CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 3rd May

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Linkin Park speak out against Warner share sale
- All in the phone calls and bank transactions: Jacko trial update
- Media regulator considering industry-wide classification system
- Beatles letter goes under the hammer
- P2P usage up
- Clear Channel to spin off entertainments business
- Radiohead donate back catalogue
- Coldplay score top ten new entry
- Album Review: Dar k Com edy - Funk Faker: Music Saves My Soul
- Alan Mcgee reckons third Libertines album possible
- Xfm present Mexican theme at Scala
- Kill All Hippies moves to new home
- Remixers create six new unofficial Chemical Brothers rerubs
- SonyBMG back young remixer competition
- Virtual Festivals offer unsigned bands five festival gigs
- Get Kinky coming very soon
- Coachella kicks off summer festival season
- Paddingtons make Carling 24 despite illness
- Yoko Ono to appear at Meltdown
- Single Review: The Knife - Pass This On (Rabid)
- Secret Garden line up released
- Tony Christie to play V festival
- Chart update
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- Fans gather for Thin Lizzy tribute
- Timberlake to take on Shrek
- Britney trusts nobody
- Kylie disappointed by Neighbours no go

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LINKIN PARK SPEAK OUT AGAINST WARNER SHARE SALE
Warner Music's share sale plans hit a hitch in the PR stakes yesterday when Linkin Park, one of the major label's biggest contemporary acts, issued a public statement criticising the flotation plans which are set to make a lot of money for the small group of investors who bought the music company off Time Warner last year.

In a statement issued by their management company The Firm, the band said: "The new owners of the Warner Music Group will be reaping a windfall of $1.4 billion from their $2.6 billion purchase a mere 18 months ago if their planned IPO moves forward. Linkin Park, their biggest act, will get nothing. Meanwhile, of the planned $750 million raised by an IPO, only about $7 million will be put toward the company's own operations, with no money going to WMG artists. Additionally, WMG has already seen a widespread reduction of its work force and substantial cuts in marketing and promotion expenditures. Linkin Park has become increasingly concerned that WMG's diminished resources will leave it unable to compete in today's global music marketplace, resulting in a failure to live up to WMG's fiduciary responsibility to market and promote Linkin Park."

The statement continued: "Linkin Park has been responsible for approximately 10% of the entire Warner Music Group's record sales, selling over 35 million records worldwide in just five years. After reading numerous and daily articles about how WMG executives and corporate raiders have ridden the coattails of the creative community to extract massive rewards, Linkin Park has become increasingly offended and discouraged."

Those "articles" the band reference are sure to include a piece written by music attorney Peter Paterno in the New York Times recently when he said: "The [WMG] guys who are running this thing are looking at it pretty cynically. It's becoming more and more apparent that this is nothing more than a financial play for the investors. It's not about the music or the employees; it's about a return for private equity investors. It's kind of astounding when you sit back and look at the audacity."

Linkin Park concluded their rant by saying that they wished to get out of their current recording contract with Warner, which reportedly obligates the band to give the label four more albums: "The band now wants off WMG and is weighing all of their options on how to best get new music to their fans. Possible avenues include relying more on touring, merchandising and endorsements, rather than leaving their future in the hands of a weakened WMG."

Warner are yet to comment, but it will be interesting to see how they respond. The pressure is rising on the company's management with a number of commentators sharing Paterno's viewpoint that they are only interested in maximising personal profit, and don't care about the music company's employees, artists or catalogue. That pressure will increase if rumours that other senior Warner artists are considering throwing their backing behind Linkin Park's statement.

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ALL IN THE PHONE CALLS AND BANK TRANSACTIONS: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
Still no celebrity witnesses over at that there Michael Jackson trial I'm afraid. And it's not only us who are getting bored with the whole thing as the prosecution's case drags on - members of the jury were said to be looking increasingly disinterested yesterday too as prosecution lawyers presented evidence of a series of phone calls and bank transactions which, they claim, confirm that Jackson and his people meant to kidnap the Arvizo family shortly after Gavin Arvizo made his child abuse allegations, with plans to whisk them to a location outside the US, and away from the world's media.

