CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 21st November

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In today's CMU Daily:
- UK officials visit Glitter over child sex allegations
- 50 Cent may be called to Murder Inc trial
- DMX sentenced and then some
- Courtney Love rehab release
- Acquaviva wins case against Madonna
- Fans warned about Monkeys rip-offs
- Cure to start new album next year
- Nada Surf announce big UK show
- Mullord pixilated in Babyshambles video
- House Music Award winners
- Hard Dance Awards open
- Single review: Funeral For A Friend - History
- McFly steal show at Smash Hits pop awards
- MTV confirm Copenhagen will host 2006 awards
- Ure gets lifetime achievement award
- Ure says there are no good bands
- Sanctuary chairman steps down
- SunnComm DRM also has problems
- Apple deny EMI claims
- Album review: Various - 1980 Forward - 25 Years Of 4AD
- ITV news channel closure looks even more likely
- C4 get new Freeview slot
- Chart update
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- Subshot playlist
- New Order play school gig
- Jagger hits out at Blair
- BSP bassist gets in fracas with Faust
- Gary Barlow speaks about that one million
- Hawkins/Eavis feud ends

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VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE TRACK OF 2005>>
You know how you love the CMU Daily and you really want to give something back? Yeah? Well, here's your chance, cos over the next few weeks were going to ask you all to help us out updating our membership records, label and PR directory and that kind of stuff. But this week something much more challenging. Yep, it's that time of year again when we ask you to look back at the music of the last 12 months and pick the one track that you think was the best. It can be a single release, an album track, a remix, a bootleg or even a cover version - as long as it was first released in 2005. Any music from any genre is eligible, accept anything recorded by Westlife. We'll publish individual nominations each day of December and release an overall Top Ten just before Christmas.

TO VOTE just email the track you most rate from 2005, with short description as to why it is your favourite (about 50 words would be good) and your name/company/job title to 2005@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk.

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UK OFFICIALS VISIT GLITTER OVER CHILD SEX ALLEGATIONS
Following those reports that Vietnamese officials wanted to talk to Gary Glitter over allegations he had taken underage girls back to his home in the town of Vung Tau on the coast of Vietnam, the former glam rock star was arrested on Saturday after an official at Ho Chi Minh City airport recognised him. UK officials have since visited the singer, who is seemingly facing child sex charges after authorities interviewed a fifteen year old girl at his home. Officials said the Vietnamese authorities were being very co-operative, and that the singer will have access to a lawyer regarding the charges. As previously reported, if found guilty of the latest allegations Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, faces 12 years in a Vietnamese prison.

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50 CENT MAY BE CALLED TO MURDER INC TRIAL
Proceedings in the ongoing Murder Inc trial turned to the 2000 shooting of 50 Cent at the end of last week, even though the judge hearing the case initially said the shooting could only be discussed if raised by a witness.

According to some reports, the prosecution again raised the 50 Cent shooting after their surprise witness, Donell Nichols, failed to deliver the goods. As previously reported, the authorities are trying to prove that the owners of the Murder Inc record label, Irv and Chris Lorenzo "Gotti", used the then Universal Music imprint to launder money for notorious drug dealer Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff. It was alleged Nichols, who worked for the label for a time, initially as an intern, would testify that money regularly changed hands between McGriff and the Lorenzo brothers. But Nichols' credibility as a witness was called into question as soon as he first took to the stand at the start of last week, with some claiming he had a reputation for "fabricating stories" about his status at Murder Inc.

With Nichols' revelations seemingly failing to make any real impact in court last week, the prosecution again returned to the 50 Cent shooting. They claim that McGriff organized the shooting of the rapper on behalf of Irv Lorenzo, who was angry that 50 Cent had dissed him in a track. That, they say, demonstrates the close relationship between the drug dealer and the label chief. The Lorenzo brothers' lawyers have always objected to any discussions of the 50 Cent shooting taking place as part of this court case, but on this occasion Judge Edward Korman reversed a previous decision and said he would allow the prosecution to question witnesses about McGriff's involvement in the shooting. That might mean that 50 Cent himself will be called to the witness stand, boosting the media profile of this long running case.

