CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 27th March
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Judge threatens to force Death Row into receivership
- AIM announce details of Digital Day
- Music Tank explore all things digital radio
- Dixie Chicks new song inspired by backlash
- Buck Owens dies
- Sarah Caldwell dies
- Rocio Durcal dies
- The Jam re-release Mod Cons
- Sonic Youth album tracklisting revealed
- Pink talks about her druggy past
- Charlie's a bastard, says Willis
- Q vote Duran Duran bottom of the pops
- Single review: Belle And Sebastian - The Blues Are Still Blue
- Mystery Jets single, tour
- James Brown / Pet Shop Boys for the Tower
- Pet Shop Boys announce festival dates
- Benicassim latest
- Babyshambles KoKo no show
- Jessica Simpson switches labels
- Suggs joins Ordinary Boys on stage
- NME make first Dirty Pretty release
- Arctic Monkeys respond to hype on new track
- Live review: The Fratellis at Barfly
- GCap defend station sale decisions
- Warner acquire Ryko
- Edgar says no current Warner EMI talks
- Germany passes strict anti-P2P law
- Chart update
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- Subshot playlist
- CMU radio show playlist
- Britney throws nice party for K-Fed
- Henson hints at Church wedding

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TOP BIT: NEW CMU RADIO SHOW LIVE TODAY>>
Hurrah for Monday, our favourite day of the week. Why, you ask, surely everyone hates Mondays? Ah yes, but Monday is the day that new editions of the CMU Radio Show go live - see, you're feeling a little bit happier already, aren't you? Well, aren't you? Yep, edition seven of the radio show goes live later today with Caro and Chris getting to grips with all things Prince, Notorious BIG, Aerosmith, Radiohead, Morrissey, Arctic Monkeys, Roxy Music and James Blunt. Plus there's a bit on gigs in forests and on boats, some chatter about dodgy Russian download sites, another Apple iTunes rant and the welcome return of Doherty news. Hurrah. All that plus some great tunes (they're listed down below). Just head on over to http://www.thebeatsbar.co.uk/cmuradio later on today and click the 'play latest show' banner. Your Windows Media Player and our friends at totallyradio.com will handle the rest. Easy.

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PRESS ROOM>>

THE INSOMNIACS BALL... Kill All Hippies and Stylish Riots present London's first ever all-night indoor festival, kicking off the Easter Weekend on Thursday April 13th, with three live stages and dozens of live bands and DJs underneath the arches at London Bridge in the seOne club. Line up so far includes no less than British Sea Power, White Rose Movement, Mando Diao, Battle, New Rhodes, The Pipettes, Art Brut, Dogs, The Rifles, Komakino, Good Shoes, Cooper Temple Clause (DJ set) and The Rakes (DJ set). How good is this? Doors will open at 8pm, when the live music begins, and the entertainment will continue until 6am the following morning - Good Friday. Full details at http://www.insomniacsball.co.uk - for details of a special student discount check http://www.thebeatsbar.co.uk.

Press info: http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/pressroom/insomniacsball

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RIGHT NOW IN THE CMU BEATS BAR>>

MySpace Of The Day: Madlib
Hailing from LA, former Lootpack member Madlib is part rapper, producer and DJ, but more thoughtful connoisseur of the genre, and nearer to Talib Kweli than 50 Cent. The tracks on offer at his MySpace page prove the array of sounds he experiments in; 'Pyramids', especially, keeps it soulful and chilled out, his style a welcome change from the gangsta hip-hop that dominated in the nineties.

http://www.myspace.com/madlib

More on our MySpace Of The Day at http://www.thebeatsbar.co.uk

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JUDGE THREATENS TO FORCE DEATH ROW INTO RECEIVERSHIP
The frequently turbulent history of legendary hip hop record label Death Row Records is facing another interesting twist after a US judge last week threatened to force the company into receivership.

That threat came as LA Superior Court Judge Ronald Sohigian announced he was considering seizing control of Death Row boss Marion 'Suge' Knight's assets, after the hip-hop impresario refused to pay $107 million in damages relating to a civil court judgment laid down in March last year. Sohigian says he will place Death Row into receivership next month if Knight fails to attend a debtors' hearing. The Death Row man has missed three previous hearings.

