CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 3rd June

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In today's CMU Daily:
- To sum up: Jacko trial update
- Apple might be forced to compensate for iPod battery issues
- Black groups criticise overly white Live 8 London line up
- Oasis not appearing at Live 8
- Liam Gallagher opens gob again
- Microsoft looking into podcasting too
- Pepsi transfer Smash Music service to Yahoo
- Festival review: Homelands 2005
- So why was Lack so pessimistic?
- MTV go mobile in Japan
- Battle and Towers play Levi's exhibit
- Kylie in hospital row
- Album Review: Kraftwerk - Minimum-Maximum
- Blak Twang tour dates
- Grolsch Summer Set line up
- Travis to replace Moz at IOW
- Franz Ferdinand to close T On The Fringe
- Creamfields announce line up additions
- MN2S host stage at London festival
- DJ Format new video
- Live Review: Mando Diao And The Bravery At The Astoria
- Jack White marries
- Diaz sues Enquirer
- Catholic Church criticises Pope

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: That's How It Is 2 at Bar Rumba.
It's been ten years since I used to head down to this awesome night in the heart of the West End and, since Gilles Peterson left, it's been in the hands of his mini me, Benji B along with Dom Servini - and they seem to be running it just fine. Tonight, the other resident Jim Robins aka Raw Deal (who runs ace night Groove Sanctuary at Madame Jojo's) will be mixing it up. Joining the dots is what GP called it and this lot will be doing the same ranging from hip-hop, jazz, latin to drum and bass - it's all in here. Great night, great music, and in a great venue - one of my top 5 - with an awesome sound system. Just lay off the deadly Pernod cocktails.

Mon 6 Jun, Bar Rumba, Trocadero, London W1D, free before 9pm, more at http://www.barrumba.co.uk

VIGSY'S LIVE TIP: Bugge Wesstletoft at Jazz Cafe
I saw this Norwegian chap at the Barbican last year, the Jazzland imprint boss who combines 'proper' jazz with the sentiments of modern dance music. This bespectacled tweed wearing electronic trickery loving gent is a joy to watch as he dedicates an absolute concentration in producing his sound. So definitely recommended with this Jazz Café performance. Oh yes, and the aforementioned Gilles Peterson has a DJ session after till 2am.

Fri 3 Jun, Jazz Cafe, 5 The Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PG, doors 7pm, £12.50 in advance, more at http://www.jazzcafe.co.uk

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TO SUM UP: JACKO TRIAL UPDATE
So, was it a case of an "international celebrity sexually abusing a young cancer patient", or a case about a family of liars and con artists trying to extort cash out of a millionaire singer by making wild accusations? No, don't answer that question, that's for the jury to decide. As expected, those were the two different summaries set out by the prosecution and defence in the soon-to-be-concluded Michael Jackson case. The defence will finish their summing up today, with the prosecution getting one last hour to rebut anything the defence say in their closing remarks. Then the jury of eight women and four men will start their deliberations today (assuming they can quickly agree on which of them will be their spokesperson). They will be expected to chatter for six hours a day until they reach a verdict. If that verdict is guilty of all charges, Jackson, of course, faces some 20 years in the slammer.

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APPLE MIGHT BE FORCED TO COMPENSATE FOR IPOD BATTERY ISSUES
American iPod owners who have experienced battery problems may be eligible to receive a $50 Apple voucher and extended service warranties following a preliminary court ruling in California. As previously reported, Apple ran into problems early on with the iPod's battery life, mainly because the batteries had a habit of dying just outside the standard Apple one year warranty period. For a time consumers couldn't buy replacement batteries, meaning users would have to buy a whole new iPod. Although Apple conceded that that was a bit unfair and started selling replacement batteries, some in the legal community said that iPod advertising implied batteries would work fine for the lifetime of the player, and that Apple owed an obligation to iPod owners to ensure that they did.

After much legal wrangling over the whole thing, the latest court settlement would mean Apple would have to make the voucher and warranty extension available to everyone who bought iPods during that period, which is probably about 2 million people. Apple would have to email or write to people they know are affected, and place ads in USA Today and Parade Magazine to promote the offer. The vouchers would be redeemable on any Apple product (but not on iTunes), while the extended warranties would mean many consumers could get their batteries replaced for free when they start to play up. The Californian Superior Court will make a final decision on that proposed settlement in Aug.

