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Destiny's Child Onstage Collapse
Gigwise reports: Kelly Rowland worried fans when she took a fall during a show in Lagos, Nigeria. 

The former Destiny's Child singer, currently touring to promote her second solo album, Ms. Kelly, was performing at the This Day Music Festival when she collapsed from dehydration. 

Kelly was treated at a local hospital and is back on her feet and in good condition, her rep tells ET.- more on this story

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Pop Star Held Hostage
Contact Music reports: Former ATOMIC KITTEN singer KERRY KATONA was held hostage at her home by armed robbers on Monday (16Jul07). Three masked men armed with a sledgehammer, crowbar and knife burst into her home in Cheshire, England at the early hours of Monday morning - and held a knife to her throat. 

Her husband and their five-month-old daughter Heidi were also in the house at the time. They were taken downstairs by one of the robbers, while the other two carried out the burglary.

They escaped with two televisions, an Xbox and a Playstation 3 gaming consoles, jewelry and watches.- more on this story

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Morrissey Vs Madonna
Gigwise reports: Morrissey has launched a verbal attack over Madonna's fondness for wearing fur during a recent gig for PETA. 

Morrissey was playing at Norfolk, Virginia's Norva venue (July 9th) in America when he made the angry comments.

He told the audience: "I wouldn't be surprised if she made that African boy she adopted into a coat and wore him for fifteen minutes, then threw it away." 
- Ouch! More on this beef here

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Rammstein Lose Their Voice But Find Another One
PR reports: German industrial metal powerhouse Rammstein lost their voice on Friday the 13th when Till Lindemann announced he was leaving the group. He reported decided to leave over "increasing inharmoniousness within the band." 

The other members of the band didn't waste anytime in finding a replacement. Today they announced that former KMFDM frontman En Esch will be taking his place. 

Rammstein founders Richard Kruspe and Christoph Schneider issued a statement about the changes. "We all will miss Till Lindemann who gave us many years of joy," they said. "Please welcome the talented En Esch - Till's footsteps are big, but maybe he can dry our tears rapidly."- more on this story

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BBC Apologizes to "Metalica" Fans
PR reports: When you are apologizing to fans of a band it is usually a good idea to spell the name of the band correctly. UK metalheads were a bit miffed at the BBC coverage of Live Earth because the producers decided to cut away mid-song from Metallica's performance at Wembley stadium in favor of Crowded House in Sydney. In other words, the network upset some of the very few people that actually tuned in to the "world changing" event.

The move prompted protest from a few hundred Metallica fans, so the BBC issued an apology and explanation for this decision. According to the Guardian "The BBC was at pains to point out that the decision was not taken out of 'prejudice about heavy metal music or any other music'."- more on this story

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Write A Song, Go To Jail
punkbands reports: A band called Deli from Turkey (not to be confused with a turkey sandwich bought from a deli), is facing 18 months in jail for a song they wrote lashing out against a state exam high school students must take to gain entry into college. 

They're being charged with insulting their homeland and will be in court Thursday to defend themselves. 

The song is called "OSYM" and contains the lyrics "Life should not be a prison because of an exam/I have gotten lost/You have ruined my future/ I am going to tell you one thing:/ Shove that exam...''- no child left behind

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Classic Hard Rock Still Strong
PR reports: It seems that people are opting for classic hard rock and metal CDs over most generic "new" music. This according to a report by the Associated Press. While record companies try to fathom reasons why people aren't buying their "new" product, by ignoring the most logical explanation and looking to court tweens to help pick up their bottom lines, it appears that music from other eras where A&R people took chances on bands that didn't sound like everyone else and bands were allowed to develop a fanbase over several albums is still attracting a lot of buyers. 

Twenty-Seven years after its release, AC/DC's Back in Black is still selling almost enough copies a year to qualify for a gold record. Last year while we were treated to dozens of sound-alike emo bands that didn't sell many CDs, AC/DC's landmark album managed to sell 440,000 copies in the US. 