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DMX SENTENCED AND THEN SOME
DMX was sentenced to an extra ten days in prison last week for not showing respect in the courtroom. Those ten days were in addition to the sixty day sentence he was handed for a series of driving offences which violated the parole conditions that followed that incident at New York's JFK Airport back in June 2004 when he drove his car into a gate and told a parking lot attendant that he was a federal agent. Stop smirking, it's not funny.

The rapper, real name Earl Simmons, appeared three hours late for sentencing on Thursday. Despite his profuse apologies, the judge in the case Dorothy Chin-Brandt, handed him the ten day extension. Prosecutor Gerard Brave was, of course in favour of the extra days, telling the New York courthouse, that Simmons "continues to show disregard for the court. He continues to put his own interests and career ahead of the court." Of course, if he behaves himself in the clink, DMX is likely to get the sentence reduced in any case, with some reports suggesting that he could be out in time for Christmas.

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COURTNEY LOVE REHAB RELEASE
Courtney Love is to leave the drug rehab centre where she was to be held for 180 days, following an order by a California court. The singer was ordered to the facility in September by Judge Rand Rubin after violating her probation by using drugs. As you may remember, Love was on probation over previous drug offences as well as that 2004 incident when she attacked musician Kristin King with a whisky bottle and a large candle, after finding King at her boyfriend's home. King is, as previously reported, suing Love over the attack.

Anyway, Judge Rubin told Love on Friday: "You're doing really well. I'm really pleased with the reports," and continued "I certainly hope you keep up the good progress. You're definitely going in the right direction." Love will still be required to submit to twice-weekly drug and alcohol tests and will be forced to stay at home unless certain circumstances demand that she goes out, such as visits to the doctor or her probation officer. Love's Lawyer Howard Weitzman told reporters: "Things are going great. She's moving forward and taking the process very seriously. She hopes this is the beginning of the next chapter in her life."

Meanwhile, Love has revealed to The Guardian that rehab has been useful for more than just getting her off the drugs; she says it's helped her write lots of new material. She says there are eight tracks so far, which she's been working on with Linda Perry, her collaborator on previous solo outing 'America's Sweetheart'. She also says that being in rehab has given her time to acquaint herself with some new bands, amongst them Kings Of Leon, Maximo Park and The Duke Spirit. On the latter, she said "I really, really like the Duke Spirit. It's a chick who obviously writes her own lyrics, which is hugely progressive for this day and age. I just don't see ads for females in bands and it's very depressing. It's like Steps or something. The nightmare that is Steps is just taking over!"

On her recent troubles, Love said: "I just sort of lost faith in myself last year. Getting dragged off to Bellevue [New York mental institution] in front of the whole fucking world, it can really zap a person's confidence."

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ACQUAVIVA WINS CASE AGAINST MADONNA
Belgian songwriter Salvatore Acquaviva has won a plagiarism case against Madonna over her 1998 single 'Frozen'. The songwriter has accused Madonna of copying one of her songs. That claim has now been upheld by a Belgian court, which has ordered EMI, Sony and Warner Music to withdraw from sale the song, and the album it comes from ('Ray Of Light'). The judge also ordered the record companies endeavour to stop TV and radio stations in Belgium from playing the song.

Nobody from Madonna's camp had a comment, but Acquaviva's lawyer, Victor-Vincent Dehin told reporters that the companies would be handed a fine of more than 100,000 euros (£68,000) if they did not obey the ruling within 15 days. He added: "We tried to reach a friendly agreement... but they didn't want to negotiate so I sued for plagiarism. They have stolen a song, so they have to pay the value of the song."

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FANS WARNED ABOUT MONKEYS RIP-OFFS
Fans of Arctic Monkeys are being warned not to go buying music online that they can get for free. NME.com reports that people have been collecting together Arctic Monkeys studio demos which the band have made freely available to download, and are then burning them to a CD and attempting to flog them as unofficial albums via such sites as eBay.

