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Police Reunion Dates
antiMusic reports: The Police have made it official; their reunion was not a Grammy one-off. The band has plotted a reunion tour which kicks off on May 28th in Vancouver. Sting's son Joe Sumner along with his band Fiction Plane will provide support. Here are the dates as of now:

05/28 - Vancouver, BC - General Motors Place
06/6 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena at Seattle Center
06/9 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
06/15 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
06/16 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/18 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
06/26 - Dallas, TX - AmericanAirlines Center
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Ray J Sextape
Launch reports: Rumors of a sex tape starring R&B crooner Ray J and his ex-girlfriend, celebutante Kim Kardashian (daughter of O.J. Simpson attorney Robert Kardashian) have finally been substantiated. Adult film company Vivid Video has confirmed that it has paid an unidentified third party $1 million for the rights to the tape, and that the footage will be released as the racy DVD Kim Kardashian Superstar on February 21. Additional footage not on the DVD will also be available online.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Study the RIAA Doesn't Want You To Read
arstechnica.com reports: A new study in the Journal of Political Economy by Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Koleman Strumpf has found that illegal music downloads have had no noticeable effects on the sale of music, contrary to the claims of the recording industry.
Entitled "The Effect of File Sharing on Record Sales: An Empirical Analysis," the study matched an extensive sample of music downloads to American music sales data in order to search for causality between illicit downloading and album sales. Analyzing data from the final four months of 2002, the researchers estimated that P2P affected no more than 0.7% of sales in that timeframe... The study reports that 803 million CDs were sold in 2002, which was a decrease of about 80 million from the previous year. The RIAA has blamed the majority of the decrease on piracy, and has maintained that argument in recent years as music sales have faltered. Yet according to the study, the impact from file sharing could not have been more than 6 million albums total in 2002, leaving 74 million unsold CDs without an excuse for sitting on shelves. [see
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Life For Murder Inc Assoc
MTV reports: Former Murder Inc. associate Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, 46, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, one week after jurors found the convicted drug kingpin guilty of ordering a retaliatory hit on two men. Prosecutors pursued death by lethal injection for McGriff, who was originally arrested in 2003 on money-laundering charges as a part of the Murder Inc. federal raid, but jurors failed to reach a consensus. [see full story for more - Rhyme Doesn't Pay]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Sonic Cribs
Gigwise reports: Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo is set to appear on The Cribs' forthcoming new album. 

Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos is producing the follow-up to 2005's ‘The New Fellas' with the band in New York and revealed they have a surprise guest. 

Ranaldo provides spoken word vocals on a track called ‘Be Safe' and Kapranos says he was a joy to work with. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Al Gore Friendly Records
CMJ reports: As part of a slate of eco-friendly policy changes, WEA Corp., the US sales and distribution arm of Warner Music Group, has announced a plan to package all of its CDs and DVDs with chemically safe paper made from a blend of recycled products and the fibers of non-endangered forests.["made from a blend of recycled products" so their A&R people are now in charge of packaging as well as signing new bands and using the same formula? see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Radiohead Summer?
Ananova reports: Radiohead's latest album could be set for release in August - according to online retailer Amazon.

The band are currently working on their seventh studio album, the follow up to 2003 release Hail To The Thief, and Amazon claim the release date will be August 6. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Silent Force Injury
Blabbermouth reports: SILENT FORCE vocalist D.C. Cooper — who works as a firefighter in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area — has updated his MySpace page with the following message:

"We here at the staff at DCPStudio would like to let everyone know that D.C. Cooper is OK and doing well. 

"D.C. was released from the hospital after being transported by NorthWest EMS during a structure fire that Station 108 Bellevue FD and 11 other fire companies were battling in the Avalon section of Pittsburgh. D.C., along with three other firefighters, [was] transported after recieving injuries at this blaze. D.C. and a few others recieved injuries mainly revolved around hypothermia and dehydration due to the sub-zero temperatures the fire crews dealt with after being on the fire scene for several hours. An injury to D.C.'s left hand will be re-x-rayed on Monday to rule out a hairline fracture, once the swelling subsides.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Black Eyed Slash
Blabbermouth reports: According to MTV.com, VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash jammed with the BLACK EYED PEAS on "Let's Get It Started" at Avalon in Hollywood, California on Thursday (Feb. 8). The BLACK EYED PEAS threw a benefit concert for their Peapod Foundation, which helps underprivileged children around the world. This year's effort raised funds for the band's Peapod Music and Arts Academy, an educational center that will serve foster children in inner-city L.A. Other guests included Wyclef Jean and John Legend. [see full story for more including a link to photos]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Static-X Tour
Blabbermouth reports: California's STATIC-X has announced the following tour dates in support of its new album, "Cannibal":

Mar. 30 – The Galaxy Theatre- Santa Ana, California
Mar. 31 - Extreme Thing - Las Vegas, Nevada
Apr. 01 - House Of Blues - San Diego, California
Apr. 03 - Rialto - Tuscon, Arizona
Apr. 04 - Marquee - Tempe, Arizona
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UFO Injury
Blabbermouth reports: Legendary hard rockers UFO have issued the following update: "We are very sorry to announce that last Wednesday Andy Parker [drums] broke his ankle by slipping on a wet floor. After two hospital appointments Andy had surgery today and now has a plate and some screws in his ankle. Needless to say, he won't be ready to play the UFO tour in March. We are all very upset about this.

"After much discussion between Andy and the other bandmembers the decision was taken to go ahead with the tour and play the March dates with a replacement drummer. Our good friend Simon Wright (DIO, ex-AC/DC) was kind enough to step in immediately — thanks mate![see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rick Rubin Rules Grammys
PR reports: RICK RUBIN was awarded a total of FIVE Grammys last night:

Producer of the Year

Album of the Year (for Dixie Chicks/"Taking the Long Way")

Record of the Year (Dixie Chicks/"Not Ready to Make Nice")

Song of the Year (Dixie Chicks/"Not Ready to Make Nice")

Country Album of the Year (Dixie Chicks/"Taking the Long Way")

Rock Album of the Year (Red Hot Chili Peppers/"Stadium Arcadium")

"It feels so good to know our work touched listeners enough to vote it the best of the year," said Rubin. "During the process, we are making our own favorite music. This award is confirmation that what is true and real in the emotion of music is contagious." -- Rick Rubin
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Nin Tracks
TuneLab reports: Nine Inch Nails have revealed the complete track listing for their new album, 'Year Zero', due on April 17th. Check it out below:

01. Hyperpower!
02. The Beginning of the End
03. Survivalism
04. The Good Soldier
05. Vessel
06. Me, I'm Not
07. Capital G
08. My Violent Heart
09. The Warning
10. God Given
11. Meet Your Master
12. The Greater Good
13. The Great Destroyer
14. Another Version of the Truth
15. In This Twilight
16. Zero-Sum
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Prince To Tour?
idolator.com reports: Members of Prince.org recently tracked down [a] seating chart for Toronto's Air Canada Centre, and unless the Canadians have invented some new-fangled sport involving Hieroglyphics, it looks like the sort of stage the Purple One might employ on, say, a summer tour. Hmmm.[see full story for more including a link to the seating chart... funky man, funky]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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