CMU Daily - on the inside Friday 19th January
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In today's CMU Daily:
- EMI Group begin restructure
- Usher fined over speeding charge
- Leading mix tape maker arrested
- Rockers oppose noisy pub
- Hip hop moguls pull fashion products after fur revelations
- Finalists announced in sing with Justin competition
- McGregor rumoured to be up for Cobain role
- Akercoke lose bassist
- Regal sign full deal with Babyshambles
- New Garbage, best of Garbage
- Arcade Fire switch single release
- iLiKETRAiNS confirm first Beggars release
- Idlewild releases put back a week
- Gohomeproductions album ready to go
- Funkstorung release restrospective
- Tayo compiles Fabric compo
- Breakspoll voting open
- Cut short Kylie concert rescheduled
- SXSW plan to compensate for carbon emissions
- Orange make new music partnership appointments
- Virgin launch new chart show
- Outrage continues over CBB
- Lohan enters 'treatment centre'
- Jive confirm Britney K-Fed song a spoof

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TOP BIT>>
So, as the lucky ones out there in music industry land head off to the Med for that MIDEM thing, a quick CMU Recommends mention for two upcoming industry events from our friends at MusicTank.

The MIDEM link is relevant, because that's where the first one is taking place, though the MIDEM event is by invite only. But if you've been invited we'd suggest taking up the invite, because it should be a very interesting event, tackling the tricky topic of legitimate P2P platforms, exactly how they might and can work, and where those advocating legit P2P should go from here. It will be held under 'Chatham House' rules which ensures the anonymity of everyone involved (that is to say, everyone commits to not reveal who said what outside the event, it doesn't mean everyone has to wear bags on their heads or go in disguise), which should mean it is a uniquely frank debate.

The next one is open to all - and is the first CMU recommended MusicTank Think Tank session proper for 2007. The title is 'The Great Digital Debate: How Do You Divvy Up A Download?" which is pretty self explanatory really - putting to debate the costs of providing digital music, the way costs and profits are divvied up, and whether current pricing models are viable in the long term. This takes place on 6 Feb at Bertorellis in London. The keynote speaker is tbc, but writer and publisher Guy Fletcher and Jupiter Research's Mark Mulligan have both been confirmed as panelists. Full details, including details of how to book, are at http://www.musictank.co.uk/events_downloads.htm

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CMU RECOMMENDS>>

REMIX NIGHT JANUARY
The first Remix Night of 2007 is the traditional 'Dig The Nu Breed' night which will see Remix chief Eddy TM presenting some of the acts that he is most excited about for the coming year. And there are quite a few of them! Live you'll get Metronomy, Goose, Devil's Gun and The Officers, while on the decks with Eddy himself will be South Central and Slim Jim. This all takes place at London's Cargo on Friday 19 Jan.

BASICS: Friday 19 Jan, Cargo, London, 9pm - 3am, tix £10. Press info from Leyline.

More recommends: http://www.thebeatsbar.co.uk/cmurecommends

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CMU FRIDAY TIPS

VIGSY'S CLUB TIP: Soul Heaven at Koko
Soul Heaven and Notion Magazine share a joint birthday, and they celebrate tomorrow night at London's Koko with a couple of New York's finest, the very rateable DJ Spinna and the legendary Jelly Bean Benitez from Studio 54. Meanwhile other eclectic beats will be supplied by our boys from this side of the pond: Phil Asher (who should be way bigger if you ask me), Aaron Ross, Andy Ward, and the ever present Rude Boy Rupert. Oh and Reel People are doing a live PA too, and they are pretty damn hot. Should be a good one, and Corona are promoting so a discount Mexican beer should be to hand.

Saturday 20 Jan, Koko, Camden High Street, NW1, 10pm-6am, £10 in advance from http://www.koko.uk.com or 0870 145 1115, press info from Phuture Trax.

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EMI GROUP BEGIN RESTRUCTURE
A week on from those somewhat radical changes at EMI's recorded music division which saw, of course, the axing of CEO Alain Levy and Vice-chairman David Munns, changes to the roles of two other senior execs have been announced, though they've been promoted rather than kicked out.

