CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 23rd October
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In today's CMU Daily:
- YouTube cuts 30,000 clips at Japanese publishers' request
- Madonna boy's father has second thoughts
- Victory score victory in Hawthorne Heights dispute
- Urban goes into rehab
- Grace joins the Jones' record breaking bid
- Drugs charities critical of George Michael's South Bank comments
- Chief drummer on new album
- Billy Bragg tour
- Clinic headline charity gig this weekend
- Womad UK confirm new site
- Lawler label launches
- Hooj Choons returns
- Creative axe FM recording facility
- Hip hop label plans urban MySpace
- Google posts impressive figures
- Borders moves into Dublin
- GMG want to take Smooth down the easy route
- C4 goes on demand via NTL Telewest
- More on C4's radio Tube
- NBC to show Madonna concert sans crucifix bit
- Chart update
- Total Rock World album chart
- Subshot playlist
- This Week's Student Radio Chart
- Former Belle & Sebastian couple on good terms
- More Macca Mills nonsense
- Gallagher bitches
- Girls Aloud bitch
- Moss expecting Doherty's baby, apparently


It's time to announce another one of those CMU Recommended all-night affairs - this time featuring all the best in the world of breaks. The first Breaking Ground allnighter was staged as an after show party for the Breaks Poll awards back in February, but it proved so popular, they're doing it again. Taking over the seOne club, the same venue as the Insomniacs Ball in the vaults beneath London Bridge station, this is going to be a who's who event of the burgeoning and increasingly crossing over worlds of breaks and drum & bass. I think the line up speaks for itself ... Pendulum, Stanton Warriors, Rennie Pilgrem, Splitloop, Precision Cuts, DJ Friction, Breakfastaz, Deekline & Wizard, Ctrl-Z, Si Begg, General Midi, Soto, Mr Sushi and many many many more. Plus's internet radio station will be broadcasting live from the main room. This is a real must-go event for anyone anywhere into their breaks. It takes place on 2 Dec from 9.30pm to 6am. Tickets are £18.50 (with VIP tickets for £25), and are on sale right now from Press info from Leyline. And expect more updates on all things Breaking Ground right here in the CMU Daily.



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Another storming night for your diaries - the second edition of breaks fest Breaking Ground. All the big names are going to be on the bill - Planet Pendulum (Live), Stanton Warriors, Rennie Pilgrem
with MC Chickaboo, Splitloop (Live), Precision Cuts, Janette Slack, Breakfastaz, Deekline & Wizard with MC Ivory, Cltr-Z, Freshold, Si Begg, General Midi, Soto, Merka, Symmetrik, Dirtpop, Mr Sushi and Fyoog. Phew. It will all take place at London's seOne Club on Saturday 2 Dec, from 9.30pm to
6am. Tickets are £18.50 in advance - from - press info from leyline.

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The major record companies may have done deals with YouTube (well, three of them have), but deals are still to be done with much of the publishing sector, which may as yet throw a spanner in the works as the video sharing website moves towards its goal of hosting the world's biggest free-to-use video jukebox.

It was the Japanese publishing sector that forced YouTube to delete nearly 30,000 files off its system in one go on Friday. The move came after The Japan Society For Rights Of Authors, Composers And Publishers submitted a document to YouTube listing 29,549 videos that feature music owned by its members which the society say are being hosted illegally. YouTube, of course, have always vowed to remove any video if the content's owner requests that they do so. Though I'm pretty sure this is the first time one owner has asked for quite so much content to be removed in one go.

Speaking for the Society, Fumiyuki Asakura also said that they might ask YouTube to introduce some kind of screening process in the future to stop copyright clips from getting through in the first place. If such a request was made, and YouTube felt that they had to honour it, the video site would need to undergo a radical rethink regarding how its upload system works (although technology to spot low quality recordings of copyrighted material is, I believe, already installed). I'm guessing its owners would much rather reach licensing deals with the publishers (whether it be with the collecting societies or the publishing houses direct) before such demands are formally made.


I thinking 'confusion all round' is the phrase we're looking for. The father of the Malawian boy being adopted by Madonna, who last week told reporters he was glad Madonna would be caring for his son, and who spoke out against Malawian human rights groups criticizing the adoption, has changed his mind because, he says, no one involved in the adoption process explained that Madonna would get custody of his son "for good".

