CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 11th November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- SonyBMG face US lawsuits over anti-piracy software
- DJ sues West back
- kd lang sues former manager
- Sigel spends some time in gaol
- Album review: Various Artists - Fabric 25 mixed by Carl Craig
- MBF announce songwriting winner
- TV Hits launch awards
- Aretha Franklin awarded top US civilian honour
- Green Day criticise US administration
- Interpol record stuff for download
- Goldie Lookin Chain go Hollyoaks
- Fugees reschedule show
- Album review: Clearlake - Amber
- One man band festival next month
- Snowbombing announces 2006 festival lineup
- Students vote to win Bravery
- The case for harmonious copyrights - or not
- Warner reveal more on digital label
- Bertelsmann booms while its record company struggles
- Olympus drop MP3 player ambitions
- Five speed up plans for digital venture
- HHC put virtual Fiddy on the cover
- New fanzine launches with UK-wide events
- Album review: Azuli Silver/Black-Best Of 2005
- Hendrix doc gets special edition release
- Hard-Fi say they've been very busy
- Stefani in no doubt over No Doubt
- Pink fancies Kelly, IDST
- Doherty loses passport shocker
- Bunton says no more mini skirts
- TV Hits awards music nominations in full

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: HUM FOURTH BIRTHDAY AT SEONE
CMU and Hum promoters Leyline are good friends - that's no secret - but I really am tipping this purely on the strength of the night. The nice chap and brilliant breakster Rennie Pilgrem and his TCR label are the co-hosts of this one, and they will be celebrating both Hum's fourth birthday and TCR's 100th release - two events that conveniently coincide. At this large back-in-the-day warehouse feel club, JDS, Tayo, Dylan Rhymes and the Diverted DJs will be firing up the main room, while Will Saul and Precision Cuts will be doing their thing in the 'chill' out room. I am using the loosest definition of 'chill out' room here -Saul knows how to rock it and, still riding high on his quality album on Simple records, will be more than delivering the goods, so make sure you check out both bits of the Hum party, they'll both be on fire.

HUM, Saturday 12 Nov, seOne, London, Weston Street, London Bridge SE1 3QX, 10pm - 6am, £9 (£6 if guest list in advance at http://www.leylinepromotions.com/hum), press info from Leyline and http://www.tcr.uk.com

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SONYBMG FACE US LAWSUITS OVER ANTI-PIRACY SOFTWARE
Following the news that SonyBMG may face criminal charges in Italy over the use of that dodgy anti-piracy software, now the major is facing a lawsuit in California, while reports suggest more litigation may be launched in New York any day now and digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation is also investigating the possibility of launching legal action.

As previously reported, the major label has come in for increasing criticism for their use of the so called 'rootkit' style copy protection software ever since Windows expert Mark Russinovich revealed that the software acted like a virus, could harm computers and was all but impossible to uninstall once it had found its way onto your computer.

The Californian lawsuit aims to stop SonyBMG from selling protected CDs in the future, as well as seeking compensation for those consumers who inserted CDs containing this particular anti-piracy tool into their computers. According to the Washington Post, the lawsuit claims the major label broke three Californian laws in using the technology.

Meanwhile the EFF, while considering their own legal action, has released a list of CDs it says have the offended anti-piracy software installed. So if you've been playing any of these on your PC recently your computer may well be infected. While the risks of having the software installed on your computer are so far theoretical, you might want to download some new anti-virus software - which is pretty much the only way to uninstall it. The CDs in question as follows:

Trey Anastasio - Shine
Celine Dion - On Ne Change Pas
Neil Diamond - 12 Songs
Our Lady Peace - Healthy In Paranoid Times
Chris Botti - To Love Again
Van Zant - Get Right With The Man
Switchfoot - Nothing Is Sound
The Coral - The Invisible Invasion
Acceptance - Phantoms
Susie Suh - Susie Suh
Amerie - Touch
Life of Agony - Broken Valley
Horace Silver Quintet - Silver's Blue
Gerry Mulligan - Jeru
Dexter Gordon - Manhattan Symphonie
The Bad Plus - Suspicious Activity
The Dead 60s - The Dead 60s
Dion - The Essential Dion
Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten
Ricky Martin - Life

