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Full Report for 06/01/06
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It Was 40 Years Ago Today
PR reports: On Jun 1, 1967 a landmark album was released that changed popular music forever. That album was The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". What is even more astonishing is that the album seems to be just as popular today as it was when it was released. Don't just take our word for it; our friends at Gracenote have the stats to back it up. Here is a little of what they told us: 

The Beatles are the most accessed - or "looked up" - artists in the Gracenote database, which has more than 200 million users worldwide and boasts more than 1.2 billion searches a month. The legendary "Sgt. Pepper's" album is also the most accessed original album by The Beatles on the database. More astonishingly for an album that was released four decades ago, according to the Gracenote database, The Beatles' signature album in just the last month has outranked albums by hitmakers Christina Aguilera ("Stripped"), Gwen Stefani ("The Sweet Escape"), The Killers ("Hot Fuss"), Coldplay ("X&Y"), and Eminem ("The Marshal Mathers LP"), all of whom are considered some of today's most popular artists. 

"The songs of 'Sgt. Pepper' continue to speak to new generations of music fans, even those on the cutting edge of digital technology," says Scott San Filippo, director of Gracenote's content team. To emphasize the point, San Filippo notes that The Fab Four ranking surpasses that of their '60s counterparts The Rolling Stones and The Who, both of whom have continued to record and tour years after the Beatles broke up in 1970. [see the full story to visit Gracenote and look up the album that inspired Sgt Pepper, you'll find it under "Pet Sounds" mot Charles Manson.] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Jacko Buys Eminem
Contact Music reports: Pop legend MICHAEL JACKSON has bought publishing rights for rapper EMINEM's back catalogue. The Thriller hitmaker, who also currently owns The Beatles copyright, has purchased Famous Music LLC from Viacom for an undisclosed amount. 

Jackson is now the owner of The Real Slim Shady and Without Me but also owns the rights to songs by Shakira, Beck and Bjork under the transaction.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Ozzy Snubs Sanjaya
Rockdirt reports: An insider tells The New York Post Ozzy Osbourne was confirmed to perform on last week's finale of 'American Idol', but canceled at the last minute "when he learned he would have to do a duet with Sanjaya [Malakar]. Ozz[y] said he didn't want to be onstage with that idiot." Instead, Joe Perry of Aerosmith was somehow talked into playing guitar as Sanjaya performed 'You Really Got Me'. [see full story for more rockdirt!] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Unplugged Returns
Contact Music reports: BON JOVI, MARY J. BLIGE and reformed rockers THE POLICE are among the acts billed to revive MTV's UNPLUGGED series. The acts have been lined up for a series of acoustic shows this summer (07), beginning with a Bon Jovi showcase next month (Jun07). Insiders claim The Police will record their Unplugged show in Miami, Florida in July (07), during a break in their current American tour. [see full story to see who else will be taking part]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Godsmack Box
Blabbermouth reports: GODSMACK will release a 10th anniversary box set later this year. 

The Boston band currently on a theater run continuing to promote its 2006 release "IV" plan to commemorate the 10-year celebration of their first album with a package that gathers together its four studio albums, the acoustic EP "The Other Side" and a DVD featuring mini-documentaries about the making of each album. There will also be some live footage and possibly the group's 2004 acoustic performance in Las Vegas.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Maiden Download Stream
Blabbermouth reports: IRON MAIDEN's performance at this year's Download Festival will be shown around the world live. 

2007 is IRON MAIDEN's record breaking fourth headline appearance at Donington Park. Having first topped the bill in 1988, playing to over 100,000 fans, and then again in 1992 and 2003, their 30-year career has seen them sell in excess of 70 million albums, and become one of the most important rock bands of all time.