The phone calls were between three of Jacko's aides named as un-indicted co-conspirators, Gavin Arvizo's mother and various Jackson employees and lawyers. The prosecution claim the phone calls demonstrate that there was "frantic activity" in the Jackson camp after the Arvizo allegations first came to light. The bank transactions - the manager of Jackson's bank confirmed one of his aides, Marc Shaffel, cashed two cheques worth $1.5 million in the days following the allegations - were, the prosecution claim, to fund the planned whisking away of the Arvizo family.

Whether any of this helped the prosecution's case with the increasingly tired jury is unclear. The bank manager who confirmed the bank transactions admitted that she did not know if Jackson himself was aware that the cheques had been cashed, while the police officer who outlined the various phone calls that took place admitted there was no evidence Jacko was involved in or aware of the calls.
The increasingly tedious case continues.

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MEDIA REGULATOR CONSIDERING INDUSTRY-WIDE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM
Media regulator OfCom is considering an industry-wide classification system that would be used in the film, music, TV and online sectors to warn consumers about content that might be easily offend, or be unsuitable for children. The regulator says that such a scheme, which is already in place in the Netherlands, would offer consumers: "clear, accurate and timely advice about content".

OfCom board member Tim Suter told the Financial Times: "We're asking whether it is possible to find a common framework behind labelling of content. A uniform labelling system would be very helpful."

The regulator would need to win the support of the various industry sectors it would affect in order to make such a scheme practical. The film industry has the most regulated classification system of course, while the music industry has to date depended on the voluntary 'parental advisory' label system. It is unclear how the film and music companies would respond to such a scheme, though most opposition is expected to come from the broadcasting sector. Meanwhile, extending the scheme to the unregulated internet would also prove difficult, especially as OfCom does not currently have a regulatory role over the web even in the UK.

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BEATLES LETTER GOES UNDER THE HAMMER
A 1969 letter that marks a pivotal moment in the break up of The Beatles is to go under the hammer in London this week, and is expected to fetch up to £60,000. The letter was sent during an acrimonious dispute between Paul McCartney and the rest of the band over the question of who should manage them. McCartney wanted his then lawyer and father in law Lee Eastman to do the job whilst the rest of the group favoured Rolling Stones' manager Allan Klein. The letter was sent to Eastman, co-signed by John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr under his real name Richard Starkey, and told the lawyer he was "not authorized to act... as the attourney (sic) or legal representative of 'The Beatles' or of any of the companies which the Beatles own or control".

The Beatles' partnership was finally dissolved in court in 1975. The letter will go on sale on Thursday in a Christie's Pop Memorabilia auction which will also include a guitar owned by Pete Townshend and a prosecution notice served on the Rolling Stones for lewd behaviour while using public transport.

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P2P USAGE UP
There's a lot of differing evidence when it comes to P2P usage, but the latest report on the whole thing suggests that, despite those high profile and high cost litigation campaigns against people who share music via P2P networks, overall usage, in the US at least, is up.

The study, released by P2P news source Slyck.com, says that leading P2P networks eDonkey2000, DirectConnect, FastTrack, Gnutella and Overnet have all experienced increased usage in the last year. They reckon the total number of P2P users is now 8.5 million, almost double the estimated 4.5 million users using P2P in Jan 2003 before most of the litigation began.

While reports on P2P usage are rarely all that accurate, the general consensus that there is an increase in usage is backed up elsewhere, in particular by the latest reports from P2P tracking firm BigChampagne and research company Ipsos-Insight, and in a report by the University of California Riverside.

That news is likely to give the Recording Industry Association of America, who have now launched over 10,000 lawsuits against alleged file sharers, an increased impetus to pursue changes in US copyright law to aid them in their fight against the illegal sharing of copyright music online.

