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Manson Cat Fight
blabbermouth.net reports: With burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese ending her marriage to Marilyn Manson, the New York Post hears the couple are set to battle over their pets. They do have several cats, two of which are named Lily and Aleister, and two dachshunds, Greta and Eva. A source friendly with the two says, "They are fighting over custody of the cats - not so much the dogs." When Dita moved out of their home, she took the animals with her, and the shock rocker is reportedly missing the felines.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Dave Matthews Savant
postchronicle.com reports: Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Dave Matthews will guest star as a musical prodigy on the hit US medical series House.

The singer will play a savant and piano prodigy who comes under the care of Dr Gregory House, played by British star Hugh Laurie.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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iPhone is coming
FMQB reports: After years of waiting, Apple founder Steve Jobs "reinvented the phone" today, unveiling the iPhone officially at the company's annual Macworld. The device is of course capable of far more than just music and phone calls. It features a 3.5 inch wide touchscreen, a 2 Megapixel camera, 4 or 8 GB of storage space, Bluetooth and WiFi and also runs the latest Mac software, including the Safari Web browser.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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50 Cent Working on New CD
FMQB reports: 50 Cent is currently hard at work on a new CD with producers like Timbaland, J.R. Rotem and Rich Harrison, and the MC is definitely feeling the pressure to deliver something special. The album, titled Before I Self Destruct, is tentatively due in the spring, and 50 wants to show the doubters that he and his G-Unit crew still have the skills to survive.

"I heard them talking on the radio about G-Unit is over, because they seeing some of the artists having difficulties," 50 told MTV News. "What you're seeing is the music business. Nothing just works in the music business.[see full story for more including 50 addressing rumors of the direction the CD will take]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ella Honored
AP reports: Ella Fitzgerald — the First Lady of Song — is being honored on a new postage stamp. 

The 39-cent stamp will be released Wednesday at ceremonies at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, and will be on sale across the country. It's the 30th stamp in the agency's Black Heritage series.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Morrissey 4 Eurovision?
Gigwise reports: The BBC is in talks with Morrissey for him to represent the UK in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. 

The former Smiths frontman expressed an interest in the competition last year when Daz Sampson's ‘Teenage Life' bombed at the ceremony.

Incredibly the BBC has now confirmed that they are negotiating with Mozza to write and perform our entry.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Whining For My Valentine
blabbermouth.net reports: Canada's Dose.ca recently conducted an interview with BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE drummer Michael "Moose" Thomas. A few excerpts from the chat follow: On the group's recent North American tour opening for IRON MAIDEN:

"I wish the crowds could have been a bit nicer to us - especially in Quebec City. They weren't very nice … It's not very nice when you're trying to do a set and, all through it, 15,000 MAIDEN fans are chanting for MAIDEN to come on. [But] you've got to laugh. You can't be upset for a long time."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The New Masterplan
BW&BK reports: As previously reported, MASTERPLAN will play in Bremen, Germany on February 23rd with MOB RULES as support. It has now been revealed that the show will in fact take place as part of the Break The Barriers Festival and the Tivoli. Masterplan will be headlining the festival, with Mob Rules, ETERNAL REIGN and one more act rounding out the bill. This will be Masterplan's first live show with new singer Mike Demeo (ex-RIOT) and drummer Mike Terrana (ex-RAGE). They will be out supporting their new album, MKII. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Evanescence Engagement
TuneLab reports: Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee has announced that she is engaged to her boyfriend of the past year, a psychiatrist named Josh. You can watch the video of her announcement on MuchMusic [at the full story link], if you have nothing better to do.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Townshend & Winwood Team for Tribute
earvolution.com reports: On January 21, classic rockers Pete Townshend, Steve Winwood and Paul Weller will honor their departed friend Jim Capaldi at the Dear Mr. Fantasy show at The Roundhouse in London, England. Capaldi, best known for his stint as Traffic's drummer in the 70s, lost his battle with stomach cancer nearly two years ago.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rock Our Troops
SMN reports: U.S. Troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan are asking for music CDs. To answer this call, Bare Metal Records has created a unique compilation CD to send overseas to the Troops, naming the project, "OPERATION: Rock Our Troops!" Bare Metal Records has selected 21 songs from some great American bands. Ranging in music from pop to latin, metal to punk, country to rock, BMR has chosen the best entries to be included on "OPERATION: Rock Our Troops," hoping there will be something for everyone on the CD.

Artists on OPERATION: Rock Our Troops 
Strikken
Rebecca Rudolf
Bluefire
St. Madness
Casey Desmond
Tim Miller
Kevin Swink
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Haste Calls it a Day
SMN reports: Former Century Media signee's HASTE have officially called it quits:

"This has been one of the most amazing experiences of our lives but we have all come to the point where it is time to move on. A simple thank you does not express the gratitude we feel for everyone who has supported us over the years. We can't possibly list everyone by name who has been important to us as a band, but you know who you are. I promise that we very much appreciate everything that you have done for us. Haste has been a huge part of all of our lives and we are all very sad to see it go, but it is time have some closure to this part of our lives.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jimmy Eat World Eye Summer Release
FMQB reports: Jimmy Eat World is eyeing an early summer release for their next studio album. Producer Butch Vig (Garbage, Nirvana) told Billboard he will begin mixing the record in late February or early March. "The record is quite eclectic," Vig said.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pink's Reel Music
PR reports: GLAMOUR Vice President and Publisher Bill Wackermann announced Glamour Reel Music as an extension of its successful short film series, Glamour Reel Moments. The project aimed at promoting women in male-dominated entertainment fields will now turn to the recording industry. Glamour has teamed with multi-platinum LaFace recording artist P!NK to help create opportunities for women in the music business. She selected three artists on the rise for the Glamour Reel Music contest through which readers chose an all-female group to star in a music video directed by P!NK. Nissan North America (NNA) supported the making of the video that will launch on glamour.com/reelmusic on Wednesday, January 17, 2007.

Similarly to Glamour Reel Moments, which promotes women in Hollywood, Reel Music supports emerging female artists within the music industry. Two-time Grammy winner P!NK originally selected Sandi Thom, The Ditty Bops and the Pretty Boys to be part of the contest. Readers were asked in the September 2006 issue of Glamour to log on to its website to see, hear and learn more about the three budding female artists, and ultimately choose one they most wanted to see featured in a music video directed by P!NK. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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