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Full Report for 03/19/2009


Death Threats For Britney?
MTV reports: Britney Spears has threatened to cancel her eagerly anticipated Circus tour - which kicked off only last month - after receiving a string of anonymous death threats by phone and mail.

The If U Seek Amy singer is said to fear for the lives of her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James, who are both accompanying her on the tour.

A source told Look magazine: "Britney received some anonymous death threats over the phone and in the mail, and her worst fear is a kidnap plot against Sean or Jayden. She's been having terrible nightmares ever since then and she wakes up in the middle of the night crying out for her boys." [oh an unnamed source. Take that for what it's worth]
- more on this story

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Chris Brown and Rihanna Reportedly Split
MTV reports: After weeks of speculation it seems that celebrity couple Chris Brown and Rihanna are taking some time out to review their relationship.

Rihanna and Chris are currently on different coasts and according to E! News it's no accident.

The celebrity news website has a source that claim the pair have agreed to take a 'break'. It was reported that the couple spent time at one of P Diddy's mansions on Miami beach to talk things over and since then they've been spotted separately. - more on this story

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Counting Crows Drop Outdated Record Label
antiMusic reports: Counting Crows frontmant Adam Duritz issued an open letter to fans on the band's official site with a bombshell announcement that the band had left their label home of Geffen. Here is what he had to say:

Eighteen years ago, when Counting Crows signed our first record contract, we were an unknown band signed to DGC, the cool indie-flavored boutique label of Geffen Records.
Our label mates were Sonic Youth, The Posies, Nirvana, The Sundays, Maria McKee and That Dog, to name a few. Bands knew each other, played on each other's records, toured together... It was a dream environment to be a musician, even for that time.

A lot of things changed in seventeen years. DGC disappeared except as a logo on our records, and Geffen became one of many labels of a much larger conglomerate. Still, Geffen and Counting Crows never stopped working together and never stopped succeeding together. We made great music and together we sold a lot of records. We're still here.
- more on this story

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Most Controversial Rock Stars Of All Time
MusicRadar reports: Being dead for 30 years has done little to keep Sid Vicious out of the hearts and minds of music fans. The notorious Sex Pistols bassist was just named the Most Controversial Rock Star Of All Time in a new poll.

Vicious, who died of a heroin overdose in 1979, after being accused of stabbing to death his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, scored a whopping 25 percent of the 2,000 music fans who were polled by Orange.uk.co.

Ranked in second place was Ozzy Osbourne, while Rolling Stone Keith Richards came in third. - more on this story

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Pearl Jam Special Airing This Weekend
Vh1 reports: Vh1 Classic is celebrating the rerelease of Pearl Jam's debut album Ten, in retail stores nationwide on March 24th with a special.

Premiering on Sunday, March 22nd at 2:30pm ET/PT on VH1 Classic, "Pearl Jam Ten Revisited" takes you on a half-hour look back at Pearl Jam's seminal debut album, Ten that brought grunge to the mainstream by showcasing videos for "Even Flow," "Alive," "Porch" (from the band's Unplugged performance), and the television premiere of the uncensored version of "Jeremy."

With the help of archival footage and interviews from the band the viewer will be taken back to the early 90's to reflect on the album's importance to alternative music. - more

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Creed Reunion- Greatest 80s 1 Hit Wonders- Aerosmith Meet and Greet- Idol Beats U2- New Taking Back Sunday- Telsa Injury- Late Night Motley Trash and more
antiMusic reports: A "teaser" video for Creed's upcoming reunion tour, which is expected to kick off this summer, can be viewed here. Maybe they can team up with Limp Bizkit for the "Love To Hate Us" tour?

Speaking of reunions: Ian Brown's publicist has denied reports that The Stone Roses are to reunite. moreYou mean that a UK tabloid got the story wrong again?