They will also, presumably, be watching with interest the ongoing court case against Kazaa owners Sharman Networks in Australia. As previously reported, the music industry in Oz is suing Sharman over allegations that, by creating Kazaa, they are guilty of copyright violation. Allegations Sharman, of course, continually dispute on the grounds that Kazaa has legitimate uses and that therefore they cannot be held liable if and when consumers use their software for illegal purposes. It's an old argument that has rarely been won by the music business in past court cases, but this one is more interesting because Sharman have an administrative base in Australia and are therefore having to comply more proactively with the courts.

The music industry are currently trying to force Sharman boss Nikki Hemming into the witness stand in a bid to reveal all sorts of shady goings on at the company, and in particular that, the software company could, if they wished, track and stop copyright violation committed with the Kazaa software. The labels have won the right to a hearing in the Federal Court to present their case that Hemming should be called to court. It will be interesting to see if they succeed and, if they do, what any Hemming testimony would reveal.

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CLEAR CHANNEL TO SPIN OFF ENTERTAINMENTS BUSINESS
Clear Channel has announced that it intends to spin off its live entertainment business into a separate company. The decision will mean that the group's event, tour and venue management company, including its UK operations, will become its own entity separate from Clear Channel's expansive US radio and worldwide outdoor advertising businesses.

The decision should help Clear Channel overcome accusations in the US that it is in a dangerously dominant position in the music space, controlling large percentages of two of the key platforms through which artists can reach consumers - radio and the live music sector. Over the last few years there have been a number of, albeit unproven, accusations that Clear Channel was, in fact, abusing that position.

However the decision to split the company is more likely to have been made for commercial reasons rather than because of any sensitivities towards those kind of accusations. It has become something of a trend for major media players to consider splitting up their operations, a marked change from the previously held belief that the consolidation of media companies would enable synergies and cost efficiencies helping to maximise market share and profits. Now, it seems, media moguls are coming round to the opinion that merging the operations of different kinds of media companies operating in different markets can stop all partner companies from achieving their aims. That was the logic that persuaded Viacom that they should look into de-merging its cable and network TV divisions, while Liberty Media and Time Warner are both reportedly following suit.

Commenting on the decision to spin off his entertainments division, Clear Channel CEO Mark Mays told reporters: "We're seeking to unlock the considerable value in our company, and create a strong foundation for future growth, by improving the strategic, operational and financial flexibility in our leading business units".

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RADIOHEAD DONATE BACK CATALOGUE
Radiohead have announced that they plan to offer their whole back catalogue to charity download site War Child Music. The move will see the Radiohead oeuvre online in its entirety for the first time ever. Other artists who have recently donated tracks to the charity, which raises money for children in war torn regions, include Bjork, Iggy Pop and Green Day, and good on all of them.

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COLDPLAY SCORE TOP TEN NEW ENTRY
Crazy though it may seem, Coldplay's new single 'Speed of Sound' has entered the US singles chart at number 8, making them the first British band to debut in the top ten since The Beatles did it in 1968 with 'Hey Jude'. It's also the highest new entry since American Idol winner Fantasia went in at number one last Jul.

'Speed of Sound' is released in the UK on 23 May followed by the release of new album X&Y on 6 Jun.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Dar k Com edy - Funk Faker: Music Saves My Soul (Poussez)
Dar k Com edy is the incisive, opinionated alter ego of maverick techno personality, Kenny Larkin, and 'Funk Faker: Music Saves My Soul' is only its second outing after 2004's 'The Narcissist'. In the new album Larkin explores not only his musicality, but also his life experiences and his beliefs, making for a truly poignant narrative and diverse mixture of sounds. Undoubtedly, its rudiments are thoroughly electronic, but Larkin builds upon this common style in a captivatingly unique, natural, almost crude way; cracking off that over-refined electronic gloss in favour of a more wholesome glow. Furthermore, whilst the foundation of most tracks are a stiff, yet lazy, hypnotic 4/4 kick drum, the overall vibe is deep-rooted in soulful, African-American music, spanning bluegrass-infused beats, and bluesy, mournful, dubby house - each narrated colourfully by Larkin's smooth timbre. With its carefree organs, John Lee-Hooker guitars and James Brown horn stabs, this really is contemporary, black electronic music, which is not confined or shaped by a genre that can often be somewhat restrictive. Truly charming and coolly mesmerising. OG
Release date: Jun
Press contact: Phuturetrax [all]