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BLACK GROUPS CRITICISE OVERLY WHITE LIVE 8 LONDON LINE UP
London based campaign group Black Information Link have criticised organisers of the UK's Live 8 concert of selecting a "hideously white" line up. They are angry that, while 50 Cent, Stevie Wonder and Jay-Z are all due to take part in the Philadelphia Live 8 event, the only artist on the London bill who could be said to come from an ethnic minority community is Mariah Carey.

Writing on the Black Information Link website, black musician Patrick Augustus, claims black artists have been "totally excluded" from the London concert. He says: "It seems like the great white man has come to rescue us while the freedom fighters never get a mention". He added that Live 8 organisers "need to engage British, African and Jamaican artists who have been dealing with these subjects for a while. Where are the reggae artists that have been campaigning for truth and justice over all these years?"

Justin Onyeka, entertainment editor at New Nation, a newspaper targeted at the British black community, said he was surprised that Dizzie Rascal, Ms Dynamite, Jamelia and Beverley Knight, all of whom participated in the recent Band Aid 20 project, were not included in the Live 8 line up: "It was the same problem 20 years ago when major black artists were backing singers to other acts. It's time they learnt from previous experience."

Live 8 organisers say that Bob Geldof did approach members of the UK's black and urban music communities about appearing at next month's concert, but that some key names were not available, adding that organisers felt they needed artists with mass appeal outside the UK. A spokesman told reporters: "We are not doing a show purely to entertain, we are doing a show to appeal to a mass audience to raise awareness of poverty in Africa. We look upon Live 8 as one global concert. A number of urban acts in the UK are hugely talented but they are not well known in Paris or Rome."

Elsewhere in Live 8 news, organisers have admitted they will have to pay VAT on the portion of the money raised via the SMS ticket lottery that is used to cover the costs of the event. As previously reported, the first £1.6 million raised by the SMS competition will go to the Prince's Trust, who cancelled their own Hyde Park fundraising gig to make way for Live 8. Some of the surplus cash will be used to cover production costs - but that income will be subject to VAT. Though a spokesman for Live 8 told reporters: "After the concerts we will start discussions to see if we can get back some of the VAT we were charged. That is what Bob is good at."

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OASIS NOT APPEARING AT LIVE 8
Doing their best to keep the white boy count at Live 8 down, apparently, are Oasis, who, reports claim, originally planned to appear at the Hyde park event on 2 Jul, but have now pulled out to concentrate on their own gig scheduled for the same evening in Manchester.

One of those mysterious 'insiders' has told the Daily Mail that "Oasis were one of the first bands Bob called because they were one of the seminal groups of the last decade. They said they were going to do it and seemed really excited about it. But then they said they could not do it, and their name had to be taken off the line-up at the last minute. Bob was particularly upset as he spoke to the band himself."

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LIAM GALLAGHER OPENS GOB AGAIN
Talking of Liam Gallagher, the gobby Oasis frontman has followed those previously reported tirades against a variety of bands with yet another sweary polemic, this time directed at U2. Gallagher gave his response to a story he'd heard about the Irish rock group watching and analysing a video of a live show after they came off stage, telling Sydney's Daily Telegraph, "Wankers. Haven't they got fuck all better to do? I'd rather be out there getting pissed. I certainly wouldn't go back after a gig and analyse it. No wonder they're the biggest band in the world: 'Oh Edge, the fourth guitar solo wasn't right tonight'. 'Oh, sorry Bono'. If that's what people think rock'n'roll is ..."

Gallagher, fortunately did have some good words to say - about himself. He continued: "This is the best job in the world. It's even better when you're the best rock star. I'm the best fucking rock'n'roll singer this country's ever had."

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MICROSOFT LOOKING INTO PODCASTING TOO
Word is that Microsoft might follow Apple in jumping on the podcasting bandwagon. Adam Curry, an American DJ who has been spearheading podcasting in the US, has revealed on another podcast radio show that Microsoft have contacted him for advice on the podcasting phenomenon. He told the Gillmor Gang show: "It was like 15 minutes after the [iTunes podcasting feature] showed up in the Wall Street Journal when Microsoft called, saying, 'Hey, how do we get in this?'"

