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In today's CMU Daily:
- Geldof welcomes G7 commitment as "good start"
- Pink Floyd reunion added to Live 8 London
- Albarn hits out at Live 8
- Ticket lottery open for Scottish Live 8
- Jacko wants to play Live 8 USA
- Jacko suicide rumour used to attack your PC
- Single Review: The Departure - All Mapped Out
- Destiny's Child to split
- Rock veterans get birthday honours
- Bulldog Bash confirm headline acts
- Album Review: Sons And Daughters - The Repulsion Box
- Death In Vegas mix Fabric:Live
- Bomb The Bass man not guilty of rape
- Grand National make US debut
- Chart update
- Another busy festivals weekend
- Morgan gets the Gazette
- Album Review: The Herbaliser - Take London
- Swedish anti-piracy body hit by data protection ruling
- Darkness say Frankie won't feature on new album
- Eminem adds extra UK date
- Former Kitten "blasting her life apart" with drug binges

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GELDOF WELCOMES G7 COMMITMENT AS "GOOD START"
Bob Geldof yesterday hailed an agreement by the G7 nations (the G8 nations minus Russia) to cancel the debt of more than 30 poor countries as "a victory for millions". Following the decision at a meeting of G7 finance ministers on Saturday, the Live 8 organiser told reporters: "Tomorrow 280 million Africans will wake up for the first time in their lives without owing you or me a penny from the burden of debt that has crippled them and their countries for so long - money we didn't even know we were owed and never wanted in the first place, and money they could never pay."

The commitment by the G7 ministers is worth a reported $US55 billion and will see the immediate cancellation of the debts of 18 "heavily indebted poor countries", with another 20 countries apparently close to reaching individual deals on debt cancellation, all of which should be achieved in the next few years. The G7 also backed a French-German proposal to raise money for Africa and other poor regions by imposing a levy on air tickets.

Keen to maintain the momentum in the lead up to the Live 8 concerts next month, timed to coincide with the G8 conference in Scotland, Geldof said this weekend's concessions were "just a beginning". Backing that sentiment, Romilly Greenhill of ActionAid told The Observer that while the new deal was "great news for countries that will immediately benefit, it will do little to help millions in at least 40 other countries that also need 100 per cent debt relief".

Meanwhile, some finance experts warned that dropping the debt wasn't a real solution to the problems in most poor countries, while other said they were worried that Live 8's message might be over simplistic. Britain's chief scientist, David King, told reporters: "I don't think that throwing money at the problem is the way forward. [Instead of using aid to solve short-term needs], the focus has to be altered to looking at infrastructure development to improve self-generation of wealth and uplifting of standards".

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PINK FLOYD REUNION ADDED TO LIVE 8 LONDON
Talking of the Live 8 campaign, Pink Floyd have confirmed they will be reunited on stage for the first time in 24 years as part of the Live 8 London concert. The show will bring to an end a long running rift between Roger Waters and the rest of the band - Waters hasn't played with Dave Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright since 1981.

Dave Gilmour told reporters this weekend: "Like most people I want to do everything I can to persuade the G8 leaders to make huge commitments to the relief of poverty and increased aid to the third world. Any squabbles Roger and the band have had in the past are so petty in this context, and if reforming for this concert will help focus attention then it's got to be worthwhile."

The Pink Floyd reunion will be a key component of the Live 8 London proceedings, which will also include performances from Madonna, REM, U2, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Coldplay and Robbie Williams.

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ALBARN HITS OUT AT LIVE 8
It won't, however, include a performance from either Blur or Gorillaz after Damon Albarn dismissed the Live 8 concert for being patronizing to the African people, adding that the careers of those who take part will benefit as much as the people the benefit event claims to support.

Commenting on the previously reported lack of black or urban talent on the Live 8 bill, Albarn told Radio 4's Today programme: "This country is incredibly diverse. More than ever, black culture is an integral part of society. So why is the bill so damn Anglo-Saxon? If you are holding a party on behalf of people, then surely you don't shut the door on them. It's insensitive and it also perpetuates this idea that Africa is separated in some way."

Admitting that he hadn't been asked to play at the Live 8 event, Albarn, who released an album with musicians from Mali in 2002, said: "I don't want to take part in an event that is so exclusive. Is this the most effective way to help Africa? Live 8 treat Africa like it was a failing, ill, sick, tired place. My personal experience of Africa is that yes, I have witnessed all those things there. But it's incredibly sophisticated - the society and the structure of people's lives is as sophisticated, if not more sophisticated in some ways, than in the West."

