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Cyrus Admits Fake Hannah Montana
Contact Music reports: Teenage singer/actress MILEY CYRUS has confessed to using a body double during concert performances so she has time to make costume changes. The star was caught out by eagle-eyed fans who spotted a lookalike onstage during a recent show on the sold-out Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana Best Of Both Worlds tour. 

But the 15-year-old's representative insists a double is a necessity of the performance, telling OK! magazine, "To help speed the transition from Hannah to Miley, there is a production element during the performance of We Got The Party incorporating a body double for Miley. 

"After Hannah has completed the featured verse on the duet with the Jonas Brothers, a body double appears approximately one to two minutes prior to the end of the song in order to allow Miley to remove the Hannah wig and costume and transform into Miley for her solo set.- more on this story

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Whoring the Beatles
antiMusic reports: Boomers are consumers, that is the message from Madison Ave. Now the music from the greatest rock band in music history will be used to whore products. Forget your fond memories associated with the songs of the Fab Four, soon you'll be able to associate them with products like a good hippy turned yuppie! Say you wanna revolution? The revolution is for sale. Gigwise has the sad story: 

Songs by the Beatles are set to feature in adverts for the first time after their back-catalogue was made available to advertisers. Sony/ATV Music Publishing, who owns the rights to the majority of the band's music, said that select "brand partnerships" would be considered. 

Until now, it had been illegal to use the band's original recordings in adverts. In 1987, Nike were sued for $15 million for using 'Revolution' in a TV campaign. - more on this story

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Britney Meltsdown and Loses Kids
antiMusic reports: It's not a nighttime soap you are watching, it's the meltdown of pop singer Britney Spears. The poptart took her public meltdown far beyond her "head shaving" insanity with a stand off with police and being hospitalized for observation of her mental state, according to reports, as she loses custody rights to her children. 

Wenn reported: BRITNEY SPEARS has been classed as a "special needs" patient following her admission to a Los Angeles hospital, after it emerged she locked one of her young sons in a room with her at her Los Angeles home. The troubled singer, 26, was admitted to the city's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Thursday evening (03Jan08) following a major stand-off with police at her Beverly Hills mansion after she refused to hand over her two boys to ex-husband Kevin Federline after a scheduled visit. Her court-appointed monitor called for emergency services after witnessing Spears' apparent mental breakdown.

AP reported on Friday, "A court commissioner gave sole physical and legal custody of Britney Spears' two little boys Friday to ex-husband Kevin Federline and suspended the troubled pop star's visitation rights."
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REM Go South By Southwest
antiMusic reports: Remember back when South By Southwest was a showcase for up and coming bands? Now it's just a label showcase. That's both good and bad. The good is that attendees are treated to some special shows, the bad is that it's lost it's indie focus. This year SxSWers will reportedly be able to check out REM. Gigwise has the story: REM have been confirmed to appear at this year's South By Southwest festival, it has been reported. 

The Athens, Georgia band will be previewing their new album 'Accelerate', due for release on March 31, and will no doubt be one of the highlights of the annual music and film marathon. It will be the first time they've played in the Texan city in five years. 

As local website austin360.com reports, also confirmed are Daniel Lanois, Cheveu and a bunch of Domino acts in the shape of The Kills, Lightspeed Champion and Sons & Daughters.- more on this story

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L7's Donita Sparks Goes Solo
antiMusic reports: Donita Sparks, front person for the seminal rock band L7 releases her debut solo record Transmiticate on February 19, 2008. Distributed through Redeye, the album from Donita Sparks and The Stellar Moments - filled with dance rock and dark pop gems - sees Donita moving solidly into interesting new territories. 

Transmiticate tracks include: "Fly Feather Fly", "Dare Dare", "Infancy of a Disaster", "Headcheck", "My Skin's Too Thin", "Curtains for Cathy", "Creampuff", "He's Got the Honey", "Need to Numb", "Take a Few Steps" and "Into the Hi Fi".

2008 will be especially busy for Sparks. In addition to the release of Transmiticate, Donita will launch her own offerings at the previously announced CASH Music (Coalition of Artists and Stake Holders).- more on this story

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Oasis, Stone Roses, Smiths, New Order, Primal Scream Supergroup One Off 
Contact Music reports: OASIS star LIAM GALLAGHER is set to front a one-off 'supergroup' featuring ex-STONE ROSES singer IAN BROWN. The Wonderwall hitmaker will share the stage with a whole host of rockers from Manchester, England at a charity concert in the city next month (Feb08). 

He will perform joint vocals with Brown at the Manchester V Cancer gig, and the pair will be backed by trio Freebass, which consists of three top bassists - ex-Smiths star Andy Rourke, New Order's Peter Hook and Mani from Primal Scream. Freebass has been a side project of the three bass legends for the past few years, but the show at the MEN Arena on 23 February (08) will be the group's first proper concert. 

