American Idol launched its latest run with 10 percent fewer viewers than watched last year's season opener, ratings showed on Wednesday, despite hoopla surrounding a new judge for the karaoke contest. more
In another week bereft of any major new releases, tween twang popster Taylor Swift led the U.S. pop albums chart for a sixth non-consecutive week on Wednesday.more
Capitol is continuing its repackaging of Radiohead's back catalog with expanded CD/DVD editions of the band's first three albums. "Pablo Honey," "The Bends" and "OK Computer" will be available March 24 as two-CD sets or two-CD/one-DVD versions. more
CBS is close to a deal with pop star John Mayer for a music and variety TV show. CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler told a meeting of the Television Critics Association that the project is under development and an agreement is near. more. Wouldn't it be cool if they put up against the Osbournes new show? We can see if metal can top pop on TV as well.
Lacuna Coil and Chimaira have been confirmed for Disturbed's Music As A Weapon IV tour, which is expected to kick off sometime in March. more
Paris Hilton reportedly had her website hacked by identity thieves last week. According to various sources, ParisHilton.com was infected with the Trojan-Spy.Zbot.YETH Trojan. Users who visited the site were prompted to update their systems, after which it downloads the trojan onto their computer so thieves can attempt to steal private details more
Virtual Crap, Thanks Bill Gates!: Remember a couple days ago we made a little fun of Microsoft helping destroy music by creating new "crapware" that supposedly lets you sing and it creates the backing the music. We feared this may create a whole new generation of hacks making disposable pop but we may have "Jumped" gun a bit, because the "music" created by this "scumware" isn't even fit for a Gene Simmon's solo album. It really is that bad. Want proof? Listen to Diamond David Lee Roth backed by Microsh*t virtual band here.
Anti- Records has released a free download of "People Got A Lotta
Nerve," the first single from Neko Case's new album 'Middle Cyclone'
(March 3) more
On Thursday, January 15th Guitar Center's Drum-Off '08 champion Jerome Flood II will make his television debut with a performance on Last Call with Carson Daly. [Isn't the II just a little pretentious junior?]
Brooklyn's Black Gold had a big 2008 with the release of two EP's and a highly-touted US tour with Jaguar Love and Polysics, and they're ramping up for an even bigger 2009 with their debut album, Rush, hitting stores February 3rd. To celebrate the new year, the band is giving out an exclusive, never-released remix of "Detroit" from famed producer Arthur Baker (New Order). To grab the remix, just sign up for the band's official mailing list here
Eye Alaska heads into the studio tomorrow to begin recording their debut full-length album with world renowned producer Matt Wallace. Matt Wallace has produced hit songs for Maroon5, Sheryl Crow, and REM.
Forget the Crock Hall, Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain was inducted into Guitar Center's "Drum-Legends" Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at Guitar Center's Drum-Off grand finals in Los Angeles. more
Citing space limitations, TV Guide has decided to stop listing MTV programs. We hear that the networks four remaining viewers were disappointed when they learned this, but forgot all about it 15 seconds later. more
Morrissey is to perform a live session for BBC Radio 2, it has been announced. The session can be heard on Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie's Radio 2 show between 2100 and 2200 GMT on Wednesday February 11th. more
After dabbling in several other projects including an instrumental album and a solo side project, the long-awaited follow-up to Peter Bjorn and John's debut Writer's Block is here. Living Thing is still awaiting domestic release details but they've announced a March 30th release in the UK, so you can expect a US date sometime around then. more
Living Things, have been tapped as the opening act for the upcoming Eagles of Death Metal tour. more
Three Days Grace are currently working with producer Howard Benson on a new album, which they hope to release this year - more