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CHRIS BROWN HIRES SECURITY TEAM

Chris Brown has hired a security team to protect him after receiving what’s considered legitimate death threats following his February 8th alleged incident with Rihanna.   According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a source says the threats have made Brown “totally paranoid,” since there have been “indications that the potential assassin could be disguised as a…

LOS LOBOS SIGN RECORD DEAL WITH SHOUT! FACTORY

Shout! Factory is proud to announce today that it has signed the legendary Mexican-American five-piece ensemble Los Lobos to a recording contract. Having assembled a body of work diverse enough to cripple most bands and to captivate press and fans worldwide since its inception in 1973, the genre-smashing Los Lobos make a perfect fit with…

NEW BLACK EYED PEAS ALBUM FOR $4.99 THIS WEEK

The highly anticipated new album from the Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D.(Energy Never Dies), is out now. The album features their popular new single “Boom Boom Pow”. Amazon is featuring it as a Daily Deal; you can download the entire album for only $4.99 for the rest of the week! SKOPE IT HERE!

SICK OF SARAH NEW VIDEO FOR “BITTERSWEET”

Check out the new official music video from Sick of Sarah for the song “Bittersweet” below. Directed by Shane Nelson, the video showcases the band’s playful and creative profile, much like their previous music video for the track “Daisies” illustrated. [youtube i30ja45MpXg nolink]

WILLIE NELSON TO RELEASE “AMERICAN CLASSIC”

On August 25, legendary singer Willie Nelson will be releasing American Classic, his first album of standards since his landmark 1978 masterpiece Stardust, and his solo debut for Blue Note Records. Produced by Tommy LiPuma, American Classic features special guest appearances by Norah Jones and Diana Krall, string arrangements by Johnny Mandel, and a top…

BULLET PERFORMS “MR ROBOTIC” LIVE / VIDEO

After the undeniable success of last years Back to the Lyrics debut album, Chicago entertainer Bullet has returned to the studio to craft his new project, the Mr. Robotic EP. Working meticulously at developing his signature sound, Bullet continues to defy the boundaries which appear to close in on other artists. “I love experimenting with…

JOB FOR A COWBOY ‘RUINATION’ COVER ART

Award-winning Glendale, AZ heavy music powerhouse JOB FOR A COWBOY has completed work on its hotly-anticipated sophomore album, entitled Ruination.   The record will see a July 7, 2009 North American release date via Metal Blade Records. The cover artwork for Ruination has been unveiled and is available for viewing now at this location.  …

ASTRID WILLIAMSON ‘HERE COME THE VIKINGS’ OUT NOW

Brighton-based singer Astrid Williamson returns with Here Come The Vikings, out June 2 on One Little Indian U.K. This marks the fourth solo outing for Williamson, whom The Guardian says “oozes songwriting class.” “Shut Your Mouth,” the first single off Here Come the Vikings, is the #1 most added song on the Triple A Radio…

ZERO 7 ANNOUNCES “YEAH GHOST”

Atlantic recording group Zero 7 has announced the details of their fourth studio album, “YEAH GHOST,” which is due at all physical and online retailers in the U.S. on Sept. 8th.   “YEAH GHOST” will see Zero 7 — aka Sam Hardaker and Henry Binns — teaming up with several guest vocalists, including soul/jazz artist…

FUNKMASTER FLEX CUSTOM FORD SPORT TRAC GIVEAWAY

Hip Hop DJ Funkmaster Flex, Zune, and Ford are giving one lucky person the chance to win a fully customized 2008 Ford Sport Trac truck. Entries can be submitted until 8/31/09 by visiting the contest homepage at http://www.zune.net/flex Zune worked closely with Funkmaster Flex in planning the design and added features of the Funkmaster Flex…

TAYLOR SWIFT TEAMS UP WITH T-PAIN

According to a recent Tweet from Taylor Swift, she has been working in the studio with T-Pain. Taylor recently called into a morning radio show saying she’d like to work with Lil’ Wayne but apparently she’s found another rap artist   to collaborate with first.

