Day In Rock 1/17: Madonna Vs Blige-  Ludacris Song Theft?- New Damageplan CD- Sum 41 Rap-Matchbox 20 Split- Ozzy Calls in Sick- Linkin Park- Megasuit Dismissed- Adema Filter- NIN- Godhead- Manson- Jacko Transcripts- Motley Dolls- Young Buck Plea- Martina McBride 101- Early Dylan Tapes- A Static Lullaby- BTBAM Lose 2- Skinless- Gwen Robbed- Glastonbury DVD- Yeah Yeah Yeahs- more
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Sum 41 Rap
Chart Attack reports: With their new disc, Sum 41 have made it clear that they're more mature and a little more metal. Trading in their pop-punk roots for some crunchier riffs is one thing, but for one performance The Sums are going gangsta and trying their hand at rap. 

The Ajax foursome have accepted an offer to act as the back up band for Ludacris on Saturday Night Live, but while that may sound pretty exciting, the gig forces the group to shuffle around some shows on their upcoming tour. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Ludacris Song Theft?
MTV reports: Instead of "standing up," it looks like Ludacris may have to pay up. Judge Debra Freeman of the United States District Court Southern District of New York has scheduled a settlement conference for February 4 between Ludacris, producer Kanye West and aspiring rap group I.O.F. The New Jersey group filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit in April alleging that the two stole the hook for Ludacris' "Stand Up" from them.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Madonna Vs Blige
Contact Music reports: MADONNA and MARY J BLIGE are set to take different sides in a new court battle over pop hit HOLIDAY. 

Bosses of the publishing company behind the 1983 classic claim Blige's BARBERSHOP 2 song NOT TODAY is a rip-off of the tune and they're suing the R+B superstar and collaborators EVE and DR DRE to prove it. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

New Damageplan CD
Totalrock reports: Damageplan may well release a second album, following on from last year's debut 'New Found Power'. Apparently, the band recorded some tracks prior to the tragic death of guitarist Dimebag Darrell, and seem keen to get these heard.- Click Here for the Full Story 
Korn Kovers
Totalrock reports: As previously announced, Korn are to release a covers record called 'Korn Kovers'. And the track listing is expected to include the following: 'Word Up' - Cameo, 'Another Brick In The Wall, Parts 1,2 & 3' - Pink Floyd, 'Erotic City' - Prince, 'Shout At The Devil' - Motley Crue, 'Love My Way' - Psychedelic Furs, 'Fight The Power' - Public Enemy (with a guest appearance from rapper Lil' Jon)[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Matchbox 20 Split
Totalrock reports: Matchbox Twenty have parted with guitarist Adam Gaynor. No reason has been given for this decision.[more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Country Skynyrd
Totalrock reports: Lynyrd Skynyrd vocalist Johnny Van Zant and his brother, .38 Special's frotman Donnie, are to record a fourth album together. But this time they're going to do a country record. It's to be co-produced by Mark Wright and Joe Sciafe. - Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Totalrock also has news on Borgir Star Re-joins Old Group, Adema Man Starts New Album, System Announce UK Shows, Airplane Drummer Dies, Sharon Osbourne's 'Monologue, Courtney Wins Back Daughter and more click here to check it out

Ozzy Calls in Sick
Rockdirt reports: Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon cancelled their visit to 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on Thursday night due to Ozzy being sick. Sharon stopped by as a surprise anyways to sign Jay's motorcycle which is going to be auctioned off for tsunami relief. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Rumor has it that Ozzy became mysteriously ill after hearing Kelly's new CD.

Linkin Park's Long View on Relief
Rockdirt reports: Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington stressed to Billboard that the goal of the Music for Relief Fund extends far beyond the tsunami disaster. "Right now, the money is for the immediate relief for this horrifying event," Bennington says. "The next step is getting the army of people in this business mobilized. This is not something Linkin Park put together, but something the music industry put together that will build and have this nest egg of disaster money rather than having to build a fund from scratch each time." [more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Megasuit Dismissed
Blabbermouth reports: The MEGADETH lawsuit that one founder of the thrash band lodged against the other is "megadead," according to the New York Daily News. 

