CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 29th January
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In today's CMU Daily:
- Sham 69 name dispute caused by band feud
- Rooster split
- BB King on the mend
- Melly on the mend
- Ono driver refused bail, again
- Hawthorne Heights sack their manager and agent
- Jacko back in the USA
- Album review: Blackfield - Blackfield II
- Beck album reissue
- Eno working on new Coldplay
- Benefit gig in memory of Wiz
- Police getting ready to rehearse for reunion tour
- Mika to support Take That
- Regina Spektor tour
- More Glasto additions
- Two American musicians win Polar Prize
- NRJ winners
- European digital content revenues to boom
- JASRAC to meet with YouTube over copyright concerns
- The Orchard enters into deals with Ericsson and Sanctuary
- Sanctuary confirms it is open to offers
- News Of The World editor quits over bugging scandal
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- Total Rock World Album Chart
- Subshot playlist
- Shilpa wins CBB
- Plan B on Westwood, and fucking the police
- Lavigne to return to skater look
- Lohan responds, well, her publicist does


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I was recently provoked into visiting The Sounds MySpace due to the fact that I got wind of their upcoming tour dates. I like to have a good reason for nominating a MySpace - you know, upcoming single release, album release, tour dates. So here you go. The Sounds' page currently boasts a very long list of UK and European tour dates, as well as all the other stuff you'd expect - four tracks demonstrating the Swedish band's punky, electro-y pop sound and lots of videos, blog entries and images in the gallery. I really like The Sounds', er, sound, because it's reminiscent of new wave stuff like Blondie and that lot, and if you haven't heard it yet, time you did, because they've been around for quite a while, frankly.


Seventies punk outfit Sham 69 have had what might be called something of a falling out, with both sides of the argument claiming the other has now parted company with the band, who have been releasing new albums every few years since their initial reunion back in 1987 (and who had a chart hit last year with a reworked version of their song 'Hurry Up Harry' rewritten for the World Cup).

The argument is between band founder and frontman Jimmy Pursey, and guitarist Dave Parson, an early and current member of the group and guitarist during their late seventies hey day. As a result of the feud Pursey last week announced Parson had left the band, but Parson responded by announcing Pursey had been sacked and that he and the rest of the current band planned to continue as Sham 69. Needless to say, that makes it likely that there will now be two Sham 69s, and an almighty dispute over the rights to the name.

Speaking to reporters last week, Pursey said "He [Parsons] has walked out of the band. I don't know [why], you'll have to ask him. I can't know what's going through his mind when wanting to leave the band".

But Parsons, seemingly supported by the band's current drummer Ian Whitewood, said "Sham 69 have left Jimmy Pursey", adding that he had been forced to sack Pursey because he had showed little interest in playing live with the rest of the band.

Comparing Parsons' actions to "mutiny on the bounty", Pursey disputed his claims, and that his former bandmates could or would continue as Sham 69. He told reporters "I am Sham 69", adding: "I can turn down a nostalgia gig, which is like a Doctor Who convention, where it's just bringing a load of old punk rockers together to celebrate nostalgia. I don't want to do that and I've never wanted to do that. I play for today".

But reaffirming the other band members' side of the row, their spokesman, one Mike Harris, told reporters: "The reasons behind it [the split] are that Jimmy seems to show no great desire to play live and is constantly pulling out of gigs at the last moment. It was him personally that was causing a lot of the problems within the band and between the band and promoters and media. The rest of the band want to get out there and kick ass on stage. At the moment, they're just being held back all the time".

Harris added that Parsons and Whitewood would start auditioning new singers shortly before relaunching an all new Sham 69. Trademark injunction from Pursey pending, presumably.


Another split up, though a more amicable one, and a more depressing one actually. Yep, CMU favourites Rooster are no more. Following much speculation that they had been dropped by SonyBMG after their second album 'Circles And Satellites' was given possibly the quietest release in music history (a re-release without the secrecy was promised, though it's never a good sign when normally receptive PRs start ignoring your calls whenever you mention Rooster's name), the band confirmed they were going their separate ways in a MySpace posting last week.