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DJ SUES WEST BACK
Staying with the pop courts, and the DJ being sued by Kanye West has launched a counter-lawsuit. As previously reported, West is suing Eric 'E-Smoove' Miller over his attempts to sell ten tracks that they collaborated on in the mid-1990s. Miller claims he has a contract which allows him to distribute the work, but West disagrees. West's legal action sought to stop Miller from selling or distributing the tracks in question, while Miller's counter-suit wants the courts to confirm he is allowed to profit from the recordings. No response from West's people as yet to the new legal action, and also no word on when this case should reach court.

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KD LANG SUES FORMER MANAGER
More legal things, and singer kd lang is suing the manager that represented her interests from 1990 until September. Lang claims Annabel Lapp drew cheques from her business bank account without permission, even after her contract was cancelled earlier this year.

She also alleges that Lapp is now preventing her from calculating how much she has lost in this way by withholding vital financial records. Lapp has apparently only returned files relating to the last two years of lang's career, and not the previous thirteen years when she was managing the singer's affairs.

Lang's lawsuit, filed at the LA Superior Court, names Lapp, her company Annabel Lapp Group and one of her employees, Dina Correale, and is seeking unspecified compensation and damages.

As yet Lapp has not commented on the lawsuit or lang's claims.

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SIGEL SPENDS SOME TIME IN GAOL
Even more legal things, and Beanie Sigel was sent to prison this week - for about an hour. The rapper was sentenced in family court to six months detention unless support payments of $26,000 were made to the two mothers of his children, and he was immediately imprisoned. Sigel paid the money within an hour of being detained, and an additional $2,000 in fines, before being released.

In court Sigel claimed that he has made cash payments to the babymothers involved, but has no record to prove it, whilst his lawyer Walter McHugh also argued that Sigel has not been earning enough money to pay the support because he has been under house arrest, in drug rehab or in prison for much of the past two years. Maria McLaughlin, the DA judging the case, however, noted that Sigel donated $5,000 in August for a reward in a high-profile missing-person case. McHugh claimed the reward money was only donated in Sigel's name, and went on to contend that prosecutors were only now pursuing the child-support case more vigorously because Sigel was acquitted two months ago of a 2003 shooting. McLaughlin said that claim was "insulting."

As previously reported, Sigel, born Dwight Grant, has a long history of staying on the wrong side of the law. He left prison in August after serving just short of a year on a federal weapons charge, and was found not guilty in September this year of the charge that he nearly shot a man to death in Philadelphia back in 2003.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various Artists - Fabric 25 mixed by Carl Craig (Fabric)
The sheer quality and the output frequency of the Fabric compos continues to surprise me. On the latest, Detroit genius Carl Craig steps in. An innovator from a techno background, I have seen him play at the Bridge And Tunnel to 150 people, and also rock Turnmills. Here he throws in 18 pretty cool cuts and that tune I keep rabbiting on and on about is here - 'Bar A Thyme' by Kerri Chandler - which clearly shows that the man has his finger on the pulse, even if he has taken the bpms lower. 'Precious Love' is also in here as a dub mix, followed by Kenny Larkin's infectious 'Good God', Jupita's 'Megablast', which takes it deeper, and a touch of afrobeat with 'Imbalaye' by Africanism. 'Alive' by D'Malicious is a very Craig track, techno with soul. His own track 'Darkness' fits in well towards the end of the mix, which finishes with Dixon's 'Blade Dancer' rework. A good effort from one of Motor City's finest, and an accurate representation of his musical taste. PV
Release date: 14 Nov
Press contact: Fabric IH [all]

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MBF ANNOUNCE SONGWRITING WINNER
Gosh, it's been a very busy week for awards. And yes, here's some more awards news for you. The Musicians Benevolent Fund has announced that Matthew Murphy from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and his band The Wombats have won their annual Songwriting Award.