As with everything to do with Death Row, nothing is straightforward. As previously reported, the $107 million damages are due to Lydia Harris, who sued Knight alleging that she co-founded the hip hop label but was defrauded out of her share by her former business partner. Harris won her lawsuit against Knight last year when the hip hop mogul and his legal people failed to respond to several questions posed by the courts in relation to the case.

The Death Row man has so far failed to pay those damages, his lawyers recently claiming that they had in fact already reached an out of court settlement with Harris that rendered the damages payment unnecessary. Commenting on the latest case developments, Knight's attorney Dermot Givens again told reporters: "In May of 2005, [Harris] received a million dollars and rights to various music, and she signed a settlement agreement".

The whole case became even more complicated last summer when Harris' estranged husband claimed he should get half of the damages his wife had won, and began divorce proceedings in a bid to force that claim. Because Knight had yet to make any damages payment he too became involved in the divorce proceedings, with his assets being frozen last August.

Knight has not helped his case by frequently missing court hearings relating to this case, hence Judge Sohigian's threat to liquidate the hip hop man's company and assets in order to bring closure to the affair. Whether Knight will now cooperate in order to avoid that eventuality remains to be seen.

Harris' lawyer Rex Julian Beaber doesn't hold out much hope: "Because he had a long history of deceiving the court and avoiding payment, I asked the court to appoint a receiver to take over. If Knight cooperates in providing the information, he can ask the court to remove the receiver. But I don't think there's a chance in hell Knight is going to cooperate."

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AIM ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF DIGITAL DAY
The Association Of Independent Music has announced details of its third annual Distribution & Digital Day, which has expanded somewhat with a record number of companies due to take part. 300 indie record label types are expected to attend, with at least 50 digital music companies expected to be represented. It all takes place at The Camden Centre on 7 Apr.

Confirming the event, AIM Digital General Manager James Kyllo told CMU: "We look forward to welcoming old friends and new to what has become an unmissable event for those who wish to be well informed about developments in the digital space."

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MUSIC TANK EXPLORE ALL THINGS DIGITAL RADIO
Talking of events with 'digital' in the title, MusicTank host their next Think Tank event this Wednesday, and the state, potential and threat of digital radio is the topic for debate. It should be an interesting session, and not just for radio anoraks like me. If you want proof of that, check out CMU's latest ThinkTank interview with keynote speaker Phil Riley of Chrysalis Radio, which will be going live on the CMU website tomorrow. Also taking part in the session on Wednesday are Simon Cole (UBC Media), Tony Clark (PPL), Paul Brown (CRCA), Paul Sanders (state51, Consolidated Independent, PlayLouder MSP) and Geoff Taylor (IFPI). It all takes place at Bertorellis in Soho from 6.30pm - info from http://www.musictank.co.uk.

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DIXIE CHICKS NEW SONG INSPIRED BY BACKLASH
The Dixie Chicks have written a song about the abuse and death threats they've received in recent years over their views on the Iraq war and George W Bush.

As previously reported, the trio got into trouble back in 2003 when group member Natalie Maines professed to being ashamed of the US president during a concert in London. Back home the country band subsequently became the focus of protests and demands to remove their tracks from the airwaves.

Their new single release, 'Not Ready To Make Nice' refers to that backlash in its lyrics: "And how in the world can the words that I said / Send somebody so over the edge / That they'd write me a letter / Sayin' that I better shut up and sing / Or my life will be over."

Banjo-player Emily Robison says of the song: "We knew it was special because it was so autobiographical. And once we had that song done, it freed us up to do the rest of the album without that burden."

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BUCK OWENS DIES
Country star Buck Owens has died at the age of 76 at his home in Bakersfield, California. Owens had a string of hit singles in the sixties including 'I've Got A Tiger By The Tail' and 'Love's Gonna Live Here', and he co-hosted long running US TV variety show 'Hee Haw' between 1969 and 1986.

The musician was born in Texas, but moved to Bakersfield in 1951, and became a pioneer in the country music sub-genre that was to become known as the 'Bakersfield sound'. Spokesman Jim Shaw, who played in Owens' band The Buckaroos, said" "I think the reason he was so well known and respected by a younger generation of country musicians was because he was an innovator and rebel."

In 1992, Owens said: "I'd like to be remembered as a guy that came along and did his music, did his best and showed up on time, clean and ready to do the job, wrote a few songs and had a hell of a time."

