CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 27th November
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Sanctuary admit more losses
- Linkin Park fan accused of hacker stalking
- Jamelia recovering from hernia
- Diana death to be remembered through pop, can't wait
- Gaye manus to be auctioned off
- Radiohead man is composer of the year
- Fiddy goes Motown
- Yoko Ono calls for day of healing
- New Kaiser Chiefs songs news
- Noel Gallagher has solo plans
- George Martin gets honorary doctorate
- New Year Big Beach Boutique gets licence
- Stones tour proclaimed biggest ever
- Genesis gigs sell out quickly
- McFly headline Tiscali showcase, hurrah
- Glasto tickets due to go on sale in early April
- PPL, merger completion, new appointments
- Branson does more Sky bashing
- Press Gazette is no more
- London indie publishers form alliance
- PCC give warning over coverage of mental health
- Dazed launch digital thingimy
- Exclusives on the Knowledge download site
- Single review: Son Of Dave - Low Rider/Squat That Rabbit
- Chart update
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- Subshot playlist
- Total Rock world album chart
- Williams tops calendar chart
- Barlow has a go at George Michael
- Jet don't like Madonna much
- G4 criticise Walsh and Cowell
- More from Preston on the charity show
- Furtado rejects Playboy offer
- More jungle nonsense


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Time for a bit of self plugging me thinks. Obviously you've all been gripped by the debut edition of the wonderful CMU Beats newspaper which we published recently (if not, you can download a PDF version right now at - and we're not just saying that, we've received buckets of great feedback about it. Well, here's the good news, from the New Year CMU Beats will be going monthly, taking all the things we love at CMU direct to record buyers and gig goers all over this damn country in lovely inky print, which distribution via a network of colleges, students' unions, shops, bars, venues and trendy hang outs.

Which is particularly good news if you are in charge of an advertising budget, because now you have a refreshing new free newspaper covering all genres of music being put into the hands of students and young record buyers all over the country. Hurrah. So, if you are planning your New Year/Spring release schedules get your computer over to where you'll find more info, including a rate card for downloading. Then email [email protected] or call 0870 744 2643 to do that deal thing and book your spot. Sorted.

While we are in plugging mode, there are also various sponsorship and partnership opportunities available in CMU Beats plus across CMU's online operations too (both industry and consumer focused). For details on these email [email protected] And don't forget, UnLimited Media offers a range of services to anyone looking to market themselves to the youth, music or cultural consumers - full info at And that's enough self-plugging me thinks.

PS: Big news story breaking. Music Week is reporting that, as was expected as of the end of last week, Andrew Gowers will reject the call by the British record industry to extend the recorded music copyright when he makes his proposals to government re the overhaul of the UK's intellectual property laws. More on that tomorrow, I'm sure (and on Music Week's site right now, I'm guessing).



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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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I've only just come across The Mighty Roars, so I thought I would tell you about them today, given that I think that they're good, and given that they have a single out soon (11 Dec). The track, 'Sellotape' - already playlisted by Mr Lamacq - isn't previewed on the MySpace page, but that's not a reason not to visit it, because you can hear their debut single 'Whale' on there, plus three other tracks, of course. There are lots of upcoming tour dates too, and these guys are a must for anyone out there who's a-loving of a good shouty, punky, indie sound. And I know that you all are.


Ah damn, there we were, dedicating CMU Daily time to some good news from the Sanctuary Music Group (the relaunch of two imprints and the signing of The Cooper Temple Clause and Idlewild) and now it's back to doom and gloom. Damn the doom and gloom.

Yep, the already struggling London based Sanctuary Music Group announced on Friday that its losses for the year may be even larger than expected because of what it called "difficult" market conditions in the recorded music sector. The latest announcement follows news that Rough Trade Records, home of Jarvis Cocker, The Strokes and Belle & Sebastian, and in which Sanctuary owns a 49% stake, is "likely" to post a pretax loss of about £2.8m for the full financial year. That, coupled with the news that Sanctuary may have to reduce the value of some of its recorded music assets on the balance sheet, will have a noticeable impact on Sanctuary's overall performance this year. As a result shares in the multi-sector music group fell by 25% to a record low of 7.5p.

