|CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 15th November
In today's CMU Daily:
- Old Dirty Bastard dies
- Fans pay tribute to Peel
- British music stars gather for Band Aid 20
- Eminem tops album charts
- U2 top singles chart
- Great and the good line up for inaugral Hall Of Fame awards
- Usher dominates at AMAs
- Clear channel win interactive marketing award
- Live Review: Produced by Trevor Horn at Wembley Arena on 11 Nov
- Apologies site gets of 27 million hits
- BBC radio gets nearly £10 million free TV advertising
- Cowell will only sign X winner
- MusicTank tackle royalties
- PJ Harvey runs everything by her mum
- Stewart ordered to pay back South American tour advance
- Stones lose right to use courts over Decca royalties
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- Where is Martika
- So what's your favourite calendar
- So what's your favourite t-shirt?
VOTE FOR YOUR TRACK OF THE YEAR
Yep, it is that time of year when everyone starts running mindless polls on what were the best things about 2004. We love mindless polls, so wouldn't want to be left out. So - what was your favourite track of 2004? Email us the name of your favourite track with a 50 word explanation to email@example.com - we'll publish people's nominations throughout December, with an overall top ten announced on Christmas Eve. Fun, fun.
COME AND PARTY
This month's London Music Network Playback Party celebrates the launch of LMN's latest album of the month - Elefant's 'Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid'. Elefant will be playing live, plus support and DJs, oh yes, and a free bottle of Becks for everyone. All takes place on 25 September at the Marquee on Leicester Square - and you CMU readers are all invited. To get on the guest list email firstname.lastname@example.org
Not only will you find the latest CMU Digest online, but the CMU Tracklisting returns from its longer-than-expected break (!) later on today rounding up everything that has been played on alternative radio in the last seven days. Download your copy from http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk
SAME SIX QUESTIONS: Yumi Yumi
How did you start out making music for a living?
I was thinking about it since I'm 15 years old. When I was 15, I told my mum "I'll be a rock star" and my mum said "No, you won't. You do Kendo like our family." My family is a martial arts family. So my brother was practicing kendo, I was playing guitar next to him. My brother loves Kendo and I love music. We just kept doing that whole our life - he is still doing Kendo, I still play in the band. We just love to do it. We both didn't think about doing Kendo or making music for living, but we still are.
What inspired your latest album?
Everyday of my life. Specially life in London. Been foreigner for first time in my life. And the book called 'Alchemist' which my friend gave it to me.
What process do you go through in creating an album?
I was fighting with MC-505 for whole recording time because it's so hard to get the right sound straight away with a rhythm box... After rhythm box Yumi recorded bass guitar for once, she played only one take for almost of tracks, I can't believe it. Then I played guitar 2 or 3 times, I sung 2, 3 times - sometime more because of my English pronunciation. It was so hard to make it clear. Imagine you are singing in Japanese and you have to sing it clear, timing and everything. It's the same thing for me! I was so busy all the time in the studio. Yumi was dancing next to me to make me exiting when I was recording, thank you sister!
What artists influence your work?
No-one... I don't think about "like this band" stuff like that all the time. I just do whatever I want and if it sounds good, I'll take it. I was walking down the street and I've heard some noise from somewhere but it sounds good and it became music in my head, I wrote some songs like this. It's really hard to explain!
What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Dance together, sing together, mosh together! We'll take you to shining place.
What are your ambitions for this album and for the future?
We are rocking at the gig but we made this album more pop sounding than rock. So five year old boys can enjoy it and 50 year old mums can enjoy it too. I would like to all the people to listen and make them happy. We'd like to make more good tunes in the future and make more people happy and smile like us.
Yumi Yumi's album 'Alchemy' is out now on Velocity Recordings. They play Coventry's Jailhouse on 27 Nov and Bar Birmingham Academy on 4 Dec.
OLD DIRTY BASTARD DIES
Hip hop lost one of its most colourful characters this weekend when Wu-Tang Clan founding member Old Dirty Bastard collapsed and died at a Manhattan recording studio on Saturday. A spokesman for ODB's label said the rapper, real name Russell Jones, had complained of chest pains before he collapsed strongly suggesting he died of a heart attack.