The award is open to any musician currently studying a popular or commercial music degree course, and seven young songwriters performed at a final in London earlier this week. A judging panel including top songwriting names like Guy Chambers and Cathy Dennis picked Murphy from those seven bands, with Dennis telling reporters: "For me, judging from a lyrical and musical level, they were clear winners. Musically, they were very current and interesting and lyrically the only ones who were really original... 'The Ostrich Song' was enough to make anyone's ears prick up."

The band now win a £4000 prize which they plan to use to fund an upcoming tour and the recording of an EP. More info on the awards from Rosalind Parry at the MBF - rparry@mbf.org.uk.

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TV HITS LAUNCH AWARDS
Talking of awards, TV Hits magazine have announced the shortlists for their annual reader-voted awards, which is interesting, because I didn't know TV Hits still existed. We're not just reporting on these because McFly appear quite frequently on the lists, though they do. Anyone can vote in the awards at the website http://tvhitsmagazine.co.uk, though they ask for a lot of personal information and you'll have to decide on what your favourite mobile wallpaper of 2005 was, so I'm not sure I'd bother. The results will be announced in the February edition of the magazine, out in early January. Full list of music category nominations are at the bottom of today's CMU Daily.

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ARETHA FRANKLIN AWARDED TOP US CIVILIAN HONOUR
A very different kind of award now. Soul legend Aretha Franklin has been awarded America's highest civilian honour - the Presidential Medal Of Freedom For Achievement In The Arts. She received her medal from President Bush at a ceremony at the White House.

Presenting the award Bush said: "Generations of Americans have stood in wonder at the style and voice of Aretha Franklin. The 'Queen of Soul' has been a singer all her life, thanks to the early encouragement of her mother, Barbara, and her father, the Reverend CL Franklin. They raised their daughter to be a woman of achievement, deep character and a loving heart".

The president continued by referencing an unnamed record label executive who had told him: "Aretha is still the best singer in the world, bar none. She finds meanings in lyrics that the composers didn't even know they had."

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GREEN DAY CRITICISE US ADMINISTRATION
Hey, we got through a whole story involving George Bush there without being critical, did you notice that. Well, let's let Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong to the Bush-bashing shall we? According to breakingnews.ie, Armstrong has been dissing his President some more, saying: "This is the worst US administration in our history, and disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the war have been so mishandled."

Green Day are working on a film spin-off to their anti-Bush album 'American Idiot' and Armstrong thinks recent events make its message more pertinent than ever. In fact, he said this: "It reflects the message of 'American Idiot', which makes our planned movie more relevant than ever."

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INTERPOL RECORD STUFF FOR DOWNLOAD
Interpol have recorded new versions of four of their tracks, to be released as part of an exclusive download which will go on sale through iTunes on Monday. The four tracks are 'Evil', 'Length of Love', 'C'mere' and 'Public Pervert', all of which appear on the band's 2004 album 'Antics'.

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GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN GO HOLLYOAKS
Everyone's favourite Newport boys, Goldie Lookin Chain, are to make a guest appearance on stilted soap opera Hollyoaks next month. The group will feature in one of those late night editions of the show (not hugely surprising, that), entitled 'Hollyoaks: Let Loose', to be aired 12 Dec. Apparently the lads get involved in a fight, so it's probably worth sitting through the appallingly bad script for.

And elsewhere in GLC related news, the band go on tour in Wales later this month to coincide with the release of new single, the highly amusing 'R&B', which is out on 21 Nov. Which is all very well, but the chances of me being able to make a special trip to Aberystwyth are pretty slim. Here are the dates, however.

