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Metal Wife Swap
KNAC reports: KNAC.COM has received the following letter asking us to help find to ideal heavy metal family: 
"My name is Rachelle Mendez and I'm a Casting Producer for ABC Television's hit reality show, Wife Swap. I am conducting a National Casting Search to find Metal Fans to feature on the current season of our show, and am contacting you in hopes of discussing the possibility of working together to find a family who we can consider casting. [see full story for more… now there is some fine programming for ya! And no Ozzy, you can't swap Sharon.] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Kanye Coldplay
Launch reports: Chris Martin will feature on the new Kanye West album, the hip hop icon has revealed. 

The Coldplay star appeared on "Beach Chair," a track on Kingdom Come, Jay-Z's return to the hip-hop world, last year.

Kanye has now revealed that he and Martin have recorded a song called "Homecoming," which is scheduled to be the first single from the follow-up to Late Registration.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bjork & Friends
Launch reports: Bjork has begun work on her new album, with Antony Hegarty and Timbaland among the contributors. 

The Icelandic pop star's last official release was Medulla in 2004. The current recordings are expected to result in a follow-up, due later this year. Hegarty, of Antony & the Johnsons fame, has apparently laid down vocals for two tracks on the LP, while super producer Timbaland is working on a further two.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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B.I.G. Dis… Dismissal That Is
AP reports: A judge threw out a defamation lawsuit by a man who claimed Fox Television and a hip-hop magazine falsely accused him of involvement in the unsolved murder of rapper 

A Superior Court judge on Thursday dismissed the suit by Tyruss Himes against Fox-owned KTTV-TV in Los Angeles and XXL magazine.

The judge granted defense motions to dismiss the lawsuit on grounds that the stories were constitutionally protected free speech.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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RIP Papa Denny
AP reports: Denny Doherty, one-quarter of the 1960s folk-rock group the Mamas and the Papas, known for their soaring harmony on hits like "California Dreamin'" and "Monday, Monday," died Friday at 66.

His sister Frances Arnold said the singer-songwriter died at his home in Mississauga, a city just west of Toronto, after a short illness. He had suffered kidney problems following surgery last month and had been put on dialysis, Arnold said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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McCartney Settles
pr-inside reports: SIR PAUL McCARTNEY has reportedly agreed to a £32 million ($63 million) divorce settlement with his estranged wife HEATHER MILLS, after a bitter six month battle over the former BEATLE's vast fortune.
McCartney split from his second wife Mills in May last year (06) after four years of marriage, and began divorce proceedings in July (06). [see full story for more - now we could make a joke about the 63 mil falling short of 64 answering Paul's question for the Sgt Pepper album but it looks like she had a leg to stand on after all.]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Atom Still In Offspring
TuneLab reports: Previous reports that drummer Atom Willard had left The Offspring to join Angles and Airwaves full time have turned out to be false. Airwaves bassist Rob Sinn, who is rumored to have first made the allegation, has confirmed that the Willard has not left The Offspring.[see full story for more music news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Town Godsmacked
TuneLab reports: The town of Lawrence, Massachusetts presented Godsmack singer Sully Erna with a key to the city on Tuesday. The honor was arranged by Lawrence City Councilman Nunzio DiMarca, who has known Erna since he was a kid growing up in the city. 

"I remember him when he was washing dishes at my brother's restaurant," DiMarca said at the ceremony, according to the local Eagle-Tribune. "He's always been a very polished young man."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Now They Want To Sue ISPs
tinfoil.music reports: The music industry opened up a new front in the war on online music piracy yesterday, threatening to sue internet service providers that allow customers to illegally share copyrighted tracks over their networks. 

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or IFPI, said it would take action against internet companies that carry vast amounts of illegally shared files over their networks. It stressed that it would prefer not to pursue such a strategy and is keen to work in partnership with internet providers. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 


Black Label Society Dates
KNAC reports: Black Label Society has confirmed the following North American live dates in support of their latest album, Shot To Hell, which was released by Roadrunner Records in September:

3/10 - Lake Buena Vista, FL at House of Blues 
3/13 - New Orleans, LA at House of Blues 
3/15 - N. Myrtle Beach, SC at House of Blues [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Warped Dates
punkbands reports: We have posted all of the Warped Tour 2007 dates below. The venues aren't all confirmed right now so don't get those yet. Just the cities and dates. 

06/28 San Diego, CA 
06/29 Pomona, CA 
06/30 Ventura, CA 
07/01 San Francisco, CA 
07/03 Vancouver, BC 
07/05 Calgary, AB 
07/07 Salt Lake City, UT
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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+44 -Travis
punkbands reports: Travis Barker's fractured arm has worsened and he will return to Los Angeles to be treated. +44 will continue touring throughout Europe with a substitute drummer until Travis is able to join back up with the band.

It is still unclear who will be sitting in for Travis - according to some sources the replacement drummer is Gil Sharone. He has played with Fishbone and is currently playing in a band called Stolen Babies.
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Evanescence 2nd Leg
SMN reports: EVANESCENCE has announced the second leg of U.S. dates on their World Tour. Beginning in Fresno, California on March 16th, the rock group, featuring Amy Lee (vocals, piano, keyboards), Terry Balsamo (guitar), John LeCompt (guitar), Rocky Gray (drums), and Tim McCord (bass), will perform 14 dates in arenas. The dates will go on-sale on Saturday, January 27. The tour kicks off in Fresno, CA on March 16 and runs across the U.S. with the final show scheduled for April 5 in Glens Falls, NY. CHEVELLE and FINGER ELEVEN will join EVANESCENCE on this leg of the tour. [see full story for more including dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Mega Dio Sabbath Tour
SMN reports: According to postings on various venue web sites, MEGADETH will be taking part in HEAVEN AND HELL's previously announced Canadian tour, which will also include DOWN in the opening slot. An official tour announcement is expected shortly. Expected dates for the tour are as follows:

March 11 - Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum 
March 13 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place 
March 14 - Calgary, AB @ Saddledome
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Cellador Lose Member
SMN reports: Nebraska based power metallers CELLADOR have posted the following update about parting ways with bassist Valentin Rakhmanov: "Its always a difficult thing when band members go seperate ways, but all parties involved in the decision agreed that it would work out best for everyone if the seperation occured. The issues involved in reaching this conclusion were not personal related, but rather simply musical differences and contrasting professional agendas. Outside of the professional sphere of the band the members and past members of CELLADOR still maintain good standing friendships and so to summarize, its nothing personal. The band wishes Val the best of luck with his future musical endeavors and has little doubt that he won't be back on his feet soon.

CELLADOR will not be cancelling any upcoming shows as the band will be using a temporary bass player to fill in. [see full story for more including info if you wanna try out for the spot]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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