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From: Bakersfield, CA, United States
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Background

As a kid, Fieldy spent much of his adolescence "standing around in dirt fields, drinking beer, watching other kids fight." At some point, Fieldy and some friends decided their time would be better spent taking out their frustrations on musical instruments instead. And rock music would never be the same.

So Fieldy, James "Munky" Shaffer, David Silveria, Brian "Head" Wetch, and eventually, an assistant coroner with a troubled past named Jonathan Davis left Bakersfield for Los Angeles and collectively became known as Korn. It helped that they all had common influneces - the angry, urban stylings of hip-hip, the heavy, riff-driven angst of metal. But the sounds emanating from this band's Huntington Beach rehearsal space would soon set an entirely fresh musical precedent and set off a wave of imitators that eventually threatened to engulf the band itself.

After touring for nearly two years, Korn was signed by Immortal and released their now-classic eponymous 1994 debut. Korn opened with the prophetic, gravel-throated challenge "Are you ready?!" before kicking into the heaviest guitar sound yet heard in rock, thanks to the team of Shaffer and Welch, who tuned their already-low 7-string guitars even lower and played with no regard for the traditional harmonic consonance. The sound was metallica sludge, but tempered oddly by bassist Fieldy and drummer Silveria, who added a mix of porn-soundtrack funk and hip-hop rhythms tha was puzzlingly aggressive and chill. Next, nursery rhyme-like melodies were woven into the dark mix, helping make Korn the creepiest, heaviest debut since Black Sabbath. But Davis had no desire to sing about devils and witches; he was busy exorcising real-life demons. Songs such as "Faget" and "Shoots and Ladders" were discomfortingly personal confessions of shattered childhood, and by album's end Davis was literally in tears in the harrowing "Daddy."

And so they began to amass a following that would send their next album, 1996's brutal yet cheekily titled "Life is Peachy," into platinum sales. Years of touring followed again as the band fortified its fan-base to the degree that their next album, 1998's "Follow the Leader," would debut at No. 1 on the Billboard's Top 200, as would "Issues."

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Hard Rock/Metal Musicians Remember Dimebag Darrell

MTV News spoke with members of some 30 hard rock and metal bands about the Dimebag they remember. They told MTV how much he'd meant to them, they shared fond memories and spoke of the impact he made on their lives and their music. Here are several excerpts from the article:

David Draiman - frontman, Disturbed: "During our second Ozzfest, we were holed up in Dallas for about two or three days ... hanging out at Dime's place — it was an eclectic house. There's all kinds of Pantera memorabilia and Dimebag memorabilia all over the place. But you could never make the mistake of falling asleep at Dime's. He'd wake you up the way he always did: with firecrackers. He'd always set off an entire chain of firecrackers not two inches from my head. One time ... Dime took us to a strip club where we all judged a bikini contest. There was never a wrong time in the day for Dime to hit a strip club. ... Dime was just this character who was very easy to love. He didn't have a bad bone in his body, and was ready to give you the shirt off his back at all times. It was his mission in life to make sure every single moment you spent with him was the best moment of your life. He was selfless."

Zakk Wylde - frontman, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society: "Whenever you were around Dime, there was never a boring moment. He was the coolest guy on the planet. He was an even better person than he was a guitar player, if that's even possible. Whenever me and him would hook up, forget about it, bro. We'd always have to have a spare kidney, liver and pancreas on ice."

Brian Fair - frontman, Shadows Fall: "Dime seemed to have a real problem with the clock on our tour bus. It all started with his tour manager trying to tell him it was time to leave. ... We were having a good old time and Dime didn't want to go to bed. So, as soon as he was told it was time to leave, he grabbed the clock off of the wall and screams at the top of his lungs, 'There is no time!' and he smashed his hand right through it. The clock was made of glass and metal, and shrapnel flew everywhere. He went through three clocks on our bus like that. Anytime anyone tried to tell him it was time to go, he'd destroy the clock. He didn't want to end the party — he wanted it to keep going. We kept replacing the clock because we wanted to see what happened next."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Korn Fan Sues City of Tacoma, WA and Venue

A Korn fan is suing the city of Tacoma, Washington, because he got knocked over at a concert and was forced to leave, despite being injured. The fan claims in a suit filed in Pierce County Court last week that he was jumped on and knocked down a level in the Tacoma Dome, breaking an arm and a hip. Security offered him no help, but told him to leave or he would be arrested, he claims in the suit, which also names the venue and Pro Staff security as defendants.

