CMU Daily - on the inside Tuesday 20th June
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Jacko's finances due to go under courtroom spotlight
- 15K more Reading tickets go on sale
- Snow Patrol announce new tour
- Muse to play free show
- Kooks to support Stones
- Bush girl attends Radiohead concert
- Laura Veirs tour
- The Automatic dates
- T On The Fringe
- IFPI welcomes Dutch ruling over MP3 links service
- Movie bosses resist Apple's one-price-fits-all system
- Reports reckon mobile music is the future
- Air finish new album
- The Go! Team news
- Timberlake confirms second album
- Max Sedgley single
- Freeview due to overtake satellite
- 1Xtra go to the States
- Urban and Kidman to wed
- Kylie Minogue gives first interview
- X-Factor 3 auditions under way
- EMI chief gets CBE
- Arctic Monkeys buy fake IDs

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TOP BIT>>
At a recent MusicTank Think Tank on classical music one of the reasons put forward as to why the genre fails to attract new audiences is that the live classical experience is just too damn formal. People have to dress smart, arrive on time, take their seats at the start of the show, sit still throughout and, above all, remain quiet and listen. A couple of people present reported on forward thinking classical venues where there was a much more informal atmosphere - people could come and go as they pleased, nip out for drinks mid-show, and say a few words to their friends sitting next to them. There's part of me that wants to commend those venues - because I am convinced that it is that formality, and not the music, that stops a lot of people from trying the classical music experience, and that is a shame. But, actually, my support of such informality in the classical sector is a little hypocritical because, do you know what, I would love nothing more than a contemporary music venue where people dress smart, arrive on time, take their seats at the start of the show, sit still throughout and, above all, remain quiet and listen. Well, OK, I don't really care about the arriving on time, and I'm quite happy for people to jump around in the mosh pit, and the dressing smart bit would rule me out - but remaining quiet and listening, that bit I'd love. Am I sad and anti-social? Am I missing the point? Am I just getting old? Possibly all three - but if the couple who stood next to me at the Jeremy Warmsley gig last night really had an hours worth of catching up to do, why did they go to a gig and not to the pub where chatting is the main event? And what could the incessantly chatty group behind me at that Ben Folds concert last year possibly have had to say to each other that was more important than what Mr Folds had to sing? Don't get me wrong, I'm not objecting to the occasional whisper or between-song aside between fellow gig goers, but isn't it irritating when the people standing next to you just talk throughout an entire performance? I mean, why would you pay £25 to go and see a Ben Folds gig, and then talk all the way through it? Are they paying £25 for the thrill of annoying other people? I know, if I'd only go and join the real fans in the mosh pit I wouldn't be able to hear the chatters at the back, you're right. But I'm anti-social remember, and anyway, they'll be no need when I open my venue where you have to pass an 'ability-to-stay-quiet-and-listen' test to gain entry and where mid-show chatters are not only removed, they're given a good kicking on the way out. Meantime, perhaps I should just start going to classical concerts. Any suggestions?

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JOBS N STUFF>>

Sanctuary Group - Senior Label Manager
Do you have a feel for creating back catalogue CDs from Sanctuary's vaults - from the Kinks and Black Sabbath to Grandmaster Flash and Sham 69? Sanctuary Records Group, based in West London, is currently recruiting for an experienced Product Manager with a proven ability to creatively market and promote a variety of artist projects. Working on our extensive back catalogue, energy, enthusiasm and tenacity is essential, as our heavy release schedule will demand meticulous planning and attention to detail. If you have at least 3 years experience in a similar role and feel that you can make an impact at Sanctuary Records Group, go to the Recruitment section of the Sanctuary Group website, www.sanctuarygroup.com and apply online. Alternatively post your details to Anna Young, Human Resources Administrator, Sanctuary House, 45-53 Sinclair Road, London, W14 0NS.

Warner Music - Press Officer
Warner Music are looking for a Press Officer to join their existing team. The successful applicant will have a minimum of six months experience in a press or related role, with impeccable writing abilities and a confidence in using Microsoft Office applications. A genuine knowledge and enthusiasm for music is imperative. If you would like to apply for this role, please send a covering letter which includes details of salary expectations and notice period to Victoria Carpenter by e-mailing hr.consultant@warnermusic.com or post to The Warner Building, 28 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4EP.

