets, making it the biggest single show by an artist in history for all of Scandinavia. Other highlights on the tour included stops in Buenos Aires, Argentina (256,000), Santiago, Chile (146,000), Sao Paulo, Brazil (203,000), Tallinn, Estonia (72,000), Warsaw, Poland (79,000), Bucharest, Romania (69,000), and Sofia, Bulgaria (54,000).
"With 'Sticky & Sweet' Madonna has proven yet again that there is virtually no limit to what she can accomplish both creatively and commercially," said Arthur Fogel, Live Nation's Chairman of Global Music and CEO of Global Touring.
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vh1 reports: The 6th annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" show will commemorate the 25th anniversary of Def Jam Records, as talents from across all artistic genres come together to celebrate this significant milestone in American hip-hop music.
Eminem, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Ludacris, DMX, Mary J. Blige, Redman, The Roots, Method Man, ONYX, Public Enemy, Warren G, Kid Rock, Chris Rock, Jimmy Fallon, Brett Ratner, Trey Songz, Ja Rule, Gym Class Heroes, and Scarface are scheduled to show up and show out to celebrate the label that served a catalyst for this American musical phenomenon. More on Eminem - Eminem CDs -
"VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009" will be taped from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. "30 Rock's" Tracy Morgan returns as host for the 3rd year, as he will be joined many of hip-hop biggest luminaries. The "VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009" broadcast will premiere on VH1 on Tuesday, October 13 at 9PM ET/PT.*
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PR reports: Combining her love for music and acting Taryn Manning will be appearing as herself, a singer/songwriter, in the third episode of The CW's Melrose Place airing Tuesday, September 22 (9:00/8:00c). She plays a singer whose music video is directed by aspiring filmmaker Jonah (Michael Rady).
Taryn in fact has been in the studio working on material for her upcoming solo album. With only two tracks completed, buzz is already starting to build as "So Talented", the first song written for the album with producer Linney (Darkchild Entertainment) will be featured within the episode.
Aside from her solo efforts, Taryn is the lead singer of the band Boomkat, with her brother Kellin. The band released their sophomore album A Million Trillion Stars earlier this year and recently released their latest single, "Stomp", co-written by Mike Elizondo (50 Cent, Gwen Stefani, Pink, Jay Z).
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PR reports: Ingrid Michaelson has a brand new video for "Maybe", the first single from her brand new album Everybody. You can check it out over at youtube.com/ingridmichaelson.
She's also about to kick off a North American headline tour next week in Toronto, working a 43-stop loop around the continent ending in Pittsburgh on Nov. 5th
Ingrid is taking out a super-young UK singer called Greg Holden as her lone support.
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PR reports: As a songwriter, producer, classically trained pianist and trumpeter, remixer, DJ and label owner (of the recently re-launched Uno Recordings), LA-based producer Andy Caldwell has thrown his hat into many rings over the course of his 15+ year career. Somehow, after circling the globe several times and playing more than 100 shows a year, Andy Caldwell also found the time to pen Grammy Nominated songs and even once shared the stage with James Brown.
With so many musical reference points to choose from, and during one of the most turbulent periods in our planet's history, Andy Caldwell has shifted towards a tougher sound to match the times. This is Andy Caldwell's Obsession. Andy Caldwell's Obsession is released digitally October 20 and on CD November 3 More on Andy Caldwell - Andy Caldwell CDs -
In a move that's bound to make waves, Caldwell drifts away from the soulful, San Francisco sun-soaked side of house music and instead travels down the road of a tougher, more European inspired sound.
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PR reports: His name may conjure up images of a lifeless rodent, but the Canadian born self- confessed techno geek otherwise known as Deadmau5 (pronounced Dead Mouse) punches like a heavyweight. On September 22, the Grammy-nominated, Juno Award-winning electronic music sensation who has racked up more than 5,000,000 hits on MySpace will unleash his second album for Ultra Records--titled For Lack Of A Better Name--and then set off on a massive fall tour throughout North America.
Over the last two years, Deadmau5 has gone from near obscurity to becoming a superstar as an innovative live performer. This past spring he sold out two nights at New York City's Webster Hall and one night at Hollywood, CA's legendary 4,000- capacity Palladium. This summer he'll perform at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Electric Zoo in New York, Glastonbury in the U.K. and a host of other European festivals. In the fall, he'll launch his mammoth world-wide 'For Lack Of A Better Name' tour encompassing over 30 dates in North America alone, including the headlining slot on the highly anticipated annual HARD Halloween event taking place at The Forum in Los Angeles.
The trek will kick off September 23 at Ritual in Canada's capitol, Ottawa, the day after For Lack Of A Better Name drops in both Canada and the U.S. The non-stop routing will take Deadmau5 through markets up and down both seaboards and throughout the interior of both countries with stops in his hometown of Toronto, San Francisco, Denver, Little Rock and everywhere in between, all while wearing his signature custom-made mau5head. The complete listing of tour markets follows below.
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PR reports: This Thursday, Matisyahu will put on a rare performance at Twitter's head office in San Francisco for the company's founders and staff and several million fans across the internet thanks to an innovative partnership with Ustream.
Beginning at 5pm PST, Matisyahu's intimate, acoustic performance will be broadcast live on the web at www.ustream.tv/matisyahu and www.facebook.com/matisyahu.
Ustream allows viewers to interact and send special requests via Twitter and Facebook status updates fans are encouraged to send in their song requests to Matis to help him build his set.
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PR reports: British singer-songwriter-producer and two time Grammy nominee Imogen Heap's third solo album Ellipse debuts at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, making this her first Top 5 record and her highest chart position ever.
Ellipse also comes in at #1 on the Internet Album Chart and #2 on the Digital Albums Chart. Additionally, with 48,025 units sold, this is the most units in one week she has ever scanned (prior to this her highest sales week was 7,200).More on Imogen Heap - Imogen Heap CDs -
"First Train Home" the first single off Ellipse was USA Today's "Pick of the Week" earlier this summer and they said of the song, "
Heap offers a shimmering, percolating electro-pop soundscape that is grounded by her warm, breathy vocals", Wired Magazine calls it "
her densest, richest work yet" and The Wall Street Journal says "Ellipse is modern pop full of invention."
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