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Report for 05/25/06
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Idol Winner...
antiMusic reports: And the winners of this season's American Idol are the show's producers, Fox TV and RCA records as they will benefit most. As for the winner of the karaoke contest it was the 29-year-old grey-haired Alabama crooner Taylor Hicks who carried the day and proved wrong the major label mentality of signing up young kids with little talent. Hicks earns a record contract out of the victory, a contract many outsiders criticize as mostly benefiting everyone but the singer. Runner-up Katharine McPhee will likely end up signed to a very similar contract, so they basically Hicks won bragging rights. 

If you are part of the 10.5% of Americans that actually care about this contest, click the full story link for CBS's recap. * (Tis true- do the math- 30.7 mil is just a little over 10.5% of the US population). - Click Here for the Full Story 

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B.I.G. Deception
MTV reports: In the latest bizarre twist in the long-running lawsuit by the family of late rapper Notorious B.I.G. against the city of Los Angeles, the federal judge who declared a mistrial and ordered the city to pay $1.1 million to the rapper's family said 

Tuesday that she had been deceived about evidence in the wrongful-death lawsuit, according to the Los Angeles Times.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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GNR Webcasts
BW&BK reports: GUNS N' ROSES' appearance at the Rock In Rio this Saturday, May 27th in Lisbon, Portugal will be aired on AOL Music. In other news, SIC Radical in Portugal will broadcast a Rock in Rio Special starting at 14:00 on Saturday May 27th.[see full story for links and upcoming dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ian Copeland RIP
Reuters reports: Ian Copeland, a pioneering booking agent and music promoter credited with helping launch the "new wave" alternative rock movement of the 1970s and '80s with such bands as the Police, the B-52's and R.E.M, has died at age 57, relatives said on Wednesday.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Clapton US Fall
AP reports: Eric Clapton, who last landed stateside for a Cream reunion tour, will return to the U.S. with his own band for a fall tour. The first leg of his North America tour will begin Sept. 16 in Minneapolis... [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Postponed Stones
Gigwise reports: The Rolling stones have once again postponed their upcoming European dates due to Keith Richards head injuries.

They will now not kick off the dates in Spain, France, Belgium and Russia till July though dates and venues are yet to be confirmed.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Joke Honor of the Year
hecklerspray reports: What makes a brilliant song? A catchy tune? A set of memorable lyrics? A man listlessly mumbling and guns and how everyone should probably go and buy a pair of his trainers?

That last one is what The American Society Of Composers, Authors And Publishers (ASCAP) seems to think, anyway. ASCAP just awarded 50 Cent the title of Songwriter Of The Year at a gigantic back-slapping ceremony it held. But 50 Cent wasn't the only winner of an ASCAP award, because ASCAP also dished out awards to cutting edge, innovative artists like Clash copyists Green Day and Annie Sodding Lennox.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Modest Tour
CMJ reports: Modest Mouse, who have been on a live-show hiatus for the past nine months, have just announced a handful of West Coast dates slated for August. The band, who toured relentlessly through much of 2004 and 2005 in support of their breakthrough record, Good News For People Who Love Bad News (Epic), will start things off August 5 with an appearance at San Diego's Street Scene festival.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Charlatans Libertine
thetripwire reports: The Charlatans UK have a soft spot for former Libertine Carl Barat. According to NME, the band has apparently recorded a song titled "Hard To Be You (Song For Carl)," which will be featured as a b-side on the group's next single, "NYC (There's No Need To Stop)." The single will hit stores in the UK on June 26, released on two CDs as well as 7" vinyl.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Attendance Down
Blabbermouth reports: Due to poor ticket sales, DOWN's June 6, 2006 show in Stockholm, Sweden has been moved from the 1500-plus-capacity Arenan to the 600-capacity Klubben. The disappointing response to the gig is believed to be at least partly due to the fact that the Sweden Rock festival is taking place June 8-10 in Sölvesborg, Sweden[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Great White Objection
Blabbermouth reports: Prosecutors are objecting to Daniel Biechele's application for a work-release program. 

Biechele, the former tour manager for the band GREAT WHITE, was sentenced earlier this month to serve four years in prison for lighting the pyrotechnics that sparked The Station nightclub fire in 2003. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Godsmack Zombie Tour
Blabbermouth reports: As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported on April 26, GODSMACK's rumored North American co-headlining tour with ROB ZOMBIE is becoming a reality, with Ticketmater currently listing the trek in their system and on their web site. At this point in time, no dates have been announced, but it is expected that more details will be made available during the next couple of weeks.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Slayer Nix Dates
Blabbermouth reports: SLAYER's previously announced sold-out "warm-up" dates � June 2 at New Oasis in Sparks, NV and June 3 at Senator Theatre in Chico, CA � will **NOT** be rescheduled to take place following the Denver date at the end of July, despite a previous announcement to the contrary.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Panic In The Plaza
sanctuary records reports: Widespread Panic will toast the release of Earth to America (Sanctuary/Widespread Records), their first studio album in three years, with an exclusive free release day party/performance at New York's Irving Plaza on June 13. Irving Plaza was an important stop on the way up for Widespread Panic, a band that has sold out multiple dates at both Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden in New York. Tickets will be given out through NYC-area radio stations beginning June 5, through an online lottery of those who have pre-ordered the album from Widespread Panic's website, and through contests on jambase.com, relix.com, and musictoday.com 

For this one-of-a-kind concert, Widespread Panic will play the 10 tracks from Earth to America plus 2 bonus tracks from the vinyl edition of the album- the only time the band will play Earth To America in its entirety.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Soul Asylum Desire
TuneLab reports: Soul Asylum has added a new track, "Bus Named Desire" from their new album 'The Silver Lining' to their MySpace player. The band also has a new EPK which includes studio footage, interviews and live footage [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Morpheus Vs eBay
tinfoil.music reports: C|Net: StreamCast Networks, the creators of the Morpheus file-sharing software, is alleging in a lawsuit that auction house eBay is profiting from peer-to-peer technology that rightfully belongs to it. 

StreamCast claims in a lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S. Central District Court in Los Angeles that Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the duo who developed the technology behind companies Kazaa and Skype, of breaking an agreement to give StreamCast the first right to purchase their FastTrack peer-to-peer protocol.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Helix Switchup
KNAC reports: Helix main man Brian Vollmer has posted the following message at his official website:

"Over the past couple of years I have had the good fortune of having Cindy (vocals/acoustic guitar) and Rainer Wiechmann (guitar) in the band. This spring I decided to change the line-up however... Joining the band is Rick Van Dyke, singer/guitarist.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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