CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 19th February
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In today's CMU Daily:
- EMI may refinance to fight off takeover
- Legendary producer says future in live performance and fan connections
- Spector trial will be televised
- Foxy Brown arrested over beauty shop fracas
- Ono driver admits theft
- Drugs gang who raided Girl Aloud house found guilty
- Beatles company sues over lost photos
- Reunions galore
- Guns N Roses original line up reunion likely?
- Ray Evans dies
- Counting Crows man launches label
- Crosby and Nash postpone tour
- Moss joins Doherty on stage
- IOW festival news
- Jam members plan reunion tour
- Ray Quinn tour dates
- Live review: Badly Drawn Boy at Toff's Fish And Chip Shop
- LA body says city losing $5.2 billion to piracy
- Former Radio 1 music programmer takes on Radio 2 job
- Chart update
- Total Rock World Album Chart
- This week's student radio chart
- Subshot playlist
- Lightbody on Mclelland
- North Dakota don't like Bono
- Noel Gallagher thinks he's still relevant
- Gough gets behind Robbie
- Madonna wants to be Ghandi, etc
- Britney head shaved


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Well, sometimes I can be a bit behind the times. Actually, I can frequently be a lot behind the times. But you know, I am often right on the ball and up to the minute so I think the lapses ought to be forgiven. The lapse to which I refer today is my not having really becoming aware of The New Pornographers until very recently despite the fact that they formed back in 1997. In the last few weeks I've spent quite a lot of time listening to their 2005 album 'Twin Cinema' and it's really great. One of the songs that I really love that's on that album is streaming here on the MySpace page. It's called 'Sing Me Spanish Techno' and I think it would be worth your while to visit the page just to hear it. Actually, that is the main reason, really, as there doesn't seem to be much else on here. Well, two other songs. But the content's a bit limited. If you, like me, missed them earlier, though, do go and have a listen. I promise it's worth your while.


There was much press speculation regarding the future of EMI this weekend following the release last week by the major of that second profit warning, and the resulting backlash against EMI Group chief Eric Nicoli in some investment circles.

As previously reported, Nicoli is already coordinating extensive restructuring and cost cutting in the company's recorded music division, especially in the US, but with a number of investment houses rumoured to be considering capitalising on the label's poor performance in order to stage a hostile takeover, reports suggest the major's current management will shortly take decisive action in order to strengthen their hand.

Most likely is that the Group will seek to refinance its more profitable music publishing business, a move that would raise considerable short term funds that could be used to pay off outstanding debts and bring some stability to the record company side of the Group. Some analysts reckon such a move would make a hostile takeover more difficult in the short term, and would therefore buy Nicoli and his team some time to restore the company's fortunes themselves.

A more radical proposal some are suggesting may be pursued is the sale of some or all of the Group's recorded music business, so to refocus the Group's attention onto the less volatile publishing sector. But others reckon such a radical move will not be favoured by EMI Group management, who until recently were contemplating radical expansion, not splitting the company into two.


This is interesting. Well, it is for any artists out there. It's a bit depressing for any record label types. Legendary music producer Bob Ezrin, who has worked with the likes of Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel, KISS and David Bowie and who, perhaps most famously, produced Pink Floyd's 'The Wall', has told a Canadian music industry gathering that, in his opinion, the "imminent demise of the record business" is already here.

According to Halifax, Canada based The Chronicle Herald, Ezrin told his audience of artists, songwriters and industry execs: "People are not going to the record store and are not paying for downloads. The old things are gone. In the next couple of weeks, maybe months, there will be a bloodbath at the major record companies. We're not at the tipping point, we're on the other side".

He told artists present that their aim should no longer be for that big hit record, but rather to build lasting relationships with a loyal fanbase, and to plan to pursue an active live career. He said: "Maybe one person in this room will have a hit record. The days of hit records are over. It's about being something real... people need to change their goals in order to survive as entertainers. You've got to play. What no one can steal is your direct relationship with the audience, you can't duplicate that love affair".