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ON AIR>>

TODAY ON TOTALROCK
Natasha will be talking to both Within Temptation and Lacuna Coil ('The Batcave', 9pm to midnight). Listen live at http://www.totalrock.com.

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RIGHT NOW IN THE CMU BEATS BAR>>

MySpace Of The Day: Mad Staring Eyes
London four piece Mad Staring Eyes are MySpace Of The Day today, not least because they are set to release a special limited edition vinyl single of 'Walking In The Streets', on 17 Jul, via BongoBongo. It's a track which can be previewed here, and which also appears on their recent EP of the same name, which you can order from here too (in fact you can buy both of the band's EPs). There are four tracks to listen to in total, as you might expect, and they're all pretty good. Plus there are details of some handily upcoming live dates, if you like the sound of what you hear. I do, so I might make a point of making one of them. You may remember that from time to time I've taken issue with what I consider to be overly busy MySpace pages, but I'm slowly getting over it. This is a pretty busy site - flash videos and whatnot - I braved it, so should you.

http://www.myspace.com/madstaringeyes

This and more at http://www.thebeatsbar.co.uk

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JACKO'S FINANCES DUE TO GO UNDER COURTROOM SPOTLIGHT
Michael Jackson will be back in court later this month - though this time he'll be there on video, and the issue of contention is money. As previously reported, former Jacko associate Marc Schaffel is suing the singer over alleged unpaid loans, fees and royalties. Schaffel claims he loaned Jackson money that was never repaid, that he is owed fees and expenses for work he did for the singer, and that he is due a cut of the proceeds from two television specials Jackson made in a bid to bolster his reputation in the fallout that followed the Martin Bashir TV assassination.

The case is due to go to court on 26 Jun, though Jackson is unlikely to attend in person. Apparently he has made videotaped depositions which will be shown in court and, for the time being at least, it seems unlikely Jackson will be ordered to the witness stand. Most of those people due to be called will be accountants and lawyers who have worked on Jacko's financial or business affairs, which should make for quite a dull case by comparison to the criminal trial that considered those child abuse allegations - although Schaffel himself may provide some insights into what was going on in the Jackson camp when those allegations first surfaced because, still a confidant of Jacko at the time, he had a number of dealings with the family of the singer's accuser.

That said, while the nitty gritty of the case may prove to be quite dull, there should still be considerable media interest in the case because it might throw some light onto Jacko's financial status - an area of much media speculation during and since the child abuse trial. Plus there is seemingly an incredible amount of bitterness between the two sides in this case which will mean lots of bitchiness, outside the court room at least, which should provide a more interesting angle for the media looking to cover the case (it's the angle we plan to take, that's for sure).

In fact, the bitchiness has already begun with the pre-trial briefings. Schaffel's lawyers are busy portraying Jackson as a spendthrift who frequently ignored the advice of his financial advisers making extravagant purchases he just couldn't afford. In his pre-trial brief, Schaffel's lawyer Howard King claims Jackson cheated his client out of millions. He writes: "Jackson carried no credit cards, wrote no checks, carried no 'walking around money' and had people attending to his every need. Jackson hired competent advisers to make business decisions, then frequently ignored the decisions being made and incurred expenses without regard to any rational limits or accountability, as though funds were endless. Jackson was a master of assuring his advisers that the success of any particular plan would ensure that adviser a lifetime position working for Jackson. However they were frequently dismissed when Jackson did not want to take their advice to rein in his profligate spending or terminate other activities that were damaging to his image and career. Although the public may perceive Jackson as a soft-spoken artist concerned only about his creative endeavours, the evidence at trial will show that Jackson is a master at manipulating the people around him".

Given the tone of King's brief, the response from Jackson's legal people is, needless to say, pretty harsh on Schaffel. They claim it is he who swindled their client out of money. Their pre-trial brief reads: "To say that Schaffel is an unsavoury character would be an understatement. He is a professional swindler and pornographer with a long history of dishonest, immoral and manipulative behaviour. This case is deceptively simple. Stripped to its essentials, it is an accounting case, albeit one with an overlay of fraud, deception and self-dealing on the part of plaintiff Marc Schaffel."

