CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 4th May

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Warner respond to Linkin Park claims
- It's all about the money: Jacko trial update
- Barat to compile album
- Billy Bragg releases live album online
- Wu Tang man sets up new company
- Leap move into recordings
- BPI investigate DJ Sanj mix album
- Pirate radio station shut down after airline interference
- Single Review: Towers Of London - Fuck It Up
- Radiohead on Warchild
- British Academy plan pre-Ivor Novellos showcase
- Lil Kim sued over non-payment claims
- Westlife in trademark battle with cigarette maker
- Martin gets a hand from Spielberg
- Queen kick off tour
- EMI respond to Gorillaz marketing tactics
- Franz write music for the ladies
- Amon Tobin surround sound gig
- Album Review: Mia - Arular
- Badly Drawn Boy plays charity gig
- Hot Hot Heat go acoustic
- Abdul affair continues
- Usher plans early retirement
- Britney's pregnancy test raises cash for kiddies
- J -Lo's presidential ambitions
- Timberlake to have throat surgery

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WARNER RESPOND TO LINKIN PARK CLAIMS
Warner Music has responded to that statement released by Linkin Park on Monday in which the nu-metal band lashed out at the plans of top Warner execs to float the company. As previously reported, the band claim that the share sale will earn the small group of investors who bought the company off Time Warner last year in the region of $1.4 billion, little of which will be invested in or shared with the company's roster of artists.

Warner bosses yesterday claimed that the band had been misled by their management company who, the major label claim, are using the band's supposed outrage at the company's flotation plans as a tactic in ongoing contract negotiations. A spokesman for Warner told Rolling Stone magazine: "The band's management is using fictitious numbers and making baseless charges and inflammatory threats in what is clearly a negotiating tactic. Warner Brothers Records has made significant investments in Linkin Park, and they have always been compensated generously for their outstanding worldwide success."

Of those ongoing contract negotiations, one Warner insider told Australian music site Undercover: "Linkin Park wanted a 60 million dollar advance and 50/50 joint venture moving forward. They were offered $15 million and knocked it back".
Warners were also keen to play down Linkin Park's dominance within the Warner Music stable. In their statement the band claimed to have accounted for 10% of the Warner Music group's sales from the last five years, figures which Warner describe as "fictitious".

Whatever Linkin Park's motivations for making their statement on Monday, they have placed Warner Music in a tricky position regarding their share sale. It is unlikely the fallout will affect Warner's flotation schedule, but it might increase doubts among some in the investment community currently in two minds as to whether or not to invest. Certainly it has opened up a platform for those who oppose the move to be more vocal about it. Attorney Gary Stiffelman added to the pressure being put on Warner when he told HITS magazine in the US: "It is disturbing to see, once again, that artists who are principally responsible for the successful sales or IPOs of these multibillion-dollar record companies are not being rewarded for their contributions, whereas executives with stock could make more money than those artists were ever paid. A significant pool of shares should be set aside for the artists to reward them, just as any key executive typically is rewarded in similar circumstances. This is especially true because a significant component of the purchase price often reflects the anticipated value of the product these artists remain committed to deliver. We all realise that operating a record company is more-than-ever a low margin enterprise, and artists are being told that they must share the pain by accepting smaller advances and other guarantees. In exchange for agreeing to accept these cutbacks, the artists should share in any windfall, along with the executives and the shareholders."

In the end, though, the overall affect of Linkin Park's angry statement might depend on whether rumours that other high profile Warner artists are considering backing them are true.

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IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
It was all about the money in the ongoing Michael Jackson trial yesterday. The prosecution were trying to show that Jacko's finances were in meltdown in 2003 - linking that to allegations the singer held the Arvizo family hostage in the weeks that followed the screening of the Martin Bashir documentary. It was financial panic, prosecutors argue, that motivated Jackson and his aides to hold the family hostage, because they feared that if the Arvizo's talked to the media it might prove to be the final nail in the coffin for Jackson's faltering career on which his ever growing debts were secured. Or something like that.

