CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 22nd January
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In today's CMU Daily:
- EMI sue ringtone major
- XM fail to have Inno lawsuit dismissed
- Tupac collaborator lawsuit dismissed
- Indies launch new digital negotiating body
- Mama & Papa Denny Doherty dies
- Antony of the Johnsons to guest on new Bjork album
- Assembly Now's van blown off the motorway
- Tom Jones criticises Burberry plans to leave the Rhondda valley
- Macca can keep his pavilion
- Album review: The Butterflies Of Love - Famous Problems
- Jay Kay planning gig in the sky
- +44 Barker bows out of euro tour
- Great Escape, some bands announced
- James Taylor tour
- eMusic plan Asian expansion
- MPA and MCPS-PRS agree on standard digital agreement
- PPL reveal new structure
- Channel 4 board to discuss CBB mess today
- Chart update
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- Total Rock World Album Chart
- Britney news
- The View banned from the Travelodge chain

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TOP BIT>>
OK, another CMU Recommended night to get in your diaries, the February installment of the Xfm Remix Night, the January edition of which went down something of a storm this weekend just gone. And bands wise February is looking just as good. First up Transmission, the band that features former Verve bassist and ongoing Damon Albarn collaborator Simon Tong, former Killing Joke members Youth and Paul Ferguson, and Dreadzone's Tim Bran, and who released their first long player, 'Beyond Light', via Malicious Damage last summer. Given the all round busy-ness of these guys, this is likely to be you're only chance to catch them live before the summer - so get in there. Next you'll get Manchester boys Keith, who have been doing the live circuit for a while now, and who are getting even better with time. Again, well worth checking out. And as if that wasn't enough, DJing will be Mr Go Home Productions as a way of celebrating the long awaited release of his previously reported completely official mash up album 'Mashed', out on 19 Feb via EMI. All this plus, of course, Remix host Eddy TM, making for one hell of an evening. It all takes place on 16 Feb at Cargo in East London - we'll have more updates on Remix Night, plus news on the line up for the February edition of Kill All Hippies, in the next week or so here in the Daily. Hurrah!

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MYSPACE OF THE DAY: Ratatat
I should've done this MSOTD a long time ago. I was sent a disc with some mp3s on by this Brooklyn based two-piece about two years ago and shortly after that they're first album 'Ratatat' became a permanent installment of my daily playlist. This Space has two great tracks from that album - 'Seventeen Years' and 'El Pico' - and then another two off their current album 'Classics' - 'LEX' and 'Wildcat'. It's really hard to review these tracks and to get across what Ratatat sound like because I've never heard anything else like it. You'll see what I mean when you visit their page and listen to one of their tracks. They're in the Rock, Electronica and Hip Hop categories on Myspace Music but that still doesn't do them justice because they don't sound like anything else in those genres. You can see I'm having trouble putting them under a specific banner - but maybe that's OK. This probably has a lot to with where each musician in the band came from. Synth overlord and producer Evan Mast seems to have the more electro background of the two, you can see this in his work with E*VAX, whereas guitarist Mike Stroud has worked with the likes of Ben Kweller and Dashboard Confessional. The merging of these two very talented people has created Ratatat. Catch them 'on tour forever' now. GM

http://www.myspace.com/ratatatmusic

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EMI SUE RINGTONE MAJOR
Now, you know how we love to start the week with some good old litigation, so hurrah to this. EMI's publishing division have launched a $100 million lawsuit against one of the world's biggest ringtone suppliers, InfoSpace, alleging that the Bellevue based company has been underpaying royalties, selling ringtones in territories where they are not licenced to do so, and selling ringtones for songs that they have not licenced at all, including tracks like John Lennon's 'Imagine'. Ha, imagine that.

The lawsuit, filed at the New York District Court last week, also says Infospace "have engaged in a deliberate effort to frustrate and obstruct the audit rights held by plaintiffs pursuant to license agreements", adding that EMI Music Publishing was met with "diversion, obstruction, misdirection and misinformation" when they first attempted to audit InfoSpace revenues earned on songs they owned.

