CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 2nd May
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Major labels renew Apple deals on fixed pricing model
- Rock bands sue over cut of digital revenues
- Doherty bailed following tabloid revelations
- Glitter appeal to be heard next month
- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah on second album
- Springsteen speaks out over Katrina
- Glastonbury plan capacity increase for 2007
- Ozzy and McFly go to the Tower
- Madonna makes festival debut
- Radiohead play new songs at Koko
- Courtney Love makes live comeback
- Album review: Various Artists - Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited
- Vaugham Williams favourite British composer
- MusicTank think classical
- Coldplay considers classical
- Will Young favourite British artist
- Loudeye sell US operation
- Napster launch destination site
- Bam Bam quits Kiss Breakfast
- Album review: Anti Flag - For Blood And Empire
- Jack White Coke film gets C4 airing
- Chart update
- Subshot playlist
- CMU Radio show
- Richards falls off palm tree
- Klass krashes kart
- Katie gets a flower


Now don't get confused. It's Tuesday today, but because of that pesky bank holiday, you'll find it has certain Monday-type features - like that slow sinking feeling you get when you realise there's a whole working week between you and the weekend (albeit a four day working week). Another Monday-type feature of this particular Tuesday, is the arrival of a brand new edition of the CMU radio show, which goes live, as always, online at, later today. Chris does this one solo, not because CMU hasn't the know how to fix up a satellite link up between our London studio and the Italian resort where Caro was staying last week, but because she couldn't be moved from that sun-trap terrace bar by the lake. All of which means, you'll find Chris talking to himself about Shyne, Jay Z, R Kelly, Jacko, David Lee Roth, X Factor, random festivals, mergers, copyright and Doherty. Go on, give it a listen, if only for the top line up of tunes which you will find listed lower down in today's Daily.



KILL ALL HIPPIES MAY... Following the storming success of last month's Insomniacs Ball, the Kill All Hippies team are back at Shoreditch's 333 Club this Friday for London's best rock night. This month we have the wonderful The Pipettes headlining in the basement, with support from The Glass, plus DJ support from resident Jeff Automatic and guest DJ Julian (Whitey). On the ground floor is the Fully Comprehensive team, with resident Gavin Nugent plus Mark Beaumont (NME), Syrinx and Owen Hopkin (The Crimea). All takes place this Friday (5 May) from 10pm to 5am at the 333 Club in Shoreditch - tickets are a tenner on the door, or a fiver if you guest list in advance at

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Malcolm Dome talks to Louisiana swamp metallers Valume Nob ('Phantasmagoria', 9am to noon) while tonight, Natasha is joined in 'The Batcave' by darkwave crew NFD (9pm to midnight). Listen live at



THE GREAT ESCAPE: You know the deal by now - three great days in Brighton offering an unrivalled programme of one to one interviews with leading industry figures, including Michael Eavis, ie Music's Tim Clark and David Enthoven and, just added, EMI CEO Tony Wadsworth, plus more great gigs and showcases than you can possibly imagine including The Futureheads, British Sea Power, The Kooks, The Bees, The Feeling, The Cribs and Martha Wainwright. It all takes place 18-20 May - full details at - plus if you work for an independent or grass roots media or music company, or in the college space, email [email protected] and we'll tell you how you can get a full delegates pass for the very special rate of £175.



Win tickets to Encompass
CMU Beats has tickets to give away that will get you into all three of the great workshop events being staged as part of Encompass on 13 May. As previously reported, these include sessions with Fabric founder Keith Reilly, Wall Of Sound founder Mark Jones and the legend that is Don Letts. More info at - and check later today to enter.

MySpace Of The Day: Spankrock
We're loving Spankrock's April album release 'YoYoYoYoYo' here at CMU, we've played bits of it on the radio, and we've been talking it up a bit here in the daily; if you haven't already taken the hint, perhaps now it's time to start listening to Baltimore's finest. Three tracks for your listening pleasure on the site, but my advice is to lay hands to the album. Go go go go go.

Read more about our MySpace of the Day right now at


According to the Financial Times the major record companies have renewed their contracts with iTunes, agreeing to Apple's demands that they continue to make their music available via the download platform on a 'one-price-fits-all' basis. The agreements mean that Apple will be able to continue to sell every track in its catalogue at 99 cents a piece, which probably means most of its competitors will continue to operate a fixed price system too.

