CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 13th November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- BPI poll claims consumers support copyright extension
- Procul Harum head to court in royalties dispute
- Jay-Z sued over sample
- Rapper Juvenile wins lawsuit
- Ms Dynamite in TV reality crash
- Gerald Levert dies
- Britney back to work
- All star line up for Johnny Cash video
- Gallagher defends Macca the British icon
- Bono gets on stage with Kylie
- Stars gather for Tony Bennett's 80th
- Green Man dates announced
- Van She tour
- Rough Trade launch digital store with Raincoats exclusive
- CDs are doomed, apparently
- Russian WTO agreement includes copyright commitments
- Chart update
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- Subshot playlist
- Total Rock world album chart
- Rowntree says no more Blur touring
- Guns n Roses cancel gig over drink ban
- Elton suggest banning religion
- Federline threatens to make sex tape public
- James Blunt is love rat, apparently
- Jason Donovan still favourite for jungle


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I'd be interested to know what question YouGov asked British consumers in order to conclude that 62% of them supported the extension of recorded copyrights. But that's the headline stat from the latest YouGov poll commissioned by the BPI as part of its lobbying campaign to run alongside the government's Gower Review of copyright law. As previously reported, the record labels want the recording copyright in the UK, currently 50 years, extended to 95 years, which would bring it in line with the US.

Presumably the question YouGov asked wasn't "would you rather continue paying a premium when you buy recordings from the 1950s, or would you rather pay less"? Nor "would you like millionaire artists to continue earning off work they did fifty years ago at your expense?" Rather, the question was sure to dwell on the inconsistency between the UK and US copyrights - "is it right that artists whose fan base is primarily in the US should enjoy an income from their music for twice as long as those whose fan base is primarily in the UK?"

Not that there is anything wrong in phrasing the question in that way - because that is, actually, the real issue here. As I'm sure we've mentioned before, I'm not 100% convinced the record industry can fully justify a blanket extension of their recorded copyrights to 95 years - after all, they've managed quite well on a 50 year copyright so far, large quantities of music currently coming out of copyright is not currently commercially available via the labels who owned it anyway, and there should be a point at which society at large owns its cultural heritage. But on one level that doesn't really matter - because in this increasingly global market it is wholly unfair that record labels here have to compete with labels in the US who enjoy a recording copyright that runs almost twice as long. On those grounds alone, the government surely has to extend the recording copyright over here.

But on another level, that doesn't necessarily mean there shouldn't be a wider debate regarding the lengths of all copyrights - even if that debate is in some ways more academic in the short term because of the commercial requirements of the global entertainments industry. Hopefully the Gowers Review can initiate that debate, so that any decisions reached for short term commercial reasons, don't stifle longer term thinking.



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Ladies and gentlemen, the next edition of Remix Night is this coming Friday. And with Remix chief Eddy TM taking a well deserved break, your host this month will be the mighty Freelance Hellraiser, so expect a good night. On the bill this time are Sugardaddy, the latest project from Groove Armada's Tom Findlay and Tim Hutton, whose recent album 'It's Good To Get High With The Wife', is one of the stand out releases of the year. Joining them will be the wonderful My Luminaries - whose new single 'Jumping The Great White' is just out. Meanwhile, joining the Freelance Hellraiser on the decks will be Mr Tim Deluxe. It all takes place this Friday, 17 Nov, at Cargo in London from 9pm to 3am. Entrance is a tenner. Tickets from

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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 - 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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We've raved about the Future Funk Squad here in the Daily before, I'm pretty damn sure of that. If not, consider this us raving about how great the Future Funk Squad are. Debut album 'Audio Damage' was released back in May and was a real stormer. One of the tracks off that album, 'Towards The Sun', gets a single release on 20 Nov. It's a great track, though the simply brilliant cow bells filled remix from those Evil Nine chaps is, in my humblest opinion, even better. But here's the thing - you can preview both of them on the Future Funk Squad MySpace - hurrah. And there's even the video streaming, and a pretty picture gallery thingy. Do go see.


Research commissioned by those BPI chaps seems to show majority support among British consumers for an extension in the recording copyright in Britain.

As previously reported, the record industry is currently lobbying the UK government, which is currently reviewing its copyright laws, with a view to getting the copyright on recorded material extended. In the UK, and across Europe, that copyright is currently 50 years - but the industry wants it to be brought in line with the equivalent copyright in the US, which runs for 95 years.

