CMU Daily - on the inside Thursday 26th May

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Motley Crue sue TV network over ban
- P Diddy appeals in child support case
- Case closed: Jacko trial update
- SonyBMG rumoured to be entering AOL exclusive deal with online videos
- Albarn still missing Coxon
- Gorillaz set to top albums chart
- Single Review: The Magic Numbers - Forever Lost
- Subscription radio in the UK a possibility
- FBI seize server from controversial Bit Torrent network
- Emiliana Torrini live dates
- Sunday Best live and Bestival launch parties
- O2 to sponsor Dome
- Single Review: The Blood Arm - Say Yes
- Mixed stats on podcasting
- Dutch ISP add music downloads into standard internet package
- Beth Orton cancels Somerset House gig
- Radio 4 man talks Homelands
- V Fest announce new stage line up
- Kasabian headline Jersey Live
- Spice Girls line up for Live Aid
- British judge to go to Cuba to hear Buena Vista copyright case
- Darkness deny new bassist rumours
- Single Review: Foo Fighters - Best Of You
- Radiohead man on climate change and stuff
- Classical Brits winners
- Madonna new album due January
- Eminem responds to his latest 'controversial' video
- Elton wants kids

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MOTLEY CRUE SUE TV NETWORK OVER BAN
Well, let's begin in the pop courts, where Motley Crue have filed a lawsuit against US TV network NBC for banning them after frontman Vince Neil used the f-word during a live New Year's Eve TV show. As previously reported, the TV network issued the ban after Neil turned to band mate Tommy Lee during the live performance on the Jay Leno Show and said "Happy fucking New Year, Tommy!"

The band reckon that they have been unfairly treated by the network in the aftermath of the on air slip up. Band member Nikki Sixx told reporters this week: "We meant no harm, but it feels that we're being singled out unfairly. This is a discrimination issue, pure and simple. All we've ever asked is to be treated like everybody else, which is why we're taking this action."

The band's attorney Skip Miller added: "Once you're on, and then you get banned, the question is why? Is it because NBC decided to throw Motley Crue under the train? If it's because of kowtowing to the FCC and governmental pressure, yes, I do think that can be a First Amendment violation."

It remains to be seen if the band can use the US constitution to force NBC to rethink the ban, though some doubt how long the network will stick to it anyway, particularly as they are building a reality show around Tommy Lee due to air this summer.

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P DIDDY APPEALS IN CHILD SUPPORT CASE
And let's stay in the pop courts. Sean Combs, aka P Diddy, is planning to appeal against a New York State Supreme Court ruling that says he must pay $21,782 (£11,910) per month to support his 11-year-old son. The payments to babymother Misa Hylton Brim were approved last month, and are the highest child support rates awarded in New York state history. The rapper, who says he already pays for his son's health insurance, school fees, holidays and clothing, claims that the case is an attack on his character. P Diddy said: "It's not about money. I don't care how much money I have. I do take care of my child to my fullest, that's something that should be rewarded. It's not something that should be handled this way."

Ms Hylton-Brim's lawyer explained his client's position, saying "His claim that $5,112 (£2,800) should do the trick is obviously unreasonable, was not upheld by any court anywhere, and I dare say is reason enough to explain why she felt she needed to go to a court in the first place," adding "I don't think anybody has ever indicated in court and otherwise that he is not a good father and he doesn't care about his son."

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CASE CLOSED: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
Well, as Winston Churchill might have said, this isn't the end, it's not even the beginning of the end, though, on second thoughts, actually it is. The defence in the Michael Jackson trial rested its case yesterday, calling it a day after questioning actor Chris Tucker - the fiftieth witness to take to the stand. That means most of the celebrity names expected to testify in this case will not now appear - it also means that Jackson himself will not be questioned. The prosecution are now expected to be given the opportunity to diss everything the defence have said before formal summing up begins. After that, the jury will begin their deliberations, possibly as soon as next week. Journalists reckon the defence have scored considerably more successes as the trial rumbled on, but it remains to be seen what conclusions the jury reach regarding both the child abuse and hostage taking allegations. I know how I'd vote, but alas the US legal system is yet to adopt a phone in vote system (though, it's only a matter of time), so I guess we'll just have to wait and see what the jury decides. If found guilty of all charges Jackson could face 20 years in jail.

