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Report for 01/25/06
Kanye as Jesus
AP reports: Kanye West, with a crown of thorns atop his head, poses as Jesus Christ on the cover of the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone. The outspoken rapper defends his brash attitude inside the magazine's pages, on newsstands Friday. He is also pictured posing as Muhammad Ali. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Racist Idol?
TMZ reports: More civil rights groups are jumping into the fray over allegations that 'American Idol' has anti-gay overtones.

The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) says it believes that 'American Idol' is an example of a bigger problem: How people in minority groups are sometimes inaccurately portrayed in the media. CORE national spokesperson Niger Innis tells TMZ, "'American Idol' is part of an entertainment culture that often makes blacks look like a bunch of clowns."[see full story to find out what the National Assn. to Advance Fat Acceptance is upset about. (yes this appears to be a real organization, no joke)]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Evanescence Stroke
Audio Aggression reports: In a post at EvBoard.com, Evanescence front-woman Amy Lee revealed that guitarist Terry Balsamo suffered a stroke in November. Balsameo has recovered and is currently in the studio with his band mates. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cassidy Guilty
AP reports: Baby-faced rapper Cassidy was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault Tuesday in what prosecutors called the planned ambush of a man who had argued with the musician's friends.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Aerosmith/Cheap Trick Dates
antiMusic reports: Aerosmith have yet another leg to their North American tour, but the bonus this time comes in the form of Cheap Trick who will join them on the road. 

Announced dates are below.
03/02 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Live 
03/04 - Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Civic Center 
03/07 - Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Linkin Park Prep CD
The PRP reports: According to a new update from the band, Linkin Park have around 50 rough ideas for songs and plan to narrow them down to a solid 15 tracks when the enter the studio in the coming months.[We heard a nasty rumor that 49 of the 50 tracks are remixes of "One Step Closer"... (For the truly gullible, that was just a joke. But you never know.)]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Digital Cure
Gigwise reports: The Cure are to release a new download only compilation at the end of this month featuring re-recorded classics.

The band will release ‘4play' via iTunes in the UK only, the record will include new versions of ‘Three Imaginary Boys', ‘Seventeen Seconds', ‘Faith' and ‘Pornography'.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Paparazzi Save Britney
hecklerspray reports: It's a good job that nobody listens to Kevin Federline. He hates the paparazzi following him and Britney around, even if he does bewilderingly call them Pavarottis. But the paparazzi are a useful bunch.

Just ask Britney Spears. When her Ferrari had a breakdown recently on a California highway, who was there to help her push the car to safety? Kevin? No. Baby Preston? No. The paparazzi? Why, yes.
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NME Chiefs
Ananova reports: The Kaiser Chiefs have six nominations for this year's NME Awards.

Their nominations include best British band, live band, album, track, music DVD and video awards.

Franz Ferdinand and Oasis both received five nods each, while Arctic Monkeys have four nominations.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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WM3 Misfit Tour
Blabbermouth reports: On March 31, 2006, former MISFITS frontman Michale Graves will spearhead a two-month-long national campaign to promote Damien Echols' new book, "Almost Home". The tour, tentatively dubbed "Almost Home 2006", will hit 55 cities across the country.

For over 10 years Damien has been an inmate on death row for a crime many believe he did not commit. He, along with Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, have become known as The West Memphis Three, and though the story of their arrest and conviction is widely known, most people don't know the real people behind the soundbites and the TV news segment clips. "Almost Home" is a message to you from a faraway place.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nuclear Voivod
Blabbermouth reports: Nuclear Blast Records has announced the signing of the legendary metal band VOIVOD for the European territory. The Canadian experimental metallers are currently putting the finishing touches on their much-anticipated new album with producer Glen Robinson[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sick of it All in April
Blabbermouth reports: New York hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL will celebrate their 20th anniversary with the release of their ninth full-length album, "Death To Tyrants", on April 18 via their new label, Abacus Recordings.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pro-Pain Eye Release
Blabbermouth reports: Florida-based metal/hardcore legends PRO-PAIN are currently writing material for a new album, due before the end of the year. The band have tentative plans to play concerts in Greece, Romania, Holland, and other select markets in April, before entering the studio in late spring/early summer to begin recording the new CD. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ra Dates
Audio Aggression reports: Ra have announced the following headlining dates:

March 1st in Scottsdale, AZ @ Martini Ranch
March 9th in Northhampton, MA @ Pearl Street Night Club
March 10th in Orono, ME @ Ushuaia[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Taylor Honored
Contact Music reports: Singer/songwriter JAMES TAYLOR is set for a star-studded tribute when BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, STING and PAUL SIMON take to the stage to honour him as the MusiCares Person Of The Year (06).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Foxx Resurrection TV
Contact Music reports: Oscar winner JAMIE FOXX is set to use his fame to resurrect the careers of fallen rock stars in a new reality TV show.

He tells the New York Daily News, "It's kind of like a reality show. It's rebuild the rock star. We take a person, who we all know, who may have fallen off his or her game. We rebuild them back up and show them perform their hits."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Apple Drives Band Postal
Contact Music reports: Cult rockers POSTAL SERVICE have accused computer giant Apple of filming a "shot-for-shot" remake of one of their music videos for a TV commercial without their permission.

In a post on the band's website, Gibbard writes: "It has recently come to our attention that Apple Computers' new television commercial for the Intel chip features a shot-for-shot recreation of our video for Such Great Heights made by the same film-makers responsible for the original.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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