Green Day Recording, Go On Snow Patrol, DJ AM To Crash Jay-Z Tour, Franz Third, Taxing Queen, Britney Tour, Miley Cyrus Memoir, Maiden Government and more

(antiMusic) Confirming news that Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson let slip recently on "The Carson Daly Show," Green Day is in the studio with veteran producer Butch Vig working on the follow-up to 2004's "American Idiot." more

Snow Patrol has teamed up with MySpace.com for a contest where they will give 2 fans a chance to fly to the UK for Snow Patrol's 4 concerts in 2 days tour. The winners will be given 2 spots on the bands private plane with the band to go the shows in Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast, and London. They will be given 2 cameras to document their trip which will be available exclusively on MySpace. more info here

DJ AM, who survived a plane crash last month in South Carolina, will appear on tour with Jay-Z. DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, will join the rap mogul Wednesday at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, said Jenni Weinman, the celebrity disc jockey's publicist. more

The third album from Franz Ferdinand is set to be released in late January, according to reports today. 'Tonight: Franz Ferdinand' will come out January 26 in the UK and January 27 in the US, and includes six tracks previewed during their intimate show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg last week (October 8). more

Some news about another worthless awards show: Alicia Keys had a leading five nominations for the 2008 American Music Awards, including artist of the year and favorite female artist in both the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories. Coldplay and the Eagles had four nominations each, while Chris Brown and Lil Wayne received three apiece. Who knew Alicia Keys was rock? more

There should a law to keep celebs from naming their own children. Case in point: Marie Presley has named her newborn twin daughters Finley and Harper. more

Have an urge to spend a lot of money to watch a poptart lipsynch? Your are in luck! Britney Spears is gearing up for a tour next spring, her first outing since 2004, sources said. The arena trek will help promote her new album, "Circus," due December 2 via Jive Records. more

Speaking of poptarts. Imagine a 15 year-old having enough of a life to pen a memoir. Apparently Hannah Montana believes she has. US pop sensation Miley Cyrus has finished writing a book of her life at the age of 15. The star of hit TV show Hannah Montana was reportedly paid a seven-figure sum to tell her "inspiring story". "And I like I um make like a record that like totally totally cool, you know?". more like, you know.

Taxing Queen... ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus has won a lawsuit against the Swedish national tax authority. The deal has garnered the musician approximately 85 million kronor ($12 million). more

Indigo Girls principal Amy Ray is about to begin a tour (Oct. 19 in Nashville) in support of her third solo studio effort, "Didn't It Feel Kinder," but her main group is also soon to return to activity. Girls' next studio album, produced by Mitchell Froom, is due in February. Find out what Amy told Billboard here

Sammy Hagar will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, November 5 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with the group by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). more

Eddie the Head, the demoniacal mascot of the British heavy metal group Iron Maiden, has made his way into the debating chamber of a Spanish town hall. Eddie's cadaverous face appears regularly at council meetings in the town of Villava, in Navarre, as part of a war of political symbols between local parties. more

According to the Deep Purple Appreciation Society, guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore (ex-Deep Purple, Rainbow) and his partner Candice Night tied the knot on October 5th. more

If you're gonna go out, go out with a bang! Duran Duran are at the center of a row over the lavish spending of credit crunch-stricken bank Lloyds TSB at their annual staff party. The 'Rio' rockers played at the recent �2 million annual staff bash, which was described as a "disgusting spectacle" by organizers. more

Amos Heilicher, a pioneering independent distributor who also started the Musicland chain, died Oct. 12 of pneumonia at University of Minnesota Hospital Fairview. He was 91. more

Soul Embraced guitarist William "Rocky" Gray has announced that he will no longer play guitar for the band, instead choosing to focus on Living Sacrifice. Gray will, however, play drums for Soul Embraced, as Lance Garvin is leaving the group. Confused? details are here

E.Town Concrete will indeed reunite for a show early next year. The show will take place at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on February 21st. Doors open at 6pm - more

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