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SONYBMG RUMOURED TO BE ENTERING AOL EXCLUSIVE DEAL WITH ONLINE VIDEOS
Rumour has it that SonyBMG in the US are about to enter into a deal which would give AOL exclusive rights to all of the major's videos for the next two years. As previously reported, SonyBMG are following the lead of Universal Music Group and reinventing the licence agreements they have with video-on-demand websites, charging a licence fee every time one of their pop promos is streamed, rather than a blanket charge oblivious of how many videos are viewed. Basically the major record companies are transforming music videos from being primarily a marketing tool into a revenue stream in their own right.

AOL were the first major player to sign up when Universal announced the licence switch, and now the ISP is reportedly in talks with SonyBMG about an exclusivity arrangement. If true, that deal would be unique, preventing AOL's competitors, in particular Yahoo, MSN and MTV.com, from playing any of their videos. In essence, the music video would cease to be a marketing tool at all (albeit in the digital domain), and music fans would potentially be forced to sign up to a number of different online video services in order to access artists from all labels, which is hardly user friendly.

All of which means that resentment towards the proposal is building amongst the US artist community, even though there has been no formal announcement about the deal. Artists are also concerned about where the profits from the $25 - $30 million deal will go. Rumour has it artists will receive half of the per-stream revenues generated by their videos (which seems to be something of a standard in the new pay-per-stream video licence model), but it is not clear if they would get a cut of the premium SonyBMG would charge AOL for the exclusivity. Some reckon the major label will keep that for themselves, which could force a revolt among artists already dubious about any exclusivity arrangement of this type.

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ALBARN STILL MISSING COXON
Following those reports earlier in the month that Damon Albarn is still hoping for Graham Coxon's return to the Blur camp, the singer has spoken out again about how much he misses his former band mate. Albarn told Radio 1: "I grew up with Graham and it's really confusing when you grow apart from someone who you grew up with. I've only got a sister so I did consider him for many years to be like my brother and it's a real shame that there's been such a breakdown in communication. But as far as playing again live I can't play any other stuff that he worked (on) without him. I feel that there's a horrible hole in the sound if he's not there and obviously if we could get back or move forward to a time when everyone felt comfortable again... I don't quite understand why there's such a tension because when we actually meet in a room together, all of us, we all get on fine."

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GORILLAZ SET TO TOP ALBUMS CHART
Presumably this will cheer up poor old Damon. Midweek chart figures suggest Gorillaz will top the album chart this Sunday with their rather excellent new long player 'Demon Days'. The Coral's 'The Invisible Invasion' and Belle and Sebastian with 'Push Barman To Open Old Wounds' are both also expected to chart highly. As previously reported, the never-irritating Crazy Frog is likely to beat Coldplay to the top of the singles chart on Sunday.

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Magic Numbers - Forever Lost (EMI/Heavenly)
Summer is just around the corner and bands and punters everywhere are preparing for the impending seasonal activity of festivals, beer-guzzling and debauched behaviour. Meanwhile a London based foursome (who live around the corner from me, as it happens) are set to ignite said season with their melodic retro sound. And as if this sweetly melancholic track wasn't achievement enough all by itself, it boasts the best video I've seen so far this year. I challenge you not to be moved and by drawn in by this sublime combination of delicious harmonies and thoughtful lyrics. YN
Release date: 23 May
Press contact: 9PR [RP, NP] EMI IH [CP, CR, RR, NR]

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SUBSCRIPTION RADIO IN THE UK A POSSIBILITY
Subscription radio services like those run by Sirius and XM in the US could be coming to the UK. Ralph Bernard of GCap 'no, we're not a bank' Media (the company created by the Capital Radio / GWR merger) says his company is looking into the subscription model and, if viable, a service could be on air in the next five years.

