CMU Daily - on the inside Wednesday 16th November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Further postponement in Murder Inc trial
- Fans queue through the night for intimate Madonna album launch
- Womack and Urban lead at country music awards
- Lawler launches new online label
- BPI anti-download lawsuits part of global litigation push
- US college P2P closes down
- P2P usage up - though music sharing down
- SonyBMG promise to replace rootkit infected CDs
- Apple and Samsung talk flash memory again
- Album review: Tortoise & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - The Brave And The Bold
- Sanctuary Group confirm manager sacking
- Fiddy's new publishing project
- Isaac Hayes on That Seventies Show
- Muse live DVD
- Europe release live DVD
- AOL release Digweed mixes
- Editors announce New Year tour
- Test Icicles confirm further live dates
- Coldcut announce 2006 tour
- ITV pull out of Freeview bid
- EMAP profits down
- Baker to introduce BBC1 shows in Little Britain style
- Single review: Luxembourg - Luxembourg vs Great Britain
- ATP Mars Volta Nightmare press pass stuff and line-up
- Jackson buys home in Bahrain
- Poullain hits out at Darkness single
- Westlife switch on the lights
- Norwegians to perform special Trafalgar Square concert
- Aguilera to wed this weekend?
- Williams is X-Factor fan

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FURTHER POSTPONEMENT IN MURDER INC TRIAL
The much postponed money laundering trial of the bosses of the Murder Inc record label has been postponed again, albeit for a short time, after the prosecution presented a new witness at the last minute.

As previously reported, Murder Inc chiefs Irv and Chris Lorenzo 'Gotti' are accused of using their record company to launder money for notorious drug dealer Kenneth 'Supreme' McGriff. After two previous postponements, the case finally reached court on Monday, but the two label execs' lawyers requested a further postponement after the prosecution called a previously unmentioned witness to the stand - Donnel Nichols. Defence lawyers said they needed more time to investigate the background of the new witness.

Some reports in the US already suggest that the Lorenzo brothers' legal team should be able to successfully raise considerable doubt as to the credibility of the prosecution's new witness. Hip hop website SOHH.com says Nichols was a former employee at Murder Inc, who was given a job there after Chris Lorenzo felt sorry for him after finding him living on the streets. Reports suggest Nichols has a reputation for "fabricating stories" about his status in the company, and that he was fired after telling people he "owned" the label.

Nichols will tell the court that he had an insight into the relationship between the Lorenzos and McGriff when he "handled cash transactions" while working for Murder Inc. However, the defence is sure to ask why the witness has only come forward now. They are suggesting Nichols agreed to testify when he realised he could become the "star witness" in the case.

After the defence team asked for more time to check out Nichols' background, Judge Korman agreed to a 48 hour break. The case will resume later today with Nichols expected on the witness stand tomorrow.

Before the break in proceedings, Korman told the prosecution they couldn't reference the 2000 shooting of 50 Cent in their opening address. The prosecution allege McGriff was involved in that shooting, and that he had spoken about the incident with the Lorenzo brothers. They want to prove that McGriff offered the brothers street protection as part of their ongoing business relationship, and that the Lorenzo's awareness of the 50 Cent shooting is relevant in proving that. But the Lorenzo's lawyers argue that that incident is not relevant to the current case, hence why Korman said it could not be included in any opening statements. However Korman said the 50 Cent shooting could be discussed during the trial if brought up by witnesses.

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FANS QUEUE THROUGH THE NIGHT FOR INTIMATE MADONNA ALBUM LAUNCH
Dedicated (and possibly slightly insane) Madonna fans slept on the cold streets of North London on Monday night in a bid to get one of just 200 tickets available for that intimate gig that took place at Camden's Koko venue last night.

Madonna played the small showcase at Koko to promote new album 'Confessions On A Dance Floor', released this week, of course. The intimate venue was chosen because, in its former incarnation as the Camden Palace, it was the location of Madonna's first ever UK gig back in 1983. Despite only playing a five song set, four of which came from her new album, her audience seemed happy, including those that had queued up for 24 hours in the London winter weather to get tickets.