Insiders say we can expect more of this kind of bitchiness as the case reaches court. I can't wait.

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15K MORE READING TICKETS GO ON SALE
More Reading tickets have gone on sale after Mean Fiddler persuaded the local authority to increase the capacity of the festival site. An extra 15,000 tickets will go on sale today, taking the capacity for the weekend to 80,000. Confirming the capacity increase, Mean Fiddler's Melvyn Benn told reporters that the increase was needed to enable Reading to compete in the increasingly crowded festival marketplace. He told reporters: "I need 15,000 in order to be staying in the marketplace. Other events are growing and growing quickly and if Reading Festival wants to maintain its position as the premier rock festival in the world, which I know it does and I want it to, then we've got to grow". The Reading site can probably cope with the audience increase no problem, though whether the infrastructure that gets festival-goers to the site can cope remains to be seen - it all depends, I suppose, on whether Network Rail are planning, once again, to close the line between London and Reading over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. It wouldn't surprise me if they do.

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SNOW PATROL ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR
Snow Patrol have announced a new US tour schedule for the autumn, following those previously reported cancellations due to singer Gary Lightbody's trouble with his vocal chords. UK and European dates will go ahead as planned.

A statement from the band's management reads: "Gary has been ordered by a top vocal specialist in America to take a complete rest from singing for three weeks. He is doing exactly as he's told and we expect him to be fully fit for the band's scheduled shows starting in July. There are no plans to cancel any UK dates. US dates have been re-scheduled for September and the European tour for October remains unaffected. Playing live is what the band enjoy most and cancelling any gigs, anywhere, is a very last resort."

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MUSE TO PLAY FREE SHOW
Muse are going to play a free show in London this month to promote the release of their new LP, 'Black Hole & Revelations' which is out on 3 Jul - it will be at Shepherds Bush Empire on 28 Jun. Tickets for the gig will be distributed via a competition on the band's official website - the competition closes on 22 Jun, and winners will be contacted on 23 Jun. Muse's new single, 'Supermassive Black Hole', is out this week.

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KOOKS TO SUPPORT STONES
The Rolling Stones have asked The Kooks to support them at their Millennium Stadium gig on 29 Aug. Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard told NME.com "this is schoolboy stuff," presumably referring to some kind of schoolboy dream, as opposed to implying that it's easy, or anything. He continued: "Playing with the coolest band to walk the earth is pretty fine, man."

The Kooks' new single, 'She Moves In Her Own Way', is out on 26 Jun.

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BUSH GIRL ATTENDS RADIOHEAD CONCERT
One of George W Bush's daughters, it's not clear which one, attended a Radiohead gig in New York recently, according to a post by Thom Yorke on the band's official website. Which is interesting, given Radiohead's obvious distaste for the US president.

Here's what he said. All spelling and grammatical errors are his, and nothing to do with me. I've decided not to care any more about Thom Yorke's abuse of the English language. I have become too worn down by his blatant disregard for apostrophes.

Yorke: "this'll make you laugh. i was told yesterday that one of the daughters of the president came to NY show 2. we were playing THe Tourist at the end of the show.. and yyes we did wander what the shuffling manhandling fighting was in the distance of the audience. turns out it was her 6 bodyguards clearing the way for the first daughters exit. and some pour soul objected at being manhandled by the secret service. i think i would have to. infact if i had known all this my objections would have been more forthright and extensive...if you know what i mean. which is perhaps why our lot chose not to tell me who was in the building before we went on. probably a good idea.

hmm

i dont know if we should be

A. honoured
B. amused
C. bemused
D. ask if she had a valid ticket
E. object belatedly on moral grounds
F. ask again if she had a ticket and question whether this really what our gigs are about
G. dont blame the daughter for the father
H. shutup and smile

answers on a postcard"

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LAURA VEIRS TOUR
US singer songwriter Laura Veirs has announced a series of UK tour dates to take place this summer, in support of 2005 album release 'Year Of Meteors', dates as follows:

30 Jul: WOMAD, Reading
31 Jul: London, Dingwalls
1 Aug: Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
3 Aug: Northampton, Soundhaus
4 Aug: Cambridge, The Shed @ The Junction

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THE AUTOMATIC DATES
The Automatic are a band. They are going on tour. In October. These are the dates.

