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Britney Cokehead? 
pr-inside reports: [today's obligatory BS report] BRITNEY SPEARS' first husband has fuelled reports of the pop superstar's history of drug use - by confessing the pair once stayed awake for 72 hours, high on ecstasy and cocaine.

Alexander - whose January 2004 marriage to the 25-year-old was annulled 55 hours after they tied the knot in a Las Vegas, Nevada wedding chapel - revealed he saw the full extent of Spears' recreational drug use when they celebrated the New Year in 2004.

He says, "We used ecstasy at night to party and cocaine during the day to stay awake. Then we would take downers like Valium to come down and rest. Britney stayed up three days straight over New Year. [K Fed is starting to make sense now... see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Van Halen Reunion Just Postponed?
SMN reports: A prospective VAN HALEN tour with original frontman David Lee Roth has derailed. Sources tell Billboard.com the decision to postpone the outing indefinitely was not due to any internal strife among band members. Insiders close to the situation say a tour is still in the works and will happen, though when is anybody's guess. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Drug Bust Kills View Tour
Gigwise reports: [the press release posted on the 14th stated " Due to unforeseen visa and immigration issues" now here is a follow up to that from Gigwise] It's been revealed The View were forced to cancel their upcoming US because singer Kyle Falconer faces drugs charges. 
As previously reported on Gigwise, the Scottish rockers were supposed to kick off a nine-date American jaunt next Saturday, but were forced to pull the dates. 
What wasn't known was that the cancellation was caused because Falconer's visa application was turned down after he was forced to declare an arrest last August for cocaine possession. [see full story for more. Too bad they can't make it over, Falconer could party with Britney] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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More Bands Warped
punkbands reports: More Warped bands confirmed for this years tour. The latest additions are as follows:

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (Entire tour)
Flogging Molly (Aug 7 - End)
Poison The Well (Aug 7 - End)
As I Lay Dying (Aug 4 - End)
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Green Day in Simpsons Movie
punkbands reports: If you possess eagle-eye vision (or a super-slo-mo button,) you may have already been able to make out none other than Green Day in the just-released trailer for this summer's "The Simpsons Movie." The trio are shown performing on what looks to be a capsizing stage. 

A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox wouldn't confirm anything, but according to the band's rep at Warner Bros./ Reprise, the erstwhile American Idiots do appear in the film and will even have a song featured.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hank Jr Off The Hook
AP reports: A misdemeanor assault case against Hank Williams Jr. has been dismissed, nearly a year after a cocktail waitress accused the country singer of yelling obscenities and choking her at a local hotel, a prosecutor said. 

"We didn't feel we had a case we could prove," District Attorney General Bill Gibbons said Friday.[wonder if he invited all of his rowdy friends over to celebrate? Learn more at the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Busta Busted Again
Gigwise reports: Busta Rhymes has even police on his back after being stopped whilst driving with a suspended driving license. 

The rapper, who is also currently facing two assault charges, was stopped in Manhattan, New York at 5.30am on Thursday morning after apparently running a red light. 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Idol Producers Discover New Way To Separate Idiots From Their Money!
TMZ reports: Would you like your child to grow up to be Taylor Hicks, or Katharine McPhee, for that matter? Well, now they can!

The people who brought you "American Idol" are bringing Idol to the summer -- summer camp, that is. They announced the first Idol Camp, described as a "performing arts summer camp" for kids 12-15 years old. Set in bucolic Northfield, Mass., far away from Hollywood, the camp will feature master classes from celeb guests, former Idols, and "other top industry pros." And just so they don't wear out their vocal chords, attendees will do regular kiddie-camp things like water sports.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Switchfoot Fests
TuneLab reports: Switchfoot will be performing at the following festivals this summer:

June 16th in Wilmore, KY @ Ichthus Festival
June 22nd in Lawrence, OH @ Alive Festival
June 27th in Shirleysburg, PA @ Creation Northeast
June 29th in Bushnell, IL @ Cornerstone Festival
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Revived Beatles Track?
Earvolution reports: Paul McCartney wants one last crack (at least until another old tape surfaces) to work with songwriting partner John Lennon. Earlier reports had McCartney keen to go back in the studio to add some harmonies to a John Lennon lead vocal track of a song they wrote decades ago called "Now and Then." 

