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Recap of top stories for 2006: Jan - March
Instead of just taking our usual Christmas break off and leaving you hanging until the 27th, we figured we'd use these "off" days to recap the most popular stories of the year. These were the most read individual stories from each month.  Enjoy and have a rockn' Christmas.  We'll see you back with the regular Day in Rock report when we return on Wed 12/27!

Here is the first installment, check back tomorrow for part II.
 

January
Gay Aiken?
Contact Music reports: AMERICAN IDOL star CLAY AIKEN is being urged to come clean about his sexuality by a former US Green Beret, who claims to have had a passionate tryst with the singer.

JOHN PAULUS, 38, took a lie detector test in a bid to prove claims he has made about Aiken's sexuality in an American tabloid are true. 

Paulus tells the National Enquirer that he spent the night with Aiken after the singer emailed him just before Christmas (05) after seeing his ad on a gay website.[Next week's headline "National Enquirer Sued by Clay Aiken"? ... see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cannibal Sues Band
Contact Music reports: Cult German rockers RAMMSTEIN could be facing legal action from an imprisoned cannibal over allegations they used his crime to inspire a hit song.

ARMIN MEIWES was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison for eating a man he met over the internet, and is now furious his life story has been used in Rammstein song MEIN TEIL (MY PIECE).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Blunt Vs Burglar
Contact Music reports: Singer JAMES BLUNT fought off a burglar who broke into his hotel room by assaulting him with the Best Newcomer award he had just won.

Blunt woke to find a man in his room at the exclusive Martinez Hotel in Cannes, France, just hours after he was presented with the prize at the NRJ Radio Awards on 21 January (06).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Wilson Pickett 1941-2006
antiMusic reports: Soul legend Wilson Pickett died on Thursday at the age of 64. Pickett best known for his R&B megahits, "In the Midnight Hour" and "Mustang Sally," died in Virginia hospital following a heart attack. 

Pickett was born March 18, 1941, in Prattville, Ala.. He found his love of music singing in his church choir. As a teenager he moved to Detroit to live with his father and stretched out musically first as a member of gospel group Violinaires and later made the switch secular music as a member of the Falcons. That group scored a hit with "I Found a Love" which paved the way for a recording deal for Pickett with Atlantic Records. The Rock n Roll Hall of Famer, never slowed down until a year ago when his health took a turn for the worse. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Axl Promises Music This Year
Blabbermouth reports: GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose spoke to a Rolling Stone reporter at KORN's tour announcement bash at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in the early hours of Saturday morning (Jan. 14). The following are several excerpts from the article, which can be read in its entirety at RollingStone.com:

On the long-awaited new GUNS N' ROSES album "Chinese Democracy":

"It's a very complex record. I'm trying to do something different. Some of the arrangements are kind of like QUEEN. Some people are going to say, 'It doesn't sound like Axl Rose, it doesn't sound like GUNS N' ROSES.' But you'll like at least a few songs on there."

"We're working on thirty-two songs, and twenty-six are nearly done," he says. Of those, thirteen are slated for the final album. Among Rose's favorites are "Better", "There Was a Time" and "The Blues". [Axl Told RS "People will hear music this year" see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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February
Stapp Sex Tape?
antiMusic reports: Scott Stapp may be getting an unexpected wedding present from Red Light District. The Detroit News is reporting that the porn distributor plans to follow up their successful release of the Paris Hilton sex tape with one they just obtained featuring the former Creed frontman and Kid Rock. 

The 45-minute video reportedly features Stapp and Kid Rock "engaging in a series of randy tour bus shenanigans with four buxom groupies," according to the Detroit News report. Although the story later states that the video shows "two women engaged in a sexual tryst with Rock". No mention of any real action featuring the "Christian Rock" singer aside from a clip released on the net where Stapp proclaims "It's good to be the king!" and the mention of "tour bus shenanigans with four buxom groupies".

The Detroit News spoke with Red Light District president David Joseph who said that the tape was filmed in Miami in 2000 and he hopes to release it this year on DVD at about $70-$80 a pop. You can read the full Detroit News Story at the full story link. 
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Sex Pistols Vs Rock Hall
antiMusic reports: The Sex Pistols have told the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where they can stuff their induction. Steve Jones, Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) and Glen Matlock have each spoken out about the induction of the band next month at a "gala black tie affair". 