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ALAN MCGEE RECKONS THIRD LIBERTINES ALBUM POSSIBLE
The ever optimistic Alan McGee has reportedly said he hopes to get both Carl Barat and Pete Doherty back into the studio to record a third Libertines album. Following the news that Barat and Doherty had kissed and made up in a London pub recently, Libertines manager McGee is quoted as saying: "If we can reform The Libertines, if we can get Peter back with Carl and everybody can be in the same space firing off the same shotgun, we'll sell three million records. But I think they want to work with each other again so it's just about getting them in sync, getting Peter to accept Carl and Carl to accept Peter and have them vaguely on the same playing field."

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XFM PRESENT MEXICAN THEME AT SCALA
Xfm and tequila brand Jose Cuervo are hosting an interesting sounding night at the London Scala this Thursday (5 May), complete with something of a Mexican theme. On the bill are Roni Size, Larry Capolla, Freelance Hellraiser plus Xfm's Dan Greenpeace and Eddy TM, plus there's a really rather cool sounding live art clash between street mural artists from the UK and Mexico. It all kicks off at 8pm.

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KILL ALL HIPPIES MOVES TO NEW HOME
Talking of great club nights at the Scala, CMU's favourite monthly rock night, Kill All Hippies, is moving to a new monthly slot at the Kings Cross venue as of this month. Taking place on the third Saturday of the month, the first one takes place on 21 May and will feature live sets from Crimea, Infadels and Three Miles From, plus DJ sets from Eddy TM, Jeff Automatic and DJ Syrinx. Meanwhile Paul Epworth will be the guest DJ in a new second room hosted by Jagz Kooner & Richard Clouston. Tickets are just £3 if you guest list yourself in advance at http://www.leylinepromotions.com/killallhippies

In related news, recordings of three live sets from this weekend's Kill All Hippies - from Whitey, Moco and Gliss - can be downloaded right now from http://www.tunetribe.com

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REMIXERS CREATE SIX NEW UNOFFICIAL CHEMICAL BROTHERS RERUBS
Talking of downloads, though not of the official variety this time, the people behind that website that featured unofficial remixes of the whole Chemical Brothers 'Push The Button' album have released six remixes of the Chem's new single 'Believe' which was released on Monday. The unofficial remixes come from Belief / Elektric Cowboy, Poj, Act Of Dog, Team9, Ryan Durkin and GoHomeProductions. Details from http://www.chemicalbrothersremixed.com

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SONY BMG BACK YOUNG REMIXER COMPETITION
And talking of remixes, though getting back into the official domain again, SonyBMG have given their official backing to a new remix competition, albeit for the younger bedroom producers out there. RMX 05 is open to anyone under 18, and gives aspiring producers the chance to take samples from Faithless, Kasabian and / or Natasha Bedingfield and to play with them in order to create a new track.

Like the previously reported Nine Inch Nails online remix promotion, this competition utilises a new remixing software tool called GarageBand. Although this software only gives the user limited control over what kind of remix they can create, it is a good tool for those new to the remixing game. And for those that have ago the rewards could be good - the winner will receive two grands worth of Apple remixing kit plus the change that SonyBMG might release their remix.

Full details at http://www.youthmusic.org.uk/rmx05

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VIRTUAL FESTIVALS OFFER UNSIGNED BANDS FIVE FESTIVAL GIGS
Talking of competitions for aspiring artists, Festivals website VirtualFestivals.com and trade union Amicus is launching a search for new musical talent, the winners of which will get to play no less that five festivals this summer - Guilfest, Get Loaded In The Park, Bestival, Tin Pan Alley and Beautiful Days. How cool is that?

