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Report for 7/29/05
Idol Probe
AP reports: Taking a page from Washington, the producers of "American Idol" and Fox TV hired an independent counsel to determine whether judge Paula Abdul had an affair with a contestant on the hit talent show.

"Any allegations against this show we take quite seriously," Fox Entertainment President Peter Liguori said Thursday, calling the competition's credibility "extraordinarily important to us."

Liguori refused to say if Fox and producers Fremantle Media and 19 Television would fire Abdul if the claims by Corey Clark, an unsuccessful contestant on season two, were found to be true. ["I did not have sexual relations with that fuzzball Corey Clark". see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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God Hates Rock Hall
FMQB reports: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was damaged by severe storms in Ohio earlier this week. Heavy winds tore at the building's underside, pieces of aluminum ripped off of the outside of the Hall and a pole was knocked down. [Should have inducted Sabbath]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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RIAA Rampage
FMQB reports: [A couple days after a study revealved that P2P users buy more legit music, the RIAA goes on a new rampage!] The RIAA has announced that a new round of copyright infringement lawsuits have been filed against 765 illegal file sharers. These "John Doe" lawsuits cite individuals for sharing copyrighted music via unauthorized P2P services such as Grokster, eDonkey, KaZaA and LimeWire. The litigations were filed in federal district courts across the country, including California, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

"In the coming weeks and months, we will significantly expand our anti-piracy efforts for those who have ignored the Court's message," said RIAA President Cary Sherman.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ghost DMC
Contact Music reports: RUM-DMC rapper REVEREND RUN claims he was visited by his late bandmate JAM MASTER JAY, days after the DJ was murdered in a New York City recording studio.

The hip-hop star, real name JASON MIZELL, was fatally wounded in Queens studio in October 2002, devastating his family and bandmates Reverend Run and DMC.

Reverend Run, real name JOSEPH SIMMONS, says, "Jay came to me a couple of days after he passed and said I owed him some money. And let me know that when you die, you don't die.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lennon Lyric Sold
Reuters reports: A handwritten lyric sheet for "All You Need is Love" used by John Lennon in 1967 was sold for 600,000 pounds ($1.04 million) at an auction in London on Thursday, organizers said.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Foodoo
FMQB reports: A handful of news out of the Foo Fighters' camp. The band has been added to the Voodoo Music Experience festival, taking place October 29 and 30 in New Orleans.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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That Explains It
Gigwise reports: An expert has claimed that listening to excessive music can cause hallucinations.

Dr Victor Aziz, a psychiatrist at Whitchurch hospital in Cardiff believes that listening to music on headphones too much can have pretty disturbing consequences.

Aziz studied 30 sufferers and for some reason singled out iPod users as being susceptible to imagining "music constantly playing in the head." [who is paying for this study? see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Green Day Plot Next CD
Gigwise reports: Green Day have revealed they have started work on around 15 songs for their next album.

Billie Joe says that although laying down tracks is still in the very early stages, he's happy with the way things are going. 

He told billboard: "Right now, it's that no-pressure/fun stage of just getting on a four-track and coming up with some goofy stuff. Eventually, something sort of unfolds. It's exciting. The juices are always flowing."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Phil Collins Vs Oasis
Gigwise reports: Former Genesis star Phil Collins has hit back at Liam and Noel after receiving a string of insults from the brothers.

The singer and drummer moved from Britain to Switzerland several years ago, and just before the latest general election in May, Noel Gallagher urged the British public to vote Labour, saying: "If the Tories (Conservatives) get in, Phil Collins is threatening to come back and live here."

However, Collins maintains he doesn't even vote Conservative, reports breaking news. He said: "Noel calls me the anti-Christ. It frustrates me but who cares?

"I'm so flattered the Gallaghers have spent a lot of time thinking about me. I've repaid the compliment. I've just done the TV show Room 101 and they're both in it."

The BBC show Room 101 features celebrities describing their pet hates. Look out for Phil dissing Liam and Noel on it.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rolling Trump?
DiS reports: The editor-in-chief of leading US title Rolling Stone is thought to be in talks with MTV over a possible Apprentice-style show. 