Here's what they wrote (well, I've corrected a few spelling mistakes): "Hello beautiful Rooster Fans, Really sorry that we've been so quiet recently, but we've been enjoying the first real rest and time off we've had for ages! Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year! Over Christmas we've all had time to think about Rooster, the future and ourselves! Unfortunately we have all decided that now's the time to go our separate ways. We've had the most amazing four years and have all loved every single minute of it. We feel privileged to have some of the most up for it, committed fans who were as much a part of the atmosphere at our shows as us and our music was! I'm sorry that it's taken us so long to let you guys know but, as you can imagine, we didn't make this decision lightly. Hope to see some of you in the future, as we all look onwards and upwards!! All the Best... Nick, Luke, Ben, Dave. Xxx"

Which is all slightly depressing, partly because I've been sitting on a Rooster interview awaiting the rerelease of the aforementioned 'Circles And Satellites', but more because I didn't manage to catch them on what was now their last ever tour, and they really were one of those bands who were at their best live. Dave Neale's drum solos were awesome.


Legendary blues man BB King has been discharged from hospital after being admitted with a bout of the flu on Friday. His management told reporters last night that the 81 year old singer was "back to his old self". The illness meant King had to cancel two dates in Galveston, Texas, but he is expected to resume his current Texan tour tomorrow night. The cancelled concerts will be rescheduled for June.


Also back to his old self is jazz legend George Melly, who was also admitted to hospital last week. His granddaughter took Melly to a hospital in Brighton after the performer collapsed on stage during a gig on Thursday night. But he was discharged over the weekend, and his wife, Diane Melly, told reporters last night: "He's out of hospital, he's home. He is tucking into some pheasant, spinach and pasta and a bottle of beer and a couple of whiskies and he is looking forward to being back on stage".


That driver accused of trying to blackmail Yoko Ono has been denied bail, again.

As previously reported, Koral Karsan has pleaded not guilty to four charges of grand larceny after he was accused of threatening to release embarrassing photos and audio tapes of Ono unless she paid him $2 million. It is also claimed that Karson said he had people "on standby to kill" Yoko if she didn't meet his demands. But Karson says that his request for $2 million from Ono related to a harassment and abuse claim he was planning to make against her - a claim he had said he would not make if she paid him the money.

With Karsan still pleading not-guilty, and positioning himself as the wronged party in this dispute, his lawyers were pushing for the driver to be granted bail - something the prosecution in the case are very much against, fearing the defendant will run off to home country Turkey if he is let out of jail.

Considering the latest bail application, New York State Supreme Court Justice Daniel Fitzgerald said last week that there was nothing new in the case that could justify him changing the court's previous decision to not grant Karsan bail. On hearing that decision, Karsan's lawyer asked instead for assurances that the case would go to court asap - maybe as early as next week.

Whether that wish will be granted remains to be seen.


Emo band Hawthorne Heights, who, as previously reported, are in legal dispute with Tony Brummel's Victory Records as they attempt to part company with the independent to take up a contract with EMI's Virgin US division, have announced they have fired both their manager, John Germanario, and their booking agent, Jeremy Holgerson. It is not known if the firings are related to the band's ongoing dispute with Brummel (a dispute which had generally gone Brummel's way in court), but it is thought that their attorney, Dan Friedman, who is overseeing the litigation, may now take on wider responsibility for the band's affairs.


Michael Jackson is back doing business in the US, or so says his spokeswoman Raymone Bain, although she wouldn't confirm exactly where. Or what.

Jackson, of course, has lived away from the US ever since his acquittal on those child abuse charges, seemingly rejecting his Neverland home in California, where the non-proven abuse was alleged to have taken place. He has since split his time between residences in Bahrain, France and Ireland. But, having made an appearance at a James Brown memorial event in the US earlier this month, he has reportedly stayed on in America, apparently attending business meetings in Las Vegas, adding to speculation he may look to pay off some of his ongoing debts with a multi-million dollar residency in the city.

In a conference call with Bain, Jackson confirmed he was in the US, but said little as to why or where. He did, however, say he would be heading to Japan in March, one of his "favourite places in the entire world" apparently. Whilst there he is expected to have further business meetings, as well as taking part in a 'VIP event' for fans, tickets for which are selling fast, at £1700 a time. Nutters.