That said, insiders say Microsoft are more likely to adopt a wait-and-see philosophy to podcasting than Apple, keen to check that what is currently a niche group interest really takes off before investing in adding any podcasting functionality to the Windows Media Player. Also, if and when they do go the podcasting route, they are sure to find a more Microsoft friendly word to describe the phenomenon - the word 'podcasting' being routed a little too much in the Apple court.

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PEPSI TRANSFER SMASH MUSIC SERVICE TO YAHOO
Yahoo, who are getting increasingly competitive in the music space since the launch of their cost cutting subscription download service, have launched a new music campaign in the US with Pepsi. The programme is being billed as Smash On Yahoo Music, expanding the brand established on the albeit shortlived American live music TV show Pepsi Smash.

The partnership will centre on a micro-site within the Yahoo Music website featuring content from big name artists like Kanye West, Gwen Stefani and Coldplay. Alongside the usual collection of videos and photos, the microsite is promising some exclusive content on featured artists as well as an MTV style music news service. The launch site has a 'Featured Performance' from Coldplay which includes, among other things, an exclusive interview and in-studio performance of recent songs 'Speed of Sound' and 'In My Place.'

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Homelands 2005
This then, will be part two of our review of last weekend's Homelands Festival...

JT: So, onto the Human League in Arena 5, an intimate (small) tent which filled up rather quickly once word that one of our electro founding fathers were due on stage. They kicked off with a compilation of electro-jewels, transporting me back to the delights of school discos. A portion of the mixed crowd were surely too young to remember them from the first time round, but this didn't stop anyone warming and chanting to their eerie but oh so catchy anthems as if they were engrained on everyone's subconscious regardless of age. The highlight for me (and seemingly most of the crowd) was 'Don't You Want Me' which had us all singing along and grinning from ear to ear. The only disappointment was that they were only on for an hour - they could have certainly filled a bigger arena for a longer time - but with just a taster I left Arena 5 and the Human League feeling warm and gooey inside. A nice feeling.

RG: Alas, the Human League were scheduled up against The Streets, so despite a yearning for some proper nostalgia, in the name of dedication to my journalistic cause I ploughed over to see Mike Skinner et al. Frankly, they aren't really my cup of tea. The singles are catchy but have never moved me to go out and pick up the album. So imagine my surprise then when The Streets presented us with a blindingly good set that had everyone in earshot rushing, arms in the air and bouncing around. Big screens complemented the set with crazy graphics and animations, and close up shots of sweaty girls necking brandy shots handed out by none other than a new fave of mine, Mike Skinner. Even the chilled out 'Dry Your Eyes' had the crowd engaged and involved. Then there was the euphoric with the release of ticker tape flooding the air around us. Beautiful. Crazy. This was a fantastic revelation.

RG: Last bits? Well, the Movement Arena was the usual sweaty madhouse filled with the nuttiest and most dedicated drum'n'bass crowd, moving their arses all over the shop till the sun rose and then some. Andy C was my favourite but the crowd seemed constantly up.

JT: Yeah, between the gigs and stages, and around the disco fuelled warm vibes of the Barcardi Bar and Strongbow Rooms, everyone was up for the crack. It never felt like there was the 50,000 party goers the organisers claimed - closer to 30,000 I'd say - and it probably is true to say a certain sparkle of the Homelands of old is now lost, which might explain the lower turn out (and assuming Mean Fiddler want higher turnouts in future years, it's the sparkle they're gonna have to find). But all that said, as we wandered towards the taxi rank at half six in the morning looking a bit worse for wear (the cheap blankets we bought from the Joe Bananas stall didn't help) we did have that buzz which makes you feel like you could take on another 17 hours of partying, if only we could have a quick kip and maybe a shower first.

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SO WHY WAS LACK SO PESSIMISTIC?
Much speculation in the US as to why SonyBMG boss Andrew Lack was so pessimistic of the short term future of the music business. As previously reported, he told a conference in Paris last week that new digital revenue streams (legit downloads, ringtones etc) were only "staunching the bleeding of the loss of revenue on the top line". Some say he chose the 'doom, gloom, caution' route because he knew it would piss off Warner Music boss Edgar Bronfman Jnr who has been busy telling Wall Street money types how much revenue potential there is in the digital music domain.

