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Report for 06/22/06
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: Rise Against "Ready to Fall" video

Reviews: Les Claypool | Patrick Crowson | Jesu | Erin Boheme

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OutKast Return
PR reports: Three years since the release of 5-time Grammy Award-winner OutKast's landmark RIAA diamond-certified #1 double-CD Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Antwan 'Big Boi' Patton and André '3000' Benjamin return in a BIG way this August with their first appearance together in a motion picture, and the most eagerly anticipated new album of their career, IDLEWILD, set for August 22nd release on LaFace/Zomba Music Group. 

Three days after the release of the IDLEWILD album, Universal Pictures and HBO Films will open wide with Idlewild, a Mosaic Media Group and Forensic Films Production starring Antwan Patton and André Benjamin in their first movie together. (They have acted separately, Big Boi in ATL, and Dré in Be Cool and Four Brothers.) Set amidst the backdrop of a 1930s rural Georgia speakeasy known as The Church, the film follows its two lead characters, lifelong friends Percival (Dré), the club's piano player, and Rooster (Big Boi), the club's lead performer and manager, through intersecting stories of love and ambition, in a story fueled by non-stop action, music and showstopping dance numbers. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Public Enemy Vs 50 Cent
antiMusic reports: Public Enemy will go down as one of the true pioneers of rap but right now they feel they aren't getting the props they deserve and they don't like what has become of the genre when they look at today's big rap stars. In an interview with E4 Chuck D and Professor Griff discussed their legacy and the current state of rap. "We don't appreciate being written out of history," says Chuck. "We keep hearing about the Who, about Cream. I understand they made a contribution, but sh*t." When asked by the host Rick Edwards about today's mainstream rap, especially 50 Cent, Chuck gave a weary sigh and attacked Fiddy's popularity by saying, "There has to be a way of judging on quality of music, not quantity." Griff had even stronger words about 50 Cent and what the genre he helped pioneer has evolved into. "Rap has become a sad reality," says Griff. "50 Cent comes out with a movie that's a step-by-step instruction in how to be a thug. And sells it to children?" Check out the full story for a lot more and learn about the current state of Public Enemy as they bring the noise to the UK.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stapp Sexless Tape
TMZ reports: ...Stapp was dealt another blow when a sex tape, co-starring Kid Rock and some strippers, leaked on the internet. 

"This was one particular incident when me and Kid Rock had some strippers...there is no sexual intercourse on that tape, you won't find it so don't get your hopes up. It's two very young men almost a decade ago, ten years almost ago that the pause button was accidentally not pushed." The worst part of that incident: the tape was released three days after his marriage. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Foxx Song Thief?
TMZ reports: In the suit, first reported by World Entertainment News Network, Michael A. Johnson alleges he was watching "The Oprah Winfrey Show" when he saw Foxx perform the song "Heaven" from his album, "Unpredictable." Johnson claims the song is a "rearranged version" of his song, "One of God's Angels is AWOL."

Johnson claims that "The songs are so similar that if my song was released today people would think I copied Jamie's song." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Aiken's Accuser Distortions?
antiMusic reports: A quick follow-up to yesterday's story about Clay Aiken's gay accuser John Paulus; In his blog post, Paulus claimed that the day after he told his story of a one-night-stand with the Idol runner-up to the National Enquirer, he had second thoughts and even went as far as having an attorney send a cease-and-desist letter to the paper's parent company. However, the Enquirer remembers it quite differently. MSNBC's The Scoop columnist Jeannette Walls spoke with National Enquirer editor David Perel about Paulus' claims about trying to kill the story and how the story leaked out from there. Here is part of that report: "Our reporter couldn't get him off the phone," Perel told The Scoop. Perel says he doesn't remember Paulus having a legal letter sent, but says even if there was one, Paulus is "completely distorting" the story. "It's not a situation where he told the story one time," Perel said. "He engaged in multiple conversations with our reporter. He couldn't stop talking, and then he talked to reporters after it was out." [see the full story link for yesterday's story] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tool Time for America
antiMusic reports: Tool fans of North America… it is on! Maynard and company are currently plotting out their late summer/early fall tour plans and they include a run through the States and Canada. The first handful of dates have been announced. According to their official site, tickets are supposed to go on sale this weekend (except the Honolulu shows). 

