antiMUSIC reports: Pop star Britney Spears recently became engaged to marry her backing dancer Kevin Federline, according to her publicist. This puts a couple weeks of rumors to rest. But another rumor swirling around has the pop singer expecting a Christmas baby.
The British tabloid News of the World reports that the engagement is due to the fact that Spears is pregnant and is expecting around Christmas, according to a "Spears insider". If this is true it is not the only baby that Federline is reportedly expecting. According to Herald Sun, 27-year-old actress Shar Jackson says that she is 8-months pregnant with Federline's child, who is also reportedly the father to her 2-year-old daughter. The Herald reports that Federline and Jackson were also engaged until a few weeks ago. - Click Here for the Full Story
Wired reports: Congress advanced or passed several bills this week that would increase penalties for infringing copyright, and outlaw devices and software that could be used to illegally copy and distribute content. The legislation would also protect computer users from identity theft and the spread of spyware.
The Senate introduced the Induce Act, which critics say would ban file-sharing networks and stymie the introduction of any technology that could be used to copy and distribute copyright work. In addition, the Senate passed the Pirate Act, which would make it easier for the feds to go after file swappers. And on Friday, it passed a bill that would throw anyone caught videotaping a movie in theater into prison for up to three to 10 years.
In the House of Representatives, a committee approved a bill that would ban the use of spyware to track computer users without their permission. [see full story for lots more] - Click Here for the Full Story
David Lee Roth Paramedic
siN's metal news reports: According to an article in the New York Daily News, legendary rocker David Lee Roth, the famed front man for the '80s megaband VAN HALEN, is apparently reinventing himself as an emergency medical technician. With Sammy Hagar off making money with the Van Halen brothers...this is what Roth resorts to? The full excerpted article is below:
"The other night at the Four Seasons restaurant, the 48-year-old millionaire musician revealed to dinner companions that he has been living in a modest apartment on the lower East Side and showing up most days for EMT training.
"I used to be a surgical orderly in South Central L.A.," Roth said, "I started that when I got out of junior college in the early '70s, and that led to a variety of things in the outdoor medical fire force and training with the Green Berets. ... My father was a surgeon and uncles and my cousins were also in the medical community, so I come by it natural."
Roth, who said he has relocated to New York from his estate in Pasadena, Calif., specifically to train as an EMT, said he hopes to obtain his certification in November and work as a volunteer one weekend per month. [see full story for lots more]- Click Here for the Full Story
siN's metal news reports: According to Roadrunner's official website, DEVILDRIVER, the band is currently writing their new album, and have completed 8 tracks thus far. The band will be shooting their new video this Sunday (6/27) in their rehearsel space for the track "Nothing's Wrong?" off their self-titled debut.- Click Here for the Full Story
Milwaukee Metalfest Additions
siN's metal news reports: DYING FETUS, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, THE MEAT ----S, STAB. CORP are among the few that have been added to the Milwaukee Metalfest lineup, scheduled to take place July 30th and 31st at the Modjeska Theatre in Milwaukee, WI. [see full story for the full lineup]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Ozzfest Idol Show?
Blabbermouth reports: The New York Post's Page Six reports: "Filming their home life isn't enough for Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. The godfather of metal is now creating a new reality show based on 'American Idol', but for rock bands. 'Ozzy wants to try out new bands for OzzFest,' says our source. 'The winner will get a slot on the tour next year." - Click Here for the Full Story
Blabbermouth reports: According to APerfectCircle.net, there will definitely be a live A PERFECT CIRCLE DVD released sometime in the near future. Footage the band taped in Texas is currently being compiled along with random other bits and pieces. No further information is available at this time. [actually there is a little bit more about Maynard, see full story] - Click Here for the Full Story
Hatebreed Cancel Euro Tour
Blabbermouth reports: HATEBREED will be cutting their European tour short due to various issues that need to be resolved at home before the band leaves for Ozzfest, according to a posting on the group's web site. All shows between July 3 and July 7 have been canceled. "The band would like to apologize to all the fans in Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and Norway but promise to schedule make up shows soon," HATEBREED write in a statement. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
Mayhem Vocalist Shuffle
Blabbermouth reports: Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM are rumored to have parted ways with singer Maniac (real name Sven Erik Kristiansen) and replaced him with Attila Csihar (TORMENTOR, ABORYM). Csihar had previously worked with the group on their 1993 release, "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas". No further information is available at this time. - Click Here for the Full Story
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Death At Glastonbury
NME reports: Avon And Somerset Police, say that in the early hours of yesterday morning (June 26) police were called to the scene of a male, who had collapsed in a car park outside of the festival site.
The man received treatment at the scene and was taken to the festival medical centre where he was pronounced dead at 3.55am.
Police say that 24-year-old has now been positively identified as Neil Clinnings, from the Clevleys area of Lancashire. He had been attending the festival.
A post mortem is expected to be carried out on Monday. Police currently believe the death is drug related and not suspicious. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Talking Heads Retrospect
Aversion reports: Now that Franz Ferdinand's made artsy rock hip again, it's time to remember the style's roots with a Talking Heads compliation coming later this summer.
Rhino will release The Best of the Talking Heads Aug. 17, collecting, as its name implies, some of the band's best cuts. [see full story for some interesting reissue news]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Variety reports: Jewel will be the first major-label artist to participate in Clear Channel's Instant Live operation, which makes available recordings of concerts immediately after their conclusion.