That, Ezrin says, means learning to perform better, and connecting one to one with fans: "You've got to get good. If you're a singer, you have to learn how to sing. You're not an actor or a rock star. You're a singer. That's your job. You have to master your craft. [And after the show] meet fans, shake hands, sign CDs and give URLs for fan clubs. Get their e-mail address, tell them you want to let them know when you're coming back. And work on your web presence. Your web representation to many people is you. You wouldn't not change your clothes for six months, not learn a new song for two years. Why have the same picture on your website? Stop thinking about how to have a hit record and think about new ways to grow the audience and get paid to do something we love."


So it's been confirmed that TV cameras will be allowed into the court room for the upcoming, sure-to-be-high-profile Phil Spector murder trial.

Judge Larry Paul Fidler was already known to be of the opinion it was in the public interest to allow TV coverage of the trial, but he had said he would discuss the proposal with lawyers on both sides before making a final decision one way or the other. He has now done that and, despite Spector's defence lawyers speaking against the proposals, he confirmed on Friday that he would allow cameras into the court room for the trial, expressing the opinion that it was time the "fear of cameras" in the LA Courts that has existed ever since the infamous OJ Simpson trial was overcome. However, he did add that should the media act irresponsibly in its coverage of the trial he might throw the cameras out.

After numerous delays, the Spector trial should finally begin on 19 Mar. As much previously reported, he is accused of killing actress Lana Clarkson at his Beverley Hills home just over four years ago. Spector, of course, denies the charges.


No, I can't quite believe it either, but according to reports, US rap star Foxy Brown has been arrested in Florida over another altercation that took place in a beauty shop. As previously reported, Brown, real name Inga Marchand, was sentenced to three years probation in October last year for assaulting two nail salon workers in New York. There's clearly something about grooming products that gets Ms Brown a little het up.

Okay, it's not quite the same - this beauty shop was a proper shop (selling beauty products, not applying them), but still. The shopkeeper, whose name, I think, is Sam Hayssam (there are differing reports) told reporters that Marchand arrived at the store with a female companion just before closing time, purchased a spray bottle of hair glue, and then went to the bathroom to apply it. When he approached and told the rapper that the shop was now closed and she would have to leave, she reacted angrily, and there followed a series of events in which she pushed the shopkeeper, squirted him with the hair glue and knocked over two display shelves. Finally, and most charmingly, Brown spat on the floor of the shop, and on Hayssam himself.

Brown was subsequently arrested outside the building, on suspicion of battery and violent obstruction. Physical force was required to subdue her. The word from NY is that the hip-hopper could face a year in prison for violating the terms of her probation.


Yoko Ono's driver Koral Karson, recently charged with trying to blackmail his employer to obtain $2 million, has accepted a plea bargain, and in doing so pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny in the third degree. A Turkish immigrant, Karsan may now face deportation as a result.

Karson was initially charged with first-degree attempted grand larceny for threatening to release embarrassing recordings and personal effects if Ono didn't pay him $2 million. If found guilty of that charge he faced up to fifteen years in prison. Despite initially claiming his innocence, the former chauffeur took the plea deal which meant he was only sentenced to sixty days, which he has already served whilst waiting for the case to come to court.

His lawyer, Robert Gottlieb explained that Karsan took the deal because he was unable to obtain bail and would otherwise have been waiting in prison much longer waiting for the case to reach trial. Gottlieb has continued to defend his client, maintaining that Karsan was an aggrieved employee who suffered sexual harassment, and was seeking compensation, not blackmailing his employer.

Ono's spokesman, Eliot Mintzsaid, said she told him she feels "vindicated because this man has admitted his guilt".


A quick update on a not-really-music-news but sort-of-relevant-because-of-a-pop-connection story now. You remember how we reported on the fact Girl Aloud Nadine Coyle had given evidence against a drugs gang who burst into her London home one day believing the apartment to be empty? And how they'd been told by an estate agent the flat would make a good 'safe house' but how when they got their Nadine and her mother were in residence? And how the popstress had then, in something of an extraordinary stroke of coincidence, been passing as police swooped on the gang during a drugs pick up and therefore been able to identify them? Well, all those charged with links to the gang (including the estate agent) have been found guilty and will be sentenced later this month with gang leader Bryan Miller, who pleaded guilty to start with. So, now you know.


