Archive for January, 2010

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Settlements Near for Victims of 2003 Great White Nightclub Fire

January 8th, 2010
Photo: McFadd/Getty Nearly seven years after a fire at Rhode Island’s the Station venue killed 100 people during a Great White concert, a federal judge yesterday approved a plan to start issuing over 300 settlements to the victims and their families, the Providence Journal reports. The plaintiffs in the case will reportedly begin to receive money from the $176 million settlement fund in a matter of months, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux said. The ...
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News Ticker: Lady Gaga, Bamboozle, Kings of Leon, Lil Wayne

January 8th, 2010
Photo: Becker/Getty Lady Gaga and Dr. Dre made an appearance yesterday at the Monster Cable booth at the Consumer Electronics Show to announce new red-colored versions of their Heartbeats and Beats by Dre headphones that benefit (RED), the charity that raises money and awareness about the plight of AIDS in Africa. Read more about Dre’s headphones crusade and Gaga’s earbuds. Say Anything, OK Go, Matt and Kim, and more bands have been added to the lineup ...
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Tour Tracker: American Carnage Tour, St. Vincent and Liars

January 7th, 2010
Photo: Hoffman/Getty The American Carnage Tour, featuring Slayer, Megadeth and Testament, is postponed until Summer ‘10 as Slayer bassist-vocalist Tom Araya must undergo back surgery. In the meantime, Megadeth are plotting their own headlining tour for March/April, so keep an eye here for those dates when they’re announced. In other tour news, St. Vincent will hit the road for a brief trek while Liars plan to set out in support of their upcoming album Sisterworld. The dates ...
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Patti Smith’s New York Love Affair: An Excerpt From “Just Kids”

January 7th, 2010
On July 3rd, 1967, Patti Smith — then 20 years old, a teachers-college dropout from New Jersey with shotgun passions for rock & roll and the French poet Arthur Rimbaud — boarded a bus in Philadelphia and, a couple of hours later, got off in New York to start life anew. “No one expected me,” she says in a new memoir, Just Kids. “Everything awaited me.” That included Robert Mapplethorpe, also 20, a former altar ...
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Artie Lange Hospitalized After Alleged Suicide Attempt

January 7th, 2010
Photo: Wintrow/GettyHoward Stern Show sidekick Artie Lange is in the hospital after reportedly stabbing himself nine times this past weekend in an apparent suicide attack, the New York Post reports. Of the nine injuries, six have been termed “hesitation wounds” while three are more serious, deeply penetrating Lange’s body. Lange was found bloodied at his Hoboken, New Jersey apartment by his mother Saturday morning and was rushed to the hospital. Flip through photos of Artie Lange ...
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Linkin Park Set to Debut New Song in “8-Bit Rebellion” iPhone Game

January 7th, 2010
Photo: Winter/Getty Linkin Park will join the ever-growing arsenal of rockers with their own iPhone apps when the Minutes to Midnight band unleash their new touch game Linkin Park: 8-Bit Rebellion later this month, Mike Shinoda’s blog revealed. According to Shinoda, the premise is that the gamer has “been chosen by the rebellion to solve a mystery. Items have been stolen from the six leaders of the rebellion. Collecting these items is the rebellion’s only ...
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“Idol” Judges Talk Gay Jokes, Ellen’s Music Smarts in New Interview

January 7th, 2010
Photo: Becker/FOX When young singers hoping for their big break aren’t covering Motown songs or plugging Coca-Cola on the stage of American Idol, the show’s star personalities are usually squabbling over petty slights in an attempt to fill air time. A lot of these seemingly pointless disagreements came care of Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, but it seems new judge Ellen DeGeneres is game to carry on the tradition. “Simon really is mean to people ...
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2009 Wrap-Up: Music Purchases Up, Album Sales Down

January 7th, 2010
Photo: Wargo/Getty Images for Island Def Jam The 2009 year-end Nielsen SoundScan numbers reveal that Taylor Swift edged Susan Boyle in terms of album sales, and that the Beatles and Michael Jackson can still move major units. But how did the music biz do overall last year? Slightly better than the year before. Total music purchases were up 2.1 percent over 2008, as ‘09 brought in 1.545 billion overall music sales — which factors in ...
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Swift Beats Boyle, Plus Michael Jackson, Beatles Rule 2009 Charts

January 7th, 2010
The race for the best-selling album of 2009 was tight, and had Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream been released one week earlier, the headline on this story would be reversed. But according to Nielsen SoundScan’s final figures, Taylor Swift managed to stave off the Britain’s Got Talent sensation as Fearless sold 3,217,000 copies to become the top seller of 2009. Boyle was right on Swift’s heels, ending the year with 3,104,000 in sales and ...
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Swift Beats Boyle, Plus Michael Jackson, Beatles Rule 2009 Charts

January 7th, 2010
Photo: Bedder/GettyThe race for the best-selling album of 2009 was tight, and had Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream been released one week earlier, the headline on this story would be reversed. But according to Nielsen SoundScan’s final figures, Taylor Swift managed to stave off the Britain’s Got Talent sensation as Fearless sold 3,217,000 copies to become the top seller of 2009. Boyle was right on Swift’s heels, ending the year with 3,104,000 in sales ...