In a survey undertaken by YouGov on behalf of the BPI, 62% of those surveyed agreed that UK recording copyrights should be brought inline with the US. Only 20% opposed the proposal, with 18% undecided.

Results of the survey precede plans by the industry trade body to supply MPs with a leaflet outlining their case for copyright extension which in turn precedes the results of the government's Gower Review into intellectual property rights. The leaflet will argue that a copyright extension is vital to support the unique cultural asset of the UK music industry, to drive re-investment in the creative economy, to end the discrimination of protection afforded to other cultural industries, to benefit consumers through increased availability of music at no extra cost and to boost UK's international competitiveness in the global knowledge economy.

Commenting on the YouGov poll, BPI chief Peter Jamieson told reporters this weekend: "We are hugely encouraged that the majority of British consumers agree with us that UK musicians should receive as much copyright protection as their US counterparts. Our unique and internationally renowned industry would use a term extension to continue to invest heavily in the creative economy for future generations and consolidate the rights and works of our cultural ambassadors".

In not entirely unrelated news, the BPI's Director Of Public Affairs has been speaking to legal website about private copying rights - one of the other topics up for discussion during the Gower Review. As previously reported, this relates to consumers making copies of CDs for their own private use - eg ripping copies of tracks to their PC or MP3 player, or making a CDR copy for use in the car. Technically speaking, according to current UK copyright law, making such private copies is illegal but, of course, everyone does it and no record label in its right mind (which is nearly all of them) would ever sue someone for doing it. With that in mind various groups including, most recently, the Institute For Public Policy Research, have called for a change in the law that makes such private copying legal.

The BPI itself has acknowledged that the current situation regarding private copying is a bit stupid, and has confirmed that it wouldn't pursue legal action against anyone copying music from a CD to an MP3 player for their own private use. However, BPI man Richard Mollet, speaking to last week, said that didn't necessarily mean the industry association supported a change in the law in this area. While stressing that the BPI didn't have a "hard and fast" policy on this, Mollet implied that the BPI would rather the law stayed the same, but with record labels providing consumers with "formal authorisation" to make private copies of their music (the authorisation would most likely be stated on CD releases). Mollet: "We certainly agree with the line that something needs to be done. Whether one actually changes the law or not is actually a moot point because it is possible to give consumers that permission simply through authorisation from existing rights holders".

This, of course, would keep the ultimate control on private copying in the hands of the content owners - labels could always stop giving authorisation on new releases at some point in the future. Most probably with that in mind, Kay Withers, speaking for the aforementioned IPPR, said private copying should be dealt with by a change in the actual law rather than the introduction of a new 'authorisation practice' by the record labels. She told the legal website: "It's good that the BPI have said that they're not going to prosecute but it should be the Government deciding what the consumers and citizens rights are, rather than citizens. What the law currently would expect consumers to do just doesn't really seem fair. Asking someone who buys a CD in HMV to then have to go to a digital music store and buy that content again so that they can listen to it both on their hi-fi and on their MP3 player just doesn't seem fair."


More copyright law for you. The members of Procul Harum are heading to court in a dispute over their 1967 hit 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale'. The dispute follows claims by the band's former keyboard player Matthew Fisher that he is due royalties on the track.

The song is currently credited to the band's lead singer Gary Booker and lyricist Keith Reid and as such it is they who have earned publishing royalties on it. However, Fisher now claims he wrote the song's distinctive organ melody and as a result is claiming a share of the royalties.

Responding to the claim, Booker denies that Fisher had a role in creating the track, and cites the fact he is only making a claim forty years on as evidence in support of that fact. Writing on the band's website, he says: "'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' was written by Keith Reid and me before Matthew even joined the band. I am shocked and dismayed that after Matthew had worked with us quite happily over the course of 40 years without him once alleging that his role on 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' was anything other than as a musician, it is only now that he claims he recalls writing part of the song. People can draw their own conclusions from this".

But Fisher's solicitor, Mike Shepherd, claims his client has always stated he had a role in creating the song, telling reporters: "My client has always maintained he wrote the parts, or composed the parts, he claims he composes".

The case is due to go to the London High Court, where it is expected Shepherd will be asked to play the disputed piece of music.


