CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 3rd July
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In today's CMU Daily:
- SonyBMG announce new UK boss
- Man reportedly arrested over Billy Bell attack
- DMX is out of prison
- Petty won't sue Peppers
- J-Lo settles with ex
- New French copyright laws get green light
- V Festival plans global expansion
- Dallas Austin charged in Dubai
- Black Eyed Pea gets into brawl
- Download Metallica
- Diesel U-Music finalists announced
- Rapture on new album
- MP3 player ownership double that of 2003
- IMPALA to oppose EMI Warner merger
- Radio 1 rejig its specialist output
- Chart update
- Total Rock World Album Chart
- CMU radio show
- Bestival organisers launch new website
- Secret Garden additions
- Timberlake sells out fast
- Lily Allen on Cheryl Tweedy
- Newlyweds now newly divorced
- Doherty story involving drugs, Kate
- Ne-Yo criticises K-Fed


Is it hot where you are? It is very very hot here. And I am writing this at 9am. Imagine what it will be like at 3pm this afternoon. By then it will be too hot. Too hot to work anyway, but surely not too hot to fire up the internet and tune in to the latest edition of the CMU radio show, which goes live online later today. As always, a stack of top tunes (fully listed lower down in today's Daily) plus you'll find Chris and Caro chatting about all things The Killers, Fun-Da-Mental, Michael Jackson, Boy George, Seal, McFly, DMX, Goldfrapp and Creamfields, plus there's some idle ponderings on the TVT v Def Jam dispute and all the usual stuff on those major label (lack of) mergers. You can listen to this at anytime by tuning your internet in to Click the big button and the whole thing will start streaming on demand via your Windows Media Player courtesy of the guys at And while the show is pre-recorded, it was incredibly hot in the studio when we recorded it at the end of last week, so there should be a lot of presenter/listener empathy going on.

By the way, don't forget to keep sending in your tunes for consideration for the CMU radio show. And don't forget, also, that from 6 Aug we'll be hosting the daily ThreeWeeks radio show all over Edinburgh via the Edinburgh Festival radio station, Festival FM. Music for playing should be sent to Chris+Caro, CMU Radio, UnLimited Media, Fl 3 Grampian House, London, E14 9YT.



Outpost PR - Online & Press Office
Outpost PR is seeking a new online and press officer to join our fast expanding team. This is a unique, joint role covering all aspects of online promotion and traditional PR. Some online experience is a pre-requisite for this role, either in the form of HTML, web design, or other online knowledge. No direct press experience is required, though would be advantageous. Creative, motivated and enthusiastic, you will also be able to demonstrate exceptional writing and communication skills as well as an eye for detail. Please send your application, including CV, via e-mail to [email protected] stating 'Outpost Vacancy' in the subject line. No calls please!

BigTime TV / RockChic(TM) - Channel Manager
To mark Fender(r)'s 60th anniversary, BigTime TV has invited 60 world-renowned creators to customise a Stratocaster(r). The exhibition 'RockChic' launched to huge acclaim in Paris, and is now set to move to Dublin and London, before the guitars are auctioned for charity. Contributing creators include: Bryan Adams (ft Kate Moss), Agnes B, Christopher Bailey, Bono, Sir Peter Blake, Anton Corbijn, Patrick Cox, Buddhist Punk, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jamie Hewlett , David LaChapelle, Peter Lindbergh (ft Keith Richards), Jennifer Lopez, Jean Baptiste Mondino, Rankin (ft Heidi Klum), Nick Rhodes, Johnny Rocket, Lord Richard Rogers, Hedi Slimane (Dior), Philippe Starck.

BigTime is looking to recruit a Channel Manager who will coordinate the logistics of staging the show in Dublin and London, providing a day to day link between our exhibition venues, production team, publicists and the 60 creators. In addition, the Channel Manager will play a key role in developing complimentary RockChic channels - including a book, a dynamic digital channel and possibly a TV documentary. The manager will also be responsible for identifying new commercial opportunities and partners for both the online and physical manifestation of RockChic. The Channel Manager should be a good organiser and people person, able to balance various concurrent projects. Editorial and web skills an advantage, ability to get on the phone and talk to potential partners a must. Applicants should send a CV to [email protected] - check for more information on Rock Chic.