Drum legend Joey Kramer of Aerosmith fame will be at the Drum Shop of Portland, Maine (262 Saint John St.) on May 16th (from 12pm-2pm)more

100 Greatest One Hit Wonders Of The '80's, premieres Tuesday, March 31 – Friday, April 3 at 10PM ET/PT each night on Vh1. Hosted by comedian and "30 Rock" star, Judah Freidlander, this five-part special turns back the hands of time with a humorous yet tasteful approach to the era that brought songs that we can't get out of our head… no matter how hard we try. Tune in to view exclusive, new interviews with some of the eighties best one-hit wonders – Stacey Q, Animotion, Musical Youth, Frank Stallone, Georgia Satellites, E.U., The Mary Jane Girls, Vixen, Nu Shooz, and Allana Myles, Thomas Dolby, Kajagoogoo, Bow Wow Wow, Toni Basil, A Flock of Seagulls and many more.

Kelly Clarkson's 4th album All I Ever Wanted (19 Recordings / RCA Records) debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 with 254,671 albums sold and #1 on the Digital Album Chart. This marks Kelly's first #1 album since her debut in 2002

Judas Priest announced to fans on Wednesday: "To celebrate the 30th anniversary of our album 'British Steel', we are very pleased to announced we will be performing the whole album in its entirety during our U.S. 2009 summer tour, plus some other Priest classics!!!" more

Taking Back Sunday will offer a new album, New Again, on June 2. It will be the band's first release since guitarist/singer Matt Fazzi replaced Fred Mascherinomore

A judge on Monday tossed out a lawsuit accusing the makers of "The Family Guy" of illegally twisting the dreamy classic "When You Wish Upon a Star" into an anti-Semitic ballad. more

Epica singer Simone Simons will join Kamelot on stage on March 21 at Essigfabrik in Cologne, Germany to perform the song "The Haunting"more

Purple Domain After a year of diligently working to scrub the Internet of all unauthorized related music, photos, video and any other content not offered directly by him, Prince has launched a fan subscription service called Lotusflow3r.commore

Former Sunny Day Real Estate frontman Jeremy Enigk is about to release a new solo album on May 12th, through his own label Lewis Hollow Recordings.

Lil Wayne must turn over financial records for his latest album to a folk singer who has accused him of copyright infringement. Karma-Ann Swanepoel claims in a federal lawsuit filed in May that Lil Wayne didn't have permission to sample her song "Once" in the track "I Feel Like Dying." more

Disturbed is offering a bootleg series of each show on its Music As A Weapon tour, which kicks off March 20 in Madison, WI.more

It was bound to happen sooner or later: "Idol" production company FremantleMedia and trading card publisher Upper Deck are launching a new line of trading cards featuring images of past and current contestants as well as the judges and host of the Fox singing competition. The 138-card line is set to debut April 21. more. We are waiting for the Idol dolls.

Bruce Hornsby has composed the score to "Kobe Doin' Work," an upcoming documentary on basketball superstar Kobe Bryant directed by Spike Lee. more

The Jonas Brothers are nearing completion of their fourth album, due out June 15, which the trio says will take the band in new sonic directions. [From cheddar to longhorn?] more

Speaking of cheese: NBC is launching a singing competition series destined to draw comparisons to Fox's "American Idol." The project is called "The Sing Off," and it's billed as the first a cappella singing-style reality series. more

Guy Hands is stepping out of his day-to-day management role as chairman and chief executive officer of Terra Firma, which owns EMI Music.more

Late Night Trash: Motley Crue performs a special version of "White Trash Circus" exclusively for ABC's late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" this Friday, March 20 on ABC at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT. Motley Crue is joined by the lead vocalists of their just announced tour, Crüe Fest 2

Madonna plans to head back into the studio to record new music for an upcoming greatest hits album, tentatively due in September.more

Guns N' Roses' new album, "Chinese Democracy" — which was released on November 23, 2008 as a Best Buy exclusive after a wait of more than 15 years — will officially fall out of The Billboard 200 next week after selling 2,500 copies in the United States in the seven days ending March 15.more

Frank Hannon, guitarist of the hard rock band Tesla, has revealed that he recently suffered an arm injury in Los Angeles.more