Bosses at Sanctuary said that they were taking steps to improve performance at Rough Trade and to cut the imprint's losses. It also confirmed that it may consider selling its stake in Rough Trade, adding that management there were talking to "a number of interested parties". A spokesman told reporters: "A number of approaches have been made to Sanctuary expressing interest in a number of its businesses. Once Sanctuary has announced its results for 2006, it expects to be in a position to consider these strategic proposals".


An American woman is accused of hacking into a cell phone company's website in order to access personal information about Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington and, if legal papers are to be believed, she was pretty successful, accessing the singer's personal phone number, call records and digital photos. Investigators say the defendant, one Devon Townsend, also hacked into the email of Bennington's wife Talinda and used information she obtained to make a threatening phone call to the singer's other half.

Townsend is expected to plead no contest to at least some of the charges - possibly because when investigators searched her home in Albuquerque they found, in among a load of Linkin Park posters and memorabilia, messages and photographs intercepted from the Benningtons' family email accounts.

Townsend last week reportedly waived her right to a preliminary hearing regarding the charges and was released to her mother's custody. Her attorney, Ray Twohig, told reporters that investigators were still analysing his client's computer in order to confirm exactly what violations had taken place. He explained: "This is the internet version of a groupie hiding in Mick Jagger's dressing room. We're in a different age, and fans have more skills than they used to".

No comment from Linkin Park or the Benningtons as yet regarding the case.


Jamelia is in hospital recovering from emergency surgery for a hernia. According to her manager,
Jonathan Shalit, the singer had collapsed "doubled up in pain" whilst filming for a Spanish music programme. She was subsequently rushed to St Mary's hospital in London and diagnosed with an umbilical hernia. Shalit says that a tendency to such hernias is hereditary, and related to the after-effects of having children. He added that Jamelia had been in pain prior to setting off for Spain, but carried on with the trip anyway, saying: "Her view is that you are lucky enough to do this job so you have to just get on and do it". The singer hopes to be fit in time to perform with Meat Loaf at the
Royal Variety Performance on 4 Dec.


Ah, you see, I raise the issue of how the tenth anniversary of the death of Princess Diana will be commemorated here in the CMU Daily and within days Prince William and Prince Harry, regular readers of course, start talking about staging a charity pop concert. Coincidence? Me thinks not.

According to the Sunday Mirror, the two princes are considering staging the charity pop show in their mother's memory at the Wembley Stadium next summer (it will be open by then, of course, no doubt of that). The plan, the tabloid says, is to have a massive televised event the profits from which would go to charities the late Princess Of Wales favoured.

The BBC have confirmed that the Windsor boys, as I think they should be known when they're in gig promotion mode, have said that they want to personally plan any events designed to mark the anniversary, and that their plans should be announced in the next few weeks.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, Elton John is thought to be one of the artists set to appear at the show, while Beyonce, George Michael and Kylie Minogue were all mentioned in the Sunday Times' report on the concert plans. Meanwhile report that Pharrell Williams is currently in negotiations to appear. In fact they also imply there might be some kind of collaboration between Williams and William (Prince), though they are possibly basing that on comments made by Pharrell after he met the Prince at a recent polo event, when he told reporters: "I spoke to William before he played polo. We spoke about doing something. I can't say what it is, except it's going to be big".


More than twenty music manuscripts handwritten by Marvin Gaye are to by auctioned off at the 'It's More Than Rock 'N' Roll' auction to be held at Sound in London on 29 Nov. Other items up for sale that day include a Madonna bustier, a Hendrix guitar, one of Lennon's suits and the original artwork for the Rolling Stones' iconic tongue logo.


Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has been voted BBC Radio 3's Favourite Artist. As previously reported, Greenwood, a composer in residence for the classical music station, was up against eight others for the award, but it was his contemporary classical piece 'Popcorn Superhet Receiver' that won the day. It was inspired by radio static, and Polish composer Penderecki's threnody for the victims of Hiroshima.


50 Cent is planning a change of direction on his new album, and it sounds like there'll be more of a souly, Motown influence. Here's what he says: "I want the music to sound like something I haven't done before so I needed to change the guys I worked with on the last project. On my last album I stuck with what people have expected from me already but now I feel more comfortable to do something else. I've been listening to a lot of Motown stuff - Smokey Robinson - a lot of older music, so I got a lot of soulful loops. I took material from some old, old records and recreated them".


