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The Kooks Minus Original Bassist, Introduced Replacement

January 31, 2008 03:18:03 GMT


On Wednesday, January 30, it was made official that Max Rafferty is no longer part of the rock band The Kooks anymore. The bassist who had left the band once due to "illness", is leaving for good this time.

The three remaining members of the band will go on with their new album release and a tour which will be supported by a member of their fellow Brighton musician. "Dan Logan, bassist with local Brighton band Cat the Dog will be filling in for the short term," the band said in a statement.

Video Premiere: Fat Joe's '300 Brolic'

January 31, 2008 02:31:29 GMT


Rapper Fat Joe released the second music video from his upcoming album, 'The Elephant in the Room'. Although not yet confirmed as the second single, '300 Brolic' which is produced by P. Diddy's The Hitmen has received its music video premiere.

His friends at Terror Squad are featured on the clip that also inserts some frames on war and 'unclean' streets. '300 Brolic' has been deemed as one of the "gangster" tracks in Joe's album, in which he raps "I am a professional / I will cut your testicles".

Presenters at 50th Grammys Announced Plus More Performers

January 31, 2008 02:08:36 GMT


As the fateful night approaches, 50th Annual Grammy Awards have added more and more artists slated to take the stage. Alicia Keys, Feist, Brad Paisley and a number of other performers are lined up to highlight the February 10 event.

Cast of 'Across the Universe', a musical movie that incorporates 34 compositions written by members of The Beatles, and 'The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil' will also go up to the stage to give a special tribute to the Fab Four.

Ciara Banned by 50 Cent to Collaborate With Cash Money


January 30, 2008 08:33:02 GMT


50 Cent has reportedly taken control over Ciara's musical career by banning her from doing a collaboration with Cash Money Records artists. Ciara who is rumored to be dating 50 was due to work on a project with rapper Birdman who happens to be in Cash, but 50 has allegedly taken action against it.

An insider told MediaTakeOut.com that "Nobody affiliated with 50 Cent can be affiliated with his enemy." 50 has been long known to be feuding with several rap artists including Cash Money's Baby and Lil Wayne. His anger towards the New Orleans label, was triggered by Young Buck's departure from his label G-Unit and Buck's decision to join Cash instead.

Confirmed, Kanye West to Tour With Rihanna, Lupe Fiasco and N.E.R.D.


January 30, 2008 06:58:45 GMT


The bits and pieces of pictures on Kanye West's official blog have been put together, revealing the supporting acts for his upcoming tour.

As previously suggested, Lupe Fiasco and N.E.R.D. will join him in the 'Glow in the Dark Tour' and Rihanna too has been added to the list. Others like Common and Consequence are not listed, leading to speculations that they are merely rumored acts.

Dolly Parton Goes Digital for New Album

January 30, 2008 06:33:24 GMT


Country singer Dolly Parton and her label Dolly Records have signed a major deal with INgrooves to distribute her albums worldwide digitally, and her upcoming album 'Backwoods Barbie' will be the first venture. The deal is part of Parton's attempts to be innovative in creating connection with her fans through the sale of her albums.

"When we started Dolly Records we knew we had to be cutting edge as well as put out great music," Parton said. "After looking at the choices in digital distribution, INgrooves was the perfect partner for our first release. They had tons of experience and were flexible enough to work with a crazy country girl like me and I know we'll have a ball making waves in the digital world."

Video Premiere: Kylie Minogue's 'Wow' and 'In My Arms'

January 30, 2008 06:02:32 GMT


Kylie Minogue releases two music videos from her 'X' album at relatively the same time. After first putting 'In My Arms' for worldwide view, the pop diva has exclusively given the world premiere of 'Wow' for gossip blog Perez Hilton.com.

The video of 'In My Arms' employs a futuristic look and 'in-the-box' concept and similarly, 'Wow' video also takes on colorful shots complete with symmetrical lines. The latter will also be premiered on U.K.'s 'Channel 4' at 11:00 P.M. today (January 30). Both are reportedly directed by Melina Matsoukas and filmed in Los Angeles, California.

P. Diddy Promotes Former Intern as Bad Boy Records' President


January 30, 2008 04:57:06 GMT


P. Diddy has appointed a new president for his label, Bad Boy Records. Harve Pierre, a former intern of the rapper who had joined Bad Boy since its establishment in 1993, has been promoted to the top position on Tuesday, January 29.

