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Report for 11/27/06
Picks of the Day
Before we get to today's news here are our picks of the day featuring our latest reviews and the song of the day to listen to while reading today's report!

Song: Bloc Party - "Prayer"

Best of 06: Sonic Youth

Reviews: U2 | Sugarcult | Dmonstrations | Gayang Kulintangan Revolt Interview

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Linkin Park Stalker
blabbermouth.net reports: Sandia National Laboratories has fired an employee accused of using a computer owned by the labs to hack into phone and computer accounts owned by Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the band LINKIN PARK, a labs spokesman said.

Devon Lynn Townsend, who worked in Sandia's Technology and Manufacturing Group, has been charged with fraud and related activity, according to filings in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.

In October, an agent from the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General uncovered evidence that Townsend had hacked into cell phone and computer accounts owned by Bennington and his wife, Talinda Bennington, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday. The U.S. Secret Service had received a complaint from the Benningtons that "an unknown person, without authorization, had somehow accessed their Verizon Wireless telephone account," according to the complaint. [there is more, see the full story for all the details… the suspect hass no relation to Devin Townsend of Strapping Young Lad, but it might be fun if he renamed the group Stalking Young Lads..] [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Fiddy Vs Bond
pr-inside reports: 50 CENT is accusing Hollywood of double standards after seeing the new JAMES BOND holding a gun in posters for CASINO ROYALE - a year after billboards of him sporting a weapon caused a furore. The rapper - real name CURTIS JACKSON - is appalled by the fact no one has raised a fuss about DANIEL CRAIG's gun-toting posters when he was castigated for posing with a weapon in billboards for movie GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN'.

He says, "Get Rich Or Die Tryin' comes out and they want to protest because they see a gun in my hand but James Bond comes out or MR & MRS SMITH will come out with guns and it's acceptable. You can see any kind of gun there is to see on the covers of films. You can go in Blockbuster and see every gun that was ever made." The rap star calls for one universal ruling about weapons in movie posters and he'll accept whatever the Hollywood film police decide.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jet Slam Madonna 
Gigwise reports: Jet have launched an outspoken attack on pop queen Madonna - accusing her of only getting famous by "masturbating". 

The Australian retro-rockers are clearly no fans of the veteran singer or her extensive back catalogue of pop gems - whose recent adoption of a Malawian child has created worldwide headlines - and aren't afraid to say so. Drummer Chris Cester rallies, "Can everyone just shut the f**k [up] about Madonna? Like A Virgin? Please! How the hell did she become so f**king famous? What for, masturbating? Everyone does that love!"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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No 1 Game
Reuters reports: Two popular rap acts occupied the top two spots on the U.S. album charts Wednesday, with the Game's "Doctor's Advocate" coming in at No. 1. 

The release moved 358,000 copies during the week ended November 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan, down sharply from the 587,000 start for his 2005 debut "The Documentary."

Akon's "Konvicted" sold 284,000, enough to earn him the No. 2 slot.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rolling in Cash
pr-inside reports: THE ROLLING STONES have overtaken Irish rockers U2 for the record of biggest grossing tour in history.

The MICK JAGGER fronted group's A BIGGER BAND tour have made $437 million (£226 million) from 110 concerts and performed to over 3.5 million fans.

The group's success comes despite several setbacks, including delays and cancellations due to Jagger developing laryngitis and a postponement when guitarist KEITH RICHARDS fell from a tree while on holiday in Fiji.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Warped Religion
punkbands reports: Bad Religion is the first band announced for this summer's incarnation of the Warped Tour. The band should have a new album out by then, their follow up to 2004's The Empire Strikes First. Of course more acts are expected to be named soon.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Glassjaw Return
punkbands reports: The rumours are true - several sources say that Glassjaw is indeed back and will be touring with Deftones in December. Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

12/14*Nashville, TN
12/16*Ft. Worth, TX
12/17*Tulsa, OK
12/18*Kansas City, MO
12/19*Minneapolis, MN
12/31*New Haven, CT (as you know)
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Cocaine Kitaen
Reuters reports: Actress Tawny Kitaen, best known for starring in a series of 1980s heavy metal videos, has been charged with possessing 15 grams of cocaine, prosecutors said. 