A spokesperson from their label says: "Domino will endeavour to halt the blatant ripping off of fans by those who cobble together freely available Arctic Monkeys music on the net and sell it for profit. In practise this mainly involves us manually removing these perpetrators on an individual basis from sites such as eBay."

A spokesperson for eBay also chipped in, saying: "I urge fans to download these songs from the Arctic Monkeys website. We remove bootlegs as soon as we're made aware of them. As there's three million items live at any time in the UK we'd urge people to let us know if they find anything they're not happy with."

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CURE TO START NEW ALBUM NEXT YEAR
Robert Smith has posted a message on his band's website, saying that The Cure will be heading into the studio in January to begin work on a new album. "We will now not be in the studio 'for real' until January 2006 but we are still on course for a summer release as it's all in the preparation!" he wrote, adding that he has also been working on a live DVD as well as "writing some film music".

Meanwhile, the band are expected to reissue expanded versions of albums 'The Top', 'The Head On The Door' and 'Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me'.

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NADA SURF ANNOUNCE BIG UK SHOW
Nada Surf have announced a big UK show. They will play at the Shepherds Bush Empire on 26 Mar. So there you go.

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MULLORD PIXILATED IN BABYSHAMBLES VIDEO
A fleeting image of Pete Doherty's manager James Mullord has been pixilated in the new Babyshambles video for upcoming single release 'Albion'. Mullord is pictured walking across Trafalgar Square with Doherty, but his face has been blanked out, reportedly because Mullord is considered by the Babyshambles camp to be the one responsible for selling images of Kate Moss snorting coke to a tabloid newspaper.

Mullord has, of course, denied that he had anything to do with selling the snaps. On his pixilation, Mullord told the Evening Standard: "It is annoying. It is so petty. I think the record company did it believing it would be a feather in their cap keeping Pete happy. But Pete isn't a vindictive person and I don't think he would have ordered it."

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HOUSE MUSIC AWARD WINNERS
A stack of awards news for you now. First up, the House Music Awards were presented at an event at the Hammersmith Palais on Thursday night and the winners were...

Track of the Year - Blaze ft B Tucker 'Most Precious Love'
DJ of the year - David Guetta
Label of the year - Defected
Artist of the year - Mylo
Outstanding remix - Tiefschwartz (Spectrum 'Kinda New')
Album of the year - Mylo
Most innovative producer - Martin Solveig
Breakthrough producer - Angello
Breakthrough label - Breastfed
Breakthrough DJ - Shapeshifters
Outstanding vocal - Barbara Tucker
Best club night - Defected In the House
Best venue - Space, Ibiza
Best Video - Basement Jaxx 'Oh my gosh'
Festival Event of the year - Creamfields
Best live set - David Guetta
Best live PA - Barbara Tucker
Outstanding radio show - Roger Sanchez
Best radio station - 1Xtra
Best web resource - DontStayIn.com
Most innovative technology - Pioneer
Best independent store - Juno
Standout track WMC - Audio bullys
Standout event WMC - Fuckk me I'm famous
Best download site - ITunes
Best magazine - Mixmag
Outstanding A&R - Erick Morillo

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HARD DANCE AWARDS OPEN
With the House Music Awards done and dusted, voting has now opened on the Hard Dance Awards, which presumably celebrate the DJs and producers who make or play 'hard dance music' (rather than the choreographers who devise dances that are very hard to do). This is the third year of the Hard Dance Awards - last year some 8000 people from 75 countries voted. If you want to vote this time round get on over to http://www.harddanceawards.com. The closing date for voting is 30 Jan.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Funeral For A Friend - History (Warner/Atlantic)
Describing this single is a bit like playing the Conveyor Belt Game in some nightmarish version of the Generation Game where you have to recount all the things without having seen them first. What I am trying desperately to recount is what makes a good single. On the surface, this song is great. It is catchy, even beautiful, with evocative lyrics and music building to a crescendo. It sounds a bit like a Foo Fighters ballad, a bit like the Connell's '74-75'. But it just doesn't move me. It's not that it's boring. Maybe it is that it is too perfect. There is not a wrong note, not a quiver in the voice, nothing, in short, to make you sit up and pay attention. It happily passes in one ear and out the other, leaving you unable to recall it, because the human mind does not remember wholes, it remembers details and imperfections. SIA
Release date: 14 Nov
Press contact: Ian Cheek [CP, RP] Atlantic IH [NP, CR, RR, NR]

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MCFLY STEAL SHOW AT SMASH HITS POP AWARDS
And so on to yesterday's Smash Hits Poll Winners Party, once again celebrating the best and worst of the mad world of teen-targeted pop music.