3 Oct: Exeter, Lemon Grove
4 Oct: Southampton, University
5 Oct: Loughborough University
7 Oct: Belfast, Mandela Hall
8 Oct: Dublin, The Village
9 Oct: Glasgow, ABC
10 Oct: Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
12 Oct: Newcastle University
13 Oct: Hull University
14 Oct: Manchester University
15 Oct: Leeds Met University
17 Oct: Cambridge Junction
18 Oct: Nottingham Trent University
19 Oct: London Astoria
20 Oct: Sheffield, Leadmill
22 Oct: Bristol, Academy
23 Oct: Cardiff University
24 Oct: Brighton, Corn Exchange
27 Oct: Bournemouth, Old Fire Station
30 Oct: Brecon, Market Hall
31 Oct: Coventry, Warwick University
1 Nov: Aberystwyth University

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T ON THE FRINGE
More, yes more, that's right, more additions to the T On The Fringe strand at this year's Edinburgh Festival. The Raconteurs, Gomez and the aforementioned The Automatic have all joined the bill - playing the Corn Exchange on the 24 Aug and 9 Aug and the Liquid Room on the 24 Aug respectively.

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IFPI WELCOMES DUTCH RULING OVER MP3 LINKS SERVICE
Our old mates, the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry, have welcomed an Appeal Court ruling in the Netherlands which has overturned a previous decision regarding the legitimacy, or not, of a website that provided links directly to illegal sources of music.

The Dutch lawsuit was based on that familiar theme of whether or not websites which provide links to illegal content, but which do not actually host illegal content on their own servers, can be guilty of copyright violation. The lower court ruled the www.zoekmp3.nl site was not guilty of any violation, despite it providing 'deep links' to illegitimate sources of music content. But the Dutch Court Of Appeal disagreed, saying the service was benefiting commercially from providing links to "infringing files", and was doing so without taking into account the interests of content owners. The site's owners were ordered to remove such 'deep links' from its service, and to pay damages to the content owners, though the actual damages payment is still to be assessed.

Welcoming that ruling, IFPI's General Counsel Geoff Taylor told reporters: "This is a very important decision for the creative industries in the Netherlands and internationally. There has been concern that Holland could become a centre of internet piracy, but this decision shows that the Dutch courts will not tolerate websites building a business out of facilitating copyright infringement. That is an essential condition for the legitimate digital music market to flourish. It sends a clear message to others operating "mp3 search" services that they will be held liable for the damage that they cause."

Geoff's probably right, you know, though I would draw his attention to this entry from Wikipedia: "The Netherlands is often referred to by the name Holland. This is, however, misguided, since the provinces of North and South Holland in the western Netherlands are only two of the country's twelve provinces".

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MOVIE BOSSES RESIST APPLE'S ONE-PRICE-FITS-ALL SYSTEM
Now, this is interesting. Apple are busy negotiating with the movie studios to start selling films via iTunes. But the movie studio chiefs are keen to not land themselves with a one-price-fits-all scenario like the one that operates in the music space - a scenario which the record labels have not been able to get out of, despite being publicly critical of the system where every song in the entire iTunes catalogue goes for 99 cents/79 pence each.

According to Variety, Apple boss Steve Jobs wants to charge a flat $9.99 for every film, but the studio chiefs are resisting. Jobs is presumably busy pointing out that existing legit movie download sites with variable pricing have not enjoyed much success, and claiming that by resisting his proposal the movie chiefs are creating an environment that encourages piracy.

Those claims are, of course, rubbish - the other movie sites haven't enjoyed success because of technical and catalogue limitations, not because of variable pricing, and arguably Jobs refusal to budge on this one is as much to blame in delaying the expansion of legit movie downloads and therefore encouraging piracy. But I suspect the Apple boss will win the day anyway. Eventually.

