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Today's Full Report and Breaking Stories for 01/15/2008
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Tenspoke Indies Week: Lights Out
antiMusic reports: Tenspoke Indies debut album, 'Blinded By The Sound,' comes out March 4, 2008. With a sound often compared to Jimmy Eat World but with indie cred, they got our attention, so we asked the band's singer/guitarist (and British ex-pat) Rich Wise to pick his favorite five tracks from the CD and tell us a bit about each one. Here is Rich with today's song "Lights Out".

Funny story about "Lights Out." Josh had this really great AC/DC-like riff, which you now hear in the song. But when he first played it, the band heard it in a different timing than he was intending. It's like when you catch a part of a song at the wrong moment and it sounds backwards or wrong. Long story short, the basic difference was a half beat of time that made it sound completely different.

The lyrics for this one were really easy. They basically came to me as we were playing it, which I love. I usually have a wrestling match with words to find what I want to say, so this time was different. I had had the main title written down on a piece of notebook paper for years as a cool line to someday use. I don't know why my brain thought it should go in this song, but it fit perfectly. There's definitely a bit of sexual tension in the lyrics. I love the sound of this one on the record.

You don't have to wait until March to get a taste of what Tenspoke Indie have to offer, they're hitting the road next month. You can grab the tour dates and preview some of the tracks from 'Blinded By The Sound' - right here!

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Lost Beatles Recordings
CMJ reports: Fifteen previously unreleased Beatles tracks recorded live in 1962 have been acquired by Fuego Entertainment, a production company which plans to release them in conjunction with the Echo Vista Group.

The new tracks mark the first time the classic Beatles lineup was captured live on tape, shortly after Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best as the band's drummer.

The recording was made during the Beatles' first appearance at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany in front of about 20 to 30 people and includes songs "A Taste of Honey," "Hippy Hippy Shake" and Paul McCartney singing Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues." - more on this story

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Blige Drug Probe Denied
Gigwise reports: 50 Cent, Timbaland and Mary J. Blige's names have all appeared in relation to an investigation into steroid trafficking, it's been claimed. The artists, who also include Wyclef Jean, may have either used or received performance enhancing drugs in recent years.

It's understood that none of the artists, who were named by The Times Union of Albany newspaper on Sunday (January 13th), will face criminal investigation. Officials are instead expected to focus on the doctors and clinics who supply the drugs.

Karynne Tencer, a spokeswoman for Mary J. Blige, denied that her client had any association with performance enhancing drugs. - more on this story

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Grammy Boycott
Contact Music reports: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, BEYONCE, 50 CENT and JON BON JOVI are considering boycotting this year's Grammy Awards ceremony in support of the Hollywood writer's strikes.

The annual ceremony is under threat of cancellation after celebrities from the music industry pledged their allegiance to the Writers Guild of America (WGA) union members.

Prince, Alicia Keys, Fantasia, Nelly Furtado, Tim MCGraw, Kelly Clarkson, The White Stripes, Fergie and Usher are also threatening to boycott the event, scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on 10 February. - more on this story

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NIN Endorse Net Tax
Metal Underground reports: NINE INCH NAILS mainman Trent Reznor told CNET.com in an interview late last week that he might favor the idea of a tax added to monthly Internet Service Provider (ISP) fees as an income stream for artists whose music is downloaded for free.

Reznor explained, "I think if there was an ISP tax of some sort, we can say to the consumer, 'All music is now available and able to be downloaded and put in your car and put in your iPod and put up your ass if you want and it's $5 on your cable bill.'"

Reznor made his comments while discussing the release of "The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust" by hip-hop poet SAUL WILLIAMS. Reznor issued the album as a digital download through his own label, offering a lower-quality copy for free and a higher-quality one for five dollars. He revealed last week that just one in five people paid for the higher-quality version, calling the results "disheartening." - more on this story

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Coldplay Set May Release?
Gigwise reports: Coldplay have reportedly set a May 19 release date for their fourth studio album 'Prospekt.'

The band have been working on the long-player for much of the past year alongside legendary has been producer Brian Eno.

Clocking in at 43 minutes long, recording of the eleven track album is now believed to be complete, resulting in the leaked information online. - more on this story

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Eagles World Tour Kicking Off at 02
PR reports: Following the fantastic success of their No. 1 album Long Road Out of Eden, the Eagles will play four shows at London's prestigious 02 Arena on March 20, 22, 23 and 26, 2008 to mark the kick-off of the "Long Road Out of Eden World Tour." Tickets for the O2 Arena concerts will go on sale on Friday 18 January.

The O2 Arena concerts will debut an all-new stage production and the band - Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit - will be performing current hits from Long Road Out of Eden including "How Long" and "Busy Being Fabulous" as well as classic songs such as "Hotel California," "Desperado," "Take It To The Limit," "Life In The Fast Lane," and "Take It Easy." - more on this story

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Brit Awards Go Pop
Gigwise reports: In what is a pop dominated list of nominees, Take That, Leona Lewis and Mika each scored four Brit Award nominations.

