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Who Killed Jam Master Jay?
AP reports: Federal prosecutors have alleged that a low-level career bandit may hold the key to one of the more high-profile mysteries of the hip-hop world: Who killed rap pioneer Jam Master Jay? 

In court papers, the prosecutors identify Ronald "Tenad" Washington as the armed accomplice of a second unidentified gunman who shot Jay, whose real name was Jason Mizell, inside his New York recording studio in 2002. They say Washington also is a suspect in the 1995 fatal shooting of Randy Walker, a close associate of the late rapper Tupac Shakur.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Another B.I.G. Lawsuit
TMZ reports: The family of murdered rapper Christopher Wallace aka Notorious B.I.G., has filed another wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles in connection with Biggie's death ... this time in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The lawsuit, filed yesterday and obtained by TMZ, is in addition to the one filed in federal court years ago, however, the new complaint involves state-related claims. The lawsuit also names two former police officers as co-defendants.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Underwood Big CMT winner
E! reports: The people have spoken. The Dixie Chicks it ain't. 

The controversial country trio were finalists for Video of the Year and Group Video of Year at the 2007 CMT Music Awards, but when all was said and done, the cable network's viewers made nice with Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts.

Underwood's "Before He Cheats" was named Video of the Year Monday [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Web Radio RIP?
BBC reports: US webcasters will face sharp rises in royalty fees that could be "fatal" to the nascent industry, a coalition of web broadcasters has claimed. 

The increases will start on 15 May and will eventually charge royalties every time an online listener hears a song. 

The decision to impose the fees was made by a panel of judges who threw out requests to overturn an earlier ruling.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Geldof Plans TV Series
BBC reports: Bob Geldof and the BBC have unveiled plans for a website and television series that aim to record every human society. 

The Dictionary of Man website and an eight-part television series, The Human Planet, will be made with help from BBC Worldwide, the BBC's commercial arm. 

Crews will travel the world to try to film the 900 separate groups of people that anthropologists believe exist. [seefull story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Velvet Revolver Go Soph in July
Blabbermouth reports: After scrapping the original May 29 release date, VELVET REVOLVER has settled on July 3 to unveil its second RCA album, "Libertad". Impacting in mid-May, the first single from the set will be "She Builds Quick Machines", one of the four new tracks the group has been playing of late during shows in South America.

"RCA did a bunch of research on what the first single should be," bassist Duff McKagan told Billboard.com last night (April 16) before a gig in Buenos Aires. "I'm pretty anti that stuff. The band had something they wanted to go with, but RCA just kept coming with it. So we decided, it's fine. It's a great f*ckin' rock song. It has a kick-ass guitar riff, a great chorus, a really big bridge and a great Slash solo."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Friendly Hairball
Blabbermouth reports: As editor of RIP magazine from 1987 to 1994, Lonn Friend has volumes of stories to share from the "decade of decadence" that was Eighties metal and he now brings those stories to "The Hairball John Radio Show" with the weekly feature "Tales from Planet Rock". Each episode of "Tales from Planet Rock" will feature Lonn Friend relaying a treasured story from his numerous interviews and tours with some of hard rock's biggest names.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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VH1 Honors Tribute Bands Named
Blabbermouth reports: ALICE IN CHAINS and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE have been added to the list of artists who will take the stage for tribute performances at the second annual "VH1 Rock Honors". This year's celebration will honor the music and influence of OZZY OSBOURNE, GENESIS, HEART and ZZ TOP. 

These honorees will perform live, along with additional tribute bands NICKELBACK, GRETCHEN WILSON and KEANE, on Saturday, May 12 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. 

Hosted by Bam Margera ("Jackass", "Viva La Bam"), "VH1 Rock Honors" will air on VH1 Thursday, May 24[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Erna Traumatised About Crash
Contact Music reports: GODSMACK frontman SULLY ERNA has spoken out for the first time following last week's (ends13Apr07) car crash that left a 25-year-old woman fighting for her life and the rocker shaken up. Erna's Hummer H3 collided with a Toyota Camry near Boston, Massachusetts, leaving Lyndsay Taylor with life-threatening injuries. Taylor, who was in the back seat of the car Erna hit, was listed as critical after being admitted to a local hospital but her condition is improving. The rocker's manager Paul Geary tells the BostonHerald.com the three-car pile-up in Methuen, Massachusetts has left Erna "shaken up". The manager says, "He's deeply concerned for the girl who was hurt in this unfortunate accident. Sully's thankful he got out with a split lip and some aches and pains, but he's traumatised about the girl." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Too Sexy for Mayor?
Contact Music reports: RIGHT SAID FRED frontman RICHARD FAIRBRASS is planning to run for London Mayor at the next elections. The I'm Too Sexy singer's manifesto includes higher congestion charges for drivers who live outside London, but contribute to the traffic within the British capital. Fairbrass is impressed with the work current London Mayor Ken Livingstone has done, but believes there is more potential for change. He says, "London has turned into a rich man's playground. I have been living here since 1982 and London has definitely improved. "But I think Ken has been in the hotseat too long - it's time for a change.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Aussie Live Earth to Include Jack Johnson, Midnight Oil, Silverchair and Crowded House
Contact Music reports: Surfing rocker JACK JOHNSON is set to end his year-long hiatus by headlining the Sydney, Australia leg of Live Earth concerts this summer (07). The singer/songwriter will join reformed rockers Midnight Oil, Crowded House and Silverchair at the 7 July (07) concert, held in conjunction with similar events in London, New Jersey, Rio de Janeiro and Toyko. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Busy Schedule for The Chariot
Lambgoat reports: The Chariot will be on the road consistently during the coming months, including stints with Misery Signals, The Human Abstract, and the Warped Tour. Here's the latest:

dates w/ Misery Signals, The Human Abstract, I Hate Sally
5/16 Fayetteville, AR @ The Music Hall
5/17 Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory
5/18 Dallas, TX @ The Door
5/19 Houston, TX @ JavaJazz
5/20 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
5/21 Corpus Christi, TX @ House Of Rock
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Genghis Tron To Do Canada
Lambgoat reports: Genghis Tron has lined up a few Canadian dates for early-May. Here you go:

5/3 Montreal, QC @ Zoo Bizarree
5/4 Ottawa, ON @ End Hits
5/5 Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee's
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Social D Plan Best Of Comp
punkbands reports: Mike Ness recently did an interview that ran on Arizona's azdaily.com. In it he talks about a Social Distortion greatest hits album which is on the way. The record will include a new song. "All I can tell you about that is that I had a song that was pretty much the template for the new album, and we went in and recorded it. We're gonna release it sooner. We're gonna put it on the greatest-hits album. So if people want to get a taste of what the new album will sound like, they can hear it on that song. A song called "Far Behind."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Hives Recording and Touring
punkbands reports: The Hives are currently finishing up the follow up to 2004's Tyrannosaurus Hives. Nicholaus Arson writes: Today my dears we are busy shooting the cover for our new record. I´m as of now standing in my underwear balancing a live elephant on my forhead. It´s hard work but I do it man. I do whatever it takes to get that shot. Hey Dumbo!!! - hold that pose! Bright lights big animal! Phew! Ok good think we got it. 

Expected release is set to late summer / fall. The band have confirmed several shows this summer in Europe[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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