GNR and Kanye Sales Bomb- Coldplay Top Seller of 08- Preview For My Valentine- Boy George Didn't Really Want To Hurt Gigolo- and more

(antiMusic) Happy Tuesdays! Here is today's round-up of quick and not so quick music news stories: Kanye and GNR Sale Bomb? Despite reports that Black Friday kicked off the holiday retail season with a bang, several major albums released last week Posted disappointing numbers. Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak" will sell in the range of 425,000-450,000 units, significantly down from the 700,000-975,000 previously projected, while Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy" is expected to clock in at 250,000-260,000, well below a 300,000-784,000 projection.more

Coldplay was the hottest iTunes album download this year: Its "Viva la Vida" was crowned the best-selling album of 2008, while Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love" was named the top-selling single. more

Bullet For My Valentine have released a 90 second video trailer for Scream Aim Fire: Deluxe Edition, coming out December 9th. The clip includes a sneak preview of 4 Brand New songs, as well as new episodes of Bullet TV. Check it here

Singer Boy George admits in a recording played in a London court that he restrained a male escort with handcuffs. But the former Culture Club singer says he had no intention of hurting the man. He also denies he tried to assault the escort or that he swung a chain at him. more

Music including Jimi Hendrix's rendition of 'The Star Spangled Banner', Queen's 1977 single 'We are the Champions/We Will Rock You' and The Police's 1983 album 'Synchronicity' has been added to the Grammy Hall Of Fame.more

One of our favorites Butch Walker: Check out the new video for "The Weight Of Her," the lead single from Butch's new CD, Sycamore Meadows. It's set against the California desert (actually not far from where antiMusic is based!), and features Butch getting carjacked and held hostage by a gas-station robbing Taryn Manning (of Boomkat, "8 Mile" and "Hustle & Flow" fame.) Watch it here.

Britneymania leads to jail. A former employee of UCLA Medical Center pleaded guilty Monday to selling information from the medical records of celebrities and high-profile patients, including Britney Spears and Farrah Fawcett, to the National Enquirer.more

The long-awaited sophomore album from MSTRKRFT, "Fist of God," will be released in the States on Steve Aoki's Dim Mak/Downtown in March, Billboard.com has learned.more

Last week we told you about the theatrical showing of Cheap Trick at Budokan, but we have a little follow-up. Here is a refresher: On Thursday, December 4th D&E Entertainment will present the U.S. theatrical premiere of a newly-restored concert film from Cheap Trick that previously has only aired once on Japanese television in 1978. With a running time of just over 60 minutes, Live at Budokan captures the concert that catapulted Cheap Trick to stardom. D&E will be hosting the premieres in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, and other markets. Now the update D&E let us know that they have also built a website for the event, so fans can leave messages, request theatres, and buy tickets in various markets. Check that out here

Jack White and his band the Raconteurs called on Ricky Skaggs to help them record a bluegrass-inspired version of their song "Old Enough."more

Lita Ford teams up with Dee Snider, lead vocalist for Twisted Sister, in a duet for the band's just released video "I'll Be Home for Christmas" available here

Live Nation has signed a three-year deal with Blockbuster whereby the latter will be the exclusive physical retail ticket outlet for Live Nation Ticketing, Live Nation's new in-house ticketing company, beginning with the start of the 2009 concert seasonmore

Willie Dixon's blues classic "Back Door Man" has been covered by The Doors, The Grateful Dead, John Hammond Jr. and Howlin' Wolf, but today Kicksville pay homage with a cover that stays true to the raunchy original while reinventing it with slippery slide guitars and down-and-funky electronic flourishes. Listen to "Back Door Man," Kicksville's fourth digital single from 'Season 1,' here

Digital music sales account for 18 percent of the U.S. music market and that figure will grow to 41 percent in five years, Forrester Research said in a report released on Monday. more

Ok KISS fans, have you ever wanted to capture Ace Frehley's guitar sound? Gibson will hook you up right here.

Speaking of Ace, his former tour mates Y & T are set to record their first original songs in a decade more

Turbonegro guitarist Knut 'Euroboy' Schreiner has announced that he has now fully recovered from cancer.more

The Raveonettes have released the final installment of their digital-EP series entitled Wishing You a Rave Christmas. - more

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