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Full Report for 12/23/2008

Amy Winehouse Topless
Hecklerspray reports: Right, whichever one of you wrote to Santa asking to see what Amy Winehouse's boobs look like, you've got detention for a month.

Thanks to you, someone's taken a load of photos of Amy Winehouse topless on holiday and spread them across the internet like some sort of obscene dirty protest.

However, the good news is that Amy Winehouse looks less like the emaciated hollow-eyed wreck we've all seen in the papers for the last 18 months and more like an actual human. The bad news is that they're pictures of Amy Winehouse topless. How much worse do you want? - more on this story

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This Generation Sucks?- Shinedown Lose Member- Britney Rejected!- U2 Give Fans Options- Springsteen Walmart- Drunk Lennon Tape Sells- Prince Mystery and more
antiMusic reports: Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump has been singing the praises of Kanye West, even labeling the rapper as "the voice of a generation" more

U2's upcoming album, " No Line on the Horizon," will be available in five different incarnations, the glitziest of which carries a $96 list price on Amazon.com. The set is due March 2 internationally and the following day in North America. Beyond the standard CD and double vinyl packages, "Horizon" will be offered in three additional limited editions.more

Britney Rejected! There are few covers performed with accordions and bottles, and particularly of contemporary pop music, but that's just what the All American Rejects have done with Britney Spears' hit "Womanizer." Check out the hilarious must-see Pepsi Smash on Yahoo! Music exclusive clip here

Guitarist Nick Perri has left Shinedown. Vocalist Brent Smith has issued the following statement: "I'd like to thank Nick for touring with us over the past year and I wish Nick the best in his future endeavors. That being said, I'm pleased Zach (Myers) is taking over Nick's role in the group." more

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band have announced that they will release a greatest hits collection exclusively via Wal-Mart next month. The album is due out on January 13 and will feature 12 tracks that focus on Springsteen's recordings with the E Street Band more

antiMusic's Rob Grabowski was on the front page of RollingStone.com on Monday where they featured his Tom Morello pic from Lollapalooza as part of their the "best concert pics" of 2008. You can see the actual photo here.

A cassette tape of a "drunk" John Lennon recording a cover version of a rock 'n' roll song has sold at auction in Los Angeles for $30,000more

Lisa Hannigan's album Sea Sew on ATO records has been moved from January 20 to February 3.

Sam Moore best known as the trademarkable lead voice of the most successful and critically acclaimed soul duo in music history, Sam & Dave, will take to the field on Wednesday, December 31, 2008, where he will perform a the 20th Annual Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona and be broadcast on the NFL Network.

Gene Autry, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Four Tops, Hank Jones, Brenda Lee, Dean Martin and Tom Paxton all will receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony on Feb. 7more

Nickel Eye, the latest project from Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes, will release his debut record, The Time of The Assassins, on January 27th.more

Bloc Party have announced a show at Terminal 5 in New York City, scheduled to take place on March 24.more

The husband of singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae died after an accidental overdose of methadone and alcohol, a coroner has ruled. The body of Scottish-born Jason Rae, 31, was found by police at a flat in the Hyde Park area of Leeds, West Yorkshire, on 22 March. more

Prince reportedly debuted a new song on a mysterious website over the weekend, but it disappeared as quickly as it came. The funky, soul-influenced song, 'There Will Never B Another 1 Like Me' appeared on the website mplsound.com, but the site seems to be dormant today more

Alkaline Trio, Anberlin and Single File make up the bill for the first Pick up the Phone Tour, which aims to raise awareness of suicide prevention and mental health issues.more

See You Next Tuesday has parted ways with drummer and original member, Andy Dalton. Speaking with Lambgoat yesterday, Dalton says that he received the news via emailmore

Army Of Darkness has tapped current Dreams Of Damnation/Ex-Dark Angel guitarist Jim Durkin to lay down guest guitar solos for their upcoming debut album, "Forever Undead." The album will be self-released through the band's MySpace site in Summer, 2009. more

Gallows, Black Tide and Bad Religion are among the bands that will headline the 2009 Warped Tour. Also on the bill for the travelling US festival which combines veteran and up-and-coming rock acts are 3OH!3, Anti-Flag, Bayside and NOFX, among others. more

Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy and Common Rider fame revealed his new band this weekend with a surprise six song set. Jesse had this to say: Its great to be playing punk rock again although we are definitely playing a kind of modulated version of it. more

Martha Reeves wants Motown greats like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes - and Martha Reeves - immortalized in statue-form at Detroit landmarks. The Detroit Free Press reports that the city councilwoman and former lead singer of Martha and the Vandellas is pushing a plan for the life-sized sculptures. What recession? At least those unemployed auto workers will have something pretty look at. - more on this story

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Michael Jackson Denies Death Bed Reports
PR reports: Michael Jackson's official and sole spokesperson, Dr. Tohme Tohme, in response to recent rumors regarding Michael's alleged medical condition, has issued the following statement:

"Concerning this author's allegations, we would hope in the future that legitimate media will not continue to be exploited by such an obvious attempt to promote this unauthorized 'biography.' The writer's wild allegations concerning Mr. Jackson's health are a total fabrication.