Obviously the Smash Hits readers know a thing or two about quality pop music because they handed most of the top awards to McFly (though a previous generation of Smash Hits readers did do the same thing for Westlife, so perhaps it was a fluke). The McFly boys took the gongs for Best UK Band, Best Single, Best Album and Stars Of The Year, while McFly members Danny Jones and Dougie Poynter won the awards for Most Snoggable Male and Top Mop respectively. And hurrah to that.

Other winners at the pop fest included former Blue boy Lee Ryan who was named Best Solo Artist, Green Day who own Best International Band and Eminem who took Best Hip-Hop Act. There were awards for Akon (Best R'n'B Act) and The Pussycat Dolls (Best Video), while Son Of Dork took Hot New Talent, though given that the band is marketed pretty much on the leadership of former Busted boy James Bourne, I'm not sure they're really that new.

In the non-music categories Johnny Depp was named Movie Star Of The Year while his film 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' won Best Movie. Eastenders was named Best TV Show, while Rachel Stevens was named Most Fanciable Female, Girls Aloud's Cheryl Tweedy and footballer Ashley Cole were named Hottest Showbiz Couple and, on the more negative side, Britney Spears was named Worst Dressed Star and Peter Andre was given the award for Flop Mop.

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MTV CONFIRM COPENHAGEN WILL HOST 2006 AWARDS
More awards type news, and MTV have announced that next year's Europe Music Awards will be staged in Copenhagen. The thirteenth outing for the annual awards event will take place in the Danish city on 9 Nov 2006.

Confirming the city choice, MTV's Brent Hansen told reporters this week: "Copenhagen boasts some of the world's leading creativity and design, combined with a truly exciting, vibrant music scene. This city is the perfect setting for a global music event of the scale of the MTV Europe Music Awards."

MTV's annual awards ceremony has become quite a sought after event for many cities in Europe, given the high media coverage it always receives. The Portuguese city of Lisbon enjoyed that spotlight during this year's awards earlier this month. The TV network is yet to confirm where in Copenhagen it will host the awards, although more details are expected soon.

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URE GETS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Hurray for Midge Ure! The Band Aid Co-founder has been presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tartan Clef Awards ceremony in Glasgow. The event's main award was given to Hue and Cry, newcomer Lucie Silvas was named Best Breakthrough Artist and CMU favourites Alabama 3 won the Best Songwriters prize. Honours were also awarded to The Corries' Ronnie Browne and percussionist Evelyn Glennie.

The awards, now in their seventh year, are organised by music therapy charity Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity. Previous winners have included The Darkness, Edwyn Collins and violinist Nicola Benedetti. Chairman Donald Macleod said: "The Tartan Clef Awards go from strength to strength each year, raising an astonishing amount of money for the charity. The generosity of people on the night is a true testament that music really does have a place in everyone's heart, and that awareness of the charity and the power of music therapy continues to grow."

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URE SAYS THERE ARE NO GOOD BANDS
Boo for Midge Ure! He thinks there are no good, modern bands. I might have to give him the benefit of the doubt though, and say that if Bob Geldof always got sole credit for something I had been a partner in organising, I might also get a bit crabby and start dissing the music industry.

Anyway, it's a Live 8 story, really. According to reports Mr Ure was annoyed that so many of the acts involved in the event were getting on a bit. "The sad indictment is that 90% of all the artists that performed at Live 8 had performed at Live Aid," he said. "It is the same people, the same guys to ask to come along and do it."

It wasn't their fault, though, according to Ure. He blames dance music for having a detrimental effect on live bands "Since Live Aid, bands kind of disappeared. For a long time it was all dance artists and DJs and we didn't generate the next U2 or the next Annie Lennox."

