CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 10th October

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In today's CMU Daily:
- UK chart changes rules after Elton download promotion
- EC to make pan-European copyright proposals this week
- Boy George in UK after drug charges
- Robbie Williams defends Kate Moss
- Peel's autobiography reveals rape
- Branson considering selling V2 America
- How will labels react if music fans start getting an iFill?
- Universal boss wants variable pricing too
- Korean government may investigate Apple's flash supply
- Japan considering iPod levy
- Virgin Radio launch news on demand
- Danny Baker returns to BBC london
- Oxfam add mail order service to music site
- New website for young music makers to launch
- Jackson appears in public
- Fans advise Yorke on that old Blair dilemma
- Jay-Z wants a stake in Arsenal
- Kasabian say they will work with Oasis
- Chart update
- Subshot playlist
- Kylie sends message of support to cancer sufferers
- Badfinger drummer dies
- Paul McCartney wanted to hit producer
- Finger Lickin make Ski Show hot ticket
- Distinctive Wipeout some great tunes
- Barat reveals new band name
- Doherty's mum turns up to gig
- Iceland airwaves on why they canned Babyshambles
- Cabbies don't know Albarn is behind Gorillaz
- Madonna annoys Kabbalah faith with new track

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THE TOP BIT

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From 19-23 October the annual Iceland Airwaves Festival takes over Reykjavik with a great programme of international bands ranging from hip hop heavies The Mitchell Brothers to hard-rocking Juliette & The Licks joining dozens of Icelandic artists, including the legendary Gus Gus and quirky electro poppers Bang Gang. London Now has teamed up with Icelandair to offer a lucky winner a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to the Iceland Airwaves Festival. This terrific prize includes a round-trip airfare to Reykjavik, four nights accommodation, plus hotel transfers, and of course a VIP pass to the Festival! To be in with a chance of winning it click the London Now button at http://www.virgindigital.com

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UK CHART CHANGES RULES AFTER ELTON DOWNLOAD PROMOTION
The people behind the music charts have changed their rules to stop downloads given away in competitions from counting towards a track's chart rating. The ruling, of course, follows that promotion in July in which fans who entered a competition to see Elton John perform in Las Vegas received a digital copy of his single 'Electricity'. Those downloads were included in the statistics used to compile both the download and overall singles chart and, many argued, that helped the singer get a higher chart position than he probably deserved - number five in the overall singles chart.

The new ruling from the Chart Supervisory Committee, which came into effect this weekend, means downloads distributed as part of promotions like the Elton John one would not count in overall sales data. Omar Maskatiya of the Official UK Charts Company told reporters: "The previous rules were too vague for either physical or digital singles but until recently the prizes on offer have been of very little value. We acted to ensure the chart is a reflection of the best-selling singles rather than the best competitions. Competitions are still allowed around releases but not those dependent on the purchase of a single."

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EC TO MAKE PAN-EUROPEAN COPYRIGHT PROPOSALS THIS WEEK
European Commission director Jacqueline Minor announced at a conference in London on Friday that those EC proposals on integrating copyright that we have been expecting should be published this week. The proposals will set out a model for online music distribution, although it will leave the implementation of the model to the local collection societies, rather than forcing it on the copyright owners.

As previously reported, the EC has been looking into the inconsistencies in digital copyright systems across Europe after the bosses of major download platforms like iTunes and Napster said the use of different systems in different countries made it difficult and costly for them to develop their European businesses. In her speech Minor agreed with the download platform owners, saying that the EC's new proposals were: "Based on the premise that territory-by-territory management of copyright clearance is too cumbersome and too costly. It is not efficient for content users and it does not serve the interests of right-holders who want their content disseminated as widely as possible. In a territory-by-territory model, the weakest link in the chain will hold up the quick and effective roll-out of their latest creative content."

The major collection societies do agree in principle with the need for a more unified approach across Europe, although they don't appreciate being dictated to regarding what that unified approach should be, which is why the EC has allowed for local integration of their proposals. That, however, has disappointed the European Digital Media Association, an industry group whose members include Apple, Amazon, RealNetworks and others, who argue the EC has given the collection bodies too much room to ignore their proposals. The Association's Wes Himes told reporters: "We felt that there should be a competitive mechanism by which pan-European companies can obtain pan-European licenses for online exploitation. This doesn't achieve this. It only exerts a small pressure on member states to do so."

