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Full Report for 12/18/2008

McCready Hospitalized After Suicide Attempt
AP reports: Nashville police say country singer Mindy McCready has been hospitalized after an apparent suicide attempt.

A police report says McCready's brother discovered she had cut her wrists and taken several pills at her home Wednesday.

Timothy McCready told police his sister had been "very intoxicated" after a night out. A hospital spokeswoman says the singer is in stable condition. - more on this story

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Guns N' Roses Sales Drop, Is It Best Buy's Fault?
Day in Rock reports: Guns N' Roses' new album, "Chinese Democracy", sold 47,000 copies in the United States in its third week of release to land at position No. 29 on The Billboard 200 chart, according to Blabbermouth.net . The CD has shifted 365,000 units since it was released on November 23 as a Best Buy exclusive after a wait of more than 15 years.

Maybe they should have gone with Walmart! Just ask Billboard. Here is a part of their report: Some executives suggested that the initial projections for "Chinese Democracy" were out of whack with reality, considering that Wal-Mart has 4,200 stores selling music while Best Buy only has about 950 stores.

But many others say that Best Buy simply didn't promote "Chinese Democracy" as much as Wal-Mart pushed "Black Ice." And while no one expected the consumer electronics chain to duplicate Wal-Mart's store-within-a-store strategy for Guns N' Roses, about half of the executives interviewed for this story said they had a hard time finding "Democracy" at their local Best Buy. [we had a hard time finding a "local" Best Buy] - more on this story

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Fans Brawl At Seasons Beatings Tour Stop
PR reports: Chicago deathcore heavyweights Oceano are quickly gaining notoriety as the angriest band on the planet and now, it seems, their anger is starting to rub off onto their fans. At the band's recent gig on December 10th at the Chenga 57 indoor skate park in Lorain, Ohio, the aptly-titled "Seasons Beatings" tour took a much more literal meaning. Oceano got the crowd so worked up that a full-scale brawl erupted during the band's set, even forcing front-man Adam Warren to stop the band mid-song.

"Everyone was moshing and getting a little crazy - just like always;" says the former backyard wrestler. "There were these kids around the pit that kept getting hit and didn't like it too much, so they went after the kids who were hitting them. It kept going back and forth and more and more kids were getting involved each time."

It also didn't help that the band was playing in a skate park were members of the audience could have come flying out at any angle. "Since the layout of the skate park we were playing in wasn't exactly like a typical club show, we were concerned for everyone's safety. Once things started getting ridiculous I had to step in there myself to break things up. I headlocked this one big guy who just wouldn't stop and was totally destroying some other poor kid. I told him that if he didn't chill out that he'd be the reason that the show got ruined for everyone else." Fortunately, the tension died down and OCEANO was able to complete their set without further incident. See the fists flying and bodies falling by checking out video footage of the incident - here

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Akon Guilty of Fan Tossing
AP reports: Hip-hop star Akon pleaded guilty Wednesday to harassment for tossing a fan off stage at an upstate New York concert last year.

He will serve no jail time as long he performs 65 hours of community service and pays a $250 fine, according to the plea bargain in Fishkill Town Court.

The 35-year-old singer threw a teenage boy off the stage during a June 2007 concert at a minor league baseball stadium near Poughkeepsie. - more on this story

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Zeppelin And Friends Album Idea Floated
Blabbermouth reports: David Coverdale says he told Jimmy Page to back off on trying to reunite Led Zeppelin for a world tour and [instead] record a band album with superstar guest vocalists.

Coverdale, who teamed up with Page for the short-lived 1993 Coverdale-Page album and tour, explained to Uncut, "My suggestion to him when I saw him in the summer was to do what Carlos Santana did with 'Supernatural'. Get a selection of people in, because there's no question John Paul Jones writes ----ing kick-ass music. I said Joe Elliott and me would come in and do a track rather than the focus be on one person."