The show, if it sees the light of day, will follow budding music journalists as they compete for a full-time position at the magazine. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Atomic Kitten Reunion
Ananova reports: Atomic Kitten are planning a comeback.

The group, Liz McClarnon, Natasha Hamilton and Jenny Frost, are planning to record a new album towards the end of the year and then go on tour.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Type O Vampire
Blabbermouth reports: TYPE O NEGATIVE frontman Peter Steele will be joining the cast of the new vampire movie, "Tao of M", this August. Steele will be taking on the role of Viktor Baine, the vampire who sires Midael, another vampire who terrorizes New Orleans, played by Steve Blaze (LILLIAN AXE, NEAR LIFE EXPERIENCE). Eric Morris also stars, and members of TWISTED SISTER are slated to portray a group of "false priests" who get on Midael's bad side, according to Fangoria. James L. Bills is directing the hi-def production, produced by Milena Rimassa-Merrill and featuring makeup FX by Matt Green, director of "Vicious". [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Plant Live EP
Blabbermouth reports: If you didn't get to see Robert Plant and his band the STRANGE SENSATION on their recent North American tour, you can still check them out in a live setting. Plant is selling a four-song live EP the group recorded at a show in Paris on June 9. It has three songs from their album "Mighty Rearranger" "Shine It All Around", "Freedom Fries" and "Tin Pan Alley" as well as LED ZEPPELIN's "When the Levee Breaks". "Robert Plant and The Strange Sensation Live In Paris" is available on CD or as a digital download, and the proceeds go to Turtle Will, an organization dedicated to helping indigenous peoples in the African nations of Ethiopia, Mali, and Niger.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Vehemence Recording
BW&BK reports: VEHEMENCE have posted the following message at their website (www.vehemence.com): "We've been hard at work writing new songs for our next album! It has definitely gotten more technical, and we are really excited to show the world the new Vehemence... We are still working on getting Sean Vandegrift (our new vocalist) out of Ohio... So far we have about 13 songs in the works... We are trying things that we have never done before, so its gonna sound new... So far, we have tentative plans to record at the end of the year with James Murphy [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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COC Motorhead
BW&BK reports: CORROSION OF CONFORMITY guitarist Woody "Woodroe" Weatherman has posted the following message at the band's website (www.coc.com):

"We've lined up a string of our own shows coming up this September in the United Kingdom. It's an overdue return for us and we're stoked to be headed back overseas. 

Also we're going to be joining the mighty MOTORHEAD once again for some gigs on the European continent. Thanks to them for the invitation, and see you all over there."
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Official SOil Pool
Audio Aggression reports: It's official. Former SOiL frontman Ryan McCombs announced that he will be the new vocalist for Drowning Pool this morning on 98.9 The Bear in Ft. Wayne, IN. McCombs will make his Drowning Pool debut at a one-off appearance at Ozzfest on August 25th in Dallas, TX. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Doherty May Face Charges
NME reports: Police are investigating an assault allegation made this week against PETE DOHERTY.

The investigation stems back to an incident on Tuesday night (July 26) at the Boogaloo pub in north London.

According to a Metropolitan Police statement: "Police are investigating an allegation at the Boogaloo pub, Archway Road, Highgate, N6 at approximately 18.55 on Tuesday 26 June. No arrests have been made. It is alleged at that the suspect punched the victim in the face causing bruising." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lamest Songs Special
Here we are at the final day of this special. This has sparked some spirited debate. To those that got all bent out of shape because a song they liked was listed here, you are taking this far too seriously!  It's a lame list of lame songs. Don't forget that there is still time to make YOUR nominations to the lamest artists of all time list.  Going by some of the submissions so far, the reaction to this list was tame, some of the names listed there will surely get some people all up in arms. But always remember, just because it's lame doesn't mean people don't like it. And of course, it's all very subjective now isn't it? Before you get to the now full list, we leave you with the words of George Bernard Shaw - "The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people." 

10) Ice, Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
"Quick to the point, to the point no faking  / I'm cooking MC's like a pound of bacon" We'll just let this one speak for itself. 

Click Here to find out which songs landed in the 16-20 slots and to post your comments and submit artists for the next Lame list. 

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