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Graham Colton Week: Best Days and Always in Love
antiMusic reports: Acclaimed singer/songwriter Graham Colton returns to record stores with his brand new album "Here Right Now." To celebrate the release we asked Graham to pick his five favorite tracks from the CD and tell us a little about each. Here is Graham with today's pick.

Best Days: Its not often when you can write a song that includes everything you feel all at once. Sometimes you write about girls, others about friends or just life in general. This song to me took me my entire life to write and I hear and feel my whole life every time I play it.

Always In Love: This song was a big stretch for me to write because usually I don't write 'one phrase' choruses. However, the sentiment rings true when the line 'I'm Always In Love with You' is said over and over. I also love the 80's vibe.

Learn more about the CD, listen to the tracks from the CD he is talking about here, watch videos and more - right here

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Sex Pistols Bomb With Worst Gig Ever?
Gigwise reports: Sex Pistols fans have hit out at the punk outfit's return to the live stage in the UK, calling last night's Brixton Academy gig "embarrassing."

Gigwise has received a number of comments from fans, who have hit out at what they call a "dire" and "shoddy" show. Last night's show was the first of five at the London venue, following the band's stint in America.

One impassioned comment reads: "Went last night. They were ----e to the point of embarrassing. I'm aware that some might say 'well that's the point, they were never good', but honestly, save your money and put Never Mind the Bollocks back on the CD player. Worst gig ever." - more on this story

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Rap and Country Cause Drug Abuse
antiMusic reports: We learn something really interesting today. Two things actually. One is that universities use that small fortune you spend on tuition to fund asine studies that have no real benefit to humanity and we also learn that you have to be on drugs to get into popular country music or rap. Or at least you are more likely to encounter music about drinking and drugging if you listen to rap and country music than rock music. Who knew? If you listen to rap or country and are easily influenced you most likely aren't reading this or are too stoned to turn the computer on.

Researches at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine took time out of researching real medical issues or trying to cure diseases and wasted time and resources to look at the top 279 songs on the Billboard charts in 2005. Their mind-shattering discovery was that a third of the songs included references to alcohol and drug use. The bozo that headed this study, Dr. Brian Primack justified this worthless study by saying "Tobacco in movies, for example, is now known to lead to smoking. We started realizing adolescents are exposed to two and a half hours a day of music. What's in the music?"

According to Reuters, the study found that: "nearly 80 percent of rap songs mentioned substance use, followed by 37 percent of country music lyrics, 20 percent of R&B/hip-hop and 14 percent of rock songs. Only nine percent of pop songs referred to drug or alcohol use." And with all that good stuff it still doesn't improve the listen-ability of music but gives idiot professors another way to "blame" music for the ills of society while wasting money instead of realizing that people with certain lifestyles are drawn to music they can relate to. - More on this idiocy here

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Kanye's Mother Passes
antiMusic reports: We sometimes have fun at his expense but this is no laughing matter. Contact Music reports: Rapper KANYE WEST is in mourning after his mother DR. DONDA WEST suddenly passed away in Los Angeles on Sunday (11Nov07).

The 30-year-old was in London when he heard the tragic news and immediately ditched his commitments to catch a plane back to the U.S., according to reports.

The cause of death was unknown as WENN went to press. Kanye West has often spoken of the close relationship he shared with his mother, and he dedicated a song, Hey Mama, to her on his 2005 sophomore album Late Registration. - more on this story

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Korn Hire Roth Drummer
PR reports: Veteran rock drummer and MI graduate Ray Luzier has just joined multi-platinum, two-time Grammy-winners Korn and will begin touring this January. Joining Luzier on stage with the superstar nu metal act—which has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide-- is fellow MI grad Kalen Chase on guitar and background vocals.

Well known for his longtime associations with David Lee Roth (1997-2005) and Army of Anyone (2005-2007), Luzier graduated from MI's Percussion Institute of Technology in 1989 and later returned as an instructor at the school, where he taught rock drumming classes and private lessons on and off from 1992-2001.
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Avril Is No Punk Blogger
antiMusic reports: Avril says she's punk rawk but she's apparently not punk rawk enough to set up an attack blog against a tabloid personality. Sad but true we thought we were finally going to see some real punk action out of the prefab pop singer to fit the bogus image but alas our dreams come crashing down and make us wish we have a kewl punk rawk necktie to hang ourselves with.

Jam has the sad news: Avril Lavigne's manager says the punky pop star is not behind an attack blog set up in her name.

Terry McBride says Lavigne has nothing to do with the website www.perezlavigne.com, which slams U.S. blogger Perez Hilton and features a video clip of Lavigne apparently welcoming viewers to the page. Lavigne has long been a favourite target of Hilton's celebrity gossip site, perezhilton.com. - Read more about this story and see a new picture where Advil apparently washed her hair but still has the spray can makeup job.

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Prince Suing Pirates Not Fans
antiMusic reports: Prince's camp has denied suing fansites and instead his UK promotion company says that the Purple one is targeting pirate sites. In fact, he is reportedly planning to sue The Pirate Bay in not just his native U.S. but in two different countries in Europe and Israeli based companies that advertise on Pirate Bay.