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BOY GEORGE IN UK AFTER DRUG CHARGES
Boy George has flown home to the UK after being charged with the possession of drugs in New York at the end of last week. He told reporters at Heathrow Airport last night "I am not speaking to anybody about it. Don't ask me any questions because you aren't going to get any answers."

The incident occurred on Friday when the singer, real name George O'Dowd, called police to report a burglary. When officers attended his home, they discovered an eighth of cocaine next to a computer in his apartment, and subsequently charged him with possession of a controlled substance as well as falsely reporting an incident. The drugs charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Boy George's lawyer Lou Freeman says the drugs didn't belong to his client. He told the New York Post: "It was a small amount of drugs. He doesn't know where it came from. He's had a lot of people in his house." He continued: "A man who has something to hide does not call police."

The singer, who famously suffered from heroin addiction back in the eighties of course, moved to New York when his musical 'Taboo' transferred to Broadway in 2003. He is due in court there on 19 Dec.

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ROBBIE WILLIAMS DEFENDS KATE MOSS
Staying with the topic of cocaine, and Robbie Williams has defended Kate Moss during a press conference to promote the launch of his new album in Berlin, saying she has been treated unfairly over the coke-snorting allegations by the UK media, not least because he says he has personally taken the drug himself in the company of the very media figures who are currently gaining mileage from Moss's downfall.

Williams said reporters ought to "get off her fucking back", and continued: "I think the media have got a lot to answer for. We're talking about a woman who has never harmed anyone or hurt anyone and who has never pretended to be anyone she isn't. Some people in various media groups who I have personally taken cocaine with are now talking about her and saying she shouldn't do it. I have done cocaine with these people and, the way they have so much power over people's lives, it wouldn't have surprised me if she had tried to commit suicide the week that everything hit the papers."

Williams, who himself had treatment for drug problems in the late nineties, continued: "What she does in her private life should be her private life. She's done nothing wrong."

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PEEL'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY REVEALS RAPE
John Peel's autobiography, currently being serialised in The Sunday Telegraph, has revealed that the legendary DJ suffered sexual abuse at the hands of an older pupil whilst at boarding school. Peel was halfway through writing the book at the time of his death last year, and it has subsequently been finished by his wife and four children.

Peel details the abuse wrought on new pupils by the older boys at Shrewsbury High School in Shropshire, writing: "Another study monitor obliged me to perform an even more unwelcome service during what was supposed to be a period for doing homework. This period, during which we were confined to our studies, was called 'top schools', but for my study monitor it was 'hand jobs'. If for some reason my tormentor didn't require a hand job, possibly because he had already compelled another small boy to give him one, he loaned me to one of his two friends and I was obliged to service them instead."

He goes on to describe how the boy in question later raped him: "Towards the end of our time together, he compelled me to agree to meet him in a public toilet in the cemetery on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, where he raped me. Oddly enough, much as I hated the experience, I think I had become so accustomed to systematic sexual abuse that I wasn't especially traumatised by the experience."

He continues: "It was many years before I could bring myself to tell anyone what had happened to me, and when I did tell Sheila, my wife, one afternoon in the Eighties as we drove through Shrewsbury and past the cemetery toilet block, she found it, I think, more upsetting than I ever did. We have not spoken of it again."

Peel did not name his abuser, but in his later years told a close friend from his schooldays 'Sparrow' Harrison, who knows who the individual is, but is not prepared to identify him.

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BRANSON CONSIDERING SELLING V2 AMERICA
According to US industry site HitsDaily Double and, I think, the New York Post, rumour has it that Richard Branson is toying with selling the US bit of his record label V2. HDD reckon Branson is very unhappy with the way V2 America is performing, and is especially disappointed that the White Stripes album 'Get Behind Me Satan' has only sold 550K units in the US despite critical acclaim and much media exposure. They say that Sheridan Square Entertainment, the company that bought Artemis Records last year, is a possible buyer for the label.

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HOW WILL LABELS REACT IF MUSIC FANS START GETTING AN IFILL?
Well, following the news last week that the record labels are uneasy with new satellite radio technology which allows listeners to store content on a portable player and then listen to it on demand, one assumes they aint going to be too impressed with a new bit of software called iFill.

