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OzzFest Will Be Free
TuneLab reports: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne announced today that they are pulling the plug on ticket prices for the 12th annual Ozzfest. That's right, the entire tour will be dubbed "Freefest" and will be free thanks to corporate sponsorships. To gain entry into the event, fans will go to ozzfest.com or livenation.com to find links that will direct them to special sponsor sites where tickets can be secured. More details regarding the process are forthcoming. [wonder how much the bands are having to pay to be included?]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Aiken A Predator
idolator.com reports: Clay Aiken is apparently aware of his fans' all-too-dirty minds; last week, he invited Claymates to "come up with the most outlandish story you can that places [him] in a really juicy, tawdry, scandalous, shameful story." We figured the idea of him getting kissed on the calf by his AC/DC-loving drummer was juicy enough, but the Best Week Ever crew decided to take it to the next level--and by "next level," we mean "a potentially slanderous mash-up with 'To Catch A Predator.'" [ you can catch the video at the full story link and post your pro Clay, everyone is a hater and against Clay comments over there too]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Keith Urban Sues Keith Urban
Reuters reports: Country singer Keith Urban has filed a lawsuit against a painter of the same name, claiming that the lesser known Keith Urban's Web site infringes trademark and cyber-squatting laws. 

Singer Urban filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday against the New Jersey painter who uses the Web site address www.keithurban.com to advertise oil paintings for sale.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Frankie Laine RIP
AP reports: Frankie Laine, the big-voiced singer whose string of hits made him one of the most popular entertainers of the 1950s, died Tuesday. He was 93. 

Laine died of heart failure at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, Jimmy Marino, Laine's producer of more than a dozen years, told The Associated Press.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bluegrass Ramone
PR reports: The New York Times preview said it best: "There is life after the Ramones, but who knew it would be bluegrass?" The write-up referred to Tommy Ramone's new bluegrass duo Uncle Monk, co-fronted by Claudia Tienan. In what seems an improbable second act for the man who wrote "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," Uncle Monk is rooted in the old-timey and bluegrass traditions. The duo's self-titled debut album featuring 14 original songs will be released to brick and mortar retail on the indie Airday Records label, distributed by Burnside Distribution, on May 22.

"We are doing what feels natural to us," says Ramone. "We are making use of string-band instrumentation along with alternative rock flavorings. We're drawn to the classic simplicity of string-band music, but at the same time we are deeply involved with the aesthetics of indie music. There is a similarity between punk and old-time music — both are home-brewed as opposed to schooled. Both have earthy energy. And there is a certain cool in old-time music that is found in the best alternative artists."- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Spector Settles
Gigwise reports: US music producer Phil Spector has settled an embezzlement claim which will see him rewarded $900,000 in damages. 

The producer is currently on trial in the US on suspicion of murdering b-movie star, Lana Clarkson, in 2003. 

Spector said that his former assistant Michelle Blaine had removed $425,000 from his pension and had failed to replay a $635,000 loan. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Smashing Mystery
FMQB reports: Pumpkins manager Paul Geary recently spoke to MTV.com about the mysterious lineup of the new version of the band, giving more credence to the assumption that James Iha and D'Arcy are not in the group currently. However, Iha was spotted over the weekend in attendance at the wedding of MTV star Bam Margera. [see full story for info on where you can see the Pumpkins line up who ever it is]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sepultura To Invade Europe
Blabbermouth reports: Brazilian thrashers SEPULTURA will embark on a European headlining tour in March. Tentative dates so far are as follows;

Mar. 10 - CZ - Prague 
Mar. 11 - D - Karlsruhe 
Mar. 13 - F - Paris 
Mar. 14 - B - Verviers 
Mar. 15 - NL - Deventer 
Mar. 16 - L - Luxembourg 
Mar. 17 - D - Stuttgart [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Apple Vs DRM
idolator.com reports: Steve Jobs posted an essay, innocuously titled "Thoughts On Music," on apple.com today; instead of being filled with reflections on what his iPod's been bumping lately, though, he talks about digital-rights management and its future. He closes with a challenge to record labels:

