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Beyonce and Taylor Swift Lead Grammy Race- Dixie Chicks Murder Claim Case Tossed- Meredith Baxter Is Gay- Adam Lambert Has Twilight 3 Hopes and more
R&B singer Beyonce led the field of Grammy contenders with 10 nominations on Wednesday, closely followed by teen country sensation Taylor Swift with eight. Swift whose "Fearless" album is the biggest seller in the United States in 2009, will compete with Beyonce for album of the year along with the Black Eyed Peas, Dave Matthews Band and Lady Gaga . zzzz... more

In other Swift news: Comcast unveiled an exclusive video-on-demand partnership with country singer Taylor Swift on Wednesday. Comcast said the deal with Swift will give its customers the first and only dedicated VOD content collection for fans of the star more

A federal judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against the Dixie Chicks by the stepfather of one of three 8-year-old boys killed in Arkansas 15 years ago. Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of Stevie Branch, claimed that singer Natalie Maines accused him of being involved in the deaths of his stepson and the two other boys in the infamous West Memphis Three case where many believe the three teens convicted of the murders were railroaded party because of their love of heavy metal. more

Meredith Baxter, a star of the 1980's sitcom "Family Ties", said on Wednesday she was a lesbian as media reports and published photos of her and a woman embracing began to surface in public. more

OC Register reports that viewership for the fall finale of "Dancing with the Stars (of yesterday)" fell to a record low. An average of 19.29 million viewers watched entertainer Donny Osmond be named champion Nov. 24, 7 percent less than the 20.65 million average for the fall 2008 finale, the previous low. more (We added the "yesterday".)

Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester are set to star in the country music drama "Love Don't Let Me Down." more

Is Heroes almost over? [Yes, that show is apparently still on that network that no one watches] There has been a lot of speculation about whether the series would continue past this season or not, and now Eonline's Kristin Dos Santos says it's looking increasingly likely the end is coming. more

Adam Lambert would love to have his song included in the upcoming "The Twilight Saga's Eclipse". He thinks that a Rob Cavallo-produced track called "Suburban Decay", which didn't make it to his debut album, will fit the third installment of the "Twilight" movie series. more -

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Susan Boyle Makes U.S. Chart History
(Columbia Records) Susan Boyle's I Dreamed A Dream made a historical introduction to the charts today as the album achieved the highest first week sales of 2009 as well as the largest ever debut for a female artist on the Billboard 200 in the Soundscan era. I Dreamed A Dream topped the charts selling 700,763 copies in the U.S.

Boyle's album also reached the #1 spot on the charts in the UK, Australia, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand. I Dreamed A Dream has sold nearly 3 million copies worldwide since its release one week ago.

Within 48 hours of its unannounced placement on Amazon, I Dreamed a Dream shot up to the #1 position on the site's charts. By release day, the album was the largest CD pre-order in the history of the Amazon.com Music Store and had also broken the record for album pre-sales for QVC and Barnes & Noble Online. - What does Simon say about this?

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Lada Gaga Fought Against Label's Desire for Sexy Album Covers
Lada Gaga reveals to Elle magazine for the cover story in their January issue, that she tries to play down her sexuality against the advise of the "geniuses" at her label.

She tells the magazine, "My album covers are not sexual at all, which was an issue at my record label. I fought for months, and I cried at meetings. They didn't think the photos were commercial enough�The last thing a young woman needs is another picture of a sexy pop star writhing in sand, covered in grease, touching herself."

She covers a host of other topics including a recurring theme in her music, "I feel that if I can show my demise artistically to the public, I can somehow cure my own legend. I can show you so you're not looking for it. I'm dying for you on domestic television�here's what it looks like, so no one has to wonder." - read more and see photos from Lady Gaga's cover shoot

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New Snoop Next Week, But You Can Hear It Now
Snoop Dogg is readying the release of his tenth studio album, "Malice N Wonderland," due out on December 8th, courtesy of EMI's newly re-launched Priority Records, where he also serves as Creative Chairman.

Fans can log on to Snoop's MySpace page (www.myspace.com/snoopdogg) to exclusively hear the album in its entirety. In preparation for the milestone album, Snoop will performed his newest single, "I Wanna Rock," on Fox's hit show So You Think You Can Dance this week.

Snoop has also announced performances on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Last Call with Carson Daly, The Wendy Williams Show, One Life to Live and The Colbert Report as well as appearances on Larry King, The View, The Martha Stewart Show and The Wanda Sykes Show. Additionally, Snoop is the ESPN Artist of the Month in December. Throughout the month of December, songs from Malice N Wonderland will be featured throughout ESPN's programming. - more on this story

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Free Jingle Bells on Crack
Reybee sent this over: We are pleased to present this free MP3 for your listening pleasure of "Jingle Bells on Crack" from the album Your Brain on Xmas produced by the Rondo Brothers.

