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Angels & Airwaves Week: Love Like Rockets
antiMusic reports: It seems like only yesterday that Angels & Airwaves released their debut album but the band isn't messing around and a little over a year after that CD dropped they are already back with their sophomore effort, 'I-Empire,' which hits stores this week. To celebrate the release we asked Atom Willard to pick his favorite five tracks from the new CD and tell us a little bit about each one. Here is Atom with today's song "Love Like Rockets"

A more typical AVA song, it does all the stuff we hoped it would, build, build and then build some more until the release at the chorus. We had the idea of trying to incorporate the "message from space" since it was definitely a historical moment. We thought about the impact that broadcast must have had on the imaginations of our nation, and the world, and wanted to capture some of that for ourselves. We knew we needed permission but kept stalling on asking, fearing denial, but NASA was actually really cool with us using it.

Just in case you didn't know Angels & Airwaves is former blink-182 & Box Car Racer guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge, Offspring drummer Atom Willard, David Kennedy from Box Car Racer and former 30 Seconds to Mars bassist Matt Wachter. Tom produced the new album. Preview some tracks from the CD, learn more about the band and CD and more - right here

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Prince Attacks Fans
Gigwise reports: And the fan appreciation award once again goes to Prince! Seems the purple one had launched a new legal attack against those damn pesky fans that dare to put up websites devoted to him. A few of the leading Prince sites are fighting back.

Gigwise has the report: Prince has launched an extraordinary legal clampdown against his own fan websites. The singer's three largest web communities, Prinfams, Housequake and Prince.org have all received legal notices to remove all "photographs, images, lyrics, album covers and anything linked to Prince's likeness."

Prince's demands – which include asking the websites to remove fan's own photographs of Prince inspired tattoos and Prince inspired number plates – have forced the web communities to create, PrinceFansUnited, in a bid to challenge the legal action.
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Myspacers Vs Satanic 50 Cent
antiMusic reports: "The world will be a better place when this satanic piece of filth retires and stops making music," a Christian group said of 50 Cent as they plan a campaign to have people swamp the rapper's Myspace page with requests that he retire.

Contact Music has the story: A Christian media watchdog group is calling for "satanic" rapper 50 CENT to retire. The Resistance spokesman Mark DICe says, "It is time for 50 Cent to be a man of his word, and retire."

The Resistance objects to the hip-hop superstar's lyrics and lifestyle, and want him to step down as he promised he would if Kanye West's Graduation beat his Curtis disc to the top of the U.S. albums chart - which it did. - more on this story

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Eagles Blackout Britney
antiMusic reports: The Eagles were the clear winner this week having sold over 700,000 copies of their new album "Long Road Out of Eden." However, Britney having sold about half as many copies of her "comeback" album will likely be at the top of the Billboard charts because Wal-Mart who sold the Eagles album exclusively does not report to SoundScan (according to a Reuters report) which is a bit of a head scratcher since they are reportedly one of the largest sellers on music in the U.S. So just how valid are the Billboard charts that rely on those SoundScan numbers? And do record companies rely on those numbers to award gold and platinum albums? Some interesting questions to ponder.

After our story posted, we received an update from Billboard, they have now changed their policy so The Eagles will head the Billboard album chart. Here is part of what they sent over: The Eagles' first new studio album in 28 years, "Long Road Out of Eden," takes a short route to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 after Billboard revised a significant chart policy today (Nov. 7). In consultation with Nielsen SoundScan, Billboard will now allow exclusive album titles that are only available through one retailer to appear on The Billboard 200 and other Billboard charts, effective with this week's charts. Prior to this, proprietary titles were not eligible to appear on most Billboard charts.

Early Nielsen SoundScan numbers have the Eagles taking the top perch on The Billboard 200 with 711,000 copies sold, with most sales moved by Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores... Britney Spears' new Jive album, "Blackout," which would have been No. 1 had the Eagles' data not been reported, will open at No. 2 with first-week sales of 290,000 copies. Read more - more on this story

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Rosanne Cash To Have Brain Surgery
antiMusic reports: Rosanne Cash has pulled the plug on her current tour plans to undergo brain surgery for a "rare but benign condition," according to a statement from her record label. Cash had four dates scheduled for the remainder of 2007.

Here is the label statement: Currently touring in support of her critically-acclaimed and Grammy-nominated "Black Cadillac" album, singer/songwriter/ author Rosanne Cash has announced that she will cancel her four remaining concerts this year in order to undergo brain surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital for a rare but benign condition Rosanne is expected to make a full recovery and will return to the studio to complete the recording of her debut for Manhattan Records. Ms. Cash will also resume her live performance schedule in the spring and will complete a new book to be published by Viking in early 2009. - more on this story

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Linkin Park Eye Arenas
Gigwise reports: Linkin Park are set to begin 2008 with a set of arena dates in the UK it has been announced.

The nu-metallers will play four shows in January in Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester and London.

