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AKON’S ARTIST DOLLA GUNNED DOWN

The Los Angeles Times reports a rap artist named Roderick Anthony “Dolla” Burton II was fatally shot in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon. Dolla was standing by the Beverly Center shopping mall on La Cienega Boulevard when a dispute broke out and ended with Dolla being shot in the head. The rapper was signed to…

KATY PERRY TEAMS UP WITH GRAMMY FOUNDATION

Katy Perry has teamed up with the GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY SoundChecks program.   The objective of this is to give students the opportunity to see a touring artist prepare for a show, so they know all that goes into putting on a live performance.   Head to KatyPerry.com right now to see a picture of…

TYLER HILTON TO RELEASE DIGITAL EP

Singer and songwriter Tyler Hilton will release a digital EP, entitled Better on Beachwood, through all digital retailers on May 26th. Co-produced by Hilton and Rick Parker (Josh Kelly, Dandy Warhols), the EP features three fan favorites unavailable anywhere else: two new songs, “Tore the Line” and “Don’t Forget All Your Clothes,” plus an acoustic…

RCRDLBL DEBUT WENDY JAMES “YOU TELL ME”

RCRDLBL exclusively premiered Wendy James’ new track “You Tell Me” today. This is the first track released from Wendy’s forthcoming album “I Came Here to Blow Minds”. The album was recorded at iconic fahsion label A.P.C.’s Paris recording studio which has previously only been open to Jarvis Cocker, Jonathan Richman, Wes Anderson, and Sofia Coppola.…

STIC.MAN OF DEAD PREZ AND LORD WARDDD REMIX MATT AND KIM

Stic.Man, one half of political hip-hop duo Dead Prez adds his hard-hitting style to a remix of Matt and Kim’s Green Label Sound single “Daylight.” Stic.Man is a perfect choice as a remixer given Matt and Kim’s love for hip-hop and their long-standing tradition of covering of Dead Prez’ “It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop” during…

TAKING BACK SUNDAY SET TO RELEASE NEW AGAIN JUNE 2ND / DATES

Taking Back Sunday are set to release their new album on June 2nd, 2009 on Warner Bros. Records. The album, entitled New Again, was recorded in New York City with producer David Kahne, whose production credits include Paul McCartney, The Strokes and Sublime. Headline Dates: 5/19- Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue 5/20- Milwaukee, WI –…

GRATEFUL DEAD AND PHISH SIDE PROJECT THE RHYTHM DEVILS CONCERT DVD

Certainly one of the more intriguing Grateful Dead offshoot projects is the Rhythm Devils. Led by long-time Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, the duo enlisted Phish bassist Mike Gordon into their ranks in 2006 (rounding out the line-up are also guitarist Steve Kimock, percussionist Sikiru Adepoju and former Deep Banana Blackout vocalist Jen…

DRUMS OF DEATH US DATES WITH PEACHES

Drums of Death came to be after an encounter with a dark priest on a sorrowful night in Haiti. A musician known as Colin Bailey emerged from this near fatal encounter as you see him now: dark, dishevelled and disfigured. Cursed by magick, Bailey’s heart was cut out and as he lay on the brink…

STRANGE MUSIC SIGNS BROTHA LYNCH HUNG

When Dave Weiner, Vice President of Strange Music West, first heard BROTHA LYNCH HUNG’s certified Gold classic Season of da Siccness (1995), he was blown away. The man responsible for signing Master P to Priority Records in the mid-’90s,   as well as orchestrating the joint venture that Tech N9ne and Strange Music entered into…

GG ALLIN AND TESCO VEE THROBBLEHEADS / JPEG

Aggronautix is set to release limited-edition figures of GG Allin “1991” (2000 numbered) and Tesco Vee of the Meatmen (1000 numbered). Each “Throbblehead” figure stands at 7 inches tall, is made of a lightweight polyresin, and will be displayed in a tri-windowed box. GG “1991”: SKOPE IT HERE! Tesco Vee: SKOPE IT HERE! The figures…

EAGLE AND TALON RELEASE “ICE LIFE” MUSIC VIDEO

Hot on the heels of the digital release of their superb debut album, Thracian, duo Eagle and Talon are debuting their first music video as well as announcing select tour dates this summer. Kim Talon & Alice Talon recruited the best dancers they know, i.e. their friends, to help them create the video for “Ice…

TRAILER FOR OZZY DOC ONLINE / VIDEO

Next year, a movie that focuses on the life and career of Ozzy Osbourne is coming out.   It’s called Wreckage of My Past and you can now see a trailer for the documentary at Vimeo.com.   Ozzy’s wife, Sharon, and son, Jack, are the film’s executive producers.   The flick promises to show the…

LIONEL RICHIE REUNITING THE COMMODORES

Will Lionel Richie ever get the Commodores back together?   It’s looking that way.   The singer told Billboard that the long-promised reunion is happening and stated that before the end of the year, more details will come out about it.   Richie said he thinks now “might be the proper time.”   In the…

RICK ROSS WANTS CLOTHING LINE FOR BIG DUDES

In the midst of their rap-beef, 50 Cent told MTV News that the designer clothes Rick Ross would often rap about could never fit him because of the European cut. Well, it looks like Ross hopes to one day change all of that by starting his own clothing line. The “Magnificent” rapper explained to Rap-Up.com…

IS ALICIA KEYS A SWIZZ BEATS HOMEWRECKER?