Live 8 organisers again stressed that Geldof has programmed the London concert to deliver maximum impact, adding that most of the artists from the black music scene with suitably big appeal were not available. They also pointed out that, since the original 'lack of black artists' controversy circulated in the media, Ms Dynamite, Snoop Dogg and Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour had all been added to the London line up, while Stevie Wonder, 50 Cent and Jay-Z would all take to the Live 8 stage in Philadelphia.

Albarn also dealt with the issue of artists using the charity event for self-promotion. He suggested there should be "some kind of tariff" on record companies, arguing: "All the artists that play there will enjoy increased record sales - if they play a good gig, they will benefit from it. Artists should put pressure on their record labels to genuinely show this is an altruistic act and that there is no self-gain in it, by donating a share of any extra record sale profits to the cause".

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TICKET LOTTERY OPEN FOR SCOTTISH LIVE 8
More Live 8 news, and the text lottery for tickets to the Edinburgh leg of the event opens today, after some 2 million texts were sent in last week by music fans desperate to get a pair of tickets for the Hyde Park gig. As previously reported, the Edinburgh event will take place on 6 Jul after the Make Poverty History march earlier that day. Travis, Snow Patrol and Dido are among the artists due to perform, while Lenny Henry and Peter Kay have been confirmed as hosts.

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JACKO WANTS TO PLAY LIVE 8 USA
Last bit of Live 8 gubbins and, according to the Sunday Telegraph, Michael Jackson is desperate to play the Philadelphia bit of the fundraising event. Reports suggest he and his aides have been bugging Live 8 organisers to get a spot on the bill. Jackson's correspondence apparently stresses all the work he has done campaigning against poverty in Africa, pointing out his We Are The World foundation has raised over £45 million for famine relief. But, given the ongoing child abuse court case, handing Jackson a slot at the event would be quite a gamble for Live 8 organisers. Even if the case were over by 2 Jul, and Jackson had been found innocent of all charges, it would be hard to gauge how the audience would respond to the troubled pop star.

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JACKO SUICIDE RUMOUR USED TO ATTACK YOUR PC
As for the Jackson court case, still little to report as the jury begin another week of deliberations as to Jackson's innocence or guilt later on today.

The main Jacko story on Friday was that a computer virus was doing the rounds that claimed to be a suicide note written by the singer prior to a suicide attempt. The message contains fake claims of a Jackson suicide attempt, and encourages readers to click a link in order to read the note. Clicking on the link takes you to a website that claims to be busy because of demand. While readers watch the busy message their browser downloads a virus onto their PC.

So, should you receive an unsolicited email promising some juicy revelation relating to the Jackson trial, it is best to avoid it. Curiosity, after all, killed the operating system. And then wiped all your files and emailed everyone in your address book.

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SINGLE REVIEW: The Departure - All Mapped Out (EMI/Parlophone)
Northampton four-piece the Departure have already been in the top 30 with this, their debut single, last Aug and now they've scored bigger hits with 'Be My Enemy' and 'Lump In My Throat' they're hoping this is going to do even better. Their retro sound with its 80's style angular, rhythmic guitars is very now and there's a good buzz building about them. This is great stuff. The album 'Dirty Words' follows shortly. JW
Release date: 6 Jun
Press contact: EMI IH [CP, CR, RR, NR] Infected [RP, NP]

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DESTINY'S CHILD TO SPLIT
Destiny's Child will split after their up coming North American tour. The group's Kelly Rowland made the announcement during a performance in Barcelona on Saturday night. The trio's 'Destiny Fulfilled ... and Loving It' tour kicks off in North America on 2 Jul, running through to a Vancouver date on 10 Sep.

Destiny's Child took a three year break from the studio following 2001's 'Survivor' of course, allowing the group's members to work on solo projects. With their respective solo successes, and especially Beyonce's huge appeal as a solo artist, there has been speculation before that the band may not work together again, but nevertheless they regrouped for last year's 'Destiny Fulfilled'.

It is not clear if Rowland's announcement means no more Destiny's Child for good, or if just the girls plan to take another considerable break from the franchise. When previously asked by Billboard if 'Destiny Fulfilled' would be their last album, Beyonce said: "Who knows what will happen in three, five or 10 years? The main thing is that we maintain our friendship and that we do it because we want to - not because it's a good business move."