The boy's father, Yohane Banda, told the Associated Press this weekend: "I was never told that adoption means that David will no longer be my son... If I was told this, I would not have allowed the adoption. I want more clarification on the adoption. I would prefer that David goes back to the orphanage where I can see him any time I want, rather than send him away for good."

He still thanked Madonna from rescuing his son David "from poverty and disease", but added that he thought the singer would just "educate and take care of our son".

Sharing that viewpoint, Banda's cousin, Wiseman Zimba, told AP: "Our understanding as a family is that David is still part and parcel of our clan. After the good woman nurtures and educates him, he will return back".

Whether this new development will have any impact on the adoption remains to be seen. As previously reported, the Malawian Human Rights Consultative Committee will challenge the adoption in the country's High Court later this week, arguing that the authorities there illegally sidestepped the rules to allow Madonna's adoption to go ahead on a rapid schedule.


One up for Tony Brummel in his ongoing fight with rockers Hawthorne Heights. As previously reported, Hawthorne Heights are trying to get out of their recording contract with Brummel's indie label Victory Records - claiming that the label had misrepresented them and had failed to pay them royalties. The band sued Victory in order to break away from the label, but Judge Milton Shadur of the US District Court in Chicago dismissed the lawsuit last week, calling the band's claims against the label "absurd". This means that Victory can continue to sell the band's first two albums, and demand the two additional albums they are owed by the current contract. That said, the band say they will continue with their legal fight. A spokesman said last week: "We disagree with Victory's characterization of the Court's ruling, and we remain confident in our claims against Victory and Tony Brummel. We expect to prevail when all is said and done".


Country musician Keith Urban, recently married to Nicole Kidman of course, has gone into rehab in a bid to overcome alcohol dependency. In a statement the Grammy winning singer, who has previously disclosed that he was addicted to cocaine, said that he "deeply regrets the hurt this has caused Nicole", adding: "One can never let one's guard down on recovery, but I'm afraid that I have". Urban's new album will still be released on 7 Nov as planned, although all promotional appearances have been put on hold and the star is now unlikely to attend next month's Country Music Awards where he is up for four gongs.


Grace Jones has signed up to an event taking place next month in Cardiff where the entry requirement is the surname Jones. Organisers are hoping to break the world record for the highest number of people with the same surname in one place (currently held by the 583 Norbergs who amassed in Sweden) by staging a night where everyone on stage and in the audience will go by the surname Jones.

Eighties pop singer, model and former Bond star Grace will be joined on the bill by many namesakes including opera singer Dame Gwyneth Jones, tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones, West End musical actor John Owen-Jones, singer and entertainer Caryl Parry Jones, Welsh 'countryside icon' Dai Jones, Welsh language singer Elin Fflur Jones, country singer Tammy Jones and Blue Peter presenter Gethin Jones. No word on Tom as yet, though technically speaking Jones is his middle name (though it was his mother's maiden name). With an audience also made up of Joneses, the aim is to have some 1600 people bearing that name at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff on 3 Nov.

Confirming Grace Jones' involvement Stifyn Parri, from one of the event companies involved in staging the record bid, told reporters that the star's agent quickly responded with "Yes Grace thinks it is a fun idea". Parri added: "We have to say that Grace Jones has been nothing but a pussy cat. She's going to blow your socks off! What a cherry for the Joneses cake."


George Michael is "stupid" and "naive", just in case you wondered. Well, that's what mental health charity Rethink have branded the singer after it was revealed that he smoked cannabis during a TV interview which will be aired on ITV's South Bank Show next weekend.

Michael is filmed smoking cannabis while in Madrid, where cannabis is legal. He tells the TV show: "This stuff keeps me sane and happy. It's a great drug, but obviously it's not very healthy. You can't afford to smoke it if you've got anything to do. Anything at all would be foolish". He added that it could be a "terrible, terrible drug", that could "chill you out to such a degree that you could lose your ambitions". But he denied that he personally had any kind of drug problem.

But responding to the filming, Paul Corry from Rethink told reporters this weekend: "Cannabis is not a risk-free drug. For a significant minority of people it is a trigger for developing a severe long term mental illness like schizophrenia. Those most at risk are young people, the core of George Michael's audience, and people who use it over a long period of time and in large amounts".

William Butler of drug and alcohol treatment charity Addaction also said he feared the impact Michael's comments could have: "We are concerned about the message this can send out to young people, especially when there is such confusion about the legality of cannabis."