Satellite radio companies Sirius and XM have both been building a loyal customer base in recent years (about 5.4 million customers between them, each paying around $13 a month) by offering commercial free radio featuring a much more diverse range of programming than that offered by conventional radio. Sirius, in particular, has grabbed the headlines by recruiting both Eminem and Howard Stern as presenters - both attracted by the fact that satellite radio in the US is much less regulated than analogue services.

On the possibility of a UK subscription service Bernard told a digital radio seminar: "I think you will find that work will continue on this over the next few years. You will probably not get a subscription channel over the next two years but perhaps over the next four or five." However he added that the existence of a plethora of commercial free stations on the BBC networks might make subscription radio in the UK less attractive to consumers.

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FBI SEIZE SERVER FROM CONTROVERSIAL BIT TORRENT NETWORK
The Recording Industry Association Of America has applauded a crackdown on a BitTorrent network by the FBI and other federal agencies in the US. BitTorrent networks allow a special kind of file sharing which makes it easier to transfer large files. They are particularly useful for the transfer of movies or large software packages, although the music industry sees any honing of P2P technology as a threat to them too.

The BitTorrent network targeted in the latest anti-piracy assault was the Elite Torrents network, which came to wider public attention earlier this month when a copy of Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith became available via its servers hours before the movie opened in US cinemas. Federal authorities reckon the film was downloaded 10,000 times via the network before they located and seized the Elite Torrent server. Agents have also issued ten search warrants in a bid to track down the people behind the piracy enabling network.

Commenting on the FBI's action, the RIAA's Brad Buckles told reporters this week: "This action recognizes that theft is theft, regardless of whether it's done on BitTorrent or by an individual shoplifting from a local record store."

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EMILIANA TORRINI LIVE DATES
Emiliana Torrini, whose new single 'Heartstopper' was released this week, has begun a series of UK live dates.

The dates are:

3 Jun: London Tate Britain
25 Jun: Glastonbury
12 Aug: Inverness Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival
13 Aug: Leicester Summer Sundae
20 Aug: V Festival (Chelmsford)
21 Aug: V Festival (Stafford)
26 Aug: Cheltenham Greenbelt Festival
11 Sep: IOW Bestival, Main stage

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SUNDAY BEST LIVE AND BESTIVAL LAUNCH PARTIES
And talking of Bestival (well, we were 'listing' Bestival), it's going to be a busy few days in the Sunday Best camp this week, with events tonight, Friday and Sunday, one of which is Sunday Best Live, the other two being Bestival Launch parties. Hurrah.

This Friday 27 May will see Sunday Best Live at The Spitz, with live turns from the utterly, utterly brilliant Grand National as well as Tunng & ThE HaT and DJ sets from Max Sedgely and Rob Da Bank. If there are any tickets left you can buy them for £7 from http://www.wegottickets.com or call 020 7392 9032.

Tonight, 26 May sees the first of two Bestival launch parties, and this one's at The Lizard Lounge in Southhampton. The evening will feature an early doors set from Rob Da Bank plus The Cuban Brothers, Phil Mison, Different Stokes and Sombrero Sound System. It's £5 adv from Lizard Lounge and on door, http://www.lizard-lounge.co.uk

The second Bestival Launch is Stick It On with The Cuban Brothers & the Sombrero Sound system this Sunday 29 May at the King & Queen in Brighton. Tickets are £10. Details from http://www.stickiton.org.uk/k&qmail.html

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O2 TO SPONSOR DOME
As all the marketing students out there will know - the best way to persuade people to buy your mobile phones is to stick your logo onto the side of, erm, the most laughed at building in the country. No? Perhaps we're just missing the point. Anyway, O2 yesterday announced a six million pound marketing deal with the Anschutz Entertainment Group which will see them sponsor the new music and entertainment venue complex being developed in and around London's wonderful-yet-so-far-useless millennium dome.