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ROCK VETERANS GET BIRTHDAY HONOURS
Rock veterans Jimmy Page, Brian May, John Mayall and Midge Ure are amongst those on the Queen's annual birthday honours list. Founding Led Zeppelin member Page receives an OBE, alongside father-of-british-blues Mayall, and Midge Ure who both get the same honour. Queen guitarist May gets a CBE. Broadcasters Jonathon Ross and Terry Wogan were also honoured, with an OBE and a knighthood respectively, whilst elsewhere in the music world, opera singer John Tomlinson gets a knighthood.

Other luminaries making the list this year include actor David Jason, Britain's chief rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Working Title Films co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, novelist William Boyd, footballer Les Ferdinand and Dame Judi Dench, who gets a step up from being 'just a dame' and is now a companion of honour - one of a select group limited to 65 persons at any one time. Also honoured was Sylvia Young, founder of the Sylvia Young Theatre School, responsible for the (ahem) artistic development of such popstrels as Emma Bunton, Billie Piper, and Matt from Busted. So there you go.

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BULLDOG BASH CONFIRM HEADLINE ACTS
The Bulldog Bash - the festival set up and run by bikers for bikers - have confirmed the headline acts for their main stage this year and it includes the likes of The Datsuns and Terrorvision. The event, which boasts one of the UK's biggest undercover custom bike exhibitions, takes place on 12 and 13 Aug at the Shakespeare County Raceway, Long Marston, near Stratford On Avon. The confirmed main stage line up looks like this:

12 Aug: The Datsuns, Therapy, Hell Is For Heroes, Towers Of London, Hurricane Party, Lord Bishop

13 Aug: Terrorvision, Flogging Molly, Alabama 3, Casbah Club, Queen Adreena, The Ga Ga's

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ALBUM REVIEW: Sons and Daughters - The Repulsion Box (Domino)
With their immediately obvious Scottish indieness and tag-team boy-girl vocals, Sons and Daughters are at first reminiscent of The Delgados or even (whisper it) Bis. But SAD dance to a darker and more primitive beat than their unisex Scot predecessors. Rarely straying from minor keys, accompanied by stark guitars and making use of ominous titles like 'Choked' and 'Taste the Last Girl', 'The Repulsion Box' may not seem like your perfect "summer's here!" album. But the first ten seconds of opener 'Medicine' will have you hooked, like some sickly pike. Coming on like the goat-sacrificing cousin of Sha Na Na's 'Yummy yummy yummy', the "I've got love in my tummy" refrain appropriately becomes "Hit me, hit me, hit me: I'm already on the ground." If there was any love in these tummies, you can tell it was soon vomited up all over their jet-black t-shirts. Not convinced? Well all this darkness is never broody or dour - the whole thing's driven along by a sharpness, an evil jauntiness (on 'Monsters', it nearly turns into skiffle, of all things) and those primal drums hide a deceptively inventive album. Despite Sons and Daughters' best efforts, it's hard not to love 'The Repulsion Box'. WP
Release Date: 6 Jun
Press Contact: Sainted [CP, RP, NP] Anglo [CR, RR, NR]

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DEATH IN VEGAS MIX FABRIC:LIVE
Another Fabric:Live compilation is incoming - hurrah! And this time it has been compiled by Death In Vegas. Due for release on 15 Aug (but available to subscribers to the Fabric CDs on 1 Aug), the track listing for the latest release in this excellent compo series runs thus:

Solvent - Science with Synthesisers
Death in Vegas - Zugaga
Slacknoise Vs Plexus - Ana Tak 2
Death in Vegas - Heil Xanax
Alex Smoke - Lost in Sound
Mossa - Cheap Therapy
Cybotron - Alleys of Your Mind
Solvent - Think Like Us [Ectomorph Mix]
Alex Corton - Phlogiston
Dinky - Acid in My Fridge
Mathew Jonson - Marionette
Alex Smoke - Neds
Wighnomy Brothers - Pele Bloss
Death in Vegas - Reigen [Acid Mix]
Analog Fingerprints - Accent
Blue Ketchuppp - Don't Trust Your Computer
Death in Vegas - Natja [Scorpio Rising Mix]
Mathew Jonson - Typerope
John Dahlback - Jenna

Press info from Fabric IH.

