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In today's CMU Daily:
- IFPI say new Italian law will damage anti-piracy efforts
- SonyBMG board meet today - is Lack's future on the agenda?
- Carey dominates at incident-free Vibe awards
- Former girlfriend can sue Kiss man over documentary claims
- French courts back Malcolm McLaren in plagiarism case
- Fiddy 'saddened' over shooting
- Beck Guero remix delayed
- Pharrell delays album release
- Strokes plan secret world tour
- Upcoming download only Dylan
- KT Tunstall covers Dylan
- Cash's daughter not impressed with life story movie
- McCartney performance beamed into space
- New 'supergroup' looking for singer
- Chart update
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- Subshot playlist
- Leeds festival bus-goers raise ten grand for charity
- Smooth FM recruit Prever for breakfast
- Kaiser Wilson tired of being cheery
- Williams misses latest Take That reunion
- Louis gets rid of the talented one
- Waterman disses pop reality producers

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IFPI SAY NEW ITALIAN LAW WILL DAMAGE ANTI-PIRACY EFFORTS
The International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry has warned that a new Italian law passed last week will jeopardise attempts to combat music piracy in Italy, and will put the country out of line with international rules on intellectual property. As the legislation goes to the country's Senate for final approval, industry lobbyists are urging politicians to reconsider.

The legislation, called the Ex-Cirielli law, is concerned with how quickly criminal cases pending trial are automatically dismissed. The change would see the maximum period for cases to get to court cut from seven and a half to six years. This is a problem for those dealing with anti-music piracy cases which, as a general rule, seem to take a lot longer than six years to get to court. The change would mean of the 471 music piracy cases that were pending in 2004, 382 would have been dismissed.

IFPI chairman John Kennedy told reporters last week: "The Ex-Cirielli law deals a huge blow to the Italian music industry and to all IP industries in the country. This law totally undermines our ability to fight piracy in a nation with one of the highest rates of piracy in the developed world". Never one to sensationalise an issue, he continued: "This bill will erode investment in music, encourage organised crime, fuel corruption and cost the Italian government tens of millions of euros in lost revenue. It will bring Italy out of line with other European nations and put it firmly on the map as a pirate music market."

Enzo Mazza of the Federation Of The Italian Music Industry added: "This is an important setback in Italy's fight to tackle its longstanding piracy problems. It now seems ironic that we were the first country in Europe to introduce a law imposing fines for the purchase of counterfeit products. In addition, we strengthened the law against piracy in 2000 as well as adopting the Copyright Directive in 2002 and passing a new law, the Urbani decree, to help us combat online piracy. The new bill reverses the steady progress the Italian authorities have made through those measures. The new bill will turn into a general amnesty for the cases pending in the Italian Courts and will seriously impede any future anti-piracy criminal activity."

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SONYBMG BOARD MEET TODAY - IS LACK'S FUTURE ON THE AGENDA?
The SonyBMG board apparently meets in London later today, with top man Andy Lack expected to present his 2006 budget proposals. Gossipers are wondering if the big topic of the moment at the major label, Lack's future in the top job, will be discussed. As previously reported, the former BMG execs that make up half the SonyBMG board want to kick Lack out when his contract comes up for renewal. There a is rumour that there are discussions around the idea of former BMG boss Rolf Schmidt-Holtz taking on a more proactive role in running the company in order to placate the anti-Lack lobby, but others question the possibility of that ever happening - with some arguing that Schmidt-Holtz and Lack have too different a management style to work alongside each other on a day to day basis.

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CAREY DOMINATES AT INCIDENT-FREE VIBE AWARDS
So, how do you follow up an awards event that included a genuine hip hop bust up and a real stabbing? By doubling the number of security guards, I guess. Either way, with rapper Young Buck still awaiting trial relating to that stabbing incident at last year's event, this year's Vibe Awards passed without incident. Mariah Carey dominated the annual celebration of US hip hop and R&B, taking the awards for best R&B song and album, and being named Artist and R&B Voice Of The Year. Her dominance at the Vibe Awards confirmed Carey's comeback as part of the Def Jam fold after her disastrous 'Glitter' project for EMI back in 2001.

