METALLICA's 'Black' CD No. 3 Album Of Soundscan Era

METALLICA's self-titled "Black" album is the No. 3 album of the Soundscan era, according to the service's parent company, Nielsen. Soundscan has been tracking album sales since 1991 and SHANIA TWAIN's 1997 release, "Come On Over", reigns on top, selling 14.4 million-plus copies, with ALANIS MORISSETTE's 1995 debut, "Jagged Little Pill", at Number Two with ...

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RIGOR MORTIS Reform, Commence Work On New Material

Dallas, Texas-based thrashers RIGOR MORTIS have reformed and have begun rehearsing together for the first time in 13 years. Casey Orr (bass, vocals), Harden Harrison (drums, vocals), and Mike Scaccia (guitar) plan to celebrate the group's 20th anniversary by re-releasing their hard-to-find, Capitol Records self-titled debut (originally issued in 1988) with lots of extra material. ...

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Former MEGADETH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Members To Appear On Sophomore LAUDAMUS CD

Marty Friedman (guitar, ex-MEGADETH), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals, TALISMAN/ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Rob Rock (vocals, ex-IMPELLITTERI), Kee Marcello (guitar, ex-EUROPE), and Mattias IA Eklund (guitar, FREAK KITCHEN) are among the guests appearing on the sophomore full-length album from Sweden's LAUDAMUS. The as-yet-untitled effort, which was recorded in Costa Mesa, California under the watchful eye of producer Ken ...

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SINERGY To Play Longest Gig Ever In Portugal

Finland's SINERGY will play their "longest gig ever" at their upcoming show at Hard Club in Porto, Portugal on Jan. 26. "You'll hear a wide range of songs from all 3 albums, plus a few cover songs," reads a message on the band's official web site. "This will be SINERGY's last gig in support of ...

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OZZY, SHARON OSBOURNE Renew Wedding Vows

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne renewed their wedding vows during a New Year's Eve party at the Beverly Hills Hotel that included hundreds of guests. The couple got married on July 4, 1982, but delayed their 20th anniversary celebration because of Sharon's battle with colon cancer. They announced their plans in November. Sharon wore a cream-colored ...

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SUICIDAL TENDENCIES: New Material On The Way!

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES are set to enter the studio later in the month to begin work on the material for their forthcoming album, tentatively due in late spring/early summer. "We've got a number of meetings and people coming from all over," states a message on the band's official web site. "We'll leave it at that for ...

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H20, NEW FOUND GLORY, MADBALL Members Name New Band

H20 frontman Toby Morse, NEW FOUND GLORY guitarist Chad Gilbert, MADBALL singer Freddy Cricien and MADBALL bassist Hoya Roc have set ALL AGES as the name for their brand new collaboration, which is expected to release a debut album later in the year. No further information is available at this time. ...

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THE DEFACED Complete Video For 'Once In Between'

Sweden's THE DEFACED, the band featuring DARKANE guitarist Klas Ideberg and SOILWORK drummer Henry Ranta, have finished filming a video for the track "Once In Between" off the group's forthcoming "Karma In Black" effort, due in early 2003 through Italy's Scarlet Records. Meanwhile, "the cover artwork [for 'Karma In Black'] has been completed now for ...

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