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Avril Beats NIN
Reuters reports: Canadian pop singer Avril Lavigne's third studio album will top the U.S. charts when sales data are issued Wednesday, while rock combo Nine Inch Nails will be the runner-up, industry experts predict.

Each should open with more than 200,000 copies, a welcome boost for the Billboard 200, where the chart-topper on four occasions this year, including the current week, has sold less than 90,000 copies.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Lily Allen Attacks Photographer
Contact Music reports: LILY ALLEN proved her girl power credentials on a night out in Los Angeles last night (19Apr07) by attacking a photographer. The Smile singer was partying with rocker Courtney Love at trendy club [Losers Lounge aka] Hyde when she took offence as a crowd of paparazzi lit up the night upon her exit. One photographer says, "She really wasn't very happy and started pushing photographers. She pushed one camera into a photographer's face."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Axl Axes Shows
Contact Music reports: GUNS N' ROSES have axed their festival shows in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, to allow bass player Tommy Stinson more time to recover from a wrist injury. The group pulled the plug on a show in Japan last Saturday (14Apr07) after Stinson sprained his wrist in a stair fall last week (ends13Apr07) - and he is still too wounded to play. As a result, the band has scrapped their two scheduled My Coke Festival performances. Guns N' Roses have also pulled the plug on scheduled shows in Australia and New Zealand.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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FL to Outlaw Fake Bands
AP reports: The Florida Senate embraced the "truth in music" movement Friday with passage of legislation barring oldies acts using famous names to which they're not entitled. 

The bill now awaiting House approval would prohibit a person from advertising or holding a live performance using such a name under false pretenses.

Bands with famous names performing with at least one original member who has the legal right would be allowed. The measure also would still allow people who own a federal service mark or trademark to use the name of a band.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Morrissey Snubs Rock Hall
Gigwise reports: Morrissey has reportedly snubbed the opportunity of being inducted into the US Music Hall Of Fame along with his Smiths bandmates. 

The frontman had been invited to the ceremony celebrating his seminal band's entry into the hall of fame. 

However, the bad blood still flowing between him Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce following the band's split in the eighties is said to have made Morrissey refuse to attend.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Decemberists orchestra
FMQB reports: The Decemberists will play a handful of dates this summer backed by a full orchestra. The band's shows in Los Angeles; Atlanta; Columbia, MD; Philadelphia and Chicago will all feature local symphonies. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gorillaz RIP?
FMQB reports: Is the Gorillaz' cartoon career coming to an end? Damon Albarn told BBC Radio 2 that there will not be any more proper Gorillaz studio albums, and that the fictional quartet's final album will be the soundtrack to the Gorillaz movie. According to various reports, Albarn said, "We're trying to make a film next, starting in September hopefully. It will be a film score. There won't be another pop record.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Diana Vs Live Earth
Contact Music reports: Organisers of the memorial concert for DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES are struggling to secure high profile artists for the event after losing superstars MADONNA and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS to this year's (07) Live Earth charity concert. The sons of the late princess, Prince William and Prince Harry, are reportedly pressuring concert bosses to re-think the current line-up, which includes 1980s stars Jason Donovan and Donny Osmond, and book trendier and more current acts.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Smashing Tracks
SMN reports: THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have settled on the track list for "Zeitgeist," the first album since 2000. As previously reported, the album is due July 7 via Martha's Music/Reprise.

1. Doomsday Clock
2. 7 Shades of Black
3. Orchid
4. That's the Way
5. Tarantula
6. Starz
7. United States
8. Never Lost
9. Bring the Light
10. Come On (Let's Go)
11. For God and Country
12. Pomp and Circumstance
[see full story for a bit about some of the tracks]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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311 Tour
SMN reports: 311 have announced the following U.S. tour dates for this Summer, with MATISYAHU opening most shows:

June 21 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre*
June 23 - El Paso, TX @ Club 101*
June 24 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre*
June 26 - Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom*
June 27 - Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion*
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nightwish To End Mystery with Single
SMN reports: NIGHTWISH will release their first single called ‘Eva', which will be available as download only, on May 30. The track will be the first opportunity for fans around the world to hear the new NIGHTWISH vocalist when her full identity will be revealed that day.

All European download profits for this single will go the Child Charity Foundation "Die Arche"[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hellfest 07
SMN reports: France's premier metal festival HELLFEST returns this year to Clisson (near Nantes) with an unparalleled line up, presenting the best in metal and hardcore from across the globe.

June 22, 23 and 24 will see fans from across Europe descend on the town of Clisson in North West France for an entire weekend.

[see full story for the rest of the insane lineup]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Faster Pussycat Reunion Plea
Sleazeroxx.com reports: Founding Faster Pussycat member Brent Muscat has issued an open letter to other original members of the group in hopes of setting up a full blown reunion to mark the band's 20th anniversary. Here is part of the letter: Dear Taime [Downe -singer] and Greg [Steele -guitar], I will try to keep this letter brief I have sent both of you email and messages through myspace inviting you both to join Original Members Eric Stacy, Brett Bradshaw and myself as Faster Pussycat to do a 20th anivesary tour one last time. 

I have not received a response from either of you so I will ask you both to consider joining us. Will you?? You have a open invitation to join with us. 

I believe that both of you were a very important part of Faster Pussycat and it would be nice if someday we could all play together. I'm sure most of the fans would love it as well.. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bob Dylan American Tour
antiMusic reports: Bob Dylan will be returning stateside for a string of dates beginning on June 22nd in Atlantic City, hitting the East Coast before heading to Canada followed by the Midwest then finishing up on West Coast in late July. 

Here are the confirmed dates: 
Fri 06/22/07 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Casino / Spa 
Sat 06/23/07 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Casino / Spa 
Sun 06/24/07 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Used and the Worm
PR reports: Lies for the Liars, the new album from The Used, hits stores May 22nd. Check out the audio for the first single "The Bird and the Worm" at the full story link. And Don't miss the premiere for the amazing new video for "The Bird and the Worm" on MTV2 this Monday the 23rd - airing every hour on the hour. And if you're one of those computer types, you can catch it on mtv.com all day.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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