According to The Star, tickets for the event were so sought after that the Managing Director of phone company O2, who sponsored the event, couldn't get hold of any. Explaining why he had queued up in the cold to get in to the event, one fan told the London Evening Standard newspaper: "It's a bit harsh, but we couldn't miss it. It's a one-off show, it's the world premiere of the new songs, so it's a really special occasion. And it's a really small venue - it's going to be amazing."

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WOMACK AND URBAN LEAD AT COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
Your good friends Lee Ann Womack and Keith Urban were the big winners at the Country Music Association Awards in New York last night. Womack won both the Album and Single Of The Year awards, for 'There's More Where That Came From' and 'I May Hate Myself In The Morning' respectively, while Urban was named both Entertainer and Male Vocalist Of The Year. Other winners included Gretchen Wilson who won Top Female Vocalist, Jerry Douglas who was named Musician Of The Year, and songwriters Bill Anderson and Jon Randall, whose song 'Whiskey Lullaby', a hit for Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss, was named Song Of The Year.

The annual back slapping party for the country music industry was held in New York this year - the first time the event has left Nashville in its 39 year history. The change in location is part of a bid to push the country music genre in New York.

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LAWLER LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE LABEL
DJ Steve Lawler has announced details of a new digital record label which will launch in January. Called Viva Music, the new venture will replace Lawler's existing physical release labels - Harlem Records, Harlem Trax and Harlem Electric. Word is he is currently in talks with two major online organisations about getting involved in the project.

On the new label, Lawler told CMU: "This is the way forward for me as a record label. Times are changing so quickly, and I want to start 2006 by leading the way with how people receive and enjoy the music I release. I am excited by the proposition of only being online, which is where a lot of my music buying audience tend to live. The technology is now good enough for the sound quality to work for DJs, and I see this as a step forward to position the label at the forefront of not just music but also technology."

The Viva name comes from the new club Lawler launched at Space in Ibiza back in July. He plans to position all his future projects under the Viva banner - with his regular night at London club The End renamed as Viva Harlem Nights.

Press info on the online venture from Ben Turner at Graphite Media (ben@graphitemedia.net).

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BPI ANTI-DOWNLOAD LAWSUITS PART OF GLOBAL LITIGATION PUSH
Those new anti-download lawsuits launched by the BPI yesterday formed one part of a big legal push by industry trade bodies around the world against the ongoing use of P2P networks to share copyright music online. The International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry have confirmed that a total of 2,100 new lawsuits were launched this week, bringing the number of anti-download lawsuits launched outside the US to 3,800. The new round of litigation includes suits against file-sharers in a number of countries so far untouched by this kind of legal action including, for the first time, countries in South America.

Announcing the latest wave of actions at a press conference in Stockholm yesterday, IFPI boss John Kennedy told reporters: "This is a significant escalation of our enforcement actions against people who are uploading and distributing copyrighted music on P2P networks. For the first time there will be financial and criminal sanctions for this activity in countries in South East Asia and Latin America. This reflects the sharply rising levels of internet piracy in those regions. The message today is that, from Sweden to Hong Kong and from Singapore to Argentina, there are no havens for the theft of music on the internet".

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US COLLEGE P2P CLOSES DOWN
Staying with P2P type things, and a college based file-sharing application called i2hub has gone offline. i2hub provided US college students with access to the previously reported internet2 network, the super fast broadband network which allows kids to better share academic material online, possibly (and, some might argue, probably) while downloading dodgy MP3s extra fast. There is no official word as to why i2hub is no longer available, although the Recording Industry Association Of America has been busy putting pressure on P2P providers large and small and that may well have persuaded the people behind the application to stop distributing it. As is always the case with P2P software, while the official source of the technology is offline, it shouldn't stop students who already have it on their PCs from using it, or supplying copies to their mates.

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P2P USAGE UP - THOUGH MUSIC SHARING DOWN
More P2P nonsense for you. A new survey from research firm XTN Data reckons that, despite the ongoing high profile litigation campaign against the sharing of copyright content online, the use of P2P for illegal purposes in the US continues to rise, with 52 million people now regularly using the technology. That said, the number of people sharing music is seemingly falling, while the number of people sharing movies and TV shows is on the up. Now take from this what you will. The music industry's litigation campaign is more high profile - so is that why music file sharing is in decline? Or is it that there are now good legit sources of digital music online, while the digital supply of movies and TV shows is, with a handful of exceptions more or less none existent? I wonder.