InfoSpace are yet to comment, though some elsewhere in the industry have expressed surprise at the lawsuit, with Billboard quoting Andrew McCormick of New York based Masur & Associates who observed: "InfoSpace is such a big company. They should have gotten all the rights they needed, and I'm surprised it has gotten to this point".

He added that recent moves in the US to introduce a compulsory licensing scheme, like that that operates in radio, into the ringtone domain might have been a motivating factor behind the litigation, with EMI looking for court authority to stress that despite those proposals it remains in control of its ringtone rights. McCormick: "Usually, these things are privately resolved, so there may be something deeper in this relationship that has caused this to come to litigation".

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XM FAIL TO HAVE INNO LAWSUIT DISMISSED
More copyright type litigation for you. A Federal Court over their in the States has denied attempts by satellite radio company XM to dismiss a copyright infringement suit against them. This relates to the previously reported run in between XM and the record companies over the satellite broadcaster's Inno device, which enables listeners to capture tracks from its radio output to listen back to on demand at their leisure. Which is great for the listeners but, the record labels argue, it makes XM's offer more of a download service than a radio service which, I'm sure there's no need to tell you out in their CMU land, has significant licensing implications, oh yes. Hence the litigation. But XM claim that their service falls under clauses in the 1992 US Audio Home Recording Act which allows some non-commercial private digital copying. It was on those grounds that XM argued that the lawsuit issued against them by the record companies last May should be dismissed. Alas, the Federal Courts disagree, although XM say they remain confident their defence will prevail, even if the case does go to court, with a spokesman telling reporters: "XM remains confident that the lawsuit filed by the record industry is without merit and that we will prevail. The real facts strongly support our view that the lawsuit is barred by the Audio Home Recording Act".

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TUPAC COLLABORATOR LAWSUIT DISMISSED
A lawsuit brought by rapper and Tupac collaborator Tyruss 'Big Syke' Himes against Fox Television and hip hop mag XXL has, however, been dismissed. Himes sued Fox last July claiming the company's LA based KTTV station defamed him in Summer 2005 by running a news report that connected him with the long unsolved murder of the Notorious BIG. He also claimed that report cost him a "lucrative" record deal with Treacherous Records. XXL were involved because they ran a similar story the following Autumn, alleging Himes conspired with Death Row Records boss Suge Knight in organising a hit squad to murder Biggie in retaliation for the murder of Tupac. Himes denies all the allegations, saying he had "absolutely no involvement with the murder of [Biggie]".

But a judge hearing the lawsuit said that he could not rule against the two media outlets because to do so would contravene the US Constitution's first amendment, because Himes had failed to prove that the media outlets have acted maliciously or with reckless disregard to the truth. The rapper's attorney, in an interestingly restrained response for the hip hop world, told the Associated Press: "We are appreciative of the time and effort the court put into reviewing the case. We're understandably disappointed in the decision and we're evaluating all of our options".

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INDIES LAUNCH NEW DIGITAL NEGOTIATING BODY
And so to Cannes, and news from our MIDEM man, which almost rhymes. Key players in the independent music sector used the digital music thingimy that precedes the main bit of MIDEM (still not sure why MIDEM still separate the digital bit from the other bit, given that pretty much everything industry people discuss these days is digital, but whatever) to officially launch a new organisation that will negotiate new media licensing deals on behalf of affiliated indie labels.

The new organisation, to be called Merlin, won't be an aggregator or royalty collecting agency, rather it will negotiate deals for indie labels in much the same way certain national independent label trade bodies have in the past, but on a global level. The aim it to ensure that, through collective bargaining, the indies are taken more seriously by those companies looking for digital rights, creating an organisation on similar par to the major record companies in terms of catalogue and influence.

The organisation will be led by Charles Caldas, formerly head of Australia's largest independent music and entertainment distributor Shock Entertainment. Speaking at the launch of the new body at MIDEM in Cannes, he said that the new body would ensure the independents did not suffer as the weaker party at the digital rights negotiating table: "The form of copyright apartheid currently being applied to the value of independent rights is unacceptable. Merlin will enable independents around the world to participate in new licensing and revenue models on competitive terms and give new services more direct access to their repertoire. Together we are bigger than the largest major".

