Naked Janet CD Cover
Much Music reports: This is what you call taking advantage of a situation. After the fallout over Janet Jackson's breast exposure during the Super Bowl Halftime show, the pop singer is giving us another peak. Her record label has confirmed that the album cover for Jackson's new disc will feature the singer topless. When "Damita Jo" hits the shelves on March 30, consumers will be confronted by a naked Janet from the waist up, covering her breasts with her arms. The record's first single, "Just A Little While" was released the week of the "nipplegate" incident. - Click Here for the Full Story
The words no shame come to mind. Wonder what Michael's next album cover will feature?
GNR Release Date
BW&BK reports: A representative of Universal Music Canada has confirmed that the previously announced GUNS N' ROSES' Greatest Hits album that was due out on November 25th through Geffen, but then pulled from the release schedule, has been rescheduled for release on March 23rd.
The CD will feature the following tracklisting: ‘Welcome To The Jungle', ‘Live And Let Die', ‘Knockin' On Heaven's Door', ‘Sweet Child Of Mine', ‘November Rain', ‘Patience', ‘Paradise City', ‘Civil War', ‘You Could Be Mine', ‘Don't Cry' (original), ‘Yesterdays', ‘Ain't It Fun', ‘Since I Don't Have You' and ‘Sympathy For The Devil'.- Click Here for the Full Story
Jack White Wedding
Rock Dirt reports: Top of the Pops reports that according to the tabs, Renee Zellweger intends to ask Jack White of the White Stripes to marry her. A spy revealed, "Renee has been looking at diamond rings in London and Los Angeles and has told pals she feels ready to settle down. Plus she feels that because it's a Leap Year, it's more than acceptable for the woman to ask the man to marry her, rather than the other way round." - Click Here for the Full Story
Courtney Loses Daughter At
Rock Dirt reports: On Sunday, Courtney Love lost her 11-year-old daughter with the late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Frances Bean, at the Staples Center during the Grammys. They ultimately found each other, and ET special correspondent Paula Abdul was there to interview the pair just after Courtney blocked our camera because of "low blood sugar." Frances told her mother, "You said you were going to be in your seat. She must've gotten caught up ..." Courtney joked in response, "I'm getting the wire hangers out. No wire hangers! You know, my favorite movie's 'Mommie Dearest'." She then said, "We just can't keep out of trouble, can we? I'm glad we're in the music community and not a normal concert. That would've been scary."- Click Here for the Full Story
Nazi Metal Threats
siN's metal news reports: The following message was written by STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Tolkki:
The STRATOVARIUS forum has been closed because 2 individuals sent an email to the Finnish police and claimed that STRATOVARIUS supports Nazis. This claim is outright ridiculous and deserves that I tell these 2 idiots: f*** OFF!!!
The forum was subjected to a calculated attack by people who wanted the whole site brought down. We are considering legal options against these individuals. There were coordinated posts by Nazi trolls, and minutes after that email was sent to the police claiming STRATOVARIUS supported racial hate speech.
STRATOVARIUS has never and never will support any form of physical violence. We might break toilets, hotelrooms and occasionally piss to places where you should not piss, but we do not encourage any form of violence to our fellow human beings. We are all part of THE HUMAN RACE.
Speaking of which that the hate mail has continued to pour in. I have received about 40 handwritten letters of hate mail. New singer MissK has received more and the most horrible thing was in the form of a packet that arrived from Brazil. It contained ----. Thank you very much indeed from the bottom of our drunken hearts. - Click Here for the Full Story
I thought we got some strange hate mail. Check out the full story link for the entire statement.
Ozzy is God
Ananova reports: Ozzy Osbourne has been honoured with the Godlike Genius award at the NME awards.
The rocker is at home in Los Angeles recovering from his recent quadbike accident, but sent a thank you message on video.
He said he had no idea why the award had been bestowed on him, adding: "I'm far from being a genius. I'm just glad I'm still breathing."
Vernon Kay hosted the awards, held at Po Na Na's in Hammersmith.
Radiohead won best album for Hail To The Thief and best video for There There. - Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: British rock sensation THE DARKNESS have secured a slot at this year's Ozzfest, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. They will join OZZY OSBOURNE, JUDAS PRIEST and SLAYER on the main stage at the festival, which is set to kick off in early July. As previously reported, SLIPKNOT and HATEBREED are expected to co-headline Ozzfest 2004's second stage. Other bands believed to be close to being confirmed for the festival include DIMMU BORGIR, SUPERJOINT RITUAL and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. An official announcement regarding the exact lineup for the festival is expected to be made at a press conference on Thursday, February 19.- Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: Dave Mustaine is scheduled to begin mixing the new MEGADETH album "somewhere around the middle of March/beginning of April," the guitarist/vocalist revealed in an online posting. "The time factor is based on [producer/mixer] Jeff Balding [JEWEL, TRISHA YEARWOOD, LONESTAR, SHANIA TWAIN] squeezing this session into his previously booked schedule. This worked out great for me because I always wanted to get some perspective in-between and away from the sessions but never had the opportunity." A late summer release through Sanctuary Records is expected. - Click Here for the Full Story
Check out the full story link for an extensive update from Dave and an explaination about previous Mega-musical chairs in the group.
