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Madonna Hate Crime?
E! reports: If Madonna doesn't change her ways, she could be going from "Hung Up" to locked up. German prosecutors have announced plans to monitor the erstwhile Material Girl's Sunday concert in Duesseldorf to see if she goes ahead with the mock-crucifixion routine that has been drawing religious ire since her Confessions tour kicked off in May. 

If Madonna goes through with the Jesus-channeling act and the locals find it insulting, she could face a maximum sentence of three years in prison. Meaning, Madonna's next reinvention could be as an inmate.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Supernova Halted?
Blabbermouth reports: Chris Harris of MTV.com reports that the members of Orange County, California, punk trio SUPERNOVA filed for a preliminary injunction Friday (August 11) in San Diego's U.S. District Court against CBS Broadcasting, Mark Burnett Productions and Tommy Lee, Jason Newsted and Gilby Clarke - the three future members of the band searching for a lead singer on the show "Rock Star: Supernova" - which seeks to halt the act from performing or recording under the name "SUPERNOVA" if they fail to change or add any words to the moniker.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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GNR CD This Fall
Mark Strigl reports: The new Revolver magazine… The one with Randy from Lamb Of God on the cover has a Spencer's ad on page 29 that hypes what appears to be an official Guns N Roses promotion. In the ad it says, "Chinese Democracy in stores this fall!" Hell is about to freeze over my friends. Talking Metal will bring you full coverage of this historic release!!![see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Disturbed Surgery
ultimate-guitar reports: Disturbed vocalist David Draiman has had surgery to repair his stomach and lungs for an acid reflux problem, and now he's set for another operation. Draiman has had a rough time trying to keep his voice in shape for Ozzfest, but with some vocal exercises and proper rest and nutrition he's counteracting the drying out of his vocal cords. 

The vocalist said that a deviated septum caused by three broken noses forces him to breath through his mouth, drying out his vocal chords. [see full story for more including a video of David discussing what's going on with this…headline should read "Draiman Down With The Sickness"] 
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Quicks: Kanye To Wed- Elton and The Kid- Harry Walkmen 
DiR reports: Grammy winner Kanye West is engaged, according to PEOPLE magazine. Kanye reportedly proposed to his girlfriend, Alexis, while overseas for two weeks recently. * Elton John has set a September 19 release date for his new studio album, "The Captain and the Kid." * The Walkmen recorded an entire reworking of Harry Nilsson's classic 1974 album Pussy Cats. The note-for-note re-creation, Pussycats Starring the Walkmen, is due October 24. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Vinnie Paul's New Gig
Blabbermouth reports: Former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott has teamed up with members of MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE in a brand new project, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The group has been writing and recording material in Dallas, Texas for what will eventually become its debut album, tentatively due in early 2007. A name has already been selected for the band, but has not yet been revealed, the sources said. The group's lineup is as follows:

Chad Gray (MUDVAYNE) - Vocals
Greg Tribbett (MUDVAYNE) - Guitar
Tom Maxwell (NOTHINGFACE) - Guitar
Jerry Montano (DANZIG, NOTHINGFACE) - Bass
Vinnie Paul Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) - Drums
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Ja Rule Vs Korea
Contact Music reports: US rapper JA RULE is being sued for $500,000 (GBP280,000) by Korean fans and promoters after he failed to perform a concert in the south east Asian country in March (06). The WONDERFUL star - real name JEFFREY ATKINS - initially claimed he did not honour his commitment beacuse he was not fully paid by the show's promoters, but he is now suing his associate FRED 'NICKELS' MOORE. Atkins claims Moore took a payment of $125,000 (GBP69,000) on his behalf, which he did not pass on[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cornell Solo Details
PR reports: Chris Cornell, the singer-songwriter who brought us Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, has announced the 13th album of his career. Working with Grammy Award-winning British super-producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Rolling Stones, Morrissey, Dave Matthews Band), pre-production on the album has already begun, recording will being in September and the album is set for an early 2007 release on Interscope Records. 

Cornell, inspired by songwriters from Elvis Costello to Bruce Springsteen, says that his own lyrical approach leans on stream-of-consciousness, "getting out of my own way" to allow themes to naturally arise, whether topical or biographical. "The most exciting thing is to let yourself expose your true, vulnerable feelings, which is what resonates with people most," he explains. As far as his vocal style, he points to such R&B singers as Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin for showing masterfully how emotion can best be conveyed, even in subtle phrasing, also praising Bob Marley's expressive range and Tom Waits' use of his voice as an instrument.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Slayer & Stryper
metalsludge reports: German power metal band EDGUY and the legendary American death metal band DEICIDE have been confirmed to perform on the main stage of the third edition of the Monterrey Metal Fest, set to take place Saturday, September 23, 2006 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. 