News.com reports that Prince plans to file suit in the U.S. also plans to file "suit in the next few days against The Pirate Bay in France, a country known for tough copyright laws, and Sweden, where The Pirate Bay is based. In addition, Prince is preparing to take civil action against some of the Israel-based companies that advertise on The Pirate Bay, according to John Giacobbi, Web Sheriff's president."

According to several sources in the UK media, Prince's UK promotor AEG issued a statement about the controvery surrounding allegations that Prince was threatening fansites with ligitagation. The statement reads: Prince is not suing his fans, is not looking to penalise fans and nor is he looking to or inhibiting freedom of speech in any way. In fact, he is simply looking to provide Prince fans with exclusive music and images entirely free of charge, and bypassing unofficial and unauthorised phoney fan sites that exploit both consumers and artists. - more on this story

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Ramones Murder Arrest
antiMusic reports: An angry assistant has been arrested for the murder of Linda Stein, the former manager of The Ramones and later called the real estate agent to the stars, who was murdered in her New York home. Stein was found dead in the kitchen of her Manhattan apartment on October 30th. According to MTV, the assistant made incriminating statements that implicated herself in the murder. Here is their report:

New York police detectives interviewed Natavia Lowery multiple times in recent days and allege that the assistant killed her boss because Stein "just kept yelling at her," The New York Times reports, quoting a law-enforcement official who went unnamed. Criminal charges are pending against Lowery from the Manhattan district attorney's office.

The arrest was made Friday morning (November 9), less than two weeks after the alleged murder, which occurred October 30 at Stein's Fifth Avenue apartment. An autopsy showed that Stein died from blows to the head and neck, according to The Associated Press.
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Winehouse Witness Tampering
Contact Music reports: The husband of singer Amy Winehouse has been remanded in custody on the charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice. Blake Fielder-Civil, 25, of Camden, north London, was one of five men arrested by the Metropolitan Police in connection with the case and appeared at Thames' Magistrate's court this morning, along with Anthony Kelly, 25, of Chalk Farm, north London.

The full charge is "that on or before the 8th November 2007, within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court, you (Fielder-Civil) conspired together with James King, to do an act namely whereby James King would withdraw from being a witness in an indictment charged before the court against another for causing grievous bodily harm to James King with intent to pervert the course of justice contrary to Section One (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977".

The charge against Mr Kelly is that he "with the attempt to pervert the course of public justice did a series of acts which had a tendency to pervert the course of public justice in that you arranged with the victim and the defendants in that the victim doesn't attend court". - more on this story

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Gold Wallet Needed for Zeppelin Tickets
Contact Music reports: Rockers LED ZEPPELIN are on course to break the record for the selling the most expensive concert tickets in British history.

Frontman Jimmy Page donated three pairs of tickets to be auction for charity - and the lots have been marked with a reserve price of GBP5,000 ($10,000) for a pair.

The ticket sale will go live on Tuesday (13Nov07) at auction website SeatWave.com. - more news

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Will Coachella 08 Be Bloody?
Gigwise reports: The influential Coachella Music festival will be held over three days next year - with My Bloody Valentine touted to perform.

The organisors have just announced the dates of the 2008 event, with it stretching over the dates of 25 to the 27 April.

It is strongly rumoured that seminal Creation band My Bloody Valentine will reunite at the Festival, held in the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California. - more on this story

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Sting Contemplates New Police CD
Gigwise reports: Sting has worringly threatened to keep The Police together beyond their current money-spinning comeback World Tour.

The reformed three-piece may even record their first new material for decades - but only if Sting "feels inspired".

He expands, "Perhaps we will stay together after the tour. You can't predict. I'm sure the other two would love for us to record some new material.
- more on this story

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Gaza Nix Tour
Lambgoat reports: Gaza has cancelled their current tour. Here's a statement from the band: "After a little over a week of cancelling shows day-to-day, we can now say we've cancelled our entire tour. We hadn't cancelled the whole tour preemptively because we had been trying to get on the road still. A couple of crucial things happened the day before we left:

1) Our transmission is out of commission. The transmission had been rapidly getting worse and worse the whole month of October (The overdrive starting kicking off about 15 miles on the freeway and shortly thereafter the transmission temperature light would come on) and our repairs (or attempt thereof) couldn't fix the sitch before we left.

We're looking at rebuilding it at this stage and with hardly any money and not the time required to set up an appointment at a shop, we're trying to have Mike and his dad get it rebuilt. 2) One of Mike's best friends committed suicide. - more on this story

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Nevermore and Friends
Metal Underground reports: Nevermore frontman Warrel Dane has tapped James Murphy (ex-Testament, Death, Obituary) and Jeff Loomis (Nevermore) to play guest solos on his upcoming solo album, which is tentatively due in early 2008.

Dane has written about eight tracks with former Soilwork guitarist-turned-producer Peter Wichers and has also collaborated with ex-Himsa guitarist Matt Wicklund on a few songs.

Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "August", "Obey" (described by Dane as "one of my favorite songs that Peter has penned — very heavy and Dirk's [Soilwork's Dirk Verbeuren] drumming is amazing on this track") and "Messenger". Also included will be a "very metalized cover" of an old Sisters Of Mercy song. - more on this story

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