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MTV GO MOBILE IN JAPAN
MTV have entered a partnership with technology firm KDDI to provide a new mobile based music and entertainment channel in Japan. To be called Flux, the new service will offer Japanese music fans video clips, full track downloads, anime and a number of interactive functions.

Japan is a good market for testing this kind of mobile media, with content based services much more established there and a consumer base seemingly hungry for new rich-media channels to access via their phones. MTV owner Verizon will be sure to use the Japanese channel to test what kinds of interactivity work, and what length of video content works in the mobile arena, before expanding the service into other territories around the world.

At launch the Japanese service will cost subscribers 315 yen ($3) a month.

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BATTLE AND TOWERS PLAY LEVI'S EXHIBIT
Battle and Towers Of London are to perform on the opening night of the Levi's 'One To
Watch' exhibition, a collection of images aimed at exposing the best of emerging musical talent, and featuring on the road images of Kaiser Chiefs, The Bravery, Razorlight and The Departure. The opening night is on 17 Jun and takes place at the Sony Ericsson Proud Camden Gallery, in, er, Camden.

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KYLIE IN HOSPITAL ROW
A bit of controversy appears to have erupted in Australia over allegations that elderly cardiac patients in the hospital where Kylie Minogue recently underwent surgery for breast cancer were moved from their beds to make way for the singer, who apparently took over eight rooms. Additionally, the daughter of one of the patients, identified only by the name 'Mandy', told an Aussie radio station about the difficulty she had when trying to visit her sick mother, saying "Firstly, I had to get around a whole heap of black plastic that was floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall. One of the security chaps that had a British accent said to me, 'you can't go there'. I said, 'Yes I can, I've visited my mother here for a week, I'm certainly going to see her tonight.' These guys escorted me back like a criminal."

The hospital has rejected completely claims that the star's security interfered with the care of patients but Health Services Union secretary for the state of Victoria, Jeff Jackson, pointing out that special measures had been implemented to protect Minogue from the media during her stay in hospital (fair enough, surely?), said "this was not the way to go. Critically ill patients who were awaiting surgery should not have been transferred unless their medical conditions required it. Hospital visitors, staff directly caring for Kylie and other staff were subjected to over-zealous minders from Kylie's camp. Staff and visitors suffered difficulties and delays and it disrupted the flow of people through the hospital."

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ALBUM REVIEW: Kraftwerk - Minimum-Maximum (EMI)
A Kraftwerk live album? Who says Germans have no sense of humour? 'Minimum Maximum' is a document of that most very rock thing - the world tour - from possibly the most un-rock group of all time. Spread over two CDs, the tracks are culled from performances in Europe, Japan and America, with some nice touches in terms of the location choices ('Tour De France' from Paris, 'Autobahn' from Berlin etc). It's essentially a greatest hits package, similar to their ace 'The Mix' album (and the tracks present here that appeared on 'The Mix' are featured in their updated, 90s-dance-friendly versions) but with the addition of some obvious Kraftwerk classics ('The Model', 'Numbers') and a smattering of tracks from 2004's unexpected comeback 'Tour De France Soundtracks'. It's all as sonically perfect as you'd expect; the only thing reminding you that these songs are live recordings is the audience cheering that bookends the tracks (there's no "Zis vun ist called 'Neon Lights'"-style introductions, and certainly not any banter with the audience, but then Ralf and Florian aren't really the sort to spontaneously yell "Let's rock ze house, ja!"). Depeche Mode's '101' still holds the crown of best live synth-pop album, but any Kraftwerk devotees or casual fans should certainly be pleased, if not astounded, by 'Minimum-Maximum', whilst any undisciples would do well to pick it up and learn why Kraftwerk are probably the most important and influential pop group of all time. MS
Release date: 6 Jun
Press contact: EMI IH [all]

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BLAK TWANG TOUR DATES
Blak Twang heads out on a club tour this month to promote recent album release 'The Rotton Club', with second single 'Travellin' released on 15 Aug.

