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White Stripes Sex Tape
Hecklerspray reports: The Meg White sex tape - or what we thought was a Meg White sex tape - exploded onto the internet yesterday. A low-quality two-minute video of a dumpy girl staring dead-eyed into a camera as a bloke shoves his fingers in her mouth and his thingummy up her whatsit, the apparent Meg White sex tape briefly united the planet in an orgy of careful monitor-peering, debates about whether the girl was Meg White or not and absolutely no sexual reaction whatsoever. By anyone. 

But now Meg White's rep has come forward to put us out of our misery - and trust us, the Meg White sex tape made us pretty miserable - by pointing out that the whole Meg White sex tape thing is a fake. Meg's rep tells TMZ, "Some people have a very twisted sense of humor and this prank is in particularly bad taste. The tape circulating on the Internet as featuring Meg White is fake. It's definitely not Meg."

Yes, the Meg White sex tape prank is in particularly bad taste, for so many different reasons. ...Meg White is suffering from anxiety - although now we aren't sure if it's a genuine medically-diagnosed anxiety or just the sort of anxiety you get when you discover a woman who looks like a slightly uglier version of you is having sex on the internet - and rumours of a Meg White sex tape aren't exactly going to help her recovery.
- more on this story

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Elton Child Porn
antiMusic reports: As we reported yesterday, a photo owned by Elton John has sparked a child porn investigation in the UK. Elton's website posted a statement about the photo in question and says that it has been exhibited around the world without issue in the past. Here is the statement: The photograph entitled "Klara and Edda belly-dancing" (1998) is one of 149 images comprising the "Thanksgiving" installation by renowned US photographer Nan Goldin.

The photograph exists as part of the installation as a whole and has been widely published and exhibited throughout the world. It can be found in the monograph of Ms Goldin's works entitled "The Devil's Playground" (Phaidon, 2003), has been offered for sale at Sotheby's New York in 2002 and 2004, and has previously been exhibited in Houston, London, Madrid, New York, Portugal, Warsaw and Zurich without any objections of which we are aware.- more on this story

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Monday
Britney Hit and Run
antiMusic reports: It's not a poorly written Fox nighttime soap from McGeek although it may seem very similar to one. No, it's the life of pop singer Britney Spears and in this week's episode the falling pop tart gets criminally charged with hit and run and driving without a license after hitting a parked car and driving off on her marry way. Maybe she was late to lip-synching practice? 

Apparently Spears played bumper Mercedes outside a vitamin store in Studio City back on August 6th. Her Mercedes reportedly dinged a parked Mercedes and she was photographed getting out of her car to examine the damage before she decided to hit the road. The owner of the car that Britney hit, hoped that the poptart would somehow do the right thing and make good on the damages but after three days, gave up hope and filed a police report. - more on this story

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Ramone Vs Ramones
antiMusic reports: Richie Ramone "Can't Say Anything Nice" about the songs from his short tenure in The Ramones being licensed for online sales with him not getting a cut. He filed a lawsuit again leading online music merchants, the estate of late guitarist Johnny Ramone, the music publishing company and the band's management company.

Richie, real name Richard Reinhardt claims in his lawsuit filed in the federal court in Manhattan that he is the author of six Ramones songs - "Smash You," "Somebody Put Something In My Drink," "Human Kind," "I'm Not Jesus," "I Know Better Now" and "(You) Can't Say Anything Nice." 

His lawsuit is seeking "at least $900,000 in damages, all profits the defendants made from the songs, and a permanent injunction prohibiting the defendants from using the songs in the future," according Punknews.org. - more on this story

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Metallica To Sell Acoustic Recordings
antiMusic reports: Can't make it to Metallica's unplugged appearances at this year's Bridge School benefit concerts next month? You're in luck as the band plan to offer recordings of their performances online on their official bootleg site livemetallica.com. Here is the brief announcement from the band: 

"We're still stuck in the studio, but when we were invited to participate in the 21st Annual Bridge School shows, we just couldn't say 'no'. We're going to record both nights (October 27th and 28th at Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View, CA) and have them (at www.livemetallica.com) for you shortly after. 

"It's an acoustic show that NEIL YOUNG puts together each year in the Bay Area, and this is the second time for us. And all proceeds from the sale of downloads from these two shows will go to the Bridge School."- more on this story

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Tuesday
Bon Jovi Rehab
antiMusic reports: The bad news is that Richie Sambora is reportedly back in rehab. The good news is he won't likely be the only celebrity in group therapy as he's checked into the same facility as teenybopper star Lindsay Lohan. Maybe she'll talk him into appearing on her next album? Are maybe they'll ride off into the sober sunset together on his "steel horse"?

