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Report for 05/17/06
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Deadbeat Rapper
Contact Music reports: US rapper MC BREED will spend a year behind bars after failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in child support, a court has ruled. The Michigan star - real name ERIC T BREED - was sentenced on Thursday (11MAY06) for the $200,000 (GBP111,111) violation, despite pleading lack of funds.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Union Vs Madonna
TMZ reports: Fans attending Madonna's concert in Los Angeles this weekend will have more than traffic jams and ticket scalpers to worry about -- they'll also have to contend with hundreds of union picketers. 

Organizers of the stage employees union have been stirring up interest in a Madonna picket since the star had a dress rehearsal at the Forum on Monday. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has been locked out of the Forum since April 11 following a salary dispute with the stadium's owners.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ja Rule Don't Slap Hoes
Contact Music reports: Rapper JA RULE has hit back at claims a member of his entourage slapped a woman in the face at a New York City nightclub last week (11MAY06). The rapper, real name JEFFERY ATKINS, and his group were reportedly thrown out of Plumm nightclub after the altercation. A spokeswoman for Ja Rule slams the allegations, claiming her client wasn't even at the club when the incident occurred but in a studio recording his next album.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Labels Sue XM
Reuters reports: The recording industry on Tuesday sued XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., alleging its Inno device that can store music infringes on copyrights and transforms a passive radio experience into the equivalent of a digital download service like iTunes.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Snoop Banned
Gigwise reports: Snoop Dogg is reportedly banned from the UK for life following the Heathrow Airport Fracas. 

It's claimed that Snoop's previous convictions which include drugs and gun offences will mean the star can't visit British shores. [Snoop says it's a bunch of bullshizzle ... see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Daft Punk Film
Gigwise reports: Daft Punk's first foray into the world of feature films ‘Daft Punk Electroma' will get its first airing in the coming days.

The film, directed by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, will be shown at the Directors' Fortnight which is an unofficial sideshow at the Cannes Film Festival which begins this week (May 18).
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Family Values 06
Machine Shop reports: Family Values is back this summer! Bands team up to put the Value back in "Family Values" with free concerts and $9.99 lawn seats. Tickets go on sale for the first 10 shows this weekend, Saturday, May 20th. "Ten great bands for $9.99 plus reasonable pavilion seats, that's the kind of thing we were shooting for when we did our new deals," said Korn's Jonathan Davis. "We are very excited that we are able to pull this off. And believe me, the fans are not going to want to miss the events happening this week!"

To preview what is to come this summer, Korn will make a special appearance in Chicago this Thursday, May 18th, as will Deftones in their hometown of Sacramento, Stone Sour in Kansas City and Flyleaf in Spokane, Washington, all this Thursday 18- all FREE!!! Keep up with www.familyvalueslive.com for venue listings. [see full story for ticket onsale dates etc]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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diddy Settles
TMZ reports: Sean "Diddy" Combs has reached a settlement with a North Carolina man who said the bodyguards hired by the rap mogul beat him after a concert in 1995.

Details of the confidential settlement reached Monday were not released.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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A Perfect Breakup
Rockdirt reports: After Maynard James Keenan said that A Perfect Circle had been "pushed as far as it could go," MTV News spoke with guitarist Billy Howerdel about the band's status. "We don't know what's happening," said Howerdel, one of Keenan's best friends. "[Maynard and I have] talked about it lightly. A few months ago, it was like, 'If we did A Perfect Circle again, I'd want to do this or that.' It was a benign conversation. I think we both entertain the fact that it could happen again, but for right now we don't have any plans to do it again.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Celtic Summer Frost
The Gauntlet reports: Legendary Swiss metal band CELTIC FROST have announced two months of North American tour dates supporting their forthcoming May 30th release, Monotheist. Commencing Sept. 11th and running through November 11th, the extensive tour will reintroduce the bands mesmerizing live performance to their ravenous fanbase. Also scheduled are European festival performances throughout the summer.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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GNR UK Warm up
The Gauntlet reports: GUNS N' ROSES have announced a very special one-off date in the UK as a warm up for their appearance at this year's Download Festival. The band will return to London Hammersmith Apollo on June 7 for their first show at the venue in almost 20 years.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Obituary Fire
Blabbermouth reports: Vocalist John Tardy of the legendary death metallers OBITUARY has posted the following message on their official web site:

"We just finished several days of practice and got our new setlist done for our upcoming West Coast dates. It was a good to have all of us together and a few friends over for some cool ones. I have been going crazy trying to get everything together before we go. We are also all thankful that Allen [West, guitar] is OK. He recently bought a new mobile home and only after a few days the thing caught fire while he was in it. He woke up to find himself in a flame-filled, smoke-filled room and almost did not make it out. Luckily he made it out and other than losing most of his stuff he is OK! Quite scary!!! [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Farrell's Party
Blabbermouth reports: Ex-JANE'S ADDICTION frontman Perry Farrell is hoping to release the debut album from his new band, SATELLITE PARTY, this summer, according to Billboard.com. The self-titled disc will feature guest appearances from RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS bassist Flea and guitarist John Frusciante, as well as BLACK EYED PEAS vocalist Fergie, NEW ORDER bassist Peter Hook and Farrell's wife, Etty. The group also features former EXTREME guitarist Nuno Bettencourt.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Aerosmith Get Lillywhite
BW&BK reports: The Boston Globe (www.boston.com) has issued the following brief report from Carol Beggy & Mark Shanahan: AEROSMITH publicist Mitch Schneider e-mailed us yesterday to announce that the Boston rockers are getting back to work on a new album, and they've chosen Armed Forces Day - May 20th - to get back to work. 

"We're going in with guns ablazing!" says Steven Tyler in the statement. (The singer's been recovering from throat surgery.) What Schneider didn't say is that the CD's being produced by Steve Lillywhite, who's worked with U2 and MORRISSEY.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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antiGUY Exposed
Day in Rock reports: Tinfoil.music thinks they have uncovered the true identity of our beloved former news editor, antiGUY. aG spoke with the site's name sake recently about all things anti, changes in the industry since antiMusic was launched and a lot more. Here is part of that interview: ? In the years you've been with antiMusic you have seen a lot of things come and go. What are some of the highlights and lowlights you've seen?

aG: That's a loaded question. Not many highlights unfortunately. I've seen the industry accelerate their self imposed downward spiral over the past decade. When you allow bean-counters to dictate the direction of art, you will always end up with the lowest common denominator. Just look at TV and what I call s***coms. The music industry has become so much of a follow the leader and repackager that there are no leaders left and any band that could come along and shake things up like Guns N Roses and Nirvana did would never have a prayer of doing so under today's music industry business model of "sign, release and drop". It's really sad. The big irony is that we are now in an age where far more is possible. Bands can (and a few are) using new technology to reach fans directly. Podcasts, the internet etc. But every step of the way the big labels have tried to stop progress that in the end would benefit them. In the States, they are now trying to talk some Senators into passing a new copyright act that would basically outlaw podcasts (if I read the information correctly.) That's just insane. [he was getting warmed up on this rant.. click the full story link for the full interview and discover who tinfoil thinks antiGUY really is.. it's a shocker!] 
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Raconteurs Tour
Press Release reports: That's right, The Raconteurs have announced a Summer tour. Their album, Broken Boy Soldiers, is out today, May 16th. Make sure you go pick it up!!

07.16.06 - Denver, CO (Fillmore Auditorium on sale 5/20)
07.18.06 - Tempe, AZ (Marquee Theatre on sale 5/20)
07.19.06 - San Diego, CA (Soma on sale 5/20)
[no word on if Coke is sponsoring this outing but you can get more dates at the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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