Ure continued to bash the current, thriving live scene: "I always thought that the live thing would always be there, but it is not. Nowadays I go to what was considered a rock pub or a circuit venue and you will see chalked up on the wall who is playing that month, and maybe there is only half a dozen bands. The rest of it is all filled in with soundalike bands like the Australian Pink Floyd and that is killing the route which new artists come through."

Thus implying that there are few good new bands. And that he's not familiar with any new live venues. Oh, I'm sorry to have to say this, but it sounds like an old man talking.

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SANCTUARY CHAIRMAN STEPS DOWN
Following their previously reported financial struggles, the Executive Chairman of the Sanctuary Music Group has announced he is standing down. Andy Taylor, who co-founded Sanctuary as an artist management company with Rod Smallwood in 1976, will stay on in a senior executive role, but a new person will be found to oversee the day to day running of the music group.

In a statement to the London Stock Exchange, Sanctuary said the decision was part of the group's overall business review - the company has been undergoing something of a restructure after announcing it would not be considering a takeover as a way out of its recent financial hardships. The group said on Friday: "The process of identifying new directors and the process of restructuring current executive responsibilities is progressing well".

Elsewhere in Sanctuary Group news, the music company is apparently facing a lawsuit from the 5.1 Label Group, an American manufacturing firm who licence and produce Dual Disc releases. 5.1 Label Group claim Sanctuary have failed to fulfill commitments made in a 2003 contract in which they said they would release five dual-disc albums a month, manufactured by the claimants. Sanctuary are yet to comment on the litigation.

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SUNCOMM DRM ALSO HAS PROBLEMS
More bad press this week for the digital rights management industry. Following all the problems surrounding the use of the rootkit anti-piracy technology used on a stack of SonyBMG releases in the US which, as previously reported, makes a users computer more liable to virus attack, now there are problems surrounding another kind of copyright-protection software, this one made by IT firm SunnComm, a technology also used by SonyBMG. The problem with SunnComm's MediaMax system isn't the software itself, but the uninstall programme that comes with it. SunnComm only released the programme to uninstall the anti-piracy software last week, but reports suggest IT programmers have discovered that music fans who run the SunnComm uninstall software also make their PCs more susceptible to virus attack, which aint good. To be fair to SunnComm, this problem is nothing like that surrounding the rootkit software, mainly because the company quickly stopped issuing the uninstall after the problems was discovered, and they are able to contact everyone who has downloaded it to warn them about the problems. However, the story will provide further ammunition to the already anti-DRM consumer rights groups who question the ethics of record labels installing software onto music fans' PCs without their permission.

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APPLE DENY EMI CLAIMS
Apple have reportedly hit back at two statements made last week by EMI. Firstly, they say that they know nothing about EMI chief Alain Levy's claims that download platforms would start variable pricing rather than the one-price-fits-all strategy pioneered by iTunes and adopted by most of their competitors. That pricing policy is increasingly unpopular with the record labels, but Apple say they have no current plan to change it, despite Levy's seeming confidence that they would (of course, Levy was probably implying that he and his counterparts at the other majors plan to force the download platforms into variable pricing in the next year or so).

