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Full Report for 02/10/2009


Metallica and Linkin Park Team Up
MusicRadar reports: 1-2 August 2009 sees Metallica and Linkin Park headline the UK leg of Sonisphere, a new festival touring Europe this summer.

The UK leg of Sonisphere is set to be the climax of a summer-long schedule that sees the festival visit the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Finland before arriving in Knebworth.

Tickets, which are sure to be snapped up quickly, go on sale at 9am GMT on Wednesday 11 February. [So far Lamb of God and Mastodon have also been announced] - more on this story

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Chris Brown Reportedly Assaulted Rihanna
Jam! reports: Chris Brown's ad campaign with Wrigley was suspended Monday until his criminal case is resolved, and reports surfaced that pop superstar Rihanna, his longtime girlfriend and a fellow no-show at the Grammy Awards, was the woman who accused him of assault.

The Los Angeles Times, citing law enforcement officials familiar with the case and other sources it did not name, reported that Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was the woman who told police that Brown had hurt her the night before the Grammy Awards.

A police statement released Sunday afternoon said Brown and an unidentified woman began arguing while riding in a car following a pre-Grammy party where they were spotted together Saturday night. - more on this story

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Ticketmaster Sued for Scalping Tickets
Billboard.biz reports: Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc was hit with a C$500 million ($410 million) lawsuit in Canada on Monday, alleging the company broke the law by reselling tickets at inflated prices.

A Toronto man who tried to buy two tickets to a November 2008 concert by the band Smashing Pumpkins alleges Ticketmaster's website said none were available, but redirected him to the website of the company's TicketsNow resale unit.

The tickets had a face value of C$66.50 each, but Henry Krajewski said he ended up paying a total of C$533.65 for the pair because he had to buy them through TicketsNow, according to the lawsuit filed in Ontario Superior Court. - more on this story

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New Green Day in May
Chart Attack reports: Green Day's new album will be released in May and be titled 21st Century Breakdown. An exact in-store date hasn't been announced, but Warner Music Canada listed a Green Day album for May 5 on its release schedule last month before it was retracted.

The band's eighth LP will be divided into three acts: Heroes And Cons, Charlatans And Saints and Horseshoes And Handgrenades, according to NME.com.

The new album addresses the themes of working-class struggles, internal demons, apathy and the fading American dream. - more on this story

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GNR CD Goes Platinum- Dancing With The Tards- Pet Shop Boy Vs Simon Cowell- Nickleback DUI- Concert Monopoly- Snoop Drops Label- Hatebreed Reunion and more
antiMusic reports: Guns N' Roses' new album, "Chinese Democracy", was officially certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on February 3, 2009 for shipments in the United States in excess of one million copies. more

People actually watch this crap? Rapper Lil Kim, pop/country star Jewel, former Go-Gos lead singer Belinda Carlisle, country artist/professional dancer Julianne Hough and fellow country artist and beau Chuck Wicks are among the just-announced 13 contestants on the eighth season of ABC's hit show "Dancing With The Stars." more.

Slipknot has been confirmed as one of the headliners for the U.K.'s Download Festival at Donington Park, with dance-rock crossover act the Prodigy, Korn and Motley Crue also booked to appear more

Announcement of a pending merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment will likely come today. A source tells Billboard that the boards of both companies met yesterday and approved the deal, but neither company would confirm.more

Snoop Dogg has parted ways with his former label Interscope, although it's not clear as to why he has left the company. more

Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant has branded Simon Cowell's view of music too narrow, and thinks The X Factor ignores whole swathes of pop music. The musician, speaking to the Radio Times, said Cowell's talent show was "basically people singing Whitney, Mariah and maybe Elton". You think? more
Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger has abandoned his appeal against a drink-driving conviction. more

Hatebreed guitar player Sean Martin, who has played with the group for nearly ten years, has left the band. Martin will be replaced by original Hatebreed guitarist Wayne Lozinak.more

Once Nothing has called it quits. A final show will be announced this week. Here's a statement from frontman Todd Lowry: "Well I did have a big speech planned out but instead I'm scrapping it and just getting to the point. After almost 10 years, countless tours, 2 vans, 4 trailers,tons of demos, an EP on CI Records and a full-length on Solid State Records, a few member changes and a million memories, ONCE NOTHING IS OVER."more. So they are once again nothing?

The Delta Spirit concert from January 26, 2009 is available to watch at online concert channel. Having spawned from the emo outfit Noise Ratchet, this group of musicians decided to take a stab at something completely different namely, a unique mix of Americana, Soul, and Rock. check it out

Blossom Dearie, a classically trained pianist who transformed herself into a jazz singer with a unique baby-doll voice heard in New York and London cabarets for three decades, has died at 82.more

Without explanation or fanfare, the Ruckus digital music service targeted at university networks has gone out of business. A posting on the company's Web site simply says "unfortunately the Ruckus service will no longer be provided."more

Thy Will Be Done has completed the recording of their next album, titled "In Ancient Of Days" and tentatively slated for spring release via Stillborn Records. Like its predecessor, the effort was produced, engineered, and mixed by Zeuss (Shadows Fall) at Planet Z Recording in Hadley, MA with Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed serving as executive producer.more

New York hardcore band Subzero has called it quits after roughly twenty years together.more

Jamaican regulators are cracking down on indecency on the airwaves banning all songs or music videos with explicit sexual references. No sex talk mon. - more

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Rocker Loses Home in Fire: Switchfoot and Jason Mraz Lead Benefit Show
PR reports: House of Blues San Diego will hold a benefit concert Tuesday evening featuring Grammy-nominated artists Jason Mraz and Switchfoot as well as Unwritten Law and Timmy Curran to help restore damages from the recent house fire affecting Scott Russo of San Diego band Unwritten Law.