Jackson's people deny any such financial meltdown was underway at the time, so prosecution lawyers presented a 'forensic accountant' - Ross O'Bryan - to the court to try and prove otherwise. O'Bryan says that at the time of the screening of the Bashir documentary Jackson's annual expenditure was running at between $20m and $30m more than his income, which is as impressive as it is mind-boggling. The result of that, O'Bryan claims, is that Jackson's overall debt had risen from $155m in 2000 to $224m in 2003. Phew. O'Bryan also read out some memos from Jackson's financial advisers, which voiced concern that the singer's spending habits were out of control and that he was jeopardising his assets, in particular his stake in Sony/ATV music publishing.

Jacko's defence have strongly resisted any attempts to have Jackson's finances revealed to the courts, which would perhaps suggest that all is not well in the singer's accounts (if all was rosy, why not reveal them to disprove the prosecution's allegations?). However, some in the legal community do question the leap of logic that says that because Jackson was having financial problems he was more likely to kidnap a family who might badmouth him to the press.

Elsewhere in the trial yesterday, the court heard from police Sergeant Steve Robel who told the court that Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe had once told him the singer was a "sociopath" and that they had always had a "plan" to put a "positive spin" on their relationship. The prosecution were using Robel to try and overcome the problems Rowe caused them in her actual testimony - rather than damning Jackson as expected, Rowe said her ex-husband was a great father at the mercy of vulture like aides.

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BARAT TO COMPILE ALBUM
Former Libertine (well, 'former' at the moment, anyway) Carl Barat is to compile an album of his favourite songs as the latest musician to put together a collection for the 'Under The Influence' series. Artists who have previously contributed to the series include Morrissey, Super Furry Animals and Paul Weller.

The collection will be released on 20 Jun and is expected to feature tracks by New York Dolls, The Jam, David Bowie, The Clash, Small Faces, The Smiths and The Streets. As previously reported, Barat is currently working on solo material, and looks like releasing an album by the start of next year.

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BILLY BRAGG RELEASES LIVE ALBUM ONLINE
Billy Bragg is to release a download only album through his website, http://www.billybragg.co.uk . The album, 'Billy Bragg Live At The Barbican' was recorded at a gig in Mar 2004, when the singer performed songs from across his solo career. The recording also includes some of Bragg's infamous ramblings during the show, tackling such subjects as the failings of New Labour and the terrors of hen nights in Newcastle. The recording is released on Friday.

There are 33 tracks. 21 are songs, the rest are chat:

A Lover Sings
Lovers Town Revisited
Really Sing (talk)
No Power Without Accountability
Newcastle Hen Night (talk)
The Fourteenth Of February
Stag Night (talk)
The Saturday Boy (with Dave Woodhead)
Little Time Bomb (with Dave Woodhead)
Fahrenheit 451 (talk)
She Came Along To Me
Who Are The Terrorists (talk)
The Wolf Covers Its Tracks
Like Soldiers Do
BNP Is The Enemy (talk)
Accident Waiting To Happen
Cindy Of A Thousand Lives
Grant's Special Effects (talk)
The World Turned Upside Down
Help Save The Youth Of America
Economic Migrants (talk)
Distant Shore
Levi Stubbs' Tears (with Dave Woodhead)
Body Surfing (talk)
Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards
Tank Park Salute
Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key
Morrissey's Rubber Sheet (talk)
Dry Bed
Rock Out With Yer Cock Out (talk)
All The Young Dudes (with Jill Sobule)
Don't Mourn, Organise (talk)
There Is Power In A Union

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WU TANG MAN SETS UP NEW COMPANY
Wu Tang Clan member RZA has set up a new company to handle all of his Wu Tang and other business dealings. The company, to be called 36 Chambers Productions, will also provide a platform through which RZA can work with new artists. RZA will take on a producer role with those new artists, releasing their music via a joint venture with Damon Dash's new music company.

RZA's first two signings are rapper Cilvaringz and singer Thea. On the former RZA told reporters: "Cilvaringz joined the Wu Tang extended family in 1999 and has recently finished recording his debut album featuring guest appearances by Raekwon, Method Man, Masta Killa and Ghostface Killa. His album will definitely give fans the nostalgic feeling of the old Wu-Tang stuff and it features old production by myself, 4th Disciple, Allah Mathematics and True Master. The fans are gonna love this one when it drops early next year."