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SARAH CALDWELL DIES
Sarah Caldwell, founding director of the Opera Company Of Boston, has died aged 82 from heart failure. Caldwell, who was the first ever female conductor at New York's Metropolitan Opera back in 1975, and who conducted 100 operas during thirty years in charge of the Boston Opera, was once described by Time magazine as "the best opera director" in the US, and was presented with the National Medal Of The Arts by then-president Bill Clinton in 1997.

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ROCIO DURCAL DIES
Spanish singer Rocio Durcal has died at the age of 61 following a long battle with cancer.

Durcal, born Maria de los Angeles de las Heras Ortiz, and who enjoyed a dual career as singing star and actress, found her greatest success with a series of albums of Mexican folk music known as 'ranchera', over the years recording duets with a variety of Latin music stars, including Julio Iglesias and Ricky Martin. Her biggest hit was 'Amor Eterno', written about and dedicated to the singer's first daughter who drowned at the age of three.

On learning of her diagnosis, Durcal said: "I think I'm made of different stuff. One thing you can say is that I'm not frightened of anything."

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THE JAM RE-RELEASE MOD CONS
The Jam's 1978 album 'All Mod Cons' is to be reissued. The re-release will feature bonus previously unreleased tracks and a DVD of a forty minute film comprising interviews, live footage and promo clips.

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SONIC YOUTH ALBUM TRACKLISTING REVEALED
Sonic Youth have revealed the tracklisting for that previously reported new album 'Rather Ripped', out on 12 Jun. Here it is, so that you can try and guess what each song might be about. Or something.

Reena
Incinerate
Do You Believe In Rapture?
Sleepin Around
What A Waste
Jams Run Free
Rats
Turquoise Boy
Lights Out
The Neutral
Pink Steam
Or

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PINK TALKS ABOUT HER DRUGGY PAST
Pink has apparently admitted to The Sun that she began using drugs when she was just thirteen years old, following her parents' divorce. She says: "Heroin is a horrible thing. I've seen first hand what it can do to people and it's not pretty. I was never that much in to it to need treatment. But if you're talking about drugs - you name it, I took it. I buried three friends from heroin overdoses. But, you know, onwards and upwards."

Commenting on Pete Doherty and his drug problem, she added: "It sounds like it's his way to be rock and roll. That's sad. In my experience people are searching for something else. In relationships, in drugs, with everything. Sometimes when your life is full of pain, drugs give you an escape - then you end up dead or sick. It's not a good place to be but I do understand it. I hope he finds what he is looking for."

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CHARLIE'S A BASTARD, SAYS WILLIS
If The Mirror is to be believed, former Busted star Matt Willis has had a go at ex-bandmate Charlie Simpson over derisory comments Simpson has apparently made in recent interviews.

According to the tabloid Willis says: "I refused to say anything bad when we split but then I read lots of interviews by Charlie slagging off the band - it really pisses me off. I thought: 'What a bastard'. We were in the band for five years, and it's insulting to our fans who spent money following us around, buying our music and voting for us to win awards. It's out of order".

He added: "I haven't got anything against his new band but it wouldn't have happened if it hadn't been for us."

Willis is, as previously reported, all set to start a solo career - his debut single 'Up All Night', is out on 22 May.

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Q VOTE DURAN DURAN BOTTOM OF THE POPS
Duran Duran's 1995 covers album 'Thank You' has apparently topped a Q Magazine poll to decide the worst albums of all time, despite the fact that the band gained a lifetime achievement gong at the Q Awards back in 2003. Other albums picked out for ignominy in the poll include Mick Jagger's 1987 solo outing 'Primitive Cool', Naomi Campell's 'Baby Woman' and Billy Idol's 'Cyberpunk'.

'Thank You', a set of Duran Duran's recordings of tracks by artists who inspired the band, features versions of Lou Reed's 'Perfect Day' and Elvis Costello's 'Watching the Detectives' and was later described by the band themselves as "commercial suicide". Q's deputy editor Gareth Grundy, called the LP "abysmal on every level", adding "Sometimes these things are redeemed by some sort of kitsch value, but it didn't even have that."

