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Report for 12/29/06
Happy New Year
antiMusic reports: From everyone here at antiMusic we wish you a Happy "Rock'n" New Year. We'll be back on Jan 2nd with regular updates. We thank you for another great year where we saw close to 1400 reviews and 8000 Day in Rock stories posted. We also thank all the contributors to antiMusic this year including the great sources which made it all possible. Let's hope everyone has a successful 2007. 
Aiken Vs Fan
TMZ reports: Clay Aiken's diva-like behavior has got one former fan pissed off. The former "American Idol" star is being accused of booting a 15-year-old boy off of a concert line-up simply because he wasn't festive enough. 

Joshua Willard won a North Carolina singing competition, which gave him the chance to perform with the Greensboro Symphony during Clay Aiken's Holiday concert on Saturday. Willard told TMZ he rehearsed his song, Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," and had just finished a soundcheck when managers of the Symphony told him the devastating news that Aiken's camp had decided that he would not be allowed to perform because he was not singing a Christmas song. Bah Humbug! 

Curiously, other singers who did have holiday songs prepared were also not allowed to sing. …An hour after the show, Willard got to meet Clay, but says that Miss Thing was "snotty" and acted like he was too good for his little fans. The former Claymates were even told not to take individual pictures with Aiken, only group shots. Willard is devastated and says that due to Aiken's behavior, he now "could care less of Clay." Joshua hopes to tryout for the next season of "American Idol," to show the world what a down to earth Idol is really like. [see the full story for more including a bit about Aiken's fart jokes… we're serious] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Roth Talks Van Halen Reunion
TMZ reports: TMZ caught up with David Lee Roth in Manhattan last night, and he warned that a potential Van Halen reunion could result in a NASCAR-style wreck. Or a "Jerry Springer"-like brawl. Or even a "Knots Landing"-esque bitchfight!

Diamond Dave, looking dapper and well-coifed outside of Marquee, said that he's excited that Van Halen was nominated for a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but wondered whether the band would spontaneously combust if they reunited. For months, the band has hinted at a reunion, but Roth admitted in May that he hasn't spoken to guitarist Eddie Van Halen for almost two years. 

"A Van Halen reunion is a lot like NASCAR -- are you there to see the winner or the crash?" mused Dave. "In this aspect, we're a lot closer to "Jerry Springer" meets "Knots Landing, which, to me, sells T-shirts." And probably tickets too.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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iTunes Overload
MTV reports: Clearly a lot of people got iTunes gift cards and new iPods for Christmas, because so many of them tried to use the iTunes store over the holiday that there were widespread reports of error messages and download times approaching 20 minutes for a single track. … Online market researcher Hitwise reported that the slowdown could be attributed to the fact that more than four times as many people visited iTunes on Christmas than at the same time last year. ...- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stones Top Tour of 06
AP reports: Concert tours by the Rolling Stones and country duo Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were among the top-grossing tours in North America in 2006, helping drive ticket revenue to a record $3.6 billion, according to figures released Thursday by Pollstar, the industry trade magazine.

…The Rolling Stones' "A Bigger Bang" tour, which actually began in the fall of 2005, led all other concert tours this year with $138.5 million in gross receipts, Pollstar said. The average Stones ticket was $136.63. The tour sold about 1.01 million tickets.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Arcade Fire Leak
Gigwise reports: In a bizarre mix-up Arcade Fire have leaked one of their own songs onto the internet by accident. 

The acclaimed Canadian outfit were meant to be releasing 'Intervention' - the first track to be lifted from their new album 'Neon Bible' - via iTunes today (December 28).Proceeds from the limited edition download release are going to the Partners In Health charity. 

However, someone at the band's US label Merge uploaded the second track on the album 'Black Wave/Bad Vibrations' by mistake yesterday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Eminem New Year's
MTV reports: Eminem will host a New Year's Eve countdown Sunday via his Shade 45 channel on Sirius Satellite Radio. The show, which runs from 8-10 p.m. with several replays on Monday, will feature the rapper "stating the facts and playing the tracks," including 25 of his favorite hip-hop songs.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Carrie Underwood Top CD of 06
Reuters reports: Carrie Underwood has proved plenty as 2006 draws to a close. In November, the 2005 "American Idol" champ surprised fans and the industry by winning the Country Music Assn.'s female vocalist award. 

