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Report for 03/31/06
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Nirvana Sold
FMQB reports: After the death of Kurt Cobain, his widow, Courtney Love, inherited 98 percent of Nirvana's publishing rights. Now Love has revealed to Rolling Stone that she sold 25 percent of her share to Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Music Publishing, former COO/GM of Virgin Records. Another source close to the deal told Rolling Stone that Mestel likely paid in excess of $50 million for the rights.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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I, Lucifer
Contact Music reports: Tragic INXS frontman MICHAEL HUTCHENCE is set to be the subject of a new biopic. The late rocker's pal NICK EGAN has signed on to direct the film, which is tentatively titled I, LUCIFER, according to website TheHollywoodNews.com.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Paris Rap
hecklerspray reports: Paris Hilton - for all her lazy-eyed, slurring dimwittedness - is very successful. Her TV show is popular, her home sex tape was popular and you only went to see House Of Wax because Paris Hilton was in it.

But one of the biggest aspects of being a success is acknowledging your limitations. And that's not something that Paris Hilton seems capable of doing: if reports are to be believed, Paris is recording an album with Oscar-winning rappers Three 6 Mafia. Hopefully the album will come out soon - there's nothing we'd love to see more than a Paris Hilton / Kevin Federline double-header on Top Of The Pops.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Oasis Vs Stones
Gigwise reports: Noel Gallagher has hit out at The Rolling Stones saying that the rockers shouldn't be taken seriously. 

"Well, you're old age pensioners. By all means make records and go on tour, because if people want to see you, fine, but don't expect to be taken seriously. Your best work is behind you."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Darkness Suck
Contact Music reports: New Australian rock band WOLFMOTHER have lashed out at Brit rockers THE DARKNESS, accusing the group of making rock music sound ridiculous. The Sydney-based band are angry at the success The Darkness have enjoyed with their retro approach - because it betrays 'serious' rock. And they refuse to acknowledge the I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE hitmakers as a real band, claiming the JUSTIN HAWKINS-fronted foursome are nothing more than a comedy act. [you mean The Darkness are for real?? This is an April Fools joke right? see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Wembley Delay... Jovi Won't Play
BBC reports: The new Wembley Stadium is not due to open until 2007, BBC News has learned. 

The project is already more than six months behind schedule and over budget. Now four concerts planned for the summer will no longer be staged there. US rock band Bon Jovi were due to be the first band to play at the rebuilt stadium on 10 June. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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American Karaoke Update
antiMusic reports: Because we know millions watch American Karaoke... oops... Idol here is a quick update for the few here that actually care. Fox has money to burn from the success of selling ads and product placement in American Idol so they decided to renew their contract with the Official Randy Jackson Parrot, a.k.a. Paula "What he said" Abdul. You can expect Paula's worthless judgments on the show to continue for the next three years. 

That guy that beat Clay Aiken by four votes and was never heard from again is launching and after-school program which according to AP is "aimed at keeping young people away from gangs by teaching them the different behind-the-scenes aspects of music production, including song-writing, marketing, accounting and mixing." Only 100 lucky Birmingham kids each year will learn how easy it is to make modern pop and what they are passing off as R&B music. They could teach em rap but the goal is to keep them away from gangs. 

Finally, this year's featured dork arrived home to a nerdfest celebration.. more of that at the full story link. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Exclusive Jam
Contact Music reports: Rockers PEARL JAM will play their first UK show in six years next month (20APR06) - to just 1,600 lucky fans. The ALIVE hitmakers will perform to members of their British fan club at London's Astoria venue. An extensive European tour is planned for later in the year [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Muse to Shock in July
Gigwise reports: Muse have confirmed the release date for their much anticipated new album.

The follow up to 2003's ĎAbsolution' will hit the shops worldwide on July 3 with North America following the next day.

Drummer Dominic Howard recently told VH1 of the album: "The diversity of the album and some of the directions we've discovered and gone for might shock (our fans) in some way." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Wenner Strokes
Mammoth Press reports: The Strokes have signed on as the opening act for Rolling Stone magazine's 1,000th issue party for May 4th at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Media Ink is reporting that (Rolling Stone founder) Jann Wenner is courting two other big named bands for the event....[see full story for the possible headliner and no it's not Nelly, Kelly Osbourne or Moosey Elliot]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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No Priest Reality 
Blabbermouth reports: Starpulse.com is reporting that JUDAS PRIEST have snubbed the opportunity to appear in a reality TV show because they fear it will cast a shadow over their other achievements. The British heavy metal legends weren't willing to risk being ridiculed, despite the success of shows such as "Rock School" starring KISS bassist Gene Simmons. 

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford says, "Everybody is an exhibitionist these days. I've been offered a reality show to get country singers to do a metal-country song in Tennessee. It's mad isn't it?[see full story for more... Bob bless you Rob!]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Defkorn tour?
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting on the KORN fan site Korn Unleashed, the band's guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer told fans after the group's show at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Tuesday, March 28 that KORN will be touring with DEFTONES on the second leg of their U.S. tour this summer. Opening the trek will be FLYLEAF.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fandango Reissues
Blabbermouth reports: FANDANGO, the late '70s ecelctic pop-rock band featuring vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (who would later front RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE), have had their four albums released on CD for the first time via the Wounded Bird label (the same company that brought us the re-release of Joe Lynn Turner's "Rescue You" in 2004).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Off The Kobb
Blabbermouth reports: Ultimate-Guitar.com recently conducted an interview with KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer. An excerpt from the chat follows:

Ultimate-Guitar.com: Ever thought of doing a solo album to give these shredding tendencies of yours an outlet? 

Munky: "Absolutely, and it's going to happen. At the moment I'm kind of going with the concept of what it is going to sound like. It's going to be an instrumental record and it's going to have a lot of atmospheric and ambient guitar textures and a lot of open cut spaces. But there won't be too much shredding but just enough to get the point across. That is the concept I have about it right now. I'm going to start working on the record after once we get back from an Australian tour in late April."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Vegas Cathouse?
Metal Sludge reports: There is talk about a huge CATHOUSE event in Las Vegas in May (rumored to be invitation only). A location is yet to be announced, and at this time only talent and VIP's (700) would be able to attend. Free booze free food & more surprises than you can shake a flying V at? 

Things that make you go hmmmm? A Gn'R appearance? A Taime & Riki re-union? What next? Who knows? We'll keep you posted for sure! Mr. Riki Rachtman has been hosting events from rock n roll to racing for 2 solid decades now and it all makes sense to smash it up for the 20 year re-union! [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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