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Full Report for 12/24/2008

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DJ AM Sues Over Plane Crash
TMZ reports: The other shoe has dropped. DJ AM has just filed suit in the jet crash last September that killed four people.

In the lawsuit filed this afternoon in L.A. County Superior Court, Adam Goldstein, aka DJ AM, claims as the jet reached takeoff speed the pilots became aware one or more of the tires had blown. The suit contends, "Rather than proceed to takeoff, they decided to abort and/or reject the takeoff in a negligent manner." The plane overshot the runway and burst into flames.

DJ AM is suing the estates of the two pilots, Sarah Lemmon and James Blank, both of whom were killed in the crash. He's also suing Clay Lacy Aviation, Global Exec Aviation, Inter Travel & Services Inc, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co, and Learjet. - more on this story

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Jay-Z and Mary J Blige Song Theft?
E! reports: Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z are among the targets of a federal song-swiping suit by two New Jersey men.

Jermaine Jumpp and Michael C. Adams accuse Blige's renowned producer, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins of swiping the beat from their "On My Grind" for the Blige's "Enough Cryin'."

The plaintiffs claims they submitted a CD containing their song to Jerkins back in 2001 and were shocked when "Enough Cryin' " surfaced on 2005 album The Breakthrough. Jay-Z got a cowriting credit; they got bupkis. - more on this story

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AC/DC Iced 2 Million Americans
BW&BK reports: AC/DC's Black Ice has been one of the biggest sellers in the world this year and in America, it has now passed the benchmark two-times platinum.

Black Ice broke an eight-year drought for new music from the band. It was the follow-up to Stiff Upper Lip at the start of the century.

In Australia, per capita, Black Ice has done twice as good as it did in the USA. Australia has accredited the album four-times platinum. - more on this story

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Marillion's Fish Quits Music After Cancer Scare
House of Rock reports: Former Marillion singer Fish has retired from music for at least six months following a cancer scare.

The 50-year-old Scottish rocker real name Derek William Dick recently underwent a biopsy which resulted in doctors finding an "irregular cell growth" in his throat.

The singer explains on his Myspace blog: "I had an examination. As soon as I heard the phrase 'irregular cell growth' my mind went cold. I knew what it meant. - more on this story

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Metallica Star Pied- 100K Cobain Guitar- T.I. Murder Rap- Darkness Reunion?- Springsteen Surprise Gig- Hanoi Rocks Wednesday- BMG CD Club RIP? and more
antiMusic reports: Video footage of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich getting pelted with pies for his 45th birthday at the conclusion of the band's December 20, 2008 concert at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California can be viewed here. (Go to the 7:17 mark for the pie portion of the clip.)

A smashed guitar from the late grunge rocker Kurt Cobain has been sold to an unidentified private collector for $100,000. Helen Hall, a broker in England, says it's the second-highest known price for an item of Cobain memorabilia. The seller was punk rocker Sluggo of The Grannies and Hullabaloo. more

A man convicted of killing a friend and assistant of T.I. has been sentenced to 66 years to life in prison. A jury in Cincinnati last month convicted 34-year-old Hosea Thomas of murder, felonious assault and illegally having a gun after a felony conviction. more

Babysitting a poptart is hard work! A court has put a higher value on being Britney Spears' father this year: about $75 an hour. For helping his daughter through her turbulent period, Jamie Spears on Monday was awarded an additional $51,000 payout, reflecting an increase in his monthly payments since he took over his 27-year-old daughter's affairs in February. more

The Darkness are considering reforming for a new album and tour, according to newspaper reports. The band, which split in 2006, is apparently considering an offer made by the U.S. entrepreneur behind the Dubai Desert Rocks festival to tour in 2009, reports the sometimes reliable The Sun. more

Ian Brown intends to release his next studio album in August 2009. The former Stone Roses star revealed the date in a new message posted on his website more

The audience at a benefit concert got a surprise Christmas gift Monday night from one of New Jersey's favorite performers. Jon Bon Jovi introduced Bruce Springsteen, who was not on the list of scheduled performers at the charity event. more

All Shall Perish are seeking a temporary replacement for guitarist Chris Storey for upcoming touring commitments.more

BMG Music Service stopped accepting new members this week, marking the end of the once-ubiquitous "12 for the price of one" offers that the mail-order CD club was known formore

Gibson has made a custom Ted Nugent signature model Byrdland guitar to celebrate his recent 60th birthday and his website has announced the Live It Up! - Celebrating 60 Contest. details

Wednesday 13 will be the main support for the legendary Hanoi Rocks on their 2009 tour of Japan before the Finish-rockers finally call it quits later in the year. Those tour dates are here

U.K. based blackened death metal act Detrimentum has announced their replacement drummer will be Steve Powell of Anaal Nathrakh. - more

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To End the Year we are looking back at some of the top stories of 2008

. 2008 News Rewind: March
Abba Member Dies From Gardening Accident - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: The man that provided the beats to the global Abba sensation of the 70s was found dead in the garden of his home in Spain. Police reportedly believe that Ola Brunkert died from fatal cuts on his throat after a gardening accident.