The dome has stood empty ever since the end of 2000 as different companies investigated possible permanent uses for the site. AEG finally acquired it, promising to transform it into an entertainments arena. More details of that project were revealed yesterday as the O2 deal was announced. AEG bosses are promising a range of facilities and venues within the complex, including a 23,000 capacity arena, 2000 capacity club and an "entertainment district" with numerous bars and shops. In light of the sponsorship arrangement, the site will be called The O2.

AEG Europe boss, Tim Leiweke, told reporters the revamped dome would include a top quality venue that would be "unlike any other venue in the world", explaining: "We have long been fascinated with London and Britain as the heart and soul of live music. But we are amazed that Britain does not have a world-class events facility. Unlike other arenas the O2 will be designed for music, offering great acoustics for the performers and modern facilities for the fans".

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Blood Arm - Say Yes (City Rockers)
The quite hyped Blood Arm (well, apparently Franz Ferdinand are fans) occasionally sound like The Strokes falling asleep, which is a good thing when you consider that 'Room On Fire' was The Strokes wide awake, trying really really hard to sound like The Strokes. More significantly this sounds as though it might come from Los Angeles, which fittingly it does, that mythical place over the other side of the ocean where everyone is fashioned lovingly from silicone, Arnold Schwarzenegger is king, blood transplants are sponsored by Jack Daniels and the sun gives you permission to lounge about constantly. Duff McKagan could be happily slumped over these bass-lines given the chance, the pace is one of celebratory sloth. They sound mean like Ten Benson used to sound mean, and chaotic like Jon Spencer and his Blues Explosion used to sound chaotic, which is obviously quite good. JB
Release date: May 30
Press contact: Coalition [CP, RP, NP] City Rockers IH [CR, RR, NR]

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MIXED STATS ON PODCASTING
Well, we resisted it long enough, but we've been forced to splash out on a new document wallet on which we have written the word 'podcasting stories'. We suspect there'll be lots of news on this one now that marketing execs have caught on to the latest techie buzz word. But how many people are actually making use of the various podcast services available (quite a few have sprung up in the US, albeit primarily in the independent sector)? Well, you're guess is as good as ours really, because one set of research on the matter by Forrester reckons there are 300,000 podcast consumers in American just now. Another by research firm Pew Internet reckons there are 6 million. It's probably somewhere in between the two - though that's quite a margin of error. Either way, with Apple getting on board the bandwagon the consensus is this buzz word may be around for some time yet.

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DUTCH ISP ADD MUSIC DOWNLOADS INTO STANDARD INTERNET PACKAGE
Staying in the digital domain, back end download firm Loudeye have launched a new subscription based service with Dutch internet service provider Planet Internet which will be bundled into the company's existing ADSL package. The MusicStream will give the company's customers access to a million odd tracks from Loudeye's music libraries. The bundling of download subscriptions into ISP packages isn't particularly new, especially given most ISP's ambitions to be more than "just a pipe", though not many internet companies have launched major music propositions as yet.

Announcing the launch of theirs, Planet Internet broadband content manager Tako In't Veld told reporters: "We are delighted to have secured this deal with Loudeye to offer our customers access to digital music as part of an all around subscription package".

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BETH ORTON CANCELS SOMERSET HOUSE GIG
Beth Orton has been forced to cancel her Somerset House gig which was due to happen on 5 Jul, because the recording of her new album has overrun meaning that band rehearsals were delayed. All tickets will be refunded. Meanwhile, a limited number of extra tickets were released at 9am this morning for the rest of the series. If you get there quick, there might be some still left.