Can't be arsed to research festivals this summer? The Aloud Festival Guide has got the info on over 60 events taking place, written by music-lovers for music-lovers. As well as news and updates, we've got on-site blogging from the festivals, features, photos and advice from the illustrious Professor Portaloo - don't shag Anne Widdecombe scores quite highly. You can also win tickets to Lovebox, Belladrum and Bestival by sending in your photos, and feature in our summer podcast - brilliant!



Kill All Hippies returns this Friday - 7 Jul - at the 333 in Shoreditch. This month you'll find Komakino and Milk Teeth live on stage plus Jeff Automatic and DJ Frankie D on the decks in the basement, and the Fully Comprehensive guys doing their stuff on the ground floor - with Gavin Nugent, Mark Beaumont, Syrinx and the Cooper Temple Clause boys doing the DJ thing. Tickets are a tenner unless you guest list in advance, then it's just a fiver, you can do that at

Not only that but on Sunday 23 Jul, Kill All Hippies will be bringing some rock sensibilities to the Lovebox Weekender at London's Victoria Park by hosting its own big top arena featuring some great live bands and DJ action. On stage will be Battle, White Rose Movement, Longcut, Rumple Strips, The Delilahs and Little Barrie. Not only that, but Kill All Hippies co-founders Eddy TM and Jagz Kooner will be hosting the day and taking to the decks - supported by KAH regulars Mark Beaumont and Gavin Nugent.

Full press releases for both KAH July and KAH at Lovebox at:



MySpace Of The Day: Plan B
If you haven't already become aware of this Forest Gate export, I suspect you've been a bit sleepy, or distracted by the weather. Not for the fainthearted, really, his debut album is disturbingly graphic, a lesson in profane expletives, but is really bloody good. Starting to ring a bell? That's it, this is the chap that people are (lazily) calling a 'British Eminem', but it's hardly appropriate, because Plan B, aka Ben Drew, probably swears a lot more than Marshall Mathers (in his recordings; I can't vouch for how sweary Slim Shady is in private). He is white, though, with short, fairish hair, if recent publicity shots are anything to go by, so perhaps that's why. Anyway, check out the MySpace page - there's lots of info and four tracks to stream, as you might expect. Lots of upcoming tour info, too, so if you like what you hear, you can make arrangements to go see, as well as procure copy of said album, 'Who Needs Actions When You Got Words'. Go UK hip-hop.

This and more at


Breaking news. Well, it would have been breaking news if there'd been a Friday afternoon edition of the CMU Daily. Anyway, Ged Doherty will succeed Rob Stringer as CEO of SonyBMG UK when Stringer takes over the top job at Sony Music Label Group US in New York in September. Doherty's appointment was announced internally by SonyBMG COO Tim Bowen on Friday, and some kind of formal external announcement is expected today. According to Billboard, Doherty will report to Bowen in the new job.

Doherty benefits from having worked for both of the major record companies that made up SonyBMG prior to their 2004 merger. After working in artist management, he joined Sony Music in 1992, initially in an international marketing role in New York, but later as MD of Columbia Records in the UK. He moved to BMG in 1999, initially as MD of Arista Records, but then as President, BMG Music Division, a role that expanded to cover the whole of SonyBMG post merger.

Oh look, in the time it took me to write this story the formal external announcement just arrived. In it the aforementioned Tim Bowen says: "Ged is the ideal person to take the company forward. He has great knowledge and a real feel for the future direction of our business. He also recognises and understands that artists need space and time to make their music as well as the level of guidance and direction that we can provide as a company to bring that music to the widest market. I wish him the greatest success in the future."

While Doherty responds thus: "I can't exactly claim that my history is that of a typical label chairman but I hope it means that I understand artists, managers, lawyers, promoters and the whole creative and commercial process better than most. I feel very proud in taking on this job. Whilst there is a huge responsibility at all times to treasure the catalogue, our future lies in our ability to develop as a fully rounded music company working for all our artists in taking their music, videos and creativity to consumers across the widest spectrum of platforms."


