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Video Premiere: Panic! At the Disco's 'Nine in the Afternoon'

February 12, 2008 02:19:56 GMT


MTV premiered the first music video from Panic! At the Disco's sophomore effort. The clip for "Nine in the Afternoon" was debuted on Sunday, February 10 while the band were due to attend the Grammys at Los Angeles' Staples Center. It was also made the fresh clip for TRL the next day.

This would be the clip that the band described in an interview with MTV as "Sgt. Pepper's-meets-ice-fishing". The extras are dressed in different periods of times and a marching band wear a banner with the words "Pretty. Odd." to it, the title to their second album. Shane Drake who penned the band's previous videos like "But It's Better If You Do" and "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", also directed this video.

U2's Debut Album to Be Re-Issued

February 11, 2008 08:46:52 GMT


U2's very first album "Boy" will be re-packaged by Island Records in accordance to the series of the band's albums reissues. The record that was originally released in 1980 and failed to chart, will be put in shelves on May 20.

The remastered version will be accompanied by a bonus CD and followed with a back catalog according to Gigwise.com. 'Boy' is a Steve Lillywhite-produced album that spawned a moderately successful single titled "I Will Follow" which is still included in the band's live tour setlists until today.

Dr. Dre Proceeds With Unpaid Royalties Investigation

February 11, 2008 05:51:20 GMT


Dr. Dre is continuing his investigation on the amount Death Row Records owe him for the unpaid royalties. On Tuesday, February 5, the producer slash rapper has requested to acquire documents from the label through U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

According to a press release, the documents will help Dre whose real name is Andre Young to determine how much Death Row owe him in royalties since his 1992 solo album, "The Chronic" was released under the label. Dre, for a fact, had filed several lawsuits over the years with the last in August 2007 claiming he was the rightful owner to the albums right after the label lost its control through a court decision.

50th Grammys' Album of the Year: Herbie Hancock's 'River: The Joni Letter'

February 11, 2008 04:41:42 GMT


The Album of the Year title is awarded to Herbie Hancock's "River: The Joni Letter". This win from the jazz musician has snubbed the chance for Amy Winehouse to sweep all the six nominations she had gained. The British singer took her fifth winning by taking Record of the Year for "Rehab".

The same album from Hancock had earlier won Best Contemporary Jazz Album. He was also nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo for "Both Sides Now" but lost it to Michael Bracker's "Anagram".

Rihanna's 'Umbrella' Won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at 50th Grammys

February 11, 2008 03:43:51 GMT


Rihanna who lost in the four categories she was nominated in, finally took the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration through her big hit "Umbrella" that features Jay-Z. The single is also nominated for Record of the Year which is yet to be announced.

Earlier, Vince Gill's "These Days" took the Best Country Album while Foo Fighters' "Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace" won the Best Rock Album. Approaching the end of the show, the 50th Grammy Awards let out the winners of best albums in several music genres before moving on with the coveted Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

Best Rap Album for Kanye West at 50th Grammys

February 11, 2008 03:10:57 GMT


Kanye West, as the biggest nominee at the 50th Grammy Awards, brought home the fourth winning through his latest effort "Graduation". The album was named Best Rap Album and is still waiting whether it will also come out as the winner of Album of the Year.

"We basically made this our new place of residence," West said of his win. He also earlier went up the podium to get his statuettes after winning Best Rap Solo Performance for "Stronger" and Best Rap Song for "Good Life" which are both taken from "Graduation". He also shares a nod with Common on the track "Southside" that is named Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.

Amy Winehouse's 'Rehab' Won Song of the Year at 50th Grammys

February 11, 2008 02:35:39 GMT


More awards are given out at the 50th Grammy Awards as the night approaches. Named Song of the Year is "Rehab", the claim to fame biographical single from Amy Winehouse. With the win, Winehouse has so far garnered four nods, making her the lead winner at the prestigious music event.

The British singer who is unable to attend the Los Angeles ceremony, has earlier pocketed Best New Artist, Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Rehab" and Best Pop Vocal Album for "Back to Black". Two more coveted titles Record of the Year and Album of the Year also have her name among their nominees.

Amy Winehouse, Best New Artist at 50th Grammys

February 11, 2008 01:59:53 GMT


The 50th Annual Grammy Awards taking place at Los Angeles' Staples Center has started giving away its statuettes. Amy Winehouse, despite her absence from the event, garnered early winning by taking home the Female Pop Performance for "Rehab".

