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Jam! reports: Rising rapper Drake collapsed onstage on Friday after his injured knee gave way during a show in New Jersey.
The hip-hop newcomer was forced to pull out of a 30-minute set at the Young Money Presents: The America's Most Wanted Music Festival trek earlier this week.
Doctors had advised him against performing so he could recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.More on Drake - Drake MP3s - Drake CDs -
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Hecklerspray reports: It's becoming clear that Eminem and Mariah Carey are the Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor of pop. No, wait, that's wrong. We meant to say that Eminem and Mariah Carey are the honking, toothless, meth-addicted, redneck, laundry-airing Jerry Springer guests of pop. Yes, that's better.
So far, Eminem wrote a song about having sex with Mariah Carey, then Mariah Carey wrote a song calling Eminem obsessed, and now Eminem has written a song threatening to release voicemails and nude pictures of Mariah. Coming soon, Mariah says that Eminem runs like a girl and has fleas and wets the bed. IDST.
Not since Hilary Duff said something vaguely obtuse about Faye Dunaway's age has a celebrity spat gripped the world like this. Mariah Carey (a woman who's about to bring a new album out) and Eminem (a man who recently brought a new album out and has a bit-part in a new movie that just happens to be released in America today) are at each other's throats.
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AP reports: Police in Northern California say a cousin of rapper MC Hammer has been accused of raping a woman he met on the social networking site Twitter.
KPIX-TV reports that 33-year-old Marvin Grant was arrested for investigation of rape Thursday in the sexual assault of a 40-year-old woman who arranged to meet him at a Livermore hotel Wednesday night.
Livermore Police Lt. Matt Sarsfield says the two developed a romantic relationship over e-mails and phone calls.More on MC Hammer - MC Hammer MP3s - MC Hammer CDs -
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AP reports: Jessica Biel sings! That may come as a surprise to audiences who only know the "actress" from her primarily dramatic work on television and in films, including the long-running "7th Heaven," and the big-screen "Stealth" and "The Illusionist."
Biel, 27, marks her major musical-theater debut this weekend, as the Los Angeles Philharmonic presents a three-night run of a concert version of the classic "Guys and Dolls" at the Hollywood Bowl.
"I haven't really done anything like this," Biel said, following a dress rehearsal Friday afternoon. "Well, I did one thing in college. In college, I did a concert version of 'Tommy' when I was in college. But, other than that ... ."
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exclaim.ca reports: The Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer has revealed that the Boston punk/cabaret duo will be reuniting in order to embark on a tour in 2010.
The band, whose last studio album was 2006's Yes, Virginia, announced they would be taking a hiatus in 2008, right around the time Palmer released her solo album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer?.
But while currently taking her solo project across Europe, Life Music asked Palmer whether there was a possibility of more Dresden Dolls shows. She replied, "Yes, not sure when and where. We are planning dates for 2010. We miss playing with each other."
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PR reports: New York-based singer/songwriter Joey DeGraw combines strong clever lyrics with rootsy rock sounds in his release, Say Something Strong (August 18, 2009).
With his distinctive raw gravely voice and in-your-face honesty, the rocker's second album is sure to prove popular with fans looking forward to the follow-up to his debut album, Midnight Audio (2005).
Big brother to musician Gavin DeGraw, Joey has been playing music since the age of eight. He has recorded with noted producers, Steve Greenwell (Joss Stones' The Soul Sessions and Mind, Body & Soul) and Jim Caruana Beyoncι's Crazy In Love). He has also collaborated with top recording artists, including Joss Stone, legendary Mountain front man/guitarist Leslie West, Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors, and of course, Gavin DeGraw. The new album, distributed via RED, is the first to be released on Joey's independent label, National Underground Records, which he recently started with his brother.
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PR reports: Decoder Ring, long revered for their uniquely sublime soundscapes, will digitally release their new album They Blind the Stars, and the Wild Team on August 18th via iTunes.
They Blind the Stars, and the Wild Team, a double album, was more than two years in the making and Decoder Ring's first since 2006's critically acclaimed, Somersault (OTS). To aid them in refining some of the many sounds they had amassed in the lead up to the recording, Decoder Ring enlisted the production skills of Scott Colburn (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Yeasayer).
Decoder Ring wash away many conventional songwriting norms by stripping out vocals, verses, choruses and bridges. What is left is a seamlessly linked group of strikingly textured and emotive pieces that allow the listener to fully immerse themselves into the vast sonic playground they build.
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PR reports: Brampton band The Junction unleash new music video for "My Love Was There" the first single off new album, Another Link in the Chain.
Their sophomore release features the band at their most focused. Their east coast inspired rock and roll, with touches of pop, have won them over a loyal following across the country.
The new music video, already added in to rotation on Much Music and Much More Music, was directed by Davin Black - known for his work with Bedouin Soundclash, Saint Alvia Cartel and more.More on Junction - Junction MP3s - Junction CDs -
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