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KoRn Frontman On Christians Being Con-Artists

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis has hit back at departed guitarist Brian "Head" Welch over his assertions that the only thing the members of the band care about is money.

"All they care about is money? What the fuck?! I don't understand what he's on about," Davis tells the Swedish magazine Close-Up. "All HE cared about was money and all he does is still care about the money. He's got his solo career, he's going and doing all this, but oh, it's not for the money. Christians are the biggest fucking con artists in the world and he's still gonna make money off that. I don't understand… The only true way he can do that is to become a fucking monk! There you go, that's a sacrifice for God. Give up everything and go, if that's what you want. It's bullshit. If he wants to go save kids in India, that's amazing. That's a noble fucking cause, that's cool. Do your thing. The only problem I do have with him is that he’s got this Jesus complex. You can tell by the way he's got his fucking hair, Messiah down his neck, him with the kids in India trying to be holier than thou now, that he thinks he's Christ. It's kinda crazy, kinda cuckoo and it kinda weirds me out."

Were you surprised that he turned all religious?

"Yeah. I just said what was on my mind: 'What the fuck are you doing?' 'Dude, don't talk to me, talk to God. God is the one telling me to do this.' I'm like, 'Okay… Well, God told me you're crazy!' [laughs] You can't argue with religion, no one wins. I just let him do his thing. If that's what he wants, do it, dude. No hard feelings. If he came up to me again I'd give him a hug and say, 'How are you doing?’ But it's just not possible, because every time I've tried to have conversations with him, it just goes to God. I don't wanna talk about religion, it's not my thing. He can't respect that so…"

Do you view him as a Judas?

"I guess in a way, yeah. I don't think he betrayed us… I think he was unhappy for a long time, and honestly if this has kept him alive that's a good thing."

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Korn's Entire New Album Available For Streaming

KORN's new album, "See You on the Other Side", is available for streaming in its entirety at MTV Italy. The CD was produced by Matrix (AVRIL LAVIGNE, THE MOONEY SUZUKI) and Atticus Ross (BAD RELIGION, NINE INCH NAILS, PINK).

In related news, a press conference with KORN and eight U.S. soldiers whom the band have brought from London to New York for a few days of well-deserved leave is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m. at an as-yet-undisclosed location in midtown Manhattan. The soldiers — who have served in either Afghanistan or Iraq and are currently on leave in Frankfurt, Germany and Venice, Italy — will join KORN and MTV Europe contest winners for this "See You on the Other Side" chartered flight and special performance in connection with the release of KORN's new album "See You on the Other Side".

KORN's one-off gig at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 29 will be taped for a half-hour special on MTV2 airing December 3 at 9:30 p.m. and December 6 at 10:30 a.m. KORN will also be hosting MTV2's "T-Minus Rock Countdown" December 6 at 11 a.m., and the Hammerstein show will be available online via MTV Overdrive in early December.

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Drowning Pool Tour Dates and New Photos

Drowning Pool have announced a few new tour dates. Here they are:

11/25/05 - Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL
12/8/05 - The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL
12/9/05 - Pierre's - Ft. Wayne, IN
12/10/05 - 3rd Street Live - Cedar Rapids, IA
12/11/05 - Machine Shop - Flint, MI
12/12/05 - Planet Rock - Battle Creek, MI
12/14/05 - Cell Block - Mobile, AL
12/15/05 - Heroes R&R Club - Harker Heights, TX
12/16/05 - Bayfront Park - Miami, FL w/ Korn
12/17/05 - Freeman Coliseum - San Antonio, TX w/ Korn, Mudvayne, Sevendust, 10 Years
12/18/05 - Nokia Live - Grand Prairie, TX w/ Korn, Mudvayne, Sevendust

Check out the tour section on Drowningpool.com for more info on the upcoming dates and new photos from the band's visit to The Persian Gulf and Alaska.