Elsewhere in polls news, the readers of Total Guitar magazine have voted Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven' the ultimate guitar solo of all time. Other tracks making the top ten included Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody', Jimi Hendrix's 'Voodoo Child' and The Eagles' 'Hotel California'.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Belle and Sebastian - The Blues Are Still Blue (Rough Trade)
The second single taken from the terrific top ten album 'The Life Pursuit', finds the Scots impersonating the likes of T-Rex and early Roxy Music with great panache. Stuart Murdoch's delivery bears more than a passing resemblance to Marc Bolan's, yet is more affectionate than mere pastiche. Similarly, the lyrics are the kind of inspired stream of consciousness that Bolan was famous for. I daresay laundry has never been used as a metaphor for romance in a pop song before, but it's not as ludicrous a proposition as it might sound. One of the standout tracks from 'The Life Pursuit', this single is certain to score Belle and Sebastian yet another top 40 hit. One of the B-sides is an acoustic cover of 'Whiskey In The Jar', which is a vast improvement upon the Metallica version. KW.
Release date: 4 Apr
Press contact: Wild [CP, CR] Pomona [RP] Bestest [NP] Anglo [RR, NR]

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MYSTERY JETS SINGLE, TOUR
Mystery Jets are to re-release 'You Can't Fool Me Dennis', originally released in 2005, on 15 May via 679. The release will be available as two separate 7" editions as well as on CD. They've also announced a series of tour dates preceding that release, as follows:

1 May: Liverpool Barfly
2 May: Manchester Academy
3 May: Glasgow QMU
4 May: Northumbria Stage 2
5 May: Birmingham Academy 2
7 May: Oxford Zodiac
8 May: Norwich Waterfront
9 May: Brighton Concorde 2
10 May: London Electric Ballroom

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JAMES BROWN / PET SHOP BOYS FOR THE TOWER
The Pet Shop Boys and James Brown are to appear at a new music festival at the Tower of London. They are joined on the bill by artists such as Jamie Cullum, Jeff Beck and Dionne Warwick for the Tower Music Festival, a series of open air concerts set to take place between 28 Jun and 14 Jul.

A spokesman said: "The Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses and one of the capital's most prominent landmarks. Now it will provide the backdrop for London's newest and most exciting summer festival."

See http://www.towermusicfestival.co.uk for more info.

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PET SHOP BOYS ANNOUNCE FESTIVAL DATES
Speaking of which, in addition to that Tower date, The Pet Shop Boys have announced a series of further festival appearances, as well as their previously announced set at Bestival, and their one-off Music In The Forest show at Thetford. The duo release a new album, 'Fundamental', on 22 May, preceded by a single 'I'm With Stupid' on 8 May.

All the band's upcoming live sets are as follows:

17 May: Denmark Zulu Rocks
28 May: Tower Of London Festival
9 Jul: Serbia EXIT Festival
14 Jul: Germany MELT Festival
19 Jul: Bonn Museumplatz
21 Jul: Thetford Forest
12 Aug: Creamfields Spain
2 Sep: Germany Schlossgarten Ludwiglust
3 Sep: Ireland Electric Picnic
9 Sep: Isle Of Wight Bestival

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BENICASSIM LATEST
Placebo, Scissor Sisters, The Kooks, We Are Scientists and Art Brut are amongst the latest additions to the line up for this year's Benicassim Festival. They join previously reported acts such as Morrisey, Depeche Mode and Franz Ferdinand for the event, which takes place from 20 - 23 Jul.

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BABYSHAMBLES KOKO NO SHOW
Babyshambles failed to show for that previously reported gig at Koko last week. The band were scheduled to headline the Club The Enemey night at the venue on Thursday, but fans waited until 2am for Doherty et al to turn up before being told that Babyshambles would not be appearing.

No explanation for the no-show was given at the time, though it has subsequently been confirmed that the gig was cancelled because of bereavement in one of the band members' families, which is a pretty good reason for a change. Fans have been promised free tickets for a future Babyshambles show.

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JESSICA SIMPSON SWITCHES LABELS
Jessica Simpson is moving record labels - though within the SonyBMG US empire. The popstress is moving her allegiances from SonyBMG division Columbia US over to sister label Epic. Simpson is making the move so she can continue to work with Charlie Walk, the former Columbia VP Creative Marketing And Promotion, who recently became President of Epic.