Developed by Griffin Technology, iFill lets people record a webcast radio stream, and transfer that to their iPod. Users can then edit the meta data that goes alongside the streams they capture, and as they listen can skip through the songs on a stream on demand. Griffin's sales blurb for the device explains: "With iFill, you can go to bed while charging your iPod, and wake up to an iPod full of new music, ready to go jogging with you, and without having to search through your record collection, browse the iTunes Store, or rip any CDs".

The fact iFill cuts out the need to browse the iTunes Store or rip tracks from CDs also means the technology cuts out the need to pay for music from the iTunes Store or buy CDs, which isn't going to be popular with the record labels. Of course you have always been able to capture streams coming into your PC, and in theory can convert them to MP3 and transfer them onto your iPod. But iFill makes that process much easier - which is why the record labels won't like it - the problem never being so much with technology that enables music piracy, but more with technology to really simplifies music piracy.

If it were to catch on, and at just $19.99 with a free trial option it may well do just that, then the record labels would be sure to object. And the fact that iFill comes with the small print "iFill does not support stealing music!" is unlikely to allay those objections.

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UNIVERSAL BOSS WANTS VARIABLE PRICING TOO
Universal boss Doug Morris seems willing to go with Apple's insistence on not raising the price of the average music download, but has followed his counterparts at EMI and Warner in talking up the need for variable pricing in the digital music space. Speaking at a conference last week he said: "A lot of people are calling for higher prices now, as you've read. But we have decided that, for the moment, we will stay with the current prices. The reason we are going to stay with the current prices is because we don't think there'd be enough traction yet at 4% or 5% of the business. And we do not want, by raising the prices, to take a chance to force people back to piracy. That's our position on the subject. But what we do want is the opportunity to have variable prices."

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KOREAN GOVERNMENT MAY INVESTIGATE APPLE'S FLASH SUPPLY
Talking of Apple, we hear that regulatory authorities in Korea might launch an investigation into a deal between Korean electronics giant Samsung and Apple relating to the sale by the former of flash memory (used in iPod shuffles) to the latter. Reports suggest that Samsung gave Apple an especially good deal on the memory - a deal not available to other companies making MP3 players. If true that could be against the country's strict anti-competitive laws. Apparently South Korean Fair Trade Commission chairman Kang Chul-kyu has told CBS Radio he is currently considering an investigation following complaints by Apple's competitors.

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JAPAN CONSIDERING IPOD LEVY
Talking of government officials interfering with iPods, according to the New York Times the authorities in Japan are considering calls by some labels based there for a levy to charged on the sale of every iPod which would be passed onto the country's copyright owners. The logic is that consumers go beyond their existing copyright licence when they transfer tracks from their CDs to their MP3 players, and that the content owners should get a royalty payment for that. But not everyone in Japan supports such an 'iPod tax' - Hiroko Mizuhara of the Consumers Union of Japan told the Times:. "This is typical of how industry groups try to manipulate government at the expense of consumers".

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VIRGIN RADIO LAUNCH NEWS ON DEMAND
Virgin Radio are adding a news on demand service to their website. Listeners will be able to listen to the latest news update whenever they wish via http://www.virginradio.co.uk.

The station says one of the motivations for launching the service was how many listeners tuned into the station on July 7 as the story of the terrorist attacks in London unfolded. Audience figures increased by 20% that day. The station's head of news and entertainment Andrew Bailey told reporters: "I'm proud that millions of listeners trusted Virgin Radio News to provide balanced and informative coverage of the traumatic events on July 7. Being the first commercial UK radio station to launch news on demand helps us take this relationship with our listeners to another level."

Virgin Radio's Head Of Strategic Development For New Media, James Cridland, added: "Advances in digital radio in recent years mean that radio listeners are demanding more control of what they listen to and when. People want the very latest headlines on multiple platforms from a trusted news source."

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DANNY BAKER RETURNS TO BBC LONDON
Danny Baker is returning to a daily show on BBC London already - just a few months after quitting the station's breakfast show. Baker was always due to return to the station, but it was not expected that he would take a high profile daily show quite so soon. As of next Monday Baker will host the station's afternoon show each day from 3-5pm.

