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Silverchair Week: Straight Lines
antiMusic reports: Silverchair has returned with a new studio album, "Young Modern." An album that helped them set a record for the most No. 1 albums by any band in their native Australia. (This one makes it their fifth, beating the old record they shared with Midnight Oil). The band is in the midst of a sold out tour Down Under (they'll be back Stateside in Nov) and we asked frontman Daniel Johns to pick some of his favorite tracks from the new album and tell us a little bit about them. Here he is with today's song "Straight Lines". 

Musically it was about making something with a certain propulsion to it like a traveling song and a song that felt positive, something that made you feel uplifted when you heard it, you know like in the spirit of Midnight Oil celebration-al. I think I was just going for that and it's the first time I've ever tried to write something like that with that had that sort of feel. 

It's definitely one of the more sentimental songs on the record, but there's also a sense of escapism that I like, like an inherent feeling that 'everything is gonna be alright,' you know, the '60s Motown 'make you feel good' song.- Preview tracks from the CD, get tour dates and more here

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Kanye Vs Britney
antiMusic reports: Kanye West is a bit angry at MTV and especially Britney Spears. He can't fathom why the short attention span network would choose a performance of a generic pop song from Britney over him performing one of his generic raps. He took the opportunity to slam Spears and the "Music" channel. 

Britney opened the MTV Video Music Awards show on Sunday and as soon as she lip-synced the final note, the web lit up with bloggers and reporters giving their 2 cents on the underwear clad poptart's performance which was pretty much universally panned as a "bomb". They were even less kind about her appearance. Of course, Kanye West absolutely hates it when anyone aside from himself gets any attention and in this instance he does have a legitimate complaint that MTV put up the not ready for a comeback Britney over him, since he does have a hit song right now and a new album that comes out this week. When you add to the fact that he didn't win any of the five awards he was nominated for and you're asking for a classic Kanye tantrum. 

"Honestly, I really don't care. I don't give a f**k about Britney performing," West said according to Gigwise. "I should have opened the MTV awards because 'Stronger' is the number one song in the country. It just shows you that you have to do sh*t to get ratings, and maybe they feel like they will get more ratings with Britney."

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Kid Rock Beats Up Tommy Lee
antiMusic reports: Something exciting actually came out of the snoozefest better known as the MTV Video Music Awards. Seems Kid Rock gave Tommy Lee a beatdown during the ceremony. Rock first bitch slapping Lee then punching him after Lee antagonized him according to a witness. Now Kid Rock is facing jail for doing what so many have wanted to do. 

Hecklerspray details the fight. "At some point during last night's MTV VMA show, Pamela Anderson's ex-husbands Tommy Lee and Kid Rock got embroiled in some kind of schoolgirl slap-fight that ended when Kid Rock punched Tommy Lee, who was then dragged off by security." 

"It looked like Tommy Lee initiated it because Kid Rock was ignoring him," rap producer Rich Nice, who was two tables away told AP "And Tommy Lee kind of antagonized him. And then when Tommy Lee stood up, it looked a little weird, like 'Yo, what?' When Tommy stands up is when Kid hit him the first time with a backhand. And then Tommy Lee looked like he was trying to get at him to aggressively retaliate and then Kid Rock hits Tommy Lee again - bong. And then security grabs Tommy Lee in a headlock and pulls him off."

Of course, Tommy sees the whole thing in a different light than the witnesses.- read that comedy here

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Boyband Parody "Dick in a Box" Wins Emmy
antiMusic reports: The SNL boyband spoof "Dick in a Box" took away a Creative Arts Emmy for best original music and lyrics. The Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake song became an internet hit when the uncensored video appeared online. YouTube has logged over 26 million views to date.

The Christmas time spoof included such not ready for prime time lyrics as "You know it's Christmas and my heart is open wide / Gonna give you something so you know what's on my mind / A gift real special, so take off the top / Take a look inside / it's my dick in a box". 

Timberlake was not on hand to accept the honor but his co-star in the video, Andy Samberg, was. "I think it's safe to say that when we first set out to make this song, we were all thinking 'Emmy'," he said. "The other thing we were thinking was 'hey; here's this young up and comer, Justin Timberlake, who is clearly very talented and could clearly use a break." 

If missed the video, or need a refresher you can watch the uncensored version right- here

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Coldplay To Shortchange Fans on New CD
PR reports: Prospekt has struck again. For non-Coldplay fans, Prospekt is the signature being used on the band's online journals. This time Prospekt offers up some details on the band's upcoming album including some likely song titles, and more importantly that fans will only get nine songs and album under 45 minutes in length. 

The blog was dated last week but the official Myspace didn't make mention of it until Monday. It says that the band have returned to the studio to resume work on the new album but also says "The plan has always been to make a short record. No more than 42 minutes. 9 songs (give or take)."

That doesn't mean that they are only recording nine songs. The journals says that the band will release at least two songs independant of the album. "Expect a short, concise record with no fat and at least two top-division tracks released independently" - more including some song titles and a hint at the new thrash metal style for the band

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Hank Williams Jr. Gets Hall of Fame Honor
PR reports: Hank Williams Jr. will join his father among the ranks of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The organization announced their five 2007 inductees on Monday. Williams will be inducted under the songwriter/artist category. Williams tied blue grassers Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs in votes, so they will be inducted as well. 