The full line up is as follows:

6 Jul: Doves plus support
7 Jul: Queens Of The Stone Age plus support
8 Jul: Super Furry Animals plus support
9 Jul: The Mars Volta plus support
10 Jul: Sigur Ros plus Amina
11 Jul: Bright Eyes plus The Faint
12 Jul: Bloc Party plus The Kills & The Cribs
13 Jul: Los Lobos / Orishas

For tickets and further information see http://www.somerset-house.org.uk/summer or call 0870 145 1120

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RADIO 4 MAN TALKS HOMELANDS
Radio 4's Anthony Roman has been talking about how he's looking forward to this weekend's Homelands festival. Roman said: "We actually don't know a tremendous amount about the Homelands festival but we are very excited by what we have heard from friends who have done it. We are always up for a new experience, especially one that's on more of dance tip. The line up seems really solid this year and there are countless acts I would like to see - too many to mention! We have always found the crowds in the UK quite receptive to what we do."

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V FEST ANNOUNCE NEW STAGE LINE UP
The V festival have announced the band line up for its new Volvic Stage. The headliners are Super Furry Animals and they're joined by Roisin Murphy, Leaves, Stephen Fretwell, Ray Lamontage, Josh Rouse, Kubb, Morning Runner, The Greater Good and Diefenbach. As reported ad nauseum The V Festival takes place over from 20-21 Aug at Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in Stafford.

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KASABIAN HEADLINE JERSEY LIVE
Sticking with festivals, Kasabian are to headline this year's Jersey Live Festival, which, as you might expect, takes place on the island of Jersey, on 3 Sep. Other acts confirmed for the line up are The Bravery, The Futureheads, The Ordinary Boys and The Black Velvets, with 2ManyDJs playing the dance arena. The festival is also running a competition for local bands and DJs to take part. For info on that see http://www.positiv.org.uk.

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SPICE GIRLS LINE UP FOR LIVE AID
The Sun reports that The Spice Girls are to take part in 'Live Aid 2', by which I think they must mean Live 8, because hasn't Bob Geldof been strenuously denying that there is going to be a Live Aid 2? Anyway, The Sun says that the Spice Girls will reform for whatever event actually happens on 2 Jul and quotes a source as saying "The dance routines may be a bit rusty but they'll put on a great show." I'll believe it when I hear it from the Live Aid Foundation. Or the Band Aid Trust. Whichever one it is.

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BRITISH JUDGE TO GO TO CUBA TO HEAR BUENA VISTA COPYRIGHT CASE
The high court judge who is hearing a case over who owns the publishing rights to the songs that featured on the soundtrack to the Buena Vista Social Club film has said he will go over to Cuba to hear evidence from witnesses first hand.

Mr Justice Lindsay brought the court hearing relating to the royalties dispute to a halt when video links being used by Cuban witnesses proved impractical. The judge suggested that it might be better for a 'special examiner' to go to Havana to hear the witnesses, if Cuban authorities would allow it. Peter Prescott QC, who is representing the state-owned Cuban publishing company Editora Musical de Cuba (EMC) in the dispute, said consent would be "readily forthcoming".

Graciously committing himself to the tedious task of a free jaunt to Cuba, Lindsay told the court: "It is, in my judgment, expedient in the course of justice firstly that there should be examinations by a special examiner in Cuba. Secondly, as the full benefit of someone seeing and hearing the witnesses give evidence can be obtained only if the special examiner is also the judge hearing the action, that I should be that special examiner."

EMC is in dispute with US owned Peer International Company as to who owns the publishing rights of the music made famous by the Buena Vista film. Peer International claim that the Cuban government stole rights dating back to the 1930s for their own publishing operation. EMC dispute that Peer International had the rights to the music to start with.

The case is unfolding in the British courts because the dispute came to a head during arguments over who owns the UK rights to the music. Lindsay will go out to Cuba in Sep.

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DARKNESS DENY NEW BASSIST RUMOURS
Elsewhere in news from The Sun, the tabloid has reported that The Darkness have replaced bassist Frankie Poullain with their former roadie Richie Edwards, though the band's official website denies that a decision has been made. Another one of The Sun's sources said: "The band really trust [Edwards] and as they've got to know him, they've realised what a musical talent he is. He also fits in well and knows them all already. The group didn't want a newcomer."