21 Nov: Blackwood Miner's Institute
22 Nov: Swansea Patti Pavilion
23 Nov: Bangor University
24 Nov: Aberystwyth University
25 Nov: Bridgend Recreation Centre
26 Nov: Wrexham Central Station
27 Nov: Brecon Market Hall

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FUGEES RESCHEDULE SHOW
The Fugees have been forced to reschedule one of their London tour dates, originally planned for the end of the month. As previously reported, the newly reformed band were to play a gig at Hammersmith Apollo on 25 Nov, but will now appear there on 15 Dec. Tickets already issued for the 15 Nov will be valid for the new date.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Clearlake - Amber (Domino)
Criminally overlooked by the media and record-buying public since they lit up the sky with the ace 'Winterlight' single in 2001, Clearlake return with a fiery, ambitious, third album that's every bit as good as its predecessors and arguably the best example of their manifesto yet. Although the louder guitars and primordial drumming of 'No Kind Of Life' (amongst others) suggest a strong garage rock influence, it soon becomes clear that this is just another string to their bow. Typically eclectic, at the core of Clearlake's oeuvre remain the quirky, slightly off-kilter, quintessentially English songs evocative of Pulp, Mansun, Suede, Rialto and (in particular), early Blur. British Sea Power are their nearest kindred spirits in the modern age, but Clearlake, quite frankly, have got the better songs. Singer Jason Pegg distills the spirit of great wandering minds like Syd Barrett and Julian Cope into his vocals and lyrics; the songs are by turns childlike and menacing, tense and dreamy, funny and sad. 'Amber' reaches its giddy peak with the final two songs: the psychedelic apocalypse of 'Widescreen' is exactly as its title suggests (yet at five minutes, doesn't outstay its welcome) whilst the closing 'It's Getting Light Outside' (all Spector-esque drums and sugary sweet strings) is simply delightful and one of the best things they've done. Don't leave them out in the cold any longer. MS
Release date: Jan 2006
Press contact: Domino IH [all]

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ONE MAN BAND FESTIVAL NEXT MONTH
London's first ever one man band festival launches in London next month. The Spitz Festival Of One Man Bands takes place from 1 - 10 Dec at The Spitz, as you might expect, and sees contributions from such artists as Bob Log III - he comes recommended by Tom Waits - and Son Of Dave, recently seen on Jools Holland. Prices for each of the events vary, but you can get a season ticket for £30. Here are some details:

Thu 1 Dec
Bob Log III, Mr Bonz, Honkeyfinger (in association with Not the Same Old Blues Crap), £15

Sun 4 Dec
Duke Special, Thomas Truax, Manyfingers, £10

Fri 9 Dec
Son Of Dave, Ray Stubbs & His Amazing One Man Blues Band, Tom Rodwell, £10

Sat 10 Dec
Closing Show all-dayer: Deltahead, Dennis HC, Zack Parish, John Crampton, Parkbench DJ, more to be announced, 4pm, £10

You can read more detail about the acts involved in the listings bit of the Spitz website, which is here, http://spitz.co.uk/venue.htm. Press info from Seb Emina, seb@spitz.co.uk

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SNOWBOMBING ANNOUNCES 2006 FESTIVAL LINEUP
Snowbombing, Europe's biggest ski, board and music festival, don't you know, is taking place this year from 2 - 8 Apr in Mayrhofen, Austria, and organisers have announced a preliminary list of acts that includes Dave Clarke, London Elektricity, Norman Jay, The Cuban Brothers, Meat Katie, Justin Robertson, Bugz In The Attic, DJ Yoda, Krafty Kuts, High Contrast and Kid Carpet.

As the press release points out, there's no mud, no tents, no flooding, but there is pure driven snow, four star hotels, spas, saunas, not to mention lots and lots of parties. It sounds like it'll be a classy week for anyone that can afford it, and, they tell us, packages start at £219, so it's possible that quite a few of you can. See more at http://www.snowbombing.com and get your press info from kate.doyle@snowbombing.com

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STUDENTS VOTE TO WIN BRAVERY
Student fans of The Bravery can currently vote for the chance to get the band to play at their university, courtesy of a Samsung promotion. Fans can go to http://www.bandonyourcampus.com and register a vote, and the university with the highest count will get an exclusive set from the band at their campus. So all get voting. If you're a student whose university is involved in the promotion.

