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Report for 04/03/06
Static-X Week: Cannibal Game
PR reports: We continue our Static-X week special with an online game put together to promote the new CD 'Cannibal' (in stores today!) Try your luck at the full story link. 

Check back tomorrow when we begin speaking to Wayne about some of his favorite tracks on the CD!- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Cure for Ashlee Simpson?
Launch reports: The Cure frontman Robert Smith has teamed up with singer Ashlee Simpson for a collaboration on her new album. The as-yet-untitled album is the follow up to 2005's I Am Me.

Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz [always looking for press] denied any involvement in putting the unusual pair together, even though both of them are his personal friends. He said: "I doubt I had anything to do with it, 'cause they were friends since she was performing in Chicago. But I definitely only have good things to say about Ash--I think the collaboration could be great."[see full story for more. Maybe Robert will sing and Ashlee will just lip synch to it?]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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33,000 Vasectomies Needed in US
Reuters reports: Despite the No. 20 debut on the U.S. album charts by Insane Clown Posse's new disc, the principal player in the Detroit-based rock/rap hybrid knows what is about to happen. "We do our best sales in our first two weeks, and then we fall off," Violent J says.

"The Tempest," self-released on the act's own Psychopathic Records, sold 33,000 units in the United States in its first week on the tally… And even though first-week sales of "The Tempest" -- the act's 11th charting album -- are significantly lower than the 73,000 units sold by the act's last full-length, 2004's "Hell's Pit," Violent J isn't worried. That's because ICP has an entire industry to fall back on. [see full story for how that fan bilking works]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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What has Linkin Park Done?
PR reports: The much-anticipated new single, "What I've Done," was unleashed on fans worldwide on multiple formats today, Monday, April 2, 2007. This is the first single from their new record, Minutes to Midnight (Warner Bros. Records/Machine Shop Recordings) co-produced by Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin. [visit www.linkinpark.com to stream the full track and get a sneak peek at the album artwork.]

Along with the single impacting at radio, beginning Tuesday, April 3, fans will be able to purchase the single, pre-order the album, and buy the video for "What I've Done" exclusively on the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com). The pre-order offer includes a deluxe digital album with bonus tracks and a "Season Pass" of 15 episodes of LPTV, a behind the scenes series documenting the last four years of the band and the making of the new record. iTunes will exclusively debut the video for "What I've Done" on Tuesday, April 3. The video, directed by bandmember/DJ Joseph Hahn, will make its broadcast debut on MTV Thursday, April 5.]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Let It Be Free (of DRM)
Idolator.com reports: EMI announced today that its catalog would be available in DRM-free format. A quick and dirty primer: Every EMI track that is available digitally will be made available without DRM as well. (No Beatles ... yet. See full story for more on that)

- All sites that sell EMI music digitally will have the option of selling DRM-free downloads in AAC, WMA, or MP3 format.

- EMI's DRM-free catalog is being referred to as "premium downloads"; on iTunes, the files will be in unprotected AAC format and twice the sound quality of currently available AACs, and they'll cost $1.29/song.

- The price on full DRM-free albums will be the same as their DRMed-up counterparts.

- Protected AACs from the EMI catalog will still be available for 99 cents/song on iTunes. 

- EMI's music videos on iTunes will also be available without DRM. 

- EMI will continue to use DRM "as appropriate," i.e. when it's locked into it by a retailer/distribution partner.

[See the full story link for a look at what this all means, plus a bit on the Beatles coming to iTunes. ]
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Pearl Jam To Headline Lollapalooza
SMN reports: PEARL JAM will headline the final night (Aug. 5) of Lollapalooza at Chicago's Grant Park. According to the Seattle's band's Web site, this is PEARL JAM's only scheduled U.S. date of 2007.

The group will begin a three-week European tour June 8 in Lisbon, encompassing a mix of headlining and festival shows. Beforehand, guitarist Mike McCready and his U.F.O. tribute band FLIGHT TO MARS will play at Seattle's Showbox on Saturday (April 7) as part of the fifth annual Crohn's & Colitis Association benefit[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Big Brother Goes After iTunes
Reuters reports: The European Commission has sent formal charges to major record companies and Apple Inc., alleging they are restricting music sales in Europe, a Commission spokesman said on Monday. 

