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Demon Hunter Week: A Thread Of Light
antiMusic reports: Seattle headbangers Demon Hunter's new album ''Storm the Gates of Hell" which hit stores earlier this month. To celebrate the release we asked Ryan Clark to pick his five favorite tracks from the CD and tell us a bit about each one. Here is Ryan with today's song:

A Thread Of Light: This song is about people (parents, mostly) that look to find fault in a band like ours, because of the way we look, or what they perceive us to be.. Never giving us the benefit of the doubt that we might actually have a positive message and something worthwhile for their kids to listen to. The write us off without actually looking close enough to know that we're legitimately decent guys with a good message.

Check out previews from the album, grab tour dates and learn more about Demon Hunter (and check out their tattooed friends) - right here

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Rocker Convicted of Rape
Metal Underground reports: Esteban Parra of The News Journal reports that former ICED EARTH guitarist Ernie Carletti was convicted today (Monday, November 19) of kidnapping and rape in the abduction of a University of Delaware student in 2003.
A Superior Court jury found the 32-year-old musician guilty on two counts of first-degree rape and one count of first-degree kidnapping. The jury acquitted Carletti on a weapons charge.

Carletti admitted to abducting the student, shackling her arms and legs then hogtying her at his Maryland home until she began crying. He, however, testified he did not have a gun and he did not rape the woman.

"Maybe I wasn't thinking clearly," Carletti said about pulling the woman into his car May 22, 2003, then shackling her arms and legs and duct taping her eyes shut. "It was just part of the effect. I didn't say she wanted it, but she did not deny it."
- he'll be on ice for while, read more here

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RHCP Vs Showtime
antiMusic reports: Remember back a short time ago when the Red Hot Chili Peppers were accused of ripping off a Tom Petty classic? Radio guys played the songs back to back and that was pretty convincing. Well it looks like what' good for the Flea is not good for the cable network as they "dream of litigation" against Showtime over the name of their show "Californication". The first season already aired so why they waited til now we do not know. Maybe Fox Mulder has the answer? After all the truth is out there.

Billboard has the story: Members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers have sued Showtime Networks and others over the new television show called "Californication," the same name used by the band for their Grammy-nominated 1999 album.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court today (Nov. 19), sets out claims under federal trademark law and state unfair competition law. The complaint alleges that the composition entitled "Californication" and the album achieved "extraordinary critical and commercial recognition." - more on this story

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Jack White and Bob Dylan Do Hank
Contact Music reports: The White Stripes rocker Jack White has teamed up with Bob Dylan to complete a series of "unfinished" Hank Williams songs. The Seven Nation Army star is one of a selection of musicians asked by Dylan to work on completing the "lost" songs - some of the final tunes and lyrics written by the late legend.

White recorded the unfinished Williams song You Know That I Know at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tennessee with engineer Joe Chiccarelli. Dominic Suchtya, the bassist who guested on the White tracks, says, "Dylan had contacted him (White) to see if he'd like to finish some of these tunes.

"No one has heard it as it was a Hank Williams lyric sheet that Jack put to music and edited a bit. Jack was sent most of or all of the unfinished tunes and picked this one to finish. - more on this story

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Extra Strength Preview
antiMusic reports: While a lot of artists are doing cover albums, Enuff Z'nuff's Donnie Vie decided to do something a little different and cover himself. Donnie took one of Enuff Z'nuff's most loved albums, 1991's "Strength," and recorded acoustic and alternate versions of the songs for his new album "Extra Strength". antiMusic.com is pleased to offer a preview stream of six tracks from "Extra Strength". We are exclusively streaming "Heaven or Hell," "Baby Loves You," "The World is a Gutter," "Mother's Eyes," "It's No Good" and "Missing You" on our Myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/antimusic

The album will hit stores in the UK next week (Nov 26th) on Cargo Records. For the U.S. fans (and everywhere else) Donnie is offering one new song for digital download every two weeks from his website. The digital release will include alternate versions of "Baby Loves You" and an A Cappella version of "Mother's Eyes" that are different from the versions on the UK release. Both feature "It's No Good" from the "Seven" album and the UK version features a cover of the Beatles "In My Life".

We invite you to now hear 6 of the tracks for yourself and hear how Donnie Vie inspired the creation of antiMusic. If you like what you hear then help a truly independent artist out and buy the album or purchase the songs. - more on this story

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Celebrity Apprentice Contestants Announced
antiMusic reports: Gene Simmons is on a mission to sue people off the face of the earth. So maybe one of his future targets will be Donald Trump once the Donald tells Gene "You're Fired!" in the up coming Celebrity Apprentice. Of course, with Gene's greed and business skills he may just win the show. All of that aside here is a press release we received about the show and who will be involved:

NBC announced today that multi-platinum country star Trace Adkins will be among an all-star celebrity lineup of candidates when NBC and Donald Trump return to New York City with "The Celebrity Apprentice." Now in its seventh season, this installment of "The Apprentice" changes the game. "The Celebrity Apprentice" with host Donald Trump begins its latest edition on Thursday, January 3 (9:00PM ET). Fourteen Contestants Including Adkins, Carol Alt, Stephen Baldwin, Nadia Comaneci, Tiffany Fallon, Jennie Finch, Nely Galan, Marilu Henner, Lennox Lewis, Piers Morgan, Omarosa, Tito Ortiz, Vincent Pastore, and Gene Simmons To Face Off on the City Streets and in the Boardroom for Charity