Those Kaiser Chiefs have been chatting about album number two, which is apparently now recorded and due for release in early 2007. Drummer Nick Hodgson has told Billboard that the new album will see the band move on from debut 'Employment': "We're not retracing any steps here. We are full of inspiration. It's a big world out there. There's a lot of things to draw upon. Just like that album ['Employment'] was written about what was happening then, this one's written about what's happening now."


Billy Bragg will go on tour in December with the dual aim of promoting the new 'Billy Bragg: Volume 2' box set (which was released earlier this month), and supporting the latest anti-facism campaign. Commenting on the tour he told NME: "In this 70th year of the Battle of Cable Street [a famous stand off when anti-fascists stopped a march by Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists through a Jewish part of London's East End] and with the rise of the BNP, it's crucial that we continue our campaign against racism and fascism in Britain".

Tour dates as follows:
1 Dec: Opera House, York
2 Dec: Picturedome, Holmfirth
3 Dec: Mechanic Arts Centre, Burnley
4 Dec: City Hall, Glasgow
6 Dec: Concert Hall, Perth
7 Dec: Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
10 Dec: Hackney Empire, London
11 Dec: Junction, Cambridge
12 Dec: St George's Hall, Bristol
13 Dec: Carling Academy, Birmingham
14 Dec: Concert Hall, Reading
16 Dec: Dome, Brighton
17 Dec: Hackney Empire


Clinic and Spaceman 3's Sonic Boom are among acts lined up to play at an all day event in aid of Shelter this coming weekend. Audioscope 06 will take place at the Oxford Zodiac on 28 Oct and also on the bill are Parts & Labor, Piano Magic, I'm Being Good, Kids In Tracksuits, The Rock Of Travolta, Trencher and Sunnyvale Noise Sub-element. Tickets are £9, more details at


Organisers of the British bit of the Womad Festival have confirmed the new location for the annual world music event. As previously reported, promoters of the festival recently announced that they would leave the current site near Reading, which has hosted Womad UK for 17 years, because they felt it was now too small. The 2007 festival will now take place at Wiltshire stately home Charlton Park, near Malmesbury, between 27 and 29 Jul.

Explaining the move, Womad co-founder Peter Gabriel told the BBC that he realized the time had come to move after he met a woman who had been to the festival for fifteen years, but who had not gone this year because she felt it had become to overcrowded. He concluded: "It just felt there was beginning to be a negative noise about Reading".

The new site will be bigger, but capacity will remain at 20,000. The 2007 festival, which will mark the event's 25th anniversary, will see Gabriel performing alongside Baaba Maal, drummer Bill Cobham, The Doll Foundation, Steel Pulse and Sam Tshabalala.


Steve Lawler's previously reported new digital only record label, Viva Music, formally launches later today with its first release, Lawler's own collaboration with Italian producer Dino Lenny. The track, SLADLY - 'Unicorn', will be available via Beatport, iTunes, certain other digital music stores, plus Lawler's own site

Commenting on the new venture, Lawler told CMU: "I am so proud to finally be launching Viva Music. The label is truly global, and it's direct to the consumer. I believe this is the future for independent labels in electronic music."

The new service will also have classic Lawler production 'Illectronic Music' and his remix of The Bombdogs available for download.


Talking of great dance music available via digital, the legendary progressive house label Hooj Choons, which ceased operations back in 2003, is planning a comeback in 2007. Pre-empting that, a number of new remixes and previously unreleased versions of the indie's back catalogue will be made available via Beatport over the next six weeks. The first, quite aptly, will be Medway's 'Resurrection', which originally appeared on John Digweed's 1998 'Global Underground Hong Kong' compilation. The new digital release will include an ambient dub mix plus remixes by Chris & Kai and Delikate Imposters.


Well, I remember sitting at a Creative product launch about a year ago wondering how long it would be before this particular bit of functionality felt the wrath of the record labels. The answer was, about a year.

Digital music player manufacturer Creative is removing FM recording capabilities from its players. Previously owners of Creative players have been able to 'capture' FM radio transmissions played through their devices, keeping digital copies for future listening. That functionality has been unpopular with the Recording Industry Association Of America, and other industry bodies, for sometime, with concerns among content owners that such facilities allow music fans to access high quality recordings of music at no cost.

Creative may have been persuaded to act now regarding those concerns following the recent and previously reported RIAA lawsuit against US satellite radio company XM, who have a tuner with similar radio capture capabilities. The change comes in the latest firmware update for Creative's Zen MicroPhoto and Zen Vision:M players. Consumers who install the update will benefit from a number of improvements, but will lose the FM radio capture function.

