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MSN reports: One of the stars of 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' has been injured and was taken to the hospital.
A rep for Summit Entertainment tells ET, "Actor Jackson Rathbone of the 'Twilight Saga' movies, was slightly injured yesterday during a fight scene rehearsal.
As a precaution, he was driven to the hospital and checked out by a doctor. He's fine and is back at work on the set of 'Eclipse' today."
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antiMusic reports: It's a not another chapter in the National Lampoon's Vacation franchise but a real life drama as one of the actors in that film series has been busted for not paying his hotel bill. Reuters tells the tale:
Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi were arrested on Thursday following a complaint that they had not paid a hotel bill of more than $10,000, according to U.S. authorities.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that the complaint was made in early September by a hotel in California and warrants to arrest the couple were issued as part of a criminal investigation.
The warrants for burglary, defrauding an innkeeper and conspiracy set bail at $20,000 each, according to Drew Sugars, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County sheriff
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Live Nation reports: Jay-Z announced today that N.E.R.D, led by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, Wale, and J.Cole will join him throughout his North American tour.
The Live Nation produced tour will make 24 stops at a mix of college campus arenas and traditional venues across North America starting at Penn State University on October 9th.
Ticket and tour information for JAY-Z, N.E.R.D, Wale, and J.Cole is available at LiveNation.com. Dates, cities and venues for the JAY-Z Tour are below. Dates and venues are subject to change.
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PR reports: The Bravery announces that they will release their third album, entitled Stir The Blood, on November 10th. The album was produced by John Hill, whose credits include Santigold and M.I.A. The first single, "Slow Poison," is now available for download on iTunes.
In support of this new release, the band will headline an ambitious US tour, which kicks off October 1st at The Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO. They will play shows in more than 30 cities across the country throughout the fall.
In addition to perfecting the latest record and playing shows with The Bravery, lead singer Sam Endicott has recently proven himself in the pop music arena as well. He penned the title track off Shakira's new album- the disco-infused single "She Wolf." The song debuted to international acclaim; it peaked at number one in Turkey, number two in Spain and Germany, number three in Italy and Switzerland and number five in Canada and the UK. In the US it currently resides in the top ten at Hot Digital Tracks.
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Kayos reports: It has been forty years since Monty Python's "Flying Circus" aired its premiere episode on BBC TV, igniting a comedic revolution. Setting the bar for satire, slapstick, and outright silliness, the Pythons have elevated themselves to iconic status, from comedy troupe to cultural phenomenon. To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of this legendary ensemble, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Monty Python: Almost The Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) on 3DVD and 2Blu-ray on October 27, just a week after its IFC airing on October 18. [Pre-book Order Date October 7, MSRP $29.99 for 3DVD, $34.99 for 2Blu-ray]
This six-part docu-series, with each episode clocking in at an hour, is the only official, authorized program to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of this series. These recent interviews from John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, along with archival interview footage from the late Graham Chapman, will unveil the deeper truths behind the expertly executed buffoonery. Commentary is also included from Dan Aykroyd, Tim Roth, Phill Jupitus, Bruce Dickinson, Nick Mason, Eddie Izzard, Seth Green, Steve Coogan, Stephen Merchant, Simon Pegg, and others.
In addition to the interviews, Monty Python: Almost The Truth also indulges in a generous helping of video clips. The series features a wealth of footage from pre-Python material, Monty Python's "Flying Circus" television series, their classic live performance from Hollywood Bowl, and the three Python films (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Life Of Brian, and Monty Python's Meaning Of Life). There is also a plethora of bonus footage, including their classic sketches (such as "Spanish Inquisition," "Ministry Of Silly Walks," and "The Lumberjack Song"), extended interviews, and photo galleries.
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PR reports: Sugar Hill acts Sarah Jarosz and The Sam Bush Band will both appear live this Saturday on the National Public Radio program "A Prairie Home Companion" hosted by Garrison Keillor. The season opener for PHC will air nationally between 5:00 - 7:00 cst.
Check your local public radio station for specific air times or visit: http://prairiehome.publicradio.org for a live audio web-steam of the show. The program broadcasts live to a nation-wide audience from the historic Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul, MN.
Sarah's debut CD, Song Up In Her Head, was released to critical acclaim earlier this year on Sugar Hill Records. Sarah is currently attending New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and performing as often as possible.
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PR reports: Drawing extravagant praise as one of the year's key musical discoveries from all over the U.K. media, and the European festival circuit, Capitol Records singer-songwriter V V BROWN has planned her first U.S. live appearances for late October. Her debut album, TRAVELLING LIKE THE LIGHT, is scheduled for North American release early in 2010, with an introductory EP planned in November 2009.
After a press day in New York, V V and her band will join a gala live showcase co-sponsored by Windish Agency and CMJ as part of 2009's annual CMJ Music Marathon, at downtown Manhattan's Santos Party House, on October 24th.
She will play the legendary Los Angeles nightspot The Roxy on October 26th, opening for Midnight Juggernauts, and the following night, at Club Spaceland, opening for First Aid Kit. On October 29th, V V plays in San Francisco, at Poleng Lounge.
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PR reports: Renowned house DJ Bad Boy Bill will release his second single off his full-length debut, The Album, on September 29, along with 6 remixes of the track from Dave Aude, Tony Arzadon and Bill himself. "Do What You Like" features the commanding vocals of Alyssa Palmer and has all the makings of an instant club hit: funky and futuristic with slick production and racing rhythm.
