CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 12th May

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Bring on the celebrity witnesses: Jacko trial update
- Channel 4 to launch eight hour a day music strand on E4
- Warner IPO has lukewarm launch
- Offspring to release Greatest Hits
- BBC staff to strike
- Songwriter sues Britney over Sometimes
- Live Review: The Arcade Fire At The Astoria
- iRiver launch new players
- Dashboard Confessional record new album
- Oasis play new album tracks
- Smog UK tour
- Iain Archer on tour
- Rollins speaks words at Download
- Album Review: Various Artists - Maximum Bass
- Babyshambles debut near completion
- Doherty to marry Moss at Glasto?
- Mercury art prize winner revealed
- Twelve Inch Eighties second instalment
- Multi day passes on sale for Wireless fest
- More acts announced for Meltdown
- Album Review: Ryan Adams And The Cardinals - Cold Roses
- TDK Cross Central press launch
- Andre 3000 signs deal with MTV and Nickelodeon
- Neighbours bosses say 'Kylie dissed us'
- Mel C will get a liver bird tattoo if her team win
- Seal and Klum marry
- Time to cry another river?

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BRING ON THE CELEBRITY WITNESSES: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
Now, this is more like it, celebrity witnesses. Despite reports he was reluctant to go to court, actor Macaulay Culkin yesterday took the witness stand in the ongoing Michael Jackson trial to say that the singer never molested him, despite the fact that a former Neverland employee previously said he'd seen Jacko with his hands down the former child star's pants.

Culkin confirmed that he stayed at Jacko's Neverland ranch on numerous occasions in the early nineties, then aged 9 - 14. He confirmed that he had slept in Jackson's bed, but denied the singer ever behaved inappropriately. When asked by Jacko's lawyer if he had been molested while at Neverland, Culkin replied ìNeverî. When asked about the testimony of a former Neverland chef who said he saw Jackson groping the actor, Culkin described the allegation as ìabsolutely ridiculousî.

Culkin continued by revealing that he had never been specifically approached by the prosecution in the case about those allegations, and that he had first heard them on TV. Culkin: "Somebody told me you should probably check out CNN because they're 'saying something about you'. I just couldn't believe it. It was amazing to me that nobody even approached me and asked if these allegations were trueî.

Prosecution lawyer Ron Zonen tried to suggest Jackson may have molested Culkin while he was asleep. The actor admitted that he had never been molested by Jackson ìas far as he knewî, but responded to Zonen's suggestions by saying "I think I'd realise if something like that would happenî.

When asked about his close relationship with Jackson as a young teenager, Culkin told the court: "We're part of a unique group of people. He'd been through that before, so he understood what it was like to be put in that position that I was in, to be thrust into it."

Following Culkin's testimony the court watched footage filmed by one of Jackson's team at the same time Martin Bashir's documentary was being shot. Defence lawyers claim the film shows that Bashir's programmed was severely edited to the detriment of their client.

But enough of that, we want more celebs. Rumour has it Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and basketball star Kobe Bryant are all due to appear.

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CHANNEL 4 TO LAUNCH EIGHT HOUR A DAY MUSIC STRAND ON E4
Channel 4 has announced it will launch a new back-to-back video strand on its digital channel E4. The move is part of plans to make E4 a 24/7 channel ahead of its arrival on the UK terrestrial digital TV platform Freeview. The E4 Music Zone will provide eight hours of music videos every day, with a plethora of interactive features designed to encourage viewers to vote for which videos they want to see (which is rarely a good idea, but it will be interesting to see how it works).

Announcing the new music strand, E4 boss Julian Bellamy told reporters: "Music is very important to most E4 viewers and we hope this new programming will help strengthen our relationship with our existing audience as well as attract a new one. The opportunity to try out the very latest in interactive services on young, technologically savvy viewers should provide a fantastic test bed to develop the best interactive music services available."

The new strand is part of Channel 4's £10 million investment in music programming, which also includes an increase in its coverage of live music events and a new music strand to its website. Channel 4 boss Andy Duncan says: "The launch of E4 Music Zone is part of our strategy to increase our commitment to music across all platforms, with a significant uplift in both the hours and budget for music programming on Channel 4 itself and our new websiteî.