Needless to say, there was heightened security this time round, but everything seemed to run smoothly. The only dramas of the night were Carey's seemingly late arrival meaning she wasn't on hand to pick up her first award, and a slightly uneasy moment when The Game won the award for Hottest Hook for his track 'Hate It Or Love It', a collaboration with former associate and now bitter rival 50 Cent. Fortunately 50 Cent was not in attendance, and on collecting his award The Game chose not to reference his collaborator on the winning track.

Other winners on the night included Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley who won the Boomshot Award For Caribbean Music for 'Welcome To Jamrock', The Diplomats who were named Best Group and Mary J Blige who was presented with a VLegend award by producer Quincy Jones.

The full list of winners runs thus...
Artist of the Year: Mariah Carey
Album of the Year: Mariah Carey
R&B Voice of the Year: Mariah Carey
Best R&B Song: Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
Best Rapper: Kanye West
Next Award: Keyshia Cole
Coolest Collabo: Ciara featuring Ludacris - Oh
Street Anthem: TI - U Don't Know Me
Power Broker of the Year: Kevin Liles
Club Banger: Amerie - 1 Thing
Reelest Video: R Kelly - Trapped in the Closet (Chapters 1-5)
Hottest Hook: The Game featuring 50 Cent - Hate it or Love It
Video Goddess: Esther Baxter in Number One Spot by Ludacris
Boomshot Award: Damian "Junior Gong" Marley - Welcome to Jamrock
Best Group: The Diplomats
VStyle: Baby Phat
Vibe Vixen: Kimora Lee Simons
VLegend: Mary J Blige

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FORMER GIRLFRIEND CAN SUE KISS MAN OVER DOCUMENTARY CLAIMS
Into the pop courts, and a judge has ruled that a woman can sue former Kiss frontman Gene Simmons over allegations he portrayed her as a "sex-addicted nymphomaniac" in a VH-1 documentary. The documentary in question, 'When Kiss Ruled The World', chronicled the band's 30 year career and was shown in July and August this year. It included several pictures of Simmons with his former partner Georgeann Walsh Ward, and it is her inclusion in the show that has caused the litigation.

Ward objects in particular to one sequence where Simmons says: "There wasn't a girl that was off limits, and I enjoyed every single one of them. I was a 24-hour whore. All I ever thought about was sex." The programme then cut to a photo of Simmons with Ward, and this editing, Ward's lawyers claim, portrayed their client as being "wild" and "unchaste".

Simmons' people tried to have the lawsuit dismissed but a New York court last week refused. While they said Ward did not have grounds to sue over her likeness being used without permission in the show, because such permission is not required for a documentary, Ward could pursue a case relating to implications made about her character. The judge pointed out that while public opinion on "sex between unmarried persons" may have changed over the years, to call a woman unchaste is still defamation in the eyes of US law.

Neither Simmons or Ward has so far commented on the ruling.

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FRENCH COURTS BACK MALCOLM MCLAREN IN PLAGIARISM CASE
To the French division of the pop courts now, and a judge has thrown out that case brought by musician Benjamin Beduneau, who accused Malcolm McLaren of plagiarising his work on a song he created for the 'Kill Bill 2' soundtrack.

As previously reported, Beduneau, who is also known as Lancelot, accused the former Sex Pistols manager of stealing his track 'Sound Smith' in order to create 'About Her' for the movie soundtrack. He claimed he had supplied McLaren with his song during a previous uncompleted project, and that the producer had then adapted it for his own use without his permission. He was seeking damages and a return of the original recordings.

Speaking for Mclaren, lawyer Bruno Ryterband admitted his client couldn't actually play any musical instruments, and that the song 'About Her' had included samples compiled by Beduneau. However he argued that McLaren had paid Beduneau for his compilation work, and that the composition that appeared on the 'Kill Bill 2' soundtrack was entirely his client's creation.

The French court hearing the case ruled there was insufficient evidence to prove any plagiarism had taken place, and ordered Beduneau to pay 1500 euros in "procedural damages" to McLaren.

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FIDDY 'SADDENED' OVER SHOOTING
50 Cent has told US network ABC that he is 'saddened' by a fatal shooting at a Pennsylvania cinema. I'm not sure how relevant his comments are, because although one of the men involved had been to see his film 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin', it's not actually known which of the films showing at the multiplex the other three of the men involved had been to see. I can't help thinking they wouldn't go to Richard Curtis for a comment after a shoot-out at a cinema showing 'Love Actually', even though it's quite likely to make people want to kill each other. Are the American media trying to blame a fatal shooting on a movie instead of US gun laws? No, course not. Silly of me.

