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Rap Sinking Fast
FMQB reports: With a lack of strong releases [RIAA talking point removed] U.S. album sales fell by 17 percent in the first quarter of 2007. Retailers sold 117.1 million albums in the three months that ended April 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan�.More than 280 million digital tracks were sold in the first quarter, outpacing album sales by more than 100 million units, says Reuters. By the end of the quarter, digital track sales were up 51.9 percent, and digital album sales, which total 11.5 million units, were up 56 percent. 

Within specific genres, Rock had a good quarter, as it was responsible for nearly 30 percent of all U.S. album sales. Rap and R&B had the largest genre decline, as sales fell 33.6 percent to 10.9 million from the 16.5 million units the genre tallied in the beginning of 2006. [see full story for all the gory details] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rare Beatles Photos Trashed
Earvolution reports: EMI has brought suit against their cleaning company, Crystal Services, for allegedly throwing out rare Beatles photographs worth well over $1 million. The discarded memorabilia, which had been kept in an office in Manchester Square in London, included the only surviving copy of the photo used for the Please Please Me album cover and 452 transparencies and negatives.

The suit alleges that despite placing the photos in cardboard boxes clearly marked "Not Rubbish - Do Not Remove," that "the cleaner removed the photographic material and disposed of it placing it for compaction in a waste compactor and collection by refuse collectors." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sheryl Crow Blowing Hot Air For Environment
Reuters reports: Singer Sheryl Crow began a bus tour of U.S. colleges to raise awareness about global warming on Monday, one of several high-profile celebrities to take up the cause of climate change. 

Crow, a Grammy award winning singer/songwriter, will speak about the issue and sing at the college stops.

"I am here because the more I learn about global warming the more I feel compelled to do something in my own way whatever that is," she told reporters at Southern Methodist University in Dallas as the tour began. [see full story for more - our unscientific studies find that 20% of global warming was caused by people burning Crow's cover of "Sweet Child of Mine". Weren't not sure how much hair coloring products also contributed]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Microsoft Copies Apple Once Again
FMQB reports: Apple's competitors in the digital music world continue to attempt to capture a bigger piece of the market pie, with a major concession from Microsoft and a new portable player from Yahoo.

Microsoft has responded to Apple and EMI's recent announcement of tracks being sold sans DRM (digital rights management). The PC giant said on Friday that it expects to sell songs without DRM as well, sometime in the near future. [see full story for more a bit of news about a new mp3 player that isn't playing follow the leader with Steve Jobs]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Sharon Osbourne to Judge America's Got Talent?
TMZ reports: TMZ has learned that Brandy has been replaced by Sharon Osbourne as a judge on the upcoming season of "America's Got Talent."

While rumors have swirled that Osbourne was in talks with NBC, a well-placed source tells TMZ that the embattled R&B star is officially out -- and the rock and roll chatter queen is in. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ride for Dime
Blabbermouth reports: The third annual Ride For Dime � a one-day "Dimebag Darrell Remembrance Ride and Concert" which consists of a 52-mile motorcycle run in the morning followed by a live performance in Arlington, Texas � will take place on August 19. Scheduled to appear at the concert are PUMPJACK, TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION, LOWSIDE (featuring Darrin Delatte and Ron Taylor of LILLIAN AXE), BLACK TOOTH (a band from Turkey that was specifically requested by late PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's longtime girlfriend Rita) and WHISKEYDICK, among others. Proceeds from the event will benefit Little Kids Rock, an innovative non-profit music education program that provides free instruments and rock 'n' roll lessons to public schools.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Meat Puppets Return in July
Blabbermouth reports: MEAT PUPPETS have completed their first album in over a decade to feature both guitarist/singer Curt Kirkwood and his brother, bassist Cris Kirkwood. The new disc, titled "Rise to Your Knees", will be released on July 17, according to Billboard.com. The Kirkwoods last played together on 1995's "No Joke!", after which Cris Kirkwood spent most of the last 11 years battling a heroin addiction that nearly killed him. MEAT PUPPETS made one CD without him, 2000's "Golden Lies". [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Five Stages of Teeny Bopper Grief
Idolator.com reports: [The fine folks at Idolator are quite good at coming up with entertaining takes on current pop culture news. Here is a sample of their latest!] Last week, Fall Out Boy announced that it was rescheduling its upcoming spring tour, citing "personal issues." We're not quite sure what these issues might be, but the apologetic post on the band's website has drawn a remarkable 807 comments so far, with fans' reactions swinging all over the place. A look at the FOB fans' five stages of grief, as evidenced by their comments.