[this is just a small part, see the full for it all] So if the music companies are selling over 90 percent of their music DRM-free, what benefits do they get from selling the remaining small percentage of their music encumbered with a DRM system? There appear to be none. If anything, the technical expertise and overhead required to create, operate and update a DRM system has limited the number of participants selling DRM protected music. If such requirements were removed, the music industry might experience an influx of new companies willing to invest in innovative new stores and players. This can only be seen as a positive by the music companies.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jetboy Reunited
KNAC reports: 15 years ago, San Francisco rockers Jetboy had a break up that left many fans wondering if they'd ever see the group return to action again. But in 2005, the band was asked to headline a one-off show for the Hollywood Rocks audio companion box set release party at the Key Club in Los Angeles. With a few phone calls to each other, all original members accepted the offer to do the show…. On December 19th in their hometown of San Francisco, they recorded together for the first time in over 15 years at Different Fur studios. The band also recorded a cover of 'Folsom Prison Blues' by the late, great Johnny Cash as a bonus track (this track was a regular show closer on the Feel The Shake tour In 1988/89). These two tracks will be included along with old demos from their 8 year run on a yet to be titled CD/DVD available this spring.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Injury of Bodom
KNAC reports: From the Children of Bodom website: "One week ago Alexi had the worst luck. He tripped at a bowling alley and his shoulder was hurt. Something is broken but it's not serious like the accident two years ago. He has to be careful 'cos the shoulder will be sensitive for a while. Six weeks of no guitar playing - doctor's orders. 

This means all the activities planned to happen within the next five weeks have to be cancelled. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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More Info on Buckcherry Suit
PR reports: As a follow up to the previous story. The lawsuit we were phoned about wasn't over the Buckcherry name. Today we received a copy of the lawsuit via a press release which states that "the suit was originally filed on September 24th 2004, but has been amended as of late January 2007." The basics of the suit allegations are that Josh Todd entered into an agreement with Todd Meagher to form Todd Entertainment, LLC and Meagher alleges that Todd has breached that contract which included a $4000 monthly salary to Todd (but he supposedly later demanded $10K a month). 

The suit is against Todd, Buckcherry and now also includes "Universal Music Group International, Warner Music Group Corporation, Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Atlantic Recording Corporation, Buckcherry Worlwide Llc, Kovac Media Group D/B/A/ Eleven Seven Music & 10th Street Entertainment, The Kirby Organization, Interactive Marketing And Design, Inc., D/B/A swagrox.com & upwards of a dozen other individuals" according to the press release.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Paula's Legal Reality
TMZ reports: TMZ has obtained a lawsuit filed against Paula Abdul by a production company claiming the "Idol" judge tried to screw them out of a show based on Paula's life.

According to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pilgrim Films and Television (PFTV) met with Abdul and David Russo (her producing partner) in 2004 and discussed a talk show featuring Abdul. According to the suit, after some false starts, the concept evolved into a reality show titled "Hey Paula," based on Abdul's wacky life.

The lawsuit alleges that the project fell apart after Abdul demanded final editorial control over the final product. The suit claims PFTV was trying to get the show back on track by selling it to Oxygen. But PFTV claims Abdul allegedly came clean and told the peeps at PFTV that "she had secretly taken PFTV's 'Hey Paula' project ... to Bravo."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Shoplifting Nelly
PR reports: GRAMMY Award nominee Nelly Furtado will guest star in CSI: NY, Wednesday, Feb. 7 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network during "GRAMMY week." The 49th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 11 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Nelly Furtado is currently nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for her hit song "Promiscuous." In CSI: NY she will play Ava Brandt, a world-class personal shoplifter whose job is to fulfill her clients' wish list of the latest must-have items. Ava is an ingenious master of disguise whose chameleon ways allow her to stay one step ahead of the law. She becomes the CSI's number one suspect when a store security guard is found dead in a dressing room at a high end store, leading the team on one of their toughest hunts yet.
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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds CD/DVD Boxset
PR reports: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will release a live 4-disc set (2DVD/2CD) on March 20th 2007. The release features several songs from the album Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, in addition to an array of classic material from the band's repertoire.

The DVDs contains footage from two live concerts: disc one is taken from the second of the bands' three sold-out Brixton Academy London shows filmed on November 11 2004, during the "Abattoir Blues" tour. This will be a special treat for US fans as this tour never came to America. The second disc offers excerpts from the Hammersmith Apollo show filmed on June 7th 2003 during the "Nocturama" tour.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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