Former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson had sued frontman Dave Mustaine for $18.5 million over the pair's bitter falling out Manhattan Federal Court Judge Naomi Buchwald dismissed the lawsuit Thursday (Jan. 13), saying Ellefson had agreed to a deal to resolve their various disputes after the heavy metal act broke up in 2002. Ellefson had maintained he backed out at the last minute. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Adema Filter
Blabbermouth reports: Former ADEMA vocalist Marky Chavez � half-brother of KORN frontman Jonathan Davis � has finally broken his silence regarding his departure from the group. [in an online posting where he gives his side of the story (see full story) Chavez announced] I have started a new band with the guitar player and bass player of FILTER! I can't wait to let the world hear this new music. It's the best stuff I have ever been a part of. 

The band is located out of Chicago and we are taking meeting with labels and management! We should have a record coming out toward the latter part of this New Year! [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Tempesta in NIN?
Blabbermouth reports: According to a posting at Audio Aggression, former POWERMAN 5000 guitarist Mike Tempesta (M.33) is rumored to have joined NINE INCH NAILS as the group's touring guitarist. 

Tempesta, who is the brother of veteran hard rock/metal drummer John Tempesta (HELMET, ex-ROB ZOMBIE, TESTAMENT, EXODUS), was conspicuously absent from POWERMAN 5000's last two live shows, prompting speculation from the band's fans that he had left the group.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Godhead Tsunami Song
Blabbermouth reports: GODHEAD frontman Jason Miller has written a song about the tsunami tragedy and is currently assembling a group of musicians to record the song, with all proceeds from the recording to be donated to the relief funds. 

Commented Miller: "In the days after the tsunami hit the coasts of Southeast Asia, I like most people was glued to the television watching the horror unfold. I felt completely powerless. As the death toll continued to mount, and the threat of disease hovered, humanity reached out. I gave the maximum amount that I could afford, but I still felt like I had done nothing. Then, one morning, after a restless night trying to figure out what I could do, I wrote the song 'Forever In Our Hearts'. I am not a celebrity, but I do know quite a few, and I thought if I could get enough people interested in this song, maybe together we could raise more money and make more of a difference." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Manson's Magic Eraser
Blabbermouth reports: MARILYN MANSON's revised "The Nobodies" music video debuted Friday on Germany's "Universal Rock Videos". The video, originally released in 2001, differs slightly from the original. In addition to subtle differences with regard to added and deleted scenes, the audio for the song itself has also been changed in certain areas. However, the most noticeable alteration is the removal of the brief instances within the video that showcased the 2001 band lineup, including ex-members Twiggy Ramirez (bass) and John 5 (guitar). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Blabbermouth also has news on DAMAGEPLAN Shooting: What Happened The Night DIMEBAG Was Murdered?, VEGA: Former SLO BURN Bassist Launches New Project, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT to Guest On KCSN's 'Galactic Voyager' Radio Show, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES: 'Return To Venice' Compilation Update, GOAT HORN Begin Mixing New EP and more click here to check it out

Jacko Transcripts
MuchMusic reports: ABC has gone public with the testimony transcripts of Michael Jackson's accuser. The very dark accusations include details about online porn, alcohol and molestation. The transcripts totaled more than 1,900 pages. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Ray A Winner
Reuters reports: Jamie Foxx won the Golden Globe Award for best actor in a film musical or comedy on Sunday for his role as Ray Charles in the film biography "Ray." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Motley Dolls
Reuters reports: Motley Crue action figure sets will be up for grabs in a promotion for the band's reunion tour this spring. 

Global Spectrum and McFarlane Toys are teaming to offer concertgoers at five venues the chance to win a set along with a pair of concert tickets. 

The promotion is part of Global Spectrum's effort to explore more creative marketing tools, while McFarlane Toys is seeking to expand its customer base. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Young Buck Plea
E! Online reports: Young Buck held his ground Friday against charges he stabbed a man during last year's Vibe Awards violence. 

