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Full Report for 02/06/2009

Blink-182 Reuniting For Grammys
antiMusic reports: The members of Blink-182, Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker, will be reuniting at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

Before you Blink fans get all excited, they are not performing but according a Grammy press release they will be presenters.

The Grammy PR simply lists them as a "reunited Blink-182," but perhaps this could just be their first step to a full reunion? That is anyone's guess at this point, we will have to wait and see. - The Grammy PR

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Deftones Member In A Coma But Band Rocks On
Lambgoat reports: In conjunction with the announcement of their forthcoming appearance at this year's Bamboozle Left in April, Deftones have issued an update regarding the condition of bassist Chi Cheng, who has been in a coma since early-November. Here you go:

"Our fallen comrade has not made significant progress as of late, but continues to fight on from his accident. Doctors are working feverishly to return our brother to us, and we continue to hold out hope and faith that Chi returns to the life he has waiting for him and can join us on stage once again.

"For everyone that knows Chi, knows that he never wanted down time. Chi always wanted to keep working and never slow down, which is why we feel confident in returning to the stage at Bamboozle in April. Chi would want it, and we want to make sure we're keeping his legacy alive. - Find out who is filling in for Chi

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Lily Allen Offering New CD for 4 Bucks
AP reports: Lily Allen isn't giving away her new CD, but at $3.99, it seems pretty close. Allen is also planning to promote the album with free MySpace Music Secret Shows in London, Tokyo and New York City.

The 23-year-old British star is teaming up with MySpace Music and Amazon.com in a promotion that will offer her sophomore CD, "It's Not Me, It's You," for that low price until Feb. 16.

The CD is out Tuesday. MySpace Music has already been offering a free preview. The Pussycat Dolls and Dierks Bentley have also offered their CDs for $3.99 on MySpace Music in the initial days of the albums' release. - more on this story

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Etta James Says Beyonce's Gonna Get Her Ass Whupped
antiMusic reports: This is silly and all but we couldn't resist. Hecklerspray has the lowdown: The most touching part of President Obama's inauguration ball was when Beyonce's nipples performed Etta James' At Last.

We've never seen nipple work like it. But while Barack Obama and the rest of the world were enchanted by Beyonce's flawless rendition, one person wasn't so keen - Etta James, the original performer of the song and the woman Beyonce played in Cadillac Records.

Apparently Etta James was so infuriated by the performance that she told a concert audience that Beyonce's "gonna get her ass whupped." Unlikely - Etta James is an old woman, and whupping an ass of Beyonce's size would exhaust a professional cage fighter. - more on this story

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Coldplay Avoid Grammy Song Theft Drama
MusicRadar reports: Until now, it looked as though major drama could unfold at this Sunday's Grammy Awards, with Joe Satriani's legal team threatening to serve Coldplay with papers in the lawsuit he has brought against them pertaining to their song Viva La Vida, which he claims infringes on the melody to his song If I Could Fly.

"All of that has been averted now," says Howard King, Satriani's attorney, speaking exclusively to MusicRadar. "Coldplay have hired one of the finest entertainment firms in California, which is probably good for all."

"Their new firm will have a keen understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the claims," says King, "and will counsel the band to come to a quick and fair resolution of the situation." - more on this story

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Kelly Clarkson Still Sucks- Judas Priest, Megadeth and Testament Tour- McCartney Gets Sirius- New Stone Sour Album Planned- Fiddy Off The Hook and more
antiMusic reports: Kelly Clarkson's new single "My Life Would Suck Without You" dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart coming in at #1 for the second week in a row. In addition, the song holds #1 spot on the Digital Chart for the second week in a row with 495,888 sold in its first two weeks. "My Life Would Suck Without You" is the first single off Clarkson's fourth album titled All I Ever Wanted (19 Recordings/RCA Records) which will be released on March 10th.

Judas Priest have announced a UK arena tour with Megadeth and Testament named as support acts. The tour will take start at the end of next week, and will run from February 13 more

Rapper Jim Jones has pleaded not guilty to beating a friend of pop star Ne-Yo at an upscale New York store. more

Sirius XM Radio will launch an exclusive Paul McCartney channel in honor of The Fireman – McCartney's alter ego – and the new critically acclaimed album, Electric Arguments. more

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor says he hopes to record the new Stone Sour album next January and February, with a tentative release in the spring of 2010. He added that he will begin work on his solo album around that time as well. more

Fall Of Serenity has fallen, the band comments: "After 10 years, we have to close the chapter Fall Of Serenity. In the last weeks we thought, after almost splitting up in 2008, we could go on doing the next record - at least after a break from playing live. But something unexpected happened just this week. Our singer John will join the band Deadlock on the bass position. These circumstances, and the global warming, make it impossible to go on. So we felt that we, including John, should finally end it."more

Black Math Horseman have signed with Tee Pee Records and are set to release their debut LP Wyllt on April 21st. The record was recorded and produced by Scott Reeder (Kyuss, Unida).