BRET MICHAELS’ REP NOT HAPPY WITH TONY PRODUCERS

Bret Michaels’ rep is none too pleased with the producers of the Tony Awards after this past weekend’s mishap when the rocker was struck by a piece of scenery, fracturing his nose.   Tony organizers said he “missed his mark” but according to Rolling Stone, Bret’s spokesperson claims he was never told about the moving…

RICK ROSS LANDS TEQUILA ENDORSEMENT

According to BallerStatus.com, Rick Ross is teaming up with Proximo Spirits, Inc and its 1800 Tequila brand to help endorse the first 100-proof clear tequila on the market. Ross and his Triple C’s crew will be featured in a video and photo shoot to further promote 1800 Tequila.

LAURYN HILL CANCELS EUROPEAN TOUR

According to Billboard.com, Lauryn Hill has backed out of her highly anticipated tour in Europe due to undisclosed health reasons. The canceled dates include Sweden’s Stockholm Jazz Festival, which would’ve solidified Hill’s big comeback. No further details were provided at press time.

50 CENT CREATES HIS OWN FRAGRANCE

According to ThisIs50.com, 50 Cent is looking to release his first men’s fragrance line called Power by 50 Cent. The mogul has teamed up with Lighthouse Beauty and has set up a fall launch through Macys. The rapper plans to be extremely hands-on for the venture, in hopes to further his brand even more.

DOWNLOAD A NEW ROB THOMAS SONG

Rob Thomas’ album Cradlesong doesn’t come out until June 30th, but you can already get the second single off the effort on iTunes.   Head there now to download the matchbox twenty’s frontman’s new tune “Meltdown.”

NICOLE SCHERZINGER HAS FILIPINO PRIDE

The Pussycat Dolls’ lead singer, Nicole Scherzinger, is half-Filipino, so it makes sense that she wants to sing the Philippine national anthem next time boxer Manny Pacquiao gets in the ring.   According to the Associated Press, PCD will be performing in the Philippines today and Scherzinger told a local TV station that she’s always…

JESSIE JAMES JOINING JONAS BROTHERS ON TOUR

Jessie James will be joining the Jonas Brothers on select dates of their upcoming tour.   The “Wanted” singer has been tapped to host the first four shows, beginning June 20th in Dallas, Texas.   She will introduce each act on the bill and will perform her hit single as well.   In addition, the…

EXPLORETALENT.COM INKS DEAL WITH SNOOP DOGG

ExploreTalent.com announced today that after a brief negotiation period, they have reached an agreement with entertainment legend Snoop Dogg to collaborate on numerous projects in 2009 and 2010. The details for each individual project will be released on a case-by-case basis but representatives from ExploreTalent.com are indicating that the world can expect collaborative music, film…

THE GS BOYZ RECEIVE BET AWARD NOMINATION

The GS Boyz ignited the scene from their very first bar, and they’ve left a trail of scorched earth in their wake. On the strength of the unstoppable single “Stanky Legg,” which has crisscrossed the country and the globe, the GS Boyz from Texas are primed for their first-ever BET Award–Best Group. Young Joc says…

‘THE DOORS – FROM THE OUTSIDE’ ON DVD JULY 14

MVD Visual and Sexy Intellectual are pleased to announce the home viewing release of The Doors “From The Outside” for North American distribution on DVD.     This brand new documentary film tells the story of The Doors, not from the perspective of the surviving members – as has been told so many time before…

KAT EDMONSON COVERS THE CURE “JUST LIKE HEAVEN” MP3 / VIDEO

NPR recently referred to Kat as “memorable and contagious,” and she is prepping the   release of her debut album ‘Take To The Sky’ for later this summer.   Musicians featured on the album include: Eric Revis (Branford Marsalis), Ron Westray (Wynton Marsalis), and John Ellis (Charlie Hunter).   The album was mixed by multi-Grammy…

NEW HEDLEY WIDGET FROM ‘NEVER TOO LATE’

Fontana International is proud to release the US debut from Canadian superstars Hedley entitled Never Too Late, which is in stores now!   The majority of the songs on NEVER TOO LATE   were produced by Greig Nori (Sum 41); Brian Howes (Hinder, Daughtry) produced “321,”   “On My Own,” and “Trip” and GGGarth Richardson…

PAPER ROUTE “7 MINUTE DOCUMENTARY” / VIDEO

Nashville synth-rock quartet Paper Route releases the documentary 7 Minutes online today. The video features footage from the band’s December 2008 UK tour and the recording of their full-length debut Absence, which was released April 28th via Universal Motown. The video was shot by the band & photographer Bob Miller & edited by Olivier Groulx…

