Killing Joke/Ministry Bassist Paul Raven Dies

Paul Raven, the bass player with influential British post punk group Killing Joke, died in his sleep during the early hours of Saturday morning, at the age of 46.

Kid Rock Arrested In Waffle House Scuffle

Kid Rock was arrested early Sunday after a brawl at an Atlanta restaurant and spent about 12 hours in jail before being released, police said. The musician stopped at the Waffle House restaurant shortly after 5 a.m. after his performance at The Tabernacle.

Mudvayne Lets Fans Choose On New Album

Mudvayne frontman Chad Gray says the group is “getting really close” to figuring out what songs are going to appear on its fan-generated album “By the People, For the People,” due Nov. 27 via Epic.

Jay-Z Plots Brief ‘Gangster’ Tour

Jay-Z is slated to support his upcoming Def Jam album, “American Gangster,” with a short tour next month. The rapper/label honcho will open the five-date run on street date (Nov. 6) at Los Angeles’ House of Blues.

Stereophonics, Sugababes Perched Atop U.K. Charts

Welsh rock trio Stereophonics achieved its fifth consecutive U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Oct. 21) with “Pull the Pin” (V2), while Sugababes’ “About You Now” (Universal Island) started a fourth week atop the singles chart.

Swervedriver Returning To Duty For 2008 Tour

U.K. rock act Swervedriver will reunite for a worldwide 2008 tour after a nearly decade-long hiatus. Dates and other details have yet to be announced.

Billboard Holiday Albums Chart Goes Live Early

With high profile artists like Josh Groban and Mannheim Steamroller bringing Christmas albums to market in October, Billboard brings Top Holiday Albums for an earlier encore than happens in most years.

T.I. Pleads Not Guilty To Weapons Charges

Rapper T.I. pleaded not guilty to a trio of illegal weapons charges today (Oct. 19) in Atlanta and was ordered to be held in custody for another week by a judge who said he would consider releasing him on bond.

J.Period Goes ‘Gangster,’ Ramps Up Mixtapes

Mixtape DJ J.Period has added film scoring to his resume with the upcoming “American Gangster.”

Courtney Love to Executive Produce (Another) Drama About Kurt Cobain’s Last Days

Universal Pictures and 25th Hour screenwriter David Benioff are getting to work on Last Days an untitled drama about the life of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Courtney Love, whose criteria when picking projects dealing with her dead husband’s legacy is usually incredibly stringent, will serve as executive producer. The script will adapt Charles Cross’ 2001 biography Heavier Than Heaven, which included accounts gleaned from Cobain’s unpublished journals as well as information from Cobain’s family and friends. This news comes nearly two weeks after About A Son — a Cobain documentary that utilizes interview excerpts — and Control, about the life and suicide of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, hit theaters. We assume an Elliott Smith script is being Fed-Exed overnight to Paramount as we type. So far, music rights have not been secured, but with Love in the exec. producer’s chair, that shouldn’t be a problem. Casting hasn’t begun yet either, but we recommend this guy, considering he did such a great job the first time around.

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