Henry Rollins has landed a role in a TV drama series entitled 'Sons of Anarchy'. The former Black Flag frontman will appear in six episodes of the show for the FX channel. more
Baltimore's public art commission hopes to erect a bust of eccentric rocker Frank Zappa in a neighbourhood known for its bohemian vibe. On Wednesday, the commission formally endorsed placing the bust in the quirky Fells Point community. more

The U.K.'s inaugural Heavenly Planet Festival, scheduled for July 10 and 11 in Reading, has been canceled because of the impact of the recession.more

No More Cox: The on campus sports and entertainment venue at San Diego State University will be renamed Viejas Arena, under a new agreement between the university and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, the two announced today. "We're very pleased that the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, who are such an important member of the San Diego community, has decided to partner with us," said SDSU President Stephen L. Weber. "SDSU's arena is one of the top sports and entertainment venues in San Diego County. We believe Viejas will help add to the arena's success into the future."

Overlorde have been rejoined by vocalist Bobby "Leather Lungs" Lucas. According to a press release, Bobby and the guys are anxious to begin working on material for their follow-up to 'Return Of The Snow Giant'more

Burn Halo, the new band fronted by former Eighteen Visions singer James Hart, has issued the following update: "We have a new drummer in the house in Timmy Russell. Timmy has been tearin' up the stage with Beautiful Creatures and Bang Tango for a while now and we are super-excited to have him on stage with us." more

The Newport Jazz Festival is in the market for a new sponsor. Jazz impresario George Wein, who founded the iconic festival in 1954, said Tuesday that the event's 24-year relationship with the JVC consumer electronics company has ended. more

Nightrage have completed work on their next release for Lifeforce Records. Titled "Wearing A Martyr's Crown," the effort was tracked by Fredrik Nordström (In Flames) at Studio Fredman in Sweden.more

Arsis guitar player Jim Malone has issued a statement regarding the band's recent tour cancellations, including the current Carcass tour. Read it here

Three of the world's best guitar shredders — Mike Orlando, Joe Stump and Matthew Mills — will team up for a G3-style instrumental tour called Night Of The Living Shred. The trek will stop at several venues along the East Coast more

Destruction are currently touring North America along with Krisiun and Mantic Ritual. The band has unfortunately had to announce however, that their show in Calgary, Alberta, Canada will not go ahead as planned.more

ZAO will release its new album, "Awake?", on May 5 via Ferret Music.more

Helion has been rejoined by guitarist Kimmo Korhonen (Waltari, Solacide, Maiden Hell). Guitarist Jaakko Kunnas (who is now also handling vocal duties in the band, explains: "We'll be needing a qualified guitarist to hit the stage with us. And as we all know, Kimmo is more than qualified. - more

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Kanye West Charged With Three Crimes
NME reports: The Los Angeles City Attorney has charged Kanye West with three criminal misdemeanors in connection with an incident that took place last September.

West was charged with vandalism, battery, and grand theft after he allegedly broke camera equipment as he left LAX.

His manager Don Crowley has also been charged, and he faces two counts of vandalism, two counts of battery and two counts of grand theft. - more on this story

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Twilight Special Edition
Atlantic Records reports: Chop Shop/Atlantic Records has announced the release of its deluxe CD/DVD version of "Twilight Original Motion Picture Soundtrack." The special two-disc edition of the RIAA platinum certified soundtrack is the musical companion to the blockbuster Summit Entertainment film, which will be in stores March 21st.

The "Twilight" deluxe edition appends five songs to the chartbuster soundtrack, including a previously unreleased track from O.A.R. as well as an acoustic version of the album's hit single, Paramore's "Decode" (see attached tracklisting). The DVD features exclusive interviews with both Hayley Williams of Paramore and Twilight music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, who discusses the process of choosing and placing the music in the film. Also included is the "Decode" companion video (as well as a behind-the-scenes documentary), The Black Ghosts' "Full Moon" video, and a live performance of Iron & Wine's "Flightless Bird, American Mouth." - more on this story

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Pixies Mainman Announces Grand Duchy Project with Violet Clark
PR reports: Tuesday, April 14th sees the release of Petits Fours, the debut album from Grand Duchy, aka Violet Clark and Black Francis. Featuring 9 tracks, Petits Fours is joint venture between Clark and Francis, rather than a solo Francis project, and contains driving bass lines, a healthy dose of synths and some excellent vocals from Clark, alongside Francis's trademark guitar squalls.