Confirming his new show, Baker told reporters: "My new life of indolence was going wonderfully well until I was offered a new show back at the old place that both intrigued and stimulated me. 'How about', they said, 'coming back and doing what you do - but this time in a way that would NOT require you to get up at 4.44am?'. I must say the boldness and risk inherent in the scheme both fascinated and, yes, intimidated me. NOT getting up while it was still dark eh? Why those crafty, crazy mad BBC London so-and-so's".

BBC London editor David Robey added: "With Danny now in the afternoon, I believe this will be the strongest line up of radio talent on the dial, with Jono and Jo, Vanessa Feltz and Robert Elms. Welcome back Danny!"

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OXFAM ADD MAIL ORDER SERVICE TO MUSIC SITE
Oxfam has announced a new partnership with a company called Blah! which will see the charity sell DVDs, CDs and games via the music section of its website. This means Oxfam now offer four ways that you can support the charity by buying music - through its own download platform, via the Blah! mail order service, by bidding on an eBay auction raising money for the charity, or by buying second hand music from one of its stores with a music department. Details on all four can be found at http://www.oxfam.org.uk/music

Announcing the partnership with Oxfam, in which his company will donate ten pence to the charity from every purchase, Blah! chairman Peter Allen told CMU: "Blah wanted to nominate a charity to benefit from the company's growth and decided that with the ever increasing challenges in combating world poverty and famine, that Oxfam would be the most appropriate choice. As well as the 10p that we will donate directly from every sale made through the Blah! website, the partnership will generate revenue from increased traffic for oxfam.org.uk/music. We hope that we will be able to encourage as many people as possible to download their music through Oxfam and at the same time, make a contribution to the very important work that they carry out to overcome poverty and suffering around the world."

Press info on the new venture from Mike Lloyd at Oxfam on 020 8668 5060.

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NEW WEBSITE FOR YOUNG MUSIC MAKERS TO LAUNCH
A new website is about to launch for teenagers interested in making music. Established by the Associated Board Of The Royal Schools of Music in association with Culture Online, the website, called SoundJunction, will provide a range of resources and tools for young people looking to capitalise on their passion for music.

The website's blurb explains: "Whether it's an interest in singing or playing, a fascination with how a song is constructed, a look at how an instrument is made or making your own music, SoundJunction provides an interactive opportunity to explore, discover and create".

The site, which will be launched at an event at LSO St Lukes in London next Tuesday (18 Oct), is supported by a number of music types, including Jamie Cullum, MOBO nominated jazz trumpeter Abram Wilson, producer C-Swing and Seb Rochford, drummer with Mercury nominated Polar Bear.

Press info on the site from PPR.

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JACKSON APPEARS IN PUBLIC
Michael Jackson has appeared out in public for the first time since leaving the courtroom following the dismissal of those child abuse charges back in Jun. The singer who, as previously reported, is recording a single for Katrina victims, went to see the Billy Elliot musical in the West End on Saturday.

A publicist confirmed that it was a first public outing for Jackson, who has been in Dubai since the trial in California. The singer arrived for the matinee performance fifteen minutes late accompanied by his children. "We knew at the interval that he was there and there was some clapping," said a theatre goer who sat a few rows in front of the singer, "Nobody really knew before that because the lights had gone down by the time he came in." Meanwhile, hundred of fans were waiting outside the venue, chanting his name and waving posters with messages of support. According to femalefirst, Jackson was knocked to the ground in the chaos outside; an onlooker said "It was absolute chaos. It turned into a real scrum. Michael was clearly trying to protect his children and in doing so lost his footing and fell over."

He's also been spotted meeting fan and posing for photos with them at the Dorchester Hotel. A hotel patron who saw Jackson in the reception area on Friday said "He was surrounded by a large group of people but it was unmistakably him. He spent several minutes meeting people and posing for photos. He kept trying to cover his face but from what I could see he looked well."

Footage has also been released by 2 Seas Records, owned jointly by Shaikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Jermaine Jackson, of Jackson standing on the top of a car surrounded by fans in the car park of the recording studio where that charity single is being recorded, but it's not clear where that studio is, nor how the fans knew he was going to be there. Hmmm.