ALBUM REVIEW: Blackfield - Blackfield II (Snapper Music)
Blackfield is a collaboration between Israeli musician Aviv Geffen and Steven Wilson (best known for being half of ace art-rock duo No-Man and frontman for progressive group Porcupine Tree).
This follow up to their debut 'Blackfield' (a CMU favourite in 2004, as I'm sure you all remember) retreads similar ground - eschewing the aimless meandering that can make Porcupine Tree trying listening at times, in favour of lush, sweeping rock music with choruses to die for and a pop aesthetic at its heart. Nowhere is this typified more than on the grungy opener, 'Once', for which the epithet 'soaring' was clearly invented, whilst the likes of 'Epidemic' and 'My Gift Of Silence' are the sort of epic string-drenched moody stadium piano ballads that, when found on Coldplay albums, help said group sell in the millions. Elsewhere, the lovely '1000 People' harks back to 70s Pink Floyd, not just in its stately tempo and elegiac mood, but also in its use of futuristic fizzy 70s synths, whilst the bleak but beautiful slabs of closing track 'End Of The World' make it the perfect soundtrack for watching the apocalypse unfold (preferably from somewhere with a good view). With its impeccable songwriting and heartfelt, emotive performances this is simply another complete triumph from the duo. MS
Release date: 19 Feb
Press contact: Snapper IH [all]


Beck has announced details of a deluxe reissue of his 2006 album 'The Information', which will include bonus tracks, remixes and video clips, and is due at the end of February. For fans of tracklistings, here's a tracklisting.

Disc 1
Elevator Music
Think I'm in Love
Cellphone's Dead
Strange Apparition
Soldier Jane
Dark Star
Movie Theme
We Dance Alone
No Complaints
1000 BPM
The Information
New Round
The Horrible Fanfare/Landslide/Exoskeleton
Inside Out (bonus track)
This Girl That I Know (bonus track)
O Menina (bonus track)

Disc 2
Cell Phone's Dead (Ellen Allien remix)
Nausea Pirates mix (Bumblebeez remix)
Dark Star (David Andrew Sitek remix)
Nausea (The Chap remix)
Cell Phone's Dead (Jamie Lidell Limited Minutes remix)
Cell Phone's Dead VILLALOBOS entlebuch rmx (Ricardo Villalobos remix)

Disc 3 (DVD)
Elevator Music
Think I'm in Love
Cellphone's Dead
Strange Apparition
Soldier Jane
Dark Star
Movie Theme
We Dance Alone
No Complaints
1000 BPM
The Information
New Round
The Horrible Fanfare/Landslide/Exoskeleton
Inside Out (bonus track)
This Girl That I Know
Cellphone's Dead (directed by Michel Gondry)
Nausea (directed by Patrick Daughters)


Coldplay's next album will be "very different from what they've done before", which is a good place to start, frankly. We know this, because legendary producer Brian Eno has revealed he is going to work on Chris Martin et al's next long player, and he's been talking about it to Radio 4. He said the new album should be "very original". The band are expected to preview tracks from it when they tour Latin America next month. Didn't they say this time last year that they'd be taking a long break from music? More false promises.


A special benefit gig will take place at the Carling Islington Academy on 4 Mar in memory of the late Mega City Four frontman Darren 'Wiz' Brown who, as previously reported, died suddenly last month after suffering from a blood clot on the brain. The gig will feature Andy Cairns (Therapy?), Carter USM, Mark Keds (Senseless Things), Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Midway Still and Reuben, and will be compered by Steve Lamacq. Tickets are twenty quid, and all profits from the gig will go to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and The International Fund For Animal Welfare. It should be a great night, and a fitting tribute to Wiz, so well worth checking out. Info and booking stuff at...


The Police have reportedly booked rehearsal space, which would suggest rumours of an upcoming reunion tour are true, unless they're just wanting to brush up on their old tunes for their own satisfaction. Though they are also rumoured to be playing at the start of the Grammy Awards next week, so that might be what they're rehearsing for. I don't know. But Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland are all expected to attend rehearsals at the Lions Gate Studios in Vancouver this week, that much I do know.


