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Report for 02/10/06
Kanye's An Ass
Contact Music reports: Cocky rap star KANYE WEST is calling for a revised edition of THE BIBLE, because he thinks he should be a character in it.

The JESUS WALKS hitmaker, who picked up three Grammy Awards last night (08FEB06), feels sure he'd be "a griot" (West African storyteller) in a modern Bible.

"I changed the sound of music more than one time... For all those reasons, I'd be a part of the Bible. I'm definitely in the history books already." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jessica Simpson Sued by Ex Rocker
Blabbermouth reports: Mara Fox, former guitarist of the '80s all-female hard rock band PRECIOUS METAL and Love Potion Perfume founder, has filed a lawsuit against "Clean" Perfume creator and Dessert Beauty founder Randi Shinder, and business partners celebrity Jessica Simpson and Sephora Cosmetics, alleging trademark infringement regarding Dessert Beauty's use of the name "Love Potion" for at least two of Dessert's products, fully named "Jessica Simpson's Deliciously Kissable Love Potion Fragrance", and "Jessica Simpson's Belly Button Love Potion", but more often referred to in their press releases, promotional material, and advertising as simply "Love Potion Fragrance", "Dessert Love Potion" and "Belly Button Love Potion".[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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HIM Arrest
Blabbermouth reports: According to the Finnish tabloid newspaper Iltalehti, H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo was taken into custody by the Finnish police over the weekend for allegedly threatening to kill his neighbor and resisting arrest. 

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Monday (Feb. 6), Valo allegedly became belligerent and violent while spending time at his apartment building, which is located in the Eira district of Helsinki. For reasons that are unclear, Ville is said to have thrown a flower pot at his neighbor's door, after which he was confronted by his neighbor and a brawl ensued. The police were called by the neighbor's wife and two officers came to the scene but were unable to calm Valo down, who reportedly had to be restrained with handcuffs. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Senate Vs Payola
FMQB reports: After yesterday's news that Eliot Spitzer has expanded his payola investigation to include radio ownership groups, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) has sent a letter to his fellow senators, calling for hearings on payola. Feingold asks Commerce Committee chairman Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AL) and ranking member Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) to invite Spitzer, the FCC Commissioners and representatives of the music, radio and concert industry to testify at the proposed hearings.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Next Rock Star
MTV reports: The next season of "Rock Star" needs, well, a new rock star. Though the show won't disclose which band will get a new singer this go-round, the producers are hoping hopefuls won't mind not knowing. Open-call auditions are being held[see full story for cities and dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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BioWillie
AP reports: Country singer Willie Nelson introduced California to "BioWillie," his brand of clean-burning fuel made from soybeans. 

BioWillie went on sale Wednesday at an alternative fuel station in San Diego where the 72-year-old singer filled his tour bus from a pump emblazoned with a picture of himself strumming a guitar.
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Idol Beat Grammys
AP reports: Some humbling news for professional musicians like Madonna and U2: By a wide margin, TV viewers prefer the amateurs. 

Nearly twice as many people 28.3 million watched "American Idol" than watched the Grammy Awards 15.1 million when the two music programs went head-to-head in prime time Wednesday, according to Nielsen Media Research.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Madonna Tour
liveDaily reports: Confirming long-circulating rumors, Madonna has announced that she plans to tour this summer--though the exact details still remain unknown.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rise Against Lifetime
Mammoth Press reports: Rise Against has recorded some tracks for upcoming tributes. According to Alternative Press, the band recorded "Boys No Good," for a tribute to melodic hardcore outfit Lifetime which is set to appear on A Tribute to Lifetime: 1990-1997 which is expected later this year via Photo Finish Records.[see full story to see who else they are tributing]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hair Metal Still Sells
Blabbermouth reports: "Monster Ballads: The Platinum Edition", an 18-song collection of "hair-metal" classics, sold 44,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at position No. 18 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Amen Free EP
Blabbermouth reports: An exclusive Internet-only EP has been made available for free download on the Casey Chaos / AMEN support web site Refuse Death.

The EP, which was compiled with the assistance of AMEN frontman Casey Chaos, features a number of cuts off the band's previous albums, as well as demos and rough mixes unavailable anywhere else.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metallica Shrink Free
Blabbermouth reports: Aside from one-off festival gigs this summer, Metallica is carckin' on its follow-up to "St. Anger". "We're not in super-record mode," said Ulrich. "We're having fun, writing, jamming and hanging. It's all good no psychiatrists." [see full story for more from Lars about their recent Sundance show]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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West Coast Soulfly
BW&BK reports: The following announcement has been posted at SOULFLY's official website: "This is a short update, but it should bring some happiness to all of Soulfly's fans on the United States' west coast who thought they were overlooked when Soulfly went on their initial North American run of the Dark Ages Tour. When Soulfly finishes up in Europe, on March 27th, they'll be heading back to the states, and currently, there is a short west coast tour being organized upon their return[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fuel Lose Voice
TuneLab reports: Fuel has officially announced the departure of lead vocalist Brett Scallions. The band plans to continue on without Scallions[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Post Himsa Angels
antiMusic reports: We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Matthew Wicklund to find out his reasons for leaving Himsa as well as discuss what he is up to now with his new band Angels to Ashes. Here is a little from the interview and be sure to check the full story link to read it all!

antiMusic: Can you tell us a little bit about your new band? How it came together, who is involved?

Matthew: My new band is called Angels to Ashes. After quitting HIMSA, I got on the phone with my friend Martin Powell who had just left Cradle of Filth. It turned out that we both shared the same kind of musical vision and goals. We have been hard at work ever since and we are very pleased with the results. In the near future, I will be issuing a proper press release with all of the names of everyone involved. We have a really eclectic bunch of minds and some familiar faces to the metal community involved. I am really excited to get this stuff out there!

antiMusic: Sonically speaking what can fans expect from Angels to Ashes?

Matthew: We are very dynamic. There are a lot of very heavy parts, fast parts, thrashy parts, and mixed in to all of this a hell of a lot of melody and hooks. You'll find guitar solos a plenty and thick orchestrated choruses. The vocal approach is very tonal. There is real singing here! Don't let that fool you though....the raw aggression and metal energy is never sacrificed!
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