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Report for 12/07/06
Picks of the Day
Before we get to today's news here are our picks of the day featuring our latest reviews and the song of the day to listen to while reading today's report!

Song: Norah Jones - "Thinking About You"

Best of 06: Pet Shop Boys

Reviews: Beatles Interview | Paul Westerberg | MorleyView: Joshua Radin | Burning Skies | Saint Everett

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Incubus Tops Charts, Jay-Z Falls
DiR reports: Incubus' new CD 'Light Grenades' topped the Billboard Top 200 its first week in stores with sales of 165,000 copies. Although sales were down by quite a margin from past debuts for Incubus, this is a new record for the band who's highest previous debuts were at #2 for 2001's 'Morning View' (266,000 copies its first week) and 2004's 'A Crow Left of the Murder' (332,000 copies its first week). 

The 'Hannah Montana' soundtrack landed at #2, Chris Daughtry came in at #3, NOW 23 grabbed the #4 spot, The Beatles' 'Love' was at #5, and Jay-Z's 'Kingdom Come' took a nosedive from last week's #1 spot to land at #6. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gwen Stinks
MTV reports: Gwen Stefani wants to be a part of what you listen to and what you look like, and now she's stepping into the world of scent. "Creating a fragrance is one of the most prestigious things a designer can do," the singer said in a press release announcing her L.A.M.B. brand's entry into the fragrance field.[see full story for more... and the sellout continues]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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RIP DRM?
AP reports: After years of selling online music digitally wrapped with copy and playback restrictions designed to hinder piracy, major music labels are beginning to make some songs available in the unrestricted MP3 file format. 

The releases are part of an experiment to gauge demand for tracks that can be played on any digital music player capable of playing MP3s, one of the oldest music compression formats. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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McPhee Sets Release
Reuters reports: "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee is eyeing a January 30 release for her RCA debut, tentatively titled "Never Saw It Comin'." 

The set primarily features production from Timbaland associate Nate Hill; other contributors include Babyface, Kara Dioguardi and Ryan Leslie, although McPhee was unsure if his cuts would wind up making the album.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Solo Drag
Gigwise reports: Two piece band Giant Drag have become a one-piece after Micah Calabrese quit the outfit. 

It leaves Annie Hardy to soldier alone as "the writer and the face of giant drag," reports mtv. Although no official announcement has been made, the Giant Drag myspace page lists Annie as the sole member, with ‘whoever else feels like doing it' on drums. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stone Vs Rod
Gigwise reports: The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood has slammed his former Faces band mate Rod Stewart, claiming he has become Hollywood-ified. 

Wood and Stewart joined the Faces at the same time, after the group's demise, Wood joined the Stones in the mid-1970's and has never looked back. However, the old band mates and friends are no longer close and although Stewart recently hinted at a Faces reunion, Wood does not sound so sure.

Wood is quoted as saying of Stewart: "With all the years he has been stranded away from that group thing, he's been Hollywood-ified. [see full story for more... yup, slow news day]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Static-X Set Release
blabbermouth.net reports: STATIC-X has set "Cannibal" has the title of its new album, tentatively due late March. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Cannibal", "Behemoth" and "Chemical Logic". "If you want a taste of the musical direction [on the upcoming album], check out the song 'No Submission' from the 'Saw III' soundtrack," states frontman Wayne Static. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Deftones Mnemic'd
blabbermouth.net reports: Danish metallers MNEMIC will support the DEFTONES on their upcoming European tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Mar. 08 - Liverpool (UK) Unisversity
Mar. 09 - Leeds (UK) University
Mar. 11 - Manchester (UK) Academy
Mar. 12 - Glasgow (UK) Academy
Mar. 13 - Newcastle (UK) Academy
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rage Lose Member
blabbermouth.net reports: German power metallers RAGE have parted ways with drummer Mike Terrana.

Commented vocalist/bassist Peter "Peavy" Wagner and guitarist Victor Smolski: "From now on, we won't continue our collaboration with Mike because of personal and musical differences that have been existing for a while now and became unbearable. This cut is definitely not easy for us — but to avoid damage to RAGE we have no other choice. Unfortunately, there's not much left from our former unity. A while ago comunication between Mike and us broke down completely, so we have to pull the emergency brake. We decided to work with a new drummer in the future because we don't want to ruin it all to a point where there's no future at all[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Baby Metallica
BW&BK reports: Gladiator actress Connie Nielsen and METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich are expecting their first child together, People has confirmed. 

"They are ecstatic," Nielsen's rep, Joy Limanon, tells People. The baby is due in the early summer. 

This year, the Danish-born, New York-based Nielsen, 42, appeared as Detective Dani Beck on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. [no she didn't arrest downloaders... see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Plant Top Singer
pr-inside reports: Former LED ZEPPELIN star ROBERT PLANT has been named heavy metal's top frontman in a new magazine poll.

The KASHMIR singer claimed the top spot in Hit Parader's Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists.

AEROSMITH's STEVEN TYLER, OZZY OSBOURNE, FREDDIE MERCURY and JUDAS PRIEST frontman ROB HALFORD also made the top 10.[shouldn't it be hard rock?]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Blunt Bride?
pr-inside reports: [for the 3 people that actually care] Model PETRA NEMCOVA has fuelled rumours she is to wed YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL singer JAMES BLUNT after flashing an expensive ring on her engagement finger to photographers. 

The Czechoslovakian born model was seen with the diamond ring in New York, while filming an advert for Hewlett-Packard. She has been dating the British singer since June this year (06).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Helloween DVD
KNAC reports: Steamhammer/SPV have announced details for two seperate Helloween releases, a CD and a DVD, both culled from the band's Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy World Tour 2005/2006.

Due for release in North America on February 20th, 2007 are the following titles:

Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy World Tour 2005/2006 - Live On 3 Continents DVD[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dropkick Murphys Tour
punkbands reports: Boston's favorte Irish punkers, Dropkick Murphys have announced a national tour leading up to their annual hometown shows to celebrate the day EVERYONE is Irish, St Patrick's Day. Supporting on all dates (except Boston) will be Sick of it All and The Aggrolites. Dates are below.

Thursday March 1st - Key Club at Morongo Casino, Cabazon CA
Friday March 2nd - House of Blues, Las Vegas NV
Saturday March 3rd - The Grove, Anaheim CA
Sunday March 4th - Majestic Theatre, Ventura CA
Monday March 5th - House of Blues, San Diego CA[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fall Of Troy Tour
punkbands reports: The Fall Of Troy has announced the dates for their headlining tour with Portugal. The Man, Damiera and Tera Melos. Confirmed dates are as follows:

01/18 - San Francisco CA @ Bottom of the Hill
01/19 - San Diego CA @ Soma
01/20 - West Hollywood CA @ Troubadour 
01/21 - Anaheim CA @ Chain Reaction 
01/22 - Tempe AZ @ The Clubhouse
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Green Day Prep 3 CDs
punkbands reports: According to NME Magazine, Green Day are currently working on new material. The article state that the band is actually creating three albums worth of material. A spokesperson for the band's label, Reprise Records confirms that writing is underway at an undisclosed studio in California's East Bay area. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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