CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 20th May

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Canadian download battle delayed but not dead
- No access all areas: Jacko trial update
- Ireland knocked out of Eurovison
- Publishing awards galore (well, there were two of them)
- Oberst sells broken guitar
- Newsnight likely to be dropped during strike
- Album Review: System Of A Down - Mesmerize
- Do Me Bad Things instores
- Universal music helps parent company's recovery
- Komakino to replace Nine Black Alps on tour
- More major label execs subpoenaed in payola investigation
- UK company launches Bangra download platform
- Live Review: M83 at the Scala
- Great breaks for charity
- BSP play Chelsea Flower Show
- Albarn to take a musical trip
- Tom Vek to play apple store
- Album Review: Nitin Sawhney - Philtre
- What does Warner share sale mean for any EMI Warner merger?
- Amen special guests at unsigned showcase
- Britney talks about sex shocker

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CMU: PRESS ROOM >>

KILL ALL HIPPIES - NEW VENUE
Kill All Hippies is back, bigger and better than ever with a brand new home - Scala near Kings Cross. This month live on stage we have Crimea, Infadels and Three Miles From plus Eddy TM, Jeff Automatic and DJ Syrinx will be taking to the decks. Meanwhile we have a brand new room 2 - the Fun House, hosted by Jagz Kooner & Richard Clouston, and this month with special guest Paul Epworth - aka Phones. All takes place 21 May from 8.30pm until very late. As always you need to guest list yourself at http://www.leylinepromotions.com/killallhippies to get the special discounted £3 entry price. And don't forget you can download live sets from Kill All Hippies the day after the event from TuneTribe.com new sets will be available for download from Sunday at 6pm.

Full press info>>
http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/pressroom/killallhippies

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Goodlife at the Egg
The advert has been caned every hour, on the hour, on that excellent London house pirate Unknown FM, meaning it is now so imprinted on my mind that I have to tip it. The Goodlife, in conjunction with Fallen Angels, is a monthly night at Egg, and features three rooms of house (electro and deep), funky, and classic. This weekend, in the basement you will find DJ Lewi, Doctor Magis, the Nice Guys and, not forgetting, the Funky Disciples with Unknown's Dino. The House 4 Rent crew celebrate ten years in the game on the terrace, while Fallen Angels residents and Stevie B are in the Penthouse. Apparently these nights are always pretty mobbed, and this one in particular should be a cracker following, as it does, the FA Cup (more so if a certain London Team win, of course) so my advice is to get in early.

Saturday 21 May, Egg, 200 York Way London N7 9AP, 10-6am. £10 in advance, press info from info@egglondon.net, or listen to that ad at http://moistrecords.com/goodlife/index.html

CHRIS' CLUB TIP: Remix Night and Kill All Hippies
This goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway. Two of CMU's favourite club nights can now be found taking place on the same weekend. Xfm Remix Night is tonight at Cargo from 7pm - 3am with Whity, Evil Nine and Slim Jim, while Kill All Hippies kicks off at its new home, Scala Kings Cross, tomorrow night at 8.30pm with Crime, Three Miles From and the wonderful Infadels on stage, plus DJ sets from Eddy TM, Jeff Automatic, DJ Syrinx and special guest Phones. Get a £3 ticket by signing up today at http://www.leylinepromotions.com/killallhippies. And don't forget you can download live sets from KAH as of Sunday evening from http://www.tunetribe.com

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CANADIAN DOWNLOAD BATTLE DELAYED BUT NOT DEAD
There were mixed fortunes for the Canadian music industry this week as the Canadian Recording Industry Association took their bid to sue individual file sharers to the country's Federal Court Of Appeals.

The Canadian courts have not been kind to the CRIA as they attempt to follow the Recording Industry Association Of America in issuing litigation against individuals suspected of illegally sharing copyrighted music online. Last year a Canadian court not only ruled that internet service providers did not have to hand over the identities of suspected file sharers, but judges went on to essentially say that sharing copyright content via P2P networks was not illegal in the eyes of Canadian law.

