Staind Singer Going Solo- Labels Playing iPhone Games- Tori Goes Universal- Thin Lizzy Plagiarism- Guns N' Godsmack Jam- Britney Chart Circus- more

(antiMusic) It's fitting that the day the Grammy nominations were announced would be a slow news day. But here the round up of some quick stories that made news on Wed: Staind singer Aaron Lewis says he is making time to record a solo album this coming spring. He tells Billboard that he will record the material in April and May in his home studio more

EMI Music is the first major label to line up multiple artists for the popular game Tap Tap on the iPhone. It's a move likely to be followed by the other three majors.more

Tori Amos has signed a deal with Universal Republic and is eyeing a late spring/early summer 2009 release for her tenth album. more

A German court has ordered former Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore to pay damages after ruling the guitar solo in his 1990 hit "Still Got the Blues" had been plagiarized from a German song written in 1974.more

Britney Spears' sixth studio album, "Circus," is on track to debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 next week. Unweighted first-day sales of "Circus" through the close of business yesterday stood at 219,000. more. God help us all.

Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses), Sully Erna (Godsmack) and Billy Duffy (The Cult) are among the guest musicians who joined all-star cover band Camp Freddy Tuesday night (December 2) for its performance at the Roxy in West Hollywood, California. more

Don't cry Argentina: Madonna has postponed the first of four shows in Buenos Aires. The pop star's Wednesday-night opening concert at River Plate Stadium was delayed because mechanical problems delayed the plane transporting some of her wardrobe and sound equipment. She couldn't just go up there and just sing after all. more

Folk singing great Odetta passed away Tuesday of heart disease at the age of 77. She began her career in the '50s, influencing the folk music scene including Bob Dylan. more

The brother-in-law of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson killed three of her relatives — with a gun stolen from one of the victims — because he was angry his estranged wife, the star's sister, was dating another man, prosecutors alleged Wednesday.more

Tool singer Maynard James Keenan unveiled his Puscifer side-project, which was always envisioned as more than just a band. Puscifer will now make its live debut on February 13 and 14 at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. more

Island Def Jam Music Group and Thumbplay today announced that, for the first time ever, nine of JAY-Z's most popular video clips will be available for download on mobile phones exclusively through Thumbplay.com and its mobile site, m.thumbplay.com.

Wee Scotty, a fashion shop and school based in San Francisco, is gearing up for its End Of Year Fashion Show. Second to the catwalk, the major pulling point is - of course - the raffle. The top prize is a sewing machine… signed by Metallica. more

Ozzy turned 60 on Wednesday. Want to read some highlights of his adventurous life so far? Then go here

Murder By Death have something special planned for the new year.   The quartet plan on crossing the country and have chosen to play two of their favorite albums in sequencemore

Badmouth will release their new single "Heartbreaker" on December 5th. The song is a cover from Pat Benatars's 1979 -world hit and the band releases this song as a tribute to her career and Benatars upcoming 30th anniversary. Badmouth's "Heartbreaker" will be available for FREE download on www.badmouththeband.com between Dec 5th - Dec 31st. After that the song will be available on iTunes.

Who wants free music? Check out this free download from Living Things, "Let It Rain" which is their single off their upcoming record "Habeas Corpus" out early next year. Grab it here

Even more free music! DM Stith will release his debut EP recording, Curtain Speech, next week (Dec 9). Asthmatic Kitty Records label-mates Sufjan Stevens and Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond contribute to the song "Around the Lion Legs," which is available here

Max Morgan's heartfelt song "Secret" will be heard by millions of TV viewers Thursday, December 4th, as it underscores a revealing scene on ABC's hit show "Grey's Anatomy' at 9/8c. Which character's secret is it? Fans will have to tune in as Max sings: "Caught up in your lies, comes as no surprise/ Everybody knew you had a secret" to find out.

Bad Religion is not likely to release a new album in 2009 as many expected, but in 2010 reports Punknews.org. We kind of figured that out by looking at the calendar but bassist Jay Bentley hammers the fact home here

Twilight star Kristen Stewart has been cast as Joan Jett in the upcoming biopic about pioneering female Punk Rockers The Runaways.
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