Metallica Delay, Weezer Take Over MTV, Black Eyed Peas China, Coldplay, King's X, Ashlee Nixes Tour, Imagine Yoko Losing, Seether Challenge and more
In conjunction with the release of their new album, Weezer is taking over MTV the week of June 2 as the "52 Bands/52 Weeks" featured band. Eleven hours of Weezer video clips will be integrated into MTV programming the entire week. Clips can also be viewed on MTV.com
The Black Eyed Peas will perform a private concert for about 700 people in Shanghai on Tuesday to support Red Cross relief efforts for the victims of the recent China earthquake, organizers said. more
As our wonderful Congress debates a "bi-partisan" bill that will raise the cost of gasoline at least $1.50 per gallon and hike up the cost of all forms of energy and goods in the U.S. (including food), and cost the U.S. thousands of jobs and 3 trillion in spending power, one company isn't waiting for that other shoe to drop as they can't afford to carry on under current conditions. Why is this music news? It's the U.S. company that manufactures CDs. Idolator has the story: The Handelman Company, which supplied Wal-Mart and other chains with CDs, is closing up its music-related operations in North America, resulting in 260 job losses in Indianapolis and Troy, Mich. more
Check out this video of Coldplay performing "Viva La Vida" at the MTV Movie Awards. Tis here
After a 12-year absence, veteran rock act King's X returned to The Billboard 200 last week with "XV" (InsideOut/SPV), debuting at No. 145. more
Ashlee Simpson, the new wife of Fall Out Boybander bassist Pete Wentz, has cancelled her forthcoming summer tour. The 23 year-old last week confirmed she is pregnant with the couple's first child but did not cite the pregnancy as the reason for the cancellation. more
John Lennon's sons and widow, Yoko Ono, on Monday lost a battle to block the use of the song "Imagine" in the documentary "Expelled: No Intelligence allowed." On Monday U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein found in favor of the filmmakers based on a "fair use" doctrine. "That doctrine provides that the fair use of a copyrighted work for purposes of criticism and commentary is not an infringement of copyright," the judge said. Imagine there's no lawyers.. more
Tanya Morgan, the loveable hip-hop trio hailing from Brooklyn and Cincinnati, have announced the release of The Bridge EP. Serving as a "bridge" between their previous works and their upcoming full-length release Brooklynati, the album is a re-introduction to the group. The Bridge EP is available now on Bay Area record label Interdependent Media .
Billboard has learned, "Chopper Challenge" will for the first time use a band as the featured brand. The band in question is South African post-grunge alternative act Seether. The band's image and logo will appear on the June 4 episode's custom bike, and three of its songs will be played during the show. more
Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and T-Pain starred, while LL Cool J, Wu Tang Clan members Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Method Man and DJ Khaled made surprise appearances yesterday (June 1) at New York radio station Hot 97's annual Summer Jam at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. but Rihanna, who was originally on the bill, was a no-show. more
Since their start in September 2002 Forcefeed never stopped moving forward. After releasing one EP and two CD's this five piece metal clan just finished making their latest CD with producer Jochem Jacobs (who don't need an introduction anymore) and inked a deal with Rusty Cage Records to release it. Expect their latest album "Forcefeed" to be released Fall 2008!Myspace
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