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Full Report for 12/12/2008

Axl Shoots Down Guns N' Roses Reunion Rumors
antiMusic reports: The recent rumors about the original Guns N' Roses reuniting sparked a bit of debate on the web. Like all previous rumors of this nature, it turns out to be wishful thinking. Guns N' Roses' publicist forwarded us this report about the rumors from Premiere Radio Networks:

Despite numerous published reports, Axl Rose has no plans to reunite the most successful Guns n' Roses line-up. Guns' co-manager Irving Azoff says, "There are no plans of a reunion, nor have there been any discussions of a reunion, with former Guns n' Roses band members. In the future, we hope that if media have any questions concerning G-n-R, they'd at least check their facts before running inaccurate stories for their own benefit." - a word about rumors

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Bon Jovi Named Top Touring Act of 08
PR reports: Bon Jovi is 2008's top touring act in the world, coming in at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Tour chart, which is based on data reported to Billboard Boxscore from Nov. 14, 2007 through Nov. 11, 2008.

The Top Tour news was released on Billboard.com today, and a special editorial section spotlighting Bon Jovi's achievements will appear in Billboard's annual Year In Music & Touring Issue, on stands Friday, December 12.

"The foundation of our success was and is touring," says Jon Bon Jovi. "Whether it was a night club or a stadium we played each show like it was our biggest show. Our fans have been the reason why a second generation now share in this great honor. We thank you all."
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America Idol Silence Paula Abdul
TMZ reports: Paula Abdul was told in no uncertain terms before her "Letterman" appearance Wednesday night to put a lid on her feud with "A.I." producers. Our sources say Paula is "extremely pissed" at "A.I." producers for putting Paula Goodspeed on the show, despite the fact Goodspeed had been harassing Abdul for years -- mad enough to make a stink on Dave's show.

But before taped rolled, we're told "A.I." suits got in touch with Abdul and demanded that she not stoke the coals. "A.I." made it clear -- they were paying Paula's bills so she needed to play by their rules.

Ultimately, Paula played ball, though somewhat insincerely. But it may have paid off. We've learned "A.I." has already opened negotiations with Abdul for Season 9 -- the talks have gone on for more than a month. - more on this story

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Fall Out Boy Previewing Entire New Album Online
antiMusic reports: Before we begin, we have to ask "when did Emo become Punk?" (To find out what constitutes real punk see the T.S.O.L. reunion announcement that we also published today.) With that said here is the official press announcement with that curious genre labeling included:

MySpace Music proudly presents the premiere of Folie à Deux, the highly anticipated new album by American Punk band Fall Out Boy. Beginning December 11-15th the MySpace Music community will get an exclusive first listen to the new album in its entirety days before it will be available in stores.

Leading up to the exclusive album premiere Fall Out Boy and MySpace launched a contest encouraging the band's more than 1 million friends to add the new single "I Don't Care" to their playlists and comment on Fall Out Boy's MySpace profile for the opportunity to win a daily prize. One lucky winner will get their holiday shopping paid by Fall Out Boy ($500.) The grand prize winner will be announced December 16th, the day Folie à Deux hits stores. - For more information and to listen to the new album check out Fall Out Boy on MySpace Music

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T.S.O.L. Reunite and Will Offer Free Download Of Their New Album
PR reports: Orange County's original beach punks, T.S.O.L. (True Sounds Of Liberty), are heading to the Hurley Studio December 17 to 24, 2008, to work on their 30th Anniversary album, "Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Free Downloads" with Grammy-award winning producer, David Bianco.

In just one week, T.S.O.L., including original guitarist Ron Emory, bassist Mike Roche, keyboardist Greg Kuehn, vocalist Jack Grisham, and Tiny Bubs will be working to create their 16th album that will be released on Hurley.com as a free download in early January 2009.