A man wanted in connection with the previously reported violent attack against Billy Bell/Leeson of up coming band Les Incompetents has reportedly handed himself into police. Reports suggest the man attended a North London police station over the weekend and was promptly arrested. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police told reporters: "The man attended a north London police station voluntarily and was arrested. He is being questioned today".

As previously reported, police put out a call for witnesses to come forward last Thursday, a week on from the late night attack against Leeson, who was travelling home after performing at a sell out gig at the Camden Barfly.

Despite some early optimism regarding Leeson's condition, at the end of the week a more cautious note from his brother Stan was posted on the band's website, reporting that: "Today Billy underwent a five hour operation, a piece of his skull was removed to relieve pressure on his brain, this was done successfully. However his brain is now very inflamed, this inflammation has spread to the rest of his body. The next 48 hours are crucial". However he added: "Please try to think positively for Bill, however irrational this may sound I can't see this being the end, it's just not Bill. We can only hope and pray."

More recently, the police spokesman yesterday said: "Mr Leeson is in a critical but stable condition."

Meanwhile the band's manager, Phil Halliday, echoed police calls for any witnesses of the attack to come forward. He told reporters: "Billy is really intelligent and articulate; great fun and incredibly talented. Hopefully he will get better soon and when he does he has the potential to do whatever he puts his hand to. His family and friends are giving him a great deal of support and thinking positively. If anyone knows anything or had been to Barfly where the band had been playing, or watching the Croatia V Australia match, I would ask them to please contact police."

Anyone with information can contact Islington CID on 020 7421 0350 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Traffic police on standby; DMX has been released from Westchester County prison, following an overnight stay, after raising $25,000 bail. The hip-hop star, as previously reported, was locked up at the end of last week following his failure to show up at two consecutive court dates to answer charges of speeding and reckless driving.

The rapper, real name Earl Simmons, has, of course, been repeatedly in trouble with authorities in recent months, and is due in court again on separate, but not dissimilar charges, on 24 Jul.


Tom Petty says he has no plans to sue Red Hot Chili Peppers over those recent accusations of plagiarism. As previously reported, US DJ Dan Gaffney accused RHCP of ripping off Petty's song 'Mary Jane's Last Dance' on their recent single 'Dani California', saying that the tune is identical and the theme of the lyrics is similar. Subsequent speculation in the press led to reports that Petty would sue Red Hot Chili Peppers over the track.

Now Petty has given his rather sensible thoughts on the matter to Rolling Stone: "The truth is, I seriously doubt that there is any negative intent there. And a lot of rock & roll songs sound alike. If someone took my song note for note and stole it maliciously, then maybe. But I don't believe in lawsuits much. I think there are enough frivolous lawsuits in this country without people fighting over pop songs."


Jennifer Lopez and ex-husband Ojani Noa have agreed to a primary injunction which will bar Noa from "criticising or denigrating" the singer, or publishing intimate details about the pair's life together - or at least until a permanent settlement is reached. The court order, signed by a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, urged both sides to attempt to resolve the dispute without further recourse to litigation.
If Lopez and Noa are not able to settle their differences, a non-jury trial will have to be held to decide if that injunction becomes permanent.

As previously reported, Lopez brought a suit against Noa back in April, after he revealed plans to publish a book about their marriage, an action which, the star claimed, would violate a previous agreement in which both parties were banned from criticizing one another publicly, or revealing private information about the other for monetary gain.

J-Lo married Noa, her first husband, back in 1998. The marriage lasted just eleven months. Noa's proposed book, reportedly entitled 'The Unknown Truth: A Passionate Portrait of a Serial Thriller', was, according to reports, set to reveal allegations of Lopez's multiple affairs.


French politicians have formally passed that previously reported watered down digital music legislation, which in theory forces technology companies to share their DRM codecs with their rivals, but which in practice doesn't.

