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The Cult To Release First Album Since 2007


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British rock band The Cult is set to release their first album in five years. The group's ninth studio album is called Choice of Weapon and will be released on May 21st, 2012. The Cult will also be announcing plans for a world tour in the near future.

Formed in the northern city of Bradford in 1981, The Cult has experienced several line-up changes throughout their thirty year history. Currently, the band comprises: Ian Astbury (lead vocals, percussion); BILLY DUFFY (lead guitar); CHRIS WYSE (bass) and JOHN TEMPESTA (drums). The Cult split in 1995, due to backstage tensions but soon reunited in 1999. Unfortunately, it wasn't for too long, as the band split again in 2002. Again, it was a short hiatus and the band reformed in 2005.

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Ulrich Denies Dumping Producer


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Metallica star Lars Ulrich denies "turning his back" on longtime collaborator Bob Rock in favour of music producer Rick Rubin.


The rockers hired Rubin for their tenth studio album Death Magnetic and Ulrich insists they made the right decision.


But the drummer is adamant the heavy metal stars haven't broken off all ties with Rock.


He says, "We didn't really turn our back (on Rock).

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Furtado Reigns At Juno Awards


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Nelly Furtado has swept the boards at the Juno Awards - Canada's version of the Grammy's - taking home five prizes.
The 28-year-old singer doubled up as host and winner at the ceremony in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Sunday (1APR07) - picking up the Best Single, Best Album and Fan's Choice awards, to add to the Best Artist and Pop Album of the Year gongs presented to her at a gala dinner on Saturday (31MAR07).
After collecting the Fan's Choice award - voted by the Canadian public - Furtado said, "I'm just happy to be here and humbled."
Other multiple nominees weren't so lucky, rapper k-os won nothing, despite being nominated for five awards.
At the ceremony, rocker-turned-producer Bob Rock was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame for his work with a string of rock greats, including Metallica, Aerosmith and Motley Crue.
The main Juno winners are as follows:
Juno Fan Choice Award: NELLY FURTADO
Group of the Year: Billy Talent
New Artist of the Year: TOMI SWICK
Single of the Year: Promiscuous, NELLY FURTADO
R+B Soul/Recording of the Year: mySOUL, JACKSOUL
Rock Album of the Year: BILLY TALENT II, BILLY TALENT
Album of the Year: Loose, NELLY FURTADO
International Album of the Year: TAKING THE LONG WAY, Dixie Chicks
Artist of the Year: NELLY FURTADO
New Group of the Year: MOBILE
Songwriter of the Year: GORDIE SAMPSON
Pop Album of the Year: LOOSE, NELLY FURTADO
Video of the Year: BRIDGE TO NOWHERE, DUPLEX.

Metallica Go Back On Their Word


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LATEST: Rockers Metallica have recruited Rick Rubin to producer their next album - after vowing not to replace longterm collaborator Bob Rock. Drummer Lars Ulrich recently refuted claims Rubin was being courted, insisting, "I would say that Bob Rock will always be our producer. You know, it's almost like default. It's not whether he should produce, it's more whether he shouldn't produce it." But Rubin - who has worked with Red Hot Chili Peppers and SYSTEM OF A DOWN - has been announced as the producer for the follow up to the band's 2003 album ST ANGER, in an announcement on Metallica's website. The statement reads, "Since this Rick dude is new to all this, we thought it would be a nice gesture to help break him into the music business by asking him to produce our new record. "We're very happy he said yes."

Metallica To Stick With Bob Rock


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Rock veterans Metallica have rubbished rumours they plan to sack longterm producer Bob Rock and hire Rick Rubin to make their new album.

Drummer Lars Ulrich insists Rock with be in the driving seat when the band hits the studio for the follow up to last LP ST ANGER, and they've never even thought about replacing him.

Ulrich says, "I would say that Bob Rock will always be our producer. You know, it's almost like default. It's not whether he should produce, it's more whether he shouldn't produce it."

Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster Review


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Metallica's St. Anger - the legendary metal band's first album of new material since the touchy-feely twin horrors Load (1996) and Re-Load (1997) - is a dense, sonically messy one-note return to their speed metal roots. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's documentary about the trials and tribulations surrounding the making of that comeback album, however, is a full-blown opera of metallic drama, passion, and misery. Filled with the torment and rage that fuels the band's finest work, it's a piercing vision of an iconic band teetering on the brink of collapse, and a fascinating portrait of the creative process as explosive, potentially destructive, and, ultimately, cathartic.

Berlinger and Sinofsky's film began as a simple record label-financed project to help promote the band's new record, yet soon morphed into a marathon three-year venture as the group - reeling from the departure of its long-time bassist Jason Newsted, and with the remaining members struggling to cope with newfound adult responsibilities and long-held bad habits - began to fray at the edges. Forced to attend group sessions with therapist-to-the-stars Phil Towle after Newsted's sudden exit, the band's remaining three members seem thoroughly fed up with each other - diminutive drummer and band spokesperson Lars Ulrich refuses to see eye to eye with singer (and struggling alcoholic) James Hetfield, who exasperatedly rolls his eyes at Towle's "Metallica Mission Statement" and ignores guitarist Kirk Hammett's pleas to make nice with Ulrich. A dysfunctional family with Ulrich as the band's de facto mommy, Hetfield as the controlling, liquored-up daddy, and Hammett as the timid child trying to stop the fighting, the group seems ready to explode. Then, with inter-band relationships at their most strained, Hetfield unexpectedly leaves for rehab, bringing an abrupt halt to sessions for the new album and awkwardly placing his band members' professional lives on indefinite hold.

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Metallica Fans Petition For Removal Of Producer


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Metallica fans have launched a new campaign, urging members of the band to ditch their longtime producer Bob Rock.

The fans have set up an online petition in their efforts to have Rock removed from the band's future work, citing the music man as a mismatch with the metal veterans.

A portion of the petition reads, "We, the longtime loyal fans and friends of Metallica and their music... know it will be a hard thing to do, but we feel it is time to sever your working relationship with Bob Rock.

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Crue Single Is Simple Plan Leftover


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Fans of rockers Motley Crue fear for the quality of their comeback material, after learning their new single was first rejected by rock band Simple Plan.

IF I DIE TOMORROW was originally recorded by Simple Plan during sessions for their STILL NOT GETTING ANY... disc, but they didn't deem it worthy of inclusion on the LP.

Motley Crue were handed the tune by producer Bob Rock, who worked on the band's new material after completing the Simple Plan album.

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