The 23-year-old G-Unit rapper, whose legal name is David Darnell Brown, pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles to felony assault with a deadly weapon. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Martina McBride 101
Launch reports: Martina McBride is the subject of a new course at a college in North Carolina. Young women at Salem College in Winston-Salem have been given a special opportunity to sign up for a class entitled "Happy Girl/Broken Wing: Martina McBride As Text." The class, which is being taught by English professor Dr. Ron DePeter, will study McBride's performances, both on albums and in videos, focusing primarily on her Greatest Hits and Martina albums. DePeter said, "By analyzing her songs and videos, I hope to enable students to gain a deeper appreciation of how McBride uses her voice to convey a woman's experience artfully and in its entire dimension, from heartbreak to gratitude, from personal fulfillment to social and political commitment."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Sting Rocks Thailand
Launch reports: Sting has become the first international star to perform in Thailand since the tsunami disaster last month. His concert, which was held this week in Bangkok, raised $50,000 for victims of the disaster, including a $20,000 donation from Sting himself, according to sting.com. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Motown Writer Tax Plea
AP reports: Norman Whitfield, who co-wrote R&B classics such as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," pleaded guilty to failing to report more than $2 million in royalty income, authorities said. 

The plea, entered Tuesday, was part of a deal with the government that requires him to file delinquent tax returns [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Early Dylan Tapes
AP reports: A Minneapolis man has donated some of the earliest recordings made by Bob Dylan to the Minnesota Historical Society. 

Cleve Pettersen said he made the reel-to-reel tape at a Minneapolis apartment in 1960 after getting to know Dylan at coffeehouses in the Dinkytown neighborhood of Minneapolis near the University of Minnesota. 

Dylan, briefly a student at the university, didn't make any formal recordings until two years later. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Radio iTunes Challange?
Reuters reports: Radio broadcasters are considering technology and business models that may soon allow listeners to click, listen and buy the tunes they hear on their favorite radio stations. 

Top radio conglomerate Clear Channel Communications, technology companies and burgeoning satellite radio companies are aiming to launch such services within 18 to 24 months, executives and analysts say. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

A Static Lullaby Release News
IAYM reports: A Static Lullaby have altered the projected title of their forthcoming new album to "Faso Latido" from the previously announced "Watching The Sunlight Burn". The effort will land in stores via Columbia on April 05th. - Click Here for the Full Story 
BTBAM Lose 2
IAYM reports: Between The Buried And Me have parted ways with both their bassist Kevin Falk and drummer Jason Roe. While a replacement for Falk has yet to be found, the band have welcomed Blake Richardson of Glass Casket fame as their new percussionist. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Skinless New Voice
IAYM reports: Skinless have enlisted vocalist Jason Keyser (Detriment) to serve as their new frontman in place of Sherwood Webber, who exited the band last November. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: IAYM also has news on 12VNE Tour, He Is Legend/Classic Case Tour, NiN UK Dates, Comeback Kid/Bane/With Honor Dates, Hondo Maclean: "Unspoken Dialect", (hed) PE Tour Dates and more click here to check it out

Glastonbury DVD
Aversion reports: The best moments of all the Glastonbury festivals will surface on a DVD compilation this spring. 

EMI announced it will drop Glastonbury Anthems -- the Best of 1994 to 2004, March 21 to celebrate the massive English music festival's first decade. The cuts will be eclectic, ranging from Franz Ferdinand to Basement Jaxx to Paul McCartney. [see full story for tracklisting]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Yeah Yeah Yeahs New Sound
Aversion reports: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs will return with a new sound -- or so the vague plans are right now. 

Singer Karen O told the NME that the act has taken it upon itself to avoid remaking 2003's Fever to Tell (2003, Interscope). How they'll do that, however, hasn't been decided. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Source: Aversion also has news on Despistado Goes Belly Up, Jefferson Airplane Drummer Dies, Sloan Lines Up Greatest Hits Comp, Factory Records Founder Starts Label, Blood Brothers Still Touring, Hold Steady Adds Keyboard Player and more click here to check it out

Robbie Williams Deleted?
Ananova reports: Some of Robbie Williams' albums will be deleted at the end of the month. 

