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Lady Sovereign Busted For Spitting on Gay Club Bouncer
Billboard reports: British rapper Lady Sovereign has spent the first night of her current Australia visit in a cell for her part in a drunken assault on a bouncer.

The singer, whose real name is Louise Amanda Harman, was charged with assault on the weekend after spitting in the face of a doorman for the Beat, a popular gay nightclub in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.

Police reported that the 5ft 1ins rapper was hysterical as she was thrown out of the venue in the early hours of Saturday morning. She had been in the country just seven hours. - more on this story

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Michael Jackson Thought Original Thriller Sucked
NME reports: Michael Jackson believed that initial mixes of his seminal album 'Thriller' were "crap" and "sucked", it has been revealed in a newly-unearthed interview.

In the interview from 1980s, published by the News Of The World, the late singer revealed that he was considering scrapping the Quincy Jones-produced album before being inspired by watching children play to salvage it.

"'Thriller' sounded so crap. The mixes sucked," he said. "When we listened to the whole album, there were tears... I just cried like a baby. I stormed out of the room and said, 'We're not releasing this'." - more on this story

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Last member of Silhouettes Dies
AP reports: The Rev. John "Bootsie" Wilson, a former lead singer and last surviving member of the soul group The Silhouettes, has died. He was 69.

Wilson died Sept. 21 at his home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, after batting cancer and a kidney ailment, his wife, Pauline, said.

The Philadelphia native joined The Silhouettes in 1961, after the original lead singer left the group, perhaps best known for the 1958 smash hit "Get a Job," which stayed at No. 1 for 13 consecutive weeks. It was among the first rhythm and blues songs to cross over and become No. 1 on the pop charts. - more on this story

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School of Seven Bells To Release Digital Deluxe
Vagrant reports: Brooklyn, NY based trio School of Seven Bells will release a Deluxe Edition of their critically acclaimed debut album Alpinisms on October 13 (Vagrant/Ghostly International).

The digital only release will include nine bonus tracks including demo versions, alternate takes and new mixes of songs from the album

School of Seven Bells - Benjamin Curtis and sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza - kicked off their first North American headlining tour on Friday, September 25 at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia, PA. - more on this story

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Yo Gabba Gabba! Live
PR reports: W!Ldbrain, the award-winning animation and entertainment company and S2BN Entertainment are proud to announce the launch of Yo Gabba Gabba! Live: There's A Party In My City, the first live U.S. touring show for the hit children's program Yo Gabba Gabba!

The show will feature DJ Lance Rock, and everyone's favorite cast of characters– Brobee (the little green one), Foofa (the pink flower bubble), Muno (the red Cyclops), Plex (the magic robot), and Toodee (the blue cat-dragon) as well as lots of surprise guests. The tour comes on the heels of the first Yo Gabba Gabba! CD release Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome, hitting the shelves nationwide on October 20.

The tour will kick off in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 14, at the Shrine Expo Hall. Yo Gabba Gabba! Live: There's A Party In My City will also appear at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Saturday, November 21, and the Rosemont Theatre outside Chicago on Saturday, December 5. There will be two shows in each city -- in LA and Chicago they will be held at 11 AM and 3 PM and in NY 11 AM and 2PM. - more on this story

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Meaghan Smith Debut Album Set For Release
PR reports: The Cricket's Orchestra, the full-length debut album from acclaimed Canadian musician Meaghan Smith, will be released October 6 on Sire Records.

This is the follow up to Smith's highly acclaimed 2008 EP The Cricket's Quartet, which The Washington Post declared as "one of the best finds of late '08." The full-length album will be available as a Barnes & Noble exclusive as well as through all digital retailers. In celebration of the release, Smith will perform a special show at Los Angeles' Hotel Cafe on October 5. Please see below for full tour details.

The 11-track album was written in Smith's home of Halifax, Nova Scotia and was recorded in Toronto with help from producer Les Cooper. The child of a piano-teacher mother and a bass-playing father, Smith devoured old musicals and animated films as a child and later fell in love with the jazz and big-band music of the '20s, '30s and '40s. Those early inspirations influenced the material featured on the album, as Smith says, "My music is modern vintage. The record incorporates a lot of instrumentation from older eras in the form of horns, strings and arrangements, but I also love DJs and their turntables." These modern influences are reflected on the record through the use of turntables, omnichords, melotrons and optigons. - more on this story

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Jay Nash EP
PR reports: Following the success of his popular full-length album, 'The Things You Think You Need' (2008), LA-based singer-songwriter Jay Nash further illuminates his talents with the EP 'All the Stars in Copenhagen'. The five-track collection is yet another example of the Nash's ability to tell stories that are undeniably compelling while remaining convincingly real.