Anyway, Sheldon Flowers was shot three times after an argument broke out between four people at the Loews Cineplex at West Homestead, near Pittsburgh. Sheldon, who later died in hospital, had been to see the Fiddy film, I think, and was carrying an unregistered gun without a permit. A row began between him and three other people in the toilet, before spilling out into the lobby. Fiddy, aka Curtis Jackson, said "I feel for the victim's family in this situation. But, you know, these weren't kids. This was a 30-year-old man who had a dispute with three other guys."

As previously reported, the film has already caused controversy across the US, with the producers being forced to remove posters promoting the film from billboards following complaints that it showed the film's rapper star holding a gun.

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BECK GUERO REMIX DELAYED
That previously reported remix version of Beck album 'Guero' has been put back until the New Year. The album, entitled 'Guerolito' was originally set for a release on 5 Dec, but will not now be out until 23 Jan. You may remember that the artwork for the album is also getting a remix from artist Marcel Dzama, and that a fair few medium to large-size names are involved in the project. Here is the tracklisting for that collection to remind you, in case you forgot.

'Ghost Range (E-Pro)' by Homelife
'Guero' by Islands
'Girl' by Octet
'Heaven Hammer (Missing)' by Air
'Shake Shake Tambourine (Black Tambourine)' by Adrock
'Terremento Tempo (Earthquake Weather)' by Mario C
'Ghettochip Malfunction (Hell Yes)' by 8 Bit
'Broken Drum' by Boards Of Canada
'Scarecrow' by El-P
'Wish Coin (Go It Alone)' by Superthriller
'Farewell Ride' by Subtle
'Rental Car' by John King (Dust Brothers)
'Emergency Exit' by Th' Corn Gangg
'Clap Hands'
Bonus Tracks:
'Fax Machine Anthem (Hell Yes)' by Dizzee Rascal
'Guero' by Collective

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PHARRELL DELAYS ALBUM RELEASE
And another delayed album release. Pharrell Williams debut solo 'In My Mind', which was originally due this week, will now be released on 12 Dec. The second single from that album 'Angel', scheduled for release on 21 Nov, will now be out on 2 Jan.

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STROKES PLAN SECRET WORLD TOUR
As I've said so many times before, it's not a secret now, is it? Honestly. The Strokes are heading out on a 'secret' world club tour to preview tracks from their new album. They start today in Tokyo, before continuing on to visit Sydney, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin, Milan and Madrid. Guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. says "We'll do eight new songs and leave, just like how it was with the first record, with no one knowing any of our music."

So there you go. The London show is apparently going to happen at the end of the month. It precedes a full UK/North American tour starting in February. The much anticipated new album is out on 14 Jan, preceded by the single release 'Juicebox' on 5 Dec

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UPCOMING DOWNLOAD ONLY DYLAN
Bob Dylan is to release three download only tracks. Previously unreleased versions of 'Baby Please Don't Go', 'Mr Tambourine Man' and 'Outlaw Blues', originally considered for inclusion for the soundtrack of the recent Martin Scorsese documentary 'No Direction Home', will be released on 14 Nov. Dylan begins his sold out UK tour this week, starting at Nottingham Area on 15 Nov.

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KT TUNSTALL COVERS DYLAN
And talking of Dylan, KT Tunstall has done a cover of Bob's 'Tangled Up in Blue' for the b side of single 'Under the Weather.' It's scheduled for release on 5 Dec.

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CASH'S DAUGHTER NOT IMPRESSED WITH LIFE STORY MOVIE
The daughter of Johnny Cash has hit out at the movie about the singer's life, 'Walk The Line', claiming it unfairly portrays her mother as a "mad little psycho". Kathy Cash, the legendary singer's daughter with first wife Vivian Liberto Distin, walked out of the special screening of the movie given to the Cash family because, she claims, the depiction of her mother, who died earlier this year, was just "not true".

Cash's daughter told reporters: "My mom was basically a nonentity in the entire film except for the mad little psycho who hated his career. She loved his career and was proud of him until he started taking drugs and stopped coming home". John Carter-Cash, Cash's son from his second marriage, is the film's executive producer, but admitted his half-sister's complaints had some merit. He said he was "compassionately understanding" of her objections, but stressed that Distin was a minor character in the film because "the point of the film is my parents' love affair".

