CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 24th October

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Cam'ron shot in botched car jacking
- Jason Flom confirmed as new Virgin US boss
- Usher's label to launch first release next month
- City firms cautious about music business' future
- British Music Rights chief to keynote at copyright event
- BPI fill top legal role
- Police report reveals details of Damageplan shooting
- Do the Climate Mash
- Stanford podcasts its lectures
- Nano owners sue over faulty screens
- BskyB plan further broadband acquisitions
- Shirley Horn dies
- Chart update
- Subshot playlist
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- James Blunt has biggest selling album of the year shocker
- Jackson to never land at Neverland
- Kaiser Chiefs and Foo Fighters super together
- Dylan writes new track for Dylan soundtracked flick
- Gallagher lets Kasabian use his studio
- Well, that's us told, then
- Jam drummer makes tribute to himself
- Cocker's album plans stopped by Rowling
- Kylie denies various reports
- Waterloo voted best Eurovision song ever shocker
- 4tune say it's not about the talent
- Jamelia has another baby
- Pictures of baby Spears-Federline stolen

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CAM'RON SHOT IN BOTCHED CAR JACKING
New York rapper Cam'ron has been shot and wounded while in Washington in what appears to have been a botched carjacking. According to his manager Big Joe, the rapper was driving near a waterfront night spot in the city around about midnight when a man attempted to steal his Lamborghini. When Cam'ron refused to give up his car and attempted to drive away, the gun man fired a single shot that somehow managed to pass through both of Cam'ron's arms. However, the rapper managed to get away from the would-be car thief, and is now recovering at Washington's Howard University Hospital. He was in the city to promote new film and album 'Killa Season', which is released next February.

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JASON FLOM CONFIRMED AS NEW VIRGIN US BOSS
As expected, the EMI Group have confirmed that former Warners exec Jason Flom will take over the top job at Virgin Records US, a post left vacant after the departure of Matt Serletic from the label last week. Flom will take over the New York based role immediately (today probably), reporting to EMI North America boss David Munns.

Munns confirmed the appointment on Friday night, telling reporters: "Jason Flom has a rare and unique combination of A&R skills, charismatic leadership and drive to take Virgin to the next level. We are fortunate to have one of the industry's most talented music executives lead Virgin. We're delighted he has joined the EMI family."

EMI Music boss Alain Levy added: "We are fortunate to have Jason Flom join EMI. I have followed Jason's career over the years and have always admired his leadership skills as well as his ability to discover and nurture talent. Not only will he greatly contribute to Virgin's future; he will also have a tremendous impact on EMI's worldwide endeavors."

Flom himself added: "Alain and David are visionaries who consistently demonstrate a talent for discovering and nurturing some of the industry's most successful artists. I'm honored to join their team and take on the pivotal role of leading Virgin, a label whose legacy is synonymous with dynamic and groundbreaking music."

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USHER'S LABEL TO LAUNCH FIRST RELEASE NEXT MONTH
The new record label to be run by Usher will finally release an album next month, the soundtrack to the new movie in which he himself stars, 'In The Mix'. The original soundtrack will feature two tracks each from three new artists signed to Usher's US Records, which will be run as an imprint to SonyBMG owned J Records. The three artists in question are rapper Rico Love, R&B quintet One Chance and R&B singer Rayan. A release date for the album is tbc, though the movie comes out in the US on 23 Nov, so it must be soon. Artist albums from all three of the US Records roster are expected next year.

It is three years since Usher first announced his intention to launch a label with the then pre-merger BMG. The delay it getting thing started is, according to BMG North America boss, Clive Davis, a testament to Usher's serious commitment to the new label. Billboard quote the BMG boss as saying: "It wasn't a time thing. His priorities were finding the right artists and then waiting until he strongly believed they were ready."

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CITY FIRMS CAUTIOUS ABOUT MUSIC BUSINESS' FUTURE
City news anyone? Well, analysis published last week from three different investment firms on the future of the music industry did not make happy reading, with predictions on the future profitability of the major music companies ranging from cautious to pessimistic.