Ten bands will be selected from all demos submitted, all of whom will have their music made available via independent download platform Karma Download - the final two bands will be picked based on the popularity of their downloads and the opinions of a team of judges. Those bands will get to play the aforementioned five festival dates, plus have the opportunity to win a record deal and the services of a booking agent.

To enter the competition bands need to send a CD, preferably including a live and studio recording and, if possible, a video recording of a live performance, to DISCOVERED!, The Little Barn, 7a Station Road, London SE20 7BE. Entrants must include their name and contact details, plus the names of two referees working in the industry (a promoter, label exec, journalist, DJ etc) who will vouch for them.

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GET KINKY COMING VERY SOON
Finger Lickin records have confirmed that the storming new single from the Plump DJs - 'Get Kinky' - is now set to be slotted into the release schedule after issues surround the licensing of one of the track's samples were resolved. No release date yet, but we'll get it to you once we have it. Meanwhile, we also hear that the Plumps' eagerly awaited new semi-mix album is also in the can and should be released in late Jun - again, more when we get it.

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COACHELLA KICKS OFF SUMMER FESTIVAL SEASON
Well, if you have a global perspective on these things, I guess the summer festival season kicked off this weekend with California's Coachella Festival thrilling its 30,000 strong crowd, with performances by the Nine Inch Nails, Kasabian, The Bravery and British Sea Power all reportedly going down a storm.

On the fringes of it all Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess celebrated the US release of his solo album by gigging with Starsailor at the LA Viper Room. According to the NME Robbie Williams, Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody and Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwan were among the audience to watch the show. Starsailor are in LA recording their third album, and reportedly jumped at the chance to support Burgess at his intimate gig.

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PADDINGTONS MAKE CARLING 24 DESPITE ILLNESS
Here in London there was plenty of musical shenanigans, with the Encompass festival in Shoreditch, the Cybersonica festival at the ICA, and the first of this year's Carling 24 events presenting a series of great gigs in venues across London over a 24 hour period. Among the artists taking part were the Paddingtons who had had to cancel their Kill All Hippies gig on Friday night because of illness. But they made their Carling 24 gig, telling the Gigwise website: "I was really ill last night and we had to cancel our gig, which was a shame, but I'm all right now. I really enjoyed that gig, it went well."

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YOKO ONO TO APPEAR AT MELTDOWN
Elsewhere in London music event news, and elsewhere in 'slightly related to The Beatles' news too, Yoko Ono is one of the artists scheduled to appear at the 2005 Meltdown festival in Jun, curated, as previously reported, by Patti Smith, who back in Mar said that she wanted to "touch on all aspects of our culture" and "salute the best art there is, aesthetically and spiritually".

Ono will appear at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on 17 Jun. Other guests include Sinead O'Connor, Billy Bragg , Jeff Beck, Neil and Tim Finn, and Marc Almond, in one of his first live performances since his motorcycle accident last October. O'Connor is to perform with Beth Orton and former Throwing Muse Kristin Hersch in an evening of "protest songs and lullabies" to celebrate William Blake's Songs of Innocence, whilst Jeff Beck and Smith herself will be joined by Flea and John Frusciante of the Chili Peppers to take part in an homage to Jimi Hendrix on 26 Jun. The Finns and Marc Almond will take part in a Brecht tribute, entitled Stand Bravely Brothers, on 23 Jun

Tickets go on sale this Thursday (a lot of things seem to be happening on 5 May) and further information is available from http://www.rfh.org.uk/meltdown