Kathy Cash did, however, praise the performances of Joaquin Phoenix as Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash - both are tipped for Oscar nominations for their performances in the movie.

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MCCARTNEY PERFORMANCE BEAMED INTO SPACE
Paul McCartney has become the first musician to broadcast live to an audience in space. A performance by the former Beatle was beamed into the international space station to an appreciative audience of two. He performed a version of the Beatles song 'Good Day Sunshine' - the track having motivated the outta space performance. McCartney decided to make the broadcast after he heard NASA had used the song to wake the Space Shuttle Discovery crew on the day weather conditions were right for them to return to Earth.

McCartney commented: "I can't believe that we're actually transmitting to space! This is sensational. I love it", while his audience, NASA astronaut Bill McArthur and his Russian counterpart Valery Tokarev, cheered the singer at the end of his performance, while McArthur did a couple of zero-gravity flips, before saying: "That was simply magnificent. We consider you an explorer just as we are."

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NEW 'SUPERGROUP' LOOKING FOR SINGER
New Order's Peter Hook, Primal Scream's Mani and The Smiths' lovely Andy Rourke have got together to form a new band, and they are looking for a singer. Hook says the band is called Freebass, and will see all three bass-players playing bass, not altogether unsurprisingly. Hook says: "The interesting thing about Freebass is that Mani and I are very much live-based.
It seems obvious really that we'd get together. Whether that bodes trouble or not, I don't know. It was just one drunken night and I floated the idea. And basically what gave me the most impetus was that everyone laughed. Three bass players on an album - everyone absolutely pissed themselves."

They apparently have twenty tracks ready to go - and now they just need a vocalist. Maybe they could get one of the X-Factor finalists to do it.

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CHART UPDATE
Madonna still has something going for her, clearly, given that she has gone straight in at number one with her new single 'Hung Up', which, I have to say, is growing on me quite a lot, as is the debut single from the new band of former Busted boy James Bourne, Son Of Dork, who get the next highest new entry this week with 'Ticket Outta Loserville' at 3.

Other new entries aplenty run thus: Simon Webbe with 'No Worries' at 4, Kaiser Chiefs with 'Modern Way' at 11, Lil 'Kim with 'Lighters Up' at 12, Uniting Nationals ft Laura More with 'Ai No Corrida' at 18, Dualers with 'Truly Madly Deeply' at 23, Monkey Hangerz with '2 Little Boys / Never Say Die 2005' at 24, Kubb with 'Wicked Soul' at 25, Bananarama with 'Look On The Floor' at 26, Jamiroquai with '(Don't) Give Hate A Chance' at 27, My Chemical Romance with 'I'm Not Okay' at 28 and Corinne Bailey Rae with 'Like A Star' at 34.

Albums wise, Il Divo knock Westlife off the top, which has to be a good thing - somehow I have a certain amount of respect for Il Divo, mainly because they're not G4. It's a busy week for new entries on the album chart too. Kate Bush goes in at 3 with her new one 'Aerial', while the Eurythmics hits album goes in at 5 and Anastacia's new one, 'Pieces Of A Dream', is a new entry at 6. Then it goes like this: the new one from Texas - 'Red Book' - at 16, the soundtrack to the 50 Cent movie at 18, the hits package from Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler at 20, the Bob Marley 'Africa Unites' package at 26, the Foster & Allen hits album at 30, the latest Elvis compo thang at 31, the new Jools Holland release at 36 and, finally, the Barry White gold collection wotnot at 37.

