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In The News: CCR's first six albums get reissue treatment

Who's ruling the tour circuit? What's going on with your favorite artists? Find out with In The News! Artists featured in this installment include: Creedence Clearwater Revival, KISS, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, Hank Williams Jr., Metallica, Amy Winehouse, Jack Black, Neil Young, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Fleetwood Mac, George Martin, Cheech and Chong and more!


Fantasy Records
is reissuing expanded editions of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s first six albums on CD. The digitally remastered albums, which will include rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks, will drop Sept. 30 to mark the band’s 40th anniversary. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country, Green River, Willy & the Poor Boys, Cosmo’s Factory and Pendulum will be presented in Digi-Paks…


A rare KISS acetate is slated for public auction on eBay starting Aug. 7 and ending Aug. 17. The acetate’s owner, Richard Totoian, was national promotion director at Windfall Music when he received it from the band, which was hoping for a record deal. Dated April 30, 1973, the acetate contained songs that later appeared on KISS’ first self-titled LP. For details, e-mail or visit the Web site


Kenny Chesney
rules the lastest Pollstar concert tour earnings rankings with a box office gross of $1.88 million Rounding out the top 10 are (in order): The Police; Dave Matthews Band; Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; Van Halen; Kanye West; Alicia Keys; R.E.M.; Iron Maiden and Michael Buble


Graceland has joined with MySpace for a nationwide “Elvis Week Karaoke Contest.’’ Participants can visit to get in on the competition by recording a version of “Hound Dog,” “If I Can Dream” or “Suspicious Minds”…


An avatar of Jimi Hendrix, as well as his songs “The Wind Cries Mary” and “Purple Haze” will be included on “Guitar Hero World Tour,” the fourth edition of the game, which is scheduled for release Oct. 27… Metallica will release its next album, Death Magnetic, as a download for Activision’s “Guitar Hero III’’ on the same day that the CD arrives in stores... Best Buy Co. Inc. is setting aside store space for musical instruments and gear in as many as 85 sites nationwide… EMI Group has recruited Elio Leoni-Sceti, 42, to head its recorded music division… The Rolling Stones have signed a long-term, exclusive worldwide contract with Vivendi SA’s Universal Music, dealing a major blow to the group’s former recording company, EMI Group PLC, with whom the Stones had partnered for more than 20 years. The new deal covers the Stones’ future albums and their back catalog… EMI Group PLC has named Rob Stevenson president of its Virgin music label in the United States; he previously served as executive vice president at Universal Music Group’s Island Def Jam, where he signed artists including Fall Out Boy and The Killers...


Iowa Gov. Chet Culver
has signed a proclamation designating Aug. 30-Sept. 1 “Iowa RockNRoll Weekend”... Madame Tussauds in London has unveiled a waxwork of singer Amy Winehouse, complete with her signature beehive, black eyeliner and a bright yellow minidress… Comedy/metal band Psychostick has launched a new way to raise reco