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BOMB THE BASS MAN NOT GUILTY OF RAPE
Tim Simenon, former frontman of Bomb The Bass, has been found not guilty of raping a woman in his Belsize Park home. The jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court apparently took a mere three minutes to come to their decision following a four day trial in which Simenon's accuser alleged that he raped her after she rejected his advances, following their first time meeting a few hours earlier at a bar in Islington, North London. The former pop star maintained that they had engaged in sex which was entirely consensual.

Mr Simenon, who broke down in tears when the verdict was announced, is now pushing for anonymity for those accused of rape until conviction, and said: "I feel names should not be available to the press before the outcome, as characters, careers and livelihoods can be destroyed and never restored."

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GRAND NATIONAL MAKE US DEBUT
The extremely brilliant Grand National have made their US debut at the weekend when they performed at the Knitting Factory in New York on Saturday. A second NY date is scheduled for tonight at the Mercury Lounge, and a third date this Wednesday, 15 Jun, at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles.

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CHART UPDATE
No surprises at all really then.

Coldplay topped the album chart yesterday, having shifted an estimated 464,000 copies of new album 'X&Y' in its first week of sale. Not quite enough to beat Oasis' 'Be Here Now', which sold 695,761 copies in its first week on sale back in 1997, but more than enough to push Oasis' new album 'Don't Believe The Truth', last week's number one, into the second place position. And also more than enough to beat the White Stripes, whose new album 'Get Behind Me Satan' entered the chart at number three. In fact such was the frenzy for Coldplay's unique brand of innovative, ground breaking, awe inspiring mediocrity, the band's other two albums - 'Parachute' and 'A Rush Of Blood To The Heart' - both reentered the album chart - at 19 and 23 respectively.

Elsewhere in the albums chart there were new entries for ELO (best of) at 11, The Tears debut album at 15, Kraftwerk (live album) at 29, Randy Crawford (another best of) at 31, Foreigner (yet another best of) at 34 and Bobby Valentino at 35.

Singles wise, and the Frog is still top, pushing U2's 'City Of Blinding Lights' into second place (still, the single release was enough to push 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb' back into the Album Top 40). Crazy Frog also beats his new rival in the irritating-frog-based-music-genre - Pondlife's 'Ring Ding Ding' - which goes in at 9 (apparently this is the project involving former Radio 1 DJ Wes Butters, and not the official Crazy Frog tune as we previously reported).

Other new entries on the singles chart this week for the Ordinary Boys at 16, UB40 at 19, John Legend at 27, Good Charlotte at 30, The Departure at 33, Saint Etienne at 36, Ashanti at 38 and Audioslave at 40.

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ANOTHER BUSY FESTIVALS WEEKEND
So, another festivals frenzy this weekend, with the Download rocking Donington, Park Live rocking South London and the Isle Of Wight Festival rocking, erm, the Isle Of Wight. From what we hear, among the highlights of the weekend were Black Sabbath, Slayer, Motorhead, Therapy? and Funeral For A Friend's Download sets (the latter a surprise last minute addition to the bill), Travis, REM and Snow Patrol's storming IOW sets and Norman Jay, X-Press 2 and Jocelyn Brown at Park Live. The CMU team were out in force at the Ozzfest bit of Download - expect their report later this week.

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MORGAN GETS THE GAZETTE
Piers Morgan has completed his previously reported purchase of print media industry magazine the Press Gazette. Morgan and financial backer Matthew Freud, Rupert Murdoch's son-in-law, have reportedly used their own cash to buy the mag off Quantum Business Media. Morgan hasn't revealed too much about his plans for the Gazette, though it is expected that the amount of news and gossip about national titles will increase significantly - the regional press getting more of its fair share of Gazette coverage in recent years.