Merlin has been created by the key independent music trade bodies like pan-European IMPALA and the globally focused World Independent Network. Welcoming the launch of the new group, IMPALA Chairman and Beggars Banquet boss Martin Mills told CMU: "Merlin will license collectively the individually unlicensable, and aggregate our collective volume as the virtual fifth major. Magic!"

Alison Wenham of WIN added: "Merlin is the culmination of several years' work, and will be a unique global vehicle for licensors and licensees alike. Independents will now achieve parity with each other and with the majors in getting a fair share of the revenues now being generated by new business models".

Having formally launched, the new organisation almost immediately announced its first deal, with Snocap, the company run by original Napster man Shawn Fanning and, of course, the company who will be providing the back end to MySpace's previously reported download sell through what not. The Merlin/Snocap deal should enable thousands of indie artists to start selling their music via the social networking giant (which still dominates in the world of music based social networking, even though everyone I know is now using Facebook for personal networking).

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MAMA & PAPA DOHERTY DIES
Canadian singer Denny Doherty from sixties folk-pop group The Mamas & The Papas has died aged 66 after a short illness.

Doherty co-founded The Mamas & The Papas with the group's chief songwriter John Phillips, Phillips' wife Michelle and Cass Elliot, all of whom, Doherty included, had performed in other folk groups previously. Despite only being together for three years between 1965 and 1968 (and for brief reunion in 1970), and despite many intra-band tensions, caused partly by an affair between Denny and Michelle, the band left quite a legacy and a catalogue of music that remains popular today - most prominently, of course, 'California Dreamin'.

As before the band, Doherty had other music projects after The Mama & The Papas, and was known in his home country as the provider of the voices on kids show Theodore Tugboat.

According to a statement issued to the Canadian Press news agency he had been suffering from a number of medical complaints of late, including an abdominal aneurysm, though the exact cause of his death is unknown.

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ANTONY OF THE JOHNSONS TO GUEST ON NEW BJORK ALBUM
Antony Hegarty (as in & The Johnsons) will appear on the upcoming new album from Bjork. He is one of a number of guests on the new long player, singing on two tracks. Meanwhile Bjork's people have also confirmed that producer Timbaland has worked on two tracks on the new album. A post on the singer's website adds: "More work is being done in the next few weeks on the new record. It has not got a name. It's scheduled for release in the late spring."

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ASSEMBLY NOW'S VAN BLOWN OFF THE MOTORWAY
Indie boys Assembly Now had a lucky escape when their van swerved off the road during those rather windy conditions last week. Word has it that the band were traveling on the M40 heading to a Manchester gig when a sudden gust of wind blew their van off the road and into the crash barrier. Fortunately all concerned were unharmed, although the incident was not without trauma - Gigwise quote drummer Lush thus: "Our Van got knocked sideways off the hard shoulder and slid across the crash barrier. Unfortunately we were playing scrabble at the time and all the pieces knocked onto the floor".

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TOM JONES CRITICISES BURBERRY PLANS TO LEAVE THE RHONDDA VALLEY
Welsh business news now, and Tom Jones has added his voice to a campaign to stop Burberry from closing down its manufacturing plant in South Wales' Rhondda valley. Jones told reporters this weekend that: "As a local boy, I know how important this factory has been to the community in the Rhondda. I therefore urge the Burberry management to withdraw their plans to close their Treorchy factory".

Local politicians have also criticised plans by Burberry to move operations from the small Rhonda town of Treorchy to China, arguing that a company that trades on its "by appointment to the Queen" warrant shouldn't be able to axe one of its British manufacturing sites in this way.

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MACCA CAN KEEP HIS PAVILION
East Sussex planning news now, and Paul McCartney will be allowed to keep a wildlife viewing pavilion at his country home despite the fact he built it without planning permission, although a wooden lodge he had built at the same time will have to go. Rother District Council originally said both the pavilion and lodge must be demolished, but following an appeal by the ex-Beatle local planning officials have offered a deal whereby the pavilion can stay providing Macca knocks down his lodge - something the singer actually agreed to do last month. The deal brings to an end a long running dispute over the additions McCartney made to his estate, additions he claimed were designed to ensure his family's privacy (which presumably isn't needed any more, given that all of the Macca family's affairs should come out as his nasty divorce from Heather Mills works its ways through the courts).

