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Obi-Wan Cobain?
earvolution.com reports: Kurt Cobain's life (and death) have been the subject of various books and films over the years. But, Courtney Love herself has reportedly decided to further cash in put out a film after she reportedly acquired the rights to Charlie Cross' Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven.

Reports have Ewan McGregor being hand picked by Love to play Cobain. Love, who's been seen lately with Billy Corgan, is also out pushing her own story in the form of "diaries"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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37 Million Idol Minds
AP reports: "American Idol" is back and bigger than ever. The Fox TV talent contest's season premiere was the most-watched in its six-year history, drawing an estimated 37.3 million viewers Tuesday, according to preliminary ratings from Nielsen Media Research.

That represents a 5 percent increase over last year's record premiere audience of 35.5 million, qualifying it as the best debut ever for Fox, the network said. Final ratings will be released next week. [yes the pun is misspelled.. but if you're one of the 37.3 million and are actually interested in televised karaoke then click the full story for all the details, then click over to Reuters for a less glossy story about the premiere] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Spector Trial Set
E! Online reports: The idea that Phil Spector will actually stand trial for murder is starting to look less whimsical. 

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler set Mar. 19 as the day to begin jury selection, saying Tuesday, "We have to get to this trial."

While testimony probably won't start until three or four weeks after a jury is chosen, it's looking promising that Spector's criminal trial is finally going to go forward after a year of delays.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Suicidal France
blabbermouth.net reports: Long-running Venice Beach thrash/punk band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES has lined up the following dates in France during April:

Apr. 15 Ancenis, FRA @ Shaker Festival
Apr. 16 - Orleans, FRA @ L' Astrolabe
Apr. 18 - Clermond Ferrand, FRA @ La coopérative de Mai
Apr. 19 - Paris, FRA @ Elysee Montmartre
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It Dies Today Lose Singer
blabbermouth.net reports: Trustkill recording artists IT DIES TODAY have announced that they have parted ways with vocalist Nick Brooks. Starting with the upcoming PAPA ROACH tour to begin next week, Jason Wood will take the microphone as a full-time member of the band. 

Brooks issued the following statement regarding his split with the band: "The last six years have been incredible and I've seen and done more things than I ever thought were possible with this band. I also met so many amazing people along the way and I want to thank all of the fans for being so supportive you guys made this all worthwhile. 

"I've decided to leave the band because that is what is best for everyone at the moment. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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NFL Snubs Britney
hecklerspray reports: [and for today's BS report] This big Britney Spears post-divorce comeback that we were all promised isn't quite as amazing as we thought, considering it's mainly consisted of fainting, puking and flashing her genitals around like the mad old lady who hangs round outside Woolworths.

But Britney Spears had one big gun left in her armoury - Britney Spears wanted to announce her dramatic reappearance as a shiny happy pop person by appearing in a huge all-star TV commercial promoting the NFL Network alongside big names like L.L. Cool J and Paris Hilton. And all was going according to plan, right up until the moment that Britney Spears actually asked the NFL if she could be in the advert. Because at that point the NFL said no to Britney Spears and then called her a "train wreck." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Steven Seagal Blues
BBC reports: Hollywood action man Steven Seagal has begun a UK tour with his Blues band Thunderbox, playing a gig in Glasgow. 

The star of films such as Under Siege and The Patriot has played the guitar since he was 12 years old. Concerts on the 37-date, two-month tour will featured self penned tunes which Seagal describes as "pure Delta Blues".[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Red Hot Record
pr-inside reports: Rockers the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS have scored a new US record after claiming their 11th Modern Rock Radio Chart number one with new single SNOW (HEY OH).

The California four-piece become the first group to land more than 10 number ones on the chart.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Senator Vs Payola
TuneLab reports: Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) has written an open letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, responding to yesterday's news that the commission is considering a proposal to resolve the ongoing payola investigation. In the letter, Feingold urges the FCC to not entrust an industry that "former Attorney General [Eliot] Spitzer has already shown to have violated payola rules" to police itself. Feingold urges Martin to "instead seek strong binding settlements that ensure future compliance with the law and reassure consumers they will have access to small, independent and local labels and artists via the public airwaves."

Feingold notes that the rumored proposal would "not even admit any wrongdoing on the part of the companies - something that is typical for such an agreement," especially when "there was significant wrongdoing, both through traditional payola's direct bribes and new forms that sought to use middlemen to conceal the violations." Feingold contends that without "an admission that both traditional and new forms of payola are covered by the FCC jurisdiction, some in the industry may continue to contend that new forms of payola are legal." [see full story for some info on an interesting "indie" clause that Feingold is hoping for.] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Legal Bullet for Emo Band
TuneLab reports: Bullet for My Valentine's former tour manager Mark Stickland has won a suit filed in London against the band. The suit, which claimed he was caught pleasuring himself at work and portrayed him as a "sexual deviant", awarded Stickland £40,000 ($79,000).[see full story for more music news... he may have been mistaken, sure they weren't talking about their 12 year old fans?]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fountains of Wayne Set Release
Filter reports: Fountains of Wayne will release a new album titled Traffic and Weather, on April 3 via Virgin Records. The first single from the record, "Someone to Love," will hit radio in late February.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fall Out Boy Vs Meathead
punkbands reports: One week after he leapt into the crowd and began wailing on a security guard at the Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz is still a little bit sore, a little bit embarrassed and in what might be a first a little bit wary of talking about the incident.

But that isn't stopping his bandmates from giving their accounts of the punch-up, which occurred while FOB was playing the final song of their set during last weekend's gig at the Sunshine

"I was standing on a riser, stage left, and I see this meathead dude pushing around girls and trying to get into it with our security guy," guitarist Joe Trohman said. "All I can tell you is the dude was a meathead, and he was being a real jerk. I saw it all happen right in front me, and he started it all. He was pushing around girls, tried to push around [the band's security guard] Charlie. He was out of his gourd."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Emperor of the US
SMN reports: After triumphantly headlining the annual Wacken Open Air Festival and four capacity performances in America last summer, EMPEROR today announce their return to the United States for three encore performances this spring. 

"We have made a decision to return to the US for a few additional shows," notes guitarist Samoth. "This time Chicago is also put on the map. The shows last summer were very successful and we had an amazing turn out and support from all the fans. It was also a bit stressful because of the embassy hassle that we unfortunately had to endure. So we feel a few more shows are due and this time, all visas are in order [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Everlast's La Coka Nostra
SMN reports: Everlast has posted the following update on his new group, LA COKA NOSTRA (feat. ex-members of HOUSE OF PAIN, NON PHIXION, etc.):

"What up cokeheads .... We are gathering once again for 10 days on the west coast to record and finish our first mixtape and hopefully get real close to finishing an album ...We want to thank all of you for supporting LCN we could not proceed without your help .... This is the year we really set things off ... Remember we are doing this completely on our own so far ...so buy a shirt or hoody and help LCN get this s*** done ... We are also in negotiations to start our own label situation with a few distributors ... also LA COKA NOSTRA will appear on Ego Trip's White Rapper Show ...[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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