Simpson told Billboard: "I love all my friends and supporters at Columbia. I will miss them as I start this new relationship. Charlie Walk was my first hero at Columbia. He believed in me before I really even got to meet the rest of the company. I couldn't think of anyone I would trust more than Charlie to present my new music to the world. Epic is in a new place with a new leader. It just seems the right place for me as I begin my new journey."

Elsewhere in Simpson related news, the pop singer's ex-husband, fellow Newlywed and former 98 Degrees boy Nick Lachey is reportedly following the lead of Justin Timberlake by casting a lookalike of his ex in a pop promo. Timberlake, of course, cast an actress not altogether unlike his ex Britney for the video to his bitter love song 'Cry Me A River'. Lachey has reportedly cast a Jessica Simpson lookalike for the video of his new hit 'What's Left Of Me'. The Daily Record quotes an 'insider' as saying: "Vanessa Minnillo from MTV stands in for Jess and Nick sings in a house similar to one they shared in Newlyweds."

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SUGGS JOINS ORDINARY BOYS ON STAGE
The Ordinary Boys were joined on stage by Madness singer Suggs on Saturday night at Preston & Co's Brixton Academy gig. Suggs and Preston collaborated on a rendition of Madness track 'My Girl', of which Preston later said, according to the NME at least, "it was mental".

If you're wondering what a Madness / Ordinary Boys collaboration might sound like, or indeed, look like - well, you know you can rely on those mash up makers to help. I suggest a visit to http://www.whiteeyedtigers.com.

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NME MAKE FIRST DIRTY PRETTY RELEASE
An NME covermount CD will mark the first release from Carl Barat's Dirty Pretty Things when it is given free with next week's issue of the magazine, a month ahead of the release of the band's first official single 'Bang Bang You're Dead'.

'You Fucking Love It' will appear on the New Bands Showcase 2006 CD, alongside contributions from acts such as The Cribs, The Rakes, Guillemots, Jose Gonzalez and The Go! Team. Barat says of the track: "For me the song is about those cards people stick up in phone boxes and you collect as a kid, that's the underbelly of it."

Elsewhere in Dirty Pretty news, the band are the latest confirmation for the brand new Hi:Fi North Festival on 27 May.

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ARCTIC MONKEYS RESPOND TO HYPE ON NEW TRACK
More on that previously reported EP of new tracks being planned by Arctic Monkeys. As previously reported, the EP will feature one album track, 'View From The Afternoon', and four new songs. One of the new songs will be called 'Who The Fuck Are The Arctic Monkeys', a response to all the hype that has surrounded the band in recent months, and the inevitable backlash all that hype will lead to.

On that track, the Daily Star quote an insider as saying: "It's a poke at the fact that everyone on the planet has heard of them and that the backlash is bound to start soon. By calling it this, they've sort of nipped it in the bud and shown that they're not taking all the hype seriously."

A spokesperson for the band confirmed the EP was up coming explaining: "They had new songs that they wanted to get out there, but it's far too early to even start talking about another album yet. So here's the EP in the meantime."

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LIVE REVIEW: The Fratellis at Barfly a long time ago
Yes, it's twenty years or thereabouts since I saw The Fratellis play at Barfly in Camden. Well, alright, not twenty years. But it's certainly more than two weeks. I won't go into details about what a bad person I am for not doing this write up sooner, but what I am going to say is that I remember it as if it were yesterday. Yes, indeed, I remember the crush, the sweat, that woman in the crowd who kept jumping up and down and landing on my feet. Yes, those were the days. And in fact, they were. I first came across The Fratellis when their single (or is it an EP? I'm not sure) 'Creepin Up The Back Stairs', arrived in the office and my colleague Mary stuck it on to have a listen. I was glad she did, because I liked it. It was on the strength of that one listen that I said I would go check them out live. And again, I'm glad I did, despite the really really sore toes I ended up with courtesy of a blonde woman in front of me who was patently quite pissed. The sore toes were making me very grumpy as the band took to the stage, and it's a testament to The Fratellis that they managed to cheer me up significantly. I really love this band's sound. I think I said this on the CMU Radio Show the other day, that it's the kind of joyous, joyful rock that was a lot more fashionable in the seventies. I'm not saying that The Fratellis are anything like Slade (although at least one of them does have rather curly hair) but there's a kind of carefree enthusiasm in the delivery of the group's songs that is reminiscent of a type of music that now sits on the shelf labeled 'outdated' in the face of current musical trends. You could probably compare them to other more upbeat bands of the moment; there are moments that suggest a shade of Monkey, a beat, possibly, of Franz or Kaiser, but any similarity is so fleeting as to be barely perceptible. Anyway, I love it; this upbeat, unashamedly fizzy rock is a welcome change from the serious, yearnsome sort of stuff currently purveyed by a great many guitar bands. It certainly seemed to enliven the crowd around me, particularly when the name of the aforementioned single was announced as the next track, eliciting cheers and, for me, some more painful toe-squashing. It's a really strong track, but they followed it up with a performance studded with equally strong gems; tracks whose name I don't yet know, but hope to become acquainted with as soon as they release them. The Fratellis, have, of course, been appointed CMU favourites. We've played their songs on our radio show at least three times. If there's any justice, these chaps will become UK favourites and then some. Can't wait for the album, can't wait for the next live show. I may, however, invest in some steel capped boots before I go. CM

