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Susan Boyle Makes History- Britney Tour Bus Crash- John Mayer Battles to the Top While Norah Jones Takes a Fall and 50 Cent Self Destructs- Miley Cyrus Gets Folded and more
Susan Boyle's debut record, "I Dreamed A Dream," entered the British album chart in the top spot Sunday. According to the Official Charts Company, the more than 410,000 copies of "I Dreamed a Dream" sold since its release Nov. 23 make it the fastest selling album so far this year, and are the largest first-week sales for a debut album in U.K. chart history. more. Real talent will win out every time.

The bus carrying Britney Spears' tour equipment has been involved in a serious accident in Australia - the vehicle was flipped off the road during a bad storm. The driver was admitted to hospital, where his condition was unknown. more

John Mayer brought home his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart Wednesday after his "Battle Studies" sold 286,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Meanwhile, Norah Jones finished third with her new album while Norah Jones grabbed the No. 3 spot with sales of 180,000 of "The Fall," an album title that proved to be prophetic as her previous three albums had opened at No 1 with her 2007 release "Not Too Late," moving an impressive 405,000 during its first week.

Speaking of prophetic album titles, 50 Cent's "Before I Self Destruct" came in at No. 5 with 160,000 copies sold. Fiddy's 2007 release "Curtis" sold 691,000 during its first week. But who came in between Mayor and Jones? Andrea Bocelli's "My Christmas" surged at No. 2 with 185,000 copies according to Billboard during a busy, busy week on the charts with lots of big names releasing albums. Get the lowdown here

ABC says Chris Brown will appear on its "20/20" show Dec. 11. more

Gerard Way's decision to call his daughter Bandit has backfired - it has been voted the worst celebrity baby name of the year. The My Chemical Romancer and his musician wife, Lindsey Ballato, welcomed little Bandit Lee in May more

The struggle between the Canadian firm that acquired Death Row in January and the hip-hop label's apparently exiled chief executive is set to continue in a New York City court. more

Al Alberts, a founding member of the singing group, The Four Aceshas died. He was 87. Chris Alberts says his father died Friday at home in Arcadia, Fla. He says the apparent cause of death was complications from kidney failure. more

The Fold's music video for their Miley Cyrus parody, "Every Band in the USA", can be seen - here

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Michael Jackson Accuser Now Denies Abuse?
(antiMusic) Jam! had an interesting report that broke over the Holiday weekend, which is basically hearsay from Michael Jackson's brother claiming that his sexual abuse accuser has now changed his tune.

Here is part of what they are reporting: Michael Jackson's alleged abuse victim has cleared the King Of Pop's name by insisting the singer "never touched" him, according to the star's brother Jermaine.

Evan Chandler accused Jackson of molesting his son Jordan in 1993. The star was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing in the courts. Jordan has never spoken publicly about the case - but Jermaine claims the 29 year old has come forward since Jackson's death, admitting the late superstar never molested him. - And there is a weird suicide angle to this story as well

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Rihanna Humiliated by Nude Photos
(antiMusic) Rihanna has now spoken out about the leak of some nude photos earlier this year. The BBC reports that the hit singer "told US radio station Hot 97 she had originally sent the pictures, which appeared online earlier this year, to an ex-boyfriend. "

But she defended the initial decision to take the photographs, which she described as "hot". "If you don't send your boyfriend naked pictures, then I feel bad for him."

Now she says of the photos, "I just felt like my whole privacy was taken before that and then, when that came out, I thought, 'oh great, so now there's nothing they don't know about me and my private life'," Rihanna told Hot 97. "It was humiliating and it was embarrassing - especially my mum having to see that. It was two days before Mother's Day, so I was nervous. - Read the BBC report here

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Glee Geeks Do Wham For Christmas
The cast of Fox's new comedy Glee are ushering in the season with their own unique take on Wham's classic holiday heartbreaker "Last Christmas," available exclusively on iTunes.

The debut soundtrack, Glee: The Music, Volume 1 shot to #4 on Billboard's Top 200 Album chart when it was released on November 3rd.

A second soundtrack, Glee: The Music, Volume 2, will be released on December 8th (see track listings for both volumes - here

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Rebelution Tour
iTunes and Billboard chart topping group Rebelution announces their headlining Winter 2010 tour alongside acclaimed reggae artist SOJA and critically acclaimed hip-hop legends ZION-I. Continuing with their constant touring schedule, which saw them play over 70 shows and a dozen festivals this year, with their most recent trek across the country selling out many venues including markets in which the band had never previously performed.

