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My Chemical Romance drummer fired after allegedly being caught in 'red-handed' theft


Michael Pedicone has unjoined the Black Parade.

The drummer for New Jersey rock lords My Chemical Romance—the band’s third since their 2001 inception—was summarily fired following an incident of alleged theft following a concert in Washington state.

The story, according to a blog entry posted by guitarist Frank Iero Sept. 2 on the band’s official website:

Some s– happened last night and before the blogosphere gets all crazy with false statements and ridiculous opinions we want the true story to come from us… But please listen close because this is the only time we are ever going to talk about this. The relationship between My Chemical Romance and Michael Pedicone is over. He was caught red handed stealing from the band and confessed to police after our show last night in Auburn, Washington. We are heartbroken and sick to our stomachs over this entire situation. The band has no intention of pressing charges or taking this matter any further than we have to. We just want him out of our lives. The people who play in this band are a family, and family should not take advantage of each other like he did. We are currently moving forward, and hope to have a new drummer in place for our show in Salt Lake City, Utah. The show must go on.


Pedicone, who replaced longtime drummer Bob Bryar last year (Bryar, in turn, replaced original drummer Matt Pelissier), came to MCR from Arizona hardcore outfit The Bled.

He tweeted his own response to the incident, saying somewhat cryptically: “What happened is more complicated than it sounds but I did make a mistake. It was never my intention to hurt this band or all of you. … It was an error in judgment based on a whole other situation that’s way deeper but this does not define me.”

MCR quickly carried on, playing a show Saturday night in Utah with replacement drummer Jarrod Alexander.

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T.I. boards a party bus to a halfway house, ends up back in federal penitentiary

If T.I. isn’t careful, his entire life is going to be like The Godfather Part III, both in the sense that just when he thinks he’s out, he gets pulled back in, but also in the sense that it’s becoming a terrible series of borderline-ridiculous contrivances that end in sadness.

The Atlanta rapper, born Clifford Harris, was released from the Forrest City Correctional Facility in Arkansas on Wednesday, where he was supposed to be transferred to a halfway house to serve the remainder of his sentence for probation violation (which stems from the weapons charge that put him behind bars the first time). After exiting the prison, he hopped aboard a party bus with his entourage and took off for his home city.

Apparently that didn’t sit well with prison authorities, who sent him to a different federal prison in Georgia, where he currently resides (officials didn’t specify where). It’s unclear whether or not he would be finishing his sentence there or moved to another halfway house. The rapper has one month remaining on his sentence. READ FULL STORY

T.I. released from Arkansas prison

Rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris is a free(r) man, released from prison a month before his scheduled late-September discharge date.  The Atlanta native left the Forrest City Correctional Facility in Arkansas early this morning.

T.I., 30, and wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle were arrested September 1, 2010, on suspicion of drug possession during a traffic stop in Los Angeles, violating the terms of his probation following his term behind bars for a 2008 weapons conviction.

This morning’s leave ends his 11-month sentence. MTV reports that he’s on his way to a halfway house, though his publicist would only confirm that he’s left jail.

In any case, T.I. is glad to get back to his family and work.

“Feels great to be back where I belong…Back in the arms of those who need me the most,” he tweeted at 9:30am today.

“The storm is over & da sun back out,” he continued. “IT’S OUR TIME TO SHINE SHAWTY!!!!! Welcome to the beginning of our Happy Ending!!!!”

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Gossip site accuses Christina Aguilera of child abuse, her lawyer responds accordingly

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Christina Aguilera’s lawyer sent a strongly worded letter to a celebrity gossip site after a photo of the singer holding her three-year-old son Max, who appears to have a black eye, showed up online with a more than suggestive headline.

The title above the photo on read, “CHILD ABUSE???? CHRISTINA AGUILERA’S SON IS PHOTO’D WITH A BLACK EYE!!!” without producing any real proof.

“To imply that she had something to do with this incident, without any investigation on your part whatsoever, is reckless and unconscionable,” Aguilera’s attorney, Eric Greenspan, writes in a letter. “Christina is a wonderful mother and was not present in the park when Max fell and hurt himself.”

MediaTakeOut has since removed the child abuse portion of the headline and added Greenspan’s explanation for the black eye.

Greenspan does not see the matter going any further, but has not spoken with Aguilera directly about the incident. “There are lines you’re just not supposed to cross, and that’s one of them,” he says exclusively to EW. “Accusing a mother—even hinting that a mother is guilty of child abuse, that’s a line you don’t cross.”

Pitbull invites litigious Lindsay Lohan to the VMAs, says lyric about her is positive: Watch the video statement here

In an exceptionally strange turn of events last week, Lindsay Lohan heard a lyric from Pitbull’s massive worldwide hit “Give Me Everything,” didn’t like that her name was referenced, and decided to sue the rapper for defamation.

Pitbull isn’t the sort to take this kind of thing lying down, which is why he crafted a video statement that explains his stance on the issue and how he hopes to resolve it.

In the video below, Pitbull notes that the offending lyric in question (“I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan”) is actually a compliment, as having something “locked up” means you are in charge.

