Sony CD Warehouse Burns Down in London Riots

More than 150 independent record labels were dealt a huge blow on Monday night, when a facility owned by Sony DADC was destroyed in a fire that resulted from the riots that have torn through England in the past three days.

According to the BBC, the facility, in the London borough of Enfield, served as the main headquarters for U.K. music distributor Pias, which handles stock for independent labels such as 4AD, Sub Pop, Domino, Wrap and XL.

Pias acknowledged the damage in a statement on its Web site on Tuesday, noting, “Pias is working closely with Sony DADC, who are implementing their emergency plans. Pias’s UK offices in London and all other areas of our business are unaffected. More information will be communicated shortly to all our labels and partners.”

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Bono, U2 doc will open Toronto International Film Festival

A film about Bono and U2 will kick off the Toronto International Film Festival. Organizers on Tuesday announced that “From the Sky Down,” Davis Guggenheim’s documentary about the mega-band, will open the North American film showcase on Sept. 8.

Guggenheim, who won an Oscar for the environmental film “An Inconvenient Truth” and directed last year’s education-reform documentary “Waiting for Superman,” said that his new movie traces the arc of an act that has defied conventional wisdom. “In the terrain of rock bands, implosion or explosion is seemingly inevitable. U2 has defied the gravitational pull toward destruction,” he said in a statement.

U2 began life about three decades ago by making politically inflected rock songs and has reinvented its sound numerous times. It’s one of the all-time top-grossing acts, with Bono of course regarded as a prominent activist for numerous causes, particularly in the Third World.

The “Sky” choice is rare for Toronto, which in its 35 previous editions has never opened with a documentary and frequently opens with a Canadian film (last year’s opener was “Score: A Hockey Musical”). Organizers have not said whether Bono will come to the festival.

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Troubled Soul Singer Amy Winehouse Found Dead

Amy Winehouse, the beehived soul-jazz diva whose self-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent, was found dead Saturday in her London home, police said. She was 27.

Winehouse shot to fame with the album Back to Black, whose blend of jazz, soul, rock and classic pop was a global hit. It won five Grammys and made Winehouse — with her black beehive hairdo and old-fashioned sailor tattoos — one of music’s most recognizable stars.

Police confirmed that a 27-year-old female was pronounced dead at the home in Camden Square northern London; the cause of death was not immediately known. London Ambulance Services said Winehouse had died before the two ambulance crews it sent arrived at the scene.

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Linkin Park to Release New Album, ‘A Thousand Suns,’ Sept. 14

Linkin Park will release its new album “A Thousand Suns” (Machine Shop Recordings/Warner Bros.) on Sept. 14, the band announced today on its official website. The album’s first single, “The Catalyst,” debuts at radio and on iTunes Aug. 2.

Super-producer Rick Rubin and frontman Mike Shinoda teamed up again to co-produce “A Thousand Suns” after working together on Linkin Park’s last album, 2007’s “Minutes to Midnight.” The band will launch a contest through its MySpace page to help promote the release, allowing fans to record their own songs using Linkin Park audio stems for the chance to appear on the new album.

“Our albums are the foundation of who we are as a band, and reserving a spot for a fan to play on one of our songs felt like a way to show our dedication to them,” Shinoda said.

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Men at Work must pay Down Under royalties

Australian band Men at Work has been ordered to turn over five per cent of the royalties from its hit 1980s song Down Under.

In Sydney on Tuesday, Federal Court Justice Peter Jacobson ordered the band’s recording company, EMI Songs Australia, and the song’s writers, Colin Hay and Ron Strykert, to pay five per cent of Down Under’s royalties since 2002 and forward them to publishing company Larrikin Music.

In February, Jacobson had ruled that a flute melody in Down Under is copied from an internationally known children’s campfire song called Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree, for which Larrikin owns the copyright.

Larrikin, which filed the copyright lawsuit in 2009, had sought 60 per cent of Down Under’s royalties.

However, in the ruling issued Tuesday, Jacobson wrote he considered “the figures put forward by Larrikin to be excessive, overreaching and unrealistic.”

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Bill Aucoin, manager who discovered Kiss, dies at 66

Bill Aucoin, who discovered the rock group Kiss and helped build them into a musical and merchandising juggernaut, died Monday in Florida. He was 66.

Aucoin died at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura of surgical complications from prostate cancer, said Carol Kaye, a family spokeswoman.

A former television cinematographer, Aucoin discovered Kiss in New York City in 1973 and helped launch the makeup-wearing, fire-breathing quartet into a moneymaking machine.

He financed the band’s first tour on his personal American Express credit card when money was tight, but he was well rewarded when the band’s popularity exploded in 1975 with the hit “Rock And Roll All Nite.”

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Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil Nailed for DUI

Vince Neil, famed frontman for the ’80s hair-metal band, was arrested for suspicion of DUI early this morning in Las Vegas, E! News has learned.

A Las Vegas Police Department spokeswoman so far has released little information about the bust except to say it was accident related. No word if there were any injuries. The veteran 49-year-old rocker was booked into Clark County Jail and is currently being held on $2,000 bail.

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Autopsy showed morphine overdose killed Slipknot bassist

Slipknot bassist Paul Gray’s death two months ago was from an accidental morphine overdose, the Polk County, Iowa, medical examiner said Monday.

Gray, 38, was found dead by staff at a hotel near Des Moines, Iowa on May 24, said Sgt. Dave Disney of the Urbandale Police Department.

Toxicology test results showed a fatal level of morphine and fentanyl — a synthetic morphine — in Gray’s body, said Dr. Gregory Schmunk.

Schmunk also noted the presence of significant heart disease, according to a police statement Monday.

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Six Ozzy Osbourne Tracks Coming to Rock Band

Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne makes his Rock Band debut with six songs – three classics and three from his upcoming album Scream! Ozzy has sold 50 million albums worldwide during his solo career (plus another 50 million albums as the vocalist for Black Sabbath!), won two Grammys, an MTV Movie Award, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is a living legend and the Godfather of Heavy Metal. Now rockers everywhere will now be able to enjoy his music through Rock Band.

Fans will be able to play the already hit single “Let Me Hear You Scream” and two yet-unreleased tracks from Scream – “Diggin’ Me Down” and “Soul Sucker” – before the album hits stores on June 22nd. Longtime Ozzy fans shouldn’t feel left out – three Ozzy classics will also be available: “Crazy Babies, “I Don’t Wanna Stop,” and “No More Tears.”

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Kazaa, Skype Founders Launch Twitter-Like Music Service Rdio

Janus Friis with Niklas Zennström, who disrupted music distribution with the Kazaa file sharing service and phone companies with Skype, unveiled their Twitter-like version of a digital music service at the crack of midnight Thursday morning.

Rdio offers instant access to more than 5 million tracks from all the major labels and several indies to listeners in the United States and Canada through a web browser, downloadable software or mobile app. It’s available for free for three days and then for fees of $5 (web only) or $10 (web plus mobile).

The service enters a crowded field; Napster, Rhapsody, MOG, mSpot and others already charge similar prices to deliver the same music in the same ways in the United States. And Apple, Google and Spotify are waiting in the wings.

Along with leveraging experience from Kazaa and Skype (as well as their failed video service Joost), founders Friis and Zennström hope Rdio will distinguish itself from the field with features borrowed from Twitter and Facebook. It’ll let you see what people you trust are listening to, what they like and who they know, through real-time feeds, activity streams and profile pages that display the most-played music by a given user graphically with different-sized bubbles.

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