Based in Santa Barbara, Rebelution will be headlining 39 performances nationwide throughout January, February, and March 2010. Venues will be in the one thousand to two thousand capacity range, 19 of them House of Blues main rooms. The band has rapidly grown into one of the most notable reggae artists in the music industry today, after the release of their sophomore album "Bright Side of Life" dominated the iTunes charts in August 2009, capturing the #3 spot for top albums downloaded in the United States in all genres, and the #1 spot in the reggae music genre. Rebelution went on to garner the #54 spot on the Billboard Top 200, #7 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums charts and #1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums charts.

Rebelution recently finished a 52 city tour across the United States, playing sold out shows at venues such as The Fillmore in San Francisco, The House of Blues in West Hollywood, HOB Anaheim, HOB San Diego, Paradise Rock in Boston, The Note in Westchester, Neumos in Seattle, The Social in Orlando, Fox Theatre in Boulder, Norva in Norfolk and Music Farm in Charleston to name a few. They have shared the stage with artists such as The Offspring, 311, Slightly Stoopid, Willie Nelson, Damian Marley, Bob Dylan, and Ludacris. - more on this story

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Twilight: New Moon Soundtrack Rises Again
"The Twilight Saga: New Moon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" rises this week on the Billboard 200, ranking #8 and selling more than 93,000 units in its sixth week on sale.

The soundtrack, which debuted in October, has also received RIAA platinum certification for sales exceeding 1 million units. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" soundtrack, which peaked at #1 in its first full week in stores and online, made history as the first time ever a soundtrack and its sequel have both reached the #1 spot on the chart. In addition, the soundtrack has remained in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 since its release.

The musical companion to the highly anticipated second installment of Summit Entertainment's film franchise features exclusive tracks from some of modern music's most gifted and admired artists, including Thom Yorke, Muse, The Killers, Anya Marina, and Death Cab for Cutie, who contributed the album's first single, "Meet Me On the Equinox." The track is currently #8 at Modern Rock radio. - more on this story

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Jessica 6 Tour
Jessica 6 is pleased to announce a string of dates on the west coast this December, taking a break from the recording studio where they are busy at work on their first full length, set for release Spring 2010.

Jessica 6 has emerged as something like a phenomena of 2009. Their spooky and mesmerizing first single, "Fun Girl", a soulful and languid low-velocity disco track, has been buzzing around the internet, and is now available on the band's debut release, The Fun Girls EP.

The core trio of Nomi Ruiz as vocalist/songwriter, Andrew Raposo on bass and Morgan Wiley on keyboards met through their involvement with 2008's critically acclaimed Hercules and Love Affair, an electro-disco outfit formed in the fires of New York's dance music scene. - more on this story

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La Chansons Candy Bar Man
The first single from the upcoming new La Chansons album "King and Queen Of The Dancefloor" will be released on December 15th. It features the single "Candy Bar Man" as well as the instrumental version of "Candy Bar Man" and a remix of Spy For Hire's "Money". La Chansons is the Atlanta husband and wife, dance pop duo, Greg and Carson Keller.

Greg and Carson grew up in Marietta, Georgia, but did not know each other until they met in 2003. They then found out that their musical tastes had taken similar paths over the years. Greg grew up on Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails and Nirvana while Carson was listening to Nirvana, Hole, and Bikini Kill. Their tastes turned more electronic in their later teen years, as Greg got into Paul Oakenfold and Carson discovered Le Tigre. From then on they each fell in love with dance music in all it's forms, but their teenage musical tastes still seep into their songs and continue to influence them. Now they study perfect pop songs from the 80's, in attempt to create their own pop masterpieces.

La Chansons was created in 2004 when Greg had just graduated from UGA, and his Athens punk band had just split up. Carson was an art student in Atlanta with a life-long fantasy of being in a band. Greg wanted to start a new music project and noticed Carson's artistic talent. In the beginning, La Chansons was comprised of Greg's songs and Carson's accompanying low-fi music videos. As their relationship grew, La Chansons became more of an equal collaboration. Now Greg writes the music, and Carson writes the lyrics and sings. In their relationship they are able to pass ideas back and forth freely, and in doing so they make each other's music and art better.

They took their name from an old French children's book found at Carson's parents' house. While their sound has progressed since their inception in 2004, their name, "chansons", meaning songs, still applies. Their focus has always been on writing songs that are catchy, well-crafted, and from the heart. As for the "La" in La Chansons, they still don't know if it's correct or not, but they don't really care. They like how it sounds, and it reminds them of singing. La la la la la!
- You can listen to the single here

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