Gigwise is reporting that EMI and Beatles company Apple Corps are suing a company called Crystal Systems after one of the company's cleaners trashed a box of unique and valuable photos of the Fab Four, including the iconic cover shot off 'Please Please Me'. I'm assuming Crystal Systems provided one of the plaintiffs with cleaning services when the photos were trashed back in 2001. The lawsuit is reportedly suing for £700,000.


I think there should be a committee that assesses whether defunct bands are allowed to reform, given that every group in pop history seems to want to reunite following the success of the Take That reunion.

The most horrifying pop reunion in the pipeline (the one said committee would surely block, for all our sakes) may or may not be signed, sealed and ready to go, depending on who you believe. The Mirror seemed pretty damn sure last week that Boyzone were about to regroup for a big charity gig in aid of Bono's Red whatnot, and then a UK wide tour. They also reported that the group had all but signed a new record contract with one Universal label or another. The tabloid cited a source as saying: "Everyone's excited. They had arguments in the past but now they get on better than ever".

But the Belfast Telegraph yesterday quoted Boyzone boy Stephen Gately as saying that, while a reunion may be in the pipeline, nothing is, as yet, confirmed. Gately: "I think it would be a really good laugh to see the band back together. The timing is right, there's a great want for nostalgia right now. But nothing has been signed yet and I never kind of think that it's happening unless I see six signatures on a piece of paper saying that it is. The reality is that, despite our meetings, that hasn't happened yet".

Of course, if Boyzone want to capitalise on the Take That reunion, perhaps they should wait around for the Take That boys to split up for a second time, and then swoop in to fill the vacuum left by Gary Barlow et al with their special brand of mediocre pop nonsense. I mean, that strategy worked well for them first time round.

The other much talked about reunion, of course, is the Spice Girls, though, to be fair, there's been talk of this one since long before the Take That reformation. The latest gossip is that they too might reform for some kind of charity event and/or a UK tour. After earlier talk of an early summer reunion (which didn't seem that likely, given the timetable of Emma Bunton's pregnancy) talk is now of an Autumn reunion. It's not the first time a Spice Girls reunion has been reported on as fact, of course, and none of those reports turned out to be true. But perhaps this time they will, and soon we'll be able to enjoy once more all those Spice Girl classics like 'Wannabe' and, you know, erm, the others.


Now, a reunion I would quite like to see, though more out of curiosity than anything else, is the reunion of the original Guns N Roses line up. And original drummer Stevie Adler has been indicating that such a reunion might be on the cards. He has told reporters that he has recently made up with Axl Rose, and that the band's other founder members - Slash, Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan - have been talking about getting back together with Axl.

Adler: "I saw Axl, talked with him from ten or 12 at night to eight in the morning. We resolved a lot of shit. I said, 'You know the five of us have to get back together! That's when it will really take off again! Nothing will be bigger. It would be the biggest reunion ever in history'. He just grinned and giggled a little bit. Everybody in his band came up to me and said, 'You're the greatest drummer! We tell Axl, 'You gotta get the band back together!' That's what they said to him! I've been talking with Slash. I've been talking with Izzy. He wants a reunion".

Of course if the reunion takes as long to come about as the new album has taken to materialise, I wouldn't be getting too excited just yet.


Award winning songwriter and lyricist Ray Evans has died at the age of 92. Known for his sixty year musical partnership with Jay Livingston, Evans co-wrote themes for TV shows such as Mr Ed and Bonanza, and songs for a number of films, including three Oscar winners, 'Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)', 'Mona Lisa' and 'Buttons And Bows'. The pair, contracted to Paramount in the forties and fifties, also wrote music and lyrics for two Broadway musicals, 'Oh Captain!' and 'Let It Ride'.