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Butterflies Of Love - Famous Problems (Fortuna Pop)
There are, of course, plenty of bands that John Peel championed throughout his career, and to care to mention The Fall, The Velvet Underground, The Undertones and The White Stripes without a nod to the great DJ would be a heinous crime; overlooking the ultimate music fan's canny knack for introducing the general public to not just the 'next-big-thing', but hugely influential bands whose music would last way beyond their careers. Another possible addition to add to the illustrious list - if they aren't there already - are American alt-rockers The Butterflies Of Love, whose debut single, 'Rob A Bank', caused Peel to spontaneously applaud live on air in 1998. Their new release, 'Famous Problems', is a continuation of the kind of work Peel so appreciated, taking the classic indie mantle of The Velvets and mixing in the best elements of 90's American rock (think Silver Jews and early REM). It's a formula that works best on upbeat tracks like 'All Of A Sudden'- the more focused child of every Brian Jonestown Massacre recording - and recent single 'Orbit Around You', a woozy snapshot that could easily be an outtake from Pavement's 'Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain' sessions. Fortunately, they deserve more than lazy comparisons, showing their aptitude for different genres with the sedate country-rock of 'Ghostride' sitting comfortably next to the acid-tinged, psychedelic fracas of 'In A Blizzard In A Lighthouse' and the bitter, feedback-infused 'No Moon No Sun No Stars'. With such potential and a barrow-load of luck, this release could see them transcend the 'influential' band tag in 2007. OS
Release Date: 29 Jan
Press contact: Fortuna Pop IH [all]

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JAY KAY PLANNING GIG IN THE SKY
Jay Kay is hoping to set a new world record by performing a Jamiroquai gig on a Boeing 757 at 35,000 feet. The plane due to host the Gig In The Sky will take off from Munich on 27 Feb, before landing at a secret location elsewhere in Europe. Seats at the gig will be given away as part of a Sony Ericsson competition. Commenting on the record breaking attempt, Jay Kay told reporters: "No one has done a gig like this before. Rock n Roll is all about pushing the boundaries and 'Gig In The Sky' certainly does that".

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+44 BARKER BOWS OUT OF EURO TOUR
Former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker has announced he won't be taking part in the remaining dates on the European tour of his new band +44 because of an unhealed fractured arm. Barker had been touring despite the fracture, which he suffered while filming a video back in September, but word has it that doctors have advised him that he has to stop performing to ensure the fracture properly heals. No word yet on who will fill in for Barker in his absence.

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GREAT ESCAPE, SOME BANDS ANNOUNCED
An initial line up has been announced for the second year of The Great Escape festival, the Barfly staged mini-fest that will take place in Brighton during the cities annual cultural festival. The three day Great Escape event, from 17 May to 19 May, will take over venues all over the seaside city, staging gigs featuring the likes of CSS, Foals, Kubichek!, Help! She Can't Swim, Mumm-Ra and Mr Hudson & The Library. As previously reported, a limited number of early bird tickets are already available for £35 from http://www.escapegreat.com.

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JAMES TAYLOR TOUR
James Taylor is bringing his One Man Band tour, which went down rather well in the US last year I hear, to the UK - in what will be his first solo tour of the UK since 1976, apparently. Dates as follows, Scottish dates promoted by Regular Music with tickets from http://www.ticketweb.co.uk, English dates promoted by Live Nation with tickets from http://www.livenation.co.uk

6 Apr: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
8 Apr: Birmingham Symphony Hall
9 Apr: Birmingham Symphony Hall
12 Apr: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
14 Apr: Manchester Apollo
18 Apr: Brighton Dome
19 Apr: Bristol Colston Hall
21 Apr: Sheffield City Hall
23 Apr: London Hammersmith Apollo
24 Apr: London Hammersmith Apollo
26 Apr: Blackpool Opera House
27 Apr: Leicester De Montfort Hall
29 Apr: Newcastle City Hall
30 Apr: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