"Once upon a time, Violet and I went into the studio together for a day as an experiment, and we came out that night with 'Fort Wayne'," explains Francis. "A leaked version seemed to please others, and so we decided to continue the 'experiment'. We decided that, while we were not expert players on all rock ensemble instruments, we would play everything ourselves as we had done on the Fort Wayne session.

"She was innocent. I hadn't felt innocent for years. She digs the 80's. I had spent the latter part of the 80's doing my part to destroy the 80's. Our second recording session involved a fair amount of shouting and throwing things, much to the horror, I'm sure, of our two engineers Thaddeus Moore and Jason Carter; being pros they just smiled at us.
- more on this story

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New York Dolls Set Release of New CD
Noble reports: The New York Dolls' today confirmed the U.K. release date of Monday May 4th for their highly anticipated fourth studio album 'Cause I Sez So. (U.S. release date is Tuesday May 5th). The band has reunited with Todd Rundgren, producer of their influential 1973 debut.

The album was recorded at Utopia Sound Studio in Kauai, Hawaii, and features original Dolls David Johansen (vocals) and Sylvain Sylvain (guitar), plus Steve Conte (guitar), Brian Delaney (drums), and Sami Yaffa (bass). The album cover artwork is designed by Matt Taylor at Varnish Studio Inc, with photography by Max Lakner.

The 12-song track list features 11 original compositions, including the first single "'Cause I Sez So" and a new version of "Trash," which was on their 1973 debut album. "It was amazing working with Todd again, and I think we were able to evoke the special sound of our first album and drag it by the hair into the present," says front man Johansen. - For album artwork, full track listing of the album, click here

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Ted Nugent To Reunite With Amboy Dukes
Blabbermouth reports: According to Detroit Free Press, legendary rocker Ted Nugent will reunite with his former Amboy Dukes bandmates for the first time in more than 30 years.

They are expected to regroup on April 17 during the 18th annual Detroit Music Awards at the Fillmore Detroit, where the band is being presented the distinguished achievement award.

The Amboy Dukes are best remembered for their hit single "Journey To The Center Of The Mind". - more on this story

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Singled Out: Paul Epic
antiMusic reports: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Paul Epic tells us about "Last Stop on a Hard Fall" from his brand new album "South of Heaven, North of Hell". We now turn it over to Paul for the story:

We were at the Mandalay Bay and I was hanging out with Mike K former guitarist for Nelly Furtado and a girl named Merry who was bass player for Sheband , I had actually just met her when she introduced herself to me. Danzigs bodyguard was in the house also. Well a bunch of us decided to head to a local strip bar. I went with Merry, we invited another couple and Mike K came along too. When arrived some other bands were also at the club. We took a Vip and hung out for a while. Merry and I noted that the girl from the couple we invited was having fun but the guy she was with didn't seem to feel comfortable.

Merry had to get up early next day so she left shortly after. Soon after the other couple got into an argument. Seems the young lady liked hanging out talking to us musicians but the guy didn't like it. I was feeling a bit like joking around so got up, put my arm around her as they argued and said. Friend, she doesn't want to hang out with you, she likes hanging out with the rockstars. She laughed, he looked puzzled. I sat down as I was just joking.

Suddenly he grabbed her and shoved her up against the bar grabbing her throat. I jumped up, but a bouncer was already there so I whispered, he's gotta go. Well he went alright but called LVPD and said we had kidnapped his girlfriend. The police knew better and asked if she would like to leave while they where talking to him. - read the rest of this song story

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