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AC/DC Top Album Chart
antiMusic reports: There is definitely AC/DC fever in the air with the band's return with their first new album in years. In fact, the fever has given the band a No 1 album. But it's not their new album that has top a chart, it's the gazillion seller "Back in Black," which is on top of Billboard's Top Pop Catalog chart for the second consecutive week and the third week overall. This bods well for their forthcoming "Black Ice."

As for the new material, the single from the new album is enjoy success of its own. Billboard reports:

AC/DC is currently charting on Mainstream Rock Tracks, where "Rock n Roll Train" is No. 3. "Train" is the group's 29th entry on this tally and its first since "Safe in New York City" peaked at No. 21 in May 2001. "Train" is AC/DC's highest-charting song since "Stiff Upper Lip" spent four weeks at No. 1 in March-April 2000. "Lip" was the Australian group's third No. 1 on this survey, following "Big Gun" in 1993 and "Hard as a Rock" in 1995. - more on this story

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Plant Sinks Zeppelin Tour Hopes
antiMusic reports: So much for unnamed sources, on Monday we heard from Robert Plant himself about where he stands on a Led Zeppelin reunion tour; it's not going to happen.

The latest rumor was sparked from a UK press report that said Robert Plant agreed to a reunion tour after rumors circulated that that Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham were planning to tour with another singer out in front of the group.

"It's both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward," Robert Plant said. "I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects." - more on this story

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GNR's Chinese Democracy To Be A Nov Best Buy?
antiMusic reports: We posted a Blabbermouth story on Friday based on a Rolling Stone report that there is a release date for the long over due "Chinese Democracy" album from Guns N' Roses. And it looks like this time the rumors may just be true.

Billboard confirmed that Best Buy will be the exclusive retailer for the album and they say it will be out before year's end. This was according to sources close to the situation. The music publication reported that some details of the deal are still being worked out, including the release date. Their full report

Rolling Stone on the other hand did publish a release date, they say the effort will hit Best Buy stores on November 25th. The source of the rumor is a supposed "vendor convention" that Best Buy had on Wednesday in Dallas, Texas. Guns manager Andy Gould told the 900 employees the news about "Chinese Democracy" before previewing three songs from the album. - more on this story

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Travis Barker Out Of The Hospital
antiMusic reports: So much for his friend's prediction that Travis Barker would be released from the hospital in two weeks. Over the weekend Jermaine Dupri said that he expected Barker to be out of the hospital in two weeks, but Barker was actually released on Monday.

Billboard reported on Monday that "Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has been released from an Augusta, Ga., hospital after suffering severe burns in a fiery plane crash more than a week ago."

This follows DJ AM's release from the hospital late last week. Both were being treated for burns suffered during a plane crash two weeks ago. Billboard has more on this story - here

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Brett Michaels Truck Crash Leaves 2 Dead
BW&BK reports: A 19-year-old St. Louis-area woman was killed in a traffic crash Friday near Carbondale, where she was a sophomore at Southern Illinois University. Her passenger was also killed and two others seriously injured in the 5 p.m. crash, authorities said.

The local victim was Yasmin S. Jackson, of Florissant, a 2007 graduate of Hazelwood East High School. She was driving northbound on Interstate 57 in West Frankfort when a box truck crossed the interstate median and hit her SUV and a pickup truck head-on, according to the Illinois State Police. She was killed instantly.

The box truck driver was identified as Dennis D. Hernandez, 38, of Lamont, Calif. Police said Hernandez fell asleep at the wheel before crossing the interstate median. Hernandez was hauling sound equipment for the musician Bret Michaels, lead singer of the glam-rock band Poison. - more on this story

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Plant Reportedly Agrees To Led Zeppelin Tour
antiMusic reports: Unnamed sources "close to an artist" are usually about as reliable as asking a random kid in the mall for hard news, but the unnamed sources close to Led Zeppelin were right leading up to the recent one off reunion show. Now a source claims Robert Plant is finally on board for a full scale reunion tour.

