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Grammy Winner's Daughter Killed By Her Brother
AP reports: The 5-year-old daughter of Grammy-winning Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed Wednesday by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother, authorities said.

The girl, Maria, was hit in the driveway of the family's home Wednesday afternoon by a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by her teenage brother, said Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The brother, whose name and exact age weren't available, apparently did not see the girl, McPherson said. No charges are expected. - more on this story

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Aerosmith Rehab Return
antiMusic reports: Here is a little more details report from what was posted earlier. No word yet if Tyler will appear in the next edition of Celebrity Rehab. Here is the Metal Underground Report: Steven Tyler, the charismatic 60-year-old frontman for longtime Boston rockers Aerosmith and father of actress Liv Tyler, has reportedly checked himself into Las Encinas Hospital's drug rehabilitation clinic in Pasadena, California, according to TMZ.com. At press time, a spokesperson for the band could not be reached for comment.

The treatment center is where noted addiction medicine specialist and radio talk-show host Dr. Drew Pinsky practices. It also served as the stage for Pinsky's "Celebrity Rehab" reality series.

While the report wasn't specific, Tyler, who once said, "Four rehabilitation centers for drug abuse later, I've been able to take a long, hard look at my behavior," is said to be receiving treatment for substance abuse. - more on this story

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Boyband Mastermind Gets 25 Years in Prison
Hecklerspray reports: The world may go through some difficult changes in the next 25 years, but at least Lou Pearlman won't give us any more crappy boybands.

That's because Lou Pearlman has just been sentenced to 25 years in jail after being found guilty of conspiracy, money laundering and various other dodgy white-collar crap. Ironically, though, Lou Pearlman only got six months in jail for committing those crimes - the other 24.5 years were a punishment for inventing 'N Sync.

Oh, we're just kidding. Being the mastermind behind the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync didn't affect Lou Pearlman's sentence at all. He got given such a long sentence because he's fat and creepy-looking. And you're next, Santa! - more on this story

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Rush Issue Statement About Founder's Death
antiMusic reports: It's a week late, but Rush frontman/bassist Geddy Lee and lead guitarist Alex Lifeson finally issued a statement about the passing of the group's original drummer John Rutsey, who reportedly died in his sleep from a heart attack caused by his lifelong battle with diabetes.

Our memories of the early years of Rush when John was in the band are very fond to us. Those years spent in our teens dreaming of one day doing what we continue to do decades later are special.

Although our paths diverged many years ago, we smile today, thinking back on those exciting times and remembering John's wonderful sense of humour and impeccable timing. He will be deeply missed by all he touched. Alex & Geddy - more on this story

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Meldrum In A Coma
Sleazeroxx reports: Michelle Meldrum, leader of her own band called Meldrum and former Phantom Blue guitarist, is currently in a coma in a Los Angeles hospital and hasn't been officially declared dead yet, despite earlier reports to the contrary.

According to Dawn Robinson of Dark Moon Entertainment, Michelle is in critical condition and is undergoing a number of tests which her family is hoping will result in a miracle that will allow her to "pull through." An official update regarding her status is expected sometime within the next 24 hours.

Michelle Meldrum was born in Detroit, Michigan to a family of musicians and actors, and moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of 13. She started her career in music by forming the thrash metal band Wargod with drummer Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Death, Strapping Young Lad), then moved on to become both co-founder and lead guitarist in Phantom Blue. Phantom Blue released its self-titled debut album on Shrapnel Records in the U.S. (Roadrunner in Europe and Japan) and eventually landed a major label deal with Geffen. - more on this story

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Hatebreed Team with Vinnie Paul
PR reports: Hatebreed have tapped the legendary Vinnie Paul (Pantera, HELLYEAH) to produce, document and record Hatebreed LIVE during their Dallas, TX show at the Palladium Ballroom on May 27th.

Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta comments: "We can't even begin to explain how excited we are to be recording our live album with Vinnie Paul! It's a great honor and privilege to be working with him on this. Vinnie knows his ---- and doesn't f**k around! He's the man to get us the massive live tones we need to make this a special release. This is not just a live CD, this is live in TEXAS, where everything is bigger and badder! We're also going to be shooting some video footage for a short bonus DVD that will be like a mini-movie about the who, the what, the how and the why behind this whole project, so stay tuned and we'll see you at the show! BE READY TO LOSE YOUR MIND AND YOUR VOICE!"

