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Blunt Hit & Run
TMZ reports: TMZ has learned that the LAPD has opened an investigation into a late night car accident involving singer James Blunt and supermodel Petra Nemcova, and have officially classified it as a "hit and run." 

According to several witnesses, James drove their black SUV over the leg of an autograph seeker as the couple slowly pulled away from a Hollywood party Friday night.

A rep for Blunt tells TMZ that, despite reports to the contrary, the person run over "wasn't a fan" and says, "It was a ton of paparazzi that were all swarming [James'] car as he was driving two MPH trying to navigate his way through them... They were invading his space. He was just trying to quietly leave the party." She adds that James is "looking into the matter and will cooperate." [see the full story for more including a photo of the victim who does appear to have a camera around his neck] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Foxy Brown Vs Cops
BBC reports: US rapper Foxy Brown has claimed she was a victim of police brutality when she was arrested on battery charges at a beauty store in Florida last week. 

She held a press conference at a Baptist church in Brooklyn to deny police claims that she spat on the store owner and resisted an officer. 

She claimed she was dragged half-naked out of the store's bathroom and picked on by police because she was black[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Departed Stones Movie
Reuters reports: Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese is joining forces with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger to make a movie spanning three decades in the music business. 

Scorsese, 64, who on Sunday won the best director Oscar for "The Departed," will direct "The Long Play" and work with Jagger and the British rocker's business partner Victoria Pearman to produce the film, Paramount Pictures said on Tuesday.[ see full story for more - so much for the Departed Too, then again who would star in that?]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Deep Purple CD Deep Sixed
Blabbermouth reports: A live album by rock band Deep Purple is being withdrawn from sale after the lead singer asked fans not to buy it. 
Ian Gillan said the album, recorded in Birmingham and titled NEC 1993, was one of their worst ever concerts and it had been re-released without his knowledge.

Sony BMG said it was recalling the album and would investigate why Gillan was not told about its plans. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Temple Of Brutality Temp
Blabbermouth reports: METAL CHURCH's Steve Unger will fill in for ex-MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson on TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY's upcoming U.S. tour, which is scheduled to kick off on March 7 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

In addition to David Ellefson, TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY features ex-W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland, guitarist Peter Scheithauer (BELLADONNA, KILLING MACHINE) and vocalist Todd Barnes (13-A). [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Digital Metallica
Blabbermouth reports: METALLICA has posted the following message on its official web site:

"On Tuesday, February 27th all of the promotional videos will be available on the iTunes Music Store including the 'extras' that were on the DVD. That makes 21 videos in all (every one we have ever made for better or worse!) as well as the 1989 release '2 of One' (previously only available on VHS), 'The Unforgiven' theatrical version, and the 'Some Kind Of Monster' film trailer. You can download the whole package or pick and choose your tracks . . . your call. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Download Firming Up
Blabbermouth reports: KORN, VELVET REVOLVER, LAMB OF GOD, DIMMU BORGIR, DRAGONFORCE and DEVILDRIVER have been confirmed for the Download festival, set to take place June 8-10 at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

IRON MAIDEN (June 10 headliner)
LINKIN PARK (June 9 headliner)
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE (June 8 headliner)
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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MP3 Player Suit
tinfoil.music reports: Little-known Texas MP3 Technologies is taking on Apple, Samsung Electronics Co and Sandisk with a patent-infringement lawsuit. 

The suit, which came to light over the weekend, was filed on 16 February in Marshall, Texas. The eastern Texas city is fast becoming one of the leading locations of patent infringement lawsuits in the US thanks to speedy trials and juries that more often than not find in favour of the plaintiff. 

In the complaint Texas MP3 Technologies alleges infringement on US patent 7,065,417, which was awarded in June 2006 to multimedia chip-maker SigmaTel and covers "an MPEG portable sound-reproducing system and a method for reproducing sound data compressed using the MPEG method."
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Velvet Revolver Finish Recording
KNAC reports: Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner posted a message on his site, stating that the band finished recording Libertad:

"Hey everyone, well.... Its finally here. The last day in the studio was yesterday ....sniff.... sniff.... and now all that's left to do is finish mixing. I can't even express to u people how f%@$n awesome it sounds!!!!! All the tracking is done. Just some last minute vox and finish mixing. Its gonna be a good one!"[see full story for some info on some possible cover tunes for the CD]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Warped Backlash?
punkbands reports: The most recent Warped confirmations are the Briggs, Madina Lake, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and The Fold. Head honcho Kevin Lyman posted this message on the Warped Tour site today:

It has been a very interesting Vans Warped tour to book over 4000 submissions, in booking the tour this year I felt that a diverse line-up was in order. The tour has always been a place to explore and discover new music. This years line-up has old school, emo, punk, screamo, hip-hop, more ska than you have seen in a long time and everything in between. If open minded this will be a great show, if you're not this might be the year to stay home and go do something constructive with your lives instead of complaining about the line-up on the message boards. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Karnivool WAMis 
SMN reports: Bieler Bros. Records Aussie import KARNIVOOL recently found themselves taking home five awards at the annual WAMi Awards. Described as Western Australia Music's night of nights, the WAMi's bring together music fans and members of local, national and international members of the music industry to acknowledge and celebrate another year of achievements. Below is an excerpt from the official press release regarding the ceremony:

"After being nominated for six WAMi Awards, KARNIVOOL took home a massive five awards. With more cake than they can chew, the Vool scored the WAMi Awards for Most Popular Act, Most Popular Live Act, Best Hard Rock Act, Best Guitarist (Drew Goddard) and Best Male Vocalist (Ian Kenny).[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ian Wallace RIP
Jam! reports: Ian Wallace, a journeyman drummer who toured with Bob Dylan, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt and recorded with Stevie Nicks, Ry Cooder and other music stars, has died. He was 60. 

Wallace died last Thursday at UCLA Medical Center of complications from esophageal cancer, his wife Marjorie Pomeroy said Monday. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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YouInSeries New Lineup
Lambgoat reports: YouInSeries has found replacements for guitarist Logan Lanning and drummer Cheyne Smith, who left the band last fall. Here's a statement from the group:

"The lineup is finally complete. We would like to welcome Kevin and Daniel to the group. Kevin plays guitar and comes from the band Versus The Mirror (former labelmates) and Daniel plays drums, is a hometown homie and has played in a few local bands and recently toured with Jani Lane.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Let's Go Sailing With Elvis
PR reports: In November of 2002, keyboardist Shana Levy left LA indie pop staples, Irving, to pursue her own outfit under the moniker Let's Go Sailing. With a little time and a little help from her friends (such as Silversun Pickups' Nikki Moninger, Irving's Brent Turner and Elvis Perkins), Let's Go Sailing fleshed out Shana's compositions into bittersweet indie pop with sophisticated arrangements and heart-on-the-sleeve vocals.

Let's Go Sailing has already gotten love from tastemaker radio stations KCRW, Indie 103.1, KROQ as well as MTV's "Real World," and is now ready to take the show on the road. This Spring will see Shana and crew head out with much-buzzed about folk-rocker and collaborator Elvis Perkins. [see full story for dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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