Bill's debut single "Falling Anthem"which also featured Alyssa Palmerspent over 16 weeks on the Billboard Dance Chart, peaking at #4 as it got spins at Pulse 87/New York, B96/Chicago, Kiss 108/Boston, XM/Sirius and more.
The Album packs a double punch: the impressive collaborators we anticipate from an industry vet (Duran Duran's John Taylor; Alyssa Palmer; JJ Flores; Steve Smooth; Alex Peace), combined with unexpected self-aware lyrics and unique production that seamlessly weaves Bill's electronic edge into rock, hip hop, and rap. It's everything you would hope for from a genre staple looking to shake things up: adventurous, experimental, fresh, and yet authentic with Bill's signature electronic edge layered into every track.
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PR reports: Summer saw the full-length debut by brothers Ari Ingber and Joshua Ingber, better known as New York rock outfit The Upwelling. With the release of An American Stranger (Edmond Records/Doghouse Records), The Upwelling is positioned to become America's favorite new band.
The Upwelling have recently embarked on a "Vigilante Tour" following the current Blink 182 and All American Rejects tour.
The Ingber brothers planned the impromptu tour with All American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter while in NYC for Fashion Week. The band will be setting up their own stage and gear to play to fans in the parking lot before the scheduled gig begins.
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RCA reports: Pitbull's major label debut, Rebelution (Polo Grounds Music/J/RCA Music Group) debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and No. 10 on the digital album chart, making it Pitbull's highest U.S. debut to date.
Singles from the album have dominated the charts, with "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 3 at Rhythmic and achieving sales of more than 1.6 million digital singles. "Hotel Room Service" peaked at No.3 at Rhythmic, currently sits at No. 7 and is nearing the Top 10 at Top 40 radio. Pitbull's new single "Shut It Down" featuring Akon impacts Rhythm radio next week.
Rebelution was released through Pitbull's Mr. 305 imprint via Polo Grounds Music/J/RCA Music Group. It boasts production from beatmakers Play N Skillz, Doctor Luke, Clinton Sparks and Grammy Award winning Jim Jonsin, plus guest appearances by Akon, B.O.B, Lil Jon and Slim of 112. The album showcases Pitbull's undeniable lyrical skills and stakes his claim as one of the game's best emcees.
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PR reports: Pop rockers Just Surrender signs with Razor & Tie and plans a 2010 album release. This week band debuted a new track, "On My Own" on their MySpace Page and will hit the road this fall with Hawthorne Heights (dates below).
"We've spent a long time developing and touring Just Surrender, when we met with Razor & Tie recently, we knew that they were the label who could help us really release our first big record, we're excited for 2010," comments Just Surrender drummer, Steve Miller.
The New York based quartet Just Surrender have sold over 40,000 albums to date with their two previous independent releases. The band formed in 2003 right out of high school and has spent the last four years on the road playing the Vans Warped Tour and Bamboozle as well as touring with such bands as The Starting Line, All Time Low, Bayside, Set Your Goals, We The Kings, Taking Back Sunday, and more. Just Surrender's emo-tinged punk has connected with an impressive online fan-base with over 500,000 YouTube plays, 13 million MySpace plays, 5.3 million MySpace profile views, and 80,000 plus MySpace friends.
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Audible Treats reports: In support of the recent release of their sophomore album, We'll Keep Looking, Buffalo, NewYork's Pseudo Slang are preparing to set out on the "We'll Keep On Touring" Tour which will consist of 30 shows in the US, 4 shows in Canada & 3 dates in Europe, with new dates still being added.
Their most extensive tour to date, Emcee Sick explains what they're looking to accomplish this time around, saying, "Rocking for fans as well as reaching new peeps is of course the core of what is exciting about the tour. It's always great to explore and get to check out new places in addition to new aspects of places we've already been and love." Pseudo Slang, a group already notorious for having a strong touring ethic, is excited that the release of We'll Keep Looking will allow them the opportunity to stay on the road for the next few months, providing fans the chance to hear their new album live.
Fans can be sure to expect the great stage presence that Pseudo Slang consistently brings to their live shows. Being that the "We'll Keep Touring" tour is so extensive, when asked about why he enjoys the road so much Emcee Sick replied, "Being able to perform the music that you make and facilitate people to gather and have a good time is a great thing. It's great to travel, but the road can be grueling, so the mission of the music is what really fuels the whole shebang."
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PR reports: Hollywood Records recording artist, Marie Digby is gearing up for three intimate shows at Hollywood hotspot, Hotel Cafe. The Los Angeles native had several sold-out residencies at the famed-venue surrounding her debut.
She returns this October in support of her new album Breathing Underwater, which recently debuted at #1 on Amazon's download charts. Mariι is scheduled to perform on October 19th, October 26th and November 2nd.
Digby's evolution from "the girl with the guitar" to full-fledged artist is apparent on Breathing Underwater. "I pushed myself to grow," said Digby. "The acoustic thing is very comfortable to me, but I don't want to be just that. I never want to feel that I'm supposed to be that girl with the guitar and nothing else. This album gave me an opportunity to break through." Not only has she matured vocally, but also as a songwriter. Eleven of the thirteen tracks were co-written by Digby and each are filled with a very personal and heart felt message.
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