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Full Report for 10/16/2008
Gojira Week: Day 4
antiMusic reports: France isn't exactly the country you think of when you think of heavy metal but heavy rockers Gojira are out to change that perception. The band hit record stores this week with their new album ''The Way of All Flesh," and to celebrate the release we asked frontman Joe Duplantier to pick his favorite tracks from the disc and tell us a little about each one. Here is Joe with today's song:

"All The Tears": This is the last song we composed for the album. It was almost not on the record, but we had two good guitar riffs that we wanted to put on the album and couldn't help adding this song. Plus, I had these lyrics I was working on about how hard it is to be alive... No matter who you are, or where you come from, the first thing that you do when you are born is cry. The second riff particularly is very experimental and dissonant and it's a good example of the atmospheres we're trying to create with Gojira.

Preview songs from the album to hear Gorija's unique brand of metal, learn more about the disc and the group plus more right - right here!

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Guns N' Roses CD To Come In 3 Different Flavors
Music Radar reports: After a 17-year-wait for a new Guns N' Roses album, you'd be forgiven for thinking Chinese Democracy was a myth.

Well, a new pre-order page on BestBuy points to the contrary, and reveals plans for three different versions of album artwork. It's coming…

BestBuy's 'exclusive offer' page lists three CD and three vinyl copies, marked Cover A, Cover B and Cover C. The artwork itself is not yet on display, but the GN'R hardcore completist faces a $101.94 bill for all six. - more on this story

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Madonna Divorcing Again, Clash Icon Dies, GNR Release Date Confirmed, Radiohead Experiment Paid Off, Motley Hollywood, T.I. Still On Top, Britney Trial and more
antiMusic reports: Madonna's spokeswoman says the singer and her husband, filmmaker Guy Ritchie, will divorce after seven-and-a-half years together. more

Rock cartoonist Ray Lowry, best known for his work on The Clash's classic 1979 album London Calling, has died at the age of 64. He was found dead at his home in Lancashire on Tuesday. more

Universal Music Canada has confirmed that Guns N' Roses' long, long-awaited new album, Chinese Democracy, will see the light of day on November 23rd - a rare Sunday release date rather than the usual Tuesday in North America.more

Metallica has announced the support acts for its upcoming European tour dates. The bill for a couple of shows will include Machine Head and The Sword, while the bulk of the dates will feature Lamb Of God and Mastodon. dates

Radiohead's direct-to-fan digital distribution experiment for the release of "In Rainbows" last year made more in publishing revenues than its subsequent physical release, according to Warner Chappell head of business affairs Jane Dyball. more

Frank Kerr, better known to fans as Frankie Venom, the lead singer of veteran Hamilton, Ontario punk band Teenage Head, has passed away. Kerr died of cancer on October 15th, he was 51. more

Following two weeks of scrapped shows, Janet Jackson was scheduled to resume her tour last night (Oct. 15) at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., after a bout of migraine-associated vertigo. She is being treated for the illness, which is characterized by dizziness, imbalance and other symptoms. more

Motley Crue have announced a show at the newly renovated Hollywood Palladium on Friday, November 14. Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday, October 18 at 12 noon on www.livenation.com.

Despite a 69% drop-off in sales, T.I. starts a second week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "Paper Trail." The Grand Hustle/Atlantic set sold 177,000 copies in the U.S.. Metallica's Warner Bros. album "Death Magnetic" climbs back up 5-2 despite a 24% sales slide to 66,000. more

For a limited time only, MetalSucks.net is offering a free download of the entire Warship album, Supply and Depend (out November 4 on Vagrant) Grab it here

A Jury of Britney's peers?: Jury selection has begun in Britney Spears' driver's license case. The first slate of potential jurors arrived Wednesday morning at the San Fernando Valley courtroom where Spears' case will be heard. more

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead have announced a special instore at Generation Records in New York on October 21 to celebrated the release of their brand new 'Festival Thyme EP', coming out digitally that day. more details

On October 15, A Princeton Christmas will release A Princeton Christmas: For The Children Of Africa Vol. 2, a follow-up to last year's critically acclaimed inaugural album by the richly-talented student choral community of Princeton, New Jersey – including the famed American Boychoir, Westminster Choir, and three Princeton University choirs – as a way to lift spirits around the world and raise funds to benefit some of the world's neediest children via the World Food Program (WFP), the United Nations' frontline agency for hunger solutions. All proceeds will fund school meals programs in sub-Saharan Africa. more info

