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A Little Help For Jakob Dylan and Dion
Columbia Records has set a July 19th digital release of the soundtrack for the original motion picture, "A Little Help."

The album includes three original tracks by Jakob Dylan, as well as a new version of the Dion classic "Runaround Sue"

"A Little Help" is the story – funny touching, sad, and real – of an ordinary person, engulfed by ordinary events, making an extraordinary emotional journey. It is written and directed by Michael J. Weithorn and stars Jenna Fischer, Chris O'Donnell, Rob Benedict, Brooke Smith, and Kim Coates. more on this story

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Gringo Star Set New Album Release
(Fleck) Gigantic Music have set a September 27th release date for Gringo Star's new album 'Count Yer Lucky Stars'.

"Count Yer Lucky Stars", the sophomore album from Atlanta's hardest working band, is a collection of catchy and instantly classic pop music.

In this Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley, Deerhunter) produced record, the surge of primordial forces that reveals itself through rock and roll only about every other generation has infected these multi-instrumentalists and the result is an upbeat album of raw energy and positivity. more on this story

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Thievery Corporation Map Out Tour Plans and Release New Album
(FCM) Thievery Corporation have announced summer and fall tour dates in support of their new album Culture of Fear, which hits stores today.

Following a series of international dates in July, Thievery Corporation will make stops at Red Rocks in Colorado, the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

With over 1.2 million albums sold in the U.S. across 15 years of making music, Thievery Corporation serves up their sixth studio album titled Culture of Fear today. They continue to blend musical styles in their trademark fashion; space-rock jams lead to hip-hop inspired grooves, airy down-temp trances and dub-reggae infused vibes throughout the journey. more on this story

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Jazz Corps's Tommy Peltier Delivers Love, Women and Song
(Glass Onyon) Jazz Corps founder Tommy Peltier has released a new solo album called, 'Love, Women and Song.'

An eclectic mix of rock, bop, pop, classical and jazz, Tommy Peltier's 'Love, Woman and Song' is an unexpected sonic adventure from the former jazz cornet virtuoso turned vocalist.

"The concept for this solo album was to be free and explore many genres," explains Tommy. "With the subjects love, the women in my life and music, made it pretty easy, that's the story of my life. Touching on different types of music made it more interesting and fun." more on this story

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Mike Tyson Remarries His Wife
(TMZ) For the second time in two years, Mike Tyson said "I do" to the same woman ... in Las Vegas ... but this time, the "wedding" was MUCH more of a surprise!

TMZ has learned ... Tyson and his wife Lakiha invited hundreds of friends to a joint birthday party they threw for each other at the M Resort ... but the b-day party was merely a cover for a secret vow renewal.

After the guests arrived to the party, the couple disappeared ... only to remerge behind a massive curtain ... which dropped to reveal both Mike and Lahika dressed in wedding outfits.

With the crowd completely surprised, the couple proceeded to renew their vows in a traditional Muslim ceremony.

We're told the two decided to do the big "wedding" party this time around because they skipped out on a celebration when they were secretly married at a small Vegas chapel back in 2009 ... two weeks after Mike's 4-year-old daughter passed away. more on this story

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Joakim Eyes Fall Release
Joakim will release of his fourth studio album "Nothing Gold" through his very own imprint, Tigersushi Records this Fall, but you can catch him on the road this Summer.

Despite the fame and notoriety the label has brought to this Parisian producer, debut single "Forever Young" off the forthcoming record will mark the very first single under the Joakim moniker to be officially released through Tigersushi on June 13, 2011.

Despite notable collaborations with artists such as Goldfrapp, Friendly Fires, DJ Mehdi, Cut Copy, Tiga, Fischerspooner, Late of the Pier, Max Berlin and Zombie Zombie - to name a few, the premiere single 'Forever Young' stems from an inspiring place of honesty and self-reverence for Joakim as his self-proclaimed "road to Damascus." more on this story

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Wiz Khalifa Declared Best New Artist
Wiz Khalifa was among the big winners at Sunday night's 2011 BET Awards, taking home the prestigious title of "Best New Artist."

Wiz' win at the 2011 BET Awards is just another achievement for the rapper, whose major label debut, "ROLLING PAPERS" recently became RIAA-certified gold.

His second single "Roll Up," recently reached platinum status, joining the already 3X platinum smash single, "Black And Yellow." more on this story

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Stan Lee, Yoshiki and Todd Mcfarlane Announce New Comic Book Series
Stan Lee, Yoshiki and Todd Mcfarlane will unveil a new comic book series called "Blood Red Dragon" at Comic-Con 2011 on Thursday, July 21, 2011.

Lee, McFarlane and Yoshiki, on whom the comic's central superhero is based, will present the first installment of Blood Red Dragon, which features a surprise and first-of-its-kind publishing innovation that combines the unique skills of these three world-renowned artists.