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Korn's New York Show To Be Filmed For MTV2

MTV.com is reporting that KORN's one-off gig at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 29 will be taped for a half-hour special on MTV2 airing December 3 at 9:30 p.m. and December 6 at 10:30 a.m. KORN will also be hosting MTV2's "T-Minus Rock Countdown" December 6 at 11 a.m., and the Hammerstein show will be available online via MTV Overdrive in early December.

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis told MTV.com that the band will embark on a full-scale, two-month U.S. headlining run toward the end of February; an itinerary is still being confirmed, he said. "The cities we don't hit, we'll hit when we come back this summer" as part of a second U.S. trek, the frontman promised. "It'll be a world tour — we'll start in the States, go overseas to Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia. We're hitting the whole world."

Virgin will release two versions of the group's new album, "See You on the Other Side", including a deluxe edition featuring a bonus disc of five tracks: "It's Me Again", "Eaten Up Inside", "Last Legal Drug (Le Petit Mort)" and two "Twisted Transistor" remixes. The disc will also include live footage shot during a KORN show in Russia.

Davis said he and the rest of KORN are especially proud of "See You"'s art, which features a weeping child clutching a headless teddy bear.

"It was done by a friend of mine named David Stoupakis. He's a local artist here in New York and I first saw his artwork at the CBGB gallery, when we did that free show there," Davis said. "I gave him this lyric from one of the songs ['Seen It All'] ... 'I'm just a child with a tear in his eyes/ And I'm holding this gift that is broken.' And I go, 'Paint that.' And he came up with [the cover], and it really blew everybody away."

"See you on the Other Side" is due out on December 6. Prior to the album's release, KORN will perform "Freak" and their new single, "Twisted Transistor", on "Saturday Night Live" on November 19.

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Korn Plan CD Release Shows

Korn have lined up two more gigs around the release of "See You on the Other Side" - at the Congress Theatre in Chicago on December 2 and at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts, on December 8. "It will be great to play some club dates and get close to the fans and feed off that energy," frontman Jonathan Davis said of the band's four shows next month. "We can't wait to play some of the music from the new record." The band is mapping out an extensive U.S. tour that's set to launch sometime in March.

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NIN, SOAD, Korn, A7X on Almost Acoustic Christmas

NINE INCH NAILS, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, KORN, THRICE, FALLOUT BOY, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and RISE AGAINST have been confirmed for KROQ/106.7 FM's annual Almost Acoustic Christmas, set to take place at Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk, California on Dec. 10. Tickets go on sale at 6 p.m. Monday. Check kroq.com for updates and more information.

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Weather Kept Korn From Colorado Springs Event

Inclement weather kept the members of Korn from making it to Colorado Springs, Colorado, on November 3, where the band was to meet and greet contest winners at radio station KILO 94.3 FM. Instead, Korn found themselves stranded in the small town of Walsenburg, about a two-hour drive south of the station. The group waited out the storm in a Mexican-American diner, and called in to the station with news, weather and traffic updates. Meanwhile, several fans made the pilgrimage to Walsenburg, and the station hired limos to shuttle the contest winners to the eatery. According to the station's programming director, Ross Ford, Korn were "hanging out at a small middle-of-nowhere restaurant where a hundred or so locals [had gathered]. The guys played to the crowd, spent several hours signing autographs, taking pictures, eating enchiladas and enjoying the offerings of small-town Colorado."

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Korn's "Twisted Transistor" Video Posted Online

KORN's video for their new single, "Twisted Transistor", has been posted online at MTV2.com.