Take That are reportedly planning to book Mika to support them on upcoming European tour dates. I'm not sure that's really all that interesting now I come to think of it. But, hey, we've never confined ourselves to just reporting on interesting things here at CMU, so we'll keep it in.


The wonderful, and she is really wonderful, Regina Spektor will return with a new single on the 5 Mar via Warner, preceded by the following tour dates. I must remember to blag some tickets for the Astoria date.

6 Feb: Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
10 Feb: Bristol Trinity
11 Feb: Brighton Corn Exchange
13 Feb: Oxford Town Hall
15 Feb: Manchester Academy 2
16 Feb: London Astoria
18 Feb: Newcastle Nortumbria University
19 Feb: Glasgow QMU
20 Feb: Sheffield The Leadmill


Lily Allen and Hot Chip have both announced they will be playing Glastonbury this year. Speaking at the Big Day Out Festival in Australia this weekend, Allen said "You can expect to see me there [Glasto]... I am supposedly playing", while Hot Chip's Joe Goddard said his band had been booked, adding: "I don't know where or when, what stage or whatever... I can't wait for it". But, with the exception of Bjork, The Who and Arctic Monkeys, the Eavis family have not confirmed or denied any of the other Glasto line up rumours.


Two renowned American musicians have won the 2007 Polar Music Prize, the annual international music prize founded by former Abba manager Stig Anderson and presented by the Royal Swedish Academy Of Music. The award is always presented to two separate individuals who the Academy believe have made "exceptional achievements in the creation and advancement of music". This year's winners were composer Steve Reich and jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.

Polar judges said they were presenting the award to Reich in recognition of his "unique ability to use repeats, canon technique and minimal variation of patterns to develop an entire universe of evocative music, endowed with immediate tonal beauty".

Rollins, meanwhile, was being honoured as "one of the most powerful and personal voices in jazz for more than 50 years ... [who] has elevated the unaccompanied solo to the highest artistic level - characterised by a distinctive and powerful sound, irresistible swing and an individual musical sense of humor".

The two winners will receive their awards from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf on 21 May.


You know, I was so carried away with all that DRM chatter and all those SpiralFrog rumours at last week's MIDEM junket, I forgot to report on the winners of the 2007 NRJ Awards, the annual awards fest staged by the French radio station to coincide with the music business' Cannes outing. I can't help thinking they got less coverage than normal this year, though that may be because us Brits weren't really represented in the winners list, and we don't monitor the French press so well. Sorry. Anyway, here, then, are the winners...

Francophone Revelation of the Year : Christophe Mae
International Revelation of the Year : Nelly Furtado
Francophone Female Artist of the Year : Diam's
International Female Artist of the Year : Christina Aguilera
Francophone Male Artist of the Year : M. Pokora
International Male Artist of the Year : Justin Timberlake
Francophone Group/Duo of the Year : Le Roi Soleil
International Group/Duo of the Year : Evanescence
International Song of the Year : Rihanna - Unfaithful
Francophone Album of the Year : Diam's - Dans ma bulle
International Album of the Year : Christina Aguilera - Back to basics
Francophone Song of the Year : Diam's - La Boulette
Music Video of the Year : M. Pokora - De retour
DJ of the Year : Bob Sinclar


Revenues from online 'creative content' in Europe will increase fourfold in the next four years to 8.3 billion euros (which is about 5 and half billion pounds). Or, at least, that's the opinion of a new European Commission report, which reckons that 20% of the music market will go online in the next four years, while 33% of the gaming market will come from online services. And while the movie industry will probably only draw 7% of its revenues from the net, that will be a massive increase in itself, amounting to over a billion euros in 2010 compared to just 18 million euros last year.

However, the EC report says that those tricky issues of outdated copyright laws and, in particular, the whole interoperability thing, could hinder that growth if not positively dealt with pronto. It also admitted piracy was a continuing problem as regards the growth of the digital content domain, although it said it felt that interoperability issues in the legitimate digital content sector help boost the popularity of illegal content sources, where content tends to be available in less constricting formats.

