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Day in Pop reports: Marriage is so like complicated and stuff. We'll let Jam! tell you: Avril Lavigne says she has split from husband Deryck Whibley after three years of marriage. Lavigne, who grew up in Napanee, Ont., announced the separation in a blog posting on her MySpace page on Thursday after a published report in Us Weekly broke the news.
"Deryck and I are separating and moving forward on a positive note," wrote Lavigne, 24. "Thank you to all my family, friends and fans for all your support."
Lavigne and Whibley, the frontman for Canadian pop-punk group Sum 41, began dating in 2004 before getting engaged during a trip to Venice, Italy in 2005. They married on July 15, 2006 in Montecito, Calif., when Lavigne was 21 and Whibley was 25.More on Avril Lavigne - Avril Lavigne MP3s - Avril Lavigne CDs -
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Yahoo reports: Jay-Z may make it a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week as his "Blueprint 3" could fend off some hot competition from two new releases as well as Whitney Houston's former chart-topper.
Muse's "The Resistance" and Kid Cudi's debut album "Man on the Moon: The End of Day," which came out on Tuesday, are both looking to sell around 120,000 copies each during the week ended September 20, according to industry prognosticators.
Muse could go a tad higher when data are released on Wednesday, while Cudi may finish the week a shade lower.
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AP reports: Police arrested a man on Thursday who is suspected of breaking into the homes of Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridge.
Officer Rosario Herrera said detectives arrested Nicholas Prugo, 18, on suspicion of felony burglary. Prugo was being held on $20,000 bail.
Herrera said the investigation is ongoing and there were no details about whether any property was recovered. No one else has been arrested, she said.
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PR reports: After nearly two decades writing and recording some of her generation's most emotionally powerful music, Tori Amos will release her first seasonal album, Midwinter Graces, on November 10 via Universal Republic.
A follow up to Tori's critically acclaimed studio album, Abnormally Attracted to Sin, Midwinter Graces will find Tori reworking and expanding on classic carols as well as developing some of her very own seasonal tracks.
Midwinter Graces is an album that has been in the making for the past 40 years. Raised in the Baltimore area under the watchful eye of her Methodist minister father, Tori grew up playing holiday carols at Sunday services and Christmas Day celebrations in her father's church. These were the songs that gave a young Tori her first taste of music, and now almost 40 years later Tori gets her own chance to reimagine classics like "What Child, Nowell" and "Star of Wonder." Tori will also add her own bittersweet bliss to the season with originally tracks like "Pink and Glitter" and "Our New Year."
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PR reports: Mariah Carey follows-up with her remake of Foreigner's classic "I Want To Know What Love Is" as the second single pick from her forthcoming new album on Island Records, Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel.
The special 2-CD package disc one containing the full album, enhanced disc two containing four remixes plus two videos (full details below) is scheduled to arrive in-stores on September 29th. On Friday, September 18th, Mariah will make a special interview/performance on The Oprah Winfrey Show (live from New York City!) in support of the new album release.
The majority of the tracks on MEMOIRS OF AN IMPERFECT ANGEL were written and produced by Mariah, Tricky Stewart and The-Dream; the album was executive produced by Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group.
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PR reports: Today MySpace Music officially unveils its brand new homepage with the exclusive premiere of Madonna's "Celebration" fan video directed by Jonas Akerlund, the singer's long time creative collaborator (Ray of Light).
In a special contest, Madonna is now encouraging her MySpace fans to submit their own personal videos representing their favorite "Madonna era" along with original dance choreography for her hit single "Celebration" to win the opportunity to be featured on the new MySpace Music homepage. To enter, users can email their original videos to firstname.lastname@example.org. "Celebration" is available on Madonna's upcoming greatest hits album featuring 34 of her biggest songs due out September 29th.
The new MySpace Music homepage features a fresh design with the ability to spotlight content and artists better than ever before. Now users will get a clear representation of the products and content available on the site, visibility into all the original music programs MySpace Music has to offer and the social media activities of all artists via the artist status and artist feeds modules. Additionally, MySpace Music will be highlighting users and artists in new way, and building a strong editorial voice around all music content. Check it out now at:
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PR reports: Singer-Songwriter Landon Pigg will join A Fine Frenzy on tour in support of his sophomore release The Boy Who Never beginning October 20th in Austin, TX and wrapping on November 18th in Anaheim, CA. Pigg is currently on a nationwide club tour with Erin McCarley.
The Boy Who Never will be released on September 29th on RCA Records. Produced by Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse, Tom Waits) the record includes a new arrangement of Pigg's fantastic single "Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop," which features additional production by Eric Rosse. Currently featured in AT&T's latest ad campaign and spotlighted as in the 2007 "A Diamond Is Forever" holiday season commercial, the track has sold more than 400,000 digital tracks.
26-year-old Pigg is also making his feature film debut later this year co-starring opposite Ellen Page in the Drew Barrymore directed film Whip It which will be released on October 2nd through Mandate Pictures and Fox Searchlight. Pigg plays the role of Oliver, a musician who falls for Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page), a teen girl with a passion for roller derby.
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PR reports: Close to 10 thousand people turned out this weekend for a gorgeous day at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. The first concert of its kind at the breathtaking local was in benefit of the Sarah McLachlan Foundation.
Nearly 1 million dollars were raised for Sarah's charity foundation that helps bring music into the lives of young Canadians, providing free music programs to youth in under-served communities.
The full day concert enjoyed performances from up and coming artists Dustin Bentall, Meaghan Smith, The Canadian Tenors and duo Luke Doucett and Mellisa McLalland; alongside headline performances by Sheryl Crow, Neil Young and Sarah McLachlan.
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PR reports: If you missed it
last Friday George Jones made a guest musical appearance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and you can see it again!