Sony BMG Gets EU'd
AP reports: The European Commission (news - web sites) said Thursday it has widened its investigation into plans by Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news) (news - web sites). and Bertelsmann AG (news - web sites) to merge their music businesses.
The EU head office expressed concern the 50-50 joint venture combining Bertelsmann's BMG with Sony Music "might create or strengthen a collective dominant position" in the recorded music market.
EU antitrust regulators will also investigate other concerns, including whether Bertelsmann's television assets or Sony's music downloading services and equipment would be affected by the deal. - Click Here for the Full Story
From Nothing To Perfect
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Ex-Nothingface bass player Bill Gaal has issued a statement on his new project Perfect Enemy, which also includes former Nothingface vocalist Matt Holt amongst it's ranks:
"After spending the last 6 months writing music for my side project Perfect Enemy, it became obvious that these songs were going to be extremely different than what I had been writing previously in Nothingface. These songs were exploring a more melodic and complex side of my writing that may not have been appropriate for a Nothingface album and I found that my roots in bands like Jawbox and Shudder to Think> were beginning to come to the surface of my writing. It was probably some of the most honest and exciting music I had ever written! I sent these new songs to Matt and he immediately got it. We have always shared a love for the old Washington D.C. music scene and the idea of finishing off these songs together was really exciting for both of us. Matt and I are in the process of putting together the last few members of Perfect Enemy as I write this. Fans should expect a band that is musically very diverse, melodic and heavy. I will be playing guitar and singing, Matt will be singing and playing some guitar, with another guitar player, bass player and drummer to be announced soon. We can't wait to get this project out to you guys, see you soon." - Click Here for the Full Story
I Ate Your Microphone reports: Some details on Weezer's first ever DVD, "Video Capture Device", have been announced. The package will include every Weezer video ever made, as well as live footage including a vintage clip of 'Say It Ain't So' from Letterman, and a whole host of other features. It is due in stores on March 23rd. - Click Here for the Full Story
The PRP reports: Slipknot will be headlining the Second Stage of this years Ozzfest. MTV have also revealed that Hatebreed, Every Time I Die, Atreyu and Bleeding Through are all also expected to join the trek as part of the second stage roster. An official announcement regarding the tours line-up and itinerary will be made on February 19th. - Click Here for the Full Story
More Jager Bands
Digital Noise reports: In addition to Sworn Enemy, 40 Below Summer, God Forbid and Dog Fashion Disco have all been added as rotating openers for the upcoming Jägermeister Music Tour.
An exact schedule is expected to be announced shortly. - Click Here for the Full Story
Another KISS Tribute
Launch reports: A Kiss tribute album featuring members of Twisted Sister, Styx, Whitesnake, and other bands will be released April 27. It's called Spin The Bottle - A Tribute To Kiss, and it covers well-known songs including "Detroit Rock City," "Love Gun," "Shout It Out Loud," and "Strutter," with vocals from Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, Tommy Shaw of Styx, Lemmy Kilmeister from Motorhead, and Helmet's Page Hamilton, among others. Musicians on Spin The Bottle include Kiss alumni Bruce Kulick, Whitesnake's Doug Aldrich and Marco Mendoza, Toto's Steve Lukather and Mike Porcaro, Heart's Mike Inez, and Poison's C.C. DeVille.
The first pressing of the CD will have a bonus DVD with a 40-minute "making of" documentary that has performances, session footage, and interviews. - Click Here for the Full Story
Also look for the new KISS greatest hits CD hitting stores soon. It has a working title of "Same Songs, Different Cover".
(press release) reports: Candlelight Records confirms April 20 as the US release date for the new album from Sweden's DISMEMBER. Titled Where Ironcroses Grow, it is the eighth full-length album from the long-running and respected death metal band.