Production on new copies of Life Thru a Lens, I've Been Expecting You, Sing When You're Winning and Escapology will all cease on January 31. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Metal Blade Release Schedule
Metal Blade reports: 1/25 God Dethroned � Lair of the White Word � CD

2/8 Metal Blade video comp - Digital Video Devastation - DVD 2/22 Since the Flood � Valor And Vengeance � CD
3/8 Winter Solstice � The Fall of Rome � CD 
3/8 Into The Moat � The Design � CD
3/8 Unearth � The Oncoming Storm � CD with new bonus tracks 
3/22 Six Feet Under � 13 � CD
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Red Chord Update
Metal Blade reports: The Red Chord's new album Clients is currently being recorded at Planet Z with engineer/producer Zeuss. According to new drummer Brad Fickiesen, "The record sounds amazing so far. Zeuss has been working the hell out of us and we're all extremely psyched with the progress to this point. The drum tracks are 100% finished. We're about midway through tracking guitars now and we just started vocals." The new album is slated to street date May 17th via Metal Blade/BMA with tour plans before and after the release to be announced soon. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Squad Five-O / Letter Kills Tour
press release reports: Squad Five-O is hitting the road again. This time with Letter Kills!!! 

2/11 Boston, MA - Axis
2/12 Providence, RI - Century Lounge
2/13 Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Icon
2/15 Cleveland, OH - Odeon
2/17 Cincinnati, OH - Top Cats
2/18 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
2/19 Milwaukee, WI - The Eagles Club
2/20 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
2/22 St. Louis, MO Washington Univ. 
2/24 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge 
2/25 SLC, UT Lofi Café
2/27 Corona, CA Showcase Theatre
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Aztec Two-Step New CD
press release reports: Vital to acoustic music for more than 30 years, New York City-based folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step will celebrate the national release of their new album, March 29th on Red Engine Records. Their first studio album in more than a decade, Days of Horses reflects the musical growth of those years with touches of blues and country added to their familiar acoustic sound. An early review of the album in the Boston Globe touted: "Fans of the duo's harmony-driven tunes and easygoing acoustic guitar riffs will recognize their James Taylor-meets-Simon & Garfunkel sound. What's new is the mood. This album sits back on its haunches as Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman look back wistfully at American pop culture and their own ride through it."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Backbeat Collectors Edition
press release reports: The definitive musical drama, BACKBEAT: COLLECTOR'S EDITION, is coming to DVD on January 25th!

 Directed by Iain Softley (K-PAX), Backbeat is an energetic, musical drama chronicling the pre-fame Beatles as they head to Hamburg in search of success. As they gain popularity, the "fifth Beatle," bass guitarist Stuart Sutcliffe (Stephen Dorff), falls in love and ultimately must choose between his best friend John Lennon, his new love (Sheryl Lee) and the greatest rock and roll band in the world. 

Full of vitality and heart, with a soundtrack that includes rock classics, featuring music from Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), David Pirner (Soul Asylum) and Mike Mills (R.E.M.)

The BACKBEAT: COLLECTOR'S EDITION DVD is packed with extras including character profiles, a behind the scenes look with the creators of the show, and more [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Endicott Seeks New Member
press release reports: Albany, NY's Endicott will be seeking a full-time guitar player following the departure of Don Naylor from the band. The band is currently on tour with Folly, Paulson, and Jenoah and will be trying out potential players after the end of the run on 1/29/05. All applicants must be serious, able to tour full time, and relocate to Albany, NY if necessary. Any interested party may email [email protected] for further details. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Neal Schon on Rockline
press release reports: Journey guitarist Neal Schon will be the featured guest on the "Rockline" nationally syndicated radio show airing Wednesday, January 19. He'll be talking about everything happening in his world: his forthcoming i on U solo album, which comes out February 22 on Steve Vai's Favored Nations label; Soul SirkUS debut album, WORLD PLAY, which is out now exclusively on the band's website at www.soulsirkus.com; and Journey's induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, January 21 at 11:30 am in front of the Musician's Institute (6750 Hollywood Boulevard). To celebrate this momentous occasion, the band--Neal Schon (guitar), Ross Valory (bass), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Steve Augeri (vocals) and Deen Castronovo (drums)--will be performing at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, CA. The show sold out in three minutes. Rockline's 90-minute live show begins at 8:30pm PT/11:30pm ET. Fans will have the opportunity to call in with questions for Neal at 800 344 ROCK (7625). Check the full story link for local listings. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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