Appealing that decision, the CRIA did not win the right to find out the identities of the 29 suspected file sharers, but the courts did rule that the lower court's interpretation of copyright law was incorrect. Judges refused to force the ISPs to hand over the identities of the 29 suspects because they said they were not convinced by the evidence against the supposed copyright violators. However, they did set our a framework for how the labels would have to gather such evidence in order to convince the courts of violation, meaning that, while the CRIA are still some way from launching those lawsuits, there a lot further on than they were at the start of the latest court case.

This is good news because the industry organisation's attempts to persuade government to push through changes in Canada's copyright law to clarify the illegality of sharing copyrighted music online are proving both slow and frustrating.

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NO ACCESS ALL AREAS: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
We're off Judge Rodney Melville this morning. There was Larry King sitting in the court ready to add a bit more celebrity to the Michael Jackson child abuse trial, then Judge Melville ruled his evidence was "irrelevant", so the TV presenter left without saying a thing. The defence had wanted King to testify that attorney Larry Feldman, who had once represented the family of Jacko's accuser Gavin Arvizo, had once told him that Gavin's mother, Janet, was "wacko" and "out for money". But if any jurors should be reading today's CMU Daily (and I reckon they're regular readers), it's important you don't let that evidence enter your minds - in the eyes of the court it is, after all, irrelevant.

So celebrity seekers had to make do with Azja Pryor who, as the girlfriend of movie star Chris Tucker, is more famous than most of the people currently residing on ITV's Love Island, so I'll guess she'll do. As previously reported, Tucker was another of the famous people who got to know the Arvizo family while Gavin received treatment for cancer. Pryor began her testimony with a few tears as she recalled how she met the Arvizo family, and how she would talk for hours on the phone to Gavin's mother.

But the stand out bit of Pryor's testimony was the claim that Janet Arvizo had complained to her that she and her family were being kept away from Jackson at exactly the time the prosecution claim the molestation at the centre of this whole case took place. Pryor says that in early Mar 2003 Mrs Arvizo told her that two of the singer's German associates had stepped in to stop her and her family from seeing Jackson. Pryor: "I asked, 'Does Michael know anything about this?' She said, 'They won't let us around him because they know the children tug at his heart strings'". The prosecution allege Gavin Arvizo was molested between 20 Feb and 12 Mar 2003.

Elsewhere in Jacko trial news, word is the defence think their case is going so well that they may wrap up their proceedings early. That would mean a cut in the number of witnesses called by the defence. It would also mean Jackson himself would be unlikely to testify.

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IRELAND KNOCKED OUT OF EUROVISON
It's a shocker. Ireland, seven times winners of the Eurovision song contest, were knocked out of this year's competition at last night's semi-final stage.

For those of you unacquainted with the current system, which launched last year if I remember rightly, only 14 countries have an automatic slot to appear at the song contest proper on Saturday (the ones who came highest last year), while the rest compete at the aforementioned semi final to win a place (the good news is that the UK is automatically in the final whatever, cos the BBC are integral in making the whole thing happen!).

Anyway, the Irish entry, 'Love', by sibling duo Donna and Joseph McCaul, hasn't made it through, which means Ireland don't get the joy of competing on Saturday, though they do avoid the traumatic possibility of having to host the whole thing for an eighth time, so there's a definite silver lining.

London bookmakers put Greece and Norway as favourites in the final, with Hungary, who won through from the semis, also near the top of that list. It's thought unlikely that the Ukraine's Green Jolly will win, despite achieving notoriety last year when their song was adopted and sung by Kiev crowds protesting against the presidential election. Their odds are 80-1, whilst UK entrant Javine only has odds of 25-1. Which is a shame, cos it's quite a catchy song, though, as we all know, the Eurovison aint really about the music.

The final is broadcast on Saturday night on BBC One and Radio 2. We'll be tuning in of course - Terry Wogan's Eurovision commentary is surely one of the highlights of the British broadcasting year.

