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Full Report for 03/12/2009

Artists Secretly Ripping Off Their Fans
antiMusic reports: The Wall Street Journal's Ethan Smith has published an interesting article about how artists are dishonestly scalping their own tickets. The worst part of this whole thing is that fans don't get the chance to actually buy the tickets at their face value; they are set aside so they can be scalped for exorbitant prices. Why don't they just sell these "select" tix directly at these insane prices and at least be honest about the whole thing? Here is part of Ethan Smith's article on this scam:

Less than a minute after tickets for last August's Neil Diamond concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden went on sale, more than 100 seats were available for hundreds of dollars more than their normal face value on premium-ticket site TicketExchange.com. The seller? Neil Diamond.

Ticket reselling -- also known as scalping -- is an estimated $3 billion-a-year business in which professional brokers buy seats with the hope of flipping them to the public at a hefty markup.

In the case of the Neil Diamond concerts, however, the source of the higher-priced tickets was the singer, working with Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc., which owns TicketExchange, and concert promoter AEG Live. - read the rest of the article

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U2 Ties Led Zeppelin Record
Billboard reports: U2 scores its seventh No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as "No Line on the Horizon" bows in the top slot.

The Interscope album moved 484,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, the best sales week for an artist since Britney Spears' "Circus" arrived at No. 1 in early December with 505,000.

U2 is now tied with Led Zeppelin for the third-most No. 1s by a band, behind only the Beatles' 19 and the Rolling Stones' nine. - more on this story

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Radiohead, Blur and Pink Floyd Band Together
MusicRadar reports: Members of Radiohead, Blur and Pink Floyd are joining up as a lobby group for music artists.

Approximately 100 musicians are expected at the first meeting of the Featured Artists' Coalition (FAC) in London today (11 March).

The coalition aims to give artists a greater voice in deals and decisions in the music industry. - more on this story

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Miley Cyrus Heart Condition- MTV Star Selling Her Breasts- AC/DC Cowboys?- Late Night Prince- Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore Hitched- New Godsmack and more
antiMusic reports: Miley Cyrus admits to having a heart condition in her new autobiography 'Miles To Go.' She reveals that she has a mild form of tachycardia, a non life-threatening condition which means her resting heart rate is higher than that of a normal person. more

Kerry Katona is auctioning her old breast implant to raise money for charity. The MTV star revealed on her Facebook page that she is selling the lump of silicon on auction site eBay.more

According to The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Cowboys executive Stephen Jones told a crowd at the University of Texas at Arlington Tuesday night that the team was close to booking AC/DC at the Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington. more

Prince will perform on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" three nights in a row, March 25-27, as he builds anticipation for the March 29 release of two new albums, "LOtUSFLOW3R" and "MPLSoUND."more

Singer Chris Brown on Wednesday withdrew from Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards because of the controversy from criminal charges against him for allegedly attacking his girlfriend, pop star Rihanna.more

Ryan Adams has married his actress-singer girlfriend Mandy Moore in a secret ceremony in Savannah, GA. The pair got engaged just last month, after dating on and off for around a year. more

19 April sees Paul McCartney play a one-off intimate gig in Las Vegas. Ticket sales opened on 14 February and sold out… seven seconds later.more

Michael Jackson has added 16 more concerts to his summer residency at London's O2 Arena following strong demand for the pre-sale tickets more

The Adolescents tell fans that they are "currently rehearsing and I am writing lyrics for the next album. We are scheduled to record during the first 10 days of April, then mix. Should be finished by May." more

Godsmack frontman Sully Erna conducted a brief video interview with RockerRazzi.com at the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Celebrity Invitational where he states that the band is currently working on a new album. The video can be viewedhere

Sinner (featuring Primal Fear members Mat Sinner and Henny Wolter) will play a joint show with Primal Fear in Moscow, Russia on April 4 at the 1 Rock Club.more

Super Furry Animals have revealed that they have quit playing gigs in indoor venues. Frontman Gruff Rhys told NME.COM that the band would only play festival shows for the foreseeable future - joking that the reason was because they are yet to perfect the technology that could harness their new "epic" sound. more

Australia's Rock Out festival — which was scheduled to take place next month in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne — has been postponed until the fall.more

California deathcore masters Suicide Silence have finished recording their new album, "No Time To Bleed", with acclaimed producer Machine (LAMB OF GOD) for a summer release via Century Media Records.more

Frodus has announced a reunion show and a deluxe reissue of their album, Conglomerate International, on vinyl. The influential post-punk band released music on Tooth and Nail Records, Fueled By Ramen Records and others. It saw members go on to form Decahedron, Frantic Mantis, The Cassettes, Man and Waspmore

The CEO of ticket scalping site LiveStub asks regulators to get answers on key questions before approving the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger. Good luck with that. (Be sure to follow the campaign contributions.) more

Night Ranger's Jack Blades says "There Is Talk Of Doing Another Damn Yankees Record!" If you wanna hear about it, go here

In a new interview with Gibson, Korn bassist Fieldy says of his new memoir: 'I'm only realizing now how bad I sucked' more

311 have rolled out the dates for their spring tour and their annual summer Unity Tour. The spring shows kick off on April 15 in Tucson, AZ and will wrap in Springfield, MO on May 15. more

Delta Spirit will be performing on Last Call with Carson Daly on Thursday, March 12 in support of their album Ode To Sunshine (Rounder). They will be performing their single "People C'Mon" on Daly's outdoor stage in front of over 300 fans.