Here is the birminghammail.net report we ran last Friday for those that missed it: Rock legends Led Zeppelin are finally set to embark on a reunion tour after West Bromwich-born lead singer Robert Plant [REPORTEDLY] caved in and agreed to join the rest of the band, it was reported today.

Guitarist Jimmy Page, aged 64, bassist John Paul Jones, 62, and drummer Jason Bonham, 42, son of the late Led Zep drummer John Bonham, from Redditch, were resigned to going on the road without Plant.

They even rehearsed with stand-in singers in preparation for a tour next year following the massive success of a one-off concert at London's 02 Arena last December.[We added the reportedly above because this news came from an unnamed source.] - more on this story

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Fall Out From Product Whoring in Fall Out Boy Video
NME reports: Pete Wentz has expressed his dissatisfaction at a new Fall Out Boy music video, after a phone company had rather too much product placement in the clip.

On his blog, Wentz said that the video the band worked on for 'I Don't Care' was not the one that aired, and that they were not aware of the addition of the camera phone shots that ended up in the video.

The video went on sale on iTunes, and was full of product placement of Nokia phones, reports rollingstone.com, prompting Wentz to have the clip removed from iTunes and Youtube. - more on this story

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Travis Barker To Leave Hospital In Two Weeks According To Friend
Jam! reports: Music producer Jermaine Dupri predicts his friend Travis Barker will be released from hospital in two weeks.

The former Blink-182 drummer and pal Adam 'DJ Am' Goldstein were the only survivors after the Learjet they were passengers on failed to clear the runway in South Carolina last week (19Sep08) and burst into flames.

Four passengers died in the crash, including Barker's assistant Chris Baker. Dupri told People, "He's supposed to send a message out to everybody in a couple of days to let everybody know that he's feeling better. He's definitely feeling the love from everyone. - Read more of what Dupri had to say.

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DJ AM Released From The Hospital
AP reports: Celebrity disc jockey DJ AM has been released from a Georgia hospital after suffering severe burns in a fiery plane crash a week ago, a spokeswoman for the musician said Friday.

"While he is deeply saddened by the events he is thankful for all of the love and support he has been receiving from fans and friends," spokeswoman Jenni Weinman said in a statement.

DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, and former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, were rushed to a burn hospital in Augusta, Ga., after their Learjet crashed on takeoff from a Columbia airport - more on this story

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My Bloody Valentine Planning New Album
guardian.co.uk reports: My Bloody Valentine to record new album. Kevin Shields and his band are to begin work on their first album in 17 years after he realized the material he abandoned in 1996 was pretty good after all.

Shields confirmed the rumors at the My Bloody Valentine-curated All Tomorrow's Parties festival this weekend, taking his earplugs out for long enough to talk to the New York Times.

He will be returning to songs started over a decade ago, during abortive sessions for Island Records. "I realized that all that stuff I was doing in 1996 and 1997 was a lot better than I thought," he said. - more on this story

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Metallica Masters of Litigation
TMZ reports: Nothing in life is free - unless you're a famous - but this time freebee's have put Metallica's bass player in the middle of serious legal battle.

It their new bassist, Robert Trujillo, had an existing promotional deal with Fernades Guitars in North Hollywood. For being able to use his likeness in advertising, Fernandes was giving Robert a pile of custom bass guitars.

But Metallica has its own promo deal with ESP Guitars - and now that Trujillo is an asset of Metallicorp, their lawyers have slapped Fernandes with a cease and desist letter demanding they no longer use Robert or Metallica's name or likeness. - more on this story

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Ex Korn Head Vs Christian Stores
Blabbermouth reports: Former Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has issued the following statement (some key excerpts below, see the full story link for the full statement): "I have received a handful of messages from some conservative people complaining about the sex and drug references in my new music video for 'Flush'; and, I have recently learned that some select retailers are pulling my CD from their shelves because of my music video's content. So, I wanted to give an explanation of what the video means to me; and to address those select retailers that are pulling the CD from their shelves.

