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(antiMusic) A case of premature Bono Down Under: There won't be any cigars for the staffers at Universal Music Australia who inadvertently made U2's anticipated new album "No Line On the Horizon" available digitally more than a week before release.more

Rolling Stone caught a spelling gaffe on the cover of the new Guitar Hero: Metallica while checking out the game's cover art, which proudly displays the names of all the hard-rocking artists that grace the game's soundtrack. While bands like Judas Priest and Samhain enjoyed correct spelling, just off to the left of the "Hero" is the hitherto unknown band "Lynyrd Skynrd," whom we presume is some sort of Lynyrd Skynyrd cover band, minus a Y. more

Despite the collective will of fans waiting with bated breath for a reunion, the book on the Replacements has likely closed with Rhino's recent round of deluxe reissues, according to former bassist Tommy Stinson.more

The first picture of a bruised and bloodied Rihanna after her alleged assault by singer Chris Brown has surfaced on the Internet, prompting an investigation by Los Angeles police into how it was leaked.more

Alter Bridge announced this week that the band has begun working on its new album, tentatively titled "Alter Bridge III" more

Follow up: We did confirm with our contact at RCA that Clay Aiken parted ways with the label last year.

TV On The Radio have been announced to perform at Central Park Summerstage in New York this year. The band will play a benefit on June 5 to raise money for the full season of free entertainment more

Bullet For My Valentine has been announced as the headline act for a very special show at London's famous Royal Albert Hall to support the Teenage Cancer Trust. Joining them on the bill will be Fightstar and The Blackout.more

Lil Wayne has delayed the release date of his rock album, Rebirth, from April 7 to May 19.more

Alice Cooper has been forced to cancel the 2009 Pro AM/Celebrity Golf Tournament which was scheduled to be held at the Arizona Biltmore. more

South Carolina's Hard Rock Park was saved from bankruptcy and liquidation yesterday after a new ownership group stepped in to buy the beleaguered amusement parkmore

British Sea Power have announced the release of the soundtrack for the 1934 movie 'Man Of Aran'. The film is being re-released on DVD with the new soundtrack, and will see the band perform the soundtrack live to the film at BFI Southbank on 23 April. more

Leonard Cohen played his first U.S. concert in 15 years, returning with a two-set, six-encore, three-hour long performance that the singer called "a memorable evening."more

Michael Jackson is reportedly in talks for a 30-date residency in London as his big explosive comebackmore

Take That's Gary Barlow has injured his back during preparations to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, for charity.more

The Pet Shop Boys are working on a ballet featuring "electronics and strings" to be staged at Sadler's Wells, Neil Tennant has revealed. The singer told Radio 2 presenter Stuart Maconie that the piece, based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, could open at the London theatre in 2011. more

Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden won the award for Best Live Act at the Brit Awards last week, which is the biggest awards show in British music. The band couldn't be there in person to collect the award due to being on tour but thanked their fans in a video message. You can check out the message here

Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen) will embark on a European tour starting on April 1 in support of the release on his brand new album "Beautiful Mess" released this week in Europe on Frontiers Records. more

German metal band Rough Silk is planning to reunite for their 20th band anniversary and release a new album.more

Alexisonfire has just entered a Vancouver, British Columbia studio with engineer Nick Blagona (King Crimson) to begin recording their fourth album.more

Ed Gein is finally regrouping after a considerable break. Here's an update from the band: "Ed Gein is not broken up. We are actually finally going to get together and start playing again. It's been difficult to get all our work schedules and lives to line up, and to be honest, after years of constant touring and everything we weren't in a huge hurry. But it seems we've got a game plan now and are going to see what happens." more

Former KISSer Ace Frehley has updated the 12 pics section on his website with 12 new pictures, including the last makeup pic from the Dunkin' Doughnuts commercial and a rare non makeup pic from 1977. acefrehley.com

After several releases together, Heavy Heavy Low Low and Ferret Music/New Weathermen Records are now going their separate ways.more

Yakuza is currently writing material for their next album. The group will enter the studio in July with Sanford Parker (Pelican) at the helmmore

As rumors of their demise circulate, San Diego, California's Lower Definition (Ferret Music) has issued a statement regarding the departure of two members and its effect upon the future (or lack thereof) of the band.more

Motley Crue has announced that they will be releasing a DVD of last year's Crue Fest event on March 24th through Universal. The DVD will include a full concert from Motley Crue recorded at the Molson Amphitheatre in Torontomore

Nightrage will enter Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden tomorrow (Monday, February 23) with producer Fredrik Nordström (Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy, In Flames) to begin recording their fourth full-length album for a June 2009 releasemore

Krokus are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a new deal with their original label: Sony. more

Yngwie Malmsteen is set to release an all instrumental acoustic album entitled 'Angel Of Love' on March 10th. The CD will contain re-arrangements of his ballad songs played on acoustic guitar with string and choir arrangements only. more

Lavett, an uncompromising Swedish five-piece consisting of musicians who have spent the last ten years making albums and touring with such acts as Dark Tranquillity, Lost Horizon, Beseech, Twdso (Those We Don't Speak Of) and Sundown/Cemetary, will release a digital EP, "When The World Caves In", in March through iTunes, Amazon, Napster, eMusic, Klicktrack, CDON and other well-known digital music services. more

Victory Records is proud to welcome Chase Long Beach to their growing family more

Girlschool have been confirmed as the main support on Motorhead's upcoming UK Tour. - more on this story

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