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Full Report for 02/03/2009

Teen Dies At Music Fest
Billboard reports: A teenage girl has died from a suspected drugs overdose after being rushed to hospital from the Perth leg of Australia's Big Day Out festival.

The unidentified 17-year-old died overnight after apparently swallowing three ecstasy tablets outside the sold-out event, held Sunday at the Claremont Showground.

She is understood to have consumed the drugs in an effort to avoid detection by police sniffer dogs, which were checking patrons entering the grounds. - more on this story

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American Idol Caught Lip Synching
NME reports: The producer of former American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson's performance at Sunday night's Super Bowl has explained why the Oscar-winner lip-synched instead of singing live.

The singer, who recently suffered the tragic loss of three members of her family in a triple-shooting, sang the national anthem at the opening of the game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and producer Ricky Minor says miming was the "right way to do it."

"There's too many variables to go live. I would never recommend any artist go live, because the slightest glitch would devastate the performance." [what a crock! So this bozo would suggest she lip synch on American Idol? So much for credibility as a singer.] - more on this story

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Phishy Ticket Sales Stink
MusicRadar reports: When tickets for Phish's reunion tour went on sale on Friday, over one million fans simultaneously jammed Live Nation's new ticketing service page - causing the site to freeze and, in some cases, lose purchases altogether.

The long-awaited Phish tour was the first rest test for Live Nation's online ticket site, and depending on who you listen to, it was either a success or a disaster. "[The demand] overwhelmed the system for a minute," a Live Nation spokesman told Rolling Stone, who added, "We sold all the tickets to all the shows. At the end of the day, it was successful."

Tell that to the countless fans who either experienced waiting time hassles to getting shut out of tickets completely. Todd Leavy, writing on Jamtopia, called the sale an "epic fail." In a lengthy post, he recounted, "Here's just a sampling of the painful cries your online ticketing system expelled as it crumbled under the weight of Phish ticket buyers this Friday and Saturday: An error (500 Internal Server Error) has occurred in response to this request. Sorry! You are not authorized to view this page. - more on this story

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Mr. Big Reunion
MusicRadar reports: Renowned bassist Billy Sheehan tells MusicRadar that the original lineup of Mr. Big will reunite for a June tour of Japan.

"We got together last fall" says Sheehan. "It was just one of those things, the timing was right. We played a gig at the House Of Blues in LA and we smoked the joint. Afterwards, we all kind of looked at one another and were like, 'OK, that was cool...Now what?"

That 'now what?' will soon entail an extensive tour of Japan, which the band will officially announce at a press conference in that country next week. But as huge as the original lineup Mr Big were in the far east (and they were very 'big,' pardon the pun) Sheehan insists a cash-cow nostalgia tour was never the plan. - more on this story

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Hawthorne Heights Wind Up With New Deal
PR reports: Four subsidiaries of Wind-up Entertainment and Hawthorne Heights have entered into agreements for this broad-based relationship. The band's future recordings will be released by Wind-up Records. Additionally, the sale of all Hawthorne Heights merchandise at on-line, retail, and touring points of sale will be handled by Wind-up Entertainment's Pronto Merch. The band's publishing will be administered by the company's Sakyamuni Music Publishing, LLC. Hawthorne Heights has also entered in to an agreement with Wind-up Artist Development Corporation, regarding touring and appearances. - more on this story

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Porn Broadcast Instead of Super Bowl
BBC reports: US sports fans in Arizona got a surprise when their TV coverage of American football's Super Bowl was interrupted by a pornographic film.

Tucson-based KVOA-TV said it was "dismayed and disappointed" after some cable viewers had their match coverage disrupted towards the end of the game.