ODB, due to celebrate his 36th birthday this week, was in the process of completing a new album after being released from a two year prison sentence for drug possession and escaping from a rehab programme.
That prison sentence was the latest of a string of run-ins with the law for ODB. Over the years he was involved in several shootings and was arrested of a number of occasions for charges including shoplifting, drug offences and threatening a former girlfriend.
Musically ODB was probably best known as a member of the legendary Wu Tang Clan, though he had a number of solo hits, most prominently, perhaps, his duet with Kelis, 'Got Your Money'.
Confirming his death, ODB's mother Cherry Jones told reporters yesterday: "To the public he was known as Old Dirty Bastard, but to me he was known as Rusty. The kindest most generous soul on earth."
FANS PAY TRIBUTE TO PEEL
Needless to say, The Undertones' 'Teenage Kicks' was the closing track played at John Peel's emotional funeral on Friday.
With hundreds of mourners making their way to St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds to pay tribute to the late broadcaster - including Jack and Meg White, Michael and Emily Eavis and Radio 1 colleagues Steve Lamacq, Jo Whiley and Annie Nightingale - music was, of course, central to the proceedings.
According to the NME, aside from hymns 'Lord Of All Hopefulness, Lord Of All Joy' and 'Abide With Me', the Stow Market Choral Society - which counts Peel's widow Sheila as a member - sang both Mozart's 'Ave Verum' and Cesar Franck's 'Panif Angelicus', while, at different moments, the congregation heard Howlin' Wolf's 'Going Down Slow', Roy Orbison's 'Running Scared', a recording of the Liverpool football crowd singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and then, of course, 'Teenage Kicks'.
Paying tribute at the event, John's brother Alan Ravenscroft told the congregation: "The response to John's death has been overwhelming. Thank you all for your love, sympathy and support."
Meanwhile Peel's friend Paul Gambaccini said: "You broke more artists than any broadcaster in the history of radio. You helped more artists become themselves than any other broadcaster... your loss galvanised a nation. You meant the same thing to successive generations. You gave them what meant the most to them."
BRITISH MUSIC STARS GATHER FOR BAND AID 20
Britain's music business amassed at a London studio yesterday for the re-recording of legendary charity record 'Do They Know It's Christmas' - this time designed to raise funds to help tackle the famine crisis in Darfur, Sudan.
After a successful day Bob Geldof told reporters the Band Aid 20 project was "firing the starting pistol" to raise funds and awareness for Africa, adding: "It takes me back to another nice morning 20 years ago. It doesn't feel the same because I didn't know what to anticipate before with all the mayhem and chaos. It would be nice to get the same amount of chaos but now people understand clearly what they're doing and I think that's the difference."
On the day the full Band Aid 2004 line up included: Bono, Daniel Bedingfield, Natasha Bedingfield, Turin Brakes, The Thrills, Will Young, Katie Melua, Busted, Joss Stone, Lemar, Jamelia, Keane, Beverley Knight, The Darkness, Ms Dynamite, Snow Patrol, Sugababes, Travis, Rachel Stevens, Estelle, Feeder, The Divine Comedy, Moloko, Shaznay Lewis, Morcheeba, Ash and, of course, Band Aid founders Bob Geldof and Midge Ure.
In addition Robbie Williams, Dido, Thom Yorke, Dizzee Rascal and Chris Martin had all provided pre-recorded vocals to be included in the final track, Paul McCartney supplied pre-recorded bass, while Supergrass' Danny Goffey was on hand to play drums. And as if that wasn't enough, Damon Albarn showed up to serve tea.
If all goes to plan, the charity record will get its first UK radio play tomorrow, with the CD released in the stores by 29 Nov. UK retailers Woolworths and Virgin Megastores have confirmed they will hand their cut of any sales of the single over to the Band Aid trust, while British Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown last week confirmed he would give the charity back all the tax raised on sales of the record.
Musically, those involved described the sound of the new version of the single as "very now".
EMINEM TOPS ALBUM CHARTS
What a good day to be Eminem.