The somber-sweet and country tinged track "Everything" is just one sample of the alchemy that takes place when Nash pens a song, embraces a guitar, and resonates his unmistakable and bewitching vocals. He sings to an uncertain listener, "you're making up lies to justify your mood /explain it if you want to, but it knows better than you," and offers inspiration: "you have everything you need, just believe."

"Songwriting for me is a necessity," says Nash. "So is singing those songs. It's a conduit between the living and the dead, the loved and the lost, the cherished and despised. I think most people would agree that music is kind of strange magic." - more on this story

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2009 LovEvolution Compilation
PR reports: Beat University, founded in 2008 as the first-ever electronic music scholarship program in the United States, has evolved into an extraordinary collaboration between San Francisco's Music Superpowers that will support, educate and produce the next generation of music makers. Pyramind, America's premier institute for electronic music production and training, Epiphyte Records, LovEvolution (formerly LoveFest), and some of the world's leading electronic dance music recording artists proudly announce the release of the 2009 LovEvolution Compilation CD, the proceeds of which will go to The Beat University Electronic Music Scholarship Fund.

The 2009 LovEvolution Compilation CD, street date October 1, 2009, features select original tracks from 14 internationally renowned Electronic Dance Music artists, including Bachelors of Science, Miguel Migs, Lee Coombs, Bassnectar, Christopher Lawrence, Way Out West, Hyper, Derek Howell and more. The artists have donated their songs, time, and energies to the creation of a one-of-a-kind Electronic Dance Music tour-de-force that will help fund a variety of scholarship programs for up-and-coming electronic musicians to use at Pyramind.

Your decision to support the 2009 LovEvolution Compilation CD will not only guarantee you a fantastic aural and emotional experience, driven by some of the biggest names in Electronic Dance Music today, but will also help aspiring electronic musicians from under-served communities receive funding for professional training in digital recording, engineering and production. - more on this story

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Comic Lights for MTV
{R reports: Keytar-wielding synth-pop sensation Lights is starring in Audio Quest: A Captain Lights Adventure. The short-form motion comic series, which features the art of Marvel Comics artist Tomm Coker, premieres today, Monday, September 28, 2009 on-air during MTV's AMTV and online at MTV.com.

Each Audio Quest episode, of which there will be ten in all, follows Captain Lights as a super-hero on a galactic adventure to restore sound to the universe. Audio Quest is a natural evolution for Lights: a talented visual artist herself, she is no stranger to science fiction and the world of comics.

"MTV saw a unique opportunity to bring together Lights with Tomm Coker, a renowned visual artist from the comics world. The outcome is a stunning visual expression of a pop artist's point of view," said Joe Cuello, Vice President, Creative Music Integration, MTV. - more on this story

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
PR reports: When Ennio Morricone makes his Hollywood Bowl debut entitled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Sunday October 25, 2009 conducting the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the world-renowned composer will also debut a new piece he commissioned specifically to commemorate the event.

Andrea Morricone, son of Ennio Morricone has composed "Adesso For Strings", a six-minute piece that will be among many scores from the elder Morricone's performance at the Hollywood Bowl. This rare live event is the first live familial musical collaboration between the Morricones. Their professional career began in 1988 when both their music appeared in the classic film Cinema Paradiso. Andrea Morricone wrote "Love Theme" for Cinema Paradiso for which he won England's BAFTA award while Ennio Morricone scored the film.

"For anyone to have the opportunity to score a piece of music commissioned by Ennio Morricone is obviously an honor and unique pleasure," said Composer Andrea Morricone. "What makes this special for me is that my father has never conducted in Los Angeles, the home of American film, and it is truly an honor just being a part of this historic event. We first were able to collaborate together on the film Cinema Paradiso more than twenty years ago. It will be a thrill for both of us to hear my music conducted by my father for the very first time next month." - more on this story

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