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Friday December 12



The Eagles Beat Bon Jovi In Top Rock Earning Chart

(Classic Rock) The Eagles have been named the top-earning rock band of the year, grossing around $100m between June 2013 and June 2014. Income totals were calculated using figures from touring, record sales, publishing, merchandise, endorsements and other ventures. Management, agent and legal fees were not deducted. Income from their History Of The Eagles tour put them ahead of Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones - although rapper Dr Dre topped the list of all musicians with $620m and pop singer Beyonce came second with $115m. But the Eagles were the only rock outfit to reach the $100m barrier in a year which industry analysts Forbes say has seen the continuing rise of dance and pop music." Forbes report: "The History Of The Eagles tour helped the ageless rockers earn more than Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Miley Cyrus combined."

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Thursday December 11



AC/DC Land At No. 3 With Rock Or Bust

(hennemusic) AC/DC have debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 album chart with "Rock Or Bust." The US chart news follows a No. 1 debut for the project in Australia and a No. 3 start in the UK. Billboard reports the band sold 174,00 copies of the new album during its opening week to land in the third spot behind Pentatonix ("That's Christmas To Me") and Taylor Swift ("1989"). "Rock Or Bust" is AC/DC's ninth US top 10; their previous release - 2008's "Black Ice" - delivered the group its first US No. 1 with first week sales of 784,000.

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Wednesday December 10



Metallica Frontman Faces His Fears

(Classic Rock) Metallica frontman James Hetfield has told how his lifelong fear of responsibility has caused problems with his addiction recovery. And he says turning 50 last year has given him new concerns about being thought of as a role model. In August he discussed his method for relying on fans when he suffered a lack of confidence on stage. Now Hetfield says in a video for addiction service Road Recovery: "I've been afraid of responsibility my whole life - not wanting to take responsibility for myself." He recalls an elementary school summer session where he was told to work with a group of fellow pupils on a film project. "I was, 'Hey, how about we do this?' and all these ideas. Then they said, 'Okay now, choose your leaders who's responsible for the stuff.' "I shrunk, man. I got scared. The group was like, 'You're the leader because you had all the ideas.' I was like, 'No, no, no' - and I bailed. I was afraid of responsibility. Afraid of failure, maybe; afraid that I didn't know what I was really doing." He admits: "That's kind of what it's like for me in recovery at times. Afraid to take on responsibility of sponsees, allowing myself to stand up and shine in that way."

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Tuesday December 9



Former Creedence Clearwater Revival Members Sue John Fogerty

(Radio.com) The feud between John Fogerty and his former Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates has spanned decades, with Fogerty having long gone after his old band for using the Creedence Clearwater Revisited name of their touring outfit. This lawsuit was settled way back in 2001, but now appears to be picking up steam again, but in reverse, with the bandmates now going after Fogerty for his recent comments regarding the use of the Creedence trademark. According to Billboard, the 2001 settlement deemed Fogerty would back off his complains about the use of the Creedence Clearwater Revisited name in exchange for a cut of their earnings. This apparently was violated when Fogerty recently went after the Revisited camp in an interview. Now, his former band and associates, which includes Douglas Clifford, bassist Stuart Cook and the wife of late rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, are saying these interview critiques violate the settlement. The band is suing for alleged malfeasance and settlement agreement breach, as well as claiming Fogerty himself is misusing the trademark, with a tour in which is advertised to "perform the albums of Creedence Clearwater Revival."

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