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Pink Floyd Founder Dies
DiR reports: [Very sad news as another legend has passed. Here is part of IGN's report] Legendary founding member of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, died Friday at the age of 60 due to complications from diabetes according to reports from the British media.

Barrett, who had spent the past 30 years of so living in seclusion, was the lyrical and musical mastermind behind the earliest incarnation of the seminal British psychedelic outfit which also included Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Rick Wright, and David Gilmour who joined the band in 1968.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Idol Child Porn Bust
antiMusic reports: A former American Idol contestant has been indicted on child pornography charges in Utah. He reportedly videotaped two teenage girls engaged in "sexually explicit conduct" according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Daniel James "DJ" Boyd, 27, who was a semi-finalist during the hit television show's 5th season, was arrested last month in West Valley City after a 14-year-old girl contacted police. He entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday to federal charges of production of child pornography and possession of child pornography. 

He also faces state charges....[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Weezer RIP
antiMusic reports: Sad news for Weezer fans, it looks like the band is finished. At least for now. Rivers Cuomo told MTV that the band is on indefinite hiatus. "For the moment we are done," he said. "And I'm not certain we'll ever make a record again, unless it becomes really obvious to me that we need to do one." 

So has the recent Ivy League grad given up music? "All this year, I've been feeling pretty creative and excited, so I've been writing a lot. I don't know what'll happen with these songs - if anything - I just sort of write them and I can't stop. I certainly don't see them becoming Weezer songs, and I don't really see the point of a solo career. So we'll just have to wait and see."- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bankrupt Row
AP reports: A federal judge on Friday ordered a bankruptcy trustee takeover of Marion "Suge" Knight's Death Row Records, saying the record label has undergone gross mismanagement.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Penny Lane Saved
AP reports: Penny Lane will keep its name. Liverpool officials said Saturday they would modify a proposal to rename streets linked to the slave trade when they realized the road made famous by the 1967 Beatles song was one of them.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Sabrine Duenser RIP
SMN reports: Sabrine Duenser, vocalist for the female-fronted goth metal band ELIS, died yesterday after suffering from a cerebral haemorrhage Friday during the band's practice. Duenser was born June 27, 1977 and joined the Liechtenstein-based band, then known as ERBEN DER SCHOFUNG, in 2001. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sufjan Touring
thetripwire reports: Indie rock hottie Sufjan Stevens has just announced a string of tour dates in September and October. Sufjan is bringing with him a string ensemble and a brass section for this trek in an effort to present familiar songs from Seven Swans, Michigan and Illinois in a new, symphonic context (that what it says in the press release at least). He'll also be performing five or six new songs along the way. 

Providing support for the entire tour will be My Brightest Diamond (a.k.a. singer/songwriter Shara Worden). MBD's debut album, Bring Me The Workhourse, will be released on August 22 via Asthmatic Kitty. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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AC/DC Grave Theft
KNAC reports: Thieves have stolen a plaque from AC/DC frontman Bon Scott's heritage-listed Fremantle gravesite, on what would have been the rocker's 60th birthday.