On Thea he continued: "Her single/title song for the movie Unleashed, 'Baby Boy', is currently getting heavy rotation overseas. I think she's the new sensation so we've been putting in a lot of work for her debut album also scheduled to drop soon".

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LEAP MOVE INTO RECORDINGS
Talking of new business ventures, Leap Music, the music company owned by advertising firm BBH, have launched a new division called Leap Masters. So far Leap Music has specialised in acquiring and exploiting publishing copyrights, specialising, unsurprisingly, in the use of music in the advertising space. The new business will see the company working with recording copyrights too. That will, of course, mean moving more into the domain of the record label, although Leap don't expect to compete in the conventional CD sales space, concentrating more on exploiting sound recordings through the digital and mobile domain.

Commenting on the new company, Leap Music MD Richard Kirstein told reporters: "Leap Masters extends what we can offer to unsigned talent by providing a legitimate retail route through and into the digital music market. We have seen how exposure via commercials creates consumer demand and this is an entirely logical move for Leap Music to take. We are now able to work more closely with the artists we sign to further exploit their music, and seamlessly satisfy consumer demand through downloads & realtones. For an unsigned band the combined forces of Leap Masters and Leap Music generates huge profile, upfront fees and back-end royalties."

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BPI INVESTIGATE DJ SANJ MIX ALBUM
The BPI has confirmed it is investigating complaints made by a number of its members about a supposedly "authorised" remix album containing mixes by DJ Sanj. Released on the dubiously titled Bootleg Recordings and distributed by the Hi Tech label, word has it that a number of BPI members have said the album includes uncleared samples from their catalogues.

Confirming they were investigating the complaints, BPI Director of Anti-Piracy David Martin told reporters: "We believe that this remix album uses lengthy samples of our members' sound recordings without permission. Of course we take every complaint we receive in relation to our members' rights very seriously, and we are investigating the situation."

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PIRATE RADIO STATION SHUT DOWN AFTER AIRLINE INTERFERENCE
Talking of pirate type things, police have shut down a pirate radio station in Birmingham after pilots complained their dance music output was drowning out instructions from air traffic controllers at the city's airport. According to the Guardian, police and officials from media regulator OfCom traced the rouge radio signal to a transmitter on top of a city centre tower block. They have stopped the broadcasts, but have not yet found where the pirate station's studio is (though presumably it wasn't that far from the transmitter).

An OfCom spokesman told the paper: "This is not just some guys having a bit of fun and trying to get their break in radio. This has the potential to cause massive problems for essential services." That said, a spokesman for the National Air Traffic Service said there wasn't actually ever any risk to the safety of aircraft at Birmingham airport, as they can communicate with aircraft on a number of different radio frequencies.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Towers Of London - Fuck It Up (TVT)
You needn't look so nervous; the Towers' second single is just as abrasive and precocious as their debut, 'On A Noose'. This is two minutes forty of heavy radio unfriendly punk from the rank outsiders who are taking the press by storm (sadly least of all for their music - but that's the shonky mainstream music press for you). But after all the arresting and fining and court appearances and extreme close ups of Donny's nasal hair and fillings, Towers Of London are giving UK kids what they have been crying out for: Something intoxicated and intoxicating. Something that stands taller than the music itself. The Towers may gob in your eye if you told them, but even they know that their music is only part of their subversive appeal - subverting the complicated post-hardcore 00's answer to prog, subverting the media and its bandwagon-hopping mentality, and subverting the clean cut tattoo twats like Lostprophets. The Towers aren't the only band who talk the talk, but they're in a minority of bands that actually walk the walk. You may wonder how much radio play this little puppy is going to receive, what with it being called Fuck It Up. But who needs radio play? Hindsight has proved through singles from Cliff Richard to Serge Gainsbourg that being banned from radio often works in your favour. And it figures: if people can't hear you on the radio, they're gonna have to buy it...Fuck I love this band. JG.
Release Date: 20 Jun
Press Contact: Hall Or Nothing [all]

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RADIOHEAD ON WARCHILD
The ever diligent team at charity download site War Child would like to point out that while, as we reported yesterday, Radiohead's back catalogue is now available via their digital music service, they don't have exclusive rights to it - i.e. you can buy Radiohead tracks from iTunes et al. But, of course, only the War Child site will donate £1.50 per Radiohead album sold to charity, which is surely more the Radiohead way of doing things. And the band have donated an exclusive track - 'Go To Sleep (Live)' - to the charity download service, and 70p goes to charity every time it is downloaded.