As previously reported, the lower house of the French parliament proposed and passed new laws that would force technology firms to let their rivals sell music or players that utilise their DRM software - laws that would impact on a number of leading technology companies, but in particular Apple whose entire digital music business model is based on keeping their codec secret, and using IP laws to protect that secret.

After much lobbying from the technology firms, the upper house of the French parliament proposed and passed different laws, that did not oblige technology firms to open up their software to others. With such inconsistencies between the laws passed by the two houses, a committee of politicians have since been discussing ways to draft legislation that satisfies both houses - and that compromise was last week formally passed by both houses.

The result is a system where by technology firms can keep their proprietary DRM systems secret, providing the artists and labels whose music they sell say that that is OK. In theory this puts all the power regarding DRM into the hands of the artist community, but in practice it gives the power back to the technology firms who can force artists and labels to agree to their DRM policies, those artists and labels desperately needing to sell their music via the technology firms' download platforms.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is politics in action. Vive la revolution.


I don't know what Toronto has done to piss off Richard Branson, but he's sending them a V Festival in retaliation. No, only joking, though a V Festival will, in fact, be staged in the Canadian city later this year as the Virgin Group attempt to expand their music festival strand around the world.

The Toronto event, the first V Festival to take place outside the UK, will take place at the city's Island Park from 9-10 Sep, with Flaming Lips, Gnarls Barkley, The Hidden Cameras and The Dears among the bands expected to play. There will be no onsite camping at the first event, although organisers say that that is something they hope to add in future years.

The Toronto date is the first of a number of V events the Virgin Group are planning in a number of locations around the world. There are plans to stage an event in the US, most likely in Baltimore, later this year, while promoters have their eyes on two other Canadian cities, mostly likely Vancouver and Montreal, as well as cities in three other countries.

Confirming the Toronto event, Virgin Group boss Richard Branson described the V Festivals in a press conference on Friday as "the biggest sort of social event on the calendar for a particular age group in the UK", adding that "there's a lot of very, very, very big bands". I'm not sure which "particular age group" he's referring to, ten year olds perhaps, and surely all music festivals have lots of very big bands? But hey, good luck to everyone involved in the Toronto bash. And Happy Canada Day by the way (OK, it was on Saturday, but we weren't here were we?).


So it was true after all. Grammy-winning producer Dallas Austin has pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in a Dubai court. As previously reported, Austin was arrested at Dubai airport whilst in the country for Naomi Campbell's birthday party, an incident which, according to reports, was recently still being denied by his associates.

Appearing in court, Austin told the judge that he had made a mistake and did not mean to break the law. The producer could face up to four years in prison for the offence, but his legal team are planning to seek a pardon from the state's ruler Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, an eventuality not without precedent.


Black Eyed Pea is under police investigation after a brawl broke out at an after show party on Thursday in Berlin., real name William Adams, is alleged to have taken part in the fracas that took place at the city's 40seconds club. A police spokesman believes that the fight broke out between a doorman and one of the group's bodyguards, adding: "A champagne bottle was used, but as far as what the singer did, there are various reports that contradict one another, and it's not yet clear what happened."

All three men were taken into custody for statements and contact details before being released; the other two, the doorman and the bodyguard, have not been named, but all three may face charges of causing bodily injury and causing serious bodily injury.

No comment from the band as yet, but club manager Torsten Schermall has spoken out, blaming the Peas' bodyguards for allowing the VIP section to become overfull with guests, and saying that the fight broke out when his security guard told the bodyguards not to let any more people through. One witness said: "It was a witches' cauldron. I haven't ever seen anything so brutal. They were at each other for five minutes."


Metallica are to make recordings of all nine of their European Escape tour dates available via their official website, one of which, of course, is their recent performance at Donington. So, Metallica fans, you know what to do.


Organisers of the Diesel U-Music awards 2006 have announced the names of the nine UK finalists for this year's awards - three from each of the three genre categories they run - urban, rock and electronic.

And the finalists are...

Urban/Hip-hop: Caskade (Cardiff), ILLAMADi (London), L-Marie (Glasgow).
Rock: Gilkicker (London), Quad Riot (Rochester), The Very (Edinburgh).
Electronic: David E Sugar (London), Duke Dumont (London), The English Channel (London).