Frederick Nicholas, Evans' lawyer for many years, told reporters he had spoken to him shortly before his death on Thursday, saying "he was just full of energy and excitement. When I heard last night that he died, I couldn't believe it".


Counting Crows man Adam Duritz has launched a new record label called Tyrannosaurus Records (or T-Recs for short, see what he did there?). Here's what he has to say about it: "My vision for T-Recs is an intimate boutique label. We handle everything in-house and we're taking on a very limited number of artists so that each band gets personal attention". Former Counting Crows manager Nicole Pierce will run the new label day to day out of offices in New York. The first two signings to the label are Notar and Blacktop Mourning, two bands Duritz reportedly stumbled across on MySpace (actually, word has it, it was because Duritz was so excited about these bands that he decided to set up a label in the first place).


David Crosby and Graham Nash have postponed a planned month long US tour due to the fact that David Crosby is unwell. A statement on their website explained that the 65 year old, who had a liver transplant back in 1995 and who suffers from hep C, was struggling with "medical issues".

Manager Donald Miller said he "deeply regretted" the cancellation of the tour, due to start on 19 Mar, but indicated that the concerts would probably be rescheduled for the autumn.


Kate Moss, who according to reports in the tabloids last week had dumped boyfriend Pete Doherty before pissing off on holiday, apparently appeared on stage with the Babyshambler last night for a rendition of 'Down In Albion' track 'La Belle Et La Bete', so it looks like she might not have dumped him before pissing off on holiday after all. But who knows. Maybe she did, but now she likes him again.

Doherty, appearing at an NME Awards Show at Brixton Academy, also shared the stage with his friend Wolfman for a performance of their collaboration 'For Lovers'.


Snow Patrol, Muse, Kasabian and Keane have been announced as the headlining acts at this year's Isle Of Wight festival, while the likes of Amy Winehouse, James Morrison, The Fratellis, Wolfmother, Paolo Nutini, The Feeling and Ash are also set to appear. This year's event will take place on 8, 9 and 10 Jun, at the Newport's Seaclose Park. Festival promoters Solo say: 'Bands love coming to the island and feeling the tradition. Tennyson was right about it's magical quality.'

Muse, meanwhile, say: 'The past year has been truly amazing for us and performing live is what we're all about. Getting the opportunity to do that at the Isle of Wight Festival is an honour. Some of our biggest heroes played the festival back in the 70's. It's steeped in history and we cant wait to be a part of that.'

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday at 9am from the 'Virgin Radio Directory' (whatever that is, their website?), then on general sale from Thursday at 9am. Get your info from, and your special press info/accreditation from Amazing Media.


Paul Weller's The Jam co-horts, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler, are regrouping for a twenty date tour later this year. It will be the first time the two former The Jam members have played together since the legendary band split back in 1982. The reunion will coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the release of the band's debut album 'In The City', which was released in April 1977, and which is due to be celebrated with a number of The Jam re-releases.

The tour will be very much aimed at The Jam fans, and will consist mainly of the band's greatest hits. Foxton told CMU: "The traditional thing in the music business is to record your album and then tour it, but for this tour we've decided to perform The Jam's greatest hits - 'Going Underground', 'Down In The Tube Station At Midnight', 'The Eton Rifles', 'Strange Town', 'Town Called Malice' plus some of my own songs. This tour is deliberately intimate and something of a warm-up to our own material which we'll launch later. The plan is for us to get close to the fans, have some fun and then follow up with a larger tour in the autumn".

Buckler adds: "I have stayed close to The Jam fans over the years. The songs mean so much to so many people. Fans have been demanding that we play live for years. Paul Weller has a fantastic solo career and is one of the UK's most talented songwriters. Paul is always welcome to join us for the reunion, but until then, we've got a tour and a new album to do!"

The dates of the tour are as follows, press info from Noble.

