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Coldplay Offer Free Track for Download Today

04.29.2008

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Beginning today Coldplay are giving fans a one-week-only chance to download the first track, "Violet Hill," from their forthcoming album Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends. The marketing push appears to be an effective one, as Billboard is reporting that the Coldplay site performed sluggishly when a reporter tried to acquire the download today. When obtaining the free download, Gibson experienced no such delay. Fans wishing to get the free download must visit Coldplay's website, click on "Song," and enter an email address and postal code. The free download is then sent to the email address in a zip file and will expire within six hours of first opening it. The album will be available in full on June 12 and is the first LP for the band since 2005's X&Y, which proved to be the best selling album of that year. Viva La Vida has been described as a departure from Coldplay's previous albums.
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Reward Offered for Recovery of Roger Waters' Inflatable Pig

04.29.2008

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According to a press release issued yesterday, "Coachella organizers are offering $10,000 and four (4) festival tickets for life in exchange for the safe return of the two-story inflatable pig that broke loose during Roger Waters’ set on the final night (Sunday, April 27) of the 2008 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. The pig escaped and floated into the desert sky just prior to the intermission between Roger Waters’ back-to-back sets—marking the only back-to-back Coachella sets by one artist in the critically acclaimed festival’s history." Anyone with information on the lost pig is encouraged to email lostpig@coachella.com.
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Full Glastonbury Lineup Leaked!

04.28.2008

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Music website NME has just leaked the full lineup for England's 2008 Glastonbury Festival. According to reports, NME got their hands on the list of performers—which includes headliners Jay Z, Kings of Leon, Panic at the Disco, and the Verve—two days before the lineup was due to go public.
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Kenny Chesney Injured On-Stage

04.28.2008

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Best-selling country singer Kenny Chesney injured his foot during a show Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. Chesney's foot reportedly got trapped between the stage and an elevator lift that was raising him onto the stage. In a statement, Chesney said his boot had to be cut from his foot after the two-hour show, which he performed before a crowd of 44,000 fans, the Associated Press reports. Chesney limped noticeably throughout the concert, one of many dates on his Poets & Pirates 2008 tour, but went on with the show as planned.
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Listen to Scarlett Johansson's Debut Album Here!

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04.23.2008

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Sexpot/actress Scarlett Johansson has endured a groundswell of skepticism these many months leading up to the May 20 release of her debut album of Tom Waits covers, Anywhere I Lay My Head. Though some signs have pointed oddly in her favor—her collaborations with David Bowie and TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, for instance—the jury has remained out on Johansson's musical abilities. Now, Rhino Records and Atco Entertainment have released six of Johansson's tracks for preview.
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Free MP3 of the Day: Neko Case "Star Witness"

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04.22.2008

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Click here for a free download of Neko Case's "Star Witness." Neko Case has proven that gorgeous, mid-tempo songs don’t always have to be about the acquiring and relinquishing of lovers, as is the case with most of her female contemporaries. Pairing keening gospel harmonies with a perverse picture of country life, Case’s Fox Confessor Brings the Flood was easily one of 2006’s finest releases. "Star Witness" is a standout track from that album. Though Case’s voice has distinguished both her solo career and her work with the New Pornographers, she’s also well-known for her atypical choice of guitar—a vintage, P-90-equipped Gibson SG tenor guitar, which she favors because of her “tiny hands.”
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Elvis Costello Dishes On New Album Out Today

04.22.2008

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Elvis Costello released his new album Momofuku—featuring collaborations with artists ranging from Rosanne Cash to Jenny Lewis—on vinyl today. Each record comes with a download card that can be activated on May 1; the official CD release date is May 6.
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YouTube Video of the Week: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" on Ukulele

04.21.2008

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A gentleman by the name of Jake Shimabukuro has acquired over two million YouTube hits with his take on the Beatles hit "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
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GN'R "Caught Off Guard" by Guitarist's Return to NIN

04.21.2008

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Of guitarist Robin Finck's decision to leave Guns N' Roses and return to Nine Inch Nails, the band has released the following statement:
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Queen to Release First New Album in 13 Years

04.21.2008

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Rollingstone.com reports that Brian May phoned their offices with news of a new Queen album, set for a September release. This will be the first Queen LP in 13 years, and is tentatively titled The Cosmos Rocks. Queen first reunited in 2005, pairing with singer Paul Rodgers for a sold-out tour. “It was clear that if we were to go out again, we needed some new stuff,” May says. “It needed to be an ongoing, living, evolving, organic unit. This album has done that.” For more, click here.
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