While [insert silly multi-worded name here] was struggling to attract the attention of TRL girls, other albums from long-ago were also moving pretty heavy numbers. Metallica's jump to the commercial mainstream, aka The Black Album was added to the CD collections of 275,000 US music fans last year and Guns 'N Roses debut which broke records when it was released in 1987 is still a hot seller, welcoming 113,000 more people to the jungle last year. And the album that killed "hair metal" and touched off the grunge trend of the early 90s (Nirvana's Nevermind) is still going strong with 143,000 copies sold last year.- but what top seller from the past isn't doing so well now?

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Bjork Lines Up Some American Dates
PR reports: North American fans fret not as it looks like your favorite singer from Iceland has escaped from the giant teddy bear and is coming to our shores this fall. Bjork announced a handful of North American dates with some speculation that more are to come. 

Bjork is touring support of her latest, Volta, which his stores in May. Right now it looks like the American run will kick off with an appearance at the Virgin Festival in Toronto on September 9th and conclude on the 24th at Madison Square Garden. 

Before she hits the New World, she has a string of dates spaced out all summer in Europe starting this week in Spain and other dates in Italy, Switzerland, France, Ireland and Scotland. - you know you want to click here for the dates

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Kelly Johnson RIP
Contact Music reports: GIRLSCHOOL founder KELLY JOHNSON has died following a six-year battle with cancer. The British guitarist passed away from complications caused by cancer of the spine on Sunday (15Jul07). 

Johnson quit Girlschool after the release of the band's fourth album Play Dirty in 1984. 

She rejoined the group in 1993, before quitting the music business in 2000.- more on this story

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What To Watch
Rockdirt reports: Rock acts on television this week include Mute Math, who perform on 'The late Show with David Letterman' on Tuesday; underOATH, who visit 'The Sauce' on Monday; Ryan Adams, who performs on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on Tuesday; Bright Eyes, who performs on 'The Late Late Show' on Tuesday; The Cribs, who perform on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' on Tuesday; Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, who perform on 'Last Call with Carson Daly' on Tuesday; As Tall As Lions, who perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Tuesday; Puddle of Mudd, who perform on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on Thursday. - Wait there are more!

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What To Buy
punkbands reports: There are many releases coming out this week - the release schedule for this week is as follows: 

Yellowcard - Paper Walls
MXPX - Secret Weapon CD/DVD
Underoath - 777 DVD
Abandoned (Ger) - Thrash Notes
All-American Rejects - Tournado DVD
Birdflesh - Mondo Musicale
Blood Stain Child - Idolator
Sublime - Ultimate Bundle (Triple Disc) CD/DVD
Venom - Resurrection- A ton more, grab the list here

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Diddy's Online Job Hunt
Gigwise reports: P Diddy has received thousands of job applications to be his personal assistant after advertising the role online.

As we reported last Friday (July 13th), P Diddy advertised the job on his Myspace page asking applicants to submit a three minute video via the website youtube. 

Although it's only been four days, the rapper has already received over ten thousand applications for the role. [will they get dogfur coats for a Christmas bonus?]- a lot more on this story 

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Seether Find Beauty in Negative Spaces
PR reports: Rock band Seether have announced the release of their third studio album via Wind-up Records. The new album titled FINDING BEAUTY IN NEGATIVE SPACES will be released on October 23, 2007. 

Once out of the studio, the band will join Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin for an arena tour which will take them through the release of FINDING BEAUTY IN NEGATIVE SPACES.- more on the cd plus the tour dates

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The New Voice of Hell Within
Blabbermouth reports: Massachusetts-based metallers HELL WITHIN have announced the addition of singer Brian Roy to the group's ranks. Roy joins the band as the replacement for Matt McChesney, who left HELL WITHIN in June to front Daytona Beach, Florida's THE AUTUMN OFFERING.

Commented HELL WITHIN in a statement: "Tony, Isaias, Joe and Derek are still friends and brothers with Matt, as we always have been. We wish him the very best with his new project and future endeavors."- more on this story

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