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Police Reunion
punkbands reports: Though no official word from the band has come, a recent story from The Mirror is reporting that the Police may reunite this year for a tour to mark their 30th Anniversary. This would be the first Police tour since the band broke up in Melbourne, Australia in 1984. The band consists of pop-sensation Sting on bass and vocals, Andy Summers on guitar and Stewart Copeland on drums.

The article goes on to state that "an official announcement is expected later this month after UK dates are locked in, possibly for May and June."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The OC Cancelled
TMZ reports: After killing off their most famous character, turning Summer into a hippie, and forcing Ryan to fight just about everybody who looked at him the wrong way, the folks behind "The OC" have finally thrown in the beach towel. 

"This feels like the best time to bring the show to its close," said Josh Schwartz, the show's creator and executive producer. According to FOX, on February 22 the struggling series will ride off into the California sunset one last time. [now emo nerds have something else to cry about… see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 


Omarion Tops Chart
E! Online reports: Turning 21 might give him more chances to be naughty, but Omarion still finished the year on Santa's nice list. 

In what was an otherwise slow week in the post-Yule music world, Omarion scored his second straight chart-topping bow as a solo artist. For the week ended New Year's Eve, the soulful singer made it to number one with 21 selling 119,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures Wednesday. It was the week's only new album to make the Top 10.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ambassador Wyclef
Reuters reports: Haitian President Rene Preval has appointed Haitian-born hip-hop star Wyclef Jean as a roving ambassador to promote the troubled country's image abroad, government officials said on Wednesday. 

"We wish we could have several Wyclefs as roving ambassadors because the country could have gained so much," Foreign Affairs Minister Renald Clerisme told Reuters in an interview.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Smashing 07 Planned
DiR reports: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan took to the band's MySpace page to update fans on what Smashing happenings are planned for 2007. We'll let Billy fill you in, here is his post: 

Happy New Year to you! May 2007 prove to be a blessed year in every respect and every way...I send you every ounce of love I have in my heart...May the grace of Mother be with you...This year for us will see a new album of songs and a world tour of tears, and we truly look forward to playing again for fans young, old, and missed...So yes, tunes are being dusted off, while others are being asked to kindly submit to an upstart millennia and all it's asking...In our daily prayers, we send out the signal that all who should hear us come forward and be seen, and by extension, heard...when we opened the lid on this music box, we were pleasantly suprised at the music that played: familiar yet unknown, welcoming but not sentimental...and that is all we can ask...God has absolutely blessed us in every respect...for many years there were private laments about opportunities missed and hearts so broken, but no more...we have turned the page and moved on, from places and faces, names and games...this age calls for resolve and certitude, and the fire within to burn ever bright...if that fire should be connected to absolutely deafening guitars, thundering drums, and the melodies of snakes, then so be it! We love you! If you are meant to be with us, find us!! We have need, and our arms are ever-open...although I can say definitively we don't need jugglers...but we do need ???? (what?) what do we need!- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Murder One 'Near-Death' Drama 
blabbermouth.net reports: MURDER ONE has issued the following update: "The future of MURDER ONE continued to be cursed as vocalist Paul Catten recently ended up on a life-support machine after routine surgery for his appendix went terribly wrong.

"Paul was taken into hospital for suspected appendicitus shortly before Christmas. After 24 hours observation, it was decided to carry out the normally routine surgery on the Sunday morning. At 12:30 p.m. on the Sunday, Paul was given a full anaesthetic and immediately suffered a severe allergic reaction, which resulted in a cardiac arrest. Once resuscitated and his condition stabilized, the appendix was removed and Paul was put into a drug-induced coma for 24 hours and kept on a life-support machine for the duration. He eventually woke at 9:30 p.m. on the Monday. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Clutch Tour
TuneLab reports: Clutch will hit the road with The Bakerton Group in two weeks. Dates include:

