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Report for 09/15/06
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: The Who eCard

Artist: Black Label Society

Reviews: Ray LaMontagne | A Love Ends Suicide | Will Hoge

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One Million Or Bust
PR reports: This Labor Day, in NYC, producer/director Ron Sperling embarked on a 9000 mile road trip around America in an effort to raise $1,000,000.00 in the fight against Breast Cancer. Sperling is saddling up on a Harley-Davidson Road Glide loaded with an arsenal of video gear, and will chronicle the entire ride. An HD lipstick camera, specially designed and custom made for road safety, will be mounted on the bike, and together with a hand-held camera, Sperling will document the people, the places, and the breast cancer survivors who he visits in hospitals along the way. Ron has vowed not to stop circling the USA until he raises the $1,000,000.00! Celebrity and motorcycle enthusiast, Billy Joel, will join Sperling for a portion of the ride, signing Ron's Road Glide bike that will carry him around the nation's roads and backroads. The Road Glide will later be auctioned off for the charity at the end of the ride. [Ron will be stopping in at the Cat Club in Hollywood this Sunday night. Entertainment Tonight is expected to cover it and all members of the All-Star Happenin Harry and the Haptones Band will be signing the bike and videos of the band's performance that night are expected to be sold with proceeds going to the charity. (antiMusic sponsors Harry's Sunday night shows at the Cat Club) - see full story for more details]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Paris Fake Vocals?
TMZ reports: Conspiracy theorists and cyber geeks alike are claiming they can actually prove that Paris Hilton doesn't actually sing on her new hit album. In fact, they're blaming the alleged vocal hoax on another beautiful blonde.

If you believe a report from radaronline.com, there's a good chance that the voice heard on Paris' vocals was actually supplied by Carah Faye Charnow, lead singer of the Los Angeles-based indie band Shiny Toy Guns.. While a source close to Charnow admits the singer "did record vocals for Hilton ... on demo tracks," that person denied that Charnow's voice actually turned up on the finished album. Paris' rep, Elliot Mintz, also debunked the rumors, telling TMZ, "like so many Internet conspiracy theories, this one is completely without merit. The voice you hear is of course Paris' voice."[you can hear evidence at the full story link and read more if you really give a damn]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Punk-Goth School Shooter
punkbands reports: One of our readers Christian Doyon writes: There was a shooting in a college yesterday in Montreal. One girl was killed, 20 other people were injured. The shooter was wounded by police officers, and afterwards turned the gun against himself. Witness report the shooter was wearing a long black trench coat, "punk-goth" looking and wearing a mohawk.

This is, of course, a tragedy. The guy was not aiming for women, or specific ethnies. He was just shooting anywhere.

I'm just hoping the media will not fall in the old "blame punk music" for this violent behavior. Besides, his online blog states that he likes metal music ( Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, Iron Maiden, Danzig and Metallica, but only the "old stuff"). The Columbine shooters were great Marilyn Manson fans and we all know the medias really got to the bottom of that story...[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Idol Bust
TMZ reports: TMZ has learned "American Idol" Season Two finalist Corey Clark has been arrested in Yuma, Arizona. According to police, Corey Delaney Clark, 26, was arrested on July 23 for violating a court order and trespassing at his father-in-law's residence. The court order was issued as a result of a previous domestic violence incident. Yuma County Sheriff's brought Clark to jail, where he spent 24 hours in the slammer before being released on bond.

TMZ spoke with Capt. Eben Bratcher of the Yuma Sheriff's Department who confirmed, "Mr. Clark was charged with two misdemeanors, one for criminal trespassing and the other for violating a court order. Mr. Clark missed his court hearing and a warrant for his arrest could be coming"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Korn Reunion?
blabbermouth.net reports: The following message has been posted at the online journal of former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch: "I've been speaking with Jon [Davis, KORN frontman] and Munk' [KORN guitarist James 'Munky' Shaffer] about us and the split.. and finally I can say that I'm taking the right side of the stage again for our next KORN tour and album. " [UPDATE: Word has it that Head's site may in fact have been hacked. No further information is currently available.] see full story for more- Click Here for the Full Story 

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eBay Metal Ban
blabbermouth.net reports: Paula Hogan of MANIC Music & Distribution and Candlelight Records USA has contacted BLABBERMOUTH.NET to report that "eBay is [allegedly] currently starting a ban on black/extreme metal. A few of our vendors who have sizeable eBay stores are now finding their items pulled down by eBay directly. The list we have compiled so far that have been pulled for sale via any eBay stores or auctions is noted below. I'm sure there are more."

Added Dan Ferguson of Indianapolis, IN's Abyss Records: "I had a number of items removed and account suspended by selling black metal. It seems a group of so-called Christians have been reporting black metal bands (even though eBay has black metal as a search genre) as all racist and hateful and discriminatory." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Victory Vs Band
punkbands.com reports: Things are getting ugly. Victory Records broke its silence yesterday and counter-sued Hawthorne Heights, saying the band is greedy and simply trying to get out of it's contract. According to the record label's claim, which was posted on mtvnews.com, "The case filed by the plaintiffs in this action is really about greed, despite the unfounded and spurious laundry list of allegations made concerning Victory Records ... and its founder and owner, Anthony Brummel, who are responsible for putting the group on the map."