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THE CASE FOR HARMONIOUS COPYRIGHTS - OR NOT
The interesting thing about copyright is that the lawyers and licensing people who work in it find it fascinating, while everyone else finds it mind-numbingly dull. Which is actually a bit of a problem because we really need to educate the masses about the importance and reality of copyright, but to do so we need to find a simple consistent message that doesn't put everyone to sleep. Which means if there are two groups of people who should never work on promoting the issues of copyright, it's lawyers and licensing people. But alas, they are the ones normally charged with the task.

If you wanted proof of that little theory of mine, you'd have got it at the MusicTank conference on copyright, held in London yesterday.

Firstly, on the importance of delivering a clear consistent message to consumers, Emma Pike of British Music Rights, the body charged with the task of promoting copyright on behalf of the publishers, said just that in her opening address. "The concept of copyright is not in crisis," she told the conference, "but we all need to work in partnership - creators, music companies, technology companies and consumers - to better educate people as to what copyright is and why it exists".

As for the point about not letting those who work in copyright do the educating, well... MusicTank had put together an excellent panel of compelling speakers with refreshingly different opinions on the matter. Yet, despite that fact, as the same old issues started to loop round it was quite clear the different parts of the music industry were still struggling to deliver a consistent message, and as an innocent by-stander with only a passing interest in copyright law I have to say - I soon started to feel sleepy.

But enough of that - let's get on to one of the key discussions of the day - and something which I think even the least-copyright-concerned of the CMU Daily readership might be able to digest without dozing off - the inconsistency between the copyrights that British law offers songwriters and singers.

The copyright owned by a record label and their artists on a sound recording lasts fifty years from release, of course, while a songwriter has a copyright on the songs they write not just for their whole lifetime, but for 70 years after death (well, I guess the copyright then belongs to the songwriters heirs, but you know what I mean). This anomaly was caused by a quirk of copyright history, and is something BPI chief Peter Jamieson thinks needs to be addressed.

"The key issue for me is harmony," Jamieson said in his opening address. "Publishers and songwriters have rights for life, and their children's lives, an artist and their record label only have fifty years. Yet songwriters rely on recordings to promote their work, and recordings involve the biggest investment. It is simply unfair for that difference in copyright to exist".

While artist managers and record labels differ in opinion in many areas of copyright, on this one they are very much united. Speaking for the Music Managers Forum, David Stopps supported the BPI's viewpoint: "We can see no reason why the protection for recordings is different to author rights. It came about for historic reasons - but that is no reason for it to remain that way. Is a copyright for 70 years after death too long? Possibly. But there is no reason for the difference between recording and publishing rights".

However, don't go thinking there is complete consensus on this issue - though those that question the logic of copyright harmony generally come more from the academic world than the commercial music industry. But Cory Doctorow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation was keen to stress that the case for harmony in music copyright wasn't clear cut. "Copyright should be calculated according to what's good for the cultural world in terms of providing a framework and incentive for original works. Different kinds of output require different incentives and rewards - so there is nothing wrong with there being differences in the kinds of copyright the law makes available".

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WARNER REVEAL MORE ON DIGITAL LABEL
More on the plans by Warner Music to launch a digital-only record label which will focus on smaller but more frequent digital releases. The venture is to be called Cordless Records and will be headed up by Jac Holzman. Artists signed to the label will release regular digital 2-3 track EPs which will be sold via all the major download platforms. Perhaps most unusually, artists who work with the label will maintain rights to their masters, which means Cordless might attract established as well as newer talent. Commenting on the new venture, long time industry man Holzman told reporters: "When we started to think about Cordless, certain lessons from the past kept returning to me. The close, creative relationship with artists and their fanbase by frequent release of records, keeping costs low and having a methodology that would let us use our medium to introduce our material to more fans."

