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Go-Go's cancel summer tour after guitarist Jane Wiedlin suffers hiking fall

The-Go-GosImage Credit: George Rose/Getty ImagesBad news for Go Go’s fans today: The new-wave girl group icons have been forced to cancel a summer-long reunion tour—including the July 7 Lilith Fair kick-off in San Diego—following rhythm guitarist Jane Wiedlin‘s 20-foot fall from a mountain near her home in Northern California. A scheduled ACL replacement surgery on her knee will take Wiedlin out of commission for up to a year, according to a statement posted on her website.

That means the group’s appearance on Good Morning America, scheduled for July 16 in Central Park, is off as well. Their formal statement: “The band is heartbroken and hopes their fans will send best wishes for Jane’s speedy recovery. In the meantime, tickets can be refunded at point of purchase.”

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Drake's 'Thank Me Later' leaks online

drake-the-rapperHip-hop’s summer has started a bit earlier than expected. The season’s most anticipated album, Drake‘s Thank Me Later debut, leaked onto the internet last night (June 1). It’s not scheduled to officially hit stores until June 15. Several tracks had leaked in their unfinished forms over its year-long creation. But in the past week, mixed and mastered versions of tracks like the Alicia Keys-assisted “Fireworks” and his Jay-Z “Light Up”  collaboration hit the blogosphere. The 23-year-old rhymer played it cool when he got word that his entire album leaked last night.

“I gave away free music for years,” he tweeted, alluding to the numerous mixtapes he made available for free download. So Far Gone, his stellar 2009 tape, was the offering that made him a favorite amongst hip-hop’s new class. “So we’re good over here,” he continued. “Just allow it to be the soundtrack to your summer and ENJOY! JUNE 15th!”

Leaks hardly benefit the artist. It’s safe to assume that his record sales will suffer a bit because many will download the album for free, opting not to buy the retail copy. But there have been some cases where it has not hurt as much. Back in 2008, Lil Wayne’s highly anticipated Tha Carter III leaked two weeks early. It went on to sell 1,000,000 copies in its first week out. So maybe people will use Drake’s debut leak as a sampler and then buy the official copy in two weeks.

Have you heard Drake’s Thank Me Later yet? Like it? Do you plan on buying it when it hits stores on June 15th? Let us know.

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Nashville music landmarks devastated by floods; Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, more tweet their status. (Also: info on how to help!)

Nashville-music-floodingImage Credit: John Partipilo/The Tennessean/AP ImagesThe tragic flooding of the Cumberland River in Nashville has taken a toll on the city’s country music scene, with both landmarks and artists being affected as the waters rose after storms that killed 22 people in the Southeast over the weekend. The river is expected to crest today at 11 feet over the flood line; sadly, more damage is expected.

The venerable Grand Ole Opry has been forced to relocate shows for the first time since 1975, due to water damage at its Opryland complex. You can see some photos of the scene on the Opry’s Facebook page, linked here. No confirmation is available on the exact damage to the Opry House itself, though sources say there’s three feet of water covering the stage — UPDATE: Nashvillest posted a heartbreaking photo on their Twitter account (thanks, commenter Janna) — and ten feet of floodwater filled the Opryland Hotel yesterday. Although the Ryman Auditorium downtown is safe (and will host one of the relocated Opry shows this week), the bars and clubs on 2nd Avenue are underwater, as is Sommet Center Bridgestone Arena, home to the annual CMA and CMT Awards shows. Across the street, the Country Music Hall of Fame reports five feet of water in a mechanical room, and some damage to a theater in their building. The Tennessean is posting updates to venue closings, as well as fundraising efforts already underway.

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, home to the Nashville Symphony, has 15 feet of water in the basement putting instruments at risk; they’ve reportedly already lost two pianos and their organ. (The flooding of symphonies is a tragedy that hits particularly close to home for your blogger.)


Abbey Road Studios for sale: Is nothing sacred?!

Strange news out of London: EMI Records is selling the legendary Abbey Road Studios, according to a report in the Financial Times (registration required to read; h/t). Apparently the rooms where the Beatles did the vast majority of their recording in the ’60s just aren’t a sound financial investment anymore.