From Theage.com.au: The National Trust of Australia brass plaque, which proclaimed the heritage listing, is believed to have been stolen from the gravesite at Fremantle Cemetery sometime between Saturday afternoon and yesterday afternoon. Yesterday would have been Scott's 60th birthday. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jacko's Boy Fetcher?
MTV reports: F. Marc Schaffel testified in his civil trial against Michael Jackson Friday and claimed that the singer had dispatched him to adopt boys in Brazil, AP reports. Jackson's attorney denounced Schaffel's testimony as an attempt to smear the singer. Even Schaffel's attorney Howard King said he wasn't expecting his client to make the claim. "It's not really relevant to this case," King said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Milan Williams RIP
Reuters reports: Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, died Sunday (July 9) at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston after a bout with cancer. He was 58.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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John Coletta RIP
BW&BK reports: John Coletta, former manager of DEEP PURPLE and WHITESNAKE, died on July 9th 2006. Tony Edwards approached 35 year-old John, managing director of an advertising agency (in an office above his own), to help him launch Deep Purple in late 1967. Coletta remained an integral part of the management of the band through the years 1968 to 1976, often touring with them. After the group split, the two managers set up their own operations but retained their interest in the band's back-catalogue. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Supersuit: Rock Stars Sued
Blabbermouth reports: Chris Harris of MTV.com is reporting that nine days before the July 5 broadcast premiere of Mark Burnett's "Rock Star: Supernova" on CBS, the three members of Orange County, California, punk trio SUPERNOVA � who formed back in 1989 and released four albums, including 2000's "Pop as a Weapon" � filed a lawsuit against the show's producers, charging trademark infringement.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Diego, names Mark Burnett Productions, Rockstar Entertainment Inc. and CBS Broadcasting as defendants, along with Tommy Lee, Jason Newsted and Gilby Clarke � the three future members of the group this season's "Rock Star" is supposed to spawn and endow with a lead singer. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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OutKast Tour Sans Andre
Contact Music reports: OUTKAST have confirmed they will go ahead with a tour, despite ANDRE 3000's absence reducing the shows to one man. Andre 3000, real name ANDRE BENJAMIN, placed the gigs in jeopardy after revealing he has ditched touring to concentrate on his burgeoning acting career. But BIG BOI, the other half of the HEY YA! duo, confirms he will take the group's hits on the road on his own.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Solo Thrice
SMN reports: Thrice has began writing a follow up to Vheissu.Here is the latest message from the band: Sorry the updates have been few and far between. We've all been hunkered down writing. We've been working on our next release which is a project we're all really excited about and will be announcing very soon. It's definitely the most ambitious thing we've undertaken artistically and we are really excited about it. So, stay tuned for the details....

The reason we're writing right now is because Dustin is doing a bunch of solo shows in a couple weeks that we wanted to make sure you were aware of. He'll be playing solo acoustically doing a mix of original songs, cover songs, and Thrice songs. [see full story for more details and dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Beatles Heist
Gigwise reports: A man who handled stolen tapes of The Beatles final recording sessions tried to sell them for £250,000 a court in London has heard.

Nigel Oliver of Slough is charged of with handling stolen goods and trying to sell the tapes on behalf of two unknown men.

The 504 tapes containing 80 hours worth of material recorded during the sessions for 'Let It Be' in 1969 were recovered in 2003 during an undercover police operation.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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NIN Sued
TMZ reports: Nine Inch Nails has been sued for allegedly injuring a man "intentionally, violently and without just cause." 

In a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Mark LaVoie claims he was working security at a Nine Inch Nails concert last October at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin, when he "was struck in the head by a cast iron microphone stand which had been intentionally thrown into the audience by the lead guitarist of Nine Inch Nails, Aaron North."

LaVoie claims he was "knocked unconscious, fell to the floor, and was bleeding from a large laceration on the top of his head." Lavoie, who is also suing Aaron North, claims he suffered "serious pain and permanent injury."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cash Tops Charts
PR reports: Johnny Cash's "American V: A Hundred Highways" (American Recordings/Lost Highway) debuts at Number One on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums and Top Country Albums charts. The album, which was released on the Fourth of July, takes the top spot with sales in excess of 88,000 copies, according to Neilsen/Soundscan.

Since 1958, while seven of Cash's albums have reached Number One on Billboard's Country Album charts, only one other album of his has reached the Number One position on Billboard's Top Albums charts - 1969's "Johnny Cash at San Quentin." "American V" is Cash's first-ever release to debut at Number One.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Who's On Tour
antiMusic reports: The initials dates for The Who's North American tour have come to light. The band is playing across the world so don't feel left out if you aren't included here as Pollstar reports that they plan to tour South America, Japan, Australia and Europe in 2007. More North American dates are expected soon. 

09/12 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center
09/13 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
09/15 - Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Garden @ Fleet Center
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Cornell Solo
TuneLab reports: Audioslave's new album, 'Revelations', is still more than two months away from being released, but front-man Chris Cornell recently told AOL Music that he has already begun working on his second solo album. Cornell hopes to have it finished and recorded by the end of the summer[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Projects of a Down
Blabbermouth reports: SYSTEM OF A DOWN will be going on an indefinite hiatus following their appearance at this summer's Ozzfest. For guitarist Daron Malakian and bassist Shavo Odadjian, it's SCARS ON BROADWAY, a fresh collective that's still very much in progress but should start working on material this fall.

"It's going to be another band that both me and Shavo are in, and we're going to try and go places we haven't with SYSTEM," Malakian explained to MTV.com. "Each [SYSTEM] bandmember has his own thing he wants to do. Shavo has films he plans on working on too. So we all have artistic itches we want to get through, and I think these are healthy ways to do it�.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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