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Miley Cyrus Takes On Fleetwood Mac
(Gibson) You can believe the Rumours. Pop star Miley Cyrus recently covered Fleetwood Mac while on tour in Australia.

The "Party in the USA" singer performed her version of the 1975 hit "Landslide" while in Brisbane, according to Ultimate Classic Rock.

"Landslide" is not the only well-known song Cyrus has trotted out lately. The former Hannah Montana actress has made headlines for singing Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Poison's "Every Rose Has its Thorn." She even recorded a version of the latter with Poison frontman Bret Michaels. Check out the video

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Stars Come Out For Jeff Bridges Album Release Show
(Gibson) Hollywood actor Jeff Bridges played songs from his upcoming new album to a celebrity audience Tuesday night.

Bridges debuted tracks from his new, self-titled album at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. According to, the actor-turned-singer sang tracks from his recent movie Crazy Heart as well as "Slow Boat" from the new record, as well as a version of Bob Dylan's "The Man in Me" which he dedicated to his wife. The Dylan song has a famous connection to Bridges, because it appeared in The Big Lebowski, which starred Bridges as The Dude.

Celebrities looking on included Pierce Brosnan, Ryan Reynolds and Olivia Wilde. more on this story

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Amy Winehouse Hacked
(TMZ) Amy Winehouse's website was hijacked this morning by a group of hackers -- who claim they targeted the singer because they want to "take back the internet from the white devil."

The hacker group behind the e-vandalism -- who call themselves SwagSec -- took to Twitter this morning to gloat, posting a link to Amy's website ... showcasing their online dirty work.

SwagSec -- which took over Amy's website with a bizarre expletive-filled hacker-speak rant -- claims the goal is to "take back the Internet from the white devil" ... adding, "DEATH 2 THE WHITE DEVIL."

As of this posting, the site still hasn't been fixed. So far, no word back from Winehouse's camp. more on this story

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Macho Man Randy Savage Cause of Death Revealed
(TMZ) Macho Man Randy Savage died from a serious "cardiac event" he suffered moments before plowing his car into a tree last month -- this according to the Pinellas County Medical Examiner.

According to the medical examiner, Savage suffered from cardiovascular disease -- and the deadly "cardiac event" resulted from the condition.

According to the toxicology report, Savage tested positive for alcohol and hydrocodone (an opiate) during the time of his death ... but neither played a role in his death.

As we previously reported, the wrestler's brother said Savage experienced a heart attack before the accident -- and that's what caused him to lose control of his vehicle on a Florida highway and slam into a tree. more on this story

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Morrissey Cursed By The Smiths?
(Gibson) Morrissey has no record deal, and he believes the success of The Smiths is to blame. The former Smiths frontman has enough material written to record an entire album, but he's thus far found no takers among record label executives.

"I think labels, for the most part, want to sign new discoveries so that that label alone is seen to be responsible for the rise of the artist," the singer said, speaking to Pitchfork. "Not many labels want bands who have already made their mark, because their success is usually attributed to some other label somewhere else at another time."

Morrissey added that it's not just record labels who fixate on an artist's early work. Journalists, he says, are guilty as well. "The press only writes about me in terms of The Smiths story," he said. "The fact that I've had three solo number one albums – or even 25 years of eventful solo activity – is never mentioned anywhere. Odd." more on this story

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Cliff Richard Offered New Gig As A Chef
(Gibson) Veteran British pop superstar Sir Cliff Richard so impressed a Tennessee restaurant owner with his culinary skills, that she offered him work as a chef.

According to, Britain's "Peter Pan of Pop" was recently in Memphis working on a soul album (Soulicious) with producer David Gest and singers Freda Payne and Candi Staton.

While visiting Gus's Fried Chicken in Memphis, Gest bet Richard that he couldn't cook Southern food. Sir Cliff, however, cooked up a feast and Staton said she had, "never seen a white man cook Cajun fried rice and southern potato salad like Cliff; he's obviously got a lot of soul in that rather lean body of his." more on this story

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Eric Sardinas Sets New Album Release
(SKH) Provogue Records have set an August 30th release date for Eric Sardinas new album Sticks & Stones.

The guitarist and singer-songwriter's distinct style pushes the boundaries of rock and blues, and this 11-song powerhouse of his trademark slide playing could very well be the vehicle to drive his inspiration from the roadhouse in to mainstream music.

Sardinas' unique hybrid encompasses the past, present and future of what music is meant to be, and with Sticks & Stones, producer Matt Gruber returned to work with the guitarist and his band Big Motor. Gruber, whose credit range from Ricky Martin and Carrie Underwood to the Scorpions and Lit, delivered Sardinas' vision in capturing the full range of his playing and the energy and excitement of the trio's 'Big Motor' sound.
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Art vs. Science Announce U.S. Tour
(Girlie) Art vs. Science are leaving their native land Down Under to come stateside for a tour that sees them traversing the U.S. from coast-to-coast this August.