"Twisted Transistor" is the first single off KORN's new album, "See You on the Other Side", due on December 6 via Virgin Records.

In a recent MTV.com interview, KORN frontman Jonathan Davis spoke at length about the video shoot.

"It's basically a video with hip-hop stars playing us," Davis said. "And they're doing a really good job. They've done their homework. Such a good job, in fact, that it takes a few seconds before realizing, 'Hey, that's Lil Jon singing, not Jonathan Davis.' 'And that's Snoop Dogg in the dreads and bodysuit, not Munky.' 'And that's Xzibit wearing Fieldy's signature headband and David Banner banging on David Silveria's drums.' "

"He's got the Dickies and the chain on, it's hilarious," Fieldy said of Xzibit. "Just watching Xzibit holding my bass straight up and down and jumping around, he's really into character. They're eating it up, man. It's gonna be the best video ever."

Davis said the concept comes from being frustrated that rock videos don't get as much airtime as they used to. Director Dave Meyers (best known for Missy Elliott's masterpieces) refused to give up too much about what happens in the clip, but he said the rappers took a complete plunge into the rock world, "so it's a really surreal kind of mind-twisting video."

"It's like an alternate world," David Banner added. "It's a day in the life of the actual group, so they took little quirks about everybody's personality and amplified it a whole lot. David the drummer is the pretty boy in the group, so he keeps a mirror around, he has to make sure that he's tight before he goes onstage."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Pictures From KoRns Video with Rappers

Wire Image has uploaded a number of photos from the video shoot for KORN's new single, "Twisted Transistor", featuring rappers Lil Jon, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit and David Banner. Check them out at this location.

In a brand-new MTV.com interview, KORN frontman Jonathan Davis spoke at length about the video shoot, which took place Wednesday (October 5) at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, California.

"It's basically a video with hip-hop stars playing us," Davis said. "And they're doing a really good job. They've done their homework. Such a good job, in fact, that it takes a few seconds before realizing, 'Hey, that's Lil Jon singing, not Jonathan Davis.' 'And that's Snoop Dogg in the dreads and bodysuit, not Munky.' 'And that's Xzibit wearing Fieldy's signature headband and David Banner banging on David Silveria's drums.' "

"He's got the Dickies and the chain on, it's hilarious," Fieldy said of Xzibit. "Just watching Xzibit holding my bass straight up and down and jumping around, he's really into character. They're eating it up, man. It's gonna be the best video ever."

Davis said the concept comes from being frustrated that rock videos don't get as much airtime as they used to. Director Dave Meyers (best known for Missy Elliott's masterpieces) refused to give up too much about what happens in the clip, but he said the rappers took a complete plunge into the rock world, "so it's a really surreal kind of mind-twisting video."

"It's like an alternate world," David Banner added. "It's a day in the life of the actual group, so they took little quirks about everybody's personality and amplified it a whole lot. David the drummer is the pretty boy in the group, so he keeps a mirror around, he has to make sure that he's tight before he goes onstage."

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Korns New Video To Have 4 Rappers In It?

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis has told Billboard.com that the group's video for their new single, "Twisted Transistor", finds Lil' Jon, Xzibit, Snoop Dogg and David Banner stepping into the roles of Davis, bassist Fieldy, guitarist Munky and drummer David Silveria, respectively.

Although Davis declined to reveal specifics, he confirmed KORN appears "somewhere" in the video and that the rap stars will be seen playing instruments, since "they're in our world. Just getting four rappers in the same place is near fucking impossible, but we pulled it off."

Davis said that in addition to the standard-length clip, there will also be a seven or eight-minute mini-movie version. "It's so amazing," he enthused. "It's one of the coolest things I've ever seen."

As previously reported, "Twisted Transistor" is drawn from KORN's upcoming Virgin debut, "See You on the Other Side", due Dec. 6. Davis said the group recorded 12 songs with hitmaking production team the Matrix and another eight with producer Atticus Ross.