Commenting on the catchily titled 'Interactive Content and Convergence: Implications for the Information Society' report, Viviane Reding, Media Commissioner for the EU Information Society, said: "The long-awaited digital convergence is becoming an economic reality, creating great opportunities for Europe's consumers, content providers and technology industries. To capitalize [on new digital opportunities] may require casting a fresh eye at the technical and legal issues where a modernized and internal market-oriented approach would add value to European content".


The society that represents Japanese songwriters and composers, JASRAC, has said it will meet with the bosses of YouTube to discuss their ongoing concerns regarding the unlicensed uploading of their members' content onto the video sharing website.

As previously reported, JASRAC has been one of the most proactive critics of YouTube, and the way it enables people to post content online without the content owner's permission. Although the video sharing site complied when the Japanese society requested the immediate removal of 30,000 items of content last October, all of which included work belonging to their members, JASRAC bosses are now pushing for the video service to implement "an infringement-preventive system" which would stop further content owned by their members from appearing on the site.

In a statement bosses at the society have confirmed they will meet with YouTube CEO Chad Hurley and Chief Technical Officer Steve Chen when they are in Japan next week. David Eun, VP of YouTube parent company Google, will also attend the meeting. Developing an effective "infringement preventive system" is easier said than done, although YouTube are known to be developing a content tracking system as part of their agreement with the major record companies, and bosses at the video sharing company are likely to hope that system will also satisfy JASRAC's demands.

Elsewhere in YouTube news, the service's co-founder has indicated it will start sharing ad income with individual creators who upload their content onto their website, in a similar way to the ad share deals it has struck with some of the major content owners. Which sounds kinda cool. According to the Associated Press, co-founder Chad Hurley told the World Economic Forum in Switzerland: "We are getting an audience large enough where we have an opportunity to support creativity, to foster creativity through sharing revenue with our users".


Two new deals from the independent digital music aggregator folks at The Orchard, one expanding the reach of its distribution, the other expanding the catalogue it distributes.

The first deal is with Ericsson, who have announced a global deal to distribute full track downloads and master tones from within The Orchard's catalogue. The second is with Sanctuary Music, whose recorded music catalogue will now be distributed in the digital domain by The Orchard.

Here are some quotes.

Claes Odman, Vice President of Multimedia Solutions at Ericsson, told reporters: "This partnership enables Ericsson to distribute music from thousands of independent labels. Ericsson strives to offer operators and their subscribers a great music experience and we are delighted to have signed this contract with The Orchard since it will both broaden and deepen our content catalogue."

Giles Green, Executive Vice President of Sanctuary's digital operations outside of North America, said: "We are very excited to have concluded this deal with The Orchard. The partnership gives us a worldwide digital marketing infrastructure that, combined with our excellent network of independent distributors and licensees, will now be fully able to exploit our excellent schedule of releases and extensive copyrights to their full potential."

And The Orchard's top man Greg Scholl said on the first deal: "Increasingly, the leading technology companies and digital retailers worldwide appreciate the critical role independent music plays in the viability of their products, and more broadly, as the lifeblood that feeds the music industry. Our agreement with Ericsson ensures that our artists and labels can reach a global audience throughout Ericsson's extensive mobile network".

While on the Sanctuary arrangement he added: "Sanctuary is an iconic and enduring independent label that has embodied the entrepreneurial 'indie' ethic. Their roster of established and emerging artists will be a pleasure to work. We look forward to helping Sanctuary push into new frontiers in the digital space by marketing and promoting their great music in new, exciting and innovative ways across our global partner network, from China to Chile, Mexico City to Moscow, and beyond".


More Sanctuary news, and the cross-sector music company confirmed on Friday that it was seriously considering selling off parts of its group in a bid to aid its much sought after revival after a long period of financial instability. Bosses announced those intentions after posting an annual loss which, as expected, was heightened because of the costs of refinancing and restructuring and because of losses made by Rough Trade Records, in which Sanctuary has a 49% stake.

The Group's board said in a statement: "The board is currently considering a number of opportunities that may enable it to realise value from the disposal of parts of the group. At the same time, opportunities for acquisitions or business combinations, which would improve profitability and enhance shareholder value, will be considered".