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REPORTS RECKON MOBILE MUSIC IS THE FUTURE
A new report from research firm IDC says that the consumption of music via mobiles will outstrip the use of PC based music services by the end of the decade. They reckon that by 2010 over 50 million users will regularly access music via their mobile phones, with 60% of mobile owners owning music player phones. Between them they will generate over $1 billion a year in revenues in the US alone, becoming a more important sales platform for the music industry than even the bigger PC based download platforms.

The report reckons that the cost of downloading music via a mobile, currently three times that of downloading via a PC, will come down in the next four years, although it will still be a more expensive option. However, the convenience will mean consumers, especially in the 25 - 44 year old demographic, will pay the premium.

A separate report from research firm Informa Telecoms & Media, meanwhile, has predicted that by 2010 the global mobile music market, including ringtones, will be worth $13 billion.

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AIR FINISH NEW ALBUM
Air have finished their new album, and it's expected to be released in 2007. On the new material, the duo's Jean-Benoit Dunckel told Billboard: "It's another direction, for sure. It's different, but it's Air. We like to change all the time. If we don't change our sound, we'll be dead. People who like our music like to discover new things. They're curious. They have some cultural musical background also, so they want to be surprised."

Meanwhile, Dunckel has been working on an eponymous solo effort, which is out on 19 Sep. On the solo LP, he said: "Most of the tracks contain some piano, and the chords are on the black keys most of the time, because I like the sound of that. I know I'm not a very good guitar or bass player, so I asked two of my friends to do the bass lines and a little bit of the guitar."

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THE GO! TEAM NEWS
CMU favourites The Go! Team are done recording their new single, 'Doing It Right', which is the good news. The sad news, of course, is that it won't be out until September. Thankfully, I'll be pretty busy until the end of August, so that'll distract me from getting bored waiting. The release will include a B-side cover of Sonic Youth's 'Bull In The Heather'.

The band, are, as previously reported, working on the new album. On the direction of the new LP, the band's Ian Parton has told Pitchfork that it will be "more experimental in a way. It will still sound like The Go! Team, I think, but there'll be more stuff like feedback and a kind of bigger production. A bigger sounding record in a way, but still in a lo-fi style".

He continued: "I don't really want it to sound super slick or anything like that. I think having that kind of homemade feel to it is essential. I want to possibly get a more violent feel to it in some ways, something a bit like Public Enemy. I just want to get a bit more angry. It's kind of a mix between a blaxploitation soundtrack kind of feel with a discordant guitary sort of thing as well."

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TIMBERLAKE CONFIRMS SECOND ALBUM
Justin Timberlake has confirmed that his second solo album will be released in the UK on the 11 Sep and in North America on 12 Sep, and is planning a US club tour in August to promote the new material. The album, 'FutureSex/LoveSounds', will be preceded by a single 'SexyBack', out some time in August.

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MAX SEDGLEY SINGLE
The wonderful Max Sedgley's new single - 'Slowly' - is out now on 12" and via download and includes remixes from Hot Chip and Metronomy. It's released ahead of the highly anticipated (by me, and no doubt many others) album 'From The Roots To The Shoots', out on 17 Jul.

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FREEVIEW DUE TO OVERTAKE SATELLITE
According to the always reliable Institute Of Practitioners In Advertising, Freeview will be the biggest provider of digital TV by the end of the year. 27.3% of TV households currently have access to terrestrial digital, while 31.5% have access to satellite, but given the relative growth of the two competing platforms experts say Freeview should overtake satellite later this year.

Given that Freeview is, erm, free (once you've bought your box anyway) while satellite TV generally comes with a monthly subscription fee, those stats are possibly not that surprising. Perhaps more interesting from the IPA's figures is that 33.8% of TV households will still have no digital TV which, as the trade body points out, is perhaps a little worrying given that the government is hoping to start turning off terrestrial signals in two years time.

IPA chairman Jim Marshall: "With around two years until the start of analogue switch off, it's worrying that still a third of UK homes have chosen not to 'go digital'. This could represent a serious challenge to the government's plans for analogue switch off."

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1XTRA GO TO THE STATES
1Xtra have announced details of '1Xtra In The USA', a special series of programmes that will provide the 1Xtra team with a free holiday to the States at the licence fee payers' expense. Oh, no, that's not it. It's a special series of programmes that will provide 1Xtra listeners with a unique insight into the black music scenes of Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York and Houston.