Recorded at Sami Studios in Stockholm, Where Ironcrosses Grow ends near four years of silence for the band. Featuring founding members drummer Fred Estby and guitarist David Blomquist with vocalist Matti Karki, guitarist Martin Persson, and bassist Richard Cabeza, the album was produced by Estby. - Click Here for the Full Story
(press release) reports: To cure your broken heart, Madcap, Victory Records, Pastepunk and Interpunk got together on this amazing contest: win a live show with Madcap, a custom Madcap skatedeck or an exclusive Madcap t-shirt! The grand prize winner gets a free show from Madcap, in your house, school or favorite venue! Grand prize winner also picks up the new album, "Under Suspicion" which hits the streets on February 24th, a custom skatedeck and the exclusive Madcap "Under Suspicion" t-shirt, not for sale anywhere. Smart buyers who pre-order Madcap's new album get one of the exclusive Madcap t-shirts as well.
We are not done yet either. Madcap has a special Lovesick website where you can hear a really sweet acoustic version of "Lovesick," learn about the songs on the album from Johnny, and pick up cool wallpaper, icons, banners, photos and more. www.madcaplovesick.com Of course you won't want to miss the band site either. www.madcap.net - Click Here for the Full Story
New iTunes Strokes
Net Music Countdown reports: Exclusive tracks from The Strokes have been added to Apple's insanely popular service, iTunes.
Each week, iTunes adds music for their "New Music Tuesdays", making popular music available for legal downloads.
This week music from Norah Jones, Courtney Love, Melissa Etheridge, The Von Bondies, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Nellie McKay, Aaron Tippin, Kylie Minogue, A Perfect Circle, Peaches, Chingy, Brad Paisley, Eurythmics, Koop, Richard "Humpty" Vission was added. - Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: LEMMY, SLIM JIM & DANNY B., the rockabilly project featuring MOTÖRHEAD's Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, STRAY CATS' Slim Jim Phantom and THE ROCKATS' Danny B. Harvey, filmed their January 13 performance at The Cat Club in Hollywood, California for an upcoming DVD, due later in the year. Among the cover songs performed by the group during the concert were selections from CHUCK BERRY, LITTLE RICHARD, JERRY LEE LEWIS, BUDDY HOLLY, JIMMY REED, and ELVIS PRESLEY.
LEMMY, SLIM JIM & DANNY B.'s debut CD, "Rock 'n' Roll Forever", was released in 2000 through SPV Records in Europe and Cleopatra Records in the U.S. - Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: Contrary to an article posted at MTV.com last night (since corrected), SCREAMING TREES members Van Conner (bass) and Barrett Martin (drums) have NOT joined QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE.
The somewhat confusing QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE "family tree" on the group's web site was apparently the source of the mix-up, with MTV.com mistakenly misreading the tree to indicate that Conner and Martin have been enlisted to replace Nick Oliveri and Joey Castillo, respectively.
While Oliveri's departure has now been confirmed by the band's management, there is nothing to indicate that Castillo has left the group. Meanwhile, a posting on the web site of vocalist Mark Lanegan (SCREAMING TREES) appears to confirm reports that the singer is no longer a member of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. According to the his web site, Lanegan will devote his time to his own band, which is scheduled to release an album, titled "Bubblegum", in the spring. - Click Here for the Full Story
VH1 reports: People have been saying for years that Scott Stapp likes to write songs for Jesus, and they're right. The Creed singer has put together four songs for Mel Gibson's controversial new movie "The Passion of the Christ."
Walking the red carpet at music mogul Clive Davis' Grammy party on Saturday, Stapp said he's in talks with his label for permission to hand at least one of the tracks over to the actor/director. "Hopefully that goes through. He wants to do it real bad, and I do too," Stapp said. - Click Here for the Full Story
VH1 has a lot more tidbits on Stapp including his new solo cd and wanting to break into acting.
New Patti Smith
Aversion reports: New York's punk poet laureate Patti Smith will have a new album out in April.
Trampin' is scheduled for an April 27 release from Columbia Records. Smith's label debut after leaving Arista after 30 years, the album contains 10 originals and a cover. Original members of her band guitarist Lenny Kaye and drummer Jay Dee Daugherty return for her latest set. - Click Here for the Full Story
Radio Won't Play This
Since it's a slow news day, here is a shameless plug: Did you know that three of the biggest selling bands in history happened basically by mistake with very little help from their record companies? We owe the biggest selling album of all time to the fact that a secretary pulled a photo and demo out of a trashcan because she thought the signer was cute (an A&R person tossed the photo and demo). The biggest selling band in history got their first hit by coordinating a letter writing campaign because the label refused to promote them and thought that their signing was a joke. What's worst after they had a string of hits in the UK their American record company proclaimed "They won't do anything in this market". And the third group went on to sell tens of millions of albums but their own record company couldn't get the members names straight. Read the full story of "Running on Stupidity" in this month's antiTorial. - Click Here for the Full Story