And even more copyright law nonsense - we really are spoiling you this morning. A US publishing company is suing Jay-Z over allegations he violated one of their copyrights on his 2003 long player 'The Black Album'. The lawsuit, issued by Bridgeport Music, says that the Jay-Z track 'Justify My Thug' contains samples of music they own, and that the samples were used without their permission.

The specifics of the case aren't yet entirely clear, but Bridgeport, who own publishing rights on lots of music often sampled by the hip hop fraternity, including George Clinton, Funkadelic and Parliament, has got itself a reputation of late for pursuing artists who use even tiny samples of their music without permission, and it has won some landmark cases in this domain.

Neither Bridgeport nor Jay-Z's people have as yet commented on the latest lawsuit.


New Orleans hip hopper Juvenile has won his fight against a lawsuit alleging that he was responsible for injuring an off duty police officer when she tried to break up a fight at the Regency Square Mall in Florida back in July 1999. A jury of six ruled in favour of the rapper, real name Terius Gray, deciding that he was not responsible for the injury incurred by the policewoman, Melissa Huxley-Bujeda.

The brawl broke out, according to the lawsuit, because Juvenile and some friends were asked to leave the mall because they were violating its dress and language codes, and Huxley-Bujeda was called to issue a trespass warning. It was during an ensuing scuffle, the suit attests, that the officer was injured. Huxley-Bujeda filed the suit four years after the incident, stating that four operations on her knee had followed the injury, costing her $68,635 in medical bills.

Juvenile's legal team responded that the policewoman suffered from degenerative arthritis and had hurt her knees around 35 times during her childhood whilst engaging in sporting activity. Huxley-Bujeda's lawyer, Fred Abbott, explained that all prior injuries were to her right knee, and it was her left knee that was the subject of the suit, but to no avail. Abbot, who says he will appeal the decision, is quoted as saying: "It was a travesty of justice. One day justice will prevail."

Juvenile, meanwhile, was jubilant at the decision, telling reporters: "We got them, we got them, we got them. Just the fact that it's a rap artist against the police, that never happens. Rappers never win. We never win against the police or the government."


Ms Dynamite has been involved in a high speed car crash during the filming of Sky's reality show 'The Race', which, as the title might suggest, involved celebrities racing around in cars at Silverstone. The incident happened on Sunday when a fellow contestant, AC/DC's Brian Johnson, clipped the back of her vehicle, in which it's said she may have been travelling at up to 100mph, sending the car spinning out of control for a distance of about fifty metres.

The singer received treatment at the track's medical centre before being taken to University Hospital Coventry And Warwickshire. Ms Dynamite was said to have been conscious and talking, but the hospital said it would keep her in overnight for observation. She's the second celeb to have been injured during the course of the show - Ingrid Tarrant was treated at the racing ground on Tuesday after flipping a truck upside down.

A Sky spokesman said: "We take health and safety very seriously and cover it from every angle. We would not let them take part unless we were satisfied with the level of competence they were at and all the necessary safety measures were in place."


R&B star Gerald Levert has died from a heart attack at the age of 40. The singer, the son of O'Jays vocalist Eddie Levert, first came to public notice with trio LeVert which he formed with his younger brother Sean and friend Marc Gordon in 1984, scoring a UK top ten single, 'Casanova', in 1987. Levert went solo in 1991 and subsequently worked with the likes of Patti LaBelle and Barry White, receiving a Grammy nomination for writing the latter's 1994 single 'Practice What You Preach'. In 1992, he recorded a number one R&B hit, 'Baby Hold On To Me' with his father, a success which led to a complete album of such collaborations, 'Father And Son'.

His label said: "All of us at Atlantic are shocked and deeply saddened by his untimely death. He was one of the greatest voices of our time, who sang with unmatched soulfulness and power, as well as a tremendously gifted composer and an accomplished producer."

His family released a statement which read: "As everybody knows, Gerald was a man who loved and breathed music. To his family and friends he was a man of strong character, who had an infectious personality and a zest for life. For his fans, his greatest love was touching the hearts and souls of all people through his music. At this very difficult time, we thank you for your prayers and hope you will understand our need for privacy."

Patti LaBelle, who says she hopes to sing at Levert's funeral, said that he was "like a son" to her, and added: "He was such a great entertainer. It's not for real to me that he is gone ... Nobody was prepared for this."

