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Report for 12/13/06
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: Trent Tomlinson eCard

Best of 06: Unearth

Reviews: Jay-Z, The Game and Snoop Dogg | Manowar | Tony Lucca | Il Divo | Sandi Thom

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Evel Knievel Vs Kanye
TMZ reports: World-famous daredevil Evel Knievel, 68, has sued rapper Kanye West -- over a cheesy jumpsuit and a rocket-propelled Skycycle. In a lawsuit filed Monday in Federal Court in Florida, the daredevil claims that Kanye infringed on his trademark name and likeness in West's video for "Touch the Sky." In the video, West portrays a character named "Evel Kanyevel" who attempts to jump a large canyon, not unlike Knievel's famous 1974 jump of Snake River Canyon in Idaho, which was not successful. 

Knievel argues that the white jumpsuit he wore for the stunt and the "Skycycle" that he used are trademarked. Knievel also claims in the suit that "vulgar and offensive" images depicted in the video damage his reputation.[see full story for more good luck Evel!]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pink Floyd Rap?
Reuters reports: Having worked with Jay-Z, Kanye West and Jill Scott on his debut album, Lupe Fiasco wants to join forces with Pink Floyd on his next project -- "... or the remnants of Pink Floyd," he says. 

The Chicago rapper knows the prospect of getting the dormant rock group to sign off on such an idea is remote, but that isn't stopping him from pressing forward. After all, he got jazz pianist Chick Corea to change his mind and approve a sample for the track "American Terrorist" from his acclaimed album "Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Velvet Hoax
MTV reports: It turns out that $155,000 bid for a rare pressing of the first Velvet Underground album was a hoax. The Canadian Press Association reports that Montreal seller Warren Hill, who bought one of two known acetate recordings of The Velvet Underground & Nico for 75 cents at a sidewalk sale in New York in 2002, will try again after finding out that the top bid among more than 250 was phony. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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USO Idol
MTV reports: Carrie Underwood is heading to the Persian Gulf. The singer, who recently scored two Grammy nominations, will entertain troops on her first United Service Organizations tour, The Associated Press reports. The exact dates and locations of her performances have not been revealed[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Princess Di Concert
Reuters reports: Princes William and Harry announced plans on Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of their mother Princess Diana's death with a pop concert at the new Wembley Stadium in London. 

Artists scheduled to appear include Elton John, Duran Duran, Joss Stone, Pharrell Williams and Bryan Ferry. The English National Ballet will also perform and Andrew Lloyd Webber will perform a medley of songs from his shows… The concert, on July 1 next year, will be one of the first to be held in the new Wembley sports stadium in west London.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Fall of High Fidelity
AP reports: "High Fidelity" won't be making music on Broadway much longer. 

The $10 million musical based on Nick Hornby's novel and the 2000 film about a slacker record-store owner will close Sunday after 14 performances and 18 previews.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Great White's 25th
Blabbermouth reports: GREAT WHITE will celebrate its 25th anniversary by touring and releasing a new record in 2007. According to a posting on the band's web site, vocalist Jack Russell and guitarist Mark Kendall will be rejoined for the tour and album by Michael Lardie (keyboards, guitar), Sean McNabb (bass) and Audio Desbrow (drums).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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GNR Skip Fresno
BW&BK reports: Live Nation and GUNS N' ROSES have announced that the Guns N' Roses show at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA on December 13th has been cancelled. According to a press release, "sincere apologies go out to all the fans in Fresno who bought a ticket. We hope you can make it to the band's show in Oakland, CA at the Oracle Arena (formerly Oakland Arena) on Friday night the 15th of December[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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MTV New Year's Bash
FMQB reports: MTV has announced its plans for New Year's Eve, and it will include performances by Gwen Stefani, Nas, Pussycat Dolls, Ciara, AFI, Chamillionaire, Lady Sovereign, Three 6 Mafia and appearances by Timbaland, Fall Out Boy, Hayden Panitierre and Perez Hilton. It's all part of MTV Goes Gold: New Year's Eve 2007, which will air live from MTV's Times Square studios on December 31[see full story for more.... Yawnfest!]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Arctic Monkeys Fest
Ananova reports: Arctic Monkeys are to stage their own festival next summer. The band will play Lancashire Country Cricket Club's Old Trafford ground on July 28.

Drummer Matt Helders told NME.com they wanted to stage a show somewhere all of their fans could get tickets. "We've always fancied the idea of having our own event. Just something where we can pick the bands and just have a day where we can do a bigger gig - so we can get away without doing arenas," he said.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Atlantic founder in Coma
BBC reports: Atlantic records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun is in a "critical condition" and in a deep coma after a fall. Mr Ertegun, 83, helped make Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin stars and signed the Rolling Stones in the early 70s. 

He was treated for a brain injury after the accident in October in New York and after treatment in intensive care initial reports were optimistic. But his neurosurgeon has now said "his chance of a meaningful recovery is small," reports Reuters. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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iTunes Decline?
tinfoilmusic.net reports: The leading DRM digital download service, Apple's iTunes, has experienced a collapse in sales revenues this year according to analyst company Forrester Research. Secretive Apple doesn't break out revenues from iTunes, but Forrester conducted an analysis of credit card transactions over a 27-month period. And this year's numbers aren't good.

While the iTunes service saw healthy growth for much of the period, since January the monthly revenue has fallen by 65 per cent, with the average transaction size falling 17 per cent. The previous spring's rebound wasn't repeated this year.

And it isn't just Apple's problem. Nielsen Soundscan has grimmer news for prospective digital download services, indicating three consecutive quarters of flat or declining revenues for the sector as a whole. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Action Action Carry On
punkbands reports: Rumors have been circulating that action action is breaking which is not true. It turns out the band's contract was up with Victory and that they are going to start working a new album with a new record company soon - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hinder Tour
SMN reports: HINDER have announced the following North American tour dates with FINGER ELEVEN and BLACK STONE CHERRY:

January 17 - Seattle, WA @ The Fenix 
January 18 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater 
January 20 - Edmonton, AB @ Ed's 
January 21 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall 
January 23 - Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Th. For Perf. Arts [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Curse of Dani Filth
SMN reports: Metallysee Agency has announced the cancellation of this year's X-MASS FESTIVALS. This concerns not only Dutch death metal legends GOREFEST who have quite a history with cancelled tours now, but also BELPHEGOR. GOREFEST-guitarist Frank Harthoorn explains: 

"Ever since SIX FEET UNDER pulled out of this tour a couple of months ago, this has been a bit of an ongoing mess. We thought we'd stick with the plan, since this would be about the last chance to do some proper touring for 'La Muerte' before we hit the studio for the next album. When we heard that headliner TRAIL OF TEARS split up last week, we already kind of felt this one slipping away, so we suggested to Metallysee we'd head out with a couple of the remaining bands. You know, join forces, cut prices, split the difference and what-not. Metallysee, however, wasn't having any of that, so come the end of 2006 we're looking at three cancelled tours, about 50 cancelled gigs, all within 11 months. That's something, isn't it? Almost looks like that curse Dani Filth put on us back in '94 is finally kicking in.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Karnivool Debut
SMN reports: Australia's KARNIVOOL have set an April 10th release through Bieler Bros. Records for their debut album "Themata." Following the albums release in Australia it was heralded by Kerrang as "A ten-track journey of soaring melody" and garnered a "KKKK" rating. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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