The band will play several festivals along the way, with several big club dates rounding out the tour.

In celebration of their return, the band is sharing Thieves of Aon's New Wave Acid remix of their track, "Magic Fountain." Thieves of Aon is the DJ moniker of rising stars and fellow countrymen Strange Talk.
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Wynonna Judd To Play Free Independence Day Concert
(Webster) Georgia fans can see Wynonna Judd play for free this July 4th weekend as the star will be performing at the 29th Annual Independence Day Concert on July 1st in Warner Robins, Georgia.

The free show will start at 8 p.m. with the singing of the National Anthem and an F-15 fighter jet fly over at McConnell-Talbert Stadium and will conclude with a celebratory fireworks show.

This year marks the 29th year of the annual partnership concert and it is expected to draw an upwards of 30,000 people. The show will be taped and broadcast on the Fourth of July on American Forces Network, a television broadcast network that serves American service men and women and their families stationed at bases overseas. more on this story

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Chris Webby Live Stream Announced
(Sub) The Rave Live will be streaming East Coast rapper, Chris Webby, live in concert on Sunday, July 10th from The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Chris Webby is an up-and-coming rapper from the suburbs of Fairfield County, Connecticut. In just over a year and a half, Webby has released 5 full-length mixtapes, all freely available at His first mixtape, The White Noise LP, was released on April 30, 2009.

A second mixtape, Teenage Mutant Ninja Rapper, was released only 5 months later on September 18, 2009, followed by Optimus Rhyme on May 10, 2010, The Underclassmen on July 14, 2010, Best in the Burbs on December 21st, 2010, and most recently, Webster's Laboratory. These mixtapes are a hit at house parties across the country. more on this story

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The Death of Andy Kaufman
(MVD) In 1984, Andy Kaufman Died. 20 years later, one filmmaker set out to find him. That film The Death of Andy Kaufman is coming to DVD on July 26th

The Death of Andy Kaufman takes on the many mysteries and theories surrounding Andy Kaufman's death, and through exclusive interviews with family and friends, rare performances by Kaufman, and the filmmakers own personal investigation, we are brought closer to understanding mind and myth of one of the most celebrated and mysterious performance artists all time, often with unexpected results.

Matthew Nestel of Boxoffice Magazine writes: "Filmmaker Christopher Maloney used good 'ol reportage to make The Death of Andy Kaufman. The documentary is a lo-fi whodunit that would make heyday Woodward and Bernstein doff their hats. Playing the intermediary, Maloney follows the leads and does so with a spirit that goes beyond entertainment shtick-he truly wants to put to rest whether or not self-described "song and dance man" Andy Kaufman faked his own death and is still ticking somewhere on a New Mexican mountaintop or skirting his cares as a derelict along the Venice Beach Boardwalk. The young Sherlock is searching for the soul rather than the spectacle of a talented individual who left the stage a legend. Scraping the marrow in terms of budget, the film's foundation is stitched with dental floss and tied to a splintered toothpick. With only beans and a will to work with, the movie makes magic sans a big crew and stockades of equipment. Tragic that the picture will only show on a few screens-robbing the potential masses of a treat." Trailer is here

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Shwayze and Cisco Adler Preview New Single
(BH) Shwayze and Cisco Adler are previewing their first official single, "You Could Be My Girl" (featuring Uli Bella of Ozomatli on horns) on their website.

Celebrating the track, and as part of their regularly occurring "Island Wednesdays," they are asking fans to get creative and turn the lyrics for the song "You Could Be My Girl" into a MAD LIB contest. More on the song and contest here.

Island In The Sun, produced by Adler at Bananabeat Studios in Malibu, includes the album's title track, the song "Butterflies," first previewed on The W's Mixtape released earlier this year, "Drunk Off Your Love" featuring Sky Blu of LMFAO and "Summertime Music." Complete track listing to be announced soon. more on this story

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Military Get Into Six Flags America For Free July 4th Weekend
Six Flags America will offer free admission for Military personnel this Sunday and Monday, July 3 and 4, and two nights of fireworks.

This weekend, Six Flags America, salutes the Armed Forces with the return of its popular Military Appreciation Days program. Active duty, retired, and disabled members of the US Armed Forces will receive free admission to Six Flags America on Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4, 2011. Eligible service personnel may show their military ID cards at Six Flags America ticket booths to receive a complimentary one-day admission to the park. Family members can receive special discounted admission by purchasing tickets at participating Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) offices or Information, Tickets, and Tours (ITT) offices throughout Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia.