The Bon Jovi guitarist first entered rehab in June to treat a drinking problem that some fans reported at the time came to a head during the taping of a performance for MTV Unplugged. He received the spin dry treatment at the UCLA Medical Center but apparently the week long treatment wasn't enough. At the time his spokesperson told People.com "Richie Sambora has completed a program at the UCLA Medical Center. He is doing well and continues to receive outside support." 

Apparently that "overnight" treatment requires an additional rehab stint at another facility. This time he checked into Cirque Lodge in Utah, which is the same rehab facility where Lindsay Lohan is currently receiving treatment.- more on this story

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Courtney Vs Sharon Osbourne
antiMusic reports: Remember a couple weeks ago when Sharon Osbourne blamed Courtney Love, not her parenting skills, for turning her son into a drug addict? Courtney heard the allegations and has some rather strong words for the eggtosser.

Osbourne first accused Love of turning her son Jack onto Hillbilly Heroin (OxyContin). She said at the time "My dislike towards her (Love) is very personal. I'm not saying Jack wouldn't have taken it if she hadn't given it to him, but I'm appalled an adult mother would give that to a 15-year-old boy." 

Never one to hold back on her thoughts, Love reportedly told the London Eye: "I never did that. I would never give drugs to a teenager. F*ck you Sharon, as if I would ever give drugs to a teenager." But her supposed new boyfriend isn't above giving crack to kittens if- reports are to believed. 

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Alice Cooper Halloween Tour Plans
antiMusic reports: Alice Cooper guitarist Keri Kelly sent us over a quick update and reports that "Everything is well oiled and chugging away out here on the road. The last few weeks on the Heaven and Hell/Queensryche tour have truly been killer!" But more importantly he kicked down some dates the Alice Cooper Halloween tour as well as their trip to Europe in November. 

The Heaven and Hell tour will soon come to an end but Alice can't let the Halloween season go by without playing for his fans. They'll kick off those festivities with an appearance at the Scream Awards on October 19th and then head directly to Birmingham, Al to kick off the Halloween tour with Phoenix fans getting the coveted Halloween show! But other locals along the way will also be treated by Alice this Halloween season.

Then the band head over to Europe and Russia for a string of dates in late November. That tour kicks off with a two night stand in Moscow on Nov 20th and 21st. They'll then travel to Finland for three dates, and one offs in Sweden, Denmark, Latvia and Estonia. - dates

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Wednesday
Congress Vs Rap
antiMusic reports: Make no mistake America, Congress really cares about kids! Today they held a hearing tackling the number one issue facing young Americans. No, it's not toxic toys (and food) imported from China, it's not the coming Social Security crash, it's not an announcement that they will stop buying special interest votes by placing crushing debt on the younger generation ($400 K for a child born today) to fund their "programs", it definitely wasn't the overcrowding of schools and drop in the quality of education due to illegal immigration, and it's not even a bill to stop the exporting of millions of jobs. It's a far more important issue that threatens our future. That's right, the House held a hearing about rap lyrics. 

The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing on Tuesday to examine the most important issue facing the nation, hip-hop. "Our representatives" heard stirring testimony from rappers about what is wrong and what is right with hip-hop. Master P couldn't apologize fast enough for using the word "bitch" in some of his past songs. 

On the other side of the coin, rapper David Banner says he is just keeping it real. "I'm like (author) Stephen King: horror music is what I do," he said according to Contact music. "If by some stroke of the pen, hip-hop was silenced, the issues would still be present in our communities. Drugs, violence and the criminal element were around long before hip-hop existed."

If you are so inclined you can write your "representative" and tell them how much you appreciate them looking at the important issues instead of the frivolous ones. You'll find the contact information - right here

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Labels Criminally Accused of Hacking
antiMusic reports: Leading BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay has launched an offensive against media companies that they say have been trying to bring them down by illegal means including hacking, spamming and denial of service attacks. The Netherlands based company announced last week that they have filed criminal complains against the Swedish divisions of several major media companies including three leading music labels. 

Here is their announcement: Thanks to the email-leakage from MediaDefender-Defenders we now have proof of the things we've been suspecting for a long time; the big record and movie labels are paying professional hackers, saboteurs and ddosers to destroy our trackers.

While browsing through the email we identified the companies that are also active in Sweden and we have tonight reported these incidents to the police. The charges are infrastructural sabotage, denial of service attacks, hacking and spamming, all of these on a commercial level.

The [music]companies that are being reported are the following:Emi Music Sweden AB, Universal Music Group Sweden AB, Sony Bmg Music Entertainment (Sweden) AB 
- the announcement

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Thursday
Puddle of Mudd Banned From Graceland for Stupidity
antiMusic reports: It's good to see that some things never change. Even though they are a few years past their heyday, Puddle of Mudd's Wes Scantlin is still a bozo. Puddle of Mudd's Famous comes out on October 9th and what a perfect way to hype your new CD then to get banned from Graceland for doing something really stupid like jumping into the Kings pool because you just feel like it. 