XM have disputed that their capture function infringes copyright, but Creative seem unwilling to enter into a potentially lengthy legal fight with the labels over the issue. Nevertheless, the US Consumer Electronics Association said the move was part of a larger "campaign of terror" being undertaken by the RIAA. The record label trade body responded by accusing the CEA of having "hyperbolic, extremist views".


Look out for another new social networking / content sharing website coming out of the US, this one specifically aimed at the R&B and hip hop audience. Created by Chuck Wilson of New York hip hop label Babygrande, the new service will be called and will have aspects of both MySpace and YouTube. It will also run a series of promotions with established hip hop names to encourage sign ups - including Ludacris, TI, Diddy, Akon, Ghostface, Lloyd Banks, Hi-Tek, Jim Jones and Foxy Brown.


Google's world dominance continues, with the internet company revealing healthy revenues and profits for the third quarter of the current financial year - revenues up 70% on the same period last year to $2.69 billion, while profits increased 92% to $733.4 million. Google's good fortune follows the others news last week that Yahoo's earnings had slipped 38%. Which means that either it's true, Google will rule the world, or this is a bubble that's getting bigger and bigger, and ever close to bursting.


Music and books retailer Borders is moving into Ireland with a new store in the Blanchardstown area of Dublin opening on 27 Oct. The new Irish off-shoot accompanies plans by Borders UK to open four new stores before the end of the year. So, now you know.


The Guardian Media Group wants to make yet more changes to its London station Smooth, which was once Jazz FM, but which now broadcasts a mix of "jazz, blues and R'n'B". The station's bosses now want to move even further away from their jazz roots, offering an easy-listening playlist targeted at the over-50s, though they say they will continue to offer 45 hours a week of jazz orientated programming out of daytime. GMG need OfCom permission to make such a change, and the media regulator has said that given that the proposals will have a radical impact on the station's output they will need to stage a public consultation before reaching a decision. That consultation is now underway, and will run until 18 Nov.


Channel 4 is going to make a stack of its shows available via NTL Telewest's on demand TV service. Shows which will appear in the cable company's on demand catalogue as part of the three year deal include classics like Shameless, Queer As Folk and Drop The Dead Donkey as well as most recent editions of Hollyoaks, Family Brat Camp, Goldplated and Deal Or No Deal.

Confirming the new partnership, Channel 4 New Business Director Rod Henwood told reporters: "Channel 4 is the most innovative and distinctive brand in UK television - and we want to extend this reputation by taking a pioneering role in VOD. This agreement with NTL Telewest underlines our ambitions. It is a major step towards making Channel 4 content available on demand across multiple platforms and lays the foundation for the launch of our bespoke on demand service later this year."


Talking of classic Channel 4 shows, the network has released more information about the reinvention of seminal eighties music show The Tube, which is being relaunched as a radio show on Channel 4's new internet radio platform thingy.

The new show will be recorded in front of a live studio audience in Manchester and will feature a mix of new, unsigned and established acts. Emily Rose, Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq and Blur bassist Alex James will host.

On his new role, James told reporters: "I'm very excited to be presenting the new Tube. I'm looking forward to being part of something unpredictable. The programme will be intelligent and funny, serious and irreverent. This is a completely new recipe for radio. Mix a whole bucket of music show with a tablespoon of contemporary art, a teaspoon of rocket science and a pinch of bottom. Stand well back and listen for an hour".


US broadcaster NBC will not show Madonna's controversial crucifix routine when they screen the recording of the singer's most recent live show. Given how many religious nutters there are in the US, and given how much outrage the routine caused among Christian groups around the world, I think that's probably a wise decision. NBC has not officially commented on why it has reached that decision but, to be fair, I don't think they need to.


Bit of a quiet week record sales wise, which means a bit of a quiet week at the top of the charts too. My Chemical Romance are still number one in the singles chart, followed by Razorlight, Bob Sinclair and Scissor Sisters.

The highest new entry is Girls Aloud with 'Something Kinda Ooooh' at 5, followed by Mr Meat Loaf and Marion Raven with 'It's All Coming Back To Me Now' at 6. Then it goes Jamie T with 'If You Got The Money' at 13, Beyonce with 'Irreplaceable' at 14, Amy Winehouse with 'Rehab' at 19, Pet Shop Boys with 'Numb' at 23, The Holloways with 'Generator' at 30, Rogue Traders with 'Watching You' at 33, Cassie with 'Long Way 2 Go' at 38 and Fergie with 'London Bridge' at 40.

