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MP3.com Acquired by Vivendi Universal

BandRadio reports that Vivendi Universal acquired MP3.com in a move to strengthen their digital distribution capacity and audience. The article is very heavy on stock-related info.

Update: there are also stories on the acquisition on IDG.net and Media Guardian (and now on about every other news/tech site you can pull up on the web...).

Read the full article at BandRadio.com.

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Inez to Replace Newstead?

According to Encyclopedia Metallica, UK metal mag Kerrang! reports that Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez is on his way to joining Metallica. The magazine claims that Inez is currently in a Los Angeles studio auditioning for the job. Inez, 35, joined Alice in Chains in 1993 replacing original bass player Mike Starr. Before that, he played in Ozzy Osbourne's band after beating out 50 other bass players at an open audition.

While Alice in Chains are on "open hiatus" drummer Sean Kinney and Inez have been working with ex-Queensr├┐che guitarist Chris DeGarmo on demos for a potential new project.

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Announcing MP3Pro

There are a couple of new articles about MP3Pro, a new and improved MP3 format due out later this year, and whether or not it has already been beaten by the smaller, better sounding (than MP3) Windows Media format. There are articles on ZDNet and another on C|Net for your reading pleasure.

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Iommi Talks Sabbath Reunion

Black Sabbath's 4 original members - Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Geezer Butler - have begun work on a new album, their first since 1978's Never Say Die.

"We're having great fun," says Iommi. "Even in rehearsals, it's like we're kids again." After headlining this summer's Ozzfest Tour, the band will reconvene in London to continue writing songs. In November, they will begin recording with producer Rick Rubin. They plan to release the album next spring.

Read the full article at RollingStone.com.

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Crisis @ Earth Crisis

According to Digital Metal, straight-edge band Earth Crisis have decided to call it quits.

"Many rumors have been circulating about what has happened to Earth Crisis, and for the most part we have kept our distance from this dialogue. We apologize for our silence, but we felt it was necessary to keep quiet until we decided what we definitely wanted to do," said a statement on the band's website, www.earthcrisis.cc. "It is now time to let you - the people who have been with us throughout our career - know where we are at. We have chosen to dissolve Earth Crisis."

Read the full article at Digital Metal.

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Censorship Raid in Australia

Police raided the headquarters of Intense Hammer Rage, an Australian band, and seized CDs, album covers and artwork with a full-on censorship agenda. The newest release 'Avagoyamugs' was on its way to distribution when it was seized. The album cover features a man having sex with a naked, rotten, headless female.

I've been hearing quite a bit about the Australians and censorship lately - strange that I hadn't until just recently.

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Relapse Records Opens Store

Relapse Records has announced the opening of the first Relapse Records retail store. The Relapse retail store will open its doors to the public on Friday, June 1st, 2001 on the corner of Fourth and South streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. More...

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Chris Pelletier Joins Renegade Records

Renegade Records sends word that Chris Pelletier, formerly of Nuclear Blast America, has joined the team. More...

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Napster Takes Fingerprints

Napster continues on its quest to appease the RIAA:

The latest version of Napster — Napster 2.0 Beta 10 — periodically scans the files its users are sharing and randomly singles out songs for fingerprinting. The program then uploads the fingerprints to the company's servers.

However, it seems that filtering based on these fingerprints is not currently turned on (yet).

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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DiGorgio Gets Cold Shoulder from Iced Earth

This just in from Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles:

On the eve of releasing Horror Show, Iced Earth founder/guitarist John Schaffer announced that Steve DiGorgio (bass) was no longer in the band. Just months before, the talented DiGorgio was heralded as the final piece in a seemingly never ending struggle to maintain a solid line-up. "From the beginning," states the guitarist, "I told him if he didn't want to tour, then I didn't want him on the album."

In a surprising move, live dates might be handled by former bassist James MacDonough. Failing that, Schaffer might pick up the bass himself.

Read the full article at Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles.