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BRITISH ACADEMY PLAN PRE-IVOR NOVELLOS SHOWCASE
The British Academy will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Ivor Novello Awards with a special Songwriter Showcase at The Bedford, Balham on 12 May showcasing the best emerging UK songwriter talent. Among the performances on the night will be the category winners from the Academy's songwriter competition Song Search UK. Press information about the event is available from Kizzy Donaldson on 020 7636 2929.

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LIL KIM SUED OVER NON-PAYMENT CLAIMS
Lil Kim, currently awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of committing perjury, faces more legal troubles, albeit this time in a civil case. Anthony Jeffries and Vincent Hart filed court papers on Monday claiming that they are owed payment by the hip hop star for songwriting and performing services that they supplied for her 2003 album 'La Bella Mafia'. They claim they were promised $15,000 for performing on one track on the million selling album, and an additional $30,000 plus royalties for co-writing another three.

But, the plaintiffs say, they were never paid for their work. Instead they were each given a piece of jewellery which Kim claimed were worth $10,000 but, they allege, the rapper later demanded the return of those items and threatened physical violence if they refused. The men's lawyer, Kenneth Sussmane, says: "A very large person came around to collect the pieces, and they gave them back." The two men are suing for $100,000 each.

Lil Kim's lawyer disputed the allegations made against his client, telling reporters Jeffries and Hart were trying to capitalise on the notoriety that has surrounded Lil Kim since the perjury case: "They were paid. They were paid by Atlantic Records. They had a falling out, and now they've filed a frivolous and malicious lawsuit to embarrass her."

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WESTLIFE IN TRADEMARK BATTLE WITH CIGARETTE MAKER
Elsewhere in the pop courts, Westlife are due in the European courts today (well, their people are) in a bid to get the European trademark on their band name. It's gone to court because their trademark claim is being disputed by Germany's popular West cigarette brand which says Westlife is too similar to their previously registered trademarks including the word 'west'. Apparently the cigarette firm is concerned that if Westlife are granted a trademark consumers will get the Irish boy band confused with their nicotine based products, which is a dubious claim though, to be fair, both are bad for your health.

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MARTIN GETS A HAND FROM SPIELBERG
Chris Martin got legendary director Steven Spielberg to help him win an Xfm phone-in yesterday. The singer was appearing on the station's breakfast show as part of their 'Bounty Hunter' contest, a feature that requires participants to get a celebrity to call into the show.

Martin used his family connections to get Spielberg to call and speak to Xfm's Christian O'Connell - Spielberg is Martin's wife Gwyneth Paltrow's godfather. Martin said: "This man is big time. He's as big time as it gets. I can't believe I'm sitting with him to be honest. The director of some the best films of all time. It's crazy. It's none other than your main man Steven Spielberg... It's crazy. Life's funny sometimes, man."

Spielberg explained that he's currently finishing new film 'War Of The Worlds', and revealed that he'd recently attended a private screening of 'Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith' and described it as the "best of the three new films". He also joked with Martin about making a film about his band. Martin added that he'd asked Spielberg about a film role. "I asked him about 'Indiana Jones 4', but perhaps he'll let me be an android in 'War Of The Worlds 2'."

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QUEEN KICK OFF TOUR
Queen started their first UK tour for nineteen years with a performance at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle last night. The band, who have already played to sell out audiences across Europe, will also take in Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Sheffield before a final gig in London on 11 May.

As previously reported, Queen have been joined by former Free singer, Paul Rodgers, who first stepped up to fill Freddy Mercury's shoes at that 2004 concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster, and made a second outing to mark Queen's induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame. Rodgers said "Powerful and real, explosive and dynamic. That's how it felt when Queen and I played our three tracks at the UK Music Hall Of Fame Awards ceremony in London. Lets do more was the unanimous feeling. Which is why we are joining forces for this tour."

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EMI RESPOND TO GORILLAZ MARKETING TACTICS
EMI chief Tony Wadsworth has responded to criticism that his Parlophone label cheated the new singles chart system with the release of the Gorillaz single 'Feel Good Inc'.

