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Snoop in the Aussie Dog House
TMZ reports: Snoop Dogg just got dogged by Australia, which is barring entry of the rapper because of his extensive rap sheet, making this the second time in two months he's been shut out of another country.

The Doggfather (real name: Calvin Broadus) was supposed to fly into Sydney this week to co-host the MTV Australia Video Music Awards, but Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews says Snoop didn't pass their character test and added, "He doesn't seem the sort of bloke we want in this country." Arf![see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Maiden Knight?
BW&BK reports: Fans of the greasy 1980s heavy metal band Iron Maiden have petitioned the Downing Street website. They're demanding the group's heavily tattooed bass guitarist Steve Harris be recognised in the next list of honours. 

"Iron Maiden are often the band that encourage youngsters into rock music; one of the pleasures of a Maiden gig is the healthy mix of young and old," it reads. "Steve Harris, as a very fit, relatively moderate drinker, is a great role model for the younger fans that his band continuously attracts." 

At the very least, Harris's followers are demanding he is made an MBE. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Beasties Plan to Rock
Gigwise reports: The Beastie Boys have revealed that their new album is called ‘The Mix Up.' 

The seminal rap outfit say that the album is markedly different from their previous effort, exploring rock avenues and using instruments rather than samples. 

Mike D from the outfit said: "We play instruments on the whole album, as opposed to sampling. There's more rock on there. If you know us you can trace the influences and they're no completely surprising. Someone who listens to us casually might think 'What the hell are these guys doing?'" [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kanye To Di
AP reports: Kanye West, Rod Stewart and Lily Allen have been added to the lineup of artists for a summer concert in memory of Princess Diana. 

The July 1 show at Wembley Stadium also includes Duran Duran, Elton John, Joss Stone and Pharrell Williams.

Princes William and Harry have planned the concert as a tribute to their mother, who died in a car crash in Paris in August 1997.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bobby "Boris" Pickett RIP
AP reports: He does the "Monster Mash" no more. Bobby "Boris" Pickett, whose dead-on Boris Karloff impression propelled the Halloween anthem to the top of the charts in 1962, making him one of pop music's most enduring one-hit wonders, has died of leukemia. He was 69.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Congress Enters Net Radio Royalty Battle
FMQB reports: Congress has gotten involved in the ongoing fight to raise royalty rates for Internet broadcasters. Congressmen Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Don Manzullo (R-IL) have introduced the Internet Radio Equality Act, in an attempt to stop the Copyright Royalty Board's decision to increase the rates. The legislation is said to "modernize" the copyright rules, putting royalties paid by public broadcasters of "sound recordings" under the same system as "musical works."

Organizations who have been fighting the CRB decision have reacted favorably to the bill. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Coheed And Cambria Begin New CD
CMJ reports: Coheed And Cambria are set to enter a Los Angeles recording studio this week to begin work on their fourth studio album with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Stone Sour, Rush) in tow. With an estimated early fall release date, the tentatively titled No World For Tomorrow will be Coheed's second release through Columbia and is rumored to be the final chapter in the ongoing conceptual life of Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon, the main characters in a story the band has used throughout their previous albums. [see full story for upcoming tour dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Serj Sets Solo CD
Blabbermouth reports: SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian will end an extended break from the spotlight this fall with the release of his debut solo album, titled "Elect The Dead". The record is currently being mixed and tentatively scheduled for a September/October release. Tankian told Launch what to expect from the project. "The record is a rock record, very kind of epic sounding with a lot of different instruments, a lot of different layers and definitely interesting (laughs)," he said. "I don't know how to talk about my own music really well, I kind of just like having other people draw conclusions. But it's been exciting working on it. I've had the same energy as the first SYSTEM record."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Glenn Sutton RIP
Contact Music reports: Songwriter GLENN SUTTON has died of an apparent heart attack. He was 69. Sutton is best known for writing songs for artists including Jerry Lee Lewis and Tammy Wynette. Born Royce Glenn Sutton in 1937 in Hodge, Louisiana, Sutton went on to pen the 1966 million seller Almost Persuaded with his frequent songwriting partner Billy Sherrill. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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New Order, Bono and Depeche Mode Get Canned for Film Fest?
Contact Music reports: New Order, Bono and Depeche Mode are tipped to give next month's (May07) Cannes Film Festival in France a musical boost by performing at a party following the premiere of Ian Curtis biopic Control. The rock and pop stars are among the celebrities who will be attending the screening and the celebration of the tragic Joy Division star's life - and party organisers are trying to persuade the musicians to play.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Poison'd Ratt Dates
Day in Rock reports: The dates for the Poison and almost fully reunited Ratt tour have been leaked on the web. Poison will be touring in support of their cover album "Poison'd" which hits stores on June 5th. The current incarnation of Dokken and Mike Tramp (performing as White Lion) are the expected support acts for the outing.

6/13 - BI-LO Center Greenville, South Carolina 
6/15 - The Ampitheatre at The Wharf - Orange Beach, Alabama 
6/16 - City Stages/ Miller Light Stage - Birmingham, Alabama 
6/17 - Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre - Charlotte, North Carolina 
6/19 - Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnatti, Ohio 
6/20 - Post Gazette Pavillion - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
6/22 - Bay City River Roar - Bay City, Michigan 
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Can You Drum like Tony Danza?
Lambgoat reports: Tennessee's The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza are currently looking for someone to replace departing drummer Mason Crooks. Here's the official word from the band:

"You must be willing to relocate, previous band experience and professional gear is a must as is a willingness to tour at least 6 months out of the year. Mason will record drums for Danza's upcoming Black Market Activities debut and fill in until the band finds a replacement.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rock Charts
SMN reports: Rough charting and sales information for this week for rock/metal/alternative has been released, and is as follows:

#2 - NINE INCH NAILS - YEAR ZERO @ 187,157 
#39 - CHEVELLE - VENA SERA @ 16,980 
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GNR Sell Out
Sleazeroxx.com reports: The Australian leg of the Guns n' Roses world tour got off to a great start this morning when shows in Sydney and Melbourne sold out within 30 minutes. 

A second show for Melbourne has now been put on sale for Saturday June 16 and a second Sydney show will happened at Acer Arena on June 24. These are the final shows for Australia. 

Despite a false start to the world tour following an accident by band member Tommy Stinson, the Aussie fans opened their wallets as a sign of the faith that the show will go on[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rapper Eve Busted
PR reports: TMZ has learned that rapperista-actress Eve was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after she crashed her gold Maserati on Hollywood Boulevard.

Eve (real name: Eve Jeffers) was driving in Hollywood around 2:45 am this morning when her car hit the center divider, totaling the front of the car. TMZ was on the scene, and observed that after cops arrived, they placed her in handcuffs, and she was "visibly upset" as they led her into a squad car. We've learned that there were two people in the car with Eve at the time. 

The multiplatinum-selling Grammy-winner starred with Vin Diesel in "XXX" and had her own self-titled sitcom on the UPN. [see full story to find out which self important celeb paid her a visit in jail]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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