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SONYBMG PROMISE TO REPLACE ROOTKIT INFECTED CDS
As Microsoft formally categorises as 'spyware' that dodgy anti-piracy technology used by SonyBMG to bugger up their customers' PCs (or was it to protect their artists' copyrights, I forget), the major label has reportedly announced a programme that will offer to replace CDs that carry the offending technology. About 20 releases carried the so called rootkit software, and insiders reckon over 2 million of the CDs have been sold around the world (apparently they all have http://cp.sonybmg.com/xcp/ printed on the sleeve). No word yet on exactly how you will get your replacement rootkit-free version of your CD, or whether SonyBMG will then come round and fix your PC. Perhaps they could send SonyBMG boss Andy Lack round to remove the software - if the rumours are true he'll have plenty of time on his hands very soon.

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APPLE AND SAMSUNG TALK FLASH MEMORY AGAIN
Memory chip news anyone? Apple and Samsung are reportedly back at the negotiating table regarding the latter supplying flash memory to the former. As previously reported, Apple was about to place a big order for the memory, used in the cheaper iPods, but backed out when South Korean authorities started investigating claims the deal violated their strict anti-competition laws. However, with flash memory reportedly in worryingly low supply, word has it Apple are again negotiating a contract with the Korean electronics giant.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Tortoise & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - The Brave And The Bold (Domino)
Hot on the heels of 'Prince' Billy's recently released live album 'Summer In The Southeast', comes this collaboration with post-rockers Tortoise. The songs of the Americana poet, also known as Will Oldham, are very spare, so it's interesting that on this album he's chosen to cover other people's songs. Not that you'd realise straight away what these songs are; even something familiar like Elton John's 'Daniel' is bent so far out of shape as to be unrecognisable, with a minimal backing and a freeform vocal performance. Several of the artists covered are not very well known at all - well, to me at least. Lungfish for example, are apparently an American emo band, whose 'Love Is Love' is given a harsh electronic treatment. Country standard 'Pancho' is played as a gentle orchestral number with pretty tinkling xylophone. Even when the songwriters are more well known the song chosen isn't necessarily an obvious one; quirky electro pop band Devo's 'That's Pep' is given a suitably whacky makeover while Bruce Springsteen's rock 'n' roll epic 'Thunder Road' is given a dramatic and quite bizarre electronic transformation which is oddly compelling. '(Some Say) I Got Devil' by 60's flowerchild Melanie is mournful and stark. Perhaps most impressive is the beautiful interpretation of Richard Thompson's 'The Calvary Cross'. Just as Oldham's own songs are an acquired taste, this is an unusual album, and maybe not for everyone but it's certainly highly original and very interesting. JW
Release date: 23 Jan
Press contact: Hermana [CP, RP, NP] Cool Badge [CR, RR, NP]

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SANCTUARY GROUP CONFIRM MANAGER SACKING
According to HitsDailyDouble, an attorney representing the Sanctuary Group in the US has confirmed those reports yesterday that three of the group's artist managers had been sacked, though there is still no clarification as to why. Speaking for the music company, Howard Weitzman is quoted as saying: "Terminating someone for 'cause' is never easy and is only used when facts call for such action. Any guess that these decisions were based on reasons other than pure business considerations are untrue. Based on the situation, Sanctuary took appropriate steps."

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FIDDY'S NEW PUBLISHING PROJECT
50 Cent's latest project is going to be a new series of books. Yes, books. His own company G-Unit Books is to collaborate with MTV/Pocket Books, who published the rapper's biography 'From Pieces To Weight', on the new project which will see the release of a number of books described as 'street fiction'.

Each of the fictional works will feature members of G-Unit, ie, Young Buck, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo. The first book is expected to be published early in 2007, and will be a short novel by streetsy author Nikki Turner, whose previous work includes 'The Glamorous Life' and 'Girls From Da Hood'.

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ISAAC HAYES ON THAT SEVENTIES SHOW
Yay! 'That Seventies Show' is one of my favourite US sitcom exports. And it gladdens my heart to think they are making more episodes, even if the likelihood of my having time to watch them is sadly fairly small. Anyway, the point of this item is not me and my show-love, but the fact that the lovely Isaac Hayes is to appear on it. Hayes, who has, as you will know, in recent years been the voice of Chef on 'South Park', makes another foray into the TV world with an appearance in an episode alongside Wilmer Valderrama, whose character Fez has a fantasy sequence in which Hayes appears and performs a musical number. The episode will air in the US in the spring.