Download Festival and IRON MAIDEN have teamed up for a live and exclusive streaming of IRON MAIDEN's fourth Donington Park headline appearance on Sunday, June 10. Available FREE at www.dowloadfestival.co.uk, and with direct links to www.ironmaiden.com, their performance will be shown in full, and will attract a global audience to the festival. This innovative move is the first time Live Nation have streamed from Download, and we expect other acts to follow this shortly.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Prince Eyes the Digital Verizon
PR reports: Prince, the legendary artist and music icon, and Verizon Wireless announced they have joined forces to revolutionize the consumer experience of digital music discovery, delivery and download, starting with Prince's new single, "Guitar." Music fans can get the single today weeks before the highly-anticipated release of "Planet Earth," his new studio album release when they use Verizon Wireless' free new V CAST Song ID to identify the single. The direct-to-mobile relationship between Verizon Wireless and Prince, unprecedented in the music industry, brings the best in mobile music innovation together with Prince's musical genius to deliver an entirely new way for fans to experience music. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Deftones Canada
Tunelab reports: The Deftones have announced the following Canadian tour dates with From First to Last and Die Mannequin:

July 9th in Victoria, BC @ Curling Club
July 11th in Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
July 12th in Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
July 14th in Edmonton, ALB @ Shaw Conference Center
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DRM-Free iTunes Watermarked
TuneLab reports: Apple has recently launched "iTunes Plus," which is the new, DRM-free music you can download from the iTunes Music Store for 30 cents extra. The tracks come in a higher quality format, and of course can be moved, played, or whatever without the restriction associated with other versions. What they didn't publicly announce is that each of those said tracks contains a digital watermark with your full name and email address. Think twice before you go 'sharing' them.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Daughtry Tribute Layne Staley
TuneLab reports: Daughtry will headline the 6th annual Layne Staley Tribute and Benefit Concert in Seattle on August 25th. The late Alice In Chains singer would have turned 40 on August 22nd.[see full story for more rock news]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Bad TV Killed Jane's Addiction
Contact Music reports: Rocker PERRY FARRELL has blamed bandmate DAVE NAVARRO's reality TV talent contest ROCK STAR for breaking up JANE'S ADDICTION. The frontman reveals the group fell apart when guitarist Navarro started co-hosting the reality series, which found singers for INXS and Tommy Lee supergroup Rock Star: Supernova. Farrell admits he "just couldn't believe it" when Navarro announced he was fronting a mainstream TV show.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Zao Reunion
punkbands reports: According to recent rumors, Zao have reportedly been rejoined by founding drummer Jesse Smith, who exited the group back in 2004. The band parted ways with their latest drummer Josh Walters earlier this year. - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Leng Tch'e Guitarist Aborted
SMN reports: Leng Tch'e have posted the following update:

"We are happy to announce that Peter Goemaere (Aborted, ex-Emeth) will replace Geert on guitar. You can see him in action starting next week on our trek with IMMOLATION, KRISIUN, and DAWN OF AZAZEL." 

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Between the Buried and Me Tour
SMN reports: BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME have lined up the following headlining dates with THE RED CHORD and CEPHALIC CARNAGE:

July 27 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater w/ The End
July 28 - Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Icon w/ The End
July 29 - Hamilton, ON @ The Underground w/ Arise and Ruin
July 30 - St. Catherine, ON @ L3 w/ Arise and Ruin
July 31 - London, ON @ Call The Office w/ Arise and Ruin
August 1 - Ottawa, ON @ Babylon w/ Arise and Ruin 
[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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The Soundtrack of Our Lives Plot Origins Sequel, Go Northwest
PR reports: Powerful. Mythical. Majestic. Swedish sextet The Soundtrack of Our Lives is everything a self-respecting psychrock band should be. With time-tested cues to the woozy, 60¹s grit of Love, the grandiose dreaminess of 70¹s Pink Floyd, and a lush modern pop sensibility, Soundtrack manages to allude to the past while firmly planting themselves in the present.

Following the success of 2005's Origins: Vol. 1, Soundtrack is set to unveil the second installment in their planned Origins series. As could be expected, the record cherry picks from the classic rock cannon, re-contextualizing the monster riffs of the MC5, the majesty and bombast of The Who, the shirtless intensity of the Stooges, and the epic songwriting of the Beatles. End result is a bewildering mixture of everything that ever made a kid want to pick up a guitar. No MP3s just yet, but in the mean time let's quench our thirsts with the video for Behind The Music's "Sister Surround."

To celebrate the upcoming release of Origin Vol. 2, Soundtrack will be playing three dates at Canada's North By North West festival this June. 

06-07 Toronto @ Healey's Roadhouse 
06-08 Toronto @ Silver Dollar 
06-09 Toronto @ Healey's Roadhouse 
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