Melissa Goldstein

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    'Chinese Democracy' Song Released to Radio

    Get ready for some Axl! The title track for Guns N' Roses' decade-in-the-making album, Chinese Democracy, set for release November 23, will be sent to radio stations today. The song will be the first authorized new music released by the group in nine years. Of the 14 tracks on the album, only three have yet-to-be leaked online or performed live [via Billboard.com]. On the topic of the album's much-delayed release, GNR manager Andy Gould had this to say to EW.com: "Art and commerce have always made strange bedfellows. When they asked Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel, they didn't say, 'Can you do it in the fourth quarter?' so they can make their numbers. Great art sometimes takes time." Yep, sometimes over 15 years and at a cost of millions of dollars!

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    Young Buck Talks 50 Cent and New Album

    True to his name, Young Buck has a certain brand of optimism (haters might call it delusion) that only comes with youth. Sure, the rapper's next album, The Rehab, is currently in limbo following a riff with G-Unit that saw him excused from the crew, but that's done nothing to dent his hopes for the record -- or his expectations that when it's released it will move a million units in its first week [via MTV.com]. Now the rapper just needs to iron out the release date or break free of his contract with Fiddy's label. "Honestly, to be real, 50 [Cent] made the statement to the world that 'Buck is no longer a part of G-Unit, but he's still an artist on the label,' so whenever I guess he gets over his situation and figures out his album, I guess we'll come to terms and figure out a release date on my album. Hopefully, we'll get a release on my album in January or February," he said.

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    Eminem: "The Majority of Rap is Crap!"

    While we patiently await the release of Eminem's new album, Relapse (keeping ourselves busy with his new book Eminem: The Way I Am, out today), the Comeback Kid isn't offering much in the way of encouragement for the music that's currently available. "I don't mean everything about rap is crap," he told BBC Radio 1. "I just mean the majority of it." But Eminem, a.k.a. Marshall Mathers, isn't all doom and gloom. There are a few endorsements he's willing to give. "Actually I think T.I.'s new album is great and I've been pumping that for the last two weeks every day in my car aside from my own stuff as I record it," he said, adding, "Andre 3000 is also incredible." And don't forget about Obama. "I will vote for Barack Obama," the rapper revealed. "Pardon the cliché but we need something to change. I think Barack would be a breath of fresh air."

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    LCD Soundsystem Members Join New Band

    Maybe it's that Daft Punk doesn't come around to play at his house anymore. Or maybe it's just that, well, electronic music: He loves you, but you're bringing him down. Either way, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy has announced that he and drummer Pat Mahoney are playing in a new rock band with singer/songwriter Paul Sprangers and guitarist Scott Wells, formerly of Red Wing, MN, rockers Hockey Night [via NME.com]. What will they be called? "There's this rock band [I'm in], arguing about what name they are," Murphy said. "They're from Minneapolis. We've gone back and forth for months, there's no way to say [what the band name is]." The new group, which Murphy says will also include contributions from members of disco-happy outfit Hercules and Love Affair, is expected to release their debut album next year via Murphy's DFA label.

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    Worst Dressed Women: Amy Winehouse, Avril Lavigne... Marilyn Manson?

    What do Amy Winehouse, Courtney Love, Avril Lavigne, Jessica Simpson, and Marilyn Manson all have in common? They're among the musical elite that have graced fashion critic Richard Blackwell's annual Ten Worst Dressed Women list. Yeah, sorry about that Mr. Manson. To honor Blackwell, who died Sunday at age 86 due to complications from an intestinal infection [via LA Times], here's a look at the critic's best bon mots.

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    Best of the BET Hip Hop Awards

    Was it murder on the red carpet that snagged rapper/producer T-Pain hosting duties at this year's BET Hip-Hop Awards, held Saturday night in Atlanta? Though rumors about a pre-show arrest or a riff with BET's upper management circulated as possible explanations for the last-minute switch in emcees (comedian Katt Williams was due to host the event for the third year in a row), the word from BET's P.O.V. blog is that the switch came by way of a dance-off -- a break-dance-off no less [via Allhiphop.com]. "So we were all hanging out last night and Katt bets T-Pain couldn't beat him in a break-dance battle," BET's Executive Vice President Stephen Hill was quoted as saying. "Not knowing T-Pain was an extremely DOPE break-dancer, Katt thought it was an easy win.

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    Pink Scolds British Royal Family

    It's one thing to wear fur, but to refuse to reply to written correspondence in good time -- well, that's just plain rude. Animal-loving musician Pink has slammed the British Royal Family for poor etiquette (in a recent interview with the U.K.'s Live Magazine) complaining that both the Queen and Prince William have ignored her written demands that the Royal Guards swap their bearskin accessories with ones made from synthetic materials. She is also demanding that the Prince quit a favorite hobby: hunting [via NME.com]. "It's a bit rude that they didn't reply isn't it?" she remarked. "I don't care if they have a crown. One or two Canadian bears are killed to make each hat and that is totally unnecessary." Don't even get her started on their recycling habits.

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    Long Blondes Break Up!

    "We have decided to call it a day," guitarist Dorian Cox wrote this morning, announcing the split of his Sheffield band, mod-pop and indie-rock outfit the Long Blondes, in a post to the group's MySpace blog [via NME.com]. Having suffered a stroke in June, the axeman cited concerns about whether he would ever be well enough to play guitar again as the central reason for the band calling it quits. He also thanked fans: "If it wasn't for you the whole thing would have been pointless." The group released two studio albums, 2006's Someone To Drive You Home and this year's Couples. A collection of their early singles, aptly titled Singles, was made available on iTunes yesterday.

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    Here Here, Knob Creek Mix Up Sonic Cocktail in S.F.

    An invite-only crowd gathered at San Francisco's 330 Ritch last night (May 20) for an evening poised to position bourbon and indie rock as the combo most likely to overturn PB&J's decades-long dictatorship.

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    Coachella '08 Reviewed, Day Three: Metric, I'm From Barcelona, Duffy, Stars, Sean Penn

    Sexiest Parlaying of Equipment Failure Into a Metaphorical Witticism: Metric's Emily Haines. Poured into an eye-poppingly tight, short, silver shorts jumpsuit, Metric front-siren Emily Haines kicked off her band's set with an immersively rockin' performance of "Dead Disco." On the back of one song, Haines had the audience eating out of her Amber Valleta-like palm, so it was no additional sweat off their backs when her vintage Pro One keyboard started acting up.

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