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, the computer firm denied that the Macro-vision based DRM technology that they are planning on sticking on their CDs in the next year will be iTunes compatible. Talking up their DRM technology which, they claim, won't have all the problems currently being experienced with SonyBMG's DRM of choice, EMI said last week: "Apple is nearly finished with the technical work necessary to enable consumers to transfer music from [our] content-protected discs to their iPods". But Apple are denying that is so. I don't have Apple's exact statement to hand, but I prefer the summary of Apple's statement given by technology website Arstechnica.com who said that the computer firm "said in so many words that it wants to know what EMI is smoking and where it can get some, stating that there's no agreement in place and none on the horizon". Subsequent reports suggest that what EMI meant was that they are working with Macrovision to make their DRM iPod-compatible - without Apple's formal help.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various - 1980 Forward - 25 Years of 4AD (4AD)
There is a very funny scene in Buffy The Vampire Slayer when Andrew the nerd launches into a very long and tiresome Star Wars allegory to which Xander simply replies, "You've never had any tiny bit of sex, have you?" I am invariably reminded of this when the Pale Saints' 'Sight Of You' comes on. Of all the Stone Roses songs it could rip off, it rips off 'Sally Cinnamon', but is even duller and features the line, "My body's sad". Indeed. I suppose that to commemorate 25 years of indie, you cannot deny those dark days in the early 90s when almost all music sounded like this. Thankfully, this is the only reminder we get, and the rest of this album is truly awesome. Boasting a good combination of the best-known songs from some bands (The Pixies' 'Where Is My Mind') and lesser known gems from others (The Breeders' brilliant 'Off You' rather than the obvious "Cannonball") this is a great compilation in its own right, whilst it also whets your appetite to raid the archives. The Wolfgang Press' 'I'm Coming Home (Mama)' reminds you of everything that was good about the 80s, i.e. Depeche Mode and Talk Talk, whilst TV On The Radio's fantastic 2004 single 'New Health Rock' proves that 4AD is still releasing innovative and important music. This album is accompanied by several live dates around London from now (well, last week actually) until 27 Nov, which I for one will be making as much use of as possible. For once, a compilation that does what it says: celebrates the past, whilst truly looking forward. SIA
Release date: 21 Nov
Press contact: Beggars [all]

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ITV NEWS CHANNEL CLOSURE LOOKS EVEN MORE LIKELY
Not really music news, but interesting for all you media junkies. Doubt over the future of ITV's news channel increased this weekend after the Media Guardian revealed a highly confidential memo had been discovered in the ITV news room that outlined plans for closing down the station "should the need arise", whatever that means. The Editor In Chief of ITV News, David Mannion, has subsequently stressed the document was simply a contingency plan and that nothing had been set in stone, but when the contingency being seriously considered is shutting up shop, it don't look so good for the future of the new station.

As previously reported, it was originally assumed that when ITV4 launched, the commercial broadcaster would drop its Men & Motors channel off Freeview in order to make way for the new channel - but instead ITV bosses decided to take 12 hours a day of Freeview airtime off the ITV News Channel. The remaining 12 hours is likely to go to ITV's planned kids channel in the New Year and insiders say, ITV is unlikely to continue operating the news station just for satellite and cable viewers, who already have access to a stack of both UK and US rival news channels.

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C4 GET NEW FREEVIEW SLOT
The closure of the ITV News Channel is probably even more likely given that the latest new Freeview slot has gone to Channel 4. As previously reported, ITV dropped out of the running for the new Freeview slot last week, leaving only Channel 4 and Five in the race. C4 has been successful. Initially the slot will be used for a 'timeshift' version of the recently launched More4, with plans to launch a new entertainment channel sometime next year.

It's not all bad news for Five, however. The fifth channel has just bought a stake in Top-Up TV, which offers additional subscription channels to Freeview viewers. It is expected that the alliance with Top-Up TV will see Five launch new subscription based digital services, while the possibility of using some of Top-Up TV's freeview 'space' for a free-to-air channel is also apparently not out of the question.

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CHART UPDATE
Well, people are still obviously buying these here Madonna and Westlife singles cos there is no change at the top of this week's UK singles chart - with 'Hung Up' still there at number one and 'You Raise Me Up' still at number two. One of those is good news. Which means we go to number three for our highest new entry, where we find Black Eyed Peas and 'My Humps'.

Then there's a stack of new entries. Girls Aloud's 'Biology' is at 4, Will Young's 'Switch It On' at 5, Liberty X's 'A Night To Remember' at 6, The Darkness' 'One Way Ticket' at 8, White Stripes' 'The Denial Twist' at 10, Green Day's 'Jesus Of Suburbia' at 17, Funeral For A Friend's 'History' at 21, Arcade Fire's 'Wake Up' at 29, Towers Of London's 'How Rude She Was' at 30 and Modern's 'Jane Falls Down' at 35. As I said - a stack of new entries.