3 Jun: Oxford, Beats'N'Rhymes
4 Jun: Liverpool, Chibuku
5 Jun: Dublin, Bud Rising
17 Jun: Cardiff, Toucan Club
18 Jun: Peterborough, The Park
24 Jun: Taunton, Aura
25 Jun: London Jazz Café
30 Jun: Stratford-upon-Avon, Cox's Yard
9 Jul: Coventry, Godiva Festival
22 Jul: London, Canvas

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GROLSCH SUMMER SET LINE UP
It's an all star line up for this year's Grolsch Summer Set At Somerset House series, tickets for which go on sale today exclusively from http://www.grolsch.co.uk and will be on general sale from 10am tomorrow. The confirmed line up looks like this:

2 Aug: Starsailor
3 Aug: Athlete
4 Aug: Supergrass
5 Aug: Idlewild
6 Aug: Prodigy
7 Aug: The Tears

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TRAVIS TO REPLACE MOZ AT IOW
The lovely Travis and also Roxy Music are to replace former headliner Morrissey at this year's Isle of Wight Festival. As reported more than once this week, it was announced on Monday that Morrissey would no longer be appearing, an announcement followed by an apparent row between the singer and his label Sanctuary. Anyway, Travis top the bill alongside Roxy Music on the Saturday night of the festival, which, as you all know, takes place from 10 - 12 Jun. On the Isle Of Wight.

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FRANZ FERDINAND TO CLOSE T ON THE FRINGE
Franz Ferdinand will close this year's T On The Fringe with two spectacular (their words) outdoor shows in the lovely (our words) Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh. T On The Fringe is the biggest contemporary music strand at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and is run by the same people as Scottish music festival T In The Park. The Franz Ferdinand gigs will be the climax to this year's programme, taking place on 30 and 31 Aug. Tickets for the gig go on sale at 9am tomorrow morning.

Dave Corbet, of promoters DF Concerts told CMU: "It seems fitting that one of Scotland's biggest exports should perform to a truly international audience at this year's T on the Fringe. To have Franz Ferdinand close the festival, which is now in its sixth year, will round off what is shaping up to be an absolutely fantastic summer of music for Scottish fans".

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CREAMFIELDS ANNOUNCE LINE UP ADDITIONS
More festival news, this time from Creamfields, whose latest line up additions include Jazzy Jeff and Mad Skillz, Tom Stephan, Hernan Cattaneo and Infusion. Those acts join previously confirmed acts such as Yousef, David Guetta, Jon Carter and Timo Maas, plus headliners Faithless, Basement Jaxx, 2 Many DJ's, LCD Soundsystem, Fatboy Slim, Paul Van Dyk and Paul Oakenfold.

Creamfields takes place on Saturday 27 Aug at the Old Liverpool Airfield in Merseyside. See http://www.cream.co.uk for more info

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MN2S HOST STAGE AT LONDON FESTIVAL
The 'Milk N 2 Sugars' people are following up their recent tenth anniversary celebrations by hosting a stage at the Park Live event in Brockwell Park the weekend after next. They'll be hosting lots of very fine dance music talent, including Xpress 2 (just added), Tony Humphries, Joey Negro, Norman Jay, Martin Solveig, Danny Rampling and CJ Mackintosh. There will also be an urban area featuring DJ Spoony, Steve 'Smooth' Sutherland, Shortee Blitz, Mikee B and Matt White. Full details of the whole event are at http://www.park-live.co.uk. Press info on the MN2S stage from Phuturetrax and Favoritizm.

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DJ FORMAT NEW VIDEO
CMU favourite DJ Format's new video for forthcoming single 'Separated At Birth', scheduled for release on 4 Jul, is an homage to classic Steve McQueen flick 'Bullitt', and you can see it right now in the following locations:

Low: mms://media2.7digital.com/motion/rtsp/DJFormat-wmf_low.wmv
High : mms://media2.7digital.com/motion/rtsp/DJFormat-wmf_high.wmv

DJ Format is also at Glastonbury this year so make sure you don't miss him if you're there - he appears on Saturday 25 Jun in the East Coast Dance Tent at 7pm.