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ALBUM REVIEW: Ying Yang Twins - Chemically Imbalanced (TVT Records)
Make no mistake, this follow up to the platinum selling 2005 album 'United State Of Atlanta' is a complete colour-by-numbers rap album. Groups of black men shouting in a room with their mates? Check. Samples of 'honeys' getting down? Check. One minute comedy 'skits'? Check. Infinite references to someone called 'Mary Jane'? Check. In short, there's no new territory being explored here by these crunked-up gentlemen from Atlanta. 'Crunk' in case you were wondering, is a style of rap which often references its artists as being intoxicated on both marijuana and alcohol: Drunk + Chronic = CRUNK. Ignore this childish portmanteau however and there are actually some outstanding tracks on here. 'Keep On Coming' for example is a superb hood anthem, the kind 50 Cent can only dream of writing. The twins invite all the "Ladies And Thugs" to report to the dance floor on 'Water' which has one of the coolest Egyptian style samples I've ever heard. Actually, it's probably the only Egyptian style sample I've ever heard. Nonetheless, it's a funky track which builds to a dramatic finish only capable on a rap album. If you can get passed the annoying weed themed tracks like 'Collard Greens' and decide to listen to the end then you'll come across the almost perfect 'In This Thang Still' which is a genuine example of how the Ying Yang twins are capable of demonstrating why they are one of the best groups for delivering dirty, crunk type music. GM
Release Date: 5 Feb
Press Contact: Outpost [all]

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EMUSIC PLAN ASIAN EXPANSION
Independent download company eMusic have said they are now looking to roll out into the Asian market following their launch across Europe last September. The US based company also says it reckons its download service, currently restricted to music from independent labels because of its insistence in making tracks available in the more consumer-friendly, iPod comptabile (but non-DRMed) MP3 format, is now the second biggest in Europe, second only to iTunes.

The company's CEO David Pakman told Reuters last week: "In 150 days since the launch we've sold 4.5 million tracks and we think that makes us the undisputable number two", while adding: "aggressive international expansion is on the calendar for us. The Asian markets are interesting but they're challenging".

While confirming he continues to talk to the major record companies, who have so far resisted MP3 based download services, Pakman says he is confident his company's business model, offering MP3 downloads, a wider range of independent music, editorial to guide customers and a bulk buy subscription model remains sound, and even more so in Europe.

He continued: "The older consumer is terribly underserved by retail today yet it is the only segment that is still buying music in meaningful numbers. It's better to have a more diverse selection and cater to a lot of people's taste. And on the whole ... the convergence rate [of people who visit the eMusic site to becoming a subscriber] is higher in Europe than the U.S. which suggests that there is pent up demand here for legal, easy to use, digital services".

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MPA AND MCPS-PRS AGREE ON STANDARD DIGITAL AGREEMENT
More from MIDEM now. And more licensing stuff. It's all exciting stuff. The UK's Music Publishers Association and publishing royalty body MCPS-PRS have announced a partnership which will provide a 'one-stop pan-European digital licensing template'. What's that I hear you ask? Well, it's a template agreement that MPA affiliated publishers can use to engage MCPS-PRS as their Europe-wide online and mobile licensing agents, presumably designed to save music publishing firms the hassle of having to negotiate their own MCPS-PRS arrangement, presumably safe in the knowledge that the MPA approved arrangement will be suitably favourable.

Announcing the new arrangement, MCPS-PRS's MD Steve Porter said these words: "The contract we have developed together supports our aim to improve services for members and music users and supports the European Commission's plans for simplified online licensing across Europe".

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PPL REVEAL NEW STRUCTURE
Talking of royalty bodies making announcements at MIDEM, recording rights body PPL has revealed its new structure post the previously reported merger between it and its smaller rivals PAMRA and AURA. As he used MIDEM to tell everyone how beneficial the new structure is going to be for everyone (well, recording rights owners mainly, presumably), Billboard quote PPL chief Fran Nevrkla thus: "Six years ago, we received no oversees performer income. Now we are counting millions [of pounds]. But we want to be counting tens of millions. And the income needs to move in both directions".

