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    Michael Jackson: The Memorial

    A public tribute to fallen pop singer Michael Jackson scheduled for Tuesday at Los Angeles' Staples Center is causing an outpouring of support of Jackson's family, friends, fellow artists, and fans. More than 1.6 million fans registered in an online raffle Saturday, hoping to be one of 8,750 people randomly chosen to receive a pair of tickets to the memorial, which is set to begin at 10 A.M. PST. (The memorial will be broadcast live on the major TV networks.) The odds of scoring tickets were about 1 in 183, and fans waited anxiously on Sunday as ticket winners began to be notified. In total, 11,000 ticketholders -- plus, invited friends and performers-- will pack the Staples Center on Tuesday, with an additional 6,500 granted admittance into the Nokia Theater overflow section next door. The streets around the stadium will be closed, and L.A.P.D.

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    Hot New Band: Portland Cello Project

    The Portland Cello Project is a rotating cast of 8-16 classically trained cellists known for mixing Salt 'n' Pepa with Bach and providing the lush backdrop for some of indie rock's most compelling voices. They've performed cello covers of Britney Spears' "Toxic" and Outkast's "Hey Ya," and teamed up with the Dandy Warhols, folk singer Laura Gibson, and members of the Decemberists, among others, to create rich, layered music that is anything but classical. The fruits of their most recent collaboration -- with Thao Nguyen of Thao With the Get Down Stay Down and fellow Portlander Justin Power -- can be heard on The Thao and Justin Power Sessions (Kill Rock Stars), out now.

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    Watch: Leighton Meester Stars in New Cobra Starship Video

    Flashy outfits, booze, gambling, and Leighton Meester back-stabbing via text message -- it's the recipe for a juicy episode of Gossip Girl. But this youthful debauchery isn't on Mondays at the CW -- it's actually the plot for the music video for Cobra Starship's new song, "Good Girls Go Bad," featuring vocals by Meester! In the video, Meester -- who plays queen bitch Blair Waldorf on the hit show -- runs a speakeasy casino beneath an unassuming deli operated by the boys of Cobra Starship. In order to get in, you have to order the right sandwich -- and once you're in, anything goes. The infectious, dance-y "Good Girls Go Bad" soundtracks it all, but Cobra Starship seem to have the wrong idea about who's in charge at this party.

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    Slayer Discuss New Album

    Head bangers, rejoice: thrash metal titans Slayer have announced that their ninth studio album, World Painted Blood, will be released late this summer. The album will drop after the band wraps the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour with Marilyn Manson. As the follow-up to 2006's Christ Illusion, the new album was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Greg Fidelman, who has previously worked with Metallica, Slipknot, and the (International) Noise Conspiracy. Last fall SPIN.com joined Slayer in the studio and filmed the guys recording the new album. Watch our footage here. Guitarist Kerry King told Billboard.com that the album is different than any they've recorded in the past. For one thing, King and fellow guitarist Jeff Hanneman both contributed equally to the writing process. "I like when Jeff writes as much as he did for this record," King said.

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    New Song: Diddy, Chris Brown Honor Michael Jackson

    Less than 24 hours after Michael Jackson's death, Diddy, Chris Brown, the Game, and Boyz II Men have already collaborated on and released a tribute song to the King of Pop called "Better On the Other Side." The track -- which also features Mario Winans -- is a celebration of Jackson's influence on pop and R&B music. "People can say what they want about you," Diddy raps in the song. "We gonna remember the miracles you showed us / Through your music, through your dance, through your philanthropy / You gave us the beat, you gave us the rhythm, you gave us the soul / Through us, your legacy lives on." Diddy first posted "Better On the Other Side" to his Twitter account, download the song here.

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    Hot New Download: Cass McCombs

    Born in Concord, CA, moody singer-songwriter Cass McCombs moved to New York City in his early '20s and hasn't stopped traveling since. He's spent time in Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and England. Now, 32, McCombs still hasn't settled down -- and the songs on his new album, Catacombs (out July 7), are a reflection of this roaming, free-spirited American ideal. With influences ranging from New York City's Velvet Underground to the traditional folk and country music of the American heartland, Catacombs is as much a traveler as McCombs himself -- an album that moves across genres and eras to create a unique blend of sounds. "Dreams Come True Girl" is Catacombs' first single and best song -- a folk ballad with a surf-y, '60s pop feel to it.

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    Lil Wayne Jewish? Jacko Recruits the Hulk

    Here's some of the strangest music news the Internet had to offer this week: Hard-partying rocker Andrew W.K. has a new show on Cartoon Network -- and it involves kids... with bomb detonators, naturally! [YouTube] These parents are trying to dupe their blind son into thinking that a 67-year-old Jewish man is Lil Wayne. That's cruel, Mom and Dad. [Flavor Wire] Mel Gibson's much-younger Russian girlfriend has released the first single off her upcoming album, Beautiful Heartbreak. Shockingly, it's not that bad. [People] Michael Jackson has hired the Incredible Hulk to help him buff up before his 50-show stint in London. Only problem: He won't lift weights. Jazzercise, anyone? [The Sun] Weird Al took on eBay and now he's taking on Craigslist... Jim Morrison-style. No, he's not selling a futon. [CNET] Wanna wear Mos Def's new album? Yeah, that's right: wear. [The Guardian]

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    Sneak Preview: Rodrigo y Gabriela's New Album

    For Rodrigo y Gabriela, 11:11 isn't just a time for making wishes -- it's a way of saying "thanks." The Mexican guitar duo -- known for fusing flamenco with metal styles by playing fast-paced, high-energy tunes on Spanish guitars -- will release their much-anticipated second album, 11:11, on September 8. It features 11 brand-new original songs and a personal "thank you" to 11 artists, past and present, who have inspired their work. These artists have yet to be named, but in the past Rodrigo y Gabriela have listed metal bands Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Pantera among their influences. The duo even covered Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" on their 2006 self-titled debut. Meanwhile, Rodrigo y Gabriela have revealed some of the album's collaborators.

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    Exclusive: Live Video from Cool Band, Dredg

    Bay Area progressive rock act Dredg has been known to find inspiration for songs and albums in pretty lofty places. The band's 2002 album El Cielo was based on Salvador Dali's famous painting Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bumblebee around a Pomegranate One Second Before Awakening, and certain songs on the just-released album The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion were inspired by controversial British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie's essay "Imagine There's No Heaven: A Letter to the 6 Billionth Citizen."But the vision behind The Pariah's haunting track "Lightswitch" comes from a very different (and much more accessible) place: the band's passion for what they do."'Lightswitch' is an ode and somewhat of a love song to music," Dredg vocalist Gavin Hayes tells SPIN.com. "It was derived from the twangy guitar riff you hear at the beginning of the track.

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    Watch: Linkin Park Debuts 'Transformers' Theme

    Transformers fans may have to wait until June 24 for Revenge of the Fallen to hit theaters, but Linkin Park's got something to whet appetites in the meantime -- the video for "New Divide," the theme song to the highly-anticipated sequel! Full of explosions and exclusive Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen footage, the video has everything a fanboy (or fangirl) needs to tide him or her over until the movie's premiere -- including a sneak preview of one of the film's most important plot points. As Linkin Park co-frontman Mike Shinoda told SPIN.com in a recent Q&A, Transformers hero Sam (played by Shia LaBoeuf) is going to see some major changes in the sequel -- and those changes provided the inspiration for "New Divide" and its themes of transition and struggle. "I can't really give away what's going on in the movie, but there's definitely a sense of Sam leaving one kind of life beh

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