But a statement on thedarknessrock.com says "Suggestions that a replacement for Frankie has already been appointed are totally premature. Richie Edwards (Dan's guitar tech, some of you know him as 'Spider') has NOT been confirmed as The Darkness' new bassist. He IS a contender - but when a decision has been reached, you'll read it HERE first, not in the newspapers!"

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SINGLE REVIEW: Foo Fighters - Best of You (Sony BMG/Roswell)
"Everyone's got their chains to break," sings Dave Grohl on the first single from forthcoming album 'In Your Honor' (wonder if they'll change the spelling for the UK release?). Grohl has certainly broken his - thanks to his niche-carving last ten years, you'd be hard-pushed to find anyone who still cares that he was once in Nirvana. "Oversized rock riffage," boasts the press release. Sadly, that's about right: the rock - and the riffage - is just too big here, trying its best to escape the rather limited confines of the song, which plods relentlessly along at annoyingly high volume, despite Grohl's best attempts to shout some life into it. Not their best. WP
Release date: 30 May
Press contact: Sony BMG IH [all]

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RADIOHEAD MAN ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND STUFF
Radiohead's Thom Yorke has been wittering on about climate change. Throwing his backing to a Friends Of Earth campaign aiming to reduce carbon emissions (yeah good luck with that), Yorke told reporters: "A 3% reduction in carbon emissions year on year is the only sane solution to this problem." He said that everyone should do their bit to help tackle climate change, but added: "There are a series of very large villains that the government know about that need to be dealt with".

Launching their latest climate change campaign, FOE director Tony Juniper told reporters: "Climate change is the biggest threat the planet faces - urgent action is desperately needed but despite government promises to cut carbon dioxide levels, emissions are continuing to rise."

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CLASSICAL BRITS WINNERS
It was the Classical Brits last night - hurrah. Katherine Jenkins won Album Of The Year for her album 'Second Nature', Bryn Terfel won the title of Male Artist Of The Year while US conductor Marin Alsop won the Female Of The Year award. Belfast-born flautist Sir James Galway, meanwhile, received an award for Outstanding Contribution To Music celebrating his thirty year career. Well done one and all.

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MADONNA NEW ALBUM DUE JANUARY
Madonna's new album will be called 'Defying Gravity', with a first single release of the same name - or at least that's what the Sun reckons and who are we to argue? Apparently she has completed eight tracks from the album, which is penciled in for a Jan release. A source told the paper: "Madonna has played her new material to Warner label bosses for the first time and they love it. There is a rockier edge and the usual electronic influence. The label are really excited and reckon it is full of hit singles."

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EMINEM RESPONDS TO HIS LATEST 'CONTROVERSIAL' VIDEO
Eminem has been causing offence again with his new video - which presumably means it's another case of "mission completed" for the Slim Shady camp. The pop promo for Eminem's next single 'Ass Like That' features puppets of various celebs making idiots of themselves (Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears and Elton John included), as well as a smattering of celeb disses in the rap. A spokesman for Eminem mocked critics of the video, telling reporters, "They're just puppets", adding: "People should also be concerned because there's supposedly a puppet monster out there that eats nothing but cookies."

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ELTON WANTS KIDS
Elton John has told GMTV that he would like to have children, but that he's now too old at 58. "I probably would [be a great dad]," he said "David and I have talked about adopting but... I don't want to be 80 years old when my kids are 20. I don't want to be worrying about them doing crack. It's an incredibly difficult decision, because to have a child and raise it properly is the most responsible thing anyone has to do. Because of my lifestyle, travelling around all the time, I don't think it's the best environment to bring a kid up in." And amen to that, frankly.

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QUICK CORRECTION
Oh yeah, when we said, in our review of the new Chris Coco compo on Distinctive, that Chris used to edit Mixmag, we meant, of course, DJ Mag. We just had a temporary fit of 'getting-our-mags-confused-itus'.

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