Clear Channel also has booked Kiss, Peter Frampton and the Cowboy Junkies to participate in the Instant Live program.
Atlantic Records' Jewel will offer CDs of her performances after each of her 15 shows, most of them in the Midwest, next month. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Ozzy & James Brown Rock
AP reports: The Olympic torch traveled through London on a rainy Saturday, with Roger Banister hoisting the flame at Wimbledon to mark the start of a relay that ended with a concert near Buckingham Palace.
Tens of thousands packed The Mall near Buckingham Palace at the finish. Five-time Olympic rowing gold medalist Steve Redgrave used the flame to light a ceremonial cauldron on a stage where James Brown, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne and other stars performed. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Projekt Revolution Bonus
IAYM reports: Attendees of the forthcoming "Projekt Revolution" trek will be able to use information from their ticket to download a thirteen track sampler from www.prsampler.com. The release will feature new, live and rare cuts from the likes of Linkin Park, Helmet, Korn and Thrice amongst others. - Click Here for the Full Story
Dry Kill Logic Find Bassist
IAYM reports: Dry Kill Logic have lined up a replacement for their former bassist Dave Kowatch who exited the band last year, the new member will be Danny Horboychuk (ex-Down For Low). Dry Kill Logic's new album "The Dead And The Dreaming" is expected out later this year through Psychodrama/SPV Records.- Click Here for the Full Story
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Entwistle Bio Pic
ArrowFM reports: Act I Entertainment has announced that it's nearing the the completion of John Entwistle: An Ox's Tale, a 90-minute documentary about the life and times of the late bassist from the Who. There's still no word when the documentary will be released in theatres. [See full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story
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Queen Voted Best
Ananova reports: Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody has topped a poll of best songs voted by European music fans.
Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven - which never made the UK charts - came in in third place, just behind John Lennon's Imagine.
The highest the Beatles reached as a group was Yesterday, in fifth place. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Lostprophets + Midtown =
liveDaily reports: Lostprophets continue to support their sophomore album during a summer tour that also features the group's Columbia Records labelmates Midtown.
The two groups are set to launch the run in Washington, DC, on July 15, and dates are lined up through early August. Details are shown below.
Als on tap for Lostprophets is a July 21 performance at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, which MTV plans to tape for a future airing. Tickets for that event hit the box office on Friday (6/25) [see full story for dates] - Click Here for the Full Story
Little Steven Garage Fest
liveDaily reports: Iggy Pop & The Stooges, The Strokes, the re-formed New York Dolls, Bo Diddley, The Raveonettes and others are to perform at Little Steven's International Underground Garage Festival.
The event, sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts, takes place on Aug. 14 at New York City's Randall's Island. - Click Here for the Full Story
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Johnny Rotten Wildlife Host
Sky News reports: John Lydon is hosting a new TV series about animals after his stint on I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!
The former Sex Pistol is appearing on Five after securing a £100,000 deal.
The 48-year-old punk is hosting one show about gorillas and another about diving with sharks. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story
Fuse Down With The Download
press release reports: The Daily Download is a live, daily countdown of the top 10 legally downloaded songs in the country, airing weekdays from 6pm – 7pm EST on Fuse. Merging live television with real-time downloading, the show offers the chance for viewers to download and stream music, exclusive downloads and bonus tracks, ring tones, artist voicemail messages, desktop wallpaper, mobile phone graphics, animation, video game demos, movie trailers and more on www.fuse.tv. The Daily Download is hosted by Fuse VJ's Steven and Marianela.
The Daily Download will feature: Celebrity guest appearances/interviews - Artist/ Celebrity Mp3 Player Playlists - Personal Artist Downloads - The MDP: Most Downloaded Player - WTF What The f*** - Live Performances - Video premieres - Other Download and Streaming Offerings [see full story to visit Fuse.tv]- Click Here for the Full Story
press release reports: RuPaul has returned to the scene with his new album "Red Hot". The CD is a collection of new dance songs that are guaranteed to set the dance floor ablaze and ignite passion in the soul. It features the hit singles, "Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous" and "Work Out." "Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous" is being played in the clubs and on commercial dance radio in anticipation of the album's release later this summer. [If you really must have more info click the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story
Butch Walker Takes On American
press release reports: Call it a co-headlining tour with a twist: Epic recording artist Butch Walker and American Hi-Fi are hitting the road for a series of dates on which American Hi-Fi will open the show, then return as Walker's backing band. Says Walker, "A lot of bands do the split 7" single thing, but why stop there? Our idea is to split everything right down the middle, including the logos on the bass drum. Besides," he laughs, "It worked for Dylan and The Band." The tour, billed as "Clash of the Heavyweights," will kick off July 22nd at the Lincoln Theater in Raleigh, NC. Walker's Epic labelmate Val Emmich will open on select shows.
The idea for the tour came during the recording of American Hi-Fi's new album Hearts on Parade, which Walker produced. "During the sessions, I became sort of a 4th member," he says. "We found that we like the same food, booze and music. And the American Hi-Fi guys don't smell, which is very important when traveling by bus."
Walker is touring in support of his highly anticipated Epic debut LETTERS, which arrives in stores on August 24th. [see full story for details] - Click Here for the Full Story