First up Jean-Francois Cecillon, currently CEO of EMI Music Continental Europe, will take on the new role of CEO of EMI Music International. And second up, Ian Hanson, currently a Senior VP, will become COO. Both will report to that Eric Nicoli, who, as previously reported, appointed himself to the new job of EMI Group CEO, with specific responsibility for recorded music, as part of last Friday's big announcement.

The EMI Music International division is new, and will encompass all of EMI Music's operations outside of the US and UK. The UK business, headed by Tony Wadsworth, will continue to report directly to Nicoli, as will the US business, which previously linked into the global hierarchy via axed Munns, who had a second role as Chairman of EMI Music North America.

The new COO role will be a global role coordinating EMI Music's business affairs and operations functions, which will include global distribution, manufacturing and the digital supply chain.

Confirming the new appointments, Nicoli said in a statement: "For the past two and a half years, JF Cecillon has led our continental European operations across 21 countries and delivered a major turnaround in that business. During his tenure, EMI's market share in the region has grown by nearly three points, profits have tripled and new artists have been established including Raphael, Diam's and Camille in France, La Fee in Germany, Amaral and Bebe in Spain, and Finley, Subsonica and Mondo Marcio in Italy".

He continued: "Ian Hanson is a proven deal-maker who has played a central role in developing and implementing new and innovative strategies across the business, from pioneering artist agreements with artists such as Robbie Williams, through to driving efficiencies in EMI Music's global supply and digital distribution chain".

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USHER FINED OVER SPEEDING CHARGE
Usher has been told to perform 20 hours of community service after a court hearing in relation to a speeding charge. He was pulled over for driving more than 100 mph in Bartow County, Georgia last July. The singer was also fined $425. Whether the half hour he spent outside the court signing autographs for local fans after the hearing can count as community service I'm not sure. Actually I am. It won't.

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LEADING MIX TAPE MAKER ARRESTED
This is interesting. One of the leading names in the unofficial mix tape scene that has played a crucial role in launching a string of hip hop and rap stars over the years has become embroiled in a crack down by the Recording Industry Association Of America on the distribution of bootlegged CDRs. DJ Drama (real name Tyree Simmons), perhaps best known in his role as DJ for rapper TI, but also the producer of the popular Gangsta Grillz mixtapes, was reportedly arrested earlier this week when anti-piracy officers raided his offices in Atlanta and seized a large collection of bootleg CDs. Specifics of the raid and arrest aren't known, although Simmons has reportedly been bailed, though other reports say officials plan to destroy all the CDs seized, and that the producer's website has gone down. The whole incident could pose something of a dilemma for the record industry, given that one arm is busy arresting Simmons for distributing unlicenced music, while the other arm is begging Simmons to include their new talent on one of his mix tapes in order to gain the exposure and credibility needed to launch a new artist. As I say, interesting.

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ROCKERS OPPOSE NOISY PUB
Former label mates Bobby Gillespie, of Primal Scream, and Kevin Shields, of My Bloody Valentine, weren't so rock n roll recently when they added their names to a campaign to stop a North London pub from getting a late licence. According to the Independent, both rockers expressed concern about proposals to extend the licence of The Alma pub in Newington Green. The paper quotes a letter to the local council from Gillespie which complains that loud music played at the pub is already an irritant, telling councilors "the sound was of a very high frequency which reverberated into my bedroom and my children's bedroom - I found the repetitiveness disturbing and I was unable to sleep because of it", while adding that if the licence was extended it would "disturb the peace of our beautiful street and attract noisy, drunk people to our area". Shields reportedly also wrote in to oppose the pub's licence change proposals.

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HIP HOP MOGULS PULL FASHION PRODUCTS AFTER FUR REVELATIONS
Both Jay-Z and Diddy have had to pull items from their respective fashion ranges after it turned out that certain items containing fur that was thought to fake was in fact real, or so the Mirror reports. Aside from the ethical, not to mention PR, issues that arise from using real fur in fashion accessories, the discovery was especially emabarassing/concerning because the fur came from raccoon dogs - an endangered species.