"Being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame is like winning Entertainer of the Year. Moments like this are very rare," Williams said in a statement. "What a thrill to be inducted, as my father was, and to continue the Williams legacy."

The induction ceremony will take place on October 14th.- more on this story

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Zombie Live
PR reports: The long-awaited first live album from Rob Zombie has arrived. A brain-bashing, soul-shaking sonic earthquake, Zombie - Live (Geffen Records/UMe), released October 23, 2007, in both clean and explicit versions, spans songs from the hard rocker's entire career. Recorded in 2006 during the tour supporting the Educated Horses album, which hit #5 on the Pop chart, Zombie Live finds Zombie leading a supercharged band featuring guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D, drummer Tommy Clufetos and was produced by long-time co-writer and producer Scott Humphrey.

Zombie Live includes the concert's renditions of the Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy-nominated "Thunder Kiss '65" and "Black Sunshine" from White Zombie's 1992 major label debut La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1, which went Top 40 and double platinum. "Super Charger Heaven," "Creature Of The Wheel" and "More Human Than Human," also Grammy nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance, were first heard on White Zombie's 1995 Top 10, double platinum Astro-Creep: 2000 Songs Of Love, Destruction And Other Synthetic Delusions Of The Electric Head.- more on this story

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Osbourne Blames Courtney Love For Son's Drug Addiction
antiMusic reports: Mother of the Year Sharon Osbourne is trying to place the blame for her son's drug addiction on the shoulders of Courtney Love. Of course, any sane mother wouldn't let their children near someone like Love but Sharon is clearing pointing the finger outwards towards Love, claiming she got her son Jack hooked on hillbilly heroin. 

Sharon apparently believes that Courtney Love encouraged her then 15 year-old son Jack to take Oxycotin. This begs the question of what sane parent would let their kids hang around a known junkie? (both Love and Jack have since cleaned up). 

"I will never have time for Courtney Love. There's not a shadow of a doubt about that. My dislike for her is very personal," Sharon said according to Gigwise. "I'm not saying Jack wouldn't have taken it if she hadn't given it to him, but I'm appalled that an adult mother would give that to a 15-year-old boy. How could she do that to someone else's child?"

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What To Watch
Rockdirt reports: Rock acts on television this week include The Used, who perform on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' on Friday - The Chesterfield Kings, who perform on 'Late Night' on Tuesday The Bravery, who perform on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on Wednesday- Daughtry, who perform on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' on Wednesday and 'Live with Regis and Kelly' on Thursday- Modest Mouse, who perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Wednesday.

Good Charlotte, who perform on 'The Tonight Show' on Friday; Finger Eleven, who perform on 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson' on Friday- and Hot Hot Heat, who perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Friday.

Not mentioned by Rockdirt but Kimmel will have 50 Cent on tonight (9/11) and Kanye West on Thursday. You get some addition music TV appearances this week right- here

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What to Buy
antiMusic reports: Are they honoring the victims of 9/11 or taking advantage of the anniversary for marketing purposes? Who knows but seems everyone and their brother have set today as the release for their new albums. 

The biggies include Kanye West, 50 Cent, Hoot Hot Heat and Kenny Chesney but there is no shortage of releases from other genres as well. 

Here are some of the highlights of the numerous CDs aiming to capture your wallet this week: 

Kanye West - Graduation
Kenny Chesney - Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates
Goo Goo Dolls - Greatest Hits
Hot Hot Heat - Happiness Ltd.
Pinback - Autumn of the Seraphs
Ani DiFranco - Canon [2 CDs Best of]
Jupiter Rising - Electropop
Shout Out Louds - Our Ill Wills
Ann Wilson - Hope & Glory- more on this story

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Jury Gets Spector Murder Case
BBC reports: The jury in the trial of music producer Phil Spector has begun its deliberations as the five-month case nears its conclusion. 

The 67-year-old hit maker denies shooting B-movie actress Lana Clarkson in the mouth at his Los Angeles home after a night out in February 2003. 

His lawyers have argued that it was a case of suicide rather than murder. Mr Spector, famous for his "Wall of Sound" recordings, could face between 15 years and life in prison if guilty.- more on this story

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Wednesday 13 in Car Crash
Metal Underground reports: Wednesday 13 (ex-Murderdolls singer) was involved in a car accident late Sunday night (September 9) as he was returning home from rehearsal in preparation for the upcoming Bourbon Crow tour (Wednesday 13's country project). 

According to a press release, the car flipped at least once, leaving Wednesday 13 with a broken collar bone and a fractured ankle. All Bourbon Crow dates will be cancelled at this time while Wednesday 13 recuperates.

Wednesday 13 had just finished recording his new solo CD, "Skeletons". Tentative songtitles set to appear on the CD include "From Here to the Hearse", "Dead Carolina", "All American Massacre" and "Not Another Teenage Anthem".- more on this story

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