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BERTLESMANN BOOMS WHILE ITS RECORD COMPANY STRUGGLES
Good financials over at German media conglom Bertelsmann, whose net income is three times up on this time last year, with revenues up 12% to 12.28 billion euros. The notable exception to all that good financial news is its music division - BMG having suffered since its merger with Sony. The fact the music company, controlled by former Sony exec Andy Lack, is not performing so well while the parent company booms is sure to further convince Bertlesmann execs that Lack has to go when his current contract runs out. Though officially the German company still deny any friction in their music partnership with the Sony Corp, saying of their record company simply: "We expect a substantial pickup in the fourth quarter".

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OLYMPUS DROP MP3 PLAYER AMBITIONS
Olympus is bowing out of the digital music space. As previously reported, they launched their own range of portable music players earlier this year, with a considerable marketing push for their combined music-player-come-camera - the m:robe. However, the electronics firm says it is "unable to keep up with stronger players, such as Apple and Sony" and as a result is ceasing to manufacture players.

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FIVE SPEED UP PLANS FOR DIGITAL VENTURE
Five is reportedly speeding up its plans to launch a digital spin off channel. Apparently the network's programme director, Dan Chambers, is currently considering three possible angles for the spin-off: movies, Living TV style female-skewed programming or another general entertainment thing. Which ever format he decides to go with, it seems likely kids strand Milkshake will get a share of the new channel.

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HHC PUT VIRTUAL FIDDY ON THE COVER
The new edition of Hip Hop Connection comes with a video game version of 50 Cent and his G:Unit - and HHC's publishers reckon it is the first time a national music magazine have featured a video game character on its cover, even if said character is also a best selling rap star! The cover marks the release of the new '50 Cent: Bulletproof' video game by Vivendi Universal and includes an interview with Fiddy talking about his ambitions in the gaming world. The magazine's out now, the game is released on 25 Nov.

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NEW FANZINE LAUNCHES WITH UK-WIDE EVENTS
A new nationally distributed 'fanzine' will stage nine simultaneous launch events on 19 Dec - with events planned in London, Newcastle, Birmingham, Doncaster, Blythe, Swindon, Brighton, Truro and Wrexham. The magazine is called Noize Market and will be distributed in venues around the country. The launch events are perhaps particularly interesting because they are being staged by a network of music fans who met via the internet - only two of whom have so far met in person! More info at http://www.noizemarket.com.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Azuli Silver/Black- Best of 2005 (Azuli)
Following a successful first season at El Divino, Ibiza, veteran house label Azuli have here thrown together the best of it, available only in downloadable form. It blends the Silver and Black breeds for which Azuli is renowned; Azuli Silver defined as 'traditional Azuli vocal house with melody and beats', and Azuli Black as 'the harder electronic house sound with edge and attitude'. It's certainly heavy on the former, with plenty of cheesy soul vocals that hark back to the early days of house, though now sound pretty dated. Fortunately, when the album puts its best foot forward-that is, its black one-the effect is potent. DJ Oliver and Irtman's 'Atlantica' packs a decent punch, squealing synth and high bpm beat building into something sturdy but extremely uplifting. As there's latin spirit in all of us, Afro Medusa's 'Pasilda' is a winner with its percussive, bossa-nova-ish Rio-tinge. The mood leans more towards techno in Divided Souls' 'The Walk', departing from the camp pop of the Silver stuff, while keeping a New Romantics-esque vocal backdrop. The original club mix of Chab's 'Closer to Me' leans even further that way, hitting hard with a lone trance rhythm at first, then escalating into the melody that has seen so many remixes this year. It makes for a standard Ibiza experience, championing the staples of exalted wailing divas, snare-roll build-ups and big beats. An album to let wash over you, not one to dissect. WE
Release Date: 14 Nov
Press Contact: Sliding Doors [all]

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HENDRIX DOC GETS SPECIAL EDITION RELEASE
Jo Boyd's 1973 documentary 'A Film About Jimi Hendrix' is to get a special edition two disc DVD release on 30 Jan. The film brings together a variety of iconic live footage with interviews with friends and colleagues. Songs making an appearance in the documentary include 'Hey Joe', 'Rock Me Baby', 'Like A Rolling Stone' and 'A Star Spangled Banner', and extras include a previously unseen performance of 'Stone Free' from the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival.