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GCAP DEFEND STATION SALE DECISIONS
GCap has responded to criticism regarding its proposed sale of nine local radio stations. As reported, albeit very briefly, on Friday, GCap announced last week that it was taking the stations it was planning to sell off the market - seemingly because no one would come close to offering the £50 million asking price. Some investment types accused the radio company of managing the sale badly, adding that their sudden change of heart regarding the sale calls into question the group's entire current business strategy.

But GCap senior types have defended their decisions, with the Guardian quoting a spokeswoman as saying: "I absolutely think the value that led to the bids we received reflected the current weakness in the market. And as such we didn't feel it reflected the long-term value in the businesses. [The cancellation of the sale] does not call into question the strategy or effectiveness or our ability to deliver on it. The strategy clearly set out our priority to complement our portfolio of stations in commercially attractive regions. These stations were put up for disposal because they didn't fit in with our core strategy, but the airtime of these stations can still be sold nationally as part of the One Network and locally by local sales and programme teams."

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WARNER ACQUIRE RYKO
The Warner Music Group this weekend confirmed it has signed an agreement to acquire independent music company Ryko Corporation off an investment group led by JP Morgan for $67.5 million.

Confirming the deal, Warner Music US chief Lyor Cohen told reporters: "Recognised as a leader in independent music with a diverse catalog spanning many musical genres and eras, and an award-winning independent distribution company and label, Ryko is a perfect complement to WMG's existing businesses. By applying WMG's marketing expertise, strength in the digital space and its leading position in US independent distribution, we're confident that we will be able to maximize Ryko's value. We look forward to working with Ryko's talented and passionate team in realizing Ryko's potential."

Ryko CEO Sam Holdsworth confirmed he would step down once the takeover was complete, adding: "Ryko's artists and employees have found the ideal home at Warner Music Group, where independent music, entrepreneurship and artist development are of paramount importance. It's been a privilege to serve as CEO for this wonderful organisation, and I know I speak for the entire Ryko team when I say how excited we are that the next chapter for our artists, labels and recordings will be written at WMG."

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EDGAR SAYS NO CURRENT WARNER EMI TALKS
Talking of Warner Music news, well, I say news, more cheap gossip, Edgar Bronfman Jnr has been telling staff members that there are no current merger discussions with EMI, presumably feeling the need to clarify the situation following some speculation in the financial press that a merger was now inevitable, and an EMI takeover of Warner was most likely. However, speaking at US staff briefings on both the East and West coast, he did point out that Warner Music was a publicly trading company, so a future merger could not be ruled out completely. He also didn't comment on other rumours of more downsizing incoming at the major record company - though any near future downsizing is likely to take place in the US, with certain LA divisions being moved over to the major's New York base.

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GERMANY PASSES STRICT ANTI-P2P LAW
If you're trying to decide which European country to share music via P2P in, may I suggest not Germany? Certainly not after next year anyway.

Those wacky Germans have passed a new law that the country's music industry hopes will help in their crackdown on the illegal sharing of copyright music online. The new law, which takes effect from the start of next year, categorises the illegal sharing of copyrighted music or films as a felony, meaning anyone convicted of the crime could face two years in jail, five years if the courts deem that the file sharer had commercial motives.