Rourke, who organised the concert, says, "This year's gig is going to be talked about for years to come. "We've got some of the biggest bands of the moment lined up as well as some legendary acts."- more on this story

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Alice Cooper Robbers Nabbed 
Gigwise reports: Steal a guitar go to jail. Steal a signed Alice Cooper guitar that was supposed to be used in a charity auction, you might go to hell. Gigwise has the tale of the nabbing of the hotel employees the perpetrated the heist:

Three hotel employees have been arrested in connection with stealing a signed Alice Cooper guitar that was due to be sold at a charity auction. 

The shock-rocker stayed at the Ontario Hilton Hotel from the week beginning December 10 and left the Gibson Les Paul at the front desk so it could be forwarded on at a later date. It was estimated to raise $3,000 when it went under the hammer. 

Ontario Hilton representatives notified police when they saw CCTV footage of 23-year-old Sarah Richards allegedly stealing the guitar on December 27.- more on this story

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Radiohead Kill Remix 
Gigwise reports: Gigwise has spoken to Radiohead's long-term manager Bryce Edge about the decision to prohibit Amplive from releasing a remix version of 'In Rainbows' and he explained to us that the decision boiled down to two major factors. 

As reported earlier today, Radiohead's publishers Warner/Chappell sent a 'cease and desist' letter to Amplive's label saying that by releasing 'Rainydayz', the producer had created "musical arrangements and remixes" without official agreement. 

Explaining things, Edge said the first problem was that Amplive used an image of Thom Yorke on his website advertising the album, therefore inferring the frontman's involvement. 

Secondly, Edge iterated the point that management had a major grievance about fans being told to forward on their 'In Rainbows' purchase email to receive the free remix album.- more on this story

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The Black Crowes Announce One Night Only Shows
antiMusic reports: For the first time in their 18-year career, The Black Crowes will perform an album of theirs in its entirety. 

On a special run of "One Night Only" shows beginning March 2 and wrapping March 20, fans will experience WARPAINT--the group's first album of all new studio material in seven years, due out March 4 -- in its entirety onstage, after which the band will perform songs from their catalog and selected surprises. 

THE BLACK CROWES launch their overseas tour March 24 when they headline the East Coast Blues & Roots Festival in Australia. They'll continue their Down Under trek--their first since 1991--through April 5, and conclude with exclusive performances in London, UK at Brixton Academy April 9 and The Amsterdam Music Hall April 11. A major market multiple night U.S. tour will begin in May, with cities and venues to be announced in the near future.- more on this story

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Weezer Complete CD
Punknews.org reports: Brian Bell of Weezer recently posted an update on the band's upcoming sixth album. The record has been the source of much speculation but little concrete information has actually surfaced in the past few months. Bell explained: 

Greetings fellow Weezer-ites. We'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years. And it's going to be a very happy one because album six is finished and personally I think it's our best yet. 

Never have the four of us worked so hard and passionately on an album and we all look forward to performing this culmination of our talents and combined knowledge in 2008 in a city near you!- more on this story

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Dr Phil Jumps Off Britney Bandwagon 
antiMusic reports: Dr. Phil has backed off his public involvement with Britney's meltdown. His issued a statement Monday on his website concerning his television coverage of the popstar's mental problems. He writes, "As was widely reported this weekend, at the request of concerned family members, I visited Britney Spears in the hospital. The details of that visit will, of course, remain private. 

"We had planned to tape a Dr. Phil Now show today, focusing not on the tabloid side of Britney's latest problems, but instead on the very serious issues surrounding this case. Clearly, it is not just Britney's family struggling to find a way to protect adult children who cannot be ordered or compelled to seek help.

"Because the Spears situation is too intense at this time, and out of consideration to the family, I have made the decision not to move forward with the taping at this particular time.- more on this story

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AC/DC Ready To Return Despite Angus Injury 
BW&BK reports: Spanish website RafaBasa.com has published the following exclusive report about the possible return of AC/DC: "There is not so many things to tell, but even with the secret everything is kept under, we have some interesting news about AC/DC. There is no official announcement at this moment, but our sources in New York told us that the band is ready to return. 

As we have previously informed, the main problem that has forced AC/DC to be on hold without releasing any albums or playing live, is an injury on Angus Young's knee, something that we can say that it's fine considering the information we are revealing. We know that the album is on the last stage of the mixing process, and the band have worked with famous producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange (DEF LEPPARD). 

They are going to make several secret "showcases" for very small audiences (maybe 500 people venues) in Europe at the end of January. The will premiere the new song and also will be a warm up for the band- more on this story

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