Winehouse's second winning meanwhile, granted her the nod of Best Pop Vocal Album for "Back to Black". Also, the latest she got is Best New Artist. Justin Timberlake on the other hand is also catching up by taking the Male Pop Vocal Performance for "What Goes Around...Comes Around". He also nabbed Best Dance Recording for "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows", sharing it with producer Danja, Timbaland and Jimmy Douglass.

U.K.'s Breakthrough Artist Natalia to Release Debut Single

February 09, 2008 07:57:15 GMT


U.K.'s new act Natalia is set to launch her music career through a brand new single called "Pretty Like Me". The rock/soul singer will on February 25, release the debut single which is available for pre-order at HMV.

"Pretty Like Me" features mixes from Bimbo Jones who previously worked with Ciara and Usher. On her MySpace page, Natalia describes the song as "a reaction to the pressure forced on women to look a certain way and confronts how girls can be subject to bullying for not conforming to an ideal."

Disappointed at Industry, KISS Not Writing New Album


February 09, 2008 05:11:54 GMT


Despite mapping out extensive tour for May and June this year, KISS have thrown away the idea of showcasing a new material on stage. Frontman Gene Simmons have confirmed that there will be no new album from the rock band because he was disappointed at today's industry.

"There's no new Kiss material because there's no record industry," Simmons said. "Any band who tries to do new material is trying to climb a slippery mountain. Every day record companies are folding. It'd be nice to have new Kiss songs, but what's the business model? Do you just put songs on the Internet for free? Then what?”

Pregnant Gwen Stefani Refuses to Tour With No Doubt

February 09, 2008 04:51:33 GMT


With their lead singer Gwen Stefani carrying a bun in the oven, No Doubt have to throw back its plan to tour for their new album. Stefani reportedly is not keen on jumping on the stage while she is pregnant with her second child.

"She's going to write a record," an insider told OK Magazine. "But she has doubts about going onstage again while pregnant - too much can go wrong." The singer carried her 20-month-old son Kingston while touring for her latest effort, "The Sweet Escape" and reportedly is not wishing for the same condition with the second one.

For 2008 Bonnaroo: Lez Zeppelin, NOT Led Zeppelin

February 09, 2008 04:20:49 GMT


Mind the one alphabet difference, Led Zeppelin will not headline Bonnaroo Festival this year but Lez Zeppelin will. The latter is an all-female band from New York City that perform the work of Led Zeppelin in tribute to the British band.

The mistake that was reported heavily on several media earlier this week was prompted by the rumors that had been circulating at the first place that Led Zeppelin will perform their reunion gig Stateside at the festival that is held June 12-15 in Manchester, Tennessee.

Amy Winehouse Granted Visa but Too Late for Grammys

February 09, 2008 03:28:43 GMT


U.S. Embassy in London had reversed their decision to deny Amy Winehouse a visa to the States. The singer is now having an access to the country but still won't attend the 50th Grammys in Los Angeles where she is nominated for six nods, because it's too late.

On Thursday, February 7, the British act was denied a visa to U.S., prompting organizers for the Grammys ceremony which is held on February 10 to prepare an alternative that enables her to perform via satellite. The plan is kept even when the singer has been granted the visa 24 hours later.

Timbaland to Release Mobile-Only Singles With Verizon

February 09, 2008 03:10:36 GMT


More and more new ways are introduced to make it easier for music lovers to play their songs anywhere. A major deal between Timbaland and Verizon Wireless will enable subscribers of V Cast, Verizon's mobile entertainment service, to listen to the rapper's new songs through their mobile phone.

The producer slash rapper team up with Verizon to create the first ever "mobile album". Timbaland explained to Billboard.com "Every place don't get a CD (but) everybody has a mobile phone. Plus, there's history to be made. Just producing a mobile album has never been done. I'm the first to ever do it."

Kanye West's 'Flashing Light' Video Done for BET Premiere

February 09, 2008 02:35:58 GMT


Kanye West announced that his video for "Flashing Light", the fourth single from "Graduation", is done and will be premiered on BET. He also posted a frame from the video on his blog, KanyeUniverseCity.com, showing a car on the go.

No news yet on the date of the video premiere but reports speculated that it may come as soon as this coming Monday (February 11). Earlier in January, the rapper had also posted another frame from the video that shows a woman running in a dark street.
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