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50 Cent Condoms
Gigwise reports: He's already launched his own clothing line, books and mineral water, now 50 Cent is branching out to condoms. 

The rapper believes that his line of condoms is a fresh incentive to encourage youngsters to take part in safe sex. [fresh? Didn't KISS already do this?] "We have to be a little more creative about it. It's the same with safe sex. As opposed to being part of a safe-sex campaign, I'm going to make condoms and donate a part of the proceeds to HIV awareness." [ok, well KISS wouldn't do that - see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Glitter Parole
AP reports: Former British glam rocker Gary Glitter, convicted of molesting two Vietnamese girls, may be released early from his three-year sentence, a prison official said Wednesday. 

Glitter, 62, is on a list of inmates being considered for early release as part of next month's Lunar New Year celebrations, said Tran Huu Thong, director of the Thu Duc detention center, where Glitter is being held. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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NIN in April?
punkbands reports: Although an official release date for Nine Inch Nails' still-untitled follow-up to 2005's "With Teeth" still has not been confirmed. The UK online retailer Play.com began taking pre-orders for the the new record, listing April 16, 2007 as the release date.- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bon Jovi Still Popular But Pirates Rule
AP reports: The movie swashbuckler "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and its stars Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley led winners during Tuesday night's 33rd annual People's Choice Awards. 

[but here are some of the music "choices" see full story for the entire list of winners]
o Female singer: Carrie Underwood 
o Male singer: Kenny Chesney 
o Group: Nickelback 
o R&B song: "SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake 
o Hip-hop song: "Shake That" by Eminem 
o Pop song: "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira 
o Country song: "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood 
o Rock song: "Who Says You Can't Go Home" by Bon Jovi 
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Britney Can't Dress
hecklerspray.com reports: There isn't a January that goes by where we don't wish we were Mr Blackwell; he's basically Santa Claus, but instead of coming out once a year to deliver presents Mr Blackwell pops up every January to complain about the clothes that Britney Spears wears.

In honesty, Mr Blackwell doesn't complain as such when he's making his Worst-Dressed list - for 47 years he's fired out round after round of machine-gunning rhyming alliterative sentences that make readers say "Ooh, that bitch" and "Wow, is Mr Blackwell still alive?" in equal measure. The main focus of hatred on Mr Blackwell's 47th Worst-Dressed list is the same as in his 46th - Britney Spears, although this time she's brought Paris Hilton along for company. You want to hear what kind of catty, Sex And The City-style barbs the elderly Mr Blackwell has got ready for Britney and Paris? You'd better read on, then.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Roth on Rock Hall Induction
blabbermouth.net reports: Launch Radio Networks reports: The normally outrageous David Lee Roth is staying decidedly low-key regarding this week's announcement that VAN HALEN will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Instead of some classic "Diamond Dave" quotes, Roth has issued a very simple statement that reads, "It is an honor and a privilege to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Clutch Set March Release
blabbermouth.net reports: CLUTCH has set "From Beale Street to Oblivion" as the title of its new album, due on March 20 via DRT Entertainment. Produced, recorded and mixed by Joe Barresi (KYUSS, TOOL, MELVINS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, the CD "floods the room with riffs, melodies, and monstrously vital grooves," according to a press release.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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VH1 Won't Rock The Hall
BW&BK reports: VH1 will not carry the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction gala this year, and a Hall spokeswoman says the organization is still deciding what course of television action to take. 

VH1 has taped the show for the past several years and telecast an edited-down version a few nights later. That system was a balancing act: The Hall wanted attention and promotion, but didn't want to turn the annual Waldorf-Astoria Hotel dinner, which this year will be March 12th, into purely a TV event. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Rough Trade US
CMJ reports: UK-based indie label Rough Trade has agreed to exclusively license several of their marquee new releases in the States through the World's Fair label group. The terms of the agreement dictate that World's Fair will oversee the marketing, manufacturing and distribution of select titles, including Jarvis Cocker's upcoming Jarvis and the yet-unnamed forthcoming British Sea Power LP.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Depeche Mode Digital Box
CMJ reports: One of the more hubristic releases of late, the definitive box set from UK goth-pop legends Depeche Mode is now out digitally exclusively on iTunes. Clocking in at just over 58 hours(!) The Complete Depeche Mode features an astounding 644 tracks culled from the band's 25-year career including all 11 studio albums, all singles and B-sides, two live albums, a remix album, additional rare and deleted bric-a-brac and 10 previously unreleased acoustic rehearsals. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Who Needs a Label?
BBC reports: Essex rock band Koopa could become the first unsigned group to land a UK top 40 hit thanks to new chart rules. 

Their download-only single Blag, Steal & Borrow is on course to enter Sunday's top 40, early sales figures suggest. Chart rules were changed at the start of January to count all digital single sales, even if there is no CD version. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ringo Museum in Jeopardy
BBC reports: The birthplace of Beatle drummer Ringo Starr could be knocked down and rebuilt brick by brick at the new £65m Museum of Liverpool on the city's waterfront. 

The Victorian terrace in Madryn Street, Toxteth, is one of 460 in the area set to be demolished so new homes can be built in their place. A campaign to save Ringo's birthplace failed after the city council said it had "no historical significance".[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Silverchair US Dates
TuneLab reports: Silverchair have announced they will play two dates in North America in February. On February 12th the band will perform at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City and February 15th the band will perform in Toronto, ON at the "G'Day Toronto" celebration.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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CD Sales Drop
TuneLab reports: The first week of 2007 rendered poor album sales with a 34% drop from the previous week and an 18% drop compared to the same week last year. The only note-worthy gain was the debut from Daughtry which jumped from No. 11 to No. 3 despite a 27% drop with a whopping 56,000 units scanned last week.[see full story for more news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Nevermore Kidney Transplant
KNAC reports: Following successful kidney transplant surgery in December, Nevermore guitarist Steve Smyth issues the following statement: The time has finally come to share a very important piece of news, directly related to my health. On December 12th, 2006, I had a successful kidney transplant! After six straight months on dialysis, changes to my lifestyle and diet, and a very thorough search for a suitable donor, by early August 2006, we had a preliminary match. Several rounds of blood and tissue typing tests had to be subsequently performed to ensure we were a perfect match for transplant; the main reason for my hesitance in saying anything publicly during those months. 

The donor shall remain nameless, but my gratitude to him for his selfless act of kindness and friendship will endure forever! Thank you so much, you have no idea how much this means to me! I am now on the road to recovery, as they say.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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