More Music Biz Stupidity, Diddy Smash Up, Streaming Priest, Willie, Wynton, and Jay, BRMC Lose Member, As I Lay Dying Pull Out, Guys Has Lots of Buddies and more

(antiMusic) We return with a quicker version of quicks. Quicker since they in the past featured a lot of links to songs and videos. No more, you see the asshats at ASCAP have a new business plan that includes trying to extort money from websites for including music LINKS provided by the record companies. They seem to think that a song or video playing on another site is a performance on our site. Pretty silly (actually retarded) and they are basically SCREWING their own artists with this stupidity because they are cheating these artists out of a valuable FREE promotional tool. We'll have more on this silly battle later but for other website publishers, they will be probably be coming after you soon with this stupidity! We did inform most of the labels we work with about this but NONE of them have come back to us with a clarification. So maybe they don't want our coverage either? We can oblige. Artist that don't want their promotional legs cut out from underneath them by a supposed "artist rights" organization, should sign with these guys instead of asshats. That wasn't quick, was it? Oh well, now let's get on with today's quicks:

A guy got passed-out wasted and plowed into a fleet of super-pricey whips in NYC the other night -- too bad for him, that $400,000 Maybach he hit belonged to Diddy. Diddy reportedly wasn't there, he was too busy standing next to some rapper's car. more

MTV.com's The Leak is currently streaming Judas Priest's upcoming concept album, Nostradamus. Go here

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club drummer Nick Jago has split with the band for a second time, just prior to the launch of a European tour. However, core members Robert Levon Been and Peter Hayes insist Jago is not "fired." more

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marasalis are confirmed to perform on The Tonight Show July 10th

As I Lay Dying have issued the following update: "Due to an unforeseen family emergency we regret to inform you that we have no choice but to cancel our performance this Friday June 13th at Ichthus Festival in Wilmore, KY. more

Guitar legend Buddy Guy has Eric Clapton, Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks in his corner on "Skin Deep," his next Silvertone/Zomba album. more

Download Festival organizers have issued the following update: "Join us for our world-record attempt for the 'most people made up as KISS' � taking place at Download on Friday, where KISS will rock the Festival! Only you can help make it happen... We hope to be able to set a record for over 400 faces painted within three hours. more

Happy 98th Birthday, Howlin' Wolf. Gison tells you how this musical pioneer took the Blues from the Delta to the World. check it out here

Irmin Schmidt, founder member of the legendary German avant-garde rock group Can, and breakbeat pioneer, producer and Professor Of Popular Music, Kumo (aka Jono Podmore) release "Axolotl Eyes" July 22, 2008.

HARD Summer Festival is nearing and the already impressive line-up is growing. LA Riots, DJ Momjeans (Danny Masterson) and Squeak E. Clean (NASA) have been added to the bill featuring N*E*R*D, MSTRKRFT, Spank Rock, Kid Sister and other favorites from the hip-hop and electro worlds. The second event, from the folks who brought you HARD NYE with Justice and Peaches, will take place under the summer night sky Saturday, July 19 at the Shrine Expo Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

The remaking of EMI continued today (June 10) with the announcement that Lee Trink will step down as Capitol Music Group president at the end of June. - more on this story

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