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Six Feet Under Teams with Ice-T

Six Feet Under has teamed up rapper and Body Count frontman Ice-T on "One Bullet Left" from the group's forthcoming True Carnage disc. According to frontman Chris Barnes,

"it was a serious honor to work with Ice on this track. I've wanted to work with Ice since '93 when I was still in Cannibal Corpse and we opened for Bodycount at Metalfest. I've been a fan of his music for years, and I want to let you all know this song kills!! Ice wrote some sick lyrics for his part of the song, and I haven't been able to stop listening to this since we recorded the track. It's very, very aggressive, and I'm really proud of what we did on this one. This is in no way rap-rock or anything like that."

"True Carnage" is in stores August 7th 2001.

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The Pledge of Allegiance Tour

System of a Down and Slipknot are playing a tour this fall, which they have named "The Pledge of Allegiance Tour," and claim that they intend to stage the tour annually.

"...the trek will feature new artists on a second stage, along with other entertainment, according to Scoop. A complete itinerary and talent lineup is expected soon."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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IUMA is Back

IUMA (which stands for Internet Underground Music Archive), purchased by Vitaminic, has relaunched artist services. IUMA has risen from the dead, re-hired its staff, and re-launched its site services with the help of its new owner, Vitaminic, and a community of over 25,000 IUMA artists who would not let IUMA die.

Read the full article at IUMA.com.

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Chris Cornell Joins with RATM?

It seems Soundgarden's Chris Cornell has been recording with Rage Against the Machine and will return to the studio for a few more sessions. Rage against the machine, of course, lost singer Zack earlier this year.

There are reports both cautioning that nothing will come from these jam sessions and others that Chris and the members of RATM have formed a new band. Only time will tell, I guess.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Skunk Anansie Calls It Quits

Skunk Anansie is calling it quits as each of the members want to go their separate ways - Skin is going solo.

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Dynamo Open Air Cancelled

This year's Dynamo Open Air has been cancelled as the city of Lichtenvoorde withdrew the permit fearing the spread of Hoof And Mouth Disease. The organizerscould not find an alternative site for the festival which was to take place May 24 - May 26. Tickets can be returned until May 30 at your Dynamo Open Air presale office.

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God Hates Slayer

RollingStone.com posted a lengthy article in which they talk with Slayer about their upcoming album, God Hates Us All, which is due out June 26, and plans for the immediate future.

The article also goes into some detail on a boxed set in production entitled "Soundtracks of the Apocalypse."

Exact contents of the set are still being sorted out but it will surely contain vault gems, live goodies and every music video the band has made to this point. They're hoping to re-record a bevy of Hell Awaits-era (1985) numbers as well, a process they began last year while tracking their rendition of "Hand of Doom" for Nativity in Black, Vol. 2: A Tribute to Black Sabbath.

Eyeing a December release, the set will be available in two different versions -- one modestly priced and the other the "be-all, end-all, extremely limited, stupid-expensive-'cause-it-has-to-be version." King says the band is hoping to pack the CD/VHS version of "Soundtracks" in a customized ammo box and the CD/DVD bundle in a big bombshell casing.

This is the second band I've heard talking about re-recording old tracks (the other is Testament) for release. I think it's a great idea, as technology has improved the recording process so much in the last 20 years that I sometimes find it hard to listen to old metal even when the music itself is great.

Read the full article at RollingStone.com.

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SDMI Hack Posted @ The Register

Professor Felten's step-by-step defeat of the SDMI security technology for MP3's is up for all to read on the UK site The Register.

Read the full article at The Register.

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Metallica Back in the Studio

Still without a bassist, Metallica hit a San Francisco-area studio Monday to begin recording the follow-up album to 1997's ReLoad, their last disc of new material. Longtime producer Bob Rock will again be twirling the knobs for the band, who expect to spend most of the summer recording.

Read the full article at Metallica.com.

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Ynwgie Malmsteen

Since the departure of Jorn Lande and John Macaluso, vocalist and drummer respecitively, the rest of the US tour has been cancelled. Yngwie and Co. are regrouping and preparing for tours of Europe and Japan.

Replacements have not been decided upon, although Yngwie has been talking to vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, who has obligations with Talisman that would prevent him from participating in the entire European tour. Mark Boals and Doogie White have also been considered for the vocal slot.

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