Vinnie Paul also commented, saying: "'I am extremely excited to be producing, recording and documenting Hatebreed for their LIVE CD from Dallas, Texas!!! After touring with them and being personal friends with them for years, I know first-hand what a brutal and energetic band they are and how die-hard their fans are. I plan on capturing that energy and brutality live and then some!!! I encourage all the Dallas metal heads to be a part of metal history and be at the Hatebreed/Type-O show May 27th....HELLYEAH!!!"
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David Wins Idol
antiMusic reports: Some guy named David won American Idol tonight. Apparently it was a bit of blow out. It was the older David that won, not the male Hannah Montana wannabe. An astounding 97.5 million votes were cast. (27.5 alone cast by the four 13 year-old girls?) However, those votes have never translated into more than a couple percent in record sales when the winner releases their debut. Recent winners have even been dropped after disappointing sales, but it makes for entertaining TV for millions.

Here are some of the highlights from the Billboard article about the results: Amid deafening applause, David Cook was crowned the seventh "American Idol" tonight (May 21) at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre. The 25-year-old Blue Springs, Mo., native earned 56% of the record 97.5 million votes cast at last night's performance finale, defeating 17-year-old David Archuleta on the Fox TV series.

As the credits rolled, Cook, who was a bartender before auditioning for "Idol," sang "Time of My Life," which won the the show's songwriting competition. He cried as host Ryan Seacrest announced his victory, proclaiming, "I am absolutely at a loss for words right now." - Read more and check out Billboard's interviews with the finalists

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Death Cab for Madonna and Diamond
antiMusic reports: Madonna who? Neil Diamond what? Fans opted to take away Diamond's No. 1 Billboard spot this week and hand it to Death Cab for Cutie. As for Madonna, the material girl's "Hard Candy" took a nose dive to No 8. Here is what Death Cab's label had to say about thier number one debut: "Narrow Stairs," the acclaimed new album from Atlantic recording group Death Cab for Cutie, has made a stunning debut atop this week's Billboard 200 the band's first-ever #1 record.

With sales of 143,586 this marks their greatest highest sales week in Death Cab's 10-year history. "NARROW STAIRS", follows 2005's Grammy-nominated, RIAA platinum-certified "PLANS."

Death Cab will celebrate the remarkable success of "NARROW STAIRS" with an outdoor stage performance on tomorrow night's installment of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! - more on this story

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Coheed and Cambria Go Real Horrorshow
PR reports: FEARnet is set to become the exclusive host of the director's cut of the infamous Coheed and Cambria video for their current single, "Feathers," today, May 21. The Hitchcockian black and white video, is a dark comedy, directed by Marc Klasfeld (Gnarls Barkley, Foo Fighters, Bloodhound Gang) and focuses on a "perfect" 1950s American family who have a very naughty secret.

"Feathers" stars Rena Riffel, known for her roles in "Mulholland Drive" and "Dante's Cove," as the cheerful stay-at-home mom ala "Ozzie and Harriet," but this mom has more than a conniving grin. Reminiscent of the works of David Lynch and John Waters, what appears normal on the surface is not quite so when you take a closer look. Klasfeld's cut contains mildly graphic scenes that were not in the MTV version of the video.

Coheed and Cambria are currently on their second headlining tour - more on this story

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Gnarls Secret Show Battles
PR reports: MySpace today announced indie rock super group Battles as the opening act for MySpace's 150th installment of the hugely popular Secret Show franchise. Battles is comprised of the former members of Don Caballero, Helmet, Tomahawk, and Lynx.

As previously announced, the show is being headlined by the Grammy award-winning duo Gnarls Barkley. The genre busting act's first US concert was a MySpace Secret Show, in the halcyon days of 2006. For this show, the group will be performing at Manhattan's famed Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza and will be joined by the indie rock super group Battles.

Gnarls Barkley is the much beloved combination of artist and producer Danger Mouse and vocalist Cee-Lo Green. The duo recently released The Odd Couple - more on this story

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Thrashing Like A Maniac
antiMusic reports: Today's goofiest press release comes courtesy of Earache Records: Starting this June, grab your friends by their necks and headbang all the way down to the Thrashing Like A Maniac Tour. Make sure you're dressed in your finest denim and leather because you're not going to want to miss this celebration of all things thrash led by 3 of the most spectacular young acts the world has to offer: Merciless Death, Fueled By Fire And Bonded By Blood. Who knows? There may even be some special surprises along the way! From the old school to the new, there is no way to pledge your allegiance to the heaviest, most breakneck and pissed off form of music there is - Thrash Metal!

This is the first major U.S. tour for Bonded By Blood and vocalist, Jose "Aladdin" Barrales is extremely pumped to embark on it: "Finally we get to get out of Cali and show the US what we are made of. The whole band is quite excited. We've seen Merciless Death and Fueled By Fire live before and I'm pretty sure all us 3 together will annihilate the crowd!!! For all you thrashers old and new, get ready for your heads to explode!" - more on this story

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