2 May: Oxford Zodiac
3 May: Cambridge Junction
5 May: Middlesbrough Town Hall - The Crypt
6 May: Aberdeen Lemon Tree
7 May: Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
9 May: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
10 May: Stoke Sugarmill
11 May: Liverpool Academy 2
12 May: Sheffield Leadmill
13 May: Preston 53 Degrees
16 May: Bristol Academy 2
17 May: Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
18 May: Cardiff Point
19 May: Guildford Surrey University
20 May: Isle of Wight: The Venue - Ryde Theatre
23 May: Norwich Waterfront
24 May: Tunbridge Wells - The High Rocks
26 May: Northampton Soundhaus
25 May: Reading Fez Club
27 May: Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms


Here's a date for your diaries. X-Factor loser Ray Quinn has announced that he is to tour the UK. Is it just me that feels like giving him a good slap? If you, like me, would like to, perhaps try standing by the stage door on one of the following dates. Tickets on sale today at the bargain price of £23.

2 Oct: Manchester Apollo
3 Oct: Birmingham Symphony Hall
5 Oct: Bristol Colston Hall
6 Oct: Oxford New Theatre
7 Oct: Ipswich Regent Theatre
9 Oct: Blackburn King George's Hall
10 Oct: Bradford St George's Hall
12 Oct: Newcastle City Hall
13 Oct: Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
14 Oct: Aberdeen Music Hall
16 Oct: Sheffield City Hall
17 Oct: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
19 Oct: Plymouth Pavilions
20 Oct: Cardiff International Arena
21 Oct: Brighton Centre
22 Oct: Nottingham Royal Centre
24 Oct: London Hammersmith Apollo
25 Oct: Liverpool Empire


LIVE REVIEW: Badly Drawn Boy at Toff's Fish and Chip Shop, Muswell Hill Broadway
What a plaice to hold a gig. It cod have been in a pub, a club, or even a pizza restaurant, but no, Badly Drawn Boy haddock to go and hold it in a fish & chip shop (yeah, stick with me on this). The restaurant at the back of Toff's in Muswell Hill held 30 people and was so intimate that I could have felt like I was intruding on the three musicians jamming if Damon and the boys hadn't made us feel more than welcome, particularly when an off-the-cuff rendition of 'Silent Sigh' followed an audience request, which had me almost reaching for my lighter. Although the gig was somewhat short, it didn't lack variety; Alex Thomas knocked out beats whilst sat on a wooden drum box and Damon treated us with his harmonica in the finale. Although you could say that this gig smelt fishily like an innovative piece of marketing, I had a halibut-time (yeah, I know, couldn't resist it). JS


The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation has estimated that global piracy (online and physical) is costing companies based in the US city $5.2 billion a year, and that that means that LA missed out on a potential $438 million in tax revenues in 2005. Needless to say, the city's many movie and music businesses were hardest hit.

In response to their research report, city officials have announced the launch of an Inter-Governmental Anti-Counterfeit Task Force which will include representatives from the police, government, courts and the businesses most affected by piracy. The body will aim to put together policy recommendations and to identify resources that are needed to combat the sale of counterfeited goods.

Obviously the causes of most of the city's piracy problems lie outside of the LA authority's jurisdiction, and in the main outside of the US's jurisdiction, so presumably that body will take on a lobbying role both at an American and global level, while also investigating ways LA businesses can better protect their intellectual property.


Jeff Smith, currently programming chief at Napster UK, is returning to the Beeb to take over the top music job at the really rather influential BBC Radio 2 where music man Colin Martin is, as previously reported, due to step down shortly. Smith, who has previously worked in music programming roles at both Capital and BBC Radio 1, should be a popular choice among the plugging community given his past credentials.


So, Mika is still number one in both of those chart thingimys, and seemingly he doesn't want to be shifted. Which seems very rude to me, but, you know, whatever. Kaiser Chiefs don't seem to want to shift out of their spot in the singles chart either, possibly intending to stay at number two for another week before mounting an attack on the top spot next weekend, now that the physical release of 'Ruby' is in those record shops. Akon and Snoop Dogg slide up the top ten to fill the third spot this week thanks to their physical CD release. Which is nice.