Lee, McFarlane, and Yoshiki will join established and respected comic book writer Jon Goff in a panel discussion at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel in the Indigo room on Thursday, July 21st from 1pm-2pm. more on this story

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Sam Cooke Gets His Way!
(BM) Had he lived, Sam Cooke would have turned 80-years-old in January of this year. His life and legacy were celebrated with the naming of 36th Street, Chicago, Illinois as Sam Cooke Way on Saturday, June 18.

The location of Sam Cooke Way in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood, is birthplace to some of Chicago's most talented artists in music and the associated arts. It is where the Cooke family settled after migrating from Clarksdale, Mississippi in the early 1930's, initially residing at 3527 Cottage Grove Avenue and later moving to 724 E. 36th Street.

Young Sam Cooke attended the neighborhood's DoolittleElementary School and, in 1948, graduated from Wendell Phillips High School. The unveiling of the new Sam Cooke Way street sign took place with the participation of the office of 4th Ward Alderman Will Burns, 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell, Sam Cooke's younger brothers L.C. and David Cooke as well as other Cooke family members, legendary radio personality and "Mayor of Bronzeville" Herb Kent, Cook Country Commissioner Jerry Butler (himself a soul music legend, who proclaimed June 18, 2011 as Sam Cooke Day in conjunction with the street naming ceremony), and Chicago Blues Museum CEO Gregg Parker and well over 400 Sam Cooke fans and fellow musicians.

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Chuck Liddell Legal Smack Down
(TMZ) Chuck Liddell got smacked around by his baby mama in court yesterday-- when an L.A. judge ordered the fighter to pay $6,000 per month in child support after Chuck no-showed to the hearing.

Liddell has been going toe-to-toe with his ex Lori Geyer for months -- in an effort to gain custody of their 12-year-old son.

But today in L.A. County Superior Court, the judge came down hard on Liddell -- because in addition to the child support, Liddell was also FINED $2,500 for failing to produce financial documentation requested by the court.

TMZ contacted Liddell's lawyer, who told us Chuck didn't show because "[Lori's] attorney failed to provide notice in an attempt to obtain favorable decision."

But Lori's attorney, Brian Kramer, tells us he has proof that Chuck received notice -- adding, "[Liddell's lawyer] had no valid excuse to boycott these proceedings." more on this story

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Justin Bieber Stinks- Lady Gaga Sued Over Charity Effort- Eminem's New Video- Mary J. Blige Debuts New Song- Mariah Carey Done With Kids- Pitbull and Ne-Yo TV- more
(Jam!) Justin Bieber recently released his first perfume for girls, Someday, and he has been promoting the scent with a short film, which shows him appearing in a fan's bedroom and whisking her away into the skies above. Bieber has now proved he is able to laugh at himself by filming a comedy version for Friday's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. more

(FMQB) Justin Bieber is in the writing and recording stages for his next album, but he has not set any deadlines for himself. The young singer told MTV News that he has been writing a lot of songs on his own while on tour, and that's he's been "producing on my laptop and on my computer." more

(Billboard) Lady Gaga has been sued over sales of her wristbands for Japan's earthquake relief efforts in a class action that claims that not all the proceeds went to victims as she had promised. They also allege that buyers were overcharged on shipping costs and "artificially inflated reports of total donations." more

(Jam!) Mariah Carey has ruled out having any more kids after giving birth to twins in April - because her pregnancy was so "intense". more

(Billboard) Eminem's video for "Space Bound"- a mini drama with a shocking ending - showcases the rapper's acting chops. Check it out here

(BBC) Pixar sequel Cars 2 speeds to the top of the North American box office, despite critics calling it the worst movie produced by the animation studio. more

(Billboard) Mary J. Blige ended her set at the 2011 BET Awards by debuting her track "It Ain't Over Till It's Over," off DJ Khaled's forthcoming album, "We the Best Forever" (July 19). Khaled and a very dapper Jadakiss joined on stage. Check it out here

(BBC) Actress Margaret Tyzack, who made her name in 60s drama the Forsyte Saga and more recently appeared in EastEnders, dies after a short illness more

(Billboard) "Crystalline," the first single from Björk's forthcoming seventh studio album, "Biophilia," leaked online on Saturday (June 25), before its official release later this week. Listen here

(BBC) JK Rowling will explore her French roots in the new series of BBC ancestry show Who Do You Think You Are? more

(Billboard) Pitbull and Ne-Yo have been confirmed to perform their Hot 100 hit "Give Me Everything" on tonight's episode of "The Voice" on NBC more

(Hollywood Reporter) The owner of the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise, is suing the producers of an "artistically inferior knockoff" Chipmunks tribute album on iTunes, and other digital stores. more more on this story

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Dr. Conrad Murray Won't Plea to Michael Jackson Manslaughter
(TMZ) Sources directly connected to Dr. Conrad Murray tell TMZ ... the Doc will not accept any plea bargain from the L.A. County District Attorney in the Michael Jackson manslaughter case.

