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Rihanna Rips Off New Order? - Top Story From This Week
antiMusic reports: Blogs are burning up with speculation that one of Rihanna's songs is nothing but a blatant rip off a New Order hit. A YouTuber caught the similarities in the songs and decided that mash-up evidence was in order so he produced a pretty amazing mix of the two songs/videos. 

While this shouldn't be very surprising to anyone given the derivative and unoriginal nature of modern R&B these days, one person going by the name of usernamemyarse on YouTube decided that video proof was needed and put together Rihanna's "Shut up and Dance" with the New Order hit "Blue Monday" to show people how much of rip off it appears to be. 

The main part of the video is the New Order song playing over Rihanna's video with parts of the her song synching perfectly with "Blue Monday". What happened to the R&B tradition in the modern age? It appears to be just as bad as almost every other area of entertainment from movies to TV, with inferior copies of the original being presented as something new.
- But judge for yourself. 

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Rocker Breaks Back - Top Story From This Week
antiMusic reports: A member of Supergrass fell out of a window while sleepwalking and broke his back and heal. He is expected to recover but it will take time causing the band to cancel their planned homecoming show.

Mick Quinn was staying in a villa in the south of France and sleepwalked out of a ground floor window. The bass player and vocalist broke two vertebrae and smashed his heel according to the BBC. 

He was taken to spinal unit in Toulouse and a specialist operated to repair the broken vertebrae and heal. While he is expected to make a full recovery from the injuries, the recovery will take several months. Luckily the band only has one gig scheduled in near future. - more on this story

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Tuesday
New Bohemian Killed - Top Story From This Week
AP reports: Jeffrey Carter Albrecht, a keyboard player for the band Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, was shot to death early Monday while trying to kick in the door of his girlfriend's neighbor, police said. 

The neighbor believed a burglar was trying to break in and fired a shot through the door around 4 a.m., Dallas police spokesman Sgt. Gil Cerda said.

"He was at his girlfriend's house last night," said Danny Balis, Albrecht's roommate. "He left the house and went next door and - for whatever reason, which we don't know - he knocked on the neighbor's door. And from what I understand, he was persistent. I don't know if there was a verbal exchange, but the person panicked and fired a shot through the door." 
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It's Britney, Bitch - Top Story From This Week
antiMusic reports: Britney Spears is attempting a comeback amid her tabloid hell revolving around her erratic behavior, divorce and supposed lesbian love affair. While she battles K-Fed for custody of their two children, she has managed to record a new album. 

Spears announced her comeback via a new single which premiered last week that declared "It's Britney, bitch" according to Gigwise. The song, "Gimme More," officially premiered Thursday night on New York radio station Z-100's website. The single was produced by Timbaland protege Danja.

The album featuring the single will be released by Jive Records on November 13th according to a label rep- more on this story

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Wednesday
Metallica Unplugged Gig - Top Story From This Week
antiMusic reports: Metallica are gearing up for an acoustic benefit. they issued the following statement: Does two acoustic gigs in our hometown mean that we're sick of the studio again? Nah . . . not really . . . but we are honored that we have been invited to appear at the annual Bridge School Benefit concerts. Held on October 27 and 28, 2007 at Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View, CA, this will be our second time participating in the all acoustic shows, and the 21st year that the benefit has been held in the Bay Area. 

As usual, the line-up is stellar and we're looking forward to seeing TOM WAITS, Eddie Vedder (with Flea & Jack Irons), JOHN MAYER, of course NEIL YOUNG, and others perform those days. Tickets are on sale this Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 10:00 AM and for more details, please see the official press release below.- more on this story

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Klaxons Win Mercury Prize - Top Story From This Week
antiMusic reports: Klaxons have won the 2007 Mercury Prize. They beat out stiff competition from Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal and more with their Geffen debut Myths of the Near Future. They also plan to give the cash prize to charity. 

When receiving the award bassist/vocalist Jamie Reynolds stated "The Mercury Prize is about pushing music forward and this is what we did." Reynolds also said the band was "stunned'' because of the competition from Winehouse and the Arctic Monkeys especially. "A year ago today we were in the studio recording our album and watching the Arctic Monkeys win the Mercury,'' Reynolds said, "...we did not imagine that we would ever follow them or at least not so soon.''- more on this story

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R.Kelly Kiddie Porn Trial Delayed Again - Top Story From This Week
antiMusic reports: Just when you thought R.Kelly was finally going to get his day in court over those child porn charges, the case has been delayed once again. But this time it's because of the prosecution. 

Jam! Reports: Five years after being charged with child pornography, the R&B star's trial had been set to start on September 17. But a Cook County judge has postponed it because the lead prosecutor had a baby recently. 