Justifying the law, German MP Günther Krings told the Times: "There should be no legal distinction between stealing chewing gum from a shop and performing an illegal download".

How strictly the German authorities apply the new law once it is adopted, and whether German politicians push for similar regulations to be adopted across the European Union, remains to be seen.

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CHART UPDATE
Yeah, when we mentioned that Ne*Yo entered the charts at 18 last week with 'So Sick', we really ought to have noted that that entry position had been achieved through download sales alone. You'll remember download sales are now added into the single chart mix the week ahead of a physical release. It was really rather slack of me not to mention it at the time - I'm sorry, I'm just no Gennaro Castaldo when it comes to this chart analysis business.

Of course getting to 18 on download sales alone is no small achievement - and possibly a bigger achievement than subsequently getting to number one now that the CD single version of the track is in the shops. Either way, it seems America's r&b-er du jour is proving quite popular over here too.

Other new entries on this week's singles chart go like this: Embrace's 'Nature's Law' at 2, Pink's 'Stupid Girls' at 4, Sean Paul's 'Temperature' at 11, Michael Jackson's 'Bad' rerelease at 16, Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'Gold Lion' at 18, MVP's 'Bounce Shake Move Stop' at 22, Nelly ft Paul Wall Ali & Gipp with 'Grillz' at 24, The Strokes' 'Heart In A Cage' at 25, The Kooks' 'Naive' at 28 and Lacuna Coil's 'Our Truth' at 40. Groovy.

Onto the albums chart, and we can all get our lives back in order now that the X-Factor fight for the top spot is over - if you're interested Journey South were the winners, going in at number one and pushing fellow X-Factor competitor Andy Abraham into second place. We're in no position to comment on who was most worthy of the top spot because no one thought to send us a copy of the Journey South album (hey SonyBMG people, usual address), though we can confirm that the Andy Abraham album was pretty damn mediocre.

Once you get past all that opera in the top ten, there are some more album new entries, running thus: Prince's '3121' at 9, Beverley Knight's best of at 10, Neil Sedaka's best of at 20 and Righteous Brothers' best of at 24. With recent Daniel O'Donnell, Il Divo and Rod Stewart albums all re-entering the album Top 40, do you get the impression CDs are becoming popular Mothers' Day presents?

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THIS WEEK'S STUDENT RADIO CHART
1. [3] Orson - No Tomorrow (Universal/Mercury)
2. [1] The Kooks - Naïve (EMI/Virgin)
3. [4] Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion (Universal/Polydor)
4. [11] The Zutons - Why Don't You Give Me Your Love (SonyBMG/Deltasonic)
5. [2] Kanye West - Touch the Sky (Universal/Roc-A-Fella)
6. [6] Editors - All Sparks (SonyBMG/Kitchenware)
7. [9] Dirty Pretty Things - Bang Bang You're Dead (Universal/Vertigo)
8. [5] The Strokes - Heart in a Cage (Rough Trade)
9. [18] The Streets - When You Wasn't Famous (679)
10. [12] The Fratellis - Creepin Up The Backstairs (Universal/Island)
11. [13] Gnarls Barkeley - Crazy (Warner Bros)
12. [10] Gorillaz - Kids with Guns (EMI/Parlophone)
13. [16] Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On (EMI)
14. [25] The Raconteurs - Steady As She Goes (Beggars/XL)
15. [7] Franz Ferdinand - The Fallen (Domino)
16. [14] We Are Scientists - It's a Hit (EMI/Virgin)
17. [19] Hot Chip - Over and Over (EMI)
18. [8] The Feeling - Sewn (Universal/Island)
19. [RE] The Automatic - Raoul (B-unique)
20. [15] Hard-Fi - Better Do Better (Warner/Necessary)
21. [21] Jack Johnson - Better Together (Universal/Brushfire)
22. [22] Jose Gonzales - Heartbeats (Peacefrog)
23. [17] The Pipettes - Your Kisses Are Wasted on Me (Memphis Industries)
24. [20] Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies (Warner/Atlantic)
25. [23] Fall Out Boy - Sugar We're Going Down (Universal/Mercury)
26. [RE] Boy Kill Boy - Back Again (Universal/Vertigo)
27. [RE] The Crimea - White Russian Galaxy (Warner)
28. [NE] Richard Ashcroft - Music is Power (EMI/Parlophone)
29. [NE] Prince - Black Sweat (Universal)
30. [RE] Delays - Valentine (Rough Trade)

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SUBSHOT PLAYLIST
The videos appearing on the SUBtv network in students' unions across the UK. New entries marked with a **.