I know times are tough, but come on, EMI! History! In addition to all those amazing Beatles albums, Abbey Road has also been the site of essential recordings by the likes of Radiohead (The Bends) and Pink Floyd (The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, The Dark Side of the Moon, etc.). More recently, Abbey Road is where all the Beatles’ albums were lovingly remastered for last fall’s reissue campaign. The Financial Times story implies that its recording facilities have become outdated; does that make it any less of a landmark?

Of course, assuming EMI finds a buyer, there’s a strong chance Abbey Road’s new owners will continue to operate it as a recording studio. Let’s hope so, at least. Anyone else dismayed by the idea of Abbey Road changing hands?

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John Mayer's 'Playboy' interview: Why does no one care that he also uses a gay slur?

John Mayer’s crazy controversial Playboy interview has already sparked outrage for his use of the N word and his comparison of Jessica Simpson to “sexual napalm.” But in the interview Mayer also uses the gay slur “f–s,” which seems to be yielding much less outrage. While discussing kissing Perez Hilton one night at a club, Mayer says, “I grabbed him and gave him the dirtiest, tongue-iest kiss I have ever put on anybody—almost as if I hated f–s.” Um, why has this not merited a twitter-pology? A spokesperson for Mayer told EW, “On Wednesday, JM apologized for his remarks via Twitter and again in public that night. His remorse is genuine and he has expressed sincere regret for all of his word choices.” Clearly this interview was meant to offend pretty much everyone, but I would still like an apology from Mayer on behalf of gays everywhere.

What do you think?

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The Aerosmith battle heats up: Steven Tyler may take legal action to prevent being replaced

According to a Billboard article, Steven Tyler’s attorney Skip Miller has written a letter to Aerosmith’s manager Howard Kaufman requesting that the band’s management, “immediately cease and desist from engaging in acts and conduct to the harm and detriment of your own client, Aerosmith, and our client who is one of it members.” The letter refers to the possibility that the band might recruit a singer to replace Tyler.

Earlier this month, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry apparently confirmed that the band were looking for a new frontman. “The word’s been out there for a while,” he told Canada’s QMI news agency. “Hopefully, we’ll have found a new singer by the summer, and Aerosmith will be able to go back out on the road.”

Aerosmith were on the road last year but had to abandon their tour in August after Tyler fell from a stage. Billboard quotes Tyler’s attorney as saying that the singer “does not want lawsuits,” although it seems the singer is not ruling out that possibility. According to Skip Miller, “we’ll cross that bridge if and when we come to it.” (Both Miller and Howard Kaufman failed to respond to interview requests).

In short, things seem to be getting pretty heated in the Aerosmith camp. Of course, various members have always had a love-hate relationship, and there was a period in the late ’70s/early ’80s when both Perry and fellow guitarist Brad Whitford departed from the ‘Smith ranks. And we may be looking at a similar fracture here.

What do you think? Would you pay to see Aerosmith play with, say, Bill Idol or Paul Rodgers (both of whom are rumored to be in the frame to replace Tyler)?

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Courtney Love loses custody of Frances Bean

TMZ is reporting and E! Online is confirming with court documents that Courtney Love has temporarily lost legal custody of Frances Bean, her daughter with late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Frances Bean, who is now a whopping 17 years old, has been placed in the care of Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, and his sister, Kimberly. No reason for the guardianship was given, and the women do not have control over the teen’s trust fund. We’ve called both Love’s lawyer and her publicist, and are waiting for further confirmation and any response from the notoriously uncensored Hole singer. (Ordinarily, we’d turn to her Twitter, but she shut it down this fall in the wake of a libel suit filed against her by a fashion designer she’d called a “nasty lying hosebag thief.”)

In the meantime, Mixers, what do you think? While there’s no guarantee this means disaster in the life of Love (or Frances), it’s certainly not a good sign. Are you as bummed as we are that this family unit couldn’t hold on for one more year?

UPDATE: Love’s attorney, Keith A. Fink, gave a statement to late today, saying, “This is simply about Frances preferring to live with her grandmother at this time.”

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