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R.E.M. Quickly Returns to the Studio for Its Next Album

Over the last 15 years or so, R.E.M. fans have grown accustomed to three-to-four-year waits between new albums — but it looks like the band is speeding things up for its next release.

With its most recent album, ‘Collapse Into Now,’ a mere four months old, R.E.M. is already in an Athens, Georgia studio working on the follow-up — and fans can follow their progress via a series of snapshots that singer Michael Stipe is posting along the way.

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Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift Lead 2011 Teen Choice Award Nominations

They might not be as prestigious as the Grammys or the Oscars, but the Teen Choice Awards are a lot more fun — and they’ve just announced their nominees for this year’s ceremony.

Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift lead the pack, with five and six nominations, respectively. Other stars boasting multiple nods — drawn across the pop culture spectrum, including movies, music, television, fashion, and sports — are Justin Bieber, Adele, Lady Gaga, and Eminem.

Take a look at the list of music nominees below, then read the full list at the Teen Choice Awards website — and mark your calendar for August 7, when this year’s winners will be announced.

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Puddle of Mudd Covers Led Zeppelin, Elton John, and More on New Album [VIDEO]

When they entered the studio to work on songs for a follow-up to 2009′s ‘Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate,’ Puddle of Mudd had a hard time finding the inspiration for new material — so they decided just to have fun playing some of their favorite tunes by other artists.

“We were really burned out, and when we started trying to write again it just wasn’t time yet,” said guitarist Paul Phillip in a recent Billboard interview. “We had been doing (AC/DC’s) ‘TNT’ and (the Steve Miller Band’s) ‘The Joker’ and had so much fun with those that one thing led to another, and we decided to make a covers record. It was just something fun to do, and we had a blast.”

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Twisted Sister Rocks Again with ‘Double Live’

A little rock ‘n’ roll attitude and a whole lot of makeup can go a long, long way. Just ask the members of Twisted Sister, who will celebrate their 40th anniversary next year — and who are gearing up for the release of a double live DVD, fittingly titled ‘Double Live: Northstage Theatre 1982 / New York Steel Benefit show 2001.’

As you’d guess from the title, ‘Double Live’ collects a pair of Twisted Sister concerts, one from the band’s early ’80s heyday, and another from a reunion performance staged by the classic lineup to benefit the families of safety workers who perished in the September 11 attacks. As the DVD press release puts it, “The reaction to Twisted Sister’s set was overwhelming and led directly to the ongoing existence of the band today.”

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Tom Petty Demands Michele Bachmann’s Campaign Stop Using ‘American Girl’

Michele Bachmann has now been told by Tom Petty that his song ‘American Girl’ is off limits for her presidential campaign.

Petty’s outspoken protectiveness of his music is certainly nothing new — in the ’80s, he engaged in a protracted public legal battle with his former label, MCA, over rising record prices, and more recently, he asked the Bush campaign to refrain from using his songs at campaign events.

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Linkin Park Plays Unique Cover of Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ [VIDEO]

With 3.5 million copies sold and chart-topping radio play around the world, Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ is arguably the song of 2011. You just can’t escape it these days — not even if you’re in the audience for a Linkin Park concert.

At a recent fan club show, band members Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda unveiled their unplugged version of ‘Rolling in the Deep,’ stripping it down to acoustic guitar and vocals. It offered not only a new take on the song, but a rarely seen side of Linkin Park, a band that has sold more than 50 million units (and won a pair of Grammys) on the strength of its loud, rap-tinged brand of rock.

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Nirvana Bandmates Reunite Behind Closed Doors

Take three former members of Nirvana, put them together on a stage with their instruments and a stack of amps, and what do you get? The rock ‘n’ roll reunion of the decade — albeit one that played only briefly, and for an audience of one.

It all happened when lead Foo Fighter and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl invited his old compadre, bassist Krist Novoselic, to come out for a Foos show. During pre-concert rehearsals, as the two were warming up with Foo Fighters/ex-Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear, Grohl realized something special was about to happen.

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Bret Michaels Spooked By Visit From His Grandmother’s Ghost

Poison frontman Bret Michaels is currently on the road with Mötley Crüe and the New York Dolls, but he’s never too busy to make an appearance on a reality television show — not even ‘Celebrity Ghost Stories.’

The Biography Channel series, currently in its third season, recently welcomed Michaels for an interview session about his own experiences with the supernatural, which apparently include a pair of visits from the spirit of his deceased grandmother.

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Did Red Wine Kill Jimi Hendrix?

When you think of dangerous rock ‘n’ roll substances, red wine probably isn’t even on the list. But according to a friend of Jimi Hendrix, it may have been the cause of the guitar legend’s death.

In an interview with the UK’s Daily Mail, Meic Stevens recounted the last night of Hendrix’s life, saying he “was drinking lager or some kind of beer and he just poured the wine in to the pint glass. I don’t think he had ever drunk red wine before — he didn’t know how to drink it. He seemed okay. He seemed to be alright. But the next day I woke up late and somebody phoned and said Jimi’s dead. Apparently he choked on his own vomit.”

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Johnny Knoxville Posts Eulogy for Ryan Dunn

Ryan Dunn’s death is really a story about a life ended too soon — and Dunn’s longtime friend and ‘Jackass’ partner, Johnny Knoxville, has issued a poignant reminder in a recent blog post.

Saying he was trying to work out emotions he’d been unable to express at Dunn’s memorial service, Knoxville wrote an impassioned letter to his departed friend, saying Dunn “had a pure, open heart,” and made him “feel 34 percent funnier” when he was around.

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Brian Wilson Coming to Theaters Near You, Thanks to New Biopic

Even if he were simply one of the most critically revered songwriters of the rock era, Brian Wilson’s life story would be ripe for the film treatment. Toss in decades of eccentric behavior and lawsuits, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a biopic.

At least, that seems to be the thinking over at River Road Entertainment, the production company behind Terrence Malick’s ‘The Tree of Life,’ where Oren Moverman — the writer and director behind the Oscar-nominated ‘The Messenger’ — has been hired to write the screenplay.

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Spin Doctors Turn 20 With Reissued Debut, Plans to Launch World Tour

They burst out of the gate with a multiplatinum debut and a pair of top 40 singles, but then a not-so-funny thing happened to the Spin Doctors on the way to rock ‘n’ roll fame.

Actually, a series of unfortunate events befell the band, which enjoyed two of the most successful singles of the early ’90s in ‘Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong’ and ‘Two Princes’ — they ended the decade not only without a record deal, but without lead singer Chris Barron, who was diagnosed with a rare form of vocal paralysis that left him unable to sing or speak.

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