Yoko Ono has taken out a full page ad in the New York Times, asking that the anniversary of the death of John Lennon, 8 Dec, be an annual day of world healing. "Every year, let's make December 8th the day to ask for forgiveness from those who suffered the insufferable," she wrote, because, as she, and everyone else knows, John Lennon is the most important person in the world to have ever lived, and by extension, she is the second most important person in the world ever. So I expect everyone will sit up and take notice of her ad and observe 8 Dec as Lennon Healing Day for the whole of the rest of eternity.


Kaiser Chiefs have been playing new songs slated for inclusion on their new album at recent gigs on the continent, and Chief Kaiser Ricky Wilson claims that they're going down pretty well. He told "This week we flew to Europe to play some killer rock shows. We're playing half a set of new songs and the crowds are already doing backing vocals for the new songs, so they must be pretty good".

The new long player is due in Feb.


Good news for that fan of Noel Gallagher. He's planning to release a solo album. So, Gallagher-fan, I hope you're happy now. The Oasis man says of the possibility: "I'll do one eventually as life's too short and none of us are getting any younger. I'd like to make one while I still look good and before I look like Phil Collins, which, eventually, I will. It's nothing to do with Liam. I've got the songs - I could do four solo albums".


Beatles producer George Martin has been given an honorary doctorate in music by Leeds Metropolitan University for his services to the music world. The new honour follows his recent induction to the UK Music Hall of Fame. Most of the news reports on this, I notice, are saying he was known as the 'fifth Beatle'. So I'm going to bring this up now whilst it's on my mind. I wish people wouldn't always be referring to people as the 'fifth Beatle', because there are loads of people who regularly get called that, and it's very confusing. Stuart Sutcliffe, Pete Best, Billy Preston, Brian Epstein. Hang on, I've just looked this up on Wikipedia, and there's a whole topic devoted to who the 'fifth Beatle' is, and whoever wrote it thought up a lot more potential candidates than I did. Check it out.


Great news for fans of standing on cold beaches. Fatboy Slim's previously reported (and already sold out) New Year's Day beach party in Brighton has got its licence from the still-rather-cautious-following-the-2002-Beach-Party-debacle Brighton City Council, which means he and 20,000 very keen people will be able to keep the New Year's celebrations going throughout 1 Jan. As previously reported, tickets for the third Big Beach Boutique event were limited to Brighton locals, although some tickets are available via eBay, to the highest bidder rather than the most local raver, we presume.


Billboard has proclaimed The Rolling Stones' current A Bigger Bang tour the "top-grossing tour in history", and this despite various postponements caused by Keith Richards' Fiji palm tree incident and Mick Jagger's subsequent bout of laryngitis.

The trade magazine says that since August 2005 the band have grossed $437m by playing 110 shows in front of 3.5 million fans, which puts them some way ahead of the previous top grossing tour, U2's Vertigo outing, which grossed $337m.

And those figures relating to the current tour do not include the Stones' huge free concert in Brazil in February, when an estimated two million fans saw the band perform on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Well, it seems as though Genesis have been badly missed. All ten thousand tickets for their 2007 gigs at Old Trafford and Twickenham were sold in under ninety minutes. And German and Dutch fans have been missing them even more - four hundred thousand tickets sold there in just forty minutes.

The band's twenty date euro-jaunt starts in Finland on 11 Jun and ends in Rome on 14 Jul. The band then plan to tour in the US.


I think some CMU readers have this idea that if they send over any old story involving McFly, somehow we'll report on it in some kind of over the top hyperbolic kind of way, which just isn't true. Though this is possibly the most exciting thing ever to happen since someone decided that music should feature on the internet. Tiscali and Tough Cookie have confirmed that the stars of their next 'Showcase' event will be the one and the only McFly. They will play at London's ULU on 6 Dec in front of an intimate audience of 200 fans, and the whole thing will be then made available to view on the old world wide web via the Tiscali music website. As I said, pretty flippin exciting. Though Simon Webbe will support, so not all good news. More at, press info from [email protected]


Fans of hold music, crashing websites and all round disappointment - get 1 Apr in your diaries, because that's when tickets for the 2007 Glastonbury Festival will go on sale. Well, I say that, but actually it's not true. What Glasto organisers have said is that tickets for the 2007 festival, which is expected to take place from 22-24 Jun (licence permitting), should go on sale in the first week of April. Either way, whenever they do go on sale, demand is expected to be higher than ever, especially given that there was no Glastonbury in 2006.