We're told Dr. Murray feels so strongly about his innocence, even a plea with no jail time would be out of the question.

Fact is ... Dr. Murray shouldn't hold his breath, because no plea bargain has been offered and sources tell us the D.A. will not offer one.

As for Murray's defense ... we're told the centerpiece revolves around the fact that only two people were in the room around the time MJ died, and Murray insists he did not administer the fatal dose of Propofol.

The operating theory of Murray's lawyers -- when the Doc left to go to the bathroom, a frustrated MJ woke up and administered the fatal dose himself in a desperate attempt to get some sleep.

So we ask ... more on this story

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T-Pain, Joey Galaxy and Kevin Hart Booty Work Video Released
Nappy Boy have released the new T-Pain "Booty Work (One Cheek at a Time)" music video featuring Joey Galaxy and starring Kevin Hart.

The untagged final one shot music video that has the internets goin ham submarine sandwich with extra pickelz.

This video directed by Erik White combined with the BASS heavy beat by Young Fyre and the vocal stylings of Tedric Ceballos (aka Teddy Penderazdoun aka Teddy Pain). Watch it here

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It Wasn't Michael Jackson's Voice On The Simpsons
(Gibson) It was not Michael Jackson's voice that sang "Happy Birthday Lisa" on The Simpsons TV show in 1991. In the episode, "Stark Raving Dad," Jackson voiced a character who was a mental patient, but was not allowed to sing his own song.

According to, Jackson had written the song especially for the show, but was blocked by his record company, Sony, from actually singing it.

The singing voice belonged to Jackson impersonator Kipp Lennon, who also voiced Jackson in the TV series The Jacksons: An American Dream. more on this story

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Stuntman Scalped During Avengers Filming
(TMZ) A stuntman for the new "Avengers" movie nearly lost his entire head last Friday during a 30-foot fall gone horribly wrong -- but thankfully, the guy just lost a bloody chunk of hair instead.

Stuntman Jeremy Fitzgerald tells TMZ, his job was simple -- get hit with an arrow and fall 30 feet off a building ... but he caught his foot on the way down, and slammed his head into the brick ... leaving behind a freshly peeled slab of scalp.

But it could have been a LOT worse -- according to Jeremy, he narrowly missed a razor sharp rain gutter during the accident.

And if all that wasn't badass enough -- Jeremy tells us, he went right back to work after the fall ... no hospital, no stitches ... just a bandage. more on this story

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Cake Live on Letterman Event Tonight
(WMG) Tonight Cake will take over the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City for a "Live on Letterman" performance. The intimate, 45-minute set will showcase Cake classics as well as new songs from their latest record, Showroom of Compassion.

The performance will be broadcast live online via CBS tonight, June 28, at 9:00p ET as part of CBS Interactive's exclusive webcast series which has featured diverse talent ranging from Foo Fighters, Adele, Snoop Dogg, My Morning Jacket, Katy Perry and more.

Fans of CAKE can view the performance live or on demand on Live on Letterman's website hereThe webcast is set to follow the taping of the band's performance on the Late Show with David Letterman which will be broadcast Thursday, June 30 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on CBS.

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Gavin DeGraw's New Video Now Online
(RCA) Gavin DeGraw's video for his brand new single "Not Over You" premiered yesterday on VH1's live morning show "Big Morning Buzz Live" and on

The single was released on June 7th on iTunes with the album pre-order for Sweeter, which is set for release on August 9th.

Sweeter, Gavin's fourth album, finds Gavin co-writing for the first time in his career on a few of the album tracks, including his work with fellow piano player and master helmer/writer Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote and produced the album's first single "Not Over You," and the title track "Sweeter," as well as with Andrew Frampton (The Script, Natasha Bedingfield). Gavin also worked with a host of top-notch producers including Butch Walker (Weezer, Avril Lavigne), Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles, Tori Amos) and Ron Aniello (Barenaked Ladies, Matt Nathanson) Check out the video here

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Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald For Free July 4th Jam With The Roots
(SBI) The Welcome America Festival comes to an end with the Philly Fourth of July Jam on Monday, July 4th.

The concert, widely known as the "Largest Free Concert in America," will feature four-time Grammy award-winning band The Roots.

The band and their musical director ?uestlove will be performing their set as well as sets with special guests such as Earth, Wind and Fire; Michael McDonald; Estelle; Sara Bareilles; DJ Jazzy Jeff and many more on Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway on July 4th! more info

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