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WARNER IPO HAS LUKEWARM LAUNCH
One industry insider last night summed up the Warner Music Group's first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange as ìnot a disaster, but not a huge success eitherî. As previously reported again and again and again, the record company, bought off Time Warner last year by a group of investors led by Edgar Bronfman Jnr, had originally hoped to raise up to $780 million in the share sale, but had to slash their expectations as the IPO drew close and key players in the investment community criticised the company's plans.

Seemingly still unsure about the long term future of the music industry in the digital age, investors said that while Warner bosses had been successful at cutting costs, they had not proved they were able to maximise profits. And the PR around the share sale was further damaged, of course, when key artists Linkin Park spoke out against the major ten days before the IPO.

So in the end Warner launched their share sale with a share price of $17, down from the $22-24 price range bosses had hoped to open with. Wall Street forced the price down further to $16 a share, though by end of play the share price had crawled back up to $16.40. All of which means Warner bosses can expect to draw $554.2 million from the sale, considerably less than originally hoped.

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OFFSPRING TO RELEASE GREATEST HITS
Californian rockers The Offspring are to release two retrospective collections this summer, a CD entitled 'Greatest Hits' and a DVD, 'Complete Music Video Collection'. The CD will contain a brand new track as well as the old material and the accompanying DVD will feature rarities and selected TV performances in addition to the promo collection.

The tracklisting for 'Greatest Hits' is as follows:

Can't Repeat
Come Out and Play
Self-Esteem
Gotta Get Away
All I Want
Gone Away
Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
Why Don't You Get a Job?
The Kids Aren't Alright
Original Prankster
Want You Bad
Defy You
Hit That
(Can't Get My) Head Around You

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BBC STAFF TO STRIKE
BBC staff have voted to strike, which is always exciting. Live programmes could be affected from as early as next Friday after members of the National Union of Journalists and technicians union Bectu both voted to strike over Director General Mark Thompson's controversial 4000 job cutback. Representatives from the NUJ and Bectu, and from Amicus, the skilled workers union which is still to announce the result of its strike ballot, are expected to meet today to discuss their plans.

NUJ official Paul McLaughlin welcomed the vote result, telling reporters: "Obviously we are delighted with the strong result our members are sending to the BBC. The BBC has refused to negotiate. It's scandalous. They must listen to the views of their staff. Unless they change, serious steps will be taken tomorrow."

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SONGWRITER SUES BRITNEY OVER SOMETIMES
A songwriter from Indiana is suing Britney Spears for copyright infringement over allegations he wrote the song 'Sometimes', which appeared on Spears' 1999 debut album 'Baby One More Time' and last year's greatest hits album.

Steve Wallace says he wrote the song in 1990, shopping it around a number of publishers in 1994 and entering it into a lyric contest in 1997. The Spears version appeared two years later, and was formally copyrighted by Spears' representatives without any mention of Wallace. He didn't formally copyright his song until 2003, but his lawyers say he executed a so called ìpoor man's copyrightî in 1990 - i.e. he mailed himself a copy. Wallace also claims to have an email from Spears herself admitting that it is his song but saying ìthere's nothing I can do about it, that's all I can say about it."

Wallace is suing Spears, her record label and her publishing company, all of whom, his lawyers say, have refused to negotiate a settlement with the songwriter. Lawyer John Ritchison told Associated Press: "The New York guys decided the Indiana local boy didn't have much moxie. It's real difficult to get them to belly up to the bar."

Neither Spears' people nor label SonyBMG have as yet commented on the lawsuit, though Ritchison confirmed they have previously denied copyright violation.

