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Report for 12/30/05
KFed Rejected
Contact Music reports: BRITNEY SPEARS' husband KEVIN FEDERLINE has vowed to release his debut rap single himself - after failing to find a label to invest in his talents.

The former back-up dancer is convinced of his lyrical genius and hopes track POPOZAO will storm straight to the top of the charts, following its New Year's Eve release (31DEC05).

The single will be available from website [see full story for more "Well, some people 'ave hooks instead of hands."]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Two Ways To Be Satanic
Rockdirt reports: During a Halloween show in New Jersey, Underoath took the stage dressed like Slipknot and opened the show with 'Duality'. "Our manager called their management, and they sent us some masks and said all they wanted was some pictures," guitarist and songwriter Timothy McTague recalled in an interview with MTV News. "We all had jumpsuits with their numbers spray-painted on them. It was funny as crap. Both of our singers love Slipknot. There's a lot of respect there, for sure." Asked why, considering Slipknot's work includes tales of serial killers, followers of black magic and other evildoer, McTague said, "I feel like there are two ways to be satanic. You have bands like Atreyu, who are dark and twisted and have pentagrams and say they believe in vampires and all this evil stuff. But at the end of the day, those guys are just doing theater. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Record Concert Revenues.. At A Cost
AP reports: Powerhouse tours by the Rolling Stones, U2 and Paul McCartney helped drive concert ticket revenues in North America to a record $3.1 billion in 2005, even as the number of tickets sold declined for the third year in row. 

Fans purchased 36.1 million tickets to the top 100 concert tours, compared with 37.6 million in 2004 and 38.7 million in 2003, according to Pollstar, the industry trade magazine. The average ticket price for the top 100 tours rose to a record $57, compared with $52.39 in 2004, Pollstar said.[see full story to find out who made what and how much it costs the fans]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pedro the Lion Split
Mammoth reports: Pedro the Lion has kinda broken up. [From Bob]Dave will be making music, touring, and releasing records under his own name. He'll still be writing and singing the songs. Just not under the name Pedro The Lion. The short term plan is for Dave to do the Undertow Orchestra tour in February (see that other post) and then do some solo touring and maybe some Headphones touring in the spring and summer.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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OMD Reunite
Filter reports: OMD, or Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark for short, will be reuniting next year for reasons that are two-fold... live performances and a new OMD album. That's right everyone, one of Liverpool's favorite products has returned to its founding members [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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DMX Drops Label?
Contact Music reports: Rapper DMX is expected to quit Def Jam Records to join Sony Music after he completes his 70-day jail sentence at New York City's infamous Rikers Island.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lohan Popper Gets Off
MTV reports: The photographer whose May car crash with Lindsay Lohan helped inspire an anti-paparazzi law in California won't be charged in the incident. Deputy District Attorney William Hodgman said Wednesday that there was no evidence that photographer Galo 

Cesar Ramirez deliberately crashed his minivan into Lohan's Mercedes-Benz while attempting to snap photos of the actress[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Canada Vs MP3s
Reuters reports: Canadian music labels Wednesday called for tougher laws against illegal Internet music downloading in an appeal to politicians at midpoint of a federal election campaign. 

The Canadian Recording Industry Assn. called attention to an opinion poll on Internet downloading that indicated 91% of Canadians surveyed favored copyright protection for music artists and creators to ensure that everyone gets paid for copies of their work.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Cop Rap Mon
AP reports: A police commander who led a commando-style, anti-crime team that human rights groups accuse of multiple killings is hitting the airwaves with a rap-style song that pledges to restore law and order in Jamaica. 

Senior Superintendent Reneto Adams' song was released after a jury last week acquitted him and two other policemen on charges of murdering two men and two women and planting guns on their bodies.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Mariah Beats Fiddy
AP reports: With the 2005 finish line in sight, Mariah Carey has inched past 50 Cent in the race for the year's best-selling album.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Oasis Prep EP
Gigwise reports: Noel Gallagher has revealed that he wants Oasis to carry on working hard throughout January. 

The band have recently a string of Scottish tour dates and were due to take a January break bit Noel has other plans. 

The 37-year-old wants to carry on working on an EP of new material during next month ready for a summer release.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Eminem Sets Date
Ananova reports: Eminem and his ex-wife have set a date to re-marry.

The pair will wed in Michigan on January 14.

"This day I will marry my best friend, the one I laugh with, live for, love," reads the invitation, according to America's Star magazine.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sufjan and Rice Tibet
Mammoth Press reports: Artistic director Philip Glass has lined up Sufjan Stevens and Damien Rice to play the 2006 Tibet House Concert. The concert will fall on March 1st, 2006 at Carnegie Hall in NYC.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Smoking Popes reunion tour
Mammoth Press reports: The first dates for the Smoking Popes reunion tour have been released

Wednesday, February 22
Creepy Crawl
412 N Tucker Street St Louis MO
Smoking Popes

Thursday, February 23
8911 N Western
Oklahoma City OK
Smoking Popes
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Celtic Frost Pathetic?
Blabbermouth reports: CELTIC FROST mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer appears to have taken his official blog down after it was criticized by some of the group's fans for being an outlet for Fischer's "pathetic" and "sometimes riddle-like thought exhibitions." An online exchange between Fischer and one especially vocal critic, who calls himself "megawimp", can be found at the band's official message board (which, for the time being, remains active).[see full story for more - "It's like 'Night of the Living Dead Two'! I'm gonna get some of those Organ Donor cards!"]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cult Limited Reunion
Blabbermouth reports: THE CULT principals Billy Duffy (guitar) and Ian Astbury (vocals) are rumored to be special product reissues and some limited gigs in 2006. However, a full-blown reunion appears to be unlikely at this point. [see full story for more on what they are up to... "You ever notice how all the prices end in nine? Damn, that's eerie."]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rush to the Studio
BW&BK reports: RUSH frontman Geddy Lee spoke to MTV.com's Jon Wiederhorn recently about their latest R30 DVD/CD package and a number of other topics. Recently, Lee, Alex Lifeson (guitar) and Neil Peart (drums) have been getting their home studios ready to start writing, and in January they plan to begin the collaborative process. While Lee hasn't a clue what the record will sound like, he wants to capture some of the freshness and spontaneity of Feedback.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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