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It's been a tough week for Nickelback. After being booked to play the Super Bowl Detroit Lions' Thanksgiving halftime show, an online petition was launched to revoke the booking.

The petition reads: "This game is nationally televised, do we really want the rest of the U.S. to associate Detroit with Nickelback? Detroit is home to so many great musicians and they chose Nickelback?!?!?! Is this some sort of ploy to get people to leave their seats during halftime to spend money on alcoholic beverages and concessions? This is completely unfair to those of us who purchased tickets to the game. At least the people watching at home can mute their TVs."

As of publication, more than 53,000 people had signed. But that ain't all. In addition, Spin is reporting that, a dating website for music fans, announced that Nickelback edged out Justin Bieber to top the list of acts that "are a turnoff."

After a week like that, you'd think they'd pack it in. But apparently not. Nickelback is still planning on playing halftime at the Superbowl game to ensure no one watching the game gets laid afterward.

Gibson Guitars isn't turned off by Nickelback so much as federal wood importing regulations. Its plant in Nashville, Tenn., was raided by armed federal agents in August for suspicion of violating The Lacey Act, which protects against illegally harvested wood. Initially, CEO Henry Juszkiewicz launched a war of words against the powers that be and started palling around with Tea Partying Rep Marsha Blackburn.

But after achieving nothing for all the bluster, Gibson started an online contest looking for ideas on how to amend the Lacey Act. Participants can upload a video, song or logo that explains their ideas. The winner will receive a custom Les Paul guitar.

In local news, Built to Spill guitarist Doug Martsch spilled some major beans to Rolling Stone last week. Not only is the band working on a new album, but it's organizing on an all-Boise showcase at SXSW that it will headline. Though the location and opening acts have yet to be confirmed, sources close to the event say it's on.

Of course, SXSW is in Texas, so it will be a super-expensive show to catch, unless you win free passes from Time Warner Cable. All you have to do is "like" its Facebook page and you can enter a contest to win passes to the fest, along with a year of Internet service and a new video camera.

And finally, Michael Jackson's stuff, including the bed he died in, is up for auction. So if you want to buy a slightly-used Ferris wheel, game on.