London based Citigroup were positive about the biggest major record company, Universal, and said that both EMI and Warners might prove to be good buys if any merger between the two were to take place. However the company noted: "We take a more cautious view of the music industry than we have historically. We believe that satellite radio in US, and other services which compete for consumer spending, are hurting industry growth. We continue to expect the digital growth to drive margins and cash generation, but are less convinced that music is a growth industry."

The UK division of Morgan Stanley was even more pessimistic. Concentrating mainly on the fortunes of London based EMI, it said that the major record company's recent share price revival was actually unjustified given the group's growth potential. It said it was now cautious regarding EMI's trading potential, and regarding any EMI Warners merger, adding that its previous growth predictions for the company in 2006 and 2007 now "look vulnerable."

Meanwhile in the US a more general report from Fulcrum Global Partners was also pessimistic. It said that while the investment community was excited by the relatively fast growth in digital music, investors had to remember that physical CD sales were still the main revenue streams for music business, and that they must take a more holistic approach when assessing the short term potential of the sector. Stating that "the key driver of music industry stocks over the next 12 to 24 months will be the health of overall music industry sales", the report was noting that the Recording Industry Association Of America has reported a 3% decline in physical CD sales in recent times.

All of which makes great reading for a Monday morning.

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BRITISH MUSIC RIGHTS CHIEF TO KEYNOTE AT COPYRIGHT EVENT
MusicTank, who stage that 'in conversation' event between Dave Robinson and Paul Conroy this Thursday, have confirmed that Emma Pike, Director General of British Music Rights and Co-Chairman of the Music Business Forum will provide the key note speech at their up coming half day conference on copyright. The event has been organised to "analyse and clarify a variety of copyright issues in the wake of reviews and research being conducted by the DTI & DCMS, Patent Office, Treasury and European Commission". It takes place on 10 Nov - more details at http://www.musictank.co.uk/

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BPI FILL TOP LEGAL ROLE
Now obviously you've all been having trouble sleeping at night knowing that the top legal post at industry association BPI was vacant - former General Counsel Geoff Taylor having headed off to global trade body the IFPI of course. Well, worry no more, because that post has now been filled, with none other than Roz Groome who is, we're told, something of an "anti-piracy champion".

Confirming the appointment, BPI boss Peter Jamieson told CMU: "Roz Groome has proven herself to be a staunch defender of the recording industry's rights in a string of high-profile cases over the past three years. Her experience in this field is second to none, and I know this well deserved appointment will be welcomed across the legal community and the industry at large".

Successful cases managed for the BPI by Groome in the past include their label action against CD Wow and EasyInternetCafe, as well as a string of cases brought by the BPI's Anti-Piracy Unit. Meanwhile as Vice-chair of the Alliance Against IP Theft she has played in active role in lobbying for legislative change to protect copyright owners.

Confirming her appointment, Groome added: "The BPI's role is to protect, strengthen and promote the rights of its members. Enforcement is an important part of that, as is working with others in the IP industries and with our industry partners, particularly in an ever changing technological landscape. I look forward to playing a key role in that strategy."

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POLICE REPORT REVEALS DETAILS OF DAMAGEPLAN SHOOTING
More details have been revealed about that tragic shooting that took place at a Damageplan gig in Ohio last December. As previously reported, on 8 Dec last year one Nathan Gale shot dead the band's guitarist, Dimebag Darrell Abbot, one of the band's security staff and three other gig goers before being shot himself by police officer James Niggemeyer.

Local newspaper The Columbus Dispatch have obtained a 627 page police file on the case, which revealed Gale gained entry to the club by jumping over a fence that surrounded a patio attached to the venue. His illegal entry was encouraged by some fellow gig goers, and Gale made it inside the venue despite being confronted by a security guard for having no ticket.

The report, which takes in some 287 eye witness accounts, including those of three men who were shot but survived, then details what happened on stage. As Gale began his attack, firstly against the band's tour manager Christopher Paluska, and then against Abbot, the band's drummer Vincent Abbott hid behind amplifiers while lead singer Patrick Lachman screamed into the microphone for someone to call the police.