"Mr. Jackson is in fine health, and finalizing negotiations with a major entertainment company & television network for both a world tour and a series of specials and appearances."
- On another front, wonder where Jacko is living these days?

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Ozzy To Get Campy
Blabbermouth reports: According to drummer Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver), Ozzy Osbourne is among the guest musicians who will join the all-star cover band CAMP Freddy Tuesday night (December 23) for the group's performance at the Roxy in West Hollywood, California.

This will be the fourth and final show of the month-long Roxy residency for Camp Freddy, which features Billy Morrison (Circus Diablo, The Cult), Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Sorum, Donovan Leitch (son of singer

Camp Freddy recently parted ways with Los Angeles' acclaimed Indie 103.1 radio station, which has aired the band's weekly show every Saturday for nearly five years. - more on this story

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Guns N' Roses Leaker Facing 100K Fine and Year In Jail
Metal Underground reports: Los Angeles resident Kevin Cogill is to be sentenced to up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine following his illegal upload of Guns N' Roses' latest album.

Cogill uploaded nine new tracks from Guns N' Roses album Chinese Democracy - over four months prior to the album's official release in November.

"I think the internet affords a level of anonymity to people that lulls them into believing that what they are doing is either not criminal or beyond the reach of the law," US attorney Craig Missakian said on the sentencing. "But that's certainly not the case." - more on this story

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Tim McGraw Hip Hops With T-Pain
E! reports: Will Tim McGraw be ditching his cowboy hats and boots for a gold grill grin? Probably not, but the hip-hop world sure does love the country superstar.

Four years ago McGraw and Nelly collaborated on "Over and Over." Earlier this month McGraw reportedly recorded a new single, "Human," for Chris Brown's upcoming album.

And now there's more. Hip-hop impresario T-Pain tells us exclusively that he's also going into the studio with McGraw.
- more on this story

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To End the Year we are looking back at some of the top stories of 2008. Today we look at the biggest stories from January and February

. 2008 News Rewind: January
Coldplay Assault - 08 Rewind
Contact Music reports: A savage new video featuring footage of COLDPLAY star CHRIS MARTIN attacking a paparazzo has hit the Internet. The mild-mannered singer is seen chasing down a photographer trying to get shots of his wife Gwyneth Paltrow as she left a New York hospital earlier this week (beg14Jan08).

With an anorak hood covering his face, angry Martin repeats, "Have some respect," as he wrestles the photographer to the ground and snatches his camera. But the snapper's pal retaliates as Martin climbs into the back of an awaiting silver sports utility vehicle, and hisses, "You give it (camera) back to him or this door's getting broken."

The British rock star sees sense and hands the camera back, calmly stating, "You've gotta have some respect." The footage has been posted on various U.S. news websites. - more on this story

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Motley Beating - 08 Rewind
Sleazeroxx reports: Motley Crue's concert promoters have been hit with a lawsuit by a fan who claims he was assaulted while attending the band's 2006 gig in Illinois. Gerald Schneeman is suing promoter Live Nation for damages after he was allegedly beaten up by an unidentified member of Motley Crue during the rockers' concert at the Ford Amphitheater on November 22.

The legal papers, which were filed in a U.S. court on Monday, state Schneeman was standing directly in front of the stage when he was allegedly struck in the head with a guitar by the Motley Crue member - who was not named in the suit. The musician is then said to have jumped down from the stage and knocked Schneeman to the ground, at which point security intervened and began assaulting the fan, before dragging him out of the venue.

Schneeman claims he suffered bodily injuries, scarring and disfigurement, although full details of his injuries have not been released, reports website TBO.com. - more on this story

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Cops Take Britney to Mental Hospital - 08 Rewind
TMZ reports: Sources tell TMZ Britney's psychiatrist visited her tonight -- as we first reported, she is under the daily care of a shrink who is giving her medicine for a bipolar disorder. The shrink was alarmed at her reckless driving and her conduct and has decided Brit needs to be hospitalized on another 5150 hold, meaning she is a danger to herself and others.

TMZ has learned the plan to get Britney into UCLA Medical Center had been hatched for days -- it was aborted last night, but executed just minutes ago. And we're told the plan was so intricate the FAA had cleared airspace in route to the hospital.

Back at her house, Britney's psychiatrist told her she was going to the hospital. Her response was, "Is something wrong?" She was not resistant. She made hot chocolate and waited before paramedics arrived and placed her on a gurney. - more on this story

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Rocker Injured in Bizarre Pillow Accident - 08 Rewind
Gigwise reports: Liars frontman Angus Andrew has suffered a bizarre back injury which has thrown their US tour into doubt.

The injury wasn't from a heavy lifting job, instead Andrew bent down to retrieve a pillow from his couch which his back seized up and he fell in pain.

His other band members Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross are now flapping around Angus trying to get him prepared for the American jaunt which kick-starts in San Francisco on Thursday (January 25). - more on this story

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