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LIVE REVIEW: The Arcade Fire at The Astoria on 9 May
It's rare that a band could sell out a venue the size of the Astoria without having made a dent on the charts with their debut album, but when you're discussing The Arcade Fire, anything really is possible. Their rise has been nothing less than meteoric; arriving from nowhere to become the critics' darlings in next to no time, and on the final date of their UK tour, the Canadian band treated an enthusiastic crowd to something truly special. I defy anyone present to forget this night in a hurry. Any doubts about whether the band can repeat the magic of 'Funeral' to a live setting were dismissed immediately. The Arcade Fire have a distinct stage presence; they're dressed as if they're from Victorian Britain, and all band members are multi-instrumentalists, changing roles from track to track.†For instance, Regine Chassagne alternated from drums to keyboards to xylophone effortlessly, whilst also singing the final track 'Backseat' with great passion and emotion (her vocals are a dead ringer for Bjork's), and her husband, Win Butler, the front man, held the audience in the palm of his band all evening. The Arcade Fire have a rare gift of making beautiful and sanguine music that deeply affects those who have the pleasure of hearing it, and the live performance brings out the band's collective genius. It's simply not possible to witness the band perform the likes of 'Wake Up' and 'Rebellion (Lies)', and not feel something. The Arcade Fire are a genuinely extraordinary band; hyperboles are the only adjectives you can use to do them justice. Let's hope they return soon! KW

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IRIVER LAUNCH NEW PLAYERS
MP3 player make iRiver has expanded its range, launched a 1GB, 6GB and 20GB model to its H10 series (which previously offered a 5GB player). All the new players will come with the Microsoft PlaysForSure system which is required if consumers want to use Napster and Real's new 'to-go' services, where you can download any tracks from the download service's catalogue and listen to it on a portable player for as long as your subscription is valid.

The main selling point of non-Apple players, of course, is their compatibility with all download platforms, well, except iTunes of course. So, needless to say, that is what iRiver were bigging up on the launch of their new players. Microsoft's Kevin Unangst lent his support to the new players by telling reporters: "With support for Windows Media Player 10 and PlaysForSure compatibility out of the box, iRiver H10 customers can choose from the widest range of music subscription and download services available todayî.

iRiver continues to struggle in the ever competitive digital music player space of course - more so since Apple entered the economy 'flash player' market with the iPod Shuffle, and also since the arrival of upstart SanDisk which is competing with both iRiver and Creative in particular. They will be hoping the new range, and the arrival of the 'to-go' services from the subscription platforms, will help then regain some ground in the digital music market place.

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DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL RECORD NEW ALBUM
The members of Dashboard Confessional are in Canada recording their next album, the follow up to 2003's 'A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar', with a release expected in the autumn. Frontman Chris Carrabba has recently played a handful of shows in the US, and the whole band will appear at the Lollapalooza festival, which, as previously reported, is to be held from 23 - 24 Jul in Chicago's Grant Park.

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OASIS PLAY NEW ALBUM TRACKS
Oasis played six songs from the new album at the London Astoria on Tuesday night, amongst them 'Mucky Fingers', 'A Bell Will Ring', 'The Importance Of Being Idle' and 'The Meaning Of Soul'. The event marks the first date on their European tour of smaller venues and their first live show since Glastonbury 2004. As endlessly reported, the band are to release their latest LP 'Don't Believe The Truth' on 30 May.

A star struck fan told NME.Com: "They opened with 'Turn Up The Sun', just as I'd hoped. It sounded fucking immense. Next came 'Lyla', and on the opening chords everyone was going mad - Liam's voice was spot on."

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SMOG UK TOUR
Smog will commence a UK tour next month to coincide with the release of new album 'A River Ain't Too Much To Love' on 30 May. Dates are as follows:

09 Jun: London Islington academy
10 Jun: Manchester Roadhouse
11 Jun: Dublin Whelans
12 Jun: Belfast The Limelight
13 Jun: Galway Roisin Dubh
15 Jun: Leicester Music CafÈ
16 Jun: Glasgow Mono
17 Jun: Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
18 Jun: Leeds The Faversham
19 Jun: Bristol Trinity Arts Theatre
20 Jun: Brighton Sallis Benney Theatre

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IAIN ARCHER ON TOUR
More live date news now, and Ian Archer, most recently seen on a sold out European tour supporting Athlete, has confirmed a series of gig dates. His album 'Flood The Tanks' will also see a re-release in June.