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FINALISTS ANNOUNCED IN SING WITH JUSTIN COMPETITION
The five finalists in a competition the prize of which is to perform with Justin Timberlake at next month's Grammys have been announced. Chosen by readers of Yahoo! Music in the US, the five American singers in the final are Africa Miranda, Jillian Gaudious, Brenda Radney, Robyn Troup, and Jessica James. Further voting will now take place to get that down to a final three to be announced during Super Bowl weekend (when Timberlake himself presumably had time on his hands because, for some unknown reason, the NFL just won't hire him for their half time show anymore). That three will all then rehearse with Justin, with a final on air poll being taken as the Grammys air live on 11 Feb, and the final winner, who gets to perform, announced during the ceremony itself. If that all makes sense.

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MCGREGOR RUMOURED TO BE UP FOR COBAIN ROLE
Rumour has it Ewan McGregor will play Kurt Cobain in a new biopic about the legendary Nirvana frontman. The rumours follow confirmation from Courtney Love that a Cobain biopic was, in deed, in development. Love said two actors were being considered to play the lead in the film, expected to be based primarily on the Charles R Cross Kurt biography 'Heavier Than Heaven'. Love said she couldn't "name names" but that "you'll all be happy" (you'll meaning Cobain's fans, presumably). But the Express quote an insider as saying McGregor is currently the number one choice.

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AKERCOKE LOSE BASSIST
Death metalers Akercoke have announced the bassist Peter Theobalds has left the band.

Theobalds said in an a statement yesterday: "It's been possibly the most difficult decision in my life to make but after 10 years of the beast that Akercocke has become, it's time to hit the highway in search of new adventures. My reasons are many and varied but the principal factor has been that the original vibe that drove me to play has gone, the fun, the utter immersion of the music and friendship and the camaraderie has been slowly eroding for me personally over the last year or so It's given me so many unforgettable moments and brought me into contact with some amazing human beings and situations and I shall sincerely miss all of those aspects. But my heart tells me its time to seek other ideals and situation. I will NOT be giving up music however and will continue to bash out some form of pseudo metallic noise, until chronic rheumatoid arthritis turns my hands into claws or Alzheimer's finally puts paid to what little common sense I currently possess".

Thoebalds' bandmates Jason Mendonca and David Gray have confirmed they will continue as Akercoke, with new bass player Peter Benjamin. An as yet untitled new album is expected via Earache in May.

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REGAL SIGN FULL DEALWITH BABYSHAMBLES
Regal (an imprint of EMI's Parlophone) have signed a longer term deal with Babyshambles - as you'll remember, the major signed Doherty et al to a one EP deal after they parted company with Rough Trade. It's not clear how many albums are committed to in the new deal, but the major is known to be hoping to form a long term relationship with the erratic bunch of music makers.

Confirming the deal, a spokesman for Babyshambles' management told reporters: "Both management and the band are thrilled to have signed this deal and look forward to a long, fruitful, and creative relationship with Parlophone".

Parlophone boss Miles Leonard, meanwhile, said: "We're extremely pleased to be welcoming such a vibrant and talented band into the Parlophone label. Babyshambles, justifiably, have a great reputation for crafting some of the most exciting music around today, and in Peter Doherty they have one of the best songwriters of his generation. Parlophone have a long history of working with the best British bands, from Radiohead to Blur to Coldplay, and we see Babyshambles very much as continuing this tradition".

Babyshambles and Doherty have been playing a number of impromptu gigs in London in the last week, the most recent as part of a three day residency at the Rhythm Factory where Pete, backed by a friend going by the name of The General and Babyshambler Mick Whitnall, has been singing some Babyshambles, some Libertines and even a cover of Oasis' 'Don't Look Back In Anger'.

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NEW GARBAGE, BEST OF GARBAGE
Lots of Garbage related stuff happening - hurrah! A best of is due on 19 Mar, the band are reportedly working on new material, plus Shirley Manson is currently recording a solo album.