Stage technician John Brooks then went to help Abbot but was taken hostage by the gunman. He escaped only once policeman Niggemeyer had shot Gale. Niggemeyer was cleared of any wrongdoing in killing Gale during a grand jury hearing earlier this year, at which it was revealed the gunman had another 35 bullets on him when he was shot.

Gale's motives for the shooting are still a little confused. At the time his mother revealed that he was obsessed with Pantera and believed the band had stolen song lyrics from him. Some reports suggested that Gale blamed Abbot for Pantera splitting up and said that that was his motive, with some even alleging that the gunman had been in touch with Panetra frontman Phil Anselmo prior to the shooting. But the police report says: "There is no evidence leading detectives to believe Nathan Gale was communicating with Phil Anselmo or any other individual in an effort to hurt Dimebag Darrell Abbott."

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DO THE CLIMATE MASH
With Halloween approaching, the man behind the ghoulish novelty record 'Monster Mash' has re-recorded his song with new lyrics making a political protest against the climate change policy of George Bush et al. In the new version - called 'Climate Mash' - Bobby Picket sings: "We were hiking past the White House late one night / When our eyes beheld an eerie sight / The president appeared, with folks very strange / The zombies and vampires of global climate change". The song and a flash animation to accompany it can be accessed at http://www.climatemash.org

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STANFORD PODCASTS ITS LECTURES
Podcasting news anyone? Stanford University has begun a major initiative to podcast lectures and other contents to both their students and the public at large. The programme has been dubbed Standford On iTunes and sees some 400 audio programmes being made available. Which makes you wonder how the University persuades any of its iPod owning students to actually show up for lectures. But the university's Howard Wolf says that in some ways the non-academic programming the podcasting service offers is more important, creating a link between the university and its alumni: "Stanford has been fortunate to partner with Apple in a project that allows us to share the intellectual and cultural life of the university with our alumni. We are especially pleased that the project's focus is to deliver substantive content that so clearly supports the university's mission of teaching, learning and research both in the classroom and to our thousands of alumni around the world".

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NANO OWNERS SUE OVER FAULTY SCREENS
Talking of iTunes and stuff, Apple is facing a lawsuit over the previously reported flaws in its iPod Nano, despite the computer firm's commitment to replace any faulty hardware. As you'll remember, a load of iPod Nano customers kicked up a fuss when they found the screens on their players were rather susceptible to scratching or cracking - one customer getting lots of media attention when he launched a website dedicated to the flaws in the new iPod. But Apple quickly issued a statement stressing the problems were with a small batch of the new slimline players, and that anyone who had experienced a problem with their Nano could get a new one at Apple's expense. While that move was enough to close down the anti-Nano website, it hasn't stopped two Californian law firms from suing Apple on behalf of some affected iPod Nano owners. They are looking for damages from Apple, including the cost of the iPod, as well as various statutory and punitive charges. Their lawsuit reads: "As a result of Defendant's defectively designed product, these Nanos scratch excessively during normal usage, rendering the screen on the Nanos unusable". You might wonder why said Nano customers would bother with legal action when Apple have already pledged to replace faulty players, but they are presumably encourage by precedent. When people sued over previous problems with the iPod battery they ended up getting extended warranties and Apple vouchers as well as replacement batteries.

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BSKYB PLAN FURTHER BROADBAND ACQUISITIONS
Following their expected purchase last week of broadband company Easynet, BSkyB have said they may well make more acquisitions in the digital space. The Murdoch owned satellite company bought Easynet last week after earning over £1 billion in a recent bonds issue. The move is seen as an attempt by the TV company to put itself in a position to compete with the major internet and telecommunication companies, all of whom seem to have ambitions in the television sector. It isn't clear what kind of digital companies BSkyB is interested in adding to its new collection of online assets, though TV-on-demand company Homechoice is rumoured to be on its short list for potential take over targets.