Those dates are:

27 May: Gloucester Guildhall (Acoustica presents... Iain Archer, plus Bell Jar)
28 May: Leicester Charlotte
1 Jun: London 100 Club (plus Kid Carpet and The Amazing Pilots)
2 Jun: Wolverhampton Little Civic (The Amazing Pilots)
3 Jun: Glasgow King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (Plus The Amazing Pilots and Wake The President)
4 Jun: Edinburgh The Lighthouse(Plus The Amazing Pilots)
5 Jun: York Pocklington Arts Centre (plus The Amazing Pilots)

More info from http://www.iainarcher.com

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ROLLINS SPEAKS WORDS AT DOWNLOAD
Former Black Flag front man Henry Rollins to give a spoken word performance on the Napster stage at this year's Download festival. The performance is billed as 'Morning Services with Henry Rollins', and will see Rollins talk for 45 minutes about his recent USO tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and tell other anecdotes about his eclectic career. Rollins takes to the stage at 10am on 12 Jun.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various Artists - Maximum Bass (Ministry)
This is a double album boasting 42 tracks, occasionally slightly puerile, but comprising some pretty awesome tunes too. CD1 is the best of the two, with tracks from rap to die-hard jungle. Highlights include Panjabi MC's monster 'Mundian To Bach Ke', Snoop Doggs 'What's My Name', and 'Original Nuttah' by UK Apache and Shy FX. Return of Q Project's 'Champion Sound' is a great track but things are taken off the boil by Shimon & Andy C's inferior 'Bodyrock'. Things pick up again though, with a timely contribution from Roni Size. Disc 2 is urban and trance themed and starts well with a tune from Dizzee Rascal and DJ Zinc classic '138 trek' as well as his classy remix of 'Camels' by Santos in the early stages. Darude's Sandstorm, and Public domain's 'Blade'†are pretty tolerable, whilst Bennasi's 'Satisfaction' is pretty infectious, but I can't help feeling that they could have easily stripped this down to one CD. And since when was trance 'maximum bass'? PV
Release date:† 2 May
Press contact: Emms [all]

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BABYSHAMBLES DEBUT NEAR COMPLETION
According to the NME, Babyshambles are nearing the completion of their long awaited and 'ground breaking' (apparently) debut album. Word is the band currently have 30 songs in the can and are preparing to whittle that down to a final set of tracks for release.

New drummer Adam Ficek told NME: "It's a statement. You're going to hear a band playing in a room - what you see is what you get. The way Mick Jones (ex-Clash guitarist and Libertines producer) likes to work, there's no edits, no overdubs. It's a very honest, warm and sincere record."

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DOHERTY TO MARRY MOSS AT GLASTO?
Which brings us back to always popular Pete Doherty news. A source close to the former Libertine has told the Star that Doherty plans to marry girlfriend Kate Moss at the Glastonbury Festival next month.

The source is quoted as saying: "This is going to be the last Glastonbury for a couple of years so Kate and Pete were keen to tie the knot in front of all their mates. Kate just loves the atmosphere there. The feeling of wellbeing is like nothing else on earth. She thought it would be a magical place to get married. Civil ceremonies are not permitted at the festival so they're going to have to settle for a blessing [but] they're not too worried about the legality of the union. It's not conventional but then nothing about their relationship has ever been seen as run-of-the-mill, so why get married in a church or something?"

Talking of Doherty, that controversial documentary about Doherty filmed by Max Carlish - you know, the one that led to the Doherty/Carlish bust up that led to the Babyshambles man finding himself in prison - you know, the one Doherty was trying to stop ever being screened - you know? Anyway, that controversial documentary - 'Stalking Pete Doherty' - will be shown on Channel 4 next Tuesday at 10pm.

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MERCURY ART PRIZE WINNER REVEALED
The inaugural Mercury art prize has been awarded to Royal College Of Music student Rowan Mersh. As previously reported, the competition, set up to highlight the link between music and art, was open to art and design students across the UK. Mersh's 'Shape of Music' sculpture will now feature on the cover of the Mercury Music Prize compilation album later this year, while he receives a £5,000 cheque for his efforts. The winning and also commended works, along with 60 that made the shortlist, are on display at The Air Gallery in London until 20 May.

The competition received over a thousand entries. Sir Peter Blake, who sat on the judging panel, said it "was a difficult task choosing the finalist. This is a very impressive exhibition with some excellent works."