The hype or rather announcement reads: Puddle of Mudd has been banned from Graceland! The band was touring the mansion of Elvis Presley on September 24th when front man Wesley Scantlin decided to jump into the pool. The guards removed him and he is now banned from Graceland for life! 

"I just wanted to go for a swim," he said. For those fans that remain you can check out a sample of the track Psycho - here

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The Sex Pistols Expand Reunion Again
antiMusic reports: The Sex Pistols have extending their reunion plans once again after the initial show and subsequent shows sold out. Two more dates were added to what has now become a reunion tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Never Mind The Bollocks" album.

So as of now it looks like the Pistols will play the Brixton Academy in London on November 8th, 9th and 10th with a new show added for the 12th. They will then play Manchester's MEN Arena on November 17th.

Tickets for the new shows went on sale Friday. More than doubling the prices didn't hurt sales any with a lot of rich punks wanting to witness the Sex Pistols perform.- more on this story

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Kanye Dethroned
antiMusic reports: 50 Cent didn't have what it takes to beat Kanye West but Reba sure did. While he still has the biggest ego in popular music but Kanye West is no longer king of the charts after a 76% drop in sales he was dethroned from the top of the charts after only one week by country queen Reba McEntire's star-studded new effort "Reba Duets."

"Reba Duets" sold 301,000 copies last week according to Nielsen SoundScan data released by Billboard magazine. Kanye's "Graduation" landed at No. 2 with sales of 226,000 copies which helped him again beat 50 Cent. Fiddy's "Curtis" suffered an almost 80% drop in sales with 143,000 sold last week to earn him 3rd place. 

Kenny Chesney's "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates" rounded out the top 5 with 112,000 in sales. James's Blunt's sophomore effort "All the Lost Souls," sold 92,000 copies to debut at No. 7 while Chamillionaire's "Ultimate Victory" placed a distant 8th with 79,000 first week sales. KT Tunstall's second effort, "Drastic Fantastic," debuted at No. 9 after selling 50,000 in the US. and Twista sold 41,000 copies of his new one "Adrenaline Rush 2007" to finish out the top 10.- more on this story

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Spector Mistrial, Judge Threatened
antiMusic reports: Celebrity Justice in the US continues it's losing streak with prosecutors failing to convict another celeb. This time "Wall of Sound" record producer Phil Spector convinced enough of the jurors in his murder trial that the victim died of suicide to deadlock the jury. And authorities are also investigating a Myspace murder threat against the judge. 

The judge in the trial declared a mistrial after the jury declared they were hopelessly deadlocked. But prosecutors haven't given up, they plan to take Spector to trial again where he faces 15 years to life if found guilty of murdering "b" movie actress Lana Clarkson at his home in 2003. Meanwhile, the judge in the case, Larry Paul Fidler, is taking some heat online with Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department investigating a murder threat posted on Myspace. - more on this story

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Fan Killed At Pumpkins Show
Gigwise reports: A man has died after an incident in the crowd at a Smashing Pumpkins concert in Vancouver on Monday (September 24th). Police say the man was unconscious when he was pulled from the crowd after becoming involved in either a moshing or crowd surfing incident. 

He was then taken to the side of the stage at the PNE Forum where first aid personnel worked on him before he was transferred to St. Paul's Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. 

Const. Howard Chow said that police had "determined that there wasn't any foul play or suspicious circumstances involved," but admitted that the death "could" have been the result of an out of control mosh-pit.- more on this story

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Friday
Hagar Talks About Van Halen Reunion
antiMusic reports: KNAC contributor Jeff Kerby has posted his exclusive interview with Sammy Hagar where he addresses a lot of issue including the current reunion tour that doesn't include Michael Anthony but he also talks some of the dynamics within the band and how they changed bringing about his exit. But he ends on a positive note about the current incarnation of Van Halen. Here is the exchange - KNAC.COM: Do you think that Van Halen just got too lucky when you replaced David Lee Roth? Do you think they deluded themselves into thinking they could just trot anyone up there and have the same type of success? 
HAGAR: I don't know, when you say Van Halen here, what you're really talking about is Eddie. Alex sticks by him because that's his brother, and I love Alex for it. I would never try to come between those guys. Those guys are brothers, and they are the end of a line in a way. Their parents have passed, and it's tough. Mine have too, but I've got other brothers and sisters and uncles, but they are pretty alone. They are very close, and I think that's awesome, but I think it's Eddie that makes those kinds of decisions. 