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SHIRLEY HORN DIES
Acclaimed Grammy-winning jazz artist Shirley Horne has died at the age of 71. Horn, who died at a nursing home in Maryland on Thursday, was nominated for nine Grammy awards in the last decade, winning the best jazz vocal performance award in 1998 for album 'I Remember Miles', dedicated to friend and mentor Miles Davis. Always critically respected, she finally became a star in the nineties when she released a series of albums for Verve Records. Accompanying herself on keyboard, she became known for her distinctive, whispery vocals, and became a major influence on younger artists such as Norah Jones.

Horn, who was unable to take up a music scholarship at the Juilliard School due to financial difficulties, went on to study music at Howard University, and began her career in the late fifties as a pianist in local restaurants and nightclubs. In 1960 she recorded her first album 'Embers And Ashes', and after hearing that recording, Miles Davis persuaded her to open for him in New York. Her subsequent performances led to a contract with Mercury Records. She released few albums over the years, and it was not until the late eighties when her relationship with PolyGram imprint Verve began, that she began a prolific period of productivity. She toured very little, preferring to stay in her home town of Washington with her family. She is survived by her husband, Shep Deering, her daughter, and two grandsons.

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CHART UPDATE
Well, McFly may not have topped the chart with their new single 'I Wanna Hold You', but there are still plenty of smiling faces in the CMU HQ this morning given that, following midweek indications they were selling well, the Domino signed Artic Monkeys have gone straight in at number one with their rather wonderful debut single 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor', and hurrah to that.

Artic Monkeys push the Sugababes back into second place in this week's single chart, with the aforementioned McFly in at three. Other new entries run thus: Danni Minogue & Soul Seekerz at 11 with 'Perfection', Love Bites at 13 with 'You Broke My Heart', the Littl'ans featuring some bloke called Pete Doherty at 22 with 'Their Way', Kooks with 'Sofa Song' at 28, Lethal Bizzle with 'Fire' at 34 and Da Playaz vs Clea with 'We Don't Have To Take Out Clothes Off' at 35.

Albums wise, Prodigy go straight in at one with their greatest hits, while Simply Red's latest self released album 'Simplified' goes in at 3. Then you've got Depeche Mode with 'Playing The Angel' at 6, Michael Ball with 'Music' at 11, Starsailor with 'On The Outside' at 13, Michael Bolton with a best of at 18, Aled Jones with some 'New Horizons' at 21, Stevie Wonder with 'A Time 2 Love' at 24, Rick Astley (yep, he's back) with 'Portrait' at 26 and Rachel Stevens with 'Come And Get It' at 28 (a disappointing entry position for Polydor, presumably). Oh yes, and Goldfrapp appears back in at 37 with 'Supernature'. Lovely.

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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 **. Artist of the week this week is the wonderful El Presidente.

A LIST
Audio Bullys - I'm In Love (EMI/Virgin)
El Presidente - Rocket (One Records)
Feeder - Shatter (Echo)
**Goldfrapp - Number 1 (EMI/Mute)
Happy Mondays - Playground Superstar (Big Brother)
Maximo Park - Apply Some Pressure (Warp)
**Pharrell Williams - Can I Have It Like That (EMI/Virgin)
Robbie Williams - Tripping (EMI)
Starsailor - In The Crossfire (EMI)
The Magic Numbers - Love's A Game (EMI/Heavenly)

B LIST
**Arctic Monkeys - Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor (Domino)
Littl'ans Feat. Pete Doherty - Their Way (Rough Trade)
Louie - Trees (Loaded Dice)
**Mattafix - Passer By (Beegood)
Proof - Gurlz Wit Tha Boom (Iron Fist)
Pure Reason Revolution - The Intention Craft (SonyBMG)
Rifles - Local Boy (Right Hook)
**Sevendust - Ugly (Winedark)
**Stereo MCs - Paradise (Graffiti)
The Beauty Shop - A Desperate Cry For Help (Snapper)
The Gagas - Crash And Burn (Crisis Media)
**The Glitterati - Back In Power (Warners/Atlantic)
The Kooks - Sofa Song (EMI/Virgin)
Tiga Feat. Jake Shears - You Gonna Want Me (PIAS)
**Towers Of London - How Rude She Was (TVT)
The White Rose Movement - Alsation (Independiente)

