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Grand Theft Kanye?
TMZ reports: Rapper Kanye West has been sued over a Mercedes that is allegedly being held hostage. 

In Sept. 2002, West's company, Konman Entertainment, Inc., leased a Mercedes G500 for $1,295.00 a month. West personally guaranteed that the lease would be paid. 

The lease expired in Jan. 2006. But according to the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the car was not returned and the defendants stopped paying. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Keef's Head Fixed
Contact Music reports: LATEST: THE ROLLING STONES guitarist KEITH RICHARDS has undergone brain surgery to relieve a build-up of pressure following his fall in Fiji last month (27APR06). The 62-year-old rocker had the operation at The Ascot Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, this morning (08MAY06), but the band reveal he is already making a promising recovery.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Master P Vs Sony
Contact Music reports: Hip-hop veteran PERCY 'MASTER P' MILLER is suing Sony Music for $500 million (GBP278 million) after the industry giant allegedly refused to play his son LIL' ROMEO's new tune on the radio. U CAN'T SHINE LIKE ME is thought to be a response to a track, FRESH AZIMIZ, by Romeo's much publicised rival BOW WOW, in which the aspiring rapper used a stream of vitriolic lyrics to poke fun at his competition. But despite enjoying huge internet success, Romeo's answer is only being aired on rotation on three US radio stations. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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iTunes Beat Beatles
Gigwise reports: The Beatles have lost their court battle against computer giant Apple over the companies download arm iTunes.

The court case had been brought by Ringo Starr, Sir Paul McCartney and the families of George Harrison and John Lennon alleging that Apple had gone back on a previous agreement with the bands label Apple Corps never to go into the music industry.

However, Justice Edward Mann this morning ruled that the company had not breach the agreement saying that they used the Apple logo in association with the store and not the music.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Greatest Metal Songs of All Time Day VI
antiMusic reports: Last week Vh1 aired their '40 Greatest Metal Songs of All Time' to kick off their Metal Month special, so we decided to host our own special at our sister site Thrashpit.com. We've been 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 conclude with lists from ProgPrince a special guest list from Mark Strigl of the Talking Metal podcast. 

ProgPrince
1. Iron Maiden - Aces High 
2. Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train 
3. Pantera - Cowboys From Hell 

Mark Strigl
1. Metallica - Fade To Black
2. Guns N' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
3. Judas Priest - Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown)

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Loser Dears
CMJ reports: The Dears are set to unleash the follow-up to their breakthrough 2004 release No Cities Left. Despite titling their new one Gang Of Losers, the band is being less than self-depricating when it comes to chatting about the record. Frontman Murray Lightburn says on the band's MySpace page, "We are really proud and are very much looking forward to everyone playing the crap out of it. As clichéd as this may sound, it's by far the 'best work we've ever done.'" He also goes on to mention the presence of horns and mellotrons, but that the record will be more of a "stripped down, raw affair." While a single is due this June, the record will not be hitting shops until August[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Grant McLennan RIP
Trip Wire reports: Australia's The Go-Betweens seemed to be back on a rise after their reformation in 2000, and with their 2005 album, Oceans Apart, that won an ARIA Award. Unfortunately all that changed yesterday with the sad news about Grant McLennan's death. On May 6, Grant McLennan passed away in his sleep at his home in Brisbane. His mother, sister, brother, girlfriend Emma, band mates Adele Pickvance, Glenn Thompson and lifetime musical Go-Betweens co-founder/friend Robert Forster survive him. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Damned + Pistol = Zooparty
Blabbermouth reports: Brian James (ex-THE DAMNED, LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH) and Glen Matlock (THE SEX PISTOLS) have contributed to the upcoming album from the Swedish band ZOOPARTY.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Leatherwolf Reunion
Blabbermouth reports: California metallers LEATHERWOLF have announced that former longtime bassist Paul Carman will rejoin the fold for the band's appearance at the Bang Your Head!!! Festival in Germany on June 23. Pat Guyton (ex-HAIL MARY, SHOTGUN MESSIAH) will handle bass duties at both L.A. area warm-up shows. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Trendy Trent
Day in Rock reports: Metal Sludge has a gift for unearthing photos of famous rockers that the rockers in question probably wish never saw the light of day. The latest victim is Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor. The photos show Trent in a couple of his former bands from the 80s decked out in Duran Duran style. The first photo comes from 1984 and the band The Urge in the form of a flyer that proclaims that they are "Already The Area's Number One Dance Band" . Sludge shows another photo from 1988 that they say reminds them of "N'SYNC meets the cast of The Goonies." Trent moved on the bigger and better things after that when he joined The Exotic Birds. Sludge has the photo proof and quips "Head like a Hole? We think not! More like: 'Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand!'" . You can see the photos at the full story link. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Talkin Damnocracy
Day in Rock reports: TalkingMetal.com has posted episode 61 of their "Talking Metal" podcast. The episode features a 25-minute interview hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy conducted with legendary rocker, sportsman, conservationist, activist, TV star, and author, Ted Nugent. Interview topics include VH1 "Supergroup," Damnocracy, the next Ted Nugent album, Barry Sparks, Mick Brown, Derek St. Holmes, the great Fred Bear, the "Spirit of the Wild" TV show, venison, hunting in Ostronomy's home state of Pennsylvania, the Ted Nugent Camp for Kids, and the Freedom's Angels charities. Additional podcast topics covered with special guest Em Cody of New York rock act, The Mynks, include the movies "Metal: A Headbangers Journey" and "New York Doll," Sammy Hagar, HSAS, Sevendust, Richie Sambora, Nikki Sixx, Slash, Guns N' Roses, and the New York City bar American Trash. The 50-minute podcast can be downloaded at at the full story link- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bon Nickelback
TuneLab reports: Nickelback, who ranked 3rd behind only U2 and Bon Jovi in worldwide ticket sales for the first quarter of 2006, will be touring Europe with Bon Jovi from May 15 through June 11th before returning to North America in July and playing select dates as Special Guests on Bon Jovi's North American stadium tour. [No the tour is not being called the "Cheese Fest"... see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Road Venom
KNAC reports: Black metal mainstays Venom have posted the following up dateon their official website

"Venom have started negotiations for some shows in both America and Japan later this year, around August and September.

The dates are currently being sorted out and will be confirmed soon."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Brazil Immortal
The PRP reports: Brazil have signed a deal with Immortal Records and will enter the studio this week to begin recording their new album with Dave Fridmann (Mogwai, Thursday). A fall release date is expected.
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Fear Before The March Of Flames DVD
punkbands reports: Fear Before The March Of Flames are making a DVD: The DVD will mostly consist of us making an album and exactly how much of us we have put into it,but we also plan on including old footage that shows just who we were when we started doing this band thing.Billy has asked that anyone with any kind of footage of us and/or pictures could email him and hell give you an adress that you can send the tapes to.[see full story for contact info]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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