As previously reported, EMI released a very limited edition run of the single and made it available to download. The albeit limited physical release meant that the song was eligible for a chart rating. Thanks to subsequent download sales it managed to go Top 30 - even though the full physical CD release of the single isn't until next week. This caused concerns in parts of the music industry (well, mainly the retail sector) who say that the label were pushing the rules regarding the physical release that is required in order to get your download sales counted in the main chart.

Responding to those concerns, EMI boss Tony Wadsworth told reporters: "We passionately believe that it is essential for the whole industry to grow the digital business if we are to meet consumer wishes and properly service our artists. Having said that, we have no wish to make life any more difficult than it already is for retailers, particularly small indies whom we have gone out of our way to support in recent years. The Gorillaz limited physical release was a one-off and we don't intend to repeat it. It has highlighted an issue that we feel needs debating and we are now happy to continue that debate within the chart supervisory committee with retail representatives and other music companies."

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FRANZ WRITE MUSIC FOR THE LADIES
Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos has described songs in progress for the new album as "music for girls to cry to". As previously reported, the band have been in the studio working on a follow up to their eponymous debut LP.

Writing on the band's official website, the singer said "The character of this new record is beginning to take form. I was joking with a friend about how if the last record was music for girls to dance to, this is probably music for girls to cry to...at least for them to leak a little tear to while they're dancing."

Kapranos has also recently spoken to NME.com about the band's progress, saying: "We have started recording. Some of the stuff we started recording we will be using but we want to record a lot more. We try and get as many ideas down in the first place. A song might have 28 parts and you keep three of them. Having that huge choice in the first place and then being ruthless about what you reject is how you make decent music."

He continued: "It's a lot easier when you're hanging around together than it is doing it on the road. I can write on the road, but what's difficult to do on the road is get some perspective and do the thing which makes songs good, which is editing them down and discarding the bits that are rubbish. We do that from the four of us just sitting around and chatting about it, seeing what we like and what we don't like. The last few days have been very good. Nick (McCarthy) and I were just at the house ourselves writing a couple of songs a day, it was really, really good."

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AMON TOBIN SURROUND SOUND GIG
Ninja Tune signed Amon Tobin next week releases a special 5.1 Surround Sound version of his critically acclaimed soundtrack to the video game Tom Clancy's 'Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory' on DVD audio. To celebrate Tobin has been performing a number of surround sound gigs utilising all sorts of find sound technology. That show comes the London's Mean Fiddler tonight - well worth checking out if you can - press info from Ninja Tune.

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ALBUM REVIEW: MIA - Arular (Beggars/XL Recordings)
The Sri-Lankan born, London based artist's debut has been one of the more eagerly awaited releases in recent memory. Available for some time now on import, 'Arular' has been causing an extraordinary buzz amongst the critical fraternity, and currently sits second in Metacritic's highest rated albums of 2005. It's not difficult to see why MIA has been so highly praised - 'Arular' is a stunningly eclectic and diverse record, incorporating a plethora of genres and styles, ranging from electro to ragga, from hip-hop to punk. 'Pull Up The Poor', which is in essence, the first full length track on the album is an astonishing introduction to MIA's talents. Sounding like Ari Up from The Slits, MIA spits out socially aware lyrics over the kind of beats you'd normally associate with Dizzee Rascal. As you'd expect for any budding female hip-hop artists, Missy Elliott and Timbaland are obvious influences upon MIA, even scoring a name check in 'Freedom'. Much like Timbaland, MIA uses sounds from all corners of the world, and infuses them into traditional hip-hop rhythms, creating a truly cosmopolitan sound. The list of collaborators on this record adds to its diversity; the likes of Richard X, Justine Frischmann, and Steve Mackay lent their talents. As you'd expect from the daughter of a Tamil Tiger, politics is a feature of this record; both lyrics and attitude have a revolutionary edge to them. Hip-hop, which was born out of social injustice, has lost its political bearings, and it's reassuring to see that there are artists out there spreading a message with more substance than crass materialism. Hip-hop has always been open to accusations of misogyny and marginalising women, and MIA challenges these notions. I'd like to think that 'Arular' could shake both this scene and the industry out of their complacency, but 'Arular' will probably stay outside the mainstream; a pity, since it's a vital and important record. That said, this is a time when the power of word of mouth via the internet continues to grow, and can be instrumental in breaking new artists. The response to MIA in the US has been overwhelmingly positive. And even if 'Arular' never receives the attention it deserves, those who've heard it will know that they've shared something very special. KW.
Release date: 25 Apr
Press contact: Beggars IH [all]