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MUSE LIVE DVD
Muse are all set to release a live DVD of their 'Absolution' tour on the 12th day of Dec. The video contains snippets of their appearances at London's Earls Court, Wembley Arena and Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre, as well as at Glastonbury in 2004.

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EUROPE RELEASE LIVE DVD
And speaking of live DVDs, Europe are planning to release one in the new year. Yes, that Europe, the band, of 'The Final Countdown' fame, not the European Union. The two disc set, named 'Live From The Dark', was recorded at the band's gig at Hammersmith Apollo earlier in the year, and features performances of 19 tracks 'Hero', 'Carrie', 'Got To Have Faith', and the aforementioned 'The Final Countdown'. Bonus features on the DVD set, scheduled for released on 6 Jan, include band interviews and backstage footage. Press info from Noble PR.

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AOL RELEASE DIGWEED MIXES
AOL Music and digital record label INgrooves have teamed up to release an album featuring mixes from super-DJ John Digweed's exclusive AOL Music DJ Session. The collection, named 'AOL Music DJ Sessions: Mixed by John Digweed' is currently available to buy exclusively from iTunes. As of December, it will be released through other online music retailers. Recorded in September this year, the compilation is comprised entirely of recordings from Digweed's own prog house label Bedrock.

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EDITORS ANNOUNCE NEW YEAR TOUR
Those lovely Editors are embarking on a UK tour in the new year, following on from the re-release of single 'Munich' which is planned for 2 Jan. Dates as follows:

24 Feb: Bristol, Academy
25 Feb: Southampton, Guildhall
26 Feb: Norwich, UEA
27 Feb: Manchester, Academy
1 Mar: Glasgow, Barrowlands
2 Mar: Newcastle, Academy
3 Mar: Birmingham, Academy

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TEST ICICLES CONFIRM FURTHER LIVE DATES
Test Icicles have announced some new pre-Christmas live dates, appearing alongside a variety of acts - Alkaline Trio, Lethal B and We Are Scientists. Dates as follows:

16 Nov: Brixton Academy, London with Alkaline Trio, Main Support
17 Nov: Barfly, London with Lethal B, XFM Xposure Show
20 Nov: Red Bull Rail Storm at Heaven, London (Invite Only)
28 Nov: Kings College, London with We Are Scientists
29 Nov: Academy 2, Manchester with We Are Scientists
30 Nov: Kings Tuts, Glasgow with We Are Scientists
4 Dec: Club Subverse at Camden Underworld (pay on door)

Press info from TOAST.

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COLDCUT ANNOUNCE 2006 TOUR
More live dates. Coldcut have announced details of their 2006 Sound Mirrors tour, which coincides with the release of the album (er, 'Sound Mirrors') on 30 Jan, the day before my birthday, just in case you'd forgotten. Anyway, they've got lots of quality guests joining them, including Roots Manuva, Robert Owens, John Matthias, Saul Williams and Mike Ladd, and the dates are as follows:

19 Jan: London Cargo **album launch party**
16 Feb: Norwich Waterfront
17 Feb: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
18 Feb: Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
22 Feb: Exeter Lemon Grove
23 Feb: Birmingham Custard Factory
24 Feb: Manchester Academy 2
25 Feb: London Shepherds Bush Empire
19 Apr: Brighton Corn Exchange
20 Apr: Bristol Academy
21 Apr: Gateshead Sage
22 Apr: Dublin Village
24 Apr: Cardiff The Point
25 Apr: Sheffield Sheffield Uni SU
26 Apr: Glasgow Tramway Theatre
27 May: Winchester Homelands Festival

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ITV PULL OUT OF FREEVIEW BID
ITV have pulled out of the race for the new Freeview slot after bidding exceeded £12 million. As previously reported, various technical cheats have enabled the technology firm who own a chunk of Freeview to squeeze out an extra channel space on the terrestrial TV network. Channel 4 and Five, with seemingly bigger pockets than ITV, are both still bidding.