Kelly was charged in 2002 and is accused of engaging in videotaped sex acts with an underage girl. Since his arrest, the case has been hit with numerous delays. A new date hasn't been set.
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Thursday
Anthony Explains Van Halen Snubbings - Top Story From This Week
antiMusic reports: As we reported a couple weeks ago Van Halen's snubbing of founding bass player Michael Anthony has gone beyond not inviting him to participate in the reunion, the band also removed his songwriting credits from the 1984 album and briefly removed his image from the album art on their official site, replacing it with Eddie's son Wolfgang. Now Anthony reveals that the bad blood reaches back to before the band's 2004 reunion with Sammy Hagar. 

In a new interview, Anthony says that he found out about the current reunion with David Lee Roth online and confirmed the rumor that Eddie Van Halen tried to keep him from taking part in the band's 2004 reunion with Sammy Hagar. He explained where the bad blood came from. "[Eddie] was always put off that I was going out and playing with Sammy when we weren't doing anything. It wasn't like I was doing it to spite anybody. I was just tired of sitting at home and doing nothing," Anthony tells Rolling Stone. "Sammy asked me one day if I would like to come out and maybe make an appearance at one or two of [his] shows and have some fun, and I said, 'Yeah, great.' It kind of snowballed into me coming out and doing a few songs with him here and there."- more on this story

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Iron Maiden Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008 - Top Story From This Week
antiMusic reports: Iron Maiden have listened to their fans that wanted a tour that highlighted the band's mid 80s era and as such they are not only releasing their famed "Live After Death" home video on DVD for the very first time, they plan to embark on a world tour focusing on music from that time in their career. An it will be a world tour!

Here is part of the press release: Iron Maiden announce their most ambitious and extraordinary touring plans ever - and are very pleased to announce that this will include Australia for the first time in 15 years! The Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008 will be in three sections, starting in February and March 2008 with the first leg encompassing major concerts in 20 selected cities on five continents in seven weeks including India, Japan, North America, Central and South America, and, of course, Australia.

The tour then continues with more concerts in North America in late May and June before finishing with a third leg in July and August encompassing major stadiums and festivals all over Europe. During the tour the band is expected to play to well over one and a half million fans and travel close to 100,000 miles.- the story is just starting to get good!

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Evanescence Fall Tour - Top Story From This Week
antiMusic reports: Evanescence evidently couldn't get enough of the road with this summer's outing on the Family Values tour. The band will hit the road again next month for a tour that will cover the United States and Mexico. This time playing a full headlining set at each stop on what has been dubbed the "The Open Door" tour.

No one wants to take a road trip alone so Amy and co have invited Sick Puppies and Julien-K along to support the tour. Australian indie-rock trio Sick Puppies will be supporting their Virgin Records debut, Dressed Up As Life, which hit stores in April. Julien-K, the electronic dance/rock side-project of Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck from Orgy just spent the summer out on the Projekt Revolution tour. According to their MySpace page "Julien-K was originally formed in 2003 by Orgy guitarists Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh, and now consists of Anthony "Fu" Valcic, Brandon Belsky, Chester Bennington, and Elias Andra. We are a remixing and production team, as well as two live bands Julien-K and Dead by Sunrise."

The tour kicks off on October 23rd in Miami, FL and will run through December 4th where they'll conclude the outing in East Rutherford, NJ.- more on this story

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Quicks: My Chemical Wedding- Great White Settlement- more- Top Story From This Week
antiMusic reports: The High School Musical 2 soundtrack has topped the album charts for the third week running. Casting Crowns came in at number two with The Altar And The Door and rapper Yung Joc took third place with Hustlenomics. Ben Harper's new one Lifeline debuted at number nine.

Several defendants being sued by relatives of the 100 people killed in the 2003 Station nightclub fire that sparked during a Great White concert have tentatively agreed to a $13.5 million settlement, a lawyer for one family in the case told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The Dillinger Escape Plan and Meshuggah November UK tour has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances according to Live 4 Metal. No official word has been made at press time.

My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way married his long-term girlfriend backstage at a gig in Denver, Colorado on Monday, according PerezHilton.com

The Lucky Stiffs have decided to break up. The band made the semi announcement on their website "Well after 7 years the great Lucky Stiffs ride you know and love is coming to an end, and all will be explained BUT until then we have a few more shows!" 

Barry Manilow has broken Rosie O'Donnell's heart by dropping a duet with the windbag from his forthcoming The Greatest Songs Of The Seventies album. The two covered the Elton John/Kiki Dee classic "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" but Manilow tells Billboard that he dropped it from the CD because it "fit on this album ". 