He also apologized for any mental anguish he may have caused her and, in an interesting twist, invited Lohan to come with him to this Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, where he will be performing live (and will likely be busting out “Give Me Everything”).

Check out the entirety of his statement after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Rapper Game pulls Twitter prank on Compton sheriff's office -- the police are not amused

Twitter is a handy tool for complaining about Starbucks baristas and writing extremely short album reviews, and now rapper Game (born Jayceon Taylor) has proven it can also be useful for playing possibly felonious pranks.

On Friday night, a message was blasted from the Compton MC’s Twitter account that encouraged his followers to call a phone number to request a presumably Game-related internship. The phone number in question? The line for the Compton sheriff’s department, which saw its switchboard light up all at once.

Bureau Captain Mike Parker figured out what was wrong and sent a message to the rapper to request the number be taken down (the tweet finally vanished around midnight). “It was almost like a symphony of misery,” Parker told The Los Angeles Times. “You’ve got a multitude of phones ringing simultaneously.” He noted that it was the sort of response the station usually gets in the wake of a major earthquake.

According to the Times, Game may now face criminal charges in relation to the tweet (which he blamed on a friend who got control of his account), including counts of obstructing a peace officer in the performance of their duties and disrupting or impeding communication over a public safety radio frequency, with each call possibly resulting in a new count.

The Game didn’t seem too concerned about the possibility of legal trouble, which he expressed (where else?) on Twitter. “I can see it now: ‘What u in 4 homie.. robbery. What about u dog… Murder. Aye… What u in here 4 game… (Pokes Chest Out) A TWEET’ !!!” the rapper wrote. His fourth release, The R.E.D. Album, hits stores next Tuesday, August 23.

Now if you’ll excuse us, we’ll be off reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland one update at a time.

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It’s been an eventful week for Lady Gaga. In fact, there’s so much going on that we’re bringing you a special catching-up-with-Lady-Gaga rap sheet, chronicling the good, the bad and the downright weird in the life and times of Her Ladyship.

High point: Lady Gaga appears to have casually dropped in for Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale tour stop in Atlantic City on Saturday night. Spears gave her a shout-out from the stage, and Gaga popped up above the masses to greet fans in her as-per-usual uniform of leather newsboy cap and black bustier. Watch Gaga’s cameo after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Adam Levine sues 'Band Hero' for exploiting his likeness, making him sing like a lady

The makers of the video game Band Hero continue to take it in the shorts even though the thing was released almost two full years ago (which, in video game time, is several lifetimes). Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice coach Adam Levine is the latest to file a lawsuit against Activision, the developers of Band Hero, and says that even though he licensed his likeness to be a playable avatar in the game, he was never made aware that his character could perform songs from other bands (which would not have received his stamp of approval).

According to the suit, Levine is suing for fraudulent inducement, breach of contract, violation of the common-law right of publicity, and unfair business acts or practices. He is seeking unspecified damages.

This is exactly like the suit that Activision faced seemingly seconds after the game first hit store shelves in 2009, when No Doubt sued the company for exactly the same thing. READ FULL STORY

Coheed and Cambria part ways with pharmacy-robbing bassist


Nearly a month after he was arrested for robbing a pharmacy in Massachusetts hours before he was supposed to be on stage, Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd has parted ways with the band.

“After a lot of thought, introspection and discussion, Coheed and Cambria will be continuing our journey without bassist Michael Todd,” the group announced in a statement posted to their official website. “We have spoken to him and this is a mutual decision between both parties.”

The group noted that they are currently working on new music for a number of upcoming projects and will also be headed out on the road in the fall to play festivals in Brazil and Mexico. Touring keyboardist Wes Styles will fill in on bass duties. READ FULL STORY

Breaking Benjamin frontman fires bandmates over remix lawsuit


Breaking Benjamin, the Pennsylvania hard-rock combo who have scored a number of underdog hits on rock radio (most notably “The Diary of Jane”), have splintered thanks to a lawsuit and band infighting.

According to The Citizens’ Voice of Wilkes-Barre, frontman and founder Benjamin Burnley fired guitarist Aaron Fincke and bassist Mark Klepaski via e-mail as a result of a dispute over a remix of the song “Blow Me Away.”

Court documents state that Klepaski and Fincke made a deal regarding the track with the band’s label, Hollywood Records, without Burnley’s consent. As a result, Burnley is seeking $250,000 and the exclusive rights to the band’s name. The parties have arbitration to look forward to.

Things have been rocky for Breaking Benjamin over the past few years; the band has been unable to perform live for a year thanks to Burnley’s unspecified health issues, and rumors of the band’s breakup have been floating around for a while. Incidentally, they are about to release their greatest-hits album, which was to include the new remix of “Blow Me Away.”

More importantly, is Breaking Benjamin’s implosion the first to come via e-mail? The Pixies still live in infamy thanks to the fact that Frank Black dissolved his band via fax back in the day. Are Breaking Benjamin blazing a new trail in band break-ups? And will you miss the fired members? Sound off in the comments below.

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