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TWELVE INCH EIGHTIES SECOND INSTALMENT
Hurrah. This is the best news I've had since the last one came out. Family Recordings are to release a second instalment of the rather popular retro compilation 12î/80s, which as the name might suggest, comprised three CDs of those tracks that anyone who grew up in the eighties remembers with the greatest affection - the 12 inch single remix. The new set will be released 27 Jun and CMU has parked a reviewer outside the Family Recordings Offices to make sure we get a promo copy as soon as they arrive.

The tracklistings for the 12î/80s 2 collection await final confirmation but are provisionally as follows:

Disc 1:
Pigbag - Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag (12" mix)
Soft Cell - Bedsitter (Extended version)
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Peek A Boo (Silver Dollar mix)
Julian Cope - Trampolene (Warne Out Mix)
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle (12" mix)
Simple Minds - Love Song (12" mix)
The Cure - The Walk (Extended mix)
Tears For Fears - Change (Extended version)
That Petrol Emotion - Big Decision (Extended version)
Echo & The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon (Up All Night mix)
Yello - The Race (Long mix)

Disc 2:
ABC - When Smokey Sings (Miami Mix)
Hue & Cry - Labour Of Love (12" mix)
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls (12" mix)
Duran Duran - The Reflex (12" mix)
Depeche Mode - Get The Balance Right (12" mix)
Lloyd Cole - Brand New Friend (Long Version)
Thompson Twins - Love On Your Side (12" mix)
Haircut 100 - Favourite Shirts (Long mix)
Heaven 17 - Penthouse & Pavement (12" mix)
Visage - Night Train (Extended mix)
INXS - Need You Tonight (Ben Liebrand Mix)

Disc 3:
Spandau Ballet - Chant Number 1 (12" mix)
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Two Tribes (12" mix)
Belouis Some - Imagination (12" mix)
The The - Slow Train To Dawn (12" mix)
Style Council - Money Go Round (Parts 1 & 2)
Sly & Robbie - Boops (Here To Go) (12" Mix)
Kid Creole - Annie I'm Not Your Daddy (Remix)
Grace Jones - Slave To The Rhythm (Hot Blooded Mix)
Malcolm McLaren - Madame Butterfly (12" mix)
Tom Tom Club - Genius Of Love (Extended mix)
The Council Collective - Soul Deep (Bert Bevan's mix)
Animal Nightlife - Mr. Solitaire (12" mix)

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MULTI DAY PASSES ON SALE FOR WIRELESS FEST
Multi-day passes are now available for the O2 Music Wireless Festival and can be purchased as two day, three day, or four day tickets, giving festival-goers the option to mix and match the days that they want to attend. Tickets start at £35 for one day and go up to £100 for the four day pass. As previously reported the festival is to be held in London's Hyde Park on 24, 25, 29 and 30 Jun. The festival is headlined over the four days by New Order, Basement Jaxx, Keane and Kasabian, who are joined by a line up that includes The Bravery, Graham Coxon, Mylo, LCD Soundsystem, Supergrass, James Blunt, Babyshambles and Soulwax.

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MORE ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR MELTDOWN
More acts have been announced for the Meltdown Festival, curated this year by Patti Smith. Television will play two shows at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 20 and 21 Jun, whilst former Voidods leader Richard Hell, who retired from music in the eighties, will read from his new novel 'Godlike' on 18 Jun. Other guests confirmed as part of the line up are Tori Amos, Marianne Faithfull, Yoko Ono, Beth Orton, Sinead O'Connor and Kristin Hersh. The festival is to be opened on 11 Jun with performances from The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Ed Harcourt