Gigwise has some more details: Sixty-two-year-old Ola Brunkert played with the band on their first single 'People Need Love' and toured with them in 1977, 1979 and 1980. He is the only musician, alongside bassist Rutger Gunnarsson, to be credited on all of the group's albums, and retired to Majorca after the break-up of the band twenty-five years ago.

The BBC reports that police believe Brunkert hit his head on a glass window on Sunday afternoon, sustaining fatal neck wounds from broken glass. He managed to wrap a towel around his neck and stagger through the garden in search of help before collapsing. - more on this story

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Jeff Healey RIP - 08 Rewind
Sleazeroxx reports: Legendary blues and jazz guitarist Jeff Healey has died, his publicist said Sunday. The Canadian musician had battled cancer his entire life. "It was something he fought with considerable bravery," his publicist, Richard Flohil, told Newsnet late Sunday.

Healey, 41, had lost his eyesight to a rare form of the disease, Retinoblastoma, at the age of one. The musician had performed with such acclaimed guitar players as B. B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins and George Harrison.

His full name was Norman Jeffrey Healey and he passed away Sunday in the city of his birth, Toronto, at St. Joseph's Hospital. - more on this story

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Pete Wentz Suicide Attempt - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: Fall Out Boy spokesmodel Pete Wentz recently spoke to mtvU and explained why he is far more emo than his contemporaries since he once attempted suicide. Ok, he didn't say anything about the emo-cred thing, but why bring suicide up? Here is Rockdirt with emoriffic story: [Wentz] tells mtvU he once was so "completely lost and out of control" he tried to commit suicide.

"I got in my car. I remember I was listening to Jeff Buckley doing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and sat there and took a bunch of [anxiety drug] Ativan in a Best Buy parking lot," the 28-year-old explained.

"And I called up my manager because I was, at that point, completely out of my head with Ativan. And I was talking to him and I was slurring my words, so he called my mom and my mom called me and she came and got me and we went to the hospital." - more on this story

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John Lennon's Final Interview Coming to DVD - 08 Rewind
PR reports: The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder: John, Paul, Tom, Ringo is finally available on DVD April 1st. This 2-DVD set first aired in 1973 and includes the last televised John Lennon interview and additional interviews with Ringo and Paul.

On April 25, 1975, John Lennon gave what was to be his last televised interview on "The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder." No one knew then that Lennon would be taking an extended hiatus from public life, taking time to raise his son and live a less public life. Speaking openly on the subjects of drug use, the breakup of the Beatles, and his immigration problems while seeking permanent residency in the U.S., the interview Lennon gave Tom Snyder in 1975 revealed he had tremendous humility and an affecting sense of humor.

Five years after that interview, Lennon was fatally shot while coming home from a recording session. The day after the shooting and Lennon's tragic death, "The Tomorrow Show" re-aired that last interview in tribute to him. Shout! Factory's "The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder: John, Paul, Tom And Ringo" contains the complete interview with Lennon as rebroadcast on December 9, 1980, along with interviews from that day with journalist Lisa Robinson and Lennon friend and producer Jack Douglas. The show is a poignant remembrance of the aftermath of his murder and the huge void his passing had on music, and indeed, the world. - more on this story

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Stone Temple Tantrum Spells End of Velvet Revolver? - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: If, as Duff suggested in a recent interview, Velvet Revolver are really the frontrunners to support a reunited Led Zeppelin on tour, it looks like they will have to do it with a new vocalist.

Weiland reportedly shocked fans from the stage at the band's show last Thursday when he told the crowd "You're watching something special... the last tour by Velvet Revolver." The proclamation promoted a response from drummer Matt Sorum, which in turn prompted one of Weiland's famous tantrums... oops "statements".
When Matt Sorum took to the web on Friday to discuss what went down, he said in part, "My career and life in rock 'n' roll has come with its ups and downs. Unfortunately, some people in this business don't realize how great of a life they have. Touring the world, meeting great people and fans all over the world. And just playing music for a living. I feel truly blessed. But sometimes the road can be draining for some. Being away from home and family does grind on you sometimes. With all the travelling and different beds. Personally, I love this sh*t and sometimes can't believe I am so lucky to still be doing what I do for a living. Everybody could see who was unhappy last night, but all I can say is let's keep the rock alive, people!!!! In this life, you just pick up and keep moving. And don't ever let anybody stand in your way."

Weiland took offense and sent Blabbermouth one of his venom filled tirades - more

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Britney Vocal Fraud? - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: What follows is clearly hearsay, but won't come as much of a shock to most people. It appears Henry Rollins may have discovered the real reason why Britney Spears lipsyncs at her concert-- the voice on her albums isn't fully Britney. In equally shocking news we learn that water is wet.