Your Brain On Xmas is available via digital retailers now and features a plethora of special guests including nerdcore pioneer MC Lars, Kool Keith compatriot Motion Man, Jairo Vargas of Bayonics, 20 Minute Loop vocalist Kelly Atkins, and Jack Douglas discovery singer-songwriter Cyndi Harvell.

As a special bonus, with an album download the buyer receives a pdf HOLIDAY PARTY KIT, complete with hilarious cut-out Santa masks (Reggae Santa, Emo Santa, etc), and hors d'oeuvres and cocktail recipes. It's just our way of helping you get your brain ready for the holidays in every way. - Grab the MP3 here

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D.Black Looks Forward With Yesterday
(audible treats) D.Black's sophomore album Ali'Yah is a highly conscious record, full of life lessons and perspective from the emcee's own experiences. Once more rough around the edges, D.Black now prioritizes positivity as a result of his discovery of Messianic Judaism. On "Yesterday," the album's first video, his past, his future, and his faith are all on display.

Set underneath a freeway overpass (perhaps the road that separates heaven and hell?), the video depicts an epic chess game for D.Black's soul. Light and dark versions of the emcee face off against each other, with supporters shrouding and encouraging each player. The video's lesson is to allow yourself to leave things, especially negative things, in your past. He combines this message with smooth, flowing rhymes and a classic soul feel, set over warm production by B. Brown and D. Black himself.

As he frequently does, D. Black connected the "Yesterday's" meaning to his faith when asked about it. "On a more spiritual level, it means to not look back, by which you'd be giving life again to the evil nature that works contrary to pure spirit." The chorus closes with the phrase, "We don't know what tomorrow brings," emphasizing the positive, heartfelt, and forward-looking message of the track. D. Black is clearly a man at peace with his past as well as his future, and the video for "Yesterday" is a concrete example of just how bright D. Black's future is. - check out the video here

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The Temper Trap Release New Video
The Temper Trap have just released a new video for the song "Fader," from their debut album Conditions, which is out now on Columbia/Glassnote Records. The video was directed by Andy Huchison.

hile the band's infectious songs are picking up traction at modern rock radio, "Sweet Disposition" is making waves on television. Popular CW series, One Tree Hill featured the song on November 30th and MTV have named The Temper Trap one of their Discover & Download artists

The Temper Trap will return to the US in 2010. In the interim, The Temper Trap travelled to their native Australia for the 2009 ARIA Awards (Australian GRAMMY) on November 26. The Temper Trap performed at the show and were nominated for four awards, in the categories of Album of the Year (Conditions), Single of the Year ("Sweet Disposition") and Breakthrough Artist and Rock Album of the Year. The band will also be on tour with Florence and the Machine in the UK throughout December. - Check out the video here

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Musiq Soulchild Releases Christmas Musiq
Musiq Soulchild has announced the release of "Christmas Musiq," an all-new collection of holiday classics performed in his inimitable genre-blurring style. The 7-track album is available now at all digital music retailers, including iTunes and Amazon.com.

"Christmas Musiq" sees the multi-platinum superstar putting his unique stamp on such seasonal staples as "Jingle Bells," "O Holy Night," and "The First Noel." The collection follows 2008's acclaimed "Onmyradio" and 2007's RIAA gold-certified Atlantic debut, "Luvanmusiq," which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.

Musiq � who was recently nominated as "Best Male R&B/Soul Male" at this year's Soul Train Music Awards � is currently hard at work on his much-anticipated sixth album. The as-yet-untitled collection � which features production from chart-topping songwriter/producer Jack Knight (Diddy, Keyshia Cole, Mario Winans) � is slated for release in 2010. - more on this story

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The Submarines Release Video For Their iPhone Jingle
Indie-pop duo The Submarines are hard at work on their third album, but in the meantime, the band has revealed a brand new video for the psychedelic-classical track "Submarine Symphonika" off of their sophomore album Honeysuckle Weeks.

(Fun fact: If the song sounds familiar, that's because you have probably heard it in the new iPhone 3G S TV commercial currently airing.

A message from The Submarines about their new video: "We're thrilled to say that our new video for "Submarine Symphonika" is here!! It was a real labor of love from the amazing Josh Forbes, who tirelessly directed it (much of the shooting happened in the wee hours of the morning), and who put together an awesomely talented crew of set builders and artists to make a magical little world filled with singing Russian Dolls, twinkling stars, a child dinosaur orchestra and more come to life. We loved inhabiting this strange place and invite you to come check it out." - watch the video here

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