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FANS ADVISE YORKE ON THAT OLD BLAIR DILEMMA
Radiohead fans have offered Thom Yorke some advice on whether he should go ahead and meet with Tony Blair on behalf of Friends Of The Earth. As previously reported, the singer had posted on the band's website about his dilemma, having been approached by the organisation to meet with the Prime Minister to talk about climate change. In that post he concluded "I feel like a hypocrite if don't do anything, and equally feel like a hypocrite if I try getting involved."

Anyway, fans have now contacted NME with advice for Yorke, with the majority saying that he should go ahead, with one correspondent saying "Mr Blair is used to fawning sycophants and being protected from reality. Thom is the man to give him a hard time and cut through the spin." Another fan, however, did suggest that Yorke should "avoid Blair like the plague". Which is sane advice, if you ask me. Let's face it, if he does meet with Yorke, the PM will probably listen with a polite smile on, then do exactly what he wants.

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JAY-Z WANTS A STAKE IN ARSENAL
Jay-Z is interested in buying a share of Arsenal Football Club, according to the Sunday Mirror, who report that he originally approached Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, but was turned down and instead decided he'd like to inject some cash into their north London rivals.

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KASABIAN SAY THEY WILL WORK WITH OASIS
Kasabian have confirmed to NME.com that they will work with Oasis now that they've wrapped up their US tour because they all got on so well whilst on tour. As previously reported, Noel Gallagher told MTV that they had made plans to work together during their time in the US, although qualified it by saying they were drunk when they initially spoke about the possibility of collaboration.

On supporting Oasis on tour, Kasabian's Tom Meighan said: "They've been fucking absolute sweethearts. They've been darlings to us. They've got so much respect for us and it's great, we've got so much respect for them." He also revealed that the two bands had given each other sneak previews of their next albums, saying: "I've kind of sang it to them when I'm pissed up when I'm drunk, kind of shouted at them. I've heard some of Liam's new songs on his guitar and they're fucking awesome. We've had some fun times man. He's showed me some of his new stuff on his guitar and I've kind of shouted at him what our next record's going to sound like."

He went on: "Well we all love what we do. We're playing America man and it's a great rock n roll show. It'll be sad when we leave, when we break up on this tour because you'll never get this again probably, but we've had a great fucking time."

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CHART UPDATE
Well, quite a nice top ten new entries wise this week - what with Robbie Williams' lovely new track 'Tripping' going in at 2, Depeche Mode's 'Precious' at 4 and Bloc Party's 'Two More Years' at 7. Of course that's all followed up by Mariah Carey's 'Get Your Number/Shake It Off' at 9 and Ricky Martin's 'I Don't Care' at 11 - but things could be worse, couldn't they? Other new entries in the singles chart this week (in which Sugababes are still number one, by the way) run as follows: Rachel Stevens' 'I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)' is at 12, James Blunt's 'High' is at 16, Prodigy's 'Voodoo People/Out Of Space' is at 20, Starsailor's 'In The Crossfire' is at 22, Bratz Rock Angelz's 'So Good' at 23, Schnappi's 'Schnappi' is at 32 and We Are Scientists go in at 37 with 'The Great Escape'.

Albums chart wise, Franz Ferdinand's second album 'You Could Have It So Much Better' goes straight in at number one - see the power of a glowing review in the CMU Daily. Although this particular member of the CMU team is actually more excited by Paul Anka's wonderful 'Rock Swings' covers album, which goes in at 9 - it's great (not that I've been sent it yet, I'm basing that on listening to Eddy TM's copy - anyone at Universal wanting to make a CMU person a happy chap might want to check the address at the bottom of today's CMU Daily). Other new entries in this week's albums chart run thus: John Lennon's hits thingy at 11, Nickelback's 'All The Right Reasons' at 13, New Order's hits thingy at 14, Bullet For My Valentine's 'The Poison' at 21, Leftfield's hits thingy at 32, HIM's 'Dark Light' at 33.

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SUBSHOT PLAYLIST
So, here's the tracks that are getting video play on the Sub TV network in union bars around the country. New additions are marked with **.