Albums wise absolutely no changes whatsoever at the top - Killers, Scissor Sisters and Razorlight still fill the top bit in that order.

New entries as follows: P Diddy with 'Press Play' at 11, Patrizio Buanne with 'Forever Begins Tonight' at 15, Badly Drawn Boy with 'Born In The UK' at 17, Deacon Blue with 'Singles' at 18, Roy Orbison with 'The Very Best Of' at 20, Roxette with 'Hits' at 22, Chris Rea with 'The Road To Hell & Back' at 34 and Evanescence with 'Fallen' at 36.


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

1. Evanescence - The Open Door (SonyBMG)
2. Audioslave - Revelations (SonyBMG /Epic)
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (Warner Bros)
4. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Roadrunner)
5. Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death (EMI)
6. Jet - Shine On (Warner/Atlantic)
7. Muse - Black Holes & Revelations (Warner Bros)
8. Billy Talent - Billy Talent II (Warner/Atlantic)
9. Stone Sour - Come What(ever) May (Roadrunner)
10. Razorlight - Razorlight (Universal/Mercury)
11. Guns n Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)
12. Evanescence - Fallen (SongBMG)*
13. The Mars Volta - Amputechture (Universal)
14. Blue October - Foiled (Universal)
15. Papa Roach - The Paramour Sessions (Universal/Geffen)
16. AFI - Decemberunderground (Universal/Polydor)
17. New Found Glory - Coming Home (Universal/Island)
18. Saosin - Saosin (EMI/Capitol)
19. Avenged Sevenfold - City Of Evil (Warner Bros)
20. Rise Against - The Sufferer & The Witness (Universal/Geffen)


The videos appearing on the SUBtv screens network in students' unions around the UK this week. New entries marked with a *.

Air Traffic - She Never Even Told Me Her Name
All Saints - Rock Steady
*Bodyrox feat. Luciana - Yeah Yeah
Fedde Le Grande - Put Your Hands Up For Detroit
Kasabian - Shoot The Runner
The Kooks - Ooh La
The Magic Numbers - Take a Chance
New Rhodes - History of Britain
Oakenfold feat. Pharell - Sex'n'Money
Oasis - Acquiesce
Panic at the Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies
The View - Superstar Tradesman

*AFI - Love Like Winter
Alesha - Knockdown
*The Horrors - Count In Fives
The Klaxons - Magick
Lifelike and Kris Menace - Discopolis
Patrick Wolf - Accident and Emergency
Plan B - No More Eatin'
Ray LaMontagne - How Come
*Stone Sour - Through Glass
*Tunng - It's Because...We've Got Hair
*Ty - Closer


The most played music on UK college radio this week, compiled by the Student Radio Association.

1. [1] The Kooks - Ooh La
2. [20] My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
3. [7] Jamie T - If You Got the Money
4. [2] Razorlight - America
5. [NE] Babyshambles - Janie Jones
6. [8] The Killers - When We Were Young
7. [14] Muse - Starlight
8. [4] The Racounters - Broken Boy Soldier
9. [5] The Long Blondes - Once and Never Again
10. [27] Graham Coxon - What Ya Gonna Do Now?
11. [6] Hot Chip - Over and Over
12. [NE] Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies
13. [26] Basement Jaxx - Take Me Back to Your House
14. [NE] The Ordinary Boys - Lonely at the Top
15. [NE] The Holloways - Generator
16. [11] The Young Knives - The Decision
17. [RE] Placebo - Meds
18. [13] Little Barrie - Pin that Badge
19. [9] 1990's - You're Supposed to be My Friend
20. [RE] Cherry Blackstone - Watcha
21. [NE] Dirty Pretty Things - Wondering
22. [RE] The Magic Numbers - Take a Chance
23. [NE] Paolo Nutini - Jenny Don't Be Hasty
24. [NE] Rogue Traders - Watching You
25. [25] Pugwash - This Could Be Good
26. [22] Switches - Lay Down the Law
27. [28] Paramore - Pressure
28. [27] Paul Oakenfold - Sex 'n' Money
29. [NE] New York Dolls - Dance Like a Monkey
30. [RE] The Vines - Don't Listen to the Radio


Isobel Campbell has said she has made peace with former partner and Belle And Sebastian bandmate Stuart Murdoch, who wrote some slightly bitchy lyrics about her in the track 'I'm Waking Up To Us' after the couple split up.