Over a thousand bands entered the competition, with three sets of judges picking out the best from their specialist genre areas: Wall Of Sound's Mark Jones and Clash mag's Simon Harper did electronic, Fierce Panda's Simon Williams and Xfm's David Smith and Nigel Harding did rock, while Hip Hop Connection's Andy Cowan and Xfm's Dan Greenpeace did urban.

If I remember rightly, there will now be some kind of tour after which winners for each category will be selected (in October), with those winners going forward to a global battle. Or something like that.

Diesel UK communications chappy Andy Griffiths told reporters: "We're thrilled with both the quality and quantity of entries this year. We've found nine strong finalists and we're looking forward to working with the final winners in the months following this year's Diesel-U-Music Awards".


The Rapture have revealed that their new album 'Pieces Of The People We Love' will be out on 4 Sep, preceded by a single release, 'Get Myself Into It' on 21 Aug. The band's Vito Roccoforte told Pitchfork: "The last album was an eclectic record. I think this one is a little tighter. With 'Echoes', we really stretched out a lot and tried a bunch of different things. I think on this one, we didn't limit ourselves, but we were able to take a lot of different influences and ideas and just tighten them up and, I feel, execute them a little better."

On the album's trio of producers - Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth and Ewan Pearson - Roccoforte added: "The producers are all really talented people. They were able to see things in it that you might not see. They were good filters for all the songs."


How exactly do you get funding to do one of these research projects designed to state the bloody obvious? If anyone knows, do get in touch. Meanwhile, a poll carried out by market research firm Ipsos has discovered, wait for it, ownership of MP3 players in the US has reached an all time high. That's right. MP3 players. All time high. Remarkable.

Apparently one in five Americans over the age of 12 now owns a portable digital music device - with over a half of US teens owning one. Plus one in twenty of those surveyed said they owned more than one. All of which means that ownership of MP3 players has doubled since 2003. So now you know.

Ipsos VP Matt Kleinschmit told reporters: "Over the past year, the portable MP3 market has really matured, and we are now seeing not just new buyers entering this market, but also growing levels of multiple device ownership."


More on the news from Friday that pan-European indies body IMPALA plan to "forcefully" oppose any EMI Warner merger. Of course, it is still unclear if the London and New York based companies will in fact come together, with both sides currently keen to take over the other, rather than be taken over. However, should the companies reach a deal they will have to seek EU approval, and IMPALA say they will endeavour to ensure such approval is not forthcoming.

Prior to the SonyBMG merger deal in 2004, it was unclear if the EU would approve any further consolidation in the music industry, EU officials having essentially blocked a previous attempt by EMI and Warner to merge over concerns that too much control of the music business would fall into too few hands. However, after EU officials approved consolidation in the travel industry that meant three major players dominated the sector, the major record companies argued they couldn't stop similar moves in the music business, and so the SonyBMG merger got the green light.

However, IMPALA opposed that merger too, and are still appealing the decision to let it go ahead through the European courts. Should that legal challenge be successful there is little that can be done regarding SonyBMG, it now being a fully merged entity, however if the EU courts rule the SonyBMG merger should not have gone ahead, then it might be harder for officials to allow an EMI Warner deal through.

Either way, IMPALA will try to stop it. Confirming that on Friday, IMPALA chair Michael Lambot, co-Chairman of PIAS (Belgium), told reporters: "At a time when the rumours are saying that Vodaphone is ready to buy Vivendi/Universal, that Warner and EMI want to marry and that Bertelsman wants to sell its stake in Sony/BMG, who cares about culture and music? Will we need soon a cultural Kyoto treaty?"

Other key players in the independent sector also lined up to diss any EMI Warner merger. Here's what they said.

Hein van der Ree, Managing Director of Epitaph Europe: "If three companies have a market share of 75%, they can effectively dictate their terms to 100% of the market place. I don't see how that can be acceptable to anyone interested in ensuring market access to all players, large and small."

