Mark Linkous's Tragic Passing, Slash's "Black or White" Clear-Up and Fucked Up's New Studio Album Lead This Week's News Round-Up

Mark Linkous's Tragic Passing, Slash's "Black or White" Clear-Up and Fucked Up's New Studio Album Lead This Week's News Round-Up
With the weekend now in full swing, here's your weekly News Round-Up.

First up, the musical world spent much of the week trying to grasp the tragic lose of Mark Linkous, the driving force behind Sparklehorse. The U.S. singer-songwriter shot himself last Saturday (March 6), leading tributes to pour in over the week from the likes of Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, the Flaming Lips and countless others. Linkous was reportedly nearly finished a new studio full-length, which was due out on Anti- Records. As of yet, however, there is no word on when we might see a release.

In other news, Slash caused quite the stir at CMW this week, revealing that he did not play on Michael Jackson's "Black or White." Speaking of guitar line from the 1991 hit, the former GN'Rer said, "That's gay, I would never play that."

We also had Fucked Up revealing their plans for their next studio album, Jon Spencer giving us the scoop on the Blues Explosion's reissues and reunion show plans and Metallica causing a massive riot in Colombia.

And to top it all off, Canada may soon introduce a new tax on MP3 players. We'll skip the editorializing and just let you decide for yourself if such a move is a good thing or not.