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EMAP PROFITS DOWN
Media group EMAP's first-half profits are down, but that's because of touch trading conditions in France (damn those French trading conditions) and the cost of launching new magazines. On the latter, EMAP says it has invested £16 million in new titles launches in the last six months - most of that on new women's weekly Grazia and on a French version of Closer. That, plus those pesky French trading conditions, meant profits were down 2% on the previous year, to £95 million, despite a 6% increase in turnover.

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BAKER TO INTRODUCE BBC1 SHOWS IN LITTLE BRITAIN STYLE
Not really music news, but a fun story anyway. The legend that is Tom Baker will be introducing the programmes on BBC 1 on Thursday night as the channel celebrates the launch of series three of Little Britain. Matt Lucas and David Walliams, who recruited Baker to do the comedy narration on their acclaimed sketch show, have reportedly helped to write the continuity announcements that Baker will deliver, which will begin at 7pm with: "Hello telly viewers, you're watching the BBC One. At nine o'clock it's Little Britain - the greatest show in the history of broadcasting... but first it's time for The Great Big Bid. Oh mah sweet potatoes!" He will then introduce Eastenders with the line: "In half an hour, Jenny Dickens' classic serial Bleak House. But first let's see what the poor people are up to in the first of two visits this evening to the Eastenders."

Hearing Tom Baker introduce the shows will make a welcome change - given that BBC continuity announcers seem to be following that disturbing trend of becoming ever more informal and chatty between the programmes. Am I alone if finding this incredibly irritating - why do TV channels think we want continuity announcers to be our friends? Why can't they just introduce the programmes? And what's with this chatting over the end titles of shows all about? Shouldn't the musicians who write the theme music to our TV shows be complaining about this more? TV themes are a much underrated part of our musical heritage - and these days they are not only underrated, but often unheard, as irritating continuity presenters tells us how much they've just enjoyed that show, and that if we press our red buttons now we can access something incredibly tedious.

Anyway ... back to Little Britain, and David Walliams has apparently sent a preview copy of the new series to Kylie Minogue. He heard that Kylie, currently in Paris undergoing cancer treatment of course, was a fan of the show, and thought she might like to watch the new editions while recovering from her illness. The Sun quote the comedian as saying: "Kylie professed herself to be a big Little Britain fan, which meant a lot to us. We sent her the DVD because I knew she needed something to watch to raise her spirits. She will see the third series before anyone else."

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SINGLE REVIEW: Luxembourg - Luxembourg Vs Great Britain (Dogbox Records)
What would the panel on the X Factor make of Luxembourg I wonder? Sharon would probably smile coyly and say something silly like, "It's Luxembourg time!" Simon Cowell would say, "Great guys but you're on the wrong show." He'd be right too, because this band should definitely be on Popworld and TOTP. At CMU we have been banging on for some time about this London based outfit who create music which is dark hued but poppy, edgy but tuneful and with a generous sprinkling of electro magic. Singer David croons the acidly romantic lyrics beautifully. All good, and lovely B-sides too. This single was previously available as a download only but has now been given a proper release. Hurrah! JW
Release date: 14 Nov
Press contact: Dogbox Records [all]

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ATP MARS VOLTA NIGHTMARE PRESS PASS STUFF AND LINE-UP
The people behind the All Tomorrow's Parties' Nightmare Before Christmas bash at the Camber Sands holiday park, curated by The Mars Volta, say that their deadline for press pass payment has been extended to Friday 25 Nov. It's £20 for a day pass and £60 for a weekend pass, not including any accommodation. Press persons contact ken@hermana.co.uk or alison@hermana.co.uk if you're regional press, or if you just want info. And here's your line-up:

Friday 2 Dec:
Main Stage: The Kills, Blonde Redhead, Diamanda Galas, The Locust (7.15pm-8.00pm), Jaga Jazzist, Battles.
Second Stage: Beans + Holy Fuck, Saul Williams (spoken word) (9.30pm - 10.15pm), Dalek, Subtitle, Jai Alai Savant

Saturday 3 Dec
Main Stage: The Mars Volta, Mastodon, High On Fire, Lydia Lunch, Year Future, 400 Blows.
Second Stage: Les Savy Fav, Weird War, Mr Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Fucking Champs, Kill Me Tomorrow, JR Ewing.

