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THE HIVES Ink Deal With UNIVERSAL MUSIC U.K.

Sweden's latest rock sensation THE HIVES have signed a long-term worldwide recording deal with Universal Music U.K., Billboard Bulletin reports. The news comes despite the band's having signed a North American deal in March with Warner Bros. Records and having one album left on a three-album deal with Burning Heart/Epitaph, signed in 1998. A Warner ...

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Exclusive DEF LEPPARD Items To Be Auctioned On eBay

DEF LEPPARD's record label, Mercury Records, will team up with auction site eBay to auction a number of exclusive LEPPARD items, with the main auction being one of the T-shirts used in the "Now" video, autographed by all band members. All proceeds of the auctions, which will start on July 30th and end on August ...

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KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE Ink Deals With METAL BLADE, MASSACRE

KING DIAMOND and MERCYFUL FATE are on the verge of signing new record deals with Metal Blade Records and Massacre Records for the North American and European territories, respectively. Licensing deals for Japan, Australia, and South America are still pending. In an official statement posted at KING DIAMOND/MERCYFUL FATE's official web site, King Diamond (the ...

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RING OF FIRE Live CD/DVD Due In August

RING OF FIRE, led by former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Mark Boals, will release a live CD and DVD, entitled Burning Live in Tokyo, simultaneously in Japan on August 21st. The DVD, according to Mugenkyo Management, is to include a bonus RING OF FIRE interview, multi-angle options and a booklet with live photos. The CD contains ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: "I'm Flavor Of The Month"

OZZY OSBOURNE has no problems with people laughing at him while watching The Osbournes, the reality sitcom about Osbourne and his colorful family life, and he is completely aware of the fact that his popularity is likely to wane as the show loses its popularity in the months to come, the singer told Rolling Stone ...

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AHRUE LUSTER: "I Was Creatively Unfulfilled In MACHINE HEAD"

Having left MACHINE HEAD due to what is officially being called "creative differences", guitarist Ahrue Luster has spoken exclusively to BLABBERMOUTH.NET about the circumstances that led to his departure from the group his decision to pursue his own musical vision with his next project, the details of which are still being finalized. What follows is ...

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ROBERT FLYNN: "KERRY KING's Eaten So Many Cheeseburgers His Brain's Starting To Clog Up"

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has slammed SLAYER guitarist Kerry King over the latter's incessant public criticisms of MACHINE HEAD's recent recorded output during various interviews conducted by King over the last several months. In the latest diary entry posted at the group's official web site (www.machinehead1.com), Flynn makes it clear that whatever ...

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HATEBREED Issue Official Statement Regarding Quebec Cancellations

HATEBREED have issued the following statement regarding the recent postponement of the group's Montreal and Quebec City shows: "Our apologies to everyone who was disappointed about the Montreal & Quebec City shows being re-scheduled. [Frontman] Jamey [Jasta] had to get emergency dental surgery. Fortunately, it went well and he his home now with his family. ...

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"THE OSBOURNES" Dolls Coming To A Store Near You

Among the onslaught of OZZY OSBOURNE-related items that are due to surface on the market shortly will be an extensive line of bobble-head dolls depicting Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly, and Jack Osbourne. There are four different dolls for each family member—7-inch talking and non-talking models, 3-inch mini-bobbles, and bobble-head pens—with Ozzy's talking model saying, "I love ...

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BLOOD RED THRONE Complete Work On "Affiliated With The Suffering"

Norway's BLOOD RED THRONE, featuring former EMPEROR / SATYRICON / EINHERJER bassist-turned-guitarist Tchort, have nearly completed work on their second full-length album, entitled Affiliated With The Suffering, at Dub Studios for an October 7th release through Hammerheart/The Plague Records. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. A Dream of Death 02. ...

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CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS To Issue 10-Year-Anniversary Live DVD

Century Media Records' upcoming 10-Year-Anniversary DVD has been dubbed, appropriately enough, Century Media Tenth Anniversary Party – Live, and will be released on August 6th. As previously reported, the disc will feature footage from the tenth anniversary show which was held in September 2001 at the Roxy in Hollywood, California. Along with assorted interviews and ...

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IRON MAIDEN, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Vocalists To Appear On SACK TRICK CD

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson and former RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Doogie White are among the guests appearing on the upcoming album from Britain's SACK TRICK album, entitled Sheep in KISS Makeup, which is tentatively due for release in September/October. Other musicians set to appear on the effort—which is set to contain nothing but KISS ...

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Ex-TYGERS OF PAN TANG Singer Sells NEAT RECORDS To SANCTUARY

Former TYGERS OF PAN TANG frontman Jess Cox, who has spent the last several years as MD of Neat Records (incorporating Neat Metal Records & Eldethorn Records) has sold the label to Sanctuary Records. He will, however, continue with his label Edgy Records with releases through the rest of the year. Upcoming titles include: BLITZKRIEG ...

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DIO To Battle TENACIOUS D In New Video For "Push"

TENACIOUS D's Jack Black and Kyle Gass will appear in DIO's latest video, "Push", the first single off of the new album Killing The Dragon. This may sound like a strange pairing to some, but anyone that knows TENACIOUS D is aware of their respect for THE ROCK and appropriate Icons not to mention the ...

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WYKKED WYTCH Announce New Bassist, Possible OZZFEST Appearances

Florida female-fronted act WYKKED WYTCH have been rejoined by bassist Thamuz, who has re-located from his native Philadelphia to hook up with the band during the writing sessions for their third full-length album, entitled Cursed Destiny. Among the cuts already completed for the upcoming CD are "Farewell", "Where I Died" and the projected title track. ...

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Former MR. BIG Guitarist Completes Work On New Solo CD

Former MR. BIG guitarist Paul Gilbert has completed work on a new solo CD, entitled Burning Organ, which is due for release on June 26th in Japan. 13 songs were reportedly tracked for the album, including opener "I Like Rock", which features "one hundred guitars all playing at the same time through the entire song ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE And Clan To Issue "The Osbournes Family Album"

OZZY OSBOURNE and his family will be issuing a soundtrack of sorts to the hit MTV reality series The Osbournes, entitled The Osbournes Family Album, on June 11th through Epic Records. The CD will contain songs personally chosen by each member, including daughter Kelly Osbourne's cover of MADONNA's "Papa Don't Preach". As previously reported, Kelly ...

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EXCLUSIVE: DINO CAZARES Speaks Out On FEAR FACTORY Split

Since FEAR FACTORY officially called it quits in early March, very little has been heard from the band themselves, with the four members of the group choosing to each deal with the break-up of this long-running group by immersing themselves in new projects rather than speaking out publicly on what was, by all accounts, a ...

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THE HIVES Continue Bid For World Domination

Sweden's latest rock sensation THE HIVES continue their bid for world domination and have set an impressive record on the way. The recent issue of Kerrang!, sporting THE HIVES on the cover and a CD with music selected by the band, became the biggest-selling issue ever of the legendary magazine, with sales exceeding 120,000 copies. ...

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"THE OSBOURNES": The Media Overkill Continues

The following article appeared in today's edition of New York Daily News: Ozzy Osbourne should be worried. After years of cultivating his image as rock's Prince of Darkness, the former BLACK SABBATH singer has been hailed by Dan Quayle as a swell dad. In a speech marking the 10th anniversary of his trashing of Candice ...

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