Visitors to Hurley.com will be able to access live streaming video of the band's entire recording process at the Hurley Studio via the URL www.hurley.com/tsol. The band also hopes to use the project as a call-to-action in order to gain the support for several charities they are involved with including the Midnight Mission, Surfrider, Orangewood Foundation, SPCA and the Orange County Food Bank.
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Collective Soul Ink New Deal, Plan Next Album
PR reports: Multi-Platinum rockers Collective Soul have inked a worldwide deal with Loud & Proud Records. The signing, which is Collective Soul's first since their former deal with Atlantic, marks the second official artist deal for Loud & Proud, a Roadrunner Records imprint focusing on new album projects from established artists.

The band will head into frontman Ed Roland's studio in early 2009 to begin work on the follow up to 2007's Afterwords, released on the band's own label, El Music Group.

Roland says, "With our independent spirit, Collective Soul is excited to partner with a label of similar outlook and goals. Together we are excited to take the next step in an ever evolving music business." - more on this story

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All-American Rejects Offer Bonuses On Non Traditional Format
PR reports: The All-American Rejects announced today that their much anticipated third album - When The World Comes Down - will be available on "slotMusic™, a new form of DRM-free MP3 music on a microSD card on December 16, the same date as the album will be released digitally and on CD.

slotMusic card will give the band's fans a chance to enjoy their music in a variety of ways and on a host of devices - from microSD-enabled mobile phones to computers and MP3 players.

Going beyond the tracks on the CD and digital release of When The World Comes Down, the slotMusic card has an extras including a demo version of "Alone Again" and 2 bonus videos: "Orchestra Featurette" which features the band in the studio with a full orchestra and behind the scenes of the band recording "Another Heart Calls."
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Propagandhi Heading Down Under
antiMusic reports: Propagandhi are prepping their new album for release and have also announced that they will be heading Down Under early next year. Here is the announcement from their website:

Alright, Dorks! Wait until you hear the new Propagandhi record!!! Holy Smokes!!!!!! Wow!! Yowza! Doinks! Hahaha.. We are very stoked on this one! Very stoked! we are working on the art for the record as we speak. If anyone has any really good black and white photos of the band members playing live and think they would make good record photos send them on over!

In February we are heading over to Australia for the first time in 12 years! It's going to be wild! We are also adding beautiful New Zealand to the good times! If you think you see Gollum sneaking around the mountains, I assure you that it's just Hannah in his underwear looking for nourishment! haha.. - more on this story

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Specials Reunion Controversy- Flaming Lips Turn Curators- Madonna Videos Revisited- Sworn Enemy Plan Next CD- Rolling Stones Blvd- Cult of Static-X and more
antiMusic reports: Founding Specials member Jerry Dammers has hit out at his bandmates' reunion next year. Dammers, who is not touring as part of the band's 30th anniversary shows, has issued a statement today (December 10) in which he claims he has been "driven out" by the rest of the group. The keyboard player also took issue with frontman Terry Hall, who recently told NME.COM that "the door remains open" to his bandmate. more

Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Miley Cyrus and Beyonce Knowles are among the music-related nominees for the 2009 Golden Globe awards. The ceremony will be broadcast live Jan. 11 on NBC. more

The Flaming Lips will curate a day of the 2009 All Tomorrow's Parties festival, which will be held Sept. 11-13 at Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, N.Y.more

Bob Dylan's Tell Tale Signs - The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 has been chosen as Paste Magazine's #1 record of 2008. Bob Dylan's Tell Tale Signs is the 8th installment in the best-selling and critically lauded Bootleg Series which launched in 1991. Available in 2-CD and 3-CD deluxe formats, Tell Tale Signs features previously unreleased recordings and alternate versions of tracks from sessions which generated some of Bob Dylan's most acclaimed and commercially successful albums from the last two decades Why Paste Loves It

Testament will be taking over the airwaves on MTV2's Headbangers Ball this Saturday, December 13. Along with their brand-new video for "More Than Meets The Eye," HBB will also be airing never-before-seen footage from the band's shoot at Alcatraz in San Francisco. "More Than Meets The Eye" was produced by Kevin Custer (Kingdom of Sorrow, Beneath The Massacre). Six Testament art pieces, performances, and videos will be intertwined with all the videos that air on Headbangers Ball, which airs Saturday night at 2AM Eastern / 1AM Central.