New entries on the singles chart this week start at 19 with Omarion and 'Ice Box', then it goes Snow Patrol with 'Open Your Eyes' at 26, Red Hot Chili Peppers with 'Desecration Smile' at 27, Lily Allen with 'Alfie' at 29 and The Feeling with 'Rose' at 38.

New entries in the albums chart start at 17 with Van Morrison's 'At The Movies', and finish there too, unless you count various re-entries in the latter part of the Top 40, from the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Corinne Baily Rae, Amy Winehouse, Muse and Barry White, some possibly aided by their Brits appearances, Mr White presumably aided by some last minute pretty unoriginal Valentine present purchasing.


As counted down on Total Rock over the weekend - No new entries this week.

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. Muse -Black Holes & Revelations (Warner Bros)
6. Incubus -Light Grenades (SonyBMG)
7. Saliva -Blood Stained Love Song (Universal/Island)
8. Queen -Greatest Hits 1,2,3 (EMI)
9. Billy Talent -Billy Talent II (Warner/Atlantic)
10. Stone Sour -Come What(ever) May (Warner/Roadrunner)
11. Razorlight -Razorlight (Universal/Mercury)
12. Guns n Roses -Greatest Hits (Universal/Geffen)
13. 30 Seconds To Mars -A Beautiful Life (EMI/Virgin)
14. Hinder -Extreme Behavior (Republic)
15. Rise Against -The Sufferer & The Witness (Universal/Geffen)
16. Tool -10,000 Days (Volcano)
17. Audioslave -Revelations (SonyBMG/Epic)
18. Killswitch Engage -As Daylight Dies (Warner/Roadrunner)
19. Foo Fighters -Skin & Bones (Roswell)
20. Deftones -Saturday Night Wrist (Warner/Maverick)


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

1. [2] Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby
2. [1] Klaxons - Golden Skans
3. [3] Mika - Grace Kelly
4. [5] Fall Out Boy - This Aint A Scene, Its An Arms Race
5. [RE] Gossip - Standing in the Way of Control
6. [4] Bloc Party - The Prayer
7. [6] The Long Blondes - Giddy Stratospheres
8. [7] My Chemical Romance - Famous Last Words
9. [11] The Killers - Read My Mind
10. [22] Willy Mason - Save Myself
11. [13] Arcade Fire - Keep the Car Running
12. [RE] LCD Soundsystem - North American Scum
13. [9] Just Jack - Starz in their Eyes
14. [10] Snow Patrol - Open Your Eyes
15. [25] Maximo Park - Our Velocity
16. [NE] Gwen Stefani - The Sweet Escape
17. [28] The Feeling - Rose
18. [NE] Little Fray - How to Save a Life
19. [21] The View - Same Jeans
20. [8] Noisettes - Sister Rosetta (Capture the Spirit)
21. [23] Howling Bells - Low Happening
22. [NE] Good Shoes - Never Meant to Hurt You
23. [15] Switches - Drama Queen
24. [12] Damien Rice - Rootless Tree
25. [26] Cold War Kids - Hang Me Out to Dry
26. [NE] CSS - Off the Hook
27. [NE] Brakes - Cease and Desist
28. [14] Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No Good
29. [18] The Decemberists - O Valencia
30. [NE] Love Is All - Nothing to be Done


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

A List
Biffy Clyro - Saturday Superhouse (Warner/14th Floor)*
Bloc Party - The Prayer (Wichita)
Camille Jones vs Fedde Le Grand - The Creeps (Data)*
CSS - Off The Hook (Warner)
The Decemberists - O Valencia (Rough Trade)
The Fray - How To Save A Life (SonyBMG/RCA)
Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control (Back Yard)*
Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby (B-Unique)
Kelis feat. Cee-Lo - Lil Star (EMI/Virgin)
Klaxons - Golden Skans (Universal/Polydor)
Lily Allen - Alfie (EMI/Parlophone)*
Plan B - No Good (679)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Desecration Smile(Warner)
Snow Patrol - Open Your Eyes (Universal/Polydor)
Unklejam - Love Ya! (EMI/Virgin)