"The regular version of the album will have 14 songs, and there'll be a special edition which has 17," Davis told Billboard.com. "The whole record in its entirety is so different. There are some straight-ahead, heavy rock tunes, but they're a different kind of heavy. It's like we have this industrial bastard child that flailed its head out of us."

KORN are expected to launch a full North American tour in March or April.

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Former Korn Axeman To Work With APC Drummer

Former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has posted the following message on his web site, HeadtoChrist.com:

"I'm in the recording studio in Phoenix. I hooked up with a drummer named Josh Freese [A PERFECT CIRCLE] [in mid-September]. He recorded 23 songs for me while he was here. He's by far the best drummer I've ever witnessed in a recording studio. The guy can play anything. While he was recording, I was still writing about a song a day. So now he has to come back and record another 10 or 20.

"I can't stop writing. I've never written so much music in my life! I am completely speechless when I listen back to these songs. It's so clear that I am only a vessel. Nine months ago, I could barely piece one song together.

"I'm going in to record my guitars tomorrow. It should be early 2006 when [my solo album] comes out. Sorry I can't answer all your questions right now. Just trust that I will deliver the most intense music you've ever heard in your life."

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Korn Shooting 'The Most Insane Video'

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis has posted the following message on his ButtSexCrips.com web site:

"[I've] been having fun chillin' with the family while I've been home for the last two days.

"We [KORN] have been shooting the most insane video. We got one more day and we are done.

"It's nice to have a label that is your partner 'cause they are letting us do whatever we want to do and this video shows that."

KORN's first album as part of their new deal with Virgin/EMI, entitled "See You on the Other Side", is scheduled for release on December 6. The album's first single "Twisted Transistor", debuted last week at No. 27 on Billboard's Modern Rock airplay tally and jumped 31-19 on the Mainstream Rock chart, according to Billboard.com.

"See You on the Other Side" was produced by KORN frontman Jonathan Davis in tandem with Atticus Ross and the pop hitmaking team the Matrix (LIZ PHAIR, HILARY DUFF).

KORN are in the planning stages of a North American run.

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Korns Twisted Transistor Artwork Online

According to a posting at Korn.tv.co.uk, the cover artwork for KORN's new single, "Twisted Transistor", was recently revealed to the fans. Check it out at this location.

The artist who designed the cover is 31-year-old American David Stoupakis, who is currently living and working in New York. He continues his dedication to painting and his remarkable works continue to grow. David's art has attracted many different buyers, from doctors and lawyers to the electric pioneer Gary Numan and KORN singer Jonathan Davis.

Check out more of Stoupakis' artwork at his official web site, www.davidstoupakis.com.

KORN's first album as part of their new deal with Virgin/EMI, entitled "See You on the Other Side", is scheduled for release on December 6. The album's first single "Twisted Transistor", debuted last week at No. 27 on Billboard's Modern Rock airplay tally and jumped 31-19 on the Mainstream Rock chart, according to Billboard.com.

"See You on the Other Side" was produced by KORN frontman Jonathan Davis in tandem with Atticus Ross and the pop hitmaking team the Matrix (LIZ PHAIR, HILARY DUFF).

KORN are in the planning stages of a North American run.

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Korn Name New Album

Korn are to call their new record 'See You On The Other Side'. It's their first since signing to EMI/Virgin and will be release in December. The album was produced by Matrix and Atticus Ross, and mixed by Terry Date.

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Vote For Bands To Perform At Sweden Rock Fest

Sweden Rock Festival is asking fans to vote for 30 bands they want to see at the festival. To vote, visit www.swedenrock.com and click on "Vi frågar er." Click on up to 30 of the bands you want to see, then click the "Skicka" button.

Some of the bands you can vote for: More...