He went on to say, "Will people be willing to see three-quarters of the family with a guest — a cousin twice removed? I'm as curious as anyone to see how it works out... Change is good as long as you ----ing deliver. I hope it comes together for him because, Jesus, he deserves it." - more on this story

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Morrissey Sets US CD Release and Tour
PR reports: Morrissey will release "Years of Refusal" in the US February 17, 2009 on Attack/Lost Highway. "Years of Refusal" will be Morrissey's first studio album since 2006's UK #1 "Ringleader of the Tormentors". In February, Morrissey will begin the US leg of his world tour that includes rare intimate club dates.

The late Jerry Finn, who previously worked on 2004's critical and commercial smash "You Are the Quarry", produced "Years of Refusal" which is the last album he worked on. The single "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris", which Morrissey debuted during his sold out 2007 world tour, will precede the album. Long time band members Boz Boorer, Jesse Tobias, Matt Walker, and Solomon Walker play on the album, which also features a contribution from Jeff Beck on the track "Black Cloud". - more on this story

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Worst Music Videos of All Time
antiMusic reports: Adam Brown over at audiotuts.com has compiled his life of the 20 Worst Music Videos of all time. Most are spot on but a few are rather obscure and there are some curious absences as well (Crazy Town's "Butterfly" anyone?. Here is his intro and one of the funniest ones on the list (it's really really bad):

It's hard to imagine a world without music videos. But there was a time when artists had to rely on, you know, their music to convince people that their stuff was worth buying. Those days are long gone. Nowadays, it's all about image. If you look right, chances are you'll probably sell some records. With that much riding on your visual presentation, you would think musicians would go all out when it comes time to make a music video, and most of them do. Except for...

5. David Hasselhoff - "Hooked On a Feeling": Germany loves The Hoff, and it's easy to see why when you watch this video. It's equal parts offensive (the scene with the African villagers), cheap (the horrific green screen effects) and awesome (the whole thing). At this point in the list, it might as well just be a five way tie for first place. - Check out the full list

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U2 To Selloff Live Nation Deal Stock Costing The Company $19 Million
Reuters reports: Live Nation Inc will lose about $19 million as Irish rock band U2 moved to sell its shares in the company, the Wall Street Journal said, citing regulatory filings and people familiar with the matter.

Live Nation had guaranteed that U2 would receive $25 million for 1.6 million shares as a part of a 12-year deal signed in March, the paper said.

With Live Nation's shares closing at $3.91 Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange, the market value was about $6.3 million. - more on this story

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Travis Barker In The Green Room- Whitney Houston Sued By Stepmother- Mediocre Music Doesn't Sell- Hootie Still Blows- Taylor Swift On Top and more
antiMusic reports: Travis Barker and DJ AM behind-the-scenes Green Room videos are now live on the Zune Marketplace. To check out the Travis Barker/DJ AM Green Room videos go here. No word in the PR pitch we were sent if this is recent or if it's Microsoft's attempt at cashing in on the tragic plane crash.

Whitney Houston is being sued by her stepmother in a legal battle over the wishes of Houston's deceased father. According to court records, Barbara Houston claims the 45-year-old singer improperly kept the proceeds from John Houston's $1 million insurance policy after he died in 2003. more

Virtuoso guitarist Davy Graham, a leading figure in Britain's 1960s folk music revival, has died. He was 68. Graham died of a seizure in his London home on Monday, his former manager Mark Pavey said Wednesday. The musician had long suffered from lung cancer, he said. more

Today's lesson: Mediocre music doesn't sell. U.S. album sales were down 21.7 percent during the first week of December compared with the same period last year, accelerating from the 17.4 percent decline recorded during the last two weeks of November, according to Nielsen SoundScan. more

In a week without a top 10 debut, Taylor Swift's "Fearless" reclaims the top spot on The Billboard 200, inching up 2-1 thanks to a 29% sales increase to 249,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. more

Sales of Britney Spears' ballyhooed comeback, Circus, dropped 60 percent in its second week (from 505,000 to 200,000, per Nielsen SoundScan), falling to No. 2 on the album charts more. What's more disturbing is that 705,000 people still buy Britney albums.