As previously reported, that system is unpopular with the record companies who would rather have the flexibility to charge different prices for different tracks depending on consumer demand, artist profile and marketing priorities. Key figures at all four major record companies are known to advocate the variable pricing model and some had hoped that they could use the iTunes contract renewal negotiations to launch such a model into the download space.

However, Apple boss Steve Jobs is a huge advocate of the fixed price system, arguing that it makes the download experience more consumer friendly. That led to a stand off between Apple and the majors as existing agreements ran out, with some speculating that the majors would seriously consider withdrawing their catalogues from iTunes in a bid to get their way. However, doing so would be a considerable commercial risk given the growing importance of digital music revenues and the dominance of iTunes in the digital music sector.

If the FT report is correct it would seem the majors have decided that commercial risk isn't worth taking in order to get their way on this one. In fact, the FT reckons that the major record companies have renewed long term contracts with iTunes and not, as some expected, short term agreements, which would have allowed the issue of pricing structure to be revisited sooner rather than later.

No word on whether Apple have responded to the major label's other concerns in the new contracts - in particular concerns over the hackability of Apple's DRM and that other big issue in digital music, interoperability.


And while Apple do their best to ensure the record labels have no control over what they charge for their music, their artists are trying to make sure the record companies get a smaller cut of what is charged. Rock bands Cheap Trick and The Allman Brothers Band are suing SonyBMG over the royalty payments they receive from digital download sales. The lawsuit claims that the two bands, and any other band who signed a recording contract with SonyBMG prior to the legitimate download era, are losing out because of the way the major record company calculates what money is owed to an artist for each download track that is sold.

The lawsuit essentially centres on whether download sales are a modern version of physical record sales or recording licensing - which are treated differently in recording contracts. In the former, the record label deducts various expenses associated with manufacturing, distributing and marketing of physical recordings before splitting revenues with the artist. In the latter the artist receives more or less 50% of the revenue, without deductions.

Because both Cheap Trick and The Allman Brothers Band's contracts pre-date the arrival of legitimate download platforms they do not define whether digital music sales follow the physical sales or licensing revenue models. The record labels have been treating download sales like physical sales and deducting expenses before passing on a split of revenues to the artist. The plaintiffs claim digital music sales should operate on the lines of the licensing model - meaning artists should be seeing 50% of the revenue the label gets from download sales.

According to the lawsuit, after a record label has deducted its expenses the artist sees just 4.5 cents per download sold. Without those expenses being deducted the artist could expect to receive up to 30 cents per track (based on the assumption the record label receives 70 cents per track from the download platform, of which 6.9 cents goes to the publisher).

Although the figures per track are mere cents, if the courts were to rule in the two bands' favour it could cost the major record company a considerable sum of money. More so if the plaintiffs are successful in persuading the courts to make this case a class action, meaning that a ruling in their favour would also rule in favour of every other artist who signed a similar recording contract with Sony Music between 1962 and 2002 - possibly 2500 bands. And presumably the other three majors could face similar litigation if this one goes in the artist's favour.

SonyBMG is yet to comment on the lawsuit - though in some ways all the record labels could do with speaking as one on this one. The issue, of course, is the perception of many outside the record companies that the cost of delivering digital music to the consumer is practically zero, over and above the recoupable recording, encoding and marketing costs incurred when an album is first launched. This perception isn't just held by the cynical downloader, but also by the publishers who are pushing for a bigger slice of the pie and now, it would seem, the artists. The cost to a record label of selling digital music is certainly higher than most people probably realise, though whether it is really as high as the labels say is anyone's guess. Either way, the labels certainly need to better communicate what their costs are, given that they are yet to convince their own artists and publishing sister companies, let alone the music buying public, that they're not ripping anyone off.


Pete Doherty has been released on bail after being arrested over the weekend in relation to a set of images which appeared in The Sun on Friday. The tabloid ran various pictures of the Babyshambler in their publication last week, one of which depicted him injecting drugs into the arm of an apparently unconscious female. Police arrested Doherty on Saturday on suspicion of "administering a noxious substance recklessly", raiding his flat just hours ahead of his scheduled appearance at this weekend's Love Music Hate Racism gig in Trafalgar Square. A Met spokeswoman confirmed that the singer "was released on bail to return on a date in July pending further inquiries."

