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Report for 05/04/06
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T.I. Murder
MTV reports: One person has died and three others were shot during a gun battle involving members of rapper T.I.'s crew and unidentified shooters early Wednesday morning (May 3) in Cincinnati. Police have identified the man killed as 26-year-old Philant Johnson, T.I.'s friend, personal assistant and an employee of his Grand Hustle Records.

Police identified the other three victims in the shooting as members of T.I.'s crew: Janice Gillespie, 22, who was admitted to the University of Cincinnati Hospital and is in stable condition, and T.I. security guard Ronald Hausley, 40, and Elijah Edwards, 31, who were both treated and released. T.I. was not injured.[see full story for details about the shootout]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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God Vs Gay Aiken?
antiMusic reports: Faded Youth: celebrity terrorist blog has an interesting update on Clay Aiken. For fairness sake, it is readily evident that Faded Youth do not think highly of the karaoke contest runner up and have been following the "gay Clay" controversy rather closely. Their latest story was published on Monday and discusses how Aiken was dropped from the Christian based Pure Fashion Show in Atlanta this past weekend after organizers discovered the gay controversy surrounding the pop singer. Faded Youth included two emails sent out by organizers of the event that explained why Aiken was dropped from the event. That first email said in part "We were so excited about Clay Aiken appearing as a young man who promotes Christianity in the music industry and then we started to be inundated with e-mails referring to scandal. We searched for his public response and couldn't find one, so at this time we will have to error on the side of caution until these matters are resolved. Our producer will be contacting his management team today to let them know that it would be best for him not to appear at Pure Fashion until these questions floating around the media are answered." Despite a legion of rabid Claymates, all does not appear to be kosher in Clayville according to Faded Youth as they details a few other signs that Clay's star may be falling. See the full story for that. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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AC/DC Scam
Blabbermouth reports: Dylan Welch of The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that AC/DC producer and former EASYBEATS guitarist George Young (Malcolm and Angus' older brother) was the victim of identity fraud that has seen aspiring musicians in the U.K. fleeced of thousands of dollars.

A man befriended a series of people at a pub in London, convincing them he was George Young and claiming he managed and produced AC/DC.

But the industry hopefuls ended up with only empty bank accounts and stolen IDs after the fraudster skipped the country after extracting all he could.[so much for doing those dirty deeds dirt cheap. see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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SOAD On Hold
The Gauntlet reports: System of a Down are not breaking up. But if you'd like to catch them live, you may want to consider buying an Ozzfest ticket.

"We're not breaking up," Malakian insisted. "If that was the case, we wouldn't be doing this Ozzfest, because we're a little nervous" about trying to fill Ozzy Osbourne's shoes. Ozzy will be headlining just 10 of this year's Ozzfest dates, with System topping the bill on Ozzy's off days. "We're going to take a very long break after Ozzfest and do our own things," he added. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stones Brain Drain
Contact Music reports: KEITH RICHARDS needs to have blood drained from his skull before he can rejoin THE ROLLING STONES' world tour. The 62-year-old was airlifted to Auckland's Ascot hospital suffering concussion after reportedly falling out of a palm tree while on holiday in Fiji last week (27APR06). The BROWN SUGAR guitarist was discharged earlier this week (begs01MAY06), and he will undergo drilling to his skill to drain away bleeding caused by the tumble before The Stones' European dates kick off later this month (27MAY06).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pearl Jam Webcast
Contact Music reports: PEARL JAM will perform an exclusive live webcast concert on Thursday (04MAY06), following their appearance on THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN. The concert will be streamed live on the Late Show website after the taping of the talk show. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Axl And Izzy
Splat reports: A party including Axl Rose, Merck Mercuriadis and Izzy Stradlin had dinner together at Pre:Post in New York on 11th April to celebrate Izzy's birthday. [could Izzy be back?]- 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 Matt Hensch and GreenTillDeath. (Neither numbered their picks so we're posting three from their lists) Check back tomorrow for three new lists from the crew.

Matt Hensch:
Venom's "Black Metal"
Death's "Symbolic"
Dream Theater's "A Change Of Seasons"

GreenTillDeath: 
Iron Maiden - "Aces High"
Black Sabbath - "Heaven And Hell"
Tesla - "Modern Day Cowboy"

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Sad Flea
MTV reports: On Tuesday, RCHP bassist Flea discovered that Stadium had leaked to the Internet (it actually began making the rounds on file-sharing networks over the weekend). But rather than get angry or attempt to get even, he just got sad.

"When I woke up this morning, I was confronted with the news that our record has been leaked to the Internet," he wrote in his latest "Fleamail" on the band's Web site. "Well, that's not very nice. If you download it now off one of those file-sharing sites, you will be getting a pale imitation of the record. It will be of ... poor sound quality ... and that will break my heart. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Warner Reject EMI
AP reports: Warner Music Group Corp. has rejected a $4.2 billion cash-and-stock offer from its larger rival EMI Group PLC the latest development in a long-running bid to unite the companies.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pop Sucks
Gigwise reports: It's official, guitar music was bigger than pop in the UK last year. 

Acts like Kaiser Chiefs, Coldplay and The Killers are figureheads of the recent surge in the popularity of guitar music. Figures from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) show that guitar music has a 36% share of UK album sales, while pop has just a quarter. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Poor J.Lo
hecklerspray reports: It's a nightmare these days when you can't repeatedly get engaged, married and divorced, dominate department stores with your clothing and perfume range, while claiming to remember your Bronx roots all the way from your California mansion, without being taken seriously. well it is for Jennifer Lopez anyway.

Jennifer Lopez feels people misunderstand her because she is always having fun - nothing to do with her quest for world domination, diva antics and a desire to dance down the aisle with every man in the world then? J-Lo was quoted by Femalefirst as saying:

"They see me laughing, having a good time, and they may think, 'Oh, she's so ambitious and everything', but the thing is that I'm just a creative person." [it goes on, see the full story for that. It's too bad that she is so creative but the results are so generic]
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Tortoise Box
CMJ reports: The ponderous lads in Tortoise, who took "post-rock" to the tip of every hipster's tongue, have a box set in the works. Titled A Lazarus Taxon, the three-disc set features rare remixes, limited edition goodies, and tracks previously only released on compilations. In addition, a DVD will also be included that will feature videos and live treats. Thrill Jockey will be releasing the set August 22. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Eat Korn's Corn
Blabbermouth reports: According to Korn Unleashed, KORN drummer David Silvera will be opening up a new restaurant in Huntington Beach, California. Dubbed Silvera Steak House & Lounge, the eatery is currently being constructed on Main Street and plans on providing "fine steaks, fine wine, and martinis."[yes, I'd like a bloody "Porno Creep" steak, some mallcore potatoes, a salad with "Faget" dressing, "Y'All Want a Hangover" martini and a side of Korn please... see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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UN Vs Podcasts
tinfoil reports: The UN's World Intellectual Property Organization has reconvened to discuss a treaty that will kill innovative Internet audio/video offerings -- like podcasting, YouTube, Google Video, and Democracy Player -- in order to protect the business models of a few entrenched broadcasters. This is the Broadcast Treaty, and the process -- never pretty -- got uglier than ever today. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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