"The video for 'Flush' is about crystal meth addiction and the crazy things anyone addicted to meth will do while they're high or to get their fix. Everything the models were doing in the video is what I was wrapped up in while I was addicted to meth. The video is a very realistic look at the addiction and where it will lead you if you get hooked. I understand the images of the models may be too much for some people, but honestly, I was just trying to be real with what happened in my life and show where I was, as well as where I am at now.

"...I have also been informed that my CD is being pulled from a handful of retailers' shelves because of my music video's content. I totally understand that the video may be a bit too much for some conservative people and I respect everyone's choice. But to me, taking my CDs off the shelves because of a music video (that isn't being sold with the CD) is a bit too extreme! There is a huge message of hope on my CD and I believe those retailers that are pulling the CD from their shelves are robbing someone spiritually by taking it off of the shelves. But thank GOD for iTunes!" - more on this story

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Pretenders Live In Store and On The Web
Submitted reports: The Pretenders Chrissie Hynde and James Walbourne will be playing live at Amoeba Records in Hollywood on Monday Sept. 29th, at 6pm.

The two will perform an acoustic set, featuring songs from their ninth studio album 'Break Up the Concrete'.

If you're not in that area, no worries, there will be a live stream cast of the performance as well. - more on this story

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Kanye LAX Attack Not A Felony
TMZ reports: We've learned the L.A. County D.A. has decided not to file felony charges against Kanye West and his bodyguard for the attack at LAX earlier this month.

Yet another example of what a celebrity should do when they get into trouble -- hire attorney Blair Berk.

The case has been sent to the L.A. City Attorney for possible misdemeanor prosecution. No decision yet. - more on this story

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Curved Air Reunion Expands
PR reports: After a thrilling performance at this year's Isle of Wight Festival, the legendary progressive rock band Curved Air's reunion Tour continues with 6 more U.K concerts in October, an Italian mini tour in mid November and Japanese dates in Jan 2009.

Curved Air's new album 'Reborn', (Classic Curved Air Revisited) is available at all concerts and from www.curvedair.com

Curved Air originally formed in 1969. They were a groundbreaking progressive art-rock band renowned for their showmanship. - more on this story

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Funeral Party Become Fearless
PR reports: Funeral Party, a four-piece electro-rock band from East Los Angeles, signs to Fearless Records today.

With appearances on Indie 103.1, Southern California largest commercial indie music station, and support from college radio, Funeral Party began carving their way into the Los Angeles music scene. Bob Becker, President / A&R at Fearless Records, signed the band after hearing their demos which were recorded by Lars Stralfors at the Mars Volta's rehersal/studio space in Los Angeles. "We are excited to have Funeral Party join our label," says Bob. "They write amazing songs and have the live show to back it up."
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Carcass Reeks Again
PR reports: After many years of waiting, Reek Of Putrefaction, the seminal gory debut album from British grindcore/death metal legends Carcass has been reissued and is available again in Europe!

The genre-defining 1988 debut album, Reek Of Putrefaction shocked the metal world upon its original release, from its controversial cover art to the sickening lyrics. Available once again after many years out of print, Reek Of Putrefaction is the fourth of the five CARCASS albums to be reissued and is out now as a limited edition DualDisc (combined CD and DVD) housed in a deluxe digipak with extra artwork. It includes 13 unreleased bonus tracks from the Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment demo, along with part 1 of a mini-documentary series entitled The Pathologist's Report as bonus video material, all specially packaged in a white medical bag which conceals the shocking original cover art. - more on this story

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Kittie Reissues and Tour
PR reports: On November 24th, Metal Mind Productions in cooperation with Sheridan Squere Entertainment will reissue selected titles from Kittie's back-catalogue.

