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Angels & Airwaves Week: Everything's Magic
antiMusic reports: It 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 "Everything's Magic"

This is the first song we wrote for I-EMPIRE specifically, in January of 2007. And it all started with Tom saying he wanted to do a song with a "lust for life" kind of feel. We figured out a tempo and I put down the beat you hear in the verse. The whole thing came together easy and pretty quick, Tom wrote the lyrics in about a day and the hand claps everyone talks about came right at the end. Fun song to play live since everyone starts dancing.

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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Free Kravitz Concert
PR reports: Attention Southern California Lenny Kravitz fans!! Want to be a part of an exclusive major internet event with Lenny Kravitz? Yahoo! Music and Virgin Records want you to join us when Lenny Kravitz takes the stage for Nissan Live Sets in West Los Angeles, CA.

November 13, 2007 7 pm (subject to change, you need to arrive two hours before) Location: West Los Angeles The first 200 fans to email us at Invites@YahooLiveSets.com will get in the doors for this exclusive taping. Plus you get to bring a friend. Please email us your name, your location, and tell us how much of a fan you are of Lenny Kravitz! We will contact you if you are chosen to attend.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND MULTIPLE EMAILS You must be at least 13 years old to attend. Fans under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. You must provide your own transportation and accommodations (if necessary). This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! This invitation is not transferable, without the express permission of Yahoo!. Yahoo! reserves the right to rescind any invitation, at any time, in its sole discretion.
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Eagles Final CD?
Gigwise reports: Don Henley from The Eagles says that their number one album 'Long Road Out Of Eden' will be their final output together.

The record their first studio recording in 28 years has trounced Britney Spears' 'Blackout' in the battle for number one on both sides of the Atlantic, and Henley has hinted that this feat won't be repeated again.

The drummer/vocalist said: "This is the final statement. We got back together and went around the world twice on tour but then there was nothing left to do without new music. Now we have this album that fits in with our body of work. There won't be another Eagles album after this." - more on this story

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Tunstall Vs Idol
Contact Music reports: Scottish singer Kt Tunstall is furious her hit tracks have been used by contestants on talent TV show AMERICAN IDOL - because she is not a fan of the show.

The Suddenly I See hitmaker is disgusted her songs Black Horse and Cherry Tree were used on "a money-making puppet show."

She says, "There's no control given to the people. They are nationally humiliated for being themselves. Horrible." - more fun stories like this one

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Zeppelin Satellite
PR reports: XM Radio will launch a new channel dedicated to the music of rock icons Led Zeppelin on November 8th, it was announced today. The new channel, XM LED: The Led Zeppelin Channel (XM 59), will feature the band's complete audio catalog, interviews with band members and other unique content that celebrates the musical contributions of Led Zeppelin.

On the day the channel launches XM will also offer the U.S. premiere of the forthcoming reissued two-disc soundtrack for the band's landmark concert film The Song Remains The Same, which features six previously unreleased songs from Led Zeppelin's 1973 Madison Square Garden shows.

XM's U.S. premiere of The Song Remains The Same soundtrack reissue will air in its entirety at 12 midnight (ET) on November 8th with encore broadcasts airing all day to kick off XM LED. - more on this story

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J.Lo Dropped?
Contact Music reports: JENNIFER LOPEZ is facing the axe from her record label after disappointing sales of her latest album BRAVE. The seventh studio effort from the Get Right hitmaker was released last month (Oct07) and sold a mere 53,000 copies in its first week, prompting reports the Latina would be dropped by Epic Records, a subsidiary of Sony BMG.

The label is reportedly fed up with Lopez's poor record sales and the extravagant costs to maintain the artist, including an album cover that cost $60,000 (GBP30,000) and a make-up fee of nearly $8,000 (GBP4,000) for each promotional appearance.