All go at royalty collection society PPL this morning, with the appointment of two new senior staff members, and the conclusion of the previously reported merger between PPL and the two smaller previously independent recording rights organisations PAMRA and AURA. The merger has now been completed having won the approval of the Office Of Fair Trading and the memberships of all three organisations. Though, much to my personal disappointment, the organisation will not be known henceforth as PPLPAMRAAURA, which I think is a big opportunity missed.

On the appointments front, artist manager and MusicTank chair Keith Harris has been appointed to the role of Director Of Performer Affairs, a new position that will provide a link between the society's Performer Board, the main PPL board and the PPL management team, ensuring performers' views are heard. Confirming the appointment, PPL boss Fran Nevrkla told CMU: "I am absolutely thrilled about Keith Harris' appointment. His enormous experience in the music industry coupled with the respect he commands and his obvious integrity make him the ideal candidate for this new role. I know that as a good team player he will be very effective in working together with the rest of PPL's Executive on the performer related agenda".

Keith added: "I am very happy to be joining PPL to represent performers' interests. It is vital in the rapidly changing new environment, where collection of performance fees are an important income stream for many musicians, that PPL becomes increasingly performer focused".

Meanwhile, PPL also announced the appointment of Sue Carty to the job of Director Of Member And Performer Services, another newly created role that will see Carty coordinating aspects of services provided by PPL to both its record label and performer members, as well of aspects of revenue distribution. Or something like that.

On Carty's appointment, Fran continued: "Sue is one of PPL's most senior and most talented executives of the highest calibre. She has a remarkable record of enormous achievements in previous PPL roles along with a friendly manner and a natural ability to lead and motivate large teams of people. This means that individual performers can have the comfort of knowing that their dealings with PPL will always be conducted with courtesy and in the spirit of absolute collaboration. I have an unshakeable confidence in Sue's ability to deliver the first class services and support which the performers and the record companies deserve."


That Richard Branson is still mightily pissed off that Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB scuppered NTL/Virgin Media's plans to enter into merger talks with ITV. As previously reported, BSkyB bought a 17.9% stake in ITV just as NTL were putting merger proposals forward to the commercial broadcaster. Although ITV claim their subsequent knock-back of those proposals had nothing to do with BSkyB's share purchase, Branson isn't convinced.

Talking to BBC One's This Week programme Branson said political types should "take a step back and decide if they need to break up the News Corporation 'empire'". He continued: "What I fear is that some of the worst aspects of America could be imported into Britain, particularly if we have one press baron that controls the bulk of British media".

Branson claims that Sky will use their suddenly acquired stake in ITV to strengthen their hold on British broadcasting. He continued: "They've [Sky and ITV] been talking about film rights. They've been talking about football rights. As the biggest shareholder, [Murdoch] will have enormous influence over ITV. The reason that NTL wanted to buy ITV was to try to have a balance. Murdoch can go out and bid for football rights. It will be very difficult for us to compete."


Trade magazine the Press Gazette is no more. The newspaper industry's trade mag was formally put into liquidation on Friday, and all its staff made redundant. As previously reported, the title's future had looked bleak ever since its owners, Matthew Freud and Piers Morgan, put the company into administration. Attempts to persuade owners of all the major newspaper companies to fund a trust which would take over ownership of the title were unsuccessful.

In a statement on the trade title's website, the team behind the mag said: "Press Gazette's editorial team would like to thank all of its readers over the past 41 years, and all of those who have given us support in the recent difficult weeks. The magazine's staff was informed tonight by managing director Simon Read that they were being made redundant with immediate effect."


A group of London based independent magazines has announced they will pool their resources, with the hope that economies of scale can help them better compete against the bigger commercial players in the magazine sector. Plan B, Little White Lies and Huck magazines are all involved in the 'strategic alliance' which will be led by former IPC Ignite exec Nick Taylor and Plan B publisher Chris Houghton.

Houghton explains: "This partnership is on one level an acceptance that it's difficult for independents to survive in the marketplace, but it's also a realisation that by working together we can share costs and overheads, and also use the commonalities between the titles to approach certain advertisers with a pitch that's far more powerful than each title could individually".

The venture will initially focus on combined ad sales and events, though joint marketing, subscription and distribution operations may follow.


