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Angels & Airwaves Week: Call To Arms
antiMusic reports: It almost seems like only yesterday that Angels & Airwaves released their debut album but the band isn't messing around and a little over a year after that CD dropped they are already back with their sophomore effort, 'I-Empire,' which hits stores this week. To celebrate the release we asked Atom Willard to pick his favorite five tracks from the new CD and tell us a little bit about each one. Here is Atom with today's song "Call To Arms"

This is easily one of my favorite songs I've EVER been a part of. Not only do I love the beat and feel, the whole build at the top came together so perfectly. We didn't have to work too hard on this one, it almost wrote itself, although we tried several versions of the bridge before we settled on what you hear now. It's an anthem, a get you off your ass kind of song, and it's so much fun to play live.

Just in case you didn't know Angels & Airwaves is former blink-182 & Box Car Racer guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge, Offspring drummer Atom Willard, David Kennedy from Box Car Racer and former 30 Seconds to Mars bassist Matt Wachter. Tom produced the new album. Preview some tracks from the CD, learn more about the band and CD and more - right here

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Britney Runs Over Cop?
Jam! reports: Officers are investigating how a sheriff's deputy was injured as Britney Spears was leaving a downtown courthouse last week, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Friday.

"We are aware that Britney Spears was leaving the courthouse," said Officer Jason Lee, a police spokesman. "We are also aware that a deputy was injured, but we're unable to confirm the details on the deputy's injury because the investigation is in its initial stage."

The celebrity website TMZ.com reported authorities are investigating whether Spears ran over the deputy's foot with her car as she was leaving an Oct. 26 hearing on her efforts to obtain joint custody of her two children with ex-husband Kevin Federline. - more on this story

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My Chemical Lawsuit?
antiMusic reports: You would think university students would be a little too old for the TRL friendly My Chemical Romance but apparently one university didn't think so and booked the band to perform. However, the band pulled the plug a short time before they were to hit the stage and the university is mad, mad, mad. Gigwise has the report:

My Chemical Romance could be facing legal proceedings from an American university over a cancelled show last weekend. The band were due to play the University of Maine last Saturday (October 27), but pulled out at the eleventh hour blaming an apparent "medical issue" within in the band.

Now the Student Government at the campus have sent two letters to the band asking for $20,500 to cover "lost" costs, covering money paid out for advertising, money paid to contractors and compensation costs.
- more on this story

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Eagles Soar on Chart
BBC reports: Veteran rockers The Eagles have topped the UK album chart for the first time.

No band has ever taken longer to reach number one, with a 33-year gap between their debut UK hit, On the Border, and this release, Long Road Out of Eden.

The success of the US group's first full studio album since The Long Run in 1979 means Britney Spears has had to settle for second place with Blackout. - more on this story

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T-Pain Surrenders To Police
Contact Music reports: Rapper T-PAIN has turned himself in to police after committing a non-moving traffic violation and driving with a suspended license.

The rap star, real name Faheem Najm, was booked at the Leon County Sheriff's office in Tallahassee, Florida on Friday morning (02Nov07). A warrant for his arrest was issued on June 15 (07) for driving with a suspended or revoked license, according to police spokeswoman Kathy MCGhin.

She says, "He is a habitual offender. This is his third charge." - more on this story

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Ozzy / Zombie Extend Tour
PR reports: Rob Zombie has confirmed his continued tour support with Ozzy Osbourne as we enter 2008. Zombie will invade North America with his legendary rock show and Ozzy in support of his long awaited Zombie-Live album in stores now.

Come join the madness as Ozzy and Zombie take over North America.

Ozzy Osbourne/Rob Zombie tour dates:

11/06 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
11/08 Great Falls, MT Expo Park - ZOMBIE ONLY*
11/09 Billings, MT MetraPark Arena
11/11 Salt Lake City, UT The E-Center
- more dates

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Daft Punk Delay
antiMusic reports: EMI sent us over the following update about the new Daft Punk release: Due to production issues beyond our control the physical release of "Alive 2007" has been moved to Dec. 4th. It will still be released digitally as planned on Nov. 20th.

Check out the video for "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" shot by fans at the Coney Island show and directed by Olivier Gondry.
- It's right here

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Tyr Announce Short Tour
PR reports: There will be two Tyr concerts and a festival at the end of January. Svartsot, who have recently signed to Napalm Records, will support Tyr on this short tour.