A LIST
**Audio Bullys - I'm In Love (Virgin)
**Ben Folds - Jesusland (Sony BMG)
Bloc Party - Two More Years (Wichita)
Charlotte Church - Call My Name (Sony BMG)
Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To (Domino)
Happy Mondays - Playground Superstar (Big Brother)
Maximo Park - Apply Some Pressure (Warp)
**Proof - Gurlz Wit Tha Boom (Iron Fist)
Sugababes - Push The Button (Island)
X-Press 2 - Give It (Skint)

B LIST
**Brakes - Ring A Ding Ding (Rough Trade)
Cardigans - I Need Some Fine Wine And You Need To Be Nicer (Polydor)
Clor - Good Stuff (Regal)
El Presidente - Rocket (One Records)
Feeder - Shatter (Echo)
**Littlans Feat. Pete Doherty - Their Way (Rough Trade)
Louis XIV - Finding Out True Love Is Blind (Atlantic)
**Rifles - Local Boy (SINE)
Robbie Williams - Tripping (EMI)
**Roll Deep - Shake A Leg (Relentless)
Stars - Reunion (City Slang)
Starsailor - In The Crossfire (EMI)
**The Kooks - Sofa Song (Virgin)
**The Magic Numbers - Loves A Game (Heavenly)
U2 - All Because Of You (Island)

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KYLIE SENDS MESSAGE OF SUPPORT TO CANCER SUFFERERS
Kylie Minogue has sent a message of support to fellow cancer sufferers, after doctors advised her to cancel a planned appearance at the Cancer Research charity ball on Friday. Her sister Dannii attended the occasion and read out a statement, which said: "I am currently a cancer patient. I aim to be a cancer survivor. This is only possible with the incredible work done by so many within the field: doctors, specialists, scientists and volunteers." She also sent her "solidarity to those whose lives have been affected by breast cancer and my thanks to those who are helping in each and every way".

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BADFINGER DRUMMER DIES
Badfinger drummer Mike Gibbins has died at the age of fifty six at his home in Florida. A statement on his website says: "To all Mike's fans, it is with deepest regret to inform all that he passed away on 4 October, in his sleep by natural causes. He will be terribly missed by all."

The sixties band, formed in Wales and signed to The Beatles Apple Corps label, were best known for writing the song 'Without You', a massive hit for both Harry Nillson and Mariah Carey. They were, however, beset with tragedy, and the two main songwriters Pete Ham and Tom Evans took their own lives when plagued by financial difficulties. Badfinger biographer Dan Matovina told the BBC: "Badfinger was the highlight of his life, coming out of Wales, having success, touring America. But the tragedy of losing his two bandmates to suicides weighed heavily on that."

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PAUL MCCARTNEY WANTED TO HIT PRODUCER
Paul McCartney has said that he felt like hitting record producer Nigel Godrich when he said that one of his songs was crap. McCartney was working with Godrich on his current album 'Chaos And Creation In The Backyard' when the incident occurred. The former Beatle said: "There was one key moment when it all rose to the surface. I was in the studio, raring to go. I was in a good mood. I was just about to listen to the track (just recorded) and find my way through a bass part when Nigel said: 'You know that song you played the other day? I really didn't like it. I think it was crap.'"

He continued: "I was well pissed. 'You don't like my songs? How dare you? Who are you?'" He didn't actually say any of that, however, clarifying thus: I said, 'Oh yeah?' and I thought: 'What will I do now? Punch him or just spit at him?"

Well, he did neither, and just decided to storm off home, returning the following day to discuss the comments. McCartney added: "I realised he was looking for a vibe, so if one of my songs was a bit perky, maybe he didn't think we should do it this time around. It was good for me. It was like working with a great band member. It was similar to me and John (Lennon), back to when we were just kids."

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FINGER LICKIN MAKE SKI SHOW HOT TICKET
For the second year running one of the hottest tickets for October is the Daily Mail Ski & Board Show. No, really. Because the official opening party this Thursday (13 Oct) is being hosted by Snowbombing and Finger Lickin Records, which means an early evening event featuring some very fine DJ talent, and an after show featuring many of Finger Lickin's finest, including A Skillz, Soul Of Man and Slyde. The teatime bit takes place at the Board Room at Olympia alongside the show itself, the after show is at the nearby WestOneFour in West Kensington. You can get a ticket that gets you into the Ski Show itself (after 5pm) and the Boardroom, plus the aftershow, for twelve quid from http://www.dailymailskishow.co.uk. Tickets for just the aftershow are six pounds.