Apparently some schizo nutters in the media, real basket cases that they are, could find that they have breached the Press Complaints Commission code of practice by using words like, erm, 'schizo', 'nutter' and 'basket case'. The media's self regulatory body last week warned journalists regarding their use of such words, responding to concerns among some mental health professionals regarding the way people with mental illnesses are referred to in the press.

The PCC said media organisations should remember that clause 12 of their code of practice relates to discrimination against the mentally ill and advised that media should consult mental health organisations like Mind, Sane, See Me and Rethink for advice on how to refer to mentally ill people, and mental health institutions, to avoid contravening PCC rules.

The Commission said last week: "Not only can such language ['nutter' etc] cause distress to patients and their families, by interfering detrimentally with their care and treatment, it can also create a climate of public fear or rejection. Terminology is important. People are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 in 'hospitals' and not 'prisons', and are 'patients' not 'prisoners'. Under the terms of the Act, the words 'jail', 'cell' and 'cage' are inaccurate when referring to their accommodation".


Dazed & Confused is launching a new "digital channel to complement the magazine's print platform". A beta version of Dazed Digital ( is online now, but the proper site will go live next month, featuring all sorts of video, music, blog and community related shenanigans.

Here's what Associate Publisher Rob Montgomery says: "We looked at the success of web based TV sites like YouTube and also studied what we could learn from online community sites like MySpace. We found that our readers wanted a more editorialised multi-media experience on the web, a place where they could trust the content, and to be part of a more selective online community."

And here's what Publisher Jefferson Hack says: "Dazed Digital is dedicated to promoting cultural and social change. By connecting you to like-minded thinkers - a place where troublemakers and tastemakers, the obsessed and the possessed share their dreams and desires. We invite smart, curious and confused minds to publish and broadcast their thoughts alongside our own and engage with one another as part of a credible, independent global, network. The editors at Dazed Digital and Dazed&Confused magazine will not allow anything to go live before it's first been filtered. Our mission is a shared mission: we believe the opinions and actions of others should hold the status as those of our own. We believe we can reclaim media space for original opinions and creative ideas sharing to take place."

So there you go. Lovely. Press info from [email protected]


While we're talking about leading independent magazines doing digital things, something we've been meaning to mention for ages. Drum & bass mag Knowledge has a number of exclusive tracks available via its download platform, Among them are new tracks from Bassbin Recordings (Zero Tolerance's 'Saturate State') and the Shadybrain community (Polarity's 'Thriller') plus all the releases from Industry Recordings (including San Diego and Caddyshack) and, from Beatalistics, MTC Yaws's 'Dirty Diamond', which isn't officially out until next year. So don't you go telling us we didn't tell you.


SINGLE REVIEW: Son Of Dave - Low Rider/Squat That Rabbit (Kartel)
Despite a completely stripped down set-up - one set of lungs, one microphone, one harmonica, and one loop pedal - Son of Dave kicks out the jams in an enviable manner, more akin to some large, hard-drinking, ensemble. Toe-tapping, foot-stomping, beatboxing sepia soaked blues that sounds so deeply authentic it's almost scary. 'Low Rider' and 'Squat That Rabbit' are two great examples of the Son of Dave sound, the base simplicity belying the staggering virtuosity employed by this former Crash Test Dummy. Any worries that his breathtaking live shows would not translate well to recordings prove unfounded, as Son of Dave channels the spirit of the Bayou through dust bowls and roadside diners to grateful ears everywhere. AM
Release Date: 4 Dec
Press Contact: Kartel IH [CP, RP, NP] Rocket Science [CR, RR, NR]


So, with the physical CD single now on sale, Take That are properly the biggest band in Britain, with comeback single 'Patience' now at number one in the UK singles chart, pushing last week's number one from Akon and Eminem into second place. Emma Bunton's Children In Need single 'Downtown', meanwhile, rises up to 3 thanks to physical CD sales.

Full on new entries this week come from Nelly Furtado with 'All Good Things' at 13, Red Hot Chili Peppers with 'Snow (Hey Oh)' at 16, The Feeling with 'Love It When You Call' at 18, Booty Luv with 'Boogie 2nite' at 19, Lemar with 'Someone Tell You' at 21, Faithless and Harry Collier with 'Bombs' at 26, Pink with 'Nobody Knows' at 27 and Chamillionaire with 'Grown And Sexy' at 35. Lovely.