Despite releasing his new album on a Friday, five days behind the competition, he romped home to number one in the albums chart yesterday shifting in excess of 130,000 units in two days. Actual sales figures were somewhat less than some of the predictions being made on Friday as to how many copies of 'Encore' would be sold (at one point some reckoned he might surpass the first week sales of Robbie's greatest hits earlier this year - but in the end he was some way short of Mr. Williams 320,000 first week sales figure). But, nevertheless, Slim Shady's two days worth of sales were sufficient to beat both Britney's greatest hits and Westlife's Frank Sinatra covers album to take the top spot in the album chart. Mr. Mathers is expected to do the same in this week's US album charts where insiders say a first (half) week sales figure in the region of 550K is a conservative estimate - certainly enough to beat Shania Twain's best of to the top of the chart.
Commenting on the buzz surrounding the release of Eminem's latest album, Radio 1's Tim Westwood, without any overstatement whatsoever, told reporters: "Eminem is as important and influential as any politician - maybe more so because he has the ear of the hip-hop generation. If you want to access today's youth it's through hip-hop. The people he is speaking to are the youth who wouldn't vote. If he ever went into politics he would be excellent. He is up there with some of the greatest lyricists in history - I'm talking the like of Shakespeare. In the hip-hop game he's one of the greatest of all time."
One person who won't be celebrating Slim Shady's success this morning is Michael Jackson, who is still pissed off about the spoofing he receives in the video to Eminem's current single 'Just Lose It'.
Jacko this weekend made a surprise phone call to Fox News' Geraldo Rivera, who was reporting on a small protest outside MTV's New York offices where Jacko fans are calling on the music network to ban the "disrespectful" pop promo. Speaking to Rivera, Jacko said: "I think that it's demeaning and disrespectful, and I also want to make it clear that it's not just about Michael Jackson but about a pattern of disrespect that he has shown to our community. He needs to stop it and he needs to stop it now."
U2 TOP SINGLES CHART
Talking of the charts, and Bono's claim at Thursday night's Hall Of Fame Awards that his band would top the singles chart this weekend was proved justified yesterday when 'Vertigo' went straight in at number one (it would have been a bit embarrassing if it hadn't!). He knocked Eminem's 'Just Lose It' into third place, with Destiny's Child hanging on at number two with 'Lose My Breath'.
Lower down the charts, and a plethora of new entries, several of which you might have expected to chart higher, all things being equal. Blue went in at 4 with 'Curtain Falls', Delta Goodrem at 9 with 'Out of The Blue', V at 12 with 'You Stood up', Dizzee Rascal at 14 with the you-either-love-it-or-you-hate-it 'Dream', Eye Opener were at 16 with 'Hungry Eyes', Nas at 18 with 'Bridging The Gap', Steriogram at 19 with 'Walkie Talkie Man', Jamie Cullum at 20 with 'Everlasting Love', Twista feat R Kelly with 'So Sexy' were at 28, Tyler Mase with 'Welcome back' at 29, and the Fin Brothers with 'Nothing Wrong With You' at 31.
Albums wise, and also several new entries you might have expected to chart higher. Shania Twain's best of went in at 6, Daniel Bedingfield's 'Second First Impression' was at 8, Wet Wet Wet's greatest hits were at 13, Elton John's new one, Peachtree Road, was at 21 (despite all the column inches dedicated to his rantings), Seal's best of went in at 27, Jay Sean's 'Me Against Myself' at 29 and Ja Rule's 'Rule' at 33.
GREAT AND THE GOOD LINE UP FOR INAUGRAL HALL OF FAME AWARDS
Talking of the UK Hall of Fame awards, and Channel 4 last night screened the Hackney Empire event that formed the climax of the network's series on the biggest music talents of the last fifty years, and officially opened the new UK Music Hall of Fame for business.
There were two components to the evening - firstly the presentation of honorary membership to the Hall of Fame for Madonna, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, U2 and the Beatles, all selected for the honour by a panel of industry types including Sir George Martin, Trevor Nelson and Paul Gambaccini.
Then there were the public-voted admissions to the Hall of Fame - Channel 4 viewers had been voting for who else should be included based on short lists from each decade from the fifties to the nineties. In the end Robbie Williams won the entry from the 1990s, Michael Jackson from the 1980s, Queen from the 1970s, the Rolling Stones from the 1960s, and Cliff Richard and the Shadows from the 1950s.