On the new Garbage material, the band's drummer Butch Vig told MTV: "We're recording a couple of new songs at the end of February. I think everyone's excited about getting back in a room and playing some music together". On the previously reported best of, to be called 'Absolute Garbage', he continued: "We've been working on it for a while. There was originally talk about doing it with a b-sides and remix CD as well. I'm not sure what we'll do, but we've had a lot of b-sides and remixes over the years, so it would be cool to see that come out in a proper package for our hardcore fans".

Either way, here' the tracklisting to the main best of CD, though there'll be one new track in addition to this lot too.

Vow
Queer
Only Happy When It Rains
Stupid Girl
Milk
#1 Crush
Push It
I Think I'm Paranoid
Special
When I Grow Up
You Look So Fine
The World Is Not Enough
Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go)
Shut Your Mouth
Why Do You Love Me
Bleed Like Me
It's All Over But The Crying

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ARCADE FIRE SWITCH SINGLE RELEASE
Arcade Fire have changed the lead single that will come from their upcoming new album, 'Neon Bible', or at least so reports Gigwise. Song 'Keep The Car Running' was due for release on 19 Feb, but now the track 'Black Mirror' will be released instead. Don't really know why the change. The album is out on 5 Mar by the way, and is sure to be damn good.

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ILIKETRAINS CONFIRM FIRST BEGGARS RELEASE
iLiKETRAiNS will release their first single for Beggars Banquet on 26 Mar, and it will be a track called 'Spencer Perceval', and will be available on CD or limited edition vinyl. Spencer Perceval, by the way, was the only British Prime Minister to ever be assassinated (not that they used the Prime Minister title in the early nineteenth century when he served), though I don't know how relevant the history is to the song. Though the b-side is called 'I Am Murdered', so titles wise there does seem to be a bit of a killing theme.

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IDLEWILD RELEASES PUT BACK A WEEK
Idlewild have reportedly put the release of their new album and single back a week. According to NME new single 'No Emotion' was due to drop on 19 Feb, with new album 'Make Another World' out the following week, but now the single will come out on 26 Feb with the album out on 5 Mar. I think the change is so to better fit with the following tour dates:

12 Mar: Newcastle University
13 Mar: Manchester Academy
14 Mar: Norwich UEA
16 Mar: Wolverhampton Wulfrun
17 Mar: Oxford Brookes University
18 Mar: Leeds Met University
19 Mar: Aberdeen Music Hall
20 Mar: Perth Concert Hall
22 Mar: Northampton Roadmender
23 Mar: London Hammersmith Palais
24 Mar: Bristol Carling Academy

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GOHOMEPRODUCTIONS ALBUM READY TO GO
Hey this is exciting. The full official to-be-released-by-EMI album being put together by GoHomeProductions - one of CMU's very favourite mash up makers - has a release date. 'Mashed' will be unleashed on 19 Feb, and will feature, in the mix, Malcolm McLaren, Franz Ferdinand, Blondie, The Doors, Peggy Lee, Iggy Pop, Duran Duran, Kelis and many more.

Meantime, GHP's long term independent label home Half Inch Recordings will do a limited edition 12" release of two GHP mash-ups on 5 Feb - 'Franz Buffalo' and 'Sexy Box'. You can order a copy at http://www.halfinchrecordings.co.uk

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FUNKSTORUNG RELEASE RESTROSPECTIVE
The remix compilation from German electro meisters Funkstorung which I'm pretty sure we've already reported on (you know, they've called it a day as a duo, putting together an album of their best mixes, all that?) gets released on K7 next week. It's called 'Appendix' and it's looking rather good. Tracklisting as follows.