1Xtra DJs Ronnie Herel, L Double, Robbo Ranx and Semtex will all broadcast programmes from the four US cities, joined by guests that will include Jermaine Dupri, Shabba Ranks and Pimp C and Bun B of UGK from Houston's own 'chopped & screwed' hip hop scene.

Confirming the series of programmes, the stations Exec Producer Of Specialist And Live Events, Ray Paul, told CMU: "Every year, 1Xtra explores the black music scene from a particular country. This year the station will be going to America, a country that plays a massive role in influencing black music globally. It's a unique opportunity to get under the skin of the music, its culture and the locales that have thrived in their different musical genres. There will be some of the freshest new music and appearances from some established and emerging talent, all exclusive to 1Xtra for our listeners."

Press info on the series from julia.stephenson@bbc.co.uk

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URBAN AND KIDMAN TO WED
Country singer Keith Urban is to marry actress Nicole Kidman shortly in Australia, according to a statement released by the couple. The pair are expected to marry on Sunday in the suburb of Sydney where Kidman grew up. The former Mrs Tom Cruise confirmed the engagement last month to People Magazine at a party in New York.

The couple said in a statement: "We are very happy to be back in Australia. We have come home to celebrate our wedding with our family and friends."

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KYLIE MINOGUE GIVES FIRST INTERVIEW
Kylie Minogue's first interview since the news of her breast cancer diagnosis broke is to be screened next month on Sky One. The singer will speak about the treatment for and recovery from her recent illness as well as discussing future plans for a new album. The programme airs on 16 Jul.

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X-FACTOR 3 AUDITIONS UNDER WAY
Auditions are under way for X-Factor 3, with some 8000 wannabes reportedly turning up at Manchester's Old Trafford on the weekend in the hope they may be selected to appear on the pop reality show and maybe, just maybe, follow the road to stardom taken by past winners thing-imy and what-his-name.

SonyBMG execs apparently cut down the 8000 to a more manageable size for returning judges Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh to then consider. Speaking to the hopefuls en masse, Osbourne said: "You guys are going to kick arse today! Thank you for being here; we love you all very much!", while Cowell said: "One of you could be a winner of the X Factor. Whoever wins this show will become a multi-millionaire - keep your energy up."

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EMI CHIEF GETS CBE
I think the anarchist inside me is conditioned to ignore any announcement of honours, because until a press statement arrived from EMI I hadn't even noticed it was the Queen's official birthday last weekend, let alone that she had dished out some more of those birthday honours. Perhaps I just had a very busy weekend.

Anyhow, EMI were commenting on these things because EMI Group top guy Eric Nicoli was awarded a CBE for his services to the music industry - an award that he seemed keen to share with the rest of the EMI team (I haven't checked, but I don't think that honorable gesture means that everyone at EMI can now put CBE after their name, although I'm not sure what would happen if they did). Anyway, Eric said in a statement yesterday: "This is an honor which I share with all those at EMI who have worked so hard with me over the past seven years. I feel very fortunate to work in a dynamic industry with immensely talented people and I'll always try to play my part in supporting and developing it."

Other music names getting some letters from the Queen included Beverly Knight, who got an MBE, and Rolf Harris (he's kind of a music person) who got a CBE to add to his existing OBE and MBE. Does that mean he now has a complete set? Does he win a prize? Hell, why don't we just give him the British Empire? Tell you what, let's just give him Australia? That is still ours to give, yeah?

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ARCTIC MONKEYS BUY FAKE IDS
According to the Daily Star, the members of Arctic Monkeys have been forced to purchase fake IDs so that they can drink during the course of their current US tour. As you will know, the drinking age in America is 21, and they are all, of course, under that age.

The tabloid claims that the band's James Cook said: "We've all had to buy fake ID cards for ourselves off a couple of students at one of our gigs. It's either that or don't go out and get stuck in, which isn't really on. We've got away with it so far and no-one's questioned us at the bar, even though the pictures on them don't look like us at all."

Well, the US might have foolish drinking laws, but I'm not sure I can approve of such criminal behaviour. Tut tut.

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