Support for all the gigs will come from special guests Julien-K.
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James Taylor and Carole King To Team for Troubadour Show
Contact Music reports: Singer/songwriters James Taylor and Carole King are teaming up to play a concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of legendary Los Angeles venue the Troubadour.

The former couple plan to recreate a gig they performed in 1970 at the fabled music club later this month (Nov07), and even plan to use the same backing musicians - guitarist Danny Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Lee Sklar.

Taylor says, "We thought it would be a good occasion to get together. We're always talking about it and saying we've really got to do something, but if you don't do it you never do it. This seemed like a great opportunity." - more on this story

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George Osmond RIP
AP reports: George Osmond, father of Donny and Marie Osmond and patriarch to the family's singing group, The Osmond Brothers, died Tuesday. He was 90.

Family spokesman Kevin Sasaki said Osmond died at his home in Provo, Utah. Because he had not been ill, he likely died from natural causes incident to his age, Sasaki said.

The death was first reported on the "Entertainment Tonight" Web site and confirmed by The Associated Press through a spokeswoman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which Osmond was a member. - more on this story

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Diddy Off The Hook
E! reports: Looks like Diddy didn't do, as far as the authorities are concerned. Three weeks after police announced they were investigating allegations that Sean Combs smacked down an acquaintance at a New York nightspot, the "Mo' Money, Mo' Problems" rapper's lawyer says no charges will be filed.

"I've been informed by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office that after a thorough investigation, they have made a decision not to authorize any arrests in connection with the incident involving Mr. Combs and Steven Acevedo on Oct. 13," Combs' counsel, Benjamin Brafman, said in a statement to E! News.

"I want to commend the D.A.'s office and the New York City Police Department for conducting a thorough and very fair investigation. [when you stop laughing - click here to read more]

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Clay Walker Bands Against MS With Donation
PR reports: Multi-platinum country music star, Clay Walker made it a special day for Vanderbilt University Medical Center with his non-profit charity, Band Against MS. Clay presented a check in the amount of $25,000 today to help further the medical center's multiple sclerosis research, something which he was diagnosed with in 1996.

Clay and Band Against MS took it one step farther in pledging to donate the same amount for the next two years, making their total contribution to Vanderbilt $75,000.

Band Against MS is dedicated to funding research, raising awareness and providing education for others battling multiple sclerosis. For more information, please visit their
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Genghis Tron Complete CD
antiMusic reports: Genghis Tron have finished recording their new album. They made the following announcement: After well over a year of very hard work, we're incredibly happy and relieved to announce that we've finally finished our second album, Board Up the House. It will be released via Relapse Records during the latter half of February. "We finished tracking and mixing at Godcity Studio (Salem, MA) with Kurt Ballou in late September, but we just completed the mastering process a few days ago.

The album sounds…huge. I'll leave it at that. We've never been prouder. However, in lieu of spouting some self-serving hyperbole about achieving our twisted vision and/or making the best and most unique GT album to date, we'll let the tunes speak for themselves. Keep your eyes and ears open for a preview track in the near future.

Once our album comes out in February, we'll be spending the rest of the year bringing these new tunes to audiences everywhere. - more on this story

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Cyst Kills Meat Loaf Tour
BBC reports: Rock singer Meat Loaf has cancelled his European tour after being diagnosed with a cyst on his vocal cords.

The 60-year-old scrapped two gigs this week on doctor's orders, and was due to perform at Wembley Arena later.

Meat Loaf said: "It really breaks my heart not to be able to perform these shows." He added: "I will be back." - more on this story

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Maiden Plan Major Bonus For Live After Death DVD
BW&BK reports: In a conversation with EMI Records, IRON MAIDEN bass legend Steve Harris talks about Brazil and reveals that Rock In Rio '85 will be included on the Live After Death DVD reissue.

"Brazil is one of our favourite places to play," says Harris. "The Brazilians are passionate fans since the first time we played there in 1985, during the World Slavery Tour. Until today, that's our biggest show ever in terms of audience and since then we have just had the biggest support possible from our fans everytime we came to Brazil.

Often we are asked what are the higher points of our career and the shows in Rock in Rio (1985 and 2001) always come to my mind. Not necessary to say that we are very glad to back and see our friends again - some, who knows, that we've met for the first time in 1985! We included the Rock In Rio 1985 show in the Live After Death DVD that we are producing to release next year - more on this story

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Cribs Would Rather Support Sex Than Headline US
Filter reports: UK indie-punk trio, The Cribs, have canceled their two month US tour planned to promote their summer album release Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever.

To make it up, they are planning an extended US tour next year, honoring already purchased tickets for the currently unknown dates.

The Cribs won't be taking the time off, however. They are set to support The Sex Pistols four date reunion performance at London's Brixton Academy. The sold out November dates will mark the 30th anniversary of Sex Pistols influential album release Never Mind the Bullocks. - more on this story

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