Steven Jones opened his radio show on Los Angeles Indie 103.1 on Friday with these words, "We're not going to the museum. You can shove it. You can have it," according to SexPistols.net. 

Glen Matlock told The Independent on Sunday, "It's nothing to do with the bands - it's all to do with business. When I first heard about it I was quite excited... but then I found I was going to have to pay thousands of pounds to take my kids. It's just a big corporate event, a bunch of Herberts in suits... just a money-making opportunity for multi-million shysters."[for the most punk rock response see the full story link for Johnny Rotten's comments]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Alice in Chains Return
antiMusic reports: We promised to keep you updated on this story, here is the latest. The admin of Jerry Cantrell's official website posted an update about the Alice in Chains reunion. Although he doesn't spill the beans about who will be taking over vocal duties for the late Layne Staley, he does confirm that the band will reunite for the Nova Rock festival and drops a hint that more shows may be booked. Here is his posting: 

I hate to keep on saying, this but as most of you have heard Alice will be performing at Nova Rock in Austria. This is true. Alice is back. 

Europe is a long way to go for just one show, so I feel that we are going to have a lot more to do. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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New GNR Leak: Full Demo of Better
antiMusic reports: Another full Guns N' Roses song has leaked onto the internet. This time it is the full demo for the track "Better," the track originally leaked out as a clip that was less than a minute and half but enough to get fans excited about the song. The full five minute demo features a ripping guitar solo as well as some unexpected change-ups from the original leaked clip. If this is the direction Axl has taken GNR, most fans will be pleased with the results. 

Many believe that an announcement is coming really soon regarding the release of Chinese Democracy, with the most prevalent rumor placing the release date as March 28th. However, it is not clear which label the CD would be released by (Geffen or Sanctuary) and reps from both labels told MTV this week they haven't heard anything about the long awaited album. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Great White Guilty Plea
KNAC reports: The former manager of the heavy metal rock group Great White has agreed to plead guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from the deadly 2003 nightclub fire, a judge said Tuesday.

Daniel Biechele will enter the plea next week and serve no more than 10 years in state prison under the deal with prosecutors[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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March
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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Bizkit Over
Rockdirt reports: Those hoping for new material from Limp Bizkit won't be happy to hear what Wes Borland had to say to MTV News. "We're officially on hiatus, maybe even officially over," the guitarist said. "It's kind of up in the air. No one said, 'We're done as a band.' Everyone's just doing their own thing, and [some members] don't have time for this band anymore. I haven't quit, but I've also decided to stop thinking about Limp.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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50 Cent Jacko Duet
Contact Music reports: Fallen star MICHAEL JACKSON is reportedly planning to resurrect his music career by recording a duet with rapper 50 CENT. The reclusive pop star approached an associate of the IN DA CLUB star at the Bahrain Grand Prix last week (ends17MAR06), where Jackson has been living since he acquitted of child molestation charges last summer (05). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ozzy Vs Rap
Blabbermouth reports: John Soeder of The Plain Dealer has released the following quotes from a recent interview with Ozzy Osbourne:

On rap music: "I'm not so hot on rap music. The thing about that is, some of the lyrics are so [expletive] good. If they're that good, why can't they put a musical tune to it? I've heard some of these lyrics, and they're [expletive] wonderful. If you was to walk down the road, singing a [expletive] rap song, I don't think you'd get very far. I think you'd go [expletive] mad. There's no melody."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Punk Bomb Scare
punkbands reports: A seemingly innocuous This Bike is a Pipe Bomb sticker was enough to put Ohio University on high alert this morning. Apparently, the sticker, placed - appropriately enough - on a bike, was sufficient to get both campus police and the bomb squad involved. According to local media, university police found a nondescript mountain bike with the Plan-It X act's sticker on it, and took it literally. The school closed four buildings, police blocked streets around the Oasis restaurant, the fire department brought in off-duty firefighters, and the Columbus fire department's bomb squad was called in. The bomb experts attacked the bike with a high-pressure spray of water, then pried it open with a hydraulic tool and found no bomb inside. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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