Paul Mccartney, Arctic Monkeys, Ozzy Osbourne Noel Gallagher, Dave Grohl, Paul Weller, Paul Oakenfold, Debbie Harry, Fatboy Slim Norman Cook, and Gwen Stefoni will help BBC Radio 1 celebrate their 40th anniversary by DJ'ing for one hour on the famed radio station. McCartney will debut the series on September 17th.

Busta Rhymes' trial on charges of assault, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license has been delayed until November 7th.

Bo Diddley is out of the hospital following surgery for treatment of a heart attack last month. He suffered the heart attack following a medical check up at a Florida medical center. He underwent surgery where doctors inserting a stent to improve cardiac blood flow.

Tunelab reports: The Wallflowers have announced dates for a short tour next month- dates

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Friday
Pavarotti RIP - Top Story From This Week
antiMusic reports: Opera legend Pavarotti has lost his battle with cancer. While this has nothing to do with rock he was a loved musical figure and we couldn't let his death go without a mention. Fans gathered to mourn his passing. Here is a part of Jam!'s story: 

Admirers massed by the hundreds in Modena's main piazza Thursday night to pay their final respects to Luciano Pavarotti, the tenor cherished by many as "the last, great voice" of Italian opera. 

The crowd applauded as pallbearers carried the white casket into the cathedral, where a funeral Saturday will draw dignitaries from opera, politics and culture. The tenor died early Thursday in his hometown at age 71 after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer.- more on this story

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Ozzy Zombie Arena Tour - Top Story From This Week
PR reports: Ozzy Osbourne returns to the road October 18 in Seattle, WA for a massive 40-show North American fall tour in support of Black Rain - his first album of new studio material in six years - with special guest Rob Zombie. Zombie's hit film Halloween premiered number one at the box office this past weekend and broke all Labor Day Weekend records while grossing an estimated 31 million dollars. 

Promoted by AEG Live, these concerts will mark Ozzy's first arena tour in six years in the U.S. and four years in Canada. Bringing together two of rock's best and most dynamic frontmen in one unforgettable extravaganza, the tour will include stops in Seattle, Vancouver, Salt Lake City, Oakland, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Detroit and more, with a special Halloween show in Minneapolis. 

It will also mark Ozzy's first time ever playing in a number of the tour markets- more on this story

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Quicks: Mickey Mouse Vs Metal- Aerosmith Recording- Solo Gomez- From Autumn To Ashes Reunion- Carey Hart Pennywise - Top Story From This Week
antiMusic reports: Hot Topic Records aka Roadrunner informs us that Mickey Mouse has nixed Machine Head's show at the Anaheim House of Blues (the world's absolute WORST concert venue). Seems the kiddies think metal isn't kosher (which is surprising, you'd think the mallcore label and Disney would be a natural fit with the same demo goals.) Due to this development, Live Nation has changed the venue to the Glasshouse in Pomona (a short 70 miles away according to the brainiacs at Hot Topic Records but realistically it's only 25.66 miles. oops shouldn't have hired Goofy to write your PR) Tickets are supposedly being honored there, check the band's website for more info. 

Aerosmith are heading into the studio on Nov 1st to begin recording a new album. "I'm not sure who the producer is gonna be or what (studio) we're gonna do it in," Perry tells Billboard.com. "We may use a few different producers. I don't know. All I know is that the heart and soul of the thing is us getting in the studio and seeing what comes out."

Filter reports that Ian Ball of Gomez has announced plans to release a solo record. The album, titled Who Goes There, was recorded with cohorts Will Golden (his co-producer) and keyboardist Phil Krohnengold (Duncan Sheik, Ween) after a weekend of drinking and jamming on songs. [They didn't provide a release date.] 

Josh Newton has left From Autumn To Ashes. As a result original bassist Mike Pilato has rejoined the group. 

We end with a little PR blurb we got in the inbox: Motocross legend, reality TV star, Pink's husband- Carey Hart is known as all three. Hart recently embarked on a solo journey to this year's Warped Tour, check out the video featuring a candid interview with the superstar as well as footage of Hart performing on-stage with Pennywise.- You can check that out here 

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Van Halen Add Bob Marley's Son And Update Tour Plans - Top Story From This Week
antiMusic reports: We got the latest update from the Van Halen camp about their upcoming tour including a new date, a changed date and new on sale dates. Plus if you have money to burn, info on those VIP packages. In addition, Blabbermouth is reporting that Bob Marley's son Ky-Mani will be the support act on the tour. 

Here is what the VH camp sent over: We're less than a month away from the start of the Van Halen 2007 Fall Tour and due to demand, new dates are still being added! In addition, the San Jose date has been changed. 

New Dates Added: Bell Centre, Montreal, QC - Nov. 10. On Sale Date: Sept. 8, 2007 @ 12:00 PM Date Change: HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA - Date has changed to Sunday Dec. 16. - vip and onsale info

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