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PUBLISHING AWARDS GALORE (WELL, THERE WERE TWO OF THEM)
Busy week in the American music publishing world this week, with two sets of awards events, one organised by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and another by royalties body BMI.

Highlights at the former, which took place in LA on Monday night, included the awarding of the ASCAP Founders Award to Neil Young in recognition of his three decades worth of pioneering work. As part of that, the Indigo Girls performed an acoustic rendition of his track 'Down By The River' while Warner Bros chief, who gave Young his first solo recording contract, paid tribute to his achievements. Young himself, making his first personal appearance since having surgery for a brain aneurysm earlier this year, told the awards event audience: "My mission now is to go where no hippie has gone before," Young said. "And tomorrow, I go back to Reprise and give them another record."

At the BMI Pop Awards, also in LA but on Tuesday night, former Beach Boy Brian Wilson paid tribute to Paul Simon, who was handed the Icon Award. As part of the tribute Wilson performed Simon's hit 'Sound Of Silence'. Accepting his gong an emotional Simon told Wilson: "I'm so touched, Brian. Any of the guys from my generation, to pay that tribute to me is just an honour."

For more details on both awards events, check the relevant groups websites:

ASCAP Awards - http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/awards/popawards/2005/
BMI Awards - http://www.bmi.com/news/200505/20050519a.asp

Oh yes, and well done to EMI Music Publishing who took the Pop Publisher Of The Year award at the ASCAP Awards for the eleventh time (and the third consecutive year), and then won the Publisher Of The Year award at the BMI Awards. Lots of smiling faces round there this week presumably.

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OBERST SELLS BROKEN GUITAR
Saddle Creek founder, Brighteyes' Conor Oberst is selling off a broken guitar on eBay in an effort to raise money for a life saving double lung transplant for Omaha resident Jason Woods. The guitar in question is one that the musician smashed on stage whilst on tour in support of 2005 album 'I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning'. Oberst has autographed the guitar and it will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. At the time of writing, bids had reached $1,075.00. The auction ends next Friday.

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NEWSNIGHT LIKELY TO BE DROPPED DURING STRIKE
Newsnight is likely to be one of the shows dropped from the BBC's schedules on Monday because of the previously reported strike action being planned by most of the unions represented in the Corporation. Union members are opposed to the major cuts being pursued by BBC boss Mark Thompson.

News programming will be hardest hit by the strike action - with the Beeb ever more vulnerable to all out industrial action in the rolling news age. Newsnight will go partly because the priority is to deliver the main BBC1 news bulletins, meaning those BBC staff still in work will be transferred there, but also because presenter Jeremy Paxman has told his bosses he won't walk across the picket line at TV centre.

Paxman's decision has led to speculation as to which of the Beeb's other flagship news presenters will work despite the unions' action. Dermot Murnaghan and Natasha Kaplinksy are due to present breakfast on Monday, George Alagiah and Sian Williams are down to host the 6 O'Clock News and Fiona Bruce is scheduled for the 10pm bulletin. Unions will be hoping for the support of high profile names, while BBC bosses will be piling on the pressure for help to keep the flagship news shows running - which puts those poor news presenters into a pretty unenviable position.

Even if the flagship news shows do go ahead as planned, local, online and radio news is likely to be very badly hit by the strikes, and from what we hear only one News24 presenter has said he will work, so rolling news is unlikely to be rolling. All of which has pleased the unions, who are keen to demonstrate they are powerful enough to deserve a say in the future of the Corporation.

It currently remains to be seen what programming outside the current affairs domain is effected by the strikes.