Good news for Madonna albums wise too. She goes straight in at number one with new album 'Confessions On A Dance Floor', giving her the double-chart-topping-thingy (apologies for using a technical chart term there). She managed to outsell the new Take That best of package, which went straight in a number two, presumably helped somewhat by that ITV documentary the other night.

The next new entry comes in at 6 - the previously reported Green Day package going by the name of 'Bullet In A Bible', which I'm surprised is chart eligible because I'm pretty sure the CD comes with a live DVD, but what do I know? (Clearly very little).

Other album new entries as follows: Babyshambles' 'Down In Albion' at 10, the Savage Garden best of at 25 and the new one from former Blue boy Simon Webb at 28. Mariah Carey's 'The Emancipation Of Mimi' re-enters at 34, possibly because of the all the Mariah Carey that surrounded last weekend's Vibe Awards, or possibly because of some priority sale racking in certain high street stores, or possibly both. Who knows? As we've already established - not me.

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THIS WEEK'S STUDENT RADIO CHART
1. [NE] Gorillaz - Dirty Harry (EMI/Parlophone)
2. [13] The Futureheads - Area (679)
3. [1] Arcade Fire - Wake Up (Rough Trade)
4. [3] Kaiser Chiefs - Modern Way (B-unique)
5. [16] Madonna - Hung Up (Warner/Maverick)
6. [7] Athlete - 24 Hours (EMI/Parlophone)
7. [10] White Stripes - Denial Twist (Beggars/XL)
8. [4] The Strokes - Juicebox (Rough Trade)
9. [NE] Jack Johnson - Sitting, Wishing, Waiting (Universal/Brushfire)
10. [2] Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor (Domino)
11. [6] Babyshambles - Albion (Rough Trade)
12. [12] The Darkness - One Way Ticket (Warner/Atlantic)
13. [NE] Franz Ferdinand - Walk Away (Domino)
14. [NE] Foo Fighters - Resolve (SonyBMG/RCA)
15. [26] Oasis - Let There Be Love (Big Brother)
16. [5] The Subways - No Goodbyes (Warner)
17. [NE] Goldie Lookin' Chain - RnB (Warner/Atlantic)
18. [NE] Royksopp - What Else Is There? (Wall Of Sound)
19. [NE] Stereophonics - Rewind (V2)
20. [NE] Mystery Jets - Alas Agnes (679)
21. [NE] David Gray - Hospital Food (Warner/Atlantic)
22. [8] Maximo Park - Apply Some Pressure (Warp)
23. [RE] Pharrell Williams - Can I have It Like That? (Ft. Gwen Stefani) (EMI/Virgin)
24. [RE] The Black-Eyed Peas - My Humps (Universal/Polydor)
25. [24] Sugababes - Push the Button (Universal/Island)
26. [23] Sigur Ros - Hippipola (EMI)
27. [20] Dead 60s - Riot on the Radio (Deltasonic)
28. [11] The Hives - A Little More for Little You (Universal/Polydor)
29. [NE] Kate Bush - King of the Mountain (EMI)
30. [NE] Keyshia Cole - I Changed My Mind (Universal/Polydor)

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

A LIST
Athlete - Twenty Four Hours (EMIParlophone)
Bob Marley - Slogans (Universal/Island)
**Foo Fighters - Resolve (SonyBMG/RCA)
**Franz Ferdinand - Walk Away (Domino)
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)
*The Subways - No Goodbyes (Warner)

B LIST
50 Cent - Window Shopper (Universal/Interscope)
**Action Plan - Stendhal (Young & Lost)
Alkaline Trio - Mercy Me (Hassle)
Antony And The Johnsons - You Are My Sister (Rough Trade)
Arcade Fire - Wake Up (Rough Trade)
Babyshambles - Albion (Rough Trade)
**Dogs - Tarred And Feathered (Universal/Island)
**Jack Johnson - Sitting Waiting Wishing (Universal/Island)
**Kubb - Wicked Soul (Universal/Mercury)
**Lady Sovereign - Hoodie (Universal/Island)
The Cribs - You're Gonna Lose Us (Wichita)
The Dead 60s - Ghostfaced Killer (Deltasonic)
The Decemberists - Sixteen Military Wives (Rough Trade)
The Heights - Long Way Home (Best Before)
The Young Knives - The Decision (Transgressive)
**Tom Novy Feat. Michael Marshall - Your Body (Data)
**Viva Voce - Wrecking Ball (Full Time Hobby)
Will Young - Switch It On (SonyBMG)

