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Report for 02/15/06
Avril Vs RIAA
Contact Music reports: Officials at Canadian pop rocker AVRIL LAVIGNE's management company are helping a fan fight America's Recording Industry over an illegal song-sharing charge.

Nettwerk Music Group bosses are to fund a Texas fan DAVID GRUEBEL's legal campaign against corporate chiefs, who are suing him for damages after he illegally downloaded Lavigne's SK8ER BOI hit, among other songs.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Britney ER
TMZ reports: TMZ has obtained video of Britney Spears leaving the Malibu Urgent Care Center on Monday.

We're told Spears complained of stomach cramps. This afternoon, Spears' publicist told TMZ that her client was on her way home from the 'Will & Grace' set when she stopped at Urgent Care because she was coming down with a cold and not feeling well.[Emergency Room for a cold? see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gay Cowboys
i.e. marketing reports: On Valentine's Day 2006, Howard Stern debuted the new, and quite timely, song from Willie Nelson titled "Cowboys Are Secretly, Frequently (Fond Of Each Other)" during his Sirius Satellite Radio morning program. 

"Cowboys Are Secretly, Frequently (Fond Of Each Other)" was written in 1981 by Texas-born, NYC resident musician/songwriter Ned Sublette, long before gay cowboys were the current topic of conversation. Nelson recorded the song last year during an iTunes Originals session at his Perdernales, TX studio. This is the first time Nelson's version has been released. Lost Highway will release "Cowboys Are Secretly, Frequently (Fond Of Each Other)" exclusively through iTunes beginning on Valentine's Day, February 14. Plans for a video by the Broken Lizard Comedy Troupe (Super Troopers, Club Dread) are in the works as well. The video will also be available for purchase exclusively through iTunes in the spring. Stay tuned.[see full story to get the song at iTunes]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lollapalooza 06
TuneLab reports: This years Lollapalooza has been expanded to a three day event running from August 4th to 6th at Chicago's Grant Park. The event will feature 8 stages and will include 130 bands. The line-up has not been announced although The Smashing Pumpkins are rumored to take part.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Cure for Cancer
Contact Music reports: Iconic rockers THE CURE will headline the annual Teenage Cancer Trust series of gigs in London next month (MAR06).

Golden Globe-winning comedian RICKY GERVAIS, GOLDFRAPP, THE SCORPIONS and RAZORLIGHT will also perform the concerts organised by THE WHO star ROGER DALTREY.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Reed Ditches Olympics Shows
Contact Music reports: Rock legend LOU REED has chilled the organisers of the Winter Olympics in Italy after pulling out of two New York shows, due to an undisclosed illness.

Reed is scheduled to perform at a medals ceremony next week (23FEB06).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Les Paul Recovering
Contact Music reports: Guitar great LES PAUL, was released from a New Jersey hospital on Saturday (11FEB06) after recovering from pneumonia.

Paul, who won two Grammys last week (08FEB06), is now home resting and "feeling much better", a spokeswoman for his record company said yesterday (13FEB06).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Downloading Good!
Gigwise reports: Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos believes that legally downloading songs is a good thing because it will force artists to make better songs. 

He claims downloading means artists have to impress more by making albums of great songs, rather than just a few hit singles.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Stones in Rio
hecklerspray reports: For a bunch of decrepit old men, The Rolling Stones are all over the place at the moment. After their Super Bowl halftime concert, the Stones are getting ready to play the biggest concert in history.

On Saturday, The Rolling Stones will play a free concert on the beach of Rio de Janeiro. And the Brazilian shindig looks set to be attended by up to two million Rolling Stones fans. Two million! That's almost the combined age of the band members themselves.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Norah Jones Tries Acting
hecklerspray reports: There are several things that Norah Jones can do blindfolded, like winning music awards and making music so dull that it actually sends people to sleep, but acting hasn't really been among her talents.

All that looks set to change, however, as Norah Jones has revealed that she has signed up to star in the first English-language film by Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai, entitled My Blueberry Nights. Details on the plot are scant at the moment, but it is thought that My Blueberry Nights will include scenes of both blueberries and the nighttime.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Genghis Tron in June
CMJ reports: Genghis Tron, who put Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Depeche Mode into a ring and got Trent Reznor to be the ref for last year's Cloak of Love EP, are back for round two with their first full-length, Dead Mountain Mouth (Crucial Blast). The album is slated to be released on the hillariously metal date June 6 (or 06/06/06).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Black Crowes Unplugged
Blabbermouth reports: Chris and Rich Robinson of THE BLACK CROWES are heading out on the road as a duo for a special run of multiple-night acoustic shows.

Pete Angelus, manager of THE BLACK CROWES, confirmed today that Chris and Rich will be performing a collection of their catalogue, influential covers as well as new material. Billed as "Brothers Of A Feather: An Acoustic Evening With Chris & Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes", all shows will be in a very intimate setting and will be recorded for a possible acoustic release at some point in the future.[see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Texas Metal Fest
Blabbermouth reports: Legendary death metallers OBITUARY have been confirmed as the headliners of this year's Texas Metal Fest, set to take place Saturday, March 4 at the Meridian in Houston, Texas. Around 45 acts are scheduled to perform at the festival, which kicks off at 10:00 a.m. [see full story for more info and full lineup. ]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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D.R.I. Tour
Blabbermouth reports: Legendary crossover pioneers D.R.I. will be teaming up with SUBZERO for a U.S. tour this spring/summer. The trek will kick off May 15 and will run through July 3. The tentative routing is as follows (venue details to be announced):

May 22 - Seattle, WA 
May 23 - Portland, OR 
May 24 - Boise, ID [see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tempesta Cult
Blabbermouth reports: After two auditions, John Tempesta (EXODUS, TESTAMENT, HELMET, WHITE ZOMBIE, ROB ZOMBIE) has been hired as the new drummer for THE CULT. Tempesta will make his debut with the group when they perform on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on Friday, February 24 on the CBS-TV network.[see full story for more on the reunion]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Smile Empty Soul Dropped
TuneLab reports: Smile Empty Soul have officially been dropped from Atlantic/Lava Records. SES had been scheduled to release 'Anxiety', the follow-up to their self-titled debut, last year, however after numerous set backs the album may never be released. [see full story for news on a lineup shuffle]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pantera DVD
KNAC reports: In April, Rhino Home Video will be releasing Pantera's 3 Vulgar Videos From Hell. Originally released in October 1999, the three-DVD set includes all of Pantera's videos (Watch It Go, Cowboys From Hell, Vulgar Videos) as well as and live footage from Monsters of Rock in Moscow.[see full story for info on a Faith No More DVD Release]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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