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Report for 11/18/05
Coup Rapper Murdered
MTV reports: Politically charged Oakland, California, rappers the Coup suffered a tragic loss Tuesday when one of their hypemen was gunned down during a robbery attempt. Tarus Jackson, 36, who joined the group a year ago, was slain after he was confronted by a pair of robbers outside his Northern California home. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Great News! Kelly Osbourne Retiring!
Contact Music reports: KELLY OSBOURNE has reportedly decided to turn her back on her music career because she doesn't need anymore money after working throughout her teenage years.

The daughter of BLACK SABBATH rocker OZZY starred in MTV reality TV show THE OSBOURNES and has since appeared in TV drama LIFE AS WE KNOW IT and released two albums. [She may have made money off of those albums but the record companies sure didn't. see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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GNR Xmas
BW&BK reports: Billboard.com (www.billboard.com) has issued the following report from Jonathan Cohen: Although the track list has yet to be announced, Geffen has set a December 20th release date for the double-disc set Welcome To The Jungle - The Very Best Of GUNS N' ROSES. It will be the second such GN'R package since the spring of 2004 and follows Greatest Hits, which has sold 2.5 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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$2 SOAD
The PRP reports: System Of A Down will be taping a live performance at Webster Hall in New York City, NY on November 22nd as part of MTV2's "$2 Bill" series. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Game Got Game
E! reports: The Compton-born hip-hop star is about to live out his hoop dreams by joining the Inglewood Cobras ABA basketball team. He will also become a part-owner in the franchise, a team rep confirmed Thursday. 

Cobras publicist Gabrielle Llewellyn says the "Dreams" rapper will be very much involved with the franchise this fall and beyond. She declined to offer up specifics, but a press conference has been scheduled for Friday morning. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Floyd Opera
Reuters reports: Roger Waters delighted rock fans when Pink Floyd played their first gig together for 24 years at July's Live8. On Thursday he was hoping to win over classical fans with his first opera, 16 years in the making. 

The singer, bass player and songwriter on classic albums like "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall," said he wanted his French Revolution opera "Ca Ira" to have the same impact at its world premiere in Rome as his stadium-filling rock anthems.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cure in 06
Billboard reports: The Cure plans to hit the studio in January to record its next album, according to a post from frontman Robert Smith on the group's Web site[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Belle and Sebastian 13
Gigwise reports: Belle and Sebastian have revealed the full tracklisting for their forthcoming album ‘The Life Pursuit.'

The twee Scots release the long-player on February 6 and have now revealed that it contains 13 new tracks. 

'The Act Of The Apostle Part 1'
'Another Sunny Day'
'White Collar Boy'
'The Blues Are Still Blue'
'Dress Up In You'
'Sukie In The Graveyard'
'We Are The Sleepyheads'
'Song For Sunshine'
'Funny Little Frog'
'To Be Myself Completely'
[see full story for more plus tour dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Beatles Split Over Yoko
Contact Music reports: In the revealing conversation, which was recorded by Rolling Stone magazine journalist JANN WENNER in the aftermath of The Beatles' split, Lennon reveals he felt compelled to choose between his wife and his bandmates - and he had no regrets about his decision.

Lennon says in the interview, "It seemed that I either had to be married to them or Yoko. I chose Yoko and I was right.

"They despised her. They insulted her and still do... they can go stuff themselves."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Vines May Never Tour Again
Gigwise reports: The Vines may never tour in the traditional manner again the manager of the band Andy Kelly has revealed.

The news was posted on Vines fan site Dream In The Insane, with Walker saying that Craig Nichols isn't up to the usual touring and press commitments bands go through after the release of a new album.

Kelly said: "After everything they have been through I hope that people will be understanding enough to recognize that Craig just can't operate in the traditional record/press/tour cycle expected of bands now."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Beyond the Embrace Drumless
Blabbermouth reports: New Bedford, Massachusetts-based sextet BEYOND THE EMBRACE have parted ways with longtime friend and drummer Kevin Camille. The band will be auditioning drummers throughout November.[see full story for more plus details on how you can replace him]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stone Temple Slash
Blabbermouth reports: VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) and former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS principals Dean and Robert DeLeo are among the artists scheduled to perform and/or appear at a Dec. 10 Grammy Jam at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles to honor legendary singer and 22-time Grammy award winner Stevie Wonder[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dimmu Dust
Blabbermouth reports: Former CRADLE OF FILTH/DIMMU BORGIR drummer Nick Barker is featured on the new EP from DUST, the brainchild of artist Jez Ball. The EP was recorded drums in the U.K. in September, with production by Greg Brimson (RAMMSTEIN, PARADISE LOST, METALLICA) and engineering by Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH). The CD will be mastered by John Cornfield for a tentative January 25, 2006 release.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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JagerDisturbed
Audio Aggression reports: Winter Jagermeister dates have been confirmed. The tour features Disturbed headlining with Corrosion of Conformity opening until January 6th when bloodsimple takes over. The dates are:

November 16th-18th in Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
November 21st, 22nd in Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak
November 24th-26th in Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
November 29th, 30th in Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Premature Korn
The Gauntlet reports: The mighty KORN will descend on New York City Tuesday, November 29 for a very special pre-album release show at Hammerstein Ballroom, where they last tore off the roof back in 2002. 

This show marks the first U.S. concert where the trend-setting modern rock pioneers--JONATHAN DAVIS, JAMES "MUNKY" SHAFFER, FIELDY and DAVID SILVERIA--will perform material in the U.S. from their upcoming album SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE, due out December 6. Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday, November 12. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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A Taste of Thrice
The PRP reports: According to www.tasteofchaos.com, the 2006 edition of the "Taste Of Chaos Tour" will feature performances by the following acts on select dates:
Thrice
Deftones
Atreyu
Story Of The Year
As I Lay Dying
dredg
Silverstein[see full story for more bands]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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