Nerds need love too! We got this rather strange request in today but we're all for helpin' a brother out. Here is what we were sent: We are reaching out in hopes of helping our friend, Andy... He needs help - Advice... and to be more specific SEX ADVICE. We've recently discovered that Andy's girlfriend is growing increasingly frustrated... (we overheard a few conversations, that have led us to confirm the fact; he needs some guidance in bed...) He's a good dude, and we like his girlfriend, so we'd really like to step in here, and get him the help he needs. Please submit any advice - whether it be via video / audio / comment... Our good friend Andrew Volpe of Ludo, has already sent us a clip , as well as Jenna Jameson. - Learn more and watch those clips here

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Suge Knight Assault Victim Goes Missing
TMZ reports: The woman Suge Knight allegedly kicked and punched and left naked on the side of the road is MIA.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the Las Vegas PD went to re-interview the victim, but the people living in the apartment building claimed they had no idea who she was.

Even if she doesn't turn up, the D.A. can still go full steam ahead. As for any witnesses ... you've been warned. - more on this story

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RIP CDs? Major Labels Embrace slotMusic Cards
PR reports: The world's four largest music companies and SanDisk Corporation, a leading seller of MP3 players and flash memory cards in the United States, today unveiled the full list of artists joining the inaugural slotMusic line-up.

Starting this week, music fans can purchase slotMusic cards—microSD™ cards with pre-loaded, high quality, DRM-free MP3 music—featuring new release albums from favorite artists like Coldplay, Katy Perry, Leona Lewis, Rihanna and Robin Thicke and catalog titles from Elvis, Abba and more.

Within days of shipping, slotMusic cards will arrive on the shelves of Best Buy and Wal-Mart in the United States, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $14.99. slotMusic makes today's hottest music available on interoperable microSD cards that let fans instantly plug and play albums into their microSD slot-enabled mobile phones, portable media players, computers, and an increasing number of car stereos. - more on this story

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Coheed and Cambria Neverender Tour
antiMusic reports: We know a lot of Coheed and Cambria fans have been waiting for these details. They finally arrived! Here you go: NEVERENDER is an event created by the band in which this progressive rock juggernaut will, for the first time, perform live over four nights all four of their concept records in their entirety. The albums will be played in order from beginning to end. Each night's production will be specifically catered to the record being performed.

NEVERENDER was originally intended to take place in New York and Los Angeles exclusively. The 15,000 tickets for these shows sold out entirely within an astounding three hours of going on sale. When the band saw how fast all 8 shows sold, they decided to extend the tour to include Chicago and London. Kerrang magazine in the UK will be announcing the details of the London show on Wednesday, August 20th.

"NEVERENDER came about because we wanted to celebrate the end of the Coheed and Cambria saga in a special way," says Coheed frontman Claudio Sanchez. "We wanted to come up with an idea that paid proper respect to this phase of our career, while at the same time gave our fans something truly unique and different. Many of these songs have never been played in front of an audience before so I think we're going to be freaking out at the same time our fans are. It's going to be a major challenge. We're psyched our fans have been so loyal and amazing. We figured they deserved this."
- more on this story

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Filter and P.O.D. Team Up For Coheadlining Tour
PR reports: Filter are to return to Europe in early 2009 for a co-headline tour with P.O.D. The 31 date tour that will take bands all over Europe's mainland and through the UK.

This marks a welcome return to Filter who toured this summer, selling out shows in London and making triumphant appearances at Rock am Ring and Rock am Park in Germany. It will also be P.O.D's first shows in Europe for 5 years. - more on this story

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Ringo Clarifies Fan Mail Ban
Abbeyrd's Beatles Page reports: Ringo Starr recently put a video update on his official website asking people not to continue to send fan mail to be signed after October 20. This was in direct response to an inordinate amount of items which have recently appeared for sale on e-bay, and to those that repeatedly send cards and items to be signed.

This message was not aimed at "real fans" and after over 45 yrs of signing we know they will understand. Ringo has always signed items and is in fact the only Beatle to have been doing so.

Ringo also feels strongly that it is a waste of paper and we all should be mindful of our carbon footprint. At the end of the day Ringo wanted to make a message that was clear and to the point and is confident his real fans understand that. That said, the recent response from the media has prompted him to clarify that video.
- more on this story

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Rise Against the Charts
PR reports: When was the last time a punk band debuted at the top of the charts? Change has come, Rise Against's Appeal To Reason debuts at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart this week with 64,701 units sold. The album also debuts at #1 on the Billboard Digital Album chart. This marks the bands highest and biggest debut of its career

Appeal To Reason was released on DGC/Interscope Records October 7th and immediately spent close to a week at #1 on the iTunes album chart. First single "Re-Education (Through Labor)" is currently # 4 on the Modern Rock radio charts.