An source at Epic Records says, "(Lopez) costs too much money and doesn't sell enough. The woman requires everything short of flying monkeys to get on a stage." - more fun stories like this one

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Hank Thompson RIP
AP reports: Hank Thompson, who mixed honky-tonk and Western swing on such hits as "A Six Pack to Go" and "The Wild Side of Life," has died. The country singer and bandleader was 82.

Thompson died of lung cancer late Tuesday at his home in the Fort Worth suburb of Keller, said spokesman Tracy Pitcox, who is also president of Heart of Texas Records. He died just days after canceling his tour and announcing his retirement.

"He was battling aggressive lung cancer," Pitcox said Wednesday in a statement. "He remained conscious until the last couple of hours and passed away peacefully at about 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday night surrounded by his friends and family." - more on this story

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Get Your Lily Allen Panties!
antiMusic reports: Don't you love all of the outside of music marketing going on with today's music stars? Gigwise has a story on Lily Allen's latest marketing blitz, this time for underwear: Lily Allen has been signed up as the new face and body of Agent Provocateur lingerie.

The singer will follow in the footsteps of Kate Moss, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Dita Von Teese when her campaign for the company, shot yesterday on Wednesday (November 6) is released next spring.

Lily - who reportedly received a whopping six-figure sum for the deal - has put her recent weight loss down to hypnosis.
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Ra Ra Riot Benefit
CMJ reports: Ra Ra Riot will host a benefit concert to honor former drummer John Pike, who died at the age of 23 in June of this year. The event, aptly titled "Friends Of John," will take place December 15 at the Middle East in Boston and feature Pike's favorite acts, Tokyo Police Club and Vampire Weekend, who the band became close with as tourmates.

Tickets will be sold for 15 dollars, with all proceeds going to the memorial fund started by Pike's family, which hopes to start a lending library of musical instruments for underprivileged kids.

According to Ra Ra Riot manager Josh Roth, who came up with the idea for the show along with the band, the event will be the first of many to support the fund. - more on this story

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Band Of Horses 08 Tour
Gigwise reports: Band Of Horses have announced a full 2008 UK and Ireland tour after selling out their gig at London's Bush Hall later this month.

They will take their critically acclaimed album 'Cease To Begin' to Dublin, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol in February.

More dates are expected to be announced shortly so keep checking back for more news.The dates are: Dublin, The Button Factory February 20 * Glasgow, ABC 21 * Birmingham, Academy 23 * Manchester, Academy 24 * Bristol, Thekla - 25 - Tickets for the confirmed shows are on sale now and available through Gigwise.

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Bassless Khann
Metal Underground reports: Khann (Black Market Activities) has parted ways with bassist Patrick Chumley, who has amicably left the group to focus on personal/family issues.

According to Chumley, "This decision has been very difficult for me. I am bowing down as bassist for many reasons, most of which are personal and family related. In the past year, I have met alot of wonderful people and it all was a great experiance.

"Thanks to everyone who has supported Khann during my time being a part of it and I wish the rest of the guys the best of luck in the future." - more metal news

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Mae Down 2 Members
Punknews.org reports: Mae appears to have lost two members. The names of Rob Sweitzer and Mark Padgett have disappeared from the band's MySpace page and postings on their message board have "confirmed" that they have left to "pursue other endeavors."

The band is on tour with Motion City Sountrack in support of their most recent release Singularity.

[No word on who is playing in the band right now aside from Dave Elkins - Vocals, Guitar, Jacob Marshall - Drums,
Zach Gehring - Guitar: who are still listen on the Myspace page. Perhaps they are doing it trio style]
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Pete Doherty Still on Drugs and The Sky is Still Blue
BBC reports: Singer Pete Doherty has admitted he has suffered a drug relapse and has pledged to seek further help in his attempts to tackle his heroin addiction.

"Peter sadly relapsed last week and is now looking to check himself back into a rehab clinic," said a spokesman for his record company, EMI.

"He realises that he has not only let himself down but has let down those who trusted and encouraged his efforts." - more on this story

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