Pierre started off as Diddy's assistant and the executive producer of 50 Bad Boy albums plus five other projects with RCA Records, according to Variety.com. He has since worked his way up to become the executive VP/General Manager/VP of A&R.

Led Zeppelin's Bassist to Join Foo Fighters at Grammys

January 30, 2008 04:35:45 GMT


While there were reports that Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters planned to drum in Led Zeppelin's reunion tour, it has turned vice versa. The bassist of the British band, John Paul Jones will join Grohl's band in their scheduled performance at 50th Grammy Awards next month.

Foo Fighters will play their single 'The Pretender', which is also nominated at the event, and backed up with Jones and a number of amateur musicians. A contest called My Grammy Moment was opened for unsigned instrumentalists to submit their demo video on YouTube where its winners will get a chance to perform with Foo Fighters at the February 10 night.

Missy Elliott Goes 3-D for New Music Video

January 30, 2008 04:11:17 GMT


Missy Elliott and Walt Disney Studios will take on a rather new approach in music video production, combining two Elliott's songs 'Ching-a-Ling' and 'Shake Your Pom Pom' in a single 3-D video. It will be premiered on MTV on Monday, February 4 during the 'TRL' show, and 3-D glasses will be distributed beforehand through various promotions.

On the idea itself, Glen Lajeski, Disney's executive for music, creative and marketing said, "It was a perfect fit. Missy always wanted to do a 3-D music video, and Disney has done a lot of movies in 3-D."

Tony Romo Joined Jessica Simpson On-Stage for a Duet

January 30, 2008 03:35:45 GMT


A duet between Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo may have been denied, but the denial was valid for a studio recording only. The pair who have been dating for sometime, took the microphones in Hollywood, on Monday (January 28) and thrilled the audience with an impromptu rocking duet.

Simpson and the American football star pleased the crowd at tribute group Metal Skool's weekly showcase at Key Club when they sang Journey's '80s song 'Don't Stop Believin'', backed by the home band. Simpson reportedly took the stage first before Romo's name were chanted by the people to join her on stage.

Mariah Carey's First Single Revealed, But Further Pushed


January 30, 2008 02:59:44 GMT


Just a day after it was reported that Mariah Carey's first single won't take impact on the radio this week, further reports suggest that the single is further pushed to mid-February. All Access updated its New Releases list and cited that the single will only receive airplay on February 12.

The song, that was originally scheduled to be released on January 29, will now roam on Top 40/Mainstream and Top 40/Rhythmic-Crossover radio outlets on the new date. However on the other side, it is now known which song will be made the lead single from the album.

Kanye West Gave Hints on His 'Glow in the Dark' Tour

January 30, 2008 02:23:05 GMT


Kanye West has released several hints on his official blog, KanyeUniverseCity.com regarding his upcoming tour to support his multi platinum album, 'Graduation'. Presented in slashed pictures are the details on who will support him and the name of the tour.

Under the subtitle "Get Ready!", Kanye posted several pictures that indicate he will bring along Lupe Fiasco and N.E.R.D. on the tour dubbed 'Glow in the Dark'. Dates are not yet revealed but expected to be outed soon. For more on the pictures log on to KanyeUniverseCity.com.

Blake Shelton to Release His Cover of Michael Buble's 'Home'

January 29, 2008 09:33:07 GMT


Country singer Blake Shelton has decided to add the list of people covering Michael Buble's 2005 hit 'Home'. Shelton who had it with a taste of country will release his rendition on February 5, according to CMT.com.

In Shelton's version, there won't be a solo voice for his alleged singer girlfriend, Miranda Lambert, also contributed in the background voice. The song will be attached to the re-release of his fourth studio album 'Pure BS' which date is still determined.

Video Premiere: Jimmy Eat World's 'Always Be'

January 29, 2008 09:12:37 GMT


The official second single from Jimmy Eat World's 'Chase This Light' album has received its music video premiere. The video for 'Always Be' was filmed back on January 5 and a preview of it was uploaded on the band's official site and official YouTube account weeks later.

'Always Be' has received radio airplay although no digital and single release have been scheduled. It has entered Modern Rock chart at #22 despite its status as airplay only.
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