Picking up her award Madonna told the audience: "It means a lot to me that so many nice things have been said about me and that I have been voted into the UK Hall of Fame."
Ronnie Wood, accepting the award for the Stones, pointed out: "I wasn't even there in the 1960s as you all know [Wood joined the Stones in 1975]. But I'm here now."
After the show Bono, who picked up U2's award, admitted "I really didn't want to come. Only respect for the people who were running the show has me here. I hate the idea of being in the UK Hall of Fame to be honest with you. We don't want to be in any Hall of Fame until we're retired or dead."
The first industry player to be inaugurated into the Hall of Fame was Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. Needless to say, artists galore paid tribute to the legendary label boss - though Blackwell himself was sadly unable to attend due to the death of his wife at the start of last week.
USHER DOMINATES AT AMAS
Staying with awards, and Usher's good year continued this weekend as he won all four of the American Music Awards he was nominated for. The R&B star left the LA awards ceremony with the gongs for Best R&B-Soul Artist, Best Pop-Rock Singer plus two Best Album Awards.
Other winners at the public-voted AMAs, the main rival to the Grammys in the American music awards calendar, included OutKast, who received three awards, including Best Rap/Hip-Hop Group and Album; Alicia Keys, who was named Favourite Soul/R&B Female; Sheryl Crow, who picked up the favourite Pop-Rock Artist Award; Brooks and Dunn who collected their fourth AMA for Favourite Country Band; and Toby Keith who took the male country artist and album awards.
And it was a good night for country music - stars from the genre taking two of the prestigious overall awards - Gretchen Wilson beat hot favourites Kanye West and Maroon 5 to be named Best Newcomer, while Kenny Chesney took the title for overall Favourite Performer. Chesney joked: "I really didn't think anybody was going to beat Usher tonight".
The biggest surprise of the night was probably the fact Kanye West failed to win any of the three awards for which he was nominated. Clearly disappointed he told reporters: "I feel I was definitely robbed... I was the best new artist this year. I don't know if I'll be back at this award show next year."
Finally, Bon Jovi received a Special Merit Award, which lead singer Jon Bon Jovi called "surreal but much appreciated".
CLEAR CHANNEL WIN INTERACTIVE MARKETING AWARD
More from the awards desk, and Clear Channel last week won the entertainment category at the 'Interactive Marketing and Advertising Awards 2004' for the 'Download The Dog' campaign they ran to promote their Download festivals. The campaign enabled music fans to download an animated version of the festival's logo, who would pop up from time to time with the latest line up news about the event. The campaign beat off competition from both the film and game sectors to be named the best use of interactive marketing in the entertainments space.
Commenting on the award Clear Channel's VP of marketing Stuart Galbraith, who is also the festival's, told CMU: "This is remarkable testimony to the concept of the festival and the marketing and new media team's growth in our short existence of two years."
The company's Marketing Director, Jenni Cairns, added: "This is a fantastic achievement. CCE is committed to providing a unique and creative marketing resource within the live entertainment market. This is a clear demonstration of our ability to provide a point of difference in the industry."
LIVE REVIEW: Produced by Trevor Horn at Wembley Arena on 11 Nov
Few producers from the last 30 years would be able to stage a cohesive concert featuring so many beneficiaries of their particularly alchemy. Trevor Horn can, but then this is a man who, with his trademark epic and innovative sound, has been responsible for some of the most seminal pop songs in the last twenty five years - from ABC to The Art of Noise, Frankie Goes To Hollywood to Tatu.
And tonight, brought together in aid of the Prince's Trust, thirteen of Horn's charges (along with full string and horn sections and a plethora of skilled sessioneers and backing vocalists who he's consistently worked with over the years) play short sets (no more than three songs), many of them making history in the process.
Kicking off with Buggles (Horn's own short-lived new wave group), whose performance tonight is in fact their live debut. A quarter of a century on, 'Video Killed The Radio Star' still sparkles, conveying Horn's atypical sound - sleek, Kraftwerkian techno precision prescribed to warm expansive lushness.
