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Legal Dance
PR reports: TMZ has obtained a lawsuit claiming that Fox Broadcasting and Dick Clark Productions ripped off the TV show, "So You Think You Can Dance."The plaintiffs, John Cassese, Mark Wolfe, Maria Lamagra and Brian Nelson, claim in May, 2003 they registered "So You Think You Can Dance'" with the Writers Guild of America. The plaintiffs alleged in July, 2003, they met with reps from Martin Erlichman Associates, Inc. to discuss pitching the show.

According to the lawsuit, filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, the plaintiffs struck an oral agreement with Erlichman Associates to pitch the show. They say the deal was -- they would be paid to write, direct and produce the show. The suit claims by September, 2005, the Erlichman company froze the plaintiffs out and refused to return their calls. In July, 2005, "So You Think You Can Dance" debuted on FOX. 19 Entertainment, Inc., which also produces "American Idol," is also named as a defendant. [it was such an original idea and all. see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Voivod Preview
PR reports: A new e-card has been launched that features a biography on the new Voivod album, the track 'The X-Stream' and a link to the 5-minute trailer of an upcoming documentary by Canadian filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen (Metal: A Headbanger's Journey) about the life of VOIVOD guitarist Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour. Fans can access the VOIVOD e-card at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Still Alive
PR reports: Epic Records rockers Live enter the Billboard Top 200 at #52 with their seventh studio album Songs From Black Mountain in its first week in stores. Thrilling fans with their surprise performance with Chris Daughtry of their new single "Mystery" on the American Idol Season 5 finale, Songs From Black Mountain was quickly released for download on the Internet May 24th due to popular demand. Immediately entering the iTunes Top 10 Album Downloads, on-line sales rocketed as Live became the only band with three albums in the iTunes Top 100 that week.

In their 15 years together Live has sold more than 20 million albums. With two Billboard Top 200 #1 albums - Throwing Copper and Secret Samadhi, five #1 singles including, "I Alone," "Lightning Crashes" and "Selling the Drama" and nine Top 10 singles, Live continue to sell out venues across the country and around the globe. Currently on tour in Europe, the band will be back in the U.S. in July for a headlining summer tour. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Underoath Leaked
PR reports: As UNDERØATH prepare for the June 20 release of DEFINE THE GREAT LINE, the band is finding new and exciting ways to connect with their fans. As part of an exclusive cross-platform launch with MTV2 that includes MTV.com, MTV Overdrive, MTV Urge as well as MTV Mobile phone content, MTV2's "The Leak" is now streaming the entire DEFINE THE GREAT LINE album at the full story link.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Heart of Texas Fest
PR reports: Texasrockfest.com promoters Adam Brewer and Trey Edwards are teaming up with Nuno's on Sixth to bring the first Heart of Texas Red, White, and Blues Festival to Waterloo Park in Austin, TX. The steamy July 1st Independence Day celebration will feature two stages with legendary blues artists, local heroes, and bleeding edge rock 'n roll including the first show of Big Head Todd and the Monsters' new tour and only Texas date. GE Smith of "Saturday Night Live" fame, blues Master Hubert Sumlin, and some VERY Special Guests will team up for a once in a lifetime 90 minute set. This amazing lineup also includes Charlie Sexton, Malford Milligan, WC Clark, Bob Schneider, Gary Clark Jr, Grady, Dirty Wormz, Gooding, Alpha Rev, Broken Teeth, Johnny Goudie, Alan Haynes, Lomita, and many more.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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instar Go Common
PR reports: Rock outfit instar is taking part in the latest incarnation of online music sharing by utilizing Creative Commons licenses for the release of some older songs and live shows. Creative Commons, the innovative nonprofit founded by Wired columnist and Stanford Law School professor Lawrence Lessig (http://creativecommons.org), provides artists and creators of all types (music, text, video, images, etc.) with licenses which bridge the gap between no-sharing copyright rules and the sites which were sharing everything and should not have been under copyright law. Band mastermind Karl von Kries is releasing some older material (approximately one track a week) with a Creative Commons non-commercial sampling plus license (described on the CC website as: "People can take and transform pieces of the work for any purpose other than advertising, which is prohibited. Noncommercial copying and distribution [like file-sharing] of the entire work are also allowed."). In addition to the studio material that will be available in this license scenario, von Kries is also planning to release live shows as CC tracks within days of the concert, a la Dead board tapes or Pearl Jam's live CD series. All will be available for download at the full story link- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Matisyahu Smashed
PR reports: On Monday, June 19th SMASH on Yahoo! Music will feature an exclusive online performance from the Hasidic reggae rapper, Matisyahu, as he performs his version of The Police's classic song, "Message In A Bottle." An avid Police fan, the Jewish rhymesmith recently opened up for Sting at Ramat Gan Stadium in Jerusalem for a memorable performance. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Northwest String Summit
PR reports: The Northwest's premier acoustic music festival returns for its fifth year to beautiful Horning's Hideout in North Plains, Oregon, on August 25-27. The event boasts three days of nearly all-acoustic music, culminating each night with main stage performances from musical hosts Yonder Mountain String Band, this year joined by special guest fiddler Darol Anger (David Grisman Quintet, Psychograss). 

Also on the bill are acoustic Son Volt, Todd Snider and a special electric set by Danny Barnes. In addition, Umphrey's McGee's Brendan Bayliss will team up with YMBS's Jeff Austin for the first ever public performance of these longtime friends and musical colleagues. Meanwhile, Nickel Creek's Chris Thile will be on site for all three days of the festival for several surprise sit-ins, and will host the famed String Summit Super Jam. Always a String Summit highlight, past year's Super Jam performers have included David Grisman, Vasser Clements, Hot Rize, Jerry Douglas and Tim O'Brien. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jayhawk Flies Solo
PR reports: On June 27, Lost Highway will release Tim O'Reagan, the self-titled solo debut from the long-time member of The Jayhawks. Tim O'Reagan showcases the many sides of this multi-talented artist, which are seeing the light of day for the first time as he steps out from around the drum kit and moves into the spotlight.

Tim O'Reagan features 11 songs written by and mostly performed by O'Reagan. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Crap Movie
AP reports: Missy Elliott will star in the big-screen version of her life story, Universal Pictures has announced. The untitled project is in the development phase, studio spokeswoman Jennifer Chamberlain said Wednesday.[see full story for more... are the studios really that devoid of ideas? Gee wonder why their profits are down, must be the downloading... couldn't be crap movies]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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