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Bon Jovi Bilking Fans- Guns N' Roses CD Sales Tank- Andre 3000 Sued For Toon- DMX Arrrested- McCartney Denies Song Theft- Late Night Roots- and more


12/10/2008
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(antiMusic) This story brings a whole new meaning the "slippery when wet" for Bon Jovi fans: Fall Out Boys better hope that Pete doesn't start fancying a foot ball team or the days of $10 club shows will be over. That was the cost of admission the band charged their home town fans recently. Sadly, Bon Jovi sees their most diehard fans in a very different light: deep pockets. This according the latest blog from our Special Features editor Tony K, who was dismayed to find that Bon Jovi wants over $250 bucks from their fan club members for a special fan club event. Here is the kicker: the band isn't even scheduled to appear! Read Tony's righteous rant here!.

While Britney Spears tops the chart with the latest in her string of comeback albums (details), Axl Rose has good reason to be crying in the December Rain. Guns N' Roses "Chinese Democracy" looks like its exiting the US Top 10 after just one week. Hitsdailydouble.com is estimating that the album will sell around 80,000 units this week in America, and with 69.42% of the week's sales counted, has the album projected for number 12. more. So much for that online promo company that was hired to (mis)market it!

Outkast's Andre "Andre 3000" Benjamin, along with the Cartoon Network and Turner Broadcasting, is being sued for $2 million in damages by a Boston postal worker who claims they ripped off his idea for an animated series about a group of young musicians and aired it as "Class of 3000."more.

DMX is back behind bars. X was apprehended in Florida today, just days after a bench warrant was issued for his arrest after the rapper missed a court appearance last Friday in Arizona, reports TMZ. more

Paul McCartney has denied that a track from "Electric Arguments" was pinched from an old blues song, reports NME.com at Abbeyrd's Beatles Page first made you aware of this issue on Nov. 29 and Nov. 30. In the album liner notes for "Electric Arguments," Paul acknowledged the Blind Willie Johnson blues song "Let Your Light Shine On Me" had inspired EA's "Light >From Your Lighthouse." But, as they told NME, "It's true that The Fireman used the Blind Willie Johnson track as inspiration for our own song," they said. "His is a traditional song and this is not the first time an artist has made their own version using such a traditional song."

After much speculation, it has been confirmed that The Roots are indeed the house band for Jimmy Fallon's new NBC talk show, which will replace Late Night With Conan O'Brienmore

Bob Marley's Yamaha SG 1000 electric was a big scoop for Christie's latest pop culture auction. Along with John Lennon's Vox organ and Kurt Cobain's bass, the guitar was expected to fetch $30,000 - $40,000 on 24 November. Now, Aston Barrett bassist and founding member of Bob Marley And The Wailers has filed a lawsuit claiming the axe was his. more

With the Notorious B.I.G. biopic Notorious arriving in theaters next month, Sean "Diddy" Combs has been involved in the soundtrack, but not the film itself. Speaking to MTV News, he said that he recently saw the finished film and approves of the story of Biggie's life, as well as his own portrayal. more

And You Will Know Us By Our Silly Long Name[a.k.a. Trail of Dead] has put the finishing touches on its next album, "The Century of Self," which is due Feb. 17. It will be the first release on the band's Richter Scale imprint in conjunction with Justice Records. more

Helmet has announced January and February 2009 European tour dates with Oakland's Totimoshi more

Unearth will headline the Massachusetts Winter Meltdown Fest on January 31st, 2009 with special guests Every Time I Die, Sick Of It All, Emmure, Since The Flood (original lineup), Impending Doom and Born Of Osiris. more

The Honorary Title have recorded a 4-song Christmas EP in just two days in the back of an elementary school. Dan Myers, a touring member of Adam Greene and Guster, produced the project as well as contributing by playing horns on the EP. The opening track, "City on Christmas" is currently streaming at www.myspace.com/thehonorarytitle.

Mikoto has announced the departure of Matt Moody (guitar/vocals), Kelly Orr (bass), and Max Cuzor (drums), who are all leaving the group to focus on their pop outfit, Teen Hearts.more

Epic president Charlie Walk will exit his post at the end of the month, sources tell Billboard. His future plans have not yet been revealed.more

Take the Blue Screen of Death With You! Is the much-rumored Zune phone finally to see the light of day? A report in Barrons' cites Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research predicting that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will unveil a device combining the Zune music player with the recently-acquired Danger Sidekick during his Jan. 7 keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show. more

Mariah Carey: The Ballads will be released on January 20, 2009.

Dates have been announced Meshuggah's forthcoming North American tour with Cynic and The Faceless. Grab the latest (two additional shows will be announced) right here

Today marks the airing of the second episode of Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... The guests for this week are Lou Reed and director Julian Schnabel. highlights

Billboard Magazine named Leona Lewis the Top New Artist of the Year in 2008. This news follows last week's announcement of her 3 Grammy Award nominations for Record of the Year ("Bleeding Love"), Pop Vocal Performance ("Bleeding Love"), and Best Pop Album (Spirit). Also this week, Leona celebrates breaking another music business record with her new UK single "Run" (a cover of the Snow Patrol song), hitting #1 and becoming the fastest selling digital release ever.

Warped Tour's Kevin Lyman recently spoke to Tom Rowles of NotMTV about the forthcoming 2009 of the long-running tour. Kevin is promising forty minute sets rather than the traditional thirty minute runs. The show will feature less stages - just one main stage. more details and some lineup announcements

Katy Perry has said she is sorry for a comment she made about Lily Allen, in which she called herself a "skinnier version" of the Brit star. ouch! Maybe saying less credible would have been more accurate! - more



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