Horst Weidenmueller, CEO of !K7 Records: "A possible EMI/Warner merger will cause thousands of bands to be dropped. This will enhance the concentration of music repertoire available in the market. But what the music market needs in order to grow is cultural diversity with an access to the market. Unfortunately this is the opposite of what will be the effect of this possible merger."

Patrick Zelnik, President CEO of Naïve: "Concentration kills creation, kills independents, kills cultural diversity. Strangely enough, the European commission supports the UNESCO convention on cultural diversity, but ignores it when it comes to mergers in the music industry. The music market is not in a very good shape and shooting on an ambulance is not a clever move."

The indies are encouraging those who oppose the may be merger to sign their petition at


Radio 1 has announced a new specialist schedule that will kick in on 25 Sep, the top line of which is more Colin Murray, more Annie Mac, less Steve Lamacq, less Chris Coco, less Fergie.

Murray will leave his afternoon show to host a new late night new music show from Monday to Thursday, leaving that Edith Bowman to present afternoons all on her own (oh joy). Annie Mac will host a new multi-genre mix show and a 'by the audience for the audience' show (whatever that means), while there will be new clubbing shows presented by new recruits Eddie Halliwell and the Trophy Twins. Plus 1Xtra will get a showcase strand on its sister station, and there'll be a new nightly strand under the existing In New Music We Trust banner providing a "one stop guide to everything that's happening in a particular genre fronted by the experts in that field".

Coco and Fergie will leave the station, though Fergie will continue to put together Essential Mixes. Steve Lamacq, whose Monday night show will come to an end, is reportedly discussing future projects with the station.

Confirming his new show, Colin Murray told CMU: "I've always had a close relationship with our listeners and now I'm taking it to a whole new level. I've been at Radio 1 for eight years with more than four years of that time spent making specialist programmes and I'm grateful to be given the chance to front a show that really hits those turned-on, engaged evening Radio 1 listeners. It's basically a blank canvas to tamper with the traditional format. It's going to be exciting and personal and it's going to show a blatant disregard for musical pigeon-holing. Personally, the only downside will be my partnership with Edith coming to an end but our friendship comes first and Edith knows that I belong in the darkness, and wishes me well. I am sure we'll be thrown together for every big Radio 1 event in the future. I'm just glad we didn't reach the stage where we had to work out custody of the kids.''

Radio 1 boss Andy Parfitt added: "This continues the story of change for Radio 1 which for a young service is absolutely essential. We have made the specialist schedule easier for our audience to navigate and provided a broader range of content. We believe that this and the amazing talent line up will help even more listeners to come and sample the wealth of distinctive specialist shows Radio 1 has to offer"


Singles chart, and you have Shakira at number one, Nelly Furtado at number 2 and the Pussycat Dolls at number 3 and a load of other nonsense until you get to the highest new entry at number 13 - Ms Lily Allen with her track 'Smile'.

Then the new entries go like this: Razorlight's 'In The Morning' at 15, Michael Jackson's 'Blood On The Dance Floor' at 19, Kelly Clarkson's 'Breakaway' at 22, Guillemots' 'Made-up Lovesong Number 43' at 23, Long Blondes' 'Weekend Without Makeup' at 28, Cord's 'Winter' at 34, Larrikin Love's Downing Street Kindling' at 35 and Fatboy Slim's 'That Old Pair Of Jeans' at 39.

More excitement over in the albums chart where Lostprophets go straight in at the top with 'Liberation Transmission' - hurrah! Other new entries in the long player chart run thus: Plan B with 'Who Needs Actions When You Got Words' at 30 and Ray Lamontagne with 'Trouble' at 33 - also both great albums. And that's it.