The remaining Beatles reportedly considered releasing the song in the 1990s, but George Harrison apparently wasn't happy with the song. McCartney was quoted as saying "It needed a bit of reworking but it had a beautiful verse."

Now, Yoko Ono has apparently chimed in saying she doesn't mind Sir Paul resurrecting the song.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Site Calls for RIAA Boycott
Gizmodo reports: Alright, we've been following the RIAA's increasingly frequent affronts to privacy and free speech lately, and it's about time we stopped merely bitching and moaning and did something about it. The RIAA has the power to shift public policy and to alter the direction of technology and the Internet for one reason and one reason alone: it's totally loaded. Without their millions of dollars to throw at lawyers, the RIAA is toothless. They get their money from us, the consumers, and if we don't like the way they're behaving, we can let them know with our wallets.

With that in mind, Gizmodo is declaring the month of March Boycott the RIAA month. We want to get the word out to as many people as humanly possible that we can all send a message by refusing to buy any album put out by an RIAA label. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hopesfall Tracks
punkbands reports: Hopesfall's upcoming new album "Magnetic North" has been scheduled for a May 15th release date via Trustkill. The outing will feature the following track listing:
01 - "Rx Contender The Pretender"
02 - "Swamp Kittens"
03 - "Cubic Zirconias Are Forever"
04 - "I Can Do This On An Island"
05 - "Secondhand Surgery"
06 - "Vacation/Add/Vacation!"
07 - "Magnetic North"
08 - "Saskatchewan"
09 - "East of 1989; Battle Of The Bay"
10 - "Bird Flu"
11 - "The Canon"
12 - "Devil's Concubine"
13 - "Head General Hospital"
14 - "Paisley - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rage Against The Wu-Tang Clan
SMN reports: It turns out RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE will play more than one show after all–the seminal L.A. band will join the WU-TANG CLAN for three shows under the banner of Rock the Bells, the acclaimed hip-hop festival that kicks off in New York on July 28 and hits Southern California on Aug. 11. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cat Fight: Faster Pussycat Vs Faster Pussycat
sleazeroxx.com reports: It seems that the two bands calling themselves Faster Pussycat are clawing at each others throats. The other day Taime Downe posted the following message regarding Brent Muscat touring Europe under the Faster Pussycat moniker: "Faster Pussycat is NOT playing Europe in April & May. That is Brent Muscat doing his FP tribute band, playing my songs. We will be on tour in the US in May and Europe in the summer. Sorry it you already bought tickets. 

Today Brent Muscat responded to Taime and the fans, claiming to represent 'just the facts': "… I legally own the name Faster Pussycat and have been a member of the band since it's inception in 1986. In 2000 Taime made an awful remix cd. It was not until Greg Steele and I threatened him with legal action that we were paid and invited to join our own band. In 2005 I was diagnosed with oral cancer. The band which I had been part of for 20 years all of a sudden replaced me and lied about my condition. I was very hurt that Taime never bothered to call me once.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jon McLaughlin Debut
PR reports: With a second major motion picture soundtrack placement already under his belt this season – "Beautiful Disaster" on the opening credits of Georgia Rule (opening May 11th, starring Lindsay Lohan and Jane Fonda) – American heartland singer-songwriter and pianist Jon McLaughlin is laying the groundwork for the release of his upcoming first album for Island Records, INDIANA (out May 15th). March 5th has been set as the Add Date for "Beautiful Disaster" at triple-A and Hot AC radio formats.

With "Beautiful Disaster" on deck, and "Another Layer" released last week on the soundtrack album for Bridge to Terabithia (in theatres now) – Jon has returned to the road for a full-scale cross-country tour, working again with Nashville-based singer-songwriter (and former tour mate) Matt Wertz. Dates began two weeks ago and continue tonight at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, running through April 27th at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. [see full story for dates and to grab a listen]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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