Contestants will not be vying for a job with Donald Trump, but the business-savvy celebrity contestants will be working towards a greater goal -- as they raise over a million dollars for their various charities throughout the season. Not only will the final winner be crowned the first 'Celebrity Apprentice,' but he or she will also have the honor of delivering a two-hundred and fifty thousand dollar bonus check to their designated charity. - more on this story

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Stone Temple Bio and Slash The Movie?
Contact Music reports: Velvet Revolver star Scott Weiland is looking to follow bandmate Slash's literary example and pen his own memoirs. Weiland reveals he has a publishing deal to write an autobiography.

The rocker has mixed emotions about the project - he's excited to think his life is worthy of a book, but he's not looking forward to revisiting his dark days as a drug abuser. He says, "You make a lot of records, write a lot of songs, but all of a sudden you go into a whole different vein, and it's a little bit scary to dive into."

Weiland has selected celebrated ghost writer David Ritz to help him pen the tome. [meanwhile is Slash's autobiography to become of a movie?] - more on this story

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Suge in B.I.G. Death Suit
AP reports: Several new defendants including record executive Marion "Suge" Knight may be allowed into the wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the family of murdered rapper Notorious B.I.G., a federal judge tentatively ruled.

U.S. District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper ruled Friday the lawsuit could be amended because of newly discovered evidence. An earlier lawsuit ended in a mistrial in 2005.

Aside from Knight, the new defendants could include former police officer Rafael Perez and other current and former members of the Los Angeles Police Department.
- more on this story

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Queen Rocker Now Chancellor
Jam! reports: Rock star and astrophysicist Brian May has been appointed chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, the university said Monday.

The Queen guitarist will be installed as the university's figurehead leader early next year.

May, 60, was awarded a PhD from Imperial College London in August for his thesis "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud." - more on this story

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Britney Bagged By Court
antiMusic reports: Britney is bad for your image? Jam! reports: Luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton has won a lawsuit accusing Britney Spears of violating counterfeiting laws by showcasing a pink Vuitton-upholstered dashboard in a music video.

A Paris civil court ordered Sony BMG and MTV Online to stop broadcasting or marketing the video for "Do Something" in any form and fined them $117,000 apiece, a spokeswoman for Paris-based Louis Vuitton said Monday.

The ruling was handed down last week. In the opening scenes of the clip, Spears appears in the driver's seat of a hot pink Hummer floating on make-believe clouds. - more on this story

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Radiohead Say it was a Stunt By Management
Punknews.org reports: In an interview with BBC Radio 6 personality Steve Lamacq Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke let the world know the band's grand scheme with their donation-based sale of their recent opus In Rainbows: there was none.

Contrary to what seemed to be the case, the band had no plans of turning the industry on it's head as many analysts and bloggers speculated. It seems it was an idea thought up by their management who were reticent to sign a contract without a finished record.

The band kept the plan close to themselves with Yorke keeping even his wife in the dark about it and compares the move to leaking the album themselves, only allowing some profit to be made. - more on this story

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Why Crap Bands Get Record Deals Part 47
TuneLab reports: Private-equity firm Terra Firma, the company that acquired record company EMI in May, is now trying to attract investors by floating a plan that includes drastic cost cuts at the struggling label, according to a story in The New York Post. Terra Firma is considering slashing EMI's fixed costs by $223 million.

Under the proposal, EMI would slice $58 million from its A&R and marketing budget. The savings would come from requiring talent scouts to rely more heavily on sites such as MySpace to find talent.

The company would also use social-networking sites to promote acts. The plan is only under consideration and final decisions have not been made, one of the label's spokesmen told CNET News.com. - more on this story

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Kravitz's Love Revolution Tour
PR reports: Globally recognized and acclaimed rock musician Lenny Kravitz has joined forces with MySpace, the world's most popular social network, to launch an exclusive contest that will allow 10 of Kravitz's MySpace friends and their guests to join him on his upcoming "Get on the Bus with the Love Revolution Tour." The winners will be in a photo shoot that will appear in the issue of YRB with Lenny on the cover. Beginning today through November 20th, the MySpace community can enter to win the opportunity to travel on a Kravitz-Designed custom Love Revolution tour bus and become part of the artist's tour family on the road with full backstage access to the live concert event.

MySpace's "Get on the Bus with the Love Revolution Tour" contest is happening in conjunction with the release of Lenny Kravitz's 8th studio album, It Is Time For A Love Revolution. Featuring 14 new songs, including the singles "Bring It On" and "I'll Be Waiting," the album is the artist's first new release in over three years. As the title indicates, the album is a thunderous rock 'n roll call-to-arms featuring Kravitz singing songs of a love revolution backed by a universal blend of soul, funk, and jazz grooves and the undeniable, anthemic lyricism that's been his trademark from day one.

The "Get on the Bus with the Love Revolution Tour" contest is open to all MySpace members who are (or become) friends with Lenny. - more details

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