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THIS WEEK'S STUDENT RADIO CHART
1. [1] Artic Monkey - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor (Domino)
2. [2] Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To (Domino)
3. [3] Bloc Party - 2 More Years (V2/Wichita)
4. [NE] The Dandy Warhols - Honey (EMI/Parlophone)
5. [NE] Kaiser Chiefs - Modern Girl (B-unique)
6. [12] Maximo Park - Apply Some Pressure (Warp)
7. [10] Audio Bullys - I'm In Love (EMI/Virgin)
8. [4] Editors - Bullets (Kitchenware)
9. [24] Starsailor - In The Crossfire (EMI)
10. [5] Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Rough Trade)
11. [19] The Magic Numbers - Love's A Game (EMI/Heavenly)
12. [7] Sugababes - Push The Button (Universal/Island)
13. [11] Feeder - Shatter (Echo)
14. [18] El Presidente - Rocket (SonyBMG)
15. [NE] LCD Soundsystem - Tribulations (DFA)
16. [NE] U2 - All Because Of You (Universal/Island)
17. [26] The Cardigans - I Need Some Fine Wine (Universal/Polydor)
18. [21] Robbie Williams - Tripping (EMI)
19. [14] We Are Scientists - The Great Escape (EMI/Virgin)
20. [NE] Green Day - Jesus Of Suburbia (Warners/Reprise)
21. [NE] Louis XIV - Finding Out True Love Is Blind (Warners/Atlantic)
22. [NE] Son Of Dork - Ticket Outta Loserville (Universal/Mercury)
23. [13] Nine Black Alps - Unsatisfied (Universal/Island)
24. [NE] Gemma Hayes - Happy Sad (EMI/Source)
25. [NE] The Rakes - 22 Grand Job (V2)
26. [NE] Brakes - Ring A Ding Ding (Rough Trade)
27. [NE] Tiga - You Gonna Want Me (Pias)
28. [NE] Fightstar - Grand Unification (Part 1) (Universal/Island)
29. [NE] Mcfly - I Wanna Hold You (Universal/Island)
30. [NE] The Subways - With You (Warners)

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JAMES BLUNT HAS BIGGEST SELLING ALBUM OF THE YEAR SHOCKER
Well, it's no surprise, is it, the way it's been hovering at the top of the album charts for what feels like a decade? So yes, James Blunt's 'Back to Bedlam' is the biggest selling album of the year so far. I have a like-loathe relationship with Mr Blunt (I'm sure he feels the same about me), but today I love him. Because his 1.53million-copy-selling debut has pushed Coldplay's terminally dreary 'X & Y' into the number 2 spot. Well done, James. CMU salutes you.

Kaiser Chiefs came in third in album sales with 'Employment'. In single sales, meanwhile, James Blunt rears his not-pretty-but-not-ugly head again, appearing near the top with that song that's begun to make me feel a bit tired, 'You're Beautiful', but denied a double whammy by that confounded Crazy Frog with his 'Axel F' cover, and the lovely Tony Christie's 'Amarillo'.

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JACKSON TO NEVER LAND AT NEVERLAND
Sorry about that headline, I couldn't help myself. Anyway, Michael Jackson is apparently never to return to his Neverland ranch, having fallen in love with Bahrain during his summer stay there, as long term guest of the state's Crown Prince Sheik Salman Ibn Hamed Khalifa.

The lawyer who needs no introduction, Thomas Mesereau, apparently says "He's moving on in life. He's living permanently in Bahrain. He has friends there who have been very loyal and helpful to him in a difficult period of his life," adding "He looks really well." He did, however, refuse to say whether Jackson intends to sell Neverland or not.

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KAISER CHIEFS AND FOO FIGHTERS SUPER TOGETHER
Kaiser Chiefs and Foo Fighters formed an impromptu supergroup on tour in the US recently, but chief Kaiser Ricky Wilson was in bed and missed the fun.