Doherty himself has apparently responded to the publication of those images with a statement on his Babyshambles forum, claiming that the shots were staged. "Just a note to note the unjust Sun's disturbing and ridiculously offensive 'story'," he wrote. "Firstly the photos are stolen from my flat so... upsetting and personally catastrophic... how rude, secondly it's a staged shot and what a fucking liberty to suggest I'd bang up a sleeping lass. Darkness."


Gary Glitter's appeal against his previously reported conviction for child molestation will be heard by a Vietnamese court next month. The former glam rock star, real name Paul Gadd, will apparently bring his case to Ho Chi Minh City's Supreme Court on 19 May.

Glitter was sentenced to three years in prison back in March, after being found guilty of sexually abusing two young girls aged 11 and 12. At the time, he maintained his innocence, and implied that the British press were to blame, saying: "It's a conspiracy. You know who. One of Great Britain's newspapers."


Buzz band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah may release their second album later this year, but just who will release it Stateside is not yet clear. Although signed to V2/Wichita over here, the band remain unsigned in the US, having brokered a deal directly with American distributor ADA to handle the release of their eponymous 2005 debut. Band member Lee Sargent has told Billboard that it "remains to be seen" whether they will sign to a US label for the release of their second long player, adding: "We're holding on to this record for a bunch of reasons. It's not a matter of creative control. It's become pretty clear that we'll always have that. We would just like to maintain our release schedule and decide what we want put out there or not."


Bruce Springsteen has spoken out against the US government over their response to the devestation of last year's Hurricane Katrina. Performing at the Jazz And Heritage Festival in New Orleans, the singer said: "I saw sights I never thought I'd see in an American city. The criminal ineptitude makes you furious." During his set, he gave a rendition of 'How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live?', whose lyrics refer to "bodies floating" in the streets.

Springsteen, who was joined on the bill at the festival by acts such as Bob Dylan, the Dave Matthews Band and Elvis Costello, ended his act with a performance of 'When The Saints Go Marching In', a reflection on the city's jazz traditions. The festival continues this weekend.


Organisers of the Glastonbury Festival say they are hoping to increase the capacity of their 2007 event by 20,000 people, to 173,000. The capacity increase would allow promoters to sell 10,000 more tickets, and to accommodate 10,000 more crew, staff and backstage personnel.

The plans were revealed by the festival's Operations Manager Melvin Benn as he announced details of his new festival event, the previously reported Latitude. Glastonbury is taking a year off this year of course but, Benn said, 2007 would be the festival's biggest year to date. Speaking to the BBC, Glastonbury main man Michael Eavis confirmed the plans, explaining that extra neighbouring fields would be used to accommodate the expanded population.

Any increase will have to be approved by the local Mendip District Council who told reporters this weekend that they had not yet been informed of the festival organisers' proposals and could therefore not comment.

Although 173,000 would be the biggest official Glastonbury attendance, some estimate that over 200,000 got on to the festival site in 2000 when the custom of 'fence-hopping' was at its most prevalent - with as many fence-hoppers in attendance as official ticket holders. Of course, it was those estimates that nearly led to the local authority refusing the festival a licence to operate, leading to appointment of Benn and his company Mean Fiddler to manage festival operations - a move which slashed the number of fence-hoppers and counterfeit-ticket holders to almost zero.


Ozzy Osbourne and the lovely McFly have both been added to the line-up for that previously reported Tower Of London concert in aid of the Prince's Trust. They join previously confirmed acts such as Pink, Sugababes Lionel Richie and Annie Lennox on the bill for the event, which takes place on 20 May and celebrates the Trust's 30th birthday. Osbourne, commenting on his involvement said that the gig would "raise awareness of the problems facing over a million young people in the UK, and I am proud to help make a difference."

The show will be broadcast live on ITV1 presented by the rather mixed bag of Cat Deeley, Ben Elton, Vernon Kay, Patrick Kielty and Kate Thornton, and will also feature the first live rendition of Embrace's official world cup song 'World At Your Feet'. Some parts of the show will also include a special 3D projection, apparently, which you can watch through special glasses which will go on sale this weekend.