According to Jam!, Rollins told Sun Media that a studio engineer let him in on Britney's dirty little secret. "They have the black chick come in and sing, and Britney sings over it, and they mix them together," Rollins said.

"(Britney) gets her phrasing basically from this older R&B woman. I found that out talking to an engineer. Britney apparently isn't actually the worst singer, she just has no feel. So they bring in this older black woman who sings the song, then Britney sings to it, and they kind of make a mix of the two voices, and that's what you hear on the records."

The quotes in this article came from a - Jam! report

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5th Beatle Dies - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: The "Fifth Beatle," Neil Aspinall, died of cancer at the age of 66. Aspinall was a longtime friend of the band and began working with them as a driver and eventually ascended to the head of their company Apple Corps Ltd until he resigned last year.

According to Transworldnews "Aspinall's involvement with the Beatles dated from 1960 when the group's original drummer, Pete Best, asked him to become their driver. After Best, Aspinall's best friend, was replaced by Ringo Starr, Aspinall stayed with the band.

AFP adds, "In 1968, he became manager of Apple Corps, reportedly on the condition that he would only do it until they found someone else. He only left the job last year." - Read the AFP report

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Fall Out Boy Held Hostage - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: Fall Out Boy are being held hostage in Chili by school girls and the weather. The band's plans set a world record by playing on all seven continents is being held hostage by bad weather in Antarctica, and while the band waits for the weather to clear, they're being held hostage in a hotel in Chili that is under siege by rabid schoolgirls. MTV offered up a long report on these happenings, here are some highlights:

Early Tuesday morning (March 25), Fall Out Boy got the bad news: Nasty weather conditions had canceled all flights in and out of Antarctica, meaning that their attempt to set a world record would have to wait for at least another day.

Ever since FOB arrived in [Santiago, Chili], the front doors of the Hotel Finis Terrae have been under siege, surrounded by an ever-growing, squealing gaggle of Fall Out Boy fans. For more than a day, there's been a constant screaming mass of students in gray school uniforms camped outside, which means that setting foot on the street is nearly impossible for the band. And even when they do venture outside their rooms, they're mobbed by fans who managed to slip through security and are wandering the halls of the hotel, like ghosts in Pac Man. All of which has made their Chilean trip a bit of a downer so far. - Read the full MTV report

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Axl Under New Management, Scott Weiland's - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: It's a small world after all, it's a small world after all. At least in the Guns N' Roses universe. You see Axl has signed with a new powerhouse management team, after recently ditching Sanctuary. The small world comes into play because Axl's new management also handles Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland. Blabbermouth has Axl's statement and a bit on Weiland connection:

"I am very pleased to announce that GUNS N' ROSES and I are now represented by the management team of Irving Azoff and Andy Gould. We are very excited and look forward to working with them and hope our relationship proves beneficial for everyone, especially the fans."

It should be noted that up until recently, Azoff Music also managed VELVET REVOLVER, the band featuring Axl's former GN'R bandmantes Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum. Azoff is continuing to represent VR's singer, Scott Weiland, an Azoff spokesperson confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. - more on this story

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. 2008 News Rewind: April
Miley Cyrus Goes Topless - 08 Rewind
antiMusic reports: If the leaked photos of Miley Cyrus didn't erase the squeaky clean Hannah Montana image, then the photo spread by Annie Leibovitz in Vanity Fair just might. You see ol' Hannah was asked to take off her top for the shoot and complied. Her minders at Disney are apparently not pleased at all.

This sparked quite a controversy. On one hand some might say that it was Miley growing up and following the predictable poptart path where the teen princess goes from clean Disney star to provocative sexpot (kind of disturbing since she's just 15). Others, including Miley and Disney, are claiming she was somehow manipulated into doing the shoot which she says she told was going to be "artistic." Perhaps Miley (or her parents and managers) never heard of the David Hamilton's version of "art" before when she agreed to do a "artistic" photo shoot for a magazine known for racy photos of celebs. "I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed," she said in a statement. "I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about."

Vanity Fair have a different memory of what happened, "Miley's parents and/or minders were on the set all day," the magazine told Entertainment Tonight. "Since the photo was taken digitally, they saw it on the shoot and everyone thought it was a beautiful and natural portrait of Miley." - more on this story

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Ugliest People In Music - 08 Rewind
Gigwise reports: Ever wondered who the ugliest person in music is? Well let Gigwise give you a few suggestions in their new gallery.

Following the publication of last years Ugliest People in Music gallery which saw Shane MacGowan come top we've just unveiled part two The new gallery has been created using the feedback of Gigwise readers, a lot of whom seemed to think Amy Winehouse didn't scrub up to well.

[Some highlights include no. 11 Mick Jones of The Clash- No. 7 Gene Simmons- No. 4. Mick Mars of Motley Crue- 3. Ric Ocasek- You'll have to go to - Gigwise to see No. 1 and the rest of the hall of shame. ]

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