Although Sanctuary continues to struggle, losses for the last financial year, which ended on 30 Sep, were £56.7 million, which is a considerable improvement on the £136 million in losses made the previous year.


The big media story of the weekend was the resignation of the editor of the News Of The World after the paper's royal editor, Clive Goodman, was jailed for four months after pleading guilty to plotting to intercept various phone messages from both celebrities and members of the royal family. Glenn Mulcaire, the man hired by the paper to do the bugging, got six months. It's been a big story in the media world which we haven't really reported on (it not be strictly music media news), but which could be a wake up call to tabloid media types who believe the ends justify the means in their bid to scoop the latest celebrity scandal.

As soon as the sentence was passed, the paper's editor, Andy Coulson, announced he accepted ultimate responsibility for Goodman and Mulcaire's criminal acts, and that he was resigning as a result. Insiders say Coulson had let his bosses know his intent to go a few weeks back, but that they had asked him to stay on until the buggers' trial was complete.

Bosses at NOTW publishers News International spoke highly of Coulson when confirming his resignation, while immediately announcing that he will be replaced by former Sunday Mirror editor Colin Myler, a somewhat ironic appointment under the circumstances, given that Myler previously bowed out of the UK tabloid sector back in 2001 after it was ruled the Sunday Mirror had been in contempt of court when it ran an interview with a relative of an alleged victim in an assault case against Leeds footballers Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate (an interview which caused the case against Bowyer to collapse).


The most played tracks on student radio last week. Info on all things Student Radio Chart from Al-B -

1. [4] Mika - Grace Kelly
2. [1] Jamie T - Calm Down Dearest
3. [6] The View - Same Jeans
4. [19] Just Jack - Starz in their Eyes
5. [10] Klaxons - Golden Skans
6. [3] Razorlight - Before I Fall to Pieces
7. [11] Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No Good
8. [5] Bloc Party - The Prayer
9. [NE] Snow Patrol - Open Your Eyes
10. [15] The Automatic - Raoul
11. [20] The Little Ones - Oh MJ
12. [7] Switches - Drama Queen
13. [NE] My Chemical Parade - Famous Last Words
14. [NE] Fall Out Boy - This Aint No Scene This is a Riot
15. [2] Little Barrie - Love You
16. [RE] Get Cape, Wear Cape. Fly - War of the Worlds
17. [9] The Shins - Phantom Limb
18. [NE] The Ordinary Boys - I Luv U
19. [8] Mumm-Ra - What Would Steve Do?
20. [18] Larrikin Love - Well, Love Does Furnish A Life
21. [17] The Long Blondes - Giddy Stratospheres
22. [NE] Noisettes - Sister Rosetta (Capture the Spirit)
23. [NE] Guillemots - Annie, Lets Not Wait
24. [NE] Ashok - Under the Thumb
25. [21] Willy Mason - Save Myself
26. [NE] Malcolm Middleton - A Brighter Beat
27. [12] The Gossip - Jealous Girls
28. [24] Pussycat Dolls - Wait a Minute
29. [25] The Feeling - Rose
30. [NE] Lcd Soundsystem - North American Scum


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

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

The videos appearing on the SUBtv network of screens in students' union bars this week. New entries marked with a *.

Bloc Party - The Prayer (Wichita)
Jamie T -Calm Down Dearest (EMI/Virgin)
Kasabian -Me Plus One (SonyBMG/Columbia)
Klaxons - Golden Skans (Universal/Polydor)
Lady Sovereign - Love Me Or Hate Me (Universal/Def Jam)
Little Man Tate - Sexy In Latin (V2)
Mason vs Princess Superstar - Perfect (Exceeder) (Data)
My Chemical Romance - Famous Last Words (Warner)*
The Shins - Phantom Limb (Transgressive)
Snow Patrol - Open Your Eyes (Universal/Polydor)
Tupac Shakur - Pac's Life (Universal/Polydor)
The View - Same Jeans (SonyBMG/Columbia)