R&B singer and friend Freddie Jackson says: "Gerald Levert was the essence of soul music. His showmanship, authentic vocal style and delivery set the standard for all R&B crooners. Gerald poured his heart and soul into every note, and with his passing, not only R&B, the recording industry has lost one of its greatest gems. Gerald will be deeply missed."

Levert is survived by four children.


Britney Spears is apparently getting back to her recording career with great speed following her rather public split from husband Kevin Federline. The singer has been at work at Manhattan's Sony Music studio and according to America's People magazine, she has continued on to Miami to work on the new project, and enlisted some top production talent to help with a new album.

Pharrell Williams has let slip that he's working with the pop star. Asked about forthcoming projects, the Neptune answered: "The stuff I'm about to do is amazing, but I don't like talking about what I'm about to do." There was a pause before he admitted: "Okay, I'm going in with Britney."


36, yes, 36 celebrities appear in the new Johnny Cash video. Amongst them are music stars Red Hot Chili Peppers, Justin Timberlake, U2, Iggy Pop, The Rolling Stones, Patti Smith and Jay-Z, and actor types Johnny Depp, Chris Rock and Dennis Hopper. They're all wearing black.

The track 'God's Gonna Cut You Down', is taken from Cash's posthumous release 'American V: A Hundred Highways', and is released via iTunes in the US on 21 Nov, and will be aired on YouTube on the same day.


Well, this might take his mind off other affairs. Paul McCartney is on the shortlist for the title of Top Living British Icon, a poll being run by BBC2's The Culture Show. He is one of four music names that appear in the final list of ten, whittled down from a list of 500 nominated by the BBC show's audience. The other music names on the shortlist are Kate Bush, David Bowie and Morrissey. The other six contenders are Alan Bennett, Michael Caine, Stephen Fry, Vivienne Westwood, David Attenborough and Kate Moss. You can vote for the overall winner at

And talking of making Macca happy, I'm sure Paul is feeling much better this morning knowing that Noel Gallagher has come out very much on his side in the much hyped divorce proceedings between the former Beatle and the much loved Heather Mills McCartney. Speaking in the US, where he's busy promoting hits album 'Stop The Clocks', Gallagher, referring to his own split from ex-wife Meg Matthews, said last week: "I know what he goes through, man, getting divorced, and your fuckin' soon-to-be ex-wife is just being a fuckin' absolute lunatic. I've been there. I feel for him because she's putting all these stories out there that he's a wife-beater and he's an excessive drinker. And he's a hippie, man. And it's so fuckin' ridiculous. But, no, I feel for him because he's quite a dignified chap, and he's one of The Beatles, and it's not a very nice end to a period of his life, is it?"


Kylie Minogue was joined onstage by Bono on the recent second night of her comeback tour. The pair performed a duet of hit single 'Kids', which, as you all know, was something she originally performed with Robbie Williams. As far as I can tell, Bono didn't make any political statements on the night, which makes a change.

Kylie resumed her postponed tour on Friday of course. On the first night the singer fought back tears as she thanked her fans for all their support, saying: "I have thought about this moment for a long time and I tried to practice in my head what I was going to say. I couldn't prepare anything, I really couldn't."


Stars gathered at the Hollywood Boulevard auditorium last week to celebrate the 80th birthday of the legendary Tony Bennett. Those appearing included the likes of host Billy Crystal, Kelly Clarkson Quincy Jones, Bruce Willis, Stevie Wonder, George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. The event, which is a little late - Bennett's birthday is actually 3 Aug - was a fund raiser for Paul Newman's Hole In The Wall camps for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

Clarkson and others sang songs from Bennett's back catalogue, and Bennett himself closed his own set with his signature track 'San Francisco'. Commenting on the evening, the singer said: "Unforgettable - I'll never forget this night as long as I live".

Asked how he's continued to be successful all these years, Bennett added: "I just kept performing and I've been sold out for 45 years around the world. I get commissioned to sing everywhere around the world. I think the public has been so wonderful to me right through the years that it just kind of makes me feel so gratified and I just want to give them all that love back."


Well, given that we've opened the doors on festivals 2007 news, here's some more. The people behind the Green Man Festival have confirmed next year's bash will take place at Glanusk Park in them there Brecon Beacons from 17-19 Aug.

