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Courtney Love now Courtney Michelle, Record Store Day helps sales, a worthwhile rant about the Internet and music writing

courtney loveCourtney Love is now Courtney Michelle.

- Courtney Love ... it's never boring, is it? It's not Courtney Love either anymore, apparently. Please call her Courtney Michelle from now on. "The name Courtney Love is a way to oppress me," she said. She also said she considered suicide earlier this month and she's sick of answering questions about Nirvana. At the same time, she also says "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson should not play Kurt Cobain in a bio pic. Love's album "Nobody's Daughter" will finally be released next Tuesday after numerous delays. She plays at 9:30 club on June 27. Tickets go on sale this weekend but special VIP tickets are available through her Web site and those include early entry into the venue, a limited edition Hole poster and tour laminate.

- Sales from the third annual Record Store Day on Saturday hit an all-time high. Vinyl sales were up 119% for the weekend and 7" single sales increased by 529%. In other chart news, MGMT debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts with its second album "Congratulations." But there was no beating the Bieb - Justin Bieber stayed on top.

- Looking for a condensed speech about what's killing rock criticism, complete with lots of f-bombs? Then check out Christopher Weingarten's "Music Is Math" speech from this week's 140 Character Conference. The freelance writer is equally incisive and infuriating on his Twitter account, @1000TimesYes, where he reviews albums using just 140 characters. (Last year he reviewed 1,000 - hence the name.) And calls every third album chillwave. But his thoughts on the battle to be first and search engine optimization killing good writing are well worth hearing. Just put on headphones because the cursing is out of control.

By David Malitz  |  April 22, 2010; 8:59 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Chris Weingarten, Courtney Love, Hole, Justin Bieber, MGMT  
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