Have Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz confirmed their relationship? According to the New York Daily News, the hip-hop beatmaker says they are in love but are “nowhere near ready for a baby or a ring.” He allegedly confessed that they kept their relationship private because what they have is “so precious.” The mega-producer filed for…

EMINEM SPEAKS ON NICK CANNON’S RANT / VIDEO

We all know Nick Cannon was not too happy with what Eminem had to say about Mariah Carey in a song called “Bagpipes from Baghdad.” On the track, Slim Shady raps that he wants Mariah back — alluding to a 2001 relationship that Carey had adamantly denied. He also calls the singer a “c**t” and…

YOB TO DROP NEW ALBUM ON JULY 14

Reunited “cosmic doom metal” band YOB has completed work on its new full length album entitled The Great Cessation.   The record will see a July 14, 2009 release date via Profound Lore Records. Long respected as one of doom metal’s finest and most potent bands, YOB creates mastodonic, mind-bending music.   The Great Cessation…

IS KERCHOONZ THE ANSWER TO ILLEGAL DOWNLOADS?

In a direct attempt to combat illegal file sharing and compensate artists, Kerchoonz.com, launching next month, is the first integrated social networking and media site to legally enable streaming and download of music, videos and online games, whilst paying the featured artists and creators of music. Its founders, Indiana Gregg and Ian Morrow, themselves Glasgow-based…

MINUS THE BEAR WORK ON NEW ALBUM

Seattle-based quintet Minus the Bear are currently hard at work on their highly anticipated fourth studio album, still untitled. Excited to expand on their inimitable brand of rock n roll songwriting and explore their existing love of audio ingenuity, the band teamed up with Grammy Award winning producer Joe Chicarelli (My Morning Jacket, The White…

YELLOW BIRD PROJECT SPREADS ITS WINGS WITH “THE INDIE ROCK COLORING BOOK”

Yellow Bird Project, a non-profit organization founded in Montreal, Quebec, has announced the upcoming release of its latest philanthropic venture, The Indie Rock Coloring Book.     The collection includes coloring and activity pages by acclaimed artist/graphic designer Andy J. Miller, inspired by some of today’s most vital and visual indie rock artists.   The…

DOLORES O’RIORDAN OF THE CRANBERRIES SIGNS TO ZOE/ROUNDER RECORDS

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer and songwriter of The Cranberries, has signed to Zoë/Rounder Records.   The 11 track No Baggage will be released on August 25th.   With No Baggage, O’Riordan’s unforgettable, distinguished voice is back and better than ever.   O’Riordan co-produced and wrote all the tracks on the album with Ontario-based Dan Brodbeck,…

KORLEON & BOHAGON NEW VIDEO FOR “GANGSTA SH*T”

Fresh off of the new Trap-a-holics mixtape is Korleon ft. Bohagon – Gangsta Sh*t. The video is a prelude to their movie they putting together. Produced by SME and directed by EastEndQuack.   Korleon & Bohagon – Gangsta Sh*t [youtube upNybK_TDHs nolink]

STATIC-X EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

Static-X will be hammering out their heaviest, most flammable work to date as they start their trek of major European festivals June 12th in Tallinn, Estonia. Just coming off the coattails of headlining 2009’s Snocore US run, this European metal journey is in support of their new release CULT OF STATIC, on Reprise Records. The…

MITCHEL MUSSO PREMIERES NEW VIDEO FOR “HEY”

Mitchel Musso’s newest music video for “Hey”, from his debut self-titled album, premiered on the Disney channel just now and is now available online! “Hey” from the upcoming debut album from Mitchel Musso in stores and online June 2nd

DEBUT EP FROM KEYGRIP OUT JULY 28

New York City’s keygrip is proud to announce the release of their debut EP vis-à-vis on July 28, 2009 on RRMC Recordings.   Led by songwriter Michael Di Lalla, the music is melodic Brit-pop with hints of 80’s influence and modern day eclectic indie-rock leanings.   The writing is accessible, yet edgy and heartfelt. Self…

EAN EVANS LIVES ON THROUGH HIS MUSIC / AUDIO

Evanscapps is the collaborative work of Ean Evans from Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bobby Capps from 38 Special. Evans passed away on May 6th after losing his battle with cancer. He was 48. Rock Ridge Music plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the album in Evans’ name to Lyrics For…

