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Full Report for 03/16/2009

Radiohead Fires Back At Miley Cyrus
Jam! reports: Radiohead star Thom Yorke has continued music's oddest feud with Miley Cyrus after blasting her for threatening to "ruin" his band.

Cyrus revealed she had made it her mission to "ruin" Radiohead after frontman Yorke snubbed her at the Grammy Awards last month.

In a statement issued to magazine Us Weekly, the Radiohead frontman says, "When Miley grows up, she'll learn not to have such a sense of entitlement." - more on this story

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Kid Rock On Fire In The Studio
Reuters reports: Kid Rock says he's "on fire" in the studio, which has led him to scuttle plans to tour this spring in order to finish work on his follow-up to 2007's double-platinum album "Rock N Roll Jesus."

"I really feel like I've kind of got this figured out," the rapper and singer-songwriter tells Billboard. "I think I can make an equally good record, if not better than the last one -- which is once again putting quite a weight on your shoulders. But I do like the pressure."

Rock hopes to have the album finished before he hits the road this summer and put it out in the fourth quarter. - more on this story

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Guns N' Roses Leaker Going To Jail?
SleazeRoxx reports: David Kravets of Wired reports that federal prosecutors in Los Angeles are pursuing a 6-month prison term for a Los Angeles man who pleaded guilty in December to one misdemeanor count of uploading pre-release Guns N' Roses tracks, according to court documents.

Kevin Cogill was arrested last summer at gunpoint and charged with uploading nine tracks of the Chinese Democracy album to his music site -- antiquiet.com. The album, which cost millions and took 17 years to complete, was released November 23 and reached No. 3 in the charts.

The sentence being sought -- including the calculation of damages based on the illegal activity of as many as 1,310 websites that disseminated the music after Cogill released it -- underscores how serious the government is about punishing those for uploading pre-release material. - more on this story

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Bad Company Feel Like Making A Comeback
Nightwatcher reports: Bad Company, (Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke), are planning to reunite for a tour this year. Dates for the trek will be announced shortly.

A DVD capturing the group's last reunion performance -- a one-off Aug. 8, 2008, concert in Hollywood, Fla. -- will be released soon.

[Does this mean that the Paul Rodgers + Queen project is history? Or is it simply on hold? No official word on that, so we'll have to wait and see.] - more on this story

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Lily Allen Assaults Photographer- Zeppelin Classic Slashed- Singer Busted For Domestic Assault- Joaquin Rap Hoax?- Lindsay Lohan Arrest Warrant, Pixies Return And More
antiMusic reports: Lily Allen hit out at a paparazzo who apparently crashed into her yesterday. Reports say the LDN singer swung a punch at the photographer before being pulled away by a bodyguard. more

Former Guns N' Roses and current Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash tells fans "I'm going to do some guitar work for an instrumental version of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir", performed by Escala, an all girl string quartet from the UK." more

Gospel singer BeBe Winans has been charged with misdemeanor domestic assault after a dispute with his ex-wife in Nashville. more

Gwyneth Paltrow has hinted to MTV News that Joaquin Phoenix's rap career and bizarre behavior may be a hoax. When asked about if her co-star in Two Lovers was actually giving up actingmore.

An arrest warrant has been issued for actress / wanna be pop singer Lindsay Lohan, police say. "The $50,000 warrant issued by the Beverly Hills Superior Court stems from a May 2007 arrest of Miss Lohan", said a Beverly Hills police statement. more

Alan Livingston, the music executive who created Bozo the Clown and signed the Beatles during his tenure as president of Capitol Records, has died. He was 91.more

Public Enemy, TV on the Radio, the Black Keys and Santigold are among the acts handpicked by the Roots to play the band's second annual hometown "Roots Picnic" on June 6 at Festival Pier in Philadelphia.more

Altovise Joanne Gore Davis, a dancer and actress and the widow of Sammy Davis Jr., has died. She was 65.more

Coldplay and the recently reunited Midnight Oil rallied huge crowds Saturday for benefit concerts to raise funds for victims of Australia's deadly wildfires.more

Tickets for Michael Jackson's 50 London concerts sold out within hours of becoming available, organizers said Friday.more

1980's indie rock stalwarts the Feelies, the Jesus Lizard and the Melvins are all set to play the 2009 All Tomorrow's Parties festival, which will be held September 11-13 at Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, N.Y.more

The Pixies return to action this summer with a series of European concert dates, including a June 14 appearance at the Isle of Wight festival with Neil Young, Billboard has confirmed.more

According to Queen Online, there will be a limited-edition re-release of Queen's first EP on CD to celebrate this year's Record Store Daymore

Beneath The Sky, who released two albums with Victory Records before breaking up last August, have apparently reformed.more

A cosmetics company in the US has reportedly enlisted a market research company to find out if Rihanna is still considered an 'appropriate' spokesperson for beauty brands after the incident in which she was allegedly assaulted by boyfriend Chris Brown.more

What about that duet? "Contrary to published reports, Chris Brown and Rihanna did not record a duet after the incident," a 'source' told People.com. "Around August or September of 2008, Chris and Rihanna's vocals were recorded as the reference vocals for this demo only." more. But wait... should you believe an 'unnamed source' or a spokesperson? FMQB reports that a spokesperson for producer Polow Da Don has confirmed reports that Rihanna and Chris Brown recorded a duet together, days after their alleged altercation. more

Paul Simon, Jack Johnson and Willie Nelson are among the guests joining
Ziggy Marley on "Family Time." The children-oriented reggae album, due May 5 from Tuff Gong Worldwide, is produced by Marley and renowned producer Don Was.more

