Joseph Coscarelli

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    Lily Allen on New Album: "It's More Ethereal"

    England's chronic MySpace blogger Lily Allen will release her sophomore album, It's Not Me, It's You, on Feb. 10. And according to Allen, fans can expect something other than "just some thrown together industry bullshizz." "We decided to try and make bigger sounding, more ethereal songs, real songs," Allen says of the new record. "I wanted it to feel like it had some sort of integrity. I think I've grown up a bit as a person and I hope it reflects that." Allen, who recently collaborated with fellow Brits Keane, has also made album-opener and first single "Everyone's At It" available online. Click here to listen to the song. It's Not Me, It's You tracklist:1. "Everyone's At It" 2. "The Fear" 3. "It's Not Fair" 4. "22" 5. "I Could Say" 6. "Go Back To the Start" 7. "Never Gonna Happen" 8. "Fuck You" 9. "Who'd've Known" 10. "Chinese" 11. "Him" 12. "He Wasn't There"

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    Mastodon Unveil New Album Details

    It appears frontman Brent Hinds' injured head has healed just fine, as his heavy metal band Mastodon have finally emerged from the studio and unveiled details for their fourth album, Crack The Skye, which will be released early next year. As the follow-up to 2006's Blood Mountain, Crack The Skye will run 50 minutes but feature only seven tracks, built around four-part centerpiece "The Czar," which explores the album's lyrical theme, Czarist Russia. (We're not making that up.) The band recorded the album in their hometown of Atlanta at Southern Tracks Studios under the guidance of producer Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine). After Mastodon's Crack The Skye is finally released, the quartet will head out on a European summer tour with metal gods Metallica. Click here to check out the first batch of dates. Crack The Skye tracklist:1. "Oblivion" 2.

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    AC/DC Top Charts with New Album

    AC/DC certainly know where their fans shop. Black Ice, the time-honored rockers' first album in more than eight years, sold 784,000 copies during its first week, earning the band their second No. 1 album -- and first chart-topping debut ever! What's more, the album is being sold exclusively via Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, and online via AC/DC's official web site. Whoa! AC/DC's exclusive distribution strategy is just the latest in a trend that includes Garth Brooks, the Eagles, and Journey, whose albums were all released via Wal-Mart and sold respectable numbers. Limited-edition versions of Smashing Pumpkins' Zeitgeist were released via Best Buy, and Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy will also be dropped by the superstore come November 25.

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    Hives Sued for Alleged Plagiarism

    The Hives have been sued for musical plagiarism by Jason Shapiro, a local Los Angeles musician who claims the Swedish band's "Tick Tick Boom" was ripped from his song "Why You?" which he originally recorded in 1997 with his band the Roofies. Shapiro had the tunes analyzed by a musicologist after noticing their similarities when he heard the Hives' song in the movie trailer for the film Get Smart. "I absolutely love the Hives and don't feel great about suing a band I love," Shapiro told the L.A. Weekly. "But I also feel credit is due where it is due if you borrow a riff." Citing the lead guitar line and vocal melody, Shapiro believes that the similarities are more than just a coincidence. Decide for yourself by listening to the Roofies' "Why You?" and the Hives' "Tick Tick Boom" below.

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    Ane Brun

    What? This Swede's second U.S. release finally arrives stateside this week. The record, which sees the emotive singer strum her guitar gingerly as her intoxicating warble flutters in soft loops, opens with "The Treehouse Song," a masterful story about the pitfalls of unfulfilled promises. And the rest of the record follows in the same subtle and pensive fashion. To complement the record, Brun has also released Sketches, a revealing collection of demos from the Seasons sessions featuring sparse vocal, guitar, and piano tracks. Sketches is available online via Klicktrack. Who? Despite not picking up the guitar until the age of 21, Norway's Brun, born Ane Brunvoll, has produced a steady stream of subtly heartfelt tunes since moving to Sweden in 2000.

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    Oasis' Noel Gallagher on Amy Winehouse: "She's Wiped Out"

    Jay-Z, Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys, and many more -- whether it's words of praise or scathing criticism, Oasis' Noel Gallagher has never shied away from spouting his opinion on other musicians. Now the notoriously loudmouthed singer-songwriter can add another to the list: Amy Winehouse, who he said is "wiped out" by fame. "For some people that level of fame can hit you really fuckin' hard. I'm not having a go at her, but the likes of Amy Winehouse have been wiped out by that," he told Time Out [via NME.com]. Gallagher stressed that only certain personalities could handle success on such a large scale -- and naturally, he's one of them. "I'm not embarrassed by wealth or fame or stardom. It's what I was born to do," he stated. "Whether people would care to admit it or not, that's fame that's done that.

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    Eddy Current Suppression Ring

    What? Repeatedly touted as Melbourne's best live rock band, Eddy Current Suppression Ring play a brand of punk thick in Australian accents and rife with attitude. On their latest LP, Primary Colours, the Ring sport an obvious appreciation for all things basic, beholding the proud punk tradition of shredding power-chords and fiery commonplace lyrics in the vein of Black Flag and X. Finding fury in the mundane, the band riffs on workingman themes of scrounging savings and indulging in TV and ice cream, while maintaining showmen's bombast on tunes such as the calamitous "Which Way to Go." Who? Formed after a drunken jam session at a Christmas party in 2003, the four motley musicians -- then all laborers at a local vinyl pressing plant -- wear their lack of musical expertise like a badge of honor.

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    Listen to Paramore's New 'Twilight' Song!

    As previously reported, pop-punk stars Paramore recorded a few new tunes for the film adaptation of the popular Twilight teen vampire novel series. Now, hear the fruits of the band's labor: "Decode," the film's official single, is streaming exclusively at author Stephenie Meyer's website. The dark and brooding track -- and the rest of the Twilight soundtrack -- hits stores November 4. "I'm really excited to see the book adapted to film and excited that our band gets to be a part of the phenomenon," said lead singer Hayley Williams, a big fan of the novels. "I chose the title 'Decode' because the song is about the building tension, awkwardness, anger, and confusion between [lead characters] Bella and Edward." Do you think the song's any good? Sound off in the comment section below!

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    New Ludacris Video: "Undisputed"

    Veteran rapper and budding movie star Chris "Ludacris" Bridges takes an appropriately film-worthy approach to his new video for "Undisputed," available below. Fancy opening credit sequence? Check. Big name co-star? Check. Sports dramatics? You bet. The video features Luda at the top of his rhyme game, riding a sped-up soul sample while footage of the rapper hitting the gym and the boxing ring flashes in and out. But fear not, it's still work hard and play harder in the rap game, as seen in bejeweled scenes of the Georgia-bred MC gliding down the strip in Las Vegas. Now Watch This: "Undisputed"

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    Jay-Z Supports Obama with Free Shows

    Jay-Z: Hip-hop mainstay, budding entrepreneur, music industry innovator, and now political activist. The Brooklyn-bred rapper is putting his support behind presidential candidate Barack Obama with two free shows this weekend in Detroit and Miami, MTV.com reports. The concerts -- set for Oct. 4 at Detroit's Cobo Arena and Oct. 5 at Miami's Bayfront Park -- will promote voting in the upcoming election priro to Michigan and Florida's October 6 registration deadline, as well as urge attendees to get involved in grassroots Obama campaign activities in the two potential swing states. Fans at least 18 years old can pick up one free ticket at local Obama campaign offices in both cities. And Jay isn't alone in his homestretch push for the Democratic candidate.

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