Military Appreciation Days are just one part of a spectacular weekend that salutes the nation and provides added fun for every guest. On Sunday, July 3, pop-rock favorites The Downtown Fiction (Fairfax, VA) and Hotspur (Rockville, MD) rock out at Six Flags America's GOTHAM Arena, beginning at 6:00 p.m., part of the STARBURST Summer Concert Series. The concert is FREE with admission to Six Flags America and preferred floor access is available online at Additional musical performances, sponsored through Six Flags America's Live & Local series, include appearances by Marcus Johnson on July 3 and Beyond the Veil on July 4. more on this story

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Hear Two New Tupac Songs- Lil Wayne Retiring- Justin Timberlake Buys Myspace - Jessie J Death Threats- Beyonce On Top- David Guetta Denies U2 Madonna Rumors- more
(Billboard) Two unreleased tracks from Tupac Shakur (2Pac) hit the 'net. oth songs, "Watch Ya Mouth" and "NY '87," were recorded during the quintessence of the West Coast and East coast rap war, according to The Fader. Listen here

(FMQB) Is it possible that Lil Wayne fans may only get a few more albums from the rapper? According to a new interview with XXL, the 28-year-old Weezy is already thinking about his retirement. "I'm bowing out still on top, I'll make you all want me when I retire," he told XXL magazine more

(Jam!) News Corp has sold MySpace for $35 million, a fraction of what it paid for the once-hot social media site, to an advertising company that has teamed up with singer and actor Justin Timberlake. more

(Billboard) In an interview with Q Magazine, Jessie J admitted to receiving physical threats since crossing over to the U.S. with debut album "Who You Are." "I've had people say, 'I wanna kill you and your family.' Death threats." more

(FMQB) Jill Scott Scores First #1 Album Her fourth effort, The Light Of The Sun, is the top-selling album in the country this week. Bon Iver bows at #2. more

(Billboard) Beyonce's fourth studio album, "4," is headed for a No. 1 debut next week on the Billboard 200 chart with maybe 300,000 copies sold by week's send on Sunday, July 3, according to industry prognosticators. more

(BBC) A rare Charlie Chaplin film bought for Β£3.20 on eBay fails to sell at auction despite being expected to fetch "a significant six-figure sum" more

(AP) Veteran R&B diva Patti LaBelle says in a countersuit filed against a West Point cadet who claims she ordered her bodyguards to beat him up outside a Houston airport terminal that the altercation began after the cadet hurled racial insults at her. more

(FMQB) Rihanna has named J. Cole as the official main support act on her Loud tour after Cee-Lo Green had to drop out due to other commitments. Rihanna wrote on Twitter: "#GOODNEWS @JColeNC is our new official opener! @CeeLoGreen will no longer be a part of #LOUDtour due 2 commitment with The Voice." more

(Billboard) David Guetta discussed his upcoming album and superstar collaborations with Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg, as well as shot down rumors about working with U2, Britney Spears and Madonna when he sat down for a Live Q&A with Check it out here

(NME) Guillermo del Toro promises 'different' take on 'The Incredible Hulk' The Mexican director is working on on a TV version of Marvel's iconic character more

(NME) 'The Big Lebowski' star John Turturro wants spin-off But directors the Coen Brothers are currently standing in the way more

(Billboard) Pitbull unleashed his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Wednesday as "Give Me Everything" rose one place to the top, ending a record 19-week reign by lead female artists. more

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Justin Bieber Vs 'Douche Bag'
(TMZ) Justin Bieber's entourage and security at the BET Awards got into a heated showdown -- which ended with JB declaring the doorman was "a douche bag" ... and the whole incident went down on camera.

TMZ obtained the video, which shows Bieber -- who was a presenter at the award show -- and his squad being stopped at the door last weekend. It appears one of Justin's bodyguards did NOT have a ticket ... and while both sides argued, Biebs eventually interrupted by saying, "I need to bring my security! This guy's a douche bag."

Everyone on Team Bieb ended up getting into the show -- and a BET rep downplayed the incident ... saying, "It is our standard policy to make sure everyone has their tickets or credential upon arrival. Justin had the proper credentials."

As for Justin -- his rep says the Biebs was just standing up for his bodyguards ... the guys who always have his back.
Check out the video here

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A One Night Only Event With Alicia Keys To Stream Live Tonight
Tonight's Alicia Keys' performance from the Beacon Theatre in New York City will be streamed live online at Vevo.

The special event, Piano & I: A One Night Only Event With Alicia Keys will feature the 14-time Grammy winner performing in celebration of the 10th anniversary of her debut album, Songs in A Minor.

Alicia's live stream begins today (Thursday June 30) at 9:30 PM EST on VEVO. Check it out here

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America's Next Top Model Vs Survivor Villain's Not Really Dead Grandma
(TMZ) Jonny Fairplay's grandma -- whose death he lied about on "Survivor" -- claims Jonny's estranged wife RAMMED her car during a HEATED vehicular stand-off earlier this month ... and then fled the scene.