Campbell has told the Scotsman that, why that song did annoy her mother, there are no bad feelings between her and her ex-boyfriend: "My mum heard it and she was a wee bit sad for me. I tried to tell her about poetic licence. Things are fine now, though I haven't bumped into him for ages."


No such sentiments in the McCartney/Mills camp, with the divorce of the year getting even bitchier in the weekend tabloids.

Following revelations in the Daily Mail last week that Heather Mills McCartney will claim that Paul attacked her during their marriage, the tabloid reported this weekend that an unnamed source close to Heather says there is "dynamite" evidence ready to be unleashed to prove Mills' accusations. Said source says: "She reckons to have tangible evidence showing that Paul not only verbally attacked her but was also physically aggressive. As well as charting much of the marriage breakdown on her digital camcorder and having witnesses who will testify to her claims, Heather has another killer piece of evidence in the form of an audio recording".

McCartney so far has generally responded with a "no comment", saying that the only correct place to respond to such allegations is in court. However, the papers quote sources close the former Beatle as saying he strongly denies the allegations. His lawyers are expected to cite various interviews given and articles written by Mills over the last couple of years which contradict her recent claims.


Presumably we can expect plenty of Gallagher mouthing off in the coming weeks, given that the Oasis hits album is upcoming. Though the latest ranting from Noel isn't aimed at any of the young aspiring indie bands of the moment or anything like that, as you might expect, rather he's been having a go at the Australian football team. I'm unclear as to whether these comments were unprovoked, or whether he was led onto the topic of the Aussie football team by the interviewer, either way, he's not very impressed by the so called 'socceroos', who famously beat England back in 2003.

Here's what he says on Australia's national side: "Stick to the Aussie rules and the tennis and the cricket and the rugby - you are good at that. Football is the game of the intelligentsia and you are shit at it. You will never win anything so give it up. What do they call them, the Socceroos? Do me a fucking favour, you could come up with a better nickname than that."

More specifically on Tim Cahill, the Australian footballer who plays for Everton, he added: "I would love to kick him right in the bollocks. He has just got one of those faces. Don't you find his face really slappable? I can assure you, lots of people in England do."

In the interest of balance, here's how Aussie blogger Dominic Knight responds: "I haven't always been huge on the Socceroos, but none of us [ie his fellow Aussies] should stand by while our team, who performed so well in Germany, are abused by Noel Gallagher, the man who is responsible for 'Whatever'. I used to love Oasis. I bought 'Definitely Maybe' on a trip to the UK right after doing the HSC, and it became an instant favourite. 'Supersonic' and 'Live Forever' are great songs. But then the band faded into cocaine-fuelled, self-indulgent Beatles pastiche with its second album, 'What's The Story (Morning Glory)', and has then spent the following decade trying to recapture the 'magic' of that bygone era - which seems far from magic ten years later. In short, they're a bunch of has-beens (and no, I don't care that their last album was hailed as a return to form - it was a return to the era when they were slightly less crap than they have been for the past decade), and Noel Gallagher, one of the most self-indulgent musical hacks on the planet, who's always saying moronically arrogant things about his joke of a band, has no place criticising anyone". I think that's us balanced.


Talking of 'hits albums to promote' and 'mouthing off to journalists', Girls Aloud has been having a go at that poor Pete Doherty.

First Nadine questioned his musical talent: "He's supposed to be this musical genius, but has anyone heard his singing? I've heard a Babyshambles album and it was like: 'What am I listening to!?' We could make a record that sounded like that, but could he make one that sounded like us?"

Then Kimberly questioned is iconic status: "I guess that if you like brown teeth and mouldy fingers, he's your guy".

Which all seems very unfair and, frankly, completely uncalled for.


News on that talentless scruff Pete Doherty now, and word has it the Babyshambler has got girlfriend Kate Moss pregnant, which would figure, he's tried everything else to get the girl to marry him, about time he went the traditional route.

This gossip comes via his uncle Phil Michels via the Sunday Mirror. The tabloid quote Doherty's uncle thus: "I have spoken to Pete twice about the baby and he has confirmed that Kate is pregnant. They are both delighted and Pete sounded really excited. That is why they want to get married. Pete told me they want a baby together to cement their marriage. I am made up for them. I wish them every success. They're so happy, they love each other. I can't wait for the wedding - we are just waiting for a date".

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