Sunday 4 Dec:
Main Stage: Antony & The Johnsons, Coco Rosie, The Eternals, Michael Rother (neu!), Holgar Czukay, Cinematic Orchestra.
Second Stage: Dungen, Damo Suzuki + Jelly Planet, Acid Mothers Temple, Hella, Gris Gris.

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JACKSON BUYS HOME IN BAHRAIN
According to reports, Michael Jackson has now bought an island home in Bahrain. The singer has paid $1.5 million for the property which is on one of the country's three man-made Amwaj Islands. The islands, which have taken five years to construct, form a remote, exclusive and affluent area replete with superior local facilities such as private schools, private hospitals, golf courses and marinas. The New York Post says Jackson's new home consists of two separate villas both overlooking the sea.

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POULLAIN HITS OUT AT DARKNESS SINGLE
Former sacked Darkness bassist Frankie Poullain has attacked his old band's new single 'One Way Ticket', saying the song is insulting. In fairness, though, after what Justin Hawkins is alleged to have said about him this week, I'd feel like launching an attack even if the song was really good (that does not indicate my opinion, by the way. I haven't yet decided whether I like the new Darkness single or not).

Anyway, here's what Frankie said. And it wasn't 'relax': "As for Justin's claim the song is all about redemption, it's hardly Marvin Gaye or Bob Marley now, is it? I think it's insulting to people with real difficulties."

He continued, on the subject of Hawkins, not the song: "Justin? A mega megalomaniac? No, not really, he's just a victim of the lifestyle. Unless you were in the druggy clique or the fawning circle of ass-kissers, you'd find yourself persona non grata. Hence I'm now a free agent."

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WESTLIFE SWITCH ON THE LIGHTS
Westlife turned on the Christmas lights on Oxford Street yesterday, as well as performing two of their hits. The switching on marks the culmination of a charity campaign, Light Up London, which invited people to sponsor a bulb for a minimum £5 donation, and which will benefit The Breast Cancer Campaign, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and homeless kids charity Centrepoint.

Also appearing at the event were a few X-Factor types - Chico-Time, Andy, Nicholas and Brenda. Louis Walsh was also there, and got roundly booed by the crowd for booting that lovely Maria Lawson off the X-Factor last week instead of the stringy Conways. Walsh ended up skulking backstage, too scared to make an appearance, but it's okay, because Westlife are behind him. "He is here somewhere. There are a lot of mixed reactions out there. We watch The X Factor. No matter what decisions Louis makes, he is the man for us," said Kian Westlife.

I wish they'd get Marilyn Manson to switch on the lights next year. That would be so much more fun.

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NORWEGIANS TO PERFORM SPECIAL TRAFALGAR SQUARE CONCERT
Talking of Christmassy events in central London, platinum-selling Norwegian artist Sissel and the Oslo Cathedral Boys Choir are to perform live at the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Trafalgar Square on 29 Nov. Their 30 minute programme will consist of traditional Norwegian folk music, popular classical and pop music, all with a seasonal feel.

You probably already know about Norway's connection with the giant Trafalgar Christmas tree, but in case you don't, Oslo donates the tree to London each year, as a token of gratitude for Britain's support of Norway during the Second World War. Mayor Ken Livingston says "The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is a central part of Christmas in London and a great symbol of the friendship between London and Norway. With Sissel and the Oslo Cathedral Boys Choir in attendance, the traditional lighting ceremony is set to be even more enchanting this year."

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AGUILERA TO WED THIS WEEKEND?
According to reports, Christina Aguilera is getting married to her record executive fiancé Jordan Bratman this weekend, following their recent stag and hen dos in Mexico. The word is she'll be wearing a Christian Lacroix frock, if you care about such things.

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WILLIAMS IS X-FACTOR FAN
According to Heat Magazine Robbie Williams loves the X-Factor so much that the producers send tapes of the programme to him in Los Angeles. Presenter Kate Thornton apparently said: "Rob is as obsessed with the show as the rest of the country. He was watching it illegally on the internet in LA, so now we send him tapes. I think Robbie thinks that Shayne has a good chance of winning."

Thornton also made the shocking revelation that she doesn't fancy Simon Cowell, but sees why ladies might. "He's powerful, and he's funny, witty and confident". She said "But I don't fancy him".

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