VIOLENS OFFER MGMT REMIX OF “DOOMED” / MP3

VIOLENS are giving away MGMT’s remix of   the song Doomed from their debut EP (Cantora Records).   The two bands met last year after MGMT approached Violens’ Jorge Elbrecht about remixing their hit Time To Pretend.   While that initial collaboration completely transformed the original song with eerie, industrial synths, this new mix maintains…

STREAM THE WHOLE FREELAND ALBUM HERE

Since the band formed, they’ve inspired genuine intrigue and have received rave reviews from the media and fans alike once people have had a does of Adam Freeland’s latest, COPE(TM). To stream the whole album in its entirety check out: SKOPE IT HERE!

NOT ALONE RECORDS INVITE YOU TO WARPED TOUR

In these rough economic times, certain sacrifices must be made, and Los Angeles based independent label Not Alone Records wants to make sure that your yearly ritual of attending the Vans Warped Tour is NOT one of them. In conjunction with the release of GRAVITY, the newest album from West Virigina rockers TIME AND DISTANCE,…

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND IS #1

Dave Matthews Band’s Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King (RCA) debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with 424,089 copies sold in its first week of release. The record is also No. 1 on the Digital Albums Chart, the Rock Albums Chart and the Alternative Albums Chart. Big Whiskey is the band’s fifth consecutive…

DEPECHE MODE BACK ON THE ROAD

Depeche Mode resumed their Tour of the Universe in Germany on Monday night. The band is back on the road after a month long setback while singer Dave Gahan recovered from surgery. The frontman had a malignant tumor removed from his bladder. The group is out in support of their latest album Sounds of the…

ADAM LAMBERT SIGNS RECORD DEAL

Just like Kris Allen, American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert has been signed to 19 Recordings.   His debut album is expected to be released in the fall.   Lambert appears on the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone, in which he officially announces to the public that he’s gay. SKOPE IT HERE!

TREY SONGZ MAKES R.KELLY DISS RECORD

Trey Songz has jumped on the beat to Jay-Z’s newest single “D.O.A.” (Death of Auto-Tune) and remixed the track as an official diss record to R. Kelly. Trey is tired of being compared to Kelz and claims he is the new R&B king! [youtube f4LlcNk4NWc nolink]

LIVE NATION OFFERS NO SERVICE FEE WEDNESDAY AGAIN

Live Nation has expanded its No Service Fee program to every single ticket in each of its amphitheaters today for 24 hours only, only at LiveNation.com.   Tickets for this week’s installment went on sale at 12:01 AM local time and are good for lawn seats as well as pavilion seats in all amphitheaters for…

THE KILLERS ANNOUNCE FALL TOUR

The Killers will return to the stage this fall. The band will continue to tour in support of their Day & Age album starting on August 31st in Washington D.C. The trek will find the band playing massive venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks and more. Fans can view tour dates at TheKillersMusic.com now.…

MR. HUDSON TALKS JAY-Z’S “FOREVER YOUNG”

It looks like Kanye West isn’t the only one contributing to Jay-Z’s upcoming Blueprint 3 album. Rap-Up.com caught up with British singer Mr. Hudson, who reveals he also worked on Hova’s “Forever Young” song. Though he never collaborated with Jay in the studio, the singer/producer is just happy he made a “last minute” song that…

ROB ZOMBIE THINKS ADAM LAMBERT IS NO MICK JAGGER

According to EOnline, Rob Zombie doesn’t think American Idol finalist Adam Lambert is all that. The White Zombie frontman told the entertainment outlet, “He ain’t f**king Mick Jagger. You know what I mean? There are probably a million guitar players in the world better than Keith Richards but they ain’t f**king Keith Richards!” Zombie also…

AEROSMITH CONFIRM: WILL PLAY TOYS IN THE ATTIC

As we first reported in mid-April, Aerosmith has now confirmed that they will play their Toys in the Attic album in its entirety when they tour with ZZ Top this summer.   Singer Steven Tyler and drummer Joey Kramer confirmed the news to a Boston radio station this week.   The trek kicks off on…