Madonna made her previously reported festival debut with her appearance at Coachella at the weekend. The singer arrived twenty minutes late for a six song set at the event's Sahara Dance Tent, starting with recent hit 'Hung Up'. She also had a go at the US president (well, it is in fashion), changing lyrics in 'I Love New York' to "Just go to Texas and you can suck George Bush's dick".


Well, strictly Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead have played new Radiohead songs during their appearance at that previously reported Friends Of The Earth gig, The Big Ask, at Koko. The pair played three new songs as well as semi-acoustic versions of some of their well known hits such as 'Paranoid Android'. Two of the new tracks have names - 'Arpeggi' and 'Bodysnatchers' - whilst a third remains untitled.

Bandmates Colin Greenwood and guitarist Ed O'Brien were in attendance, but watched the show from the balcony. Radiohead start that previously reported club tour this Saturday in Copenhagen.


Courtney Love made a live appearance in LA on Saturday accompanied by Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan and collaborator Linda Perry. The three performed a set at the Gay and Lesbian Community Centre benefit at the Henry Fonda Theatre in the city, and Love played brand new songs 'Sunset Marquis' and 'Pacific Coast Highway'.

Speaking to, the singer said: "Billy and me have never been onstage before and it was intense. His guitar parts are haunting and beautiful. It was me, him, Linda and 2000 lesbians and the songs are dramatically different from the demos. It was fucking historic, Billy played 'Can't Find My Way Home' by Blind Faith and Linda played 'Beautiful' and 'What's Going On'. It was such a cool living room vibe. The songs are smashing now. I wouldn't fuck around here, this is the best shit I've done since 'Live Through This' period. It's hard to sell six-minute new songs and you could have heard a pin drop although apparently there was speculation about whether I was wearing underwear. Look I've been wearing short skirts onstage forever and obviously I wear panties. Christ!"

As previously reported, Love is currently working on a second solo album, provisionally entitled 'How Dirty Girls Get Clean'.


ALBUM REVIEW: Various Artists - Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited (Universal/Polydor)
This isn't the first time that someone has put together an homage to influential French provocateur Serge Gainsbourg (Nick Cave collaborator Mick Harvey has released two albums worth) but this is the first time his work has been given a contemporary twist by (primarily) a number of high profile alternative acts. The lyrics have been translated (or "interpreted") into English with varying success, but it seems a moot point to focus on this aspect, even if Tricky's 'Au Revoir Emmanuelle' manages to clumsily rhyme "manual" with "She'll take it annual". So, to the music then. Franz Ferdinand kick things off with 'A Song For Sorry Angel', deploying their usual angular post-punk shenanigans, in turn stripping the song of any of its Gallic identity, but, hey, it's a Franz song - what's not to like? Similar logic could apply to Marc Almond, who was always one of the rightful heirs to Gainsbourg and makes a welcome appearance here with a cool slice of electro-pop on 'Boy Toy'. Slightly worrying is the fact that Brian Molko appears on not one but two tracks, firstly collaborating with Faultline and Francoise Hardy on an almost industrial piece of studio minimalism, whilst Placebo's pulsing 'The Ballad Of Melody Nelson' is enjoyable enough despite, well, being a Placebo track, frankly. Elsewhere, Jarvis Cocker, in tandem with Kid Loco, turns up with 'I Just Came To Tell You I'm Going', which is simply the most meaningful and lovely thing he's done in ages, whilst the fact that Portishead appear at all is an achievement in itself, even if their effort does sound rather phoned in. As for Gainsbourg's most famous song, ('Je t'aime...'), it's tackled here in a fairly faithful mode by Cat Power and Karen Elson; their tribute is pleasant enough, and by no means a savage mutilation, but, crucially, lacks the frisson of sexiness that made the original so startling. Quite who will buy this album other than devoted fans of the artists concerned remains to be seen, but as a project it's for the most part an unqualified success, whilst, as a curio you'll dig out from time to time, it proves equally gratifying. MS
Release date: 1 May
Press contact: Polydor IH [all]


Vaughan Williams's 'Lark Ascending' is the most popular piece of classical music by a British composer, or it is if a survey by Classic FM is to be believed.