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LIVE REVIEW: Mando Diao and The Bravery at the Astoria on 28 May
Mando Diao are Sweden's answer to Oasis, and while I was bored of the Gallagher bothers before their first album never mind their sixth album, the Scandinavian rockers are much more fresh sounding. The songs from their UK debut album 'Hurricane Bar' (the name of a Brit pop bar in their home town) are full of melody and the band can rock out when necessary. They're a charismatic looking bunch too, which always helps. On then, to the main act of the evening. I was somewhat taken aback when Brandon Flowers, the usually mild mannered frontman of The Killers launched an attack on the Bravery branding them copycats. Considering that The Killers themselves are hugely indebted to post punk bands like New Order this seemed like a rich case of pots calling kettles black. Meanwhile there have been accusations that The Bravery are a record company manufactured band and the music press have gleefully reproduced photos of their pre-styled singer Sam sporting dreadlocks. There's no such thing as bad publicity however and the band have gone from strength to strength. Regardless of who styled the band, they do look authentically rock 'n' roll; they have pick and mixed various aspects from New York punk and 80's New Romantics. Snake hipped Sam wears skin tight drain pipes and leather, boasts ridiculous hair and poses effectively with a mic stand hoisted on his shoulder. Bassist Dirt looks like the Clash's Paul Simonon with added eyeliner. The audience erupt when they play 'Honest Mistake', the kind of record which New Order should be making now but aren't. The opening chiming chords of 'Unconditional' are cue for even more hysteria. The swelling strains of 'Tyrant' are also compelling. During the encore, the terrific new single 'Fearless', Dirt stage dives into the audience and unfortunately it looks as if they didn't actually catch him. The Bravery may lack depth and they may make fairly disposable pop, but I prefer their exciting rock to worthy dull music (see Coldplay, Radiohead, et al). JW

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JACK WHITE MARRIES
Jack White announced yesterday that that he got married on Wednesday in Manaus, Brazil, where the band are on tour. The statement read: "Karen Elson and Jack White were married yesterday on the confluence of three rivers - the Rio Negro, the Salimones and the Amazon - in the Amazon basin in the city of Manaus, Brazil. They were married by a traditional Shaman priest on a canoe at the exact place where the three rivers meet. The bride and groom were accompanied by a small party of close friends. The best man was Ian Montone. Meg White was the maid of honor. The ceremony was immediately followed by a blessing by a priest at a Catholic Cathedral called Igreja Matric in the historical city of Manaus. This was the first marriage for both newlyweds."

The last line is thought to be an attempt to contradict suggestions that Jack and Meg were once a married couple. It all sounds a bit wacky, but insiders are insisting that the wedding genuinely took place. Oh, and the new album 'Get Behind Me Satan' is released on Monday.

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DIAZ SUES ENQUIRER
Justin Timberlake's squeeze, Cameron Diaz, not content with launching legal action against The Sun over those allegations that she was having an affair with a married man, is also suing US gossip mag the National Enquirer for a whopping 60 million dollars, after they published 25 photographs of the actress and her alleged lover accompanied by an article with the headline "Cameron caught cheating".

The actress filed the suit jointly with the married man she is accused with, MTV producer, Shane Nickerson, and claims that the magazine used photographs of the pair to "create a fictional and fabricated story" which was "hugely profitable". The pair are suing for libel as well as "negligent infliction of emotional stress", saying the story damaged their reputations and put a strain on their relationships.

Mr Nickerson says on his blog: "Me and my wife joked about something like this when I started this job. How funny would it be if you end up in a paparazzi picture with her and the tabloids say 'Cameron's new man!' In fact, I told my wife, 'One of the reasons this is so stupid is because you know that if I was hooking up with Cameron you'd have been the first one I high-fived'."

Anyway, the National Enquirer aren't backing down. A spokesman said: "We stand by our story and the accuracy of our photos and will defend it aggressively."

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CATHOLIC CHURCH CRITICISES POPE
Which makes for a good, if misleading, headline, doesn't it? The Sun reports that Charlotte Church has criticised the brand new pope Pope Benedict XVI for calling the Harry Potter books "products of evil". He must be shaking in his robes.

Pope Benedict XVI said, in reference to JK Rowling's series of books: "This is a subtle seduction, which has deeply unnoticed and direct effects in undermining the soul of Christianity before it can really grow properly."

Charlotte said: "I'm from a Catholic family. But I don't like this new Pope - he even wants to ban Harry Potter. He says it's because it's full of witchcraft and other bad stuff. If he bothered to sit down and read it, he'd understand the morals of it."

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