Psychedelic pop rockers Holy Rolling Empire have announced the release of their debut album, Gigantis, due out March 3 on Burning House Records. The Tucson, AZ natives have created a sound reminiscent of the sixties and seventies eras, topped with a modern flair and undeniably catchy riffs. grab a listen

Razorlight will be performing "Wire to Wire" on Last Call with Carson Daly on February 6th

After Forever have decided to break up. The band says in part, "After nearly 15 years and with heavy hearts, we have decided to call an end to a great and exciting time as After Forever. We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished, and especially of the road we took to get here." more

Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, M.I.A., Smokey Robinson, Robin Thicke, Allen Toussaint and Terence Blanchard have joined the performance lineup for Sunday's Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center.more

A New York judge has thrown out a $50 million lawsuit filed by an ex-girlfriend of 50 Cent who claimed the rapper promised to take care of her for life.more

Live Nation and CBS Radio have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce select radio-sponsored concerts at Live Nation's more than 110 venues across North America.more

Norway has officially dropped the once much-heralded investigation of iTunes now that the service has dropped DRM protections from its catalog. - more

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Gap Band Singer Rocks Against Cancer
AP reports: He's best known as the lead vocalist for the Gap Band. Now Charlie Wilson is raising his voice to narrow the knowledge gap about prostate cancer.

Wilson, who was diagnosed last fall and treated with radiation implants, says he's in remission.

The singer wants to serve up a dose of knowledge along with the funk when he tours to support his new solo album, "Uncle Charlie," due out Feb. 17. - more on this story

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Nickelback DUI Appeal
antiMusic reports: "Never made it as a convict, I couldn't cut it as a drunk man driving. Been to the bottom of every bottle," but is he really sore-y?: Jam! reports: Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger has abandoned his appeal of a drunk-driving conviction.

The rock star had a blood-alcohol level almost twice the legal limit when he was pulled over in his Lamborghini in suburban Surrey in June 2006.

Kroeger was acquitted of an impaired driving charge, but convicted on the charge of driving with a blood-alcohol level over .08. - more on this story

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The Sex Pistols Reader
PR reports: A new book on The Sex Pistols collects the essential articles, essays and interviews regarding the band during its initial heyday. Chronicling the group's controversial 1976 – 1978 run, The Sex Pistols Reader, due February 10, 2009, is a thrilling, fascinating and entertaining account of the most notorious punk band of all time.

The Sex Pistols Reader (Rock Reader Books) –available for preview and immediate purchase here – and was compiled and edited by music writer John D. Luerssen. A must read for all punk fans, this book documents how the Pistols – Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, Glen Matlock and his replacement Sid Vicious – changed rock and roll.
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Lamb of God Singer Gives Meaning To Meaningless Grammy Trinket
PR reports: Randy Blythe, vocalist for Virginia-based metal band Lamb Of God, is currently auctioning off his Grammy medallion that accompanied the band's nomination for "Best Metal Performance" at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2007.

100% of the money generated from the online auction will benefit the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation. The widget to bid on Randy's Grammy medallion is available at this location

Randy commented on the auction: "It feels really awesome for me to have the opportunity to help out my good friend Todd, his two boys, and all other people affected by this horrible disease. While touring, making records, and jamming for the fans is a dream job and a complete blast, helping kids out, who through no fault of their own are truly fighting for their lives, feels even better. This tragic situation is personal to me - the great news is that there have been significant advances in research recently, and a cure is definitely in sight! WE CAN BEAT THIS THING. If you can, please bid on the medallion - I'll personally sign it over to ya! If not, you can donate what you can afford to the cause - every penny really does count. For more information and to bid/donate, go to www.myotonic.com or www.stonecircleoffriends.com. Please help if you can- at least inform yourself and help spread the news. Thanks so much! D. Randall"
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My Ruin Singer and Guitarist Get Married
antiMusic reports: My Ruin frontwoman Tairrie B had big news for fans in her latest Myspace blog, it turns out that she and guitarist Mick Murphy got married on Christmas Eve in a no-so-traditional ceremony. We'll let Tairrie tell the tale:

Yes, it's official. He finally made an honest woman of me. Although I will no longer be known as 'Miss B', I am taking his name legally but keeping my name [Tairrie B] professionally. We tied the knot this past Christmas Eve on December 24th deep in the great smoky mountains of Tennessee about an hour away from Mick's hometown of Knoxville. We had a very beautiful an very 'UN-Hollywood' private ceremony in a quiet little chapel on a hill under grey skies surrounded by lush dark woods. The air was crisp with winter as the wind blew through the trees. Actually, the groom wore black too and he looked very handsome in his three-piece suit which was scented in Armani and silk skull tie.

The ceremony was simple, beautiful and memorable. It was also the first one of its kind, according to the Reverend. Instead of the 'Wedding March', we decided to make it a little more our style, so I walked down the aisle to the sweet sound of Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' rockin' a sexy pair of four-inch leopard stilletto heels and carrying a bouquet I made of black-and-blood red roses with peacock feathers and holiday sparkle in honor of the season. It smelled like Angel perfume and so did the room. - check out more including photos

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Jason Mraz Makes Chart History
PR reports: "I'm Yours," the Grammy Award-nominated hit single from Atlantic recording artist Jason Mraz, has made history as it ascends to #1 at AC radio outlets nationwide. The track becomes the first song ever to top the charts at AC, Hot AC, CHR/Top 40 and Triple A.

Mraz's first ever AC #1, "I'm Yours" continues to reach listeners one year after its initial arrival at Triple A radio last February. Since then, "I'm Yours" has spent time atop the airplay charts at Triple A, Hot AC, and CHR/Top 40, where it remains a Top 10 success. The song remained in the #1 slot at Hot AC for 10 weeks, the most amount of time for any artist in 2008.

The San Diego-based tunesmith is slated to celebrate with an appearance on the Tuesday, February 10th installment of the nationally syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show. He will be joined by Colbie Caillat for a very special live performance of their current single, "Lucky." - more on this story

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