Speaking to MTV news, the singer said "People say, 'Dave Grohl, really nice guy,' but he genuinely is the nicest guy I've met in a long time. The other night I'd gone to bed, but Nick [Hodgson - drummer] and Simon [Rix - bassist] were going to a pub across the road from the venue and it was after the Foo Fighters had played and you can imagine the pub near the venue is just full of people at the end of show, right? And Dave Grohl goes with them and just walks up and has a drink. And then apparently there were these two acoustic guitar guys and Dave did 'Everlong' with one of the guys, and it's like the best moment of the guy's life. And then Nick, Simon and Dave played 'I Predict a Riot' in this bar. Yeah, that was the wrong night to take an early night."

Wilson also explained the inspiration for his band's latest video for upcoming single release 'Modern Way', due out on 7 Nov. "It's about this guy that I saw in Covent Garden in London and he just did this trick with a tennis ball and all it is is like balancing on his head. And I thought, wouldn't it be great if he keeps doing it and he keeps getting better at it until he's the best he can possibly be? And then he gets noticed and goes from the streets to playing at a cabaret club and then he gets on TV and then he gets his own show on TV and then at the end we're playing on his show."

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DYLAN WRITES NEW TRACK FOR DYLAN SOUNDTRACKED FLICK
Bob Dylan has written and recorded a brand new song, 'Tell Ol' Bill', for a new film that takes its title from a classic Dylan track. 'North Country', which stars Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sissy Spacek and Woody Harrelson, is named for Dylan song 'Girl From The North Country', and features a whole host of Bob favourites in its soundtrack, including 'Lay Lady Lay' and 'Sweetheart Like You'.

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GALLAGHER LETS KASABIAN USE HIS STUDIO
I thought this lot were supposed to be working together anyway? Okay, well, it would seem that Kasabian are due to get cracking on the recording of their new album, but the studio where they recorded their first album is no longer in use, and God knows, studios are hard to come by; there can't be more than a couple of hundred in the Greater London area alone.

Thank God for Noel Gallagher, superhero, then, for sorting the Kasabian kids out with a new place to work. The band's Tom Meighan is quoted by The Star as saying "Noel's sorting us out with his studio for free - what a zone. Him and Liam are proper boys. We've just come back off tour with them and our bands just buzz off each other. We look at them on stage in awe, but Liam's told us we inspire them too, which is big. He told me that over the past ten years, we're the only band that can go on tour and have it with them. Us lot are mates for life now."

He continued: "We'll have the next album ready by March. It'll be fucking amazing. There's no one out there to touch us now apart from Oasis."

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WELL, THAT'S US TOLD, THEN
Van Halen manager Irving Azoff has apparently quashed those reports that the band were to follow INXS down the route of rock reality and to recruit a new member by way of a second series of 'Rock Star'. Industry site hitsdailydouble.com claim that Azoff gave them this quote when questioned about the reports: "Right after I eat this bar of shit in my pocket. No one talked to any of us." Tee Hee.

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JAM DRUMMER MAKES TRIBUTE TO HIMSELF
Oh, it's not as bad as it sounds. Former Jam drummer Rick Buckler is to appear as part of a Jam covers group calling itself 'The Gift' in reference to the band's final album. The Gift Featuring Rick Buckler Of The Jam are to play Islington Academy on 23 Nov and are also planning a tour for next year. Buckler's spokesman told Ananova "The title of the band is both a nod towards the last Jam album and Rick's gift in return to all Jam fans. The Gift are both proud and excited about going out and playing The Jam's back catalogue."

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COCKER'S ALBUM PLANS STOPPED BY ROWLING
She's a bit of a killjoy that Joanne Rowling, isn't she? It must be all that money making her miserable. Now, according to reports, she's stopped Jarvis Cocker from releasing an album featuring music he wrote and which he and Radiohead kids Phil Selway and Johnny Greenwood performed when they appeared in the most recent Harry Potter film as fictional band 'The Wyrd Sisters'.

Contactmusic quote an insider as saying: "Jarvis was really disappointed as he thought the songs were very good and wanted to release an album. He was upset as JK put her foot down and wouldn't allow it. She thought a group releasing CDs separately would confuse children."