The legendary country music artist's performance will re-air this Friday night (Saturday morning) September 19 at 3:05am ETMore on George Jones - George Jones CDs -
Jones performed "You're Still On My Mind", one of the many hit songs featured on his latest album release, 'A Collection of My Best Recollection', available exclusively in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
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PR reports: Just in time for Halloween, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release the second season of Lifetime's acclaimed series Blood Ties on 3DVD set. [MSRP $26.99]
Fang-frenzied fans that devoured Season 1 of the series (released via Eagle on 4DVD June 2) need not wait long for another dose of this bloodsucker indulgence. The set features nine full episodes, plus a bonus photo gallery and Season 1 trailer.
Based on the book series written by Tanya Huff, which is in its 17th printing, Blood Ties is a captivating crime drama dripping with mystery, suspense, horror, and romance. It nestles in perfectly with the current vampire craze, released just in time for the release of Twilight: New Moon in theatres and the second season of True Blood on HBO.
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PR reports: John Clinebell is set to release his album, Make It Land, on October 25. Make It Land serves up a variety of original tunes, ranging from upbeat acoustic pop to thoughtful indie folk in a way that honors the spirited ups and downs of everyday life.
Clinebell's second album features ten tracks of laid-back rock music showcasing his melodic core as follow up to Stomping Grounds, which was released on SP&G Records in 2008.
For this recording, Clinebell meticulously assembled his team. All the songs and lyrics were written by the singer/songwriter. Performers on the album were John Clinebell (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Aram Arslanian (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion, keyboards, and background vocals), John Wolf (drums and Mellotron) and Sarah Arslanian (background vocals on "The Best of Yours"). The album was produced and mixed by Aram Arslanian.
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PR reports: No town in America represents "party" more than Las Vegas, so it's only appropriate that Sin City served as the host town for the 2009 America's Best DJ award ceremony and closing party this past weekend. Presented Sept. 12, the honor of America's Best DJ was bestowed upon Z-Trip.
After more than four months of online voting (americasbestdj.net) and a supporting 25-event Summer Tour, the Los Angeles-based mash-up maven/turntablist accrued the most ballots and was tabbed the winner of the 4th annual vote.
At The Palms' rooftop lounge Ghostbar, Z-Trip (aka Zach Sciacca) was handed his spoilsa special gold-plated Pioneer DJM-800 mixer from superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold and an ABDJ gold medal from Pioneer Pro DJ's Karl Detken.
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PR reports: Los Angeles based electro hip-hop duo LMFAO have a mission, "to live tonight like there's no tomorrow." Redfoo and Sky Blu call it Party Rock, and it's the name of their debut album, label, clothing line and now fall headlining tour! The party kicks off November 5th in Reno, Nevada at Pearl at Grand Sierra (see below for complete tour dates) and along for the ride will be Far East Movement, Paradiso Girls and Lady Gaga's DJ Space Cowboy doing a live performance. Additional DJ sets by Million $ Mano.
The Party Rock Tour, produced by Live Nation and Moodwing360, is not just a show; it's a completely new concert experience! For their first U.S. headlining tour LMFAO are creating a non-stop party of continuous music open to all ages. Million $ Mano will be spinning in between sets so the party never stops. Tickets for most shows go on sale this Saturday, September 19th and you won't find a face value ticket price higher than $20. For more information and to purchase tickets for LMFAO's Party Rock Tour visit www.partyrocktour.com.
LMFAO released their full length set "Party Rock" on July 7th where it debuted at # 33 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Party poppin' tunes "I'm In Miami Bitch" and "La La La" are hit singles and songs the duo performed on MTV's Real World Cancun, America's Got Talent and more. Foo and Sky (as they refer to each other) are long time producers having done remixes for Kanye, Fergie, Katy Perry, Crystal Method, Black Eyed Peas and more.
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PR reports: Lissie, a young songwriter from Rock Island, IL, will release a new EP, Why You Runnin', November 10th, 2009 on Fat Possum Records.
Why You Runnin' is a five-song introduction to Lissie and pivots around her big, achingly raw and evocative voice. The songs range from the¬¬¬ hand-clapping, foot-stomping spirited opener "Little Lovin'" to the poignant country cover "Wedding Bells" to the haunting, soulful '60s pop-esque ballads "Everywhere I Go" and "Here Before". These tracks were recorded at her current home in Ojai, CA, and at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, NC, with her friend Bill Reynolds (of Band of Horses, who also produced and plays bass on the songs alongside his bandmate Tyler Ramsey, who guests on guitar for some tracks). The hymn-like "Oh Mississippi" was recorded with Ed Harcourt last fall, when Lissie was far from home in London, England.
Lissie, born and raised beside the Mississippi River in the heartland, is a truly Midwestern, nature- and solitude-loving girl whose musical path started in high school with a guitar and skills self-taught. Performances at coffee shops in her hometown and Chicago, IL, soon progressed to open mics and regular gigs in Fort Collins, CO, and in Paris, France. Eventually, Lissie landed in the Los Angeles area, where she first sold honey at farmers' markets to support herself and also helped to create the 'Beachwood Rockers' Society', a weekly music residency in Hollywood. She has toured with Badly Drawn Boy, among others, as well.
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PR reports: Having already solidified her position at the forefront of music in her native Norway, Sissy Wish is bringing her innovative style of indie pop to American shores. She will tour in support of her first US release, Beauties Never Die, which is slated for a September 22nd release on Afternoon Records in the US.
Beauties Never Die, which was produced by Scandinavian super-producer Jorgen Traen (Sondre Lerche, Jazzkammer, Kayzers Orchestra, The Golden Serenades)
The future for SISSY WISH in America is bright if her past achievements are any indication. Most notably, her full-length debut You May Breathe received a Norwegian Grammy in 2005.
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