In the listener poll of favourite British compositions, Edward Elgar came in both second and third with 'Cello Concerto in E minor' and 'Variations On An Original Theme' respectively, while Karl Jenkins, the only living composer in the top ten, came fourth with 'The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace'. Williams reappeared at fifth place with 'Fantasia On A Theme of Thomas Tallis'.

The rest of the top ten went like this: Holst's 'The Planets' at 6, Handel's 'Messiah' at 7, Elgar's 'Pomp and Circumstance March No 4' at 8, and then Handel's 'Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba' at 9 and 'Zadok The Priest' at 10.

Some 20,000 listeners took part in the poll, which resulted in a top 30 featuring 15 composers in total, six of them still alive.


Talking of all things classical, the next MusicTank Think Tank event will be taking the classical music market as its theme, looking into the future of the sector, and covering digital delivery, live performance and new business models and marketing.

Chaz Jenkins, the head of LSO Live, will be delivering the keynote speech, while other speakers will include the recently retired Head of Decca Records Costa Pilavachi and London Sinfoniette MD Cathy Graham.

It all takes place a Bertorelli in Soho on 17 May. More info as always at - and look out for one of those Think Tank interviews from CMU in the next couple of weeks too.


And staying with classical for five more lines, Coldplay's Chris Martin has revealed he might go back to school to learn classical music once he's too old to be making dreary mediocre rock. Speaking to the New York Post at a New York Philharmonic concert last week, he told the paper: "When I'm 40, and too old to be a rock star, I plan to go back to college to study classical music".


And back now to pointless surveys involving the opinions of radio listeners. Will Young has topped the annual Music Week May Day poll of the radio listening public as to their favourite British artist of all time. No offence to Young, but you do have to wonder who votes in these things sometimes.

Also in the top ten in the survey were Robbie Williams, Spice Girls, Sugababes, Take That, Gorillaz, Oasis and Beverley Knight, proving that when it comes to these kinds of surveys, people have very short memories.

Young said he was "honoured" to have topped the poll, adding: "What makes it so special is that it's voted for by the public".


Digital music back-end suppliers Loudeye have announced they have sold their US business to New York based Muze. The $11 million takeover will include all of Loudeye's American's operations, including web, mobile and encoding services. Loudeye will retain its Seattle headquarters, but will shift its focus to its European based OD2 business. OD2 was, of course, one of the original suppliers of back-end download services in Europe - Loudeye acquired it in 2004. They are still the suppliers of download services to a number of key web and mobile businesses, though they lost HMV and Virgin Megastore to rivals MusicNet and certainly don't get talked about as much now as they did in their early days.


The US bit of Napster has launched that previously reported 'music destination' site - an advertising funded website designed to introduce people to the wider Napster offer. The new service kind of pitches Napster against the open-access music platforms run by Yahoo and MSN and, in the US, AOL, in that punters can enjoy content without subscribing or buying a-la-carte tracks. Visitors to the site can listen to tracks on demand, for free, up to five times each via a stream. While the new service may in itself prove to be a revenue stream for Napster, through ad and sponsorship sales, a key aim of the new site is to introduce music fans to the enormous catalogue of music available via Napster, and to then upsell those fans a Napster subscription package, giving people unlimited access to tracks.

Launching the new service, Napster boss Chris Gorog, speaking at the MusEXPO event in Hollywood, said the Napster destination site was "the least restrictive, on-demand, unlimited access music experience in the legal world", adding: "starting today, anyone can simply log on to - and with no credit card, no commitment, no payment whatsoever, and no software download - listen directly from the web to over two million major label and indie tracks on-demand."


Kiss breakfast show host Bam Bam has left the London station. Bam Bam, real name Peter Poulton, had been on holiday for a fortnight when it was announced he would not be returning. Robin Banks, who has been filling in for the holidaying Poulton, will continue to present to station's flagship show in the short term. No word as yet as to a permanent replacement, though the station is known to be planning a relaunch and there's a high chance any new show would come as part of that package.

Bam Bam, who is apparently planning to work on "new broadcasting projects", enjoyed considerable success at the EMAP station, making Kiss FM's breakfast show the biggest in London among the 15-24 age group, and the third biggest overall.