In the old days, it wasn't like Eddie was going, "it's my band this is what I want!" When I was in the band, it was our band, and everyone did what they wanted. For the good of Van Halen, I wasn't looking to be a solo artist, and Eddie wasn't looking to control everything. Instead, everyone did whatever they wanted to do in that band and it worked. When it stopped working, it broke up. Since then, its like Eddie says, "this is my band," and it is, so he can do whatever he wants, but I think if they wouldn't have got Dave back, they would have been in trouble. The only thing I can say that may sound like sour grapes is that without Dave or myself, Van Halen isn't going to be the big, mighty arena act, and that's all there is to it. If he wants to go out there and just be an instrumentalist and just get whatever singer he feels like, he's gonna be down here doing what I'm doing playing theaters in most cities and be lucky if he's selling them out. For him to keep rolling with the mighty Van Halen, he needs either Dave or myself. They've been trying to get with Dave, since they threw me out in 95'. Then, they hadn't done anything until I came back. Now, they have Dave again, and I wish them the best because I think it's their only hope. It's the right thing.
- read the full interview here

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Kanye Just Like Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King
antiMusic reports: Kanye West is really enjoyable. Not so much his banal music but it's always a kick to witness his tantrums and the hilarious displays of his enormous ego. We now may have a glimpse into where that outrageously overblown ego has come from. That's right, it all starts in the home and Kanye's mother has likened that rapper to some of the greatest men in history like Jesus, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. 

Kanye's mother told the Baltimore Sun, "I do think that Kanye is a voice that can definitely be used and should be used not only in hip-hop but across the arts, period. I think he is broader than a genre... I think he has a calling to reach a number of people. Kanye keeps it real. He touches the people.... You never know how words can save a person's life, physically or otherwise. People like Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi or, in my view, Barack Obama, or Jesus Christ - people whose job it is to tell the truth - I see that in Kanye." 

That's right Kanye's enlightening truth such as "You could be my black Kate Moss tonight / Play secretary, I'm the boss tonight. / And you don't give a f**k what they all say, right? / Awesome, the Christian in Christian Dior" has been compared to Martin Luther King's dream and Jesus' sermon on the mount. The Obama one seems fitting though when you consider all of the hype over substance. Of course this came from his mother but she believes it as this final quote tells us, "Now, people like you are gonna go, 'Oh, Kanye's mom said he's like Jesus!' but when you have a gift, you didn't get it by yourself. Your truth is your truth." 

If only we were all given the gift of being able to rhyme tonight with tonight, then we could change the world! He's still no John Lennon- See Gigwise for the context of the quote as we were having too much fun to include it. 

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Crock Hall of Fame Nominees
antiMusic reports: The 2008 nominees for the "aging hippies annual let's pat our selves on the back and be a symbol for everything rock n roll is not" have been announced. For the less cynical and pro black tie affair-Rolling Stone readers, we're talking about the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame". This year's nominees are Afrika Bambaataa, Beastie Boys, Chic, Leonard Cohen, The Dave Clark Five, Madonna, John Mellencamp, Donna Summer and The Ventures. Yes, it looks like Rockwell was snubbed again this year. So apparently no one is watching him.

Out of that bunch five inductees will be announced in January and the incredibly un-rock n roll induction ceremony will take place on March 10, 2008. Here is the official press release (with a little of the BS taken out): The nominations for 2008 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced today. The nine nominees are: Afrika Bambaataa, Beastie Boys, Chic, Leonard Cohen, The Dave Clark Five, Madonna, John Mellencamp, Donna Summer and The Ventures. Ballots with these nominees will be sent to over 500 "voters" who will choose the acts for inclusion into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for this year. Five new inductees will be honored at the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on March 10, 2008 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.- more on this story

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Top Reviews and Views
....Richie Sambora: "The Answer" Is In the Question
Richie's 1991 solo album, 'Stranger In This Town' shook me to my core emotionally. It's one of the most honest and naked records ever released and dare I say it, but it's the best album of the last twenty-five years that Eric Clapton never made.- Read the full Richie Sambora: "The Answer" Is In the Question review
....Deathspell Omega - Fas---Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum
To describe this album as anything less than a spiritual experience would be a crime. The album attacks with a mentally-stimulating potency all things religious, conventional, or traditional. Rating: 11 out of 10- Read the full Deathspell Omega - Fas---Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum review
 
....Fair to Midland - Fables From a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times Is True
A CD full of catchy, creative, well-polished and delivered tunes that range from alternative metal to punk to post-rock, all with progressive tendencies. You'd be doing yourself a disservice not to give Fair to Midland a try. (5 stars) - Read the full Fair to Midland - Fables From a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times Is True review
 

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