Melissa Goldstein

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    Eminem to Perform at MTV Movie Awards

    A week after Eminem dropped his celeb-bashing comeback single and video "We Made You," the Detroit rapper has been announced as a performer at the MTV Movie Awards. SNL star Andy Samberg will host the show [via MTV.com]. The performance will be Em's first on MTV since his 2006 appearance on TRL. Additional performers are due to be announced in the coming weeks. (Last year Coldplay and the Pussycat Dolls were the musical guests.) The show will air live from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA, on Sunday, May 31, at 9 P.M. EST. Eminem's perfromance follows the May 19 release of his new album Relapse.

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    Amy Winehouse to Collaborate with Gorillaz?

    Amy Winehouse recently returned to her favorite vacation spot, Caribbean island St. Lucia, with a mission: record that pesky new album. And apparently the trip may lead to fresh tunes -- but not necessarily for Winehouse's record! The singer has reportedly signed on to guest on the new album from Damon Albarn's band the Gorillaz, citing the fact that her latest reggae-inspired work (which was rejected by her own label) fits in with the style of the Blur frontman's cartoon group. [Via Mirror.co.uk] Apparently when Winehouse's label got wind of her plans, they were less than pleased. A source said that the folks at Universal (the parent company for Winehouse's label Island Records) "hit the roof.... It's an unnecessary distraction. They think she should invest all her energy in her own music.

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    Beck Debuts 13 Unreleased Tracks

    Beck is opening up his vaults for a deluxe edition reissue of his 1994 release One Foot in the Grave. The album, Beck's only LP for Olympia, WA, indie K Records, was recorded before -- but released three months after -- his breakout major label debut, Mellow Gold. The reissue will drop April 14 via Interscope. It includes all 16 original songs, which featured musicians from bands such as Built to Spill, Spinanes, and Love As Laughter -- plus another whole album's worth of previously unreleased bonus tracks! "Well, it's been out of print for a few years, so it's something we've been planning, but I knew that we had these extra tracks," Beck recently told Japanese newspaper the Daily Yomiuri of One Foot in the Grave. "I've actually been working on this for the past two or three years.

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    Man Man Tap 'SNL' Star for New Video

    Man Man's latest music video is like a low-budget indie noir version of Thriller-meets-Teen Wolf, starring SNL funnyman Fred Armisen, Charlyne Yi of Knocked Up, and... the Ice Cream Man!?! The video for "Rabbit Habits," the title track from the band's latest release, starts off with Armisen seducing a nerdy girl (played by Yi) over a meal in a boxcar diner.

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    Sigur Rós Side-Project to Release Debut Album

    Sigur Rós frontman Jón Þór Birgisson and his partner, Alex Somers, have announced plans to release their self-titled debut album as Riceboy Sleeps, the side-project they formed in 2003. Birgisson and Somers (who designs many Sigur Rós album covers and also performs in Icelandic pop outfit Parachutes) recorded the nine-track LP in Iceland "solely on acoustic instruments." From there, the duo headed to a far corner of Hawaii, where they "endlessly toyed with [the record] on solar-powered laptops in a raw food commune." The album, which will drop July 20 in Europe, doesn't have a U.S.

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    Green Day Preview New Album at Secret Show!

    Bay Area legends Green Day played their new album at a surprise hometown show Tuesday night at San Francisco's 500-capacity club, the Independent. Billed as a "band practice," the group booked the gig because they were, as frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said onstage, "sick of playing these [new] songs to one another." After the show was announced midday yesterday, tickets sold out in a matter of minutes, but the lucky few who managed to get in were treated to a live sneak-peek at the band's much-awaited new album, 21st Century Breakdown (due out May 15), plus loads of gems from the band's catalog -- all part of a 30-plus song setlist! While the night was clearly OMFG!

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    Courtney Love Declares War on Cobain Estate Robbers

    Today, April 8, 2009, is the 15th anniversary of the discovery of Kurt Cobain's body at his home outside Seattle, WA. And while the anniversary of one's death is usually a time for paying homage, this has been a tough week for the Nirvana frontman's widow Courtney Love. According to Love, several of the people handling his estate have stolen a large chunk of the money Cobain had left her and their daughter, Frances Bean. "I have never seen such greed and moral turpitude. This case is going to make [disgraced Wall Street financier] Bernard Madoff look warm and fuzzy," Love's lawyer, Rhonda J. Holmes, told the New York Post. A team of investigators, forensic accountants, and lawyers reportedly found that Cobain's estate had been robbed of more than $30 million cash and up to $500 million in real estate.

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    First Look: Eminem Disses Celebs in New Video

    "Guess who? Did you miss me?" So begins Eminem's long-awaited comeback video for "We Made You," the first official single offhis May 19 release Relapse. (Watch video below.) It's clear the rapper knows the answer to his question -- and he's eager to reward patient fans with more Eminem antics than ever to make up for the wait. Em warned us that the Joseph Khan-directed video would contain some celeb-bashing: "It's not necessarily intentional bashing -- it's not necessarily taking deliberate shots at people," he told MTV, before reconsidering and confirming, "Yes, it is.

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    Chris Brown Pleads Not Guilty to Assault

    Chris Brown appeared in a Los Angeles court yesterday to enter a plea of "not guilty" to two felony counts of aggravated assault and criminal threats, stemming from his arrest in early February after an altercation with singer Rihanna. Accompanied by his mother and lawyer Mark Geragos, Brown, 19, spoke softly and displayed no expression throughout the brief proceedings.

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    Rock Hall Ceremony: Eminem, Run-DMC, Metallica

    While pop music's spotlight is about to shine brightly on Eminem -- his first video and album in five years are rolling out over the next month -- the rap icon was simply a fan on Saturday night, honoring his heroes, Run-DMC, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland. With Em providing the induction speech, Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, and late DJ Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell became the second hip-hop group ever (behind Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five) to be inducted. Dressed for the occasion in Run-DMC-inspired attire (black leather jacket, shirt, and pants topped off with a black fedora), Eminem -- whose video for "We Made You," off his upcoming album Relapse (out May 19), premieres on MTV tomorrow -- heaped praise on the music legends, crediting them with changing his life, comparing them to the Beatles, and insisting that th

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