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Remy Ma Arrested for Murder
BBC reports: Grammy-nominated rap star Remy Ma has been arrested on charges of attempted murder, police in New York have said.

The 26-year-old, whose real name is Remy Smith, was sought for questioning after a woman was shot in New York's Meatpacking district on Saturday.

She reported to police and was also arrested on charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon. - more on this story

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AC/DC Recording New CD
antiMusic reports: Good news for AC/DC fans, the REAL Thunder From Down Under are working on a new album. Frontman Brian Johnson spoke with Daily Record as The Classic Rock Cares tour rolled through town and asked him about plans for AC/DC. It's been half a decade since their last effort "Stiff Upper Lip" hit stores and almost as long since the world's great live rock n' roll band took their show on the road.

"Malcom and Angus (Young, the brothers who are the group's co-founders and chief composers) are in the studio," Brian told Daily Record. "There's an album in the works, and a tour, too, I think. The boys are working' on something special. They don't want to do just another album."

The Classic Rock Cares tour features Johnson along with AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams, Joe Lynn Turner, Mark Farner and Steve Luongo. The purpose of the tour is raise funds for the John Entwistle Foundation. According to Daily Record, "The Fort Myers, Fla.-based charity, which is primarily dedicated to promoting musical education for disadvantaged children." 
- Read the Daily Record story to learn more about the tour.

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Snoop Reality Televizzle
BBC reports: Rapper Snoop Dogg and his family are to be the subject of a reality TV show for US cable network E! Entertainment. 

The broadcaster said the show would be "hilarious and heart-warming" and would show the rapper balancing family duties with the world of hardcore hip-hop. 

The 35-year-old star, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, has three sons and runs a youth American football league.
- more on this story

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Organic Garbage For New CD
Filter reports: Garbage is not a band afraid to fail. In the midst of their Absolute Garbage collection being released, the band is looking to record new material in 2008. 

However, don't expect the same old formula on this new record. In an attempt to stray away from repeating what fans have come to expect, Garbage plans to introduce a more simplistic and organic sound.

Drummer Bruce Vig described it as an interweaving of Mazzy Star and Leonard Cohen meets Neil Young.- more on this story

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Sony Sues DRM Co
BBC reports: Record company Sony BMG is suing a firm that designed controversial anti-piracy software used on CDs sold by the label. 

Sony BMG filed papers in a New York state court seeking $12m in damages from the Arizona-based Amergence Group. 

It says Amergence's Mediamax software landed it with a $5.75m (£2.83m) bill for compensation after users reported problems with their computers. - more on this story

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Slash Goes On the Record About New GNR CD
Gigwise reports: Former Guns N' Roses guitarist has voiced his support for the band's long overdue new album ‘Chinese Democracy'. 

The rocker – now with Velvet Revolver – says he fully expects the record to deliver the goods when it comes out… finally. 

He says, "I'm sure it's got some amazing s*** on it cos I know Axl and what he's capable of. So I'm interested to hear it but patient enough to wait until he figures it out."- He's not quite done =)

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Illness Forces Silverchair Postponements
PR reports: Silverchair has postponed four shows on their current U.S. Tour to allow singer, Daniel Johns to recover fully from a case of laryngitis. Daniel caught the common viral infection of the throat earlier this week after flying Sydney/Los Angeles/Toronto/New York/Los Angeles over just four days. It severely impeded his vocal performance on the "Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Tuesday. 

While his Doctor had initially been hopeful that Daniel's laryngitis would clear up "in a day or two", he has since advised that the Silverchair frontman should "avoid singing for 4 to 6 days" in order to be guaranteed of making a full recovery. The Doctor also advised that singing during this time could risk permanent damage to Daniel's voice so the band has no choice but to reschedule these four important shows and to sincerely apologize to those who will be inconvenienced by this change of plans.

The San Diego, Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Francisco gigs will now take place in mid-November at the same venues. - more on this story

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Zutons Fire Lazy Guitarist
Gigwise reports: We can confirm guitarist Boyan Chowdury has left The Zutons. 

Our impeccably placed source reports Chowdury was in fact kicked out of the band. 

A general "lazy" attitude over the past months eventually came to a head recently, and he was told his laconic lead guitar services were no longer needed.- more on this story

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Fiddy Delayed Again
Reuters reports: 50 Cent's new album, "Curtis," has been pushed back another week, from September 4 to September 11, according to Interscope, which declined to give a reason for the move.

"Curtis" originally was slated for a June 26 release but was pushed back in late May.

Two singles from the project have met with little success on radio. [that's what happens when you offer 50 cents as payola]- more on this story

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Net Radio Reprieve
TuneLab reports: SoundExchange executive director Jon Simson yesterday testified before Congress that SoundExchange will not enforce the new royalty rates for Internet radio stations. 

Webcasters will stay online while new rates are being negotiated. Otherwise, most small webcasters would have had to shut down this coming Monday. [so you won't be stuck with only being able to listen to crappy corporate Top 40 radio for now, go look at the Billboard charts to see just how crappy it is and be thankful for net radio!]- more on this story

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Ride Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven
BW&BK reports: Exactly one year after breaking ground on the world's first rock 'n' roll theme park, Hard Rock Park celebrates another milestone today, with the official topping ceremony for the Park's most anticipated attraction, LED ZEPPELIN - The Ride. The topping ceremony, which marks the completion of the highest lift hill for the signature roller coaster, kicks the Park into "construction overdrive." 

Easily viewed as far away as the three highway bridges that surround the Park, Led Zeppelin - The Ride will tower more than 150 feet into the sky (15 stories tall), serving as a landmark that will help travelers pinpoint Hard Rock Park whether arriving by air or land. 

The ride is most notable for the iconic relationship with band members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, who have contributed to all aspects of Led Zeppelin - The Ride, including the ride's name [they thought real hard on that one], logo and overall look and feel of the vehicles.- more on this story

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Rooney Preview
PR reports: Do you miss The OC? You remember the silly teen soap supposedly set in Orange County but filmed in LA? (also note that no one from Orange County would call it "The" OC, only McDorks from LA do that.) That aside, one of the show's favorite bands has a new CD coming out. Which band? Come on, think about it and you'll know. Hint, they use a California flag.

What you didn't watch the show? Not many did at the end, but that doesn't take away from the band Rooney who are about to drop their new CD, "Calling the World" on Tuesday. (you knew the band name from the headline)

Can't wait until them? You are in luck as the band is giving fans a preview of the ENTIRE new CD on their Myspace page. Wanna see if it's worth picking up on Tuesday? - Click here.

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Townshend Pens New Rock Opera
Reuters reports: More than 30 years after his seminal "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia," The Who's Pete Townshend has written a new rock opera that will be given a test run at a theater festival in New York this weekend. 

Townshend, 62, who wrote over 100 songs for the classic British rock band The Who as well "Tommy" in 1969 and "Quadrophenia" in 1973, two pieces that defined a generation of disaffected youth, has written the book, lyrics and music to "The Boy Who Heard Music."- more on this story

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Britney's New Gig
Launch reports: Britney Spears wants to become a cocktail waitress in a Hollywood bar, according to reports. 

The pop superstar is understood to have been interviewed for the role at Les Deux in Hollywood recently.

"She filled out the application, including her work history, address, Social Security number, and then she went to a back room for an interview with the manager. [add your own joke about the back room here]- more on this must read story

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