VH1 Classic All Time Top 10: Madonna airs on Friday, December 12th at 10PM*. Will "Like a Virgin" and "Borderline" make the cut? How about " Vogue" and "Like a Prayer?" Which Madonna video did we vote #1? Don't forget to tune in as we count down the material girls top 10 videos of all time.

Sworn Enemy are preparing to enter the studio once again with longtime producer Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying vocalist). Their relentless schedule begins by heading to San Diego to start recording on January 3rd more

Static-X has set "Cu1t of Static" as the title of its sixth studio album, due on March 17, 2009 via Reprise Records. The CD will include a new version of the song "Lunatic" featuring a guest guitar solo by Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine. A national tour in support the album will commence in early April.

Lambgoat is reporting that Turmoil has found a replacement for singer Jon Gula, who parted ways with the band this past summer. Now joining the group is Nate Johnson, whom you're likely familiar with. Over the years, Johnson has fronted a small handful of notable bands, including Through The Eyes Of The Dead and Premonitions Of War. more

The Kent town where Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards grew up is to honour its most famous musical sons by naming new streets after Stones songs. Dartford Council is currently deciding what song titles to give to 13 new streets on the 1,500-home, £400million Bridge estate. more

PJ Harvey has once again called upon her friend and long time co-conspirator, John Parish, for her latest project. A Woman A Man Walked By, their latest collaboration, will be released on March 30 courtesy of Island Records.more

Tony Bennett's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" is now available for free download on Amazon.com. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" is the very first song Tony Bennett ever recorded in 1950. This newly recorded version was taped live and features Tony at his best – with a classic arrangement of bass, piano, drums and Tony Bennett's unmistakable voice and phrasing front and center. The track will be available for free download on Amazon.com until Monday, December 15 here

Tony not float your boat? Then check this out: Following marathon eggnog sessions and several aggressive battles with a Yule log, The Priestess And The Fool present Ride On, Santa, the free downloadable EP of Holiday cheer for all to enjoy from Exotic Recordings. Download the RIDE ON, SANTA EP, PDF-booklet and album art here

Earth Crisis have set "To The Death" as the title of their new album, due in the spring via Century Media Records more

Usher and his wife, Tameka, are celebrating the birth of Naviyd Ely Raymond. The infant arrived early Wednesday weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces. more

After four albums with Reprise, rock outfit Guster has signed with Columbia. The group hopes to complete its as-yet-untitled label debut in February.more

Microsoft is expanding the focus of its Media and Entertainment Group and bringing in two music industry veterans. Christina Calio, a 12-year Geffen Records veteran who has been with Microsoft since 1999, was named director of the division more

Mobile entertainment company Thumbplay and Billboard have partnered to offer Billboard.com visitors direct access to Thumbplay's catalog. - more

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Singled Out: Jason Reeves
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Jason Reeves tells us about "Someone, Somewhere" from his album "Magnificent Adventures of Heartache & Other". We now turn it over to Jason Reeves for the story:

This song is strange for me. It is a portion of hope - flickering and floating around in a pool of darkness like a firefly against a starless sky. I wrote it in a moment of silent desperation with a friend, holding onto the simple idea that somewhere in the world there is somebody waiting for you.... that is feeling the exact same things you are feeling and thinking the exact same beautifully insane thoughts that there is somebody that will make you fall just as hard for them as they do for you..... if not harder and that you might have to be brave. Brave because of the fear that's because of the pain, and brave because you may have to face what has failed you before, again and again, but in the end no ocean of heartache could ever swallow up or smother the brilliant spark of love.

This recording is a demo with make-up on. It was originally just an acoustic guitar and one vocal, sung in a closet immediately after writing it, as a "demo/remember-how-the-song-even-goes" kind of deal. The drums, bass and keys and all that were added later on. A lot of the songs on my record are demos. I think they come out pure that way, and usually cannot be beat..

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album and Jason - right here!

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