B List
Acoustic Ladyland - Cuts and Lies (V2)
All Saints - Chick Fit (EMI/Parlophone)
The Bees - Who Cares What The Question Is (EMI/Virgin)*
Brakes - Cease and Desist (Rough Trade) *
Charlotte Hatherley - I Want You To Know (Little Sister)
Enter Shikari - Anything Can Happen (Ambush Reality)*
Example - You Can't Rap (The Beats)
Junior Jack feat. Shena - Dare Me (Stupidisco) (Defected)
The Horrors - Gloves (Universal/Polydor)
Idlewild - No Emotion (Sequel)
Los Campesinos! - We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives (Wichita)
The New York Fund - The Guns of Camden Town
Olympus Mons - Follow You Down
The Pigeon Detectives - Romantic Type (Dance To The Radio)
Willy Mason - Save Myself (EMI/Virgin)


Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody has broken his silence on the departure of bandmate Mark McClelland back in 2005. McClelland, a founding member, was effectively chucked out of the group, and Lightbody seems pretty tender over the issue. He said "It didn't work any more and I've been sorry every day since. It's a divorce. He was my brother for 10 years. He has a right to be pissed off with us, especially me".


The state of North Dakota has thrown out a resolution brought by Representative Scot Kelch to honour Bono's work in 'fighting poverty and disease in the Third World'. Fellow political types didn't seem so impressed with Kelch's proposals. Or even realise who he was talking about. Republican Gil Herbel said that, based on the title, he expected the motion to refer to Sonny Bono. He says: "When I saw the resolution, I was looking for Cher's name in there."


Noel Gallagher claims that not only are his band still relevant, but that they are the first band ever to have picked up the Outstanding Contribution Brit whilst simultaneously maintaining that relevance. Sting, who has of course recently got back together with The Police for a reunion, is not relevant at all, by the way.

In fact, why don't I just let Noel explain himself? Here's what he said: "We are the only ones around to have picked it up who are still relevant. The likes of Sting aren't relevant any more. I didn't want to come down here when I was dying".


Damon Gough has spoken out in support of Robbie Williams, who has, of course, recently checked into rehab.

The Badly Drawn Boy explains: "I empathise with what Robbie is going through. I've met him a few times and he seemed to be dealing with his level of fame. Everyone looks at someone like him and says, 'He's just a show-off and loves attention'. But talking about yourself incessantly in interviews, being onstage where you are the centre of attention, writing songs that are going to be scrutinised, being famous and being spotted in the street - it all makes you feel really strange. Fame - it's just a weird thing and it does psychologically affect you".

Clearly it does.


Madonna says that she wants to be like Ghandi and Martin Luther King. Clearly, she wants to be like them whilst continuing to be a very rich and famous pop star. Here's what she told US radio station Sirius: "For me the best thing in the world is to see something or hear something and go 'damn, I wish I did that, damn, I wish I could do that. That's inspiring'. I want to be like Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, and John Lennon... but I want to stay alive".

The singer also defended her use of that previously reported crucifixion type scene featuring video messages of African Aids orphans in her recent Confessions tour, saying: "for me ... we all need to be Jesus in our time. Jesus' message was to love your neighbour as yourself and these are people in need".


Britney Spears has shaved all her hair off. I know this because Sky News kept flashing pictures of her, sans hair, up on their screen at Charing Cross Station last night. Way to have a complete breakdown in public, girl. I mean, I'm not saying that sane people don't shave off all their hair. They do. But not people like Britney Spears. So I can't help thinking it really is a sign that she's going whoop-whoop. The fact that she recently checked in and out of a rehab facility in the space of 24 hours might back me up on this. Actually, a psychiatrist would also back me up on this. They know what doing drastic things to your physical appearance means. Somebody help her, please.

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