And onto the album charts which are, of course, really rather busy this week, what with all those big major label releases last Monday. As expected, Westlife were the overall winners, the Asda shopper proving, once again, to be the most important music buying demographic. The dad rock pound ensured, however, that Oasis went in at second place with their 'Stop The Clocks' retrospective. The Beatles 'LOVE' album follows at 3, with the U2 hits album in at 4. All of which means that last week's number one, George Michael's 'Twenty Five' drops down to 5.

Other new entries this week in the albums chart come from the Fron Male Voice Choir with 'Voices Of The Valley' at 13 (no, really), Akon with 'Konvicted' at 22, Lemar with 'The Truth About Love' at 32 and the Foo Fighters with 'Skin And Bones' at 35.

Interestingly a few re-entries in the albums chart this week - possibly a sign of the Christmas market starting to take hold or, also possibly, of some discounting on the high street. The Feeling's album 'Twelve Stops And Home' re-enters at 28, while their August single 'Never Be Lonely' re-enters the singles chart at 40 - which all suggests some kind of back catalogue promotion alongside the new single release.


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

1. [1] Muse - Knights of Cydonia
2. [3] Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Snow (Hey Oh)
3. [12] The Killers - Bones
4. [26] Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly - War of the Worlds
5. [NE] The Fratellis - Whistle for the Choir
6. [8] The Rapture - W.A.Y.U.H
7. [RE] Jamelia - Beware of the Dog
8. [2] Kasabian - Shoot the Runner
9. [7] Brakes - Hold Me in the River
10. [14] Juliette And The Licks - Sticky Honey
11. [10] The Feeling - Love It When You Call
12. [9] Noisettes - Don't Give Up
13. [5] U2 & Green Day - The Saints Are Coming
14. [NE] Lily Allen - Littlest Things
15. [RE] Jet - Bring It On Back
16. [NE] Snow Patrol - Set the Fire to the Third Bar (Ft. Martha Wainwright)
17. [RE] Amy Winehouse - Rehab
18. [RE] The Good, The Bad And The Queen - Herculean
19. [NE] Boy Kill Boy - Shoot Me Down
20. [17] All Saints - Rock Steady
21. [RE] Wolfmother - Love Train
22. [20] Goo Goo Dolls - Stay With You
23. [RE] The Charlatans - You're So Pretty, We're So Pretty (2006)
24. [NE] Winter - Sweet Goodbye
25. [NE] J J Appleton - Someone Elses Problem
26. [NE] Bonde Do Role - Solta O Franco
27. [NE] Sugababes - Easy
28. [RE] Graham Coxon - What Ya Gonna Do?
29. [NE] Geyster - Under the Fuse of Love
30. [NE] Gruff Rhys - Candylion


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

BootyLuv - Boogie 2Nite
Cold War Kids - We Used To Vacation
Duke Special - Last Night I Nearly Died
Faithless - Bombs
The Fratellis - Whistle For The Choir
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly - War of the Worlds
John Legend - Heaven
Lily Allen - Littlest Things
Muse - Knights of Cydonia
Nelly Furtado - All Good Things
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Snow (Eh Oh)
The Zutons - It's The Little Things We Do

Babyshambles - The Blinding
Big Bass - What You Do (Playing With Stones)
Chris Cornell - You Know My Name
Embrace - I Can't Come Down*
Eskimo Disco - 7-11
Gruff Rhys - Candylion*
Gwen Stefani - Wind It Up
Jamelia - Beware Of The Dog
Lupe Fiasco - I Gotcha
Paolo Nutini - Rewind
Snoop Dogg - That's That*
Union Of Knives - The Cut-Up Suite*


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

1) Evanescence - The Open Door (SonyBMG)
2) My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade (Warner Bros)
3) Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (Warner Bros)
4) Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell III (Universal/Mercury)
5) Aerosmith - Devil's Got A New Disguise (SonyBMG/Columbia)
6) Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist (Warner/Maverick)
7) Foo Fighters - Skin & Bones (Roswell)*
8) Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Roadrunner)
9) Billy Talent - Billy Talent II (Warner/Atlantic)
10) Audioslave - Revelations (SonyBMG/Epic)
11) Razorlight - Razorlight (Universal/Mercury)
12) Guns n Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)
13) Muse - Black Holes & Revelations (Warner Bros)
14) Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death (EMI)
15) Stone Sour - Come What(ever) May (Roadrunner)
16) AFI - Decemberunderground (Universal/Polydor)
17) Blue October - Foiled (Universal)
18) Avenged Sevenfold - City Of Evil (Warner Bros)*
19) Tool - 10,000 Days (Volcano)
20) Evanescence - Fallen (SonyBMG)*


But enough of all that, let's check the chart that actually matters now - the annual calendar sales chart. And look at this - Robbie Williams is top, with Kylie the top performing female in the calendar stakes. Dr Who is the second biggest seller overall, with Cliff Richard and Take That also appearing in the top ten. Isn't it nice how everyone embraces new cultural phenomena when it comes to whose picture they want on their wall in the coming year?