TWISTED SISTER HUNGRY AGAIN

After rocking clubs from Los Angeles to New York City for more than a decade, Twisted Sister made its bones in 1984 with the quintet’s second Atlantic Records release, a Top 20 album that stormed the charts with a string of hit singles and genre-bending videos. Rhino proudly wears a Twisted Sister pin on its…

JAMIE FOXX ANNOUNCES INTUITION TOUR

Jamie Foxx will be hitting the road this summer.   The Intuition Tour will make stops in 50 cities in North America.   It will kick off July 3rd in Las Vegas, Nevada and run through October.   Head over to JamieFoxx.com for a complete list of dates.  

T.I. GOES TO JAIL NEXT WEEK

Somehow, someway, T.I. was able to postpone the beginning of his 366 day sentence until next week. Originally, Tip was scheduled to start turn himself in on Tuesday, however it will now happen on May 26th. TMZ reports T.I. will not be given special treatment as he serves at a low security prison in Forrest…

CAM’RON’S PROJECTED ALBUM SALES…ARE OFF?

HitsDailyDouble.com reported Cam’ron’s newest effort, Crime Pays, is on pace to move between 40 and 45-thousand units during its opening week.   But his label home Asylum Records has reached out to let fans know that those projections are most likely off.   A rep from Asylum told XXLMag.com that they believe Cam’s new disc…

GETO BOYS MEMBER ARRESTED FOR iPHONE SCAM

According to the Houston Press, Geto Boys rapper Willie D was arrested by FBI agents on Wednesday for an alleged internet scheme to sell electronics and never deliver the items. Apparently, the CEO of Relentless Entertainment allegedly tried to sell Apple iPhones to overseas buyers and upon receiving payment, Willie would issue fake tracking numbers…

DOWNLOAD FREE COLDPLAY ALBUM NOW

Coldplay fans can now download the band’s free live album LeftRightLeftRightLeft.   The set is free to download at Coldplay.com and will be available until the band plays their final show in 2009.   The lads will also be giving away copies of the free gift at their concerts from now through the end of…

JAY-Z, LIL WAYNE, AND YOUNG JEEZY TOUR

There have been whispers that Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy are planning to embark on a major tour, but many brushed it off, thinking it was just a rumor.   But now it seems like it could potentially happen.   Weezy’s Young Money artist Drake spilled the beans to MuchMusic.com and explained just as…

BLINK-182 ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES

 After many long years, Blink-182 hit the road again, announcing new dates for their Summer 2009 tour with support from Weezer and Fall Out Boy. July 24: Las Vegas (the Joint) July 28: Vancouver (GM Place) July 30: Calgary, AB (Saddledome) July 31: Edmonton, AB (Rexall Place) Aug. 1: Saskatoon, SK (Credit Union Center) Aug.…

DJ PREMIER RAVES OVER BLAQ POET / VIDEO

Blaq Poet’s new album Tha Blaqprint has the cosign that most rappers would give a limb to have. That co-sign is DJ Premier and in this new short video, his praise to Blaq Poet is front and center stage. DJ Premier Talks Up Tha Blaqprint: [youtube 79KSYEU9mf4 nolink]

GRINGO STAR UK DATES & “COME ON NOW” VIDEO

Playing to sold out crowds almost every night throughout Europe, Gringo Star have made a whole new bunch of fans from being the main support to And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. They now hit the road in the UK with fellow Atlantans, the Black Lips. Watch the video for ‘Come…

REEBOK PARTNERS WITH HIP-HOP ARTIST BOBBY RAY AKA B.o.B / VIDEO

In celebration of the Reebok Classic Remix collection, Reebok is partnering with today’s top emerging hip-hop artists to re-interpret an original, influential 80s or 90s song to be distributed exclusively with the purchase of styles from the Reebok Classic Remix collection. Photo Shoot behind-the-scenes Video: SKOPE IT HERE! www.bobatl.com Photo Credits: Jesper Norgaard

CLASSIXX NEW VIDEO FOR “I’LL GET YOU”

Barely into their twenties, Classixx has begun defining a new sound for the Los Angeles electronic music scene. A refreshing change from the trance and techno inspired Electro that has been dominating dance floors, their Donna Summer’esque grooves have caught the ears of music aficionados, fans and artists alike. CLASSIXX feat. JEPPE “I’ll Get You”…

ZUNE GETS HIP TO CHESTER FRENCH

Indie Pop band Chester French have been named Microsoft’s Zune Ignition artist for the month of May. As part of the Ignition program, Chester French will release a series of exclusive features on Zune Marketplace, Zune.net, MSN and Xbox LIVE. The exclusive features include a free track on the Zune Marketplace beginning May 5, a…