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, Jonny's estranged wife -- former "America's Next Top Model" contestant Michelle Deighton -- came back to Jonny's house to pick up some of her stuff. Problem was, Jonny had changed the locks while she was gone -- and Michelle couldn't get in.

Jonny was out of town at the time -- and according to the report, when his Grandma rolled up to check on things, Michelle was already there. G-ma informed Michelle she was trespassing and then blocked her van in the driveway while she called police.

According to the report, Michelle allegedly rammed granny's car trying to get out -- and then took off across the front yard, empty-handed. Attempts to reach Michelle weren't successful.

Jonny's grandma went to the hospital this weekend to get checked out -- but she still ain't dead, despite what her license plate says ... "DEAD-GMA." No kidding. It's in the report. more on this story

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Madonna's New Movie Opening Set
Madonna's new movie "W.E." will open on December 9, 2011 in both New York and Los Angeles.

The film will expand to additional markets in December, with wide release anticipated by mid-January.

Madonna's narrative feature directorial debut, W.E. is co-written by Madonna and Alek Keshishian, produced by Madonna and Kris Thykier and executive produced by Scott Franklin (Black Swan). more on this story

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Nsync's Lance Bass Lands Radio Show
Former *Nsync member Lance Bass is set to host The Pop Ten, a new weekly music and pop culture show, that will be launching this weekend on Sirius XM Radio.

Beginning July 1, The Pop Ten with Lance Bass will air Friday nights from 10:00 pm – 12:00 am ET on SiriusXM OutQ, ch.108. As listeners across the country get their weekends started, Lance counts down the top ten songs and pop culture happenings for the week, joined in studio by celebrity guests and a regular crew of his closest friends.

The Pop Ten music countdowns will feature Lance's favorite tracks of the week—dance, pop, rock, world music, country, plus music from new artists he loves—as well as contributions from fans and friends via Twitter @lancebass, Facebook and live calls from listeners. more on this story

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Pitbull and Marc Anthony Team Up For TV Appearance Tomorrow
(Sony) Pitbull and Marc Anthony will hit the stage tomorrow, July 1st, on the Today Show Summer Concert Series in New York City.

They will join the stage for the first time ever for the national television debut of Pitbull's new single, "Rain Over Me."

Pitbull will also be joined by special guests Ne-yo and T- Pain as he performs the latest hits from of his critically acclaimed album Planet Pit, including the #1 international smash "Give Me Everything" featuring Ne-Yo and club favorite "Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)" featuring T-Pain. more on this story

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Portishead Curating U.S. All Tomorrow's Parties Event
Portishead will be curating and headlining a new All Tomorrow's Parties event on this side of the pond. Here are the details: All Tomorrow's Parties returns to the USA this September in the new location of Asbury Park, N.J. bringing an I'll Be Your Mirror event to the iconic waterfront.

For the inaugural U.S. I'll Be Your Mirror, Portishead will curate and headline their first East Coast shows since 1998 on the Saturday & Sunday.

Friday September 30 - We can confirm the long awaited and very exciting live return of cult indie rock group Thinking Fellers Union Local 282. We can add the sensational and much talked about London based trio Factory Floor who will be making their first U.S. live trip, and also the renowned musical archeologists Awesome Tapes From Africa DJs. We will again bring a comedy stage to the Friday of the event - this year featuring Reggie Watts, Hannibal Buress and Rory Scovel. They join the previously announced bill of Jeff Mangum (performing for Three Day Jeff Mangum Friday Passholders only), Bonnie Prince Billy, Shellac, Chavez, A Hawk And A Hacksaw, The Album Leaf and Cults. more on this story

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Knife Wielding Paris Hilton Intruder Going To Prison
(TMZ) The knife-wielding man who tried to break into Paris Hilton's L.A. home was just sentenced to 2 years in state prison, TMZ has learned.

As we previously reported, Nathan Lee Parada was found guilty of first-degree residential burglary back in April. He was arrested back in 2010 when he was found on her property ... trying to get into the mansion.

Parada was thwarted by Hilton's then boyfriend Cy Waits ... who pulled a gun on the suspect before he could get inside. more on this story

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Lindsay Lohan Not So Free After All
(TMZ) Lindsay Lohan is suffering from post-incarceration syndrome ... courtesy of her friendly, neighborhood paparazzi.

Lindsay -- who is free to party in the outside world for the first time in more than a month -- is telling friends she's scared to leave home, largely because she thinks there's a bounty on her head in the paparazzi community.

So LiLo is planning to do the same thing she's been doing for the last 35 nights -- chill out, relax, and put her feet up ... in peace and quiet, in the company of sister Ali and a few buds.

Where is our Lindsay and what have you done with her?! more on this story

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