Confirming Bam Bam's departure, Kiss PD Andy Roberts told reporters: "It's important to keep a youth station such as Kiss fresh and vibrant. After seven years of the Bam Bam breakfast it is time for a change and it's good to be able to say goodbye on a high. We wish him well for the future".


ALBUM REVIEW: Anti Flag - For Blood And Empire (SonyBMG/Columbia)
For Blood And Empire marks a significant moment in Anti Flag's career; it's their debut release on a major label. The less said about that, the better. Anti Flag take shots at Bush, the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, corporate evils and the US press. Admittedly, "It's a gut check of what you believe." Co produced by Rick Rubin protege Dave Schiffman (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Thrice, Audioslave), this a solid slice of political punk-rock which doesn't stray too far from the mould Anti Flag have spent 10+ years creating. Opening tracks 'I'd Tell You But...', 'Press Corpse' and 'Emigre' kick start the CD in typical Anti Flag style with catchy vocals, killer bass lines and trademark guitar solos before the record veers away from tradition, adopting an acoustic guitar in 'One Trillion Dollars', and bringing the band as close to a ballad as they ever will. And it still works. The rest of the album, however, trails away into filler territory, rather disappointingly for a CD that has been three years in the making. Closing track 'Depleted Uranium Is A War Crime' is littered with clips of US Representative Jim McDermott speaking out against the use of depleted uranium by the US military; the clips walk a thin line between effective and contrived and in this case it looks a little like they're trying too hard. A mediocre CD, though Anti Flag's own brand of social commentary comparatively makes Green Day and System Of A Down's recent politicised releases seem as deep as a garden pond. RM
Release Date: 24 Apr
Press Contact: Columbia Records IH [all]


Jack White's previously reported Coke ad was shown during Channel 4's album chart show in the early hours of Sunday morning. There are apparently no plans to show it again in the UK but you can see it for a limited period at

According to reports, White has longstanding fascination with the Coke brand, no doubt justifying his decision to sell out in such a flagrant manner. He's also apparently said that
he will never let his music be used for any other brand than Coca-Cola, but that's not making me feel any better about it. Also not making me feel much better about it is the fact that White has forced me to agree for once with words spoken by Noel Gallagher, who criticised White for the Coke decision in the NME last year. That said, Oasis are now shilling for AT&T, so Gallagher's kind of running out of legs to stand on.


So, no moving those Gnarls Barkley boys off the top of the singles chart. In fact, such is the greed of Gnarls Barkley for number ones, they've gone and topped the albums chart too.

Elsewhere in the singles chart, new entries for Raconteurs with 'Steady As She Goes' at 4, Dirty Pretty Things with 'Bang Bang You're Dead' at 5, Chicane and Tom Jones with 'Stoned In Love' at 8, Will Young With 'Who Am I' at 11, Red Hot Chili Peppers with 'Dani California' at 12, Chris Brown with 'You (Excuse Me Miss)' at 13, Michael Jackson with the 'Black Or White' re-release at 18, Beatfreakz with 'Somebody's Watching Me' at 21, HIM with 'Killing Loneliness' at 26, the Grooverider/Nina Simone thing at 30, Ultrabeat and Scott Brown with 'Elysium (I Go Crazy)' at 36 and Damian Marley with 'Beautiful' at 39.

Albums wise, Gnarls Barkley pushes Shayne Ward into second place, while Bruce Springsteen enjoys the second highest new entry going in at 3. New entries then go: Rihanna with 'A Girl Like Me' at 6, Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris with 'All The Roadrunning' at 8, Jamie Foxx with 'Unpredictable' at 9, Taking Back Sunday with 'Louder Now' at 18 and Wolfmother with 'Wolfmother' at 25. 2002 album 'Brushfire Fairytales' re-enters at 36, as the mainstream record buyer's discovery and love of Jack Johnson continues.


