Travis Barker In The Green Room- Whitney Houston Sued By Stepmother- Mediocre Music Doesn't Sell- Hootie Still Blows- Taylor Swift On Top and more

(antiMusic) Travis Barker and DJ AM behind-the-scenes Green Room videos are now live on the Zune Marketplace. To check out the Travis Barker/DJ AM Green Room videos go here. No word in the PR pitch we were sent if this is recent or if it's Microsoft's attempt at cashing in on the tragic plane crash.

Whitney Houston is being sued by her stepmother in a legal battle over the wishes of Houston's deceased father. According to court records, Barbara Houston claims the 45-year-old singer improperly kept the proceeds from John Houston's $1 million insurance policy after he died in 2003. more

Virtuoso guitarist Davy Graham, a leading figure in Britain's 1960s folk music revival, has died. He was 68. Graham died of a seizure in his London home on Monday, his former manager Mark Pavey said Wednesday. The musician had long suffered from lung cancer, he said. more

Today's lesson: Mediocre music doesn't sell. U.S. album sales were down 21.7 percent during the first week of December compared with the same period last year, accelerating from the 17.4 percent decline recorded during the last two weeks of November, according to Nielsen SoundScan. more

In a week without a top 10 debut, Taylor Swift's "Fearless" reclaims the top spot on The Billboard 200, inching up 2-1 thanks to a 29% sales increase to 249,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. more

Sales of Britney Spears' ballyhooed comeback, Circus, dropped 60 percent in its second week (from 505,000 to 200,000, per Nielsen SoundScan), falling to No. 2 on the album charts more. What's more disturbing is that 705,000 people still buy Britney albums.

Tribe After Tribe are pleased to announce their upcoming show in Los Angeles on January 15th at Spaceland in celebration of the release of their new album; M.O.A.B. Tribe's music has been described as a fine fusion of hard rock and African rhythms somewhere between the epic noise of Led Zeppelin and the modern world beat of Peter Gabriel. The show will be streamed LIVE online via the Tribe After Tribe's Website here

Universal Republic will be releasing Erin McCarley's debut album Love, Save The Empty on January 6th (12/30/08 on iTunes exclusively). She has sold over 15,000 copies of her first single "Pony (It's OK)" which has been featured on shows like Grey's Anatomy, One Tree Hill, and the upcoming film He's Just Not That Into You. She's currently touring with Ten out of Tenn (Christmas tour) then Brett Dennen at the start of next year, and also with John Mayer early next year.

Nikki Sixx is going to be on this week's episode of LA Ink -- he's renovating his studio and is sharing ideas with his girlfriend Kat Von D. Dude! Don't miss this intellectually stimulating episode of LA Ink when it airs tonight, December 18th at 10/9c on TLC. Check out a preview here

The People's Choice Awards says Carrie Underwood will perform at its 35th annual ceremony next month. more

Have a burning question for John Frusciante? Our friends over at Music Radar are giving you the chance to ask the Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist anything. right here

Swedish hip-hop artist David Moses Jassy has pleaded not guilty to murder, assault and other charges for the death of a man who was run down after he slapped the singer's car in Hollywood.more

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water. Hootie and Blowfish promise to continue their assault on good taste and music fans opposed to monotone vocal lines. more

The Thermals, have added drummer Westin Glass to their lo-fi lineup. The band will also be releasing their fourth full length, Now We Can See, via Kill Rock Stars on April 7th. more

ZZ Top has been confirmed for the Sweden Rock Festival which will take place June 3-6, 2009 in Sölvesborg, Sweden.

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith performed during the December 12th and 13th performances of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Nassau Coliseum and Izod Center in Long Island, NY and East Rutherford, NJ. - more

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