Kitaen, 45, could face up to three years in prison if she is convicted on the single count of possessing a controlled substance, Orange County District Attorney's spokeswoman Susan Schroeder said on Tuesday.

Schroeder said police were summoned in May to the home Kitaen shares with her two children in San Juan Capistrano, California, and discovered 15 grams of cocaine in a restroom and bathroom. [see full story for more and here you thought the name White Snake referred to male anatomy.. 'here it goes again up my nose…." ] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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John R. Pepper II RIP
AP reports: John R. Pepper II, co-founder of the first nationwide radio station with programming targeting a black audience, has died. He was 91. 

Pepper died Monday at St. Francis Hospital after an extended illness, according to Forest Hill Midtown Funeral Home, where services were held Friday. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Decrepit Plea
blabbermouth.net reports: KTVU.com reports that former DECREPIT BIRTH guitarist Michael Jay Turner has pleaded not guilty to sex crimes charges.

The District Attorney's office has filed 14 charges involving five girls and one woman against Turner, 27, who entered his plea to Judge Samuel Stevens on Wednesday (Nov. 22).

Turner is accused of molesting three girls and videotaping them along with two others in sexual positions between 2002 and 2006. He was also charged with sexually battering an unconscious adult woman.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Metalcore RIP?
blabbermouth.net reports: IdahoStatesman.com recently conducted an interview with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE vocalist Howard Jones.

On his opinion that metalcore music, which has enjoyed widespread success over the past few years, is on the way out:

"The dream's over dude! .... It'll still be around, because kids love heavy music; they love to be aggressive. But it won't get as much mainstream attention as it's been getting. So mark my words there. It's already happening."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Genesis Sell Out
pr-inside reports: Rock legends GENESIS sold out their British comeback concert tour in just 90 minutes on Friday (24NOV06).

The band will perform gigs in London and Manchester, England as part of their 2007 Turn It On Again tour, and all 100,000 tickets were snapped up by fans. PHIL COLLINS, MIKE RUTHERFORD and TONY BANKS are reuniting 15 years after they last performed as a band,[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Borat Music?
pr-inside reports: Fictional TV reporter BORAT SAGDIYEV is set to release a Christmas single.

The Kazakhstani journalist, created by British comic SACHA BARON COHEN, is aiming for the top spot in the UK festive chart next month (DEC06). Sagdiyev says, "CLIFF RICHARD is a very popular man in England at 'Chrishmash' time. He nice man and talented.

"But my song... is very very good. Please come buy it. If it success, I get clock radio. If not, I will be execute."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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GNR Drop Eagles of Death Metal?
blabbermouth.net reports: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL appear to have been removed from the GUNS N' ROSES tour after only one show due to an overwhelmingly poor reception the band got from the GN'R audience during EAGLES' tour opener. According to several fans who attended last night's (Nov. 24) GUNS N' ROSES concert at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio (also featuring SEBASTIAN BACH and SUICIDE GIRLS), people were booing throughout EAGLES' hour-long set, with some of the GN'R fans calling the group's performance "horrid at best" and describing the band's music as "pretty f***ing lame," with a repertoire of songs that sound "almost the same." GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose apparently agreed with his fans, because a few songs into GNR's set he reportedly said something to the effect of, "So how'd you like THE PIGEONS OF ---- METAL? Don't worry, that's the last show they're playing with us."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Tuck Can't Sing
DiR reports: You can hear the 14-year-old wannabe metal girls crying across the nation with their raccoon mascara creating an environmental hazard in front of Hot Topic stores as news that their favorite emo-mall-metal group has pulled the plug on their touring plans. That's right the 21st century answer to Warrant (Bullet For My Valentine) have been forced to postpone the rest of their UK tour and cancel their upcoming U.S. tour. Why you ask? Because lead singer Matt Tuck can't sing; yes, you already knew that but this time a doctor says it's so. Hopefully for the band he'll recover before their 15 minutes are over. see the full story for a statement from Tuck.
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