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12/12/2008
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(antiMusic) Founding Specials member Jerry Dammers has hit out at his bandmates' reunion next year. Dammers, who is not touring as part of the band's 30th anniversary shows, has issued a statement today (December 10) in which he claims he has been "driven out" by the rest of the group. The keyboard player also took issue with frontman Terry Hall, who recently told NME.COM that "the door remains open" to his bandmate. more

Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Miley Cyrus and Beyonce Knowles are among the music-related nominees for the 2009 Golden Globe awards. The ceremony will be broadcast live Jan. 11 on NBC. more

The Flaming Lips will curate a day of the 2009 All Tomorrow's Parties festival, which will be held Sept. 11-13 at Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, N.Y.more

Bob Dylan's Tell Tale Signs - The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 has been chosen as Paste Magazine's #1 record of 2008. Bob Dylan's Tell Tale Signs is the 8th installment in the best-selling and critically lauded Bootleg Series which launched in 1991. Available in 2-CD and 3-CD deluxe formats, Tell Tale Signs features previously unreleased recordings and alternate versions of tracks from sessions which generated some of Bob Dylan's most acclaimed and commercially successful albums from the last two decades Why Paste Loves It

Testament will be taking over the airwaves on MTV2's Headbangers Ball this Saturday, December 13. Along with their brand-new video for "More Than Meets The Eye," HBB will also be airing never-before-seen footage from the band's shoot at Alcatraz in San Francisco. "More Than Meets The Eye" was produced by Kevin Custer (Kingdom of Sorrow, Beneath The Massacre). Six Testament art pieces, performances, and videos will be intertwined with all the videos that air on Headbangers Ball, which airs Saturday night at 2AM Eastern / 1AM Central.

VH1 Classic All Time Top 10: Madonna airs on Friday, December 12th at 10PM*. Will "Like a Virgin" and "Borderline" make the cut? How about " Vogue" and "Like a Prayer?" Which Madonna video did we vote #1? Don't forget to tune in as we count down the material girls top 10 videos of all time.

Sworn Enemy are preparing to enter the studio once again with longtime producer Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying vocalist). Their relentless schedule begins by heading to San Diego to start recording on January 3rd more

Static-X has set "Cu1t of Static" as the title of its sixth studio album, due on March 17, 2009 via Reprise Records. The CD will include a new version of the song "Lunatic" featuring a guest guitar solo by Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine. A national tour in support the album will commence in early April.

Lambgoat is reporting that Turmoil has found a replacement for singer Jon Gula, who parted ways with the band this past summer. Now joining the group is Nate Johnson, whom you're likely familiar with. Over the years, Johnson has fronted a small handful of notable bands, including Through The Eyes Of The Dead and Premonitions Of War. more

The Kent town where Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards grew up is to honour its most famous musical sons by naming new streets after Stones songs. Dartford Council is currently deciding what song titles to give to 13 new streets on the 1,500-home, 400million Bridge estate. more

PJ Harvey has once again called upon her friend and long time co-conspirator, John Parish, for her latest project. A Woman A Man Walked By, their latest collaboration, will be released on March 30 courtesy of Island Records.more

Tony Bennett's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" is now available for free download on Amazon.com. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" is the very first song Tony Bennett ever recorded in 1950. This newly recorded version was taped live and features Tony at his best with a classic arrangement of bass, piano, drums and Tony Bennett's unmistakable voice and phrasing front and center. The track will be available for free download on Amazon.com until Monday, December 15 here

Tony not float your boat? Then check this out: Following marathon eggnog sessions and several aggressive battles with a Yule log, The Priestess And The Fool present Ride On, Santa, the free downloadable EP of Holiday cheer for all to enjoy from Exotic Recordings. Download the RIDE ON, SANTA EP, PDF-booklet and album art here

Earth Crisis have set "To The Death" as the title of their new album, due in the spring via Century Media Records more

Usher and his wife, Tameka, are celebrating the birth of Naviyd Ely Raymond. The infant arrived early Wednesday weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces. more

After four albums with Reprise, rock outfit Guster has signed with Columbia. The group hopes to complete its as-yet-untitled label debut in February.more

Microsoft is expanding the focus of its Media and Entertainment Group and bringing in two music industry veterans. Christina Calio, a 12-year Geffen Records veteran who has been with Microsoft since 1999, was named director of the division more

Mobile entertainment company Thumbplay and Billboard have partnered to offer Billboard.com visitors direct access to Thumbplay's catalog. - more



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