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Full Report for 06/18/2009

I Am Ozzy Coming This Fall
Thebookseller.com reports: The long-awaited memoir from rock veteran Ozzy Osbourne will be published by Sphere this autumn in the UK. I Am Ozzy will come out on 1st October, with Osbourne visiting the UK on publication for a week of publicity and two book signings.

Antonia Hodgson, publisher of the commercial division at Little, Brown, said the book was "fantastic, very much in the tone of his voice, very funny and a very full story."

The cover shoot for the book is being held Wednesday (17th June). Hodgson said the publisher was in discussions over a US edition.
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Hole Lotta Courtney Love Again
exclaim.ca reports: Question: How many Holes does Courtney Love have? Answer: One, which is one more than she had about a month ago when working on her own Chinese Democracy, that long-awaited sophomore solo effort known as Nobody's Daughter.

Riddled with issues, the album has been in the works since Love left rehab in 2005 but still has yet to see the light of day. Even a January 1 release date wasn't honoured this year.

However, as Love related to NME recently, after going through an endless stream of problems, she has resolved to forego the solo endeavour and release the album under her previous band's moniker, citing its drastic change in direction as the reason to do so. - more on this story

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Dead Weather Set Album Release and Tour Plans
PR reports: What was initially imagined as a one-off collaboration for a 7" single, turned into a full blown record for The Dead Weather.

Horehound, the debut collaboration between Jack White (White Stripes), Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs) and Dean Fertita, was recorded in just three weeks in White's own Nashville studio.

Also produced by White, the band's menacing debut will hit stores on July 14th via his Third Man Records imprint. - tour dates

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Rodrigo y Gabriela Returns with New Album And Tour
PR reports: ATO Records is excited to announce that Rodrigo y Gabriela will release their new studio album, entitled 11:11, on Tuesday September 8th.

11:11 was recorded in Ixtapa, Mexico and produced by Rodrigo y Gabriela, with John Leckie co-producing two of the tracks. The album was mixed in Wales and London by Colin Richardson, best known for his work with Slipknot and Trivium.

Comprising 11 new original compositions, 11:11 is the band's personal "Gracias" to 11 musicians, both past and present, who have inspired them along the way. Alex Skolnick of metal gods Testament guests on the album, as do widely respected acoustic veterans Strunz & Farah. - more on this story

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Nike Denies Van Halen Theft
Blabbermouth reports: A Nike spokesperson has dismissed as "without merit" Eddie Van Halen's lawsuit over an alleged design similarity between the axeman's iconic "Frankenstein" guitar and a new line of the sportswear company's sneakers.

"Based on the information provided to us, we have not infringed on any rights held by Mr. Van Halen," Nike said in a statement that was released to Footwear News. "Nike's Dunk shoe design is not substantially similar to any of the Van Halen designs, and Nike has not referenced the 'Van Halen' name or image as part of any marketing campaign or promotional material associated with the shoe."

Van Halen's company, ELVH Inc., filed a cause of action for copyright infringement Friday in Los Angeles Federal District Court against Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike. - more on this story

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Dillinger Party Plans
Label Statement reports: When we announced that we inked a deal with Dillinger Escape Plan, we hinted that the band's upcoming album would be released on Season of Mist in collaboration with DEP's own new label.

Let guitarist Ben Weinman announce the name of the band's own structure: "We are proud to announce the official creative umbrella for all things Dillinger Escape Plan: Party Smasher inc.

"After over a decade of touring and making music we have realized that there is the right way of doing things, the wrong way of doing things, and then the Dillinger way of doing things. Party Smasher inc. will represent our collected efforts on all things Dillinger related." -

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David Cook Extends Tour Plans
RCA reports: David Cook has announced plans to extend his first ever solo tour "The Declaration Tour 2009" through October 2009, with confirmed dates on sale now till August 21st..

Touring in support of his platinum selling, self-titled debut album (19 Recordings / RCA Records), Cook has been criss-crossing the country since February 2009.

Collectively the songs from David Cook have sold over 2 million tracks and ringtones combined.
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Uncle Kracker Sets New Release
PR reports: Uncle Kracker has announced the forthcoming release of his [overused cliche removed] new album, "Happy Hour." The Detroit-based singer/songwriter's 12-song collection arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on September 15th.

"Happy Hour" is being preceded by the first single, "Smile." The track lands at Hot AC radio outlets nationwide tomorrow, June 16th, while a companion music video is currently in pre-production, with plans to shoot in the Motor City later this month.