Spacek - 1st Stroke (Funkstorung Remix)
Phon.o - Trick Or Treat (Funkstorung Remix)
Barry Adamson - Whispering Streets (Funkstorung Remix)
Bjork - All Is Full Of Love (2nd Funkstorung Remix)
Lamb - Heaven (Funkstorung Remix)
Lusine ICL - Sustain (Funkstorung Remix)
Towa Tei - Latte & Macaron (Funkstorung Remix)
Raveonettes - Love In A Trashcan (Funkstorung Remix)
Nils Petter Molvaer - Axis Of Ignorance (Funkstorung Remix)
Beanfield - Close To You (Funkstorung Remix)
Enik - No Fire (Funkstorung Remix)
Richard Devine - Sigstop (Funkstorung Remix)

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TAYO COMPILES FABRIC COMPO
Talking of rather good looking upcoming compos, long term breaks innovator Tayo will mix the next edition of FabricLive, edition 32, which is out next month. Needless to say, it's going to be a goodun. Look, here's the tracklisting.

Tayo Meets Acid Rockers Uptown - Dread Cowboy
Ursula 1000 feat. Sista Widey - Step Back (Deekline Remix)
Tayo and Undersound feat. Edu K - Putaria Toda Hora
Blaqstar - Tote It
Stereotyp meets Al Haca - Blaze 'N' Cook (Radioslave Remix)
Buraka Som Sistema - Com Reispeito - Enchufada
Aquasky feat. The Ragga Twins - Ready For This (Baobinga Mix)
Tayo meets Baobinga - Choppa Riddim
Bassbin Twins - Woppa
Si Begg - Move Up (Club Mix)
Tipper - Open The Jowls
Buckfunk 3000 - Jump
Benga - Comb 60's
Tayo and Care In The Community - Dutty Bomb
Marc Adamo - Vicious Exit (Volum Remix)
Elemental - Soul Fire
Sarantis feat. Warrior Queen - More Than Money
Skream - Lightning
Digital Mystikz - Neverland
Rob Smith - Loveage
Digital Mystikz - Anti War Dub

Press info from Fabric IH.

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BREAKSPOLL VOTING OPEN
Now you've brought up the breaks, I don't think we've mentioned that voting is now open for the 2007 Breaks Poll. Well, it is. Go vote - http://www.breakspoll.com/vote.asp. The winners will be announced at an awards bash at Fabric on 22 Feb.

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CUT SHORT KYLIE CONCERT RESCHEDULED
Promoters of the Kylie tour have announced there will be a repeat date for those fans who attended the Manchester show last Saturday that was cut short a few songs in after Ms Minogue was taken ill. Ticket holders for that show will be able to use their tickets at a new date on 23 Jan.

A statement from the singer issued yesterday ran thus: "I'd like to apologise to those who attended last Saturday night's show at the MEN Arena. I was hoping to feel better as the day progressed, but unfortunately the opposite was true. I'm sorry for all those inconvenienced by the postponements."

Responding to rumours she took to the stage last Saturday in defiance of doctor's orders, she added: "I have not at any stage ignored the advice of my doctors. In fact, I postponed two shows this week on their advice in order to be healthy enough to finish the tour. Nearly all of my crew were hit by this terrible flu during the course of this tour and despite my best efforts I too succumbed last week. I am now overjoyed to announce that I have been declared fit to return to the stage".

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SXSW PLAN TO COMPENSATE FOR CARBON EMISSIONS
Organisers of South By Southwest have vowed that this year's festival will be fully eco-friendly, and that any carbon emissions created by the event will be set off by environmental commitments. Those commitments include working with eco-friendly energy company Green Mountain Energy and donating $5000 to the Parks Department of host city Austin for the purchase and maintenance of native trees. The aim is to set off carbon emissions caused by the energy used at the festival's year round offices and venues used during the convention itself, and the emissions caused by those people traveling to the event.

SXSW MD Roland Swenson explains: "Once we set the goal for SXSW to achieve carbon neutral status, our staff took a very active hand in gathering all the pertinent information about our activities which generate carbon emissions. An important lesson we learned was that any business can achieve this goal with some work and a willingness to invest in new activity. While the amount of carbon emissions generated by SXSW alone is relatively small, if every business took similar steps, it would make a profound difference to our planet's future".

We'll be doing our bit by sending our US correspondent to SXSW (he's already in Texas) rather than flying someone there from London on one of those nasty pollution machines you folks call aeroplanes.