For their fifth studio album the band teamed up with Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, Descendants) and Jason Livermore to record at the Blasting Room in Ft. Collins, CO-- the same production team and studio used for The Sufferer & the Witness and Revolutions Per Minute.
- more on this story

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Who Needs Fruitcake? Give This CD This Christmas To Your Not So Favorite People!
PR reports: Columbia Records will release Celine Dion's My Love Essential Collection and My Love Ultimate Essential Collection on October 28, 2008.

Columbia Records will release two special edition CDs featuring career-spanning repertoire from Celine Dion, the biggest selling female artist of all time. My Love Essential Collection is a single disc featuring 17 songs, consisting of Celine's biggest hits, rarities and crowd-pleasers including "I'm Alive", "Power of the Dream", the brand-new never-released "There Comes A Time," and "My Love". This track has become a show-stopper every night during Celine's sold-out World Tour, which is currently in flight across North America.

The two-disc edition, entitled My Love Ultimate Essential Collection, is a 26 song set, that has been further expanded to include rarities like "(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman", "The Prayer" (a duet with Andrea Bocelli) and "Pour que tu m'aimes encore" (the biggest song of Celine's French career). - more on this story

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Hello Stranger Star Releasing Solo Debut
PR reports: As a member of the indie rock sensation Hello Stranger, Juliette Commagére has toured the world and shared the stage with the likes of Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon. Now she steps out on her own with her debut solo disc Queens Die Proudly, set for release October 28th on Aeronaut Records.

When Juliette settled down in California to write this album she sought to "evoke a certain melancholy and feeling of isolation that no matter what never seems to go away." By returning to her classical roots (her father is a classical record producer and she grew up playing classical piano) she is incorporating strings, horns, and Brahms-inspired piano voices along with her love of Tangerine Dream-esque arpeggiators and synthesizers. She truly expresses her intentions in an epic and haunting musical landscape.

Juliette's supporting tour finds her in the musical hotspots of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and New York City, showcasing her talent for eager fans and newcomers alike. - more on this story

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Scouting For American Girls
PR reports: The hugely successful Scouting For Girls will be making their US debut at this year's CMJ Music Marathon! The band quickly became Britain's favorite new indie-pop band with their first single, "She's So Lovely", which spent a remarkable six weeks in the UK Top 10, peaking at number 7.

The debut album, 'Scouting For Girls' went straight in at number 12 on week of release (September 2007), and has since made the band a much cherished, household name in the UK. It has spent 56 weeks on the UK chart, and has to date sold close to 700,000 copies. It has already reached double platinum status in the UK, platinum in Ireland and, by Christmas of this year, should surpass triple platinum in the UK! The second single, "Elvis Ain't Dead", is a long-standing live favorite and a song that celebrates Scouting For Girls at their most charming. A devilish combination of sublime piano hooks and wanton melody combines with Roy Stride's lament to unrequited love, with an ever-engaging nostalgic twist. Continued success came with the follow up singles, 'Heartbeat' and 'It's Not About You' and they are set to release the 5th single from the album, 'I Wish I Was James Bond', which is out this November in the UK. - more on this story

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Singled Out: The Wanteds
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today we have one of the best Singled Out's yet! Tommy Harrington of The Wanteds tells us about the gripping story behind "Ladysmith" from their new album "Failure Looks So Good". We now turn it over to Tommy for the story:

After more than a year of struggling with a pretty serious drug addiction I finally managed to get sober again and about six weeks later "Ladysmith" arrived on the scene. I was in a very confused place emotionally and a lot of stuff from my childhood was bubbling up to the surface. When I first presented the song to the band it was a six minute angry epic with only a few lines of lyrics, directed at my oldest step-brother and centering around some sexual abuse that happened when I was in sixth grade. I named the song "Ladysmith" after a small town in Wisconsin where my step-brother had been ruined financially in a business deal and the "you lose, 'cause failure looks so good on you" line was originally directed right at him...a bit of a bitter take on the idea of karmic payback.

Right off the bat we could sense there was something special about the mood of the song. The way we all do our own thing in the verses, the bass and drums dancing around the guitar riff, only to come crashing together in the choruses perfectly matched what I was going through at the time as I was learning to confront these childhood issues and find my footing. Ryan's distorted bass line in the verses is pure genius and I ended up drawing most of the vocal melody from his bass, which happens more often than not in our songs. We got rid of some stuff, to maximize the impact of the song, so it ended up being quite a bit shorter than the original version.

- Read the rest of this song story and get a link to listen to it for yourself.

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