Dates include:

January
24 - Odense, DEnmark - Badstuen
25 - Lübeck, Germany - Treibsand
26 - Osnabrück, Germany - N8 (Winternoise Festival)
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Site Exposes Artist Rip Offs
antiMusic reports: We get all kinds of emails from bloggers and website owners telling how great their site is and asking us to tell you, our readers, about them. Now if we did this with everyone, we wouldn't have room for real news but every once in a while a site doesn't come up that is worthy of the extra attention. So today we tell you about thecopycat.biz, a site devoted to exposing artists that rip off other artists and a quick browse of the site is indeed eye opening.

The obvious one is the recent flap over Rihanna's apparent rip off of New Order's 'Blue Monday' with her track 'Shut up and drive'. They point out that "The suspicious thing, U might not know about, is that 'shut up Rihanna and drive away' is the only track on the album's list with no credits (sic!)." Something we didn't know as your as likely to find a Rihanna CD at antiMusic as a working microphone at a Britney Spears concert.

Seems this wasn't the only song that Rihanna has supposedly lifted from another artist. The funny thing is they seemed to have found another artist, the much hyped J Holiday ripping off Rihanna's rip off of a Cranberries song. That's only the tip of the iceberg, you'll be surprised as some of their findings. Check out the site and learn more about musical copycats - right here

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Decapitated Member Dies After Bus Crash
Metal Underground reports: Drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka of the Polish extreme metal band DECAPITATED passed away in a Russian hospital from injuries sustained in a recent road collision. He was 23 years old.

Vitek and DECAPITATED singer Covan (real name: Adrian Kowanek) were hurt in an accident earlier in the week involving DECAPITATED's tour bus and a truck carrying wood in Gomel, on the Russia/Belarus border.

Both musicians reportedly sustained serious head injuries in the collision, which is believed to have been the fault of the band's driver (although this has not yet been officially confirmed). - more on this story

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The Decemberists Kill Another Tour
Filter reports: What was once the long and the short of it, is now definitely just the short. With just two dates completed, The Decemberists have announced the cancellation of their Long and Short of It Tour, due to an illness that has been plaguing one of their bandmates since last month.

Although the band expressed its deepest apologies, there are no plans to reschedule the remaining 28 shows. Refunds should be offered at point of purchase.
- more on this story

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Iron Maiden To Help KNAC.com Celebrate 10 Years With LA Concert
KNAC reports: Just after completing a decade of digital domination, KNAC.COM will celebrate in style by welcoming Iron Maiden to Los Angeles in a one off show at the Forum on Tuesday, February 19th, 4 days after KNAC.COM's tenth anniversary, and thirteen years after KNAC FM 105.5 went off the radio in ("Scream for me") Long Beach, CA.

For Iron Maiden the Los Angeles show will be part of the first leg of the Somewhere Back in Time World Tour 2008. The band will fly in especially for this one show from Tokyo two days before and depart for Mexico the day after on a specially commissioned and customized Boeing 757, flown by Astraeus Airline Captain and Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson. The 757, decked out in Maiden and Eddie artwork, will carry the band, road crew and other personnel of around 70 people plus over 12 tons of equipment. - more on this story

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EMI Memo Blasts Lazy Artists
antiMusic reports: "Mr. Hand since I'm here and you're here doesn't it make it OUR time?" What a different an s in a name can make as a memo at the "new EMI" issued by Guy Hands has leaked and shows he's a bit shocked at how the music business does business and he blasts artists that don't work hard enough for the label and instead focus on how much money they can get in advance money. Imagine that, a major record label executive concerned that artists focus too much on money. There is real irony in that. Wait until he starts reading the contacts the artists signed and learns where they go the idea from!

The BBC has the story: The new owner of the music group EMI has said some of its artists are not working hard enough and its labels will become more picky in future. EMI was bought by Guy Hands' Terra Firma private equity house in August for £2.4bn.

In an internal memo obtained by the Financial Times, Mr Hands set out his plans for the future of EMI. "Some [artists] unfortunately simply focus on negotiating for the maximum advance," he said. Unlike the investment banking world that Mr Hands is more used to in which bonuses are linked to performance, advances are paid to artists regardless of the success of their albums - "advances which are often never repaid", the memo bemoaned. - more on this story

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