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Idol Arrested
AP reports: Former "American Idol" finalist Jessica Sierra was arrested early Sunday on felony battery charges for allegedly hitting a man on the head with a heavy glass at a cafe, police said. 

Sierra, 21, was booked in the Hillsborough County Jail on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. She was also charged with possession of cocaine and introduction of contraband into a correctional facility after officers found a small amount of the drug while searching her, police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Britney To Tell All
TMZ reports: A stint in rehab, a bitter divorce, a bizarre run-in with hair clippers -- Britney Spears' story has all the makings of a sensational novel. Those waiting to read about Britney's turbulent life in print, y'all, wait no more. Spears is gearing up to write a tell-all about life with ex-hubby/mooch Kevin Federline, in which she claims that the "Popozao" singer nearly drove her to suicide.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Prince Vs Paris
TMZ reports: Prince challenged Paris to a sing-off at his Las Vegas show -- and Paris Hilton couldn't step up, if a report in Us is to be believed. The hotel heiress was in the audience at Prince's Club 3121 show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and Prince invited her onstage. When, according to Us, she skipped up to take her place in the spotlight, Prince handed her a mic and called out to the crowd, "Let's see if she can really sing," a challenge that so dismayed Paris that she ended up ditching the stage and leaving just two songs later. Paris' rep denies the incident.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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More Virgins
FMQB reports: The complete lineup for the 2007 edition of the Virgin Festival was unveiled today. In addition to previously announced headliners The Police, The Smashing Pumpkins and the Beastie Boys, over 30 more acts were added to the show, which will be held for the second year in a row at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Saturday, August 4 will be topped by the Police and the Beasties, and also include the likes of Incubus, Modest Mouse, Cheap Trick, Amy Winehouse, The Fratellis, TV On The Radio, Fountains of Wayne and Ben Harper.[see full story to see what Sunday has in store]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Shortlist Finalists
CMJ reports: Ten finalists for the sixth annual Shortlist Music Prize have been announced. Band of Horses, Beirut, Bonnie Prince Billy, Cat Power, Girl Talk, Hot Chip, Joanna Newsom, Regina Spektor, Spank Rock and Tom Waits were selected from an initial list of 60 artists by a panel of judges that included KT Tunstall, Sufjan Stevens, Franz Ferdinand and CMJ's own Rev. Moose. [see full story for more and also May 1st is the final day for discounted badges to CMJ07, you can grab those at the full story link as well]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hit Monkeys
BBC reports: The Arctic Monkeys have debuted at the top of the chart with their new album Favourite Worst Nightmare. 

The band, who sold an estimated 85,000 copies of their record on its first day of sale, are expected to score the best-selling album of the year so far. 

The four-piece's single Brianstorm slipped from two to seven, while the album's 11 other tracks all landed inside the top 200 on downloads alone. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Own a Piece of Pantera History
Blabbermouth reports: A prototype Fernandes signature bass guitar used by Rex Brown (DOWN, PANTERA) during the recording and promotion of PANTERA's "The Great Southern Trendkill" album as well as the "Official Live: 101 Proof" tour is up for sale on eBay. The seller's statement about the bass reads as follows: "There are many tablature books out there, but here is something that made the PANTERA sound. Here is your chance to own an actual piece of the PANTERA empire. This bass is being sold by Rex, not a collector or investor. Rex is selling it because basically it's just been sitting sealed up in a storage unit since the PANTERA days and deserves a much better fate. Don't pass on this rare opportunity. I am the official PANTERA and DOWN webmaster and I am running this auction for Rex while he is in the studio with DOWN, recording their third album.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Russian Testament
Blabbermouth reports: Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have lined up the following summer tour dates:

Europe:

Jul. 03 - Voronej, Russia @ 100 Streams 
Jul. 04 - Saratov, Russia @ Vostok 
Jul. 05 - Moscow, Russia @ Apelsin Club 
Jul. 06 - Mortegliano (Udine), Italy @ Festa in Tenda [see full story for more dates including more of Europe and yes a couple shows in the US too]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pain of Salvation Lose Member
Blabbermouth reports: Sweden's PAIN OF SALVATION has issued the following update:

