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Report for 05/03/06
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Rap is Crap
Gigwise reports: [Beta Band/King Biscuit Time's Steve] Mason may be undecided about his own music career but he's pretty damn sure what should be done with those of America's hip hop stars.

Speaking to the Fly Mason said of Hip Hop after a night spent watching MTV: "It hit me how nauseus and revolting this ‘pop' form of hip hop is, and more importantly, how hip hop's forefathers are having their memories sullied by the mass market rubbish pedaled in the name of ‘hip hop'."

"Artists such as 50 Cent, Ja Rule and P Diddy are taking the intent of hip hop and effectively wiping their arse with it."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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98 Degrees Arrest
TMZ reports: Former 98 Degrees band member Jeff Timmons was busted April 23 for alleged drunk driving and driving without a valid license.

Timmons, who sang alongside Nick and Drew Lachey in the popular 90s boy band, was pulled over by deputies from the Brevard County, Fla. sheriff's office for going 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, after he left a celebrity softball game.

According to the police report, Timmons was driving with two "very intoxicated" passengers, one of whom Timmons identified as Mitch English, host of the syndicated tv show "The Daily Buzz." The police report indicates that English said he was "unable to drive because he had way too much to drink."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rapper Killed
AP reports: Big Hawk, a rapper whose 2001 album reached No. 45 on Billboard's rap chart, was shot to death, police said Tuesday. 

Hawk (real name: John Edward Hawkins) was a member of the late DJ Screw's rap collective the Screwed Up Click and brother to rapper Fat Pat, who was killed in 1998.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Idol a Chick Thing
MTV reports: A study released Tuesday (May 2) by Pursuant Inc. suggests 73 percent of "American Idol" voters are women. The research also concluded that Simon Cowell's opinion is valued twice as much as Randy Jackson's and nine times as much as Paula Abdul's.[They value her opinion that much? see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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RHCP North American Tour
antiMusic reports: Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced summer and fall tour dates supporting their new CD Stadium Arcadium, which hits stores next Tuesday (May 9th). The double album contains 28 new tracks. 

08/11 - Portland OR US Rose Garden 
08/15 - Boise ID US Taco Bell Arena 
08/16 - Salt Lake City UT US Delta Center 
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sevendust Injury Forces Tour Delay
Press Release reports: Due to a broken bone in the left hand of guitarist John Connolly, Sevendust has been forced to forgo its initial U.S. tour dates in early May. The group will resume its performances May 13th in Corpus Christi, TX. [see full story for confirmed schedule]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stone Out of Hospital
Gigwise reports: Keith Richards has been released from hospital in New Zealand after being treated as a precaution for a head injury.

As previously reported on Gigwise Richards suffered a concussion after falling from a coconut tree in Fiji and was airlifted to New Zealand for treatment.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Greatest Metal Songs of All Time Day III
antiMusic reports: As Vh1 airs their '40 Greatest Metal Songs of All Time' this week to kick off their Metal Month special, we're hosting our own special at our sister site Thrashpit.com. Every day this week we'll be bringing you lists of the top 3 metal songs of all time according to our crew- with their full top 12 (or more) lists posting over at Thrashpit with their explanations. Today we have lists from Anuj and DeadSun. (Neither numbered their picks so we're posting the first three they submitted) Check back tomorrow for three new lists from the crew.

Anuj:
Black Sabbath - Symptom of the Universe 
Botch - To Our Friends in the Great White North 
Converge - The Saddest Day 

DeadSun: 
Anthrax - Caught in a Mosh 
Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be They Name 
Judas Priest - Green Manalishi

Click the full story link for their full lists including explanations for their picks! 
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Radiohead CD in 07?
antiMusic reports: Bad news for all creeps, Radiohead are not planning to release their new album anytime this year. This according to a press release from Capitol Records. However, we do have good news for those lucky enough to attend the North American shows we wrote about yesterday. Capitol Records says that "Set lists for the shows will draw heavily on the newer material the band has been working on over the past months."

If you missed yesterday's story, click that handy full story link and the upcoming dates will magically appear! (and to the moron that emailed us about yesterday's article, with the exception of you, we were not calling our readers "creeps.," It's our petname for Radioheads culled from the band's famous song "Creep". (Similar to our bastardization of the term sweathog to describe Kelly Osbourne's 3 fans) See you do learn something everyday. Please don't email mail to bitch us out unless you know what you are talking about. That way, at least one side of the exchange will be informed.)- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bowie on Hold
Ananova reports: David Bowie says he is taking a year off from writing and performing because he's "fed up" with the music industry.

"I'm fed up with the industry and I've been fed up for quite sometime," the 59-year-old told the New York Metro.

"I'm taking a year off, no touring, no albums. I go for a walk every morning, and I watch a ton of movies. One day, I watched three Woody Allen movies in a row."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Band Dropped For Not Selling Out
Mammoth reports: The Features have been dropped from their label (Universal) because they refused to record a cover song for a commercial. Read an excerpt from the band's blog by clicking the full story link- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Palmer says ELP Reunion Unlikely, Asia Reunion Coming
Day in Rock reports: Morley lined up another music legend for his latest MorleyView. The one and only Carl Palmer of King Crimson, Asia and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Morley and Carl discuss a variety of topics including some disappointing news for ELP fans but great news for Asia fans. Here are those excerpts. 

antiMUSIC: Can you see any light at the end of tunnel in ELP taking another stab at it?

Carl Palmer: We have no arrangements; no plans to do that. We have another DVD which is coming out later on this year, which was recorded at the Isle of Wight. We've done new interviews for it. It's got high definition and the sounds real good. There are no plans to do any recording or anything like that or any touring. I guess if the right show came along, if it were charity, then yes we could look at starting to play together again. Apart from that I doubt that we would ever play again.

antiMUSIC: What can you tell us about the recent rumblings that Asia was going to rise again?

Carl Palmer: Ah, Asia will actually do something together again. We'll do something later on this year. End of Aug, September and we will come to Canada. Hopefully in America. It's the 21 Anniversary. It's just something we'd like to do. Who knows how long we'll do it for: 2,3,4,5 weeks. That's where we are. We have no plans to record. I wouldn't mind making a DVD. I think we'll play the whole of the first Asia album. [see the full story for the entire MorleyView]
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Jesus Reissued
MTV reports: The first five, previously out-of-print albums by Scottish alt-rock luminaries Jesus and the Mary Chain will be re-released — each with a bonus DVD — July 11.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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iTunes Stick To Their Guns
Aversion reports: After a long period of public debate and bickering between Apple Computer and the three major labels, Apple revealed that it won't be raising the price of downloads on its music store.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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W.A.S.P. Lose Guitarist
Blabbermouth reports: W.A.S.P.'s management has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that guitarist Darrell Roberts has left the band. Roberts, who joined W.A.S.P. in 2001 before the "Unholy Terror" American tour to replace Chris Holmes, is in the process of putting together a four-piece group that he will be fronting.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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