As counted down on Total Rock over the weekend - New and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (Warner Bros)
2. Tool - 10,000 Days (Volcano)
3. Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam (SonyBMG/J Records)
4. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Roadrunner)
5. Guns n Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)
6. AFI - Decemberunderground (Universal/Polydor)
7. Godsmack - IV (Republic)
8. Angels & Airwaves - We Don't Need To Whisper (Universal/Geffen)
7. Godsmack - IV (Republic)
8. Guns n Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)
9. Feeder - The Singles (Echo)
10. Bon Jovi - Have A Nice Day (Universal/Mercury)
11. David Gilmour - On An Island (EMI)
12. Rolling Stones - Forty Licks (EMI/Virgin)
13. Various - WWE: Wreckless Intent (SonyBMG)
14. The Eagles - The Complete Greatest Hits (Warner Bros)*
15. Korn - See You On The Other Side (EMI/Virgin)*
16. Def Leppard - Yeah! (Universal/Mercury)
17. Green Day - American Idiot (Warner Bros.)
18. Fall-Out Boy - From Under The Cork Tree (Universal/Island)
19. System Of A Down - Hypnotize (SonyBMG/Columbia)
20. Live Songs From The Black Mountain (SonyBMG/Epic)


The songs played on this week's radio show, which you can access later today online via this here URL:

Infadels - Love Like Semtex (Wall Of Sound)
Simian - We Are Your Your Friends (EMI/Virgin)
The Similou - All This Love (SonyBMG/Backyard Recordings)
Supermode - Tell Me Why (Data Records)
The Loose Cannons - Why You? (Fat Fox)
Krafty Kuts (Liberation Records)
Peaches - Downtown (Beggars/XL)
Kish Mauve - Modern Love (Sunday Best)
Archie Bronson Outfit - Dead Funny (Domino)
Mad Staring Eyes - Walking In The Streets (Retina)
The Common Redstarts - Save It For Your Friends (Seeca)
Newflesh - Wherever We Go (Ninja Tune/Big Dada)
Plan B - Mama (Loves A Crackhead) (679)
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (off Paddingtons Back To The Bus on DMC Recordings)


Yeah, what the headline says. It's here:


There have been a couple of adds to the line up the wonderful Secret Garden festival. On the bill as of now are The Automatic, Lily Allen, Graham Coxon, Howling Bells and Larrikin Love. Rob da Bank, Tim Love Lee and Princess Superstar all join the DJ line up. As previously reported, the Secret Garden takes place 18-20 Aug in Huntingdon. Info at


Justin Timberlake has sold out that previously reported Hammersmith Apollo gig in the space of four minutes. The singer appears at the London venue on 13 Jul to debut to tracks from his new album 'Future Sex/Love Sounds', out in September.

The sell out is hardly surprising, of course. He is, after all "the hottest artist on the planet", and this is, after all, the "hottest gig this year".


Lily Allen has written a track in which she professes to wishing she looked like Cheryl Tweedy, set to feature on the B-side of the physical release of her new single 'Smile' (out today). Not sure if she genuinely would want to look like Cheryl Tweedy or not, but this is what the lyrics say: "I wish my life was a little less seed/ Why am I always so greedy?/ I wish I looked like Cheryl Tweedy/ I know I never will."

Which some might say was a good thing.


US popsters Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, stars of MTV's Newlyweds show, have finalised their divorce, having announced their split last November. Alas, neither party was up for having their divorce proceedings filmed for reality TV. Spoilsports.


According to his literary agent, Paul Roundhill, Pete Doherty has got off the drugs, thanks to new implants, and the love of Kate Moss. Roundhill claims that the Babyshambles man's motivation for finally kicking the drugs is because he wants to win his supermodel ex-girlfriend back, saying: "He is clean at the moment. It must be very hard for him. But he's done it for Kate. He wants to stay clean to get back with her. He's having more implants put in because the last ones went terribly wrong."

I cannot, as you may understand, guarantee the veracity of the claim that Doherty is, in fact, clean.


US rapper Ne-Yo has had a go at Mr Britney Spears, Kevin Federline. The hip-hopper has been helping Spears with work on a new album, but doesn't appear to have much time for his er, fellow rapper, K-Fed. According to, he said: "I don't know the guy, but I know people that know him and he seems to be a guy who caught a break. He's a bit of a freeloader."

Of course, one wouldn't think it would be a necessarily wise thing to say if he wants to work with Britney again. Of course, he may not want to. On that, he added: "I've done one session for her, but now she's pregnant it may be put on hold for a while. I'm not allowed to talk about her sound though, her people want it kept under wraps."

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