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Green Day Have Plenty Of New Songs for Ninth Album!

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong has said the Californian band have begun writing material for their ninth album.

The singer tweeted saying the group had “a tonne of new songs” and described the direction as “fresh and hi-energy”. Billie Joe Armstrong, who’s 39, added that making the album “felt great”. The punk-pop outfit’s most recent album 21st Century Breakdown was released in 2009. They also made available a Live DVD and album of the band during their 2009 world tour.

“I don’t want to give away too much but just know that me, Mike, Tre and Jason are collaborating and having the best time playing music,” he said. Full Story at BBC

Gil Scott-Heron, ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ Singer, Dead at 62!

Gil Scott-Heron, the musician, poet, author and hip-hop pioneer who wrote ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,’ has died in New York at age 62. The sad news was revealed on Twitter by his UK publisher. The cause of death is currently unknown. One of America’s greatest cultural figures of the 1970s and an inspiration to generations since, Scott-Heron had been in fragile health for many years as a result of a decades-long battle with cocaine and HIV infection. Full story at Spinner

Google Bid $100M for Cloud Music Rights!

Google threw large sums of money at the four major record labels during negotiations for cloud-music rights, according to a published report. BusinessWeek magazine is reporting that Google offered the labels $100 million to obtain licenses for a cloud music service. After negotiating for more than a year, talks broke down. Google launched an unlicensed service two weeks ago that enables users to upload their songs to the company’s servers but isn’t as fully equipped as it might be with licenses. Full Story at cnet

Silverchair Announce The End Of The Band!

In what may come as a surprise to their fans or those who only remembered them from the ’90s, Australian rockers  Silverchair have announced they’re going on an “indefinite hibernation. “We formed Silverchair nearly 20 years ago when we were just 12 years old. Today we stand by the same rules now as we did back then … if the band stops being fun and if it’s no longer fulfilling creatively, then we need to stop,” the members — singer-guitarist Daniel Johns, bassist Chris Joannou and drummer Ben Gillies — wrote in a joint letter on their website.

“Therefore after much soul searching we wanted to let you know that we’re putting Silverchair into ‘indefinite hibernation’ and we’ve decided to each do our own thing for the foreseeable future.” Full Story at Spinner

Nate Dogg Died At 41

Sad news for true hiphop fan today! West coast star Nate Dogg died today at age 41 from heart problem. Nate Dogg was suffering from health issues since a few years.  Last week Nate was receiving heart treatment say Warren G via tweeter. During is career Nate Dogg created many hiphop classic like “Regulate” on Warren G 1994 Regulate…G Funk Era album and many other great song in collaboration with hiphop star Xzibit, Warren G, Snoop Dogg, Jadakiss and many other. Nate Dogg will certainly be missed from true hiphop fans and also remembered as the heart & soul of hiphop..

by Miko Hirayama

Donate To Red Cross for Japan Tsunami Through iTunes!

Apple has enabled an option in the iTunes Store to donate to the American Red Cross for the Japan relief fund. If you want to make your donation to the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan, you can by visiting this page and choosing to donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200. Everything happens through the iTunes account you already have — a clever move to make donations easy and just a click away for iTunes users.

100% of your donation will go to the American Red Cross, which is set to provide food, shelter and assistance to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Full Story at Macstories

 

The Who’s Roger Daltrey Reveals Cancer Scare!

Roger Daltrey, one of the leading lights behind the Teenager Cancer Trust charity, has admitted to suffering a cancer scare himself. The Who’s singer went under the knife to remove a pre-cancerous growth on one of his vocal chords in December 2009, he revealed in an interview with CBS Los Angeles, which you can see after the jump.

Daltrey became aware of the issue six weeks ahead of his band’s appearance at the Super Bowl. “Suddenly my voice wasn’t behaving in the normal way,” he said. “It was becoming hard work to sing. I just got lucky that somebody put me in touch with Steven Zeitels [Director of the voice centre at Massachusetts General Hospital].

He added, “He told me that he didn’t like what he saw. He took off what he could from the problem area on my vocal cord. I had to do two weeks of no talking, no drinking; and this was Christmas and New Year — it was so tough.” Full Story at Spinner