Although line up details are tbc, tickets are now on sale and the festival's organisers told CMU: "Firstly, thanks so much to everyone who came to this summer's festival and thanks for all your great comments. It was indeed a very special weekend. Tickets for the Green Man 2007 are now on sale. We are also pleased to confirm that ticket prices will be the same as this year (£98 adult, free to under 12s). The venue will also be the same, the gloriously green Glanusk Park in the Brecon Beacons. The campsite will open on 16 Aug with the festival running from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 Aug. There will be music late on into the night with more campfire ceilidhs and an increased capacity, and there's a cheery welcome back to our media partner, Mojo, who will be rolling up their sleeves and mucking in as they did last year".

You'll find more info on it all at - while press info is available from Hermana.


I'll be honest with you, I don't know a great deal about Van She, except that they released a debut EP back in August and have recently been supporting the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But they are signed to label of the moment Modular Records, who have had a pretty good A&R record of late, so I'm going to assume we like them. Anyway, they've just announced the following gigs...

13 Nov: London Thekla
14 Nov: London Madame Jojo's
15 Nov: London Dex Club (DJ Set)
16 Nov: London Vice Party
17 Nov: Liverpool Korova
18 Nov: London Canvas (Modular Party)

Press info from Darling.


The Raincoats I do know, and we definitely like them. Which is relevant today because the previously reported new download platform from the Rough Trade record shops opens tomorrow and among the exclusives they will be offering their customers are all four of the post punk band's studio albums - 1979's 'The Raincoats', 1981's 'Odyshape', 1984's 'Moving' and 1996's 'Looking In The Shadows'. Hurrah! Other exclusives available via Rough Trade will include tracks from IDC, Bromhead's Jacket, Aluminium (White Stripes), El Perro Del Mar, I Was A Cub Scout, Tapes N Tapes, Benjy Ferree, Franz Ferdinand, Findlay Brown, The Shortwave Set, Cold War Set and Peter Bjorn And John. More at, press info from Nile On.


A new survey of under 24 year olds has concluded that the CD will die within the next five years. I'm not convinced myself (it's easy to forget how dominant the 30+ consumer is in terms of record sales), but it does confirm that the kids of today have little time for the packaging and bumph that keeps us has-beens slightly loyal to the physical format.

The survey, by former NME writer Johnny Davis for phone network 3 (who, it should be said, as the leading mobile music provider, do have a vested interest in the decline of CD sales), found that six out of ten under 24 year olds believe physical formats will decline in the coming years, and that as a result, high street record stores will also start to die out.

85% of those interviewed also said that the decline in physical releases was a good thing environment wise, because, of course, all that packaging and bumph you 25+ year olds like so much is no good for planet earth (and frankly I think you should be ashamed of yourselves for buying it all these years).

The survey also revealed that 68% of under 25s would buy a video download rather than an audio download if the two media were available for the same price.


Russia has reached an agreement with US Trade Representative, Susan Schwab, regarding the issues which were preventing them from getting US support for their membership of the World Trade Organisation. This qualifies as music news because, of course, one of the issues of contention was Russia's somewhat slack intellectual property laws, including the regulations that allow rogue Russian download site to claim domestic legitimacy. US record label trade body, the Recording Industry Association Of America, has been very much involved in Schwab's negotiations with the Russians, and they are expected to announce an agreement with key Russian authorities regarding improving the "protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights" there before Russia moves on to WTO induction. That agreement will probably force the Russians to act on although, as previously reported, the decision of major credit cards to no longer work the rogue digital music store has already seriously limited their customer reach, especially outside Russia.


Westlife are number one again in the UK singles chart, but let's not dwell on that for too long, Monday mornings can be depressing enough as it is. Other full on new entries run thus: Madonna with 'Jump' at 9, Justin Timberlake and Ti with 'My Love' at 14, George Michael and Mutya with 'This Is Not Real Love' at 15, Kasabian with 'Shoot The Runner' at 17, Paul Weller with 'Wild Blue Yonder' at 22, Robbie Williams with 'Lovelight' at 28, Taio Cruz with 'I Just Wanna Know' at 29, Christina Aguilera with 'Hurt' at 33 and The Pigeon Detectives with ' I Found Out' at 39.