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

*Beatfreakz - Somebody's Watching Me (Data)
*The Feeling - Fill My Little World (Universal/Island)
*Morning Runner - The Great Escape (EMI/Parlophone)
Primal Scream - Country Girl (SonyBMG/Columbia)
The Raconteurs - Steady As She Goes (Beggars/XL)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California (Warners)
*Snow Patrol - You're All I Have (Universal/Fiction)
Soundbwoy Ent. - Never Wanna Say (MoS)
We Are Scientists - Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt (EMI/Virgin)
The Zutons - Why Won't You Give Me Your Love (Deltasonic)


The Datsuns - Stuck Here For Days (V2)
Director 'Reconnect' (Warner/Atlantic)
*Feeder - Lost and Found (Echo)
Hot Chip - Boy From School (EMI)
*Imogen Heap - Hide and Seek (Megaphonic Records)
Infernal - From Paris To Berlin (Blanco Y Negro)
Nerina Pallot - Everybody's Gone To War (Warner/14th Floor)
*Nina Simone v Groovefinder - Ain't Got No, I Got Life (SonyBMG)
*Pet Shop Boys - I'm With Stupid (EMI/Parlophone)
*Phoenix - Long Distance Call (EMI)
*Shawn Emanuel - Slow It Down (EMI)
The Spinto Band - Did I Tell You (Radiate)
*The Upper Room - Black & White (SonyBMG/Columbia)
*Virus Syndicate - Slow Down (Planet-Mu)
Zero 7 - Throw It All Away (Warner/Atlantic)


Here it is then. It's what we played on our radio show this week. The very radio show you can listen to later today at

Dean Gray - American Jesus (Bootleg)
The Vines - Any Sound (EMI/Heavenly)
Hope Of The States - Sing It Out (SonyBMG)
Arctic Monkeys - Who The Fuck Are The Arctic Monkeys (Domino)
Art Brut - Formed A Band (Fierce Panda)
The Aeroplanes - This I My Lose (White Noise)
Cosmic Rough Riders - In Time (Korova)
Delays - Hideaway (Rough Trade)
The Loose Cannons - Why You (Fat Fox)
Voom Voom - Bounce (K7)
Space Cowboy - I Know What Girls Like (Tiger Trax)

CMU's Pick Of Hexstatic's Pick n Mix
Tony Hatch - Sounds Of The Seventies
Hot Butter - Spacewalk
Atmosphere - Dancing In Outer Space
RJD2 - Let The Good Times Roll
Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five - Freestyle

Max Sedgley - Happy (Lionel Vinyl Happiness Mash Up Mix) (Bootleg)
Terri Walker - Alright With Me (Dekkor Records)
Freelance Hellraiser - You Can Cry All You Want (SonyBMG/Ugly Truth)


Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has suffered "mild concussion" after falling from a coconut tree whilst on holiday in Fiji. Oy, stop laughing. Although feel free to wonder what a sixty-two year old rocker was doing up there in the first place. The star has been treated in a New Zealand hospital, but not undergone surgery, according to a spokeswoman, who confirmed: "Following treatment locally and as a precautionary measure he flew to a hospital accompanied by his wife Patti for observation."

The spokeswoman added that she did not know how the injury had occurred.


Elsewhere in celebrities injuring themselves in foolish incidents, Myleene Klass is on crutches after she ploughed into a barrier at a celebrity kart race. The Hear'Say singer turned Classic FM presenter was taking part in the event in Cardiff alongside fellow celebrities Maggot-GLC, ex-Boyzone singer Shane Lynch and sprinter Darren Campell. Her publicist said: "She said that her leg isn't broken, but she thinks it's a serious muscle pull. She is in a lot of pain. She's on crutches and in a brace. She's on pain killers."

The karts were also raced by drivers from event sponsor Red Bull's Formula One team. A Red Bull spokesman said: "Myleene crashed and knocked her leg. She retired injured. She did go off to hospital. But as far as we know she is fine. She's bruised and shaken I'm sure."

Shane Lynch commented: "Out there the most important thing is your safety. It's a lovely concoction for a disaster. It's like a carpark out there, there's carnage everywhere."


Katie Melua has had a tulip named after her, which seems spectacularly unfair. Just because I really like tulips and think they should have named it after me because I'm twice as fragrant and a whole lot less irritating.

Ah well. The new flower, a pink, white edged Tulipa Crispa Roze took 15 years of cultivation and will be named Tulipa Katie Melua. Presented with the flower, Melua said "It is quite unexpected but really flattering."

Jan Huiberts, director of AGrass, the cultivators instrumental in creating the tulip, said: "Katie Melua is a beautiful woman with a wonderful character and an exceptional voice. The people of the Netherlands love her and it was a very natural choice to honour her by naming this tulip after her."

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