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BADLY DRAWN BOY PLAYS CHARITY GIG
Badly Drawn Boy, aka Damon Gough, is to play an intimate gig for charity as part of the Chorlton Arts Festival in Manchester. The singer, supported by local school band Simple Complications, will perform at the 200 capacity venue, St Clement's Church, in order to raise money for the building's roof. The event will take place on 27 May and tickets, costing £20, can only be brought in person from King Bee Records, Wilbraham Road, Chorlton.

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HOT HOT HEAT GO ACOUSTIC
Hot Hot Heat have recorded acoustic versions of five songs from latest album 'Elevator', with the idea to release an unplugged EP later this year, although no release has been scheduled. The songs include "Jingle Jangle," "You Owe Me an IOU," "Pickin' It Up," and "Goodnight, Goodnight".

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ABDUL AFFAIR CONTINUES
American Idol judge Paula Abdul is under increasing pressure to quit following those allegations by former contestant Corey Clark, who claims he had an affair with Abdul, and is shortly to appear in an ABC news expose to discuss those claims. Clark alleges that the affair began whilst he was appearing on the show in 2003, prior to his disqualification for failing to admit a pending criminal charge, and that Abdul also provided him with "personal coaching" to help him advance in the competition. Clark has also played a recent answer phone message apparently left by Abdul, in which it seems she implored him not to talk about her or publish his memoirs.

A statement from the show's producers reiterated the notion that Clark just isn't to be trusted: "Disqualified 'American Idol' contestant Corey Clark was removed from the show for failing to disclose his criminal arrest history. Despite documented procedures and multiple opportunities for contestants to raise any concerns they may have, the producers of 'American Idol,' FreemantleMedia, 19 Entertainment and FOX were never notified or contacted by Mr. Clark, nor presented with any evidence concerning his claims. We will, of course, look into any evidence of improper conduct that we receive.

In the meantime, we recommend that the public carefully examine Mr. Clark's motives, given his apparent desire to exploit his prior involvement with 'American Idol' for profit and publicity."

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USHER PLANS EARLY RETIREMENT
Usher has said that he's happy to work hard at the moment, because he's planning on an early and relaxing retirement. According to Teenhollywood he said: "I don't plan on being a 30 or 40-year-old artist who continues to tour. I'll do it in my leisure. I do not want to be 38-years-old, sweating with my shirt off, running around stage." Which seems fair enough.

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BRITNEY'S PREGNANCY TEST RAISES CASH FOR KIDDIES
A positive pregnancy test which, it is claimed, was left behind in the bathroom bin of a Los Angeles hotel room where Britney Spears and Kevin Federline stayed a couple of months ago, has been sold for charity for an undisclosed amount.

A spokesperson for Internet casino GoldenPalace.com, famous for several recent high-profile eBay sales, say proceeds from its purchase of Britney's alleged pregnancy kit will be donated to two US charities, the Candlelighter's Childhood Cancer Foundation and the Easter Seal Society which helps children with physical disabilities. Which is good for the charities, if a little hopeless for the state of humankind if people are prepared to pay good money for a stick that a pop singer has peed on. Euugh.

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J-LO'S PRESIDENTIAL AMBITIONS
According to The Sun, Jennifer Lopez would like to be the first female US president, but said that she'd like to give the White House a makeover first as it "doesn't look cosy." Somebody stop her, please.

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TIMBERLAKE TO HAVE THROAT SURGERY
The Sun also reports that Justin Timberlake is to have an operation in Los Angeles to get rid of throat nodules, and will not be able to sing for three months following the operation, which is a terrible, terrible shame.

A source said: "He hadn't sung much for ages - he pretty much stopped over the last year to focus on acting. But recently he's been in the studio again making his latest single, SIgns, with Snoop Dogg. That's when he realised there was a problem with his voice. He saw a specialist and was diagnosed with nodules. The op is fairly simple so he should be fine."

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