Talking of Take That, Gary Barlow has been saying some negative things about George Michael, according to the Sun, in particular with regard to the former Wham star's decision to smoke dope during that previously reported South Bank Show interview. Barlow admits to having had a puff in the past himself, but insists: "The difference is I wouldn't smoke it on TV. That's not right."

Barlow also dismissed some alleged claims by George Michael that he'd helped the Take That star write 'Back For Good', and continued: "I grew up listening to his songs. He was a bit of a hero so I don't understand why he is always having a go at me".


Jet are bored of hearing about Madonna. Well, I think they are, anyway. One might even say they're pissed off with it. I don't know, judge for yourself - drummer Chris Cester says: "Can everyone just shut the fuck about Madonna? Like A Virgin? Please! How the hell did she become so fucking famous? What for, masturbating? Everyone does that love!"


I'm not sure why it's any of their business, but former X-Factor contestants G4 have criticised judges Simon Cowell and Walsh for taking up too much time in this year's contest with their continuous fake feud.

The popera group's Ben Thapa told the Sun: "Watching the show is frustrating, because we know the judges aren't like that backstage. It's pure pantomime. Simon and Louis are actually really good mates and work on several projects together. It's silly. The judges are hogging more airtime than the contestants."

Bandmate Matt Stiff continued: "Backstage Simon would say we were great, but then on camera say nothing. I don't think he wanted us to win and by choosing what he said on camera he knew he had the power to sway votes. He is the ringmaster."

Jonathan Ansell added: "When the contestants walk on stage the audience clap - that's what the X Factor is about. But then the famous singers come on and it's all whoops and cheers. The show is not about them. Simon needs to give the new talent support, not the old talent."


The management of Preston of the Ordinary Boys have issued a more detailed statement regarding those previously reported allegations that the band pulled out of a charity event after their demands for a fee were turned down. As previously reported, the Ordinary Boys' people have denied that the band ever asked for a fee to play at the benefit gig, explaining that they pulled out of the show because Preston was taken ill.

The latest statement from Preston's people reads thus: "Allegations that were made concerning Preston and The Ordinary Boys pulling out of a live event last Thursday because the charity hosting the event refused to pay them an appearance fee are completely untrue. Preston was unwell on the day of the show and their appearance was cancelled because of this. Preston, the band and their management are currently taking legal action regarding the allegations."


Nelly Furtado has turned down the chance to pose naked for Playboy. Which I think is probably a chance best turned down, actually. Despite the $500,000 enticement, Furtado nixed the offer, saying: "It was tempting. It almost plays on your vanity. But I like to save a little bit for the bedroom. It's something to be preserved a little bit for yourself. But that's not to say that I would never do it. As a pop star, people would love to see you naked every day."


Radio presenter Toby Anstis, comedienne Faith Brown, fashion designer Scott Henshall and TV presenter Lauren Booth have all been voted off ITV reality show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, which is only music news in that none of the music people in the jungle have as yet been victims of the public vote. Jason Donovan, Mylene Klass, Matt Willis and David Gest (who is sort of a music person) are all still there.

Meanwhile, word has it Michael Jackson has been watching his friend Gest on the reality show. The remaining celebs each received letters from friends or family members, and one of Gest's came from Jackson's brother Tito. He apparently wrote: "Michael was watching you on TV in London recently and told me, 'That man never changes but I wish him all the best and would love to see him win the show as he has come a long way in that jungle. Rather him than me. Ha ha ha".

On the letters, the aforementioned Willis remarked: "David's letter was amazing. He's got it from Hollywood stars and the guy from the Jackson 5 telling him that his brother Michael is watching! They're pretty massive people to be sending a letter to their friend in the jungle. I think he was happy".

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