A LIST
Blaze (feat Barbara Tucker) - Most Precious Love (Defected)
ColdCut - True Skool (Ninja Tune)
Embrace - Nature's Law (Independiente)
**Hard Fi - Better Do Better (Warner/Necessary)
Joey Negro - Make A Move On Me (MoS)
The Kooks - Naïve (EMI/Virgin)
**The Streets - When You Wasn't Famous (679)
The Strokes - Heart In A Cage (Rough Trade)
**Sterephonics - Dakota (Live) (V2)
The Zutons - Why Won't You Give Me Your Love (SonyBMG/Deltasonic)

B LIST
Akala - The Edge (Illastate)
**Belle and Sebastian - The Blues Are Still Blue (Rough Trade)
**Brakes - All Night Disco Party (Rough Trade)
Broken Social Scene - 7/4 Shoreline (City Slang)
**Field Music - You're Not Supposed To (Memphis Industries)
Hot Chip - Over and Over (EMI)
**Infernal - From Paris To Berlin (Blanco Y Negro)
Jamie T - Salvador (EMI/Virgin)
Mish Mash - Speechless (MoS)
SemiFinalists - You Said (Regal Bear)
Studio B - Come On Get It On (Skint)
The Pipettes - Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me (Memphis Industries)
**The Vines - Gross Out (EMI/Heavenly)
White Rose Movement - Girls In The Back (Independiente)
WigWam - WigWam (Instant Karma)

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CMU RADIO SHOW PLAYLIST
The top tunes played on this week's CMU Radio Show - but don't just read the list, enjoy the songs for yourself by listening to the show, available online later today at http://www.thebeatsbar.co.uk/cmuradio

The Cuban Brothers - A Million Stories (Sunday Best)
Kill The Young - Radio (Discograph)
Giant Drag - This Isn't It (Universal/Interscope)
The Kooks - Naïve (EMI/Virgin)
The Ludes - Never Had A Chance (Double Dragon Music)
747s - Equilibrium (Ark Recordings)
Arctic Monkeys - When The Sun Goes Down (Fake ID Scummy Mix) (Domino)
Daisy Daisy - Michelle Plays Ping Pong (Vicarious Bliss Matchpoint Remix) (Sunday Best)
Coldcut - True Skool (Spank Rock BBC Soundsystem Mix) (Ninja Tune)
Spank Rock - Sweet Talk (Ninja Tune/Big Dada)
Massive Attack - Live With Me (EMI/Virgin)
Beverley Knight - Shoulda Woulda Coulda (EMI/Parlophone)
Barefoot - Born Slippy (OneTwo Recordings)
Flatpack - Sweet Child Of Mine (Breastfed)
The Libertines - Can't Stand Me Now (Rough Trade)
Osymyso - Bushwacked (Bootleg)

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BRITNEY THROWS NICE PARTY FOR K-FED
According to The Sun, Britney Spears has blown more money than the average person earns in two years on one 28th birthday party for her husband Kevin Federline. The singer spent £60,000 on hiring a private jet to fly the couple, accompanied by fifteen friends, to Las Vegas, where the couple stayed at the Venetian hotel's £4,500-a-night penthouse suite.

A source said: "Britney and Kevin were all over each other." So that's nice.

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HENSON HINTS AT CHURCH WEDDING
Charlotte Church's dandy rugby player boyfriend Gavin Henson has intimated that he's not averse to the idea of an imminent wedding to his famous other half. Appearing on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross last week, Henson said: "She'd love to... I hope she'll ask me, but I suppose I'd better do it. We'd love a family together."

Charlotte should probably make sure that there are at least two bathrooms in the marital home, however, given the amount of time Henson will probably spend in there. Discussing his pre-match routine, he told Ross: "It takes two hours to get ready - hot bath, shave my legs and face, moisturise, put fake tan on and do my hair - which takes a bit of time. I need my fellow players to say I'm looking good, I need it for my confidence. It gives you a boost."

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