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DISTINCTIVE WIPEOUT SOME GREAT TUNES
Forget movie soundtracks, video game soundtracks is where it's really at, and to prove it the soundtrack to the latest version of racing game Wipeout comes with a storming soundtrack compiled by Distinctive Records and including tracks from Aphex Twin, Drumattic Twins, Friendly, Freq Nasty, Rennie Pilgrem and Stanton Warriors. For more info, or to order your copy, check the microsite at http://www.distinctiverecords.com/wipeout.

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BARAT REVEALS NEW BAND NAME
Carl Barat has revealed that his new band is to be named Dirty Pretty Things, according to the NME. As previously reported, the ex-Libertine has teamed up with fellow former Lib Gary Powell, as well as Anthony Rossomando and former Cooper Temple Clause member Didz Hammond. 'Dirty Pretty Things' is also the name of Barat's London Club night, incidentally.

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DOHERTY'S MUM TURNS UP TO GIG
See, this one's not a shocker. If I were his Mum, I'd turn up at one of his gigs too. The Sun reports that Pete Doherty's Mum has turned up at one of his gigs to remonstrate with him about his lifestyle. The singer' mother Jacqui turned up with his sister, Amy Jo, at the Babyshambles gig at Bristol Academy. Security didn't initially believe that they were who they said they were, but they were eventually allowed into the venue and met up with Doherty before the gig. An onlooker said: "There was lots of hugging and kissing but Pete looked quite distant. Jacqui was telling him how much she loves him and how worried she is about his health. She said she is really scared about him at the moment. It was touching, she came across as a caring and loving mum."

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ICELAND AIRWAVES ON WHY THEY CANNED BABYSHAMBLES
More from the Shambles. Now, when organisers of the Iceland Airwaves festival announced they were canning the band from their line up, they said they had made that decision "due to the current situation". But which current situation? There's so many to choose from. Well, festival organiser Thornsteinn Stephensen has told our good friends at Virtual Festival exactly why they dropped Doherty et al from their event.

He told the website: "Our reason is that we had not been receiving any response from Babyshambles regarding their flights and accommodation. They are just impossible to reach. Also, the fact that they keep getting arrested and failing to turn up to half their gigs has put us in a very difficult situation. We are quite a small festival and could not afford to have an empty main stage at midnight. We just couldn't take the risk. But it's not a problem now. We have rescheduled the bands and the lineup is now complete. We're looking forward to another great Iceland Airwaves."

So are we. By the way - if you'd like to go to that very festival yourself, we can get you flights, hotels and VIP tickets to it for free. Well, not all of you, obviously. But there is a free trip to the festival to be won on the London Now website, an exciting new music site from Virgin Digital and our friends at BigTime.tv. To be with a chance of winning those tickets go to http://www.virgindigital.com, click the London Now button, and then select the Iceland Airwaves page. Easy.

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CABBIES DON'T KNOW ALBARN IS BEHIND GORILLAZ
Damon Albarn has said that many people still don't realize that he is behind Gorillaz. He told NME: "You get cab drivers in London who say 'you haven't done anything for years Damon' and I say 'Well I'm Number One, actually'. But you know, that's a minor detail."

Gorillaz, of course, will perform a five night residency at the Manchester Opera House from 1-5 Nov performing second album 'Demon Days' in its entirety.

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MADONNA ANNOYS KABBALAH FAITH WITH NEW TRACK
Madonna may have pissed off a bit of the Kabbalah faith she is such a keen advocate of. The director of a seminary in Israel who acts as custodian of the tomb of Rabbi Isaac Luria, the founder of the religious movement, has told an Israeli newspaper that the singer may have broken a Jewish law by seemingly including a song on her new album which makes reference to Luria. The track in question is called 'Isaac' and appears on forthcoming long player 'Confessions On A Dance Floor'. The director has told Israeli newspaper Maariy: "There is a prohibition in Jewish law against using the holy name of our master, the Sage Isaac, for profit. This is an inappropriate act, and one can feel only pity at the punishment that she (Madonna) will receive from Heaven. The Sage Isaac is holy and pure, and immodest people cannot sing about him."

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