Following Dollar (whose 'Mirror Mirror' epitomises the innocent squeaky chart-pop of the early 80s), the ante is upped considerably by the arrival of ABC. Their 'Lexicon Of Love' album, in case you've forgotten, is still unrivalled as possibly the finest pop debut of all time. Martin Fry manages to be the consummate showman, departing mid-set for a costume change (as if he'd not wear the gold lamé...) prior to a rapturous 'Look Of Love'. (Though he was arguably upstaged in the costume stakes by Grace Jones, who arrived on wheels for 'Slave To The Rhythm' wearing something best described as 'Gothic Spider-woman' chic).
Moving on...and more history was made by the reformation of the original line-up of Propaganda for 'Dr Mabuse' (which still sounds as awesomely apocalyptic now as in 1984), a successful live recreation of The Art of Noise's 'Close To The Edit' (keyboardist Anne Dudley thrillingly playing the car starting noises) and the unlikely fact that Belle and Sebastian, Yes and Lisa Stansfield were all sharing the same bill.
Later on, Seal (for whom Horn has produced five albums) was effective although inexplicably popular, Tatu mimed, whilst the Pet Shop Boys (on a full-length 'Left To My Own Devices' and 'It's Alright') were as exhilarating as ever.
Last up, though, were Frankie, for their first gig since 1987. Without Holly Johnson, it's going to be an unmitigated disaster, right? Well, no actually. Defiantly snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, replacement vocalist Ryan Molly was surprisingly effective. In no way over-awed, his performance was every bit as flamboyant and theatrical as Holly in his prime. Laden with make-up and with a soaring, almost diva-like voice, he ensured that the show quite literally went out with a bang, in this case the incendiary sturm und drang of 'Welcome To The Pleasure Dome', 'Two Tribes' and 'Relax'.
Like Mr Horn's productions themselves, the show's well conceived, lavishly orchestrated and sonically impressive music made for an unqualified success. MS
APOLOGIES SITE GETS 27 MILLION HITS
Not strictly music news, but what the hell? A website set up on a whim by an American student the day after the US presidential elections has now received in excess of 27 million hits. James Zetlen decided to post a photo of himself holding up a sign reading: "Sorry world (we tried) - half of America", apologised to the world that 51% of his fellow countrymen decided to vote Bush in for another four years. Other Americans flooded Zetlen with similar photos - there are now over 2200 up there - and the website has become something of a hit. You can check it at http://www.sorryeverybody.com
Of course, the Bush faithful have responded and according to the Guardian there are now eight similar sites filled with photos of Americans saying they are glad they voted for Bush. We don't know the names of any of them though.
BBC RADIO GETS NEARLY £10 MILLION FREE TV ADVERTISING
The commercial radio industry are likely to use new OfCom research to put further pressure on the government to ensure the BBC don't tread on their territory.
The new research reveals that the BBC's radio stations received an estimated £17 million worth of advertising on the BBC's TV networks, more than double the amount of advertising staged by the entire commercial radio sector.
The survey, which measured and then costed the BBC TV airtime dedicated to promoting the Beeb's radio output between Apr and Jul this year, revealed that Radio 5 Live alone received in excess of £9.3 million of free advertising. While researchers admitted that figure may have been so high because Wimbledon and Euro 2004 fell into the test period, they said there was plenty of generic promotion of the BBC's news and sport station too.
The BBC are yet to comment on the survey.
COWELL WILL ONLY SIGN X WINNER
Simon Cowell has told the Daily Star that his record label will only be signing the winner from TV show X Factor. With the Pop Idol franchise, S Records have frequently signed up several of the show's finalists in addition to the overall winner, who they are contracted to sign. However this time round only the winner with get the golden record contract.
Cowell told the paper: "We won't be signing lots of acts this time. We are only going to be taking on the winner. I had a discussion at my company this week and we don't want to make it a free-for-all this time. There was talk that Rowetta has already been signed but I can tell you she will only get a contract if she wins."
On the chances of the two acts he is championing on the show - Steve and the aforementioned Rowetta - Cowell continued: "I am very confident of my talent. One of them should win it. [Sharon Osbourne represented] Cassie is good but she is not different enough to win the competition and Louis Walsh has screwed up his bands' chances with his choice of songs. The only danger really is from Sharon Osbourne's Tabby. He reminds me of someone from The Faces or something in the 70s. But Steve and Rowetta are amazing and I can't put a line between them at the moment to tell you which one will win."