"Spit", "Oracle", "Until The End", "Paperdoll (EP)", "Safe (EP) and "Spit In Your Eye DVD" will be available again in new digipack editions, each limited to 2000 copies. The re-issues will include bonus material and all titles are digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden discs!!!

Kittie starts their European Tour 2008 on October 18th in Amsterdam - more on this story

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Kat Boxes
MMP reports: Metal Mind Productions presents two Kat's albums: "Oddech wymarłych światów" and "38 Minutes Of Life" in a new metalbox edition. Both titles include bonus tracks. The premiere of Kat metal box is set up for 13th October 2008!

KAT - the godfathers of Thrash Metal music in Poland. The band was formed by Piotr Luczyk (guitar) in 1979. Fascination with music of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath shaped the style of the band and after 2 years of searching for a Polish equivalent of David Coverdale, KAT finally found a vocalist - Roman Kostrzewski. - more on this story

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Rock With Skeletonwitch For A Good Cause
Prosthetic Records reports: Before joining the Blackest Of The Black tour with Danzig and Dimmu Borgir on October 9 in Miami Beach, Florida, Skeletonwitch will be playing some headlining dates.

Bands providing support on select dates include Trap Them (Deathwish) and The Gates Of Slumber (Profound Lore).

In addition, on October 30, Skeletonwitch are teaming up with Dallas/Ft. Worth based Music Feeds People to raise monetary and food donations for the North Texas Food Bank. Fans in the area can hang with the band after their Blackest Of The Black performance in exchange for donations. - more on this story

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An Album For the iPod Generation?
PR reports: Team Genius constructed their debut album specifically for the iPod generation, managing to channel both Prince and Magnetic Fields along the way. First single "Take Me Home" is a falsetto lovers dream. The self titled effort will be released on October 7th, 2008.

"I have been trying to go with my whims… ---- it, let's make an iPod album." This statement from Team Genius leader Drew Hermiller was the jumping off point in the creation of the band's debut full-length -- one of the most interesting and eclectic pop records of the year.

"Basically it's a reaction to the modern way music is consumed and listened to," Drew says of the disc. "The idea of an album with a focused sound and a complete statement kind of gets lost now-a-days. Everyone shuffles around, so I thought 'why not write an album that does the same thing?' Luckily, the band did an awesome job of keeping up with it." - more on this story

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Lukas Haas Debuts This Week
PR reports: Singer/Songwriter/Actor Lukas Haas will release his debut EP on September 30th, 2008 with Pulse Recording.

The self-titled EP, to be sold online, was produced by Tim Anderson of Ima Robot. The song "We're All the Same" will be offered as part of a free promotion on Amazon.com from October 21st – 27th.

A full album is due out in early 2009 and features collaborations and guest appearances from artists such as Ben Harper, Chris Cester (Jet) and Blake Sennett (Rilo Kiley). - Myspace page

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Attack! Attack! UK Week: Day 1
antiMusic reports: The British are coming! The British are coming! That is Attack! Attack! UK's new self-titled album is coming out next week and technically they are Welsh. To celebrate the pending release from these buzz worthy Welsh rockers, we asked the band's frontman Neil Starr to pick some of his favorite songs from the album and tell us about them. Here is Neil with today's song:

Say It To Me: We recorded the album in LA and it was our first time in the US , we had the music written for the track before we went to America but had no real lyrics or concept in mind for the song. Time was creeping up on us to record the vocals and we still didn't have lyrics or a concept so Stuart, our producer, said write a song about Hollywood and how fake it is. When we got back from the studio that night around 1am in the morning myself and Ryan sat at the table in our apartment eating flammin hot cheetos and basically wrote the song lyrics around the concept Stuart had mentioned in about 30mins .

The lyrics seemed to flow out of us and it was kinda weird cos normally lyrics take a long time to perfect but with this it all seemed to click, we just bounced lines off each other and loved the final lyrics . We took them to the studio the next day and the producers loved them too and we tracked them there and then!

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