Death Before Dishonor has been in the studio as of late recording a new album for Bridge Nine Records. Tracking began in late-February with engineer Jim Seigel at The Outpost in Stoughton, Massachusetts and the effort will feature eleven tracks.more

Supersuckers main man Eddie Spaghetti will take over mornings at KNDD (The End 107.7)/Seattle all this week. more

Next week, Rock Band 2 will be adding Against Me!, The New Pornographers and Papa Roach to their downloadable content.more

The first round of bands have been announced for this year's New England Deathfest, scheduled to take place August 29th and 30th in Providence, Rhode Island. New bands will be announced every week, with roughly thirty-five bands slated to participate.lineup as of now

Force Of Change has announced their break-up. The group will play its final show on May 15th at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA along with Earth Crisis et al.more

Looks like Broadway is out of ideas too. Heathers, the dark comedy about a teenage couple who start killing classmates and disguising the deaths as suicides, is to be made into a musical.more

Nahemah have finished recording a new album and are currently in the process of mixing and mastering the new effort, titled "A New Constellation."
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Bono Blasts Illegal Downloading
antiMusic reports: U2 frontman Bono spoke with USA Today about his views of the illegal downloading of music. He said in part, "People think people like me are overpaid and over-nourished, and they're not wrong. What they're missing is, how does a songwriter get paid?

"It's not the place for rich rock stars to ask for more money, but somebody should fight for fellow artists, because this is madness. Music has become tap water, a utility, where for me it's a sacred thing, so I'm a little offended (by illegal downloading).

"The music business has been thrown to the dogs legislatively. That will change when file-sharing of TV shows and movies becomes as easy as songs. Somebody is going to call the cops." [Hate to break it to you that you are late to the ball, but it already is and the MPAA is one of the leaders in the anti-piracy arena] - Jam! has more on this story

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Gene Simmons Vs Critic
Blabbermouth reports: Industry pundit Bob Lefsetz and KISS bassist Gene Simmons squared off in a battle royale of massive egos at Canadian Music Week after the pair exchanged e-mail insults on the first day of the conference.

Lefsetz was critical of what he saw as a solely self-promotional appearance by Simmons, who he said had little success with his label in the past.

"Just because you're a big musical act, that doesn't mean you're a decent executive, that you can run a record company," Lefsetz wrote to the thousands who receive his regular e-mails on the music business. "That's like saying a great football coach has to have been a star quarterback. They're different skills. One that Mr. Simmons has yet to master. Sure, he made that demo tape with Van Halen, but the band ended up on Warner Brothers!" - Watch a video of the debate and read more here

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Green Day Catalogue Going Vinyl
NME reports: Green Day's entire back catalogue is set to be released on 12-inch vinyl, including records that have been out of print for years.

The band's first two albums, '39/Smooth' and 'Kerplunk', will be made available on March 24.

'Dookie', will be made available on April 18, in honor of the second annual Record Store Day. The remaining albums will be released chronologically throughout 2009. - more on this story

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Chris Cornell Nails Trent Reznor For Jesus
MusicRadar reports: The Twitter catfight between Trent Reznor and Chris Cornell is heating up, as Cornell has Tweeted a response to Reznor's unprovoked slam.

You'll recall the other day that Reznor took to his Twitter page and typed his thoughts on Cornell's new solo album, Scream: "You know that feeling you get when somebody embarrasses themselves so badly YOU feel uncomfortable?" Reznor wrote. "Heard Chris Cornell's record? Jesus."

Instead of doing what we would do and say something like "Your sister's so ugly, she..." Cornell got all biblical on the NIN man and wrote, "What do you think Jesus would twitter? 'Let he who is without sin cast the first stone' or 'Has anyone seen Judas? He was here a minute ago.'" - more on this story

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Beatles To Self Release Digital Catalog?
Nightwatcher reports: Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are looking at releasing the Beatles back catalog through their own website.

The two surviving members, along with the estates of the late John Lennon and George Harrison, have been negotiating with Apple about an iTunes release.

But Harrison's son Dhani told Blender that they are not satisfied with the offer made by Apple and they may go elsewhere. - more on this story

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Eels Release Track Info
PR reports: Eels will release their first new album since 2005's acclaimed double Blinking Lights And Other Revelations.

The new album, Hombre Lobo, set for June 2nd, 2009 on Vagrant Records, features 12 new songs recorded in EELS leader Mark Oliver Everett, aka E's studio in Los Angeles.

Hombre Lobo 12 Songs Of Desire: 01. Prizefighter 02. That Look You Give That Guy 03. Lilac Breeze 04. In My Dreams 05. Tremendous Dynamite 06. The Longing 07. Fresh Blood 08. What's a Fella Gotta Do 09. My Timing Is Off 10. All The Beautiful Things 11. Beginner's Luck 12. Ordinary Man - more on this story

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Stratovarius Returning with Polaris
PR reports: edel entertainment's international label earMUSIC is pleased to announce the hotly-tipped new studio album from Finland's premiere power metal stars Stratovarius entitled "Polaris", released in the UK on May 18th.

Originally formed in 1983, "Polaris" is Helsinki-based Stratovarius' first studio album in four years, featuring their trademark blend of powerful melodies and sophisticated arrangement combating 11 tracks fuelled with energy, cutting edge power metal musicianship and a newfound positive outlook. Recorded during fall 2008 at Hästholmen and 5by5 studios, Helsinki, Finland, the album was mixed by studio engineer, Mikko Karmila, resulting in a melodic, powerful, fresh, tight, and technically elaborate new collaboration. - more on this story

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