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ORANGE MAKE NEW MUSIC PARTNERSHIP APPOINTMENTS
Orange, that'll be the phone people, have announced two new appointments within its 'partnerships' team that will have a specific music remit. First up Richard Wheeler, formally of Sanctuary Music, will take on the job of Head Of Music Partnerships, while existing Orange employee Hayley Lloyd will become Music Relationship Manager.

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VIRGIN LAUNCH NEW CHART SHOW
Virgin Radio will this weekend launch a new album chart show. On reporting on it, the Media Guardian open their story "as if the singles market was not feeling unloved enough already", which is odd, given that the singles market is surely more loved at the moment than it has been in ages thanks to the growth of digital. Ah well, whatever. The new show will be presented by Ben Jones and will be slightly different from your standard chart show in that it will focus on the current top ten and will include multiple tracks from charting albums.

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OUTRAGE CONTINUES OVER CBB
So, the outrage over those racist Celeb Big Brother housemates continues, even though Shilpa Shetty, the Bollywood star housemate who is seemingly the victim of it all, has now said that she doesn't think racial slurs uttered by her housemates, and in particular former non-Celeb Big Brother contestant Jade Goody, do actually amount to racism. Goody herself, when challenged over the racism in the CBB Diary Room, denied she intended to offend on racial grounds, adding "if it's [her comments] offended any Indians out there I apologise".

Nevertheless, outside the house the outrage continues, with OfCom having now received a mind blowing 30,000+ complaints about Channel 4's decision to show the allegedly racial slurs. The government's Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, meanwhile, was very up front about her thoughts about the current series of CBB (and we all known how rarely government ministers are upfront about anything). She told reporters: "I think this is racism being presented as entertainment, and I think it is disgusting. My personal view is that this has caused enormous offence not only abroad but to the Indian community here". Elsewhere in the world of politics the government's Chief Whip Jacqui Smith urged people not to watch the show, because it consisted of what she called "racist bullying".

Channel 4 somewhat belatedly came out to properly defend its decision to continue airing the show, with the network's boss, Andy Duncan, insisting he would not pull it. This despite news that the shows sponsor, Carphone Warehouse, was pulling its sponsorship because of all the outrage. Their CEO, Charles Dunstone, told reporters yesterday: "Our concern has rapidly mounted about the broadcast behaviour of individuals within the Big Brother house". That means Duncan's arguably right decision to not pull the show won't just cost his network in terms of PR or political relations. The loss of sponsorship will also negatively counter-balance somewhat the benefits C4 is getting from the ratings boost caused by the furore.

Both Goody and Shetty are up for eviction tonight, with Goody the bookies favourite to be pushed out by viewers. Assuming she is kicked out, I'm hoping for her sake there's not too many of Shetty's really rather loyal fanbase in the eviction show audience, otherwise we might end up watching Celebrity Lynching Live.

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LOHAN ENTERS 'TREATMENT CENTRE'
Of course, CBB isn't really music news, especially if one of the musical housemates isn't involved. And I'm not sure Lindsay Lohan news really counts as music news either - though she has done some pop of course (and had a one night stand with a McFly boy, as I remember) so she does have some music links. Anyway, the Lohan news is that the actress come singer come party girl has confirmed she is entering what she refers to as a "residential treatment centre", or what everyone else is referring to as rehab. The specifics of the "treatment" haven't been revealed. She said in a statement this week: "I have made a proactive decision to take care of my personal health. I appreciate your well wishes and ask that you please respect my privacy at this time".

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JIVE CONFIRM BRITNEY K-FED SONG A SPOOF
A Jive Records spokesman in the US has insisted that a new song that purports to be from Britney Spears, and which features the singer dissing her estranged husband Kevin Federline, is a spoof, and nothing to do with them or Ms Spears. The song, and a video, appeared on YouTube earlier this week (alas it's been taken down) and had a Spears sound-a-like singing "You think you can walk all over me/And you think that I will just let you be/Now I'm going to do things differently". But a spokesman for Spears' label has told reporters, simply: "It's not Britney."

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