MUSICTANK TACKLE ROYALTIES
MCPS-PRS-Alliance Chief Executive John Hutchinson will deliver the keynote speech at the next MusicTank think tank event, which will review the future of collecting societies.
Taking place in London tomorrow night, Peter Leathem (Director of Legal and Business Affairs, PPL and VPL), David Ferguson (Chairman British Academy Composers and Songwriters), Andy Heath (Director 4AD Music) and Frances Lowe (Director PAMRA) will all take part in the session, which will look into recent issues in the royalties sector, and at how the collecting societies plan to deal with changes in the music business, and in particular the renewed interest of the EC in how royalties are collecting and distributed to songwriters, artists and their agents.
The think tank begins at 6.30 tomorrow night (16 Nov) at Bertorelli's Frith St, London. Admission is £20 for delegates or £15 for members of one of the trade bodies. More info at http://www.musictank.co.uk
PJ HARVEY RUNS EVERYTHING BY HER MUM
PJ Harvey has told the Sydney Morning Herald that she checks all of her songs with her parents before recording them. She told the paper: "I play my mum and dad the demo versions of songs and get their comments on what I should record and what I should leave."
On her current album 'Uh Huh Her' she revealed: "I think my dad likes this record. He never passes comment, really. I gave it to him and he played it while he's driving around, but he didn't say anything. Mum really likes it, she likes it a lot. She really likes the lyrics. She thinks I'm getting better as a lyric writer.î
That said, Harvey's mum did propose one change to the album's line up. Of the track 'Who The Fuck?', Harvey reveals: "Mum said 'Couldn't you say, 'Who the heck?' I said, 'No, Mum.'"
STEWART ORDERED TO PAY BACK SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR ADVANCE
Rod Stewart is faced with quote a big bill today after he lost a legal battle with the promoters of his cancelled 2002 South American tour last week. As previously reported, the promoters were trying to get back a $780,000 advance payment they had paid to Stewart ahead after the nine-date tour was cancelled. However Stewart's people claimed the tour was cancelled after its promoters were unable to pay the rest of the singer's full $2.1 million advance - and therefore the singer should be able to keep the original deposit as well as receiving compensation for the lost income the cancellation caused him. However, the courts sided with the promoters' - several of whom, their lawyer claimed, had been financially ruined by their dealings with Stewart.
Their lawyer, Dennis Holahan, added that this case should send out a message that "big players" in the media cannot get away with treating "little players" with "arrogance and greed".
Aside from Stewart having to return the advance payment, the courts also ordered the singer's lawyers and agents at the ICM talent to pay the promoters damages of $1.6m for their roles in negotiating the contract for the tour. Needless to say, Stewart's lawyer, Skip Miller, wasn't impressed by this. He told reporters outside the court: "It's ridiculous to find liability against a lawyer and an agent for doing their jobs. It's crazy. I will get this overturned if it's the last thing I do."
STONES LOSE RIGHT TO USE COURTS OVER DECCA ROYALTIES
Elsewhere in the pop courts, and the Rolling Stones have been refused permission to make a claim against their former record label Decca over unpaid royalties. The band hoped to take Decca - now owned by Universal Music - to court over royalties they reckon they are due for tracks recorded for the label between 1963 and 1970. Those royalties are now of value because Decca would have been paid a cut of the revenues made on 2002's 'Forty Licks' compilation album for the early Stones tracks which appeared on the career spanning best of. However the High Court in London ruled on Friday that the dispute should go into arbitration rather than be taken through the courts. It is unclear if the band will now appeal that decision.