Produced by multiple Grammy Award-winner Rob Cavallo (Kid Rock, Green Day, Paramore), "HAPPY HOUR" sees Uncle Kracker continuing to craft his idiosyncratic blend of country-flavored pop and rock 'n' roll.
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Blink-182 To Debut New Song- Iron Maiden Hit- Susperia Singer Returns Following Heart Attack- Weird Al Slams The Doors on Craigslist- LCDevo and more
antiMusic reports: Taylor Swift opened the Country Music Television awards with a skit about living out her dreams. The 19-year-old country and pop sensation went a long way toward doing just that by winning video of the year and female video of the year for "Love Story" and by performing with one of her favorite rock bands Def Leppard. Brad Paisley was the night's other big winner, more

Blink-182 To Unveil 'Up All Night' On Tour. Having abandoned the idea of completing a full new album as "too ambitious" before its upcoming tour, blink-182 will instead have one new song ready before it hits the road on July 23 in Las Vegas.more

Iron Maiden's award winning new film, Flight 666, has landed in the #1 position on Music Video charts in the US and Canada. more

Could there be a live DVD/album on its way from Def Leppard? Joe Elliott appeared to let the cat out of the bag whilst headlining the main stage at Download on Sunday, saying that everyone was being filmed for a future release and "to sing loudly and in tune" prior to the Leps' song Two Steps Behind. more

Athera, vocalist with Norwegian thrashers Susperia is set to return to the stage at the Steinkjer Festival in Norway on Friday 26 June 2009. The singer, who earlier this year suffered a heart attack which resulted in major open heart surgery, has made a rapid recovery and doctors have now given him the go ahead to make his comeback.

Last week, we informed you how former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic was running for office. However, it would appear as if his political career has already come to an abrupt end. "Let parties nominate their own candidates. My protest is over. I've officially withdrawn from the Wahkiakum County clerk race. The worst thing you can call me is a crusader. I'm not a crusader, I'm just trying to make a point. And I think I made it crystal clear: It's wrong for me to drag a private association unwittingly onto the public ballot."more

Devo have recruited LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy to collaborate on their new album. "[Devo co-founder] Gerald [Casale] had said we were searching for people like James [Murphy] to work with, which somehow turned into him helming the entire album," Devo mastermind Mark Mothersbaugh told the LA Times read on

Imogen Heap will now be releasing her new solo album Ellipse on August 25th 2009 through RCA Records.

A desire "to do something that would be different and give fans the chance to shape the shows" is behind the special shows Steely Dan is doing as part of its just-started Rent Party '09 U.S. tour.more

Rock scribe Michael Fortes is launching "Parlour to Parlour," a new weekly multimedia feature on indie bands on Popdose starting on July 7. Michael has written up an introduction for the series so you can get a feel for what is come. Check it out here

Chris Brown's lawyer has asked the California Supreme Court to delay a key hearing in the singer's assault case.more

MSTRKRFT are set to kick off a tour of North America on June 25 in Cleveland, OH.more

Brazilian metallers Scelerata have been chosen by former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno to be his backing band on his upcoming tour of Brazil. more

Mariah Carey will release her 12th studio album, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," August 25 on Island Def Jam, the singer announced Tuesday.more

The Dead Weather -- Jack White's side-project with Alison Mosshart of The Kills -- will make their US television debut this week. The band, which also features Dean Fertita of Queens Of The Stone Age and Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs, are set to perform their new single, 'Treat Me Like Your Mother' on 'The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien' this Thursday (June 18). more

Annotations Of An Autopsy has made fill-in bass player Sean Hynes a permanent member of their groupmore

Strike Anywhere has officially finished recording their Bridge Nine Records debut full-length, "Iron Front." Produced by Brian McTernan, the album is the follow up to "Dead FM" and is slated to hit streets everywhere on October 6th.more

You're not a real somebody until "Weird Al" Yankovic parodies you. And if that's indeed the case, then The Doors are definitely somebodies - the musical satarist apes Jim Morrison and uses a melange of Doors-inspired melodies in his latest track Craigslist.more

The Nigel Dupree Band, featuring Jesse James Dupree of Jackyl's son, is releasing limited edition versions of their new CD 'Attraction' with alternate artwork.details

Alain Clark has a song out for this Father's Day. The song, "Father and Friend" is a duet between Alain and his dad, Dane Clark (a famous Dutch singer in his own right). Father and Friend is available through Warner Music UK but you can check it out here

Loney Dear have announced the dates of an extensive North American tour this autumn.more - more News Quicks

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Singled Out: Dredg
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Mark Engles, the guitarist for Dredg tells us about "Information" from their brand new album "The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion". We now turn it over to Mark for the story:

This song came from a score we did for the independent film "Waterborne". We liked the piano line over the very droney guitar pattern and new we had to use this piece somehow.

Once we decided to make it a rock song the verses came quickly. But it wasn't until Gavin wrote the chorus melody that we new it was a strong track.I love the departure of the middle part... lyrically very interesting and unique. We wanted to expand the song a bit and kind of go off on a tangent.

Some of the vocals in the outro were done in a tunnel up at Marin Headlands above the Golden Gate Bridge. Gavin sat in the middle of this large tunnel while Matt (producer) and I kept hikers and tourists from coming in. Turned out great. The song has a lot to offer... Atmospheric yet hooky and powerful. Hope you like it

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album - right here!

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