Tribe After Tribe are pleased to announce their upcoming show in Los Angeles on January 15th at Spaceland in celebration of the release of their new album; M.O.A.B. Tribe's music has been described as a fine fusion of hard rock and African rhythms somewhere between the epic noise of Led Zeppelin and the modern world beat of Peter Gabriel. The show will be streamed LIVE online via the Tribe After Tribe's Website here

Universal Republic will be releasing Erin McCarley's debut album Love, Save The Empty on January 6th (12/30/08 on iTunes exclusively). She has sold over 15,000 copies of her first single "Pony (It's OK)" which has been featured on shows like Grey's Anatomy, One Tree Hill, and the upcoming film He's Just Not That Into You. She's currently touring with Ten out of Tenn (Christmas tour) then Brett Dennen at the start of next year, and also with John Mayer early next year.

Nikki Sixx is going to be on this week's episode of LA Ink -- he's renovating his studio and is sharing ideas with his girlfriend Kat Von D. Dude! Don't miss this intellectually stimulating episode of LA Ink when it airs tonight, December 18th at 10/9c on TLC. Check out a preview here

The People's Choice Awards says Carrie Underwood will perform at its 35th annual ceremony next month. more

Have a burning question for John Frusciante? Our friends over at Music Radar are giving you the chance to ask the Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist anything. right here

Swedish hip-hop artist David Moses Jassy has pleaded not guilty to murder, assault and other charges for the death of a man who was run down after he slapped the singer's car in Hollywood.more

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water. Hootie and Blowfish promise to continue their assault on good taste and music fans opposed to monotone vocal lines. more

The Thermals, have added drummer Westin Glass to their lo-fi lineup. The band will also be releasing their fourth full length, Now We Can See, via Kill Rock Stars on April 7th. more

ZZ Top has been confirmed for the Sweden Rock Festival which will take place June 3-6, 2009 in Sölvesborg, Sweden.

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith performed during the December 12th and 13th performances of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Nassau Coliseum and Izod Center in Long Island, NY and East Rutherford, NJ. - more

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The Pretenders iTunes and Holiday EP
PR reports: The Pretenders announced today they will be the latest artist to be part of the iTunes "Originals" series. The Pretenders edition will be available exclusively at the iTunes Store starting December 23.

On top of this release the band has released a digital holiday EP which features a new recording of the band's classic "2000 Miles" as well as holiday classics "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Blue Christmas." The version of "Blue Christmas" will also be featured in the video game Rock Band.

The Pretenders' "Originals" release contains new recordings of songs that trace the band's entire career and were recorded with the band's lineup of Chrissie Hynde, Martin Chambers, James Walbourne, Mark Spencer, and Nick Wilkinson. - more on this story

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BOC Cancels Dates After Frontman Takes A Fall Down Stairs
Band Statement reports: In an unfortunate mishap, Blue Oyster Cult lead guitarist/vocalist Donald 'Buck Dharma' Roeser slipped on a flight of stairs in his Florida home this past Sunday evening, while carrying some packages.

The fall resulted in a shoulder injury, which has forced the cancellation of the band's remaining shows for 2008.

A complete and full recovery is expected. Further details regarding the status of the Blue Oyster Cult 2009 tour schedule will be announced shortly. - more on this story

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Singled Out: Slimfit
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Slimfit frontman Joey McMonagle tells us about "Easy to Talk To" from their latest album. We now turn it over to Joey for the story:

The third track on Make It Worse, "Easy to Talk To," might be my favorite song on the record, mostly because of how far it came before we were finished with it. It started with bassist Sean Harmann and (then drummer) Jason Kreuger messing around with a riff at practice on night in late 2005; Sean's driving, rolling bass groove got stuck in my head. We started to work on pulling that into a song, but the band split up in December. January of 06 found me starting to work on a solo project, and I brought that bass riff and general song structure back and started working on lyrics and arrangement. - the rest of this song story

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