Gods & Queens recently finished recording for a split 7" release with Medusa. The group's track is an outtake from their debut album, remixed with new vocals.more

Blue October have extended their upcoming U.S. tour in support of their new album, Approaching Normal, which is due on March 24. The trek kicks off March 16 in San Francisco - more

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White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age and The Kills Supergroup
AP reports: No one can accuse Jack White of being lazy. The rocker is already a member of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs, and now White says he's formed a third band, The Dead Weather.

White announced the project Wednesday in Nashville and hosted a private party to hear the new CD and see a performance by the group. He says The Dead Weather's debut album, "Horehound," will be released in June on his Third Man record label.

Besides White, the new group includes Alison Mosshart of The Kills, Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age and Jack Lawrence of The Greenhornes. - more on this story

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Legendary Studio Guitarist Dies
MusicRadar reports: Guitarist David Williams, whose recording and touring credits include Michael Jackson, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations among countless others, died last Friday at age 58.

Williams, a native of Newport News, Virgina, was admitted to the Sentara Hospital in nearby Hampton after he suffered a stroke on 2 March. He fell into a coma and later died of cardiac arrest.

Although probably nobody outside the music industry knew his name, practically everybody on the planet heard his work thanks to his in-the-pocket playing on Michael Jackson's smash Billie Jean. Williams contributed the clean, funky strummed solo that was integral to the sound of the song - more on this story

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My Morning Jacket Celebrate Record Store Day With Exclusive EP
PR reports: With last year's acclaimed Evil Urges still going strong, and memories of their many live performances fresh in the minds of all who witnessed them, My Morning Jacket would like to give a token of thanks in the form of a new, live EP. Titled Celebración De La Ciudad Natal, the EP will be released on Record Store Day, April 18th. In support of independently owned and operated businesses across the country, it will only be sold in independent retail stores

The recording is also a tribute to My Morning Jacket's hometown of Louisville, KY, which has shown unwavering support towards the guys since day one. The seven tracks were recorded at the two very different but equally memorable Louisville shows the band played last year: an in-store performance at local record shop Ear-X-Tacy, and a performance at local landmark Waterfront Park.
- a message from the band and the tracklisting

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Poison Pen: Every Rocker Has His Horn (To Toot)
Billboard reports: Poison frontman Bret Michaels promises to tell all when he publishes his autobiography, "Roses and Thorns: The Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy to My Reality" (Simon & Schuster) in June.

"It will give people the untold story," Michaels tells Billboard.com. "It gives you the sex, the drugs, the rock 'n' roll, but it also gives you the diabetes. It gives you every aspect of my life and what I'm going through. I think it's pretty frank. It's honest. It's at times self-deprecating. It's about what happens when you try to live out your dream and the reality of it all sets in and it's the hardest and the strangest thing you will ever do. I think when you read it you'll really get the understanding of what it's all about."

Michaels wants to separate "Roses and Thorns" from rock 'n' roll tell-alls such as Motley Crue's "The Dirt" and Aerosmith's "Walk This Way." - more on this story

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YouTube Blocking Music Videos
antiMusic reports: Here is another example of a "performance rights" organization screwing their performers! MTV has the story: YouTube is today blocking UK users from watching music videos on the website.

The company disagrees with the Performing Rights Society (PRS) over the amount it pays musicians to show their videos.

Despite a plea from the PRS Youtube says it will not reverse its decision to remove high quality music vids- including those by massive artists like Britney Spears.
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Guitarist Collapses At Rail Station
BBC reports: Malcolm Jones, guitarist with the band Runrig, is seriously ill in hospital after collapsing at Waverley rail station in Edinburgh on Sunday.

It is understood he had been playing with band-mate Iain Bayne on the Black Isle north of Inverness and had been returning to his home in Fife.

A spokesman for Runrig confirmed that he had been taken ill and said they wished him a speedy recovery. - more on this story

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Benefit Auctions Planned For Unwritten Law Frontman
PR reports: Suburban Noize has partnered with Warped Tour's Kevin Lyman to hold a series of online benefit auctions with all proceeds going to the Scott Russo Family Foundation.

Lead singer for So Cal punk-pop band Unwritten Law, Scott Russo, lost his family home to a fire late in the evening of Thursday, February 5th 2009. Russo, his parents, his two young sons, and his daughter Cailin all shared the San Diego home. Although no family members were injured, the family lost every piece of their belongings and their beloved pets.

The group is currently seeking items for donation to be auctioned off to help raise money for the Unwritten Law front man, after his family's San Diego home burned to the ground last month. Deadline for donated items is March 31st, 2009 and the online auctions will be launched in April through Lyman's Warped Tour site and the Scott Russo Family Foundation.
- more on this story

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Oh No Not Stereo Week: Day 4
antiMusic reports: Oh No Not Stereo's new album '003' hits stores this week and to celebrate we asked Sky Nielsen (vox, gtr, etc) to give us the inside story to five favorites from the effort. Here is Sky with today's song "A World of Your Own":

This one is about another experience I had with my crazy mother. She divorced my dad while we were on our first national tour, and after she cleaned his house out, we came through and stayed with him to make sure he was happy and on track to getting over her. I saw the piano that had been in our house since I was young was STILL there. It was the only thing she didn't take.

So, with my dad's permission, we loaded it up and took it back to LA with us. Halfway home, I got a phone call saying she had filed charges against me for Grand Larceny, and if I didn't have the piano back within ten days, I would be arrested. Best part of the story: I wrote this song about how nuts she is, and I wrote it on that piano that's still in my room.

Preview songs from the album, learn more about it and the group and more right - here!

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