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ALBUM REVIEW: System Of A Down - Mesmerize (SonyBMG)
How pretentious do you allow a band to get before you go off them? And is how good they are a factor? Yup. If SOAD were even slightly less good, you'd probably hate them; but because they have the metal muscle and tune-good brilliance to out-weigh the slightly annoying right-on-ness of a Guardian reader, they remain amazing. And it's their faultless blend of uncompromisingly raw metal and eerie melodic song-writing that makes this band. Simple as that. Album after album they deliver catchy songs with great choruses, and satirical and often funny lyrics; layers of harmony juxtaposed with reams and reams of gut-wrenchingly aggressive roaring. Album after album they deliver those songs with energy and grit: through blisteringly fast and guitar-work and the contrasting serene moments of clean axe dexterity. The album doesn't offer us anything particularly new. But then who wants a new car when you drive an Aston Martin? They're still singing about the evils of the world in gloriously Armenian tinged voices, still soloing like Dave Navarro on discovering his wife in bed with Mike Patton and still leaving you wanting more after 11 tracks. It's just more of what you want. And it hits you right in the nadgers - just like you wanted it to. For me, this is the least disappointing over-hyped record this decade. JG
Release date: 16 May
Press contact: SonyBMG [all]

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DO ME BAD THINGS INSTORES
The rather good Do Me Bad Things are releasing their new single 'Move In Stereo' on 13 Jun and, to launch it, they'll be doing instores in Glasgow and Liverpool, with live sets and signing sessions.

13 Jun, 5pm: HMV Glasgow
14 Jun, 5pm: HMV Liverpool

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UNIVERSAL MUSIC HELPS PARENT COMPANY'S RECOVERY
A number of key global successes at Universal Music have helped their parent company, France's Vivendi Universal, to put past financial problems behind them. With the worldwide success of artists like 50 Cent and Mariah Carey, Universal Music achieved earnings of 36 million euros last year, up from a 4 million euro loss the previous year. The major label enjoys a 25% share of the worldwide music market, and with 4% of revenues coming from digital downloads insiders are increasingly confident the company can continue to perform well in the digital age.

Universal Music's success has helped Vivendi Universal turn around its fortunes. Net income for quarter one of this financial year is 502 million euros, up from 166 million in the same period last year. That's a considerable success for a company that was spiralling into financial oblivion three years ago after a $77 billion acquisition binge backfired. The contribution Universal Music has made to that success justifies current chairman Jean-Rene Fourtou's decision to not sell off the group's music assets when they offloaded the Universal film and TV companies in a bid to raise quick cash.

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KOMAKINO TO REPLACE NINE BLACK ALPS ON TOUR
Following yesterday's report that Nine Black Alps had been forced to drop out of the NME Inspired-by Rizla New Music Tour due to singer Sam Forrest contracting mumps, news that their slot has been filled by up and comers Komakino. The band release debut single through 'Say Something Else' through Drowned in Sound Recordings in Jul, and you can catch them on the NME tour on the following dates:

19 May: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
20 May: Gloucester Guildhall
8 Jul: London Barfly
12 Jul: London Madame Jojos
13 Jul: Derby Victoria Inn
16 Jul: Leeds Faversham
19 Jul: London 100 Club

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MORE MAJOR LABEL EXECS SUBPOENAED IN PAYOLA INVESTIGATION
According to the New York Post, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has subpoenaed "at least a dozen executives at Sony BMG, including Donnie Ienner" as part of his ongoing investigations into dodgy payola activity in the US music industry (ie offering radio station music heads personal incentives to play their music). No word on what Spitzer wants from those execs. His office hasn't commented on the reports, while a spokesman for SonyBMG said simply: "We fully appreciate the nature of the Attorney General's inquiry and we are pleased to be providing assistance in this matter." We should add that all the majors have received subpoenas of one form or another as part of Spitzer's organisations - so we did.

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UK COMPANY LAUNCHES BANGRA DOWNLOAD PLATFORM
A British company has launched a new download platform supplying South Asian influenced music - the first digital music service dedicated to the genre. Brasianbeats.com has been launched by BR-Asian, using a backend system from London based independent download company Karmadownload. The site will offer an iTunes-esque pay-per-track service, drawing on BR-Asian's existing catalogue of music, which includes everything from Bollywood sounds to bhangra and Asian R&B.