It goes on to say "The plaintiffs are now willing to say anything - no matter how untrue or defamatory - as a strategy designed to free themselves from their legal obligations to the independent record label that made them famous, in favor of the 'greener pastures' and financial inducements offered by so-called 'major' record distribution companies. Unfortunately, it is a common story in the music business."[...more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Green Day U2 Football
TuneLab reports: A few days ago Green Day announced they will be collaborating in the studio with U2 to record a cover of the 1978 punk tune "The Saings Are Coming" by The Skids for a charity single. Now it has been announced that the two bands will perform the song together at the Louisiana Superdome at the New Orleans Saints' home opener on September 25th. The performance will be televised on ESPN during the Monday Night Football pre-game show. [see full story to find out how to get a copy of the song after the show]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lou "Boulder" Richards RIP
blabbermouth.net reports: According to several online sources, including postings on the band's official MySpace page, former HATEBREED guitarist Lou "Boulder" Richards - who appeared on the group's "Satisfaction is the Death Of Desire" (1997) and "Perseverance" (2002) releases before leaving the band in May of 2002 - has died.

HATEBREED has issued the following statement: "As many of you may have heard, and we were sorry to learn, our former guitar player Lou 'Boulder' Richards passed away yesterday. It is very unfortunate that he could not see any other way to conquer his demons. We hope he has finally found some peace. Our hearts go out to Vera and his family and friends."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Coldplay Rap
Gigwise reports: Jay-Z has teamed up with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin on his upcoming new album, tentatively titled ‘Kingdom Come.'

The rapper announced his retirement from the industry three years ago, but is now preparing to re-launch with the new long-player. 

The album, due out in November, also features collaborations with Dr Dre, Kanye West and Timberland. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Drummer Was Used
antiMusic reports: Branden Steineckert the now former drummer of The Used offered up his side of the story of his departure from the band on his MySpace page. In a blog entry titled "Kicked Out Of The Used - My Brief Letter" Branden wrote " As you may have heard I'm no longer in The Used. Quinn, Bert and Jeph have agreed that they no longer want to play music with me. Im truly sorry that it has come to this. I wanted you to hear it from me. 

It makes me so very sad, breaks my heart. The band will carry on and I will cherish my good memories. I am so proud of what the four of us little nobodies from Utah accomplished. We broke out from nowhere, we overcame so much, some say we helped pioneer a genre. I feel so very grateful for the things Ive experienced, the touching stories I've heard from such die hard fans, the incredible people I've met and places I've been. I'm such a lucky person. The Used fans are so real and were such an inspiration on stage to look out into your faces and scream, sing, cry, bleed and sweat together. To anyone who ever supported The Used during my time with the band.....I thank you sincerely. I don't know what else to say..." [you can read the rest at the full story link] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Drugs = Thugs?
Gigwise reports: A new study has revealed that people who listen to DJ-based dance music are more likely to take drugs than anyone else. 2,500 people were interviewed for the study carried out by the University of Leicester, which assessed various aspects of their lifestyle in relation to their musical tastes. 

Hip-hop and dance music fans are more likely to have had more sexual partners over the last five years, and they also topped the drug-tasters list. Dr Aiden North told the BBC: "It comes out in the study that, in these types of music (hip-hop and dance), fans score worse in various behaviours, such as criminality, sexual promiscuity and drug use. It was shown that this had nothing to do with their ethnic backgrounds. The behaviour was linked purely to musical taste in its own right." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gigantour Shuffle
blabbermouth.net reports: Due to weather conditions, [to]night's (September 15) Gigantour stop in Salt Lake City, UT has been moved from the USANA Amphitheater to the E Center. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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INXS Cancel Tour
pr-inside reports: INXS has been forced to cancel the European dates on their SWITCHED ON world tour because guitarist TIM FARRISS has to undergo knee surgery after tearing ligaments last week (ends03SEP06).

Concerts in the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, France, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland and Spain have had to be ditched as the axeman recovers.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Injured Saliva Kills Tour
TuneLab reports: Saliva's upcoming tour with The Fairwell has been canceled due to a injury to Saliva front-man Josey Scott in an automobile accident. Dates will be re-scheduled for late October with a new Saliva album set to hit stores in early 2007.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Label Vs MySpace?
TuneLab reports: Universal Music Group CEO Doug Morris has called YouTube.com and MySpace.com "copyright infringers" for allowing the free streaming of its artists' music videos. In a speech to Merrill Lynch investors Morris said,

"The poster child for (user-generated media) sites are MySpace and YouTube. We believe these new businesses are copyright infringers and owe us tens of millions of dollars. How we deal with these companies will be revealed shortly." [How dare they help promote your albums! see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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