January 15th in Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
January 16th in Albany, NY @ Red Square
January 17th in Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's
January 18th in New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
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Nocturne Sellout
TuneLab reports: After announcing last October that Nocturne would no longer be continuing in the industrial/goth scene (but purposely not naming the new genre), vocalist Lacey Conner has re-surfaced solo performing "pop music with an edge, appealing to fans of Pink and Gwen Stefani". [Was the sellout inspired by Gwen? see full story for a link to the pop makeover]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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computers.net reports: More rumors are surfacing around Amazon offering DRM-free MP3s to compete with Apple's iTunes. Only this time the rumors include other MP3 download services and are coming from the mainstream press (does that make it more or less credible?). Looks like certain key executives have converted to the idea that digital downloads should be sold as unprotected MP3s.

The reasoning till now seems to have hinged on the idea that DRM is causing the digital marketplace to grow (huh?). But 2007 is projected to be a downer, or at best flat, in terms of revenue from digital downloads and mobile content. If *gasp* DRM can't continue to grow the digital marketplace (yeah, right, like it was ever the reason in the first place), then more music executives may look at DRM as an enemy. Not that it was ever really an ally, but let's let them pretend it was so that their flawed logic will make it go away.[see full story for more including details on which services may be offered DRM free]- Click Here for the Full Story 


3 Legged Doggs
KNAC reports: Judging by the band members resumes, its understandable to assume that 3 Legged Dogg would reflect old school 80s metal. After all, its members are veterans of such world renowned metallic institutions as Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, Quiet Riot, David Lee Roth, and Bonham. But upon hearing the quintets debut full length for Perris Records, Frozen Summer, the famous saying You should never judge a book by its cover comes into play... Formed out of a California collective known as the Hollywood Allstarz, Vinnie Appice and Chas West are 3 Legged Doggs' founding members, while Jimmy Bain, Carlos Cavazo, and Brian Young signed on soon after. And according to Appice, the groups chemistry was instant...The group plans to hopefully play their first-ever live gigs sometime in 2007 which may prove tricky, since Appice has been enlisted by Heaven and Hell (which includes Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler) to tour for much of the year. The tour plans are on hold but we intend to do a 3LD video in February with Perris Records, so we can have exposure on the internet and TV. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Warped Gets Cute
punkbands reports: Paramore and Cute is What We Aim For[possible the stupidest band name ever] have been added to this year's Warped Tour. They'll join previously announced acts Bad Religion, Big D And The Kids Table, K-os and The Fabulous Rudies.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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NOFX Mix It Up
punkbands reports: It looks like punk icons NOFX can once again be added to the list of bands giving the fans what they want to hear at shows. On tour last year, the band played their classic 18-minute long epic, "The Decline", in it's entirety on almost every date. Now, the band has announced that for the four Hollywood shows of their upcoming tour, a different album will be played each night. The guys broke it down as follows:

As some of you in the Los Angeles area might know, we will be playing 4 nights at the Hollywood House of Blues. We decided to make it not be boring (for us) and try to perform 75 different songs over the 4 nights. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mike Myers Who
FMQB reports: It may seem like an odd choice, but Mike Myers has reportedly been tapped to portray Keith Moon in an upcoming biopic. The film about the late Who drummer will be called See Me Feel Me (Keith Moon Naked For Pleasure), and is due for release in 2009. Apparently, Myers was the first choice of singer Roger Daltrey.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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U2 Comp a Joke
FMQB reports: Bono has told the BBC that he hopes that U2 will take their music to "the next level" on their forthcoming studio album. The singer/activist recently sat down with BBC host Jo Wiley for an hour-long interview special. Bono discussed the band's recent compilation, U218 Singles, calling it "a joke, really, because we've never been much of a singles band. But we did it because we have a very young audience coming through, and we wanted to just be very available for people who want to check us out, you know?[see full story for more including Bono's thoughts on where the music of U2 is heading]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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