The band will kick things off on August 5th at the Street Scene in San Diego, then head up the coast to Fresno for a show the next night. From there they head off for a couple dates in Japan and will hit Hawaii for a two-night stand upon their return before hitting Canada and then returning to the U.S. [see full story for confirmed dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ashcroft Arrested
Gigwise reports: Richard Ashcroft was arrested by Police on Monday night after bursting into a youth club drunk and announcing "I'm Richard, I'm going to be doing some youth work round here".

The former Verve man apparently refused to leave The Bridge Club in Chippenham, Wilts which led to the Police taking him into custody and fining him £80 for disorderly behaviour.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Chart Busta
MTV reports: The Big Bang will open at #1 on Billboard's albums chart, marking Busta Rhymes' first chart-topping LP in his 15-year career… Week-one sales of The Big Bang, Busta's first collection of fresh material since 2002, topped out at nearly 209,000 copies - more than enough to earn Rhymes his inaugural chart-topping debut.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Quickies: Weezer- Culture Club- Gay Games- Jacko- Big 80s Web
Day in Rock reports: Having just graduated from Harvard, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo probably felt it was time to tie the knot and he did take the matrimonial plunge with Kyoko Ito * A Boy George-less Culture Club are planning a world tour. In place of the famed singer, Jon Moss, Mikey Craig and Phil Pickett plan to use three or four young singers in his place. Karaoke club? Maybe Elvis' backing band can do the same thing and stil call it Elvis? * Erasure lead singer Andy Bell will perform at the Opening Ceremonies of the Gay Games at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 15. * The mother of Michael Jackson's accuser Janet Arvizo plead not guilty in an LA court Wednesday to charges of welfare fraud and perjury. * Child of the 80s? Miss seeing all of those videos? You're in luck; click the full story link to check out a site featuring over 1400 music videos from the heyday of MTV.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pirate Tunes
Contact Music reports: BONO, STING and NICK CAVE are among the stars who have reworked classic pirate tunes and sea chanteys for a new album inspired by JOHNNY DEPP's PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movies. The big names join BRYAN FERRY, JARVIS COCKER, ANDREA CORR, RUFUS WAINWRIGHT and CHICAGO star JOHN C REILLY on upcoming double album ROGUES GALLERY: PIRATE BALLADS, SEA SONGS + CHANTEYS[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hicks Hit
Contact Music reports: AMERICAN IDOL star TAYLOR HICKS has shot to the top of the US charts to become the fourth winner of the TV talent show to debut at number one. Hicks' smash hit DO I MAKE YOU PROUD will officially be crowned America's number one tomorrow (22JUN06) after selling 190,000 singles and another 38,000 digital downloads[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Adolescents Tour
PR reports: Orange County punk rock legends The Adolescents will be hitting the road this summer for a massive 31 date tour entitled "Monsanto Hayride Summer Tour 2006" beginning July 16th in Denver, Colorado at the Bluebird Theater and ending thirty four days later in Tempe, Arizona at The Clubhouse. "Monsanto Hayride" is the longest and most extensive tour in the band's history, taking them to many cities they haven't played before such as Buffalo, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and more.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Strapping OFFfest Dates
antiMusic reports: Wanting to see Strapping Young Lad play this summer but don't have the bucks for a Sharonfest ticket? You're in luck as Devy and Co have mapped out a string of OFFfest dates this summer. On the headlining stops they'll be playing with local bands but on the other dates they will team up with Hatebreed, Unearth, Red Chord and Bleeding Through; sadly, not all at the same show. Here are the dates: 

06/30 - Midtown Ballroom - Bend, OR (headline)
07/03 - Celebrity Theatre - Las Vegas (Hatebreed)
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Suffocation CD / Injury
antiMusic reports: Suffocation made two big announcements on their website, one dealing with their forthcoming album and the other with a recent injury. Here is the update. 

"We are happy to announce the completion of our new self titled album Suffocation. We are anxious for it to hit the streets and are expecting an early September release date. We are confident with the outcome and look forward to the upcoming tours that will be scheduled to support it. The album will be out a few weeks prior to the start of the Fear Factory, Hypocrisy, Decapitated tour which will give you fans just enough time to familiarize yourselves to the pain we are anxious to bring to your city and town. Audio samples will be up on the newly designed site very soon.

"Last but not least, Suffocation bassist Derek Boyer is recovering from 4 broken bones. Derek's leg was broken 06/06/06. The good news is, Derek will be back on two feet in time for the tours this summer."
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