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HARD-FI SAY THEY'VE BEEN VERY BUSY
Hard-Fi frontman Richard Archer says his Mercury nominated band has already written 30 songs for a second album. He told XFM: "We've got about 30 songs written over the last year after the last album. But I don't know if they're any good yet. I'll have to sit down and have a look at 'em."

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STEFANI IN NO DOUBT OVER NO DOUBT
Gwen Stefani says she has every intention of going back into the studio with No Doubt, regardless of her recent solo success. According to NME.com, the singer doesn't know when she and her band will collaborate but indicated that she definitely intends to, saying "that's the plan. I really didn't know that it would take so long to make 'Love Angel Music Baby'. Then we ended up putting a greatest hits record out and that took up time. We went on tour. It was amazing. I never intended for this record to take so long, but I want to ride this wave while it's out there."

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PINK FANCIES KELLY, IDST
According to IOL.com, Pink thinks Kelly Osbourne is very attractive, although presumably not more attractive than her racer fiancé Carey Hart. "I think Kelly's straight, but she's really sexy", she's reported to have said, "I could eat her up."

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DOHERTY LOSES PASSPORT SHOCKER
Pete Doherty has lost his passport, and, if reports are true, is going a little mental about it, not least because it's stopping him from meeting up with Kate Moss who is currently working in New York. According to The Sun, Doherty was supposed to travel to NY last week.

One of The Sun's rentasources said: "Pete is furious about the passport. He thinks someone has pinched it so he can't meet up with Kate. He's driving himself, and everyone around him, loopy. He's been ringing up all his mates accusing them of taking it. He's paranoid and convinced some people are doing all they can to keep him from Kate. She isn't due back in the UK for a while and he's heartbroken that he can't go out to see her until he finds it."

Er, I know this seems a bit obvious, but can't he get a new one? I mean, they do let you have a new one if it gets lost or stolen. Unless, of course, the UK has suddenly turned into some police-state verging on tin-pot dictatorship. Hmmm.

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BUNTON SAYS NO MORE MINI SKIRTS
Emma Bunton says she's too old, at the ripe old age of 29, to be wearing mini-skirts and from now on she's not letting anyone get a shot of her thighs. According to The Sun, the former Baby Spice said: "I'm never wearing mini-skirts again. I hate those magazines where you see a picture of someone getting out of a car and they've circled the cellulite. I'd be mortified if they showed me like that. So I'm sticking to jeans from now on. Baby Spice is over - I'm getting too old to wear all those little outfits. They're too short and I don't feel comfortable in them any more."

It's probably for the best. I guess she can still wear them around the house.

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TV HITS AWARDS MUSIC NOMINATIONS IN FULL

Best UK Act: McFly, Robbie Williams, Kaiser Chiefs, Girls Aloud, Sugababes.

Best International Act: Green Day, Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, Beyonce, 50 Cent.

Best New Act: Charlotte Church, Son Of Dork, Rhianna, Love Bites, James Blunt.

Fave Single: Crazy Frog - Axel F, McFly - All About You, Charlotte Church - Crazy Chick, James Blunt - Beautiful, Pussycat Dolls - Don't Cha.

Fave Album: McFly - Wonderland, Sugababes - Taller In More Ways, Black Eyed Peas - Monkey Business, Charlotte Church - Tissues & Issues, Coldplay - X&Y.

Funniest Music Video: Backstreet Boys - Just Want You To Know, Fountains Of Wayne - Stacey's Mom, Peter Kay - Amarillo, GLC - Your Missus Is A Nutter, Eminem - Ass Like That.

Best Radio Show: Radio 1 Breakfast Show, Capital FM Breakfast Show, Xfm Drive Time with Lauren Laverne, Radio 1 Colin & Edith, Capital Disney - In On The Lake.

Catchiest Ringtone: Crazy Frog - Axel F, Rihanna - Pon de Replay, Bodyrockers - I Like the Way You Move, Nessie the Tiny Dragon - Dragon Love, Sweetie Chick - Tweet Tweet.

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