iPod Creator Leaves Apple, Motown Head Dies, Is Gene Simmons Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?, Country Legend Has Tumor Removed, Zappa Legend Dies and more

(antiMusic) Since the focus of the world was on the U.S. election yesterday we have a short version of today's Day in Rock. We'll return to full strength tomorrow! For now here are today's quick stories: Tony Fadell, the man credited with creating the iPod and iPhone, is leaving Apple for personal reasons, according to the company. more

Former Motown president/CEO Jheryl Busby has died. The veteran label executive passed away on Tuesday (Nov. 4). Details about the cause of his death are forthcoming. The Los Angeles native was 59 years old.

KISS' bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons jams his way into the classroom for his charity, the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatrics AIDS Foundation on Fox TV's "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?" on the next episode. As his popular family looks on, Gene rocks the test and spirited fans cheer him on this atypical game more

Merle Haggard is recovering after having a malignant tumor removed from his lung. Friends said Monday's surgery at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital was a success and that the 71-year-old country crooner was in stable condition. more

Founding member of Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention, and self described "Indian Of The Group," drummer/vocalist Jimmy Carl Black has passed away November 1st, 2008 after a short battle with lung cancer. Black was 70.more

Morrissey has announced the release date of his new album, 'Years Of Refusal'. A statement on his True To You website confirmed that the 12-track album, produced by Jerry Finn, will be released on February 23. more

(Hed)pe have made their video for the track "Ordo Ab Chao" available online. The video was shot in Singing Springs Angeles National Forest with director Devin DeHaven (Busta Ryhmes, Method Man, Papa Roach). Go watch it

Light This City have posted another new song from their swansong album, 'Stormchaser,' on the band's MySpace page. "Beginning With Release" joins the previously-posted track "Sand And Snow" as two online previews from the 12-track album which will see a November 11 release through longtime home Prosthetic Records.

After Shadows Fall conclude touring this November, Jason and Paul are going to be doing some clinic dates for Tama and Ibanez. The band have also announced a string of live dates. All the details are here.

A woman who dated Phil Spector for four years testified Tuesday in his murder retrial that liquor transformed the legendary music producer into "a demon."more

Soul icon Lionel Richie has recruited R&B singer Akon and rapper Ne-Yo for his upcoming studio album. more

An American band has registered itself as a company as an alternative to signing a record deal. New York band Francis And The Lights have incorporated themselves and received an investment of $100,000 from the Normative Music Company rather than sign a conventional contract. more

Circuit City Stores Inc said it would close 155 U.S. stores and was considering all options to restructure in the face of a deteriorating cash position and tighter credit terms from vendors more

Detroit soul singer Nathaniel Mayer, who embarked on an unlikely comeback four years ago with the help of some young punk musicians, has died from complications following a series of strokes, his representatives said on Tuesday. He was 64. more

Manic Street Preachers have revealed that their next album will be released in April or May 2009 and feature lyrics left by Richey Edwards, who disappeared in 1995 and has never been found. In addition, the band are recording live to analogue tape with legendary producer Steve Albini at the helm more

Rock 'N' Roll publicist Bob Merlis will be honored with the 315th Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. The star will be unveiled at 445 N. Palm Canyon Drive at 4:00 pm on Saturday November 8, 2008.

Nightrage have announced they will head into the recording studio in February. Here part of their announcement: "As you know we are currently writing songs for our forthcoming album. It has now been confirmed that these songs will be recorded, produced, and mixed by our old friend Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman." - more on this story

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