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Knife - Pass This On (Rabid)
Few pop groups these days invent themselves, but Sweden's The Knife really do sound unlike anyone else. A boy-girl duo making electronic pop is nothing new, but what marks The Knife out are the idiosyncratic rhythms, sounds and textures that permeate their music and, crucially, the unusual, yet intoxicating, vocals of Karin Dreijer, which, frankly, are the barmiest thing you'll hear outside a Björk album. 'Pass This On' is deceptive...it washes over you on the first few listens but after a while proves utterly infectious. The inescapable steel drum refrain is so simple yet gloriously effective you wonder why, as a sound, it hasn't been used more frequently by other synth-poppers. Complementing the track on the CD is a decent live version, plus some impressive remixes from Dahlback & Dahlback and M.A.N.D.Y. (no, I haven't heard of them either) which have fun housing the track up and increasing its dancability in the process. This is how it's meant to be...intriguing listening, and an example of pop music at its very best. MS
Release date: 13 Jun
Press Contact: Darling [all]

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SECRET GARDEN LINE UP RELEASED
The low key yet very fine Secret Garden festival have announced a very fine line up for their 2005 event, which will take place from 19-21 Aug. It runs as follows:

Main Stage: Super Furry Animals, Desmond Dekker And The Aces, Hard Fi, System Seven, The Frank Popp Ensemble, The Mystery Jets, Babyhead, The Amphetameanies, Speed Circus, The Eyes, Shuffle, Earl Okin, Tallulah, Low Sparks.

The Up All Night Tent: Flipron, Misty's Big Adventure, The Mad Staring Eyes, The Electric Eel Shocks, Dead Elvis, The Guilimotts, The Hordes, The Loose Salute, Courtez Loop, Milk Kan, Redjetson, Shabby Rouge, Panthalassa, Elizer Wren Payne, Stoner, Gary Dunne, Los Skeletones.

DJs: Adam Freeland, Eddy Temple Morris, Go Home Productions, DJ Derek, Frank Popp, Loose Cannons, Shuffle Djs, Nanda, The Fraggle DJs, Trol23.

The Secret Garden guys are renowned for keeping things low profile, generally selling out on word of mouth alone. Tickets are due to go on sale anytime soon via http://www.secretgardenparty.com

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TONY CHRISTIE TO PLAY V FESTIVAL
Tony Christie's unlikely comeback shows no signs of slowing down. The veteran crooner, still at number one in this week's singles chart, is to play the V festival in August. The singer, who has now spent seven weeks at the top of the chart with the Amarillo song, said: "V will be my first ever festival and I am really looking forward to playing to a festival crowd."

Other acts so far confirmed for this year's V Festival include Oasis, Franz Ferdinand, Scissor Sisters, The Prodigy, Athlete, Joss Stone, Kaiser Chiefs and Texas. The event, which takes place at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, is already sold out.

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CHART UPDATE
So, with everyone still buying Peter Kay and Tony Christie, Snoop Dog had to make do with number two for his single 'Signs', getting the highest new entry ahead of the last Elvis re-release which had been doing very well in the midweeks (even though surely everyone who wants a copy of Elvis v JXL 'A Little Less Conversation' bought it when it was first released a couple of years back?").

Other new entries in the singles chart this week came from Destiny's Child (6), Tears (9), Bloc Party (13), Rooster (14), Athlete (16), the Paddingtons (25), Lindsay Lohan (27), Robert Plant (32) and Black Rock (36).

Albums wise, Bruce Springsteen proved his never faltering dedicated fan base by going straight in at number one with 'Devils & Dust', pushing back last week's top three - Akon, Basement Jaxx and Tony Christie - back to positions 2, 3 and 4 respectively.

Other new entries this week from Eels at 16, Misteeq at 28, Hot Hot Heat at 34, Lucie Silvas at 35 and Ceasars at 40. Lovely.