Lead Singer Scott Russo's Rancho Penasquitos family home caught fire on Thursday February 5, leaving an estimated $500,000 worth of uninsured damage.

"I am at a complete loss for words," Russo says. "My entire family is now homeless, all our pets are gone and our earthly possessions have been lost. In these tough times, my family had been out of work and the financial burden was too heavy for me to afford fire insurance. The support from my friends has been overwhelming."

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Village People Cop Sues Band
AP reports: The Village People's first cop wants a revamped version of the group to stop using his likeness and voice.

The lawsuit filed last week in San Diego by Victor Willis claims companies continue to use his voice and picture to promote the new Village People. He is seeking at least $1 million and a judge's order that they can no longer use his image or voice.

Willis was the original police officer in the group and helped pen the Village People's greatest hits, including "Y.M.C.A" and "Macho Man."
- more on this story

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Chris Cornell U.S. Tour
Blabbermouth reports: Former Soundgarden/Audioslave singer Chris Cornell has announced a U.S. spring tour in support of his new album, "Scream."

"Scream" was produced by Timbaland and released by Mosley Music/Interscope on March 10.

Following shows in Canada and Europe, Chris and his live band will be heading across America during March and April, taking in major U.S. cities from Dallas and New Orleans to Chicago and New York. - dates

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An MTV Channel With Music? What A Concept
Billboard.biz reports: MTV Networks International has unveiled plans to introduce new music programming formats focusing on new acts and live performances, which will be broadcast across 62 MTV channels in 162 countries.

The MTV World Stage format will feature live performances from around the world screened every Friday night on a high-profile MTV channel, such as MTV1 in the U.K.

MTV World Stage will launch on Feb. 27 with a Coldplay performance filmed at Tokyo's Saitama Super Arena this week. - more on this story

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Silversun Pickups Hope To Swoon Fans in April
PR reports: Silversun Pickups' sophomore LP, Swoon, will be released April 14 on Dangerbird Records.

The L.A. quartet has emerged from the depths of recording studios and is ready to flaunt their new material, including a performance at Coachella Friday, April 17.

"I'm really proud of Swoon," singer/guitarist Brian Aubert says. "I felt that we started this thing with a complete blank slate just kind of staring at a big mountain, not knowing where this was going to go. Everyone worked so insanely hard and I feel like you hear that we were in there every day trying to make the best songs that we could." - more on this story

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Skold vs. KMFDM
PR reports: KMFDM Records together with The Bicycle Music Company are proud to announce a new full-length album titled Skold vs. KMFDM. The release date is April 7, 2009.

Distribution is through KMFDM Records worldwide. Distribution for the album's digital release is through IODA. Skold vs. KMFDM was performed, engineered, recorded and mixed by Sascha Konietzko at KommandoZentrale in Hamburg, Germany and by Tim Skold at The Unabomber Shack in Studio City, California.

This collaboration was conceived in June 2008 and completed by early October. Notably the entire album was recorded without the two artists ever being on the same continent, much less in the same room. Konietzko explains "We constantly bounced stuff back and forth over the [FTP] server, and with a time-difference of nine hours between us, it turned out that one of us slept while the other one worked and vice-versa, and thus we got two full days of work done in just 24 hours." - more on this story

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Lily Allen Busy Plans For New Release
PR reports: Lily Allen's new album, It's Not Me, It's You, will be in stores today and she'll celebrate the occasion with a performance on NBC's "TODAY" show in the morning and a MySpace Secret Show at New York City's Bowery Ballroom that evening.

With free Secret Shows also scheduled in Tokyo and London, the concerts mark the first time a single artist will take part in multiple MySpace Secret Shows on a global level.

Allen will perform on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on February 16th and on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on February 18th. She'll return home thereafter for a series of U.K. dates, but kick off a North American headlining tour on April 1st in San Diego, CA.
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REPO! Road Tour Diary: Greenbelt
antiMusic reports: We've been telling you all about REPO! The Genetic Opera and the recent REPO! Road Tours. The third tour just wrapped up and REPO star and co-writer Terrance Zdunich (plays Grave Robber) gives us the lowdown! Here is today's entry from Greenbelt.

Tonight is our only midnight screening on Repo Road Tour 3, which is exciting. Exciting because 1) REPO! The Genetic Opera screams "midnight movie", and 2) this later start time means that maybe, just maybe, we'll be able to catch up on a little sleep before tonight's show.

January 16, 2009: It's 11:00am. We meet downstairs, check out of our hotel, and hit the road. Tonight's stop: Greenbelt, Maryland. Compared to yesterday's hellish drive from Foxboro to Rutherford, today's road ride is painless. Alexa drives again, and there are plenty of snacks, good conversations, & picturesque landscapes to occupy the time.

We arrive at our reserved hotel for the night, The Econo Lodge. It's late afternoon. From the road, we called ahead to confirm today's room reservations and got such an odd vibe from the rep on the phone, that we knew the hotel would present some problems. This suspicion is confirmed as we walk into the Econo Lodge's lobby, and inhale: it stinks. Bad. Plus, the hotel's clerk can't seem to figure out how to work his computer. We watch as he lets a stranger go in and use the bathroom in one of our potential rooms, and decide to cancel our reservations and relocate to the Howard Johnson's across the street. This upgrade costs a little more, but the expense is well worth it as I collapse onto my comfortable bed for the night, and pass out. - Read the rest of this entry

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