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CHANNEL 4 BOARD TO DISCUSS CBB MESS TODAY
The Channel 4 board will meet today to discuss the whole furore that has been the latest series of Celeb Big Brother - which has had mixed blessings for the TV channel including, on the up side, record ratings for Friday night's show which saw Jade Goody voted out of the house into a silent Big Brother compound to face all those racism allegations by way of a low key Davina interview, but, on the down side, the loss of the show's sponsorship and huge outrage in political circles which is important to Channel 4 more than most, it being, ultimately, a state owned broadcaster.

While there is some support for Channel 4's justification to keep the show airing even when the bullying of Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty by Jade and other housemates took a racial tone (ie that it provides a good platform for debate on the use of racial slurs in personal conflict situations), many are questioning why it took so long for the network's bosses to identify and respond to the bullying (which began almost as soon as Jade and co entered the house, and was certainly well under way as Davina jubilantly pronounced Jade's mother, herself accused of racist comments, as her favourite housemate ever, and while the show's own commentators were still bigging up their self-made celebrity housemate).

Quite why senior C4 execs stayed silent while the whole issue went global, and why only at the last minute (and after much media pressure) the channel pledged to donate money made by Friday's 'get Goody out' phone vote to charity, is sure to be up for discussion at today's routine board meeting. Whether board members will feel that a sacrifice (more likely an exec than the show itself) is necessary to reduce the negative impact of the whole thing in political circles remains to be seen.

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CHART UPDATE
Me and Mary reckon that Mika's a bit overrated, but obviously the single buying public aren't of the same opinion, he having overthrown X-Factor winner Leona at the top of the singles chart to go top with 'Grace Kelly' (Ms Lewis drops to number six). Next Just Jack edges his way up to number 2 with the rather good 'Starz In Their Eyes' track (have we mentioned the alternative video for this track that is doing the rounds? YouTube it, it's cool) and then it's those hotel room wreckers The View with 'Same Jeans' at number 3.

For new entries you need to go down to 11 where you'll find Mason and 'Exceeder', then it goes Klaxons 'Golden Skans' at 14, Billie 'Honey To The Bee' at 17, The Good The Bad & The Queen 'Kingdom Of Doom' at 20, Guillemots 'Annie Let's Not Wait' at 27, Fray 'How To Save A Life' at 29 and My Chemical Romance 'Famous Last Words' at 38.

Album wise, Amy Winehouse stays top while this week's new entries come from, erm, no one. It's a big week for chart news, as you can see. Though Paul Weller, Jojo, Queen, The Ordinary Boys and Ronan Keating all get reentries.

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THIS WEEK'S STUDENT RADIO CHART
Hurrah it's back - yes, here it is, the brand new college radio chart, the first of the new year / term / semester whatever you wish to call it. It being the first for a while, there's obviously quite a few new entries. Info on all things Student Radio Chart from Al-B - music@studentradio.org.uk

1. [10] Jamie T - Calm Down Dearest
2. [26] Little Barrie - Love You
3. [1] Razorlight - Before I Fall to Pieces
4. [NE] Mika - Grace Kelly
5. [18] Bloc Party - The Prayer
6. [22] The View - Same Jeans
7. [NE] Switches - Drama Queen
8. [NE] Mumm-Ra - What Would Steve Do?
9. [NE] The Shins - Phantom Limb
10. [NE] The Klaxons - Golden Skans
11. [NE] Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm Know Good
12. [NE] The Gossip - Jealous Girls
13. [RE] Jarvis - Don't Let Him Waste Your Time
14. [23] Brakes - Hold Me in the River
15. [RE] The Automatic - Raoul
16. [7] Muse - Knights of Cydonia
17. [NE] The Long Blondes - Giddy Stratospheres
18. [NE] Larrikin Love - Well, Love Does Furnish a Life
19. [NE] Just Jack - Starz in their Eyes
20. [NE] The Little Ones - Oh MJ
21. [NE] Willy Mason - Save Myself
22. [RE] Chris Cornell - You Know My Name
23. [NE] Pop Levi - Sugar Assault Me Now
24. [NE] Pussycat Dolls - Wait a Minute
25. [NE] The Feeling - Rose
26. [NE] Billy Talent - Fallen Leaves
27. [9] Shiny Toy Guns - Le Disko
28. [11] The Rapture - W.A.Y.U.H
29. [RE] Good Shoes - The Photos on my Wall
30. [NE] Pull Tiger Tail - Mr 100%