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THIS WEEK'S STUDENT RADIO CHART
1. [3] Arcade Fire - Wake Up (Rough Trade)
2. [1] Arctic Monkeys - Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor (Domino)
3. [2] Kaiser Chiefs - Modern Way (B-unique)
4. [4] The Strokes - Juicebox (Rough Trade)
5. [NE] The Subways - No Goodbyes (Warner)
6. [10] Babyshambles - Albion (Rough Trade)
7. [19] Athlete - 24 Hours (EMI)
8. [6] Maximo Park - Apply Some Pressure (Warp)
9. [5] The Dandy Warhols - All the Money or the Simple Life Honey (EMI/Parlophone)
10. [8] White Stripes - Denial Twist (Beggars/XL)
11. [25] The Hives - A Little More for Little You (Universal/Polydor)
12. [17] The Darkness - One Way Ticket (Warner/Atlantic)
13. [23] The Futureheads - Area (679)
14. [RE] Test Icicles - Circle Square Triangle (Domino)
15. [NE] Lethal Bizzle - Fire (V2)
16. [NE] Madonna - Hung Up (Warner/Maverick)
17. [7] The Magic Numbers - Love's a Game (EMI/Heavenly)
18. [9] Bloc Party - 2 More Years (V2/Wichita)
19. [12] Eels - Trouble With Dreams (Universal/Dreamworks)
20. [NE] Dead 60s - Riot on Radio (Deltasonic)
21. [NE] Antony And The Johnsons - You Are My Sister (Rough Trade)
22. [16] Nine Black Alps - Unsatisfied (EMI/Virgin)
23. [NE] Sigur Ros - Hippopolla (EMI)
24. [20] Sugababes - Push the Button (Universal/Island)
25. [15] Starsailor - In the Crossfire (EMI)
26. [NE] Oasis - Let there be Love (Big Brother)
27. [21] Green Day - Jesus of Suburbia (Warner/Reprise)
28. [26] Franz Ferdinand - Walking Away (Domino)
29. [RE] Clor - Good Stuff (EMI/Regal)
30. [14] We Are Scientists - The Great Escape (EMI/Virgin)

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SUBSHOT PLAYLIST
It's the videos being played this week on the Sub TV network in union bars. New additions are marked with a **.

A LIST
**50 Cent - Window Shopper (Universal/Interscope)
Arcade Fire - Wake Up (Rough Trade)
**Athlete - Twenty Four Hours (EMI/Parlophone)
Goldfrapp - Number 1 (EMI/Mute)
**Goldie Lookin Chain - R'n'B (Warner/Atlantic)
**Gorillaz - Dirty Harry (EMI/Parlophone)
Jamiroquai - Don't Give Hate A Chance (SonyBMG)
**Madonna - Hung Up (Warner/Maverick)
Oasis - Let There Be Love (Big Brother)
Pharrell Williams - Can I Have It Like That (EMI/Virgin)

B LIST

Alkaline Trio - Mercy Me (Hassle)
**Antony And The Johnsons - You Are My Sister (Rough Trade)
**Babyshambles - Albion (Rough Trade)
Bob Marley - Slogans (Universal/Island)
Dandy Warhols - All The Money Or The Simple Life (EMI)
Jamie Lidell - Multiply (Warp)
Louie - Trees (Loaded Dice)
Nine Black Alps - Just Good Friends (Uniuversal/Island)
Sevendust - Ugly (Winedark)
**The Cribs - You're Gonna Lose Us (Wichita)
The Decemberists - Sixteen Military Wives (Rough Trade)
**The Dead 60's - Riot Radio (Deltasonic)
**The Heights - Long Way Home (Best Before)
The Like - What I Say And What I Mean (Universal/Geffen)
**The Subways - No Goodbyes (Warner)
The Young Knives - The Decision (Transgressive)
Will Young - Switch It On (SonyBMG)

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LEEDS FESTIVAL BUS-GOERS RAISE TEN GRAND FOR CHARITY
Organisers of the Leeds Festival have announced ten grand was raised for the city's St Martin's Hospice from bus fares taken during the event. Mean Fiddler and coach company Geldards ran a bus service to the festival site in a bid to encourage less people to drive to the event. A portion of each bus ticket sold was set aside for charity, and that money will now be donated to the hospice on 24 Nov.

About 30% of the Leeds Festival audience used the shuttle bus from Leeds city centre rather than driving to the site, which, festival organisers say, helped ensure the impact the event had on its local environment was reduced. A statement from Mean Fiddler says: "We would like to thank all festival goers for recognising the 'green' message of the festival and showing support for Mean Fiddler's attempts to have as little environmental impact as possible throughout the weekend."

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SMOOTH FM RECRUIT PREVER FOR BREAKFAST
As part of their bid to win a new audience since dumping the Jazz FM name and music policy, Guardian owned London radio station Smooth FM has announced they have recruited LBC presenter David Prever to host their breakfast show. The new appointment is part of the media group's attempts to turn round the fortunes of the station, which continued to lose listeners in the last months of its existence as Jazz FM, with an ambition to take on the big three (Capital, Magic and Heart) in the battle for London's middle-of-the-road music radio audience. Prever, who used to present Heart 106.2's breakfast show years ago, told reporters: "There's clearly a battle at the top for breakfast audiences and Smooth FM is set to be a major player. This is an exciting time in the London market and I can't wait to get started".