Oh, alright, she's not a killjoy, Potterfans. But Phillip Pullman's better. So there.

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KYLIE DENIES VARIOUS REPORTS
Kylie Minogue's managers have denied reports that the singer is suffering from "dramatic weight loss" and is desperately searching for "alternative therapy" in her battle against breast cancer. A statement said Kylie is "in good spirits and is as healthy as can be expected" despite "the wealth of rumours to the contrary". Kylie's representatives said that she did not want her fellow cancer sufferers "to be misguided by the false stories regarding her condition and her choice of doctors." Which is probably quite sensible.

The talk, of course, was that she plans to see a holistic medicine guru, Dr Nishi Joshi, whilst other rumours are dwelling on the speculation that singer's weight has dropped to six stone, which people are seeing as a sinister development. They seem to have forgotten that she is less than five feet tall, and that her recommended body weight is probably only just over seven stone. And one would, frankly, expect her to lose a fair amount of weight as a result of chemo because it makes you throw up a lot. Idiots.

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WATERLOO VOTED BEST EUROVISION SONG EVER SHOCKER
It's not a huge surprise that 'Waterloo' was voted the best song on the fifty year history of the Eurovision song contest, but I am surprised and disappointed that Bucks Fizz's 'Making Your Mind Up' wasn't in the top five. As you may know, a fiftieth birthday celebration for the Song Contenst was held at the weekend in Copenhagen, with many former acts returning to relive their former, er, glory. Dana International, Johnny Logan, the glorious Brotherhood of Man and the aforementioned Bucks Fizz were there, but the members of Abba didn't attend, presumably because they are no longer members of Abba.

Anyway, the public voted on a shortlist of 14 and came up with this top five. Unbelievably, this year's appalling, yet winning, entry made it to number four:

1: Waterloo - Abba, Sweden, 1974
2: Nel Blu, Di Pinto Di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno, Italy, 1958
3: Hold Me Now - Johnny Logan, Ireland, 1987
4: My Number One - Helena Paparizou, Greece, 2005
5: Save Your Kisses For Me - Brotherhood Of Man, UK, 1976

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4TUNE SAY IT'S NOT ABOUT THE TALENT
And they're right. It's not about the talent. Far more talented X-Factor contestants were shown the door at a much earlier stage. It's just one big marketing mystery.

Anyway, boyband 4Tune, who got booted from the TV talent show on Saturday, say that they got in the way of personal vendettas between the judges, and that their ejection was nothing to do with their talent, or lack of it. Of course, that doesn't really account for why they found themselves in the last two and therefore facing eviction from the contest.

Loser Mike Hannides said "It seems it's not based on talent this year. It's based on the judges," whilst
Bandmate Phil Kemish added "It feels like a personal vendetta". A third member, Anthony Hannides said "I felt it was personal rather than about our performance".

4Tune's comments follow those made last week by Addictiv Ladies, of course, in which the girl band claimed they had been kicked off the show because Louis Walsh wanted to piss off Simon Cowell, and not because they were the less talented of the two acts up for eviction.

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JAMELIA HAS ANOTHER BABY
The lovely Jamelia has given birth to a baby girl. It's her second child, but her first with current boyfriend, Gillingham footballer Darren Byfield. "Darren, Teja, my first daughter and I are over the moon," she said.

Last month she said: "Every boy's name I suggest, Darren can think of a footballer with the same name and he doesn't want to name his child after any footballers. So I'm just hoping for a sister for Teja - at least we agree on girls' names."

So there you go. She got her wish.

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PICTURES OF BABY SPEARS FEDERLINE STOLEN
Pictures of Britney Spears with her month old baby have appeared on the internet after being stolen from a shoot. Don't bother to go looking for them, however, as they have now been removed after the singer threatened legal action.

A statement from Britney's management said "Anyone who publishes, sells or otherwise exploits any of these images in any way will be subject to liability and damages for willful infringement of copyright."

And will of course, decrease the monetary value of any exclusive photo-shoots the popstrel had planned. Cynical? Moi?

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