European Commission spokesman said agreements between Apple and the record companies violate the European Union's rules that prohibit restrictive business practices.

"Consumers can only buy music from the iTunes online stores in their country of residence and are therefore restricted in their choice of where to buy music, and consequently what music is available and at what price," said Jonathan Todd, European Commission spokesman.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Rancid Solo CD
FMQB reports: Rancid singer Tim Armstrong will release his long-awaited solo album, A Poet's Life, on May 22, along with a bonus DVD. The record was originally set to be made available as a free download late in 2006, but only two songs ever surfaced.[see full story for a bit on the new Rancid CD]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Finland Loves Early Metallica
Blabbermouth reports: Following the recent announcement that METALLICA will play at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland on July 15, no less than five of the band's albums have placed in the official Finnish Top 40:

11. Master of Puppets
12. Metallica
20. Ride the Lightning
22. ...And Justice for All
35. Kill 'Em All

[see full story for more - the boys should take a look at that list when recording their new CD to see what the fans want! And James please, please drop the Bob Rock era whining, get your balls back and go back to your old singing style and we'll stop printing pots and pans jokes.]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Great White Ink Deal
Blabbermouth reports: Frontiers Records has announced the signing of GREAT WHITE for the release of the band's forthcoming 25th anniversary/reunion all-original studio album, tentatively due in August .

The as-yet-untitled album is the band's first collection of all-original material in eight years. The CD was recorded in just three weeks during March 2007. Drummer Audie Desbrow says, "The recording experience was a blast. We had a lot of fun doing this one." Michael Lardie adds, "The one thing I wanted to make sure of, was that FUN was the signpost for every bit of recording we did, no stress, loose, upbeat, mission accomplished! Egos have been checked at the door and decisions are made as to what is best for each song."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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McCartney's House Crashed
pr-inside reports: SIR PAUL McCARTNEY suffered a scare at his country estate in England after a fan crashed a speeding car through entrance gates on Friday (30MAR07).

The motorist was screaming, "I must get to him (McCartney)" as he was apprehended by security staff, who feared an assassination attempt was taking place.

The crazed fan then took off across fields leading to McCartney's Peasmarsh home and was stopped just metres from the former BEATLE's farmhouse.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Canada Reject Rapper at Juno Awards
Gigwise reports: Nelly Furtado and Billy Talent were both big winners at the Juno awards in Canada. 

Canada's top music awards ceremony awarded Furtado a total of five gongs in a year which has seen her career rejuvenated. She scooped Best album, best pop album, fans' choice, artist of the year and the best single of the year awards. 

The only surprise of the night was that rapper K-os didn't win anything despite being nominated five times. He duly changed the lyrics of a song during his performance to "this show is propaganda."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Brits To Get Whipped by Devo
Gigwise reports: Devo have announced their first shows in the UK in over a decade that will see them play three dates in June. 

The American post-punk pioneers will play gigs in Brighton, Birmingham and Manchester with tickets on sale now.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Supreme Court Rejects James Brown Rape Case
Jam! reports: The Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a woman who claims the late soul singer James Brown raped her nearly 20 years ago. 

The justices did not comment on their order. Jacque Hollander said in her suit that Brown raped her at gunpoint in 1988 while she was his publicist. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bluegrass Offspring 
punkbands reports: Another tribute album to The Offspring is going to be released later this month. Americano: The Bluegrass Tribute to The Offspring is filled with blisteringly-fast banjo pickin' and bubbly bluegrass harmonies. Cornbread Red's interpretation of The Offspring's music is a mixture of hard-edged playing matched with some of the most fun and funny singing in the bluegrass world.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Threat Signal Lose Member
SMN reports: Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL have issued the following update regarding the departure of their guitarist:
"Marco [Bressette, guitar] has decided to part ways with THREAT SIGNAL. He will be focusing on his own music and various studio work. We would like to wish him the best of luck in the future and post a big thanks for his work in THREAT SIGNAL. Former THREAT SIGNAL-guitarist Rich Howard will be filling in some dates in April while we begin our search. We look forward to sharing the stage with him again! We will be auditioning guitarists very soon, so start warming up your fingers!"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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