SLAYER and STRYPER will co-headline the event, which is being billed as "Hell and Heaven United". The concert promises to be the "biggest and baddest version yet," featuring eight of the biggest names in heavy metal music from all over the world on the main stage and 12 up-and-coming international and Mexican bands on the second stage.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lil Drug Bust
MTV reports: Rapper Lil Wayne was arrested Monday in Atlanta on charges of possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance, according to a copy of his arrest report obtained by MTV.

The 23-year-old MC (real name: Dwayne Michael Carter) was released from Georgia's Fulton County Jail on $11,000 bond following his arrest. Police claim the rapper was in possession of several unlabeled bottles. [see full story for more][see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bruno Kirby RIP
TMZ reports: Bruno Kirby, a veteran character actor who costarred in "When Harry Met Sally," "City Slickers" and many other films, has died at age 57, his wife said Tuesday. 

Kirby died Monday in Los Angeles from complications related to leukemia, according to a statement from his wife, Lynn Sellers. [see full story for more but we leave you with this, Bruno did rock! ] - Click Here for the Full Story 


RIAA Drops Dead Case
music.tinfoil reports: BoingBoing's Cory Doctorow writes: Today, an RIAA spokesperson, Jonathan Lamy, contacted me today with this statement: Our hearts go out to the Scantleberry family for their loss. We had decided to temporarily suspend the productive settlement discussions we were having with the family. Mr. Scantleberry had admitted that the infringer was his stepson, and we were in the process settling with him shortly before his passing. Out of an abundance of sensitivity, we have elected to drop this particular case. 

I wrote back to ask him this followup question: Where was the "abundance of sensitivity" when the RIAA failed to initially drop its case against the Scantleberry family following the death of the named defendant in the case? Given that this "abundance" only materialized within 24 hours of this story hitting several large news outlets and blogs isn't it fair to say that the RIAA is demonstrating sensitivity to its public image, and not its sensitivity to the Scantleberry family?[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


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Cops Vs Band
punkbands reports: Members of the Boston hardcore band Cut Throat were arrested and are now claiming police misconduct following a near riot at a show at a church outside of Philadelphia last weekend. As usual, accounts of what actually happened vary. Band members say they were peacefully trying to leave the scene after a fight broke out and the show was shut down. They say they were attacked by cops. The police department claims the band members were being abusive and resisting arrest.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Pumpkins Recording
TuneLab reports: The newly reunited Smashing Pumpkins have entered the studio with producer Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Journey, Cheap Trick) to record their first album since 1999[see full story for breaking rock news] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Radiohead Crunk?
Yahoo reports: A Radiohead crunk album has been recorded as the latest musical reinterpretation of the band's music. 

An artist named DJ GYNGYVYTUS has reworked a number of the group's songs in a crunk style on an album titled Skeet Spirit: A Crunk Tribute To Radiohead. Tracks include "Fitter, Hyphier," "The National Headbustaz Anthem," and "Talk Show Hoes."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Quickies: dredg Treat- Primus Tour?- At The Gates 
DiR reports: dredg have announced that they will perform their album "Leitmotif" in its entirety live, along with selections from "Catch Without Arms", at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA on September 14th. (The PRP) * Primus are rumored to be planning a November/December North American tour (The PRP) * The dualdisc CD/DVD reissue of At The Gates's "Slaughter Of The Soul" will now land in North American stores on September 19th through Earache. [more quick rock news stories at the full story link]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Cheech and Bolton?
antiMusic reports: Cheech won't be teaming up with Chong. Could it be Michael Bolton instead? Only from the mind of Simon Cowell… Yes Simon has a new TV show that debuts on August 29th on that bastion of high quality intellectual stimulation… FOX. No, it's not When Idols Attack, it's Celebrity Duets. The premise is simple, match a star (or formerly a star) singer with a celeb (that may or may not have used up their 15 minutes of fame) for a duet each week with the requisite elimination. 

On the celeb side you have Cheech Marin, Lucy "Xena" Lawless, Lea Thompson McFly, Alfonso Ribeiro (Fresh Prince…), wrestler Chris Jericho, Olympic gold medalist Carly Patterson, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's Jai Rodriguez, Queer As Folk star Hal Sparks. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Good Charlotte Delay
PR reports: GOOD CHARLOTTE have staked early 2007 for the release of their forthcoming Epic/Daylight album. The new yet-to-be-named album will be the group's fourth release. In the meantime, fans across the country can look forward to the band previewing some of the songs this fall when they mount a special club tour (dates TBA).[see full story for comments from the peanut gallery]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Wu-Tang of a Down
The PRP reports: System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian will be playing bass for the Wu-Tang Clan on three live dates later this week, here's where you can catch him with the group:
August 18th New York City, NY - Webster Hall
August 19th Philadelphia, PA - Penn's Landing
August 20th Winston Salem, SC - Corpening Plaza
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