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While the English brothers have gone their ways, the Irish band Cranberries are coming together after a 7-year break. The band is going to go around Europe and then cross the sea to North America. Fans can expect classics like Zombie and Linger and some new pieces of music as well.



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Noel and Liam Gallagher have always been at each others throats, but this time, things seem to be more serious. Noel has left the band, supposedly due to “verbal intimidation.”

He wrote: “the level of verbal and violent intimidation towards me, my family, friends and comrades has become intolerable.”

He also said that he cannot work with brother Liam a day longer. Is this really the end for Britpop sensation Oasis?



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James Burton Fails To Set Record

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Guitar icon James Burton celebrated his 70th birthday with a bang, but failed to reach his goal. In attempt to make the Guinness World Book of Records, he wanted to gather the world’s largest guitar ensemble. He only had about 800 guitarists – the current record is 1,800++. 800 is still an impressive number, don’t you think?



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Better Than Ezra Is Back!

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Music fans, here is something that just might make your day. Better Than Ezra is back in the scene with their new album “Paper Empire,” which they say is the best they’ve made yet. They recorded the album in New Orleans. Can’t wait to hear!



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MC Hammer Plans Comeback

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Nineties rapper MC Hammer may have been flying under the radar for the past 15 or so years but he is far from done with his career. He is reportedly planning a comeback, with several projects in line. DanceJamtheMusic is a studio album that is supposed to be released in September and he is also working on a Christmas album.



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Japan Gets A Taste Of Linkin Park

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Rock band Linkin Park has not been in the headlines lately but it does not mean that they do not have a strong following elsewhere. Japan recently got rocked by the group for the first time in Mihama Athletic Field in Okinawa. From what I have heard, it was a huge success. Can it be the start of a comeback for them?



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Neil Young To Be Honored

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He has never won a Grammy, but he is a two-time Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer. He has also won the hearts of countless fans all over the world. And despite not being Grammy material (his own words, by the way), he is a certified musician and will be honored during the 20th annual MusiCares, two days before the Grammys.



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Brooks & Dunn Split Up

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The iconic country duo have called it quits. They announced the decision to split up after 20 years of making music. According to the duo, there is nothing behind the break up except for it “being time.” They added that if you “hear any rumors, don’t believe them.” It’s definitely a loss to the country music scene.



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Bob Dylan To Release Christmas Album

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The iconic musician is not done yet. The news is that he will be releasing a Christmas album featuring classics such as “Here Comes Santa Claus” and the carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” It’s waters that he’s treading here, but I’ll buy a copy of the album just because it’s Bob Dylan making it.



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Heath Ledger Music Video Released

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Heath Ledger may have been long gone, but his legacy remains. His directorial debut was released at WeAreTheMasses. The music video is titled Modest Mouse “King Rat.” Ledger didn’t actually finish the video before he died but the partner company worked on it after he passed away.



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He many be 65; The Who may have been out of the radar for a long time; but this musician is unstoppable. Roger Daltrey is planning a solo tour of North America from October 10 to November 30. Get your money ready for tickets now!



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Welcome The Mellower Avril Lavigne

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At least that’s what she has been saying. She is working on a new album with a few select people, and Avril Lavigne says that this will present a new stripped down version of herself. No pop rock sound but pure vocals and acoustics. Will it be a hit?



U2 performs at the Stade De France in Paris
We’re all in for a treat this year. The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating its 25th anniversary and they are holding 2 concerts especially for the event. No less than Bruce Springsteen and U2 are slated to perform. Where do I get tickets?



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Obamas Go Country

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This week, the Obamas brought country to the White House. They had Alison Krauss, Union Station, and Brad Paisley (among others) perform at the White House. The president said that despite being a city boy, he realizes how country music brings hope to the nation. Amen to that?



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Carrie Underwood Will “Ride” Again

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The 7th woman to win the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year award, Carrie Underwood has wow-ed the music industry ever since she was discovered. Her last album, Carnival Ride, rose to the charts, and fans have been waiting on a follow up album for quite some time now. The good news is that this country girl will ride again, with her third (yet untitled) album, which is to be released in November of this year. I will be among the first to get it!



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Susan Boyle Records First Song

**UK PAPERS OUT** Susan Boyle heads away from her luxury Edinburgh hotel to head to Newcastle for the next leg of the Britains Got Talent tour
She has done it! There IS life after BGT! There have been a lot of doubts as to whether Susan Boyle could take the pressure or not, but the news is that she has recorded her first song in the studio. Simon Cowell is Susan’s first and largest fan, I think; and I doubt that she could have made it this far without his support.



Gene Simmons: Adam May Have Hurt His Career

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KISS front man Gene Simmons thinks that Adam’s admitting that he is gay “effectively stopped the handsome 20-something’s career in its tracks.” I think that Simmons just might be wrong. After all, this is a new era, and it’s not like everyone KNEW that Adam’s gay even before he admitted it! Some alpha males may be put off, but I am pretty sure that his being gay has not total ruined his career.



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McCartney Family Launch Meat Free Monday - Photocall
This summer, a benefit concert will be held by former Beatle Paul McCartney. He will grace the historic Piedmont Park in Atlanta on the 15th of August. Benefits will go to the upkeep and preservation of the park, which is being dwarfed by skyscrapers and other infrastructure.



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Britney’s Circus Has New Opening Act

**RESTRICTIONS APPLY** A bra-less Britney Spears makes a quick dash to Boots the Chemist for some Oxy spot treatment
Britney is taking her Circus to North America and she is taking a new opening act with her, namely Kristinia DeBarge and Ciara. How is this going to work out? We’ll hear about it pretty soon, I am sure.






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