THIS WEEK'S STUDENT RADIO CHART
Well, I forgot for two weeks running to put the Student Radio Chart in Monday's Daily, so if someone could email me next Monday at 10am to remind me, that would be good. Meantime, here is this week's:
1.  Steriogram - Walkie Talkie Man (EMI)
2.  Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For? (Universal/Polydor)
3.  Eminem - Just Lose It (Universal/Interescope)
4.  The White Strpies - Jolene (Beggars/XL)
5.  U2 - Vertigo (Universal/Island)
6.  Keane - This Is The Last Time (Universal/Island)
7.  The Streets - Could Well Be In (679)
8.  Destiny's Child - Lose My Breath (Sony/Columbia)
9.  Babyshambles - Kilamangiro (Rough Trade)
10.  The Libertines - What Became Of The Likely Lads (Rough Trade)
11.  Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control (Universal/Polydor)
12.  Kasabian - Processed Beats (BMG/RCA)
13.  The Thrills - Not For All The Love In The World (EMI)
14.  Dizzee Rascal - Dreams (Beggars/XL)
15. [RE] Nelly - Tilt Ya Head Back (Universal/Mercury)
16.  Kings Of Leon - The Bucket (BMG/Handmedown)
17. [NE] Delays - Lost In Melody (Rough Trade)
18. [NE] The Bravery - Unconditional (Universal/Polydor)
19.  Snow Patrol - How To Be Dead (Universal/Polydor)
20.  Mylo - Drop The Pressure (Breast Fed)
21.  Kaiser Cheifs - I Predict A Riot (B Unique)
22.  Kelis - Millionaire (EMI/Virgin)
23.  Modest Mouse - Ocean Breathes Salty (Matador)
24. [RE] The Zutons - Don't Ever Think (Too Much)
25.  Lemar - If There's Any Justice (Sony)
26.  Rooster - Come Get Some (Brightside)
27. [NE] The Bees - 1 Glass of Water (EMI/Virgin)
28. [RE] The Departure - Be My Enemy (EMI/Parolphone)
29.  Snoop Dogg - Drop It Like It's Hot (EMI/Virgin)
30.  Graham Coxon - Freakin Out (Transcopic)
WHERE IS MARTIKA?
With Eminem sampling Martika's 'Toy Soldiers' on his 'Encore' album, Aussie website Undercover has tracked down the late eighties pop star and discovered she has released a new album as part of a duo called Oppera. Apparently you can get a copy of http://www.aria51oppera.net/ So now you know.
SO WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE CALENDAR?
Hey, who cares about record sales, the serious money is surely in calendars - and the advantage of this medium is that they require more or less zero effort from the artist. And so, more good news for Robbie, who tops the current UK calandar sales chart, or so says Danilo, Europe's largest official calendar firm. The latest survey won't make good reading for David Beckham who, after years of dominating these kind of things, has slipped back to number five. According to the Sun, the full top ten runs thus:
1. Robbie Williams
2. Sir Cliff Richard
3. Jonny Wilkinson
4. Elvis Presley
5. David Beckham
6. Will Young
8. Michael Owen
9. Colin Farrell
10. Justin Timberlake
SO WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURTE T-SHIRT?
Talking of surveys and polls and things, Teeshirtstore.co.uk has announced the results of its public poll to find the most popular (and unpopular) t-shirt designs of all time. And the winners are:
All Time Best T-shirt (percentage of vote)
1. Iron Maiden - Eddie (15.9%)
2. Joy Division - Unknown pleasures (11.8%)
3. Nirvana - Nevermind smiley face (11.5%)
4. The Ramones - Eagle logo (9.7%)
5. Rolling Stones - Licks (6.7%)
6. Kraftwerk - Autobahn (5.4%)
7. Primal Scream - Screamadelica (4.9%)
8. Metallica - Master of puppets (4.9%)
9. Public Enemy - Target logo (4.1%)
10. Inspiral Carpets - Cool as fuck (3.8%)
All Time Worst T-shirt (percentage of vote)
1. Anything with FCUK on it (52.8%)
2. Cradle of Filth - Jesus is a **** (12.8%)
3. Motorhead - Logo as sold in Top Shop (12.1%)
4. Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby (11.5%)
5. MC Hammer - Here Comes The Hammer (6.2%)
6. Saxon - Crusader (4.6%)
Best Newcomer T-shirt (percentage of vote)
1. Strokes - Diner logo (26.4%)
2. The Killers - High heels (18.2%)
3. Viking Skull - Beer Drugs Bitches (16.2% )
4. Franz Ferdinand - Reverse logo (15.9%)
5. Libertines - Fuck em (12.3%)
6. Darkness - Lightening bolt logo (11.0%)
Press info from Sam at Name Music.