Albums wise, and a whole stack of new entries following a very busy (and, we hear, pretty damn profitable) week for LP sales. Jamiroquai's greatest hits go straight in at the top, followed by Simon Cowell's classical take on the S Club Juniors, Angelis, whose debut eponymous long player goes straight in at two, making this a rather good week for SonyBMG (they released both of those titles). Then it goes Damien Rice with '9' at 4, Katherine Jenkins with 'Serenade' at 5, McFly with 'Motion In The Ocean' at 6, Paul Weller with 'Hit Parade' at 7, Cliff Richard with 'Two's Company' at 8, Magic Numbers with 'Those The Brokes' at 11, Abba with 'Number Ones' at 15, Moby's best of at 23 and The Charlatans best of at 38. Well profitable.


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

1. [NE] Muse - Knights of Cydonia
2. [2] Kasabian - Shoot the Runner
3. [5] The Killers - When We Were Young
4. [13] The Fratellis - Whistle for the Choir
5. [26] Razorlight - America
6. [17] Juliette And The Licks - Sticky Honey
7. [8] Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Snow (Hey Oh)
8. [RE] Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies
9. [23] The Feeling - Love It When You Call
10. [3] My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
11. [16] The Rapture - W.A.Y.U.H
12. [NE] Mumm-Ra - Out of Three Questions
13. [NE] Oasis - The Masterplan
14. [11] The Kooks - Ooh La
15. [10] U2 & Green Day - The Saints are Coming
16. [9] Paolo Nutini - Jenny Don't Be Hasty
17. [15] Goo Goo Dolls - Stay With You
18. [21] Jamelia - Beware of the Dog
19. [30] The Good The Bad And The Queen - Herculean
20. [RE] Babyshambles - Janie Jones
21. [6] Amy Winehouse - Rehab
22. [NE] Gossip - Standing in the Way of Control
23. [NE] Orson - Already Over
24. [NE] Jet - Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
25. [NE] Oasis - Acquiesce
26. [14] Little Barrie - Pin That Badge
27. [20] The Charlatans - You're So Pretty, We're So Pretty
28. [12] Wolfmother - Love Train
29. [RE] The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldier
30. [19] The Holloways - Generator


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

All Saints - Rock Steady
BootyLuv - Boogie 2Nitei
Faithless - Bombs*
The Feeling - Love It When You Call
The Fratellis - Whistle For The Choir*
Justin Timberlake - My Love*
Kasabian - Shoot The Runner
Muse - Knights of Cydonia*
Oasis - The Masterplan / Acquiesce
The Rumble Strips - Oh Creole*
Snow Patrol - Set The Fire To The Third Bar
Wolfmother - Joker and the Thief

Eskimo Disco - 7-11*
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly - War of the Worlds
Jamelia - Beware Of The Dog*
Jet - Bring It On Back
Lily Allen - Littlest Things*
Lost Alone - Unleash the Sands of Time*
Misty's Big Adventure - Fashion Parade
Paolo Nutini - Rewind*
The Pigeon Detectives - I Found Out
Pink - Nobody Knows*
Tunng - It's Because We've Got Hair
WinterKids - Tape It


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

1. Evanescence - The Open Door (SonyBMG)
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (Warner Bros)
3. Aerosmith - Devil's Got A New Disguise (SonyBMG/Columbia)
4. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Roadrunner)
5. My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade (Warner Bros) *
6. Audioslave - Revelations (SonyBMG/Epic)
7. Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death (EMI)
8. Trivium - The Crusade (Roadrunner)
9. Billy Talent - Billy Talent II (Warner/Atlantic)
10. Paul Stanley - Live To Win (New Door) *
11. Jet - Shine On (Warner/Atlantic)
12. Muse - Black Holes & Revelations (Warner Bros)
13. Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell III (Universal/Mercury)
14. Razorlight - Razorlight (Universal/Mercury)
15. Cradle Of Filth - Thornography (Roadrunner)
16. Guns n Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)
17. Stone Sour - Come What(ever) May (Roadrunner)
18. Blue October - Foiled (Universal)
19. AFI - Decemberunderground (Universal/Polydor)
20. Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist (Warner/Maverick)*


Blur drummer Dave Rowntree has said his band will never tour again, which is kind of depressing. Speaking on BBC 6Music, he said: "The days of Blur doing a tour will not happen. Most of the band have kids now, and when you're a touring band you have to make a choice, so there will never be a return to that, but we have been talking about doing an album next year, we have even set a date for it".