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KoRn's Photos Of Backstage Guitarist Rob Patterson

IAmMetal.nl reporter SickO has managed to take several exclusive photos of KORN's session/backstage guitarist Rob Patterson (ex-OTEP) performing with the group at Holland's Lowlands festival on August 21. Check them out:

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In a recent online posting KORN frontman Jonathan Davis had the following to say about the decision to recruit Patterson as a touring guitarist following the departure of Brian "Head" Welch:

"We hired Rob Patterson to play guitar for the European dates but he will not be on stage. We don't want to use samples or tape, 'cause that would suck. We are not ready to have a new guy on stage with us. This is for the first Europe run only. We have some new exciting ideas on how we are gonna play live in the future and I am sure it will blow your mind."

KORN's as-yet-untitled new album is scheduled for release on November 22 via Virgin. The album's first single, "Twisted Transistor", is scheduled to go for radio adds on October 3.

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EMI: KoRn Represents 25 Million Dollar Investment

The partnership between KORN and EMI Music is most accurately described as a $25 million investment by EMI in a new company that is "in the KORN business," according to one familiar with the negotiations. Thus, rather than shelling out an advance to the band, as would happen in the traditional artist-label relationship, EMI will function as a profit participant in the band's business for two LPs and their accompanying cycles. The arrangement is characterized by insiders as a series of separate deals from the various revenue streams that live within the context of the new KORN partnership.

The challenge facing the two parties, says one in the know, was to find a way to align the interests of the label with those of the artist, so that the decisions made would ultimately benefit both parties. The concept behind this arrangement, the same source clarifies, was to make the pie bigger for everyone, so that the artists and their partners both make money.

The chief negotiators of the deal were band attorney Gary Stiffelman, who is co-counsel to KORN, along with John Branca (both are with Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer) and EMI business affairs exec Ian Hanson. Significantly, it was initiated by EMI rulers Levy and Munns after they’d listened to the completed KORN album, the quality and potential of which compelled them to enter into this intricate, mathematically complex partnership with the band.

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KoRn Reported To Make 15Million w/ New Record Deal

According to a report published in today's edition of the Los Angeles Times, KORN's newly announced deal with the EMI Group calls for EMI to pay the four-member band an estimated $15 million upfront — more than twice what the band might expect from a traditional recording contract. In return, EMI would get more than 25% of the band's publishing, merchandising and touring revenue as well as profit from the group's albums.

"This is the direction that the music business is going," David Munns, chief executive of EMI Recorded Music North America, told the Los Angeles Times. "The music and records we produce drive an artist's career. But our margins are under threat and our marketing costs are getting more expensive. We should share in the other revenue streams that are created."

Others are skeptical.

The KORN contract "might be one of those deals that revolutionizes the music industry," said Rick Sales, a manager at Sanctuary Artist Management. "Or, EMI might wake up one day and wonder why they just handed KORN 10 years' worth of profits."

Jeff Kwatinetz, co-founder of The Firm, who brokered KORN's deal with EMI, said his clients expected to see their overall revenue increase because the label would have an incentive to spend more on promoting the group internationally.

"KORN does fantastic touring in Europe, but when the band was signed to Sony, it was hard to get them to spend a lot promoting the band overseas, because they sell fewer albums there than in the U.S.," Kwatinetz said. "This deal increases the size of the pie for promotions and of the revenues everyone collects.

"Something has to be done to change the economics of this industry. This may or may not be the answer, but it's a good step forward."

In the case of KORN, the deal is surprising to some because the band's sales have declined.

Although KORN sold a combined 7 million units in the U.S. of two albums released in the late 1990s, the group's last two records haven't sold more than 1.5 million copies apiece, according to Nielsen SoundScan. And though KORN's 2002 tour grossed $16 million, the band's 2004 solo series took in only $3.3 million, according to concert trade publication Pollstar.

EMI executive Munns said he was optimistic about the band's future after listening to its new, unreleased album.

"KORN has made a really exciting and dynamic record," Munns said. "Their touring is surprisingly robust, and they do a lot of it. This band will be a hit for a long time."

Read more at LATimes.com.

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