Arctic Monkeys have picked up three nominations for this years BRIT Awards, which were announced tonight (January 14th) in London. The Sheffield band are in the running for British Group, British Album for 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' - and British Live Act.

Despite having the biggest selling album of 2007, Amy Winehouse received just one nomination for 'Valerie', her collaboration with producer Mark Ronson. Her album, 'Back To Black', which was released at the end of 2006, did not qualify for this years awards. - more on this story

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No Quiet Riot Without Kevin
antiMusic reports: Hats off to Frankie Banali. When asked if he wanted to cash in on the death of his friend and bandmate Kevin DuBrow and put together a version of Quiet Riot with another vocalist, Frankie says No! He posted the following on his website www.frankie-banali.com: I have been approached to see if I would be interested in contacting Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo and to audition singers for QUIET RIOT. I have also been approached to see if I would be interested in contacting and re-forming the version of QUIET RIOT that included Paul Shortino, Carlos Cavazo and Sean McNabb.

Let me make this very simple and perfectly clear. While I am still actively involved in the business interests of QUIET RIOT and will continue in that capacity, I reject any and all suggestions to have QUIET RIOT continue as a live performing entity.

My friendship, love and respect for Kevin DuBrow as well as my personal love and affection for Kevin's mother and his family makes it inconceivable for me to ever entertain any ovation to reform or to continue QUIET RIOT. Kevin was too important to go on without him. It would also be a disrespect to the fans who have supported QUIET RIOT for nearly 25 years. - more on this story

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Peggy Sued
Contact Music reports: BUDDY HOLLY's widow MARIA ELENA has launched a legal battle to block a tell-all memoir by the woman made famous in the rocker's classic hit PEGGY SUE.

Peggy Sue Gerron - who was married to Holly's drummer - was said to have inspired the 1957 track and insists she enjoyed a close relationship with the singer. And now Gerron is set to release Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue? - a book about the time she spent with Holly.

But Maria Elena Holly - who married the star in 1958 - was infuriated by the book's claims that her late husband longed to run away with Gerron and has launched a lawsuit in a bid to stop it being published. - more on this story

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Megedeth Announce Tour and New Guitarist
PR reports: Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has big news for metal fans: Gigantour is back, and Megadeth has a new guitarist. The third installment of Gigantour - the acclaimed traveling heavy music festival launched in 2005 by Mustaine--will kick off April 12 in Denver, CO with headliner Megadeth, Scandinavian death metal band IN FLAMES, Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM, Arizona's modern extreme JOB FOR A COWBOY and Oakland, CA heavy power trio HIGH ON FIRE all confirmed. The 29-date trek will criss-cross North America and wraps May 22 in Phoenix , AZ.

In other Megadeth news, the group has officially welcomed new guitarist Chris Broderick (Nevermore, Jag Panzer) to the band after parting ways with Glen Drover - which was hinted at back in November. "I've noticed [on the Internet] that people are pissed with me over the way things were handled with Glen quitting the group," says Mustaine, "but they're gonna be pissed even more when they hear how fierce we are with Chris! Megadeth is playing at a new level." - more on this story

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Gosling To Play Cobain?
Launch reports: Courtney Love has said she wants to Half Nelson actor Ryan Gosling to play her late husband Kurt Cobain in a film.

Love, who is executive producer on the $60 million movie Heavier Than Heaven, has also asked Scarlett Johansson to portray her, according to British paper The Mirror.

The movie is based on Charles Cross's biography of Cobain. A source said: "Kirsten Dunst was rumoured to be in the frame, but Courtney really admires Scarlett and has already sent the contract out for her to sign. [and here we pictured Chloe Webb or Ruth Gordon in that role]. - more on this story

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J.Lo Fired?
TMZ reports: It's all over between Jennifer Lopez and her manager, music biz legend Irving Azoff. Our Azoff sources tell TMZ he just fired J.Lo for being "unprofessional" and for allowing hubby Marc Anthony to "constantly meddle."

The mama-to-be got a letter from Azoff last week, we're told, detailing "in blunt terms" why he was ditching her as a client after less than a year. There was also a "heated phone call" last week between Jenny's handlers and Azoff.

But Lopez's rep tells TMZ stories of a bitter split are completely untrue. The rep says "she let him go on Friday with no drama." As for the letter? Jen's camp has no knowledge of it. - More J.Ho News from TMZ

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Hilary Duff Denies Lipsyncing
antiMusic reports: A story about a teen "pop" star lip-synching is about as shocking as waking up and seeing the sun in the sky. Hilary Duff is the latest poptart accused of lip-synching. A charge her camp denies, they say it was all a equipment malfunction. And here we are hoping for a wardrobe malfunction. E! has the story:

The Most Wanted singer is adamantly denying rumors she wasn't all there during a stop on her 2008 Dignity tour in Monterrey, Mexico, this weekend, after footage of the concert, in which she appears to be mouthing words into a microphone, made the Internet rounds.

"She was not lip-synching," Duff's rep said in a statement confirmed by E! News. "It was faulty equipment. There was no sound coming out, but she was singing." They were relying on locally provided equipment during Saturday's show, the rep said. - more on this story

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