The company said the material was only seen by viewers of one cable network [Cox??]. "KVOA will investigate what happened and make sure our viewers get answers," company president Gary Nielsen said. - more on this story

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J. Geils Band Are Back- Springsteen and Lily Allen Champs- Music Game A Winner- Delayed Zombie- 3 Inches of Blood Reissue- Live Zappa Experience and more
antiMusic reports: The Patriot Ledger is reporting :The rumors are true. The J. Geils Band will reunite to perform during the opening week of the new House of Blues in Boston at 8 p.m. Feb. 19. more

Lily Allen and Bruce Springsteen were the new champions on the U.K. singles and album charts yesterday (Feb. 1). Allen's "The Fear" (EMI) debuted atop the singles chart, while Springsteen's "Working on a Dream" (Columbia) entered the album survey at No. 1more

Four major video game franchise titles with music tie-ins sparked a record year for US video and computer game software, representing more than 5% of the total 298 million units sold in 2008, according to the NPD Group that tracks sales at retail.more

Rob Zombie has announced that he's completed his upcoming studio album, but is delaying its release until he finishes directing the sequel film Halloween 2.more

3 Inches Of Blood's first album, "Battlecry Under a Wintersun", will be released in the U.S. on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 and in Canada on Tuesday, February 24, 2009.more

Astralwerks is releasing 'Heroes' on February 24th, a unique album of cover versions by artists such as The Kooks, Lily Allen, Duffy, Hot Chip , The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio and more conceived to benefit War Child, an award-winning humanitarian organization that provides relief to children in some of the worst war-ravaged parts of the globe. more

With his "Reflections" box set coming today (Feb. 3), Graham Nash is looking ahead to mining the past on a number of other projects -- including a new Crosby, Stills & Nash covers album the trio is making with producer Rick Rubin. more

Frank Zappa's two longest-running band members, Ike Willis and Ed Mann, and Mothers of Invention's original synth player, Don Preston, have united to faithfully recreate the live Zappa experience for an East Coast tour.more

According to the New York Post, guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen has been awarded $820,000 in damages after he was allegedly defrauded by his former accountant and manager.more

P.O.S's new record Never Better (Out today on Rhymesayers) is currently streaming in its entirety on MySpace

BreakThru Radio aired Mumiy Troll's first-ever live North American radio performance on Live Studio last week and the on-demand recording can be found here

Eyehategod will headline the fifth annual Los Angeles Murderfest, set to take place on May 9-10 at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, California. more

New Nightwish release is out at March 2009. MCD was recorded during still continuing "Dark Passion Play World Tour". Release will include also bonus-DVD with material from Israel to South-America, directed by Ville Lipiäinen. more [This came from an official announcement]

Animal Collective have announced that they are rescheduling two sold-out Los Angeles shows that they cancelled in January due to the lead singer's illness. The shows have been rescheduled for February 26 and 27 more

Danish metal band Urkraft has announced their break-up. Formed in 1995, the band last released an album with Earache Records. - more on this story

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Decemberists Team With NPR Music For Showcase
PR reports: NPR Music will present a South by Southwest showcase headlined by The Decemberists at Stubbs on Wednesday, March 18, kicking off the opening night of this year's SXSW Music Conference and Festival in Austin, TX.

The concert will mark the Portland-based band's first live performance of its forthcoming album The Hazards of Love, which The Decemberists will debut in its entirety. Additional bands in the lineup, and NPR Music's complete schedule of events at SXSW 2009, are to be announced.

Following the popularity of its concerts and on-air and online coverage at SXSW last year, NPR Music will live webcast and broadcast the entire concert. The concert will be streamed live, podcast and archived at www.NPR.org/music, and will be available for broadcast on NPR Member stations across the country.
- more on this story

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Bon Jovi Hall of Fame
AP reports: A note from New Jersey to Jon Bon Jovi: You may have been snubbed by the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, but you're still wanted in the Garden State.

Bon Jovi and 12 others — including NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and civil rights activist Paul Robeson — were named to the New Jersey Hall of Fame on Monday. The honor is meant to highlight positive contributions made to a state often stereotyped as a land of corrupt politicians, belching refineries and gangsters.

"This group of hall of famers embodies the spirit of New Jersey, a combination of drive, determination and creativity that has led them to greatness," Gov. Jon Corzine said in a statement. - more on this story

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Alanis Morissette, Raphael Saadiq, KT Tunstall In New PBS Series
Jam! reports: A performance series featuring musicians Alanis Morissette, Raphael Saadiq, KT Tunstall and others will debut on many U.S. public television stations next month.

The gimmick for "Live From the Artist's Den" is placing musicians in unusual venues. Ani DiFranco is captured at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and The Hold Steady perform at a former bank in New York.

The series is a combination of new material and shows that were recorded for an OvationTV series. - more on this story

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