Big Strides - Always Together (Tall Order)*
The Bronx - Shitty Future (Wichita)*
Duke Special - Freewheel (V2)
ErickE - The Beat Is Rockin' (Gusto)
Liam Frost - She Painted Pictures (Lavolta)*
The Little Ones - Oh MJ (EMI/Heavenly)
The Long Blondes - Giddy Stratospheres (Rough Trade)
Noisettes - Sister Rosetta (Universal/Vertigo)
Plan B - No Good (679)
Pop Levi - Sugar Assault Me Now (Counter)
Unklejam - Love Ya! (EMI/Virgin)*
Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby (B-Unique)*


So, as expected, Shilpa Shetty won the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother (is it just me, or does it feel like this series has been running for five and half years?), presumably aided by the "I'm not racist, honest guvnor" vote. The house's other ethnic minority contestant, Jermaine Jackson, came second. Aren't we a well rounded multi-cultural nation?

With Jade Goody still busy busy in her post-CBB "I'm so sorry" PR efforts, the other contestants accused of making racist remarks against Shetty while on the reality show also faced the music as they left the house this weekend. Glamour model and WAG Danielle Lloyd, evicted last night, followed the Jade Goody line of "sorry, sorry, sorry, I'm not racist, but I'm so very very sorry", but former S Clubber Jo O'Meara was less apologetic, saying she regretted nothing and, despite what anyone says or thinks, that she was no racist and had not been racist while in the house.

To be fair, the accusations of racism against Goody, Lloyd and O'Meara, while not necessarily completely unfounded, were certainly greatly exaggerated by the tabloid press, and Shetty herself says she's convinced her housemates were not racist, but either way, O'Meara's unapologetic stand is not going to go down well with the mainstream media, and she can pretty much kiss any career revival plans goodbye.

It didn't help that the Asian husband of one of her cousins, Dilip Drayan, a friendship with whom was cited by O'Meara on the show as a reason why she was not racist, told the Daily Record this weekend: "Jo should never have said that Indians are skinny because they don't cook food properly. That was a racist comment. It was wrong. She needs to take it back and apologise. The way she behaved sadly showed her true colours. I'm not going to stick up for Jo. She needs a ticking off for some of the things she said".

Despite the furore surrounding the latest Big Brother series, the final edition (at which both Goody and O'Meara were noticeable by their absence - all former housemates usually show up for the finale) didn't manage to win the ratings war for Channel 4, it being up against the new series of BBC 2's Top Gear. Alas, Channel 4 might boast mild racists on its team, but they failed to deliver a presenter all but killing themselves in a dramatic high speed crash. Slackers.


Plan B isn't impressed with Radio 1's Tim Westwood dissing his 'Fuck the police' lyric. Westwood apparently criticised the UK rapper after he performed a track on the Radio 1 hip hop show that included the line "Fuck the police is a ghetto state of mind".

Commenting on Westwood's criticism, Plan B told the Scotsman: "In the context of that song, it doesn't mean 'Fuck the police', that's cool. We need the police. A lot of them abuse their power but we still need them. We need people putting the criminals away. [But] Tim Westwood completely misunderstood that and had a go at me. This is the guy who is meant to be the godfather of hip hop on Radio One. He's been supporting hip hop all this time and he can't distinguish whether or not I'm going on his show and saying it in the way NWA meant it or saying it in a conscious way."


Avril Lavigne is apparently planning on returning to her "skater girl" image for her upcoming new album, after trying a more "feminine style" for the promotion of her 2005 album 'Under My Skin'. The Daily Star quote a source thus: "She started dressing all girly for a while but now she's got more music coming out she's decided to go back to being a skater chick.". So now you know.


Lindsay Lohan's publicist has hit out at media types and bloggers who have been criticising the pop star come actor's recent admission into rehab, amid allegations Lohan has been getting special treatment from rehab bosses, including visits from a make-up artist, masseur, and hairstylist.

But publicist Leslie Sloane told WENN last week: "Lindsay is 100 per cent not getting special treatment. She's getting the same as everyone else. This isn't the Betty Ford Clinic, it's not a lockdown facility. There is personal time. All these naysayers who keep blogging and speaking out... they don't know what she's going through, they're not there. They shouldn't speak until they've gone through something like that". Which is great news to any journalists or bloggers who have been through rehab themselves - you now have permission to judge.

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