The platform's owners hope to cash in on not only the growing interest among European music fans for the genre, but also the potential digital music market that will emerge as broadband internet takes off in India.

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LIVE REVIEW: M83 at The Scala on 17 May
The music of M83 sounds to me like it might have been beamed down from another planet or teleported to us by people in the future. These guys make beautiful and incredibly exciting electronic music. I'd already seen M83 live a few weeks ago as a support act but I was very keen to see them again especially as this time they're the headliners, and running their own show certainly seemed to make them more confident. They are more animated than last time I saw them and there is more movement on stage. The relative intimacy of the Scala gives the audience the opportunity to appreciate the passion and intensity of main man Anthony Gonzalez who is centre stage dressed in white, flanked by his fellow musicians. Although M83 are essentially an electronic act, the synths are joined by three guitars and there is a live drummer enabling some tracks to be radically overhauled and beefed up. The sound emanating from the keyboards are often icily cool, yet the songs themselves are enlivened with samples which evoke warmer, more human emotions, as on 'America' from the first album ' Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts' which has the sounds of children and people talking. Particularly striking are 'Don't Save Us From The Flames', which uses an unusual cacophony of hysterical noises, and the lovely, dreamy, whooshing of current single 'Teen Angst' (both from the terrific album 'Before The Dawn Heals Us'). Perhaps best of all is 'Safe' the track the band encore with, which is gorgeous, starting off like the piano music from the Hamlet ad and then building up to a huge bombastic epic, a bit like Procul Harum's 'Whiter Shade of Pale'. This is enchanting, inspiring music and it is from an alien culture, that is, France! JW

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GREAT BREAKS FOR CHARITY
Too many good things going on in town tonight - and here's another one. Backdrop are hosting another fine breaks event at The Telegraph on Brixton Hill from 9pm-4am with all profits on the £8 (£5 before 11pm) ticket price going to children's charity The Kids Company. Topping the bill are Full Cycle's Krust, nu skool breakz innovator Deekline and up and coming UK rapper Sway who will be supported by Vantage, Mr Ben, MC Focus, Deckshufflers, Shuffle ya Booty, Nautilus, Beckett and Bustin'. More info at http://www.backdrop-breaks.co.uk

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BSP PLAY CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
British Sea Power are to appear at the Chelsea Flower Show on 23 May , but it won't be open to the general public. The band, who will release new single 'Please Stand Up' on the same day, will play in a garden designed by Diarmuid Gavin, presenter of BBC television's 'Homefront In The Garden' (and former 'Strictly Come Dancing' contestant, lest we forget). BSP's Guitarist Noble said: "It's a lovely idea. Playing at the Chelsea Flower Show appeals to us and we hope to bring our own slant to this national institution. We'd like to think of it as similar to The Who deciding to pop a few rivets at the Henley Regatta in 1968. We get the impression this is Gavin's approach as well. He seems like a fine fellow and he's certainly got a fine head of hair. The British Sea Power rock garden it is then."

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ALBARN TO TAKE A MUSICAL TRIP
Damon Albarn is amongst the artists signed up to take part in an unusual gig aboard the London Eye to promote fair trade. Other artists confirmed to be involved include Turin Brakes, Beth Orton and Karl Hyde of Underworld. Each artist will play a pod, but the audiences, who will pay £21 a ticket, won't know who they're paying to see until they get in there. The event is called Flight 5056, and is organised by direct trade coffee company Cafedirect. Turin Brakes singer Olly Knights said "It's such a bizarre and brilliant concept. If you want to make a noise about African issues pick the biggest, oddest landmark in London and shout really loudly from the top of it."

Flight 5065 is scheduled to happen on 21 Jun. If, of course, the Eye is still there, following news this week that the people who own the land the London Eye is on, the South Bank Centre, have increased rental on the site by £1m - a 1500% increase, which some cynics may view as opportunistic to say the least. The rent hasn't been paid yet, anyway, and SBC have issued a writ saying that if the money is not forthcoming, the Eye will have to be removed within a month. So let's hope they sort something out then, so we can all go to the gig. Oh, and continue to have one of the best tourist attractions in the world ever here in our fair capital city.