Info and tickets from http://www.rfh.org.uk/meltdown

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ALBUM REVIEW: Ryan Adams and the Cardinals - Cold Roses (Universal/Lost Highway)
This double album is the first of three albums to be released this year from the amazingly prolific Ryan Adams. This is being seen as something of a return to form by most critics, although given that Adam's last album was the wonderful 'Love Is Hell', I'd say it was more a continuation of very high standards. Both as part of his band Whiskeytown and as a solo artist Adams has received much critical acclaim particularly for his 'Heartbreaker' and 'Gold' albums'. For much of 'Cold Roses' there are echoes of the lovelorn troubadour from 2004's 'Love Is Hell'. This is an album which is tender but bittersweet. In 'Sweet Illusion' love is just a short-lived fleeting notion. Romance is hopeless in 'Cherry Lane' and 'Now That You're Gone' is a study in heartbreak. ìEverything you ever touched is undisturbed and hangs out, like a crime scene evidence undisturbed in dust,î he sings on the latter. The sentiments of Adam's well chosen words are echoed by the sound of the guitars which share his lament. This is a brilliant collection of songs and particularly tremendous is the exquisitely sad 'How Do You Keep Love Alive'. Is Ryan Adams the most articulate chronicler of love and relationships in the twenty first century? I think he probably is. This a great album from a very fine songwriter and it's sure to be one of the year's best albums. JW
Release date: 2 May
Press contact: Infected [CP, CR, RP] Mercury IH [RR, NR, NP]

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TDK CROSS CENTRAL PRESS LAUNCH
One for all you press types, the TDK Cross Central Festival will be holding the official press launch of this year's event next Wednesday (18 May) at the Kings Cross freight depot which will host the festival at the end of Aug. If you are a journalist you can get more info from richard@crosscentral.co.uk

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ANDRE 3000 SIGNS DEAL WITH MTV AND NICKELODEON
Andre 3000 has signed a deal with Nickelodeon and MTV that gives the media company an option to produce film and TV projects with the OutKast man. The deal kicks off with a project for Nick Movies called The Hit.

On that project, Andre told Associated Press: "I've noticed that kids, they're looking up to the Jay-Zs, they're looking up to OutKasts. So kids' movies and cartoons, they're getting smarter-because it seems like kids are cooler. Even with videos, I've always been involved with writing the concept and writing the narrative. I felt like I had something to offer to the film world."

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NEIGHBOURS BOSSES SAY 'KYLIE DISSED US'
Neighbours bosses have denied they turned down Kylie Minogue's offers to film a spot for their 20th anniversary show in the UK. Kylie had told reporters that she would have loved to reprise the role of Charlene Mitchell in the anniversary edition of Neighbours but that filming was due to take place while she is touring in the UK, and that TV bosses had said she couldn't film her bit over here.

But a spokesman for Grundy TV, who make the show, says that isn't true. They say they "made every effort to accommodate Kylie" in their anniversary celebrations, telling her she could "shoot a cameo appearance anywhere in the world at any timeî, but, the spokesman says, ìthe offer was declined."

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MEL C WILL GET A LIVER BIRD TATTOO IF HER TEAM WIN
Mel C has said she will get a liver bird tattoo on her arse if Liverpool win the Champions League later this month. According to the Sun, Mel says: "If they win I'll have another tattoo - a Liver Bird on my bum. I'm very excited about the match." CMU's 'tattoos of the stars' expert tells us Mel currently has a Chinese dragon tattooed on her calf, a phoenix on her back, the word Angel on her stomach and a Celtic band on her right arm.

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SEAL AND KLUM MARRY
Seal has married model Heidi Klum in a ceremony in Mexico. As previously reported, the couple are expecting their first child in Sep.

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TIME TO CRY ANOTHER RIVER?
Now, we're not ones to dwell on idle gossip, but, well, this just in. According to one US magazine, Cameron Diaz, currently dating Justin Timberlake of course, was spotted in a 'clinch' with a married TV producer.

Witness Oscar Duran told the magazine he saw Diaz with Shane Nickerson, the producer on her MTV travel show. He said: "Cameron wrapped her arms around the guy and started kissing him on the mouth. They stood kissing for a good three minutes. They seemed to glance around to see if anyone was watching. I was surprised they would stand there in public on the sidewalk kissing."

Nickerson refused to comment on the allegations, though a spokesman for Diaz told reporters: "Shane Nickerson is a friend of Cameron's and a valued associate who works with her on her MTV show. They do not have any sort of romantic relationship whatsoever." Meanwhile aides for Timberlake insisted he and Cameron were still very happy together.

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