THE BLACK KEYS, LINKIN PARK AND ARCTIC MONKEYS ARE AMONG THE NOMINEES FOR THIS YEAR'S MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS. LINKIN PARK IS UP FOR BEST ROCK VIDEO FOR THEIR SONG "UNTIL IT'S GONE", UP AGAINST IMAGINE DRAGONS' "DEMONS," ARCTIC MONKEYS' "DO I WANNA KNOW" AND THE BLACK KEYS' "FEVER." ARCADE FIRE HAS NOMINATIONS IN TWO TECHNICAL CATEGORIES, WITH 30 SECONDS TO MARS AND JACK WHITE GETTING ONE TECH NOMINATION APIECE. THE MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS AIR LIVE ON AUGUST 24TH FROM THE FORUM IN INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA.

ROB ZOMBIE HAS A SHORT ANIMATED FILM DEBUTING AT COMIC-CON IN SAN DIEGO NEXT WEEK. HE WORKED WITH THE WALKING DEAD CO-CREATOR TONY MOORE, AND WAS INSPIRED BY THE NEW VIDEO GAME ASSASSIN’S CREED UNITY. IT WILL BE SHOWN AS PART OF THE DEMO FOR THE NEW GAME. ZOMBIE WON’T ATTEND THE FILM DEBUT.

A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BLACK SABBATH FOUNDING MEMBER “GEEZER” BUTLER, WHO TURNS 65 TODAY. BUTLER REVEALED IN A RECENT INTERVIEW THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF TRACKS WHICH DIDN’T MAKE THE CUT FOR THE LAST STUDIO ALBUM ’13′. “WE’VE STILL GOT FOUR TRACKS LEFT OVER FROM THE ALBUM,” SAYS GEEZER, “SO MAYBE WE’LL FILL IN THE OTHER FOUR OR FIVE TRACKS AND PUT OUT ANOTHER ALBUM. IF IT’S RIGHT. WE WOULDN’T DO IT JUST FOR THE SAKE OF IT, OR THE MONEY OR WHATEVER.