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KAISER WILSON TIRED OF BEING CHEERY
Chief Kaiser Ricky Wilson says he's annoyed that his group has such a reputation for cheeriness, and insists that most of the band's songs are inspired by bad shit. He reckons we should all look deeper into the lyrics, saying, "There's a lot more of a dark side that fuels our song-writing. It's full of bitterness. 'Modern Way' sounds uplifting and triumphant, but it's about the bitterness always underlying. And 'Everyday I Love You Less And Less' - that sounds really pissed off."

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WILLIAMS MISSES LATEST TAKE THAT REUNION
That's Robbie, not the Pharrell we were talking of earlier, obviously. Mr Williams has refused to join his former band mates at a preview screening of that forthcoming Take That documentary. He's presumably very busy just now, what with the new album and all, so I don't think the ex-Thats should get too upset, but according to the Sunday Mirror's renta-source, they were: "Robbie announced he wasn't coming. The rest of the band were gutted but felt the show had to go on."

The documentary (Robbie turned up to actually make it) is screened this Wednesday. In it Williams reportedly says that Take That saved him from a life of crime, drug addiction and ignominy, as he had always had a drug problem, and felt he would have fallen into theft or dealing to feed his habit had he not been steered away from it by the moderate habits of his bandmates. "Before Take That I'd done acid, speed and smoked a lot of weed so I was sort of heading into that direction anyway," he said. "In all seriousness I would have been a dealer or a burglar and that's the truth because I would not have had the money to fund my addiction. I'd have probably been in jail now. But for the other lads it wasn't really part of their life, other than we used to like to smoke weed and then giggle."

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LOUIS GETS RID OF THE TALENTED ONE
The lovely and talented Maria Lawson was thrown off the X-Factor on Saturday, after Louis Walsh chose in favour of slightly ropy sub-Nolans The Conway Sisters. The two acts came last in the public vote, and were then both subject to a decision by the judges. Cowell voted to keep his own act, The Conways, Sharon voted to keep her act, Lawson, and self-styled King-Of-Pop Walsh got rid of Maria with his casting vote.

"I really think that the girls have a lot more to offer," Walsh said, which is funny, because he's been mostly critical of The Conways, and has waxed lyrical about the wonder of Maria pretty much every week. Sharon Osbourne thinks Louis chose to keep the Conways because they are Irish, and so's he. "I think this is a travesty. Maria is too talented to stop," she screeched. I didn't enjoy the screeching much, but concede that she is probably right. However, she later added: "It was the wrong song, she was way out of her comfort zone. It's a huge lesson for us and I take full responsibility for the song choice."

Simon Cowell, who looked very much like a man who wanted to get rid of his own act and keep Maria but didn't dare to, said: "This was a tough one. On talent she did not deserve to go out at this stage. This is the very first contestant where the public will think that that artist did not deserve to go. She was definitely judged on her song."

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WATERMAN DISSES POP REALITY PRODUCERS
Elsewhere in X Factor news, pop producer and former Pop Idol judge Pete Waterman has been dissing the pop reality show. He accuses X Factor producers of influencing the judges on who gets through, and makes the ground breaking revelation that TV bosses would rather prioritise the people who will make good telly today over the real potential music stars of the future.

Waterman told Now magazine: "For me, after Pop Idol 2 finished, that was it. It's just television - it's not about music. I caught a glimpse of The X Factor and I just thought 'shit, I'm glad I'm not doing that', because everything I hated about that whole thing came back to me. I hated the fakeness of it all. The producers telling you you've got to put certain people through."

Looking back at his own experience as a judge on a pop reality show, he said he thought the Pop Idol 2 judges and producers behaved badly in pushing Michelle McManus through to victory: "I think what we did to Michelle was appalling. We should have been taken off the air. She didn't have a great voice and she was grossly overweight. But we made her believe that she was talented enough to win, when she never was. That makes us guilty of lying to the public."

He's possibly right, of course, though weren't the most badly treated of the pop reality show winners the poor members of One True Voice, the TV created boy band who were left high and dry by their supposed mentor, Popstars judge Pete Waterman?

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