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TOM VEK TO PLAY APPLE STORE
Tom Vek is set to play a gig at London's Regent Street Apple store on May 31 for around 250 fans. He follows in the footsteps of Stereophonics, who played a set at the shop back in April.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Nitin Sawhney - Philtre (V2)
Our Nitin has done 7 albums, now, I reckon. 'Broken Skin' was truly awesome, of course, and he has been putting out similar stuff recently, but this new album left me thinking that there is not a great deal that's new here, making me wonder if Nitin is on the way to becoming a little too coffee table, if you know what I mean. Perhaps the problem is that there's just too much stuff here. There are 17 tracks and a few of them feel a bit unnecessary. Highlights, though, include 'Spark' with Tina Grace's fragile, haunting vocals, and 'Mausam' - a guitar based track with hindi vocals supplied with utmost precision by Reena Bhardwaj, and one of the best in this bunch is definitely 'Journey' which sees smoothster Vikter Duplaix over Nitins piano and a drum and bass backdrop. But for my money, a deeper insight can be found in his awesome Fabric compilation last year, and if you are new to Nitin, 'Broken Skin' is the absolute must have. PV
Release date 9 May
Press contact: Renegade [CP, CR] V2 IH [RP, RR, NP, NR]

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WHAT DOES WARNER SHARE SALE MEAN FOR ANY EMI WARNER MERGER?
More post-Warner share sale nonsense for you. Speculation is now rife as to what Warner's disappointing flotation will mean for a possible EMI Warners merger. The main topic of debate isn't whether or not recent events make a merger more or less likely, rather people are talking about what the investment community's response to the share sale would mean for Warner's negotiating position should merger talks begin.

Wall Street seemed pretty resolute that Warner boss Edgar Bronfman Jnr was drastically overvaluing his company, which might mean that EMI would beat them in valuation stakes, giving the London based record company an advantage in any merger negotiations. Some say EMI would also have a stronger hand because their chairman, Alain Levy, is more respected in investment circles than Bronfman. Plus Levy has former Warner boss Roger Ames on board who, the logic flows, have a good insight into how a merged EMI Warners would operate.

Of course both majors have not formally indicated any interest in entering into merger talks in the short term, though insiders at both say that such a deal, while not a top priority, is still on the agenda. Any merger would need to get the go ahead from European competition officials, who are still facing legal action from pan-European independent music body IMPALA over their decision to let Sony and BMG merge last year.

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AMEN SPECIAL GUESTS AT UNSIGNED SHOWCASE
Californian punk rockers Amen have been confirmed as the special headline guests at the 2005 UK Unsigned National showcase for bands.

The event, organised by SABA, the Society For The Advancement Of British Arts, with the aim of promoting and developing young artists, is the culmination of local and regional showcase selections. Twelve unsigned bands will play a twenty minute set each at the London Astoria on the afternoon of 31 Jul, and the evening will see an additional show, with sets from the aforementioned Amen, Sound Explosion and Project X.

One ticket gets you into everything, and there's an after show party at Rouge on Charing Cross Road too, so it should be a good day. More info from http://www.ukunsigned.net, press info from ben@indstrength.com

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BRITNEY TALKS ABOUT SEX SHOCKER
It has been revealed on new reality TV show 'Britney & Kevin: Chaotic' that Britney Spears actually talks about sex. In the course of the show the popstrel was heard quizzing crew members about their favourite sexual positions and this was a segment which was filmed when she was on tour in the UK last year, which is doubly shocking, because it was before she started dating husband Kevin Federline. Well, she was a virgin when she got married, right?

Okay, maybe not. Anyway, the singer asked several of her crew, including assistant Felicia Culotta, who said "I don't know, I've never had it". Britney herself disclosed nothing because she was afraid her family would see the tape, saying "Mom, just ignore this whole part, and dad too, and Jamie Lynn too. I'm not gonna answer that."

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