Now, Underwood's "Some Hearts" ends the year as the top album on the year-end Top Billboard 200 Albums, Top Billboard 200 Albums - Female and Top Country Albums recaps. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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New Voice of Elis
blabbermouth.net reports: Liechtenstein-based gothic metal group ELIS - whose lead singer, Sabine Dünser, who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on July 7, 2006 during rehearsal and passed away the following day in hospital - has issued the following update:

"Now the time has come to disclose the secret about our new singer! Sandra Schleret will do the vocals for ELIS in the future! Sandra comes from Innsbruck (Austria) and stood behind the microphone for various bands, among others for DREAMS OF SANITY and SIEGFRIED. She did also guest appearances for SAMAEL.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Arch Enemy Postponed
blabbermouth.net reports: ARCH ENEMY's previously announced South American tour, which was originally set to take place in early January, has been pushed back three weeks. An official statement from the South American promoters explaining the decision reads as follows:

"We want to inform all of ARCH ENEMY's fans that the South American tour has been postponed three weeks, with the final confirmed dates between January 27 and February 1. This decision was based on two key points — the logistic problems, and the holiday season. All of us — the promoters of the tour — have asked the band and management if they can postpone the tour three weeks.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Reznor on New NIN CD
blabbermouth.net reports: NINE INCH NAILS mastermind Trent Reznor has revealed more information about the group's upcoming album, tentatively due in early 2007. In a December 27, 2006 blog entry on the official NIN fan club web site The Spiral, Reznor writes, "Usually when I finish a record, I have to go into battle with the people whose job is to figure out how to sell the record. The only time that didn't happen was 'With Teeth'. This time, however, I'm expecting an epic struggle. This is not a particularly friendly record and it certainly doesn't sound like anything else out there right now. Artists these days are not encouraged to experiment or take risks, and my punishment is on its way.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mullets Rock!
blabbermouth.net reports: Eighteen enduring classic rock tracks have been gathered together for "Mullets Rock! Too!: Mullets In Love!", a celebration of the much-maligned hair style, to be released on March 13. Among the songs featured on the collection are TED NUGENT's "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang", KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's version of the MOVE's "Do Ya", FOGHAT's cover of WILLIE DIXON's "I Just Want To Make Love To You", and CHEAP TRICK's "The Flame". The CD has been divided into two "sides" — Side Psyched and Side Bummed, to reflect the nature of the songs grouped under each heading.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Boston Tour in 07?
BW&BK reports: BOSTON leader Tom Scholz has been working on material for a new album for years - but since he has a habit of working on albums for up to eight years, nobody is expecting a release anytime soon. 

However, fans will hopefully be able to see the band perform next year, as Scholz told us: "We would like to go out on the road next year and do a huge tour. We'll probably be doing a lot of the older Boston songs,[see full story for more.. Interesting aside. First Axl breaks Boston's record for the best selling debut album and now he has broken the record for the longest time to produce a new album. ]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Paul Rodgers DVD
BW&BK reports: PAUL RODGERS is putting together a live DVD from his recent UK tour. It was shot at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, Scotland, on October 13th, and the sold-out show was the last one on the tour. The concert featured a mix of FREE and BAD COMPANY songs, as well as material from Rodgers's solo albums and a new track called 'War Boys', according to a review on getreadytorock.com. No release date has been announced for the DVD, but it's expected in the spring. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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SnoCore Additions
TuneLab reports: Dropping Daylight and Neurosonic have been added to the 2007 SnoCore Tour which also features Hurt and headliners Army of Anyone. Current dates include:

January 18th in Houston, TX @ Meridian
January 20th in Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
January 21st in Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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AllofMP3.com Ignore RIAA Suit?
tinfoilmusic.net reports: The legal wranglings of various file-sharing developers has created several common response patterns from those unfortunate enough to face litigation from the RIAA (Recording Industry Associate of America.) If you're of the LimeWire ilk, your response may be to stay and fight. If you're from the BearShare clan, you may wish to settle. Then there's the Ares Galaxy option; a tactic that focuses on apathy in the face of potential litigation and carrying on business as usual.

AllofMP3.com appears to have chosen the third option in response to a lawsuit filed by the RIAA on behalf of its member companies. The complaint was filed on December 21, 2006, against Media Services (the company which owns AllofMP3.com) in a lawsuit of unprecedented value in the file-sharing realm.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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