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THIS WEEK'S STUDENT RADIO CHART
1. [1] Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc. (EMI/Parlophone)
2. [3] Oasis - Lyla (Big Brother)
3. [4] The Coral - In The Morning (Deltasonic)
4. [18] Snoop Dogg - Signs (Universal/Polydor)
5. [19] Kaiser Chiefs - Everyday I Love You Less And Less (B-unique)
6. [NE] Coldplay - Speed Of Sound (EMI/Parlophone)
7. [7] Athlete - Half Light (EMI/Parlophone)
8. [11] Caesars - Jerk It Out (EMI/Virgin)
9. [5] Audio Bullys - Shot You Down (EMI/Source)
10. [12] The Chemical Brothers - Believe (EMI/Virgin)
11. [2] Razorlight - Somewhere Else (Universal/Mercury)
12. [14] Maximo Park - Graffiti (Warp)
13. [27] Hot Hot Heat - Goodnight Goodnight (Warner)
14. [28] Weezer - Beverly Hills (Universal/Polydor)
15. [8] Doves - Snowden (EMI/Heavenly)
16. [13] Futureheads - Decent Days And Nights (679)
17. [6] Bloc Party - Banquet (Wichita)
18. [NE] Black Eyed Peas - Don't Phunk With My Heart (Universal/Polydor)
19. [16] Idlewild - I Understand It (EMI/Parlophone)
20. [15] The Killers - Smile Like You Mean It (Lizard King)
21. [RE] Phantom Planet - California (SonyBMG)
22. [10] Garbage - Why Do You Love Me (Warner)
23. [9] Kings Of Leon - King Of Rodeo (SonyBMG/Handmedown)
24. [22] Akon - Lonely (Universal/Polydor)
25. [25] The Rakes - Retreat (Moshi Moshi)
26. [26] Willy Mason - So Long (EMI/Virgin)
27. [23] Feeder - Feeling A Moment (Echo)
28. [RE] The Bees - Chicken Payback (EMI/Virgin)
29. [NE] Kelly Osbourne - One Word (Sanctuary)
30. [RE] Damien Rice - Volcano (Warner)

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FANS GATHER FOR THIN LIZZY TRIBUTE
Fans paid tribute to legendary Irish rockers Thin Lizzy at an event in Belfast last week The show was organised by Ivan Preston, co-owner of Belfast's Guitar Emporium, who said: "Thin Lizzy were a massive band in their time and continue to be so. They had a very unique sound" Thin Lizzy broke up in 1983.

Philomena Lynott, mother of frontman Phil Lynott was a guest of honour at the special concert and took part in a show on BBC Radio Ulster whilst in the city. She campaigns against drug abuse following the death of her son, who died of heart failure, aged 34, in a Wiltshire clinic in January 1986 after years of battling drug addiction. Ms Lynott said "Philip loved Belfast - he absolutely loved it - and as a matter of fact, so do I,' and continued: "I try to tell young people the dangers of drugs - because the drugs killed him. He told all his friends not to let me know, and I used to say to Philip: 'Please never take heavy drugs. The drugs are a killer and they are out there. They are in our schools - they are trapping our kids. If I can stop one mother going through what I went through, then I can go to my grave happy."

Fans around the world have raised money for a statue of Phil to be erected in Dublin's Grafton Street later this year.

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TIMBERLAKE TO TAKE ON SHREK
Justin Timberlake has apparently signed up to appear in the third Shrek movie, teaming up with girlfriend Cameron Diaz to voice a new character - Artie, the rebellious nephew of King Harold. Well, at least we won't have to look at him.

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BRITNEY TRUSTS NOBODY
Promises, promises, and we've heard this one before. Britney Spears says she is prepared to quit her pop career to spent all her time caring for the new baby - because she doesn't trust anyone else to do it. IOL.com report that she popstrel has no plans to hire a nanny. "I wouldn't trust anyone to look after my child' said the singer "and if that means the end of my career, then so be it."

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KYLIE DISAPPOINTED BY NEIGHBOURS NO GO
Kylie claims to be disappointed that she was unable to appear in a one-off special celebrating the 20th anniversary of Neighbours.

Contactmusic say that Kylie, who, as we all know, played the deeply unprepossessing Charlene Robinson in the Aussie soap, allegedly wanted to shoot her scenes in Britain between tour dates, but her request to Neighbours' producers was denied. "With my tour, I could only have done it if they filmed it in the UK. But they declined. It's a big shame." Yes. Yes, it is.

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