Adding to comments previously made by Albarn and James, he also said he hoped that Graham Coxon would eventually rejoin the band in the studio, though he seemed less optimistic than James regarding Coxon's willingness to comply: "I think we'd all like to make another record. We'd all like to do it with Graham, we may have to beg him a bit though".


No booze, you lose, as the famous saying doesn't quite go. Guns N Roses cancelled a gig in Maine last week after being told they were not allowed to drink alcohol during the concert. The ruling came from state fire marshals who were on site ahead of the gig to inspect the intended pyrotechnics display. They informed the band that drinking on stage would violate state laws. Having been told that the band promptly cancelled the gig.

In a statement, Axl Rose told fans: "It was important for us to play there and it is a shame that what should have been a great night for all of us was not possible due to the actions of two people [the fire marshals]. I agree with, and ultimately take responsibility for, the end decision not to jeopardise the safety of the fans, the crews, the bands and myself as a result of the methods of these particularly draconian authorities. We hope to find another way to play for you in the future."

Responding to allegations that the alcohol rules were used as an excuse to cancel a gig that hadn't been selling well, the band's manager, Merck Mercuriadis, stressed that the fire marshals' ruling was the sole reason for cancelling the event, adding that the two men had "made it clear that they intended to harrass our fans, crew and the band through enforcing rules and regulations that are 200 years old".


Hmmm, this might be a bit ambitious, but Elton John has suggested that all organised religion should be banned. He reached that conclusion in an interview with Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears in the Observer Music Monthly, explaining that religion had a habit of turning people into "hateful lemmings".

The comments followed a more specific discussion of the intolerance of many religions to homosexuality. John: "There are so many people I know who are gay and love their religion. But I think religion has always tried to turn hatred towards gay people. I love the idea of the teachings of Jesus Christ and the beautiful stories about it, which I loved in Sunday school and I collected all the little stickers and put them in my book. But the reality is that organised religion doesn't seem to work. It turns people into hateful lemmings and it's not really compassionate."


Okay, here's a tip for all celebrities, and those aspiring to become celebrities. Never make a sex tape. Ever. Never let it happen. Because there is always, repeat, always a chance that it will out. And, according to the News OF The World, Kevin Federline is threatening to make public a honeymoon sex video that he made with his wife Britney Spears, unless she plays ball and gives him the divorce settlement he wants. The tabloid claims that Federline is in talking to a film company about selling the tape.

A 'source says': "Britney didn't think twice about making the video at the time. She mistakenly believed that their love would last. They adored filming each other. They lived their lives in front of the cameras - even making a short-lived reality TV show of their exploits. Sex was no different to them, it seems. Now this video could prove very costly to her. Millions of people will be prepared to pay to watch. Kevin has told Britney she should comply with his demands otherwise the whole world will see her having sex, which will be devastating."


Another one from the News Of The World. Some student nurse says that she slept with James Blunt following a concert in June, at a time when he was in a relationship with supermodel Petra Nemcova. Jenna MacDonald says that she was seduced by the singer, who, she claims, told her he wasn't in a relationship. Well, whatever.

Jenna said: "He's a rat and people need to know the truth about him. I loved his posh accent and I surrendered instantly as he sweet-talked me. As we fell into bed I thought, 'What the hell? He's a pop star.' He claimed he had no time for a relationship, but in reality, he was dating Petra. He told me there had been pictures in the papers of him with a girl on the beach but there was nothing going on. Later I found out she was his girlfriend."

Actually, maybe she's right. Maybe I do need to know the truth about him, so I will be better armed to defend myself against his continued, exhaustive, amorous approaches. Thanks, Jenna.


Well, the bookies reckon that it's definitely looking like a music related celebrity is going to win the newest series of 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' - starting tonight - which is why we have a reason to report on it. Former pop star Jason Donovan is Ladbrokes' 2-1 favourite, whilst over at William Hill, they're offering odds of 5-2. That nice Myleene Klass and CMU's favourite former member of Busted Matt Willis are in second and third place.

Faith Brown is apparently gaining momentum, however, so they'd better watch out.

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