"We are sad to announce that Johan Langell [drums] has decided to leave the band, to focus on family. This is not a sudden decision, but something that has been pending for several years. As the band now rapidly continues to grow for each year, the time and commitment needed for being in studio and on tours increase. Not really wanting this, Johan chose to include the whole band in his doubts regarding this directly from the start, and now when the time has finally come.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Raise Hell Denied Entry into US
Blabbermouth reports: Swedish death/thrashers RAISE HELL have cancelled their previously announced North American tour. The group's official statement on the matter reads as follows: 

"We are very sad to have to inform you that we unfortunately have to cancel our tour in the last minute. We have done all in our power to make this tour possible and we regret any inconvenience this may cause you.

"The reason for the cancellation is that one of our band members didn't get his visa approved, so the whole band wasn't allowed into the U.S.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pop Pays
Jam! reports: Despite his anticipated divorce settlement, Paul McCartney is still ranked third in an annual list of Britain's richest musical figures, with a fortune estimated at US$1.4 billion. 

The Sunday Times' annual Rich List, released Friday, said the former Beatle's fortune was down $200 million from last year, due to the estimated cost of his upcoming divorce from Heather Mills. 

Clive Calder, the former Zomba records label boss whose acts included Britney Spears and 'N Sync, was at the top of the music list, with a fortune estimated at $2.6 billion.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gorilla Biscuits Postponed
Lambgoat reports: According to Gorilla Biscuits guitarist Walter Schreifels, the band's summer tour of Europe has been postponed until the fall due to organizational "snags." Fans are advised not to purchase any of the presale tickets that may be available for the shows that were already scheduled.[see full story for more metal news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Third Eye Kinks = Year Long Disaster
punkbands reports: Throw the drummer for Third Eye Blind, and offspring of Dave Davies (of The Kinks), and an ex-member of Speedealer into a blender and you get Year Long Disaster. The band just signed with Volcom who had this to say...

Rock-trio Year Long Disaster is led by guitarist and vocalist Daniel Davies who grew up with an insider's perspective being the son of Kinks' guitarist Dave Davies. Bassist, Rich Mullins, has toured the world in his past rock lives with Karma to Burn and Speedealer, and Brad Hargreaves is certainly no stranger to bright lights and big cities as his moonlighting gig is as the drummer of eight-times platinum Third Eye Blind. Together, they are indeed, Year Long Disaster.

Beginning next week Year Long Disaster will be holing up in Tucson, Arizona with producer/engineer Jim Waters (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, RL Burnside) to record their debut release, which is slated for a September, 2007 release.[see full story for tour dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Emanuel Set Release
punkbands reports: Emanuel officially announce Black Earth Tiger will be released on July 17th on Vagrant Records. The band has also confirmed a seven-week U.S. spring tour in anticipation of the new record. Black Earth Tiger, produced by Terry Date (Pantera, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins), is the follow up to the break through album, 2005's Soundtrack To A Headrush.

Emanuel tour dates.
All dates with Madina Lake (unless noted)
5.10 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues Cambridge Room
5.11 – Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
5.12 – Springfield, MO @ Remmingtons w/ Playing with Matches
5.14 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
5.15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theatre
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Rock The Bells Again
SMN reports: In response to the 20-minute sell-out of the previously announced Saturday, July 28th Randall's Island/New York City date, Guerilla Union in conjunction with Live Nation have revealed they will add a second Rock The Bells festival show at the venue for Sunday, July 29th. Confirmed artists for both NYC-area shows are headliners RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, the WU-TANG CLAN, CYPRESS HILL and many more.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Index Case Demo and Tour Dates
SMN reports: INDEX CASE is continuing to write for their next full-length release. The band has posted a demo version of a new track, tentatively titled ‘The Cut', on their MySpace.

INDEX CASE will also be returning to the stage for the first time in a nearly a year with plans to unveil several new tracks. The following dates have been lined up so far:

April 27 - Sioux City, IA @ The Lewis Bowl
April 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
[see full story for more dates and the link to the demo]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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