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TOTAL ROCK WORLD ALBUM CHART
As counted down on Total Rock over the weekend - http://www.totalrock.com. New and re-entries marked with a *.

1. Evanescence - The Open Door (SonyBMG)
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (Warner Bros)
3. My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade (Warner Bros)
4. Nickelback - All The Right Reasons (Warner/Roadrunner)
5. Incubus - Light Grenades (SonyBMG)
6. Audioslave - Revelations (SonyBMG/Epic)
7. Razorlight - Razorlight (Universal/Mercury)
8. 30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Life (EMI/Virgin)
9. Stone Sour - Come What(ever) May (Warner/Roadrunner)
10. Foo Fighters - Skin & Bones (Roswell)
11. AFI - Decemberunderground (Universal/Interscope)
12. Muse - Black Holes & Revelations (Warner Bros)
13. Guns n Roses - Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)
14. Billy Talent - Billy Talent II (Warner/Atlantic)
15. Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist (Warner/Maverick)
16. Aerosmith - Devil's Got A New Disguise (SonyBMG/Columbia)
17. Queen - Greatest Hits 1,2,3 (EMI)
18. Killswitch Engage - As Daylight Dies (Warner/Roadrunner)
19. Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac (Warner Bros)
20. Rise Against - The Sufferer & The Witness (Universal/Geffen)*

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BRITNEY NEWS
Britney news anyone? A spokesman for Ms Spears has confirmed reports that she has ended her friendship with Paris Hilton following the bad press she received from all that post-K-Fed-separation partying she did with the most pointless of all celebs. A spokesman for Spears said this weekend: "Britney had fun with Paris. But she wants to focus on her family and career now". Meanwhile the organisers of the Vienna Opera Ball, which Hilton and Spears had been expected to attend together, has confirmed the pair are no longer party buddies. Ball co-organiser Richard Lugner told reporters: "Paris is a very good advertisement for the Opera Ball. But she will no longer be joined by Britney". His wife and co-organiser Christina added: "They unfortunately do not get on any more. But Paris is very happy".

Elsewhere in Britney news, Spears' manager has "laughed off" tabloid rumours that the singer was pregnant yet again. Apparently the rumours began after Spear's new boyfriend Isaac Cohen was seen with peanut butter on his fingers, which reporters reportedly assumed (like you would, obviously) was vomit courtesy of a morning sickness suffering Britney. Lovely. Manager Larry Rudolph said this weekend: "Because Isaac didn't lick the peanut butter off his fingers, someone decided that it must not be peanut butter, but must instead be Britney's vomit. Ridiculous!"

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THE VIEW BANNED FROM THE TRAVELODGE CHAIN
Hurrah - rock n roll isn't dead. Although I can't figure if this is the result of a rock n roll prank, or a forgetful sink user. But the band were reportedly very anti-social and inconsiderate - which is suitably rock n roll.

Either way, Dundee band The View have been banned from the Travelodge chain after causing thousands of pounds of damage at their Liverpool hotel back in November. According to the Daily Record, staff at the hotel were forced to break into the band's room after someone left taps running, leaving water cascading into rooms below. The band have reportedly now been presented with a bill for seven grand and told they will not be welcome at any Travelodge in the future.

A spokesman for the hotel chain said last week: "The View are banned from every Travelodge in the country. We don't care who they are, they acted offensively and were anti-social to other residents. They are not welcome back. This rock and roll behaviour is not acceptable. People come to us for a good night's sleep and we have to be mindful of that."

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