Fall Out Boy won't break up. and the shows will go on and will be so awesome, so dont worry. - fobluva15


i really hope everything is okay. when i told my dad, he said he wants me to get a refund because we have a nonrefundable hotel room. i just about slapped him. i'll be there no matter what!- beneaththeglass 

yea i saw a video. pete wentz and ashlee simpson were in LA last night. but its not letting me put the link in this comment for some reason. i guess this is how pete "prepares for the tour", huh? � inlovewithpete

[you know you want to click over for the other three stages] 
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Green Day Planted
Punkbands reports: A botanist from Switzerland, Dr. Jason R. Grant, just wrote to NRDC to tell us that he named a new tropical plant species after Green Day. It's called Macrocarpaea dies-viridis (dies-viridis is Latin for Green Day), and the scientific journal Harvard Papers in Botany just published an article about it! 

In his message, Dr. Grant says, "My students and I discovered this new species in February 2006 in Ecuador, and listened to Green Day music while driving, and in the evenings.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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What To Buy?
punkbands reports: Ready to spend some cash on great albums this week? Great records are comming out this week - the release schedule for this week is as follows: 

From Autumn To Ashes - Holding A Wolf By The Ears
Nekromantix - Life Is A Grave And I Dig It!
Henry Rollins - Talk Is Cheap Vol. 4
Hoods - Ghetto Blaster
Bright Eyes - Cassadaga
Bleed The Dream - Killer Inside

Army Of Me - Citizen
Blacklisted - Peace On Earth War On Stage 7"
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Livestock More Popular Than Stefani
PR reports: Wicked, the Broadway musical and theatrical tour, continued to hold the #1 ranking position as the nation's top "Most Requested Event" according to Ticketmaster, the world's leading ticketing company. Following closely behind on the chart ranked by online page views, information requests, and ticket sales during the first quarter of 2007 were The Police, Kenny Chesney, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the world's largest livestock exhibition and rodeo. The Police and Kenny Chesney were the top "Most Requested Concerts" followed by Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Buffett ranking at #3 and #4 respectively. 

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Funeral For A Friend Won't Be Bamboozled
punkbands reports: Funeral For A Friend won't be appearing as planned at this years Bamboozle due to itinerary issues. The press release explains all: "You may have heard that we're not going to able to make it out to the Bamboozle Festival this year. We are gutted not to be able to get there to see our US friends. The fact is that we're in the middle of a period of intense rehearsal that keeps getting interrupted by video shoots and promo for the new album and we aren't going to be able to make it over. What we are going to be able to do is come over in June to make up for it prior to heading out on Warped. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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RCA Reink Foo Fighters
punkbands reports: RCA Records announces today the re-signing of Foo Fighters to a new long-term recording agreement. Initially signed to RCA in 1999 the Foos, led by Dave Grohl with Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel and Chris Shiflett, have sold over 20 million albums worldwide to date.

This month the band returns to the recording studio to begin work on their sixth album with world-class producer Gil Norton, whose credits include Foo Fighters' double platinum & Grammy-nominated The Colour and the Shape (1997) and classic albums by the Pixies, Echo & the Bunnymen and Patti Smith. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Eighteen Visions No More
punkbands reports: Orange County's Eighteen Visions have gone bye bye. Oh well! Here's what the band have to say: "After several years of touring and quite a few album releases we have decided that it is time to go our seperate ways. We have been a band for a very long time and feel good about everything we were able to accomplish. At this point in our lives and our careers we feel its time to move on to something fresh and new. Whether it be music, touring or just being at home to live and enjoy life. We would like to thank all of our fans, friends and families for all of the great support over the years. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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