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NEW ORDER PLAY SCHOOL GIG
A school in Salford celebrated getting a good OFSTED report by, erm, staging a New Order gig for its staff and pupils. I don't remember that ever happening at my school. Though to be fair, I don't think you had OFSTED reports in those days.

Anyway, the head teacher of Oakwood High School, a Salford based school aimed at young people with learning difficulties which specialises in arts, technology and music, invited the band, who come from that area of Manchester, to play at her school following the good OFSTED report. That gig took place on Friday and, from what we hear, was a glowing success.

Afterwards Bernard Sumner told reporters: "Probably half the kids didn't know who we were.
It was still brilliant. We came to make people feel special, but they made us feel special. Creativity wasn't big when me and Hooky were at school in Salford."

Head teacher Janis Triska told The Guardian after the show: "It's been fabulous. I can't begin to describe what's happened. The children have had a whale of a time and it's so richly deserved for them and the staff who have worked equally as hard for the Ofsted inspection. The roadies are coming back in to do a talk to Year 10 and 12 about jobs in the industry and Bernie said he'd be coming back. The kids might not have known who they were before, but they all certainly do now."

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JAGGER HITS OUT AT BLAIR
Good old Mick Jagger has launched an attack on Tony Blair, which is extra pleasing given that the prime minister is a huge Stones fan (does finding that pleasing make me a bad person? Ah well, I can live with that). On the invasion of Iraq and the ongoing struggles in the region, the Stones frontman told Spanish journalists: "It makes me angry that Blair already knew that arms of mass destruction were simply an excuse and had nothing planned for the day after. In Iraq, you have three irreconcilable groups - the Shiites, the Sunnis and the Kurds. Either you establish a very well thought-out system of confederation, or something will break. Only now is the United States discovering the reality of Iraq". Of course Jagger's political affiliations have been clear for a while now - with the Stones song 'Sweet Neo Con' containing the Bush-aimed lyric: "You call yourself a Christian, I call you a hypocrite / You call yourself a patriot, well I think you're full of shit".

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BSP BASSIST GETS IN FRACAS WITH FAUST
Not the fictional with-devil-dealing doctor, obviously. British Sea Power's bassist Hamilton recently sustained a black eye when he got into a bit of a bust up with Faust frontman Jean-Herve Peron, who apparently became exasperated with British Sea Power during a joint jamming session in which BSP played an extended drum solo. Peron apparently confronted the band following the set and the fracas ensued.

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GARY BARLOW SPEAKS ABOUT THAT ONE MILLION
Gary Barlow has spoken to the Sunday Mirror about that previously reported £1million that each of the Take That lads have been offered reform for a one-off tour, allegedly revealing that the band are not averse to the idea of going on the road sans-Robbie.

"We've been offered a million pounds each to go back on the road one last time," he told the tabloid. "Robbie has been included in the offer but I don't know what he thinks. But we would do it without him. I think we'd have to. I did well from Take That but this is still a very large amount of money. Financially, it's a very tempting idea and I know a lot of our fans would like it. Our live shows were what made Take That great, so if we came back it would have to beat that otherwise I wouldn't want to do it. We're just thinking about it at the moment."

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HAWKINS/EAVIS FEUD ENDS
The feud between Michael Eavis and Justin Hawkins is over. Well, according to Hawkins it is. Well, according to The Star. You may remember some harsh words were spoken when Eavis didn't ask the band to play Glastonbury in 2004 because they had played there the previous year. Hawkins called Eavis a 'cock', Eavis demanded an apology, but now, apparently, the air is clear. The Darkness man told The Star "I've got no problem at all playing Glastonbury now."

One hopes he's not hoping to play there next year, for obvious reasons.

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