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Herbaliser - Take London (Ninja Tune)
True to their respect for the roots of hip-hop, The Herbaliser here offer some classic rap anchored by a simple beat and bad-boy melody. Jean Grae provides bouts of belligerence, while Roots Manuva cameos with cool aplomb in the chilled-out 'Lord Lord'. You can always rely on The Herbaliser to pay heavy homage to the retro, and 'Take London' sees their ear for pastiche in glowing form. The gangster culture portrayed is less contemporary Compton, and more 1960s Hackney or 1930s Chicago. Fishing around the cutting-room floor, they've created magic out of bits of dusty celluloid. 'Geddim'' wants to be a soundtrack to a 1960s cop show, with a horn section that gives here pace and suspense, there the suave seduction of the secret agent. In fact, horns bolster the whole album, giving a sassy flourish to tracks like 'Gadget Funk', a smarmy stroke in 'Song For Mary', and, in '8 Men Strong', they hit you with the smack! and pow! of comic book crime fiction. Meanwhile, the flute and wah-guitar in Kittynapper lend a distinct Starsky and Hutch-ness. 'SomdserSonofanothamutha' is a thoughtfully layered symphony, with jazzy xylophone, reverbed guitar and a little tabla drumming as a nice nod Eastwards. Just when you thought they'd exhausted the resources of eclecticism, the album concludes with 'Serge'. (Think Godard directing a sci-fi film set in Alabama.) Altogether, this is The Herbaliser at their piquant best. WE
Release Date: 6 Jun
Press Contact: Ninja Tune IH & Zzonked

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SWEDISH ANTI-PIRACY BODY HIT BY DATA PROTECTION RULING
Sweden's Data Inspection Board (DIB) has ruled that the country's anti-piracy group, Antipiratbyran (APB), broke personal data legislation when they tracked down which individuals had been illegally sharing copyrighted content online.

Earlier this year thousands of Swedes reported the APB to the DIB after the anti-piracy body began its campaign against individuals illegally filesharing via P2P networks. The problem was that the technology used to track illegal filesharing stored each user's IP address on a central database. Because those users did not give their permission for such data to be stored, and because the APB was a private organization, some claimed the anti-piracy group was violating the country's data protection rules.

APB's lawyers argued IP addresses did not constitute personal data, so therefore the storage of IP addresses was not covered by data protection law. But last week the DIB disagreed, ruling the APB's actions unlawful. However the data protection body would not go as far as to say the APB had committed an offence, with a spokesman telling Swedish website The Local: "It depends on how you assess the significance of what they did. If it classed as a minor infringement then it is not punishable".

APB didn't comment on the DIB's ruling, but were keen to stress they had already stopped using the data collection method that violated data protection law, adding that the decision would not affect their efforts to stop online piracy. The group's lawyer, Henrik Pontén, told reporters: "We have other methods than storing IP addresses for tracing people who break copyright laws concerning films and games".

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DARKNESS SAY FRANKIE WON'T FEATURE ON NEW ALBUM
The Darkness have said that their new album will not feature any of former bassist Frankie Poullain's work - despite his claims that that he had co-written it. As previously reported, the guitarist made a public admission earlier this month to the effect that he had been forced out of the band, but went on to say "the second album is incredible. Co-written by Justin, Dan and myself, I'm convinced it is destined to be a huge success."

The Darkness have now released a statement on their website, apparently in response to those claims, saying that Poullain "had yet to participate in the recording of the album when his exit from the band was announced, so no re-recording of bass parts will be necessary. We are sorry to see him (Frankie) go but musical differences are musical differences. The mood in the camp is optimistic. We are coming to terms with the fact that Frankie is no longer in the band."

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EMINEM ADDS EXTRA UK DATE
His most recent album may have been a bit mediocre by his usual standards, but Eminem is still pretty damn popular. So much so he has added an extra Milton Keynes Bowl date to his forthcoming UK/Ireland tour with 50 Cent. Which means full tour dates as follows:

9 & 10 Sep: Milton Keynes Bowl
12 Sep: Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium
14 Sep: Manchester Lancashire Cricket Ground
17 Sep: Dublin Slane Castle

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FORMER KITTEN "BLASTING HER LIFE APART" WITH DRUG BINGES
According to yesterday's News Of The World, ex-Atomic-Kitten-star-come-TV-presenter Kerry Katona is suffering from "a terrifying secret cocaine addiction" which is "blasting" her life apart. According to the tabloid the former pop star is prone to week long drug binges from which it takes her days to recover. The drug taking reportedly began when she slid into depression after her divorce from former Westlife boy Brian McFadden and a subsequent break-up with childhood sweetheart Dave Cunningham.

Joanne Goodier, apparently Katona's best friend of ten years, is increasingly concerned about Katona's drug taking, so much so she has turned to, erm, the News Of The World for help. She told the paper: "She binges on cocaine for days on end without sleep...It's almost as if she wants to self-destruct. One night I found her in such a state she was screaming about the curtain talking to her. She needs help."

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